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UK EE phone network major data outage 29th August 2014

mcloaked (2791017) writes | 1 minute ago


mcloaked (2791017) writes "This morning mobile phone and 3G tablet users in the UK who are connected to the EE network found that they had no data connection. There was no news announcement on the EE website, and many users became increasingly frustrated and vented their anger on the EE forum website at

It is surprising in the current digital age that EE has no fallback to the situation that appears to have developed when a fibre backbone connecting two key data centres was severed. The national news media even 10 hour after this happened has still not published this story!"

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Intel's Haswell-E desktop CPU debuts with eight cores, DDR4 memory

crookedvulture (1866146) writes | 16 minutes ago


crookedvulture (1866146) writes "Intel has updated its high-end desktop platform with a new CPU-and-chipset combo. The Haswell-E processor has up to eight cores, 20MB of cache, and 40 lanes of PCI Express 3.0. It also sports a quad-channel memory controller primed for next-gen DDR4 modules. The companion X99 chipset adds a boatload of I/O, including 10 SATA ports, native USB 3.0 support, and provisions for M.2 and SATA Express storage devices. Thanks to the extra CPU cores, performance is much improved in multithreaded applications. These legacy comparisons, which include dozens of CPUs dating back to 2011, provide some interesting context for just how fast the new Core i7-5960X really is. Intel had to dial back the chip's clock speeds to accommodate the extra cores, though, and that concession can translate to slower gaming performance than Haswell CPUs with fewer, faster cores. Haswell-E looks like a clear win for applications that can exploit its prodigious CPU horsepower and I/O bandwidth, but it's clearly not the best CPU for everything."

Mobile Payments may be a big part of the next iPhone

Anonymous Coward writes | 41 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "It seems that the stars are aligning in such a way as to make Apple's upcoming September event the company's biggest and most impactful event in years.

In addition to new iPhones and swirling reports of a new type of wearable device, one rumor that's been picking up steam in recent weeks centers on Apple entering the big bad world of mobile payments. Now the ability to make mobile payments is of course nothing new, but none of the the implementations introduced by a myriad of companies over the years have ever gained mainstream traction. To that end, perhaps Apple will be able to usher mobile payments into the mainstream in the same way that they revived a tablet market that was previously DOA.

So without further ado, below are a few pieces of compelling evidence which suggest that a mobile payments announcement from Tim Cook and co. may just a few days away."

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When both sides are completely nuts

fustakrakich (1673220) writes | 49 minutes ago

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Why the hell should I care who "wins"? What could possibly be nihilist about that? In a World Series game between the Yankees and the Dodgers, who the fuck cares? It's the Cubs you're supposed to be cheering on, whether they have a chance or not, it doesn't matter, unless you're actually placing money.

Funny how all things are alike.

Intel Launches 8-Core Haswell-E Core i7-5960X Desktop Processor

MojoKid (1002251) writes | about an hour ago


MojoKid (1002251) writes "Intel has officially launched their Core i7-5960X Haswell-E desktop processor today. Unlike Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge-E, which maxed out at 6 cores (12 threads), Haswell-E is an 8-core machine (16 threads), featuring execution units based on Intel's latest desktop microarchitecture. The Core i7-5960X has a base clock of 3GHz with Turbo Boost speed to 3.5GHz and will have up to 20MB of shared L3 cache. It also features an integrated quad-channel memory controller with official support for DDR4 memory at speeds up to 2133MHz, although higher speeds are possible through overclocking. Haswell-E based processors also feature up to 40 integrated lanes of PCI Express Gen 3.0 connectivity. The chip has a 140W TDP, which is slightly higher than the 130W of Ivy Bridge-E based processors. Although it has the same number of pads (2011) as previous-gen Ivy Bridge-E processors, Haswell-E based processors will require new motherboards equipped with LGA 2011 v3 sockets and support for DDR4 memory. Cooler designs from the previous generation are compatible, however. In general, the Core i7-5960X is faster overall than the previous-gen Ivy Bridge-E based 6-core Core i7-4960X. In single threaded tests, where the Core i7-5960X's additional cache and memory bandwidth aren't fully utilized, the 4960X's higher clocks usually push it ahead. In multi-threaded tests though, the 5960X's two additional cores make it significantly faster. Gaming was also much better on the 5960X."
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Intel Core i7-5960X Brings 8 Haswell Cores to Enthusiasts

Vigile (99919) writes | about an hour ago


Vigile (99919) writes "Today Intel released its updated E-class, enthusiast platform based on Haswell, known previously as just Haswell-E. The Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition CPU is an 8-core processor (addressing 16 threads with HyperThreading) that doubles core count over mainstream Haswell parts and jumps from the 6-core parts in previous E-class platforms. That not only turns into dramatic performance increases in highly threaded applications like rendering and encoding, but Haswell-E is also the first consumer platform to integrate a quad-channel DDR4 memory controller, with frequencies starting at 2133 MHz. The top two tiers of Haswell-E processors also include 40 lanes of PCI Express 3.0 while the lower cost Core i7-5820K will be limited to 6-cores and 28 lanes of PCIe. New motherboards based on the new X99 chipset are required as well and include additional storage options like 14 USB ports and 10 SATA 6.0 Gbps channels. Clearly this is the fastest consumer platform tested but as with all E-class releases, the cost is higher. The Core i7-5960X will set you back $999 and expect to pay at least $500 for a motherboard and 4 DIMMs of the new DDR4 as well."
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This 'SimCity 4' Region With 107 Million People Took Eight Months of Planning

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes | about an hour ago


Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Peter Richie spent eight months planning and building a megacity in vanilla SimCity 4, and the end result is mind-boggling: 107.7 million people living in one massive, sprawling region.
"Traffic is a nightmare, both above ground and under," Richie said. "The massive amount of subway lines and subway stations are still congested during all times of the day in all neighborhoods of each and every mega-city in the region. The roadways are clogged at all times, but people still persist in trying to use them.""

Mozilla to Support Key Pinning in Firefox 32

Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes | 1 hour ago


Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Mozilla is planning to add support for public-key pinning in its Firefox browser in an upcoming version. In version 32, which would be the next stable version of the browser, Firefox will have key pins for a long list of sites, including many of Mozilla’s own sites, all of the sites pinned in Google Chrome and several Twitter sites.

Public-key pinning has emerged as an important defense against a variety of attacks, especially man-in-the-middle attacks and the issuance of fraudulent certificates. In the last few years Google, Mozilla and other organizations have discovered several cases of attackers using fraudulent certificates for high-value sites, including Gmail. The function essentially ties a public key, or set of keys, issued by known-good certificate authorities to a given domain. So if a user’s browser encounters a site that’s presenting a certificate that isn’t included in the set of pinned public keys for that domain, it will then reject the connection. The idea is to prevent attackers from using fake certificates in order to intercept secure traffic between a user and the target site.

The first pinset will include all of the sites in the Chromium pinset used by Chrome, along with Mozilla sites and high-value sites such as Facebook. Later versions will add pins for Twitter, a long list of Google domains, Tor, Dropbox and other major sites."

Twitch streamer SWATted while broadcasting live.

halfEvilTech (1171369) writes | 1 hour ago


halfEvilTech (1171369) writes "Police in Littleton, Colorado are investigating a prank call on Thursday that led a SWAT team to raid an online video gamer's office. Heavily armed officers forced a well-known gamer to the ground in what is believed to be a case of "swatting" by an unknown rival gamer.

"I think we're getting swatted," Jordan Mathewson, who was playing Counter-Strike, said during his Twitch livestream. "What in the world?"

full video of the raid is also available at the source"

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Particle physics to aid nuclear cleanup

mdsolar (1045926) writes | 1 hour ago


mdsolar (1045926) writes "Cosmic rays can help scientists do something no one else can: safely image the interior of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.... [M]uon tomography, is similar to taking an X-ray, only it uses naturally produced muons. These particles don’t damage the imaged materials and, because they already stream through everything on Earth, they can be used to image even the most sensitive objects. Better yet, a huge amount of shielding is needed to stop muons from passing through an object, making it nearly impossible to hide from muon tomography.

“Everything around you is constantly being radiographed by muons,” says Christopher Morris, who leads the Los Alamos muon tomography team. “All you have to do is set some detectors above and below it, and measure the angles well enough to make a picture.”

By determining how muons scatter as they interact with electrons and nuclei within the item, the team’s software creates a three-dimensional picture of what’s inside.... To prove the technology, the Los Alamos team shipped a demo detector system to a small, working nuclear reactor in a Toshiba facility in Kawasaki, Japan. There, they placed one detector on either side of the reactor core.

“When we analyzed our data we discovered that in addition to the fuel in the reactor core, they had put a few fuel bundles off to the side that we didn’t know about,” says Morris. “They were really impressed that not only could we image the core, but that we also found those bundles.”

Based on that successful test, Toshiba signed an agreement with Los Alamos and later with Decision Sciences to design and manufacture muon-detector components for use at Fukushima Daiichi."

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Apple's September event may be its most significant event in years

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Let's be honest. There's something different in the air about Apple's upcoming media event, now officially confirmed for September 9. Before getting to what products might be announced, it's worth noting that this year's event will not be held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts or on Apple's Cupertino campus. Instead, throngs of select journalists and various media outlets will file into the Flint Center for the Performing Arts to witness, first hand, Apple's next big thing.

Now its entirely possible that the choice for the event space may be purely logistical — the Flint Center holds more people than the Yerba Buena Center — but note that two of Apple's most important product unveilings went down at the Flint Center; the 1984 introduction of the Mac at Apple's annual shareholders meeting and the 1997 introduction of the iMac. The former revolutionized the way we use computers while the latter emphatically signaled the beginning of a new and more focused Apple with Steve Jobs calling all the shots.

Having said that, perhaps the choice for this year's special event is not logistical in nature at all, but rather purposeful insofar as Apple has a few grand announcements that warrant a storied event space such as a new wearable device and the introduction of mobile payments."

