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BlackBerry CEO Chen says to expect profits ... in 2016

The Register - 3 hours 52 min ago
For now, revenues still spiraling toward drain

In a conference call with financial analysts on Friday, BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the firm kept costs under control and even eked out a meager profit in the third quarter of its fiscal 2015, but he couldn't hide that the ailing mobe-maker's revenues continued their steady decline.…

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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

Slashdot - 3 hours 52 min ago
Rambo Tribble writes: Scientists from the University of Leeds have proposed that brighter ships' wakes, created by reducing their component bubbles' sizes, could moderately increase the reflectivity of our oceans, which would have a cooling effect on the climate. The technology is touted as being available and simple, but there could be side effects, like wetter conditions in some regions. Still, compared to many speculative geoengineering projects, "The one advantage about this technology — of trying to generate these tiny 'micro-bubbles' — is that the technology does already exist," according to Leeds' Prof Piers Forster.

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T-Mobile US to refund $90m for bogus charges: Un-Carrier? More like Un-Crammer

The Register - 4 hours 10 min ago
Scram, cram scams, thank you, ma'am

T-Mobile US will pay out $90m to settle cramming allegations brought by the US Federal Trade Commission.…

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Android Candy: Google Keep

Linux Journal - 4 hours 27 min ago

I love Evernote. I pay for a premium membership, and to be honest, I don't think I even use the premium features. I just love Evernote so much, I want to support the company. But in the spirit of fair comparison, I forced myself to try Google Keep. more>>

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LinuxFest Northwest 2015 Will be Held April 25 and 26 (Video)

Slashdot - 4 hours 34 min ago
Their website says, 'Come for the code, stay for the people! We have awesome attendees and electrifying parties. Check out the robotics club, the automated home brewing system running on Linux, or the game room for extra conference fun.' This is an all-volunteer conference, and for a change the volunteers who run it are getting things together far in advance instead of having sessions that don't get scheduled until a few days before the conference, which has happened more than once with LFNW. So if you have an idea for a session, this is the time to start thinking about it. Sponsors are also welcome -- and since LFNW sponsorships regularly sell out, it's not to soon to start thinking about becoming a sponsor -- and if you are part of a non-profit group or FOSS project, LFNW offers free exhibit space because this is a conference that exists for the community, not to make money for a corporate owner. But don't delay. As you can imagine, those free exhibit spots tend to fill up early. (Alternate Video Link)

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FBI fingers Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

The Register - 4 hours 55 min ago
Blaming Kim Jong Un is like Saddam's WMDs all over again

The FBI claims to have found evidence linking North Korea with the hackers who ransacked Sony Pictures' servers and dumped gigabytes of sensitive data online.…

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Exclusive: GM develops contingency plans in case Takata recalls widen

Reuters: Technology - 4 hours 58 min ago
DETROIT(Reuters) - General Motors Co has developed contingency plans in case recalls of potentially lethal Takata-made air bag inflators widens, forcing the U.S. automaker to repair millions of vehicles, the company said on Friday.






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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

Slashdot - 5 hours 17 min ago
phantomfive writes: Bruce Schneier has an opinion piece discussing the Sony attack. He says, "Your reaction to the massive hacking of such a prominent company will depend on whether you're fluent in information-technology security. If you're not, you're probably wondering how in the world this could happen. If you are, you're aware that this could happen to any company." He continues, "The worst invasion of privacy from the Sony hack didn’t happen to the executives or the stars; it happened to the blameless random employees who were just using their company’s email system. Because of that, they’ve had their most personal conversations—gossip, medical conditions, love lives—exposed. The press may not have divulged this information, but their friends and relatives peeked at it. Hundreds of personal tragedies must be unfolding right now. This could be any of us." Related: the FBI has officially concluded that the North Korean government is behind the attack.

