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+ - Unique 3D Printed 2-String Violin May Revolutionize the Music Industry->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "This April, MONAD Studio will unleash 5 new musical instruments which have been 3D printed. They look unlike anything you have seen before, and when combined together will create a massive musical spectacle that could revolutionize the music industry. Created by Eric Goldemberg of FIU, the installment will be on display at the 3D Print Design Show in NY. There are already many musicians lining up to try out these new instruments."
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+ - New Chinese graphene smartphones boost battery life by 50%->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The first graphene phones have been unveiled today by two Chinese firms, Moxi and Galapad. The smartphones feature touch screens, batteries and thermal conduction, all of which incorporate the recently isolated ‘wonder’ material known for its extraordinary electrical conductivity, and strong chemical and mechanical properties. 30,000 graphene phones, which will use the Android system, were put on sale on Monday by Moxi and Galapad, in the Chongqing municipality in southwest China, for 2,499 yuan each. The graphene technology was developed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and is thought to make the touch screens more sensitive and prolong battery life by at least 50%."
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+ - Why we should stop hiding file-name extensions in the consumer-level OS->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "14 years after the Anna Kournikova virus took advantage of users’ ignorance about file-name extensions in order to wreak worldwide havoc, virus writers and hackers are still taking advantage of the tendency of popular consumer operating systems to hide file-name extensions: Windows users still need to activate extension visibility manually – even though email-transmitted viruses depend most on less savvy users who will never do this. Additionally applications on even the latest versions of Apple's OSX operating system still require the user to 'opt in' to including a file-name extension during an initial save. In looking at some of the eccentricities of the modern user experience, this article argues that it might be time to admit that users need to understand, embrace and responsibly use the only plain-text, obvious indicator of what a file actually is."
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+ - New Political Party Runs Entirely on your Feedback->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The DDP is inspired by Liquid Democracy aka Delegative Democracy, a form of highly-adaptive, self-organizing democratic republic. In the spirit of Liquid Democracy, they have opened up the entire Party Platform for development on their subreddit — http://www.reddit.com/r/direct....

They have already addressed dozens of the most common concerns regarding direct voting on their AMA."

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+ - Inside The North Korean Data Smuggling Movement->

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "A new Wired magazine story goes inside the North Korean rebel movement seeking to overthrow Kim Jong-un by smuggling USB drives into the country packed with foreign television and movies. As the story describes, one group has stashed USB drives in Chinese cargo trucks. Another has passed them over from tourist boats that meet with fishermen mid-river. Others arrange USB handoffs at the Chinese border in the middle of the night with walkie talkies, laser pointers, and bountiful bribes.

Even Kim assassination comedy The Interview, which the North Korean government allegedly hacked Sony to prevent from being released, has made it into the country: Chinese traders’ trucks carried 20 copies of the film across the border the day after Christmas, just two days after its online release."

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+ - Steam after death?

Submitted by kuzb
kuzb (724081) writes "I'm a gamer. I probably will be until the day it's not possible anymore. Like many others, I've got heavy investment in my steam library which now encompasses hundreds of titles and represents thousands of dollars. As a gamer, the games I've acquired are as important to me as any other item which might have sentimental value to someone else.

It got me thinking, what happens to all this media when I die? What happens with other services where I have media? Is it legal for me to will this content to someone else, or do all the rights to such content just vanish?"

+ - Apple Pay security scam nets fraudsters millions of dollars->

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson (3799011) writes "The big names in tech are falling over themselves to get new payment systems out of the door at the moment. At MWC, Sundar Pichai confirmed Android Pay is on its way, and we've also learned about Samsung Pay from the Barcelona event. The convenience of paying with a smartphone is undeniable, but there are unavoidable security concerns.

Having been adopted by millions of Americans — and with plans to expand into Europe and beyond — Apple Pay is serving to highlight important security problems. Lax verification systems used by banks coupled with criminals exploiting stolen credit cards and IDs mean Apple Pay is used to make millions of dollars worth of fraudulent purchases. So how does it work?"

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Comment: Re:Kinda stupid since (Score 1) 531

by azav (#49165205) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

You still have not identified what a soul is. You are saying that souls are distressed people and that they are to be "saved". Nowhere have I seen that a soul == a distressed person.

What about all the other godless people who are not distressed? Are they not souls? Are they not required to be "saved" (whatever that means).

Honestly, your defiition of what constitutes a soul seems to be "only sad people", which seems very arbitrary and strange.

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