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Submission + - Former Small ISP Owner Blasts ISP Network Neutrality Claims as a Lie (freezenet.ca)

Dangerous_Minds writes: As the debate over network neutrality heats up, AT&T claimed that nothing will change once network neutrality rules are gutted. Comments like this are not sitting well with one former small ISP owner. As Freezenet reports, Drew Curtis shared his story about how his small Kentucky-based ISP was wiped out after a lobbying effort in 2000. He then went on to blast the claims that nothing will change after network neutrality rules are gutted as "a bald-faced lie"

Submission + - The secret use of Minix3 inside Intel ME can be copyright infringement 2

anjara writes: Almost all Free Software licenses (BSD,MIT,GPL...) require some sort of legal notice (legal attribution) given to the recipient of the software. Both when the software is distributed in source and in binary forms. The legal notice usually contains the copyright holder's name and the license text.

This means that it is not possible to hide and keep secret, the existence of Free Software that you have stuck into your product that you distribute. If you do so, then you are not complying with the Free Software license and you are committing a copyright infringement!

This is exactly what Intel seems to have done with the Intel ME. The Minix3 operating system license require a legal notice, but so far it seems like Intel has not given the necessary legal notices. (Probably because they want to keep the inside of the ME secret.) Thus not only is Minix3 the most installed OS on our recent x86 cpus, but it might also the most pirated OS on our recent x86 cpus!

Here is a longer explanation that I wrote:

Submission + - China's Dark Matter Probe Detects Tantalizing Signal (sciencemag.org)

hackingbear writes: Results reported by a China-led space science mission provide a tantalizing hint—but not firm evidence—for dark matter. In its first 530 days of scientific observations, DAMPE detected 1.5 million cosmic ray electrons and positrons above a certain energy threshold. When researchers plot of the number of particles against their energy, they saw hints of an anomalous break in the curve. Now, DAMPE has confirmed that deviation. “It may be evidence of dark matter,” but the break in the curve “may be from some other cosmic ray source,” says astrophysicist Chang Jin, who leads the collaboration at the Chinese Academy of Science’s Purple Mountain Observatory in Nanjing. DAMPE's life span will be extended to 5 years given the excellent conditions of this Chinese spacecraft, then it can record over 10 billion cosmic events, allowing researchers to confirm if it is indeed dark matter. Perhaps more significantly, the first observational data produced by China’s first mission dedicated to astrophysics shows that the country is set to become a force in space science, says David Spergel, an astrophysicist at Princeton University. China is now "making significant contributions to astrophysics and space science," he says.

Submission + - This Guy Built an Anonymous DIY Cell Phone Network. It's Free and Easy to USe (vice.com) 3

dmoberhaus writes: Motherboard's Daniel Oberhaus spoke to Denver Gingerich, the programmer behind Sopranica, a DIY, community oriented cell phone network.

As Gingerich described it, "Sopranica is a project intended to replace all aspects of the existing cell phone network with their freedom-respecting equivalents. Taking out all the basement firmware on the cellphone, the towers that track your location, the payment methods that track who you are and who owns the number, and replacing it so we can have the same functionality without having to give up all the privacy that we have to give up right now. At a high level, it’s about running community networks instead of having companies control the cell towers that we connect to."

Motherboard interviews Gingerich and shows you how to use the network to avoid cell surveillance.

Submission + - SPAM: Russia Wants to Launch Backup DNS System by August 1, 2018

An anonymous reader writes: The Russian government plans to build its own "independent internet infrastructure" that will be used by BRICS member states — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The plan was part of the topic list at the October meeting of the Russian Security Council, and President Vladimir Putin approved the initiative with a completion deadline of August 1, 2018.

The Russian Security Council cited the "increased capabilities of western nations to conduct offensive operations in the informational space." Russia, China, and many other countries have criticized the US for hoarding control over the domain naming system (DNS), a position they claim has allowed the US to intercept and tap global Internet traffic. The US has relinquished control over the DNS system last year.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Tiny Space License Plates

kj_chaotic writes: Los Alamos National Laboratory [www.lanl.gov] is developing an optical “license plate” for space objects that will allow observers on the ground to know exactly what kind of object it is, what company or country owns it, and what orbital path it follows. [www.popsci.com/tiny-space-license-plates-space-junk]. Targeting a total size less than 1 in x 1 in x 0.2 in and a per unit cost under $1000, this self-powered Extremely Low Resource Optical Identifier (ELROI) uses a laser diode to blink unique binary sequences for positive identification. The technique is analogous to transponders used in aircraft that greatly reduce the identification and tracking tasks of ground controllers. First flight is schedule for early next year aboard a New Mexico Tech [www.nmt.edu] cubesat.

