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Submission + - MenuetOS, an OS written entirely in assembly language, inches towards 1.0 ( 2

angry tapir writes: MenuetOS is an open source GUI-equipped operating system written entirely in assembly language that can fit on a floppy disk (if you can find one). I originally spoke to its developers in 2009. Recently I had a chance to catch up with them to chat about what's changed and what needs to be done before the OS hits version 1.0 after 13 years of work.

Submission + - Robotic Surgery Complications Going Underreported

neapolitan writes: PBS has a report on the difficulties of tracking the complications arising from surgical robotic systems, particularly the Da Vinci robotic surgery apparatus. The original study (paywall) notes that there is a large lag in filing reports, and some are not reported at all. It is difficult to assess the continued outcomes and safety without accurate reporting data.

Submission + - Microspotting: Inside the Microsoft Archives ( 1

jones_supa writes: In a video tour, long-time company archivist Amy Stevenson takes us behind the scenes of the Microsoft Archives, a collection of artifacts that preserve our history and embody our culture. There, you'll find decades worth of Microsoft software, advertisements, documentation, memorabilia and...skulls? You'll just have to watch to understand. Some of the scariest items include a life-like Bill Gates doll (wearing a jogging suit), sent by a Russian doll artist, and a human-sized Clippy costume.

Submission + - AMD's Verizon server win was actually a massive win for Intel (

MrSeb writes: Yesterday, Verizon announced that it’s building its own cloud computing platform to compete with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Rather than designing its own hardware, or using readymade big iron setups from someone like IBM, Verizon instead opted for high-density SeaMicro servers. AMD, which acquired SeaMicro last year, has been touting this as a huge victory over Intel and its dominance in the server market. ExtremeTech can exclusively reveal, however, that more than three quarters of the SeaMicro servers purchased by Verizon are actually powered by the Intel Xeon E3, not AMD’s own Opteron chip. AMD has, rather ironically, become an Intel OEM.

Submission + - Evidence of new artificial element might be found at Lunds University, Sweden

gustapfo writes: From the article at Sveriges Radio (Swedish national radio):

"New elemental analysis
Posted: 6:47 pm, Science & Environment

Evidence for a new artificial element may have been found by physicists from Lund. The topic has the temporary name Ununpentium.

The super-heavy element have previously been seen in unconfirmed Russian and American experiments. In the new experiments have been clearer measurements of the radiation produced when the atom falls apart, and the result is therefore in accordance with what a chemical element with atomic number 115 should have. The experiment also provides new clues about its properties.

The results are published in The Physical review letters."

The element Ununpentium is mentioned previously on /.

Submission + - Fukushima Daiichi leak raised to level 3 severity 1

AmiMoJo writes: Japan's nuclear regulators have raised the level of severity of the radioactive water leak from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It is now a level-3 serious incident. The revision from level 1 is based on estimates of the volume of radioactive substances leaked. The International Atomic Energy Agency supports the revision. They say the tank leak can be assessed separately from the Fukushima Daiichi crisis as a level 3 incident. Japanese experienced a level-3 nuclear event in 1997 with the fire and explosions at a fuel reprocessing plant in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture. 37 workers there were exposed to the leaked radioactive substances.

Submission + - Confirmed: ChromeCast will be able to play local content (

sfcrazy writes: As you all know about the story that ChromeCast update disabled the playback of local content. Many though, including me that Google is going Apple's path. But Google has confirmed that it will allow every kind of content. Google Statement: We’re excited to bring more content to Chromecast and would like to support all types of apps, including those for local content. It's still early days for the Google Cast SDK, which we just released in developer preview for early development and testing only. We expect that the SDK will continue to change before we launch out of developer preview, and want to provide a great experience for users and developers before making the SDK and additional apps more broadly available. So no need to fear!

Submission + - Google Patents Deducing Age from Year of Graduation

theodp writes: Among the claims in Google's newly-granted patent for Inferring Demographics for Website Members is one for 'examining educational information provided by the first member; and estimating the first member's actual age based on the educational information.' Let's see if you can follow the math — from the patent: 'For example, if the member declares that he attended University of Colorado in Boulder between 1996 and 2000, it is likely that he was 17 or 18 years old when he entered school as a freshman, and thus that his birth year is approximately 1996-18=1978.' Still confused? Maybe the lone drawing Google submitted to explain the patented process will help. Google, by the way, was one of the signatories to a recent letter to Congress that decried low-quality patent claims. Corporations view patents, it would seem, a little like baseball managers view players accused of PED abuse — yours is a 'black eye for our game', while mine is fit for batting cleanup!

Submission + - Version 2.0 Of 3D-Printed Rifle Successfully Fires 14 Rounds (

coolnumbr12 writes: The world’s first 3D-printed rifle, named “The Grizzly” after Canadian-built tanks used in World War II, was fired in June, but the first shot fractured the barrel receiver. The creator, a Canadian man who simply goes by “Matthew,” refined his design and posted a video Friday on YouTube of Grizzly 2.0 successfully firing 3 rounds of Winchester bullets. The video description says the Grizzly 2.0 fired 14 rounds before it cracked. The new rifle was also safe enough for Matthew to fire it by hand rather than the string system used in the first test.

Submission + - NASA's Curiosity Rover Celebrates One Year on Mars

An anonymous reader writes: The Curiosity rover celebrates one year on Mars today. 'The 1-ton robot has achieved a great deal in its 12 months on Mars, discovering an ancient streambed and gathering enough evidence for mission scientists to declare that the planet could have supported microbial life billions of years ago. And more big finds could be in the offing, as Curiosity is now trekking toward its ultimate science destination: the foothills of a huge and mysterious mountain that preserves, in its many layers, a history of Mars' changing environmental conditions.'

Submission + - FBI arrests "largest facilitator of child porn on the planet" (

An anonymous reader writes: "Eric Eoin Marques, 28—the “largest facilitator of child porn on the planet,” according to the FBI—was recently arrested and is currently in an Irish jail awaiting the conclusion of his extradition trial. The FBI aims to bring Marques to trial in the United States. If convicted, Marques faces up to 30 years in prison.

Although the anonymous nature of Tor makes confirming identities difficult, all signs point to Marques being one of the most important men on the Dark Net: He’s allegedly the founder of Freedom Hosting, Tor’s most popular hosting service since it was created in 2008. "

Submission + - Obama's promise to "Protect Whisleblowers" disappears from the web

An anonymous reader writes: The Obama administration's campaign site has been removed, a possible reason Sunlight Foundation comments may be that a statement from the Administration that outlined the protection of Whistleblowers, "Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government." when the exact opposite has occurred and Obama is threatening trade sanctions against countries who give Edward Snowden asylum.

Submission + - The Rise of Linux in In-Vehicle Infotainment (

DeviceGuru writes: The 2014 Toyota Lexus IS reportedly will be the second major automobile to offer in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems based on Linux, following last year's introduction of the Debian-based Cadillac User Experience (CUE) IVI system, which now appears in Cadillac's XTS and SRX models. Cadillac's CUE IVI implementation was developed by GENIVI Alliance members MontaVista and Bosch and uses similar code, but is not listed as GENIVI compliant. Meanwhile, ABI Research projects that Linux will grow to 20 percent IVI market share by 2018, behind Microsft and market leader QNX.

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