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Submission + - Creator of the GIF says it is pronounced "Jif" (telegraph.co.uk)

retroworks writes: Steve Wilhite made the controversial declaration during an interview with the New York Times in the run up to the Webby Awards where he will accept a lifetime achievement award.
He said he was proud of his creation but remained annoyed that most people failed to get its name right.
"The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations," he said. "They are wrong. It is a soft 'G,' pronounced 'jif.' End of story."

Submission + - Physicist Simulate Sending Particles of Light Into the Past (earthmysterynews.com) 1

retroworks writes: While it doesn't demonstrate time travel to be possible, per se, University of Queensland, Australia, physicists have shown how the concept can work via photons. Actual time travel would require a very fast revolution of a black hole, or "wormhole", according to the review. The abstract for the paper "Experimental simulation of closed timelike curves" http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2... states:

"Closed timelike curves are among the most controversial features of modern physics. As legitimate solutions to Einstein’s field equations, they allow for time travel, which instinctively seems paradoxical. However, in the quantum regime these paradoxes can be resolved, leaving closed timelike curves consistent with relativity. The study of these systems therefore provides valuable insight into nonlinearities and the emergence of causal structures in quantum mechanics—essential for any formulation of a quantum theory of gravity. Here we experimentally simulate the nonlinear behaviour of a qubit interacting unitarily with an older version of itself, addressing some of the fascinating effects that arise in systems traversing a closed timelike curve. These include perfect discrimination of non-orthogonal states and, most intriguingly, the ability to distinguish nominally equivalent ways of preparing pure quantum states. Finally, we examine the dependence of these effects on the initial qubit state, the form of the unitary interaction and the influence of decoherence."

Submission + - Largest Invasive Species on Earth: Hippos in S. America (vice.com) 1

retroworks writes: Motherboard has a fascinating story on the current state of 1980s Cocaine Kingpin Pablo Escobar's private Colombian menagerie of exotic African pet hippos. Since Escobar was killed in 1993, his palace has gone "feral". Colombia appointed some "zookeepers" but they have been unable to keep the pet hippos from replicating. Scientists and activists are divided on whether to kill off, contain, or embrace South America's newest pachyderm.

"“This is all speculative business right now. We have a lot of historic ecological analogs for things that originally came from Africa and were eventually found in the New World—like the extinct American lion, or relatives of elephants—but hippos are just not in that portfolio,” Douglas McCauley, a biology professor and hippo researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told me."

The trouble with tribbles, 1000 scale?

Submission + - Stealing Cars by Laptop Remote Key Program? An App For That (wsj.com)

retroworks writes: Wall Street Journal (may be paywalled), CBS and Marketwatch all lead the morning with stories about the newest method of stealing (late model) cars. No need for hacking off the ignition switch and touching the wires to create a spark (controversial during broadcasts in 1970s television crime criticized for "teaching people to steal cars"). Thieves now use the laptop to access the automobile's computer system, and voila.

"Police and car insurers say thieves are using laptop computers to hack into late-model cars’ electronic ignitions to steal the vehicles, raising alarms about the auto industry’s greater use of computer controls."

"The discovery follows a recent incident in Houston in which a pair of car thieves were caught on camera using a laptop to start a 2010 Jeep Wrangler and steal it from the owner’s driveway. Police say the same method may have been used in the theft of four other late-model Wranglers and Cherokees in the city. None of the vehicles has been recovered."

The article concludes with the example filmed of a break in in Houston.

The thief, says the NICB’s Mr. Morris, likely used the laptop to manipulate the car’s computer to recognize a signal sent from an electronic key the thief then used to turn on the ignition. The computer reads the signal and allows the key to turn.

“We have no idea how many cars have been broken into using this method,” Mr. Morris said. “We think it is minuscule in the overall car thefts but it does show these hackers will do anything to stay one step ahead.”

No details on modifying the program to run on Android or IPhone — there's not yet "an app for that".

Non paywalled (but briefer) story at MarketWatch http://www.marketwatch.com/sto...

Submission + - "Angels" Construct "Wings" to Block Westboro Baptist Church Protest in Orlando (sfgate.com)

retroworks writes: The anti-LGBT and anti-soldier "Westboro Baptist Church" has gained notoriety for ugly posters and shouting at military funerals, claiming that individual deaths are evidence that God hates something as much as they do. The WBC has announced it intends to protest at funerals of "gays" murdered in Orlando, and as always, freedom of speech laws will allow their protest.

A group of volunteers from Orlando Shakespeare Theater have crafted a rather passive way of dealing with the WBC protests. The article in SFGATE shows how shoulder-born "wings" with white sheets (rather than contrarian protest signs) will be worn to muffle the noise of WBC protests without increasing noise and distracting from the funerals. (Does anyone on /. sell sound-proof white fabric?)

Submission + - John McAfee Invervention: Let Me Hack iPhone for FBI (bbc.co.uk)

retroworks writes: Apple has refused to comply with a court order asking it to unlock the device owned by San Bernadino killers, dividing opinion over whether the firm should be compelled to do so. Mr McAfee sai his team would take on the task "free of charge". Insightful that going to the OEM is a bad precedent, and private contractors should be the first resource? Or is McAfee inserting himself in the debate for other reasons? McAfee makes a powerful case that FBI lacked the will to hire people to do the dirty work, needlessly pushing OEMs into a quagmire.

