Saturday, May 31, 2014

German Intelligence Agency Planning To Follow Big NSA Brother On Shoestring

An anonymous reader, tongue in cheek, writes"Facebook, Twitter, et al are tools for terrorists planning to do whatever terrorists do, Germany's BND has discovered. Inevitably, real-time monitoring of these sites is necessary and urgently required [original, in German], not least because that Snowden chap has shown we're running behind the U.S. and UK. And Spain. And Italy. In short, it's a national emergency — 300 million euros, presto please — and if we do this smartly, we could...



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Popular Shuttered Torrent Site Demonoid Returns

First time accepted submitter AudioEfex (637163) writes "Demonoid has emailed all registered users that it is back online — at its original site — in a new "cloud based" back-end. There have been various attempts in the past (including one accused of simply being malware), but so far this appears to be the original site admins and a legitimate resurrection. User registrations are also open at this time, but as a semi-private tracker, it's unknown how long that will continue."...



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Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory

An anonymous reader writes "After only one year in operation, Google's Moto X factory in Fort Worth, TX, is scheduled to close at the end of 2014. The decision to close apparently has nothing to do with Google's decision to sell Motorola Mobility to Lenovo and everything to do with poor sales numbers and high labor and shipping costs in the U.S. The factory had, at one point, employed 3,800 people. Their ranks now number at about 700. Moto E and Moto G, newer and cheaper iterations of Moto X,...



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Terran Computational Calendar Introduces Minimonths, Year Bases, and Datemods

First time accepted submitter TC+0 (3672227) writes "Inspired by comments regarding its first incarnation, the Terran Computational Calendar's recent redefinition now includes dynamic support for 'leap duration', 'year bases', and 'datemods'. Here's the new abstract from terrancalendar.com (wikia mirror) captured at 44.5.20,6.26.48 TC+7H: Synchronized with the northern winter solstice, the terran computational calendar began roughly* 10 days before the UNIX Epoch. Each year is composed of 13...



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How LEDs are Made

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Show HN: Mighty Spring – Passive job search

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Aphorisms, Rules, and Heuristics

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Combatting illegal abuses of ngrok

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Show HN: Richard Dawkins’ Biomorphs Implemented in JavaScript

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More than 250 million global events are now in the cloud for anyone to analyze

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Japanese Technology from the Future Friday!





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This Robot Runs Twice as Fast as You Do

Why base your futuristic running robots on cheetahs when you could base them on velociraptors? Thanks, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.



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The GOP’s Grifter Problem

The Republican Party has a lot of problems, and if there’s one that doesn’t get enough attention, it’s the party’s broad appeal to provocateurs, faux martyrs, and grifters. Just look at the speakers list for the Republican Leadership Conference, which began on Thursday. There’s Donald Trump, the man who made “birtherism” a national cause; Herman Cain, whose presidential run was a glorified book tour; Dinesh D’Souza, who just pleaded guilty to a felony campaign finance violation, and Phil...



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A Tale of Two Europes

WARSAW—By any measure, it was a landmark, landslide victory—for Europe. On May 25, Petro Poroshenko declared victory in the first round of the Ukrainian presidential elections. He had won the support by more than 55 percent of Ukrainians—and they knew exactly what they were getting. Poroshenko campaigned on integrating his country into European institutions. After his victory, he repeated that goal. Ukraine is on the brink of financial catastrophe and is fighting a de facto invasion: Well-armed...



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Your Sriracha Is Safe

The Sriracha factory’s dispute with the people of Irwindale, Calif., has been resolved, assuring a concerned public that its favorite pepper paste will not run dry.



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The Good Spy

Listen to Kai Bird discuss his new book, The Good Spy, and take questions from the audience. Recorded May 23, 2014.



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Avast Wasteland

Presumably, John Malkovich could headline a series on HBO. So when you see him in NBC’s Crossbones, which premieres Friday night, strutting around wearing tropical-weight drop-crotch pantaloons in an allegedly 19th-century cabana that looks like a Club Med—except for the flayed corpse where the coffee table should be—know that he must have really, really wanted to play a pirate. And not just any pirate, but the legendary Blackbeard, who in this retelling is vicious and mercurial—and also with a...



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My Voyage With Mimi

Mariah Carey makes me nervous. If you’re a fan, that might sound silly, but if your history with her is more touch-and-go, you might understand what I mean.



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Four Technology Fallacies That Need to Die

As any historian, psychologist, sociologist, or scientist will tell you, the truth of an idea has very little to do with how fast it spreads and how well it’s believed. Twitter, Upworthy, BuzzFeed, Tumblr, and others can spread simple, easy-to-remember notions among friends, acquaintances, and even news sites. Some of these ideas, like #YesAllWomen, are admirable and well-intentioned. Many of these ideas are terrible, however, and it drives me fairly crazy to see the same mistaken thoughts...



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Why Is Puerto Rico Burning Oil to Generate Electricity?

PREPA, the troubled Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, is having difficulty coming up with the money to pay for its latest petroleum delivery. As Caribbean Business reported, the utility last week decided to take cash from its capital works fund—up to $100 million—to buy oil. Usually, PREPA would use existing lines of credit to make such purchases. But the recent downgrades of Puerto Rico’s public debt have made that more challenging.



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Would you take a veteran striker? | Wenger signs, hooray!

Brave. The Jack Wilshere of goats. Hey, happy Friday you absolute darlings. On the menu today is something well seasoned, expensive and useful. Who’s that? Eto’o. He’s leaving Chelsea because they think he’s useless, but he’s not having it. I said he’s not facking having it. He wants to stay in London and prove he’s not an past it African superstar with a date of birth that is questionable. I’d love him at Arsenal. He’s a name. He’s a...



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4K Displays Ready For Prime Time

An anonymous reader writes "After the HD revolution, display manufacturers rolled out gimmick after gimmick to try to recapture that burst of purchasing (3-D, curved displays, 'Smart' features, form factor tweaks, etc). Now, we're finally seeing an improvement that might actually be useful: 4K displays are starting to drop into a reasonable price range. Tech Report reviews a 28" model from Asus that runs $650. They say, 'Unlike almost every other 4K display on the market, the PB287Q is capable...



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ISEE-3 Satellite Is Back Under Control

brindafella writes: "Over the last two days, the (Reboot Project for the International Sun/Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3) satellite has successfully commanded ISEE-3 from Earth, using signals transmitted from the Aricebo Observatory. Signals were also received by cooperating dishes: the 21-meter dish located at Kentucky's Morehead State University Space Science Center; the 20-meter dish antenna in Bochum Observatory, Germany, operated by AMSAT Germany; and SETI's Allen Telescope Array, California....



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UPS Denies Helping the NSA 'Interdict' Packages

An anonymous reader writes "When Glenn Greenwald's book came out recently, one of the most startling revelations was that the NSA has been intercepting shipments of networking gear to add spyware. Cisco was one of the vendors whose gear was altered, and now their shipping provider has spoken up about it: 'UPS, which Cisco has used since 1997 to ship hardware to customers around the world, said on Thursday that it did not voluntarily allow government officials to inspect its packages unless it...



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Scientists Find Method To Reliably Teleport Data

An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience say they've managed to reliably teleport quantum information stored in one bit of diamond to another sitting three meters away (abstract, pre-print) . Now, their goal is to extend the range over a distance of a kilometer. '[R]eliability of quantum teleportation has been elusive. For example, in 2009, University of Maryland physicists demonstrated the transfer of quantum information, but only one of every 100 million...



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Proposed SpaceX Spaceport Passes Its Final Federal Environmental Review

An anonymous reader writes "The proposed SpaceX spaceport in Brownsville, Texas, has passed its final federal environmental review. 'The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which had raised concerns about possible impact on habitat for some endangered species, ultimately concluded that "the project is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed or proposed to be listed species nor adversely modify piping plover critical habitat". But wildlife officials don't expect the project to...



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Friday, May 30, 2014

Oculus Rift is "Anti-Social," Grand Theft Auto Parent Company CEO Says

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is an exciting piece of technology and can be a great way to enjoy games in a more immersive way, but it's not going to be for everyone, according to Strauss Zelnick, CEO of Grand Theft Auto parent company Take-Two Interactive."I think for a core gamer, it could be a wonderful experience; someone who really likes to be immersed," Zelnick told Bloomberg. "But a lot of people who play video games, for example my kids, they play with their friends sitting...



