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Submission + - How British Scientists Got Inside North Korea to Study a Volcano (wired.com)

raekdestesgj writes: For weeks at a time in 2011, British and American researchers have gone to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, as North Korea is formally known, to collect rock samples and deploy seismometers---some even in the homes of North Korean villagers. The post How British Scientists Got Inside North Korea to Study a Volcano appeared first on WIRED.

Submission + - GitHub and Amazon To Fight Cancer With Open Sourced Data (github.com)

An anonymous reader writes: GitHub and Amazon Web Services have joined a new open source collaboration to speed up cancer research. "We cannot be competitors any more in cancer research because people die," said Jenny Zhang, a technician at the Seattle center working with AWS to create a portal to help doctors, researchers, and scientists pool information to recognize important patterns. "Cancer will be solved on the computer," says the center's director, in a GitHub blog post calling for Open Source volunteers in everything from CSS and D3 to robust implementations of new computational biology algorithms. One technology site describes the initiative's inspiring message as "Computers and programmers can cure cancer because the key to the cure lies in deciphering big data."

Submission + - New Encrypted communication app? All platforms? (telegram.org) 1

TempestRose writes: A buddy let me know about this, and since I haven't heard a thing about it, I figured I'd see if /. can get the attention of their website. Also, it might be nice to get a few serious opinions. yes, i know that won't happen here, but this post WILL draw attention to them. They're claiming 100 million active monthly users as of Feb 2016: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Submission + - Canonical Brings Snaps to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Desktop and Server

prisoninmate writes: It's not the first time we here Canonical planning this major change for Ubuntu Linux, but now it's official. Starting with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), due for release on April 21, 2016, users will finally be able to install various applications and packages via snaps. If you're wondering what the big fuss is all about, we can tell you that the implementation of snaps in Ubuntu Linux, which will coexist with the standard Debian packages, will finally let users install newer software versions, as soon as they're released upstream, but only if there are developers willing to create these snaps for Ubuntu. The best part of a snap package is that it can be installed as some sort of container on top of your Ubuntu operating system, and won't have any impact on the rest of the installed applications and libraries. In the same way, you can also bring a certain package to Ubuntu that is required by a newer software version. Canonical promises to work closely with the Ubuntu community and third-party developers to support them in migrating their existing apps to the new format, which might become the default sometime in the long distant future.

Comment Avoid enterprise hardware (Score 1) 287

2x Shuttle XPC running vCentre
QNAP NAS for shared storage and media server
Cisco 857w
Generic gigabit switch
Linksys VOIP gateway
Small UPS

This sits behind the glass door of a nice oak AV cabinet in the living room, and I have a couple of 120mm PC fans in the back of it to circulate air. Reasonably cheap, no noise, easy on the power, and ok with the wife since I don't have an ugly rack of equipment sitting in the corner. Excepting for upgrades/reworks, this is more or less the setup I've run for the last 7 or 8 years.

Rest of house runs combination of Wifi & Ethernet. An additional Shuttle XPC sits in the shed as my "offsite" backup repository.

Comment Re:If it were me (Score 1) 86

I second everything mentioned above, and also recommend the book "Grain Brain" (look it up on Amazon). It is written by a neurosurgeon who makes a very compelling, leading edge (and medically unpopular) case against grains and gluten, its relationship to inflammation and its effects on Alzheimer's, and the uncanny links with other first world epidemics like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, etc. Its very easy to read and there is lots of research referenced throughout.

At 33 I recently went through a cardiac event, scary as it is at this age, and I am definitely not what you would call morbidly obese. This book will change your thinking and your habits A LOT.

Submission + - Quick Tech Product Death More Humane? (nytimes.com) 1

HumanEmulator writes: The NY Times writes about how the Hollywood summer-movie business model is being applied to tech products: "Every release needs to be a blockbuster, and the only measure of success is the opening-weekend gross." New products are being pulled from shelves only weeks after a lackluster release. What if the TouchPad, the Microsoft Kin, or even Google Wave had had more time on the market? Is this blockbuster or bust model good thing?

Comment Re:Fundamental Flaw? (Score 1) 157

The purpose of Tor is to provide anonymity. Given that in order for Tor to work it requires "community" participation, that means anyone can operate an exit node, but there is also an understanding that exit nodes can be used to siphon data. The key point here is that the exit nodes cannot determine the origin of the data, hence anonymity.

However, there is nothing preventing you from encrypting data over Tor.


Best Man Rigs Newlyweds' Bed To Tweet During Sex 272

When an UK man was asked to be the best man at a friend's wedding he agreed that he would not pull any pranks before or during the ceremony. Now the groom wishes he had extended the agreement to after the blessed occasion as well. The best man snuck into the newlyweds' house while they were away on their honeymoon and placed a pressure-sensitive device under their mattress. The device now automatically tweets when the couple have sex. The updates include the length of activity and how vigorous the act was on a scale of 1-10.

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