Submission + - Chicago State University Lawyers Attack Faculty Bloggers

An anonymous reader writes: A blog run by faculty members at Chicago State University (CSU) has been threatened by university lawyers with a "cease and desist" notice. Since 2009 the blog has posted information critical of CSU's policies and hiring practices. The notice threatened legal action if the site is not disabled by Friday due to violations of "trade names and marks" without permission and violations of University policies. The blog admin changed the name of the blog in the meanwhile to Crony State University and replaced an image on the page pending legal counsel. An article with more information can be found Here Also the blog is currently still active at

Submission + - Linux Kernel running in JavaScript emulator with graphics and network support

warmflatsprite writes: It seems that there have been a rash of JavaScript virtual machines running Linux lately (or maybe I just travel in really weird circles). However until now none of them had network support, so they weren't too terribly useful. Sebastian Macke's jor1k project uses asm.js to produce a very fast emulation of the OpenCores OpenRISC processor (or1k) along with a HTML5 canvas framebuffer for graphics support. Recently Ben Burns contributed an emulated OpenCores ethmac ethernet adaptor to the project. This sends ethernet frames to a gateway server via websocket where they are switched and/or piped into TAP virtual ethernet adapter. With this you can build whatever kind of network appliance you'd like for the myriad of fast, sandboxed VMs running in your users' browsers. For the live demo all VMs connect to a single private LAN (subnet The websocket gateway also NATs traffic from that LAN out to the open Internet.

Submission + - Digital Textbook Startup Kno Was Sold for $15 Million (

Nate the greatest writes: Intel didn't mention how much they paid for digital textbook startup Kno when they announced the acquisition last week but inside sources are now saying that the digital textbook startup was picked up for a song. GigaOm reported earlier today that their sources told them that Kno sold effectively for pennies on the dollar:

Well placed sources who were in the know told us that the company sold for $15 million with some retention bonuses for the employees. Intel bought the company mostly for its hardware-related intellectual property and the employees. Intel also was one of the largest investors in the company — having pumped in $20 million via its Intel Capital arm.

Kno had raised $73 million in venture capital since it was founded 4 years ago, and it picked up another $20 million in debt. This deal was nothing less than a fire sale, and that does not bode well for the digital textbook market or other startups in this niche. Inkling, for example, just raised $20 million dollars this summer in order to compete in a market that where one of their competitors failed.

Submission + - Music industry seeks a refrain from unlicensed lyrics sites (

alphadogg writes: A music industry group is warning some 50 websites that post song lyrics that they need to be licensed or face the music, possibly in the form of a lawsuit. The National Music Publishers Association said Monday that it sent take-down notices to what it claims are 50 websites that post lyrics to songs and generate ad revenue but may not be licensed to do so. The allegedly infringing sites were identified based on a complicated algorithm developed by a researcher at the University of Georgia.

Submission + - AMD Confirms Kaveri APU is A 512 GPU Core Integrated Processor (

MojoKid writes: At APU13 today, AMD announced a full suite of new products and development tools as part of its push to improve HSA development. One of the most significant announcements to come out the sessions today-- albeit in a tacit, indirect fashion, is that Kaveri is going to pack a full 512 GPU cores. There's not much new to see on the CPU side of things — like Richland/Trinity, Steamroller is a pair of CPU modules with two cores per module. AMD also isn't talking about clock speeds yet, but the estimated 862 GFLOPS that the company is claiming for Kaveri points to GPU clock speeds between 700 — 800MHz. With 512 cores, Kaveri picks up a 33% boost over its predecessors, but memory bandwidth will be essential for the GPU to reach peak performance. For performance, AMD showed Kaveri up against the Intel 4770K running a low-end GeForce GT 630. In the intro scene to BF4's single-player campaign (1920x1080, Medium Details), the AMD Kaveri system (with no discrete GPU) consistently pushed frame rates in the 28-40 FPS range. The Intel system, in contrast, couldn't manage 15 FPS. Performance on that system was solidly in the 12-14 FPS range — meaning AMD is pulling 2x the frame rate, if not more.

