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Submission + - Prosthetic Arm Control Improved Using Spinal Nerve Signals

CanadianRealist writes: Current prosthetic arms are usually controlled by detecting signals from the user twitching muscles in the shoulder or arm. This allows only a limited number of possible movements, such as grasp and release. Researchers have developed a new technique that interprets signals from motor neurons in the spinal cord, allowing for a greater range of control of an arm. Signals from nerves associated with hand and arm movements were mapped to the corresponding movements. Test subjects were able to move a virtual prosthetic arm with greater freedom than has been achieved with muscle-controlled prosthetics. (A virtual prosthetic arm was used rather than a real one as this work is still in the early stages.)

Submission + - Cybersecurity Firm's Own Blog Is Hacked With Fake Articles

Mickeycaskill writes: In an era of unprecedented cyberthreats, many organisations turn to security firms for guidance on how to prevent and respond to incidents, and to their researchers for information about the latest threats.

But just to illustrate that you can never be too careful, cybersecurity specialist Trend Micro has confirmed that one of the blogs it uses to communicate with customers was itself the victim of a content spoofing attack.

The culprits exploited a vulnerability in WordPress to inject fake content onto the blog before it was removed by Trend Micro and the bug fixed.

“Unfortunately there are many different URLs attackers can use to carry out the same attack, so a couple of fake ‘articles’ ended up posted on CounterMeasures," head of security research Rik Ferguson told Silicon. "We have responded and shut down the vulnerability completely to resolve the issue."

Submission + - Police Use Pacemaker Data To Charge Homeowner With Arson And Insurance Fraud

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: If you're dependent upon an embedded medical device, the device that helps keep you alive may also be used to incriminate you in a crime. Ross Compton, a 59-year-old homeowner in Ohio called 911 in September 2016 to say that his house was on fire, however there were many irregularities to the blaze that investigators found suspicious, such as contradictory statements from Compton and the way that the fire had started. In the ensuing investigation, the police secured a warrant for the logs from his pacemaker, specifically, "Compton’s heart rate, pacer demand and cardiac rhythms before, during and after the fire." They subsequently filed charges of felony aggravated arson and insurance fraud. Middletown Police said this was the first time it had used data from a heart device to make an arrest, but the pacemaker data proved to be an “excellent investigative tool;” the data from the pacemaker didn’t correspond with Compton’s version of what happened. The retrieved data was used to help indict Compton. Lt. Jimmy Cunningham stated, “It was one of the key pieces of evidence that allowed us to charge him.”

Submission + - Researcher Develops Explosion-Proof Lithium Metal Battery, 2X Power Of Li-Ion (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Tufts University professor and founder of Ionic Materials, Mike Zimmerman, hopes that his resilient ionic battery technology will finally replace Lithium Ion. The reason scientists and researchers pay so much attention to battery design is because today's lithium-ion technologies have several downsides, as we saw recently with Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 recall. If you were to take apart a lithium-ion battery, you'd find a positive electrode called the anode and a negatively charged electrode called the cathode. There's a thin separator that sits between the anode and cathode. Everything else is filled up with liquid, or electrolyte. Charging the battery causes positively charged ions to flow through the liquid from the negative side to the positive side. As you use the battery, the ions flow in the opposite direction. However, the electrolyte is extremely flammable and they can explode when pierced or overheated. Zimmerman's ionic battery trades the flammable liquid for a piece of plastic film to serve as the electrolyte. It isn't prone to overheating and catching fire. The same goes for piercing, cutting or otherwise destroying the battery. Also, unlike lithium-ion batteries, Zimmerman's ionic batteries use actual lithium-metal, which can store twice as much power. Lithium-ion batteries don't contain lithium-metal because they're even more prone to overheating and exploding than lithium-ion, but that risk is removed by Zimmerman swapping out the liquid electrolyte for a solid.

Submission + - UK Military To 'Harden' iPhone 7 For Communicating State Secrets

An anonymous reader writes: Apple is to offer its iPhone 7 as the device of choice for the UK military’s secure communications. British telecom giant BT is said to be hardening the Apple device in order for it to be able to handle the Ministry of Defence’s military communications, including state secrets and highly-sensitive data. While BT has not provided further details on the development, due to security reasons, the telco is reportedly in the process of upgrading the iPhone 7 to support various modes of operation and to add secure apps or ‘storage containers’, as well as military-grade encryption features. The iPhone 7 will now replace Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, which was originally selected for the project, as security in the Samsung model was found to be inadequate.

