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+ - Next Carsharing Advance: Electric Cars From A Vending Machine

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy writes: When you're in a waiting room and get hungry, what do you do? You hit the vending machine for a candy bar or some salty snack food. Now, if you're in China and you need to borrow an electric car from the local car-sharing service, you can do exactly the same thing: go and get one from the vending machine. Just like the Smart-car dispensers seen across Europe, the Kandi car-sharing service dispenses two-seat electric cars with a 75-mile range from a big tower that looks like a huge vending machine full of candy, errrrr, cars. It costs $3.25 an hour to rent one, and China hopes it'll help cut emissions from transportation. So the next time you're in China, and you need a car, just hit up the biggest vending machine you can find.

+ - Leaked NSA Documents Were Stored in SharePoint->

Submitted by BFlatSeven
BFlatSeven writes: An interesting footnote to the Edward Snowden NSA leaked documents story:

Snowden had even more access than a normal systems administrator would have because the NSA was running a software program called SharePoint that's for file sharing. The idea was that analyst working on a task could see all the documents that might be relevant to that task. Edward Snowden, working in Hawaii, was actually administering that SharePoint program. He actually had the job of working with those documents, moving them around, downloading them, if necessary. That's how he had access. Not surprisingly, the NSA is not using that program anymore.

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+ - Why Charles Stross Wants Bitcoin to Die in a Fire

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: SF writer Charles Stross writes on his blog that like all currency systems, Bitcoin comes with an implicit political agenda attached and although our current global system is pretty crap, Bitcoin is worse. For starters, BtC is inherently deflationary. There is an upper limit on the number of bitcoins that can ever be created so the cost of generating new Bitcoins rises over time, and the value of Bitcoins rise relative to the available goods and services in the market. Libertarians love it because it pushes the same buttons as their gold fetish and it doesn't look like a "Fiat currency". You can visualize it as some kind of scarce precious data resource, sort of a digital equivalent of gold. However there are a number of huge down-sides to Bitcoin says Stross: Mining BtC has a carbon footprint from hell as they get more computationally expensive to generate, electricity consumption soars; Bitcoin mining software is now being distributed as malware because using someone else's computer to mine BitCoins is easier than buying a farm of your own mining hardware; Bitcoin's utter lack of regulation permits really hideous markets to emerge, in commodities like assassination and drugs and child pornography; and finally Bitcoin is inherently damaging to the fabric of civil society because it is pretty much designed for tax evasion. "BitCoin looks like it was designed as a weapon intended to damage central banking and money issuing banks, with a Libertarian political agenda in mind—to damage states ability to collect tax and monitor their citizens financial transactions," concludes Stross. "The current banking industry and late-period capitalism may suck, but replacing it with Bitcoin would be like swapping out a hangnail for Fournier's gangrene."

+ - Roku Finally Adds YouTube to its Iconic Media Player->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru writes: Roku's popular Linux-based media players have long been criticized for their glaring omission of YouTube video support. As of Dec. 17, that is no longer the case, provided you have the high-end Roku 3 player and live in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, or the U.K. Google's YouTube channel is available immediately for the Roku 3 in resolutions up to 1080p, and will be supported on additional models (though probably just Roku 2) next year, according the company. Previously, the only way to run YouTube over a Roku box was to use the third-party, subscription based PlayOn service, which requires a connected PC or Mac running the PlayOn app. The YouTube update also adds a Send to TV feature, letting you send videos to the Roku for display on the TV with a single click.
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+ - Google serving exploits from main search?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Today, a simple search for Christina + Ricci + Black + Snake + Moan (a popular actress's name plus the title of a recent movie, no 'boobs' or 'naked' or anything salacious) on Google results in JS:ScriptIP-inf being blocked from loading in the results (no further navigation from their page) by Avast 5 free.

4/9/2010 1:51:39 PM chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=christina+ricci+black+snake+moan|>{gzip} [L] JS:ScriptIP-inf [Trj] (0) — (link broken for safety's sake)

A search for JS:ScriptIP-inf on the Google Web Search Help Forum results in 1 other (unadressed) report of similar circumstances, from the first of the month (yeah, I know, April 1st, but still...).

With recent news stories about Google et al inadvertently delivering malware through their advertising arms — — and now, getting alerts from their main search results, I wonder how much longer before there is some kind of outcry regarding culpability, or at least more stringent screening processes on their part.

