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+ - 150 Behavior of Birds Depends on Their Hatching Order

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new study looks at the behavior of birds and found the hatching order of birds influences how they behave in adulthood.
The study was conducted by Dr. Ian Hartley and Dr. Mark Mainwaring (LEC), researchers at the University of Lancaster Environment Center. The researchers noticed that the youngest members of the zebra finch broods were more adventurous than their older siblings in later life."
Nintendo

+ - 123 Wii U web browser's HTML5 gaming capabilities->

Submitted by richtaur
richtaur (1234738) writes "Following Microsoft's addition to Internet Explorer on the Xbox 360, Nintendo has launched a web browser on their next-generation Wii U console. Much different from Opera's Internet Channel browser on Wii, this new innocuously titled "Internet Browser" is based on Webkit.

In an article The Wii U web browser's HTML5 gaming capabilities, a small HTML5 game studio does a deep-dive of what the browser is capable of. No audio support, no ability to save state, and zero WebGL support are some of the browser's many issues. The upshot? Some games are quite playable. With a little more development effort, there's some real potential for Nintendo's console to tap into a vast library of HTML5 games."

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Power

+ - 160 US Nuclear Industry Plans 'Rescue Wagon' to Avert Meltdowns

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "AP reports that if disaster strikes a US nuclear power plant, the utility industry wants the ability to fly in heavy-duty equipment from regional hubs to stricken reactors to avert a meltdown providing another layer of defense in case a Fukushima-style disaster destroys a nuclear plant's multiple backup systems. "It became very clear in Japan that utilities became quickly overwhelmed," says Joe Pollock, vice president for nuclear operations at the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry lobbying group that is spearheading the effort. US nuclear plants already have backup safety systems and are supposed to withstand the worst possible disasters in their regions, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes. But planners can be wrong. The industry plan, called FLEX, is the nuclear industry's method for meeting new US Nuclear Regulatory Commission rules that will force 65 plants in the US to get extra emergency equipment on site and store it protectively. The FLEX program is supposed to help nuclear plants handle the biggest disasters. Under the plan, plant operators can summon help from the regional centers in Memphis and Phoenix. In addition to having several duplicate sets of plant emergency gear, industry officials say the centers will likely have heavier equipment that could include an emergency generator large enough to power a plant's emergency cooling systems, equipment to treat cooling water and extra radiation protection gear for workers. Federal regulators must still decide whether to approve the plans submitted by individual plants. "They need to show us not just that they have the pump, but that they've done all the appropriate designing and engineering so that they have a hookup for that pump," says NRC spokesman Scott Burnell said. "They're not going to be trying to figure out, 'Where are we going to plug this thing in?'"
IOS

+ - 176 Australian police warn against using Apple Maps->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Australian police are warning people not to rely on Apple's new mobile mapping application after several motorists ended up in a semi-arid national park where temperatures can reach 46C and there is no water supply. Police in the town of Mildura, Victoria, issued a statement saying they've responded to several drivers who became stranded in Murray Sunset National Park. Apple's Maps application, introduced in iOS 6, shows Mildura near part of the park when it is actually located about 70 km to the northeast, according to police. Some motorists have been stranded for a day without food or water, walking long distances through dangerous terrain to get phone reception, police said."
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Australia

+ - 165 Australian police warn that Apple Maps could get someone killed->

Submitted by jsherring
jsherring (638361) writes ""Police in Victoria, Australia warn that Apple's glitch-filled Maps app could get someone killed, after motorists looking for the Victorian city of Mildura were instead guided to a wilderness area." Relying on Apple Maps to navigate through rural Australia seems rather foolish but it has become common practice to rely on GPS navigation. Besides reverting to google maps, perhaps Apple should provide strong warnings to use other navigation sources if navigating to remote locations."
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Australia

+ - 100 Australian Police Rescue Motorists Lost In Forest By Apple Maps->

Submitted by lukehopewell1
lukehopewell1 (1855440) writes "There's no doubt that Apple Maps needs to be fixed, but the sooner the better according to Australian police, who have been wading into a remote national park to save motorists steered deep into the forest by the new iOS 6 navigation software.

Police say that several motorists have already been rescued, adding that some had to walk for up to 24 hours through the forest just to find cell signal.

Motorists are getting lost in the park because Apple Maps has mislabelled the location of a regional town that is actually situated 70 kilometres away.

Until Apple fixes the issue, Australian police are telling users not to navigate using iOS 6 maps."

