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Reliable Bulk SMS Gateway Service Provider in INDIA - SMS GATEWAY HUB

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An anonymous reader writes "At SMSGATEWAYHUB operates under the firm “SUN Mobile Marketing” and is located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. We believe in customer satisfaction as topmost priority above anything or everything. We’re couple of dedicated individuals striving hard to deliver bulk sms service at best rates ever possible without compromising the quality."
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Chinese Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

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An anonymous reader writes "A pleasant ceremony was planned for the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. A ceremony at Tiananmen Square would release 10,000 pigeons at sunrise to symbolize an era of peace. Unfortunately, even symbols of peace can apparently remind people of violence. Chinese authorities searched all 10,000 pigeons for "dangerous materials," after the government was concerned they might be used for attacks. The pigeons' feathers were checked, and they were given a cavity search as well. The reports did not indicate what kind of "dangerous materials" these pigeons might be carrying. It's unclear whether any pigeons disclosed terror plots under interrogation."
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Lancaster Insurance

briandsmith (3860433) writes | 8 minutes ago

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briandsmith (3860433) writes "I have been enjoying classic cars for a very long time. I am now in my 50s and have been driving classic cars for about 20 years.

I have driven a MGB, a Jag, a Audi Quattro and an old Ferrari. No matter which one I drive, I enjoy it immensely. It's not just to drive, I like the restoration side of it and restoring the cars to their former glory.

Anyway, what I am sharing are the guys that basically made all this possible. When it comes to insurance, classic cars is always a tough one. Age, agreed value, premium cost and risk are the main issues. However, Lancaster Insurance could not have been better to me. They've helped me get on the road and been great year on year.

I just thought I'd share them with you as you may be struggling like I was and hopefully this will help you on your way"

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Aral Sea Basin Almost Completely Dry

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An anonymous reader writes "In 2000, NASA began taking satellite images of the Aral Sea in central Asia, which was once the fourth-largest inland lake in the world. At that time, there was an expansive eastern basin, and smaller basins to the north and west. In images recorded just last week, we see that the eastern basin is completely gone, and the western basin a just thin strip of water. The local fishing industry has been devastated, old ship graveyards now rest on dry ground, and salt-heavy sand is being blown around the region, causing health issues. Most of the lake's decline is attributable to human intervention: "In the 1950s, two of the region’s major rivers – the Amu Darya and and the Syr Darya – were diverted by the Soviet government to provide irrigation for cotton production in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, starving the Aral. It has been diminishing ever since, with the sea level dropping 16 meters between 1960 and 1996, according to the World Bank. Water levels are believed to be down to less than 10 per cent of what they were five decades ago." Low levels of rain and snow didn't help."
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

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An anonymous reader writes "Have you ever been pulled over for a traffic stop and wondered if your sporty car was what caught the officer's attention? Ever had an officer pass up your clunker to snag a flashier vehicle? Well, there's now some data showing which vehicles accumulate the most tickets. According to a study by Insurance.com, drivers of the Subaru WRX, Pontiac GTO, and Scion FR-S get a higher percentage of tickets than drivers of any other cars. At the bottom of the list, we see vehicles such as the Ford Ecosport, the Land Rover LR4, and Chevy Sportvan. They have a widget that will let you see data on your own make/model, if you're curious"
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Reserve Bank ordered to pay back R250m to Mark Shuttleworth

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An anonymous reader writes "South Africa-born tech entrepreneur and world’s first space tourist Mark Shuttleworth has been awarded R250m – with interest – by the court of appeal following a lengthy legal battle over exchange control levies which saw that amount docked from his R2.5bn fortune when he sought to repatriate the money overseas."
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Insider Incidents And High-Profile Crimes Increasing

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An anonymous reader writes "The number of reported security incidents rose 48 percent this year to 42.8 million – which is the equivalent of 117,339 attacks per day. As security incidents grow in frequency, the associated costs of managing and mitigating breaches are also increasing. Globally, the estimated reported average financial loss from cybersecurity incidents was $2.7 million – a 34 percent increase over 2013. Insiders have become the most-cited culprits of cybercrime – but in many cases, they unwittingly compromise data through loss of mobile devices or targeted phishing schemes."

Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million Humans On Mars To Safeguard Humanity

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An anonymous reader writes "Elon Musk's ambitions for SpaceX keep getting bigger. First he wanted to make the trip to Mars affordable, then he wanted to establish a city-sized colony, and now he's got his eye on the future of humanity. Musk says we need a million people on Mars to form a "sustainable, genetically diverse civilization" that can survive as humanity's insurance policy. He continued, "Even at a million, you’re really assuming an incredible amount of productivity per person, because you would need to recreate the entire industrial base on Mars. You would need to mine and refine all of these different materials, in a much more difficult environment than Earth. There would be no trees growing. There would be no oxygen or nitrogen that are just there. No oil." How fast could we do it? Within a century, once the spacecraft reusability problem is solved. "Excluding organic growth, if you could take 100 people at a time, you would need 10,000 trips to get to a million people. But you would also need a lot of cargo to support those people. In fact, your cargo to person ratio is going to be quite high. It would probably be 10 cargo trips for every human trip, so more like 100,000 trips. And we’re talking 100,000 trips of a giant spaceship.""
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Scientific explanation of why men wasted together

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes | 1 hour ago

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Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Men seem to like getting drunk together more than women do and now a group of boffins think they know why

Smiles are contagious in a group of men sitting around drinking alcohol, according to a study announced Tuesday in the journal Clinical Psychological Science. This suggests that booze serves as a social lubricant for men, making them more sensitive to social behaviors, like smiling, and freeing them to connect with one another in a way that a soda can’t

Lest that strike you as laughably obvious, consider this: the effect does not hold if there are any women in the group, according to the study authors

