Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!

+ - 170 Microsoft to re-brand Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure effective April 3rd 1

Submitted by DroidJason1
DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "Microsoft recently changed the name of its SkyDrive cloud storage solution to OneDrive, and now it looks like the rebranding at Microsoft will continue with Windows Azure. The company apparently plans to change the name to Microsoft Azure, in an effort to lend more of a cross-platform feel to the service. Azure has become more cross-platform compatible, so this is likely a good move for the company, and this time it has not been forced to do the renaming, unlike OneDrive."

+ - 235 Google Glass signs deal with Ray Ban owner-> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Google has signed a deal with The Luxottica Group, the world’s largest eyewear company which owns 80% of the eyewear market. Luxottica owns Ray-Ban, Oakley, Vogue-Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette. This deal shows how serious Google is about Google Glass contrary to the skepticism raised by high-profiled users like Robert Scoble who spelled doom for the device implying that Google itself is not sure about the future of the device."
Link to Original Source

+ - 122 Gonorrhea Microbe Uses 'Grappling Hooks' to Pass From Person to Person->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Gonorrhea passes from person to person thanks to some clever hitchhiking. Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the bacterium that causes the sexually transmitted disease, shoots cables—called pili—onto proteins in the semen to tow themselves through coital liquid. The pili are normally wrapped in bundles, but when exposed to seminal fluid, they unwind into individual strands. This exposes more grappling hooks for transport, boosting the bacteria’s ability to invade by as much as 24-fold. Drugs that unhook gonorrhea’s pili may yield new antibacterials that stymie the transmission of this STD, which infects 100 million people per year."
Link to Original Source

+ - 236 Scientists Develop Solar Cell That Can Also Emit Light

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Nanyang Technological University have developed a solar cell that not only converts sunlight into electricity but also emits light as electricity passes through it. Tuning the composition of the solar cell enables it to emit different wavelengths of light, and because it is only about 1 micrometer thick, the material is semi-translucent and therefore could potentially be used in windows. The solar cell is comprised of the semiconducting mineral perovskite, which has been studied as a replacement for silicon in solar panels since 2009. Perovskite solar cells are not yet as efficient at energy conversion as silicon solar cells, but gains in this area of development coupled with cheaper manufacturing costs (10-20 cents per watt projected as opposed to 75 cents per watt with silicon solar panels and 50 cents per watt with fossil fuels) make perovskite a popular subject matter in the solar cell industry."

+ - 135 WhiteHat Aviator launches the 'most secure and most private' web browser on Wind-> 1

Submitted by DroidJason1
DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "WhiteHat Security Labs has built a browser, based on Chromium, touting it as the most secure and most private web browser out there. WhiteHat even believes that Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Firefox are not secure no matter what new features or enhancements are made to them."
Link to Original Source

+ - 278 Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Patent Troll 1

Submitted by tor528
tor528 (896250) writes "Patent troll Personal Audio has sued top podcasters including Adam Carolla and HowStuffWorks, claiming that they own the patent for delivery of episodic content over the Internet. Adam Carolla is fighting back and has started a Fund Anything campaign to cover legal fees. From the Fund Anything campaign page: "If Adam Carolla loses this battle, then every other Podcast will be quickly shut down. Why? Because Patent Trolls like Personal Audio would use a victory over Carolla as leverage to extort money from every other Podcast.. As you probably know, Podcasts are inherently small, owner-operated businesses that do not have the financial resources to fight off this type of an assault. Therefore, Podcasts as we know them today would cease to exist."

James Logan of Personal Audio answered Slashdotters' questions in June 2013.
Links to the patent in question can be found on Personal Audio's website.
The EFF filed a challenge against Personal Audio's podcasting patent in October 2013."

+ - 172 Judge: IP Address Not a Person And Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Florida District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Malibu Media against an alleged BitTorrent pirate. Though Malibu Media explained how they geolocated the download site and verified that the IP address was residential rather than a public wifi hotspot, the judge reasoned that the 'Plaintiff has not shown how this geolocation software can establish the identity of the Defendant....Even if this IP address is located within a residence, the geolocation software cannot identify who has access to that residence’s computer and who would actually be using it to infringe Plaintiff’s copyright.' Judge Ungaro's ruling is not the first of its kind, but it could signal a growing legal trend whereby copyright lawsuits can no longer just hinge on the acquisition of an IP address."

