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+ - SSD Write Endurance Considered... Sufficient->

Submitted by jyujin
jyujin (2701721) writes "Ever wonder how long your SSD will last? It's funny how bad people are at estimating just how long "100,000 writes" are going to take when spread over a device that spans several thousand of those blocks over several gigabytes of memory. It obviously gets far worse with newer flash memory that is able to withstand a whopping million writes per cell. So yeah, let's crunch some numbers and fix that misconception. Spoiler: even at the maximum SATA 3.0 link speeds, you'd still find yourself waiting several months or even years for that SSD to start dying on you."
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Linux

+ - Samsung's F2FS Linux File-System Competitive With EXT4, Btrfs->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Added to the Linux 3.8 kernel is the F2FS file-system, a new Linux file-system developed by Samsung that's designed around modern NAND flash storage devices. Benchmarks of F2FS show the file-system is competitive with EXT4 and Btrfs and XFS in many workloads, in some cases even faster, from an Intel solid-state drive. But some results show the file-system not always fsync'ing to the disk, which may be fine with mobile devices generally being battery powered. It's not clear what products Samsung may begin shipping with the Flash Friendly File-System."
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Politics

+ - Is "Left" vs. "Right" hard-coded into your brains?-> 2

Submitted by kyjellyfish
kyjellyfish (1703658) writes "Research published in the journal PLOS ONE (http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/02/study-predicts-political-beliefs-with-83-percent-accuracy/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20130217-Weekender), suggests that your parents "Left" or "Right" party affiliations are not the only factor at work shaping a person’s political identity. Differences in opinion between "Lefty's" and "Righty's" may reflect specific physiological processes, and claim that politics isn’t the only influence causing structural changes in the brain. In research performed over 10 years ago, brain scans showed that London cab drivers’ gray matter grew larger to help them store a mental map of the city."
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+ - Ask Slashdot: How much average bandwidth consumed by ad banners?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I've been attempting to do research on how much bandwidth ad banners use up, on average, on websites around the internet. I have found 1 evidence so far (see below). However, I require more.

"The paper (lead author Abhinav Pathak at Purdue, http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/mzh/eurosys-2012.pdf), to be presented at the EuroSys 2012 conference in April, finds that most of the energy used by free apps is spent handling third-party advertising modules. In addition, code bugs can also be energy-wasters, doing things like leaving idle comms channels open (source = http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/19/ads_suck_batteries/ )"

Can anyone shed anymore light on the subject of how much data, cpu cycles, and room for the introduction of malware that ad banners introduce to users dismay online? Thank you."

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Security

+ - 'Stuxnet-like' Malware Hits Manufacturing Industries in Iran->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Iranian officials on Tuesday said that a “Stuxnet-like” cyber attack against hit some industrial units in a southern province.
"A virus had penetrated some manufacturing industries in Hormuzgan province, but its progress was halted," Ali Akbar Akhavan said, quoted by the ISNA news agency.

Akhavan said the malware was "Stuxnet-like" but did not elaborate and that the attack had occurred over the "past few months." One of the targets of the latest attack was the Bandar Abbas Tavanir Co, which oversees electricity production and distribution in Hormuzgan and adjacent provinces. He also accused "enemies" of constantly seeking to disrupt operations at Iran's industrial units through cyber attacks, without specifying how much damage had been caused.

Iran has blamed the US and Israel for cyber attacks in the past. In April, it said a voracious malware attack had hit computers running key parts of its oil sector and succeeded in wiping data off official servers."

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+ - Scientists Construct First Map of How the Brain Organizes Everything We See

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Our eyes may be our window to the world, but how do we make sense of the thousands of images that flood our retinas each day? Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the brain is wired to put in order all the categories of objects and actions that we see. They have created the first interactive map of how the brain organizes these groupings."
Facebook

+ - Users sue Facebook for change in Instagram Terms of Service.->

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Alex Belits
Alex Belits writes "Users of Instagram image sharing service owned by Facebook filed a class action against Facebook for the change in Terms of Service. The change that takes effect on January 16 2013, will give Facebook to unlimited rights to use and license all photos that users uploaded to the service."
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+ - BLAKE2: An Alternative to SHA-3, SHA-2 and MD5 Announced->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "BLAKE2 has been recently announced as a new alternative for the existing cryptographic hash algorithms — MD5 and SHA-2/3. With applicability in cloud storage, software distribution, host-based intrusion detection, digital forensics and revision control tools, BLAKE2 performs a lot faster than MD5 algorithm on Intel 32 and 64-bit systems. Developers of BLAKE2 insist that even though the algorithm is faster, there are no loose ends when it comes to security. BLAKE2 is an optimized version of the then SHA-3 finalist BLAKE."
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China

+ - Acer Rethinks the "Tablet Bubble", Launching $99 Tablet->

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retroworks
retroworks writes "In August 2011, Acer Chairman JT Wang declared that the consumer affection for tablets had already begun to cool, basically labelling it a fad (Slashdot). What a difference a year (and a half) makes. Acer now plans to introduce a "category killer" $99 tablet. "In the past few months, we've made project roadmap changes in response to big changes in the tablet market," according to a source at the Wall Street Journal [Eva Dou blog] . "The launch of the Nexus 10 has changed the outlook for what makes competitive pricing." Acer is aiming the new tablet at emerging markets, competing with Chinese "white box" tablets (already available in Shenzhen at $45 each) ."
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Mars

+ - NASA plans to `lasso' asteroid and turn it into space station->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Times of India reports: NASA scientists are planning to capture a 500 ton asteroid, relocate it and turn it into a space station for astronauts to refuel at on their way to Mars.
  The 1.6bn-pound plan will be considered by the White House's Office of Science and technology in the coming weeks, as it prepares to set its space exploration agenda for the next decade, the Daily Mail reported. According to a report prepared by NASA and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists, a, 'asteroid capture capsule' would be attached to an old Atlas V rocket and directed towards the asteroid between the earth and the moon. Once close, the asteroid capsule would release a 50ft diameter bag that wrap around the spinning rock using drawstrings. The craft would then turn on its thrusters, using an estimated 300kg of propellant, to stop the asteroid in its tracks and tow it into a gravitationally neutral spot. From here space explorers would have a stationary base from which to launch trips deeper into space. Though NASA declined to comment on the project, it is believed that technology would make it possible within 10-12 years.
  The technology would also open up the possibility of mining other asteroids for their metals and minerals. Some are full of iron which could be used for in the making of new space stations, others are made up of water which could be broken down into hydrogen and oxygen to make fuel.
  It is hoped that the project will increase our understanding of asteroids, and even shed new light on the origin of life on Earth.

You can download the pdf from Caltech's site here:
http://www.caltech.edu/search/sites/asteroids%20nasa#gsc.tab=0&gsc.q=asteroids%20nasa&gsc.page=1"

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Comment: financial sad for vendors (NL) (Score 2, Informative) 327

by Emmeau (#33262402) Attached to: BFG Tech Sending Out RMA Denial Letters, 'Winding Down Business'
This won't change much in the Netherlands. The customers get their warrany from the store they bought the product from. So if I bought a week ago one of their cards, and it breaks in 6 months (when BFG prolly has vanished) I go back to the store, and the store has to provide the warranty. The fact the company they send it to doesn't exist anymore is not the problem of the end-consumer. It's business risk. Shop thus has the option to try and repair the card themselves, or they will have to replace it with a similar product. Of course, stores won't be eager to do this/tell you. Bottomline, in Netherlands, consumer won't get effected too much by this.

Comment: monitor (Score 5, Interesting) 366

by Emmeau (#33174136) Attached to: Creative Uses For Extra Drive Bays?
build a monitor in the drivebays http://tweakers.net/ext/f/yH7HML9VL2L3Rk5OK5grdosF/full.jpg full story (dutch) http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_messages/1359397/0//scherm%2Cdrivebay All credit goes to Terw_Dan here, not my mod. Very impressive, and most useful solution of the drivebay space i've seen so far.

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