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Data Research Reveals When Taking a Yellow Cab Is Cheaper Than an Uber

Slashdot - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 5:40pm
An anonymous reader writes A team of data scientists have come up with a system to identify times when regular yellow taxis are cheaper alternatives to an Uber [in New York]. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Nanmur in Belgium have compared a broad dataset of both yellow taxi and Uber fares in New York and have discovered that for a trip costing less than $35 Uber is often the most expensive option. The data scientists were able to reach this conclusion by comparing trip and fare data for each yellow taxi ride taken in 2013 and entering it into Uber's fare query system. Prices were taken from Uber's lowest-cost service Uber X and the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission.

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StorTrends offers tool to demonstrate how much an all-flash array saves

L'Inq - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 5:22pm

Results of an iDATA scan designed to convince users of the merits of all-flash storage

New Site Mocks Bad Artwork On Ebook Covers

Slashdot - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 5:21pm
An anonymous reader writes A British newspaper is celebrating "the world's worst ebook artwork", as discovered by the creator of a new Tumblr feed. 'It's the hubris of it that people get a kick out of — the devil-may-care attitude of an author who, with zero arts training, says to themselves: "How hard can it be?" Two different authors simply cut-and-pasted smaller images over a background showing the planets, according to one Kindle blog, which notes that one author actually pasted eyes and lips onto the planets, creating an inadvertently creepy montage. But the site's creator tells the newspaper that it's ultimately meant to be an affectionate tribute to their rejection of the mundane and appreciating each creative and beautiful mess.

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CERN turns to Seagate’s Kinetic system and says ‘it’s storage time’

El Reg - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 5:02pm
Boffins may need to expend energy on software issues

Comment  CERN, with its extremely high-tech, bleeding-edge Big Data wizardry, is waved around like a trophy by IT suppliers these days. Now Seagate has stepped up onto the CERN stage, wanting to get its Kinetic disk drives used to store Large Hadron Collider (LHC) data.…

Global Learning XPRIZE Senior Director Matt Keller Answers Your Questions

Slashdot - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 4:59pm
A couple of weeks ago you had a chance to ask former Vice President of One Laptop per Child, and current Senior Director of the Global Learning XPRIZE Matt Keller about education and the competition. The XPRIZE challenges teams from around the world to develop open source software that will allow children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic with a Grand Prize of $10 million. Below you will find his answers to your questions.

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ColorHug ALS Is An Open-Source Ambient Light Sensor

Phoronix - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 4:43pm
The ColorHug ALS is an ambient light sensor developed by Richard Hughes to dynamically control the brightness of laptop panels -- for laptops that don't have a built-in light sensor for said purpose...

Microsoft rolls out Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer preview

L'Inq - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 4:40pm

Aims to provide integrated productivity software for business users

Nvidia tears wraps off GeForce Titan X (again) and $10,000 GPU brain for DIY self-driving cars

El Reg - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 4:33pm
Hardware teased at games conf – plus AI dev kits

GTC 2015  Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang confirmed the arrival of the GeForce Titan X just a few minutes ago today, dubbing it Nvi's fastest single-chip GPU to date. He also showed off two development kits: a $15,000 deep-learning system, and a $10,000 DIY self-driving car brain.…

Researchers Find Same RSA Encryption Key Used 28,000 Times

Slashdot - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 4:13pm
itwbennett writes In the course of trying to find out how many servers and devices are still vulnerable to the Web security flaw known as FREAK, researchers at Royal Holloway of the University of London found something else of interest: Many hosts (either servers or other Internet-connected devices) share the same 512-bit public key. In one egregious example, 28,394 routers running a SSL VPN module all use the same 512-bit public RSA key.

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Apple reportedly plans to rival Netflix and Amazon with online TV service

L'Inq - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 4:11pm

Subscription-based service tipped to arrive later this year

Stealthy upstart Rubrik: We'll make enterprise data 'beautiful'

El Reg - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 4:04pm
Firm's headed up directly by VC bod. Mmmmm, unusual

We here at The Reg have come across Rubrik, an early-stage Californian storage startup still in stealth.…

HP eyes SanDisk InfiniFlash with StoreVirtual 4335 hybrid flash array

L'Inq - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 3:54pm

The race for scale out goes on

Another X.Org Security Advisory Disclosed Today

Phoronix - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 3:51pm
Security researcher Ilja van Sprundel previously characterized the X.Org security scene as being a disaster. This researcher at IOActive has previously reported a large number of X.Org security issues and today is yet another advisory thanks to Ilja...

Convenience trumps 'open' in clouds and data centers

El Reg - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 3:32pm
Sorry OpenStack and Open Compute, we're not all Facebook

Comment  Call it OpenStack. Call it Open Compute. Call it OpenAnything-you-want, but the reality is that the dominant cloud today is Amazon Web Services, with Microsoft Azure an increasingly potent runner-up.…

3D Audio Standard Released

Slashdot - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 3:32pm
CIStud writes The Audio Engineering Society (AES) has released its new 3D Audio Standard (AES69-2015), covering topics such as binaural listening, which is growing due to increased usage of smartphones, tablets and other individual entertainment systems that offer audio using headphones. AES states that an understanding of the way that the listener experiences binaural sound, expressed as head-related transfer functions (HRTF) facilitates the way to 3D personal audio. The standard also looks into convolution-based reverberation processors in 3D virtual audio environments, which has also grown with the increase of available computing power.

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Apple will pay you to ditch your Android or BlackBerry smartphone

L'Inq - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 3:28pm

Firm reportedly will launch extended trade-in scheme ahead of Galaxy S6 launch

BlackBerry: FREAK SSL bug affects BES, BBM and BlackBerry smartphones

L'Inq - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 3:05pm

And, er, we don't have a workaround just yet

Motorola Mobility up before the beak over alleged IP infringment

El Reg - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 3:01pm
Long-running dispute finally goes to court

It’s usually Motorola Mobility which takes companies to court over IP infringements, but the tables were turned this week at the Delaware federal court with Intellectual Ventures flexing its muscles.…

OpenBSD's Custom HTTP Web Server Is Set To Replace Nginx

Phoronix - Tue, 17/03/2015 - 2:42pm
With the upcoming release of OpenBSD 5.7 in May, nginx is being removed from the OpenBSD base package set in favor of using OpenBSD's own, home-grown web-server by default...
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