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Malaysia intercepts migrants towed back to sea by Thais, thousands still adrift

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-05-16 04:28
KOH LIPE, Thailand (Reuters) - Malaysian vessels on Saturday intercepted a boat crammed with migrants after the Thai navy towed it away from Thailand, the latest of a number of vessels pushed back to sea by governments who have ignored a U.N. call for an immediate rescue.







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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

The Register - Sat, 2015-05-16 04:00
Name<>Face

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Slinking away early from yet another works leaving party this week, I was reminded with some regret that I will never get one of my own. All those nice words spoken, all those pats on the back, all those clinking glasses of pub house wine. How lovely it must be to be surrounded by so many faithful colleagues celebrating the fact that you are pissing off at last.…

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How MMO Design Has Improved Bar Trivia

Slashdot - Sat, 2015-05-16 02:34
Polygon.com features a look at how (very) different computer game worlds can meet, in the form of game designer Ralph Koster's Kitchen Disasters-style rescue effort to revive a game quite unlike the ones he's famous for designing, like Ultima Online. Bar-trivia provider Buzztime has been putting electronic trivia games into bars for three decades -- and in that time, the number of options available to potential players has jumped. Bar trivia has crept into the domain of things like vinyl-based juke-boxes: not without appeal, but not exactly modern. Koster has tried to apply modern game design paradigms and objectives, and revamped the game: Koster's Jackpot Trivia is now being introduced in a few hundred locations. Buzztime operates in around 4,000 bars and restaurants, but already the new addition has increased game usage by 15 percent. Much of the improvements came from Koster's experiences of making and playing MMOs, and on the MMO's influence on all games. "These days, a lot of the qualities of MMOs are popping up on everything from social media to systems that sit outside and on top of games, like everything around Xbox Live and Steam," he says. The re-vamp means, for Buzztime, better matching of opponents, as part of an overall redesign of incentives and risks: players have also gotten finer-grained control over their plays, by being able to assign weight to their answers: that means they can guess with less penalty when answers are tough, or take advantage of confidence in knowledge about a category in which they're strong.

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Philadelphia train may have been hit by projectile before wreck

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-05-16 02:24
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Amtrak train that derailed in Philadelphia and a separate commuter train in the vicinity may have been hit by projectiles of some kind shortly before the wreck, a U.S. transportation official said on Friday, after investigators interviewed members of the Amtrak crew.







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Eight bodies recovered from wreckage of U.S. helicopter in Nepal

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2015-05-16 02:18
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The bodies of eight soldiers have been recovered from the wreckage of a U.S. military helicopter lost on an earthquake relief mission in Nepal high on a mountainside, Nepali officials said on Saturday.







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How to install Seafile cloud server on Ubuntu 15.04

Linux Today - Sat, 2015-05-16 02:00

 HowToForge: Seafile is a private cloud software, it supports encrypted file libraries to store data securely.

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House Science Committee Approves Changes To Space Law

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-05-15 23:40
schwit1 writes: In a series of party line votes, the House Science Committee has approved a number of changes to the laws that govern the private commercial space industry. Almost all of the changes were advocated by the industry itself, so in general they move to ease the regulatory and liability burdens that has been hampering the industry since the 2004 revisions to space law. While it is very unlikely commercial space can ever get free of strong federal regulation, these changes indicate that they can eventually get some of the worst regulations eased.

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Hawks eliminate Wizards with Game Six win

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-05-15 22:44
(The Sports Xchange) - The Atlanta Hawks survived a frantic finish to eliminate the Washington Wizards with a 94-91 win in Game Six of their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series on Friday.
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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Arrives With MATE Desktop 1.8.2 and MATE Tweak

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-05-15 22:00

 UbuntuPortal: Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is the first edition of linux distribution based on ubuntu as an official member of the Ubuntu flavors.

