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Submission + - Eggdrop, IRC's oldest actively-developed bot, releases v1.8.0 (eggheads.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Eggdrop, IRC's oldest actively-developed bot, just culminated an extended period of development with the release of Eggdrop version 1.8.0. Eggdrop version 1.8.0 adds several major new features, most notably IPv6 support and SSL support to both IRC servers and its own bot-to-bot networks. A full overview of all the major changes can be found by browsing the current NEWS file.

For those of you not familiar with Eggdrop, it is a C program that was originally designed as an IRC channel administration bot in 1993, notably before the advent of modern channel services. The true utility of Eggdrop, however, is that the core functionality can be easily expanded on by adding Tcl scripts to the bot allowing a far-ranging feature set, ranging from displaying current weather stats via backend HTML requests, running triva games, advanced IRC bot administration, or relaying text between jabber and IRC channels- or whatever else you can think to script!

Eggdrop also has an official docker image in the docker library for download via Docker Hub.

The source for Eggdrop is maintained on GitHub. For more information on this and other Eggdrop-related news, you can check out the Eggheads website.

Submission + - Virginia spent over half a million on cell surveillance that mostly doesn't work (muckrock.com)

v3rgEz writes: In 2014, the Virginia State Police spent $585,265 on a specially modified Suburban outfitted with the latest and greatest in cell phone surveillance: The DRT 1183C, affectionately known as the DRTbox. But according to logs uncovered by public records website MuckRock, the pricey ride was only used 12 times — and only worked 7 of those times. Read the full DRTbox documents at MuckRock.

Submission + - Social media is not your friend

Presto Vivace writes: Of 8 Tech Companies, Only Twitter Says It Would Refuse to Help Build Muslim Registry for Trump

The Intercept contacted nine of the most prominent such firms, from Facebook to Booz Allen Hamilton, to ask if they would sell their services to help create a national Muslim registry, an idea recently resurfaced by Donald Trump’s transition team. Only Twitter said no.

Submission + - The Inside Story of MakerBot and the 3D Printing Revolution That Wasn't (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: MakerBot promised to revolutionize society, letting us 3D print anything we needed right from home. That never happened. At Backchannel, Andrew Zaleski has the definitive, investigative account of why the 3D printing revolution hasn't yet come to pass, culled from interviews with industry observers, current MakerBot leadership, and a dozen former MakerBot employees. As he tells it, "In the span of a few years, MakerBot had to pull off two very different coups. It had to introduce millions of people to the wonders of 3D printing, and then convince them to shell out more than $1,000 for a machine. It also had to develop the technology fast enough to keep its customers happy. Those two tasks were too much for the fledgling company."

Submission + - SPAM: Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

schwit1 writes: Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China's leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.

Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper.

The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people's news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network has been blocked, these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg has supported and defended the effort, the people added.

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Submission + - Microsoft & Linux & Patents & Tweets (meshedinsights.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft recently joined the Linux Foundation while still asserting its patents against the rest of the membership. As I found that odd, I tweeted some casually-calculated statistics about Microsoft’s patent revenues that seemed to me to simply be the aggregation of common knowledge. But maybe people have forgotten the details; at least two respondents asked me to substantiate the figures. Having struck a nerve, this post is by way of explanation.

Submission + - New Battery Will Let Phones Charge in Seconds, Last Over a Week (bleepingcomputer.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: A new battery technology developed in the US will take seconds to charge, last over a week, and survive 30,000 recharge cycles, 20 times more than regular Lithium-ion batteries deployed today.

Developed by researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF), this new type of battery model uses supercapacitors and can be molded into thin strips of material, taking up less space than current models. Researchers say the battery can be deployed with phones primarily, but also with cars, wearables, and other devices. Moreover, the battery is also made from a flexible material, making it ideal for all the foldable phones mobile vendors seem to be interested in developing these days.

Submission + - NASA's Climate Research Is Set To Be Scrapped (theguardian.com)

dryriver writes: The Guardian reports: Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century. This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena. Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said as Nasa provides the scientific community with new instruments and techniques, the elimination of Earth sciences would be “a major setback if not devastating”.“It could put us back into the ‘dark ages’ of almost the pre-satellite era,” he said. “It would be extremely short sighted".

Submission + - European Union Heads Towards Regulating Cryptography

An anonymous reader writes: The European Union has conducted a detailed questionnaire on the Encryption of Data in relation to criminal cases. The main purpose can be defined as understanding of how much trouble cryptography and encryption generate during the investigation process. The results of the questionnaire are publicly available thanks to Bits of Freedom here.

Some of the answers disclose sensitive information about the operational methods of particular EU member states. Detailed analysis of questionnaire results and some insight into what this new European approach to cryptography means can be found on this blog.

Submission + - SPAM: Satellite Abandoned In 1967 Mysteriously Comes Back Online

schwit1 writes: An American satellite abandoned in 1967 suddenly came back online and began transmitting again for the first time in 50 years.

Amateur astronomers first suspected that they’d found the satellite in 2013, but needed years to confirm that it was still occasionally transmitting. The satellite, dubbed LES1, was built by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and launched into space in 1965.

A mistake in the satellite’s circuitry caused it to never leave its circular orbit, and it eventually stop transmitting in 1967. The satellite’s signal now fluctuates widely in strength, meaning that it’s likely only transmitting when its solar panels are in direct sunlight. Scientists expect that the satellite’s onboard batteries have disintegrated.

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Submission + - James Clapper, US Director of National Intelligence, Has Resigned (thehill.com) 4

cold fjord writes: James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, resigned last night. Clapper spent 30 years in military intelligence at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency. He was selected to be the Director of National Intelligence in 2010 with responsibility for 17 US intelligence agencies. Clapper was DNI during the monumental Snowden leaks of documents from NSA and various allied intelligence agencies as well as the release by WikiLeaks of the documents provided by (at the time) Private Bradley Manning. Besides the Snowden and Manning leaks, Clapper was engulfed in controversy over testimony to Congress in which he is alleged to have lied about NSA data collection in responding to a question from Senator Wyden. Clapper had previously stated he would leave at the end of the Obama administration. Clapper's resignation clears the way for incoming president-elect Trump to appoint his own Director of National Intelligence.

Submission + - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Allegedly Spotted In Shipping With 10GB Of Memory (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Earlier this week there were rumblings that NVIDIA was rumored to be readying the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a follow-on high end GPU targeted at bringing Titan X class performance to gamers and enthusiasts at a price point somewhere between the Titan X and the GeForce GTX 1080. Though rumored for a CES 2017 unveil, we're also now learning more specifics and possibly even a confirmation of the 1080 Ti's actual existence. Initially spotted on a shipping manifest, details in the shipment of a computer graphics card targeting a destination Indian shipping port via Bangalore Air, point to the NVIDIA nomenclature of PG611 for the GPUl, which designates NVIDIA's GP102, the very same NVIDIA graphics processor that powers NVIDIA's Titan X. The description of the product notes a device dubbed PG611 with the SKU 0010 GPU, that has a 384-bit memory bus and 10240MB GDDR, or 10GB of RAM. Definitively, we can't say that this is confirmation of the GeoForce GTX 1080 TI but a shipment is out there that went from China to India on Novmeber 8th, with a product that very much fits what should its description.

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