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Sunday, 28 January

02:08

Malaysian man gets electrocuted to death while charging mobile phone TechWorm

Man electrocuted to death while charging mobile phone

Another disastrous incident involving phone charger has been reported where a Malaysian man is believed to have died of electrocution while charging his mobile phone on Tuesday (Jan 23).

The deceased identified as Rosli Othman, 35, was found dead next to his mobile phone, charger and an extension wire at his friends house in the town of Jasin. His friend alerted police after he discovered what had happened.

The deceased, who was a labourer, was found by his friend at around 11.30pm in an unconscious state alongside his mobile phone, charger and an extension cord, Jasin Police Chief DSP Arshad told Bernama, the countrys local news agency.

Police investigations revealed that the victim did not suffer any other injuries. The case has been classified as sudden death, as the victim did not die out of natural causes.

The deceaseds body has been sent to Jasin Hospital, Melaka for a post mortem. There is no information on which model of phone he was using or what kind of charger he was using.

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02:00

Play A Few Games of Smash Brothers On The Go With A Portable Wii Hackaday

While this bears the general appearance of a portable GameCube, its what inside that counts. A heavily modified   Wii motherboard to reduce size forms this portables backbone, and it includes two infrared LEDs on its faceplate for Wii Remotes.  A single player can use the built-in controller, but [jefflongo] has included four GameCube controller ports for maximum multiplayer mayhem. Although hell likely plan on taking advantage of the built-in AV Out port to play on a TV and charge port for those extended gaming sessions, four 3400mAh batteries with an estimated four hour battery life should keep him satisfied on the go until he can recharge.

While th...

01:27

Mexican Marines Executed Three U.S. Citizens cryptogon.com

Via: Newsweek: Three U.S. siblings found dead in Mexico in 2014 were executed by Mexican marines and a border mayors paramilitary security team, the countrys National Human Rights Commission said Thursday. Erica Alvarado Salinas, 26, Alex Alvarado, 22, and Jose Angel Alvarado, 21, all American citizens, disappeared on October 13, 2014, while visiting their father []

01:16

System76 Eyeing Disk Encryption By Default Phoronix

Ubuntu-focused Linux PC vendor System76 who has also been working on their own Pop!_OS distribution is looking at enabling disk encryption by default...

01:14

Wearing a Pretend God Helmet Fooled Spiritual People Into Proclaiming Mystical Experiences cryptogon.com

They ought to try to convince the test subjects that jet fuel can melt steel. Via: Newsweek: The God helmet is an odd-looking psychology tool that can evoke mystical experiences in wearers akin to religious visionsdespite being nothing more than an elaborate hat. The helmet is purely a placebo and new research shows that self-proclaimed []

01:00

Johan Nygren joins our blog team with the post "On the Origin of the Asteroid Belts and the Dwarf Planets: Towards a New Horizon in Astronomy". Lifeboat News

Johan Nygren joins our blog team with "On the Origin of the Asteroid Belts and the Dwarf Planets: Towards a New Horizon in Astronomy".

00:57

KWin Developer's Response To The GNOME CSD Initiative Phoronix

KDE KWin window manager / compositor maintainer Martin Flser has penned a brief response to the recent GNOME developer's CSD Initiative in trying to get all applications to pursue client-side decorations and abandon title bars in favor of header bars...

00:09

On the Origin of the Asteroid Belts and the Dwarf Planets: Towards a New Horizon in Astronomy Lifeboat News: The Blog

A few ideas I had, feel free to review and shoot down on them if you think they suck.


Ceres as Jupiters old moon.

00:08

A new model for planet formation: Solar ejections Lifeboat News: The Blog

A model that ties together disparate ideas in astronomy from the past centuries.


Expansion tectonics and a new model for planet-formation.

00:04

KDE-Focused Netrunner Rolling 2018.01 Released Phoronix

For those still in search of a KDE-focused Linux distribution that's rolling-release and desktop-friendly, Netrunner Rolling 2018.01 has been released...

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Saturday, 27 January

23:43

Only 1% of World's Population Grabbed 82% of all 2017 Wealth SoylentNews

The 1% grabbed 82% of all wealth created in 2017

More than $8 of every $10 of wealth created last year went to the richest 1%.

