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+ - FBI issued alert after July hack of HVAC system-> 1

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chicksdaddy
chicksdaddy writes "The FBI issued an alert to businesses in July after unknown attackers breached a computer used to control the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system of a New Jersey company, accessing a graphical user interface for the system US Business 1, a New Jersey company that installs air conditioning systems for other companies, according to a copy of the July, 2012 Situational Information Report (PDF), issued by the Newark Division of the FBI."
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Math

+ - new serious claim on P!=NP->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "a new serious proof claim on P!=NP has been put forward by a Phd mathematician/computer scientist Jun Fukuyama last July 1 and has received very little public attention since then.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/junichiro-fukuyama/36/2b9/88b

rumor is that its been submitted to a journal. it uses a known plausible approach based on monotone circuit theory for which there are some long established existing proofs of circuit lower bounds (dating to a celebrated 1985 proof by Razborov). Fukuyama has published several papers in computer science. it would be great if the online community could give this some attention as with the Deolalikar proof from 2.5yrs ago."

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+ - Own every SNES game ever made - for $24,999->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A game collector has decided to put his entire collection of SNES games up for sale — at the low price of $24,999USD. The collection covers *every* game ever made for SNES, all in the original covers."
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Intel

+ - Intel unveils 22nm SoC transistors, while TSMC and GloFo plan risky process jump->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "Transistor announcements aren’t the sexiest occasions on the block, but Intel’s 22nm SoC unveil is important for a host of reasons. As process nodes shrink and more components move on-die, the characteristics of each new node have become particularly important. 22nm isn’t a new node for Intel; it debuted the technology last year with Ivy Bridge, but SoCs are more complex than CPU designs and create their own set of challenges. Like its 22nm Ivy Bridge CPUs, the upcoming 22nm SoCs rely on Intel’s Tri-Gate implementation of FinFET technology. According to Intel engineer Mark Bohr, the 3D transistor structure is the principle reason why the company’s 22nm technology is as strong as it is. Other evidence backs up this point. Earlier this year, we brought you news that Nvidia was deeply concerned about manufacturing economics and the relative strength of TSMC’s sub-28nm planar roadmap. Morris Chang, TSMC’s CEO, has since admitted that such concerns are valid, given that performance and power are only expected to increase by 20-25% as compared to 28nm. The challenge for both TSMC and GlobalFoundries is going to be how to match the performance of Intel’s 22nm technology with their own 28nm products. 20nm looks like it won’t be able to do so, which is why both companies are emphasizing their plans to move to 16nm/14nm ahead of schedule. There’s some variation on which node comes next; both GlobalFoundries and Intel are talking up 14nm; TSMC is implying a quick jump to 16nm. Will it work? Unknown. TSMC and GlobalFoundries both have excellent engineers, but FinFET is a difficult technology to deploy. Ramping it up more quickly than expected while simultaneously bringing up a new process may be more difficult than either company anticipates."
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Web-based clients for multiple email accounts 3

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bigonroad
bigonroad writes "As a doctor and web developer, I have a fair number of email accounts. Currently, I use Thunderbird on my PCs for handling 10+ accounts. This works fine on the OSes I use. However, I'm often out and about on different computers: keeping track of 10 is limited to logging into individual webmails — time consuming and demotivating. I don't need full HTML email functionality, address books or bells and whistles: just need IMAP and ability to send a simple "Will get right on that when I get home".

The functionality of Roundcube(link http://roundcube.net/) or Squirrelmail(link http://squirrelmail.org/) would be fine — but they don't support multiple accounts. I know I can check several accounts in a very hacky manner using gmail and POP3, but I can't send mail from each address. Is there a good way to do this?"
NASA

+ - How NASA uses GPUs to build vivid flight simulators->

Submitted by skade88
skade88 (1750548) writes "NASA has used flight simulators for years to train pilots. While most pilots starting their careers have 20/13 vision, most flight sims have output suited for people with 20/40 vision. A team at the NASA Ames research center has designed a new flight sim that is suited for 20/10 vision. This new Human Eye Limited display features 9 projectors (4096×2160) providing a resolution of 36 times that of normal HD TVs. It is a pretty amazing setup, I can't wait to get one at home. I think I have my old F-17A flight sim game from Microprose and my old 486 to run it on. those Pixels will be so high-def it will be crazy! :D"
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Ubuntu

+ - Dell's drops price of Ubuntu Ultrabook; Now Costs $50 LESS Than Windows Version->

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McGruber
McGruber writes ""Dell's has lowered the price of its 'Project Sputnik' laptop (http://news.slashdot.org/story/12/05/09/1431204/dell-designing-developer-oriented-laptop). The XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed. It originally listed as $1,549, but after complaints that it was more than the Windows 7 version, the price has dropped to $1,449 — a $50 discount on the Microsoft edition (http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/378430/dells-ubuntu-ultrabook-goes-on-sale-in-the-us)"
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Games

+ - OculusVR Screen Technology details.->

Submitted by skade88
skade88 (1750548) writes "The OculusVR headset is getting closer and closer to a ship date. The team has given us some of their time to fill us in on the details of the screen they are using. Lots of good nerdy details in the full story.

From the blog post "Now that we have the developer kit specifications locked down and our manufacturing process underway, there’s a lot more information we can share with everyone. We are putting together a series of updates for our backers about the changes we’ve made to the design and we thought we’d start with the display. ""

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+ - Making open source software->

Submitted by dp619
dp619 (893918) writes "Outercurve Foundation technical director Stephen Walli has posted a how-to guide, which is written for organizations that are thinking about making FOSS software either by contributing patches to existing products or starting a new project (from new or existing code). This is important, because many organizations are 'takers' of FOSS and do not contribute back into the commons. There's also the potential for a business benefit from starting a project. Topics range from picking a license to project management, the responsibilities of a project founder, and community management."
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Space

+ - Petition to Build a 'Death Star' May Not Be so Fanciful After All->

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MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington writes "The petition created at the White House site, "We the People," for the United States to build a "Star Wars"-style "Death Star" seems, at first glance, to be another example, like secession, of people using the petition process to engage in whimsy.

However, while the concept of building space based military platforms the size of a small moon, as depicted in "Star Wars," may seem grandiose, the idea of weapons systems in space is based on mainstream military thinking."

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+ - Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself (with a bad trip)->

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carmendrahl
carmendrahl writes "In Austria, people can submit their street drugs to a lab-on-a-bus to ensure they got what they paid for. The government is using the bus to track emergence of new variants of bath salts and other drugs. Now, researchers have developed a test they'd like to add to the bus's offerings: it assesses drug action instead of just reporting chemical structure."
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Government

+ - UK IPv6 Promotion Body Gives Up The Ghost->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "A government backed body that was supposed to promote IPv6 has shut down, saying it can't do its job unless the government shows some support for the new Internet protocol. The volunteers on 6UK said that without any real government support organisations would find no reason to move to IPv6. “It beggars belief that you can’t access any UK government website using IPv6,” said the group's spokesman Philip Sheldrake."
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Microsoft

+ - Outrage at Microsoft offshoring tax in the UK->

Submitted by Master Of Ninja
Master Of Ninja (521917) writes "After the ongoing row about companies not paying a fair share of tax in the United Kingdom, and with companies such as Starbucks, Amazon and Google being in the headlines, focus has now turned to Microsoft. Whilst the tax arrangements are strictly legal, there has been outrage on how companies are avoiding paying their fair share of tax generated in the country."
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