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Blizzard Says Heroes of the Storm Is "Much Closer to a World of Warcraft Experience"

Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm may share traits with real-time strategy game Starcraft II, but director Dustin Browder has described the game's experience as more closely aligned with that of World of Warcraft.While most multiplayer online battle arena games follow a single similar layout for their maps, Browder, in an interview with GameSpot, explained that Blizzard was taking a different approach in Heroes of the Storm. He described each battleground as "its own unique experience, much closer...



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Xbox One Racer Forza 5 Gets New DLC

Microsoft today released the Bondurant Car Pack for Xbox One racing game Forza Motorsport 5. The expansion is available today in the Xbox Live Marketplace as a free download for owners of the $50 Forza 5 Car Pass, and can be purchased by itself by for $10.The Bondurant Car Pack includes 10 total cars, including classics like the 1975 Fiat X1/9 and 1970 Dodge Coronet Super Bee, as well as new offerings like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray speedster. All 10 cars are listed below.The new...



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Listen To This Epic 17-Minute, 38-Song Metal Tribute to Video Games

It's already been a good week for fans of metal music and video games, and it's getting even better as we head into the weekend. YouTube user FamilyJules7x has posted (via Kotaku) an epic 17-minute, 38-song tribute to video game music called "Replay: A Metal Tribute to the History of Video Games."He spent over three years working on the medley, and it does not disappoint. The medley features metal renditions of music from games throughout the ages, including Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros.,...



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PS4 gets 1080p MMO War Thunder on June 3

Gaijin Entertainment has announced that its World War II MMO War Thunder will be available in North America on the PlayStation 4 on June 3. The game is already available on PS4 in Europe, and globally for PC. The game is a free-to-play title across all platforms.War Thunder for PS4 runs in "majestic 1080p" and includes the recently released Ground Forces expansion. In addition, Gaijin Entertainment said cross-platform play between PS4 and PC will be introduced "in the very near future," though...



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Glenn Beck Criticizes Watch Dogs for Promoting Hacking -- "What the Heck is Wrong with Us?"

Popular American conservative TV and radio host Glenn Beck has spoken out to criticize Ubisoft's recently released open-world Watch Dogs, the fastest selling game in Ubisoft's history. During a recent episode of his show, The Blaze (via Polygon), Beck first called out the game's protagonist Aiden Pearce for being an anti-hero and not a traditional hero like Superman."Why must everyone be an anti-hero? Why must everyone break the law? Why can't we have a Superman? Why can't we have somebody who...



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Arma 3 Kart Racing DLC is a Real Thing That is Actually Happening

Formerly an April fools' joke, Arma 3 has now received a very real kart racing addition in the form of the $1.99 Arma 3 Karts DLC.According to developer Bohemia Interactive, this new content for the military shooter "features a 20hp 4-stroke engine go-kart, several kart liveries, playable race driver and marshal game characters, new kart-racing Time Trials and Steam Achievements, plus various race objects to build your own racetracks."Described as a "fun little side-step" by Bohemia, some of...



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What the “How many years since” mantra actually means

By Tony Attwood A recent Red Action email to subscribers commented particularly on the massively improved atmosphere at Arsenal home games, during this past season. The email was extremely modest in its tone, saying that of course the improved atmosphere was more to do with team success than what they did, but Red Action does, [...]



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Good old fashioned refereeing from Probert. Ref review of FA CUP FINAL

By Walter Broeckx After a hard days work and having to type every line again in the columns as it otherwise wouldn’t work the referee review is finally done. Referee of the FA cup Final was Lee Probert. We predicted what and how he would do it before the match. Did he lived up to [...]



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OpenGL Is Broken

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We Need Hardware Traps for Integer Overflow

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Dragon V2 Unveil – Webcast

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We Are Now In Command of the ISEE-3 Spacecraft

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How to Tell Someone’s Age When All You Know Is Her Name

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Mark Zuckerberg and his wife to donate $120 million to needy Bay Area schools

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One of the TrueCrypt Devs Responded

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No more ads

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The Makings of a Great Logo

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After Google bought Nest, it removed company’s biggest competitors from results

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TrueCrypt must not die

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RenderMan Price Restructuring

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Maleficent

“This curse will last until the end of time!” howls Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, placing a fatal hex on the baby who will one day become Sleeping Beauty—and we take her at her word. Such is Jolie’s power to command authority—with or without the horned helmet, digitally sharpened cheekbones, and outsized fluorescent-green eyes—that no audience member doubts for a second that curse is staying put. Disney’s Maleficent, a mildly feminist revision of the “Sleeping Beauty” story, understands this...



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Mississippi Ugly

JACKSON, Mississippi—On the drive in, it’s easy to miss the trailer that Tara Kelly shares with her husband, Clayton. Two cars, one of them busted, are parked in a short driveway. A patio is happily cluttered with the toys and bikes of the couple’s autistic daughter. The only indication that a political activist lives here is a sign for Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, shoved mostly out of sight, under some stairs.



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Trigger-Happy

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The Scumbag’s Scumbag

As a pornographer, Al Goldstein was straight out of Central Casting. Out of an R. Crumb cartoon. Out of your worst nightmare. He was fat. He was hairy. He was covered in cigar ash, eczema flakes, and flop sweat. He was the founder and publisher of Screw, a magazine that wasn’t just dirty, it was gross, intended not for the ascot-wearing playboy who invited sophisticated young foxes to discuss Henry Miller, Miles Davis, and mutual masturbation in a penthouse suite, but for the ass-crack-...



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Wingsuit Skydivers Soar Over Lower Manhattan

I felt good about my rooftop access in Brooklyn until I saw this footage from Red Bull's latest stunt. The video above—in typical "Red Bull gives you wings" fashion—shows the wingsuit-aided skydive of five Red Bull Air Force members over lower Manhattan, all from the point of view of one of the jumpers.



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Who Is Julia Collins? 

Hailing from outside Chicago, Collins has already far outpaced this year’s other most-talked-about contestant, Arthur Chu, by more than $200,000.



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Jens picking on Ramsey

Jens Lehmann is suggesting that it’s too early for Aaron to make a move to the continent. Why? Because he gets injured too often. “So when you want to be a top player you need to try your luck somewhere else and you want to find out if you can manage to be successful somewhere else as well. “But so far I think it’s a step too early because he himself has to make sure that he can be available for a whole season.” Bit of a crazy thing to suggest. Tends to not be the...



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Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

First time accepted submitter wheelbarrio (1784594) writes with this news from the Economist: "Inspired by the natural resistance offered to pathogens by genetically diverse host populations, Dr Michael Franz at UCI suggests that common software be similarly hardened against attack by generating a unique executable for each install. It sounds like a cute idea, although the article doesn't provide examples of what kinds of diversity are possible whilst maintaining the program logic, nor what...



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Curved TVs Nothing But a Gimmick

Lucas123 (935744) writes "Currently, the hottest trend from TV manufacturers is to offer curved panels, but analysts say it's nothing more than a ploy to pander to consumers who want the latest, coolest-looking tech in their home. In the end, the TVs don't offer better picture quality. In fact, they offer a degraded view to anyone sitting off center. Samsung and LG claim that the curve provides a cinema-like experience by offering a more balanced and uniform view so that the edges of the set...



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Not A Hoverboard, but Close (Video)

It's a one-wheeled, self-balancing electric skateboard called (appropriately) the Onewheel. You can't buy one right now. They've already shipped all of their first production runs and still have Kickstarter backers' orders to fulfill. After that, though, they might make one for you -- if you come up with a deposit of $500 against a total price of $1499. Plus shipping. This may seem like a lot of money to some people, but enough folks have found it reasonable that Onewheel has sold out not just...



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The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The environmental benefits of streaming a movie (or downloading it) rather than purchasing a DVD are staggering, according to a new U.S. government study by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. If all DVDs purchased in 2011 were streamed instead, the energy savings would have been enough to meet the electricity demands of roughly 200,000 households. It would have cut roughly 2 billion kilograms of carbon emissions. According to the study,...