Submission + - GOCE Satellite Burned Up Over Falkland Islands ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: After the European Space Agency lost radio communications with its Gravity field and steady-state Ocean Circulation Explorer (GOCE) satellite late on Sunday, the outcome was clear — the gravity probe had re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and burned up. What was less certain, however, was where the spacecraft had burned up.

The mystery of GOCE’s re-entry has now been solved — the one-ton satellite came down over the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory 300 miles east of the Patagonian coast in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Submission + - Power harvesting device covert lost energy into electricity (

An anonymous reader writes: Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels.
The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage capable of recharging a cell phone battery or other small electronic device, according to a report appearing in the journal Applied Physics Letters in December 2013. (It is now available online.)

Submission + - Three Young Coders Build Better Website in Days

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Doug Gross writes at CNN that spurred by the problems that have surrounded the rollout of the official website, three 20-year-old programmers in San Francisco have created an alternative website to help people get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act quickly and cheaply. The result is a bare-bones site called Health Sherpa that lets users enter their zip code, plus details about their family and income, to find suggested plans in their area. "We were surprised to see that it was actually fairly difficult to use to find and understand our options," says George Kalogeropoulos, who created the site along with Ning Liang and Michael Wasser. "Given that the data was publicly available, we thought that it made a lot of sense to take the data that was on there and just make it easy to search through and view available plans." Of course, it's not fair to compare the creation of Health Sherpa to the rollout of the more complicated government ACA site, which even President Obama has acknowledged as a horribly botched affair. "It isn't a fair apples-to-apples comparison," says Kalogeropoulos. "Unlike, our site doesn't connect to the IRS, DHS, and various state exchanges and authorities. Furthermore, we're using the government's data, so our site is only possible because of the hard work that the team has done." But it does cast light on the difference between what can be done by a small group of experts, steeped in Silicon Valley's anything-is-possible mentality, and a massive government project in which politics and bureaucracy seem to have helped create an unwieldy mess. The three programmers have continued fine-tuning the site as its popularity has grown. In less than a week, the site has had almost 200,000 unique visitors and over half a million page views. ""The Health Sherpa makes it ridiculously easy for anyone to compare health care plans covered under Obamacare in 34 states," writes Connor Simpson at Atlantic Wire. "The result is a simple, beautiful, remarkably responsive website that anyone could use."

Submission + - Error free genome editing made possible by breakthrough. ( 4

funky_vibes writes: The method, which is being called "Crispr" has been described as "jaw-dropping" by one Nobel scientist, and has stirred up intense excitement among DNA experts around the world.
A pre-programmed RNA molecule is inserted into the body of the organism. Using a special enzyme called CAS9 it will attach and cut the target DNA, whilst inserting data in between. It can be used for both adding and subtracting DNA at any chosen point.
The scientists also claim that the method causes no errors at the insertion points.

What will this new breakthrough be used for first? Penis or breast enlargement? You decide.

Submission + - Study: El Nino caused half the global warming since 1970s (

bricko writes: Study: El Nino caused half the global warming since 1970s

50% of the warming since the 1970s could be attributed to stronger El Niño activity, it suggests that the climate system is only about half as sensitive to increasing CO2 as previously believed,” Spencer said.

Spencer’s study, to be published in the in the Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Science, finds that climate sensitivity — the amount of warming from a doubling of carbon dioxide concentrations — is about half of what most climate scientists expect.

“Basically, previously it was believed that if we doubled the CO2 in the atmosphere, sea surface temperatures would warm about 2.5 C,” Spencer added. “But when we factor in the ENSO warming, we see only a 1.3 C final total warming after the climate system has adjusted to having twice as much CO2.”

