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SpaceX Lands Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-04-18 23:00
mosb1000 (710161) writes "SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3 Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight." In another win for the company, as the L.A. Times reports, SpaceX also has launched a re-supply mission to the ISS.

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SpaceX Lands Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-04-18 23:00
mosb1000 (710161) writes "SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3 Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight." In another win for the company, as the L.A. Times reports, SpaceX also has launched a re-supply mission to the ISS.

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Icehouse: New OpenStack cloud arrives

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-04-18 21:00

 ZDnet: Icehouse, the newest version of the leading open source cloud OpenStack, is now ready for users.

Categories: linux, news, open source

icctext 20140419

Freshmeat - Fri, 2014-04-18 20:04
icctext is a sim­ple com­mand line util­i­ty that lets you ed­it text tags in an ICC pro­file.

Release Notes: Modifications are now written to the source profile instead of creating a new profile and filling it with data from the source profile. This requires at least version 2.6 of Little CMS.

Tags: Graphics, ICC Profile, Metadata, Editor

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Bookies Predict the Future of Tech

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-04-18 19:52
First time accepted submitter machineghost (622031) writes "It's one thing to make predictions about the future of tech; that happens all the time on Slashdot. But it's quite a different thing to put money on the line to back up those predictions, which is exactly what this British bookie has done. Think you know whether Google Glass will beat the iPhone, or whether we'll be ready to go to Mars and back by 2020? Now's your chance to capitalize on those predictions!" Or you could, y'know, invest money in at least some of them, and thereby increase their chances of succeeding.

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R.I.P. LADEE: Probe smashes into lunar surface at 3,600mph

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 18:53
Swan dive signs off successful science mission

Pics NASA has confirmed that the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft, which has spent the last 100 days orbiting the Moon, has shuffled off its mortal coil in a spectacular swan dive into the lunar regolith between 9:30pm and 10:22pm PDT on Thursday.…

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Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-04-18 18:51
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths.
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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 18:32
Epic Rockstar patent war to be waged in California

Google has won a victory in its battle against patent troll Rockstar, with a US District Court judge having denied Rockstar's request to try the case in the troll-friendly Eastern District of Texas, rather than in California.…

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Minerva CEO Details His High-Tech Plan To Disrupt Universities

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-04-18 18:32
waderoush (1271548) writes "In April 2012, former Snapfish CEO Ben Nelson provoked both praise and skepticism by announcing that he'd raised $25 million from venture firm Benchmark to start the Minerva Project, a new kind of university where students will live together but all class seminars will take place over a Google Hangouts-style video conferencing system. Two years later, there are answers – or the beginnings of answers – to many of the questions observers have raised about the project, on everything from the way the seminars will be organized to how much tuition the San Francisco-based university will charge and how it's gaining accreditation. And in an interview published today, Nelson share more details about how Minerva plans to use technology to improve teaching quality. 'If a student wants football and Greek life and not doing any work for class, they have every single Ivy League university to choose from,' Nelson says. 'That is not what we provide. Similarly, there are faculty who want to do research and get in front of a lecture hall and regurgitate the same lecture they've been giving for 20 years. We have a different model,' based on extensive faculty review of video recordings of the seminars, to make sure students are picking up key concepts. Last month Minerva admitted 45 students to its founding class, and in September it expects to welcome 19 of them to its Nob Hill residence hall."

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 18:00
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972

Online radio service Pandora is being sued by a group of record labels seeking payout for songs released more than four decades ago.…

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True optical zoom coming to HTC smartphone cameras

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:58
Time to ditch that heavy DSLR? Maybe in a year, year and a half

An HTC spokesman says that smartphone camera technology is advancing at such a rate that it may soon catch up to "real" cameras in one critical feature that separates pro shooters from snap shooters: optical zoom.…

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Peoria Mayor Sends Police To Track Down Twitter Parodist

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:51
New submitter rotorbudd (1242864) writes with an article at Reason about Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, who ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him."Guess the good Mayor has never heard of the Streisand Effect. 'The original Twitter account had a total of 50 followers. The new account has over 200.'"

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Obama-Abe summit to aid trade talks, not seal deal: U.S. official

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:48
WASHINGTON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Next week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a good opportunity to give impetus to Pacific trade negotiations but will not seal a deal, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.






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New Russia sanctions threats as Ukraine stalemate goes on

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:42
SLAVIANSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not to end their occupation of public buildings and Washington threatened further sanctions on Moscow if the stalemate continued.






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California Utility May Replace IT Workers with H-1B Workers

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:09
dcblogs writes: "Southern California Edison is preparing to offshore IT jobs, the second major U.S. utility in the last year to do so. It will be cutting its staff, but it hasn't said by how much. The utility is using at least two offshore outsourcing firms, according to government records. SCE's management culture may be particularly primed for firing its IT workers. Following a workplace shooting in SCE's IT offices in 2011, the utility conducted an independent audit of its organizational and management culture. One observation in this report, which was completed a year later, was that 'employees perceive managers to be more concerned about how they 'look' from above, and less concerned about how they are viewed by their subordinates. This fosters an unhealthy culture and climate by sending a message to employees that it is more important to focus on how things look from the top than how they actually are down below.'"

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How to Play Torrent Video File Using VLC Media Player in Ubuntu and Derivatives

Linux Today - Fri, 2014-04-18 17:00

Ubuntu Portal: Torrent-video-player is a very simple app that uses vlc media player as player, which allows you to watch streaming videos directly from a torrent video file.

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Google lets wannabe Glass Explorers ADMIRE THEMSELVES in their own mirrors

The Register - Fri, 2014-04-18 16:24
At-home trial offers fashionistas an eyeful of broken Glass

Interested in Google Glass but worried that you'll look like a dork wearing it? The Chocolate Factory is testing out a new pilot program to help ease your mind.…

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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

Slashdot - Fri, 2014-04-18 16:22
Nerval's Lobster writes: "Forbes offers up a comforting little story about how Nest and FitBit are planning on turning user data in a multi-billion-dollar business. 'Smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs (which is being acquired by Google for $3.2 billion) has quietly built a side business managing the energy consumption of a slice of its customers on behalf of electric companies,' reads the article. 'In wearables, health tracker Fitbit is selling companies the tracking bracelets and analytics services to better manage their health care budgets, and its rival Jawbone may be preparing to do the same.' As many a wit has said over the years: If you're not paying, you're the product. But if Forbes is right, wearable-electronics companies may have discovered a sweeter deal: paying customers on one side, and companies paying for those customers' data on the other. Will most consumers actually care, though?"

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Holtz 1.4.0

Freshmeat - Fri, 2014-04-18 16:21
Holtz is an implementation of the abstract strategy games Zèrtz and Dvonn from the GIPF project. Zertz is about placing and capturing marbles on a shrinking board. Dvonn is about moving stacks of pieces. The higher the stack, the faster it moves, so the tension increases until the very end. Holtz allows playing locally, over a TCP/IP network, or against a rudimentary AI. It also offers some user hints for an easy start into the game.

Release Notes: New game supported: Bloks. Bloks is a strategic board game for two or four players. Every player has twenty-one differently shaped stones. Alternately, they place one of them on the board according to some simple rules until no space is left.

Tags: Games/Entertainment

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Jigging

Schneier on Security - Fri, 2014-04-18 16:16
Good news from Malaysia: The Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival (TISJF) will be continued and become an annual event as one of the state's main tourism products, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said. He said TISJF will become a signature event intended to enhance the branding of Terengganu as a leading tourism destination in the region. "Beside introducing squid...
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