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Submission + - Has the 'impossible' EM drive being tested by NASA finally been explained? ( 1

MarkWhittington writes: The EM drive, the so-called “impossible” space drive that uses no propellant, has roiled the aerospace world for the past several years, ever since it was proposed by British aerospace engineer Robert Shawyer. In essence, the claim advanced by Shawyer and others is that if you bounced microwaves in a truncated cone, thrust would be produced out the open end. Most scientists have snorted at the idea, noting correctly that such a thing would violate physical laws. However, organizations as prestigious as NASA have replicated the same results, that prototypes of the EM drive produces thrust. How does one reconcile the experimental results with the apparent scientific impossibility? MIT Technology Review suggested a reason why.

Submission + - First Raspberry Pi 3 Images Leaked from FCC, Has Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE

prisoninmate writes: From the documentation submitted by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to FCC, it looks like the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B single-board computer should come with built-in Wi-Fi, as well as Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) support, which might sound very attractive to all Raspberry Pi fans that have waited patiently for these features to come to the world's most popular SBC board. The first signs of the existence of an upcoming Raspberry Pi 3 Model B board come exactly one year after the release of Raspberry Pi 2 in February 2015, and it looks like February is the perfect month of the year for the Raspberry Pi Foundation to announce a new Raspberry Pi board.

Submission + - SPAM: Linux Mint Hacked, Malicious ISOs Pushed to Users

msm1267 writes: Attackers managed to hijack the website of the Linux Mint operating system to push a backdoored ISO image of the software to users over the weekend.

The developers behind the software, one of, if not the most popular Linux distribution, are unsure what the hackers are aiming to achieve by the move but acknowledge that if there are more efforts to attack their project, they plan to get the authorities involved.

Clement Lefebvre, the creator of Linux Mint, disclosed the incident in a blog post early Saturday morning and downplayed it by saying only one version, Linux Mint 17.3 Cinnamon, was compromised and only users who downloaded it via the official site on Feb. 20 are believed to be affected. Users who downloaded through torrents or a direct HTTP link are not affected Lefebvre said.

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Submission + - Neither sysvinit nor systemd: the daemontools family

Art3x writes: It seems everyone was fine using sysvinit until systemd came along, but history is more complicated. A third way, the daemontools family, has ridden alongside since the '90s. Recent examples include runit and nosh. With its small programs and heavy use of the filesystem, it sounds at least as unixy as sysvinit. But with its parallel start-up and elegant set-up, could it also compete against systemd?

Submission + - Bad USB C cable kills Google reviewer's laptop (

AmiMoJo writes: Google staff member Benson Leung has been reviewing USB C cables on Amazon for some time now, discovering that many are out of spec in one way or another. His most recent find is a cable that damaged his expensive Pixel C laptop and some of his test equipment, due to having the ground and +5V lines swapped over between each end. Ironically, the manufacturer's name is Surjtech.

Submission + - RIP Alan Rickman, AKA Hans Gruber, Severus Snape

TigerPlish writes: Variety reports Rickman died after a short bout of cancer, and was surrounded by friends and family when he went.

While some may question how is this News for Nerds, I'm of the opinion that Harry Potter was, is, and will always be a nerd favorite.

Submission + - Keeping My Data Mine

schklerg writes: Like many, I am tired of being the product of the corporate “cloud” overlords. To that end, I’ve got my own Linux server running Tiny Tiny RSS (RSS — Feedly replacement), OwnCloud (Storage / phone backup / Keepass sync / notes — Google Drive replacement), Coppermine Gallery (picture library), Dokuwiki (quick reference), and Shaarli (bookmarks manager — Foxmarks / Sync replacement).

Crashplan lets me pick the keys for my backups, and the only thing Google Drive ever sees is a pgp encrypted file of various items. Next up is moving from gmail with iRedMail.

Yes, the NSA may have it all anyway, but being under less corporate control is a nice feeling. What have you done to maintain control of your own data?

