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Submission + - EmDrive may be on to something after all

Noryungi writes: MIT Technology Review has a short article up, explaining the mysterious thrust observed in the EmDrive through the inertial mass of the photons trapped inside the "cone" and the Unruh radiation, which is predicted by the Theory of Relativity. Here is the Arxiv article by theoretical physicists. All of this is very specualtive, but the possibilities are exciting.

Submission + - BSD might be dead, but NetBSD 7 just got released!

Noryungi writes: To little fanfare, the NetBSD project released on September 25th NetBSD version 7.0, the fifteenth release of that operating system. On the menu: 256 CPU support for AMD64, EPOC support, Lua kernel scripting, better support for all ARM platforms (including the Raspberry Pi) and SMP-safe USB subsystem (and much, much more). Read all about it here, download and enjoy!

Submission + - Fast Radio Bursts follow mathematical patterns (newscientist.com)

Noryungi writes: This article in the New Scientist discusses Fast Radio Bursts (FRB). FRB are incredibly powerful and fast — millisecond burst — radio signals, seemingly coming from outside out of galaxy. They are also following a mathematical pattern in their dispersion measure, by being all multiples of the same number: 187.5. If this is confirmed, and it is still a big "if", it may indicate one of two things (in the words of one of the researchers): “This will either be new physics, like a new kind of pulsar, or, in the end, if we can exclude everything else, an ET.”. My money is on the pulsar.

Submission + - What will happen in the Big One? (newyorker.com)

Noryungi writes: The New Yorker published today a chilling account of what would happen in the case of a major earthquake (Magnitude 9 or higher) striking the Cascadia fault. Pretty much the whole West Coast of the USA and Canada is at risk, from Vancouver all the way down to Los Angeles and beyond. Most of the states and cities within this region are woefully under-prepared for something that may come tomorrow. Or the day after.

Submission + - Terrorist attack in south-eastern France. One reported dead.

Noryungi writes: Details are still sketchy, but there was a terrorist attack at a gaz plant near the major city of Lyon, France. Two people broke into the plant using a car to ram the entrance, collided with a small gaz tank that exploded. One person was found dead and beheaded near the plant, and banners and ISIS flags written in Arabic have also been recovered. At least one terrorist has been arrested. More details if you read French on Le Monde newspaper web site or at the Guardian web site

Submission + - OpenBSD releases a portable version of its OpenNTPD

Noryungi writes: Theo De Raadt roundly criticized NTP due to its recent security advisories, and pointed out that OpenBSD OpenNTPD was not vulnerable. However, it also had not been made portable to other OS in a long time. Brent Cook, also known for his work on the portable version of LibreSSL (OpenBSD cleanup and refactoring of OpenSSL) decided to take the matter in his own hands and released a new portable version of OpenNTPD. Everyone rejoice, compile and report issues!

Submission + - The Open-Source Everything Manifesto

Noryungi writes: Interesting article at the Guardian about the Open-Source Everything Manifesto, the latest book by Robert David Steele "former Marine, CIA case officer, and US co-founder of the US Marine Corps intelligence activity", who posits (a) that conditions are ripe for a revolution in the USA and the UK and (b) that the only forward for humanity is by open-sourcing everything and conducting all government business — even foreign intelligence — in an open-source, let's-share-everything manner. Robert Steele is known as the inventor of open-source intelligence.

Submission + - A dinner with NSA General Alexander

Noryungi writes: Jennifer Granick, former Civil Liberties Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, now Director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, recently had dinner with NSA Director, General Keith Alexander. Her story is well worth reading... Especially for the cognitive dissonance between the NSA objectives and Civil Liberties activists.

Submission + - 32 Raspberry Pi cluster built to support PhD research (theregister.co.uk)

Noryungi writes: Joshua Kiepert, a PhD student at Boise State University has created a small 32 node Beowulf Cluster, (PDF paper) running Arch Linux to support his PhD research. This allowed him to avoid running his simulation on the official (Xeon-powered) cluster of his university for a cost of slightly less than US$ 2000 — which is the price of a single Xeon machine. While the cluster will never break speed record it allowed him to work on his research for quite a reasonable price.

Submission + - Hanford nuclear waste vitrification plant "too dangerous" (yahoo.com)

Noryungi writes: Scientific American reports, in a chilling story, that the Hanford, Washington, nuclear waste vitrification treatment plant is off to a bad start. Bad planning, multiple sources of radioactive waste, leaking containment pools are just the beginning. It's never a good sign when that type of article includes the word "spontaneous criticality", if you follow my drift...
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Submission + - Unscrambling an Android telephone with FROST (uni-erlangen.de)

Noryungi writes: Researchers at the University of Erlangen demonstrates how to recover an Android phone confidential content, with the help of a freezer and FROST, a specially-crafted Android ROM. Quite an interesting set of pictures, starting with wrapping your Android phone in a freezer bag...

Submission + - Greg Palast on Piers Morgans and Aaron Swartz (gregpalast.com)

Noryungi writes: While Aaron Swartz was hounded mercilessly for the made-up crime of publishing information, Piers Morgan enjoys his prime-time slot on CNN... While guilty of much more serious crimes than Aaron. A must-read article by investigative journalist Greg Palast.

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