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Importing Both Salamanders and Their Potential Destruction
New York Times
We humans can drive species toward extinction by hunting them or destroying their habitat. But we can also threaten them in a more subtle but no less dangerous way: by making them sick. In the early 1900s, humans introduced malaria-spreading...
Deadly Fungus Could Threaten US SalamandersLive Science
Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To US To Keep Fungus At BayNPR
Scientists urge ban on salamander imports to fend off deadly fungusPhys.Org
TakePart-HealthDay
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Hackers discover how to remotely change target and disable self-aiming sniper ... - TechSpot->


TechSpot

Hackers discover how to remotely change target and disable self-aiming sniper ...
TechSpot
Cybersecurity researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger have discovered a design flaw that allows someone to take control of a TrackingPoint self-aiming sniper rifle. The husband and wife team found that the hack could allow a person to remotely point...
Hackers Found a Way to Hijack a Smart Rifle and Change Its TargetMic
New Self-Targeting Sniper Rifles Can Be Hacked to Aim at Other PeopleCrave Online
US military's smart rifle can be HACKED to change weapon's target and disable ... Daily Mail
Ledger Gazette-BizTek Mojo-ValueWalk
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Samsung Electronics posts 8 per cent fall in Q2 net profit - Economic Times->


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Samsung Electronics posts 8 per cent fall in Q2 net profit
Economic Times
SEOUL: South Korean giant Samsung Electronics posted an 8.0 per cent fall in second quarter net profit today and promised "flexible" pricing of its new flagship smartphone after less than stellar sales contributed to a slump in its mobile unit's earnings.
Galaxy S6 fails to reverse Samsung's fortunes as profits fallTelegraph.co.uk
Samsung posts disappointing earnings; revenue, profit downLos Angeles Times
Sony, Samsung Find Strength in Sales of ComponentsWall Street Journal
Financial Times-PC Magazine-Mashable
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Focus turns to mobile Windows 10 and Lumia flagships - Computerworld->


Computerworld

Focus turns to mobile Windows 10 and Lumia flagships
Computerworld
Now that Windows 10 is out, focus is turning to Windows 10 Mobile running on Windows Phones, with flagship Lumia models expected in the fall. Confirming recent rumors, Juniper Research analyst Sam Smith said by email Thursday that the Lumia 950 and...
Watch Microsoft's unusual Russian Windows 10 adFortune
Windows 10 review round-up: What tech experts sayCNBC
Microsoft expanding program to put Windows 10 on Xiaomi Android phonesZDNet
CNET-Mashable-Wired
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Uber denies its app displays 'phantom cabs' - Telegraph.co.uk->


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Uber denies its app displays 'phantom cabs'
Telegraph.co.uk
Uber has denied that its app misleads users, after researchers from the Data & Society thinktank accused the cab hire firm of displaying “phantom cars”. In an article for Vice's Motherboard, the researchers claimed that the app shows cars in the ...
Uber Says There Are No Such Thing As "Phantom Cars"Daily Caller
Uber app or crap?Amsterdam News
Uber denies misleading passengers with 'phantom cars' on appHITC
The Next Web-I4U News
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Feed Techdirt: DA Claims He'll Charge Drone Operators Near Wildfires For Murder->

Should someone who flies a drone near a wildfire be charged with murder if someone dies in that fire? At least one California District Attorney is insisting he's going to bring such charges should that situation occur.

It's wildfire season out here in California, and the story of the summer seems to be about drones and wildfires. There have been a whole bunch of stories about private drones somehow interfering with firefighting aircraft. The stories are almost always extremely vague with very few details. It's entirely possible that these stories are completely accurate -- and I certainly don't deny that it's possible that a drone could interfere with firefighting aircraft in some manner. However, something about these stories really has the feel of your typical local news exaggeration/moral panic. The coverage is always by local TV news reporters. The details are slim, but the moral panic aspect is ratcheted up quite high.

And... soon after, politicians and grandstanding law enforcement get involved. I have no problem with something like an education campaign about the potential dangers of flying drones near wildfires and how they could hinder firefighting efforts. That seems perfectly reasonable. But politicians are not just looking to educate, they're offering a $75,000 bounty for identifying such drone operators and proposing a new law that would make flying a drone over a forest fire a federal offense with fines and up to five years in prison.

And... that's not all. In the press release from San Bernadino County that offers up that $75,000 bounty, the local District Attorney Mike Ramos says that he'll go after drone operators with murder charges if people die in a fire "due to" the drone operations:

District Attorney Mike Ramos warned drone operators that they could and would be prosecuted for murder if their drones led to the death of a fire-fighting flight crew or anyone on the ground.
Of course, determining that a drone "led to the death" of anyone seems like a pretty big stretch -- and as far as I can tell, in all of the hysteria of drones and wildfires in the last month or so, there have been no deaths at all. But it seems like a huge stretch to argue that flying a drone over a fire can lead to murder charges. In the past, murder charges related to fires have been focused on things like arsonists who deliberately set the fire, rather than those who were just looking to observe or film the fire, and through their own ignorance got in the way of firefighting efforts.

Again, this isn't to diminish the possibility of real risks and potential damages from drones interfering with firefighters, but so much of this reads like a typical local news moral panic, and tossing in the threat of murder charges for flying a personal drone to observe a wild fire seems to go beyond any sense of reason. It feels like law enforcement issuing a bogus threat to try to sound serious.

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: US wants the world's fastest supercomputer by 2025 - Engadget->


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US wants the world's fastest supercomputer by 2025
Engadget
President Obama has signed an executive order demanding that the US build the world's fastest supercomputer by 2025. The National Strategic Computing Initiative has been implemented to get the country building an Exascale machine and not fall behind...
Obama signs executive order to build world's fastest supercomputerCNN
Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'NPR
Obama Calls for the US to Make the World's Fastest ComputerTIME
University Herald-SiliconANGLE (blog)
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: "Failed Stars" Host Stunningly Bright Auroras - Forbes->


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"Failed Stars" Host Stunningly Bright Auroras
Forbes
Astronomers have spotted the first aurora ever in an object beyond our Solar System and it's not coming from a planet, but from a “failed star”. Imagine an auroral display tens of thousands of times brighter than the Earth's Northern Lights – that's ...
Alien auroras hundreds-of-thousands-times brighter than our own discoveredMother Nature Network (blog)
Astronomers spot auroras outside our solar systemChristian Science Monitor
“Failed stars” host powerful auroral displaysR & D Magazine
Livemint-CBC.ca-Irish Examiner
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