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Selected Provisions: TPP, CETA, and TiSA Trade Agreements

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 10:00pm
While proponents suggest that international trade agreements increase economic prosperity, writes reader Dangerous_Minds, it's often hard to find much detail about their details. Here's an exception: Freezenet is offering an update to known provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and the Trades in Services Agreement (TiSA). Among the findings are provisions permitting a three-strikes law and site blocking, multiple anti-circumvention laws, ISP liability, the search and seizure of personal devices to enforce copyright at the border, and an open door for ISP-level surveillance. Freezenet also offers a brief summary of what was found while admitting that provisions found in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) as it relates to digital rights remains elusive for the time being.

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Google As Alphabet Subsidiary Drops "Don't Be Evil"

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 8:24pm
CNet, The Verge, and many other outlets are reporting that with the official transition of Google (as overarching company) to Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google's made another change that's caught a lot of people's attention: the company has swapped out their famous motto "Don't be evil" for one with a slightly different ring: "Do the right thing." Doing the right thing sounds like a nice thing to aspire to, but doesn't seem quite as exciting.

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<i>Doctor Who</i>'s <i>Under the Lake</i> splits <i>Reg</i> scribes: This <i>Alien</i> homage thing – good or bad?

El Reg - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 8:09pm
'I've not seen tech on Earth like this before'


Intel's Mesa Vec4 Code Now Unconditionally Uses NIR

Phoronix - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 7:27pm
As of a change yesterday to Intel's i965 Mesa driver, the Vec4 back-end is unconditionally using NIR rather than GLSL IR with the option being removed...

Soon-to-Be US Ed Chief Was Almost FB CEO's Ed Chief

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 6:40pm
theodp writes: Before President Obama announced John B. King as his pick to replace outgoing U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan (who is returning to Chicago, where his kids now attend a $30K-a-year private school), King was Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's pick to lead Zuck's failed $100 million "reform" effort of Newark's Schools. From The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?: "[Newark Mayor Cory] Booker asked [NJ Governor Chris] Christie to grant him control of the schools by fiat, but the governor demurred, offering him instead a role as unofficial partner in all decisions and policies, beginning with their joint selection of a 'superstar' superintendent to lead the charge. Booker's first choice was John King, then deputy New York State education commissioner, who had led some of the top-performing charter schools in New York City and Boston and who credited public school teachers with inspiring him to persevere after he was orphaned as a young boy in Brooklyn. [Mark] Zuckerberg and [his wife Priscilla] Chan flew King to Palo Alto for a weekend with them and [Facebook executive Sheryl] Sandberg; Christie hosted him at the governor's beach retreat on the Jersey Shore; and Booker led King and his wife, Melissa, on a tour of Newark, with stops at parks and businesses that hadn't existed before his mayoralty. But after much thought, King turned them down. Zuckerberg, Christie, and Booker expected to arrive at their national model within five years. King believed it could take almost that long to change the system's fundamental procedures and to raise expectations across the city for children and schools. "John's view was that no one has achieved what they're trying to achieve: build an urban school district serving high-poverty kids that gets uniformly strong outcomes," said an acquaintance who talked with King about the offer. "You'd have to invest not only a long period of time but tremendous political capital to get it done." King had questions about a five-year plan overseen by politicians who were likely to seek higher office."

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Pluto's moon SPLIT OPEN by ancient FROZEN OCEAN

El Reg - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 5:34pm
Latest snaps beamed back from New Horizons' craft reveal Charon's violent history

Pics  Yet more pictures of Pluto and its moon have been sent back to Earth from NASA's New Horizons spacecraft – this time indicating a colossal geological upset in Charon's past.…

Cape Verde Boulders Indicate Massive Tsunami 73,000 Years Ago

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 5:31pm
TaleSlinger writes: Researchers from University of Bristol, UK found that boulders strewn 200m above sea level on Cape Verde, off the west coast of Africa, were ripped from cliffs below and washed up there by a tsunami between 170m and 270m (550-850ft). Researchers at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory dated the tsunami at 73,000 years ago. It's interesting that this is about the same time as the Mt. Toba Eruption and about the same time humans nearly became extinct.

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F-35 Ejection Seat Fears Ground Lightweight Pilots

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 4:35pm
An anonymous reader writes: Writing for Defense News, Lara Seligman and Aaron Mehta report that "[c]oncerns about increased risk of injury to F-35 pilots during low-speed ejections have prompted the US military services to temporarily restrict pilots who weigh less than 136 pounds from flying the aircraft. During August tests of the ejection seat, built by Martin-Baker, testers discovered an increased risk of neck injury when a lightweight pilot is flying at slower speeds. Until the problem is fixed, the services decided to restrict pilots weighing under 136 pounds from operating the plane, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, F-35 integration office director, told Defense News in a Tuesday interview."

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Kubuntu 15.10 Will Have KDE Plasma 5.4.2

Phoronix - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 3:58pm
Kubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" is being released later this month and it will feature the very latest KDE Plasma 5.4 point release...

