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Dawn Spacecraft Gets a Better Look At Ceres' Bizarre 'White Spots'

Slashdot - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 3:48pm
StartsWithABang writes: Since its discovery as the first asteroid more than 200 years ago, Ceres has been one of the most poorly understood objects in the Solar System as even imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope is unable to resolve very much. But NASA's Dawn mission, since moving on from Vesta, has begun to map Ceres, constructing the highest resolution global map ever, with better data to come. The greatest mystery so far are two bright white spots at the bottom of a deep crater, brighter and more reflective than anything else on the planet's surface. Right now, three leading possibilities for the origin of these features exist, with Dawn possessing the capabilities to teach us which one (if any) is correct, hopefully by the end of the year!

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There's little spending on Big Data, object storage and OpenStack

El Reg - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 3:33pm
DataCore survey shows just a dribble of dollars for glam products

A DataCore survey has shown little spending on sexy storage products in the Big Data, public cloud, object storage, and OpenStack areas, arguing software-defined storage (SDS) gives a faster payback.…

Sorry for the Cash ‘n’ Carrion competition drought

El Reg - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 3:17pm
Win a gift voucher to drench your thirst

Competition time  We haven't had a competition for a little while now, and we thought the best way to apologise for that was to hold a prize draw for a sparkly Cash 'n' Carrion Gift Voucher.…

Imagination updates MIPS-based Creator CI20 development board to support IoT devices

L'Inq - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 3:08pm

Firm adds FlowCloud support to connect IoT devices to the cloud

(Hack) and Slash: Doing the LORD's Work

Slashdot - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 3:06pm
Emmett Plant (former Slashdot editor as well as video interviewee) writes: Legend of the Red Dragon was written by Seth Robinson in 1989, and it remains one of the most popular games of the DOS BBS era. Chris England has been doing his part to keep the game alive for the past twelve years, adapting an installation that runs on Linux. I was only able to play for two days before I was overcome with curiosity -- I wrote to Chris, politely inquiring as to how it all came together. Read on below for a look into Chris's motivations, the state of the project, and just how deeply nested it can all get, when bringing games from early BBS days into the modern era.

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Failure to launch: Hadoop will be 'anaemic' for years, says Gartner

El Reg - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 3:05pm
Analysts claim it'll be at least 24 months before 'something' happens

Forget the hype and the vendors chinning each other – Hadoop is still not ready for take-off.…

Intel Cherryview Now Supports OpenCL On Linux

Phoronix - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 3:01pm
Intel's been working on open-source Linux support for Cherryview for more than one year while finally one of the last pieces of the hardware enablement puzzle has landed: OpenCL support for Cherryview...

Apple reportedly plans to buy BlackBerry in bid to tighten grip on enterprise market

L'Inq - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 2:46pm

iPhone maker could be eyeing firm's 44,000-strong patent porfolio

Sun shines on Datatec despite Logicalis' sales 'n' contract woes

El Reg - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 2:45pm
Westcon came through as last year's winner

It was the Westcon distribution arm that kept the tills ringing for parent Datatec, as integrator sub Logicalis was struck by a “significant” contract loss in Blighty and weaker product reselling.…

Mozilla sleeps with the enemy as DRM arrives with Firefox 38

L'Inq - Wed, 13/05/2015 - 2:25pm

Ssh. They don't like it any more than you do

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