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Submission + - Russians Build Nuclear Powered Data Center (

judgecorp writes: The government-owned Russian energy company Rosenergoatom is building Russia's largest data center at its giant Kalinin nuclear power station. Most of the space will be available to customers, and the facility expects to be in demand, thanks to two factors: reliable power, and the data residency rules which require Russian citizens' data to be located within Russia. Facebook and Google don't have data centers within Russia yet — and Rosenergoatom has already invited them into the Kalinin facility.

Submission + - Why CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after Paris attacks (

JoeyRox writes: "Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack. American politicians and intelligence officials see something else: opportunity. Bodies were still lying in the streets of Paris when CIA operatives began exploiting the resulting fear and anger to advance long-standing political agendas. They and their congressional allies instantly attempted to heap blame for the atrocity not on Islamic State but on several preexisting adversaries: Internet encryption, Silicon Valley's privacy policies and Edward Snowden."

Submission + - New Wearable Tech Translates Sign Language Into Text (

An anonymous reader writes: A new wearable technology developed by a team of biomedical engineers at Texas A&M University seeks to aid seamless communication between deaf people who use sign language and those who do not understand it. The arm device contains a network of sensors which track hand movements, as well as the electromyography (EMG) signals generated by the muscles in the wrist, and process and translate the different signals into text in real-time.The prototype currently uses Bluetooth to translate the sign language to a computer or smartphone.

Submission + - World's most complex PoS malware discovered, plunders millions from US (

mask.of.sanity writes: The world's most complex point of sales malware has been discovered having already ripped millions of bank cards from top household US national retailers and setting an entire sector on edge as the festival shopping bonanza ramps up. The ModPOS malware has pilfered "multiple millions" of debit and credit cards from the unnamed but large retail companies incurring millions of dollars in damages.

Submission + - Dark matter's secrets revealed by colliding galaxy clusters

StartsWithABang writes: Dark matter is a puzzle that’s now more than 80 years old: the presence of all the known, observable, detectable normal matter — the stuff in the standard model — cannot account for the gravitation of the astronomical objects we observe. But despite our inability to create or detect it in a laboratory, we’re certain of its existence in the Universe. The true test of this comes from colliding galaxy clusters, which show a distinct separation between all the known “normal” components, which collide, heat up and emit light, and the gravitational components, which very clearly don’t. At this point, over a dozen distinct colliding clusters show this effect, from some of the smallest known galactic groups to the largest colliding cluster in the Universe: El Gordo.

Submission + - Stack Overflow and the Zeitgeist of Computer Programming (

An anonymous reader writes: Stack Overflow remains one of the most widely-used resources in the developer community. Around 400,000 questions are posted to it every month. The Priceonomics blog is using statistical analysis to ask, "What do the nature of these questions tell us about the state of programming?" They see tremendous growth in questions about Android Studio, as well as more generic growth in work relating to data analysis and cloud services. Topics on a significant decline include Silverlight, Joomla, Clojure, and Flash (not to mention emacs, for some reason). The article also takes a brief look at the site's megausers, who receive a lot of credit for keeping the signal-to-noise ratio as high as it is, while also taking flack for how the Stack Overflow culture has progressed. "Others are worried about how Stack Overflow has impacted programming fundamentals. Some critics believe that rather than truly struggling with a problem, developers can now just ask Stack Overflow users to solve it for them. The questioner may receive and use an answer with code they do not truly understand; they just know it fixes their problem. This can lead to issues in the long run when adjustments are needed."

Submission + - Cisco Certification Tracker Tool Outage due to malware

marfaru writes:
Quote from above:


Pearson VUE has notified users that an unauthorized third party placed malware on their Credential Manager System, which supports this Cisco Certifications Tracking System.

As the investigation into this incident is still ongoing, the Cisco Certifications Tracking System will remain down until further notice. Testing for Cisco Certifications is able to continue. Please contact Pearson VUE if you have future questions about the incident at 1 855-270-9182 or 1 512-201-2203 for international callers.

What We Know:

Details can be found in a blog on The Cisco Learning Network.

