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Who wants a quad-core 4.2GHz, 64GB, 5TB SSD RAID 10 … laptop?

El Reg - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 6:02am
The folks at Eurocom have released another monster 'mobile workstation'

When Eurocom releases new laptops – or 'mobile workstations' as it prefers to call them – it can be hard to keep one's jaw from the floor.…

Avast forked up its Chrome fork, so flings fix after Google goggles

El Reg - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:56am
Borked browser blows, to no one's surprise.

Antivirus vendor Avast has patched a vulnerability in its very own fork of the Chrome browser. And a good job too: the vuln allowed remote attackers to completely compromise the platform.…

Rkt container runtime leaves the launchpad

El Reg - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:12am
CoreOS blasts off for planet production in the microservices nebula

CoreOS has decided that rkt, its open source container, is fit for production purposes and therefore ready to fly as version 1.0.…

Porsche Builds Photovoltaic Pylon, Offsetting Luddite Position On Self-Drive

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 4:06am
An anonymous reader writes: Porsche has just completed an impressive 25-meter high photovoltaic pylon. The construction, lonely in its current position and strongly resembling the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, comprises 7,776 solar cells and is capable of generating up to 30,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. From 2017 it will power the elite car manufacturer's new Berlin-Adlershof Porsche center. Porsche is keen to show a progressive stance on its new range of electric vehicles, considering that it has no intention of joining the movement towards self-driving.

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By 2019 world will spend $2.8 TREELLION on the rubbish we write about

El Reg - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 2:58am
About one dollar in five will go on smartmobes, but servers and storage will also grow

Information technology analyst house IDC says that world spending on information technology will hit US$2.8 trillion in 2019, up from this year's $2.46 trillion.…

A Ton Of Direct3D 9 "Nine" State Tracker Improvements Hit Mesa

Phoronix - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 2:27am
For those relying upon the "Nine" state tracker for Direct3D 9 support implemented for Gallium3D drivers in order to yield faster performance when running Windows games with Wine, you'll want to pull down the latest Mesa Git code...

UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

El Reg - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 2:14am
Ex-Homeland Security boss University president says it's all about safety

Academics at the University of California Berkeley have protested after it emerged that management had put a secret data slurping device into the campus that was mapping and storing all network traffic.…

Optus, Telstra, TPG and Vodafone spaff AU$543.5m on spectrum

El Reg - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:47am
1800 MHz auction will bring 4G to the Australian bush

Australia has scored AU$543.5m (US$391m) for part of its 1800 MHz spectrum.…

FreeBSD Ended 2015 With A Lot Of Open-Source Progress

Phoronix - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:19am
The FreeBSD project has issued their quarterly status report for Q4'2015 to highlight all the progress they made in ending out 2015...

Everything You Need To Know About the Big New Data-Privacy Bill In Congress

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:18am
erier2003 writes with this excerpt from The Daily Dot: The United States and the European Union have agreed to a transatlantic data-sharing arrangement to protect U.S. companies' overseas activities and European citizens' privacy, but another initiative—one that's still working its way through Congress—could be just important to U.S.–E.U. relations and transnational privacy rights. The Judicial Redress Act is considered essential to a broader agreement between the U.S. and Europe over the sharing of data in criminal and terrorism investigations. The negotiations over the newly announced E.U.–U.S. Privacy Shield may have received more attention, but the concerns at the heart of this bill are no less important.

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AMD Catalyst Appears To Work With XCOM 2 On Linux

Phoronix - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 1:06am
Not only does RadeonSI Gallium3D work with XCOM 2 on Linux for AMD graphics processors, but it looks like the Catalyst (or now known as Radeon Software, officially) too works with this brand new, highly anticipated strategy game seeing a same-day release across OS X / Linux / Windows...

Yes or no: D@RE is a bonkers name for EMC's enterprise encryption

El Reg - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:56am
It's part of ECS update that includes database-less searching and other things

With ECS v2.2, EMC has improved its storage efficiency, searchability and security, we're told.…

Python 3 Is Coming To Scrapy

Slashdot - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:40am
New submitter Valdir Stumm Junior writes: Scrapy with beta Python 3 support is finally here! Released through Scrapy 1.1.0rc1, this is the result of several months of hard work on the part of the Scrapy community and Scrapinghub engineers. This is a huge milestone for all you Scrapy users (and those who haven't used Scrapy due to the lack of Python 3). Scrapy veterans and new adopters will soon be able to move their entire stack to Python 3 once the release becomes stable. Keep in mind that since this a release candidate, it is not ready to be used in production.

