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New Austria migrant vehicle found - Three children are in hospital after Austrian police stop a minivan carrying 26 migrants, days after 71 people are found dead in an abandoned lorry.

Thai police make Bangkok blast arrest - Police in Bangkok say they have arrested a man in connection with a bomb that killed 20 people in the Thai capital nearly two weeks ago.

Farah wins historic 5,000m gold - Britain's Mo Farah completes a historic 'triple-double' by winning the 5,000m at the World Championships in Beijing.

UUP to withdraw from NI Executive - The Ulster Unionist Party will leave the Northern Ireland Executive, the party's ruling body has decided.

Silence to remember air crash victims - Hundreds of people fall silent to mark one week since the Shoreham air crash in which 11 people died.

The Register

US trade watchdog rejects patent infringement claim against Microsoft - InterDigital not 'appy with ITC decision Microsoft has swerved a potentially crushing blow to its vanishingly small mobile biz, after a US watchdog swiped away a request to block the import of its Lumia handsets into the country.…

Astroboffins clock TWO HUGE BLACK HOLES inside quasar-hosting galaxy nearest to Earth - Double-trouble collision a few 100,000 years away, apparently Scientists have spotted two central black holes raging and skating around each other in Markarian 231 (Mrk 231) – the nearest galaxy to Earth that hosts a quasar.…

Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep - So Italian it probably has Venetian glass Vulture at the wheel Ever since Fiat became FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automotive – there has been something a bit incongruous about the mix of brands. An Italian Jeep takes a bit of getting used to. Refined, exceptionally nice leather, a responsive automatic gearbox, multi-link rear suspension.…

Uber pulls up to the bumper, ropes in Jeep hackers - Make driver-free cars more secure? Good luck with that! Uber has hired two security researchers as it shifts gears on its biz strategy with plans to develop driver-free cars.…

Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor - Paradigm puncher ...Is It Something I Said? hits 40 Feature Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature.…

New Scientist - News

NASA picks post-Pluto destination for New Horizons spacecraft - Fresh off its July flyby of Pluto, the New Horizons spacecraft is bound for a tiny object even further from the sun

Live cells stuck together like Velcro could mend broken hearts - Heart cells grown on a special mesh can be built up into living, beating tissue that could mend damage after heart attacks

Quantum weirdness proved real in first loophole-free experiment - A century-long debate about whether quantum mechanics described reality or masked a deeper layer, as Einstein suggested, has concluded – quantum reality won

Zoologger: The tiny insects that roar at each other like lions - Two types of mirid bug engage in roaring duels, possibly to establish dominance or attract females, but how they make the noise is unknown

Knotty network could have powered universe’s early growth spurt - The theory behind why cables get tangled could explain both cosmic inflation and why we experience only three dimensions of space

Hacker News

Hack: A typeface designed for source code - Comments

Windows Certificate Manager does not display the complete trust list - Comments

The Grid: Certainly Misguided, Probably a Scam - Comments

Why telephone keypads are arranged the way they are - Comments

FCC considering a proposal to lock down devices with a “modular wireless radio” - Comments


Abusing Symbolic Links Like It's 1999 - An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from James Forshaw's recent post at Google's Project Zero, which begins For the past couple of years I've been researching Windows elevation of privilege attacks. This might be escaping sandboxing or gaining system privileges. One of the techniques I've used multiple times is abusing the symbolic link facilities of the Windows operating system to redirect privileged code to create files or registry keys to escape the restrictive execution context. Symbolic links in themselves are not vulnerabilities, instead they're useful primitives for exploiting different classes of vulnerabilities such as resource planting or time-of-check time-of-use. Click through that link to see examples of this abuse in action, but also information about how the underlying risks have been (or can be) mitigated. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Germany Wants Facebook To Obey Its Rules About Holocaust Denial - Bruce66423 writes: In a classic example of the conflict of cultures bought about by the internet, Germany is trying to get Facebook to obey its rules about banning holocaust denial posts. From the linked Jerusalem Post article: [Justice Minister Heiko] Maas, who has accused Facebook of doing too little to thwart racist and hate posts on its social media platform, said that Germany has zero tolerance for such expression and expects the US-based company to be more vigilant. "One thing is clear: if Facebook wants to do business in Germany, then it must abide by German laws," Maas told Reuters. "It doesn't matter that we, because of historical reasons, have a stricter interpretation of freedom of speech than the United States does." "Holocaust denial and inciting racial hatred are crimes in Germany and it doesn't matter if they're posted on Facebook or uttered out in the public on the market square," he added. ... "There's no scope for misplaced tolerance towards internet users who spread racist propaganda. That's especially the case in light of our German history." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Kristian von Bengston's New Goal: The Moon - Kristian von Bengtson, co-founder of DIY manned space program Copenhagen Suborbitals (which he left in 2014) writes with this pithy plug for his newest venture: "This year, we (a great crew) have been preparing for the next adventure with a mission plan going public Oct 1. Go sign up and join the project at" (You may want to check out our video inteview with von Bengston; he's a person who gets things done.) Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The View From 2015: Integrated Space Plan's 100-Year Plan - garyebickford writes: Wired Magazine has posted an article about the new 2015 version of the Integrated Space Plan, updated 14 years after the last version and descended directly from the original 1989 version. The original one was printed in the thousands, distributed by Rockwell, and appeared on walls throughout the space industry. One even hung behind the NASA administrator's desk. The new one is prettier, great for dorm room walls and classrooms, and Integrated Space Analytics, the company behind it, promises to expand their website into an up-to-date, live interactive tool. This is a great new beginning after over 30 years. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Ask Slashdot: Best Data Provider When Traveling In the US? - An anonymous reader writes: I am visiting USA 3-4 times a year and I need a data service. I also need to keep my cell phone number, so swapping the SIM card in my phone is not an option. I have bought those 19.95$ phones in Best-Buy to get a local number, but those were voice only. So I have been thinking about getting a MiFi hotspot. I have been looking at pre-paid plans from Verizon(only 700 LTE band for their pre-paid hotspot), AT&T, T-Mobile etc. perhaps to put in a MiFi hotspot or buy a hotspot from a provider, but have no idea which one to use, their reputation, real life coverage etc. It is clear that all data plans in the USA are really expensive, I get 100GB monthly traffic with my Scandinavian provider for the same price as 6-8 GB montly in the US, which I guess could be a problem with our Apple phones as they do not recognize a metered WiFi hotspot. But that is another issue. I travel all over but most of the time outside the big cities -- and my experience from roaming with my own phone and the cheap local phone so far tells me that coverage fluctuates wildly depending on the operator. Read more of this story at Slashdot.