Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What is the best way to mentor online? 1

vanyel writes: Having grown up in a rural setting with few resources and recently chatting with a CS student overseas in a less than ideal setting made me think about mentoring options. I'd thought that perhaps mentoring.<stackexchangesite> might be a good option, but they seem to be rather against the idea and even I admit a Q&A format like they're setup for isn't the best. I think mentoring would be a valuable service though, so I ask What *should* online mentoring look like?

Submission + - Judge Again Denies Government Digital Search Warrant for Being Too Broad

An anonymous reader writes: Judge John Faccioli, federal magistrate judge of D.C., has once again denied a government request for a search warrant for a suspect's electronic data on the grounds that the request is too broad. In this latest case, the judge has denied the government access to a suspect's iPhone, stating that 'the government fails to articulate how it will limit the possibility that data outside the scope of the warrant will be searched.' He specifically asked for a search protocol which would address not only 'how [the government] will determine which blocks [of the flash drive] should be searched for data within the scope of the warrant' but also how the government would handle data that it may find outside the scope of the warrant. In a similar case earlier this March, Judge Faccioli denied a government request for a warrant to search a suspect's email account for also being too broad.

Submission + - The Soberphone May Help Alcoholics on the Road to Recovery 1

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Mark Prigg reports on a smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that sounds an alert when they get too close to their favorite bars. A-CHESS has been deemed a success in initial trials as adults who got free sober smartphones reported fewer drinking days and more overall abstinence than those who got the usual follow-up support. The app contains a range of support facilities, including GPS that triggers when the person gets near a favorite bar. If it seems that they are contemplating entering (such as if they stay near the area), the app will play a pre-recorded confessional video of the patient recounting their experience with alcoholism or a recording of one of their children pleading with them not to drink. The app also includes a panic button that can be programmed to notify peers who are nearest to the patient when the button is pushed. "It does seem a little intrusive, but for people who are really battling with alcoholism, they need a lot of this type of monitoring and ongoing support," says Dr. Scott Krakower. "They do well in controlled settings, but when they leave the center and go back into their environment, they are at risk for relapse." A clinical trial observed 350 participants recently released from rehabilitation centers, with 52 percent using A-CHESS remaining alcohol-free for the following year. Of those participants who received only traditional support methods, only 40 percent remained alcohol-free. Users of A-CHESS also experienced half the risky drinking days of those who did not. A company is being formed to commercialize the app and A-CHESS could soon become available to the public through Android and Apple stores. Dr. Gail Basch says proven methods for helping prevent relapse include patient monitoring and support from family and peers. "A stand-alone mobile app may not be the answer, but one can see how it could fit in nicely. A real-time tool, as well as reminders throughout the day, could be very helpful for a recovering brain."

Submission + - How Secure is your WiFi? Not Very,... (

SternisheFan writes: explores the question of how secure WiFi really is. I'll insert a quick paste from the (well written) article below, though the linked article really needs to be read fully (including the comments) in order to be properly discussed on Slashdot. The answer seems to be, 'Not very secure at all.' "

"At the end of the day, maybe the question to ask is “What do I need to do to make it not worth a casual hacker’s time to penetrate my network?” or “What is the real cost of having my network compromised?”, and going from there. There is no quick and easy answer...

Submission + - Microsoft And Dell Sign Patent Agreement For Android, Chrome OS, And Xbox

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft and Dell today announced a patent licensing agreement that will allow the companies to share technology and “build on each other’s innovations.” While the duo didn’t reveal too many details, three product lines were mentioned: Android, Chrome OS, and Xbox. Microsoft and Dell say they have agreed to license each other’s applicable intellectual property related to Android and Chrome OS devices as well as Xbox gaming consoles. The terms state Dell will pay Microsoft royalties for Dell’s products running either Android or Chrome OS, and Microsoft will be "on consideration to Dell for a license for Xbox gaming consoles."

Submission + - Xbox One reputation system penalizes gamers who behave badly

DroidJason1 writes: Microsoft has added new "player reputation scores" to each Xbox Live member's Gamercards consisting of the colors green, yellow, and red. The more hours you play fairly online without being reported as abusive by other players, the better your reputation will be. Good players are given a green color, while those that need work are "yellow" and those that need to be avoided are "red."

