Submission + - Citizen science group claims rapid degradation of 30kWh Nissan Leaf batteries (

An anonymous reader writes: New Zealand electric car advocacy group Flip The Fleet has released a report detailing much higher than expected rates of battery capacity loss in 30 kWh Nissan Leaf batteries, as much as 3 times quicker than that of 24kWh cars. This data came about through collecting data from hundreds of Leaf owners and tracking the data over time.

Submission + - A Few Popular Ways to Use Self Storage Among Jersey City Residents (

ThranePeele93 writes: Many people living in or around Jersey City today find themselves faced with too much clutter at home. While it might sometimes be best to simply get rid of such household excess by the most suitable means, there are also other options.Storage Units in Jersey City, for instance, can be used to safely, conveniently store any of a wide variety of possessions. Many who look into the options discover that this is an especially affordable and appealing possibility.Units Ready to Store Anything That Will FitBecause Self Storage Facilities in Jersey City do such an excellent job of providing everything that might be needed, their customers consistently find the service they provide to be extremely versatile. With features like climate control and security systems doing away with virtually all rel

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solkoffler writes: Yahoo is one of the most widely used email services Everyone knows and that and that's why it's getting vulnerable to different virus attacks. Our expertise team can manage all problems and solve it within minutes.

Submission + - Washington DC wedding photographers (

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Submission + - This NYC Startup is a NYC Commuter's Best Friend (

An anonymous reader writes: The company offers a number of commuter routes from the suburbs into the city and back and even has some longer haul routes intercity that connect New York to locations like DC and Binghamton.

Submission + - Armageddon the movie comes true: Giant Asteroid to Collide with Earth in 2135 (

the gmr writes: 2135 may be the year that the 1998 film Armageddon comes true, and a space team may have to set off a nuclear warhead on a giant asteroid in a collision course with Earth. Members of a US-based National Planetary Defence Team have published a study warning that in 2135 the giant asteroid Bennu — as tall as the Empire State Building but more massive because it's round — may collide with the Earth and that there's no plan for deflecting it that has much chance of success. Brandon Weber at Big Think reports:

If it plunged into our planet, the effects would be absolutely catastrophic no matter the point of impact. As of right now, the chances that it will do just that are 1 in 2,600; these numbers get refined as time goes on and the potential event gets closer...It is, after all, what caused dinosaurs to go extinct, and the cosmic shooting gallery that we live in hasn't gone away.

Deflection plans or use of the gravitational pull of launched satellites would have little to no effect with a behemoth of this size. But a nuclear warhead detonation might rain radioactive debris on the Earth. Scientists are hopeful that a new and better solution may be developed in the next 100 years. A previous Slashdot story posted by BeauHD two years ago detailed a NASA probe sent to rendezvous with Bennu in August of 2018 to scan the asteroid and take samples.

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Submission + - The High Priests of Science. (

PlasmoidAnomalies writes:       Unquestionable and immutable dogmas are the domain of cults and religions but not Science, and since our knowledge of Reality always is limited and incomplete no "venerable" scientific idea or theory is immune to critical analysis and question, there are not sacred cows in Science.

    But the history of Science past and present is full of examples showing that scientists had used their ideas about Reality to preempt empirical evidence that appeared to contradict these ideas, when this happens consciously or unconscious these scientists had treated their ideas as immutable dogmas and had acted as "priests" of their "religious" beliefs on Reality.

    Reality can only be bounded by Reality itself and anybody trying to bound it by narrow ideas always will become a "priest" of their religious idea about Reality.

    These High Priests of Science always have "Dogmatic blindness" or (what is the same) they had been mentally enslaved by their narrow preconceptions.

    Some examples showing High Priests of Science in action:

    — Lavoisier: "Stones can't fall from the sky because there are not stones in the sky!" when presented with claims of meteorites, his "authority" claim denying the reality of meteorites delayed scientific progress in the very important study of meteorites.

    — Lord Kelvin, president of the Royal Society, claimed: "X-rays will prove to be a hoax".

    — Around 1969 Nobel Prize physicist S. Chandrasekhar, as editor of the Astrophysical journal, after receiving an article from Halton Arp presenting some empirical evidence wrote across its top left corner: "This exceeds my imagination" and sent it back without giving it to any referee. Halton Arp was denied access to telescope to complete his observations about anomalous redshifts associations that placed a big question mark in mainstream accepted(unquestionable) dogmas about the universe.

