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HHVM 3.3 Implements More PHP Language Functionality & Faster Performance

Phoronix - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 5:36pm
A few days ago the Facebook developers working on the HipHop Virtual Machine -- that serves as a faster implementation of PHP and it also serves as the basis of their Hack language -- released HHVM 3.3.0...

How Did the 'Berlin Patient' Rid Himself of HIV?

Slashdot - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 5:10pm
sciencehabit writes: Researchers are closer to unraveling the mystery of how Timothy Ray Brown, the only human cured of HIV, defeated the virus, according to a new study. Although the work doesn't provide a definitive answer, it rules out one possible explanation. [R]esearchers point to three different factors that could independently or in combination have rid Brown’s body of HIV. The first is the process of conditioning, in which doctors destroyed Brown’s own immune system with chemotherapy and whole body irradiation to prepare him for his bone marrow transplant. His oncologist, Gero Hütter, who was then with the Free University of Berlin, also took an extra step that he thought might not only cure the leukemia but also help rid Brown’s body of HIV. He found a bone marrow donor who had a rare mutation in a gene that cripples a key receptor on white blood cells the virus uses to establish an infection. (For years, researchers referred to Brown as "the Berlin patient.") The third possibility is his new immune system attacked remnants of his old one that held HIV-infected cells, a process known as graft versus host disease.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

El Reg - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 5:07pm
Can you hear the difference? Can anyone?

Can people hear the difference between lossy MP3 digital music files and lossless ones? Opinions differ strongly, with much obfuscation around audio cables, mastering and hi-fi componentry muddying the waters.…

Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

Slashdot - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 4:23pm
CowboyRobot writes: HTTPS has evolved into the de facto standard for secure Web browsing. Through the certificate-based authentication protocol, Web services and Internet users first authenticate one another ("shake hands") using a TLS/SSL certificate, encrypt Web communications end-to-end, and show a padlock in the browser to signal that a communication is secure. In recent years, HTTPS has become an essential technology to protect social, political, and economic activities online. At the same time, widely reported security incidents (such as DigiNotar's breach, Apple's #gotofail, and OpenSSL's Heartbleed) have exposed systemic security vulnerabilities of HTTPS to a global audience. The Edward Snowden revelations (notably around operation BULLRUN, MUSCULAR, and the lesser-known FLYING PIG program to query certificate metadata on a dragnet scale) have driven the point home that HTTPS is both a major target of government hacking and eavesdropping, as well as an effective measure against dragnet content surveillance when Internet traffic traverses global networks. HTTPS, in short, is an absolutely critical but fundamentally flawed cybersecurity technology.

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Teletext is 40 years old

L'Inq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 4:20pm

A salute to the forerunner of the internet

BlackBerry slowly pulls out of power dive into toilet

El Reg - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:55pm
Will it manage to clear the rim? <cough>

BlackBerry, which began its comeback in earnest this week with a bizarre new square smartphone, posted narrower losses on slightly lower revenue in the quarter ending 30 August. Its hardware division was back in the black after five quarters of losses.…

Outage fears as Amazon's always on elastic cloud gets rebooted

L'Inq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:55pm

It's trying switching it off and switching it on again

How energy efficient is a green data centre?

Thinq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:54pm

People have become increasingly aware of data centres over the last few years, while public awareness of environmental issues has also increased, but how energy efficient is a green data centre?

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/09/26/how-energy-efficient-green-data-centre/

How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

Slashdot - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:41pm
blottsie writes: The National Security Agency has been making money on the side by licensing its technology to private businesses for more than two decades. It's called the Technology Transfer Program, under which the NSA declassifies some of its technologies that it developed for previous operations, patents them, and, if they're swayed by an American company's business plan and nondisclosure agreements, rents them out. The products include tools to transcribe voice recordings in any language, a foolproof method to tell if someone's touched your phone's SIM card, or a version of email encryption that isn't available on the open market.

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The future office

L'Inq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:30pm

A workplace without restrictions

Amazon completes its acquisition of Twitch

L'Inq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:24pm

£595m gone with a flick of the wrist

Samsung’s departure from the PC market won't shake the industry

L'Inq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:21pm

But it should have retained its Chromebook efforts

Performance Benchmarks Of This Week's Fedora 21 Alpha

Phoronix - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:16pm
Continuing in this week's alpha coverage of Fedora 21 are some performance benchmarks comparing it to Fedora 20 and the recent openSUSE 13.2 beta...

HP and Lancaster University show off the potential of software defined networking

L'Inq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 3:02pm

University brings up 38 switch network as HP launches an SDN app store

2015 Corvette Valet Mode Recorder Illegal In Some States

Slashdot - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 2:59pm
innocent_white_lamb writes: The 2015 Corvette has a Valet Mode that records audio and video when someone other than the owner is driving the car. Activating the Valet Mode allows you to record front-facing video as well as capture audio from within the car so you can help keep your Corvette safe when it's in the hands of others. Well, it turns out that recording audio from within the car may be considered a felony in some states that require notice and consent to individuals that they are being recorded. Now GM is sending notices out to dealerships and customers alerting them to this fact as well as promising a future update to the PDR system.

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Welcome, weary digital titans, to the Disruptive Mindfulness UnSummit

El Reg - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 2:53pm
Time for a real Dotcom Revolution

¡Bong!  In a pop-up mind gymnasium, 700 miles from Moscow …

FSF Issues Statement On Shellshock Bash Vulnerability

Phoronix - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 2:48pm
The Free Software Foundation has issued their response to this week's news of the "Shellshock" bug that affects Bash...

Yahoo's third transparency report shows the US tops the request charts

L'Inq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 2:46pm

No change there then

Is your data growing too big to handle?

El Reg - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 2:34pm
Controlling the risks

For years we have been told that consolidation and centralisation are good things, especially in the realm of data storage.…

Galaxy Note 4 available to pre-order on EE

L'Inq - Fri, 26/09/2014 - 2:23pm

Yours for £1,373 over two years

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