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+ - 162 NASA's JPL develops multi-metal 3D printing process->

Submitted by yyzmcleod
yyzmcleod (1534129) writes "The technology to 3D print a single part from multiple materials has been around for years, but only for polymer-based additive manufacturing processes. For metals, jobs are typically confined to a single powdered base metal or alloy per object. However, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory say they have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for print jobs to transition from one metal to another in a single object."
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+ - 105 Vision-correcting display nixes your need for eyeglasses

Submitted by rlinke
rlinke (3398697) writes "What would it be like if you didn't need your eyeglasses to clearly see your laptop screen or a text message on your smartphone?

Scientists at the University of California Berkeley are working on computer screens that would adjust their images to accommodate individual user's visual needs. Think of it as a display that wears the glasses so users don't have to."

+ - 180 The linguistics and politics of climate change->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes ""Climate scientist Peter Friederici with a wonderful piece on the linguistics of climate change.He traces the Republican embrace of the term "climate change" to GOP consultant Frank Luntz because, as Luntz put it, 'Climate change’ is less frightening,' and presumably, less likely to inspire action. Friederici cites a study that examines the use of both terms in the US, and then looks toward Germany's inspired coining of the phrase 'Energiewende.' This is a delightful read with implications for American environmentalists and policy makers.""
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+ - 191 New Display Technology that corrects for vision defects

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects without requiring glasses or contact lenses.

This technique could lead to dashboard-mounted GPS displays that farsighted drivers can consult without putting their glasses on, or electronic readers that eliminate the need for reading glasses.

This display is a variation on a glasses-free 3-D technology.

The 3-D display projects slightly different images to the viewer’s left and right eyes.

Similarly, this vision-correcting display projects slightly different images to different parts of the viewer’s pupil."

+ - 200 Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Touchscreen Hidden Inside Every Oculus Rift DK2 VR Headset->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It has been rumored for several months ( that Oculus, makers of the Rift VR headset, and Samsung, smartphone and noted high-density display manufacturer, have been working together on a VR smartphone adapter to be used with a forthcoming smartphone. The relationship is purportedly such that Oculus shares their VR expertise and unreleased VR SDK for Android in return for Samsung's high resolution displays. A surprising new clue comes from within the just-released Oculus Rift DK2 headset itself, inside which is the entire touchscreen and front bezel of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 ( iFixit happened across the phone's panel in a teardown of the DK2 ("
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+ - 215 The linguistics of climate change, and why it matters

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Climate scientist Peter Friederici with a wonderful piece on the linguistics of climate change.He traces the Republican embrace of the term "climate change" to GOP consultant Frank Luntz because, as Luntz put it, 'Climate change’ is less frightening,' and presumably, less likely to inspire action. Friederici cites a study that examines the use of both terms in the US, and then looks toward Germany's inspired coining of the phrase 'Energiewende.' This is a delightful read with implications for American environmentalists and policy makers."

+ - 99 New Software Company, SDR, Releases Free CDA to MP3 Converter->

Submitted by Joebrown12
Joebrown12 (3763705) writes "Eugene, OR-26 July 2014. Software Development Resource or simply SDR introduces a new cda to mp3 converter program. The company just opened recently and now hosts dozens of free to download software products that are good for daily use. Their team of experts still make time to produce more in the coming months despite customized software orders from various clients.

More on CDA and MP3

For starters, CDA might be more unfamiliar than mp3 as people from all walks of life may have at one point heard a song played on a local mp3 player, the ones in the likeness of iPods that play digital files. Mp3 players have long replaced the now obsolete cassette and Walkman players.

MP3 files became more widespread with the advent of Winamp, a desktop media player that made it more accessible through the internet.

