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+ - What types of primary machine spec setups do /. users use and why/for what? 1 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The subject is explicit: Put up the specs of your main system (best one) so we can see what kinds of computers slashdot geeks use, how and why they set them up as well as for what main particular purpose(s): Post your hardware in CPU, Video, Memory, Disks (SSD/HDD), Exotic Controllers (RAID or Caching), CD/DVD burners etc. so we can all compare and perhaps learn a trick or two.

+ - Signs of ancient cells and proteins found in dinosaur fossils->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit writes: The cupboards of the Natural History Museum in London hold spectacular dinosaur fossils, from 15-centimeter, serrated Tyrannosaurus rex teeth to a 4-meter-long hadrosaur tail. Now, researchers are reporting another spectacular find, buried in eight nondescript fossils from the same collection: what appear to be ancient red blood cells and fibers of ancient protein. Using new methods to peer deep inside fossils, the study in this week’s issue of Nature Communications backs up previous, controversial reports of such structures in dinosaur bones. It also suggests that soft tissue preservation may be more common than anyone had guessed.
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+ - 48% of US licenced drones made in China->

Submitted by garymortimer
garymortimer writes: If you are to judge success in the American RPA industry. The number of commercially licenced platforms each manufacturer has in service might be a guide. Colin Snow makes the valid point earlier in today’s news that forecasts are very often wrong so better to work with the known.

We have a Drone Spotters page, started to monitor where platforms were going and who were buying them after a fatal RPAS incident in 2012

Looking at the civil market several companies, most notably AeroVironment were issued N numbers for aircraft under the old COA system.

But for now lets not try and separate them out, lets take it as a whole. As I write there are 51 manufacturers and 380 N registered sUAS in America.

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+ - IBM releases IoT electronic design platform in the cloud->

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An anonymous reader writes: IBM has announced that it will be teaming up with silicon chip design platform provider SiCAD to offer a cloud-based solution — High Performance Services for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) — to help improve silicon design for smartphones, wearables and IoT devices. The new set of tools will be available on demand across IBM’s SoftLayer infrastructure on a pay-as-you-go basis, allowing clients the flexibility to scale up or down depending on demand. According to Big Blue the new patented suite will deliver three main services: IBM Library Characterization, to help the creation of abstract electrical and timing models for chip design; IBM Logic Verification, for the simulation of electronic systems and design languages; and IBM Spice, an electronic circuit simulator designed to measure quality and test chip behavior. IBM said that compute and networking deployment clusters will remain separate, in order to prevent clients sharing any infrastructure.
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+ - Stress Is Driving Developers from the Video Game Industry->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes: For video game developers, life can be tough. The working hours are long, with vicious bursts of so-called “crunch time,” in which developers may pull consecutive all-nighters in order to finish a project—all without overtime pay. According to the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) Developer Satisfaction Survey (PDF), many developers aren’t enduring those work conditions for the money: Nearly 50 percent of respondents earned less than $50,000 annually. Faced with what many perceive as draconian working conditions, many developers are taking their skills and leaving video games for another technology sector. The hard and soft skills that go into producing video games—from knowledge of programming languages to aptitude for handling irate managers—will work just as well in many aspects of conventional software-building. Fortunately, leaving the video-game industry doesn’t have to be a permanent exile; many developers find themselves pulled back in at some point, out of simple passion for the craft.
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+ - Free Speech Under Attack - By The DOJ->

Submitted by Lawrence_Bird
Lawrence_Bird writes: The past couple of months saw many claims of free speech being under attack in relation to cartoons of the prophet of a certain religion. Yet, once again, we see that the most significant attacks on free speech are not from islamic fanatics but from the US government. Popehat.com has obtained a subpoena against Reason.com seeking to obtain identifiying information about commenters in a thread about the Silk Road verdict. The comments are all clearly over the top and are protected political speech.
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+ - A Technical Look Inside TempleOS->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa writes: TempleOS has become somewhat of a legend in the operating system community. Its sole author, Terry A. Davis, is a special kind of person, who has a tendency to appear in various places with a burst of strange comments. Nevertheless, he has spent the past 12 years creating a new operating system from scratch, and has shipped a functional product. An article takes a constructive technical look at the internals of TempleOS: installation, shell, file explorer, hypertext system, custom HolyC programming language, and interaction with hardware. The OS ships with a suite of several tools and demos as well. To see the sheer amount of content that's been written here over the years, to see such effort expended on a labor of love, is wonderfully heart-warming. In many ways TempleOS seems similar to systems such as the Xerox Alto, Oberon, and Plan 9; an all-inclusive system that blurs the lines between programs and documents.
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+ - Sony Makes $20 On Every iPhone6, Galaxy S6 Sold

Submitted by dkatana
dkatana writes: According to an article in InformationWeek, Sony might be losing the smartphone wars but it is definitely wining the image sensor market, leaving competitors such as Omnivision way behind.

