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Submission + - Raspberry Pi Zero approaces no cost computing with $5 cost

puddingebola writes: The Raspberry Pi foundation has released its most badass computer ever with the release of the fucking kickass Raspberry Pi Zero. Specs are similar to the Pi 1, "At the heart of its 65 x 30 millimeter circuit board is a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor, the same as in the Raspberry Pi 1, with a 1GHz ARM11 core. The board holds 512MB of RAM, and the operating system is loaded from micro-SD card. There's a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p video output, and micro-USB sockets for data and power." But at the $5 price, they may have hit the rock bottom of connecting. How can they achieve this price, you may ask? "Its 40-pin GPIO header has identical pinouts, although the pads on the circuit board are "unpopulated," meaning you'll have to solder on your own connector. The same goes for the composite video output: The connection is available, but if you need a socket, you must solder it yourself." Dude, go to Radio Shack.

Submission + - Laser Strikes on Aircraft Increasing in Frequency (

puddingebola writes: The FAA is recording a record number of laser strikes on aircraft for 2015. From the article, "The Federal Aviation Administration recorded 5,352 laser strikes through Oct. 16, up from 2,837 for all of 2010. Such strikes can temporarily blind pilots at critical times when they are taking off and landing. People convicted of pointing a laser at a plane can be sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine."

Submission + - Jury finds Apple infringes on University of Wisconsin Patent (

puddingebola writes: A jury in US federal court has ruled Apple infringed on a patent held by the Univeristy of Wisconsin. From the article, "Having initially sued Apple in January 2014, the University’s licensing arm, known as the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, launched a separate, still-pending lawsuit last in September claiming it had also infringed on the patent with its latest iPhone models, the 6S and the 6S Plus. The licensing arm claims that it offered to license the patent to Apple for a fee, but the offer was ignored."

Submission + - New Linux Botnet (

puddingebola writes: From the article, "Cybercrooks have built a network of compromised Linux servers capable of blowing websites and other systems off the internet with at least 150Gbps of junk traffic.
The XOR Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) botnet is launching 20 attacks a day from compromised machines, according to Akamai. 90 per cent of the attacks from the malware-infected computers are being thrown against organizations in Asia. The most frequent target is the gaming sector, followed by educational institutions."

Submission + - Android Lollipop can be Hacked with very long Password (

puddingebola writes: From the article, "Locked phones require a passcode. But there's a way to get around that. Just type in an insanely long password. That overloads the computer, which redirects you to the phone's home screen.
It's a time-consuming hack, but it's actually easy to pull off. In a report published Tuesday, computer security researcher John Gordon documented the vulnerability and posted a video of the hack. It only affects smartphones using the latest version of the Android operating system, Lollipop."

Submission + - Chris Beard's open letter to Nadella (

puddingebola writes: Chris Beard at Mozilla has sent an open letter to Satya Nadella complaining about the default settings in Windows 10. Users who upgrade to 10 will have their default browser automatically changed to the new Edge browser. From the article, "The upgrade process, as he explained it, "appears to be purposely designed to throw away the choices its customers have made about the Internet experience they want, and replace it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them to have." "

Submission + - Lenovo will sell Ubuntu laptops in India (

puddingebola writes: From the article, "Lenovo is preparing to ship laptops preloaded with Ubuntu in India. The first of these systems will be the Lenovo Thinkpad L450, featuring only one of two CPUs, but the selection may widen over time and expand to other countries...Overall, switching to Ubuntu reduces the system cost considerably. Currently, the standard L450 system with Windows 8.1 Pro utilizing a Core i3, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB HDD costs 59724 INR ($943.02 USD). An Ubuntu version of the system with the same hardware specs, however, will only cost 48000 INR ($757.91 USD). Although most people are accustomed to using Windows nowadays, that is a significantly reduced price."

Submission + - China overwhelming sites hosting Censored Content (

puddingebola writes: The New York times reports that China is using a "new weapon" called the "Great Cannon" to overwhelm sites such as GitHub and that host censored websites. The story is based on a report from UC Berkley and the University of Toronto, found here From the story, "China’s new Internet weapon, the report says, is similar to one developed and used by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, a system outlined in classified documents leaked by Edward J. Snowden, the former United States intelligence contractor. "

Submission + - No more Kinect for Windows (

puddingebola writes: Microsoft has announced it will no longer manufacture Kinect for Windows. Only the Xbox One version will be available for purchase. Microsoft said it could not meet demand for the device, a strange claim for a company to make.

Submission + - Rust Never Sleeps (

puddingebola writes: Interesting book review in the New York Times yesterday for Jonathan Waldman's Rust: The longest War. How much have you really considered the engineers, chemists, physicists and bureaucrats engaged in a war to stop the natural forces of oxidation. Rust, the book says, costs the United States $437 billion annually, more "than all other natural disasters combined." Technologies used to combat rust include the one micron thick polymer in your can of Coke, to the invention of stainless steel. Would Slashdot readers find a nontechnical book on the subject of entropy... entertaining?

Submission + - Resistant Bacterial Infection outbreak at California Hospital (

puddingebola writes: From the article, " A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics has infected seven patients, including two who died, and more than 160 others were exposed at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center through contaminated medical instruments, the hospital revealed. The drug-resistant superbug known as CRE was likely transmitted to the Los Angeles patients by contaminated medical scopes during endoscopic procedures that took place between October 2014 and January 2015, a university statement said. " UCLA says the infections occurred via contaminated endoscopes that were sterilized according to the manufacturer's specifications.

Submission + - Single-Photon Quantum Computer Chips Are Scaling Up (

puddingebola writes: From the article, "A team of MIT engineers has developed a technique for creating integrated chip-mounted arrays of light detectors with single-photon sensitivity. Moreover, these sensors can be mounted on regular old silicon computer chips using regular old manufacturing processes, opening yet another door in the long hallway toward practical quantum computing."

Submission + - Samsung Launches Tizen Phone in India (

puddingebola writes: From the article, "Samsung has launched its first smartphone running the company's own Tizen operating system, in a move away from Google's Android. The 4-inch Samsung Z1 is now available to buy in India for 5,700 rupees (£60), and has been "designed to meet the entertainment-focused needs of Indian consumers" via a faster boot time and faster web page loading times, the company said. "

Submission + - Researchers seek the origins of an early Analog Computer (

puddingebola writes: The Antikythera Mechanism is described as an early analog computer, used to predict the time of eclipses, and for astrological and astronomic instruction. Speculation about its origin has ranged from attributing it to different Greek Mathemeticians and thinkers, such as Archimedes, Hipparchus, and Posidonius, Current research suggests its origin may be much earlier, and its working based on Babylonian arithmetical methods rather than Greek Trigonometry, which did not exist at the time. From the article, "Writing this month in the journal Archive for History of Exact Sciences, Dr. Carman and Dr. Evans took a different tack. Starting with the ways the device’s eclipse patterns fit Babylonian eclipse records, the two scientists used a process of elimination to reach a conclusion that the “epoch date,” or starting point, of the Antikythera Mechanism’s calendar was 50 years to a century earlier than had been generally believed."

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