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Robber Jailed after Attack is Heard over Call of Duty Online Game

Anonymous Coward writes | just now


An anonymous reader writes "A man who tied up and threatened to kill three men during a burglary has been jailed after the whole incident was heard over an online Xbox game.
During the robbery, two men tied up and threatened to shoot or stab the occupiers of an apartment if they didn't hand over drugs and money.

What the men did not realize was that during the entire incident, the residents of the flat had been playing the popular Xbox game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 online with a friend who heard the entire robbery relayed through his headset."

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Cyberith's Virtualizer Brings Running, Jumping... and Sitting to Virtual Reality

Zothecula (1870348) writes | 12 minutes ago


Zothecula (1870348) writes "In recent years, we've seen a number of virtual reality (VR) devices targeted at bringing more immersive gaming to the home while also adding locomotion to the mix. Joining the charge is the Virtualizer from Austrian-based company Cyberith. The rig features an omni-directional treadmill, which is nothing new, but in addition to letting gamers walk and run on the spot, it also lets them rotate, jump, crouch, kneel and even sit down, with these motions matched in game by their virtual selves."
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Making Simple xylem filter from Pine tree for providing safe drinking water.

rtoz (2530056) writes | 40 minutes ago


rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers at MIT have designed a simple water filter by peeling the bark off a small section of white pine, then inserting and securing it within plastic tubing.

So, If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through the stick to get the safe drinking water.

This simple xylem filter can filter most types of bacteria, the smallest of which measure about 200 nanometers. However, the filter probably cannot trap most viruses, which are much smaller in size.

Approximately 3 cm3 of sapwood can filter water at the rate of several liters per day, sufficient to meet the clean drinking water needs of one person."

Black Holes Not Black After All, Say Theoretical Physicists

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes | 49 minutes ago


KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Black holes are singularities in spacetime formed by stars that have collapsed at the end of their lives. But while black holes are one of the best known ideas in cosmology, physicists have never been entirely comfortable with the idea that regions of the universe can become infinitely density. Indeed, they only accept this because they can't think of any reason why it shouldn't happen. But in the last few months, just such a reason has emerged as a result of intense debate about one of cosmology's greatest problems--the information paradox. This is the fundamental tenet in quantum mechanics that all the information about a system is encoded in its wave function and this always evolves in a way that conserves information. The paradox arises when this system falls into a black hole causing the information to devolve into a single state. So information must be lost. Earlier this year, Stephen Hawking proposed a solution. His idea is that gravitational collapse can never continue beyond the so-called event horizon of a black hole beyond which information is lost. Gravitational collapse would approach the boundary but never go beyond it. That solves the information paradox but raises another question instead: if not a black hole, then what? Now one physicist has worked out the answer. His conclusion is that the collapsed star should end up about twice the radius of a conventional black hole but would not be dense enough to trap light forever and therefore would not be black. Indeed, to all intents and purposes, it would look like a large neutron star."

Chinese Businesses Withholding Money From Qualcomm In Anti-Trust Dispute

jfruh (300774) writes | 1 hour ago


jfruh (300774) writes "Qualcomm is best known for making chips, but it also has a robust patent-licensing business — one that, according to Chinese regulators, it's been abusing in that country by charging for expired patents, bundling patent licensing with chip sales, and refusing to license patents to certain chipmakers. The Chinese antitrust agency hasn't reach any conclusions, but many Chinese companies seem to be taking matters into their own hands, withholding royalty payments or otherwise failing to comply with their contracts."
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Tracking website visitors with hidden images

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "The Web never forgets: Persistent tracking mechanisms in the wild is the first large-scale study of three advanced web tracking mechanisms — canvas fingerprinting, evercookies and use of "cookie syncing" in conjunction with evercookies."
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2 Factor Authentication in the Real World? Please share your story.

Norsak (1755552) writes | 1 hour ago


Norsak (1755552) writes "I work as an IT Manager. We have 1000 users on a Windows domain, a fairly common scenario
I personally doubt that implementing 2 Factor Authentication in my organization would be possible. If some of you have successfully upgraded a company to 2 factor authentication, I would be very interested in hearing about your experience.

My primary concern is:
There are so many different ways a user can currently use AD credentials.
Wouldn’t any Two Factor Authentication solution support fewer access permutations than the old Username + Password system it is replacing?