US Bombs Hit Doctors Without Borders Hospital

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 3:34pm
Prune writes: According to multiple news sources, U.S. airstrikes partially destroyed a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Afghanistan, killing at least nine staff members and at least 50 overall, including patients, and this after giving its coordinates to U.S. forces multiple times. I'm especially saddened to report this given I had become one of the supporters of this charity after recommendations from Slashdot members in a discussion about choosing charities to donate to a while back.

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There's A Lot Of Exciting AMDGPU DRM Code Brewing For Eventual Catalyst Support

Phoronix - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 3:17pm
One of the big items still in the works as part of AMD's unified Linux driver strategy is that the Catalyst proprietary driver will be isolated to user-space and make use of the AMDGPU kernel DRM driver. Being publicly now in development in a few code branches are changes to the AMD DRM code for beginning to suit more of it to Catalyst's driver design...

Intel Core i7 6700K Skylake Linux Benchmarks On Fedora 22, Debian & Ubuntu

Phoronix - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 2:42pm
Since August I've been delivering various Linux benchmarks of the Core i5 6600K "Skylake" processor, but unfortunately don't have access yet to a i7-6700K Linux box. Fortunately, thanks to the open-source Phoronix Test Suite benchmarking software and the OpenBenchmarking.org collaborative cloud component, there are already numerous result files...

Artists Create a 1000-Year GIF Loop

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 2:28pm
jovius writes: Finnish artists Juha van Ingen and Janne Särkelä have developed a monumental GIF called AS Long As Possible, which loops once per 1000 years. The 12 gigabyte GIF is made of 48,140,288 numbered frames, that change about every 10 minutes. They plan to start the loop in 2017, when GIF turns 30 years old. "If nurturing a GIF loop even for 100 — let alone 3,000 years — seems an unbelievable task, how much remains of our present digital culture after that time?", van Ingen said. The artists plan to store a mother file somewhere and create many iterations of the loop in various locations — and if one fails, it may be easily synchronized with, and replaced by, another. Maybe they should use FLIF instead.

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Google spews out Alphabet. Alphabet gobbles Google

El Reg - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 2:10pm
M is for ... monster multinational mothers multinational monsters

Google morphed into its new holding company, Alphabet, after close of business on Friday.…

Mesa 10.6.9 Released, Marks The End Of The Line: Upgrade To Mesa 11

Phoronix - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 1:31pm
Emil Velikov announced Mesa 10.6.9 today as the newest point release for the aging Mesa 10.6 series...

DHS Detains Mayor of Stockton, CA, Forces Him To Hand Over His Passwords

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 1:28pm
schwit1 writes: Anthony Silva, the mayor of Stockton, California, recently went to China for a mayor's conference. On his return to San Francisco airport he was detained by Homeland Security, and then had his two laptops and his mobile phone confiscated. They refused to show him any sort of warrant (of course) and then refused to let him leave until he agreed to hand over his password.

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Kodi 16 Alpha 3 Released

Phoronix - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 12:44pm
The third alpha release of the Kodi 16 HTPC open-source software is now available for testing with long-press support...

Volkswagen Diesel Scandal Logistics Imply Sizable Conspiracy

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 12:26pm
Guinnessy writes with an interesting analysis of the Volkswagen software cheating scandal: Physics Today's Charles Day takes a look at how diesel engines work, and why it's clear it's not just a lone software engineer who came up with the cheat. "...[S]oftware is impotent without hardware. To recognize when a car was being tested and not driven, the defeat device required data from a range of sensors -- sensors that a noncheating car might not need.... Whereas it's conceivable that a single software engineer, directed by a single manager, could have secretly written and uploaded the code that ran the defeat device, installing its associated hardware would require a larger and more diverse team of conspirators," he says.

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Some Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Smartphones Mysteriously Powering Down

Slashdot - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 11:17am
MojoKid writes: Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were two of the most highly anticipated smartphones to launch so far this year. The excitement surrounding Apple's new refresh cycle flagships was so great that Apple reported record first weekend sales, with 13 million devices finding their way to customers. However, it appears that some of those customers are having a puzzling issue with their brand new iPhones. Owners are reporting that their phones are turning off randomly when left alone — even when the smartphones have sufficient battery remaining. "New Phone 6s 128GB turned off for no reason the last two nights," wrote Joachim Frey in an Apple discussion thread. "In the morning you then have to push the power-on button for a long time to get it started."

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Ten years on: Ronnie Barker, Pismonouncers Unanimous founder, remembered

El Reg - Sat, 03/10/2015 - 11:00am
One of Britain's best-loved comedy greats

Feature  It’s ten years ago today that much-loved comedian, writer and actor Ronnie Barker passed away. By then, despite having retired way back in 1987, he had already won four BAFTAs, a Royal Television Society award for Outstanding Creative Achievement and been made an OBE.…

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