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China

China's Tencent Launches Smart Hardware OS To Rival Alibaba 1

Posted by timothy
from the diversity-in-approach dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Chinese internet and media giant Tencent Holdings has today launched an operating system for mobile devices such as internet-connected phones, TVs, smartwatches and other IoT products. Tencent Operating System (OS) TOS+ is open to all developers and manufacturers free of charge should they agree to share their revenue – a framework similar to Google's popular Android mobile OS.The new Tencent OS offering, which provides voice recognition and mobile payment systems, will rival other home-grown operating systems looking to conquer the smart hardware arena with connected wearables, TVs and smart homeware technology. These competitors include smartphone maker Xiaomi and Asia's largest internet company Alibaba, who hopes to see its recently launched Yun OS eventually installed on tens of millions of smartphones. The Chinese systems for mobile and hardware products provide an alternative to Google's services, which constantly face challenges across the country due to strict censorship and licensing laws.
Crime

TeslaCrypt Isn't All That Cryptic 16

Posted by timothy
from the nelson-laugh dept.
citpyrc writes: TeslaCrypt, the latest-and-greatest ransomware branch off of the CryptoWall family, claims to the unwitting user that his/her documents are encrypted with "a unique public key generated for this computer". This coudn't be farther from truth. In actuality, the developers of this malware appear to have been lazy and implemented encryption using symmetric AES256 with a decryption key generated on the user's machine. If any of your machines are afflicted, Talos has developed a tool that can be used to generate the user's machine's symmetric key and decrypt all of the ransomed files.

Comment: Re:Plus RS232 (Score 1) 112

I just bought the USB-Serial adapter. Native serial ports on laptops are gone and they're not coming back. I know most of those adapters are total crap (so many fail when transferring block data at even just 57600), but chipset manufacturers don't even include serial port lines on the southbridge anymore.

Comment: 3 for me (Score 1) 112

3 ports means I can plug in a Keyboard, Mouse, and have one port for a USB Thumb Drive, Serial Adapter, Ethernet Adapter, DRM Dongle for whatever I'm actually doing with the laptop. If USB keyboards reliably came with USB hubs built in I could reduce that count, but you can never be sure what the site will have when you get there. Most USB keyboards aren't well equipped. In a pinch you can obviously use the keyboard on the laptop itself, but it's not as comfortable and most places have random USB keyboards sitting around.

+ - Twin-Fuselage Carplane Prototype Makes Public Debut->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: We've been teased with the prospect of a flying car for years now, with many designs, like the Terrafugia Transition, having been under development for some time but yet to arrive in garages or hangars. The Braunschweig-based company, Carplane hopes to square the circle with a twin-fuselage roadable monoplane that made its first public appearance in prototype form at the recent AERO show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
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+ - Breakthough makes Transparent Aluminum affordable

Submitted by frank249
frank249 writes: In the Star Trek universe, transparent aluminum is used in various fittings in starships, including exterior ship portals and windows. In real life, Aluminium oxynitride is a form of ceramic whose properties are similar to those of the fictional substance seen in Star Trek. It has a hardness of 7.7 Mohs and was patented in 1980, and has military applications as bullet-resistant armour, but is too expensive for widespread use.

Engadget reports that there has been a major breakthrough in materials science. After decades of research and development, the US Naval Research Laboratory has created a transparent, bulletproof material that can be molded into virtually any shape. This material, known as Spinel (magnesium aluminate), is made from a synthetic powdered clay that is heated and pressed under vacuum into transparent sheets. Spinel weighs just a fraction of a modern bulletproof pane.
Medicine

Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water 90

Posted by timothy
from the my-amount-of-fluoride-right-or-wrong-but-my-amount-of-fluoride dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Federal health officials Monday changed the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time since 1962, cutting by almost half the maximum amount of fluoride that should be added to drinking supplies. The Department of Health and Human Services recommended 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water instead of the long-standing range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams. The change is recommended because now Americans have access to more sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouth rinses, than they did when fluoridation was first introduced in the United States,' Dr. Boris Lushniak, the deputy surgeon general, told reporters during a conference call.

+ - Feds Say It's Time To Cut Back On Fluoride In Drinking Water->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Federal health officials Monday changed the recommended amount of fluoride in drinking water for the first time since 1962, cutting by almost half the maximum amount of fluoride that should be added to drinking supplies.

The Department of Health and Human Services recommended 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water instead of the long-standing range of 0.7 to 1.2 milligrams.

"The change is recommended because now Americans have access to more sources of fluoride, such as toothpaste and mouth rinses, than they did when fluoridation was first introduced in the United States," Dr. Boris Lushniak, the deputy surgeon general, told reporters during a conference call.

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+ - NASA Launches Project to Help Search for Alien Life->

Submitted by Lin4
Lin4 writes: This interdisciplinary endeavor connects top research teams and provides a synthesized approach in the search for planets with the greatest potential for signs of life," Jim Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said in a statement. "The hunt for exoplanets is not only a priority for astronomers, it's of keen interest to planetary and climate scientists as well." [10 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life]
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+ - TeslaCrypt isn't all that cryptic->

Submitted by citpyrc
citpyrc writes: TeslaCrypt, the latest-and-greatest ransomware branch off of the CryptoWall family, claims to the unwitting user that his/her documents are encrypted with "a unique public key generated for this computer". This coudn't be farther from truth. In actuality, the developers of this malware appear to have been lazy and implemented encryption using symmetric AES256 with a decryption key generated on the user's machine.

If any of your machines are afflicted, Talos has developed a tool that can be used to generate the user's machine's symmetric key and decrypt all of the ransomed files.

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Businesses

ATT, DirecTV Mega-Merger May Go Through 29

Posted by timothy
from the so-long-as-the-destruction-is-creative dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Hot on the heels of Comcast's failed attempt to swallow up Time Warner Cable, AT&T's pursuit of satellite provider DirecTV is plowing forward. What would be the result of a wireline and cellular mega-monopoly buying one of only two subscription satellite TV providers? Has to be worse than a Comcast/TWC marriage ... at least there, the territories and services offered didn't overlap at all, but AT&T offers voice, data, and television in many markets already. Adding satellite would stifle competition for television services (and to a lesser extent, because satellite is only best suited for rural installations, data).

Google News Sci Tech: Thirty Meter Telescope Website Falls Prey To Cyberattack - Tech Times->

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Tech Times

Thirty Meter Telescope Website Falls Prey To Cyberattack
Tech Times
Opposition against the Thirty Meter Telescope remains strong, with a cyberattack hitting the TMT website over the weekend as University of Hawaii regents listened to testimony regarding construction. (Photo : Operation Green Rights). A website dedicated to...
Thirty Meter Telescope's website was hacked to protest its constructionEngadget
Talking With My Daughter About the TMTHonolulu Civil Beat
VIDEO: Astronomer Supporting TMT Unafraid To TalkBig Island Video News
Honolulu Star-Advertiser-Washington Post-Inferse
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Comment: Re:Talk to us first if you wish to patent the chan (Score 1) 46

by Bruce Perens (#49567727) Attached to: Imagination To Release Open MIPS Design To Academia

It is a time-limit on damages, which is not the same thing as a time limit on lawsuits. There is still the potential to restrain an infringer who started 6 or more years ago from further infringement through the courts - and totally kill their business - even though damages for the infringement can not be recovered. And you can sue any other infringer.

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