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NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source Preference

NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "New York City Council Member Ben Kallos (KallosEsq), who also happens to be a Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) developer, just introduced legislation to mandate a government preference for FOSS and creating a Civic Commons website to facilitate collaborative purchasing of software. He argues that NYC could save millions of dollars with the Free and Open Source Software Preferences Act 2014, pointing out that the city currently has a $67 million...



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'Curiosity' Lead Engineer Suggests Printing Humans On Other Planets

Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "Adam Steltzner, the lead engineer on the NASA JPL's Curiosity rover mission, believes that to send humans to distant planets, we may need to do one of two things: look for ways to game space-time—traveling through wormholes and whatnot—or rethink the fundamental idea of 'ourselves.' 'Our best bet for space exploration could be printing humans, organically, on another planet,' said Steltzner." Read more of this story at Slashdot.



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Iranian Hacker Group Created Fake News Organization For Social Engineering

itwbennett (1594911) writes "A suspected Iranian hacker group seeded Facebook and LinkedIn with bogus profiles of attractive women and even created a fake online news organization to get digitally closer to more than 2,000 U.S. military members, defense contractors and lobbyists it wanted to spy on, according to a report by security consultancy iSight Partners. The group is suspected to be in Iran, based on their working patterns and the location of their command-and-control infrastructure,...



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SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

camperdave (969942) writes "SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to unveil the Dragon V2 at a media event from Hawthorne, California, tonight at 7 pm. Pacific. The 'Dragon V2' is an upgraded, man rated version of the unmanned spaceship that has made several successful cargo trips to the International Space Station. The new craft will carry a mix of cargo and up to a seven crewmembers to the ISS. According to Musk, this is 'Actual flight design hardware of crew Dragon, not a mockup.' Following the space...



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Every Arsenal transfer story all on one page

By Sir Hardly Anyone One player issues a “come and get me plea”, another says he has always admired Wenger, but still Wenger hesitates, and the players go elsewhere. Sound familiar?



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Five things for Pochettino to do before he is sacked in December 2015

By Tony Attwood Judging by what has happened across the years since 1996, we can make a fair prediction about what will happen to Mr Pochettino – the new Tottenham manager. Primarily we can say that he will be sacked in December next year. Such a sacking would make him an average Tottenham manager. Anything [...]



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OpenSSL to get a security audit and two full-time developers

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Defensive BASH programming (2012)

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The GHC Runtime system

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Postmortem for outage of us-east-1 - Blog - Joyent

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REVIEW: The Official Arsenal Supporters Book

The Official Arsenal Supporters Book by Chas Newkey – Burden The market for Arsenal-related books shows no sign of abating with a fair number of Miscellany-type products already on the shelves. Is there room for another, you might ask. If there is, this is surely it, handily sized for small birthday or Christmas presents without daunting the younger readers. That in large part is due to the experienced guiding hand of Chas Newkey-Burden, whose experience in producing this type of book is...



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Guest Post: Monkey Gone to Heaven

This morning’s post is from Jim Campbell, comedian and co-presenter on @FootballRamble podcast It’s now been four days since Arsenal won a trophy, which sounds a lot better than 9 years. As an Arsenal fan I’d forgotten how good it feels to win something; the adrenaline, the sense of achievement you had nothing to do with, the way that you’re thinking about something else only for it to all come back and fill you with joy again. It makes the world seem like a better...



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Thursday, May 29, 2014

CodeSOD: Finding Meaning

Ray was not just a recent addition to the development team. She was also a recent grad just getting started in her career. As a result, she was eager to glean as much knowledge as she could from any source she could find. She poured over all of the documentation provided to her by her team lead. She read the wiki (because that's the storehouse of communal knowledge for every team), reviewed the code and examined the diagrams of the data models used within the application. All was going...



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warranty canary???

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The anonymous developers responsible for building and maintaining the free whole-disk encryption suite TrueCrypt apparently threw in the towel this week, shuttering the TrueCrypt site and warning users that the product is no longer secure now that Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP.






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Dear Prudie Sneak Peek: Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Give a Damn

As a member of Slate Plus, you’re reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday at 6 a.m.



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Will Racism Die When Today’s Racists Die?

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Robots Will Pave the Way To Mars

szotz (2505808) writes "There's a lot of skepticism swirling around NASA's plan to send humans to Mars in the 2030's, not to mention all those private missions. If we want to have sustainable (read: not bank-breaking) space exploration, the argument goes, there's no way we can do it the way we've been going to the moon and low-Earth orbit. We have to find a way to exploit space resources and cut down on the amount of stuff we need to launch from Earth. That's not a new idea. But this article in...



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Amazon Confirms Hachette Spat Is To "Get a Better Deal"

tlhIngan (30335) writes "Last week we heard that Amazon was withdrawing Hachette books from its virtual shelves including allowing preorders of the new JK Rowling book. Amazon has responded to these allegations, and confirms that yes, they are purposefully preventing pre-orders and lowering stock in order to get a better deal from Hachette. Amazon recommends that in the meantime, customers either buy a used or new copy from their zShops or buy from a competitor. Amazon admits there is nothing...



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Hunt Intensifies For Aliens On Kepler's Planets

astroengine (1577233) writes "Could ET be chatting with colleagues or robots on sister planets in its solar system? Maybe so, say scientists who last year launched a new type of Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, or SETI, project to eavesdrop on aliens. Using data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope, a team of scientists spent 36 hours listening in when planets in targeted solar systems lined up, relative to Earth's perspective, in hopes of detecting alien interplanetary radio...



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Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

Z80xxc! (1111479) writes "Today at the first annual Code Conference, Microsoft demonstrated its new real-time translation in Skype publicly for the first time. Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft's VP of Skype and Lync, compares the technology to Star Trek's Universal Translator. During the demonstration, Pall converses in English with a coworker in Germany who is speaking German. 'Skype Translator results from decades of work by the industry, years of work by our researchers, and now is being developed...



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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

SimonTheSoundMan writes: "Apple has confirmed it will buy Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3 billion. Apple will make the purchase using $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock. An important part of the acquisition for Apple is absorbing the Beats subscription streaming service, even though it only has about 110k users. The Beats brand will remain intact, and will continue to sell headphones. " Read more of this story at Slashdot.



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Getting to work on diversity at Google

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African Americans make up only 12% of the population yet 65% of NFL players. Time for quotas?


African Americans also make up 80% of NBA players despite being only 12% of the population. Time for quotas?


White Europids are 72.4% of the population but 96.5% of veterinarians. Time for quotas?


Every major Hollywood studio was founded by Jewish people. Jewish people make up less than 6% of the US population yet they make up almost 100% of entertainment industry executives. Jews are massively over represented in films as directors, producers, writers, and actors. (see Joel Stein's article in the New York Times ) Time for quotas?


Guess, Ralph Lauren, Mark Echo, Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole, Marc Jacobs, Levi's, and an overwhelming majority of other top fashion brands were started by Jews....Time for quotas in the fashion industry too?


72.4% of Americans are White, yet 61% of Google employees are White. Technically Whites are under-represented.


Women earn 18% of computer science degrees, yet 30% of Google employees are Women. Technically women are over-represented.






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Hack 'n' Slash Early Access Review

GameSpot's early access reviews evaluate unfinished games that are nonetheless available for purchase by the public. While the games in question are not considered finished by their creators, you may still devote money, time, and bandwidth for the privilege of playing them before they are complete. The review below critiques a work in progress, and represents a snapshot of the game at the time of the review's publication.There is no graceful way to close Hack 'n' Slash. No exit option in the...



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Watch Dogs Game Guide: ctOS Tower Walkthrough

If you've played your share of Ubisoft open world games, you know the deal: revealing the secrets and collectibles of a given area, outpost, or district takes a bit of effort. It's a more layered form of infiltration in Watch Dogs. Hacking ctOS centers isn't enough; you also need to hack the various ctOS towers within each part of Chicago. The challenge is in gaining access to these fenced-in towers. These spatial puzzles are some of the best brain teasers in Watch Dogs, but if you do find...



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GS News - Battlefield: Hardline Video, Wolfenstein Piracy, and Bomb Scares!

Wolfenstein: The New Order has been pirated A LOT, an internal Battlefield: Hardline video leaks, and how did Watch Dogs cause a bomb scare?!



