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Hands-On WIth Dell's 4K Infinity Edge-Equipped Laptops

Slashdot - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 9:22am
MojoKid writes: Dell's 2015 version of the XPS 13, the company's 13-inch premium ultrabook, is arguably one of the most acclaimed laptops of the year, with its "Infinity Edge" display that comes in resolutions from 1080p up to UHD 4K, with almost no bezel, and a carbon fiber composite chassis design with a machined aluminum lid. Based on the product's success in the market, Dell recently announced they were bringing the design approach and 4K Infinity Edge display to both their XPS 15 consumer based ultrabooks as well as their Precision 15 professional line up. At Dell World 2015 this week Austin, the company had both 15-inch versions on display for demos and this quick hands on shows just how compact and well-built the machines are, though they're also now refreshed with Intel Skylake processors and PCIe NVMe SSDs.

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Joining the illuminati? Just how bright can a smart bulb really be?

El Reg - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 9:01am
Smart-tech moves out of the shadows and finds its feet with BeON

Review  There's no getting away from it: talking about a smart light bulb is liable to subject you to immediate mockery.…

Dell XPS 15 (2015) hands-on review

L'Inq - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 8:53am

We take a look at Dell's recently updated XPS model

Dell XPS 15 (2015) hands-on review

L'Inq - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 8:53am

We take a look at Dell's recently updated XPS model

If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

El Reg - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 7:01am
You chumps

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  I have an urge to dress up in unconventional clothing, don a wig and parade myself around east London.…

RIP: Prolific Amazon Customer Reviewer Harriet Klausner (1952-2015)

Slashdot - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 6:23am
Robotech_Master writes: Prolific Amazon customer reviewer Harriet Klausner passed away last week at the age of 67. Klausner was a controversial figure: She never gave anything a negative review, her review blurbs cast doubt on how closely she actually read what she reviewed, and received dozens of free books per week (which ended up resold on via her son's account). Nonetheless, for a time she was one of the most recognizable names to any frequent customer; it was rare to come across any popular title that didn't have a Klausner review. Not many reviewers have ever inspired snarky sites tracking their contributions.

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Full Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Intellectual Property Chapter Analyzed

Slashdot - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 3:21am
Dangerous_Minds writes: Freezenet seems to be the first website to publish a full run-down of the final draft of the Intellectual Property chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The leak was published on Wikileaks earlier. The analysis seems to confirm what the EFF has said, saying that the chapter "confirms our worst fears about the agreement, and dashes the few hopes that we held out that its most onerous provisions wouldn't survive to the end of the negotiations." The analysis focuses mainly on copyright enforcement on the Internet and the impact the chapter would have on personal devices, VPN services, and ISPs. One noteworthy find by Freezenet is the inclusion of a "TPP Commission" which would decide when different countries are supposed to meet outside of the 10-year cycle, discussing "market circumstances" of "the development of new pharmaceutical products." What other roles the TPP Commission takes on is unclear given that it is not mentioned anywhere else in the chapter.

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We applied to Google's €150m journalism fund – here's what we sent in

El Reg - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 1:56am
Now we play the waiting game

We here at El Reg were very excited on Friday morning to note the launch of a new €150m ($165m) journalism fund called the Digital News Initiative, funded by everyone's favorite news service, Google.…

Boffins: Comet Lovejoy is a cosmic booze cruise spewing alcohol across the Solar System

El Reg - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 12:56am
Another bottle of star-donnay, please waiter

Pic  Alcohol is pretty essential to life here on Earth, but for the first time, scientists have found the blessed fluid venting in huge amounts from a comet flying through our Solar System.…

Patricia, Strongest Hurricane Ever Seen In Eastern Pacific, Strikes In Mexico

Slashdot - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 12:31am
CNN reports that Hurricane Patricia has made landfall in Mexico; Patricia is notable for having the third-lowest barometer reading ever recorded, and as "the strongest hurricane ever observed in the eastern Pacific or Atlantic oceans." Slate points out that at one point, "satellite estimates of Patricia’s intensity broke the Dvorak scale, peaking at 8.3 on the 8.0 scale. ... In fact, Patricia is now very close to the theoretical maximum strength for a tropical cyclone on planet Earth." The Weather Channel is tracking the storm's path, and predicts "catastrophic damage ... along a narrow path as the eye slices into the interior of southwest Mexico Friday night." Here's a map from the National Weather Service showing Patricia's track as well as projected path.

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So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

El Reg - Sat, 24/10/2015 - 12:08am
TL;DR: Stop using 1024-bit keys ... like we said in 2005

Now that the cat is firmly out the bag, and it's clear that the NSA has cracked the encryption behind, potentially, a huge amount of internet traffic, the question inevitably turns to: what are internet engineers going to do about it?…

Affordable Care Act Exchanges Fail To Detect Counterfeit Documentation

Slashdot - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 11:35pm
Tulsa_Time writes with this excerpt of an account from the (unapologetically partisan) Americans for Tax Reform about a report released by the Government Accountability Office in which "application and enrollment controls on the federal exchange and two state exchanges (California and Kentucky)" were investigated by supplying false information; in each case, the investigators were able to obtain and activate health insurance through the exchanges. A slice: Ten fictitious applicants were created to test whether verification steps including validating an applicant's Social Security number, verifying citizenship, and verifying household income were completed properly. In order to test these controls, GAO's test applications provided fraudulent documentation: "For each of the 10 undercover applications where we obtained qualified health-plan coverage, the respective marketplace directed that our applicants submit supplementary documentation we provided counterfeit follow-up documentation, such as fictitious Social Security cards with impossible Social Security numbers, for all 10 undercover applications."

