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+ - Australian Electoral Commission refuses to release vote counting source code->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian Electoral Commission has been fighting a freedom of information request to reveal the source code of the software it uses to calculate votes in elections for Australia's upper house of parliament. Not only has the AEC refused an FOI request for the source code, but it has also refused an order from the Senate directing that the source code be produced. Apparently releasing the code could "leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation"."
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+ - Amazon seeks US exemption to test delivery drones->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Amazon.com has asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration permission to test drones outdoors for use in its Prime Air package delivery service. In the run up to launching the service, which aims to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, the online retailer is developing aerial vehicles that travel over 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, and will carry 5pound (2.3 kilogram) payloads, which account for 86 percent of the products sold on Amazon."
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+ - New Zealand ISP's anti-geoblocking service makes waves-> 1

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "New Zealanders and Australians are often blocked from using cheap streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu and instead at the mercy of local content monopolies for popular shows such as Game of Thrones. However a New Zealand ISP Slingshot has caused a stir by making a previously opt-in service called 'Global Mode' a default for its customers. The new service means that people in NZ don't need to bother with VPNs or setting up proxies if they want to sign up to Netflix — they can just visit the site. The service has also caused a stir in Australia where the high price for digital goods, such as movies from the iTunes store, is a constant source of irritation for consumers"
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+ - Australian government seeks to boost spy agencies' powers->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "The Australian government has indicated it intends to seek a boost to the powers of Australia's spy agencies, particularly ASIO (the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation). The attorney-general told the Senate today that the government would introduce legislation based on recommendations of a parliamentary committee that last year canvassed 'reforms' including boosting ASIO's power to penetrate third party computer systems to intercept communications to and from a target. That report also covered other issues such as the possibility of introducing a mandatory data retention scheme for ISPs and telcos."
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+ - Adobe to let third party devs incorporate Photoshop features->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Third party developers will be able to build mobile applications that tap into the features of Adobe's Creative Cloud, including effects such as Photoshop's 'content-aware fill' and PSD file manipulation, thanks to a new SDK the company is releasing as part of a major update to the suite of graphic design products. However, the company has been mum on important details such as how much (if anything) it will cost and what the licence is likely to be (at the very least it seems end users will need to be Creative Cloud subscribers). The company has also made a foray into hardware releasing a pressure-sensitive stylus for tablets called Ink and a ruler called Slide"
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+ - Unisys phasing out decades-old mainframe processor for x86->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Unisys is phasing out its decades-old mainframe processor. The chip is used in some of Unisys' ClearPath flagship mainframes, but the company is moving to Intel's x86 chips in Libra and Dorado servers in the ClearPath line. The aging CMOS chip will be "sunsetted" in Libra servers by the end of August and in the Dorado line by the end of 2015. Dorado 880E and 890E mainframes will use the CMOS chip until the servers are phased out, which is set to happen by the end of 2015."
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+ - Microsoft to launch machine learning service->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Microsoft will soon offer a service aimed at making machine-learning technology more widely usable. "We want to bring machine learning to many more people," Eron Kelly, Microsoft corporate vice president and director SQL Server marketing, said of Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, due to be launched in beta form in July. "The line of business owners and the marketing teams really want to use data to get ahead, but data volumes are getting so large that it is difficult for businesses to sift through it all," Kelly said."
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+ - Wall Street firm finds success with Caml and OCaml->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "One Wall Street firm found computational success not on the traditional path of enterprise Java, but in an obscure functional programming language called Caml, which offered the perfect tradeoff of concision and readability. Trading firm Jane Street says Caml has given it a powerful set of tools for building large programs that have to run quickly and without errors. Jane Street is a proprietary trading firm that is the world's largest industrial user of Caml and OCaml, the object-oriented version of Caml."
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+ - Cisco opposes net neutrality->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "All bits running over the Internet are not equal and should not be treated that way by broadband providers, despite net neutrality advocates' calls for traffic neutral regulations, Cisco Systems has said. Some Web-based applications, including rapidly growing video services, home health monitoring and public safety apps, will demand priority access to the network, while others, like most Web browsing and email, may live with slight delays, said Jeff Campbell, Cisco's vice president for government and community relations. "Different bits do matter differently. We need to ensure that we have a system that allows this to occur.""
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+ - Annual cybercrime losses top $400 billion worldwide, study claims->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Computer-related crimes may cause as much as US$400 billion in losses annually, according to a new study that acknowledges the difficulty in estimating damages from such acts, most of which go unreported. The study (PDF) is the second to come from Intel's McAfee security unit in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, D.C.-based think tank."
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+ - LulzSec's leader, Sabu, sentenced to time served->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "The cooperation of Hector Monsegur, known as Sabu, helped law enforcement officials prevent or minimize more than 300 cyberattacks, including attacks on the U.S. government and private companies, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York. Monsegur's cooperation also helped law enforcement agencies identify and arrest eight of Monsegur's co-conspirators in LulzSec and Anonymous. Monsegur has been sentenced to time already served."
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+ - PostgreSQL guns for NoSQL market->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Embracing the widely used JSON data-exchange format, the new version of the PostgreSQL open-source database takes aim at the growing NoSQL market of nonrelational data stores, notably the popular MongoDB. The first beta version of PostgreSQL 9.4, released Thursday, includes a number of new features that address the rapidly growing market for Web applications, many of which require fast storage and retrieval of large amounts of user data."
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+ - Australian government devastates game industry->

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Australia's new conservative government has just handed down its first budget, which includes stripping all funding from the Interactive Games Fund which helps fund the development of video games in the country. The games industry in Australia has had a rough time, with some big names, such as Team Bondi shutting down over the last half decade (that last link is from 2011 and notes that even then the industry was in dire straits)."
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