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  • How Japanese Floating Illusions Reverse-Engineer What We Seenew
    22 June 2017, 4:55 pm - mrplow writes:submitted via irc for bytramif you don't know how something works, break it. science is built on creative destruction: much of what neuroscientists know of the brain, they know from what gets lost during brain injuries. under happier
  • Kepler Finds 10 New Earth-Like Exoplanet Candidatesnew
    22 June 2017, 3:17 pm - takyon writes:the kepler space telescope has found 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are "earth-like":nasa's kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which
  • 2017 Hacker Board Survey: Raspberry Pi Still Rules, but x86 SBCs Make Gainsnew
    22 June 2017, 1:33 pm - mrplow writes:submitted via irc for themightybuzzardthe results are in: the raspberry pi 3 is the most desired maker sbc by a 4-to-1 margin. in other trends: x86 sbcs and linux/arduino hybrids get a boost.more than ever, it's a raspberry pi world,
  • Report: Iraq and Afghanistan WikiLeaks Disclosures Did Not Significantly Harm U.S. National Securitynew
    22 June 2017, 11:24 am - takyon writes:a heavily redacted department of defense report concludes that documents leaked to wikileaks had no "significant strategic impact" on the war in afghanistan and "[had] no direct personal impact on current and former senior us leadership
  • British Elections Over: Fragmented Governmentnew
    22 June 2017, 9:44 am - an anonymous coward writes:theresa may has been forced to scrap a host of her most controversial policies after the conservatives lost their majority in the snap general election.the prime minister used the queen’s speech to outline multiple
  • AMD Epyc 7000-Series Launched With Up to 32 Coresnew
    22 June 2017, 8:09 am - takyon writes:amd has launched its ryzen-based take on x86 server processors to compete with intel's xeon cpus. all of the epyc 7000-series cpus support 128 pcie 3.0 lanes and 8 channels (2 dimms per channel) of ddr4-2666 dram:a few weeks ago amd
  • Microsoft Admits to Disabling Third-Party Anti-Virus Code if Win 10 Doesn't Like Itnew
    22 June 2017, 6:02 am - an anonymous coward writes:windows 10 does disable some third-party security software, microsoft has admitted, but because of compatibility – not competitive – issues.redmond is currently being sued by security house kaspersky lab in the
  • Australian Deep Sea Expedition Finds 300 New Speciesnew
    22 June 2017, 4:20 am - takyon writes:a deep-sea expedition, "sampling the abyss", near the coast of australia has turned up over 300 previously undiscovered species:last week, a month-long expedition to explore the deep sea off the coast of eastern australia came to an
  • Using Open Source Tools to Play Dungeons and Dragonsnew
    22 June 2017, 2:42 am - mrplow writes:submitted via irc for themightybuzzardhow i prepare for my tabletop rpg sessions has changed a lot over the last 12 years, and open source software has been a big part of those changes. it's now a vital part of every step in the
  • Cats Are an Extreme Outlier Among Domestic Animalsnew
    22 June 2017, 1:11 am - arthur t knackerbracket has found the following story:people who live with cats like to joke about how these small fuzzy creatures are still wild, basically training us rather than the other way around. now a new genetic study of ancient cat dna






  • Russian Students Dominate at the Computer Programming Olympicsnew
    - salon.comrussian and chinese student teams won most of the top spots in the 41st annual acm international collegiate programming contest (icpc) world finals in may, and their lower-ranked u.s. counterparts attribute this disparity mainly to the fact
  • World Record in Information Retrieval From Satellite Datanew
    - technical university of munich (germany)researchers at the technical university of munich (tum) in germany used new algorithms to set a world record in information retrieval from satellite data. tum professor xiaoxiang zhu and colleagues were able
  • Unlock Molecular Secrets With Mobile Game BioBlox2Dnew
    - imperial college londonbioblox2d, developed by researchers at imperial college london and goldsmiths, university of london in the u.k., is a new free mobile computer game inspired by addressing how molecules fit together, which is one of the hardest
  • Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotionsnew
    - new scientistresearchers at the university of castilla-la mancha in spain have developed a doll equipped with a new computer chip that can run artificially intelligent (ai) algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images