A site note of the research points to the fact that genuine smiles are perfectly contagious among sober women, just not sober men

The authors don’t posit a guess as to why the presence of a woman keeps drunk men from catching smiles from one another, except to say that booze seems to disrupt "processes that would normally prevent them from responding to another person’s smile""

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Solar Power Revolution in India

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago

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An anonymous reader writes "From the observation tower in the Thar desert and as far as the eye can see, the dark blue arrays of a million solar panels can be seen sitting silently on the red dust. The Charanka solar park in Gujarat is an “ultra-mega” power project – the Indian government’s phrase – and the biggest in Asia.
But unlike the hundreds of coal plants and their noxious smokestacks being built in the country, the only danger linked to the solar panels are the snakes and scorpions that slink and scuttle between the sparse shrubs, posing a minor hazard to those who dust off the panels after dusk.
“But today, God is doing the cleaning,” says Poojan Ghodadra, programme manager for SunEdison, as rare, intense rain bounces off the panels. SunEdison has provided about a 10th of the 221MW total in the 5,000-acre solar park."

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Intel Eats Its Own Dogfood, Saves $9M Using Internet Of Things In Factory

jfruh (300774) writes | 2 hours ago

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jfruh (300774) writes "A good way to sell someone a new technology? Prove to them that you believe in it enough to use it yourself. IBM has been trying to get customers to buy into the concept of the "Internet of Things," in which tiny distributed networked sensors would improve manufacturing processes. To prove its point, Big Blue implemented such a system in one of its Malaysian factories, and claimed $9 million in savings."
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US Army develops new sand table technology

stephendavion (2872091) writes | 2 hours ago

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "The US military has displayed a potential new sand table technology at the recently concluded Modern Day Marine exhibition held aboard the Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, US. Developed by the Army Research Laboratory, the augmented reality sand (ARES) table features a laptop connected to a projector and a Microsoft Kinect, a combined microphone and camera device used with video game systems. The table combines readily available and relatively inexpensive commercial off-the-shelf technology, and improves on the notecards and string seen in legacy sand tables by projecting images of units and landscapes down onto a tabletop box of sand. Projecting units and vehicles as 3x5 notecards and roads or streams as pieces of string, the traditional sand tables are rudimentary three-dimensional maps used for military planning and war games on a small scale."

Malware Targets Hong Kong Protestors' Cell Phones

jfruh (300774) writes | 2 hours ago

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jfruh (300774) writes "An iOS trojan called Xsser mRAT seems to be targeting people in Hong Kong protesting China's plan to restrict elections there, and Lacoon Mobile Security says it has trademarks of being developed by a nation-state. A similar piece of malware masqueraded as a tool for coordinating protests and attacked Android users. The trojan collects SMS messages, call logs, location data, photos, and address books data."
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David Cameron says Brits should be taught Imperial measures

00_NOP (559413) writes | yesterday

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00_NOP (559413) writes "Children in the UK have been taught in metric measures in school since (at least) 1972, but yesterday British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested that they should actually be taught in Imperial measures (which are still in use officially to measure road distances and speeds but not really anywhere else). Is this because he has not got a clue about science or because he is trying to buy off his right wing fringe (who object to "metrication") or because he might be a bit stupid, Oxford degree not withstanding?"
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Sophisticated iOS malware targets Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "A sophisticated iOS malware named Xsser affecting the operating systems of iPhones and iPads have popped up, targeting Hong Kong protesters. Cyber-security firm Lacoon Mobile Security has said the iOS virus, capable of stealing all the personal details from the Apple devices including contacts, passwords, and photographs, was inadvertently identified during an investigation on Android equipment for spywares.
The firm squarely pointed fingers at the Chinese administration, saying such a cross-platform attack involving both iOS and Android indicates that it is launched by a "very large organisation or nation state"."

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Tetris to be Made into a Live Action Film

SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes | 6 hours ago

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SchrodingerZ (2576405) writes "Threshold Entertainment has announced that it will be producing a live action film based on the Russian stacking game Tetris. Designed in 1984 by Alexey Pajitnov, Tetris has sold over 35 million copies worldwide. Threshold CEO Larry Kasanoff promises "a very big, epic sci-fi movie," explaining "this isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes." Kasanoff is known for his work with the video game films 'Mortal Kombat', and 'Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,' collectively grossing $105 million in revenue. The studio is planning "a story behind ‘Tetris’ which makes it a much more imaginative thing,” though no directors nor cast have been connected to the film. Threshold Entertainement teased the idea, saying "What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance.""
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Calling Mr Orwell, rejigged executive order makes collecting data not collecting

sandbagger (654585) writes | yesterday

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sandbagger (654585) writes "'...it is often the case that one can be led astray by relying on the generic or commonly understood definition of a particular word.' Specifically words offering constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. TechDirt looks at the redefinition of the term collection as redefined by Executive Order 12333 to allow basically every information dragnet, provided no-one looks at it. "Collection" is now defined as "collection plus action." According to this document, ot still isn't collected, even if its been gathered, packaged and sent to a "supervisory authority." No collection happens until examination. It's Schroedinger's data, neither collected nor uncollected until the "box" has been opened. This leads to the question of aging off collected data/communications: if certain (non) collections haven't been examined at the end of the 5-year storage limit, are they allowed to be retained simply because they haven't officially been collected yet? Does the timer start when the "box" is opened or when the "box" is filled?"
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DIY Open Source Smart Watch Launches

Anonymous Coward writes | 8 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "An Open Source project called TinyScreen has just launched which lets you create your own wearable devices like smart watches using a miniature Arduino hardware system with a color OLED screen. The hardware includes support for Bluetooth Low Energy connections to smart phones along with iOS and Android apps, and is small enough to create a set of smart glasses."

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