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Amazon slurps Elemental

The Register - 2 hours 14 min ago
AWS Cloud to spin up video formatting services

Amazon Web Services has acquired “software-defined video” player Elemental for an undisclosed sum.…

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Saudi king to meet with Obama amid Gulf concerns over Iran deal

Reuters: Technology - 2 hours 24 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday to seek more support in countering Iran, as the Obama administration aims to use the visit to shore up relations after a period of tensions.

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After troop cuts, China military warns reforms will be hard

Reuters: Technology - 2 hours 41 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's military reforms will be difficult and risky as they require a fundamental change in thinking and could affect special interest groups, the armed forces official paper said on Friday following the announcement of a 300,000 troop cut.
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Borg bashes destabilising DoS bug in USC kit

The Register - 2 hours 48 min ago
No workaround, so it's 'patch or chuck it in the bin'

Cisco has patched a denial of service vulnerability in its unified computing platform.…

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Migrants scuffle with Hungary police; dead toddler's image shocks Europe

Reuters: Technology - 3 hours 7 min ago
BICSKE, Hungary/MUGLA, Turkey (Reuters) - Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned 3-year-old boy.

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Ada Lovelace and Her Legacy

Slashdot - 3 hours 8 min ago
nightcats writes: Nature has an extensive piece on the legacy of the "enchantress of abstraction," the extraordinary Victorian-era computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron. Her monograph on the Babbage machine was described by Babbage himself as a creation of "that Enchantress who has thrown her magical spell around the most abstract of Sciences and has grasped it with a force that few masculine intellects (in our own country at least) could have exerted over it." Ada's remarkable merging of intellect and intuition — her capacity to analyze and capture the conceptual and functional foundations of the Babbage machine — is summarized with a historical context which reveals the precocious modernity of her scientific mind. "By 1841 Lovelace was developing a concept of 'Poetical Science', in which scientific logic would be driven by imagination, 'the Discovering faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of science.' She saw mathematics metaphysically, as 'the language of the unseen relations between things;' but added that to apply it, 'we must be able to fully appreciate, to feel, to seize, the unseen, the unconscious.' She also saw that Babbage's mathematics needed more imaginative presentation."

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Equinix edged around Wedge, fell back into proprietary embrace

The Register - Thu, 2015-09-03 23:56
Ye olde networking giants still deliver for this big bit-shipper

Global data operator Equinix has sniffed around the white box networking scene, but found traditional suppliers are innovating more quickly and still have an edge.…

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Biden says cannot say yet whether he will mount White House run

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-09-03 23:15
ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Thursday he is still trying to determine whether he has the emotional energy to mount a White House bid in 2016 but cannot say yet whether he will.

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NBN vaults Australia into global top-10 … DDoS attack sources

The Register - Thu, 2015-09-03 22:56
Or not, if you look at the numbers

Australia has won the dubious honour of being named in the global top-10 DDoS sources, and in its quarterly State of the Internet report, Akamai reckons our tiny number of high-speed fibre broadband users are the cause.…

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Trump accuses talk-show radio host of 'gotcha' question

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-09-03 22:32
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump did not take kindly in a radio interview on Thursday to being asked to identify the affiliations of various militant leaders in the Middle East, saying the host was asking "a gotcha question".

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ACCC hopes to SLASH rural backhaul prices

The Register - Thu, 2015-09-03 22:30
Cities get a trim, rural links to take a haircut

In a move that Vulture South's crystal ball suggests will be hotly resisted by Telstra, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is proposing that rural backhaul costs be slashed.…

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U.S. clerk jailed for gay marriage defiance; dispute goes on

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-09-03 22:17
ASHLAND, Ky. (Reuters) - A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, and a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding same-sex marriage.
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Sinai blasts injure six peacekeepers, including four Americans: Pentagon

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-09-03 22:05
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six soldiers including four Americans were injured on Thursday in two blasts in northeast Sinai caused by improvised explosive devices, the Pentagon said.
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Pioneer Looks To Laserdisc Tech For Low-Cost LIDAR

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-09-03 22:02
itwbennett writes: Pioneer is developing a 3D LIDAR (light detection and ranging) sensor for use in autonomous vehicles that could be a fraction of the cost of current systems (the company envisions a price point under $83). Key to this is technology related to optical pickups once used in laserdisc players, which Pioneer made for 30 years. From the ITWorld story: "The system would detect objects dozens of meters ahead, measure their distance and width and identify them based on their shape. Pioneer, which makes GPS navigation systems, is working on getting the LIDAR to automatically produce high-precision digital maps while using a minimum of data compared to the amount used for standard maps for car navigation."

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Linux Foundation Sysadmins Open-Source Their IT Policies

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-09-03 22:00  Linux Foundation IT staff has decided to release some of the internal IT checklists and policy guides as part of the “Useful IT Policies” open-source project on GitHub

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Jeb Bush rejects Trump demand that everyone speak English in U.S

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-09-03 21:59
LACONIA, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday rejected what he called a bizarre notion voiced by front-running rival Donald Trump that people should speak English in the United States.
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Windows 10 grabbed about five per cent market share in August

The Register - Thu, 2015-09-03 21:56
Unless this really is the year of the Linux desktop ...

Windows 10 looks to have grabbed about five and a half per cent of the desktop operating system market in August, its first full month of release.…

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Chinese ships headed home after Bering Sea sighting: U.S. Navy

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-09-03 21:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five Chinese Navy ships sighted in the Bering Sea off Alaska during a visit to the region by U.S. President Barack Obama have begun their "return transit," the U.S. Navy's top uniformed officer told Reuters on Thursday.
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Brady to suit up after 'Deflategate' win; NFL appeals

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-09-03 21:32
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Star quarterback Tom Brady will play in the New England Patriots' season opener next week after a federal judge threw out his "Deflategate" suspension on Thursday - but the National Football League has not conceded defeat just yet.

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Oz public service reminds staff: don't use work e-mails on 'affair' sites

The Register - Thu, 2015-09-03 21:30
Dying to chat to a 'Fembot'? Not on our network, dude

The Australian public service has weighed in on the Ashley Madison hack, warning government staff not to register with their work e-mails or use office 'net connections.…

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