It has been known for some time that Pacific Ocean natural warming and cooling cycles come and go in the 30-year cycles. La Nina cooling events were dominant during the 1950s to the 1970s, while El Niño warming events dominated the late 1970s to the late 1990s. The study suggests that the globe could currently be in a cooling period — which would explain the lack of warming since 1998.

Submission + - Ashley Madison Sued For Typing Injury (

rueger writes: Adulterous dating site is being sued by a former employee to the tune of $20 million. Doriana Silva is seeking $20-million from Ashley Madison for what she calls the company’s “unjust enrichment” at her expense, plus another $1-million in punitive and general damages. Her job was to "create 1,000 “fake female profiles” meant to lure men to the new Brazilian Ashley Madison site – and given only three weeks to complete the work, the document alleges." The result was an RSI injury that has left her disabled.

Submission + - Why Teenagers Are So Impulsive (

sciencehabit writes: Why do teens—especially adolescent males—commit more crimes more frequently than adults? One explanation may be that as a group, teenagers react more impulsively to threatening situations than do children or adults, likely because their brains have to work harder to reign in their behavior, a research team reports. In lab tests, those adolescents who did manage to restrain themselves showed significantly higher activity in a brain region called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, which is involved in top-down control of behavior. "You could think of it as the break," says one of the scientists. "It's as if the teenage brain might need to work a little harder to hold that response back." This could help explain why teenage criminals are less likely to be repeat offenders, the researchers say—as their brains develop into adulthood, it gets easier for them to reign in their behavior.

Submission + - NASA's Mars Orbiter Reaches Data Milestone (

Nerval's Lobster writes: NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has sent 200 terabits of scientific data all the way back to Earth over the past seven years. That data largely comes from six instruments aboard the craft, and doesn’t include the information used to manage the equipment’s health. That 200-terabit milestone also surpasses the ten years’ worth of data returned via NASA’s Deep Space Network from all other missions managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. “The sheer volume is impressive, but of course what’s most important is what we are learning about our neighboring planet,” JPL’s Rich Zurek, the project scientist for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, wrote in a statement. It takes roughly two hours for the craft to orbit Mars, recording voluminous amounts of data on everything from the atmosphere to the subsurface. Thanks to its instruments, we know that Mars is a dynamic environment, once home to water. “Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has shown that Mars is still an active planet, with changes such as new craters, avalanches and dust storms,” Zurek added. “Mars is a partially frozen world, but not frozen in time.” While the Orbiter’s two-year “primary science phase” ended in 2008, NASA has granted the hardware three additional extensions, each of which has resulted in additional insight into the Red Planet’s secrets.

Submission + - Getting drunk without alcohol - Star Trek's synthehol is on the way! ( 1

MalachiK writes: A senior academic and former UK government drugs adviser reckons that pretty soon it'll be possible to enjoy the fun of being drunk without having to suffer the negative effects of alcohol. In a proposal reminiscent of Star Trek's synthehol, Professor David Nut has identified a number of molecules that he claims offer experiences that are subjectively indistinguishable from alcohol intoxication. Apparently a major advantage of using these more selectively psychoactive drugs is that the effects can be quickly reversed. It's not all good news though as Professor Nut seems to think that the drinks industry is using its financial and political clout to stop this sort of research being undertaken.

Submission + - Feds Deploy National System of Microphones Capable of Recording Conversations ( 2

schwit1 writes: The Washington Post recently published a feature length article on gunshot detectors, known as ShotSpotter, which detailed how in Washington DC there are now, “at least 300 acoustic sensors across 20 square miles of the city,” microphones wrapped in a weather-proof shell that can detect the location of a sound down to a few yards and analyze the audio using a computer program.

While the systems are touted as “gunshot detectors,” as the New York Times reported in May 2012, similar technology is already installed in over 70 cities around the country, and in some cases it is being used to listen to conversations.

This network of computer programs, urban wi-fi infrastructure and technological products inside our homes that all have the capability of recording our conversations represents an even more invasive and Orwellian prospect than anything Edward Snowden brought to light, and yet discussion of its threat to fundamental privacy has been virtually non-existent.

