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+ - Brain-to-brain interface for remote control oh humans->

Submitted by stiebing.ja
stiebing.ja (836551) writes "The University of Washington have created a brain-to-brain device where one person could remote control the movement of another one just by imagining a movement.
The signals where sent by a EEG device over the internet to a TMS device which then triggered the movement in the brain of the receiver.
As similar experiments also had been done from human brain to rats, this is now the first time humans control humans."

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+ - Brazilian journals' self-citation cartel smashed ->

Submitted by ananyo
ananyo (2519492) writes "Thomson Reuters has uncovered a Brazilian self-citation cartel in which editors of journals cited each other to boost their impact factors. The cartel grew out of frustration with the system for evaluating graduate programs, which places too much emphasis on publishing in 'top tier' journals, one of the editors claims. As emerging Brazilian journals are in the lowest ranks, few graduates want to publish in them. This vicious cycle, in his view, prevents local journals improving. Both the Brazilian education ministry and Thomson Reuters have censured the journals. The ministry says articles from the journals published in 2012-12 will not count in any future assessment, and Thomson Reuters has suspended their impact factors."
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+ - YouTube Removes Greenpeace's F1 Protest Video->

Submitted by rgbe
rgbe (310525) writes "Greenpeace has claimed YouTube removed a video of its protest from this weekend’s Formula One race in Belgium, at the bequest of the sport’s organisers. The protest sought to draw attention to oil giant Shell’s operations in the Arctic, where a spill would be a “disaster, threatening a region of breathtaking beauty and the polar bears that live there”, according to Greenpeace. It formed part of the Save The Arctic campaign." The video is now available on Vimeo and Facebook."
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+ - Why you won't see or hear the 'I have a dream' speech->

Submitted by Amorymeltzer
Amorymeltzer (1213818) writes "In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, The Washington Post has an opinion piece by lawyer Josh Schiller detailing how copyright will prevent the full speech from being heard or seen by most:

A few months after King delivered the speech, he sent a copy of the address to the U.S. Copyright office and listed the remarks as a “work not reproduced for sale.” In legal terms, this is also known as an unpublished work. He subsequently sued to enjoin two publishers from distributing phonographic reproductions of the address.

Since 1963, King and, posthumously, his estate have strictly enforced control over use of that speech and King’s likeness. A few years ago, the estate received more than $700,000from the nonprofit foundation that created and built the monument to King on the Mall in order to use his words and image. The only legal way to reproduce King’s work — at least until it enters the public domain in 2038 — is to pay for a licensing fee, rates for which vary.

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+ - Researchers reverse-engineer Dropbox cracking heavily obfuscated Python app

Submitted by rjmarvin
rjmarvin (3001897) writes "Two developers were able to successfully reverse-engineer Dropbox http://sdt.bz/64049 to intercept SSL traffic, bypass two-factor authentication and create open-source clients. They presented their paper, "Looking inside the (drop) box" at USENIX 2013, explaining step-by-step how they were able to succeed where others failed in reverse-engineering a heavily obfuscated application written in Python. They also claimed the generic techniques they used could be applied to reverse-engineer other Frozen python applications: OpenStack, NASA, and a host of Google apps, just to name a few..."

+ - James Deen Made the First-Ever Google Glass Porn->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "“I like gadgets. I like gizmos. I like technology and stuff,” said the object of millions of people’s sexual ideation as he munched on a chocolate croissant. Having had Glass for only two days prior to this meeting, I was just beginning to play with it myself, and was weighing my own experiences with the endless and unavoidable internet hype. It was a bizarre series of events through which I found myself in this scenario: helping to pioneer the first porn shoot of its kind, in which James Deen and Andy San Dimas would each don Glass and record their exploits so that the world could experience sex through their points of view."
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+ - Viber hacked by Syrian Electronic Army->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The hacking group known as the Syrian Electronic Army have hacked into Viber, defacing its support website, and posting what they claim is evidence of surveillance by the free phone-messaging app.

The Syrian Electronic Army posted a message claiming the "Israeli-based Viber is spying and tracking you" alongside what appeared to be a screenshot of an internal Viber database containing users’ phone numbers, device UDIDs, IP address, operating system, and Viber version information.

Independent security researcher Graham Cluley said, "this is obviously highly damaging for Viber"."

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+ - Robotic Snakes to Aid Power Plants in Disaster->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Scientists tested the snakes in the Zwentendorf nuclear power plant in Austria, and the results were postively described in a CMU press release. The 37-inch long mechanical creatures are made up of 16 modules with joint-like features, allowing the androids to have kinetic freedom while imitating the movement of snakes (of course, these prototypes can also move in manners foreign to serpents). They can climb pipes, wriggle, and roll—and even lift their "heads" much like a cobra, a feature it uses for camera visibility."
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+ - Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released with major new features->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Still the most popular opensource Office suite, Apache OpenOffice has been released with many new enhancements and a new sidebar, based on IBM Symphony's implementation but with many improvements. The code still has comments in german but as long as real new features keep coming and can be shared with other office suites no one is complaining."
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+ - Google Has Another Machine Vision Breakthrough?->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Google Research has just released details of a Machine Vision technique which might bring high power visual recognition to simple desktop and even mobile computers. It claims to be able to recognize 100,000 different types of object within a photo in a few minutes — and there isn't a deep neural network mentioned. It is another example of the direct "engineering" approach to implementing AI catching up with the biologically inspired techniques. This particular advance is based on converting the usual mask based filters to a simpler ordinal computation and using hashing to avoid having to do the computation all most of the time.
The result of the change to the basic algorithm is a speed up of around 20,000 times, which is astounding.
The method was tested on 100,000 object detectors using over a million filters on multiple resolution scalings of the target image which were all computed in less than 20 second using nothing but a single multi-core machine with 20GB of RAM. So rather than a supercomputer all you need is a desktop machine."

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+ - A Radical Plan for Saving Microsoft's Surface RT->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Last week, Microsoft announced that it would take a $900 million write-off on its Surface RT tablets. Although launched with high hopes in the fall of 2012, the sleek devices—which run Windows RT, a version of Windows 8 designed for hardware powered by the mobile-friendly ARM architecture—have suffered from middling sales and fading buzz. But if Microsoft decides to continue with Surface, there’s one surefire way to restart its (metaphorical) heart: make it the ultimate bargain. The company’s already halfway there, having knocked $150 off the sticker price, but that’s not enough. Imagine Microsoft pricing the Surface at a mere pittance, say $50 or $75—even in this era of cheaper tablets, the devices would fly off the shelves so fast, the sales rate would make the iPad look like the Zune. There’s a historical precedent for such a maneuver. In 2011, Hewlett-Packard decided to terminate its TouchPad tablet after a few weeks of poor sales. In a bid to clear its inventory, the company dropped the TouchPad’s starting price to $99, which sent people rushing into stores in a way they hadn’t when the device was priced at $499. Demand for the suddenly ultra-cheap tablet reached the point that HP needed weeks to fulfill backorders. (Despite that sales spike, HP decided to kill the TouchPad; the margins on $99 obviously didn’t work out to everyone’s satisfaction.) In the wake of Microsoft announcing that it would take that $900 million write-down on Surface RT, reports surfaced that the company could have as many as six million units sitting around, gathering dust. Whether that figure is accurate—it seems more based on back-of-napkin calculations than anything else—it’s almost certainly the case that Microsoft has a lot of unsold Surface RTs in a bunch of warehouses all around the world. Why not clear them out by knocking a couple hundred dollars off the price? It’s not as if they’re going anywhere, anyway."
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+ - Eola's Web Patent Claim Invalidated by US Court

Submitted by Ajay Anand
Ajay Anand (2838487) writes "A US court has upheld a decision to invalidate a tech firm's claim to own technologies underpinning the web.

Eolas's claims revolved around a series of patents it had been using to extract licence fees from hi-tech firms such as Microsoft and Oracle.

However, Eolas's claims were disputed by many others including web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

The ruling will also mean an end to many other lawsuits Eolas mounted against hi-tech firms."

+ - Next-Gen Video Encoding: x265 Tackles HEVC/H.265->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Late last night, MulticoreWare released an early alpha build of the x265 library. x265 is intended to be the open source counterpart to the recently released HEVC/H.265 standard which was approved back in January, much in the same way that x264 is used for H.264 today. Tom's Hardware put x265 through a series of CPU benchmarks and then compared x265 to x264. While x265 is more taxing in terms of CPU utilization, it affords higher quality at any given bit rate, or the same quality at a lower bit rate than x264."
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