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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

El Reg - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 3:00pm
Charge your gravy boats come 9:26pm tonight

It's the 14th of March, which means only one thing to maths nerds in the good ol' US of A: Pi Day.…

BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

El Reg - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 2:19pm
Mystery cockup hits Beeb fans

Updated  The BBC is suffering a major outage, after its websites – including News and the public service broadcaster's iPlayer system – buckled in the past hour.…

Self-Driving Car Will Make Trip From San Francisco To New York City

Slashdot - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 2:16pm
An anonymous reader writes with news that Delphi Automotive is undertaking the longest test of a driverless car yet, from the Golden Gate Bridge to midtown Manhattan. "Lots of people decide, at one point or another, to drive across the US. College kids. Beat poets. Truckers. In American folklore, it doesn't get much more romantic than cruising down the highway, learning about life (or, you know, hauling shipping pallets). Now that trip is being taken on by a new kind of driver, one that won't appreciate natural beauty or the (temporary) joy that comes from a gas station chili dog: a robot. On March 22, an autonomous car will set out from the Golden Gate Bridge toward New York for a 3,500-mile drive that, if all goes according to plan, will push robo-cars much closer to reality. Audi's taken its self-driving car from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas, Google's racked up more than 700,000 autonomous miles, and Volvo's preparing to put regular people in its robot-controlled vehicles. But this will be one of the most ambitious tests yet for a technology that promises to change just about everything, and it's being done not by Google or Audi or Nissan, but by a company many people have never heard of: Delphi."

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FreeBSD Now Supports DisplayLink Adapters

Phoronix - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 1:45pm
The FreeBSD kernel finally has support for USB-based DisplayLink graphics adapters...

World's 1st Penis Transplant Done In South Africa

Slashdot - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 1:17pm
PolygamousRanchKid writes The world's first successful penis transplant has been performed by surgeons in South Africa, Bloomberg News reported Friday. The 21-year-old recipient has made a full recovery and regained all functions in the transplanted organ. The nine-hour operation was done Dec. 11 by surgeons from Stellenbosch University and Cape Town's Tygerberg Hospital, the university said Friday in a statement. The unidentified patient had his penis amputated three years ago in a life-saving procedure after he developed complications from a traditional circumcision. "Our goal was that he would be fully functional at two years and we are very surprised by his rapid recovery," said Dr. Andre van der Merwe, head of the university's urology division, who led the surgical team.

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0 A.D. Alpha 18 Brings Nomad Game Mode

Phoronix - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 1:13pm
The eighteenth alpha release of 0 A.D. is now available for this impressive open-source ancient warfare game...

Manjaro 0.9.0-pre4 Has Xfce 4.12 & Other Improvements

Phoronix - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 12:53pm
A new development version of the Arch-based Manjaro 0.9 Linux distribution is now available for testing. This release has all of the latest stable Xfce 4.12 packages available...

X Rebirth Linux Alpha Now Available

Phoronix - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 12:39pm
Not to be confused with the X (X11/X.Org) Server, Egosoft's X Rebirth is now publicly available in alpha form for Linux gamers...

US Asks Vietnam To Stop Russian Bomber Refueling Flights From Cam Ranh Air Base

Slashdot - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 12:19pm
HughPickens.com writes Reuters reports that the United States has asked Vietnam to stop letting Russia use its former US base at Cam Ranh Bay to refuel nuclear-capable bombers engaged in shows of strength over the Asia-Pacific region. General Vincent Brooks, commander of the U.S. Army in the Pacific, says the Russian bombers have conducted "provocative" flights, including around the U.S. Pacific Ocean territory of Guam, home to a major American air base. Brooks said the planes that circled Guam were refueled by Russian tankers flying from the strategic bay, which was transformed by the Americans during the Vietnam War into a massive air and naval base. Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed that the airport at Cam Ranh was first used for staging Il-78 tankers for aerial refueling of Tu-95MS bombers in January 2014. Asked about the Russian flights in the region, the State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Washington respected Hanoi's right to enter agreements with other countries but added that "we have urged Vietnamese officials to ensure that Russia is not able to use its access to Cam Ranh Bay to conduct activities that could raise tensions in the region." Cam Ranh is considered the finest deepwater shelter in Southeast Asia. North Vietnamese forces captured Cam Ranh Bay and all of its remaining facilities in 1975. Vietnam's dependence on Russia as the main source of military platforms, equipment, and armaments, has now put Hanoi in a difficult spot. Russia has pressed for special access to Cam Ranh Bay ever since it began delivering enhanced Kilo-class submarines to Vietnam. "Hanoi is invariably cautious and risk adverse in its relations with the major powers," says Carl Thayer. "The current issue of Russian tankers staging out of Cam Ranh pits Russia and China on one side and the United States on the other. There is no easy solution for Vietnam."

