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Submission + - A More Down-To-Earth Way to Bring the Internet to the Rest of the World (

An anonymous reader writes: Elon Musk wants to bring the internet to less-developed countries using satellites. Facebook wants to use drones. Google's betting on balloons. These crazy high-tech solutions are interesting, but are they really needed? Mark Summer doesn't think so. His company focuses on building out internet infrastructure the old fashioned way: trenching pipes, raising cell towers, and getting local governments to lease what they've already installed. "A major problem in emerging countries is that when Internet access is available, it’s often expensive. That’s due in part to a lack of competition among providers ... While the costs of terrestrial Internet connections are high, they’re relatively predictable. And the business model is proven around the world."

Submission + - NYC Counting on Begging to Fund Required K-12 Computer Science Programs

theodp writes: "To ensure that every child can learn the skills required to work in New York City’s fast-growing technology sector," reports the New York Times, "Mayor Bill de Blasio will announce on Wednesday that within 10 years all of the city’s public schools will be required to offer computer science to all students. New York City, the Times adds, plans to spend $81 million over 10 years, half of which it hopes to raise from private sources. Earlier this year, it was announced that Microsoft would make Office 365 ProPlus available to all NYC students, and that Google would make its CS First program available to 100K NYC students who participate in after-school programs.

Submission + - Heaven's Gate Cult Still Answering Emails 18 Years After Mass Suicide (

Bob768 writes: In 1997 39 members of the Heaven's Gate cult committed mass suicide as they thought a UFO following the Hale-Bopp comet would take them to the 'Next Level'. Here we are 18 years later and someone is still answering emails from their domain name. While it is unknown who the individual is that's responding, the emails are in fact authentic.

Submission + - Your Luggage is Unsafe - 3D Printable TSA MasteKeys Now Available For Anyone

ErnieKey writes: High quality pictures of TSA approved master-keyed locks made their way onto the internet and were quickly turned into 3D printable copies, thanks to the Washington Post. TSA guidelines forbid the use of any luggage lock that does not have a TSA approved master-key and will remove any non-approved locks. So essentially every piece of luggage traveling in the country is now vulnerable to anyone with a 3D printer and access to luggage.

Submission + - Seeing Actual 2.4 GHz Radio Waves (

szczys writes: There was this art piece that circled the internet a few weeks ago which used a tablet to visualize WiFi and other signals and it was complete fake. It was cool, and it approximated where radio waves emanated from, but it wasn't actually measuring them for display.

Greg Charvat has built his career on Radar and other RF design. Seeing that demo he realized he could show you what actual microwaves look like. He used a radar that he built himself from coffee cans. By altering the circuit just a bit he is able to move the receiver around the room and illuminate different LEDs based on the signal traits. A long exposure photograph captures this and lets you see the radio waves. It's like a charcoal rubbing but for electromagnetic waves!

Submission + - LimiFrog module brings us closer to the Internet of Things

mlefranc writes: If the Internet of Things is to become a reality, we need programmable modules that are so small that they are wearable, so light that you forget them. Enters LimiFrog, a minuscule module that is 1.6" x 1.3" in size and weighs in at 25 g, including the 500 mAh USB-rechargeable Li-Po battery and the 1.4" x 1.2" OLED display. Driven by an ultra-low power STM32-L4 microcontroller, which consumes as little as 100 A/MHz in the active mode and 430 nA in the stand-by mode with RTC, LimiFrog can run standalone for weeks to months when software activity is occasional. In its full version, it comes with bluetooth connectivity and a bunch of state-of-the-art sensors (temperature, pressure, accelerometer, gyroscope, light, sound, proximity, ...) which allow it to see and tell. LimiFrog is programmable in C/C++ and soon in MicroPython. It operates as a standalong micro-controller but there is currently an effort of the Riot OS community to port that promising little system to LimiFrog.

If you want to play with LimiFrog, its designer, who has worked in the high-tech industry for more than 20 years, has just launched KickStarter campaign.

Submission + - First Ever 3D Printed Hotel Building is Constructed, Thousands of Homes are Next (

ErnieKey writes: A luxurious hotel in the Philippines has just 3D printed a two bedroom villa, including a working Jacuzzi, as part of an expansion project. The Lewis Grand Hotel, which is run by a man named Lewis Yakich, will become the first commercially used 3D printed structure in the world. Yakich also has signed a contract to 3D print 20 homes within a subdivision in the Philippines, with plans to print 2000 homes within the next 2 years as part of a low income housing project in the country. Yakich says that he is capable of printing 6 houses per week, and they are structurally more sound than houses built via more traditional methods.

