Prison inmates doing life sentences might not be good enough in the future, with scientists from Oxford University exploring new controversial technologies that would see them extending human life, in a way.
Their research could see prison firms developing drugs that make time pass slowly, something that could make an inmate feel like they're living out consecutive life sentences - lasting up to 1000 years. Dr Rebecca Roache spoke with Aeon magazine, where she said: "Some crimes are so bad they require a really long period of punishment, and a lot of people seem to get out of that punishment by dying."
Dr Roache used the example of two parents murdering their own four-year-old son, saying that the 30-year sentence they received was "laughably inadequate." In her Practical Ethics blog, Dr Roache notes that the parents would receive a humane treatment, unlike their son. She wrote: "They will, for example, be fed and watered, housed in clean cells, allowed access to a toilet and washing facilities, allowed out of their cells for exercise and recreation."
The cyberwar between Russia and Ukraine is accelerating, and hackers recently brought down the Russian Kremlin and Central Back websites. Russian news sites also are being targeted, with RT saying the Anonymous Caucasus has taken credit for downing Russian Channel One.
"A powerful cyberattack is underway on the (Kremlin) site," a Russian government spokesperson said. "A serious DDoS attack is currently underway, not only on the Kremlin site, but also a number of other Web portals."
According to a Tweet from Anonymous Russia:
President Vladimir Putin's government has reportedly banned four websites operated by Kremlin opponents and critics. Opponent Alexei Navalny had his website blocked for Russian Internet users, along with online newspaper Grani, an opposition information website, and a radio station website (despite it being state-operated).
The Russian government defended its actions by saying the websites helped organize "illegal" protests, according to reports in the region. Navalny is serving a two-month house arrest punishment because he violated five-year probation for an embezzlement-related charge.
Over the past two years, Putin has continually put the squeeze on media outlets located in his country - most recently, the editor of Lenta.ru, a major Russian independent news site, resigned due to increased pressure from Moscow.
The European Union is pushing for a new voluntary adoption of a smartphone charging standard years ago, but is now much closer to that goal. The European Parliament has voted in favor of a draft law requiring that smartphones work with a common charger.
Now the EU needs the Council of Ministers approval, where European Union countries will have until 2016 to get it into their local laws, and smartphone makers have a year more to change their hardware. Most phone makers already support the concept, but there will be some companies who don't want to change, or need a little push to fall into line.
The Galaxy S5 isn't even here yet, and we're already hearing about different variants of Samsung's upcoming flagship smartphone. SamMobile is behind the latest scoop, where they've seen the specifications for the Galaxy S5 Zoom.
The new Galaxy S5 Zoom will reportedly feature a 19-megapixel rear-facing camera, upping the picture taking goodness from the 16-megapixel rear-facing snapper on the Galaxy S4 Zoom. Inside of the S5 Zoom we'll find a 4.8-inch 1280x720-pixel screen, hexa-core Exynos processor clocking in at 1.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of flash storage and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
We don't know when to expect the S5 Zoom, but it should be somewhere around May hopefully.
If you haven't seen Alien: Isolation yet, you need to keep reading. The team behind the game, Creative Assembly, has just shown off a new behind-the-scenes look at the game.
Within Alien: Isolation, there is a single alien - not masses of the unkillable, scary monsters. A single Xenomorph roams around, with the developer spending considerable resources on the artificial intelligence (AI) of the Xenomorph, as it reacts much more realistically to in-game behaviors. The alien uses a unique set of "senses" to actively hunt players down, which will result in an encounter with the single Xenomorph that might last up to half an hour or more. It's all dependent on the player, and how cautious they are approaching the situation itself.
Creative Assembly has said that this level of intelligence simply isn't possible with scripted cutscenes and traditional enemy behavior patterns. This approach by the developer will allow for some very unique experiences between the player, and the enemy. Alien: Isolation will reach the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC toward the end of the year.
Reporters Without Borders has released its latest list of "Enemies of the Internet," a list that it designed to bring attention to countries that are not disrupt the freedom of information with propaganda, surveillance, and censorship. A list that the United States of America is now on.
Over the past twelve months, we've seen Edward Snowden reveal the NSA's secrets, and much more. United States is now on the same list as Cuba, Iran, North Korea and China. Reporters Without Borders notes that entire governments aren't doing the spying themselves, but rather government agencies, like the NSA.
Reporters Without Borders says that this is a big problem, as those governments are setting a bad example by allowing the spying, where they said: "The mass surveillance methods employed in these three countries, many of them exposed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, are all the more intolerable because they will be used and indeed are already being used by authoritarians countries such as Iran, China, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain to justify their own violations of freedom of information."
Days before the Game Developers Conference kicks off in San Francisco, Valve sent its latest Steam Controller prototype to WIRED. The new controller was meant to feature a touchscreen in the center, with four buttons around it, but the new one still doesn't feature a touchscreen.
Instead, it has morphed into more of a traditional console controller, with two diamond-shaped arrays of buttons. It looks (at least in the picture) a little more comfortable than the first Steam Controller, but I would've liked to have seen a touchscreen on the controller. The circular touchpads are still in play, which match both the precision and resolution of a mouse, giving gamers more precision than traditional controllers.
Intel-owned McAfee wants to keep mobile users more secure by offering its Antivirus & Security suite available to Apple iOS and Google Android users.
There are plenty of free software products available designed for smartphones and tablets, but paid versions provide a more complete suite. The McAfee Labs collected 2.47 million Android malware samples in 2013, with 744,000 in Q4 alone.
"With India placed on the tip of mobile device explosion, there is an overwhelming need of adoption of security and privacy protection in our digital lives," said Jagdish Mahapatra, McAfee Managing Director in India, in a statement. "With free access to our award-winning mobile security product, Indian consumers will be empowered to access all the benefits of this connected world and enjoy a safe mobile life."
India is adopting smartphones faster than any other nation, with an estimated 185 million mobile Web browsers within the next three months.
@evleaks is at it again, teasing what LG's upcoming flagship will give the world. LG's G3 smartphone should feature a QHD panel, with a resolution of 2560x1440.
Samsung was expected to release the first smartphone with a QHD panel, but it looks like LG could beat its South Korean rival to the high-res race. The model number attached to the G3 seems to be D850. I think we will see LG release its G3 smartphone with a QHD panel, and I think we'll see this panel baked into the upcoming Nexus 6, and Nexus 8 tablet.