Submission + - Book Review: Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban (

Giorgos Psistakis writes: Real life examples are always crucial in understanding as they can translate abstract theoretical concepts into things we can relate to from our experience. Anyone looking from above the whole Agile concept and its techniques or methodologies may seem lost. I know I felt lost when I first begun to be educated in the agile mindset. And while zooming in and reading specific frameworks like Scrum and Kanban is very useful, it is most interesting to get real life examples for the whole time span.

The book I recently read, “Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban by Henrik Kniberg” does exactly that, offers a captivating real life example.

First things first the author is a popular keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, he has an excellent knowledge about Agile and he is super-good at his work. I have heard from fellow agileans that he is an excellent presenter and writer and he truly is. He takes the whole Kanban concept and implements it on a complex Public organization by demonstrating how agile principles are being used in a large scale project for the Swedish police. The important thing to note is not the mere fact they are using Scrum and Kanban, but the way they adapt them into their job context.

The book has two major parts. The actual case study and some additional info for the readers.

The first part is the most interesting, presenting the use of agile techniques and the way this process is still changing and being optimized. Reading the story provokes you to think how you could use it in your own work. Other than the technicalities of the actual Kanban board and process, the main thing that the reader should take in is the notion of “people mindset”. Without people mentality being receptive to change and trust the whole thing wouldn’t work. From the upper manager to the developer and even the end-user.

Kniberg is such a good writer that while reading the book you get the feeling you belong to one of the teams in the case study. I learned stuff and really enjoyed reading this book. It is certainly a must read.

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Submission + - Calendar System for the Information Age

chimeraha writes: Synchronized with the northern winter solstice and the UNIX Epoch, the terran computational calendar contains 13 identical months of 28 days each in addition to a short Month Zero containing only new year's day and a single leap year day every four years (with the exception of every 128 years). The beginning of this zero-based numbering calendar, denoted as TC, is on the solstice, exactly 10 days before the UNIX Epoch (effectively, December 22nd, 1969 00:00:00 UTC in the Gregorian Calendar). It's "terran" inception and unit durations reflect the human biological clock and align with astronomical cycles and epochs. Its "computational" notation, start date, and algorithm are tailored towards the mathematicians & scientists tasked with calendrical programming and precise time calculation.

There's a lot more information at including a date conversion form and a handfull of code-snipits & apps for implementing the terran computational calendar.

Submission + - Astronomers Surprised to Find First Asteroid With Rings (

mpicpp writes: For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered a ring system surrounding an asteroid. The finding is a complete surprise to planetary scientists, who are yet unsure exactly how such rings could have formed.

The cosmic bling was found around an object named Chariklo, which orbits in a region between Saturn and Uranus. At 155 miles across, or about the length of Massachusetts, Chariklo is the largest known asteroid in its neighborhood. Looking to get a better idea of its exact size and shape, astronomers trained their telescopes on the giant space rock as it passed in front on a distant star in June 2013. As Chariklo performed its eclipse, researchers noticed something odd: The star’s light flickered just a bit immediately before and after Chariklo’s pass.

The reason for this darkening was the asteroid’s two dense rings, which had briefly blocked the starlight. The thicker inner ring is about four miles wide, while the thinner outer ring is a little less than two miles. Spectroscopic analysis of the starlight also revealed that the rings are composed partially of water ice.

Submission + - Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay So (

mendax writes: A New York Times op-ed reports:

A team of web designers recently released an astonishingly innovative app for streaming movies online. The program, Popcorn Time, worked a bit like Netflix, except it had one unusual, killer feature. It was full of movies you’d want to watch.

When you loaded Popcorn Time, you were presented with a menu of recent Hollywood releases: “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “12 Years A Slave” and hundreds of other acclaimed films were all right there, available for instant streaming at the click of a button.

If Popcorn Time sounds too good to be true, that’s because it was. The app was illegal — a well-designed, easy-to-use interface for the movie-pirating services that have long ruled the Internet’s underbelly. Shortly after the app went public, its creators faced a barrage of legal notices, and they pulled it down.

