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+ - New Island rises in southern Japan after Volcanic Eruption->

rtoz writes: A volcanic eruption has raised an island in the seas to the far south of Tokyo, Japan. (Video showing the creation of New Island )

Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 200 meters (660 feet) in diameter.

A volcanologist with the coast guard told that it was possible the new island might be eroded away. “But it also could remain permanently,” he said.

The last time the volcanos in the area are known to have erupted was in the mid-1970s. Much of the volcanic activity occurs under the sea.

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+ - Airline Pilots Rely Too Much on Automation Says Safety Panel

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Nearly all people connected to the aviation industry agree that automation has helped to dramatically improve airline safety over the past 30 years but Tom Costello reports at NBC News that according to a new Federal Aviation Administration report commercial airline pilots rely too much on automation in the cockpit and are losing basic flying skills. Relying too heavily on computer-driven flight decks now pose the biggest threats to airliner safety world-wide, the study concluded. The results can range from degraded manual-flying skills to poor decision-making to possible erosion of confidence among some aviators when automation abruptly malfunctions or disconnects during an emergency. “Pilots sometimes rely too much on automated systems," says the report adding that some pilots “lack sufficient or in-depth knowledge and skills” to properly control their plane’s trajectory. Basic piloting errors are thought to have contributed to the crash of an Air France Airbus A330 plane over the Atlantic in 2009, which killed all 228 aboard, as well as a commuter plane crash in Buffalo, NY, that same year. Tom Casey, a retired airline pilot who flew the giant Boeing 777, said he once kept track of how rarely he had to touch the controls on an auto-pilot flight from New York to London. From takeoff to landing, he said he only had to touch the controls seven times. "There were seven moments when I actually touched the airplane — and the plane flew beautifully,” he said. “Now that is being in command of a system, of wonderful computers that do a great job — but that isn’t flying." Real flying is exemplified by Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, says Casey, who famously landed his US Airways plane without engines on the Hudson River and saved all the passengers in what came to be known as the “Miracle on the Hudson.” The new report calls for more manual flying by pilots — in the cockpit and in simulations. The FAA says the agency and industry representatives will work on next steps to make training programs stronger in the interest of safety.

+ - Too bad they canned all those SysAdmins: The NSA's web site is down.->

sandbagger writes: The website for the United States National Security Agency suddenly went offline Friday. has been unavailable globally as of late Friday afternoon, and Twitter accounts belonging to people loosely affiliated with the Anonymous hacktivism movement have suggested they are responsible. Twitter users @AnonymousOwn3r and @TruthIzSexy both were quick to comment on the matter, and implied that a distributed denial-of-service attack, or DDoS, may have been waged as an act of protest against the NSA

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+ - EU Parliament: Other Countries Spy, But Less Than The UK, US->

itwbennett writes: An E.U. Parliament survey of 5 member states found that 4 of the 5 (U.K., France, Germany and Sweden) engage in bulk collection of data. Only the Netherlands doesn't, but that's not because it doesn't want to. In fact, The Netherlands is currently setting up an agency for that purpose. France, which summoned the U.S. ambassador to explain allegations that the NSA spied on Alcatel-Lucent, ranks fifth in the world in metadata collection. And Sweden? Its National Defence Radio Establishment (FRA) is alleged to have been running 'upstreaming' operations (tapping directly into the communications infrastructure as a means to intercept data) for the collection of private data — collecting both the content of messages as well as metadata of communications crossing Swedish borders through fibre-optic cables from the Baltic Sea.
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+ - Ad Browser Cookies Are Dead; Ad Tracking Isn't->

jfruh writes: Do Not Track, the process by which browser makers and advertisers were going to come together to create a process by which users could opt out of online ad tracking, appears to have collapsed, mostly because the players involved had radically differing agendas, and the upshot is that more and more browsers are just going to block ad-tracking browser cookies by default. This doesn't mean that online privacy is triumphant, though; Google is now working on AdID, its own new browser-tracking technology, and most users can be identified more or less uniquely by their browser fingerprint, no tracking cookie required.
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+ - Learning to Code: Are We Having Fun Yet? 1 1

theodp writes: Nate West has a nice essay on the importance of whimsy in learning to program. "It wasn’t until I was writing Ruby that I found learning to program to be fun," recalls West. "What’s funny is it really doesn’t take much effort to be more enjoyable than the C++ examples from earlier...just getting to write gets.chomp and puts over cout > made all the difference. Ruby examples kept me engaged just long enough that I could find Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby." So, does the future of introductory computer programming books and MOOCs lie in professional, business-like presentations, or does a less-polished production with some genuine goofy enthusiasm help the programming medicine go down?

