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Solar-Powered Plane Begins a Risky Trip Across the Pacific

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 5:59pm

After a couple of false starts, Solar Impulse 2 is finally crossing the Pacific, the hardest part of its around-the-world journey.

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If You Paid for Beats, Apple Music Is a Broken Promise

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 5:45pm

Dear Apple: You booted me off Beats with the promise my music would follow me. So where is it?

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Stanford Starts the 'Secure Internet of Things Project'

Slashdot - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 5:18pm
An anonymous reader writes: The internet-of-things is here to stay. Lots of people now have smart lights, smart thermostats, smart appliances, smart fire detectors, and other internet-connect gadgets installed in their houses. The security of those devices has been an obvious and predictable problem since day one. Manufacturers can't be bothered to provide updates to $500 smartphones more than a couple years after they're released; how long do you think they'll be worried about security updates for a $50 thermostat? Security researchers have been vocal about this, and they've found lots of vulnerabilities and exploits before hackers have had a chance to. But the manufacturers have responded in the wrong way. Instead of developing a more robust approach to device security, they've simply thrown encryption at everything. This makes it temporarily harder for malicious hackers to have their way with the devices, but also shuts out consumers and white-hat researchers from knowing what the devices are doing. Stanford, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan have now started the Secure Internet of Things Project, which aims to promote security and transparency for IoT devices. They hope to unite regulators, researchers, and manufacturers to ensure nascent internet-connected tech is developed in a way that respects customer privacy and choice.

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Leaked iPhone 6s casing photos reveal nearly identical external appearance to the iPhone 6; dual-lens camera unlikely (Mark Gurman/9to5Mac)

TechMeme - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 5:12pm

Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Leaked iPhone 6s casing photos reveal nearly identical external appearance to the iPhone 6; dual-lens camera unlikely  —  Revealed: iPhone 6S will look nearly identical outside, but expect numerous changes inside [Gallery]  —  For fall 2015, Apple is preparing an “S” iPhone upgrade …

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PushBullet overhauled on mobile and desktop with new messaging-focused features (Ben Woods/The Next Web)

TechMeme - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:45pm

Ben Woods / The Next Web:
PushBullet overhauled on mobile and desktop with new messaging-focused features  —  PushBullet, an app that lets you move files easily between different devices or send them to friends, has rolled out a full overhaul of its mobile, desktop and browser-based apps.

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Cory Doctorow Talks About Fighting the DMCA (2 Videos)

Slashdot - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:27pm
Wikipedia says, 'Cory Efram Doctorow (/kri dktro/; born July 17, 1971) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.' Timothy Lord sat down with Cory at the O'Reilly Solid Conference and asked him about the DMCA and how the fight against it is going. Due to management-imposed restraints on video lengths, we broke the ~10 minute interview into two parts, both attached to this paragraph. The transcript covers both videos, so it's your choice: view, read or listen to as much of this interview as you like.

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California Is Now the Perfect Test Lab for Vaccine Laws

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:23pm

Jerry Brown just passed a law banning religious and personal belief exemptions to vaccines, turning California into a huge public health laboratory.

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Sensors Reveal How Bad Outside Air Invades Our Cubicles

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:18pm

It's easy to feel like your office building is an isolated pod disconnected from the natural environment.

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FISA Court rules that 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong, NSA can temporarily resume bulk data collection for the next five months (Charlie Savage/New York Times)

TechMeme - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 4:15pm

Charlie Savage / New York Times:
FISA Court rules that 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was wrong, NSA can temporarily resume bulk data collection for the next five months  —  Surveillance Court Rules That N.S.A. Can Resume Bulk Data Collection  —  WASHINGTON — The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday …

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Vince Staples Is the Second Coming of (Old-School) Ice Cube

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:55pm

"Summertime ’06" is one of the most exciting rap albums of the past few years, and it conjures the spirit of a 21-year-old Cube.

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White House Lures Mudge From Google To Launch Cyber UL

Slashdot - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:53pm
chicksdaddy writes: The Obama Whitehouse has tapped famed hacker Peiter Zatko (aka "Mudge") to head up a new project aimed at developing an "underwriters' lab" for cyber security. The new organization would function as an independent, non-profit entity designed to assess the security strengths and weaknesses of products and publishing the results of its tests. Zatko is a famed hacker and security luminary, who cut his teeth with the Boston-based hacker collective The L0pht in the 1990s before moving on to work in private industry and, then, to become a program manager at the DARPA in 2010. Though known for keeping a low profile, his scruffy visage (circa 1998) graced the pages of the Washington Post in a recent piece that remembered testimony that Mudge and other L0pht members gave to Congress about the dangers posed by insecure software.

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First Teaser for Snowden Comes With a Big Dose of Mystery

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:34pm

Watch the first teaser for Oliver Stone's film about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden here.

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A Smart Car on Train Tracks Won’t Fix Our Transit Woes

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:22pm

This unusual project has less in common with road-rail vehicles than it does with "personalized rapid transit."

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What Gives the Beach That Smell? Sulfur-Making Algae

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:22pm

The beach's poetic smell comes, in part, from a not-so-poetically-named sulfur compound called dimethyl sulfide, or DMS.

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Microsoft To Sell Bing Maps, Advertising Sections

Slashdot - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 3:09pm
UnknowingFool writes: Microsoft has announced that they will sell some Bing Maps technology to Uber and their advertising business to AOL. About 1,300 employees are expected to be offered positions in their new companies. CEO Nadella said previously that there would be "tough choices" to be made. Some outside analysts have said neither venture was very profitable for Microsoft and may have been unprofitable at times.

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Test Pilot: the F-35 Can't Dogfight

Slashdot - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:26pm
schwit1 sends this report from the War Is Boring column: A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can't turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy's own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January. And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn't even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet's cramped cockpit. "The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft." That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him. The test pilot's report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35 — which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history's most expensive weapon. Your tax dollars at work.

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Bono and The Edge Take You Inside U2’s ‘Cedarwood Road’

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:03pm

Bono and The Edge talk about how they came up with the music and lyrics for U2's "Cedarwood Road."

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Apple Music’s Here, and It Probably Won’t Change Everything

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 2:01pm

Let’s just get this out of the way: There’s nothing here you haven’t seen before.

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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Empty Toner Cartridges?

Slashdot - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:44pm
New submitter MoarSauce123 writes: Over time I accumulated a number of empty toner cartridges for a Brother laser printer. Initially, I wanted to take a local office supply chain store up on their offer to give me store credit for the returned cartridge. For that credit to be issued I would have to sign up for their store card providing a bunch of personal information. The credit is so lousy that after the deduction from the sales price of a new toner cartridge the price is still much higher than from a large online retailer. And the credit only applies to one new cartridge, so I cannot keep collecting the credit and then get a cartridge 'for free' at some point. I also looked into a local store of a toner refill chain. Their prices are a bit better, but the closest store is about half an hour away with rather odd business hours. Still, at the end they charge more than the large online retailer asks for a brand new cartridge. For now I bring the empty cartridges to the big office supply store and tell them that I do not want their dumb store credit. I rather have big corp make some bucks on me than throw these things in the trash and have it go to a landfill. Are there any better options? Anything from donating it to charity to refilling myself is of interest.

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What If You Could See Asteroids In the Night Sky?

Slashdot - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: As part of Asteroid Day a 360-degree video rendering the night sky with the population of near-earth asteroids included has been created by 'Astronogamer' Scott Manley. The video shows how the Earth flies through a cloud of asteroids on its journey around the sun, and yet we've only discovered about 1% of the near earth asteroid population.

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