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Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx To Tour As Holograms

Slashdot - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 10:53pm writes: Dave Itzkoff writes in the NYT that years after their deaths Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx will be united in a most unlikely way as Hologram USA, a technology company that specializes in visual recreations of celebrities, will present shows with hologramic likenesses of Andy Kaufman and Redd Foxx across the country. "They're comedy icons. Both of them influenced so many comedians after them," says Alki David adding that the company is "working with other estates of famous funny guys and funny girls, these just happened to be amenable estates who see the vision." David says that the hologram shows featuring these comedians would include some of their best-known material — say, Andy Kaufman lip-syncing the "Mighty Mouse" theme on the debut episode of "Saturday Night Live" — as well as narrative segments that dramatize biographical details. The shows will have residencies in multiple locations in tourist-oriented cities across the country and will play several times a day for the first year and then eventually be put on a rotation with other acts. As for the future, "there are an awful lot of dead celebrities," concludes David. "There are an awful lot of dead people with a lot of followers. The fresher the memory, the bigger the star."

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New Horizons: Pluto? Been there, done that – now for something 6.4 billion km away

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 10:22pm
Kuiper Belt explorer will have next rendezvous in 2019

The Pluto-gawping New Horizons space probe is back in action and heading for a new target far out on the edges of the Solar System.…

TalkTalk Customer Data At Risk After Cyber-attack On Company Website

Slashdot - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 10:12pm
An anonymous reader writes: Police are investigating a "significant and sustained" cyber-attack on the website of TalkTalk, an internet and TV provider, which could have compromised customers' credit card and other personal details. The telecoms provider has 4 million customers in the UK. It is the second time in the past 12 months that TalkTalk customers have been affected by data breaches. "We are continuing to work with leading cybercrime specialists and the Metropolitan police to establish exactly what happened and the extent of any information accessed," the company said on Thursday night after revealing the attack, which took place on Wednesday. Its chief executive, Dido Harding, said: "We take any threat to the security of our customers' data extremely seriously, and we are taking all the necessary steps to understand what has happened here." TalkTalk was informing its customers immediately about the attack as a precaution, she added.

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Google 'Rethinking Everything' Around Machine Learning

Slashdot - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 9:30pm
itwbennett writes: Sundar Pichai took part in his first earnings call Thursday when Google's parent company Alphabet reported its quarterly results, and 'in between discussing the numbers he revealed how important Google thinks machine learning is to its future,' writes James Niccolai. 'Machine learning is a core, transformative way by which we're rethinking everything we're doing,' Pichai said. 'We're thoughtfully applying it across all our products, be it search, ads, YouTube, or Play. We're in the early days, but you'll see us in a systematic way think about how we can apply machine learning to all these areas.'

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American robocallers to be shamed in public lists

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 9:00pm
FCC vows to reveal latest names and numbers each week

US phone watchdog the FCC will publish a weekly updated list of annoying robocalling companies.…

22-Way SteamOS Graphics Card Comparison: NVIDIA Wins Across the Board

Slashdot - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 8:50pm
An anonymous reader writes: A 22-way AMD Radeon vs. NVIDIA GeForce graphics card comparison on SteamOS 2.0 "Brewmaster" was carried out with one month to go until Steam Machines begin to ship. The article looks at the OpenGL performance of this Debian-based Linux distribution as well as the power/performance efficiency, thermal efficiency, and value of the entire line-up. The results make it pretty clear why the current range of Steam Machines with SteamOS all ship with NVIDIA graphics.

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Snowden, Schrems, safe harbor ... it's time to rethink privacy policies, says FTC commish

El Reg - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 8:34pm
Said while poking Europe in the ribs about honesty

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill views the landmark decision to kill the US-EU safe harbor agreement as an opportunity to improve privacy laws on both sides of the Atlantic.…

In Turnabout, SunTrust Removes Contentious Severance Clause

Slashdot - Fri, 23/10/2015 - 8:08pm
dcblogs writes: SunTrust has removed a controversial severance clause requiring laid-off employees to be 'reasonably available' to help without pay during the two years after their employment ends, the bank said today. The severance agreements received by employees included a "continuing cooperation" clause requiring each worker "to make myself reasonably available to SunTrust regarding matters in which I have been involved in the course my employment with SunTrust and/or about which I have knowledge as a result of my employment with SunTrust." Bank IT employees believed this broadly worded clause was essentially an on-call provision, requiring them to provide technical help as needed without additional pay. The bank disputed that interpretation, and said the intent was to limit such help to legal matters. The bank, in a statement released late Friday morning, had a change of heart, and said it would be removed from the severance agreements.

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