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Submission + - Defect in Samsung Moment prevents 911 calls ( 3

icebreeze writes: I would like to inform you of a longstanding issue with Sprint and its phone known as the Samsung Moment. In short, if you use WiFi and then turn it off when done (leaving it on drains your battery very quickly, so turning it off is necessary), within a few minutes the EvDo and 1x/RTT data modems will lock up (for lack of a better term) and render your phone unable to send or receive any data at all. It has been shown that virtually every Samsung Moment sold is vulnerable to the data lockup.
This defect is serious. The data lock prevents 911 service availability in emergencies. Users will not know the phone is locked out until a call is attempted thus hindering emergency contact. The only way to recover from the lockup is remove the battery, resulting in an unnecessary delay in what could be a life threatening situation.

As shown by feedback on a FaceBook(1) group dedicated to the lockup and Sprints own forums(2), Samsung/Sprint mass sold a defective phone to its customers and has neglected to fix the phone, recall the devices, issue functional replacements, or refunds.:


According to the user Mkeng5 on Sprint's forum, Samsung is also violating their own Standard Warranty policy by not producing a valid fix for the phone:

Please help make this serious issue known so Sprint/Samsung will be motivated to provide a valid solution.


15-Year-Old Student Discovers New Pulsar 103

For the second time in as many years, a student has made a discovery while participating in the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC), a joint program between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and West Virginia University designed to get students and teachers involved in analyzing data from the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). This time it was high school sophomore Shay Bloxton, who discovered a brand new pulsar. "For Bloxton, the pulsar discovery may be only her first in a scientific career. 'Participating in the PSC has definitely encouraged me to pursue my dream of being an astrophysicist,' she said, adding that she hopes to attend West Virginia University to study astrophysics. Late last year, another West Virginia student, from South Harrison High School, Lucas Bolyard, discovered a pulsar-like object called a rotating radio transient. His discovery also came through participation in the PSC."

Submission + - Organisms Trapped for 2M Years without O2 or Light

Hugh Pickens writes: "An ancient ecosystem that has thrived in isolation without oxygen or light for two million years after being covered by the Taylor glacier on the East Antarctic ice sheet has been discovered in a pool of dark, salty water beneath half a kilometer of ice in Antarctica providing further evidence of the extreme conditions that life might be able to endure on other planets. "This briny pond is a unique time capsule from a period in Earth's history," said Jill Mikucki, who led the research at Dartmouth College. "I don't know of any other environment quite like this on Earth." Scientists made the discovery while analyzing water samples from Blood Falls, a curious blood-red stain on the face of the Taylor glacier that is exceptionally salty and rich in iron and sulphur, but containing no oxygen. Scientists believe the pool's microbes eke out a living by "breathing" iron leached from the bedrock beneath the glacier, using sulphur as a catalyst. Studying the microbes might help to explain how life survived a period known as "Snowball Earth" when ice sheets from both poles met at the equator encasing the world in ice. "It's a bit like finding a forest that nobody has seen for 1.5 million years," says Ann Pearson of Harvard University. "Intriguingly, the species living there are similar to contemporary organisms, and yet quite different — a result, no doubt, of having lived in such an inhospitable environment for so long.""

Cracking the Code of Bacterial Communication 58

TEDChris writes "Microbiologist Bonnie Bassler explains her discovery of 'quorum sensing' — the amazing ability of bacteria to communicate with each other and coordinate attack strategies (video). By cracking the communication code, she has opened up potential for a new class of drugs tackling microbial diseases. The talk got a massive standing ovation at this year's TED and has just been posted. To quote one commenter: 'This is by far the most inspiring, amazing, and far-reaching talk I've seen in a very long time.'"

Windows 7 Lets You Uninstall IE8 474

CWmike writes "A just-leaked build of Windows 7 lets users remove Internet Explorer, the first time that Microsoft has offered the option since it integrated the browser with Windows in 1997, two bloggers reported today. The move might have been prompted by recent charges by the European Union that Microsoft has stifled browser competition by bundling IE with its operating system, the bloggers speculated. One solution under consideration by the EU would require Microsoft to disable IE if the user decided to install a different browser, such as Mozilla's Firefox or Google's Chrome. Microsoft had no comment when asked to confirm whether Windows 7 will let users dump IE8 or whether the option was in reaction to the EU charges."

Submission + - Wearing a computer at work 1

Roland Piquepaille writes: "The European Union has funded an ambitious project related to wearable technology. This project, named WearIT@work will end in one year and was funded with 14.3 million euros of EU money, even if the total project cost is expected to exceed 23 million euros. For mobile workers, the goal is to replace traditional interfaces, such as screen, keyboard or computer unit, by speech control or gesture control, without modifying the applications. This wearable system is currently being tested in four different fields including aircraft maintenance, emergency response, car production and healthcare. But read more for additional references and pictures showing emergency rescuers and doctors using some of these wearable computers to ease their work."

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