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+ - Your entire PC in a mouse

Submitted by slash-sa
slash-sa (1121355) writes "A Polish software and hardware developer has created a prototype computer which is entirely housed within a mouse . Dubbed the Mouse-Box , it works like a conventional mouse, but contains a processor, flash storage, an HDMI connection, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It is connected to a monitor via the HDMI interface and connects to an Internet connection through standard Wi-Fi."

+ - The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "From the "I-have-the-same-password-on-my-luggage" department The Independent lists the most popular passwords for 2014, and once again, "123456" tops the list, followed by "password" and "12345" at #3 (lots of Spaceballs fans out there?) . "qwerty" still makes the list, but there are some new entries in the top 25, including "superman", "batman", and "696969". The passwords used were mostly from North American and Western European leaks."

+ - Fox News Apologizes for False Claims of Muslim-Only Areas in England and France-> 1

Submitted by operator_error
operator_error (1363139) writes "Fox News issued an unusual on-air apology on Saturday night for having allowed its anchors and guests to repeat the false claim for a week, that there are Muslim-only “no-go zones” in European countries like England and France that are not under the control of the state and are ruled according to Shariah law.

Fox Report host Julie Banderas, said that “over the course of this last week, we have made some regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe, particularly with regard to England and France.”

“Now this applies especially to discussions of so-called no-go zones, areas where non-Muslims allegedly are not allowed in and police supposedly won’t go,” Ms. Banderas continued. “To be clear, there is no formal designation of these zones in either country and no credible information to support the assertion that there are specific areas in these countries that exclude individuals based solely on their religion.”

The claim that such areas existed attracted widespread attention, and a wave of online derision.""

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+ - The Secret Chat Logs Of Barrett Brown

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "At Barrett Brown’s initial sentencing hearing last month, U.S. attorneys surprised Brown's defense team with a whopping 500 pages of new evidence in a last-minute effort to land the Texas journalist and Anonymous provocateur with a maximum sentence of eight and a half years in prison. This exclusive report reveals the private chat logs the government left out."

+ - Japanese Nobel laureate blasts his country's treatment of inventors->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The Japanese Nobel winner who helped invent blue LEDs, then abandoned Japan for the U.S. because his country's culture and patent law did not favor him as an inventor, has blasted Japan in an interview for considering further legislation that would do more harm to inventors.

In the early 2000s, Nakamura had a falling out with his employer and, it seemed, all of Japan. Relying on a clause in Japan's patent law, article 35, that assigns patents to individual inventors, he took the unprecedented step of suing his former employer for a share of the profits his invention was generating. He eventually agreed to a court-mediated $8 million settlement, moved to the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and became an American citizen. During this period he bitterly complained about Japan's treatment of inventors, the country's educational system and its legal procedures.

..."Before my lawsuit, [Nakamura said] the typical compensation fee [to inventors for assigning patents rights] was a special bonus of about $10,000. But after my litigation, all companies changed [their approach]. The best companies pay a few percent of the royalties or licensing fee [to the inventors]. One big pharmaceutical company pays $10 million or $20 million. The problem is now the Japanese government wants to eliminate patent law article 35 and give all patent rights to the company. If the Japanese government changes the patent law it means basically there would no compensation [for inventors]. In that case I recommend that Japanese employees go abroad."

There is a similar problem with copyright law in the U.S., where changes in the law in the 1970s and 1990s has made it almost impossible for copyrights to ever expire. The changes favor the corporations rather than the individual who might actually create the work."
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+ - Samsung "Conroes" the APS-C sensor market->

Submitted by GhostX9
GhostX9 (1525571) writes "SLR Lounge just posted a first look at the Samsung NX1 28.1 MP interchangeable lens camera. They compare it to Canon and Sony full-frame sensors. Spoiler: The Samsung sensor seems to beat the Sony A7R sensor up to ISO 3200. They attribute this to Samsung's chip foundry. While Sony is using 180nm manufacturing (Intel Pentium III era) and Canon is still using 500nm process (AMD DX4 era), Samsung has gone with 65nm with copper interconnects (Intel Core 2 Duo — Conroe era). Furthermore, Samsung's premium lenses appear to be as sharp or sharper than Canon's L line and Sony's Zeiss line in the center, although the Canon 24-70/2.8L II is sharper at the edge of the frame."
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+ - China opens door for full foreign ownership of e-commerce companies->

