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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Sprint Will Start Throttling Customers That Use More Than 23 GB a Month - Mac Rumors (google.com)


Sprint Will Start Throttling Customers That Use More Than 23 GB a Month
Mac Rumors
Sprint today announced that they would begin throttling customers who used more than 23 GB of data during their billing cycle, regardless of whether they had unlimited data plans or not. The move, according to Sprint Chief Technology Officer Dr. John ...
Sprint will throttle unlimited data customers when they hit 23GB in a monthDigital Trends
Sprint is throttling data hogs who use more than 23GB in a monthEngadget
Sprint To Throttle Customers Who Use More Than 23 GB Of DataTech Times
Rapid News Network-Steelers Lounge (blog)-NYSE Post-Sprint Newsroom
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: As Microsoft pushes voice commands, notifications onto the PC, Google dumps them - PCWorld (google.com)


As Microsoft pushes voice commands, notifications onto the PC, Google dumps them
Google's choice to eliminate voice search and a notifications center from its latest Chrome browser probably means one of two things for PC users: either Microsoft's own Windows 10 features have won, or Microsoft never should have added them in the ...
Dell Chromebook 13 review: We have almost zero complaintsVentureBeat
Powerful new hardware, same Chrome OS: Dell Chromebook 13 reviewedArs Technica
Dell Chromebook 13 review: Chrome OS without compromiseEngadget
Android Headlines - Android News-ZDNet-Steelers Lounge (blog)
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Submission + - IBM changes its tune on Mac deployments (networkworld.com)

bednarz writes: IBM is deploying Macs to employees at a rate of 1,900 devices per week. So far it has put 130,000 Macs and iOS devices in the hands of IBM employees. Even more impressive, IBM is managing those devices with a skeletal support staff of 24 people – which equates to a help desk ratio of 1:5400. How’s that possible? Less demand for assistance. ‘5% of the Mac users ever call the help desk; 40% of our PC users call the help desk,’ said Fletcher Previn, vice president of Workplace-as-a-Service at IBM. ‘Because of the way we’re deploying [Macs], there are just simply fewer problems.’

Submission + - China looks to deep space missions, including more lunar landings and robot ants (examiner.com)

MarkWhittington writes: China has already landed a rover on the moon and has launched numerous crewed space missions in low-Earth orbit. It is looking ahead to building a space station and landing more probes on the moon, including the lunar farside. According to a story in Xinhua, the Chinese are already looking beyond to deep space missions to destinations including the moon, Mars, and asteroids. The idea is that China will not be a respected space power until it starts accomplishing things in space that no other country has done before

Submission + - Alien Megastructures are less likely than a catastrophic wasteland

StartsWithABang writes: When you find huge amounts of periodically missing flux from a star, you know something interesting must be going on. Even a Jupiter-sized planet couldn't do very much, so that leads us to consider other options. While Alien Megastructures might be the most hoped-for option, more mundane considerations like destroyed planets or swarms of comets are probably the cause instead.

Submission + - In Battle With Ad Blockers, Ad Industry Fesses Up To Alienating Users (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: In a post on the IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau) website Thursday, Scott Cunningham, senior vice president of technology of IAB and general manager of its Tech Lab, issued what amounts to an apology for '[losing] track of the user experience' and called on advertisers 'to do better.' But it may be a case of too little, too late as 'a report released in August forecasted that U.S. websites will lose US$21.8 billion in ad revenue this year due to ad blockers,' writes Jeremy Kirk.

Submission + - An experiment could determine whether gravity is quantized (forbes.com)

TheAlexKnapp writes: Physicist Brian Koberlein explains an experimental proposal by Großardt et al, which would attempt to determine whether gravity is quantized. "Their idea," explains Koberlein, "is to take a charged disk of osmium with a mass of about a billionth of a gram and suspend it an electric field. This is small enough that its energy levels in the electric field would take on quantum behavior when cooled to temperatures a fraction of a Kelvin above absolute zero, but its also massive enough that its gravitational pull would affect the quantum behavior."

The two primary approaches to a quantum gravity, the "perturbative approach" and "the semi-classical method," predict different results from this type of interaction. So the results of the experiment, could, in principle, elucidate the right approach for developing future theories of quantum gravity.

Submission + - Google sells gmail spam as a service (gSaaS) to advertisers (marketingland.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google's new advertising product, called Customer Match, lets advertisers upload their customer and promotional email address lists into AdWords. The new targeting capability extends beyond search to include both YouTube Trueview ads and the newly launched native ads in Gmail.

