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Flappy Bird might return to iOS and Android

L'Inq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:57pm

This time with a health warning


    

Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

El Reg - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:56pm
Part 1: In which we look at what the Greatest Living Briton got wrong (and right)

Analysis  The Web turns 25 years old today, and its inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has written yet another declaration of rights – a "Magna Carta" – to mark the occasion.…

How St. Louis Is Bootstrapping Hundreds of Programmers

Slashdot - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:49pm
itwbennett writes "The MOOC (massive open online course) failure rate is notoriously high — only 1% of people who take the beginning computer science programming class, CS50, that Harvard offers over the EdX online platform complete it. A new effort in St. Louis called LaunchCode is changing that — and solving the city's programmer shortage. For the past several weeks, about 300 hardy souls have been gathering in a downtown St. Louis library to listen to the CS50 lectures and work together on the various programming problem sets. But the support offered by the all-volunteer run LaunchCode doesn't end with meet space. They're also doing an end-around on the traditional coder hiring process by pairing the students who complete the course with experienced programmers in one of more than a 100 tech companies who are looking for talent."

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The great Windows XP migration: What has IT learned?

Thinq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:46pm

As increasing numbers of organisations start switching to Windows 7, it is worth looking back at the NT-to-XP migration and asking what we have learnt from this change.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/03/12/the-great-windows-xp-migration-what-has-it-learned/

Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

El Reg - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:33pm
Ancient creaky building's ancient creaky network falls over, bunfight ensues

A botched network upgrade at the Houses of Parliament caused comms bottlenecks, web outages and continuing capacity woes – and could yet delay the full rollout of Office 365 for our lords and masters.…

European Parliament wants an end to NSA PRISM data haul

L'Inq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:32pm

Or it might end Safe Harbor


    

4 handy tips on making better videos

Thinq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:30pm

So you want to improve your video shooting skills? We’ve got 4 tips on the fundamentals that will help you do just that.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/03/12/4-handy-tips-on-making-better-videos/

A TTM Graphics Performance Fix To Go Into Linux 3.14

Phoronix - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:26pm
While it's late into the Linux 3.14 kernel development cycle, a patch that was introduced in Linux 3.13 with an aim of improving open-source graphics driver performance for TTM-based drivers is now being reverted since for some situations it instead decreased the performance...

IAU To Uwingu: You Can't Name That Martian Crater Either

Slashdot - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:10pm
RocketAcademy writes "The International Astronomical Union has thrown a tantrum over a plan to crowdsource names for craters on Mars. The IAU gives official scientific names to craters, but it has only bothered with craters that have 'scientific significance.' The science-funding platform Uwingu has launched a campaign to come up with popular names for the remaining craters. For as little as $5, a member of the public can name one of the craters on Uwingu's map, with the proceeds going to fund space science and education. This caused the IAU to issue a statement condemning such crowdsourcing efforts. The IAU pointed out that it did allow the public to vote on names for two of Pluto's moons, in the past. In that case, however, the IAU rejected the winning name (Vulcan)." Last year, the IAU got into a spat with Uwingu over naming exoplanets. Sounds like the old name a star scam, on Mars.

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Shift up, Ballmer: Microsoft expands board, makes room for activist investor

El Reg - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:01pm
Mason Morfit takes a seat

Microsoft has appointed activist investor Mason Morfit to its board after his investment firm ValueAct Capital agitated for a greater say on how the company is run.…

iPhone 4 users rejoice: iOS 7.1 runs more smoothly than iOS 7

Thinq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 2:00pm

If you updated your iPhone 4 to iOS 7 and dumped it after being frustrated with the experience, it’s time to think again with Apple’s latest update.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/03/12/iphone-4-users-rejoice-ios-71-runs-more-smoothly-than-ios-7/

Intel Mesa Developers Hook-Up GL_INTEL_performance_query

Phoronix - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:54pm
Intel Mesa developers have added support to their open-source Mesa Linux graphics driver for the GL_INTEL_performance_query extension, which is yet another OpenGL extension exposing performance diagnostic information...

It's Time To Test Out KDE 4.13

Phoronix - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:39pm
With the KDE 4.13 software compilation expected to ship in mid April, there's a call out for testing of the current KDE 4.13 packages to ensure it will be a great release...

Cebit: Ubuntu smartphones to cost 'between $200 and $400'

L'Inq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:33pm

Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth reveals more about upcoming Linux-based devices


    

An in-depth look at Qualcomm, and how the new mobile champion will keep Intel at bay

Thinq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:30pm

We conducted a long and highly interesting interview with Raj Talluri, Qualcomm’s senior VP of product management, at MWC recently.

Read more: http://www.itproportal.com/2014/03/12/an-in-depth-look-at-qualcomm-and-how-the-new-mobile-champion-will-keep-intel-at-bay/

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Slashdot - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:30pm
Sean0michael writes "Recently I had a friend lose their entire electronic collection of music and movies by erasing a RAID array on their home server. He had 20TB of data on his rack at home that had survived a dozen hard drive failures over the years. But he didn't have a good way to backup that much data, so he never took one. Now he wishes he had. Asking around among our tech-savvy friends though, no one has a good answer to the question, 'how would you backup 20TB of data?'. It's not like you could just plug in an external drive, and using any cloud service would be terribly expensive. Blu-Ray discs can hold a lot of data, but that's a lot of time (and money) spent burning discs that you likely will never need. Tape drives are another possibility, but are they right for this kind of problem? I don' t know. There might be something else out there, but I still have no feasible solution. So I ask fellow slashdotters: for a home user, how do you backup 20TB of Data?" Even Amazon Glacier is pretty pricey for that much data.

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EU Parliament rubber-stamps 'irreversible' data protection reforms

El Reg - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:27pm
Will make life, um, 'easier for business' – Viv Reding insists

EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding scored an important victory in the European Parliament today after securing support for a rewrite of the 28-nation bloc's data protection laws.…

Tim Berners-Lee speaks out on net neutrality and privacy in web birthday message

L'Inq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 1:08pm

He wants to remind us all of what he had in mind


    

Speaking in Tech: Holy SiT! It's our 100th ep. Time for a video-podcast

El Reg - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:58pm
Friends don't let friends reject Edward Snowden for Lena Dunham

Ofcom: UK leads Europe in 'superfast' broadband choice and take-up

L'Inq - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:50pm

But still lacking when it comes to average speed


    
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