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Submission + - Dart Is Not the Language You Think It Is

An anonymous reader writes: Seth Ladd has an excellent write-up of Dart "When Dart was originally launched, many developers mistook it for some sort of Java clone. In truth, Dart is inspired by a range of languages such as Smalltalk, Strongtalk, Erlang, C#, and JavaScript. Get past the semicolons and curly braces, and you’ll see a terse language without ceremony. "

Submission + - Weezer Tune Used To Knock Out Implanted Defibrillators (

chicksdaddy writes: Listening to Weezer could kill you. Literally. That’s the conclusion of an unusual experiment by university researchers who used a snippet from the 90s alternative rock band’s “Island in the Sun” as the basis for EMI (electromagnetic interference) attacks designed to overwhelm implanted heart defibrillators or even trick them into firing. (No. Seriously.) According to The Security Ledger, the Weezer-based attack is described in a paper ( presented on Monday at The Annual IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Oakland, California. In it, the researchers describe EMI attacks on analog sensors used in implanted hear defibrillators by Medtronic, Boston Scientific and St. Jude. In tests, the researchers showed that – under ideal circumstances (that is: open air) – electromagnetic impulses could disrupt the ability of the device to accurately operation of the device, and even prompt it to induce defibrillation shocks from a distance of one- to two meters. However, the effectiveness of EMI attacks was reduced drastically under conditions that simulate implantation in the human body, where attack ranges were reduced to between 3-5cm. Still, researchers have proposed more shielding features for implantable defib devices and features to filter out EMI based attacks designed to mimic heart attacks.

Submission + - Obama's EPA Makes A Rad Decision ( 1

QuantumPion writes: The Environmental Protection Agency released draft guidelines last month that could significantly relax radiation hazard standards in the case of a radiological event in the United States by using risk-based decisions.

“Think of it this way. The situations covered by these new guidelines are similar to someone dying of thirst who has the chance to drink fresh water having 2,000 pCi per gallon of radium in it. While the safe drinking water levels are 20 pCi/gal for Ra, 2,000 pCi/gal is of no threat, especially if you’re going to die from imminent dehydration. Of course, a bag of potato chips has 3,500 picocuries, so go figure.”

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