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U.S. 'disappointed' Netherlands released Venezuelan wanted over drugs

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-07-28 17:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is "deeply disappointed" the Netherlands released a former Venezuelan military intelligence chief detained over U.S. drug trafficking allegations, and is "disturbed" at reports indicating Caracas used threats to obtain his freedom, the State Department said on Monday.






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Vulture South wants FORTY of you to go BACK TO SCHOOL

The Register - Mon, 2014-07-28 17:09
CSIRO's ICT in Schools program needs IT pros like YOU to help teachers and kids

Okay, Australian Reg Readers: we need 40 of you to help out the CSIRO's ICT In Schools program. What is that program, we hear you ask? ICT in Schools is based on the Scientists in Schools and Mathematicians in schools programs that match professionals from both fields with schools that need some help.…

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Open Source Replacements for Popular Small Business Software

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-07-28 17:00

 Datamation: The best open source applications for office productivity, accounting, collaboration, ERP, security and more.

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New Findings On Graphene As a Conductor With IC Components

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:52
ClockEndGooner (1323377) writes Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, WHYY FM, reported today on their Newsworks program that a research team at the University of Pennsylvania have released their preliminary findings on the use of graphene as a conductor in the next generation of computer chips. From the article: "'It's very, very strong mechanically, and it is an excellent electronic material that might be used in future computer chips,' said Charlie Johnson, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. ... Future graphene transistors, Johnson said, are likely to be only tens of atoms across."

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New Findings On Graphene As a Conductor With IC Components

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:52
ClockEndGooner (1323377) writes Philadelphia's NPR affiliate, WHYY FM, reported today on their Newsworks program that a research team at the University of Pennsylvania have released their preliminary findings on the use of graphene as a conductor in the next generation of computer chips. From the article: "'It's very, very strong mechanically, and it is an excellent electronic material that might be used in future computer chips,' said Charlie Johnson, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. ... Future graphene transistors, Johnson said, are likely to be only tens of atoms across."

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U.S. appeals court strikes down Virginia's gay marriage ban

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:51
(Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Monday struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, the latest in a string of court rulings across the country to back gay marriage.






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OKCupid: 'The MYTH of COMPATIBILITY is as good as the TRUTH'

The Register - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:43
Experiments on users show lonely hearts are shallow ones

The recent brouhaha over Facebook meddling with its users' minds is overblown, according to Christian Rudder - the cofounder of dating site OKCupid.…

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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:10
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a ghost. Why build a municipal fiber network, one asked, when "internet service [is] already offered by two respectable private businesses?" In the corner, in tiny print, each postcard said "paid for by SBC" or "paid for by Comcast." The postcards are pretty absurd and worth a look.

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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:10
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a ghost. Why build a municipal fiber network, one asked, when "internet service [is] already offered by two respectable private businesses?" In the corner, in tiny print, each postcard said "paid for by SBC" or "paid for by Comcast." The postcards are pretty absurd and worth a look.

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The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:10
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes In the months and weeks leading up to a referendum vote that would have established a locally owned fiber network in three small Illinois cities, Comcast and SBC (now AT&T) bombarded residents and city council members with disinformation, exaggerations, and outright lies to ensure the measure failed. The series of two-sided postcards painted municipal broadband as a foolhardy endeavor unfit for adults, responsible people, and perhaps as not something a smart woman would do. Municipal fiber was a gamble, a high-wire act, a game, something as "SCARY" as a ghost. Why build a municipal fiber network, one asked, when "internet service [is] already offered by two respectable private businesses?" In the corner, in tiny print, each postcard said "paid for by SBC" or "paid for by Comcast." The postcards are pretty absurd and worth a look.

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Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:06
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A huge fuel depot in Libya's capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.






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Minimal Linux Live Debuts

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-07-28 16:00

Minimal Linux Live is a set of Linux shell scripts which automatically build minimal Live Linux OS based on Linux kernel and BusyBox.

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Microsoft's Chinese burn riddle: Antitrust g-men swoop on offices

The Register - Mon, 2014-07-28 15:48
Govt pays 'a sudden visit' to Windows giant's operations in China – but why?

Four of Microsoft's offices in China were visited by regulators on Monday, but neither Redmond nor the Chinese government has explained why.…

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Court orders Russia to pay $50 billion for seizing Yukos assets

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-07-28 15:38
MOSCOW/LONDON/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the former oil giant whose ex-owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell foul of the Kremlin.






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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 15:31
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes The 'Weissman Score' — created for HBO's "Silicon Valley" to add dramatic flair to the show's race to build the best compression algorithm — creates a single score by considering both the compression ratio and the compression speed. While it was created for a TV show, it does really work, and it's quickly migrating into academia. Computer science and engineering students will begin to encounter the Weissman Score in the classroom this fall."

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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 15:31
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes The 'Weissman Score' — created for HBO's "Silicon Valley" to add dramatic flair to the show's race to build the best compression algorithm — creates a single score by considering both the compression ratio and the compression speed. While it was created for a TV show, it does really work, and it's quickly migrating into academia. Computer science and engineering students will begin to encounter the Weissman Score in the classroom this fall."

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A Fictional Compression Metric Moves Into the Real World

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 15:31
Tekla Perry (3034735) writes The 'Weissman Score' — created for HBO's "Silicon Valley" to add dramatic flair to the show's race to build the best compression algorithm — creates a single score by considering both the compression ratio and the compression speed. While it was created for a TV show, it does really work, and it's quickly migrating into academia. Computer science and engineering students will begin to encounter the Weissman Score in the classroom this fall."

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Mozilla Firefox 32 Beta 1 Is Out, Lets Users See Login Metadata in Password Manager

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-07-28 15:00

 softpedia: Mozilla doesn't waste any time when it comes to the development of the Firefox browser.

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A Credit Card-Sized, Arduino-Based Game Device (Video)

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-07-28 14:50
Slashdot's Tim Lord was cruising the halls at OSCON, where he spotted Kevin Bates and his tiny Arduino-based device, called the Arduboy. On Kevin's Tindie.com sales page, he says the games it can run include, "Space Rocks, Snake, Flappy Ball, Chess, Breakout, and many more...The most exciting one could be made by you!" || His work with Arduboy got Kevin invited to the recent White House Maker Faire, where he rubbed shoulders (and shot selfies with) Bill Nye the Science Guy, Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, and Arduino creator Massimo Banzi. || Does Kevin have a Kickstarter in the works? There's nothing about Arduboy on Kickstarter.com, and given the Arduboy's simplicity and low price (currently $50), plus stories about it everywhere from Time.com to engadget to Slashdot, he may not need any financing or capital to make his idea succeed. (Alternate Video Link)

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What FTC lawsuit? T-Mobile US touts 10GB, $100 family-of-4 plan

The Register - Mon, 2014-07-28 14:20
Folks 'could use that money for more important things' says CEO Legere

T-Mobile US reckons it has undercut its larger rivals with a discounted family plan to give four lines and 10GB of shared mobile data for $100 monthly.…

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