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+ - Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water->

Submitted by Diggester
Diggester (2492316) writes "The weight of water limits how much can be brought on a long bike ride. There isn’t always an option to stop and fill up from a clean stream or drinking fountain, but water could be obtained from a different source: the air. Austrian industrial design student Kristof Retezár has created Fontus: a prototype of a water bottle system that condenses humid air into clean, drinkable water. His design made him a finalist for the 2014 James Dyson Award."
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+ - Lunar Mission One proposes to take core sample, plant time capsule on the moon->

Submitted by MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "The United States may have foresworn the moon, the venue of its greatest space triumph during the Apollo program, by presidential directive, but that does not mean that other countries and even private organizations are uninterested. The latest proposal for a private moon landing is a British effort called Lunar Mission One, according to a Wednesday story in the New Scientist. Its goal is twofold. The undertaking proposes to drill a 20 meter core sample below the lunar surface for analysis. Lunar Mission One will also deploy the first moon based time capsule. A Kickstarter effort has begun for initial funding."
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+ - Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The commissioners at the FCC are expected to vote, on December 11, on a proposal by Chairman Tom Wheeler to increase the funding for the nation's largest educational technology subsidy program, E-Rate, by 62 percent. The proposal is intended to be paid for by higher fees on phone service. The increased cost is pegged at $1.92 a year, per telephone line. Support for the proposal, or lack thereof, appears to be falling along partisan lines. To quote Wheeler, however, "Almost two-thirds of American schools cannot appropriately connect their students to the 21st century." National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García adds, "Today's announcement will go a long way to help level the digital playing field for our country's students and ensuring equity.""

+ - Microsoft Azure fails across the globe->

Submitted by hawkinspeter
hawkinspeter (831501) writes "The BBC has reported that Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform has taken down many third-party sites that rely on it in addition to disrupting Microsoft's own products. Office 365 (maybe they were optimistic with choosing that name) and Xbox Live services were affected.

This has happened at a particularly inopportune time as Microsoft has recently been pushing its Azure services in an effort to catch up with other providers such as Amazon, IBM and Google. Just a couple of hours previously, Microsoft had screened an Azure advert in the UK during the Scotland v England soccer match."

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+ - DDoS Attacks Continue To Fall In Size And Frequency

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "DDoS attacks continue to fall in size and frequency in 2014, making them easier to handle for tier one carrier networks with excess capacity, but still tricky to manage for organizations with less bandwidth. The newest up-and-coming countries of origin for DDoS attacks will be Vietnam, India and Indonesia in 2015. While these countries don’t have the necessary bandwidth to launch massive DDoS attacks, the volume of compromised end point devices, such as mobile phones, make them prime sources of new botnets. China topped the list of leading sources of DDoS attacks in Q3 2014, followed by the United States and Russia."

+ - If Illegal Sites Get Blocked Accidentally, Hard Luck Says Court->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a case before the High Court, UK ISPs have raised concerns that 'innocent' sites might be taken offline due to them sharing IP addresses with other sites detailed in blocking orders. While sites will get a chance to complain, those operating illegally will get no sympathy from the High Court.

The movie and music industries have obtained several High Court orders which compel UK ISPs to block dozens of websites said to facilitate access to copyright-infringing content. Recently, however, they have been joined by those seeking blockades on trademark grounds.

The lead case on this front was initiated by Cartier and Mont Blanc owner Richemont. The company successfully argued that several sites were infringing on its trademarks and should be blocked by the UK’s leading ISPs."

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+ - Self-Filling Water Bottle Invention Can Turn Air Humidity into Drinking Water->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "An Austrian industrial design student has invented a water bottle that fills itself during cycling journeys by converting humidity in the air into safe drinking water.

The Fontus system was developed by Kristof Retezár, an industrial design student at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna who is a Dyson Awards finalist.

Designed to be attached to a bicycle frame, Fontus consists of a condenser unit powered by a solar panel that is attached to a bottle.

When the bike is in motion, moist air is blown into a channel in the condenser unit where it cools and condenses.

The water droplets then roll into the water bottle, and at present the prototype is able to produce a drop of water a minute in air that features approximately 50% humidity at temperatures of at least 20C (68F)."

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Comment: Re:100 Year old (Score 1) 81

by ChrisSlicks (#48393703) Attached to: Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life
Was just pointing out that it really is a 19th century machine (design) as stated, but yes specific date is irrelevant. And yes it is cool, and I watched all the videos. Mind blowing that he was during mechanical fourier analysis at the time. It was a great period when several mathematical greats where also great engineers.

+ - Google quadruples Nobel Prize in Computing to $1M->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The Association for Computing Machinery has announced that its annual A.M. Turing Award, sometimes called the Nobel Prize in Computing, will now come with a $1M award courtesy of Google. Previously, the award came with a $250K prize funded by Google and Intel. The award, which goes to "an individual selected for contributions of a technical nature made to the computing community," is generally doled out in February or March. This past March, the winner was Microsoft Research principal Leslie Lambert. The ACM says the bigger prize should raise the award's visibility."
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+ - Terrible Geolocation

Submitted by AvitarX
AvitarX (172628) writes "W3C has the IP address where I work as showing up in Ireland (we are in the USA). This is a nuissance for a lot of reasons (many dates now display in European format, prices are listed in euros, search results redirect to

Some of these issues can be worked around, but it's frustrating. I have searched as best as I can, and only can find information on the geolocation API in HTML5. The office is on a static IP address from Comcast.

When I visit all info is correct except for W3C's result, I have submitted that it is inaccurate, is there anything else I can do? Googling I have only managed to find usage examples for web developers/designers."

+ - Assassin's Creed: Unity launch debacle pulls spotlight onto game review embargoe->

Submitted by RogueyWon
RogueyWon (735973) writes "The latest entry in the long-running Assassin's Creed game series, Assassin's Creed: Unity released this week. Those looking for pre-release reviews on whether to make a purchase were out of luck; the publisher, Ubisoft, had provided gaming sites with advance copies, but only on condition that their reviews be withheld until 17 hours after the game released in North America. Following the game's release, many players have reported finding it in a highly buggy state, with severe performance issues affecting all three release platforms (PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One). Ubisoft has been forced onto the defensive, taking the unprecedented step of launching a live-blog covering their efforts at debugging the game, but the debacle has already had a large impact on the company's share value and the incident has drawn widespread attention to the increasingly common practice of review embargoes."
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+ - MS open sources .Net (MIT and Apache 2 license), seeks porting to other OSes

Submitted by Qbertino
Qbertino (265505) writes "On wednesday, the 12. of October 2014 Microsoft announced that they are releasing their .Net framework under the OSI certified MIT and Apache 2 open source licenses. Techcrunch reports that MS wants to work closely with the mono project and its 'business arm' Xamarin to spread .Net to other non-MS plattforms. The sourcecode is available here at the official MS Github account. In other news relyable sources from hell have reported temperatures of 20 centigrade below zero and the FAA has seen a spike in reports of flying pigs. And no, it's not April 1st."

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