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WildStar - Features Trailer

Check out the new features in WildStar.



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Mortal Kombat Poster Possibly Reveals Upcoming Ed Boon Announcement

Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has been teasing an upcoming reveal for the past few weeks, but a recent leaked poster (shown above) all but confirms that a new Mortal Kombat is on the way soon.The image, posted to Reddit, doesn't reveal much about the game outside what the game might be outside of the iconic Mortal Kombat logo, the tagline "Who's next?", and a brutally fractured spine.Boon's cryptic tweets have included an innocuous picture of a car...with the logo MK X, and a countdown which is...



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Leaked Battlefield Trailer was Six Months Old, E3 Will Have the "Real Deal"

A series of unintentional leaks resulting in a seven-minute trailer for Battlefield Hardline coming out today has generated a lot of excitement on GameSpot, but the VP and GM of developer Visceral Games, Steve Papoutsis, took to Twitter today to add some context: that trailers show outdated gameplay. Papoutsis wrote, "Video that’s out there was for an internal meeting. It’s 6 months old now and team has been cranking since then. See the real deal at E3." He further added, "Excited to see so...



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BBC Micro: The 2MHz PC That Changed Video Gaming

In 1981, a revolution was taking place. The personal computer market, once famously dismissed by 70s computing powerhouse Ken Olsen with the immortal words "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home," was rapidly expanding. The Apple II, released in 1977, was dominating the home computer market in the US, turning a once small operation run out of a garage in Cupertino into a multibillion-dollar company. Alongside the likes of the Atari 2600, it was also shaping the nascent...



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Listen to some League of Legends-inspired metal

It's not just Wolfenstein: The New Order that features metal music. Riot Games has announced that the first single from the upcoming League of Legends-inspired metal album Smite and Ignite from the band Pentakill is now available.The song is "Lightbringer" and the production values are high--there's double bass, screaming guitar lines, and a surprisingly catchy chorus. The music video has already gathered well over 1 million views just a day after being posted.Pentakill is a passion project...



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E3 2014 Rumors

E3 2014 is now just two weeks away. We're expecting a bevy of announcements from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, as well as third-party publishers like Ubisoft and Electronic Arts, which alone plans to make six announcements at the show. It promises to be a busy week in Los Angeles, but there's already a considerable amount of buzz built up thanks to a slew of rumors about what we may see at the show.We have rounded up some of these rumors and provided details below. We will continue to update...



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The season’s impression: Wojciech Szczesny

By Walter Broeckx With the long hot (one can but hope) summer in front of us and with the long boring transfer rumour period upon us I thought this was the right moment to have a look back at the positions and players we have employed during the last season. My take on their performances. [...]



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Football 2013-14 – A Fantasy Analysis – Part 2 Midfield

Football 2013-14 – A Fantasy Analysis – Part 2 Midfield by Andrew Crawshaw This is the second part of this analysis – Part 1 Defence can be found here There are many different ways of analysing the performance of players and teams within football. My daily paper – The Telegraph … urgh argh eeeek [...]



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Gotcha: How a newspaper will change football news to suit the agenda

By Tony Attwood This is the story of Untold, and the way one of our stories was picked up by the Daily Telegraph, and then changed. On 26 May Untold ran its story Football, politics and religion: where’s the research? in which there appears the sub heading… 3. What is the explanation of one club [...]



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TrueCrypt future uncertain following site update, migration "release"

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Teaching Creative Computer Science | Simon Peyton Jones | TEDxExeter - YouTube

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Introducing Socket.io 1.0

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Stop Buying Load Balancers and Start Controlling Your Traffic Flow with Software

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Skeletal Tracking Beta

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Ghostery Also Helps the Ad Industry

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Bring Reading Rainbow Back

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Introducing Payment Pages with Nas, Marc Andreessen, and Code.org

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Square Begins Offering Data Driven Cash Advances to Small Businesses

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Show HN: DeveloperAgents – a newsletter to promote remote developers

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Show HN: Screen recording with real-time upload

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Sourcegraph: "A single example is worth 1000 lines of documentation"

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A Filthy History

To get a sense of how ridiculous carbon pollution has become, going back in time gives some perspective.



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Toshiba Excite Go 7″ Android Tablet Powered by Intel Atom Quad Core Processor Sells for $110

If you still think that only products based on ARM can be inexpensive, Toshiba Excite Go might change your mind. The latest Toshiba tablet is somewhat similar to HP 7 Plus with a quad core AllWinner...



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Ugoos UT3 and UM3 Android TV Boxes With Rockchip RK3288 Available Soon

We’ve already seen a few RK3288 boards for upcoming Android TV boxes such as Zero Devices Z6C,Sunchip TV Box and HDMI Sticks, and Ugoos UT3. Most companies did not show off their complete...



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Keeper strategies

Rushing my post this morning because I have meetings all, day, long. Picked up a horror article yesterday indicating Arsenal were interested in signing none other than Kim Kallstrom and John Ruddy. Talk about pushing the boat out, eh? I know we want bodies, but I feel the bodies should at least have some sort of purpose. I wrote something for The Metro yesterday out lining your back up keeper strategy. 1. Young and upcoming super start – Jack Butland 2. Experienced old head –...



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Prpl Non-Profit Organization to Work on Linux, Android, and OpenWRT for MIPS based Processors

In what looks like an answer, albeit fairly late, to Linaro, the non-profit organization working on open source software for ARM based SoCs, a consortium of companies composed of Imagination...



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Rockchip to Design Intel x86 “SoFIA” SoCs for Android Tablets

Intel has just announced it has entered into a strategic agreement with Rockchip to design Intel-branded SoC platform for entry-level Android tablets. The Chinese SoC vendor will design two quad core...



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The Rule of Three Proved By Physicists

An anonymous reader writes "In 1970, Russian physicist Vitaly Efimov developed mathematical proof (PDF) that any three-particle substance, referred to as a trimer, will scale up or down in size by a factor of 22.7 and that if the particles are not all of the same type, 'the scaling factor of 22.7 decreases according to the particles' relative masses.' In 2006, physicists in Austria proved that Efimov's trimers can be created in laser-cooled environments. And now, in 2014, physicists in Austria...



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Google Unveils Self-Driving Car With No Steering Wheel

cartechboy writes: "We've already discussed and maybe even come to terms with the fact that autonomous cars are coming. In fact, many automakers including Mercedes-Benz and Tesla have committed to self-driving cars by 2017. Apparently that's not ambitious enough. Google has just unveiled an in-house-designed, self-driving car prototype with no steering wheel or pedals. In fact, it doesn't have any traditional controls, not even a stereo. The as-yet-nameless car is a testbed for Google's vision...



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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

sciencehabit writes: "Cultures around the world have long assumed that women are hardwired to be mothers. But a new study (abstract) suggests that caring for children awakens a parenting network in the brain—even turning on some of the same circuits in men as it does in women. The research implies that the neural underpinnings of the so-called maternal instinct aren't unique to women, or activated solely by hormones, but can be developed by anyone who chooses to be a parent." Read more...



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Nintendo To Split Ad Revenue With Streaming Gamers

An anonymous reader writes "Over the past several years, as computers and networks have improved to handle heavier loads, it's become popular for people to stream video game footage over sites like YouTube and Twitch. Last year, Nintendo aggressively went after the players doing this for their games, hijacking the ad revenue generated through YouTube. It angered the gaming community, and was actively hostile to the people who were Nintendo's biggest fans. Now, Nintendo has partly walked back...



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Google Starts Blocking Extensions Not In the Chrome Web Store

An anonymous reader writes "Google has begun blocking local Chrome extensions to protect Windows users. This means that as of today, extensions can be installed in Chrome for Windows only if they're hosted on the Chrome Web Store. Furthermore, Google says extensions that were previously installed 'may be automatically disabled and cannot be re-enabled or re-installed until they're hosted in the Chrome Web Store.' The company didn't specify what exactly qualifies the "may" clause, though we...



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COUCH-POTATO MANAGERS

COUCH-POTATO MANAGERS by Don McMahon The onslaught of the media-inspired denigration of Wenger’s 11th FA Cup and his supposed 4th place ¨trophy¨ ambitions has prompted me to analyze the real differences between a professional football manager and the AAA couch-potato variety we often have the misfortune to see on UA. By the way a couch-potato, [...]



