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Science

+ - 158 'DNA Tracking Chamber' Could Detect Dark Matter->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "An unlikely group of physicists and biologists plan to build a dark matter detector out of DNA that will outperform anything available today

Perhaps the greatest and most fiercely contested race in modern science is the search for dark matter.

Physicists cannot see this stuff, hence the name. However, they infer its existence because they can see its gravitational influence on the structure of galaxies and clusters of galaxies. It implies that the universe is filled with dark matter, much more of it than the visible matter we can see

If they're right, dark matter must fill our galaxy and our Solar System. At this very instant, we ought to be ploughing our way through a dense sea of dark matter as the Sun moves towards the constellation of Cygnus as it orbits the galactic centre."

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Iphone

+ - 109 The surprising impact of the iPhone on AT&T and Verizon's rivalry->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "AT&T paid dearly for iPhone exclusivity that started in June 2007 and ran for nearly four years. What did it buy? Back in 2Q07, AT&T Wireless generated $10.4 billion in sales, and Verizon Wireless did $10.8 billion. Verizon Wireless edged out AT&T by just 4%. This was a very interesting point in time to inject a revolutionary new smartphone — and the iPhone debuted just two days before the end of 2Q07..."
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Debian

+ - 114 Next Debian Release Takes Up 73 CDs, 11 DVDs->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Debian developers shared from their annual Debian conference that Debian 7.0 "Wheezy" is going to take up 73 CDs or 11 DVDs if choosing the i386 or x86_64 architecture. This is a large increase (20+ CDs) over the current Debian 6.0 release. If not needing the whole archive, one can get by using the net installer or the first few CD/DVDs, but has Debian grown too large? At DebConf they also began formalizing their UEFI SecureBoot plans."
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The Military

+ - 186 How a 1960s discovery in neuroscience spawned a military project->

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Harperdog
Harperdog writes "This is pretty fascinating: The Chronicle of Higher Ed has an article about a DARPA project that allows researchers to scan satellite photos, video, etc., and have a computer pick up differences in brain activity to tell whether an image has been seen...images that might flash by before conscious recognition."
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Science

+ - 108 Past 12 months warmest ever recorded in United States->

Submitted by gollum123
gollum123 (810489) writes "The mainland United States, which was largely recovering Monday from a near-nationwide heat wave, has experienced the warmest 12 months since record-keeping began in 1895, a top government science and weather agency announced Monday. The report from the National Climatic Data Center, which is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, does not take into account blistering heat from this month, with 2,116 high temperature marks either broken or tied between July 2 and July 8 in communities nationwide. But it does incorporate the warmest March recorded as well as extreme heat in June, which also helped make the first six months of 2012 the warmest recorded of any January-June stretch."
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Government

+ - 144 New executive order potentially grants .gov control of all communication systems-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "President Obama has issued a new executive order: "Assignment of National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications Functions", http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/06/executive-order-assignment-national-security-and-emergency-preparedness-

EPIC reports: "The Executive Order grants new powers to the Department of Homeland Security, including the ability to collect certain public communications information. Under the Executive Order the White House has also granted the Department the authority to seize private facilities when necessary, effectively shutting down or limiting civilian communications."

A few key excerpts from the exec order:
"The views of all levels of government, the private and nonprofit sectors, and the public must inform the development of national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) [National Security/Emergency Preparedness] communications policies, programs, and capabilities."

"Sec. 5.2. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall:
(a) oversee the development, testing, implementation, and sustainment of NS/EP communications, including: communications that support Continuity of Government; Federal, State, local, territorial, and tribal emergency preparedness and response communications; non-military executive branch communications systems; critical infrastructure protection networks; and non-military communications networks, particularly with respect to prioritization and restoration; ......

(e) satisfy priority communications requirements through the use of commercial, Government, and privately owned communications resources, when appropriate;""

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Nintendo

+ - 131 Ouya (pronounced OOO-yah) is developing an under-$100 video game system->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From USA Today..
Upstart technology firm Ouya (pronounced OOO-yah) is developing an under-$100 video game system that connects to the TV, a $16 billion market that has traditionally been owned by Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony and the big-budget titles designed for their consoles.
Its new game console, which will use a customized, open Android-based operating system for high-definition video games, could provide the first direct-to-market pathway for independent developers to bring the next Angry Birds and Temple Run to the TV.

The sub-$100 price could perhaps drive Microsoft and Sony to drop prices on their systems..."

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Linux

+ - 174 Linux.org Quietly Comes Back To Life->

Submitted by
jfruh
jfruh writes "The venerable Linux.org site quietly relaunched some weeks ago, offering much of the original useful content on Linux as well as some new articles. The site is still associated with Michael McLagen, a somewhat controversial figure due to the fights around the Linux Standards Assocation back in the late '90s. McLagen has not responded to requests for comments on the relaunched site."
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The Almighty Buck

+ - 124 Xerox's outsourcing one year later: layoffs->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "About a year ago, Xerox told some 600 employees, many of them product engineers, that their jobs were being transferred to an India-based IT services firm, HCL Technologies. How has that worked out? A Xerox employee who was transferred, and who is part of a Xerox IT group of 150 people (a subset of the overall larger number of those transferred.), says his group is now down to about 50 who work on the Xerox account. About 30 have been laid off; 20 recently, and 10 some months earlier. The others who aren't working on the Xerox account have been moved to other projects or left through attrition. Xerox's CEO, Ursula Burns, is playing a prominent advisory role in the Obama administration as the vice chair of the President's Export Council as well as serving on the President's Jobs Council. In 2011, Xerox employed 139,700 globally, and 80,500 in the U.S. Xerox's workforce at the end of the first quarter of this year was 138,300 globally, with 78,600 in the U.S."
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Blackberry

