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Updated 2017-08-19 01:30
Voyager's 'Cosmic Map' Of Earth's Location Is Hopelessly Wrong
stormwyrm writes:Despite the recent whinging about whether or not the maps on the Pioneer and Voyager space probes might have been a big mistake that might lead to Earth being invaded by hostile aliens, it turns out that the pulsar maps included on these probes are actually worthless for determining the location of our Solar System. Pulsars were first discovered in 1967 by Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, and at the time they were believed to be unique and stable landmarks suitable for that purpose. However, subsequent discoveries have shown that they are not actually as stable and reliable as they were first believed. Ethan Siegel at Starts With A Bang has an article on this:
University Researchers Band Together to "Make Girls Moe"
takyon writes:Just when you thought that anime character designs couldn't get any more generic, machine learning comes to the rescue:
Hacker Decrypts Apple's Secure Enclave Processor (SEP) Firmware
Fnord666 writes:
Unpatchable Flaw Affects Most of Today's Modern Cars
Fnord666 writes:
Cryptocurrency Mining Wipes Out Vega 64 Stock
takyon writes:AMD's Vega 64 GPU is an underwhelming chip that competes against the GTX 1080, which is a 15 month old GPU. Nvidia could lower the price of the GTX 1080 and 1070 to better compete against Vega 64 and 56, or launch Volta-based consumer GPUs in the coming months. But Vega 64 is sold out everywhere due to cryptocurrency miners.AMD has released an updated (Windows-only) driver called Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition Beta for Blockchain Compute. The driver improves the hash rate for Ethereum mining significantly, and Vega 56 performance may even exceed that of Vega 64 (it is a beta driver so these results are subject to change):
New Exoplanet Predicted Around Gliese 832, 16.1 Light Years Away
takyon writes:Astrophysicists have predicted the existence of an exoplanet orbiting between two known exoplanets around the red dwarf Gliese 832 (it is a large red dwarf of about 0.45 solar masses at a distance of 16.1 light years from the Sun). The two currently known exoplanets are Gliese 832c with a mass of over 5.4 Earth masses at around 0.162 AU from the star, and Gliese 832b with over 0.64 Jupiter masses at around 3.4 AU away. Gliese 832c is in the habitable zone of the star, but may be hot with a Venus-like atmosphere.The predicted planet could have a mass anywhere from 1 to 15 Earth masses, at a distance of 0.25 to 2 AU from the star:
Algae Terraformed Earth 650 Million Years Ago
takyon writes:A study of molecules in the fossil record has pinpointed the rise of algae on Earth:
White Nationalists Are Flocking to Genetic Ancestry Tests. Some Don't Like What They Find
tonyPick writes:Over at StatNews is a story on a recent trend where low cost commercial DNA testing is resulting in a number of White Nationalists taking genetic tests, and sometimes they don't like the results that come back.The article looks at research on how they respond to the sometimes unexpected results:
The Guy Who Invented Those Annoying Password Rules Now Regrets It
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Bytram
How to Write Better Error Messages
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
Millimeter-Wave Scanner Trialed in Los Angeles Subway Station
An Anonymous Coward writes:Passengers on the Los Angeles subway system can, at their option, be checked for weapons and explosives by walking through a millimeter-wave scanner. The system, which began operation Wednesday, was installed by a partnership of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Transportation Security Administration and the manufacturer of the scanner, Evolv Technology.
iOS 11 Versus Android O on a Tablet? It's Not Even Close
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
19-Year-Olds as Sedentary as 60-Year-Olds, Study Suggests
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
Army Reaps Benefits of Open-Source Policy
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
Linux-Based postmarketOS Project Aims to Give Smartphones a 10-Year Lifecycle
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for TheMightyBuzzard
Azure Stack Will Need Special Sysadmins, Says Microsoft
janrinok writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Supplement Maker on FDA Blacklist After Deadly Bacteria Found in Water System
"exec" writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
First Atomic Clock Receives an IEEE Milestone
"exec" writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Another Canadian Banned From the U.S. for Past Drug Use
takyon writes:A Canadian woman was issued a lifetime ban from entering the U.S. after officials searched her unlocked smartphone, found an email to her doctor about a fentanyl overdose she survived, and asked her questions about her past drug use:
Cancer Detection with Sugar Molecules
Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
End of the Checkout Line: the Looming Crisis for American Cashiers
Phoenix666 writes:
Teenage Security Researcher Reports Flaw in Budapest Transport Authority Site, Is Arrested
An Anonymous Coward writes:An 18-year-old Hungarian man was taken into custody after reporting one of the numerous bugs in the Budapest Transport Authority's site. He found the bug by using the "view source" feature of his browser. He then bought a ticket at much less than its usual price, and reported the problem to the transit authority without using the ticket.Bleeping Computer has a translation of a message from the arrestee:
Down Syndrome Births Nearly Eliminated in Iceland
takyon writes:Iceland is close to eliminating Down syndrome births due to widespread prenatal screening tests and nearly 100% of women choosing an abortion in the case of a positive test for Down syndrome:
Apple Investing $1 Billion in Acquiring and Producing TV Shows
takyon writes:Apple will invest heavily in original TV content to try to counter other television and streaming services:
Spider Silk Made Stronger by Feeding Spiders Graphene or Carbon Nanotubes
takyon writes:Spider silk can be made stronger by feeding the spiders that produce the silk aqueous dispersions containing graphene or carbon nanotubes:
Google Lunar XPrize Deadline Revised; New Prizes Available
takyon writes:The competition deadline for the Google Lunar XPrize has changed and is now set to March 31, 2018. It's the fourth time that the deadline has been changed. Previously, there was a launch deadline of December 31st, 2017. In addition, new prize money will be available to successful teams:
Ukrainian DNC Hack-Author has Turned Himself in and is Cooperating with FBI
DeathMonkey writes:The New York Times reports In Ukraine, a Malware Expert Who Could Blow the Whistle on Russian Hacking:
Why You Should Have an Afternoon Routine
Phoenix666 writes:
Pioneer and Voyager Maps to Earth: How Much of a Mistake?
takyon writes:Was NASA hasty in including a pulsar map to Earth on the Pioneer plaques and Voyager Golden Records?