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Watch This Inventor Survive a Fireworks Blast in a Metal Suit

Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes | 3 hours ago


Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Labor Day is nigh, and with it the official end of summer. It’s time to pack away the umbrellas and beach towels, and perhaps spend a few minutes flipping through photos of all the fun times you had over the past couple months: the grilling, the trips, the fireworks oh yes, the fireworks Chances are pretty good that you’ve set off more than a few fireworks in your time. But Colin Furze, the British inventor and YouTube celebrity who once co-hosted Sky1’s Gadget Geeks? Well, he puts everybody’s love of fireworks to shame. He loves fireworks so much, in fact, that he built a giant metal suit so he could stand in the middle of an epic pyrotechnic display. No matter how good your own engineering skills (or strong your courage), it's inadvisable to try this at home. But it's sure fun to watch."
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Consumers Aren't Paying for Online Content

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes | 3 hours ago


Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "If you only download free apps, you're not alone. A new survey from the UK shows that, with the majority of internet users get their content for free rather than paying for it. A third of the 1,000 respondents in the survey reported downloading free apps, while only 8% had bought apps. Over a quarter are streaming video online, but only 9% are buying said apps.And 24% were streaming music while only 4% paid for the service.

All in all this does not look good for anyone trying to sell content online, but there are a couple exceptions. The pollsters found that people were buying ebooks and music in greater numbers than those paying for streaming services.That suggests that consumers have transferred their buying habits fro books and CDs to ebooks and MP3s , and that makes sense. The streaming services are like broadcast TV and radio, which a lot of consumers are used to getting for free (BBC fees notwithstanding), while consumers are used to buying books and CDs."

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Fraunhofer's Google Glass App Detects Human Emotions in Real Time

Zothecula (1870348) writes | 3 hours ago


Zothecula (1870348) writes "Over a number of years, researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have developed software to measure human emotion through face detection and analysis. Dubbed SHORE (Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition), the technology has the potential to aid communication for those with disabilities. Now the team has repurposed the software as an app for Google Glass, with a view to bringing its emotion-detecting technology to the world."
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee or Naps Alone

Anonymous Coward writes | 4 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "Caffeine is a staple of most workplaces — it's rare to find an office without a coffee pot or a fridge full of soda. It's necessary (or at least feels like it's necessary) because it's sometimes hard to stay awake sitting at a desk for hours at a time, and the alternative — naps — aren't usually allowed. But new research shows it might be more efficient for employers to encourage brief "coffee naps," which are more effective at returning people to an alert state than either caffeine or naps by themselves. A "coffee nap" is when you drink a cup of coffee, and then take a sub-20-minute nap immediately afterward. This works because caffeine takes about 20 minutes to get into your bloodstream, and a 20-minute nap clears adenosine from your brain without entering deeper stages of sleep. In multiple studies, tired participants who took coffee naps made fewer mistakes in a driving simulator after they awoke than the people who drank coffee without a nap or slept without ingesting caffeine."
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Japanese Publishers Lash Out at Amazon's Policies

Nate the greatest (2261802) writes | 4 hours ago


Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Amazon is in a bitter contract fight Hachette in the US and Bonnier in Germany, and now it seems the retail giant is also in conflict with publishers in the land of the rising sun. Amazon has launched a new rating system in Japan which gives publishers with larger ebook catalogs (and publishers that pay higher fees) preference, leading some to complain that Amazon is using its market power to blackmail publishers. Where have we heard that complaint before?

The retailer is also being boycotted by a handful of Japanese publishers which disagree with Amazon offering a rewards program to students. The retailer gives students 10 percent of a book's price as points which can be used to buy more books. This skirts Japanese fixed price book laws, and so several smaller publishers pulled their books from Amazon in protest in May.

I know that businesses are out to make money and not friends, but Amazon sure is a lightning rod for conflicts, isn't it?"

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Robot printer 'comes to your desk' with documents

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes | 5 hours ago


mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Fuji Xerox has developed a new robotic printer that can move around a lounge or office to bring documents to the person who printed them. The printer is designed to be used primarily in public places as a way to keep sensitive documents secure. Sensors on the machine prevent it from bumping into people on the way. However, some analysts argued that the idea was not cost effective when compared with other secure printing methods. Fuji Xerox — a joint venture between the two firms — has been testing the printer this month at a business lounge in Tokyo. Each desk in the lounge is given a unique web address from which to print. Users access the address and upload documents to be printed. Once the printer receives the job, it moves to the intended recipient who then has to display a smart card to activate printing."

IEEE Guides Software Architects Toward Secure Design

msm1267 (2804139) writes | 5 hours ago


msm1267 (2804139) writes "The IEEE's Center for Secure Design debuted its first report this week, a guidance for software architects called "Avoiding the Top 10 Software Security Design Flaws." Developing guidance for architects rather than developers was a conscious effort the group made in order to steer the conversation around software security away from exclusively talking about finding bugs toward design-level failures that lead to exploitable security vulnerabilities.
The document spells out the 10 common design flaws in a straightforward manner, each with a lengthy explainer of inherent weaknesses in each area and how software designers and architects should take these potential pitfalls into consideration."

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