Submission + - Ivan Ristic And SSL Labs: How One Man Changed The Way We Understand SSL

An anonymous reader writes: Ivan Ristic is well-known in the information security world, and his name has become almost a synonym for SSL Labs, a project he started in early 2009. Before that, he was mostly known for his work with OWASP and the development of the wildly popular open source web application firewall ModSecurity. While SSL Labs was something Ristic worked on in his spare time, over time it became his main focus. In fact, over the years, the project incorporated a great number of checks that are impossible to perform manually. It's a game changer because, to assess your TLS configuration, you don't need to be an expert. Read the story about the project's evolution on Help Net Security.

Comment Key word is mainstream (Score 1) 2

Don't pick on the safe bets and human friendliness of mainstream Ubuntu, it's almost level field with commercial. Things that happen under the hoods and around 'hipster' distros are still very exciting... I've not seen many examples of your choices for direction in innovation, but on the virtualization/containers/server realm concepts are bent and quirks are tested. And a lot of services, and a lot of languages and a lot of DEs and a lot of...

Submission + - Innovative operating systems/distros in 2015? 2

iamacat writes: Back in 90s, we used Linux not only because of open source, but also for innovative features not found in commercial operating systems — better multitasking, network power features like slirp and masquerading, free developer tools for many languages. Nowadays OSX and Windows caught up in these areas and mainstream distros like Ubuntu dumbed down in default configuration. So where to go for active innovation like 3D/VR desktop, artificial intelligence, drag and drop ability to mash up UI of multiple apps or just drastically better performance? Something maybe rough around the edges but usable and exciting enough to use as daily desktop?

Submission + - A Tower of Molten Salt Will Deliver Solar Power After Sunset (

schwit1 writes: For the first time, solar thermal can compete with natural gas during nighttime peak demand

Solar power projects intended to turn solar heat into steam to generate electricity have struggled to compete amid tumbling prices for solar energy from solid-state photovoltaic (PV) panels. But the first commercial-scale implementation of an innovative solar thermal design could turn the tide. Engineered from the ground up to store some of its solar energy, the 110-megawatt plant is nearing completion in the Crescent Dunes near Tonopah, Nev. It aims to simultaneously produce the cheapest solar thermal power and to dispatch that power for up to 10 hours after the setting sun has idled photovoltaics.

Submission + - New attacks on Firefox (and Internet Explorer, Edge) privacy

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers unveiled two attacks against privacy in Firefox. Both attacks exploit HTML5's performance object. The first attack probes the computer's cache for data from other users/processes. The second attack (demo here) finds the computer's clock speed and whether it's virtualized. This one also applies to Internet Explorer and Edge browsers.

Submission + - How Volkswagen Cheated Emissions Tests And Who Authorized It? (

Lucas123 writes: The method by which Volkswagen diesel cars were able to thwart emissions tests and spew up to 40X the nitrogen oxide levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency was relatively simple. It was more likely no more than a single line of code used to detect when an emissions test was being performed and place the emissions system in an alternate mode — something as simple as a software "on/off" switch. Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn, who stepping down as the result of his company's scandal, has said he had no knowledge of the emissions cheat, but software dev/test audit trails are almost certain to pinpoint who embedded the code and who authorized it. You can actually see who asked the developer to write that code," said Nikhil Kaul, a product manager at test/dev software maker SmartBear Software. "Then if you go upstream you can see who that person's boss was...and see if testing happened...and, if testing didn't happen. So you can go from the bottom up to nail everyone."

Comment Re:That was easy (Score 1) 867

YMMV, hibernate/suspend is indeed buggy but it will not stay that way ;). And think of various Linux failures as opportunities: the community makes it so that you don't get several Gb of unattended updates unless you ask for it. Any distro that violates that is readily swappable with one that doesn't.

Submission + - Tiny Pebbles Built the Gas Giant Behemoths (

astroengine writes: Scientists have long puzzled over how gas planets like Jupiter and Saturn got to be so big. Current theories suggest the cores of these behemoths are comprised of mini-planets, some 62- to 620 miles in diameter, which collided and gradually merged together over time. But computer simulations show this process is more likely to produce hundreds of Earth-sized worlds. Instead, a new study suggests "slow pebble accretion" is a more likely process.

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