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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:40pm
sneakyimp writes: The Antares rocket operated by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded on launch due to a "catastrophic anomaly" after a flawless countdown. No injuries are reported and all personnel are accounted for. According to the audio stream hosted by local news affiliate WTVR's website, the Cygnus spacecraft contained classified crypto technology and efforts are being made to cordon off the wreckage area. Additionally, interviews of personnel and witness reports are to be limited to appropriate government agencies so that an accident report can be generated. This accident is likely to have a detrimental effect on the stock price of Orbital Sciences Corp, traded on the NYSE. The Antares rocket's engines are based on old soviet designs from the '60s. While this is sure to be a blow to NASA due to the cost, it may well boost the fortunes of SpaceX, a chief competitor of Orbital Sciences. Both companies were recently awarded resupply contracts by NASA.

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Rocket Headed for Space Station Explodes After Liftoff

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:34pm

[HTML1] An unmanned Antares rocket carrying cargo to the International Space Station exploded just seconds after taking off this evening. The rocket, which launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia at 6:22 pm ET, was operated by the Orbital Sciences Corporation. The cause of the “catastrophic anomaly” is not clear, and […]

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US Post Office Increases Secret Tracking of Mail

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:21pm
HughPickens.com writes: Ron Nixon reports in the NY Times that the United States Postal Service says it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations, in many cases without adequately describing the reason or having proper written authorization. In addition to raising privacy concerns, the audit questioned the efficiency and accuracy of the Postal Service in handling the requests. The surveillance program, officially called mail covers, is more than a century old, but is still considered a powerful investigative tool. The Postal Service said that from 2001 through 2012, local, state and federal law enforcement agencies made more than 100,000 requests to monitor the mail of Americans. That would amount to an average of some 8,000 requests a year — far fewer than the nearly 50,000 requests in 2013 that the Postal Service reported in the audit (PDF). In Arizona in 2011, Mary Rose Wilcox, a Maricopa County supervisor, discovered that her mail was being monitored by the county's sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Wilcox had been a frequent critic of Arpaio, objecting to what she considered the targeting of Hispanics in his immigration sweeps. Wilcox sued the county, was awarded nearly $1 million in a settlement in 2011 and received the money this June when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ruling. Andrew Thomas, the former county attorney, was disbarred for his role in investigations into the business dealings of Ms. Wilcox and other officials and for other unprofessional conduct. "I don't blame the Postal Service," says Wilcox, "but you shouldn't be able to just use these mail covers to go on a fishing expedition. There needs to be more control."

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Ex-eBay, Google payments exec Tilenius launches mobile health startup Vida (Cromwell Schubarth/Silicon Valley ...)

TechMeme - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 7:05pm

Cromwell Schubarth / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Ex-eBay, Google payments exec Tilenius launches mobile health startup Vida  —  Stephanie Tilenius, who has spent much of her recent career in the payments and commerce business at Google, eBay and PayPal, is getting back to her roots in a way with her latest startup.

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Location of Spilled Oil From 2010 Deepwater Horizon Event Found

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:36pm
Chipmunk100 writes: A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (abstract) claims to have identified the location of two million barrels of submerged oil thought to be trapped in the deep ocean following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. By analyzing data from more than 3,000 samples collected at 534 locations over 12 expeditions, they identified a 1,250-square-mile patch of the deep sea floor upon which 2 to 16 percent of the discharged oil was deposited. The fallout of oil to the sea floor created thin deposits most intensive to the southwest of the Macondo well. The oil was most concentrated within the top half inch of the sea floor and was patchy even at the scale of a few feet."

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Google Developing a Pill To Detect Cancer

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:52pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Google X research lab has unveiled a new project: developing a pill capable of detecting cancer, imminent heart attacks, and other diseases. According to the article, "the company is fashioning nanoparticles—particles about one billionth of a meter in width—that combine a magnetic material with antibodies or proteins that can attach to and detect other molecules inside the body." When a person ingests the pill, these particles interact with the particular markers for a given disease. Since they're magnetic, they can then be guided back to a particular spot where they can be scanned to determine if any interactions took place. Google X's head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, said, "What we are trying to do is change medicine from reactive and transactional to proactive and preventative. Nanoparticles... give you the ability to explore the body at a molecular and cellular level."

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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:08pm
McGruber writes: Back on February 4, "Science Guy" Bill Nye debated Creationist Kenneth Alfred "Ken" Ham. That high-profile debate helped boost support for Ham's $73 million "Ark Encounter" project, allowing Ham to announce on February 25 that a municipal bond offering had raised enough money to begin construction. Nye said he was "heartbroken and sickened for the Commonwealth of Kentucky" after learning that the project would move forward. Nye said the ark would eventually draw more attention to the beliefs of Ham's ministry, which preaches that the Bible's creation story is a true account, and as a result, "voters and taxpayers in Kentucky will eventually see that this is not in their best interest." In July, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority unanimously approved $18.25 million worth of tax incentives to keep the ark park afloat. The funds are from a state program that allows eligible tourism attractions a rebate of as much as 25 percent of the investment in the project. Since then, the Ark Park's employment application has became public: "Nestled among the requirements for all job applicants were three troubling obligatory documents: 'Salvation testimony,' 'Creation belief statement,' and a 'Confirmation of your agreement with the AiG statement of faith.' (AiG is Answers in Genesis, Ham's ministry and Ark Encounter's parent company.)" That caused the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet to halt its issuance of tax incentives for the ark park. Bob Stewart, secretary of the cabinet, wrote to Ham that "the Commonwealth does not provide incentives to any company that discriminates on the basis of religion and we will not make any exception for Ark Encounter, LLC." Before funding could proceed, Stewart explained, "the Commonwealth must have the express written assurance from Ark Encounter, LLC that it will not discriminate in any way on the basis of religion in hiring." The ark park has not yet sunk. It is "still pending before the authority" and a date has not yet been set for the meeting where final approval will be considered.

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These Affordable 3-D Printers Are Impressive—And Plagued by Weak Software

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 5:06pm

XYZ Printing released a new Printer + Scanner combo today; here's a look at how it compares to the other models in its ranks.

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We Are All Confident Idiots

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 4:25pm
An anonymous reader writes: If you've ever heard of the Dunning-Kruger effect, you'll be familiar with David Dunning, professor of psychology at Cornell. He's written an article on the "psychology of human wrongness," explaining how confidence in one's answers tends to be high for people who don't know what they're talking about. He says, "What's curious is that, in many cases, incompetence does not leave people disoriented, perplexed, or cautious. Instead, the incompetent are often blessed with an inappropriate confidence, buoyed by something that feels to them like knowledge." Dunning goes on: "A whole battery of studies conducted by myself and others have confirmed that people who don't know much about a given set of cognitive, technical, or social skills tend to grossly overestimate their prowess and performance, whether it's grammar, emotional intelligence, logical reasoning, firearm care and safety, debating, or financial knowledge. College students who hand in exams that will earn them Ds and Fs tend to think their efforts will be worthy of far higher grades; low-performing chess players, bridge players, and medical students, and elderly people applying for a renewed driver's license, similarly overestimate their competence by a long shot."

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The Amazon Fire Phone’s Worst Reviews Are From Angry Environmentalists

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:45pm

Amazon’s first phone hasn’t been a hit. But it may not be quite the flop it appears, based on the Amazon Fire reviews on the online retailer’s own web site. That’s because a good-sized chunk of the nearly 2,000 1-star pans of the device aren’t really reviews at all. They’re a form of protest, organized […]

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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:43pm
jones_supa writes: The OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution's next release. Several commits earlier this month stripped out the loadable kernel modules support. Phoronix's Michael Larabel has not yet found an official reason for the decision to drop support. He wagers that it is due to security or code quality/openness ideals.

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To Keep Its Stars Happy, YouTube May Let You Pay to Skip Ads

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:41pm

YouTube is by far the leading destination for internet video, delivering more than 6 billion hours’ worth of content every month to eyeballs worldwide. And for viewers, those hours don’t cost a penny. But now YouTube is looking at a new way to make video pay. On Monday, at a conference in Silicon Valley, YouTube […]

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Investment Startup for Tech’s Young Millionaires Now Wants Your Money, Too

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:30pm

In 2011, Wealthfront started out with a no-brainer concept. A lot of really young people in Silicon Valley were making a lot of money quickly, but they didn't know what to do with it. Wall Street-style brokerages and investment advisers were on the other side of the country, or at least on the other side of a generational and cultural divide. So Wealthfront came along with an alternative approach to help this newly minted class of hoodie-clad millionaires figure out where to put their many dollars.

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Google Developing a Pill That Would Detect Cancer and Other Diseases

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:22pm

Google is attempting to develop a pill that would send microscopic particles into the bloodstream in an effort to identify cancers, imminent heart attacks, and other diseases.

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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:01pm
An anonymous reader writes The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced it is suing AT&T. The commission is charging the carrier for allegedly misleading millions of its smartphone customers by changing the terms while customers were still under contract for "unlimited" data plans that were, well, limited. "AT&T promised its customers 'unlimited' data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise," FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement. "The issue here is simple: 'unlimited' means unlimited." How apropos.

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A Slick New Interactive 3-D Poster for the Divergent Sequel Insurgent

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:55pm

The future is here: check out the 3-D interactive poster for Insurgent's Peter (Miles Teller).

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The Scoop On Tumblr's All-Out Assault On Your Eyeballs

ReadWriteWeb - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:33pm

Tumblr is taking a page from Facebook and rolling out video advertising for marketers who want their ads to autoplay in Tumblr feeds.

The announcement comes on the heels of an update to Tumblr's video player last week, which included autoplay and looping videos, and support for Instagram and Vine. However, marketers will be unable to cross-post Instagram and Vine videos as advertisements to Tumblr, AdAge reports.

The company is rolling out the video ads with 10 initial partners including JC Penny, Hulu, Lexus and Universal, and will be widely available in mid-November. Tumblr will now allow marketers to pay for ads per view. 

Prior to today's announcement, video ads were available on Tumblr, but such videos didn't automatically start to play in the dashboard.

Like Facebook, Tumblr's auto-play ads are muted by default, and viewers can tap to play. Web users will be able to pop out the video player to keep scrolling through their dashboard while playing the video. 

Facebook released its own auto-play video ads earlier this year, but unlike Facebook users, people on Tumblr are accustomed to watching looping videos in the form of GIFs that fill up their feeds. Adding autoplay video ads might not be as much of shock to the Tumblr dashboard as it was to the news feed. 

Lead photo by Golden Owl on Flickr

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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:22pm
Bennett Haselton writes: Social networking company Ello has converted itself to a Public Benefit Corporation, bound by a charter saying that they will not now, nor in the future, make money by running advertisements or selling user data. Ello had followed these policies from the outset, but skeptics worried that venture capitalist investors might pressure Ello to change those policies, so this binding commitment was meant to assuage those fears. But is the commitment really legally binding and enforceable down the road? Read on for the rest.

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The Future of Fraud

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:16pm

When I started 41st Parameter more than a decade ago, I had a sense of what fraud was all about. I’d spent several years dealing with fraud while at VeriSign and American Express. As I considered the problem, I realized that fraud was something that could never be fully prevented. It’s a dispiriting thing to […]

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