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+ - 150 dolphins stranded on beach in Japan

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: About 150 melon-headed whales beached in Japan on Friday, April 10. The melon-headed is a member of the dolphin family usually found in the deep ocean. “We see one or two whales washing ashore a year, but this may be the first time we have found over 100 of them on a beach,” a coast guard said. In 2011, about 50 melon-headed whales beached themselves in a similar area, and a week later Japan was hit by a monster earthquake and tsunami. It seems the larger the number of whales that beach the bigger the earthquake. While the reason for the beaching is unclear a researcher at the National Museum of Nature and Science said the dolphins might have got lost. “Sonar waves the dolphins emit might have been absorbed in the shoals, which could cause them to lose their sense of direction”, he said.

+ - Germanwings plane crash was no accident

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: The Germanwings plane crash takes a scary turn. After a couple of days investigation, it appears that the co-pilot requested control of the aircraft about 20 minutes into the flight. The pilot then left the cockpit, leaving the co-pilot in full control of the plane. Then, the co-pilot manually and "intentionally" set the plane on the descent that drove it into the mountainside in the southern French Alps. Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, a 28-year-old German national, could be heard breathing throughout the plane’s descent and was alive at the point of impact, according to the prosecutor.

+ - France blocks Belgian euro coin marking Battle of Waterloo 2

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hcs_$reboot writes: A COIN is threatening to inflame tensions in Europe.. Belgium hit out at France on Thursday after Paris forced it to scrap a new two-euro coin celebrating the 200th anniversary of the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Belgium decided to produce a coin marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon was defeated by the British and the Prussians, featuring an image of the monument at the site. But Paris objected, saying that there would be an “unfavourable reaction in France” and that "the Battle of Waterloo has a particular resonance in the collective consciousness that goes beyond a simple military conflict".

+ - LHC Set to Restart at Double Power Reignites Doomsday Fears

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: CERN's world’s largest particle accelerator located in the Jura mountains near the Franco-Swiss border, the Large Hadron Collider, is set to restart at double power for three years from March 2015, after a two-years refit.
'With this new energy level, the LHC will open new horizons for physics and for future discoveries. I'm looking forward to seeing what nature has in store for us.' CERN Director General Rolf Heuer said in a statement.
However, two leading and well respected scientists, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson, have issued independent warnings that high energy collision experiments with the LHC could trigger an Earth-wide or even universe-wide catastrophe. LHC particles collisions of a scale never achieved by any accelerator in the past will allow CERN to look into deep mysteries of the universe, such as dark matter. The Large Hadron Collider was used in 2012 to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, known as the God particle.

+ - France's Hollande sees popularity jump after attacks

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hcs_$reboot writes: French President Francois Hollande's popularity has surged to its highest level in nearly a year and a half after the deadly Islamist attacks in Paris. Hollande's ratings have leapt by a record 21 percentage points to 40 per cent, according to an opinion poll published on Monday. Hollande rushed to the site of the first attack, and then a few days later he led a march with other world leaders in Paris. Prior to the attacks, Mr Hollande's ratings had fallen to historic lows in the face of record French unemployment and sluggish growth.

+ - Pope Francis: there are Limits to Freedom of Expression

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hcs_$reboot writes: Pope Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of the common good. But he added there were limits. While Francis insisted that it was an "aberration" to kill in the name of God and said religion can never be used to justify violence, he said there was a limit to free speech when it concerned offending someone's religious beliefs. By way of example, he referred to a friend: "if someone says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch". "There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others," he said. "They are provocateurs".

+ - Extra Leap Second to be added to Clocks on June 30 3

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: On June 30 this year, the day will last a tad longer — one second precisely — as a leap second is to be added to clocks worldwide. The time UTC will go from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60 in order to cope with Earth slowing down, a bit. So, what do you intend to do during that extra second added to that day? Well, you may want to fix your systems. The last time a leap second was added, in 2012, a number of websites, Java and even Linux experienced some troubles. Leap seconds can be disruptive to precision systems used for navigation and communication. Has the time to get rid of leap seconds?

+ - MH370 shot by US Navy in March

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: Remember the lost Malaysia Airlines aircraft? No, not the one shot over Ukraine, that's MH17, in June. The other Malaysian plane lost in March is still being searched. But there's no need to keep searching for MH370 for ages as it it seems it was actually shot by US Navy, while the plane was hovering over the Indian Ocean. US military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. The claim comes from a serious source: Marc Dugain, the former chief executive of now-defunct Proteus Airlines, said the jumbo jet was shot down near a U.S. military base on the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean after it was hacked. As long as the Chinese don't find the remains of the wreckage on the sea floor, and that may take a while, the plane will keep its more peaceful "lost in sea" status.

