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Shark

Scientists Look For Patterns In North Carolina Shark Attacks 92

HughPickens.com writes: The Washington Post reports that there have been seven recent shark attacks in North Carolina. Scientists are looking for what might be luring the usually shy sharks so close to shore and among the swimmers they usually avoid. It's an unusual number of attacks for a state that recorded 25 attacks between 2005 and 2014. Even with the recent incidents, researchers emphasize that sharks are a very low-level threat to humans, compared with other forms of wildlife. Bees, for example, are much more dangerous. And swimming itself is hazardous even without sharks around.

George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida's Florida Museum of Natural History, speculates that several environmental factors could be pushing sharks to congregate in the Outer Banks. It is a warm year, and the water has a higher level of salinity because of a low-level drought in the area. Also, a common species of forage fish — menhaden — has been abundant this year and might have attracted more sharks to the area. Burgess also says some fishermen put bait in the water near piers, which could lure the predators closer to shore; two of the encounters took place within 100 yards of a pier. "That's a formula for shark attacks," Burgess says of these conditions, taken together. "Now, does that explain seven attacks in three weeks? No, it doesn't."

Comment Re:Finally! An interesting question. (Score 1) 153

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Businesses

Submission + - An open alternative to Kickstarter->

angry tapir writes: "Crowd-funding website Crowdtilt officially launched last week, expanding upon the collective fundraising model pioneered by Kickstarter to enable raising money for any project — even a beer blitz. Like Kickstarter, Crowdtilt allows users to create a fundraising campaign with a tipping point. If the effort falls short of the set amount, would-be donors are not charged. However, unlike Kickstarter, the platform allows users to "group fund anything." Users can initiate campaigns without first getting the approval of service administrators, which they must do on Kickstarter."
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Submission + - Making a tablet run only one application. 2

An anonymous reader writes: I'm working for a medical centre who want to make a tablet with various videos and webpages about smoking cessation available in their waiting room. The tablet can't access the internet because of security policies. I'm planning to use a local server with copies of the (creative commons) videos and pages accessed through local webpages using the tablet's browser. How can I make only the browser be available to the tablet users? Ideas? Suggestions?

Submission + - Researchers Discover Serious Flaw in Android's App->

Pierre Bezukhov writes: Researchers led by North Carolina State associate professor Xuxian Jiang have discovered a serious flaw in the Android OS's approach to app security.

They found that some pre-loaded apps and features from Android device manufacturers could be exploited by hackers.

Jiang's study characterize the vulnerability as a "classic confused deputy attack," in which one app (virus) tricks another (legitimate) app or feature into leaking information or capabilities it has permission to access.

The breach of some of these permissions could allow hackers to "wipe out the user data on the phones, send out SMS messages (e.g., to premium numbers), record user conversation, or obtain user geo-locations," the study stated.

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Microsoft

Submission + - LoveFilm Switches to Silverlight only->

FyRE666 writes: I've just received an email telling me my LoveFilm streaming service is switching to Silverlight only in the next few weeks. (LoveFilm is the Equivalent of Netflix in the US.) This means no more streaming on Linux, or any device that is not compatible with Silverlight. LoveFilm claims they require the extra security that Silverlight offers, over the current Flash system that works everywhere, oh, and that the movie studios demanded it. It'll be interesting to see how popular this change is, especially since Silverlight is even less stable than Flash on my PCs, and uses more CPU. So it's goodbye to LoveFilm from me!
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Robotics

Submission + - Romotive Turns Your Smartphone Into A Robot->

kkleiner writes: "How awesome is Romo the Smartphone Robot? Without knowing anything about it, you simply have to look at the robot’s Kickstarter page. The pledge goal was $32,000. The robot has raised $114,796.
I’d say these guys are on to something. They’ve built a robotics platform that uses a smartphone for a brain to control a mobile, two-track base. Just attach your smartphone to the base, plug a cord into the earphone jack, download the apps, and using another smartphone, iPad, or computer to control it – you’ve got a robot!"

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Microsoft

Submission + - Is Microsoft Office coming to Apple's iPad?->

PolygamousRanchKid writes: According to some unnamed sources of the Daily writer Matt Hickey, Microsoft is prepping iPad-versions of its Office suite of software. "With the iPad making up over 80 percent of the tablet market and millions of people worldwide using Office, that could mean big bucks for the tech giant based in Redmond, Wash.," Hickey wrote in his report. "In addition to an iPad-ready version, a new edition of Office is expected for OS X Lion sometime next year." Currently, Apple has a few Office-like productivity apps of its own, with its iWork suite (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) on the Mac, iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad. If Microsoft were to challenge iWork on the iPad (and maybe even iPhone) with Office, apps for Word, Excel and PowerPoint could go head-to-head with Apple's own productivity apps.
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Youtube

Submission + - My Videos On The Internet->

melkitcedek writes: "YouTube is trying a new formula in order to attract potential new payable videos. To do so, there is a new process called; MONETISE YOUR VIVDEOS. This is new but the catch is; IF YOU APPLY YOUR VIDEOS TO MONETISE AND THE VIDEO IS REJECTED FOR SUCH, YOU MAY LOOSE YOUR VIDEO IN THE PROCESS FOR COPYRIGHT REASON.

IN MY VIEW, IT IS HYPOCRITE AND LOW FOR YouTube to make a buck out of people's videos and cleaning their systems in the process.

Also, YouTube is doing what I call; THE PRE CHRISTMAS cleanup time by copyright and deleting videos that otherwise were accepted by them and making money with advertising and accusing users to infringe copyrights. Even with videos that has been accumulating over a million viewers. That is really not fare for people and their is nothing people can do about it."

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