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Submission + - An app that maps the world's Internet censorship with your smartphone. (

jasonbrown writes: OONI has made censorship-testing software available for years, but it has until now required downloading a desktop software package using a command-line tool—a step most computer users aren’t comfortable taking on. The new app will allow anyone with a smartphone to run a test. Check out the current current censorship stats by country here: https://explorer.ooni.torproje...

Submission + - Perpetual motion without energy. A brand new form of matter: time crystals (

jasonbrown writes: For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals — strange crystals that have an atomic structure that repeats not just in space, but in time, putting them in perpetual motion without energy.

Now it's official — researchers have just reported in detail how to make and measure these bizarre crystals. And two independent teams of scientists claim they've actually created time crystals in the lab based off this blueprint, confirming the existence of an entirely new form of matter.

Submission + - iOS 10 Encrypted Backups Now Much Less Secure (

jasonbrown writes: The new discovery in iOS 10 backups potentially allows recovery speeds thousands of times faster compared to password-protected iOS 9 backups. For example, this means that a truly random, 6-character alphanumerical password (single-case letters) protecting iOS 10 backup will only take a few minutes to break. Add an extra character, and it takes several hours to brute-force. The same 7-character password protecting an iOS 9 backup would take almost a week to break. “This is no doubt great news for law enforcement and digital forensic specialists around the globe.”

Submission + - Self-Driving Chairs Are Coming (

jasonbrown writes: Nissan, the Japanese automaker this week debuted what it's calling the ProPILOT Chair — an autonomous chair that automatically queues for you while you sit back and relax. With its built-in cameras, the high-tech chair "detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and travelling along a set path." Standing (or sitting) in line has never been so much fun.

Submission + - Boot Linux (or OpenBSD or Oberon or FreeDOS) in your browser (

DeQueue writes: Back in 2011 Fabrice Bellard, the initiator of the QEMU emulator, wrote a PC emulator in JavaScript that let you boot Linux in your browser.

But he didn't stop there. On his website he now has images that let you boot Oberon, Arch Linux, FreeDOS, OpenBSD, Solar OS and more recent versions of Linux such as 2.6 or 3.18 (the 3.18 image includes internet access). You can also boot to a CD image, or a floppy image, or a hard drive disk image on your local machine.

And, if you don't need yet another operating system on your computer, you can even boot to Bootchess and play chess.

Submission + - iOS 10 Just Made Hacking Into iPhone And iPad Backups Much Easier (

MojoKid writes: Apple bills iOS 10 as being "More personal. More powerful. More playful." Given the features that Apple has infused into the mobile operating system including a totally revamped iMessage app, rich notifications, third-party app integration with Siri, more useful 3D Touch actions and the like, it does seem like a fairly robust upgrade. However, at least one area in iOS 10 has seen a bit of a regression compared to previous versions, and it could leave your iPhone and iPad data less secure than before. Russian researchers at ElcomSoft say that Apple has made local iTunes backups for devices more vulnerable to hackers, thanks to what is described as an "alternative password verification mechanism" that has been added with iOS 10. Reportedly, this new method offers a shortcut for verification, allowing it to skip some critical security checks. As a result, iOS 10 backup passwords in iTunes can be obtained through brute force methods "approximately 2,500 times faster" than what was possible with iOS 9.

Comment Re:Too much Star Trek on the ol' Netflix I think.. (Score 1) 262

Just because something looks and acts like it has consciousness does not make it so. The two facts are separate. A robot can mimic consciousness and not be aware. Conversely it would seem that humans can have consciousness and be aware and still act completely oblivious.

Submission + - SPAM: A 'Fitbit' for plants?

cithotelservice writes: (American Society of Agronomy) Knowing what physical traits a plant has is called phenotyping. Because it is such a labor intensive process, scientists are working to develop technology that makes phenotyping much easier. The tool is called the Phenocart, and it captures essential plant health data. The Phenocart measures plant vital signs like growth rate and color, the same way a Fitbit monitors human health signals like blood pressure and physical activity.
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Submission + - Slashdot Poll: Enough already? (

LeadSongDog writes: Sometime early Friday this planet will hit 7-1/3 billion people. Is it time to stop the population clock?
A) Soon
B) Never
C) Overdue
D) As soon as I'm finished my Soylent Green
E) If Cowboy Neal ever finds a breeding Partner
F) I for one want to make serfs for my new robot overlords

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