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  • Mandriva: 2015:077: python-numpy
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated python-numpy packages fix security vulnerabilities:f2py insecurely used a temporary file. A local attacker could use thisflaw to perform a symbolic link attack to modify an arbitrary fileaccessible to the user running f2py (CVE-2014-1858, CVE-2014-1859).[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:076: python3
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated python3 packages fix security vulnerabilities:ZipExtFile.read goes into 100% CPU infinite loop on maliciously binaryedited zips (CVE-2013-7338).[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:075: python
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated python packages fix security vulnerabilities:A vulnerability was reported in Python's socket module, due toa boundary error within the sock_recvfrom_into() function, whichcould be exploited to cause a buffer overflow. This could be used[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:074: openldap
    LinuxSecurity.com: A vulnerability has been discovered and corrected in openldap:The deref_parseCtrl function in servers/slapd/overlays/deref.c inOpenLDAP 2.4.13 through 2.4.40 allows remote attackers to cause adenial of service (NULL pointer dereference and crash) via an empty[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:073: openldap
    LinuxSecurity.com: Multiple vulnerabilities has been discovered and corrected in openldap:The deref_parseCtrl function in servers/slapd/overlays/deref.c inOpenLDAP 2.4.13 through 2.4.40 allows remote attackers to cause adenial of service (NULL pointer dereference and crash) via an empty[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:072: gnutls
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated gnutls packages fix security vulnerabilities:Suman Jana reported a vulnerability that affects the certificateverification functions of gnutls 3.1.x and gnutls 3.2.x. A version1 intermediate certificate will be considered as a CA certificate[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:071: libpng12
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated libpng12 package fixes security vulnerabilities:The png_do_expand_palette function in libpng before 1.6.8 allows remoteattackers to cause a denial of service (NULL pointer dereference andapplication crash) via a PLTE chunk of zero bytes or a NULL palette,[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:070: libvirt
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated libvirt packages fixes security vulnerabilities:The qemuDomainMigratePerform and qemuDomainMigrateFinish2 functionsin qemu/qemu_driver.c in libvirt do not unlock the domain when anACL check fails, which allow local users to cause a denial of service[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:069: krb5
    LinuxSecurity.com: Multiple vulnerabilities has been discovered and corrected in krb5:The krb5_gss_process_context_token function inlib/gssapi/krb5/process_context_token.c in the libgssapi_krb5 libraryin MIT Kerberos 5 (aka krb5) through 1.11.5, 1.12.x through 1.12.2,[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:068: e2fsprogs
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated e2fsprogs packages fix security vulnerability:The libext2fs library, part of e2fsprogs and utilized by its utilities,is affected by a boundary check error on block group descriptorinformation, leading to a heap based buffer overflow. A specially[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:067: e2fsprogs
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated e2fsprogs packages fix security vulnerabilities:The libext2fs library, part of e2fsprogs and utilized by its utilities,is affected by a boundary check error on block group descriptorinformation, leading to a heap based buffer overflow. A specially[More...]


  • Mandriva: 2015:066: cpio
    LinuxSecurity.com: Updated cpio package fixes security vulnerability:In GNU Cpio 2.11, the --no-absolute-filenames option limitsextracting contents of an archive to be strictly inside a currentdirectory. However, it can be bypassed with symlinks. While extracting[More...]



  • A Growing Chorus Is Trying To Rewrite The History Of Net Neutrality -- And Blame Absolutely Everything On Netflix
    With either an ISP lawsuit or a 2016 party shift the only way to kill our new net neutrality rules, neutrality opponents have some time to kill. As such, they're in desperate need of somewhere to direct their impotent rage at the foul idea of a healthier Internet free from gatekeeper control. Step one of this catharsis has been to publicly shame the FCC for daring to stand up to broadband ISPs in a series of increasingly absurd and often entirely nonsensical public "fact finding" hearings. Step two is to push forth a series of editorials that tries to rewrite the history of the net neutrality debate -- with Netflix as the villainous, Machiavellian centerpiece.