But like Napster in the late 1990s, Popcorn Time offered a glimpse of what seemed like the future, a model for how painless it should be to stream movies and TV shows online. The app also highlighted something we’ve all felt when settling in for a night with today’s popular streaming services, whether Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, or Google or Microsoft’s media stores: They just aren’t good enough.

Submission + - Small World Spotted Far Beyond Pluto (

sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have detected a small world more than twice as remote as Pluto, lying 12 billion kilometers, or 83 AU, from the sun. The new object is the first ever found whose orbit resembles that of Sedna, a far-off body that never gets close to Neptune's path. The new world is roughly 450 kilometers across, just one-fifth Pluto's diameter. Both Sedna and its small sidekick probably belong to the inner part of the Oort cloud, the frigid reservoir of long-period comets that can dazzle us when they dash toward the sun, and suggest that many other far-flung objects await discovery.

Submission + - Saturn-Like Rings Spotted Around Asteroid (

sciencehabit writes: Even before astronomers pointed their telescopes at a dim star over Chile last June, they knew it would darken for a few seconds as an asteroid passed in front of it. What they didn’t expect were two brief flickers a few seconds beforehand and afterward, suggesting that the asteroid was encircled by Saturn-like rings. The find is the first evidence for such rings around anything in our solar system other than a giant planet.

Submission + - Gameover Malware Targets Job Seekers (

itwbennett writes: A new variant of the Gameover computer Trojan is targeting job seekers and recruiters by attempting to steal log-in credentials for and accounts. Like the Zeus banking malware on which it is based, Gameover can steal log-in credentials and other sensitive information by injecting rogue Web forms into legitimate websites when accessed from infected computers. 'A computer infected with Gameover ZeuS will inject a new 'Sign In' button [into the sign-in page], but the page looks otherwise identical,' security researchers from antivirus firm F-Secure said Tuesday in a blog post.

Submission + - Xbox Live reputation reward system revealed (

An anonymous reader writes: Last July Xbox detailed their plan to introduce a reputation system that would reward people with a good reputation and punish people with a bad one, now they have finally explained each ‘reputation’ in detail.

The official xbox blog details each status of player ranks:

Submission + - Astronauts still orbiting Earth after planned 6-hour trip to space station goes

rlinke writes: On Tuesday, three astronauts expected to be safely onboard the International Space Station, meeting their new crew mates and getting to work. That, though, is not the case.

One NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are still orbiting the Earth in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft nearly 24 hours after lifting off on what was expected to be a six-hour trip.

Submission + - GNOME 3.12 released (

Sri Ramkrishna writes: Like clockwork, the next version of GNOME has been released with updated applications, bugfixes and so forth. People can look forward to faster loading time and a little more performance than before. There is a video that is also been created to highlight the release! Check it out!

Submission + - California's anti-game senator Leland Yee arrested on corruption, bribery charge (

g1nG3Rj0urNAl157 writes: Democratic California state senator Leland Yee, an outspoken critic of the video game industry, has been arrested on bribery and corruption charges. The FBI nabbed the politician this morning during a sting operation, sources have told NBC Bay Area. Yee represents District 8, which includes video game development hotbeds like San Francisco and San Mateo County. Gamers know him as the man who put forth the much-publicized violent game law that the United States Supreme Court struck down in 2011.

Submission + - Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Marcus Wohlsen writes that the most recent ban against Tesla selling cars directly from the company instead of through third-party dealers was enacted in New Jersey with the support of Gov. Chris Christie, a possible contender for the GOP nomination. That prompted Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Christie rival, to heartily defend Tesla’s direct sales model. “Customers should be allowed to buy products that fit their need," says Rubio, "especially a product that we know is safe and has consumer confidence beneath it.” Perhaps even more surprising is the love shown by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the once and possibly future presidential hopeful whose oil-rich state bars employees in Tesla’s two showrooms from even telling potential customers how much the Model S costs. “I think it’s time for Texans to have an open conversation about this,” says Perry, "the pros and the cons. I’m gonna think the pros of allowing this to happen outweigh the cons.” The sudden GOP embrace of an electric car company once reviled as a symbol of Northern California enivro-weenies might seem ironic says Wohlsen, but the real irony is that conservative politicians ever opposed Tesla at all. "The widespread franchise rules giving car dealers virtual monopolies in their territories epitomize the government-controlled marketplace Republicans purportedly despise," writes Wohlsen adding that possible presidential contenders realize there may be political capital to be gained in supporting Tesla. But the real winner is Tesla. If the company can manage to associate its brand with all the positive qualities Rubio and Perry hope rub off on them, few politicians will want to take the risk to stand against them. Mitt Romney called Tesla Motors a “loser” company during his 2012 run for president. In 2016 running against Tesla might seem about as smart as running against Apple.

