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+ - SPAM: "vape vector": e-cigs with malware.

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "E-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare a thought for your poor computer – electronic cigarettes have become the latest vector for malicious software, according to online reports.
Many e-cigarettes can be charged over USB, either with a special cable, or by plugging the cigarette itself directly into a USB port. That might be a USB port plugged into a wall socket or the port on a computer – but, if so, that means that a cheap e-cigarette from an untrustworthy supplier gains physical access to a device."

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+ - fake Price Comparison fools Walmart->

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "People are reportedly creating fake Amazon pages to show fake prices on electronics and other items. In the most heavily publicized cases, Walmart was reportedly duped into selling $400 PlayStation 4 consoles for under $100.

Here's how this scam has played out: The perpetrators create fake Amazon pages and show these fake listings to Walmart cashiers (and ultimately to store managers) in an attempt to con them into matching the phantom prices."

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+ - Solar and Wind power are the most expensive.

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "A new study from the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, argues that using solar and wind energy may be the most expensive alternatives to carbon-based electricity generation, even though they require no expenditures for fuel.....Specifically, this means nuclear power offers a savings of more than $400,000 worth of carbon emissions per megawatt of capacity. Solar saves only $69,000 and wind saves $107,000.
http://www.brookings.edu/~/med..."

+ - Look Out Mars! Siding Spring is getting closer.

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "Bottom line: The tiny nucleus of Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring will not strike Mars when it comes closest on October 19, 2014. But material shed by the comet could damage our spacecraft in orbit around the Red Planet. NASA is taking steps now to prevent damage to its orbiting spacecraft. read all about it: http://earthsky.org/space/come..."

+ - A carbon fibre e-bike: built for Batman->

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "Made of carbon-fibre and serious gadgetry, the Visiobike looks as if Batman decided to fight crime on low emissions. Its makers are billing it as a 'high-tech electric bicycle' and it certainly comes with a range of bells and whistles (but disappointingly it lacks an actual bell). The bike is controlled via a handlebar-mounted smartphone, giving riders the chance to stuff yet another aspect of their life into an app."
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+ - 'Wonder material': Scientists create graphene in kitchen blender.... 1

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "Kids, do not try this at home: Scientists have found that they can create high-quality graphene sheets using a kitchen blender and ordinary dishwasher detergent. The findings, published in the journal Nature Materials, outline a fresh way to create large amounts of this remarkable material – which could speed up the process toward putting them into future computers, smart coatings and solar cells.
http://www.latimes.com/science...

ok...next question: graphene = gun barrels?"

+ - Widespread panic in the rap world....nerds next

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "yes, Slashdot Beta does things like this. not my fault......

Widespread panic in the rap world — the high-end cough syrup that's become the lean of choice for Justin Bieber, Soulja Boy, and MANY other rap figures has officially been taken off the market ... all because of its reputation as a widely abused drug.

A rep for Actavis — famous for the highly-refined cough syrup — tells TMZ, "Given [recent media attention], Actavis has made the bold and unprecedented decision to cease all production and sales of its Promethazine Codeine product."
http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/23/..."

+ - New 'Google' for the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy->

Submitted by turkeydance
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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+ - orgasms for women at the push of a button.

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Scientists have patented a new machine that will provide orgasms for women at the push of a button.
A little smaller than a packet of cigarettes, the machine is designed to be a medical implant that uses electrodes to trigger an orgasm. The device would help some women who suffer from orgasmic dysfunction.
http://charlotte.cbslocal.com/...

that's sex discrimination!"

+ - New device aims to treat gunshot wounds

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest. Although there’s nothing simple about the impact of a gunshot wound on the human body, the process of treating gun injuries on a battlefield might become a bit faster and safer. At least, that’s the goal of the XStat, a new syringe-like device that injects a dressing straight into a wound. The XStat, created by company RevMedX (which stands for Revolutionary Medical Technology), is still a patent-pending design. — See more at: http://www.alloutdoor.com/2014..."

+ - Europe might change it's Global Warming Policy

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance (1266624) writes "quote:"The EU's reputation as a model of environmental responsibility may soon be history. The European Commission wants to forgo ambitious climate protection goals and pave the way for fracking — jeopardizing Germany's touted energy revolution in the process."
Would You Like To Know More (thanks, StarShip Troopers)? http://www.spiegel.de/internat..."

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