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New "Super Battery" Energy Storage Breakthrough Aims At $54 Per KWh
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 10:22 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's How-do-you-like-them-batteries department:
mdsolar writes: BioSolar and the University of California, Santa Barbara, reinforced a previous international patent application by jointly filing applications in the US, Canada and Japan for something called a "multicomponent-approach to enhance stability and capacitance in polymer-hybrid supercapacitors." The BioSolar energy storage approach solves two core problems of conventional lithium-ion battery technology. One is the cost of materials, and the other is the limited capacity of the cathode compared to the anode. BioSolar has solved the cost and capacity problem by developing an inexpensive polymer for the cathode. "Our novel high capacity cathode is engineered from a polymer, similar to that of low-cost plastics used in the household. Through a smart chemical design, we are able to make the polymer hold an enormous amount of electrons. The estimated raw materials cost of our cathode is similar to that of inexpensive plastics, with a very high possible energy density of 1,000 Wh/kg." BioSolar's research also indicates that the new polymer enables batteries to charge and discharge rapidly while far outlasting the lifecycle of conventional lithium-ion energy storage. According to the company, conventional batteries drop down to 80 percent of their storage capacity after 1,000 charge/discharge cycles. When the new polymer is used in a supercapacitor, BioSolar's lab work has demonstrated a lifespan of 50,000 cycles without degradation.

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IRS Taxpayer Data Theft Seven Times Larger Than Originally Thought
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 10:22 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's identity-theft department:
An anonymous reader writes: For the second time, the IRS has revised the estimated damage of a criminal syndicate's massive theft of American taxpayer data. In May 2015, the government agency said criminals used a tool on the IRS website to steal the tax forms of 104,000 people. Then in August, it revised that number up to 330,000. On Friday, the tax-collection agency revealed that number is now closer to 720,000. This is a result of a "Get Transcript" tool which was available on the IRS website up until the spring of last year. It was used to help taxpayers easily download years worth of tax forms in the event that they lost their old tax documents. Unfortunately, an unidentified cybermafia was able to dupe the "Get Transcript" tool and download millions of tax documents related to the 720,000 people whose tax forms had been stolen.

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Ardupilot To Continue As Non-Profit
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 09:01 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's diversified-community department:
New submitter buck-yar writes: The open source unmanned aerial vehicle platform, Ardupilot, has announced its creation of a non-profit organization aimed to meet the needs of the diverse developer community. With 3DRobotics recently pulling their financial support for the Ardupilot project, the developers had to take a look at how the project would continue. Yesterday, Andrew Tridgell announced the developers will create a non-profit to oversee the project similar to other non-profits in the open source community as it continues to grow. The organization will oversee the management of the documentation, the auto-build and test servers and will help set priorities for future development. "Intel has well over 10 developers devoted to DroneCode projects including at least 2 working on Ardupilot full-time and a few others improving QGroundControl to work better with Ardupilot," developer Randy MacKay writes on an Ardupilot Arducopter APM Pixhawk News forum. While the non-profit ArduPilot project and consulting businesses will be separate entities, the dev team says they will help support each other.

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Viral Con Foils Drug-Resistant Microbes, May Nix Need For Poop Transplants
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 09:01 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's courtesy-flush department:
schwit1 writes: The researchers, led by immunologists at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, got started on the idea of harnessing a viral decoy knowing that such germs normally manipulate and prune the gut microbiome. The community of viruses that bustle in human guts -- called the virome or microvirome -- trigger anti-microbial immune responses that can put the microbial communities on lock down, preventing new microbes from colonizing. Such a state of "colonization resistance" in the gut could thwart harmful germs from moving in, particularly when the microbiome is imbalanced and vulnerable after antibiotic treatments, the researchers hypothesized -- and they found they were right.

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Raspberry Pi 3 Brings Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 07:41 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's quick-evolution department:
mikejuk writes: Details of the next in the family of the successful Raspberry Pi family have become available as part of FCC testing documents. The Pi 3 finally includes WiFi and Bluetooth/LE. Comparing the board with the Pi 2 it is clear that most of the electronics has stayed the same. A Raspberry Pi with built in WiFi and Bluetooth puts it directly in competition with the new Linux based Arduinos, Intel's Edison and its derivatives, and with the ESP8266 — a very low cost (about $2) but not well known WiFi board. And of course, it will be in competition with its own stablemates. If the Pi 3 is only a few dollars more than the Pi 2 then it will be the obvious first choice. This would effectively make the Pi Zero, at $5 with no networking, king of the low end and the Pi 3 the choice at the other end of the spectrum. Let's hope they make more than one or two before the launch because the $5 Pi Zero is still out of stock most places three months after being announced and it is annoying a lot of potential users.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Kernel Regression That Broke Graphics Displays In VMWare Patched
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 07:41 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's call-and-response department:
prisoninmate writes: On Monday, February 22, 2016, Softpedia reported on the availability of new kernel updates for several of Canonical's supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems, including Ubuntu 15.10, for which five kernel vulnerabilities have been patched at that point in time. And from the looks of it, the respective kernel updates introduced a regression, which Canonical patched four days later, on February 26, 2016, saying that the issue was introduced along with the fixed vulnerabilities for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) and it broke graphics displays for those running the OS in VMWare VMs.

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Former Disney IT Worker's Complaint To Congress: How Can You Allow This?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 06:22 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's much-less-drama-when-a-job-goes-to-omaha department:
dcblogs writes: At a congressional hearing Thursday on the H-1B visa's impact on high-skilled workers, the first person to testify was Leo Perrero, a former Disney IT worker. He was overcome with emotion for parts of it, pausing to gather himself as he told the story of how he was replaced by a foreign visa holder. Perrero wondered how he would tell his family that "I would soon be living on unemployment." He paused. The hearing room was still as the audience waited for him to continue."Later that same day I remember very clearly going to the local church pumpkin sale and having to tell the kids that we could not buy any because my job was going over to a foreign worker," he said. But a person who made a case for access to foreign workers was Mark O'Neill, the CTO of Jackthreads, an online retailer. He argued that there is a need for more skilled workers. Competition is so fierce for developers "that my developers' starting salaries have risen by 50% in the last eight years," said O'Neill, and "senior positions command compensation that meets or exceeds even that of United States Senators."

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AI Bookworms Seek To Predict Human Behavior
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 03:31 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's but-fiction-has-to-make-sense department:
An anonymous reader writes: Creating virtual assistants that can understand and anticipate human behavior and needs is one of the current lodestars of artificial intelligence research. Now, researchers at Stanford University have decided to approach the problem by using descriptions of everyday human activities found in online fiction, namely 600,000 stories from 500,000 writers at online writing community WattPad – input totalling 1.8 billion words – to inform a new knowledge base called Augur, designed to power vector machines in making predictions about what an individual user might be about to do, or want to do next. The scientists suggest that crowdsourcing or similar user-feedback systems would likely be necessary to amend some of the more dramatic associations that certain objects or situations might inspire. As the research notes, 'If fiction were truly representative of our lives, we might be constantly drawing swords and kissing in the rain.'

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Released: First PC Based On Russia's Homegrown "Baikal" Processor
Posted by News Fetcher on February 27 '16 at 12:51 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's shoot-reliably-even-in-rough-conditions department:
WheatGrass writes to note that the company T-Platforms has introduced the first mass production unit based upon the Russian Baikal-T1 processor, mentioned here last in 2014. The new Baikal-based workstation is called the "Meadowsweet terminal," according to T-Platform's official website; the feature list says it's running a Debian-based Linux distro. "Congratulations, Russia," Says WheatGrass.

