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Submission + - China Reveal Broadband Active Stealthy Material (popsci.com)

hackingbear writes: Even after billions and billions of dollars spent on the stealthy skin used on F-22, F-35 and B-2, the material has weaknesses, and one of those is ultra-high-frequency (UHF) radar, which can pick up traces of the plane that other radar misses. Chinese research came to rescue and created a material just 5/16 of an inch thick that can safeguard stealth planes against UHF detection. The material tunes itself to a range of detection frequencies, protecting against a large swath of radar scans. What's even more amazing? They published this seemingly top secret invention wide open in the Journal of Applied Physics . Thank you China for the openness and generous. This saves us from stealing your technology when we stop innovating, and we just need to copy it, or import it, when designing weapons primarily against you.

Submission + - What's out there for poor vision? 1

hackwrench writes: I like to read on my computer, but when I resize text to be comfortably big, web pages and browsers handle it badly, and some applications don't offer an option to enlarge. Some applications even are bigger than the screen, which Windows doesn't handle well. Lastly, applications consist of bright backgrounds which feels like staring into a headlight. Windows' built in options like magnifier are awkward. What tools are there for Windows to increase text size, make things fit inside the screen, and substitute colors that windows use?

Submission + - Busybox Deletes systemd Support

ewhac writes: On 22 October, in a very terse commit message, Busybox removed its support for the controversial 'systemd' system management framework. The commit was made by Denys Vlasenko, and passed unremarked on the Busybox mailing lists. Judging from the diffs, system log integration is the most obvious consequence of the change.

Submission + - Piracy Is Having a Bad Week: PopcornTime, YIFY, and KickassTorrents Are All Down (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: So basically the article says that during the last week, Popcorn Time has shut down, Kickass Torrents has been flagged for malware in Chrome and Firefox after a recent malvertising campaign, and the YIFY movie release group has been under a possible DDoS, or may have completely gone dark.

Submission + - Square Enix to Concentrate On Remaking Their Back Catalog

An anonymous reader writes: You may remember that at E3, the major announcement from Square Enix and Sony wasn't a new game, but rather that Square Enix would be remaking Final Fantasy VII in HD and releasing it for PS4 first. Square Enix's recent annual report indicates that they intend to make more HD remakes of old titles. Like many Japanese developers, they indicate in the report that they also intend to focus more on mobile platforms, including porting more of their back catalog to mobile devices. With the impending release of Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix knows a thing or two about rehashing old content, but Square Enix also owns the Dragon Quest, Deus Ex, and Tomb Raider series, giving them a fairly large library to give the HD treatment to.

Submission + - Secret code in color printers enables government tracking (net-security.org)

LichtSpektren writes: From Help Net Security: "The U.S. Secret Service admitted that the tracking information is part of a deal struck with selected color laser printer manufacturers, ostensibly to identify counterfeiters. However, the nature of the private information encoded in each document was not previously known... Xerox previously admitted that it provided these tracking dots to the government, but indicated that only the Secret Service had the ability to read the code. The Secret Service maintains that it only uses the information for criminal counterfeit investigations. However, there are no laws to prevent the government from abusing this information."

Submission + - Maybe You Don't Need 8 Hours of Sleep After All (theatlantic.com)

schwit1 writes: You've heard of the Paleo diet, but the next big thing in health may well be the Paleo sleep schedule. A UCLA researcher studied three hunter-gatherer and hunter-farmer groups-the Hadza in Tanzania, San in Namibia, and Tsimane in Bolivia, "who live roughly the same lifestyle humans did in the Paleolithic," as NPR reports-and determined our ancient ancestors may not have slept nearly as much we thought, and may have actually slept less than modern Westerners. "People like to complain that modern life is ruining sleep, but they're just saying: Kids today!" Jerome Siegel tells the Atlantic . "It's a perennial complaint but you need data to know if it's true." Siegel found that members of the three aforementioned groups sleep between 5.7 hours and 7.1 hours per night. That's less than is recommended for our health, yet the groups seemed very healthy indeed.

Submission + - Did you avoid update KB3035583? Too bad; Microsoft still installing Windows 10 (softpedia.com) 1

LichtSpektren writes: Those who wished to avoid Windows 10, and/or were annoyed by the "Get Windows 10" (GWX) advertisement that popped up on Windows 7 & 8.1 machines, were told to remove update KB3035583. This removed the GWX center. However, a more recent update for 7 & 8.1 (the culprit appears to be KB2952664, which my machine received on October 7) appears to have restored it anyway, and worse, is now downloading and installing Windows 10 without permission. This appears to happen even if "Install updates automatically" is turned off, so some users who are away from their machine for more than a day may return to find Windows 10 installed.

