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+ - Samsung Prepares for the Smartwatch Era 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "According to a filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office, the Korean electronics giant Samsung has applied for the name Samsung Galaxy Gear . It falls under the 'wearable digital electronic device' category with the identification of 'the form of a wristwatch, wrist band or bangle capable of providing access to the internet and for sending and receiving phone calls, electronic mails and messages'. As for the operating system, there's a clear hint from the Galaxy tag that the smartwatch is likely to be running on Android."

+ - Civil disobedience against mass surveillance->

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nut (19435) writes "We're all aware of how much surveillance we are under on the internet thanks to Edward Snowden. Gehan Gunasekara, an associate commercial law professor at Auckland University in New Zealand, wants all to start sending suspicious looking but meaningless data across the internet to overload these automated surveillance systems. Essentially he is advocating a mass distributed Bayesian poisoning attack against our watchers. I'm curious, what do Slashdotters think of the practicality of this?"
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+ - Site sets out to overload the NSA's PRISM->

Submitted by skadacl
skadacl (199126) writes "In a bold move, there's a new website out there seeking to overload the National Security Agency's PRISM program... If only it can go viral can the site certainly accomplish this goal. So, do you dare? Visit http://www.summonthensa.com/ click the big red button, and you'll be searching Google for every single keyword the NSA is looking to track. How bold are you?"
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Comment: Re:Cool - I just poured a building (Score 1) 74

by brad3378 (#42647539) Attached to: Dutch Architect Plans 3D Printed Building

You have a very interesting website. I especially liked your innovative re-use of your old Styrofoam. I wish I had mod points to give you.

I had no idea it took so much wood to tackle a project like that. How much money did you need to spend on wood for that project? Will you be able to reuse the wood after it is removed from the concrete? Do you think a 3D printed home would save on material costs after you factor in the cost of the wood?

+ - Man Injects Penis With Olive Oil, Gets Penis Cancer->

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An anonymous reader writes ""His "coconut sized" genitalia was just the beginning.

A man was admitted to a Bangkok hospital after an unlicensed olive oil injection meant to enlarge his penis caused an infection so horrible his testicles swelled to the size of the medium size fruit, the Bangkok Post reports.""

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Data Storage

+ - Hard Disk capacity set to increase up to five times ->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "A technique that enables the nanopatterned layers that store data in hard disk drives to assemble themselves has been improved to better suit mass production, and could enable disks that store five times as much data as the largest available today.

Using self-assembly instead of machines that print or etch out features has long been considered a potential solution to a looming barrier to expanding the capacity of hard-disk designs. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have now worked out a solution to a problem that made self-assembly incompatible with existing factories."

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Power

+ - Old Electric-Car Batteries Put into Service for Home Energy Storage

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Josie Garthwaite writes that old electric car batteries degraded below acceptable performance levels for autos still have enough life to serve the grid for at least ten years with a prototype announced by GM and ABB lashing five Chevy Volt battery packs together in an array with a capacity of 10 kilowatt-hours — enough to provide electricity for three to five average houses for two hours. "In a car, you want immediate power, and you want a lot of it," says Alexandra Goodson. "We're discharging for two hours instead of immediately accelerating. It's not nearly as demanding on the system." Deployed on the grid, community energy storage devices could help utilities integrate highly variable renewables like solar and wind into the power supply, while absorbing spikes in demand from electric-car charging. "Wind, it's a nightmare for grid operators to manage," says Britta Gross, director of global energy systems and infrastructure commercialization for GM. "It's up, down, it doesn't blow for three days. It's very labor-intensive to manage." The batteries would allow for storage of power during inexpensive periods for use during expensive peak demand, or help make up for gaps in solar, wind or other renewable power generation. One final advantage of re-using electric car batteries is that the battery—the most expensive part of an electric car—remains an asset beyond its useful life in the vehicle. "If there is a market in stationary power for spent batteries, consumers could recognize this as an increased resale value at end of life, however small," says Kevin See."

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