(According to Google's translation of this Russian-language story at RG.RU Digital,
"[Y]ou can install many conventional applications, such as the LibreOffice office suite, Firefox web browser, and so on, the developers say," but the main use seems to be as a thin client.)

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Big Health Benefits To Small Weight Loss
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 11:31 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's that-lowers-the-bar-for-me department:
schwit1 writes: Obese individuals who lose as little as 5 percent of their body weight can improve their metabolic function and reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new study has found. Many current treatment guidelines urge patients to lose between 5% and 10% of their body weight in order to experience health benefits, but the recommendations were based on earlier studies that didn't distinguish between participants who lost only 5 percent of their weight and those who lost more.

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Norway Becomes First NATO Country To Accuse China of Stealing Military Secrets
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 08:51 PM
By whipslash from Slashdot's cyber-espionage department:
An anonymous reader writes: A high-ranking general in the Norwegian Army and head of the Norwegian Intelligence Service E-tjenesten (Etterretningstjenesten) has made official statements accusing the Chinese government of launching cyber-attacks against his country. Gen. Lunde says that state-sponsored hacking groups have targeted many Norwegian companies during the past year. He says that these companies are suppliers and collaborators of the Norwegian army and that hackers have stolen information considered to be state military secrets. The statements were made to Norwegian TV station TV2 by General Lt. Morten Haga Lunde, who was detailing his agency's most recent intelligence report.

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Bloomberg Predicts EVs Cheaper than IC Engine Cars Within 10 Years
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 06:11 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's well-there's-already-a-big-overlap department:
Lucas123 writes: With the price of lithium-ion batteries continuing to plummet, already dropping 65% since 2010, electric vehicles will become cheaper to own by the mid-2020s, according to a new report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report also forecasts that sales of EVs will hit 41 million by 2040, up from 462,000 in 2015. By 2040, EVs will make up 35% of new light-duty vehicle sales, even if the price of crude oil goes back up from $33 today to $70 in the future. The adoption of EVs will displace about 13 million barrels of oil per day by 2040, when the clean-energy cars represent about one-quarter of cars on the road.

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A New Algorithm Could Protect Ships From 'Rogue Waves'
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 04:41 PM
By yaelk from Slashdot's out-at-sea department:
itwbennett writes: MIT researchers have developed a tool they say can predict so-called rogue waves, giant waves that seem to appear out of nowhere and can cause devastation to ships unlucky enough to be struck by them. The researchers found that certain wave groups end up 'focusing' or exchanging energy in a way that eventually leads to a rogue wave. The tool they developed uses an algorithm that sifts through data from surrounding waves and computes a probability that a particular wave group will turn into a rogue wave within the next few minutes.

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Did Twitter Exec Censor #WhichHillary In Advance of Sunday Fundraiser, Key Primary?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 04:41 PM
By yaelk from Slashdot's #whichhillary department:
An anonymous reader writes with the key claim of a story at The Daily Kos: In a truly egregious move yesterday, Twitter suspended the account responsible for #WhichHillary, activist @GuerrillaDems. Twitter also removed #WhichHillary from trending status, which is odd, considering the hashtag received more than 450,000 tweets in less than 24 hours. Twitter now says the suspension of @GuerillaDems was a mistake. Although this may just be a coincidence, it isn't the first time Twitter has exerted political control. Many users think it is a demonstrable conflict of interest, in light of Twitter Executive Chairman Omid Kordestani's Sunday, 2/28 fundraiser with Clinton.

The Daily Kos itself offers at least a perfunctory caution that it's unclear "whether it was intentional removal, or algorithmic coincidence."

