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Submission + - 3 category 4 hurricanes develop in the Pacific at once for the first time->

Kristine Lofgren writes: For the first time in recorded history, three category 4 hurricanes developed in the Pacific at the same time. We've all heard that climate change is going to create some seriously scary weather situations, and this recent storm trio gives us a peak at the future to come. Eric Blake, a specialist with the National Hurricane Center summed it up on Saturday with a tweet: “Historic central/eastern Pacific outbreak- 3 major hurricanes at once for the first time on record!"
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Submission + - Microsoft backports privacy-invading Windows 10 features to Windows 7, 8->

SumDog writes: Remember Windows Genuine from the Windows XP-SP2 days? It looks like Microsoft is at it again. Extreme Tech reports, "Every time Microsoft releases a new version of an operating system, there’s always a few users bitterly unhappy at the company’s decision not to support new features on older products. Microsoft has finally listened to these die-hard devotees of older operating systems. If you felt like Windows 7 and Windows 8 offered you a little too much privacy, rejoice: Microsoft is updating those operating systems with the same telemetry gathering software it deployed on Windows 10."
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Submission + - Digiscoping: Take Photos of the Moon with a phone

Falconstare Du writes: Have you every try to take special photos of objects far away, such as wildlife or even the moon? One choice is to spend thousands of dollars on a expensive camera and lens, but that can be too expensive for most people. Is there another option? Of course it turns out there is, and it is known as Digiscoping.

What is Digiscoping?

Digiscoping is the hobby of using digital camera to take photos through a telescope. It is a compact lens, point and click camera that is used with a spotting scope for birding to create the digiscoping system, and there are many other combination options. The method was accidentally discovered by Laurence Poh at 1999, and the "digiscoping" was populared shortly after.

How I take part in with digiscoping?

I found a telescope one day while in thrift store casually. It was a little old, but overall looked to be in good condition. The best part was the store was selling it for only 20 dollars! Even with my limited knowledge of telescopes, my intuition was saying I couldn't miss this deal.

It was so excited to get back home to try my new discovered gear. The first aim of business was obviously to look at the moon, and I was shcoked by how well my $20 telescope worked! I can see so much detail on it's surface. It was surprising to see all of the craters and crevices with my own eyes. I took out my iPhone, and put it up to the eyepiece to see what I saw. It took a little tactic to get the iPhone lined up just right, but I was finally able to get it focused.

The photos

Almost more astonishing than the view through the telescope, was how well the photos I took by my iPhone turned out! All I had to do was make sure it was perfectly lined up and keep my hands steady. Don't just take my word for it, make yourself decision!

More tools for digiscoping

My first success at digiscoping made me fascinated. I started search different sized eyepieces, and what it would take to get higher magnification. I researched more tips and tricks associated with digiscoping and telescopes in general.

As I mentioned earlier, it wasn't the easiest way to line up the phone in the eyepiece. The Carson HookUpz is the answer to that problem. It does more than just help line up your camera in your eyepiece though. It also makes it possible to take pictures during the daytime. Since it was dark outside I was able to use my iPhone without any adaptor device connecting it to the telescopes eyepiece. I wouldn’t be able to do that if it was light outside though, because all light needs to be sealed off at the junction between your camera and the eyepiece. Otherwise the camera picks up the reflection of light off of your eyepiece lens. This adaptor creates a snug fit between your eyepiece and you phones camera lens.

Solar filter sheet:
This piece of black polymer is used to view the sun! Yes I said it; the sun. By covering the end of your telescope with this sheet you are able to take a closer look at the sun. Fair warning though, you may have to get creative with how you attach the black sheet on to your compact spotting scope or compact binoculars.

Sky Guide App:
Clearly you won't need an app to help you find the moon, but there is so much more stars out there to see! This app will help you to find other gems like Jupiter or Saturn. It will also help you decode what other celestial bodies and configuration you are seeing when you look up in the night sky.

Get out home!

I hope this article can get you begin to get out home and try digiscoping! Its a interesting hobby, and its relatively cheap to get started. You may even have most of the supplies already. So get out home and start taking photos of the moon!

