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Submission + - Google Apps Outage

sixthousand writes: As of 18:55PM GMT, and possibly earlier, a yet undisclosed issue has crippled many of the Google Apps services to the point of being unusable. The Google Apps Status Dashboard currently reports the affected services as being Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom and Realtime API. The first status dashboard message states "We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly." A follow up status posted 1 hour and 15 minutes after the first reads "Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 10/9/15, 5:10 PM with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience." The Google Docs Twitter has also acknowledged the issue with a tweet reading "Looks like something's up with Docs — but fear not, we’re on it & you’ll be editing again in no time. Stay tuned here!"

Submission + - Microsoft keeps sneaking in update

lesincompetent writes: How many of you noticed the infamous KB3035583 coming back over and over again even after being manually hidden?
Yes, that's the one that brought us both the free windows 10 upgrade notice and the unwarranted download of up to 6GB of installation files.
For us with no intention of "upgrading" to windows 10, how can we end this frustration once and for all?

Submission + - On-Chip Liquid Cooling Permits Smaller Devices With No Heatsinks Or Fans (

An anonymous reader writes: DARPA-funded research into on-chip liquid cooling has resulted in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) liquid-cooled device that can operate at 24 degrees Celsius, versus 60 degrees Celsius for an equivalent air-cooled device. The cooling fluid resides only nanometers from the heat it must address, and operates so efficiently as to offer potential to stack CPUs and GPUs using copper columns, as well as dispensing with heat-sinks and fan systems. With those components removed, the system can facilitate far more compact designs than are currently feasible.

Submission + - Nuclear Power Plants Woefully Insecure in the Face of Cyber-Attacks (

An anonymous reader writes: Nuclear power plants are deploying modern systems into their architecture but are still run by managers with an outdated view on cyber-security. This is the conclusion a recent Chatham House report came to, after interviewing 30 nuclear power experts from countries that deploy such systems in their national grid. The study has found out that, even if nuclear power plants are supposed to be "air gapped" systems, in recent years, technology and the Internet have caught up with them, and most of the time these facilities have VPN connections deployed, and in some cases, sensitive equipment can be found online with tech search tools like Shodan.

Submission + - The First Oculus Rift Has Rolled off the Production Line (

An anonymous reader writes: Oculus doesn't plan to launch their Rift VR headset until Q1 2016 but the company seems well on their way to making it a major rollout, rather than the trickle seen by many other companies bringing consumer products to the market for the first time. At Oculus' developer conference last week, key members of the Rift's design and manufacturing teams talked about the manufacturing process, going so far as to say that they'd already rolled the first unit off of the production line that will eventually be pumping the headsets out en masse. "On this first [manufacturing] build we actually outperformed many major companies out there," said Caitlin Kalinowski, Head of Product Design Engineering at Oculus.

Submission + - Ancient volcanic collapse likely triggered 800-foot-high tsunami (

sciencehabit writes: An ancient landslide on an island volcano is providing a worrisome lesson about tsunamis, thanks to some geologic sleuthing. According to a new study in the Cape Verde archipelago, a landslide triggered a tsunami more than 800 feet high--powerful enough to push massive boulders on a neighboring island onto a high plateau. The scientists warn that although such events are extremely rare, they could also be devastating if they hit a populated coastal area.

Submission + - Increasingly, U.S. IT workers are alleging discrimination (

An anonymous reader writes: Some U.S. IT workers who have been replaced with H-1B contractors are alleging discrimination and are going to court. They are doing so in increasing numbers. There are at least seven IT workers at Disney who are pursuing, or plan to pursue, federal and state discrimination administrative complaints over their layoffs. Separately, there are ongoing court cases alleging discrimination against two of the largest India-based IT services firms, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services. There may also be federal interest in examining the issue.

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