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+ - 288 Is Cyber Arms Control a Lost Cause? ->

Submitted by Nicola Hahn
Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes "In light of a classified document regarding state-sponsored cyber ops the editorial board at the New York Times has suggested that the most constructive approach to reducing the spread of cyber threats would be to “accelerate international efforts to negotiate limits on the cyberarms race, akin to the arms-control treaties of the Cold War.”

While such advice is by all means well-intentioned there are significant differences between nuclear weapons and malware that would make treaty verification problematic. Not to mention that the history of the Cold War itself illustrates that certain countries viewed arms control treaties as an opportunity to secretly race ahead with their own covert weapons programs. Rather than take on the Sisyphean task of trying to limit the development of offensive cyber technology, why not shift national priorities towards creating robust, fault-tolerant, systems that render offensive tools ineffective?"

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+ - 103 Dear Pimps: Don't Try To Recruit A New Ho On Facebook->

Submitted by chernandburn
chernandburn (2812925) writes "Paul Robeson was poking around Facebook in October 2012 when he came across a profile of an attractive woman who lived in Reno. Her name, according to her profile, was Katie Marie. Robeson complimented her photos. She responded and the two started a flirtatious text conversation. Robeson asked if Marie was "looking ta build wid ah fresh young fast Frisco boss," or, as prosecutors contended, work for him as a prostitute."
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+ - 191 Google, ICANN, and the .dev TLD

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "It seems that ICANN decided to auction off TLDs in 2008, enabling the buyers to create closed domains. Closed TLDs

Let’s talk about a domain that’s near and dear to my heart, .dev. Wouldn’t it be great to have a domain for content targeted at software developers? So that you could actually get a domain name for www.[your-side-project].dev? Instead abusing the .io domain which is officially for the British Indian Ocean Territory. Alas, Google does not think much of that plan. Under their shell company “Charleston Road Registry Inc.” (whose “CEO” is merely Google’s in-house counsel), they have applied for control of the .dev domain, which they intend to be:

completely closed for the sole use of Google.

In case you thought that was a typo, they elaborate:

Second-level domain names within the proposed gTLD are intended for registration and use by Google only, and domain names under the new gTLD will not be available to the general public for purchase, sale, or registration. As such, Charleston Road Registry intends to apply for an exemption to the ICANN Registry Operator Code of Conduct as Google is intended to be the sole registrar and registrant.

In case you believe Google is drunk and they meant to apply for some other, more Google-specific string, instead of claiming some kind of monopoly over software development in its entitreity, they helpfully clarify that no, they know exactly what they are doing:

The proposed gTLD will provide Google with direct association to the term dev, which is an abbreviation of the word, development. The mission of this gTLD, .dev, is to provide a dedicated domain space in which Google can enact second-level domains specific to its projects in development. Specifically, the new gTLD will provide Google with greater ability to create a custom portal for employees to manage products and services in development.

Push back is coming from SEO shops and the government of Australia."

+ - 310 Will Vivaldi be enough to switch you back? 1

Submitted by justthinkit
justthinkit (954982) writes "Vivaldi is billing itself as the power user's browser and Ars went hands-on with it today. It appears to have the cred, with Vivaldi's CEO being Jon S. von Tetzchner, the co-founder and former CEO of Opera. So, would/will you switch back to "opera" if it was/is called Vivaldi?"

+ - 314 Make those Brown Eyes Blue

Submitted by randomErr
randomErr (172078) writes "A new procedure has been developed that can turn any brown eye to blue. The procedure uses a laser that disturbs the melanin in the pigmented part of the eye. Over the course of a few weeks your body would eliminate the disturbed pigment revealing the blue layer below all people have. The procedure costs about $5,000 and only takes a few second to complete. You can't get it yet in the U.S. because it still going through clinical trials and some ophthalmologists fear that process could increase pressure in the eyes."

+ - 158 FTC Announces $50k in Prizes for Robocaller Trap Software->

Submitted by crazyhorse44
crazyhorse44 (242315) writes "The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it is launching two new robocall contests challenging the public to develop a crowd-source honeypot and better analyze data from an existing honeypot. A honeypot is an information system that may be used by government, private and academic partners to lure and analyze robocalls. The challenges are part of the FTC’s long-term multi-pronged effort to combat illegal robocallers and contestants of one of the challenges will compete for $25,000 in a top prize.

