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+ - Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait->

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jfruh (300774) writes "If you get into the TSA security line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you'll see monitors telling you how long your wait will be — and if you have a phone with Wi-Fi enabled, you're helping the airport come up with that number. A system implemented by Cisco tracks the MAC addresses of phones searching for Wi-Fi networks and sees how long it takes those phones to traverse the line, giving a sense of how quickly things are moving. While this is useful information to have, the privacy implications are a bit unsettling."
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Google News Sci Tech: Amazon opens possibly NSA-proof German Cloud - Register->

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Amazon opens possibly NSA-proof German Cloud
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Amazon's European customers wary of US data snoops can now build scalable clouds on AWS and stay entirely on their home continent. The giant today announced the opening of its brand-new data centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The data centre – or "region"...
Amazon Web Services Cloud Computing Platform Now Available to Customers ... MarketWatch
Amazon Cloud Service Courts Germany With New Data CenterBloomberg
Amazon Web Services to Open German CenterNew York Times (blog)
TechCrunch (blog)-WallStreet.org-PR Newswire (press release)
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+ - Apple 1 Computer Sold At Auction For $905,000

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Dave Knott (2917251) writes "One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc’s first pre-assembled computer, the Apple 1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday. The final price outstrips expectations, as auction house Bonhams had said it expected to sell the machine, which was working as of September, for between $300,000 and $500,000. The buyer was The Henry Ford organization, which plans to display the computer in its museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Only 63 surviving authentic Apple 1’s were listed in an Apple 1 Registry as of January out of the 200 that were built. The auctioned computer is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 Apple-1 machines assembled by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Job’s family garage in Los Altos, California in the summer of 1976. It is also believed to be one of only 15 that still have functioning motherboards."

+ - Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin at Tsinghua University in Beijing

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HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Abby Phillip reports at the Washington Post that that Mark Zuckerberg just posted a 30-minute Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing in which he answered every question exclusively in Chinese — a notoriously difficult language to learn and particularly, to speak. "It isn't just Zuckerberg's linguistic acrobatics that make this a notable moment," writes Philip. "This small gesture — although some would argue that it is a huge moment — is perhaps his strongest foray into the battle for hearts and minds in China." Zuckerberg and Facebook have been aggressively courting Chinese users for years and the potential financial upside for the business. Although Beijing has mostly banned Facebook, the company signed a contract for its first ever office in China earlier this year. A Westerner speaking Mandarin in China — at any level — tends to elicit joy from average Chinese, who seem to appreciate the effort and respect they feel learning Mandarin demonstrates. So how well did he actually do? One Mandarin speaker rates Zuckerberg's language skills at a seventh grader's speech: "It's hard not see a patronizing note in the Chinese audience's reaction to Zuckerberg's Mandarin. To borrow from Samuel Johnson's quip, he was like a dog walking on its hind legs: It wasn't done well, but it was a surprise to see it done at all.""

+ - Radical 4-in-1 Piston Engine Promises Hybrid-Like Efficiency->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry."
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+ - Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw in Security Appliances

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Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "There is a severe remote code execution vulnerability in a number of Cisco’s security appliances, a bug that was first disclosed nearly three years ago. The vulnerability is in Telnet and there has been a Metasploit module available to exploit it for years.

The FreeBSD Project first disclosed the vulnerability in telnet in December 2011 and it was widely publicized at the time. Recently, Glafkos Charalambous, a security researcher, discovered that the bug was still present in several of Cisco’s security boxes, including the Web Security Appliance, Email Security Appliance and Content Security Management Appliance. The vulnerability is in the AsyncOS software in those appliances and affects all versions of the products."

Google News Sci Tech: Tim Cook: Apple will open 25 stores in China within two years - Telegraph.co.uk->

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Tim Cook: Apple will open 25 stores in China within two years
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Apple chief executive Tim Cook said the company is planning to open 25 retail stores in China within the next two years, according to a Chinese transcript of an interview posted by web portal Sina.com. Apple, which currently earns about 15 percent of its...
Apple Plans More Stores in ChinaWall Street Journal
UPDATE 1-Apple CEO says to add 25 stores in China within two years - SinaReuters
Cook reassures China on iPhone securityZDNet
The Star Online-Christian Science Monitor-ABC News
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+ - Computer users who damage national security could face jail->

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An anonymous reader writes "Government plans that mean computer users deemed to have damaged national security, the economy or the environment will face a life sentence have been criticised by experts who warn that the new law could be used to target legitimate whistleblowers.

The proposed legislation would mean that any British person deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer that resulted in damage to human welfare, the environment, the economy or national security in any country would face a possible life sentence.

