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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 5:32am
Spooks in still-don't-like-encryption shock

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for an iPhone, and we'll give you an encryption master key” seems to be the dream of the National Security Agency (NSA).…

Google tips LTE patents into mostly-public pool

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 5:02am
Mountain View offers a fair square of 4G chocolate to the standard

The LTE rollout has moved a little closer to avoiding sueball spats that have long plagued the tech biz, with Google tipping a bucket of its IP into Via Licensing.…

Bulgarian Bill Gates blagger busted, banged up, again: report

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 4:03am
Philippine cops arrest man using Microsoft mogul's fake cards at local ATM

A Bulgarian carder has been arrested withdrawing money from stolen cards four years after he was accused of plundering the bank account of Microsoft mogul Bill Gates.…

UW Scientists, Biotech Firm May Have Cure For Colorblindness

Slashdot - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 3:01am
An anonymous reader writes with news about a possible cure for colorblindness. "For the more than 10million Americans with colorblindness, there's never been a treatment, let alone a cure, for the condition that leaves them unable to distinguish certain hues. Now, for the first time, two University of Washington professors have teamed with a California biotech firm to develop what they say may be a solution: a single shot in the eye that reveals the world in full color. Jay and Maureen Neitz, husband-and-wife scientists who have studied the vision disorder for years, have arranged an exclusive license agreement between UW and Avalanche Biotechnologies of Menlo Park. Together, they've found a new way to deliver genes that can replace missing color-producing proteins in certain cells, called cones, in the eyes."

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Citrix reveals direction for cloudified XenApp, XenDesktop

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 2:58am
Promises to pipe workloads from anywhere into anything

If you've heard the “opex, not capex, software updates done centrally so your people can innovate, not administer, and elastic provisioning instead of licensing-for-peak-load” cloud mantra (and who hasn't), this will be a quick read because Citrix has taken that list of cloudy goodness and signalled that it will soon apply it to its app delivery and desktop as a service tools XenApp and XenDesktop.…

GCC 5.1 Release Candidate Now Available

Phoronix - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 2:20am
A short time after branching GCC 5 and initiating GCC 6.0 development, the first GCC 5.1 Release Candidate has surfaced in marking the big GCC 5...

Microsoft, Fujitsu team in Internet of Lettuce effort

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 2:01am
Pair plan salad days for leafy vegetable growers

A nearly two-year-old Fujitsu project to apply sensors and cloud computing to growing low-potassium vegetables has attracted the attention of Microsoft.…

Russian censor warns against meme 'misuse'

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 1:29am
Taking Putin's piss could result in a take-down order

A court case over an insulted singer has led the Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor to issue a big “nyet” on a bunch of nearly-ubiquitous social media habits.…

Oracle releases non-engineered x86 servers

El Reg - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:59am
Not hyperconverged, not leading edge and not very exciting for most customers

Oracle may make a heap of noise about its engineered stacks-in-a-box, but appears to have decided there's still some cash to be wrung out of the standalone x86 server market … when they're designed to suit the needs of a particular industry.…

Study: Ancient Mosasaurs Gave Birth In Open Sea

Slashdot - Mon, 13/04/2015 - 12:38am
An anonymous reader writes A new study published in the journal Palaeontology finds that Mosasaurs, the large marine lizards that once populated the waters about 65 million years ago, gave birth to live young in the open ocean. "Mosasaurs are among the best-studied groups of Mesozoic vertebrate animals, but evidence regarding how they were born and what baby mosasaur ecology was like has historically been elusive," said Daniel Field, lead author of a study published online April 10 in the journal Palaeontology. Field is a doctoral candidate in the lab of Jacques Gauthier in Yale's Department of Geology and Geophysics."