  • How To Dual Boot Windows 8.1 And Fedora Linux
    This guide shows you how to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Fedora Linux. The guide has links to other articles which show how to backup Windows first, how to create the Fedora USB drive and how to shrink Windows before guiding you through the steps for dual booting Fedora and Windows 8.1


  • Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour
    The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 15.04 Beta 2. This is the final beta towards the release of 15.04 in April. Between Beta 1 and now, the final release of Xfce 4.12 has been packaged and uploaded to 15.04. Codenamed "Vivid Vervet", 15.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.



  • New York Times releases open source Objective-C project
    Although we have a popular open source Objective-C style guide, The Times has never released an open source Objective-C project, and we wanted to take this opportunity to not only modernize our photo viewing experience, but also to write a new feature that could be shared and used in any app, both inside and outside the company.



  • Vendor Neutral Archive initiative to open source records
    NHS ENGLAND HAS been talking about the latest strand of its move toward open digital solutions to provide interoperability between the myriad departmental systems that are proprietary, incompatible or just plain disparate.... "The possibilities generated by using open source or at least open standards are huge."



  • Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour
    We're preparing Ubuntu GNOME Vivid Vervet (15.04) for distribution in April 23rd, 2015. With this Beta 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version. We have some interesting things happening. Beta 2 Highlights: GNOME Shell 3.14.3. Experimental wayland session is now available. Install gnome-session-wayland and then select "GNOME on wayland" from login screen (Only works with OSS GPU drivers). The default wallpaper and Ubiquity slide show has been updated.



  • Manjaro 0.8.12 LXQt : Video Overview and Screenshot Tours
    Manjaro 0.8.12 LXQt edition is a community edition of the Manjaro Linux distribution built around the LXQt desktop environment version 0.8.0 and powered by kernel 3.16, Also support for Microsoft’s exFAT filesystem and Pacman 4.2 package manager.


  • NASA Releases Open Source Core Flight Software
    (NASA) announced the release of its core Flight System (cFS) Application Suite to the public. The cFS application suite is composed of 12 individual Command and Data Handling (C&DH) flight software applications that together create a reusable library of common C&DH functions. NASA cFS projects are hosted on SourceForge.net


  • Kubuntu 15.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour
    We are preparing Kubuntu Vivid Vervet (15.04) for distribution on April 23rd, 2015. With this Beta 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version. We have some interesting things happening. Plasma 5, the next generation of KDE's desktop has been rewritten to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup. The second set of updates to Plasma 5 is now stable enough for everyday use and is the default in this version of Kubuntu. Kubuntu comes with KDE Applications 14.12 containing all your favourite apps from KDE. This is the 14.12.2 update with bugfixes and translation updates. Several applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren't should fit in seamlessly. Non-KDE applications include LibreOffice 4.4 and Firefox 36.


  • Arduino Day Special: Getting started with RFID tags
    RFIDs—we use them every day.With every visit to the supermarket, public library, bookstore, or department store, we handle objects that have an RFIDtag, which stands for Radio Frequency Identification. For one, these small tags make it easier for shop owners to keep inventory by tracking the flow of items as they're brought in, moved around, and purchased.RFID tags are usually composed of a small electronic chip that can store a few thousand bytes and an antenna that commonly takes the shape of a tight spiral—sometimes squared, sometimes circular.This article is about how I tinkered with the AdafruitPN532 controller shield to read and write RFID tags.read more


  • Head 2 Head: Android OS vs. Chrome OS
    Windows is dead. Haven’t you heard? Yeah, right, we don’t believe that for a parsec (although we wouldn’t mind if Modern got swallowed alive by a Sarlacc to be slowly digested alive for a thousand years.) Still, for those who are living in their post-PC fantasy, the OS of choice for computing won’t be based on Windows.


  • The AT&T Mafia, LibraOffice Online & More…
    Of course, LibreOffice as an online app has already been available online since early last year through rollApp — but this will be different. For starters, it’ll be “free as in beer,” meaning it won’t cost you anything. While rollApp has a free plan which allows users to open files from cloud storage to read online, users have to pay $6.99 monthly if they want to actually save their changes.


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  • Troubled Waters
    Pollution and overfishing threatens the lives of millions around Africa’s Lake Victoria.






  • Six Seconds That Shaped 1,500 Songs
    "Amen, Brother" was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs — but the band behind it never made any money from it.







  • Why Singapore Banned Chewing Gum
    Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday at the age of 91, is famed as the man who turned Singapore from a small port into a global trading hub. But he also insisted on tidiness and good behaviour — and personified the country's ban on chewing gum. What was it about gum he so disliked?



