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  • British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

    24 October 2014, 5:29 am by: samzenpus

    concertina226 writes The U.K. branch of global defense firm General Dynamics is working on a futuristic state-of-the-art smart-tank to replace the British Army's aging armored vehicle fleet, to be delivered to the Ministry of Defense in 2020. The Scout SV…
  • Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

    24 October 2014, 3:34 am by: samzenpus

    Lasrick writes To this day, Russian authorities refuse to disclose the incapacitating chemical agent (ICA) they employed in their attempt, 12 years ago, to save 900 hostages held in a theater by Chechen fighters. Malcom Dando elaborates on a new report (PDF)…
  • NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

    24 October 2014, 12:32 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It's the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation. From…
  • Tracking a Bitcoin Thief

    23 October 2014, 10:04 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes A small group of researchers were able to publish an investigative report on the hacking of a popular Bitcoin exchange earlier this year by the name of CryptoRush.in. Close to a million dollars stolen in crypto currency lead the…
  • How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

    23 October 2014, 9:10 pm by: samzenpus

    smaxp writes In 2007, Sony's supply chain lessons, the network effect from the shift to Intel architecture, and a better OS X for developers combined to renew the Mac's growth. The network effects of the Microsoft Wintel ecosystem that Rappaport explained 20…
  • SMART Begins Live Public Robocar Tests In Singapore

    23 October 2014, 8:09 pm by: samzenpus

    Hallie Siegel writes Robocar R&D is moving fast in Singapore, and this week, the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced they will be doing a live public demo of their autonomous golf carts over a course with 10 stops in the Singapore Chinese and…
  • Microsoft Exec Opens Up About Research Lab Closure, Layoffs

    23 October 2014, 7:28 pm by: samzenpus

    alphadogg writes It's been a bit over a month since Microsoft shuttered its Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley as part of the company's broader restructuring that will include 18,000 layoffs. This week, Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of Technology & Research,…
  • Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

    23 October 2014, 6:44 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader sends in news about a company that was fined for flying in "about eight employees" from India to work 120-hour weeks for $1.21 per hour. Electronics for Imaging paid several employees from India as little as $1.21 an hour to help install…
  • Mark Zuckerberg Speaks Mandarin At Tsinghua University In Beijing

    23 October 2014, 6:00 pm by: samzenpus

    HughPickens.com writes Abby Phillip reports at the Washington Post that that Mark Zuckerberg just posted a 30-minute Q&A at Tsinghua University in Beijing in which he answered every question exclusively in Chinese — a notoriously difficult language to learn…
  • Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

    23 October 2014, 5:15 pm by: timothy

    oxide7 (1013325) writes "In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness.…
  • Leaked Documents Reveal Behind-the-Scenes Ebola Vaccine Issues

    23 October 2014, 4:33 pm by: timothy

    sciencehabit writes Extensive background documents from a meeting that took place today at the World Health Organization (WHO) have provided new details about exactly what it will take to test, produce, and bankroll Ebola vaccines, which could be a potential…
  • Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

    23 October 2014, 3:46 pm by: timothy

    Ubuntu 14.10, dubbed Utopic Unicorn, has been released today (here are screenshots). PC World says that at first glance "isn't the most exciting update," with not so much as a new default wallpaper — but happily so: it's a stable update in a stable series,…
  • German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

    23 October 2014, 2:59 pm by: timothy

    itwbennett writes German publishers said they are bowing to Google's market power, and will allow the search engine to show news snippets in search results free of charge — at least for the time being. The decision is a step in an ongoing legal dispute…
  • We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

    23 October 2014, 2:10 pm by: timothy

    Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes: Facebook threatened to banish drag queen pseudonyms, and (some) users revolted by flocking to Ello, a social network which promised not to enforce real names and also to remain ad-free. Critics said that the…
  • We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

    23 October 2014, 2:10 pm by: timothy

    Frequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes: Facebook threatened to banish drag queen pseudonyms, and (some) users revolted by flocking to Ello, a social network which promised not to enforce real names and also to remain ad-free. Critics said that the…
  • Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

    23 October 2014, 1:17 pm by: timothy

    relliker writes In the olden days, when monitoring a file system of a few 100 MB, we would be alerted when it topped 90% or more, with 95% a lot of times considered quite critical. Today, however, with a lot of file systems in the Terabyte range, a 90-95% full…
  • Austin Airport Tracks Cell Phones To Measure Security Line Wait

    23 October 2014, 12:21 pm by: timothy

    jfruh writes If you get into the TSA security line at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, you'll see monitors telling you how long your wait will be — and if you have a phone with Wi-Fi enabled, you're helping the airport come up with that number. A…
  • Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

    23 October 2014, 11:40 am by: timothy

    Dave Knott writes One of the few remaining examples of Apple Inc's first pre-assembled computer, the Apple 1, sold for $905,000 at an auction in New York on Wednesday. The final price outstrips expectations, as auction house Bonhams had said it expected to…
  • Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

    23 October 2014, 11:00 am by: timothy

    Social media site Ello is presented as the anti-Facebook, promising an ad-free social network, and that they won't sell private data. Today, they've also announced that Ello has become a Public Benefit Corporation, and that the site's anti-advertising promise…
  • Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

    23 October 2014, 10:06 am by: timothy

    Trailrunner7 writes "There is a severe remote code execution vulnerability in a number of Cisco's security appliances, a bug that was first disclosed nearly three years ago. The vulnerability is in Telnet and there has been a Metasploit module available to…
  • Sale of IBM's Chip-Making Business To GlobalFoundries To Get US Security Review

    23 October 2014, 9:25 am by: timothy

    dcblogs writes IBM is an officially sanctioned trusted supplier to the U.S. Defense Dept., and the transfer of its semiconductor manufacturing to GlobalFoundries, a U.S.-based firm owned by investors in Abu Dhabi, will get U.S. scrutiny. Retired U.S. Army…
  • Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

    23 October 2014, 8:44 am by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from The Guardian: Government plans that mean computer users deemed to have damaged national security, the economy or the environment will face a life sentence have been criticised by experts who warn that the new…
  • The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

    23 October 2014, 8:03 am by: samzenpus

    HughPickens.com writes James Swearingen writes at The Atlantic that the Internet can be a mean, hateful, and frightening place — especially for young women but human behavior and the limits placed on it by both law and society can change. In a Pew Research…
  • Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

    23 October 2014, 5:34 am by: samzenpus

    First time accepted submitter agent elevator writes In a wide-ranging interview at IEEE Spectrum, Michael I. Jordan skewers a bunch of sacred cows, basically saying that: The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis…
  • U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

    23 October 2014, 2:59 am by: samzenpus

    Lucas123 writes Walmart-owned ASDA supermarkets in the U.K. are beta testing 3D full-body scanning booths that allow patrons to buy 6-in to 9-in high "selfie" figurines. Artec Group, a maker of 3D scanners and software, said its Shapify Booth, which can scan…

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