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FWD.us: GOP Voters to be Targeted by "Pissed Off" Data Scientists

theodp (442580) writes | about 5 months ago

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theodp (442580) writes ""We are excited to announce that FWD.us and Hackers/Founders are joining forces to host the 'DEBUG DC' Growthathon on June 21st & June 22nd," reads the blog over at FWD.us, the PAC whose Founders and Major Contributors include current and former CEOs from Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, and LinkedIn. "This is a unique opportunity to push the envelope in online advocacy for immigration reform." The blog entry explains, "The machine of government is wedged, and is in desperate need of debugging. How do we DEBUG DC? Step One: Target critical legislative districts. Step Two: Data mine these districts to find registered voters who are registered Republicans who we think are likely to support immigration reform. Step Three: Growth hack ways to motivate these people to effectively engage their legislators to tell them they want them to call for a vote on immigration reform. Step Four: Measure results. Step Five: Iterate." The Eventbrite invitation for the event includes a call for Data Scientists who are "pissed off about immigration and want to fix it," are "well versed in statistics and data analysis," and can "infer voter sentiment from sparse data." So, how does this jibe with the outrage expressed by the FWD.us supporters' companies over unauthorized government surveillance?"

No Cell Phone Tracking Without Warrant

kodiaktau (2351664) writes | about 5 months ago

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kodiaktau (2351664) writes "The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before tracking cell phones. The court ruled on a case involving violent crimes committed by Quartavius Davis, who was convicted using tracking records collected over 67 days. Prosecutors showed evidence that 11,606 location points, including recorded calls and location of towers was enough to determine the Davis' whereabouts. Defense attorneys cited 4th Amendment rights of privacy were violated in the warrantless search.

The police originally got authority to use a "D-Order", which allows them to gather records and is easier to obtain than a subpoena. In Judge Sentell's opinion paper, he notes, that the police effectively did an end-run around typical requests for this information. Choosing to treat the request as on-going investigative data instead of the precedent set in previous cases. The judge goes on to say, "...it cannot be denied that the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures shields the people from the warrantless interception of electronic data or sound waves carrying communications." His follow-on argument suggests that by using the location information the police gathered and the manner in which they gathered it is effectively monitoring an individual, which does require a warrant.

Davis was still found guilty, but the court effectively put law-enforcement on notice about the manner in which is obtains this data for future cases."

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Microsoft runs out of US IPv4 addresses

Anonymous Coward writes | about 5 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "IPv4 address space has been fully assigned in the United States, meaning there is no additional IPv4 address space available. This requires Microsoft to use the IPv4 address space available to us globally for the addressing of new services. The result is that we will have to use IPv4 address space assigned to a non-US region to address services which may be in a US region. It is not possible to transfer registration because the IP space is allocated to the registration authorities by Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.

At times your service may appear to be hosted in a non-US location.

Service and Data are located where deployed

It is important to note that the IP address registration authority does not equate to IP address physical location (i.e., you can have an IP address registered in Brazil but allocated to a device or service physically located in Virginia). Thus when you deploy to a U.S. region, your service is still hosted in U.S. and your customer data will remain in the U.S. as detailed in our Trust Center: http://www.windowsazure.com/en...

We are currently working with a few major IP geo-location database companies to update the location of these IPs which should help alleviate the issues this may be causing."

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US to auction off 29,656 bitcoins seized from Silk Road, worth over $17.5M

ClownPenis (1315157) writes | about 5 months ago

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ClownPenis (1315157) writes "On Thursday, the United States Marshals Service posted a notice that it will be administering the sale of the over 29,600 bitcoins seized in the Silk Road case. At present exchange rates, those bitcoins are worth over $17.5 million.

FURTHER READING

FEDS READY TO AUCTION OFF $25 MILLION IN SILK ROAD BITCOIN
Funds seized from alleged Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht are still in contention.
These bitcoins resided in six different wallets found on Silk Road servers and do not include the “bitcoins contained in wallet files that resided on certain computer hardware belonging to Ross William Ulbricht, that were seized on or about October 24, 2013.”
The USMS said that the first deadline for bidders will be 9am Eastern Time on June 16, 2014.