  • What’s An Industry?
    The world in which clearly defined sectors enable easy classification of what a company does is disappearing before our eyes. Is Apple a technology company or aluxury watchmaker? Is Google a search-engine firm or an up-and-coming car company manufacturingdriverless vehicles?



  • Color Isn't Always About Sex
    When it comes to birds, males — with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays — tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival.



  • Learning To See Data
    Advanced computing produces waves of abstract digital data that in many cases defy interpretation; there’s no way to discern a meaningful pattern in any intuitive way.


  • What Happens When You Don't Let Players Pick Their Race?
    Plenty of people play games to escape their real lives, and the character creators some games offer let us imagine ourselves in whatever image we'd like: realistic or idealized, some version of ourselves. I'm also intrigued by the idea a game might take that choice away from me — where every player has a different avatar, but it's not up to us.


  • Coachella And Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks
    They’re the latest tech gadget to draw significant ire from the general public at large, so much so that Coachella and Lollapalooza have decided to explicitly ban them from their festivals this year.





  • How To Make It As A Modern-Day Cowboy
    There's a distinct separation between professional rodeo athletes and the grittier version who actually herd and tend to ranch animals (often in addition to competing in their own, local rodeos). It turns out the latter exists, but in an era of cowboy boots on the Chanel runway, they're much harder to find.


  • How We Turned Mount Everest Into A Dump
    Every year hundreds of climbers try to scale the 29,029-foot peak, and this huge influx of climbers has left its once pristine slopes covered in garbage, discarded equipment, and human waste.



  • How Ron Fliegelman Became The Weather Underground's Bomb Guru
    The Weather Underground’s attacks, for much of its life, were the work not of 100 or more underground radicals, as was widely assumed, but of a core group of barely a dozen people; almost all its bombs, in fact, were built by the same capable young man — its bomb guru.



  • Is A 600-Hour Pilot Too Green To Be Safe?
    Thecrash of Germanwingsflight 9525 offers yet another example of how the layers of safety in aviation have been peeled away since deregulation 35 years ago. Here are some of the issues that need to be addressed:


  • The Case For Leaning Out
    There’s an old saying that other cultures live to work, while Americans work to live. But it’s not making us any happier.








  • That Time The Avengers Battled Scientology
    The Avengers teamed up with the evil super-powered leader of Scientology. And they all flew in a spaceship powered by the souls of Scientologists. And they fought a giant alien pyramid.




  • Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Says Controversial 'Religious Freedom' Law Won't Change
    Pence said that the issue had been turned into "shameless rhetoric" and that the law is about strengthening the foundation of First Amendment rights rather than discrimination. He did not answer repeated questions about whether the law would allow business owners to discriminate against gay or lesbian individuals.




  • What Plants Talk About
    They don’t have mouths, ears or even a brain, but according to some scientists, plants are talking all the time. We just need to understand their language.


  • The Ghost Who Solved Her Own Murder
    Mary Jane Heaster was devastated by the mysterious death of her daughter Zona – until Zona's spirit appeared in the night to tell her she'd been murdered.


  • Make Way For Generation Z
    While a 2015 Census Bureau report found that nearly a third of millennials are still living with their parents, Gen Zers are growing up in a healthier economy and appear eager to be cut loose. They don’t wait for their parents to teach them things or tell them how to make decisions.



  • An Interview With Mike Judge
    The creator of "Beavis and Butt-Head" explains why techie oddball success is a subject ripe for comedy, as shown in his TV satire "Silicon Valley."




  • Why Americans Overwhelmingly Prefer Fake Maple Syrup
    It's peaksugaring seasonin much of the Northeast, when the country's maple syrup producers tap their trees to collect the sap that flows freely this time of year.It takes about 40 gallons of maple sap — and nothing else — to make one gallon of real maple syrup. By contrast,the artificial stuff — think Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth's — is mostly corn syrup.



  • LeRoy Neiman: Through Line
    LeRoy Neiman was best known as one of 20th-century America’s most successful painters — and one of its more critically disparaged. Less recognized is the fact that he was also an incredible sketch artist— found in the corner of every big-time athletic event of the last 50 years, Neiman was a sports journalist who used images instead of words. He knew and drew them all. Writer Bud Schmeling outlines why everything you thought you knew about Neiman is wrong.







  • A Beginner's Guide To Navy-Strength Rum
    The Royal Navy's successful invasion of Jamaica in 1655 had a lot of terribly negative outcomes. The commanders ended up in the Tower of London. Many of the English sailors fell sick or starved. A lot of Spanish settlers died. But there was one undeniably positive outcome: rum.



  • FCC Chairman: Net Rules Will Withstand Court Challenge
    An anonymous reader writes with this story about FCC chairman Tom Wheeler's confidence that the net neutrality rules the agency passed last month will stand up to upcoming challenges in court."Now that the FCC is the subject of several lawsuits, and its leader, Chairman Tom Wheeler, was dragged in front of Congress repeatedly to answer the same battery of inanity, it's worth checking in to see how the agency is feeling. Is it confident that its recent vote to reclassify broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will hold? Yes, unsurprisingly. Recently, Wheeler gave a speech at Ohio State University, laying out his larger philosophy regarding the open Internet. His second to last paragraph is worth reading: "One final prediction: the FCC's new rules will be upheld by the courts. The DC Circuit sent the previous Open Internet Order back to us and basically said, 'You're trying to impose common carrier-like regulation without stepping up and saying, "these are common carriers.'" We have addressed that issue, which is the underlying issue in all of the debates we've had so far. That gives me great confidence going forward that we will prevail.""
             

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  • NASA Denies New Space Station Partnership With Russia
    schwit1 writes NASA officials today denied they were negotiating a partnership with Russia to build a space station replacement for ISS, as suggested yesterday by the head of Russia's space program. Maybe the misunderstanding comes from NASA head Charles Bolden, who is currently in Russia. Bolden probably said some nice feel-good things to the Russians, things like "We want to keep working together," and "We will support your plans for your future space station." None of this was meant as a commitment, but the Russians might have taken them more seriously than Bolden realized.
             

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  • Chrome OS Receives Extreme Makeover With Material Design and Google Now
    MojoKid writes Late last week, Google quietly began inviting people to opt into the beta channel for ChromeOS to help the company "shape the future" of the OS. Some betas can be riskier than others, but Google says that opting into this one is just a "little risk", one that will pay off handsomely for those who crave new features. New in this version is Chrome Launcher 2.0, which gives you quick access to a number of common features, including the apps you use most often (examples are Hangouts, Calculator, and Files). Some apps have also received a fresh coat of paint, such as the file manager. Google notes that this is just the start, so there will be more updates rolling out to the beta OS as time goes on. Other key features available in this beta include the ability to extract pass protected Zip archives, as well as a perk for travelers. ChromeOS will now automatically detect your new timezone, and then update the time and date accordingly.
             

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  • Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash
    tomhath writes with this story that make shake up the nuclear industry. "The biggest player in the beleaguered nuclear power industry wants a place alongside solar, wind and hydroelectric power collecting extra money for producing carbon-free electricity. Exelon Corp., operator of the largest fleet of U.S. nuclear plants, says it could have to close three of them if Illinois rejects the company's pitch to let it recoup more from consumers since the plants do not produce greenhouse gases. Exelon and other around-the-clock plants sometimes take losses when wind turbines produce too much electricity for the system. Under the system, electric suppliers would have to buy credits from carbon-free energy producers. Exelon says the plan would benefit nuclear plants, hydroelectric dams, and other solar and wind projects."
             

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  • NSA: We Mulled Ending Phone Program Before Edward Snowden Leaks
    Mark Wilson writes Edward Snowden is heralded as both a hero and villain. A privacy vigilante and a traitor. It just depends who you ask. The revelations he made about the NSA's surveillance programs have completely changed the face of online security, and changed the way everyone looks at the internet and privacy. But just before the whistle was blown, it seems that the NSA was considering bringing its telephone data collection program to an end. Intelligence officials were, behind the scenes, questioning whether the benefits of gathering counter-terrorism information justified the colossal costs involved. Then Snowden went public and essentially forced the agency's hand.
             

