Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

Slashdot - 11 hours 55 min ago
sciencehabit (1205606) writes Astronomers have found signs of water ice clouds on an object just 7.3 light-years from Earth — less than twice the distance of Alpha Centauri. If confirmed, the discovery is the first sighting of water clouds beyond our solar system. The clouds shroud a Jupiter-sized object known as a brown dwarf and should yield insight into the nature of cool giant planets orbiting other suns.

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

The Register - 12 hours 24 min ago
64-bit browser loads cat vids FIFTEEN PERCENT faster!

Google has dropped 50 patches for its flagship Chrome browser plugging holes and handed $30,000 to a lone bug hunter who reported a dangerous sandbox-busting attack.…

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

The Register - 12 hours 51 min ago
Tim Berners-Lee isn't happy, but we should be

Worstall on Wednesday It's possible to have a certain sympathy for Sir Tim Berners-Lee as he looks at what people have done to his glorious world wide web.…

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American released by Syrian militants excited to be free, mother says

Reuters: Technology - 12 hours 53 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An American writer released this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria is doing well and is excited to be free, his mother said on Tuesday.

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When Distros Go South

Linux Today - 12 hours 56 min ago

 FOSSforce: I don't mean system stability, that is a given with Linux, but developer stability.

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Google ghostly graphics haunt Image search

The Register - Wed, 2014-08-27 00:32
'Technical issue' sees NBA star, car crash pic, in search for pancakes

A slam dunking NBA star and a fatal car crash isn't normally what you'd expect to find when Googling for puppies, but it is exactly what users have received overnight due to some unknown perversion of Google Images.…

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Hey FCC, Comcast-TWC merger is bad news for Netflix, says Netflix

The Register - Wed, 2014-08-27 00:02
Combined giants would fleece lowly video streamers, claims not-so-lowly video streamer

Netflix has formally petitioned the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to block the proposed $42.5bn tie-up between US cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC).…

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After disasters, stricken Malaysia Airlines staff brace for job cuts

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 23:49
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - As bodies from downed Flight MH17 were brought home last week, a group of Malaysia Airlines flight attendants, in black mourning headscarves contrasting with their pink and turquoise uniforms, sobbed and clung to each other in grief.
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Silva surges in Brazil election race, threatens Rousseff

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 23:49
BRASILIA (Reuters) - A surging Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff's lead in Brazil's presidential race, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, paving the way for a likely second-round runoff in which the popular environmentalist looks well-positioned to win.

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American man suspected of fighting with Islamic State is killed

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 23:36
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An American man suspected of fighting alongside Islamic State militants who have seized large areas of Iraq and Syria to the alarm of the Baghdad government and its allies in the West has been killed in Syria, a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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Government report: average Oz user will want 15 Mbps by 2023

The Register - Tue, 2014-08-26 23:31
Looking behind the Vertigan report

With the launch of the report, communications minister Malcolm Turnbull seems to have taken a more generous view of the predictability of the future.…

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WHO shuts Sierra Leone lab after worker infected with Ebola

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 23:07
FREETOWN/KINSHASA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday it had shut a laboratory in Sierra Leone after a health worker there was infected with Ebola, a move that may hamper efforts to boost the global response to the worst-ever outbreak of the disease.
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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-08-26 23:06
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes The Guardian reports that the UK Information Commissioner has levied a fine of £180,000 on the Ministry of Justice for their failure to encrypt data held on external hard drives at prisons. The fine is nominal — one part of government fining another is rather pointless, but it does show that there's a little bit of accountability. Of course it's interesting to consider the dangers of this hopefully old way of storing backups; but the question of whether we do a lot better now is quite pointed. To make matters worse, one of the unencrypted backup hard drives walked away.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

The Register - Tue, 2014-08-26 23:02
Shanghai to San Fran in two hours would be a trick, though

China reportedly wants to enter the world of supersonic transport – under the water.…

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Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case

The Register - Tue, 2014-08-26 21:56
Health and Human Services IT security chief headed online to share vile images

A top government cybersecurity official who secretly joined an online pedophile network to swap child sex abuse material and rape fantasies has been convicted.…

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Crist wins Florida Democratic primary in governor's race

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 21:46
TAMPA Fla. (Reuters) - Charlie Crist won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor on Tuesday, defeating his primary challenger with almost 75 percent of the vote and setting the stage for a nationally watched governor's race.
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Exclusive: Chipmaker Qualcomm may face EU antitrust probe - sources

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 21:44
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Qualcomm, the world's No. 1 mobile chipmaker, may face a European investigation related to a four-year-old complaint from a subsidiary of rival Nvidia Corp, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
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U.N. agency to launch plan for warning airlines of risks in conflict zones

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 21:16
(Reuters) - The United Nations' civil aviation body will launch two pilot projects designed to help airlines and states better share information about risks in conflict zones, the organization said on Tuesday, nearly six weeks after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over Ukraine.
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Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Bloomberg

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-08-26 21:01
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday.

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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-08-26 21:01
MojoKid (1002251) writes Seagate announced today that it has begun shipping the world's first 8 Terabyte hard drive. The 8TB hard drive comes only five months after Western Digital released the first ever 6TB HDD. Up until then, Seagate's high capacity HDDs had been shipping only to select enterprise clients. The 8TB HDD comes in the 3.5-inch form factor and, according to the manufacturer, features a SATA 6Gbps interface and multi-drive RV tolerance which makes it suitable for data centers. It's unclear what technology the drive is based on, or if PMR (Perpendicular Magnetic Recording) or low-resistance helium technology was employed.

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