All bidders must complete the government’s Bidder Registration Form (PDF), which requires that you provide a copy of a government-issued ID as well as a $200,000 deposit sent by wire transfer from an American bank. The government added that the highest bidder will win, and he or she cannot finance its payment in installments—the winner must pay the full amount in cash."

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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

MojoKid (1002251) writes | about 5 months ago

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MojoKid (1002251) writes "Samsung unveiled its latest flagship tablet, the Galaxy Tab S, at an event in New York City tonight, and the new device is thin, lightweight, and sports a killer Super AMOLED display. Samsung boasts that the Galaxy Tab S's 2560x1600 display has 73% better color reproduction than conventional LCD displays and can match colors up to 94% of "nature's true palette" with deeper blacks and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. The 10.5-inch device weighs just 467g and measures a mere 6.6mm in thickness (and there's an 8.4-inch version, too). Under the hood, the Galaxy Tab S features Android KitKat 4.4, 3GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of storage with a microSD slot that supports up to 128GB. The front camera is 2.1MP and the rear 8MP camera has an LED flash. No word on the exact processor on board just yet, other than it's a quad-core SoC. It's likely a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 though an Exynos variant or perhaps even Tegra 4 wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility."
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

itwbennett (1594911) writes | about 5 months ago

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Personal information, including Social Security numbers and call records, was accessed for an unknown number of AT&T Mobility customers by people outside of the company, AT&T has confirmed. The breach took place between April 9-21, but was only disclosed this week in a filing with California regulators. While AT&T wouldn't say how many customers were affected, state law requires such disclosures if an incident affects at least 500 customers in California."
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US Government OKs Sale Of Sharper Satellite Images

itwbennett (1594911) writes | about 5 months ago

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The U.S. government has lifted a long-standing restriction that meant companies like Google and Microsoft didn't have access to the most accurate pictures taken by imaging satellites. Satellite operator DigitalGlobe said that it received approval from the U.S. Department of Commerce this week to sell sharper images to its clients. Until now, satellite operators like DigitalGlobe were prevented by law from selling images to foreign or commercial organizations in which features smaller than 50 centimeters were visible. The restriction was meant to ensure that foreign powers didn't get access to satellite images that were too good."
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iOS 8 Touch ID in PhoneGap/Cordova Apps - Now Open To Developers

jcasman (99934) writes | about 5 months ago

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jcasman (99934) writes "Touch ID is the biometrics (fingerprinting) sensor implementation in iPhone 5s. Introduced in iOS 7, users utilize it for authentication and authorization. However, the API was private, and there was no way to access it for Cordova/PhoneGap developers. Now, starting from iOS 8, the Touch ID API is now open to developers. This opens up many interesting possibilities for PhoneGap/Cordova developers. Masa Tanaka, CEO of Monaca, an HTML5 hybrid app development framework based on PhoneGap/Cordova, writes about creating a Cordova Plugin to support Touch ID, and provides a sample Cordova app for demonstration.

Performance — the Achilles heel of hybrid apps — is also impacted in the new iOS 8. In an SD Times Guest View piece, Tanaka talks here about performance improvements for hybrid apps in iOS 8 and includes internal benchmarking numbers: "Why hybrid app developers should love the new iOS 8""

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At NASA's robot challenge, don't mistake trouble for failure

rlinke (3398697) writes | about 5 months ago

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rlinke (3398697) writes "After years of research and late nights, a team of scientists set up their robot Thursday to take on a NASA-funded autonomous robotics challenge.

They switched on their robot, stood back and waited for the machine to begin its two-hour effort.

But the robot failed.

Without ever moving off its platform or moving an inch, the robot's challenge was over for this year."

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New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth

techtech (2016646) writes | about 5 months ago

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techtech (2016646) writes "Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form—the ingredients for water are bound up in rock deep in the Earth's mantle—the discovery may represent the planet's largest water reservoir. This research was published in Science "
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What do you use to host your images and home movies on your own internet server?