Submission + - Google, Netflix Join Fight against Virginia Municipal Broadband Restrictions

HughPickens.com writes: Research and Ideas reported that Google, Netflix, and Ting have joined advocacy groups and other companies lobbying against a proposed Virginia state law that would make it far more difficult for municipalities to offer Internet service. "This bill would effectively ban new public broadband networks and public-private partnerships and cripple existing ones, harming both the public and private sectors, retarding economic growth, preventing the creation or retention of jobs around the Commonwealth, particularly in rural areas, hampering work force development, and diminishing the quality of life in Virginia," bill opponents including Google and Netflix wrote in a letter last week to State House Commerce Committee Chairman Terry Kilgore. According to Ars Technica Virginia legislation was proposed by Republican lawmaker Kathy Byron, and it was referred to the Commerce Committee, which will discuss it at a hearing today. The legislation would prohibit municipal broadband deployments except in very limited circumstances. Among other things, a locality wouldn't be allowed to offer Internet service if an existing network already provides 10Mbps download and 1Mbps upload speeds to 90 percent of potential customers.

Submission + - Dropbox Kept Files Around for Years Due to 'Delete' Bug (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Dropbox engineers have fixed what appears to be a very ancient bug that during the past two weeks has resurfaced previously deleted folders for several Dropbox users. In some of the complaints users reported seeing folders they deleted in 2009 reappear on their devices overnight. After seeing mysterious folders appear in their profile, some users thought they were hacked.

Last week, a Dropbox employee provided an explanation to what happened, blaming the issue on an old bug that affected the metadata of soon-to-be-deleted folders. Instead of deleting the files, as users wanted and regardless of metadata issues, Dropbox choose to keep those files around for years, and eventually restored them due to a blunder. In its File retention Policy, Dropbox says it will keep files around a maximum 60 days after users deleted them.

Submission + - Trump Administration Freezes all Grant Activity at EPA

PvtVoid writes: From the Washington Post: An email went out to employees in the agency’s Office of Acquisition Management within hours of President Trump’s swearing-in on Friday.

“New EPA administration has asked that all contract and grant awards be temporarily suspended, effective immediately,” read the email, which was shared with The Washington Post. “Until we receive further clarification, which we hope to have soon, please construe this to include task orders and work assignments.”

Submission + - Trump Appoints Neutrality Opponent Ajit Pai to Lead FCC (nbcnews.com)

bsharma writes: President Donald Trump promoted a critic of net neutrality on Monday to chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the agency responsible for enforcing those regulations.

In a statement, Ajit Pai, a telecommunications lawyer whom President Barack Obama appointed to a Republican seat the FCC in 2012, said he was looking forward to working with his colleagues, thew Trump administration and Congress "to bring the benefits of the digital age to all Americans."

Submission + - SPAM: Buskers\' Rights: Know the Laws of Street Performing

alanwest775 writes: A recently circulated video of Andrew Kalleen being arrested for busking in the New York City subway system has caused a lot of concern in the music/busking community.

You can watch the video here.

Andrew was armed with the correct citation showing the MTAâ(TM)s rules that permitted him to play; however, despite his repeated attempts to get the arresting officer to understand the law, the officer arrested Kalleen.

There\'s a lot of ignorance out there, folksâ"a lot of people who want to tell you âoeYOU CANT DO THAT!â when, in fact, you can.

This video is proof that you can be armed with the right information, be completely on the side of the law and still be denied your right to play. It\'s best to be fully informed, and then, wherever you are, carry a copy of the relevant law with you.

Busking, also known as street performaning, has a long and storied past, enriching our culture since time began (although there were fewer street corners back then). As cities got more crowded and security measures more enhanced, and certainly after 9/11, more regulations have been implemented and enforced.

Unless there are strict anti-busking laws in your area, it\'s usually OK to start performing on public property as long as you\'re not obstructing people or creating a nuisance. If you\'re asked or told to leave, and you donâ(TM)t know the law, the best practice is to just leave.

On private property, however (including many open-air markets and fairs), you should always get permission first. It\'s always best to check the ordinances of the towns in which youâ(TM)d like to perform and then print out whichever rules and regulations protect you. Be forewarned that many places require permits , and many of them require auditions to obtain permits. Some only host auditions only once a year.
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â London\'s Underground has a limited number of licenses and requires auditions, which take place once each year.
â Un-amplified busking in New York City is allowed almost everywhere in the city, except within 50 feet of monuments. Performing on a subway platform is protected by the First Amendment, but not if you step onto a train.
â Chicago requires a permit for every public performance, and there are designated hours and noise limitations.
â Boston requires an audition, a criminal background check and liability insurance in order to play in some parts of the city.