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Anfield, Anfield, Where For Art Thou, Anfield?

Twenty-five years. In that time, some of the water passed under the bridge, went over the banks, fields or whatever barriers were put into the path of the seething torrent as it traversed this green and pleasant land. Anfield. One minute, the last minute, ninety minutes in between. Twenty-five. Time has flown by, the night is clear in my mind. The defining match of an Arsenal generation. The five-minute final, mayhem and madness at the end of a match Arsenal had seemingly won. Another defining...



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Experiments at Airbnb

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PHP Next Generation

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HipChat is now free for unlimited users

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SBCL 1.2.0 Released with ARM support

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Massimo Vignelli, 1931-2014

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Pre-orders start today for Flame, the Firefox OS developer phone

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Brokers use ‘billions’ of data points to profile Americans

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Firebase (YC S11) is hiring a Developer Advocate for Web in SF

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Headroom.js – hide your header on scroll

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HN Hiring

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Aerial drone maps show Philippine typhoon devastation, aid in reconstruction





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£15m on a back up keeper?

Monday morning it’s raining it’s pouring. … but hey, who cares. In some deserts, they literally never get rain. Their football bloggers curse the sunshine. Cray, eh? So yesterday was the anniversary of Anfield 89. Apologies for not mentioning it. I get a bit bored of constantly referencing the past. Was it always like this? It seems like every other day we’re celebrating something that happened a lifetime ago? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m clearly one of...



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But How Will the Government Control the Weather Now?

HAARP, or the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, is an Alaska-based research facility used to study the upper reaches of the atmosphere. But don’t tell that to the Internet.



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Roll Over! Shake! Smell This Mole!

Dogs can reliably detect prostate cancer by sniffing a man’s urine, according to a widely publicized study released this month. I’ll take a dog over a digital rectal exam any day. Plus, dogs are our most faithful friends—who better to save you from cancer than your best pal in the whole world? Is this the beginning of a productive partnership between oncologists and dogs?



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Alcohol Taxes Should Be Tripled

America is rushing headlong toward legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. A growing majority—54 percent as of a Pew survey released just last month—favor legalization, and an even larger majority of millennials (69 percent) feels the same way. Colorado and Washington are the first states to move decisively in this direction, but they won’t be the last. I basically think this is an OK development. Like Mark Kleiman, a public policy professor at UCLA who is my guru on the regulation of...



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Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A group of researchers publishing in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that 90% of the Wikipedia articles they sampled contained errors regarding common medical conditions. Unsurprisingly, they recommend your General Practitioner as a more reliable source, while noting, '47% to 70% of physicians and medical students admitting to using [Wikipedia] as a reference.' At issue in the study is the small sample size the researchers used: 10...



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Samsung S5 Reports Stress Levels Through Heart Rate Variability Measure

oztechmuse (2323576) writes "Samsung has just released an updated version of its health software for the Samsung Galaxy S5 that measures stress levels. Using the heart rate sensor on the back of the phone, the S5 will calculate a measure of stress from low to high. Although this may seem far-fetched to some, the phone is actually using a measure of the heart rate to calculate something called 'heart rate variability' or HRV. HRV has been shown to be related to a range of clinical conditions...



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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

mikejuk (1801200) writes "A recent paper, 'Intriguing properties of neural networks,' by Christian Szegedy, Wojciech Zaremba, Ilya Sutskever, Joan Bruna, Dumitru Erhan, Ian Goodfellow and Rob Fergus, a team that includes authors from Google's deep learning research project, outlines two pieces of news about the way neural networks behave that run counter to what we believed — and one of them is frankly astonishing. Every deep neural network has 'blind spots' in the sense that there are...



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Australian iPhone and iPad Users Waylaid By Ransomware

DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Multiple iPhone/iPad/Mac users in Australia are reporting their devices being remotely locked and a ransom demand being made to get them unlocked again. However, unlike PC ransomware, the vector of attack here seems to be Apple's iCloud service with the attacker getting to a database of username/password credentials associated with the accounts. It is unclear if the database was one of Apple's or the hacker is simply using the fact that people reuse the same...



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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Evil Within release date delayed to October

Horror game The Evil Within has had its launch date pushed back to October, Bethesda has announced. The game will be released in North America on October 21, followed by October 23 for Australia and New Zealand, and October 24 in European territories.The game's launch has been reportedly delayed to grant the development team additional time to make further balance changes and refinements to the game. Developed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami and his team at Tango Gameworks, The Evil...



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The worlds of Halo and Minecraft come together tomorrow

Microsoft announced today that various Halo items--including weapons, characters, and worlds--are coming to Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition tomorrow as part of the Halo mash-up pack on Xbox Live. You can buy the pack tomorrow, May 28, for $3.99/€3.79/£2.69.Developed by 4J Studios, the Halo mash-up pack includes a Halo-themed texture set, themed menus and user interface, craftable items, and 31 music tracks from across the Halo universe. There's also 40 character skins for well-known figures like...



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PS4-exclusive The Order: 1886 delayed to 2015

Upcoming PlayStation 4 third-person shooter The Order: 1886 has been delayed to 2015, developer Ready at Dawn has announced. Previously, the game was expected to launch sometime this fall."As we keep on pushing on this game, we really want to deliver on the experience that we promised, and because of that, the game is slated for release in early 2015," Ready at Dawn CEO and creative director Ru Weerasuriya told GameSpot.The Order: 1886 is set in an alternate version of Victorian Era London...



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LEGO Batman 3 goes to space, coming to Xbox One and PS4 later this year

Warner Bros. has unveiled LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the next in its series of long-running and family friendly LEGO titles.Developed, as always, by UK studio TT Games, the third Lego Batman game was introduced to media with a demo that featured Batman, Robin, and The Flash taking to space in an attempt to thwart The Joker and Lex Luthor as they sought to capture the JLA Watchtower. The game combines the usual mix of platforming and puzzle solving, features a greater emphasis on Batman and...



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Introducing The Order: 1886's Bunker Busting Thermite Rifle

There is still so much we do not know about The Order: 1886, the upcoming third-person shooter from developer Ready at Dawn Studios. Sony has kept a tight lid on this game since it was first announced, and has only recently started doling out information on its settings and how it plays. We know it is set in an alternate-history version of London where airships rule the skies and immortal, machine gun-wielding knights roam the streets. All of this draws inspiration from Arthurian lore, which...



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PS4 action game Infamous: Second Son available for $36 today

Amazon's Deal of the Day today is for Sucker Punch Productions' PlayStation 4 action game Infamous: Second Son. All day today you can grab the well-received title for $36, which is 40 percent off its normal price. The deal is good for the physical disc version of the game only, not the digital version, which Amazon continues to sell for $60.Infamous: Second Son is not the only video game on sale today at Amazon. Until 9 a.m. EDT, you can get Lego Marvel Super Heroes for a markdown that varies...



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Watch Dogs companion app out now and you don't even need to own the game

Ubisoft today released a free Watch Dogs mobile companion app for iOS and Android devices, allowing you to play with your friends on console or PC using your smartphone or tablet. The free app, called ctOS Mobile, lets you play with your friends across two modes: Race and Free Ride. In these modes, the console/PC player is pitted against the mobile player.The console/PC player is trying to race from checkpoint to checkpoint (winning extra time for every checkpoint reached), while the mobile...



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Xbox One Japanese pricing announced, Kinect free model matches PS4

Microsoft has announced today that it will match the Japanese price of the PlayStation 4 when it launches the Xbox One in region later this year.The Xbox One, which launches in Japan on September 4, will be available either with Kinect for ¥49,980 (approximately $490/£290) or without Kinect for ¥39,980 (approximately $392/£232), the latter the same launch price as the PlayStation 4 in the region.Microsoft has said the Xbox One will launch in the region with first-party titles Forza Motorsport 5...



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An old friend coming back

By Walter Broeckx In one of his recent articles Tony talked about the different subjects we have been touching in the past and about how some of them are still being looked at. As they probably will need coverage as long as football exists. And a lot of people have asked me after the cup [...]



