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Submission + - Neil degrasse Tyson causes firestorm with remarks on commercial space ( 1

MarkWhittington writes: In an interview published in The Verge, celebrity astrophysicist and media personality Neil deGrasse Tyson touched off a firestorm when he suggested that commercial space was not going to lead the way to open up the high frontier. Tyson has started a live show that he calls "Delusions of Space Enthusiasts” in which he touched on, among other things, why the Apollo program did not lead to greater things in space exploration such as going to Mars. Tyson repeats conventional wisdom about Apollo and the Cold War. In any case, it is his remarks on commercial space that has caused the most irritation.

Submission + - French Government IT Directorate Supports ODF, Rejects OOXML (

jrepin writes: The final draft version of the RGI (general interoperability framework), still awaiting final validation, maintains ODF as the recommended format for office documents within French administrations. This new version of the RGI provides substantiated criticism of the OOXML Microsoft format. April thanks the DISIC (French Inter-ministerial IT directorate) for not giving in to pressure and acting in the long-term interest of all French citizens and their administrations.

Submission + - A 'black market' for wireless cell service has popped up in Canada (

colinneagle writes: Two recent reports tell the story of one enterprising Canadian who takes advantage of a loophole to provide substantially cheaper wireless cell service for a one-time $100 payment.

How exactly he does it appears to be unclear, but it involves pricing discrepancies in Canada, where lower-populated provinces like Manitoba and Saskatchewan see much cheaper cell service. Basically, the scheme involves signing up for an account in one of these regions, where Canadian wireless service provider Koodo offers a 5GB monthly data plan for $48, then selling the account to people who live in more populated regions of the country, where the same plan typically costs at least $90.

This loophole has apparently been around for a while, with both of the aforementioned articles pointing to a forum conversation started in 2008 on a site called This post showed a $55 monthly plan (available for $49.50 if you sign up with your own device) that offers unlimited calling, texting, and 5GB of data. The forum's moderators, however, posted an update five years after the discussion was started warning that "any discussion regarding getting this deal outside of Manitoba or Saskatchewan will no longer be allowed."

One article also says other people offer similar services on Craigslist.

Submission + - Google To Bring Free Wifi To All (

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday 23rd of June 2015, the Google-backed startup named Sidewalk Labs, announced that they are in the process of starting an initiative that aims to provide the entire globe with free wi-fi.

The benefits of such an initiative is endless, especially for 3rd world countries, such as South Africa, Ghana, Egypt etc.

South Africa, Cape Town digital marketing company researched the statistics to follow:

Submission + - Police Bomb Squad in Hapeville, Georgia Raids Teenaged Hobbyist's Chemistry Set ( 1

McGruber writes: On Wednesday, authorities in the south Fulton County, Georgia town of Hapeville shut down a street for hours and used their bomb squad to search a home. According to the suspect's father, the bomb scare started after his 18-year-old son was arrested for trespassing, entering an abandoned warehouse and salvaging mercury switches, which can be used to detonate explosives.

When police searched the teen’s home on Virginia Avenue at Rainey Avenue in Hapeville, they said they found chemicals inside. "He's not building bombs. He does do a lot of experiments. A lot of them I don't fully understand, but I'm certain he's not making bombs," said the suspect’s father, Allen Mason. Mason says chemistry is his son's hobby and he wants to be a chemical engineer. Mason also said police told him what they found is not illegal to own.

One neighbor, who couldn't return home for hours, said he didn't feel the teen was a threat. "I don't see a problem with this, but you have to trust the authorities in they're doing what they think is best,” said Curtis Ray.

In February 2015, Hapeville authorities evacuated businesses and called out the bomb squad to investigate a pinhole camera that was part of a Georgia University Art Project (

Submission + - Brainets - Researchers Establish Brain-To-Brain Networks in Monkeys and Rats (

giulioprisco writes: Neuroscientists at Duke University have linked the brains of groups of monkey and rats in networks, or "brainets," and demonstrated how the linked brains of two or more animals can work together to complete simple tasks. In separate experiments, the brains of monkeys and the brains of rats have been linked, allowing the animals to exchange sensory and motor information in real time to control movement or complete computations.

