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+ - Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys->

Submitted by stephendavion
stephendavion (2872091) writes "A computer science student accused of hacking offences has been jailed for six months for failing to hand over his encryption passwords, which he had been urged to do in "the interests of national security".

Christopher Wilson, 22, of Mitford Close, Washington, Tyne and Wear, was jailed for refusing to hand over his computer passwords, a move that frustrated an investigation into claims he launched an attack on a police website.

Wilson, who has Asperger's Syndrome, was suspected of "trolling" the Northumbria Police as well as attempting to break into the Serious Organised Crime Agency's website."

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Apple Hires Away TAG Heuer's VP of Global Sales 66

Posted by timothy
from the but-they-only-make-watches dept.
An anonymous reader writes With Apple rumored to be entering the wearables market this Fall, the company's string of notable hires continues. CNBC is reporting today that Apple recently poached Patrick Pruniaux away from TAG Heuer where he served as the company's VP of global sales for the past five years. TAG Heuer, in case you're unfamiliar, is a Swiss-based manufacturer of luxury watches. Word of the Pruniaux hire comes just shortly after it was discovered that Apple hired the lead software engineer away from Atlas Wearables, a company working on a fitness tracker capable of measuring a plethora of exercise related data.

+ - International game tournaments segregated by sex/ gender.

Submitted by RockDoctor
RockDoctor (15477) writes "The Grauniad is reporting that a finnish heat of an international gaming competition is being segregated into male and female branches in accordance to international rules.

The International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) want "eSports" to be recognised as equivalent to physical sports. And that, it seems, requires that competitors be segregated on grounds of sex. Which may be appropriate for pole vaulters, but not necessarily appropriate for ePole vaulters. This leaves the organisers of national heats of eSports in a rather invidious position of having (in this case) a tournament only open to "Finnish male players."

So, support gender equality, or support the recognition of electronic sports as having the same status as kicking balls around? Pick one."

+ - Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar Games-> 1

Submitted by ZerXes
ZerXes (1986108) writes "Lindsay Lohan is suing Rockstar Games and its owner Take-Two Interactive over a character in Grand Theft Auto V that she alleges is an "unequivocal" representation of her image, according to the Associated Press. The suit was reportedly filed today in Manhattan, claiming that Lohan's voice and image are reproduced in the game, as well as styles directly from her clothing line. Take-Two did not immediately respond to a request for comment."
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+ - Site of 1976 'Atomic Man' accident to be cleaned->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes ""Workers are finally preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms in the world — the site of a 1976 blast in the United States that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation and led to his nickname: the "Atomic Man."

Harold McCluskey, then 64, was working in the room at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation when a chemical reaction caused a glass glove box to explode.

He was exposed to the highest dose of radiation from the chemical element americium ever recorded — 500 times the occupational standard.

Hanford, located in central Washington state, made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades. The room was used to recover radioactive americium, a byproduct of plutonium.

Covered with blood, McCluskey was dragged from the room and put into an ambulance headed for the decontamination center. Because he was too hot to handle, he was removed by remote control and transported to a steel-and-concrete isolation tank.

During the next five months, doctors laboriously extracted tiny bits of glass and razor-sharp pieces of metal embedded in his skin.

Nurses scrubbed him down three times a day and shaved every inch of his body every day. The radioactive bathwater and thousands of towels became nuclear waste.""

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+ - Core gamers uncomfortable with change, says Peter Moore->

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes ""Core" gamers are uncomfortable with change and don't like embracing new business models, according to EA's Peter Moore. The publisher's COO told GamesIndustry that EA is excited about the future health of the industry, but conceded that some traditional gamers will take longer to convince that new innovations will be beneficial."
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+ - Walkmouse is an Elegant, Motorised Omni-Directional Treadmill Built for VR->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Road to VR take a look at a new omni-direction treadmill with no harness that lets you move untethered through a virtual environment.

"The device houses 100s of motorised spirals which detect traction and respond by spinning under your feet to simulate the ground moving underneath them. At the same time, the unit reads input data from your actions which can be fed into an application or game experience.""