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  • Supermario 64 Coming To a Browser Near You!
    Billly Gates writes "Since Unity has been given a liberal license and free for non commercial developers it has become popular. A computer science student Erik Roystan Ross used the tool to remake SuperMario 64 with a modern Unity 5 engine. There is a video here and if you want to play the link is here. You will need Firefox or Chrome which has HTML 5 for gamepad support if you do not want to use the keyboard. "I currently do not have any plans to develop this any further or to resolve any bugs, unless they're horrendously game-breaking and horrendously simple to fix," says Ross.
             

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  • Experts: Aim of 2 Degrees Climate Goal Insufficient
    An anonymous reader points out that a long held goal of keeping the Earth's average temperature from rising above 2 degrees Celsius might not be good enough. "A long-held benchmark for limiting global warming is 'utterly inadequate,' a leading U.N. climate scientist declared. Keeping the Earth's average temperature from rising past 2 degrees Celsius – a cap established by studies in the early 1970s – is far too loose a goal, Petra Tschakert, a professor at Penn State University and a lead author of an assessment report for the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, said in a commentary published in the journal Climate Change Responses. Already, with an average increase of just 0.8 degrees Celsius, she wrote, 'negative impacts' are 'widespread across the globe.' Tschakert called for lowering the warming target to 1.5 degrees Celsius."
             

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  • Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Near Launching Presidential Bid
    Rambo Tribble writes "Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced on Fox News Sunday that she stood a 'higher than 90 percent' chance of running as a presidential candidate in 2016. Fiorina's tenure at HP was marked by controversy over her leadership, and it is unclear what level of name recognition she enjoys. Her only previous political experience appears to be a failed U.S. Senate seat effort in 2010, as the Republican candidate challenging sitting Democrat Barbara Boxer, in California. Fiorina lost by 10%.
             

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  • SeaWorld and Others Discover That a Hashtag Can Become a Bashtag
    HughPickens.com writes Alison Griswold writes that in an effort to improve its tanking image, SeaWorld launched a new advertising campaign this week to educate the public about its "leadership in the care of killer whales" and other work to protect whales in captivity and in the wild. As part of that head-on initiative, someone at SeaWorld decided to invite Twitter users to pose their questions to the company directly using the hashtag #AskSeaWorld. That was not a good idea as twitter users bashed Sea World relentlessly.. "As easy as it is to make fun of SeaWorld here, the real question is why any company still thinks hosting an open Twitter forum could be good for public relations," writes Griswold. "So maybe SeaWorld's social and PR folks just really have no idea what they're doing. Even so, you'd think they'd have learned from the corporate failures before them."   Let's review some of the times this has backfired, starting with the infamous McDonald's #McDStories Twitter campaign of January 2012. Rather than prompting customers to share their heart-warming McDonald's anecdotes, the hashtag gave critics a highly visible forum to share their top McDonald's horror stories. MacDonalds pulled the campaign within two hours but they discovered that crowd-sourced campaigns are hard to control. Three years later the #McDStories hashtag is still gathering comments. "Twitter Q&As are a terrible idea.," concludes Griswold. "A well-meaning hashtag gives critics an easy way to assemble and voice their complaints in a public forum. Why companies still try them is a great mystery. Maybe they'll all finally learn from SeaWorld and give this one horrible PR trick up for good."
             

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  • Festo Reveals New Robotic Ants and Butterflies
    mikejuk writes "Every year around this time of year Festo builds some amazing robot or other — last year it was a kangaroo. What could it possibly do to top previous amazing devices? What about some even more amazing robotic insects. BionicANT is designed not only look good but to demonstrate swarm intelligence. The robot not only looks like an ant, but it works like one. The design makes use of piezo bending transducers rather than servos to move. As well as being able to move its six legs, it also has a piezo-activated pair of pincers. The second insect robot is a butterfly — eMotion. For flying machines these are incredibly lightweight at 32 grams. The bodies are laser sintered and the wings use carbon fiber rods. Two miniature servo motors are attached to the body and each wing. The electronics has a microcontroller, an inertial sensor consisting of gyro, accelerometer and compass and two radio modules. Flying time is around 3 or 4 minutes."
             

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  • Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors
    szczys writes Two companies are claiming ownership of the Arduino Trademark. The most recent development in this sad state of affairs is a letter from Arduino SRL to long-time Distributors of Arduino products. SRL is claiming they are the real Arduino, but there are some tasty tidbits including a Q/A section with some peculiar answers. From the article: "In short, Arduino LLC has been working on developing the Arduino platform, software, and community while Smart Projects / Arduino SRL was the major official producer of the hardware for most boards. Both are claiming to 'be' Arduino, and going after each other in court. So it’s not strange that Arduino SRL would like to try to keep its hold on the distribution channels."
             

