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Tor Project Will Only Grow if Google, Facebook or Twitter Take it On

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes | 10 minutes ago


DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "The popularity of Tor is growing with the anonymity network having up to 2.5 million people using it at any one time, but as it get more popular, the foundation set up to over see its development struggles to cope. And that is why the executive director of the Tor Project believe that only a company like Facebook, Google or Twitter can take it on and make it mainstream"
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Would Scottish independence mean the end of UK's nuclear arsenal?

Lasrick (2629253) writes | yesterday


Lasrick (2629253) writes "The referendum on Scottish independence on September 18th affects more than just residents of the United Kingdom. All of the UK's nuclear deterrent is located in Scotland (no wonder they want independence), and Alex Salmond and the Scottish government have pledged to safely remove and permanently ban nuclear weapons from Scottish territory within the first term of a newly independent parliament. Although the polls seem not to favor Scottish independence, you would think the British government would have some sort of contingency plan to quickly and safely remove these weapons from Scottish soil. Nope. There's no contingency plan."
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Android test automation tool

msystech (3793933) writes | 2 hours ago


msystech (3793933) writes "Quality testing of mobile apps across various operating systems and devices is necessary for their long-term success in this highly competitive app market.

There is a constant need for robust Android test automation tools to ensure software compatibility across various versions of the operating system. In case of Android, you have to also take care of the hardware diversity provided by many Android OEMs. Taking into account all of these issues and constraints, MSys has come up with Mobitaz, a test automation tool to manage the entire range of functionalities of an Android app before its market release."

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Scientists Confirm Life Under Antarctic Ice for the First Time

MikeChino (1640221) writes | yesterday


MikeChino (1640221) writes "A new paper by a group of researchers from Montana State University confirms that life can survive under antarctic ice. Researchers led by John Priscu drilled down into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and pulled up organisms called Archaea. These organisms survive by converting methane into energy, enabling them to survive where there is no wind or sunlight, buried deep under the ice."
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Tech Looks to Obama to Save Them From "Just Sort of OK" U.S. Workers

theodp (442580) writes | 3 hours ago


theodp (442580) writes "Following up on news that the White House met with big biz on immigration earlier this month, Bloomberg sat down with Joe Green, the head of Mark Zuckerberg's Fwd.US PAC, to discuss possible executive actions President Obama might take on high tech immigration (video) in September. "Hey, Joe," asked interviewer Alix Steel. "All we keep hearing about this earnings season though from big tech is how they're actually cutting jobs. If you look at Microsoft, Cisco, IBM Hewlett-Packard, why do the tech companies then need more tech visas?" Green explained why tech may not want to settle for laid-off U.S. talent when the world is its oyster. "The difference between someone who's truly great and just sort of okay is really huge," Green said. "Culture in tech is a very meritocratic culture," he added. "The vast, vast majority of tech engineers that I talked to who are from the United States are very supportive of bringing in people from other countries because they want to work with the very best.""

EVE Online currently unavailable due to DDoS attack.

dpmarsh (1154091) writes | 3 hours ago


dpmarsh (1154091) writes "The biggest multiplayer universe EVE Online lost connections yesterday evening (UK time) leaving players in precarious situations. The service did return for about an hour and then disappeared again. EVE's twitter feed @EVE_status confirmed it was under a DDoS attack although denied it was anything to do with the impending eruption of the Bardarbunga volcano. As of 0700 UTC EVE Online is still EVE Offline."
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Police warn sharing James Foley killing video is a crime

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday


An anonymous reader writes "Scotland Yard has warned internet users they could be arrested under terrorism legislation if they viewed or shared the video of James Foley's murder, as Twitter and YouTube attempted to remove all trace of the footage from the web.

Twitter suspended dozens of accounts that published the graphic footage while YouTube tried to remove several copies of the video, which was first uploaded on Tuesday night.

Twitter CEO Dick Costolo tweeted: "We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery. Thank you."

