news aggregator

VMware planning 'biggest launch' on Feb 2

The Register - Sun, 2015-01-04 19:28
vSphere 6, step into the spotlight

VMware looks to be launching its long awaited sixth version of vSphere on February 2nd.…

Categories: news

Museum's Adults-Only Nights Show That Alcohol and Science Are a Good Mix

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-01-04 18:55
BarbaraHudson writes Museums and science centers are finding that science nights with bar service are quite popular with the public. "Organizer Merissa Scarlett said almost every science center across Canada opts for adults-only nights, where visitors can explore exhibits with an alcoholic drink in hand. It's also a trend taking off in many museums, including the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, where nights dubbed Nature Nocturne transform the building into a multi-stage bar and club."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

Safety overhaul puts strain on Bangladesh garment industry

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-01-04 18:08
DHAKA (Reuters) - Undaunted by a run of horrific factory accidents that have hit Bangladesh's garments industry, two entrepreneurs bought Adorn Knitwear Ltd earlier this year.






Categories: news

VPN users reckon Netflix is blocking them

The Register - Sun, 2015-01-04 18:00
Winter is coming to the Game of VPNs

Netflix is being accused of planning to enforce its terms and conditions by blocking connections from services that bypass geographic blocks.…

Categories: news

Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-01-04 17:35
antdude points out this story about one of the problems with our ever increasingly disposable world. "Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer mend gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world, the professor giving this year's Royal Institution Christmas lectures has warned. Danielle George, Professor of Radio Frequency Engineering, at the University of Manchester, claims that the under 40s expect everything to 'just work' and have no idea what to do when things go wrong. Unlike previous generations who would ‘make do and mend’ now young people will just chuck out their faulty appliances and buy new ones. But Prof George claims that many broken or outdated gadgets could be fixed or repurposed with only a brief knowledge of engineering and electronics. "

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

Docker to Gain New Ground in 2015, After Taking Center Stage in 2014

Linux Today - Sun, 2015-01-04 17:00

eWEEK: In the cloud/virtualization world, one technology dominated the conversation in 2014: "Docker." The technology will see further expansion in 2015.

Categories: linux, news, open source

Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-01-04 16:15
HughPickens.com writes Alina Simone writes in the NYT that her mother received a ransom note on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.."Your files are encrypted," it announced. "To get the key to decrypt files you have to pay 500 USD." If she failed to pay within a week, the price would go up to $1,000. After that, her decryption key would be destroyed and any chance of accessing the 5,726 files on her PC — all of her data would be lost forever. "By the time my mom called to ask for my help, it was already Day 6 and the clock was ticking," writes Simone. "My father had already spent all week trying to convince her that losing six months of files wasn't the end of the world (she had last backed up her computer in May). It was pointless to argue with her. She had thought through all of her options; she wanted to pay." Simone found that it appears to be technologically impossible for anyone to decrypt your files once CryptoWall 2.0 has locked them and so she eventually helped her mother through the process of making a cash deposit to the Bitcoin "wallet" provided by her ransomers and she was able to decrypt her files. "From what we can tell, they almost always honor what they say because they want word to get around that they're trustworthy criminals who'll give you your files back," says Chester Wisniewski. The peddlers of ransomware are clearly businesspeople who have skillfully tested the market with prices as low as $100 and as high as $800,000, which the city of Detroit refused to pay. They are appropriating all the tools of e-commerce and their operations are part of "a very mature, well-oiled capitalist machine" says Wisniewski. "I think they like the idea they don't have to pretend they're not criminals. By using the fact that they're criminals to scare you, it's just a lot easier on them."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

Netflix Begins Blocking Users Who Bypass Region Locks

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-01-04 14:55
An anonymous reader writes with reports that Netflix may be shutting out international VPN users. "Netflix can only stream the videos that studios make available in a given country, which has led to a booming business in workarounds (such as proxies and virtual private networks) that let you see the company's catalogs in other nations. Heck, one New Zealand internet provider practically built a service around it. However, you might not get to count on that unofficial solution for much longer. VPN operators claim to TorrentFreak that Netflix recently started blocking some users who use these technological loopholes to watch videos that would normally be verboten. The effort isn't widespread and mostly appears to focus on connections with many simultaneous Netflix sign-ins (that is, they're obviously being used for circumvention), but it's a surprise to viewers who were used to having unfettered access."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

After Outage, Sony Makes Peace Offering To Users of PlayStation Network

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-01-04 13:30
An anonymous reader notes that Sony is offering deals to make up for the downtime over Christmas. "PlayStation Network gamers didn't have such a happy holiday thanks to the reported handiwork of some hackers, so Sony is hoping to appease users of its online gaming service with promises of deals and discounts. For Playstation Plus subscribers, Sony is offering a 5-day membership extension, and for all members, a 10 percent discount at the PlayStation store, according to a blog post published Thursday. The PlayStation Network is Sony's online service for its PlayStation game console. Both PSN and Microsoft's online gaming service, Xbox Live, were intermittently offline beginning on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Xbox Live came back online first, with PSN following Saturday night."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Categories: news

Secretive Chinese smartphone maker gets TALKY over HUGE Xiaomi sales

The Register - Sun, 2015-01-04 13:00
Not so tight-lipped on thunderous growth spurt

Chinese tech giant Xiaomi racked up 74.3bn yuan ($11.97bn) in pre-tax revenue last year, the company's president Bin Lin said today.…

Categories: news

Ringing in 2015 with 40 Linux-friendly hacker SBCs

Linux Today - Sun, 2015-01-04 13:00

 LinuxGizmos: 2014 brought us plenty of new open-spec, community-backed SBCs -- from $35 bargains, to quad-core powerhouses -- and all with Linux or Android support.

Categories: linux, news, open source

Pages