Customer Match marks the first time Google has allowed advertisers to target ads against customer-owned data in Adwords. Google matches the email addresses against those of signed-in users on Google. Individual addresses are hashed and are supposedly anonymized. Advertisers will be able to set bids and create ads specifically geared to audiences built from their email lists.

This new functionality seems to make de-anonymization of google's supposedly proprietary customer data just a hop, skip and jump away. If you can specify the list of addresses that get served an ad, and the criteria like what search terms will trigger that ad, you can detect if and when your target searches for specific terms. For example, create an email list that contains your target and 100 invalid email addresses that no one uses (just in case google gets wise to single-entry email lists). Then apply that list to searches for the word "herpes" — set the bid crazy high, like $100 and you are guaranteed to find out if your target searches for herpes which would be a strong indicator that they have herpes. Repeat as necessary for as many keywords and as many email addresses that you wish to monitor.

Submission + - Desktop Turing-Welchman Bombe build. (asciimation.co.nz)

An anonymous reader writes: I completed a months long project to build my own version of the Turing-Welchman Bombe. My machine uses a Raspberry Pi2 and an Arduino to drive stepper motors to turn the three output indicator drums and to drive an LCD display, to work like the indicator unit on the real Bombe. Everything was custom made by me at home. The unit is built to reflect the style of the real Bombe at Bletchley Park and to run in a similar way but as a portable, desktop sized unit. To demonstrate it I use the same Weather Report Menu as used at BP to demonstrate their real Bombe. The entire build was painstakingly documented over many months but the link given shows an overview and a film of the completed machine in action.

Submission + - Japan Display Squeezes 8K Resolution Into 17-inch LCD, Cracks 510 PPI At 120Hz. (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: By any metric, 8K is an incredibly high resolution. In fact, given that most HD content is still published in 1080p, the same could be said about 4K. 4K packs in four times the pixels of 1080p, while 8K takes that and multiplies it by four once again; we're talking 33,177,600 pixels. We've become accustomed to our smartphones having super-high ppi (pixels-per-inch); 5.5-inch 1080p phones are 401 ppi, which is well past the point that humans are able to differentiate individual pixels. Understanding that highlights just how impressive Japan Display's (JDI) monitor is, as it clocks in at 510 ppi in a 17-inch panel. Other specs include a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a brightness of 500cd/m2, and a 176 degree viewing angle. While the fact that the company achieved 8K resolution in such a small form-factor is impressive in itself, also impressive is the fact that it has a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: 3-D printed ice shelter for Mars wins $25000 Nasa award - Times of India (google.com)

Times of India

3-D printed ice shelter for Mars wins $25000 Nasa award
Times of India
NEW YORK: A 3-D printed ice shelter designed for Mars, which aims to rely on the red planet's predicted liquid water and low temperatures, has won the first-place award of $25,000 in Nasa's Mars habitat design competition. Nasa has awarded a total of...
When will we know for sure if there's life on Mars? Here's the answer...Morning Ticker
Protecting Planets Against An Alien InvasionForbes
In pics: 3D printed ice shelter for Mars wins $ 25000 NASA awardHindustan Times
iFreePress.com (blog)-Nature World Report-AvStop Aviation News
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Submission + - OpenIndiana Hipster 2015.10: Keeping An Open-Source Solaris Going (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It's been five years since Oracle killed off OpenSolaris while the community of developers are letting it live on with the new OpenIndiana "Hipster" 15.10 release. OpenIndiana 15.10 improves its Python-based text installer as it looks to drop its GUI installer, switches out the Oracle JDK/JRE for OpenJDK, and updates its vast package set. However, there are still a number of outdated packages on the system like Firefox 24 and X.Org Server 1.14 while the default office suite is a broken OpenOffice build, due to various obstacles in maintaining open-source software support for Solaris while being challenged by limited contributors. Download links are available via the OpenIndiana.org release notes. There's also a page for getting involved if wishing to improve the state of open-source Solaris.

Submission + - Opensource router firmware OpenWRT 15.05 released

aglider writes: The newest stable iteration of the famous and glorious OpenWRT has just been released in the wild for all the supported architectures.
The latest version is 15.05, codenamed "Chaos Calmer" after a cocktail drink, just like all previous ones.
From the official announcements:

* Linux kernel updated to version 3.18
* Improved Security Features
— Rewritten package signing architecture based on ed25519
— Added support for jails
— Added support for hardened builds
* Improved Networking Support
* Platform and Driver Support

For the full details you are welcome on the forums while the firmware itself and extra packages are available from the distribution servers.
Need more features from your router? More control? More security? Fewer backdoors? OpenWRT is for you!

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