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Submission + - Princeton Researchers Announce Open Source 25-core Chip (princeton.edu) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at Princeton announced at Hot Chips this week their 25-core Piton Processor (http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S47/19/67G69/?section=topstories). The processor was designed specifically to increase data center efficiency with novel architecture features enabling over 8,000 of these processors to be connected together to build a system with over 200,000 cores. Fabricated on IBM’s 32nm process and with over 460 Million transistors, Piton is one of the largest and most complex academic processors every built. The Princeton team has opened their design up and released all of the chip source code, tests, and infrastructure as open source in the OpenPiton (http://www.openpiton.org) project enabling others to build scalable manycore processors with potentially thousands of cores.

Submission + - Orangutans face complete extinction within 10 years (independent.co.uk)

campuscodi writes: Orangutans will be extinct from the planet within 10 years unless action is taken to preserve forests in Indonesia and Malaysia where they live, a conservation charity has warned.

The Bornean orangutan was officially listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) last month, joining the only other kind, the Sumatran orangutan, in that classification. In just 25 years, more than a quarter of Indonesia's forests – 76 million acres, an area almost the size of Germany – have disappeared. One of the main reasons is to clear land to make way for palm oil plantations.

Submission + - Powershell is Open Sourced and available for Linux and MacOS (microsoft.com)

Bobfrankly1 writes: Some have suspected the possibility of Powershell on linux since the release of DotNet Core. JSnover announced the release today:

Today, we are taking the next step in our journey. I am extremely excited to share that PowerShell is open sourced and available on Linux. (For those of you who need a refresher, PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language built on the .NET Framework to help IT professionals control and automate the administration of the Windows, and now Linux, operating systems and the applications that run on them.)

It's available on github now: https://github.com/PowerShell/...

Submission + - The coral die-off crisis is a climate crime and Exxon fired the gun (theguardian.com) 1

mspohr writes: An article published by Bill McKibben in The Guardian points the finger at Exxon for spreading climate change denial which led to lack of action to prevent widespread coral die-off.
"We know the biggest culprits now, because great detective work by investigative journalists has uncovered key facts in the past year. The world’s biggest oil company, Exxon, knew everything there was to know about climate change by the late 1970s and early 1980s. Its scientists understood how much and how fast it was going to warm, and how much damage that was going to do. And the company knew the scientists were right: that’s why they started “climate-proofing” their own installations, for instance building their drilling rigs to accommodate the sea level rise they knew was coming.

What they didn’t do was tell the rest of us. Instead, they – and many other players in the fossil fuel industry – bankrolled the rise of the climate denial industry, helping fund the “thinktanks” and front groups that spent the last generation propagating the phoney idea that there was a deep debate about the reality of global warming. As a result, we’ve wasted a quarter century in a phoney argument about whether the climate was changing."

Submission + - Anti-Minimum Wage App launched by Employment Policies Institute

TigerPlish writes: In an example of why it is imperative to question the funding of every single Think Tank and "Resarch Organization," CNN reports the "Employment Policies Institute" — a conservative think tank funded in DC by one Richard Berman — which lobbies against minimum wage hikes for the Restaurant, Hotel, Alcohol and Tobacco industries — has launched an iOS app called Wage Engage. According to another source:

Wage Engage allows business owners to track minimum wage legislation in states relevant to them, and to offer their opinion about the impact of such increases. "You have an asymmetric battle. You have organized labor groups who can devote their entire days to advocating for a higher minimum wage. Then you have small business owners who didn't have the time, or didn't know about [the legislation]. The app lets restaurant owners tell their story in a personal way," says Michael Saltsman, the group's research director.

Please be aware that this "Employment Policies Institute" has nothing to do with the "Economic Policies Institute," which is a liberal think tank, which I'm sure also has its own agenda not aligned with helping The People. PS: Hey eds, are you going to outright delete this one, like you did Sunday instead of having the Firehose vote it up or down? Yeah I saw what you did.

Submission + - Startup Aims to Commercialize a Brain Implant to Improve Memory (ieee.org)

the_newsbeagle writes: Neuroscientist Ted Berger has achieved some remarkable feats in his work on an implanted brain prosthetic to boost memory. Working with rats, he recorded the electrical signals associated with a specific memory from one animal's brain, then inserted that signal—and thus the memory—into another animal's brain. Working with monkeys, the implanted device enhanced the animals' recall in difficult memory tasks.

Still, it's startling to learn that a startup is ready to commercialize Berger's work, and is trying to build a memory prosthetic for humans suffering from Alzheimer's, brain injuries, and stroke. The new company, named Kernel, will fund human trials and develop electrodes that can record from and stimulate more brain cells.

Submission + - How do you prepare for and deal with a lost/stolen/destroyed Smartphone? 3

Qbertino writes: A lot of our everyday lives today hinges on having our smartphone and our apps/services/data that are on it working and available.

What are you tactics/standard procedures/techniques/best pratices for preparing for a lost/stolen/destroyed Android Phone and/or iPhone? And have you needed to actually use them?

I'm talking concrete solutions for the worst case scenario: Apps, backup routines (like automating Google Takeaway downloads or something) tracking and disabling routines and methods and perhaps services. If you're using some vendor specific solution that came with your phone and have had positive experience with it, feel free to advocate.

