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+ - 103 [[!Logo_Premiere!]] Watch RuPaul's Drag Race Season 7 Episode 1 Online Stream ->

Submitted by tamban
tamban (4025575) writes "The queens must face their worst fear, a naked runway; guest judge Kathy Griffin, new permanent judges Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews.
Offering a new twist on reality shows, Drag Race aims to launch the careers of new drag queens. Hosted by RuPaul, nine drag queens compete in challenges such as photo shoots and runway shows to see who has what it takes to make it big.
The remaining queens battle it out to be crowned winner of the season.
The best and worst bits of the past seen, plus previously unseen footage.
The final challenge of the season, see's the remaining contestants take part in RuPaul's new music video for the song 'Sissy That Walk'.
The contestants compete in a pageant of jewelry inspired couture.
Brides are given drag style makeovers as Ru officiates the weddings."

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+ - 102 How a Blu-ray Disc Could Install Malware on Your Computer->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Stephen Tomkinson of NCC Group, a U.K.-based security consultancy, engineered a Blu-ray disc that detects the type of player the disc is running on and then picks one of two exploits to land malware on a computer. One of the problems is in PowerDVD, an application made by Taiwanese company CyberLink for playing DVDs on Windows computers. The second vulnerability lies in some Blu-ray disc player hardware. Tomkinson presented the research at the Securi-Tay conference at Abertay University in Scotland on Friday."
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+ - 322 New Seagate Shingled hard drive teardown

Submitted by Peter Desnoyers
Peter Desnoyers (11115) writes "Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) drives are starting to hit the market, promising larger drives without heroic (and expensive) measures such as helium fill, but at a cost — data can no longer be over-written in place, requiring SSD-like algorithms to handle random writes.

At the USENIX File and Storage Technologies conference in February, researchers from Northeastern University (disclaimer — I'm one of them)
dissected shingled drive performance both figuratively and literally, using both micro-benchmarks and a window cut in the drive to uncover the secrets of Seagate's first line of publicly-available
SMR drives.

TLDR: It's a pretty good desktop drive — with write cache enabled (the default for non-server setups) and an intermittent workload it performs quite well, handling bursts of random writes (up to a few tens of GB total) far faster than a conventional drive — but only if it has long powered-on idle periods for garbage collection. Reads and large writes run at about the same speed as on a conventional drive, and at $280 it costs less than a pair of decent 4TB drives. For heavily-loaded server applications, though, you might want to wait for the next generation.

Videos (in 16x slow motion) showing the drive in action — sequential read after deliberately fragmenting the drive, and a few thousand random writes."

+ - 132 These guys can charge your Tesla in less than 5 minutes ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists in Singapore have developed a battery that can recharge 70% of its capacity in two minutes, while researchers at UCLA are working on graphene batteries that could charge an iPhone in 5 seconds. There are even batteries in development that can be charged by contact with your skin or dew in the air.
But this This three-year-old startup has developed a battery that will soon become available that lets you charge your phone in 60 seconds, or your Tesla in less than 5 minutes.

Myersdorf said his team has studied their competitors carefully. The two leading alternatives, he says, are “not ready for prime time.”"

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+ - 102 NASA's Spitzer team releases highest-resolution view of the full galactic plane

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "From our vantage point within the Milky Way, most of our 200-400 billion stars are obscured by the dust lanes present within. But thanks to its views in infrared light, the Spitzer Space Telescope can glimpse not only all of the stars and the dust simultaneously, it can do it at an alarming resolution. Recently, NASA has put together a 360 panorama of more than 2,000,000 Spitzer images taken from 2003-2014, and one astrophysicist has gone and stitched them together into a single, 180,000-pixel-long viewable experience that shows less than 3% of the sky, but nearly 50% of its stars."

+ - 248 Facebook, Twitter & telecom operators together violate Net Neutrality in Ind

Submitted by webanish
webanish (1045264) writes "The Net Neutrality movement in the US has seen major internet companies support it, including Facebook and Twitter (among others).

However, in India these companies have tied up with telecom operators to give preferential (free!) access to these services. Twitter is free on Reliance telecom during the ongoing cricket world cup, while Facebook is being offered free through it's initiative (masquerading as benevolent NGO-work).

What are the ethics of calling an anti-net neutrality stand "(a) grave threat to the Internet" in the US, while blatantly violating the same principles elsewhere. Recently, another telecom operator, Airtel, started charging more for VOIP services, but rolled back in the face of public outcry.

The Net Neutrality debate is heating up in India, and I'm sadly not very hopeful."
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+ - 215 Journal: The demographic 'threat'

Journal by fustakrakich

Media polls indicate Americans are becoming less religious. Unfortunately these numbers aren't reflected in the vote. So I really can't believe them until I see a significant change in congress. It would be interesting to see a new 'enlightenment' wash over the planet in my lifetime. Here's to hope!

+ - 102 Secret Memo Slams Canadian Police on Inaccurate ISP Request Records->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Last fall, Daniel Therrien, the government’s newly appointed Privacy Commissioner of Canada, released the annual report on the Privacy Act, the legislation that governs how government collects, uses, and discloses personal information. The lead story from the report was the result of an audit of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police practices regarding warrantless requests for telecom subscriber information. Michael Geist now reports that a secret internal memo reveals that the situation was far worse with auditors finding that the records from Canada's lead law enforcement agency were unusable since they were "inaccurate and incomplete.""
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+ - 103 Intel Announces Atom x3, x5 and x7, First SOCs With Integrated 3G And LTE Modems->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Intel is unleashing a new family of Atom processors today, taking a cue from its highly successful Core series with model branding. Similar to the Good, Better, Best strategy with the Core i3, i5 and i7, Intel is renaming its Atom family with x3, x5, and x7 designations. The biggest news comes from the low-end Atom x3, which will be available in three distinct variants; all of which will come with integrated modems — a first for the Atom family. All three variants are 64-bit capable cores. The Atom x3-C3130 tops out at 1GHz, incorporates a Mali 400 MP2 GPU, and includes an integrated 3G (HSPA+) modem. The Atom x3-C3230RK bumps the max clock speed to 1.2GHz, throws in a Mali 450 MP4 GPU, and the same 3G modem. Finally, the Atom x3-C3440 clocks in at 1.4GHz, features a Mali T720 MP2 graphics core, incorporates a Category 6 LTE modem, and can optionally support NFC. Using handpicked benchmarks, Intel claims that the Atom x3-C3230RK can offer up to 1.8x the media editing performance of competing SoCs from Qualcomm and MediaTek. Then there's Intel's Cherry Trail-based Atom x5 and x7. These are the first 64-bit Atom SoCs to be built using a 14nm manufacturing and they incorporate eighth generation Intel graphics. While the Atom x5 and x7 don't feature integrated modems like the Atom x3, they do support Intel's next generation XMM 726x and 7360 LTE modems. Intel claims that the Atom x7 offers two times the graphics performance of the existing high-end Atom Z3795 in the GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex HD benchmark and 50 percent greater performance on the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited benchmark."
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+ - 112 Google Will Give Details Of Its U.S. Mobile Network 'In The Coming Months'->

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill (3863175) writes "Google’s experimental mobile network in the U.S. aimed at merging cell and WiFi networks in a “seamless” way will be revealed "in the coming months, SVP of products Sundar Pichai said. “The core of Android and everything we do is to take an ecosystem approach and [a network would have] the same attributes. We have always tried to push the boundary with the innovations in hardware and software,” he said. “We want to experiment along those lines. We don’t intend to be a network operator at scale. We are actually working with carrier partners. Will announce something in the coming months.”"
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+ - 102 Modular Biobattery Plant Turns a Wide Range of Biomass Into Energy->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Energy and Safety Technology have developed a "biobattery" in the form of a highly efficient biogas plant that can turn raw materials like straw, scrap wood and sludge into a variety of useful energy sources including electricity, purified gas and engine oil. The new plant design, currently being put to the test in a prototype plant in Germany, is said to be highly modular and economically viable even at the small scale."
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+ - 237 Can anyone suggest a credential escrow service? 3

Submitted by talexb
talexb (223672) writes "I have a web site client who would like to have login credentials to take over their web site in the event that I get hit by a truck (heaven forbid). I'm happy to give them this information, but I worry about unauthorized use — the well-meaning client gives them to a friend 'just to look around' and the friend does something that breaks a production web site (yes, I have backups). I'd love to have that information stored somewhere on the web, in a way that's protected and secure, yet easily available by the right person with the right passphrase."

