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JAXA: Research simulating life onboard ISS contained fabrications

The Register - 40 min 4 sec ago
Space agency releases report alleging falsified data, researchers who weren’t there, and improper data management

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released details of an investigation that alleged the results of an experiment simulating life on board the International Space Station were fabricated with large amounts of altered data.…

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'What's the point of me being in my office, just because they want to see me in the office?'

The Register - 1 hour 44 min ago
Workers are ignoring calls to get back in swivel chair. Plus: more UK orgs sign up for 4-day work week

Workers are now simply ignoring executive mandates to return to the office, according to a recent report that suggested employers should focus on "reducing ill-being" rather than "improving wellbeing" among staff.…

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Artemis: NASA's Orion Capsule Breaks Distance Record

Slashdot - 2 hours 14 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The US space agency's Orion capsule has reached a key milestone on its demonstration mission around the Moon. On Monday, it moved some 430,000km (270,000 miles) beyond the Earth -- the furthest any spacecraft designed to carry humans has travelled. The ship is uncrewed on this occasion, but if it completes the current flight without incident, astronauts will be on the next outing in two years' time. [...] The previous record for the most distant point reached by a human-rated spacecraft was set by the Apollo-13 mission in April 1970. It went out to 400,171km (248,655 miles) from Earth as its crew fought to navigate their way home following an explosion in their capsule's service module. Monday's milestone marks the middle point of the mission. "This halfway point teaches us to number our days so that we can get a heart of wisdom," said Mike Sarafin, Nasa's Artemis mission manager. "The halfway point affords us an opportunity to step back and then look at what our margins are and where we could be a little smarter to buy down risk and understand the spacecraft's performance for crewed flight on the very next mission."

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BT performs U-turn, agrees to up wages for 85% of UK staff

The Register - 2 hours 44 min ago
Cost of Living Pay Rise due in January, if unionised workers vote for it in consultative ballot

BT has offered the majority of its workforce a "Cost of Living Pay Rise" in the hope it settles long-running industrial action that saw thousands of engineers and call center personnel repeatedly down tools in recent months.…

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Sandworm gang launches Monster ransomware attacks on Ukraine

The Register - 3 hours 44 min ago
The RansomBoggs campaign is the Russia-linked group’s latest assault on the smaller country

The Russian criminal crew Sandworm is launching another attack against organizations in Ukraine, using a ransomware that analysts at Slovakian software company ESET are calling RansomBoggs.…

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Japan's LINE shutters crypto exchange to focus on less controversial blockbiz

The Register - 4 hours 29 min ago
Decision is unrelated to recent crypto crashes, presages pivot to some kind of tokenised chat

Popular Japanese messaging app Line on Monday announced the closure of its US cryptocurrency exchange business, Bitfront, citing an increased focus on blockchain-related business.…

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Google Health licenses its AI breast cancer screening tool to a medical biz

The Register - 5 hours 13 min ago
iCAD will have five years to bring a product to market

Google has licensed its AI breast cancer screening model to a commercial medical technology company, paving the way for the system developed by researchers to be tested in real clinical settings for the first time.…

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Rolls-Royce Successfully Tests Hydrogen-Powered Jet Engine

Slashdot - 5 hours 14 min ago
Britain's Rolls-Royce said it has successfully run an aircraft engine on hydrogen, a world aviation first that marks a major step towards proving the gas could be key to decarbonizing air travel. Reuters reports: The ground test, using a converted Rolls-Royce AE 2100-A regional aircraft engine, used green hydrogen created by wind and tidal power, the British company said on Monday. Rolls and its testing program partner easyJet are seeking to prove that hydrogen can safely and efficiently deliver power for civil aero engines. They said they were already planning a second set of tests, with a longer-term ambition to carry out flight tests. Hydrogen is one of a number of competing technologies that could help the aviation industry achieve its goal of becoming net zero by 2050.

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AWS intros homebrew Graviton CPU tuned for HPC, network stack tuned to updated Nitro system

The Register - 5 hours 42 min ago
'Scalable Reliable Datagram' uses multi-path topography to smoke TCP

Amazon Web Services has introduced a CPU customized for high-performance computing, an updated Nitro system capable of handling more traffic, and a network protocol that can make both sing.…

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CodeSOD: Check Out This Legacy App

The Daily WTF - 5 hours 44 min ago

VisualBasic was… an interesting beast. The language wasn't great, and because object orientation was awkwardly bolted onto it, but it also was heavily integrated into Microsoft's ActiveX libraries (heavily object oriented), there were all sorts of interesting ways to break your program with it. Even better: it was designed to be easy so that "anyone" could use it.

