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Submission Scientists Invent a New Steel as Strong as Titanium-> 1

schwit1 writes: South Korean researchers have solved a longstanding problem that stopped them from creating ultra-strong, lightweight aluminum-steel alloys.

Today a team of material scientists at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea announced what they're calling one of the biggest steel breakthroughs of the last few decades: an altogether new type of flexible, ultra-strong, lightweight steel. This new metal has a strength-to-weight ratio that matches even our best titanium alloys, but at one tenth the cost, and can be created on a small scale with machinery already used to make automotive-grade steel. The study appears in Nature.

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Submission Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s

schwit1 writes: A new study finds that people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter.

A study published recently in the journal Obesity Research & Clinical Practice found that it's harder for adults today to maintain the same weight as those 20 to 30 years ago did, even at the same levels of food intake and exercise. The authors examined the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the physical activity data of 14,419 people between 1988 and 2006. They grouped the data sets together by the amount of food and activity, age, and BMI.

They found a very surprising correlation: A given person, in 2006, eating the same amount of calories, taking in the same quantities of macronutrients like protein and fat, and exercising the same amount as a person of the same age did in 1988 would have a BMI that was about 2.3 points higher. In other words, people today are about 10 percent heavier than people were in the 1980s, even if they follow the exact same diet and exercise plans.

Submission Chrome AdBlock joining Acceptable Ads Program (And Sold to Anonymous Company)->

basscomm writes: Hot on the heels of the formation of the independent board to oversee "acceptable ads", users of the popular Chrome ad blocking extension, AdBlock, got notice that AdBlock is participating by the program, and that acceptable ads are being turned on by default.

At the bottom of the announcement, buried in the fine print is word that AdBlock has been sold, but nobody will say to whom.

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Submission Boulders high on the coast of Cape Verde show 170-270m Tsunami 73,000 years ago->

TaleSlinger writes: Researchers from University of Bristol, UK found that boulders strewn 200m above sea level on Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, were ripped from cliffs below and washed up there by a tsunami between 170m and 270m (550-850ft).
Researchers at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory dated the tsunami at 73,000 years ago.
Its interesting that this is about the same time as the Mt. Toba Eruption and about the same time humans nearly became extinct.

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Submission Intuit stores users' ids, passwords and financial data

wbean writes: I wonder how many Quicken users understand that their user ids, passwords and financial data are stored on Intuit servers. This seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Take a look at this link:

Click on the "Express Web Connect / Quicken Connect — Details" link near the bottom of the page to get the full scoop on what Intuit stores.

Comment This Again? (Score 1) 295

I thought we put image formats to bed in the 90's. Hell, it feels like png is just barely starting to be used by reputable companies even though browsers have supported it for a while. It also seems like we still don't have a viable replacement for animated GIFs either, even though png was supposed to take care of that as well. I suppose even if this image format is wildly successful by those standards, I'll just about be ready to retire by the time we start seeing it in widespread use.

Submission Stagefright 2.0 Exploit Affects Millions of Android Devices

An anonymous reader writes: While Google is still working to get the recently announced Stagefright vulnerability fixed across all of its operating systems, a second Stagefright vulnerability has now been discovered affecting millions of Android devices. The Stagefright Mark II vulnerability was discovered by Zimperium Lab researches and said that the vulnerability affects Android 5.0 and higher and could be exploited by corrupted MP3 or MP4 files. During the exploitation of this vulnerability, users simply need to browse a web site with the crafted code for their device to be exploited giving hackers full control of their device allowing them to steal your information, spy on you, or install other software to give them access even after you fix the vulnerability.

Submission The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement->

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: The FSF and the Software Freedom Conservancy have announced "The Principles of Community-Oriented GPL Enforcement".

"This document, co-authored with the Free Software Foundation (FSF), outlines basic guidelines for any organization that seeks to uphold copyleft licenses on behalf of the public good."

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Submission How someone acquired the domain name for a single minute->

An anonymous reader writes: We’ve all been there: It’s nearly 2 in the morning and you’re cruising around the Internet looking for new domain names to purchase. I mean, talk about a cliched night, right?

Now imagine that during the course of your domain browsing, you unexpectedly discover that the holy grail of domain names — — is (gasp!) available for purchase for the low, low price of just $12. Testing fate, you attempt to initiate a transaction. Dare I say, you’re feeling a little bit lucky. And just like that, in the blink of an eye, the transaction goes through and the vaunted and highly valuable Google domain is in your possession.

While this might read like a ridiculous plot summary from some horrible piece of nerd fiction, this series of events above, believe it or not, actually happened to former Googler Sanmay Ved earlier this week.

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Submission Time to move off adblock plus?->

pcause writes: Adblock Plus already lets a lot of ads through its filters if companies pay it. Now it is going to create a body to decide what other ads should get through its filters. The body will have advertisers, publisher and "the public". But since advertisers and publishers created the problem in the first place and given the IAB's various positions on ad blocking, can we expect them to have tight rules to prevent tracking and other abuses? Not a chance. Switch to a better blocker now to show your displeasure with the entire acceptable ads stuff, since it doesn't address the problems. I switched to uBlock when it first came out and it is great.
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Comment Re:Let me recycle my joke from Reddit (Score 1) 256

Yuh huh. Served in their school system there, it was a disgusting greenish hue, in an even more disgusting pineapple... "sauce". I may have only been 6 at the time, but I still count it as one of the more disgusting things I've ever put in my mouth. And I've had durian and natto.

Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 1) 256

Yeah, that's a good point. I've met a couple of people who were apparently traumatized by canned peas growing up, at least one of them so severely that I thought he should seek therapy to address his food hang-ups. I've also met several people who were apparently traumatized by fish growing up. Again, at least one of them probably needed therapy for it. Given that we've been screwing up our kids to the point where they need therapy, we'd probably be better off if we just gave them all a brick and let them fend for themselves.

All science is either physics or stamp collecting. -- Ernest Rutherford