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Pull on your dancing shoes, the server market's ALLLLIVE

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:58
Vendors did the server jig and more cash poured from the clouds (oh and hyperscale)

It looks like execs behind the biggest server-makers can dust off those dancing boots and get jiggy with it again – the market is expanding in both box shipments and the value of them.…

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Optus joins iiNet with free-to-download Netflix offer for Australians

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:54
Optus' me-too on uncapped movies; might Telstra follow?

Australia's second-largest ISP Optus has followed the third-largest, iiNet, by announcing Australians will be able to watch Netflix without the downloads counting towards their monthly data cap.…

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Former MLB Pitcher Doxes Internet Trolls, Delivers Real-World Consequences

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:54
An anonymous reader writes: When Twitter trolls began posting obscene, sexually explicit comments about his teenage daughter, former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling responded by recording their comments and gathering personal information readily available to the public. He then doxxed two of them on his blog, resulting in one being suspended from his community college and the other being fired from his part-time job as a ticket seller for the New York Yankees. There were seven others in Curt's crosshairs, all college athletes, but although he hasn't publicly doxxed those individuals, he hints, "I found it rather funny at how quickly tone changed when I heard via email from a few athletes who'd been suspended by their coaches. Gone was the tough guy tweeter, replaced by the 'I'm so sorry' apology used by those only sorry because they got caught."

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Unity, Mozilla team up to bring PEW! PEW! PEW! to browsers, too

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:41
Latest game dev tools feature built-in WebGL exporter

GDC 2015 The latest version of the Unity cross-platform game development toolkit is helping to bring advanced 3D graphics and gaming to the web, albeit in baby steps.…

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National Rugby League boots 'metadata' right into Australia's face

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:28
New phone-snooping code for naughty players illustrates state surveillance

Australian politicians and activists frustrated at their fellows' apparent indifference to the metadata data retention debate have cause to thank the National Rugby League (NRL).…

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HP adds Eucalyptus to Helion cloud, but OpenStack still reigns

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:23
Support for Amazon-lookalike clouds is back in HP's IaaS

HP has restored Amazon Web Services compatibility to its Helion cloud product line, just over a year after it dropped support in favor of focusing on a mix of OpenStack and its own, in-house technology.…

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Physicists Gear Up To Catch a Gravitational Wave

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:11
sciencehabit writes: A patch of woodland just north of Livingston, Louisiana, population 1893, isn't the first place you'd go looking for a breakthrough in physics. Yet it is here that physicists may fulfill perhaps the most spectacular prediction of Albert Einstein's theory of gravity, or general relativity. Structures here house the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), an ultrasensitive instrument that may soon detect ripples in space and time set off when neutron stars or black holes merge. Einstein himself predicted the existence of such gravitational waves nearly a century ago. But only now is the quest to detect them coming to a culmination. Physicists are finishing a $205 million rebuild of the detectors, known as Advanced LIGO, which should make them 10 times more sensitive and, they say, virtually ensure a detection.

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Samsung Galaxy Note Edge: A side swipe at smartphone design

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:02
Edgy? Well, it has a lot of potential

Review Edge. Get used to the word. From here on in, if the scuttlebut is to be believed, several flagship Samsung devices will be available with an Edge variant.  An Edgy version of the Galaxy S6 has already been confirmed.  A what? In simple terms with a bit of extra screen that curves around the right hand edge of the device.…

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The Cat That Has Linux's Tongue

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:00

 FOSSforce: When I first decided that I wanted to use text to speech on a daily basis, I began researching and testing the available applications.

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Ask Slashdot: Wireless Microphone For Stand-up Meetings?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 17:00
rolandw writes We have daily stand-ups and normally there is at least one person missing from the room. We relay via on-line chat but the sound quality is rubbish. The remote person sounds great via our speaker when they use a headset but they can't hear what is happening in the room. We need a wireless mic that copes with a large echoing room and will stop feedback. Can you recommend one? We're not an over-funded start-up so don't have an unlimited budget...

