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Software spec slip denies Westpac chance at a MILLION A DAY

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-27 19:36
That's not a bug, it's a feature

Some of Australia's major banks' databases don't distinguish between loans to housing investors and owner-occupiers, meaning they're missing out on the chance to charge differential interest rates.…

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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-27 19:04
November 29 set as cutoff data for further collection

The NSA has said it will delete its mountain of private telephone records belonging to millions of Americans – just as soon as people stop suing it for having done so.…

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Study: Certain Vaccines Could Make Diseases More Deadly

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-27 18:55
sciencehabit writes: New research suggests that vaccines that don't make their hosts totally immune to a disease and incapable of spreading it to others might have a serious downside. According to a controversial study by Professor Andrew Read these so-called "imperfect" or "leaky" vaccines could sometimes teach pathogens to become more dangerous. Sciencemag reports: "The study is controversial. It was done in chickens, and some scientists say it has little relevance for human vaccination; they worry it will reinforce doubts about the merits or safety of vaccines. It shouldn't, says lead author Andrew Read, a biologist at Pennsylvania State University, University Park: The study provides no support whatsoever for the antivaccine movement. But it does suggest that some vaccines may have to be monitored more closely, he argues, or supported with extra measures to prevent unintended consequences."

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950 Million Android Phones Can Be Hijacked By Malicious Text Messages

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-27 18:11
techtech writes: According to security firm Zimperium a flaw called "Stagefright" in Google's Android operating system can allow hackers take over a phone with a message even if the user doesn't open it. The vulnerability affects about 950 million Android devices. In a blog post Zimperium researchers wrote: "A fully weaponized successful attack could even delete the message before you see it. You will only see the notification. These vulnerabilities are extremely dangerous because they do not require that the victim take any action to be exploited. Unlike spear-phishing, where the victim needs to open a PDF file or a link sent by the attacker, this vulnerability can be triggered while you sleep. Before you wake up, the attacker will remove any signs of the device being compromised and you will continue your day as usual—with a trojaned phone."

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Android Stagefright Flaw Puts Hundreds of Millions of Users at Risk

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-27 18:00

eWEEK: A vulnerability in the Stagefright media library used in Android remains unpatched in 95 percent of devices months after first being reported by Zimperium.

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Linux game review: OpenTTD

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-27 18:00

Opensource.com's Jason Baker reviews the popular transit planning sim for Linux.

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German Scientists Confirm NASA's Controversial EM Drive

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-27 17:28
MarkWhittington writes: Hacked Magazine reported that a group of German scientists believe that they have confirmed that the EM Drive, the propulsion device that uses microwaves rather than rocket fuel, provides thrust. The experimental results are being presented at the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics' Propulsion and Energy Forum in Orlando by Martin Tajmar, a professor and chair for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology. Tajmar has an interest in exotic propulsion methods, including one concept using "negative matter."

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Debian Project holds Sparc port's hand, switches off life support

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-27 17:14
No more support for bedridden Sun hardware going forward

Following years of waning popularity, the Debian GNU/Linux Project has dropped support for the Sparc architecture, effective immediately.…

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Ahem, FCC, who do you think you are? The FTC?

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-27 17:08
US Congress to probe new rules on net neutrality, the internet and spectrum auctions

A Congressional hearing this week will ask two heads of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) some pointed questions about its recent spate of decisions, in particular auction rule changes and why it thinks it's the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).…

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Profile of an Everyday FOSS Developer

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-27 17:00

 FOSSforce: As a layman, the fact that lines of gibberish can be aligned to make a computer do the things wanted or needed is almost miraculous and resides in the shadows between magic and science.

