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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 3:56pm
What causes drought? Laziness

Analysis  That California drought - it's terrible, isn't it? But there's nothing to be done. If it doesn't rain for a few years, and doesn't snow up in the mountains, Californians must just yield to Mother Nature and stop watering their lawns, stop washing their cars, maybe even stop growing those delicious but thirsty almonds.…

NVIDIA Recalls Shield Tablets Over Heat Risk

Slashdot - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 3:46pm
An anonymous reader writes: NVIDIA has issued a recall for 88,000 units of its 8-inch Shield tablet sold in the past year. Predictably, it's because of the battery. There have been reports of overheating, including two reports that the tablet got so hot it damaged the floor it was resting on. Oddly, the company is requiring anyone returning the tablet to update its OS to the latest release.

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Nvidia Shield tablets are too hot to handle, will be remotely extinguished

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 3:32pm

Nvidia's agents of Shield have been advised to assemble around a fire exit

Interested in building 'community' Mr Corporation? Please swipe here

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 3:26pm
Having a foundation doesn’t necessarily mean a great deal

Feature  Money isn’t new to open source. Capitalist pigs have always been quite at home amidst the unwashed developer masses, spinning up companies to capitalise on the success of JBoss, MySQL, and more.…

FFmpeg's Leader Resigns, Hopes To Make Libav Developers Come Back

Phoronix - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 3:04pm
Michael Niedermayer, the leader of the FFmpeg project for the past eleven years, has made a surprise announcement today: he's resigning as its leader...

Mozilla CEO: Windows 10 Strips User Choice For Browsers and Other Software

Slashdot - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 3:04pm
puddingebola writes: Mozilla CEO Chris Beard has sent an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella complaining about the default settings in Windows 10. Users who upgrade to 10 will have their default browser automatically changed to the new Edge browser. Beard said, "We appreciate that it’s still technically possible to preserve people’s previous settings and defaults, but the design of the whole upgrade experience and the default settings APIs have been changed to make this less obvious and more difficult. It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows. It’s confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost. ... We strongly urge you to reconsider your business tactic here and again respect people’s right to choice and control of their online experience by making it easier, more obvious and intuitive for people to maintain the choices they have already made through the upgrade experience.

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7 days in tech quiz: EE 4G, Motorola smartphones, Intel memory and mobile malware

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 2:59pm

How much have you been paying a-tech-ion this week?

ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 2:54pm
Knocked down, now up again, you just can't keep it down

A satellite launched by the US military has gone rogue and is causing interference to radio hams across Europe.…

Microsoft: Windows 10 update could be "weeks" away, here's how to get it now

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 2:37pm

We know we said not everyone would have it on day one, but...wow

<i>El Reg</i> touches down at the ESA's Spanish outpost, sniffs around

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 2:26pm
Lab coats on, pipes at the ready for European Space Astronomy Centre tour

Pics  "Are you really going to wear that into the canteen?" That was the perfectly reasonable question posed by Emmet Fletcher, communication officer at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC) as my nephew Matt Haines braced himself for lunch sporting a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) lab coat and pipe.…

CERN: I went to the Large Hadron Collider, it was super-cool

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 2:21pm

Zero degrees Kelvin, to be precise

Google Rejects French Order For 'Right To Be Forgotten'

Slashdot - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 2:21pm
Last month, French data protection agency CNIL ordered Google to comply with the European "right to be forgotten" order by delisting certain search results not just on the European versions of Google's search engine, but on all versions. Google has now publicly rejected that demand. CNIL has promised a response, and it's likely the case will go before local courts. Google says, This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web. While the right to be forgotten may now be the law in Europe, it is not the law globally. Moreover, there are innumerable examples around the world where content that is declared illegal under the laws of one country, would be deemed legal in others: Thailand criminalizes some speech that is critical of its King, Turkey criminalizes some speech that is critical of Ataturk, and Russia outlaws some speech that is deemed to be "gay propaganda." If the CNIL's proposed approach were to be embraced as the standard for Internet regulation, we would find ourselves in a race to the bottom. In the end, the Internet would only be as free as the world's least free place.

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Mozilla sends Microsoft a no thank you letter for Windows 10

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 2:16pm

Your update policy is bad

Benchmarking Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 vs. GNU/Linux

Phoronix - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 2:00pm
Since the release of Debian GNU/Hurd 2015 and GNU Hurd 0.6 this year, I've been meaning to run some new performance benchmarks considering my previous Hurd benchmarks were last done in 2011.

Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 1:54pm
Ideal for heavy plant, but could be overkill for mobes

Canadian wireless power company Elix has announced a system which can generate and transfer 10 kW using magneto-dynamic coupling. It’s big, heavy and noisy, so is aimed at trucks and buses rather than small cars, and is certainly not suitable for desktop gadget charging.…

US exaflop supercomputer will be too inefficient to change the world

L'Inq - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 1:44pm

A computer 30 times more powerful than today's fastest machine would cost £60m a year to run

A Robot That Can Walk and Jump On Water

Slashdot - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 1:38pm
Taco Cowboy writes: Researchers from Seoul University and Harvard have constructed tiny robots that can walk across the surface of standing water, and even jump into the air. The robots were designed to imitate the way pond-skimmer insects take advantage of surface tension to maneuver on top of still bodies of water. After studying the insects, the researchers found their legs started with a small amount of movement before gradually accelerating downward into a jump. The insects also sweep their legs inward during the jump to maximize the amount of time they stay in contact with the surface (abstract). "Using these principles, the researchers developed an ultra light robot made out of nickel titanium with a 2 centimeter long body inspired by origami. Its 5 centimeter long wire legs are curved at the tips like a real water strider's and coated with a material that repels water." Pictures of the robots are available here and here, as well as this animated gif.

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Beignet 1.1 Released With Skylake, SPIR Support, Other New OpenCL Features

Phoronix - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 1:32pm
Beignet, the project for providing open-source OpenCL support on Intel Iris/HD Graphics hardware, has released a new version of their Intel OpenCL implementation for Linux systems...

PagerDuty hacked ... and finally comes clean 21 days later. Cheers

El Reg - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 1:25pm
Have a great SysAdmin Day everyone

Why not celebrate SysAdmin Day by worrying about a data breach at incident management peddler PagerDuty? An attacker managed to get into the company's systems on 9 July, and a belated 21 days later the company did the decent thing and informed its customers about the incident.…

VIA Announces It Sold Off Part Of Its Assets

Phoronix - Fri, 31/07/2015 - 1:03pm
It's been a while since last hearing anything major out of VIA Technologies, but they made an announcement today.....
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