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Engineer charged with trying to send Iran U.S. fighter jet secrets

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 19:48
(Reuters) - A former engineer for defense contractors has been indicted on charges that he tried to send Iran secret details on the U.S. Air Force's F-35 joint strike fighter program, the office of the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut said on Tuesday.

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Wow, gamers on YouTube really love the Xbox One. It's like they were paid to say that (Hint: they are)

The Register - Tue, 2014-01-21 19:46
Microsoft to pay vid bloggers $3 per 1,000 views

Updated Microsoft has admitted it promised to slip hard coin to gamers who upload favorable reviews of its Xbox One console to YouTube.…

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Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-01-21 19:20
bmearns writes "The Voynich Manuscript is most geeks' favorite 'indecipherable' illuminated manuscript. Its bizarre depictions of strange plants and animals, astrological diagrams, and hordes of tiny naked women bathing in a system of interconnected tubs (which bear an uneasy resemblance to the human digestive system), have inspired numerous essays and doctoral theses', plus one XKCD comic. Now a team of botanists (yes, botanists) may have uncovered an important clue as to its origin and content by identifying several of the plants and animals depicted, and linking them to the Spanish territories in Central America."

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Russian police kill Islamist militant leader before Olympics

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 19:15
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Police have killed a senior Islamist militant in Russia's North Caucasus ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where security forces searched on Tuesday for a woman they fear is planning an attack during the games.
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Syrian warring sides to meet under world's gaze

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:57
MONTREUX, Switzerland (Reuters) - Syria's government and its enemies come face to face on Wednesday for the first time as world powers try to set aside their own differences and push for an end to three years of civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East.

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Israel kills Gaza militant blamed for rockets during Sharon funeral

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:54
GAZA (Reuters) - Israel killed two Gaza gunmen in an air strike on Wednesday, blaming one of them for firing rockets across the border during former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's funeral last week.

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Engineer charged with trying to leak details on U.S. F-35 program to Iran

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:52
(Reuters) - A former engineer for defense contractors has been indicted on charges that he tried to send Iran secret details on the U.S. Air Force's F-35 joint strike fighter program, the office of the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut said on Tuesday.
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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

The Register - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:52
Unleashing the Feds on suspected pirates is standard procedure, we're assured

An Ohio man is crying foul after he was detained and interrogated by the feds – because he wore a Google Glass headset in a movie theater.…

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cdist 3.0.3

Freshmeat - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:49
cdist is a usable configuration management system. It adheres to the KISS principle and is being used in both small and enterprise-grade environments. It is an alternative to other configuration management systems like cfengine, bcfg2, chef, and puppet.

Release Notes: This release includes cleanups for several types, introduces the new type __hostname, and changes the hostname global explorer.

Release Tags: cleanup, hostname, new type

Tags: Configuration Management, shell, python 3.x

Licenses: GPLv3

Categories: open source

Republican Party to vote for repeal of U.S. anti-tax dodging law

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican Party is expected to approve a resolution this week, calling for repeal of an Obama administration law that is designed to crack down on offshore tax dodging.

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'Perplexed' India says U.S. probably still most important ally

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:46
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The case of the Indian consul arrested and strip-searched in New York last month was handled "appallingly" and needs to be resolved, but the United States remains probably India's most important ally, the Indian ambassador to Washington said on Tuesday.
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You Might Rent Features & Options On Cars In the Future

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:40
cartechboy writes "These days, you go to a car dealership and you buy a car. If you want seat heaters, you might need to option for the cold weather package from the factory. Want the high-end stereo? You'll be likely be opting for some technology package which bundles in navigation. While some options are a la carte, most are bundled, and even when they are a la carte, they aren't cheap. What if in the future you could buy a car and unlock options later? Say the car came from the factory with heated seats, but you didn't pay for them. But later on, say in the middle of the freezing winter, you suddenly want them. What if you could simply pay a monthly fee during the winter months to have those heated seats work? Whether this model would benefit the consumer, the automakers, or both is yet to be seen. But automakers such as MINI are already talking about this type of a future. Is this the right road to be headed down, or are consumers going to just get screwed in the long run?"

