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Submission + - DARPA Builds Pop-Up Supercomputer For AI Security Fight (datacenterdynamics.com)

judgecorp writes: The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has knocked up a small, liquid cooled data center in just 29 hours for the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC), in which AIs will try to hack each other for $2 million prize. The facility will contain seven supercomputers, to host the seven teams entered in the cyber battle, which takes place on 4 Augus at Def Con in Las Vegas.

Submission + - SPAM: First image released from MeerKAT radio telescope

schwit1 writes: Even operating at a quarter of its eventual capacity, South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power Saturday, revealing 1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were known before.

The image released Saturday was the first from MeerKAT, where 16 dishes were formally commissioned the same day.

MeerKAT's full contingent of 64 receptors will be integrated next year into a multi-nation Square Kilometer Array (SKA) which is is set to become the world's most powerful radio telescope.

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Submission + - 10 Different Strategies Shaping The Transition To The (forbes.com)

ronalddurkinrd1 writes: The self-driving car sector is fast becoming a testing ground for new business strategies, a place where the motor industry meets technology companies. I've already looked at some of the likely ownership models that we'll see in the self-driving car scene, and today I want to draw a little map with [...]

Submission + - Veertu: Native hypervisor for OS-X (veertu.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Veertu is the very first native OS-X hypervisor available on the AppStore. Veertu uses new hypervisor framework introduced in Yosemite and therefore doesn't need installing any kext kernel modules like other hypervisors. It's also very fast and lightweight and could become an interesting alternative to Parallels or VMware Fusion. It's available on the AppStore for free and can run Linux images from the online library. Running other images such as Windows will cost $39.99

Submission + - Hacker Threatens To Sell Hillary Clinton's ENTIRE UNRELEASED Private Emails For (radaronline.com)

sharkbiter writes: Just as email-gate looked to be winding down, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned a person claiming to be a computer specialist has come forward with the stunning news that 32,000 emails from Hillary Clinton‘s private email account are up for sale. The price tag — a whopping $500,000!

Promising to give the trove of the former Secretary of State’s emails to the highest bidder, the specialist is showing subject lines as proof of what appear to be legitimate messages.

Submission + - Poor Pilot Training Blamed for Virgin Galactic Crash (discovery.com) 1

astroengine writes: SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Alsbury was not properly trained to realize the consequences of unlocking the vehicle’s hinged tail section too soon, a mistake that led to his death and the destruction of the ship during a test flight in California last year. Responsibility for the accident falls to SpaceShipTwo manufacturer Scaled Composites, a Mojave, Calif., company owned by Northrop Grumman Corp, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined at a webcast hearing on Tuesday. Poor oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which oversees commercial spaceflights in the United States, was also a factor in the accident, the NTSB said.

Submission + - Two Years Later, White House Responds To 'Pardon Edward Snowden' Petition (whitehouse.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: In June of 2013, a petition was posted to Whitehouse.gov demanding that Edward Snowden receive a full pardon for his leaks about the NSA and U.S. surveillance practices. The petition swiftly passed 100,000 signatures — the point at which the White House said it would respond to such petitions. For two years, the administration was silent, but now they've finally responded. In short: No, Edward Snowden won't be receiving a pardon. Lisa Monaco, the President's Advisor on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, said, "Mr. Snowden's dangerous decision to steal and disclose classified information had severe consequences for the security of our country and the people who work day in and day out to protect it. If he felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and — importantly — accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions."

Submission + - Samsung launches Galaxy A8 The Slimmest Phone ever (mymobotips.com)

mymobotips writes: Samsung has silently launched its slimmest smartphone ever in China after the predecessors A5 and A6. The slimmest of all, Galaxy A8 is not a features-storehouse, but it displays the designing achievement for this techie-genie Samsung.Co. popular for getting criticism for designs.

