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Submission + - Microsoft Starts Rolling out Windows 10 Anniversary Update

SmartAboutThings writes: Microsoft has just started rolling out the second major update for Windows 10, the Anniversary Update to all eligible users. After numerous Preview builds, and more than six months of testing, regular users now can finally install the commercial version of the update. As Microsoft previously stated, the company is going to push the Anniversary Update in waves. This means that not everyone is going to get the update at the same time, because there are more than 350 million Windows 10 computers eligible for the upgrade. So, in order to avoid server overloads, and provide the best possible upgrade experience to users, Microsoft decided to deliver the update gradually.

Submission + - Mesa 12.0 Brings Open-Source OpenGL 4.3 To Intel/AMD/NVIDIA, Open-Source Vulkan (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mesa3D developers have announced the release of Mesa 12.0. Mesa 12 notably adds open-source OpenGL 4.3 drivers for Intel / Radeon / NVIDIA on Linux and it also integrates the previously open-sourced Intel Vulkan graphics API driver. From the Phoronix analysis, "Mesa 12.0 is easily one of the biggest updates to this important open-source user-space OpenGL driver stack in quite some time and will offer much better support and features especially for Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA open-source Linux desktop users/gamers."

Submission + - Drop the Supersonic Aircraft Ban, Watch Business Boom (wsj.com)

SonicSpike writes: In an Op-Ed from the WSJ:

Today’s aircraft designers are able to run hundreds of computer simulations to discover “quiet supersonic” designs that substantially curtail perceived noise. NASA has been investing in noise-abatement research like this since the mid-1980s, and now private startups are also getting into the game, with at least two U.S. companies, Boom and Aerion, in preproduction of affordable supersonic passenger jets.

So long as the FAA maintains the supersonic ban, these companies have a reduced incentive to implement noise-abatement technologies and gain access to the lucrative coast-to-coast market. But the agency’s official position—offered in a 2008 public statement—is that it will forgo issuing a noise standard for supersonic travel until the “designs become known and the noise impacts of supersonic flight are shown to be acceptable.”

And that’s the catch: Without an official noise standard, how are America’s aviation companies to know what counts as acceptable? No company is going to spend millions of dollars producing a quiet supersonic aircraft behind a veil of ignorance, only to discover later that the FAA does not find it to be quiet enough.

Submission + - Scientists strip down donor hearts and rebuild them to make them compatible (blastingnews.com)

MarkWhittington writes: Ever since heart transplants became available in the late 1960s, the holy grail of such operations has been to find a way to provide hearts that are compatible as possible with their recipients. Researchers have been developing ways to create entirely new hearts using the patient’s stem cells and using 3D printing techniques. According to Gizmag, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on an interim solution of stripping down donor hearts and then building them back up using stem cells to make them more compatible.

Submission + - Weight gain—and loss—can alter men's sperm (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Men, your sperm know how heavy you are. A new study reveals that sperm carry different chemical tags on their DNA depending on whether their owner is lean or obese. The findings suggest that men may be able to pass information about the availability of food in their environment down to their offspring, which could influence their child’s odds of being overweight.

Submission + - Study shows: Video games are making women fat (playerattack.com)

dotarray writes: This is just what we need. In a world where everybody seems to be obsessed with young women and their weight, a recent study has shown that playing just an hour of video games each day can increase the risk of women in their 20s gaining a few extra kilos.

Submission + - 'Super-secure' BlackPhone pwned by super-silly txt msg bug (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: The maker of BlackPhone – a mobile marketed as offering unusually high levels of security – has patched a critical vulnerability that allows hackers to run malicious code on the handsets. Attackers need little more than a phone number to send a message that can compromise the devices via the Silent Text application.

The impact of the flaw is troubling because BlackPhone attracts what hackers see as high-value victims: those willing to invest AU$765 (£415, $630) in a phone that claims to put security above form and features may well have valuable calls and texts to hide from eavesdroppers.

Submission + - Rocket Scientist Designs 'Flare' Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster (inhabitat.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Oxford University engineering professor Dr Thomas Povey just invented a new cooking pot that heats food 40% faster. The pot is made from cast aluminum, and it features fins that direct flames across the bottom and up the sides, capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted. The pot is set to hit the market next month in the UK.

