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Submission + - 2016 Presidential Candidate Security Investigation (

Fryan writes: InfoSec Institute has assessed the security posture of 16 of the presidential candidates’ websites. This is an indicator of the level of security awareness the candidate and the campaign staff has.

The recent breaches and security lapses of high profile individuals highlight the absolute need for everyone to take security awareness seriously. The hacking of the Director of the CIA’s (John Brennan) personal email account, and the storage of classified emails on a personal email server with Hillary Clinton, show how damaging a lack of basic good security hygiene can be.

Submission + - New Stanford 'tricorder" detects early stage cancer (

Taffykay writes: Science fiction popularized the tri-corder concept, but Stanford scientists have turned the idea into a real-world device with groundbreaking applications. In addition to detecting explosives, Stanford's technology "hears" cancer tumors through ultrasound waves by emitting electromagnetic energy.

Submission + - New Algorithm Recognizes Both Good And Bad Fake Reviews (

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the university of Sao Paolo have developed an algorithm able to identify both good and bad online reviews in the massive daily chatter of millions of peer-community posts, and in lateral mendacities at social network sites such as Google+ and Facebook reposts and 'likes'. Two of the datasets tested in the research were from Amazon, which has a vested interest in restoring the reputation of its community reviews, and has recently taken action on the matter.

Submission + - Ultrasound Prises Open Blood-Brain Barrier to Deliver Chemotherapy (

An anonymous reader writes: The blood-brain barrier is an almost impenetrable membrane that surrounds vessels in the brain and stops harmful particles from entering. The trouble is that it doesn't discriminate, at the same time making it very difficult for beneficial molecules like medication to pass through. But researchers have now non-invasively breached the barrierfor the first time in a human subject, delivering chemotherapy drugs to a brain cancer patient with a high level of precision and paving the way for improved treatments and fewer side effects for sufferers of neurological disorders.

Comment Re:Shorter list - what Google doesn't want to moni (Score 1) 105

>At least some of those people already had a history of mental health issues.

And the surprising thing is that it seems we can't keep guns out of their hands, either. I don't think anyone would stand up and argue for the rights of the mentally ill to carry firearms, but that has been the side effect of what we have actually practised.

Submission + - Innovative operating systems/distros in 2015? 2

iamacat writes: Back in 90s, we used Linux not only because of open source, but also for innovative features not found in commercial operating systems — better multitasking, network power features like slirp and masquerading, free developer tools for many languages. Nowadays OSX and Windows caught up in these areas and mainstream distros like Ubuntu dumbed down in default configuration. So where to go for active innovation like 3D/VR desktop, artificial intelligence, drag and drop ability to mash up UI of multiple apps or just drastically better performance? Something maybe rough around the edges but usable and exciting enough to use as daily desktop?

Comment The sanitay napkin (Score 1) 330

Prior to the development of the sanitary napkin, most women between the ages of approximately thirteen and somewhere in their fifties had to at least partially withdraw from society on a monthly basis. Now the participation limits on women are societal norms and part of pregnancy / infancy. I suspect the societal norms are the more restrictive of the two.

Submission + - Plutonium Is the Unsung Concession in Iran Nuclear Deal ( 1

Lasrick writes: For whatever reason, the most impressive achievement regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran is the one that is being ignored: Tehran's complete turn-around on the issue of plutonium production. Plutonium is cheaper and more easily produced than uranium; more than 95% of the world's nuclear weapons rely on plutonium to ignite. William J. Broad at the NY Times gives a thorough explanation of why nuclear experts are so delighted that Iran is giving up a plutonium path to the bomb. This is a great read.

Submission + - Steve Wozniak "Steve Jobs played no role in my designs for the Apple I & II" (

mikejuk writes: In a recent interview with very lucky 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani for her website, ReachAStudent, Steve Wozniak was more than precise about the role of Steve Jobs.
"Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He’d never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn’t know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do.
The Apple II computer, by the way, was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and it was all done, for my own reasons for myself, before Steve Jobs even knew it existed."
He also says a lot of interesting things in the three ten minute videos about life, electronics and education.

Submission + - New 3D metal printing technique combines lasers and advanced robotics (

An anonymous reader writes: A new alternative to rival other 3D metal printing techniques is being developed by a team of manufacturing researchers at the Southern Methodist University. Led by Professor Radovan Kovacevic, the group have presented a technique called Laser-Based Direct Metal Deposition (LBDMD) which builds on traditional FDM and laser technology to create high-quality metal objects as parts for a range of fabrication uses. The technology uses multi-axial positioning robotics which eliminates the need for a support structure and human intervention.

Submission + - Human induced climate change is shifting major climate zones (

GregLaden writes: Human caused climate change is changing the size and location of major climate zones, according to a new study just out.

It isn't just that climate zones move north; more complicated than that.

The most tropical of the tropical zones does not change much, semi-arid and arid zones expand a lot at the expense of areas that are important for agriculture. Overall this indicates a general bummer rather than good news.

This study confirms what other's have shown, but adds that there may be accelerated change in coming decades.

Submission + - Citi report: slowing global warming would save tens of trillions of dollars (

Layzej writes: Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS), a division within Citibank (America’s third-largest bank), recently published a report looking at the economic costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. The report considered two scenarios: “Inaction,” which involves continuing on a business-as-usual path, and Action scenario which involves transitioning to a low-carbon energy mix.

One of the most interesting findings in the report is that the investment costs for the two scenarios are almost identical. In fact, because of savings due to reduced fuel costs and increased energy efficiency, the Action scenario is actually a bit cheaper than the Inaction scenario. Coupled with the fact the total spend is similar under both action and inaction, yet the potential liabilities of inaction are enormous, it is hard to argue against a path of action.

But there will be winners and losers: The biggest loser stands to be the coal industry, where we estimate cumulative spend under our Action scenario could be $11.6 trillion less than in our Inaction scenario over the next quarter century, with renewables, wind and nuclear (as well as energy efficiency) the main beneficiaries.

Going the speed of light is bad for your age.