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Submission A Scottish politician attempted to board a flight as Captain Kirk->

joesreviewss writes:

LONDON There's a lesson here: no matter how much you love Star Trek, it's probably best not to use the name James T. Kirk when attempting to board a flight. Particularly if your name is actually Alex Salmond, and you happen to be a well-known Scottish politician.

Salmond, previous leader of the Scottish National Party and passionate Star Trek fan, was refused entry to a British Airways flight at Heathrow over the summer after the check-in desk official noticed the name on his passport definitely didn't match the name on his ticket, according to the Daily Mail . Read more... More about Uk, Star Trek, British Airways, Watercooler, and Conversations
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Comment Re:Even if it isn't some blend (Score 1) 559

--$STD-DISCLAIMER: I have no affiliation, etc, just a satisfied customer, but I've been using the "Great Value" powdered drink mixes from Walmart with a standard-sized bottled water to good effect.

--I find it hard to drink just plain water, I need the flavor as well. They sell a good grape-energy drink that has slowly been replacing Mountain Dew for me; most of their drink mix is low-sugar, as well. FYI

Comment Re:So it was just an error with no consequences (Score 1) 214

--My friend's PC was nuked just like they are saying. You gonna call me a liar?

--She was called into work *after having had time off approved for the day* because her primary Win7 PC crashed and System Restore would not fix it. I suspected it was a bad Win update, and the repair tech confirmed it. Her office was taking orders manually all day because of this.

Submission 'XOR.DDoS' trojan infects Linux systems, installs rootkit ..->

nickweller writes: The new threat, XOR.DDoS, alters its installation depending on the victim's Linux environment and then later runs a rootkit to avoid detection.

“It's very hard to set a rootkit component within a Linux boundary because it needs to agree with the versions of the victims' operating systems,”

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Comment Re:Great for Virtualization (Score 1) 65

> I recently put together a small ESXi server with a couple of Intel 750 Series [] PCIe SSD's for VM storage

--Could you please expand on your server specs? I am interested in putting together a small ESXi server for personal use and would like to keep the budget under $800 or so if possible... TIA

Submission Edward Snowden promotes global treaty to curtail surveillance

An anonymous reader writes: in a video appearance Edward Snowden said Domestic digital spying on ordinary citizens is an international threat that will only be slowed with measures like a proposed international treaty declaring privacy a basic human right. "This is not a problem exclusive to the United States.... This is a global problem that affects all of us. What's happening here happens in France, it happens in the U.K., it happens in every country, every place, to every person," he said.

Submission Researchers push for access to confidential government records of the public

schwit1 writes: Researchers in a number of fields want access to the vast amount of private government data that is routinely gathered from the public.

In the past few years, administrative data have been used to investigate issues ranging from the side effects of vaccines to the lasting impact of a child's neighbourhood on his or her ability to earn and prosper as an adult. Proponents say that these rich information sources could greatly improve how governments measure the effectiveness of social programmes such as providing stipends to help families move to more resource-rich neighbourhoods.

But there is also concern that the rush to use these data could pose new threats to citizens' privacy. "The types of protections that we're used to thinking about have been based on the twin pillars of anonymity and informed consent, and neither of those hold in this new world," says Julia Lane, an economist at New York University. In 2013, for instance, researchers showed that they could uncover the identities of supposedly anonymous participants in a genetic study simply by cross-referencing their data with publicly available genealogical information.

It is terrifying to me how governments worldwide increasingly consider this private data their property to use as they wish. For example:

In the United States, the Census Bureau has been expanding its network of Research Data Centers, which currently includes 19 sites around the country at which researchers with the appropriate permissions can access confidential data from the bureau itself, as well as from other agencies. "We're trying to explore all the available ways that we can expand access to these rich data sets," says Ron Jarmin, the bureau's assistant director for research and methodology.

I ask: What business is it of the Census Bureau to do this? The information they gather was originally intended solely to determine Congressional districts. Moreover, who gave them the right to release the confidential data to anyone? Have they asked anyone for this permission?

Submission Cassandra rewritten in C++, ten times faster 1

urdak writes: At Cassandra Summit opening today, Avi Kivity and Dor Laor (who had previously written KVM and OSv) announced ScyllaDB — an open-source C++ rewrite of Cassandra, the popular NoSQL database. ScyllaDB claims to achieve a whopping 10 times more throughput per node than the original Java code, with sub-millisecond 99%ile latency. They even measured 1 million transactions per second on a single node. The performance of the new code is attributed to writing it in Seastar — a C++ framework for writing complex asynchronous applications with optimal performance on modern hardware.

Submission Campaign to ban development of sexbots->

Earthquake Retrofit writes: Dr Kathleen Richardson, a robot ethicist at De Montfort University in Leicester, wants to raise awareness of the issue and persuade those developing sex robots to rethink how their technology is used. She believes that they reinforce traditional stereotypes of women and the view that a relationship need be nothing more than physical.
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Submission India mulls using nuclear power for its Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon->

MarkWhittington writes: India is preparing its second mission to the moon, the Chandrayaan-2, as Space Insider noted. The mission will consist or an orbiter, a lander, and a rover. It will be launched on an Indian-built Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) in late 2017 or early 2017. Defense Daily reported that officials at the Indian Space Research Organization are mulling making the lunar mission nuclear powered, presumably with plutonium-fueled radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs). RTGs use the heat of the decaying fuel to create electricity. Both the American and the Soviet space programs have used RTGs in their various spacecraft, the most recent one being the New Horizons space probe that recently flew past Pluto.
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Comment Re: (intentionally blank) (Score 1) 268

--You are correct, sir. :) I still have my old Lexmark all-in-1 scanner+color inkjet, but only rarely use it for scanning-only anymore. Went out and bought an inexpensive HP laser printer and I'm much happier with it. (Plus it works with Linux.)

Submission Neural network chess computer abandons brute force for 'human' approach->

An anonymous reader writes: A new chess AI utilizes a neural network to approach the millions of possible moves in the game without just throwing compute cycles at the problem the way that most chess engines have done since Von Neumann. 'Giraffe' returns to the practical problems which defeated chess researchers who tried to create less 'systematic' opponents in the mid-1990s, and came up against the (still present) issues of latency and branch resolution in search. Invented by an MSc student at Imperial College London, Giraffe taught itself chess and reached FIDE International Master level on a modern mainstream PC within three days.
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