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Denmark Scientists invented a New Material which can suck and release Oxygen

Brian Conrad (3818221) writes | 2 minutes ago


Brian Conrad (3818221) writes "Now you suddenly needed to vacuum all the oxygen from a room which caught fire and all you have to do is to place the "unnamed" material in the room and it will suck all the oxygen. Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized crystalline materials that can bind and store oxygen in high concentrations. Just one spoon of the substance is enough to absorb all the oxygen in a room. The stored oxygen can be released again when and where it is needed."
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Monocular Compound

Hoanmm (3805371) writes | about half an hour ago


Hoanmm (3805371) writes "There are four levels of magnification offered with this microscope: 40X, 100X, 400X and 1000X. These levels ensure that it is an ideal tool students and teachers. It’s also very useful for vets to test animal waste. This selection helps to ensure that students in biological and pharmaceutical disciplines may have no problems as the magnification is optimum for their needs. Various levels of magnification means that the students may use it based on the requirements. It has been well-designed as most individuals will rarely have to go beyond a 1000X magnification."
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Will Security Kill TheCloud?

laurenellis (3859935) writes | about an hour ago


laurenellis (3859935) writes "Hardware such as thumb drives, cell phones, laptops and even computers are becoming outdated in terms of their utility as data storage devices. They are easily lost, stolen or prone to damage by viruses or even physical destruction by an unfortunate fire or an accidental dunk in a swimming pool. The cloud has done away with this type of concern today, but what about cloud security?"
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One F!T Day 9 (Friday)

macphailmarketta (3816551) writes | about an hour ago


macphailmarketta (3816551) writes "About One F!T:
One F!t is tailored specially for today's busy professionals who work in excess of 8 hour days and simply don't have the time to go to the gym to exercise. This program is also great for people just getting into physical fitness as it is a basic course. The course takes place 3 days a week for 3 weeks; each workout day will not waste you more than 10 minutes--saving you a lot of time. No weights required, all body weight exercises. When your body gets stronger you can skip the rest day and do the workouts 5 days in a row. Be sure to give your body enough time to recuperate as to avoid injury.

Best of all, One F!T is completely free. Physical fitness is a life-time marathon, not a 60-120 day sprint.

One F!T can't promise you a certain body type in X amount of days. But if you stick with it, even on days when you don't want to, it will give you the self confidence and motivation to tackle the more challenging workout programs out there. Remember starting something new is always tough but be persistent and you'll soon overcome the initial hump. Good luck! You can do it!"

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UK government switches vehicle taxation over to beta system, which breaks

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday


An anonymous reader writes "When you pay the tax on a road vehicle in the UK, you used to get a paper "tax disk" to affix to the inside of your car windshield. However the relevant records are documented electronically anyway, inspiring the government to replace the paper system with a purely online one. Unfortunately said system was still in beta when it launched today and predictably, it has broken under user demand. No alternative system is available. (The licencing agency actually ran out of the paper disks more than a month ago, and has been printing them out on normal office paper and asking vehicle owners to cut out the circle themselves.) The initiative is part of a larger "digital-first", restructuring of how the government provides services aimed at "meeting user needs"."

Command Injection Security Issue in WIndows

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "Windows Command Shell allows environment variables to contain an “&” (ampersand) character, such as: SET A=T1^&T2
When assigning (e.g. Set B=%A%) or displaying (e.g. echo %A%) this environment variable, everything after the “&” character is interpreted as a new command and executed. So, in our example, if T2 is in the system’s PATH (or a built-in command, obviously), it gets executed.

On file-servers, this behavior can be turned into an exploit when system-administrators run command-shell scripts (a.k.a. "batchfiles", .cmd or .bat files) that use the %CD% environment variable. Examples of such system-administration command-shell scripts can be found all over the web (see link below for more info).
It is possible for a low-privileged user to create a directory called “T&program”. When a vulnerable command-shell script encounters this directory, it will execute an application (or batchfile) called program.exe (or program.cmd). Since these command-shell scripts typically run under elevated privileges, the user's program gets executed using the same privileges and would allow the user to take control of the server.
Putting quotes around the variables does not fully solve the issue; for example: SET B=T”&Calc& will execute calc.exe when assigned as follows: SET “C=%B%”. This does not apply to %CD% though, since directory names cannot contain quotes.
Any scripts running on file servers (and possibly others as well) should be examined and fixed as soon as possible
  More info at http://www.thesecurityfactory...."

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Apple might lose Siri's core tech to Samsung

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "We all know Apple bought Siri in 2010, but what many didn't know is its core technology is owned by Nuance, maker of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Well, it seems Samsung is looking to buy Nuance, and if it does, what are the chances it will cut off the Nuance core from Apple? About as likely as the sun rising in the east."