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+ - 132 McAffee is doing a live broadcast tonight on ustream at 8:00PM EST->

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paysonwelch
paysonwelch writes "GUATEMALA CITY, December 9, 2012 — John McAfee, famed antivirus software pioneer and human rights advocate, today announced that he will host a news conference to ask the world for its protection against the Government of Belize. On his official blog, whoismcafee.com, Mr. McAfee has exposed the widespread corruption that is currently taking over the small country. Because of this, Mr. McAfee feels that he will be in grave danger if he were to be returned toBelize.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/urecommendmedia"

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+ - 247 Brain cells made from urine->

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "Scientists have found a relatively straightforward way to persuade the cells discarded in human urine to turn into valuable neurons.

The technique, described online in a study in Nature Methods this week1, does not involve embryonic stem cells. These come with serious drawbacks when transplanted, such as the risk of developing tumours. Instead, the method uses ordinary cells present in urine, and transforms them into neural progenitor cells — the precursors of brain cells.

Researchers routinely reprogram cultured skin and blood cells2 into induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which can go on to form any cell in the body. But urine is a much more accessible source."

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Botnet

+ - 102 Tor network used to command Skynet botnet->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Security researchers have identified a botnet controlled by its creators over the Tor anonymity network. It's likely that other botnet operators will adopt this approach, according to the team from vulnerability assessment and penetration testing firm Rapid7. The botnet is called Skynet and can be used to launch DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, generate Bitcoins — a type of virtual currency — using the processing power of graphics cards installed in infected computers, download and execute arbitrary files or steal login credentials for websites, including online banking ones. However, what really makes this botnet stand out is that its command and control (C&C) servers are only accessible from within the Tor anonymity network using the Tor Hidden Service protocol."
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Security

+ - 181 Researchers find crippling flaws in global GPS ->

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Researchers have developed attacks capable of crippling Global Positioning System infrastructure critical to the navigation of a host of military and civilian technologies including planes, ships and unnamed drones.

The novel remote attacks can be made using against consumer and professional- grade receivers using $2500 worth of custom-built equipment.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Coherent Navigation detailed the attacks in a paper (pdf)"

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The Military

+ - 212 F-16 Engines Stolen From Israeli Air Base

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Defense Tech reports that several F-16 engines weighing 3,700 pounds each have been stolen from a base in a central part of the country as Israeli officials played down the loss saying the engines were old or retired and likely stolen for scrap. US security and aviation experts contacted were not so dismissive of the missing engines and said that some countries would see value in having them and taking them apart. “They’re still more modern than anything in the Iranian air force inventory, and they would even be helpful to China in their jet engine development,” says Richard Aboulafia noting that modern technology engine design remains “a black art” and that competitors would love the opportunity to study them. This is not the first time jet engines have gone missing. In June 2011, Israel reported the loss of eight F-15 and F-16 fighter engines from a base at Tel Nof near Jerusalem when investigators found the engines had been taken away on large trucks, prompting speculation that the thieves had help from inside the base. In 2009, two F-5 engines were stolen from an airbase in Malaysia, tracked to Argentina and ultimately located in Uruguay."
Privacy

+ - 107 Salesforce.com: It Took a Cloud to Re-Elect Obama

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Vivek Kundra, who joined Salesforce.com after serving as the nation's first CIO, said Obama’s re-election campaign used Salesforce.com to gauge the feelings of core voters. '[The platform allowed] the campaign to aggregate sentiment in real time and [gave it] the ability to and mobilize people in the field,' Kundra said. On its blog, Salesfoce.com is also touting 'The Obama Campaign’s Salesforce Success', saying it took a cloud to get the President re-elected: 'Never before could campaigners do so much to connect, listen, measure, and respond; never before did their success depend so much on doing it.' Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff was 1 of 35 co-chairmen of the presidential campaign, and played host to Obama at pricey fundraisers at both his home and Salesforce.com headquarters (motorcade video) for high-rolling donors. So, with lawmakers blurring the line between data mining and cyberstalking, is resistance against companies tying people's real-life identities to their online browsing habits futile?"
GNU is Not Unix

+ - 218 Ubuntu Community Manager: RMS's post seems a bit childish to me->

Submitted by spacenet
spacenet (2555388) writes "As a response to RMS speaking out against Ubuntu about its privacy-violating integrated Amazon search results, which he considers to be spyware, Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon has responded to RMS's post. In his reply, Jono claims that Stallman's views on privacy do not align with Canonical's, that some of his statements are worded in order to "generate fear, uncertainty, and doubt about Ubuntu" and that "it just seems a bit childish to me".

