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Submission Mozilla Fixed A 14-Year-Old Bug In Firefox, Now Adblock Plus Uses Less Memory

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla launched Firefox 41 yesterday. Today, Adblock Plus confirmed the update “massively improves” the memory usage of its Firefox add-on. This particular memory issue was brought up in May 2014 by Mozilla and by Adblock Plus. But one of the bugs that contributed to the problem was actually first reported on Bugzilla in April 2001 (bug 77999).

Submission Russia's plan to crack TOR crumbles->

mspohr writes: "The Kremlin was willing to pay 3.9 million rubles ($59,000) to anyone able to crack Tor, a popular tool for communicating anonymously over the Internet. Now the company that won the government contract expects to spend more than twice that amount to abandon the project."
Looks like this effort to crack TOR was harder than they anticipated. The company that "won" the contract is now trying to get out of it. They probably figured out that it would be harder than they anticipated. (BTW, $59,000 to crack TOR? ... cheapskates)

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Submission iOS9 already driving IPv6 uptake->

An anonymous reader writes: Just five days into the adoption of Apple's iOS9 mobile operating system, CDN provider CloudFlare registered an increase in use of the IPv6 protocol, now supported by the Apple update. Apple's tendency to unexpectedly abandon popular protocols and connections has driven forward the age of streaming and the adoption of HTML5, via the company's jettisoning of disk drives in the Mac line-up and Adobe Flash support in iOS. IPv4 doesn't have as much time left as other technologies that Apple has grown disenchanted with.
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Submission Antitrust Suit Charges No-Poaching Collusion Between Duke, UNC->

schwit1 writes: Colleges and universities lure top faculty members away from competitor institutions all the time, and the practice is (generally speaking) entirely legal. But while some relish it, others consider faculty poaching, or actively recruiting faculty members from competitors, bad form and try to avoid doing it regularly — especially to institutions in the same geographic area.

A new antitrust lawsuit alleges much more than a neighborly understanding between Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, however. The suit, brought against Duke by a medical faculty member there, rather alleges a binding no-hire agreement between the two Research Triangle institutions prevented her from getting a job at Carolina that otherwise would have been hers. The faculty member alleges there are others like her, and she's proposed a class action.

Danielle Seaman, an assistant professor of radiology at Duke, says she's been trying to get a job at Carolina for three years. She allegedly interviewed and was told by Carolina's chief of cardiothoracic imaging in 2015 that her otherwise strong chance had been rejected because the respective deans of the medical schools at Carolina and Duke had a few years earlier formally agreed to not hire faculty members between institutions at the same rank, in order to control faculty salaries.

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Submission Congress set to make the H-1B visa less costly for India->

dcblogs writes: Congress is set to drop a $2,000 H-1B visa fee mostly paid by India-based IT services providers. It only applies to firms with at least 50% of their employees on visas, and many of those firms are based in India. The fee expires on Oct. 1 and raises between $70 and $80 million annually for the U.S. The IEEE-USA believes it's a bad move. "We had half of Congress tripping over itself trying to get in front of the camera to tell the American public how upset they were about SCE (Southern California Edison), Walt Disney and all the other companies that have used this visa to eliminate American jobs," said Harrison. Now, "the only thing Congress is going to manage to do is to make (the H-1B visa) cheaper."
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Submission Nintendo Joins Khronos Group

jones_supa writes: Gamasutra reports that Nintendo has quietly joined Khronos Group, the consortium managing the OpenGL and Vulkan graphics APIs. The news was brought to Gamasutra's attention by a NeoGaf post, which notes that Nintendo's name was added to the list of Khronos Group contributing members earlier this month. As a Khronos Group contributor Nintendo has full voting rights and is empowered to participate in the group's API development, but it doesn't have a seat on the Khronos Group board and can't participate in the final ratification process of new API specifications.

Submission U.S. Restarts Hunt For Gravitional Waves With Advanced LIGO->

schwit1 writes: The hunt for gravitational waves began again for the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO)-the largest instrument of its kind. The restart follows a five-year-long, US $200-million project to overhaul the experiment's detectors.

Many physicists believe the revamped experiment, dubbed Advanced LIGO, will be the first to find direct evidence of gravitational waves: ripples in the fabric of space-time that can be created by, among other things, a pair of neutron stars or black holes orbiting each other. Gravitational waves were first theorized in 1916 by Albert Einstein as a consequence of his general theory of relativity, which celebrates its centennial this year.

