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Submission + - French woman gets €800/month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'->

An anonymous reader writes: If you were dismayed to hear Tuesday's news that a school is being sued over Wi-Fi sickness, you might be even more disappointed in the French court system. A court based in Toulouse has awarded a disability claim of €800 (~$898) per month for three years over a 39-year-old woman's "hypersensitivity to electromagnetic waves." Robin Des Toits, an organization that campaigns for "sufferers" of this malady, was pleased: "We can no longer say that it is a psychiatric illness." (Actually, we sure can.) The woman has been living in a remote part of France's south-west mountains with no electricity around. She claims to be affected by common gadgets like cellphones.
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Submission + - WordPress Hacks Behind Surging Neutrino EK Traffic->

msm1267 writes: More than 2,000 websites running WordPress have been compromised and are responsible for a surge this week in traffic from the Neutrino Exploit Kit.

Attacks against sites running older versions of the content management system, 4.2 and earlier, were spotted by Zscaler. Those sites are backdoored and redirect a victim’s browser through iframes to a landing page hosting the exploit kit where a Flash exploit awaits. The exploits generally target Internet Explorer, Zscaler said, and victims’ computers are eventually infected with CryptoWall 3.0 ransomware.

This analysis is in line with a similar report from the SANS Institute, which pointed the finger at a particular cybercrime group that had steered away from using the prolific Angler Exploit Kit and moved operations to Neutrino.

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Submission + - Google ordered to remove links to stories about Google removing links to stories->

vivaoporto writes: Ars Technica UK reports that the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has ordered Google to remove links from its search results that point to news stories reporting on earlier removals of links from its search results. The nine further results that must be removed point to Web pages with details about the links relating to a criminal offence that were removed by Google following a request from the individual concerned.

The Web pages involved in the latest ICO order repeated details of the original criminal offence, which were then included in the results displayed when searching for the complainant’s name on Google. Toe company has 35 days to comply with the enforcement notice. If it does not, it faces financial sanctions, which can be significant.

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Submission + - First, Middle, Last - Why Not Full Name?->

codel10n writes: In every application, that store user data, you have "name" field. It's often divided into first and last name. Such architecture helps with sorting (using last name) and it's convenient for programmers (we LOVE tables, don't we?). I'll try to answer question: is first/last name good global design choice? What would be user experience all over the world? Do everybody have last name?
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Submission + - HTV-5 on its way to the ISS->

nojayuk writes: There's another launcher delivering cargo to the ISS apart from US and Russian vehicles, and it's Japanese. The fifth Koutonori (White Stork) cargo vehicle was successfully launched today at from pad 2 of the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Tanegashima south of Tokyo at 11:50:49 UTC, carrying over 5 tonnes of food, spare parts and scientific equipment to the ISS in a pressurised cabin and an external racking system. This is the fifth successful launch in a row for the Japanese H2B launcher. The Koutonoris have carried over 20 tonnes of cargo in total to the ISS, more than double the amount of SpaceX's six successful CRS resupply flights.
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Submission + - Hillary Clinton's Email Server Was Kept In Bathroon Closet->

An anonymous reader writes: The decision to use a private email server for official duties by former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has proven to be controversial one, and the controversy continues to grow. It has been revealed that Secretary Clinton's email server was provided by a "mom and pop" operation in Denver Colorado with ties to the Democratic party. Clinton's email server was kept in an old bathroom closet converted into a "server room." One former employee was amazed at the revelation that Clinton was a customer given their lack of resources and limited security — they didn't even have an alarm. Another employee thought company facilities were hardly the place to house state secrets. And state secrets is indeed what it held as the number of emails identified to contain classified information has now climbed to more than 300, including two identified as Top Secret/Secret Compartmented Information. The company that hosted Clinton's emails, Platte River Networks, says it is highly likely that a full backup of the server was made which means it is possible that classified emails could still be in their hands. The company says it is cooperating with the FBI. The FBI appears confident it can recover some of the material from the hard drive of Clinton's server, which had been "wiped," and is attempting to determine if Russia or China gained access to it.
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Submission + - DARPA wants low-power chips that handle high-impact applications->

