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Comment Re:The problem is systemd breaking unexpectedly (Score 4, Insightful) 270

No, the real problem is that a library, Libidn, that's used by resolver libraries including that apparently shipped with systemd has a bug in it. The library dates back to 2002, it's not even as if systemd was relying upon some bleeding edge library written specifically for it. And yes, it's best practices, when implementing something like international domains to use a respected third party library rather than trying to roll your own, so they haven't made an error in relying upon it.

This has nothing to do with systemd except for the fact the user happened to be using systemd at the time, and systemd happens to use this library. What next? A kernel bug gets blamed on systemd because systemd uses the kernel?

The submitter is trolling.

Submission + - World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland (

AmiMoJo writes: The world's first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines. The manufacturer hopes to cash in on a boom in the technology, especially in Japan and the west coast of the US, where waters are deep. The tower, including the blades, stretches to 175m and weighs 11,500 tonnes.

The price of energy from bottom-standing offshore wind farms has plummeted 32% since 2012, and is now four years ahead of the government's expected target. Another big price drop is expected, taking offshore wind to a much lower price than new nuclear power.

Submission + - Users Leave 45,000 One-Star Facebook Reviews After Hacker's Unjust Arrest (

An anonymous reader writes: Over 45,000 users have left one-star reviews on a company's Facebook page after the business reported a security researcher to police and had him arrested in the middle of the night instead of fixing a reported bug. The arrest took place this week in Hungary after an 18-year-old found a flaw in the online ticket-selling system of Budapesti Közlekedési Központ (BKK), Budapest's public transportation authority.

The young man discovered that he could access BKK's website, press F12 to enter the browser's developer tools mode, and modify the page's source code to alter a ticket's price. Because there was no client or server-side validation put in place, the BKK system accepted the operation and issued a ticket at a smaller price. As a demo, the young man says he bought a ticket initially priced at 9459 Hungarian forints ($35) for 50 Hungarian forints (20 US cents).

Instead of thanking the hacker, BKK had police arrest him in the middle of the night and brazenly announce it in a press conference. As details of the case emerged, public outrage grew against BKK and its manager Kálmán Dabóczi, especially after it was revealed that the company was paying around $1 million per year for maintenance of its IT systems, hacked in such a ludicrously simple manner. Tens of thousands of Hungarians have shown their solidarity and support for the teenager by going on Facebook and leaving one-star reviews on BKK's page. Since then, other security lapses have also surfaced on Twitter.

Comment Re:Who said anything about a crime? (Score 1) 187

If they sue you, then, well, you're probably bankrupt, even if you eventually win. Which certainly would be a deterrent to me, and would be to most of their other employees.

From the business's standpoint, it probably has nothing to lose. It's only going to sue if you've already made the facts public, so a lawsuit isn't actually going to make things worse.

Comment Re:Obvious Hollywood shill is obvious (Score 1) 193

Sorry to hear that. Sounds like Denver is seriously behind the curve.

Out of interest, am I the the only one who doesn't care that much about the trailers? It gives me a chance to find my seat, and maybe skip to the bathroom before the feature presentation, and occasionally (admittedly, only sometimes) I get to find out something is coming up I actually want to watch. Dunkirk for example was on during the Wonder Woman trailer, I'd not heard of it before that.

Comment Re:Obvious Hollywood shill is obvious (Score 1) 193

I don't know if you've been to a (mainstream, chain, in a moderately normal part of the country) cinema lately but they're seriously doing a lot to address your concerns, with large, comfortable, reclining seats, cup holders, and digital projection if they can't support 70mm or IMAX.

The improvement in seat quality has come at a cost that I've noticed most cinemas in my area now have so little capacity - bigger seats with more legroom means fewer seats - that they have had to resort to assigned seating for more popular movies. My wife and I watched Wonder Woman during the afternoon and there were only five spots in the theater where we could sit together.

Which, I guess, leaves snacks, but I've yet to come across a cinema that'll search your bag, or, you know, you could forgo them and eat before or after you've seen the film.

