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Canon printer hacked to run Doom video game

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 minute ago


An anonymous reader writes "Noone would suspect you slacking off standing at the printer, right ?

From the article:
A wireless Canon Pixma printer has been hacked to run classic video game Doom.

The hack was carried out by security researcher Michael Jordon, and it took four months to get the game running on the hardware.

He said he had undertaken the project to demonstrate the security problems surrounding devices that would form the "internet of things".

Canon said it planned to fix the loopholes on future printers to make them harder to subvert."

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Digia Spins off Qt as Subsidiary

DeviceGuru (1136715) writes | 4 minutes ago


DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Digia has spun off a subsidiary called The Qt Company to unify Qt's commercial and open source efforts, and debuted a low-cost plan for mobile developers. The Linux-oriented Qt cross-platform development framework has had a tumultuous career, having been passed around Scandinavia over the years from Trolltech to Nokia and then from Nokia to Digia. Yet, Qt keeps rolling along in both commercial and open source community versions, continually adding support for new platforms and technologies, and gaining extensive support from mobile developers. Now Qt is its own company, or at least a wholly owned subsidiary under Digia. Finland-based Digia has largely been involved with the commercial versions of Qt since it acquired the platform from Nokia in 2012, but it has also sponsored the community Qt Project as a relatively separate project. Now, both efforts are being unified under one roof at The Qt Company and the new website, says Digia. Meanwhile, Digia will focus on its larger enterprise software business."
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NASA to announce private space shuttle deal

mpicpp (3454017) writes | 5 minutes ago


mpicpp (3454017) writes "NASA will make a "major announcement" later Tuesday about its plans to partner with the private sector to transport astronauts to the international space station.
The space agency said it will hold a news conference at Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4 p.m. ET to discuss "the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States," according to a brief statement on its website.

The agency is expected to award a contract to one or more private aerospace companies to shuttle astronauts back and forth to the space station.

The contract to be announced Tuesday will be difficult to compare with the current arrangement, since it will involve "additional capabilities," such as development and certification programs, as well as shuttle services, the spokeswoman said.

The leading contender is Boeing (BA), according to the Wall Street Journal. Other bidders include SpaceX, which is backed by Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk, and Sierra Nevada Corp."

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Berlin pushes Google to reveal search engine formula

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Berlin is calling on Google to disclose details of the secret formula that has allowed it to monopolise web search in Europe, in a move that is likely to be welcomed by competitors and fiercely resisted by the US tech company.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Germany’s justice minister Heiko Maas said Google had to become more “transparent” about the algorithm used to create search engine rankings."

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College Students: Want To Earn More? Take A COBOL Class

jfruh (300774) writes | 13 minutes ago


jfruh (300774) writes "With a lot of debate over the value of a college education, here's a data point students can use: at one Texas college, students who took an elective COBOL class earned on average $10,000 more a year upon graduation than classmates who hadn't. COBOL, dropped from many curricula years ago as an outdated language, is tenaciously holding on in the industry, as many universities are belatedly starting to realize."
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Apple tastefully edits iPhone 6's protruding camera out of official photos

Sockatume (732728) writes | 14 minutes ago


Sockatume (732728) writes "If you've been browsing Apple's site, eagerly awaiting the iPhone 6 launch, you might've noticed something a little odd. Apple has edited the handset's protruding camera out of every single side-on view of the handset. (The camera is, necessarily, retained for images showing the back of the device.) The absence is particularly conspicuous given the number of side views Apple uses to emphasise the device's thin-ness; perhaps they felt that the camera was an unslightly blemish upon the device's clean, elegant lines."

Facebook Leads Coalition To Make Open Source Easier For Corporations To Use

jfruh (300774) writes | 21 minutes ago


jfruh (300774) writes "Open source code are used by just about every large organization in existence, but sometimes it's difficult to sync up the ad hoc nature of open source project management with the needs of large companies. Now Facebook is spearheading a group called TODO, with sign-on from other industry giants, to help make open source easier to manage. TODO will help identify actively maintained open source projects that are ready for prime-time use, and also exhange best practices among members."
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Microsoft goes cross-platform with a universal keyboard for Android and iOS

DroidJason1 (3589319) writes | about half an hour ago


DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "Microsoft has released a new keyboard that is designed to work with all of your devices. The Universal Mobile Keyboard, as Microsoft calls it, works on Android, iPad, iPhone, and Windows. Microsoft is taking the "one experience for everything in your life" mantra quite seriously. The keyboard connects to devices via Bluetooth, and works with Windows 8 and higher; Windows RT; Apple iOS 6 and higher; and Android 4 or higher. It features an OS switch that lets you change from one operating system to another while maintaining a fully functional keyboard. The keyboard cover has an integrated stand that can easily be detached too. The keyboard hits retail in October for $79.95."

