wired_parrot writes "In the latest Snowden documents leak, the Washington Post is reporting that the NSA is tracking hundreds of millions of cellphone locations worldwide. This data includes a large amount of American cellphone users collected "incidentally". This allows them to track people from afar into confidential business meetings or personal visits to medical facilities, hotel rooms, private homes and other traditionally protected spaces."Link to Original Source
wired_parrot writes "New documents leaked show that the NSA was not only monitoring suspected radical sympathizers, but planned to discredit them based on their web-surfing habits. This includes not only evidence of porn browsing and online sexual activity, as well as extorsion and blackmail based on innapropriate use of funds. At the same time, the document leaked notes that very few of contacts noted were associated with terrorism"Link to Original Source
wired_parrot writes "The USAF believes it may have identified the root cause of the F-22 Raptor's oxygen troubles: pilots are running into physiological limitations in attempting to breath oxygen while under high-g loads, leading to a condition know as acceleration atelectasis. This is being aggravated by the anti-g suit worn by pilots, which puts pressure in their chest. It may be that the F-22 has reached the edge of what a human pilot can handle"Link to Original Source
wired_parrot writes "The international credibility of Australia’s universities is being undermined by the increase in the “pseudoscientific” health courses they offer, two academics write in a recent article decrying that a third of australian universities now offer courses in such subjects as homeopathy and traditional chinese medicine, which undermines science based medicine. "As the number of alternative practitioners graduating from tertiary education institutions increases, further health-care resources are wasted, while the potential for harm increases.""Link to Original Source
wired_parrot writes "Responding to complaints from employees that email outside of working hours was disrupting their lives, Volkswagen has taken the step of shutting their email servers outside work-hours. Other companies have taken similar steps, with at least one taking the extraordinary step of banning internal e-mail altogether. Is this new awareness of the disruption work email brings on employee's personal life a trend?"Link to Original Source
wired_parrot writes "A security expert has received a lifetime ban from Apple after revealing that a supposed stock ticker program that he'd uploaded to the app store was actually a proof-of-concept malicious app, capable of stealing private info from the user's device. Experts warned that this malicious iphone app could be "the first of many"."Link to Original Source
wired_parrot writes "A new technique pioneered by the university of Bristol offers the possibility of composite structures that can heal themselves. The technology would be available to market in 4 years, where asides from safety benefits in aerospace applications, it should reduce the weight of composite structures."
wired_parrot writes "After a botched 911 call in Canada from a VoIP phone where responders where sent to the wrong province, canadian federal regulators are now looking at possible changes to the way VoIP is regulated. With 15% of canadians using VoIP, are many people in peril of not having emergency response when needed?"