In Japan, a Battle Brewing Over the Right To Record 4k and 8k Broadcasts

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 2:23pm
AmiMoJo writes: Japanese broadcasters have indicated that 4k and 8k broadcasts may have recording disabled via a 'do not copy' flag [via Google Translate], which receivers would be expected to obey. Now the Internet Users Association (MIAU) and Shufuren (Housewives Federation) have submitted documentation opposing the ban. The document points out that the ban will only inconvenience the majority of the general audience, while inevitably failing to prevent unauthorized copying by anyone determined to circumvent the protection.

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IBM Is Finally Embracing the Cloud—It Has No Other Choice

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 2:00pm

The biggest idea in the world of IT is access to Google-like infrastructure for all. That's great news for everyone—well, almost everyone.

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SpaceX's Grasshopper: Reusable Rocket Prototype

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:46pm
Grasshopper was a reusable rocket prototype tested by the company SpaceX in preparation for more ambitious launches.
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K-12 CS Framework Draft: Kids Taught To 'Protect Original Ideas' In Early Grades

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:42pm
theodp writes: Remember that Code.org and ACM-bankrolled K-12 Computer Science Education Framework that Microsoft, Google, Apple, and others were working on? Well, a draft of the framework was made available for review on Feb. 3rd, coincidentally just 3 business days after U.S. President Barack Obama and Microsoft President Brad Smith teamed up to announce the $4+ billion Computer Science for All initiative for the nation's K-12 students. "Computationally literate citizens have the responsibility to learn about, recognize, and address the personal, ethical, social, economic, and cultural contexts in which they operate," explains the section on Fostering an Inclusive Computing Culture, one of seven listed 'Core K-12 CS Practices'. "Participating in an inclusive computing culture encompasses the following: building and collaborating with diverse computational teams, involving diverse users in the design process, considering the implication of design choices on the widest set of end users, accounting for the safety and security of diverse end users, and fostering inclusive identities of computer scientists." Hey, do as they say, not as they do! Also included in the 10-page draft (pdf) is a section on Law and Ethics, which begins: "In early grades, students differentiate between responsible and irresponsible computing behaviors. Students learn that responsible behaviors can help individuals while irresponsible behaviors can hurt individuals. They examine legal and ethical considerations for obtaining and sharing information and apply those behaviors to protect original ideas."

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Elon Musk: Private Space Entrepreneur

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:37pm
Elon Musk founded SpaceX with ambitions to explore Mars.
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Send Humans to Mars Orbit, Not the Surface (Op-Ed)

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:09pm
If the United States shifts priorities from landing on Mars to orbiting it, the mission can start with a single component ready to launch.
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MIT Reveals "Hack-Proof" RFID Chip

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:02pm
JustAnotherOldGuy writes: A group of researchers at MIT and Texas Instruments claim that they have developed a new radio frequency identification chip that may be impossible to hack. Traditional RFID chips are vulnerable to side-channel attacks, whereby a hacker can extract a cryptographic key from the chip. The new RFID chip runs a random-number generator that creates a new secret key after each transaction. The key can then be verified with a server to ensure that it is correct. The group at MIT also incorporated protection against a power-glitch attack, an attack that would normally leave a chip vulnerable to an interruption of the power source that would in turn halt the creation of a new secret key. Texas Instruments CTO Ahmad Bahai stated, "We believe this research is an important step toward the goal of a robust, lo-cost, low-power authentication protocol for the industrial internet." The question is, how long will it be before this "hack proof" chip is hacked?

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Pentagram’s Punchy, Shapeshifting Typeface Takes Countless Forms

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:00pm

For Resonate, a festival about the culture of technology and art, two Pentagram designers created a geometric, mutable visual identity.

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Universe's 'Dark Ages' May Come to Light with Moon Orbiter

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:26pm
The Dark Ages Radio Explorer (DARE) mission would dodge Earth's noisy, disruptive environment to shine some light on the universe's early "dark ages" — with a little help from Earth's moon.
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Mirror Installation Complete for NASA's Next Space Telescope

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:20pm
Technicians have installed the 18th and final primary mirror segment on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, an $8.8 billion observatory that's scheduled to launch in 2018 to investigate some of the biggest questions in astronomy.
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The Moon's Gravity Alters Rainfall on Earth

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:17pm
It rains slightly less when the moon is high overhead.
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How a 3-D Printer May Have Changed the Outcome of Super Bowl 50

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:00pm

All it takes to fix a broken arm is a plate, 12 screws, and a printer.

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The Case for Making Self-Driving Cars Think Like Humans

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:00pm

To work within a world of human drivers, self-driving cars have to go just a bit native.

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Erin Brockovich Thinks This California City Is the Next Flint

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Earlier this year, Stockton started adding chloramines to its water supply, a chemical additive many residents fear is poisoning the well.

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Absurd Creature of the Week: The Mystery of Solenodon, the Mammal That Bites Like a Snake

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Solenodons are one of just a handful of mammals with venom glands that deliver a powerful toxin.

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In ‘Communist’ China, Alibaba Is Training People to Shop Online

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:00pm

As China's economy slows, Internet giant Alibaba has reason to worry. So it's making sure as many of its 1.3 billion people as possible can shop online.

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Forget Photoshop: Just Weave Photos Together With a Loom

Wired News - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:00pm

Lala Abaddon's colorful photos look like digital art, except they're made by hand on a loom.

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The 'Floating Hills' of Pluto (Photo)

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 11:00am
A newly released photo captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft during its historic Pluto flyby last July shows that the vast Sputnik Planum region within the dwarf planet's "heart" is studded with chains and clusters of water-ice hills.
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Anti-Malware Maker Files Lawsuit Over Bad Review

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 10:11am
itwbennett writes: In a lawsuit filed January 8, 2016, Enigma Software, maker of anti-malware software SpyHunter, accuses self-help portal Bleeping Computer of making 'false, disparaging, and defamatory statements.' At issue: a bad review posted by a user in September, 2014. The lawsuit also accuses Bleeping Computer of profiting from driving traffic to competitor Malwarebytes via affiliate links: 'Bleeping has a direct financial interest in driving traffic and sales to Malwarebytes and driving traffic and sales away from ESG.' Perhaps not helping matters, one of the first donations to a fund set up by Bleeping Computer to help with legal costs came from Malwarebytes.

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Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Astronaut to Walk on the Moon, Dies at 85

Space.com - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 8:41am
Edgar Dean Mitchell, who in February 1971 became the sixth man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 85. The lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, Mitchell died at his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, sources close to his family confirmed.
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