puddingebola writes: John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, has died. Glenn was the last surviving Mercury astronaut. From the article, "Glenn had been battling health issues since a stroke a few years ago. His death Thursday was confirmed by Hank Wilson, communications director of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University."
puddingebola writes: The Verge has a story on startup Neverware, which is selling it's own version of Chromium to run on old hardware used by schools. Even $200 Chromebooks can be outside the means of the poorest school districts. Neverware adapts Chromium to run on old PC hardware at a rate of about $50 per computer. As with Chromebooks, moving storage and security to the cloud cuts costs for schools. Apple and Microsoft had dominated the education market for years, but now a thin client OS with cloud services is taking more and more market share. Good or bad?
puddingebola writes: The hackers responsible for the leaking of DHS employees made good on their threat to reveal the names of 20,000 FBI Employees. From the article, "The hacker provided Motherboard with a copy of the data on Sunday. The list includes names, email addresses (many of which are non-public) and job descriptions, such as task force deputy director, security specialist, special agent, and many more. The list also includes roughly 1,000 FBI employees in an intelligence analysis role."
puddingebola writes: National Trading Standards and trading standards services in Scotland have released figures that 15,000 of 17,000 hoverboards have been seized at ports of entry in the UK because of safety concerns. The boards were seized "due to a range of concerns, such as safety issues with the plug, cabling, charger, battery or the cut-off switch within the board, which often fails." Are we pushing hoverboard technology too far too quickly, or are there just a group of criminal sociopaths manufacturing unsafe devices at Christmastime and pumping them into the market. Mashable has a story summary with links to video of a man in Alabama with his hoverboard on fire. http://mashable.com/2015/12/03...
puddingebola writes: The Raspberry Pi foundation has released its most badass computer ever with the release of the fucking kickass Raspberry Pi Zero. Specs are similar to the Pi 1, "At the heart of its 65 x 30 millimeter circuit board is a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor, the same as in the Raspberry Pi 1, with a 1GHz ARM11 core. The board holds 512MB of RAM, and the operating system is loaded from micro-SD card. There's a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p video output, and micro-USB sockets for data and power." But at the $5 price, they may have hit the rock bottom of connecting. How can they achieve this price, you may ask? "Its 40-pin GPIO header has identical pinouts, although the pads on the circuit board are "unpopulated," meaning you'll have to solder on your own connector. The same goes for the composite video output: The connection is available, but if you need a socket, you must solder it yourself." Dude, go to Radio Shack.
puddingebola writes: The FAA is recording a record number of laser strikes on aircraft for 2015. From the article, "The Federal Aviation Administration recorded 5,352 laser strikes through Oct. 16, up from 2,837 for all of 2010. Such strikes can temporarily blind pilots at critical times when they are taking off and landing. People convicted of pointing a laser at a plane can be sentenced to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine."
puddingebola writes: A jury in US federal court has ruled Apple infringed on a patent held by the Univeristy of Wisconsin. From the article, "Having initially sued Apple in January 2014, the University’s licensing arm, known as the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, launched a separate, still-pending lawsuit last in September claiming it had also infringed on the patent with its latest iPhone models, the 6S and the 6S Plus. The licensing arm claims that it offered to license the patent to Apple for a fee, but the offer was ignored."
puddingebola writes: From the article, "Cybercrooks have built a network of compromised Linux servers capable of blowing websites and other systems off the internet with at least 150Gbps of junk traffic. The XOR Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) botnet is launching 20 attacks a day from compromised machines, according to Akamai. 90 per cent of the attacks from the malware-infected computers are being thrown against organizations in Asia. The most frequent target is the gaming sector, followed by educational institutions."
puddingebola writes: From the article, "Locked phones require a passcode. But there's a way to get around that. Just type in an insanely long password. That overloads the computer, which redirects you to the phone's home screen. It's a time-consuming hack, but it's actually easy to pull off. In a report published Tuesday, computer security researcher John Gordon documented the vulnerability and posted a video of the hack. It only affects smartphones using the latest version of the Android operating system, Lollipop."
puddingebola writes: Chris Beard at Mozilla has sent an open letter to Satya Nadella complaining about the default settings in Windows 10. Users who upgrade to 10 will have their default browser automatically changed to the new Edge browser. From the article, "The upgrade process, as he explained it, "appears to be purposely designed to throw away the choices its customers have made about the Internet experience they want, and replace it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them to have." "
puddingebola writes: From the article, "Lenovo is preparing to ship laptops preloaded with Ubuntu in India. The first of these systems will be the Lenovo Thinkpad L450, featuring only one of two CPUs, but the selection may widen over time and expand to other countries...Overall, switching to Ubuntu reduces the system cost considerably. Currently, the standard L450 system with Windows 8.1 Pro utilizing a Core i3, 4 GB of RAM, and a 500 GB HDD costs 59724 INR ($943.02 USD). An Ubuntu version of the system with the same hardware specs, however, will only cost 48000 INR ($757.91 USD). Although most people are accustomed to using Windows nowadays, that is a significantly reduced price."
puddingebola writes: The New York times reports that China is using a "new weapon" called the "Great Cannon" to overwhelm sites such as GitHub and GreatFire.org that host censored websites. The story is based on a report from UC Berkley and the University of Toronto, found here https://citizenlab.org/2015/04... From the story, "China’s new Internet weapon, the report says, is similar to one developed and used by the National Security Agency and its British counterpart, GCHQ, a system outlined in classified documents leaked by Edward J. Snowden, the former United States intelligence contractor. "
puddingebola writes: Microsoft has announced it will no longer manufacture Kinect for Windows. Only the Xbox One version will be available for purchase. Microsoft said it could not meet demand for the device, a strange claim for a company to make.
puddingebola writes: Interesting book review in the New York Times yesterday for Jonathan Waldman's Rust: The longest War. How much have you really considered the engineers, chemists, physicists and bureaucrats engaged in a war to stop the natural forces of oxidation. Rust, the book says, costs the United States $437 billion annually, more "than all other natural disasters combined." Technologies used to combat rust include the one micron thick polymer in your can of Coke, to the invention of stainless steel. Would Slashdot readers find a nontechnical book on the subject of entropy... entertaining?
puddingebola writes: From the article, " A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics has infected seven patients, including two who died, and more than 160 others were exposed at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center through contaminated medical instruments, the hospital revealed. The drug-resistant superbug known as CRE was likely transmitted to the Los Angeles patients by contaminated medical scopes during endoscopic procedures that took place between October 2014 and January 2015, a university statement said. " UCLA says the infections occurred via contaminated endoscopes that were sterilized according to the manufacturer's specifications.