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+ - Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal

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SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "If somehow you missed the reports of Lenovo buying Motorola – which was also bought by Google for $12.5 billion back in 2011 – then you should know that the deal is now complete. Lenovo has announced today that Motorola is now a Lenovo company which makes Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third largest smartphone maker."

Google News Sci Tech: Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of ...->

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Why It Took 23 Years to Link Amelia Earhart's Disappearance to This Scrap of ...
Even a piece of metal can get a second chance. In 1991, a group of researchers investigating the disappearance of Amelia Earhart found a sheet of aluminum on the island of Nikumaroro in the Western Pacific. Earhart's plane, a Model 10 Electra, mysteriously...
Is this all that remains of Amelia Earhart's plane?
New clue may point to Amelia Earhart wreckageDetroit Free Press
Debris found on beach may be from Earhart's
Washington Post-The Independent-Business Standard
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+ - Cutting the Cord? Time Warner loses 184,000 TV subscribers in one quarter.->

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Mr D from 63 (3395377) writes "Time Warner Cable’s results have been buoyed recently by higher subscriber numbers for broadband Internet service. In the latest period, however, Time Warner Cable lost 18,000 overall residential customer relationships.

The addition of 92,000 residential high-speed data customers was offset by 184,000 fewer residential video customers in the quarter. Triple play customers fell by 24,000, while residential voice additions were 14,000."

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Google News Sci Tech: How Earhart's 'Fingerprint' Was Found - Daily Beast->

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How Earhart's 'Fingerprint' Was Found
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Two decades years after finding a piece of metal on a remote Pacific atoll, Ric Gillespie says he has proof it was used to patch the aviator's plane—and it fits 'like a fingerprint.' The words that changed everything came after his wife had wandered off to...
Debris found on beach may be from Earhart's
The metal fragment that could solve the mystery of Amelia Earhart's disappearanceWashington Post
Debris revives hope of finding Amelia Earhart's planeTimes of India
The Independent-Zee
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Google News Sci Tech: Lenovo Closes Purchase of Google's Motorola Phone Unit - Businessweek->

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Lenovo Closes Purchase of Google's Motorola Phone Unit
Lenovo Group Ltd. (992) closed its $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility from Google Inc. (GOOGL:US), aiding its push into the global smartphone market after being surpassed by four-year-old, cross-town rival Xiaomi Corp. The deal includes payment...
Lenovo Completes Motorola AcquisitionWall Street Journal
Lenovo closes $2.91 billion acquisition of Motorola unit from GoogleReuters
Lenovo Completes $2.9 Billion Motorola Purchase From GoogleRe/code BUSINESS TIMES-Yahoo Finance UK
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+ - Ebola forecast: Scientists release updated projections and tracking maps

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An anonymous reader writes "Scientists of the Northeastern University, in collaboration with European scientists, developed a modeling approach aimed at assessing the progression of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and its international spread under the assumption that the outbreak continues to evolve at the current pace. They also considered the impact of travel restrictions, and concluded that such restrictions may delay by only a few weeks the risk that the outbreak extends to new countries. Instead, travel bans could hamper the delivery of medical supplies and the deployment of specialised personnel to manage the epidemic. In the group's page, there's also an updated assessment of the probability of Ebola virus disease case importation in countries across the world, which was also invoked during the Congressional Ebola debate. The group also released a map with real-time tracking of conversations about Ebola on Twitter. Policy makers and first responders are the main target audience of the tool, which is able to show a series of potential warnings and events (mostly unconfirmed) related to Ebola spreading and case importation."

+ - How to Unbrick your Device after FTDIgate->

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RJ31337 (3895467) writes "So, as we all know by now, FTDI decided to pull a dirty little trick to brick devices using "non-genuine" FTDI Chips by changing their PIDs to 0000, rendering them effectively useless. However, with access to a Linux machine (In our case Ubuntu 13.04) We have found a method to reverse the process and turn the PID back to 6001, making the device perfectly useable again!

We know we shouldn't have to do this, but what choice have they given us ay guys?"

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Google News Sci Tech: Rocket Launcher, Buildings Near Wallops Launching Pad Badly Damaged In ... - RTT->

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Rocket Launcher, Buildings Near Wallops Launching Pad Badly Damaged In ...
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NASA's Wallops Incident Response Team on Wednesday completed an initial assessment of Wallops Island, Virginia, where an unmanned supply rocket bound for the International Space Station exploded immediately after its launch. NASA said that a...
Antares rocket explosion: Will it set back the commercialization of space?
Investigators Piece Together What Happened to Antares RocketWRIC
Russian rocket engines suspected in launch blastWorcester Telegram
Business Wayne Journal Gazette
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+ - A new WonderSwan hardware project: WonderMadeleine->

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Godzil (3895245) writes "There is a new hardware project for the WonderSwan to clone the Bandai 200x chip found inside each game cartridge, to remove the need for the hot-swap method we need actually to boot unlicensed games, as far as I know this hasn't be done before in the homebrew scene for the WonderSwan.
The project is not released yet, but there is a proof of concept video, and the VHDL files will be released shortly. Also I plan to create from this project a fully functional SD based flash card for the WonderSwan."