Submission + - NASA Honors William Shatner With Distinguished Public Service Medal

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Red Orbit reports that after nearly 50 years of warping across galaxies and saving the universe from a variety of alien threats and celestial disasters, Star Trek’s William Shatner was honored with NASA’s Distinguished Public Service medal, the highest award bestowed by the agency to non-government personnel. “William Shatner has been so generous with his time and energy in encouraging students to study science and math, and for inspiring generations of explorers, including many of the astronauts and engineers who are a part of NASA today, ” said David Weaver, NASA’s associate administrator for the Office of Communications at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “He’s most deserving of this prestigious award.” Past recipients of the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal include astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, former NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory director and Voyager project scientist Edward Stone, theoretical physicist and astronomer Lyman Spitzer, and science fiction writer Robert Heinlein. The award is presented to those who “ have personally made a contribution representing substantial progress to the NASA mission. The contribution must be so extraordinary that other forms of recognition would be inadequate.”

In related news Shatner’s one-man show “Shatner’s World” was presented in nearly 700 movie theaters nationwide on April 24 providing audiences a behind-the-scenes look at Shatner’s career and life. “Everything can be termed positively and that’s what I attempt to do in this one-man show,” he said. “This one-man show is very important to me. It’s the culmination of a long career.”

Submission + - Colin Powell, Hans Blix, and how the IAEA went from lapdog to watchdog in Iraq (thebulletin.org) 1

Lasrick writes: This is an excellent book review and summary of the new book 'Dismantling the Iraqi Nuclear Programme: The Inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency, 1991-1998,' which tells the story of the transformation of the International Atomic Energy Agency from an ineffective inspection agency to a solid and assertive watchdog whose work In Iraq helped reduce Saddam Hussein's nuclear program to nothing. 'The story of the nuclear inspections in Iraq and the resulting transformation of the IAEA is not merely of historical interest. The debate over Iran today bears an uncanny resemblance to the Iraq debate of the 1990s...Without a full accounting of Iran’s nuclear activities past and present, the prospects of a durable diplomatic settlement are nil.' Great read.

Submission + - Was Julian Assange Involved With Wiretapping Iceland's Parliament? (newsoficeland.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Wired reports that the chat logs between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange that were used as evidence in Manning's trial have made it onto the web, at least briefly. One of those logs contained something very interesting on page 4, which was picked up on by the News of Iceland, which reports, ""Jesus Christ. I think that we have recordings of all phone calls to and from the Icelandic parliament during the past four months". This text can be found in documents that the US military published on its website and is said to be part of the conversations between Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. According to the documents, Assange claims to have phone call recordings from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, but this is the first time that the existence of such data is mentioned publicly. ... According to Icelandic laws, it is required to inform the person you are speaking with if the phone call is being recorded. Given that the parliament is not violating laws it is clear that Assange or his associates would have to have installed recording devices or wiretaps in the parliament." — What makes it even more interesting is that Wired also reports in this recent story: Someone’s Been Siphoning Data Through a Huge Security Hole in the Internet. Apparently there is more going on in Iceland than meets the eye.

Submission + - Move over email spoofing there's a new trick in town (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Spam filters will catch spoofed emails, but fraudsters are employing a new trick to slip past the filters, says security researcher Markus Jakobsson. The limited screen size of smartphones puts constraints on what is presented to the user. Friendly 'from' names – yes. Email addresses – no. Just slap a friendly from in front of a not-so-friendly email address and smartphone users will be none the wiser — until they open that email message.

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New Giant Volcano Below Sea Is Largest in the World
National Geographic
A 3-D map of the Tamu Massif formation, which scientists now say is one huge shield volcano. Illustration courtesy IODP. Brian Clark Howard. National Geographic. Published September 5, 2013. A volcano the size of New Mexico or the British Isles has been...
Underwater Volcano as Big as New Mexico is Largest on Earth, Scientists ConfirmNature World News
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Submission + - Git tip: Show your branch name on the Linux prompt (leaseweblabs.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It is important to know which branch you are working on, when committing code to the repository. This post explains how you can add the branch name in red to the prompt.

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