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26 Sep 14:15

PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

by Soulskill
New submitter RaDag writes: PostgreSQL outperformed MongoDB, the leading document database and NoSQL-only solution provider, on larger workloads than initial performance benchmarks. Performance benchmarks conducted by EnterpriseDB, which released the framework for public scrutiny on GitHub, showed PostgreSQL outperformed MongoDB in selecting, loading and inserting complex document data in key workloads involving 50 million records. This gives developers the freedom to combine structured and unstructured data in a single database with ACID compliance and relational capabilities.

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26 Sep 17:10

How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

by Soulskill
sciencehabit writes: Researchers are closer to unraveling the mystery of how Timothy Ray Brown, the only human cured of HIV, defeated the virus, according to a new study. Although the work doesn't provide a definitive answer, it rules out one possible explanation. [R]esearchers point to three different factors that could independently or in combination have rid Brown’s body of HIV. The first is the process of conditioning, in which doctors destroyed Brown’s own immune system with chemotherapy and whole body irradiation to prepare him for his bone marrow transplant. His oncologist, Gero Hütter, who was then with the Free University of Berlin, also took an extra step that he thought might not only cure the leukemia but also help rid Brown’s body of HIV. He found a bone marrow donor who had a rare mutation in a gene that cripples a key receptor on white blood cells the virus uses to establish an infection. (For years, researchers referred to Brown as "the Berlin patient.") The third possibility is his new immune system attacked remnants of his old one that held HIV-infected cells, a process known as graft versus host disease.

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27 Sep 00:00

12 Hilarious Reactions To iPhone's BendGate

The launch of the new iPhone 6 came with an unexpected feature. How did the internet react? Take a look.
25 Sep 12:03

Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

by samzenpus
HughPickens.com writes Jana Kasperkevic writes at The Guardian that it's not every day that you get to buy an iPhone from an ex-NSA officer. Yet Thomas Drake, former senior executive at National Security Agency, is well known in the national security circles for leaking information about the NSA's Trailblazer project to Baltimore Sun. In 2010, the government dropped all 10 felony charges against him and he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for unauthorized use of a computer and lost his livelihood. "You have to mortgage your house, you have to empty your bank account. I went from making well over $150,000 a year to a quarter of that," says Drake. "The cost alone, financially — never mind the personal cost — is approaching million dollars in terms of lost income, expenses and other costs I incurred." John Kiriakou became the first former government official to confirm the use of waterboarding against al-Qaida suspects in 2009. "I have applied for every job I can think of – everything from grocery stores to Toys R Us to Starbucks. You name it, I've applied there. Haven't gotten even an email or a call back," says Kiriakou. According to Kasperkevic, this is what most whistleblowers can expect. The potential threat of prosecution, the mounting legal bills and the lack of future job opportunities all contribute to a hesitation among many to rock the boat. "Obama and his attorney general, Eric Holder, declared a war on whistleblowers virtually as soon as they assumed office," says Kiriakou. "Washington has always needed an "ism" to fight against, an idea against which it could rally its citizens like lemmings. First, it was anarchism, then socialism, then communism. Now, it's terrorism. Any whistleblower who goes public in the name of protecting human rights or civil liberties is accused of helping the terrorists."

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25 Sep 18:20

Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun

by timothy
astroengine writes Next time you're swimming in the ocean, consider this: part of the water is older than the sun. So concludes a team of scientists who ran computer models comparing the ratios of hydrogen isotopes over time. Taking into account new insights that the solar nebula had less ionizing radiation than previously thought, the models show that at least some of the water found in the ocean, as well as in comets, meteorites and on the moon, predate the sun's birth.

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25 Sep 23:40

First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks

by samzenpus
Bismillah writes The Bash "Shellshock" bug is being used to spread malware to create a botnet, that's active and attacking Akamai and Department of Defense networks. "The 'wopbot' botnet is active and scanning the internet for vulnerable systems, including at the United States Department of Defence, chief executive of Italian security consultancy Tiger Security, Emanuele Gentili, told iTnews. 'We have found a botnet that runs on Linux servers, named “wopbot", that uses the Bash Shellshock bug to auto-infect other servers,' Gentili said."

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25 Sep 21:25

Remembering one server left with vulnerable bash

by sharhalakis

by seqizz. See NVD and Redhat

25 Sep 07:01

A Dog’s Life

by Doug
24 Sep 15:05

Graffiti Removal Guy Comes Back to Discover Image of Himself in the Same Spot | artFido's Blog

by djempirical

Street artist DS recently added a couple of paste-ups to a wall in London. It didn’t take too long before a graffiti removal guy removed the paste-ups.  Shortly after that, DS was back with a paste up of the graffiti removal guy removing the graffiti. Gold!

