This Evil Office Printer Hijacks Your Cellphone Connection

Wired News - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 9:10pm
The hacker-artistic creation is meant to illustrate the privacy flaws of the cellular signals we all depend on. The post This Evil Office Printer Hijacks Your Cellphone Connection appeared first on WIRED.
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On Wall Street, a High-Ranking Few Still Avoid Email

Slashdot - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 8:45pm
The world may be increasingly becoming digital, but a small group of the Wall Street elite refuses to say anything substantive in an email, text, or chat, and some will not communicate digitally at all. From a Reuters report: This group, which includes top bankers like JPMorgan Chase & Co Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon and powerful investors like Carl Icahn and Berkshire Hathaway Inc's Warren Buffett, were eschewing electronic communications long before the probe of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's emails and the recent hacks of her campaign manager's account made headlines. Some on Wall Street are nostalgic for a time when in-person conversations or phone calls were the norm, but others believe the words they type and send can come back to haunt them. Prosecutors have built insider trading, mortgage fraud and rate-rigging cases on embarrassing emails over the past several years, and they are often the most memorable part. Recent email woes among Washington power players have provided yet another reason for bankers to try to protect private correspondence from prying eyes. Dimon uses email but is known to keep his replies short and factual, favoring "yes," "no" and "thank you."

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Another Internet Outage Takes Down Services in US and UK

Slashdot - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 8:05pm
Reader Archangel Michael writes: Parts of the internet were down across the U.S. and in the U.K. Wednesday morning, as service provider Level 3 Communications reported an outage. Level 3, which provides internet and voice services to businesses, said the company did not yet know the cause of the outage, which temporarily disrupted or slowed service to some customers. "Our technical team is looking into this issue to determine the cause. Our priority is to ensure the reliability of our network and services. We will provide updates as more information becomes available," Nikki Wheeler, senior director of media relations, wrote in an email. The Broomfield, Colo.-based company is a Tier 1 provider, which means its network powers other internet and content providers. In 2015, it partnered with Verizon. It is also the content delivery network for Netflix and the HBO Go mobile app; a Blue Sky test of those services showed they seemed to be unaffected. ArsTechnica has more details.

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Whale song 'GPS system': Previously unknown component of whale songs discovered

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 7:58pm
Researchers have known for decades that whales create elaborate songs, sometimes projecting their calls for miles underwater. A new study, however, has revealed a previously unknown element of whale songs that could aid this mode of communication, and may play a pivotal role in locating other whales in open ocean.
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When corals met algae: Symbiotic relationship crucial to reef survival dates to the Triassic

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 7:57pm
The mutually beneficial relationship between algae and modern corals -- which provides algae with shelter, gives coral reefs their colors and supplies both organisms with nutrients -- began more than 210 million years ago, according to a new study by an international team of scientists.
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Fluorescent sensor provides low-cost diagnosis of cystic fibrosis

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 7:52pm
Scientists have developed a new diagnostic test for cystic fibrosis. The new device provides a cheaper, easier way to detect levels of chloride in sweat, which are elevated in cystic fibrosis patients.
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Engineering students creating scoliosis brace that focuses on comfort, fit, design

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 7:52pm
Mechanical engineering students are collaborating with a local doctor and a private company to create a brace that, well, fits like a glove—and is just as comfortable.
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Questionnaire predicts likelihood of unprotected sex, binge drinking

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 7:52pm
Researchers in the social sciences have been searching for a holy grail: an accurate way to predict who is likely to engage in problematic behavior, like using drugs. A new questionnaire significantly outperforms 14 other gold-standard measures frequently used in economics and psychology on these issues.
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Too Much Internet Speculation Is Ruining TV

Wired News - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 7:38pm
On this week's WIRED Culture podcast, we're trying to figure out if too many fan theories are making TV shows less fun. The post Too Much Internet Speculation Is Ruining TV appeared first on WIRED.
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Hulk Hogan Settles With Gawker For $31 Million

Slashdot - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 7:25pm
Gawker Media, which filed for bankruptcy after losing a lawsuit brought by the former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, has settled the case. The settlement, which court documents indicate is for $31 million, comes less than eight months after a jury awarded Mr. Hogan $140 million in damages in an invasion of privacy case lawsuit over Gawker's publication of a video that showed Hogan having sex with a friend's wife. From a report on ABC: Settlement documents filed at a New York federal bankruptcy court stipulate that Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, will get $31 million plus share with other creditors 45 percent of any additional funds that come into the bankruptcy court by virtue of third-party claims brought by Gawker. Hogan's camp said in a statement: "After almost five years of litigation all parties agreed it was time to resolve this matter. This will allow people to go about their lives and concentrate on things more important than continued court proceedings. As in any case involving negotiation all parties give-and-take. We would like to thank everyone involved in the process." In a blog post on the settlement, Nick Denton, the founder of Gawker Media, wrote: "After four years of litigation funded by a billionaire with a grudge going back even further, a settlement has been reached. The saga is over."

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UK Auto Insurer Will Use Facebook Data To Set Premium

Slashdot - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: Major UK insurer Admiral has announced that it will use data garnered from Facebook profiles to help set insurance premiums for first-time drivers. The company intends to examine Facebook data including likes and posts for safe driver indicators: writing in short, concrete sentences and making concrete plans with friends using specific times and dates, rather than just 'tonight', for example, can show that a person is conscientious and well-organized, as can the use of lists. These traits are associated with safer drivers, who are less likely to file a claim with the company. Yossi Borenstein, the principal data scientist for the project, noted that the indicators of safe drivers are constantly evolving. "Our algorithm for calculating what 'safe' looks like is constantly learning, as we match social data to actual claims data." The program has already caused a storm of controversy, with some privacy rights activist groups noting that the program violates Facebook's Platform Policy, Section 3.15, which clearly says,"Don't use data obtained from Facebook to make decisions about eligibility, including whether to approve or reject an application or how much interest to charge on a loan."

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First time physicists observed, quantified tiny nanoparticle crossing lipid membrane

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:43pm
A new discovery may raise concerns about safety of nanomaterials for public health and may suggest to revise the security norms at nanoscale bringing attention to the safety of nanomaterials in general.
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Mouse mutants with sleep defects may shed light on the mysteries of sleep

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:42pm
The first unbiased genetic screen for sleep defects in mice has yielded two interesting mutants, Sleepy, which sleeps excessively, and Dreamless, which lacks rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The findings are the first step towards discovering the biochemistry that controls the switch from wakefulness to sleep, the researchers say.
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Supercomputers capture the crush in biological cells

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:38pm
Using the largest computer in Japan – one of the most powerful in the world – research has achieved breakthroughs in understanding how proteins are affected by realistic biological environments. The work is a significant step forward in simulating biology in a computer.
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Prostate drug offers new relief for kidney stone sufferers

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:35pm
A prostrate treatment can also help ease the pain of passing kidney stones, new research suggests. One in 11 people in the United States suffer from kidney stones, which range in size from a grain of sand to a pearl or even larger, and can be excruciating to pass through the urinary tract.
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Archaeological evidence at major risk in wetlands

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:34pm
Important archaeological remains at wetland sites across the world could be at immediate risk, say researchers.
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Bioelectronics at the speed of life

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:21pm
With a microfabricated ion pump built from organic electronic components, ions can be sent to nerve or muscle cells at the speed of the nervous system and with a precision of a single cell, say scientists.
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Genetic analysis identifies proteins controlling sleep in mice

Science Daily - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:21pm
A genetic screening approach has been used to identify mutations that affect sleep/wakefulness in mice, international researchers report. The amount of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep shown to be regulated by NALCN and SIK3 proteins, respectively.
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Ignore the Trolls: You Definitely Cannot Vote Via Text

Wired News - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 6:13pm
Don't believe everything you read on Twitter. The post Ignore the Trolls: You Definitely Cannot Vote Via Text appeared first on WIRED.
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A Radical Redesign Makes ‘Uber Feed’ the Center of Your Ride

Wired News - Wed, 02/11/2016 - 4:46pm
The most interesting thing about Uber's dramatically redesigned app isn't the streamlined UI. It's a brand new feature called Uber Feed. The post A Radical Redesign Makes 'Uber Feed' the Center of Your Ride appeared first on WIRED.
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