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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

The Register - 8 hours 7 min ago
'We'd still be picking up the pieces now'

Two years ago this week the Sun let off one of its periodic solar flares, and a new analysis of its force shows that human civilization had a very near miss indeed.…

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Fares fair, says New York: Lyft finally gets in gear for the Big Apple

The Register - 8 hours 38 min ago
Here comes the pink mustache

Ride-sharing service Lyft has agreed to a deal with New York officials to allow the company to open shop in New York City.…

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NO SALE: IBM won't cash in its chips with GlobalFoundries after all

The Register - 9 hours 32 min ago
Chip fab firm wanted IBM's brains but thought its facilities had 'little or no value' – report

IBM's hopes of unloading its loss-making semiconductor division to GlobalFoundries have reportedly been dashed, with GlobalFoundries refusing to budge on price.…

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Bose decides today IS F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent spat

The Register - 9 hours 52 min ago
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie

Audio thing maker Bose is suing Apple-owned Beats Electronics, alleging patent infringement.…

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Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 23:45
Don't panic, citizen. These computers are your frieeeends

Google's X laboratory is working with a team of biologists and geneticists to analyze human frailties using the web giant's computing might.…

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Rackspace touts cloudy, single-tenant OnMetal servers to world+dog

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 22:46
Pricing revealed for dedicated boxes that provision like clouds

Underdog cloud provider Rackspace has announced pricing for its new OnMetal servers, which it has made generally available on Friday following a limited trial phase.…

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 21:54
Once Obama signs law passed today by House of Reps

Here at Vulture West, we're looking out for porcine aviators: the usually divided US House of Representatives unanimously passed a law allowing people who've bought phones to actually unlock the things from their carriers.…

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How long is too long to wait for a security fix?

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 21:40
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS

Sysadmin blog  Synology quietly released version 4.2-3250 of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) operating system this month. This squashes critical security bugs in version 4.2 of DSM – bugs that were fixed in version 5.0 in June, so consider this a back port.…

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A New Video Has Us Real Excited About The New UT For Linux

Newsforge - Open Source News - Fri, 2014-07-25 20:50

Epic Games has posted another video about their upcoming free Unreal Tournament game that is natively supporting Linux...

Epic Games has posted another video about their upcoming free Unreal Tournament game that is natively supporting Linux...

Read more at Phoronix
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Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 20:37
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors

Google and Twitch were tight-lipped this morning in California – amid swirling rumors that the internet goliath will formally seal a $1bn deal to buy the video-streaming upstart.…

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Need a US visa, passport? Prepare for misery: Database crash strands thousands

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 20:22
'It's going to take a little while'

An unspecified glitch in a global database used by the US government to issue passports and travel visas has left countless people around the world unable to travel for the last few days, according to State Department officials.…

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Interview with Nathan Willis, GUADEC Keynote Speaker (GNOME News)

Newsforge - Open Source News - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:42

LWN editor Nathan Willis is giving a keynote talk at the upcoming GUADEC (GNOME Users and Developers European Conference) and was interviewed by GNOME News. Willis's talk is titled "Should We Teach The Robot To Kill" and will look at free software and the automotive industry. 

LWN editor Nathan Willis is giving a keynote talk at the upcoming GUADEC (GNOME Users and Developers European Conference) and was interviewed by GNOME News. Willis's talk is titled "Should We Teach The Robot To Kill" and will look at free software and the automotive industry. "And, finally, my ultimate goal would be to persuade some people that the free-software community can — and should — take up the challenge and view the car as a first-rate environment where free software belongs. Because there will naturally be lots of little gaps where the different corporate projects don’t quite have every angle covered. But we don’t have to wait for other giant companies to come along and finish the job. We can get involved now, and if we do, then the next generation of automotive software will be stronger for it, both in terms of features and in terms of free-software ideals." GUADEC is being held in Strasbourg, France July 26–August 1.

Read more at LWN
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First CoreOS Stable Release

Newsforge - Open Source News - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:11

CoreOS Blog: Starting today, you can begin running CoreOS in production. 

First off, Happy SysAdmin Day. We think we have a pretty good SysAdmin surprise in store for you today as we are announcing the CoreOS stable release channel. Starting today, you can begin running CoreOS in production. This version is the most tested, secure and reliable version available for users wanting to run CoreOS. This is a huge milestone for us. Since our first alpha release in August 2013:


  • 191 releases have been tagged
  • Tested on hundreds of thousands of servers on the alpha and beta channels
  • Supported on 10+ platforms, ranging from bare metal to being primary images on Rackspace and Google


It is a big day for us here at CoreOS, as we have been working hard to deliver the stable release. Of course, we couldn’t do this without the community so thank you for all of your support and contributions to the project.

Read more at CoreOS Blog.

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Urban growth: bio-bricks offer a whiff of the future

New Scientist - Fri, 2014-07-25 18:00
The latest addition to the New York skyline is more than a smelly oddity: bricks made from corn stalks and mushrooms could be used to build disaster relief shelters

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Indie ISP to Netflix: Give it a rest about 'net neutrality' – and get your checkbook out

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:58
The side of the debate you don't often hear

A pioneering American community ISP is telling customers that Netflix should spend more time improving its technology, more money on its network – and less energy on lobbying in Washington DC.…

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Healthy Fibre biz fattens QLogic's bottom line... and not before time

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:03
Only way is up for storage adapter supplier

It's a new fiscal year and a fresh first quarter for QLogic... and it looks like Q’s droopy revenue woes are set to end. It appears to have bottomed out, with numbers once again on the rise as Q starts growing again.…

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Gecko sex satellite 'not responding'

BBC News - Technology - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:48
A Russian satellite containing geckos could plummet to earth if control is not regained, according to reports.
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Absent fans get robot to do cheering

BBC News - Technology - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:31
A struggling Korean baseball team have invented a novel way to improve atmosphere at their matches - by bringing in a crowd of robot fans.
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Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:29
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa

From 16 September you will be able to pay for your journey on the London Underground with your pay-by-bonk contactless card or NFC-enabled phone.…

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Disaster Recovery upstart joins DR 'as a service' gang

The Register - Fri, 2014-07-25 16:03
Quorum joins the aaS crowd with DRaaS offering

Disaster recovery company Quorum uses a customer’s second site or its own cloud site to provide the user with backup and DR location for physical and virtualised server customers, and claims one-click recovery through its on-site onQ appliances.…

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