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R600/RadeonSI Get Patches For Another OpenGL 4.3 Extension In Mesa

Phoronix - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 2:15pm
While the Intel, Nouveau NV50/NVC0, and LLVMpipe/Softpipe drivers have already supported OpenGL 4.3's ARB_texture_view extension, the AMD R600g and RadeonSI drivers have not. However, that's looking to soon change...

With Linux 4.4, TPM 2.0 Gets Into Shape For Distributions

Phoronix - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 2:07pm
Adding to the feature list for Linux 4.4 is more complete TPM 2.0 support...

Steve Ballmer praises Twitter job cuts after buying 4% stake in ailing micro-blab site

El Reg - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 2:00pm
Ex-Microsoft chief now big shareholder in profitless firm

Erstwhile Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed on Friday that he had recently acquired a 4 per cent stake in troubled micro-blurting site Twitter.…

Yahoo Mail Moves From Passwords To Push Notification Sign-Ins

Slashdot - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 1:29pm
An anonymous reader writes: A revamp of Yahoo Mail includes a new feature which eliminates the password from the sign-in process on mobile platforms, instead relying on the user's phone number as a token of authenticity. Notification-based sign-ins are a network-heavy commitment used with less frequency during some online banking authentication procedures, and by Google and others in specific events such as the need for a password reset. But Yahoo is well-motivated to improve security after a 2014 data breach led to a mass-reset of passwords for affected users.

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New SVGA Gallium3D HUD Options Added For VMWare Users

Phoronix - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 1:16pm
For those that don't know or may have forgot, Gallium3D has a Heads-Up Display (HUD) for showing various driver metrics while running OpenGL games/applications. If you're an SVGA VMware user, there's some new HUD queries available...

An Article About Systemd's Architecture

Phoronix - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 12:28pm
There's a lengthy article out that goes through the innards of systemd's architecture...

China Looks To Deep Space Missions, Including More Lunar Landings and Robot Ants

Slashdot - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 12:27pm
MarkWhittington writes: China has already landed a rover on the moon and has launched numerous crewed space missions in low-Earth orbit. It is looking ahead to building a space station and landing more probes on the moon, including the lunar farside. According to a story in Xinhua, the Chinese are already looking beyond to deep space missions to destinations including the moon, Mars, and asteroids. The idea is that China will not be a respected space power until it starts accomplishing things in space that no other country has done before.

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GNOME 3.18.1 Released

Phoronix - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 12:20pm
The first update to GNOME 3.18 was released yesterday...

Microsoft offers to PAY YOU to trade in your old computer for a Windows 10 device

El Reg - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 12:03pm
And yes, Stateside fanbois – your Apple gear is worth more

Microsoft has, for a limited period only, offered to pay up to £100 to convince UK consumers to part with their old computers in exchange for a Windows 10 device.…

Post-pub schnellnosh neckfiller: Currywurst

El Reg - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 11:00am
Das Fastfood mit Currysoße, meine Damen und Herren

This week's foray into the wonderful world of post-pub nosh examines a street food classic from the undisputed masters of pig-in-a-tube products - the Germans.…

Data Centers Coming To a City Near You

Slashdot - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 9:12am
1sockchuck writes: There are more wired businesses than ever in towns and cities across America. That's why the data center industry is coming to smaller cities you may not think of as technology hubs. Industry executives say the convergence of cloud computing, Big Data and the Internet of Things will require data centers in many places outside the traditional "Big Six" markets (Northern Virginia, New York/New Jersey, Chicago, Dallas, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles). "We're seeing success in the Tier 2 markets," said Kevin Bostick of 365 Data Centers, which operates in markets like Buffalo, Nashville and Pittsburgh. "We feel very confident with our ability to grow in these markets, especially given what we've seen over the past six months." Commercial real estate brokers confirm the trend, citing strong interest in the Pacific Northwest (especially Portland).

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Pimp your TV: Goggle box gadgets and gizmos

El Reg - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 9:00am
Blinged up audio a must

FEATURE  The TV has been the centre of most living rooms for over half a century now, and it's been through various incarnations. Disguised as a sideboard, proudly displayed as a piece of shining high tech, and now slimmed down to look almost like a piece of art.…

Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

El Reg - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 7:01am
Liability going into reverse

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  I enjoy travel but I do not fly well – especially if the aeroplane’s wings are rusted, the tail has been attached with vinegar and brown paper, and the undercarriage is still sitting in the ditch it fell into at the end of the departure airport’s runway some 300 miles away.…

Fullstack Launches Coding School For Women

Slashdot - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 6:26am
An anonymous reader writes: Fullstack is tackling technology's diversity problem in its latest venture. The coding schooling has announced a new coding school dedicated to women. Named after computer science pioneer Grace Hopper, the Grace Hopper academy aims to provide women with high-quality coding education, and won't ask for tuition until the student finds a job post-graduation. "Technology has become intrinsic in our daily routines, regardless of gender, but the tech industry remains exceedingly male-dominated," said David Yang, cofounder of Fullstack Academy. "We have always been inspired by innovation and it seems peculiar that an industry revolutionized by a pioneer like Grace Hopper would remain so divided along gender lines."

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NBC News Reports US Will Require Registration For Consumer Drones

Slashdot - Sat, 17/10/2015 - 3:28am
Gizmodo and Engadget are both reporting (and both pointing to a report at NBC News) that the Department of Transportation is expected to announce Monday a plan to regulate drone use in the U.S., based on fears of danger to aviation. From the relied-on report at NBC News: The federal government will announce a new plan requiring anyone buying a drone to register the device with the U.S. Department of Transportation, NBC news has learned. ... Under the plan, the government would work with the drone industry to set up a structure for registering the drones, and the regulations could be in place by Christmas. That sounds like an impossible task, if it's to take in all remote-controlled flying devices that might be described as drones. About this time last year, Chris Anderson (ex-Wired editor, and now head of 3D Robotics) estimated that about half a million drones had already been sold in the U.S., and that sounds like an undercount even for then, given the many cheap-and-cheerful options. From suppliers like Banggood, tiny quadcopters can now be had for less than $20, though it's hard to think of them as a danger to aviation.

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