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Updated 2018-10-19 11:15
Epic Games Sues YouTubers Promoting Fortnite Cheating Software
takyon writes:Royale-lly Screwed: Epic Sues YouTubers Promoting Fortnite Cheats
More Tornadoes are Popping up East of the Mississippi
Phoenix666 writes:ScienceNews:
Get Lost in Mega-Tunnels Dug by South American Megafauna
Phoenix666 writes:Discover Magazine:
Samsung Shares Plans for 96-Layer TLC NAND, QLC NAND, and 2nd-Generation "Z-NAND"
takyon writes:Samsung Shares SSD Roadmap for QLC NAND And 96-layer 3D NAND
New 100-Mile Electric Van Matches Diesel Vans on Price, Workhorse Says
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramNew 100-mile electric van matches diesel vans on price, Workhorse says
"Fake Moon" Could Illuminate Chinese City
takyon writes:Who needs street lights? Chinese city plans fake moon
NASA Concept for a Crewed Airship Mission in Venus's Upper Atmosphere
takyon writes:High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC)
Letting the Sunshine in May Kill Dust-Dwelling Bacteria
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramLetting the sunshine in may kill dust-dwelling bacteria
Rocket Lab to Build U.S. Launch Site at Wallops Island, Virginia
takyon writes:Rocket Lab selects Wallops for U.S. launch site
Flight of the Dandelion
takyon writes:Dandelion seeds fly using 'impossible' method never before seen in nature
At Facebook, Public Funds Join Push to Remove Zuckerberg as Chairman
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramAt Facebook, public funds join push to remove Zuckerberg as chairman
U.S. Greenhouse Emissions Fell in 2017 as Coal Plants Shut
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramU.S. greenhouse emissions fell in 2017 as coal plants shut
Puppeteer Caroll Spinney Announces Retirement from Sesame Street
An Anonymous Coward writes:http://www.sesameworkshop.org/press-releases/puppeteer-caroll-spinney-announces-retirement-from-sesame-street/
Taking a Back Seat
Some of you will recall that I recently underwent several bouts of surgery and, despite your welcome comments and good wishes, your best guesses that I was having a sex change, having my breasts enhanced in either size or number, or receiving some fairly radical treatment for hemorrhoids, were all fairly wide of the mark. The surgery is now long past and I have made a reasonable recovery for someone of my age. But I do wish to thank you all for your comments because, almost without exception, they raised a smile when things were not going too well for me.My wife suffers from a severe medical condition and I have been her full-time carer for over a decade now. Although I wish she had never developed the condition, I expend great effort, and also receive considerable personal satisfaction, in providing many hours of care each day so that she can remain in our home and we can continue our lives to the fullest extent possible. However, she has recently suffered from a deterioration in her condition. This was not unexpected but no-one could say when the next problems would affect her. But the result is that I now have to provide more support to her and my free time is reduced.I joined this site at its inception and have enjoyed every minute of my time here. But I cannot dedicate the time that role of Editor-in-Chief (E-in-C) deserves and, several weeks ago, I made the difficult decision to stand down from the post. (I can hear the cheering from some in our community even here in France!) The fact that most of you will not have noticed any of this means that the transition has been successful. The entire editorial team (which is nowhere near as large as that phrase makes it sound!) has stepped up to the plate and has maintained the output as it was before, ably led by Martyb who has assumed the role as E-in-C in addition to his numerous other roles on this site. I am grateful to them for their efforts and support both during my time as E-in-C and more recently in their work in editing the stories that we read each day. Thanks guys, you do a tremendous job with relatively little recognition. I've asked the powers-that-be to increase your salaries by an appropriate percentage.[*] I am also grateful to the other folk who do so much in the background keeping this site on-line. You have all become good friends although we could be standing next to each other and wouldn't know it.Equally important to the site's success are you - the community. You provide the submissions, the comments, the funding, and you are the reason that we have a site at all. I thank each and every one of you for your contribution; from the regular submitters, the ACs, the 'characters', and those of you who just visit to read the stories that we publish. If I have offended anyone then I apologise but being E-in-C has been likened to herding cats in the dark: an almost impossible task and one in which you are certain to make a few mistakes.Hopefully, I will remain on the site as an editor making whatever contribution I can. But, for the next few months at least, that contribution will be minimal as I have to solve several practical problems on how to make our home function satisfactorily for us both. I trust that you will give Martyb and the team the same support in the future that I have been fortunate enough to enjoy over the past couple of years. Thank you.--[*] Clarification: This is an inside joke among the staff. Nobody here receives any kind of payment for their efforts on the site; we are strictly volunteers. So, a 20% raise on zero is... still zero. --martybRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Trivial Authentication Bypass in Libssh Leaves Servers Wide Open
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramTrivial authentication bypass in libssh leaves servers wide open
Panasonic Shows Off Blinders for Humans
takyon writes:There's nothing dystopian at all about these high-tech blinkers for humans
BepiColombo Mission to Mercury Set for Launch on October 20
takyon writes:The BepiColombo mission to Mercury is set for launch on Saturday, October 20. The spacecraft consists of two satellites which will eventually detach and settle into two separate orbits around Mercury:
Qualcomm Announces 802.11ay Wi-Fi Chips that Can Transmit 10 Gbps Within Line-of-Sight
takyon writes:Qualcomm's new Wi-Fi chips are meant to rival 5G speeds
Netflix Burns More Cash, Set to Spend $8 Billion on Original Content in 2018
takyon writes:Netflix burns cash at a record pace, but investors love it
Cannabis Becomes Legal in Canada
takyon writes:Recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada... to a point. Here are some ground rules:
1670 Nova May Have Been Caused by a Collision Between a White Dwarf and a Brown Dwarf
takyon writes:When white dwarf meets brown dwarf, pow!
