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Wave Hoax fools iOS 8 Users To Microwave iPhones

Anonymous Coward writes | about half an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "The always friendly folks on 4Chan strike again with a cleverly designed poster which has taken quite a few to try microwaving their iPhones to charge them."
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To fight $5.2B in identity theft IRS may need to change the way you file taxes

coondoggie (973519) writes | 36 minutes ago


coondoggie (973519) writes "Crime in this case is paying lots of scammers. Based on preliminary analysis, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013 while preventing an additional $24.2 billion (based on what it could detect). As a result the IRS needs to implement changes in a system that apparently leaks like a sieve and such changes could impact legitimate taxpayers by delaying refunds, extending tax season and likely adding costs to the IRS."
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Is The Majority Of Global Warming Caused By Natural Atmospheric Circulation?

tranquilidad (1994300) writes | 37 minutes ago


tranquilidad (1994300) writes "In a paper published by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, two authors ascribe the majority of northeast pacific coastal warming to natural atmospheric circulation and not to anthropogenic forcing. In AP's reporting, Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist with the Carnegie Institution for Science says the paper's authors, '...have not established the causes of these atmospheric pressure variations. Thus, claims that the observed temperature increases are due primarily to "natural processes are suspect and premature, at best."' The paper's authors, on the other hand, state, '...clearly, there are other factors stronger than the greenhouse forcing that is affecting...temperatures,' and that there is a 'surprising degree to which the winds can explain all the wiggles in the temperature curve.'"

How Techies Should Pick A City To Live In

jfruh (300774) writes | 1 hour ago


jfruh (300774) writes "You've just graduated from college with a technical degree, and you're more mobile than you've ever been in your life or ever will be again. How do you decide where to settle? If you're trying to advance your technical career, you might want to try working through the checklist offered by Fred Shilmover. Shilmover is the CEO of a cloud-based company but his guidelines could apply to anyone in a technical field. (He picked Boston, by the way.)"
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Scientists Reconstruct a 3D Structure from a Single Image

kkleiner (1468647) writes | 1 hour ago


kkleiner (1468647) writes "Scientists have developed a method to determine the 3D positions of atoms in a crystal from a single image. Using an electron microscope, a high resolution scan is taken of a magnesium oxide crystal aligned such that the atoms fall into columns. Quantum interactions with the electron wave are detected and mapped by depth. The method is even able to differentiate the magnesium and oxygen atoms as well as atoms from impurities."
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Widespread Chernobyl Radiation Risk From Forest Detritus

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes | 1 hour ago


Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "It is being reported that forest detritus, contaminated in the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster [abstract], is decaying at a much slower rate than normal, building up and creating a significant fire risk. This, in turn, is creating a real potential for the residual radioactive material to be distributed, through smoke, over a broad area of Europe and Russia. Looking at different possible fire intensities, researchers speculate, "20 to 240 people would likely develop cancer, of which 10 to 170 cases may be fatal". These figures are similar to those hypothesized for Fukushima."

Dell's Unexpected Next Act: Stylish, High-Quality Tablets And PCs

jfruh (300774) writes | 1 hour ago


jfruh (300774) writes "If Dell has a reputation in the PC market, it's as the company that got low-end PCs to customers cheaply. But after the great drama of founder Michael Dell taking the company private, the company is following a new path, adding higher-quality (and more expensive) products like the Venue 8 7000, the thinnest tablet on the market today, to its lineup. One analyst notes that "Because they are no longer reporting to Wall Street, they can be more competitive.""

The Site That Teaches You to Code Well Enough to Get a Job (3830033) writes | 1 hour ago

0 (3830033) writes "Wanna be a programmer? Klint Finley reports that software developer Katrina Owen has created a site called where students can learn to craft code that’s both clear and efficient and get a lot of feedback on what they're doing right and what they're doing wrong. Exercism is updated every day with programming exercises in a variety of different languages. First, you download these exercises using a special software client, and once you’ve completed one, you upload it back to the site, where other coders from around the world will give you feedback. Then you can take what you’ve learned and try the exercise again. The idea was to have students not only complete the exercises, but get feedback. now has over 6,000 users who have submitted code or comments, and hundreds of volunteers submit new exercises or translate existing ones into new programming languages. But even Owen admits that the site is a bit lack in the usability department. “It’s hard to tell what it is just by looking at it,” she says. “It’s remarkable to me that people have figured out how to use it.”" Compromised To Serve Malware

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes ", the official website of the popular cross-platform JavaScript library of the same name, had been compromised and had been redirecting visitors to a website hosting the RIG exploit kit and, ultimately, delivering information-stealing malware. While any website compromise is dangerous for users, this one is particularly disconcerting because of the demographic of its users, says James Pleger, Director of Research at RiskIQ."

Einstein's Greatest Legacy

StartsWithABang (3485481) writes | 2 hours ago


StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "When you think of Einstein — beyond the quotable old guy with the crazy hair — you probably think of trains moving near the speed of light, matter converting into energy (and vice versa), the fabric of space and time or perhaps the equivalence principle. Yet all of these ideas, special and general relativity, E=mc^2 and so on, sprung from the same source, the gedankenexperiment, or thought-experiment. It's amazing what the human mind, all on its own, can accomplish, including knocking on the door of the newest frontiers in science!"

