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The Walking dead stumbles to PS4, Xbox One

a7med_eg (3858261) writes | 7 minutes ago


a7med_eg (3858261) writes "Both seasons of the critically acclaimed series from Telltale available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One first
Best Mobile Game, Drug Reference, Intense Violence, PlayStation 3, PS4, Sexual Themes, Skybound, The Walking dead, Walking Dead Season Two, Xbox 360, Xbox One
#BestMobileGame #DrugReference #IntenseViolence #PlayStation3 #PS4 #SexualThemes #Skybound #TheWalkingdead #WalkingDeadSeasonTwo #Xbox360 #XboxOne"

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Detritus from cancer cells may infect healthy cells

bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes | 10 minutes ago


bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes "Tiny bubbles of cell membrane — called exosomes — are shed by most cells. Long thought to be mere trash, researchers had recently noticed that they often contain short, regulatory RNA molecules, suggesting that exosomes may be one way that cells communicate with one another. Now, it appears that RNA in the exosomes shed by tumor cells can get into healthy cells and 'transform' them, putting them on the path to becoming cancerous themselves."
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

itwbennett (1594911) writes | 13 minutes ago


itwbennett (1594911) writes "German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine to show news snippets in search results free of charge — at least for the time being. The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute between the publishers and Google in which, predictably, publishers are trying to get compensation from the search engine for republishing parts of their content and Google isn't interested in sharing revenue. The move follows a Google decision earlier this month — and which was to go into effect today — to stop using news snippets and thumbnails for some well-known German news sites."
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Better free disk space monitoring?

relliker (197112) writes | 2 days ago


relliker (197112) writes "In the olden days, when monitoring a file system of a few 100 MB, we would be alerted when it topped 90% or more, with 95% a lot of times considered quite critical. Today, however, with a lot of file systems in the Terabyte range, a 90-95% full file system can still have a considerable amount of free space but we still mostly get bugged by the same alerts as in the days of yore when there really isn't a cause for immediate concern. Apart from increasing thresholds and/or starting to monitor actual free space left instead of a percentage, should it be time for monitoring systems to become a bit more intelligent by taking space usage trends and heuristics into account too and only warn about critical usage when projected thresholds are exceeded? I’d like my system to warn me with something like, “Hey!, you’ll be running out of space in a couple of months if you go on like this!” Or is this already the norm and I’m still living in a digital cave?"

Ubuntu 14.10 Released

linuxscreenshot (3888545) writes | about an hour ago


linuxscreenshot (3888545) writes "Ubuntu 14.10, the latest desktop release is today available for download from Canonical. This release focuses on the developer experience, overall quality, and brings a number of important features and security enhancements. The Ubuntu desktop continues to be intuitive, easy to use and reliable for users all over the world.

Screenshots: http://www.linuxscreenshots.or..."

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How Sony, Intel, and Unix made Apple's Mac a PC competitor

smaxp (2951795) writes | 1 hour ago


smaxp (2951795) writes "In 2007, Sony’s supply chain lessons, the network effect from the shift to Intel architecture, and a better OS X for developers combined to renew the Mac’s growth. The network effects of the Microsoft Wintel ecosystem that Rappaport explained 20 years ago in the Harvard Business Review are no longer a big advantage. By turning itself into a premium PC company with a proprietary OS, Apple has taken the best of PC ecosystem, but avoided taking on the disadvantages."
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Contact between Native Americans and Easter Islanders before 1500 C.E

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | 2 hours ago


sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Polynesians from Easter Island and natives of South America met and mingled long before Europeans voyaged the Pacific, according to a new genetic study of living Easter Islanders. In this week’s issue of Current Biology, researchers argue that the genes point to contact between Native Americans and Easter Islanders before 1500 C.E., 3 centuries after Polynesians settled the island also known as Rapa Nui, famous for its massive stone statues. Although circumstantial evidence had hinted at such contact, this is the first direct human genetic evidence for it."
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Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

jfruh (300774) writes | 3 hours ago


jfruh (300774) writes "If you get into the TSA security line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you'll see monitors telling you how long your wait will be — and if you have a phone with Wi-Fi enabled, you're helping the airport come up with that number. A system implemented by Cisco tracks the MAC addresses of phones searching for Wi-Fi networks and sees how long it takes those phones to traverse the line, giving a sense of how quickly things are moving. While this is useful information to have, the privacy implications are a bit unsettling."
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Amazon opens possibly NSA-proof German Cloud - Register

feedfeeder (1749978) writes | 3 hours ago


New York Times

Amazon opens possibly NSA-proof German Cloud
Amazon's European customers wary of US data snoops can now build scalable clouds on AWS and stay entirely on their home continent. The giant today announced the opening of its brand-new data centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The data centre – or "region"...
Amazon Web Services Cloud Computing Platform Now Available to Customers ... MarketWatch
Amazon Cloud Service Courts Germany With New Data CenterBloomberg
Amazon Web Services to Open German CenterNew York Times (blog)
TechCrunch (blog) Newswire (press release)
all 49 news articles

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Apple 1 Computer Sold At Auction For $905,000

Dave Knott (2917251) writes | 3 hours ago


Dave Knott (2917251) writes "One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc’s first pre-assembled computer, the Apple 1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday. The final price outstrips expectations, as auction house Bonhams had said it expected to sell the machine, which was working as of September, for between $300,000 and $500,000. The buyer was The Henry Ford organization, which plans to display the computer in its museum in Dearborn, Michigan. Only 63 surviving authentic Apple 1’s were listed in an Apple 1 Registry as of January out of the 200 that were built. The auctioned computer is thought to be one of the first batch of 50 Apple-1 machines assembled by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in Steve Job’s family garage in Los Altos, California in the summer of 1976. It is also believed to be one of only 15 that still have functioning motherboards."

Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon to Local Law Enforcement?

Lasrick (2629253) writes | 4 hours ago


Lasrick (2629253) writes "To this day, Russian authorities refuse to disclose the incapacitating chemical agent (ICA) they employed in their attempt, 12 years ago, to save 900 hostages held in a theater by Chechen fighters. Malcom Dando elaborates on a new report that Russia, China, Israel, and a slew of other countries are continuing research into ICAs, and the apparent indifference of the international community into such research. Proponenets of ICAs have long promoted their use in a variety of scenarios, including that of law enforcement, because in theory these chemicals incapacitate without permanent disability. Critics, however, point out that these weapons rely on exact dosage to prevent fatality, and that the ability to 'deliver the right agent to the right people in the right dose without exposing the wrong people, or delivering the wrong dose' is a near-impossible expectation. ICAs represent the further misuse and militarization of the life sciences and a weakening of the taboo against the weaponization of toxic substances, and the idea that they could be used in law enforcement situations is a disturbing one."
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Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin at Tsinghua University in Beijing (3830033) writes | 4 hours ago

0 (3830033) writes "Abby Phillip reports at the Washington Post that that Mark Zuckerberg just posted a 30-minute Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing in which he answered every question exclusively in Chinese — a notoriously difficult language to learn and particularly, to speak. "It isn't just Zuckerberg's linguistic acrobatics that make this a notable moment," writes Philip. "This small gesture — although some would argue that it is a huge moment — is perhaps his strongest foray into the battle for hearts and minds in China." Zuckerberg and Facebook have been aggressively courting Chinese users for years and the potential financial upside for the business. Although Beijing has mostly banned Facebook, the company signed a contract for its first ever office in China earlier this year. A Westerner speaking Mandarin in China — at any level — tends to elicit joy from average Chinese, who seem to appreciate the effort and respect they feel learning Mandarin demonstrates. So how well did he actually do? One Mandarin speaker rates Zuckerberg's language skills at a seventh grader's speech: "It's hard not see a patronizing note in the Chinese audience's reaction to Zuckerberg's Mandarin. To borrow from Samuel Johnson's quip, he was like a dog walking on its hind legs: It wasn't done well, but it was a surprise to see it done at all.""

The making of 1080 Snowboarding, the most non-Nintendo Nintendo game ever made

Anonymous Coward writes | 4 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "While Nintendo raised eyebrows earlier this year with the promotional Mercedes Benz DLC for Mario Kart 8, it's worth remembering that the Japanese gaming giant is no stranger to product placement. A new feature looks back at the making of 1080 Snowboarding for the N64, one of the most unusual games the legendary Shigeru Miyamoto has ever produced, viewed in retrospect. Not only did the game, which was made by two British programmers in just 9 months, feature heavy product placement from Tommy Hilfiger and Lamar Snowboarding, but it also remains one of just handful of Nintendo games ever made that attempted something resembling realism, with human rather than humanoid characters, and physics modelled on the real world.