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Planetary Society Wants To Launch a Crowd-Funded Solar Sail

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-05-15 20:59
jan_jes writes to note that The Planetary Society is attempting to crowdfund its own version of the light-powered space-craft popularized by Carl Saga as a "solar sailer." (YouTube video, with the Society's CEO Bill Nye.) The current model is a CubeSat no bigger than a breadbox with four sails. If the team manages to raise enough money, LightSail will be sent to orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket in 2016. LightSail will be released into an orbit with an altitude of 720 kilometers (450 miles), high enough to escape most of the planet's atmospheric drag. Their crowdfunding goal has been far surpassed (more than $476,000 at this writing), but more can't hurt; maybe NASA could use some of the surplus.

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Man arrested for shooting at George Zimmerman near Orlando

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-05-15 20:33
MIAMI (Reuters) - A Florida man involved in a roadway shooting earlier this week involving George Zimmerman, the man acquitted of murder in the 2012 death of unarmed black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was arrested and charged on Friday, police said.
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Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-05-15 20:30
BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a U.S. jury on Friday for helping carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 264 others in the crowds at the race's finish line.







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Tough luck, Apple and Linux users – Oculus is PC-only for now

The Register - Fri, 2015-05-15 20:15
And PC users will need a big rig to power virty specs

Facebook's Oculus division has published the technical specifications of its Rift virtual reality headsets, and its seems that Apple and Linux fans are out of luck.…

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Boston Marathon bomber Tsarnaev sentenced to death for 2013 attack

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-05-15 19:52
BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death by a U.S. jury on Friday for helping carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and wounded 264 others in the crowds at the race's finish line.







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Penn State University network sacked by China malware blitz

The Register - Fri, 2015-05-15 19:49
Systems taken offline as college punts in face of cyber attack

Penn State University has had to take networks in its school of engineering offline after falling victim to a malware attack traced partially to China.…

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A Look At GTA V PC Performance and Image Quality At 4K

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-05-15 19:41
MojoKid writes: Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto series has been wildly successful for many years now, offering some of the edgiest story lines, game play tactics and objectives the gaming industry has ever seen. With psychopathic main characters, you are left in the depraved communities of Los Santos and Blaine County, to walk a path few would dare choose in real life. And it's rather entertaining of course, that you're tasked with leaving a virtual world worse off than you found it, consequences be damned. But what does it take to run GTA V at 4K (3840X2160) resolution? This article takes a look at that, as well as how it scales over multiple NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPUs, along with some screen shots that look at image quality at Ultra HD resolution. It's safe to say one strong, high-end GPU will get the job done, but two in SLI or CrossFire are better of course, if you want to max out all IQ settings.

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Hillary and Bill Clinton earned more than $25 million for speeches since 2014: reports

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-05-15 19:22
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hillary and Bill Clinton earned more than $25 million for delivering more than 100 speeches since 2014, The Washington Post and Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing financial disclosure forms.
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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Gets Death Penalty In Boston Marathon Bombing

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-05-15 18:59
mpicpp writes with a link to the New York Times's version of story that a Boston jury earlier today returned a verdict of death in the Boston Marathon bombing. From that report: A federal jury on Friday condemned Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a failed college student, to death for setting off bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three people and injured hundreds more in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since Sept. 11, 2001. The jury of seven women and five men, which last month convicted Mr. Tsarnaev, 21, of all 30 charges against him, 17 of which carry the death penalty, took more than 14 hours to reach its decision. It was the first time a federal jury had sentenced a terrorist to death in the post-Sept. 11 era, according to Kevin McNally, director of the Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel Project, which coordinates the defense in capital punishment cases.

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Friday Squid Blogging: NASA's Squid Rover

Schneier on Security - Fri, 2015-05-15 17:08
NASA is funding a study for a squid rover that could explore Europa's oceans. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered....
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Microbe Biometric

Schneier on Security - Fri, 2015-05-15 07:20
Interesting: Franzosa and colleagues used publicly available microbiome data produced through the Human Microbiome Project (HMP), which surveyed microbes in the stool, saliva, skin, and other body sites from up to 242 individuals over a months-long period. The authors adapted a classical computer science algorithm to combine stable and distinguishing sequence features from individuals' initial microbiome samples into individual-specific "codes."...
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