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Microsoft dangles $500k cash wad over boffins: Please, pleeease write some HoloLens apps

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 17:01
Redmond ponies up the cash for devs working on headset

Microsoft is promising $500,000 to researchers and developers who will build apps for its Hololens headset.…

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Privacy Is Personal

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-06 17:00

LinuxJournal: Try to nail two boards together with your bare hands.

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More Supermassive Black Holes Than We Thought!

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 16:43
LeadSongDog writes: The Royal Astronomical Society reports five supermassive black holes (SMBHs) that were previously hidden by dust and gas have been uncovered. The discovery suggests there may be millions more supermassive black holes in the universe than were previously thought. George Lansbury, a postgraduate student in the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy, at Durham University, said: “For a long time we have known about supermassive black holes that are not obscured by dust and gas, but we suspected that many more were hidden from our view. Thanks to NuSTAR for the first time we have been able to clearly see these hidden monsters that are predicted to be there, but have previously been elusive because of their ‘buried’ state. Although we have only detected five of these hidden supermassive black holes, when we extrapolate our results across the whole Universe then the predicted numbers are huge and in agreement with what we would expect to see.”

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Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-06 16:18
(Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been sentenced to death, filed a motion in federal court on Monday seeking a new trial, according to court records.









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"We Screwed Up," Says Reddit CEO In Formal Apology

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 16:00
An anonymous reader writes: After moderators locked up some of Reddit's most popular pages in protest against the dismissal of Victoria Taylor, and an online petition asking the company to fire CEO Ellen Pao reached more than 175,000 signatures over the weekend, Pao has issued an apology. The statement reads in part: "We screwed up. Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years. We haven't communicated well, and we have surprised moderators and the community with big changes. We have apologized and made promises to you, the moderators and the community, over many years, but time and again, we haven't delivered on them. When you've had feedback or requests, we haven't always been responsive. The mods and the community have lost trust in me and in us, the administrators of reddit. Today, we acknowledge this long history of mistakes. We are grateful for all you do for reddit, and the buck stops with me."

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New Android Malware Sprouting Like Weeds

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-06 16:00

LinuxInsider: Perhaps the one most effective strategy to minimize the risk of Android malware infection is to avoid discount app stores.

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Brazillians wax over 'sin free' Facebook wannabe

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 15:58
Plus Mega Man guy wants to blue-bomb us all with new game, and more

News bytes A social networking website built in Brazil is touting itself as a sin-free version of Facebook.…

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Ex-Goldman Sachs programmer's code theft conviction overturned AGAIN

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 15:53
Judge says evidence isn't there

Sergey Aleynikov, the former Goldman Sachs programmer who was charged with stealing code from the firm's high-frequency trading software, has had his conviction overturned a second time.…

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The DARPA Robotics Challenge Was a Bust; Let's Try Again

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 15:18
malachiorion writes: The DARPA Robotics Challenge, the biggest and most well-funded international robotics competition in years, was a failure. After years of grueling work on the part of brilliant roboticists around the world, and millions in funding from the Pentagon, the finals came and went with little to no coverage from the mainstream media. The only takeaway, for those who aren't extremely dialed into robotics, is that a ton of robots fell down in funny ways. There were winners, but considering how downgraded the tasks were, compared to the ones initially announced in 2012, it was closer to the first DARPA Grand Challenge, where none of the robot cars finished, than the Urban Challenge, which kicked off the race to build deployable driverless cars. So just as DARPA regrouped after that first fizzle of a race, here's my argument for Popular Science: It's time to do it again, and make falling, and getting up, mandatory.

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Giant robots from Japan to fight American mechs in royal robotic rumble

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 15:16
Not an anime – by 2016, huge droids will face off on Planet Earth

Vids A Japanese robot maker has accepted the challenge from a similar firm in the US to stage a special battle between massive, multi-ton robots in the next year.…

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How to set up your Raspberry Pi in Linux

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-06 15:00

TechRadar: Linux from Linux - easy!

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Software Devs Leaving Greece For Good, Finance Minister Resigns

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 14:35
New submitter TheHawke writes with this story from ZDNet about the exodus of software developers from Greece. "In the last three years, almost 80 percent of my friends, mostly developers, left Greece," software developer Panagiotis Kefalidis told ZDNet. "When I left for North America, my mother was not happy, but... it is what it is." It's not just the software developers quitting either. The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis also resigned. A portion of his resignation announcement reads: "Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement. For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today."

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Awoogah: Get ready to patch 'severe' bug in OpenSSL this Thursday

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-06 14:26
Heads up for July 9 security vulnerability fix

Sysadmins and anyone else with systems running OpenSSL code: a new version of the open-source crypto library will be released this week to "fix a single security defect classified as 'high' severity."…

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New Features Of The Linux 4.2 Kernel

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-06 14:00

Phoronix: With the Linux kernel rapidly getting bigger, Linux 4.2 is yet another exciting update.

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Police say no evidence of gunshot at Maryland military hospital

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-06 13:58
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Authorities have found no sign of a gunshot on Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington after a report of a shot triggered a lockdown of the sprawling hospital campus, police said.
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Japanese and US Piloted Robots To Brawl For National Pride

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 13:52
jfruh writes: Japan may have just lost the Women's World Cup to the U.S., but the country is hoping for a comeback in another competition: a battle between giant robots. Suidobashi Heavy Industry has agreed to a challenge from Boston-based MegaBots that would involve titanic armored robots developed by each startup, the first of its kind involving piloted machines that are roughly 4 meters tall. "We can't let another country win this," Kogoro Kurata, who is CEO of Suidobashi, said in a video posted to YouTube. "Giant robots are Japanese culture."

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South Carolina legislature debates removing Confederate flag

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-06 13:50
CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - South Carolina lawmakers on Monday began an emotional debate over legislation to remove the Confederate battle flag that flies at the state capitol in Columbia and has long been denounced by its critics as a symbol of slavery.
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Aetna CEO addresses antitrust concerns over Humana deal

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-06 13:37
(Reuters) - Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns.
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Google's Waze Jumps Into the Ride-Sharing Business

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-06 13:10
An anonymous reader writes: Waze, the online mapping company owned by Google, is testing a ride-sharing service in Israel called RideWith. The service will allow commuters to pay drivers for rides to and from work. This is a hard limit — drivers can give no more than two rides per day. If the restriction remains after the initial test, it could be a simple way to avoid pseudo-professional drivers, and all the taxi-related legal problems that go with them (see: Uber). "RideWith calculates a cost based on the anticipated fuel consumption and 'depreciation' based on mileage, and the driver is free to accept or decline the ride accordingly." One can't help but speculate about future involvement with Google's autonomous car project.

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Mozilla Fixes Flaws With Firefox 39, Previews Firefox 40

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-06 13:00

eWEEK: The Logjam SSL/TLS vulnerability is among the 13 security advisories in latest stable release of the open-source Firefox Web browser.

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