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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 8:32pm
Chat to your mates in Klingon

Microsoft's Skype Translator, which automatically converts some voice calls and IMs between languages, has been available to beta testers for some time, but Redmond has now opened it up as a Preview to the general public – provided they have the right operating system.…

Welcoming The 2015 Phoronix Summer Intern

Phoronix - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 8:29pm
This summer on Phoronix we'll be welcoming Eric Griffith to the team, a student from the California University of Pennsylvania. Eric will be an intern at Phoronix via his journalism program at the university. Eric has already written about his new laptop with Linux and he'll be writing many more Linux/open-source articles on Phoronix over the next few months. Please join me in welcoming him to his summer internship. He's prepared a few remarks to get started...

Criticizing the Rust Language, and Why C/C++ Will Never Die

Slashdot - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 7:58pm
An anonymous reader sends an article taking a harsh look at Rust, the language created by Mozilla Research, and arguing that despite all the flaws of C and C++, the two older languages are likely to remain in heavy use for a long time to come. Here are a few of the arguments: "[W]hat actually makes Rust safe, by the way? To put it simple, this is a language with a built-in code analyzer and it's a pretty tough one: it can catch all the bugs typical of C++ and dealing not only with memory management, but multithreading as well. Pass a reference to an assignable object through a pipe to another thread and then try to use this reference yourself - the program just will refuse to compile. And that's really cool. But C++ too hasn't stood still during the last 30 years, and plenty of both static and dynamic analyzers supporting it have been released during this time." Further, "Like many of new languages, Rust is walking the path of simplification. I can generally understand why it doesn't have a decent inheritance and exceptions, but the fact itself that someone is making decisions for me regarding things like that makes me feel somewhat displeased. C++ doesn't restrict programmers regarding what they can or cannot use." And finally, "I can't but remind you for one more time that the source of troubles is usually in humans, not technology . If your C++ code is not good enough or Java code is painfully slow, it's not because the technology is bad - it's because you haven't learned how to use it right. That way, you won't be satisfied with Rust either, but just for some other reasons."

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CSC to sue ServiceMesh man Eric Pulier over Australian bribe scandal

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 7:30pm
Seeks repayment of all payments under acquisition agreement

Exclusive  CSC has initiated legal action against Eric Pulier, formerly head of strategy for the company's Emerging Business group, over his actions as head of service.…

Sprint and Verizon to pay $158 MILLION over bogus 'cramming' fees

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 7:20pm
Carriers to join AT&T and T-Mobile in payouts to FCC

US mobile operators Sprint and Verizon will pay out a combined $158m after the Feds ruled that they allowed advertisers to tack unwanted premium charges onto customers' bills.…

New MakerBot CEO Explains Layoffs and the Company's New Vision

Slashdot - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 7:15pm
merbs sends an update on MakerBot, one of the most well known names in the 3D-printing industry. After its acquisition by Stratasys in 2013, defective parts plagued the company's printers in 2014. MakerBot co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis stepped down, and the company laid off 20% of its employees. The new CEO, Jonathan Jaglom, is now talking about how they're rebuilding MakerBot, and where we can expect it to go in the future. "The 39-year-old, Swiss-born Jaglom says that his priorities since taking over have been to dedicate more attention to customer support, to address the remaining fallout from the extruder problem, and to reorient the company to target its Replicators to the professional and educational markets." Jaglom also envisions a sort of "iTunes for 3D printing," where people can easily buy designs online and print them out at home. He says, "I'll be sitting at home. Maybe something broke; maybe my glasses. Maybe I want to reprint it and I'll go to Oakley, Ray Ban, whatever, Philippe Starck in this case, download the file, pay $3.49 for it, and print it at home. And then you will have to go to your Kinko's or your Fab Labs, your local 3D printing, if you want it in metal or plastics you can't have at home."

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That DRM support in Firefox you never asked for? It's here

El Reg - Tue, 12/05/2015 - 7:01pm
HTML5-based Adobe rights system now in Firefox 38 for Windows

Mozilla has released the first version of its Firefox browser to include support for Encrypted Media Extensions, a controversial World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) spec that brings digital rights management (DRM) to HTML5's video tag.…

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.…

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.…

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.…