That's according to a new report from Oxfam International, which estimates that the bottom 50% of the world's population saw no increase in wealth.

Oxfam says the trend shows that the global economy is skewed in favor of the rich, rewarding wealth instead of work.

"The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system," said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International.


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23:32

Another Blow for the Unitary Patent (UPC) as More Delays Are Confirmed, Court Wont Rule on Constitutional Issues Any Time Soon Techrights

Bonus: CIPA is now fully embracing Battistelli, whose abuses are beneficial to Team UPC

UPC boat

Summary: The terrible state of the Unified Patent Court has just gotten even more terrible; The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), however, continues to tell a lot of lies and even joins hands with Battistelli to tell those lies to politicians

THE EPOs management is desperately looking for allies. Including IP Kat, which it already threatened for daring to publish true information. CIPAs leadership, which took leadership positions at IP Kat last year (relinquished earlier this year), is already posing for photos with Battistelli. CIPA is basically trying to ruin the British industry for the sake of litigation business (to be further boosted by a UPC-like framework). Battistellis EPO has already begun corrupting British academia [1, 2], paying some universities to produce lobbying material with which to lobby the German court. How much more corrupt can the EPO get? Or low will it stoop?

The EPO has already submitted its lies, no doubt bolstered by paid-for academics (willing to sell out for some EPO budget).According to JUVEs editor, the German Constitutional Court expects one more amicus brief. Date to submit it has been extended for German Bundestag to 31st of January, a spokesman confirmed to JUVE

So here we go. Delays again. The EPO has already submitted its lies, no doubt bolstered by paid-for academics (willing to sell out for some EPO budget).

Thomas Adam responded to JUVE. He is a Simmons & Simmons patent litigator from Munich (much to gain financially from UPC litigation). He wrote: No wonder since I am told that Bundestag took the decision to instruct counsel only around 12 December, 2017. Of course, they can now piggy-back on the briefs that...

23:31

Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS Delayed Due To Spectre & Meltdown Phoronix

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23:11

Re: How to deal with reporters who don't want their bugs fixed? Open Source Security

Posted by halfdog on Jan 27

Mikhail Utin wrote:

We should not limit our "effective freedom", that is limit the
number of options we could direct our results or activities. As
reality is a strange thing, our "effective freedom" in the long
run can be reduced greatly by using "real freedom" at the beginning.

OS example: take your "real freedom" to strace SUID-binaries and
you lose the "effective freedom", what you could do...

23:03

Microbes may help feed astronauts on future deep-space missions Lifeboat News: The Blog

Food for astronauts during future deep-space missions may be produced from their own waste, a new study suggests.

23:00

Disco Bulb Keeps the Party Spinning Hackaday

Even if you dont like disco, you might like the slick moves that went into this project. [W&M] built a miniature motorized mirror ball inside of a standard incandescent light bulb, and the results are something to dance about.

Short of blowing a glass bulb, building a motor, and growing the wood, this is about as scratch-built as it gets. Much of the woodworking is done on a metal lathe, and this includes the base of the mirror ball itself. As with all good thing-in-a-bottle builds, the ball is too big to go in the bulb, so [W&M] quartered it, drilled a few holes, and ran a string through the pieces so they can be carefully glued and drawn back together into a sphere. He even cut up mirror tiles and painstakingly applied them with tweezers.

This disco bulb is meant to be hung from the ceiling and wired into mains like a regular mirror ball. [M&W] stuffed the guts from a small USB wall charger into the handmade beech base to provide clean power for both the geared motor that spins the ball and the tiny LED that illuminates it. Slip into your best leisure suit (or sweat suit, we wont judge) and hustle past the break to watch the build video.

We dont see a lot of disco balls around here, but we did see a disco icosahedron once.

Thanks for the tip, [Itay]!

22:52

USAF Is Jamming GPS In The Western U.S. For Largest Ever Red Flag Air War Exercise cryptogon.com

Via: The Drive: The years first iteration of the USAFs premier set of aerial war games, known commonly as Red Flag, is kicking off today at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, but this exercise will be different than any in the past. Not only is it the largest of its kind []

22:45

Patents on Life at the European Patent Office (EPO) Techrights

From archetypal bulbs to genetics?

