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  • New Oculus SDK Adds Experimental Linux Support and Unity Free For Rift Headset

    25 October 2014, 3:59 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Oculus, creator of the Rift VR headset, has released a new version of their SDK which brings with it long sought-after support for Linux, which the company says is "experimental." Linux support was previously unavailable since the…
  • FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016

    25 October 2014, 2:52 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: 2014 was supposed to be the year broadcasters would be allowed to sell off their unused spectrum to mobile carriers. That got pushed back to 2015 in December, and now the Federal Communications Commission has bumped it to 2016 in…
  • EU Sets Goal To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 40% By 2030

    25 October 2014, 1:50 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: The 28 nations in the European Union agreed Friday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% (going by 1990 levels) by the year 2030. The deal received widespread criticism; industry bosses said the 2030 targets were too extreme, while…
  • High Speed Evolution

    25 October 2014, 12:46 pm by: Soulskill

    Taco Cowboy writes: Normally, the term "evolution" implicitly refers to super-long time frames. However, in the case of lizards on Florida islands, evolution seems to have shifted into a higher gear. Researchers have documented noticeable changes in a native…
  • Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

    25 October 2014, 11:39 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: In a post at the Free Software Foundation, lawyer Marco Ciurcina reports that the Italian Supreme Court has ruled the practice of forcing users to pay for a Windows license when they buy a new PC is illegal. Manufacturers in Italy…
  • Scientists Engineer Cancer-Killing Stem Cells

    25 October 2014, 10:35 am by: Soulskill

    SternisheFan writes with news that medical researchers from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully cultivated stem cells that will kill brain cancer cells in mice without damaging healthy cells. "They used genetic…
  • CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

    25 October 2014, 9:28 am by: Soulskill

    sabri writes: Following the initial suspension of a California Highway Patrol officer earlier this week, news has come out that the CHP has an entire ring of officers who steal and subsequently share nude pictures. The nudes are stolen from women who are…
  • Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

    25 October 2014, 8:23 am by: timothy

    theodp writes According to Steve Ballmer, Amazon.com is not a real business. "They make no money," Ballmer said on the Charlie Rose Show. "In my world, you're not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don't make…
  • Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

    25 October 2014, 5:25 am by: timothy

    An anonymous reader writes Google has expanded its search engine with the capability to recognize video games. If your query references a game, a new Knowledge Graph panel on the right-hand side of Google's search results page will offer more information,…
  • Peter Kuran:Visual Effects Artist and Atomic Bomb Archivist

    25 October 2014, 2:21 am by: timothy

    Lasrick links to this interview with Peter Kuran, an animator of the original Star Wars and legendary visual effects artist, writing If you saw the recent remake of Godzilla, you saw stock footage from Atom Central, known on YouTube as 'the atomic bomb…
  • OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

    24 October 2014, 11:14 pm by: timothy

    operator_error notes a report that ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has emailed the Ubuntu Devel mailing list to request that ownCloud (server) be removed from the Ubuntu repositories because it contains "multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have…
  • Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

    24 October 2014, 8:07 pm by: timothy

    SmartAboutThings writes Microsoft has recently published its Q1 fiscal 2015 earnings report, disclosing that it has made $4.5 billion in net income on $23.20 billion in revenue. According to the report, revenue has increased by $4.67 billion, compared to…
  • Days After Shooting, Canada Proposes New Restrictions On and Offline

    24 October 2014, 7:22 pm by: timothy

    New submitter o_ferguson writes As Slashdot reported earlier this week, a lone shooter attacked the war memorial and parliament buildings in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday. As many comments predicted, the national government has seized this as an opportunity to…
  • AT&T Locks Apple SIM Cards On New iPads

    24 October 2014, 6:47 pm by: timothy

    As reported by MacRumors, the unlocked, carrier-switchable SIM cards built into the newest iPads aren't necessarily so -- at least if you buy them from an AT&T store. Though the card comes from Apple with the ability to support (and be switched among with…
  • Passwords: Too Much and Not Enough

    24 October 2014, 6:08 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Sophos has a blog post up saying, "attempts to get users to choose passwords that will resist offline guessing, e.g., by composition policies, advice and strength meters, must largely be judged failures." They say a password must…
  • Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

    24 October 2014, 5:26 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Verizon Wireless, the nation's largest wireless carrier, is now also a real-time data broker. According to a security researcher at Stanford, Big Red has been adding a unique identifier to web traffic. The purpose of the identifier…
  • Secretive Funding Fuels Ongoing Net Neutrality Astroturfing Controversy

    24 October 2014, 4:43 pm by: Soulskill

    alphadogg writes: The contentious debate about net neutrality in the U.S. has sparked controversy over a lack of funding transparency for advocacy groups and think tanks, which critics say subverts the political process. News stories from a handful of…
  • A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)

    24 October 2014, 4:01 pm by: Roblimo

    Sawaiz Syed's LinkedIn page says he's a "Hardware Developer at GSU [Georgia State University], Department of Physics." That's a great workplace for someone who designs low cost radiation detectors that can be air-dropped into an area where there has been a…
  • Computer Scientist Parachutes From 135,908 Feet, Breaking Record

    24 October 2014, 3:14 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Alan Eustace, a computer scientist and senior VP at Google, has successfully broken the record for highest freefall jump, set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012. "For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended…
  • Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads

    24 October 2014, 2:32 pm by: Soulskill

    Trailrunner7 writes: A security researcher has identified a Tor exit node that was actively patching binaries users download, adding malware to the files dynamically. The discovery, experts say, highlights the danger of trusting files downloaded from unknown…
  • Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

    24 October 2014, 1:49 pm by: Soulskill

    Nerval's Lobster writes: Every company needs employees who can analyze information effectively, discarding what's unnecessary and digging down into what's actually useful. But employers are getting a little bit worried that U.S. schools aren't teaching…
  • Recent Nobel Prize Winner Revolutionizes Microscopy Again

    24 October 2014, 1:07 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Eric Betzig recently shared in the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on high-resolution microscopy. Just yesterday, Betzig and a team of researchers published a new microscopy technique (abstract) that "allows them to observe…
  • Decades-old Scientific Paper May Hold Clues To Dark Matter

    24 October 2014, 12:23 pm by: Soulskill

    sciencehabit writes: Here's one reason libraries hang on to old science journals: A paper from an experiment conducted 32 years ago may shed light on the nature of dark matter, the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to keep the galaxies from flying apart.…
  • PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With 'Port Reports'

    24 October 2014, 11:40 am by: Soulskill

    AberBeta writes: PCGamingWiki contributor Soeb has been looking into the recent larger budget game releases to appear on Linux, including XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands: The Pre–Sequel produced by Mac porting houses Feral and Aspyr. Soeb reports that…
  • How To Beat Online Price Discrimination

    24 October 2014, 10:57 am by: Soulskill

    New submitter Intrepid imaginaut sends word of a study (PDF) into how e-commerce sites show online shoppers different prices depending on how they found an item and what the sites know about the customer. "For instance, the study found, users logged in to…

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