Which leads to some of this code, from Dave. A number of years back, Dave was asked to try and convert an ancient VB6 application into something modern. Like all such conversions, the brief was: "make a new application that does exactly what the old application does, but nobody actually knows what the old application does because we never documented any requirements, just read the code".

Reading the code had some "fun" moments, like this one:

Public fun As Single Public funprime As Single

As well as a few code smells:

Public p As Single Public po As Single Public Poo As Single

VisualBasic's killer feature, though, was its UI designer. Drag and drop widgets onto a canvas. Double click on them and it pops you right into an event handling method. Just write what happens when the button is clicked. Flip back to the UI designer, and you've got a handy dandy panel to control things like the color, the font, and most important- the name of the button that gets used in code. Because the UI designer can't intuit what name you want, so when you add a button or a checkbox, it just gets named something like Button11. It's up to you to rename it btnSave (per the convention in VB circles).

Of course, nothing made you do that. Which means you end up with code like:

Private Sub Check22_Click() If Check22 = 1 Then Check20 = 0 Check21 = 0 Check2.Enabled = True Check9.Enabled = True Check10.Enabled = True Check11.Enabled = True Check12.Enabled = False Check12 = 0 End If End Sub

Dave writes: "Waiter, check please!"

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International cops arrest hundreds of fraudsters, money launderers and cocaine kingpins

The Register - 6 hours 13 min ago
$155,000-a-month lifestyle ends in cuffs for suspected crim

Europol has arrested hundreds of fraudsters, money launderers and cocaine kingpins, and shut down thousands of websites selling pirated and counterfeit products in a series of raids over the past month.…

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Japanese convenience store chain opens outlet staffed by avatars and robots

The Register - 7 hours 29 min ago
Like Clippy, but for snacks, booze, and cigarettes

Lawson, a Japan-based chain of convenience stores with 17,600 outlets – 14,000 of them in the land of the Rising Sun – has opened its first store staffed almost entirely by avatars.…

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China: Face-to-face meetings are best when swapping space station crews

The Register - 8 hours 43 min ago
Tiangong's population to double for a week after very, very, long commute, if rare very cold launch succeeds

China's Tiangong space station will host six taikonauts for the first time, after a fresh crew reaches the orbital habitat this week.…

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Japanese Researchers Faked Data In Spaceflight Simulation

Slashdot - 8 hours 44 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) says a team of researchers fabricated the results of an experiment, led by one of its astronauts, that sought to simulate daily life on board the International Space Station (ISS). JAXA stated that it would subject astronaut Satoshi Furukawa to disciplinary action over data tampering, Japanese media reported. The experiment in question, conducted between 2016 and 2017, involved 40 participants who were confined to closed environments to simulate what astronauts experience during spaceflight. The participants spent about two weeks at a facility in Tsukuba, a city northeast of Tokyo, after which time their stress levels and mental well-being were to be assessed by the overseeing researchers. Or at least, that was the plan. Instead, the two researchers responsible for conducting the interviews fabricated the data, compiling psychological assessments without actually having done the interviews and rewriting the diagnosis of the participants, according to NHK World-Japan. The researchers also claimed that three of them had conducted the interviews, when in fact it was just the two. JAXA began investigating the results of the research in November 2020 upon noticing that something wasn't quite right with the data, and subsequently suspending the 190 million yen ($1.4 million) experiment. The researchers involved claimed that they were too busy to dedicate enough time towards the data gathering for the experiment, according to to JAXA vice president Hiroshi Sasaki and as reported in Kyoto News. The Japanese space agency will reprimand 58-year-old astronaut Furukawa, who was overseeing the experiment as project supervisor. However, since Furukawa was not personally involved in fabricating the data, his upcoming mission to the ISS in 2023 will not be affected. JAXA also stated that it would look into returning the grant it had received from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for the experiment.