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'Fry-OS 8' iPhone BLEW UP my pants wails roasted Johnson

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 16:43
Fella's hot Valentine's Day action ends in clothes ripped off, 3rd-degree burns

A bloke in Long Island, New York, claims an iPhone 5C exploded in his pants, putting him in hospital for 10 days with second and third-degree burns.…

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FREAK Attack Threatens SSL Clients

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 16:29
msm1267 writes: For the nth time in the last couple of years, security experts are warning about a new Internet-scale vulnerability, this time in some popular SSL clients. The flaw allows an attacker to force clients to downgrade to weakened ciphers and break their supposedly encrypted communications through a man-in-the-middle attack. Researchers recently discovered that some SSL clients, including OpenSSL, will accept weak RSA keys–known as export-grade keys–without asking for those keys. Export-grade refers to 512-bit RSA keys, the key strength that was approved by the United States government for export overseas. This was an artifact from decades ago and it was thought that most servers and clients had long ago abandoned such weak ciphers. The vulnerability affects a variety of clients, most notably Apple's Safari browser.

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Target to cut thousands of jobs, eyes $2 billion in cost cuts

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-03 16:25
(Reuters) - U.S. retailer Target Corp on Tuesday said it planned to cut several thousand jobs, mainly from headquarters locations, as part of a restructuring that will cut $2 billion in costs over two years.
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He can't give it away FAST ENOUGH: Bill Gates richest man in world again

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 16:19
Microsoft founder back on Forbes rich list

Despite Bill Gates' best efforts to offload his massive pile of cash, it seems there's literally nothing the Microsoft founder can do to avoid being the richest man in the world.…

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Do You Need A Swap Partition?

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-03-03 16:00

 EveryDayLinuxUser: This article provides an answer to the question "Do I Need A Swap Partition" by showing what happens when you don't have one and your system runs out of memory.

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The spy who leaked me: Ex-CIA boss Petraeus 'fesses up to blabbing intel to his mistress

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 15:52
General will avoid the clink for handing over secrets – unlike Chelsea Manning

The US Department of Justice has reached a settlement with General David Petraeus allowing the former military leader and ex-head of the CIA to avoid prison for handing over classified information to his lover.…

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A Versatile and Rugged MIDI Mini-Keyboard (Video)

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 15:46
The K-Board won a "Best in Show" award at CES 2015. Plus, as Timothy said, "I always like pour and stomp demos." And it's totally cross-platform. If your computer, tablet or smartphone has a USB port and (almost) any kind of music software, it works. In theory, you could hook a K-Board to your Android or iOS device and use it to accompany yourself while you sing for spare change on a downtown corner. Or noodle around to get a handle on a theme you'll use in your next major symphony. Or...?

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Linux and Multiple Internet Uplinks: a New Tool

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-03 15:02
New submitter Alessandro Zarrilli writes: Linux has been able do multipath routing for a long time: it means being able to have routes with multiple gateways and to use them in a (weighted) round-robin fashion. But Linux is missing a tool to actively monitor the state of internet uplinks and change the routing accordingly. Without it, from a LAN perspective, it's like having a RAID-0: just one uplink goes down and all of your LAN-to-WAN traffic goes down too. Documentation and examples on the subject are lacking; existing solutions are few and deeply integrated in firewall/routing specific distributions. To address these issues, a new standalone tool was just released: Fault Tolerant Router. It also includes a complete (iptables + ip policy routing) configuration generator.

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Jolla shows off Sailfish tablet, promises ultra-secure phone

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-03-03 15:00

 LinuxGizmos: Jolla released Sailfish OS 2.0, showed off the first tablet to run the OS, and announced plans with SSH to develop a security-hardened version of Sailfish.

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Apple Pay a haven for 'rampant' credit card fraud, say experts

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-03 14:59
Lax security controls fingered

Apple and its banker pals may have inadvertently lowered the barrier to credit card fraud by adding pay-by-wave technology to iPhones, security experts fear.…

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