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Machine Learning Reveals Genetic Controls

Slashdot - 5 hours 58 min ago
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from Quanta Magazine: Most genetic research to date has focused on just 1 percent of the genome — the areas that code for proteins. But new research, published today in Science, provides an initial map for the sections of the genome that orchestrate this protein-building process. "It's one thing to have the book — the big question is how you read the book," said Brendan Frey, a computational biologist at the University of Toronto who led the new research (abstract). For example, researchers can use the model to predict what will happen to a protein when there’s a mistake in part of the regulatory code. Mutations in splicing instructions have already been linked to diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy, a leading cause of infant death, and some forms of colorectal cancer. In the new study, researchers used the trained model to analyze genetic data from people afflicted with some of those diseases. The scientists identified some known mutations linked to these maladies, verifying that the model works. They picked out some new candidate mutations as well, most notably for autism. One of the benefits of the model, Frey said, is that it wasn’t trained using disease data, so it should work on any disease or trait of interest. The researchers plan to make the system publicly available, which means that scientists will be able to apply it to many more diseases.

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Exclusive: Iran's support for Syria tested by oil price drop

Reuters: Technology - 6 hours 14 min ago
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian businessmen and trade officials say they are worried the economic lifeline provided by Iran is under strain from plunging oil prices, despite public messages of support from Syria's strongest regional ally.
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The Dominant Life Form In the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots

Slashdot - 6 hours 40 min ago
Jason Koebler writes: If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won't look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It's likely they won't be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. Susan Schneider, a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, joins a handful of astronomers, including Seth Shostak, director of NASA's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, NASA Astrobiologist Paul Davies, and Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology Stephen Dick in espousing the view that the dominant intelligence in the cosmos is probably artificial. In her paper "Alien Minds," written for a forthcoming NASA publication, Schneider describes why alien life forms are likely to be synthetic, and how such creatures might think.

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The Shock of the New: <em>The Register</em> redesign update 4

The Register - 6 hours 49 min ago
Some changes for your delectation

Readers, thanks for all the feedback. Here's a list of tweaks we rolled out today.…

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Cuba's Raul Castro steps out of brother's shadow with U.S. deal, support surges

Reuters: Technology - 7 hours 6 min ago
HAVANA (Reuters) - Stepping out of his legendary brother's shadow, President Raul Castro has scored a diplomatic triumph and a surge in popular support with the deal that ends decades of open hostility with the United States.
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All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online

Slashdot - 7 hours 23 min ago
apexcp writes: In less than a month, one of the biggest trials of 2015 will begin in New York City. The full list of government evidence and defense objections found its way online recently, shedding light on both the prosecutor's courtroom strategy and the defense team's attempted rebuttals. Also important is what's not presented as evidence. There's not a single piece of forensic documentation about how the FBI originally found Silk Road servers, an act the defense as called "blatantly criminal."

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<i>Vulture 2</i> design hero describes epic 'hobby' project

The Register - 7 hours 24 min ago
Chris Dodd talks spaceplane with The Engineer

It's a traditional SPB tip of the hat today to Vulture 2 spaceplane designer Chris Dodd, who's been chewing the fat with The Engineer about his involvement with the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project.…

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U.S. swimmer Phelps sentenced to 18 months probation for drunken driving

Reuters: Technology - 7 hours 33 min ago
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was sentenced on Friday to 18 months probation and a year suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to drunken driving.
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Pope's Latin American brains trust was behind Cuba deal

Reuters: Technology - 7 hours 38 min ago
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Argentine Pope Francis and a trio of top Vatican officials who helped broker the historic deal between the United States and Cuba represent an unprecedented brain trust in Latin American affairs at the Holy See.






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Washington is limited in its response to North Korea over Sony hack

Reuters: Technology - 7 hours 42 min ago
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. determination that North Korea was behind the hacking of Sony Corp. unit Sony Pictures again exposes the limited leverage that Washington has on one of the world’s most isolated and impoverished countries should it decide to respond.
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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

The Register - 7 hours 45 min ago
Names, addresses and rental accounts outted in spreadsheet snafu

Thousands of Hackney residents are fuming after their personal information was leaked by the council online in a bungled Freedom of Information request.…

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How strong is peer review in open source?

Linux Today - 7 hours 48 min ago

 OpenSource.com: Code review is common among proprietary software development firms, yet the nature of open source development can pose some challenges.

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