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+ - 13-year-old Finds Fungus Deadly to AIDS Patients Literally Grows on Trees->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers have pinpointed the environmental source of fungal infections that have been sickening HIV/AIDS patients in Southern California for decades. It literally grows on trees. The discovery is based on the science project of a 13-year-old girl, who spent the summer gathering soil and tree samples from areas around Los Angeles hardest hit by infections of the fungus named Cryptococcus gattii ."
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+ - Solar Wind Energy's Downdraft Tower Generates Its Own Wind All Year Round->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "When we think of wind power, we generally think of huge wind turbines sitting high atop towers where they can take advantage of the higher wind speeds. But Maryland-based Solar Wind Energy, Inc. is looking to turn wind power on its head with the Solar Wind Downdraft Tower, which places turbines at the base of a tower and generates its own wind to turn them."
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+ - Facebook's 30min Global Outage Could Cost the Company $600,000 ->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Using some back of a cigarette packet maths, IBTimes UK estimates that as Facebook earned on average $27.7 million per day in the first three months of 2014, the 30 minutes global outage which hit the service on Thursday, could have cost it as much as $600,000 in lost revenue."
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+ - Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For The Data Center->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "For years, we've heard rumors that Intel was building custom chips for Google or Facebook, but these deals have always been assumed to work with standard hardware. Intel might offer a different product SKU with non-standard core counts, or a specific TDP target, or a particular amount of cache — but at the end of the day, these were standard Xeon processors. Today, it looks like that's changing for the first time — Intel is going to start embedding custom FPGAs into its own CPU silicon. The new FPGA-equipped Xeons will occupy precisely the same socket and platform as the standard, non-FPGA Xeons. Nothing will change on the customer front (BIOS updates may be required), but the chips should be drop-in compatible. The company has not stated who provided its integrated FPGA design, but Altera is a safe bet. The two companies have worked together on multiple designs and Altera (which builds FPGAs) is using Intel for its manufacturing. This move should allow Intel to market highly specialized performance hardware to customers willing to pay for it. By using FPGAs to accelerate certain specific types of workloads, Intel Xeon customers can reap higher performance for critical functions without translating the majority of their code to OpenCL or bothering to update it for GPGPU."
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Comment: Screen size makes it tricky (Score 1) 76

by Hammeh (#47262499) Attached to: Amazon's Android Appstore Coming To BlackBerry
I was playing with the android version of Instagram on a BlackBerry Q10 a while back, and the application didn't quite look right on the small screen of the Q10 (iGrann looks better since it was built for BlackBerry). If BlackBerry are going to focus more on hardware keyboard devices with the majority of apps coming from android I think it is something they need to work on and consider carefully. Otherwise, this is a step in the right direction for the once big mobile company!

Comment: Stopping this would stop snooping in the UK too. (Score 3, Informative) 60

by Hammeh (#47262269) Attached to: EU High Court To Review US-EU Data Safe Harbor Agreement
It was announced this week that GCHQ don't need permission to snoop on UK citizen's activity when the services being used are located abroad as they class it as "external communication" (for the likes of Facebook, Twitter and Google). It wouldn't surprise me in the light of recent events, if the UK government back this plan, to only turn around and say, "Yes you need to keep the data in Europe, but we don't want it here." just so they can continue to *legally* spy on the people via this "external" (overseas) communication loophole.

+ - EU High Court To Decide If Facebook Can Safegaurd Europeans' Data

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Under European laws, personal data of EU citizens can't be transferred to countries that don't meet EU standards for data protection. The US doesn't meet those standards, but American companies have worked around this by using EU standards for the data of European citizens, even that data stored on servers outside of Europe. Now the EU's highest court will decide if this workaround is good enough — especially in light of revelations of the NSA's Prism data-mining program."

+ - BlackBerry announces new licensing deal with Amazon for Android Appstore.

