NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Twenty of the passengers aboard the flight work with Freescale Semiconductor, a company based in Austin, Texas. The company said that 12 of the employees are from Malaysia and eight are from China.
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Today Sony announced its third generation head mounted display, the HMZ-T3W, which displays the equivalent of a 750-inch display viewed from 20 meters away — right in front of your face. The glasses can also put out 7.1 virtual surround sound. The headset will connect to PCs, mobile devices and consoles via WirelessHD with near-zero latency playback, we're told. As for pricing, it's coming in at £1,300 (about $2020/AU$2238) and will be available this November. We've contacted Sony for specific US details and will update when we know more.
We couldn't help but notice that Sony mentions consoles — and then things get even more interesting... CVG has learned that Sony is also working on a virtual reality device specifically for the PS4. Yes, Oculus Rift spoke and Sony listened: it looks like this will be the final part to form the PS4." Link to Original Source top
Cores Reveal Climate History: 1,600 Years of Ice Melted in 25 Years in Andes
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes ""These ice cores provide the longest and highest-resolution tropical ice core to date," said Lonnie Thompson, lead author of the study, in a press release. "In fact, having drilled ice cores throughout the tropics for more than 30 years, we now know that this is the highest-resolution tropical ice core record that is likely to be retrieved." The ice cores could provide some of the best evidence of what Earth's climate was like centuries ago. That said, the ice cores aren't the only thing that the researchers focused on. Since the Quelccaya Ice Cap is the smallest it has been in 6,000 years, the scientists were able to collect plants that have been revealed as the ice retreats. They have already dated these plants using a radioactive form of carbon in the plant tissue that decays at a known rate. Surprisingly, they found that the glacial ice that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in a mere 25 years." Link to Original Source top
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Microsoft may be a distant runner-up to iOS and Android in the smartphone race, and still lags Amazon EC2 in the cloud wars, but executives from the Windows Phone and Azure divisions aren't hurting for respect. In the past week, senior Microsoft executives have joined disruptive challengers in the mobile and cloud markets, suggesting that Microsoft's brainpower isn't lacking, even if its market share is." Link to Original Source top
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "TOKYO — A probe into the overheating of a lithium ion battery in an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing found it was improperly wired, Japan’s Transport Ministry said Wednesday.
The Transport Safety Board said in a report that the battery for the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated, although a protective valve would have prevented power from the auxiliary unit from causing damage.
Flickering of the plane’s tail and wing lights after it landed and the fact the main battery was switched off led the investigators to conclude there was an abnormal current traveling from the auxiliary power unit due to miswiring." Link to Original Source top
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In a June 6, 2012 conference call posted on the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business’s website, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney instructed employers to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election. Romney was addressing a group of self-described "small-business owners." Twenty-six minutes into the call, after making a lengthy case that President Obama's first term has been bad for business, Romney said: "I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees."" Link to Original Source top
Democratic party platform hints at executive order on cybersecurity
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "The party platform ratified Sept. 4 during the opening session of the Democratic National Convention has given hope to Democrats looking to President Obama to circumvent a cybersecurity legislative logjam in Congress by taking unilateral action. The platform's cybersecurity plank heavily hints that Obama will issue an executive order to protect government and private sector computer networks from cyber attacks.
"Going forward, the President will continue to take executive action to strengthen and update our cyber defenses," it states." Link to Original Source top
Obama: Web freedom will be part of Democratic platform
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "On Wednesday, during a visit with some of the most ardent open-Web supporters, President Barack Obama said Democrats will make a free and open Internet part of their party's 2012 platform.
"Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too," Obama wrote during an AMA ("ask me anything") on social-news site Reddit. "We will fight hard to make sure that the Internet remains the open forum for everybody — from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business."" Link to Original Source top
CNN and FOX Both Blow It Reporting Supreme Court Decision
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, a presidential election-year victory for President Barack Obama. While that was much anticipated news that broke today — CNN and FOX initially got it wrong. Although CNN and FOX have since corrected their stories, it hasn’t stopped people on Twitter from reacting to the initial inaccuracy. Tweeps are calling the gaffe an “epic fail” in journalism." Link to Original Source top
C|Net Download.Com is now bundling Nmap with malwa
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Fyodor writes: "Hi Folks. I've just discovered that C|Net's download.Com site has started wrapping their Nmap downloads (as well as other free software like VLC) in a trojan installer which does things like installing a sketchy "StartNow" toolbar, changing the user's default search engine to Microsoft Bing, and changing their home page to Microsoft's MSN."
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Two researchers who set up doppelganger domains to mimic legitimate domains belonging to Fortune 500 companies say they managed to vacuum up 20 gigabytes of misaddressed e-mail over six months. The intercepted correspondence included employee usernames and passwords, sensitive security information about the configuration of corporate network architecture that would be useful to hackers, affidavits and other documents related to litigation in which the companies were embroiled, and trade secrets, such as contracts for business transactions." Link to Original Source top
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Today, August 19, marks a very special anniversary for Star Trek fans everywhere. On this date 90 years ago, a man named Eugene Wesley Roddenberry was born in Texas. Following distinguished service in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, he became a police officer while trying to start a career writing for television in Hollywood. When that career began to take off, he quit the police force and wrote full-time, on many different 1950s TV shows.
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "A Vancouver based Psychometric Consulting company, AptiQuant, has released a report on a trial it conducted to measure the effects of cognitive ability on the choice of web browser. AptiQuant offered free online IQ tests to over a 100,000 people and then plotted the average IQ scores based on the browser on which the test was taken. With just a look at the graphs in the report, it comes out pretty clear that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average on the IQ tests. Chrome, Firefox and Safari users had just a teeny bit higher than average IQ scores. And users of Camino, Opera and IE with Chrome Frame had exceptionally higher IQ levels." Link to Original Source top
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Mashable has a clever way to do a clean install of OS X Lion instead of doing an upgrade to Snow Leopard. They also have the scoop that Apple will apparently be selling an installer version on a USB stick for $69 starting in August some time." Link to Original Source top
Apple Filed Patent Application for Tracking Techno
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In 2009, Apple filed a patent application for technology to track users through smartphones. Apple has recently been the focus of attention because it was found that iPhones were tracking and storing user location data. Apple had said that it was not tracking users and that a bug was to blame for the retained data. The September 2009 patent application refers to "Location Histories for Location Aware Devices."" Link to Original Source top
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Check the CNN article on "Japan's nuclear concerns explained" There is a graph in the 11th panel that is supposedly showing the radiation levels at the gate as a function of time. It has a cursor that will give you the numeric values of the data points. It covers almost a 4 day period.
The data is one pattern repeated three times. If you compare the data points, they agree to all four decimal places.
CNN says it was supplied by TEPCO and it shows that the radiation levels are slightly elevated but not too bad over the four day period. Basically the implication and tone is the radiation is really nothing to worry about.
The data is fake. It is either bad web programming with no proofing to make sure the interactive graph worked properly, or TEPCO is faking the data it reports to the media for some reason.
Either way this has a story behind it.
There were varying winds and lots of things happening at that plant. There is simply no way that there could have been an identical set of readings happen like that." Link to Original Source top
NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended in a memo that the sort of pressure-suppression system used in G.E.'s Mark 1 plants presented unacceptable safety risks and that it should be discontinued. Among his concerns were that the smaller containment design was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Questions about the G.E. reactor design escalated in the mid-1980s, when Harold Denton, an official with the N.R.C., asserted that Mark 1 reactors had a 90 percent probability of bursting should the fuel rods overheat and melt in an accident. A follow-up report from a study group convened by the commission concluded that "Mark 1 failure within the first few hours following core melt would appear rather likely."
In an extreme accident, that analysis held, the containment could fail in as little as 40 minutes.