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Submission + - Google Earth Pro Now Available Free writes: Google has long offered a Pro version of Google Earth for $399 per year that includes some pretty cool extras not found in the free version. Now Rick Broida reports at Cnet that you can get Google Earth Pro absolutely free. All you have to do is download the installer, run it, then sign in using your e-mail address (as your username) and license code GEPFREE. Features include: Advanced measurements: Measure parking lots and land developments with polygon area measure, or determine affected radius with circle measure; High-resolution printing: Print images up to 4,800 x 3,200 pixel resolution; Exclusive pro data layers with Demographics and traffic count; Spreadsheet import: Ingest up to 2,500 addresses at a time, assigning place marks and style templates in bulk; and Movie-Maker: Export Windows Media and QuickTime HD movies, up to 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution. If you’ve ever been involved in a property dispute, you’ll know how acrimonious they can get. Google Earth Pro includes parcel data that definitively defines property boundaries. "Do you really need this? Probably not, as Pro was created with business/enterprise users in mind," writes Broida. "Let's be honest, [Google Earth Pro has] entertainment value that's virtually impossible to measure."

Submission + - The Man Squatting on Millions of Dollars Worth of Domain Names

Jason Koebler writes: For the last 21 years, Gary Millin and his colleagues at World Accelerator have been slowly accumulating a veritable treasure trove of seemingly premium generic domain names. For instance, Millin owns, has sold, or has bartered away,,,,,,, and more than 1,000 other domain names that can be yours (including, which he owns), as long as you've got the startup idea to back it up. Millin doesn't sell domain names anymore, instead, he trades them to startups in exchange for a stake in the company.

Submission + - Android 5.0 new features (

An anonymous reader writes: Material Design :
Redesigned user interface built around a responsive design language referred to as “material design”. Material Design rockets Android into the future in terms of its appearance, and its guiding principles will also help third-party app developers improve their software.

Notification System
There are some changes in notification system .Now notifications will be available on the lock screen as well and in the middle and top of any running application.

Submission + - Microsoft Working on Cloud 'Windows 365', Based on Subscription Model 1

SmartAboutThings writes: It’s not the first time we’re hearing about Microsoft working on a cloud-based Windows version, but it’s the first time when we’re seeing a name – Windows 365, thanks to a well known-leaker. The “365 moniker clearly hints that the upcoming cloud Windows version will be based on a subscription system, probably similar to the one available in the cloud productivity suite for Office products. And we know how much Nadella loves the mobile and the cloud, so it’s no wonder that Microsoft is getting ready to unveiling this product. Most likely, the subscription model would allow the installation of Windows on multiple devices, with a yearly or monthly fee. And we’re curious to see whether it will be Windows 8 as we know it, or a slightly modified version.

Submission + - China Working on Linux Replacement for Windows XP (

Tontoman writes: Here is one possible solution to Microsoft's End of Life announcement that could provide long-term benefits for the world's largest creditor nation. From the article: "China will focus on the development of a new operating system (OS) based on Linux to cope with the shutdown of Windows XP, an official said Wednesday.
Zhang Feng, chief engineer of China's ministry of industry and information technology, said "the ministry will beef up support for the development of such an OS", Xinhua reported."

Submission + - Silk Road 2.0 Blames Hack For Massive Bitcoin Theft ( 2

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: The reincarnated drug site Silk Road 2.0 announced Thursday that it's been hacked by sellers on the site who used a bug in Bitcoin known as "transaction malleability," the same one plaguing Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox and others. At least $2.6 million worth of bitcoins have been stolen, according to an estimate based on analyzing the Bitcoin blockchain by Nicholas Weaver of the International Computer Science Institute.

Silk Road's users and others in the Bitcoin community, however, are crying foul. As in the case of Mt. Gox's shutdown, they point out that transaction malleability has been a known issue since 2011, and shouldn't allow the theft of bitcoins. A more likely theory is that Silk Road's administrators have pocketed the funds and used the transaction malleability bug as a convenience scapegoat.

Submission + - LibreOffice 4.2 with GPU mantle support is out ( 4

Billly Gates writes: A basic summary of the new features are listed here. In catching up with MS Office the new LibreOffice 4.2 now has full Windows 7/8 integration including aero peak, thumbnails, jumplists, and recent documents all from the taskbar. In addition one weak area for LibreOffice has been enterprise network support and the lack of active directory tools. LibreOffice now has GPO and active directory support for system administrators to deploy and manage Libreoffice over corporate networks. Libreoffice also includes an expert configuration Window to assist power users and system administrators when deploying to hundreds of workstation at a time as well.