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<i>X+Y</i> shows teens are teens, regardless of where they are 'on the spectrum'

El Reg - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 12:00pm
A warmhearted, coming-of-age tale

Film Review  X+Y plays a familiar tune on our heartstrings, echoing movies like Little Man Tate, Rain Man and Beautiful Mind in its portrayal of Nathan Ellis, a mathematical prodigy with mild autism struggling to navigate his way through social relationships.…

SpaceX to deliver Bigelow blow-up job to ISS astronauts

El Reg - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 11:00am
Inflatable home heads into orbit this September

Vid + pic  Nevada-based Bigelow Aerospace has been showing off the latest addition to the International Space Station: an inflatable module that will be used as a lounge and test facility in orbit.…

<i>Our Endless Numbered Days</i>, <i>Junk DNA</i> and <i>Exotic England</i>

El Reg - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 10:00am
Best debut novel this year

Page File  El Reg bookworm Mark Diston looks the latest from three female authors in the publishing world covering very different areas. Making a very impressive debut in fiction is Claire Fuller's fantastical tale of survival. Nessa Carey explains some of the lesser known, yet fascinating facts of bioscience, and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown takes a look at British culture and its growing diversity.

Galaxy S6 vs S5

L'Inq - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 9:29am

We see whether Samsung's redesigned smartphone can turn its fortunes around


UK Police and PRS Shut Down Karaoke Torrent Site

Slashdot - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 9:12am
An anonymous reader writes with this news from Torrent Freak, from which he quotes: The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and copyright and royalty group PRS for Music have teamed up for what appears to be a first-of-its-kind action. Arresting a 46-year-old man, this week police shut down one of the Internet's few karaoke-focused BitTorrent trackers. While at some stages wildly popular in the East, to most in the West a night at a karaoke bar is probably more closely associated with too many beers and individuals belting out classics wearing the aural equivalent of beer goggles. The pastime is considered by some as a bit of a joke but karaoke is big business. According to the people behind the web-based Playstation software SingOn, the global karaoke market could be worth as much as $10 billion.

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<i>Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime</i> exhibition – blurs scientific interest with grotesque curiosity

El Reg - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 9:00am
Like a bullet to the brain? See one here in detail

Review  "Within minutes of death, adult female blowflies arrive to lay eggs on a cadaver". So reads one of the captions at the Wellcome Collection's magnificently macabre: Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime exhibition.…

Yay! Wearables! It's the future! Uh-oh! I'm going to be sick

El Reg - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 8:00am
DIE Butterflies

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  What do you do when your brain is missing? Let’s say you put it down somewhere the night before but you can’t remember where and now you can’t find it. Or perhaps you were harmlessly manning the comms link when the bugs tunnelled under your off-world fort, jumped up and sucked your brains out.…

The Internet of Things Just Found Your Lost Wallet

Slashdot - Sat, 14/03/2015 - 6:11am
Nerval's Lobster writes Ever forgotten your wallet in a coffee shop or restaurant? Now there's a way to ensure it'll never happen again: Woolet, which its creators bill as a "smart wallet." It features a rechargeable battery, Bluetooth support, and the ability to synchronize with a smartphone app; if you walk 20-85 feet away from your wallet, the app will make a sound and guide you back to it. The platform's being financed on Kickstarter, and attracted attention from TechCrunch and some other places, but it begs the question: is this yet another example of connected devices run amok—shiny and interesting as a concept but not nearly useful enough for the population at large? What would it take for a connected device, whether a wallet or a smoke detector, to gain mass appeal?

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AI and IoT merger could signal the end of civilisation, says John Lewis IT head

L'Inq - Fri, 13/03/2015 - 5:23pm

Expresses concerns over handling of data with IoT in retail


GCHQ students protecting virtual Boris Johnson from a cyber kicking right now

L'Inq - Fri, 13/03/2015 - 4:37pm

Cyber Security Challenge UK is a bit like Pop Idol, but with less drama


The Apple Watch doesn't belong in business

L'Inq - Fri, 13/03/2015 - 4:30pm

And other myths that CIOs tell themselves