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Gigabit Cellular Networks Could Happen, With 24GHz Spectrum

SternisheFan Re: Who wants a gigabit cellular network? (50 comments)

VirginMobile has gotten quite adept at throttling. For some time after announcing they were going to throttle they wasn't any change. Now, once I hit the 2.5 gb limit, still on 4G, the slowdown kicks right in.

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Researchers Scrambling To Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

SternisheFan Germ zapping robot (87 comments)

"...Xenex is a company that produces a germ-zapping robot that could be a beneficial support in fighting potential risks of contamination in hospital settings and address sterilizing spaces contaminated by Ebola. A video from the company explains what the machine does in general: the Xenex technology utilized is all about ultraviolet light, produced by the sun in three types, UV-A, -B and -C. The A and B types cause suntans and burns, but C is filtered by the ozone layer around the earth. As it does not occur in nature, bacteria and viruses have no defense against it. When germs are exposed to UV-C, the light kills the germs. The Xenex machine, once producing this light in a hospital room, can in five minutes drastically reduce germs in the room. The user stays outside the room; with prolonged exposure, UV-C could damage the eyes; the robot must always be run in an empty room. For additional safety, an orange cone stays outside of the room, as well as caution signs for the door. Inside the room, there is a gray cone that watches out for motion. Should motion be detected, the gray cone will turn the device off. The device is run when the room is empty after the patient is discharged and terminal cleaned. The xenon bulb —the Xenex robot utilizes pulsed xenon to create UVC light—will pulse for five minutes, disinfecting the area around the device. UV-C light cannot go through glass, walls or windows."

www.phys.org/news/2014-10-germ-zapping-robot-war-ebola-video.html

2 days ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

SternisheFan Re:USD $ 1000 (314 comments)

I hate getting on a plane with a huge stack of $100 bills...

Yeah, that's gotta' really suck.

about a week ago
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Snowden's Tough Advice For Guarding Privacy

SternisheFan Re:Taking it a step further (210 comments)

So we've basically told several generations that they aren't trustable, and everthing that they do will be monitored, and they cannot trust anyone. I feel a darkness has encroached on the population.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

SternisheFan Re: Ok, but (576 comments)

If you tell a police officer you smoked pot last week, whaaaaaat law did you just break?

None yet. If you're in your car, you have now given him "probable cause" to search your vehicle. In some states, if there is one seed, you're under arrest. Never talk to the police.

about two weeks ago
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Brown Dog: a Search Engine For the Other 99 Percent (of Data)

SternisheFan Re:The problem isn't the format of the data... (23 comments)

Slashdot is forcing the beta format down our throats, is now the time for /. to lose it's viewership?

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

SternisheFan Re:An end of an era... (320 comments)

Tom & Jerry's violence would never be shown today, too much violence in them

I've still seen it is on TV as recent as a year ago, the old ones even with some of the somewhat racial stereotyping that got removed from other old cartoons.

That's rare to see on TV today, and I guarantee that those cartoons are sanitized for today's audiences. We used to regularly see Our Gang shows uncensored on television that were accepted in their day. There's no way those shows would be aired today, they were much too racist for todays standards. And screw LSD,, if you wanted bizarre, drugged out images, find some old original Max Sennet, Disney, or Heckle and Jeckle cartoons to trip out on, all aired then. Just try to find the originals now, if you can I'll buy them off you (offer invalid where I live).

about two weeks ago
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The Era of Saturday Morning Cartoons Is Dead

SternisheFan An end of an era... (320 comments)

I was born in '59, basically raised on TV. In fact I was my family's walking TV Guide. Cartoons then were mostly the repeats of what were shown in theaters. Heckle & Jeckle cartoons were strange, Bugs Bunny 'toons were un-uncensored, and U.S. militarily bent. Tom & Jerry's violence would never be shown today, too much violence in them. A lot of the gags when those cartoons were made then tried to entertain the kids and the adults, with double entendres that would never be allowed to be shown to today's kids. Somehow, we survived.

