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Comment Sinking ship (Score 1) 704

How long till bitcoins become illegal tender? I wonder if these coins are being moved around to another exchange, liquidated, and move on to the next one to rob. This is happening way too frequently, and since there isn't any enforcement tied to it, there will be no recourse for these exchanges. Sitting ducks, anyone?

Submission + - Second Bitcoin 'bank' is Wiped Out

mrspoonsi writes: Joining MtGox, Flexcoin today announce they have had their vault wiped out, some 896 BTC (about $615,000) by hackers. "On March 2nd 2014 Flexcoin was attacked and robbed of all coins in the hot wallet. The attacker made off with 896 BTC, dividing them into these two addresses: 1NDkevapt4SWYFEmquCDBSf7DLMTNVggdu 1QFcC5JitGwpFKqRDd9QNH3eGN56dCNgy6 As Flexcoin does not have the resources, assets, or otherwise to come back from this loss, we are closing our doors immediately".

Submission + - Ukrainian Mobile Phones And News Sites Under Attack (

judgecorp writes: The Ukrainian security service has claimed that Russian forces in Crimea are attacking Ukraine's mobile networks and politicians phones in particular. Meanwhile, pro-Russian hackers have defaced Ukrainian news sites, posting a list of forty web destinations where content has been replaced. The pro-Russians have demonstrated Godwin's Rule — their animated GIF equates the rest of Ukraine to Nazis.

Submission + - RadioShack closing 1,100 stores 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to press reports, RadioShack will close up to 1,100 stores in the U.S., leaving it with about 4,000 stores total. RadioShack ran a Super Bowl ad poking fun at its outdated image, but it's probably this image that caused it to lose $191.4 million in the last quarter of 2013. Radio Shack was built from a base of hobby electronics, which it abandoned to become another me-too seller of consumer electronics.

Submission + - Quadrotor recovers after prop loss, even w/o aid of motion capture system (

Hallie Siegel writes: In this video update, researcher Mark Mueller shows that a quadrocopter can be safely piloted by hand after a motor fails, without the aid of a motion capture system. This follows his previous video, where he demonstrated how a complete propeller failure can be automatically detected, and that a quadrocopter can still maintain stable flight despite the complete loss of a propeller.

Submission + - Obama Administration Studies Impact Of Big Data On Privacy (

jfruh writes: It's somewhat ironic, given the revelations about NSA spying, but the Obama Administration is making a big push to study how the emerging practices around big data analytics affect citizens' privacy, in both the public and private sector. Among the questions being considered: whether the Administration's Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights, introduced in 2012, is already outdated, and how the Fourth Amendment's requirements for probably cause on law enforcement search and seizures can be reconciled with modern abilities of predicative analysis.

Submission + - First Patient Fitted with Artificial Heart Dies After 75 Days (

EwanPalmer writes: The first patient fitted with an artificial heart by French company Carmat has died 75 days after receiving the transplant.

The 76-year-old, who was suffering from a terminal heart condition before the operation, died on 2 March, the Georges-Pompidou European Hospital in Paris confirmed.
It is not yet known if the heart transplant had anything to do with the patient's death.

Submission + - Motion in Barrett Brown case affects right to send hyperlinks (

ageisp0lis writes: “Republishing a hyperlink does not itself move, convey, select, place or otherwise transfer, a file or document from one location to another. The information sent. . . is not the information content itself, but rather a short text string—a URL—that identifies and locates content on the internet.”

The precedent that is established here will affect all internet users and their rights to link. A motion to dismiss just filed by Barrett Brown’s legal team, while examining the relevant statutes and case law, makes several points: about the meaning of authentication features, that the hyperlink itself didn’t contain CVVs and so cannot constitute a transfer, that Brown’s republication of a link is protected speech, and the statutes are vague and overbroad. Foremost, that merely linking to information which is already publicly available should be protected by the First Amendment.

Comment Good (Score 1) 766

I can see that the camp that develops Windows Phone OS is going to progressively overtake and meld with the software developers of Windows 7. Apple is following that model with iOS becoming integrated with Lion. Just a matter of time before tablet-like computers replace the traditional setup, especially at the office, where terminal style application access could be implemented. However, XP is going to stick around, whether MS likes it or not. It's paid for, business owners are cheap, and most of their software for day-to-day runs just fine with it. When there are more SaaS options and apps for mobile devices that supersede the need for an XP machine running a bunch of local apps, then XP will be supplanted.

Submission + - Mars Orbiter Finds Buried Dry Ice Lake (

RedEaredSlider writes: NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found a giant buried deposit of dry ice, which could be evidence that Mars once had a thicker atmosphere and was able to have more water on its surface.

The orbiter's ground-penetrating radar found the dry ice, which is frozen carbon dioxide, near the planet's south pole. The scientists think that when Mars' axial tilt increases, the carbon dioxide turns into a gas, thickening the atmosphere. The result would be more intense dust storms, but also a wider range of areas where liquid water could exist.


Submission + - Why We Should all Be Using DKIM (

wiredmikey writes: Why Implementing DKIM (DomainKeys Identified Mail) can get more of your email delivered and lower the likelihood that a message will be categorized as spam.

While one of the key challenges for a receiver of email today is around whether or not they can trust that email they receive is not a scam (i.e. phishing), it’s also important to understand what a sender should be doing for sender authentication.

  So why don't more people do it? It does take some time, but it's really not that hard. This article explains more about DKIM and how you can go about implementing it.


Submission + - RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable (

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman provides an in-depth look at BlackBerry PlayBook, an 'unfinished, unusable' tablet from RIM. 'At the core of it all, the design of the PlayBook as a BlackBerry-dependent device was simply a boneheaded decision by executives who hoped a hit product might entice more BlackBerry sales,' Gruman writes. 'Why RIM chose to ship the PlayBook in such a state is unfathomable. The iPad 2 and Xoom have been out for weeks, so there's no heading them off at the pass. Instead, the PlayBook debuted with all eyes on it — but instead of a world-class performer, we got the homeless guy who plays air guitar in front of the mall.'"

Submission + - Smart Windows Embed Free Solar Panels (

An anonymous reader writes: Using a cheap plastic solar-cell formulation--protected inside standard double-pane glass--all the windows of the world could soon become solar panels, according to MIT: 'All the windows in every building in the world should be generating electricity for use on-the-spot to minimize electric bills, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To do that, researchers there have demonstrated transparent solar cells that harvest the heat of the sun while allowing the visible light to pass through.'

Within three years, MIT estimates that its 'smart windows' will be available for new construction and within a decade as pull-down window shades that can be retrofit over existing windows. Sign me up!


Submission + - Licensing issues shut down Pandora Outside US (

randalotto writes: I'm in France for the summer and have been listening to Pandora at work. I tried logging on tonight and was greeted with a surprising message:

"We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative. ...

The pace of global licensing is hard to predict, but we have the ultimate goal of being able to offer our service everywhere."

I'm not sure what the deal is or what licensing requirements suddenly changed, but Pandora in France is no more...

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