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+ - Apple Fixes Shellshock in OS X

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Apple has released the OS X Bash Update 1.0 for OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion, a patch that fixes the "Shellshock" bug in the Bash shell. Bash, which is the default shell for many Linux-based operating systems, has been updated two times to fix the bug, and many Linux distributions have already issued updates to their users. When installed on an OS X Mavericks system, the patch upgrades the Bash shell from version 3.2.51 to version 3.2.53. The update requires the OS X 10.9.5, 10.8.5, or 10.7.5 updates to be installed on the system first. An Apple representative told Ars Technica that OS X Yosemite, the upcoming version of OS X, will receive the patch later."

+ - Billionaire Agarwal Gets Inspired By Gates' Philantrophy->

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jones_supa (887896) writes "Anil Agarwal, the billionaire founder of Vedanta Resources Plc, said he and his family decided to donate 75 percent of their wealth to charity after meeting Bill Gates. Agarwal said Gates and his wife, Melinda, discussed their philanthropic causes with him in Seattle last summer. "What we earn must be returned for the greater good of society," the 62-year-old said at an event yesterday to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vedanta's (VED) listing on the London Stock Exchange. "Life is not only about wealth." Agarwal has a fortune of $3.3 billion that includes an almost 70 percent stake in his company."
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+ - DHL Goes Live With "Parcelcopter" Drone Delivery Service

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "In December, Amazon announced that it intended to deliver packages to customers using drones. But its initiative was widely ridiculed for being an over-hyped announcement with little to show for it. This summer, Google demonstrated its own drone-based delivery service, using a fixed-wing aircraft to deliver little packages to farmers in the Australian outback. But now, German delivery firm DHL has beaten the tech firms to the post, announcing a regular drone delivery service for the first time, nine months after it launched its "parcelcopter" research project in December 2013. The service will use an quadcopter to deliver small parcels to the German island of Juist, a sandbar island 12km into the North Sea from the German coast, inhabited by 2,000 people. Deliveries will include medication and other urgently needed goods. Flying under 50 meters to avoid entering regulated air traffic corridors, the drone takes a fully automated route, carrying a special air-transport container that is extremely lightweight as well as weatherproof."

+ - Kim Jong-un Missing From Public View->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has not made a public appearance for weeks, according to South Korean officials and analysts — a situation that has fueled speculation among outside observers over his whereabouts. The young strongman attended a concert by the Moranbong Band with his wife on Sept. 3, North Korean media reported, though since then, none of his activities have been publicized. North Korea analysts said it is rare for the North to keep silent about his personal affairs for so long. Observers said it is also unusual that Kim seems to have disappeared during the Incheon Asian Games, particularly because he invested so much in sending the country's national team to the event. Analysts believe it's possible that the young leader may have a health issue. Footage from a North Korean television broadcast last month showed that Kim had been walking with a slight limp in July and August. There is also unconfirmed information that he might have been wounded during sports activity."
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+ - Chrome For Mac Drops 32-bit Build

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Google has revealed that it's launching the finished 64-bit version of Chrome 39 for OS X this November, which already brought benefits in speed, security and stability on Windows. However at this point the 32-bit build for Mac will cease to exist. Just to make it clear, this decision does not apply to Windows and Linux builds, at least for now. As a side effect, 32-bit NPAPI plugins will not work on Chrome on Mac version 39 onwards. The affected hardware are only the very first x86-based Macs with Intel Core Duo processors. An interesting question remains, whether the open source version of Chrome, which is of course Chromium, could still be compiled for x86-32 on OS X."

+ - Ubuntu Update Breaks Some Optimus Laptops

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jones_supa (887896) writes "According to a bug report, a recent Ubuntu 14.04 LTS update broke the desktop for some Nvidia Optimus users. Right now is known that a regression is introduced by either version 0.2.91.5 or 0.2.91.6 of package 'ubuntu-drivers-common'. Users of the Optimus platform might want to hold the package at 0.2.91.4 until the bug is fixed, especially if they are Lenovo ThinkPad users. The bug manifests itself as the desktop not being usable and the user is stuck at a purple screen."

+ - Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Missile Near-miss Almost 30 Years On->

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jones_supa (887896) writes "It has come to light that a Finnair-owned McDonnell Douglas DC-10 passenger jet narrowly avoided being shot down by a missile while en route to Helsinki 27 years ago, claimed by the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat on Sunday. The two co-pilots, Esko Kaukiainen and Markku Soininen, describe how the event happened during a routine flight back to Helsinki from Japan in December 1987. When the plane was crossing the Arctic Ocean, a missile appeared in the distance. The crew thought it was a Russian weather rocket on its way into space, but the missile began heading straight towards the aircraft. Just 20 seconds away from a collision, the missile exploded. The captain, who was resting at the time of the incident, never officially reported the event. The question of who fired the missile has never been definitively answered. But the pilots believe it was launched from either the Soviet Union's Kola Peninsula or a submarine in the Barents Sea. They speculate that the missile could have been a misfire or that the plane was used as training target."
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+ - Mushroom-Like Organism May Be New Branch of Life

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jones_supa (887896) writes "During a scientific cruise in 1986, scientists collected organisms at water depths of 400m and 1,000m on the south-east Australian continental slope, near Tasmania. But the two types of mushroom-shaped organisms were recognized only recently, after sorting of the bulk samples collected during the expedition. A team of scientists at the University of Copenhagen says the tiny organism does not fit into any of the known subdivisions of the animal kingdom. The organisms are described in the academic journal Plos One. The authors of the paper recognise two new species of mushroom-shaped animal: Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides. Measuring only a few millimetres in size, the animals consist of a flattened disc and a stalk with a mouth on the end. One way to resolve the question surrounding Dendrogramma's affinities would be to examine its DNA, but new specimens will need to be found. The team's paper calls for researchers around the world to keep an eye out for other examples."

+ - Steve Ballmer Wrote the Text for Blue Screen of Death 1

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jones_supa (887896) writes "Neowin reports that Microsoft's former CEO, Steve Ballmer, is actually credited with writing the original Blue Screen of Death text for Windows 3.1. In a new MSDN's The Old New Thing blog post penned a few days back, Ballmer is given credit for rewriting the text that appears on the infamous BSOD that we all know and love.

During this time period, Steve Ballmer was head of the Systems Division, and he paid a visit to the Windows team to see what they were up to, as is the wont of many executives. When they showed him the Ctrl+Alt+Del feature, he nodded thoughtfully and added, "This is nice, but I don't like the text of the message. It doesn't sound right to me."

Ballmer went back to his office, changed the text and e-mailed it back to the team a few days later; the rest is history. Steve's idea for what the screen should say was so good that the text went directly into Windows very close to its original form."

+ - GOG Making Inroads to DRM-Free Movie Distribution

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Good Old Games is prepping to bring another medium into its trademark DRM-free digital distribution platform: movies! To get things rolling, the shop is already serving a couple of dozen indie films as we speak. Currently the bigger studios are waiting for someone else gnaw on the rock and prove that selling DRM-free movies works. "Their reaction was kind of funny because ... they know that DRM doesn't work because every single movie is on torrent sites or illegal places at launch or even before," Marcin Iwinski, CD Projekt RED and GOG joint-CEO reminds us. GOG plans to bring more movie titles on a weekly basis."

+ - LGOGDownloader is a Command Line Downloader for GOG

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Webupd8 reports about a rather cool tool for fans of Linux command line and GOG.com. LGOGDownloader allows you to download your games purchased from GOG straight from the CLI, lean and mean. Internally the software uses the same API as the official GUI downloader, which unfortunately is not yet available for Linux. LGOGDownloader can download GOG.com games (including language-specific installers if available), list and download updated files, resume unfinished downloads, repair downloaded installers, download extras such as artwork or manuals, and more. It carries the WTFPL license, which essentially means that the software is public domain."

+ - Predictive Modeling to Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games

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jones_supa (887896) writes "Streaming game services always bump up against a hard latency limit based on the total round-trip time it takes to send user input to a remote server and receive a frame of game data from that server. To alleviate the situation, Microsoft Research has been developing a system called DeLorean (whitepaper) using predictive modeling to improve the experienced responsivity of a game. By analyzing previous inputs in a Markov chain, DeLorean tries to predict the most likely choices for the user's next input and then generates speculative frames that fit those inputs and sends them back to the user. The caveat is that sending those extra predictive frames and information does add a bandwidth overhead of anywhere from 1.5 to 4 times that of a normal streaming game client. During testing the benefits were apparent, though. Even when the actual round-trip time between input and server response was 256 ms, double-blind testers reported both the gameplay responsiveness and graphical quality of the DeLorean system were comparable to a locally played version of the game."

+ - Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "After leaving his position as CEO of Microsoft a year ago, Steve Ballmer has still held a position as a member of the board of directors for the company. Now, he is leaving the board, along with a letter to the fresh CEO Satya Nadella. 'I have become very busy,' Ballmer explains. 'I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time.' Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice. Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in 'the mobile-first, cloud-first world.'"

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