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Prosecutors Halt Vast, Likely Illegal DEA Wiretap Operation
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 03:21 PM
By yaelk from Slashdot's wiretapping department:
schwit1 writes: Prosecutors in a Los Angeles suburb say they have dramatically scaled back a vast and legally questionable eavesdropping operation, built by federal drug agents, that once accounted for nearly a fifth of all U.S. wiretaps. The wiretapping, authorized by prosecutors and a single state-court judge in Riverside County, alarmed privacy advocates and even some U.S. Justice Department lawyers, who warned that it was likely illegal. An investigation last year by The Desert Sun and USA TODAY found that the operation almost certainly violated federal wiretapping laws, while using millions of secretly intercepted calls and texts to make hundreds of arrests nationwide. Riverside's district attorney, Mike Hestrin, acknowledged being concerned by the scope of that surveillance, and said he enacted "significant" reforms last summer to rein it in. Wiretap figures his office released this week offer the first evidence that the enormous eavesdropping program has wound down to more routine levels.

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NYC's Nuclear Power Plant Leaking 'Uncontrollable Radioactive Flow' Into River
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 03:21 PM
By yaelk from Slashdot's the-next-natural-disaster department:
MikeChino writes: New samples taken from groundwater near New York's Indian Point nuclear plant show that contamination levels are 80% higher than previous samples, and experts say the leak is "a disaster waiting to happen." The Indian Point nuclear power plant is located just 25 miles north of New York City, and it is a crucial source of power for the greater metropolitan region.

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Leap Days May Be Going Away In the Not Too Distant Future
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 02:02 PM
By yaelk from Slashdot's happy-leap-year department:
StartsWithABang writes: The need for a February 29th, once every four years, doesn't just give us an extra day this year, but it keeps the calendar from drifting and failing to align with the seasons. Even so, the scheme we have worked out today, where years divisible by 4 but not those divisible by 100 unless also divisible by 400 get an extra day, isn't perfect, and will get worse as time goes on. The current misalignment between our calendar and the actual Earth's orbit is big enough that we'll be off by a day every 3,200 years, but bigger news is that the Earth's rotation rate is changing, as our day lengthens and our spin slows down. In another 4 million years, we won't need leap days at all, and if we extrapolate backwards, we can find that early Earth had a day that lasted just 6.5 hours.

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90% of All SSL VPNs Use Insecure Or Outdated Encryption
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 02:02 PM
By yaelk from Slashdot's is-your-browser-secure department:
An anonymous reader writes: 90% of all SSL-based VPNs use insecure or outdated encryption. According to research conducted by information security firm High-Tech Bridge, almost three-quarters of all SSL VPNs use the outdated SSLv3 and SSLv2. In addition, another three-quarters use untrusted certificates exposing users to MitM attacks. 74% use SHA-1 to sign certificates, while 5% of all SSL VPNs still use MD5. All of a sudden, VPNs don't look that secure anymore.

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Apple Is Not Such a Freedom Fighter In China
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 12:43 PM
By yaelk from Slashdot's protecting-us-or-not department:
mi writes: Though loudly resisting the American government's attempts to make it help break into the phone of a dead scumbag, Apple is very accommodating of the Chinese government's attempts to keep tabs on the citizenry's communications. Apple has censored apps that wouldn't pass muster with the Chinese government, moved local user data onto servers operated by the state-owned China Telecom, and submitted to Chinese audits. According to James Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, "I can't imagine the Chinese would tolerate end-to-end encryption or a refusal to cooperate with their police, particularly in a terrorism case." Why the accommodation there?

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Linguistics Could Help Future Driverless Cars Cooperate Better
Posted by News Fetcher on February 26 '16 at 12:43 PM
By yaelk from Slashdot's who-would-have-thought department:
An anonymous reader writes: A team of swarm robotics researchers have applied a linguistics technique typically used in manufacturing to automatically program and control a 600-strong robot fleet. The scientists found that human error was significantly reduced, making the solution safer and more reliable than previous 'trial and error' approaches. The tasks in the experiments were defined by a graphical tool, which a machine then automatically translated to the bots. The supervisory technique uses a linguistics system through which the robots construct their own 'words', related to what they can 'see' and which moves they choose to action next. Robots will only perform actions from valid 'words', which means they are guaranteed to carry out the required tasks.

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