Galaxy A8 Specification

The smartphone possessing a metallic body is only 5.9mm thick, weighing just151 grams (5.3 oz) sports a bezel size. It highlights a 5.7-inch full HD(1080x1920p) Super AMOLED display,which is the largest in this variation.
This smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor and 2GB RAM. It is having 16 and 32GB memory-storage options. The phone also offers a microSD card slot for memory-expansion.
It is featuring a 16MP ISO CELL rear camera along with 5MP front-facing camera like the Galaxy S6. The phone is loaded with a 3050mAh battery and is running on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Samsung's TouchWiz UI. This Galaxy A8 would also sport a fingerprint scanner combined with the phone's Home button.
Samsung has inculcated all the new technologies like a fingerprint sensor and hand-wave detection activating a photo timer. It is an obvious bet in the Asian market wherein the userbase looks all these characteristics in a mid-range phone (like the HTC Desire 826) and it is difficult to comment whether the customers would buy the Galaxy A8 just for its premium metal body and some extra features with a expensive cost. According to rumors the phone would cost about 3,499 yuan (about $560).
Till now the phone is not available in the US or European market but would be soon. If the model is not available then, the features might be seen in the upcoming Galaxy Note 5.

Submission + - Discovery of a 200 000 year old metropolis in South Africa (viewzone.com)

BuFf0k_SPQA writes: South African amateur pilots and farmers have been aware of the stone circles for years, always attributing them to some unknown earlier culture but never examining them. Only when South African pilot; Johan Heine teamed up with researcher and author Michael Tellinger did they discover the scope of these designs, buildings, mines and roads covering 10 000 square miles of inland South Africa.

Submission + - The sad state of open IPCameras (bluecherrydvr.com) 2

criticalmess writes: I'm about to give up on any decent hardware to be found to roll my own web-based camera setup around the house and office — and thought that the nerds and experts at /. would be my last resource I could pull out.
Having bought multiple IPCamera (DLink, Abus, Axis, Foscam, TP-Link, ...) and always getting the "requires DirectX" treatment, I'm wondering if there are any open and affordable IPCams out there? I've been lookint at BlueCherry and their kickstarter campaign to create a complete opensource hardware solution (http://www.bluecherrydvr.com/2013/06/21/bluecherry-open-source-high-resolution-ip-camera-update/), I've been looking at Zavio (http://www.zavio.com/) as they seem to offer the streams in an open enough format while not breaking the bank on the hardware. Anything else I should be looking at?

I can't for the love of it understand why most of these hardware companies require you to run DirectX — anybody care to enlighten the crowd?

Should be simple enough really: hardware captures images, a small embedded webserver transforms this into an RTSP stream or HTTP stream, maybe on h264 or similar — done.

Submission + - The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever (telegraph.co.uk) 1

schwit1 writes: New data shows that the “vanishing” of polar ice is not the result of runaway global warming

When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records – on which the entire panic ultimately rested – were systematically “adjusted” to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified.

“How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”

Submission + - MIT Randomizes Tasks To Speed Massive Multicore Processors (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a data structure that they claim can help large multicore processors churn through their workloads more effectively. Their trick? Do away with the traditional first-come, first-served work queue and assign tasks more randomly. The SprayList algorithm allows processors with many cores to spread out their work so they don't stumble over one another, creating bottlenecks that hamper performance.

Submission + - Chemical weapons found in Iraq were covered up by the US

mr_mischief writes: Multiple sources report that the US found remnants of WMD programs, namely chemical weapons, in Iraq after all. Many US soldiers were injured by them, in fact.

Why the cover-up, when so many people were making it a point to say there were no WMD? Was it to keep morale up? Was it out of embarrassment that many of these weapons were developed with Western help? Was it because these were older weapons not actively being produced? Maybe it's because the US troops did not follow international protocols to secure and properly dispose of the weapons.

Well, whatever the reason, it's a bad thing. If there are any of these caches under ISIL control it could be a very bad thing.

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