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Submission + - Asteroid worth £3 TRILLION in precious metals set to pass Earth (

schwit1 writes: Fly-by will be streamed live on the internet at 11pm UK time on Sunday
Passes 1.5 million miles from Earth 30 times closer than nearest planet
The space rock has attracted the attention of asteroid mining company
Asteroid 2011 UW-158 is thought to have a 100 million ton core of platinum

Submission + - What does the collaborative economy mean for capitalism? (

An anonymous reader writes: Zipcar founder Robin Chase muses on why our ingrained capitalist culture fears the network structure inherent to sharing economies. Sharing economies push out the need for a centralized distribution channel by subsisting on a wide network of individual peers, fundamentally altering our market structure and making capitalism obsolete, she says.

Submission + - Open Document Format 1.2 Published as ISO/IEC Standard (

jrepin writes: The Open Document Format for Office Applications (ODF) Version 1.2, the native file format of LibreOffice and many other office applications, has been published as International Standard 26300:2015 by ISO/IEC. ODF defines a technical schema for office documents including text documents, spreadsheets, charts and graphical documents like drawings or presentations. The current version of the standard was published in 2011, and then was submitted to ISO/IEC in 2014.

Submission + - Intel's Tick Tock cycle skips a beat. (

Ramze writes: ArsTechnica reports Intel has confirmed it will make three generations of 14nm processors, delaying the switch to 10nm. The planned 14nm Kaby Lake processor marks the first time Intel has skipped the "tick" of a die shrink on its regular "tick/tock" cycle. Production of Cannonlake processors on 10nm has been pushed back to the second half of 2017 — likely due to manufacturing difficulties. Intel reported earlier this year that it may have to switch away from silicon to exotic materials such as indium gallium arsenide to make the next shrink to 7nm. Are we finally seeing the beginning of the end of Moore's Law?

Submission + - Google Joins OpenStack In Massive Cloud War Offensive

Mickeycaskill writes: Google has taken the fight to Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure by joining the OpenStack foundation and strengthening its vision of a hybrid cloud future.

By pledging its allegiance to OpenStack, the search giant hopes to entice customers to use Google Cloud even if they operate their own private or hybrid cloud platforms.

"Having a company with Google’s cloud-native chops backing OpenStack is huge, and we can’t wait to see what the future of open collaboration brings to cloud computing!” said Mark Collier, OpenStack Foundation COO.

Submission + - What It's Like to Be Clinically Nocturnal (

citadrianne writes: A few years later, in high school, Julia got a full diagnosis: Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, which the DSM-5 defines as a subset of Circadian Rhythm Sleep-Wake Disorder and Wikipedia defines as “a dysregulation of a person's circadian rhythm (biological clock), compared to the general population and relative to societal norms.”

Basically, the sun makes Julia tired. If the 9 to 5 workday didn’t force everyone to keep the same hours, Julia would go to bed just before dawn and sleep until noon. In other words, she is clinically nocturnal.

The new doctor gave her Ritalin to complement the Ambien.

Submission + - Gun-firing drone video causes controversy (

An anonymous reader writes: A video posted on YouTube showing a drone firing a gun in a wooded area has caused some controversy today []. The short video shows a four-rotored custom drone with a special rig containing a handgun. The handgun proceeds to fire four shots, handling the recoil better than might be expected. The user who posted the video also submitted it to Reddit [], where a commenter noted that the apparent use of a solenoid trigger would class the device as an automatic weapon under ATF rules.

Submission + - New RC4 Encryption Attacks Reduces Plaintext Recovery Time (

msm1267 writes: Two Belgian security researchers from the University of Leuven have driven new nails into the coffin of the RC4 encryption algorithm. A published paper, expected to be delivered at the upcoming USENIX Security Symposium next month in Washington, D.C., describes new attacks against RC4 that allow an attacker to capture a victim’s cookie and decrypt it in a much shorter amount of time than was previously possible.

The paper “All Your Biases Belong To Us: Breaking RC4 in WPA-TKIP and TLS,” written by Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens, explains the discovery of new biases in the algorithm that led to attacks breaking encryption on websites running TLS with RC4, as well as the WPA-TKIP, the Wi-Fi Protected Access Temporal Key Integrity Protocol.

Submission + - 3-Year-Old with Huge Head Has Groundbreaking Skull Replacement Surgery (

ErnieKey writes: Doctors in China have just successfully performed a groundbreaking surgery on a 3-year-old little girl named Han Han. Han Han was suffering from congenital hydrocephalus which caused her head to grow to four times the normal size. If something wasn't done, she probably wouldn't have lived much longer. This is when surgeons at the Second People’s Hospital of Hunan Province elected to remove a large portion of her skull and replace it with a 3d printed titanium mesh skull. The results were truly amazing, and Han Han is expected to make a full recovery.

Comment Re:Gym ball (Score 1) 220

That must've been a very shitty ball, or you were just unlucky. I have an Italian-made one that can't burst - the guaranteed worst case scenario is that it slowly deflates if punctured. I'm sitting on it for more than 3 years now, 12 hours a day on average. It's better for sitting in front of a computer than any chair I ever had.

Comment Sam Lantinga! (Score 1) 167

Oh myyy, that's some very, very good news. All the other Linux devs Valve hired recently, as Phoronix reports, and now Slouken, the creator of SDL. Seems like Valve has already built itself quite a nice team of Linux game devs. I've waited for something like this to happen since the (sigh) unfortunate demise of Loki games... It seems at last the time has come for Linux to become a full-fledged gaming platform. That could also help a wider penetration into the desktop OS market, eventually.

I'm very glad Slouken landed this, it seems like a perfect position for someone like him. I felt really sad when he left Blizzard, as there were some between-the-lines indicators that he didn't leave it quite as consensually as it was reported... And then went on to that 38studios which infamously collapsed recently...

Well, I just wish the best of luck to Valve and their Linux team, and will be anxiously waiting too see what they'll come up with...

Submission + - Every Geek's Dream Timepiece: Devon Tread 1, A Steampunk-Style Watch (

vst writes: Techcrunch has an article about this timepiece with some remarkably interesting and impressive design that you don't see regularly among all the 'usual' fancy watches. If you really like steampunk, then you will probably have a jaw-dropping moment, although — caveat emptor — the price might put you off a little bit, it's somewhere between $15k and $20k. Here's a review and some extra images.

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