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Submission + - NZ Police Secretly Brand Dying With Dignity Advocates ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: New Zealand Police have admitted targeting pro-euthanasia campaigners in a drink-drive checkpoint.

This afternoon, police confirmed officers had used a breath-testing checkpoint to target people attending an Exit International euthanasia meeting in Lower Hutt earlier this month.

Inspector Chris Bensemenn confirmed this afternoon that the checkpoint was set up close to where the meeting was being held in Lower Hutt with the purpose of "identify[ing] people attending an Exit International meeting".

Submission + - Forced Windows 10 Anniversary update causes chaos (

Billly Gates writes: It was first reported on on that the patch was not thoroughly tested in the inside ring and was quickly released just 2 days into the production ring of Windows Update. Some hardware such as the HP Spectre and Microsoft's own Surface Book and Surface Pro 3 have reported endless reboots or freezes when attempting installation. However, not all of the hardware listed as problematic is impacted by this update so far for some users. In related news Microsoft has posted a new job open called a "Windows Update Manager" whose job description mentions the 'ability to reduce chaos, stress'.

Submission + - Move Over EmDrive, Here Comes Woodward's Mach Effect Drive ( 1

giulioprisco writes: An exotic “impossible” space propulsion technology known as “Cannae Drive,” less known than the EmDrive but equally controversial, made news headlines a few weeks ago with the announcement that it is about to be tested in space. There are speculations that the Cannae Drive could exploit physics known as “Mach Effect.” But perhaps the same physics plays a role in the EmDrive as well.

Submission + - Windows 10 goes full malware

Iamthecheese writes: Microsoft is adding another chapter to the long and sordid story of its latest OS. As reported by Windows Magazine, closing the upgrade permission window by clicking the familiar red x results in "approval" of the installation. Per this Microsoft support document, "If you click on OK or on the red “X”, you’re all set for the upgrade and there is nothing further to do."

Submission + - SpaceX Successfully Lands Its Rock On A Floating Drone Ship For The First Time (

An anonymous reader writes: SpaceX has finally landed its Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea, after launching the vehicle into space this afternoon. It's the first time the company has been able to pull off an ocean landing, after four previous attempts ended in failure. This is the second time SpaceX has successfully landed one of its rockets post-launch; the first time was in December, when the company's Falcon 9 rocket touched down at a ground-based landing site in Cape Canaveral, Florida, after putting a satellite into space. Now that SpaceX has demonstrated it can do both types of landings, the company can potentially recover and reuse even more rockets in the future. And that could mean much greater cost savings for SpaceX.

Submission + - SpaceX sticks the landing! (

bryanandaimee writes: SpaceX has successfully landed their first stage on an autonomous platform in the ocean for the first time. Congratulations to the team over at SpaceX!

Submission + - Building a global network of open source SDR receivers (

hamster_nz writes: A fellow Kiwi is attempting to crowdfund a world-wide network of Open Source Software Defined Radio receivers. Once in place this will allow anybody anywhere in the world to scan the 0 to 30MHz RF spectrum from the comfort of their HTML-5 web browser. Built on top of the Beaglebone, the "KiwiSDR" RF board also includes a GPS receiver front-end, which will allow timing between receivers to be correlated, giving a lot of options for projects, like: long baseline interferometry and lightning detection. Prototypes are already deployed, and I've been RXing in Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.

The KiwiSDR design is detailed on, as is a link to the project's Kickstarter page.

Submission + - Google Security Expert Criticizes Meaningless Antivirus Excellence Awards (

An anonymous reader writes: A Google security expert (Tavis Ormandy) has become annoyed with antivirus products receiving awards a week after he finds huge security holes in their software. He's talking about Comodo who received an "excellence" award from Verizon, after the researcher discovered 4 security issues in the past four months, and is in the process of submitting a fifth.

His criticism of Comodo and Verizon's silly awards is also validated by the fact that during the past year, he discovered security flaws in numerous antivirus and security software such as Avast, Malwarebytes, Trend Micro, AVG, FireEye, Kaspersky, and ESET.

Submission + - DOJ Threatens To Seize iOS Source Code (

An anonymous reader writes: The DoJ is demanding that Apple create a special version of iOS with removed security features that would permit the FBI to run brute-force passcode attempts on the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone 5c. Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has made public where he stands on the Apple vs. FBI case, which has quickly become a heated national debate. In the court papers, DoJ calls Apple's rhetoric in the San Bernardino standoff as "false" and "corrosive" because the Cupertino firm dared suggest that the FBI's court order could lead to a "police state." Footnote Nine of DoJ's filing reads: For the reasons discussed above, the FBI cannot itself modify the software on the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone without access to the source code and Apple's private electronic signature. The government did not seek to compel Apple to turn those over because it believed such a request would be less palatable to Apple. If Apple would prefer that course, however, that may provide an alternative that requires less labor by Apple programmers. As Fortune's Philip-Elmer DeWitt rightfully pointed out, that's a classic police threat. "We can do this easy way or the hard way. Give us the little thing we're asking for — a way to bypass your security software — or we'll take whole thing: your crown jewels and the royal seal too," DeWitt wrote. "With Apple's source code, the FBI could, in theory, create its own version of iOS with the security features stripped out. Stamped with Apple's electronic signature, the Bureau's versions of iOS could pass for the real thing," he added.

Submission + - Schwinge! A radical new yacht design (

Applehu Akbar writes: This concept yacht places a triangular hull on top of a short spar that connects it to a submerged, winged torpedo-like element containing the engine. When underway, the spar with the above-water hull rises, allowing the boat to operate as a hydrofoil with a gap between the hull and the water. At low speed or at rest, the above-water hull rests on the water, with drop-down gates on all three sides offering easy access to a dock, beach or the water itself. Modeling of the design seems to indicate excellent isolation from wave action when operating as a hydrofoil.

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