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Metamaterial Forms Near-Perfect Mirror

Slashdot - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 3:21pm
New submitter JMarshall writes: Researchers have made near-perfect reflectors out of a silicon metamaterial. These reflectors could offer a simpler, less expensive way to make high-performance mirrors for lasers or telescopes. Metamaterials typically use nanoscale patterning to create unusual properties not present in the bulk material. In this new method, researchers used off-the-shelf, nanosized polystyrene beads and allowed them to self-assemble into a monolayer with a hexagonal pattern. Using the monolayer as a photolithographic mask, the researchers etched an array of silicon cylinders, each a few hundred nanometers across, onto a wafer. The cylinders act like tiny resonators for a particular light frequency—analogous to the way a given sound frequency will make a tuning fork hum. The array reflected 99.7 % of incident light at their peak wavelength. These simple metamaterial mirrors might one day replace current high-performance reflectors, which are somewhat costly to make.

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OpenSUSE Tumbleweed Switching Over To GCC 5.1.1

Phoronix - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 3:05pm
The current stable version of GCC 5, GCC 5.1.1, has been added to openSUSE Factory and in turn will see all packages rebuilt against this new compiler and this will become the default compiler in the openSUSE Tumbleweed snashot due out later in the week...

Phone hacking blitz hammers UK.biz's poor VoIP handsets

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:58pm
If I ever get my hands on those phreaking kids who hacked my phones...

UK businesses are getting disproportionately targeted by a surge of attacks against Voice over IP (VoIP) systems.…

Sony Xperia Z4v debuts with 5.2in QHD screen and Snapdragon 810 chip

L'Inq - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:57pm

But it's unlikely to see a release outside the US

Wine-Staging 1.7.45 Gets Better vRAM Detection, Makes Use Of Ping

Phoronix - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:49pm
Building on last Friday's release of Wine 1.7.45, the newest Wine-Staging release is now available that tacks in extra, experimental functionality...

Facebook Has a New Private Mobile Photo-Sharing App, and They Built It In C++

Slashdot - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:40pm
jfruh writes: Facebook [on Monday] announced Moments, a new mobile app that uses Facebook's facial recognition technology to let you sync up photos only with friends who are in those photos with you. Somewhat unusually for a new app, the bulk of it is built in the venerable C++ language, which turned out to be easier for building a cross-platform mobile app than other more "modern" languages.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:39pm
Grudgingly hands users keys to Ofcom-mandated escape pod

Vodafone loves the price of 37.5p/minute. So much so that pretty much everything which is outside a standard bundle is going to cost exactly that.…

Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:31pm
Terrifying beasties couldn't find a nice salad to chomp on

Dinoboffins may have discovered why prehistoric giant lizards avoided the tropics for 30 million years, and thus solved a great fossil mystery.…

The Register invests in Infrastructure (channel)

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:05pm
Reporting from the latest IT battleground

Site news  IT infrastructure: a combined set of hardware, software, networks, facilities, etc. (including all of the information technology), in order to develop, test, deliver, monitor, control or support IT service (ITIL v3).…

Google on Google: The carefully collated anti-trust truth

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:02pm
Never leave a baby in charge of this sort of thing

Google doesn’t always take the threat of anti-trust charges too seriously. After the Wall Street Journal implied that the FTC opted for less aggressive action against Google because of political pressure, Google responded with references to a laughing baby, and by personally attacking the newspaper’s owner.…

OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 2 Packs In Linux 4.0, Mesa 10.6, Kodi 15.0 Beta 2

Phoronix - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:01pm
Building off this weekend's release of Kodi 15.0 Beta 2, the OpenELEC multimedia-focused Linux distribution is out with their second beta of the upcoming OpenELEC 6.0 release...

The Flopped Ouya Console Gets Acquired By Razer

Phoronix - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:58pm
To very little surprise, Ouya -- the company that started out on Kickstarter as an Android game console -- has been acquired. The reported suitor for the company is high-end gaming company Razer...

Apple Will Pay More To Streaming Music Producers Than Spotify -- But Not Yet

Slashdot - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:47pm
Reader journovampire supplies a link to Music Business Worldwide (based on a re/code report) that says Apple's new Apple Music service, after a trial period during which the company has refused to pay royalties, is expected to pay a bit more than 70 percent of its subscription revenue out to the companies supplying it, rather than the 58 percent that some in the music industry had feared. Notes journovampire: "If 13% of iOS device users in the world paid $9.99-per-month for Apple Music, it would generate more cash each year than the entire recorded music biz manages right now."

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Google launches bumper bug bounty programme for Nexus Android flaws

L'Inq - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:41pm

Firm looks to improve security of its mobile software

Tweaking Your Fedora Installation For Maximum Productivity & Features

Phoronix - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:40pm
No Linux distribution is absolutely perfect for any and all use cases. Some use older software than the user would prefer, some lack the polish that comes with a distribution integrating all the pieces together, some projects might be heading down a direction that the user disagrees with. Many users end up finding themselves in the arms of the Fedora Project or its cousin the CentOS Project, as it provides the tri-fecta of up-to-date software, distribution level integration, and tweak-ability that Linux users so often enjoy.

The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:39pm
Funding crisis? What crisis? Look over there, charities get stiffed like this too!

The UK’s National Health Service is paying through the nose for low-tech gear, including cables and USB flash drives, according to a poll of IT buyers.…

Huawei and Vodafone saunter to bed together, making eyes at big biz

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:21pm
Old flames rekindle romance amid push for new biz

Vodafone and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to say that they are going to work on fixed and mobile connectivity bonding technology for new products, amongst other enterprise-friendly things.…

Apple seeks fawning 'journalists' for in-house 'news' self pluggery

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:03pm
And they'll rip off random blogs too – unless the ungrateful gits complain too loudly

Apple is hiring journos for its latest Apple News venture, a move that will presumably mean it is bringing some of the mountains of breathless product announcement coverage in-house.…

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