Submission + - Google Debuts Chrome 32 Beta With Indicators For Noisy Tabs

An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced the release of Chrome 32 beta for Windows, Mac, and Linux. New features include tab indicators, a new look for Windows 8 Metro mode, and automatic blocking of malware downloads. The first feature is arguably the most exciting one as it finally ends the annoying search to figure out which tabs is producing sound. Furthermore, not only can you now scan for a speaker icon to quickly find that noisy tab, Chrome will also indicate which tabs are currently using your webcam or are being cast to your TV.

Submission + - Digital Medicine Could Eradicate Hospitals (

cold fjord writes: EE Times reports, "Digital healthcare could someday make hospitals obsolete, says a leading cardiologist and medical researcher. Sensors in and around the body could enable real-time, mobile medicine tailored to the individual, said Eric Topol, author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine, speaking at the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The promise is far from the reality today, but it's still very real, he said. "Were so far behind in healthcare, but there's something big going on," "We haven’t even begun to leverage Moore's Law or low-cost gene sequencing, but that’s going to happen, and it will change healthcare forever." Topol demonstrated the AliveCor device, displaying his cardiograph in real-time on his smartphone. "You can diagnose a heart attack at 30,000 feet — I get emails from patients saying 'I have an arrhythmia, now what do I do?' " He showed the results of animal research at CalTech on nano-sensors in the blood stream that can detect cells that are precursors of a heart attack. "You could know days or weeks before having a heart attack, and get a special heart-attack ring tone that hopefully won't give you a heart attack," he quipped. "We've been stuck in a 1960s view of the disease. Everything in medicine is stuck in the 1960s, but your technology will change that," he told chipmakers. "

Submission + - Mastercoin: A Second-Generation Protocol on the Bitcoin Blockchain ( 1

xeniar writes: Alternative currencies have become a popular topic in the Bitcoin space. We have Litecoin and Primecoin introducing alternative mining algorithms with novel properties, PPCoin replacing mining entirely with a non-costly alternative, Ripple creating a cryptocurrency network that can store credit relationships and user-defined currencies, and over seventy more up and running with new ones being created every week. One particularly interesting project that has received a large amount of attention over recent months, however, is Mastercoin. The key difference in Mastercoin is this: rather than trying to bootstrap an entirely new blockchain, as every other cryptocurrency does, Mastercoin seeks to create an entirely new network of currencies, commodities and securities on top of Bitcoin itself.

Submission + - Intel buys into e-text books buys Kno

BigVig209 writes: "Intel Has Acquired Kno, Will Push Further Into The Education Content Market With Interactive Textbooks"
TechCrunch is reporting that Intel has purchased e-textbook publisher Kno for an undisclosed sum. (

According to a blog post by John Galvin, GM of Intel Education, "The acquisition of Kno boosts Intel’s global digital content library to more than 225,000 higher education and K-12 titles through existing partnerships with 75 educational publishers. Even more, the Kno platform provides administrators and teachers with the tools they need to easily assign, manage and monitor their digital learning content and assessments.

We’re looking forward to combining our expertise with Kno’s rich content so that together, we can help teachers create classroom environments and personalized learning experiences that lead to student success. Check out the Intel Education newsroom for ongoing updates from Intel." (

Submission + - Basketball coach fired over hand in breast picture on facebook

RemyBR writes: A former girls' basketball coach at an Idaho high school in the US was fired for posting a photo on Facebook which shows her fiance holding her breast.
Laraine Cook said she does not know how the photo reached the office of the school district. The image, which shows Cook in a bikini posing with her fiance in front of a lake, was taken on a family holiday in the summer, she said.
Her fiance, Tom Harrison, an American football coach at the same school, was not fired over the incident, but received a reprimand.