Medtronic Locks Out Vulnerable Pacemaker Programmer Kit
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for BoyceMagooglyMonkey
Harvard Calls for Retraction of Dozens of Studies by Noted Cardiologist
An Anonymous Coward writes:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/15/health/piero-anversa-fraud-retractions.html
Cumulative Sub-Concussive Impacts in a Single Season of Youth Football
Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for BoyceMagooglyMonkey
Huawei Introduces a Memory Card That Fits into a Nano SIM Slot
takyon writes:Huawei's Nano Memory Cards are replacing microSD on its latest phones
Raspberry Pi Fans Up in Arms as Mathematica Disappears From Raspbian Downloads
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramRaspberry Pi fans up in arms as Mathematica disappears from Raspbian downloads
Jaguar Considers Transformation to EV-Only Brand
An Anonymous Coward writes:Autocar reports:
Why Scientists Had Trouble Predicting Hurricane Michael’s Rapid Intensification
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramWhy scientists had trouble predicting Hurricane Michael's rapid intensification
News From M.I.T.
M.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billionupstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BoyceMagooglyMonkeyM.I.T. Plans College for Artificial Intelligence, Backed by $1 Billion
FCC Says Hurricane Michael Victims in Florida Deserve a Month of Free Cell Service
chromas writes:Ars Technica:
35 Million Voter Records For Sale on Popular Hacking Forum
RandomFactor writes:Approximately 35 Million voter registration records from 20 states have appeared for sale online. These records include Full Name, Phone, Address, Voting History and 'other' data. There have been other larger leaks and breaches of voter registration records in the past (for example, in 2015 191 Million were found to be freely accessible online)Details including the affected states are available here: https://www.anomali.com/blog/estimated-35-million-voter-records-for-sale-on-popular-hacking-forumWhy is our voting history retained beyond the current election? This is especially worrisome if you vote in the wrong primaries in an area that has a prevailing opinion that differs sharply from your own.Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Researchers Produce Virus-resistant Pigs, Could Vastly Improve Global Animal Health
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramResearchers produce virus-resistant pigs, could vastly improve global animal health
Palm Rises From the Dead as a Zombie Brand, Launches Tiny Smartphone
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BoyceMagooglyMonkeyPalm rises from the dead as a zombie brand, launches tiny smartphone
Two Degrees Decimated Puerto Rico's Insect Populations
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramTwo degrees decimated Puerto Rico's insect populations
Stephen Hawking Essay Warns of Gene Editing; Final Hawking Research Paper Published
takyon writes:Essays reveal Stephen Hawking predicted race of 'superhumans'
Saudi Arabia Reportedly Prepared to Admit Involvement in Journalist's Death
takyon writes:Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say
Internet Relay Chat Turns 30—and We Remember How It Changed Our Lives
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BoyceMagooglyMonkeyInternet Relay Chat turns 30—and we remember how it changed our lives
Sears files for bankruptcy after years of turmoil
Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Gene Editing Jobs Expected to Increase
takyon writes:Why gene editing could create so many jobs
Hyperactive Comet Wirtanen to Show off During Historically Close Flyby
martyb writes:Hyperactive Comet Wirtanen to Show off During Historically Close Flyby:
Ganymede Was Shaped by Past Tectonic Activity
takyon writes:Even Ganymede is Showing Tectonic Activity. We're Going to Need Another Icy Moon Orbiter
Bing Is Suggesting the Worst Things You Can Imagine
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for chromasBing Is Suggesting the Worst Things You Can Imagine
Polarity Governs Atomic Interaction Through Two-Dimensional Materials
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Bytram
Apple Donates 1,000 Apple Watches to Binge Eating Study
takyon writes:Apple donates 1,000 watches to eating disorder study
Fake or Real? New Study Finds Consumers Wary of Manipulated Photos
upstart writes:Submitted via IRC for BytramFake or real? New study finds consumers wary of manipulated photos
Google Algorithm Effective at Spotting Breast Cancer
takyon writes:Google AI can spot advanced breast cancer more effectively than humans
Paul Allen Dead at 65
black6host writes:Paul Allen has died at age 65:https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/15/paul-allen-co-founder-microsoft-dies
NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory Fixed
takyon writes:After briefly going offline, NASA's Chandra X-ray space telescope is back in action
New Version of Winamp Planned for 2019
takyon writes:Winamp 6, due out in 2019, aims to whip more llama ass