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I Gave Up Waiting On The Water-Cooled Radeon R9 Fury X

Phoronix - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:55am
One week after the Radeon R9 Fury X launched at $649 USD with an integrated water-cooling solution, the graphics card remains in short supply and it's not clear when exactly this graphics card will better saturate retail channels. At this point, I've shifted my focused to the air-cooled AMD Radeon R9 Fury graphics card that will ship in two weeks and be air-cooled while costing $100 less...

Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

El Reg - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:24am
600Kbps cap strangles streaming to snail's pace

US phone carrier Sprint is offering an unlimited data plan that carries one important caveat: throttled data rates for video.…

Is Safari the New Internet Explorer?

Slashdot - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:05am
An anonymous reader writes: Software developer Nolan Lawson says Apple's Safari has taken the place of Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the major browser that lags behind all the others. This comes shortly after the Edge Conference, where major players in web technologies got together to discuss the state of the industry and what's ahead. Lawson says Mozilla, Google, Opera, and Microsoft were all in attendance and willing to talk — but not Apple. "It's hard to get insight into why Apple is behaving this way. They never send anyone to web conferences, their Surfin' Safari blog is a shadow of its former self, and nobody knows what the next version of Safari will contain until that year's WWDC. In a sense, Apple is like Santa Claus, descending yearly to give us some much-anticipated presents, with no forewarning about which of our wishes he'll grant this year. And frankly, the presents have been getting smaller and smaller lately." He argues, "At this point, we in the web community need to come to terms with the fact that Safari has become the new IE. Microsoft is repentant these days, Google is pushing the web as far as it can go, and Mozilla is still being Mozilla. Apple is really the one singer in that barbershop quartet hitting all the sour notes, and it's time we start talking about it openly instead of tiptoeing around it like we're going to hurt somebody's feelings."

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NVIDIA Tegra X1 Chromebooks Appear Closer, Support Added To Coreboot

Phoronix - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 11:43pm
Google engineers have added support for the Tegra X1 "T210" SoC to Coreboot. Additionally, they've added support for the "Smaug" Chromebook to Coreboot that uses this latest-generation NVIDIA Tegra 64-bit SoC...

Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, claims Zuck, in Q&A

El Reg - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 11:37pm
Takes questions from Schwarzenegger and Hawking. Similar guys, really

Not content with wading into virtual reality with his Oculus gobble, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to be able to update your Facebook status with the unaided power of your mind, the Behoodied One said in a Q&A session on Tuesday.…

Quebec Government May Force ISPs To Block Gambling Websites

Slashdot - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 11:24pm
New submitter ottawan- writes: In order to drive more customers to their own online gambling website, the Quebec government and Loto-Quebec (the provincial organization in charge of gaming and lotteries) are thinking about forcing the province's ISPs to block all other online gambling websites. The list of websites to be blocked will be maintained by Loto-Quebec, and the government believes that the blocking will increase government revenue by up to $27 million (CAD) per year.

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Celebrating Workarounds, Kludges, and Hacks

Slashdot - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 10:41pm
itwbennett writes: We all have some favorite workarounds that right a perceived wrong (like getting around the Wall Street Journal paywall) or make something work the way we think it ought to. From turning off annoying features in your Prius to getting around sanctions in Crimea and convincing your Android phone you're somewhere you're not, workarounds are a point of pride, showing off our ingenuity and resourcefulness. And sometimes artful workarounds can even keep businesses operating in times of crisis. Take, for example, the Sony employees, who, in the wake of the Great Hack of 2014 when the company's servers went down, dug out old company BlackBerrys that, while they had been abandoned, had never had their plans deactivated. Because BlackBerrys used RIM's email servers instead of Sony's, they could still communicate with one another, and employees with BlackBerrys became the company's lifeline as it slowly put itself back together. What hacks and workarounds keep your life sane?

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Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite

El Reg - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 10:22pm
Your OS X box can still be owned by, well, just about everything

Apple has released a series of security updates to address 77 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in OS X Yosemite.…

Apple Loses Ebook Price Fixing Appeal, Must Pay $450 Million

Slashdot - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 10:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 today that Apple indeed conspired with publishers to increase ebook prices. The ruling puts Apple on the hook for the $450 million settlement reached in 2014 with lawyers and attorneys general from 33 states. The Justice Dept. contended that the price-fixing conspiracy raised the price of some e-books from the $10 standard set by Amazon to $13-$15. The one dissenting judge argued that Apple's efforts weren't anti-competitive because Amazon held 90% of the market at the time. Apple is unhappy with the ruling, but they haven't announced plans to take the case further. They said, "While we want to put this behind us, the case is about principles and values. We know we did nothing wrong back in 2010 and are assessing next steps."

