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How To Spice Up Your Amusement Park: Seafaring Sleep Orbs

Posted by kenmay on March - 16 - 2017

I’m admittedly not the standard clientele for theme parks (long lines, rude kids and mediocre expensive food all give me hives), so getting me excited about a new attraction might or might not matter. But listen: if you let me sleep in a weird glass sea orb I will give you money.  This week the Japanese mega amusement park Huis Ten Bosch announced just such a new perk for visitors. If you weren’t already pumped for the sprawling odd Dutch-themed attractions or robotic hotel , maybe sleeping in a space pod will do the trick. They plan to offer the floating boat-esque rooms for nightly rental, as a part of the hotel accommodations on the park’s newly acquired private island. They feature two floors and a very ah, intimate view of the harbor. Details are still slim, but the teased design looks almost wholly spherical and features a glassy observation ceiling above a sleeping deck. Pretty nice way to enjoy the waves. The estimated price will be $260-$350 (¥30, 000 – ¥40, 000) per night, which is pretty doggone reasonable for a voluntary stay in a private UFO. Until more info drops stay on the look out for your own  Utsuro-bune and the spooky aquatic women that come with them.  H/T Japan Times via ArchDaily

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Enlarge / Dmitry Dokuchaev, Igor Sushchin, Alexsey Belan, and Karim Baratov—the four indicted by the US in the Yahoo hacking case. SAN FRANCISCO—The indictment unsealed Wednesday by US authorities against two agents of the Russian Federal Security Service, or FSB, (Dmitry Dokuchaev and Igor Sushchin) and two hackers (Alexsey Belan and Karim Baratov) provides some details of how Yahoo was pillaged of user data and its own technology over a period of over two years. But at a follow-up briefing at the FBI office here today, officials gave fresh insight into how they think the hack began—with a “spear phishing” e-mail to a Yahoo employee early in 2014. Malcolm Palmore, the FBI special agent in charge of the bureau’s Silicon Valley office, told Ars in an interview that the initial breach that led to the exposure of half a million Yahoo accounts likely started with the targeting of a “semi-privileged” Yahoo employee and not top executives. He said social engineering or spear phishing “was the likely avenue of infiltration” used to gain the credentials of an “unsuspecting employee” at Yahoo. Palmore declined Ars’ request to elaborate during a brief interview inside the San Francisco FBI office, and he would not say whether the government or Yahoo discovered the breach. He also would not say how long the intrusion lasted before it was cut off. Read 11 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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 When someone invents a robot specifically made to drill into the skulls of unconscious, immobile humans, you’d be forgiven for feeling a natural reaction along the lines of “for the love of god, why?” But trust me, this particular robotic trepanation station is a good idea. Read More

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