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Simple visual processing exercise is the first intervention to limit dementia

Ars Technica - 1 hour 53 sec ago

Enlarge / Exercises that help you to quickly pick out details seem to have the biggest effect on dementia. (credit: Flickr user City Lights)

Dementia strikes many people as they age, and there's currently not much we can do about it. It would be nice to think that there could be a fix to stave it off, like a computer game or something that could do more than help you improve at that computer game. Well now, for the first time, it seems like there may be.

The Advanced Cognitive Training in Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study was a randomized controlled trial in which thousands of healthy seniors got different kinds of cognitive training and had their cognition monitored over ten years. Importantly, the trial was registered at its outset at, so even if all of the results were negative (and therefore not likely to be published in an academic journal) they would still be on record and accessible.

After five years, all of the results were in fact negative. But after ten years, one of the interventions reduced dementia risk by about 30 percent.

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Apple quietly wheels out 'Voxelnet' driverless car tech paper

The Register - 1 hour 7 min ago
We'd ask them what it means, but, uh...

Apple researchers have released a paper about a "trainable deep architecture", setting out the fruity firm's plans to make autonomous vehicles better at detecting cyclists and pedestrians.…

NASA spacecraft's final full Saturn view is a masterpiece - CNET - News - 1 hour 19 min ago
Just days before its destruction, Cassini took 42 images that have been used to create one last stunning mosaic of all of Saturn and its rings.

Net neutrality repeal means your internet may never be the same - CNET - News - 1 hour 22 min ago
The FCC is about to pull the rug out from under Obama-era rules on net neutrality. That could be just the start of a whole new internet experience for you.

FTC reportedly probing TripAdvisor for deleting rape reports - CNET - News - 1 hour 25 min ago
The travel recommendation site was found to be censoring reports of rape and assault from users' reviews of resorts.

Robby the Robot sells for record $5.375 million at auction - CNET - News - 1 hour 28 min ago
The auction price for the star robot of the 1956 sci-fi classic "Forbidden Planet" was tops for a movie prop.

Net neutrality supporters plan nationwide protests on December 7

Ars Technica - 1 hour 38 min ago

Enlarge / Net neutrality supporters march past the FCC headquarters before a commission meeting on May 15, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | The Washington Post)

The Obama administration's network neutrality rules are in danger, and the activists who helped get those regulations enacted aren't giving up without a fight. They're planning a series of protests nationwide to pressure the Federal Communications Commission to reject Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to roll back network neutrality protections.

The protests will be held outside Verizon stores on December 7, a week before an expected December 14 vote on Pai's proposal. They chose Verizon because Verizon has been a leading opponent of the net neutrality rules and because Pai worked as Verizon's associate general counsel from 2001 to 2003.

"The company has been spending millions on lobbying and lawsuits to kill net neutrality so they can gouge us all for more money," the protest organizers write. "We’re calling on our lawmakers to do their job overseeing the FCC and speak out against Ajit Pai’s plan to gut Title II net neutrality protections."

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Thirty years later, “Max Headroom” TV pirate remains at large

Ars Technica - 1 hour 43 min ago

Enlarge / Not creepy at all.

Thirty years ago today, a person or persons unknown briefly hijacked the signal of two Chicago television stations, broadcasting a bizarre taped message from a man wearing a Max Headroom mask. The "broadcast intrusion" interrupted a primetime news broadcast from Chicago's WGN, and then (more successfully) the 11:00pm broadcast of Dr. Who on the Chicago public television station WTTW. To this day, the perpetrators of the television hack remain unknown.

The hack was made possible by the analog television broadcast technology of the day—the attacker was able to overpower the signals sent by the television studios to a broadcast antenna atop the John Hancock building in Chicago with his or her own signals. In the case of the WGN news broadcast, engineers were able to change the frequency used in the uplink to the John Hancock tower after a brief interruption, and the audio from the pirate transmission was drowned in static. But the WTTW takeover lasted a full 90 seconds, and the pirate TV broadcast's audio, while distorted, was audible to anyone who happened to be tuned in.

Broadcast intrusions were not rare in the 1980s. The first major one took place in 1977, when someone interrupted the audio of an ITV Southern Television broadcast from a tower in Hannington, England, with a message purported to be from an alien representative of an "Intergalactic Association." The message warned, "All your weapons of evil must be removed… You have but a short time to learn to live together in peace."

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D-Link EXO AC2600 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi router (DIR-882) review - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 47 min ago
The D-Link DIR-882 dual-band router can transmit data to multiple devices simultaneously, has robust customization and an affordable price.

FCC stonewalled investigation of net neutrality comment fraud, NY AG says

Ars Technica - 1 hour 54 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Nicholas Rigg)

New York's attorney general has been trying to investigate fraud in public comments on the Federal Communications Commission's anti-net neutrality plan but alleges that the FCC has refused to cooperate with the investigation.

