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+ - NSF commits $16M to build cloud-based and data-intensive supercomputers 1

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aarondubrow (1866212) writes "As supercomputing becomes central to the work and progress of researchers in all fields, new kinds of computing resources and more inclusive modes of interaction are required. Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced $16M in awards to support two new supercomputing acquisitions for the open science community. The systems — "Bridges" at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) and "Jetstream," co-located at the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute (PTI) and The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) — respond to the needs of the scientific computing community for more high-end, large-scale computing resources while helping to create a more inclusive computing environment for science and engineering."

+ - About 40% of world population online, 90% of offliners in developing countries.->

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lx76 (2567341) writes "The ITU is the International Telecommunications Union based in Geneva, Switzerland. They do research on telecommunications in society worldwide, from cellphones to internet use. Since 2009 on a yearly basis, they release their research findings in a report, called the MIS or Measuring Information Society Report. The report for 2014 was presented yesterday at the 12th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Symposium (WTIS) in Tbilisi, Georgia. 200+ pages illustrated with abundant graphs and tables is not a light read. One of the interesting numbers is the IDI or ICT Development Index, stressing a divide in global connectivity.
From the foreword by director Brahima Sanou:

Over the past year, the world witnessed continued growth in the uptake of ICT and, by end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end 2013. .... Despite this encouraging progress, there are important digital divides that need to be addressed: 4.3 billion people are still not online, and 90 per cent of them live in the developing world.

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As this report finds, ICT performance is better in countries with higher shares of the population living in urban areas, where access to ICT infrastructure, usage and skills is more favourable. Yet it is precisely in poor and rural areas where ICTs can make a particularly significant impact.

Seems like projects like Google's Project Loon have their work cut out for them."
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+ - How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that."
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+ - NASA to Deploy Four Spacecraft to Study Magnetic Reconnection->

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "NASA has released a video depicting the initial deployment of an undertaking designed to study a phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection. The launch of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will see four identical spacecraft deployed from a single Atlas V rocket, set to lift off from cape Canaveral, Florida, no earlier than March next year."
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+ - Is Ruby on Rails Losing Steam?->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "In a post last week, Quartz ranked the most valuable programming skills, based on job listing data from Burning Glass and the Brookings Institution. Ruby on Rails came out on top, with an average salary of $109,460. And that may have been true in the first quarter of 2013 when the data was collected, but 'before you run out and buy Ruby on Rails for Dummies, you might want to consider some other data which indicate that Rails (and Ruby) usage is not trending upwards,' writes ITworld's Phil Johnson. Johnson looked at recent trends in the usage of Ruby (as a proxy for Rails usage) across MS Gooroo, the TIOBE index, the PYPL index, Redmonk's language rankings, and GitHut and found that 'demand by U.S. employers for engineers with Rails skills has been on the decline, at least for the last year.'"
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+ - Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives->

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reifman (786887) writes "Upstart social networking startup Ello burst on the scene in September with promises of a utopian, post-Facebook platform that respected user's privacy. I was surprised to see so many public figures and media entities jump on board — mainly because of what Ello isn't. It isn't an open source, decentralized social networking technology. It's just another privately held, VC-funded silo. Remember Diaspora? In 2010, it raised $200,641 on Kickstarter to take on Facebook with "an open source personal web server to share all your stuff online." Two years later, they essentially gave up, leaving their code to the open source community to carry forward. In part one of "Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives," I revisit/review six open source social networking alternatives in search of a path forward beyond Facebook. Here's what I found..."
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Google News Sci Tech: Google Fiber Austin Pricing Revealed - PC Magazine->

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Computerworld

Google Fiber Austin Pricing Revealed
PC Magazine
The regular Fiber plan costs $70 per month; add 150-plus high-def TV channels for a total $130. 0shares. Gigabit Internet VIEW ALL PHOTOS IN GALLERY. Ahead of next month's gigabit Internet rollout in Austin, Texas, Google has offered a sneak peek at its...
The next city to get Google Fiber may have just been revealedBGR
Google Fiber reveals 1 Gig pricing for AustinFierceTelecom
Google Fiber offers free basic internet and $70/mo Gigabit internet in Austin, TexasLoad The Game
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+ - UK Pirate Party Slams Theresa May's Plans For Static IPs->

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Carly Page (3529197) writes "The UK Pirate Party has unveiled plans proposed by Home Secretary Theresa May that could force ISPs to assign fixed IP addresses to individual users and machines, thus allowing authorities to identify with more certainty those responsible for cyber crimes.

Loz Kaye, Pirate Party UK leader said: "It's extraordinary that the Home Office did not consult [the] industry about these plans. To me it shows they don't care whether they will work or not. They are just interested in headlines.

"It's clear that the Liberal Democrats have completely lost the plot on mass surveillance. To suggest this is necessarily the end of this issue is fatuous. Just look what happened with DRIP.""

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Google News Sci Tech: T-Mobile customers on throttled data plans will soon receive accurate speed test->

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T-Mobile customers on throttled data plans will soon receive accurate speed test ...
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission this week reached an agreement with T-Mobile to ensure that customers receive proper information about the speed of their wireless internet connection, even if the user has a capped data plan. The carrier has...
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T-Mobile (TMUS) Agrees To Reveal Accurate Data Speeds For Throttled ... Bidness ETC
No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed ... Register

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+ - Kim Dotcom: I Regret Not Taking Threat of Copyright Law and MPAA More Seriously->

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "Kim Dotcom has spoken out about his long battle over copyright with the US government and his regrets about the events that have led to his arrest ahead of his bail breach hearing on Thursday that could see him return to jail in New Zealand.

