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+ - World's Oldest Calendar Uncovered in a Scottish Field->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: While we take calendars for granted these days, the invention of systems that track time stands as one of humanity's most monumental achievements ... in more ways than one. Long before written calendars emerged, monuments were used to measure time. Now a crude but working "calendar" discovered in Warren Field, Scotland, suggests that these time measuring monuments may have been developed much earlier than previously thought. Archaeologists believe the Warren Field calendar was created by hunter gatherers around 8,000 BC, making it the world's oldest calendar discovered to date by a significant margin.
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+ - Full moon may effect sleep after all 1

Submitted by bmearns
bmearns writes: NPR is reporting that new statistical research by Swiss scientist Christian Cajochen suggests that the full moon may actually have an impact on human sleep, both in terms of duration and quality. "We found that people who entered the lab during a full moon slept, on average, 20 minutes less than people who came in during the new moon phase," says Cajochen. The results were statistically significant, but Cajochen admits that he is still skeptical of the conclusion.

+ - The North Pole turns into a lake->

Submitted by alabandit
alabandit writes: The North Pole may conjure up images of impressive ice sheets and freezing winds, but scenes from a webcam there reveal a different story.
Two weeks of warm weather in the high Arctic have caused an aquamarine lake to begin forming since July 13, according to the North Pole Environmental Observatory’s camera.
The National Snow and Ice Data Centre has reported that temperatures in early July were one to three degrees Celsius higher than the year’s average over most of the Arctic Ocean.

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Comment: Re:Femtocells insecure? (Score 1) 56

by NerdyLove (#44297791) Attached to: How To Compete With NSA By Hacking a Verizon Network Extender

Crappy consumer devices running an embedded OS easy to hack? You don't say! These things are a gold mine. They contain all the certificates and authority to act as a "tower" and are as hackable and available as any consumer device

No phone or smartphone is designed around the idea that the cell network can be "hostile" so they trust these things implicitly. Time to build a backpack rouge cell and go wandering around where "interesting" people hang out.

I'm sure the "interesting" people will have a healthy glow when you're through with them.

Cloud

+ - One in six Amazon S3 storage buckets are ripe for data-plundering->

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tsamsoniw
tsamsoniw writes: "Using a combination of relatively low-tech techniques and tools, security researchers have discovered that they can access the contents of one in six Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) buckets whose owners had them set to Public instead of Private. All told, researchers discovered and explored nearly 2,000 public buckets, according to Rapid 7 Senior Security Consultant Will Vandevanter, from which they gathered a list of more than 126 billion files, many of which contained sensitive information such as source code and personal employee information. Researchers noted that S3 URLs are all predictable and public facing, which make it that much easier to find the buckets in the first place with a scripting tool."
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Android

+ - Archos Gamepad Released In The USA

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Archos have finally released their much anticipated touchscreen gamepad in the USA. The console boasts a Arm Cortex Dual-core A9 1.6GHz cpu, 1024MB Ram, 8GB internal storage and uses the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The Gamepad has 14 physical buttons and dual analog thumb-sticks as well as a touchscreen which means the latest 3D Android games should work great and for fans of emulation the traditional gamepad design and buttons will make N64/PS1 emulators work great on the gamepad.

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