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Symantec's definition of transformation: Take the profit made a year ago and burn a quarter of it

El Reg - Fri, 05/02/2016 - 12:03am
Silver Lake slips its PIPE into troubled security firm

Symantec has announced its results for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 and they aren't looking pretty. Revenues are down 6 per cent and profits plummeted by 23 per cent.…

Samsung's AdBlock Fast Removed From the Play Store

Slashdot - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:59pm
New submitter Alexander Maxham writes with the news reported at Android Headlines that Samsung's ad-blocking Android app called AdBlock Fast "was apparently ousted from the Play Store for violating section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement, stating that an app cannot disrupt or interfere with devices, networks or other parties' apps and services. (Also noted by Engadget.)

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DNA Makes Lifeless Materials Shapeshift

Slashdot - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:40pm
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have engineered tiny gold particles that can assemble into a variety of crystalline structures simply by adding a bit of DNA to the solution that surrounds them. Down the road, such reprogrammable particles could be used to make materials that reshape themselves in response to light, or to create novel catalysts that reshape themselves as reactions proceed.

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Teradataaaaargghh! How to go from years in the black right into the red

El Reg - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:38pm
Goodwill impairment's long shadow

Data warehouser and analyzer Teradata is suffering still. It's made a full-year loss as fourth-quarter 2015 revenues continued a multi-quarter tumble.…

Researchers Uncover the Genetic Roots Behind Rare Vibration Allergy

Slashdot - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 11:18pm
derekmead writes: A team of National Health Institute researchers has for the first time uncovered the genetic roots of one of the strangest allergies: vibrations. The vibration allergy, which is just as it sounds, may be quite rare, but understanding it more completely may yield important insights into the fundamental malfunctioning of immune cells in the presence of allergens. The group's findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. In addition to being uncommon, the vibration allergy is not very dangerous. In most cases, the allergic response is limited to hives—the pale, prickly rash most often associated with allergic and autoimmune reactions. Other less-common symptoms include headaches, blurry vision, fatigue, and flushing. The triggering vibrations are everyday things: jogging, jackhammering, riding a motorcycle, towel drying. Symptoms appear within a few minutes of exposure and are gone usually within an hour.

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Firefox 44 Deletes Fine-Grained Cookie Management

Slashdot - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:39pm
ewhac writes: Among its other desirable features, Firefox included a feature allowing very fine-grained cookie management. When enabled, every time a Web site asked to set a cookie, Firefox would raise a dialog containing information about the cookie requested, which you could then approve or deny. An "exception" list also allowed you to mark selected domains as "Always allow" or "Always deny", so that the dialog would not appear for frequently-visited sites. It was an excellent way to maintain close, custom control over which sites could set cookies, and which specific cookies they could set. It also helped easily identify poorly-coded sites that unnecessarily requested cookies for every single asset, or which would hit the browser with a "cookie storm" — hundreds of concurrent cookie requests. Mozilla quietly deleted this feature from Firefox 44, with no functional equivalent put in its place. Further, users who had enabled the "Ask before accept" feature have had that preference silently changed to, "Accept normally." The proffered excuse for the removal was that the feature was unmaintained, and that its users were, "probably crashing multiple times a day as a result" (although no evidence was presented to support this assertion). Mozilla's apparent position is that users wishing fine-grained cookie control should be using a third-party add-on instead, and that an "Ask before accept" option was, "not really nice to use on today's Web."

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Don't Hate Perky Morning People: It Might Be Their DNA's Fault.

Slashdot - Thu, 04/02/2016 - 10:22pm
New submitter Striek writes: Aggregated genome data from was analyzed and published in Nature magazine, and now further evidence has been added to the belief that being a morning person or a night owl is wired in our DNA. It's not the first time such research has been published, either. So those of us who work late into the night and prefer to rise at noon, much to the chagrin of our partners, can point to our DNA as the reason, not our lazy habits.

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