Titans Return Broadside Found At US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 09:11 PM
By Matty from TFW2005:
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New toy sightings! TFW2005 member *Deathblade has notified us of a new find at Walmart in San Antonio, Texas: Titans Return Broadside! Broadside is part of the Voyager class, wave 4 assortment and is hopefully a sign of more new toys to come.  Happy hunting TFW!

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Researchers Discover A Surprising New Role for Lungs: Making Blood
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 08:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's lung-blood department:
schwit1 quotes ScienceAlert:
In experiments involving mice, the team found that lungs produce more than 10 million platelets (tiny blood cells) per hour, equating to the majority of platelets in the animals' circulation. This goes against the decades-long assumption that bone marrow produces all of our blood components. Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco also discovered a previously unknown pool of blood stem cells that makes this happen inside the lung tissue -- cells that were incorrectly assumed to mainly reside in bone marrow. "This finding definitely suggests a more sophisticated view of the lungs -- that they're not just for respiration, but also a key partner in formation of crucial aspects of the blood," says one of the researchers, Mark R. Looney.

The platelet-producing cells actually migrate from the bone marrow to the lungs.

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After 20 Years, OpenSSL Will Change To Apache License 2.0, Seeks Past Contributors
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 08:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's open-encryption department:
After nearly 20 years and 31,000 commits, OpenSSL wants to change to Apache License v2.0. They're now tracking down all 400 contributors to sign new license agreements, a process expected to take several months. Slashdot reader rich_salz shares links to OpenSSL's official announcement (and their agreement-collecting web site).

"This re-licensing activity will make OpenSSL, already the world's most widely-used FOSS encryption software, more convenient to incorporate in the widest possible range of free and open source software," said Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director of Software Freedom Law Center and counsel to OpenSSL. "OpenSSL's team has carefully prepared for this re-licensing, and their process will be an outstanding example of 'how to do it right.'"

Click through for some comments on the significance of this move from the Linux Foundation, Intel, and Oracle.

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Is Australia Becoming A Cashless Society?
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 07:20 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's money-down-under department:
Australia's Reserve Bank will roll out an instantaneous money-transferring technology later this year, "which will push Australia even further towards being a cashless society," according to ABC. An anonymous reader quotes their report:
In 2014, 12 financial institutions signed up to build the "New Payment Platform," partly as a way of bringing Australia up to speed with other countries that are ahead in the race to becoming completely cashless. Sweden is on track to become the world's first completely cashless economy, and just last November India got rid of its highest denomination bills, effectively eliminating 90 per cent of its paper money... The "New Payment Platform" will mean money can be transferred almost instantaneously, even when the payer and payee are members of different banks.

"It's estimated that somewhere between about $3.5 and $5 billion in Australia every year is lost in tax revenue due to the sort of cash economy," says an economics professor at the University of New South Wales, who predicts Australia could be cash-free by 2020. The Australian Payments Association reports that over 75% of the country's face-to-face payments are already tap-and-go, and ATM withdrawals have sunk to a 15-year low.

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New Release Of StarCraft In 4K Ultra High Definition Announced
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 07:20 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's zooming-in-on-the-Zerg department:
The classic 90s-era videogames StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War will be re-released this summer -- remastered in 4K Ultra High Definition. An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:

It will also include a number of updates, such as remastered sound, new additional illustrations for the campaign missions, new matchmaking capabilities, the ability to connect to Blizzard App, the ability to save to the cloud, and more... Blizzard also announced that it was issuing a new update to StarCraft: Brood War this week, which will include some bug fixes and anti-cheat measures, but will also make StarCraft Anthology (which includes StarCraft and Brood War) available to download for free.

Kotaku reports that the news was announced at this weekend's I <3 StarCraft event in South Korea, "a mini-tournament between some of the game's best players being held to honor the game's legacy."

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Class Action Lawsuit Launched Over Forced Windows 10 Upgrades
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 04:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's click-X-for-yes department:
Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes The Register:
Three people in Illinois have filed a lawsuit against Microsoft, claiming that its Windows 10 update destroyed their data and damaged their computers. The complaint, filed in Chicago's U.S. District Court on Thursday, charges that Microsoft Windows 10 [installer] is a defective product, and that its maker failed to provide adequate warning about the potential risks posed by Windows 10 installation -- specifically system stability and data loss... The attorneys representing the trio are seeking to have the case certified as a class action that includes every person in the U.S. who upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7 and suffered data loss or damage to software or hardware within 30 days of installation. They claim there are hundreds or thousands of affected individuals.

Microsoft responded that they'd offered free customer service and other support options for "the upgrade experience," adding "We believe the plaintiffs' claims are without merit." But the complaint argues Windows 10's installer "does not check the condition of the PC and whether or not the hard drive can withstand the stress of the Windows 10 installation," according to Courthouse News, which adds that the lead plaintiff "says her hard drive failed after Windows 10 installed without her express approval, and she had to buy a new computer."