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Submission + - Paywalled science journals under fire again->

The Real Dr John writes: Emeritus professor Stephen Leeder was sacked by the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) in April after challenging a decision to outsource some of the journal’s functions to the world’s biggest scientific publisher, Elsevier. This month he will address a symposium at the State Library of NSW where academics will discuss how to fight what they describe as the commodification of knowledge. Alex Holcombe, an associate professor of psychology who will also be presenting at the symposium, said the business model of some of the major academic publishers was more profitable than owning a gold mine. Some of the 1,600 titles published by Elsevier charged institutions more than $19,000 for an annual subscription to just one journal. The Springer group, which publishes more than 2,000 titles, charges more than $21,000 for access to some of its titles. “The mining giant Rio Tinto has a profit margin of about 23%,” Holcombe said. “Elsevier consistently comes in at around 37%.

Open access publishing is catching on, but it requires researchers to pay up to $3000 to get a single open access article published. What other options are there for making scientific publications available to everyone?

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Submission + - New rules from the FCC open up new access to Wi-FI->

CarlottaHapsburg writes: White space — unused channels in the VHF and UHF spectrum — is already part of daily life, from old telephones to going online at your coffee shop or plugging in baby monitors. The time has come to "permit unlicensed fixed and personal/portable white space devices and unlicensed wireless microphones to use channels in the 600 MHz and television broadcast bands," according to the FCC.

One of the ramifications is that Wi-Fi could now blanket urban areas, as well as bringing it to rural areas and machine-to-machine technology. Rice University has tested a super Wi-Fi network linked by next-generation TV or smart remotes. Carriers are sure to be unhappy about this, but consumers will have the benefit of a newly open web.

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Submission + - Why the "Right To Be Forgotten" is the Worst Kind of Censorship->

Lauren Weinstein writes: Which brings us to the second proviso from the truth about censorship.

In true Orwellian fashion, even better than blocking people from information is preventing them from ever realizing that the forbidden information exists in the first place.

And this is where the so-called "Right To Be Forgotten" (RTBF) comes into play.

The key premise of RTBF is that if you can prevent your population from realizing that particular data exists on the Web — even if they could easily access it given such knowledge — you've achieved censorship Valhalla.

This is why RTBF focuses its death ray on search engines. Governments realize the typical impracticality of excising all copies of information from all possible Internet sources. So they instead order the burning of the search results "index cards" in a deeply disingenuous attempt to fool their populations into not realizing the associated materials exist at all.

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Submission + - Oracle: Google Has 'Destroyed' the Market for Java->

itwbennett writes: Oracle made a request late last month to broaden its case against Android. Now, claiming that 'Android has now irreversibly destroyed Java’s fundamental value proposition as a potential mobile device operating system,' Oracle on Wednesday filed a supplemental complaint in San Francisco district court that encompasses the six Android versions that have come out since Oracle originally filed its case back in 2010: Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean, Kit Kat and Lollipop.
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Submission + - 'Banned' article about faulty immobiliser chip published after two years

An anonymous reader writes: In 2012, three computer security researchers Roel Verdult, Flavio D. Garcia and Baris Ege discovered weaknesses in the Megamos chip, which is widely used in immobilisers for various brands of cars. Based on the official responsible disclosure guidelines, the scientists informed the chip manufacturer months before the intended publication, and they wrote a scientific article that was accepted for publication at Usenix Security 2013. However, the publication never took place because in June 2013 the High Court of London, acting at the request of Volkswagen, pronounced a provisional ban and ruled that the article had to be withdrawn. Two years ago, the lead author of a controversial research paper about flaws in luxury car lock systems was not allowed to give any details in his presentation at Usenix Security 2013. Now, in August 2015, the controversial article Dismantling Megamos Crypto: Wirelessly Lockpicking a Vehicle Immobilizer that was 'banned' in 2013 is being published after all.

Submission + - Zero Day in Android Google Admin App Can Bypass Sandbox

Trailrunner7 writes: The Android security team at Google is having a busy month. First the Stagefright vulnerabilities surfaced last month just before Black Hat and now researchers at MWR Labs have released information on an unpatched vulnerability that allows an attacker to bypass the Android sandbox.

The vulnerability lies in the way that the Google Admin application on Android phones handles some URLs. If another application on the phone sends the Admin app a specific kind of URL an attacker can bypass the Same Origin Policy and get data from the Admin sandbox.

