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US Scientists Try 1st Gene Editing in the Body

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:30
Marilynn Marchione, reporting for Associated Press: Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a precise spot. "It's kind of humbling" to be the first to test this, said Madeux, who has a metabolic disease called Hunter syndrome. "I'm willing to take that risk. Hopefully it will help me and other people." Signs of whether it's working may come in a month; tests will show for sure in three months.

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Elon Musk's 'Scientific Method'

Slashdot - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:50
From a new wide-ranging interview of Elon Musk: An unfortunate fact of human nature is that when people make up their mind about something, they tend not to change it -- even when confronted with facts to the contrary. "It's very unscientific," Musk says. "There's this thing called physics, which is this scientific method that's really quite effective for figuring out the truth." The scientific method is a phrase Musk uses often when asked how he came up with an idea, solved a problem or chose to start a business. Here's how he defines it for his purposes, in mostly his own words: 1. Ask a question. 2. Gather as much evidence as possible about it. 3. Develop axioms based on the evidence, and try to assign a probability of truth to each one. 4. Draw a conclusion based on cogency in order to determine: Are these axioms correct, are they relevant, do they necessarily lead to this conclusion, and with what probability? 5. Attempt to disprove the conclusion. Seek refutation from others to further help break your conclusion. 6. If nobody can invalidate your conclusion, then you're probably right, but you're not certainly right.

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3 open source alternatives to ArcGIS Desktop

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:22
Much more than just making pretty maps and helping us get from point A to point B, GIS technologies are what allow us to plan our cities, route the infrastructure that enables everything we do, preserve our natural resources, save lives in times of disaster, and so much more.read more

US trade cops agree to investigate Apple's 'embrace and extend'

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:09
Remote desktop dev claims Cupertino froze them out

A patent lawsuit alleging that Apple froze out a third-party software developer has been given credence by America's International Trade Commission (USITC), which will investigate the complaint.…

Linux Now Runs on All of the Top 500 Supercomputers

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 11:07
Linux might be struggling for a decent desktop market share but it is definitely ruling the world of supercomputers.

Confusion reigns over crypto vuln in Spanish electronic ID smartcards

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:38
Certs revoked, but where are the updates?

The impact of a recently discovered cryptographic vulnerability involving smartcards is causing issues in Spain similar to those previously experienced in Estonia.…

Amazon, Google inject Bluetooth vuln vaccines into Echo, Home AI pals

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 10:00
The BlueBorne ultimatum

Updated Amazon and Google have automatically patched people's Echo and Home AI assistant devices, respectively, to defend against recently discovered Bluetooth-related security vulnerabilities.…

Open Source or Open Standards? (Yes!) The Future has Arrived

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:53
Can open source solve all interoperability problems? It can, but a mix of open source and open standards can be best of all. Kubernetes shows us how it's done.

Black Horse Down, we repeat... yes, Lloyds Bank, again

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:11
We're running out of backcronyms for TITSUP*

Customers of Lloyds Banking Group banks and TSB have been shut out of their online banking this afternoon.…

Upgrading Fedora 26 to Fedora 27

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:39
Fedora 27 was just officially released. You[he]#8217[/he]ll likely want to upgrade your system to the latest version of Fedora. Fedora offers a command-line method for upgrading Fedora 26 to Fedora 27. The Fedora 27 Workstation also has a graphical upgrade...

Rocky Ross 128 b might harbour ALIENS – and it's headed right for us

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:32
In 71,000 years, it'll be closer than disappointing dustball Proxima Centauri b

A new study to appear in Astronomy & Astrophysics has detected what could be our closest exoplanet that is not only rocky, but also orbits a star with a low amount of solar activity that could help an atmosphere survive – Ross 128 b.…

Coming live to a warzone near you: Army Truck Driver for Xbox!

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:02
Shh, ignore senior Brit officers saying armed forces on brink of collapse

As recently retired senior officers told UK Parliament that the armed forces are at risk of "institutional failure", the Ministry of Defence told the world's press that soldiers are playing with Xbox controllers.…

DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:38
Employees worried it's a loop-your-own-noose initiative

DXC Technologies employees fear a company request to profile their skills on a new management portal will be used by top brass to elbow them out of the door in the next round of compulsory redundancies.…

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:24
57: Mozilla's big bid for relevanceInterview The Mozilla Foundation has officially launched a radical rewrite of its browser, a major cross-platform effort to regain relevance in a world that seems to have forgotten Firefox. The much-rewritten browser claims to be 30 per cent faster with half the memory load, although this comes at the cost of compatibility, as Scott Gilbertson found here.…

Ads watchdog tells Plusnet: There's no way unlimited business broadband costs £4.50

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 07:04
If that were the case, you might actually Do Us Proud

Two Plusnet adverts selling business broadband have been ruled "misleading" by the UK Advertising Standards Agency.…

Zentera Systems, Inc.'s CoIP Security Enclave

Linux Journal - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:38

On the heels of being crowned "Cool Vendor in Cloud Security" by Gartner, Zentera Systems, Inc., announced an upgrade to its flagship CoIP Security Enclave solution. more>>

Huawei's 4-socket HPC blade server gruntbox gets Skylake mills

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:35
Beefier grunts from Chipzilla's latest and greatest

The HPC server gruntbox space is flourishing, with suppliers pumping out Broadwell-to-Skylake updates one after the other, Huawei being the latest.…

Linux totally dominates supercomputers

LXer - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:10
It finally happened. Today, all 500 of the world[he]#039[/he]s top 500 supercomputers are running Linux.

Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 06:01
We swapped out Lord Jesus for meat in sweet bread

Budget Brit pastry purveyor Greggs has been forced to apologise after substituting a sausage roll for Baby Jesus in its limited-edition advent calendar.…

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

TheRegister - Wed, 11/15/2017 - 05:29
57: Mozilla's big bid for relevance

Interview The Mozilla Foundation has officially launched a radical rewrite of its browser, a major cross-platform effort to regain relevance in a world that seems to have forgotten Firefox. The much-rewritten browser claims to be twice as fast and uses 30 per cent less memory than Chrome, although this comes at the cost of compatibility, as Scott Gilbertson found here.…

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