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+ - China is staging a nationwide attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts ->

Submitted by DemonOnIce
DemonOnIce (3876631) writes "According to The Verge and original report from Great Fire , China is conducting a big scale attack on iCloud and Microsoft accounts using Great Firewall. Chinese users may be facing an unpleasant surprise, they directed to a dummy site designed like an Apple login page, and same thing happened with Microsoft accounts."
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+ - NASA's HI-SEAS Project Suggests a Women-only Mars Mission-> 1

Submitted by globaljustin
globaljustin (574257) writes "Alan Drysdale, a systems analyst in advanced life support and a contractor with NASA concluded, “Small women haven’t been demonstrated to be appreciably dumber than big women or big men, so there’s no reason to choose larger people for a flight crew when it’s brain power you want,” says Drysdale. “The logical thing to do is to fly small women.”"
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+ - Britain May "Go Medieval" On Terrorists And Charge Them With High Treason ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The British government have been discussing charging Britons that swear allegiance and fight for ISIS with the crime of high treason under the medieval era Treason Act of 1351. It is estimated that between 500 — 1,500 Britons fought for ISIS. Civil rights activists consider the idea “ludicrous” although it is unclear if they think there is a free speech or conscience issue. Treason was punishable by death until 1998. The last person to be executed for treason by Britain was William Joyce who was hung for his role as the Nazi propagandist "Lord Haw-Haw.""
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Comment: Re:Comparing Preview/Test to Release... (Score 1) 312

by LeadSongDog (#48186465) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

is it a hypocrite to take private nudes of yourself but not want to be naked in front of america on the movie screen? it sounds like both are defensible.

I don't know if it really matters any more: attention spans have fallen under the ten-second threshold. Why worry who sees what they're about to forget anyway?

+ - How Lobby Groups Rejected the Canadian Government's Plan to Combat Patent Trolls->

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An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist reports that according to documents recently obtained under the Access to Information Act, the Canadian government quietly proposed a series of reforms to combat patent trolls including new prohibitions on demand letters, powers to the courts to stop patent forum shopping, and giving competition authorities the ability to deal with patent troll anti-competitive activity. The problem? Business lobby groups warned against the "unintended consequences" of patent reforms."
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Comment: Re:Just moves a choke point (Score 1) 395

Generally fast chargers will not be in constant use.

Bull. When I pull off the motorway/freeway/throughway I'm usually stopping just long enough to buy a fresh coffee and dispose of the last one. If it wasn't for the latter requirement, I'd just use the drive-through. Strangely, there's always a line of other people doing the same things, even late at night. If recharging were a broadly-practiced parallel activity, many of them would be recharging, vice refilling as a serial activity. Most available fast chargers would be in use. After all, who would pay to buy and install extra ones that were not going to be used?
So, I want a wireless recharge in five minutes that will take me another three hours down the road, and I want it to be ubiquitously available. I'd settle for a simple and reliable cable connection, but it's not the first choice unless the efficiency hit for the wireless charger exceeds $1/charge. Nobody wants to be messing with manually mated cables when it's -30C or +35C outside. A robotic or drive-on-drive-off contact connections (as for electric subway cars) are viable alternatives. Payment systems have to be as automatic as a toll transponder.

Comment: Re:No mention on capacity though (Score 1) 395

Flywheels are fine for vehicles that only travel in straight lines, but when they have to turn corners, precession rears its ugly head, creating a torque that tries to barrel-roll the vehicle. That makes them useful for regenerative braking (which spins the flywheel fastest only when travelling slowest), but not for the main energy store (which spins fastest at the first part of a journey, irrespective of the speed of travel).

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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