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Islamic State claims Tripoli attack, car bomb in Misrata

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-03-15 21:42
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Militants loyal to Islamic State claimed a bomb attack on a police checkpoint in the Libyan capital on Sunday, the latest in a series of attacks in Tripoli.
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9 Quirky Linux Commands You Need to Know (And Will Love)

Linux Today - Sun, 2015-03-15 21:00

MakeUseOf: Make ASCII art, talk to your computer and play text adventures.

Categories: linux, news, open source plus AWS plus Box roped into worm-spreading spree

The Register - Sun, 2015-03-15 20:54
From Facebook to dumb suckers to Facebook again

Users with a bent for nasty content and too much trust in shortened links are helping to spread a Facebook worm, according to researchers at Malwarebytes.…

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Prevent 'left-wing' government, Netanyahu tells campaign rally

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-03-15 20:39
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, trailing in opinion polls two days before a parliamentary election, on Sunday implored right-wing voters to turn out and "stop a left-wing government from coming to power."

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Suspect charged in shooting of police officers in Ferguson, Missouri

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-03-15 20:32
FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man was charged on Sunday with first-degree assault in last week's shooting of two policemen during a protest rally in Ferguson, Missouri, a crime that shocked a city that has been devastated by months of racial strife.

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Sydney's Bugcrowd lands $6m from venture capitalists

The Register - Sun, 2015-03-15 20:16
'Enterprise is ready' for mass hacking fest

Vulnerability mercenary outfit Bugcrowd has scored $6 million in Venture Capital funding.…

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Ask Slashdot: What Can Distributed Software Development Teams Learn From FLOSS?

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-03-15 20:01
An anonymous reader writes: As a long time free software proponent and leader of a small development team (10+ people) within a mid-sized company, I always try to incorporate my experiences from both worlds. Lately I was confronted with the need to accept new team members from abroad working on the same codebase and I expect to have even more telecommuting people on my team in the future (even though research suggests the failure rate of virtual teams could be as high as 70%). On the other hand, FLOSS does not seem to suffer from that problem, despite being developed in a distributed manner more often than not. What can corporations and managers learn from FLOSS to make their distributed teams more successful? Consequently, what FLOSS tools, methods, rules, and policies can and should be incorporated into the software development process within a company more often? I'm interested in hearing what you think, especially regarding technical issues like source code ownership and revision control systems, but also ways of communication, dealing with cultural differences, etc.

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Oracle adds secure-ish boot support to its Linux distro

The Register - Sun, 2015-03-15 19:53
But how secure is it?

Oracle has released a new secure-boot version of its Linux, but the new issuance is attracting criticism that it's not actually secure.…

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Valve's SteamVR: Solves Big Problems, Raises Bigger Questions

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-03-15 19:00
An anonymous reader writes: When Valve debuted its SteamVR headset recently, it came as somewhat of a surprise — it certainly hasn't gotten the same level of hype as the Oculus Rift. But people who got to try out the new headset almost universally impressed with the quality of the hardware and software. Eurogamer has an article about the device expressing both astonishment at how far the technology has come in three short years, as well as skepticism that we'll find anything revolutionary to do with it. Quoting: "R demands a paradigm shift in the thinking of game designers and artists about how they build virtual space and how players should interact with it. We're only at the very beginning of this journey now. ... but this process will likely take years, and at the end of it the games won't resemble those we're currently used to. In short, they won't be Half-Life 3." The author thinks simulation games — driving, piloting, and space combat — will be the core of the first wave, and other genres will probably have to wait for the lessons learned making sims good. He adds, "...the practical challenges are great, too — not least in persuading players to clear enough space in their homes to use this device properly, and the potential for social stigma to attach to the goofy-looking headsets and the players' withdrawal into entirely private experiences. I still think that these present major obstacles to the widespread adoption of VR, which even more practical and commercially realistic offerings like Morpheus will struggle against."

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

The Register - Sun, 2015-03-15 18:03
Downloading OS updates from random PCs? What could possibly go wrong with that?