Submission + - Japan's biggest messaging app implements zero-knowledge across entire platform (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: LINE, the messaging social network with 200 million users across Japan and Asia, has begun to implement the same zero-knowledge, device-based encryption that has drawn so much attention from government authorities since Apple's iOS 8 mobile operating system brought the trend into the mainstream in 2014. The LINE Corporation states in an announcement that 'letter-sealing' — effectively making it impossible for the company to access its users' encrypted data even under duress — will be implemented first for one-to-one chats and location sharing, but eventually will cover all communications across all LINE devices and platforms.

Submission + - Microsoft is downloading Windows 10 without asking (theinquirer.net)

christhedj writes: Microsoft, having learned nothing from Apple and the U2 album have started downloading Windows 10 as part of Patch Tuesday for Windows 7 and 8 users. For people on a 32GB flash drive tablet, that's a big chunk of space taken up with something that they didn't ask for. Microsoft admits to doing this, but users are not happy. Way to look needy, Microsoft.

Submission + - Stop Universities From Hoarding Money 1

HughPickens.com writes: Victor Fleischer writes in the NYT that university endowments are exempt from corporate income tax because universities support the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. But instead of holding down tuition or expanding faculty research, endowments are hoarding money. Last year, Yale paid about $480 million to private equity fund managers for managing about $8 billion, one-third of Yale’s endowment. In contrast, of the $1 billion the endowment contributed to the university’s operating budget, only $170 million was earmarked for tuition assistance, fellowships and prizes. Private equity fund managers also received more than students at Harvard, the University of Texas, Stanford and Princeton.

Fleischer, a professor of law at the University of San Diego, says that as part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act expected later this year, Congress should require universities with endowments in excess of $100 million to spend at least 8 percent of the endowment each year. Universities could avoid this rule by shrinking assets to $99 million, but only by spending the endowment on educational purposes, which is exactly the goal. According to a study by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity a minimum payout of 5 percent per annum, would be is similar to the legal requirement for private and public foundations. "The sky-high tuition increases would stop, and maybe even reverse themselves. Faculty members would benefit from greater research support. University libraries, museums, hospitals and laboratories would have better facilities," concludes Fleischer. "We’ve lost sight of the idea that students, not fund managers, should be the primary beneficiaries of a university’s endowment."

Submission + - The Connoisseur of Number Sequences (quantamagazine.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Neil Sloane is considered by some to be one of the most influential mathematicians of our time.

That’s not because of any particular theorem the 75-year-old Welsh native has proved, though over the course of a more than 40-year research career at Bell Labs (later AT&T Labs) he won numerous awards for papers in the fields of combinatorics, coding theory, optics and statistics. Rather, it’s because of the creation for which he’s most famous: the Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences (OEIS), often simply called “Sloane” by its users.

This giant repository, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year, contains more than a quarter of a million different sequences of numbers that arise in different mathematical contexts, such as the prime numbers (2, 3, 5, 7, 11 ) or the Fibonacci sequence (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 ). What’s the greatest number of cake slices that can be made with n cuts? Look up sequence A000125 in the OEIS. How many chess positions can be created in n moves? That’s sequence A048987. The number of ways to arrange n circles in a plane, with only two crossing at any given point, is A250001. That sequence just joined the collection a few months ago. So far, only its first four terms are known; if you can figure out the fifth, Sloane will want to hear from you.

Submission + - Reddit Cannot Function Without Victoria (ycombinator.com)

kraksmoka writes: There will be no Waffles today after news aggregator Reddit has ground to a halt in the wake of their firing of popular staffer Victoria Taylor. Many core subreddits have set themselves private in response to the personnel move, cutting off most users from seeing anything on the site. Victoria managed communications and particularly /r/IAMA the popular Ask Me Anything subreddit where celebrities and notables hold realtime question and answer sessions. Reddit Executive Chairman Alexis O'hanian in addition to being the nicest (and coolest) tech entrepreneur on the web has already begun damage control. Ultimately, Kn0thing is probably right, Reddit will outlast Victoria. However, the reddit team will have a lot of work restoring the trust between itself and several key moderators this holiday weekend, and lot only knows what else, before all is restored to status quo antebellum.

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