Last week the Joint Committee on Human Rights raised concerns about the proposals and the scope of such legislation."

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+ - The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll 4

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HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "James Swearingen writes at The Atlantic that the Internet can be a mean, hateful, and frightening place — especially for young women but human behavior and the limits placed on it by both law and society can change. In a Pew Research Center survey of 2,849 Internet users, one out of every four women between 18 years old and 24 years old reports having been stalked or sexually harassed online. "Like banner ads and spam bots, online harassment is still routinely treated as part of the landscape of being online," writes Swearingen adding that "we are in the early days of online harassment being taken as a serious problem, and not simply a quirk of online life." Law professor Danielle Citron draws a parallel between how sexual harassment was treated in the workplace decades ago and our current standard. "Think about in the 1960s and 1970s, what we said to women in the workplace," says Citron. "'This is just flirting.' That a sexually hostile environment was just a perk for men to enjoy, it's just what the environment is like. If you don't like it, leave and get a new job." It took years of activism, court cases, and Title VII protection to change that. "Here we are today, and sexual harassment in the workplace is not normal," said Citron. "Our norms and how we understand it are different now."

According to Swearingen, the likely solution to internet trolls will be a combination of things. The expansion of laws like the one currently on the books in California, which expands what constitutes online harassment, could help put the pressure on harassers. The upcoming Supreme Court case, Elonis v. The United States, looks to test the limits of free speech versus threatening comments on Facebook. "Can a combination of legal action, market pressure, and societal taboo work together to curb harassment?" asks Swearingen. "Too many people do too much online for things to stay the way they are.""

Google News Sci Tech: Zuckerberg Uses Chinese to Tell Chinese He's Hiring - Bloomberg->

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Zuckerberg Uses Chinese to Tell Chinese He's Hiring
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Facebook Inc. (FB) Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg told students at one of China's top universities -- in Mandarin -- that the company is looking to employ the country's best engineers. Facebook hired more than 20 students in China last month,...
Mark Zuckerberg speaks Mandarin during Beijing Q&ATelegraph.co.uk
Mark Zuckerberg's Chinese interview -- in MandarinUSA TODAY
Zuckerberg, Speaking Chinese, Shows Up at Beijing ForumNew York Times (blog)
Los Angeles Times-The Express Tribune-India Today
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+ - Machine learning expert Michael Jordan thinks Big Data is heading for a big fail->

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agent elevator (1075679) writes "In a wide-ranging interview at IEEE Spectrum, Michael I. Jordan skewers a bunch of sacred cows, basically saying that: The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges; hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool’s errand; and despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree."
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+ - U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners for Selfie Figurines->

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the UK. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to create a full-color 3D printed model, is making its U.S. debut this week. The 3D Shapify booths are equipped with four wide view, high-resolution scanners, which rotate around the person to scan every angle. Artec claims the high-powered scan and precision printing is able to capture even the smallest details, down to the wrinkles on clothes. The scanning process generates 700 captured surfaces, which are automatically stitched together to produce an electronic file ready for 3D printing. Artec offers to print the figurines for booth operators (retailers) for $50 for a 6-in model, $70 for a 7.5-in model, and $100 for a 9-in figurine."
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+ - New Microsoft Garage Site Invites Public To Test A Wide Range Of App Ideas

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An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft today launched a new sectionon its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now. The team is kicking off with a total of 16 free consumer-facing apps, spanning Android, Android Wear, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows, and even the Xbox One. Microsoft Garage is still going to be everything it has been so far, but Microsoft has simply decided it’s time for the public to get involved too: You can now test the wild projects the company’s employees dream up."

+ - Fiber-to-the-Home Creates New Digital Divide

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dkatana (2761029) writes "Having some type of fiber or high-speed cable connectivity is normal for many of us, but in most developing countries of the world and many areas of Europe, the US, and other developed countries, access to "super-fast" broadband networks is still a dream.

Alternatives to fiber, such as cable (DOCSYS 3.0), are not enough, and they could be more expensive in the long run. The maximum speed a DOCSYS modem can achieve is 171/122 Mbit/s (using four channels), just a fraction the 273 Gbit/s (per channel) already reached on fiber."

+ - Glaciers in the Karakoram mountains do not melt - reason found-> 1

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Chipmunk100 (3619141) writes "In a phenomenon known as the "Karakoram anomaly," glaciers in the Karakoram mountains, a range within the Himalayas, have remained stable and even increased in mass while many glaciers nearby — and worldwide — have receded during the past 150 years, particularly in recent decades. Researchers report in the journal Nature Geoscience that the ice is sustained by a unique and localized seasonal pattern that keeps the mountain range relatively cold and dry during the summer."
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