An unauthorized party may have improperly accessed certain limited personal information from PCM, though we believe the impact to Cisco users does not include as many data fields as the broader user audience. At this time, we believe that the compromised information, as it relates to individuals who have taken exams for and hold Cisco certifications, is limited to name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

We apologize for any inconvenience the situation may cause."

Submission + - New Law Allows French Police To Sarch Electronic Devices Without A Warrant

An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the Paris attacks, the French Senate passed on Friday a bill that extends the state of emergency declared after the attacks to three months. The bill expands police powers, allowing them to carry out arrests and searches, impose curfews and house arrests, but also to seize and search suspects' electronic devices without a warrant, to make ISPs block websites without a court order, and more.

Submission + - Meet Lenny, the Bot that Tricks and Tortures Telemarketers writes: Robert Platt Bell writes at his blog "Living Stingy" about Lenny, a library of videos which play recordings to telemarketers trying to sell services (or scams). Lenny picks up calls and answers them with pre-recorded audio clips from a doddering Australian man, sometimes keeping telemarketers on the phone for over 20 minutes. "Lenny confounds and confuses, but sounds totally real," writes Bell. "Some telemarketers talk to him for nearly a half-hour, before they figure out that he's either a recording — or senile." According to developer Mango, Lenny is a program that uses voice recognition techniques to detect when a telemarketer is through speaking. When Lenny doesn’t hear anything, he says his next prompt. If the telemarketer doesn’t speak, or speaks too quietly, Lenny will ask them to speak up. This makes him sound more “real”. After the 16th prompt, Lenny starts over. The current “record” of sorts is a pair of telemarketers who were kept occupied by Lenny for over 38 minutes. Want to talk to Lenny, or transfer a telemarketer to him? Here's how.

But who is the real Lenny? According to Internet chatter he’s an actor in Brisbane, Australia — though clearly of English origin — who made his recordings for an company that wanted to respond in kind to time-wasting callers. About 2013, however, the original Lenny stopped working, so Mango and other tech-types decided to recreate him based on the published recordings. “The dishonest telemarketers are the ones that Lenny is really intended for,” explains Mango.

Submission + - Slashdot Poll: Preferred search engine for 2015?

An anonymous reader writes: Preferred search engine for 2015?


Submission + - NVIDIA Reveals Details On Pascal GPU With Up To 16GB Of HBM2, 1TB/Sec Bandwidth (

MojoKid writes: This week at NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in Japan, the company announced that their next gen GPU, code named Pascal, will have close to a 2x performance-per-watt improvement over the current Maxwell GPU architecture. It was also been revealed that Pascal will be produced using TSMC's 16nm FinFET process, which will put it right up against AMD which is moving to use 14nm/16nm with two new Graphics Core Next (GCN) products in 2016. Other improvements including replacing PLX PCIe Gen3 bridging with NVLink, which enables bi-directional communications between two GPUs at 80GB/sec, up from 16GB/sec in NVIDIA's current generation Maxwell GPUs. Pascal also includes High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2), which will significantly increase available memory bandwidth compared to current generation offerings. Flagship consumer Pascal boards will ship with four 4GB modules, combining to provide up to 16GB of memory and up to 1TB/sec of bandwidth.

Submission + - We can't let governments use Paris attacks to excuse increased surveillance (

Mark Wilson writes: The tragic events in France have, almost inevitably, led to renewed calls for increased surveillance of the internet. This cannot be allowed to happen; terrorism cannot be used as an excuse to infringe upon the privacy of millions of innocent internet users.

We have groups such as Anonymous taking a vigilante stance in a bid to drive ISIS from the internet, but governments have leapt on the massacres as a justification for additional snooping powers. This smacks very much of being a knee jerk reaction, and there is a very real danger that rushed legislation will cause greater harm than good.

Mass online surveillance is never right. We have already seen the NSA and GCHQ sucking up more information than they are able to process. It's a sign of governmental panic that rather than trying to come up with a meaningful, workable solution to terrorism (like, oh I don’t know... maybe not bombing people perhaps) those in power would rather chuck a load of money at projects that indiscriminately gather data in the blind hope that something useful will turn up.

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