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  • SpaceX's New Combustion Technologies
    An anonymous reader shares this story that takes a look at some of the advances SpaceX is working on. "Getting a small group of human beings to Mars and back is no easy task, we learned at the recent GPU Technology Conference in San Jose hosted graphics chip and accelerator maker Nvidia. One of the problems with such a mission is that you need a very large and efficient rocket engine to get the amount of material into orbit for the mission, explained Adam Lichtl, who is director of research at SpaceX and who with a team of a few dozen programmers is try to crack the particularly difficult task of better simulating the combustion inside of a rocket engine. You need a large engine to shorten the trip to Mars, too....Not only do you need a lot of stuff to get to Mars and sustain a colony there, but you also need a way to generate fuel on Mars to come back to Earth. All of these factors affect the design of the rocket engine....As if these were not problems enough, there is another really big issue. The computational fluid dynamics, or CFD, software that is used to simulate the movement of fluids and gases and their ignition inside of all kinds of engines is particularly bad at assisting in rocket engine design. 'Methane is a fairly simple hydrocarbon that is perfectly good as a fuel,' Lichtl said. 'The challenge here is to design an engine that works efficiently with such a compound. But rocket engine CFD is hard. Really hard.'"
             

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  • Why the Final Moments Inside a Cockpit Are Heard But Not Seen
    jones_supa writes: There's no video footage from inside the cockpit of the Germanwings flight that left 150 people dead — nor is such footage recorded from any other commercial airline crash in recent years. Unlike many other vehicles operating with heightened safety concerns, airline cockpits don't come with video surveillance. The reason, in part, is that airline pilots and their unions have argued vigorously against what they see as an invasion of privacy that would not improve aviation safety. The long debate on whether airplane cockpits in the U.S. should be equipped with cameras dates back at least 15 years, when the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) first pushed regulators to require video monitoring following what the agency called "several accidents involving a lack of information regarding crewmember actions and the flight deck environment." The latest NTSB recommendation for a cockpit image system (PDF) came in January 2015. Should video streams captured inside the plane become a standard part of aviation safety measures?
             

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  • Material Made From Crustaceans Could Combat Battlefield Blood Loss
    MTorrice writes: A foam composed of a polymer derived from crustacean shells may prevent more soldiers from falling victim to the most prolific killer on the battlefield: blood loss. Pressure is one of the best tools that medics have to fight bleeding, but they can't use it on severe wounds near organs. Here, compression could do more harm than good. First responders have no way to effectively dam blood flows from these non-compressible injuries, which account for the majority of hemorrhagic deaths. The new foam could help stop bleeding in these types of injuries. It relies on chitosan, a biopolymer that comes from processed crustacean shells. By modifying the chitosan, the developers gave the material the ability to anchor blood cells into gel-like networks, essentially forming blood clots. The researchers dispersed the modified chitosan in water to create a fluid they could spray directly onto noncompressible wounds.
             

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  • Australian Government Outlines Website-Blocking Scheme
    angry tapir writes: The Australian government has revealed its (previously mooted) proposed legislation that will allow copyright holders to apply for court orders that will force ISPs to block access to pirate websites. It forms part of a broader Australian crackdown on online copyright infringement, which also includes a warning notice scheme for alleged infringers. They're not the only ones getting on board with website blocking — a judge in Spain ruled that local ISPs must block access to The Pirate Bay.
             