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Indiana's Purdue University shooting leaves one dead, man in custody

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:39
(Reuters) - A man was shot to death at Indiana's Purdue University on Tuesday and a male suspect was taken into custody, police said, in an apparently targeted killing that follows a rash of shootings at U.S. schools this month.

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IBM revenue misses Street hit by weak China demand

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:28
(Reuters) - IBM, the world's largest technology services company, reported quarterly revenue that missed estimates for the fourth straight quarter, due to a steep fall in demand for servers and storage products in emerging markets such as China.
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Startup-land finds a sympathetic ear in Canberra

The Register - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:24
Promised review of employee share schemes to conduct public consultations

Startup-land's liking for gifts of scrip as a way to keep wages and burn rate low has found sympathy within Australia's Treasury, which has opened a public consultation on the topic of employee share schemes.…

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Obama, Putin discuss Olympics security in call

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed in a phone call on Tuesday how best to have a "safe and secure" Winter Olympics in Sochi, the White House said.

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Russian lawyer says Snowden in danger after hostile remarks

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:22
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Edward Snowden needs better security after a news report quoted unnamed U.S. intelligence officials saying they wanted the former spy agency contractor dead and discussing ways to kill him, his Russian lawyer said on Tuesday.
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Event and Task Manager 2.3.21

Freshmeat - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:13
etm is an acronym for Event and Task Manager. It provides a simple, intuitive format for using plain text files to store event, task, and other data items, a command line interface for viewing stored information in a variety of convenient ways, and a cross-platform, PyQt-based GUI for creating and modifying items as well as viewing them. Displayed items can be grouped by date, context, keyword, or project and can be filtered in various ways. A display of busy and free times is also supported, as is a ledger view of time spent that is suitable for client billing. Alarms are supported for events and repetition for both events and tasks in a powerful and flexible manner.

Release Notes: This release fixes a "setModified" bug affecting the creation of a new action timer. It fixes a bug in Qt5 in which the editor would lose focus after inserting a completion. It changes the default setting for whether or not to use AM/PM times to reflect the default for the locale.

Release Tags: minor bug fixes

Tags: Office/Business, Scheduling, Information Management, reminder, GTD

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Open Camera 1.6

Freshmeat - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:07
Open Camera is a camera app for Android phones and tablets. It has the option to auto-stabilize so your pictures are perfectly level no matter what. Other features include zoom (multi-touch and single-touch), flash, focus modes, focus and metering areas, face detection, front/back camera, scene modes, color effects, white balance, exposure compensation, video recording, timer, burst mode, geotagging, configurable volume keys, and choice of save location. The UI can be optimised for left or right-handed users.

Release Notes: Zoom and exposure can now be controlled via on-screen sliders. The volume keys can be configured to also control exposure. Compass direction can be displayed on-screen, and geotagging now stores the direction (using the EXIF tags GPSImgDirection and GPSImgDirectionRef). An option to use an external microphone for recording audio was added. Issues with aspect ratio for the preview were fixed. This release fixes a crash in some circumstances when trying to access image or video resolutions in settings.

Release Tags: Stable

Tags: camera, Video, photo, Photography

Licenses: GPL v3 or later

Categories: open source

Diablo Technologies’ boss: 'As a CEO I have made a lot of mistakes'

The Register - Tue, 2014-01-21 18:02
Willem ter Harmsel chats with Ricardo Badalone about SAN bottlenecks

With IBM adopting Diablo Technologies' Memory Channel Storage (MCS) for its gen 6 X-servers, we thought it timely to have a look at the background to this through a Willem ter Harmsel interview with Ricardo Badalone, Diablo Technologies' CEO.

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