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Look forward to more Universal Century anime goodness this June with Gundam Twilight Axis
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 04:14 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
With Gundam Thunderbolt's second season launching on GundamInfo, Sunrise revealed that they have another Gundam project in store for us. Just like the current Universal Century show, their new title, an adaptation of the Light Novel Gundam Twilight Axis, will receive the net anime treatment in June; however this upcoming title will premiere on the Gundam Fan Club Website.

The show and source material are set in a couple months after Gundam UC as we focus on a group exploring the remains of Axis. With the story focusing on two former Zeon members, it sounds like we're in for an interesting perspective in this side story. Seeing that Arc Performace of Arpeggio of Blue Steel and Koujirou Nakamura (Blessing of the Campanella's Screenplay, Gundam ZZ Side Story: Mirage of Zeon's Scenario) worked on the original light novel, there's a slight chance that summer season might be another great moment for Gundam fans.

Since we're getting more Universal Century Gundam side story adaptations, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a Crossbone Gundam and/or Hathaway's Flash anime. I guess I'll just have to settle with their depiction in Super Robot Wars V, which has been nice so far. As we wait for June to arrive, you can check out Twilight Axis' trailer and staff below.

So is anyone looking forward to more Gundam this summer?

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After 20 Years, OpenSSL Will Change To Apache License 2.0, Seeks Pasts Contributors
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 03:20 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's open-encryption department:
After nearly 20 years and 31,000 commits, OpenSSL wants to change to Apache License v2.0. They're now tracking down all 400 contributors to sign new license agreements, a process expected to take several months. Slashdot reader rich_salz shares links to OpenSSL's official announcement (and their agreement-collecting web site).

"This re-licensing activity will make OpenSSL, already the world's most widely-used FOSS encryption software, more convenient to incorporate in the widest possible range of free and open source software," said Mishi Choudhary, Legal Director of Software Freedom Law Center and counsel to OpenSSL. "OpenSSL's team has carefully prepared for this re-licensing, and their process will be an outstanding example of 'how to do it right.'"

Click through for some comments on the significance of this move from the Linux Foundation, Intel, and Oracle.

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Weekend Japanatainment - Japanese Food Edition
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 02:53 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
Food and culture are very intertwined, and Japan is one of those countries that likes to take it very seriously (Yes, more than you) which is probably why a lot of their food is known across the world (instant ramen counts). Japanese food is something you probably like if you are on this site or clicked on this link to read about this eastern cuisine.

Even if you don't, I've got a few fascinating videos featuring food videos all about food from the land of the rising sun. So this week's Japanatainment is on Japanese foods in its many forms! Enjoy--- or as the Japanese say before every meal, Ittadakimasu!

Is there a Japanese food or a video of Japanese food you like? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!



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Is Microsoft Building A Foldable 'Surface' Phone?
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 02:01 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's fun-with-folding department:
"This past week, Microsoft received a new patent for a foldable handset, and once again there are rumors that it is related to the long awaited, mythical Surface Phone," writes HardOCP, noting Samsung and LG are also rumored to be working on foldable phones.
An anonymous reader quotes Hot Hardware:
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made it clear that he doesn't want to kick out just another run-of-the-mill smartphone that looks and functions like every other device out there, but one that is unique in some aspect... This is not the first time Microsoft has filed a patent for what could be a folding Surface Phone. Just two months ago it was discovered that Microsoft filed a patent for a "Mobile Computing Device Having a Flexible Hinge Structure"...
Microsoft's patents include curved edges "intended to draw light away from the gaps, which would create an optical illusion of one continuous image," according to the article. "In this way, Microsoft could create a folding phone with multiple active displays appearing as a single, continuous image."

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Game Theory: We SOLVED Dark Souls 3! + Dark Souls Giveaway
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 01:20 PM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:


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London Terrorist Used WhatsApp, UK Calls For Backdoors
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 12:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's encryption-in-England department:
Wednesday 52-year-old Khalid Masood "drove a rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before smashing it into Parliament's gates and rushing onto the grounds, where he fatally stabbed a policeman and was shot by other officers," writes the Associated Press. An anonymous reader quotes their new report:
Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday. British press reports suggest Masood used the messaging service owned by Facebook just minutes before the Wednesday rampage that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead and dozens more wounded.... Home Secretary Amber Rudd used appearances on BBC and Sky News to urge WhatsApp and other encrypted services to make their platforms accessible to intelligence services and police trying to carrying out lawful eavesdropping. "We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp -- and there are plenty of others like that -- don't provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other," she said...
Rudd also urged technology companies to do a better job at preventing the publication of material that promotes extremism. She plans to meet with firms Thursday about setting up an industry board that would take steps to make the web less useful to extremists.

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New Release Of StarCraft In 4K Ultra High Definition Annouonced
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 12:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's zooming-in-on-the-Zerg department:
The classic 90s-era videogames StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War will be re-released this summer -- remastered in 4K Ultra High Definition. An anonymous reader quotes The Verge:

It will also include a number of updates, such as remastered sound, new additional illustrations for the campaign missions, new matchmaking capabilities, the ability to connect to Blizzard App, the ability to save to the cloud, and more... Blizzard also announced that it was issuing a new update to StarCraft: Brood War this week, which will include some bug fixes and anti-cheat measures, but will also make StarCraft Anthology (which includes StarCraft and Brood War) available to download for free.

