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Transportation

TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords 45

Posted by samzenpus
from the return-you-rifle-to-a-upright-and-locked-position dept.
An anonymous reader writes The TSA has gathered an impressive pile of confiscated weapons this year. In early November the agency had already discovered 1,855 firearms at checkpoints. In addition to guns, they've also collected machetes, hatchets, swords, giant scissors, brass knuckles, cannonballs, bear repellent and, this past October, an unloaded cannon. "Maybe someone has a lucky inert grenade they brought back from some war, or a nice cane was given to them and they forgot that the thing is actually a sword," said Jeff Price, author of Practical Aviation Security, "It's the people that are carrying stuff like chainsaws that make me wonder."
Security

South Korean Power Plants To Conduct Cyber-Attack Drills Following Hack 23

Posted by samzenpus
from the protect-ya-neck dept.
An anonymous reader writes South Korea's nuclear operator has been targeted in a cyber-attack, with hackers threatening people to 'stay away' from three of the country's nuclear reactors should they not cease operations by Christmas. The stolen data is thought to be non-critical information, and both the company and state officials have assured that the reactors are safe. However, KHNP has said that it will be conducting a series of security drills over the next two days at four power plants to ensure they can all withstand a cyber-attack. The hacks come amid accusations by the U.S. that North Korea may be responsible for the punishing hack on Sony Pictures. Concerns have mounted that Pyongyang may initiate cyber strikes against industrial and social targets in the U.S. and South Korea.
Education

Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline 109

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-can-you-have-any-pudding-if-you-don't-eat-your-meat? dept.
An anonymous reader points out this story at The Atlantic about new research and approaches in the science of discipline. "At the end of a gravel road in the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota, a group of camp counselors have gathered to hear psychotherapist Tina Bryson speak about neuroscience, mentorship, and camping. She is in Minnesota by invitation of the camp. Chippewa is at the front of a movement to bring brain science to bear on the camping industry; she keynoted this past year's American Camping Association annual conference. As Bryson speaks to the counselors gathered for training, she emphasizes one core message: At the heart of effective discipline is curiosity—curiosity on the part of the counselors to genuinely understand and respect what the campers are experiencing while away from home....She is part of a progressive new group of scientists, doctors, and psychologists whose goal is ambitious, if not outright audacious: They want to redefine "discipline" in order to change our culture. They want to rewrite—or perhaps more precisely said, rewire—how we interact with kids, and they want us to understand that our decisions about parenting affect not only our children's minds, but ours as well. So, we're going to need to toss out our old discipline mainstays. Say goodbye to timeouts. So long spanking and other ritualized whacks. And cry-it-out sleep routines? Mercifully, they too can be a thing of the past. And yet, we can still help our children mature and grow. In fact, people like Bryson think we'll do it better. If we are going to take seriously what science tells us about how we form relationships and how our mind develops, we will need to construct new strategies for parenting, and when we do, says this new group of researchers, we just may change the world."
Power

Texas Instruments Builds New Energy Technology For the Internet of Things 39

Posted by samzenpus
from the power-up dept.
dcblogs writes Texas Instruments says it has developed electronics capable of taking small amounts of power generated by harvested sources and turning them into a useful power source. TI has built an efficient 'ultra-low powered' DC-to-DC switching converter that can boost 300 to 400 millivolts power to 3 to 5 volts. To power wearables, the company says it has demonstrated drawing energy from the human body by using harvesters the size of wristwatch straps. It has worked with vibration collectors, for instance, about the same size as a key. It is offering this technology as a means to power sensors in Internet of Things applications, as well as to augment battery power supplies in wearables.

Comment: Re:OK Google? (Score 1) 29

by squiggleslash (#48651785) Attached to: Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

Basically the idea is you walk up to your Chromebook, and without touching anything you say "OK Google what are my appointments today?"