The iPhone 6 series uses two Sony sensors and related parts, which, generate Sony $20 revenue per phone sold. Typically reliable sources indicate that Apple is considering the new Exmor RS IMX230, present on the upcoming Xperia Z4, for its next iPhone 6s.

The increase popularity of the "selfie" makes Apple and other manufacturers also feature high-end Exmor sensors for the otherwise lower-resolution front cameras.

+ - So much for Whatsapp's "end-to-end encryption" - Belgium Arrests Two in Probe-> 3 3

Submitted by Errorcod3
Errorcod3 writes: Belgian arrested two suspects and issued arrest warrants against three others following anti-terror raids Monday.

Police said earlier that they simultaneously raided 21 locations as part of two probes into jihadist Chechen groups, the country’s federal prosecutors’ office said in a statement. Prosecutors said the arrests were based on police information concerning a wounded man who had returned to Belgium after taking part in the jihad in Syria.

Authorities said they had to let go four other people detained earlier on Monday as part of a separate probe into the participation of a Chechen group based in the Belgian city of Leuven in the preparation of a possible terrorist attack in the country.

European law enforcement agencies have grappled with the threat of a domestic terrorism as extremist groups have encouraged followers to carry out attacks on home soil rather than try to travel to the Middle East. Two suspected terrorists were killed in January in a shootout that Belgian police said foiled a possible “major” attack.

Investigators said earlier they had detained 16 people in the anti-terror raids after working with U.S. authorities to monitor suspects’ communications on WhatsApp Inc.’s messaging service.

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+ - Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar-> 1 1

Submitted by Errorcod3
Errorcod3 writes: CTB Locker ransomware attacks rose 165 per cent in the first three months of 2015.

More than a third (35 per cent) of victims were based in Europe, McAfee Labs reported. CTB Locker encrypts files and holds them hostage until the ransom is paid. As such, the crimeware is picking up the baton that dropped with the takedown of the infamous CryptoLocker ransomware scam in May last year.

The latest edition of Intel Security's report, released on Tuesday, reports attacks on firmware for the first time. More specifically, the report details "persistent and virtually undetectable attacks" by the so-called Equation Group that reprogram hard disk drives and solid state drive firmware.

McAfee Labs assessed the reprogramming modules exposed in February and found that they could be used to reprogram the firmware in SSDs in addition to the previously-reported HDD reprogramming capability.
Once reprogrammed, the HDD and SSD firmware can reload associated malware each time infected systems boot and the malware persists even if the drives are reformatted or the operating system is reinstalled.

Once infected, security software cannot detect the associated malware stored in a hidden area of the drive.

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+ - The rise of Red Hat and the open organization->

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An anonymous reader writes: While open source continues to expand into diverse and unusual places, we have seen another interesting phenomenon spring up in the wake of the early open source successes: the open organization.

Open source companies are unusual and different. The planning, product development, culture, and business of open source have defined new rules that challenge business traditions, but also open up interesting new opportunities.

In this interview, open source evangelist Jono Bacon sits down with Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, to talk about what makes an open organization tick.

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Comment: I've donated a kidney... (Score 1) 130 130

by flogger (#49861739) Attached to: Rare 9-way Kidney Swap a Success
I think more people should look into this and other donations.. I've donated a kidney and am on the Bone Marrow Donor registry (http://bethematch.org/)

The three times I've cried in my life: Wedding day, birth of child, and walking to meet my kidney recipient after the operation.

I went through the Transplant Facility at MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina). The operations, while major, are somewhat common and straight forward. I never doubted anything would go wrong, and to be honest, I'd do it again... This is not to say that it wasn't painless. Day one, it felt like I was hit by a bus; day two felt like I was kit by a car; day three I don;t remember... (lots of morphine); day four I was home. It took about 8 weeks before I really felt like myself again. Well worth a summer vacation... You want to pick up chicks, drop the info that you donated a kidney....

I'm actually surprised that there isn't a Be The Match program for Kidney donations as there is for Bone Marrow. (Maybe there is and I am unaware--just did a google search... egads.)

Anyway, if you don;t want to donate while you're alive; sign up to do it afterward when you aren't using the organs any more.

Comment: Stayed the same... (Score 1) 244 244

by flogger (#48968699) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..
I didn't have a TV ten years ago. (I gave up the tube in '88)
I still don;t have a TV today.
The way I figure it, I watch the same amount of TV as I did ten years ago. I will pull out DVDs of Firefly now and then. But that came out 12ish years ago... so yeah, TV viewing is the same.

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