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+ - Bitcoin User tells of Interview by FBI and Treasury Department->

Submitted by MrBingoBoingo
MrBingoBoingo (3481277) writes "Recently a Bitcoin user reports being interviewed over their past use of a now defuct exchange service by agents from the FBI and Treasury Department. This encounter raises concerns that earlier Bitcoin users who entered the space inocuously and without ties to Dark Markets or The Silk Road might need to prepare for Law Enforcement questioning about their early Bitcoin related activities."
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+ - Stop starting school days so early, doctors say->

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An anonymous reader writes "U.S. high schools and middle schools should start classes later in the morning to allow kids some much-needed sleep, a leading group of pediatricians is urging.

Ideally, the American Academy of Pediatrics says, the first bell should ring at 8:30 a.m. or later — which is the case at only 15 percent of U.S. high schools right now.

At the very least, classes should start no earlier than 8 a.m., said Dr. Judith Owens, the lead author of a new academy policy statement on school start times.

The recommendations, published in the academy's journal Pediatrics, are based on research showing that U.S. kids are sleep-deprived, which has consequences for their health, school performance and safety.

"This is an important issue," said Dr. Marcel Deray, a Florida sleep specialist who wasn't involved in the recommendations.

"I see a lot of teenagers who are tired and have problems in school because they have to get up so early," said Deray, who directs the Sleep Disorders Center at Miami Children's Hospital. "Some kids are getting up at 5 a.m., 6 a.m."

Many people think the answer is for kids to just get to bed earlier, Owens noted. But it's not that easy, she said, because biology has other plans.

Around puberty, the body's natural sleep-wake cycle shifts, and it's actually hard for teenagers to fall asleep earlier than 11 p.m.

"Teenagers' bodies release melatonin later than (adults') do," Deray explained, referring to a hormone the brain secretes in the evening to induce drowsiness.

"The other issue," Owens said, "is that teenagers' sleep needs are greater than many people think. They need nine to nine-and-a-half hours."

Yet, 43 percent of U.S. public high schools start classes before 8 a.m., according to the U.S. Department of Education. Middle schools, meanwhile, typically start classes at 8 a.m. — with about 20 percent starting earlier than that."

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Google News Sci Tech: Calif. governor signs smartphone 'kill switch' bill - CNET->

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Calif. governor signs smartphone 'kill switch' bill
After initially stalling in the Senate, a bill aimed at curbing smartphone theft has passed in California. by Richard Nieva @richardjnieva; 26 August 2014, 7:49 am AEST. comments. 0. facebook. twitter. linkedin. googleplus. more. more +. email. tumblr. stumble.
Jerry Brown signs kill-switch bill to deter smartphone thieverySFGate
California's smartphone kill switch bill has been signed...The Verge

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+ - Delaware Enacts Law Allowing Heirs to Access Digital Assets of Deceased

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An anonymous reader writes "Ars reports: "Delaware has become the first state in the US to enact a law that ensures families' rights to access the digital assets of loved ones during incapacitation or after death." In other states, the social media accounts and email of people who die also die with them since the companies hosting those accounts are not obligated to transfer access even to the heirs of the deceased. In Delaware, however, this is no longer the case. The article notes that even if the deceased was a resident of another state, if his/her will is governed by Delaware law, his/her heirs will be allowed to avail of the new law and gain access to all digital assets of the deceased."

+ - Ridiculous Patent Troll Gets Stomped By CAFC->

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An anonymous reader writes "We've written a few times about Vringo, a patent troll (which got its name, and public stock status, from a reverse merger with a basically defunct public "video ringtone" company and a pure patent troll called I/P Engine). The company was using some very broad patents (6,314,420 and 6,775,664) to claim that Google and Microsoft were infringing based on how their search ad programs worked ..

The case took a slight detour into the bizarre when Microsoft not only settled with Vringo for $1 million — but also with a promise to pay 5% of whatever Google had to pay ..

Between February and now, however, something wonderful happened. That something wonderful was the Supreme Court's ruling in CLS Bank v. Alice. As we noted at the time, depending on how you read it, it certainly could be interpreted that nearly all software patents were invalid — even as the ruling itself insisted that wasn't the case. Still, the early returns are promising, with CAFC (apparently finally getting the message) starting to smack down software patents."

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+ - Two years of data on what military equipment the Pentagon gave to local police->

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v3rgEz (125380) writes "Wondering how the St. Louis County Police ended up armed with surplus military gear, and what other departments have? A FOIA request at MuckRock has turned up every item given to local law enforcement under the Pentagon's 1022 program, the mechanism by which local law enforcement can apply for surplus or used military gear."
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+ - Dolby Atmos a Flop for Home Theater like 3DTV Was? ->

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An anonymous reader writes "Object based audio is supposed to be the future of surround sound. The ability to pan sound around the room in 3D space as opposed to fixed channel assignments of yesterday's decoders. While this makes a lot of sense in the Cinema, will consumers rush to mount speakers on their ceilings or put little speaker modules on top of their existing ones to bounce sound around the room? Leading experts think this will be just a fad like 3DTV was. What do you think?"
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+ - Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers->

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An anonymous reader writes "High-speed internet has become an everyday tool for most people, and cord-cutters have dramatically slowed the growth of cable TV, so this had to happen eventually: broadband internet subscribers now outnumber cable TV subscribers among the top cable providers in the U.S. According to a new report, these providers account for 49,915,000 broadband subscribers, edging out the number of cable subscribers by about 5,000. As Re/code's Peter Kafka notes, this means that for better or worse, the cable guys are now the internet guys. Kafka says their future is "selling you access to data pipes, and pay TV will be one of the things you use those pipes for.""
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+ - Email Is Not Going Anywhere->

