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+ - First Fully Digital Radio Transmitter Built Purely From Microprocessor Tech->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "For the first time in history, a prototype radio has been created that is claimed to be completely digital, generating high-frequency radio waves purely through the use of integrated circuits and a set of patented algorithms without using conventional analog radio circuits in any way whatsoever. This breakthrough technology promises to vastly improve the wireless communications capabilities of everything from 5G mobile technology to the multitude devices aimed at supporting the Internet of Things (IoT)."
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+ - Intel Reveals Unlocked, Socketed Broadwell CPU And Core i7 NUC w/ Iris Graphics-> 1

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Intel held an event at a location adjacent to GDC last night, where the company discussed some updates to its 5th Gen Core processor line-up, Intel graphics developments, the Intel Hardware SDK, and its various game developer tools. Chris Silva, Director of Marketing for Premium Notebook and Client Graphics teams disclosed a few details that a socketed, unlocked, 65W desktop processor based on Intel's Broadwell architecture, featuring Iris graphics, is due to arrive sometime in mid-2015. It's noteworthy because this will be Intel's first desktop CPU with Iris Pro graphics and because it is multiplier unlocked. It will be interesting to see what Iris Pro can do with some overclocking. Intel then showed off a new NUC mini PC powered by a 28W, quad-core Core i7 Broadwell processor, which also featured Iris graphics. The device has a tiny .63 liter enclosure with support for high-performance M.2 solid state drives and features an array of built-in IO options, like USB3, BT4, and 802.11ac WiFi. Bryan Langley, Principal PM for Windows Graphics also talked a bit about DirectX 12, disclosing that the company would be ready with DX12 support when Windows 10 arrives and that there are optimizations in DX12 and their drivers that would deliver performance enhancements to current and future Intel graphics platforms."
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+ - Facebook rant lands US man in UAE jail->

Submitted by blindbat
blindbat (189141) writes "While back home in the US, a man working in the United Arab Emirites posted negative comments about the company he worked for. Upon returning to the country to resign, he was arrested and now faces up to a year in prison under their strict "cyber slander" laws designed to protect reputation."
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+ - Major security flaw in Mac password system.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "CNET is putting a positive spin on a major security flaw in the Mac ecosystem. Apparently, Apple created a "feature" where if you forget the password to your Mac, simply pressing command R at boot up lets you into administrator settings allowing you to reset the computer's password. This is a great "feature" to forgetful owners, hackers, and thiefs alike."
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Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009? 247

Posted by timothy
from the derog-sounds-like-an-elronism dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "The NYT reports that when Edward Snowden was working as a CIA technician in Geneva in 2009, his supervisor wrote a derogatory report in his personnel file, noting a distinct change in the young man's behavior and work habits, as well as a troubling suspicion that Snowden was trying to break into classified computer files to which he was not authorized to have access. But the red flags went unheeded and Snowden left the CIA to become a contractor for the NSA so that four years later he could leak thousands of classified documents. In hindsight, officials say, the report by Snowden's supervisor and the agency's suspicions might have been the first serious warnings of the disclosures to come, and the biggest missed opportunity to review Snowden's top-secret clearance or at least put his future work at the NSA under much greater scrutiny. Had Booz Allen or the NSA seen Snowden's CIA file before hiring him, it almost certainly would have affected his employment says Dashiell Bennett. 'The weakness of the system was if derogatory information came in, he could still keep his security clearance and move to another job, and the information wasn't passed on,' says a Republican lawmaker who has been briefed on Snowden's activities. It's difficult to tell what would have happened had NSA supervisors been made aware of the warning the CIA issued Snowden in what is called a 'derog' in federal personnel policy parlance."

+ - Aviation Experts: "TWA 800 brought down by ordinance explosions"->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A group of whistleblowers, including a number of aviation experts, have come forward in a new documentary to claim that the official explanation for the crash of TWA Flight 800 was wrong and a gas tank explosion did not bring down the flight off the coast of Long Island 17 years ago.

âoe..This team of investigators who actually handled the wreckage and victimsâ(TM) bodies, prove that the officially proposed fuel-air explosion did not cause the crash, ...They also provide radar and forensic evidence proving that one or more ordinance explosions outside the aircraft caused the crash.â

The whistleblower team, which includes investigators-at the time-from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), TWA, and the Airline Pilots Association, have since retired from their positions. They claim that at the time, they were placed under a gag order by the NTSB, which they charged falsified the official conclusion of the cause of the crash. They indicated they would elaborate more in a Wednesday media briefing."

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+ - PDP-11 still working in Nuclear Plants - for 37 more years-> 1

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Most of the younger /. readers never heard of PDP-11, while we geezers have to retrieve bits and pieces of our affairs with PDP-11 from the vast warehouse inside our memory lanes

PDP-11, the old work horse, are still proving their worth in GE nuclear plants, and they will be working there for 37 more years, until year 2,050

Which means, they are still trying to look for people who can work PDP-11

If you are out of a job, a knowledge of PDP-11 assembly language may land you a very comfy living


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+ - Apple's new iOS design receives mixed reviews 1

Submitted by Trajan Przybylski
Trajan Przybylski (2832849) writes "The design of the new iOS 7 unveiled last Monday at Apple's annual WWDC event attracted unflattering words of criticism from The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky who described the new design as "more childish than elegant". The influential blogger argues that the new interface "ignores the utility of glanceable information", and hence some of the new icons seem quite confusing. A lot has been said about the new Settings icon looking more like an oven burner than a set of gears, for example. Other designers generally praised the anticipated move from skeuomorphism (design approach employing life-like features), which Apple embraced under the leadership of the late Steve Jobs, towards the modern "flat" design, although the move could have been more bold (see for example earlier iOS flat concept by Phillip Joyce). The new iOS design, led by Sir John Ive, follows similar redesigns of the company's products, including apps such as iTunes MiniPlayer and Podcasts App and the new web design of the Apple Store website."

+ - IBM to bring KVM to future PowerLinux boxes 1

Submitted by Funk_dat69
Funk_dat69 (215898) writes "IBM Executive Arvind Krisha announced today during his Red Hat Summit keynote that IBM is bringing KVM to it's Power Systems next year, specifically to their Linux-only PowerLinux servers. No further details were mentioned, but adding this announcement to the effort to get OpenJDK ported to PPC64 gives a glimpse into IBM's plans for the future of their platform."

+ - Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is Not OK To Fight Terrorism->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to a weekend poll by Rasmussen, a majority of Americans believe that the feds are spying too much on US citizens, and oppose programs which collect Americans' phone records without specific suspicion of wrongdoing. Rasmussen's results appear to contradict those of an earlier, widely reported Pew survey on this issue."
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