Submission + - Microsoft To Trump: To Deport A DREAMer, You'll Have To Go Through Us 3

theodp writes: "If the government wants to deport a DREAMer who is one of our employees," warned Microsoft President Smith, "it's going to have to go through us to get that person." Go through us — those are fighting words, remarked NPR's Aarti Shahani of Smith's get-tough talk (coincidentally, they're also the same fighting words that Seattle Seahawks QB and Microsoft Surface Pitchman Russell Wilson used to trash talk his NFL opponents). To date, Microsoft has proven to be a formidable opponent to the Trump administration’s efforts to curb immigration. When a federal judge in Seattle blocked Trump’s travel ban, The Verge notes, he cited a motion from Microsoft that argued the ban would cause immediate and irreparable injury.

Submission + - SpaceX Rocket Launches X-37B Space Plane On Secret Mission, Aces Landing (

An anonymous reader writes: The fifth mystery mission of the U.S. Air Force's X-37B space plane is now underway. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the robotic X-37B lifted off today (Sept. 7) at 10 a.m. EDT (1400 GMT) from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. About 2.5 minutes into the flight, the Falcon 9's two stages separated. While the second stage continued hauling the X-37B to orbit, the first stage maneuvered its way back to Earth, eventually pulling off a vertical touchdown at Landing Zone 1, a SpaceX facility at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which is next door to KSC. The Air Force is known to possess two X-37Bs, both of which were built by Boeing. The uncrewed vehicles look like NASA's now-retired space shuttle orbiters, but are much smaller; each X-37B is 29 feet (8.8 meters) long and 9.6 feet (2.9 m) tall, with a payload bay the size of a pickup truck bed. For comparison, the space shuttles were 122 feet (37 m) long, with 78-foot (24 m) wingspans. Like the space shuttle, the X-37B launches vertically and comes to back to Earth horizontally, in a runway landing. Together, the two X-37Bs have completed four space missions, each of which has set a new duration standard for the program. Exactly what the X-37B did during those four missions, or what it will do during the newly launched OTV-5, is a mystery; most X-37B payloads and activities are classified.

Submission + - the Intelligent Speed Bump using non-Newtonian Liquid (

turkeydance writes: A Spanish company has designed a speed bump that won't hinder slow drivers but will still stop motorists driving too fast.
The speed bump is filled with a non-Newtonian liquid which changes viscosity when pressure is applied at high velocity.
They’ve been installed in Villanueva de Tapia, Spain and there has also been interest from Israel and Germany.

Submission + - Spinning metal sails could slash fuel consumption, emissions on cargo ships (

sciencehabit writes: U.K. soccer star David Beckham was known for “bending” his free kicks over walls of defenders and around sprawling goal tenders, thanks to a physical force called the Magnus effect. Now, the physics behind such curving kicks is set to be used to propel ocean ships more efficiently. Early next year, a tanker vessel owned by Maersk, the Danish transportation conglomerate, and a passenger ship owned by Viking Line will be outfitted with spinning cylinders on their decks. Mounted vertically and up to 10 stories tall, these “rotor sails” could slash fuel consumption up to 10%, saving transportation companies hundreds of thousands of dollars and cutting soot-causing carbon emissions by thousands of tons per trip.

Submission + - How do you see you life after Firefox 52 ESR? (

Artem Tashkinov writes: Soon to be released Firefox 56 says that out of 35+ add-ons that I have installed only a single one is a proper WebExtension which means that Firefox 57 will disable over 95% of my add-ons many of which I just cannot live without and for most of them there are simply no alternatives. This number of add-ons sound like an overkill, but actually they are all pretty neat and improve your browsing abilities. That's the reason why I'm using Firefox 52 ESR, which still fully supports XUL add-ons, however after June 2018, it will stop being supported.

