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Jeep Cherokee 2.2: Capable, comfortable ... but just not very Jeep

El Reg - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 1:01pm
So Italian it probably has Venetian glass

Vulture at the wheel  Ever since Fiat became FCA – Fiat Chrysler Automotive – there has been something a bit incongruous about the mix of brands. An Italian Jeep takes a bit of getting used to. Refined ride, exceptionally nice leather, a responsive automatic gearbox, multi-link rear suspension.…

Uber pulls up to the bumper, plonks Jeep hackers into driving seat

El Reg - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 12:46pm
Make driver-free cars more secure? Good luck with that!

Uber has hired two security researchers as it shifts gears on its biz strategy with plans to develop driver-free cars.…

DragonFlyBSD's Intel DRM Code Up To Linux 3.17 Match

Phoronix - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 12:41pm
François Tigeot has landed his i915 Intel DRM driver update that brings the DragonFlyBSD's Intel graphics driver up to parity with the Linux 3.17 kernel...

GNOME To Start Using Codenames

Phoronix - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 12:36pm
GNOME has been one of the few key open-source projects not using a codename in one form or another, but that is changing...

A Courtroom Victory For Microsoft In Cellphone-Related Patent Suit

Slashdot - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 12:33pm
Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has been cleared of patent infringement by the US International Trade Commission. The case dates back to 2007 when InterDigital Inc claimed Microsoft infringed its patents, and there were calls for a ban on the import of handsets. InterDigital Inc has been battling in court for eight years, initially trying to claim royalties on phones made by Nokia, now transferred to Microsoft. As well as blocking the call for an import ban, the ITC stated that Microsoft did not infringe patents relating to the way mobiles make calls. In short Microsoft is in the clear and InterDigital's rights have not been violated.

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Arro Taxi App Arrives In NYC As 'Best Hope' Against Uber

Slashdot - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 11:02am
An anonymous reader writes with a report at The Stack that "New York City cabs have begun testing a new app-based taxi system in an attempt to win back customers lost to Uber and Lyft." The app is called Arro, and is being trialled in about 7,000 New York cabs. It sticks with metered prices, rather than the demand-based price increases that Uber institutes for times of peak demand. With so many cabs on the road already, the makers boast that Arro will outpace Uber soon. At least based on my limited experience with each, real competition with Uber or Lyft would require some seminars on good customer service.

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Black and blue: The rise of the riotous Richard Pryor

El Reg - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 11:01am
Paradigm puncher ... Is It Something I Said? hits 40

Feature  Readers are advised that a number of the video clips featured in this article contain colourful language of a NSFW nature.

FORKING BitcoinXT: Is it really a coup or just more crypto-FUD?

El Reg - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 9:00am
Let's unleash a new craptocurrency

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Bitcoin is about to fork off. Too forking right, some of you may cheer. But a great many Bitcoin “users” – miners, developers, retailers and spenders – are against the idea. If you ask them about it, they’ll tell you they don’t like being forked about. Some of them say they couldn’t be forked.…

John Conway: All Play and No Work For a Genius

Slashdot - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 8:42am
An anonymous reader points out Quanta's spotlight piece on mathematician John Conway, whose best known mathematical contribution is probably his "Game of Life," which has inspired many a screensaver and more than a few computer science careers. From the article: Based at Princeton University, though he found fame at Cambridge (as a student and professor from 1957 to 1987), John Horton Conway, 77, claims never to have worked a day in his life. Instead, he purports to have frittered away reams and reams of time playing. Yet he is Princeton's John von Neumann Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics (now emeritus). He's a fellow of the Royal Society. And he is roundly praised as a genius. "The word 'genius' gets misused an awful lot," said Persi Diaconis, a mathematician at Stanford University. "John Conway is a genius. And the thing about John is he'll think about anything. He has a real sense of whimsy. You can't put him in a mathematical box."

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How Close Are We, Really, To Nuclear Fusion?

Slashdot - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 5:55am
StartsWithABang writes: The ultimate dream when it comes to clean, green, safe, abundant energy is nuclear fusion. The same process that powers the core of the Sun could also power everything on Earth millions of times over, if only we could figure out how to reach that breakeven point. Right now, we have three different candidates for doing so: inertial confinement, magnetic confinement, and magnetized target fusion. Recent advances have all three looking promising in various ways, making one wonder why we don't spend more resources towards achieving the holy grail of energy.

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Kenya's iHub Creates Accelerator Program For Tech-Hardware Entrepreneurs

Slashdot - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 3:06am
An anonymous reader writes: The iHub in Nairobi has long been at the epicentre of tech developments in Africa, and has been lauded by both Barack Obama and Satya Nadella in recent weeks. It currently has about 3000 software devs registered as members, but since last year has been building a makerspace for hardware entrepreneurs, too. Gearbox, as its called, it's just launched its first incubation program with the backing of Village Capital, offering $100,000 in investment opportunities for 12 entrepreneurs through a three month program. According to the organisers, it's the first of its kind on the continent. (It's certainly not the first hackerspace in Africa, though -- even in 2012, there were quite a few.)

