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Robadob (1800074) writes "Valve has posted an ad seeking applicants for the post of "industrial designer", the job description advert says that Valve is "frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space". The advert even goes on to suggest that the mouse and keyboard combination may need changing (Could this be the start of develop for the recently discovered controller patent)." Link to Original Source top
iCloud social engineering allowed resetting of gizmodo editors devices.
Robadob (1800074) writes "Yesterday a hacker gained access to Mat Honans (An editor at gizmodo) apple iCloud account allowing him to reset his iPhone, iPad and Macbook. He was also able to gain access to google and twitter accounts by sending password recovery emails.
At the time this was believed to be down to a brute force attack, however today it has come out that the hacker used social engineering to convince apple customer support to allow him to bypass the security questions on the account." Link to Original Source top
Robadob (1800074) writes "It has come to light that AMD PR had originally reported that the new Bulldozer processor's transistor count was 2 billion. AMD PR are now asking reviewers to correct this count to 1.2 billion from the original amount they provided ~3 months ago." Link to Original Source top
Robadob (1800074) writes "This particular e.coli variation is a member of the O104 strain, and O104 strains are almost never (normally) resistant to antibiotics. In order for them to acquire this resistance, they must be repeatedly exposed to antibiotics in order to provide the "mutation pressure" that nudges them toward complete drug immunity.
So if you're curious about the origins of such a strain, you can essentially reverse engineer the genetic code of the e.coli and determine fairly accurately which antibiotics it was exposed to during its development. This step has now been done (see below), and when you look at the genetic decoding of this O104 strain now threatening food consumers across the EU, a fascinating picture emerges of how it must have come into existence." Link to Original Source top
Robadob (1800074) writes "The 57-year-old man had stored his sperm at a world famous fertility clinic after being told drug treatment for arthritis could make him infertile. But two months after they separated, he says his former wife, 51, forged his signature and used her £25,000 divorce settlement to give birth to a son and daughter through IVF at the Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge. When she fell into debt caring for the youngsters, a judge ordered him to pay her £100,000 to help bring them up. When asked about her actions, his ex-wife said: "I don't believe I have done anything wrong. It was getting later and later for me and I wanted to have a child. "" Link to Original Source top
Robadob (1800074) writes "Multiple sources are reporting today that Facebook is set to unveil an e-mail service, one that will be instantly available to all 500 million members of the social networking giant. If every current member signs up for an account, Facebook would leap into the top spot for email providers, surpassing Microsoft, who has 361 million users of Hotmail and Live. Yahoo is in second with 273 million, followed by Google's Gmail at 193 million.
The company has invited the press to a "significant" announcement on Monday, where it will unveil an alelged "Gmail killer."
An analyst with Gartner said this: "There is a huge opportunity for these guys to fundamentally change the nature of e-mail."
The analyst says the Facebook system could likely prioritize emails based on closeness to the sender, or make email exchanges into a conversation between a number of users, turning the "dinosaur" that is email into a social service." Link to Original Source top
ICP announces that they are evangelical christians
Robadob (1800074) writes "The BBC has been given the go-ahead for a project which could kick-start demand for internet TV.
Project Canvas is a partnership between the BBC, ITV, BT, Five, Channel 4 and TalkTalk to develop a so-called Internet Protocol Television standard.
The BBC Trust — the corporation's governing body — made its decision after extensive consultation.
The trust's Diane Coyle said the partnership "will deliver significant public value for licence fee payers".
The trust will review the BBC's involvement against the conditions of its approval, 12 months after Canvas launches to consumers.
The service will see a range of set-top boxes available to access on-demand TV services such as iPlayer and ITVplayer.
Project director Richard Halton said he was "delighted" by the trust's decision.
"This brings the benefits of next-generation TV to all consumers, including those who choose not to subscribe to pay-TV," he said.
"We look forward to rising to that challenge."
The trust gave the BBC a provisional go-ahead to become involved in the project last December.
It was decided that Canvas would have a series of positive impacts, including furthering the growth of on-demand TV.
"People with a broadband connection will be able to access a wide range of on-demand content including BBC iPlayer, free of charge, through their TV sets," said Ms Coyle.
"We have however applied a number of conditions to the BBC's involvement in the venture in recognition of the potential impacts on the market if Canvas is successful."
The trust has imposed several conditions on the BBC, including:
* Viewers must be able to watch BBC programmes without a subscription.
* The BBC must report on whether accessibility features, such as audio description, have been incorporated in the system.
* The Trust will review the signposting of content and parental controls at a later date.
* Technical specifications must be published within 20 working days of the Trust's approval, to allow broadcasters and set-top box manufacturers to adapt to the Canvas standard.
* The final core specifications must be published no later than eight months before set-top boxes are launched.
* Other broadcasters and content providers must have access to the platform.
* A Trust review, 12 months after its launch, will assess the effects Canvas has on the partner's incentives to syndicate their content to other platforms.
* The BBC will need further approval if costs exceed those projected by more than 20% in any one year." Link to Original Source top
Robadob (1800074) writes "North Korea has developed a "super drink" that, it says, can multiply brain cells and stop skin ageing.
The secretive state's official news agency, KCNA, says the drink contains 60 kinds of "microelements" extracted from more than 30 species of plants.
It attracted "much interest from Chinese, German and other businessmen" at a trade fair in Pyongyang last month, the agency reports.
It was developed by a joint venture fruit juice company. 'No side-effect'
KCNA says: "It, with effects of both preventive and curative treatment, helps improve mental and retentive faculties by multiplying brain cells.
"It also protects skin from wrinkles and black spots and prevents such geriatric diseases as cerebral haemorrhage, myocardium and brain infarction by removing acid effete matters in time.
"It, much higher than quality cosmetics in anti-oxidation capacity, is efficacious for different skin diseases, including allergic dermatitis. It also makes skin fair.
"The drink has no side-effect."
The agency quotes a company manager, Jong Song Ho, as saying the drink has "proved efficacious among workers of such industrial establishments as thermal power station and smeltery and at medical institutions".