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Submission + - Y2K of Time Zones in Windows 10 (mozilla.org)

ememisya writes: Currently the latest version of major browsers (Chrome 47, Edge 20, Firefox 43) are broken on Windows 10 when it comes to dealing with time, more specifically the JavaScript Date object. The Date object, as most JS developers may be familiar with, deals with all things time related on browsers. This is all well, unless for example you were born on March 10 1980 at midnight EST in the US. If you are that unlucky fellow, this means that whenever you are submitting your birth date on a website on Windows 7, 8, or 10, using one of the major browsers mentioned, you will in fact be telling that website that your birth date is March 9th.

The reason for this is the historical shifts of the daylight savings time in the US. For example, in 1980 the daylight savings time for EST US started on April 27th, the last Sunday of April. However as time went on, laws such as Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1986, and more recently Energy Policy Act of 2005, have shifted when the daylight savings time starts and ends.

What's happening on Windows 10 with these modern browsers is that the current daylight savings time policy in 2016 (starting at the second Sunday of March) gets applied historically to all dates in the past, meaning on March 10 1980 at midnight EST, the clocks still showed 12:00AM, but what Firefox, and Chrome does on Windows is to go, "Daylight savings time starts at the second Sunday of March right? Right. Surely it did back then as well." and gives you the Date instance of March 9 1980 at 11:00PM instead.

The Edge browser? First Sunday of April 1980 (the 6th) because why not?

Are you a Pisces or an Aries born in the 80s, in the Unites States of America? Avoid this issue by using a common Linux distribution as the mentioned browsers Chrome and Firefox are working correctly on Linux distributions.

This bug was originally brought to my attention by Catherine Winfrey.

Feed Engadget: GM quietly buys failed Uber rival Sidecar (engadget.com)

They wont say it out loud, but car makers are secretly terrified about what Uber will do to their business. Thats why GM is buying up the remains of one of its rivals, Sidecar, in a deal worth somewhere close to $30 million. Bloomberg is reporting...

Submission + - Detailed Seafloor Gravity Map Brings the Earth's Surface Into Sharp Focus (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Not so long ago the ocean floor was as unknown as the far side of the Moon. Now, an international team of scientists is using satellite data to chart the deep ocean by measuring the Earth's gravitational field. The result is a new, highly-detailed map that covers the three-quarters of the Earth's surface that lies underwater. The map is already providing new insights into global geology.

Submission + - Oxford Scientists Create The Most Expensive Material On Earth (sijutech.com)

Sepa Blackforesta writes: Forget diamond, gold and plutonium, because scientists at Oxford University have created a material with a price tag that dwarfs all of the finest substances money can buy, and they recently sold off their first sample of the material to the tune of £100 million a gram, around $US32,000 for 200 micrograms, the world’s most expensive material ever.

Submission + - Kite power—latest in green technology? (thebulletin.org) 1

Dan Drollette writes: The solution to producing energy without contributing to global warming may be to go fly a kite. Literally. Researchers in Switzerland and Italy — high-altitude places where the winds are strong, steady and predictable — have been working on ways to generate electricity from kites that fly hundreds or thousands of meters high. The scientists already have a prototype cranking out 27 megawatts; they expect to have a 100-megawatt plant big enough to power 86,000 households. And they say that they can produce electricity for less that 4 cents per kilowatt-hour, which is better than fossil fuel. Plus, the kites look really cool (as does the "“Darrieus rotor vertical axis wind turbine” at the base of the St Bernard Pass, on the Swiss side, which I've seen in operation in person). Be sure to click on the links.

Submission + - AMD Unveils 64-Bit ARM-Based Opteron A1100 System On Chip With Integrated 10GbE (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: AMD is adding a new family of Opterons to its enterprise processor line-up today called the Opteron A1100 series. Unlike AMD's previous enterprise offerings, however, these new additions are packing ARM-based processor cores, not the X86 cores AMD has been producing for years. The Opteron A1100 series is designed for a variety of use cases and applications, including networking, storage, dense and power-efficient web serving, and 64-bit ARM software development. The new family was formerly codenamed "Seattle" and it represents the first 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57-based platform from AMD. AMD Opteron A1100 Series chips will pack up to eight 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 cores with up to 4MB of shared Level 2 and 8MB of shared Level 3 cache. They offer two 64-bit DDR3/DDR4 memory channels supporting speeds up to 1866 MHz with ECC and capacities up to 128GB, dual integrated 10Gb Ethernet network connections, 8-lanes of PCI-Express Gen 3 connectivity, and 14 SATA III ports. AMD is shipping to a number of software and hardware partners now with development systems already available.