Sadly, as the author points out, what made the game so unique for Nintendo also prevented it from becoming a staple franchise: after a legal situation involving a second party studio commissioned to make the sequel, 1080 Avalanche was taken in-house, and by then Sony had the PS2 and Nintendo had moved onto the GameCube, cementing its reputation as the console-as-toy, the only platform without Grand Theft Auto. Things haven't changed too much since then."

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user ssh key pair creation

Brandonski (605979) writes | 4 hours ago


Brandonski (605979) writes "As linux admins, we've all been asked to setup ssh key pairs for users.
We know that users should do this them selves and I've had more than one manager who has told me to "just do it" for users when I pushed back.
Can you folks help me put together a really good argument why this should not be done with a root account?
If there are citations from Industry experts or research papers to back it up that is even better.


Radical 4-in-1 Piston Engine Promises Hybrid-Like Efficiency

Zothecula (1870348) writes | 5 hours ago


Zothecula (1870348) writes "One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. Although a four-cylinder engine is still an engineering marvel, there remain many friction points that reduce energy output. Namikoshi Electronics of Japan believes its unorthodox 4-in-1 concept engine could provide an alternative powerplant to the automobile industry."
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Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw in Security Appliances

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | 5 hours ago


Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "There is a severe remote code execution vulnerability in a number of Cisco’s security appliances, a bug that was first disclosed nearly three years ago. The vulnerability is in Telnet and there has been a Metasploit module available to exploit it for years.

The FreeBSD Project first disclosed the vulnerability in telnet in December 2011 and it was widely publicized at the time. Recently, Glafkos Charalambous, a security researcher, discovered that the bug was still present in several of Cisco’s security boxes, including the Web Security Appliance, Email Security Appliance and Content Security Management Appliance. The vulnerability is in the AsyncOS software in those appliances and affects all versions of the products."

Computer users who damage national security could face jail

Anonymous Coward writes | 7 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Government plans that mean computer users deemed to have damaged national security, the economy or the environment will face a life sentence have been criticised by experts who warn that the new law could be used to target legitimate whistleblowers.

The proposed legislation would mean that any British person deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer that resulted in damage to human welfare, the environment, the economy or national security in any country would face a possible life sentence.

Last week the Joint Committee on Human Rights raised concerns about the proposals and the scope of such legislation."

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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll (3830033) writes | yesterday

4 (3830033) writes "James Swearingen writes at The Atlantic that the Internet can be a mean, hateful, and frightening place — especially for young women but human behavior and the limits placed on it by both law and society can change. In a Pew Research Center survey of 2,849 Internet users, one out of every four women between 18 years old and 24 years old reports having been stalked or sexually harassed online. "Like banner ads and spam bots, online harassment is still routinely treated as part of the landscape of being online," writes Swearingen adding that "we are in the early days of online harassment being taken as a serious problem, and not simply a quirk of online life." Law professor Danielle Citron draws a parallel between how sexual harassment was treated in the workplace decades ago and our current standard. "Think about in the 1960s and 1970s, what we said to women in the workplace," says Citron. "'This is just flirting.' That a sexually hostile environment was just a perk for men to enjoy, it's just what the environment is like. If you don't like it, leave and get a new job." It took years of activism, court cases, and Title VII protection to change that. "Here we are today, and sexual harassment in the workplace is not normal," said Citron. "Our norms and how we understand it are different now."

According to Swearingen, the likely solution to internet trolls will be a combination of things. The expansion of laws like the one currently on the books in California, which expands what constitutes online harassment, could help put the pressure on harassers. The upcoming Supreme Court case, Elonis v. The United States, looks to test the limits of free speech versus threatening comments on Facebook. "Can a combination of legal action, market pressure, and societal taboo work together to curb harassment?" asks Swearingen. "Too many people do too much online for things to stay the way they are.""

In Scotland a man is hand building the fastest bicycle in the world.

Anonymous Coward writes | 7 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Graeme Obree is one of the great enigmas of the cycling world. He has consistently looked to further the design and performance of the bicycle, normally from the humble workshop of his kitchen and he is a ambassador for all that is great about cycling and craft. From his two hour records in the 90s to his 2013 attempt at the human powered land speed record (HPVA) in Battle Mountain, Obree is obsessed with pushing the boundaries of a bicycle."
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