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Surprised by global impact of yuan move, China looks to calm markets

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-08-27 03:23
BEIJING (Reuters) - China has been so surprised by the global reaction to its currency devaluation that it is likely to keep the yuan on a tight leash in the near-term to head off a currency war that could spark a broader financial crisis, policy insiders say.









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Thai police look into Turkish connection in Bangkok blast

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-08-27 03:22
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police on Thursday said they were looking at arrivals of Turkish nationals in the days before a Bangkok bomb attack that killed 20 people, but said they had not ruled out any group or possibility.
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You Can Now Be "Buried" On the Moon

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-08-27 03:04
Dave Knott writes: Space burials are longer the stuff of science fiction (and wealthy science fiction TV show creators.) The cremated remains of more than 450 people have been shot into orbit. Yet, despite the promise of space being a unique "resting place," almost every tiny vial of remains ever sent there has come back down to Earth or burned up upon re-entry. This wouldn't have happened had the ashes landed on Earth's moon — a fact that hasn't been lost on the companies pioneering this futuristic funeral technology. The San Francisco-based company Elysium Space officially launched its 'lunar memorial' service earlier this month, and will soon be sending the remains of a U.S. Army Infantry Soldier's mother upwards as part of its first ever moon burial. The company's website further explains how the lunar burials will work: "You receive a kit containing a custom ash capsule to collect a cremated remains sample. After we receive the ash capsule back from you, we place your capsule in the Elysium memorial spacecraft. The latter is eventually integrated to the Astrobotic lander during the designated integration event. From here, the lander is integrated onto the launch vehicle. On launch day, the remains are carried to the moon where the lander will be deployed to its dedicated location, preserving our memorial spacecraft for eternity." Because Elysium can only send a small portion of cremated remains to the moon (less than a gram), participants aren't actually paying to have their loved ones literally buried on the moon. However, this has not deterred the company from launching the service, charging $11,950 per "burial".

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

The Register - Thu, 2015-08-27 02:55
Liberté, égalité, électrosensibilité

Despite dispute over the very existence of the syndrome, it has emerged that a French court has recognised a 39-year-old woman’s disability claim for “hypersensitivity to electromagnetic waves”.…

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Amazon mobile strategy pivots with swipes at in-app buys, own hardware

The Register - Thu, 2015-08-27 02:28
New app store for Android and reported hardware firings suggest new direction

Amazon.com looks to be changing its hardware strategy in significant ways.…

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How to prepare for bad weather on Linux

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-08-27 02:00

 HowToForge: Severely bad weather is one of the few things that can still awe people while causing large-scale catastrophes.

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Malware menaces poison ads as Google, Yahoo<i>!</i> look away

The Register - Thu, 2015-08-27 01:58
Booming attack vector offers mass malware distribution, stealthy targeting

Feature Online advertising has become an increasingly potent threat to end-user security on the internet. More hackers than ever are targeting the internet's money engine, using it as a powerful attack vector to hide exploits and compromise huge numbers of victims.…

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Cisco's RAT-catchers spot sysadmin-targeted phish

The Register - Thu, 2015-08-27 01:29
Tricks admin tool into sucking down the malware

File this under “it was bound to happen one day”: Cisco has spotted a targeted phishing attack based on a popular sysadmin automation tool.…

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The Nations That Will Be Hardest Hit By Water Shortages By 2040

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-08-27 01:02
merbs writes: Water access is going to be one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. As climate change dries out the already dry areas and makes the wet ones wetter, we're poised to see some radical civilizational shifts. For one, a number of densely populated areas will come under serious water stress—which analysts fear will lead to strife, thirst, and even violent conflict. With that in mind, the World Resource Institute has assembled a new report projecting which nations are most likely to be hardest hit by water stress in coming decades—nations like Bahrain, Israel, Palestine, and Spain lead the pack.

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FireEye intern VXer pleads guilty for Darkode droid RAT ruse

The Register - Thu, 2015-08-27 00:58
Dreams of half a million infections

A former FireEye intern has pleaded guilty to creating and selling the Dendroid malware on the raided Darkode criminal forum.…

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Google Cloud in nine-hour storage SNAFU

The Register - Thu, 2015-08-27 00:29
URLs for files in Google's cloud have been going nowhere

Google's suffered another cloud storage outage.…

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More Cities Use DNA To Catch Dog Owners Who Don't Pick Up Waste

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-08-27 00:28
dkatana writes: For many cities one of the biggest cleaning expenses is dealing with dog poop. While it is impossible to ask the birds to refrain from splattering the city, dogs have owners and those owners are responsible for disposing of their companion's waste. The few who shirk their duty create serious problems for the rest. Poop is not just a smelly inconvenience. It's unsanitary, extra work for cleaning crews, and in the words of one Spanish mayor, on a par with vandalism. Cities have tried everything from awareness campaigns with motorized poo videos, to publishing offenders names to mailing the waste back to the dog owner. In one case, after a 147 deliveries, dog waste incidents in the town dropped 70 percent. Those campaigns have had limited effect and after an initial decline in incidents, people go back to their old ways. Which has left many cities resorting to science and DNA identification of waste. Several European cities, including Naples and one borough in London, are building DNA registries of pets. Offending waste will then be tested and the cost of the analysis charged to the dog owner, along with a fine.

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VMware appoints development chief as new CTO

The Register - Thu, 2015-08-27 00:00
Veteran Ray O'Farrell to run Virtzilla's CTO office and development efforts

Imagine for a moment that you're a top-tier enterprise vendor and a week before your big annual conference, the one at which you try to impress the pants off the world, your chief technology officer (CTO) departs.…

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China market chaos blamed on exodus of regulatory 'turtles'

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-08-26 23:43
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - At the height of the 2008 financial crisis, as Wall Street slashed jobs, Beijing took advantage of the disarray to poach top Chinese financial talent from overseas to help reform its stock markets.









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Why is the smart home insecure? Because almost nobody cares

The Register - Wed, 2015-08-26 23:31
The miserable life of the security veep

It's easy to laugh-and-point at Samsung over its latest smart-thing disaster: after all, it should have already learned its lesson from the Smart TV debacle, right?…

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Verizon wants to smartify old cars

The Register - Wed, 2015-08-26 22:57
Hackers queue up, Humming

Black, grey, and white hats associated with car hacking are flying in the air today, with Verizon announcing it's going to vastly expand their attack surface.…

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D-Wave: 'whether or not it's quantum, it's faster'

The Register - Wed, 2015-08-26 22:27
Quantum computer maker prepares new benchmark it says explains ... something

D-Wave is getting ready to drop a new benchmark on Arxiv, which the company says demonstrates its latest 1000-qubit processor outperforming classical machines.…

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British hacker for Islamic State killed in U.S. drone strike in Syria: sources

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-08-26 22:12
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A British hacker who U.S. and European officials said became a top cyber expert for Islamic State in Syria has been killed in a U.S. drone strike, a U.S. source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.
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Virginia TV journalists killed by suspect with 'powder keg' of anger

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-08-26 22:08
MONETA, Va. (Reuters) - Two television journalists were shot to death during a live broadcast in Virginia on Wednesday, slain by a former employee of the TV station and who called himself a "powder keg" of anger over what he saw as racial discrimination at work and elsewhere in the United States.









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Brazil's Senate confirms reappointment of prosecutor general

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2015-08-26 22:02
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate confirmed on Wednesday the reappointment of Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot, who is leading a massive corruption investigation that has put dozens of politicians under scrutiny for allegedly receiving kickbacks.









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