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Oxford University Researchers List 12 Global Risks To Human Civilization

Slashdot - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 2:37pm
An anonymous reader writes The 12 greatest threats to civilization have been established by Oxford University scientists, with nuclear war and extreme climate change topping the list. Published by the Global Challenges Foundation, the report explores the 12 most likely ways civilization could end. "[This research] is about how a better understanding of the magnitude of the challenges can help the world to address the risks it faces, and can help to create a path towards more sustainable development," the study's authors said. "It is a scientific assessment about the possibility of oblivion, certainly, but even more it is a call for action based on the assumption that humanity is able to rise to challenges and turn them into opportunities."

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Oxford University Researchers List 12 Global Risks To Human Civilization

Slashdot - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 2:37pm
An anonymous reader writes The 12 greatest threats to civilization have been established by Oxford University scientists, with nuclear war and extreme climate change topping the list. Published by the Global Challenges Foundation, the report explores the 12 most likely ways civilization could end. "[This research] is about how a better understanding of the magnitude of the challenges can help the world to address the risks it faces, and can help to create a path towards more sustainable development," the study's authors said. "It is a scientific assessment about the possibility of oblivion, certainly, but even more it is a call for action based on the assumption that humanity is able to rise to challenges and turn them into opportunities."

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Oxford University Researchers List 12 Global Risks To Human Civilization

Slashdot - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 2:37pm
An anonymous reader writes The 12 greatest threats to civilization have been established by Oxford University scientists, with nuclear war and extreme climate change topping the list. Published by the Global Challenges Foundation, the report explores the 12 most likely ways civilization could end. "[This research] is about how a better understanding of the magnitude of the challenges can help the world to address the risks it faces, and can help to create a path towards more sustainable development," the study's authors said. "It is a scientific assessment about the possibility of oblivion, certainly, but even more it is a call for action based on the assumption that humanity is able to rise to challenges and turn them into opportunities."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Oxford University Researchers List 12 Global Risks To Human Civilization

Slashdot - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 2:37pm
An anonymous reader writes The 12 greatest threats to civilization have been established by Oxford University scientists, with nuclear war and extreme climate change topping the list. Published by the Global Challenges Foundation, the report explores the 12 most likely ways civilization could end. "[This research] is about how a better understanding of the magnitude of the challenges can help the world to address the risks it faces, and can help to create a path towards more sustainable development," the study's authors said. "It is a scientific assessment about the possibility of oblivion, certainly, but even more it is a call for action based on the assumption that humanity is able to rise to challenges and turn them into opportunities."

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Israeli gov & boffins targeted by pr0ntastic malware from Gaza

El Reg - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 2:31pm
Second amateurish effort targets Egyptians too

Hackers from Gaza and Egypt appear to have teamed up in order to attack Israeli government, research, infrastructure and military networks.…

Lizard Squad claims fresh strike on Microsoft Xbox services

L'Inq - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 2:24pm

Won't be negotiating either


The DRM Graphics Changes Submitted For Linux 3.20

Phoronix - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 2:13pm
The most recent pull request for the already very exciting Linux 3.20 / 4.0 kernel is the DRM graphics driver changes, which of course excite us a lot. This DRM pull request is another fairly heavy pull request with a number of end-user features for the popular open-source graphics drivers...

£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

El Reg - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 2:03pm
Who cares, it's only other people's mon- oh. Really?

Whitehall mandarins have wasted more than £100m on failed or cancelled IT projects in the last 12 months.…

Online UK Courts Modelled On EBay To Settle Legal Disputes

Slashdot - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 1:52pm
First time accepted submitter infolation writes The UK justice system should receive a radical overhaul for the digital age with the creation of an online court to expand access to justice and resolve claims of up to £25,000, the official body that oversees civil courts has recommended. The report says existing services — such as eBay's disagreement negotiation procedure and Cybersettle's blind-bidding operations — provide prototypes worth studying. Only the judge need be legally qualified. If necessary, telephone hearings could be built into the last stage. Rulings by the online judge would be as enforceable as any courtroom judgment.

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Kdenlive KDE Video Editor Is Still Progressing

Phoronix - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 1:41pm
Last week after wondering the state of OpenShot 2.0, there was a long overdue update on OpenShot, a promising open-source video editor that hasn't seen a major release in years. Today there's an update to share on Kdenlive, the open-source KDE video editor...

Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

El Reg - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 1:33pm
Self storage for the light of pocket

Review  When The Reg did a roundup of four bay NAS units a few months back, it was mentioned that it was intended to put the latest Thecus model, the N4310, up against some of its competitors.…

Apple is reportedly working on a self-driving car

L'Inq - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 1:22pm

Firm in talks with carmakers to enter the automobile industry, sources have said


FAA Proposes Rules To Limit Commercial Drone Use

Slashdot - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 1:07pm
An anonymous reader sends this report from the NY Times: In an attempt to bring order to increasingly chaotic skies, the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday proposed long-awaited rules on the commercial use of small drones, requiring operators to be certified, fly only during daylight and keep their aircraft in sight. The rules, though less restrictive than the current ones, appear to prohibit for now the kind of drone delivery services being explored by Amazon, Google and other companies, since the operator or assigned observers must be able to see the drone at all times without binoculars. But company officials believe the line-of-sight requirement could be relaxed in the future to accommodate delivery services.

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WhatDaHell, WhatsApp? Student claims 'stalker' tool shows security flaws

El Reg - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 1:03pm
Releases proof-of-concept app to 'highlight concerns'

A newly discovered security flaw in WhatsApp allows anyone to track a user’s status, regardless of their privacy settings, a student claims.…

REPORT: UK needs online eBay-style court for civil justice

El Reg - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 12:47pm
No further buffering Your Honour

An online court, similar to eBay's disagreement resolution service, should be set up to administer civil justice disputes in the UK, an official report has recommended.…

Yo, Kanye, Imma let you finish, but this IBM FlashSystem...

El Reg - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 12:39pm
... has upgraded NAND modules. Better RECOGNISE

Never mind the elaborate countdown to a chance to glance at Kanye West's new trainers, it's storage insiders who know an important timer when they see one. Information about an unknown IBM FlashSystem has popped up on an Italian website, appearing to show that the NAND modules have been upgraded.…

Criminal gang pockets hundreds of millions in cyber bank raids

L'Inq - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 12:25pm

Villains using Carbanak malware ride roughshod over bank security


SAP's ex-Hana chief swallows software firm, bets big on... Hana

El Reg - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 12:19pm
Sikka rolls SAP and Oracle migration gambit for Infosys

The exec who led SAP’s Hana has bought enterprise software management specialist Panaya, pitting his new firm against his old bosses.…

Insight’s director churn continues as ‘key player’ leaves

El Reg - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 12:02pm
Old Guard Stuart Lemon latest out as newbies swing by

The revolving door at Insight keeps swinging, with folk entering the building, others deciding to walk and some being forcefully ejected.…

Tim Cook tells Obama that Apple respects privacy, and that everyone should

L'Inq - Mon, 16/02/2015 - 11:46am

As the White House gives Apple Pay the presidential seal of approval