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+ - Linux Lockup Bug Continues To Be Investigated

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "For the past month there's been Linux kernel developers investigating a regression which causes a handful machines to freeze. As of the middle of December, the issue was still being investigated while Linux 3.18 was already shipped with the bug. Now it looks like the investigation is coming to an end. Either the latest cues are found to be correct, or time runs out as Dave Jones of Red Hat has to return his system this coming Monday as he's leaving Red Hat. The latest belief is the issue might be related to HPET, the High Precision Event Timer. Yesterday Linus Torvalds posted that he agrees it could be HPET related, some SMM/BIOS power management feature causing the problem, a bug in the kernel's clock-source handling, or "gremlins" — something freakish happening. Here's the last post at the time of writing. It looks like Dave will still be running some kernel tests this weekend though after that he has to turn in the system."

Comment: This smells like a scam of some sort .. (Score 1) 181

by lippydude (#48678921) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology
@AgentElrond: "This smells like a scam of some sort"

Here's more of the same, a device that generates 360 kWh from four gallons of water link.
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Comment: Windows domain controller .. (Score 1) 53

by lippydude (#48673287) Attached to: Russian Hackers Stole Millions From Banks, ATMs
"the attackers used the program RDPdoor for remote access to the bank network and the program “MBR Eraser” to remove traces and to crack Windows computers and servers .. The software called “Mimikatz” is built in this program. This is an open source software that allows to obtain passwords of user accounts logged in the Windows system. link

+ - Hacking the Samsung Gear S to run with any smartphone (or none at all)->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Samsung Gear S is locked to Samsung Galaxy smartphones, but there is a way to hack it to let it work independently or with any smartphone you want. This is the article quote -

Samsung intentionally coupled their Gear S smartwatch so tightly with their Galaxy smartphones that they officially require you to use a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to activate the Gear S smartwatch before you can use it. Not just any Android smartphone, or even any Samsung smartphone. It must be a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or phablet.

Fortunately, we have a solution, which would allow you to activate the Samsung Galaxy Gear S with any smartphone or phablet you want, even if it's the Apple iPhone. In fact, you can even activate the Gear S smartwatch to use independently of any smartphone. Best of all, the steps are very simple and does not involve the rooting of the Gear S.

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+ - TripAdvisor Fined in Italy For Fake Reviews->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Good or bad, TripAdvisor usually thrives on reviews — but when antitrust officials in Italy gave their damning opinion of the travel website, it wasn't quite so happy.

Slapped with a 500,000 euro fine ($611,000) for unfair trade activity and "misleading consumers," TripAdvisor has hit back, accusing the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) of being out of touch.

"We think the ruling is unreasonable, strongly disagree with its findings and will file an appeal," it said in a statement.
"We firmly believe that TripAdvisor is a force for good — both for consumers and the hospitality industry."

The regulator complained that people reading TripAdvisor Italy were unable to distinguish between genuine and fake reviews posted on the site. It said both were presented by TripAdvisor as "authentic and genuine in nature."

Demanding payment of the fine within 30 days, the ICA also accused the travel company of failing to provide proper checks to weed out bogus postings.

It said TripAdvisor Italy had fallen foul of three articles of the Italian consumer code, "making it likely to mislead a wide audience of consumers.""

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+ - Judge Rejects HP's Settlement of Shareholder Suit Over Autonomy->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Slashdot readers will remember that back in August, Autonomy's ex-CFO was trying to block the settlement between Hewlett-Packard and shareholders of a lawsuit centering on the 2012 botched Autonomy acquisition, saying that HP wanted to hide its 'own destruction of Autonomy's success after the acquisition.' On Friday last week the settlement hit another snag, when a federal judge rejected HP’s proposal for being too broad, potentially releasing the company from potential liabilities beyond Autonomy. 'The shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices with no factual predicates that overlap the Autonomy acquisition,' wrote Charles Breyer, judge for the U.S. District Court for Northern California."
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+ - Flexible White Organic LEDs Achieve Record Efficiencies->

Submitted by MTorrice
MTorrice (2611475) writes "One challenge for achieving high-efficiency organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) is making flexible transparent electrodes. The brittle indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes used in conventional glass devices cannot be used in bendable applications such as roll-up displays. So researchers have explored electrodes made of carbon nanotubes, graphene, and silver nanowires. Now materials scientists have built large, flexible organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) that shine white light with record-high efficiency thanks to a new method for making transparent electrodes with silver networks.

The embedded silver electrodes are highly transparent, transmitting more than 88% of light hitting them. They also have a low electrical resistance of 4.7 ohms per square, which is better than the 15 to 20 ohms per square of other reported silver nanowire electrodes, or even ITO-based ones."

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