Submission + - Sorry, Grumpy Cat—Study finds dogs are brainier than cats (vanderbilt.edu) 1

Science_afficionado writes: Are you a cat lover? A dog lover? If so you may be interested in the first scientific study to actually count the number of cortical neurons in the brains of a number of carnivores, including cats and dogs. Bottom line: Dogs have about twice as many of these "little grey cells' as cats.

Submission + - Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved ½ of Astronomy's Problems.Now (fivethirtyeight.com) 1

schwit1 writes: Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single swoop. The Human Genome Project took a decade. Finding the first gravitational waves took multiple decades. So it’s hard to overstate the enormous leap forward that astronomy took on Aug. 17, 2017.

On that day, astronomers bore witness to the titanic collision of two neutron stars, the densest things in the universe besides black holes. In the collision’s wake, astronomers answered multiple major questions that have dominated their field for a generation. They solved the origin of gamma-ray bursts, mysterious jets of hardcore radiation that could potentially roast Earth. They glimpsed the forging of heavy metals, like gold and platinum. They measured the rate at which the expansion of the universe is accelerating. They caught light at the same time as gravitational waves, confirmation that waves move at the speed of light. And there was more, and there is much more yet to come from this discovery. It all happened so quickly and revealed so much that astronomers are already facing a different type of question: Now what?

Submission + - The Guardian newspaper asks readers for support, and it works (archive.is) 1

AmiMoJo writes: Instead of using tote bags, tickets to live events, or other swag, The Guardian‘s membership program has grown to 800,000 supporters a year and a half after doubling down on its membership initiative. The key? A shift from a commercially focused plea to an emotional, service-based request. Rather than putting up a paywall or heavy advertising, The Guardian simply asks readers to make a contribution to the work they are doing, and it works. Could this be a new model in the post-print, post-advertising world?

Note: Original site seems to be having issues, archive link supplied.

Submission + - Why philosophy is so important in science education (qz.com)

Thelasko writes: Subrena E Smith writes:

"Many of the young people who attend my classes think that philosophy is a fuzzy discipline that’s concerned only with matters of opinion, whereas science is in the business of discovering facts, delivering proofs, and disseminating objective truths. Furthermore, many of them believe that scientists can answer philosophical questions, but philosophers have no business weighing in on scientific ones."

Submission + - Tom Baker returns to finish shelved Doctor Who episodes penned by Douglas Adams (theregister.co.uk)

Zorro writes: Shada serial completed with animation and voiceovers.

The fourth and finest Doctor, Tom Baker, has reprised the role to finish a Who serial scuppered in 1979 by strike action at the BBC.

Shada, penned by Hitchhiker's Guide author Douglas Adams, was supposed to close Doctor Who's 17th season.

Location filming in Cambridge and a studio session were completed but the strike nixed further work and the project was later shelved entirely for fear it might affect the Beeb's Christmas-time productions.

The remaining parts have been filled in with animation and the voice of 83-year-old Baker, although he also filmed a scene.

Submission + - 'Mind's eye blink' proves 'paying attention' is not just a figure of speech (vanderbilt.edu)

Science_afficionado writes: When your attention shifts from one place to another, your brain blinks. The blinks are momentary unconscious gaps in visual perception and came as a surprise to the team of Vanderbilt psychologists who discovered the phenomenon while studying the benefits of attention.
  “Attention is beneficial because it increases our ability to detect visual signals even when we are looking in a different direction,” said Assistant Professor of Psychology Alex Maier, who directed the study. “The ‘mind’s eye blinks’ that occur every time your attention shifts are the sensory processing costs that we pay for this capability.”

Submission + - Living Bacteria Of Unknown Origin Found On The Outside Hull Of The ISS (ibtimes.co.uk)

dryriver writes: Anton Shkaplerov, an International Space Station expedition flight engineer, has revealed that living bacteria have been found on the outer hull of the ISS that may not be of terrestrial origin. The Russian cosmonaut said that during spacewalks, cotton swabs are routinely used to take samples near the point where fuel wastes are discharged from the engine and places where the station surface is "obscure" (this may be mistranslation by IB). The samples are then brought to Earth for further study. It was during the routine swab collection from the outer hull off the ISS that they came across never-before-seen bacteria samples, he noted. "It has turned out that somehow these swabs have revealed bacteria that were absent during the launch of the ISS module," he said. He added that the samples seemed to be safe as of now and were being studied. Previous tests on the ISS have found that some micro-organisms can indeed survive in the harsh conditions of space. This of great scientific importance because some theories of how life started on Earth posit that living micro-organisms may have been carried to Earth's surface by flying space dust that came from elsewhere in the galaxy and caused life to start on our planet.

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