    — Even when mainstream Science "narrative" present black-holes as a "reality" there is no direct evidence of their existence and the apparent empirical evidence that "support" the "reality" of the back-holes theoretical construct also had been explained using alternative ideas that as in the Halton Arp case had been suppressed, history repeat itself it seems as the High Priests of Science can't handle dissent.

    For further details about this black-hole controversy read the W. Kundt book: Astrophysics, a New Approach, where a number of reasons are offered for why none of the proposed Black-Holes candidates in the sky can be black holes, both of stellar mass, and supermassive.

    Further reading:
    — AGAINST THE TIDE, A Critical Review by Scientists of How Physics and Astronomy Get Done, Martin Lopez Corredoira & Carlos Castro Perelman (Eds.)

    — Challenging Dominant Physiscs Paradigms; Brian Martin, Juan M. Campanario.

Submission + - 50 million Facebook profiles harvested (

umafuckit writes: A whistleblower has revealed how Cambridge Analytica stole personal information from Facebook in early 2014 to build a system that could profile individual US voters. The data analytics firm, that worked with Trump’s election team and the Brexit campaign, harvested millions of Facebook profiles in the tech giant’s biggest ever data breach. This has been confirmed by a Facebook statement, says The Guardian.

Submission + - Apple accidentally shows an iOS 11 bug in its iPhone X FaceID ad (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has been promoting its iPhone X like no other device. The company keeps releasing new ads to flaunt the features of its super flagship. Recently the company released a new ad that promotes the FaceID tech on the smartphone. But if you look closely you’ll find an animation bug.

Submission + - Will History Know if Larry Page is the Next George Peabody?

theodp writes: On Friday, Google's Doodle celebrated George Peabody, who is considered the father of modern philanthropy. "During his life," Google notes, "Peabody immersed himself in public causes, with a particular focus on educational initiatives. In fact, it was on this day in 1867 that he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal after donating $2,000,000 (upwards of $30,000,000 today!) for the advancement of education, an act of generosity made all the more impressive by the fact that he left school at the age of 11. It’s believed that Peabody gifted over $8,000,000 in the course of his lifetime, about half of his $16,000,000 fortune." So, one wonders how history will remember Alphabet CEO Larry Page, since Page's charitable foundation reported assets of $2.5 billion in its 2016 IRS 990 filing. But history may never know if Larry Page is the next George Peabody, because Larry — like other tech billionaires — employs donor-advised funds for his philanthropy, which offer anonymity to donors and allowed Page's foundation to explain its $132,412,525 in 2016 distributions to the IRS thusly: "On 11/30/2016, The Carl Victor Page Memorial Foundation made non-cash distribution of $64,941,870 (28,690 shares of Alphabet, Inc. with FMV average price on 11/30/2016 that had a book value of $8,401,006 average price on 10/19/2011 and 55,310 shares of Alphabet, Inc. with FMV average price on 11/30/2016 that had a book value of $16,972,565 average price on 02/28/2012) to Vanguard Charitable Fund and cash of $809,211 on 1/27/2016 to National Philanthropic Trust and cash of $65,000,000 on 11/23/2016 to Schwab Charitable Fund to be added to a donor-advised fund over which a disqualified person has advisory privileges. These amounts have been treated by the foundation as qualifying distributions."

Submission + - The Ordinary Engineering Behind the Horrifying Florida Bridge Collapse (

An anonymous reader writes: The people of Sweetwater, Florida were supposed to wait until early 2019 for the Florida International University-Sweetwater University City Bridge to open. Instead, they will wait about that long for an official assessment from the National Transportation Safety Board of why it collapsed just five days after its installation, killing at least six people. In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, many queries have centered on the unconventional technique used to build the bridge, something called Accelerated Bridge Construction, or ABC. But ABC is more complicated than its acronym suggests—and it’s hardly brand new. ABC refers to dozens of construction methods, but at its core, it’s about drastically reducing on-site construction time. Mostly, that relies on pre-fabricating things like concrete decks, abutments, walls, barriers, and concrete topped steel girders, and hauling them to the work site. There, cranes or specialized vehicles known as Self-Propelled Modular Transporter install them. A video posted online by Florida International University, which helped fund the bridge connects to its campus, showed an SPMT lifting and then lowering the span into place.

