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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

Slashdot - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 9:10pm
An anonymous reader sends this news from the Washington Post: "The National Security Agency has built a surveillance system capable of recording '100 percent' of a foreign country's telephone calls, enabling the agency to rewind and review conversations as long as a month after they take place, according to people with direct knowledge of the effort and documents supplied by former contractor Edward Snowden. ... The voice interception program, called MYSTIC, began in 2009. Its RETRO tool, short for “retrospective retrieval,” and related projects reached full capacity against the first target nation in 2011. Planning documents two years later anticipated similar operations elsewhere."

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Recapping The Top Changes Of The Linux 3.14 Kernel

Phoronix - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 8:45pm
With development of the Linux 3.14 kernel coming to an end and its official release potentially coming in a few days, here's a recap of some of the top features and changes for this next major kernel version...

WOW! Google invents the DIGITAL WATCH: What a time to be alive

El Reg - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 8:39pm
Choc fac crams cloud brains into tiny Android Wear watch-puters

Vids + pics  Google has driven the world bonkers with glimpses of Android-powered smartwatches – the first gadgets to use the web giant's new Android Wear operating system for wearable computers.…

Fly an Aerobatic Quadcopter with Curtis Youngblood (Video)

Slashdot - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 8:28pm
It goes up, it goes down, it goes upside down and keeps on flying. We're talking about Curtis Youngblood's latest quadcopter prototype, but as his website says, "Curtis has been flying and competing with RC Helicopters since the early 1980s and is a Multi-time World Champion and Multi-time 3D Champion." This lucky dog has managed to turn his hobby into a business; he makes and sells radio controlled helicopters -- not the $60 ones from Harbor Freight, but sophisticated aerial beasts that can carry still and video cameras and could easily be used as short-range drones, except that these are hobbyists' toys -- for hobbyists who can afford to spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars, anyway. There are plenty of quadcopter kits on the market for lots less than Youngblood's creations, along with build-it-yourself guides. But these won't fly upside down. For that, you need variable-pitch rotors and sophisticated control systems. "But what about 3-D printing?" you ask. Of *course* you can use a 3-D printer to make a quadcopter. That was an inevitable development. Here are open source instructions for building one. Enjoy the ride!

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Unity 5 Announced With New Game Engine Features

Phoronix - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 8:27pm
Coinciding with today's announcement that Mozilla is bringing Unity to the web via ASM.js and WebGL, the Unity 5 game engine has been announced during the Game Developers Conference...

Byzantine Generals co-boffin Lamport bags CompSci's 'Nobel prize'

El Reg - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 7:47pm
Distributed systems master gets A.M. Turing gong

Distributed systems researcher Leslie Lamport has been awarded the A.M. Turing award, computer science's equivalent to the Nobel Prize.…

Google Unveils Android Wear

Slashdot - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 7:36pm
mrspoonsi tips news that Google has announced 'Android Wear,' their effort to bring the Android mobile operating system to wearable devices. Android Wear provides an interface to control other devices through a smartwatch, adds support for Google Now's voice commands, and lets wearables integrate with various apps. Google has made a developer preview available for download immediately. Google's Motorola division concurrently announced a smartwatch that's powered by Android Wear called the Moto 360. LG announced one as well.

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Apple rakes in 60% of profits in still-surging smartphone market

El Reg - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 7:09pm
Detractors cavil while Cook & Co. laugh all the way to the bank

The global smartphone market continues to skyrocket, and Apple and its iPhone line continue to slurp up the lion's share of that market's profits despite holding a relatively small marketshare when compared to arch-competitor Samsung.…

New Stanford Institute To Target Bad Science

Slashdot - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 6:55pm
ananyo writes "John Ioannidis, the epidemiologist who published an infamous paper entitled 'Why most published research findings are false', has co-founded an institute dedicated to combating sloppy medical studies. The new institute is to focus on irreproducibility, waste in science and publication bias. The institute, called the Meta-Research Innovation Centre or METRICS, will, the Economist reports, 'create a "journal watch" to monitor scientific publishers' work and to shame laggards into better behaviour. And they will spread the message to policymakers, governments and other interested parties, in an effort to stop them making decisions on the basis of flaky studies. All this in the name of the centre's nerdishly valiant mission statement: "Identifying and minimising persistent threats to medical-research quality."'"