Submission + - MPAA Backs Anti-piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

An anonymous reader writes: A number of groups, including the MPAA, are pushing to educate elementary school kids about the dangers of piracy. From the article: 'A nonprofit group called the Center for Copyright Information, which is supported by the MPAA and other groups, has commissioned a school curriculum to teach elementary-age children about the value of copyrights. The proposed curriculum is still in draft stage, but it's already taking flak. Some critics say the curriculum promotes the biased agenda of Hollywood studios and music labels. Others contend it would use up valuable classroom time when U.S. public schools are already struggling to teach the basics.'

Submission + - Journalists banned from tweeting at 2014 Sochi Olympics (

SlongNY writes: “Journalists using mobile phones to film athletes or spectators will be considered a serious violation and will result in cancellation of accreditation,” said Vasily Konov, head of the state-run R-Sport news agency, which controls accreditation at the games.

This should end well.

Submission + - If Silk Road 2.0 Gets Shut Down, Silk Road 3.0 Will Be Online in 15 Minutes (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: It only took a month for the Silk Road 2.0 to go live after the now infamous Silk Road marketplace shuttered. One month. Should the budding deep-web bazaar experience the same fate as its predecessor, and be knocked out by authorities still whack-a-moling their way through the online front of the war on drugs, the Silk Road 3.0 would be up and running in 15 minutes, tops.

That's according to the Dread Pirate Roberts, the pseudonymous head of SR 2.0. In what are arguably his most breathy public remarks to date the "new" DPR, who either cribbed his handle from the DPR of SR 1.0 fame or who is indeed the original DPR, opened up to Mike Power on his long-term vision for the site.

Submission + - Poland Hosts UN Climate Change Conference And International Coal Summit

wrackspurt writes: The Huffington Post is reporting that Poland will be hosting a high-level coal industry event while hosting the annual U.N. climate talks. Coal accounts for more than 80 percent of Poland's electricity generation and the industry provides about 600,000 jobs in a country with a 13% unemployment rate. Poland joined the EU in 2004 but the government opposes the current EU emissions cut target of 20 percent by 2020 compared to 1990 levels. U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres, a keynote speaker promotes efforts to boost renewable energy and cut funding for fossil fuels.

Submission + - Designer Creates "Car Mode" for iPhone, Disabling Texts in Moving Cars (

cartechboy writes: Texting while driving is an issue because many people find it tough to resist responding to a text, checking email--or worse--while driving. But what if your phone came with "car mode?" Car mode (conceived for iPhone so far) is the creation of New York-based designer Joey Cofone, and works sort of like airplane mode. Car mode would use Bluetooth to pair the iPhone with your car. Then when your car begins moving, car mode kicks in, sending calls to voicemail, and an autoreply to texters saying the phone is in car mode. The system basically cuts off your iPhone from the Internet and cell network (though certain functions like navigation and music wouldn't be affected). The concept won first place at the Command X contest, (participants were asked to develop a solution to end texting and driving.) Cofone and his collaborators see car mode as something built into the phone's OS, rather than a separate app, but have yet to contact Apple about it. Would you use "car mode?" (Also 'dinner mode' anyone?)

Submission + - Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Turbine Starts Generating (

mdsolar writes: A development to harness the power of the wind about 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima, site of the March 2011 nuclear disaster, began generating power on an operational basis today.

The project, funded by the government and led by Marubeni Corp. (8002), is a symbol of Japan’s ambition to commercialize the unproven technology of floating offshore wind power and its plan to turn quake-ravaged Fukushima into a clean energy hub.

“Fukushima is making a stride toward the future step by step,” Yuhei Sato, governor of Fukushima, said today at a ceremony in Fukushima marking the project’s initiation. “Floating offshore wind is a symbol of such a future.”....

The Fukushima project follows similar projects with floating turbines in Norway, Portugal and Nagasaki in southwestern Japan. The Nagasaki project is backed by Japan’s environment ministry.