As part of Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back, the FTC is asking contestants to create a technical solution for consumers that will identify unwanted robocalls received on landlines or mobile phones, and block and forward those calls to a honeypot. A qualifying phase launches today and runs through June 15, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. ET; and a second and final phase concludes at DEF CON 23 on Aug. 9, 2015."

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+ - 102 Why It's Almost Impossible To Teach a Robot To Do Your Laundry->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "

For a robot, doing laundry is a nightmare. A robot programmed to do laundry is faced with 14 distinct tasks, but the most washbots right now can only complete about half of them in a sequence. But to even get to that point, there are an inestimable number of ways each task can vary or go wrong—infinite doors that may or may not open.


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+ - 102 NBC Thinks Connected Gloves and "Bullet Time" Can Make Boxing Cool->

Submitted by Lashdots
Lashdots (4031637) writes ""Right now, millennials turn boxing on and they're like, 'Who's winning? I don't get this,'" said Anthony Bailey. The chief technology officer of NBC's Premier Boxing Champions was watching a pair of fighters spar—each wearing sensor-equipped boxing gloves—in preparation for this weekend's fight, the first to be broadcast on NBC's primetime slot (8:30 pm EST) in 30 years. "These guys are real athletes. It's not just two guys going out in the ring trying to beat the crap out of each other. It's two guys that actually have strategy. They're actually thinking."

In a makeshift television studio here last month, Bailey, a team of engineers, and some of boxing's heaviest hitters were working to make that thinking a little more visible—in HD, with video-game-like graphics and Matrix-like camera angles. It's one part of an ambitious multimillion-dollar effort by NBC and some of boxing's biggest names to gain an edge against popular competitors like mixed martial arts, and to draw in younger, more casual audiences who may never have thought about watching before."

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+ - 163 Doctors Have Done Almost Nothing to Combat Obesity, But That May Be Changing->

Submitted by LesterMoore
LesterMoore (1842172) writes "One in 3 Americans is obese and nearly 70 percent are overweight. Politicians and public health groups have struggled to lower these numbers. But doctors have done almost nothing. Now, with evidence that weight loss is more than a question of will power combined with new programs that work, doctors are finally starting to treat their overweight patients."
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+ - 263 Greece to wire "non-professional inspectors" with audio and video equipment->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Greece has proposed recruiting students, housekeepers, and even tourists to serve as undercover tax inspectors, one of a batch of economic reforms intended to unlock €7.2bn in rescue aid.

In a letter to eurozone authorities, the cash-strapped Greek government suggested that Athens could fight widespread evasion of value added tax by wiring “non-professional inspectors” with audio and video equipment to track down lawbreakers.

In addition to students and housekeepers, Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister, suggested that “even tourists in popular areas ripe with tax evasion” could be part of the scheme. They could be paid an hourly rate “on a strictly short-term, casual basis” for no more than two months.

But the reaction from eurozone officials to the undercover tourist plan — one said staff laughed out loud when they read the proposal — is the latest evidence of the growing gap between the Greek government and its international bailout lenders, at a time when Athens could be less than two weeks away from running out of cash completely.

“It’s quite hilarious, if it were not so tragic, that this is what a government in an industrialised country comes up with,” said one eurozone official involved in the talks."

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+ - 228 NASA Spacecraft Becomes First to Orbit a Dwarf Planet ->

Submitted by The Grim Reefer
The Grim Reefer (1162755) writes "NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000 kilometers) from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet's gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday.

Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California received a signal from the spacecraft at 5:36 a.m. PST (8:36 a.m. EST) that Dawn was healthy and thrusting with its ion engine, the indicator Dawn had entered orbit as planned.

"Since its discovery in 1801, Ceres was known as a planet, then an asteroid and later a dwarf planet," said Marc Rayman, Dawn chief engineer and mission director at JPL. "Now, after a journey of 3.1 billion miles (4.9 billion kilometers) and 7.5 years, Dawn calls Ceres, home."

In addition to being the first spacecraft to visit a dwarf planet, Dawn also has the distinction of being the first mission to orbit two extraterrestrial targets. From 2011 to 2012, the spacecraft explored the giant asteroid Vesta, delivering new insights and thousands of images from that distant world. Ceres and Vesta are the two most massive residents of our solar system’s main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter."