The unprecedented social media clampdown came as the Metropolitan police warned that even viewing the video could constitute a criminal offence in the UK.

The force said in a statement: "The MPS counter-terrorism command (SO15) is investigating the contents of the video that was posted online in relation to the alleged murder of James Foley. We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under terrorism legislation.""

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Operating System U Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Operating System U Launches Kickstarter Campaign
Short Hills, NJ August 22, 2014 – On August 22, 2014 Operating System U started their month long Kickstarter campaign this morning for user-friendly Operating System based on Linux.
Operating System U strives for consistency and control by putting the power back into the users hands. This amazing new operating system allows the user to be fully in control of how their computer functions while no longer having to settle for updates that interferes with the current functions that you are accustomed to.
Inspired by Microsoft's Windows 7 to Windows 8 upgrade, founder Andrew Bernstein decided to create an operating system that only updates aspects that you want to update, and keeps functions that you love the way they are. He followed the motto, “If it ain’t broke, Don’t fix it?” Andrew and his team thought that the idea of being forced to upgrade the entire OS was a broken system, so they came out with OS u, a program they believe changes computing for the better.
Andrew Bernstein is a 17 year old high school student from Short Hills NJ that suffers from ADHD and decided to offer a solution to the challenge of constant change that some operating systems offer. Operating System U is free. There’s no hidden fees or blocked features, and there’s no trial period. Whether you are utilizing their laptop (Ubook Go) with OS u preinstalled, or downloading it onto your existing computer, the program is free, the (optional) upgrades are free, and the necessary bug fixes are, of course, free. You get the whole package with no cost to you whatsoever.
The campaign’s $50,000 fundraising goal will allow Andrew Bernstein to finish development of Operating System U and to mass produce their Ubook Go laptop and USBs. A highlighted perk includes an early bird special for backers that pledge a $185 or more gets a Ubook Go! A Ubook Go is a laptop with OS u preinstalled! This is the lowest price you’ll ever find for buying a Ubook Go, as it is our flagship. For this reason, only the first 100 backers at this level can ever get a Ubook Go at this price.
The Kickstarter campaign for Operating System U runs until 30 days after August 22, 2014 and can be found at

For more information on Operating System U, go to

About Andrew Bernstein
Andrew Bernstein, is a 17-year-old high-school student from Short Hills, NJ with also have ADHD. As a result of his resistant to certain change and the ever changing environment of operating systems, he set out to create Operating System U. It's called Operating System U because it's the user's OS. With OS u, the goal is to strive to create a consistent and user-friendly OS. Andrew wanted to put the power back into the hands of the user. It is by this that he pledges to never introduce a feature and force it onto the user. It is the user's desktop, thus it is the user's choice. Consistency and Control. User-oriented computing at its best."

KVAD Photo Studio

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "KVAD Photo Studio is a powerful all-in-one image processing application for photographers of any level."
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The star that exploded at the dawn of time

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | yesterday


sciencehabit (1205606) writes "To probe the dawn of time, astronomers usually peer far away; but now they've made a notable discovery close to home. An ancient star a mere thousand light-years from Earth bears chemical elements that may have been forged by the death of a star that was both extremely massive and one of the first to arise after the big bang. If confirmed, the finding means that some of the universe’s first stars were so massive they died in exceptionally violent explosions that altered the growth of early galaxies."
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What is this $41.8 Million of Ice Buckets going to do for ALS

turning in circles (2882659) writes | 7 hours ago


turning in circles (2882659) writes " The New York Times reported that donations to ALS topped $41.8 million. This is great for raising awareness about this horrible disease. The disease is horrible because not only does it have no cure, no one really understands the causes of it. I have heard pharmaceuticals abused for not producing a cure, but they don't know how. Sorry to throw cold water on this party (ahem), but aren't there other worthy charities that are a little closer to actually helping people right now, or soon, that would be better to donate to?"

