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Submission + - Hacker Cracks Lumia Bootloader, Offers Tool For Root Access And Custom ROMs (

MojoKid writes: Microsoft and Nokia have worked hard making Lumia smartphones difficult to break into at a low-level, but software hacker Heathcliff has just proven that it's not impossible. He's just released a solid-looking tool called Windows Phone Internals, and it can do everything from unlocking the bootloader to replacing the phone's ROM. WP Internals is a completely free download, though Heathcliff welcomes donations by those who've found the tool useful. According to the "Getting Started" section of the tool, supported models include Lumia 520, 521, 525, 620, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 928, 1020, and 1320. If your model is not on the list, the developer has said that he hopes to add more models in the near future.

Comment Re:Increase productivity?? (Score 1) 412

So it's essentially inconceivable that any drug could make you creative. However it seems plausible that some drugs could act as a kind of adjuvant to creative struggle when you're approaching a creative breakthrough. Such breakthroughs often come at a time when you're critical faculties are slightly deranged; when you're exhausted; dropping off to sleep; or just say "screw it for now" and do something unrelated.

Hell, I've solved weird computer problems before with a case of beer sitting next to me. I'm one of those weird people where micro-doses of ethanol -- say, downing can after can of Pabst Blue Ribbon -- actually mostly has a stimulant effect. It excites the part of my brain that likes alcohol but it doesn't get me drunk enough, fast enough to have the "downer" effect that it's supposed to have. (Real ale, wine, liquor, different story.) It will actually allow me to stay up all night, and at around 3am -- et voila!

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 1) 412

You are conflating psychedelic use with opiate use.

A friend of mine used to do Olympic style weightlifting (the competitive kind, not the bodybuilding). His coach used to tell him that back in the 60s and 70s, those guys would down anything they could get their hands on. None of it was very well researched, so there were lots of theories about which ones could potentially be "performance enhancing." LSD was definitely something they were using, and it wasn't uncommon to see lifters have complete freakouts on the platform (though to be fair, they were probably on a ton of speed at the same time).

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 2) 412

I had a high school friend who was a fan of LSD. Saying it isn't addictive is a lie. He was constantly touting the benefits, which I didn't see in his life.

Having a negative impact on your life is not the same as being addictive. Eating candy bars can have a detrimental impact if you do it enough, but that doesn't make them addictive substances. Sounds like your friend was just a big fan.

Submission + - Black Panther, Maybe Spider-Man Join Fray In Marvel's Captain America: Civil War (

MojoKid writes: The first official trailer for Marvel's upcoming Captain America: Civil War hit the web yesterday and it's looking pretty fantastic. It appears that Cap, Bucky, and Falcon are joined by Scarlet Witch and Barton when the action heats up. Stark / Iron Man is joined by War Machine, and it seems Black Widow is on his side as well. Why Tony and Cap are at odds is the main premise of the movie – the powers that be no longer want Cap and the rest of The Avengers operating unchecked and it seems some of The Avengers are apt to agree. Also fighting Cap and Bucky is a new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Panther — whose actual name is T'Challa. He is the heir to the kingdom of Wakanda, which if you remember is the African nation, and only place on earth, where Vibranium can be found. Vibranium is the metal used to make Cap's shield, and it's what Ultron was ultimately after. Black Panther is a gifted tactician, strategist, scientist and master of unarmed combat according to the Marvel Wiki. Who we don't get to see are Scott Lang, otherwise known as Ant Man, Crossbones, and the amazing one himself – Spider Man. It's not clear if Spidey is going to appear as a young Peter Parker or the full-on Spider-Man, but Tom Holland has been cast as the amazing one in Civil War as well.

Submission + - Li-Fi Network Technology Demonstrated Breaking 1Gigabyte Per Second Speeds (

MojoKid writes: The ubiquitous WiFi wireless networking standard is commonplace in just about all of our gadgets. With technologies like 802.11ac, we're transferring data over the air at fantastic speeds. However, Professor Harald Haas, hailing from the University of Edinburgh, has invented Li-Fi, which uses VLC or visible light communication to transmit data wirelessly at even higher speeds. In its current iteration, Li-Fi uses LED lights which flicker at a rate that is imperceptible to the human eye to transmit data. Researchers from the University of Oxford were recently able to hit bi-directional Li-Fi speeds of 224 Gbps in a lab setting. To put that in perspective, those speeds would allow 18 high definition movies to be download in a just one second. In addition, researchers at Velmenni based in Estonia have moved past lab trials into a pilot program which uses an even faster version of Li-Fi in a commercial setting. Instead of mere 224Gbps speeds, Velmenni was able to top 1GBps (gigabyte not gigabit), roughly 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi technology.

