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'Largest Recall In American History': Takata To Recall Nearly 70 Million Airbags

Slashdot - 2 hours 47 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Federal regulators are ordering Japanese supplier Takata to recall as many as 40 million additional airbags linked to a defect already blamed for at least 11 deaths, bringing the total number of faulty airbags in the U.S. to 69 million. Previously, the recall involved about 24 million vehicles sold in the U.S. over roughly the last decade, with 14 manufacturers impacted. With the latest recall, almost every other major carmaker will now be pulled. "This is the largest recall in American history," National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Mark Rosekind told reporters on Wednesday. Initial estimates said 35-40 million airbags were to be recalled. And because some vehicles use more than one Takata airbag, the total number of vehicles will likely be smaller. Now it's considered highly likely that the total number of cars, trucks and crossovers will now top the 50 million mark, and as many as a quarter of all vehicles on U.S. roads could be covered. The NHTSA has reported that just over 8 million vehicles had been fixed as of April 22. The airbags have so far been tied to at least 10 U.S. deaths and more than 100 injuries -- two more fatalities in Malaysia were confirmed Wednesday. "The exploding airbags can send shrapnel into the faces and necks of victims, leaving them looking as if they had been shot or stabbed," according to Fox 59.

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Remains of the Day: YouTube Developing Internet TV Service Like Everyone Else

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 56 min ago

Did you know that the “tube” in YouTube refers to a cathode ray tube? Just like old-fashioned television, which was disrupted and democratized by online video. You are the tube! But time is a flat circle, and YouTube is working on bringing television channels to the internet.

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Being Too Cautious While Biking On the Road Can Actually Be Dangerous

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 26 min ago

Nervous cyclists who stay closer to the side of the road in hopes they won’t get hit might actually be making their bike commute more unsafe. You’re better off being loud and in the way—even if it might seem a little annoying.

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YouTube To Launch 'Unplugged' Online TV Service In 2017

Slashdot - 3 hours 30 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: YouTube is working on a paid subscription service called Unplugged that would offer customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, people familiar with the plan said. The project, for which YouTube has already overhauled its technical architecture, is one of the online video giant's biggest priorities and is slated to debut as soon as 2017, one of the people said. YouTube executives have discussed these plans with most major media companies, including Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, Viacom Inc., Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. and CBS Corp., but have yet to secure any rights, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. There are reportedly several different ways YouTube could package TV channels in the service. "In one scenario, it would build a bundle of channels with the four U.S. broadcast networks and a smattering of popular cable channels, a concept known in the industry as a skinny bundle," reports Bloomberg. "YouTube has also discussed offering a collection of less-watched TV channels and creating smaller groups of channels around themes. A YouTube Unplugged comedy bundle might include three or four TV channels such as Comedy Central, while a lifestyle bundle might include the Style Network." Apparently, sources familiar with the matter said YouTube would charge one subscription for the main bundle, and extra, smaller monthly fees for said theme-based groups.

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Three Easy Ways to Make Meetings More Accessible for Quiet Types

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 56 min ago

Meetings tend to be dominated by talkative people, and that makes it hard for the meeting wallflowers to feel heard. These three simple tips for before, during, and after the meeting will give everyone a more even playing field.

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Robot Stitches Tissue By Itself Without A Real Doctor Pulling The Strings

Slashdot - 4 hours 13 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have created a robotic system that is capable of stitching up tissue in living animals without a human doctor pulling the strings. Wednesday's research brings us one step closer toward autonomous surgical robots. While doctors did supervise the robot, the robot performed as well, and in some cases a bit better, as some competing surgeons in stitching together intestinal tissue of pigs used in the tests. Wednesday's project is "the first baby step toward true autonomy," said Dr. Umamaheswar Duvvuri of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He cautioned others to not expect to see doctors leave entire operations in a robot's digital hands -- yet. The tissue-stitching robot is designed to do one specific tasks, similar to machines in other industries. For example, robot arms do the welding and painting in most U.S. car assembly lines. The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR) system is equipped with suturing equipment plus smart imaging technologies to let it track moving tissue in 3D and with an equivalent of night vision. Sensors have been added to help guide each stitch and tell how tightly to pull. All the surgeons have to do is place fluorescent markers on the tissue that needs stitching, and the robot takes aim. Human studies should begin within the next few years. The STAR system is just one of many up and coming robots to put surgery into the hands of non-surgeons.

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How to Spin College Side Jobs Into Work Experiences on Your Resume

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 26 min ago

Throughout my four-year college education, I held a number of jobs, both during the school year and in the summers when I returned home to where I’d grown up. My roles ranged from restaurant server to writing-center staffer. When it came time to cobble together my first professional resume, I was initially nervous about my lack of real-world experience.

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Save a Ton of Money on Ballpark Tickets by Avoiding Giveaway Games

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 56 min ago

Heading to the ballpark is an age-old tradition that the whole family can enjoy, but tickets can get really pricey. To save the most, you need to take a look at your favorite team’s schedule and do a little research.

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Google Encrypts All Blogspot Domains With HTTPS

Slashdot - 4 hours 56 min ago
Reader Mickeycaskill writes: Google is continuing its crusade to encrypt the web by enabling an HTTPS version of every single domain hosted on Blogspot. The search giant started the rollout last September, but as an opt-in service. Now users can opt to visit an HTTPS version of a site without its participation, while administrators can turn on an automatic redirect so all visitors are sent to the encrypted version. "HTTPS is fundamental to internet security; it protects the integrity and confidentiality of data sent between websites and visitors' browsers," said Milanda Perera, security software engineer at Google. Google already encrypts its search results, Google Drive and Gmail, while it also ranks HTTPS-enabled sites higher in the search. Blogspot rival WordPress began rolling out HTTPS in 2014.

