hcs_$reboot writes: Brexit wins! British voters have defied the will of their leaders, foreign allies, experts and much of the political establishment by opting to rupture UK's connection to Europe in a stunning result that will radiate vast economic and political uncertainty across the globe. The result is perhaps the most dramatic to date in a wave of populist and nationalist uprisings occurring on both sides of the Atlantic and overturning traditional notions of what is politically possible. World financial markets dived as nearly complete results showed a 51.8/48.2 percent split for leaving. Sterling suffered its biggest one-day fall of more than 10 percent against the dollar, hitting a 31-year low on market fears the decision will hit investment in the world's 5th largest economy.
hcs_$reboot writes: Honolulu agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit from two gay women who allege a police officer wrongfully arrested them after seeing them kissing in a store. “The Department of the Corporation Counsel believes that the tentative settlement is in the best interests of the city” Corporation Counsel said in a statement. The two girls, aged 25 and 21, who were vacationing in Hawaii from Los Angeles, claimed that Officer Bobby Harrison harassed and arrested them on March 3 for public displays of affection in a store on Oahu: the officer saw the women kissing and in a loud voice ordered them to "take it elsewhere". The women stopped and continued shopping, but then Harrison reportedly saw them kissing again and threatened to kick them out of the store. A physical altercation occurred with the officer as the women were checking out and they were arrested, reports say.
hcs_$reboot writes: If there is no way to get rid of, for good, of the two new popup-like slashdot deals, slashdot newsletters, that appear surreptitiously a few seconds after loading the page, right where the login / user name is, this will be where my contribution to slashdot ends. It may not make much difference, but I don't think I'll be the only one..
hcs_$reboot writes: The investigation took a year, and we finally know why the Air Asia Flight QZ8501, en route to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya on December 28 last year, crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board. The crash was caused by a combination of system malfunctions and improper pilot responses to cascading electrical and rudder-system problems. A cracked solder joint on the Airbus A320 resulted in an electrical interruption that caused computer-generated warnings of a rudder malfunction. The problem occurred four times during the flight. The first three times, the flight crew responded according to standard procedure, investigators said. The fourth time, however, the flight-data recorder indicated actions similar to those of circuit breakers being reset. That led the autopilot to disengage. Investigators said the crew was unable to react appropriately to “a prolonged stall condition” ending in the crash. The investigation point to weaknesses in pilot training in dealing with upsets, or when an aircraft is angled greater than 45 degrees.
hcs_$reboot writes: Four people who planned to dissolve a young French woman's body in acid were inspired by hit US TV show Breaking Bad. Two men went to the woman's house to settle a €6,000 drug debt. There, they beat her violently, killing her through a blow to the skull. Later, they bought acid in order to dissolve her body. The victim's body was found decomposing in a flat in Toulouse on Monday night, after having being cut up into pieces, covered in cling film and bunged into a suitcase. Chlorine acid had been used to try and disguise any trace of the corpse. A similar "decomposition" scenario is featured in season one of Breaking Bad (2008-2013).
hcs_$reboot writes: About 150 melon-headed whales beached in Japan on Friday, April 10. The melon-headed is a member of the dolphin family usually found in the deep ocean. “We see one or two whales washing ashore a year, but this may be the first time we have found over 100 of them on a beach,” a coast guard said. In 2011, about 50 melon-headed whales beached themselves in a similar area, and a week later Japan was hit by a monster earthquake and tsunami. It seems the larger the number of whales that beach the bigger the earthquake. While the reason for the beaching is unclear a researcher at the National Museum of Nature and Science said the dolphins might have got lost. “Sonar waves the dolphins emit might have been absorbed in the shoals, which could cause them to lose their sense of direction”, he said.
hcs_$reboot writes: Pope Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of the common good. But he added there were limits. While Francis insisted that it was an "aberration" to kill in the name of God and said religion can never be used to justify violence, he said there was a limit to free speech when it concerned offending someone's religious beliefs. By way of example, he referred to a friend: "if someone says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch". "There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others," he said. "They are provocateurs".
hcs_$reboot writes: On June 30 this year, the day will last a tad longer — one second precisely — as a leap second is to be added to clocks worldwide. The time UTC will go from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60 in order to cope with Earth slowing down, a bit. So, what do you intend to do during that extra second added to that day? Well, you may want to fix your systems. The last time a leap second was added, in 2012, a number of websites, Java and even Linux experienced some troubles. Leap seconds can be disruptive to precision systems used for navigation and communication. Has the time to get rid of leap seconds?
hcs_$reboot writes: Remember the lost Malaysia Airlines aircraft? No, not the one shot over Ukraine, that's MH17, in June. The other Malaysian plane lost in March is still being searched. But there's no need to keep searching for MH370 for ages as it it seems it was actually shot by US Navy, while the plane was hovering over the Indian Ocean. US military feared it had been taken over by hackers and was about to be used in a 9/11-style attack. The claim comes from a serious source: Marc Dugain, the former chief executive of now-defunct Proteus Airlines, said the jumbo jet was shot down near a U.S. military base on the remote island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean after it was hacked. As long as the Chinese don't find the remains of the wreckage on the sea floor, and that may take a while, the plane will keep its more peaceful "lost in sea" status.