Submission 5 reasons why McDonalds is bad and should be avoided->

An anonymous reader writes: Before you start reading this article, I want to bring to your knowledge a recent event in US when a court-appointed psychiatrist recently called a Manhattan father an ‘unfit parent’ because he denied his son’s request to eat at McDonald’s.
Undoubtedly the M craze is at an all-time high yet is McDonalds really as grand as it is made out to be. Here are five reasons why this dad was right and the psychiatrist wrong!

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Submission Microsoft Lumia 950 launch : 3GB RAM, 5.2 inch WQHD OLED display review and spec->

ramuwaliya writes: Microsoft smartphone maker, the company has launched today a new Microsoft Lumia 950 smartphone. With this second model Lumia 950 XL is launched. It shall work on the smartphone operating system Windows 10.This operating system is designed such that every device runs well.
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: The secret Maoist Chinese operation that conquered malaria - and won a Nobel - Huffington Post->

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The secret Maoist Chinese operation that conquered malaria - and won a Nobel
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At the height of the Cultural Revolution, Project 523 - a covert operation launched by the Chinese government and headed by a young Chinese medical researcher by the name of Tu Youyou - discovered what has been the most powerful and effective...
Answering an Appeal by Mao Led Tu Youyou, a Chinese Scientist, to a Nobel PrizeNew York Times
Tu Youyou: An Outlier Of China's Scientific And Technological SystemForbes
Nobel prize in medicine for new tools to kill parasitesSan Jose Mercury News
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Submission Dear FCC : Please don't kill my PC!->

An anonymous reader writes: This past year the FCC passed a set of rules that require manufacturers to thwart end-users from violating rules intended to keep the airwaves usable by all. Unfortunately the rules are such that they will do nothing to stop violators who have the knowledge and intent to bypass them and are already having massive collateral damage on non-violating users. Many people in the OpenWRT and LibreCMC communities are already seeing these locks in newer stock firmware images.

What we would like people to keep in mind is that these rules are not explicit to routers and will hamper other devices as well. Can't install your favourite distribution on a new computer? These rules may be to blame.

The EFF, FSF, Purple Foundation, OpenWRT, ThinkPenguin, Qualcomm, and others have been working diligently to stop this, but we need your help. This is your last chance to send in comments for a set of proposed rules that will make the situation even worse than it already is. For accurate information (there have been many factually inaccurate and misleading stories/quotes) check out the following blog post: and send your comments into the FCC via the EFF's new site: Also see

This is your last chance to stop this. The comment period ends October 9th!

Additional thoughts: Canada and Europe are also passing a similar set of rules. This fight won't be over any time soon. However we won't win unless we can overcome and win the first battle: stopping the proposed rules in the USA.

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Submission Windows Phone Store plagued by fake mobile apps->

An anonymous reader writes: A post by security company Avast indicates not only the large amount of fake apps available at third-party marketplace the Windows Phone Store, but also how long they remain available in spite of negative comments and other flags from end-users. Avast speculate that improved security and auditing procedures at rival stores such as Google Play account for the increasing attention that fake app-publishers are giving to the Windows phone app market.
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Submission Snowden discusses the GCHQ smartphone hacking tools

simpz writes: Edward Snowden has given an interview to the BBC about what GCHQ Smurf smartphone hacking tools are capable of doing. The register has the story:

These are probably baseband processor attacks. Any phones provide a decent separation of the baseband from the application OS? Or should we be buying MiFi's and small tablets?

Submission Matthew Garrett Forks The Linux Kernel

jones_supa writes: Just like Sarah Sharp, the Linux developer Matthew Garrett has gotten fed up with the unprofessional development culture surrounding the kernel. "I remember having to deal with interminable arguments over the naming of an interface because Linus has an undying hatred of BSD securelevel, or having my name forever associated with the deepthroating of Microsoft because Linus couldn't be bothered asking questions about the reasoning behind a design before trashing it.", Garrett writes. He has chosen to go his own way, and has forked the Linux kernel and added patches that implement a BSD-style securelevel interface. Over time it is expected to pick up some of the power management code that Garrett is working on, and we shall see where it goes from there.

Submission ICANN Ceo Says "The Internet is at Risk"->

dkatana writes: Fadi Chehade, CEO of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers and Names, told InformationWeek why he feels that the future of The Internet is at risk if governments try to control parts of it.

One of the concerns is that the US Government, through the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), could cripple portions of the Internet using only a keyboard to advance its interests or to achieve some political goal.

"The risk is hugely contained right now as a result of the US decision to make the management of the logical layer independent," said Chehadé. "This is very key. If the management of the logical layer is viewed as controlled by any party, then the pressure on the integrity of that layer becomes huge because suddenly, everybody says, 'We need to have control, and if we can't have equal control then maybe it's time to have our own logical layer."