Billionaire PayPal Founder Wants To Cure Death

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Google co-founder Larry Page is not the only Silicon Valley billionaire funding scientific research aimed at ending death and aging ( Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, says he is also intent on solving what he calls the 'problem of death.'

Thiel is funding the work of S.E.N.S. Foundation ( and has signed up for cryonic suspension with Alcor( 'I think there are probably three main modes of approaching it,â(TM) he says. âYou can accept it, you can deny it or you can fight it. I think our society is dominated by people who are into denial or acceptance, and I prefer to fight it.â(TM)"

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New Brunswick election in question after Voting Machine Fiasco

Dr Caleb (121505) writes | 2 hours ago


Dr Caleb (121505) writes "

"The New Brunswick Progressive Conservatives say they won't accept Monday's election result until all ballots are counted by hand."

Elections New Brunswick used 713 vote tabulation machines in the election, which had been expected to speed up the process of counting the ballots. This was the first provincial election to use them. However, problems emerged within two hours of polls closing, as manual counts were not matching up with electronic counts. For at least 90 minutes, Elections New Brunswick stopped transmitting updated results. "Michael Quinn, the chief electoral officer, said in a statement Monday night that some of his staff noted some of the results being entered manually were not getting replaced properly with results being uploaded from the tabulators."

There have also been reports on TV and Radio that some of the memory cards from the machines are missing and unaccounted for. They had been removed from some machines that were not transmitting the data to the central servers, so the memory cards were to be physically taken there and entered into the records. Reports also say some machines were not certified properly."

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Fedora 21 Alpha Released

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Fedora 21 Alpha has been released. After encountering multiple delays, the first development version is out for the Fedora.NEXT and Fedora 21 products. Fedora 21 features improved Wayland support, GNOME 3.14, many updated packages, greater server and cloud support, and countless other improvements with Fedora 20 already being nearly one year old."
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Kicking the Tires on 5 Free Python Editors

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes | 2 hours ago


Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "With so many options for Python editors out there, which should you use? Over on Dice (yes, yes, we know), developer and programmer David Bolton takes a look at five free Python editors, many of which are cross-platform: Eclipse plus PyDev and other plugins, PyScripter, Eric Python IDE, PyCharm Community Edition, and CodeSkulptor. He finds PyCharm "slick," Eric Python loaded up with some cool features, PyScripter nicely simple, and so on. "I’m leaning toward Eric because it’s just so full-featured, but that’s a personal preference," he writes. Everybody might not agree with his conclusions, especially given the popularity of Eclipse, but he does give an overview of what's out there."
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Netflix Rejects Canadian Regulator Jurisdiction Over Online Video

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Last week's very public fight between the CRTC and Netflix escalated on Monday as Netflix refused to comply with Commission's order to supply certain confidential information including subscriber numbers and expenditures on Canadian children's content. While the disclosure concerns revolve around the confidentiality of the data, the far bigger issue is now whether the CRTC has the legal authority to order it to do anything at all. Michael Geist reports that Netflix and Google are ready to challenge it in a case that could head to the Supreme Court of Canada."
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Does Marketing stand in the way Fuel Efficient Car Features?

jageryager (189071) writes | 2 hours ago


jageryager (189071) writes "I just bought a 2014 Honda Civic LX. I'm generally happy with it, I like the look, finish, interior, handling, Bluetooth, etc. But I am disappointed in the engineering for fuel efficiency. It does have "Eco Assist" but I question if it actually doing much. It seems to not have particularly better mileage than my 15 year old 130,000 mile Civic LX it is replacing. There are obvious inefficiencies that could be address with NO additional HW. For example, this car wants to creep when idling in drive. That must be burning some fuel. It also doesn't coast but instead engine brakes when I take my foot off the gas.. I've been kicking it into neutral to save but I shouldn't need to do that. Is fuel efficiency just a marketing gimmick to charge extra for even if it could be free? How can we change this?"
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Fukushima radiation still poisoning insects

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | 3 hours ago


sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Eating food contaminated with radioactive particles may be more perilous than thought—at least for insects. Butterfly larvae fed even slightly tainted leaves collected near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station were more likely to suffer physical abnormalities and low survival rates than those fed uncontaminated foliage, a new study finds. The research suggests that the environment in the Fukushima region, particularly in areas off-limits to humans because of safety concerns, will remain dangerous for wildlife for some time."
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Plans to introduce FTTH in top 20 Indian cities

knwny (2940129) writes | 3 hours ago


knwny (2940129) writes "Sterlite Industries are finalising the 'proof of concept' of a project to provide fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services to urban households across the top 20 Indian cities. The company claims that the network and services to end consumers would be similar to the Google Fibre project but the major difference lies in its plans to tie up with mobile operators for last-mile connectivity. Sterlite Industries is initially looking to hook up a million homes by 2016 across Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Chennai but the proposed speeds of 20 to 50 Mbps are definitely a long way off from the 1 Gbit/s speeds that Google Fibre provides."
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