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Submission + - LIGO Scientists Will Make Gravitational Waves Announcement Thursday (rdmag.com)

mdsolar writes: First proposed by Albert Einstein 100 years ago, gravitational waves set off a media frenzy last month when theoretical physicist Lawrence M. Krauss tweeted about their potential discovery using the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), which is run by Caltech and MIT.

Now, the LIGO Scientific Collaboration has invited journalists to Washington, D.C.’s The National Press Club for an update on the search for gravitational waves, which will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

According to the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the announcement is meant “to update the scientific community on the efforts to detect (gravitational waves).”

LIGO, designed to detect the tiny vibrations from gravitational waves, consists of two identical detectors, one located in Livingston, La. and the other in Hanford, Wash.

Gravitational waves are ripples in the fabric of space-time, and are thought to be caused by some of the largest objects in the universe. Their discovery would give scientists a new way to view the cosmos and may lead to new information about tumultuous cosmic events, such as black hole collisions and supernovae explosions.

Last week, the rumor flames were fanned when Science Magazine reported that LIGO physicists observed gravitational waves stemming from two black holes merging with one another. The media outlet based its report on an email from McMaster Univ. theoretical physicist Clifford Burgess, which ended up posted on Twitter. In the email, Burgess wrote that the discovery will be published in Nature on Feb. 11.

“This is just from talking to people who said they’ve seen the paper, but I’ve not seen the paper itself,” said Burgess to Science Magazine. “I’ve been around a long time, so I’ve seen rumors come and go. This one seems more credible.”

Submission + - Adblock seeks deal with advertising industry players (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Adblock, one of the leading online ad blocker, is looking to reach out to advertisers and identify an "acceptable" level and form of advertising on the net.
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Journal Journal: OK, it's been over 12 years now.

The internet isn't what it used to be... It simultaneously got better and worse. Looking back, it's hard to believe that I abandoned this account over a decade ago.

I'm back for now. Not really sure what to do anymore... Should I lurk? Should I join in the discussion? Only time will tell.

Submission + - Verizon Tests Net Neutrality with Zero-Rated Streaming Video Service

Dutch Gun writes: Ars Technical reports that Verizon is releasing its own video streaming service called Go90. Bandwidth consumed by this service will not count against a customer's data cap, but rival services like Netflix will — unless they choose to pay up. Unlike T-Mobile's zero-rating plan, in which any service can sign up at no charge, Verizon will charge streaming services for this privilege. This is similar to AT&T's data cap exemption program, launched a year ago.

The FCC has recently requested meetings with these companies about their zero-rating programs to discuss what the implications are regarding net neutrality.

Submission + - Verizon's mobile video won't count against data caps—but Netflix does (arstechnica.com) 1

Earthquake Retrofit writes: Ars Technica has a story about how Verizon Wireless is testing the limits of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which has announced that it will exempt its own video service from mobile data caps—while counting data from competitors such as YouTube and Netflix against customers' caps.

Submission + - Seagate Faces Lawsuit Over Defective Hard Drives (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Consumers have today filed a class-action lawsuit against data storage company Seagate, after it had continued to sell a 3TB hard drive model that had an ‘exceptionally’ high failure rate. The case is based on figures released by data backup company Backblaze, who found that failure rates for the ST3000DM001 were not only far higher than other drives, but also did not display a typical ‘bathtub-shaped’ failure rate curve. Backblaze’s report has since been accused of not representing real-world use. Seagate is likely to adopt this line as it responds to the suit.

Submission + - Auto-Update Component in Many Popular Mac Apps Opens Up OS X to Attacks

An anonymous reader writes: A component in many popular Mac OS X apps, responsible for auto-update operations, is vulnerable to a basic MitM attack that also exposes various security loopholes that can lead to total system compromise. The vulnerability is found in the Sparkle framework, which is embedded in stuff like Pixelmator, Facebook Origami, VLC for Mac, Adium (Pidgin for Mac), Coda, iTerm, SequelPro, Tunnelblick, etc.

Submission + - Developers gather to help charities at massive virtual hack.summit() conference (hacksummit.org)

An anonymous reader writes: hack.summit (https://hacksummit.org) looks like a very interesting event — a pure virtual conference with a speaker roster that's surprisingly strong. The kicker is that it's all for charity to help coding non-profits. Lots of credible tech companies are behind it (Github, StackOverflow, IBM, etc). Part of the event is a global hackathon, where developers can hack over a weekend to help charities and win prizes.

Submission + - 18TB of Fraternal Order of Police data hacked (thecthulhu.com) 1

Dave_Minsky writes: Yesterday, someone by the name of Cthulhu released 18TB of sensitive data from the Fraternal Order of Police. The FOP is America's largest police union with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges nationwide.

According to Cthulhu's website, the data were "submitted to me through a confidential source, and have asked me to distribute it in the public interest."

Submission + - How do I get Microsoft to get up off their asses & look at a Windows 10 prob (live.com) 4

mykepredko writes: My product communicates with a host system via Bluetooth (using the Serial Port Profile) and each time a device is connected to a PC a couple of serial ports are allocated. Windows has always had a problem with not automatically disposing of the allocated ports when the connection is removed, but until Windows 10, there were processes for deleting them. This isn't possible for Windows 10 (which apparently has new Serial/Com port and/or Bluetooth drivers) — but individuals, who are apparently working for Microsoft, periodically reply with useless suggestions or attempt to promote questions and ideas as solutions to the problem: http://answers.microsoft.com/e... I suspect that this is an issue for all Windows 10 users (although I guess few people are plugging/unplugging devices) — so how do we get Microsoft to take notice (and not have to pay for them to fix their bug)?

Submission + - France to build 1000km of road with solar panels (solarcrunch.org)

An anonymous reader writes: France is planning on a project to build 1000 kilometers of road with specially designed solar panels. This project will supply 5 million people in France with electricity if it is successful. Though many solar experts are skeptical of this project, the french government has given the go ahead to this venture.

  According to France’s minister of ecology and energy, Ségolène Royal, the tender for this project is already issued under the “Positive Energy” initiative and the test for the solar panels will begin by this spring.The photo voltaic solar panels called "Wattway" which will be used in the project is jointly developed by the French infrastructure firm "Colas" and the National Institute for Solar Energy. The specialty of "Wattway" is that its very sturdy and can let heavy trucks pass through it, also offering a good grip to avoid an accident. Interestingly, this project will not remove road surfaces but instead, the solar panels will be glued to the existing pavement.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why are Major Companies Exiting the Spam Filtering Business (slashdot.org) 1

broswell writes: For years we used Postini https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... spam filtering. Google bought Postini in 2007, operated it for 5 years and then began shutting it down.

Then we moved to MX Logic. McAfee bought MX Logic, and McAfee was purchased by Intel. Now Intel is shutting down the service http://it.slashdot.org/story/1...

Neither company chose to raise prices, or spin off the division.

Anyone want to speculate on the reasons?

Submission + - Jailbreak turn cheap digital walkie-talkie into a DMR police scanner.

An anonymous reader writes: Last Shmoocon, famous reverse engineer Travis Goodspeed presented his jailbreak of the chinese MD380 digital handheld radio. The hack has since been published in github with all needed source code that turn a cheap digital radio into the first hardware scanner for DMR digital mobile radio: firmware patch for promiscuous mode that puts all talk groups through the speaker including private calling. In the U.S. the competing APCO-25 is a suite of standards for digital radio communications for federal users, but a lot of state/county and local public safety organizations including city police dispatch channels are using Mototrbo Motorola DMR digital standard.

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