+ - Solid light discovery excites scientists

Francisco Ardisson writes: "Researchers from the Universities of Melbourne and Cambridge have unveiled a new theory that shows light can behave like a solid. Dr Greentree and colleagues Jared Cole and Professor Lloyd Hollenberg of the University of Melbourne with Dr Charles Tahan of the University of Cambridge made their 'solid light' breakthrough using tools more commonly used to study matter. "Solid light will help us build the technology of this century," says Dr Andrew Greentree of the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne. — Read More: ps.: Will we be seing Jedi Light Sabers anytime soon? :)"
The Courts

+ - Supreme Court to Hear 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' Monday

theodp writes: "In 2002, 18-year-old Joseph Frederick held up a 14-foot banner saying 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' as the Olympic torch passed by his Juneau high school, sparking a feud with the principal that heads to the Supreme Court on Monday. Legal experts say Morse v. Frederick could be the most significant case on student free speech since the days of Vietnam War protests."

+ - Controversial New Idea: Nerves Transmit Sound, Not

worldsound73 writes: Interesting article about how some researchers are attempting to show that nerves transmit sound as opposed to electricity. A quote from the article, "The physical laws of thermodynamics tell us that electrical impulses must produce heat as they travel along the nerve, but experiments find that no such heat is produced." The article continues to show why this view is controversial and that this research has a long road ahead to gain support. ves_work.html

+ - Nostalgia : Running Windows 3.11 On Ubuntu/Linux

Anonymous Coward writes: "Do you remember Windows 3.1 , one of the most popular version of Windows OS that could run applications flawlessly on 4 MB Ram Computer occupying little over 20 Mega Bytes of Hard Disk Space and needed a processor above few Mhz to run well if you dont read this Article which describes how author managed to install Windows 3.11 Under Ubuntu/Linux using dosbox and has a lots of screenshots , relive old days of running windows 3.11 . With ScreenCast showing installation of Windows 3.11 under dosbox."

+ - 5'8" Robot Lets You Roam Around Office From Ho

olyarew writes: "Technovelgy has an article about a new robot that telecommuters can use to have a physical presence at their office without leaving their home. The robot can be remotely moved around, can be made to sit and stand, and has a screen that can be tilted. The open source robot is made by HeadThere, Inc and will retail for between $1800 and $3000."

+ - Largest Beer Site In The World Reaches 100K Users

foodogfoo writes: " announced this past week that they have reached 100,000 users and have become the largest beer community in the world. Very few products have an outlet for consumers to voices their opinions, seems to have found that niche market with most of their devotion on "Craft Beer", a segment within the beer industry that is focused on smaller brewers. Last year craft brewers sales were up by 11.7% by volume with a three year growth rate of 29.5%."
The Internet

+ - The Pirate Bay launches 'Oscartorrents'

gloom writes: After turning legal threats into entertainment and trying to create a new pirate state, what do you do next? You go for the gold of course. The Pirate Bay has launched — an easy-to-use torrent-site for finding good versions of this years Oscar nominees.

In their own words: "You haven't beaten us, so why not join us? Think of a new business model that doesn't involve overpriced pieces of plastic and skanky cinemas hawking cheap carbohydrates while relying on $6/hr projectionists who can't keep a film in focus — not to mention insulting your audiences by (to pick a few examples) surveilling us with nightvision glasses, searching bags, 30 minutes of commercials and bombarding us with ridiculous anti-piracy propaganda. Take a look at yourselves. Is it really any wonder we're winning?"

No lack of cohones in Sweden, that's for sure.

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