I can remember turning on the TV early Sunday morning, before anyone else in the house was awake, and after the early morning test pattern went by, Davey & Goliath would fill my mind with 'magical images' of a wondrous, magical, moral world. It was a very nice time to grow up in, at least until the grownups woke up, but I digress.

R.I.P., Saturday morning cartoons. I guess it's all real news for the kids of today...

about two weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

SternisheFan Re:OMG! I can SO relate to this. (185 comments)

I've lived enough to know how some people are not ready to receive help. Some never get full understanding and clarity of thought before they pass on to the next life, they live their entire life with their continuously reinforced delusions. These people refuse to admit the possibility that their mindset might just be incorrect. Food for thought, ace...

about two weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

SternisheFan Re:OMG! I can SO relate to this. (185 comments)

I hope that one day you will achieve clarity of thought. Hurling insults around seem to make you feel empowered, as well as when you are seeing your fellow human being falter. Godd luck to you with that outlook of yours, which seems a so very sad one.

about two weeks ago
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Downtown Project Suicides Shock High Tech Community

SternisheFan Re:OMG! I can SO relate to this. (185 comments)

True happiness and fulfillment comes from performing acts of kindness to others. That's it.

Running a business, successful or not, will not bring a person that feeling of inner worth. For a citation, watch "Citizen Kane". There is a line in that movie, spoken by the 'successful' Charles Foster Kane character, that goes, "Becoming a millionaire is easy, just make sure it's the only thing you care about."

It is what we do for others that defines our self worth, to get love you need to give love. You don't find true fulfillment from money. Money is fleeting, and a poor substitute for happiness. If you aren't getting fulfillment in your life from your profession, do something that does fulfill you. Volunteer in some way. As you go through your life, give to people who you can help, who need your help. You'll be so busy happily doing good deeds that you wont have time to dwell on suicidal thoughts. Dont put all your eggs in one basket expecting more money will make you happy. If your job/business isn't working for you anymore, change it, try something different. Help the people around you in your little world, and go where you're needed. If you're not happy and fulfilled, re-read the first line of my post, and never give in to suicidal thoughts. Something good might just be around the bend, and you won't get to experience it if you give up on life.

--- Leland: That's all he ever wanted out of life... was love. That's the tragedy of Charles Foster Kane. You see, he just didn't have any to give.

about two weeks ago
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

SternisheFan Re:Have the solutions converged? (77 comments)

Volcanologists say the disaster was not caused by rising magma, but was instead due to what’s called a phreatic eruption, in which steam is the main force.

Ground water within the volcano boiled and built up pressure until it exploded as water vapor, launching ash and hot stones high into the air. Such a blast often occurs without warning.

Despite the 12 seismometers positioned around the slopes of Mount Ontake, the only warning hikers had of the eruption was a thunderous explosion moments before the ash began billowing out of the crater.

www.earthweek.com/2014/ew141003/ew141003d.html

about three weeks ago
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

SternisheFan Re:Have the solutions converged? (77 comments)

The volcanoe in Japan was likely caused by large amounts of water entering it, turning quickly to steam, all of which happened too fast to be predicted in time to give advance warning.

about three weeks ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

SternisheFan Re:Getting kinda tired.... (232 comments)

FWIW, Stephen Colbert recently said that he doesn't deny that the climate is changing. His opinion is that we shouldn't do anything about it.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

SternisheFan Re:Completely Contained? (475 comments)

If Ebola takes a foothold in the U.S., will it's citizens react compassionately?

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

SternisheFan Re:Fristy Pawst! (475 comments)

That it's not a 'dark, dismal world', that it's a ''what you make of it'' world, depending on your attitude towards it.

The important question we need to ask is if we want to live in a world of single quotes or double quotes.

Double apostrophes 'are' ''quotation marks''!

