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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 12:55am
Back to drawing board for Master Lock manufacturer

A California hacker who has become an expert in cracking locks has invented a 3D-printed machine that can crack a rotary combination lock in around 30 seconds – and he's released the plans, 3D models, and code as open source.…

Reddit: Gonna SCRUB these TROLLS right outa my hair

El Reg - Fri, 15/05/2015 - 12:31am
Difficult to get rid of the little horrors permanently though

Vast forum site Reddit has added new policies that it hopes will help rein in harassment of its users by its other, not-so-nice, users.…

Baidu's Supercomputer Beats Google At Image Recognition

Slashdot - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 11:56pm
catchblue22 writes: Using the ImageNet object classification benchmark, Baidu’s Minwa supercomputer scanned more than 1 million images and taught itself to sort them into about 1,000 categories and achieved an image identification error rate of just 4.58 percent, beating humans, Microsoft and Google. Google's system scored a 95.2% and Microsoft's, a 95.06%, Baidu said. “Our company is now leading the race in computer intelligence,” said Ren Wu, a Baidu scientist working on the project. “I think this is the fastest supercomputer dedicated to deep learning,” he said. “We have great power in our hands—much greater than our competitors.”

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 11:50pm
Douglas Williams faces up to 20 years in jail

A former cop and owner of the website Polygraph.com has pleaded guilty to five charges of obstruction of justice and mail fraud for teaching people how to cheat lie detector tests.…

Australian opposition floats startups-and-STEM stimulus plan

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 11:45pm
Shorten to cancel student debts for STEM students, pump $500m into startup booster

Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten has outlined a startups-and-STEM-fuelled plan for Australia.…

Stolen an Apple watch? Want to pawn it off? Good news!

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 11:16pm
It's not like the owner can lock it down, after all

Apple's $17,000 watch is shockingly easy to re-use when stolen – so much so that it's sure to be an even more attractive target to thieves than iPhones.…

Academics Call For Greater Transparency About Google's Right To Be Forgotten

Slashdot - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 11:11pm
Mark Wilson writes: Just yesterday Google revealed that it rejects most Right To Be Forgotten requests it receives. In publishing yet another transparency report, the search giant will have hoped to have put to bed any questions that users and critics may have had. While the report may have satisfied some, it did not go anywhere near far enough for one group of academics. A total of 80 university professors, law experts and technology professionals have written an open letter to Google demanding greater transparency. The letter calls upon the company to reveal more about how Right To Be Forgotten requests are handled so that the public is aware of the control that is being exerted over "readily accessible information."

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GE Is 3D Printing a Working Jet Engine

Slashdot - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 10:27pm
lurking_giant writes: GE Aviation's Additive Development Center near Cincinnati has produced a number of firsts but they are now demonstrating a working 3D-printed jet engine, (OK, it's sized for an RC model). The engine turns at 33,000 RPM and is made from all 3D metal printed parts. They used the same EOS M270 3D printer that they use to produce the first and only FAA flight approved hardware, a T25 Pres and temp sensor for use in GE90 jumbo jet engines.

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Metadata scope creep sees Border Force ask for access

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 10:16pm
Can't see Johhny Depp's dogs, CAN see your metadata

The federal government's promise to restrict who could access personal information collected under Australia's data retention regime lasted just six weeks.…

California Senate Approves School Vaccine Bill

Slashdot - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 9:45pm
mpicpp writes: California state senators have passed a controversial bill designed to increase school immunization rates. SB277 would prohibit parents from seeking vaccine exemptions for their children because of religious or personal beliefs. California would join West Virginia and Mississippi as the only states with such requirements if the bill becomes law. "SB 277 is about increasing immunization rates so no one will have to suffer from vaccine-preventable diseases," said Sen. Ben Allen (D- Santa Monica) who coauthored the bill with Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento).

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Dying to make time lapse videos? No? Well, Microsoft is doing it anyway!

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 9:11pm
Hyperlapse is here for Windows and Android

Microsoft has released a tool to let users produce timelapse videos, provided they're not Apple fanbois.…

GNOME 3.16 On Fedora 22: Wayland vs. X.Org

Phoronix - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 7:53pm
In complementing this morning's early Fedora 22 Workstation benchmarks, here's some numbers in looking at Fedora 22's GNOME Shell 3.16 desktop under an X.Org Server as well as Wayland...
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