+ - 130 Conspiracy Theorists Are Huge Fans of the Local and Organic Food Movements->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "I guess it isn’t surprising that Americans—contentious and swift to judge as we are—are prone to conspiracy theories, especially when it comes to medicine. A new survey from researchers at the University of Chicago found that half of Americans believe in one medical conspiracy theory or another: one-third of us believe that the FDA is holding back a natural cure for cancer at the behest of drug companies; a fifth of us believe that health officials are holding back evidence that cell phones cause cancer at the behest of large corporations; another fifth believe that vaccines do cause autism and other psychological disorders, but the government and doctors are vaccinating anyway. It doesn’t say why the government and doctors want to endanger your health, but just taking a stab in the dark, I’m going to say that some corporation is probably behind it.

But maybe that’s not that exciting, and what’s interesting is who held these beliefs. Medical conspiracy theorists aren’t limited to one side of the political spectrum—35 percent of those who agreed with a conspiracy theory identified themselves as liberals, 41 percent said they were conservatives. But aside from believing conspiracy theories, this group did share other tendencies: they didn’t wear sunscreen as often. They took herbal supplements more often. And what I found really surprising, the more conspiracy theories they believed in, the more likely they were to buy organic or farm-stand food."

Link to Original Source

+ - 125 A Data Center Pro's Take On High-Level Programming Languages

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia questions whether dyed-in-the-wool data center pros like himself can really find happiness moving toward the higher-level languages of modern programming: 'I've been writing a lot of code recently, more than your normal internal IT tools and widgets. Sizable LAMP apps and API development have been filling my plate, alongside technical project management for several significant development efforts. During the course of this work, I've had a chance to reflect on a number of items related to software development, and I've become even more entrenched in my predilection toward lower-level languages and development frameworks. This may come off much like someone shaking their fist at the clouds, but it is what it is.'"

+ - 199 Scientist Live-Blogs His Lab's Attempts to Generate New Type of Stem Cells->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In the latest twist in the story of STAP cells, a new kind of stem cell described in two Nature papers in January, a scientist is live-blogging his latest attempt to generate the cells. The papers described how subjecting cells from newborn mice to a mildly acidic solution turned them into pluripotent stem cells, the sought-after cells that can become all the body’s cell types. Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee, a stem cell researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has already tried once to make the cells, following the methods published in Nature in January. That attempt failed, which Lee documented publicly on the website ResearchGate. The lack of success mirrors other reports from scientists around the world in the weeks since the papers were published, despite a more detailed set of methods posted by some of the authors on 5 March. Today, Lee posted in the comment section of his ResearchGate review that he had set up a team of four lab members to do the experiments. They will live blog the research, and promise frequent updates."
Link to Original Source

+ - 207 Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets with Wrong, Slower Processor

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2 tablet in October 2013 with several hardware upgrades, like the new 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U processor specifically optimized for longer battery life and increased performance. Three months later, Microsoft decided to upgrade the CPU with a 1.9GHz Core i5-4300U unit that would be capable of taking these improvements even further. Albeit Redmond has kept a low profile for the somewhat significant improvement, tech savvy buyers were aware of the change. Now, according to some new reports, it seems that the company is still shipping the old models to buyers, despite the fact that Microsoft has promised to deliver only upgraded models featuring the new CPU. The new processor is said to come with 20% higher clock speed and 15% to 20% better overclocked clock speed."

+ - 230 JavaScript Inventor Brendan Eich Named New CEO of Mozilla->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Mozilla today announced that Brendan Eich would be its new CEO. Eich had been serving as Mozilla's CTO and has been with Mozilla since day one — literally day one. Eich was a Netscape engineer when AOL decided to create the open-source Mozilla project in 1998. The choice of Eich as CEO seems obvious to some, after a string of recent short-tenured CEOs at Mozilla's helm."
Link to Original Source

+ - 160 Ubuntu phone isn't important enough to demand an open source baseband->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Canonical is producing a version of the Ubuntu Linux distribution specifically for smartphones, but Richard Tynan, writing for PrivacyInternational.org, recently pointed out that the baseband in Ubuntu-powered phones will remain closed source (and highly proprietary). So, while Ubuntu itself is Open Source, the super-critical firmware on the phones will not be. This creates the immediate practical problem of leaving the information transmitted by your phone open to snooping by organizations that take advantage of issues in the Closed Source firmware.