Art imitates removal of art!

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We’ve seen this before. From CDH:

“A few nights ago I went out and put up a poster. It’s a photo of a building on that building, like a surreal mirror of the environment it’s in.”

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Fan01

“The next day I went to photograph the poster in the light of day. While I was photographing the poster, a man came out of the building and rushed up to me. I’m paraphrasing but the conversation went like this:

Guy (agitated): “Did you put this up?”
Me: “Nope.” (lie)
Guy: “But you know who did.”
Me: “Nope. I’m just a guy who likes photographing street art.”
Guy: “Huh, street art… No such thing. This is all just vandalism. I’d know, I have an Arts degree” (he actually said that).
Me: “I don’t know. Some of it looks really good. Surely this poster is better than the tag it went over?”
Guy: “I guess it’s a little better than tagging. But it’s still just vandalism. It’s not art. These people are just junkies high on petrol fumes and…”

I kind of laughed at that point. But it was one of those laughs that you try to hold in, so it comes out more like a snort. That made him a lot more angry. I guess he figured that I was either the artist, or I knew the artist because he then made a point of trying to tear down the poster in front of me. However I have just started coating posters in polyurethane to make them waterproof. What he (and I) didn’t know is that this apparently also makes the posters near impossible to tear off by hand. So instead of tearing it, he could only chip at the edges. He caught his finger nail under it, hurt himself and really cracked the angries. Then he pulled out his keys and kind of scratched at it for a while, but didn’t make much progress.

Me: “Do you mind if I photograph you tearing the poster down?”
Guy: “No. You should photograph it and put it on one of those little websites, to let all these other vandals know what happens when they put up this crap.”
Me: “Ok, I’ll do that.”
Camera: Click, click.

I took the photo of him tearing down the poster. I then turned that photo into a poster and put it right next to the last one.”

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I assume he’ll take both these posters down now with a high pressure hose. So I also stencilled a special little message under the new poster to my new #1 fan.

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24 Sep 22:00

Winnie the Pooh was based on a real bear that participated in WWI

by Adam Clark Estes on Factually, shared by Meg Neal to Gizmodo

Winnie the Pooh was based on a real bear that participated in WWI

Everybody loves Winnie the Pooh and his adorable addiction to honey. It's often believed that the children's book character is based on a teddy bear that the author, A.A. Milne, gave to his son Christopher Robin Milne. But this is only partially true.

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24 Sep 15:30

Isn't Thapt Jupt Terrible?

Isn't Thapt Jupt Terrible?

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23 Sep 09:00

Pair-programming

by sharhalakis

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23 Sep 20:07

Serve an 8-Bit Breakfast With This Poke-a-Pixel Wafflemaker

by Andrew Liszewski

Serve an 8-Bit Breakfast With This Poke-a-Pixel Wafflemaker

Quirky's approach of bringing user-submitted inventions to life pre-dates Kickstarter by quite a few years. And the company's track record at successfully producing these often highly original creations means you can actually get excited about a wafflemaker that lets you create custom pixelated images every morning. What a time to be alive.

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23 Sep 16:23

This Tiny Transforming Travel Iron Should Be the First Thing You Pack

by Andrew Liszewski

This Tiny Transforming Travel Iron Should Be the First Thing You Pack

The internet's full of tips on how to pack your clothing before a trip so it doesn't get wrinkled while you travel. But none of them are foolproof, and like it or not, there's probably going to be some ironing in your future. But that's a chore made slightly more bearable with this rather ingenious travel iron that can even be used while you're dressed.

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23 Sep 11:30

Clever or Creepy

21 Sep 23:40

Roast peanuts 'spark more allergies'

Roasted peanuts may be more likely to trigger allergic reactions than raw peanuts, according to an Oxford University study carried out on mice.
22 Sep 14:30

A Complete Guide to Pork Chops — Meat Basics

by Christine Gallary
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A pork chop is just a pork chop, right? Well, there's actually more than one cut out there! Depending on what you buy, this popular cut of meat may be tender, mild-tasting, and only need quick cooking; or it can be tough and need braising but be extremely flavorful at the end.

Pork chops are the equivalent of beef steaks and the priciest part of the animal. In fact, chops and steaks are actually quite similar in the way they are cut and priced. So here's a guide to the most common pork chop cuts, what they taste like, and the best ways to prepare them.

