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Submission + - Microsoft Develops Analog Keyboard For Wearables, Solves Small Display Dilemma (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Have you ever tried hunting and pecking on a miniature keyboard that's been crammed onto a smartwatch's tiny display? Unless the tips of your fingers somehow resemble that of a stylus, you're in for a challenge. Interestingly enough, it's Microsoft that might have the most logical solution for typing on small size displays running Google's Android Wear platform. Microsoft's research division has built an analog keyboard prototype for Android Wear that eliminates the need to tap at tiny letters, and instead has you write them out. On the surface, such a solution seems like you'd be trading one tedious task for another, though a demo of the technology in action shows that this could be a promising solution — watch how fast the guy in the video is able to hammer out a response.

Submission + - "Love Hormone" Oxytocin Regulates Sociosexual Behavior in Female Mice (sciguru.org)

Chipmunk100 writes: In a research article in the journal Cell scientists report that there is a subset of neurons that are vital in social interest of female mice for males during estrus, the sexually receptive phase of their cycle. They say that these neurons are responsive to oxytocin. The level of oxytocin rise when we hug or kiss a loved one.
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Aaron's Army (resource.org)

eksith writes: "What reads like a war cry for the disenfranchised the following are a few excerpts of "Aaron's Army" by Carl Malamud

Do not think for a moment that Aaron's work on JSTOR was the random act of a lone hacker, some kind of crazy, spur-of-the-moment bulk download....

He was part of an army of citizens that rejects kings and generals and believes in rough consensus and running code...

We looked at and poked at the U.S. Copyright database for a long time, a system so old it was still running WAIS. The government had—believe it or not—asserted copyright on the copyright database. How you copyright a database that is specifically called out in the U.S. Constitution is beyond me, but we knew we were playing with fire by violating their terms of use, so we were careful.

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Space

Submission + - SpaceX to Launch Private Astronauts in 2015 (spaceindustrynews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: SpaceX will not be launching NASA astronauts into space. They will be launching their own private astronauts aboard their Dragon capsule that will sit atop a Falcon 9 rocket. With this launch, SpaceX will demonstrate to NASA that their Dragon capsule and Falcon 9 are ready for human space flight without putting NASA astronauts at risk.
Mars

Submission + - Mars Rover is 10 years old (msn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Opportunity rover landed on Mars the night of Jan. 24, 2004 PST (just after midnight EST on Jan. 25), three weeks after its twin, Spirit, touched down. Spirit stopped operating in 2010, but Opportunity is still going strong, helping scientists better understand the Red Planet's wetter, warmer past.
Privacy

Submission + - US Justice Dept Defends Right To Record Police (wired.com)

Fluffeh writes: "In recent times, it seems that many Police Departments believe that recording them doing their work is an act of war with police officers destroying the tapes, phones or cameras while arresting the folks doing it, but in a surprising twist, the US Justice Department has sent letter (PDF) to attorneys for the Baltimore Police Department — who have been quite heavy handed in enforcing their "Don't record me bro!" mantra. The letter contains an awful lot of lawyer babble and lists many court cases and the like, although some sections are surprisingly clear "Policies should prohibit officers from destroying recording devices or cameras and deleting recordings or photographs under any circumstances. In addition to violating the First Amendment, police officers violate the core requirements of the Fourteenth Amendment procedural due process clause when they irrevocably deprived individuals of their recordings without first providing notice and an opportunity to object." There is a lot more and it certainly seems like a firm foothold in the right direction."
Iphone

Submission + - Apple Victorious In iPhone5.com Domain Dispute (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Apple has apparently won control of the iphone5.com domain, according to changes in a Web record of the URL. Previously, Apple had filed a claim on iphone5.com with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a United Nations agency that arbitrates domain disputes in cases of 'cybersquatting.' As late as last week, the URL directed visitors to a small-scale discussion forum devoted to smartphones. WIPO records now show that the complaint has been 'terminated,' indicating that the case has been closed. The label is often used when parties have settled their dispute over a domain. According to a WHOIS search, iphone5.com is now in the control of Corporation Service Company (CSC), a Delaware legal, business and financial firm that, among other things, offers domain protection and recovery services. 'CSC can help your company boost revenues and enhance its brand security by recovering misspelled and 'cybersquatted' variants of your brand names from third-party infringers.' the company's website stated. It's unlikely that any other company but Apple would have been awarded custody of the domain by WIPO. CSC is likely acting on Apple's behalf."
Firefox

Submission + - Reset Firefox: Is this the answer to crashes, high memory, and slow problems? (pureinfotech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With Firefox you can come across a number of issues over time, most of them require different types of troubleshooting steps, and you still won’t know if the problem is going to get fixed. Ultimately we all end up doing the same thing: uninstall and reinstall the browser, but this also means that all the data (e.g., history, stored passwords, autofill forms, cookies, etc.) will be gone as well.

