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Updated 2017-12-11 04:00
Pentagon to Audit the Department of Defense
takyon writes:Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense
Bronze Age Artifacts Contain Meteoric Iron
takyon writes:Bronze Age artifacts used meteoric iron
Google Research Proposes New Foveated Rendering Techniques for VR
takyon writes:Google Is Building A New Foveation Pipeline For Future XR Hardware
Hormonal Birth Control Linked to Increased Risk of Breast Cancer
takyon writes:Birth Control Pills Still Linked to Breast Cancer, Study Finds
Accused Downloader Points Out Company Sold Away Rights
An Anonymous Coward writes:https://torrentfreak.com/movie-company-has-no-right-to-sue-accused-pirate-argues-171208/
Bitcoin Forks and How to Split Them
An Anonymous Coward writes:Much like the Altcoin fad of a few years ago, Forking Bitcoin is the new hotness. While some offer potentially interesting features, others appear to be so much me-too. If you do hold bitcoin, you may be in for a quick bump, as most if not all forks leave you with an equivalent amount on each blockchain. Take a look and enjoy your favorite tulip color. From news.bitcoin.com:
Google Pauses Crackdown on Apps That Use Accessibility Features
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Fnord666_
Microsoft Emergency Update: Malware Engine Needs, Erm, Malware Protection
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Bytram
Canola Oil Linked To Worsened Memory And Learning Ability In Alzheimer's
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SpaceX to Try Reusing Both Rocket and Spacecraft for Historic ISS Mission
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Bytram
A Spectator Who Threw A Wrench In The Waymo/Uber Lawsuit
Arthur T Knackerbracket writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
IBM Announces Power9 Servers
takyon writes:IBM Announces 'Game-Changing' Power9 Servers For AI
LA Weekly Bought; Staff Fired
An Anonymous Coward writes:America Magazine reports:
A Spring-Loaded Sensor For Cholesterol In Cells
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Trump's Foreign Aid Rule on Abortion: "Women and Girls Will Die"
Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Patreon Changes Fee Structure, Angering Users
takyon writes:Patreon, a platform that allows "patrons" to give money to directly to artists and other content creators, is adding a processing fee to what patrons pledge, which could drive users away:
Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in Austr(al)ia
takyon writes:Same-sex marriage officially signed into law in Australia
Apple Buys Music Recognition Service Shazam for $400 Million
takyon writes:Apple is buying music recognition service Shazam. The Shazam app basically uses your microphone to listen to a snippet of whatever music is being played in your vicinity, identify the song, and store it along with a timestamp. But the company was also working on visual recognition technology similar to Google Lens:
CRISPR Used to Epigenetically Treat Diseases in Mice
takyon writes:Instead of using CRISPR/Cas9 for gene editing, Salk Institute researchers have used gene-activating CRISPR/Cas9 to regulate gene activity in mice:
Nvidia Announces Titan V
takyon writes:Nvidia has announced the Titan V, a $3,000 Volta-based flagship GPU capable of around 15 teraflops single-precision and 110 teraflops of "tensor performance (deep learning)". It has slightly greater performance but less VRAM than the Tesla V100, a $10,000 GPU aimed at professional users.Would you consider it a card for "consumers"?
Toshiba Announces its Own Helium-Filled 12-14 TB Hard Drives, with "Conventional Magnetic Recording"
takyon writes:Toshiba is sampling a 9-platter, 14 terabyte hard disk drive that uses "conventional magnetic recording", aka the traditional perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) with no shingling:
Algorithm Sorts Dolphin "Clicks" by Species
takyon writes:An algorithm has been applied to approximately 52 million dolphin clicks recorded underwater, sorting them into seven distinct types, one of which was identifiable as sounds made by Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus):
The Greatest Leap, Part 1: How the Apollo Fire Propelled NASA to the Moon
Fnord666 writes:ArsTechnica has a great story about NASA's early space program and how the tragic fire during Apollo 1's testing was a turning point for the program.As Gus Grissom said, "The conquest of space is worth the risk of life." He was one of the astronauts who died in the Apollo 1 fire.Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Scientists Fold DNA into More Complicated Shapes
takyon writes:Scientists shape DNA into doughnuts, teddy bears, and an image of the Mona Lisa
Court Finds that Forcing Kid to Masturbate for Cops in Sexting Case was Wrong
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CEO of PEZY Computing Arrested for Alleged Fraud
takyon writes:The founder, President, and CEO of PEZY Computing, Motoaki Saito, has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the Japanese government:
We May Now be Able to Engineer the Most Important Lousy Enzyme on the Planet
Fnord666 writes:We may now be able to engineer the most important lousy enzyme on the planet
Increased Homelessness and Continued Hepatitis A Outbreak in San Diego
takyon writes:San Diego continues to face a hepatitis A outbreak:
U.S. Airlines Set to Ban "Smart Bags"
takyon writes:Most U.S. airlines set to limit use of 'smart bags'
Mastermind Behind Sophisticated, Massive Botnet Outs Himself
Fnord666 writes:
Comcast Releases New 1.5 Gbps (Capable) Wireless Modem
takyon writes:Comcast's xFi Advanced Gateway modem is now available nationwide
Woman's Lawsuit Against a Neo-Nazi Website is Going Forward
An Anonymous Coward writes:The idea of suing a website might seem abhorrent to advocates of free speech on the internet, but maybe one case shows that it can be justified?Whitefish Woman's Lawsuit Over 'Daily Stormer' Harassment Proceeding
Popular Android Virtual Keyboard App Leaks 31 Million Users' Personal Data
RS3 writes:Although I have two Android phones, I occasionally get flack because I don't use them as phones, nor for email, nor anything I prefer to keep private, and here's a great example of why:
Most Accurate Climate Change Models Now Predict That Warming Will be 15% Greater.