+ - 289 Jolla partners with SSH to create Sailfish Secure->

Submitted by muckracer
muckracer (1204794) writes "Finnish mobile company Jolla will be working with Finland’s SSH Communications to offer another version of its SailfishOS platform with stronger security credentials. The partnership was announced today at Jolla’s press conference in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress trade show. SSH will be providing comms encryption and key management to Sailfish Secure."
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+ - 93 Dropping the TSA: A Growing Trend->

Submitted by tiberus
tiberus (258517) writes "Amid a growing number of customer service complaints and delays, over a dozen airports have dropped TSA screeners in favor of cheaper and friendlier private screeners.

Tired of long lines at TSA airport checkpoints? Today, the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) began a transition to private security screeners rather than Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners in a change that promises more efficient security measures.


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+ - 129 Google+ divided into Photos and Streams, with new boss

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It seems Google+ will see some significant changes under new boss Bradley Horowitz. Coogle+ will be seperated into different products: Photos and Hangouts will be split out, and the social part is now called "the stream". From the article: "Google+ has taken a lot of criticism — notably the infamous 'ghost town' knock that it's devoid of users and concerns about Google's attempts to force its relevance by tying it in with functions like search results and YouTube comments. But Google executives have denied the 'ghost town criticism over and over. In part that's because the company used Google+ to describe more than just its Facebook-esque service for posting and commenting — the part now called Streams. For Google, Google+ also has been the "social spine" that unifies Google users' activities under a single unified identity.""

+ - 126 Valve and HTC Reveal 'Vive' SteamVR Headset, Dev Kit Spring, Launch Holiday 2015->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today Valve and HTC revealed the 'Vive' SteamVR headset which is designed to compete with Oculus and others, which aim for a high-end VR experience on PC. The Vive headset uses dual 1200x1080 displays at 90Hz and a "laser position sensor” to provide positional tracking (head movement through 3D space), and also includes a pair of motion input controllers. The companies say that the Vive headset will be available to developers in Spring and receive a proper consumer launch holiday 2015, though no price has been announced."
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+ - 104 Paris Hilton video game takes on Katy Perry, Kim Kardashian->

Submitted by AcidAUS
AcidAUS (997653) writes "Hong Kong-based mobile game maker Animoca Brands is hoping to replicate some of the extraordinary success of Nasdaq–listed Glu Mobile's Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, signing a deal with Paris Hilton to produce apps featuring the celebrity heiress. The Kim Kardashian game, which has players attempting to become famous in Hollywood, was a breakout hit, pulling in $US43 million ($55 million) in its first three months after its launch last June. It has now been downloaded more than 28 million times."
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+ - 131 Forget that cloak Harry Potter, AVG announces invisibility glasses->

Submitted by BrianFagioli
BrianFagioli (4015041) writes "So what does this product from AVG Innovation Labs actually do? The security firm claims it can protect your identity in this new era of cameras everywhere. It's not as tin-foil hat as it sounds — we've seen malware that can activate cameras on phones and computers, security cameras in public abound and we'd be hard-pressed to leap to any conclusion that says the NSA and others aren't also doing this."
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+ - 119 World's first lagoon power plants unveiled in UK

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Plans to generate electricity from the world's first series of tidal lagoons have been unveiled in the UK. The six lagoons — four in Wales and one each in Somerset and Cumbria — will capture incoming and outgoing tides behind giant sea walls, and use the weight of the water to power turbines. The series of six lagoons could generate 8% of the UK's electricity for an investment of £12bn.

Tidal Lagoon Power wants £168 per MWh hour for electricity in Swansea, reducing to £90-£95 per MWh for power from a second, more efficient lagoon in Cardiff. The £90 figure compares favourably with the £92.50 price for power from the planned Hinkley nuclear station, especially as the lagoon is designed to last 120 years — at a much lower risk than nuclear.

Unlike power from the sun and wind, tidal power is predictable. Turbines capture energy from two incoming and two outgoing tides a day, and are expected to be active for an average of 14 hours a day. Friends of the Earth Cymru, said the group is broadly in favour of the Swansea lagoon."