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  • Two Exocomet Families Found Around Baby Star System

    22 October 2014, 8:10 pm by: samzenpus

    astroengine writes Scientists have found two families of comets in the developing Beta Pictoris star system, located about 64 million light-years from Earth, including one group that appears to be remnants of a smashed-up protoplanet. The discovery bolsters…
  • Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

    22 October 2014, 7:30 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes The better question may be whether it will ever be ready for the road at all? The car has fewer capabilities than most people seem to be aware of. The notion that it will be widely available any time soon is a stretch. From the…
  • Michigan Latest State To Ban Direct Tesla Sales

    22 October 2014, 6:46 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes As many expected, Michigan Governor Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans Tesla Motors from selling cars directly to buyers online in the state. When asked what Tesla's next step will be, Diarmuid O'Connell, vice…
  • BitTorrent Performance Test: Sync Is Faster Than Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox

    22 October 2014, 6:03 pm by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes Now that its file synchronization tool has received a few updates, BitTorrent is going on the offensive against cloud-based storage services by showing off just how fast BitTorrent Sync can be. More specifically, the company…
  • Deutsche Telecom Upgrades T-Mobile 2G Encryption In US

    22 October 2014, 5:25 pm by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes T-Mobile, a major wireless carrier in the U.S. and subsidiary of German Deutsche Telecom, is hardening the encryption on its 2G cellular network in the U.S., reports the Washington Post. According to Cisco, 2G cellular calls still…
  • The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

    22 October 2014, 4:44 pm by: timothy

    jones_supa writes In Windows 8, there was an arrangement of two settings applications: the Control Panel for the desktop and the PC Settings app in the Modern UI side. With Windows 10, having the two different applications has started to look even more…
  • Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

    22 October 2014, 4:04 pm by: timothy

    DemonOnIce writes with a story, as reported by Ars Technica, that a federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a proposed securities fraud class action lawsuit connected to Battlefield 4's bungled rollout. From the report: EA and several top executives were…
  • Microsoft, Ask.com, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal

    22 October 2014, 3:23 pm by: timothy

    itwbennett (1594911) writes Oracle, Microsoft and Ask.com are facing suits alleging that they conspired to restrict hiring of staff. The suits appear to refer to a memo that names a large number of companies that allegedly had special arrangements with Google…
  • 6,000 Year Old Temple Unearthed In Ukraine

    22 October 2014, 3:01 pm by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes A massive archaeological dig of an ancient Ukrainian village first begun in 2009 has yielded a discovery that I sort of hope ends up inspiring a video game: a massive, scary-sounding temple. From the article: "Inside the temple,…
  • FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

    22 October 2014, 2:42 pm by: Soulskill

    janoc writes It seems that chipmaker FTDI has started an outright war on cloners of their popular USB bridge chips. At first the clones stopped working with the official drivers, and now they are being intentionally bricked, rendering the device useless. The…
  • Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

    22 October 2014, 2:00 pm by: Soulskill

    Z80xxc! writes: The Gmail team announced "Inbox" this morning, a new way to manage email. Inbox is email, but organized differently. Messages are grouped into "bundles" of similar types. "Highlights" pull out and display key information from messages, and…
  • Astronomers Find Brightest Pulsar Ever Observed

    22 October 2014, 1:17 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the NuSTAR satellite have discovered a pulsar so bright that it challenges how scientists think pulsars work. While observing galaxy M82 in hopes of spotting supernovae, the…
  • Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

    22 October 2014, 12:34 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Over 4 million Raspberry Pis have been sold so far, and now founder Eben Upton has shown off a touchscreen display panel that's designed to work with it. It's a 7" panel, roughly tablet sized, but slightly thicker. "With the…
  • Shooting At Canadian Parliament

    22 October 2014, 11:55 am by: Soulskill

    CBC reports that a man pulled up to the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, got out of his car, and shot a soldier with a rifle. The Memorial is right next to the Canadian Parliament buildings. A shooter (reportedly the same one, but unconfirmed) also approached…
  • Shooting At Canadian Parliament

    22 October 2014, 11:55 am by: Soulskill

    CBC reports that a man pulled up to the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, got out of his car, and shot a soldier with a rifle. The Memorial is right next to the Canadian Parliament buildings. A shooter (reportedly the same one, but unconfirmed) also approached…
  • What It Took For SpaceX To Become a Serious Space Company

    22 October 2014, 11:47 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: The Atlantic has a nice profile of SpaceX's rise to prominence — how a private startup managed to successfully compete with industry giants like Boeing in just a decade of existence. "Regardless of its inspirations, the company…
  • Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

    22 October 2014, 11:05 am by: Soulskill

    HughPickens.com writes: Brian Fung reports at the Washington Post that earlier this year emergency services went dark for over six hours for more than 11 million people across seven states. "The outage may have gone unnoticed by some, but for the more than…
  • Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

    22 October 2014, 10:23 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is warning users about a new Windows zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild and is primarily a risk to users on servers and workstations that open documents with embedded OLE objects. The…
  • DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

    22 October 2014, 9:39 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent recommendations to strengthen security on net-connected medical devices, the Department of Homeland Security is launching an investigation into 24 cases of potential…
  • Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

    22 October 2014, 8:57 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: The Hungarian government has announced a new tax on internet traffic: 150 HUF ($0.62 USD) per gigabyte. In Hungary, a monthly internet subscription costs around 4,000-10,000 HUF ($17-$41), so it could really put a constraint on…
  • Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public

    22 October 2014, 8:15 am by: Soulskill

    zonker writes: In 1970, the Xerox Corporation established the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) with the goal to develop an "architecture of information" and lay the groundwork for future electronic office products. The pioneering Alto project that began in…
  • Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

    22 October 2014, 5:12 am by: Soulskill

    osage writes: Several colleagues and I have worked on an open source project for over 20 years under a corporate aegis. Though nothing like Apache, we have a sizable user community and the software is considered one of the de facto standards for what it does.…
  • First Evidence of Extrasolar Planets Discovered In 1917

    22 October 2014, 2:12 am by: Soulskill

    KentuckyFC writes: Earth's closest white dwarf is called van Maanen 2 and sits 14 light-years from here. It was discovered by the Dutch astronomer Adriaan van Maanen in 1917, but it was initially hard to classify. That's because its spectra contains lots of…
  • Internet Broadband Through High-altitude Drones

    22 October 2014, 12:16 am by: Soulskill

    mwagner writes: Skynet is coming. But not like in the movie: The future of communications is high-altitude solar-powered drones, flying 13 miles above the ground, running microwave wireless equipment, delivering broadband to the whole planet. The articles…
  • Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

    21 October 2014, 10:13 pm by: Soulskill

    HughPickens.com writes: Arthur Obermayer, a friend of the Isaac Asimov, writes that he recently rediscovered an unpublished essay by Asimov written in 1959 while cleaning out some old files. Obermayer says it is "as broadly relevant today as when he wrote it.…

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