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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 82 declined, 71 accepted (153 total, 46.41% accepted)

Submission Patreon hacked, passwords, addresses, SSNs and tax form data stolen

AmiMoJo writes: In a blog post Jake Conte, CEO and co-founder of Patreon, writes: "There was unauthorized access to registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses. Additionally, some billing addresses that were added prior to 2014 were also accessed. We do not store full credit card numbers on our servers and no credit card numbers were compromised. Although accessed, all passwords, social security numbers and tax form information remain safely encrypted with a 2048-bit RSA key."

Submission iOS 9 Lock Screen Bypass Gives Access to All Photos and Contacts

AmiMoJo writes: A method for bypassing the iOS 9 lock screen has been discovered and posted to YouTube. The method involves using Siri on the locked device to access photos and contacts (not fully unlock the phone). The steps required are somewhat convoluted, but the end result is the ability to browse the locked device's contacts and photos, and it appears you can send them to other people too.

Submission NFL commentators still calling Microsoft's Surface tablets "iPads"

AmiMoJo writes: Back in 2013, Microsoft inked a $400 million deal with the NFL to promote the Surface. Unfortunately for Microsoft, commentators and even players couldn't help themselves from referring to the tablets as iPads. Last year, announcers referred to the Surface as an "iPad-like tablet,", while Chicago Bears quarterback called them "knockoff iPads". It happened on more than one occasion, and while you can bet that Microsoft and the NFL have been in talks with announcers and players about the goof, little progress is being made. This year, the problem persists.

Could "iPad" become a generic term like "hoover", or even "podcast"?

Submission Cisco warns of design flaw in high end routers that can result in them resetting

AmiMoJo writes: Cisco has issued a somewhat hilarious Field Notice describing a problem with some of their high end switches. The reset button is positioned right above one of the network ports, so that when a cable with protective hood is inserted it presses the button in and takes the network down. Cisco's fix is to use a different network cable, remove the boot or disable the reset button.

Submission Flywheel electricity storage system completed in Japan

AmiMoJo writes: A 100kWh flywheel energy storage system has been completed and is now ready for testing and connection to the grid in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. The device uses superconducting magnets to levitate the 2 ton mass, reducing losses due to friction, as well as wear. The device is designed to smooth the output of intermittent renewable energy sources, and to store energy for later use.

Submission Hawk the Slayer sequel hits Kickstarter

AmiMoJo writes: 1980s fantasy adventure Hawk the Slayer has become a cult classic over the years. Low budget, with a trippy synth soundtrack, dialogue so bad it's good and legendary B movie actors such as Jack Palance (RIP), the film initially failed to get much attention but slowly gained a loyal fan base. Now the director is trying to Kickstart a sequel to the original film, called Hawk the Hunter. UK video game developer Rebellion is on board for the CG, and $4.5m has already been raised. The Kickstarter campaign hopes to get another $500k.

Submission Top German court rejects Apple "slide to unlock" patent on appeal

AmiMoJo writes: Apple Inc patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid, Germany's highest appeals court ruled on Tuesday, reaffirming a 2013 decision rejecting the U.S. company's claims by a lower court. The Neonode N1 had substantially similar technical features, the patent court had found. It ruled Apple's easier-to-use interface was not in itself patentable. Motorola Mobility, at the time a unit of Google Inc but now owned by China's Lenovo Group Ltd, filed the original suit in a Munich court against the Apple user interface patent.

Submission Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) plant opens in Hawaii

AmiMoJo writes: There's a big difference between the warm, shallow seawater lapping up against a beach and the icy depths of the ocean. Now, researchers are turning that temperature difference into energy at energy plants all over the world. The newest one opened up in Hawaii last Friday, where it expects to generate around 105kW constantly. OTEC plants operate 24/7, are suitable for base load, and are dispatchable, meaning they can vary their output according to demand. The pilot plant is the largest in the world, with Makai, the developer, signed up to deliver a 1MW plant to the Japanese island of Kyushu and develop a 100MW plant with Lockheed Martin.

