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Submission + - Huge security hole in recent Samsung devices (

An anonymous reader writes: A huge security hole has been discovered in recent Samsung devices including phones like the Galaxy S2 and S3. It is possible for every user to obtain root due to a custom faulty memory device created by Samsung.

Submission + - Discworld Fan Film Possibly the Largest Scale Fan Film Ever (

An anonymous reader writes: After clocking in at $82,000 on their Kickstarter campaign, two Troll Bridge trailers have been released online showing helicopter shots in New Zealand and a large scale bridge set that was built and shot on.

A Behind the Scenes has also been released demonstrating what fans are now actually capable of given decent crowd-funding.

The film has finished shooting and is expected to be released next year. Sir Terry Pratchett has been apparently thrilled with the progress.


Submission + - Mammoth fragments raise cloning hopes ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments have been discovered deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a tad closer to the possibility of cloning a prehistoric animal, the mission's organiser has said.

Submission + - Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg not arrested for TPB (

jansaell writes: "When one of the founders of Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia on the 20 of august, most of us was sure it was for the famous Pirate Bay case here in Sweden.
But according to news sources here in Sweden, it was apparently for a case of illegal data breach/intrusion against the Swedish Tax authorities and the company Logica in the spring and not the pirate bay case."


Submission + - Journalist goes undercover making the iPhone 5 at Foxconn (

An anonymous reader writes: The news feeds will be filled with talk of the iPhone today, and most of it is probably going to be positive. However, the Chinese new agency Shanghai Evening Post has posted a pretty scathing review of the working conditions at Foxconn, and in particular the iPhone 5 production line.

The agency managed to get one of its reporters a job working undercover in a Foxconn factory where the iPhone 5 is being manufactured for Apple. He spent 10 days there and then wrote up the entire experience to demonstrate just how bad it is for the thousands of workers Foxconn employs.

In summary, the dorms are infested with cockroaches, smell of sweat and foam, and only offer dirty sheets. Facilities are mostly free, but rundown and in need of serious attention. Working conditions are just as bad. Loud machinery and the smell of plastic fills the air while the journalist had to accurately place (within 5mm) one oil dot on an iPhone 5 every 3 seconds for 10 hours. Rinse and repeat. Add to that the 7-day intensive training and 70 penalties that can be incurred compared to the mere 13 rewards that can be earned, and you have a very stressful environment.


Submission + - Confusion and Criticism over ENCODE's Claims ( 1

As_I_Please writes: In response to the previous report of the ENCODE project discovering "biochemical functions for 80 percent of the genome," many scientists have questioned what was meant by "function." Ars Technica Science Editor John Timmer wrote an article calling ENCODE's definition of functionality "broad to the point of being meaningless. At worst, it was actively misleading." Nature magazine also has a followup discussing the ambiguity surrounding the 80% figure and claims about junk DNA.

Submission + - Author Threatens to Sue Book Reviewers over Trademark Infringement (

Nate the greatest writes: Do you know what is crazier than sending DMCA notices to a site like Lendink which doesn't host any content? It's when an author threatens to sue book reviewers over trademarks. Jazan Wild, a comics creator, is sending out threatening emails to any and all book blogs who review a recently published book called Carnival of Souls. The book was written by Melissa Marr, and it happens to use a title which Jazan Wild owns the registered trademark. He's also suing the publisher for trademark infringement, but HarperCollins is laughing it off. The book blog Bookalicious posted the email they got from Jazan. Needless to say they did not take down the review.

Submission + - Director of "Elephants Dream" releasing new Blender-animated film, "Tube" (

TheSilentNumber writes: "Bassam Kurdali's free culture 3D animation, "Tube" is nearing the final stages of production. Tube is a collaborative effort between 56 artists from 22 countries...some of which are at war. After directing the first of the Blender Institute's "Open Movie Projects", Elephants Dream, Bassam wanted to prove the viability of free cultural works and usability of free software like Blender and PiTiVi for independent filmmakers. Just a few days after launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the project, the goal has been met, which means we should see the final release in 7 months!"
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Submission + - US Journalists Targeted by Pentagon Propaganda Contractors (

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: While conducting investigative reporting on civilian contractors in the Pentagon's "InfoOps" Internet propaganda operations, two reporters found themselves the subject of a highly targeted, professional media manipulation effort. Reporter Tom Vanden Brook and Editor Ray Locker found that Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names. Some postings merely copied Vanden Brook's and Locker's previous reporting. Others accused them of being sponsored by the Taliban. "I find it creepy and cowardly that somebody would hide behind my name and presumably make up other names in an attempt to undermine my credibility," Vanden Brook said. If these websites were created using federal funds, it could violate federal law prohibiting the production of propaganda for domestic consumption.

Submission + - Judge Say Kim Dotcom May Never Be Tried, Let Alone Extradited (

vik writes: "As Megaupload's Kim Dotcom's megafarce trial continues, the New Zealand Herald reports that his alleged offence not only falls below the threshold for extradition, but also the warrant may not be properly served. "My understanding as to why they haven't done that is because they can't. We don't believe Megaupload can be served in a criminal matter because it is not located within the jurisdiction of the United States," says Megaupload's lawyer Ira Rothken.

Not surprisingly, Kim Dotcom has a few choice words to say about having his business trashed this way, with 220 jobs lost, and millions left without access to their legitimate data."


Submission + - Lindholm Testifies that Java Memo was Misinterpreted (

benfrog writes: "Ex-Sun and current Google employee Tim Lindholm testified that it was "not what he meant" when asked about the smoking gun email (included here that essentially said that Google needed to get a license for Java because all the alternatives "suck[ed]". He went on in "brief but tense testimony" to claim that his day-to-day involvement with Android was limited."

Submission + - Whistleblower: NSA has all of your email (

mspohr writes: From DemocracyNow!
National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush. He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion "transactions" — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans. This likely includes copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States. Binney talks about Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and challenges NSA Director Keith Alexander’s assertion that the NSA is not intercepting information about U.S. citizens.