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+ - Breaching air-gap security with radio->

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An anonymous reader writes "Security researcher Mordechai Guri with the guidance of Prof. Yuval Elovici from the cyber security labs at Ben-Gurion University in Israel presented at MALCON 2014 a breakthrough method (“AirHopper) for leaking data from an isolated computer to a mobile phone without the presence of a network. In highly secure facilities the assumption today is that data can not leak outside of an isolated internal network. It is called air-gap security. AirHopper demonstrates how the computer display can be used for sending data from the air-gapped computer to a near by smartphone.The published paper and a demonstration video are in the link."
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Comment: Re:Summary doesn't support headline (Score 1) 287

by dgatwood (#48267491) Attached to: We Are All Confident Idiots

But thinking you can "take the time to learn" about areas in which we do not have the confidence/knowledge is a delusion. The totality of knowledge is vast*. I know nothing about music, and as a teen I decided it could stay that way (having seen how music can eat up some people's lives). You will never see me express an opinion about music.

By contrast, I spent a significant chunk of my life in musical ensembles, and now routinely make snarky comments on Facebook about judging musical works based on the average number of measures per serious error made by the composer (or for sacred choral music, vice-versa, horrifyingly), interspersed with comments about XML parsers, obscure bits of the EPUB specification, and USB device quirks. But I digress.

I think we're actually pretty much in agreement here. I'm not saying that I think I could feasibly have enough knowledge to have an answer for everything, but rather that if I feel the need to have an opinion on something, I'll learn enough to not come out looking like a complete idiot. And I'll be reasonably confident that I'm right because I learned enough to form an opinion based on actual facts, with references to back those opinions up. I might still be proven wrong if I overlooked some subtlety, but I'll be right way more often than not. Much like you, if I don't know enough to state something with... let's say 90% confidence or better, I generally won't say anything at all, or at best, will express it in a way that makes it clear that I'm not confident about it, and that I'd like folks to discuss it openly.

Of course, this occasionally leads me down a rabbit hole, where I'm curious enough to form an opinion about something, and end up burning hours doing research, digging into statistics, etc., only to conclude that it really wasn't as interesting as it initially seemed, but that's the price of critical thinking, I suppose.

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hazeii writes Though legal proceedings following the Snowden revelations, Liberty UK have succeeded in forcing GCHQ to reveal secret internal policies allowing Britain's intelligence services to receive unlimited bulk intelligence from the NSA and other foreign agencies and to keep this data on a massive searchable databases, all without a warrant. Apparently, British intelligence agencies can "trawl through foreign intelligence material without meaningful restrictions", and can keep copies of both content and metadata for up to two years. There is also mention of data obtained "through US corporate partnerships". According to Liberty, this raises serious doubts about oversight of the UK Intelligence and Security Committee and their reassurances that in every case where GCHQ sought information from the US, a warrant for interception signed by a minister was in place.

Eric King, Deputy Director of Privacy international, said: "We now know that data from any call, internet search, or website you visited over the past two years could be stored in GCHQ's database and analyzed at will, all without a warrant to collect it in the first place. It is outrageous that the Government thinks mass surveillance, justified by secret 'arrangements' that allow for vast and unrestrained receipt and analysis of foreign intelligence material is lawful. This is completely unacceptable, and makes clear how little transparency and accountability exists within the British intelligence community."

+ - Earthquake sensors track urban traffic, too->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Besides the roar of engines and honking of angry drivers, rush-hour traffic also makes underground “noise.” We can’t hear most of these ground vibrations, but seismic sensors can. With a network of 5300 geophones—devices that convert ground movements into voltage—researchers recorded 1 week’s worth of urban vibrations in a 70-km2 area of Long Beach, California. By analyzing the seismic data, they could measure how fast individual trains were moving between stations, count the number of planes landing and taking off at the airport, and calculate the average speed of vehicles on a 10-lane highway. Without GPS or cameras, seismic systems could allay privacy concerns by tracking urban activity in an anonymous way."
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+ - Australian Government tries to force telcos to store user metadata for two years->

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AlbanX (2847805) writes "The Australian Government has introduced a bill that would require telecommunications carriers and service providers to retain the non-content data of Australian citizens for two years of it can be accessed — without a warrant- by local law enforcement agencies.

Despite tabling the draft legislation into parliament, the bill doesn't actually specify the types of data the Government wants retained. The proposal has received a huge amount of criticism from the telco industry, other members of parliament and privacy groups."

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