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Google, Oracle's endless Java copyright battle extended to ... 2016

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-30 20:58
Judge just doesn't have the time to hear their bickering

The long-running copyright dispute between Oracle and Google over the latter's use of the Java language APIs in its Android operating system will likely drag on for another year or more, based on the latest developments in the case in a US federal court.…

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Google's Project Loon Balloons May Cover Sri Lanka With Internet Access

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-30 20:55
Zothecula writes: Sri Lanka is set to become the first country with universal Internet access after signing a memorandum of understanding with Google to use the company's Project Loon balloons. Officials say there is not a timetable for when the balloons will be covering the 25,000 square mile nation, but this is a crucial first step. The Foreign minister noted that "from this event onwards advertisements or headlines saying “Matara covered” or “Jaffna covered” will become a part of history." And concluded his speech saying that he was "proud to declare that we are at the cusp of a reclaiming our heritage of being connected to each other and connected to the world. In a few months we will truly be able to say: Sri Lanka, Covered."

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Ohio officer charged with murder pleads not guilty, released on bond

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-30 20:45
CINCINNATI (Reuters) - A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed black man he had stopped for a missing license plate was released from jail on bond hours after an initial court appearance on Thursday.









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Lawyers argue life or death for Colorado movie gunman

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-30 20:12
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Reuters) - Defense attorneys said the Colorado movie massacre gunman was schizophrenic and they urged jurors on Thursday to spare his life, while prosecutors said James Holmes must not be able to use mental illness as a shield.
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The Weird History of the Microsoft Windows Start Button

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-30 19:42
Gamoid writes: Windows 3.1 was so complicated that even a Boeing propulsion scientist couldn't figure out how to open a word processor. A behavioral scientist, who once worked with BF Skinner at Harvard, was brought in to Microsoft to figure out what was going wrong — and he came up with the Start button, for which he holds the patent today. It's a weird and cool look at how simple ideas aren't obvious.

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Apple gobbles chunk of CNET, ZDNet – report

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-30 19:24
iPhone giant to get comfy with CBS Interactive in San Francisco, apparently

Apple is reportedly moving into San Francisco's stinky and noisy trendy South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood – by leasing office space in CBS Interactive's building.…

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The New Google Glass Is All Business

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-30 18:58
An anonymous reader writes: Google scrapped an early version of its smart glasses in January, but has developed another model just for businesses. The company hopes to get this newest version of Glass in the hands of healthcare, manufacturing and energy industry professionals by this fall. Recode reports: "The new model can fold up like a traditional pair of glasses and is more rugged for outdoor use. However, unlike most other smart glasses, it still sports a small screen to the upper right of the user's vision, rather than displaying an image in the center of one's view like the ODG R7 or Microsoft HoloLens."

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Greece's Tsipras asserts control over party with congress vote

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-30 18:40
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's ruling Syriza movement backed a call on Thursday from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to hold an emergency party congress as he seeks to assert his control over rebel lawmakers balking at new bailout talks.









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NY Judge Rules Research Chimps Are Not 'Legal Persons'

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-30 18:33
sciencehabit writes: A state judge in New York has dealt the latest blow to an animal rights group's attempt to have chimpanzees declared 'legal persons.' In a decision handed down this morning, New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ruled that two research chimps at Stony Brook University are not covered by a writ of habeas corpus, which typically allows human prisoners to challenge their detention. The Nonhuman Rights Project, which brought the lawsuit in an attempt to free the primates, has vowed to appeal. We posted news last year about an earlier case (mentioned in the article) brought by the same group, which also ended in defeat.

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Ubuntu: 2700-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities

LinuxSecurity.com - Thu, 2015-07-30 18:18
LinuxSecurity.com: Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
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Ubuntu: 2701-1: Linux kernel (Trusty HWE) vulnerabilities

LinuxSecurity.com - Thu, 2015-07-30 18:18
LinuxSecurity.com: Several security issues were fixed in the kernel.
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Hacker's Device Can Intercept OnStar's Mobile App and Unlock, Start GM Cars

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-30 18:14
Lucas123 writes: Security researcher Samy Kamkar posted a video today demonstrating a device he created that he calls OwnStar that can intercept communications between GM's RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar cloud service in order to unlock and start an OnStar equipped car. Kamkar said that after a user opens the OnStar Remote Link app on his or her mobile phone "near the OwnStar device," OwnStar intercepts the communication and sends "data packets to the mobile device to acquire additional credentials. The OwnStar device then notifies the attacker about the new vehicle that the hacker has access to for an indefinite period of time, including its location, make and model. And at that point, the hacker can use the Remote Link app to control the vehicle. Kamkar said GM is aware of the security hole and is working on a fix.

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Behold, Facebook's 10Gbps ray-gun internet drone wider than a 737

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-30 18:10
Lasers used to pump data between ground and aircraft

Pics Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's plans to beam internet access to remote corners of the world has taken another step, or rather a flight, closer to reality.…

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Does the Chrome web store suck?

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-07-30 18:00

 ITworld: Are there serious problems with the Chrome web store itself?

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Upgrading to Windows 10 switches your web browser to Edge – and Firefox's CEO is furious

The Register - Thu, 2015-07-30 17:54
Mozilla's Beard gets in Sat Nad's face, says Microsoft is on the verge of killing choice

Mozilla chief exec Chris Beard has penned a tetchy open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, criticizing the Redmond giant for changing customers' default browser choice when they upgrade to Windows 10.…

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Purism Offers Free (as in Freedom) Laptops (Video)

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-30 17:32
Purism uses its own OS, PureOS, which is a Debian derivative by way of Ubuntu and other members of the Debian-derivative family, but with no taint of proprietary code. Now imagine all the binaries stripped out of the Linux kernel, making it closer to the FSF ideal of a 100% free operating system than the Linux kernel in use almost everywhere else. They're still using a proprietary BIOS, but have people working on a Free one. The main thing, though, is that Purism is working to give you all the privacy and freedom they can -- with more coming as they keep working to replace proprietary bits of the OS, BIOS, and hardware drivers with Free Software. Best of all, even if you don't need a new laptop right now, you can download PureOS and run it on any compatible hardware you already own.

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GE may ship $10 billion in work overseas as U.S. trade bank languishes

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-30 17:31
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Electric Co is taking steps to shift some U.S. manufacturing work overseas now that the U.S. Export-Import Bank will be shuttered at least until September, the industrial giant's global operations boss told Reuters on Thursday.









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Fed's 'nearly balanced' language no bar to Sept rate rise

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-07-30 17:26
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve will not need to see balanced risks to the economy to proceed with an interest rate hike in September, according to former Fed officials and a review of central bank statements through recent turns in policy.
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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Android x86

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-07-30 17:00

 EveryDayLinuxUser: In this review of Android x86 I have tried to work out whether Android really can ever work on a normal laptop

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Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless PC-to-TV Solution?

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-07-30 16:44
jez9999 writes: I have a slightly unusual requirement. I don't want to use some console like an Xbox, Steam Machine, etc. I just have a desktop PC which I use for most of the stuff I do (gaming, video, work, etc.), and it's upstairs. From time to time, I'd like to use it downstairs. Is there a wireless solution that will let me take control of the PC from downstairs, using the TV (HDMI) as the screen, and the TV's speakers to replace my desktop speakers? Ideally there would be a wireless transmitter in the PC, and a downstairs wireless receiver box into which I could plug the keyboard, mouse, and of course, the TV via an HDMI cable. Obviously Bluetooth wireless peripherals won't do for this as there's no line of sight between downstairs and the upstairs PC, and besides, I prefer wired peripherals anyway which I can actually plug in to something (no battery recharging needed).

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