Submission + - Sending a Dishwasher to the Moon Could Inspire Future Israeli Engineers (

DavidGilbert99 writes: A non-profit group in Israel is planning on sending a spaceship to the moon, which will be the smallest spacecraft to ever land there. Described as a "dishwasher with a few legs" the spaceship is part of the Google-sponsored Lunar X Prize, but the founders say that their goal is to inspire children for the future rather than win the $20 million first prize.

Submission + - Does Tesla Model S Software Pose A Safety Issue?

cartechboy writes: Does Tesla Model S Software Pose A Safety Issue?

Two days ago, I posted about one guy's experience with his Tesla Model S not braking properly, which led him to question the car's pedal placement. Now he's conducted more tests, leaving the question open of whether the Model S has a software problem. When he accidentally hit the brake and the gas at the same time, the Model S didn't slow down. Now he's discovered that if he hits the gas, then the brake pedal too, the car slows down as he expected. BUT, reverse the order--hit the brake, then the gas while still braking--and the Model S actually surges forward, accelerating against its brakes. In theory, hitting both pedals at the same time should cause the brakes to override the accelerator--no matter what order the pedals are pressed. Has this driver uncovered a software flaw? It seems plausible. And that, my friends, seems like a safety concern--albeit one that could easily be fixed with one of Tesla's over-the-air software updates. But it would be a much easier fix than the current mess GM is dealing with, that's for sure.

Submission + - North Korea: Men required to get Kim Jong-un haircuts (

An anonymous reader writes: BBC reports, "Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un ... The state-sanctioned guidelines were introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago ...They are now being rolled out across the country — although some people have expressed reservations ... "Our leader's haircut is very particular, if you will," one source tells Radio Free Asia. ... Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers. ... It seems that haircuts have been state-approved in North Korea for some time — until now people were only allowed to choose from 18 styles for women and 10 for men. Earlier, North Korea's state TV launched a campaign against long hair, called "Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle"."

Submission + - First Asteroid Discovered Sporting a Ring System (

astroengine writes: When you think of a celestial ring system, the beautiful ringed planet Saturn will likely jump to mind. But for the first time astronomers have discovered that ring systems aren’t exclusive to planetary bodies — asteroids can have them too. Announced on Wednesday, astronomers using several observatories in South America, including the ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile, have discovered that distant asteroid Chariklo possesses two distinct rings. Chariklo, which is approximately 250 kilometers (155 miles) wide, is the largest space rock in a class of asteroids known as Centaurs that orbit between Saturn and Uranus in the outer solar system. “We weren’t looking for a ring and didn’t think small bodies like Chariklo had them at all, so the discovery — and the amazing amount of detail we saw in the system — came as a complete surprise!” said lead researcher Felipe Braga-Ribas, of the Observatório Nacional and MCTI, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Submission + - Small World Discovered Far Beyond Pluto (

astroengine writes: After a decade of searching, astronomers have found a second dwarf-like planet far beyond Pluto and its Kuiper Belt cousins, a presumed no-man’s land that may turn out to be anything but. How Sedna, which was discovered in 2003, and its newly found neighbor, designated 2012 VP 2113 by the Minor Planet Center, came to settle in orbits so far from the sun is a mystery. Sedna comes no closer than about 76 times as far from the sun as Earth, or 76 astronomical units. The most distant leg of its 11,400-year orbit is about 1,000 astronomical units. Newly found VP 2113’s closest approach to the sun is about 80 astronomical units and its greatest distance is 452 astronomical units. The small world is roughly 280 miles (450 kilometers) wide, less than half the estimated diameter of Sedna.

