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Andreessen tips spare change into sensor startup Samsara

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 4:26am
Along with World+Dog, Meraki founders reckon IoT is next big thing

The founders of Cisco-acquired Meraki have resurfaced with their next venture, an Internet of Things sensor outfit called Samsara.…

HP looks set to ditch 3Com-spawn H3C Tech

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 4:04am
Tsinghua Unigroup to scoop remnants of once-mighty Ethernet pioneer

H3C, a networking business that started life as a joint venture between 3Com and Huawei but is now owned by HP, is to become a majority-owned subsidiary of the state-controlled Tsinghua Unigroup.…

Extreme Networks restructures <i>again</i>, promises SDN pivot

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 3:25am
Global workforce to be cut by 18 per cent in search of savings

The indifferent revenue growth and ongoing losses announced earlier this month are having the usual effect on vendor Extreme Networks: it's announced a restructure.…

Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 2:58am
I don't like your Tone, Google, try something I can hear

Google has released an experimental plug-in for Chrome that does something odd: sending URLs around the room using sound.…

Huawei announces tiny 10 KB IoT kernel

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 2:32am
LiteOS will be made open source

Huawei has offered up a good look at its Internet of Things strategy, using its Network Congress 2015 to show off a microkernel that will be the bedrock of its future efforts in the field.…

The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 2:12am
Z-Wave thinks it's VHS to opponent's Betamax

There is an "internet of things" standards war coming and Z-Wave will emerge triumphant, at least according to two of its leading advocates.…

Simple Flaw Exposed Data On Millions of Charter Internet Customers

Slashdot - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 2:05am
Daniel_Stuckey writes: A security flaw discovered in the website of Charter Communications, a cable and Internet provider active in 28 states, may have exposed the personal account details of millions of its customers. Security researcher Eric Taylor discovered the internet service provider's vulnerability as part of his research, and demonstrated how a simple header modification performed with a browser plug-in could reveal details of Charter subscriber accounts. After Fast Company notified Charter of the issue, the company said it had installed a fix within hours.

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 1:56am
Bipartisan effort to kill Section 215

Update  Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is currently four hours into a filibuster on the Senate floor over plans to renew sections of the Patriot Act that allow mass surveillance of American citizens.…

India plans space telescope launch in second half of 2015

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 1:02am
ASTROSAT won't trouble Hubble, will excite boffins at University of Leicester

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says it is ready to launch its first “mission aimed at studying distant celestial objects.”…

Call girl gets six years for Googler's drug death

El Reg - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 12:49am
Tichelman pleads guilty in heroin overdose killing

A former call girl has plead guilty to felony charges in the death of a senior Google executive from a heroin overdose.…

Hydrogen-Powered Drone Can Fly For 4 Hours at a Time

Slashdot - Thu, 21/05/2015 - 12:24am
stowie writes: The Hycopter uses its frame to store energy in the form of hydrogen instead of air. With less lift power required, it's fuel cell turns the hydrogen in its frame into electricity to power its rotors. The drone can fly for four hours at a time and 2.5 hours when carrying a 2.2-pound payload. “By removing the design silos that typically separate the energy storage component from UAV frame development - we opened up a whole new category in the drone market, in-between battery and combustion engine systems,” says CEO Taras Wankewycz.

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New Chrome Extension Uses Sound To Share URLs Between Devices

Slashdot - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 11:45pm
itwbennett writes: Google Tone is an experimental feature that could be used to easily and instantly share browser pages, search results, videos and other pages among devices, according to Google Research. "The initial prototype used an efficient audio transmission scheme that sounded terrible, so we played it beyond the range of human hearing," researcher Alex Kauffmann and software engineer Boris Smus wrote in a post on the Google Research blog.