“An issue was found when the Google Admin application received a URL via an IPC call from any other application on the same device. The Admin application would load this URL in a webview within its own activity. If an attacker used a file:// URL to a file that they controlled, then it is possible to use symbolic links to bypass Same Origin Policy and retrieve data out of the Google Admin sandbox,”the advisory from MWR Labs says.

Google did not respond to a request for comment on this story. The vulnerability affects the current version of the app, and may affect earlier versions as well.

Submission + - Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Industry? writes: Michael Rosenwald writes at the Columbia Journalism Review that global online ad revenue continues to rise, reaching nearly $180 billion last year. But analysts say the rise of ad blocking threatens the entire industry—the free sites that rely exclusively on ads, as well as the paywalled outlets that rely on ads to compensate for the vast majority of internet users who refuse to pay for news. A new report from Adobe and one of several startups helping publishers fight ad blocking shows that 198 million people globally are now blocking ads, up 41 percent from 2014. In the US, ad blocking grew 48 percent from last year, to 45 million users. "Taken together, ad blockers are hitting publishers in their digital guts," writes Rosenwald. "Adobe says that $21.8 billion in global ad revenue will be blocked this year."

Publishers have been banking on the growth of mobile, where the ad blocking plugins either don’t work or are cumbersome to install. A Wells Fargo analyst wrote in a report on ad blocking that “the mobile migration should thwart some of the growth” of ad blockers. But Apple recently revealed that its new operating system scheduled for release this fall will allow ad blocking on Safari. Apple is trying to pull iPhone and iPad users off the web. It wants you to read, watch, search, and listen in its Apple-certified walled gardens known as apps. It makes apps, it approves apps, and it profits from apps. But, for its plan to work, the company will need those entertainers and publishers to funnel their content to where Apple wants it to be. As the company makes strategic moves to devalue the web in favor of apps, those content creators dependent on ads to stay afloat may be forced to play along with Apple. Adblock Plus has released a browser for mobile Android devices that blocks ads, and it’s planning to release a similar product for Apple devices. “The desire to figure out how to bring ad blocking to mobile consumers is a worldwide phenomenon,” says Roi Carthy Ad blocking, he says, “is an inalienable right.”

Submission + - Drone racing league receives a $1 million investment from Miami Dolphins owner -->

MyFirstDrone writes:
Wall Street Journal

Drone racing league receives a $1 million investment from Miami Dolphins owner
The Verge
Does drone racing have what it takes to be a sport? Billionaire property developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross thinks it might, and has invested $1 million in the first round of funding for New York startup The Drone Racing League via his ...
Developer Stephen Rosss RSE Ventures Invests in Drone Racing Wall Street Journal
The owner of the Miami Dolphins just made drone racing a million-dollar sportQuartz
Dolphins Stephen Ross putting $1M behind Drone Racing LeagueESPN
Local 10
all 8 news articles

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Submission + - Augmented Reality: Next Big Startup Nich?

An anonymous reader writes: Augmented reality has yet to prove its worth. Google Glass is no longer for sale, undergoing a redesign and rebranding under the demanding eye of Nest CEO Tony Fadell; Microsoft’s HoloLens might not hit the market for another year. But the nascent and unproven state of the technology hasn’t dissuaded some startups from exploring nich uses for it.

Submission + - Attackers Seen Installing Malicious Bootstrap Images on Cisco IOS Devices

Trailrunner7 writes: Cisco is warning enterprise customers about a spike in attacks in which hackers use valid credentials on IOS devices to log in as administrators and then upload malicious ROMMON images to take control of the devices.

The ROM Monitor is the program that initializes the hardware and software on IOS devices, and an attacker who is able to install a modified, malicious image would have persistent access to the compromised device. Cisco’s security team has been contacting customers to warn them about the attacks, which are ongoing.

“Cisco PSIRT has contacted customers to describe an evolution in attacks against Cisco IOS Classic platforms. Cisco has observed a limited number of cases where attackers, after gaining administrative or physical access to a Cisco IOS device, replaced the Cisco IOS ROMMON (IOS bootstrap) with a malicious ROMMON image,” the advisory from Cisco says.

This login session: $13.76, but for you $11.88.