Open Source

Study Finds You Can Grow Brain Cells Through Exercise

Slashdot - 2 hours 55 min ago
phantomfive writes: Researchers have discovered that aerobic exercise may increase neurogenesis. Based on the results, rats that were put on a treadmill grew more brain cells than rats that didn't. Resistance training seemed to have no effect. This is significant, because the neuron reserve of the hippocampus can be increased, thus preconditions for learning for humans could be improved simply through aerobic exercise.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

French Gov't Gives Facebook 3 Months To Stop Tracking Non-User Browsers

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 11:23pm
Reader iamthecheese writes RT reports that France's National Commission of Information and Freedoms found Facebook tracking of non-user browsers to be illegal. Facebook has three months to stop doing it. The ruling points to violations of members and non-members privacy in violation of an earlier ruling. The guidance, published last October, invalidates safe harbor provisions. If Facebook fails to comply the French authority will appoint someone to decide upon a sanction. Related: A copy of the TPP leaked last year no longer requires signing countries to have a safe harbor provision.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

Scientists Turn Paper Waste Into Aerogel

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:55pm
Kristine Lofgren writes: A team of scientists have successfully turned paper waste into aerogel. Aerogels are used in insulation, and they are usually made out of polymers and silica. But a research team at the National University of Singapore managed to make the highly sought-after product using recycled paper, which could have huge implications not only for the rate at which we are filling up our landfills, but also for the amount of chemicals that we are producing and releasing into the environment.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

The Supreme Court May Have Nuked the Paris Climate Deal

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:43pm

Today, the US Supreme Court turned the US's promise to fight climate change into a solid maybe.

The post The Supreme Court May Have Nuked the Paris Climate Deal appeared first on WIRED.











Categories: Open Source, Technology

SourceForge Eliminates DevShare Program

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 9:01pm
SourceForge has officially eliminated its DevShare program. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that. We are more interested in doing the right thing than making extra short-term profit. This is just the first step in a number of improvements we will outline in the coming weeks. SourceForge and Slashdot were acquired in late January by BIZX.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

Hearthstone Cheats and Tools Spiked With Malware

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 8:05pm
itwbennett writes: Cheating at the online card game Hearthstone (which is based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft) can get you banned from the game, but now it also puts you at risk of 'financial losses and system ruin,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. Symantec is warning Hearthstone players about add-on tools and cheat scripts that are spiked with malware. 'In one example, Hearth Buddy, a tool that allows bots to play the game instead of a human player (which is supposed to help with rank earnings and gold earning) compromises the entire system,' says Ragan. 'Another example, are the dust and gold hacking tools (Hearthstone Hack Tool), which install malware that targets Bitcoin wallets.'

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:57pm
martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers." Should other publishers also start to make their 80's and 90's computer books available for free?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

New Hampshire Primary Liveblog: Trump and Bernie Win

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:47pm

We're on the ground in Manchester, New Hampshire, to follow the results of today's first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

The post New Hampshire Primary Liveblog: Trump and Bernie Win appeared first on WIRED.











Categories: Open Source, Technology

Disney’s CEO Says Reports of ESPN’s Demise Are Ridiculous

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:44pm

Bob Iger took pains to defend Disney-owned ESPN during the company's quarterly earnings call. It's doing great, he says, despite lower profits.

The post Disney’s CEO Says Reports of ESPN’s Demise Are Ridiculous appeared first on WIRED.