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An anonymous reader writes "It seems the latest trend sweeping the online world is the idea that email is on its way out. Kids are eschewing email for any of the hundreds of different instant messaging services, and startups are targeting email as a system they can "disrupt." Alexis C. Madrigal argues that attempts to move past email are shortsighted and faddish, as none of the alternatives give as much power to the user. "Email is actually a tremendous, decentralized, open platform on which new, innovative things can and have been built. In that way, email represents a different model from the closed ecosystems we see proliferating across our computers and devices. Email is a refugee from the open, interoperable, less-controlled 'web we lost.' It's an exciting landscape of freedom amidst the walled gardens of social networking and messaging services." Madrigal does believe that email will gradually lose some of its current uses as new technologies spring up and mature, butt the core functionality is here to stay."
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+ - Project Aims to Build a Fully Open SoC and Dev Board->

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DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "A non-profit company is developing an open source 64-bit system-on-chip that will enable fully open hardware, 'from the CPU core to the development board.' The 'lowRISC' SoC is the brainchild of a team of hardware and software hackers from the University of Cambridge, with the stated goal of implementing a 'fully open computing eco-system, including the instruction set architecture (ISA), processor silicon, and development boards.' The lowRISC's design is based on a new 64-bit RISC-V ISA, developed at UC Berkeley. The RISC-V core design has now advanced enough for the lowRISC project to begin designing an SoC around it. Prototype silicon of a 'RISC-V Rocket' core itself has already been benchmarked at UC Berkeley, with results results (on GitHub) suggesting that in comparison to a 32-bit ARM Cortex-A5 core, the RISC-V core is faster, smaller, and uses less power. And on top of that it's open source. Oh, and there's a nifty JavaScript-based RISC-V simulator that runs in your browser."
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+ - Groundwork Layed For Superfast Broadband Over Copper->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Telecom equipment vendor Adtran has developed a technology that will make it easier for operators to roll out broadband speeds close to 500Mbps over copper lines. Adtran's FDV (Frequency Division Vectoring), enhances the capabilities of two technologies — VDSL2 with vectoring and — by enabling them to better coexist over a single subscriber line, the company said. VDSL2 with vectoring, which improves speeds by reducing noise and can deliver up to 150Mbps, is currently being rolled out by operators, while, which is capable of 500Mbps, is still under development, with the first deployments coming in mid-2015. FDV will make it easier for operators to roll out once it's ready and expand where it can be used, according to Adtran."
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+ - Watch a Cat Video, Get Hacked: The Death of Clear-Text

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onproton (3434437) writes "Citizen Lab released new research today on a targeted exploitation technique used by state actors involving "network injection appliances" installed at ISPs. These devices can target and intercept unencrypted YouTube traffic and replace it with malicious code that gives the operator control over the system or installs a surveillance backdoor. One of the researchers writes, "many otherwise well-informed people think they have to do something wrong, or stupid, or insecure to get hacked—like clicking on the wrong attachments, or browsing malicious websites...many of these commonly held beliefs are not necessarily true." This technique is largely designed for targeted attacks, so it's likely most of us will be safe for now — but just one more reminder to use https."

+ - The Evolution of Wireless Earbuds Featuring Fitness Monitoring and Bluetooth Con

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An anonymous reader writes "Hi Slashdot team,

FreeWavz ( is set to transform the earphone industry with its wireless smart earphones, which integrates fitness tracking technology and Bluetooth technology in a design that fits the natural curvature of the ear. FreeWavz, developed by ear, nose and throat surgeon Dr. Eric Hensen, are now available for pre-order on Kickstarter for $179 (, and feature the following functions:

- Integrated with pulse oximeters and three-axis accelerometer to track a variety of fitness metrics such as heart rate, calories burned, distance traveled, duration of workout, and oxygen saturation
- Equipped with Bluetooth technology, FreeWavz beams fitness data to the user’s mobile device, providing audible health stats in real-time
- Unique conical sound delivery mechanism wrapped in memory foam, which projects sound up and into the ear canal, allowing the ear canal to “breath,” delivering crystal clear sound quality
- Adjustable environmental listen-through offering added safety for runners and cyclists on busy streets
- Optional ear safeguards that monitor decibel projection to protect against hearing loss
- Independent volume control and a six frequency equalizer for each ear
- One-touch connection to music, fitness alerts, phone calls, calendar and messages
- Customize the frequency and content of their alerts by activity, opting to be updated at regular intervals or when they have reached their target metrics
- Water and sweat resistant
- Battery life between 6-8 hours
- 100 percent wire-free
- Secure fit offering unlimited range of motion
- Compatible with Android and iOS

FreeWavz has already received praise from two-time track & field Olympian Ryan Hall, Pan American Gold Medalist and US National Cross Country Champion Sara Hall for its utility and comfort. If you're interested in covering FreeWavz, I’d be happy to send you high-res images and connect you with Dr. Hensen. Thank you for your time and I look forward to “hearing” from you.


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Comment: they're against EVERYTHING that they don't control (Score 1) 375

by ScottFree2600 (#35322486) Attached to: Music Execs Stressed Over Free Streaming
They'd love us to be back in the bad old days, where the cost of entry was high and they completely controlled distribution because ONLY they could make the little plastic disks. They used to have a cool deal going on: radio stations promote records for free (or some. Ahem. "Consideration"), the music would sell, and the system would feed itself. Now, the radio stations won't take any risks (since they're all owned by a few companies who overpaid for them and have huge payments to make). The record companies will sue anything that moves and wants money from the radio stations who might have promoted their Lady Gaga like garbage for free, and then they whine every time that somebody tries to give the public something close to what it wants. I wish that they'd hurry up an go out of business so that somebody with half a clue can get things going again. I mean, how do you blow this?

There can be no twisted thought without a twisted molecule. -- R. W. Gerard