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Submission + - Rolls-Royce Unveils World's First LEGO Jet Engine Made from 152,455 Bricks (inhabitat.com)

Elliot Chang writes: "Rolls-Royce debuted the world’s first ever LEGO Jet Engine at the Farnborough International Airshow this week in England. The model is a half-size replica of the enormous Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 that powers the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. It took 152,455 LEGO bricks, eight weeks, and a team of four fulltime employees to assemble the model. While the real engine weighs in at 1.25 tons, the LEGO replica still weighs a hefty 676 pounds and measures 4.9 feet long and 6.5 feet wide."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Millions Will Go to Privacy Groups Who Support Weak Facebook Settlement (wired.com)

rudy_wayne writes: Privacy and consumer groups are urging a federal judge to sign off on a controversial settlement to a class-action lawsuit over Facebook's “Sponsored Stories” advertising program, despite indifference to or confusion over the terms of the vaguely written settlement. Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy in Washington, D.C., said the settlement amounts to “just putting some more words into Facebook’s privacy policy that nobody reads.”

However, the Electronic Freedom Foundation which would receive $1 Million under the settlement (almost one-fourth of their entire budget last year) supports the settlement "for budgetary reasons" and according to EFF legal director Cindy Cohn, “We haven’t taken a position on this settlement, whether it’s a good idea or not”.

Space

Submission + - Virgin Galactic announces new satellite launch vehicle (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Virgin Galactic has announced a new craft called LauncherOne which it will use to put satellites and other small spacecraft into orbit. 'It appears to leverage some of the hardware already developed for SpaceShipTwo, Virgin's suborbital tourist vehicle. Like SpaceShipTwo, the new rocket rides up underneath Virgin's big carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, to about 50,000 feet. After release, the rocket drops for approximately four seconds before the first stage ignites. After the first stage burns out, a second stage takes the satellite to orbit.' Launching from a moving airplane eliminates many cost and scheduling concerns inherent to ground-based launches, and it's much easier to reach a broad range of trajectories for putting objects into orbit. According to the press release LauncherOne will get objects up to 225kg into orbit for less than $10 million.
Businesses

Submission + - Apple CEO Volunteers For $60M Pay Cut? (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: "You might recall the dispute Apple had with Proview Electronics over the rights to the iPad trademark in China — a dispute Apple eventually resolved by coughing up $60 million. Now Proview execs are claiming that Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent decision to turn down tens of millions of dollars in share revenue from his stock was his way to make sure Apple shareholders didn't suffer for the company's mistakes. The evidence is somewhat tenuous, but it would be an interesting act of corporate responsibility if true."
Security

Submission + - Researchers 'Map' Android Malware Genome (darkreading.com)

yahoi writes: Researchers at NC State are sharing their analysis and classification of Android malware samples under a new project that they hope will help shape a new way of fighting malware, learning from the lessons of the PC generation and its traditional anti-malware products.
Google

Submission + - Google pays respects to Moog, now live on Google AU. Moogle? (google.com.au)

AlienIntelligence writes: Google's tribute to Robert Moog's 78th birthday has gone live on the Australia search site.

It's an AWESOME doodle. For an ol timer like me, that remembers the first doodle, celebrating the Burning Man Festival and then the decline of doodledom as they stopped being rare and became a marketing/draw tool, I really appreciate the complexity of this one. All knobs work, dials, and the recorder.

I can't wait to hear some music made by this doodle.

The Les Paul tribute was recordable as well and appears to still be playable.

Mozilla

Submission + - Mozilla Announces Web Development Learning Initiative (mozilla.org)

bonch writes: Mozilla has announced Webmaker, a web development initiative aimed at teaching the average user the building blocks of the web. Users can join a "code party" and learn web development with provided authoring tools, and existing developers can volunteer to run their own events. To kick it off, Mozilla is announcing the Summer Code Party starting June 23.

