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Congressional Testimony Says NASA Has No Plan For the Journey To Mars

Slashdot - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 2:24pm
MarkWhittington writes: Testimony at a hearing before the House Science Committee's Subcommittee on Space suggested that NASA's Journey to Mars lacks a plan to achieve the first human landing on the Red Planet, almost six years after President Obama announced the goal on April 15, 2010. Moreover, two of the three witnesses argued that a more realistic near term goal for the space agency would be a return to the moon. The moon is not only a scientifically interesting and potentially commercially profitable place to go but access to lunar water, which can be refined into rocket fuel, would make the Journey to Mars easier and cheaper.

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Google steps in to stop you clicking on bad adverts

L'Inq - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 2:24pm

Re-holster those fingers, cowboy

Druva shows us its DRaaS and it's full of BADness

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 2:06pm
It's less risky if you do it their way, they say

Druva is adding Disaster Recovery (DR) functionality to Phoenix, its converged cloud-based data protection system for enterprises.…

How Interested Are You In XCOM 2 For Linux?

Phoronix - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 1:49pm
Tonight's the launch for XCOM 2 while those really excited about this game can already begin pre-loading it on Steam. Are you interested in this successor to XCOM: Enemy Unknown?..

Cisco To Acquire IoT Company Jasper For $1.4 Billion

Slashdot - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 1:43pm
An anonymous reader writes: Cisco has announced its intention to spend $1.4 billion purchasing startup Jasper Technologies, Inc. which specialises in IoT connectivity. It's the most significant acquisition the tech multinational has made since its purchase of Wi-Fi manufacturer Meraki in 2012. In 2015 Cisco also acquired OpenDNS for $635 million, and with the Jasper acquisition seems committed to securing a major foothold in IoT infrastructure over the next five years.

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OpenSSL fixes bug, gets dissed by German gov: That's so random ... not

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 1:24pm
Code review highlights problematic RNG

Days after fixing a rare but dangerous key recovery attack, the developers of OpenSSL have been dealt a fresh blow with a poor review of the technology from a German government agency.…

Microsoft unleases Windows 10 Redstone build 14257 to Insiders

L'Inq - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 1:13pm

Not a lot to see just yet, though

Like your iPhone, but not enough to touch it? This patent's for you

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 1:03pm
Apple gearing up for a mega Surface challenge?

Do you baulk at the size of Microsoft’s mega Surface Hub whiteboard, and want something a little more Apple-tastic for your wall?…

Senators Blast Comcast, Other Cable Firms For "Unfair Billing Practices"

Slashdot - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 1:02pm
An anonymous reader writes: Six Democratic US senators [Wednesday] criticized Comcast and other TV and broadband providers for charging erroneous fees, such as cable modem rental fees billed to customers who bought their own modems. The senators have written a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the commission to 'stop unfair billing practices.'.....Last year, more than 30 percent of complaints to the FCC about Internet service and 38 percent of complaints about TV service were about billing...

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OpenGL 4.5 Is Not The End Of The Road For OpenGL

Phoronix - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:59pm
Particularly after writing about OpenGL 4 progress in Mesa, it's quite common to see comments in our forums and elsewhere about people thinking when "Mesa is done" or how "OpenGL 4.5 is the last major release" or "Vulkan makes OpenGL dead", etc...

Lenovo: China biz down, PC and mobile down

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:50pm
But hey, losing 3,200 staff plumped profits. And it is nearly the weekend

The relatively weaker economy in China and slumping demand for gadgets puts Lenovo between a rock and a hard place.…

HPE chases risky business with Autonomy and Stonebraker tech

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:47pm
Promises to help titans 'get in front of a Libor-type event'

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is rolling out a hosted investigative analytics service in response to a report that regulators imposed $260bn in fines on firms in the wake of the 2007-08 financial crisis.…

Intel's annual report shows huge growth in cloud and IoT optimisations

L'Inq - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:38pm

Chipmaker's numbers are a mirror on the sector

Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:26pm
Meanwhile pallid webmaster's support site wobbles

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has found in favour of Julian AssangeTM in a complaint alleging he is suffering "arbitrary detention", a report claimed.…

Patches Published Again For Replacing Linux Kernel's CFQ With BFQ

Phoronix - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:18pm
A set of 22 patches were published this week that seek to replace the Linux kernel's default I/O scheduler CFQ (Completely Fair Queueing) with BFQ, the Budget Fair Queueing...

Networks First chairman Titmus to exit, dog pool biz awaits

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:16pm
Long-serving chairman to call it quits, in IT that is...

Networks First chairman Peter Titmus is to exit the IT industry once he completes the handover of the business he founded 26 years ago to the new owners - but the old dog has some bite in him yet.…

Apple loses VirnetX patent case and must cough up $625m

L'Inq - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:12pm

For now at least

There Is One Week To Go Until LibreOffice 5.1

Phoronix - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 12:06pm
LibreOffice 5.1 is scheduled to be released next week...

Pebble punts out new firmware to watch you as you sleep

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:58am
Where are the straps?

Pebble delivered a major update today to its watches, which boast the biggest third party app ecosystem of any wearable platform.…

Scottish MP calls for drone-busting eagles

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:38am
Impressed by Dutch anti-UAV squadron plan

A Scottish MP has suggested cops north of the border might consider the idea of drone-busting eagles, following recent Dutch trials of a winged anti-UAV operative.…

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