Also of particular interest is AMD/ATI is expecting to finally release Mantle in the next coming hours for games like Battlefield 4. Surprisingly LibreOffice also supports mantle as well according to the release notes. However you will need the 14.1 driver which is being compiled and uploaded at the time of this writing to utilize this feature. Mantle will accelerate lower end cpus by up to 300% in some tasks while having modest improvements for those with more recent powerful CPUs. A real niceties for those like myself on AMD phenom II's with the later 7000 series cards.

The only issue (some on slashdot may say benefit ) is the lack of a ribbon UI. However, for recent articles about governments considering openoffice this release addresses shortcomings with the new active directory and GPO support.

Submission + - AMD To release Mantle drivers today. Battlefield 4 patch released. (

Spottywot writes: While there were some reports flying around about further delays of the Battlefield 4 Mantle patch it has been delivered on time today by DICE. The necessary AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta drivers — to get Mantle optimisations to work — are yet to be released publically but are expected to be available later today.

Johan Andersson, one of the Technical Directors in the Frostbite team, said about the update: "Battlefield 4 on PC is already quite heavily optimized using DirectX 11 and DirectX 11.1, but with Mantle we are able to go even further: we’ve significantly reduced CPU cost in our rendering, efficiently parallelized it over multiple CPU cores and reduced overhead in many areas." Andersson added that the best performance gains are observed when a game is bottlenecked by the CPU "which can be quite common even on high-end machines".
DICE did a "couple of benchmarks" using Battlefield 4 on a variety of configurations. With an AMD A10-7850K 'Kaveri' APU Mantle provides a 14 per cent improvement, on a system with an AMD FX-8350 and Radeon 7970 Mantle provides a 25 per cent boost, while on an Intel Core i7-3970x Extreme system with 2x AMD Radeon R9 290x cards a huge 58 per cent performance increase was observed.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: SpaceShipTwo sets a new altitude record on Friday - ABQ Journal (

Science World Report

SpaceShipTwo sets a new altitude record on Friday
ABQ Journal
ss2photo MOJAVE, Calif. – Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo reached an altitude of 71,000 feet – just beating out its previous record of 69,000 feet — on Friday in its first supersonic rocket-powered test of 2014. The flight above the Mojave Air and Space Port...
Virgin Galactic spaceship makes successful
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Submission + - Supreme Court to Hear Aereo Case (

schwit1 writes: The Supreme Court will hear broadcasters’ challenge to the legality of startup Aereo, in a case that may not only determine the future of digital streaming of station signals but of network television itself.

Without comment, the justices on Friday agreed to accept ABC Television Stations vs. Aereo, in which the television networks are seeking to halt the Barry Diller-backed venture, contending that its offering of streams of station signals in New York and other markets violates the public performance provisions of the Copyright Act. Justice Samuel Alito took no part in the consideration of the petition, the court said, without elaborating. Typically such recusals are for a potential conflict of interest, and Alito has previously said that his family owned stock in the Walt Disney Co.

Submission + - Police Departments Work to Expand Capability to "Shut Down" Social Media (

schwit1 writes: Workshops held by and for top police executives from throughout the world and widely available from vendors, were technologies and department policies that allow agencies to block content, users, and even devices – for example, “Geofencing” software that allows departments to block service to a specified device when the device leaves an established virtual geographic perimeter. The capability is a basic function of advanced mobile technologies like smartphones, “OnStar” type features that link drivers through GIS to central assistance centers, and automated infrastructure and other hardware including unmanned aerial systems that must “sense and respond.”

A senior police officer from the Chicago PD told a panel on Monday that his department was working with Facebook’s security chief to block users’ from the site by account (person), IP, and device (he did not say if by UUID or MAC address or other means of hardware ID) if it is determined they have posted what is deemed criminal content.