Submission + - Eugene Polley, Inventor of the First Wireless TV Remote Control, Has Died (gizmodo.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: http://gizmodo.com/5912204/eugene-polley-inventor-of-the-first-wireless-tv-remote-control-has-died

"Eugene J. Polley, a man best known for inventing the first wireless television remote control, died of natural causes on Sunday at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois. He was 96."

Communications

Submission + - VoIP Provider Files Net Neutrality Complaint With FCC (pcworld.com)

himilean writes: A Florida VoIP carrier has filed a net neutrality complaint against a Georgia utility and broadband provider, after the utility accused the VoIP firm of theft of service for using its network to deliver voice service without paying for it.

L2Networks filed the net neutrality complaint with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission Tuesday, the first formal complaint since the FCC passed net neutrality rules in December 2010. L2Networks' filing comes after the telecommunications manager for the City of Albany Water, Gas & Light Commission, a municipal utility in Georgia, filed a theft-of-service complaint with the Dougherty County Police Department in Albany earlier this year.

So- Would this not be considered the most abusive power of all within the legal system? Does this mean if I Skype my buddy and he's on Comcast, Comcast can file theft charges against me?

KDE

Submission + - KDE announces the Make Play Live Partner Network (kde.org)

jrepin writes: "In the wake of the announcement of the first ever KDE powered tablet, quite a few interesting things are happening in the background. One of them is the formation of a professional Partner Network for devices such as the Vivaldi tablet. The Make Play Live Partner Program is designed to build and support a collaborative business and economic network. Members work together to provide comprehensive professional service and product offerings around Plasma Active and devices such as Vivaldi. Professional support options make it easier to convince potential parties, such as users, clients, customers and partners, bringing KDE software to a larger group of users. Nine organizations have already joined."
Movies

Submission + - The Price of Military Tech Assistance in Movies (vice.com)

derekmead writes: Last week at Camp David, President Obama met up with fellow NATO leaders to discuss the road ahead in Afghanistan. Although no one there used the language of defeat, the implicit message was clear: the war has gone nowhere in the past few years and it’s time to start packing up. Meanwhile, what raked in $25.5 million at the box office? Battleship. And who provided director Peter Berg with the war technology that beats the aliens? The U.S. military.

He’s not the only one: the past few years have seen an explosion of high-profile cooperation between the armed forces and the movie industry. If the most powerful armed force in history isn’t winning in reality, it certainly is on the big screen. And like so many problematic aspects of late capitalism, the military-Hollywood complex has a grimly understandable logic.

Facebook

Submission + - Fake Facebook Accounts Cost As Little As $0.06 (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: "Are you interested in buying a the kind of Facebook account a scammer dreams of — one with a of a pretty young woman as the profile pic? You can get them for as little as six cents apiece, if you buy in bulk. Of course, you pay for quality — to get a phone-verified account that an actual human has signed off on, you'd pay up to $1.50. The fact that anyone would be buying so many at a time points to the emergence of Facebook botnets. (And lest you think we're picking on Facebook, there are bots for sale for Google+, Craigslist, and other sites as well.)"
Ubuntu

Submission + - EA releases two games for linux (techspot.com) 1

lister king of smeg writes: In a rather unexpected move, Electronic Arts has added two web-based game titles to the Ubuntu Software Center of the popular Linux distribution, and although they're far from the newest games, Linux users will likely welcome Command and Conquer Tiberium Alliances as well as the Lord of Ultima with open arms.

Before Linux fans get too excited, it isn't the full game installation, but rather a loading web-app. That said, the move does suggest that the game developer has potentially spotted the currently untapped opportunity of using Ubuntu Linux as a another channel for delivering its content.

Social Networks

Submission + - 55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Leaked (hothardware.com) 1

MojoKid writes: "Tens of thousands of Twitter accounts have been compromised in a recent hack attack in which more than 55,000 passwords were leaked and posted to Pastebin by anonymous hackers. Most of the accounts supposedly belonged to spammers, and there were many duplicate entries, Twitter officials pointed out. However, to play it safe, you should probably change your Twitter password ASAP."

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