Tog Klim (909717) writes | about 5 months ago

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Tog Klim (909717) writes "I have used gallery2 from http://galleryproject.org/ for years to host my images on my own server with internet access. As time goes on, some parts are breaking and it is no longer maintained. It also doesn't have some new features I would like (face tagging, etc). Gallery 3 doesn't have some of the features I use in 2, so it hasn't been an answer for me. I have looked around to find imaging hosting software that is free, runs on a linux server I own with a feature set I like (subjective), but haven't had much luck. What do other users like?"

Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Won't Work On Nearly All Devices

Lucas123 (935744) writes | about 5 months ago

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Lucas123 (935744) writes "Starbucks today announced that after beta-testing wireless charging in several locations, it will roll it out to all of its cafes in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Powermat wireless chargers they chose to use doesn't support the overwhelming number of mobile devices that are enabled for wireless charging using the Qi standard. Of the 20 million consumer devices estimated to have shipped in 2013 with wireless charging capabilities, nearly all were built with the Qi specification, according to IHS. The majority of the Qi technology was built into devices such as the Google Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones, Google's Nexus 7 second-generation tablet and a number of models in Nokia's Lumia smart phone range. The battle between the three wireless charging consortiums is expected to continue to adversely impact adoption of the technology."
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Japanese stem cell debacle could bring down entire center

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | about 5 months ago

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Shutting down the research center at the heart of an unfolding scientific scandal may be necessary to prevent a recurrence of research misconduct, according to a report released at a press conference in Tokyo today. A committee reviewing conduct at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan, found lax oversight and a failure on the part of senior authors of two papers in Nature outlining a surprisingly simple way of reprogramming mature cells into stem cells. The committee surmised that a drive to produce groundbreaking results led to publishing results prematurely. "It seems that RIKEN CDB had a strong desire to produce major breakthrough results that would surpass iPS cell research," the report concludes, referring to another type of pluripotent stem cell. "One of our conclusions is that the CDB organization is part of the problem," said committee chair Teruo Kishi Kishi. He recommends a complete overhaul of CDB, including perhaps restructuring it into a new institute. "This has to be more than just changing the nameplate.""
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Game Characters controlled by Player's Emotions

vrml (3027321) writes | about 5 months ago

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vrml (3027321) writes "As the player feels inner anger rising, the in-game character gets angry too and starts shouting and smashing things. Then, the player relaxes and the game character calms down and smiles. This is the kind of game control supported by a system demonstrated in a video released today by the Human-Computer Interaction Lab of the University of Udine. The system detects player's emotional state by using physiological sensors to measure player's skin conductance, facial muscles activity and cardiac parameters. It has been used to build gamified relaxation training and stress inoculation training applications."
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US pushing local police to keep quiet on cell-phone surveillance technology

schwit1 (797399) writes | about 5 months ago

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schwit1 (797399) writes "The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disclose any about the purchase and use of such powerful surveillance equipment.

Federal involvement in local open records proceedings is unusual. It comes at a time when President Barack Obama has said he welcomes a debate on government surveillance and called for more transparency about spying in the wake of disclosures about classified federal surveillance programs."

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Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Anonymous Coward writes | about 5 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Controversy has been swirling for years over the question of whether analog engineers are relevant in a digital world. Analog engineers themselves are lining up against management in the tussle over whether there really is a shrinking pool of engineers to do the work, or whether companies have unrealistic expectations. As one former analog engineer puts it, "The job descriptions for analog engineers today ask for expertise in all these analog areas, then they throw in 'must know VHDL' [a digital programming language]. Your head would explode if you had to carry all the information in your head!"
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Recomendations about very cheap PC based oscilloscope

fffdddooo (3692429) writes | about 5 months ago

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fffdddooo (3692429) writes "I know it is something that people use to ask every few years, but answers get old so quickly........
I'm electronics teacher and I'm wondering if it's possible to find some oscilloscope (and why not spectrum analyser) for recommending my students to be able to work at home.
I'm thinking on something near $50-$70. The question is may be something that is not crap for these price?
Two or three years ago I'm sure the answer was no, but nowadays?
I've seen to cheap

http://www.amazon.com/VELLEMAN...
It is 200Khz oscilloscope and 75Khz spectrum analyzer... very cheap but in Khz

But
http://www.amazon.com/Hantek-D...

