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Submission 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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Submission 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.

Submission 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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Submission 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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Submission 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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Submission Learning to Code: Are We Having Fun Yet? 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?

Submission 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? :)"

Feed Pioneer announces 8th-gen plasmas with 20,000:1 contrast->

Filed under: Displays, HDTV

Pioneer has announced its 8th generation of plasmas in Europe, with six 720p sets available in June in 42- and 50-inch sizes, and four 1080p sets in 50- and 60-inch flavors coming in September. All models have integrated DVB-T tuners and detachable speakers, with the 720p sets sporting a 16,000:1 contrast ratio, and the 1080p sets stepping it up to a whopping 20,000:1. Pioneer claims that it redesigned the sets from the ground up with improved color reproduction and contrast in mind, and have improved over older plasmas by up to 80%, including Intelligent Brightness Control, which promises to display the best picture regardless of lighting conditions. Prices and exact release dates have not been set, but is reporting potential model numbers of PDP508 for the 50-inch 1080p set and PDP4280XD / PDP5080XD for the 42- / 50-inch 720p units.

[Thanks, Martin B]

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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Feed Canon SED fraud case dismissed->

Filed under: Displays, HDTV

Nano-Proprietary's fraud lawsuit against Canon in a Texas court has been dismissed, with a jury saying no damages had been sustained, since no products have actually shipped. Nano-Proprietary holds patents to some of the technology behind SED, and licensed it to Canon in 1999. Canon then brought Toshiba in as a manufacturing partner, and Nano filed suit. Now that all claims against Canon USA have been dropped, Canon doesn't have to pay any additional damages to Nano beyond the price of the original license -- but because the original SED patent licensing agreements with Canon have also been scrapped, rights to build the next-generation television have to be negotiated all over again.

[Via TG Daily]

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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The Courts

Submission 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."

Submission 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

Submission 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."

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