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Anonymous Coward writes | about half an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "Electric energy bikes are really Eco-friendly and emit zero carbon emissions in to the air. This goes a extended way in minimizing the damage that has been accomplished for the atmosphere by way of the carbon emissions from motor cars."
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Meet New DAC Products With Support For RAD Studio XE7

Devart Software (3701043) writes | about half an hour ago


Devart Software (3701043) writes "Devart releases the new versions of Delphi Data Access Components with enhanced functionality and RAD Studio XE7 support.

Devart team introduces the new versions of Delphi Data Access Components. The new versions have such significant features as:

* RAD Studio XE7 support
* Lazarus 1.2.4 support
* NexusDB 4.xx support
* Performance of the ODBC provider and other providers that establish connection via ODBC is improved
* A free Express edition is added to UniDAC

Devart's Delphi Data Access Components are a database connectivity solution for Delphi development. The product line includes versions for Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, InterBase and Firebird, SQLite, and a versatile tool for developing cross-database client/server applications — UniDAC.

Delphi Data Access Components provide a connection to database from Delphi, C++Builder, Lazarus (and Free Pascal) under Windows, Mac OS X, iOS, Android, Linux, and FreeBSD for both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. They aim to assist programmers in developing of fast and native applications.

Pricing and Availability

To learn about pricing and availability visit an overview page of the products —

Note that each version of Delphi Data Access Components has a 60-day trial period with unlimited functionality.

About Devart

Devart is a recognized vendor of database connectivity solutions for Microsoft .NET and Embarcadero Delphi development platforms as well as database development and management software.

Company's solutions support such databases as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, InterBase, Firebird, SQLite, etc.

Along with database oriented software Devart offers productivity tools for Visual Studio which help developers to be empowered, stay focused, and deliver their best all the time.

For additional information about Devart, visit"

The Happiness Animal

Anonymous Coward writes | about half an hour ago


An anonymous reader writes "The Happiness Animal
We are all on journey seeking pure lasting happiness. Indulging in momentary pleasures, dining at the best restaurants and buying the most expensive cars all don’t bring us the happiness we seek. In this book, The Happiness Animal, former Reuters employee, Will Jelbert describes to us his struggle to find Happiness after his life hit rock bottom. His story is all too familiar to our own personal stories and this book guides you on how to overcome the unhappiness as he did. A beautiful wife, great career and holidays but he was still unhappy. Then divorce came, alcoholism followed and he needed three psychologists to treat him — that is what became of his life. He was aware that all he had done was not making him happy, what would?"

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Researchers' new app outs iPhone and Android phone energy hogs

alphadogg (971356) writes | 1 hour ago


alphadogg (971356) writes "Researchers from the United States and Sweden have launched free iOS and Android smartphone/tablet software that singles out which apps take the biggest toll on your device batteries and also illustrates fragmentation of Apple and Android mobile OSes. The NODES research group at the University of Helsinki's Department of Computer Science has joined forced with the University of California at Berkeley to deliver the Carat app and has published live stats based on some 2 terabytes of data extracted from Carat, which has been downloaded by about 750,000 users who employ more than 300,000 apps."
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Ask Slashdot: Any Place for Liberal Arts Degrees in Tech?

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes | 1 hour ago


Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "A new article in Fast Company suggests tech CEOs want employees with liberal arts degrees, because those graduates have critical thinking skills. Meanwhile, a new article on Dice (yes, yes, we know) posits that STEM degrees such as data science, IT admin, and electrical engineering are what science-and-tech companies are going to want for the foreseeable future. What do you think? What place do those with liberal arts degrees have in companies such as, say, Tesla or a biomedical engineering firm?"
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10 ways to fund, write, distribute, and maintain a book

Czech37 (918252) writes | 1 hour ago


Czech37 (918252) writes "'s Luis Ibanez recently came across Daniel Shiffman's The Nature of Code , an intro to using software to examine interactions in the natural world: how a pendulum works, how particles respond to one another, and what goes into the patterns of a flock of birds. Ibanez details 10 reasons why he thinks open source fans might like the title and why he considers it a great way to write and release a book in the open source way: it's CC licensed, its source is available under the GNU, and it was produced from a common ASCIIDOC file with the open source Magic Book Project."

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