Submission + - Black Hat SEO Campaign Powered By SQL Injection

itwbennett writes: A new threat advisory from Akamai warns of a Black Hat SEO campaign that's leveraging SQL Injection as a means to generate links to a website dedicated to stories about cheating. At one point, Akamai says, the campaign included more than 3,800 websites and 348 unique IP addresses. CSO Online's Steve Ragan points out that 'technically, the campaign is more mass defacement than straight-up SEO scam, because the primary focus was SQL Injection.' And, while the Akamai report doesn't list the website behind the campaign, Ragan did some digging and found that storyofcheating[dot]com is the site that got the most traffic from the campaign.
Programming

Submission + - Oracle v Google A Programmer Reads the Patents (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: After much group discussion about the Oracle/Google trial, I suddenly realized that none of my colleagues had read the patents — neither had I and this meant we were all talking about something we didn't know anything about. So I decided to find out what the patents really cover by reading them from cover to cover — the results were interesting.
Do you think I found amazing ideas worthy of patent protection?

Facebook

Submission + - Facebook Admits It Doesn't Know How Mobile Works (businessweek.com)

deltaromeo writes: As Facebook moves inexorably toward its much-anticipated initial public offering, attention has been focused on all kinds of things about the giant network with the $100 billion potential market valuation—including the earth-shattering fact that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg insists on wearing a hoodie during his meetings with Wall Street bankers and analysts. But what investors should be more focused on is the problem Facebook highlights in the most recent amendment to its S-1 securities filing: namely, that its mobile business is noticeably light on advertising revenue and that the company isn’t exactly sure how (or whether) it can fix that.
Education

Submission + - California Students Rank 47th In National Science Test (ocregister.com)

bonch writes: 22 percent of California eighth-graders passed a national science test, ranking California among the worst in the U.S. according to the 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress. The test measures knowledge in Earth and space sciences, biology, and basic physics. The states that fared worse than California were Mississippi, Alabama, and a tie between the District of Columbia and Hawaii.

Comment Re:A programmers approach (Score 1) 183

If I recall correctly, the levels do serve a purpose (or at least were supposed to serve a purpose). The reason for the levels is so that funding can be tied to a specific level. For example, there may be funding to support a certain number of person hours at yellow and more hours to support more guards, etc. when you reach orange. The point is, without some kind of level that takes a subjective "bad stuff is more likely to happen/has happened" and changes it to "we are now at orange/red", it is nearly impossible to get approval for additional resources rolled out throughout government entities quickly enough to be of any benefit. If you take away the level's you end up with a scenario where they say, "we have a high probability of an attack in this area"; the leaders in the field say, "so does that mean we can bring in more resources?"; and the question doesn't through all the channels to get an answer until the threat has passed or the attack has occurred.

Comment Colocation (Score 2, Interesting) 260

With the current availability of fairly inexpensive bandwidth, why are you running servers at your location? There simply isn't much justification for any business not in the fortune 500 to go the route of "build your own" Catacenter. If it must be up, look at the option of renting rack space from a Telecom provider that takes care of generator power for you. Most of these will do a rack for a couple hundred a month that includes the generator backup. You may need to get a small UPS that handles the "blip" until the generator kicks in (they usually tell you that you need a few seconds of UPS), but it sounds like you already have units to put at the bottom of the rack that will handle that. You then have servers that will survive as long as the provider has fuel. Anything else is going to cost you far more. Most likely you can find one that will provide decent bandwidth from your location to theirs and provide you with an Internet connection at the Colo that is less expensive because it doesn't have the local loop to your facility. This probably would offset much of the cost for bandwidth that you will need from your office to your servers at the Colo.

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