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Strange radio telescope signals came from microwave ovens

El Reg - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 11:56pm
Perytons are from Earth, Fast Radio Bursts are from way beyond Venus

Boffins' lunches have been fingered as the source of a long-standing mystery: the peryton, which clouded discussions of the origin of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs).…

Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Storing Data To Survive a Fire (or Other Disaster)

Slashdot - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 11:32pm
First time accepted submitter aka_bigred writes Every year as I file my taxes, I replicate my most important financial data (a couple GB of data) to store an offline copy in my fire-rated home safe. This gets me thinking about what the most reliable data media would be to keep in my fire-rated home safe. CDs/DVDs/tapes could easily melt or warp rendering them useless, so I'm very hesitant to use them. I've seen more exotic solutions that let you print your digital data to paper an optically re-import it later should you ever need it, but it seems overly cumbersome and error prone should it be damaged or fire scorched. That leaves my best options being either a classic magnetic platter drive, or some sort of solid state storage, like SD cards, USB flash drives, or a small SSD. The problem is, I can't decide which would survive better if ever exposed to extreme temperatures, or water damage should my house burn down. Most people would just suggest to store it in "the cloud", but I'm naturally averse to doing so because that means someone else is responsible for my data and I could loose it to hackers, the entity going out of business, etc. Once it leaves my home, I no longer fully control it, which is unacceptable. My thought being "they can't hack/steal what they can't physically access." What medium do other Slashdot users use to store their most important data (under say 5GB worth) in an at-home safe to protect it from fire?

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Linux 4.0 Kernel Released

Phoronix - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 11:18pm
Linus Torvalds went ahead and released the Linux 4.0 kernel today as expected...

Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

El Reg - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 11:17pm
Torvalds looses neatened number feat. non-disruptive patches, Z13 support and more

Linux 4.0 is upon us.…

ɘƨɿɘvɘЯ algo attack cracks Belkin router WPS PINs: researcher

El Reg - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 10:47pm
SOHOpeless: all you need is the MAC and the serial number

A researcher who last year turned up weak WPS PIN protection in D-Link broadband modems has found the same problem exists on Belkin devices.…

European Space Agency Invited To Contribute a Lander To NASA's Europa Clipper

Slashdot - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 10:29pm
MarkWhittington writes According to a story in Spaceflight Now, NASA has invited the European Space Agency to participate in its upcoming Europa Clipper project. Europa Clipper, pushed by Rep. John Culberson, the chair of the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees NASA, recently received backing from the Obama administration. Europa Clipper would launch in the early 2020s and would be placed in an orbit around Jupiter that would cause it to fly by Europa, a moon of Jupiter, at least 45 times during its operational life.

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reinstalling my windows xp

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [XP] - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 10:07pm
can someone send me step by step how to reinstall my home edition windows xp?

Microsoft and Miele Team Collaborate To Cook Up an IoT Revolution

Slashdot - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 9:20pm
Mark Wilson writes When people talk about the Internet of Things, there are often semi-joking references to fridges that know when you've run out of milk and ovens that know how to cook whatever you put in them. Forget the jokes; this is now a reality. We've already seen a generation of smart appliances, and Microsoft wants to be part of what happens next. At Hannover Messe today, Miele — of oven, vacuum cleaner and washing machine fame — announces it is working on a new breed of appliances based on Microsoft Azure Internet of Things (IoT) services What does this mean? Ultimately it means you'll be able to find a recipe online, have the ingredient list and preparation instructions sent to your mobile device, and your smart oven will be automatically configured with the correct settings.

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Hillary Clinton Declares 2016 Democratic Presidential Bid

Slashdot - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 8:50pm
An anonymous reader writes In a move that surprised no one, Hillary Clinton has officially announced she is entering the 2016 race for the White House. According to the Times: "Ending two years of speculation and coy denials, Hillary Rodham Clinton announced on Sunday that she would seek the presidency for a second time, immediately establishing herself as the likely 2016 Democratic nominee. 'I'm running for president,' she said with a smile near the end of a two-minute video released just after 3 p.m. 'Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion,' Mrs. Clinton said. 'So I'm hitting the road to earn your vote — because it's your time. And I hope you'll join me on this journey.'"

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GCC 5 Is Branched, GCC 6.0 Enters Development

Phoronix - Sun, 12/04/2015 - 8:11pm
GCC 5 is expected to be released this month and it's now a step closer to making its debut. Mainline GCC is now also marked for GCC 6.0 development...
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