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Queensland boffins ponder Scramjet satellite launch plan

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 6:58am
Three-stage launcher promises 95 per cent re-usable sat-slingers

The University of Queensland has launched a new plan to use scramjets as satellite launch vehicles.…

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El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 6:57am
If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail, again

If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail, again Perenially-in-crisis web portal Yahoo! has decided to revive a tactic from its glory days in an attempt to create new glory days.…

Boffins beat Amazon Web Services at its own storage game

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 6:26am
Bell Labs and uni propose SEARS protocol to improve on AWS's own storage schemes

Boffins from Bell Labs and Stony Brook University have put together a cloud storage system they hope can serve as a reference design for future cloud implementations.…

Dead Steve Jobs' life and times are being turned into an OPERA

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 6:02am
No. No. No. So much no for this. Just no. Nada, nyet, no

An opera about Steve Jobs will be premiering in 2017, titled The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.…

'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 5:29am
Astro-boffins revisit sunspot count and find big boo-boo that quenches 'modern maximum'

A bunch of boffins has completed the first-ever revision of the world's most important sunspot data repository, along the way challenging the theory that climate change is substantially attributable to the prevalence of sunspots.…

Foxconn to build 1,500-acre, US$5billion complex in India

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 4:58am
Maharashtra offers land for R&D, manufacturing facilities

Foxconn and the Indian state of Maharashtra have announced a relationship that will see the contract manufacturing company spend up to US$5 billion on a colossal manufacturing complex.…

HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 4:26am
Android biometric banks more Fort Nope than Fort Knox.

Four FireEye researchers have found a way to steal fingerprints from Android phones packing biometric sensors such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One Max.…

Job ad warns of boss who 'will incite anger and frustration'

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 3:58am
Devs offered grey walls to crush creativity, coffee mule duties and no functional spec

Hey, software developers: been out of work for a while?…

2.4 Million Customer's Records Stolen From Carphone Warehouse

Slashdot - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 3:58am
AmiMoJo writes: The UK's data watchdog is "making inquiries" after Carphone Warehouse said the personal details of up to 2.4 million of its customers may have been accessed in a cyber-attack. Details taken include names, addresses and bank account details. Additionally, 90,000 people's "encrypted" credit card details were accessed, but there is no word on what type of encryption was used. Customers are advised to contact their banks (who I'm sure will be ready to handle 2.4 million phone calls), keep an eye on credit records and contact Action Fraud, the UK police's outsourced and rather useless fraud reporting centre that last month went bankrupt.

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First SPACE SALAD on Monday's menu for ISS astronauts

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 2:30am
Red romaine lettuce grown aboard space station will be wiped with acid before eating

Fresh food grown in space will, for the first time, be consumed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS).…

Facebook unleashes mighty data trove to learn how you laugh

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 1:58am
Whether you 'haha', 'LOL' or 'hehe', you're only doing it 15 per cent of the time online

Facebook data scientists Udi Weinsberg, Lada Adamic, and Mike Develin say most social media addicts will write 'haha' once a week, that New Yorkers are emoji addicts, and none uses 'lol' anymore.…

Arista bullish for full year results after 47 per cent YoY growth in Q2

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 1:33am
Cisco lawsuit will be sorted by Christmas says junior networker

High-performance data centre switching upstart (and Cisco litigation target) Arista Networks has reported 47 per cent revenue growth year-on-year for the quarter ended June 30.…

Cortana Can Now Replace Google Now On Android Devices

Slashdot - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 1:00am
The Verge reports that Microsoft's Cortana can now be used (at least for beta testers) as a drop-in replacement for the Google Now assistant on Android devices; that means users can select launching Cortana as their default on-board assistant, and launch it by holding down the device's home key. However, notes the article, "The update version still doesn't include 'Hey Cortana' support, largely because of hardware limitations that prevent Cortana from always listening for the command."

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Opera software asks fat lady to stay shtum for a bit, but keep humming

El Reg - Mon, 10/08/2015 - 12:44am
Board calls review as it considers 'interest from a number of parties'

Opera Software, maker of the Opera browser, has “has initiated a process to evaluate and consider strategic alternatives for the Company”.…

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