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Submission + - Robotic Kiosk Stores Digital Copies Of Physical Keys

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Daily News reports that a startup company in Manhattan is putting robotic key copying machines in 7-Eleven stores. The machines can automatically create physical copies of common apartment and office keys. What is more interesting is that they allow users to save digital copies of their keys, which can later be created when the original is lost or the user is locked out of their home.

Submission + - Berkeley Joins Harvard, MIT Offering Free Online Classes (blogspot.com)

quantr writes: ""The University of California Berkeley will join Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in offering free interactive online classes to students around the world.
EdX, as the nonprofit venture is known, was announced in December 2011 as an MIT experiment called MITx, an online program of courses with homework, exams and discussion forums. Harvard joined the venture in May and faculty from the three institutions will offer a total of seven classes this fall, open to anyone with Internet access, according to a statement today.
The nonprofit is providing free and affordable classes as young student-loan borrowers in the U.S. struggle to keep up with rising tuition costs. The nation’s outstanding educational debt reached about $1 trillion earlier this year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.""


Submission + - America is underinvesting in science education - except it isn't (cnn.com)

TaeKwonDood writes: Every few months a story comes out that American kids are falling behind and they reference an international standardized test score which shows the US in the middle. Then they say we need to invest more in education. With 5,000 PhDs working as janitors that does not seem to make sense. And America is already number two in the world in spending per child.

Submission + - First rootkit-hidden trojan found. Steals 'everything' from Windows, Mac, mobile (scmagazine.com.au)

mask.of.sanity writes: The first malware trojan to use a rootkit to hide itself on Mac has been discovered that hijacks Windows and OS X machines and steals pretty much everything.

Specifically, the veteran cybercrime group selling it has designed it to steal audio and video feeds, emails, ICQ and Skype messages, screenshots and keystrokes, similar to the Flame malware.

It can also remove core operating system files and crash or destroy victim machines.


Submission + - Helium White Dwarfs Bear New Quasiparticle (technologyreview.com)

eldavojohn writes: Helium white dwarf stars are now theorized to produce a new kind of quasiparticle that would explain a known temperature anomaly between helium white dwarfs and vanilla white dwarfs (lumps of charcoal). Since helium can form a Bose-Einstein condensate and there are extra constraints inside such a dense object, a new quasiparticle emerges. Their models claim it 'reduces the specific heat of the white dwarf core by two orders of magnitude compared to a crystalline core.' But even with that figured in, measurements of some nearby ancient helium white dwarfs show that they don't fit the specific temperature curve exactly. So some questions remain with the possible explanation that these stars undergo internal transition late in their age. The heavy reading is available on the prepublication site arxiv.

Submission + - Linux Kernel Power Bug Is Fixed (phoronix.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: The Linux kernel power bug that caused high power usage for many Intel Linux systems has finally been addressed. Matthew Garrett of Red Hat has devised a solution for the ASPM Linux power problem by mimicking Microsoft Window's power behaviour in the Linux kernel. A patch is on LKML for this solution to finally restore the battery life under Linux.

Submission + - How to Stop the Next WikiLeaks

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Eli Lake reports that the nation's 16 intelligence agencies are using a program called SureView that makes it easier to spy on the spies and catch whistleblowers early in the act. SureView is a type of auditing software that specializes in “behavior-based internal monitoring" that monitors the intelligence officer’s computer activity. If the officer acts like a potential leaker, sending an encrypted email or using an unregistered thumb drive, the analyst might push a button and watch a screen video of the officer’s last hour of work. Once a case is made that a leak might be imminent, it is checkmate: the agent is thwarted. “Had SureView been on Bradley Manning’s machine, no one would know who Bradley Manning is today,” says Ryan Szedelo, manager for Raytheon’s SureView software. The intelligence community has had auditing software for years. SureView came on the market in 2002. But the programs were buggy and often prone to false positives, alerting a network administrator too often to routine behavior. “The technology has gotten substantially better in the last year,” says Jeffrey Harris, a former head of the National Reconnaissance Office. “The problem with audit files was it took an army of people to understand them. Now we have rule-driven systems and expert systems that help us reason through the data.”"

Submission + - DHS scaremongering while Anonymous actually gettin (pastebin.com) 2

ClemensW writes: While the DHS released a scaremongering report on Anonymous yesterday, Anonymous has silently and unnoticed by any mainstream media taken down 40+ child porn websites, deleted the largest collection of childporn on the internet and published the usernames of almost 1600 pedophiles. Makes one wonder who the bad guys actually are...

Submission + - Manned X37B version suggested at Space 2011 (suasnews.com) 1

garymortimer writes: "Many conspiracy theorists already believe this can happen.

London, Oct 11 A Boeing chief has suggested that the company’s mysterious unmanned space-plane, called X-37B, developed for the US Air Force, could be scaled up and modified to carry astronauts.

The company’s X-37B project chief Art Grantz revealed that at least two more versions of the 9-metre long space-plane are under investigation – one of which involves adding a crew to a much-enlarged version of the space drone, New Scientist reported.

If built, the new version would give the US back its ability to shuttle people to the International Space Station."


Submission + - Opera ditches browser scrolling for "pages" (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "Opera has unveiled a new Reader system that ditches scrolling on websites in favour of flippable pages. The Norwegian browser maker is looking to remove the side scroll bar for documents or articles in favour of "pages" of a set-size, similar to an ebook. Text can be reflowed into a column layout, and ads will be moved into the right spot in the text, with different ones displayed depending on the orientation of the device. Pages are flipped with gestures on tablets or with mouse clicks on the desktop. It's an “opportunity to rethink the ads on the web and the user interface”, said Hakon Wium Lie, Opera's CTO."

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