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Company of Heroes 2 Launches For Linux, Currently On Sale For $10

Phoronix - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 5:55pm
As expected, Company of Heroes 2 can now be downloaded on Steam for Linux...

Kansas Secretary of State Blocks Release of Voting Machine Tapes

Slashdot - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 5:39pm
PvtVoid writes: Wichita State University statistician Beth Clarkson has filed a lawsuit under Kansas' open records law to force the state to release paper tape records from voting machines, to be used as data in her research on statistical anomalies in voting patterns in the state. Clarkson, a certified quality engineer with a Ph.D. in statistics, has analyzed election returns in Kansas and elsewhere over several elections that indicate 'a statistically significant' pattern where the percentage of Republican votes increase the larger the size of the precinct. The pattern could be voter fraud or a demographic trend that has not been picked up by extensive polling. Secretary of State Kris Kobach argued that the records sought by Clarkson are not subject to the Kansas open records act, and that their disclosure is prohibited by Kansas statute.

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VMware' s VSAN to support flashDIMMs and NVMe

El Reg - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 5:04pm
Adding stretch clusters and faster replication to VSAN

VMware's VSAN is going to support faster flash hardware and is getting replication, stretch cluster and Oracle RAC support.…

Tech Nightmares That Keep Turing Award Winners Up At Night

Slashdot - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 5:00pm
itwbennett writes: At the Heidelberg Laureate Forum in Germany this week, RSA encryption algorithm co-inventor Leonard Adelman, "Father of the Internet" Vint Cerf, and cryptography innovator Manuel Blum were asked "What about the tech world today keeps you up at night?" And apparently they're not getting a whole lot of sleep these days. Cerf is predicting a digital dark age arising from our dependence on software and our lack of "a regime that will allow us to preserve both the content and the software needed to render it over a very long time." Adelman worries about the evolution of computers into "their own species" — and our relation to them. Blum's worries, by contrast, lean more towards the slow pace at which computers are taking over: "'The fact that we have brains hasn't made the world any safer,' he said. 'Will it be safer with computers? I don't know, but I tend to see it as hopeful.'"

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Samsung Developer Posts VA-API Support For Nouveau

Phoronix - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 4:59pm
While the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver has supported Gallium3D's VDPAU state tracker, there is a new set of patches for also being able to benefit from the VA-API state tracker for video acceleration...

Obi: These ARE the 'droids you're looking for

El Reg - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 4:38pm
Former Apple CEO John Sculley presents us with a new hope

Former Apple CEO John Sculley is to launch a pair of Android phones. The SF1 and SJ1.5 are mid-range and low-end devices respectively from the company Obi Worldphone.…

It's official: Apple's next iPhone will be unveiled on 9 September

L'Inq - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 4:33pm

'Hey Siri, give us a hint?'

UNC Scientists Open Source Their Genomic Research

Slashdot - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 4:18pm
ectoman writes: The human genome specifies more than 500 "kinases," enzymes that spur protein synthesis. Four hundred of them are still mysteries to us, even though knowledge about them could spark serious medical innovations. But scientists at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have initiated an open source effort to map them all—research they think could pioneer a new generation of drug discovery. As members of the Structural Genomics Consortium, the chemical biologists are spearheading a worldwide community project. "We need a community to build a map of what kinases do in biology," one said. "It has to be a community-generated map to get the richness and detail we need to be able to move some of these kinases into drug facilities. But we're just doing the source code. Until someone puts the source code out there and makes it available to everybody, people won't have anything to modify."

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HP's 3PAR trifecta soups up entry-level, AFAs and software

El Reg - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 4:15pm
Hot new Gen-5 products leaves older Gen-4 10000 series out in the cold

HP has replaced its 7000 series 3PAR StoreServ array with a gen-5 ASIC-based StoreServ 8000, starting at $19,000. It's also added a top-end 20800 starter config, a lower-cost 20000 all-flash product, and enhanced its StoreServ OS.…

Honor 7 review

L'Inq - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 4:15pm

A quality, affordable Huawei handset with a meddlesome Android skin

Google Updates: Android Pay doesn't launch as Amazon rocks the boat

L'Inq - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 4:08pm

There is such thing as a free lunch, people

AMD RadeonSI & R600g Gallium3D Tests On Mesa 11.0 + DRM-Next

Phoronix - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 4:00pm
As some new Mesa 11.0 benchmarks to publish is looking at the performance of several Radeon GPUs on the R600g and RadeonSI Gallium3D drivers as tested out-of-the-box on Ubuntu 15.04 with the Linux 3.19 kernel and Mesa 10.5.2, then compared to the DRM-Next code for Linux 4.3 plus Mesa 11.0-rc1.

Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

El Reg - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 3:52pm
Dual-SIM iPhone device is actually another, smaller phone in disguise

First Look  A Kickstarter project to produce a dual-SIM iPhone is really a separate phone which the iPhone connects to via Bluetooth.…

AMD Unveils Radeon R9 Nano, Targets Mini ITX Gaming Systems With a New Fury

Slashdot - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 3:37pm
MojoKid writes: AMD today added a third card to its new Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is a very compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing process paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). It's a full 1.5 inches shorter than the standard Fury X, and unlike its liquid cooled sibling, there's no radiator and fan assembly to mount. The Fury Nano sports 64 compute units with 64 stream processors each for a total of 4,096 stream processors, just like Fury X. It also has an engine clock of up to 1,000MHz and pushes 8.19 TFLOPs of compute performance. That's within striking distance of the Fury X, which features a 1,050MHz engine clock at 8.6 TFLOPs. Ars Technica, too, takes a look at the new Nano.

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Intel keeps droning on, as PC sales continue to tumble

El Reg - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 3:27pm
Plans later, but for now here’s $60m, Yuneec

Intel has chucked $60m (£39m) at Chinese drone company Yuneec in a bid to combat the downward spiral in global PC sales, the latest cash-splashing exercise by the chipzilla.…

Analysis Reveals Almost No Real Women On Ashley Madison

Slashdot - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 2:56pm
gurps_npc writes: Ashley Madison claimed to have about 31 million men and 5.5 million woman enrolled. Those odds are not good for the men, 6:1. But unfortunately, most of those 'women' were fake. This researcher analyzed the data and found only 12,000 actual, real women using Ashley Madison. That means for every 7750 men, there were 3 women. There are reports that Ashley Madison paid people to create fake female profiles. Their website admits that 'some of the users may be there for "entertainment purposes."' The article itself is well written, including a description of the analysis. A charitable person would say that Ashley Madison was selling a fantasy, not reality. But a realist would say Ashley Madison is just a thief stealing money from lonely, unhappy men.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1 Released

Phoronix - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 2:50pm
The Ubuntu 15.10 "Wily Werewolf" beta is out today for opt-in flavors participating in this development milestone...

Galaxy Note 5 release date, price and specs

L'Inq - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 2:44pm

Everything you need to know about picking up Samsung's latest phablet

AMD APP SDK 3.0 Brings OpenCL 2.0 Support

Phoronix - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 2:38pm
AMD announced the release this week of their proprietary APP SDK 3.0 software...

First pics of flagship Lumias for 18 months released … or maybe not

El Reg - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 2:26pm
After such a wait, it seems they’re mid-range and plastic

Images of the first flagship Lumia phones for 18 months have popped up on Twitter ... or have they? Renowned technology "leaker" Evan Blass posted two images of models described as the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.…

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