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Build your own drink mixing robot

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Project outline for the first human head transplantation with spinal linkage

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Notes for Signalling Unit Log for Flight MH370 [pdf]

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Python 3 can revive Python

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Twitter to Release All Tweets to Scientists

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Commerical GPS Turns 25: How Unwanted Military Tech Found Its True Calling

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An insane idea on reference counting [pdf]

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A New “Theory of Everything”: Reality Emerges from Cosmic Copyright Law

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Interactive Network Packet Builder

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The brave new world of DIY faecal transplant

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Arsenal have 5 in team of the year… no seriously

Why hello! It’s Monday morning and things are getting exciting in the transfer market. Arsene Wenger is talking about Benzema potentially leaving Madrid this summer, which means he could potentially be looking to sign him for Arsenal. Now. I’m going to take a massive punt here and say that Wenger might be using that as a smokescreen for another deal. Could be totally wrong because I only have a view on one name, but I’m not sure why Wenger would break the habit of a life...



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Book Review: Hacking Point of Sale

benrothke (2577567) writes "The only negative thing to say about Hacking Point of Sale: Payment Application Secrets, Threats, and Solutions is its title. A cursory look at it may lead the reader that this is a book for a script kiddie, when it is in fact a necessary read for anyone involved with payment systems. The book provides a wealth of information that is completely pragmatic and actionable. The problem is, as the book notes in many places, that one is constantly patching a system that is...



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Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

jfruh (300774) writes "In 20 cantons in Belgium's Flanders region, voting machines are x86 PCs from the DOS era, with two serial ports, a parallel port, a paltry 1 megabyte of RAM and a 3.5-inch disk drive used to load the voting software from a bootable DOS disk. A software bug in those machines is slowing the release of the results from yesterday's election, in which voters chose members of the regional, national, and European parliaments. The remaining voting machines, which are Linux-based...



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Analog - 3 RPGs to Explore After South Park: Stick of Truth

Done with throwing faeces and talking to Al Gore in South Park: Stick of Truth? Lisa Foiles has got three super cereal role-playing games for you to try.



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Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

DroidJason1 (3589319) writes "A registry workaround, which tricks Windows Update into thinking you are running Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, allows you to get free security updates until 2019. All you need is a simple 32bit or 64bit registry entry in order to make this work. POSReady 2009 is slated to receive security updates for another five years. Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th of 2014." Read more of this story at Slashdot.



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Google Releases VirusTotal Uploader For OS X

An anonymous reader writes "Google today announced the release of VirusTotal Uploader for OS X, allowing Mac users to upload suspicious files for scanning. You can download it now directly for OS X 10.8 and 10.9 from VirusTotal. For those who don't know, VirusTotal Uploader for Windows is a popular tool for submitting suspicious files to the online scanning service. The process is as simple as right-clicking any file and selecting the relevant option from the context menu." Read more of this...



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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

An anonymous reader writes "Sci-fi author Charles Stross has a post providing insight into Amazon's recent bullying tactics against a major book publishing group. He puts the fight into perspective for the two most important parts of the book market: author and reader. He says: 'Amazon's strategy (as I noted in 2012) is to squat on the distribution channel, artificially subsidize the price of ebooks ("dumping" or predatory pricing) to get consumers hooked, rely on DRM on the walled garden of...



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PlayStation Plus members get 20-hour Battlefield 4 PS3 trial tomorrow

In addition to the already-announced allotment of free games PlayStation Plus members have gotten this month, an extra freebie is coming tomorrow for PlayStation 3 owners in the form of a substantial free trial of Battlefield 4.Game trials are nothing new to Plus, but whereas they typically allow Plus subscribers to try out a game for only an hour, this one will entitle them to play Battlefield 4 for 20 hours. You'll only get access to content from the base game--which is, it should be noted, a...



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Hands-On With Sony's VR Headset

It wasn't long after the rise of the Oculus Rift that Sony hopped on the virtual reality bandwagon and announced a headset of their own. Now, Eurogamer has had a chance to operate and test Sony's hardware, which they say "has its own distinct vision for VR," as well as a distinct focus on console gaming. "On the 640x768 per eye first-gen Rift, the result was the perception of a disappointingly minuscule resolution, with a highly distracting "screen door" effect where you could see between the...



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Brink dev's Extraction changes its name back to Dirty Bomb

Jokingly stating that this is "almost definitely" the last time it does so, Nexon America has announced the name for Splash Damage's new free-to-play shooter has been changed again, this time going from Extraction to Dirty Bomb.If the name sounds familiar, that's because it's the one the game used when it was first revealed. In a post on its blog, developer Splash Damage explains, "This not only better reflects its personality, but also ensures that we have a single, consistent name across the...



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Human "Suspended Animation" Trials To Start This Month

An anonymous reader writes in with news about a UPMC Presbyterian Hospital trial starting this month which brings us one step closer to suspended animation. "The researchers behind it don't want to call it suspended animation, but it's the most conventional way to explain it. The world's first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of surgeons will remove the patient's blood,...



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Should we just give up on trying to finish fourth?

By Tony Attwood That subject line above seems to be the essence of an article I have just read on the internet. One that itself has the headline: Should Arsenal prioritise winning domestic trophies with top-four hunt to become increasingly difficult? The essence of the argument seems to be that Man U [...]



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Football, politics and religion: where’s the research?

Religion is a question of faith, of course. And politics is also a question of belief, in that it is rare to hear a politician saying “we tried this approach in these counties and that approach in some different counties and now we know which works best.” No, politicians like followers of a religion come [...]



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Monday, May 26, 2014

Nginx has replaced Apache as the most used web server among the top 10,000 sites

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Stross on Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?

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Why you should give PonyORM a chance

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PHỞ: Automated workflow for front-end

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Can the Nervous System be Hacked?

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The new official Haxe website

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HackerChat – A private chat for the HN community

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Linux for Lettuce

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He’s A Star Man

It’s a headline writers dream; a star player is being stalked, chased, seduced and cajoled into signing for Arsenal. It could be any club but I font care about any club, I care about Arsenal so Arsensl is the club in question. Just as well this an Arsenal site really. Star player. A star. A hero. Note it isn’t world-class. It could be I suppose and I’m a going to enter old fart mode for a moment, by asking a question. When did world-class become such a ubiquitous, loose and...



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Space Shuttle Discovery's Teardrop

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Blog about plants approximations in video games

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Let Kids Run Wild in the Woods

It was the kid with the rocks that finally did it for Matthew Browning.



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Nik B has left the building…

Another quick post from me today because I hit it hard to get over the hangover of yesterday which apparently is not a long term solution to a hangover. So, what have we? Really not much out there. Aneke, Chukwuemeka Ademola Amachi Ansah, Zak Andy Bendtner, Nicklas Boateng, Daniel Fagan, Zachari Freddy Casey Park Chu Young Siemann, Leander Those names all left on a free transfer. Some pretty crazy names on that list. The most notable departures are Nik B and Park Chu Young. Nik will go on to...



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Fallout: New Vegas dev hopes the next Fallout game has agonizing choices

Lead designer and project director on Fallout: New Vegas Josh Sawyer said he hopes the next game in the Fallout series will force players to make difficult choices."Fallout games are best when the choices are - and this applies to role-playing games in general, but Fallout is a more desperate world - more agonizing,” Sawyer told Eurogamer in an interview. “They feel more appropriate to the post-apocalyptic genre. So I hope that whatever twists and turns the story takes, it's more nuanced than a...



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Oculus Rift, Kinect, Wii Balance Board combined to simulate hoverboard

If you’ve ever watched Back to the Future Part II you’ve probably fantasized about one day owning and riding your own hoverboard.So far, science has failed us miserably in that department. Back to the Future Part II takes place in 2015 and we are nowhere near getting our hoverboards, though Tony Hawk and the actor that plays Doc Brown in Back to The Future, Christopher Lloyd, made a great fake advertisement for one just a couple of months ago.Realistically, you’ll probably never get to ride one...



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Mental Illness Reduces Lifespan As Much as Smoking

That smoking is bad for your health is a commonplace; cancer, lung disease, and other possible consequences can all shorten smokers' lifespans. A new meta study from researchers at Oxford concludes that mental illness is just as big a factor in shortening lives, and not only because depression is a contributing factor to suicide. From the story at NPR: "We know that smoking boosts the risk of cancer and heart disease, says Dr. Seena Fazel, a psychiatrist at Oxford University who led the study....



