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Comment I call BS (Score 1) 135

Quite obviously a PR/marketing stunt pandering to the obsessive fear of "germs", than any substantial improvement in the general quality of onboard health.

It's no secret that the air in most long haul flights is unhealthy, with cabin humidity under 10% most of which being other passengers' body fluids. If Boeing and the airline industry really cared about the well being of its passengers it would modify the ratio of fresh to recirculated air than make a big song about adding UV lamps in the toilets.

Submission + - The pill that could stop millions getting dementia (dailymail.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Clumps of amyloid beta clog and poison the brains of Alzheimer's patients. Scientists have found drugs that stops the harmful clumps from forming. Mice bred to have Alzheimer's never developed it when given the drug. Researchers are optimistic in future 'neurostatins' could be given to all

Submission + - SPAM: Datetix: The New Online Dating Service to Follow Tinder's $3.6BN Path!

jac012 writes: Datetix, the newly launch online dating platform based in Hong Kong believed to follow tinder's biggest breakthrough, with it's $3.6BN path. Datetix consider that there are hundreds of millions of singles looking for a date across the globe – and they are increasingly using online dating sites and mobile apps. See more of how it works here, datetix.com!
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Submission + - Supercapacitor On-a-Chip Now One Step Closer (ieee.org) 1

schwit1 writes: In 2010 Spectrum reported a new approach for creating chip-scale supercapacitors on silicon wafers, proposed by researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia and the Universite Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. In an article published in Science the researchers described how to make supercapacitor electrodes from porous carbon that could stick to the surface of silicon wafers so that they could be micromachined into electrodes for on-chip supercapacitors.

Now the same team has finally succeeded in doing just that.

In a paper published in this week's Science, researchers from the two initial teams report creating efficient porous carbon electrodes that really stick to the surface of a silicon wafer. They made layers of porous carbide derived carbon (CDC) that are completely compatible with all treatments used in the semiconductor industry, says Patrice Simon, a researcher at Universite Paul Sabatier who has researched porous CDC electrodes over the last ten years and co-authored both the 2010 and this week's paper in Science.

Submission + - The Soviet Union's Secret Moon Base That Never Was (popularmechanics.com)

schwit1 writes: A quarter-century after the Soviet space program dropped its thick veil of secrecy, many fascinating details about the enormous scope of the USSR's space ambitions are still trickling in. The latest treasure trove of information quietly made public reveals what might have been the earliest Soviet proposal to permanently colonize the moon.

Conceived in 1967 at the height of the Moon Race with the United States, the bold plan was developed inside the same think tank that had launched Sputnik and put the first man into space. Not surprisingly, they dreamed up an innovative and ambitious plan to put people on the lunar surface to stay.

Submission + - Hackers Demand $3.6 Million From Hollywood Hospital Following Cyber-Attack (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has been hit by a cyber-attack and its systems are now being held hostage by hackers that are demanding a ransom of 9,000 Bitcoin, which is about $3.6 million (€3.2 million) in today's currency. Management has forbidden staff to turn on their computers, fearing the attack might spread, and the Radiation and Oncology departments have been completely shut down because they can't use their equipment. Staff is also using fax instead of email, writing down patient data on paper (the horror!), and patients need to come at the hospital for results, like in 3rd world countries (oh boo-hoo!).

Submission + - Internet-Connected Toys a Kids' Privacy Risk (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: Vulnerabilities in the Web APIs for both Fisher-Price’s Smart Toy Bear and hereO’s GPS platform could be abused to put children’s personal data, and possibly safety, at risk. Since the flaws were found in the in the respective toys’ Web APIs, the fix was be applied on the vendor’s end and required no patches on the toys.
Researchers at Rapid7 found and disclosed the flaws to the toymakers. The vulnerabilities in the Fisher-Price could allow an attacker to learn personal details about the children using the toys, opening the door to future social engineering and phishing scams.

The hereO flaw is a bit more concerning since the toy watch acts as a GPS locator for parents, who can use these features to track a child’s whereabouts. Rapid7 found an authorization bypass flaw in the Web API of the device that allows an attacker to invite and accept themselves into a family group; the platform supports messaging, location features and panic alerts for members of each respective group. An attacker could learn the location of anyone in the group and more.

Submission + - Sports Fans Take Huge Security Risks When Watching Illegal Streams

Mickeycaskill writes: Sports fans who watch events using illegal online streams are exposing their PCs and mobiles to serious security risks, according to the authors of the “first empirical study of free live streaming services.”

Much of the study of these streams has focused on the legal impact, with broadcasters and sports organisations keen to protect the value of the product. However the new report suggests 1 in 2 streams serve up malicious advertising intended to scam users, spread malware or install dangerous extensions.

The researchers say they have created an engine that can identify illegal streams, their location and the type of advertising carried. They say this can help rights holders detect copyright infringement and protect users.

Submission + - The end for Safe Harbor? EU-US trade deal fails on data transfer agreement (cbronline.com)

schwit1 writes: Negotiations between the European Union and US have failed to reach an agreement regarding how data is transferred between the regions.

A deadline for the end of January had been set for a revised Safe Harbour agreement back in October, meaning that three months has gone by without the deadlock being broken.

An agreement is seen as necessary to avoid disruption to the transatlantic digital economy and to help ensure the continuity of service for US and EU companies.

The failure to reach an agreement will likely have on-going ramifications for transatlantic business. Phil Lee, data protection partner, at EU law firm Fieldfisher, said: "The disruption to transatlantic business is absolutely enormous. If you're a US supplier trying to sell into Europe, the tone coming from European customers now is very much one of 'Why should we trust you with our data?'

"Only those suppliers that agree to export data under the EU's Standard Contractual Clauses will have any success in closing commercial deals."

Submission + - Keystroke Dynamics Could Be Used To Distinguish Children From Adults Online (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers in Turkey have tested 13 machine learning algorithms against a new dataset of keyboard-input from adults and children, seeking to discover if children under 15 years old can be identified by their typing input style. The best of the results across the engines give a 91% success rate, and the scientists suggest that a derived security application could help create safe 'child-only' environments, as well as aiding undercover police seeking to identify individuals impersonating children in such environments.

Submission + - Google surpasses Apple as the world's most valuable company (bbc.co.uk)

AmiMoJo writes: Alphabet- Google's parent company- has surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after its latest earnings report. The company made a profit of $4.9bn (£3.4bn) for the fourth quarter, meaning that Alphabet is now worth around $568bn, compared with Apple, which has a value of $535bn. Much of this is attributed to success in the mobile ads sector. Meanwhile, in the UK, revenue rose 16% to $1.92bn in the fourth quarter. It is the only territory outside the US for which the company breaks down its figures because it is such a large part of the business.

Submission + - Windows 10 Passes Windows XP In Market Share

An anonymous reader writes: Six months after its release, Windows 10 has finally passed 10 percent market share. Not only that, but the latest and greatest version from Microsoft has also overtaken Windows 8.1 and Windows XP, according to the latest figures from Net Applications. Windows 10 had 9.96 percent market share in December, and gained 1.89 percentage points to hit 11.85 percent in January.

Submission + - Bill Gates monitored MS employees' work hours by memorizing their license plates (foxnews.com) 1

schwit1 writes: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates used to memorize employees' license plate numbers so that he could keep track of when they were arriving at work and leaving.

"I had to be a little careful not to try and apply my standards to how hard [others at the company] worked. I knew everybody's licence plate so I could look out the parking lot and see, you know, when people come in," he said. "Eventually I had to loosen up as the company got to a reasonable size."

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