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Comment Re:This is news? (Score 1) 138

My incentive is that I build a better society through responsible disclosure. Morality helps me reach that conclusion.

That's you though with your morality. There are plenty of skilled people out there who don't care about building a better society or who have different moralities. There is no one "right" morality. I think your fallacy is believing that you hold a universal world view.

Submission + - Synchronized Virtual Reality Heartbeat Triggers Out-of-Body Experiences (

Zothecula writes: New research demonstrates that triggering an out-of-body experience (OBE) could be as simple as getting a person to watch a video of themselves with their heartbeat projected onto it. According to the study, it's easy to trick the mind into thinking it belongs to an external body and manipulate a person's self-consciousness by externalizing the body's internal rhythms. The findings could lead to new treatments for people with perceptual disorders such as anorexia and could also help dieters too.

Submission + - Star Wars Black Series (

kodiaktau writes: Hasbro is producing a new series of 6" Star Wars figures labeled the "Black Collection". High quality articulation, paint and accessories are the key selling features. Michael Crawford does a review of the Sandtrooper and Darth Maul figures in the attached story. There will be limited releases of these figures to ensure they are kept at a high value. The initial release character was a limited Boba Fett. First series includes Darth Maul, Sandtrooper, R2-D2, Luke Skywalker. Second series includes Boba Fett, Han Solo, Slave Leia and Greedo. (Han shot first.) These seem to be pretty expensive characters but it would be nice to have something high quality.

Submission + - Hacker who breached Zuckerberg's facebook account to get US12k

RemyBR writes: The Palestinian hacker Khalil Shreateh, who broke into the Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Timeline to expose a security lapse will be awarded nearly $12,000 but not from Facebook, it will come from an online crowdsourced campaign.

'Let us all send a message to security researchers across the world and say that we appreciate the efforts they make for the good of everyone.', said Marc Maiffret, CTO of BeyondTrust and the starter of the campaign.

It's still possible to donate on the campaign website.

Submission + - Steve Wozniak dislikes new Steve Jobs Biopic (

TrollheartBlue writes: In an interview with Piers Morgan, Wozniak claims that the new Jobs biopic falls flat. His reasoning is that the movie "doesn't capture the brilliance or intensity of Jobs." Wozniak doesn't mind that nearly all of the scenes never actually occurred, but rather that the scenes lacked a lot of significant meaning behind them. Most important to him, he remarks that he was the one who introduced Jobs to Bob Dylan and that he didn't own any Beatle albums. All in all he summarizes, "It wasn't a quality film and it wasn't an Apple quality product."

Submission + - Increasing Number Of Smartphone Owners Are Texting In Their Sleep (

An anonymous reader writes: From CBS, "Smartphones have become a major part of many people’s everyday lives. More and more smartphone owners use their devices to text, email, and surf the web throughout the day. Now, some people have started using them in their sleep. “My charger is right there in the corner so sometimes I would keep it right here next to me. I guess I got up and texted and went back to bed but I don’t remember it,” ... Friends and family were receiving messages from Megan that she didn’t even remember sending. “4 o’clock in the morning, 3 o’clock in the morning, it would just be a sentence of jumbled up stuff,” she said. Sleep texting has become more common and in addition to being embarrassing it could also have some serious health consequences, sleep specialist Dr. Josh Werber explained. “They’re not getting the deep sleep or the rapid eye movement which is really critical to higher brain function,” he said."

Comment Wonky Science (Score 1) 418

The graph at the end compares fatal accidents with pre and post ban. Most fatal accidents seem to be caused by drunk driving or speeding, not talking on the cellphone. The latter seems to cause fender benders and other relatively minor crashes. I have no proof for what I just said but I'm sure a study somewhere backs it up.

Comment Street Smarts (Score 1) 103

I thought this was called "street smarts" and could only be acquired by people who have actually lived in cities for a while. A neighborhood or area isn't going to have a sign stating so. Digital images can help with guesses, but even though a neighborhood looks badish, it could be quite a friendly place. Vice versa: A nice neighborhood doesn't equate to a safe neighborhood. A nice attempt but ultimately futile.

Submission + - LibreOffice 4.1 Released (

An anonymous reader writes: The latest major release of the LibreOffice office suite has just been published, including an experimental improved sidebar based on the work of Apache OpenOffice, embedded fonts, better Microsoft Office compatibility (improving their exclusive capability in the free software world of not only being able to read but also write .docx and .xlsx files) and many further Improvements.

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