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Submission + - Will the Google car turn out to be the Apple Newton of automobiles? (

An anonymous reader writes: Actually, the better question may be whether it will ever be ready for the road at all. The car has vastly fewer capabilities than most people seem to be aware of. The notion that it will be widely available any time soon is absurd.

Submission + - Interview at Startup From Hell (

globaljustin writes: The author recounts an interview for a non-tech, full time job at a Silicon Valley startup that exemplifies the unprofessionalism in the industry.

"Late in the day, one of the programmers took out a toy helicopter and began flying it around the office.

[The Boss] was still at his laptop, laughing along but looking increasingly desperate at his lack of control over the employees.

"Come on, guys, what about some work?" he asked pathetically.

Everyone ignored him..."

Submission + - NASA's HI-SEAS Project Suggests a Women-only Mars Mission ( 1

globaljustin writes: Alan Drysdale, a systems analyst in advanced life support and a contractor with NASA concluded, “Small women haven’t been demonstrated to be appreciably dumber than big women or big men, so there’s no reason to choose larger people for a flight crew when it’s brain power you want,” says Drysdale. “The logical thing to do is to fly small women.”

Submission + - "Canvas Fingerprinting" Online Tracking Difficult To Block (

globaljustin writes: First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.

[The] fingerprints are unusually hard to block: They can’t be prevented by using standard Web browser privacy settings or using anti-tracking tools such as AdBlock Plus.

The researchers found canvas fingerprinting computer code, primarily written by a company called AddThis, on 5 percent of the top 100,000 websites.

Submission + - India successfully launches indigenous cryogenic engine-powered sattelite ( 1

vasanth writes: Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Sunday successfully launched GSLV-D5 rocket, which is powered by an indigenous cryogenic engine. Seventeen minutes after liftoff at 4.18pm, the rocket successfully injected GSAT-14 communication satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit. This makes India the 6th nation with cutting edge technology to launch geostationary satellites.

Submission + - Edward Snowden Does Not Deserve Clemency 2

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Fred Kaplan, the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relation, writes at Slate that if Edward Snowden's stolen trove of beyond-top-secret documents had dealt only with the domestic surveillance by the NSA, then some form of leniency might be worth discussing. But Snowden did much more than that. "Snowden's documents have, so far, furnished stories about the NSA’s interception of email traffic, mobile phone calls, and radio transmissions of Taliban fighters in Pakistan’s northwest territories; about an operation to gauge the loyalties of CIA recruits in Pakistan; about NSA email intercepts to assist intelligence assessments of what’s going on inside Iran; about NSA surveillance of cellphone calls “worldwide,” an effort that 'allows it to look for unknown associates of known intelligence targets by tracking people whose movements intersect.'" Kaplan says the NYT editorial calling on President Obama to grant Snowden “some form of clemency” paints an incomplete picture when it claims that Snowden “stole a trove of highly classified documents after he became disillusioned with the agency’s voraciousness.” In fact, as Snowden himself told the South China Morning Post, he took his job as an NSA contractor, with Booz Allen Hamilton, because he knew that his position would grant him “access to lists of machines all over the world [that] the NSA hacked.” Snowden got himself placed at the NSA’s signals intelligence center in Hawaii says Kaplan for the sole purpose of pilfering extremely classified documents and gained access to his cache of documents by lying to 20 to 25 of his fellow employees to persuade them to give him their logins and passwords, turning them into his unwitting accomplices. "It may be telling that Snowden did not release—or at least the recipients of his cache haven’t yet published—any documents detailing the cyber-operations of any other countries, especially Russia or China, even though he would have had access to the NSA’s after-action reports on the hundreds or thousands of hacking campaigns that they too have mounted over the years," concludes Kaplan. "If it turned out that Snowden did give information to the Russians or Chinese (or if intelligence assessments show that the leaks did substantial damage to national security, something that hasn’t been proved in public), then I’d say all talk of a deal is off—and I assume the Times editorial page would agree."

Submission + - First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas (

cold fjord writes: Bexar Country, Texas, has opened a new $2.3 million library called BiblioTech Library that doesn’t have physical books, only computers and e-reader tablets. It is the first bookless public library system in the US. The library opened in an area without nearby bookstores, and is receiving considerable attention. It has drawn visitors from around the US and overseas that are studying the concept for their own use. It appears that the library will have more than 100,000 visitors by year’s end. Going without physical books has been cost effective from an architecture standpoint since the building doesn’t have to support the weight of books and bookshelves. A new smaller library in a nearby town cost $1 million more than Bexar Country’s new library. E-books have advantages such as not being susceptible to damage, or needing to be reshelved. So far there doesn't appear to be a problem with returning checked out e-readers. — A new state law in Texas defines the failure to return library books as theft.

