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+ - Accuweather app update hijacks phone lock screens->

Submitted by willyg
willyg (159173) writes "Accuweather pushed out an update to their paid Android phone app earlier today. One of the new "features" of the update was to replace the lock screen on your phone with their own lockscreen. To the casual glance, there is little indication on the lockscreen as to which app is responsible for the new lockscreen.

The Google play store has been reporting nothing but one star reviews today as users discover who is responsible for the new lock screen, installed with no apparent warning to them.

Accuweather has been responding, and promises to fix the issue as soon as possible.

Anyone feel like trusting their "fix"???"

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+ - Scientology proven false... by their counsel->

Submitted by drinkypoo
drinkypoo (153816) writes ""In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie, and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the table." And to drive the point home, "And [a researcher] had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy officers at the time, and there was no such person.""
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Medicine

Possible Treatment For Ebola 157

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-pill-for-that dept.
RedEaredSlider writes "Researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have found a class of drugs that could provide treatment for Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever. The new drugs are called 'antisense' compounds, and they allow the immune system to attack the viruses before they can do enough damage to kill the patient. Travis Warren, research scientist at USAMRIID, said while the work is still preliminary -— the drugs have been tested only on primates — the results are so far promising. In the case of Ebola, five of eight monkeys infected with the virus lived, and with Marburg, all survived. The drugs were developed as part of a program to deal with possible bioterrorist threats, in partnership with AVI Biopharma."

Comment: Re:They already had NTP and package updates (Score 1) 548

by willyg (#33203028) Attached to: Canonical Begins Tracking Ubuntu Installations

Well, Ubuntu does have the ntp package set up to call home to ntp.ubuntu.com. I'd guess that not that many people install ntp though. In any case it's a simple edit to change the default ntp server, and I recommend doing so, to use some of the ntp pool servers (www.pool.ntp.org). Or, run your own if you've got an accurate local clock. USB connected GPS devices can be had for less than $40 US these days. Although they typically suffer from a large amount of jitter, in my experience they work well enough with ntp to keep your system clock within a second of National Institute of Standards time.

Comment: Re:why spend millions when you can spend billions? (Score 1) 326

by willyg (#32978092) Attached to: Dell Ships Infected Motherboards

As an (currently unemployed) ASIC designer, I have to agree with this. You may have THOUGHT you submitted the GDS file

url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GDSII";

for tapeout for an embedded processor core, but later find out that there were 'tweaks' added to a ROM block, or something similar, to deal with encryption issues you weren't informed of. Not that this could possibly interfere with LVS (Layout versus Schematic) or verification simulations, of course...

Comment: Bring on the Death Penalty for CEOs... (Score 0) 334

by willyg (#32251464) Attached to: Gulf Oil Spill Nearing Loop Current

Seriously. If the CEO of a major corporation, supposedly entrusted ( by the consent of the Federal Government) with safeguarding the environment while trying to make a buck on underground minerals, isn't held responsible for that corporation's actions, then we can expect to see a lot more of these environmental catastrophes.

Washington, are you paying attention ???

I think It's the only way to bring some much needed accountability to these problems...

Comment: Re:Exponential rate (Score 2, Informative) 799

by willyg (#32200182) Attached to: Gulf Gusher Worst Case Scenario

Sure. Here's a link to a commonly used oil industry graph:

2X the hydrostatic gradient is "about" the most pressure ever encountered in wells. Of course, relying on that could be part of why BP is in the mess it's in, but I suspect the original problem may well have been the hydrates, and/or a cementing problem, as speculated elsewhere in the oil industry press.

Your estimate of water and rock density is fine. It's just that downhole pressure versus formation depth can vary significantly - the total weight of the overburden is NOT translated into actual pressure, since the rock is somewhat solid...

Comment: Re:Exponential rate (Score 1) 799

by willyg (#32199434) Attached to: Gulf Gusher Worst Case Scenario

Not to mention 150,000 psi --- No, Seriously, WTF kind of drugs is the author ON????

The figure I've seen quoted for the well depths was sea floor at about 5000 feet deep, and two miles down to the producing zone - say, about another 11000 feet. That's only 16000 feet total.
Hydrostatic head would only be about 13000 psi at that depth. Even if that production zone is WAY overpressured, you're NOWHERE near 150,000 psi...

Can anyone in the media actually do MATH ???

Sorry. That was rhetorical. I already knew the answer to that question...

Comment: Re:Arctic? (Score 1) 341

by willyg (#32167884) Attached to: Methane-Trapping Ice May Have Triggered Gulf Spill

Here, Let Me Google That For You (LMGTFY)...

Here's a map from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists assembled to answer this very question...

http://smu.edu/geothermal/2004NAMap/2004NAmap.htm

I'll let you spend the money to get your answer...

For a quick and cheap estimate, here's a publication specific to one particular field in the Gulf of Mexico:

http://www.searchanddiscovery.net/documents/2007/07013forrest/images/forrest.pdf

To quickly summarize from reference # 2, in the Gulf of Mexico, you might assume a static "surface" temperature of about 73 degrees F, and an increase of about 1.17 degrees F per 100 feet of well depth.

Input Devices

Is the Line-in Jack On the Verge of Extinction? 411

Posted by timothy
from the erasing-the-analog-hole dept.
SlashD0tter writes "Many older sound cards were shipped with line-out, microphone-in, and a line-in jacks. For years I've used such a line-in jack on an old Windows 2000 dinosaur desktop that I bought in 2000 (600 Mhz PIII) to capture the stereo audio signal from an old Technics receiver. I've used this arrangement to recover the audio from a slew of old vinyl LPs and even a few cassettes using some simple audio manipulating software from a small shop in Australia. I've noticed only recently, unfortunately, that all of the four laptops I've bought since then have omitted a line-in jack, forcing me to continue keeping this old desktop on life support. I've looked around for USB sound cards that include a line-in jack, but I haven't been too impressed by the selection. Is the line-in jack doomed to extinction, possibly due to lobbying from vested interests, or are there better thinking-outside-the-box alternatives available?"

Comment: Re:Not Surprising (Score 1) 141

by willyg (#31097806) Attached to: Experts Closing In On Google Attack Coders

"Why did they even put this press release out?"

I thought the reason to put it out was obvious. I know, who on Slashdot would RTFA, but I thought it was obvious from the money shot at the end of the article:

"Companies are waking up to the fact that they've under-invested in the area of security around surveillance and monitoring and forensics to get to the bottom of what happened."

* Buy our Services! Buy Now! Help us spread FUD so your associates buy our services!!! *

Or maybe I'm just being cynical...

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