Mapping the Global Potential for Marine Aquaculture
takyon writes:Off-shore aquaculture using existing technologies could provide the entire world's seafood needs using a very small percentage of the global ocean area, although economic, environmental, and social constraints still exist:Mapping the global potential for marine aquaculture (open, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-017-0257-9) (DX)
German State to Electrify 10km of Highway for Overhead Charging of Trucks
Phoenix666 writes:
Four Indians Arrested for Game of Thrones Leak, Meanwhile HBO Spain Leaks the Next Episode
takyon writes:Four people have been arrested in connection with the leak of S07E04 of Game of Thrones:
While Everyone Frets About State Censorship, Corporate Censorship Tightens The Noose
canopic jug writes:Caitlin Johnstone writes in a blog post over at Medium that corporate censorship is ramping up while people are distracted by the menace of government censorship.
President Trump Ends the American Manufacturing Council as Strategic and Policy Forum Disbands
takyon writes:Following a number of CEOs pulling out of President Trump's American Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum, President Trump tweeted that the initiatives have been ended:
Ask Soylent: Colocating Sales and Development Departments: Good Idea?
Zipf writes:When I was hired, my firm had its main office in the suburbs. I felt pretty good about the location and environment and purchased a house nearby. At that time, many employees and managers lived in the area. Since then, the firm has changed hands, and the original office space, as part of an ineffectual cost-saving move, has been reduced in half. Ineffectual because the new lease no longer included utilities. The "savings" were spent opening a new office in the city, and a bunch of young sales hires were made for a small bullpen type office. There are no cubicles in the city, and the few offices are reserved for a handful of lucky first movers. Now they are looking for cost savings again. The firm's plan is to shut down the office in suburbia because "having everyone in the same location inspires the best ideas."Can someone point to some research (e.g., from HBR [Harvard Business Review] or similar) indicating that R&D teams may be best served by being in distraction-free environments separated from the gossip and hubbub of sales? Or that accommodating workers who want to be away from the city may save on labor expenses and employee turnover?Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Exotic Quantum States Made From Light: Physicists Create Optical “Wells” for a Super-Photon
janrinok writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
UCLA Scientists Identify a new way to Activate Stem Cells to Make Hair Grow
Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Hacking a Casino With a Fish Tank
davidjohnpaul writes:In further proof that security's only as strong as the weakest link, an Internet-connected fish tank has been used to gain access to a casino's internal network. While exact details have not been published, it has been claimed that 10 GB of data were sent outside the network. As more things become Internet-connected, it's likely these stories will become even more common.
Uber Agrees to FTC Privacy Audits for the Next 20 Years
takyon writes:Uber has settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges related to the privacy of its customers' data:
Women Swept Nearly Every Category at the 2017 Hugo Awards
"exec" writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Genetic Mechanism Prevents Kidney Injury After Severe Dehydration
"exec" writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Rodent Research-9 Experiments Sent to the ISS
takyon writes:NASA sent rodents to infest the ISS along with an HPE supercomputer:
Intel's Ice Lake Architecture Will be "10nm+"
takyon writes:Intel will announce its Coffee Lake processors on August 21. They will be the last generation of 14nm(++) Core processors before 10nm Cannon Lake and Ice Lake, which is described as using a "10nm+" process:
South Carolina Sues OxyContin Maker Purdue
takyon writes:South Carolina has become the sixth U.S. state to sue opioid makers over their marketing practices and contribution to the opioid epidemic:
Text Messages Between Uber's Travis Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski Released
takyon writes:Unsealed court filings in the Waymo vs. Uber case include texts between former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Anthony Levandowski, the engineer accused of stealing secrets from Waymo/Google:
Solar Panels: Nanotechnology Gives Green Energy a Green Color
CoolHand writes:Science Daily has an article on a new way to promote the use of solar energy, by developing new colors using silicon nanopatterns. Those solar panels then may be more easily used to beautify (or at least blend into) areas. Although, there is an efficiency hit, there is also potential to use this to increase overall efficiency through layering dedicated spectrum absorbing layers.
The Fundamental Limits of Machine Learning
"exec" writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:
Uber Made to Suspend Operations in the Philippines
stormwyrm writes:The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports that the Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) of the Philippines has ordered a one-month suspension of Uber's operations in the country.
Iran's President Claims That the Country Could Restarts its Nuclear Program "Within Hours"
takyon writes:http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40934680
Evidence that Undermines the "Election Hack" Narrative Should get More Attention
We had two submissions on reports that maybe the Russians were not behind the hack of the DNC (Democratic National Committee):Evidence that Undermines the "Election Hack" Narrative Should get More AttentionAn Anonymous Coward writes:Bloomberg reports: