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Updated 2018-12-13 01:15
LG's Automated Craft Beer System Could Make Homebrewing Much Easier
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984
Blockchain: What's Not To Like?
canopic jug writes:Digital preservationist, David Rosenthal, has a blog post discussing his recent Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) talk about distributed ledger technology. CNI is a joint initiative of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and EDUCAUSE to promote the use of digital information technologies to advance scholarship and education. The discrepancy between the available capacity in transactions per second and what is actually needed, plus the excessive power consumption, suggests that many attempted uses for distributed ledgers are inappropriate and counterproductive.
Uber Allegedly Ignored Safety Warnings Before Self-Driving Fatality
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984Uber allegedly ignored safety warnings before self-driving fatality
Google+ Bug Exposes Non-Public Profile Data for 52 Million Users
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984Google+ bug exposes non-public profile data for 52 million users
Google CEO Sundar Pichai Testifies before the U.S. Congress
takyon writes:Google's Sundar Pichai was grilled on privacy, data collection, and China during congressional hearing
Brexit Status Once Again in Limbo
An Anonymous Coward writes:https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-46509288"Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday's crucial vote on her Brexit deal so she can go back to Brussels and ask for changes to it."As it stands the deal 'would be rejected by a significant margin' if MPs voted on it, she admitted."The biggest stumbling block appears to be the issue between Ireland and Northern Ireland. In particular, what the borders will look like in terms of what people and goods will need to do or not do in order to cross it.Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Supermicro Says That an Audit Found No Evidence to Support Claims of Chinese Backdoors in Products
takyon writes:Audit: No Chinese surveillance implants in Supermicro boards found
Future of U.S.-Russian Space Cooperation in Doubt
takyon writes:Russia Wants to Extend U.S. Space Partnership. Or It Could Turn to China.
Minnesota's Mall of America Introduces a Virtual Elf "Hologram"
takyon writes:Mall of America debuts helpful holographic elf for the holidays
Massachusetts Town Votes Against Comcast Cable Internet Offer, Will Build Municipal Fiber Instead
takyon writes:Comcast rejected by small town—residents vote for municipal fiber instead
Why Smart People Are Vulnerable to Putting Tribe Before Truth
An Anonymous Coward writes:From Scientific American
China Arrests Former Canadian Diplomat; Chinese Companies Ban iPhones, Require Huawei Phones
takyon writes:Michael Kovrig, former Canadian diplomat, reportedly arrested in China
Abundance of Life Found Kilometers Beneath the Earth's Surface
takyon writes:Scientists Reveal a Massive Biosphere of Life Hidden Under Earth's Surface
John Romero Gifts 'Doom' 18 New Levels For Its 25th Birthday
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984
Time Magazine Person(s) of the Year 2018: The Media "Guardians"
takyon writes:TIME Person of the Year 2018: The Guardians
FBI Investigating Public Comments on Net Neutrality Repeal
takyon writes:Report: FBI opens criminal investigation into net neutrality comment fraud
Chinese Gene-Editing Scientist's Project Rejected for WHO Database (Plus: He Jiankui is Missing)
An Anonymous Coward writes:China gene-editing scientist's project rejected for WHO database (original)
NASA Finds Evidence of Water on Asteroid Bennu
takyon writes:The OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which "arrived" at the asteroid Bennu on December 3 but has been slowly approaching it for weeks, has found evidence of Bennu's interaction with liquid water in the past:
Form-Fitting, Nanoscale Sensors Now Make Sense
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984Form-fitting, nanoscale sensors now make sense
The Curious Tale of ICANN, Verisign, Claims of Subterfuge, and the $135m .Web Dot-word
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for takyonThe curious tale of ICANN, Verisign, claims of subterfuge, and the $135m .Web dot-word
Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramYour Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They're Not Keeping It Secret
Three Sentenced For Placing Advertising on Pirate Sites
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984Three Sentenced For Placing Advertising on Pirate Sites - TorrentFreak
ASML Says Fire at Supplier Prodrive Will Lead to Delays Early Next Year
An Anonymous Coward writes:
Topology Can Help Us Find Patterns in Weather
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984Topology Can Help Us Find Patterns in Weather
Scammers Hit Pirate Game Sites With 'Irreversible' Google Takedowns
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
Dutch Hospitals to Drop U.S. Body Brokers
stretch611 writes:From Reuters:
Move Over AlphaGo: AlphaZero Taught Itself to Play Three Different Games
upstart writes in with a submission, via IRC, for SoyCow1984:Move over AlphaGo: AlphaZero taught itself to play three different games
Supercomputers without Waste Heat
upstart writes in with a submission, via IRC, for takyon:Supercomputers without waste heat
First Light for SPECULOOS Southern Observatory
takyon writes:SPECULOOS Project Makes Its First Observations
Toshiba Will Adopt Western Digital's Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording Approach for Hard Drives
takyon writes:Toshiba plans to boost its hard drive capacities by using Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording rather than Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording. The company could use the technology to produce an ~18 terabyte hard drive:
NASA Announces That Voyager 2 Has Exited the Heliosphere
takyon writes:NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
South Korea Criminalizes "Boosting" (Playing on Another Person's Game Account)
takyon writes:South Korea criminalizes 'boosting' with new law
Small Steps Towards Ending Surveillance Capitalism
canopic jug writes:Aral Balkan has a blog post abouttaking small steps to end surveillance capitalism. In particular he focuses on the need for federated services. He points out that the move to re-decentralize the WWW is difficult and needs to start at the beginning, using a comparison of Apple's original computers to their latest generation of tablets as an illustration.