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Haiku Gains Support For Current Radeon HD Cards

As reported by Phoronix, the Haiku operating system "has added (untested) support for the newest AMD Radeon graphics cards to its open-source driver for the BeOS-compatible operating system." (Specifically, that support is for the "Mullins" and "Hawaii" graphics processors.) Impressive that this project keeps the BeOS flag raised and continues to modernize; Haiku has been around since 2001 — years longer than Be, Inc. itself lasted. Read more of this story at Slashdot.



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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from the BBC about one very cool building material: "Real carbon fibre, mind, is still just as wondrous as it was in the last century, even if a bit more commonplace in road cars. But it's still very expensive to make in large pieces and quantities, it requires copious energy to manufacture, can be very brittle if made poorly, is not recyclable and can impose a detrimental impact of the environment when being produced. In other words, it is ripe for...



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Lazy Dynamic Programming

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Defcon Quals writeup for Shitsco (use-after-free vuln)

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Arsenal make, about to make, should make amazing, audacious, outrageous, ludicrous offer for…

By Tony Attwood I’ve really tried to make it clear that it is impossible to predict who is going to sign who until the last day or two before the signing is done – and even then we can’t always get it right. But still the web sites and blogs go on [...]



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Fraudulent trading activity at Mt. Gox

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The Design Of SQLite4

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Fitness Crazed

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US man finds lost mother in an isolated Amazon tribe

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DEFCON Capture the Flag Qualification Challenge #1

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Scribd and Quora considered harmful

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I Broke My Phone’s Screen, and It Was Awesome

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Cisco CEO Predicts ‘Brutal’ IT Consolidation

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What Happened at UserLand

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Sunday, May 25, 2014

How to Upgrade Firmware for Rockchip RK3066/RK3188 Devices with the Command Line in Linux

Previously I wrote an article entitled “How to Flash Rockchip RK3066 / RK3188 Firmware in Linux” explaining how to use a graphical tool called RkFlashKit to upgrade firmware on Rockchip...



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NASA Money Crunch Means Trouble For Spitzer Space Telescope

Scientific American reports that an ongoing budget crunch at NASA may spell doom for the Spitzer Space Telescope, the agency having "taken stock of its fleet of orbiting astrophysics telescopes and decided which to save and which to shutter. Among the winners were the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory and the Kepler planet-hunting telescope, which will begin a modified mission designed to compensate for the recent failure of two of its four stabilizing reaction wheels." Also...



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US May Prevent Chinese Hackers From Attending Def Con, Black Hat

Taco Cowboy (5327) links to a report from Reuters that says "Washington is considering using visa restrictions to prevent Chinese nationals from attending popular summer hacking conferences in Las Vegas as part of a broader effort to curb Chinese cyber espionage, a senior administration official said Saturday. The official said that Washington could use such visa restrictions and other measures to keep Chinese from attending the August Def Con and Black Hat events to maintain pressure on China...



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Verified Networking using Dependent Types

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We won the cup, but for some nothing has changed

By Tony Attwood Sadly, nothing has changed. Here’s an extract from a news item running on an Arsenal blog on 24 May… “That old familiar feeling is starting to creep over me, deja vu style, and I can just picture myself around halfway through August, with the [...]



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Is Piketty All Wrong?

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Using Genetic Algorithms to Break Things

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Chancecoin: a decentralized casino built on top of Bitcoin

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IoT $1/Year Wireless Connection in Silicon Valley

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CSVjs: Basic CSV parsing and encoding in JavaScript

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The evolution of chess: Game lengths and outcomes

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Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy

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How to start and scale a full stack startup

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Tehran tracked, captured, studied, copied RQ-170

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The Perfect Crime

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The Week in Photos

From the frontlines of martial law in Thailand to the aftermath of historic flooding in the Balkans, photos from the week in world news, May 17–23, 2014.



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Ben Bernanke’s Big Payday

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EA testing Candy Crush Saga-inspired version of Peggle

Electronic Arts is currently testing a version of Peggle that has a lot in common with Candy Crush Saga and other free-to-play mobile games.Like King’s immensely profitable Candy Crush Saga, this new version of Peggle features a world map and common free-to-play monetization methods. If you lose all your lives, for example, you could either wait for a significant amount of time, or buy more via in-app purchases and continue playing immediately.This version of Peggle is currently free to...



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Star Citizen funding hits $44 million milestone

Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts’ Star Citizen has just reached yet another funding milestone. The game’s widely successful crowdfunding campaign has now raised a staggering $44 million, up from $43 million in late April.In a letter to the community, Roberts said that his team is hard at work on Arena Commander, a small, multiplayer-focused dogfighting mode that should launch on May 29. “Getting to dogfight in deep space is going to make Star Citizen real for a lot of people,” Roberts said...



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Hyperkin Retron 5 Review

A taste for the classics is on the rise, inspiring people to seek out old games and consoles, but not everyone wants to wade through flea markets or enter into a bidding war on eBay for a 20-year-old Super Nintendo. This is where a hardware company like Hyperkin comes into play. Its line of Retron consoles has given fans of classic games a new way to play NES, SNES, and Sega Genesis cartridges, and its latest console, the Retron 5, introduces support for Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and...



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Hyperkin Retron 5 Video Review

The Retron 5 console from Hyperkin lets you play old Nintendo and Sega games in new and exciting ways, but it needs additional work in order to reach its full potential.



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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Microsoft Office Mix: No-Teacher-Left-Behind Course Authoring

theodp (442580) writes "While they aim to democratize learning, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) movement has, for the most part, oddly left K-12 teachers out of the online content creation business. ZDNet's Simon Bisson reports on Office Mix, Microsoft's new PowerPoint plug-in and associated cloud service, which Bisson says makes it easy to create and distribute compelling educational content (screenshots). GeekWire's Frank Catalano also makes an interesting case for why Office Mix's...



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Severe Vulnerability At eBay's Website

New submitter Golem.de (3664475) writes with another security problem at eBay: "The German security expert Micheal E. discovered the persistent cross-site scripting vulnerability on eBay's website about two months ago and said he reported it to Ebay immediately. Ebay ceased to answer his emails, after writing that they considered it a mostly harmless error. Micheal E. sent Golem.de a PoC demonstrating that the error that has not yet been fixed. An attacker can manipulate an official auctioning...



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Google Rumored To Be Making 3D-Scanning Tablets

According to The Wall Street Journal, Google may be planning to commoditze 3-D scanning by building the tech of its Project Tango project (essentially, thus far, a phone-sized handheld with 3-D sensing capabilities) into tablets. The Register speculates: "Given that Google has already announced the Project Tango smartphone, it seems likely that it would extend the technology to tablets, and the seven-inch form factor would tie in nicely with the existing Nexus 7 design. ...Google is hoping that...



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New Middleware Promises Dramatically Higher Speeds, Lower Power Draw For SSDs

mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A breakthrough has been made in SSD technology that could mean drastic performance increases due to the overcoming of one of the major issues in the memory type. Currently, data cannot be directly overwritten onto the NAND chips used in the devices. Files must be written to a clean area of the drive whilst the old area is formatted. This eventually causes fragmented data and lowers the drive's life and performance over time. However, a Japanese team at Chuo...



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Has PSG decided to ignore FFP and bash on alone?

By Tony Attwood Chelsea are selling David Luiz to Paris St Germain for around £50 million. It is a deal set up to help Chelsea keep on the right side of FFP regulations, unless their manager goes on a spending spree to try to recover from this season [...]



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Try Out Fira Sans: a Free, Open Source Typeface Commissioned by Mozilla

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When should I not kill -9 a process?

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Surface Pro 3

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Dating Mining Reddit Posts Reveals How to Ask For a Favor--And Get it

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The new VirginAmerica.com

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Neutralizing the iOS camera click sound through active sound cancellation

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Understanding web pages better

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Introducing Nvest

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Developer Anxiety, we’re not alone

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Rust for C++ Programmers Part 7: Data Types

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The Book Every Movie Lover Should Own

This month sees the release of the sixth edition of David Thomson’s New Biographical Dictionary of Film, published for the first time in 1975. The book—now 1,154 pages long, with over 1,400 entries, more than 100 of them new to this edition—stands as a monument of film criticism, but a strange sort of monument, as if one had passed through the columns of a respectable-looking neoclassical temple to find the secret entrance to a tangle of graffiti-covered tunnels. The most idiosyncratic and...