In a now-deleted press release, the university called the “largest pedestrian bridge moved via SPMT in US history,” but that doesn’t seem to mean much, engineering-wise. SPMTs have been around since the 1970s, and have moved much heavier loads. In 2017, workers used a 600-axle SPMT to salvage the 17,000 ton ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014. The ABC technique is much more expensive than building things in place, but cities and places like FIU like it for a specific reason: Because most of the work happens far away, traffic goes mostly unperturbed. When years- or months-long construction projects can have serious effects on businesses and homes, governments might make up the money in the long run. Workers installed this collapsed span in just a few hours. These accelerated techniques are also much safer for workers, who do most their work well away from active roads.

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Submission + - CEO of encryption services company arrested.

BitterOak writes: Vincent Ramos, CEO of the Vancouver company Phantom Secure was arrested in Washington on March 7. He is accused of selling encryption technology which was used in the facilitation of drug trafficking. It is the first time someone in America has been arrested for selling encryption technology which was subsequently used in the illegal drug trade.

According to the article: "Phantom Secure, which has a public website promoting its encrypted email and chat service plans, advertised its products as 'impervious to decryption, wiretapping or legal third-party records requests,' according to court documents."

Submission + - Inside Intel's Own Spectre Meltdown Performance Benchmarks on Last 3 Xeon Gens (

An anonymous reader writes: The Next Platform has gotten its hands on some of the initial benchmark test results that Intel has done to try to assess the performance impact of the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerability patches to both system microcode and operating system kernels. The data has come to us just as Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer at Intel, has told PC and server buyers that the company will be adding features in its next generation of Core and Xeon processors to perform some of the tasks done in these mitigation efforts in silicon rather than in system software and microcode. (More on this after we go into the benchmark results.)

Submission + - Inside the City That Banned Bitcoin (

dmoberhaus writes: Motherboard traveled to Plattsburgh, NY, a town of 20,000 people to speak with the residents, politicians and bitcoin miners to learn more about the recent moratorium on commercial Bitcoin mining that was just passed on Thursday by the city council. What the reporters found was a city in the throes of a budget crisis and on the verge of losing access to its one draw for tax-generating businesses--cheap electricity--due to multimillion dollar international bitcoin mining operations. This feature dives into the people and circumstances surrounding the Plattsburgh bitcoin ban.

Submission + - Remote in 'remote' worker is outdated (

AVINASH WADHAWAN writes: Ideally, there should be no demarcation between a contract employee, say a freelancer, telecommuter or a remote employee, and a full-time worker. But we also can’t ignore that there is no such thing as an ideal world.

It is the value of the work and value addition to the work which should be taken as the factors that determine the true worth of a worker and not if he or she is a full-time employee or a contract worker. To say the least, the labels should have been there to differentiate between two employees to figure who’s available when and what responsibility one has. But such is not the case always!

Submission + - Power Outage At Samsung's Fab Destroys 3.5 Percent of Global NAND Flash Output (

An anonymous reader writes: A half-hour power outage at Samsung’s fab near Pyeongtaek, South Korea, disrupted production and damaged tens of thousands of processed wafers. Media reports claim that the outage destroyed as much as 3.5% of the global NAND supply for March, which may have an effect on flash memory pricing in the coming weeks. The outage happened on March 9 and lasted for about 30 minutes, according to a news story from Taiwain-based TechNews that cites further South Korean reports. The report claims that the outage damaged 50,000 to 60,000 of wafers with V-NAND flash memory, which represent 11% of Samsung’s monthly output. The report further estimates that the said amount equates to approximately 3.5% of global NAND output, but does not elaborate whether it means wafer output or bit output. Samsung uses its fab near Pyeongtaek to produce 64-layer V-NAND chips used for various applications. The fab is among the largest flash production facilities in the world and therefore any disruption there has an effect on the global output of non-volatile memory. Meanwhile, since production lines have not been damaged and the fab is back online, the significance of such an effect is limited.

Submission + - Plattsburgh, New York Passed the First Bitcoin Mining Ban In the US (

An anonymous reader writes: On Thursday evening, the city council in Plattsburgh, New York unanimously voted to impose an 18-month moratorium on Bitcoin mining in the city. Mining is the extremely energy-intensive computational process that secures the Bitcoin blockchain and rewards miners with bitcoins. The Bitcoin moratorium was proposed by Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read earlier this month after local residents began reporting wildly inflated electricity bills in January. The moratorium affects only new commercial Bitcoin operations and will not affect companies that are already mining in the city.

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