Submission + - guitarken - a little history prior to teaching guitar lessons (

An anonymous reader writes: After forming in October of 1996, Frognot hit the ground running-and they haven’t stopped since. A Dallas-based alternative groove rock band, Frognot is a unique blend of diverse and skilled musicians. Front man Dennis Leonard has been a part of the music scene since 1990, rounding out his striking vocal talents with some groovish guitar work, rhythmic pounding congas, and a hauntingly soulful violin. Guitarist Ken Allen, hitting the club circuit in 1989, contributes to the band’s unmatchable sound with his own style of hard-driving, energetic guitar riffs. Brian Starustka helps turn up the funk with his bass licks, bringing with him a variety of band experiences beginning in 1986 that include performing, touring, and recording for such labels as Atlantic, Exodus, Shrapnel, Audible Nutrition, and later Elektra. Drummer April Samuels, performing since 1989, finishes out the band’s lineup, providing the group with a powerful beat and harmonizing backup vocals.

Submission + - After Avast & Comodo, It's Now Steam's Turn to Use an Insecure Chromium Vers (

An anonymous reader writes: After the Avast (Avastium) and the Comodo (Chromodo) debacles, it's now Valve's turn to be shamed, as the Steam client is using an outdated Chromium version, and also runs with the --no-sandbox flag, eliminating a key security feature, and allowing attacks to trickle down from the Web page to the underlying operating system.

Submission + - Talos Secure Workstation Is FSF-Certified — and $3100 (

gnujoshua writes: Please change the title of this article. It should not claim that it is FSF-Certified. The FSF has not certified this hardware nor is it currently reviewing the hardware for FSF certification.

Joshua Gay
Licensing & Compliance Manager
Free Software Foundation

Submission + - The Internet of Broken Things (

szczys writes: The Internet of Things is all the hype these days. On one side we have companies clamoring to sell you Internet-Connected-everything to replace all of the stuff you already have that is now considered "dumb". On the other side are security researchers screaming that we're installing remote access with little thought about securing it properly. The truth is a little of both is happening, and that this isn't a new thing. It's been around for years in industry, the new part is that it's much wider spread and much closer to your life. Al Williams walks through some real examples of the unintended consequences of IoT, including his experiences building and deploying devices, and some recent IoT gaffs like the NEST firmware upgrade that had some users waking up to an icy-cold home.

Submission + - Google working on wireless charging for self-driving cars (

MikeChino writes: New FCC filings suggest that Google is currently installing wireless charging systems for self-driving cars at its headquarters in Mountain View. The documents suggest that the systems will be installed by Hevo Power and Momentum Dynamics. Both companies offer technology that can wirelessly charge an electric car via plates that are embedded in the ground.

Submission + - China Just Became the World Leader in Nuclear Fusion Research (

TechnoidNash writes: China announced last week a major breakthrough in the realm of nuclear fusion research. The Chinese Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST), was able to heat hydrogen gas to a temperature of near 50 million degrees Celsius for an unprecedented 102 seconds. While this is nowhere near the hottest temperature that has ever been achieved in nuclear fusion research, that distinction belongs to the Large Hadron Collider which reached 4 trillion degrees Celsius, it is the longest amount of time one has been maintained. Read the full story here:

Feed + - Google News Sci Tech: Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs - Scientific American (

Scientific American

Australia Cuts 110 Climate Scientist Jobs
Scientific American
With an ax rather than a scalpel, Australia's federal science agency last week chopped off its climate research arm in a decision that has stunned scientists and left employees dispirited. As many as 110 out of 140 positions at the atmosphere and ...
The Science Is Settled, So Australia Will Fire 100 Climate ScientistsDaily Caller
CSIRO to Cut Up to 350 Jobs As Climate Change 'Answered'Laboratory Equipment
CSIRO Trims StaffGenomeWeb
Forbes-On Line opinion
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Submission + - Sen. Blumenthal demands lifting of IT 'gag' order (

dcblogs writes: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the layoff and replacement of IT workers by foreign workers at a state energy utility. But he is also demanding that the utility, Eversource Energy, drop a particularly restrictive non-disparagement clause that laid off employees had to sign to receive their severance. This clause bars discussion "that would tend to disparage or discredit" the utility. [emphasis added] He wants the employees, who had to train foreign replacements, to be able to state "honestly what happened to them."

Submission + - Anti-Piracy Group BREIN Demands Torrents Time Cease And Desist

An anonymous reader writes: Not even a week has gone by since Torrents Time appeared on the scene, and the site has already been served with a cease-and-desist letter. Anti-piracy group BREIN, based in the Netherlands, has deemed the streaming tool an “illegal application” and demands the administrators “cease and desist the distribution of Torrents Time immediately.”

