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  • Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

    28 July 2014, 11:40 am by: timothy

    itwbennett (1594911) writes "Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch to install DDoS malware on Amazon and possibly other cloud servers. Last week security researchers from Kaspersky Lab found new variants…
  • Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

    28 July 2014, 11:01 am by: timothy

    hypnosec writes with news that India's Central Bureau of Investigation has ordered a preliminary enquiry (PE) against Google for violating Indian laws by mapping sensitive areas and defence installations in the country. As per the PE, registered on the basis…
  • Stanford Team Creates Stable Lithium Anode Using Honeycomb Film

    28 July 2014, 10:23 am by: timothy

    puddingebola (2036796) writes "A team at Stanford has created a stable Lithium anode battery using a carbon honeycomb film. The film is described as a nanosphere layer that allows for the expansion of Lithium during use, and is suitable as a barrier between…
  • Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

    28 July 2014, 9:54 am by: timothy

    New submitter melarky (3767369) writes This is a fun weekend project that most nerds will appreciate. Step by step instructions and also a handy video will make the construction of this project fast and easy. I have seen lots of plans for sale (or actual…
  • World's Largest Amphibious Aircraft Goes Into Production In China

    28 July 2014, 9:27 am by: timothy

    stephendavion (2872091) writes "Chinese aircraft manufacturer China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (CAIGA) has started trial production of its TA600 amphibious aircraft, claimed to be the world's largest of its kind. With an expected maiden flight late…
  • The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

    28 July 2014, 8:48 am by: timothy

    Benz145 (1869518) writes "The hotly anticipated Oculus Rift DK2 has begun arriving at doorsteps. The DK2s enhancements include optical positional tracking and a higher resolution panel, up from 1280×800 to 1920×1080 (1080p) and moved to a pentile-matrix OLED…
  • Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

    28 July 2014, 8:06 am by: timothy

    The recent death by overdose of Google executive Timothy Hayes has drawn attention to the phenomenon of illegal drug use (including abuse of prescription painkillers) among technology workers and executives in high-pay, high-stress Silicon Valley. The Mercury…
  • Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

    28 July 2014, 5:51 am by: timothy

    Forbes has an update on what sort of future Nokia faces, as Microsoft reveals a strategy for making sense of the acquisition: [Microsoft EVP of devices Stephen] Elop laid out a framework for cost cuts in a memo to employees on July 17. Devices would focus on…
  • How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

    28 July 2014, 3:33 am by: timothy

    sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have…
  • Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

    27 July 2014, 11:55 pm by: timothy

    New submitter Brett W (3715683) writes The security researchers that first published the 'Heartbleed' vulnerabilities in OpenSSL have spent the last few months auditing the Top 50 downloaded Android apps for vulnerabilities and have found issues with at least…
  • Newly Discovered Virus Widespread in Human Gut

    27 July 2014, 8:35 pm by: timothy

    A newly discovered virus has been found by a San Diego State University team to live inside more than half of all human gut cells sampled. Exploring genetic material found in intestinal samples, the international team uncovered the CrAssphage virus. They say…
  • Off the Florida Coast, Astronauts Train For Asteroid Mission

    27 July 2014, 7:06 pm by: timothy

    Space.com gives an overview of the training that four astronauts are undergoing over 9 days submerged off the coast of Florida near Key Largo. The training mission, dubbed NEEMO 18, is one step toward a proposed (mid-2020s) mission to actually visit a captured…
  • Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

    27 July 2014, 6:04 pm by: timothy

    jrepin (667425) writes "The government of the autonomous region of Valencia (Spain) earlier this month made available the next version of Lliurex, a customisation of the Edubuntu Linux distribution. The distro is used on over 110,000 PCs in schools in the…
  • A Router-Based Dev Board That Isn't a Router

    27 July 2014, 5:10 pm by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes with a link to an intriguing device highlighted at Hackaday (it's an Indiegogo project, too, if it excites you $90 worth, and seems well on its way to meeting its modest goal): The DPT Board is something that may be of interest to…
  • Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

    27 July 2014, 4:05 pm by: timothy

    U.S. officials today made public satellite imagery which they say proves that Russian forces have been shelling eastern Ukraine in a campaign to assist rebel groups fighting Ukraine’s government. The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence,…
  • Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

    27 July 2014, 2:40 pm by: timothy

    hypnosec (2231454) writes to point out a pointed critique from Linus Torvalds of GCC 4.9.0. after a random panic was discovered in a load balance function in Linux 3.16-rc6. in an email to the Linux kernel mailing list outlining two separate but possibly…
  • SpaceX Executive Calls For $22-25 Billion NASA Budget

    27 July 2014, 1:37 pm by: timothy

    MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "While participating in a panel called "The US Space Enterprise Partnership" at the NewSpace Conference that was held by the Space Frontier Foundation on Saturday, SpaceX Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell opined that…
  • Ask Slashdot: What Would You Do With Half a Rack of Server Space?

    27 July 2014, 12:40 pm by: timothy

    New submitter Christian Gainsbrugh (3766717) writes I work at a company that is currently transitioning all our servers into the cloud. In the interim we have half a rack of server space in a great datacenter that will soon be sitting completely idle for the…
  • Amputee Is German Long Jump Champion

    27 July 2014, 11:33 am by: timothy

    hweimer (709734) writes "German long jumper Markus Rehm has written sports history yesterday, becoming the first disabled athlete to win a national able-bodied championship. His jump to 8.24 meters put him on the 9th place of the current season rankings and…
  • Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

    27 July 2014, 10:25 am by: timothy

    tsu doh nimh (609154) writes KrebsOnSecurity looks at a popular service that helps crooked online marketers exhaust the Google AdWords budgets of their competitors.The service allows companies to attack competitors by raising their costs or exhausting their ad…
  • In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

    27 July 2014, 9:27 am by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes with an unpleasant statistic from France, quoting David Corchia, who heads a service employed by large French news organizations to sift through and moderate comments made on their sites. Quoting YNet News: Corchia says that as an…
  • Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

    27 July 2014, 8:26 am by: timothy

    Harvard economics professor Sendhil Mullainathan takes a look in the New York Times at interesting correlations between the release dates of new phones and OSes and search queries that indicate frustration with the speed of the phones that people already have.…
  • Report: Nuclear Plants Should Focus On Risks Posed By External Events

    27 July 2014, 7:21 am by: timothy

    mdsolar (1045926) writes "Engineers at American nuclear plants have been much better at calculating the risk of an internal problem that would lead to an accident than they have at figuring the probability and consequences of accidents caused by events outside…
  • Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

    27 July 2014, 4:30 am by: timothy

    Bose has taken issue with some of the technology embodied in products in Apple's newly acquired Beats line of headphones. As Ars Technica reports, Bose is suing Apple, claiming that the Beats products violate five Bose patents, covering noise cancellation and…
  • On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

    27 July 2014, 1:46 am by: timothy

    The Wall Street Journal lists 26 questions that Google and other search providers have been asked (in a meeting in Brussels earlier this week) to answer for EU regulators, to pin down what the search engine companies have done to comply with European demands…

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