Submission + - DARPA wants early warning system for power-grid cyberattacks (

coondoggie writes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to bolster the nation’s grid defenses with a system called Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization (RADICS) that will detect and automatically respond to cyber-attacks on US critical infrastructure.

Submission + - Dell Confirms And Apologizes For eDellRoot Certificate Vulnerability, Offers Fix (

MojoKid writes: Yesterday, rather unfortunate news broke that a few models of new Dell laptops were shipping with eDellRoot, a self-signed root certificate that had its private key stored directly on the affected systems. Needless to say, this represents a rather serious security risk for customers, and is reminiscent of the Superfish debacle that plagued Lenovo earlier this year. For its part, Dell stated yesterday "that security and privacy is a top concern" for the company and that it had a "team investigating the current situation." Thankfully, Dell responded quickly and has given us a rundown on what exactly happened. "The certificate was implemented as part of a support tool and intended to make it faster and easier for our customers to service their system," said Dell's Laura Thomas. "We deeply regret that this has happened and are taking steps to address it." If you simply want the eDellCert off your computer as soon as possible, you can remove it on your own using these Dell-provided instructions [PDF].

Submission + - Hospitals Can 3D Print A Patient's Vasculature For Aneurism Pre-Op Practice (

Lucas123 writes: University of Buffalo physicians and researchers from two institutes working with 3D printer maker Stratasys have successfully 3D printed anatomically correct models of patients' vascular systems — from their femoral artery to their brain — in order to test various surgical techniques prior to an actual operation. The new 3D printed models not only precisely replicate blood vessels' geometry, but the texture and tissue tension, allowing surgeons a realistic preoperative experience when using catheterization techniques. The printed models are also being used by physicians in training.

Submission + - Cuban Talks Trash At Intel Extreme Masters, Drops $30K Of F-Bombs For Charity (

MojoKid writes: Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank star Mark Cuban isn't known for holding his tongue, even when their are fines involved. If you thought that might change in the eSports arena, you'd be mistaken. The billionaire trash talker dropped a couple of f-bombs at the Intel Extreme Masters tournament in San Jose this past weekend, and he'll have to pay tens of thousands of dollars for doing so. Not that he minds. In fact, after being informed on stage during a post-match interview that he was was being fined $15,000 for dropping an f-bomb, and that the funds would go to charity, he promptly asked if he'd be hit with another one if he did it again. His intentional outburst meant that he'd be on the hook for $30,000, all of which will go to the Cybersmile Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides expert help and advice for cyberbullying victims and their families. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also squared off on opposing teams in a game of League of Legends.

Submission + - Intel Broadwell-E, Apollo Lake, and Kaby Lake Details Emerge In Leaked Roadmap

bigwophh writes: In Q4 2016, Intel will release a follow up to its Skylake processors named Kaby Lake, which will mark yet another 14nm release that's a bit odd, for a couple of reasons. The big one is the fact that this chip mayn not have appeared had Intel's schedule kept on track. Originally, Cannonlake was set to succeed Skylake, but Cannonlake will instead launch in 2017. That makes Kaby Lake neither a tick nor tock in Intel's release cadence. When released, Kaby Lake will add native USB 3.1 and HDCP 2.2 support. It's uncertain whether these chips will fit into current Z170-based motherboards, but considering the fact that there's also a brand-new chipset on the way, we're not too confident of it. However, the so-called Intel 200 series chipsets will be backwards-compatible with Skylake. It also appears that Intel will be releasing Apollo Lake as early as the late spring, which will replace Braswell, the lowest-powered chips Intel's lineup destined for smartphones.

Submission + - New Balance Creates First 3D Printed Running Shoe (

MojoKid writes: You can create just about anything with a 3D printer these days. That includes guns, pancakes, and now a running shoe, courtesy of New Balance, which beat rivals Nike and Adidas to the punch. New Balance also got a major assist from 3D Systems, a company based in North Carolina that developed a new elastomer powder material called DuraForm Flex TPU. The special material makes up the shoe's midsole. Unlike other materials New Balance has played with in the 3D printing arena, DuraForm Flex TPU is fairly lightweight, coming in at just 40 grams more than a traditional foam midsole design. It's also strong and elastic, traits that make the new midsole design appropriate for running shoes.

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