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Blockchain couldn't stop TXT spam in India, regulator now trying AI

The Register - 9 hours 45 min ago
Maybe – just maybe – messages and calls from +91 might become more trustworthy

India's Telecom Regulatory Authority (TRAI) has announced a fresh crackdown on TXT spam – this time using artificial intelligence, after a previous blockchain-powered effort delivered mixed results.…

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BlockFi Sues FTX's Bankman-Fried Over Shares In Robinhood

Slashdot - 10 hours 12 min ago
Newly-bankrupt crypto lending platform BlockFi has filed a lawsuit against Sam Bankman-Fried's holding company Emergent Fidelity Technologies seeking his shares in Robinhood that were pledged as collateral earlier in November. CoinTelegraph reports: The suit was filed on Nov. 28 in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey just hours after BlockFi filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the same court. As per the filing, BlockFi is demanding Emergent turnover collateral as part of a Nov. 9 pledge agreement that saw Emergent agree to a payment schedule with BlockFi that it has allegedly failed to pay. BlockFi names the collateral as "including certain shares of common stock." In May, Bankman-Fried acquired a 7.6% stake in the online brokerage firm Robinhood, buying a total of $648 million in Robinhood shares through his Emergent investment company.

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UK Ditches Ban On 'Legal But Harmful' Online Content In Favor of Free Speech

Slashdot - 10 hours 49 min ago
Britain will not force tech giants to remove content that is "legal but harmful" from their platforms after campaigners and lawmakers raised concerns that the move could curtail free speech, the government said on Monday. Reuters reports: Online safety laws would instead focus on the protection of children and on ensuring companies removed content that was illegal or prohibited in their terms of service, it said, adding that it would not specify what legal content should be censored. Platform owners, such as Facebook-owner Meta and Twitter, would be banned from removing or restricting user-generated content, or suspending or banning users, where there is no breach of their terms of service or the law, it said. The government had previously said social media companies could be fined up to 10% of turnover or 18 million pounds ($22 million) if they failed to stamp out harmful content such as abuse even if it fell below the criminal threshold, while senior managers could also face criminal action. The proposed legislation, which had already been beset by delays and rows before the latest version, would remove state influence on how private companies managed legal speech, the government said. It would also avoid the risk of platforms taking down legitimate posts to avoid sanctions. [...] The revised Online Safety Bill, which returns to parliament next month, puts the onus on tech companies to take down material in breach of their own terms of service and to enforce their user age limits to stop children circumventing authentication methods, the government said. If users were likely to encounter controversial content such as the glorification of eating disorders, racism, anti-Semitism or misogyny not meeting the criminal threshold, the platform would have to offer tools to help adult users avoid it, it said. Only if platforms failed to uphold their own rules or remove criminal content could a fine of up to 10% of annual turnover apply. Britain said late on Saturday that a new criminal offense of assisting or encouraging self-harm online would be included in the bill.

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Twitter search spam campaign hides China riots, researchers say

The Register - 10 hours 59 min ago
Elon Musk meanwhile muses whether Apple 'hate[s] free speech in America' because the company mostly stopped advertising on Twitter

Twitter over the weekend was flooded with spam and suggestive ads in what appears to be an attempt to help the Chinese government hide news about rioters protesting coronavirus restrictions in China.…

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Media Groups Urge US To Drop Julian Assange Charges

Slashdot - 11 hours 29 min ago
The US government must drop its prosecution of the WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange because it is undermining press freedom, according to the media organizations that first helped him publish leaked diplomatic cables. The Guardian reports: Twelve years ago today, the Guardian, the New York Times, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, and El Pais collaborated to release excerpts from 250,000 documents obtained by Assange in the "Cablegate" leak. The material, leaked to WikiLeaks by the then American soldier Chelsea Manning, exposed the inner workings of US diplomacy around the world. The editors and publishers of the media organizations that first published those revelations have come together to publicly oppose plans to charge Assange under a law designed to prosecute first world war spies. "Publishing is not a crime," they said, saying the prosecution is a direct attack on media freedom.

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Intel: The economy is bad right now, but we still need more fabs

The Register - 11 hours 35 min ago
x86 giant says it will tweak spending for Ohio, Germany plants based on ‘market needs’

Intel said it will continue building new chip manufacturing plants in the West despite a shrinking global economy because it's important to diversify supply chains and expand capacity for when it expects semiconductor demand to rebound.…

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