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

SternisheFan Re:Fristy Pawst! (475 comments)

AC, that is your opinion. You and my parent poster seem to have a dismal view of our individual existences. I have learned, ''differently''. That it's not a 'dark, dismal world', that it's a ''what you make of it'' world, depending on your attitude towards it. To believe that our lives are totally left up to 'excessive chance' is somewhat naive. Science is cool and all, it has many answers, though not all of them, imo. Try to start venturing onto a different, but an also 'plausible' path. There is room for both the science and the spiritual.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

SternisheFan Re:Fristy Pawst! (475 comments)

FTFY: Are we not all spinning on a beautiful blue marble that has little reason for being except by proxy of an ultimate teacher? And that we are all 'placed' here in order to determine if we are each individually 'worthy'' of this and the 'next' life? Think harder...

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

SternisheFan Re:Huh? (644 comments)

So let me get this straight.. what WAS going to be "Windows 9" is NOW "Windows 10"????

Seven Eight Nine.

about three weeks ago

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World's First Airborne Wind Turbine to Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  2 days ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Wind turbines have become airborne! An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough electricity for more than a dozen families living off the grid. Designed and built by MIT startup Altaeros Energies, the turbine known as BAT-Buoyant Airborne Turbine will hover at an altitude of 1,000 feet for 18 months, catching air currents that are five to eight times more powerful than winds on the ground."
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Cops Need a Warrant to Grab Your Cell Tower Data, Florida Court Rules

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  2 days ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "BY KIM ZETTER 10.17.14 | 3:31 PM |

Americans may have a Florida drug dealer to thank for expanding our right to privacy.

Police departments around the country have been collecting phone metadata from telecoms and using a sophisticated spy tool to track people through their mobile phones—often without obtaining a warrant. But a new ruling out of Florida has curbed the activity in that state, on constitutional grounds. It raises hope among civil liberties advocates that other jurisdictions around the country may follow suit.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that obtaining cell phone location data to track a person’s location or movement in real time constitutes a Fourth Amendment search and therefore requires a court-ordered warrant.

The case specifically involves cell tower data for a convicted drug dealer that police obtained from a telecom without a warrant. But the way the ruling is written (.pdf), it would also cover the use of so-called “stingrays”—sophisticated technology law enforcement agencies use to locate and track people in the field without assistance from telecoms. Agencies around the country, including in Florida, have been using the technology to track suspects—sometimes without obtaining a court order, other times deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of the devices to track suspects, telling judges the information came from “confidential” sources rather than disclose their use of stingrays. The new ruling would require them to obtain a warrant or stop using the devices.

The American Civil Liberties Union calls the Florida ruling “a resounding defense” of the public’s right to privacy."

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Germ-zapping robot could support war against Ebola (w/ Video)

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  2 days ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "...Xenex is a company that produces a germ-zapping robot that could be a beneficial support in fighting potential risks of contamination in hospital settings and address sterilizing spaces contaminated by Ebola. A video from the company explains what the machine does in general: the Xenex technology utilized is all about ultraviolet light, produced by the sun in three types, UV-A, -B and -C. The A and B types cause suntans and burns, but C is filtered by the ozone layer around the earth. As it does not occur in nature, bacteria and viruses have no defense against it. When germs are exposed to UV-C, the light kills the germs. The Xenex machine, once producing this light in a hospital room, can in five minutes drastically reduce germs in the room. The user stays outside the room; with prolonged exposure, UV-C could damage the eyes; the robot must always be run in an empty room. For additional safety, an orange cone stays outside of the room, as well as caution signs for the door. Inside the room, there is a gray cone that watches out for motion. Should motion be detected, the gray cone will turn the device off. The device is run when the room is empty after the patient is discharged and terminal cleaned. The xenon bulb —the Xenex robot utilizes pulsed xenon to create UVC light—will pulse for five minutes, disinfecting the area around the device. UV-C light cannot go through glass, walls or windows."
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Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On The Space Station

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about three weeks ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Canada’s robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves, the company announced today (Sept. 30).