Submission + - Petition to have the FCC take control of the network from Verizon and AT&T (

c008644 writes: There is apetition over at demanding that the FCC take control of the backbone of the internet from the ISPs. The petition states that the internet in today’s day and age is more of a utility as people use it in their daily lives, yet with companies like AT&T and Verizon fighting to maintain status quo instead of improving their networks, America has fallen in terms of network speed and risen in prices. (Paraphrased)

This appears to have been just submitted as it does not have any signatures yet, but it is an interesting read.

Submission + - California Senator Yee (Brown v. EMA) indicted on corruption charges (

Hotawa Hawk-eye writes: California state Senator Leland Yee, known for sponsoring the law banning the sale of violent video games to minors that was overturned in Brown V. Entertainment Merchants Association, was indicted by the FBI on public corruption charges Wednesday morning. According to the article, targets of the early-morning raids in this case are expected to appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Submission + - Peter Molyneux: Working for Microsoft Is Like Taking Antidepressants

SmartAboutThings writes: Peter Molyneux is one of the most famous personalities in the history of gaming, especially recognized for having created God games Dungeon Keeper, Populous, Black & White but also the Fable series. After creating the Fable series, Molyneux announced in March 2012 that he will be leaving Lionhead and Microsoft to start another company – 22Cans. During a recent interview, the former Microsoft employee has shared some interesting details regarding the time when he was working over at Redmond. He says Microsoft is a “big supertanker of safety” and that working there is “like taking antidepressants“. Here’s the excerpt from his interview:

I left Microsoft because I think when you have the ability to be a creative person, you have to take that seriously, and you have to push yourself. And pushing yourself is a lot easier to do if you’re in a life raft that has a big hole in the side, and that’s what I think indie development is. You’re paddling desperately to get where you want to go to, but you’re also bailing out. Whereas if you’re in a big supertanker of safety, which Microsoft was, then that safety is like an anesthetic. It’s like taking antidepressants. The world just feels too comfortable.

Submission + - Did Facebook Buy Oculus to Counter Google Glass? (

Nerval's Lobster writes: In a statement soon after Facebook announced the acquisition of Oculus Rift, CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that the bulky Oculus headset had the potential to transform VR into the "most social platform ever." Whatever his reasons for shelling out $2 billion for the company, it's clear that Facebook is now a player in the augmented-reality space, which Google is also exploring in its own way. Yes, Google Glass serves a different function—overlaying maps and text over the wearer’s view of the real world, rather than immersing people in a virtual environment—but the potential customer base for both devices is basically the same, and now Google has some real competition if it wants to transform Glass into some sort of gaming device. And despite some blowback from Markus Persson, it's likely that developers will continue to explore Oculus as a gaming platform, Facebook or no. Zuckerberg might be talking a good game about virtual realities far into the future (does he have to pay to promote his own posts on Facebook? Joke.), but this acquisition was likely a short-term play, as well.

Submission + - Microsoft open sources ancient DOS and Word for Windows tools (

DW100 writes: Microsoft has moved to make the source code for its ancient MS DOS operating system and Word for Windows tools available for use, via the Computer History Museum based in California. "Microsoft is making these historic systems from the early era of personal computing available to the community for historical and technical scholarship" said distinguished Microsoft engineer Roy Levin. The move marks a notable softening on the firm's otherwise hardline nature against open source software, which it has always seen as a threat to its business.

Submission + - Scientists Discover New Cancer Treatment That Causes Cells To Explode (

Diggester writes: Losing a loved one to something as virulent as cancer is devastating. A number of methods have been employed to combat this deadly disease in the past. Researchers at Karolinska Institute of Stockholm in Sweden now present a fresh method that leads to the explosion of cancer cells altogether. This was made possible by a new molecule that brings about this explosion. The outcome of this experiment has been so encouraging that it was published in a science journal, Cell.

