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Google Releases ION OpenGL Open-Source Library

Phoronix - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 3:11am
Google engineers have open-sourced today a new suite of libraries and tools relating to OpenGL called ION...

Cisco forgets to ship management software with security appliances

El Reg - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 3:00am
No, you're not the worst sysadmin in the world, lots of people had to download it

Cisco has 'fessed up to forgetting the software needed to manage its Adaptive Security Appliances.…

Scientists Turn Paper Waste Into Aerogel

Slashdot - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 2:55am
Kristine Lofgren writes: A team of scientists have successfully turned paper waste into aerogel. Aerogels are used in insulation, and they are usually made out of polymers and silica. But a research team at the National University of Singapore managed to make the highly sought-after product using recycled paper, which could have huge implications not only for the rate at which we are filling up our landfills, but also for the amount of chemicals that we are producing and releasing into the environment.

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Firefox 46 Is Bringing Smoother Scrolling To The Desktop

Phoronix - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 2:12am
The Firefox 46 web browser release will bring smoother scrolling via Asynchronous Panning and Zooming (APZ)...

SourceForge Eliminates DevShare Program

Slashdot - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 2:01am
SourceForge has officially eliminated its DevShare program. The DevShare program delivered installer bundles as part of the download for participating projects. We want to restore our reputation as a trusted home for open source software, and this was a clear first step towards that. We are more interested in doing the right thing than making extra short-term profit. This is just the first step in a number of improvements we will outline in the coming weeks. SourceForge and Slashdot were acquired in late January by BIZX.

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San Francisco prepares to open source its voting system software

El Reg - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 1:54am
Will it be the first in the nation to do so in 2019?

San Francisco, home of the tech startup, is trying to show its tech credentials by becoming the first city to use open source software for elections.…

Australian astroboffins reveal hundreds of hidden galaxies

El Reg - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 1:14am
Parkes telescope finds a million, billion suns behind the Milky Way

Data collected by Australia's Parkes radio telescope from as far back as 1997 has led astronomers to declare they've discovered hundreds of galaxies hidden from telescopes by the Milky Way.…

Hearthstone Cheats and Tools Spiked With Malware

Slashdot - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 1:05am
itwbennett writes: Cheating at the online card game Hearthstone (which is based on Blizzard's World of Warcraft) can get you banned from the game, but now it also puts you at risk of 'financial losses and system ruin,' writes CSO's Steve Ragan. Symantec is warning Hearthstone players about add-on tools and cheat scripts that are spiked with malware. 'In one example, Hearth Buddy, a tool that allows bots to play the game instead of a human player (which is supposed to help with rank earnings and gold earning) compromises the entire system,' says Ragan. 'Another example, are the dust and gold hacking tools (Hearthstone Hack Tool), which install malware that targets Bitcoin wallets.'

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Dumping chapter and verse on someone's private life online may be outlawed in Utah

El Reg - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:55am
Anti-doxxing bill proposed

Legislators in Utah have proposed a law that would bring serious criminal penalties for those who post others' private information online with the intent to harass.…

Wayland & Weston 1.10 Up To Release Candidate Phase

Phoronix - Wed, 10/02/2016 - 12:05am
The first release candidate is out for Wayland 1.10 and its reference Weston compositor...

Uborne Children's Books Release For Free Computer Books From the '80s

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 11:57pm
martiniturbide writes: To promote some new computer coding books for kids, Uborne Children's Books has put online 15 of its children books from the '80s to learn how to code games. The books are available for free in PDF format and has samples to create your game for Commodore 64, VIC 20, Apple, TRS 80, Spectrum and other. Maybe you read some of them like "Machine Code for Beginners" or "Write your own Adventure Program for MicroComputers." Should other publishers also start to make their 80's and 90's computer books available for free?