  • X-Ray Eyes in the Skynew
    - the uc santa barbara currentresearchers at the university of california, santa barbara (ucsb) have demonstrated three-dimensional (3d) imaging of objects through walls using wi-fi signals. the technique involves two drones working in tandem, and
  • World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacksnew
    - scientific americanresearchers at the european organization for nuclear research's (cern) large hadron collider (lhc) are using machine-learning artificial intelligence (ai) to stay ahead of hackers attempting to compromise the lhc's worldwide
  • New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Powernew
    - office of naval researchvirginia polytechnic institute and state university professor binoy ravindran has developed popcorn linux, a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one, with support from the u.s. office of
  • Thousands of Fort Mac Fire Tweets Show Evacuees Struggled for Online Answersnew
    - utoday (canada)researchers at the university of calgary in canada analyzed nearly 70,000 tweets sent out by evacuees escaping the fort mcmurray wildfire last may, and they learned the concerns of citizens are not being answered by current smartphone
  • New Technique Makes Brain Scans Betternew
    - mit newsresearchers at the massachusetts institute of technology (mit) have collaborated with physicians in several hospitals to improve magnetic resonance imaging (mri) scan quality for use in large studies of stroke victims' genetic underpinnings
  • What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Languagenew
    - infoworldthe 1.9 iteration of google's go language, scheduled for release in august, is expected to enhance performance, compilation, and scaling to large code bases. go 1.9's developers say programs should run faster thanks to upgrades in the


  • Centrelink Releases Welfare Receipient's Personal Information to try to save facenew
    14 March 2017, 10:58 pm - dhs, the estranged megadepartment for which has suffered a series of setbacks in the last year, has once again made headlines for all the wrong reasons recently when private information about a welfare recipient’s financial affairs was released
  • Airless tires making inroads, off-roadnew
    3 December 2016, 11:07 am - if you’ve never driven a tweel, it might be time to try one (or four). it is basically an airless tire held up with rubber spokes. michelin says the spokes provide a unique energy transfer that reduces bounce associated with pneumatic tires
  • Ultra-fast broadband terminal installed in toiletnew
    28 November 2016, 5:15 am - an ultrafast broadband installation that technicians have jokingly dubbed "fibre to the throne" has left new zealand networking company chorus red-faced. an optical network terminal (ont) – where optical-fibre transitions to home wiring –
  • Communities taking back their broadband destiny from big telecomsnew
    24 November 2016, 8:58 am - comcast, at&t, verizon, and others have created very favorable conditions for themselves, but in the fight for better broadband, more cities, towns, counties, and municipalities are building their own high speed networks. and many have been
  • Office Depot caught selling 'fixes' for non-existent PC problemsnew
    23 November 2016, 1:00 am - seattle-based kiro 7 news team recently took a pile of brand-new computers to six office depot locations around portland, ore. technicians at four shops claimed the pcs showed "symptoms of malware," and offered to sell repair and protection services
  • Does millimeter wave cellular broadband offer rural applications?new
    13 November 2016, 11:09 pm - a new york university (nyu) student research team pushed the envelope for millimeter wave network range in a recently conducted field test in rural southwest virginia. setting up a millimeter wave transmitter on the porch of the country home of their
  • Google opposes proprietary phone fast-chargingnew
    9 November 2016, 4:32 pm - google isn't a fan of non-standard approaches to fast-charging android phones over usb-c, like qualcomm's quick charge 3.0, and it wants manufacturers to fall in line. the newest android compatibility definition document says it's "strongly
  • Google plans to replace passwords with biometrics and environment readingsnew
    9 November 2016, 4:21 pm - in the latest attempt to remove the need to use passwords google is planning on using body location and environmental cues to log a person into their phone or lock a person out. how much power and storage this requires is not currently available.
