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Exclusive: Iran smuggles in $1 billion of bank notes to skirt sanctions - sources

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:28
LONDON/ANKARA/NEW YORK (Reuters) - At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.
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Ubuntu: 2510-1: FreeType vulnerabilities - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:13 FreeType could be made to crash or run programs as your login if it openeda specially crafted file.
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Google Knocks Explicit Adult Content On Blogger From Public View

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:10
Ellie K writes As of 23 March 2015, Google will remove blogs on its Blogger platform that don't conform to its new anti-adult policies. This is an abrupt reversal of policy. Until today, Google allowed "images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity," and stated that "Censoring this content is contrary to a service that bases itself on freedom of expression." The linked article quotes the message which has been sent to Blogger users thus: (...) In the coming weeks, we'll no longer allow blogs that contain sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video. We'll still allow nudity presented in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts, or presented where there are other substantial benefits to the public from not taking action on the content. The new policy will go into effect on the 23rd of March 2015. After this policy goes into effect, Google will restrict access to any blog identified as being in violation of our revised policy. No content will be deleted, but only blog authors and those with whom they have expressly shared the blog will be able to see the content we've made private.

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Creating Forms for Easy LibreOffice Database Entry on Linux

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-02-24 10:00 The LibreOffice suite of tools includes a very powerful database application ─ one that happens to be incredibly user-friendly.

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Springpath springs out of stealth with HALO-based platform

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:57
Welcome to the world of Datacore, FalconStor, Nexenta

Springpath has emerged from stealth with a silo-melding storage data platform, offering a remedy which includes an annual subscription pricing scheme. Is it perhaps seemingly hoping to move in on a market that has too many (and too costly) separate storage silos?…

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Valve To Reveal Virtual Reality Dev Kit Next Week At GDC

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:31
An anonymous reader writes Gaming giant Valve has been researching augmented and virtual reality for some time. Early on, the company worked closely with Oculus, sharing research findings and even adding support for TF2 to Oculus' first VR headset, the DK1, back in 2013. After demonstrating their own prototype VR headset at Steam Dev Days in early 2014, and then a modified version later in the year, Valve is now ready to take the wraps off a 'previously unannounced ... SteamVR Dev Kit,' which will make its debut at GDC next week. SteamVR is the name of the software adaptation of Steam's 'Big Picture' mode that the company revealed early last year, allowing players to browse their Steam library and play supported games all in virtual reality.

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JPMorgan eyes $1.4 billion in cost savings in 2015

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:17
NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co said on Tuesday it is aiming to save about $1.4 billion in annual expenses by cutting costs and simplifying businesses mainly in its consumer- and investment-banking units.
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Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:02
Microsoft's new mantra: Code in Windows, run anywhere

Microsoft has released a new preview of Visual Studio 2015, which is shaping up to be a major release. Community Tech Preview 6 includes cross-platform tools for its ASP.NET web application framework.…

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Nginx Gearing Up for HTTP/2

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-02-24 09:00

ServerWatch: Since HTTP/2 is largely based on SPDY, Nginx has a solid foundation already in the code to capitalize on

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Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:50
ErichTheRed writes OK, we all know that there are a lot of developers and IT people in the field who shouldn't be, and finding really good people and hanging onto them is very difficult. However, I almost fell out of my chair reading this breathless article suggesting that developers hire agents. I grant the authors that recruiters are sometimes the only way to cut through the HR jungle in some companies, but outside of the hot San Francisco startup market, can you imagine a "10x rockstar developer" swaggering into a job interview with his negotiating team? I'm sure our readers can cite plenty of examples of these types who were only 10x in their own minds...

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Fears mount over future of hardware distributor Gamma Global

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:31
HP, APC and Cisco kit purveyor yet to comment

Concerns are mounting over the future of Gamma Global amid claims that top brass are reviewing strategic options after hitting a financial bump.…

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Police Use DNA To Generate a Suspect's Face

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:09
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times has a pair of articles about a technology now being used in police investigations: computer generation of a suspect's face from only their DNA. Law enforcement in South Carolina had no pictures or descriptions of a man who murdered a mother and her daughter, but they had some of his DNA. From this, a company named Parabon NanoLabs used a technique called DNA phenotyping to create a rough portrait of the suspect's facial features, which the police then shared with the public. The accuracy of these portraits is still an area of hot debate — most of them look rather generic. The NY Times staff tested it with a couple of their employees, circulating the DNA-inspired portraits and seeing if people could guess who it was supposed to be. None of the ~50 employees were able to identify reporter John Markoff, and only about 10 were able to identify video journalist Catherine Spangler. But even though the accuracy for a person's entire face is low, techniques for specific attributes, like eye color, have improved greatly. Of course, the whole situation raises a slew of civil liberties questions: "What traits are off limits? Should the authorities be able to test whether a suspect has a medical condition or is prone to violence should such testing be possible?"

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Don't be fooled! He's not from the IT crowd... he's a CYBERSPY – FireEye

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:02
Is that Tom the techie or a Chinese spear-phisherman?

Impersonating IT departments in spear-phishing attacks is becoming an increasingly popular tactic among hackers, particularly in cyber-espionage attacks.…

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IoT-oriented dev kits run Ubuntu on new Toshiba Cortex-A9 SoC

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-02-24 08:00

LinuxGizmos: Toshiba announced two Linux-supported "ApP Lite" dev kits for its new 600MHz Cortex-A9 based "TZ2100" series SoCs, which target IoT and other embedded apps.

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Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, We'll make you pay

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:47
Cough up more for old-style licences, cloudy stuff to fall

Government departments will pay up to 47 per cent more for the pleasure of using Microsoft desktop software under a volume licensing programme that is months away from launch.…

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AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them

Schneier on Security - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:33
AT&T is charging a premium for gigabit Internet service without surveillance: The tracking and ad targeting associated with the gigabit service cannot be avoided using browser privacy settings: as AT&T explained, the program "works independently of your browser's privacy settings regarding cookies, do-not-track and private browsing." In other words, AT&T is performing deep packet inspection, a controversial practice through which...
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Phoenix IT Group 'trading comfortably in line with forecasts'

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:24
Troubled? No way, look at our latest CloudSure contract

It is almost a year since Steve Vaughan grabbed control of Phoenix IT Group, and the once-troubled tech services outfit no longer seems so ... well, troubled.…

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:04
Rifkind has left the building

Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind is stepping down as chair of the UK Parliament’s influential security committee in the wake of "cash for access" allegations.…

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Lay Waste To A Fortress In Besiege On Linux, Initial Thoughts Included

Linux Today - Tue, 2015-02-24 07:00

 GamingOnLinux: Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets.

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BT fixes home hub drop-out glitch ONE YEAR after denying flaw existed

The Register - Tue, 2015-02-24 06:31
One helluva long reboot loop

BT has finally fixed a snag in its Home Hub 5 more than 12 months since customers began complaining about mystery disconnections that were hampering the wireless router.…

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