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Submission + - Obama comutes sentence on Chelsea Manning

RockDoctor writes: The BBC are reporting (as of 10 minutes ago) that outgoing US president Barack Obama has commuted the 35 year sentence passed on Chelsea Manning for espionage in the leaking of (amongst other things) diplomatic cables which showed the US diplomacy service in a less than favourable light.

[Manning] will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.

Unless of course, Trump counters with a death penalty. 'Cos, you know, he has small hands.


Submission + - Electronic retailers in Europe now required to take back old goods (

Qedward writes: A European Union law that will require all large electronic retailers to take back old equipment came into force yesterday.

The new rules are part of a shake-up of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive and will gradually be implemented across the EU over the next seven years.

Waste electrical and electronic equipment, or WEEE, is one the fastest growing waste streams in the EU, but currently only one-third of electrical and electronic waste is separately collected and appropriately treated. Systematic collection and proper treatment is essential for recycling materials like gold, silver, copper and rare metals in used TVs, laptops and mobile phones.

Submission + - Healthy Balance Between Work and Home Life? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I'm sure that this is a question asked many, many times of people on Slashdot, but a quick search didn't show anything. I recently began working full time at a call center and it is my first full time job. It's for a Fortune 500 company in the health care industry, and I work 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM. I have had a hard time being able to let go of problems at home to focus at work, and a hard time letting go of work at the end of the day to relax at home.

This has caused me to lose focus during the day at my job, of which I've been at for 3 months. My question is — do you, personally, oh dwellers of the cubicle, have any suggestions for striking a healthy balance between your work and home life, and do you find that what you do helps you relax while at home and focus while at work? I ask not only because I work directly with things that can help save peoples' lives (And thus, the less I do, the more patients go without care.) , but because I have been putting my personal relationships at a strain because of stress.

Preferably finding a way to fit some formal education (As my certification requires me to obtain Continuing Education credits to remain valid) would also be a great help. Thank you, slashdotters!

Submission + - Do blind people use smartphones? 5

gagol writes: With the tsunami of touch enabled devices such as the iPhones and Android deviced, I am wondering how (if at all) visually impared slashdotters uses these devices. My bet is most use plain cell phones with real buttons, but I would prefer to have the feedback of the community. Thank you all for participating.

Submission + - The OS Installation From Hell ( 1

snydeq writes: "Deep End's Paul Venezia tells tale of a seemingly simple Solaris install that spiraled hopelessly out of control. 'As far as IT work goes, this was one of the simplest tasks you can face: install an OS. Yet it took nearly all day due to a series of unfortunate turns. It was the kind of day that makes you question your sanity,' Venezia writes. 'The task was extremely low profile. In order to support legacy SPARC-based code, an older Sun T2000 needed a fresh install of Solaris 10. This server would likely do next to nothing. It might service a log-in or two each month, as developers may want to check older code or test this and that. I figured it might take 15 minutes of actual effort to kick off a clean install from DVD and voilà — I could move on to more important duties. I mean, I've installed Solaris a million times. How long could it take? Little did I know.'"

Submission + - Why Do Women Get More Migraines than Men? (

sciencehabit writes: Migraines are a battle of the sexes that women might prefer not winning. Each year, roughly three times more women than men—up to 18% of all women—suffer from the debilitating headaches, as tallied by epidemiological surveys in Europe and the United States. A new brain imaging study may explain the divide: The brains of women with migraines appear to be built differently than those of their male counterparts.

Submission + - SPAM: Stem Cells for Burned Skin

jimcon101 writes: "The University of Pittsburgh scientists have developed a device which sprays stem cells on to burned skin, allowing the healthy skin to grow again. In the procedure, the stem cells are isolated from healthy parts of the burn victim’s skin and are added to a water solution. The stem cells are then loaded into the spray gun, and the cells are sprayed directly onto the wound, and the process allows the healthy skin to grow again. According to scientists, the new method has been successfully used to treat 12 patients and it can significantly reduce the healing time from months to days."
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Submission + - Dallas Cowboys vs Oakland Raiders live NFL Streaming Online USA Football live (

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Submission + - U.S. destroyer damaged by hitting tanker (

andrewe3 writes: The Navy destroyer Porter and a Japanese-owned tanker collided near the Strait of Hormuz early Sunday, an impact that tore open the destroyer's starboard side, but left both crews unharmed, U.S. 5th Fleet said in a news release.

Submission + - Financial Malware Targeting Banks Avoids AV Detection (

An anonymous reader writes: Tilon is a financial malware that employs the Man in the Browser approach. It injects itself into the browser (it has an impressive list of supported browsers – IE, Firefox, Chrome) and then fully controls the traffic from the browser to the web server, and vice versa. It captures all form submissions (“form grabbing”) from the browser to the web server, logs them and sends them to its command and control server, thereby gaining access to all login credentials, transactions, etc. More interestingly perhaps, it controls the traffic (web pages) from the web server to the browser, and through a sophisticated “search and replace” mechanism it targets specific URLs and replaces parts (small and large) of the pages with its own text. What is most impressive about Tilon is the breadth of evasion techniques it employs to avoid detection and scrutiny and to survive “attacks” by security products.

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