Submission Swatch trademarks "one more thing..."

AmiMoJo writes: It’s the famous line Steve Jobs often used on stage to introduce unexpected Apple gadgets since 1999. Of course he wasn’t the only one to utter it — TV detective Columbo was catching out criminals with the phrase way back in the 1970s and ’80s too. Now Swiss watchmaker Swatch has acquired a trademark on the phrase "one more thing".

Submission Santa is bankrupt

AmiMoJo writes: Sorry kids, Christmas presents are cancelled this year, and Santa won't be visiting your local shopping centre. Due to an unpaid €200,000 tax bill Santa's Office, based in Lapland, has been forced to declare bankruptcy. Around 300,000 tourists visit Santa's official residence each year, but the attraction has suffered a sharp decline in revenue from recession-hit Russia.

Submission UK video bloggers must be clearer about paid endorsements

AmiMoJo writes: New guidelines for video bloggers who enter marketing relationships with brands have been published. Earlier this year the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that paid endorsements for Oreo biscuits on YouTube were not marked clearly enough. The new rules outline several scenarios where content must be clearly marked as an advertisement.

Submission Is it the beginning of the end for online comments?

AmiMoJo writes: The debate about comment sections on news sites is often as divisive as the comments themselves. Recently outlets such as The Verge and The Daily Dot have closed their comments sections because they've become too hard to manage. And they're far from alone. Moderating comments is a full-time job (or several full-time jobs) at many news organisations. Nicholas White, editor at The Daily Dot, noted that "in our experience, our community hasn't evolved in our comments. It's evolved in our social media accounts. To have comments, you have to be very active, and if you're not incredibly active, what ends up happening is a mob can shout down all the other people on your site. In an environment that isn't heavily curated it becomes about silencing voices and not about opening up voices." Riese, co-founder and editor-in-chief of LGBT site Autostraddle, continues "I completely understand why The Daily Dot wouldn't want to have comments — or in fact why most websites wouldn't want to have comments. I think 75% of the time they're more trouble than they're worth, and for us it's still a lot of work to keep up on. Not all of our users are necessarily on Facebook or are out as gay on Facebook, or are comfortable talking about queer stuff on Facebook. We keep comments on the site which is a safe space for people to exchange ideas — and that's a big factor for us."

Submission Patent sorts passengers by height, then adjust seat spacing accordingly

AmiMoJo writes: Have you ever been squeezed into an airplane seat and then looked behind you to see you’re in front of a small child who has plenty of legroom? In a car, you’d be able to slide your seat back a few inches to give you some extra space, but without cramping the kid behind you. A new patent aims to put that same idea into practice on commercial aircraft. Of course, it’s not as simple as just having seats that can slide back and forth. Otherwise, we’d all just be slamming our seats all the way back in a futile, greedy attempt to maximize legroom. And if the seats in any given row were no longer aligned, that would be a safety concern. B/E Aerospace proposes sorting passengers by height, and giving staff control over spacing.

Submission New video shows shot down drone hovered for only 22 seconds 1

AmiMoJo writes: A new video from the drone shot down by William Merideth of Hillview, Kentucky recently shows that it only hovered over his property for 22 seconds, and was not "peeping". The video shows the drone hovering at altitude and surveying the area before falling out of the sky. Although the video jumps around a little, the drone's owner claims that it was not edited. The shooter says he did not know if the drone was being operated by a paedophile, criminal or ISIS terrorist before he opened fire.

Submission 2.4 million customer's records stolen from Carphone Warehouse

AmiMoJo writes: The UK's data watchdog is "making inquiries" after Carphone Warehouse said the personal details of up to 2.4 million of its customers may have been accessed in a cyber-attack. Details taken include names, addresses and bank account details. Additionally, 90,000 people's "encrypted" credit card details were accessed, but there is no word on what type of encryption was used. Customers are advised to contact their banks (who I'm sure will be ready to handle 2.4 million phone calls), keep an eye on credit records and contact Action Fraud, the UK police's outsourced and rather useless fraud reporting centre that last month went bankrupt.

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."