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Submission + - Are Electric-Car Owner's Experiencing "Charge Rage?"

cartechboy writes: Since the dawn of electric cars the term "range anxiety" has been the emotion associated with these battery-powered vehicles. The thought of, "ZOMG! Will I make it to my destination?" always running through your mind. But now there's apparently a new emotion being associated with electric cars, and it's called "charge rage." Apparently this occurs when you are looking for a charging spot and find a fully charged, but plugged in electric car occupying that space. It also is reported to occur when you come back to your electric car to find someone has unplugged it before it was fully charged (who does that?) so they could charge their vehicle. It seems this new "charge rage" is becoming a real issue at some workplaces. But who is to blame? Is the employer's fault for not providing enough chargers for employee-owned electric cars? Or is it the electric car owner's fault for not controlling their emotions? Or is this all simply ridiculous? We aren't sure, but apparently this is a real issue, or at least it's being reported as such.

Submission + - New home automation? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Ok, fellow geeks... I have the luxury of finally building my dream home from scratch. It's going to be good sized (~4000 sq ft over 3 levels), and rather than run around at night to make sure my lights are off, doors are locked, garage is closed, etc, I really want to put in a home automation system. Since the walls aren't up, this is the time for complete flexibility as to my options.

The last time I did a whole house, it was years ago, X10. Since then, lots of other protocols, both "proprietary" and more general (like WiFi) have come on the market for devices — all better than what I've worked with in the past. What do you all have experience with and recommend as reliable, secure, and fairly easy to use? Something with a good chance for long term availability of parts and features would be a bonus.

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy S4 Security Vulnurability (

olsmeister writes: The Samsung KNOX enterprise security system (presumably a play on Ft Knox, the location of the United States Bullion Depository) contains a security vulnurability that could put both personal and business data at risk. This is according to a discovery by a Ph.D. student at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. This is the security system used in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S4 phone, which Samsung hopes will allow it to compete with BlackBerry in government and enterprise applications. The flaw could allow attackers to access secure data, as well as load malicious applications.

Submission + - Using Multi-Photon Lasers to Treat Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease 1

wjcofkc writes: Degenerative brain disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's are among the most insidious and feared diseases a person may have to face. Recently, researchers have discovered a multi-photon laser technique that makes it possible to distinguish aggregations of the proteins believed to cause the diseases, while differentiating from the the well-functioning proteins. In theory, removing the protein aggregates can cure the disease."

"Nobody has talked about using only light to treat these diseases until now. This is a totally new approach and we believe that this might become a breakthrough in the research of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. We have found a totally new way of discovering these structures using just laser light," says Piotr Hanczyc at Chalmers University of Technology.

Submission + - Zeus Botnet Gets an Upgrade (

wiredmikey writes: The latest evolution of the Zeus Trojan – Zeus 2.1 – now boasts features that help it avoid analysis and hostile takeover from law enforcement, researchers, or competing cybercriminal organizations. With Zeus 2.1, cybercriminal software engineers have stepped things up and added some new features to combat botnet theft and making malware analysis much more challenging....

Submission + - Sometimes Our Product Works, Sometimes It Doesn't (

DCFC writes: VTECH technical support are showing commendable honesty about the reliability of their products.

Rather than produce software that works, or replacing defective goods, The Consumerist reports that they now tells customers that their products just don't work, sometimes.

Apparently the statements on the box that VTECH toys work with Vista and Windows 7 are only true sometimes.


Submission + - National Opt-Out Day Called Against Body Scanners (

An anonymous reader writes: Air travelers, mark your calendar. An activist opposed to the new invasive body scanners in use at airports around the country just designated Wednesday, Nov. 24 as a National Opt-Out Day. He’s encouraging airline passengers to decline the TSA’s technological strip searches en masse on that day as a protest against the scanners, as well as the new “enhanced pat-downs” inflicted on refuseniks.
The goal of National Opt-Out Day is to send a message to our lawmakers that we demand change,” reads the call to action at, set up by Brian Sodegren. “No naked body scanners, no government-approved groping. We have a right to privacy, and buying a plane ticket should not mean that we’re guilty until proven innocent.”

The U.S. Airline Pilots Association and other pilot groups have urged their members to avoid the scanners and have also condemned the new pat-down policy as humiliating to pilots. They’ve advised pilots who don’t feel comfortable undergoing pat-downs in front of passengers to request they be conducted in a private room. Any pilots who don’t feel comfortable after undergoing a pat-down have been encouraged to “call in sick and remove themselves from the trip.”

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