US Government Pays Company to Hack Game Consoles

The US Navy is paying big bucks to find out how to hack game consoles.  How much?  How about $177,237.50, to be exact.  This is the payout the Navy is handing to a company called “Obscure Technologies”, in order to find a method to monitor several different kinds of game consoles.

The Navy claims they are doing this to find “sensitive” information that may be communicated using game consoles.  They also claim that they will only do this overseas, because the current laws do not allow monitoring of “US persons.”  Does the military really think that terrorists are using in game chat to plan attacks against America?  Do terrorists even play video games?  Either way, US tax dollars have already been spent on those questions.

Source: zdnet.com

Step One: Firefighting Robots. Step Two: All Dead

It seems like people can’t leave well enough alone.  Several days ago we reported that people were enabling robots to outrun man, now people are making them fire proof.  In an attempt to, “save human lives,” and, “protect people from danger,” the military is designing—if not putting into production—a robot firefighter.  Don’t worry, unlike normal firefighters these robots will not only have axes with the probable strength to put it cleanly through a human skull, but they also come equipped with fire suppression grenades.  Because arming our future masters with advanced weaponry is the first step to Skynet.  Or Planet of the Apes.  I forget which.

It doesn’t seem to be enough that they are making these robots and giving them all of the means to destroy us.  If they make it fireproof it can sit and watch as we all slowly burn to death.  Oh, don’t worry, they are programming it basic with gesture understanding.  That means that while you are suffering through your death it will know that you are trying to tell it how much pain you are in.  Apparently they are all going to have, “masters” that they follow to help put out fires.  I am sure that none of that could ever backfire.  Thankfully they only have 30 minutes of power, so if we can outlast them and hide the power sockets we might be able to make it through.

Source: Wired