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22 Sep 16:29

Friendly Reminder: Do Not Place Your iPhone In a Microwave

by samzenpus
Nerval's Lobster writes Placing your iPhone in the microwave will destroy the phone, and possibly the microwave. While that might seem obvious to some people, others have fallen for the "Wave" hoax making its way around online. The fake advertisement insists that the new iOS 8 allows users to charge their iPhones by placing them in a "household microwave for a minute and a half." Microwave energy will not charge your smartphone. To the contrary, it will scorch the device and render it inoperable. If you nuke your smartphone and subsequently complain about it online, people will probably make fun of you. (If you want a full list of things not to place in a microwave, no matter how pretty the flames, check this out.)

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23 Sep 02:19

US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

by Soulskill
FreedomFirstThenPeac writes: As a former Cold Warrior (both launch officer side and staff analytical mathematician side), I now appreciate the bitterness I saw in former WW2 warriors when they would see a Japanese car. According to the NY Times, a new assembly plant in Kansas is "part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for 'a nuclear-free world' and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy." Mind you, Mutual Assured Destruction is a dangerous path, and one we managed to negotiate only because we were lucky (and we were) and because we were careful (and we were). As a strategy, it only works with rational people (e.g., world powers with lots to lose) who might have irrational expectations that they will win in the long run. (The rapid fall of imperialist Russia was helpful — I have seen blackboard talks on this as a mathematical result in game theory. This speed minimized the time we spent in the high-risk regions while transiting from MAD to where we were in the 1990s). The Times article says, "The original idea was that modest rebuilding of the nation’s crumbling nuclear complex would speed arms refurbishment, raising confidence in the arsenal’s reliability and paving the way for new treaties that would significantly cut the number of warheads. Instead, because of political deals and geopolitical crises, the Obama administration is engaging in extensive atomic rebuilding while getting only modest arms reductions in return."

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22 Sep 20:30

Safety is Simple

22 Sep 21:50

These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support a Space Elevator

by Adam Clark Estes

These Tiny Diamond Nanothreads Could Someday Support a Space Elevator

A team of scientists just strung a tone of the world's smallest diamonds into superstrong nanothreads. That makes for one impressive (and basically invisible) necklace, but the applications of these nanothreads don't end there. They could someday help string up an elevator to space—just like in science fiction.

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21 Sep 12:00

Calvin's Dad Had Some Wisdom About Technology

22 Sep 04:40

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22 Sep 00:00

9 Offbeat Anti-Texting Ideas

From the dangerousness of texting and driving to the rudeness of using your phone in the theater, take a look at these cool efforts to cure society's media addiction.
21 Sep 19:00

Now That's Loyalty

Now That's Loyalty

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22 Sep 12:30

Learn Your Dialects! Scottish Insults

19 Sep 00:00

Caskie Stinnett

"A diplomat... is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip."
18 Sep 21:00

A Building Set With Fake Explosives Lets Kids Demolish Their Creations

by Andrew Liszewski

A Building Set With Fake Explosives Lets Kids Demolish Their Creations

Even if they've spent hours perfecting a towering creation, demolition is always the end game for kids building with blocks or other construction toys. It can come from a barrage of Nerf darts, an attack by action figures, or with this building set, a bunch of simulated explosives that kids can trigger with a remote.

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18 Sep 22:51

Mystery Signal Could Be Dark Matter Hint In ISS Detector

by samzenpus
astroengine writes Analysis of 41 billion cosmic rays striking the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer particle detector aboard the International Space Station shows an unknown phenomena that is "consistent with a dark matter particle" known as a neutralino, researchers announced Thursday. Key to the hunt is the ratio of positrons to electrons and so far the evidence from AMS points in the direction of dark matter. The smoking gun scientists look for is a rise in the ratio of positrons to electrons, followed by a dramatic fall — the telltale sign of dark matter annihilating the Milky Way's halo, which lies beyond its central disk of stars and dust. However, "we have not found the definitive proof of dark matter," AMS lead researcher Samuel Ting, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and CERN in Switzerland, wrote in an email to Discovery News. "Whereas all the AMS results point in the right direction, we still need to measure how quickly the positron fraction falls off at the highest energies in order to rule out astrophysical sources such as pulsars." But still, this new finding is a tantalizing step in the dark matter direction.

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19 Sep 04:24

Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

by samzenpus
sciencehabit writes A major new study of warfare in chimpanzees finds that lethal aggression can be evolutionarily beneficial in that species, rewarding the winners with food, mates, and the opportunity to pass along their genes. The findings run contrary to recent claims that chimps fight only if they are stressed by the impact of nearby human activity—and could help explain the origins of human conflict as well.

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