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ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:47
Chip designer sees market picking back up after Q4 drop

Chip design firm ARM has seen a dip in mobile sales that led to falling financial returns in the last financial quarter, a shift the company hopes will be temporary.…

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U.S. new home sales hint at prolonged housing weakness

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Sales of new U.S. single-family homes tumbled to their lowest level in eight months in March, dashing hopes for a quick turnaround for a sector that fell into a soft patch last summer.
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The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:22
An anonymous reader sends this story from Wired: "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project has since 2007 brought some 2,000 pictures back from 1,500 analog data tapes. They contain the first high-resolution photographs ever taken from behind the lunar horizon, including the first photo of an earthrise. Thanks to the technical savvy and DIY engineering of the team at LOIRP, it's being seen at a higher resolution than was ever previously possible. ... The photos were stored with remarkably high fidelity on the tapes, but at the time had to be copied from projection screens onto paper, sometimes at sizes so large that warehouses and even old churches were rented out to hang them up. The results were pretty grainy, but clear enough to identify landing sites and potential hazards. After the low-fi printing, the tapes were shoved into boxes and forgotten. ... The drives had to be rebuilt and in some cases completely re-engineered using instruction manuals or the advice of people who used to service them. The data they recovered then had to be demodulated and digitized, which added more layers of technical difficulties."

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Russia says it will respond if Ukraine interests attacked

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:21
KIEV (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack.






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Hamas, Abbas's PLO announce reconciliation agreement

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 15:04
GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) announced a unity pact on Wednesday, deepening a crisis in U.S.-brokered peace talks with Israel.






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prodatum 2.0.0

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 14:41
prodatum is a patch editor for the E-MU Proteus 2000 sample-based synthesizer family.

Release Notes: Most changes since 1.0 are nonfunctional, 'under the hood' improvements and bugfixes. Some noteworthy functional improvements include a portable configuration option, better Audity 2000 support, tooltips for keyboards and the envelope editor, better window management, and nicer color preferences. Building prodatum from source has become substantially easier as well, as it no longer depends on a patched Fl_File_Chooser and will link against your standard FLTK 1.1 or 1.3 installation.

Release Tags: major stable

Tags: multimedia, Sound/Audio, MIDI, Editors

Licenses: GPL, GPLv2, GPLv3

Categories: open source

Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 14:39
Doofus writes: "The Wall Street Journal has an eye-catching headline: Welders Make $150,000? Bring Back Shop Class. Quoting: 'According to the 2011 Skills Gap Survey by the Manufacturing Institute, about 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled nationally because employers can't find qualified workers. To help produce a new generation of welders, pipe-fitters, electricians, carpenters, machinists and other skilled tradesmen, high schools should introduce students to the pleasure and pride they can take in making and building things in shop class. American employers are so yearning to motivate young people to work in manufacturing and the skilled trades that many are willing to pay to train and recruit future laborers. CEO Karen Wright of Ariel Corp. in Mount Vernon, Ohio, recently announced that the manufacturer of gas compressors is donating $1 million to the Knox County Career Center to update the center's computer-integrated manufacturing equipment, so students can train on the same machines used in Ariel's operations.' How many of us liked shop? How many young people should be training for skilled manufacturing and service jobs rather than getting history or political science degrees?"

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Conversnitch

Schneier on Security - Wed, 2014-04-23 14:33
Surveillance is getting cheaper and easier: Two artists have revealed Conversnitch, a device they built for less than $100 that resembles a lightbulb or lamp and surreptitiously listens in on nearby conversations and posts snippets of transcribed audio to Twitter. Kyle McDonald and Brian House say they hope to raise questions about the nature of public and private spaces in...
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International Components for Unicode (C/C++) 53.1

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 14:00
ICU provides a Unicode implementation, with functions for formatting numbers, dates, times, and currencies (according to locale conventions, transliteration, and parsing text in those formats). It provides flexible patterns for formatting messages, where the pattern determines the order of the variable parts of the messages, and the format for each of those variables. These patterns can be stored in resource files for translation to different languages. Included are more than 100 codepage converters for interaction with non-unicode systems.