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An Internet Campaign Accuses a Professor of Sexual Assault

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Prior to E3, Microsoft trademarks Xbox cult classic Phantom Dust's name

Image courtesy of GamasutraA decade after releasing Phantom Dust for the original Xbox, Microsoft has filed for a new trademark on the game's title in Europe, possibly signaling the company's intention to reboot the series as previously rumored.The trademark (as first reported by Gaming Everything) was filed for just yesterday by Microsoft and falls into the "game software" and "entertainment services, namely, providing an online computer game" categories.Microsoft still owns a trademark on the...



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Thank God it's Free Games Friday May 23, 2014

Welcome to this week's edition of Free Games Friday, our weekly look at games, demos, and betas that you can enjoy for the same price as a free bus pass. This week we're recommending an excellent arcade-style action game, an iOS racer based on one of last year's console releases, and the closed beta of an upcoming MOBA that we've secured a LOT of codes for. Check out the video below for more details and be sure to let us know what you think of this week's selection in the comments.Check out the...



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Cesc makes no sense…

Good mourning. What? It’s a sad day. Not even that goat can spark the serotonin. Bacary Sagna has left for pastures new. He’s heading to Manchester City to play out his days on £140k a week. That’s a real shame. I wish him the best, but only as a person. Footballing wise, I wish him a healthy yet average season. Fair? Yes. Watching all the tards on Twitter slag him and his exceptionally attractive wife off is beyond reprehension. If you celebrate that type of behaviour, you...



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Titanfall PC's CTF mode cut: Why it was dumped, and why it's now back

Respawn recently dropped two playlists from the PC version of Titanfall, removing players' ability to choose to exclusively play Capture the Flag or Pilot Hunter matches. This move was criticized by many, as it seemingly provided fewer options to the player without offering something positive in return. Respawn has now provided an explanation for the changes to the game's playlists as it returns the CTF playlist to the game on PC.In a lengthy post on the Titanfall blog, Respawn revealed that...



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Disney cancels Star Wars: Attack Squadrons before it even gets out of beta

Disney's Star Wars: Attack Squadrons, a free-to-play PC game that channeled classic Nintendo 64 title Rogue Squadron, is no more. The developer today canceled the game, just five months after announcing it in December 2013.A message posted on the game's website informs players of the shutdown. "We want to thank all of the fans who participated in the closed beta of Star Wars: Attack Squadrons," Disney said. "After much consideration, we have decided to cease development so that we can focus on...



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As Amplitude funding passes $800k, Harmonix explains why it went PlayStation exclusive

The Kickstarter for Harmonix's Amplitude just hit its funding goal yesterday, but the developer is still pushing for an online, head-to-head multiplayer stretch goal. Even if it doesn't hit that goal in the next few hours, this new Amplitude for PS3 and PS4 will still include online asynchronous play as well as local multiplayer options.After doing an exciting, day-long telethon livestream to promote the game the yesterday, Harmonix's director of communications and brand management answered a...



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The Point - Unreal Tournament is just The Best!

Facing Worlds, bio rifles and monster kills! With the news that UT is coming back in free-to-play form, Danny remembers just how fantastic the first Unreal Tournament really was.



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Xbox One controller support coming to PC "very soon"

Gamers hoping to play PC games with an Xbox One controller won't have to wait much longer to do so, as Microsoft says PC support for its newest system's controller will be available "very soon."In response to a NeoGAF post (via Polygon) lamenting the lack of official PC support for the controller, Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb, better known as Major Nelson, replied, "Soon. Very soon." Unfortunately, he didn't offer up anything more specific than that, so we remain in the dark as...



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Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

theodp writes "Back in 2007, Representative Maxine Waters asked Google's HR Chief, "How many [of Google's employees] are African-American?" After 7+ years of stonewalling, Google has pledged to finally divulge diversity data on its workforce for the first time. While the U.S. government requires all major employers to file diversity statistics with the EEOC, Google convinced the Dept. of Labor that the race and gender of its work force is a trade secret that should not have to be released to...



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New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

cartechboy writes: "Automakers are scrambling to increase vehicle fuel economy every year as regulations increase, so when an automaker finds a way to possibly increase fuel economy by 10 percent with one new part, that gets some attention. Today that automaker is Toyota, and the part is a new semiconductor. Toyota's power control units (PCU) in its hybrids use semiconductors to govern the flow of electricity between the battery and the electric motor. Unfortunately, they're also an...



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Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from the NY Times: "Amazon, under fire in much of the literary community for energetically discouraging customers from buying books from the publisher Hachette, has abruptly escalated the battle. The retailer began refusing orders late Thursday for coming Hachette books, including J.K. Rowling's new novel. The paperback edition of Brad Stone's The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon — a book Amazon disliked so much it denounced it...



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US Wireless Carriers Shifting To Voice Over LTE

jfruh writes "For years for cell phone companies, one specific kind of data — voice calls placed by dialing a traditional telephone number — was entirely different from all the other kinds of data a phone used. But in the U.S., that's finally starting to change, as all the major carriers are planning shifts to voice over LTE. The carriers promise sharper call quality and quicker connections." Read more of this story at Slashdot.



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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

carmendrahl writes: "Lethal injections are typically regarded as far more humane methods for execution compared to predecessors such as hanging and firing squads. But the truth about the procedure's humane-ness is unclear. Major medical associations have declared involvement of their member physicians in executions to be unethical, so that means that relatively inexperienced people administer the injections. Mounting supply challenges for the lethal drug cocktails involved are forcing execution...



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Microsoft Fends Off Data Request, FBI Gets Data Another Way

An anonymous reader writes "In a time when the government avows that it cannot carry out justice without issuing secret warrants and National Security Letters to anyone other than the suspect, it is truly noteworthy when news breaks that the FBI, facing push-back from the likes of a company such as Microsoft, finds that it can indeed gather the information it needs for its investigation through a regular search warrant applied directly to its suspect. Such was the case on Thursday. Court...



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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

An anonymous reader writes "'Save your work!' — This was a rallying cry for an entire generation of workers and students. The frequency and unpredictability of software crashes, power outages, and hardware failures made it imperative to constantly hit that save button. But in 2014? Not so much. My documents are automatically saved (with versioning) every time I make a change. My IDE commits code changes automatically. Many webforms will save drafts of whatever data I'm entering. Heck,...



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What happens when a Premier League club sacks its manager?

By Tony Attwood Here’s an interesting question: what happens when a Premier League club replaces its manager? It is an interesting question because it is one that the AAA by-passes whenever it does its anti-Wengerian rhetoric. It just says, “Wenger out!” and cites all the things that it says are wrong. In essence the [...]



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The 3 cup final heroes: Wenger knew

By Walter Broeckx Cup final heroes. When looking back at the cup final we have the heroes of course. And heroes are mostly the ones that scored the goals. Things are no different then this time around. Let us sing the praise of our goal scorers. Santi Cazorla. OOOOOOHHHHHHH Santi Cazorlaaaaa He reminds me a [...]



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How to predict exactly who Arsenal are about to sign. (Honest it works).

By Tony Attwood Out of all these stories one of them will be true. The trick is to find which one! We are going to sign Cesc. We’ve got first option, Barce don’t want him, the fans who share his DNA (messy thing DNA, horrible twirling stuff that just sits there and controls what you [...]



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Why TLS is called "TLS", not "SSL 3.1"

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An earth-cooled beer dispenser

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Privacy Badger

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Panda 4.0: Why eBay lost many of its organic rankings

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The Hobbit House

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Ask HN: What do you do when your entire being opposes the task at hand?

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Keybase.io Server Security

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Researchers Plug Google’s Project Tango Into A Drone

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Why 76 lawmakers just voted against their own bill to reform the NSA

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Don't mess with Newegg

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Play the Slate News Quiz

Welcome back to Slate’s weekly news quiz. I’m your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings.



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