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Submission + - A Pinch of Graphene Could Keep Airplane Wings Ice-Free (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Both airplane wings and helicopter rotor blades are subject to one problem – they can both ice up. Although de-icing solutions can be applied when aircraft are on the ground, that doesn't stop ice from eventually forming once they're in the air. That's why scientists at Texas' Rice University have developed a new graphene-based coating that continuously melts ice by conducting an electrical current.

Submission + - Simple 2 Page Application in Ionic (codingdefined.com)

codingdefined writes: In this post we will create a simple two page application in Ionic. Ionic comes with the AngularUI router with it, thus we will be directly using $stateProvider and $urlRouterProvider to create routes. We need to inject $stateProvider and $urlRouterProvider in our config method to make use of the AngularUI router.

Submission + - Crowd funding For Begslist (amazines.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Since 2007, Begslist has tried to keep the reputation of establishing itself as free cyber begging website, Just as the term suggests, Crowd funding is basically a way used to raise money by simply asking a multitude of people to each chip in a small amount of money towards a given cause/project such as disaster management. As such, the downside to this kind of funding include fraudulence with the aim of fleecing an unsuspecting public, exhaustion of potential contributors and the issue of one's idea being plagiarized For Fundraising websites.

Submission + - Fatal statistical flaw in premiss renders ACLU racial profiling report invalid (aclu.org) 1

ranavir writes: According to ACLU and their sources in the newly released report on racial profiling in Florida's seatbelt enforcement, the seatbelt use rate is 91.5% among whites, and 85.8% among blacks. ACLU concludes racial profiling by Florida police, and is outraged that blacks get fined 1.9x more often, which is by far not explained by the difference in seatbelt use rate, which they consider negligible. The report further claims that "For differences in seatbelt use to explain the statistically significant racial disparities in citation rates documented by this report, Black people in Florida would have to wear seatbelts at a rate nearly forty-five percentage points lower than white people." This is mathematically false, because they mistake and substitute seatbelt-use rate ratio for not-wearing seatbelt ratio. (According to their numbers, the offense rate among blacks is currently rounded to 1.7x higher, 14.2% vs 8.5%, which is responsible for majority of the extra citations, whereas if blacks wore seatbelts 45pp less often than whites, the offense ratio would be 6.3x higher — 53.5% vs. 8.5%) Such a major flaw in the premiss unfortunately renders the report and its conclusions invalid.

Submission + - SPAM: Bram Stoker's The Mystery of the Sea – A Compelling Read

An anonymous reader writes: Bram Stoker was an Irish author, known for his famous work, Dracula, which was written in 1897. In 1902, he published another novel, The Mystery of the Sea, which also received a lot of critical acclaim. Involving loads of twists and turns surrounding war maneuverings, supernatural visions, secret codes, treasure hunt and a kidnapping, the novel unfolds itself.

The Supernatural Element

A young Englishman named Archibald Hunter sees a vision of a couple carrying a small coffin and walking past him. The vision actually turns out to be true when he later discovers that a young kid has actually died in the town. He even meets a strange old woman, Gormala MacNeil, who he had earlier seen in his vision. This woman explains to Archibald that he is probably a seer like her and possesses the power of "Second Sight", a type of psychic ability allowing her to foresee future at random. A year later when Archibald comes back to the town with an intention of permanent residence, he buys a trunk from an auctioneer and finds some letters from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century inside it.

Love In the Middle of War

Archibald once helps two ladies trapped on a rock in the ocean. He finds out that the older lady is Mrs. Jack, while the younger one is Marjory an American who dislikes Spaniards. He immediately falls in love with the girl. He proposes to her but she refuses and says that she doesn’t know him well enough. Later, in Aberdeen, Archibald learns from some diplomats that Marjory is in fact an American heiress, who had given all her money to US Navy for buying a battleship for Spanish-American war. Archibald tries to protect Marjorie from the threat of kidnapping and assassination by Spanish and even gets married to her to avoid any scandals and legal trouble.

Treasure Connection

After deciphering the letter, Archibald realizes that it is a story of a Spaniard, Don Bernardino de Escoban who was given a charge by Pope Sixtus V to protect a treasure. Unfortunately he lost it after hiding it in a cave on the coast. Interestingly, Archibald determines that based on the location, this cave was most likely under the house he was constructing. He and Marjorie eventually succeed in finding the treasure but Archibald gets in fight with Don Bernardino, the landlord, who turns out to be a descendent of Don Bernardino de Escoban, who wrote the letters, over the rightful ownership of the treasure. Meanwhile, Marjorie goes missing and Don Bernardino helps Archibald in finding her. With the help of Marjory’s cipher and Gormala’s vision, they finally find Marjory. However, Don Bernardino dies in the fight and Marjory and Archibald take his body back to Spain and bury him with his ancestors, and install the statue of San Cristobal, the treasure guard, over his tomb.

The Mystery of the Sea is a perfect political thriller with interesting supernatural elements. Unfortunately, the book was overshadowed by Dracula and never got its deserved appreciation.

