Monday, 14. May 2012

Olympics-Britain to deploy "sonic gun" at Olympics

UK military to have non-lethal sonic weapon at Olympics

* High-powered loudspeaker used against pirates and protesters

* Britain prepares for biggest peacetime security operation

Britain's military will be armed with a sonic device that can be used as a high-volume loudspeaker or a non-lethal weapon to disperse crowds at this summer's Olympic Games in London, the defence ministry said on Friday.

The equipment, which can project a piercing sound over hundreds of metres causing physical pain, has been used during protests at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh in 2009 and against pirates operating off the Somali coast.

reuters.com bbc.co.uk

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Austro-Drohne tötet Ingenieur bei Test in Südkorea

Unbemannter Camcopter der österreichischen Firma stürzte auf Kontrollfahrzeug - Ursache unklar

Ein unbemannter S-100-Hubschrauber der Wr. Neustädter Firma Schiebel ist am Donnerstag während eines Testflugs in Südkorea auf das 2,5 Tonnen schwere Kontrollfahrzeug gestürzt, von dem aus der Hubschrauber gesteuert wurde. Beide Fahrzeuge gingen daraufhin in Flammen auf. Ein slowakischer Ingenieur wurde dabei getötet, bestätigte die südkoreanische Polizei gegenüber der Nachrichtenagentur AFP. Zwei Südkoreaner wurden verletzt. Die restlichen sechs Personen, die am Unglücksort waren, konnten sich in Sicherheit bringen.

derstandard.at

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Pakistanis win global award for film on drones

A short film on the US drone attacks in Pakistan, made by students of Iqra University, has won an award at an international annual film festival held in the US.

The 20-minute film “The Other Side” was awarded the Best Audience Award at the National Film Festival For Talented Youth (NFFTY), held in Seattle.

The short film was written and directed by Danish Ali along with five other team members, Online news agency reported.

tribune.com.pk

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Microsoft-finanziertes Start-up soll File-Sharing unterbinden
Russische Firma verspricht effektive Störung von Bittorrent-"Schwärmen" - Testlauf "erfolgreich"

derStandard

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Ernst Hinterberger verstorben

Der Autor Ernst Hinterberger ist im 81. Lebensjahr verstorben. Mit den Serien „Ein echter Wiener geht nicht unter“, „Kaisermühlen-Blues“ und „Trautmann“ schrieb er Fernsehgeschichte.

Seine Kennerschaft des Urwienerischen war keine angelesene, der Spross einer sozialdemokratischen Arbeiterfamilie aus ärmlichen Verhältnissen hatte doch viele seiner Geschichten dem eigenen Leben abgeschaut. Denn geboren wurde Hinterberger am 17. Oktober 1931 als Sohn eines arbeitslosen Schriftsetzers in Wien, wobei der Vater starb, als er sieben Jahre alt war.

orf.at derstandard.at

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Sonnenfinsternis vom 20. Mai 2012

Die ringförmige Sonnenfinsternis vom 20. Mai 2012 beginnt in Ostasien, spielt sich hauptsächlich über dem Nordpazifik ab und endet im Westen Nordamerikas. Da zahlreiche ostasiatischen Metropolen im Sichtbarkeitsgebiet liegen, darunter Hongkong und Tokio und mit Guangdong zudem die bevölkerungsreichste Provinz Chinas, könnte diese Finsternis zu einer der von den meisten Menschen beobachteten überhaupt werden. Von Mitteleuropa ist die Finsternis nicht beobachtbar. Sie ist die 58. des 72 Sonnenfinsternisse umfassenden Saros-Zyklus mit der Nummer 128. Die ringförmige Phase dauert maximal 5 Minuten und 46 Sekunden.

SE2012May20

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The Lords Of Darkness Count The Days

The mass media is all over incidents of Afghan security forces killing NATO troops (on purpose or by accident), but the bigger story is being missed. While nearly 20 percent of NATO troop deaths of late were the result of Afghan troops or police, this is partly because NATO casualties are so low to begin with. The casualty rate among foreign troops is much lower than previous wars. This includes Vietnam, the recent fighting in Iraq and the Russians in Afghanistan during the 1980s. The Taliban are so desperate that they have relied on roadside bombs and paying large bonuses to encourage Afghan soldiers and police to attack foreign troops. But money motivated attacks are rare, most are due to the fact that Afghans are very violent to begin with and quick to anger when frustrated. This is the case when foreigners are not around and is worse when foreigners are present because of Afghan frustration at cultural conflicts.

strategypage.com

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Appeals court won’t order public release of Google-NSA communications following cyberattack

A federal appeals court has turned down a Freedom of Information Act request to disclose National Security Agency records about the 2010 cyberattack on Google users in China.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center, which focuses on privacy and civil liberties, sought communications between Google and the NSA, which conducts worldwide electronic surveillance and protects the U.S. government from such spying. But the NSA refused to confirm or deny whether it had any relationship with Google. The NSA argued that doing so could make U.S. government information systems vulnerable to attack.

washingtonpost.com

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This 121-Megapixel Photo of Earth Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Need something to put things into perspective on a Monday morning? Our suggestion: The largest single-shot photo of Earth ever taken.

Eclipsing NASA’s updated “Blue Marble” shot, which is a composite of many satellite images, this image is a single-shot taken from 22,369 miles away by Russian weather satellite Elektro-L No.1.

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planet--earth.ca New link to high resolution imagemashable.com

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