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Techies: Hands-on lab to find out what AWS Cloud can do for you

The Register - 11 hours 58 min ago
New skills, bright engineers – London, 30 April

Promo The annual Amazon Web Services Summit kicks off in London on 30 April, 2014 and there are still some spaces available for this free all-day event.…

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Fusion-io: Ah, Microsoft. I see there's in-memory in SQL Server 2014... **GERONIMO!**

The Register - 12 hours 30 min ago
Server flasher leaps in to fulfil need for SQL speed

Microsoft has given SQL Server2014 an in-memory operation ability and server flasher Fusion-io has quickly jumped in to take advantage.…

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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

Slashdot - 12 hours 41 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Google has a huge research budget and an apparent willingness to take on huge projects. They've gotten themselves into autonomous cars, fiber optic internet, robotics, and Wi-Fi balloons. But that raises a question: if they're willing to commit to projects as difficult and risk as those, what projects have they explored but rejected? Several of the scientists working at Google's 'innovation lab' have spilled the beans: '[Mag-lev] systems have a stabilizing structure that keeps trains in place as they hover and move forward in only one direction. That couldn't quite translate into an open floor plan of magnets that keep a hoverboard steadily aloft and free to move in any direction. One problem, as Piponi explains, is that magnets tend to keep shifting polarities, so your hoverboard would constantly flip over as you floated around moving from a state of repulsion to attraction with the magnets. Any skateboarder could tell you what that means: Your hoverboard would suck. ... If scaling problems are what brought hoverboards down to earth, material-science issues crashed the space elevator. The team knew the cable would have to be exceptionally strong-- "at least a hundred times stronger than the strongest steel that we have," by Piponi's calculations. He found one material that could do this: carbon nanotubes. But no one has manufactured a perfectly formed carbon nanotube strand longer than a meter. And so elevators "were put in a deep freeze," as Heinrich says, and the team decided to keep tabs on any advances in the carbon nanotube field.'"

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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

Slashdot - 12 hours 41 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Google has a huge research budget and an apparent willingness to take on huge projects. They've gotten themselves into autonomous cars, fiber optic internet, robotics, and Wi-Fi balloons. But that raises a question: if they're willing to commit to projects as difficult and risk as those, what projects have they explored but rejected? Several of the scientists working at Google's 'innovation lab' have spilled the beans: '[Mag-lev] systems have a stabilizing structure that keeps trains in place as they hover and move forward in only one direction. That couldn't quite translate into an open floor plan of magnets that keep a hoverboard steadily aloft and free to move in any direction. One problem, as Piponi explains, is that magnets tend to keep shifting polarities, so your hoverboard would constantly flip over as you floated around moving from a state of repulsion to attraction with the magnets. Any skateboarder could tell you what that means: Your hoverboard would suck. ... If scaling problems are what brought hoverboards down to earth, material-science issues crashed the space elevator. The team knew the cable would have to be exceptionally strong-- "at least a hundred times stronger than the strongest steel that we have," by Piponi's calculations. He found one material that could do this: carbon nanotubes. But no one has manufactured a perfectly formed carbon nanotube strand longer than a meter. And so elevators "were put in a deep freeze," as Heinrich says, and the team decided to keep tabs on any advances in the carbon nanotube field.'"

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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

Slashdot - 12 hours 41 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Google has a huge research budget and an apparent willingness to take on huge projects. They've gotten themselves into autonomous cars, fiber optic internet, robotics, and Wi-Fi balloons. But that raises a question: if they're willing to commit to projects as difficult and risk as those, what projects have they explored but rejected? Several of the scientists working at Google's 'innovation lab' have spilled the beans: '[Mag-lev] systems have a stabilizing structure that keeps trains in place as they hover and move forward in only one direction. That couldn't quite translate into an open floor plan of magnets that keep a hoverboard steadily aloft and free to move in any direction. One problem, as Piponi explains, is that magnets tend to keep shifting polarities, so your hoverboard would constantly flip over as you floated around moving from a state of repulsion to attraction with the magnets. Any skateboarder could tell you what that means: Your hoverboard would suck. ... If scaling problems are what brought hoverboards down to earth, material-science issues crashed the space elevator. The team knew the cable would have to be exceptionally strong-- "at least a hundred times stronger than the strongest steel that we have," by Piponi's calculations. He found one material that could do this: carbon nanotubes. But no one has manufactured a perfectly formed carbon nanotube strand longer than a meter. And so elevators "were put in a deep freeze," as Heinrich says, and the team decided to keep tabs on any advances in the carbon nanotube field.'"