MP3 stands for MPEG Audio Layer III and is now considered the de facto standard in digital playback of most audio players found in either online or offline mediums. On the other hand, files with a .cda extension are products of files generated by Microsoft's audio track format. It stands for Compact Disk Audio and people also frequently see this type of file when viewing CDs. These files are associated with CDs and cda files are meant to be played by CD Players developed in the 70's. Think of vinyl LP tracks that are more advanced. Music found in most CDs are still stored in a continuous spiral starting from the inside to the outer portions of it. This is also the main reason why people hate it when someone made scratches on the glossy portion of the CD because that's where the data is. That data cannot be played directly through a digital player.

How the CDA to MP3 Converter Fits In

The problem with most cda files then is that users can't just normally copy this file type from the disc to the hard drive for easier playing without the need for the CD. It will instead get lost and will not play in digital players.

SDR's free CDA to mp3 converter can do all the work after ripping all the content from the disc to anywhere within the computer's hard drive storage. This in turn will make viewing or listening to its content more convenient in the future.

Steven Coluido, company president, believes that CD players are still prevalent in some cases nowadays like car stereo or when installing a new complex industrial software [think of accounting software products]. Further he adds “the ability to convert them for easier usage can still be helpful in many ways.”

About Software Development Resource

Their team of talented software engineers, programmers and developers have a combined experience of 30 years in the industry. They started as a small shop and quickly grew to now include team members from around the world. They believe that showcasing their talent with the introduction of free useful software programs is a way to help the community and increase their productivity. SDR offers custom software solutions to streamline businesses.


Steven Coluido

243 Peach Drive, Oregon USA"

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+ - 181 The National Review has had it with nerd chic. ->

Submitted by PvtVoid
PvtVoid (1252388) writes "One part insecure hipsterism, one part unwarranted condescension, the two defining characteristics of self-professed nerds are (a) the belief that one can discover all of the secrets of human experience through differential equations and (b) the unlovely tendency to presume themselves to be smarter than everybody else in the world. Prominent examples include MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, Rachel Maddow, Steve Kornacki, and Chris Hayes; Vox’s Ezra Klein, Dylan Matthews, and Matt Yglesias; the sabermetrician Nate Silver; the economist Paul Krugman; the atheist Richard Dawkins; former vice president Al Gore; celebrity scientist Bill Nye; and, really, anybody who conforms to the Left’s social and moral precepts while wearing glasses and babbling about statistics.

The pose is, of course, little more than a ruse — our professional “nerds” being, like Mrs. Doubtfire, stereotypical facsimiles of the real thing. They have the patois but not the passion; the clothes but not the style; the posture but not the imprimatur. Theirs is the nerd-dom of Star Wars, not Star Trek; of Mario Kart and not World of Warcraft; of the latest X-Men movie rather than the comics themselves."

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+ - 134 This thumbdrive hacks computers. "BadUSB" exploit makes devices turn "evil"->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When creators of the state-sponsored Stuxnet worm used a USB stick to infect air-gapped computers inside Iran's heavily fortified Natanz nuclear facility, trust in the ubiquitous storage medium suffered a devastating blow. Now, white-hat hackers have devised a feat even more seminal—an exploit that transforms keyboards, Web cams, and other types of USB-connected devices into highly programmable attack platforms that can't be detected by today's defenses.

Dubbed BadUSB, the hack reprograms embedded firmware to give USB devices new, covert capabilities. In a demonstration scheduled at next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, a USB drive, for instance, will take on the ability to act as a keyboard that surreptitiously types malicious commands into attached computers. A different drive will similarly be reprogrammed to act as a network card that causes connected computers to connect to malicious sites impersonating Google, Facebook or other trusted destinations. The presenters will demonstrate similar hacks that work against Android phones when attached to targeted computers. They say their technique will work on Web cams, keyboards, and most other types of USB-enabled devices."

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+ - 152 Unesco probing Star Wars filming in Ireland->

Submitted by wijnands
wijnands (874114) writes "Star Wars crews have started filming on the small Irish Island of Skellig Michael. This island, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, features the remains of a 6th century monastery as well as breeding populations of puffins , manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots and kittiwakes.
Currently the Irish navy has deployed one vessel to maintain a 2 mile exclusion zone around the island. Unesco is now concerned about what is going on the island, which is only visited 13 times a year by tourist groups, and has asked the Irish government for an explantion."