Urthecast plans to place two Earth-facing cameras on the United States side of the station (on Node 3) to add to the two they already have on the Russian Zvezda module. Technical problems with the cameras forced the Russians to do an extra spacewalk to complete the work earlier this year."

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iOS 8.0.1 update disabling cellular and TouchID

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Update: Some users are reporting that the update is disabling cell service and TouchID buttons on some phones. I can confirm that this happened on my AT&T iPhone 6, though a Verizon iPhone 5 still seems to be getting service just fine. For now we recommend holding off—do not download and install this update yet.

Update 2: Apple has pulled the 8.0.1 update. Affected iPhone 6 users are allegedly being told by Apple support to try restoring their phones with iTunes.

Update 3: On our iPhone 6, restoring through iTunes has re-installed iOS 8.0 and it appears to be working normally. This process erases your data from the phone, but it appears to be the best way to get back up and running as of this writing."

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Pot black market still thrives after Colorado legalization

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Although recreational use of marijuana has been legal in the state of Colorado for nine months, some people are still choosing to buy it on the black market. Critics say legalization has created two systems: a legal market for those who can afford it and an underground market for people who can't. PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Rick Karr reports from Denver.

(excerpted transcript from video below)

RICK KARR: One of the benefits attached to legalization was that it would eliminate the black market. But that market is still thriving, according to a 39 year old marijuana grower who asked us to call him John Doe and to conceal his identity because he sells on the underground market.

The illegal trade is doing especially well in black and Latino communities, and he says it works the same way it did when pot was illegal.

JOHN DOE: You have that one guy, that guy that shines, that’s the Robin Hood of the neighborhood. This man supplies a little ghetto area. Simple as that. Breaks his own pound into little ounces and helps everybody in his community. So they can afford it with him. That’s how it’s happened.

RICK KARR: Yeah. And that’s how it happened before, too.

JOHN DOE: Yeah. Yeah. Nothing’s changed.

RICK KARR: John Doe says low-income buyers turn to the black market because prices are higher at legal retail stores. There’s conflicting information, but an ounce of pot on the black market can cost as little as 180 dollars. At the store Andy Williams owns, you have to pay around 240 dollars for an ounce.

That’s partly because the price includes a 15 percent excise tax, a 10 percent marijuana tax, the state sales tax, and Denver’s marijuana sales tax.

LARISA BOLIVAR: The taxes are an overreach and excessive. And it’s a regressive tax and it impacts the poor most."

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Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "By Craig Timberg September 17 at 9:51 PM
Apple said Wednesday night that it is making it impossible for the company to turn over data from most iPhones or iPads to police — even when they have a search warrant — taking a hard new line as tech companies attempt to blunt allegations that they have too readily participated in government efforts to collect user data.

The move, announced with the publication of a new privacy policy tied to the release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, amounts to an engineering solution to a legal dilemma: Rather than comply with binding court orders, Apple has reworked its latest encryption in a way that makes it almost impossible for the company – or anyone else but the device’s owner – to gain access to the vast troves of user data typically stored on smartphones or tablet computers.

The key is the encryption that Apple mobile devices automatically put in place when a user selects a passcode, making it difficult for anyone who lacks that passcode to access the information within, including photos, e-mails, recordings or other documents. Apple once kept possession of encryption keys that unlocked devices for legally binding police requests, but will no longer do so for iOS8, it said in a new guide for law enforcement.

“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said on its Web site. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”"

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What Is the Universe? Real Physics Has Some Mind-Bending Answers

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Thhe questions are as big as the universe and (almost) as old as time: Where did I come from, and why am I here? That may sound like a query for a philosopher, but if you crave a more scientific response, try asking a cosmologist.

This branch of physics is hard at work trying to decode the nature of reality by matching mathematical theories with a bevy of evidence. Today most cosmologists think that the universe was created during the big bang about 13.8 billion years ago, and it is expanding at an ever-increasing rate. The cosmos is woven into a fabric we call space-time, which is embroidered with a cosmic web of brilliant galaxies and invisible dark matter.

