So … Now the Government Wants to Hack Cybercrime Victims

Wired News - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 11:00am
Changes to rules for issuing search warrants give law enforcement expansive authority to hack computers, critics say. We parse the details to help you understand what this means. The post So … Now the Government Wants to Hack Cybercrime Victims appeared first on WIRED.
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Meteor Shower Spawned by Halley's Comet Peaks This Week

Space.com - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 11:00am
The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower, which is spawned by tiny pieces of the famous Halley's Comet, peaks in the early morning hours on May 5 and May 6.
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Where Did Planet Nine Come From?

Space.com - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 10:25am
Some astronomers are now scanning the sky in an attempt to find the newly proposed Planet Nine, while others are tackling another mystery: How did it come to be?
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Spoil the Mom in Your Life With These 13 Mother’s Day Gifts

Wired News - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 10:20am
We picked the 13 best gifts for mom, whether they're new to the game or they taught you everything you know. The post Spoil the Mom in Your Life With These 13 Mother's Day Gifts appeared first on WIRED.
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May the 4th Be With You: A Bounty of 'Star Wars' Gifts and Goodies

Space.com - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 10:19am
It's "Star Wars" day! This pun-based holiday celebrates the classic space-fantasy franchise. It also means lots and lots of toys.
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The Origins of Strange Swirls on the Moon are Coming to Light

Space.com - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 10:00am
An avalanche of new research illuminates the strange swirls of light and dark peppering the moon's surface, suggesting that the satellite's weak magnetic field offers a surprisingly strong shield to parts of the lunar crust.
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Study Suggests Free Will Is An Illusion

Slashdot - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 10:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from IFLScience: A new paper published in the journal Psychological Science has attempted to define and investigate the subject of free will. By asking participants to anticipate when they thought a specific color of circle would appear before them, something determined completely by chance, the researchers found that their predictions were more accurate when they had only a fraction of a second to guess than when they had more time. The participants subconsciously perceived the color change as it happened prior to making their mental choice, even though they always thought they made their prediction before the change occurred. They were getting the answers right because they already knew the answer. "Our minds may be rewriting history," Adam Bear, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at Yale University and lead author of the study, said in a statement. The implication here is that when it comes to very short time scales, even before we think we've made a conscious choice, our mind has already subconsciously decided for us, and free will is more of an illusion than we think.

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In the Arctic, School Portraits Are 50 Percent More Charming

Wired News - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 9:35am
The indigenous Netets tribe send some of their children to boarding school for nine months a year, and the only way to get there is by chopper. The post In the Arctic, School Portraits Are 50 Percent More Charming appeared first on WIRED.
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White House Report Endorses FAA Oversight of Commercial Space Missions

Space.com - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 8:40am
The White House has endorsed a proposal where the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration would provide oversight of "non-traditional" commercial space activities, eliminating a policy barrier for proposed missions beyond Earth orbit.
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Facebook Paid $10,000 To A 10-Year-Old For Hacking Instagram

Slashdot - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 7:01am
An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has paid $10,000 to a 10-year-old hacker who discovered how one could hack into Instagram and delete comments made by users. Speaking to local publication Iltalehti, Jani said: "I would have been able to eliminate anyone, even Justin Bieber." The Finnish hacker just became the youngest person to receive cash from Facebook for hacking its products. The previous record was set by a 13-year-old back in 2013. What's funny is Jani isn't technically old enough to sign-up and use Facebook or Instagram, as it's supposed to be restricted to those under the age of 13. Jani found he could alter code on Instagram's servers and force-delete users' posts. This was confirmed by Facebook using a test account and patched in February, Facebook told Forbes. Facebook has received more than 2,400 valid submissions and awarded upwards of $4.3 million to over 800 researchers since the bounty program launched in 2011.

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Mercury Transit of the Sun on May 9: How to See It and What to Expect

Space.com - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 5:00am
On Monday (May 9), you will have an opportunity to witness one of the rarest astronomical events: a transit of Mercury across the face of the sun. Here's what to expect.
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IBM Is Now Letting Anyone Play With Its Quantum Computer

Wired News - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 4:01am
Quantum computing is computing at its most esoteric. But by sharing its prototype with the world at large, IBM hopes to change that. The post IBM Is Now Letting Anyone Play With Its Quantum Computer appeared first on WIRED.
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Medical Errors Are Number 3 Cause of US Deaths, Researchers Say

Slashdot - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 3:31am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third-leading cause of death in the United States -- and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of the public eye. The authors, led by Johns Hopkins surgeon Dr. Martin Makary, call for changes in death certificates to better tabulate fatal lapses in care. In an open letter, they urge the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to immediately add medical errors to its annual list reporting the top causes of death. Based on an analysis of prior research, the Johns Hopkins study estimates that more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors. On the CDC's official list, that would rank just behind heart disease and cancer, which each took about 600,000 lives in 2014, and in front of respiratory disease, which caused about 150,000 deaths. Medical mistakes that can lead to death range from surgical complications that go unrecognized to mix-ups with the doses or types of medications patients receive. The study was published Tuesday in The BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.

