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A Quid A Day for NOSH? Luxury!

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 6:57am
Maybe there are no free lunches - but sometimes there's free Worstall*

WiF  It's that time of year as El Reg limbers up for the Quid A Day Nosh campaign and I'm here to point out that in context this is actually a pretty easy challenge.…

When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 6:30am
Kenya's M-PESA mobile payment service is beating bitcoin

Last month, flipping through the pages of the Daily Nation - Kenya’s tabloid newspaper of crime, politics and corruption - I came across the story of a police officer undone by his mobile. It seems this officer - who earned the equivalent of a few hundred dollars a year - saw many times that amount pass through his hands on a daily basis.…

'Virtual nose' makes VR less dizzying, say boffins

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 6:02am
Your nose is going to be three foot wide across your face by the time I'm finished with you

A Purdue University undergraduate has picked a way to stop virtual reality inducing motion sickness: program in a virtual nose.…

Samsung forgets fingerprints, focuses its eye on YOURS

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 5:29am
Iris-scanning tech coming to Galaxy gear starting with special Tab Pro

When Samsung shoved the Galaxy S5 out the door last year, one of the things it put front and centre was the new ability to log on with one's fingerprint.…

NASA: We're gonna rip up an ASTEROID and make it ORBIT the MOON

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 5:02am
Asteroid Redirection Mission plans to use microgravity to deflect flying rocks

NASA has decided that putting a lump of rock from an asteroid into orbit around the Moon is better than trying to hook a whole asteroid.…

European Commission Proposes "Digital Single Market" and End To Geoblocking

Slashdot - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 4:34am
An anonymous reader writes A new initiative from the European Commission proposes a reformed "single digital market", addressing a number of issues that it sees as obstructions to EU growth, including geoblocking — where services such as BBC's iPlayer are only available to IP addresses within the host country — and the high cost of parcel delivery and administration of disparate VAT rates across the member states. The ramifications of many of the proposals within the Digital Single Market project extend to non-EU corporations which have built their business model on the current isolationism of member state markets.

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Chipzilla spawns 60-core, six-teraflop Xeon Phi MONSTER CHIP

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 4:03am
Every number for every feature is BIG and SCARY in Intel's new HPC HELLSPAWN

Intel has set some rumours to rest, giving a media and analyst briefing outlining details of its coming 60-plus core Knights Landing Xeon Phi chip.…

Cisco patches IOS to stop automation exploitation

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 3:00am
What could possibly go wrong with self-managing routers? DoS attacks, for starters

Cisco's turned up vulnerabilities in automation software that open the door to denial-of-service and limited access to devices.…

And the prize for LEAST SECURE BROWSER goes to ... Chrome!

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 2:28am
Beats Solaris, flattens Gentoo

More vulnerabilities were discovered in Google Chrome last year than any other piece of core internet software – that's according to research that also found 2014 clocked record numbers of zero-day flaws.…

The One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

Slashdot - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 2:10am
sciencehabit writes Today researchers unveiled the largest ever set of full genomes from a single population: Iceland. The massive project, carried out by a private company in the country, deCODE genetics, has yielded new disease risk genes, insights into human evolution, and a list of more than 1000 genes that people can apparently live without. The project also serves as a model for other countries' efforts to sequence their people's DNA for research on personalized medical care, says study leader Kári Stefánsson, deCODE's CEO. For example, the United States is planning to sequence the genomes of 1 million Americans over the next few years and use the data to devise individualized treatments.

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Big barrier to 5G cracked by full-duplex chippery

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 1:59am
It's hard to send and receive radio in a small space, but boffins reckon they've cracked it

Take a look at mobile standards like LTE and you'll notice that duplexing is difficult: it's either accomplished by separating uplink and downlink in time or frequency.…

When will ROBOTS start chatting on WhatsApp? Don't hold your breath, says co-founder

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 1:26am
Gab service has 'no plans' for developer APIs

F8 2015  As much as developers might want WhatsApp to publish APIs to allow other software to access its popular chat service, the Facebook subsidiary has no plans to do so.…

Allwinner Continues Jerking Around The Open-Source Community

Phoronix - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 1:24am
While Allwinner has been caught violating the (L)GPL and resulted in obfuscating their code and playing around with their advertised licenses, now this ARM vendor is taking things a step further...

Dad and Daughter Recreate <em>Jurassic Park</em> With $100,000 In Lego Pieces

Slashdot - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:58am
mpicpp writes Animator Paul Hollingsworth and his daughter Hailee, along with some help from a few "master builders" — decided to Jurassic Park using only Lego pieces. More than $100,000 in Lego were used, according to the video's description. The result is a surprisingly stunning and hilarious version of the 1993 dino-thriller. The team behind the film also released an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the production.

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Facebook hopes devs will 'Like' how mobile SDKs, Graph API have scrubbed up

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:49am
First major rev in two years improves logins, sharing

F8 2015  Facebook has used the occasion of its F8 developer conference in San Francisco this year to roll out a major update to its software development kits for Android and iOS, in addition to a new version of the API for accessing its social graph data.…

Comcast's Incompetence, Lack of Broadband May Force Developer To Sell Home

Slashdot - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:30am
BUL2294 writes Consumerist has an article about a homeowner in Kitsap County, Washington who is unable to get broadband service. Due to inaccurate broadband availability websites, Comcast's corporate incompetence, CenturyLink's refusal to add new customers in his area, and Washington state's restrictions on municipal broadband, the owner may be left with no option but to sell his house 2 months after he bought it, since he works from home as a software developer. To add insult to injury, BroadbandMaps.gov says he has 10 broadband options in his zip code, some of which are not applicable to his address, have exorbitant costs (e.g. wireless), or are for municipal providers that are prevented from doing business with him by state law. Yet, Comcast insists in filings that "the broadband marketplace is more competitive than ever." As someone who had Comcast call to cancel on the day of my closing (two days before my scheduled install) because they didn't offer service to my house after all, I can sympathize.

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Diablo escapes from patent hell, condemns Netlist to legal purgatory

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:28am
Court takes DIMM view of flash-as-RAM patent infringement claim

Diablo Technologies, a supplier of Memory Channel Storage (MCS) that makes it possible to present flash disks as memory, says it has seen off a patent lawsuit from rival Netlist.…

Wall Street tips fedora to Red Hat: Sales up, profit flat, everybody dance

El Reg - Thu, 26/03/2015 - 12:17am
sudo ./buy_back_shares $500m

Red Hat's shares are on the up after the Linux distro maker beat Wall Street's expectations in its fourth financial quarter, ended February 28.…

Facebook Makes Messenger a Platform

Slashdot - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 11:46pm
Steven Levy writes At Facebook's F8 developer conference, the ascension of the Messenger app was the major announcement. Messenger is no longer just a part of Facebook, but a standalone platform to conduct a wide variety of instant communications, not only with friends, but with businesses you may deal with as well. It will compete with other messaging services such as Snapchat, Line and even Facebook's own WhatsApp by offering a dizzying array of features, many of them fueled by the imagination and self-interest of thousands of outside software developers.

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GLAMOR Starts Getting Improved For X.Org Server 1.18

Phoronix - Wed, 25/03/2015 - 11:38pm
Eric Anholt has called on the first pull request for the X.Org Server 1.18 merge window to improve the GLAMOR 2D acceleration code...
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