+ - SPAM: MH370 was shot by US Navy in March 1

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: Remember the lost Malaysia Airlines aircraft? No, not the one shot over Ukraine, that's MH17, in June. The other Malaysian plane lost in March is still being searched. But there's no need to keep searching for MH370 for ages as it it seems it was actually shot by US Navy, while the plane was hovering over the Indian Ocean. US military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. This claim comes from a serious source: Marc Dugain, the former chief executive of now-defunct Proteus Airlines, said the jumbo jet was shot down near a U.S. military base on the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean after it was hacked. As long as the Chinese don't find the remains of the wreckage on the sea floor, and that may take a while, the plane will keep its "lost in sea" status.

+ - Microsoft and others behind EU breakup of Google

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hcs_$reboot writes: In the eye of many Americans, the European Union call for the break-up of Google sounds like an aging Europe envious of some of the wealthiest young US tech giants. But American people should know that behind the EU antitrust probe of Google stand not only Europeans but US competitors, such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor, whose complaints and big-money lobbying have driven a four-year-old investigation by the powerful European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance of internet searches to push favored web sites.
"The American companies are using the European Commission as a battleground among themselves. They are the ones coming to us with complaints." a senior EU official told Reuters. European Union to vote on Google break-up on Thursday.

+ - Australia elaborates a new Drift model to find MH370

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday, 8 March 2014, while flying from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people on board. And 8 months later, after millions of dollars invested in a gigantic search operation, there is still no sign of the aircraft. Now, Australia is developing a new model to predict where the debris of the missing MH370 could wash up. Authorities had initially predicted that the plane’s wreckage could drift and come ashore on Indonesia’s West Sumatra island after about 4 months of Flight MH370’s disappearance. “We are currently working... to see if we can get an updated drift model for a much wider area where there might be possibilities of debris washing ashore,” search co-ordinator Peter Foley told reporters in Perth.
The teams initially agreed an area about 600 kilometres long by 90km wide west of Perth was most likely. A new report released last month specified two high-priority areas further to the south. All five groups (Boeing, France's Thales, US investigator, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation) agree that MH370's final resting place is near the “7th arc” — a curve that stretches from about 1 000km off Exmouth, Western Australia, to a point about 2 000km south-west of Perth.

+ - A Woman will lead CERN from 2016

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: From 2016 a woman, Fabiola Gianotti, will lead CERN, the largest particle accelerator currently in activity, near the French and Swiss border, in Europe. This is the first time a woman is appointed to such a prestigious role at CERN,

Fabiola Gianotti attracted worldwide attention in 2012 for her leading role in CERN’s discovery of the Higgs boson particle, and will take up the post in January 2016 as scientists aim to make further discoveries about the origin and makeup of the universe.

+ - Apple Pay glitch has some users charged twice

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: Some Apple Pay users were charged twice by Bank of America for purchases they made. The problem is due to a bug in the processing between Bank of America and at least one of the payment networks involved with the Apple Pay service. “We apologize for the inconvenient and are correcting this issue immediately and all duplicates will be refunded” said Tara Burke, spokeswomen for Bank of America.

Some funny people might be asking if that isn't the norm to pay double for something Apple. But to be fair, the Apple Pay service, beside that glitch — which appears _not_ to be on Apple side — is working great so far.

+ - Microsoft Surface drowning?

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: Again, no much good news for the MS Surface. Computerworld reports a Microsoft's losses on the tablet device at $US1.7 billion so far. But, still, Microsoft is serene

"It’s been exciting to see the response to the Surface Pro 3 from individuals and businesses alike. In fact, Surface Pro 3 sales are already outpacing prior versions of Surface Pro. The Surface business generated more than $2B in revenue for the fiscal year 2014 and $409 million in revenue during Q4 FY14 alone, the latter of which included just ten days of Intel Core i5 Surface Pro 3 sales in Canada and the US".

Should Microsoft pull the plug on the tablet? Or maybe it's just a matter of users getting used to the Surface?

+ - Bill Gates: Snowden is No Hero!

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot writes: In a lengthy interview from Rolling Stone, Bill Gates, among many other subjects, is asked: "Do you consider [Snowden] a hero or a traitor?". The Microsoft founder answers: "I certainly wouldn't characterize him as a hero (...) You won't find much admiration from me".
What about Government Surveillance? "The government has such ability to do these things. (...) But the specific techniques they use become unavailable if they're discussed in detail"
Rolling Stone retorts that Privacy can be an issue, "We want safety, but we also want privacy" says the journalist. Bill Gates's tells his main priority focuses on stopping the bad guys: "let's say you knew nothing was going on. How would you feel? I mean, seriously. I would be very worried. Technology arms the bad guys with orders of magnitude more [power]. Not just bad guys. Crazy guys."

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