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Door keys are an option. It's just a matter of time

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 6:49pm
We talk to August smartlock CEO Jason Johnson

IoT World 2015  "In order for any internet of things hardware manufacturer to survive, we can't sell hundreds of thousands of units, we have to sell millions," says Jason Johnson, CEO of smart-lock manufacturer August.…

Judge: Warrantless Airport Seizure of Laptop 'Cannot Be Justified'

Slashdot - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 6:33pm
SonicSpike writes with news of a ruling in U.S. District Court that the seizure and search of a man's laptop without a warrant while he was in an airport during an international border crossing was not justified. According to Judge Amy Jackson's ruling (PDF), the defendant was already the subject of an investigation when officials used his international flight as a pretext for rifling through his laptop. The government argued that a laptop was simply a "container," and thus subject to warrantless searches to protect the homeland. But the judge said the search "was supported by so little suspicion of ongoing or imminent criminal activity, and was so invasive of Kim's privacy and so disconnected from not only the considerations underlying the breadth of the government's authority to search at the border, but also the border itself, that it was unreasonable." She also noted that laptop searches may require more stringent legal support, since they are capable of holding much more private information than a box or duffel bag. And while a routine search involves a quick look through a container, this search was quite different: "[T]he agents created an identical image of Kim's entire computer hard drive and gave themselves unlimited time to search the tens of thousands of documents, images, and emails it contained, using an extensive list of search terms, and with the assistance of two forensic software programs that organized, expedited, and facilitated the task."

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Rackspace's 'fanatical' army drops in on rival clouds

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 5:59pm
Listen up - there might be a new hope in this dreary post-OpenStack world

Rackspace is growing – just not fast enough for the Wall Street pack. Looks like it’s time to roll out the service troops to support rivals' clouds.…

ISS Crew Stuck In Orbit While Russia Assesses Rocket

Slashdot - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 5:50pm
astroengine sends word that the astronauts aboard the International Space Station will be staying up there longer than expected while engineers for Russia's space program try to figure out if it's safe to launch more rockets. The recent Russian cargo mission that spun out of control and eventually fell back into the atmosphere sparked worries that a vessel sent to retrieve the astronauts wouldn't make it all the way to the ISS's orbit. Roscosmos and NASA said the next rocket launch will be postponed at least two months. Even though the Russian cargo ship failed to reach the ISS, they have plenty of food, water, and air to last them to the next scheduled supply run — a SpaceX launch in late June.

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 5:39pm
Billionaire disputes claims made in new biography

Elon Musk has come out fighting online to defend his reputation after quotes in a new book about the space and electric car enthusiast made him look like a bit of a git.…

Cheers Ireland! That sorts our Safe Harbour issues out – Dropbox

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 5:33pm
Irish data protection is now for life, not just St Patrick's day

Following Twitter’s lead, Dropbox will treat Africans, Asians and Australians as Europeans from June 1.…

Firefox 38 Arrives With DRM Required To Watch Netflix

Slashdot - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 5:08pm
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from VentureBeat: Mozilla today launched Firefox 38 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android. Notable additions to the browser include Digital Rights Management (DRM) tech for playing protected content in the HTML5 video tag on Windows, Ruby annotation support, and improved user interfaces on Android. Firefox 38 for the desktop is available for download now on Firefox.com, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. As always, the Android version is trickling out slowly on Google Play. Note that there is a separate download for Firefox 38 without the DRM support. Our anonymous reader adds links to the release notes for desktop and Android.

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Hypervisor indecisive? Today's contenders from yesterday's Hipsters

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 5:05pm
Virtualisation from bearded types who liked it before it was cool

The origins of the hypervisor can be traced back to IBM’s mainframe systems. Big Blue implemented something approximating a virtualisation platform as an experimental system in the mid-sixties but it wasn’t until 1985 that the idea of the logical partition (or LPAR) on the pSeries and zSeries delivered something recognisable as the hypervisor technologies we see today.…

New Magnesium-Alloy Foam From NYU's Nikhil Gupta Floats On Water

Slashdot - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 4:47pm
Jason Koebler writes: A new class of magnesium-alloy syntactic foam, which is made out of hollow particles to lower its weight and density is one of the strongest metals for its weight and density ever developed, which makes it ideal for use in boats. Developed by Nikhil Gupta at NYU Polytechnic University, the alloy is 44 percent stronger than similar, aluminum-based foams, and each individual sphere within the foam can withstand pressure of more than 25,000 pounds per square inch before breaking, which is roughly 100 times the pressure exerted by water coming out of a firehose. Gupta's foams are currently used by the Navy and he suspects this one will be ready for use in warships within three years.

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US titans roll out the numbers... wow, reselling is a tough game

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 4:29pm
Systemax losses make Insight look like a challenge-free biz

Calendar Q1 numbers are out for shape-shifting resellers Insight Enterprises and Systemax, with the former reporting flat sales and profits but the latter faring much, much worse.…

MuckRock FOIA Request Releases Christopher Hitchens' FBI Files

Slashdot - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 4:27pm
v3rgEz writes: Outspoken atheist firebrand Christopher Hitchens was never one for understatement, and apparently the FBI took notice. A Freedom of Information request from investigative news site MuckRock has resulted in the release of his 19-page FBI file, including details such as how his interest in socialism in college sparked heightened monitoring when given a scholarship to come to the United States. Some of the pages had actually been previously released, but were then removed from the FBI's own website a few years ago. Despite the monitoring, Hitchens files have nothing on the hundreds of pages the FBI had on Richard Feynman.

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AMD Releases Open-Source VCE 1.0 Support

Phoronix - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 4:19pm
AMD has gone back and managed to provide open-source Linux users with support for the VCE 1.0 video encode engine...

Backwaters in rural England getting non-BT gigabit broadband

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 4:02pm

Rural English villages that almost nobody has heard of are set to receive broadband connections that are nearly fifty times faster than the national average.…

MediaTek outs Helio X20 10-core chip with three processor clusters for better battery life

L'Inq - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 3:44pm

Firm claims chip will 'revolutionise the mobile processor industry'