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+ - Bacteria that eat electricity->

Submitted by whitroth
whitroth (9367) writes "There's a story in New Scientist about them: STICK an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources, but none as weird as this. Think of Frankenstein's monster, brought to life by galvanic energy, except these "electric bacteria" are very real and are popping up all over the place.

Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form – naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals. We already knew about two types, Shewanella and Geobacter. Now, biologists are showing that they can entice many more out of rocks and marine mud by tempting them with a bit of electrical juice. Experiments growing bacteria on battery electrodes demonstrate that these novel, mind-boggling forms of life are essentially eating and excreting electricity.

My first thought is to wonder if mammals generate enough electricity for them to be able to infect us... and if so, what problems they might cause, such as cardiac arrythmia?

                      mark"

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+ - This Gadget Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast, And It's A Serious Issue->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "Dan Petro, a security analyst for the Bishop Fox IT consulting firm, built a proof of concept device that’s able to hack into any Google Chromecasts nearby to project Rick Astley’s 'Never Gonna Give You Up,' or any other video a prankster might choose. The 'Rickmote,' which is built on top of the $35 Raspberry Pi single board computer, finds a local Chromecast device, boots it off the network, and then takes over the screen with multimedia of one’s choosing. But it gets worse for the victims: If the hacker leaves the range of the device, there’s no way to regain control of the Chromecast. Unfortunately for Google, this is a rather serious issue with the Chromecast device that’s not too easy to fix, as the configuration process is an essential part of the Chromecast experience."
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+ - FBI concerned about criminals using driverless cars->

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc (621217) writes "As per the Guardian, The FBI is concerned about dirverless cars. It discussed such issues as letting criminals shoot while the car drives (silly in my opinion, apparently they haven't heard of "partners" or considered requiring such cars have a police controlled "slow down" command), the use of such vehicles as guided bullet, (safeties again should stop this), and loading it with explosives and using it as a guided missile. This last concern is the only one that I considered a real issue, but even that is not significantly more dangerous than loading up a regular van full of explosives with a timer, then setting the timer to explode before you leave the vehicle next to a school, etc."
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+ - Amazon is testing a $10 a month ebook service called Kindle Unlimited->

Submitted by Nate the greatest
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Details are still scarce but it looks like Amazon is going to be launching a competitor to Scribd and Oyster. Earlier today new pages leaked on the Amazon website which mentioned Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription ebook service. The pages were quickly removed, but not before we got some screenshots. If the screenshots are to be believed KU is going to offer a catalog of over 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. The news hasn't been confirmed by Amazon but those pages were seen by any number of authors and bloggers, including indie authors who confirmed that the new service is mentioned in their sales reports."
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Facebook

+ - NYC startup lets you find jobs through friends->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "CareerSonar makes it incredibly easy to discover the most promising career opportunities in your social and professional networks. No more wondering what's out there or submitting resumes to a black hole. Instead, receive a ranking of the most relevant jobs in which you have an inside connection that can help you get in the door!"
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Linux

+ - Valve Continues Recruiting Top Linux Talent->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Valve Software in their Linux Steam / Source Engine effort, plus the rumored Steam Box, is continuing to hire top Linux developers. So far they have poached the lead developers of the DarkPlaces open-source engine used by Nexuiz/Xonotic, the founder of Battle for Wesnoth, and just yesterday they hired the creator of SDL. According to Michael Larabel, they are still trying to hire more Linux kernel developers, driver experts, and other "extremely talented Linux developers.""
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Transportation

+ - Mr. Gordon Nears 3 Million Miles In His Volvo

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S just keeps on going. The small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, and hopes are to reach 3 million mile mark by next year. He only has 34,000 miles to go. Now retired schoolteacher from Long Island bought the car in 1966 for $4,150. With trips to Montreal, Texas and Michigan in just the last month, Gordon says 'It's just a car I enjoy driving'. It took him 21 years to reach the first million miles and 15 more years to reach 2 million. Gordon averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles per year. 'I have had coffee in every state. I am my own travel channel', Gordon rejoices."
Software

+ - Ask Slashdot: What application prototype should I make in my 20% time? 1

Submitted by cg_racer
cg_racer (2609185) writes "I work in a small team of developers for a law firm, our primary duties centre around writing and maintaining small web applications for our intranet and webmastering the company website. Our boss recently proposed that we trial 20% time, each of us can work on our own prototype for ideas that "we think would benefit the business in some way..." apart from that it seems entirely open in terms of what technology we use and what we make with it.
So I thought I'd reach out to the Slashdot community for some suggestions, we've been given a month in which 20% of our time will be allocated for these prototypes, we have access to a lot of data, so I was thinking along the lines of data visualisation, or simply a graphical way of looking up a fellow staff member and generating a mapped route to their office (a lot of people seem to get lost when visiting the IT department).

Any ideas, whether inspired or whacky (hopefully both!) would be most welcome."

+ - Low cost way to maximize SQL Server uptime? 2

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jdray
jdray writes "My wife and I own a mid-sized restaurant with a couple of Point of Sale (POS) terminals. The software, which runs on Windows and .NET, uses SQL Server on the back end. With an upgrade to the next major release of the software imminent, I'm considering upgrading the infrastructure it runs on to better ensure uptime (we're open seven days a week). We can't afford several thousand dollars' worth of server infrastructure (two cluster nodes and some shared storage, or somesuch), so I thought I'd ask Slashdot for some suggestions on enabling maximum uptime. I considered a single server node running VMWare with a limp-mode failover to a VMWare instance on a desktop, but I'm not sure how to set up a monitoring infrastructure to automate that, and manual failover isn't much of an option with non-tech staff. What suggestions do you have?"

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