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Submission + - The Arctic Is 36 Degrees F Warmer Than Normal (pbs.org)

drinkypoo writes: "Sea ice levels at the North Pole are at a record low—but even more startlingly, air temperatures are 36 F (20 C) higher than normal across the region." Fasten your seat belts, kids, it's going to be a bumpy ride. That ice drives the conveyor, which drives the jet stream. Climate change has already changed its behavior, causing longer-period weather events which cause more extreme conditions.

Submission + - EPA to Attempt Destruction of Aftermarket Automotive Industry (sema.org)

drinkypoo writes: The EPA is proposing to make it illegal to convert street vehicles into race cars, and to make it illegal to sell certain automotive products used for that purpose. This has severe ramifications for the right to repair and modify other types of hardware as well, but the direct impact alone would affect the activities of millions of Americans.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi Zero: the $5 computer

drinkypoo writes: Today Eben Upton and the Raspberry Pi foundation announced the Raspberry Pi Zero, an even tinier Pi with a BCM2835 1GHz ARM11 core allegedly 40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1, 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM, micro-SD and an unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header with the classic pinout — priced at just five dollars. In spite of being shrunk to just 65mm x 30mm x 5mm, it retains [mini-]HDMI output (and there is an unpopulated header for composite video output as well.) At this price and size, the Zero competes handily with the $9 C.H.I.P. computer discussed here previously.

Submission + - AMD Denies Review Sample of Fury X over Negative Reviews

drinkypoo writes: AMD promised PC hardware site Kitguru a sample of their upcoming FIJI hardware — Then Christine Brown, Senior Manager of EMEA Communications at AMD called to tell them that "the company had withdrawn their sample from KitGuru labs and that [they] would now not be involved at all in the launch [the] next week." and told them outright that this was due to ‘KitGuru’s negative stance towards AMD’. Does this suggest a lack of confidence in the new part? Can AMD sustain this kind of behavior during the launch of a new product line?

Submission + - Self-Driving Big Rigs Become a Reality

drinkypoo writes: We've been discussing the import of automation of over-the-road trucking here on Slashdot in fairly passionate terms whenever self-driving vehicles enter the conversation. Jalopnik reports that The Freightliner “Inspiration Truck” will be the first autonomous commercial truck to drive on American roads. The truck will be demonstrated today.

Submission + - Supermicro fails at IPMI, leaks admin passwords (cari.net)

drinkypoo writes: Zachary Wikholm of Security Incident Response Team (CARISIRT) has publicly announced a serious failure in IPMI BMC (management controller) security on at least 31,964 public-facing systems with motherboards made by SuperMicro: "Supermicro had created the password file PSBlock in plain text and left it open to the world on port 49152." These BMCs are running Linux 2.6.17 on a Nuvoton WPCM450 chip. An exploit will be rolled into metasploit shortly. There is already a patch available for the affected hardware.
Apple

Submission + - UK court sanctions Apple for non-compliance (groklaw.net)

drinkypoo writes: "Per PJ over on Groklaw as always, "Since Apple did not comply with the order in its estimation, adding materials that were not ordered and in addition were "false", the judges ordered Apple to pay Samsung's lawyers' fees on an indemnity basis, and they add some public humiliation". And per the judge, "what Apple added was false and misleading". Your move, Apple."
Science

Submission + - Empirical evidence of anthropogenic global warming (skepticalscience.com)

drinkypoo writes: ""an analysis of high resolution spectral data allowed scientists to quantitatively attribute the increase in downward radiation to each of several greenhouse gases (Evans 2006). The results lead the authors to conclude that "this experimental data should effectively end the argument by skeptics that no experimental evidence exists for the connection between greenhouse gas increases in the atmosphere and global warming.""

Submission + - Scientology proven false... by their counsel (npr.org)

drinkypoo writes: "In one very interesting moment, Davis said, 'Of course, if it's true that Mr. Hubbard was never injured during the war, then he never did heal himself using Dianetics principles, then Dianetics is based on a lie, and then Scientology is based on a lie. The truth is that Mr. Hubbard was a war hero.' And the way he phrased that, that everything depended on whether Hubbard had sustained these injuries and healed himself was like a wager on the table." And to drive the point home, "And [a researcher] had inquired about Howard D. Thompson, this lieutenant commander that supposedly signed this notice of separation. And the archivist at the time said they had thoroughly researched the roles of Navy officers at the time, and there was no such person."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Dell to cut 7,000 jobs

drinkypoo writes: "The BBC is reporting that Dell is planning to cut 7,000 jobs, or about 10% of its workforce. Michael Dell claimed "these actions are critical to our ability to deliver unprecedented value to our customers." Does this really make sense given that Dell is currently being sued by the New York Attorney General for their inability to provide adequate service (among other allegations)?"

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