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This Tiny Glass Disc Can Store 360TB of Data For 13.8 Billion Years

Our knowledge will live on.<p>It's estimated that humans are producing the equivalent of 10 million Blu-ray discs' worth of data every single day - and …

Australian police seize methamphetamine hidden in gel bra inserts

Four people arrested after operation involving state and federal police forces<p>Australian police have seized 720 litres of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of A$1bn (£490m), hidden in gel bra inserts and art supplies.<p>Four people have been charged over their alleged involvement in …

Australia

This Roving Robot Makes Its Own Martian Landing Pad

Robots will soon be heading into space before us in order to feel things out, prepare living spaces, and set up booze delivery services. But first we have to land on the planet in question which is where PISCES Helelani shines.<p>This rover is designed to land on a planet and prepare a surface for …

Hawaii

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The Repeat Political Madness Of Never-Ending Crypto Wars

What is it with politicians and encryption? There are now two bills in different U.S. states, one in California and one in New York, proposing that smartphones sold in the state must be able to be decrypted on demand by either their manufacturer or OS provider.<p>Ergo the full disk encryption feature …

Attorney General on Encryption: We Want Legal Access, Not Back Door

Loretta Lynch says encryption is fine as long as tech firms can unlock data under order.<p>U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch sent a mixed message on the federal government’s stance on encryption in remarks Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.<p>“We in the U.S. government are not …

Privacy

Metadata sought by agency to investigate doctors who have sex with patients

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency one of 61 agencies seeking warrantless access to telecommunications information<p>The government agency overseeing doctors, dentists and chiropractors has applied to regain warrantless access to Australians’ phone and web metadata to help it investigate …

Surveillance

AP-NORC Poll: Online surveillance is OK for most

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say they support warrantless government surveillance of the Internet communications of U.S. citizens, …

The NSA spied on Congress, too

Just because the United States said it stopped spying on friendly foreign heads of state like Germany's Angela Merkel, doesn't mean that Uncle Sam actually has. Eavesdropping has actually continued and the list of targets included Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> …

Apple savages Britain's proposed new spying laws

The Californian tech giant submitted written evidence to the parliamentary joint committee looking at the draft bill, and has been reported on by The Financial Times and The Guardian.<p>The Investigatory Powers Bill is an attempt by David Cameron's Conservative government to update Britain's spying …

Kim Dotcom's extradition to US cleared by New Zealand judge

Megaupload founder is wanted by American authorities on charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering<p>A New Zealand court has ruled that Kim Dotcom, the Megaupload founder, can be extradited to the United States to face charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money …

United States

MPs question Asio chief’s request to moderate language on Islam

Some Coalition MPs have questioned the appropriateness of Australia’s domestic spy chief phoning politicians with a request they use moderation in their language about Islam.<p>Labor compares Abbott to Trump as Turnbull rebukes former PM for attack on Islam<p>Read more<p>The director general of the …

Australia

Chandra X-ray Telescope images gas flowing toward black hole

The flow of hot gas toward a black hole has been clearly imaged for the first time in X-rays. The observations from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, …

Energy firms ask Oklahoma judge to toss earthquake lawsuit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two energy companies asked a judge Wednesday to throw out a lawsuit by an Oklahoma woman who claims she was injured in an …

Ultra-endurance racing across the US: no support, zero prize money, lots of pain

"It's like being a fugitive," the 37-year-old Brunswick finance worker says after the race from his hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia. "You're always …

Vizio TVs caught tracking viewing habits, selling data to advertisers - ExtremeTech

By on November 10, 2015 at 7:30 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Vizio has won a significant …

Selling

Illinois court sets new rules for cops using Stingrays

A recent court ruling just made it harder for police to track down your cell phone. An Illinois district court judge issued new requirements earlier this month to better protect innocent bystanders from Stingray devices deployed in their vicinity. The cell-site simulators, whose constitutionality …

Science Says People Who Talk To Themselves Are Geniuses

I talk a lot to myself. It helps me to keep my concentration on the activity on hand, makes me focus more on my studies, and gives me some pretty …

No, Isis are not 'punishing' us because we don't love each other enough | Yassir Morsi

Appeals to universal fraternity and tolerance, such as those made by Waleed Aly, have more to do with public performances of ethics than resisting terrorism<p>The Muslim world is a battleground for Europe’s own domestic conflicts. We need only recognise how the two dominant stereotypes of the Muslim …

Islam

To find aliens, we need to build a giant space parasol

Could the light from stars be hiding evidence of extraterrestrial life? A giant “Starshade” could soon reveal answers.<p>Alien hunting isn’t just tabloid fodder anymore. Over the last few years, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets outside the Solar System, suggesting that the galaxy is …

Dubai Is Buying Jetpacks For Its Firefighters

Sky-high prices are no obstacle to sky-high rescue<p>The future is already here -- it’s just mostly in Dubai. This week, the city, part of the United Arab Emirates, signed a deal with real-life jetpack maker Martin Aircraft Company to purchase 20 jetpacks for first responders. Why do rescue workers …

Religion doesn't make kids more generous or altruistic, study finds

Here's a discovery that could make secular parents say hallelujah: Children who grow up in nonreligious homes are <i>more</i> generous and altruistic than children from observant families.<p>A series of experiments involving 1,170 kids from a variety of religious backgrounds found that the non-believers were …

Five Mars discoveries that transformed our understanding of the red planet

From ancient lakes to a stripped atmosphere, the planet has given up several secrets in 2015 thanks to the Curiosity rover and teams all around the Earth<p>With a rover trundling over red soil, a spacecraft diving through the atmosphere and teams at work all around the Earth, Mars has given up a …

A matter of trust: What happened to $34 million from Aboriginal fund on Groote Eylandt?

It was millions of dollars in mining royalties that was meant to be spent for the benefit of the Groote Eylandt community.<p>Instead, tens of millions …

Melbourne Cup starts off all egalitarian but a rigid class system soon kicks in

Whether you are in the Nursery area, general admission, the members’ dining rooms, the Elms or the Birdcage says a lot about who you are<p>The Melbourne Cup – it unites the nation, right? But out there at Flemington, you’ll find a class system as entrenched and as complicated as anything lifted from …

Horse Racing

Planet Earth seen from space (Full HD 1080p) ORIGINAL

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The 85 Richest People Own The Same Wealth As The 3.5 Billion Poorest People @oxfam<p>The world’s 85 richest individuals possess as much wealth as the …

There's no reporting on Asio operations when even the watchdog won't talk

The attorney general, George Brandis, may have approved at least one highly secretive “special intelligence operation” under which Australian Security Intelligence Organisation officers are granted sweeping immunity from prosecution in the use of force – but he won’t tell you. Asio won’t tell you. …

Surveillance

15 years of the International Space Station – in numbers

The manned satellite has been inhabited by 220 people from 17 countries, with the first Briton due in December<p>The International Space Station – the manned satellite that constantly circles the Earth in low orbit – clocked up 15 years of continuous occupation on Monday.<p>Since the first permanent crew …

Space