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Submission + - Britain shuts off 750,000 streetlights with no impact on crime or crashes->

Flash Modin writes: English cities are hard up for cash as the national government dolls out cuts. And in response, the country's councils — local governing bodies — have slashed costs by turning off an estimated 750,000 streetlights. Fans of the night sky and reduced energy usage are happy, but the move has also sparked a national debate. The Automobile Association claims six people have died as a direct result of dimming the lights. But a new study released Wednesday looked at 14 years of data from 63 local authorities across England and Wales and found that residents' chances of being attacked, robbed, or struck by a car were no worse on the darker streets.
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Submission + - OwnStar Device Can Remotely Find, Unlock and Start GM Cars

Trailrunner7 writes: Car hacking just jumped up a few levels. A security researcher has built a small device that can intercept the traffic from the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and give him persistent access to a user’s vehicle to locate, unlock, and start it.

The device is called OwnStar and it’s the creation of Samy Kamkar, a security researcher and hardware hacker who makes a habit of finding clever ways around the security of various systems, including garage doors, wireless keyboards, and drones. His newest creation essentially allows him to take remote control of users’ vehicles simply by sending a few special packets to the OnStar service. The attack is a car thief’s dream.

Kamkar said that by standing near a user who has the RemoteLink mobile app open, he can use the OwnStar device to intercept requests from the app to the OnStar service. He can then take over control of the functions that RemoteLink handles, including unlocking and remotely starting the vehicle.

Submission + - UK trade union sues Uber over taxi-drivers' rights->

An anonymous reader writes: The GMB, one of the UK’s largest trade unions, announced yesterday that it would be taking legal action against U.S. taxi-hailing app Uber on grounds of unfair pay and working conditions. The union said that Uber should pay drivers the UK national minimum wage, offer paid holiday days as well as ensuring that they take breaks.
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Submission + - All Your Face Are Belong To Us !!!

LeadSongDog writes: It seems the backlash to Facebook's use of facial recognition is growing. It seems the EFF is lined up against big business for what may turn out to be the last bastion of our collective delusion of privacy.
http://business.financialpost....
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-07-28/facebook-s-use-of-facial-recognition-tool-draws-privacy-concerns
http://www.biometricupdate.com/201507/privacy-advocates-criticize-facebooks-facial-recognition-policy-ntia-meetings-continue
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-wp-blm-news-bc-face-recognition28-20150728-story.html

Submission + - Stretchable Conducting Fiber Provides Super Hero Capabilities->

schwit1 writes: The list of potential applications for a new electrically conducting fiber-artificial muscles, exoskeletons and morphing aircraft-sounds like something out of science fiction or a comic book. With a list like that, it's got to be a pretty special fiber... and it is. The fiber, made from sheets of carbon nanotubes wrapped around a rubber core, can be stretched to 14 times its original length and actually increase its electrical conductivity while being stretched, without losing any of its resistance.
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Submission + - How Experts Stay Safe Online And What Non-Experts Can Learn From Them

An anonymous reader writes: Google researchers have asked 231 security experts and 294 web-users who aren’t security experts about their security best practices, and the list of top ones for each group differs considerably. Experts recognize the benefits of updates, while non-experts are concerned about the potential risks of software updates. Non-experts are less likely to use password managers: some find them difficult to use, some don't realize how helpful they can be, and others are simply reluctant to (as they see it) "write" passwords down. Another interesting thing to point out is that non-experts love and use antivirus software.

Submission + - President of Finland Turns To Radio Phone-in For Parsnip Advice

jones_supa writes: Listeners to a Finnish radio phone-in show on Wednesday may have thought they heard a familiar voice when one caller rang to ask for advice about his parsnips. It was "Sauli from Naantali". So began what seemed like a casual call to Yle Radio Suomi's weekly nature discussion show, where experts offer up tips and thoughts on everything from the beauty of countryside to the best way to cultivate vegetables in the garden. The person on the line was actually President of Finland, Sauli Niinistö. The keen nature lover had two questions for the experts — one regarding parsnips, the other about the wild flower sneezewort. In the recording of the show we can hear the presenters answering them with cool-headedness, only occasionally letting out giggles of surprise.

Submission + - Hackers seize control of car using DAB radio signals->

An anonymous reader writes: Cars can be hacked remotely using radio signals sent to inbuilt infotainment systems, researchers have warned. According to security experts NCC Group, the hacking technique can be used against several vehicles at one time and can be created easily using “off-the-shelf components” [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-33622298]. The Manchester-based company explained that the hacking method works by sending data across DAB, or digital audio broadcasting, radio signals. The signals could be used to remotely access critical systems such as a vehicle’s steering and braking functionality.
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Comment Re:If race doesn't exist, how is this possible? (Score 2) 312 312

is there room on the 23andMe profile page for a complete set of fingerprints, a SSN, a DOB, home address, mother's maiden name, blood type and group, mug shot, all your credit card numbers, expiration dates and security codes, website logins and passwords, religious affiliations, and bust/penis size and circumcision status?!?

No, silly, that stuff goes on Facebook.

The real problem is the very existence of 23andme and its ilk, aggravated by the fact that it belongs to Ancestry.com, a corporate branch of one particularly agressive missionary church. (Caution: If you're gonna come to my doorstep, you're gonna have to listen to MY ideas. This may endanger not just your soul but those of your unbaptised ancestors!)

Comment Mod parent up! (Score 1) 159 159

Exxxzzzaaaaaccccttttllllyyyy!!! A proper test on "St-36" would include stabbing of nearby non-"St-36" points. Randomly select which stab to electrify. Vary over time. Cross-correlate the measured response series to each of the stabs' selection series. Repeat until p=.05. The experiment may have to be prematurely terminated if the supply of rat chow (or grant money) is extinguished.

Submission + - Your body, the battery: Powering gadgets from human "Biofuel"

An anonymous reader writes: This article takes a look at the future of electronic devices powered by the human body. From tiny electric voltage in mammal ears called the endocochlear potential, to body heat, and muscle motion, there are a number of exciting new areas of energy research being explored. Ars reports: "Staying alive guzzles energy. In order to keep us ticking, our bodies need to burn between 2,000 and 2,500 calories per day, which is conveniently enough to power a modestly used smart phone. So if just a fraction of that energy could be siphoned, our bodies could in theory be used to run any number of electronic devices, from medical implants to electronic contact lenses—all without a battery in sight. Recently, researchers have taken important strides toward unlocking this electric potential."

Submission + - New molecular transistor can control single electrons->

Eloking writes: Researchers from Germany, Japan and the United States have managed to create a tiny, reliable transistor assembled from a single molecule and a dozen additional atoms. The transistor reportedly operates so precisely that it can control the flow of single electrons, paving the way for the next generation of nanomaterials and miniaturized electronics.
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Submission + - Open Document Format 1.2 Published as ISO/IEC Standard->

jrepin writes: The Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) Version 1.2, the native file format of LibreOffice and many other office applications, has been published as International Standard 26300:2015 by ISO/IEC. ODF defines a technical schema for office documents including text documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphical documents like drawings or presentations. The current version of the standard was published in 2011, and then was submitted to ISO/IEC in 2014.
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