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Mexico says evidence proves missing students were burned up

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-12-07 15:57
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican authorities on Sunday said that mounting evidence and initial DNA tests confirmed that 43 trainee teachers who were abducted by corrupt police 10 weeks ago were incinerated at a garbage dump by drug gang members.
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Cisco Slaps Arista Networks With Suit For "Brazen" Patent Infringement

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-12-07 15:40
alphadogg writes Cisco has filed two lawsuits against data center switch competitor Arista Networks for allegedly violating its intellectual property. One suit is for patent infringement, which charges Arista with violating 14 Cisco patents for 12 features in the Arista EOS operating system. The second suit is for extensive copying of Cisco's user manuals and command line structures, right down to the grammatical errors within them. "This is not an accident but a strategy," says a source familiar with the matter. "It was a deliberate, brazen and blatant intellectual property violation in order to gain competitive advantage in the marketplace. Arista's shortcutting to get to market and win share."

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U.S. gasoline prices fall to four-year low: Lundberg survey

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-12-07 15:26
(Reuters) - The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has dropped one dollar since early May, the lowest price in more than four years, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday.
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North Korea says its supporters may be behind Sony attack

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-12-07 14:47
SEOUL/BOSTON (Reuters) - The Pyongyang government's state-run media said the cyber attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may have been the work of pro-North Korean supporters in a report on Sunday that dismissed charges that the country itself was to blame as "wild rumor."

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James Watson's Nobel Medal Sells For $4.1 Million

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-12-07 14:37
An anonymous reader writes Scientist James Watson, who has issues with women, Africans, and the scientific community, has became the only living Nobel laureate to sell his medal after it fetched over $4 million at auction. "Watson told Nature that his motivation for selling the medal is a chance for redemption. He plans to donate some of the proceeds to Cold Spring, where he still draws a $375,000 base salary as chancellor emeritus, and also to University College Cork in Ireland to help establish an institute dedicated to the mathematician George Boole. 'I'm 52% Irish,' Watson said by way of explanation."

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

The Register - Sun, 2014-12-07 14:21

An unknown number of Virgin Media customers are once again complaining about YouTube buffering glitches with the cable network.…

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Twitter Use By Romney and Obama In 2012 Highlight the Speed of Social Media

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-12-07 13:35 writes On 30 August 2012, Hollywood star Clint Eastwood took the stage to lambast President Obama. What ensued was an odd, 11-minute monologue where Eastwood conversed with an empty chair upon which an imaginary Barack Obama sat. The evening of Eastwood's speech the official campaign Twitter account @MittRomney did not mention the actor, while the Obama campaign deftly tweeted out from @BarackObama a picture of the president sitting in his chair with the words "This Seat's Taken". The picture was retweeted 59,663 times, favorited 23,887 times, and, as importantly, was featured in news articles across the country. According to Daniel Kress both campaigns sought to influence journalists in direct and indirect ways, and planned their strategic communication efforts around political events such as debates well in advance. Despite these similarities, staffers say that Obama's campaign had much greater ability to respond in real time to unfolding commentary around political events (PDF) given an organizational structure that provided digital staffers with a high degree of autonomy. Romney's social media team did well when it practiced its strategy carefully before big events like the debates. But Obama's social media team was often quicker to respond to things and more creative. According to Kress, at extraordinary moments campaigns can exercise what Isaac Reed calls "performative power," influence over other actors' definitions of the situation and their consequent actions through well-timed, resonant, and rhetorically effective communicative action and interaction. During the Romney campaign as many as 22 staffers screened posts for Romeny's social media accounts before they could go out. As Romney's digital director Zac Moffatt told Kreiss, the campaign had "the best tweets ever written by 17 people. ... It was the best they all could agree on every single time."

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Seventy Ethiopian migrants drown off Red Sea coast of Yemen

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-12-07 13:32
SANAA (Reuters) - At least 70 Ethiopians drowned when a boat used by smugglers to transport illegal migrants to Yemen sank in the Red Sea in rough weather, security authorities in the western part of the country said on Sunday.
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Uber cab driver in India arrested after suspected rape

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-12-07 13:15
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian police on Sunday arrested an Uber cab driver suspected of raping a female passenger and said they would take legal action against the U.S. online taxi service for failing to run background checks on him.

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How to check processor and cpu details on Linux

Linux Today - Sun, 2014-12-07 13:00

 Binary Tides: To find details about the cpu on your system can be a bit difficult because the way different commands check them.

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U.S. hands Pakistan senior militant detained in Afghanistan

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-12-07 12:45
KABUL/DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United States has handed to Pakistan three prisoners including a senior Taliban militant held in Afghanistan, as Washington rushes to empty its Afghan prison before losing the legal right to detain people there at the end of the year.
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New Mexico Levies $54M Against Energy Dept. For Violations At Nuclear Repository

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-12-07 12:33
mdsolar notes that New Mexico has asked the US Department of Energy to pay over $54 million in fines stemming from violations that led to the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository. The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state's largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. Together, the orders outline more than 30 state permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The orders and the civil penalties that come with them are just the beginning of possible financial sanctions the Energy Department could face in New Mexico. The state says it's continuing to investigate and more fines are possible. The focus has been on a canister of waste from Los Alamos that ruptured in one of WIPP's storage rooms in February. More than 20 workers were contaminated and the facility was forced to close, putting in jeopardy efforts around the country to clean up tons of Cold War-era waste."

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Israel strikes near the Syrian capital: Syrian TV

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2014-12-07 12:19
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian state television said on Sunday that Israeli jets had bombed areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.
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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

The Register - Sun, 2014-12-07 11:58
'Serious risk of collision' during incident in July

An unidentified drone came very close to colliding with a passenger jet in the summer, an official report to be published this week will say.…

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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

Slashdot - Sun, 2014-12-07 11:30
First time accepted submitter Lesrahpem writes I'm a felon with several prior misdemeanor convictions from an immature time in my life. I've since cleaned up my act, and I want to go back into the IT sector. I keep running into potential employers who tell me they'd like to hire me but can't because of my past record (expunging won't work, I'm in Ohio). Does anyone have any suggestions for me? Should I just give up and change careers?"

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