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  • Turning the Belkin WeMo Into a Deathtrap
    By on January 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments


    Okian Warrior writes “As a followup to yesterday’s article detailing 50 Million Potentially Vulnerable To UPnP Flaws, this video shows getting root access on a Belkin WeMo remote controlled wifi outlet. As the discussion notes, remotely turning someone’s lamp on or off is not a big deal, but controlling a [dry] coffeepot or space heater might be dangerous. The attached discussion also points out that rapidly cycling something with a large inrush current (more…)

  • Balotelli seals move to AC Milan
    By on January 31, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Man City striker joins Italian giants for an initial £19m fee.

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  • Free Wi-Fi: the Movement To Give Away Your Internet For the Good of Humanity
    By on January 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    pigrabbitbear writes “We are strangely territorial when it comes to our wireless networks. The idea of someone siphoning off our precious bandwidth without paying for it is, for most people, completely unacceptable. But the Open Wireless Movement wants to change all that. ‘We are trying to create a movement where people are willing to share their network for the common good,’ says Adi Kamdar, an activist with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. ‘It’s (more…)

  • VIDEO: Balotelli gatecrashes Inter press room
    By on January 30, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli gatecrashes new Inter Milan boss Andrea Stramaccioni’s first press conference during a surprise visit to his ex-club.

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  • Trainer Scott copes with Antarctic conditions
    By on January 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght reveals how trainer Jeremy Scott is taking on racing’s big boys and the wintry weather

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  • Lego Accused of Racism With Star Wars Set
    By on January 25, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ch_Omega writes “According to this article over at The Telegraph, Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community in Austria over a Star Wars model that supposedly resembles one of Istanbul’s most revered mosques. The anger was provoked by ‘Jabba’s Palace,’ a model of the home of Jabba the Hutt from Lego’s Star Wars product range based on the blockbusting series of science fiction films. ‘The terrorist Jabba the Hutt likes to smoke a hookah (more…)

  • Researchers Explain Why Flu Comes In the Winter
    By on January 20, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter ggrocca writes “Using human mucus as a testbed for how well influenza virus thrives in different humidity conditions, researchers at Virginia Tech found that the virus survived best if humidity is below 50%, a typical indoor situation during the winter in temperate climates due to artificial heating. The virus begins to find itself at home again only when humidity reaches almost 100%. Unsurprisingly, the latter finding (more…)

  • Gibbons becomes British champion
    By on January 20, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Gemma Gibbons wins her first British Championships title.

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  • Nadal to make comeback in Brazil
    By on January 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal will make his long-awaited return to the game after a knee injury at the Brazil Open.

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  • Missouri Republican Wants Violent Video Game Tax
    By on January 15, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter sHr0oMaN writes with news that Diane Franklin, a Republican member of Missouri’s state House of Representatives, has proposed a sales tax on violent video games. The proposal, HB0157I, is one of many responses to the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The proceeds from the tax would go toward mental health programs and law enforcement in the hopes that future shootings can be prevented. The total amount taxed would be small — 1% (more…)