I've seen various ups and downs in the movie industry. I remember how terrible theaters were in the 1970s when my father took me to see The Jungle Book, and a little later, Star Wars, watching the former on a screen that probably wasn't more than 2-3x bigger than the TV I have today. Things slightly improved in the 1980s, largely because all of a sudden the cinemas had money to spend on long needed renovations, but by the mid-2000s we were back to dirty cinemas with cramped seats and, in one cinema I went to, the smell of pee.

But we seem to be back to the cinemas doing something about it and revamping their theaters. I don't know how long this will last, but I like it.

Submission + - For First Time, On-Chip Nanoantennas Enable High-Bit-Rate Transmission (

schwit1 writes: An international team of researchers led by a group at the Australian National University (ANU) is the first to demonstrate ultra-fast transmission of information through an optical nanoantenna that has been imprinted onto an optical waveguide. These results could have significant implications for telecommunication applications, enabling high-speed data transmission through these devices.

Prior to this work, which is described in the journal Science Advances , there were very few examples in which an optical nanoantenna had been imprinted onto an optical waveguide. Additionally, those earlier examples had very limited functionalities, such as coupling light to a waveguide mode.

“What we showed is that such an antenna of sub-micron size can sort and route different streams of information (encoded into the different polarizations of light) into different directions of the waveguide,” said Dragomir Neshev, a professor at ANU, who led the research, in an e-mail interview with IEEE Spectrum. “This is a very important operation used in coherent receivers for any communication link.”

But what may be even more exciting is that Neshev and his colleagues were able to shrink the size of the optical component that performs the polarization sorting to an antenna of sub-micrometer size. This could potentially enable high-density integration of photonics components on a silicon chip.

Submission + - Loopy Cow Antibodies Can Prevent HIV (

tomhath writes: Cows have evolved a supreme immune defense due to their complex and bacteria-packed digestive system.

Researchers at the International Aids Vaccine Initiative and the Scripps Research Institute tried immunizing cows.The required antibodies were being produced by the cow's immune system in a matter of weeks.

Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said: "From the early days of the epidemic, we have recognized that HIV is very good at evading immunity, so exceptional immune systems that naturally produce broadly neutralizing antibodies to HIV are of great interest — whether they belong to humans or cattle."

Comment Re:No, train (Score 1) 88

You can remove the timbers from a boat and replace them, that doesn't mean you can't name the boat! But for what it's worth, trains aren't broken up as often as you might think - typically once a train is on a route it stays the same consist for years. If the train is a DMU or EMU, then it usually stays as that consist for its entire life.

The other problem with your assumption is that the word "train" can differ depending on context. If I say "I'm taking the train to New York tonight", and you say "Oh, which one?", am I providing the most obvious answer if I say "Well, the one lead by locomotive 40126", or "The 6.23, I guess I better be at the station by quarter past six!"

Trains are named according to multiple criteria: a train can be a physical item, such as a trainset or just "Any train with this locomotive"; but a train can refer to the marketing of a specific timetabled route: for example, the US has lots of "named trains" like the Silver Star and the Texas Eagle.

I hope this makes sense,

Submission + - A Third of Dementia Cases Are Preventable (

walterbyrd writes: The commission’s report identifies nine risk factors in early, mid- and late life that increase the likelihood of developing dementia. About 35 percent of dementia — one in three cases — is attributable to these risk factors, the report says.

By increasing education in early life and addressing hearing loss, hypertension, and obesity in midlife, the incidence of dementia could be reduced by as much as 20 percent, combined.

In late life, stopping smoking, treating depression, increasing physical activity, increasing social contact, and managing diabetes could reduce the incidence of dementia by another 15 percent.

“The potential magnitude of the effect on dementia of reducing these risk factors is larger than we could ever imagine the effect that current, experimental medications could have,” Schneider says.

“Mitigating risk factors provides us a powerful way to reduce the global burden of dementia.”

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