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Submission + - SPAM: Earth Art: NASA 'artist' stuns Twitter with Sahara Desert pics taken from space

pabloApicco writes: NASA’s Scott Kelly, who moved to space for a year, has posted new jaw-dropping pictures – this time of the mysterious and wild Sahara Desert. These unbelievably bright 3D-like images will leave you speechless.
Kelly has been taking mind-blowing pictures almost every of the 206 days he has been on his mission so far, mesmerizing his half a million followers on Twitter.

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Submission + - The See-Food diet really works?

bbsguru writes: The food on your counter can predict your weight — especially if it's cereal or soft drinks.

Over 200 American kitchens were photographed to determine if the food sitting out on counters could predict the weight of the woman living in each home. A new Cornell study found that women who had breakfast cereal sitting on their counters weighed 20-lbs more than their neighbors who didn't, and those with soft drinks sitting out weighed 24 to 26-lbs more. The good news? Those who had a fruit bowl weighed about 13-lbs less.

"It's your basic See-Food Diet — you eat what you see," said lead author Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand lab and author of Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life. "As a cereal lover, that shocked me. Cereal has a health-halo, but if you eat a handful every time you walk by, it's not going to make you skinny."

Although the study cautions that the findings are correlational, Wansink says, "We've got a saying in our Lab, 'If you want to be skinny, do what skinny people do.' If skinny people make their homes 'Slim by Design' by clearing the counters of everything but the fruit bowl, it won't hurt us to do the same."

The forthcoming study — dubbed "The Syracuse Study" because all of the photographed households were in Syracuse, NY — is published in the journal, Health Education and Behavior.

Submission + - The Most Disruptive Technology Of The Last 100 Years Isn't What You Think writes: Ana Swanson writes in the Washington Post that when people talk about "disruptive technologies," they're usually thinking of the latest thing out of Silicon Valley but some of the most historically disruptive technologies aren't exactly what you would expect and arguably, the most disruptive technologiy of the last century is the refrigerator. In the 1920s, only about a third of households reported having a washer or a vacuum, and refrigerators were even rarer. But just 20 years later, refrigerator ownership was common, with more than two-thirds of Americans owning an icebox. According to Helen Veit, the surge in refrigerator ownership totally changed the way that Americans cooked. "Before reliable refrigeration, cooking and food preservation were barely distinguishable tasks" and techniques like pickling, smoking and canning were common in nearly every American kitchen. With the arrival of the icebox and then the electric refrigerator, foods could now be kept and consumed in the same form for days. Americans no longer had to make and consume great quantities of cheese, whiskey and hard cider — some of the only ways to keep foods edible through the winter. "A whole arsenal of home preservation techniques, from cheese-making to meat-smoking to egg-pickling to ketchup-making, receded from daily use within a single generation," writes Veit.

Technologies like the smartphone, the computer and the Internet have, of course, dramatically changed the ways we live and work but consider the spread of electricity, running water, the flush toilet developed and popularized by Thomas Crapper and central heating and the changes these have wrought. "These technologies were so disruptive because they massively reduced the time spent on housework," concludes Swanson. "The number of hours that people spent per week preparing meals, doing laundry and cleaning fell from 58 in 1900 to only 18 hours in 1970, and it has declined further since then."

Submission + - A Fresh Take on Fake Meat

JMarshall writes: Impossible Foods, a Silicon Valley food start-up started by a Stanford professor who quit his job, just raised $108 million to pursue a plant-based burger that truly tastes like meat. This article explains how Impossible Foods and other startups and researchers are tackling the tricky chemical and engineering challenge of making fake meat that tastes real.

Submission + - Hear the recordings Google stores of voice commands you've said to your phone (

Mark Wilson writes: OK Google, Siri, and Cortana all make it possible to control a phone simply by speaking to it. In the case of Google, what you might not be aware — it's hardly something the company shouts about — is that recordings of every command, question, and request are stored online.

Listening back through these could well be interesting, embarrassing, perhaps even nostalgic. You can step back in time and remind yourself of trips abroad, fun nights out, and the like, but you might also be concerned about privacy. If you would rather these recordings were not stored online, you can delete them; here's how.

Pay a visit to the Voice & Audio Activity section of your Google account and you'll probably find a lengthy list of recordings stretching back months.

Submission + - Do Security Flaws With Life-Threatening Implications Need Alternative Disclosure

An anonymous reader writes: The traditional process for responsible disclosure when a hacker finds a vulnerability is to allow all stakeholders to agree to a period of time for the vulnerability to be patched before details are published. But when the vulnerability has life-threatening implications, such as the potential to assume control of a moving vehicle such as a car or a plane, attitudes appear to be changing. If security researchers get no response from manufacturers when disclosing vulnerabilities with life-threatening implications, the majority of IT security professionals believe that the information should then be made public.

Comment Anyone else having a WTF moment here? (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Seriously? This is a networked Windows XP computer storing data on the movements of private individuals until they run out of space...

Forget the idiotic complaint about the horrors of a government purchasing process: who is responsible for the security of this "system"?
If a real argument could be made for the need of this data, the system would have been quietly upgraded, and we would have even more information at risk.
he lack of the upgrade is the best evidence that there is no compelling reason to keep this information at all.

Six months? I guess I'm OK then, having not been through Oakland in the last six months. So what other municipalities are quietly using this same hopelessly lame system?

Comment Narrow fingers of blame? (Score 4, Interesting) 18

Interesting that we seem to be overlooking the 'rest of the story':
That the United, Anthem, and OPM breaches are ALL blamed on the same actors.
So we now have a cool name ('Black Vine') to supplant "Chinese State Sponsored Hackers".
I suppose that will make it easier to report without offending our good friend China, right?

Comment Good Luck with that (Score 1) 318

"iRights also wants children to be [...] able to make informed and conscious choices."

And then what, magically lose that ability at age 18 like the rest of the plods online?

Actions. Have. Consequences.
A two year old can learn that easily, if the consequences are proximate to the cause.
How about making every post made by a 'child' immediately and publicly available? At least there would be
a clear result from postings, instead of the illusion of privacy that seems to promote irresponsible online behaviour.

Submission + - Why Does Georgia Hire LexisNexis To Summarize Its Laws? (

An anonymous reader writes: Following up on the new lawsuit against Carl Malamud, a lawyer (and author of one of LexisNexis' legal guides) raises troubling questions about the relationship between the State of Georgia and LexisNexis. Why does Georgia hire a private firm to summarize its laws, then grant that firm an exclusive license to sell those summaries?

The goal of science is to build better mousetraps. The goal of nature is to build better mice.