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Stanford Starts the 'Secure Internet of Things Project'

Slashdot - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 9:18pm
An anonymous reader writes: The internet-of-things is here to stay. Lots of people now have smart lights, smart thermostats, smart appliances, smart fire detectors, and other internet-connect gadgets installed in their houses. The security of those devices has been an obvious and predictable problem since day one. Manufacturers can't be bothered to provide updates to $500 smartphones more than a couple years after they're released; how long do you think they'll be worried about security updates for a $50 thermostat? Security researchers have been vocal about this, and they've found lots of vulnerabilities and exploits before hackers have had a chance to. But the manufacturers have responded in the wrong way. Instead of developing a more robust approach to device security, they've simply thrown encryption at everything. This makes it temporarily harder for malicious hackers to have their way with the devices, but also shuts out consumers and white-hat researchers from knowing what the devices are doing. Stanford, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan have now started the Secure Internet of Things Project, which aims to promote security and transparency for IoT devices. They hope to unite regulators, researchers, and manufacturers to ensure nascent internet-connected tech is developed in a way that respects customer privacy and choice.

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IBM gets green light to sell off chips biz to GlobalFoundries

El Reg - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 9:11pm
US regulators furrow brows, frown, nod

IBM looks to be in the clear to sell off its ailing chippery division to GlobalFoundries after US regulators gave the deal the nod on Tuesday.…

UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

El Reg - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 8:59pm
Tell a pal your password ... and their FB mates will get it too

A Windows 10 feature, Wi-Fi Sense, smells like a security risk: it shares Wi-Fi passwords with the user's contacts.…

Cory Doctorow Talks About Fighting the DMCA (2 Videos)

Slashdot - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 8:27pm
Wikipedia says, 'Cory Efram Doctorow (/kri dktro/; born July 17, 1971) is a Canadian-British blogger, journalist, and science fiction author who serves as co-editor of the blog Boing Boing. He is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization, using some of their licenses for his books. Some common themes of his work include digital rights management, file sharing, and post-scarcity economics.' Timothy Lord sat down with Cory at the O'Reilly Solid Conference and asked him about the DMCA and how the fight against it is going. Due to management-imposed restraints on video lengths, we broke the ~10 minute interview into two parts, both attached to this paragraph. The transcript covers both videos, so it's your choice: view, read or listen to as much of this interview as you like.

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'This ruling does nothing to change the facts' thunders Apple in latest price-fix appeal blow

El Reg - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 8:17pm
The fact that you broke the law?

Apple has lost its appeal of a federal court decision that found it broke antitrust law by colluding with publishers to fix the prices of ebooks.…

HP's split surgeon Bill Veghte splits from HP

El Reg - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 8:04pm
Antonio Neri ascends to top of Enterprise Group

Bill Veghte, the HP exec who since October has led the company's effort to split into two separate businesses, is parting ways with the firm.…

White House Lures Mudge From Google To Launch Cyber UL

Slashdot - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 7:53pm
chicksdaddy writes: The Obama Whitehouse has tapped famed hacker Peiter Zatko (aka "Mudge") to head up a new project aimed at developing an "underwriters' lab" for cyber security. The new organization would function as an independent, non-profit entity designed to assess the security strengths and weaknesses of products and publishing the results of its tests. Zatko is a famed hacker and security luminary, who cut his teeth with the Boston-based hacker collective The L0pht in the 1990s before moving on to work in private industry and, then, to become a program manager at the DARPA in 2010. Though known for keeping a low profile, his scruffy visage (circa 1998) graced the pages of the Washington Post in a recent piece that remembered testimony that Mudge and other L0pht members gave to Congress about the dangers posed by insecure software.

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Uber execs charged, will stand trial in France

El Reg - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 7:36pm
Uberpop = explosion de la bulle

French prosecutors have charged two key Uber executives with deceitful commercial practices, operating an illegal taxi service, and illicit storage of personal data.…

Microsoft To Sell Bing Maps, Advertising Sections

Slashdot - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 7:09pm
UnknowingFool writes: Microsoft has announced that they will sell some Bing Maps technology to Uber and their advertising business to AOL. About 1,300 employees are expected to be offered positions in their new companies. CEO Nadella said previously that there would be "tough choices" to be made. Some outside analysts have said neither venture was very profitable for Microsoft and may have been unprofitable at times.

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PC-BSD 10.2 Gets Ready For Release, 11.0-CURRENT For Testing

Phoronix - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 6:48pm
The PC-BSD development team today announced their 10.2 pre-release, which continues to be derived from FreeBSD. Additionally they've also announced new 11.0-CURRENT images for those wishing to get a look ahead at FreeBSD/PC-BSD 11.0...

Pinos Is For Linux Video What PulseAudio Is For Audio

Phoronix - Tue, 30/06/2015 - 6:39pm
Just a few hours after writing about some new Linux video project dubbed "PulseVideo", Pinos was announced as a new initiative by Fedora Workstation for improving Linux video support...
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