It sounds a little strange, but piles of pictures, experimental data and models compiled over decades can back up this description. And as new information gets added to the picture, cosmologists are considering even wilder ways to describe the universe—including some outlandish proposals that are nevertheless rooted in solid science:"

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Leaked video shows Windows 9 Start menu in action

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "A leaked video shows the Windows 9 Start menu in interactive glory. If it's for real, this Start menu beats out all other previous versions, as you can see in the video I've embedded. I'd like to get my hands on it right now.

The German site WinFuture has the two-minute video, which focuses primarily on the Windows Start menu in action. I've embedded it below, so there's no need for me to give you a second-by-second narration. But there are a few important features in it that do a great job of helping turn Windows 9 into more of a unified operating system than is the kludge that is Windows 8."

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Sapphire Glass didn't pass drop test

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Sapphire screens were part of the iPhone 6 design until the glass repeatedly cracked during standard drop tests conducted by Apple suppliers. So Apple abandoned its sapphire plans before the iPhone 6 product launch September 9.

VentureBeat has learned that recent supplier channel checks by an IDC analyst yielded several reports of the sapphire failures and Apple’s decision against using the glass material.

As we heard on Tuesday in Cupertino, both the iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 Plus will ship with screens made of “ion-strengthened” glass. This was apparently Apple’s second choice.

IDC analyst Danielle Levitas says it isn’t clear when exactly the drop-test failures took place, or when Apple abandoned plans for sapphire-screened iPhones. She says the poor drop-test results, combined with the relative high cost of sapphire glass, could have made plans to ship sapphire glass phones too risky.

One researcher who covers GT Advanced Technologies, the company that was to produce the glass for the iPhone 6, wrote in a research note earlier this week that plans for the sapphire screens were cancelled in August, just weeks before the September 9 launch.

The new Apple Watches (except the “Sport” version) do use sapphire for their screens. Levitas believes that the glass for the smaller 1.5-inch and 1.7-inch watch screens was less likely to break in drop tests."

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3D-Printed Car takes it's first test drive

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "When it comes to 3D printing, new breakthroughs and new achievements are being realized almost on a daily basis. From 3D printable human tissue, to a 3D printed life-size castle, and now a 3D printed automobile, the technology never seizes to amaze.

This week, at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Arizona-based automobile manufacturer Local Motors stole the show. Over the six day span of the IMTS, the company managed to 3D print, and assemble an entire automobile, called the ‘Strati’, live in front of spectators.

Although the Strati is not the first ever car to be 3D printed, the advancements made by Local Motor with help from Cincinnati Inc, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, have produced a vehicle in days rather than months.

Last year, engineer Jim Kor designed the Urbee 2 3D printed car. The vehicle which weighed about half of what a typical automobile would weigh, was as strong as steel. What sets Local Motors’ ‘Strati’ 3D printed car apart from the likes of the Urbee 2, is the fact that they managed to print and construct the entire vehicle in just six days, whereas the Urbee 2 took 2500 print hours to complete.

This breakthrough was made possible by a machine produced by Cincinnati Inc., in cooperation with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine is capable of printing at speeds unheard of on traditional 3D printers. It is unbelievably able to lay down up to 40 pounds of carbon infused ABS plastic per hour, with precise accuracy. After an exciting six days of printing, in front of a live audience, the vehicle is finally complete. The only question that remained was, ‘Does it drive?”

As you can see by the Vine clips we have posted within this article, it most certainly does! The car, which features just 40 parts, drove out of McCormick Place in Chicago just moments ago. As to what Local Motors plans to do next with the Strati 3D printed car, now that the vehicle has been printed and drives like a charm, they will seek to launch production-level 3D printed vehicles for sale to the public in the coming months.