Kotaku reports that the news was announced at this weekend's I <3 StarCraft event in South Korea, "a mini-tournament between some of the game's best players being held to honor the game's legacy."

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J-Novel club announces new title from legendary author
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 12:14 PM
By Soul Tsukino from Japanator:
J-Novel Club has announced they are adding the light novel, Bluesteel Blasphemer, to their lineup starting March 25 with a free preview.

The latest addition to the Japanese light novel website come from author Ichirou Sakaki who has written such titles as Chaika - The Coffin Princess, Outbreak Company, and Scrapped Princess-- many of them that have received anime adaptations. J-Novel Club brings this work to you in full English to enjoy.



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17-Year-Old Corrects NASA Mistake In Data From The ISS
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 11:21 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's extra-credit department:
"A British teenager has contacted scientists at NASA to point out an error in a set of their own data," writes the BBC. An anonymous reader quotes their report.

A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data... The correction was said to be "appreciated" by NASA, which invited him to help analyse the problem... The research was part of the TimPix project from the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS), which gives students across the UK the chance to work on data from the space station, looking for anomalies and patterns that might lead to further discoveries. What Miles had noticed was that when nothing hit the detector, a negative reading was being recorded. But you cannot get negative energy... It turned out that Miles had noticed something no-one else had -- including the NASA experts. NASA said it was aware of the error, but believed it was only happening once or twice a year. Miles had found it was actually happening multiple times a day.

There's a video of the student -- and his teacher -- describing the discovery, a story which Miles says his friends at high school listen to with "a mixture of jealousy and boredom"

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Hobby Expo in China – Third Party Roundup
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 10:31 AM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:
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Transformers: Robots In Disguise Season 3 Episode 1 To Air April 1st?
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 10:31 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Looks like this is a day dedicated to Transformers: Robots In Disguise. Thanks to a TV Schedule listing for Teletoons Canada, we may very well have the air date for the first episode of Season 3 Combiner Force. Though unnamed, a new episode is listed on Saturday April 1st, 2017. Last time such a new episode got listed, it was indeed for the 1st episode of Season 2.5. Time slot is indicated as 1:30PM. Let us hope that it is not an April Fools’ Day joke.

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Aerospace Startup Will Build A Supersonic Mach 2.2 Aircraft
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 10:01 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's big-boom-theory department:
A new commercial aircraft will fly more than twice the speed of sound, traveling from New York to London in 3.4 hours. An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
Colorado-based startup Boom Supersonic is one step closer to making such travel a reality after securing $33 million in investments to construct and fly its first supersonic jet, the XB-1 demonstration and testing craft, according to TechCrunch... With the new funding, Boom will be able to put that concept -- and the technology needed to power it -- to the test. "This funds our first airplane, all the way through flight tests," Boom founder and CEO Blake Scholl told TechCrunch. "Now we have all the pieces we need â" technology, suppliers and capital â" to go out and make some history and set some speed records."
They'll be testing a prototype that's one-third smaller than the commercial version within the next year.

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Theranos To Investors: Please Don't Sue! Here, Have Some More Shares
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 08:41 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's fumbling-founders department:
Theranos "plans to give additional shares to investors who pledge not to sue," reports the Wall Street Journal. An anonymous reader quotes Silicon Beat:

The deal, which hasn't been disclosed publicly, was approved by the Palo Alto-based company's board last month, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous "people familiar with the matter." They said most investors have tentatively agreed to the deal. Those extra shares are coming from none other than founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes' personal cache, the Journal reported. That means the beleaguered founder, who has remained stubbornly at the helm of her struggling startup even though federal regulators have barred her from running a medical lab for two years, would give up her majority ownership in the company.

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Over 14K 'Let's Encrypt' SSL Certificates Issued To PayPal Phishing Sites
Posted by News Fetcher on March 26 '17 at 08:41 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's then-let's-also-phish-PayPal department:
BleepingComputer reports:
During the past year, Let's Encrypt has issued a total of 15,270 SSL certificates that contained the word 'PayPal' in the domain name or the certificate identity. Of these, approximately 14,766 (96.7%) were issued for domains that hosted phishing sites, according to an analysis carried out on a small sample of 1,000 domains, by Vincent Lynch, encryption expert for The SSL Store... Lynch, who points out the abuse of Let's Encrypt's infrastructure, doesn't blame the Certificate Authority (CA), but nevertheless, points out that other CAs have issued a combined number of 461 SSL certificates containing the term "PayPal" in the certificate information, which were later used for phishing attacks... Phishers don't target these CAs because they're commercial services, but also because they know these organizations will refuse to issue certificates for certain hot terms, like "PayPal," for example. Back in 2015, Let's Encrypt made it clear in a blog post it doesn't intend to become the Internet's HTTPS watchdog.
Of course, some web browsers don't even check whether a certificate has been revoked. An anonymous reader writes:

Browser makers are also to blame, along with "security experts" who tell people HTTPS is "secure," when they should point out HTTPS means "encrypted communication channel," and not necessarily that the destination website is secure.

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