A look at the Patriot missiles en route to Turkey

NATO‘s expected decision Tuesday to provide Turkey with Patriot missiles returns the spotlight to an American-manufactured, anti-missile system that has undergone a series of renovations since entering service more than three decades ago. The weapon was first used to defend Saudi Arabia and Israel in the 1991 Gulf War. It was deployed again during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. It has since become a defensive system of choice for a dozen countries worldwide, including the U.S. and five fellow NATO nations. Here is a look at the Patriot’s capabilities and record: ___ MANUFACTURER: Raytheon. RANGE: About 100 miles (160 kilometers). Can reach altitudes of about 80,000 feet. CAPABILITIES: Patriots are designed to target aircraft, tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and drones. HOW THEY WORK: Patriots come in batteries of several missiles that can be fired individually. They are guided to their targets by a tracking radar which is connected to computer systems, where military personnel can monitor them and decide which targets to engage. These monitoring stations don’t need to be near the firing positions. The Patriots are likely to be spread out to defend urban centers in southern Turkey. They are usually positioned so that they can cover a wider geographical zone, and wouldn’t be deployed exactly on Turkey‘s border with Syria. This way, they have a longer response time for mid-air adjustments and can avoid violating Syria‘s airspace, which NATO has promised to respect for now. Patriots are best against individual missiles. A deliberate attack involving multiple incoming strikes could overwhelm their capacity. DEPLOYMENT HISTORY: The U.S. military initially claimed a success rate of 70 percent against Iraqi Scuds aimed at Saudi Arabia and 40 percent of those aimed at Israel during the first Gulf War. However, a congressional report later found that of 47 Patriot missiles fired at incoming Scuds, only four missiles were downed. On 25 Feb. 25, 1991, a Scud evaded a Patriot strike and scored a direct hit on a U.S. base in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, killing 28 American soldiers. The military blamed a software error. Twelve years later, the U.S. Army said Patriots intercepted all nine short-range battlefield missiles fired by the Iraqis. No Scuds were fired during that war. But the Patriots were also reported to have downed two allied jets — one American and one British — in friendly fire incidents during the conflict. In the past, Patriots have struggled to counter poorly made missiles such as Iraqi Scuds and those Syria may include in its arsenal. These can wobble wildly in flight, making them harder to hit. Their inaccuracy also increases the target radius. Newer designs are supposed to address previous Patriot shortcomings. They are also supposed to be more powerful, so that interceptions result in more missiles being destroyed immediately.
Source: Fox World News  

Android devices in U.S. face more malware attacks than PCs

Android devices are now attacked more often by malware than PCs, according to a report released Tuesday by a cyber security software maker.

The 2013 Security Threat Report from Sophos revealed that almost 10 percent of Android devices in the U.S. have experienced a malware attack over a three-month period in 2012, compared to about 6 percent of PCs.

The situation is worse in Australia, where more than 10 percent of Android devices have been attacked by malware, compared with about 8 percent for PCs.

With 52.2 percent of the smartphone market in the United States, Android has become a tempting target, Sophos reported. “Targets this large are difficult for malware authors to resist,” the report said. “And they aren’t resisting – attacks against Android are increasing rapidly.”
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Source: PCWorld  

Court orders French tycoon to take paternity test

A French court has ordered a paternity test for a multimillionaire who former Justice Minister Rachida Dati claims fathered her 3-year-old daughter. The birth of the child while Dati was in office from 2007 to 2009 made headlines and set off guessing games about the identity of the father. A Versailles court official said Dominique Desseigne, 68, was ordered Tuesday to take a genetic test. The official wasn’t authorized to comment and asked not to be named. Paternity tests are voluntary in France, so Desseigne, the widowed owner of the famed Champs-Elysees establishment Fouquet’s, has a choice whether to submit. He has been quoted in the past as saying he won’t. But text messages, emails and photos can also be used to prove a relationship.
Source: Fox World News  

New Tomb Raider is the Start of an “Origin Series”

In an interview with IGN, Tomb Raider’s creative director Noah Hughes has spoken about the future of Crystal Dynamics’ younger Lara as the studio’s Tomb Raider reboot nears release.
The new Tomb Raider chronicles Lara’s first adventure, seeing her grow from frightened, shipwrecked survivor to toughened adventurer – but her development doesn’t just stop there, says Noah. “We envision carrying forward from here, rather than this being a brief detour into her origins,” he says. “We want to start this adventure here and carry it on… that’s not to say we wouldn’t skip a year here or there, but we started this with the idea of continuity and building upon .”
Asked whether this meant we’d be seeing more of this new Lara, Hughes was unambiguous: “I look at this as an origin series rather than an origin story. By the end of Continue reading…
Source: IGN Video Games  

Chinese military jet crashes into house; 4 injured

A military jet on a routine training flight crashed into a house in southern China on Tuesday, setting the building on fire and injuring several people inside, state media reported.

China Central Television said the pilot ejected and parachuted to safety before the crash in Shantou city in Guangdong province. It said one of the four people inside the house managed to escape. The three others were hospitalized and one, a 26-year-old woman, was in critical condition, it said.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that four civilians were injured and received treatment at a hospital.

Citing the Ministry of Defense, it said the J-7 fighter jet had a mechanical failure just after takeoff from a Shantou airport.

The mostly retired fighter jets are a 1960s-era Chinese copy of the Soviet MiG-21.

The Shantou city government‘s emergency office referred calls to its propaganda office, where calls rang unanswered. Calls to the Defense Ministry‘s news office also rang unanswered.
Source: Fox World News  

Israel’s President tweets the pope a welcome

Israeli President Shimon Peres has welcomed Pope Benedict XVI, both octogenarians, to social media with a personal tweet. Peres, 89, tweeted on Tuesday, “Your holiness, welcome to Twitter. Our relations with the Vatican are at their best and can form a basis to further peace everywhere.” The 85-year-old Pope did not immediately respond. He joined Twitter on Monday and gained 250,000 followers within hours. He plans tweets in eight languages. Peres, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has embraced social media. He visited Facebook’s headquarters where creator Marc Zuckerberg helped him launch his official Facebook page in English. In collaboration with a well-known Israeli announcer, his office released a music video, asking people to be his Facebook friend.
Source: Fox World News  

Why sharks circle !!!!

Why Sharks Circle You Before Attacking… 

Two great white sharks swimming in the ocean spied survivors
of a sunken ship.

“Follow me son” the father shark said to the son shark and they swam to the
mass of people.

“First we swim around them a few times with just the

tip of our fins showing.”
And they did.

“Well done, son! Now we swim around them a few

times with all of our fins showing.” And they did.

“Now we eat everybody.” And they did.

When they were both gorged, the son asked, “Dad,

why didn’t we just eat them all at first? Why did we
swim around and around them?”
 
His wise father replied, “Because they taste better after
we scare the shit out of them!

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