A bulb

Summary: Under the guise of advancement or digitisation a patent system originally designed to cover physical inventions is now being misused to cover mere thoughts/ideas and naturally-occurring phenomena of nature, but can the EPO resist this trend?

THE EPO (Office) shot down a CRISPR patent exactly 10 days ago. This, by extension, may mean that all CRISPR patents are pass and no such patents will be granted anymore (except if the decision gets overturned by the Boards).

This situation at the EPO is noteworthy; the above patents (collectively, by extrapolation) were rejected by oppositions after an intention to grant. This is the kind of thing we warned about in the previous post. Jade Powell from Marks & Clerk has just alluded to the European Patent Convention (EPC) as follows:

Article 123(2) of the European Patent Convention states that The European patent application or patent may not be amended in such a way that it contains subject-matter which extends beyond the content of the application as filed. Whilst the patent law of most countries contains a similar provision, few patent offices are as strict in their application of it as the European Patent Office.

This is an issue we see crop up time and again for our clients, especially those filing from the US.

Perhaps Powell does not quite know that even the EPO pretty much abandoned the European Patent Convention; Battistelli violates it routinely. There are absolutely no consequences whenever he does so. The very fact that patents are being granted on algorithms, genetics and so on is a reminder of that. EPC? Forget about it. Buried by Battistelli. As we said earlier this month, Dr. Derk Vissers Book About the European Patent Convention (EPC) Explains What Battistelli Has Done. He bypassed the whole thing.

Perhaps Powell does not quite know that even the EPO pretty much aban...

21:59

Quality of Service and Quality of Patents at the EPO Are Both at Peril Techrights

Related: Team Battistelli Parties Like Its Still 2010 (Pre-Battistelli Governance), Fails to Acknowledge Demise of EPO as Popular Employer and Instead Lies to Staff

Third hand

Summary: The EPOs brain drain is showing; the ability to properly scrutinise patent applications (using time and skills/experience) is further diminished by the obsession with production and timeliness (deadlines, Early Certainty etc. rather than its ready when its ready)

Were experiencing technical issues with submissions via Online filing & New online filing (CMS), the EPO wrote yesterday. The acknowledgement of receipt contains a FALSE virus warning. Filings will be processed as usual. Technicians are working to resolve the issue ASAP. It later added: The technical issues with submissions via Online filing & New online filing (CMS) have been resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Why did this even happen? Technicians with experience must have left (or are leaving) the EPO as part of the exodus, I told them. It certainly looks like technical issues are becoming more frequent (we covered some previous ones) and therein lies the risk of brain drain.

We keep hearing stories about exceptionally low bar at EPO recruitment, rushed examination, lack of expertise, new staff that overburdens/encumbers senior staff and so on. People near and inside the EPO speak about these issues. Granting patents for the sake of granting patents isnt a good thing; it reduces the certainty associated with European Patents; courts would reject these.

AA Thornton & Cos Stuart Greenwood wrote and published this article yesterday. It relates to what we recently wrote about PPH (legal firms linked to it, suggesting that they too agree with our assertions). We said that patent examination at the EPO is already far too hurried (...

21:57

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21:49

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21:28

Somebody Should Explain to the Federal Circuit That GUIs are Not Inventions Because PTAB Already Knows It Techrights

The innovative nature typically just boils down to hardware acceleration and CPU/GPU capacity (physical)

History of the graphical user interface
Reference: History of the graphical user interface

Summary: While the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) rejects a GUI patent, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) tolerates one, necessitating a deeper technical understanding of why user interfaces arent inventions at all

YESTERDAY we wrote about the disaster which is patents on GUIs. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) was responsible for this travesty after the USPTO had granted the patent. Developers generally rely on copyright for code and GUIs are often designed to accommodate users familiarity; theres no need for patents there as patents in this domain would harm both users and developers. GUIs are a design thing; several months ago [1, 2] we wrote about why designs too should be covered by something like registered design, not patents. There are trademarks too, among other things.

Yesterday, Barker Brettell LLP said: All of these methods of engaging customers will have various electronic user interfaces.

But dont grant patents on user interfaces; that would have devastating effects on the whole profession. Not just on physical interfaces but also computer interfaces (rendered on a screen).

