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Submission + - Hackers Spawn Web Supercomputer on Way to Chess World Record (wired.com)

DeathGrippe writes: "By inserting a bit of JavaScript into a webpage, Pethiyagoda says, a site owner could distribute a problem amongst all the site’s visitors. Visitors’ computers or phones would be running calculations in the background while they read a page. With enough visitors, he says, a site could farm out enough small calculations to solve some difficult problems."

"With this year’s run on the value of Bitcoins — the popular digital currency — security expert Mikko Hyppönen thinks that criminals might soon start experimenting with this type of distributed computing too. He believes that crooks could infect websites with JavaScript code that would turn visitors into unsuspecting Bitcoin miners. As long as you’re visiting the website, you’re mining coins for someone else, says Hyppönen, the chief research officer with F-Secure.

Submission + - Transfusions reverse aging and disease, drug isolated. (cell.com)

symbolset writes: Published today in the journal Cell and reported by WBUR radio in this interview Drs Richard Lee and Amy Wagers have isolated GDF-11 as a negative regulator of age-associated cardiac hypertrophy. Through a type of transfusion called parabiotic or "shared circulation" in mice — one old and sick, the other young and well — they managed to reverse this age-associated heart disease. From there isolated an active agent GDF-11 present in the younger mouse but absent in the older which reverses the condition when administered directly. They are also using the agent to restore other aged/diseased tissues and organs. Human applications are expected within six years.

Since the basis for the treatment is ordinary sharing of blood between an older ill, and younger healthy patient, someone is likely to start offering the transfusion treatment somewhere in the world, soon, to those with the means to find a young and healthy volunteer. It may be time to have the discussion of the consequences of drastically prolonging human life.

Submission + - Revolutionary Ocean Wave Glider Robot Helps Collect Climate Change Data (thegreenjobbank.com)

greenjobsguru writes: A floating data center with a hybrid wave/solar propulsion system, the Wave Glider autonomous marine robot is designed to help address the biggest challenges the world faces, including global climate change, hurricane and tsunami warning, and offshore energy and resource management, according to its maker Liquid Robotics.

Submission + - Florida Supreme Court Rules Police need warrant to search cell phones (jacksonville.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In a case stemming from a Jacksonville burglary, the Florida Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Thursday that police must get a search warrant before searching someone’s cell phone.
“At this time, we cannot ignore that a significant portion of our population relies upon cell phones for email communications, text message information, scheduling, and banking,” read the majority opinion, authored by Justice Fred Lewis.

Submission + - Refuses to Decrypt -- Claims Fifth Amendment (jsonline.com)

jsrjsr writes: A West Allis, WI computer scientist is refusing to decrypt hard drives that the FBI claims contain child pornography. He has consistently refused to admit anything in the case, which a judge says has the effect of strengthening his claim of fifth amendment protection against incriminating himself.

Submission + - FBI hack cybersuspects computer .. (computerworlduk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "A federal court in Houston has rejected an FBI request for a warrant to hack into the computer of a suspect in an attempted cyberheist .. The FBI in March sought a warrant to search a computer situated at a location unknown to them and belonging to an unknown suspect. In its request, the FBI sought a warrant that would allow investigators to surreptitiously install software capable of extracting information from the target computer, identify its location and also take photos of those who used the system."

Submission + - Microsoft Managers Now In Charge of Washington State's Budget (thestranger.com)

reifman writes: The Seattle Times reports 'For the first time in state history, the Washington state budget is being written by Microsofties,' Representative Ross Hunter has 'tamed his Microsoft-style head-butting with a politician’s trust-building.' While Senator Andy Hill is 'the first Senate budget chair ever to request Excel files instead of paper spreadsheets.' 'The two must find $1 billion in new money for the state’s K-12 system.' Unfortunately, The Times neglects to mention that Hunter and Microsoft are behind the deficit and cutbacks in the first place. Hunter helped pass the amnesty bill for Microsoft's $1.5 billion dollar Nevada tax dodge ($4.37 billion if you include impacts from its lobbying to reduce tax rates) that contributed to $4 billion in cuts to K-12 and higher education since 2008. The state has resorted to taxing using Yelp to tax dancing to try to make up the shortfall (for real).

Submission + - DMCA Safe Harbor May Not Apply To Old Copyrighted Works

tlhIngan writes: On Tuesday, the New York appellate court denied Grooveshark the DMCA safe harbor protection on songs like Johnny B. Goode. What happened was due to an oddity in the law, the DMCA does not apply to state-licensed copyrighted works (those copyrighted before February 15, 1972). What happened was Congress overhauled copyright law to make it a Federal matter, but all works prior to that date still come under common-law and state statutes. The end result is that Grooveshark does not have DMCA safe harbor protection for older works and may be sued for copyright infringement (barring other agreements, e.g., UMG and YouTube), even though they fully comply with the DMCA otherwise, taking down copyrighted materials. Grooveshark is a "music locker" service allowing users to upload music for others to listen to.

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