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Submission + - Poll: Should Samsung update old phones an extra year?

tacarat writes: Since people can't update their phones to the newer model, should Samsung provide an extra year of meaningful firmware and security updates?
1) Yes
2) No
3) I switched manufacturers
4) Cowboy Neal

Submission + - Google Autocomplete Ruins Man's Life (ibtimes.co.uk) 1

DavidGilbert99 writes: Google's autocomplete function turned a mild-mannered man into a terror suspect and four years of sustained harassment by various US government investigators, according to a lawsuit filed today. Jeffery Kantor says that Google's autocomplete changed ""How do I build a radio controlled airplane?" to "How do I build a radio controlled bomb?" triggering a sequence of events which saw him lose his job. He is seeking $58million in damages.

Submission + - Microsoft Has 1 Million Servers. So What? (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: The only thing that's noteworthy about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's recent disclosure that the company has one million servers in its data centers is that he decided to disclose it — most of the industry giants like to keep that information to themselves, says ITworld's Nancy Gohring. But just for fun, Amazon Web Services engineer James Hamilton did the math: One million servers equals 15–30 data centers, a $4.25 billion capital expense, and power consumption of 2.6TWh annually, or the amount of power that would be used by 230,000 homes in the U.S. Whether this is high or low, good or bad is impossible to know without additional metrics.

Submission + - Hidden Recordings Reveal Cheating Poker Software CEO (pokernews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: While 5 years have passed since Black Friday ended Internet Poker in the US, new recordings have revealed that Ultimate Bet's corruption went all the way to the top. Using a "God Mode" cheat, some players and executives could see the hole cards of other players on the Ultimate Bet System. The owner of Ultimate Bet used the cheat to steal upwards of $16 million from various famous poker players including Mike Matusow and Ben Affleck.

The CEO was also involved and still works in internet gaming as a founder of Iovention, a fraud prevention company. His new company assisted with the launch of the online poker in Nevada this month. Since these recordings came to light, his services are no longer wanted.

Submission + - ORBX.js - 1080p DRM free video and cloud gaming enirely in JavaScript (brendaneich.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to Brendan Eich, CTO of Mozilla and the creator of JavaScript, ORBX.js can decode 1080p HD video and support low latency remote graphics entirely in JavaScript, offering a pure JavaScript alternative to VP8/H.264 native code extensions for HTML5 video. Watermarking is used during encoding process for protected IP, rather than relying on local DRM in the browser.

Mozilla is also working with OTOY, Autodesk and USC ICT to support emerging technologies through ORBX.js — including light field displays and VR headsets like the Oculus Rift.

Submission + - Giant Dinosaurs Were Fastest Growing Animals, May Have Left Fossil Proteins (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Lufengosaurus, a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur that lived in China during the Jurassic period were the biggest animals of their age, measuring 30 feet long. Now, fossilized embryos reveal that they were also the fastest growing animals on record--"faster than anything we have ever seen," according to one researcher. What's more, researchers have found traces of organic matter in their bones, which may belong to the oldest fossil proteins ever found.
KDE

Submission + - KDE releases Plasma Media Center 1.0 (kde.org)

jrepin writes: "KDE is proud to announce the first release (1.0.0) of Plasma Media Center. Built on Plasma and KDE technologies. Designed to offer a rich experience to media enthusiasts. KDE's Plasma Media Center (PMC) is aimed towards a unified media experience on PCs, Tablets, Netbooks, TVs and other devices. Plasma Media Center can be used to view images, play music or watch videos. Media files can be on the local filesystem or accessed with KDE’s Desktop Search."
Education

Submission + - China to Cancel College Majors That Don't Pay

theodp writes: The WSJ reports that China’s Ministry of Education plans to phase out majors producing unemployable graduates. The government will soon start evaluating college majors by their employment rates, downsizing or cutting those studies in which less than 60% of graduates fail for two consecutive years to find work. What if the U.S. government were to adopt China's approach? According to the most recent U.S. census data, among the first majors to go: psychology, U.S. history and military technologies. Lest you computer programmers get too smug, consider this.

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