  • Electric current at record speed, thanks to lasersnew
    28 October 2016, 4:26 pm - scientists have generated the fastest electric current that has ever been measured inside a solid material. they made electrons in silicon dioxide oscillate with ultrafast laser pulses. the detected electric currents are approximately one million
  • The best large-screen smartphonesnew
    27 October 2016, 6:44 am - large-screen smartphones, a.k.a. phablets, are bigger than ever—especially in terms of popularity. industry analyst idc says more smartphones with 5.5-inch or larger displays are being sold than ever before, accounting for 33 percent of the



  • Netflix Climbs the Growth Wave as Cable TV Slidesnew
    22 June 2017, 4:36 pm - a few short years ago, netflix was nothing more than a mail order blockbuster-type video rental business. since then, it has been growing rapidly and changing. believe it or not, netflix today has more u.s. subscribers than cable tv. that's an
  • Hootsuite Adds New Social Selling Toolnew
    21 June 2017, 10:58 pm - hootsuite on monday launched amplify for selling, a mobile-first solution that helps sales teams succeed on social by generating leads and fostering revenue-driving relationships. the new tool is an extension of hootsuite's amplify employee advocacy
  • 3 WannaCry Talking Points to Win Security Buy-Innew
    21 June 2017, 9:40 pm - by this point, most technology practitioners -- and nearly all security practitioners -- know about wannacry. in fact, you might be sick of people analyzing it, rehashing it, sharing "lessons learned" about it, and otherwise laying out suggestions
  • Savvy Marketers Don't Ditch the Non-Digitalnew
    20 June 2017, 10:25 pm - a good motto for modern marketing would be, "when in doubt, check the data." perhaps an even better one would be, "when not in doubt, check the data to see if you should be." there's never been a time when we've had such an ability to compile,
  • Deep Root Analytics Downplays Giant Voter Data 'Oops'new
    20 June 2017, 4:56 pm - a data contractor working on behalf of the republican national committee earlier this month allowed the personal data of 198 million voters to be exposed online, marking the largest ever leak of voter data in history. deep root analytics exposed 1.1
  • Verizon Makes New Oathnew
    19 June 2017, 9:40 pm - verizon last week completed its us$4.5 billion acquisition of yahoo's operating business assets, merging it with its existing aol business to create oath. the new subsidiary encompasses more than 50 media and technology brands -- including huffpost;
  • Amazon Spends $14B on Whole Foodsnew
    17 June 2017, 5:40 pm - amazon has inked a deal to acquire whole foods market for close to $14 billion in cash. the agreement includes assumption of whole foods' net debt. whole foods will run as a wholly independent subsidiary of amazon. it will continue to operate stores
  • Visa Seeks to Build Online B2B Ecosystemnew
    16 June 2017, 3:54 pm - visa this week announced the visa ready program for business solutions, a strategic framework to help ensure that tech companies integrating with visa's b2b payment services and data solutions meet the company's standards and are market ready. the
  • Broader Scope of Russian Election Cyberattacks Revealednew
    15 June 2017, 5:24 pm - federal and state officials have confirmed that cyberattacks against state voting systems during the 2016 election were more widespread than previously disclosed to the public, but they said the heightened activity did not impact final vote tallies.
  • Swiftpage CEO John Oechsle: Better Interactions Lead to More Transactionsnew
    15 June 2017, 12:00 pm - "there are groups within companies that don't want to interact with a full-blown crm application," said swiftpage ceo john oechsle. "they want to access it based on the functions they want it to perform. these small purpose-built apps are going to


  • Google Launches Go-To Job Aggregation Sitenew
    21 June 2017, 6:14 pm - google has announced the launch of new job search aggregation technology. the new initiative will allow google users to search for jobs either on mobile devices or personal computers, and to use a set of filters to obtain highly targeted results
  • Trump Wants Tech Leaders to Help Save $1 Trillionnew
    20 June 2017, 10:50 pm - president donald trump aims to save taxpayers $1 trillion over the next 10 years with a little help from america's high-tech industry. "our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver
  • Microsoft Expands Linux Container Support in Windows Servernew
    20 June 2017, 8:00 pm - microsoft has decided to expand its support for linux containers in the next release of windows server. linux containers and workloads will work natively on windows server, said erin chapple, general manager for the server operating system. the
  • Apple Centers Health Data Strategy on iPhonenew
    19 June 2017, 10:55 pm - apple quietly has been strategizing to expand its growing healthcare business to include the management of digital health records, with the iphone operating as a central data hub. apple reportedly has been in talks with numerous health industry
  • The Art of Manipulation and Misdirectionnew
    19 June 2017, 5:38 pm - last week, i listened to an economist talk about apple's complaints that qualcomm had charged apple too much for access to patents. what was fascinating was that apple had folks focused on the 5 percent qualcomm had charged it instead of on the
  • Nintendo's New Lineup Electrifies E3new
    16 June 2017, 8:43 pm - nintendo previewed an impressive lineup of gaming content at e3 2017 this week, by many accounts. its collection of new titles and targeted versions of some of the industry's hottest third-party content seemed to validate surprisingly strong sales of
  • Cook Gives Up a Few Crumbs of Apple Auto Infonew
    16 June 2017, 6:23 pm - news about apple's plans for the automotive market have been dripping slowly from the company for months, and ceo tim cook this week released a few more drops from the faucet. apple's auto efforts are zeroing in on autonomous systems, he said.