Submission + - The Search For Neutrons That Leak Into Our World From Other Universes

KentuckyFC writes: One of the more exciting predictions from "braneworld" theories of high energy physics is that matter can leak out of other universes into our own, and vice versa. The basic idea is that our three-dimensional universe or brane is embedded in a much larger multi-dimensional cosmos. These branes can become coupled so that a quantum particle such as a neutron can exist in a superposition of states in both universes at the same time. When the neutron collides with something, the superposition collapses and the particle must suddenly exist in one brane or the other. That means neutrons from our universe can leak into other branes and then back again. Now physicists are devising an experiment to look for this neutron leakage. They plan to put a well shielded neutron detector next to a shielded nuclear reactor that produces neutrons at a research facility in France. All this shielding means the detector should not see any neutrons from inside the reactor. However, if the neutrons are leaking into another brane and then back into our world, they can bypass this shielding and trigger the detector. The team has not yet set a date for the experiment but the discovery of neutrons (or anything else) leaking into our universe would be huge.

Submission + - Congress removing torture references from CIA report's Wikipedia page ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Attempts to remove a description of the CIA's 'enhanced interrogation techniques' as an euphemism for torture from the report's Wikipedia page have been made from a computer with an IP address registered to United States Senate.

There has been at least two occasions where an attempt to take out the torture reference has been using a computer from inside Congress.

Submission + - Carl Sagan Smoked Cannabis ( 2

Colin Castro writes: “I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, unavailable to us without such drugs,” Sagan wrote in 1971, under the name Mr. X. founder Tom Angell spent a few days this summer in the Library of Congress researching the iconic American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist and author and has come away with a bounty.

Angell says he found some never-before-released writings on marijuana policy from the author of classics such as ‘Contact’ and the TV show ‘Cosmos’, which is the most widely watched series in the history of American public television.

Submission + - Boeing Told to Replace Cockpit Screens Affected by Wi-Fi

Rambo Tribble writes: The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing to replace Honeywell-built cockpit screens that could be affected by wi-fi transmissions. Additionally, the FAA has expressed concerns that other frequencies, such as used by air surveillance and weather radar, could disrupt the displays. The systems involved report airspeed, altitude, heading and pitch and roll to the crew, and the agency stated that a failure could cause a crash.

Meanwhile, the order is said to affect over 1,300 aircraft, and some airlines are baulking, since the problem has never been seen in operation, that the order presents "a high, and unnecessary, financial burden on operators".

Submission + - An Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone £140-a-Year ( 2

DavidGilbert99 writes: Research suggests that if we wanted to live in a world without pop-up ads for penis enlargement tablets, then it would cost everyone $230 per year. So how many people would be willing to stump up this kind of cash? Just 2% of the population apparently...

Submission + - Facebook seeks kernel devs to make network stack as good as FreeBSD's (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook posted a career application which, in their own words is "seeking a Linux Kernel Software Engineer to join our Kernel team, with a primary focus on the networking subsystem. Our goal over the next few years is for the Linux kernel network stack to rival or exceed that of FreeBSD."

Submission + - Prisoners Freed After Cops Struggle With New Records Software (

itwbennett writes: Police in Dallas are scrambling after difficulties using a new records management system caused more than 20 jail inmates, including a number of people charged with violent crimes, to be set free. The prisoners were able to get out of jail because police officers struggling to learn the new system didn't file cases on them within three days, as required by law.

Submission + - TSA Doesn't Think Terrorists Are Plotting To Attack Airplanes ( 2

Mikkeles writes: Jonathan Corbett has been engaged in a lawsuit against the government concerning the constitutionality of scanners in the course of which, the TSA gave him classified documents. Thus he needed to file two copies of his brief: a public one with classified stuff redacted, and the full brief under seal. Someone over at Infowars noticed that apparently a clerk at the 11th Circuit appeals court forgot to file the document under seal, allowing them to find out what was under the redacts, including: "As of mid-2011, terrorist threat groups present in the Homeland are not known to be actively plotting against civil aviation targets or airports; instead, their focus is on fundraising, recruiting, and propagandizing."

Submission + - How Apple Led The High-Stakes Patent Poker (

wasimkadak writes: “It’s not like Android’s free. Android has a patent fee. You do have to license patents.”

That was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an interview last year with The Wall Street Journal. At the time, Microsoft was on the verge of releasing their first Windows Phone 7 devices, and knew their best hope in the market would be to go after Android — the same OS which quickly ran Windows Mobile into extinction. In the months that have followed, right or wrong, it looks like Microsoft is slowly but surely forcing Google’s OEM partners for Android to agree with this stance.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.