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Submission Microsoft signs renewed cybersecurity agreement with NATO->

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft and NATO have today signed a renewed cybersecurity partnership which will see the tech giant exchange threat intelligence information with the agency’s Communications and Information department. The agreement falls under Microsoft’s Government Security Program (GSP), established in 2002, to allow worldwide federal bodies controlled access to Microsoft source code.
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Submission Broadband Users 'Need' At Least 10Mbps To Be Satisfied

Mickeycaskill writes: A new report says broadband users need at least 10Mbps speeds to be satisfied with their connection — especially with regards to online video which is now seen as a staple Internet application.

Researchers at Ovum measured both objective data such as speed and coverage alongside customer data to give 30 countries a scorecard. Sweden was deemed to have the best broadband, ahead of Romania and Canada, while the UK and US finished joint-eight with Russia.

“Ever since broadband services were launched, there has been discussion on what is the definition of broadband and how much speed do consumers really need?" said co-author Michael Philpott. "In 2015, the answer is at least 10Mbps if you wish to receive a good-quality broadband experience, and a significant number of households, even in well-developed broadband countries, are well shy of this mark.”

Submission Man receives a prosthetic hand that allows him to feel->

CravenRaven76 writes: A 28 year old man who has been paralyzed for almost a decade has recently received a prosthetic hand that allows for him to feel for the first time. While prosthetics have previously been able to be controlled directly from the brain, it is the first time that signals have been successfully sent the other way.
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Submission Neural network chess computer abandons brute force for 'human' approach->

An anonymous reader writes: A new chess AI utilizes a neural network to approach the millions of possible moves in the game without just throwing compute cycles at the problem the way that most chess engines have done since Von Neumann. 'Giraffe' returns to the practical problems which defeated chess researchers who tried to create less 'systematic' opponents in the mid-1990s, and came up against the (still present) issues of latency and branch resolution in search. Invented by an MSc student at Imperial College London, Giraffe taught itself chess and reached FIDE International Master level on a modern mainstream PC within three days.
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Submission Sen. Ron Wyden Says CISA Data Collection Could Put Americans At Risk

blottsie writes: In a new interview, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) says the Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) may put more Americans at risk because the U.S. government has failed to learn the right security lessons from the attack on the Office of Personnel Management. He says, in part:

"I’ve been watching as this goes forward—there’s this phrase going around the cybersecurity community, 'If you can't protect it, don't collect it.' Now, there is never going to be a system that's 100 percent safe. But what I'm going to start [saying] on the floor as we get to this [CISA debate], is, you give the government a huge new trove of personal information about Americans before you’ve addressed the problems that were documented all the way back to 2007—those security holes—before you address those, [before] you plug them, that’s like responding to a bear attack by stockpiling honey. That’s going to be how I open the debate."

Submission Only Self-Awareness Can Keep Drones Out of Do Not Fly Zones-> 2

szczys writes: Chris Anderson is on the bleeding edge of the drone world having founded 3D Robotics (drone manufacturer) and DIY Drones (enthusiast site). He takes on the issues of people flying them where the ought not and concludes that making drones self aware is the best solution.

This isn't the 'robots are trying to kill you" type of self awareness. Instead, it considers drone type, operator, and location, to establish if all those factors equate to a safe flight area. This is an important issue — in the last few months there have been several stories of drones in places they should not have been. This included incidents like disrupting the efforts of airborne firefighting and interfering with a police manhunt.

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Submission 'Assisted Living' Spaces Festooned With Sensors To Monitor Seniors 24/7/365->

kheldan writes: An assisted-living facility in southeastern Columbia, MO, will now feature living spaces for senior citizens equipped with sensors throughout to detect changes in the inhabitants health on a continual basis.

The monitoring system includes several different types of sensors placed throughout an individual’s living space in discreet locations. One sensor rests between the mattress and the box spring and monitors pulse and respiration rates to detect restlessness in bed. If someone is not sleeping well, Skubic said, it’s often an early indicator of a health change.

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Submission Alabama will require students to learn about evolution, climate change->

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time, public school students in Alabama will be required to understand evolution, thanks to new curriculum rules behind implemented next year. Teachers in the state will also be required to discuss climate change. Not only did the 40-person, Republican-controlled Board of Education pass the standards unanimously, but nobody even spoke out against them at a board meeting. The new rules say, "The theory of evolution has a role in explaining unity and diversity of life on earth. This theory is substantiated with much direct and indirect evidence. Therefore, this course of study requires our students to understand the principles of the theory of evolution from the perspective of established scientific knowledge. The committee recognizes and appreciates the diverse views associated with the theory of evolution."
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