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Lavrov accuses West of seeking 'regime change' in Russia

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-11-22 06:36
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West on Saturday of trying to use sanctions imposed on Moscow in the Ukraine crisis to seek "regime change" in Russia.






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The Register - Sat, 2014-11-22 06:09
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service

Yahoo! has apologised to customers, some of whom have been unable to access their email accounts since Thursday, after an underwater fibre cable was mistakenly severed.…

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Google's Project Loon Can Now Launch Up To 20 Balloons Per Day, Fly 10x Longer

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-11-22 06:08
An anonymous reader writes Google [Thursday] shared an update from Project Loon, the company's initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day. This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons.

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Criticism of Uber's journo-Data Analytics plan is an Attack on DIGITAL FREEDOM

The Register - Sat, 2014-11-22 05:30
First they came for Emil – and I'm damn well SPEAKING OUT

¡Bong! Extra Why can’t Old Media just accept we have it beaten, lie down and die? It’s taking forever. Nothing saddened me more this week than reading that bold new data journalism initiatives from Uber were being shot down before they had even reached Seed stage.…

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Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK

The Register - Sat, 2014-11-22 05:00
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...

Vulture at the Wheel This is the most sensible car you can buy. That's not necessarily a good thing. The Ford B-Max takes all the things you’d look for in practicality and turns them up to 11. However, in doing so it turns emotion down to zero.…

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Indian Brick-and-Mortar Retailers Snub Android One Phones

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-11-22 04:07
oyenamit writes Online shopping in India is still in its infancy but is growing tremendously to reach the mostly untapped market of 1.2 billion people. Invariably, the conflict between pure online retailers like Amazon and Flipkart and brick and mortar stores was bound to emerge. Unfortunately for Google's Android One, it has been on the receiving end of this friction. Leading brick and mortar retailers in India have refused to sell Android One handsets ever since the US company chose to launch its products exclusively online. The three Android One makers in India — Micromax, Karbonn and Spice — launched their handsets exclusively online in mid-September. When sales did not meet their expectations, they decided to release their products via the brick and mortar store channel. However, smaller retailer and mom-n-pop shops have decided to show their displeasure at having being left out of the launch by deciding not to stock Android One. The Android One phones, announced at the most recent Google I/O, are Google's attempt to bring stock Android (as on Google's Nexus devices) to emerging markets, with competent but not high-end phones.

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<i>Pervert's Guide</i> man's new book, an urban myths tome and <i>Youth</i>, an underrated gem

The Register - Sat, 2014-11-22 04:02
Some juicy reads for your weekend

Page File El Reg bookworm Mark Diston trawls through at publishing's top notch texts. Bad boy philosopher Slavoj Žižek puts Russell Brand in the shade with his latest cultural critique, while urban mythmeister Jan Harold Brunvand has revised his entertaining and enduring tome that's a goldmine for comedians and sketch writers alike. And we've a new translation of German literary great, Wolfgang Koeppen.

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<abbr title="Bastard Operator from Hell">BOFH</abbr>: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

The Register - Sat, 2014-11-22 03:00
Don't worry about that cable, it's part of the config

Episode 13

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'It is comforting to know where your data centres are.' UK.GOV does NOT

The Register - Sat, 2014-11-22 02:30
Plus: Anons are 'wannabes', KKK says, before being pwned

QuoTW This was the week when hacktivist collective Anonymous decided to take on the Ku Klux Klan after a local chapter of the white supremacist group threatened protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.…

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

The Register - Sat, 2014-11-22 02:00
Welcome to the age of the self-crashing car

Something for the Weekend, Sir? “Why are Volvos called Volvos? Because their drivers are cunts.”…

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Virtual Hosting With PureFTPd And MySQL (Incl. Quota And Bandwidth Management) On OpenSUSE 13.2

Linux Today - Sat, 2014-11-22 02:00

HowToForge: How to install a PureFTPd server that uses virtual users from a MySQL database instead of real system users.

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Critical XSS Flaws Patched In WordPress and Popular Plug-In

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-11-22 01:20
itwbennett writes The WordPress development team on Thursday released critical security updates that address an XSS vulnerability in the comment boxes of WordPress posts and pages. An attacker could exploit this flaw to create comments with malicious JavaScript code embedded in them that would get executed by the browsers of users seeing those comments. 'In the most obvious scenario the attacker leaves a comment containing the JavaScript and some links in order to put the comment in the moderation queue,' said Jouko Pynnonen, the security researcher who found the flaw.

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Obama signs order expanding U.S. Afghanistan role: NYT

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-11-22 00:42
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama has signed a secret order authorizing a broader military mission in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned, the New York Times reported on Saturday.
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Startup Assembly Banks On Paid, Open-Source Style Development

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-21 22:33
enbody writes A year-old startup, Assembly, is built on the premise of creating products using open-source style development, but structured in a way that you get paid for your contributions. Open-source development is well-known in the Slashdot community, as are a variety of ways to earn a living around open-source, such as support. What is new here is being paid as part of the development, and not just for coding — your contribution might be as project manager or sales. A nice description with video showed up today on the Verge. Of course, the devil is in the details, but they have products so someone in Slashdot land may be interested. (Bias warning: I know one of these guys.)

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 22:09
Not since Vista has this happened

Microsoft surprised us by upping its Windows product numbering from 8.1 straight to 10, and now it appears it's planning to make an even greater leap in the version numbering of the Windows kernel itself.…

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Serve websites with Nginx

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-11-21 22:00

Linux User & Developer: Configure Nginx to serve simple websites and see how it’s a serious alternative to Apache

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HP boss Meg Whitman shuffles exec pawns just before biz splits

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 21:18
CEO aims to 'minimise disruption' of PC and printer break out while rivals sneer

HP CEO Meg Whitman has outlined a management re-org to steer the business toward an eventual split into two separate Fortune 50 firms, according to an internal memo seen by El Chan.…

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Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. And Apple just won't let it die

The Register - Fri, 2014-11-21 20:13
Who's winning? The lawyers

A Manhattan judge has finally approved Apple's settlement its long-running ebook price-fixing lawsuit: $400m will go to readers who paid over the odds, and $50m will go to the lawyers suing the iTunes Giant.…

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Officials prepare for Ferguson grand jury decision, urge calm

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-11-21 20:07
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - Police and protest organizers laid the groundwork on Friday for steps to avert street violence once a St. Louis-area grand jury decides whether to indict a white police officer on criminal charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager.
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Another Hint For Kryptos

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-11-21 19:44
rastos1 writes Four years ago Jim Sanborn, the sculptor who created the wavy metal pane called Kryptos that sits in front of the CIA in Langley revealed a clue for breaking the last remaining part of the encrypted message on Kryptos. The clue was: BERLIN. But the puzzle resisted all all decryption efforts and is still unsolved. To honor the 25th anniversary of the Wall's demise and the artist's 69th birthday this year, Sanborn has decided to reveal a new clue to help solve his iconic and enigmatic artwork. It's only the second hint he's released since the sculpture was unveiled in 1990 and may finally help unlock the fourth and final section of the encrypted sculpture, which frustrated sleuths have been struggling to crack for more than two decades. The next word in the sequence is: "clock."

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