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Submission Porsche chooses Apple over Google because Google wants too much data->

countach44 writes: As reported in number 5 of this list from Motor Trend, Porsche went with Apple over Google for the infotainment system in its new 911. Apparently, Android Auto wants vehicle data (throttle position, speed, coolant temp, etc...) whereas Apple Play only needs to know if the car is in motion. Speculation is around what Google, as a company building its own car, wants that data for.
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Submission International Exploit Kit Angler Thwarted by Cisco Security Team->

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at a Cisco security unit have successfully interrupted the spread of a massive international exploit kit which is commonly used in ransomware attacks. The scientists discovered that around 50% of computers infected with Angler were connecting with servers based at a Dallas facility, owned by provider Limestone Networks. Once informed, Limestone cut the servers from its network and handed over the data to the researchers who were able to recover Angler authentication protocols, information needed to disrupt future diffusion.
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Submission Worries mount over upcoming LTE-U deployments hurting Wi-Fi->

alphadogg writes: LTE-U is a technology developed by Qualcomm that lets a service provider broadcast and receive signals over unlicensed spectrum, which is usable by anybody – specifically, in this case, the spectrum used by Wi-Fi networks in both businesses and homes. By opening up this new spectrum, major U.S. wireless carriers hope to ease the load on the licensed frequencies they control and help their services keep up with demand. Unsurprisingly, several outside experiments that pitted standard LTE technology or “simulated LTE-U” technology, in the case of one in-depth Google study, against Wi-Fi transmitters on the same frequencies found that LTE drastically reduced the throughput on the Wi-Fi connection.
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Submission 2015 Physics Nobel Awarded for Neutrino 'Flip' Discovery

Dave Knott writes: The 2015 Nobel Prize in physics has been won by Takaaki Kajita (of the University of Tokyo in Japan) and Arthur McDonald (of Queens University in Canada), for discovering how neutrinos switch between different "flavours".
In the late 1990s, physicists were faced with a mystery: all their Earth-based detectors were picking out far fewer neutrinos than theoretical models predicted — based on how many should be produced by distant nuclear reactions, from our own Sun to far-flung supernovas. In 1998, Prof Kajita's team reported that neutrinos they had caught, bouncing out of collisions in the Earth's atmosphere, had switched identity: they were a different "flavour" from what those collisions must have released. Then in 2001, the group led by Prof McDonald announced that the neutrinos they were detecting in Ontario, which started out in the Sun, had also "flipped" from their expected identity. This discovery of the particle's wobbly identity had crucial implications. It explained why neutrino detections had not matched the predicted quantities — and it meant that the baffling particles must have a mass. This contradicted the Standard Model of particle physics and changed calculations about the nature of the Universe, including its eternal expansion.

Submission Europe's highest court just rejected the US's 'safe harbor' agreement->

craigtp writes: The European Court of Justice has just ruled that the transatlantic Safe Harbour agreement, which lets American companies use a single standard for consumer privacy and data storage in both the US and Europe, is invalid.

The ruling came after Edward Snowden's NSA leaks showed that European data stored by US companies was not safe from surveillance that would be illegal in Europe.

This ruling could have profound effects on all US based companies, not just tech companies, that rely upon the "safe harbor" agreement to allow them to store their European customers' data in the US.

Under this new ruling, they could effectively be forced to store European customers' data in Europe and then have to follow 20 or more different sets of national data privacy regulations.

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Submission Readers Reward Elite Global Journalism as NY Times Passes 1M Digital Subscribers writes: Many news organizations, facing competition from digital outlets, have sharply reduced the size of their newsrooms and their investment in news gathering but less than four-and-a-half years after launching its pay model the NY Times has increased coverage as it announced that the Times has passed one million digital-only subscribers, giving them far more than any other news organization in the world. The Times still employs as many reporters as it did 15 years ago — and its ranks now include graphics editors, developers, video journalists and other digital innovators. "It’s a tribute to the hard work and innovation of our marketing, product and technology teams and the continued excellence of our journalism," says CEO Mark Thompson.

According to Ken Doctor the takeaway from the Times success is that readers reward elite global journalism. The Wall Street Journal is close behind the Times, at 900,000, while the FT’s digital subscription number stands at 520,000. "These solid numbers form bedrock for the future. For news companies, being national now means being global, and being global means enjoying unprecedented reach," says Doctor. "These audiences of a half-million and more portend more reader revenue to come."