  • Art, History and 3D Printingnew
    15 June 2017, 11:03 pm - the tech museum of innovation last month debuted an exhibit that includes numerous installations with an interactive component. visitors can don occulus vr headsets to appreciate classical works of art in virtual reality -- a completely new museum
  • Xbox One X: More Speed, More Musclenew
    14 June 2017, 6:29 pm - microsoft earlier this week announced the next version of its xbox line of gaming consoles, ahead of e3 2017, now ongoing in los angeles. the new xbox one x, which goes on sale nov. 7 for $499, is slimmer than previous models and packed with power.
  • Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bitnew
    13 June 2017, 5:35 pm - as daunting as securing your linux system might seem, one thing to remember is that every extra step makes a difference. it's almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting. fortunately, there are a few basic


  • OTA Report: Consumer Services Sites More Trustworthy Than .Gov Sitesnew
    22 June 2017, 12:00 pm - the online trust alliance on tuesday released its 2017 online trust audit & honor roll. among its findings: consumer services sites have the best combined security and privacy practices. fdic 100 banks and u.s. government sites are the least
  • Microsoft Expands Linux Container Support in Windows Servernew
    20 June 2017, 8:00 pm - microsoft has decided to expand its support for linux containers in the next release of windows server. linux containers and workloads will work natively on windows server, said erin chapple, general manager for the server operating system. the
  • Rosa LXQt Edition's Flexibility Sets It Apartnew
    14 June 2017, 9:13 pm - the rosa desktop fresh r series gets better with each new edition to its distro lineup. the already-established rosa desktop fresh r was a hit with its series of standard desktop editions released with kde4 and plasma 5, as well as the gnome 3 and
  • Securing Your Linux System Bit by Bitnew
    13 June 2017, 5:35 pm - as daunting as securing your linux system might seem, one thing to remember is that every extra step makes a difference. it's almost always better to make a modest stride than let uncertainty keep you from starting. fortunately, there are a few basic
  • Open Source Survey Exposes Community Troublesnew
    8 June 2017, 12:00 pm - github has released the results of its survey on open source software development, practices and worldwide communities. responses from more than 6,000 participants reveal some of the problems missing or poorly done documentation can have on users and
  • BitKey Unlocks Mysteries of the Bitcoin Universenew
    1 June 2017, 10:20 pm - bitkey is a debian-based live distribution with specialist utilities for performing highly secure air-gapped bitcoin transactions. this distro is not for everyday computing needs, but if you are obsessed with the use of bitcoin or other
  • Hacking and Linux Go Together Like 2 Keys in a Key Pairnew
    31 May 2017, 10:16 pm - ever since taking an interest linux, with the specific aim of better understanding and enhancing my personal digital security, i have been fascinated by hacker conferences. as soon as i learned of their existence, i made a point of keeping tabs on
  • MariaDB Offers a Bigger Box of Transactional Toolsnew
    30 May 2017, 8:31 pm - mariadb last week announced the availability of mariadb tx 2.0, a fully functional open source transactional database solution for modern application development and enterprise use cases. mariadb tx offers a comprehensive package of technology and
  • New GitHub Marketplace Showcases Integrators, Speeds Developmentnew
    25 May 2017, 4:48 pm - github has launched github marketplace, featuring apps from more than a dozen integrators. the platform allows developers to review and purchase new tools that do everything from helping to manage projects, to automating code building, testing code
  • Red Hat Linux Upgrade Pushes New Security, Automation Toolsnew
    23 May 2017, 9:02 pm - red hat on tuesday announced the availability of red hat enterprise linux 7.4 beta. rhel 7.4 includes new security and compliance features and streamlined automation, along with tools for improved systems administration. this latest upgrade comes


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