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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

jfruh (300774) writes | 20 minutes ago


jfruh (300774) writes "If you get into the TSA security line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you'll see monitors telling you how long your wait will be — and if you have a phone with Wi-Fi enabled, you're helping the airport come up with that number. A system implemented by Cisco tracks the MAC addresses of phones searching for Wi-Fi networks and sees how long it takes those phones to traverse the line, giving a sense of how quickly things are moving. While this is useful information to have, the privacy implications are a bit unsettling."
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iOS 8 Jailbreak pangu v 1.0.1 download to jailbreak 8.1-8.0

Anonymous Coward writes | 23 minutes ago


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Imogen Heap Documentary Film Made Using Social Media Data

Anonymous Coward writes | about half an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "London-based production company Modern has announced the release of the ground-breaking documentary — Cumulus. The film focuses on the Grammy winning musician and singer-songwriter Imogen Heap, and was Directed by independent filmmaker and digital creative Christopher Ian Smith.

An experimental take on the documentary film format, Cumulus has been crafted solely through the manipulation of the social media data and digital content of Imogen Heap and interactions with her fans through Tweets, Facebook posts, Reddit AMAs, YouTube videos, Instagram images, Vine videos and more. This data is visualised through motion graphics as part of a multi-screen narrative.

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Amazon opens possibly NSA-proof German Cloud - Register

feedfeeder (1749978) writes | about an hour ago


New York Times

Amazon opens possibly NSA-proof German Cloud
Amazon's European customers wary of US data snoops can now build scalable clouds on AWS and stay entirely on their home continent. The giant today announced the opening of its brand-new data centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The data centre – or "region"...
Amazon Web Services Cloud Computing Platform Now Available to Customers ... MarketWatch
Amazon Cloud Service Courts Germany With New Data CenterBloomberg
Amazon Web Services to Open German CenterNew York Times (blog)
TechCrunch (blog) Newswire (press release)
all 49 news articles

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Apple 1 Computer Sold At Auction For $905,000

Dave Knott (2917251) writes | about an hour ago


Dave Knott (2917251) writes "One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc’s first pre-assembled computer, the Apple 1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday. The final price outstrips expectations, as auction house Bonhams had said it expected to sell the machine, which was working as of September, for between $300,000 and $500,000. The buyer was The Henry Ford organization, which plans to display the computer in its museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Only 63 surviving authentic Apple 1’s were listed in an Apple 1 Registry as of January out of the 200 that were built. The auctioned computer is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 Apple-1 machines assembled by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Job’s family garage in Los Altos, California in the summer of 1976. It is also believed to be one of only 15 that still have functioning motherboards."

Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon to Local Law Enforcement?

Lasrick (2629253) writes | 1 hour ago


Lasrick (2629253) writes "To this day, Russian authorities refuse to disclose the incapacitating chemical agent (ICA) they employed in their attempt, 12 years ago, to save 900 hostages held in a theater by Chechen fighters. Malcom Dando elaborates on a new report that Russia, China, Israel, and a slew of other countries are continuing research into ICAs, and the apparent indifference of the international community into such research. Proponenets of ICAs have long promoted their use in a variety of scenarios, including that of law enforcement, because in theory these chemicals incapacitate without permanent disability. Critics, however, point out that these weapons rely on exact dosage to prevent fatality, and that the ability to 'deliver the right agent to the right people in the right dose without exposing the wrong people, or delivering the wrong dose' is a near-impossible expectation. ICAs represent the further misuse and militarization of the life sciences and a weakening of the taboo against the weaponization of toxic substances, and the idea that they could be used in law enforcement situations is a disturbing one."
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin at Tsinghua University in Beijing (3830033) writes | 1 hour ago