Bangladesh considers building world's 5th-largest data center in earthquake zone

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday


An anonymous reader writes "From the article: "The Bangladesh Ministry of Information is considering the establishment of a Tier 4 data centre in Kaliakair, in the Gazipur region, an ambitious build which would constitute the fifth largest data centre in the world, if completed. And if it survives – the site mooted for the project is prone to earthquakes.

"Earthquake activity in the environs is discouraging, with one nearby earthquake seven months ago in Ranir Bazar (3.8), and no less than ten within the same tectonic zone over the last three years, the largest of which measured 4.5 on the Richter scale.""

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Xen Cloud Fix Shows the Right Way To Patch Open-Source Flaws

darthcamaro (735685) writes | 4 hours ago


darthcamaro (735685) writes "Amazon, Rackspace and IBM have all patched their public clouds over the last several days due to a vulnerability in the Xen hypervisor. According to a new report, the Xen project was first advised of the issue two weeks ago, but instead of the knee jerk type reactions we've seen with Heartbleed and now Shellshock, the Xen project privately fixed the bug and waited until all the major Xen deployment were patched before any details were released. Isn't this the way that all open-source projects should fix security issues?"
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35000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

the eric conspiracy (20178) writes | 6 hours ago


the eric conspiracy (20178) writes "Lack of sea ice in the Arctic has forced record numbers of walrus to come ashore in Alaska. The walrus, looking for a place to rest have come ashore in Point Lay Alaska. The walrus normally rest on floating ice.

'We are witnessing a slow-motion catastrophe in the Arctic,' Lou Leonard, vice president for climate change at the World Wildlife Fund, said in a statement that was reported by CNN. 'As this ice dwindles, the Arctic will experience some of the most dramatic changes our generation has ever witnessed. This loss will impact the annual migration of wildlife through the region, threaten the long-term health of walrus and polar bear populations, and change the lives of those who rely on the Arctic ecosystem for their way of life.'"

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Creepy Guys Inspire Women To Create New Dating App (3830033) writes | 5 hours ago

0 (3830033) writes "Tricia Romano reports at the Seattle Times that Susie Lee and Katrina Hess have developed Siren, a new online dating app designed to protect against men inundating women with messages that are by turns gross, hilarious, objectifying and just plain sad. A 2012 experiment by Jon Millward, a data journalist, found that women were messaged 17 times more than men; the best-looking woman received 536 messages in four months, while the best-looking guy received only 38. Lee hopes to change the nature of the messages and put women in the driver’s seat. As online dating options have grown, Lee noticed that her friends' frustration did, too: With every good introduction often came a slew of lewd ones. "I just started looking (at online dating options) and very quickly realized how many things are out there and how immediately my 'creepy meter' went up," Lee says. The free iPhone app, currently launched to a select market in Seattle in August, allows women to peruse men’s pictures and their answers to the “Question of the Day” (“You found a magic lamp and get three wishes. What are they?”) and view their Video Challenges (“Show us a hidden gem in Seattle”). If a woman is suitably impressed by a man’s answers, she can make herself visible to him. Only then can he see what she looks like. "It’s a far more thoughtful — and cautious — approach than the one taken by the dating app of the moment, Tinder, which is effectively a “hot or not” game, with little information beyond a few photos, age and volunteered biographical tidbits," writes Romano. "And the implicit notion that it’s a “hookup” app can be uncomfortable for some women." Lee and Hess are betting that men are less shallow and want more repartee. And they know that women want a little more flirtation than crude references. After all, Siren’s motto is “Charm Someone’s Pants Off.” “Before the ‘pants off,’ it’s more about charming someone,” says Hess. “Be charming.”"

Laying the groundwork for data-driven science

aarondubrow (1866212) writes | 11 hours ago


aarondubrow (1866212) writes "The ability to collect and analyze massive amounts of data is transforming science, industry and everyday life. But what we've seen so far is likely just the tip of the iceberg. As part of an effort to improve the nation's capacity in data science, NSF today announced $31 million in new funding to support 17 innovative projects under the Data Infrastructure Building Blocks (DIBBs) program, including data infrastructure for education, ecology and geophysics. "Each project tests a critical component in a future data ecosystem in conjunction with a research community of users," said said Irene Qualters, division director for Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at NSF. "This assures that solutions will be applied and use-inspired.""

Whose car is it? Bricked Model S a no go unless Tesla says so.

blagooly (897225) writes | 6 hours ago


blagooly (897225) writes ""SAN DIEGO — A San Diego man bought a high-end Tesla at auction for nearly half price, but now he can't get the company to activate the car.
He says repairing the car has been easy; dealing with Tesla has been the challenge.
Rutman says he needs a Tesla-certified mechanic to switch on the car's brain so it will accept a charge. But Tesla won't do it unless he signs a liability release form. The form also gives Tesla the final say on whether the car is roadworthy."
Should a manufacturer have the power to shut down your gadget, your car, your refrigerator? For what reason? We have just seen shutdown devices for folk's who miss car payments. Buyer beware."

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