Some have criticized Canonical for missing an opportunity to push for a fully Open Source smartphone, but in order to fix this problem (and open up the code for this super-critical bit of software), we need companies that have a large amount of clout, in the smartphone market, to make it a priority. Canonical (with Ubuntu) just doesn't have that clout yet. They're just now dipping their toes into the smartphone waters. But you know who does have that clout? Google.

Google has made a point of touting Open Source (at least sometimes), and they are the undisputed king of the smartphone operating system world. And yet I hear no big moves by Google to encourage phone manufacturers to utilize Open Source basebands, such as OsmocomBB. So has Canonical missed an opportunity? No. Not yet. If (some may say "when") Ubuntu gains a critical amount of market share in the phone world, that will be their chance to pressure manufacturers to produce a truly Open Source phone. Until then, Canonical needs to continue to work within the world we have today."

Link to Original Source

+ - 129 Microsoft Word Zero-Day Used in Targeted Attacks-> 1

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Microsoft warned on Monday of a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2014-1761) in Microsoft Word that is being actively exploited in targeted attacks directed at Microsoft Word 2010.

If successfully exploited, an attacker could gain the same user rights as the current user, Microsoft said, noting that users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than accounts with administrative privileges.

“The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted RTF file using an affected version of Microsoft Word, or previews or opens a specially crafted RTF email message in Microsoft Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer,” Microsoft explained in the advisory.

Microsoft did not share any details on the attacks that leveraged the vulnerability, but did credit Drew Hintz, Shane Huntley, and Matty Pellegrino of the Google Security Team for reporting it to Microsoft."

Link to Original Source

+ - 144 Russians take Ukraine's last land base in Crimea

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Firing shots in the air and using stun grenades, Russian troops captured the last Ukrainian military base in Crimea today. From the LA Times: 'Meanwhile, Ukrainian and Russian officials were carrying on talks on evacuating Ukraine’s loyal servicemen and families from the peninsula, a top Ukrainian military official said during a briefing Monday in Kiev. “About 50% [of Ukraine servicemen stationed in Crimea] joined the Russian side,” said Olexandr Razmazin, army deputy chief of staff, the UNIAN news agency reported. The decision has been made to carry out the evacuation, he said, “but we need to work out a legal way to do it.”'"

+ - 192 Google Now Arrives in Chrome For Windows And Mac

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced Google Now is coming to the Chrome stable channel for Windows and Mac "starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks." This means Google Now notifications will finally be available to desktop and laptop Chrome users, in addition to Android and iOS users. To turn the feature on, all you need to do is sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you're using for Google Now on mobile. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage your location settings for each device independently (change Location Reporting on Android and iOS)."

+ - 258 Netflix is "Arrogant" for expecting net neutrality->

Submitted by jayp00001
jayp00001 (267507) writes "Mr. Hastings’ arrogant proposition is that everyone else should pay but Netflix. That may be a nice deal if he can get it. But it’s not how the Internet, or telecommunication for that matter, has ever worked." — Cicconi (AT&T Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs.)

Translation: SIlly netflix, haven't you figured out that both the subscriber AND the content provider should pay for the same bandwidth!"

Link to Original Source

+ - 176 3D Printing. Have you taken the plunge yet? Planning to?

Submitted by mandark1967
mandark1967 (630856) writes "With recent advances in working with different filaments (Wood filament, Nylon, etc) and price drops seen lately, I'm curious to know how many of you have decided to take the plung and get into 3D Printing. There are several kits available now or even assembled units that are in the same cost range as a "gamer" video card (DaVinci 1.0 for $499, Printrbot Simple 2014 — $399, 3d Stuffmaker — $499) I'm wondering if any of you have purchased one and how you like it so far. I've been in the computer field since the 80's but never did CAD work before so I was very hesitant to take the plunge, fearing the steep learning curve of mastering programs like Blender or AutoCAD. What I found, however, was programs like TinkerCAD and 123Design made it very easy to learn basic CAD so I decided to picke up a 3D Printer last week. After a week or so of design work and printing out many items, I think I've picked up a few skills and I can actually see myself making a little money on the side creating and selling items. I don't think I'd trade my current job for one designing and printing items, but it is nice to have a little income on the side if I choose to do that."

+ - 254 He Pressed The Brakes, His Tesla Model S Didn't Stop. Why?