Submission + - Object Blocking Giant Tunnel Borer Was an 8" Diameter Pipe (

An anonymous reader writes: A few weeks ago we discussed news that a tunnel boring machine measuring 57.5 feet in diameter was halted underneath Seattle after running into a mysterious object. Project engineers have now figured out what the object is: an 8-inch-diameter pipe. In 2002, researchers for another project — the replacement of the Alaskan Way viaduct — drilled down into the ground to take water samples. They used the 115-ft-long pipe as a well casing. As it turns out, this well site was listed in the contract specifications given to all bidders for the tunnel's construction. In addition, the crew manning the machine noticed that it was chewing up pieces of metal, and they removed part of the pipe and kept going. Only later did they realize that significant damage had been done to the machine's cutting face. Officials aren't sure how long repairs will take, or how much they will cost.

Submission + - Dogs poop in line with Earth's magnetic field 4

CreatureComfort writes: Published in Frontiers in Zoology, scientists have determined that Dog's are highly sensitive to the direction of magnetic fields, and poop while aligned with the N-S magnetic poles.

Any anecdotal evidence, or speculation on how this would be an advantageous evolutionary adaptation?

From the article summary: "for the first time that (a) magnetic sensitivity was proved in dogs, (b) a measurable, predictable behavioral reaction upon natural MF fluctuations could be unambiguously proven in a mammal, and (c) high sensitivity to small changes in polarity, rather than in intensity, of MF was identified as biologically meaningful."

Submission + - ABC Kills Next-Day Streaming For Non-Subscribers (

jfruh writes: ABC shows are available for free to anybody with antenna on the day and time they're first broadcast. But if you want them at any other time, it's getting harder to see them unless you pay someone. The network had previously made free ad-supported streamed versions of its shows available on its website the day after they aired, but now they're shifting that back to a week. Next-day streaming is still available if you have a cable or Hulu Plus subscription, showing the extent to which "broadcast" networks are dependent on subscriber fees.

Submission + - Help finding/identifying software

ScottMa writes: Hi All,
Very long time lurker, occasional AC, regular reader.
Slight sob story, but after advice from the knowledgable users. (Yes, this is slashdot!)
My grandfather is 93 and has lost different frequency ranges of his hearing. He has a large collection of classical CDs he recently reorganised, and set his favourites aside to take to a nursing home. Unfortunately that's where the extent of his hearing loss became apparent.
Basically, I'm looking for software that's easy for an old guy to use, but has visualisation of notes, batch processing and play, instrument detection would be ideal, Windows or viewer on Android and some other features (as always).
The closest I've found so far would be Neuratron Audioscore, but some improvements would be useful. I see that type software as being useful in allowing him to see notes, replay notes to see if he can train or adjust, ...
What do others know of similar software? Thanks for useful info!

Submission + - Criminal breaks prison because of toothache (

An anonymous reader writes: Will you break the prison when the sentence will complete in one month? A 51-year-old Swedish prisoner escaped from prison because of unbearable toothache. The man was only sentenced to one month in prison before, but he got a serious toothache when he was serving his sentence in prison, he reported to prison officers but did not get any response, so he decided to escape from prison and went to see a dentist. After he finished, he phoned the police and turned him back into prison. Finally, prison only warned him and extended his sentence one day for the escape.

Submission + - Microsoft Discounts the Surface Pro 128GB by $300 to $599

SmartAboutThings writes: The Surface Pro tablet is a promising device, but Microsoft hasn’t managed yet to sell it in big volumes. That’s why the company had to discount it several times before. Now, the latest discount is also the biggest one, as you can get the 128 GB version of the Surface Pro for only $599, which represents a hefty $300 discount.

Submission + - What app can medical students use to organize heterogeneous info/notes? 1

spencj writes: I'm just starting year 2 of medical school, and I've been rethinking the way I make and create notes/study guides. One of the problems I've considered is that we learn about the same topic in several arenas. For example, if I consider some disease like coronary artery disease, I will likely learn about this topic in cardiology, radiology, pharmacology, and then in outside study resources such as Kaplan guides, online resources, etc.. Further, it will come up in August, October, March, April, etc.. My dream app is some combination of Excel, Visio, Word, and a blog where I could tag selections of text. If I then "filtered" by certain parameters, it would collapse all the information I'd collected from different resources.

For example, say I create a flowchart in Visio, take some notes in Word, create a table in Excel, and save from text from a web resource. I tag each item with "coronary artery disease", then I want to quickly query for all of my items with this tag.

Is there any kind of app or resource that can pull this off? Medical students everywhere would be grateful.

Submission + - The Indian Army mistook Jupiter and Venus as hostile intruders ( writes: The Indian Army mistook Jupiter and Venus as unidentified flying intruders making nocturnal sorties from China into the skies above eastern Ladakh for over six months until astronomers brought their fears to ground, it has been disclosed.

Requested by the army, the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore, deputed two astronomers to Ladakh earlier this year to resolve the mystery of the two objects that the army had been observing in the sensitive border zone since August 2012.

Sources told The Telegraph that army personnel had until February 2013 documented 329 sightings of the unidentified objects seen over Thakung near Pangong Tso, a high-altitude lake shared by India and Tibet.

The objects were perceived to have violated the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that India shares with China 155 times.

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