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Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast

The Register - 12 hours 52 min ago
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back

Review The Kingston DataTraveler microDuo is a convenient flash storage device that features a full-size USB interface at one end and micro USB at the other.…

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Voices of gratitude, defiance at Boston bombing memorial

Reuters: Technology - 13 hours 7 min ago
BOSTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, local leaders and officials and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago.






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Red Hat: 2014:0408-01: java-1.6.0-openjdk: Important Advisory

LinuxSecurity.com - 13 hours 13 min ago
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated java-1.6.0-openjdk packages that fix various security issues and one bug are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having [More...]
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Red Hat: 2014:0406-01: java-1.7.0-openjdk: Critical Advisory

LinuxSecurity.com - 13 hours 20 min ago
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated java-1.7.0-openjdk packages that fix various security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having Critical [More...]
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Fine print: Dell bod tells us the details of Fluid Cache for SAN

The Register - 13 hours 24 min ago
It's not just for Dell's own servers, says marketer

Fluid Cache for SAN is Dell’s technology to integrate server PCIe flash cards and networked SAN storage. We talked to Bob Fine, director of product marketing at Compellent to find out more about how it works.…

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Red Hat: 2014:0407-01: java-1.7.0-openjdk: Important Advisory

LinuxSecurity.com - 13 hours 26 min ago
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated java-1.7.0-openjdk packages that fix various security issues are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. The Red Hat Security Response Team has rated this update as having [More...]
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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

The Register - 14 hours 9 sec ago
All the action from 'Baconur' - Blighty's renamed space flight centre

Pics+Vid The dust has pretty well settled on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Punch and Judy test flights, and we now present for your further entertainment a round-up of the two missions.…

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Hic! Storage upstart DEY bought out by Australian wine merchant

The Register - 14 hours 29 min ago
Have another glass - this is a fruity one and no mistake

Software-defined storage startup DEY Storage has been bought by CloudCentral, an Australian cloud service provider, which has had a DEY storage co-founder as a board advisor for a few months. And it's being bought by a winery.…

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NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER

The Register - 14 hours 41 min ago
Announcement of VDSL trial is not proof of concept for fibre-to-the-node

NBN Co, the entity charged with building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), has let world+dog know that one test of VDSL delivered over fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) worked.…

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Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS

The Register - 14 hours 54 min ago
Mobe firm gets PCI DSS green light for text-crypto service

Text messaging isn’t secure. It was never meant to be, as befits something which the chair of the SMG4 standards committee thought was a good idea at the time. No-one ever thought that it might be used for particularly valuable data. SMS expects everything to happen in plain txt so nuttin iz encryptd, bruv.…

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Zebra grazes Motorola Solutions' enterprise business for $US3.45bn

The Register - 15 hours 23 min ago
Motorola to focus on government and public safety markets

Motorola Solutions has offloaded its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $US3.45 billion in cash.…

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China economic growth slows to 18-month low in first-quarter

Reuters: Technology - 15 hours 26 min ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China's economy grew at its slowest pace in 18 months at the start of 2014, but did a touch better than expected and showed some improvement in March, suggesting Beijing will not rush to follow up recent steps to support activity.






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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Slashdot - 15 hours 48 min ago
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University have concluded, after extensive analysis of 1,779 policy issues, that the U.S. is in fact an oligarchy and not a democracy. What this means is that, although 'Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance,' 'majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts.' Their study (PDF), to be published in Perspectives on Politics, found that 'When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.'"

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Why I Switched to GNOME

Linux Today - 15 hours 56 min ago

 Datamation: I've had a love/hate relationship with GNOME since its early days, from its fledgling beginnings up to its current state as the GNOME 3 desktop we all know today.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-16 00:58
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout

The European Commission has decided Munich, not London, is Europe's top technology hub. The judgement is delivered in a new Atlas of ICT Activity in Europe released this week.…

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