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "When things go wrong with the Tesla Model S electric car, its very loyal--and opinionated--owners usually speak up. And that's just what David Noland has done. An incident in which his Model S didn't stop when he pressed the brake pedal scared him--and got him investigating. He measured pedal spacing on 22 different new cars at dealers--and his analysis suggests that the Tesla pedal setup may be causing what aviation analysts call a "design-induced pilot error". And pedal design, as Toyota just learned to the tune of $1.2 billion, is very important indeed in preventing accidents."

+ - 93 Rogue Apps Could Brick Android Devices->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Researchers from Trend Micro have warned that a vulnerability in Android that was publicly disclosed in mid-March could be exploited by malicious applications to force devices into an endless reboot loop. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by tricking users into installing a maliciously crafted app that includes a large amount of data in an Activity label, the equivalent of the window title on Windows. For example, the app could include a legitimate Activity that's used by default and a hidden, malicious one that's triggered based on a timer to crash the device, the Trend Micro researchers said. 'An even worse case is when the malware is written to start automatically upon device startup,' they said. 'Doing so will trap the device in a rebooting loop, rendering it useless.' Android versions 4.0 and above are affected."
Link to Original Source

+ - 119 How to prevent a plane from vanishing again->

Submitted by ananyo
ananyo (2519492) writes "In an age of big data—when our cellphones track our location and American spooks know what we ate for breakfast—it seems bizarre that a huge airliner with 239 people on board could vanish with barely a trace.The incident reveals numerous security lapses that are relatively easy to fix—and must be, to maintain public confidence in air travel.
The first is the continual tracking of commercial airliners. Prior to MH370’s disappearance, most people would have presumed that aeroplanes are in constant communication with ground stations for security reasons if not navigational ones. But there is no requirement that they maintain continuous contact. The aviation industry plans to upgrade its radar to a GPS-based system that would accomplish this, but the process has faced delays. It should be implemented immediately.
Second, MH370 “went dark” about 40 minutes after takeoff because two communications systems were mysteriously deactivated: the secondary radar (which identifies the aircraft, among other data, to radar screens) and ACARS, a system for sending status updates and messages.
There are good reasons why pilots should be able to disable equipment on board, the threat of fires being one of them. But in such cases, the aeroplane should automatically send out an alert that the system is being shut off, so that authorities are immediately aware of this, and know to track the aircraft with conventional radar (where it appears as a blip on a screen without the identifying information)."

Link to Original Source

+ - 179 Fire and leakage at WIPP, & what it means for defense nuclear waste disposal->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "An underground fire and a separate plutonium leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) has left the US with no repository for transuranic (TRU) waste--that is, radioactive elements heavier than uranium on the periodic chart, such as plutonium, americium, curium and neptunium. WIPP is a bedded salt formation in New Mexico, chosen because of its presumed long-term stability and self-sealing properties, and it currently holds, among other things, 4.9 metric tons of plutonium. Despite assurances from the DOE that the plant would soon reopen, New Mexico has cancelled WIPP's disposal permit indefinitely. Robert Alvarez, who has served as senior policy adviser to the Energy Department's secretary and as deputy assistant secretary for national security, explores what happened at WIPP, and what it means for defense nuclear waste storage."
Link to Original Source

+ - 137 Researchers Find Problems With Rules of Bitcoin->

Submitted by holy_calamity
holy_calamity (872269) writes "Using game theory to analyze the rules of cryptocurrency Bitocin suggests some changes are needed to make the currency sustainable in the long term, reports MIT Technology Review. Studies from Princeton and Cornell found that current rules governing the mining of bitcoins and limiting the total number of bitcoins that can exist at 21 million leave room for cheats or encourage behavior that could destabilize the currency. Such changes could be difficult to implement, given the fact Bitcoin — by design — lacks any central authority."
Link to Original Source

+ - 157 Homeland Security Exercise Targets "Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny"->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Leaked Homeland Security documents obtained by Infowars reveal details of a joint DHS/FEMA national exercise set to take place this week, one of the components of which revolves around an effort to counter online dissent by a group called “Free Americans Against Socialist Tyranny,” which is disgruntled at the imposition of martial law after an earthquake in Alaska.

As we have exhaustively documented on numerous occasions, federal authorities and particularly the Department of Homeland Security have been involved in producing a deluge of literature which portrays liberty lovers and small government advocates as extremist radicals.

The document also mentions the threat posed by "disgruntled military and Department of Defense civilians," which ties into the talking point, repeatedly promoted by the DHS and other federal agencies, that returning veterans pose a major domestic terror threat.