Today the Mozilla team is going to change that in the latest beta release of Firefox with a new feature...

NASA

Submission + - SpaceX Is Opening Space, You're Still Too Broke to Go (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "Commercial spaceflight is inching closer to reality. SpaceX Dragon capsule is set to launch on the company’s Falcon 9 rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at Wallops Island, Virginia on April 30, 2012. It will dock with the International Space Station a few days later on May 3; the crew will grapple the capsule with the station’s robotic arm. But even a successful mission won’t mean open access to low Earth orbit for the masses. It’s a small step. Not quite a giant leap for mankind."

Submission + - This American Life Retracts Episode on Apple Factories in China (yahoo.com)

Hartree writes: This American Life aired an episode in January about visiting Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen China that supplies Apple with iPhones and iPads. It was the most downloaded of all of its episodes.

That show helped prompt Apple to release, for the first time, a list of its suppliers and allow outside audits of working conditions at its suppliers. (Discussed here on a previous Slashdot story.)

This American Life has now retracted the episode after finding out that Mike Daisey, whose visit to the factory the show was based on, fabricated portions of the story. This included a number of minor items, but also major ones such as his saying that he personally met underage workers and those poisoned by hexane exposure.

To set the record straight, this weekend's episode of This American Life will present how they were mislead into airing a flawed story.

TAL's press release (pdf) is here.

Piracy

Submission + - Lloyd Shepherd: My parley with ebook pirates (guardian.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: When the author of The English Monster found a request to pirate his novel circulating on discussion board Mobilism, he decided to respond himself – and was surprised by the results
Earth

Submission + - CO2 in the Atmosphere Makes You Fat (greencarreports.com)

thecarchik writes: Carbon footprints are a big talking point at the moment — they're your personal contribution to greenhouse gases, usually in terms of carbon dioxide, or CO2 emissions.

he theory is due to the hormones in the brain responsible for "wakefulness", or the amount of time we spend awake. CO2 levels can affect these hormones, leading us to go to bed later, which affects our metabolism making it easier for us to gain weight.

Carbon doesn't just affect the atmosphere, it also makes us eat. Breathing in increased CO2 makes our blood more acidic, affecting our brain patterns, making us want to eat more.

If that still sounds perculiar, consider that a study conducted in 2010 has also seen the same effects in different species of animal — so it's not just the proliferation of fast food restaurants leading to humans piling on the pounds.

Security

Submission + - Apple: We 'must have' comprehensive location data

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, and iPad models are also keeping track of consumers whereabouts. Mac computers running Snow Leopard and even Windows computers running Safari 5 are being watched. But the question is why? "To provide the high quality products and services that its customers demand, Apple must have access to the comprehensive location-based information," Apple says.
The Internet

Submission + - Microsoft, Google partner on next-gen networking (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: "Microsoft and Google are putting aside their differences to create a new foundation that will define next-generation networking standards with a new approach called Software-Defined Networking. The project originates from Stanford and UC-Berkeley, and in addition to Microsoft and Google is being led by Facebook, Verizon, Yahoo and Deutsche Telekom. Google is chairing the organization and says that, using a software interface called OpenFlow, "Software-Defined Networking will allow networks to evolve and improve more quickly than they can today.""
Music

Submission + - P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low (ibtimes.com) 1

RedEaredSlider writes: Peer-to-peer music sharing, the type of service which helped create the digital music industry, is at an all time low.

According to research group NPD Group, the shuttering of Limewire's music file sharing service has led to a similar decline in the usage of such services throughout the U.S. The number has gone from a high of 16 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007 to just nine percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, right after Limewire shut down its file-sharing services due to a court order, when a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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