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Huawei's LiteOS Internet of Things Operating System Is a Minuscule 10KB

Slashdot - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 11:02pm
Mark Wilson writes: Chinese firm Huawei today announces its IoT OS at an event in Beijing. The company predicts that within a decade there will be 100 billion connected devices and it is keen for its ultra-lightweight operating system to be at the heart of the infrastructure. Based on Linux, LiteOS weighs in at a mere 10KB — smaller than a Word document — but manages to pack in support for zero configuration, auto-discovery, and auto-networking. The operating system will be open for developers to tinker with, and is destined for use in smart homes, wearables, and connected vehicles. LiteOS will run on Huawei's newly announced Agile Network 3.0 Architecture and the company hopes that by promoting a standard infrastructure, it will be able to push the development of internet and IoT applications

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How 1990s Encryption Backdoors Put Today's Internet In Jeopardy

Slashdot - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 10:17pm
An anonymous reader writes: While debate swirls in Washington D.C. about new encryption laws, the consequences of the last crypto war is still being felt. Logjam vulnerabilities making headlines today is "a direct result of weakening cryptography legislation in the 1990s," researcher J. Alex Halderman said. "Thanks to Moore's law and improvements in cryptanalysis, the ability to break that crypto is something really anyone can do with open-source software. The backdoor might have seemed like a good idea at the time. Maybe the arguments 20 years ago convinced people this was going to be safe. History has shown otherwise. This is the second time in two months we've seen 90s era crypto blow up and put the safety of everyone on the internet in jeopardy."

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

El Reg - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 9:39pm
Companies slammed for violating FTC laws

A pair of US companies have been fined $1.7m by the FTC for violating federal laws on robocalling.…

Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

El Reg - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 9:34pm
Texting on the road the equivalent of four beers, says experts

Over two-thirds of drivers are dangerously distracted by their smartphones.…

The Brainteaser Elon Musk Asks New SpaceX Engineers

Slashdot - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 9:33pm
Nerval's Lobster writes: The latest biography of Elon Musk, by technology journalist Ashlee Vance, provides an in-depth look into how the entrepreneur and tech titan built Tesla Motors and SpaceX from the ground up. For developers and engineers, getting a job at SpaceX is difficult, with a long interviewing/testing process... and for some candidates, there's a rather unique final step: an interview with Musk himself. During that interview, Musk reportedly likes to ask candidates a particular brainteaser: "You're standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?" If you can answer that riddle successfully, and pass all of SpaceX's other stringent tests, you may have a shot at launching rockets into orbit.

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Google, Twitter search deal: Did micro-blabbing site gag racy tweets to satisfy ad giant?

El Reg - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 9:16pm
Smutty material reportedly set to be covered up

Comment  Google will start displaying real-time tweets on its search pages after a deal was struck with Twitter.…

Learn About The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools Program (Video #2)

Slashdot - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 8:49pm
Quoting our intro from yesterday's 'Part One' video: 'The Technology Education And Literacy in Schools program (TEALS to its friends), started with one volunteer, a Berkeley CS grad named Kevin Wang who taught high school for a while, then went to Microsoft for a much higher salary than he got from teaching. But before long, he was getting up early and teaching a first period computer science class at a Seattle-area high school that was (sort of) on his way to work.' TEALS is now in 130 high schools and has 475 volunteers in multiple states but still has a long way to go (and needs to recruit many more volunteers) because, Kevin says, fewer than 1% of American high school students are exposed to computer science, even though "Computer science is now fundamental in these kids' lives." He doesn't expect everyone who takes a TEALS class to become a computer person any more than chemistry teachers expect all their students to become chemists. You might say that learning a little about how computers and networks work is like knowing how to change a car tire and cook a simple meal: skills that make life easier even for people who don't want to become mechanics or cooks.

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Grand Theft Auto V Keeps Raking In Money

Slashdot - Wed, 20/05/2015 - 8:06pm
jones_supa writes: At end of 2013, Grand Theft Auto V made $800 million during initial 24 hours of sales. The title keeps churning profit as the publisher Take-Two closes the book on fiscal year 2015, which ended March 31. The company reported better-than-expected profits of $54.3 million atop revenue of $427.7 million in its fourth quarter, a significant improvement over the $21.5 million profit it reaped from $233.2 million in revenue during the same period last year. This time around Take-Two once again credited GTA V as its premier revenue driver for the final quarter of the year. With PS4/XBOne/PC versions out as well, the game has been an excellent investment. Strong runner-ups were 2K titles NBA 2K15 and Evolve.

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