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Fighting escalates across Yemen, first air strikes on capital Sanaa

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 09:15
ADEN/CAIRO (Reuters) - Air raids, naval shelling and ground fighting shook Yemen on Sunday in some of the most widespread combat since a Saudi-led alliance intervened last month against Iranian-allied Houthi militia who have seized wide areas of the country.






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Oklahoma lethal injection drug faces U.S. Supreme Court test

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 09:08
(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments this week on whether a drug used in Oklahoma's lethal injection mix should be banned in a case that comes as a shortage of execution chemicals has sent some states scrambling for alternatives.
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<i>Golem</i>: Prominent plasticine phallus caught in tech consumerist nightmare

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-26 09:00
This ain't no Morph, dear readers

Theatre Review Golem, coming straight from a critically acclaimed run at London's Young Vic, presents us with a modernist cautionary tale of mass media manipulation and conspicuous consumerism.…

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Debian 8.0 Jessie has been released!

Linux Today - Sun, 2015-04-26 09:00

There's a new sheriff in town. And her name is Jessie.

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Syrian jets pound insurgent-held town: monitor

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 08:43
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian jets carried out at least 20 air strikes on the town of Jisr al-Shughour in northwestern Syria on Sunday, a group monitoring the war said, one day after it was seized by Islamist fighters closing in on government-held territory by the coast.






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In New AI Benchmark, Computer Takes On Four Top Professional Poker Players

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-04-26 08:22
HughPickens.com writes: Stephen Jordan reports at the National Monitor that four of the world's greatest poker players are going into battle against a computer program that researchers are calling Claudico in the "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence" competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Claudico, the first machine program to play heads-up no-limit Texas Hold'em against top human players, will play nearly 20,000 hands with each human poker player over the next two weeks. "Poker is now a benchmark for artificial intelligence research, just as chess once was. It's a game of exceeding complexity that requires a machine to make decisions based on incomplete and often misleading information, thanks to bluffing, slow play and other decoys," says Tuomas Sandholm, developer of the program. "And to win, the machine has to out-smart its human opponents." In total, that will be 1,500 hands played per day until May 8, with just one day off to allow the real-life players to rest. An earlier version of the software called Tartanian 7 (PDF) was successful in winning the heads-up, no-limit Texas Hold'em category against other computers in July, but Sandholm says that does not necessarily mean it will be able to defeat a human in the complex game. "I think it's a 50-50 proposition," says Sandholm. "My strategy will change more so than when playing against human players," says competitor Doug Polk, widely considered the world's best player, with total live tournament earnings of more than $3.6 million. "I think there will be less hand reading so to speak, and less mind games. In some ways I think it will be nice as I can focus on playing a more pure game, and not have to worry about if he thinks that I think, etc."

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Ukraine's ceasefire under pressure as one more serviceman killed

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 08:12
KIEV (Reuters) - A fragile ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists came under renewed pressure on Sunday with the Ukrainian military reporting a serviceman had been killed and seven others wounded in rebel attacks.






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SEC's stock market reform club locks out retail brokers

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 08:11
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is convening a group of financial industry veterans for the first time next month to consider stock market reforms, but one group will be conspicuously absent: retail brokerages.
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Quid-A-Day Nosh Challenge kicks off early for starvation veteran

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-26 08:00
Toby Sibley back on board, and already tightening his belt

The El Reg Quid-A-Day Nosh Posse has attracted two last minute members for the 2015 Live Below the Line challenge, and we're delighted to welcome back on board 2014 participant Toby Sibley, who's joined by his better half Ros Griffin.…

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Obama pokes fun at political friends and foes at White House dinner

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 07:15
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - At the gathering he jokingly called "a night when Washington celebrates itself," U.S. President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim on Saturday at a range of political friends and foes, including the people running to succeed him.
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'Hiding our wristjobs from Apple stores ain't easy' – iThing retail boss

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-26 07:00
Plus: 'Old kit dumps are an urban gold mine that can KILL YOU'

QuoTW This week, Moore's Law turned 50, Microsoft lost a pile of cash and Comcast gave up on its dream of buying Time Warner Cable.…

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More central banks meet, but ability to pilot economies in doubt

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 06:38
LONDON (Reuters) - Most central banks have been easing policy since the start of the year and are set to do more, but it still isn't clear whether that new activism, which has pushed stock markets to record highs, will help the global economy much.
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Egypt's trial of Mursi 'badly flawed': Human Rights Watch

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 06:31
CAIRO (Reuters) - The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, deposed by the army and sentenced to 20 years in jail, was "badly flawed" and appears to have been politically motivated, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday.
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<strong>[NSFW]</strong> Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-26 06:00
A reader catches a colleague going at it with a cold spoon

On-call +NSFW Welcome back to On-call, our planned-to-be-fortnightly look at the things readers have been asked to do in the course of their employment, often at odd hours.…

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Twelve arrested in Baltimore after march to protest black man's death

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-26 05:34
BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched peacefully through downtown Baltimore on Saturday to protest the unexplained death of a black man in police custody but pockets of violence erupted when a small group smashed windows and threw bottles at officers.
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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-26 05:00
But this car is more style than substance

Vulture at the Wheel Concept cars are great. I love them. As bold, inventive declarations of intent by car makers they are gorgeous to look at. Of course, the vast majority of concepts are for just that. Looking at. Build the thing and you run the risk of the styling writing cheques the engineering can’t cash.…

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Declassified Report From 2009 Questions Effectiveness of NSA Spying

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-04-26 04:53
schwit1 writes: With debate gearing up over the coming expiration of the Patriot Act surveillance law, the Obama administration on Saturday unveiled a 6-year-old report examining the once-secret program code-named Stellarwind, which collected information on Americans' calls and emails. The report was from the inspectors general of various intelligence and law enforcement agencies. They found that while many senior intelligence officials believe the program filled a gap by increasing access to international communications, others including FBI agents, CIA analysts and managers "had difficulty evaluating the precise contribution of the [the surveillance system] to counterterrorism efforts because it was most often viewed as one source among many available analytic and intelligence-gathering tools in these efforts." "The report said that the secrecy surrounding the program made it less useful. Very few working-level C.I.A. analysts were told about it. ... Another part of the newly disclosed report provides an explanation for a change in F.B.I. rules during the Bush administration. Previously, F.B.I. agents had only two types of cases: "preliminary" and "full" investigations. But the Bush administration created a third, lower-level type called an "assessment." This development, it turns out, was a result of Stellarwind.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-26 04:00
In which our man comes out as pretty much a lefty

Worstall @ the Weekend To break with tradition: this week let's see if we can propose something sensible rather than doing our usual liverish snarling at whatever it is that grips my goat this week. So, let's see if we can work out how we should actually be taxing capital and the returns to it.…

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Debian 8 Jessie Released

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-04-26 01:29
linuxscreenshot writes: After almost 24 months of constant development, the Debian project is proud to present its new stable version 8 (code name Jessie), which will be supported for the next five years thanks to the combined work of the Debian Security team and the Debian Long Term Support team. (Release notes.) Jessie ships with a new default init system, systemd. The systemd suite provides features such as faster boot times, cgroups for services, and the possibility of isolating part of the services. The sysvinit init system is still available in Jessie. Screenshots and a screencast are available.

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Three people dead in possible Molotov cocktail attack in California

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-04-25 23:40
(Reuters) - Three people were found dead inside a Los Angeles-area business on Saturday in what might have been a fire bomb or Molotov cocktail attack, law enforcement said.
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