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Indian cops spice up protests with pepper spray-armed DRONES

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:02
Lhassi how they'll like this

Police are increasingly using drones these days to snoop on activists and track down demonstrators plus the occasional criminal. Now Indian police are going to use them for riot control by loading up the aerial gizmos with pepper spray.…

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+5 ROOTKIT OF VENGEANCE defeats forces of gaming good

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:31
Kernel-level code helps gamers to vanquish anti-cheatware

Security boffins Joel St. John and Nicolas Guigo have developed a rootkit-like gaming cheat system they say bests anti-cheating mechanisms.…

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Saudis go ape, detain Swedish monkeys at border

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:02
Spat turns pygmy marmosets into the cutest political pawns ever

A quartet of confused Swedish monkeys have been denied entry to Saudi Arabia – the latest development in an escalating diplomatic row between the two countries.…

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Piston Looks Beyond OpenStack with CloudOS

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-04-10 02:00

ServerWatch: One size rarely fits all.

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Cisco loses logo lawsuit against WiFi inventor boffinhaus

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-10 01:32
Government science outfit's glyph deemed distinct from Borg's bridge badge

Cisco's suffered a legal reversal in Australia, where the nation's Trade Marks Office has ruled the logo of Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is not an attempt to imitate or cash in on the Borg's bridge badge.…

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Mom sneaks kids to Mickey D’s amid fast-food backlash, won’t tell Dad

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-04-10 01:15
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Carolin Wood, an artist and graduate student from Brooklyn's trendy Greenpoint neighborhood, has a secret that she keeps from her husband and some foodie friends. Once a month, she takes her two young children to McDonald's for inexpensive breakfasts or ice cream.

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IBM claims new areal density record with 220TB tape tech

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-10 01:00
Big Blue working to add cold storage to OpenStack Swift

VIDEO IBM and FUJIFILM have demonstrated new technologies they say crams 123 billion bits into every square inch of tape, to deliver a 220 terabyte (probably LTO) tape cartridge.…

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A Data-Driven Exploration of the Evolution of Chess

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-04-10 00:27 writes Randy Olsen has a interesting article where he explores a data set of over 650,000 chess tournament games ranging back to the 15th century and looks at how chess has changed over time. His findings include: Chess games are getting longer. Chess games have been getting steadily longer since 1970, increasing from 75 ply (37 moves) per game in 1970 to a whopping 85 ply (42 moves) per game in 2014. "This trend could possibly be telling us that defensive play is becoming more common in chess nowaday," writes Olsen. "Even the world's current best chess player, Magnus Carlsen, was forced to adopt a more defensive play style (instead of his traditional aggressive style) to compete with the world's elite." The first-move advantage has always existed. White consistently wins 56% and Black only 44% of the games every year between 1850 and 2014 and the first-move advantage becomes more pronounced the more skilled the chess players are. "Despite 150+ years of revolutions and refinement of chess, the first-move advantage has effectively remained untouched. The only way around it is to make sure that competitors play an even number of games as White and Black." Draws are much more common nowadays. Only 1 in 10 games ended in a draw in 1850, whereas 1 in 3 games ended in a draw in 2013. "Since the early 20th century, chess experts have feared that the over-analysis of chess will lead "draw death," where experts will become so skilled at chess that it will be impossible to decisively win a game any more." Interestingly chess prodigy and world champion Jose Raul Capablanca said in the 1920's that he believed chess would be exhausted in the near future and that games between masters would always end in draws. Capablanca proposed a more complex variant of chess to help prevent "draw death," but it never really seemed to catch on.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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Australia finds $1 BEELLION to replace No-SQL DATABASE

The Register - Fri, 2015-04-10 00:02
And by No-SQL we mean a flat-file antique somehow still spaffing $290m daily

That sound? The first drops of a cool billion Australian dollars (US$770m, £520m) that the nation's government has started pouring into a honeypot for the world's technology community.…

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Fedora 20 python-dulwich-0.10.0-1.fc20 - Thu, 2015-04-09 23:32 Fix for CVE-2014-9706 (rhbz#1204889, rhbz#1204890, and rhbz#1204891)
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Fedora 20 echoping-6.1-0.beta.r434svn.1.fc20 - Thu, 2015-04-09 23:30 Updated to latest SVN, fixing various bugs
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Fedora 21 echoping-6.1-0.beta.r434svn.1.fc21 - Thu, 2015-04-09 23:29 Updated to latest SVN, fixing various bugs.
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Fedora 21 python-dulwich-0.10.0-1.fc21 - Thu, 2015-04-09 23:29 Fix for CVE-2014-9706 (rhbz#1204889, rhbz#1204890, and rhbz#1204891)
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PC sales dip below 2009 levels, with Japanese sales off 44 per cent

The Register - Thu, 2015-04-09 22:58
Dell dives as Lenovo and HP pull away from the pack

68.5 million PCs trundled off the world's production lines in 2015's first quarter, the lowest number since 2009 according to box-watcher IDC.…

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Pepper-Spray Drones

Schneier on Security - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:51
India has purchased pepper-spray drones....
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