The comments on the post itself are well worth a read."

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+ - 175 FreeBSD Project Falls Short of Year End Funding Target By Nearly 50%->

Submitted by TrueSatan
TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Perhaps a sign of our troubled times or a sign that BSD is becoming less relevant to modern computing needs: the FreeBSD project has sought $500,00 by year end to allow it to continue to offer to fund and manage projects, sponsor FreeBSD events, Developer Summits and provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers but with the end of this year fast approaching it has raised just over $280,000...far short of its target."
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+ - 202 Sir Patrick Moore dies aged 89-> 3

Submitted by Tastecicles
Tastecicles (1153671) writes "Patrick Moore was the monocled surveyor of the sky who awakened in millions of people an interest in galactic goings on.

His love of astronomy began at the age of six and that childhood curiosity developed into a lifelong passion.

It was a passion he shared through his programme, The Sky at Night, which he presented for more than 50 years, only ever missing one episode due to illness.

Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore was born at Pinner, Middlesex on 4 Mar 1923.

Heart problems meant he spent much of his childhood being educated at home and he became an avid reader.

His mother gave him a copy of GF Chambers' book, The Story of the Solar System, and this sparked his lifelong passion for astronomy.

He was soon publishing papers about the moon's surface, based on observations made with his first three-inch telescope. His 1908 vintage typewriter enabled him to publish more than a thousand books on subjects ranging from astronomy, his first love, to cricket, golf, and music."

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+ - 112 Pirate bay Founder Released From Solitary Confinement->

Submitted by TrueSatan
TrueSatan (1709878) writes "Pirate bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm is set to be released from solitary confinement but is still to serve the remainder of a 1 year sentence relating to Pirate Bay activities. 5 months remain of that sentence and they are to be served in a normal prison with far less restrictions on his confinement...assuming no new charges are brought against him.

He had been accused of involvement in the hacking of Swedish IT firm Logica but no charges have been substantiated in this case. He was later implicated in a second case but, once more, no charges have been substantiated against him http://torrentfreak.com/pirate-bay-founder-arrested-again-on-suspicion-of-new-hacking-fraud-offenses-121110/ . Given that his solitary confinement has not resulted, thus far, in additional charges and that it is far and above the intended sentence in the original case one might have thought that some reduction in sentence or other leniency was more than his due but this doesn't appear to be forthcoming."

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Space

+ - 165 Death of Sir Patrick Moore-> 1

Submitted by Coisiche
Coisiche (2000870) writes "Breaking news on the BBC news site reports the death of Sir Patrick Moore, renowned broadcaster and astronomer who will probably be most familiar to UK readers. He might be known outside of the UK for being the presenter of the long running TV show, "The Sky at Night".



When I was growing up just about every space related news I saw was presented by him. As well some of his books on astronomy I also read a series of fictional books he wrote for a juvenile audience that featured some travels around the solar system."

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Earth

+ - 199 UN Summit Strikes Climate Deal Promising 'Damage Aid' to Poor Nations

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that UN climate talks in Doha have closed with a historic shift in principle agreed to by nearly 200 nations extending the Kyoto Protocol through 2020 and establishing for the first time that rich nations should move towards compensating poor nations for losses due to climate change. Until now rich nations have agreed to help developing countries to get clean energy and adapt to climate change, but they have stopped short of accepting responsibility for damage caused by climate change elsewhere. "It is a breakthrough," says Martin Khor of the South Centre — an association of 52 developing nations. "The term Loss and Damage is in the text — this is a huge step in principle. Next comes the fight for cash." US negotiators made certain that neither the word "compensation", nor any other term connoting legal liability, was used, to avoid opening the floodgates to litigation – instead, the money will be judged as aid. Ronny Jumea, from the Seychelles, told rich nations earlier that discussion of compensation would not have been needed if they had cut emissions earlier. "We're past the mitigation [emissions cuts] and adaptation eras. We're now right into the era of loss and damage. What's next after that? Destruction?" While the United States has not adopted a comprehensive approach to climate change, the Obama administration has put in place a significant auto emissions reduction program and a plan to regulate carbon dioxide from new power plants. “What this meeting reinforced is that while this is an important forum, it is not the only one in which progress can and must be made,” says Jennifer Haverkamp, director of the international climate programs at the Environmental Defense Fund. “The disconnect between the level of ambition the parties are showing here and what needs to happen to avoid dangerous climate change is profound.”"

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