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+ - The Supreme Court doesn't understand software->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We had some good news yesterday when the U.S. Supreme Court invalidated a software patent for failing to turn an idea into an invention. Unfortunately, the justices weren't willing to make any broader statements about the patentability of basic software tools, so the patent fights will continue. Timothy B. Lee at Vox argues that this is because the Supreme Court does not understand software, and says we won't see significant reform until they do. He says, "If a sequence of conventional mathematical operations isn't patentable, then no software should enjoy patent protection. For example, the "data compression" patents that Justice Kennedy wants to preserve simply claim formulas for converting information from one digital format to another. If that's not a mathematical algorithm, nothing is. This is the fundamental confusion at the heart of America's software patent jurisprudence: many judges seem to believe that mathematical algorithms shouldn't be patented but that certain kinds of software should be patentable. ... If a patent claims a mathematical formula simple enough for a judge to understand how it works, she is likely to recognize that the patent claims a mathematical formula and invalidate it. But if the formula is too complex for her to understand, then she concludes that it's something more than a mathematical algorithm and uphold it.""
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+ - Was 'Watch Dogs' for PC Handicapped on Purpose?->

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Many PC gamers were disappointed that Ubisoft's latest AAA game Watch_Dogs did not look as nice as when displayed at E3 in 2012. But this week a modder discovered that code to improve the game on PC is still buried within the released game, and can be turned back on without difficulty or performance hits. Ubisoft has yet to answer whether (or why) their PC release was deliberately handicapped."
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+ - Artificial Pancreas Shows Promise in Diabetes Test->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientists have made big progress on a "bionic pancreas" to free some people with diabetes from the daily ordeal of managing their disease. A wearable, experimental device passed a real-world test, constantly monitoring blood sugar and automatically giving insulin or a sugar-boosting drug as needed, doctors said Sunday.

The device improved blood-sugar control more than standard monitors and insulin pumps did when tested for five days on 20 adults and 32 teens. Unlike other artificial pancreases in development that just correct high blood sugar, this one also can fix too-low sugar, mimicking what a natural pancreas does.

The device was developed at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University. Results were featured Sunday at an American Diabetes Association conference in San Francisco and were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine."

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+ - Yahoo Mail Down for Some Users - Nothing been done for 4 days now.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Yahoo Mail Service has been down since Wednesday for some users. It logs in fine with no password error and I am able to access other Yahoo Services except for Yahoo Mail. My other yahoo mail accounts work fine it is only one. Yahoo has not done anything yet since they posted the announcement on facebook and twitter 4 days ago."

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Comment: Re:This reminds me of a great Simpsons episode (Score 2, Insightful) 625

by Merls the Sneaky (#47227951) Attached to: EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

"If this comes across as somewhat snippy it's because I didn't have lunch today because I'm cutting back a couple of kilos."

So to lose weight you have to be a cunt? Maybe the fatties don't want to go around all the time being a judgmental cunts to other people?

All fat people are lazy. Yeah, all Jewish people are greedy, black people like watermelon and fried chicken, asians are good at math but are bad drivers. Yeah lets stereotype all people based on their outward appearance.

Good job! Maybe if we're prejudiced enough we can all look and think the same.

+ - Xanadu Is Finally Released — After 54 Years In The Making->

Submitted by redletterdave
redletterdave (2493036) writes "“Project Xanadu,” designed by hypertext inventor Ted Nelson to let users build documents that automatically embed the sources they’re linking back to and show the visible connections between parallel webpages, was released in late April at a Chapman University event. Thing is, development on Xanadu began in 1960 — that’s 54 years ago — making it the most delayed software in history."
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+ - Scientists Prove Book on Life and Death in Harvard Library is Bound in Human Ski->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Harvard scientists have proven beyond a doubt that a book which is a meditation on life and the soul after death was bound in the human skin of an unclaimed woman who died of a stroke in the 1880s. The book, Des destinées de lame (Destinies of the Soul) by French novelist and poet Arsène Houssaye, has been sitting in the Houghton Library in Harvard for the last 80 years, but has only now been proven to be bound in human skin."
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