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Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years Of Service

airfuz (3806221) writes | 1 hour ago

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airfuz (3806221) writes "Microsoft took a bold move announcing that users have to move away from the old version of internet explorer to the new version 11. And now not long after that, Microsoft announced that they are shutting down the 15 year old MSN Messenger. Most people have moved away from the service to Facebook and other mobile based messenger such as Whatsapp and so MSN is left with few users. But still, ending a 15 year messaging service like the MSN Messenger means something to the one's who grew up using it.
http://airfuz.com/2014/08/30/m..."

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Australian Government Sues Valve Over Breach of Consumer Law

SlappingOysters (1344355) writes | 1 hour ago

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SlappingOysters (1344355) writes "Grab It is reporting that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched legal action against Steam owner Valve, claiming that changes to its refund policy breach Australian Consumer Law. The ACCC has already chalked up victories against the likes of Apple, and a hearing is set for October 7. The site notes that gamers will still continue to enjoy great games, pointing to the Top 5 Steam Early Access games of August."

Genode OS Framework 14.08 Released

Anonymous Coward writes | 3 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Version 14.08 of Genode has been released.
Genode is an OS Framework for building high security operating systems on top of a wide variety of kernels.
The central theme of version 14.08 is a new GUI architecture that maintains strong security yet scales to highly flexible and dynamic GUIs. Furthermore, the release comes with a port of OpenVPN, networking support for VirtualBox, updated DDE Linux, and vastly improved performance of our custom base-hw kernel."

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RAYA - realtime audio engine simulation in Quake

bziolko (3805813) writes | yesterday

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bziolko (3805813) writes "RAYA is a realtime game audio engine that utilizes beamtracing to provide user with realistic audio auralization. All audio effects are computed based on the actual geometry of a given game level as well as its acoustic properties (acoustic materials, air attenuation). The sound changes dynamically along with movement of the game character and sound sources, so the listener can feel as if they were right there — in the game."
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Node.js web framework in 50 lines of code

Anonymous Coward writes | 6 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Here's a blatant slashvertisement for Yama. Yama is a web framework for Node.js that is written in just 50 lines of javascript. It relies on middleware to do most of the interesting work, but even without middleware it offers a convenient companion to the http package. And writing middleware is as simple as writing a Node http request event handler.

Can 50 lines of javascript spark and power a viable middleware ecosystem?"

Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

Anonymous Coward writes | 8 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "If you've built a PC in the past 17.5 years, chances are you read some hardware reviews or comparisons on AnandTech at some point. The site's creator, Anand Lal Shimpi, has announced that he is retiring from the tech writing business. He said, "AnandTech started as a site that primarily reviewed motherboards, then we added CPUs, video cards, cases, notebooks, Macs, smartphones, tablets and anything else that mattered. The site today is just as strong in coverage of new mobile devices as it is in our traditional PC component coverage ... To the millions of readers who have visited and supported me and the site over the past 17+ years, I owe you my deepest gratitude. You all enabled me to spend over half of my life learning more than I ever could have in any other position. The education I’ve received doing this job and the ability to serve you all with it is the most amazing gift anyone could ever ask for. You enabled me to get the education of a lifetime and I will never be able to repay you for that. Thank you.""
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Hacker dubbed "Rawshark" causes political mayhem in New Zealand

Anonymous Coward writes | 10 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "New Zealand is facing its weirdest election ever with a hacker calling himself "Rawshark" progressively dumping emails hacked from a controversial blogger. This weekend, revelations forced the resignation of one Government minister and nobody knows what will drop next.

Emails revealed that the blogger, called "Whale Oil", was in contact with both a government minister in charge of New Zealand's white collar crime investigations unit and with a PR man acting for a founder of a failed finance company then under investigation."

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Is the New 8 Core intel Processor Really the Ultimate CPU for Video Editing?

Iddo Genuth (903542) writes | 11 hours ago

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Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Earlier this weekend Intel announced 3 new “Extreme” processors based on the Haswell-E i7 architecture including a new 8-core i7-5960X CPU. But how does this new processing king preform as part of super high end video editing machine alongside the new X99 chipset and DDR4 memory and do more cores more important than a higher clock rate?

