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+ - MIPS Tempts Hackers with Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board-> 1

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "In a bid to harness the energy and enthusiasm swirling around today’s open, hackable single board computers, Imagination Technologies, licensor of the MIPS ISA, has unveiled the Creator C120 development board, the ISA's counter to ARM's popular Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black SBCs. The MIPS dev board is based on a 1.2GHz dual-core MIPS32 system-on-chip and has 1GB RAM and 8GB flash, and there's also an SD card slot for expansion. Ports include video, audio, Ethernet, both WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and a bunch more. OS images are already available for Debian 7, Gentoo, Yocto, and Arch Linux, and Android v4.4 is expected to be available soon. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the board is that there's no pricing listed yet, because the company is starting out by giving the boards away free to developers who submit the most interesting projects."
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+ - Dell-Alienware Revamps Area-51 Gaming PC With Unique Trapezoid Chassis Design->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Dell's enthusiast Alienware brand has always stood out for its unique, other-worldly looks (sometimes good, sometimes, not so good) and there's such a thing as taking things to the next level, this might be it. However, there's more to this refresh than just shock value. It's actually a futuristic aesthetic with a rather purposeful design behind it. Today Alienware gave a sneak peek at their completely redesigned Alienware Area 51 desktop system. This refreshed system is unlike any previous Alienware rig you've seen. With a trapezoidal shape to its chassis, Dell-Alienware says you can place the Area-51 against a wall and not have to worry about thermals getting out of the control. That's because there's a controlled gap and a sharp angle to the chassis that ensures only a small part of the system actually rests near the wall, leaving extra room for hot air to escape up and away. This design also offers users easy access to rear IO ports. Despite the unique design, there's plenty of room for high end components inside. The retooled chassis can swallow up to three 300W double-wide full-length graphics cards. It also brings to the table Intel's latest and greatest Haswell-E in six-core or eight-core options, liquid cooled and nestled into Intel's X99 chipset. No word from Dell on the price but the new Area-51 is slated to start shipping in October."
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+ - Watch This Inventor Survive a Fireworks Blast in a Metal Suit->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Labor Day is nigh, and with it the official end of summer. It’s time to pack away the umbrellas and beach towels, and perhaps spend a few minutes flipping through photos of all the fun times you had over the past couple months: the grilling, the trips, the fireworks oh yes, the fireworks Chances are pretty good that you’ve set off more than a few fireworks in your time. But Colin Furze, the British inventor and YouTube celebrity who once co-hosted Sky1’s Gadget Geeks? Well, he puts everybody’s love of fireworks to shame. He loves fireworks so much, in fact, that he built a giant metal suit so he could stand in the middle of an epic pyrotechnic display. No matter how good your own engineering skills (or strong your courage), it's inadvisable to try this at home. But it's sure fun to watch."
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+ - Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin pioneer passes away

Submitted by brokenin2
brokenin2 (103006) writes "Hal Finney, the number two programmer for PGP and the first person to receive a Bitcoin transaction has passed away. From the article on Coindesk: "Shortly after collaborating with Nakamoto on early bitcoin code in 2009, Finney announced he was suffering from ALS. Increasing paralysis, which eventually became near-total, forced him to retire from work in early 2011.""

+ - Google Introduce HTML 5.1 Tag to Chrome->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Forget about HTML5, that's already passe — Google is already moving on to HTML5.1 support for the upcoming Chrome 38 release. Currently only a beta, one of the biggest things that web developers will notice is the use of the new "picture" tag which is a container for multiple image sizes/formats. Bottom line is it's a new way to think about the "IMG" tag that has existed since the first HTML spec."
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+ - How to Disable DirectWrite in Google Chrome->

Submitted by NGOHQ
NGOHQ (1078351) writes "The latest version (37) of Google Chrome uses DirectWrite for font rendering on Windows PCs. DirectWrite is a DirectX API made for the purpose of high-quality, resolution-independent text rendering. On paper it sounds great, but some people might not like the new fonts appearance (blurry text on some websites). This guide will show you how to disable DirectWrite."
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Comment: A few small but significant ones ... (Score 5, Interesting) 601

by timothy (#47787821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

- Model M keyboard (I bought several when they were $5 at the Goodwill, including some with US Government stickers or NASA badges; if I knew then what I know now, I'd have loaded up a storage unit with them ...)