Cause of global warming 'hiatus' found deep in the Atlantic

vinces99 (2792707) writes | yesterday


vinces99 (2792707) writes "Following rapid warming in the late 20th century, this century has so far seen surprisingly little increase in the average temperature at the Earth’s surface. More than a dozen theories have now been proposed for the so-called global warming hiatus, ranging from air pollution to volcanoes to sunspots. New research from the University of Washington shows the heat absent from the surface is plunging deep in the north and south Atlantic Ocean, and is part of a naturally occurring cycle. The study is published Aug. 22 in Science.

Subsurface ocean warming explains why global average air temperatures have flatlined since 1999, despite greenhouse gases trapping more solar heat at the Earth’s surface. “Every week there’s a new explanation of the hiatus,” said corresponding author Ka-Kit Tung, a UW professor of applied mathematics and adjunct faculty member in atmospheric sciences. “Many of the earlier papers had necessarily focused on symptoms at the surface of the Earth, where we see many different and related phenomena. We looked at observations in the ocean to try to find the underlying cause.”

What they found is that a slow-moving current in the Atlantic, which carries heat between the two poles, sped up earlier this century to draw heat down almost a mile (1,500 meters). Most previous studies focused on shorter-term variability or particles that could block incoming sunlight, but they could not explain the massive amount of heat missing for more than a decade."

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Scientists Developing Remote-Control Cyborg Moths

Zothecula (1870348) writes | yesterday


Zothecula (1870348) writes "We've been hearing a lot about the development of tiny flying sensor-equipped robots, that could be sent into areas such as disaster sites to seek out survivors or survey the damage. However, why go to the trouble of designing those robots from scratch, when there are already ready-made insects that are about the right size? That's the thinking behind research being conducted at North Carolina State University, which is aimed at converting moths into "biobots.""
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States with faster Internet speeds have smarter people, study shows

Anonymous Coward writes | 11 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "The numbers—first crunched by the Internet provider comparison site HSI—show a distinct trend between faster Internet and higher ACT test scores. On the high end, Massachusetts scores big with an average Internet speed of 13.1Mbps, and an average ACT test score of 24.1. Mississippi, on the other hand, has an average speed of just 7.6Mbps and an average score of 18.9.

In between those two states, the other 48 fall in a positive correlation that, while not perfect, is quite undeniable. According to HSI's Edwin Ivanauskas, the correlation is stronger than that between household income and test scores, which have long been considered to be firmly connected to each other. The ACT scores were gathered from, which has the official rankings and averages for the 2013 test, and the speed ratings were taken from Internet analytics firm Akamai’s latest report."

How Does Tesla Build A Supercharger Charging Site?

cartechboy (2660665) writes | 2 days ago


cartechboy (2660665) writes "Tesla's Superchargers are the talk of the electric car community. These charging stations can take a Model S battery pack from nearly empty to about 150 miles or range in around 30 minutes. That's crazy fast, and it's nothing short of impressive. But what does it take to actually build a Tesla Supercharger site? Apparently a lot of digging. A massive trench is created to run high-capacity electric cables before the charging stations themselves are even installed. A diagram and photos of the Electric Conduit Construction build out have surfaced on the Internet. The conduits connect the charging stations to a power distribution center, which in turn is connected to a transformer that provides the power for charging cars. It took 11 days to install the six charging stalls in Goodland, Kansas. If you thought it was a quick process to build a Supercharger station, you were clearly wrong. Now, what ever happened to those battery swapping stations?"

FCC warned not to take actions a Republican-led FCC would dislike

tlhIngan (30335) writes | yesterday


tlhIngan (30335) writes "Municipal broadband is in the news again — this time Chief of Staff Matthew Berry, speaking at the National Conference of State Legislatures, has endorsed states' right to ban municipal broadband networks and warned the (Democrat-led) FCC to not do anything that a future Republican led FCC would dislike. The argument is that municipal broadband discourages private investment in broadband communications, that taxpayer-funded projects are barriers to future infrastructure investment."
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