0 (3830033) writes "Abby Phillip reports at the Washington Post that that Mark Zuckerberg just posted a 30-minute Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing in which he answered every question exclusively in Chinese — a notoriously difficult language to learn and particularly, to speak. "It isn't just Zuckerberg's linguistic acrobatics that make this a notable moment," writes Philip. "This small gesture — although some would argue that it is a huge moment — is perhaps his strongest foray into the battle for hearts and minds in China." Zuckerberg and Facebook have been aggressively courting Chinese users for years and the potential financial upside for the business. Although Beijing has mostly banned Facebook, the company signed a contract for its first ever office in China earlier this year. A Westerner speaking Mandarin in China — at any level — tends to elicit joy from average Chinese, who seem to appreciate the effort and respect they feel learning Mandarin demonstrates. So how well did he actually do? One Mandarin speaker rates Zuckerberg's language skills at a seventh grader's speech: "It's hard not see a patronizing note in the Chinese audience's reaction to Zuckerberg's Mandarin. To borrow from Samuel Johnson's quip, he was like a dog walking on its hind legs: It wasn't done well, but it was a surprise to see it done at all.""

The making of 1080 Snowboarding, the most non-Nintendo Nintendo game ever made

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "While Nintendo raised eyebrows earlier this year with the promotional Mercedes Benz DLC for Mario Kart 8, it's worth remembering that the Japanese gaming giant is no stranger to product placement. A new feature looks back at the making of 1080 Snowboarding for the N64, one of the most unusual games the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto has ever produced, viewed in retrospect. Not only did the game, which was made by two British programmers in just 9 months, feature heavy product placement from Tommy Hilfiger and Lamar Snowboarding, but it also remains one of just handful of Nintendo games ever made that attempted something resembling realism, with human rather than humanoid characters, and physics modelled on the real world.

Sadly, as the author points out, what made the game so unique for Nintendo also prevented it from becoming a staple franchise: after a legal situation involving a second party studio commissioned to make the sequel, 1080 Avalanche was taken in-house, and by then Sony had the PS2 and Nintendo had moved onto the GameCube, cementing its reputation as the console-as-toy, the only platform without Grand Theft Auto. Things haven't changed too much since then."

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user ssh key pair creation

Brandonski (605979) writes | 2 hours ago


Brandonski (605979) writes "As linux admins, we've all been asked to setup ssh key pairs for users.
We know that users should do this them selves and I've had more than one manager who has told me to "just do it" for users when I pushed back.
Can you folks help me put together a really good argument why this should not be done with a root account?
If there are citations from Industry experts or research papers to back it up that is even better.


Radical 4-in-1 Piston Engine Promises Hybrid-Like Efficiency

Zothecula (1870348) writes | 2 hours ago


Zothecula (1870348) writes "One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry."
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Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw in Security Appliances

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | 2 hours ago


Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "There is a severe remote code execution vulnerability in a number of Cisco’s security appliances, a bug that was first disclosed nearly three years ago. The vulnerability is in Telnet and there has been a Metasploit module available to exploit it for years.

The FreeBSD Project first disclosed the vulnerability in telnet in December 2011 and it was widely publicized at the time. Recently, Glafkos Charalambous, a security researcher, discovered that the bug was still present in several of Cisco’s security boxes, including the Web Security Appliance, Email Security Appliance and Content Security Management Appliance. The vulnerability is in the AsyncOS software in those appliances and affects all versions of the products."

Computer users who damage national security could face jail

Anonymous Coward writes | 4 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Government plans that mean computer users deemed to have damaged national security, the economy or the environment will face a life sentence have been criticised by experts who warn that the new law could be used to target legitimate whistleblowers.

The proposed legislation would mean that any British person deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer that resulted in damage to human welfare, the environment, the economy or national security in any country would face a possible life sentence.

Last week the Joint Committee on Human Rights raised concerns about the proposals and the scope of such legislation."

