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For Future Wearable Devices, the Network Could Be You

slashdot.org Site Updates - 50 min 54 sec ago
angry tapir writes: Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way for wearable devices to communicate through a person's body instead of the air around it. Their work could lead to devices that last longer on smaller batteries and don't give away secrets as easily as today's systems do. From the Computerworld story: "A team led by Professor Patrick Mercier of the university's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has discovered a way to use the body itself as the medium for data transmission. It uses magnetic fields and shows path loss that's 10 million times lower than what happens with Bluetooth. This could make the magnetic networks much more efficient, so devices don't have to work as hard to communicate and can have smaller batteries -- or get longer useful lives with the same size batteries. The team hasn't actually tested the system's energy use yet. They envision the technology being used for networks of health sensors that monitor many parts of the body."

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Soyuz docks with ISS, delivers trio of fresh 'nauts

TheRegister Site Updates - 1 hour 34 min ago
Orbiting outpost packed with parked capsules

The Soyuz capsule carrying the Kazakh Space Agency's Aidyn Aimbetov, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Andreas Mogensen, and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov successfully docked with the International Space Station this morning.…

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Is SanDisk becoming an acquisition target as the market consolidates?

TheRegister Site Updates - 2 hours 14 min ago
‘We don't comment on rumour or speculation’. But we do

Rumors and speculations are mounting that SanDisk might be an acquisition target, with reports indicating it's been chatted up by two suitors wanting to buy it, with Western Digital (WD) in the frame.…

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Pioneer slaps 80s LASERS on cars for driverless push

TheRegister Site Updates - 2 hours 46 min ago
Price drop needed for expensive kit

Sound system bods Pioneer have completed a trial of laser-outfitted cars in a bid to have vehicle mapping technology in commercial use as early as 2018.…

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Another Neurodegenerative Disease Linked To a Prion

slashdot.org Site Updates - 3 hours 14 min ago
MTorrice writes: A new study concludes that a brain protein causes the rare, Parkinson's-like disease called multiple systems atrophy (MSA) by acting like a prion, the misbehaving type of protein infamously linked to mad cow disease. The researchers say the results are the most definitive demonstration to date that proteins involved in many neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, exhibit prion-like behavior: They can misfold into shapes that then coax others to do the same, leading to protein aggregation that forms neurotoxic clumps. If these other diseases are caused by prion-like proteins, then scientists could develop treatments that slow or stop disease progression by designing molecules that block prion propagation.

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Red Hat unleashes EL 7.2 beta on a waiting world

TheRegister Site Updates - 3 hours 20 min ago
Better containers, storage, security and admin, apparently

Red Hat has offered up a beta of Enterprise Linux 7.2, touting security, storage management, and expanded container capabilities.…

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Spaniard trousers €60,000 bank error, proceeds directly to jail

TheRegister Site Updates - 4 hours 11 min ago
Does not pass go, despite commendable misappropriation attempt

A Spanish chap whose bank accidentally deposited €60,000 in his account did what any right-minded customer in his position would have done: he immediately trousered as much cash as possible and then refused to hand it back.…

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Amazon slurps Elemental

TheRegister Site Updates - 4 hours 46 min ago
AWS Cloud to spin up video formatting services

Amazon Web Services has acquired “software-defined video” player Elemental for an undisclosed sum.…

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Borg bashes destabilising DoS bug in USC kit

TheRegister Site Updates - 5 hours 20 min ago
No workaround, so it's 'patch or chuck it in the bin'

Cisco has patched a denial of service vulnerability in its unified computing platform.…

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Ada Lovelace and Her Legacy

slashdot.org Site Updates - 5 hours 40 min ago
nightcats writes: Nature has an extensive piece on the legacy of the "enchantress of abstraction," the extraordinary Victorian-era computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron. Her monograph on the Babbage machine was described by Babbage himself as a creation of "that Enchantress who has thrown her magical spell around the most abstract of Sciences and has grasped it with a force that few masculine intellects (in our own country at least) could have exerted over it." Ada's remarkable merging of intellect and intuition — her capacity to analyze and capture the conceptual and functional foundations of the Babbage machine — is summarized with a historical context which reveals the precocious modernity of her scientific mind. "By 1841 Lovelace was developing a concept of 'Poetical Science', in which scientific logic would be driven by imagination, 'the Discovering faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of science.' She saw mathematics metaphysically, as 'the language of the unseen relations between things;' but added that to apply it, 'we must be able to fully appreciate, to feel, to seize, the unseen, the unconscious.' She also saw that Babbage's mathematics needed more imaginative presentation."

