Russian central bank makes surprise interest rate cut

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:53
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's central bank unexpectedly cut its main interest rate on Friday as fears of recession mount in the country following the fall in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:51
siddesu writes: The U.S. Department of Energy's 2008 proposal to build a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, was technically sound, a report by the NRC says. However, the closed-down project is unlikely to revive, as its staff has moved on, and there are few funds available to restart it. "With the release of the final two volumes of a five-part technical analysis, the commission closed another chapter on the controversial repository nearly five years after President Barack Obama abandoned the project, and more than a quarter century after the site was selected. While the staff recommended against approving construction, the solid technical review could embolden Republicans who now control both houses of Congress and would like to see Yucca Mountain revived."

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:44
Tim Cook puts numbers on his world domination claim

Apple is wolfing down KitKats and Lollipops for lunch after it emerged that most iPhone 6 users have come from Android.…

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Google forced to - gasp! - OBEY the LAW on data-slurp transparency

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:16
Ad broker agrees to tell you what it does with your privates

Google has agreed to change its privacy policy to comply with the Data Protection Act following an investigation by Blighty's data watchdog into its harvesting of personal information.…

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MasterCard's quarterly profit rises 29 percent

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:11
(Reuters) - MasterCard Inc , the world's second-largest debit and credit card company, posted a 29 percent rise in quarterly profit as customers swiped their cards more often.
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:08 writes The NYT reports on a new study from a prominent environmental think tank that concludes turning plant matter into liquid fuel or electricity is so inefficient that the approach is unlikely ever to supply a substantial fraction of global energy demand. They add that continuing to pursue this strategy is likely to use up vast tracts of fertile land that could be devoted to helping feed the world's growing population. "I would say that many of the claims for biofuels have been dramatically exaggerated," says Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute, a global research organization based in Washington that is publishing the report. "There are other, more effective routes to get to a low-carbon world." The report follows several years of rising concern among scientists about biofuel policies in the United States and Europe, and is the strongest call yet by the World Resources Institute, known for nonpartisan analysis of environmental issues, to urge governments to reconsider those policies. Timothy D. Searchinger says recent science has challenged some of the assumptions underpinning many of the pro-biofuel policies that have often failed to consider the opportunity cost of using land to produce plants for biofuel. According to Searchinger, if forests or grasses were grown instead of biofuels, that would pull carbon dioxide out of the air, storing it in tree trunks and soils and offsetting emissions more effectively than biofuels would do. What is more, as costs for wind and solar power have plummeted over the past decade, and the new report points out that for a given amount of land, solar panels are at least 50 times more efficient than biofuels at capturing the energy of sunlight in a useful form. "It's true that our first-generation biofuels have not lived up to their promise," says Jason Hill said. "We've found they do not offer the environmental benefits they were purported to have, and they have a substantial negative impact on the food system."

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LibreOffice 4.4 is more than just a pretty face

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-30 08:00

 ITworld: LibreOffice (aka LO) is among the best and the most used free (of cost) and open source office suites.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:45
Latest handset? Punters say 'meh'. It's all about networks now, prays Three

People are turning away from pricey "flagship" smartphones sold on complicated expensive contracts, according to industry figures.…

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Printer maker Xerox's profit beats Street on lower costs

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:40
(Reuters) - Xerox Corp , best known for its printers and copiers, reported a slightly better-than-expected quarterly profit as expenses declined 4 percent.
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Mobe-hungry BT's sales slip over Xmas amid EE buyout silence

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:29
Firm can't ignore £7bn pensions deficit much longer

Sales at one-time state telco monopoly BT fell by three per cent to £4.48bn in its third quarter, the company announced today.…

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Whee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:02
If it works it'll go nationwide, says telco's top dog

BT has announced that it wants to roll out and fibre to the home to provide internet speeds of up to 500Mbps and 1Gbps.…

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Papyros Is a Linux Distribution that Follows Google's Material Design and It Looks Stunning

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-01-30 07:00

 softpedia: Papyros is a new Linux distribution in the making that will use the Material Design style from Google.

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Philippine leader vows justice for police but warns on anger

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:37
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Friday promised justice for 44 policemen killed in a clash with Muslim rebels but, underscoring his calls for the violence not to derail peace efforts, warned against an angry response to the violence.
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Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz)

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:28
Laser focus on self embiggenment, says co-chief

Oracle’s co-CEO Mark Hurd is banging the drum for the database giant’s success in cloud computing.…

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South Africa's 'Prime Evil' apartheid killer freed on parole

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:07
PRETORIA (Reuters) - Apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, dubbed 'Prime Evil' for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s, was granted parole on Friday after more than 20 years in prison.

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Debian: 3147-1: openjdk-6: Summary - Fri, 2015-01-30 06:01 Security Report Summary
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Undead nights: Zombie FPS <i>Dying Light</i> shines bright

The Register - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:59
Dead Island all grown up and covered in putrefying flesh

Game Theory Dying Light is set in the devastated city of Harran, Turkey, and my first impression on hitting the ground, as freelance operative Kyle Crane, is that I’m trapped in some zombie-infested remake of American Sniper but with graffiti that seems more of a nod to the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo.…

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Debian: 3146-1: requests: Summary - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:54 Security Report Summary
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A Heroin Dealer Tells the Silk Road Jury What It Was Like to Sell Drugs Online - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:49 For its two and a half years online, thousands of drug dealers sold every kind of narcotic imaginable on the anonymous online marketplace known as the Silk Road. But put one of the site's heroin dealers in a courtroom and ask him questions under oath, and the scale and consequences of that drug empire suddenly seem much more real.
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The Gap Between What The Public Thinks And What Scientists Know

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-01-30 05:34
First time accepted submitter burtosis writes Despite similar views about the overall place of science in America, the general public and scientists often see science-related issues through a different lens, according to a new pair of surveys by the Pew Research Center in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). From FiveThirtyEight: "The surveys found broad support for government to spend money on science, but that doesn't mean the public supports the conclusions that scientists draw. The biggest gap between scientists and the public came on issues that may elicit fear: the safety of genetically modified (or GMO) foods (37 percent of the public said GMOs were safe, compared to 88 percent of scientists) and the use of pesticides in agriculture (28 percent of the public said foods grown with pesticides were safe to eat, versus 68 percent of scientists). There was also disagreement over the cause of climate change (50 percent of the public said it is mostly due to human activity, compared to 87 percent of scientists). Here’s a full list, via Pew Research Center, of the scientific issues the survey asked about."

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