Not entirely sure this is the best way to attempt to draw attention to this, but after spending 20 mins. in a closed loop of Google 'CONTACT US' links that just lead to 'HELP CENTERS', with no actual contact involved, I figured I'd come here.

+ - Apple Snubs Adobe's iPhone 'End-Around' Flash Play->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike writes: Apple on Thursday banned developers from using rival programming tools, including one from Adobe that was called an 'end-around' last year to deliver Flash, to create iPhone and iPad applications. Apple modified the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement to bar programmers from using cross-platform compilers, as well as Java-built software, into native iPhone apps, Daring Fireball's John Gruber first reported. Gruber said the license agreement, which developers must accept before downloading the new SDK for iPhone 4, reads: 'Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs (e.g., Applications that link to Documented APIs through an intermediary translation or compatibility layer or tool are prohibited).' Ray Valdes, an analyst with Gartner, said the change was designed to quash developer allegiance to Adobe. 'It's primarily directed at Adobe,' he said. 'The two have an oppositional relationship that goes back at least 15 years.'
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+ - Enhanced Debugging with Traces

Submitted by ChelleChelle
ChelleChelle writes: Using traces—an essential technique in emulator development—can be a useful addition to any programmer’s toolbox. This article examines how adding snapshots, tracing and playback to existing debugging environments can significantly reduce the time required to find and correct stubborn bugs. From the article, “Detailed CPU state traces are extremely helpful in optimizing and debugging emulators, but the technique can be applied to ordinary programs as well. The method may be applied almost directly if a reference implementation is available for comparison. If this is not the case, traces are still useful for debugging nonlocal problems. The extra work of adding tracing facilities to your program will be rewarded in reduced debugging time.”
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+ - FCC May Tweak Broadband Plan

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 writes: Despite a recent ruling that said the FCC did not have the right to interfere in Comcast's network management issues, the agency is pushing ahead with its national broadband plan, though there might be some tweaks. Since the case was won on the fact that FCC based its decision on its Internet Policy Principles, a set of guidelines the agency developed internally several years ago regarding broadband Internet service and not actual rules that went through a formal, open rulemaking process, they are invalid as is the enforcement action. In the event of this decision FCC general counsel Austin Schlick acknowledged that the court's decision may affect a significant number of important plan recommendations because of which the commission is assessing the implications of the decision for each one, to ensure that the commission has adequate authority to execute the mission laid out in the plan.
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+ - Chinese ISP Hijacks The Internet (Again)->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike writes: For the second time in two weeks, bad networking information spreading from China has disrupted the Internet. On Thursday morning, bad routing data from a small Chinese ISP called IDC China Telecommunication was re-transmitted by China's state-owned China Telecommunications, and then spread around the Internet, affecting Internet service providers such as AT&T, Level3, Deutsche Telekom, Qwest Communications and Telefonica. 'There are a large number of ISPs who accepted these routes all over the world,' said Martin A. Brown, technical lead at Internet monitoring firm Renesys. Brown said the incident started just before 10 a.m. Eastern and lasted about 20 minutes. During that time IDC China Telecommunication transmitted bad routing information for between 32,000 and 37,000 networks, redirecting them to IDC China Telecommunication instead of their rightful owners. These networks included about 8,000 U.S. networks including those operated by Dell, CNN, Starbucks and Apple. More than 8,500 Chinese networks,1,100 in Australia and 230 owned by France Telecom were also affected.
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+ - Adobe admits Flash prohibition could hurt business->

Submitted by gyrogeerloose
gyrogeerloose writes: In it's most recent SEC filing, Adobe acknowledges that the restrictions against Flash on recent Apple products--iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad--could hurt it's business over the long term. According to a Business Week article, "earlier SEC filings from Adobe contained language noting that it wished to work with Apple on the iPhone platform but required cooperation from Apple in order to do so."
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+ - New Mobile Malware Hides in Game->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A new piece of mobile malware has land. Delivering its payload during the installation of the game AntiTerrorist3D. This malware affects Windows Mobile and will dial out to international premium numbers once a month. This is one more indication that smart phones are becoming a ripe target for just this kind of thing.
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+ - New Prefab Housing Based on the Fibonacci Sequence->

Submitted by MikeChino
MikeChino writes: Prefab housing is as much about efficiency of construction as it is about building homes that make sense for the end user. The Element House, by MOS Architects, is a modular housing prototype designed for a "new ecology" — one that can grow and change depending on the family's needs. Based around a modular element, with strong environmental design criteria, the Element House expands according to the Fibonacci sequence.
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