Whoever writes:A new study in Nature [Ed-Abstract only for non-subscribers, but see below.] predicts that climate warming will be 15% greater than previous high estimates have predicted. This new study suggests that humans need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions more than previously expected and more than the Paris Agreement calls for. This study was based on analyzing the earth's "energy budget" (absorption and re-emission of radiation) and inputting that into a number of different climate models.Also covered in more detail in Phys.org and in the Guardian.
$64 Million in BTC Stolen in Nicehash Hack
"wantkitteh" writes:Popular cryptocurrency mining pool NiceHash has been taken offline while it's operators investigate a security breach that has resulted in the contents of their Bitcoin wallet being stolen.Statement here: https://www.nicehash.com/CNBC's report on the theft details users of the service conducting their own investigation, uncovering a bitcoin wallet implicated in the theft containing 4736.42 BTC, or $67million in real money.Story here: https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/07/bitcoin-stolen-in-hack-on-nicehash-cryptocurrency-mining-marketplace.htmlWith Nicehash's mining pool services offline and user's trust in the service evaporated, cryptocurrency miners flocking to other auto-switching pools are causing major disruption as servers fail to keep up with the sudden influx of demand. At the time of submission, yours truly has been unable to make contact with ahashpool, zpool, miningpoolhub and hashrefinery, receiving CloudFlare's 522 error indicating that the target server is overloaded.Additional coverage on Engadget.Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Plate Tectonics on Europa and Subsurface Oceans in the Outer Solar System
takyon writes:Plate tectonics on Jupiter's moon Europa could make finding life there more likely:
Second "Super-Earth" Found Orbiting K2-18, 111 Light Years Away
takyon writes:When astronomers were trying to determine the mass of a "super-Earth" exoplanet orbiting the red dwarf K2-18, they found a second one:
Yahoo! Remnants Sue Mozilla for Changing Default Search Engine
takyon writes:Oath and Mozilla are in a legal battle over a Yahoo search deal
"Take Me Home" Button Developed for Astronaut Spacewalks
takyon writes:An engineering company is developing an automated system to help get spacewalking astronauts to safety. Spacewalking astronauts at the International Space Station currently wear a Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) jet backpack that must be manually controlled:
Turning Workers Into 'Super Workers' With Robotic Suits
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Launch of Rocket Lab's Second "Electron" Rocket Due Dec. 7-8
takyon writes:Rocket Lab to launch second orbital-class rocket as soon as next week
Google's AlphaGo Zero Dominates in Chess
takyon writes:Google's 'superhuman' DeepMind AI claims chess crown
Volkswagen Executive Jailed for Seven Years for Role in Diesel Scandal
coolgopher writes:"A Volkswagen compliance executive who pleaded guilty in the US for his role in the company's $US30 billion ($40 billion) emissions cheating scandal has been sentenced to seven years in prison."http://www.theage.com.au/business/vw-executive-sentenced-to-7-years-in-prison-for-diesel-role-20171206-p4yxh0.htmlArs Technica reports:
Most Distant (and Oldest) Supermassive Black Hole Discovered
takyon writes:Farthest monster black hole found
StartCom Termination Announcement
StartCom customers received word that the company would close down as a certification authority due to the protective action browser manufacturers took against it, over a year ago. The news of the company closing down had been published November 16th on their website, but went unnoticed until now.
Ex-Employees Stole Data on Donors from House Republicans' Database
An Anonymous Coward writes:Politico reports on a data theft from the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) by former employees who now work for the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC):
Google Finally Bans Apps that Include Shady Lock Screen Ads from the Play Store
Fnord666 writes:
Snapdragon 845 Announced
takyon writes:Snapdragon 845 is a newly announced Qualcomm ARM system-on-a-chip (SoC) built on a 10nm "Low Power Plus" process. It is the first SoC to implement ARM's new DynamiQ clustering scheme:
Launch of James Webb Space Telescope Could be Further Delayed
takyon writes:The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is warning of possible further delays to the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST):
UNICEF Says 17 Million Babies Worldwide Breathe Air Pollution Six Times Worse Than Recommended Limit
takyon writes:Toxic air puts 17 million babies' brains and lungs at risk: UNICEF