A new build of Windows 10, number 10036, appears to have somehow found its way beyond Redmond's firewalls, and folks running it report it has all manner of interesting additions.…

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UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-03-15 17:58
mdsolar sends this report from The Guardian: The UN organization in charge of global climate change negotiations is backing the fast-growing campaign persuading investors to sell off their fossil fuel assets. It said it was lending its "moral authority" to the divestment campaign because it shared the ambition to get a strong deal to tackle global warming at a crunch UN summit in Paris in December. The move is likely to be controversial as the economies of many nations at the negotiating table heavily rely on coal, oil and gas. In 2013, coal-reliant Poland hosted the UNFCCC summit and was castigated for arranging a global coal industry summit alongside. Now, the World Coal Association has criticized the UNFCCC's decision to back divestment, saying it threatened investment in cleaner coal technologies.

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The Register - Sun, 2015-03-15 17:04
Purple Palace pitches painless PGP protection at prosaic punters

Yahoo! has shown off OpenPGP-based end-to-end e-mail encryption it says will be offered as a plug-in by the end of the year.…

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Run Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on Your PC with AndEX Live CD

Linux Today - Sun, 2015-03-15 17:00

 softpedia: The AndEX project brings the game of running Android on PCs to a new level

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Windows 10 Enables Switching Between Desktop and Tablet Modes

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-03-15 16:56
jones_supa writes: In Windows 8, you were trapped in either the Modern UI or using the desktop, and going back and forth between the two worlds was cumbersome. Windows 10 takes a hybrid approach, allowing the user to choose between a classic desktop and a full-screen mobile experience. The feature, which has been developed under the name "Continuum," is now simply called "Tablet mode". In the build 9926 of Windows 10 Technical Preview, switching between the modes can finally be tried out. The leaked build 10036 shows that eventually you will also have the option to automate the process for dockable devices. Since Windows 10 is being positioned as the one OS for all of Microsoft's devices, being able to control the desktop and tablet experiences like this is critical to appeasing the consumer.

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Suspect charged in shooting of Ferguson, Missouri, police officers

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-03-15 15:58
FERGUSON, Missouri (Reuters) - A 20-year-old man was charged on Sunday with first-degree assault for last week's shooting of two police officers during a protest in the troubled city Ferguson, Missouri, a crime that fueled a national debate on race and policing.

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

The Register - Sun, 2015-03-15 15:42
High output of solar power enough to run an electric kettle

Japanese scientists have claimed a breakthrough in beaming energy wirelessly, after they used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power though the air to a receiver a short distance away.…

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Scientific Study Finds There Are Too Many Scientific Studies

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-03-15 15:42 writes: Chris Matyszczyk reports at Cnet that a new scientific study concludes there are too many scientific studies — scientists simply can't keep track of all the studies in their field. The paper, titled "Attention Decay in Science," looked at all publications (articles and reviews) written in English till the end of 2010 within the database of the Thomson Reuters (TR) Web of Science. For each publication they extracted its year of publication, the subject category of the journal in which it is published and the corresponding citations to that publication. The 'decay' the researchers investigated is how quickly a piece of research is discarded measured by establishing the initial publication, the peak in its popularity and, ultimately, its disappearance from citations in subsequent publications. "Nowadays papers are forgotten more quickly. Attention, measured by the number and lifetime of citations, is the main currency of the scientific community, and along with other forms of recognition forms the basis for promotions and the reputation of scientists," says the study. "Typically, the citation rate of a paper increases up to a few years after its publication, reaches a peak and then decreases rapidly. This decay can be described by an exponential or a power law behavior, as in ultradiffusive processes, with exponential fitting better than power law for the majority of cases (PDF). The decay is also becoming faster over the years, signaling that nowadays papers are forgotten more quickly." Matyszczyk says,"If publication has become too easy, there will be more and more of it."

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Nearly 1 million Brazilians protest Rousseff, economic woes

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-03-15 15:36
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - (This story corrects start of Rousseff's first term to 2011, not 2012)

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