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A Look At the World's First Virtual Reality Theme Park

Slashdot - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 12:19am
redletterdave writes: The Void is the first company to create a virtual reality theme park, where virtual experiences are layered on top of physical, real world environments. Tech Insider was the first media outlet to visit The Void's headquarters in Utah, filming the company's first creations. These experiences are still far from final, but the footage is impressive and entertaining. This is not Lazer Tag.

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NVIDIA 352.41 Driver Brings New GPU Support & Fixes

Phoronix - Sat, 29/08/2015 - 12:06am
The latest stable update to the NVIDIA 352 Linux driver series is now available, for those not riding the current NVIDIA 355 driver series...

Croatian Party Advocates Government Adoption of Open Source

Slashdot - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 11:27pm
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, Croatian political party Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) published a new policy that encourages the government to pursue open source solutions, addresses the dangers of vendor lock-in, and insists on open document standards. Best of all, they did it the open source way. In this article on Opensource.com, Croatian startup founder Josip Almasi highlights some of the policy's implications, as well as why it could matter in the upcoming election.

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Harshest Penalty for Alleged Rapist Was For Using a Computer To Arrange Contact With Teen

Slashdot - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 11:03pm
An anonymous reader writes: Today in a nationally publicized case, an alleged rapist from a fairly elite boarding school was convicted of a number of related misdemeanors, but the jury did not find him guilty of rape. According to the New York Times, his lone felony conviction was "using a computer to lure a minor." In effect, a criminal was convicted of multiple misdemeanors, including sexual penetration of a child, but the biggest penalty he faces is a felony record and years in jail because he used a computer to contact the child, rather than picking her up at a coffee shop, meeting her at a party, or hiring a fifteen-year-old prostitute. Prosecutors have these "using a computer" charges as an additional quiver in their bow, but should we really be making it a felony to use a computer for non-computer-related crime when there is no underlying felony conviction?

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Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:33pm
Noel Biderman quits hacked biz

Noel Biderman has quit as chief exec of Avid Life Media, the parent of adultery website Ashley Madison. If you can't think why, or don't know what Ashley Madison is by now, then you must have been living under a rock for the past month – and we'd be grateful if you could let us join you.…

Uber Hires Hackers Who Remotely Killed a Jeep

Slashdot - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 10:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: The past several weeks have been rife with major vulnerabilities in modern cars, but none were so dramatic as when Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek tampered with the systems on a moving Jeep Cherokee. Now, Miller and Valasek have left their jobs to join a research laboratory for Uber. It's the same lab that became home for a number of autonomous vehicle experts poached from Carnegie Mellon University. From the article: "As Uber plunges more deeply into developing or adapting self-driving cars, Miller and Valasek could help the company make that technology more secure. Uber envisions autonomous cars that could someday replace its hundreds of thousands of contract drivers. The San Francisco company has gone to top-tier universities and research centers to build up this capability."

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Amazon Developing TV Series Based On Galaxy Quest

Slashdot - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:39pm
An anonymous reader writes: Entertainment Weekly reports that Amazon Studios is developing a TV show based on Galaxy Quest, the 1999 film that parodied classic sci-fi shows like Star Trek. In the movie, actors for a Trek-like show were conscripted by real aliens to help run a starship and negotiate peace with a mortal enemy. The actors had no idea what to do, of course, and ended up getting help from the most rabid fans of their show. The new TV show is still in early stages of development. It's unlikely that the original Galaxy Quest cast will return — it starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Sam Rockwell, to name a few. However, several important members of the production crew will return: "The film's co-writer Robert Gordon will pen the script and executive produce the pilot. The film's director Dean Parisot will direct and executive produce. And executive producers Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein are on board as well." The show is a ways off, yet — they haven't even been greenlit for a pilot episode — but it'd be a welcome addition to today's sci-fi TV offerings

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Baltimore lawyers vow to review 2,000 FBI Stingray snoop cases

El Reg - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 9:11pm
Why yes, we do bill by the hour... why do you ask?

Defense attorneys in Baltimore, US, are planning to reexamine 2,000 police arrests made with the assistance of Stingray – the cellphone surveillance equipment that identifies and logs mobile device owners within range.…

Symantec Researchers Find 49 New Modules of Regin Spying Tool

Slashdot - Fri, 28/08/2015 - 8:57pm
itwbennett writes: Security researchers from Symantec have identified 49 more modules (bringing the total number found so far to 75) of the sophisticated Regin cyberespionage platform that many believe is used by the U.S. National Security Agency and its close allies. Some of the modules implement basic malware functions, while other modules are much more specialized and built with specific targets in mind. 'One module was designed to monitor network traffic to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) web servers, another was observed collecting administration traffic for mobile telephony base station controllers, while another was created specifically for parsing mail from Exchange databases,' the Symantec researchers said in an updated version of their white paper (PDF) published Thursday.

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