Here are some scenarios that come to mind:

- Offline Laptop cached credentials login
- Iphone & Android email login, as well as offline access to old emails.
- Non IIS webservers that use LDAP to authenticate against AD

My second concern is ease of use and its impact on user acceptance.
At the bank they plug smartcards into a reader; but solutions beyond the desktop, like Microsoft’s Azure MFA, appear much more clunky.

Please share your experiences."

Browser extension exposes role money plays in Congress

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "Some are red. Some are blue. All are green.

"A free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, and Firefox that exposes the role money plays in Congress. Displays on any web page detailed campaign contribution data for every Senator and Representative, including total amount received and breakdown by industry and by size of donation. Puts vital data where it’s most relevant so you can discover the real impact of money on our political system.""

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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday


An anonymous reader writes "Bromium Labs analyzed public vulnerabilities and exploits from the first six months of 2014. The research determined that Internet Explorer vulnerabilities have increased more than 100 percent since 2013 , surpassing Java and Flash vulnerabilities. Web browsers have always been a favorite avenue of attack, but we are now seeing that hackers are not only getting better at attacking Internet Explorer, they are doing it more frequently."

Evolutionary theory doomed Concorde

xyankee (693587) writes | 3 hours ago


xyankee (693587) writes "A Duke university professor of mechanical engineering and materials science has explained that Concorde's fate was inevitable, based on his own constructal law developed in 1996. 'The law states that for a system to survive it must evolve to increase its access to flow – a process [that] is evident in animal vascular systems, river systems, tree branches and even modern road networks,' explains Engineering and Technology Magazine. 'Larger animals have longer lifespans and travel farther distances, just as passenger airplanes have been designed to do... The Concorde was too far off from the ratios that evolution has produced in passenger jets [to succeed],' says Dr. Adrian Bejan."

Overwhelming majority of UK broadband users opting out of porn filters

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes | 4 hours ago


mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "By all accounts, the UK's national porn filters have been a disaster. The network-level filters were introduced at the insistence of the government, which said that companies could either implement them voluntarily, or face legislation to force them to do so. After their introduction, more tech savvy users were able to avoid the filters entirely by simply using a browser extension. But 'ordinary' users found that many entirely innocent and non-pornographic sites being blocked due to the over-zealous nature of the filtering. Internet service providers (ISPs) didn't want them, many government ministers didn't want them, and now it is clear that the overwhelming majority of users don't want them either, according to the findings of an official study by the UK's telecommunications regulator, Ofcom. On three of the UK's top four ISPs, over 92% of users opted out of the porn filters. Just 5% of users on BT chose to keep the filters in place."

Sony agrees to $15m settlement for 2011 PSN attack

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes | 4 hours ago


mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The Anonymous-sponsored attacks lead to a loss of names, passwords, identity theft, and possibly even stolen credit card information. As such, a class action lawsuit was filed against the company. Due to this, Sony has finally agreed to a preliminary settlement of $15m, which may be able to appease most of the customers that suffered from this attack. The PlayStation Network users that did not partake in the "Welcome Back" program that Sony unveiled shortly after their online services were brought back will be able to choose from two of the following benefit options: One PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Portable game selected from a list of 14 games; three PlayStation 3 themes selected from a list of six themes; or a three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus free of charge. Claiming these benefits will be done on a first come, first serve basis, according to the Washington Examiner's report, and are subject to a $6m cap. The settlement isn't just about free games or services. Customers with documented identity theft charges are eligible for up to $2,500 per claim."

Ebola outbreak continues to expand

symbolset (646467) writes | yesterday


symbolset (646467) writes "In the realm of "stuff that matters", the current outbreak of the world's second deadliest disease continues to expand. 63 new cases are reported in the last week, and suspected cases far afield of the hot zone are reported.

Many reports of a lack of personal protective equipment and medical professionals abandoning their posts are in recent reports. The local populace is developing processes to prevent containment.

Ebola remains the second deadliest infection only because rabies victims have only one survivor reported after onset of symptoms, ever."