Submission + - Stop listening to your users (

rsmiller510 writes: It would seem on its face that simply asking your users what they need in an app would be the easiest way to build one, but it turns out it's not quite that simple. People often don't know what they want or need or they can't articulate it in a way that's useful to you. They may say I want Google or Dropbox for the enterprise, but they don't get that developers can be so much more creative than that. And the best way to understand those users' needs is to watch what they do, then use your own skills to build apps to make their working lives better or easier.

Submission + - IE zero-day exploit disappears on reboot (

nk497 writes: Criminals are taking advantage of unpatched holes in Internet Explorer to launch "diskless" attacks on PCs visiting malicious sites. Security company FireEye uncovered the zero-day flaw on at least one breached US site, describing the exploit as a "classic drive-by download attack".

But FireEye also noted the malware doesn't write to disk and disappears on reboot — provided it hasn't already taken over your PC — making it trickier to detect, though easier to purge. "[This is] a technique not typically used by advanced persistent threat (APT) actors," the company said. "This technique will further complicate network defenders' ability to triage compromised systems, using traditional forensics methods."

Submission + - CSIRO losing many more staff. (

An anonymous reader writes: In what looks like an exercise in expinential decay, CSIRO Australia seems set to lose 500-600 more staff. We are told it will be predominantly non-permanent staff and that the the decrease won't harm the research .... Riiight. We just went through a round of losing ~250 staff (many quite significant) and have had a number of redearch programs effectively terminated.
To be fair, the current Government isn't all that enamoured with the sorts of inconvenient things scientists seem to be saying. The ABC has coverage...

Submission + - International Space Station Infected With Malware Carried by Russian Astronauts (

DavidGilbert99 writes: Nowhere is safe. Even in the cold expanse of space, computer malware manages to find a way. According to Russian security expert Eugene Kaspersky, the SCADA systems on board the International Space Station have been infected by malware which was carried into space on USB sticks by Russian astronauts.

Submission + - Desert Farming Experiment (

Taco Cowboy writes: For the past year or so, a tiny scale farming experiment in has been carried out in the desert field of Qatar, using only sunlight and seawater.

A pilot plant built by the Sahara Forest Project (SFP) produced 75 kilograms of vegetables per square meter in three crops annually (or 25 kilograms per square meter, per crop)

If the yield level can be maintained, a farm of the size of 60 hectares would be enough to supply the nation of Qatar with all the cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, and egglants that it needs.

The project will proceed to the next stage with an expansion to 20 hectares, to test its viability into commercial operation.

Submission + - Sweden is closing many prisons due to lack of prisoners. (

rtoz writes: Sweden is taking steps to close many prisons due to lack of prisoners.

This year alone, four prisons and a detention center got closed in Sweden.

The percentage of the population in Sweden prison is significantly lower than in most other countries.

And,the Swedish prison system is not generally severe. For example, the top-of-the-line prison in Sollentuna, Sweden includes cells with comfortable mattresses and private bathrooms. After prisoners hit the weight room, they can cook up a meal in the state of the art kitchen before kicking back and watching TV on the couch. Sweden’s prison authorities are quick to point out that every square inch of the prison can be seen on a security camera.

Though the Sweden Government is taking steps to close the prisons, crime rate in sweden is not reduced. Actually Crime rate it getting increased in Sweden. It seems they are planning to take steps for preventing the crimes than focusing on sentencing the people involve in criminal activities.

Submission + - U.S. Postal Service to Make Sunday Deliveries for Amazon

guttentag writes: The New York Times is reporting The USPS has struck a deal to deliver Amazon’s packages on Sundays — a first for both. The Postal Service, which lost nearly $16 billion last year, often loses money on first-class mail delivery, but package delivery is profitable. The Postal Service said it expected to make more such deals with other merchants, seeking a larger role in the $186 billion e-commerce market. For this holiday shopping season, Sunday delivery of Amazon products will be limited to the Los Angeles and New York metropolitan areas. In 2014 it is expected to expand to other cities including Dallas, Houston, New Orleans and Phoenix.

