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All at sea: Australia's search for MH370 under scrutiny

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-28 05:51
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Nearly a year after embarking on a multi-million dollar quest to solve one of aviation's greatest unsolved mysteries, authorities and search teams are being criticized over their approach to finding Flight MH370 in the remote southern Indian Ocean.
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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 05:32
Dubious bloggers like DeSmogBlog refuse to accept consensus

Trick-cyclists in America have come out with research which could explain why the debate on climate change continues to rumble on, even though there is a solid consensus on the facts of the matter.…

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Gene Testing Often Gets It Wrong

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-28 05:28
BarbaraHudson writes: ABC is reporting that gene tests for risk of specific diseases are not as accurate as we'd like to think, with different labs giving different interpretations. Over 400 gene variants that could help one make medical decisions regarding breast and ovarian cancer or heart disease have different interpretations from different labs according to the study. "The magnitude of this problem is bigger than most people thought," said Michael Watson, executive director of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, one of the study's authors. Researchers caution consumers to be careful when choosing where to have a gene test done and acting on the results.

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Split decision: Asus Transformer Book T300 Chi convertible

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 05:03
Two-into-one does go

Review Convergence. Wretched word. But one particularly liked by hardware wallahs trying to convince us that instead of buying a laptop and a tablet, we should buy something that is a laptop and a tablet. Asus is king of the convergers.…

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Security Researchers Sound Off on Proposed US Wassenaar Rules - Thu, 2015-05-28 04:37 With the two-month comment period for the proposed U.S. Wassenaar Arrangement rules barely under way, a cast of influential security researchers has wasted no time preparing and submitting their thoughts on the controversial proposal.
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Apache Cordova fixes flaw that could cause apps to crash - Thu, 2015-05-28 04:35 A fix has been released for a vulnerability in a widely used piece of code in Android devices, which could cause apps to crash or display unwanted dialog boxes.
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Fedora 21 mingw-LibRaw-0.16.2-1.fc21 - Thu, 2015-05-28 04:13 Update to version 0.16.2, see for details.Update to version 0.16.1, see for details.Security fix for CVE-2015-3885.
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Fedora 21 LibRaw-0.16.2-1.fc21 - Thu, 2015-05-28 04:06 Latest upstream bugfix.Fixed dcraw vulnerability in ljpeg_start()
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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 04:01
Biodegradable semiconductors will allow an Avatar lifestyle with all mod cons

Boffins have developed a biodegradable semiconductor chip made almost entirely of wood in an effort to alleviate the environmental burden of electronic devices.…

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Cisco predicts Rise Of The Machines in new networking index

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 03:33
Things are going to come online faster than people as we head for two-zettabyte traffic splurge

The Internet of Junk Things isn't going to overwhelm the Internet's capacity any time soon, according to Cisco's rolling Visual Networking Index (VNI) report.…

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IMF's Lagarde says still much work to do in Greek debt talks

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-28 03:15
DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said in a German television interview on Thursday that there was still a lot of work to do before Greece and its international lenders could clinch a cash-for-reforms deal.
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High Court Orders UK ISPs To Block EBook Sites

Slashdot - Thu, 2015-05-28 03:03
An anonymous reader writes: The UK High Court has ordered British ISPs to block seven websites that help users find unauthorized copies of eBooks. Under the order, BT, Virgin, Sky, EE and TalkTalk must block AvaxHome, Bookfi, Bookre, Ebookee, Freebookspot, Freshwap and LibGen within the next ten days. “We are very pleased that the High Court has granted this order and, in doing so, recognizes the damage being inflicted on UK publishers and authors by these infringing websites,” says Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The Publishers Association. “A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement. Our members need to be able to protect their authors’ works from such illegal activity; writers need to be paid and publishers need to be able to continue to innovate and invest in new talent and material.”

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NASA sending five-metre THERMO-HAMMER to Mars

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 02:57
InSight lander starts pre-flight tests before drilling deep with heat probe

NASA has announced that its next Mars lander, the Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight), has started its pre-flight tests to ensure it can survive launch and the long schlep to the Red Planet.…

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Password reset sites expose crackable PeopleSoft creds

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 02:35
Oracle in the worst security shape since 2010, hackers say

SAP hackers Alexander Polyakov and Alexey Tyurin say Oracle PeopleSoft contains unpatched vulnerabilities and weaknesses that allow attackers to easily obtain admin passwords.…

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NASA's Jupiter moon mission becomes acronymathon

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 02:02
Europa, meet instruments PIMS, ICEMAG and REASON

NASA has announced the nine instruments selected for its planned 2020s mission to Jovian moon Europa, and as is the local custom, there are some choice stretching-it-a-bit acronyms on offer for aficionados of the agency's previous efforts.…

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11 pointless but awesome Linux terminal tricks

Linux Today - Thu, 2015-05-28 02:00

NetworkWorld: Some great Linux terminal tips and tricks, each one as pointless as it is awesome.

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China cybersecurity plan aims to protect state secrets: official paper

Reuters: Technology - Thu, 2015-05-28 01:48
SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China will prepare a five-year cybersecurity plan to protect state secrets and data, the official China Daily said on Thursday, citing a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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SourceForge accused of shackling GIMP in kinky adware

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 01:32
Just download direct, say FOSS graphics folk

The GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) has accused SourceForge of violating its open-sourcery by wrapping the popular graphics program in adware.…

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Don't PANIC but ... UNSTOPPABLE robots IMMUNE to injury built by boffins

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 01:01
Smart software encoding lets robots recover in minutes

If you're the future mother of a resistance leader who's destined to save the world from killer mechanoids then life just got a little tougher. Scientists have developed software that allows robots to work around injuries in minutes and carry on their assigned tasks.…

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Beware Red Hat interviews: you'll pay for coffee, lunch and fuel

The Register - Thu, 2015-05-28 00:28
Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst explains his very odd introduction to the company

Want a job at Red Hat? If so, prepare to buy your interviewer coffee, lunch and maybe even the petrol needed to drive to the coffee shop.…

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