NY State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says that "hundreds of thousands of Americans" were likely impersonated in fake comments on the net neutrality docket. But FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's office would not provide information needed for New York's investigation, Schneiderman wrote yesterday in an open letter to Pai:

 [T]he process the FCC has employed to consider potentially sweeping alterations to current net neutrality rules has been corrupted by the fraudulent use of Americans' identities — and the FCC has been unwilling to assist my office in our efforts to investigate this unlawful activity.

Specifically, for six months my office has been investigating who perpetrated a massive scheme to corrupt the FCC's notice and comment process through the misuse of enormous numbers of real New Yorkers' and other Americans' identities. Such conduct likely violates state law—yet the FCC has refused multiple requests for crucial evidence in its sole possession that is vital to permit that law enforcement investigation to proceed.

The FCC received 22 million comments on its plan to repeal net neutrality rules and deregulate broadband providers, but many were fraudulent. In May, some of the people who were impersonated by anti-net neutrality spammers asked the Federal Communications Commission to notify other victims of the impersonation and remove fraudulent comments from the net neutrality docket.

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

The Register - 1 hour 56 min ago
Are you in control?

Comment According to an old Chinese proverb: "When a wise man points at the Moon, an idiot looks at his finger." Google may have been hoping that you were examining a finger, not reading a Quartz story yesterday, which reveals how Android phones send location data to Google without you even knowing it.…

Decades later, Vietnam vets may be silently fighting cancer-causing parasite

Ars Technica - 2 hours 7 min ago

Enlarge / An adult Clonorchis sinensis. (credit: PLoS Medicine)

A small pilot study hints that a startling number of Vietnam veterans may be infected with a liver parasite that can induce a rare type of cancer, the Associated Press reports.

The study, conducted by the Northport VA Medical Center in New York, involved blood samples from 50 Vietnam veterans. Testing performed at Seoul National University in South Korea found that more than 20 percent of those samples were positive or borderline positive for antibodies against the parasite, a liver fluke.

The results are preliminary and require follow-up research. It’s also unclear how the 50 blood samples were chosen. That said, the results hint that many veterans may have the cancer-inducing infection and not yet know. The study follows a report last year by the AP, which raised questions about the rate of that otherwise rare type of cancer in veterans.

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2019 Subaru Ascent offers a peek inside before LA debut - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 10 min ago
You can also get an early look at its headlights, but they aren't anything special.

Chasing ‘Oumuamua—unfortunately human technology isn’t up to the task

Ars Technica - 2 hours 20 min ago

Enlarge / An illustration of a New Horizons spacecraft atop an illustration of 'Oumuamua. Nothing is to scale. (credit: European Southern Observatory / M. Kornmesser )

A little more than a month ago, an interstellar visitor now known as 'Oumuamua passed within 24 million kilometers of Earth. It is now moving rapidly away from our planet at a velocity of approximately 26km/s. That is considerably faster than, say, the Voyager 1 spacecraft, which is hurtling beyond the Solar System at a velocity of 17km/s.

The first interstellar object is doubly intriguing because humans have never been able to study something from beyond the Solar System up close. Moreover, recent observations have shown that 'Oumuamua has a reddish color, astronomers say, and unexpected oblong shape, like that of a giant, 400-meter-long cigar. Already, the object is fading from view, and we will never see it again as it zooms away.

But what if we could? NASA is building what will be the world's most powerful rocket, the Space Launch System. Would it be capable of launching a small probe to catch 'Oumuamua? Do we have any technology that can catch this interstellar interloper?

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GMC Sierra All Mountain Concept is designed to dominate snow - Roadshow - News - 2 hours 21 min ago
It's built for one thing, and one thing only -- having a freaking blast.

Facebook still allowing discriminatory housing ads - CNET - News - 2 hours 28 min ago
The social network pledged to fix the problem last year. But its ad platform can still be abused.

Video game makers' 'predatory behavior' in lawmaker's sights - CNET - News - 2 hours 41 min ago
Hawaiian representative likens Star Wars Battlefront II to an "online casino" for kids.

iPhone X supplier under fire over student labor - CNET - News - 2 hours 42 min ago
Chinese students say they were forced to work for Apple's manufacturing partner Foxconn in order to graduate from high school.

Get a Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $48 - CNET - News - 2 hours 46 min ago
Why wait for Black Friday? Best Buy is already offering a killer deal on this 5-star 4K streamer. Plus: games!

You're such a goober, Uber: UK regulators blast hushed breach

The Register - 2 hours 50 min ago
MP: Funny, you managed to contact customers when TfL put your licence on hold…

Brit regulators, security agencies and MPs have slammed Uber for covering up the massive data breach of 57 million customer and driver records.…

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