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Grav waves: Moment when 'father of Big Bang inflation' learns he was RIGHT ALL ALONG

El Reg - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 6:44pm
Prof cracks open bubbly at news of creation signal

Vid  Returning soldiers with children running into their arms. The look of shock during a birth or marriage proposal. Thanks to the ubiquity of phones, cameras and social networks, you're never far from a reaction shot online. And occasionally these snaps swerve around Facebook walls and into the history books.…

Intel Fixes Anisotropic Filtering For Their OpenGL Mesa Driver

Phoronix - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 6:29pm
Intel Linux developers have enabled EWA Anisotropic Filtering support within their Mesa 3D driver after discovering their classic AF support might have not been working...

Flash Is Dead; Long Live OpenFL!

Slashdot - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 6:14pm
First time accepted submitter lars_doucet writes "I am a 15-year Flash veteran and nobody hates to say this more than me: Flash is dying, and the killer is Adobe. Where to now? HTML5 doesn't help me with native targets, and Unity is proprietary just like Flash was — 'don't worry, we'll be around forever! And so sorry about that neglected bug report — we're busy.' I'm putting my bets on OpenFL, a Haxe-based, fully open-source implementation of the Flash API that might just please both Flash refugees and longtime Flash haters alike. My article discusses my experiences with it and gives a brief overview for newcomers. In short: I can keep making Flash games if I want, but with the same codebase I can also natively target Win/Mac/Linux desktops, mobile, and more, without having to mess with Adobe AIR or other virtual machines."

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

El Reg - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 5:37pm
Welcome to the Hekaton

In-memory database engine, improved integration with Windows Azure, and new indexing technology for high performance data warehousing applications - there's plenty to like in SQL Server 2014, released to manufacturers on Tuesday.…

New Facial Recognition Software May Detect Looming Road Rage

Slashdot - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 5:33pm
cartechboy writes "Well, since we have license plate readers tracking drivers, and GPS breaking down we're you're headed — its probably time for someone to know what mood you're in when you're driving. (Quick hint: often not a good one). Researchers at Switzerland's École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne have prototyped a dashboard camera that tracks facial movements and expressions to read a person's emotions while behind the wheel. The team has partnered with PSA Peugeot Citroën to create a version for actual cars to determine when drivers are angry — and have high potential for road rage. One challenge for the technology has been the wide range of expressions drivers have when they're pissed. Some people smile, for example. (Maybe as they raise their middle finger.) The engineers are working on future revs to be able to tell when drivers are fatigued or even just distracted." The detection part sounds interesting; coupled with remote kill-switches that some government agencies want, and ever deeper fly-by-wire technologies, it's sounds downright dystopian, though.

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Enlightenment 0.19 Lands Full Wayland Support, Its Own Compositor

Phoronix - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 5:16pm
As expected the Enlightenment 0.19 release features full support for Wayland, down to serving as its own compositor and running directly off the DRM graphics device...

Internet of Things will see 26 billion connected devices by 2020

L'Inq - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 5:06pm

Long live the machines


A closer look at the theme of “humanising technology” at SXSW 2014

Thinq - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 5:00pm

We talked to Media Temple creative director Jon Setzen at SXSW, and discussed why designers and technologists need to think content first.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/03/18/a-closer-look-at-the-theme-of-humanising-technology-at-sxsw-2014/

Church Committee Members Say New Group Needed To Watch NSA

Slashdot - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 4:52pm
Trailrunner7 writes "In a letter sent to President Obama and members of Congress, former members and staff of the Church Committee on Intelligence said that the revelations of the NSA activities have caused 'a crisis of public confidence' and encouraged the formation of a new committee to undertake 'significant and public reexamination of intelligence community practices.' In the letter sent Monday to Obama and Congress, several former advisers to and members of the Church committee, including the former chief counsel, said that the current situation involving the NSA bears striking resemblances to the one in 1975 and that the scope of what the NSA is doing today is orders of magnitude larger than what was happening nearly 40 years ago. 'The need for another thorough, independent, and public congressional investigation of intelligence activity practices that affect the rights of Americans is apparent. There is a crisis of public confidence. Misleading statements by agency officials to Congress, the courts, and the public have undermined public trust in the intelligence community and in the capacity for the branches of government to provide meaningful oversight,' the letter says."

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Acer coughs to insider trading probe on 2 staffers

El Reg - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 4:50pm
Taiwanese prosecutors storm HQ, firm says it has always been 'honest, law abiding'

Senior execs implementing a turnaround strategy at sickly PC maker Acer have another plate to spin after prosecutors stormed the firm's HQ in Taiwan over an insider trading probe.…

iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S specs comparison

L'Inq - Tue, 18/03/2014 - 4:49pm

We pit Apple's new 8GB entry-level iPhone against its higher-spec sibling

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