- Nano (sure, it's not as old or as rabidly backed as Certain Other Text Editors, but it's so very nice to use ...)

- Logitech Trackball. Unfortunately, the new ones are junk -- they seem to die in a few months. The old ones lasted me several years apiece.

+ - Haiku debates kernel switch to Linux... or not.->

Submitted by taikedz
taikedz (2782065) writes "A very interesting discussion is taking place in the Haiku mailing list. A developer has created a working prototype implementation of the BeOS API layer on top of the Linux kernel, and he is wondering if the project is worth pursuing.

Both 'sides' make a lot of compelling arguments, and it gives a lot of insight into decisions that went into the Haiku project, both past and present."

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Google News Sci Tech: Google Joins the Crowd in Commercial Drone Testing - Businessweek->

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Businessweek

Google Joins the Crowd in Commercial Drone Testing
Businessweek
Some big names in U.S. business are plotting a drone-filled future as Google (GOOG), Amazon.com (AMZN), and Walt Disney (DIS) all see disparate but important roles for unmanned vehicles in business. Disney wants to be able to create more spectacular...
Google Takes Amazon Rivalry to the SkiesBloomberg
GoogleX takes to the skies with secret drone projectHamilton Spectator
Google drones look to compete with Amazon's aerial devicesFox News
Wall Street Journal (blog)-Christian Science Monitor-Toowoomba Chronicle
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+ - Geography Can Be Tough': Canada Trolls Russia For Ukraine Action->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Tensions may be rising between Russian and Canada on the political front, but when it comes to Twitter, the two countries are already engaged in an all-out flame war.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO lobbed a cheeky tweet in Russia's direction following a Russian military spokesperson's claims that the country's soldiers had "accidentally" crossed the Ukranian border earlier this week.

"Geography can be tough," wrote the Canadian government agency's official Twitter account. "Here's a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & 'accidentally' entering #Ukraine.""

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+ - John Walker Dead at 77-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The mastermind behind one of America’s most damaging spy rings has reportedly died. John A. Walker Jr., 77, was sentenced in 1986 to two life terms plus 10 years for selling U.S. secrets to the Soviets as a cryptologist in the Navy and after he retired.

Victor IIIs are unofficially known to the US Navy as the Walker class, since many of the improvements in quieting the boats and in providing them with more effective sensors were the product of the activities of the Walker spy ring."

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+ - The Apache Software Foundation now accepting BitCoin for donations->

Submitted by rbowen
rbowen (112459) writes "The Apache Software Foundation is the latest not-for-profit organization to accept bitcoin donations, as pointed out by a user on the Bitcoin subreddit.

The organization is well known for their catalog of open-source software, including the ubiquitous Apache web server, Hadoop, Tomcat, Cassandra, and about 150 other projects. Users in the community have been eager to support their efforts using digital currency for quite a while.

The Foundation accepts donations in many different forms: Amazon, PayPal, and they’ll even accept donated cars.

On their contribution page the Apache Software Foundation has published a bitcoin address and QR code. As of this afternoon, the address has already collected on the order of 4 BTC."

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+ - Fraunhofer's Google Glass App Detects Human Emotions in Real Time->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Over a number of years, researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute have developed software to measure human emotion through face detection and analysis. Dubbed SHORE (Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition), the technology has the potential to aid communication for those with disabilities. Now the team has repurposed the software as an app for Google Glass, with a view to bringing its emotion-detecting technology to the world."
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