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Submission + - IRS overreach via "John Doe" summons

rmdingler writes: A Bitcoin user has gone to court to prevent the Internal Revenue Service from accessing personal data of millions of users on Coinbase, a San Francisco-based digital asset exchange company.
Jeffrey K. Berns, a managing partner with the Los Angeles firm Berns Weiss LLP, filed a motion Tuesday before a California federal court in an attempt to quash a “John Doe” summons issued last month by the IRS on the Bitcoin trading and storage platform.

A “John Doe” summons is an order that identifies a person or group by their activity, rather than by their specific identity.

Submission + - Robot cars scare you? How about tractors? ( 1

Tsu Dho Nimh writes: A first-timer's DIY robotics project was no Roomba hack. He adapted RC plane control software to make it run a tractor and grain cart. Cost about $1500, savings first year about $5,000. He's already thinking of ways to expand it into other tasks that can be done with minimal human supervision, like seeding and tilling.

Submission + - Engineers Devise a Way to Harvest Wind Energy from Trees (

derekmead writes: Harvesting electrical power from vibrations or other mechanical stress is pretty easy.Turns out all it really takes is a bit of crystal or ceramic material and a couple of wires and, there you go, piezoelectricity. As stress is applied to the material, charge accumulates, which can then be shuttled away to do useful work. The classic example is an electric lighter, in which a spring-loaded hammer smacks a crystal, producing a spark.

Another example is the heart of a piezoelectric system described in a new paper in the Journal of Sound and Vibration courtesy of engineers at Ohio State's Laboratory of Sound and Vibration Research. The basic idea behind the energy harvesting platform: exploit the natural internal resonances of trees within tiny artificial forests capable of generating enough voltage to power sensors and structural monitoring systems.

Submission + - SPAM: Link Bubble Browser Adds Ad Blocking Technology

Alexander Maxham writes: Link Bubble is a web browser, a small and clever Android web browser that when a link is clicked, the website is loaded in the background and the application you clicked the link from is still showing in the foreground. Today Link Bubble has added ad blocking to their app, and is not an in-app purchase.
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Hackers publish contact info of 20000 FBI employees - (

Hackers publish contact info of 20000 FBI employees
WASHINGTON — Hackers, making good on a threat, published contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday afternoon, just one day after posting similar data on almost 10,000 Department of Homeland Security employees. The hackers, tweeting...
FBI and DHS hacked, claims @DotGovs group -- leaks 31000 staff recordsComputerworld
Hacker publishes details of almost 30000 FBI and DHS employeesTechSpot
Hacker Publishes Personal Details of 20000 FBI and 9000 DHS StaffGizmodo
Sky Valley Chronicle-Tucson News Now
all 202 news articles

Submission + - Have your iPhone 6 repaired, only to get it bricked by Apple ( 1

Nemosoft Unv. writes: In case you had a problem with the fingerprint sensor or some other small defect on your iPhone 6 and had it repaired by a non-official (read: cheaper) shop, you may be in for a nasty surprise: error 53.

What happens is that during an OS update or re-install the software checks the internal hardware and if it detects a non-Apple component, it will display an error 53 and brick your phone. Any photos or other data held on the handset is lost – and irretrievable.
Thousands of people have flocked to forums to express their dismay at this. What's more insiduous is that the error may only appear weeks or months after the repair.

Increduously, Apple says this cannot be fixed by any hard- or software update, while it is clearly their software that causes the problem in the first place.

And then you thought FTDI was being nasty...

Submission + - ALS Treatment Hope: Researchers Discover How to Stop Brain Rejecting Drugs (

concertina226 writes: Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University have discovered that blocking certain types of proteins in the brain may help drugs that have so far failed to treat Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to be able to work.

Currently there is only one drug in the world, called Riluzole, that is approved for treating ALS. Riluzole works by suppressing the activity of glutamate – a chemical messenger in the central nervous system.

Unfortunately, Riluzole has been shown to lose its effectiveness in patients as the disease progresses, and it only prolongs the lives of ALS patients for between three to six months.

The researchers decided to analyse the brains of mice infected with ALS, instead of analysing healthy animals. They identified two specific pumps in the brain that interact with Riluzole, namely P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast-cancer resistant protein.

When they blocked these two types of proteins by treating the mice with an experimental compound called Elacridar together with Riluzole, the scientists found that the treatments extended the life span of the mice and alleviated some of the disease's symptoms, such as improving and preserving muscle strength.

Submission + - SPAM: Way To View Saved Password In Google Chrome.

Pramod Pawar writes: If some buddy has saved there password in his/her PC and you want view it , then here is simplest Way To View Saved Password In Google Chrome As well as in Firefox. In this Article I am going to explain way to show saved Password in chrome.
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Why is the EPA so bad at estimating hybrid fuel economy? - Houston Chronicle (

Globe and Mail

Why is the EPA so bad at estimating hybrid fuel economy?
Houston Chronicle
We were impressed when Ford announced that the 2013 Fusion hybrid earned an EPA rating of 47 mpg for both city and highway driving. Here was a generously sized and relatively conventional-looking sedan rivaling the efficiency of the Toyota Prius.
Ford plans to surpass its hybrid sales record this monthSlashGear
Ford on course for record hybrid sales in 2013Detroit Free Press
Ford to break its yearly hybrid sales record in the US, seven months earlyEngadget
Globe and Mail-Seeking Alpha-autoevolution
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Submission + - An Internet crash: It could happen (

An anonymous reader writes: Can you imagine a life without the internet? It’s more realistic than you think.

In this informative TED talk, Danny Hillis explains the very scary truth that our modern-day internet is very fragile and an Internet Crash is very real.

User Journal

Journal Journal: Earthian War 5


"Lieutenant Maris reporting as ordered, sir."

"Thanks, Maris, sit down. Coffee? Cigar?" Colonel Gorn offered.

"Cigar, sir?" Maris said, puzzled. Gorn laughed.

"Private O'Brien gave it to me. His wife's pregnant, been giving cigars away to everybody. I'm happy for the young man, but I don't have any use for a cigar."

Submission + - Slashdot Physics Geeks - "The Prime Fields" fact, or fiction? (

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot Physics Geeks, is this fact or fiction?

"In this video series the currently accepted theories of physics and astrophysics are shaken to the core by a radical new theory of the fundamental forces in all matter.

You will be amazed as a magnetic model of the dome at CERN is used to create a 100 mm diameter plasma Sun with a 300 mm diameter equatorial disc of plasma around it!

All the plasma videos are actual footage with no enhancement or manipulation other than speed. In other words, this is real thing. Hard to believe, but it is all true.


Submission + - Researchers Build Fibre Cables Capable of Near Light Speed Communication (

hypnosec writes: Researchers have managed to build a fibre optic cable that is capable of transferring data between end points at near light speed. The team of researchers over at the University of Southampton in England have constructed a fibre that is hollow with special inner walls that will prevent light from refracting. Fibre optic cables transfer data using light beams and even though theoretically the cables can carry data at near light speed, the actual data throughput is reduced by 31 per cent — thanks to the refraction of light as it passes through silica glass. Refraction of light is less in air as compared to glass and to get around the above problem, researchers have been looking at options through which the core of the fiber can be replaced by air. Another hurdle was the question of how to get light beams to move through cables that bend and around curvatures. This is where the ingenuity of the research comes into play. The researchers have built fibre cables with a hollow core that allows for movement of light across bends while minimizing loss of light due to refraction. The researchers credit this achievement to what they have dubbed "ultra-thin photonic-bandgap rim" that not only minimizes data loss but also reduces latency while providing for wider bandwidth.

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