Kudos to AidanKS; be sure to check out his post, which has more city-specific information.

Got a permit to play on the streets? That\'s great, but it\'s not good enough to play in most subway/metro stations. Almost every one of these has its own rules and regulations. If you look online, you can find info pertaining to live performances. Here are a few links to visit:

NY MBTA Subway Performers Program
San Francisco BART
DC Metro, section 100.10

There are organizations popping up all around the world to connect buskers and help share information, including thebuskingproject.com and buskercentral.com.

Knowledge is power. Be prepared to combat ignorance, and go forth and engage in your chosen âoefree speech activity.â You can make the world a brighter place.

Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins over audiences with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think sheâ(TM)s read your diaryâ"and youâ(TM)ll find yourself humming her melodies for days. Sheâ(TM)s a two-time finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk competition in Texas, winner of the 2013 West Coast Songwriters Association Best Song of the Year and has received numerous accolades and awards from the organizations around the world. She has released four CDs of original songs with the latest, Life Wide Open, released in late 2013. Find tour dates, music and more at LauraZucker.com.

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The Internet

Submission + - The Year the Internet Split in Half (foxnews.com)

Velcroman1 writes: If there's one thing 2011 will be remembered for, it'll be the year the Internet split in half. In one corner, we have the traditional web, the one you've known and loved since the 90s. In the other corner, there's the "app" or mobile Internet. It's the one ushered in by the iPhone, and it grew to record levels last year with help from Android, iPads, and tablets. And increasingly, there's different stuff on them.

"There's definitely a big rift between traditional Internet content accessed via a web browser and mobile applications on smartphones and tablets," Engadget editor-in-chief Tim Stevens said. "Five to 10 years ago people were getting excited about new websites. Now it's all about new apps." As a result, software developers and content producers are splitting their workload. Sometimes they release stuff on one or the other platform, but not always both. They publish on the Internet — but not every version of the Internet.

Businesses

Submission + - SPAM: Solar-Powered Airplane Completes First Ever Flight

liqs8143 writes: "Solar Impulse, a fully solar-powered airplane has completed the world's first international solar-powered flight. After a flight lasting 12 hours 59 minutes at an altitude of 12,400 feet, using no fuel and propelled by solar energy alone, Solar Impulse HB-SIA landed safely in Brussels, Switzerland.

After the landing, plane's co-founder Bertrand Piccard said:

Our goal is to create a revolution in the minds of the people . . . to promote solar energies — not necessarily a revolution in aviation.

Compared with 2003, energy efficiency has increased from 16 to 22 percent. And the cells are now half as thick.

The project has a total cost of $88 million which is funded by mostly-Swiss partners and public donations."

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Technology

Submission + - The World's Largest Water Pump in New Orleans (everythingnew.net)

hasanabbas1987 writes: "When nature strikes, man always look for alternatives to fight back, failing on most occasions though. This time when nature showed its anger in the Mississippi River, man again decided to act, this time they have decided to build the world’s largest water pump in New Orleans. This monster pump is powered by a 5,000 horsepower diesel engine which moves a giant four blade propeller 150 times in a minute. As a result 150,000 gallons of water is moved every second (15 Olympic size swimming pools every minute)."
Space

Submission + - Europe Defends 'Stupid' Galileo Satellite (yahoo.com)

mvar writes: Following the dismissal of OHB-System's CEO Berry Smutny who, according to a Wikileaks cable, had stated that "Galileo is a stupid idea that primarily serves French interests" , Antonio Tajani Vice President of the European Commission has stated once again that "The Galileo project is going ahead, the commission has decided on this" and that "[Galileo] will improve the lives of citizens in sectors such as transport, agriculture, energy and combatting illegal immigration". Tajani also dismissed the Wikileaks report saying that he had met Smutny before the leak and that he had stated that he believed in Galileo.
Sony

Submission + - Portal 2 For PS3 To Include Cross-Platform Support (thinq.co.uk)

Blacklaw writes: Valve has confirmed plans to resurrect something which hasn't been attempted for quite some time in a mainstream game: cross-platform multiplayer gaming, due to hit the PlayStation 3 and PC in the company's first-person puzzle title Portal 2.
In even better news, those who buy Portal 2 for the PS3 — which Valve's Gabe Newell claims will "be the best console version of the product" — will be able to link their PlayStation Network accounts with their Steam accounts and unlock a free, full copy of the game for PC or Mac.

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