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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 19 declined, 3 accepted (22 total, 13.64% accepted)

Submission + - Australian Feliks Zemdegs takes title at Rubik's Cube World Championship (abc.net.au)

johnsnails writes: Australian Feliks Zemdegs has taken the Rubik's Cube world title for the second straight time at the 2015 World Championship finals, which reunited the world's meanest "speedcubers" in Sao Paulo.

The 19-year-old completed the traditional 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube with a staggering average of 7.56 seconds and best score of 5.695 seconds, narrowly missing the world record of 5.25 seconds held by American Collin Burns.

Read more here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/201...

Submission + - Court ruling on whether Australian ISPs must hand over customer data (news.com.au)

johnsnails writes: A LANDMARK court ruling is due to be handed down today that will have lasting implications for the ongoing fight against illegal downloading and file sharing.

Dallas Buyers Club LLC has requested that iiNet (and a few other Australian ISPs) divulge the identity of customers whose IP addresses were found to have shared the film Dallas Buyers Club illegally.

The company owns the rights to the movie and identified a total of 4726 IP addresses that engaged in the illegal activity. Federal Court Justice Nye Perram’s verdict is due to be handed down at 2:15pm today.

While iiNet challenged the request, if successful, the suit could result in thousands of Australians being sued for copyright breaches. The watershed case will set a precedent for Australian ISP’s and will have a major impact on the behaviour of pirates.

Submission + - 'No Survivors' Expected In France Plane Crash

johnsnails writes: A passenger plane has crashed in France, with all 148 people on board thought to have died.

The Airbus A320, operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline, came down in the southern French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne.

Flight 4U 9525 sent out a distress signal at 10.45am (9.45am UK time) on its route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf.

Submission + - Yii 2.0 RC is released (yiiframework.com)

johnsnails writes: We are very pleased to announce the release of Yii 2.0 RC (Release Candidate).

This RC release includes about 100 bug fixes and 200 new features and enhancements. It is a result of five months of intensive development since the prior Beta release. During this period, we have received a lot of help from the Yii community users. We hereby thank everyone who has contributed to Yii and made this release possible. You are the best!

Check out the definitive guide here

Submission + - Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dies

johnsnails writes: THE fiery founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and US soldiers, on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.

Submission + - Bitcoin exchange boss, Autumn Radtke, found dead of suspected suicide in Singapo (news.com.au)

johnsnails writes: IT SEEMS controversial virtual currency bitcoin has claimed its first life.

THE American chief executive of a bitcoin exchange has been found dead at her home in Singapore.

Autumn Radtke, 28, was found dead in her apartment on February 28 and investigators are awaiting toxicology tests to confirm that her death was a suicide.

Radtke formerly worked with Apple and other Silicon Valley tech firms on developing digital payment systems before taking up the position with First Meta, an exchange for the digital currency bitcoin.

Submission + - Are you smart enough to work at a start-up? (news.com.au) 1

johnsnails writes: EVER fancied yourself the next Mark Zuckerberg or David Karp?

Well, here's your chance to shine.

Sydney-based tech company Bigcommerce is recruiting engineers to work in their inner-city warehouse offices, fitted out with ping pong tables, Xboxes and nerf guns in true start-up vibe.

The only thing standing in your way is solving the ridiculously difficult riddle pictured above.

Once cracked, the code will generate a phone number that leads to a "batphone" in their Sydney offices.

Submission + - Kevin Rudd quits as leader as Tony Abbott storms to victory.

johnsnails writes: KEVIN Rudd has conceded defeat to Tony Abbott in the election and said he will not recontest the Labor leadership. Mr Rudd called on the nation to unite behind Mr Abbott as prime minister. “As Prime Minister of Australia I wish him well now in the high office of Australian prime minister.” “Tonight is the time to unite as the great Australian nation. Because whatever our politics may be we are all first and foremost Australian.

Submission + - Girl, 11, has higher IQ than Einstein (news.com.au)

johnsnails writes: THE smartest person in Britain isn't an Oxbridge professor or BBC boffin, it's an 11-year-old girl with huge aspirations.
Cerys Cooksammy-Parnell scored the maximum of 162 on a Mensa IQ test in July, ranking her smarter than Einstein and Stephen Hawking, the Wall St Journal reports.

Submission + - The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP (php.net) 2

johnsnails writes: The PHP development team is proud to announce the immediate availability of PHP 5.5.0. This release includes a large number of new features and bug fixes. The key features of PHP 5.5.0 include:
  • Added generators and coroutines.
  • Added "finally" keyword.
  • Added simplified password hashing API.
  • Added support for constant array/string dereferencing.
  • Added Class Name Resolution As Scalar Via "class" Keyword
  • Added support for using empty() on the result of function calls and other expressions
  • Added support for non-scalar Iterator keys in foreach
  • Added support for list in foreach
  • Added Zend Opcache extension and enable building it by default.
  • The GD library has been upgraded to version 2.1 adding new functions and improve existing functionality.
  • A lot more improvements and fixes


Submission + - Researchers hack Google Australia headquarters building (news.com.au)

johnsnails writes: RESEARCHERS have managed to easily hack the building management system of Google's Sydney headquarters.

The researchers from security firm Cylance were able to obtain the password for the control system for the waterfront Pyrmont office, where it could access the system that controls alarms and other building services.

Submission + - Yii 2 is now available for public preview at GitHub (yiiframework.com)

johnsnails writes: We are very pleased to announce that Yii 2 is now available for public preview at GitHub. This is a major milestone during the Yii 2 development which was started more than two years ago and has since undergone complete rewrite.

Note that Yii 2 is still under heavy development. We may introduce significant changes without prior notices. So please do not use it for production.



We sincerely invite you to review and play around the code, and give us feedback. We also welcome you to participate in developing Yii 2.


Submission + - Facebook tries to takeover the world with a redirection bug (news.com.au)

johnsnails writes: Some of the biggest news sites in the world disappeared today when Facebook took over the internet with a redirection bug.

Visitors to sites such as The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, the Gawker network, NBC News and News.com.au were immediately transferred to a Facebook error page upon loading their intended site.

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