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+ - 156 Vision-Correcting Display Lets Users Ditch Their Reading Glasses->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "We've seen a number of glasses-free 3D technologies in recent years, most famously in Nintendo's 3DS, but now researchers at the University of California at Berkeley and MIT have created a prototype device that allows those with vision problems to ditch their eyeglasses and contact lenses when viewing regular 2D computer displays by compensating for the viewer's visual impairment."
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+ - 111 Taiwan to shutter near-completed nuclear plant->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Taiwan's government said Thursday it would seal off a nuclear power plant due to open next year but repeatedly attacked as unsafe by the public, pending a referendum on its future.

Deputy economic affairs minister Woody Duh said maintenance fees could reach Tw$4 billion ($133 million) to shutter the power station for three years — the estimated time required to organise and hold the referendum.

In April, the government said it would halt construction after an estimated 28,500 protesters blockaded a main street in Taipei demanding the plant be scrapped. Police used water cannon to dislodge hundreds who refused to leave the scene, in clashes that left 40 people injured."

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+ - 134 Multipath TCP Introduces Security Blind Spot->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "If multipath TCP is the next big thing to bring resilience and efficiency to networking, then there are some serious security issues to address before it goes mainstream. An expert at next week's Black Hat conference is expected to explain how the TCP extension exposes leaves network security gear blind to traffic moving over multiple network streams. Today's IDS and IPS, for example, cannot correlate and re-assemble traffic as it's split over multiple paths. While such attacks are not entirely practical today, as multipath TCP becomes a fixture on popular networking gear and mobile devices, the risks will escalate.

“[Multipath TCP] solves big problems we have today in an elegant fashion,” said Catherine Pearce, security consultant and one of the presenters, along with Patrick Thomas. “You don’t have to replace hardware or software; it handles all that stuff behind the scenes. But security tools are naïve [to MPTCP], and make assumptions that are no longer valid that were valid in the past.”"

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+ - 120 Countries don't own their Internet domains, ICANN says->

Submitted by angry tapir
angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Internet domain name for a country doesn't belong to that country — nor to anyone, according to ICANN. Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as sponsors of terrorism want to seize the three countries' ccTLDs (country code top-level domains) as part of financial judgments against them. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet, says they can't do that because ccTLDs aren't even property."
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+ - 148 Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone of Nokia's rise in the 1990s — to Microsoft. Meanwhile Nokia has been buying up other businesses such as the Chicago-based SAC Wireless. Now Nokia is acquiring part of Panasonic's network business in an effort to boost its presence in Japan. The deal announced Thursday will give the Finnish firm control of roughly one third of Japan's mobile network market."

+ - 169 Bar Exam Fails Law Grads->

Submitted by BobandMax
BobandMax (95054) writes "ExamSoft, the management platform software that handles digital bar exam submissions for multiple states, experienced a severe technical meltdown on Tuesday, leaving many graduates temporarily unable to complete the exams needed to practice law. The snafu also left bar associations from nearly 20 states with no choice but to extend their submission deadlines."
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+ - 242 Programmers: Why Haven't You Joined The ACM?-> 1

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "The Association for Computing Machinery is a storied professional group for computer programmers, but its membership hasn't grown in recent years to keep pace with the industry. Vint Cerf, who recently concluded his term as ACM president, asked developers what was keeping them from signing up. Their answers: paywalled content, lack of information relevant to non-academics, and code that wasn't freely available."
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+ - 167 Google notifies police of child pornography in email, suspect arrested->

Submitted by SpaceGhost
SpaceGhost (23971) writes "KHOU, the CBS affiliate in Houston, Texas reports that after Google detected an explicit image of a young girl in a users email they reported it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which led to his arrest. Google did not respond to questions the reporter asked about this use of their technology, and the article does not make clear if it was a gmail account."
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