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  • China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission

    2h By timothy
    China's Chang'e 5-T1 mission to the moon has not only taken some beautiful pictures of the Earth from the craft's perspective (hat tip to reader Taco Cowboy) but as of Friday evening (continental U.S. time) returned a capsule to Earth. (The capsule landed in…
  • Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

    Fri 8:24pm By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes I received some interesting mail this week from the House Majority PAC. First, a "voter report card" postcard telling me my voting record was "excellent" (I'm a good citizen!), but also letting me know that they "plan to update this…
  • NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe

    Fri 7:29pm By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes In April, NASA ended the mission of its Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) mission by de-orbiting (read: crashing) it on the far side of the moon. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has now directly imaged the crash…
  • LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World's Narrowest

    Fri 6:48pm By timothy
    SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "LG Display has announced that it has developed a 5.3-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones with the world's narrowest bezel at 0.7mm. It's even thinner than a credit card, making the screen give you the impression that it…
  • Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

    Fri 6:07pm By Soulskill
    schwit1 writes with news of a Circuit Court decision from Virginia where a judge has ruled that a criminal defendant cannot use Fifth Amendment protections to safeguard a phone that is locked using his or her fingerprint. According to Judge Steven C. Fucci,…
  • Qualcomm Begins Contributing To Reverse-Engineered Freedreno Linux Driver

    Fri 5:23pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: For over two years there's been a Freedreno driver project that's been reverse-engineering Qualcomm's Adreno graphics hardware. Freedreno consists of both a user-space Gallium3D driver providing OpenGL / OpenGL ES support and a…
  • Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

    Fri 4:46pm By Soulskill
    jenningsthecat writes: DARPA's Terahertz Electronics program has created "the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured." The Terahertz Monolithic Integrated Circuit (TMIC), boasts a gain of 9dB — previously unheard of for a monolithic…
  • Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

    Fri 4:03pm By Soulskill
    sciencehabit writes: Like cops tracking the wrong person, physicists seeking to identify dark matter — the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to bind the galaxies — may have been stalking the wrong particle. In fact, a particle with some properties…
  • Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

    Fri 3:10pm By Soulskill
    Fallen Kell writes: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has crashed. "'During the test. the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle,' the company said in a statement. "The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first…
  • Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

    Fri 2:36pm By Soulskill
    HughPickens.com writes: Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Education Department wants to make sure loan programs that prey on students don't continue their abusive practices. Now Kimberly Hefling reports that for-profit colleges who are not producing…
  • Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

    Fri 1:50pm By Soulskill
    dkatana writes: The ongoing deployment of internet-of-things devices is already creating serious issues and discussions about the privacy of users, IoT security, and the potential threat of cyber criminals taking control of sensors and smart devices connected…
  • Android Co-Founder Andy Rubin Leaving Google

    Fri 1:05pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal reports that Andy Rubin is leaving Google. Rubin co-founded Android in 2003 and stayed on when the company was acquired by Google in 2005. Rubin led Android through the acquisition of over a billion users,…
  • Facebook Sets Up Shop On Tor

    Fri 12:18pm By Soulskill
    itwbennett writes: Assuming that people who use the anonymity network want to also use Facebook, the social network has made its site available on Tor, Facebook software engineer Alec Muffett said in a post on Friday. Facebook also decided to encrypt the…
  • MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

    Fri 11:35am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: The Motion Picture Association of America, along with the National Association of Theater Owners, have banned Google Glass and similar devices from being in movie theaters. They said, "As part of our continued efforts to ensure…
  • Breaching Air-Gap Security With Radio

    Fri 10:49am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Security researcher Mordechai Guri with the guidance of Prof. Yuval Elovici from the cyber security labs at Ben-Gurion University in Israel presented at MALCON 2014 a breakthrough method ("AirHopper") for leaking data from an…
  • Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests

    Fri 10:15am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: When news broke last week that the Hungarian government was planning to tax internet traffic at a rate of about 62 cents per gigabyte, people on the internet were outraged. But it went beyond that: there were protests in the streets…
  • Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless

    Fri 9:29am By Soulskill
    StartsWithABang writes: We like to think of our Solar System as typical: a central star with a number of planets — some gas giants and some rocky worlds — in orbit around it. Yes, there's some variety, with binary or trinary star systems and huge variance…
  • Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

    Fri 8:47am By Soulskill
    Microsoft has announced the availability of "Microsoft Band," a wearable device that goes on the wrist. It's designed to do health- and fitness-related tasks, like monitoring heart rate and how well a wearer sleeps, and its on-board GPS lets users map their…
  • Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

    Fri 8:04am By samzenpus
    ewhac writes: "I'm probably going to deeply deeply regret this, but every time a story appears here mentioning systemd, a 700-comment thread of back-and-forth bickering breaks out which is about as informative as an old Bud Light commercial, and I don't really…
  • Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

    Fri 5:25am By samzenpus
    HughPickens.com writes We know that about 10 million more people have insurance coverage this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act but until now it has been difficult to say much about who was getting that Obamacare coverage — where they live, their…
  • Swedish Regulator Orders Last "Hold-Out" ISP To Retain Customer Data

    Fri 4:06am By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes Despite the death of the EU Data Retention Directive in April, and despite the country having taken six years to even begin to obey the ruling, the Swedish government, via its telecoms regulator, has forced ISPs to continue retaining…
  • Mark Zuckerberg And John Doerr Donate $1M To Expand The Hour Of Code Campaign

    Fri 3:01am By samzenpus
    theodp writes Techcrunch reports that Mark Zuckerberg has donated $500K to expand the Hour of Code campaign, which aims to reach 100 million students this year with its learn-to-code tutorials, including its top-featured tutorial starring Zuckerberg (video).…
  • Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

    Fri 12:30am By samzenpus
    merbs writes "Earlier this year, Denmark's leadership announced that the nation would run entirely on renewable power by 2050. Wind, solar, and biomass would be ramped up while coal and gas are phased out. Now Denmark has gone even further, and plans to end…
  • France Investigating Mysterious Drone Activity Over 7 Nuclear Power Plant Sites

    Thu 10:05pm By samzenpus
    thygate writes In France, an investigation has been launched into the appearance of "drones" on 7 different nuclear power plant sites across the country in the last month. Some of the plants involved are Creys-Malville en Bugey in the southeast, Blayais in the…
  • Researchers Claim Metal "Patch" Found On Pacific Island Is From Amelia Earhart

    Thu 8:59pm By samzenpus
    An anonymous reader writes Amelia Earhart disappeared in 1937, but scientists may have now uncovered where she ended up. Researchers have identified a piece of aluminum, which washed up on a remote Pacific island, as dated to the correct time period and…