Submission + - SPAM: Millions Affected By The U.S. Government Hack Haven\'t Been Told Yet

Suppoldn87 writes: WASHINGTON The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin "later this month" to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers.

OPM said notifications would continue over several weeks and "will be sent directly to impacted individuals."

OPM also announced that it hired a contractor to help protect the identities and credit ratings of employees whose data was hacked.

In a statement, OPM said it had awarded a contract initially worth more than $133 million to a company called Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC, doing business as ID experts, for identity theft protections for the 21.5 million victims of the security data breach. The contractor will provide credit and identity monitoring services for three years, as well as identity theft insurance, to affected individuals and dependent children aged under 18, the agency said.

Officials have said that compromised records could include embarrassing personal details, such as arrest records or information about drug use, generated by field investigators assigned to check out disclosures made in clearance applicants.

U.S. investigators have said they believe the hackers were based in China and probably were connected to the Chinese government. So far U.S. security officials have found no evidence that the Chinese or anyone else had tried to use the hacked data for nefarious purposes, officials said.

An interagency group is considering whether responsibility for security clearance investigations should be shifted from OPM to another government agency. The White House confirmed such a study is under way.

(Reporting by Mark Hosenball; Editing by David Storey and David Gregorio)

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Submission + - Google unveils a new, simple, sans serif logo (

Mark Wilson writes: Google has come a long way over the years, but one thing has remain remarkably simple: its logo. There have been various designs for the six, colorful letters and today the company has taken the wraps off the latest version... complete with an uppercase G!

It's going to take a while for some people to get used to, but the clean, sans serif look of the new logo is simultaneously modern and retro. But today's announcement is about more than the main logo — this is the launch of a new 'identity family'. In addition to the main logo, there's also a new four-color G icon, as well as similarly-colored imagery for other elements.

Submission + - Beyond Bitcoin: 7 Ways To Capitalize On Blockchains

snydeq writes: Bitcoin’s widely trusted ledger offers intriguing possibilities for business use beyond cryptocurrency, writes InfoWorld's Peter Wayner. 'From the beginning, bitcoin has assumed a shadowy, almost outlaw mystique,' Wayner writes. 'Even the mathematics of the technology are inscrutable enough to believe the worst. The irony is that the mathematical foundations of bitcoin create a solid record of legitimate ownership that may be more ironclad against fraud than many of the systems employed by businesses today. Plus, the open, collaborative way in which bitcoin processes transactions ensures the kind of network of trust that is essential to any business agreement.'

Submission + - Mystery of why Saturn gets planet-encircling storms every 20 years solved

StartsWithABang writes: Every twenty years or so, Saturn develops a tremendous storm, streaking white across its surface and eventually encircling the entire globe, lapping itself. The 2010-2011 storm outdid itself, lasting more than eight months and becoming the largest storm since telescope technology advanced to the point where we could view them. Four years after it ended, we finally figured out the secret to what causes them, and why they only emerge every 20-to-30 years.

Submission + - Over 225,000 Apple Accounts Compromised Via iOS Malware

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Palo Alto Networks and WeipTech have unearthed a scheme that resulted in the largest known Apple account theft caused by malware. All in all, some 225,000 valid Apple accounts have been compromised. The theft is executed via variants of the KeyRaider iOS malware, which targets jailbroken iOS devices. Most of the victims are Chinese — the malware is distributed through third-party Cydia repositories in China — but users in other countries have also been affected (European countries, the US, Australian, South Korea, and so on). "The malware hooks system processes through MobileSubstrate, and steals Apple account usernames, passwords and device GUID by intercepting iTunes traffic on the device," Palo Alto researcher Claud Xiao explained. "KeyRaider steals Apple push notification service certificates and private keys, steals and shares App Store purchasing information, and disables local and remote unlocking functionalities on iPhones and iPads."

Submission + - Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Saturday that if he were elected president he would combat illegal immigration by creating a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages.

I just spit out my coffee . . .

Mr. Christie, who is far back in the pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, said at a campaign event in New Hampshire that he would ask the chief executive of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, to devise the tracking system.“At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the airplane,” Mr. Christie told the crowd in Laconia, N.H. “Yet we let people come to this country with visas, and the minute they come in, we lose track of them.” He added: “We need to have a system that tracks you from the moment you come in.”

I'm sure foreign tourist will be amused when getting a bar code sticker slapped on their arm.

A FedEx spokeswoman declined to comment on Mr. Christie’s remarks.

Mr. Christie, get your lips away from the crack pipe.

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