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The Time The US Blew Up A Passenger Plane — And Tried To Cover It Up

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes | 4 hours ago


mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane—Iran Air Flight 655—shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel on contested soil but by a U.S. Navy captain in command of an Aegis-class cruiser called the Vincennes. A quarter-century later, the Vincennes is almost completely forgotten, but it still ranks as the world’s seventh deadliest air disaster (Malaysia Air Flight 17 is the sixth) and one of the Pentagon’s most inexcusable disgraces. In several ways, the two calamities are similar. The Malaysian Boeing 777 wandered into a messy civil war in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border; the Iranian Airbus A300 wandered into a naval skirmish—one of many clashes in the ongoing “Tanker War” (another forgotten conflict)—in the Strait of Hormuz. In 1992, four years after the event (and shortly after I moved on to a different beat), Adm. Crowe admitted on ABC’s Nightline that the Vincennes was in Iranian waters at the time it shot down the plane. Back in 1988, he and others had said that the ship was in international waters. Not long after the shoot-down, Iran asked the United Nations Security Council to censure the United States for its “criminal act” against Iran Air Flight 655. Vice President George H.W. Bush, who was running to succeed Ronald Reagan as president, said on the campaign trail, “I will never apologize for the United States—I don’t care what the facts are.”"

One trillion Bq released by nuclear debris removal at Fukushima so far

AmiMoJo (196126) writes | 5 hours ago


AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says more than one trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released as a result of debris removal work at one of the plant's reactors. Radioactive cesium was detected at levels exceeding the government limit in rice harvested last year in Minami Soma, some 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels. The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material."

FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined for Lacking Transparency

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "The FCC issued a notice on Wednesday reminding ISPs that, according to the still-intact transparency rule of the 2010 Open Internet Order, they are required to be transparent about their services. "The FCC's transparency rule requires that consumers get the information they need to make informed choices about the broadband services they purchase." Applicable scenarios include "poorly worded service offers or inaccurate counts of data against a data cap...[as well as] blocking or slowing certain types of traffic without explaining that to the customer." The transparency rule gives the FCC the power to fine ISPs for non-compliance."

UAE announces 'first Arab spaceship to Mars' in 2021

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "The United Arab Emirates is establishing an official space agency with the goal of sending an uncrewed spaceship to Mars by 2021. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai, said in a statement that the space agency would be responsible for organizing the mission, developing the UAE's aerospace sector, and "maximizing the contribution of space industries to the national economy." Al Maktoum says the UAE has already invested 20 billion dirham ($5.4 billion) in space technologies, primarily satellites."
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Letter to Congress: Ending U.S. Dependency on Russia for Access to Space

Bruce Perens (3872) writes | 6 hours ago


Bruce Perens (3872) writes "I've sent a letter to my district's senators and member of congress this evening, regarding how we should achieve a swifter end to U.S. dependency on the Russians for access to space. Please read my letter, below. If you like it, please join me and send something similar to your own representatives. Find them here and here. — Bruce

Dear Congressperson Lee,

The U.S. is dependent on the Russians for present and future access to space. Only Soyuz can bring astronauts to and from the Space Station. The space vehicles being built by United Launch Alliance are designed around a Russian engine. NASA's own design for a crewed rocket is in its infancy and will not be useful for a decade, if it ever flies.

Mr. Putin has become much too bold because of other nations dependence. The recent loss of Malaysia Air MH17 and all aboard is one consequence.

Ending our dependency on Russia for access to space, sooner than we previously planned, has become critical. SpaceX has announced the crewed version of their Dragon spaceship. They have had multiple successful flights and returns to Earth of the un-crewed Dragon and their Falcon 9 rocket, which are without unfortunate foreign dependencies. SpaceX is pursuing development using private funds. The U.S. should now support and accelerate that development.

SpaceX has, after only a decade of development, demonstrated many advances over existing and planned paths to space. Recently they have twice successfully brought the first stage of their Falcon 9 rocket back to the ocean surface at a speed that would allow safe landing on ground. They have demonstrated many times the safe takeoff, flight to significant altitude, ground landing and re-flight of two similar test rockets. In October they plan the touchdown of their rocket's first stage on a barge at sea, and its recovery and re-use after a full flight to space. Should their plan for a reusable first-stage, second, and crew vehicle be achieved, it could result in a reduction in the cost of access to space to perhaps 1/100 of the current "astronomical" price. This would open a new frontier to economical access in a way not witnessed by our nation since the transcontinental railroad. The U.S. should now support this effort and reap its tremendous economic rewards.

This plan is not without risk, and like all space research there will be failures, delays, and eventually lost life. However, the many successes of SpaceX argue for our increased support now, and the potential of tremendous benefit to our nation and the world.

Please write back to me.

Many Thanks

Bruce Perens"

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