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Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:58
ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

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Indiana police charge suspect who may have killed for decades

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:46
HAMMOND Ind. (Reuters) - A convicted sex offender suspected of murdering at least seven women and leaving the bodies in abandoned houses in northwest Indiana may be a serial killer who has killed others in the state as far back as 20 years ago, local police said on Monday.

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GNU Emacs 24.4 Released Today

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:26
New submitter Shade writes Well over one and a half years in the works, the latest and greatest release of GNU Emacs was made officially available today. Highlights of this release include a built-in web browser, improved multi-monitor and fullscreen support, "electric" indentation enabled by default, support for saving and restoring the state of frames and windows, pixel-based resizing for frames and windows, support for digitally signed ELisp packages, support for menus in text terminals, and much more. Read the official announcement and the full list of changes for more information.

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Brazil election poll shows Rousseff gains ground against Neves

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:22
BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Dilma Rousseff has gained some ground, but remains locked in a fierce battle for votes with rival Aecio Neves ahead of the Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil's presidential election, a new poll showed on Monday.

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AbbVie says $55 billion acquisition of Shire officially dead

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:21
(Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker AbbVie Inc said on Monday it has reached agreement with Shire Plc to officially call off its proposed $55 billion purchase of the Irish company, and will pay Shire a $1.64 billion breakup fee for walking away from the deal.
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AARnet cranks up SDN sandpit for researchers

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:15
Australian research network wants networkers with buckets, spades, and cool ideas

Australia's research network AARnet says it will push the on-switch on a software defined networking (SDN) test bed by the end of 2014.…

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Apple's iPhone sales beat Street but iPad volumes slide

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:12
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc forecast a strong holiday quarter after a better-than-expected 16 percent jump in iPhone sales, and the strongest growth in Mac computer shipments in years helped the company surpass Wall Street's targets.

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Banks should defer bonuses 10 years, tap them for fines: Fed official

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:07
(Reuters) - Banks should defer bonus payments for 10 years and tap the bonus pool to pay any regulatory fines, a top Federal Reserve official said on Monday, taking aim at continued lapses across the industry even after the 2007-9 financial crisis.

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U.S. regulator targeting lower down payments on mortgages

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:05
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - The regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Monday it was developing rules to let Americans buy homes with down payments as low as 3 percent, part of a push to boost access to credit.
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Samsung and Intel Stay Committed to Chromebooks

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-10-20 17:00

OStatic: Look for these new systems to sell very well during this holiday season, and introduce many young people to the basics of working with data and applications in the cloud.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:58
Our man outside HQ of anonymous messaging app

Pics We were surprised as anyone when The Guardian revealed that, far from being “the safest place on the internet”, the anonymous messaging app Whisper was tracking the location of its users – even when they specifically denied the app access to their location.…

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More Eye Candy Coming To Windows 10

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:47
jones_supa writes Microsoft is expected to release a new build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview in the very near future, according to their own words. The only build so far to be released to the public is 9841 but the next iteration will likely be in the 9860 class of releases. With this new build, Microsoft has polished up the animations that give the OS a more comprehensive feel. When you open a new window, it flies out on to the screen from the icon and when you minimize it, it collapses back in to the icon on the taskbar. It is a slick animation and if you have used OS X, it is similar to the one used to collapse windows back in to the dock. Bah.

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Australia puts itself back into Beta

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:46
Our land is girt by CSS borrowed from the motherland

The Online Services Branch of Australia's Department of Finance, which oversees the nation's online efforts, has put the country in beta with the release of a new design for the national website at australia.gov.au.…

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Apple flings iOS 8.1 at world+dog: Our AMAZEBALLS 9-step installation guide

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:23
Let's hope it's not an 8.brick update

Apple has rolled out iOS 8.1, enabling features on the iPhone 6 and other new Apple devices.…

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Polish ex-minister quoted saying Putin offered to divide Ukraine with Poland

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:11
WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's parliamentary speaker, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been quoted as saying that Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to Poland's then leader in 2008 that they divide Ukraine between themselves.
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Help ESR Stamp Out CVS and SVN In Our Lifetime

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:07
mtaht writes ESR is collecting specifications and donations towards getting a new high end machine to be used for massive CVS and SVN repository conversions, after encountering problems with converting the whole of netbsd over to git. What he's doing now sort of reminds me of holding a bake sale to build a bomber, but he's well on his way towards Xeon class or higher for the work. What else can be done to speed up adoption of git and preserve all the computer history kept in source code repositories? ESR says he'll match funds toward the purchase of the needed hardware, so if you want to help drive him into bankruptcy, now's your chance.

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The Companies That Support Linux: DataCentred

Linux Today - Mon, 2014-10-20 16:00

Linux.com: DataCentred is a leading provider of next-generation datacentre and open-source cloud computing services focusing on clients with big research data sets.

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Toyota recalls 247,000 vehicles in U.S. over Takata air bags

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-10-20 15:58
DETROIT (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States on Monday because of potentially defective front passenger air bag inflators from Japan's Takata Corp that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to U.S. safety regulators.
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China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, watchdog claims

The Register - Mon, 2014-10-20 15:55
Attack harvests users' info at iPhone 6 launch

Last week Apple CEO Tim Cook was very happy that the iPhone 6 is at last going on sale in China. But it seems the Chinese government has its own plans for iPhone 6 owners.…

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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-10-20 15:25
globaljustin writes "Alan Drysdale, a systems analyst in advanced life support and a contractor with NASA concluded, "Small women haven't been demonstrated to be appreciably dumber than big women or big men, so there's no reason to choose larger people for a flight crew when it's brain power you want," says Drysdale. "The logical thing to do is to fly small women." Kate Greene, who wrote the linked article, took part in the first HI-SEAS experiment in Martian-style living, and has some compelling reasons for an all-women crew, energy efficiency chief among them: Week in and week out, the three female crew members expended less than half the calories of the three male crew members. Less than half! We were all exercising roughly the same amount—at least 45 minutes a day for five consecutive days a week—but our metabolic furnaces were calibrated in radically different ways. During one week, the most metabolically active male burned an average of 3,450 calories per day, while the least metabolically active female expended 1,475 calories per day. It was rare for a woman on crew to burn 2,000 calories in a day and common for male crew members to exceed 3,000. ... The calorie requirements of an astronaut matter significantly when planning a mission. The more food a person needs to maintain her weight on a long space journey, the more food should launch with her. The more food launched, the heavier the payload. The heavier the payload, the more fuel required to blast it into orbit and beyond. The more fuel required, the heavier the rocket becomes, which it in turn requires more fuel to launch.

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