LIDAR scanning has recently become cost-effective enough for archaeologists to use on large historical sites, and they're taking full advantage. A helicopter sojourn last year has revealed a massive urban site below the jungles near Angkor Wat in Cambodia that likely housed thousands of people. New canals, temples and other man-made structures were discovered during a two-day scan, which emitted up to 200,000 laser pulses per second and would have taken years if done by traditional excavation methods. The technique can scope out features as small as a footprint, and is also being used in cities around the Egyption pyramids and other archaeologically interesting regions -- marking another way that Indy-style archeologists are becoming obsolete.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Chalk up one more reason to check out Windows 8.1 Preview when it becomes available on June 26th. Today, Microsoft announced that it'll pay up to $100,000 in cash to those who discover and report novel security exploits within its latest OS revision, along with up to $50,000 in bonus loot for defensive suggestions that relate to the attack. But wait... there's more. Starting on June 26th and running through July 26th, the Redmond outfit will also pay up to $11,000 toward the discovery of critical vulnerabilities within Internet Explorer 11 Preview (Windows 8.1 Preview). Whether you're motivated by your bank account or the good of humanity, you can start taking your best shots at Microsoft's latest code just one week from now.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
Court of Appeals Upholds Nintendo Win in Patent Lawsuit
Court Says Nintendo Does Not Infringe, Upholds Attorney Fee Award
REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld Nintendo's victory in a patent-infringement case brought against Nintendo by IA Labs CA, LLC. The Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court that Nintendo did not infringe IA Labs' patent (U.S. Patent No. 7,121,982), and it upheld the lower court's ruling that IA Labs must pay Nintendo more than $236,000 in attorneys' fees.
"We are very pleased with the court's decision," said Richard Medway, Nintendo of America's deputy general counsel. "Nintendo has a long history of developing innovative products while respecting the intellectual property rights of others. We also vigorously defend patent lawsuits, like the IA Labs lawsuit, when we firmly believe that we have not infringed another party's patent."
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After the world premiere of Madonna: The MDNA Tour, an amalgamation of footage taken in multiple cities from May to December 2012, the singer herself took the stage last night at the Paris Theatre. Looking very Marlene Dietrich in a top hat and white bow tie, she admitted that MDNA “was probably the hardest tour I’ve ever done.”
Indeed, it looked exhausting. The movie showed clips of Madonna fighting off masked intruders in a “motel room,” marching as a drum majorette ahead of a cheerleading squad, strip-teasing down to her Gaultier teddy atop a piano, and walking on a tightrope — all while singing.
“I was a mess. Just talk to my manager. But in my book, if you don’t leave a pound of flesh on the stage every night, you did not do your job. Go hard or go home,” she explained during the audience Q&A. And given what we'd seen in the film, one could hardly blame Madge for her blunt reply when an audience member asked how she stayed in shape on tour. “I hate those questions,” she said cheerfully, to much laughter from the crowd. “I did the show every fucking night, okay? Is that a workout? I mean, did you watch? My workouts got smaller and smaller as the tour went on, because I became more and more exhausted. There’s your answer.”
On having her 12-year-old son, Rocco, on tour with her:
Um, well, he was going to go on my tour whether he liked it or not … He’s a Leo. What can I say? He’s disconcertingly comfortable onstage, and I was thrilled to see him every night. He gave me a little boost of energy. So, go, Rocco, wherever you are! However, he does not look like that. In one year, he has grown. He’s six feet tall, his voice has deepened, and I’m a little bit scared of him.
On her stage costumes:
I collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier, who I’ve been collaborating with for years. And he loves to push the envelope and play with gender confusion, and wear your underwear outside, and girls that play boys and boys that play girls. But all that’s pretty sexy and hot, so. The last section of the show was a strange marriage between martial arts and Joan of Arc, and I don’t know — there’s something wrong with me!
On pumping herself up to perform when she’s not in the mood to perform:
There’s no such thing as "not in the mood," because the show must go on. I mean, I’m a human being like everyone else, so I would have my bad nights, and I would cry and say, ‘I don’t want to do this.’ But you know, I sold the tickets and I can’t let my audience down. Even if I hadn’t slept the night before and I’m exhausted, before every show everyone came into my dressing room, and we got into a circle and we held hands and we said prayers. Fifty percent of the time I said them, and 49 percent of the time I was crying — usually from overexhaustion.
There’s something about pushing yourself when it’s pouring rain or it’s freezing cold or you don’t feel well or something really shitty-crazy happened in the world, like Hurricane Sandy. There were so many weird, bizarre things happening [during the tour], from the trial of Pussy Riot to gays being arrested at my concert in St. Petersburg to the election of Obama. The world was changing rapidly — the shooting of Malala — it was just a crazy time. And I was personally and tremendously affected by it, and sometimes I just didn’t feel like I had the strength to go on and sing and dance and pretend that crazy shit wasn’t happening in the world. But by the end of each show I felt victorious that I had pushed through something. The world needs to be inspired — it’s my job, it’s all of our jobs to bring people up.
Welcome to Samsung Day, 2013. While we wait on some big (and little) product launches this afternoon, here's a quick bite to keep us going: an interesting processor spec mentioned in the user manual for the SHV-E330S, which we think will be the new LTE-Advanced variant of the Galaxy S 4 intended for South Korea. How the folks at RBmen spotted it we have no idea, but one of the pages (shown after the break) confirms the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974), which not only supports the new double-speed LTE standard but is also something of a beast when it comes to general performance. This isn't especially relevant to a Western audience, perhaps, except that it marginally increases the probability that we'll see this same powerhouse inside the rumored Galaxy Note III, since Samsung evidently feels comfortable with Qualcomm's flagship silicon -- and it can't have failed to notice that LG's engineers are fond of it too.when.eng("eng.perm.init")
From this week in parties that attracted famous faces, Coach's Highline Party took first prize. In addition to hiring male acrobats (dressed in matching blue bodysuits) to perform body-entwining movements well into the evening, it drew a healthy mix of the fashion and celebrity crowds into the sunlight. Lynn Yaeger, Katie Holmes, Anna Kendrick, and Aziz Ansari mingled and shared drinks. Steven Kolb was even snapped posing with a Citi Bike (helmet included) at the same event. Meanwhile, in London, Cara Delevingne and her band of British "wifeys" partied at the DKNY Artworks hosted by the model herself. Back in New York, Karlie celebrated her Karlie Forever jeans at a dinner in New York and took a selfie with an ecstatic Derek Blasberg. Martha Stewart diverted her eyes to a professional camera while posing with a friend for a camera-phone shot, and the younger Brant boy showed off his model genes in the MoMA Rain Room. Try to feel the raindrops like Harry, and click through the slideshow to spot more dinners, award shows, and other fun shenanigans — Yeezus listening party pics included.