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Did climate change scare off vegan dinos for millions of years? 'Yes'

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:31pm
Terrifying beasties couldn't find a nice salad to chomp on

Dinoboffins may have discovered why prehistoric giant lizards avoided the tropics for 30 million years, and thus solved a great fossil mystery.…

The Register invests in Infrastructure (channel)

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:05pm
Reporting from the latest IT battleground

Site news  IT infrastructure: a combined set of hardware, software, networks, facilities, etc. (including all of the information technology), in order to develop, test, deliver, monitor, control or support IT service (ITIL v3).…

Google on Google: The carefully collated anti-trust truth

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:02pm
Never leave a baby in charge of this sort of thing

Google doesn’t always take the threat of anti-trust charges too seriously. After the Wall Street Journal implied that the FTC opted for less aggressive action against Google because of political pressure, Google responded with references to a laughing baby, and by personally attacking the newspaper’s owner.…

OpenELEC 6.0 Beta 2 Packs In Linux 4.0, Mesa 10.6, Kodi 15.0 Beta 2

Phoronix - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 2:01pm
Building off this weekend's release of Kodi 15.0 Beta 2, the OpenELEC multimedia-focused Linux distribution is out with their second beta of the upcoming OpenELEC 6.0 release...

The Flopped Ouya Console Gets Acquired By Razer

Phoronix - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:58pm
To very little surprise, Ouya -- the company that started out on Kickstarter as an Android game console -- has been acquired. The reported suitor for the company is high-end gaming company Razer...

Apple Will Pay More To Streaming Music Producers Than Spotify -- But Not Yet

Slashdot - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:47pm
Reader journovampire supplies a link to Music Business Worldwide (based on a re/code report) that says Apple's new Apple Music service, after a trial period during which the company has refused to pay royalties, is expected to pay a bit more than 70 percent of its subscription revenue out to the companies supplying it, rather than the 58 percent that some in the music industry had feared. Notes journovampire: "If 13% of iOS device users in the world paid $9.99-per-month for Apple Music, it would generate more cash each year than the entire recorded music biz manages right now."

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Google launches bumper bug bounty programme for Nexus Android flaws

L'Inq - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:41pm

Firm looks to improve security of its mobile software

Tweaking Your Fedora Installation For Maximum Productivity & Features

Phoronix - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:40pm
No Linux distribution is absolutely perfect for any and all use cases. Some use older software than the user would prefer, some lack the polish that comes with a distribution integrating all the pieces together, some projects might be heading down a direction that the user disagrees with. Many users end up finding themselves in the arms of the Fedora Project or its cousin the CentOS Project, as it provides the tri-fecta of up-to-date software, distribution level integration, and tweak-ability that Linux users so often enjoy.

The NHS pays up to NINE TIMES over trade price for commodity kit

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:39pm
Funding crisis? What crisis? Look over there, charities get stiffed like this too!

The UK’s National Health Service is paying through the nose for low-tech gear, including cables and USB flash drives, according to a poll of IT buyers.…

Huawei and Vodafone saunter to bed together, making eyes at big biz

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:21pm
Old flames rekindle romance amid push for new biz

Vodafone and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to say that they are going to work on fixed and mobile connectivity bonding technology for new products, amongst other enterprise-friendly things.…

Apple seeks fawning 'journalists' for in-house 'news' self pluggery

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 1:03pm
And they'll rip off random blogs too – unless the ungrateful gits complain too loudly

Apple is hiring journos for its latest Apple News venture, a move that will presumably mean it is bringing some of the mountains of breathless product announcement coverage in-house.…

The Words That Indicate Malicious Domain URLs

Slashdot - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:57pm
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from AT&T have released research which improves the identification-rate of malicious URLs — such as those used for C&C servers or to distribute malware to redirected victims — by individuating words in the domain names. Though many of the words that Wei Wang and Kenneth Shirley were able to group as 'malign' are predictable, there is a strange recurrence of basketball-related words in the URL lexicon of malice, with 'bad' domains using names such as LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. By contrast 'golf' is least likely to be seen in a dangerous URL, along with state names, scenery and realty.

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Flexible PRAM: Not a bendy baby carriage, but infinitely cooler

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:42pm
Look IOWT, Gromit - it's memory you can wrap round your arm

Bendy humans pose problems for wearable IT as devices break when they’re deformed. Flexible computers would be ideal – and a group of Korean boffins has devised some flexible PRAM tech to help with the problem.…

Adobe shakes up stock image market with Adobe Stock

L'Inq - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:30pm

Integrates directly within the firm's CC desktop software

'It’s irrelevant whether Elon Musk is a dick or not. At least he’s trying to make things'

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:19pm
Musk biographer on stalking Musk

Interview  Ex-Reg man Ashlee Vance has written a warts-and-all bio of Elon Musk. We quizzed him on how he did it – and why.…

Microsoft Announces Customizable Xbox Elite Wireless Controller

Slashdot - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:14pm
MojoKid writes: Today, Microsoft announced that later this year, it will be releasing what could be the "ultimate" Xbox and Windows game controller. Called Xbox Elite Wireless, this gamepad has a dramatically overhauled D-pad and four paddles underneath. Other features that make this gamepad special: there are trigger locks, the ability to customize thumbstick sensitivity, along with the level of travel for the top triggers. In addition, it also sports swappable components, like the paddles, etc. Pricing has been announced at $149 and given just how advanced this gamepad is over the original, it's understandable but still pretty steep.

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Blighty wants to ‘strengthen links’ with Huawei via the begging bowl

El Reg - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 12:02pm
Whittingdale plays Twist to Ken Hu’s Bumble

John Whittingdale, the UK's Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has indicated Blighty would like more cash from Chinese kit maker Huawei after its current £1.3bn investment pot runs dry in 2017.…

GoT season finale smashes piracy records despite HBO's stark warning

L'Inq - Tue, 16/06/2015 - 11:55am

You know nothing, HBO