The Capstone Exercise 2014 document makes it clear that a key part of the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA's preparation for the aftermath of major catastrophic incidents in the United States is centered around combating online dissent which will be sparked as a result of federal authorities and military assets instituting martial law, or what the document refers to as "Defense Support to Civil Authorities".

This is particularly chilling given reports that emerged in 2006 concerning a nationwide FEMA program under which Pastors and other religious representatives were trained to become secret police enforcers who teach their congregations to "obey the government" in preparation for a declaration of martial law, property and firearm seizures, and forced relocation."

Link to Original Source

+ - 124 How British satellite company Inmarsat tracked down MH370->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has announced that, based on satellite data analysis from UK company Inmarsat, Malayian Airlines flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean, and no one on board survived....

"Effectually we looked at the doppler effect, which is the change in frequency, due to the movement of a satellite in its orbit. What that then gave us was a predicted path for the northerly route and a predicted path the southerly route," explained Chris McLaughlin, senior vice president of external affairs at Inmarsat.

"What we discovered was a correlation with the southerly route and not with the northern route after the final turn that the aircraft made, so we could be as close to certain as anybody could be in that situation that it went south."

"Where we then went was to work out where the last ping was, knowing that the aircraft still had some fuel, but that it would have run out before the next automated ping. We don't know what speed the aircraft was flying at, but we assumed about 450 knots."

Inmarsat passed the relevant analysis to the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) yesterday. The cause of the crash remains a mystery."

Link to Original Source

+ - 232 KDE and Canonical devels disagree over display server->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Robert Ancell, a Canonical software engineer, wrote a blog titled ‘Why the display server doesn’t matter‘. KDE developers, who do have long experience with Qt (something Canonical is moving towards for it’s mobile ambitions), have refuted Bob’s claims and said that display server does matter."
Link to Original Source

+ - 136 Velociraptors Help TimeWatch RPG Kickstart 2,647% ->

Submitted by Daniel Dern
Daniel Dern (306230) writes "Per this article I wrote for Boston Globe's BetaBoston, when Boston-area writer and game designer Kevin Kulp wanted funding for out-of-pocket costs to turn the text manuscript of his tabletop "Investigative Time-Travel" role-playing-game (RPG) into a printed/digital book, rather than look to the game book's publisher, he turned to crowdfunding site Kickstarter. The campaign hit its first goal ($4,000 ) within 35 minutes... and 31 days later, hit 2,647% of that original target.

What wasn't obvious (to me, anyway) previously is that (like submitting to Slashdot), there's a lot that a campaigner can — and should — do to increase the odds of their Kickstarter or other crowdfunding effort... and no shortage of articles, books, videos, and consultants offering this expertise."

Link to Original Source

+ - 103 SpaceX Resupply Mission to Launch March 30

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Originally scheduled to launch on March 16, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will now launch March 30. From the article: 'Officials delayed launch from March 16 after engineers raised concerns that petroleum stains discovered on thermal blankets could contaminate sensitive components on a high-definition imaging camera and an optical communications experiment mounted inside the Dragon spacecraft's trunk. "After careful review and analysis, engineering teams representing both the ISS and SpaceX have determined Dragon is ready to fly 'as-is.' All parties agree that the particular constituents observed in Dragon's trunk are in line with the previously defined environments levels and do not impose additional risk to the payloads," SpaceX said in a statement.'"

+ - 130 Bring On the Monsters: Tolkien's Translation of Beowulf to be Published

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Tolkien was often criticised by his academic colleagues for wasting time on fiction, even though that fiction has probably done more to popularise medieval literature than the work of 100 scholars. Now John Garth reports that HarperCollins plans to publish Tolkien's long-awaited 1926 translation of the oldest surviving Old English epic poem about Beowulf, a hero of the Geats, who kills the monster Grendel with his bare hands and Grendel's mother with a sword of a giant that he found in her lair. Verlyn Flieger, identifies Beowulf as representing one of the two poles of Tolkien's imagination: the darker half, in which we all face eventual defeat – a complete contrast to the sudden joyous upturn of hope that he also expresses so superbly. "In truth," writes Garth, "it is his ability to move between the two attitudes that really lends him emotional power as a writer." Tolkien pushed the monsters to the forefront arguing that they "represent the impermanence of human life, the mortal enemy that can strike at the heart of everything we hold dear, the force against which we need to muster all our strength – even if ultimately we may lose the fight." Without the monsters, the peculiarly northern courage of Beowulf and his men is meaningless. Tolkien, veteran of the Somme, knew that it was not. "It will be fascinating to see how [Tolkien] exercised his literary, historical and linguistic expertise on the poem," concludes Garth adding that Tolkien was the arch-revivalist of literary medievalism, who made it seem so relevant to the modern world. "I can't wait to see his version of the first English epic.""