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+ - 138 The Origin of Life And The Hidden Role of Quantum Criticality

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "One of the great puzzles of biology is how the molecular machinery of life is so finely coordinated. Even the simplest cells are complex three dimensional biochemical factories in which a dazzling array of machines pump, push, copy, and compute in a dance of extraordinarily detailed complexity. Indeed, it is hard to imagine how the ordinary processes of electron transport allow this complexity to emerge given the losses that arise in much simpler circuits. Now a group of researchers led by Stuart Kauffmann have discovered that the electronic properties of biomolecules are entirely different to those of ordinary conductors. It turns out that most biomolecules exist in an exotic state called quantum criticality that sits on the knife edge between conduction and insulation. In other words, biomolecules belong to an entirely new class of conductor that is not bound by the ordinary rules of electron transport. Of course, organic molecules can be ordinary conductors or insulators and the team have found a few biomolecules that fall into these categories. But evolution seems to have mainly selected biomolecules that are quantum critical, implying that that this property must confer some evolutionary advantage. Exactly what this could be isn't yet clear but it must play an important role in the machinery of life and its origin."

+ - 93 Services Google->

Submitted by vkontakt
vkontakt (4031619) writes "What services Google provides its users, free of charge? Here we describe the wonderful in their own way google services which you can use to simplify certain moments in the life of the Internet.
All services of Google are very high quality and are made for people. But that's just not everyone knows about the application or the existence of some services. Therefore, the article was written for users of the Internet in the hope that the use of google services designed to help you very much. After all, every day gives us new opportunities."

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+ - 122 League of Legends Dev Makes #13 on Fortune 100->

Submitted by ForgedArtificer
ForgedArtificer (1777038) writes "League of Legends developer Riot Games debuted on the Fortune 100 Best Companies To Work For list at #13, and it seems they've been taking some lessons from Google.

The secret? Food. Seriously.

Both companies feed their employees profusely to help them develop strong relationships with their coworkers, and the results speak for themselves."

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+ - 107 Sewage Bacteria Reveal Cities' Obesity Rates->

Submitted by benonemusic
benonemusic (2584875) writes "A new frontier in data mining: Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts surveyed bacteria from human waste in the municipal sewage systems. Surprisingly they found different proportions of bacterial species in cities that correlated with obesity rates in those municipal areas. The researchers believe that these bacterial samples can yield city-level information on other diseases as well."
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+ - 102 Visa And Mastercard Link Up With Mobile Money Providers In Africa->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "When it comes to mobile payments, Africans are far ahead of the rest of the world, since many people there have cell phones but few have traditional bank accounts. Now Visa and Mastercard are trying to tap into this market, partering with African mobile payment providers to try to connect these potential customers to the global financial system."
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+ - 110 Ukraine launches "Information Army"->

Submitted by mi
mi (197448) writes "When America invaded Iraq in 2003, the world exploded in what Time magazine would later call biggest coordinated protest in history. As New York Times remarked back then, it showed, that the "public opinion" is the second super-power — rivaling the United States.

But, when Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, the world's reaction was much more muted — and what few protests there were, the organizers were Ukrainian expatriates, not sympathetic locals. The subsequent annexation of a jewel of a province after a "referendum" barely registered too.

President Putin's little undeclared war against its neighbor was given media cover by both Left and Right. While some accused Ukraine's new leaders of being anti-Semitic "Nazis", others — catering to a different audience — dismissed them all as "Jews". Somehow or other, all these people never argued with each other, and their opinions — even when directly opposite — all supported Russia's actions.

Explaining the differences in the world's attitudes by Russia's cunning and precisely-targeted propaganda campaigns (starting in advance of any actual invasions), Ukraine is launching its own "Information Army"..."

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+ - 167 Windows 93 Is Real, And It's Spectacular

Submitted by rossgneumann
rossgneumann (3901661) writes "It’s 2015, but Windows 93 is finally ready. Your new favorite operating system is here and it’s weird as hell. The browser-based OS makes us thirst for what could’ve been if Microsoft didn’t skip between Windows 3.X and Windows 95. The fully clickable “OS” greets users with the Playstation 1 bootup sound signaling they’re about the trip into an alternate universe. The first version of Windows 93 went up in October, but its creator posted on Reddit last night that it’s finally complete."

+ - 125 Energy-generating fabric set to power battery-free wearables->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A team of researchers in Korea and Australia have developed a flexible fabric which generates power from human movement – a breakthrough which could replace batteries in future wearable devices. The effect of the fabric's nanogenerators mirrors static electricity with the two fabrics repeatedly brushing against each other and stealing electrons from the one another – this exchange creates energy from the wearer’s activity without the need for an external power source. During testing, the researchers demonstrated the nanogenerator powering a number of devices such as LEDs, a liquid crystal display, as well as a keyless car entry system embedded in a nanogenerator “power suit”."
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