This is certainly a big step for all companies involved, as well as the 3D printing industry in general. Let us know your thoughts on this amazing accomplishment in the Local Motors 3D printed car forum thread on 3DPB.com."

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Steam-draining NASTY spreads via Twitch

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Beware geeks bearing gifts:
Eskimo infection will drop you right Inuit
By Iain Thomson, 12 Sep 2014
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Infosec experts are warning of new malware spreading through game-streaming web hit Twitch: the software nasty subverts Steam accounts to drain player's wallets, and could take away all their precious weaponry.

The malware spreads by bombarding users of Twitch's chat feature with links to a raffle for special kit used in the popular first-person shooter Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. Clicking on the proffered URL opens a Java application that claims to record the player's name and email address, and asks for permission to publish winner's name.

In fact it does none of this – and instead drops a Windows binary file onto the user's system to execute. Security biz F-Secure, which first noted the malware, has dubbed it Eskimo, and the rogue code searches for Steam accounts that may be present on the infected Windows system.

Eskimo allows its masters to buy items from the Steam account, sell the user's existing armory on the community market, accept new friends in the gaming market, and trade items between friends.

"All this is done from the victim's machine, since Steam has security checks in place for logging in or trading from a new machine," said F-Secure Labs in an advisory.

"It might be helpful for the users if Steam were to add another security check for those trading several items to a newly added friend and for selling items in the market with a low price based on a certain threshold. This will lessen the damages done by this kind of threat."

A spokesman for Amazon-owned Twitch told The Register that the firm has had one user contact them about the issue and it's not considered a widespread problem, although the company is taking steps to limit the spread of the malware.

"Security PSA: Do not click the 'csgoprize' link in chat. This is a phishing attempt to install malware and compromise your Steam account," said the firm's technical support team on Twitter.

"We will work to block that link, but be aware that variants could appear. In general, you should be wary of any links in chat." ®"

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Significant milestone in medicine: scientists reset human stem cells

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "'

Scientists led by the Wellcome Trust Medical Research Council (MRC) Cambridge Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK, have discovered how to successfully "reset" human pluripotent stem cells to the earliest developmental state, equivalent to cells found in an embryo before it implants in the womb (7-9 days old) — a significant milestone in regenerative medicine.
Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can develop into cells with highly specialized functions. They can be classified according to their plasticity, or developmental versatility, and range from totipotent stem cells (the most versatile type) and pluripotent to multipotent (the least versatile).

stem cells
Pluripotent stem cells have the potential to become almost any of the cell types of the body, including muscle, nerve, heart and blood.
Pluripotent stem cells have the potential to become almost any of the cell types of the body, including muscle, nerve, heart and blood. They can be produced in a lab from cells extracted from an early stage embryo or from adult cells that have been induced into a pluripotent state.

Research using human pluripotent stem cells may help generate cells and tissue for transplantation, improve understanding of human development and what causes birth defects and cancer, and change the way drugs are developed and tested for safety.

Previously, researchers have struggled to generate human pluripotent stem cells that are in a truly "blank state." Instead, they have only been able to derive cells that have advanced slightly further down the developmental pathway and exhibit characteristics of differentiation into specific cell types.

Researchers have rendered "reset cells" by rewiring the genetic circuitry in human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. The resulting cells share attributes of authentic naïve embryonic stem cells isolated from mice, suggesting that they represent the earliest stage of development.

The breakthrough, published in Cell, marks the starting point for further understanding of human development and may eventually lead to the production of safe and reproducible materials for a range of applications including cell therapies.

MRC Prof. Austin Smith, co-author of the paper, explains:

"Capturing embryonic stem cells is like stopping the developmental clock at the precise moment before they begin to turn into distinct cells and tissues."

He adds, "Scientists have perfected a reliable way of doing this with mouse cells, but human cells have proved more difficult to arrest and show subtle differences between the individual cells. It's as if the developmental clock has not stopped at the same time, and some cells are a few minutes ahead of others.""

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iPwned: How easy is it to mine Apple services, devices for data?