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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll (3830033) writes | yesterday

4 (3830033) writes "James Swearingen writes at The Atlantic that the Internet can be a mean, hateful, and frightening place — especially for young women but human behavior and the limits placed on it by both law and society can change. In a Pew Research Center survey of 2,849 Internet users, one out of every four women between 18 years old and 24 years old reports having been stalked or sexually harassed online. "Like banner ads and spam bots, online harassment is still routinely treated as part of the landscape of being online," writes Swearingen adding that "we are in the early days of online harassment being taken as a serious problem, and not simply a quirk of online life." Law professor Danielle Citron draws a parallel between how sexual harassment was treated in the workplace decades ago and our current standard. "Think about in the 1960s and 1970s, what we said to women in the workplace," says Citron. "'This is just flirting.' That a sexually hostile environment was just a perk for men to enjoy, it's just what the environment is like. If you don't like it, leave and get a new job." It took years of activism, court cases, and Title VII protection to change that. "Here we are today, and sexual harassment in the workplace is not normal," said Citron. "Our norms and how we understand it are different now."

According to Swearingen, the likely solution to internet trolls will be a combination of things. The expansion of laws like the one currently on the books in California, which expands what constitutes online harassment, could help put the pressure on harassers. The upcoming Supreme Court case, Elonis v. The United States, looks to test the limits of free speech versus threatening comments on Facebook. "Can a combination of legal action, market pressure, and societal taboo work together to curb harassment?" asks Swearingen. "Too many people do too much online for things to stay the way they are.""

In Scotland a man is hand building the fastest bicycle in the world.

Anonymous Coward writes | 4 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Graeme Obree is one of the great enigmas of the cycling world. He has consistently looked to further the design and performance of the bicycle, normally from the humble workshop of his kitchen and he is a ambassador for all that is great about cycling and craft. From his two hour records in the 90s to his 2013 attempt at the human powered land speed record (HPVA) in Battle Mountain, Obree is obsessed with pushing the boundaries of a bicycle."
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This app can solve differential equations, just by taking a photo of them

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Croatian startup MicroBlink built an an app that solves differential equations, just by taking a photo of the equation. If there was concern in higher education about smartphones being used to cheat in exams, now that fear has become even more justified.
The app, called PhotoMath operates in the most intuitive and easy to use manner: You just need to use your smartphone’s camera. After running the app, you aim the camera at the equation or exercise, and within seconds, without even pressing one button, the solution will appear on the screen. Just like that. To reach this level of simplicity, the application uses an advanced and fast OCR algorithm that identifies the characters and digits in front of you instantaneously. But the application does not stop there. If you want, with one click you can see all the steps taken to get to your final answer. The solution can be broken down into the step-by-step actions, and the user can simply browse back and forth between the different steps. The app currently supports arithmetic functions like addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; fractions and decimals; roots and powers; and simple linear equations with one or two unknown variables. Application developers are promising that additional, more complicated functions will be introduced in the near future to solve calculus and combinatorics equations."

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Machine learning expert Michael Jordan thinks Big Data is heading for a big fail

agent elevator (1075679) writes | yesterday


agent elevator (1075679) writes "In a wide-ranging interview at IEEE Spectrum, Michael I. Jordan skewers a bunch of sacred cows, basically saying that: The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges; hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool’s errand; and despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree."
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners for Selfie Figurines

Lucas123 (935744) writes | yesterday


Lucas123 (935744) writes "Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the UK. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine."
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New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test A Wide Range Of App Ideas

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday


An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft today launched a new sectionon its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it’s time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company’s employees dream up."

How the Big Bang's alternatives died

StartsWithABang (3485481) writes | 13 hours ago


StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "It’s such a part of our cosmic and scientific history, that it’s difficult to remember that it’s only been for the past 50 years that the Big Bang has been the leading theory-and-model that describes our Universe. Ever since the 1920s, when Edwin Hubble discovered the apparent expansion of our Universe, we’ve recognized that it’s a much bigger place than simply what’s in the Milky Way. But the Big Bang was hardly the only game in town. Yet the discovery of not only the Cosmic Microwave Background, but the detailed measurement of its temperature and spectrum, was able to rule out every single alternative as a non-viable model."

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