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You3dit is Working to Help Crowdsource 3D Design and Printing (Video)

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-27 16:44
The example you3dit (You 3D It) person Chris McCoy uses in this video is a prosthetic hand they wanted to make because one of their people lost fingers in a construction accident. Instead of drawing up plans for a new hand, they searched online -- and found enablingthefuture.org, which is all about making 3-D printed prosthetic hands. Using a predesigned hand was obviously much simpler than starting from scratch, and was totally in line with the Open Source "Why reinvent the wheel?" philosophy. So you3dit helps make 3-D printed items of one sort or another, and can either print them for you at their place or help you find someone local to help with the printing, assuming you can't do it yourself. As you might expect, they did a Kickstarter project. It was for a product called Raver Rings. Unlike many Kickstarter projects we mention on Slashdot, this one didn't fly. In fact, it only got $2,275 in pledges against a $10,000 goal. No matter. There are many other useful things the you3dit community can make -- or help you make -- without Kickstarter.

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Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-27 16:03
Thanks for all that Kickstarter cash – upstart gobbled by Razer

Ouya has been purchased by games house Razer in a move that likely signals the end of the road for its self-titled Android gaming console.…

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Computer Science Enrollments Match NASDAQ's Rises and Fall

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-27 16:00
dcblogs writes: In March 2000, the NASDAQ composite index reached a historic high of 5,048, at just about the same time undergrad computer science enrollments hit a peak of nearly 24,000 students at PhD-granting institutions in the U.S. and Canada, according to data collected by the Computing Research Association in its most recent annual Taulbee Survey. By 2005, computer science enrollments had halved, declining to just over 12,000. On July 17, the NASDAQ hit its highest point since 2000, reaching a composite index of 5,210. In 2014, computer science undergrad enrollments reached nearly, 24,000, almost equal to the 2000 high. Remarkably, it has taken nearly 15 years to reach the earlier enrollment peak.

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Should you remove Adobe Flash from Linux?

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-27 16:00

 ITworld: Adobe Flash has been in the news a lot lately, and not for any positive reasons.

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Bin your Android phone: 1 BILLION mobes can be infected by a single text

The Register - Mon, 2015-07-27 15:36
Good luck getting it patched on non-Nexus kit any time soon – may as well just buy a new one

The vast majority of Android phones can be silently infected each by a single text message, allowing criminals to worm their way into as many as 950 million devices.…

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Samsung Unveils the First Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-27 15:18
An anonymous reader writes: Samsung wants to reduce the number of cords in your house and has unveiled a new monitor that can wirelessly charge your smartphones. Called the SE370, Samsung says the monitor is the first of its kind to have this capability. The monitor comes in 23.6-inch and 27-inch sizes. According to Samsung : The SE370 "declutters work areas by doing away with unnecessary cables and ports needed to charge mobile devices. Along with superior picture quality, enhanced visual performance and thoughtful design, the monitor seamlessly integrates advanced technologies that offer both professionals and consumers an optimal viewing and usability experience."

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Fiat Chrysler could spend billions to buy back unrepaired trucks

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-27 15:10
DETROIT (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles could pay billions of dollars to buy back defective trucks as part of a settlement with U.S. safety regulators, but has the option to recover costs by reselling vehicles once they are repaired.









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Syngenta says Monsanto's $2 billion break-up fee comes with caveat

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-07-27 15:06
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Syngenta has said a $2 billion break-up fee that unwanted U.S. suitor Monsanto has pledged to pay if its proposed $45 billion merger failed would only apply in limited cases, leaving its shareholders exposed to the bulk of regulatory risks.
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Google Is Dropping Its Google+ Requirement Across All Products Including YouTube

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-07-27 14:35
An anonymous reader writes: After years of plugging Google+ into all of its services, today Google announced that your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all its products. The company says it will take a few months for all the changes to happen, but the first product to be uncoupled will be YouTube. Bradley Horowitz, Google's vice president of streams, photos, and sharing, says the changes are a response to user feedback: "We've also heard that it doesn't make sense for your Google+ profile to be your identity in all the other Google products you use."

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Plasma Phone OS, another Linux based smartphone operating system

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-07-27 14:00

 ItRunsOnLinux: The developers from KDE Plasma Mobile announced their latest project, named after their Linux desktop environment.

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