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Comment Re:i use tor (Score 1) 126

That would actually break other things. Things like the header that you suggest are already encrypted on any "https" website, and thus TOR doesn't know what that is, and can't manipulate it. So the only way for that to work would be to ban https on TOR, which would be stupid, which they wouldn't do.

Submission + - SPAM: Court rules Obama administration can't use private email accounts to bypass law

schwit1 writes: A federal court today ruled that government officials in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) cannot use private email accounts to evade public record laws.

Throughout the case, the government argued that “[d]ocuments on a nongovernmental email server are outside the possession or control of federal agencies, and thus beyond the scope of FOIA.”

Judge David Sentelle, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, disagreed with that reasoning and ordered the lower court to reconsider the case. “If a department head can deprive the citizens of their right to know what his department is up to by the simple expedient of maintaining his departmental emails on an account in another domain, that purpose is hardly served,” Sentelle wrote. “It would make as much sense to say that the department head could deprive requestors of hard-copy documents by leaving them in a file at his daughter’s house and then claiming that they are under her control,” he said.

This absurd rulling, which says that government officials have to follow the law, will surely be overturned. We can’t have these saints oppressed by things as evil as the law.

Submission + - HP 12c, Thirty-Five Years of The Calculator that Never Dies

dkatana writes: Two revolutionary computer products were born in 1981: the IBM PC, that brought computing to the masses, now a museum piece, and the HP 12c, a financial calculator that has been one of the most successful products of our generation.

The HP 12c was designed by a team led by Dennis Harms, a former Iowa farm boy, under orders of Bill Hewlett. Now, thirty-five years later, it is still selling in its original form and is used by over 100 million people worldwide.

Submission + - Has the 'impossible' EM drive being tested by NASA finally been explained? (examiner.com) 1

MarkWhittington writes: The EM drive, the so-called “impossible” space drive that uses no propellant, has roiled the aerospace world for the past several years, ever since it was proposed by British aerospace engineer Robert Shawyer. In essence, the claim advanced by Shawyer and others is that if you bounced microwaves in a truncated cone, thrust would be produced out the open end. Most scientists have snorted at the idea, noting correctly that such a thing would violate physical laws. However, organizations as prestigious as NASA have replicated the same results, that prototypes of the EM drive produces thrust. How does one reconcile the experimental results with the apparent scientific impossibility? MIT Technology Review suggested a reason why.

Submission + - Sony bought license of Russian artist's video and blocked original on YouTube

An anonymous reader writes: Last year Mitch Martinez created high-resolution stock video footage, and then licenses it to Sony Music Entertainment. They used it as background for a music video on YouTube, and his original video on YouTube was hit with a copyright claim from Sony. Now Sony is on this way again: someone bought license for using Russian artist's video Real Love Story (not exclusive rights!), made clip for singer Pedro Lima and blocked original video and videos of people, who bought the same license that Sony did. Artist (author of the video) tried to talk to VEVO and Sony, but after 30 days they didn't answer. Now he tries to attract more people to the story.

Submission + - MIT team invents efficient shockwave-based process for desalination of water. (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As the availability of clean, potable water becomes an increasingly urgent issue in many parts of the world, researchers are searching for new ways to treat salty, brackish or contaminated water to make it usable. Now a team at MIT has come up with an innovative approach that, unlike most traditional desalination systems, does not separate ions or water molecules with filters, which can become clogged, or boiling, which consumes great amounts of energy.

Instead, the system uses an electrically driven shockwave within a stream of flowing water, which pushes salty water to one side of the flow and fresh water to the other, allowing easy separation of the two streams.

According to the researchers, this approach is a fundamentally new and different separation system. Unlike most other approaches to desalination or water purification, this one performs a “membraneless separation” of ions and particles.

Membranes in traditional desalination systems, such as those that use reverse osmosis or electrodialysis, are “selective barriers”.

