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+ - Is Big Data Leaving Hadoop Behind?

Submitted by knightsirius
knightsirius writes: Big Data was seen as one the next big drivers of computing economy, and Hadoop was seen as a key component of the plans. However, Hadoop has had a less than stellar six months, beginning with the lacklustre Hortonworks IPO last December and the security concerns raised by some analysts.. Another survey records only a quarter of big data decision makers actively considering Hadoop. With rival Apache Spark on the rise, is Hadoop being bypassed in big data solutions?

+ - New Horizons spacecraft captures Pluto with its tiniest moons->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: NASA's Pluto-bound spacecraft can now see the dwarf planet's two tiniest known moons — both less than 30 kilometres wide.

Kerberos (which is 10 to 30 kilometres wide) and Styx (which is seven to 21 kilometres) are seen circling Pluto, along with the slightly larger moons Hydra and Nix, in an animated series of "family photos" captured by the New Horizons spacecraft between April 25 and May 1, and released by NASA Tuesday.

"New Horizons is now on the threshold of discovery," said mission science team member John Spencer, from the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo., in a statement. "If the spacecraft observes any additional moons as we get closer to Pluto, they will be worlds that no one has seen before."

New Horizons is scheduled to make a close flyby of Pluto and its moons on July 14.

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+ - Senators Demand CIA Director Admit He Lied About Computer-Hacking Scandal 1

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie writes: CIA Director John Brennan lied when he denied ordering agency employees to search Senate computers to trace a leak. Frustrated with his unwillingness to admit the obvious, three Senate Democrats on Friday called on Brennan to admit that his agency crossed the line.

The Senate Intelligence Committee was preparing a report on the CIA's Bush-era torture programs when the spy agency discovered that the committee had somehow acquired an internal CIA report on the program. To determine how the report had leaked, Brennan ordered CIA officers to pry into the computers used by committee staffers.

+ - Hacker given in-game death sentence->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: A character controlled by a hacker who used exploits to dominate online game Guild Wars 2 has been put to death in the virtual world.

The character, called DarkSide, was stripped then forced to leap to their death from a high bridge.
The death sentence was carried out after players gathered evidence about the trouble the hacker had caused.

This helped the game's security staff find the player, take over their account and kill them off.

Over the past three weeks many players of the popular multi-player game Guild Wars 2 have been complaining about the activities of a character called DarkSide. About four million copies of the game have been sold.

Via a series of exploits the character was able to teleport, deal massive damage, survive co-ordinated attacks by other players and dominate player-versus-player combat.
To spur Guild Wars' creator ArenaNet to react, players gathered videos of DarkSide's antics and posted them on YouTube.

The videos helped ArenaNet's security head Chris Cleary identify the player behind DarkSide, he said in a forum post explaining what action it had taken. Mr Cleary took over the account to carry out the punishment.
The video shows DarkSide being stripped to his underwear then made to leap from a high bridge in one of the game's cities. It also shows the character being deleted by Mr Cleary.

"Oh yah, he's also banned," he wrote. Several other accounts belonging to the same player have also been shut down.

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+ - Uber? It's not in Kansas anymore->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp writes: Need a cab in Kansas? You'll have to hail one the old-fashioned way. Uber isn't in Kansas anymore.

It stopped operations there Tuesday after the state legislature approved a new law the company says makes it "impossible" to keep operating.

Kansas legislators voted to override Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of new, stricter regulations on companies like Uber, that allow people to hail a ride with an app on their smartphone.

The governor said the new rules are "premature."
"To over-regulate or improperly regulate an emerging industry before the marketplace actors make proper arrangements is to invite more, problems, not less," he said in April, when he vetoed the legislation.

Uber first launched in Kansas about a year ago.
The company was actually on board with the original draft of the new rules. It required Uber to disclose certain information to customers, including how fares are calculated and the driver's license plate number before they get in the car. Uber already does those things in its app.

But, the final bill also requires Uber drivers to carry a level of insurance that the company said is not required in any other state.

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+ - Putting keys in freezer could prevent car break-ins-> 1

Submitted by turkeydance
turkeydance writes: If you have a car with a hands-free key fob, you could become the target of a break-in tactic that you probably didn't know was possible. AAA Carolinas' Dave Yelverton says this type of key fob typically unlocks a car if it's within about 30 centimeters.

"Your car is continually trying to reach out and touch this key," Yelverton said. "And when it finds the key, you can open the door without touching the car without using the key. You can just leave it in your pocket."

But there are break-in cases across the country, where a power amplifier device may have been used to unlock the cars. Yelverton says the amplifier would take that signal from the car and fire it out as far as 100 meters.

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+ - UK High Court orders block on Popcorn Time->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Five ISPs have been given orders by the UK High Court to restrict access to sites offering downloads of popular movie streaming service Popcorn Time – a move which follows complaints from the Motion Picture Association referring to the software’s use as a platform for viewing pirated content. According to the new regulation, Virgin, BT, Sky, EE and TalkTalk are now required to block access to,, and – all sites which link to Popcorn Time downloads. In the High Court order, Justice Birss cites under Section 97A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, that the “Popcorn Time application is used in order to watch pirated content on the internet.” Popcorn Time operates as a BitTorrent client, despite its slick user interface, and is used mainly for illegal content – although, as its supporters argue, it is also a handy tool for streaming public domain films. It is unclear how successful the ban will be – the blocked sites are not the only places to find Popcorn Time online. Additionally, at ISP level, it will be challenging to monitor as there is not a single version or developer to seek out, with the code available as open source.
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+ - Google Announces 'Password Alert' to Protect Against Phishing Attacks

Submitted by writes: Google has announced Password Alert, a free, open-source Chrome extension that protects your Google Accounts from phishing attacks. Once you’ve installed it, Password Alert will show a warning if you type your Google password into a site that isn’t a Google sign-in page. This protects you from phishing attacks and also encourages you to use different passwords for different sites, a security best practice. Once you’ve installed and initialized Password Alert, Chrome will remember a “scrambled” version of your Google Account password. It only remembers this information for security purposes and doesn’t share it with anyone. If you type your password into a site that isn't a Google sign-in page, an alert will tell you that you’re at risk of being phished so you can update your password and protect yourself.

+ - Unmanned Russian ISS cargo vessel is out of control and falling to earth->

Submitted by devphaeton
devphaeton writes: The Guardian spews: "
An Unmanned Russian cargo spacecraft ferrying supplies to the International Space Station is plunging back to Earth and apparently out of control.

A Soyuz rocket carrying the Progress M-27M spacecraft with supplies for the International Space Station successfully launched on Tuesday, but communication with the vessel was lost soon afterwards. The Russian space agency is trying to re-establish contact with the cargo vessel as it hurtles over ground stations, but is struggling because the 2.5 tonne spacecraft is tumbling.

“It has started descending. It has nowhere else to go,” an official familiar with the situation told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity on Wednesday. The official was speaking ahead of an official Russian space agency statement expected later in the day. “It is clear that absolutely uncontrollable reactions have begun.”

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Comment: Re:Mandation of vaccines is not okay (Score 1) 616

by hondo77 (#49533033) Attached to: Bill To Require Vaccination of Children Advances In California

Liberty is absolute or it isn't liberty.

Really? Libel, slander, inciting a riot, yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater, false advertising, yadda, yadda, yadda. You're aware these restrictions on your so-called absolute liberty are working out just fine, right? It's called the real world and you actually live in it.

All life evolves by the differential survival of replicating entities. -- Dawkins