Feed + - Google News Sci Tech: Why You Can't Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home - The Atlantic (

The Atlantic

Why You Can't Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home
The Atlantic
Cockroaches get everywhere. There they are, somehow, against all odds, in that room that looked to be totally sealed from the outside world, in that cupboard you swore was tightly shut. Now, Kaushik Jayaram and Robert Full from the University of ...
Cockroach inspires robot that squeezes through cracks (w/ Video)Phys.Org
Cockroaches: Indestructible, and Instructive to Robot MakersNew York Times
Rescue Robots Should Be Built Just Like Cockroaches. Sorry.WIRED
The Verge-Ars Technica-Live Science
all 18 news articles

Submission + - GitHub Open Sources Their Internal Testing Tool (

destinyland writes: Last week GitHub released a new open source tool called Scientist, a Ruby-based library they've been using in-house for several years. "It's the most terrifying moment when you flip the switch," GitHub engineer Jesse Toth told one technology reporter, who notes that the tool is targeted at developers transitioning from a legacy system. "Scientist was born when GitHub engineers needed to rewrite the permissions code — one of the most critical systems in the GitHub application." The tool measures execution duration and other metrics for both test and production code during runtime, and Toth reports that they're now also developing new versions in Node.js, C#, and .Net..

Submission + - The Hyperloop Industrial Complex

Jason Koebler writes: Two and a half years after Elon Musk pitched the technology, actually traveling on a hyperloop is still theoretical, but its effect on business is not. There is a very real, bonafide industry of people whose job description is, broadly speaking "make the hyperloop into a tangible thing." The SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Weekend at Texas A&M University earlier this weekend was the coming out party for people in that industry.

Submission + - How the Cloud Has Changed (Since Last You Looked)

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at the new services and pricing models that are making cloud computing more powerful, complex, and cheaper than it was a few short years ago. 'We get more, but using it isn’t always as simple as it could be. Sure, you still end up on root on some box that’s probably running Linux, but getting the right performance out of that machine is more complex,' Wayner writes. 'But the real fun comes when you try to figure out how to pay for your planned cloud deployment because there are more options than ever. ... In some cases, the cost engineering can be more complex than the software engineering.'

Feed + - Google News Sci Tech: Hangouts calls now use P2P connections on new update - Modern Readers (

Modern Readers

Hangouts calls now use P2P connections on new update
Modern Readers
Hangouts calls now use P2P connections Users who have long been satisfied by poor or inconsistent call fidelity on Google Hangouts may not have to bear with that anymore, thanks to a new software update. Google's new version of Hangouts for Android...
Google Hangouts Switched to P2P ConnectionsBeacon Transcript
Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Improves Hangouts Call Quality With Peer-to-Peer ConnectionsSeneca Globe
Google Revamps Hangouts with Tech from the Dawn of the InternetCouncil Chronicle
Apex Tribune-STGIST-Gadget Gestures
all 62 news articles

Submission + - Loanbase Hacked Via WordPress Hole, Funds Stolen

An anonymous reader writes: Popular international Bitcoin crowd-lending platform Loanbase has suffered a security breach, and is currently offline. The breach was discovered on Saturday and made public on Sunday. So far four user accounts have been confirmed to have been compromised, and none of them had two-factor authentication enabled. The attackers did not gain access to the Bitcoin wallets, but did access the company's SQL database, which contains user information such as e-mail addresses, phone numbers, names, etc.

Submission + - Talos Secure Workstation Is Dream of Open Source Nerd

jones_supa writes: These days, the motivation to use open source software for many people is to avoid backdoors placed by intelligence organizations and to avoid software that has hidden privacy-intruding characteristics. For the operating system and userspace software, open choices are already available. The last remaining island has been firmware included in various ROM chips in a computer. Libreboot has introduced an open BIOS, but it is not available for newer systems featuring the Intel ME or AMD PSP management features. Talos Secure Workstation comes to fill the need, providing a modern system with 8-core POWER8 CPU, 132 GB RAM, and open firmware. The product is currently in a pre-release phase where Raptor Engineering is trying to understand if it's possible to do a production run of the machine. If you are interested, it's worth visiting the official website.

Submission + - Java Installer Flaw Shows Why You Should Clear Your Downloads Folder ( 1

itwbennett writes: On Friday, Oracle published a security advisory recommending that users delete all the Java installers they might have laying around on their computers and use new ones for versions 6u113, 7u97, 8u73 or later. The reason: Older versions of the Java installer were vulnerable to binary planting in the Downloads folder. 'Though considered relatively complex to exploit, this vulnerability may result, if successfully exploited, in a complete compromise of the unsuspecting user’s system,' said Eric Maurice, Oracle's software security assurance director, in a blog post.

Submission + - The Density NAND Flash Has Surpassed HDDs But Price Remains A Sticking Point (

Lucas123 writes: With the introduction of 3D or stacked NAND flash memory, non-volatile memory has for the first time surpassed the hard disk drives in density. This year, Micron revealed it had demonstrated areal densities in its laboratories of up to 2.77 terabits per square inch (Tbpsi) for its 3D NAND. That compares with the densest HDDs of about 1.3Tbpsi. While NAND flash may have surpassed hard drives in density, it doesn't mean the medium has reached price parity with HDDs — nor will it anytime soon. One roadblock to price parity is the cost of revamping existing or building new 3D NAND fabrication plant, which far exceeds that of hard drive manufacturing facilities, according to market research firm Coughlin Associates. HDD makers are also preparing to launch even denser products using technologies such as heat assisted magnetic recording.

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