Submission + - NTSB reminds pilots to land at correct airport (

coondoggie writes: There are a ton of details involved in flying an aircraft no doubt but you might think landing at the correct airport would be one of those things that just wouldn't be a serious problem. Well I guess we'd be wrong on that score because today the National Transportation Safety Board has issued a Safety Alert to remind pilots to um, land at the right airport. There have been at least two wrong landing incidents in the past year that prompted the NTSB's missive entitled "Landing at the Wrong Airport." The most recent occurred in January when a Southwest Airlines 737 landed at the wrong airport in Branson, Missouri (the video in this story shows the plane leaving that airport); then last November a Boeing 747 cargo plane landed on a 6,100-foot runway instead of the 12,000-foot one at its intended airport 12 miles away.

Submission + - Turkey To Lift Twitter Ban (

redletterdave writes: Less than a week after the Turkish government banned Twitter over failing to remove allegations of government corruption from the social network, a Turkish court on Wednesday suspended the ban, calling it 'illegal.' Users in Turkey are expected to have their access to Twitter restored—as soon as the court's stay of execution reaches Turkey's telecommunication authority.

Submission + - TSA missed Boston bomber because his name was misspelled in a database ( 3

schwit1 writes: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the primary conspirator in the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people, slipped through airport security because his name was misspelled in a database, according to a new Congressional report.

The Russian intelligence agency warned US authorities twice that Tsarnaev was a radical Islamist and potentially dangerous. As a result, Tsarnaev was entered into two US government databases: the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment and the Treasury Enforcement Communications System (TECS), an interagency border inspection database.

A special note was added to TECS in October of 2011 requiring a mandatory search and detention of Tsarnaev if he left the country. "Detain isolated and immediately call the lookout duty officer," the note reportedly said. "Call is mandatory whether or not the officer believes there is an exact match."

"Detain isolated and immediately call the lookout duty officer."

Unfortunately, Tsarnaev's name was not an exact match: it was misspelled by one letter. Whoever entered it in the database spelled it as "Tsarnayev." When Tsarnaev flew to Russia in January of 2012 on his way to terrorist training, the system was alerted but the mandatory detention was not triggered. Because officers did not realize Tsarnaev was a high-priority target, he was allowed to travel without questioning.

Submission + - It's Document Freedom Day 2014: What Does that Mean for You? (

Andy Updegrove writes: A decade ago, the standards war between ODF and OOXML was just about to launch. At stake was not only breaking monopoly control of the desktop, but more importantly, issues such as whether archived documents would remain accessible in the future, whether you could use software and hardware of your choice to create documents, and how much the ability to create and exchange documents would cost. That war died down, but the issues remained — unresolved. Today is Document Freedom Day, which is dedicated to turning the tide and achieving true document freedom. If that sounds like a pretty low priority, just remember this: it’s not a question of whether the documents you save may be your own. Rest assured, it IS your documents that will be saved — or not.

Submission + - Physicists Produce Antineutrino Map Of The World (

KentuckyFC writes: The origin of the heat generated inside the Earth is one of the great mysteries of geophysics. Researchers know that almost all this heat is generated by the decay of radioactive elements such as potassium-40, thorium-232 and uranium-238. But what they don't know is how these elements are distributed inside the planet and how much heat each contributes. In the next few years, they hope to get some answers thanks to the emerging science of antineutrino geophysics. Since radioactive decay produces antineutrinos, an experiment that measures these particles coming out of the Earth should provide a detailed picture of the distribution of the elements within it. But there's a problem. Nuclear reactors also produce copious numbers of antineutrinos and these can swamp the signal from inside the Earth. What's needed is a map showing the distribution of reactor antineutrinos so that geophysicists can choose the best places to put their experiments. Just such a map is exactly what a team of nuclear physicists has now produced. The map shows that planned experiments in Hawaii and Curacao, off the coast of Venezuela, are in excellent locations and that Japan has recently become a much better site thanks to the shut down of the country's nuclear industry following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. But a European experiment currently being planned in south-east France doesn't come off so well.

