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Submission + - Nokia to release Lumia case design files for 3D printers (

another random user writes: Nokia is releasing design files that will let owners use 3D printers to make their own cases for its Lumia phones.

Files containing mechanical drawings, case measurements and recommended materials have already been released by the phone maker.

Those using the files will be able to create a custom-designed case for the flagship Lumia 820 handset.

The project makes Nokia one of the first big electronics firms to seriously back 3D printing


Submission + - Scientists Produce 3D Blocks of Graphene (

Zothecula writes: Imagine how limiting it would be if steel, wood or plastic only existed in the form of thin sheets. Well, that’s been the case so far when it comes to graphene. While its incredible strength and high conductivity make it very useful in things like semiconductors, batteries and solar cells, there’s no doubt that it would be even more useful if it could be produced in three-dimensional blocks. Scientists at Australia’s Monash University have now managed to do just that – by copying the structure of cork.

Submission + - NTP glitch reverts clocks back to 2000 (

An anonymous reader writes: It seems a glitch of some sort wreaked havoc on some NTP servers yesterday, causing many machines to revert to the year 2000. It seems the Y2K bug that never happened is finally catching up with us in 2012.

Submission + - iPhone 5S production reportedly kicks off ahead of launch in the first half next (

zacharye writes: Is Apple’s annual mobile device launch schedule accelerating? The fourth-generation iPad launched in September this year after the third-generation model was released in March, and now a report on Monday from Chinese newspaper Commercial Times claims Apple’s manufacturing partners will begin trial production of the next-generation “iPhone 5S” in December after the iPhone 5 just launched less than two months ago. Initial volumes are said to be in the range of 50,000 to 100,000 units...

Submission + - Supersymmetry theory dealt a blow (

Dupple writes: Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider have detected one of the rarest particle decays seen in Nature.

The finding deals a significant blow to the theory of physics known as supersymmetry.

Many researchers had hoped the LHC would have confirmed this by now.

Supersymmetry, or SUSY, has gained popularity as a way to explain some of the inconsistencies in the traditional theory of subatomic physics known as the Standard Model.

The new observation, reported at the Hadron Collider Physics conference in Kyoto, is not consistent with many of the most likely models of SUSY.

Prof Chris Parke, who is the spokesperson for the UK Participation in the LHCb experiment, told BBC News: "Supersymmetry may not be dead but these latest results have certainly put it into hospital."


Submission + - Next Microsoft Gaming System May Be The 7-Inch "Xbox Surface" (

amkkhan writes: The Xbox 720 may have to wait. Rumors are now swirling that the next Microsoft gaming system won't be the Xbox 720, rumored to be the name of the successor to the immensely popular Xbox 360, but that the next Microsoft gaming platform will be a 7-inch tablet called the Xbox Surface.

If the Xbox 720 is put on hold for the Xbox Surface, it would mark a foray into the world of legitimate mobile gaming — the likes of which have not yet been seen. Hardware finalization for the Xbox Surface is currently underway, according to The Verge, and early rumored specs were leaked back in June.


Submission + - Surface sales 'modest' so far said Ballmer (

hcs_$reboot writes: Sales of Microsoft’s Windows RT-based Surface tablet are off to a “modest” start according to chief executive Steve Ballmer. Given the general dropping sales in the PC business coupled with Microsoft’s relatively small inventory of Surface machines, it’ll be interesting to see how soon Surface can hit Microsoft’s million milestone.
(Update originally from French Le Parisien)


Submission + - Alere Loses 100,000 Patient's Personal Details, SSNs, Diagnoses (

An anonymous reader writes: The 'health management' company Alere produces and markets in-home medical devices that act as electronic middle-men between doctors and patients taking warfarin (an anti-coagulant drug). Levels of the drug in the blood stream need to be constantly monitored to ensure levels remain within safe ranges, too little and there is a risk of blood clots, too much and hemorrhage can occur. This data is processed by Alere and distributed to qualified health professions who then interpret the results, taking action as required. However, on the 23rd of September, an Alere employee laptop with an unencrypted file containing the health records and personal details of all 100,000 patients being monitored was stolen from a parked car. The company did not become aware of the privacy breach until the 1st of October, and since then affected patients have been notified by mail and have been offered identity theft checks. The OCR has not yet been notified (notification must be made within 60 days), and the neither the laptop nor the data have been recovered. It begs the question, would you trust a 3rd party health provider with your personal information? What if the home test had been for more stigmatised diseases such as HIV antigen levels?

