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Submission + - Captain James Kirk is now commanding a destroyer 1

mcgrew writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Captain Kirk will be commanding the U.S. Navy’s most advanced destroyer.

On screen, the newest Capt. Kirk is a brash, headstrong, rebellious commander who gets in bar brawls, defies orders from his superiors, and temporarily loses command of the Enterprise. The real life Capt. Kirk is expected to have a much more sedate command. “No stories of him kissing green aliens or yelling ‘KAAHHHNNN!’ on the bridge of his ship,” said Mr. Servello. “No worry over him stealing his own ship to chase after Spock, although I am told he is looking for a chief engineer named Scotty.”

Submission + - 10-Year-Old Boy Discovers 600-Million-Year-Old Supernova (

minty3 writes: Nathan Gray, 10, from Nova Scotia, Canada, recently discovered a 600-million-year-old supernova in the galaxy PGC 61330, which lies in the constellation of Draco – beating his sister by 33 days as the youngest person to find a supernova.

Gray made the discovery on October 30 while looking at astronomical images taken by Dave Lane, who runs the Abbey Ridge Observatory (ARO) in Nova Scotia. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada confirmed Gray’s discovery, but astronomers with the International Astronomical Union say they will need to use a larger telescope to make the finding official.

Submission + - Britney Spears' music used to deter pirates (

mi writes: Blasting Western music seems quite effective against the people, who hate Western culture in general, according to the article in Mirror Online, and Britney Spears' tunes proved to be a great deterrent indeed. Second Officer Rachel from Aberfoyle in Scotland said: “Her songs have been chosen by the security team accompanying our tankers because they thought the pirates would hate them most."

The music is currently used as a second line of defence and is broadcast when initial calls from armed security guards on board fail to deter the pirates. The speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew. “They’re so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns," — says Rachel.

Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said the US police and military were the first to use music to quell rioters.

Security industry is well aware of the power of music — and is cautious not to exceed humane limits. Justin Bieber, for example, is not used, because officials are wary of violating Geneva Conventions.

Submission + - Man arrested over 3D-printed "gun" which is actually spare printer parts (

nk497 writes: Police in Manchester have arrested a man for 3D printing the components to a gun — but some have suggested the objects actually appear to be spare printer parts. Police arrested a man after a "significant" discovery of a 3D printed "trigger" and "magazine", saying they were now testing the parts to see if they were viable. 3D printing experts, however, said the objects were actually spare parts for the printer.

"As soon as I saw the picture... I instantly thought 'I know that part'," said Scott Crawford, head of 3D printing firm Revolv3D. "They designed an upgrade for the printer soon after it was launched, and most people will have downloaded and upgraded this part within their printer. It basically pulls the plastic filament, and it used to jam an awful lot. The new system that they've put out, which includes that little lever that they're claiming is the trigger, is most definitely the same part."

Submission + - Oracle attacks Open Source; says community developed code is inferior (

sfcrazy writes: Oracle has a love hate relationship with Open Source technologies. Oracle claims that TCO (total cost of ownership) goes up with the use of Open Source technologies, basically to build a case of selling its own over prices products to the government. Oracle also attacks the community based development model calling it more insecure than company developed products. You can read the non-sensical paper here.

Submission + - The First Robot Patent: A Teslapunk Nav System for Airships

malachiorion writes: In 1936, the USPTO issued the first patent for a "robot." It wasn't much to look at, but Frederick A. Fowler's Robot Navigator was a precursor to today's GPS nav systems—it was intended to find its position on a backlit map, sliding gear-driven crosshairs along it's interior surface, based in incoming radio signals. And it was for airships! It doesn't get much more Teslapunk (actual Tesla inventions notwithstanding).
From my Popular Science robotics blog:

Submission + - 7 service requests that make IT support folks cry (

An anonymous reader writes: Every day, in organizations around the globe, the IT team supports requests that range from common usage requirements to the downright bizarre. When you work in IT, you move from one fire, to putting out to the next. But sometimes, those requests and emergencies just make one want to scream...

Submission + - Education networks see massive traffic spikes from iOS 7 update ( 1

alphadogg writes: Education networks Wednesday experienced massive spikes in wireless LAN and Internet traffic as thousands of students toting iPhones and iPads tried to download iOS 7, which became available at 1 p.m. EDT. How massive? At one basketball-mad southern university, the iOS update traffic surpassed the previous record peak: the NCAA college basketball tourney. “We were surprised,” said a senior network engineer there, speaking on condition of anonymity. Some locations were seeing WLAN traffic surge five times above normal levels. Internet traffic over the WAN pipe often doubled. Some IT professionals say they saw a high-level of failed update attempts, leading students to re-attempt the download right away. A tweet by one student complained that his university’s Internet connection was like a dialup link.