Let's list the most famous ones:
  • DownThemAll is still largely irreplaceable since you can download from many parts of the internet much faster if you split the downloaded files in chunks and download them simultaneously;
  • GreaseMonkey allows you to fix or extend your favourite websites using JavaScript;
  • Lazarus: Form Recovery has saved my time and life numerous times; it regularly backups the contents of web forms and allows to restore them after browser restart or accidental page refresh;
  • NoScript: allows you to whitelist JS execution only for websites that you really trust; JS has been used as an attack and tracking tool since its inception;
  • Status-4-Ever and Classic Theme Restorer return Firefox to the time when it was a powerful tool with its own identity and looks, and not a Chrome clone;
  • UnMHT add-on allows you to save complete web pages as a single MHT file;

So what will you do less than a year from now?

Submission + - Protecting Your Google Account from Personal Catastrophes (

Lauren Weinstein writes: Yet while Google Account problems can sometimes occur despite users’ best efforts, proper use of the tools and systems that Google already provides can go a long way toward avoiding these unfortunate events — with use of recovery addresses/mobile phone numbers, and 2-factor authentication tools among the most important. Unfortunately, many users don’t bother to pay attention to these until *after* they’re having problems.

There are other extremely useful Google tools for protecting your Google Account as well, and like so many good things Google, the firm (for reasons difficult for many observers to fathom) doesn’t always do a particularly good job of publicizing these — demonstrated by the fact that so many even long-time Google users don’t even know that these exist until I mention them. Let’s cover a few of these.

Submission + - NIH will pay coders $1M to help them beat cancer, neurodegeneration (

An anonymous reader writes: NIH is turning its peer-review model upside-down to help attract talent that it otherwise doesn't have. Instead of having 'investigators' write lengthy tomes in the form of a proposal, it's asking them to demonstrate their creativity and coding chops up-front. This might be an acknowledgment that science-as-usual isn't going to cut it in cutting-edge spaces like big data and data science. That said, the initial step completely stumped me.

Submission + - Bug in Windows Kernel Could Prevent Security Software From Identifying Malware (

An anonymous reader writes: Malware developers can abuse a programming error in the Windows kernel to prevent security software from identifying if, and when, malicious modules have been loaded at runtime. The bug affects PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine, one of the low-level mechanisms some security solutions use to identify when code has been loaded into the kernel or user space. The problem is that an attacker can exploit this bug in a way that PsSetLoadImageNotifyRoutine returns an invalid module name, allowing an attacker to disguise malware as a legitimate operation.

The issue came to light earlier this year when enSilo researchers were analyzing the Windows kernel code. Omri Misgav, Security Researcher at enSilo and the one who discovered the issue, says the bug affects all Windows versions released since Windows 2000. Misgav’s tests showed that the programming error has survived up to the most recent Windows 10 releases. In an interview, the researcher said Microsoft did not consider this a security issue. Bug technical details are available here.

Submission + - What do Waffle Houses Have to Do with Risk Management? (

mykepredko writes: Reading an article about Hurricane Irma, I came across FEMA's use of the "Waffle House test" in regards to how quickly a community responds to a disaster. As then head of Florida’s Department of Emergency Management, William Craig says here,, the Waffle House test doesn’t just tell us how quickly a business might rebound – it also tells us how the larger community is faring. The sooner restaurants, grocery and corner stores, or banks can re-open, the sooner local economies will start generating revenue again – signaling a stronger recovery for that community. The success of the private sector in preparing for and weathering disasters is essential to a community’s ability to recover in the long run.

Submission + - New Commandments for Harvard CS50: Thou Shalt Not Google, Thou Shalt Go To Class

theodp writes: After a flood of cheating cases roiled Harvard's Computer Science 50: "Introduction to Computer Science I" last year, Dean of Undergraduate Education Jay Harris implored students in the course not to cheat on assignments at an orientation session Wednesday night. Course head David Malan, the Harvard Crimson reports, spent the last five minutes of the orientation session fielding questions from students confused about the course’s collaboration policy and whether or not CS50 enrollees are allowed to use code found online. He told them never to Google solutions, and never to borrow a friend’s work. Last week, CS50 students were informed via a CS50 FAQ that they are also now "encouraged" to physically attend the course’s taped weekly lectures. In an essay last year, Prof. Malan had questioned the value of saying everyone should attend every lecture. Attendance is now also expected at every discussion section until the first mid-semester exam. In case you're curious, the estimated sticker price for attending Harvard College during the 2017-2018 school year is $69,600-$73,600 (health insurance sold separately).

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