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Jailbreaking an iPhone to steal its secrets in the name of security research, we unleash Elcomsoft iOS Forensics Toolkit.
Sean Gallagher
Apple executives never mentioned the words "iCloud security" during the unveiling of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6+, and Apple Watch yesterday, choosing to focus on the sexier features of the upcoming iOS 8 and its connections to Apple's iCloud service. But digital safety is certainly on everyone's mind after the massive iCloud breach that resulted in many celebrity nude photos leaking across the Internet. While the company has promised fixes to both its mobile operating system and cloud storage service in the coming weeks, the perception of Apple's current security feels iffy at best.

In light of one high profile "hack," is it fair to primarily blame Apple's current setup? Is it really that easy to penetrate these defenses?

In the name of security, we did a little testing using family members as guinea pigs. To demonstrate just how much private information on an iPhone can be currently pulled from iCloud and other sources, we enlisted the help of a pair of software tools from Elcomsoft. These tools are essentially professional-level, forensic software used by law enforcement and other organizations to collect data. But to show that an attacker wouldn’t necessarily need that to gain access to phone data, we also used a pair of simpler “hacks,” attacking a family member’s account (again, with permission) by using only an iPhone and iTunes running on a Windows machine.

As things stand right now, a determined attacker will still find plenty of ways to get to iPhone data. They need to gain physical access to the device, or harvest or crack credentials to do so. But there are ways to do this that won't alert the victim. The weakest links are components of the iCloud service."

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Austalian man has microchip implanted in his hand

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month and a half ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Ben Slater of Brisbane is more than ready to have Apple premiere the launch of its new iPhone6 on September 9. The Australian man has already undergone a procedure two weeks ago at a local tattoo parlor that implanted a microchip the size of a grain of rice in the webbing of his left hand. Slater, who works in the field of advertising, hopes that the insertion of the radio-frequency ID chip will enable him to control an assortment of electronic devices by simply waving his left hand.
Mr Slater said the procedure to implant the microchip was painful, but over quickly.
‘I just needed to be really careful when it was healing over the course of the two weeks later so that I didn’t move it – otherwise it could have travelled in my hand,’ he said.

Slater is betting that once he has the new iPhone6 in his possession, the latest smart phone will be able to read the inserted hi-tech device to make him able to perform a number of effortless activities as if by magic. These include being able to open the front door of his home, turn on the electric lights, and connect to assorted logs containing such data as health records and names, addresses and phone numbers of his network of associates and friends, all by just waving his microchip-inserted left hand.

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EA 'blurs' pirated versions of ''The Sims''

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month and a half ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "You wanna play The Sims 4 for free, do ya? Well, I hope you like a blurry mess.

September 3rd, 2014 Jonathan Leack
As with virtually any game—sadly—, there is a pirated version of The Sims 4 floating around the internet. Although pirates have been successful in acquiring the game for free, it’s at a cost, albeit not a monetary one.

The current cracked version of The Sims 4 has an issue that is reminding pirates that they can’t always get away with stealing. When players with the hacked version send their Sim to go to the bathroom or take a shower, either the full screen or the Sim is permanently censored. In the case of the former, the game is a blurry mess.

This has caused some funny circumstances on the internet, where players are prone to asking for help when “bugs” are encountered. There are examples of users posting on forums asking for help, questioning why their screen is blurred. These users have become the laughing stock of communities on the official forums, fan sites, and even Reddit."

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Phone Firewall Identifies Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your Calls

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month and a half ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Rogue cell phone towers can track your phone and intercept your calls, and it’s only a matter of time before they’re as ubiquitous as GPS trackers. But at least now there’s a way to spot them.

A firewall developed by the German firm GSMK for its secure CryptoPhone lets people know when a rogue cell tower is connecting to their phone. It’s the first system available that can do this, though it’s currently only available for enterprise customers using Android phones.

