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Submission + - RIP Dr. Henry Heimlich, inventor of the Heimlich Maneuver

tomhath writes: Dr Heimlich died at the age of 96. He invented the lifesaving technique, which uses abdominal thrusts to clear a person's airway, in 1974.

In May he used the technique himself to save a woman at his retirement home.

He dislodged a piece of meat with a bone in it from the airway of an 87-year-old woman, telling the BBC: "I didn't know I really could do it until the other day."

Submission + - 30 Years Later, QBasic is Still the Best 1

theodp writes: After looking for a way to introduce his 7-year-old son to the world of code, Nicolas Bize writes: "For the past 5 months, I have been looking for the holy grail of language/IDE for kids in the hope of turning that spark of interest into a memorable experience. My quest has led me to endless forums, through which I have tried countless suggestions: SmallBasic, Pico-8, Smalltalk, Scratch, etc. I have even inquired of the Great Oracles of StackOverflow, to no avail. After 5 months, I ended up with a disappointing conclusion: nothing is even close to what I had back in another era. 30 years later, QBasic is still the best when it comes to discovering programming." By the way, if you're concerned your kid is being taught how to use Microsoft Office in school but not coding, you can remind their teacher that BASIC programming is just an ALT-F11 away. Heck, with a few dozen lines of code, one can even knock out a quick-and-dirty Excel VBA parody of the real up-down-left-right Hour of Code tutorials that's comparable in 'rigor' to the one credited with 'teaching President Obama to code'.

Comment Re:MythTV (Score 1) 236

Also Mythtv.

Backend: Headless server in the tech closet:
2x pcie dual dvb-s2 receivers.
1x payTV subscription card (Sky), used by all the sat receivers via oscam and sasc-ng

A couple of tvs in the house, all w/ Acer aspire revo ion-based mini PCs running mythtv frontends.

Submission + - Hackers Show They Can Take Control of Moving Jeep Cherokee (

rtoz writes: Two computer-security researchers demonstrated they could take control of a moving Jeep Cherokee using the vehicle’s wireless communications system, raising new questions about the safety of Internet-connected cars.

Former National Security Agency hacker Charlie Miller, now at Twitter, and IOActive researcher Chris Valasek used a feature in the Fiat Chrysler telematics system Uconnect to break into a car being driven on the highway by a reporter for technology news site

The Hackers were able to get control of air-conditioning, radio, windshield wipers and transmission of the jeep remotely by sitting many miles away from the jeep.

Even they were able to disable the Brake of the jeep remotely.

Fiat Chrysler said it had issued a fix for the most serious vulnerability involved. The software patch is available for free on the company’s website and at dealerships.

Miller and Valasek have been probing car safety for years and have been among those warning that remote hacking was inevitable.

Submission + - If Parking Is $50/h, Would You Leave Your Car At Home? 2

dkatana writes: Cheap parking is an invitation to bring more cars to a city, with their pollution, congestion and accidents. In cities where parking is expensive, such as Copenhagen, people use public transport or bike to work.

It is estimated that over 30% of traffic in a city is created by people looking for parking. If cities could reduce that number to about 10%, it could mean a significant reduction of overall traffic congestion and pollution.

If the price of parking is high enough, there will be vacancies. Pricing should be adjusted to a point that there are always a couple of free slots per city block.

Submission + - When Nerds Do BBQ 1

Rick Zeman writes: On this 4th of July, the day that Americans flock to their grills and smokers, Wired has a fascinating article on a computerized smoker designed by Harvard engineering students. They say, "In prototype form, the smoker looks like a combination of a giant pepper mill, a tandoori oven, and V.I.N.CENT from The Black Hole. It weighs 300 pounds. It has a refueling chute built into the side of it. And it uses a proportional-integral-derivative controller, a Raspberry Pi, and fans to regulate its own temperature, automatically producing an ideal slow-and-low burn."

After cooking >200 lbs of brisket fine-tuning the design, the students concluded, "“Old-school pitmasters are like, ‘I cook mine in a garbage can,’ and there’s a point of pride in that,” Parker says. “A lot of the cutting edge is when you take an art form and drag it back onto scientific turf and turn it into an algorithm. I don’t think we’ve diluted the artistic component with this."

Submission + - Pilot error caused Air Algerie crash .. (

An anonymous reader writes: 'Two judges .. found the "failure to activate the anti-icing system" of the plane's motors was the main cause of the crash .. the McDonnell Douglas 83 jet ran into trouble after the crew did not activate the system, causing the failure of certain sensors.'

"As of February 2013, the MD-80 series has been involved in 61 incidents, including 31 hull-loss accidents, with 1,330 fatalities of occupants." ref

Submission + - Question : A digital "SMART" pen for every day use. (

mmiscool writes: I love having a smart phone and a tablet that can be used with a stylus but some times a pen and paper are a much better way to get the job done.

Taking notes and sketching things is so much easier with paper so I pose the question. What "smart pens" are on the market now.

I have seen some like the livescribe and the equil but don't like that you have to buy special paper or attached a device to your note book for it to capture writing.

Are there any smart pens out there that can capture writing and sketches with out the need for special proprietary paper or bulky clip on sensors. Some thing that is simply a pen with Bluetooth sink to a mobile.

Let me know what you are using.

Submission + - Lt. Uhura Hospitalised in LA After Stroke

WheezyJoe writes: The Register tells us that Nichelle Nichols, who played the lovely Lt. Uhura, communications officer of the original starship Enterprise (original series and animated series), has been hospitalized after a mild stroke. She is reported to have undergone a CAT scan and MRI, and was awake and eating as of Thursday evening. Nichols has shown minor signs of loss of mobility but otherwise no signs of paralysis.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer ( 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

Submission + - The One Percent are Parasites:

humptheElephant writes: An interesting excerpt from a book, "Why We Can't Afford the Rich", by Andrew Sayer in Salon, The author debunks lies about free enterprise, trickle-down, capitalism and celebrity entrepreneurs. Part of his argument is that "The rich don't generate jobs.Rising tides do not lift all boats. And they probably built that with government help" He quotes from U.S billionaire Nick Hanauer "If it was true that lower taxes for the rich and more wealth for the wealthy led to job creation, today we would be drowning in jobs."

Submission + - World's 1st Penis Transplant Done in South Africa (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The world's first successful penis transplant has been performed by surgeons in South Africa, Bloomberg News reported Friday. The 21-year-old recipient has made a full recovery and regained all functions in the transplanted organ. The nine-hour operation was done Dec. 11 by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Cape Town's Tygerberg Hospital, the university said Friday in a statement.

The unidentified patient had his penis amputated three years ago in a life-saving procedure after he developed complications from a traditional circumcision.

"Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery," said Dr. Andre van der Merwe, head of the university's urology division, who led the surgical team.

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Journal Journal: Props to Bill Maher 76

"Terrorism is really just bullying, extreme bullying. And I thought we hated bullying now," Maher said.
"Yeah, liberals hate bullying, all right, but they're not opposed to using it. When they casually throw out words like 'bigot' and 'racist,' it does cow people into avoiding this debate," he said.

Credit where due: he's spot on.

Comment Re:This is nothing new for me. (Score 2) 164

Up to now, this only happened when the retailer had a branch where the customer was located; US Retailer w/ branch in Germany selling to a German customer.

Now, all retailers in Europe have to deal with the hassle of having to individualy deal with the seperate tax offices in all the (european) countries its customers are located in.

Abslolute nightmare.

One exception: for b2b deals where the customer has an european tax ID, it's possible to bill without tax and the customer has to pay the tax to its local tax office.

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