Categories: Open Source, Technology

The Sexual Misconduct Case That Has Rocked Anthropology

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 6:15pm
sciencehabit writes: An investigative report in Science describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field's response. The story highlights a major shift in how academic communities deal with sexual misconduct, going beyond delineating rules on paper to striving to change the culture of the field at the institutional level. This shift – "a long time coming," according to many researchers – was spurred in part by recent high-profile cases in astronomy and biology. Now, as Balter notes, "paleoanthropology is responding to its own complex case." The first public allegation against Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, inspired a cascade of other allegations about him. This in turn motivated several senior paleoanthropologists, including one of Richmond's key mentors, Bernard Wood, to explore the allegations with peers. "As I talked to more and more current and former students at [George Washington University]," Wood said, "I became more concerned and alarmed about what I heard." In light of their findings, Wood and others in the field of anthropology are now tackling sexual misconduct head-on. The article details additional institutional efforts to stop sexual misconduct in science while trying to balance the rights of victims and accused, and provides the latest update on investigations into Richmond.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

D’oh! Crash: The History of VR on The Simpsons

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:59pm

Turns out America's favorite family has been getting their virtual on since 1993.

The post D’oh! Crash: The History of VR on The Simpsons appeared first on WIRED.











Categories: Open Source, Technology

Snapchat’s Viacom Deal Is a Sign It’s About to Go Mainstream

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:49pm

Viacom’s new ad deal with the highly valued messaging service offers more proof that Snapchat is nearing the point where it tips into the mainstream.

The post Snapchat’s Viacom Deal Is a Sign It’s About to Go Mainstream appeared first on WIRED.











Categories: Open Source, Technology

Jeep/Chrysler's New Gearshift Appears To Be Causing Accidents

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 5:33pm
bartle writes: The new gearshift design for the Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to be causing rollaway accidents: 121 crashes and 30 injuries so far. The gear shifter is designed to look and feel similar to a traditional automatic gear shift lever but it is meant to cycle through the gears rather than move directly to a certain gear. A driver who is used to placing their vehicle in park by pressing the shifter all the way forward may instead be setting it to neutral before exiting the vehicle. The NHTSA is investigating.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

FBI Gripes "We Can't Read Everyone's Secrets"

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:52pm
New submitter rdukb writes: FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigators still can't access the phone contents of one of the San Bernadino killers. He went on to argue that the phenomenon of communications "going dark" due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is "overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement operations, including, not only the San Bernadino murders, but also investigations into other murders, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography. This might increase pressure on Apple to loosen the backdoor restrictions. Will the industry relent and allow Government access to data from these devices?

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

Dear Mr. Know-It-All: Should You Delete Someone’s Facebook Account After They Die?

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:40pm

How long should you wait before shutting down someone’s Facebook account?

The post Dear Mr. Know-It-All: Should You Delete Someone’s Facebook Account After They Die? appeared first on WIRED.











Categories: Open Source, Technology

Ted Cruz Says Donald Trump Is Just a Sore Loser

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:13pm

About what you said last night ... .

The post Ted Cruz Says Donald Trump Is Just a Sore Loser appeared first on WIRED.











Categories: Open Source, Technology

Twitter Launches Trust and Safety Council To Help Put End To Trolling

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 4:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has announced a new trust and safety council to stamp out bullying and trolling on the microblogging site. The Twitter Trust & Safety Council will initially be formed of around 40 bodies, including the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, ICT Watch, NetSafe, and Samaritans. These organisations, along with safety experts, academics and security researchers, will work to ensure a safe and secure platform for users to express themselves freely and safely. The Council's main focus will be to protect minors, encourage 'greater compassion and empathy on the internet,' and promote efforts in media literacy and digital citizenship. Community groups will also participate to help prevent online 'abuse, harassment, and bullying,' as well as mental health problems and suicide.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology

Google Display Ads Going All-HTML, Will Ban Flash In 2017

Slashdot - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 3:34pm
Google has announced its plan for display ads to go 100% HTML 5, in hopes of reaching the widest possible audience across screens. Starting on June 30, 2016, Google will no longer accept new Flash display ads from advertisers. And on January 2, 2017, even old Flash display ads will be blocked. This move comes as no surprise, as Google has been nudging its advertisers to stop using Flash. In fact, Google is not the only one moving away from Flash in favor of HTML. Steve Jobs hated Flash, and even Adobe itself has dropped Flash for Adobe Animate.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: Open Source, Technology