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FCC Chairman: a Former Cable Lobbyist Who Helped Kill the Comcast Merger

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-04-25 17:51
An anonymous reader writes: After Friday's news that the Comcast/TWC merger is dead, the Washington Post points out an interesting fact: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was instrumental in throwing up roadblocks for the deal, used to be a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry. "Those who predicted Wheeler would favor industry interests 'misunderstood him from the beginning — the notion that because he had represented various industries, he was suddenly in their pocket never made any sense,' said one industry lawyer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he represents clients before the FCC." The "revolving door" between government and industry is often blamed for many of the problems regulating corporations. We were worried about it ourselves when Wheeler was nominated for his current job. I guess this goes to show that it depends more on the person than on their previous job.

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Greece, lenders must reach deal by early May, Deputy PM tells paper

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-04-25 17:31
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece and its lenders must reach a reform deal by early May to address Greece's need for cash, Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis said in an interview with a Greek newspaper published on Saturday.
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Btrfs In Linux 4.1 Has Fixes For File-Systems Of 20 Terabytes & Up

Linux Today - Sat, 2015-04-25 17:00

Phoronix: It's nearing the end of the Linux 4.1 kernel and Chris Mason has now sent in his pull request of Btrfs file-system updates for this next kernel update.

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Oculus Rift: 2015 Launch Unlikely, But Not Impossible

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-04-25 16:50
An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this week during Facebook's 2015 Q1 earnings call, the company seemed to suggest that a 2015 Oculus Rift release date was unlikely. At least, that's what a report about the call from Gamasutra indicated, saying, "It doesn't sound like Oculus will ship the consumer version of its Oculus Rift VR headset this year, or at least not in very large quantities." However, an equity analyst has chimed in to say that the language used during the call shouldn't be interpreted colloquially, concluding that "...there is no information here that rules out Oculus shipping in 2015."

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Liquid Mercury Found Under Mexican Pyramid

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-04-25 15:48
An anonymous reader writes: An archaeologist has discovered liquid mercury at the end of a tunnel beneath a Mexican pyramid, a finding that could suggest the existence of a king's tomb or a ritual chamber far below one of the most ancient cities of the Americas. Mexican researcher Sergio Gómez ... has spent six years slowly excavating the tunnel, which was unsealed in 2003 after 1,800 years. Last November, Gómez and a team announced they had found three chambers at the tunnel’s 300ft end, almost 60ft below the the temple. Near the entrance of the chambers, they a found trove of strange artifacts: jade statues, jaguar remains, a box filled with carved shells and rubber balls.

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Vizio, Destroyer of Patent Trolls

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-04-25 14:44
An anonymous reader writes: We read about a lot of patent troll cases. Some are successful and some are not, but many such cases are decided before ever going to court. It's how the patent troll operates — they know exactly how high litigation costs are. Even without a legal leg to stand on, they can ask for settlements that make better financial sense for the target to accept, rather than dumping just as much money into attorney's fees for an uncertain outcome. Fortunately, some companies fight back. TV-maker Vizio is one of these, and they've successfully defended against 16 different patent trolls, some with multiple claims. In addition, they're going on the offensive, trying to wrest legal fees from the plaintiffs for their spurious claims. "For the first time, it stands a real chance, in a case where it spent more than $1 million to win. Two recent Supreme Court decisions make it easier for victorious defendants to collect fees in patent cases. The TV maker is up against a storied patent plaintiffs' firm, Chicago-based Niro, Haller & Niro, that has fought for Oplus tooth and nail. ... For Vizio, the company feels that it's on the verge of getting vindication for a long-standing policy of not backing down to patent trolls."

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER slab from online store

The Register - Sat, 2015-04-25 13:45
Just as well, perhaps, after Lollipop lick froze some older tabs

Fandroids may be mourning the sudden death of Google's Nexus 7 slab today, after the world's largest ad broker yanked the device from its online shopfront.…

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A Guide To the 5 Cybersecurity Bills Now Before Congress

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-04-25 13:41
blottsie writes: At press time, the House had passed two cybersecurity bills, one Senate bill had been passed out of committee and reported to the full chamber for a final vote, and a third House bill and a second Senate bill were awaiting review by the appropriate committee. The two House bills that passed earlier this week will be combined and sent to the Senate, but the Senate won't take up them up directly; instead, it will vote on its own two bills. It's complicated, so here's a quick breakdown of the key details.