Submission + - Enclosed by Censorship, Myanmar Creates "Copy Track" Pop Culture (

Antipater writes: NBCNews is reporting on pop culture in recently-opened Myanmar, long dominated by a military junta with a strict quarantine of censorship. Hit songs from the outside world could not pass the censors, so Myanma artists would replace the vocals with censor-friendly lyrics in Burmese, creating what they call a "copy track". The country's only IP legislation dates back to British colonial times, and most Burmese don't even know that they're listening to a stolen tune.

“Of course, it’s stealing. But the general public has no idea,” said Diramore, a 39-year-old pop singer, composer and associate professor at Myanmar’s National University of Arts and Culture. “They’ve never heard the song. So, to them, it’s a hit."

Submission + - Wrap That Rascal With A USB Condom, Practice Safe Charging ( 1

MojoKid writes: Yep, a USB condom. That term is mostly a dose of marketing brilliance, which is to say that grabs your attention while also serving as an apt description of the product. A little company called has developed a product—a USB condom—that blocks the data pins in your USB device while leaving the power pins free. Thus, any time you need to plug a device such as a smartphones into a USB port to charge it—let’s say at a public charging kiosk or a coworker’s computer--you don’t have to worry about compromising any data or contracting some nasty malware. It’s one of those simple solutions that seems so obvious once someone came up with it.

Submission + - Been groped by TSA agents? Former DHS official blames privacy advocates (

colinneagle writes: Yesterday, on the 12th anniversary of those attacks, a Senate panel heard expert testimony about "The Department of Homeland Security at 10 Years: Examining Challenges and Achievements and Addressing Emerging Threats." Stewart Baker formerly served as DHS Assistant Secretary and NSA General Counsel, and gave his opinion on the source of the real problems within the TSA:

"Unlike border officials, though, TSA ended up taking more time to inspect everyone, treating all travelers as potential terrorists, and subjecting many to whole-body imaging and enhanced pat-downs. We can't blame TSA for this wrong turn, though. Privacy lobbies persuaded Congress that TSA couldn't be trusted with data about the travelers it was screening. With no information about travelers, TSA had no choice but to treat them all alike, sending us down a long blind alley that has inconvenienced billions."

Submission + - The iPhone 5S Hasn't Been Officially Announced by Apple, Already Has Line (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: The iPhone 5S line has already begun, despite Apple not even having made its announcement yet. From the looks of the invite to the unveiling in San Francisco on Sept. 10 (and another event the following day in Beijing, where iPhones are all the rage), the company will not only be announcing a next generation iPhone, the 5S, but also the lower-priced 5C model, in a variety of cheaper-looking colors. Remember Gameboy Pocket?

When I arrived in front of the Louvre-like Apple store at 58th street last night, two young, clean-cut-boys-fresh-out-of-college in baby blue hoodies were seated upon a granite ledge. A granite ledge, which at this point, knows the feeling of Apple-fan boy ass just a bit too intimately.

Submission + - Apple sued for dividing final season of Breaking Bad into two on iTunes (

An anonymous reader writes: Last night's episode of Breaking Bad was one of the most intense in series history, but for those who haven't seen it yet, don't worry, I won't be putting out any spoilers.

You see, today's Breaking Bad news has nothing to do with Walter White's slow transformation into Scarface, but rather with a legal suit filed against Apple by a Breaking Bad fan.

In a lawsuit that many saw coming, an Ohio man named Noam Lazebnik recently filed a class action suit against Apple upon finding out that the $22.99 he forked over for a "Season Pass" of Breaking Bad was only good for the first 8 episodes of the show's final season.

Submission + - Grand Theft Auto 5 Used to Spread Malware (

DavidGilbert99 writes: I really don't have any sympathy for people who get their PC infected by malware after downloading a what is claimed to be Grand theft Auto 5. Not that I'm so anti-piracy that I want to see people's computers destroyed, but the download is for GTA 5 for PC — something which hasn't even been announced yet. The scam also asks downloaders to text a shortcode to get a serial number, but instead of sending a serial code, the text instructs the unwitting downloader's network to charge them €1 per day.

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