"Would I have done things differently? Of course. My biggest regret is I didn't take the threat of the copyright law and the MPAA seriously enough," Dotcom said via live video link from his mansion in Auckland, New Zealand at the Unbound Digital conference in London on Tuesday.

"I thought that due to court decisions we were monitoring from our competitors like RapidShare who did exactly what we did and were winning in civil court proceedings, and YouTube was winning against Viacom – our sense was that we were protected by the DMCA law.

"We never for a minute thought that anyone would bring any criminal actions against us. We had in-house legal counsel, we had three outside firms working for us who reviewed our sites, and not once had any of them mentioned any form of legal risk, so I wish I had known that there was a risk.""

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+ - Let's Encrypt Partnership Promises Open, Better Web Security->

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Mcusanelli (3564469) writes "There's a good chance the software that runs your cloud, stores your data and serves your websites is open source. Soon, the SSL/TSL certificate that encrypts it can be, too — or something close to it, at least, if Let's Encrypt, an initiative back by Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai and others to build an open certificate authority, succeeds."
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+ - Internet firms are providing a safe haven for terrorists says Cameron->

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An anonymous reader writes "Internet companies are allowing their networks to be used to plot “murder and mayhem”, David Cameron has said in response to the official inquiry into the intelligence agencies’ actions ahead of the killing of Lee Rigby.

He demanded that internet companies live up to their social responsibilities to report potential terror threats and said there was no reason for such firms to be willing to cooperate with state agencies over child abuse but not over combatting terrorism.

His comments to the House of Commons came after the parliamentary intelligence and security committee concluded that the brutal murder of Rigby could have been prevented if an internet company had passed on an online exchange in which one of the killers expressed “in the most graphic terms” his intention to carry out an Islamist jihadi attack."

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+ - Buzz Aldrin wants to help chineses to go to the moon 1

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perplexing.reader (2241844) writes "Buzz Aldrin is offering his help to China to help them on their own lunar landing program, he told to a group of brazilians journalists.
From the interview: "People can react in two ways. Or they say, 'he lost his mind and decided to help the enemy,' or say, 'he's doing as a private citizen what the US government should be doing.' I hope that most understand this second way ".
Original source in Portuguese http://mensageirosideral.blogf..., google translate https://translate.google.com/t..."

+ - Top Counter-Strike players embroiled in hacking scandal->

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An anonymous reader writes "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is one of the world's fastest growing eSports, but the community has been rocked by scandal in the last week, with several top players being banned by Valve for using various hacking tools to improve their performance. With the huge Dreamhack Winter tournament taking place this weekend, the purge could not have come at a worse time for the game, and fans are now poring over the archives for other signs of foul play in top tier games — be sure to look out for these tell tale signs while playing."
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Techdirt: IRS Finally Examines Backup Tapes, Recovers 30,000 'Missing' Lois Lerner Emails->

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Whether or not the IRS is subjecting certain politically-affiliated groups to an unfair amount of attention remains to be seen. What is indisputable is that the agency's document retention policies are an unenforced joke. As citizens, we're required to hold onto pertinent financial records for 2-7 years just in case the IRS wants to look through them. The IRS, however, seemingly only retains records for as long as it can keep itself from inadvertently destroying them.

Emails from IRS official Lois Lerner have been sought for several months. At first, the IRS said it had them. Then it said it couldn't find them. Then it said Lerner's computer suffered a hard drive crash, taking with it a bunch of the emails being sought. Then it said more computers had crashed, taking out even more emails. Then it said it had recycled the crashed hard drives, making any data unrecoverable.

Questions were asked, most of them being "Bro, do you even back up files to a server?" Apparently, the IRS did no such thing, or was unaware of it, or didn't understand the question and so on. The IRS admitted it told officials to print out and save emails (per internal guidance) but apparently no one took these rules very seriously, as there was no hard copy to be found either. A Justice Department official noted that there were backups, but that it was too hard to recover stuff from them, before dozing off in mid-sentence.

Now, all of a sudden (well, actually on a pre-Thanksgiving week Friday afternoon), the IRS has suddenly found the emails it claimed were lost.

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of disaster recovery tapes that were used to back up the IRS email system.
The prodigal Lerner emails have returned! And there was much rejoicing, especially in Darrell Issa's camp, which has been applying much of the pressure over the past several months.

It will still be some time before these emails are turned over, however. The investigators looked through 744 disaster recovery tapes, holding an estimated 250 million emails and says it will be a few weeks before the recovered emails are in a readable format. If this goes at the usual speed of government, it will be next year before the emails even make their way into the hands of the investigating committee, and longer than that before the public can take a look for itself.

The good news is that despite the IRS's internal failures, the system still mostly worked. A backup backed up files and (after much hassling) an internal investigation recovered most of what had been declared officially missing. It's almost enough to restore your faith in the IRS (and the government as a whole), except for almost everything else about the IRS (and the government as a whole).



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