Freeditorial is an online library and book publisher, which offers readers with free e-books such as The Life of John Ruskin, The Mystery of the Sea, The Patrician, Initial Studies in American letters, The Benefactress, Afterward, Number 70 Berlin and several other novels written by Thomas Hardy, Virginia Woolf, John Galsworthy, Bram Stoker ( [spam URL stripped] ), Edith Wharton, Elizabeth Von Arnim, W. G. Collingwood, etc., to download or read online.

Comment Re:I guess it's easier... (Score 1) 425

This is simple to show in a back of an envolope calculation: Around 3/4 of what you eat is used just to keep your body warm. So if you reduce your eating with 12-13% you have in effect halved your net food intake. Or if you increase your eating with 25% you have doubled your net food intake.

Of course it is not that simple, but it shows that variations in food intake have a significant impact.

Hm, reading the above I realize that it does not adress how this relate to the effect of excercising, but well. Maybe someone else could fill in.

Comment Re:I guess it's easier... (Score 1) 425

... suggest that the size of servings is influenced by bad habits and by expectations from food sellers.

The human mind is actually quite deceptive, and exactly when you feel full when eating is in no way an objective, fixed norm. Search for bottomless soup bowl for an intresting experiment that shows how people are fooled to eat much more than they expect without notecing.

Submission + - How your WiFi Password could be stolen through your IoT Doorbell

goatt writes: A flaw in the IoT doorbell, Ring, was revealed recently that allows a visitor to steal your home WiFi password from your doorstep, without ringing the bell & without leaving traces of an attack

Although the announcement was made a few weeks back, another post recently revealed that the flaw was in fact disclosed to Ring in March last year but wasn't fixed by the vendor

Here you can see how your WiFi password could be stolen using only a screwdriver, a pin and a mobile phone

Yet another bad day for IoT Security

Submission + - Taming Superconductors With String Theory (quantamagazine.org)

An anonymous reader writes: String theory was devised as a way to unite the laws of quantum mechanics with those of gravity, with the goal of creating the vaunted “theory of everything.”

Subir Sachdev is taking the “everything” literally. He’s applying the mathematics of string theory to a major problem at the other end of physics — the behavior of a potentially revolutionary class of materials known as high-temperature superconductors.

Submission + - Data Breaches In 2015: Plenty Of Them, But Not Record-Breaking (csoonline.com)

itwbennett writes: 2015 fell just two short of tying 2014's record 783 data breaches, according to a report released by the Identity Theft Resource Center. The Anthem breach in February 2015, in which 78.8 million records were compromised was by far the biggest of the year. The Office of Personnel Management breaches in April and May together affected 25.7 million records.

Submission + - Backdoor Account Replaced By Another Backdoor In Vendor Stumble

itwbennett writes: AMX Harman, which makes a variety of audio-visual and building control equipment, replaced one serious security vulnerability with another, despite being warned of the dangers. In March 2015, Vienna based security company SEC Consult discovered a secret account in certain versions of an appliance for controlling audio-visual systems. In October, AMX provided a fix, but when SEC Consult analyzed the fix, they noticed the hidden account still existed and had simply been changed to a new username. The finding is worrying because AMX has a significant government business. One picture on the AMX website shows President Obama with top advisors with the tag line 'Room Automation.'

Submission + - GNU Emacs Now Has Native Support For GTK Widgets (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The GNU Emacs text editor now has merged the X Widgets branch. What this work allows is for embedding GTK+ user interface widgets within Emacs for features like landing MPlayer or a full web browser in Emacs. This allows now for more endless opportunities for the 40 year old GNU text editor. The X/GTK widgets support will come with GNU Emacs 25.1.

Submission + - Civil Construction Wipes Out Internet Connectivity Across Africa (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Submarine cable operator Seacom has announced that civil construction activity was the cause of widespread outages which left large parts of Africa without internet connectivity yesterday. According to the firm, its Northern Trans-Egypt cable was damaged between Cairo and Alexandria, and the Southern Trans-Egypt route was also disrupted outside of Cairo. Adding to the interruption, Seacom’s backup route, the West Africa Cable System (WACS), was also down at the same time, leaving most African countries without connectivity.

Submission + - ChakraCore: analysis of JavaScript-engine for Microsoft Edge

Andrey_Karpov writes: On the JSConf US conference in December 2015 the developers announced that they were planning to make open the source code of Chakra key components, a JavaScript-engine, operating in Microsoft Edge. Recently the ChackraCore source code became available under the MIT license in the corresponding repository on GitHub. In this article you will find interesting code fragments that were detected with the help of PVS-Studio code analyzer.

Submission + - SPAM: Debunking Myths: Why Small Businesses Don't Offer Free WiFi

Steven Scheck writes: Nowadays, WiFi is like a staple ingredient that most business owners prefer to add to their success recipe. However, there are also a few business owners that do not offer WiFi; all the big box merchants don’t do that either. This is quite ironical considering the fact that the consumers today walk around glued to smartphones and expect quick and easy access to the Internet wherever they go.
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