It aims to be capable of 20Mhz, 2 channel.

What do you think?"

Mesothermy in Dinosaurs

Anonymous Coward writes | about 5 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "An article published today in Science (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6189/1268) points to the possibility that dinosaurs were mesotherms more akin to modern Tuna. Their internal temperature would have been warmer than their surrounding environment, conferring on them the ability to move more quickly than any ectotherm (“cold blooded” animal), but wouldn’t have been constant or as warm as any endoderm (“warm blooded” animal). Their energy use and thus their necessary food intake would have been greater than an ectotherm, but much less than an endotherm. In order to arrive at this possibility, bone growth rings in fossilized bone were used to establish growth rates and then compared to modern ectotherms and endotherms. Nature has a write up on this: http://www.nature.com/news/din..."
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Arts and technology clashing

Anonymous Coward writes | about 5 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "This article in The New Yorks Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/arts/music/a-digital-orchestra-for-opera-purists-take-and-play-offense.html) shows the clash of purists and people who desire to experiment with "new technology" available to them. The geek in me is really curious about this concept of a digital orchestra (with the ability to change tempos, placement of speakers in an orchestra pit, possibly delaying some to line them, ...). I understand that instrumentalists feel threatened, but why not let free enterprise decide the fate of this endeavor instead of trying to kill it by using blackmail and misrepresentation. Isn't there a place for this, even if maybe it is not called Opera ... maybe iOpera?"
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Tesla releases electric car patents to the public

mknewman (557587) writes | about 5 months ago

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mknewman (557587) writes "Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology."

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Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads

mpicpp (3454017) writes | about 5 months ago

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mpicpp (3454017) writes "Facebook users who are annoyed by the targeted ads that pop up in their News Feed will soon have more control over what they see.

Like Google, Facebook collects all kinds of information on its users and uses that information to serve up targeted ads. For some people, especially privacy advocates, it seemed a little creepy to have a social network tracking a user’s activity and then using that data to sell them stuff. On Thursday, Facebook announced that users will soon be able to opt out of that targeted ad system through controls in their Web browser and iOS and Android phones.

Facebook will also show users what information they have collected about them and let them edit the kinds of ads they want to see. If someone is confused about why they are seeing an ad for P.F. Chang's, for example, they can simply click on "Why am I seeing this ad?""

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WSJ: Facebook to Advertisers: More Data Coming

psybre (921148) writes | about 5 months ago

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psybre (921148) writes "A Wall Street Journal article details Facebook's plans for sharing their information with advertisers. The company has been gathering user's browsing habits. While used in the past only for security reasons, they intend to provide this information to advertisers soon. An industry analyst was quoted that, "By bringing in data about their users' browsing habits and app usage, they are creating an even more complete profile of each person.""

EU's top court may define obesity as a disability

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes | about 5 months ago

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mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The EU's top court is considering a test case which could oblige employers to treat obesity as a disability. Denmark has asked the European Court of Justice to rule on the case of a male childminder who says he was sacked for being too fat. The court's final ruling will be binding across the EU. It is seen as especially significant because of rising obesity levels in Europe and elsewhere, including the US. If the judges decide it is a disability then employers could face new obligations. Employers might in future have a duty to create reserved car parking spaces for obese staff, or adjust the office furniture for them, she said."

