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Pluto Probe Back To Normal, Cause of Snafu Found

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 09:39
Tablizer writes: NASA has provided an update to the problem with the New Horizons probe that will fly by Pluto next week. "The investigation into the anomaly that caused New Horizons to enter "safe mode" on July 4 has concluded that no hardware or software fault occurred on the spacecraft. The underlying cause of the incident was a hard-to-detect timing flaw in the spacecraft command sequence that occurred during an operation to prepare for the close flyby. No similar operations are planned for the remainder of the Pluto encounter.

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Planet killer: Ex-army officer's Welsh space-rock mission

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 09:37
Tunguska, Chelyabinsk... Powys

Geek's Guide to Britain As I approach the Wales-England border, the rolling Herefordshire countryside sharpens into steep hills and narrow valleys. Powys is a county covering a quarter of Wales, but it is home to just 133,000 people, making it the least densely populated area of Britain south of the North Yorkshire moors.…

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BRICS summit gives Putin a chance to show Russia not isolated

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-06 09:27
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The BRICS emerging economies will launch a development bank at a summit this week which President Vladimir Putin hopes will help reduce Western dominance of world financial institutions and show Moscow is not isolated.









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Dormant ALIEN SLIME frozen in approaching comet set to AWAKEN - boffins

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 09:23
Conquest of Earth imminent?

Top astrobiologists say that the approaching comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko could be loaded with slumbering alien organisms capable of living on Earth, which will wake up and become active as the frosty spaceball comes nearer and nearer to the Sun.…

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Islamic State target Iraq's Haditha town with vehicle bombs

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-06 09:09
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Islamic State militant blew up an explosive-laden bulldozer near Haditha, killing seven Iraqi soldiers in one of a wave of bomb attacks on the northwestern town on Monday, a police source said.
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Rigby Private Equity stuffs its face with a slice of Wick Hill

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 09:03
Today Blighty and the DACH regions. Tomorrow, EMEA domination... maybe?

Security and storage value-added distributor Wick Hill is the first piece of channel real estate that Rigby Private Equity has invested in, with the proceeds to be used to fund wider expansion in mainland Europe.…

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Pakistani gunmen kill three in attack blamed on Islamist groups

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-06 09:01
QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Gunmen riding motorcycles on Monday opened fire outside a passport office in southwestern Pakistan, killing three people, including a police officer, in an attack police blamed on radical Islamist groups.
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Linux 4.2 rc1

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-06 09:00

Linus Torvalds: I thought this release would be one of the biggest ones ever, but it turns out that it will depend on how you count.

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Hacking Team Hacked, Attackers Grab 400GB of Internal Data

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 08:56
Several readers sent word that notorious surveillance company Hacking Team has itself been hacked. Attackers made off with 400GB worth of emails, documents, and source code. The company is known for providing interception tools to government and law enforcement agencies. According to the leaked files, Hacking Team has customers in Egypt, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, Mongolia, Russia, Germany, Sudan, and the United States — to name a few. It has been labeled an enemy of the internet by Reporters Without Borders. "Clients have had their passwords exposed as well, as several documents related to contracts and configurations have been circulating online." Nobody knows yet who perpetrated the hack.

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Tensions with Russia could prompt NATO strategy rethink

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-06 08:52
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO is preparing for a long standoff with Russia, reluctantly accepting that the Ukraine conflict has fundamentally transformed Europe's security landscape and that it may have to abandon hope of a constructive relationship with Moscow.
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SEC launches probe into tech startup share selling 'black market'

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 08:42
Investors fall over each other to get hold of a chunk of prime unicorn flesh

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is launching a probe into the booming "black market" in hotly-tipped, privately-held tech stock occurring outside the US regulator's watchful gaze.…

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Kingston offers up its fastest SATA SSD: HyperX Savage 240GB

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 08:22
Toughing it out against brutal competition

Review Kingston’s latest SATA-based addition to its HyperX range of SSDs is the Savage, an SSD which boasts some pretty impressive performance and endurance figures.…

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Silicon Valley Is Filling Up With Ex-Obama Staffers