Nissan Motor Chairman and Others Set to be Indicted
takyon writes:Prosecutors set to indict Ghosn and Nissan as CEO's role in focus: sources
China Backs "Plan S" for Open-Access Research
takyon writes:China backs bold plan to tear down journal paywalls
Paranoid Facebook Employees Using Anonymity Apps and Burner Phones to Talk to Each Other
takyon writes:Mark Zuckerberg's Biggest Problem: Internal Tensions At Facebook Are Boiling Over
All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
upstart writes in with a submission, via IRC, for SoyCow1984:All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things
The Privacy Risks of Compiling Mobility Data
upstart writes in with a submission, via IRC, for SoyCow1984:The privacy risks of compiling mobility data
22 Apps With 2 Million+ Google Play Downloads Had a Malicious Backdoor
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow198422 apps with 2 million+ Google Play downloads had a malicious backdoor
Girls vs Boys in STEM and non-STEM
hendrikboom writes:In a landmark study involving over a million students, it appears that the reason boys dominate girls in STEM fields is not that they are better than girls at it (the reverse seems to be true) but, perversely, that gender differences are lower in non-STEM fields.About the STEM grades, which are often abused as an explanation:
UK Bomb Threat Hoaxer, DDoS Boss Gets 3 Years in Prison
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984Bomb Threat Hoaxer, DDos Boss Gets 3 Years — Krebs on Security
The U.S. Just Became a Net Oil Exporter for the First Time in 75 Years
martyb writes:The U.S. Just Became a Net Oil Exporter for the First Time in 75 Years:
Senators Urge FCC to Preserve Neutrality Protections for Text Messages
upstart writes in with a submission, via IRC, for SoyCow1984:Senators urge FCC to preserve neutrality protections for text messages
MIT Engineers Repurpose Wasp Venom as an Antibiotic Drug
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984MIT engineers repurpose wasp venom as an antibiotic drug
Mozilla CEO Warns That Microsoft's Switch to Chromium Will Give More Control of the Web to Google
takyon writes:Mozilla's CEO is not enthusiastic about Microsoft's switch to Chromium:
Drinking Water Sucked from Dusty Desert Air Using Hybrid Hydrogel
karthikaqpt writes:A simple device that can capture its own weight in water from fresh air and then release that water when warmed by sunlight could provide a secure new source of drinking water in remote arid regions, new research from KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science & Technology) suggests.At the heart of the device is the cheap, stable, nontoxic salt, calcium chloride. This deliquescent salt has such a high affinity for water that it will absorb so much vapor from the surrounding air that eventually a pool of liquid forms.https://www.rtoz.org/2018/12/07/drinking-water-sucked-from-the-dusty-desert-air-using-hybrid-hydrogel/The full research paper is available on-line.Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Researchers Create a Rechargeable Fluoride-Ion Battery That Works at Room Temperature
takyon writes:Focusing on the negative is good when it comes to batteries
Split Key Cryptography is Back… Again – Why Government Back Doors Don’t Work
canopic jug writes:In response to the news of what's going on in Australia, Derek Zimmer over at Private Internet Access' blog covers split key cryptography and why government back doors don't/won't/can't work. Attempts to regulate cryptography have been going on for a long while and each try has failed. He starts with recent history, the cold war, and follows through to the latest attempts to stifle encryption. These past failures give a foundation which can be applied to the current situation in hopes of understanding why cryptographers around the world are universally against these kinds of schemes.
Marlboro Owner Invests $1.8 Billion in Cannabis Company
takyon writes:Marlboro owner Altria invests $1.8 billion in cannabis company Cronos
Chronic Low-Calorie Sweetener Use and Risk of Abdominal Obesity among Older Adults: A Cohort Study
martyb writes:A report posted to PLoS|ONE suggests low-calorie sweetener use may not be an effective means of weight control. The full article is available at that link; here is the abstract: