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Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
Apply Now for the EA Girls Who Code Summer 2015 Workshop.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
Wii U still flounders but Nintendo predicts full-year profits. Wii U sales are starting to slowly recover, except in Japan. Sony partners up with Spotify for PlayStation Music. Xbox One Assassin's...

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
iPad's rise and fall: Tablet sales slump as people shift to phablets. I Am Bread Coming To iOS. Epic Racers on the App Store on iTunes. Mutation Mash - Android Apps on Google Play. Squiggy Piggy -...

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
Tons of AT&T and Verizon customers may no longer have ?broadband? tomorrow. Amazon goes after Office 365 with WorkMail hosted e-mail service. Netflix's Viewing Data: How We Know Where You Are in...

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
GeForce Dying Light Graphics & Performance Guide. Project Cars benchmarks. German. Drone maker to add no-fly firmware to prevent future White House buzzing. FAA warns drone owners: Stay away from...

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
Thanks j.c.f. Mobile Banking Apps Are Risky Business for Android Users. Google Apps Admin Panel Falls for XSS, Issue Researcher Gets $5,000. PHP 5.6.5 Fixes Flaw Leading to Remote Code Execution....

Evening Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
Gag order prevented Google from disclosing WikiLeaks probe for 3 years. TracFone must pay $40M for throttling and capping ?unlimited? data. Silk Road trial- Prosecutors compare Ulbricht?s e-mail...

Into the Black

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
Link of the Day: From thug to responsible adult in one tenth of a fluid ounce. NSFW.

Star Citizen Persistent Universe Presentation; Funding Hits $71M

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 4:23pm
The Stretch Goals page on the Roberts Space Industries website shows Star Citizen has now attracted more than $71 million in crowdfunding for Cloud Imperium's upcoming space game, though they have...

Teddy Bear, the Porcupine, Predicts Super Bowl XLIX Winner


"Can Teddy Bear the Porcupine accurately predict the winner of the Super Bowl for the FOURTH year in a row? Don't ever underestimate the power of po'pine prognostication! See who he picks to win Super Bowl XLIX (2015)..."

From http://happyplace.someecards.com/super-bowl-xlix/teddy-bear-the-porcupine-goes-for-his-fourth-correct-super-bowl-prediction-in-a-row/ ...


Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:44pm
Advocatus Diaboli writes Canada's electronic spy agency sifts through millions of videos and documents downloaded online every day by people around the world, as part of a sweeping bid to find extremist plots and suspects, CBC News has learned. Details of the Communications Security Establishment project dubbed 'Levitation' are revealed in a document obtained by U.S. whistleblower Edward Snowden and recently released to CBC News. Under Levitation, analysts with the electronic eavesdropping service can access information on about 10 to 15 million uploads and downloads of files from free websites each day, the document says.

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Scientists Discover How To Track Natural Errors In DNA Replication

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:00pm
BarbaraHudson writes Researchers figured out how to label and keep track of new pieces of DNA, and learned to follow the enzyme responsible for copying those pieces. Their research focused on enzymes called polymerases. These enzymes create small regions in DNA that act as scaffolds for the copied DNA. Scientists assumed that the body deletes the scaffolds containing errors, or mutations, and the standard computer models supported this theory. However, the actual research showed that about 1.5 percent of those erroneous scaffolds are left over, trapped within the DNA. After running models, scientists now believe they can track how DNA replicates and find the most likely areas where these scaffolds with errors turn up. The erroneous scaffolds usually appear close to genetic switches, those regions that turn on when genes activate. The mutations damage the switch, which results in genetic disease, as well as increasing the likelihood of cancer.

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Adobe's Latest Zero-Day Exploit Repurposed, Targeting Adult Websites

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:17pm
MojoKid writes Adobe issued a patch for bug CVE-2015-0311, one that exposes a user's browser to become vulnerable to code injection, and the now infamous Angler EK (Exploit Kit). To fall victim to this kind of attack, all someone needs to do is visit a website with compromised Flash files, at which point the attacker can inject code and utilize Angler EK, which has proven to be an extremely popular tool over the past year. This particular version of Angler EK is different, however. For starters, it makes use of obfuscated JavaScript and attempts to detect virtual machines and anti-virus products. Its target audience is also rather specific: porn watchers. According to FireEye, which has researched the CVE-2015-0311 vulnerability extensively, this exploit has reached people via banner ads on popular adult websites. It was also noted that even a top 1000 website was affected, so it's not as though victims are surfing to the murkiest depths of the web to come in contact with it.

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MICHAEL KRASNY "Procitám"

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:47pm

Crew:
Director: Sakari Lerkkanen
Producer: Lucie Krbova
DOP: Marek Mysicka
Gaffer: Martin Kloud
1st AC: Matteo Zenini
2nd AC: Nick Woolgar
DIT: Alec Gordon
Spark: Alessandro Baglieri
Make up and hair: Jirina Alanko
Editor: Fredrik Limi
Color Grade: Ivano Di Natale
Catering: Marketa Senkyriko and Tom

Cast:
Ilaria Galizia
James Hawkhurstvault
Theodore Hawkhurstvault
Lindi Pieri
Gino Picciano
Selva Gota
Martina Gota
Mike Flight
Goeff

Music:
Composer: Jan Balek, Michael Krasny
Lyrics: Michael Krasny, Jan Balek, Ondrej Pomajsl
Voice: Michael Krasny
Keys: Jan Balek
Guitar: Karel Barta
Bass: Michael Krasny
Drums: Ondrej Pomajsl
Mixing and mastering: Michael Krasny
Recorded in MK records in 2014

Cast: Sakari Lerkkanen

Tags: black, white, Michael, Krasny, Sakari, Lerkkanen, Film, Noir, Relationship, Break, Up, Coffee, london, prague, Quattro and Formaggi

Scientists 3D-Printing Cartilage For Medical Implants

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 1:33pm
Molly McHugh writes Scientists and physicians at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research have discovered a way to use MakerBot's 3D-printing technologies to create cartilage and repair tissue damage in the trachea. From the article: "Researchers found that it’s possible to use the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer to print what’s called 'scaffolding,' made up of PLA, a bioplastic commonly used in in surgical implant devices. The team customized the printer so that living cells could be printed onto the scaffolding. The 3D-printed mixture of healthy cells found in cartilage, and collagen, eventually grew into the shape of a trachea that could be implanted into a patient."

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Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:50pm
itwbennett writes Researchers from Drexel University, the University of Maryland, the University of Goettingen, and Princeton have developed a "code stylometry" that uses natural language processing and machine learning to determine the authors of source code based on coding style. To test how well their code stylometry works, the researchers gathered publicly available data from Google's Code Jam, an annual programming competition that attracts a wide range of programmers, from students to professionals to hobbyists. Looking at data from 250 coders over multiple years, averaging 630 lines of code per author their code stylometry achieved 95% accuracy in identifying the author of anonymous code. Using a dataset with fewer programmers (30) but more lines of code per person (1,900), the identification accuracy rate reached 97%.

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Book Review: Designing and Building a Security Operations Center

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:07pm
benrothke writes Many organizations are overwhelmed by the onslaught of security data from disparate systems, platforms and applications. They have numerous point solutions (anti-virus, firewalls, IDS/IPS, ERP, access control, IdM, single sign-on, etc.) that can create millions of daily log messages. In addition to directed attacks becoming more frequent and sophisticated, there are regulatory compliance issues that place increasing burden on security, systems and network administrators. This creates a large amount of information and log data without a formal mechanism to deal with it. This has led to many organizations creating a security operations center (SOC). A SOC in its most basic form is the centralized team that deals with information security incidents and related issues. In Designing and Building a Security Operations Center, author David Nathans provides the basics on how that can be done. Keep reading for the rest of Ben's review

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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:26am
Lemeowski writes Technology business analyst Horace Deidu found an interesting nugget while closely examining an Apple press release from earlier this year: "The iOS App Store distributed $10 billion to developers in 2014, which, Deidu points out, is just about as much as Hollywood earned off U.S. box office revenues the same year." That means the American app industry is poised to eclipse the American film industry. Additionally, Apple says its App Store has created 627,000 jobs, which Deidu contrasts with the 374,000 jobs Hollywood creates

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Nobel Laureate and Laser Inventor Charles Townes Passes

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:52am
An anonymous reader writes Charles Hard Townes, a professor emeritus of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, who shared the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for invention of the laser and subsequently pioneered the use of lasers in astronomy, died early Tuesday in Oakland. He was 99. "Charlie was a cornerstone of the Space Sciences Laboratory for almost 50 years,” said Stuart Bale, director of the lab and a UC Berkeley professor of physics. “He trained a great number of excellent students in experimental astrophysics and pioneered a program to develop interferometry at short wavelengths. He was a truly inspiring man and a nice guy. We’ll miss him.”

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Graphene: Reversible Method of Magnetic Doping Paves Way For Semiconductor Use

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:10am
concertina226 writes: A team of physicists at University of California, Riverside have discovered how to induce magnetism in graphene in a way that still preserves the material's electronic properties, which paves the way for graphene to be used as a semiconductor. The researchers grew a sheet of yttrium iron garnet using laser molecular beam epitaxy in a laboratory (abstract). Magnetic substances like iron are known to disrupt graphene's electrical conduction properties, but yttrium iron garnet works well as it is an electric insulator. When a graphene sheet was placed on top of an atomically smooth sheet of yttrium iron garnet, the graphene borrowed the magnetic properties from the yttrium iron garnet and became magnetized without the need for doping.

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