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 08:13
HughPickens.com writes: Edward-Isaac Dovere reports in Politico that the fastest-growing chapter of the Obama alumni association is in Silicon Valley. For the people who helped get Obama elected and worked for him once he did, there's something about San Francisco and its environs that just feels right: the emphasis on youth and trying things that might fail, chasing that feeling of working for the underdog, and even using that word "disrupting" to describe what they do. "A lot of people who moved out here were present at the creation of the Obama '08 campaign," says Tommy Vietor. "There's a piece of them that wants to replicate that." Vietor left the White House two years ago, and he and his business partner, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, founded a communications strategy firm with a focus on speechwriting for tech and other start-ups. "If you're writing for a CEO out here, they're more likely to be your peer than your grandfather," says Vietor. "They're young, they're cool, they get it." Other former Obama staffers who have come to Silicon Valley include former campaign manager and White House adviser David Plouffe at Uber, Kyle O'Connor at Nest, Semonti Stephens at Twitter; Mike Masserman, at Lyft; Brandon Lepow at Facebook; Nicole Isaac, at LinkedIn; Liz Jarvis-Shean at Civis; Jim Green and Vivek Kundra at Salesforce, Alex McPhillips at Google; Gillian Bergeron, at NextDoor; Natalie Foster at the Institute for the Future; Catherine Bracy at Code for America; Hallie Montoya Tansey at Target Labs. Nick Papas, John Baldo, Courtney O'Donnell and Clark Stevens at AirBnB, and Jessica Santillo at Uber. There are so many former Obama staffers in the Bay Area that a recent visit by former White House senior adviser David Axelrod served as a reunion of sorts, with more than a dozen campaign and White House veterans gathering over lunch to discuss life after the administration. Obama himself rarely misses an opportunity to come to San Francisco. He says he loves the energy there, loves the people and according to Dovere, the city's ultra-liberal leanings mean he was greeted as a rock star even during the dark days before last year's midterms. Obama's even become friendly with Elon Musk. "There should be a welcome booth at the SFO airport," says Jon Carson, the former Organizing for Action executive director now at SolarCity.

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Responsive Design and Fluid Grids with these Lightweight Frameworks

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-06 08:00

 LinuxLinks: My favorite three responsive web design frameworks are Bootstrap, Foundation and Gumby, in that order.

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Oi, idiot fanbois. DON'T buy this gun-shaped iPhone case, mmkay?

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 07:58
Is that an iPhone in your pocket or are you trying to shoot me?

US police have warned punters not to buy a new iPhone case that resembles a handgun.…

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HP confirms its mighty Köck is standing down

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 07:44
EMEA big boss retiring before firm gets stuck into the big split

Herbert Köck, HP’s joint big knob for EMEA and the region’s chief of the PC and print division, will be standing down from next month when the company splits operationally.…

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Researchers Study "Harbingers of Failure," Consumers Who Habitually Pick Losers

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 07:32
AmiMoJo writes: Is your favorite TV show always getting cancelled? Did you love Crystal Pepsi? Were you an early adopter of the Zune? If you answered yes to these questions, researchers say you might be a "Harbinger of Failure." In a study published in the Journal of Marketing Research, researchers identified a group of consumers whose preferences can predict products that will fail. “Certain customers systematically purchase new products that prove unsuccessful,” wrote the study authors. “Their early adoption of a new product is a strong signal that a product will fail.”

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150,000 angry Redditors demand Chairman Pao's head on a spike

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 07:22
Petitioners want interim CEO to GTFO before she runs site 'into the ground'

Ellen Pao, the increasingly reviled interim CEO of Reddit, is facing more than 150,000 signatures on a petition calling for her to quit.…

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Test Upcoming Debian Based Operating System Parsix 8.0

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-06 07:00

 LinuxPitStop: Parsix is a Debian based Linux operating system; the design goal of this distribution is to provide an easy to use operating system for laptop and desktop users.

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Security world laughs, wipes tears from eyes at Hacking Team’s 'virus torrent' squeals

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 06:58
Pull the other one, security pros implore eggface biz

Controversial surveillance software biz Hacking Team is claiming that a torrent purporting to contain files stolen from its systems is riddled with malware, a claim laughed to scorn by independent security experts in the industry.…

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