+ - 200 BlackBerry CEO on What Went Wrong->

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AZA43
AZA43 writes "After releasing some very ugly financial numbers in late June, BlackBerry-maker RIM went on a media blitz to downplay the significance of its latest earnings and counter increasingly negative media attention. Its CEO even published a bit of desperate corporate cheerleading in the Globe and Mail. But a new Q&A with BlackBerry chief Thorsten Heins offers a unique take on what exactly went wrong at RIM—Heins blames the company's downfall on LTE in the US—and he actually seems genuine in his answers."
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Android

+ - 105 Android Trojan Attacks European Banks

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Recently Trusteer discovered the first Tatanga-based man in the mobile (MITMO) attack as well as new SPITMO configurations which are targeting Android mobile banking users in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain. Like previous attacks, both variants target Windows users on the web and use a web injection in the desktop browser to lure them into installing a fake security application on their phones. The fraudsters claim this application is required by the bank as a new layer of protection, and that 15 million bank customers around the world are already using it. n most attacks, if the victim is using an operating system other than Android the malware informs the user that no further action is required. However, for all Android users, the desktop component of the MITMO attack requests the victim’s phone number and notifies them that a link for downloading the security application has been sent (via SMS) to their mobile device."
China

+ - 94 NSA Director Says Cybercrime is 'Greatest Transfer of Wealth in History'->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "The general in charge of the National Security Agency on Monday said the lack of national cybersecurity leglislation is costing us big and amounting to what he believes is "the greatest transfer of wealth in history."

U.S. Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander urged politicians to stop stalling on approving a much-needed cybersecurity law — of which various versions currently are circulating in Congress. At the same time, he implored private companies to better cooperate with government agencies, many of whom remain mum because of privacy concerns.

"We can do the protection of civil liberties and privacy and cybersecurity as a nation. Not only that we can, but I believe it's something that we must do," Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander told an audience at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C."

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Games

+ - 131 Ouya: The $99, Android-Powered TV Game Console->

Submitted by rodrigoandrade
rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "Ouya is a new Android-based home console that promises to bring to the living room the $0.99 games business model that has worked so well for Apple. Admittedly, its vaporware so far, but it could turn the industry on its head, effectively putting an end to the things we all hate about modern console gaming ($60 games, DLC, DRM, endless sequels, movie tie-ins, etc.)"
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Chrome

+ - 136 Chrome Apps Can Access Webcam Without A Plugin -> 1

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Google Chrome team has made life easier for web developers and users. Google has implemented getUserMedia API in the beta channel of Chrome browser which allows users to grant web apps access to their camera and microphone right within the browser, without a plug-in. It opens doors to immense possibilities for developers to create 'open' and standard based apps which can use your webcam and microphone."
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+ - 129 Higgs Boson May Be An Imposter->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "At least two other particles could be masquerading as the God particle, according to a new analysis of the data from CERN

The news coming out of CERN in recent weeks has been hard to miss. At first, there was a dripfeed of gossip which turned into a firehose of 'Higgsteria'. Finally, last Wednesday, CERN announced that it had found a new particle that is "consistent with the long-sought Higgs boson".

Note the phrasing. CERN has been careful not to claim that the new particle is the Higgs, only that it could be.

But if not the Higgs, what else might it be?"

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The Internet

+ - 124 Printed electronics to bring sensing and wireless communication to packaging->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Norwegian company Thinfilm is developing a printed sensor platform for the packaging market. As a result of this, there will be a new category of packaging that can collect and wirelessly communicate stored sensor information. This is a commercial breakthrough in printed electronics."
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+ - 147 SOPA coming again in pieces...even worse->

Submitted by
bricko
bricko writes "Lamar Smith Looking To Sneak Through SOPA In Bits & Pieces, Starting With Expanding Hollywood's Global Police

While it didn't get nearly as much attention as other parts of SOPA, one section in the bill that greatly concerned us was the massive expansion of the diplomatic corp.'s "IP attaches." If you're unfamiliar with the program, basically IP attaches are "diplomats" (and I use the term loosely) who go around the globe pushing a copyright maximalist position on pretty much every other country. Their role is not to support more effective or more reasonable IP policy. It is solely to increase expansion, and basically act as Hollywood's personal thugs pressuring other countries to do the will of the major studios and labels."

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Businesses

+ - 251 Microsoft Buys MultiTouch Pioneer Perceptive Pixel

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Back in 2006, a post on Jeff Han's multi-touch screen technology — a real TED crowd-pleaser — gave Slashdot readers a taste of the iPhone and iPad future. Han spun off his NYU Research into a company called Perceptive Pixel which, among other things, gave the world CNN’s Amazing Magic Wall. On Monday, Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft is acquiring Perceptive Pixel, which not only means you'll be able to run Windows 8 on an 82-inch touchscreen, but that the Apple v,. Motorola Mobility lawsuit is about to get more interesting!"
Technology

+ - 157 Cloned Horses ok to compete in Olympics->

Submitted by wisebabo
wisebabo (638845) writes "Of course they'll still be restricted to the equestrian events (ha ha).

One wonders if they'll be allowed to do the same in say horse or dog racing. It'll then just come down to the ability of the jockeys I guess (or training).

I wonder why they don't make all Olympic athletes use the same exact "equipment" as their competitors. That would get rid of situations like with those super efficient swimsuits that were banned. Of course they really should return to the spirit of the original Games and compete NAKED. That would really improve ratings! (But it would make the winter games rather hazardous.)

When do you think cloning ATHELETES will become legal? That's something I wouldn't put past the old USSR/East European Block. Remember the "women" atheletes they sent?"

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