Submission + - Fearing HIPAA, Google Rules Out Health Apps For Android Wear ( 1

chicksdaddy writes: The Security Ledger reports ( that amid all the hype over what great new products might come out of Google's foray into wearable technology with Android Wear (, there's one big category of application that is off the list: medical applications. The reason? HIPAA — the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects the privacy of patients personal health information in the U.S.

Deep down in Google’s Developer Preview License Agreement ( is language prohibiting Android Wear applications that involve personal health information:

“Unless otherwise specified in writing by Google, Google does not intend use of Android Wear to create obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended, (“HIPAA”), and makes no representations that Android Wear satisfies HIPAA requirements."

Android Wear users who "are (or become) a Covered Entity or Business Associate under HIPAA... agree not to use Android Wear for any purpose or in any manner involving Protected Health Information unless you have received prior written consent to such use from Google.”

Google’s prohibition of medical applications is interesting. The market for personal health devices is evolving quickly, and the U.S. government has already warned that – in some cases – mobile applications may count as a type of medical device regulated by the FDA.(

No word from Google yet on how it plans to enforce the ban on medical applications for Google Wear, or what process it will set up to vet and approve health-related wearables. Given the potential for wearables to be used in health monitoring and the delivery of medical care, however, its a problem that the company might want to jump on — fast!

Submission + - Canonical's Troubles with the Free Software Community (

puddingebola writes: Bruce Byfield looks back at the soured relationships between Canonical and the free software community. Partly analysis, partly a review of past conflicts, the writer touches on Mir and Wayland, and what he sees as Canonical's attempts to take over projects. From the article, "However, despite these other concerns, probably the most important single reason for the reservations about Ubuntu is its frequent attempts to assume the leadership of free software — a position that no one has ever filled, and that no one particularly wants to see filled. In its first few years, Ubuntu's influence was mostly by example. However, by 2008, Shuttleworth was promoting the idea that major projects should coordinate their release schedules. That idea was received without enthusiasm. However, it is worth noting that some of those who opposed it, like Aaron Seigo, have re-emerged as critics of Mir — another indication that personal differences are as important as the issues under discussion."

Submission + - 3D-Printed Skull Replacement Transplant a World First for Netherlands Patient (

concertina226 writes: A 22-year-old woman has received the world's first full 3D-printed skull replacement transplant in a 23-hour operation at University Medical Center Utrecht three months ago.

The patient suffered from a disorder that caused her cranial bones to thicken to the point where too much pressure was put on her brain.

"The disease manifests itself in the beginning with severe headaches," said Dr Bon Verweij, a neurosurgeon at UMC Utrecht. "Over time, the increasing pressure on the brain from the thickening skull began to affect her eyesight and coordination. It was only a matter of time before other crucial brain functions became compromised and she would die."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to convince Google Maps to use government data? ( 1

Identity Missing writes: I am part of a coalition that advocates for better Regional Planning in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. An area of the Municipality is egregiously poorly mapped on Google Maps. According to a business owner there, many tourism-based businesses are suffering and residents cannot even use AirBNB and other maps-based initiatives. One couple recently damaged their car after being sent down the wrong road. Both the province and the municipality have apparently been trying to convince Google to use their GIS data to fix the problems, but after more than a year, Google has not acted. I haven't found other examples of communities taking on Google for an issue like this, so I am a bit in the dark on how to act. What would be the best steps for making Google pay attention and use the government data that has already been provided? See one resident's angry letter to the paper today.

Submission + - Owner Of Nortel Patents Sues Cisco For 'Immense' Patent Infringement (

jfruh writes: The venerable Nortel Networks may have vanished into bankruptcy five years ago, but thanks to U.S. patent law, it can strike back at its old rival Cisco from beyond the grave. Spherix, a Virginia-based 'research company' that bought Nortel's patents in 2009, has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that Cisco has been knowingly violating 11 Nortel patents. 'The vast majority of Cisco's switching and routing revenue from March 2008 until the present is and has been generated by products and services implementing technology that infringes the Asserted Patents,' the lawsuit claims.

