canopic jug writes:While GPS tracking can follow your smartphone around a store with a precision of around 5 meters, tracking the phone's bluetooth device allows following its location to within a few centimeters. This relies on tracking built into phone "apps" but there are no easy ways to determine which ones are the culprits.
martyb writes:I remember when ThinkGeek was in its hey day and often chortled on seeing some of the items on offer. It looks like there are some major changes under way. Their web site is moving under the web site of parent company GameStop. Physical store locations for ThinkGeek will remain open. Selected items will remain available in GameStop stores. Orders from ThinkGeek on or after June 13th, 2019 are final sales -- no returns.As part of this transformation, there is currently a 50% off everything sale at https://www.thinkgeek.com/I must confess I had not visited their site in years. What has your experience with them been like?Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
martyb writes:Hong Kong has a population of nearly 7.5 million people. Last Sunday (June 7) organizers reported that one million of them peacefully protested against a controversial extradition bill. As the protests continued and the government resisted, the protests changed. For now, the government has indefinitely suspended deliberations:
canopic jug writes:Programmer David Given has done the leg work to contact and ask R. T. Russel about releasing the Z80-based BBC BASIC as Free Software. It is now available under the non-reciprocal zlib license:
RandomFactor writes:Space debris is a constant threat to astronauts, satellites, space stations, and billionaire tourists. Gonzalo Sánchez and his colleagues of the E.T. PACK Project have come up with an approach that can be used to deorbit satellites in the future.The ESA's Space Debris Office estimates that there are over 34,000 pieces of large debris in Low Earth Orbit consisting of dead satellites, boosters, dropped wrenches, paint flecks and all manner of other assorted junk. At some difficult to predict point in the future it is possible, as the amount of this debris increases, for a cascading effect known as the Kessler syndrome to occur making Low Earth Orbit extremely dangerous and effectively closing it off for use.The new satellite deorbiting technology is intended to help avoid this outcome and is called the Electrodynamic Tether technology for Passive Consumable-less deorbit Kit (E.T.PACK) system.
RandomFactor writes:The India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in July is planning to launch a triple-threat mission to the Moon. The Chandrayaan-2 mission, will launch July 14 at 5:51 p.m. EDT (2151 GMT).The Chandrayaan-2 mission will include an orbiter, a lander "Vikram" and a rover "Pragyan".
RandomFactor writes:Researchers have developed a way using lasers outside the skin to detect and destroy melanoma cancer cells spreading through the blood. The method is ~1000x more sensitive than current detection methods which require drawing blood.This approach monitors the entire blood supply of the patient for cancer cells, where current methods examine only a few milliliters which may not contain melanoma cells even if they are circulating.
RandomFactor writes:Industrial-control system security firm Dragos reported on its blog Friday that the group XENOTIME has been scanning the electric grids in the US and Asia-Pacific regions since late last year.
RandomFactor writes:Researchers from Jülich, Germany and the University of Magdeburg have developed a method of measuring the electric potentials of individual atoms using quantum dots.Until now, it has been nearly impossible to record electric potentials of individual molecules or atoms. All available methods have difficulty distinguishing from other forces at that scale.
fliptop writes:Wharton marketing professor Peter Fader and sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory at the University of Texas at Arlington David Arditi recently speculated on the implications of Apple's announcement that Itunes will be shut down: