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Windows

Future Holds Large Updates Instead of Stand-Alone Windows Releases 199

jones_supa writes: Jerry Nixon, a Microsoft developer evangelist, said at the Ignite conference in Chicago that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows, so we're always working on Windows 10." Saying that is only half true. In fact, Microsoft will start working on large updates instead of stand-alone Windows releases, so the company would switch from a model that previously brought us new versions of Windows every three years, to a simpler one that's likely to bring big updates every two months. The company will also change the naming system for Windows, so instead of Windows $(version), the new operating system would be simply called Windows.
Mars

Submission + - Curiosity Scrubs a Mars Rock Clean->

astroengine writes: "NASA's newest rover on Mars has recently used its Dust Removal Tool for the first time, clearing away a patch of rust-colored dust coating its latest target: a slab of rock called "Ekwir_1." The Dust Removal Tool, or DRT (yes, the rover's cleaning instrument is called "dirt") is a motorized brush with stainless steel wire bristles located on Curiosity's multipurpose Robotic Arm turret — a veritable Swiss Army knife of planetary exploration tools."
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Submission + - UbiSoft's UPlay service under attack->

InspectorGadget writes: There are several reports — from myself included — that people are having their UPlay accounts stolen by Russian hackers...
http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/743348-Stolen-Uplay-account
It's suggested that you attach your Facebook account as a login credential so you can take it back if it happens to you.

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Submission + - Czech Man Becomes the First Person in the World to Live With No Heart or Pulse 2

An anonymous reader writes: A 37-year-old man from Czech Republic recently became the first man to live without a heart for six months. Jakub Halik, a former firefighter lived without a pulse for six months after undergoing pioneering surgery in April when doctors removed his heart and replaced it with mechanical pumps.
Blackberry

Submission + - The BlackBerry typo that landed a man in jail->

Barence writes: "A British man was jailed for 18 months for accidentally sending an explicit text message to his entire address book.

24-year-old swimming coach, Craig Evans, intended to send a text message to his girlfriend asking her for sex. Instead, the message was accidentally sent to his entire BlackBerry address book, including two girls, aged 13 and 14, from his swimming class.

He was subsequently arrested and charged with “causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity”, and – incredibly – jailed for 18 months at Birmingham Crown Court in July. Yesterday, an appeal's court freed Evans, although he wasn't cleared — the sentence was merely reduced to a nine-month suspended jail term."

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Open Source

Submission + - Kickstarter for Open Source Bluetooth Games Controller and Keyboard->

InspectorGadget writes: The guys behind gbax.com, the iControlPad and the Pandora pocket Linux PC have made the half way point on their Kickstarter campain for the iControlPad2.
This bluetooth enabled games controller and keyboard can be used with mobile phones, tablets and even the Oyua games console.
If successful, it will provide the starting point for the Pandora 2.

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Android

Submission + - Open Source games controller reaches halfway mark on Kickstarter->

An anonymous reader writes: The latest product from the team who brought you the original iControlPad has reached the halfway funding mark on Kickstarter.

The open source controller will work with phone handsets, tablets, computers, the Raspberry Pi, Ouya and pretty much anything that has bluetooth.

With 16 days left to go, will they hit their target?

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NASA

Submission + - Flexible, high-strength polymer aerogels deliver "super-insulation" properties->

cylonlover writes: Often called "frozen smoke", aerogels are among the amazing materials of our time, with fifteen Guinness Book of World Records entries to their name. However, despite their list of extreme properties, traditional aerogels are brittle, crumbling and fracturing easily enough to keep them out of many practical applications. A new class of mechanically robust polymer aerogels discovered at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Ohio may soon enable engineering applications such as super-insulated clothing, unique filters, refrigerators with thinner walls, and super-insulation for buildings.
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Android

Submission + - The One Size Fits All Joypad

YokimaSun writes: In these days where we all own a Mobile Phone, a PC, A Laptop, a Tablet and maybe your thinking of owning a Raspberry PI or the soon to be released Ouya Console. What would you say if there was a joypad released that also doubled as a keyboard which worked on everyone one of them. That dream is realised with a new open source joypad called the iControlPad 2, the joypad works with any device that has bluetooth or USB Connectivity, it features Dual analogue controls, a 4 row Qwerty Keyboard, Shoulder and Face Buttons and a 14 hour Battery life. Could be the perfect answer for those who hate playing touchscreen games on the likes of iPhone/iPad.
Open Source

Submission + - The One Joypad To Rule Them All 1

Croakyvoice writes: In these days where we all own a Mobile Phone, a PC, A Laptop, a Tablet and maybe your thinking of owning a Raspberry PI or the soon to be released Ouya Console. What would you say if there was a joypad released that also doubled as a keyboard which worked on everyone one of them. That dream is realised with a new open source joypad called the iControlPad 2, the joypad works with any device that has bluetooth or USB Connectivity, it features Dual analogue controls, a 4 row Qwerty Keyboard, Shoulder and Face Buttons and a 14 hour Battery life. Could be the perfect answer for those who hate playing touchscreen games on the likes of iPhone/iPad.
Open Source

Submission + - iControlPad 2 - The Open Source Controller ->

YokimaSun writes: "Over on Kickstarter a new project has been announced by the people who brought out the OpenPandora Console. The iControlPad 2 is an open source controller with support for the likes of iPhone, Android Phones, Ouya, Raspberry Pi and anything that has bluetooth or USB Connections and features 55 key Qwerty keyboard, Shoulder buttons, Twin analogue nubs, Dpad. The Kickstarter campaign is now halfway to their $150,000 goal with 18 days to go."
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Comment Re:US gov't insurance (Score 1) 173

That doesn't seem to stop people in the UK building in flood plains. I think you'll find people will keep on building in risky areas, accept the financial hit in case of a flood, and keep an eye on extreme weather warnings.
After all, properties built in such areas will be cheaper as a result.
But then bricks & mortar houses don't tend to float away in floods.

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