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This Crazy Tech Can Turn Anybody in a Photo Into a Moving Animation

Photo Wake-Up is a research project by Chung-Yi Weng, Brian Curless, and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman of the University of Washington. Per their paper’s abstract: We present a method and application for animating a human subject from a single photo. E.g., the character can walk out, run, sit, or jump in 3D. The key contributions of this paper are: 1) an application of viewing and animating humans in single photos in 3D, 2) a novel 2D warping method to deform a posable template body model to fit the person’s complex silhouette to…

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This Bomb-Simulating US Supercomputer Broke a World Record

That mixing matters for Los Alamos because nuclear bombs produce plasma. Scientists don’t explode bombs with abandon anymore to understand them—as they did in the early days, turning islands into holes. Instead, they simulate bombs’ statuses, and look back at old videos to try to simulate what they see. To date, they haven’t been able to get at all the nuance in the footage. But with slick new simulations, Settlemyer says maybe they can. But first, they had to test their file-creation speed limits using the physicist’s Fermi acceleration problem.…

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The Elite Microsoft Hacker Team That Keeps Windows PCs Safe

“Windows is still the central repository of malware and exploits. Practically, there’s so much business done around the world on Windows. The attacker mentality is to get the biggest return on investment in what you develop in terms of code and exploits,” says Aaron Lint, who regularly works with red teams in his role as chief scientist at application protection provider Arxan. “Windows is the obvious target.” “In most browser attacks, you first need to compromise what’s called the browser sandbox, and then you need a way out of that…

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Mind the Gap: This Researcher Steals Data With Noise, Light, and Magnets

The field of cybersecurity is obsessed with preventing and detecting breaches, finding every possible strategy to keep hackers from infiltrating your digital inner sanctum. But Mordechai Guri has spent the last four years fixated instead on exfiltration: How spies pull information out once they've gotten in. Specifically, he focuses on stealing secrets sensitive enough to be stored on an air-gapped computer, one that's disconnected from all networks and sometimes even shielded from radio waves. Which makes Guri something like an information escape artist. More, perhaps, than any single researcher outside…

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The House From The Windows 95 Maze Screensaver Is Up For Sale

Get out your checkbooks, ’90s kids, because the iconic house that the Windows 95 maze screensaver was based on is now officially on the market. This northwest Washington chateau has been owned by Ron Fletcher for 30 years, but he’s looking to downsize from this winding, windowless labyrinth—which means some lucky buyer is going to own an iconic piece of computer history! The sprawling home has over 12,000 square feet of floor space, although the actual area can change drastically each time you enter the house, as all the paper-thin…

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Get The Whole Online Experience By Trying Our Internet Simulator

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Begin Simulation. Wow. You are a very rare person who is known as “an outdoorsy type.” You have no interest in the Internet, and you never have to delete your history because you never had one. When someone asks if you would like to look at a website with them, you say, “No, I prefer to read a book or look at a REAL tree or get married.” You get your news from the things people shout out of their cars during bad traffic,…

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is coming to a PC near you on Oct. 17

The next version of Windows 10 finally has a delivery date. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will be available worldwide on Oct. 17. Microsoft announced the drop date on Friday at the IFA event in Berlin where PC partners have been unveiling a slew of Windows 10 systems. SEE ALSO: Microsoft’s Windows 10 Creators Update is an OS done right The Windows 10 Fall Creator Update is not a massive overhaul of the popular desktop and laptop OS. (Trust us, this is a good thing.) Since the release of…

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