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+ - SPAM: Windows 9 is set to be released on September 30

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft is soon going to unveil a preview version of Windows 9 on September 30. This will be released at a press event.
However there may be some changes in the date but according to sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans it will be available in late September or early

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+ - Numerous methane leaks found on Atlantic sea floor->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have discovered 570 plumes of methane percolating up from the sea floor off the eastern coast of the United States, a surprisingly high number of seeps in a relatively quiescent part of the ocean. The seeps suggest that methane’s contribution to climate change has been underestimated in some models. And because most of the seeps lie at depths where small changes in temperature could be releasing the methane, it is possible that climate change itself could be playing a role in turning some of them on.
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+ - Transparent Solar Collectors May Replace Conventional Windows-> 1

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: Researchers working at Michigan State University (MSU) have created a completely transparent solar collector which is so clear that it could replace conventional glass in windows. The new devices – dubbed transparent luminescent solar concentrators – have the potential to not only turn windows into solar electric generators, but the screens of smartphones, vehicle glazing, and almost anything else that has a see-through surface.
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+ - Analysis Of The War Of 1812 Finds Same Failures That Led To 9/11->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: io9 reports, "This month is the 200th anniversary of the British capture of Washington, DC, and the torching of the White House. How did this disaster happen, despite ample warnings? A CIA analyst who pored through historical documents blames the same types of intelligence failures that preceded Pearl Harbor and September 11th. ... CIA analyst William Weber addresses this very question in a study published in the most recent issue of Studies In Intelligence. ... Weber's study is sort of an historical version of the "9/11 Commission Report," which pointedly faulted U.S. officials for a "failure of imagination" that kept them from understanding and anticipating the al Qaeda threat. "
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+ - Munich Council say talk of LiMux demise is greatly exaggerated->

Submitted by ndogg
ndogg writes: The rumors of Munich city going back to Microsoft seem to have been greatly exaggerated. There was a review of the city's IT systems that was called for by the mayor, but it wasn't solely just to decide on whether to move back to Microsoft. And while there have been complaints about LiMux, they mostly seem to concern compatibility with, which may well be resolved by switching to LibreOffice.
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Comment: Re:Funny (Score 1) 191

by JCHerbsleb (#47366959) Attached to: 30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

Wiki is a steaming pile of shit filled with inaccurate, biased, Face Painting Homer protected garbage.

Actually, according to Wiki, it is quite accurate!

Or, joking aside, according to CNET Wiki is more accurate than the Encyclopedia Britannica!

Comment: Re:Wait a sec (Score 0, Flamebait) 772

by JCHerbsleb (#47107077) Attached to: Belief In Evolution Doesn't Measure Science Literacy
By definition evolution is a theory. While both sides argue the veracity of the claim; it has not been promoted to the level of law (in the sense of the law of gravity or the law of thermodynamics). With any theory; one must choose, ideally based upon a preponderance of evidence, to either believe or disbelieve. The scientists amongst us then take it a step further and attempt to validate that belief or disbelief through experiments based upon the scientific method.

Comment: Philosophy vs Substance (Score 2) 582

by JCHerbsleb (#46762911) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
Open Source vs Closed Source is as much a philosophy as it is substance. We can argue the benefits of having many eyes on the code from Open Source as opposed to having funded coders with Closed Source. In the balance, each project will be different based upon its own unique factors. The one constant is that Open Source does have superior transparency.

+ - Federal Agency Data Breaches More Than Double Since 2009

Submitted by JCHerbsleb
JCHerbsleb writes: The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports via the Weekly Standard that Federal Data Breaches of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) have more than doubled since 2009. Given the increased quantity of data the government is holding both through new health care initiatives (Healthcare.Gov, Healthcare Data Hub, etc.) and through various NSA spying programs, this may spell greater risk to both individuals and businesses. Yahoo News confirms that not only have data breaches occured, but they have been handled poorly.

+ - USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 writes: A presentation released today by Intel revealed images of the USB 3.1 Type-C cable and connectors, which is symmetrical and will no longer require a user to correctly orient the plug. Initially, the USB 3.1 Type-C specification will support up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds. The Type-C connectors resemble those of Apple's Thunderbolt cabling in that they are much smaller than today's USB SuperSpeed connectors. The receptacle opening is 8.3mm x 2.5mm.The first iteration will have a 5 volt power transfer rate, but it is expected to deliver up to 100 watts for higher power applications in the future.
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+ - Researchers Cracked How to Make 'Invisibility Cloaks' the Size of a Fighter Jet->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey writes: For all the disparate ongoing attempts to perfect stealth technology, it's still not possible to fully cloak an object from the naked eye.

Part of the problem, up until recently, has simply been a matter of scale. Scientists have known for years that metamaterials made from synthetic textiles can be used to to control the propagation of light. The artificial material bends light around an object, rendering it invisible to certain wavelengths. But, they could only fabricate the stuff in microscopic sizes.

Now, a team of researchers at the University of Central Florida, led by Debashis Chanda, have perfected a nanotransfer printing technique that makes it possible to create larger swaths of the metamaterial—about four by four inch squares. From there, multiple pieces can be stitched together with an automated tool to create a very large area of coverage, Chanda explained in an email.

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The question of whether computers can think is just like the question of whether submarines can swim. -- Edsger W. Dijkstra