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Australian spookhaus ASIO could retain private data FOREVER

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 21:26
Intelligence oversight chief points out omission in metadata retention bill

The Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS) has told the government it's forgotten to set down how long ASIO is allowed to keep metadata handed over by telecommunications companies.…

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You, iFans. Watch out in APRIL, warns Apple boss Tim Cook

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 20:52
As massive iPhone sales boost biz to $18bn net profit in A QUARTER

Apple chief exec Tim Cook has said his company's smartwatch won't go on sale until April – not that he's too fussed about the delay given Apple has banked $18 BILLION in profit since October.…

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Yahoo sets Alibaba stake spinoff plan, shares jump

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 20:13
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Yahoo Inc plans to spin off its 15 percent stake in China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , responding to pressure to hand over to shareholders its prized e-commerce investment valued at roughly $40 billion.

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Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 20:13
BOSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast.
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 20:00
Nerval's Lobster writes: What does it take to become a great — or even just a good — software developer? According to developer Michael O. Church's posting on Quora (later posted on LifeHacker), it's a long list: great developers are unafraid to learn on the job, manage their careers aggressively, know the politics of software development (which he refers to as 'CS666'), avoid long days when feasible, and can tell fads from technologies that actually endure... and those are just a few of his points. Over at Salsita Software's corporate blog, meanwhile, CEO and founder Matthew Gertner boils it all down to a single point: experienced programmers and developers know when to slow down. What do you think separates the great developers from the not-so-fantastic ones?

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Monday's near-miss asteroid had a tiny MOON

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:58
BL86 buzz-by revealed a travelling companion

Space-watchers peering at the fly-by asteroid 2004 BL86 will have missed a detail that NASA caught: the flying mountain has its own moon.…

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Boffins probe hot star's ring that's 200 times BIGGER than SATURN'S

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:57
Makes our nearby gas giant look like a two-bit show

Pics The first planetary ring system outside of our Solar System has been spotted and it's massive – in fact, it's 120 million kilometers in diameter.…

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Setting up a private Docker registry

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:42

Why would you want to set up a private registry?

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Spying program leaked by Snowden is tied to campaign in many countries

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:34
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A program used by U.S. and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations in more than a dozen countries, security experts said on Tuesday, after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reportedly leaked the source code for the program.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:28
Geospatial intelligence man said to have fallen asleep at the wireless wheel

A drone crashed into the US White House because the government staffer flying the thing had hit the bottle, according to the New York Times.…

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The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:18
Y! says 'close, sesame' to its lucrative slice – but where will its profits come from now?

Yahoo! has announced plans to sell off all of its remaining stake in Chinese online giant Alibaba, even as its latest earnings report shows a company struggling to pull in revenue on its own.…

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Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:16
An anonymous reader writes: A new study confirms the potential hazard of nearby gamma-ray bursts. It quantifies the probability of an event near Earth, and more generally in the Milky Way and other galaxies over time: "[Evolved] life as it exists on Earth could not take place in almost any galaxy that formed earlier than about five billion years after the Big Bang." This could explain the Fermi's paradox, or why we don't see billion-year-old civilizations all around us.

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Greek PM Tsipras names anti-austerity cabinet, port sale halted

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:09
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras named a cabinet of anti-austerity veterans and halted privatization of Greece's biggest port on Tuesday, signaling he aims to stick to election pledges despite warning shots from the euro zone and financial markets.
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Nine killed as gunmen storm luxury hotel in Libyan capital

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 19:01
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Heavily armed gunmen stormed a luxury hotel in Tripoli favored by Libyan officials and visiting delegations on Tuesday, killing at least nine people, including foreigners, before blowing themselves up with a grenade.

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Google reveals where AT&amp;T, Comcast, Time Warner Cable will next offer Gbps broadband

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 18:41
Fresh cable-laying for telcos to sniff out

Google has named the next four areas in the US to get its gigabit-a-second fiber broadband.…

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Inside the Largest Virtual Psychology Lab In the World

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 18:35
bearhuntz writes: Riot Games has been using League of Legends as a psychology lab to run scientific experiments and reduce toxic player behavior for a while now. This article explains some of the experiments they're doing, and what the results have been. "For example, one product is a restricted chat mode that limits the number of messages abusive players can type per match. It’s a temporary punishment that has led to a noticeable improvement in player behavior afterward —on average, individuals who went through a period of restricted chat saw 20 percent fewer abuse reports filed by other players. The restricted chat approach also proved 4 percent more effective at improving player behavior than the usual punishment method of temporarily banning toxic players. Even the smallest improvements in player behavior can make a huge difference in an online game that attracts 67 million players every month."

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Ghost Vulnerability in glibc Affects All Linux Systems

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-01-27 18:00

 ThreatPost: A critical vulnerability has been found in glibc, the GNU C library, that affects all Linux systems dating back to 2000.

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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-01-27 17:52
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube today announced it has finally stopped using Adobe Flash by default. The site now uses its HTML5 video player by default in Google's Chrome, Microsoft's IE11, Apple's Safari 8, and in beta versions of Mozilla's Firefox browser. At the same time, YouTube is now also defaulting to its HTML5 player on the web. In fact, the company is deprecating the "old style" Flash object embeds and its Flash API, pointing users to the iFrame API instead, since the latter can adapt depending on the device and browser you're using.

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'Super-secure' BlackPhone pwned by super-silly txt msg bug

The Register - Tue, 2015-01-27 17:41
People always talk about your reputation ... Just be good to free()

Exclusive The maker of BlackPhone – a mobile marketed as offering unusually high levels of security – has patched a critical vulnerability that allows hackers to run malicious code on the handsets.…

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U.S. business spending weakens, but consumers upbeat

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-01-27 17:14
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. business investment spending fell for a fourth straight month in December, a sign that slowing global growth may be weighing on the economy, but consumers remained upbeat and new home sales in December hit their highest level since June 2008.
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