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Submission + - 15,000 Unsafe Hoverboards seized in United Kingdom (nationaltradingstandards.uk)

puddingebola writes: National Trading Standards and trading standards services in Scotland have released figures that 15,000 of 17,000 hoverboards have been seized at ports of entry in the UK because of safety concerns. The boards were seized "due to a range of concerns, such as safety issues with the plug, cabling, charger, battery or the cut-off switch within the board, which often fails." Are we pushing hoverboard technology too far too quickly, or are there just a group of criminal sociopaths manufacturing unsafe devices at Christmastime and pumping them into the market. Mashable has a story summary with links to video of a man in Alabama with his hoverboard on fire. http://mashable.com/2015/12/03...

Submission + - Raspberry Pi Zero approaces no cost computing with $5 cost

puddingebola writes: The Raspberry Pi foundation has released its most badass computer ever with the release of the fucking kickass Raspberry Pi Zero. Specs are similar to the Pi 1, "At the heart of its 65 x 30 millimeter circuit board is a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor, the same as in the Raspberry Pi 1, with a 1GHz ARM11 core. The board holds 512MB of RAM, and the operating system is loaded from micro-SD card. There's a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p video output, and micro-USB sockets for data and power." But at the $5 price, they may have hit the rock bottom of connecting. How can they achieve this price, you may ask? "Its 40-pin GPIO header has identical pinouts, although the pads on the circuit board are "unpopulated," meaning you'll have to solder on your own connector. The same goes for the composite video output: The connection is available, but if you need a socket, you must solder it yourself." Dude, go to Radio Shack.

Submission + - Laser Strikes on Aircraft Increasing in Frequency (usatoday.com)

puddingebola writes: The FAA is recording a record number of laser strikes on aircraft for 2015. From the article, "The Federal Aviation Administration recorded 5,352 laser strikes through Oct. 16, up from 2,837 for all of 2010. Such strikes can temporarily blind pilots at critical times when they are taking off and landing. People convicted of pointing a laser at a plane can be sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine."

Submission + - A push to ratify the Comprenhensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty? (thebulletin.org) 1

Lasrick writes: Hugh Gusterson thinks a symposium sponsored by the US Energy Department was the first sign that the Administration is readying a push to finally ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). 'Conceding that the earlier drive to ratify the treaty in 1999 ended in a humiliating defeat for the Clinton Administration, [Secretary of State John Kerry] said that “the factors that led some senators to oppose the treaty have changed, so [senators’] choices should change too.' The article goes into the technology that has developed over the last 15 years that make testing unnecessary. Great read.

Comment Security (Score 3, Insightful) 104

Isn't this one of those things where they make a product with an emphasis on security, and then as it gains some popularity, people want more features, more functionality, and so they start adding those features and functionality, and then they just start turning it more and more into Android, and then the security holes and malware problems with Android start to appear in Chrome OS, and then the advantages that Chrome OS had vanish? Isn't it one of those things? Is it really impossible to just have two different platforms with emphasis on different strengths? I think the marketing people are doing this. I blame them.

Comment Glock (Score 1) 469

This is how Gaston Glock got in the handgun market, a contract for a new sidearm for the Austrian military. I don't know handguns. All the makers have compact models now, and it seems like Glock took over the American handgun market some time ago. What do you think the chances are the US military switches to a polymer sidearm?

Comment Not the real reason (Score 4, Funny) 151

It's not really any of the power or infrastructure issues. It's the unpleasant programmer demographic with their geeky T-shirts and poor social graces that come into the neighborhood. They pop up in the coffee shops talking in acronyms and babbling on and on about technical matters. The neighborhood wants them gone.

Submission + - Jury finds Apple infringes on University of Wisconsin Patent (forbes.com)

puddingebola writes: A jury in US federal court has ruled Apple infringed on a patent held by the Univeristy of Wisconsin. From the article, "Having initially sued Apple in January 2014, the University’s licensing arm, known as the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, launched a separate, still-pending lawsuit last in September claiming it had also infringed on the patent with its latest iPhone models, the 6S and the 6S Plus. The licensing arm claims that it offered to license the patent to Apple for a fee, but the offer was ignored."

Submission + - New Linux Botnet (theregister.co.uk)

puddingebola writes: From the article, "Cybercrooks have built a network of compromised Linux servers capable of blowing websites and other systems off the internet with at least 150Gbps of junk traffic.
The XOR Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) botnet is launching 20 attacks a day from compromised machines, according to Akamai. 90 per cent of the attacks from the malware-infected computers are being thrown against organizations in Asia. The most frequent target is the gaming sector, followed by educational institutions."

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