Submitted by hackingbear
hackingbear (988354) writes "Shanghai's Free Trade Zone entered a new dimension of economic reform on 14 January, allowing foreign investors to fully own e-commerce companies, according to Chinese state-owned media Xinhua News Agency. Previously, foreign investors originally needed a Chinese partner to break into the online shopping market, and were only allowed to have a maximum of 55 percent stake. Currently, the zone, set to be replicated in three other cities, is home to more than 12,000 companies, including 1,677 foreign-funded firms. The Chinese e-retail market is lucrative, with 330 million online shoppers and a trade volume of 5.66 trillion yuan ($910 billion) in the first half of 2014."
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+ - Rebranding the nuclear weapons complex won't reform it->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Robert Alvarez has been all over attempts to pull a rug over the serious issues with safety and security within the US nuclear weapons research and production complex. Here he details how the most recent Congressional Advisory Panel to make recommendations was stacked with people with serious conflicts of interest: 'Given that the panel was dominated by members with ties to weapons contractors, it comes as no surprise that the panel's report advocates a reduction in federal oversight of contractors that run the complex, in effect doubling-down on the least-interference policy that is at the heart of so many weapons complex problems.' Alvarez goes on to name some of those panel members, and to describe escalating costs: 'Since 2006, when management of the weapons labs was transferred from the nonprofit University of California to for-profit entities, administrative fees have jumped by 650 percent at Los Alamos. The bloat in the weapons complex is hardly limited to the national labs; the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee has excess capacity that is comparable, in size, to two auto assembly plants.' There is an appalling struggle to bring the nuclear weapons complex under control, which is being fought tooth-and-nail by the private contractors who are making a fortune off 'a Cold War urgency that does not reflect the actual relevance of nuclear weaponry in the 21st century.'"
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+ - House and Senate Science Committees in Creationists Hands.-> 3

Submitted by willy everlearn
willy everlearn (82796) writes "Does anyone else find it scary that we have put creationists on both the House and Senate's science committies? The very core of a creationist's argument is"No matter what evidence you show me my belief will continue." Extend this to Climate Change, Vaccinations or any other of myriad topices these right wing hold as sacred. What can we do about it?"
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+ - Verizon Grateful To Researcher Who Spotted Flaw In MyFiOS App->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "When Randy Westergren, acting out of curiosity, investigated Verizon's Android MyFiOS app for security vulnerabilities, he spotted some big ones, and let the telecom giant know about them. Somewhat amazingly, Verizon didn't react by punishing the messenger, but rather fixed the problems right away and gave him a free year of FiOS for his trouble."
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+ - GCHQ intercepted emails from The New York Times, Reuters, BBC, and others->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "GCHQ's bulk surveillance of electronic communications has scooped up emails to and from journalists working for some of the US and UK's largest media organisations, analysis of documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals.

Emails from the BBC, Reuters, the Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde, the Sun, NBC and the Washington Post were saved by GCHQ and shared on the agency's intranet as part of a test exercise by the signals intelligence agency."

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+ - Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and an Incredible Home->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Last year, a Shanghai based company made news by 3d printing a bunch of houses. Now that same company, WinSun has accomplished something never seen before. They have successfully 3d printed a 6-story apartment building as well as a very incredibly detailed home. These structures were unveiled at the Suzhou Industrial Park."
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Comment: Curious licensing (Score 1) 9

by Max Hyre (#48846307) Attached to: New MATLAB alternative is dirt-cheap and open source
The report claims it's BSD licensed, but the site talks about downloading a 15-day evaluation, and buying a perpetual license for $8, linked to a specific e-mail address.
Poking around in the download, I found a file (i4j_extf_7_en4o59.html) in the distribution containing
  • o Apache License, Version 2.0
  • o PYTHON SOFTWARE FOUNDATION LICENSE VERSION 2
  • o [various phrasings of the MIT license]
  • o GNU LESSER GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3
  • o GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3
  • o UBUNTU FONT LICENCE Version 1.0

So what's the deal? I'm not up for searching the various .jars to find a time bomb, but if there's one there, the licensing says you can remove it and go your merry way. (Of course, if you find the product useful, sending $8 would be a reasonable thing to do.)

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