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Intel Iris Graphics Performance With Mesa 10.6

Phoronix - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 4:00am
With Mesa 10.6 due to be released in early June, our usual performance comparisons of this new Mesa 3D version will come. To get our latest round of Mesa open-source graphics driver benchmarking kicked off, here are benchmarks of Intel's Iris Graphics when comparing Mesa 10.5 and 10.6 Git atop Ubuntu 15.04.

'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 3:54am
Redmondification of Nokia's former retail presence begins

The gradual winding-down of Nokia as a consumer electronics brand continues, with Nokia retail stores and Care repair centres worldwide now morphing into Microsoft sales outlets.…

SAP crypto offers customers choice of remote code execution or denial of service

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 2:58am
Home-baked encryption followed the wrong recipe

Yet another proprietary implementation of a popular protocol has turned up unexpected vulnerabilities, with SAP's data compression software open to remote code execution and denial-of-service exploits.…

4K refresh sees Blu-ray climb to 100GB, again

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 2:05am
Ultra HD spec signed off, complete with better content-sharing arrangements

The Blu-ray Disc Association has signed off the Ultra HD Blu-ray spec.…

House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

Slashdot - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 1:54am
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from a story at Reuters that gives a rare bit of good news for the Fourth Amendment: The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown with the U.S. Senate over the program, which expires on June 1. The House voted 338-88 for the USA Freedom Act, which would end the bulk collection and instead give intelligence agencies access to telephone data and other records only when a court finds there is reasonable suspicion about a link to international terrorism.

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NASA snaps first full family photo of Pluto and its five moons

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 1:15am
The dwarf and its big family

The New Horizons probe, currently speeding towards a July rendezvous with Pluto, has sent back the first images of the dwarf planet and the five moons that orbit it.…

Back to the Future: the internet of things as imagined in 1985

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 1:07am
Dust off that clunky old thing; our time has come

IoT World 2015  There's a peculiar thing going on at the Internet of Things World 2015 conference this week.…

Cisco CEO John Chambers' parting gift: a better-than-expected Q3

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 12:58am
Switches and routers still the growth engines

Outgoing Cisco boss John Chambers is smiling after delivering an April quarter that's 5.1 per cent up over the April 2014 quarter in turnover and 11.7 per cent up in profit.…

GNOME 3.16.2 Released

Phoronix - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 12:50am
The last planned point release in the GNOME 3.16 series is now available...

Nintendo to revive long-dead 'World Championships' contest

El Reg - Thu, 14/05/2015 - 12:27am
No word yet on remake of The Wizard

Nintendo is planning to hold a new World Championships gaming contest in 2015, marking the first time it has staged such an event in 25 years.…

Ask Slashdot: Security Certification For an Old Grad?

Slashdot - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 11:59pm
An anonymous reader writes: I graduated in late 2003 during the tech bubble burst with a below 2.5 GPA. I am 35 with an interest in getting a security job. What are the chances that I would be just wasting my time and money? I am pursuing business interests with a patent used in a service that will be a prime target for hackers. I have been writing client/server software in an OpenBSD virtual machine for the security and the kqueue functionality; not to mention the rest of the virtual clients crash that I have tried. I figure that trying to sell the service idea, even if I can't get a job, when they ask what qualifies me to have such ideas, I can say I have the credentials. I just got issued the patent this year. What would you do in this situation to be a viable candidate for employment?

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Google to extend rogue Chrome add-on ban to OS X

El Reg - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 11:17pm
Better get those extensions into the Company Store, pronto

If you use Windows, you can forget about installing Chrome extensions from sites other than Google's store, effective immediately – even if you're a web developer. And the same will soon be true for Mac users, too.…

World's Rudest Robot Set To Simulate the Fury of Call Center Customers

Slashdot - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 11:13pm
An anonymous reader writes: A New Zealand-based company called Touchpoint Group has unveiled the world's angriest robot, which is designed to help train call center employees in the art of dealing with frustrated customers. The project, named Radiant, will involve one of Australia's biggest banks, which is providing researchers with recordings of real-life interactions with customers. Once finished Radiant will simulate hundreds of millions of angry customer interactions, helping companies better understand what triggers heated calls.

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Telstra offers six explanations for its dud Netflix rating

El Reg - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 10:42pm
We've got SO MUCH COPPER it hurts, says Big T

Telstra has come up with six reasons for Netflix's rating of it as the worst-performing broadband network in Australia.…

Is Big Data Leaving Hadoop Behind?

Slashdot - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 10:30pm
knightsirius writes: Big Data was seen as one the next big drivers of computing economy, and Hadoop was seen as a key component of the plans. However, Hadoop has had a less than stellar six months, beginning with the lackluster Hortonworks IPO last December and the security concerns raised by some analysts.. Another survey records only a quarter of big data decision makers actively considering Hadoop. With rival Apache Spark on the rise, is Hadoop being bypassed in big data solutions?

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Film Consortium Urges ISPs To Dump Ineffective "Six Strikes" Policy For Pirates

Slashdot - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 9:45pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Internet Security Task Force, a group of businesses working to protect content creators and consumers from the negative effects of piracy, has called for an end to the Copyright Alert System, saying the anti-piracy initiative is not only ineffective but actually makes things worse. The group suggest that it be replaced with a new system based on Canada's Copyright Modernization Act. Mark Gill, ISTF chairman and President of member company Millennium films, says "We've always known the Copyright Alert System was ineffective, as it allows people to steal six movies from us before they get an educational leaflet. But now we have the data to prove that it's a sham." The Copyright Alert System (CAS) is set to expire early July.

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Don't look now: Fujitsu ships new mobe with EYEBALL-scanning security

El Reg - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 9:34pm
Because passwords are just so passé

Fujitsu has released a smartphone that it claims is the first in the world to use iris scanning to replace passwords or fingerprint readers.…

USA Freedom Act moves forward as House prepares for vote

El Reg - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 9:13pm
It's not perfect, but could soon head to Senate

Updated  The USA Freedom Act is currently being debated by the House of Representatives and could come up for a vote in hours that would move the surveillance bill one step closer to becoming law.…

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