UK rail signals could be hacked to cause crashes, claims prof

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-24 09:32
He's also flogging anti-hack tech. Make of that what you will

The rollout of a next generation train signalling system across the UK could leave the network at greater risk of hack attacks, a university professor has claimed.…

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Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-04-24 09:31
An anonymous reader writes: Confirming speculation from yesterday, Comcast announced this morning that its attempt to merge with Time Warner Cable has been terminated. The announcement was very brief, but indicated that regulatory pressure was the reason they killed the deal. CEO Brian Roberts said, "Today, we move on. Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn't agree, we could walk away." The Washington Post adds, "The move by regulators to throw up roadblocks shows that the government has grown concerned about massive media conglomerates bigfooting rivals that are finding success by streaming content over the Internet, analysts said. And after years of approving a wave of mergers in the industry — including that of Comcast and NBC Universal in 2011 — federal officials are taking a new tone, they said."

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U.S. business investment plans fall for seventh straight month

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-04-24 09:30
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a seventh straight month in March, likely weighed down by a strong dollar and lower energy prices, suggesting the economy could struggle to strongly rebound from the first quarter's soft patch.

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Killing of U.S. al Qaeda media frontman seen as big blow for militants

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-04-24 09:24
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The killing of an American who directed al Qaeda's media campaign from his Pakistani hideout is likely to be a big blow for the militants, especially as they wage a propaganda war with Islamic State.
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Microsoft vs AWS: If you can't bark with the BIG DOGS get off the PORCH

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-24 09:02
A tight squeeze in the cloud

Don’t be fooled: Microsoft’s cloud business is not bigger than that of Amazon’s AWS, although that’s the immediate implication.…

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IoT 'Security Hopscotch' Is No Game: Chris Roberts

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-04-24 09:00

eSecurityPlanet: Chris Roberts, in hot water after tweeting about a hack into a plane's WiFi system, describes another theoretical attack, this one against an Internet-connected appliance.

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U.S. business investment plans fall for seventh straight month

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:53
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. business investment spending plans fell for a seventh straight month in March, likely weighed down by a strong dollar and lower energy prices, suggesting the economy could struggle to rebound from a soft patch hit at the start of the year.
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Hubble Turns 25

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:49
Taco Cowboy points out that the Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 today. Hubble was launched on April 24, 1990, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Currently, it is flying about 340 miles over the Earth and circling us every 97 minutes. While the telescope itself is not really much to look at, that silver bucket is pure gold for astronomers. Scientists have used that vantage point to make ground-breaking observations about planets, stars, galaxies and to reveal parts of our universe we didn't know existed. The telescope has made more than a million observations and astronomers have used Hubble data in more than 12,700 scientific papers, "making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built," according to NASA. ... NASA aims to keep Hubble operating through at least 2020 so that it can overlap with its successor. The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch in October 2018 and begin observations in mid-2019. NASA celebrated by releasing a new, epic image from Hubble titled "Celestial Fireworks." It is accompanied by an impressive flythrough video. Some nice galleries of Hubble images have been put together at the NY Times and Slate, but a bigger collection is available directly from the official Hubble website.

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ECJ upholds LG’s €210M LCD panel cartel fine

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:41
Selling to your mum and dad doesn't make it OK

The European Court of Justice has said the EU Commission was right to fine LG €210 million for its LCD panel cartel involvement.…

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<em>Reg</em> Lectures serve up Net Terrors, Rare Earths, and Ancient Tech

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:23
And top notch beer and vittles...

Reg Events If you want to get ahead of the on-beach reading lists this year, you need to get down to our next series of Register Lectures.…

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Cosmic Rays Could Reveal Secrets of Lightning On Earth

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:06
sciencehabit writes: Despite Benjamin Franklin's best efforts with a kite and a key, the phenomenon of lightning remains a scientific enigma. Now, researchers have developed a new tool that could help them solve some of lightning's mysteries. By using cosmic rays, space-traveling particles that constantly rain down on our atmosphere, scientists report they can peek inside thunderstorms and measure their electric fields, helping them pinpoint the conditions that cause storms' electrical outbursts. The advance could help researchers predict more precisely when and where lightning is most likely to strike and get people out of harm's way in time.

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As Armenia marks 1915 killing, Berlin calls it genocide

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:00
YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia marked the centenary on Friday of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide.
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Red Hat gives developers more programming goodies

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-04-24 08:00

 ZDnet: If you want a stable Linux operating system and the latest developer tools, Red Hat has a deal for you.

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Apple Watch: Fanbois need TEN vids to learn how to tell the time

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-24 07:57
The first one explores how to wait for delivery

A mini-series of tutorial videos has appeared on the Apple website, giving step-by-tap instructions on how to use the new shiny Wristjob.…

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Hadoop ODP: No thanks says MapR, and Cloudera isn't impressed either

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-24 07:38
It benefits Hortonworks, not us

Hadoop disty MapR has kicked the Open Data Platform into touch, saying it only benefits competitor Hortonworks and provides a way for Pivotal to get out of a hole.…

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Debian: 3233-1: wpa: Summary - Fri, 2015-04-24 07:38 Security Report Summary
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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-24 07:17
Gaze upon Cook's wristjob, ye fanbois, & despair

Teardown The Apple Watch's innards have been bared, and they're not so dissimilar from those one might expect of a teeny tiny iPhone.…

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Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-24 07:03
Mixing and matching the party manifesto promises

Election 2015 Five years after its first coalition government for decades, Britain again looks likely to refuse to elect a single party to government.…

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Qt Creator 3.4.0 Officially Released, Supports 64-bit Android Toolchains

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-04-24 07:00

 softpedia: Qt Creator 3.4.0 introduces an all-new refactoring action in the C++ support,

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As Yemen bombing subsides, Saudi may struggle with peacemaker role

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-04-24 06:52
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has bombed Yemen for four weeks but may be little closer to imposing influence in its war-torn neighbor.
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