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  • EMC and Cloudera withdraw from Indiana big data event
    Execs issue weekend Tweets objecting to religious freedom law
    The technology industry's objections to the US State of Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which permits businesses to decline to serve people on the basis of sexuality or other traits, have deepened after EMC and Cloudera cancelled their presence at a forthcoming conference.…


  • Jailed Brit con phishes prison, gets bail
    Hi this is < name > please release < prisoner >
    A convicted British fraudster used a fake Web site and and fake identities to trick prison officers into releasing him.…


  • Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling
    CERN boffins hope high-pressure helium will chill out their problems
    The eager Igors of CERN are going to have to wait a little longer before they try to destroy the universe: it turns out that the upgraded Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has a short circuit in one of its dipole circuits.…


  • Atomic clocks' tics tamed by 3,000 entangled atoms
    Boffins break record for entanglement with mirrors and lasers
    MIT and University of Belgrade boffins have taken a big step in applying the quantum property of entanglement to macro systems: they're claiming to have roped together more than 2,900 rubidium atoms with a single photon.…


  • Apple is like HITLER says Chinese billionaire
    Android, however, is a beacon of freedom and openness
    One of the ways Chinese kids like to pass their time is watching video on a site called Leshi TV that's sufficiently popular the company's CEO Jia Yueting is ranked among the planet's billionaires.…


  • Accedian goes hybrid NFV in carrier QoS product
    Virtualises CPE to cut deployment cost
    Rather than pull out all the stops on network function virtualisation (NFV), telcos would like to stage their implementations one piece at a time, according to Canadian vendor Accedian Networks.…


  • Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment
    Rover's didn't lose data, Mars boffins 'disappointed' but not surprised at memory glitch
    A flash memory reformat left NASA's Mars rover Opportunity with a brief episode of what the agency calls “amnesia” – thankfully, without any loss of scientific data.…


  • AWS flicks switch for cloud storage replication
    Double the redundancy, double the bills
    Amazon Web Services (AWS) has done something rather useful to its simple storage service (S3), namely making it possible to replicate data across regions.…









  • Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea exhibition – life beneath the waves
    Take a dive at the Natural History Museum
    Review There's an undeniable fascination to coral reefs and the creatures that inhabit them, whether it's tales of shipwreck on tropical islands surrounded by a lagoon, romantic snorkelling adventures, or captivating documentaries about the Great Barrier Reef.…


  • Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket
    Works well on tarmac – just remember to keep it there
    Vulture at the Wheel This wasn't the car I was expecting. If I’d been paying attention I would have known that the new twin-turbo, 9-speed auto, 4WD 1.6L diesel turbo CR-V isn’t on the UK press fleet yet. What rolled up outside Vulture Central was the decidedly white-bread 2WD i-DTEC single-turbo 1.6L diesel.…


  • Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano
    And a tale of international intellectual property piracy
    Worstall @ the Weekend To move a little off the normal sort of subject around here, something from an exhibition just around the corner here in Usti nad Labem in the Czech Republic. The lads I hang out with here are 40ish professionals and they were terribly excited about an exhibition being put on of “Merkur”.…





  • Exercising with chocolate: Festival and tours galore
    Gorge your way to fitness this weekend
    Chocolate and exercise together, whatever next? Well, for the chocoholics and general lovers of cacao based products, there are various chocolate tours springing up at various locations around the country including Edinburgh, Oxford and one taking place in London this weekend.…




  • Blood Relatives, The Tears of the Rajas and The Fifth Gospel
    Ian Caldwell finds religion (again) and more
    Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston looks at literature's latest with a compelling debut novel from Stevan Alcock. The days of empire in India get up close and personal due in no small part to Ferdinand Mount's well-documented family history. And for those with a taste for antiquity, Ian Caldwell's latest gives Dan Brown a run for his money.


  • Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now
    Trademark briefs complain of 'predatory, exploitative and coercive practices'
    The intellectual property constituency (IPC) of domain overseer ICANN has formally asked the organization to halt the rollout of the controversial .sucks top-level domain, due to start on Monday.…















  • VMware channel confirms price hikes from next month
    vSphere to rise by 7% and all the rest by 4-5%
    The meteoric rise of the US dollar relative to currencies in Europe and other parts of the globe is the reason VMware is reducing channel discounts by mid-to-high single digits and why user pricing will rise.…





  • Euro THERMONUCLEAR REACTOR PROJECT is in TROUBLE
    EU Parliament sends scientists snottogram over funding woes
    The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project is in hot water with the European Parliament for failing to manage EU funds properly.…






  • ZTE's stealthy Nubia: China-made Google-free Android mobe
    Free-range ninja phone proves compelling but unusual
    Hands On A stealth project being shown discreetly at Mobile World Congress this month shows how far Chinese phone manufacturers have come – and how far they have to go. It’s under the umbrella of ZTE, the state-owned telecoms giant, and was officially unveiled this week.…



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