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "Blackberry today announced on their blog they have reached a licensing agreement with Amazon to provide the Amazon Android Appstore to be shipped with BlackBerry OS 10.3 due to be released this fall. The Amazon Appstore will exist alongside the current BlackBerry World, bringing more than 200,000 android apps directly to BB 10.3 devices. As part of the announcement, BlackBerry also outlined they will be closing the Music and Video sections of BlackBerry world as they will be provided by the Amazon Appstore.

The question is, is it enough to save BlackBerry in the consumer market or is it too little too late?"

+ - MH370: Australia Rules Out Main Search Zone

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has finished searching the area for flight MH370 where the underwater pings were detected, and declared that it can now be discounted as the final resting place of the aircraft. An underwater search vehicle, Bluefin-21, has scoured more than 850 square kilometers of the Indian ocean west of Perth since four acoustic signals – thought to have been emitted by the missing aircraft’s black box flight recorders – were detected by a towed pinger locator in April. Australia's deputy prime minister, Warren Truss, told parliament in Canberra on Thursday that the search would move into a new phase beginning in August that could take 12 months. The pings were the best information they had available, but they still very confident that the resting place of the aircraft is in the southern Indian Ocean and along the seventh ping line, he said, referring to an arc identified by analysis of satellite communications data from UK company Inmarsat. The search area would now be extended to a 60,000 square kilometer zone along the arc. The ocean floor would be mapped to help the search."

+ - Spotify announces single user hacked, no personal data stolen.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Announced on the company blog, CTO Oskar Stål apologized to users that there has been a security breach at Spotify, where some systems and internal company data was accessed without permission. Evidence given suggests only one Spotify user's account was accessed and that no security or payment information was taken. As a security step, Spotify have announced they are releasing an updated android application over the coming days as well as requiring some user's to re-enter their login details."

+ - Spotify announces "Music for everyone". Spotify Free now on your mobile.

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "Spotify have announced their Spotify Free service is now available on mobile devices and tablets (iOS and android only) as part of their Music for Everyone event. Previously, all mobile phone and tablet usage required a Spotify Premium subscription. This comes on a day that Spotify also announced they are launching in 20 new countries within the next 24 hours and Led Zeppelin will appear on a streaming service for the first time"
United Kingdom

+ - O2 (UK) send your phone number to every site you v

Submitted by JanusDC
JanusDC (886118) writes "It seems that the UK mobile company O2 sends your phone number to every website you visit using their network. It's hidden in the header, so you can easily be identified and tracked. The twitter user http://twitter.com/lewispeckover had made a website where you can check all the header sent by your device: http://lew.io/headers.php"
Red Hat Software

+ - How can I justify using Red Hat when CentOS exists-> 7

Submitted by Bocaj
Bocaj (84920) writes "I recently spec'd out a large project for our company that included software from Red Hat. It came back from the CIO with everything approved except I have to use CentOS. Why? Because "it's free Red Hat." Personally I really like the CentOS project because it puts enterprise class software in the hands of people who might not otherwise afford it. We are not those people. We have money. In fact I questioned the decision by asking why the CIO was willing to spend money on another very similar project and not this one. The answer was "because there is no free alternative." I know this has come up before and I don't want to beat a dead horse, but this is still a very persistent issue. Our CIO is convinced that technical support for any product is worthless. He's will to spend money on "one-time" software purchases, but nothing that is an annual subscription. There is data to support that the Red Hat subscription is cheaper that many other up-front paid software products but not CentOS. The only thing it lacks is support, which the CIO doesn't want. Help?"
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Microsoft

+ - Linux Foundation Releases Document on UEFI Secure ->

Submitted by mvar
mvar (1386987) writes "The Linux Foundation today released technical guidance to PC makers on how to implement secure UEFI without locking Linux or other free software off of new Windows 8 machines. The guidance included a subtle tisk-tisk at Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky for suggesting that PC owners won't want to mess with control of their hardware and would happily concede that to operating system makers and hardware manufacturers."
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