GSMK’s CryptoPhone 500, a high-end phone that costs more than $3,000 and combines a Samsung Galaxy S3 handset with the CryptoPhone operating system, offers strong end-to-end encryption along with a specially hardened Android operating system that offers more security than other Android phones and the patented baseband firewall that can alert customers when a rogue tower has connected to their phone or turned off the mobile network’s standard encryption.

“If someone gets the alert on the CryptoPhone to say there is an intercept, it doesn’t mean their call is being listened to; but it means that they are one of the 1,000 or 10,000 people that are having their calls routed through the interceptor,” says Goldsmith. “It doesn’t mean that person is a target, but that they happen to be in a place where someone is a target.”

Unfortunately, the firewall isn’t available for every phone. It’s currently designed for use on customized phones with the rest of the CryptoPhone operating system, although the firewall can be installed separately without other parts of the operating system. But it takes two to three months to customize a phone with the CryptoPhone operating system—Goldsmith’s company has to replace the resident Android operating system with the modified CryptoPhone operating system. And the company will only do the installation for enterprise and government customers where multiple phones of the same type are being modified at once. Goldsmith says it would take too much work to do different phones individually.

He says he can envision a consumer-level app in the future that could be installed on phones by individuals. Although such an app wouldn’t have all of the same functionality as the robust firewall has, it would still be able to alert you to a rogue cell tower. There are currently no plans for an app, however."

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Pilots and Cabin Crew Have Twice the Risk of Melanoma

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about a month and a half ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Airline pilots and cabin crews appear to have twice the risk of developing the skin cancer melanoma compared to the general population, a new review of past studies finds.

This higher risk may be due to the increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation at higher altitudes, the researchers said. "At 9000 meters [about 30,000 feet], where most commercial aircraft fly, the UV level is approximately twice that of the ground," they said.

Moreover, flying over thick clouds and snow fields can further increase the amount of UV radiation that pilots and cabin crew are exposed to, the researchers said."

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So, what are THE BEST games to have in your collection?

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about 2 months ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "I am not a 'gamer', per se. What I grew up on was 'old school' arcade/atari/arcade type games. What my question is...,

What are THE VERY BEST games to own? And it does not matter what console/system/phone based games you own. My question is...

"What are the very best games to have in your collection?""
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To Study Evolution, Scientists Raise Fish That 'Walk' on Land

SternisheFan SternisheFan writes  |  about 2 months ago

SternisheFan (2529412) writes "An unusual species of fish that can walk and breathe air shows that these animals may be more capable of adapting to life on land than previously thought, researchers say.

The new findings may help explain how the ancient fish ancestors of humans colonized the land.

The evolution of the ancient fish that switched from living in water to living on land about 400 million years ago is one of the most pivotal moments in the history of the animal kingdom. These first four-limbed animals, known as stem tetrapods, ultimately gave rise to amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Just how ancient fish made the shift to terrestrial life still remains largely a mystery. To learn more about what happened, scientists investigated the bichir (Polypterus senegalus), a modern African fish that has lungs for breathing air, and stubby fins it can use to pull itself along on land. The bichir possesses many traits similar to ones seen in fossils of stem tetrapods, the researchers said.

The scientists raised groups of bichir on land for eight months to find out how they would differ from bichir raised in the water. They found that the land-raised fish lifted their heads higher, held their fins closer to their bodies, took faster steps, undulated their tails less frequently and had fins that slipped less often than bichir raised in water. The land-raised fish also underwent changes in their skeletons and musculature that probably paved the way for their changes in behavior. All in all, these alterations helped bichir move more effectively on land.

The results suggest that the bichir is more malleable during its development than previously thought. This plasticity is what made this fish capable of growing up very differently depending on its environment, and the researchers suggest that stem tetrapods were similarly adaptable.

University of Ottawa biologist Emily Standen and her colleagues Hans Larsson and Trina Du of McGill University's Redpath Museum detailed their findings in Thursday's issue of the journal Nature.

Primary story at: http://www.livescience.com/475..."

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