Cisco Spending Millions Of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

FrankPoole (1736680) writes | about 5 months ago

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FrankPoole (1736680) writes "According to a CRN investigative report, Cisco has been spending millions of dollars over several years to secretly purchase Juniper Networks' products, including new QFabric and MX series routers, for use in its "competitive analysis lab," where the products are tested and reverse engineered. According to the report, some of the Juniper products purchased by Cisco were still in beta and not yet commercially released. In addition, CRN discovered that a main source for Cisco to obtain these Juniper products was, ironically, a company called Torrey Point Group, a fast-growing VAR that was awarded Juniper's Part of the Year in 2011."
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Portland Edges Closer to Google Fiber

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes | about 5 months ago

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Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Portland, Oregon has taken another step toward finalizing a franchise agreement with Google Fiber. In a unanimous vote, the city council has approved the prospective contract. While existing Internet Service Providers fume, Mary Beth Henry, manager of Portland’s Office for Community Technology, pointed out that Google is prepared to make a major investment in the city's infrastructure, while the other firms are not. Ms. Henry also indicated that Google was not receiving any special treatment. Google spokesperson, Jenna Wandres, responded to events in an email, saying, 'There’s still a lot of work to do beyond this one agreement, but we hope to provide an update about whether we can bring Fiber here later this year.'"

Uber, lyft, sidecar banned from San Francisco Airport

Anonymous Coward writes | about 5 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "California regulators are threatening to revoke permits for on-demand ride companies UberX, Lyft, Sidecar, Summon and Wingz unless they stop giving rides to and from airports within two weeks.

The move could lead to the state shutting down the companies' operations.

Flouting the airport rules also flouts regulations that the CPUC set up for the new generation of ride companies to operate in California. In a clear rebuttal to an argument often made by the ride companies, Peevey wrote: "These safety requirements should not hinder your creativity nor should they impede your innovation.""

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Open-Source Hardware for Neuroscience

the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes | about 5 months ago

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "The equipment that neuroscientists use to record brain signals is plenty expensive, with a single system costing upward of $60,000. But it turns out that it's not too complicated to build your own, for the cost of about $3000. Two MIT grad students figured out how to do just that, and are distributing both manufactured systems and their designs through their website, Open Ephys. Their goal is to launch an open-source hardware movement in neuroscience, so researchers can spend less time worrying about the gear they need and more time doing experiments."
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NASA forming $3M satellite communication, propulsion competition

coondoggie (973519) writes | about 5 months ago

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coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA took the next step in forming a large-scale, $3 million competition to build advanced propulsion and communications technologies for small, inexpensive satellite systems known as cubesats. The Cubesat Lunar Challenge will be broken up into two areas: propulsion and communication while in orbit around the moon. In Request For Information published this week, NASA said the two challenges would provide competitive opportunities for a variety of competition teams to deploy cubesats on a NASA or third-party provided launch."
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AMD Looking To Outsource Chip Development

jfruh (300774) writes | about 5 months ago

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jfruh (300774) writes "AMD, once on the ropes in its uphill battle against Intel, is now riding high, especially after getting its chips into both the PlayStation 4 and the XBox One. But years of cost-cutting and layoff have hollowed out the company, particulary in its chipset division, and now AMD may be outsourcing chipset design to companies in Asia. Is AMD giving up one of its core competencies? As blogger Andy Patrizio puts it, "No one gets excited about new chipsets like they do over a CPU, but CPUs absolutely need chipsets to run.""
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Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

ectoman (594315) writes | about 5 months ago

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ectoman (594315) writes "Proponents of patent reform in the United States glimpsed a potential victory late last year, when the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3309, the Innovation Act, designed to significantly mitigate patent abuse. Just months ago, however, the Senate pulled consideration of the bill. And since then, patent reform has been at a standstill. In a new analysis for Opensource.com, Mark Bohannon, Vice President of Corporate affairs and Global Public Policy at Red Hat, explains three reasons why. "For this year, at least," he writes, "the prospect of addressing abusive patent litigation through Congressional action is on ice"—despite the unavoidable case for reform."
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