+ - 102 Turkish Finance Minister defends Twitter ban->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek has defended his governments ban on Twitter and accused the social networking site of not complying with court orders.

Simsek said: The Turkish telecommunications watchdog has made a number of statements saying that they have asked Twitter on a number of occasions to remove some content on the back of court orders and Twitter has been refusing to comply"

Link to Original Source

+ - 123 Imogen Heap Launches Gloves That Control Sound Through Gestures on Kickstarter->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Singer-songwriter Imogen Heap has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Mi.Mu wearable tech gloves that can help musicians produce complex audio effects with just the swipe of a hand.

Each glove contains an x-IMU chip mounted on the back of the hand, which contains a Wi-Fi transmitter, magnetometer, gyroscope and accelerometer. There are also movement sensors embedded in the glove fabric.

A sensor on the glove picks up the light made from users flexing their fingers in the fibre optic data gloves and converts it into a digital signal. The music control signal is then sent wirelessly from the gloves over Wi-Fi to a computer, where musicians can customise the controls for the glove on open source software."

Link to Original Source

+ - 175 Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong->

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "If you've been living under a stone, you might not have heard last week's announcement that astrophysicists from the BICEP2 experiment have found the first evidence of two extraordinary things. The first is primordial gravitational waves--ripples in spacetime from the very first moments after the Big Bang. The second is that these waves are evidence of inflation, the theory that the universe expanded rapidly, by twenty orders of magnitude in the blink of an eye after the Big Bang. But that can only be possible if the gravitational waves formed before inflation occurred. Now critics have begun to mutter that the waves might have formed later and so provide no evidence of inflation. The new thinking is that as the universe cooled down after inflation, various phase changes occurred in the Universe which generated the laws of physics we see today. These phase changes would have been violent events that generated their own ripples in space time, which would look very much like the primordial gravitational waves that the BICEP2 team claims to have found. So the BICEP2 team must rule out this possibility before they can claim evidence of inflation. But the critics say the data does not yet allow this to be done. That doesn't mean inflation didn't occur. Indeed, the critics say this is still the most likely explanation. But until the phase change possibility is ruled out, the result must be considered ambiguous. So put the champagne back in the fridge."
Link to Original Source

+ - 95 Why Does The Media Exaggerate Linux Security Problems?->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Most security experts agree that Linux is one of the most secure OSes out there. But to listen to some media reports, you'd think it was a security nightmare. Tech commentator Jim Lynch thinks the disparity comes from a sensationalist press's tendency to tear down a winner: because Linux is so secure, its (few) security problems seem like bigger news. It's the same logic behind stories about Apple's impending financial implosion."
Link to Original Source

+ - 136 Drone-assisted hunting to be illegal in Alaska after game board decision->

Submitted by garymortimer
garymortimer (1882326) writes "A drone system allowing a hunter or helper to locate game now costs only about $1,000, said Capt. Bernard Chastain, operations commander for the Wildlife Troopers. Because of advances in the technology and cheaper prices, it is inevitable hunters seeking an advantage would, for example, try to use a drone to fly above trees or other obstacles and look for a moose or bear to shoot, he said.

“Under hunting regulations, unless it specifically says that it’s illegal, you’re allowed to do it,” Chastain said. “What happens a lot of times is technology gets way ahead of regulations, and the hunting regulations don’t get a chance to catch up for quite a while."

Link to Original Source

+ - 128 Apple Reportedly in Talks with Comcast for Separate Apple Streaming Path

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Apple is reportedly in talks with Comcast to obtain a network pathway dedicated to live and on-demand programming for subscribers of unspecified Apple services. In other words, Apple traffic would be separated from the rest of the public's internet traffic. This deal is different from the one Netflix made with Comcast in that Apple is reportedly asking for separate traffic in the path from Comcast facilities to consumer homes; the Netflix deal only gains Netflix direct access to the Comcast network. While net neutrality rules no longer restrict ISPs from monetizing their traffic prioritization, Comcast is still bound in that respect until 2018 as part of the conditions for its acquisition of NBCUniversal in 2011."

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown

Working...