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Submission + - MEPs vote to suspend data sharing with US (

mrspoonsi writes: The BBC reports: The European Parliament has voted to suspend the sharing of financial data with the US, following allegations that citizens' data was spied on....The European Parliament voted to suspend its Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) agreement with the US, in response to the alleged tapping of EU citizens' bank data held by the Belgian company SWIFT.

The agreement granted the US authorities access to bank data for terror-related investigations but leaked documents made public by whistleblower Edward Snowden allege that the global bank transfer network was the target of wider US surveillance.

Submission + - Finally, a Bill to End Patent Trolling (

jellie writes: According to Ars Technica, a new bill introduced by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has received bipartisan support and has a real chance of passing. In a press call, lawyers from the CCIA, EFF, and Public Knowledge had universal praise for the bill, which is called the Innovation Act of 2013. The EFF has a short summary of the good and bad parts of an earlier draft of the bill. The bill will require patent holders who are filing a suit to identify the specific products and claims to are being infringed, require the loser in a suit to pay attorney's fees and costs, and force trolls to reveal anyone who has a "financial interest" in the case, making them possibly liable for damages.

Submission + - Robot 'Anklebot' helps stroke patients to walk.

rtoz writes: MIT professor Neville Hogan and his colleagues in the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation have measured the stiffness of the ankle in various directions using a robot called the “Anklebot.” This measured data could aid in rehabilitation from strokes, other motor disorders.

Hogan and his Team developed the Anklebot as an experimental and rehabilitation tool.

The robot is mounted to a knee brace and connected to a custom-designed shoe. As a person moves his ankle, the robot moves the foot along a programmed trajectory, in different directions within the ankle’s normal range of motion. Electrodes record the angular displacement and torque in specific muscles, which researchers use to calculate the ankle’s stiffness.

The team has tested the Anklebot on stroke patients who experience difficulty walking. In daily physical therapy sessions, patients are seated in a chair and outfitted with the robot. Typically during the first few sessions, the robot does most of the work, moving the patient’s ankle back and forth and side to side, loosening up the muscles, “kind of like a massage,” Hogan says. The robot senses when patients start to move their ankles on their own, and adapts by offering less assistance.

Submission + - Anti-windpower Site Throws Anonymous Comment Under the Bus

An anonymous reader writes: Scotland Against Spin is an anti-windpower group, "against the spin of the turbines, the spin of the developers and their lobbyists, and the spin of the Scottish Government." Their website prominently features photos of their protesters wearing the famous anonymous mask. And yet, when two commenters pointed out that their latest campaign against a prototype offshore turbine was both misleading and not in the interests of local residents, the group responded by publishing the IP addresses of the commenters and who they work for. Anonymity for some, it seems. Quite how this squares with the site's privacy policy, which states that "your IP address...[is]not tied to personally identifiable information" is anyone's guess.

Submission + - Lime: An Open Source Sublime Text Clone (

jones_supa writes: A clone of the popular Sublime Text text editor has been released under the 2-clause BSD license. As the author Fredrik Ehnbom announces the project:

I love the Sublime Text editor. I have created several plugins to make it even better. One thing that scares me though is that it is not open sourced and the pace of nightly releases have recently been anything but nightly, even now that version 3 is out in Beta. There was a period of about 6 months after the Sublime Text 2 “stable“ version was released where pretty much nothing at all was communicated to the users about what to expect in the future, nor was there much support offered in the forums. People including myself were wondering if the product was dead and I personally wondered what would happen to all the bugs, crashes and annoyances that still existed in ST2. This lack of communication is a dealbreaker to me and I decided that I will not spend any more money on that product because of it. As none of the other text editors I've tried come close to the love I had for Sublime Text, I decided I had to create my own. The frontend(s) are not ready to replace your favourite editor, but the backend itself I believe isn't too far away.

Submission + - Cops kill 13-year-old holding a replica AK-47

An anonymous reader writes: Authorities say Andy Lopez refused to drop a plastic AK-47 rifle replica when police in Santa Rosa ordered him to on Tuesday, then "deputies fired several rounds from their handguns at the subject striking him several times". In a development that will make George Carlin fans cringe, police is already warning parents about the "dangers of realistic toy guns".