Submission + - China's Single's Day Is The World's Biggest Online Shopping Blitz

hackingbear writes: While the Cyber Monday after Thanksgiving is the busiest online shopping day in the U.S., it pals in comparison to China's Single's Day on November 11 (11/11), which started out in the 1990s as a protest to Valentine's Day. Sales on Singles' Day last year for Alibaba Group, China's biggest e-retailer, totaled more than $3.1 billion, doubling the $1.5 billion spent by U.S. consumers on Cyber Monday in 2012. This year, Alibaba's two ecommerce sites, Tmall and Taobao Marketplace, are expecting sales of at least $4.9 billion. The websites across China will be offering 50% discounts on items like boyfriend body pillows and hoodies that read "I am single because I am fat."

Submission + - Porcupines Can Be Fearsome Killers (

sciencehabit writes: With needle-sharp quills, some longer than the average human forearm, porcupines sport one of nature’s most frightening defenses against predators. But a new study shows they can be fearsome killers as well. Researchers in Italy have found that the rodents can slay dogs, foxes, and even badgers. They identified four defenses that the animals employed, in order of increasing aggression: quill erection, tail rattling, stamping and growling, and backwards or sideways attacks. The porcupines never used the latter two in one-on-one encounters, but rather as last resorts when an individual was outnumbered, or if multiple porcupines were present and more likely to inflict serious damage. In one such case, two porcupines ran backwards, forcing a dog into their den, where they fatally impaled it with their quills. Other porcupines killed four other predators, two badgers and two foxes, over the study period; such deaths have never been previously recorded in scientific literature, the team reports.

Submission + - World War II's Last Surviving Doolittle Raiders Make Their Final Toast

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: As we come up on Veteran's Day, Barrie Barber reports for the Dayton Daily News that the last Doolittle Raiders symbolically said goodbye to a decades-old tradition and to a history that changed the course of the Pacific war in World War II. Gathering from across the country together one last time, three surviving Raiders sipped from silver goblets engraved with their names and filled with 1896 Hennessy cognac in a once-private ceremony webcast to the world at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Robert E. Cole, 98, led the final toast to the 80 members of "the Greatest Generation" who took off in 16 B-25 Mitchell bombers April 18, 1942, from the deck of the USS Hornet to bomb Japan four months after a Japanese surprise naval and air attack on Pearl Harbor. “Gentleman, I propose a toast,” said Cole, as about 700 spectators watched one final time, “to those we lost on the mission and those that passed away since. Thank you very much and may they rest in peace.” Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning said the raid showed the courage and innovation of the World War II airmen flying from a carrier in a bomber that had never seen combat to attack a heavily defended nation and to attempt to land at unseen airfields in China in a country occupied by Japanese troops. More than 70 years after the attack, Edward J. Saylor, 93, remembered ditching at sea once he and his crew dropped their bombs and several close calls with being discovered by the Japanese Army while making his way through China. This may be the last time I see them together,” said the 92-year-old raider who has attended Raider reunions since 1962. “It’s a little sad for me because I’ve known them so long and know the story of what they did in 1942.”

Submission + - How Silicon Valley Helped the NSA

theodp writes: The U.S. tech giants’ pledge to up their privacy game in the wake of reports that all-your-data-belong-to-the-NSA rings a little hollow to Abraham Newman, who reminds us that such protections run counter to the business model and public policy agenda that tech companies have pursued for decades. "For years," writes Newman, "U.S. information technology (IT) firms have actively backed weak privacy rules that let them collect massive amounts of personal data. The strategy enabled the companies to work their way into every corner of consumers’ lives and gave them a competitive edge internationally. Those same policies, however, have come back to haunt IT firms. Lax rules created fertile ground for NSA snooping. In the wake of the surveillance scandals, as consumer confidence plummets, technology companies’ economic futures are threatened.

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