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+ - Pilot's selfies could have caused deadly air crash->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "A deadly air crash that killed a pilot and passenger in Colorado last year was likely due to a loss of spatial awareness brought on in part by taking of selfies while in flight, the National Transportation Safety Board has concluded. An examination of the aircraft revealed no apparent problems that would have caused the accident so, based on the previous patterns of behavior, the NTSB concluded that “it is likely that cell phone use during the accident flight distracted the pilot and contributed to the development of spatial disorientation and subsequent loss of control.”"
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+ - SPAM: One Exercise Regime That Beats Arthritis Pain

Submitted by regenestemasia
regenestemasia (4003107) writes "While the cure for arthritis pain continues to be studied and pioneered in stem cell research and development, a simple exercise regime can go a long way in dealing with arthritis pain. A study by Dr. Sara Wilcox of the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina reveal that a three-hours-a-week exercise regime can reduce pain suffering of arthritic patients. This weekly requirement translates to roughly 25-30 minutes of exercise a day. In the study, participants’ pain rating decreased from 4.7 out of 10 to 4.3. Those who suffer from chronic joint inflammation felt significant improvements in pain relief, stiffness and tiredness after just three months."
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+ - NIST closed due to funding lapsed?-> 1

Submitted by sonofusion82
sonofusion82 (1038268) writes "Not sure if this is a hacker prank or real, but all the NIST website just shows the following notice when I was trying to find some info about their PRNG:

"Due to a lapse in government funding, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is closed and most NIST and affiliated web sites are unavailable until further notice. We sincerely regret the inconvenience.""

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+ - 2013 Retina Macbook Pro Update Preview: What To Expect Read more: http://www.ap->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The 15 and 13 inch Retina Macbook Pros are (likely) receiving an update on October 15th, and tons of people have asked me “Will the Retina Macbook Pro have?”.
Based on these requests, and the quantity of misinformation out there, I’m releasing a guide as to what to expect for the retina macbook pro, which should be confirmed on the release date, of October 15th. If you’re interested, also check out our popular guide to Apple rumors 2013."

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+ - FreeBSD 9.2, FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 Released->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has announced the release of FreeBSD 9.2. FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE has ZFS TRIM SSD support, ZFS LZ4 compression support, DTrace hooks and VirtIO drivers as part of the default kernel configuration, unmapped I/O support, and numerous other minor features. FreeBSD also announced FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 on the same day, which is the next major feature release of the open-source BSD operating system."
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+ - VMWare updates VMWare Fusion, VMPlayer, and VMWare Workstation lines->

Submitted by Billly Gates
Billly Gates (198444) writes "Virtualization is criticial for anyone in I.T. or runs Linux and needs to run some Windows program. In just a year's span VMWare has its next generation of client software releases using a Microsoft like release schedule. The information and features is here as well as here . Both the Mac oriented Fusion, and PC oriented Workstation include support for Windows 8.1, MacOSX Maverick (fusion/player on Mac), SATA drivers, integration with tablet features such as light controls and sensors, 64 GBs of ram support, 16 virtual CPU support, USB 3, and better SSD support. However, VMWare crippled its fusion product for the Mac and offers are more expensive VMWare Professional Fuse that offers the same features such as creating restricted or expired VMs as well as the VMWare Player. For those who do not want to pay $299 for the retail price or $250 there is always the FOSS Oracle Virtualbox which offers many of its features and is also cross platform for all major host and guest platforms."
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+ - New Alternative to WiFi has a Range of Nearly a Mile->

Submitted by vikingpower
vikingpower (768921) writes "Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower needed a new foundation, and delays meant millions of dollars in losses—he re-wrote the app himself. That’s when he discovered just how hard it is to connect to sensors via the standard long-distance industrial wireless protocol, known as Zigbee.

It took him months of hacking just to create a system that could send him a single number—which represented the strain on each of the cables—from the sensors he was using. Surely, he thought, there must be a better way. And that’s when he realized that the solution to his problem would also unlock the potential of what’s known as the “internet of things” (the idea that every object we own, no matter how mundane, is connected to the internet and can be monitored and manipulated via the internet, whether it’s a toaster, a light bulb or your car).

The result is an in-the-works project called Flutter."

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+ - Monster Storm Reveals Water On Saturn->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "The CS Monitor reports, "A thunderstorm bigger than our planet churned Saturn's atmosphere like an egg beater, reaching deep into Saturn's gassy interior and flinging water up to the ammonia-gas cloudtops. ... From December 2010 through August 2011, a superstorm raged across Saturn. The storm moved west, leaving behind a wake so enormous that ultimately the head collided with its own tail, encircling the giant gas planet with a belt of turbulence over 9,000 miles wide and 190,000 miles long. And in studying it, scientists found water. This massive thunderstorm – the head alone was bigger than planet Earth – churned Saturn's atmosphere like an egg beater, reaching deep down into Saturn's gassy interior, finding water vapor, and flinging it up with "hundreds of miles per hour of upward motion ... Scientists have suspected for years that water vapor must be hiding in Saturn's lower atmosphere, but finding proof was tricky. "As far as water in measurable quantities, at the level of the visible cloud tops – this is the first indication," says Dr. Sromovsky. The first scientists who studied the storm noted its size and power, but missed the scent of water. " More at Universe Today."
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