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How to Install ‘atop’ to Monitor Logging Activity of Linux System Processes

Linux Today - Sat, 2015-04-25 13:00

tecmint: Atop is a full screen performance monitor that can report the activity of all processes, even the ones that have been completed

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Astroboffins mine data in pursuit of 11 lonely, homeless RUNAWAY GALAXIES

The Register - Sat, 2015-04-25 12:47
Stellar systems exiled from Main Street

Astronomers have observed no less than 11 runaway galaxies wandering aimlessly around in spaaace.…

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Giant Survival Ball Will Help Explorer Survive a Year On an Iceberg

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-04-25 12:40
HughPickens.com writes: Ben Yeager reports in Outside Magazine that Italian explorer Alex Bellini plans to travel to Greenland's west coast, pick an iceberg, and live on it for a year as it melts out in the Atlantic. It's a precarious idea. Bellini will be completely isolated, and his adopted dwelling is liable to roll or fall apart at any moment, thrusting him into the icy sea or crushing him under hundreds of tons of ice. His solution: an indestructible survival capsule built by an aeronautics company that specializes in tsunami-proof escape pods. "I knew since the beginning I needed to minimize the risk. An iceberg can flip over, and those events can be catastrophic." Bellini plans to use a lightweight, indestructible floating capsules, or "personal safety systems" made from aircraft-grade aluminum in what's called a continuous monocoque structure, an interlocking frame of aluminum spars that evenly distribute force, underneath a brightly painted and highly visible aluminum shell. The inner frame can be stationary or mounted on roller balls so it rotates, allowing the passengers to remain upright at all times. Aeronautical engineer Julian Sharpe, founder of Survival Capsule, got the idea for his capsules after the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. He believes fewer people would have died had some sort of escape pod existed. Sharpe hopes the products will be universal—in schools, retirement homes, and private residences, anywhere there is severe weather. The product appeals to Bellini because it's strong enough to survive a storm at sea or getting crushed between two icebergs. Bellini will spend almost all of his time in the capsule with the hatch closed, which will pose major challenges because he'll have to stay active without venturing out onto a slippery, unstable iceberg. If it flips, he'll have no time to react. "Any step away from [the iceberg] will be in unknown territory," says Bellini. "You want to stretch your body. But then you risk your life."

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Volkswagen Chairman Piech resigns amid leadership crisis

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-04-25 11:52
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen's supervisory board Chairman Ferdinand Piech unexpectedly resigned on Saturday in the wake of a leadership crisis he kicked off earlier this month by saying he had "distanced" himself from Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn.
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Devastating Nepal quake kills over 1,000, some in Everest avalanche

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-04-25 11:43
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck Nepal and sent tremors through northern India on Saturday, killing more than 1,000 people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest.






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Indonesia informs death row convicts execution just days away

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-04-25 11:36
CILACAP, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia has informed two Australians, one Nigerian and four other death-row drug convicts that they will be executed in a matter of days, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
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Turning a Smartphone Display Into a Biometric Scanner

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-04-25 11:36
New submitter jan_jes writes: Recent mobile phones integrate fingerprint scanners to authenticate users biometrically and replace passwords, making authentication more convenient. Researchers at Yahoo Labs have created a new technology called "Bodyprint," which turns your smartphone's touchscreen display into a biometric scanner. It allows the touch sensor to scan users' body parts (PDF) such as ears, fingers, fists, and palms by pressing them against the display. Bodyprint implements the four-eye principle for locking sensitive documents — accessing the document can require the presence of two or more people involved with the project. Another application is authenticating a user to answer a call by scanning their ear pressed against the phone.

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Exclusive: Brother says accused Tunisian was forced to captain migrant boat at gunpoint

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-04-25 11:30
TUNIS (Reuters) - The Tunisian man accused of piloting a migrant boat that sank off Libya, killing more than 700 people, is himself a migrant who was forced at gunpoint to captain the ship because of his experience as a fisherman, his brother said on Saturday.
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Islamist fighters seize Syria's Jisr al-Shughour, army says redeploys

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-04-25 10:35
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamist insurgents including al-Qaeda's wing in Syria, Nusra Front, captured the northwestern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour on Saturday, for the first time in the four-year-old conflict.
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Microsoft Increases Android Patent Licensing Reach

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-04-25 10:29
BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft may not be winning in the mobile arena, but they're still making tons of money from those who are. Patent licensing agreements net the company billions each year from device makers like Samsung, Foxconn, and ZTE. Now, Microsoft has added another company to that list: Qisda Corp. They make a number of Android and Chrome-based devices under the Qisda brand and the BenQ brand, and now Microsoft will be making money off those, too.

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Australians get 72-hour notice of execution in Indonesia: source

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-04-25 09:57
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Two Australian drug convicts were notified on Saturday that they will be executed by firing squad in 72 hours at the Indonesian prison island of Nusakambangan, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said.






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The Register - Sat, 2015-04-25 09:44
Purple Palace fails to explain what's gone wrong ...

Yahoo!'s email service tumbled off the interwebs in the past hour when it began spewing out a "temporary error" message to an unknown number of users in the UK.…

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