Submission + - Target's Security Company Sued Over Credit Card Breach (

jfruh writes: Security vendors like Trustwave can make big bucks when major companies decide they don't have the internal resources to handle their cybersecurity needs. Unfortunately, when taking on security chores, you also take on security liabilities. In the wake of Target's massive credit card security breach, Trustwave in on the receiving end of a class action lawsuit, in part backed by banks that had to issue thousands of new credit cards. You'd think Target would want to get in on this lawsuit too.

Submission + - Fifth German Raspberry Jam: Call for Contributions (

An anonymous reader writes: The Raspberry Pi has drawn the attention of hobbyists around the world and is poised to revolutionize computer science teaching in schools. In the greater area of Trier/Germany and Luxembourg the Pi And More event has been established as the first German Raspberry Jam. The next event is scheduled for June 28, and has just issued its Call for Contributions.

Submission + - United States should 'keep control of net' – Bill Clinton (

An anonymous reader writes: Former President of America Bill Clinton took to the stage yesterday to make a rather ironic statement.

Bill Clinton thinks that the US needs to keep control of the internet to make sure it stays open and free Yep.

Clinton made his comments during a debate sponsored by his charitable foundation, Clinton Global Initiative:

The internet has flourished in freedom,

I just know that a lot of these so-called multi-stakeholders are really governments that want to gag people and restrict access to the internet.

Submission + - Wayland Support Aimed For Next X.Org Server Release (

An anonymous reader writes: Support should finally come with X.Org Server 1.16 this summer for supporting XWayland, the means of allowing legacy X11 applications to run within a root-less X server window on Wayland-based compositors without the need for any application/game changes. With the revised design, XWayland has generic 2D acceleration over OpenGL and a cleaner design compared to earlier revisions. With GNOME 3.12 having better Wayland support and Plasma Next around the corner, it looks like 2014 could be the year of Wayland's take-off!

Submission + - Rebooting the Full Disclosure List

An anonymous reader writes: Hi Folks. This is a one-time email to everyone who posted to Full Disclosure since the start of 2013. As an F-D subscriber and occasional poster myself, I was as shocked as you all last week when John Cartwright threw in the towel and shuttered the list (

Now I don't blame him one bit. He performed a thankless job admirably for 12 years and deserves some time off. But I, for one, already miss Full Disclosure. So I decided to make a new list today which is a successor in name and spirit. Like the old one, it uses Mailman and is being archived by my site as well as numerous other archives around the world.

This list is a fresh start, so the old userbase won't automatically transfer over. And I haven't added any of you either, because it is your choice. But IF YOU WANT TO JOIN THE NEW LIST, you can do so here:

The list launched just 7 hours ago and we already have 904 members subscribed. I hope you'll join us and resume posting your security info and advisories. If not now, then someday :).


Submission + - Dutch woman gets first complete skull replacement with 3D printed skull (

rvw writes: Three months ago, a Dutch woman had her complete skull replaced by a 3D printed artificial skull. She has a disease which results in skull bone getting thicker, which would result in too much pressure on the brain. The operation was done in the hospital of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It's the first time a complete skull has been replaced. With 3D printing they could make an exact copy of the skull. Before they used cement to replace parts of a skull, but this was never a precise method.

Submission + - Washington taxi group sues to shut down Uber in Seattle (

g1nG3Rj0urNAl157 writes: The Western Washington Taxicab Operators Association has filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. in King County Superior Court, saying the company that began a ride-sharing service last year in Seattle has an "unlawful and deceptive business practice which harms the economic interests of taxicab drivers."

Submission + - Google takes aim at Amazon with price cuts (

An anonymous reader writes: Google has announced new price cuts for many of its cloud services and will roll out a new consumption model in which customers get volume discounts without having to predict how much capacity they'll need beforehand. The price reductions see Compute Engine infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) reduced by 32 percent across the board in all regions. Storage pricing is also being reduced by around 68 percent for most users, with Google now charging 2.6 cents per GB for both Compute Engine and App Engine. Google is introducing a new consumption model that Google is claiming will make it easier for customers that use lots of cloud resources to get volume pricing. Called "sustained-use discounts," the model doesn't require customers to figure out how much capacity they'll need beforehand. The announcement follows Google's decision recently to massively undercut Amazon's consumer cloud service with reductions to the price of Google Drive.

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