The Chromebook will then say "About 15,700,000 results (0.39 seconds) "Ok Google" and voice search - Search Help - Google Help support.google.com â ... â How to use the app Google For example, say "Ok Google" do I need an umbrella tomorrow" to see if ... Note: You need to have Google Now turned on for some of these examples to ... Create a Google Calendar event: "Create a calendar event for dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7 PM." See your upcoming bills: "My bills" or "My Comcast bills 2013. Google now https://www.google.com/landing... Google Google Now brings you the information you want, when you need it. Ok Google now, what's my next appointment no longer working ... forums.androidcentral.com â Motorola Android Phones â Moto X (2013) Aug 26, 2014 - 9 posts - âZ3 authors Anyone else having trouble with "Okay Google Now, what's my next appointment?" It stopped working for me about a week ago. It was one of ... Google Now - Show me appointments for this week and ... 25 posts Oct 13, 2013 Assist - Meetings not working? - Android Forums at ... 21 posts Aug 21, 2013 More results from forums.androidcentral.com How to get the best out of Google Now - Digital Trends www.digitaltrends.com â Mobile Jul 28, 2014 - If you'd like to know how to properly set up Google Now and learn about ... If you have a Nexus 5 or you install the Google Now Launcher then you can simply say âoeOk Googleâ on your home ... When is my next appointment? [Q] Why is Google Now not telling me "w⦠| Samsung Galaxy S III ... forum.xda-developers.com/.../google-telling-whats-appointment-t18880... Sep 15, 2012 - 10 posts - âZ7 authors I have been trying to get Google Now to tell me what my next appointment is but all it ever seems to do is web search and not actually look at ... 6 Tips For Getting Started With Google Now - Gizmodo gizmodo.com/6-tips-for-getting-started-with-google-now-1634... Gizmodo Sep 20, 2014 - Here are seven simple steps you can take to turn Google Now into your personal ... to remind you that you're about to be late for an appointment. ... Voice allows you to turn your tablet into a hands-free device: with OK Google Detection, you ... Commands like "Show me all of my photos from Kalamazoo" or ... The Ultimate Guide to Using Google Now as Your Personal ... nexus5.wonderhowto.com/.../ultimate-guide-using-google-now-as-your-... Dec 6, 2013 - Google Now is more expansive and feature rich than ever before, and it's built ... Next Appointment - Info for nearing Google Calender Events. ..... off my HTC One, the first thing I do is unlock my device and say, "OK Google". Google Now tip: say "Show me my calendar" : Android - Reddit www.reddit.com/r/.../google_now_tip_say_show_me_my_calendar... reddit Nov 25, 2013 - I got a card displaying a lot of my upcoming events and it read off the date, time, ... "ok google, show me a list of everything i can tell you to do.". Google Now nearly on your computer with Google's voice ... https://gigaom.com/.../google-...... Nov 27, 2013 - In Android 4.4, you can speak the âoeOK Googleâ hotword and perform a ... I was also able to get Google to recite my next scheduled appointment, ... Why it's time for Google to fix Google Now â" Tech News ... https://gigaom.com/2014/03/......... Mar 29, 2014 - (I told Google Now about my actual place of work many moons ago, .... Thus, when I book an appointment outside of work, I would expect Google Now to .... constant false positives GN gives when it thinks ive said âoeok google.â.:

And afer showing you an ad for OK Google it will then let you go to the next page of links.

Government

Tor Warns of Possible Disruption of Network Through Server Seizures 16

Posted by samzenpus
from the here-it-comes dept.
itwbennett writes "Without naming the group responsible, the Tor project warned that it could face attempts to incapacitate its network in the next few days through the seizure of specialized servers called directory authorities. These servers guide Tor users on the list of distributed relays on the network that bounce communications around. 'We are taking steps now to ensure the safety of our users, and our system is already built to be redundant so that users maintain anonymity even if the network is attacked. Tor remains safe to use,' wrote 'arma' in a post Friday on the Tor project blog. The 'arma' developer handle is generally associated with project leader Roger Dingledine. There were no reports of a seizure by late Sunday. The project promised to update the blog and its Twitter account with new information."

Comment: Re:false summary is false (Score 2) 29

by squiggleslash (#48651761) Attached to: Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App

I've read your reponse three times and it looks like you're responding to an entirely different claim:

Their claim: Chromebooks out-sold iPads.

Your apparent rebuttle: Apple's combined laptops and tablets outsold laptops and tablets running Google platforms in one sector, education, according to an Apple advocacy site.

Their claim may be easy to knock down, I don't know: it's unsourced, and it certainly sounds a little odd (the iPad is a remarkably popular platform, for it to be beaten by something most people seem to have never heard of seems strange and is either wrong, or we've severely underestimated the Chromebook's widespread appeal), but you don't appear to address it in any way whatsoever, and the argument you do make lacks a credible source.

+ - Hot Springs at Yellowstone changed their color due to tourist activity

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers say that the different colors of the hot springs in Yellowstone National Park are caused by human contamination. From the article: "Researchers at Montana State University and Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences in Germany have created a simple mathematical model based on optical measurements that explains the stunning colors of Yellowstone National Park's hot springs and can visually recreate how they appeared years ago, before decades of tourists contaminated the pools with make-a-wish coins and other detritus. f Yellowstone National Park is a geothermal wonderland, Grand Prismatic Spring and its neighbors are the ebullient envoys, steaming in front of the camera and gracing the Internet with their ethereal beauty. While the basic physical phenomena that render these colorful delights have long been scientifically understood—they arise because of a complicated interplay of underwater vents and lawns of bacteria—no mathematical model existed that showed empirically how the physical and chemical variables of a pool relate to their optical factors and coalesce in the unique, stunning fashion that they do.""
Crime

GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals 156

Posted by samzenpus
from the where-are-they-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes The Telegraph reports, "GCHQ has lost track of some of the most dangerous crime lords and has had to abort surveillance on others after Edward Snowden revealed their tactics ... The spy agency has suffered "significant" damage in its ability to monitor and capture serious organized criminals following the exposes by the former CIA contractor. Intelligence officers are now blind to more than a quarter of the activities of the UK's most harmful crime gangs after they changed their communications methods in the wake of the Snowden leaks. One major drug smuggling gang has been able to continue flooding the UK with Class A narcotics unimpeded for the last year after changing their operations. More intense tracking of others has either been abandoned or not started because of fears the tactics are now too easy to spot and will force the criminals to "go dark" and be lost sight of completely."

+ - Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At the end of a gravel road in the Chippewa National Forest of northern Minnesota, a group of camp counselors have gathered to hear psychotherapist Tina Bryson speak about neuroscience, mentorship, and camping. She is in Minnesota by invitation of the camp. Chippewa is at the front of a movement to bring brain science to bear on the camping industry; she keynoted this past year’s American Camping Association annual conference. As Bryson speaks to the counselors gathered for training, she emphasizes one core message: At the heart of effective discipline is curiosity—curiosity on the part of the counselors to genuinely understand and respect what the campers are experiencing while away from home....She is part of a progressive new group of scientists, doctors, and psychologists whose goal is ambitious, if not outright audacious: They want to redefine "discipline" in order to change our culture. They want to rewrite—or perhaps more precisely said, rewire—how we interact with kids, and they want us to understand that our decisions about parenting affect not only our children’s minds, but ours as well. So, we’re going to need to toss out our old discipline mainstays. Say goodbye to timeouts. So long spanking and other ritualized whacks. And cry-it-out sleep routines? Mercifully, they too can be a thing of the past. And yet, we can still help our children mature and grow. In fact, people like Bryson think we’ll do it better. If we are going to take seriously what science tells us about how we form relationships and how our mind develops, we will need to construct new strategies for parenting, and when we do, says this new group of researchers, we just may change the world."

+ - Amazon "Suppresses" book with too many hyphens

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Author Graeme Reynolds found his novel withdrawn from Amazon because of excessive use of hyphens. He received an email from Amazon about his werewolf novel, High Moor 2: Moonstruck, because a reader had complained that there were too many hyphens. “When they ran an automated spell check against the manuscript they found that over 100 words in the 90,000-word novel contained that dreaded little line,” he says. “This, apparently ‘significantly impacts the readability of your book’ and, as a result, ‘We have suppressed the book because of the combined impact to customers.’”"
Intel

Chromebook Gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration App 29

Posted by samzenpus
from the try-it-out dept.
An anonymous reader points out that Chromebook users just got a couple of early gifts. "Chromebooks have had a good run thus far in their history, and most recently they've had a stellar year of sales – famously beating out Apple's iPad. However, Google is not stopping there, as the company has decided to include and integrate 'OK Google' into their Chromebook tablets. As it turns out, the feature was possible all along with the code that had been included in the operating system, but was hidden well from users' direct line of sight. Intel has also shown a lot of support for Chromebooks, and the company has now released the Easy Migration app that will fittingly migrate data between Windows devices, iOS devices, and Android devices. The only catch is that users will have to be running a Chromebook that hosts an Intel processor. Intel has provided a website to check if your device is compatible, but it will surely be a significant hit for the Chromebook."

+ - TSA has record-breaking haul in 2014: Guns, cannons, and swords

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The TSA has gathered an impressive pile of confiscated weapons this year. In early November the agency had already discovered 1,855 firearms at checkpoints. In addition to guns, they've also collected machetes, hatchets, swords, giant scissors, brass knuckles, cannonballs, bear repellant and, this past October, an unloaded cannon. “Maybe someone has a lucky inert grenade they brought back from some war, or a nice cane was given to them and they forgot that the thing is actually a sword,” said Jeff Price, author of Practical Aviation Security, “It’s the people that are carrying stuff like chainsaws that make me wonder.”"

+ - Chromebook gets "OK Google" and Intel's Easy Migration app

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Chromebook’s have had a good run thus far in the history, and most-recently they’ve had a stellar year of sales – famously beating out Apple’s iPad. However, Google is not stopping there, as the company has decided to include and integrate ‘OK Google’ into their Chromebook tablets. As it turns out, the feature was possible all along with the code that had been included in the operating system, but was hidden well from user’s direct line of sight. Intel has also shown a lot of support for Chromebooks, and the company has now released the Easy Migration app that will fittingly migrate data between Windows devices, iOS devices, and Android devices. The only catch is that users will have to be running a Chromebook that hosts an Intel processor. Intel has provided a website to check if your device is compatible, but it will surely be a significant hit for the Chromebook.."
Transportation

Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport 80

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-many-fluid-ounces-is-that? dept.
jones_supa writes "According to a report published in this Sunday's edition of the mass-circulation Bild am Sonntag newspaper, investigators sent by the European Commission found it surprisingly easy to smuggle banned items past security at Frankfurt Airport. It said undercover investigators posing as passengers were able to smuggle weapons or other dangerous items through security every second time they tried to do so. One of the biggest problems was improperly trained staff, who were often not able to recognize dangerous items when viewing the screens they use to look at x-ray images of baggage. The staff is sourced via a privately owned service provider. Germany's Federal Police said they introduced new measures immediately after learning of the security deficits to ensure that passenger safety was guaranteed. Fraport AG, the company that operates the Germany's biggest airport, also took the findings seriously and begun an operation to retrain a total of 2,500 workers."

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