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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 14:35
jfruh writes Last weekend, Tim Berners-Lee said that the UK needs more members of parliament who can code. Well, the most recent U.S. congressional election has obliged him on this side of the Atlantic: the number of coders in Congress has tripled, with the downside being that their numbers have gone from one to three.

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Researchers Discover Ancient Massive Landslide

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 14:13
sciencehabit writes For decades, geologists have noted the signs of ancient landslides in southwestern Utah. Although many parts of the landscape don't look that odd at first glance, certain layers include jumbled masses of fractured rock sandwiched among thick veins of lava, ash, and mud. Now, new fieldwork suggests that many of those ancient debris flows are the result of one of Earth's largest known landslides, which covered an area nearly 39 times the size of Manhattan.

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SUSE Brings Live Patching and Ceph Storage to its Enterprise Linux

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-11-19 14:00

ServerWatch: Enterprise Linux vendor SUSE today made a series of announcements at its annual SUSEcon event, providing users with new patching, storage and cloud capabilities.

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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:52
Diggester writes The weight of water limits how much can be brought on a long bike ride. There isn't always an option to stop and fill up from a clean stream or drinking fountain, but water could be obtained from a different source: the air. Austrian industrial design student Kristof Retezár has created Fontus: a prototype of a water bottle system that condenses humid air into clean, drinkable water. His design made him a finalist for the 2014 James Dyson Award.

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Taliban suicide bombers die in attack on international zone in Kabul

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:33
KABUL (Reuters) - Four Afghan Taliban suicide bombers died when a group of the militants tried to storm an international zone in Kabul on Wednesday in the latest high-profile assault aimed at foreign targets in Afghanistan.






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FARC peace negotiators say they can't free captured Colombia general

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:18
HAVANA (Reuters) - Colombian rebel peace negotiators in Havana cannot order the freedom of an army general captured by their comrades and will defer to the top guerrilla leadership in Colombia, a leader of the negotiating team said on Wednesday.
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Lunar Mission One Proposes To Take Core Sample, Plant Time Capsule On the Moon

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:11
MarkWhittington writes: The U.S. may have foresworn the moon, the venue of its greatest space triumph during the Apollo program, by presidential directive, but that does not mean that other countries and even private organizations are uninterested. The latest proposal for a private moon landing is a British effort called Lunar Mission One, according to a Wednesday story in the New Scientist. Its goal is twofold. The undertaking proposes to drill a 20 meter core sample below the lunar surface for analysis. Lunar Mission One will also deploy the first moon based time capsule. A Kickstarter effort has begun for initial funding.

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Smucker's says big coffee price increase was a 'misstep'

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:05
NEW YORK (Reuters) - J.M. Smucker Co, the maker of Folgers coffee, said on Wednesday it made a "misstep" with its most recent price increase, which caused sales volumes to drop sharply as customers delayed purchases and shifted to cheaper private-label brands.
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Are you Astronomers? Maybe there's your distro! Astro 3.0, Linux Distro for Astronomers

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-11-19 13:00

 softpedia: Distro Astro 3.0 is a Linux operating system based on Ubuntu that is designed specifically for astronomers.

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Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:37
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S

The European Parliament’s IT department is attempting to drag MEPs kicking and screaming into the digital age… by letting them play with the latest tablets.…

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Britain says not optimistic about Iran nuclear deal by deadline

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:34
RIGA (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Wednesday he was not optimistic that world powers and Iran would clinch a full nuclear deal by Nov. 24 but that there may be a way of extending the self-imposed deadline.






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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:30
MojoKid writes: "BioWare's long-awaited Dragon Age Inquisition has dropped for the PS4, Xbox One, and PCs. A comparison of the visuals in key scenes between all three platforms shows that while the PC variant clearly looks the best in multiple areas (as it should), there's evidence of good, intelligent optimization for consoles and PCs alike. After the debacle of Assassin's Creed Unity, Inquisition could provide an important taste of how to do things right. As expected though, when detail levels are increased, the PC still pulls away with the best overall visuals. The Xbox One and PS4 are largely matched, while PC renders of characters have better facial coloring and slightly more detailed textures. The lighting models are also far more detailed on the PC version with the PS4 following behind. The Xbox One, in contrast, is rather muddy. Overall, the PC and PS4 are closest in general detail, with the Xbox One occasionally lagging behind.

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Cisco open sources security

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-11-19 12:00

 NetworkWorld: Cisco this week announced the availability of an open source security framework designed to harness big data analytics to combat data loss.

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Seagate connects Hadoop and Lustre in an open sourcery ceremony

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:59
Streamlining workflows, and easier processing for Hadoop-using apps

Seagate has written a Hadoop connector for Lustre, meaning Hadoop-using systems can now fetch data from a Lustre parallel file system array, as part of a small contribution by the US data storage company to an open source world.…

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Halting Problem Proves That Lethal Robots Cannot Correctly Decide To Kill Humans

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:50
KentuckyFC writes: The halting problem is to determine whether an arbitrary computer program, once started, will ever finish running or whether it will continue forever. In 1936, Alan Turing famously showed that there is no general algorithm that can solve this problem. Now a group of computer scientists and ethicists have used the halting problem to tackle the question of how a weaponized robot could decide to kill a human. Their trick is to reformulate the problem in algorithmic terms by considering an evil computer programmer who writes a piece of software on which human lives depend. The question is whether the software is entirely benign or whether it can ever operate in a way that ends up killing people. In general, a robot could never decide the answer to this question. As a result, autonomous robots should never be designed to kill or harm humans, say the authors, even though various lethal autonomous robots are already available. One curious corollary is that if the human brain is a Turing machine, then humans can never decide this issue either, a point that the authors deliberately steer well clear of.

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Target U.S. sales beat expectations, loss-making Canada unit faces review

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:35
(Reuters) - Target Corp on Wednesday reported its first increase in U.S. same-store sales in four quarters and a quarterly profit above expectations, but said it would review the future of its loss-making Canadian business after the holiday season.






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Obama to announce immigration action in Thursday night speech: sources

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce details of his executive action on immigration in a Thursday night speech ahead of travel to Las Vegas on Friday, sources close to the administration said.
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<i>Countdown</i> contestant pays homage to <i>IT Crowd</i>'s Moss

The Register - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:27
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In one of the world’s greatest self-referential in-jokes, Countdown contestant Danny Davies has worn a T-shirt commemorating the appearance of Maurice Moss on Countdown in an episode of The IT Crowd.…

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Honduras' Miss World contestant and sister found murdered

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-11-19 11:18
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - A Honduran beauty queen has been found murdered just days before she was due to compete in the Miss World pageant in London, police said on Wednesday.






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