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Equinix edged around Wedge, fell back into proprietary embrace

TheRegister Site Updates - 6 hours 20 min ago
Ye olde networking giants still deliver for this big bit-shipper

Global data operator Equinix has sniffed around the white box networking scene, but found traditional suppliers are innovating more quickly and still have an edge.…

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NBN vaults Australia into global top-10 … DDoS attack sources

TheRegister Site Updates - 7 hours 20 min ago
Or not, if you look at the numbers

Australia has won the dubious honour of being named in the global top-10 DDoS sources, and in its quarterly State of the Internet report, Akamai reckons our tiny number of high-speed fibre broadband users are the cause.…

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ACCC hopes to SLASH rural backhaul prices

TheRegister Site Updates - 7 hours 46 min ago
Cities get a trim, rural links to take a haircut

In a move that Vulture South's crystal ball suggests will be hotly resisted by Telstra, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is proposing that rural backhaul costs be slashed.…

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Pioneer Looks To Laserdisc Tech For Low-Cost LIDAR

slashdot.org Site Updates - 8 hours 14 min ago
itwbennett writes: Pioneer is developing a 3D LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor for use in autonomous vehicles that could be a fraction of the cost of current systems (the company envisions a price point under $83). Key to this is technology related to optical pickups once used in laserdisc players, which Pioneer made for 30 years. From the ITWorld story: "The system would detect objects dozens of meters ahead, measure their distance and width and identify them based on their shape. Pioneer, which makes GPS navigation systems, is working on getting the LIDAR to automatically produce high-precision digital maps while using a minimum of data compared to the amount used for standard maps for car navigation."

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Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

TheRegister Site Updates - 8 hours 20 min ago
Unless this really is the year of the Linux desktop ...

Windows 10 looks to have grabbed about five and a half per cent of the desktop operating system market in August, its first full month of release.…

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Oz public service reminds staff: don't use work e-mails on 'affair' sites

TheRegister Site Updates - 8 hours 46 min ago
Dying to chat to a 'Fembot'? Not on our network, dude

The Australian public service has weighed in on the Ashley Madison hack, warning government staff not to register with their work e-mails or use office 'net connections.…

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Stingray stung: FBI told 'get a warrant'

TheRegister Site Updates - 9 hours 20 min ago
DoJ bends a little with new cell-site simulator policy

The US Department of Justice has moved to quell the ongoing row over the use of IMSI-catchers like Stingray, with a new policy that requires a warrant before they're deployed.…

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Copenhagen's New All-Electric Public Carsharing Programming

slashdot.org Site Updates - 9 hours 51 min ago
dkatana writes: Residents in Copenhagen have a new all-electric, free-floating, carsharing service. DriveNow is launching 400 brand new BMW i3 electric cars in the Danish city. The service is one-way, and metered by the minute. The big news is that residents can sign-up on the spot taking a picture of their drivers' license and a selfie and use their public transport accounts to pay. There will be a car available every 300 meters, the same distance as bus stops. The cost will be 3.50 kroner ($0.52) per minute driven. If members decide to park the car for a few minutes continuing the rental, those stationary minutes are charged at 2.5 kroner ($0.37). The maximum charge per hour is capped at 190 kroner ($28.50). There is no annual fee.

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Pwn2Own Tokyo hacking contest trashed, US export rules blamed

TheRegister Site Updates - 10 hours 20 min ago
Sponsor HP stumped by Wassenaar Arrangement cluster-fsck

The Cold War has reached out a long-dead hand to stifle the Pwn2Own hackfest in Tokyo, with the Wassenaar Arrangement blamed for the event's cancelation.…

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