They allow molecules of water to pass through, but block the larger sodium and chlorine atoms of salt. Compared to conventional electrodialysis, “This process looks similar, but it’s fundamentally different,”

In the new process, called shock electrodialysis, water flows through a porous material —in this case, made of tiny glass particles, called a frit — with membranes or electrodes sandwiching the porous material on each side. When an electric current flows through the system, the salty water divides into regions where the salt concentration is either depleted or enriched. When that current is increased to a certain point, it generates a shockwave between these two zones, sharply dividing the streams and allowing the fresh and salty regions to be separated by a simple physical barrier at the center of the flow. Read more.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Submission + - Feminists trying to frame male open-source leaders. (breitbart.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Feminists in tech have been staging attempted “honey traps” to frame prominent male software developers for sexual assault, according to explosive claims on the blog of Eric S. Raymond, a pioneer of the open source movement. In allegations that will rock the world of software development, prominent targets included Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel.

Submission + - Nokia Deal Proves Steve Perlman's pCell "Isn't Another Cold Fusion" (ieee.org)

Tekla Perry writes: Nokia Networks has agreed to deploy Artemis' pCell technology in its equipment, and a tier-one communications company will start real-world testing in early 2016. Widespread national deployment in the United States could happen in as soon as a year, Perlman said. “Doing a deployment in a city could take just a few months,” he said, “because we don’t need to be on towers, our antennas can be on rooftops or in windows. They don’t need to be aimed, because they are just tossing around interference.” The technology, which embraces rather than avoids interference and increases capacity of a network by a factor of 50, preventing the dramatic drop in cellular data rates typically experienced by users in crowded environments, has faced much skepticism since its unveiling nearly two years ago.

Submission + - Don't Let Final Fantasy V Happen to You - Do HD Remakes the Right Way (fortressofdoors.com)

lars_doucet writes: Final Fantasy V just came out on Steam — a beloved classic game — only to showcase an art-style that fans and developers alike are criticizing for being rushed and sloppy.

It's not just a matter of questionable taste — the new game engine is a veritable laundry list of glaring technical flaws such as an awkward base resolution, tiling artifacts, and grossly mismatched art styles.

In response, game developer Lars Doucet lays out a lengthy and detailed list of best (and worst!) practices for "HD remakes":

Doing an HD Remake the Right Way

Submission + - SPAM: Scientists Take Huge Step Toward Universal Flu Vaccine

Offsh0reOn writes: A universal flu vaccine — one that provides immunity against every strain of the influenza virus for multiple years — is the holy grail of flu research. It would be a medical breakthrough on the order of penicillin, with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives every year. And scientists just got one crucial step closer to making it a reality.
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Submission + - Open Hardware Team successfully replicating Tesla inventions (fixtheworldproject.net)

lkcl writes: A small team has successfully overcome the usual barrier to replicating one of Tesla's inventions (death threats and intimidation) by following Open Hardware development practices, encouraging other teams world-wide to replicate their work. Their FAQ and several other reports help explain that the key is Schumann resonance: "tuning" the device to the earth's own EM field and harvesting it as useful electricity. Whilst it looks like it's going mainstream, the real question is: why has it taken this long, and why has an Open Hardware approach succeeded where other efforts have not?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Personal source control options?

McLae writes: I am looking for personal source control options. Here are the constraints:

Must run on Windows PC. Not server, just regular PC. Win 7 or win 8+.

Low cost or free. ( less than $100) (Rules out VSS)

Easy to install. No need to configure ports or firewall settings.

Self contained. No server or network access required.

Must include database. (Like Darby?) No separate database install.



I had an application like this 20 years ago that ran on DOS. What are the current options?

Submission + - There Is No Honeybee Crisis (theglobeandmail.com) 1

iONiUM writes: An article today claims that there is no longer any Honeybee crises, and that the deaths of the Honeybees previously was a one-off, or possibly non-cyclical occurance (caused by neonics or nature — the debate is still out). The data used is that from Stats Canada which claims "the number of honeybee colonies is at a record high [in Canada]." Globally, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization says that "worldwide bee populations have rebounded to a record high." However, many corporations and pro-environment groups have much to gain by creating a panic about Honeybee deaths, and as such continue to publish stories claiming the situation is dire.

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