Its worrying to see the patent bar lowered to the point where the layout of buttons is considered an invention.

Not everyone is easily fooled by this; the technical judges at the Patent Trial and Appeal B...

21:22

Thor:Ragnarok Director Says He Illegally Torrented Clips for the Showreel TorrentFreak

Its not often that movies escape being pirated online but last weekend was a pretty miserable one for the people behind Thor:Ragnarok.

Just four months after the superhero movies theatrical debut, the Marvel hit was due to be released on disc February 26th, with digital distribution on iTunes planned for February 19th.

However, due to what appeared to be some kind of pre-order blunder, the $180 million movie was leaked online, resulting in a pirate frenzy thats still ongoing.

But with the accidental early release of Thor:Ragnarok making waves within the torrent system and beyond, it seems ironic that its talented director actually has another relationship with piracy that most people arent aware of.

In an interview for Q, a show broadcast on Canadas CBC radio, Taika Waititi noted that Thor: Ragnarok might be a career ender for him, something that was previously highlighted in the media.

However, the softly-spoken New Zealander also said some other things that flew completely under the radar but given recent developments, now have new significance.

Speaking with broadcaster Tom Power, Waititi revealed that when putting together his promotional showreel for Thor: Ragnarok, he obtained its source material from illegal sources.

Explaining the process used to acquire clips to create his sizzle reel (a short video highlighting a directors vision and tone for a proposed movie), Waititi revealed his less-than-official approach.

I cut together little clips and shots I basically illegally torrented and, erm, you know, ripped clips from the Internet, Waititi said.

Of a bunch of different things? Power asked.

I dont mind saying thatermon the radio, Waititi added, unconvincingly.

With Power quickly assuring the director that admitting doing something illegal was OK on air, Waititi perhaps realized it probably wasnt.

You can cut that out, he suggested.

That Waititi took the pirate approach to obtaining source material for his sizzle reel isnt really a surprise. Content is freely accessible online, crucially in easier to consume and edit formats than even Waititi has access to on short notice. And, since every film in memory is just a few clicks away, itd be counter-intuitive not to use the resource in the name...

21:22

President Trump Backed Off from Ordering Special Counsel Mueller Fired SoylentNews

The New York Times reports "Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit":

President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.

Previously:
Mueller Investigation: Three Former Trump Aides Charged
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.
UK Election Results; Fired FBI Director's Testimony on Trump; Trump Nominates New FBI Director


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21:06

Trend Micro spotted a malvertising campaign abusing Googles DoubleClick to deliver Coinhive Miner Security Affairs

Trend Micro uncovered a spike in the number of Coinhie miners over the past few days, including Coinhive, apparently linked to Googles DoubleClick ads that are proposed on YouTube and other sites.

The number of cyber-attacks against cryptocurrencies is increased due to a rapid increase in the value of currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.

Hackers targeted almost any actor involved in the business of cryptocurrencies, single users, miners and of course exchanges.

Security firms have detected several malware applications specifically designed to steal cryptocurrencies, and many websites were compromised to install script used to mine virtual coins abusing computational resources of unaware visitors.

Researchers at Trend Micro uncovered a spike in the number of Coinhie miners over the past few days apparently linked to Googles DoubleClick ads that are proposed on YouTube and other sites.

On January 24, 2018, we observed that the number of Coinhive web miner detections tripled due to a malvertising campaign. We discovered that advertisements found on high-traffic sites not only used Coinhive (detected by Trend Micro as JS_COINHIVE.GN), but also a separate web miner that connects to a private pool.  states the analysis published by Trend Micro.

We detected an almost 285% increase in the number of Coinhive miners on January 24. We started seeing an increase in traffic to five malicious domains on January 18. After closely examining the network traffic, we discovered that the traffic came from DoubleClick advertisements.

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20:42

The Men Who Want to Live Forever Lifeboat News: The Blog

Would you like to live forever? Some billionaires, already invincible in every other way, have decided that they also deserve not to die. Today several biotech companies, fueled by Silicon Valley fortunes, are devoted to life extension or as some put it, to solving the problem of death.


Some very wealthy people are serious about outsmarting mortality.

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