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  • Passport Database Outage Leaves Thousands Stranded

    31 July 2014, 6:54 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    linuxwrangler (582055) writes Job interviews missed, work and wedding plans disrupted, children unable to fly home with their adoptive parents. All this disruption is due to a outage involving the passport and visa processing database at the U.S. State…
  • Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

    31 July 2014, 6:12 pm by: timothy

    Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "Michael Ramsay and Jim Barton created a revolution with TiVo, a device that challenged the notion that we had to watch TV shows when they aired. And they hoped to do it again with Qplay, a device that challenged the notion that…
  • HP Gives OpenVMS New Life and Path To X86 Port

    31 July 2014, 5:32 pm by: timothy

    dcblogs (1096431) writes Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS. Instead of pushing its users off the system, it has licensed OpenVMS to a new firm that plans to develop ports to the latest Itanium chips and is promising eventual support for x86…
  • Peter Hoddie Talks About His Internet of Things Construction Kit (Video)

    31 July 2014, 4:49 pm by: Roblimo

    You remember Peter Hoddie, right? He was one of the original QuickTime developers at Apple. He left in 2002 to help found a startup called Kinoma, which started life developing multimedia players and browsers for mobile devices. Kinoma was acquired in 2011 by…
  • Ask Slashdot: When Is It Better To Modify the ERP vs. Interfacing It?

    31 July 2014, 4:08 pm by: timothy

    New submitter yeshuawatso writes I work for one of the largest HVAC manufacturers in the world. We've currently spent millions of dollars investing in an ERP system from Oracle (via a third-party implementor and distributor) that handles most of our global…
  • UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

    31 July 2014, 3:29 pm by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes with a bit of pith from TechDirt: Every so often, people who don't really understand the importance of anonymity or how it enables free speech (especially among marginalized people), think they have a brilliant idea: "just end real…
  • CIA Director Brennan Admits He Was Lying: CIA Really Did Spy On Congress

    31 July 2014, 2:48 pm by: timothy

    Bruce66423 (1678196) writes with this story from the Guardian: The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the agency employees…
  • PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification

    31 July 2014, 2:08 pm by: timothy

    itwbennett (1594911) writes "Despite becoming one of the most widely used programming languages on the Web, PHP didn't have a formal specification — until now. Facebook engineer and PHP core contributor Sara Golemon announced the initiative at OSCON earlier…
  • Fotopedia Is Shutting Down; Data Avallable Until August 10

    31 July 2014, 1:45 pm by: timothy

    New submitter Randall Booth writes Fotopedia has sent notice to its users that it is shutting down. 'We are sorry to announce that Fotopedia is shutting down. As of August 10, 2014, Fotopedia.com will close and our iOS applications will cease to function. Our…
  • iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

    31 July 2014, 1:26 pm by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes with a teardown from iFixit of the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2: "iFixit's teardown reveals lots of interesting hardware within, including 40 infrared LEDs, a well-organized motherboard, and a display panel lifted directly from a…
  • Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory

    31 July 2014, 12:44 pm by: timothy

    cartechboy (2660665) writes "Earlier in the week we heard that Tesla and Panasonic had reached an agreement to build the gigafactory together, and today that became official. Now it seems that things are farther along than anyone thought. In fact, construction…
  • Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

    31 July 2014, 12:13 pm by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes "University of Virginia grad student Thomas Talhelm was living in Beijing on a Fulbright Scholarship during the winter of 2012-13, when air pollution was so bad scientists likened it to a nuclear winter. Those who could afford it…
  • NASA's JPL Develops Multi-Metal 3D Printing Process

    31 July 2014, 11:33 am by: timothy

    yyzmcleod (1534129) writes The technology to 3D print a single part from multiple materials has been around for years, but only for polymer-based additive manufacturing processes. For metals, jobs are typically confined to a single powdered base metal or alloy…
  • "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

    31 July 2014, 10:52 am by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes with s snippet from Ars Technica that should make you (even more) skeptical about plugging in random USB drives, or allowing to persons unknown physical access to you computer's USB ports : When creators of the state-sponsored…
  • Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland

    31 July 2014, 10:10 am by: timothy

    First time accepted submitter wijnands (874114) writes Star Wars crews have started filming on the small Irish Island of Skellig Michael. This island, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, features the remains of a 6th century monastery as well as breeding…
  • Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

    31 July 2014, 9:29 am by: timothy

    jones_supa (887896) writes "Nokia's future as a company focused on providing network solutions, rather than mobile phones, looks to be bright. The company made big profits in the second quarter of 2014 after selling its mobile devices unit — the cornerstone…
  • Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

    31 July 2014, 8:47 am by: timothy

    MojoKid (1002251) writes Game developer Crytek's problems have been detailed recently from various source, and it's now clear that it wasn't just the company's UK studios that were affected. Crytek announced today that it has officially moved development of…
  • Countries Don't Own Their Internet Domains, ICANN Says

    31 July 2014, 8:06 am by: timothy

    angry tapir writes The Internet domain name for a country doesn't belong to that country — nor to anyone, according to ICANN. Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as sponsors of terrorism want to seize the three countries' ccTLDs…
  • "ExamSoft" Bar Exam Software Fails Law Grads

    31 July 2014, 5:50 am by: timothy

    New submitter BobandMax writes ExamSoft, the management platform software that handles digital bar exam submissions for multiple states, experienced a severe technical meltdown on Tuesday, leaving many graduates temporarily unable to complete the exams needed…
  • Vint Cerf on Why Programmers Don't Join the ACM

    31 July 2014, 3:01 am by: timothy

    jfruh writes "The Association for Computing Machinery is a storied professional group for computer programmers, but its membership hasn't grown in recent years to keep pace with the industry. Vint Cerf, who recently concluded his term as ACM president, asked…
  • Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

    31 July 2014, 12:10 am by: timothy

    DroidJason1 writes The Chinese government is investigating Microsoft for possible breaches of anti-monopoly laws, following a series of surprise visits to Redmond's offices in cities across China on Monday. These surprise visits were part of China's ongoing…
  • Google, Linaro Develop Custom Android Edition For Project Ara

    30 July 2014, 9:24 pm by: timothy

    rtoz writes with this excerpt from an IDG story about the creation of an Android fork made just for Google's modular cell-phone project : A special edition of Android had to be created for the unique customizable design of Project Ara, said George Grey, CEO of…
  • SpaceShipTwo Flies Again

    30 July 2014, 8:42 pm by: timothy

    schwit1 writes "The competition heats up: For the first time in six months SpaceShipTwo completed a test flight [Tuesday]." The article linked is from NBC, which also has a deal with Virgin Galactic to televise the first commercial flight. It is thus in their…
  • Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

    30 July 2014, 7:36 pm by: timothy

    kkleiner writes Using an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, Microsoft Kinect, a camera, and a handful of electrical stimulators, a London student's virtual reality system is showing users what it's like to swap bodies. Looking down, they see someone else's…
  • Journalist Sues NSA For Keeping Keith Alexander's Financial History Secret

    30 July 2014, 6:54 pm by: timothy

    Daniel_Stuckey writes Now the NSA has yet another dilemma on its hands: Investigative journalist Jason Leopold is suing the agency for denying him the release of financial disclosure statements attributable to its former director. According to a report by…

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