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Linode SSH key blunder left virtual servers open to man-in-the-middle fiddles for months

El Reg - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 11:19pm
Regen your keys ASAP

Web hosting biz Linode broke the security in its customers' virtual machines, allowing attackers to eavesdrop on SSH connections and hijack them.…

The Sexual Misconduct Case That Has Rocked Anthropology

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 11:15pm
sciencehabit writes: An investigative report in Science describes allegations of sexual misconduct against noted paleoanthropologist Brian Richmond, as well as the field's response. The story highlights a major shift in how academic communities deal with sexual misconduct, going beyond delineating rules on paper to striving to change the culture of the field at the institutional level. This shift – "a long time coming," according to many researchers – was spurred in part by recent high-profile cases in astronomy and biology. Now, as Balter notes, "paleoanthropology is responding to its own complex case." The first public allegation against Richmond, the curator of human origins at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, inspired a cascade of other allegations about him. This in turn motivated several senior paleoanthropologists, including one of Richmond's key mentors, Bernard Wood, to explore the allegations with peers. "As I talked to more and more current and former students at [George Washington University]," Wood said, "I became more concerned and alarmed about what I heard." In light of their findings, Wood and others in the field of anthropology are now tackling sexual misconduct head-on. The article details additional institutional efforts to stop sexual misconduct in science while trying to balance the rights of victims and accused, and provides the latest update on investigations into Richmond.

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2016 tech shakeout starts with CxO exodus

El Reg - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:51pm
Zenefits, Imagination, Yelp, Paypal all lose key execs

Analysis  The rumblings of over-priced tech stocks, made real last month in above-market share falls, have started hitting home with a series of high-profile exits this week.…

Jeep/Chrysler's New Gearshift Appears To Be Causing Accidents

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:33pm
bartle writes: The new gearshift design for the Jeep Grand Cherokee appears to be causing rollaway accidents: 121 crashes and 30 injuries so far. The gear shifter is designed to look and feel similar to a traditional automatic gear shift lever but it is meant to cycle through the gears rather than move directly to a certain gear. A driver who is used to placing their vehicle in park by pressing the shifter all the way forward may instead be setting it to neutral before exiting the vehicle. The NHTSA is investigating.

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Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

El Reg - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 10:19pm
Microsoft blats bugs in super-secure web browser Edge, its OS, the Office suite, and more

Microsoft has patched 41 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its software this month.…

VMware finally gets all its end-user computing ideas together as one

El Reg - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:53pm
'Workspace One' to compete with Citrix's Workspace Suite, with help from new PCoIP alternative 'Blast'

VMware has taken the wraps off what looks like the culmination of several years building an end-user computing business.…

FBI Gripes "We Can't Read Everyone's Secrets"

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:52pm
New submitter rdukb writes: FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that investigators still can't access the phone contents of one of the San Bernadino killers. He went on to argue that the phenomenon of communications "going dark" due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is "overwhelmingly affecting" law enforcement operations, including, not only the San Bernadino murders, but also investigations into other murders, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography. This might increase pressure on Apple to loosen the backdoor restrictions. Will the industry relent and allow Government access to data from these devices?

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Telstra proclaims free data day to make up for epic TITSUP

El Reg - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:44pm
Sysadmin's nightmare: 'I crashed the whole network'

A somewhat red-faced Telstra is going to give its customers free data on Sunday to apologise for yesterday's mobile network outage.…

Twitter Launches Trust and Safety Council To Help Put End To Trolling

Slashdot - Tue, 09/02/2016 - 9:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has announced a new trust and safety council to stamp out bullying and trolling on the microblogging site. The Twitter Trust & Safety Council will initially be formed of around 40 bodies, including the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, ICT Watch, NetSafe, and Samaritans. These organisations, along with safety experts, academics and security researchers, will work to ensure a safe and secure platform for users to express themselves freely and safely. The Council's main focus will be to protect minors, encourage 'greater compassion and empathy on the internet,' and promote efforts in media literacy and digital citizenship. Community groups will also participate to help prevent online 'abuse, harassment, and bullying,' as well as mental health problems and suicide.

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