coondoggie writes: DARPA this week announced a new program called Circuit Realization At Faster Timescales (CRAFT) that looks to radically alter and shorten the design cycle for custom integrated circuits by a factor of 10. It takes on the order of 2.5 years to design and fabricate a custom integrated circuit design for DoD. DARPA wants to see the CRAFT program get that development down to the neighborhood of 30 weeks.
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Submission + - Spam Makes Up Less Than Half of All Emails Now

An anonymous reader writes: According to Symantec’s latest Intelligence Report, Spam has fallen to less than 50% of all email in June – a number we haven’t seen in over a decade. Of all emails received by Symantec clients in June, junk emails only accounts for 49.7% down from 52.1% in April which shows a huge drop. Year over year, Spam has decreased as well due to internet providers doing a better job at filtering and shutting down spam bots.

Submission + - Renderman Gets Blender Integration

jones_supa writes: Now that Renderman has been available for free for non-commercial use for a while, there has been many requests for integration with Blender. An initiative spearheaded by Pixar now presents the first Blender to Renderman plugin. With the release of PRMan 20, a small group of developers headed by Brian Savery of Pixar have been working on support for using Renderman and Blender together. The plugin is still in early alpha but has had many great developments in the last few weeks. The source code is available in GitHub.

Submission + - Nuclear power losing steam after Fukushima->

The Real Dr John writes: Japan has been without nuclear power for a full calendar year for the first time since the first commercial nuclear power plant started up in the country 50 years ago. New reactor construction around the world is down, and most plants under construction have been delayed, often by years. Renewable energy including wind and solar have surpassed nuclear generation in many developed countries without posing the threat of radioactive disasters. Nuclear power looks like it will be around for decades to come, but its time is over.
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Submission + - Robots appear to raise productivity without causing total work hours to decline->

Hallie Siegel writes: We often read about the economic impact of robots on employment, usually accompanied with the assertion that "robots steal jobs". But to date there has precious little economic analysis of the actual effects that robots are already having on employment and productivity. Georg Graetz (Professor of Economics at Uppsala University) and Guy Michaels (Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics) undertook a study of how robots impacted productivity and employment between 1993 and 2007, and found that "industrial robots increase labour productivity, total factor productivity and wages." And while there is some evidence that they reduced the employment of low skilled workers, and, to a lesser extent, middle skilled workers, industrial robots had no significant effect on total hours worked.

This is important because it seems to contradict many of the pessimistic assertions that are presently being made about the impact of robots on jobs.

What I am especially curious about is post 2007 data, however, because it's just in the past few years that we have seen a major shift in industrial robotics to incorporate collaborative robots, or co-robots. ie. Robots specifically designed to work alongside humans, as tools for augmenting human performance. One might reasonably suspect that some of the negative impact of industrial robotics on low and middle skilled workers pre 2007 could be offset by the more recent and increasing use of co-bots, which are not designed to replace humans, but instead to make them more efficient.

I sincerely hope that Graetz and Michaels continue in their line of research to look at the more recent phenomenon of collaborative robotics. The field is moving so quickly now, and technologically speaking, eight years is a long time. Yet with so much speculation out there about the impact of robots on employment, it's critical that we acquire more empirical data so that correct taxation, education and social policies can be developed.

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Submission + - Most Americans Don't Trust Telemedicine

cameronag writes: According to a nationwide survey of 504 U.S. adults, only 35% of people would choose to see a doctor via telemedicine. Additionally, 75% of respondents said they would trust a diagnosis made over video less than an in-person one, or not at all. This comes as stores such as Rite Aid are beginning in-store trials of telemedicine kiosks.

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