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+ - Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers? 1

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theodp (442580) writes ""The government is not the only American power whose motivations need to be rigourously examined," writes The Telegraph's Katherine Rushton. "Some 2,400 miles away from Washington, in Silicon Valley, Google is aggressively gaining power with little to keep it in check. It has cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that its chairman, Eric Schmidt, is a White House advisor. In Britain, its executives meet with ministers more than almost any other corporation. Google can't be blamed for this: one of its jobs is to lobby for laws that benefit its shareholders, but it is up to governments to push back. As things stand, Google — and to a lesser extent, Facebook — are in danger of becoming the architects of the law." Schmidt, by the way, is apparently interested in influencing at least two current hot-button White House issues. Joined by execs from Apple, Oracle, and Facebook, the Google Chairman asserted in a March letter to Secretary of State John Kerry that the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is not in the economic interests of the U.S.; the Obama administration on Friday extended the review period on the pipeline, perhaps until after the Nov. 4 congressional elections. And as a "Major Contributor" to Mark Zuckerberg's PAC, Schmidt is also helping to shape public opinion on the White House's call for immigration reform; just launched new attack ads (videos) and a petition aimed at immigration reform opponent Rep. Steve King. In Dave Eggers' The Circle, politicians who impede the company execs' agenda are immediately brought down. But that's fiction, right?"

Google News Sci Tech: NASA moon landing engineer John C. Houbolt dies at 95 - Fox News->

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NASA moon landing engineer John C. Houbolt dies at 95
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File-This Oct. 9, 2003, file photo shows John C. Houbolt explaining the size of different rockets required to launch various methods for landing on the moon at Grainger Engineering Library in Urbana, Ill. (AP Photo/News-Gazette, John Dixon, File).
NASA: Engineer vital to moon landing success diesSFGate

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Google News Sci Tech: Audi TT offroad concept wirelessly charges E-Tron quattro powertrain - Autoblog ->

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Audi TT offroad concept wirelessly charges E-Tron quattro powertrain
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Audi has been diving deep into the concept ideas pool for a while now, with out-there auto-show-only vehicles like the off-road Nanuk Quattro Concept (last year's Frankfurt Show) and the TT-previewing Allroad Shooting Brake (Detroit earlier this year).

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+ - Surgery with a paintbrush

Submitted by BiancaM
BiancaM (3582365) writes "A group of chemists has shown the power of nanoparticles for closing and healing surgical wounds. Using no more than a paintbrush they are able to close surgical openings as well as classical techniques such as sutures. However in fragile deap tissues such as liver even more remarkable results were found- normally fatal damage to internal organs is repaired in seconds using a nanopartilce glue. The results show that closing after surgery can be faster and simpler using nanomaterials to glue wounds shut.

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Google News Sci Tech: SpaceX wishes ISS a happy Easter, brings 5000 pounds of supplies and ... - Tech ->

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SpaceX wishes ISS a happy Easter, brings 5000 pounds of supplies and ...
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After a successful launch, SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has succeeded in transporting the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. The spacecraft is now making its way to the ISS for the delayed resupply mission. (Photo : NASA TV). The SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully...
SpaceX Celebrates Controlled Landing of Falcon 9 Rocket After MissionLatin Post
SpaceX launches Dragon capsule to ISSThe Nation
SpaceX achieves controlled landing of Falcon 9 first stageSpaceflight Now
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Google News Sci Tech: SpaceX Celebrates Controlled Landing of Falcon 9 Rocket After Mission - Latin Po->

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SpaceX Celebrates Controlled Landing of Falcon 9 Rocket After Mission
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California-based Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, widely known as simply SpaceX, is claiming a partial victory in its ongoing quest for a recoverable --- and reusable --- rocket. According to an announcement released by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk...
SpaceX achieves controlled landing of Falcon 9 first stageSpaceflight Now
Otherworldly Ambitions of Elon MuskSci-Tech Today
The Footage of SpaceX's First Falcon 9 Reusable Flight Test is Gorgeousio9
Geek-Franchise Herald-YottaFire
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Google News Sci Tech: SpaceX achieves controlled landing of Falcon 9 first stage - Spaceflight Now->

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SpaceX achieves controlled landing of Falcon 9 first stage
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SpaceX says it made two key strides toward the eventual reusability of the Falcon 9 rocket this week with the controlled splashdown of the rocket's first stage in the Atlantic Ocean on Friday and the successful first flight of a booster prototype from the company's...
Americas News Agenda for April 20GlobalPost
NASA's International Space Station humanoid, Robonaut, finally gets its
Private rocket launched to Space
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+ - New 'Google' for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy->

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turkeydance (1266624) writes "The dark web just got a little less dark with the launch of a new search engine that lets you easily find illicit drugs and other contraband online.