Submission + - Bloomberg Column: Apple vs. Right to Repair (bloombergview.com)

retroworks writes: Bloomberg columnist Adam Minter takes on Apple's "Error 53 Code" and the precedents being challenged by the Right To Repair movement. Apple claims that bricking the phone if it's repaired by a non-Apple certified repair shop protects you from tampering with, say, the fingerprint scanner. But the column documents how the number of "certified" repair shops is under attack. If you can't open it, do you really own it?

Submission + - Increase Rates of Microcephaly Birth Defect: Zika or Larvicide? (gmwatch.org)

retroworks writes: A report from the Argentine doctors’ organisation, Physicians in the Crop-Sprayed Towns,[1] challenges the theory that the Zika virus epidemic in Brazil is the cause of the increase in the birth defect microcephaly among newborns.

The increase in the reported instances of microcephaly, a birth defect in which the baby is born with an abnormally small head and often has brain damage, was quickly linked to the Zika virus by the Brazilian Ministry of Health. However, according to the a physician's group in Brazil, the Ministry failed to recognise another correlation with mosquitos. In the area where most sick people live, a chemical larvicide that produces malformations in mosquitoes was introduced into the drinking water supply in 2014. This poison, Pyriproxyfen, is used in a State-controlled program aimed at eradicating disease-carrying mosquitoes. Monsanto has been named as the producer of the larvicide, which is designed to cause birth defects in mosquito larvae. http://www.techtimes.com/artic...

Submission + - Group Recycling New York City Pay Phones into Free WiFi Hubs (fastcoexist.com)

retroworks writes: Jessica Lieber writes for FastCompany on the LinkNYC project, which is run by a private consortium called CityBridge. The project, which will convert existing public pay phones to free wifi hubs, is billed as "the largest and fastest public Wi-Fi network in the world." The advertising-supported model could eventually be expanded to other cities. 500 structures will be distributed among all five boroughs, and 4,500 within the first four years until there are 7,500 units. http://www.intersection.com/li...

Submission + - Anonymous Reportedly "RickRolling" Isis (dazeddigital.com)

retroworks writes: According to a recent tweet from the #OpParis account, Anonymous are delivering on their threat to hack Isis [slashdot http://slashdot.org/?fhfilter=..., and are now flooding all pro-Isis hastags with the grandfather of all 2007 memes — Rick Aston's "Never Gonna Give You Up" (1987) music video, aka “Rick Roll” meme. Whenever a targeted Isis account tries to spread a message, the topic will instead be flooded with countless videos of Rick Astley circa 1987.

Not all are praising Anonymous methods, however. While Metro UK reports that the attacks have been successful, finding and shutting down 5,500 Twitter accounts, the article also indicates that professional security agencies have seen sources they monitor shut down. Rick Aston drowns out intelligence as well as recruitment. http://metro.co.uk/2015/11/22/...

Submission + - Uber Promotes Kitten Escort Service (forbes.com)

retroworks writes: No, it's not the Onion, and it isn't April Fools. Forbes Magazine reports a test market of "kitten delivery" (today only, according to TFA).

If you just want to cuddle, you can order a kitten escorted by a participating Uber driver for up to 15 minutes.

If nothing else, will this service allow Uber to expand in markets which ban human taxi competition? Or will concern over kitten trafficking spoil the venture?

Submission + - Ruling on DCMA Returns Right to Hack (copyright.gov)

retroworks writes: Just last month Slashdot featured a discussion on the DCMA and its potential to compromise physical property ownership via software licensing controls. http://yro.slashdot.org/story/...

Yesterday, EFF, ISRI and IFIXIT announced a victory. For the next 3 years, you can jailbreak your phone and hack your car.

http://www.npr.org/sections/al...

A petition backed by Electronic Frontier Foundation, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and IFixit was endorsed by the Library of Congress, and for the next three years DCMA is not enforceable. You can hack devices you own. This applies to automobiles, cell phones, video games, tablets, and other devices previously guarded under DCMA.

From the EFF Press Release, "The Librarian of Congress has granted security researchers and others the right to inspect and modify the software in their cars and other vehicles, despite protests from vehicle manufacturers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the request for software access as part of the complex, triennial rulemaking process that determines exemptions from Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)."

Submission + - Jailbreaking Amnesty Declared by Library of Congress (resource-recycling.com)

retroworks writes: A petition backed by Electronic Frontier Foundation, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, and IFixit has been heard and endorsed by the Library of Congress, and for the next three years DCMA is not enforceable. You can hack devices you own. This applies to automobiles, cell phones, video games, tablets, and other devices previously guarded under DCMA.

From the EFF Press Release, "The Librarian of Congress has granted security researchers and others the right to inspect and modify the software in their cars and other vehicles, despite protests from vehicle manufacturers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the request for software access as part of the complex, triennial rulemaking process that determines exemptions from Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)."

Victory! (But.... Now what happens when VW emmissions software gets open sourced?)

Submission + - Next Gen Bomber (theatlantic.com)

retroworks writes: The B-52s currently in use have been flown by 3 generations of American Air Force pilots. B1s and B-2 Bombers are also long in the tooth. Northrup Grumman wins for the NEXT half century, with a major new order for state of the art bomber aircraft. The Atlantic reports "While the current fleet remains useful, the Air Force wants a bomber that can evade the advancing air defenses of Russia and China—if ever the need arises. The long-range bomber would act as a deterrent against actions designed to keep U.S. forces out of a designated area—what the military calls “anti-access aerial denial."”

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