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Hazel 4 Adds Live Previews for Rules, Syncing Support, and Smart Folder Monitoring

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 26 min ago

Mac: Hazel’s long been our favorite tool for automating file cleanup on your Mac and today it’s getting a little easier to use with live previews, support for syncing services, and more.

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Students Can Now Fly Drones At School, FAA Says

Slashdot - 5 hours 26 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: It will now be easier for students to pilot drones as part of their schoolwork, thanks to new Federal Aviation Administration rules that exempt high schools and colleges from the more stringent aircraft regulations placed on businesses. In a memo released Wednesday outlining the new guidelines, federal regulators have designated drone schoolwork as a hobby or recreational -- as opposed to commercial -- activity, allowing students for the first time to fly unmanned aircraft without a pilot's license or special authorization from the government. "Schools and universities are incubators for tomorrow's great ideas, and we think this is going to be a significant shot in the arm for innovation," said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta during a drone conference in New Orleans. But the agency's policy prohibits teachers from being the primary operators of unmanned aircraft, because they are paid for their work and therefore "would not be engaging in a hobby or recreational activity" while flying a drone. (They can, however, pilot drones in a limited way -- in case of emergency, for instance.)

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EasilyDo Mail Automatically Organizes Your Email Into Common Sense Categories

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 56 min ago

iPhone: You have countless options for email organization tools , but EasilyDo Mail’s an app that makes automated organization of some common categories, like travel and newsletters, extremely easy.

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No One Should Have To Use Proprietary Software To Communicate With Their Government

Slashdot - 6 hours 6 min ago
Donald Robertson, writing for Free Software Foundation: Proprietary JavaScript is a threat to all users on the Web. When minified, the code can hide all sorts of nasty items, like spyware and other security risks. [...] On March 1st, 2016, the Copyright Office announced a call for comments on an update to their technology infrastructure. We submitted a comment urging them to institute a policy that requires all software they develop and distribute to be free software. Further, we also urged them to not require people to run proprietary software in order to communicate or submit comments to them. Unfortunately, once again, the Copyright Office requires the use of proprietary JavaScript in order to submit the comment and they are only accepting comments online unless a person lacks computer or Internet access. [...] The most absurd part of all this is that other government agencies, while still using Regulations.gov, are perfectly capable of offering alternatives to submission.

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Get a Full Body Kettlebell Workout With These Exercises

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 26 min ago

Kettlebells are a fun alternative to dumbbells, and their unique shape allows you to do some things that aren’t practical with other kinds of equipment—like the famous kettlebell swing.

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Aging and Bloated OpenSSL Is Purged of 2 High-Severity Bugs

Slashdot - 6 hours 46 min ago
An anonymous reader cites a story on Ars Technica: Maintainers of the OpenSSL cryptographic library have patched high-severity holes that could make it possible for attackers to decrypt login credentials or execute malicious code on Web servers. The updates were released Tuesday morning for both versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 of OpenSSL, which a large portion of the Internet relies on to cryptographically protect sensitive Web and e-mail traffic using the transport layer security protocol. OpenSSL advisories labeled the severity of both vulnerabilities "high," meaning the updates fixing them should be installed as soon as possible. The fixes bring the latest supported versions to 1.0.1t and 1.0.2h. The decryption vulnerability is the result of what cryptographers call a padding oracle weakness, which allows attackers to repeatedly probe an encrypted payload for clues about the plaintext content inside. According to TLS expert Filippo Valsorda, the bug allows for only 16 bytes of encrypted traffic to be recovered, and even then only when an end user sends it repeatedly.

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These Videos Show the Best Way to Wrap Cheese

Lifehacker.com - 6 hours 56 min ago

Wrap your cheese properly and you can keep it fresh for much longer than if you just kept it in plastic wrap (which isn’t a good idea ). Cheese paper company Formaticum’s videos show us how to wrap cheeses of different shapes.

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Learn the Basics of Four Programming Languages to Get to the Early Coder Stage

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 26 min ago

When you’re just starting to learn to code , it’s hard to tell if you’ve got the basics down and if you’re ready for a programming career or side gig. Learn Python The Hard Way author Zed A. Shaw has a suggestion: Learn the basics of four programming languages.

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Windows 10 Updates Are Now Ruining Pro-Gaming Streams

Slashdot - 7 hours 26 min ago
An anonymous reader cites a report on The Guardian: Perhaps there's nothing more annoying than going in for the kill to suddenly be "pooped on" by a Windows 10 automatic installation taking out your computer mid-stream to your 130,000 or so followers. After deciding to advertise during the weather by attempting to automatically install midway through a forecast, Windows 10 is starting to wreak havoc with gamers. Ex-professional Counter Strike player turned full-time streamer Erik Flom was rudely interrupted mid-game and live on Twitch by Windows 10 automatically installing on his PC. "What. What!? How did this happen! Fuck you Windows 10!" Flom said. "Oh my God! You had one job PC. We turned off everything. Update faster you fuck!"

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See How Your Government Representatives Have Voted on Issues with This Tool

Lifehacker.com - 7 hours 56 min ago

Do you know how your elected government representatives have voted on bills and the bills they’ve sponsored? With ProPublica’s Represent, you can easily find out.

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