Submission + - Ransomware scammers hit half a million users in 18 days (

mask.of.sanity writes: An organised criminal gang attacked scores of internet users last month by encrypting their computers and demanding ransom for the keysa>.

The scam hit half a million Symantec users alone, all of whom clicked on adult advertisements in porn sites over two week period.

Researchers suspect the financial damages to run into millions and say the criminals are still operating.

Submission + - Resources for identifying telecommunications right-of-way locations?

An anonymous reader writes: With threats to network neutrality, such as Verizon's recent lawsuit, I've been thinking of creating a map plotting all the locations where telecommunications companies currently use public lands via right-of-way laws. It seems that this would convey just how much telecommunications depends on public infrastructure. However, it's been difficult identifying where these locations are. Short of crowdsourcing, does anyone know of resources that could be used to create such a map?

Submission + - Watching a Botnet From the Inside (

Trailrunner7 writes: When you hear about botnets such as Rustock, Mariposa or Grum being taken down, one of the tactics that's usually involved is sinkholing. The technique, which involves pointing the infected machines to a server controlled by good guys rather than attackers, often is used as one of the last steps to take the botnet offline. But some recent work done by researchers at Damballa took a slightly different tack and used the sinkhole as a way to study a recently discovered botnet in operation, and what they found in their traffic analysis was pretty interesting.

The Damballa researchers had come across the botnet, which they have not named, in recent weeks and were looking at the way that the network used a domain-generation algorithm to come up with new command-and-control domains for infected machines to contact. Many botnets use this same method, as it give them the ability to react quickly when one domain is taken down or blacklisted by a large number of security products. When that happens, the botmaster can simply send out an instruction for all of the bots to connect to the new domain. Or the bots can be programmed to connect to various new domains at regular intervals, based on the date or other variables.

In this case, the researchers saw that a lot of bots were trying to connect to some domains that had not been registered yet. So they did some quick statistical analysis and picked out some of the most frequently requested domains and registered the domains themselves. The Damballa researchers then pointed the domains to a sinkhole maintained by the Georgia Tech Information Security Center and sat back and watched the action.


Submission + - IT groups petition Apple to "fix" Bonjour protocol (

alphadogg writes: It's time for Apple to make it's Bonjour and AirPlay technologies enterprise friendly. That's the contention of a group of college and university IT managers who are finalizing a petition that urges Apple to adapt both for enterprise networks. The proposed changes, they say, would make it easier for IT to provision, manage and secure Bonjour-enabled networking of Apple products. But the changes also would make more Apple's networking more useable for iPad and iPhone owners. On campus, or at the office, they want the same kind ease of access and use they have at home. They want to connect easily over enterprise networks with resources such as printers running Apple's AirPrint protocol, or use Apple's AirPlay wireless multimedia streaming, and to marry iOS devices with flat-panel displays or high-def speakers via Apple TV, or with projectors. And today, they often can't do that because of how enterprise networks are designed.

Submission + - Mysterious Fairy Circles Are 'Alive' (

sciencehabit writes: "Fairy circles"--bare patches of soil, 2 to 12 meters in diameter, that freckle grasslands from southern Angola to northern South Africa--have confounded humans for centuries. Locals say they're the footprints of the gods. Scientists have thrown their hands up in the air. But now, using satellite images, one scientist has discovered something no one else has: the circles are "alive". That is, the appear and disappear at regular intervals, with an average "lifespan" of about 41 years.

Submission + - Apple Tried to Hire Linus Torvalds, Kill Linux (

butilikethecookie writes: The founder of Linux was invited to Apple HQ in Cupertino by Steve Jobs at the turn of the millennium, where is was invited to join Apple and work on (what would become) OS X. The lure? ‘Unix for the biggest user base’.The catch? That he would have to stop development on Linux, a condition that led Torvalds to flatly refuse the offer. Imagine: no Linux would have meant no Ubuntu, no Chrome OS, and no Android; the entire ecosystem of technology could have been dramatically changed by acceptance of this one job offer.

Submission + - 8 PHP IDEs Compared (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner provides a hands-on comparison of eight PHP IDEs, few of which proved to be uncluttered, focused, and smooth 'While the tools are more capable than ever, they often felt overly complex and sometimes even rough around the edges. Some of them seem to be bopping along in a state of neglect. Given the prevalence and maturity of PHP, I was surprised by some of the difficulties I ran into. The good news is, whether you lean toward a heavyweight tool packed with features or a lighter-weight tool that brings some polish, there is an option here for you.'"

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