German Auto Firms Face Roadblock In Testing Driverless Car Software

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:59
An anonymous reader writes As nations compete to build the first operational autonomous car, German auto-manufacturers fear that current domestic laws limit their efforts to test the appropriate software for self-driving vehicles on public roads. German carmakers are concerned that these roadblocks are allowing U.S. competitors, such as Google, to race ahead in their development of software designed to react effectively when placed in real-life traffic scenarios. Car software developers are particularly struggling to deal with the ethical challenges often raised on the road. For example when faced with the decision to crash into a pedestrian or another vehicle carrying a family, it would be a challenge for a self-driving car to follow the same moral reasoning a human would in the situation. 'Technologically we can do fully automated self-driving, but the ethical framework is missing,' said Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn.

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

The Register - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:52
Infinite capacity in a finite universe? Challenge accepted, says Bezos

Amazon hopes to knacker its competitors in the cloud world by offering endless online storage space for a flat yearly fee.…

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Light the lanterns people, Acer made a profit in 2014

The Register - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:39
Finally, an end to the three years of consecutive losses

A recovery of sorts is taking place at Acer with calendar 2014 P&L accounts returning to the black in a meaningful way, bringing closure to three consecutive years of losses.…

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Facebook sued: Data center designs 'nicked' for Open Compute

The Register - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:20
Brit biz BladeRoom wants damages and its legal bill paid off

Facebook is being sued in the US by a UK biz, which claims Zuckerberg & Co stole its blueprints for data centers.…

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Is the Apple Watch a Useful Medical Device? (Video)

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:18
Let's kill the suspense right away by answering the title question, 'Probably not.' For one thing, according to interviewee Alfred Poor, the Apple Watch is in no way linked to the Apple Research Kit. Dr. Poor is editor of the Health Tech Insider website, so he follows this kind of thing more carefully than most people. And the Apple watch is not the only device mentioned in this video (or transcript, if you prefer reading to listening). If you want to ruminate about the possibility of direct mind control, for instance, you need to know about the Thync, whose vendor calls it 'A groundbreaking wearable device that enables you to shift your state of mind in minutes.' They say it 'induces on-demand shifts in energy, calm, or focus.' It even has a 'pleasure' setting. Crank that to 11 and you might happily spend your days prone, being fed by a drip and emptied by a catheter, moving only when an attendant turns you over to keep bedsores from developing -- not that you'll care if they do -- as you spend the rest of your life in an artificially-induced joyful stupor.

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50 BILLION devices: The future that Juniper Networks wants to tap

The Register - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:01
Someone's kit needs to handle all that traffic

Juniper Networks wants to produce products capable of transforming networks to capitalise on new growth opportunities brought on by the connected world. That is, essentially, its raison d'être.…

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Configure Xfce 4 Settings with Xfwm4-Composite-Editor [Install in Ubuntu]

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-03-26 14:00

 tuxarena: Xfwm4-Composite-Editor is a tool that enables easy access to various settings pertaining to the Xfce window manager in a graphical application with a simple interface.

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NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:40
An anonymous reader sends news that unidentified hackers are demanding 500 bitcoins, currently worth about $128,000, from administrators of a New Jersey school district. Four elementary schools in Swedesboro-Woolwich School District, which enroll more than 1,700 students, are now locked out of certain tasks: "Without working computers, teachers cannot take attendance, access phone numbers or records, and students cannot purchase food in cafeterias. Also, [district superintendent Dr. Terry C. Van Zoeren] explained, parents cannot receive emails with students grades and other information." According to this blog post from security company BatBlue, the district has been forced to postpone the Common Core-mandated PARCC state exams, too. Small comfort: "Fortunately the Superintendent told CBS 3’s Walt Hunter the hackers, using a program called Ransomware, did not access any personal information about students, families or teachers." Perhaps the administrators can take heart: Ransomware makers are, apparently, starting to focus more on product support; payment plans are probably on the way.

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Users, Permissions and Multitenant Sites

Linux Journal - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:28

In my last article, I started to look at multitenant Web applications. These are applications that run a single time, but that can be retrieved via a variety of hostnames. more>>

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PayPal settles over WMD sanction-breaking transaction claims

The Register - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:05
Company pays $7.6m for money moves by people on OFAC's naughty step

PayPal has agreed to a $7.6m settlement with the US Treasury after allegedly processing transactions for parties including a nuclear weapons proliferator.…

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What Makes the Perfect Gaming Mouse?

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00
An anonymous reader writes A new article looks at the advanced technology that goes into many gaming mice favoured by professional gamers, from dedicated processors to custom weights for the sake of ergonomics, discussing the developments with designers at three top peripheral companies: Logitech, Razer and SteelSeries. Surprisingly, some factors that were once thought to have reached the limit of their usefulness, such as DPI sensitivity, are becoming more important again as screens get bigger and we make the move to 4K resolution. ... "With the rise of higher resolution screens, especially looking into 4K multi monitor systems and beyond, DPI might become an important factor in the future again, so we are not ruling out changes in the maximum tracking rate," says Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan.

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New SteamOS Beta Arrives with Updated Nvidia Video Drivers, Uses Linux Kernel 3.10.5

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-03-26 13:00

 softpedia: The new release of the SteamOS operating system updated the proprietary Nvidia video drivers

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

The Register - Thu, 2015-03-26 12:32
We told you, guys. Enough with the uberPOP already

The Dutch Transport Inspectorate is carrying out raids on Uber's Amsterdam office as it investigates allegations that the ride-sharing company is continuing to operate its banned uberPOP service.…

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Many Password Strength Meters Are Downright Weak, Researchers Say

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-03-26 12:21
alphadogg writes "Website password strength meters often tell you only what you want to hear rather than what you need to hear. That's the finding from researchers at Concordia University in Montreal, who examined the usefulness of those ubiquitous red-yellow-green password strength testers on websites run by big names such as Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Microsoft/Skype. The researchers used algorithms to send millions of 'not-so-good' passwords through these meters, as well as through the meters of password management services such as LastPass and 1Password, and were largely underwhelmed by what they termed wildly inconsistent results. Inconsistent can go both directions: I've seen password-strength meters that balked at absolutely everything (accepting weak passwords as good, after calling wildly long and random ones poor).

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Red Hat clears up its software-defined storage options

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-03-26 12:00

ZDnet: Red Hat clarifies where Ceph and Gluster fit into your big data storage plans.

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Fed officials say rate hike plan intact despite weak U.S. data

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-03-26 11:58
DETROIT (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve should remain on track to raise interest rates later this year despite the U.S. economy's weak start to the year and a stock market sell-off this week, two Fed officials said on Thursday.
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Google promises Pointer Events support, with or without Apple

The Register - Thu, 2015-03-26 11:31
Chocolate Factory decides lack of support in Safari isn't a big deal after all

Google has backtracked on its decision not to implement Pointer Events in the Blink web browser engine used by its Chrome browser.…

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U.S. jobs, services sector data point to growth rebound

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-03-26 11:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week while activity in the services sector hit a six-month high in March, underscoring the economy's solid fundamentals despite a recent softening in growth.
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Coalition, Iraqi planes target IS militants in Tikrit presidential compound

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-03-26 11:06
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Coalition and Iraqi planes struck a sprawling complex of palaces in the city of Tikrit on Thursday where Islamic State militants have been holding out for more than three weeks.

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Red Hat Fiscal 2015 Revenue $1.79 Billion: OpenStack and OpenShift Leading the Way

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-03-26 11:00

ServerWatch: For the fourth quarter, Red Hat reported revenue of $464 million for a 16 percent year-over-year gain.

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