Photographer Dave Dugdale and JJ Guerrero from ASUS decided to check these questions out and recorded and extensive video looking at some of the interesting questions that has to do with building a very high end system for editing 4K videos with the latest hardware around (as long as you have deep pockets...)."

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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails to US Government

schwit1 (797399) writes | yesterday

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schwit1 (797399) writes "Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas-held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5.

Let there be no doubt that Microsoft's actions in this controversial case are customer-centric. The firm isn't just standing up to the US government on moral principles. It's now defying a federal court order.

"Microsoft will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal," a Microsoft statement notes. "Everyone agrees this case can and will proceed to the appeals court. This is simply about finding the appropriate procedure for that to happen."

Judge Loretta Preska, the chief of the US District Court in Manhattan ruled on July 31 that Microsoft was required to hand over email messages stored in an Ireland data center to US prosecutors investigating a criminal case. But she suspended the order temporarily amid complaints from international companies—and tech companies in the US—that argued that allowing US authorities to search and seize data held internationally was illegal.

On Friday, however, she lifted that suspension after prosecutors successfully convinced her that her order was not appealable. The removal of the suspension legally requires Microsoft to hand over the email immediately.

This is the first time a technology company has resisted a US search warrant seeking data that is held outside the United States.

In the view of Microsoft and many legal experts, federal authorities have no jurisdiction over data stored outside the country. It says that the court order violates Ireland's sovereignty and that prosecutors need to seek a legal treaty with Ireland in order to obtain the data they want."

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Wi-Fi Router Attack Only Requires a Single PIN Guess

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday

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An anonymous reader writes "New research shows that wireless routers are still quite vulnerable to attack if they don't use a good implementation of Wi-Fi Protected Setup. Bad implementations do a poor job of randomizing the key used to authenticate hardware PINs. Because of this, the new attack only requires a single guess at the hardware PIN to collect data necessary to break it. After a few hours to process the data, an attacker can access the router's WPS functionality. Two major router manufacturers are affected: Broadcom, and a manufacturer to be named once they get around to fixing it. "Because many router manufacturers use the reference software implementation as the basis for their customized router software, the problems affected the final products, Bongard said. Broadcom's reference implementation had poor randomization, while the second vendor used a special seed, or nonce, of zero, essentially eliminating any randomness.""
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Google's Megan Smith Would be First U.S. CTO Worthy of Title

theodp (442580) writes | yesterday

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theodp (442580) writes "Bloomberg is reporting that Google X's Megan Smith is the top candidate for U.S. Chief Technology Officer. With a BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and experience ranging from General Magic to Google, Smith would arguably be the first U.S. CTO worthy of the title (the outgoing U.S. CTO has a bachelor's in Econ; his predecessor has a master's in Public Policy). Now, if Smith can just reassure parents of boys that the girls-take-all approach to CS education funding she championed for Google won't become national policy, her confirmation should be smooth sailing!"

States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday

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An anonymous reader writes "Narcotic painkillers aren't one of the biggest killers in the U.S., but overdoses do claim over 15,000 live per year and send hundreds of thousands to the emergency room. Because of this, it's interesting that a new study (abstract) has found states that allow the use of medical marijuana have seen a dramatic reduction in opioid overdose fatalities. "Previous studies hint at why marijuana use might help reduce reliance on opioid painkillers. Many drugs with abuse potential such as nicotine and opiates, as well as marijuana, pump up the brain’s dopamine levels, which can induce feelings of euphoria. The biological reasons that people might use marijuana instead of opioids aren’t exactly clear, because marijuana doesn’t replace the pain relief of opiates. However, it does seem to distract from the pain by making it less bothersome." This research comes at a time when the country is furiously debating the costs and benefits of marijuana use, and opponents of the idea are paying researchers to paint it in an unfavorable light."
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Feynman Lectures Released Online, Free

Anna Merikin (529843) writes | yesterday

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Anna Merikin (529843) writes "In 1964, Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven hour-long lectures at Cornell University which were recorded by the BBC, and in 2009 (with a little help from Bill Gates), were released to the public. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now the complete online edition has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech (where Feyman first delivered these talks, in the early 1960s) and The Feynman Lectures Website. The online edition is "high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures," and, thanks to the implementation of scalable vector graphics, "has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation."

Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics."

Mapping Out The American Deep State

Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes | yesterday

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Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes "In recent coverage of events taking place in the Ukraine, the New York Times refers to the country as being under the sway of a group of oligarchs:

“The ultra-wealthy industrialists wield such power in Ukraine that they form what amounts to a shadow government, with empires of steel and coal, telecoms and media, and armies of workers.”

Note the mention of a “shadow government,” also known as a “Deep State.” This terms was originally coined in Turkey to refer to an entrenched cabal of spies, politicians, and organized crime bosses who manipulated events to maintain political control.

Does this sound familiar? You might have noticed the mass death sentence passed down by a court in Egypt. Very odd, how could 500 people be responsible for killing a single police officer? Thus leading journalists at FRONTLINE to suggest that Egypt is also under the influence of a deep state.

There are those who postulate that deep states aren’t limited to third-world nations. Readers might notice that none of the bankers involved in the 2008 financial collapse have gone to prison. Or that officials like DNI James Clapper and CIA Director John Brennan are able to flout the law with little or no consequences. Not to mention our leadership's cognitive dissonance over the origins of ISIS and the quandary of self-perpetuating conflict in the Middle East. Is the beast of the American Deep State peeking its head above the surface of the body politic?"

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Facebook's Ukrainian office is in Russia. Blocks Ukrainians...

mi (197448) writes | yesterday

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mi (197448) writes "Ukrainian media are reporting (link in Ukrainian), that Facebook is getting increasingly heavy-handed blocking Ukrainian bloggers. The likely explanation for the observed phenomenon is that Facebook's Ukrainian office is located in Russia and is headed by a Russian citizen (Catherine Skorobogatov). For example, a post calling on Russian mothers to not let their sons go to war was blocked "Due to multiple complaints". Fed up, Ukrainian users are writing directly to Zukerberg to ask him to replace Catherine with someone, who would not be quite as swayed by the "complaints" generated by Russian bots. The last link (in both Ukrainian and English) is also on Facebook. Will it survive for long?"

Reformatting a Machine 125 Million Miles Away

Anonymous Coward writes | yesterday

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An anonymous reader writes "NASA's Opportunity rover has been rolling around the surface of Mars for over 10 years. It's still performing scientific observations, but the mission team has been dealing with a problem: the rover keeps rebooting. It's happened a dozen times this month, and the process it a bit more involved than rebooting a typical computer, taking a day or two to get back into operation every time. To try and fix this, the Opportunity team is planning a tricky operation: reformatting the flash memory from 125 million miles away. "Preparations include downloading to Earth all useful data remaining in the flash memory and switching the rover to an operating mode that does not use flash memory. Also, the team is restructuring the rover's communication sessions to use a slower data rate, which may add resilience in case of a reset during these preparations." The team suspects some of the flash memory cells are simply wearing out. The reformat is scheduled for some time in September."
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The X-37B just keeps going

schwit1 (797399) writes | yesterday

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schwit1 (797399) writes "The Energizer bunny of space: The X-37B has now completed more than 600 days in orbit, with no indication when it will return to Earth.

The Air Force is believed to have only two X-37B space planes. These space planes have flown at otal of three missions, which are known as OTV-1, OTV-2 and OTV-3. (“OTV” is short for Orbital Test Vehicle.) The first mission blasted off in April 2010, and the craft circled Earth for 225 days. The second X-37B vehicle launched in March 2011, performing the OTV-2 mission. This spaceflight lasted 469 days, ultimately landing at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in June 2012. That was the same landing site OTV-1 used after completing its mission.

The current OTV-3 mission is reusing the first X-37B space plane from the OTV-1 flight, showcasing the reusability aspect of the program.

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