Grams, which launched last week and is patterned after Google, is accessible only through the Tor anonymizing browser (the address for Grams is: grams7enufi7jmdl.onion) but fills a niche for anyone seeking quick access to sites selling drugs, guns, stolen credit card numbers, counterfeit cash and fake IDs — sites that previously only could be found by users who knew the exact URL for the site."

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Google News Sci Tech: on Heartbleed: Actually, Do Change Your Passwords - Mashable->

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Hcdotgov The online application of Reginald Wright stalls as he attempts to sign up for health-care insurance on at the Atlanta Medical Center South Campus, Monday, March 31, 2014, in Atlanta. Image: David Goldman/Associated Press.
Vulnerable To 'Heartbleed' Bug, Obamacare Subscribers Told To Change ... Fox News Latino
Cyber security flaw on Obama's healthcare site could affect private informationWDAM-TV
Users of Are Being Asked to Change Their Passwords Because ...
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Hungry students, how common ? 1

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Gud (78635) writes "Opening the newspaper this morning this story hit me like bricks, as I recalled a number of these experiences from my time as grad student.

I remember choosing between eating, living in bad neighborhoods, putting gas in the car, etc. Me and my fellow students still refer to ourself as the "starving grad students." Today we laugh about these experiences because we all got good jobs that lifted us out of poverty, but not everyone is that fortunate.
I wonder how many students are having hard time concentrating on their studies due to worrying where the next meal comes from. In the article I found the attitude of collage admins to the idea of meal plan point sharing, telling as how little they care about anything else but soak students & parents for fees and pester them later on with requests for donations.
Last year I did the college tour for my first child, after reading the article, some of the comments I heard on that tour started making more sense. Like "During exams you go to the dining hall in the morning, eat and study all day for one swipe" or "One student is doing study on what happens when you live only on Ramen noodles!"
How common is "food insecurity in college or high school" ?
What tricks can you share with current students?"

+ - Beer Price Crisis on the Horizon

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Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The aficionados of beer and distilled spirits could be in for a major price-shock, if proposals by the Food and Drug Administration come to pass. Currently, breweries are allowed to sell unprocessed brewing by-products to feed farm animals. Farmers prize the nutritious, low-cost feed. But, new rules proposed by the FDA could force brewers to implement costly processing facilities or dump the by-products as waste. As one brewer put it, "Beer prices would go up for everybody to cover the cost of the equipment and installation.”"

+ - Heartbleed Exploited to Bypass Two-factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Security nightmares sparked by the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability continue. According to Mandiant, now a unit of FireEye, an attacker was able to leverage the Heartbleed vulnerability against the VPN appliance of a customer and hijack multiple active user sessions. The attack bypassed both the organization’s multifactor authentication and the VPN client software used to validate that systems connecting to the VPN were owned by the organization and running specific security software.

“Specifically, the attacker repeatedly sent malformed heartbeat requests to the HTTPS web server running on the VPN device, which was compiled with a vulnerable version of OpenSSL, to obtain active session tokens for currently authenticated users,” Mandiant’s Christopher Glyer explained. “With an active session token, the attacker successfully hijacked multiple active user sessions and convinced the VPN concentrator that he/she was legitimately authenticated."

After connecting to the VPN, the attacker attempted to move laterally and escalate his/her privileges within the victim organization, Mandiant said."

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+ - Russia Writes Off 90 Percent Of North Korea Debt->

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jones_supa (887896) writes "In Russia, the State Duma lower house on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012. Russia sees this lucrative in advancing the plans to build a gas pipe and railroad through North to South Korea. The rest of the debt, $1.09 billion, would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal installments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by North Korea will be managed by Russia's state development bank, Vnesheconombank. Moscow has been trying to diversify its energy sales to Asia away from Europe, which, in its turn, wants to cut its dependence on oil and gas from the erstwhile Cold War foe. Russia's state-owned top natural producer Gazprom is dreaming shipping 10 billion cubic meters of gas annually through the Koreas. Russia has written off debts to a number of impoverished Soviet-era allies, including Cuba. North Korea's struggling communist economy is just 2 percent of the size of neighboring South's."
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All this wheeling and dealing around, why, it isn't for money, it's for fun. Money's just the way we keep score. -- Henry Tyroon