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Republican candidate Rand Paul tries to broaden libertarian appeal

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-04-07 10:11
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky built a national reputation on his willingness to challenge Republican orthodoxies. As he launches a 2016 presidential bid, he is reaching out to more traditional voters as well.






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BBC waves £230m of feepayers' dosh at tech backbone deal

The Register - Tue, 2015-04-07 10:02
Troublesome Tower model still part of the plans

The Beeb is dangling hundreds of millions of license fee payers’ pounds in front of network sellers for upgrading its plumbing and serving up connectivity services for years to come.…

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The best HDMI operating system sticks

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-04-07 10:00

 ZDnet: There's a new kind of computer in town and it's resides on an HDMI stick that's not much bigger than a pack of gum.

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FedEx to buy TNT for $4.8 billion to take on rivals in Europe

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:58
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - FedEx Corp is to buy Dutch package delivery firm TNT Express for an agreed 4.4 billion euros ($4.8 billion), stepping up the challenge to rivals United Parcel Service and Deutsche Post in Europe.






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Has the Bitcoin Foundation Run Out of Cash?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:33
itwbennett writes The Bitcoin Foundation, an organization that promotes development of bitcoin, is 'effectively bankrupt' and has shed most of its staff, according to Olivier Janssens, a member of the foundation's board of directors. Janssens attributed the foundation's financial straits to two years of 'ridiculous spending and poorly thought out decisions,' adding that the board has tried to remedy the situation by finding a new executive director. Two other board members, however, said the foundation was not bankrupt, though in need of some kind of restructuring.

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Defiant Labio lawyer spits on black hats after 'med data' theft

The Register - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:28
Rex Mundi blackmailers: Meh, cough up or we'll spaff the lot

Hacker collective Rex Mundi’s Twitter account has yet again been suspended after its latest extortion attempts.…

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Windows goes open source? Microsoft plays coy

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-04-07 09:00

InfoWorld: A Microsoft official says it’s a possibility, as far-fetched as that might seem now

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Dell's scaly-headed file system gets bigger and bitier

The Register - Tue, 2015-04-07 08:56
Pet dragon Fluid File System grows teeth for RAM-enhanced version 4

Dell's scale-out NAS Fluid File System filer head software has had a major upgrade for v4.0, with more controller RAM and support for larger files in a bigger namespace.…

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Consumer Groups Bemoan Google's "Deceptive" Ads for Kids In FTC Complaint

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-04-07 08:53
Mark Wilson writes A number of consumer groups have filed a complaint with the FTC suggesting that Google is targeting children with 'unfair and deceptive' ads in YouTube Kids for Android and iOS. A letter signed by Children Now, Consumer Watchdog, Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood, and others says that ads are displayed in a way that would not be permitted on broadcast or cable television. The letter makes three main complaints about the app. The first suggests that Google mixes programming and ads, while another says that the relationship between Google and the manufacturers of advertised products is not clear. The groups ask for the FTC to take action to stop the advertisements. Also covered by The Verge and VentureBeat; here's the complaint letter.

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Dailymotion staying VousTube thanks to Vivendi offer

The Register - Tue, 2015-04-07 08:38
The Gallic rooster keeps on strutting

Dailymotion, France's YouTube-botherer-in-chief, looks set to be bought by Vivendi after a Gallic government intervention.…

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Can't patch this: Mozilla pulls encryption feature after just a WEEK

The Register - Tue, 2015-04-07 08:21
Stop right there. This thing ain’t ready

Mozilla has pulled Firefox 37's opportunistic encryption feature after less than a week when it learned that tech designed to enhance security actually broke SSL certificate validation.…

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Planes Without Pilots

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-04-07 08:12
HughPickens.com writes: John Markoff writes in the NY Times that in the aftermath of the co-pilot crashing a Germanwings plane into a mountain, aviation experts are beginning to wonder if human pilots are really necessary aboard commercial planes. Advances in sensor technology, computing and artificial intelligence are making human pilots less necessary than ever in the cockpit and government agencies are already experimenting with replacing the co-pilot, perhaps even both pilots on cargo planes, with robots or remote operators. NASA is exploring a related possibility: moving the co-pilot out of the cockpit on commercial flights, and instead using a single remote operator to serve as co-pilot for multiple aircraft. In this scenario, a ground controller might operate as a dispatcher, managing a dozen or more flights simultaneously. It would be possible for the ground controller to "beam" into individual planes when needed and to land a plane remotely in the event that the pilot became incapacitated — or worse. "Could we have a single-pilot aircraft with the ability to remotely control the aircraft from the ground that is safer than today's systems?" asks Cummings. "The answer is yes." Automating that job may save money. But will passengers ever set foot on plane piloted by robots, or humans thousands of miles from the cockpit? In written testimony submitted to the Senate last month, the Air Line Pilots Association warned, "It is vitally important that the pressure to capitalize on the technology not lead to an incomplete safety analysis of the aircraft and operations." The association defended the unique skills of a human pilot: "A pilot on board an aircraft can see, feel, smell or hear many indications of an impending problem (PDF) and begin to formulate a course of action before even sophisticated sensors and indicators provide positive indications of trouble." Not all of the scientists and engineers believe that increasingly sophisticated planes will always be safer planes. "Technology can have costs of its own," says Amy Pritchett. "If you put more technology in the cockpit, you have more technology that can fail.""

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