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Microsoft runs out of US IPv4 addresses

Anonymous Coward writes | about a month and a half 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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New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth

techtech (2016646) writes | about a month and a half 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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NASA forming $3M satellite communication, propulsion competition

coondoggie (973519) writes | about a month and a half 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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Uber, lyft, sidecar banned from San Francisco Airport

Anonymous Coward writes | about a month and a half 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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Japanese stem cell debacle could bring down entire center

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | about a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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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iOS 8 Touch ID in PhoneGap/Cordova Apps - Now Open To Developers

jcasman (99934) writes | about a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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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Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Won't Work On Nearly All Devices

Lucas123 (935744) writes | about a month and a half 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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What do you use to host your images and home movies on your own internet server?

Tog Klim (909717) writes | about a month and a half 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?"

Recomendations about very cheap PC based oscilloscope

fffdddooo (3692429) writes | about a month and a half 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?"

Facebook Lets Users Opt Out of Targeted Ads

mpicpp (3454017) writes | about a month and a half 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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Portland Edges Closer to Google Fiber

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes | about a month and a half 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.'"

Tesla releases electric car patents to the public

mknewman (557587) writes | about a month and a half 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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Cisco Spending Millions Of Dollars Secretly Purchasing New Juniper Products

FrankPoole (1736680) writes | about a month and a half 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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WSJ: Facebook to Advertisers: More Data Coming

psybre (921148) writes | about a month and a half 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.""

Why United States Patent Reform Has Stalled

ectoman (594315) writes | about a month and a half 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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AMD Looking To Outsource Chip Development

jfruh (300774) writes | about a month and a half 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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Mozilla to sell '$25' Firefox OS smartphones in India

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes | about 1 month 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."

AeroVelo Aims to Build World's Fastest Bike

Zothecula (1870348) writes | about a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes | about 1 month 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."

The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes | about 1 month ago

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Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "The government cannot use cell phone location data as evidence in a criminal proceeding without first obtaining a warrant, an appeals court ruled today, in one of the most important privacy decisions in recent memory.
"In short, we hold that cell site location information is within the subscriber’s reasonable expectation of privacy," the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled. "The obtaining of that data without a warrant is a Fourth Amendment violation.""

Cable companies duped community groups into fighting net neutrality

walterbyrd (182728) writes | about 1 month ago

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walterbyrd (182728) writes "Last week, it transpired that the big cable companies were bankrolling fake consumer groups like Broadband for America and The American Consumer Institute. These "independent consumer advocacy groups" are, in truth, nothing of the sort, and instead represent the interests of its benefactors, in the fight against net neutrality. If that wasn't bad enough, VICE is now reporting that several of the real community groups (oh, and an Ohio bed-and-breakfast) that were signed up as supporters of Broadband for America were either duped into joining, or were signed up to the cause without their consent or knowledge."
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David "The Hoff" Hasselhoff to Star in Indie Game Megamagic

SlappingOysters (1344355) writes | about 1 month 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."

Cybercriminals Ramp Up Activity Ahead of 2014 World Cup

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | about 1 month ago

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "With the FIFA World Cup 2014 kicking off this week in Brazil, cybercriminals and scammers are working hard to take advantage of visitors to the World Cup in Brazil and those following the world soccer tournament online. In recent months, several security vendors have published advisories about the various scams, phishing and malware operations that target Internet users interested in the World Cup. While individuals from all over the world have been targeted, many of the malicious campaigns focus on Brazil and neighboring South American countries.

While news that cybercriminals are zoning in on a large global event is no surprise, the scale and tactics being used is quite wide in scope, ranging from malware distribution and phishing scams, to fraudulent ticket sales, spam and other promising yet fraudulent schemes.For those visiting Brazil to watch the games in person, the cyber threats also include rogue wireless access points, ATMs rigged with card skimmers and Point-of-Sale malware."

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