who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "The Guardian along with others are reporting on how community members of the Dogecoin currency raised $25,000 to send the Jamaican bobsleigh team to the 2014 Winter Olympics.On Sunday, news broke that the team had qualified for the Winter Olympics for the first time since 2002. The two-man sled will be piloted by Winston Watt, a 46-year-old Jamaican-American who also competed in 2002, with Marvin Dixon as the brakeman." Link to Original Source top
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Raspberry Pi, the tiny, ultra-cheap, Linux-based PC, went on sale Monday in the U.S. through retailer Allied Electronics, but it's already out of stock.The A version of the computer, which only costs $25, has 256MB of RAM, a single USB 2.0 socket, an HDMI, SD card, and 3.5 audio sockets, but no Ethernet port. Available only through Allied, the A is now completely out of stock for U.S. customers. The $35 Raspberry Pi B is also out of stock at Allied, but it can be bought through Newark, another retailer, which only carries that particular model. The Raspberry Pi's more powerful version has 512MB of RAM, two USB 2.0 sockets and an Ethernet port. A tiny $35 computer Both the A and B are equipped with an ARM processor and are amazingly small — approximately the size of a credit card — making them suitable for a variety of applications in education and DIY systems. Raspberry Pi A launched in Europe in February of last year to heavy demand, followed by a launch in Asia last week." Link to Original Source top
IE10 for Windows 7 Globally Available for Consumers and Businesses
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Microsoft will begin auto updating Windows 7 customers to IE10 in the weeks ahead, starting with customers running the IE10 Release Preview. Microsoft touts "20% faster for real world Web sites" for IE10, "60% increase in supported modern Web standards" and "full featured HTML5"" Link to Original Source top
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "It was (a plan) hatched in 1958 — a time when the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in a nuclear arms race that would last decades and drive the two superpowers to the verge of nuclear war. The Soviets had also just launched Sputnik 1, the world's first satellite. The U.S. was falling behind in the space race, and needed a big splash." Link to Original Source top
Hostess Brands closing for good, end of the Twinkie
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Hostess Brands — the maker of such iconic baked goods as Twinkies, Devil Dogs and Wonder Bread — announced Friday that it is asking a federal bankruptcy court for permission to close its operations, blaming a strike by bakers protesting a new contract imposed on them.
"We deeply regret the necessity of today's decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike," said CEO Gregory Rayburn in a statement.
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "In an overshadowed Election Day contest, Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood in a nonbinding referendum, marking the first time such an initiative garnered a majority. Puerto Ricans were asked about their desires in two parts. First, by a 54% to 46% margin, voters rejected their current status as a U.S. commonwealth. In a separate question, 61% chose statehood as the alternative, compared with 33% for the semi-autonomous "sovereign free association" and 6% for outright independence." Link to Original Source top
HP becomes a platinum member of the Linux Foundation
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes ""Snagging a first-class upgrade might empty out the contents of your wallet, but be glad you're not trying to buy your way to the Linux Foundation's top table. With a strategic investment of $500,000, Hewlett Packard has just become a platinum member of the body, alongside companies like Intel, Qualcomm and Samsung. In exchange for all that cash, HP gets a seat on the Foundation's board of directors and will have a say in how to advance the foundation's aims — and hopefully give Open webOS a gentle push, too."" Link to Original Source top
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Onity is being exposed for having insecure locks, sold to many hotel chains including Hilton Worldwide. After the exposure, several youtube videos have hit the internet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMw7LkMJOBQ, showing how easy it is. A spokesperson for Hilton Worldwide said, "The safety and security of our guests is always our highest priority, and we are working with Onity to investigate and address this issue." Security experts say it is important for guests who are concerned about safety to increase their use of in room safes, deadbolts and chains." Link to Original Source top
Slashdot website down, no communication, is this the new norm
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes ""Those of us who watched the live feed of last night's Falcon 9 launch could be forgiven for assuming that everything went according to plan." SpaceX released the following statement. "Approximately one minute and 19 seconds into last night’s launch, the Falcon 9 rocket detected an anomaly on one first stage engine. Initial data suggests that one of the rocket’s nine Merlin engines, Engine 1, lost pressure suddenly and an engine shutdown command was issued immediately. We know the engine did not explode, because we continued to receive data from it. Our review indicates that the fairing that protects the engine from aerodynamic loads ruptured due to the engine pressure release, and that none of Falcon 9’s other eight engines were impacted by this event.
As designed, the flight computer then recomputed a new ascent profile in real time to ensure Dragon’s entry into orbit for subsequent rendezvous and berthing with the ISS. This was achieved, and there was no effect on Dragon or the cargo resupply mission.
Falcon 9 did exactly what it was designed to do. Like the Saturn V, which experienced engine loss on two flights, Falcon 9 is designed to handle an engine out situation and still complete its mission."" Link to Original Source top
IPhone 5 WiFi bug leads to giant cellular data overages
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Pandora.com is supporting a bipartisan bill to "end royalty rate discrimination against internet radio and bring greater fairness to our industry. Today, the discrimination is extraordinary. In 2011, Pandora paid over 50% of revenues in performance royalties, while SiriusXM paid less than 10%"" Link to Original Source top
who_stole_my_kidneys (1956012) writes "Evidence suggest the Iranian government is behind cyber attacks this week that have targeted the websites of JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America. The attack is described by one source, a former U.S. official familiar with the attacks, as being "significant and ongoing" and looking to cause "functional and significant damage." Also, one source suggested the attacks were in response to U.S. sanctions on Iranian banks." Link to Original Source top