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Submission + - Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment

theodp writes: Remember New Coke? Twenty-eight years ago, Coca-Cola replaced the secret formula of its flagship brand, only to announce the return of the "classic" formula just 79 days later. Had it launched in 2013, Coke's Jay Moye suspects a social media backlash would have prompted it to reverse itself even sooner. In a timely follow-up, ZDNet's Steven Vaughan-Nichols points out that Microsoft is facing its own New Coke moment with Windows 8. 'Does Ballmer have the guts to admit he made a mistake and give users what they clearly want?' Vaughan-Nichols asks. 'While it's too late for Windows 8, Blue might give us back our Start button and an Aero-like interface. We don't know.'

Submission + - Scientists Use a Cockroach to Make Electricity (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have successfully managed to turn a cockroach into a battery. The research relies on a Cockroach’s diet. As a cockroach eats, it produces trehalose, a complex sugar. An anode is introduced into the cockroach’s gut, coated in an enzyme that breaks the trehalose down into two simpler sugars. These are then broken down again by another enzyme so that the electrons bound up in the sugars are set free, which then rush toward the cathode, completing the circuit.

The amount of energy being generated by the process is still exceedingly small; only 100 microwatts of energy at .3 volts were produced...


Submission + - Facebook all.js breaks the internet (

shri writes: "Hundreds of thousands of sites rely on Facebook for signups, likes, comments and other widgets. How does this affect your site when a critical component of this infrastructure breaks (Bugs — all.js fails to load with locale error) in specactular fashion on a Friday evening? Should Facebook have a more visible notification system that alerts site owners / developers so that they don't have to scramble around looking at why their sites are not functioning properly?"

Submission + - Nginx overtakes Microsoft as No. 2 Web server (

tsamsoniw writes: "With financial backing from the likes of Michael Dell and other venture capitalists, open source upstart Nginx has edged out Microsoft IIS (Internet Information Server) to hold the title of second-most widely used Web server among all active websites. What's more, according to Netcraft's January 2012 Web Server Survey, Nginx over the past month has gained market share among all websites, whereas competitors Apache, Microsoft, and Google each lost share."

Submission + - Avoiding Facial Recognition of the Future (

hypnosec writes: A New York-based designer has created a camouflage technique that makes it much harder for computer based facial recognition. Along with the growth of closed circuit television (CCTV) , this has become quite a concern for many around the world, especially in the UK where being on camera is simply a part of city life. Being recognized automatically by computer is something that hearkens back to 1984 or A Scanner Darkly. As we move further into the 21st century, this futuristic techno-horror fiction is seeming more and more accurate. Never fear though people, CV Dazzle has some styling and makeup ideas that will make you invisible to facial recognition cameras. Why the 'fabulous' name? It comes from World War I warship paint that used stark geometric patterning to help break up the obvious outline of the vessel. Apparently it all began as a thesis at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University. It addressed the problems with traditional techniques of hiding the face, like masks and sunglasses and looked into more socially and legally acceptable ways of styling that could prevent a computer from recognizing your face. Fans of Assassin's Creed might feel a bit at home with this, as it's all about hiding in plain sight.

Submission + - Boarding a moving train: The way to speed up rail (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Determined to take rail transport into the 21st century, Paul Priestman, director of British design group Priestmangoode, is the man behind the "Moving Platforms" concept, which he believes could potentially revolutionize the rail industry. The idea is to have a city-wide network of trams that travel in a loop and connect with a high-speed rail service. But instead of passengers having to get off the tram at a rail station and wait for the next HSR service to arrive, the moving tram would "dock" with a moving train, allowing passengers to cross between tram and train without either vehicle ever stopping. "The trams speed up and the high-speed train slows down and they join, so they dock at high speed," explains Priestman. "They stay docked for the same amount of time that it would stop at a station," he adds.

While Priestman admits that it will be some time before his vision could be implemented, he says the time has come to rethink how we travel. "This idea is a far-future thought but wouldn't it be brilliant to just re-evaluate and just re-think the whole process?" he says.


Submission + - The OWS Internet Tower Lives On, For Now (

An anonymous reader writes: After turning up empty handed on a first pass through heaps of personal belongings (confiscated last week from OWS headquarters at Zuccotti Park), Isaac Wilder, head of the Free Network Foundation, returned to a reclamation booth at a Department of Sanitation facility on Friday. He wanted his stuff back: Backpack, laptop, FNF Freedom Tower (this beamed out Wi-Fi Internet to Zuccotti occupiers), and cash. new photographic evidence that suggests the NYPD willfully destroyed laptops, Wilder is holding out for legal aid, and says he intends to file a suit against the City over his lost and damaged property.

And on the seventh day, He exited from append mode.