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  • Your StarCraft II Potential Peaked At Age 24

    16 April 2014, 12:10 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "StarCraft II is popular among competitive gamers for having the depth necessary to reward differences in skill. A new study has found that your ability keep up with the game's frantic pace starts to decline at age 24. This is…
  • How 'DevOps' Is Killing the Developer

    15 April 2014, 10:05 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "Python guru Jeff Knupp writes about his frustration with the so-called 'DevOps' movement, an effort to blend development jobs with operations positions. It's an artifact of startup culture, and while it might make sense when you…
  • San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

    15 April 2014, 8:03 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "We've heard a few brief accounts recently of the housing situation in San Francisco, and how it's leading to protests, gentrification, and bad blood between long-time residents and the newer tech crowd. It's a complicated issue, and…
  • How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

    15 April 2014, 7:22 pm by: Soulskill

    Velcroman1 writes: "Car stereo salesmen and installers around the country are hoping Apple's CarPlay in-car infotainment system will have a big presence in the aftermarket car stereo industry. The Nikkei Asian Review reports that Alpine is making car stereo…
  • 52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

    15 April 2014, 6:40 pm by: Soulskill

    Advocatus Diaboli writes "The EFF has been investigating the FBI's Next-Generation Identification (NGI) scheme, an enormous database of biometric information. It's based on the agency's fingerprint database, which already has 100 million records. But according…
  • Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

    15 April 2014, 5:58 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "With Watch Dogs launching next month, Ubisoft is ramping up the promotion. That includes holding press events to show off the game to journalists, many of whom will end up reviewing Watch Dogs. One such event was held last week in…
  • How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

    15 April 2014, 5:16 pm by: Soulskill

    jammag writes: "Heartbleed has dealt a blow to the image of free and open source software. In the self-mythology of FOSS, bugs like Heartbleed aren't supposed to happen when the source code is freely available and being worked with daily. As Eric Raymond…
  • Lack of US Cybersecurity Across the Electric Grid

    15 April 2014, 4:35 pm by: Soulskill

    Lasrick writes: "Meghan McGuinness of the Bipartisan Policy Center writes about the Electric Grid Cybersecurity Initiative, a collaborative effort between the center's Energy and Homeland Security Projects. She points out that over half the attacks on U.S.…
  • Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

    15 April 2014, 3:42 pm by: Soulskill

    Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: "When Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all communications. Now Klint Finley reports that Snowden also used The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) to keep…
  • The Security of Popular Programming Languages

    15 April 2014, 2:59 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes "Deciding which programming language to use is often based on considerations such as what the development team is most familiar with, what will generate code the fastest, or simply what will get the job done. How secure the language…
  • Paper Microscope Magnifies Objects 2100 Times and Costs Less Than $1

    15 April 2014, 2:01 pm by: Soulskill

    ananyo writes: "If ever a technology were ripe for disruption, it is the microscope. Microscopes are expensive and need to be serviced and maintained. Unfortunately, one important use of them is in poor-world laboratories and clinics, for identifying…
  • Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

    15 April 2014, 1:07 pm by: timothy

    McGruber (1417641) writes "Return-free filing might allow tens of millions of Americans to file their taxes for free and in minutes. Under proposals authored by several federal lawmakers, it would be voluntary, using information the government already receives…
  • OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

    15 April 2014, 12:20 pm by: timothy

    First time accepted submitter Iarwain Ben-adar (2393286) writes "The OpenBSD has started a cleanup of their in-tree OpenSSL library. Improvements include removing "exploit mitigation countermeasures", fixing bugs, removal of questionable entropy additions, and…
  • Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

    15 April 2014, 11:34 am by: timothy

    jfruh (300774) writes "Back in February, after a lengthy dispute, Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for network access after being dogged by complaints of slow speeds from Comcast subscribers. Two months later, it appears that Comcast has delivered on its…
  • Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

    15 April 2014, 10:52 am by: timothy

    April 15, 2014 isn't just a full moon: it's Tax Day in the U.S. That means most American adults have already submitted a tax return, or an extension request, to the IRS and -- except for a few lucky states -- to their state governments as well. I filed my…
  • How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

    15 April 2014, 10:10 am by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes "Amazon Web Services has cut its prices on 40-plus consecutive occasions, at times leading the charge, at other times countering similar moves by Microsoft and Google. This article at CRN includes some interesting behind-the-scenes…
  • Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

    15 April 2014, 9:29 am by: timothy

    judgecorp (778838) writes "Three weeks after Russia asserted that Crimea is part of its territory, the social networks have a problem: how to categories their users from the region? Facebook and the largest Russian social network, Vkontakte, still say Crimeans…
  • Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

    15 April 2014, 8:51 am by: timothy

    Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Bloomberg reports that humans are taking the place of machines in plants across Japan so workers can develop new skills and figure out ways to improve production lines and the car-building process. "We need to become more…
  • Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

    15 April 2014, 8:05 am by: Unknown Lamer

    Late Yesterday, the Pulitzer Prize board announced (PDF) the 2014 Pulitzer Prize winners. The public service prize was awarded to the Guardian and the Washington Post. The Washington Post was given the award for its role in revealing widespread surveillance by…
  • This 1981 BYTE Magazine Cover Explains Why We're So Bad At Tech Predictions

    15 April 2014, 5:03 am by: Unknown Lamer

    harrymcc (1641347) writes "If you remember the golden age of BYTE magazine, you remember Robert Tinney's wonderful cover paintings. BYTE's April 1981 cover featured an amazing Tinney image of a smartwatch with a tiny text-oriented interface, QWERTY keyboard,…
  • U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

    15 April 2014, 3:07 am by: Unknown Lamer

    sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The U.S. biomedical science system 'is on an unsustainable path' and needs major reform, four prominent researchers say. Researchers should 'confront the dangers at hand,' the authors write, and 'rethink' how academic research is…
  • Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

    15 April 2014, 12:04 am by: Unknown Lamer

    snydeq (1272828) writes "Microsoft TechNet blog makes clear that Windows 8.1 will not be patched, and that users must get Windows 8.1 Update if they want security patches, InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard reports. 'In what is surely the most customer-antagonistic…
  • IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

    14 April 2014, 9:59 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Just in time for the April 15 IRS filing deadline comes news from the Washington Post that hundreds of thousands of taxpayers expecting refunds are instead getting letters informing them of tax debts they never knew…
  • Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

    14 April 2014, 8:05 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    astroengine (1577233) writes "NASA's Saturn-orbiting Cassini spacecraft has imaged something peculiar on the outermost edge of the gas giant's A-ring. A bright knot, or arc, has been spotted 20 percent brighter than the surrounding ring material and…
  • Mozilla Appoints Former Marketing Head Interim CEO

    14 April 2014, 7:29 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    itwbennett (1594911) writes "Following the contentious and ultimately failed appointment of Brendan Eich as CEO last month, the Mozilla Corporation has appointed Chris Beard to the board of directors and made him interim CEO. Beard starting working as chief…

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