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Ted Cruz Drops Out Of The Republican Presidential Race

Slashdot - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 1:47am
rmdingler writes: Ted Cruz drops out of the presidential race after losing in Indiana. Donald Trump has become the presumptive nominee before Hillary has locked things up versus Bernie. This is huge. Cruz's decision to drop out came after losing significantly to Trump in the Indiana primary. "I said I would continue on as long as there is a viable path to victory. Tonight I'm sorry to say, it appears that path has been foreclosed," Cruz told a small group of supporters Tuesday night. "Together we left it all on the field in Indiana. We gave it everything we got, but the voters chose another path." He said he would "continue to fight for liberty," but did not say whether or not he would support Trump as the nominee. The exit comes soon after he announced former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as his running mate in a desperate move to keep his candidacy afloat.

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It’s Trump: Cruz Suspends His Campaign After Indiana Loss

Wired News - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 1:19am
With his last major rival conceding defeat, Trump has a clear path to the GOP nomination. The post It's Trump: Cruz Suspends His Campaign After Indiana Loss appeared first on WIRED.
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Apple Loses Exclusive Rights To 'iPhone' Trademark For Non-Smartphone Products In China

Slashdot - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 1:03am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from AppleInsider: Adding to the company's problems in the region, Apple has lost exclusivity on the use of the "iPhone" trademark in China, and must now share it with Beijing-based leather products maker Xintong Tiandi Technology, reports said on Tuesday. On March 31, the Beijing Municipal High People's Court rejected an Apple appeal of an earlier ruling, according to Quartz. Xintong Tiandi is already selling a number of "IPHONE" products, including purses, passport cases, and most notably phone cases. The company registered its trademark in China in 2007, the same year as the Apple iPhone launched in the United States. That was, however, still five years after Apple registered the iPhone name in China for computer products, something which formed the basis of a 2012 complaint to the country's trademark authorities. In 2013 the government ruled that because Apple couldn't prove the name "IPHONE" was well-known prior to Xintong Tiandi's registration, the public wouldn't link its use in a way that would harm Apple interests. In rejecting Apple's appeal, the High People's Court further noted that the company didn't sell the iPhone in mainland China until 2009. This comes after Apple reported its first earnings decline in more than a decade.

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Google, Fiat Chrysler Plan Partnership On Self-Driving Minivans

Slashdot - Wed, 04/05/2016 - 12:20am
An anonymous reader writes: Google and Fiat Chrysler were in "late stage talks" last week about working out a partnership where the two could build some self-driving cars together. Google has the tech available -- it just needs to partner with a car manufacturer, as Google hasn't mass-produced a car before, and could use the experience. A report coming out of Bloomberg says the two companies could be putting Google's autonomous driving technology into some prototypes of the upcoming Pacifica minivan. The report says Fiat Chrysler is looking to equip their upcoming plug-in hybrid Pacifica with Google's autonomous technology. Google could still work out a deal with Ford, which was rumored a few months ago, and they have been reportedly in talks with General Motors, but the deal with Chrysler could be signed as soon as today.

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Ellen Pao Launches Advocacy Group To Improve Diversity In The Tech Industry

Slashdot - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 11:37pm
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Ellen Pao, a former Silicon Valley venture capitalist, today announced the launch of Project Include, an advocacy group aimed at improving diversity in the technology industry. The group was started by Pao and fellow female engineers and executives, including members of Slack, Pinterest, and other Bay Area VC firms. The initiative will focus on providing startups and established tech companies with information on making hiring more inclusive, improving retention, and examining bias in the workplace. Pao became embroiled in one of the most divisive debates in tech last year after suing her former employer, VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, for gender discrimination. She lost at trial and, later, stepped down from her position as interim CEO of Reddit following a severe harassment campaign. Project Include is also accepting as many as 18 startups, who can apply to receive recommendations through a program called Start-Up Include.

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Slashdot Asks: What Do You Think Is The Most Influential Gadget Of All Time?

Slashdot - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 10:53pm
TIME has published a list ranking the 50 most influential gadgets of all time, from cameras and TVs to music players, smartphones, and drones. Can you guess what was the number one most influential gadget on the list? That's right, the Apple iPhone. "Apple was the first company to put a truly powerful computer in the pockets of millions when it launched the iPhone in 2007," according to TIME. "The iPhone popularized the mobile app, forever changing how we communicate, play games, shop, work, and complete many everyday tasks." There's a lot of interesting gadgets on the list that have had a profound impact on mankind in some form or another, for better or worse. Do you agree with TIME's number one choice? What do you think is the most influential gadget of all time?

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76% Of Netflix Subscribers Think Netflix Can Replace Traditional TV

Slashdot - Tue, 03/05/2016 - 10:09pm
An anonymous reader writes: It turns out plenty of people think Netflix is ready to replace their traditional TV. According to a survey on AllFlicks (Editor's note: the site is Netflix focused, so it's not really a neutral audience), 75.6 percent of Netflix subscribers said that the on-demand movies and TV shows streaming service has grown good enough to replace whatever the traditional TV has to offer. The participants, however, also noted that the streaming service still can't replace live sports coverage or the experience of the movie theater. In some other news, Netflix knows which picture and video you're likely to click.

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