Release Notes: This release contains major improvements. Collation supports much faster UTF-8 sorting, much smaller data files, improved syntax, and many bugfixes. The latest data from CLDR is incorporated, with many fixes and improvements to locale data. Formatting has been improved significantly, such as the addition of relative times ("3 weeks ago"), and an API to format the new measurement units in CLDR (1 meter vs 3 meters).

Release Tags: Major feature enhancements, Major bugfixes

Tags: Software Development, Libraries, Text Processing, General, Linguistic

Licenses: MIT/X

Categories: open source

China developing Linux-based OS after Windows XP shutdown

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-04-23 14:00

Xinhua: China will focus on the development of a new operating system (OS) based on Linux to cope with the shutdown of Windows XP.

Categories: linux, news, open source

OnePlus One Revealed: a CyanogenMod Smartphone

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:57
An anonymous reader writes "Spec-wise, OnePlus One will go toe-to-toe with the latest flagship phones like the Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8), and Sony Xperia Z2. In some areas, it even surpasses them, and at a price point of $300. The One has the same 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC SoC as the Samsung Galaxy S5, build quality similar to the HTC One (M8), and the large 3000+ mAh battery and Sony camera of the Xperia Z2. It also runs CyanogenMod 11S, which is based on Android 4.4."

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Boeing cash register rings again, sending shares higher

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:55
(Reuters) - Rising jet production helped Boeing Co generate substantial cash in the latest quarter, and the company said on Wednesday that it lavished the rewards on shareholders, sending its stock higher.






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Google adds a sense of history to Street View with archive footage

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:48
Visual 'Wayback Machine' covers 2007 to the present

Google is adding historical images to its Street View image library so that users can step backwards and forwards through time and track development from when the Chocolate Factory cameras cars last rolled by.…

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husk-scheme 3.17

Freshmeat - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:16
Husk is an implementation of the Scheme programming language for the Haskell Platform. Advanced R5RS features are provided, including continuations, hygienic macros, and a full numeric tower.

Release Notes: This release adds support for creation of new disjoint types supporting access to multiple fields (SRFI 9), parameter objects (SRFI 39), and a scheme process-context library (R7RS). There are also several bugfixes.

Tags: Languages, Interpreters, Libraries

Licenses: MIT

Categories: open source

How Much Data Plan Bandwidth Is Wasted By DRM?

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:12
Bennett Haselton writes: "If you watch a movie or TV show (legally) on your mobile device while away from your home network, it's usually by streaming it on a data plan. This consumes an enormous amount of a scarce resource (data bundled with your cell phone provider's data plan), most of it unnecessarily, since many of those users could have downloaded the movie in advance on their home broadband connection — if it weren't for pointless DRM restrictions." Read on for the rest of Bennett's thoughts.

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IBM rides nightmarish hardware landscape on OpenPOWER Consortium raft

The Register - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:07
Google mulls 'third-generation of warehouse-scale computing' on Big Blue's open chips

IBM is going to ride out the storm rippling through the hardware industry by donating one of its crown jewels to a consortium of partner companies with the hope it can make a bit of cash off the ensuing sales.…

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Why Security Auditors' (GAO) Recommendations Can't Be Implemented (See especially Pescatore note after the story) (April 17, 2014)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:00

Gregory Wilshusen, director of information security at the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), says he understands why government agencies do not always implement his recommendations.......

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Report Examines Relative Security of Web Programming Languages (April 18, 2014)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:00

A report from WhiteHat Security says that vulnerabilities in ASP remain unfixed longer than vulnerabilities in other programming languages.......

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Malware Steals Apple ID Credentials from Jailbroken iOS Devices (April 21, 2014)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:00

Malware detected in the wild steals Apple ID credentials from jailbroken iPhones and iPads.......

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Deltek Breach May be Part of Larger Investigation (April 21, 2014)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2014-04-23 13:00

A month ago, Deltek acknowledged that a data security breach of its systems compromised sensitive data belonging to approximately 80,000 federal contractor employees.......

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