Anonymous Coward writes | about 5 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix last week tested 65 graphics cards on open source drivers under Linux and the best result was generally with the open source AMD Radeon drivers. This week they put out a 35 graphics card comparison using the proprietary AMD/NVIDIA drivers (with the other 30 cards being too old for the latest main drivers) under Ubuntu 14.04. The winner for proprietary GPU driver support on Linux was NVIDIA, which shouldn't come as much of a surprise given that Valve and other Linux game developers are frequently recommending NVIDIA graphics for their game titles while AMD Catalyst support doesn't usually come to games until later. The Radeon OpenGL performance with Catalyst had some problems, but at least its performance per Watt was respectable. Open-source fans are encouraged to use AMD hardware on Linux while those just wanting the best performance and overall experience should see NVIDIA with their binary driver."
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AeroVelo Aims to Build World's Fastest Bike

Zothecula (1870348) writes | about 5 months ago

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "Following its Sikorsky Prize-winning Atlas helicopter, Canada's AeroVelo now aims to set a new human-powered speed record during September's World Human-Powered Speed Challenge in Battle Mountain, Nevada, with a high speed bicycle named Eta. The current record stands at 83.1 mph (133.8 km/h), and was set at the event last year by a Dutch team of students with the VeloX3 bike."
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

itwbennett (1594911) writes | about 5 months ago

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Web applications may one day surpass desktop applications in function and usability — if developers have more programming languages to choose from, according to a Google engineer. 'The Web is always available, except when it is not,' said Gilad Bracha, software engineer at Google and one of the authors of Google Dart, speaking to an audience of programmers Wednesday at the QCon developer conference in New York. 'It isn't always available in a way that you can always rely on it. You may have a network that is slow or flaky or someone may want to charge you.' Therefore any Web programming language, and its associated ecosystem, must have some way of storing a program for offline use, Bracha said. The Web programming language in the future must also make it easier for the programmer to build and test applications."
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Mozilla to sell '$25' Firefox OS smartphones in India

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes | about 5 months ago

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mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Mozilla, the organisation behind the Firefox browser, has announced it will start selling low-cost smartphones in India within the "next few months". Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, the firm's chief operating officer suggested the handsets, which will be manufactured by two Indian companies, would retail at $25 (£15). They will run Mozilla's HTML5 web-based mobile operating system, Firefox OS. The firm already sells Firefox-powered phones in Europe and Latin America."

The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes | about 5 months ago

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KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "It’s easy to imagine that computer security experts have a good idea of the kind of attacks they are likely to experience in future. They may not know the details but they should at least know the channels that are vulnerable so that they can allocate security resources accordingly. Perhaps not! Security researchers in Germany have demonstrated an entirely new way to attack computer networks and steal information without anybody knowing. The new medium of attack is ultrasonic sound. It relies on software that uses the built-in speakers on a laptop to broadcast at ultrasonic frequencies while nearby laptops listen out for the transmissions and pass them on, a set up known as a mesh network. The team has tested this kind of attack on a set of Lenovo T400 laptops infected with key-logging software. They say it is possible to transmit ultrasonic signals covertly at data rates of 20 bits per second at distances of up to 20 metres in an office environment. Interestingly, the team created the covert system by adapting a protocol designed for underwater acoustic communication. They've also tested various strategies for defeating this kind of attack. An obvious option is to disable all speakers and microphones but this also prevents ordinary activities such as VOIP communication. Instead, they suggest filtering the audio signals to prevent ultrasonic transmissions or converting them into an audible frequency."

David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff to Star in Indie Game Megamagic

SlappingOysters (1344355) writes | about 5 months ago

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SlappingOysters (1344355) writes "From pulling the babes in Baywatch to getting cup-caked by Adam Sandler in Clicker, David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff never fails to own a screen. Grab It has just revealed that he is bringing his magnetic presence — voice and motion-capture — to the upcoming indie game Megamagic (PC, iOS, Wii U) by BeautiFun Games. The game is described as being a mix of Zelda, Command & Conquer, Pokémon and Streets of Rage. Grab It recently released a special edition of its Grab It Game Discovery app focused on BeautiFun's first title, the classic philosophical puzzle platformer Nihilumbra."

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