How Pentagon war fund became a budget buster Washington can't resist

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-07-31 09:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. troops deployed in battle zones is at its lowest level since before the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Still, Congress has authorized a 38 percent increase in the war budget over last year.

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Ex-TEPCO Officials To Be Indicted Over Fukushima

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-07-31 08:56
AmiMoJo writes: Three former executives of Tokyo Electric Power Company will face mandatory indictment over the March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The prosecution inquest panel of randomly-selected citizens voted for the indictment on Friday, for professional negligence resulting in death and injury. "Tokyo prosecutors in January rejected the panel's judgment that the three should be charged, citing insufficient evidence. But the 11 unidentified citizens on the panel forced the indictment after a second vote, which makes an indictment mandatory. The three are former chairman Tsunehisa Katsumata, 75, and former executives Sakae Muto, 65, and Ichiro Takekuro, 69. Citizens' panels, made up of residents selected by lottery, are a rarely used but high-profile feature of Japan's legal system introduced after World War Two to curb bureaucratic overreach."

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Uber unleashes $1bn war chest to crack Indian market

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 08:54
Fiendish domination plans follow a billion big ones thrown at China

Uber is to throw $1bn (£642m) of investment into the Indian market, in an apparent attempt to blast incumbent "sharing economy" taxi biz Ola out of the water.…

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German spooks want to charge journalists with TREASON for publishing spy plans

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 08:42
Looking at you, Beckedahl and Meister

Two journalists have been threatened with jail time in Germany for publishing information about the extent of the country’s surveillance activities.…

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 08:23
Supermicro 2028GR-TRT quad GPU box

Review Playing with cool technology is not why either of us chose systems administration as a career. Nor was it something we expected as part of our employment. That said, it is impossible to deny the attraction cool technology has. It is fitting, then, that on systems administrator day we get the chance to publish a review on the kind of hardware that lured us into systems administration in the first place.…

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Why Micron/Intel's New Cross Point Memory Could Virtually Last Forever

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-07-31 08:14
Lucas123 writes: As they announced their new 3D XPoint memory this week, Micron and Intel talked a lot about its performance being 1,000X that of NAND flash, but what they talked less about was how it also has the potential to have 1,000X the endurance of today's most popular non-volatile memories. NAND flash typically can sustain from 3,000 to 10,000 erase-write cycles — more with wear-leveling and ECC. If Micron and Intel's numbers are to be believed, 3D XPoint could exceed one million write cycles. The reason for that endurance involves the material used to create the XPoint architecture, which neither company will disclose. Unlike NAND flash, cross point resistive memory does not use charge trap technology that wears silicon oxide over time or a typical resistive memory filamentary architecture, which creates a statistical variation in how the filaments form each time you program them; that can slow ReRAM's performance and make it harder to scale. Russ Meyer, Micron's director of process integration, said 3D XPoint's architecture doesn't store electrons or use filaments. "The memory element itself is simply moving between two different resistance states," which means there's virtually no wear.

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US spied on Japanese PM Abe, Mitsubishi, and so much more

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 08:08
WikiLeaks exposes blanket snooping on Asian powerhouse

The NSA spied on Japan's prime minister, central bank, finance ministry and major corporations, such as the natural gas division of Mitsubishi, according to documents released today.…

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Safeguarding Choice and Control Online

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-07-31 08:00

Mozilla: We are calling on Microsoft to “undo” its aggressive move to override user choice on Windows 10

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Windows 10's Torrent-U-Like updates slurp your precious bandwidth

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 07:55
Who needs cloud when users can host downloads for you?

Feel like your network bandwidth is slipping away? Windows 10 could be the culprit.…

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Suspect in Charleston church massacre to be arraigned on hate charges

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-07-31 07:39
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Relatives of nine African-Americans killed at a historic South Carolina church may get a second opportunity to address the white man accused in the murders on Friday when he is arraigned on federal hate crime charges, sources close to the case said.
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Google Straps Aclima Sensors To Street View Cars To Map Air Pollution

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-07-31 07:24
Eloking writes: Google and a San Francisco-based Aclima have equipped Google's Street View cars with environmental sensors in order to map urban air quality. The project aims to create high resolution maps of air quality across cities by measuring carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, Volatile Organic Compounds, and other pollutants. “We have a profound opportunity to understand how cities live and breathe in an entirely new way by integrating Aclima’s mobile sensing platform with Google Maps and Street View cars,” said Davida Herzl, co-founder and CEO of Aclima. “With more than half of the world’s population now living in cities, environmental health is becoming increasingly important to quality of life. Today we’re announcing the success of our integration test with Google, which lays the foundation for generating high resolution maps of air quality in cities.”

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Daisy completes Phoenix IT gobble

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 07:21
Outfit marches on with £1bn revenue mid-market domination plan

Acquisition-ravenous Daisy Group has completed its gobble of tech services outfit Phoenix IT Group.…

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Google to French data cops on .com RTBF: Baiser ma DERRIERE

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 07:04
Maybe shouldn't have relied on Google Translate to check that one

Google says it will not comply with French data cops' demands to apply the European "right to be forgotten" worldwide.…

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Linux Based Solus OS Now Boots in Flat 1.2 Seconds

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-07-31 07:00

FOSSbytes: The developer team behind Linux-based Solus distro has achieved a remarkable feat as they brought down the boot time of the Solus operating system to 1.2 seconds.

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Russia's 'tin pot despot' Putin behind spy's London murder, UK inquiry told

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-07-31 06:58
LONDON (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "tin pot despot" who, with Kremlin "cronies," was behind the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.

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Exclusive: China watchdog extends pursuit of short sellers to HK, Singapore - sources

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-07-31 06:48
HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China is pressing foreign and Chinese-owned brokerages in Hong Kong and Singapore to hand over stock trading records, sources said, extending its pursuit of "malicious" short sellers of Chinese stocks to overseas jurisdictions.
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UK's first 'DIY DAB' multiplex goes live in Brighton

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 06:33
Raspberry-powered stack thumbs nose at costly broadcast convention

Britain’s first home-brewed open source-based DAB multiplex has gone live this morning. Six services will be operating on the new mux in Brighton for nine months.…

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Lying to customers, Unicom? Cough up £200k, do not pass Go

The Register - Fri, 2015-07-31 06:03
Firm has to smarten up its act if it wants to avoid another Ofcom thrashing

It’s good to know that complaints to Ofcom produce action. A probe into broken promises and lies told by Unicom has seen the company fined £200,000 by the regulator.…

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Hackers Could Heist Semis by Exploiting This Satellite Flaw - Fri, 2015-07-31 05:34 Remember the opening scene of the first Fast and Furious film when bandits hijacked a truck to steal its cargo? Or consider the recent real-life theft of $4 million in gold from a truck transiting from Miami to Massachusetts. Heists like these could become easier to pull off thanks to security flaws in systems used for tracking valuable shipments and assets.
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