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Submission + - Video of Britain's Taranis supersonic drone (abc.net.au)

chrism238 writes: ABC News (Australia) is presenting vision of the of a state-of-the-art drone touted as the future of British warfare, showing it soaring over what is thought to be Woomera in remote South Australia — "'Australia's Area 51". The Taranis drone is a joint project between UK defence and BAE Systems. The test drone cost 185 million pounds ($AUD336.5 million). It is designed to carry a payload of guided bombs and missiles, travel at supersonic speeds, and fly undetected by radar. The UK military says the Taranis will be operable via satellite from anywhere in the world.

The first test flight is being hailed as a "major landmark for UK aviation". The vision shows the sleek Taranis, named after the Celtic god of thunder, making a seamless take-off and conducting a number of manoeuvres over red desert during its first test flight. The British Military of Defence (MoD) will not confirm where the footage was shot, but in a submission last year to a UK parliamentary hearing, revealed that the Taranis Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV) demonstrator had indeed conducted initial test flights at the Woomera test range.

Submission + - Gates returns to Windows 7 after being unable to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade 3

Artem Tashkinov writes: According to rumors Bill Gate's first day at his office in Redmond turned out to be a complete disaster mixed with ostensibly curse words no one had expected from him. He tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade but the updater failed continuously asking to reboot the PC. Microsoft's new C.E.O. Satya Nadella who came to help resolve the situation couldn't sort it out. In the end Gates said he would be returning to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future.

Submission + - Induction stove not compatible with Iphone

dovgr writes: There is a story in the Swedish news paper Dagens Nyheter, Google translation at http://translate.google.com/tr... , telling the story of a woman who bought an induction stove, that caused a noise in her phone whenever using the phone. When complaining to stove service company, she was told that the stove is only compatible with Samsung, and recommended her to switch phones.

Submission + - Request for Funding OpenBSD HQ's Electricity

An anonymous reader writes: The OpenBSD Project started a Request for Funding our Electricity. As Undeadly.org writes:

OpenBSD supports a wide range of hardware architectures, and for practical and logistical reasons there are few places in the world that have them all in one place except OpenBSD headquarters [...] But keeping all this hardware running involves a considerable electricity bill, and Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) is asking for help, preferably in the form of a company willing to specifically sponsor the project's electricity bill.

Donations are greatly appreciated and bigger donations can go to the OpenBSD Foundation which will help with details and can provide receipts.


Submission + - Oracle Releases February Java Security To Deal with Live Exploit (infoq.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Oracle has published a major security update for Java. The update was originally scheduled for February 19th, but was released a fortnight early on Friday because of "active exploitation 'in the wild' of one of the vulnerabilities affecting the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) in desktop browsers".

From the article
"According to the latest Oracle Risk Matrix, the update covers a total of 50 flaws: 49 of these can be remotely exploited — in other words just visiting a web page, for instance, might be enough to infect your computer; 26 carry the maximum Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) risk score of 10. Oracle hasn't said which of the remote code execution holes is the one that's actively being exploited but it is addressed with this patch."


Submission + - SPAM: Google announced YouTube channel redesign, featuring trailers and cover photos

vividtimes writes: "Google has just announced on its blog the launch of redesigned YouTube channels in ”limited beta.”

The new channel design features “channel art:” YouTube’s take on the Facebook or Google+ cover photo, which similarly sits behind a creator’s profile pic; and “channel trailers:” a way for YouTube creators to promote their content to non-subscribers."

Link to Original Source

Submission + - China third country to be hit by 'brown tide' (nature.com)

ananyo writes: "The species of alga that causes 'brown tides' in the United States and South Africa is also to blame for massive blooms along China’s east coast on the Bohai Sea, researchers have found. The finding could be the first step to tackling the problem.
It is the fourth consecutive year the country has been hit by the bloom (Slashdot's story on the 2010 bloom here), with the situation worsening each time the bloom returns."


Submission + - Valve to Port Steam Games Service to Linux (ibtimes.co.uk)

asavin writes: Games developer Valve has started a Linux blog, in order to publicise work on an open source version of the Steam online game service.

"For some time, Gabe has been interested in the possibility of moving Steam and the Source game engine to Linux," the first blog post reads, explaining that Valve already used Linux on several of its servers and was used to supporting it.

"In 2011, based on the success of those efforts and conversations in the hallway, we decided to take the next step and form a new team."

Valve has chosen Ubuntu over other forms of Linux, so it can concentrate on one version of the operating system.


Submission + - How Google is becoming an extension of your mind (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An article at CNET discusses Google's ever-expanding role in search, and where it's heading over the next several years. The author argues it's becoming less of a discrete tool and more an integrated extension of our own minds. He rattles off a list of pie-in-the-sky functions Google could perform, which would have sounded ridiculous a decade ago. Now.. not so much. Quoting: 'Think of Google diagnosing your daughter's illness early based on where she's been, how alert she is, and her skin's temperature, then driving your car to school to bring her home while you're at work. Or Google translating an incomprehensible emergency announcement while you're riding a train in foreign country. Or Google steering your investment portfolio away from a Ponzi scheme. Google, in essence, becomes a part of you. Imagine Google playing a customized audio commentary based on what you look at while on a tourist trip and then sharing photo highlights with your friends as you go. Or Google taking over your car when it concludes based on your steering response time and blink rate that you're no longer fit to drive. Or your Google glasses automatically beaming audio and video to the police when you say a phrase that indicates you're being mugged.'

Submission + - CloudOpen: A New Cloud Conference From The Linux Foundation (ostatic.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Linux Foundation’s brand new event CloudOpen will be a “technical conference that will bring together in a vendor-neutral environment the open source projects, products and companies that are driving cloud and big data ecosystems."

Submission + - $2 DDoS service launched (scmagazine.com.au)

mask.of.sanity writes: A hacker has recruited two girls to spruik a cut-rate DDoS service that he claims can take down most targets.

The service had dozens of positive replies from customers on underground hacker forums and the operator claims to have large companies using the service to attack rivals.

The DDoS attacks were launched from his private botnet and cost from $2 an hour.

Submission + - 'Crystal' simulator designed to model quantum behaviours (abc.net.au)

Waltre writes: "Dr Michael Biercuk and then team from The Quantum Science Research Group from the University of Sydney today published the details of their quantum computer/simulator which the author is claiming has " the potential to perform calculations that would require a supercomputer larger than the size of the known universe" — all in a machine the size of just 300 charged beryllium atoms."

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