McLaren Offers a Watered-Down Supercar for Buyers in Asia

Wired News - 40 min 48 sec ago

The 625C is a less powerful version of the mid-engine, rear wheel-drive 650S.

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Sensitive Sea Lion Whiskers Get the Job Done

Wired News - 1 hour 6 min ago

You know the classic circus trick of a sea lion balancing a ball on its nose? It turns out whiskers are the key to making it work. In a new study, Alyx Milne and Robyn Grant of Manchester Metropolitan University filmed sea lions to investigate whether they use whisker control to coordinate ball balancing. While […]

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Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Slashdot - 1 hour 39 min ago
Rambo Tribble writes The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing to replace Honeywell-built cockpit screens that could be affected by wi-fi transmissions. Additionally, the FAA has expressed concerns that other frequencies, such as used by air surveillance and weather radar, could disrupt the displays. The systems involved report airspeed, altitude, heading and pitch and roll to the crew, and the agency stated that a failure could cause a crash. Meanwhile, the order is said to affect over 1,300 aircraft, and some airlines are balking, since the problem has never been seen in operation, that the order presents "a high, and unnecessary, financial burden on operators".

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New Quadcopters Arrive Just as US Eases Its Ban on Camera Drones

Wired News - 1 hour 40 min ago

Just in time for new US rules allowing drones for movie-making, a Toronto startup is launching a campaign to send swarms of lightweight cameras into the skies.

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This Final 'Interstellar' Trailer Is Epic and Amazing (Video)

Space.com - 1 hour 56 min ago
Christopher Nolan's space epic 'Interstellar' is still a month away from theaters, but the third and final trailer is out now.
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Two Eclipses + Mars Meets A Comet | October 2014 Skywatching Video

Space.com - 2 hours 1 min ago
October 8th brings a Lunar eclipse to North America. On October 19th, Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) will fly within 81,000 miles of the Red Planet. The, on October 23rd, a partial solar eclipse graces Canada most of the US and Mexico.
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Slashdot - 2 hours 11 min ago
mi writes Attorney General Eric Holder called it is "worrisome" that tech companies are providing default encryption on consumer electronics, adding that locking authorities out of being able to access the contents of devices puts children at risk. “It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy,” Holder said at a conference on child sexual abuse, according to a text of his prepared remarks. “When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.”

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Windows 10 Will Run Everywhere. But What Does That Mean?

Wired News - 2 hours 13 min ago

Terry Myerson says Windows 10 will run on “the broadest range of devices ever,” from small “internet of things” gadgets set up in offices and homes, to game consoles, to handheld tablets and phones, to computer servers that drive websites and other business software inside massive data centers. “Some of these devices have four-inch screens. […]

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Japan's Shinkansen Bullet Trains Celebrate 50th Anniversary

Slashdot - 2 hours 32 min ago
AmiMoJo writes Japan's Shinkansen bullet-train has marked its 50th anniversary. The first Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka debuted on October 1st, 1964, ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Since then, the Shinkansen has run about 2 billion kilometers, or the equivalent of 50,000 times around the earth. It has carried about 5.6 billion passengers. The latest series to enter operation, the E5, operates at 320km/h.

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Psychedelic Skies | Space Wallpaper

Space.com - 2 hours 48 min ago
This space wallpaper shows a night of observing the Northern Celestial Pole from the Allgäu Public Observatory in Ottobeuren, Germany.
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iOS Trojan Targets Hong Kong Protestors

Slashdot - 2 hours 53 min ago
First time accepted submitter Kexel writes Security researchers have claimed to discover the first Apple iOS Trojan attack in a move to thwart the communications of pro-democracy Hong Kong activists. From the article: "The malicious software, known as Xsser, is capable of stealing text messages, photos, call logs, passwords and other data from Apple mobile devices, researchers with Lacoon Mobile Security said on Tuesday. They uncovered the spyware while investigating similar malware for Google Inc's Android operating system last week that also targeted Hong Kong protesters. Anonymous attackers spread the Android spyware via WhatsApp, sending malicious links to download the program, according to Lacoon. It is unclear how iOS devices get infected with Xsser, which is not disguised as an app."

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Stop What You’re Doing and Watch the New Interstellar Trailer

Wired News - 2 hours 55 min ago

You might be tempted to blacklist any more footage from Interstellar until the movie actually comes out. That's fair. It's the kind of film where the mystery leading up to its release feels essential to the viewing experience itself. It would be understandable if you wanted to let all the jittery excitement and anticipation bottle up so that by the time you've got a ticket and the lights dim you want to jettison out of your seat like the rocket on screen. But the latest Interstellar trailer hit the web today, and it is so worth your time.

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Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

Wired News - 3 hours 2 min ago

This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video.

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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

Slashdot - 3 hours 35 min ago
The Bad Astronomer writes Astronomers have found a new asteroid, 2014 OL339, that is a quasi-moon of the Earth. Discovered accidentally earlier this year, the 150-meter asteroid has an orbit that is more elliptical than Earth's, but has a period of almost exactly one year. It isn't bound to Earth like a real moon, but displays apparent motion as if it did, making it one of several known quasi-moons.

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Women Entrepreneurs: Are We Whining Too Much?

Wired News - 3 hours 43 min ago

In my recent article, Women ARE Raising Venture Capital, I said, there is no bias among Silicon Valley VCs against women. I got an earful on that one. What? There are hardly any female VCs. So few female CEOs. So few blah blah blah. Right. Yes. I know. But it is what it is. How […]

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Ambitious Windows 10 Is an Attack Disguised as a Retreat

Wired News - 3 hours 51 min ago

From the early looks of Windows 10, it's a long-overdue concession to the fact that Windows users prefer the way things used to be.

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Huge Cloud on Saturn's Moon Titan Is Made of Toxic Cyanide

Space.com - 4 hours 3 min ago
A giant cloud that covers the south pole of Titan, Saturn's largest moon, has a surprisingly poisonous nature: It's made of cyanide. The giant cloud, first spotted by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2012, is the size of Egypt and covers Titan's south pole.
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Facebook: The New King of Data Brokers?

Wired News - 4 hours 4 min ago

Perhaps you’ve never heard of the world’s largest data brokers — and that’s exactly how they like it. For instance, Acxiom brands itself as “a marketing technology and services company.” That sounds fairly benign, and it’s certainly preferable to the sinister term data broker. When it comes to data, though, today Acxiom can’t hold a candle to Facebook. There […]

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'Strikingly Geometric' Shapes Hidden on Moon's Surface

Space.com - 4 hours 13 min ago
The moon's Ocean of Storms was previously thought to be a round crater left after a giant impact, but now researchers surprisingly find it is underlain by a giant rectangle created by cooling lunar lava as the moon formed.
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Back To Faxes: Doctors Can't Exchange Digital Medical Records

Slashdot - 4 hours 16 min ago
nbauman writes: Doctors with one medical records system can't exchange information with systems made by other vendors, including those at their own hospitals, according to the New York Times. One ophthalmologist spent half a million dollars on a system, but still needs to send faxes to get the information where it needs to go. The largest vendor is Epic Systems, Madison, WI, which holds almost half the medical records in the U.S. A report from RAND described Epic as a "closed" platform that made it "challenging and costly" for hospitals to interconnect. The situation is bad for patients and costly for medical works: if doctors can't exchange records, they'll face a 1% Medicare penalty, and UC Davis alone has a staff of 22 dedicated to communication. On top of that, Epic charges a fee to send data to some non-Epic systems. Congress has held hearings on the matter, and Epic has hired a lobbyist. Epic's founder, billionaire computer science major Judith Faulkner, said that Epic was one of the first to establish code and standards for secure interchange, which included user authentication provisions and a legally binding contract. She said the federal government, which gave $24 billion in incentive payments to doctors for computerization, should have done that. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology said that it was a "top priority" and just recently wrote a 10-year vision statement and agenda for it.

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