Submission + - German summons US ambassador over NSA spying of Chancellor Angela Merkel

rtoz writes: German summons the US ambassador over claims that the US monitored German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mobile phone.

Foreign minister Guido Westerwelle will personally meet US envoy John Emerson.

Previously, U.S President Barack Obama had denied the spying of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone calls when she made call to Obama for asking about the reports of NSA spying of her phone calls.

And, Germany’s defense minister said that Europe can’t simply return to business as usual in its relations with Washington following allegations that U.S. intelligence may have targeted Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cellphone — though he stressed that ties will remain stable.

Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere told ARD television the alleged surveillance would be “really bad” if confirmed. “The Americans are and remain our best friends, but this is absolutely not right,” he said.

Few days back, France called in the U.S. ambassador to protest at allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on French citizens by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA).

Submission + - ownCloud 6 will have document editing (

oever writes: ownCloud is announcing an exciting new feature for ownCloud 6. It seems that it might grow into a Google Docs alternative. Today Frank Karlitschek blogged about ownCloud Documents, a new feature that lets multiple users work on one text document at the same time. The feature uses WebODF, a javascripts libary for editing ODF documents.

Submission + - Kogan Intentionally Violating the GPL (

An anonymous reader writes: I would like to bring to the attention of the community, and seek your help with respect to, Australian online reseller Kogan, who I recently discovered are knowingly and intentionally infringing on the copyrights of many by copying and commercially distributing GPL'd software on a variety of Android devices and refusing to comply with their licenses, by not providing the source-code to product owners. The software in question includes both the Linux kernel and U-Boot, but most likely other software too.

I have of course contacted Kogan support and was responded to by a staff member; who I believe is their job to illegally dismiss and mislead customers who make legitimate legal requests for GPL'd source-code and the such. I have thus far endured a lengthy exchange from August 24th, 2013, up until my most recent message to Kogan support member Arun, on October 21st, 2013. I suspect it is Arun's job to dismiss GPL requests and the such because during this two month period, a friend of mine also purchased a different Kogan branded Android product and subsequently requested the source code; only to receive near identical responses from none other than Arun.

Submission + - DARPA issues $2mil Cyber Grand Challenge

Papa Fett writes: DARPA announced the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC)--the first-ever tournament for fully automatic network defense systems. International teams will compete to build systems that reason about software flaws, formulate patches and deploy them on a network in real time. Teams would be scored against each other based on how capably their systems can protect hosts, scan the network for vulnerabilities, and maintain the correct function of software. The winning team would receive a cash prize of $2 million, with second place earning $1 million and third place taking home $750,000. If DARPA is as successful as they were with their Grand Challenge of self driving cars, according to The Register, "it's Brown trousers time for some in antivirus industry."

Submission + - USB Implementers Forum Will Not Play Nice With Open Hardware

DeathToBill writes: Hack A Day reports on the attempts of open hardware hackers to obtain a vendor and product ID for their devices to be able to sell them as USB compliant: "A not for profit foundation [in this case Arachnid Labs] could buy a VID, give PIDs away to foundation members making open source hardware, and we would all live in a magical world of homebrew devices that are certified as USB compliant." The USB Implementers Forum, which controls the sale of PIDs, has lawyered up, responding to the effort with a cease and desist notice, requiring Arachnid Labs to stop "raising funds to purchase a unique USB VID" and "delete all references to the USB-IF, VIDs and PIDs for transfer, resale or sublicense from your website and other marketing materials." A slight over-reaction? Or dark conspiracy against open hardware? You decide!
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Submission + - What should I use for a helmet display? 1

cadeon writes: "A friend and I want to build a HUD inside (or somehow on) his motorcycle helmet. The challenge so far is picking a display. With all the talk recently about Flexible OLEDs, we'd love to get one of those and just paste it to the helmet visor- but we can't find where to get one. What other solutions are there? Where can we get them? Has Slashdot built anything like this before?"

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