Submission + - Skype Terminating Desktop API ( 1

mikejuk writes: Developers are waking up to the fact that the Sykpe Desktop API is to be withdrawn at the end of December 2013 — and are trying to reverse the decision with a petition.
Although the decision to "de-commission" the Desktop API was communicated to Sky partners in July, it didn't get much attention at the time. Now notices announcing that apps and devices will stop working in December have started to appear when users download the latest version of Skype and try to start a third party app.
So what are developers expected to use to create future apps — for mobile, web and desktop apps?
Currently the replacement URI API hardly justifies the name. It is a Rest-style API that provides very few facilities — place a call or start a chat and that's about it. This limits what you can now do and the idea that you can bring existing applications up-to-date is laughable.
Developers whose apps are affected are blaming Microsoft, which acquired Skype in 2011, and certainly it can be seen as part of Microsoft overall policy of deprecating the desktop while promoting mobile devices. By killing the API Skype is killing existing apps and existing add-on hardware.
If you want to make your voice heard sign the petition:

Submission + - Ocean currents explain why Northern Hemisphere is soggier (

vinces99 writes: A quick glance at a world precipitation map shows that most tropical rain falls in the Northern Hemisphere. The Palmyra Atoll, at 6 degrees north, gets 175 inches of rain a year, while an equal distance on the opposite side of the equator gets only 45 inches. Scientists long believed that this was a quirk of the Earth’s geometry – that the ocean basins tilting diagonally while the planet spins pushed tropical rain bands north of the equator. But a new University of Washington study shows that the pattern arises from ocean currents originating from the poles, thousands of miles away. The findings, published Oct. 20 in Nature Geoscience, explain a fundamental feature of the planet’s climate, and show that icy waters affect seasonal rains that are crucial for growing crops in such places as Africa’s Sahel region and southern India.

Submission + - California Company Producing Carbon-Negative Energy Machines (

An anonymous reader writes: All Power Labs in Berkeley, California has produced and sold over 500 machines that take in dense biomass and put out energy. What makes the machines special is that instead of releasing carbon back into the atmosphere, it's concentrated into a lump charcoal that makes excellent fertilizer. The energy is produced cheaply, too; many of the machines went to poor nations who normally pay much more per kilowatt. '[T]he PowerPallets are still relatively simple, at least as far as their users are concerned. For one, thing Price explained, much of the machine is made with plumbing fixtures that are the same everywhere in the world. That means they're easy to repair. At the same time, while researchers at the 50 or so institutions that have bought the machines are excited by opening up the computer control system and poking around inside, a guy running a corn mill in Uganda with a PowerPallet "will never need to open that door and never will," Price said.'

Submission + - Windows Server 2012 R2 the other MS OS also was released (

Billly Gates writes: Windows 8.1 isn't the only update that came out yesterday. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers numerous improvements over R1 even if it is not mentioned in the news as much as its tablet friendly cousin.

Windows Server OS will be updated on an agile schedule as well which is different unlike past versions. The Modern (formerly known as METRO) haters will be pleasantly surprised that the GUI is not installed by default. A CLI Powershell 4.0 with new desired state configuration comes standard as a preferred way to administer the systems locally. The gui is an optional install. Improvements over Windows Server 2012 R1 include better Tier Storage Space support where requests for certain files will automatically be selected by the quickest SAN or other storage location, faster VM deployments (about 50%), UEFI VM hyperV support, replacement of driver emulators to native ones for more virtual hardware in HyperV, Faster SMB performance and compression, event logging with SMB events, live SMB HypverV migration support, Group Policy caching which will make booting clients off the network much quicker, WDS Windows deployment can be done in powershell making upgrades much easier, IIS 8.5 which now includes (Windows Process Out) which pages out a process out an idle process after 20 minutes to prevent memory leaks, Windows Defender for live virus and malware scanning on file shares, IP management can now be imported/exported to SQL ServerTLS is more standards compliant and now supports RFC5077.

For those who want some gui support, but not the modern UI can use RSAT to manage it from a desktop. RSAT also is available for the Iphone and Android phones and tablets with R2! You might want to check your organizations security policy before enabling this though :-)

  Server 2012 R1 still is a big improvement over Windows Server 2008 with SMB and AD compression (nice for WAN links), smart caching by picking the fastest SAN or RAID for read/writes, and a now type 1 hyper-visor which makes it competitive with VMWare ESX, as well as VM friendly domain controllers that can be moved easily on the network. More detailed improvements including R2 are listed here. Since R2 is considered the first service pack many organizations who use Windows this maybe the first upgrade in quite some time since Server 2008 SP 1 was released many years ago.

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