Please include the obvious with some description that you use such as perhaps a solution already build into Android/iOS and also describe any experience you had with these solutions in some unpleasant scenario you might have had yourself. Also perhaps the procedures and pitfalls for recovering previous state to a replacement device.

Please note: I'm talking both Android and iOS.
And thanks for your input — I can imagine that I'm not the only one interested in this.

Submission + - Is This Year's Dicamba Drift Problem Getting Understated In The News

MrBingoBoingo writes: Since Monsanto released their new generation of Dicamba resistant soybeans to farmers earlier this year, reports have been emerging of the volatile herbicide causing substantial collateral damage as it vaporizes and drifts. Recently the damage this drift has done to orchards and stands of trees has been acknowledged. With all the fuss that gets raised about GMOs in general, why is an actual agricultural disaster getting so little substantive coverage as it unfolds?

Submission + - Cracking the Code on Trump Tweets (varianceexplained.org)

jIyajbe writes: From Electoral-Vote.com:

"A theory has been circulating that the Donald Trump tweets that come from an Android device are from the candidate himself, while the ones that come from an iPhone are the work of his staff. David Robinson, a data scientist who works for Stack Overflow, decided to test the theory. His conclusion: It's absolutely correct (http://varianceexplained.org/r/trump-tweets/).

Robinson did some text-mining (using R) to analyze roughly 1,400 tweets from Trump's timeline, and demonstrated conclusively that the iPhone tweets are substantively different than the Android tweets. The former tend to come later at night, and are vastly more likely to incorporate hashtags, images, and links. The latter tend to come in the morning, and are much more likely to be copied and pasted from other people's tweets. In terms of word choice, the iPhone tweets tend to be more neutral, with their three most-used phrases being "join," "#trump2016," and "#makeamericagreatagain." The Android tweets tend to be more emotionally charged, with their three most-used phrases being "badly," "crazy," and "weak.""

Submission + - Volkswagen screws up again, total insecurity of their remote controls 1

An anonymous reader writes: Researches from Birmingham (UK) and Germany discovered that vehicles which are manufactured by Volkswagen (including Seat, Skoda and Audi) in at least the last 15 years use a very insecure remote control system. Today, the scientific article, that describes the technical details and severity of the problem, is publicly released at the 25th USENIX Security Symposium 2016. It shows that the remote controls use some sort of cryptography, however, VW simply decided to use only one global encryption key for all their cars worldwide. This basically means there is no security all, only obscurity, since every key and every car contains the same secret. The research report states that:

The attacks are hence highly scalable and could be potentially carried out by an unskilled adversary. Since they are executed solely via the wireless interface, with at least the range of the original remote control (i.e., a few tens of meters), and leave no physical traces, they pose a severe threat in practice.

It is interesting how insurance companies might respond on this exposure. All vulnerable cars can be remotely unlocked with information that is extracted from just one recording that is intercepted from a significant distance. Moreover, the alarm system is disabled as well, which enables an adversary to enter the car and connect directly to the On Board Diagnostic (OBD) socket to disable the immobilizer and drive away.

Comment Short term memory (Score 2) 204

I use VLC to listen to audio streams every day (Thanx!). Sometimes I hear a new song and want to rewind to the beginning and save it locally. Is this something you might implement? Saving a video stream would be a nice benefit, but I find myself wishing to rewind (and optionally save) audio frequently.

Submission + - Facebook Will Force Advertising on Ad-Blocking Users (wsj.com) 1

geek writes: Facebook is going to start forcing ads to appear for all users of its desktop website, even if they use ad-blocking software.

The social network said on Tuesday that it will change the way advertising is loaded into its desktop website to make its ad units considerably more difficult for ad blockers to detect.

“Facebook is ad-supported. Ads are a part of the Facebook experience; they’re not a tack on,” said Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of engineering for advertising and pages.

Submission + - EFF Asks FTC To Demand 'Truth In Labeling' For DRM (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Interesting move by Cory Doctorow and the EFF in sending some letters to the FTC making a strong case that DRM requires some "truth in labeling" details in order to make sure people know what they're buying. The argument is pretty straightforward (PDF): "The legal force behind DRM makes the issue of advance notice especially pressing. It’s bad enough to when a product is designed to prevent its owner from engaging in lawful, legitimate, desirable conduct — but when the owner is legally prohibited from reconfiguring the product to enable that conduct, it’s vital that they be informed of this restriction before they make a purchase, so that they might make an informed decision. Though many companies sell products with DRM encumbrances, few provide notice of these encumbrances. Of those that do, fewer still enumerate the restrictions in plain, prominent language. Of the few who do so, none mention the ability of the manufacturer to change the rules of the game after the fact, by updating the DRM through non-negotiable updates that remove functionality that was present at the time of purchase." In a separate letter (PDF) from EFF, along with a number of other consumer interest groups, but also content creators like Baen Books, Humble Bundle and McSweeney's, they suggest some ways that a labeling notice might work.

Submission + - SPAM: Missouri Public Defense director orders Governor to take on excess case load.

krotscheck writes: After years of empty support promises from Missouri's Governor, Jeremiah Nixon, to reduce the case load on the public defenders' office, the director Michael Barrett has invoked a section of Missouri's legal code that permits him to delegate legal representation of public defense cases, to any member of the Missouri Bar Association. The poor lawyer who now has to defend all the extra cases? Governor Nixon himself.
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