Submission Scientists Reveal Next Generation Spintronics to Power Faster, Smaller Computers->

An anonymous reader writes: A team of physicists are investigating advanced electronic alternative, superconducting spintronics, which manipulates magnetism with the aim of making next generation computers faster and more powerful. The scientists describe the breakthrough research as the first step to realising superconducting spintronic devices that operate without generating heat and could lead to entirely new types of computers that are faster, smaller and more powerful than today's models.
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Submission Software Defined Smart Battery Arrays Extend Laptop Life->

An anonymous reader writes: A Microsoft research paper, titled ‘Software Defined Batteries’, outlines a radical charging alternative which uses a smart battery system to keep consumer-grade gadgets going for much longer than the current norm, by monitoring user habits. Making use of existing technologies, the engineers place multiple battery control under the duties of the operating system to create a software-defined approach optimised for different scenarios, such as word processing, email or video streaming.
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Submission 2015 Physics Nobel: Takaaki Kajita, Arthur McDonald for Neutrino work->

Lawrence Bottorff writes: The Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to the Japanese Takaaki Kajita and the Canadian Arthur McDonald (72) for evidence that neutrinos have mass. This was announced by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences on Tuesday in Stockholm.

"For over half a century we thought that neutrinos have no mass," Nobel jurist Olga Botner said. Neutrinos are extremely small and light particles, most come from the sun. They are very difficult to measure, which is why they are also called ghost particles. Billions of them pass through the human body every second, without that they react with our bodies.

Neutrinos come in three types, called generations. Kajita and McDonanld showed that a neutrino can convert to another independently of its original type. They change their identity regularly.

This phenomenon physicists call neutrino oscillation. It is only possible if neutrinos have mass. By detecting the oscillation of the ghostly particles, this year's prize winners were able to answer the long-standing question whether neutrinos have mass or not.

"This year's award is about state changes of some of the most abundant inhabitants of the universe," said Göran Hansson, Secretary General of the Academy.

"Incredible," was Takaaki Kajitas first comment. Kajita examined the neutrinos at Super-Kamiokande Detector, a massive tank in Japan full of ultrapure water. There he was able to show that neutrinos can change their identity from the atmosphere.

Arthur McDonald showed that neutrinos change their identity on their way from the sun to Earth .

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Submission YiSpecter iOS Malware Targets Jailbroken And Non-Jailbroken iPhones And iPads

Mickeycaskill writes: A new piece of malware targets all types of iOS devices using a combination of methods that allow it to abuse private APIs and avoid detection.

YiSpecter spreads by hijacking ISP traffic, as a Windows worm, through online communities and via offline installation — a method used by businesses to distribute custom apps not available on Apple's official marketplace.

The software can download, install and launch applications, replace existing apps, hijack app execution to display adverts, change the default search engine, bookmarks and open pages in Safari and upload user information to a remote server. It can also send texts to premium rate numbers.

The software can conceal its icons from users so it can’t be deleted and is even capable of using the same icons and names of existing apps – making it difficult to identify. Researchers say it can reappear even if it is manually deleted from the device.

YiSpecter is the latest in a series of threats affecting Apple’s mobile operating system, shattering the platform’s popular perception as impenetrable, most notably the first major attack on the App Store.

Separately, the emergence of a number of Mac OS X vulnerabilities and Apple’s apparent lack of response have heaped scrutiny over Cupertino’s approach to security.

Submission Schrems vs. Facebook: US/EU Safe Harbour Decision invalidated

nava68 writes: The EU Court of justice has invalidated the Safe Harbour Decision between the US and the EU, forcing the Irish Data Protection Authority to investigate the compliance of data use by Facebook. Despite quite heavy lobbying by US officials the court followed the suggestions of the attorney general and declared that national states might demand Internet companies to follow European Data Protection guidelines whenever storing data in the US. Expect updated EULAs within the minute...

Additional reporting by the Telegraph and the NY. Times

Submission EU Court Invalidates Europe-US Safe Harbour Data Sharing Agreement

Mickeycaskill writes: The top court of the European Union on Tuesday has suspended an agreement that has allowed data-sharing between the EU and the US for the past 15 years, following months of increased tensions over spying and the protection of personal data.

The ruling was the court’s final decision in a data-protection case brought by 27-year-old Austrian law student Max Schrems against the Irish data protection commissioner. Schrems was concerned his data on Facebook could be shared with US intelligence.

The court declared that Safe Harbour deal was “invalid” as it takes data on European citizens outside the protection of European authorities. The deal was originally intended to facilitate data-transfers to the US, a country whose data-protection regime is less stringent than that of the EU.

Safe Harbour has been enforced since 2000, but has been reviewed since 2013 following Edward Snowden's relevations about mass surveillance. A new agreement on a new deal is thought to be close, but the invalidation of the current agreement, in place since 2000, is likely to create difficulties for many trans-Atlantic companies in the short term.