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  • China Completes Its First Lunar Return Mission
    By on October 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    China’s Chang’e 5-T1 mission to the moon has not only taken some beautiful pictures of the Earth from the craft’s perspective (hat tip to reader Taco Cowboy) but as of Friday evening (continental U.S. time) returned a capsule to Earth. (The capsule landed in Inner Mongolia.) From the linked article: Prior to re-entering the Earths atmosphere, the unnamed probe was travelling at 11.2 kilometres per second (25,000 miles per hour), a speed that can generate (more…)



  • State to challenge Pistorius verdict
    By on October 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    South Africa prosecutors say they are going to appeal against the conviction and sentence given to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend.

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  • Lenovo Completes Motorola Deal
    By on October 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    SmartAboutThings writes If somehow you missed the reports of Lenovo buying Motorola – which was also bought by Google for $12.5 billion back in 2011 – then you should know that the deal is now complete. Lenovo has announced today that Motorola is now a Lenovo company — which makes Lenovo not only the number one PC maker in the world but also the third-largest smartphone maker.

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  • Cosmos sign Real Madrid legend Raul
    By on October 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Former Real Madrid, Schalke and Spain striker Raul signs a deal to play for US side New York Cosmos.

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  • IRB fights to discourage drug cheats
    By on October 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Rugby’s governing bodies are keen to discourage players tempted to bulk up their bodies by using prohibited substances.

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  • Italian Supreme Court Bans the ‘Microsoft Tax’
    By on October 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes: In a post at the Free Software Foundation, lawyer Marco Ciurcina reports that the Italian Supreme Court has ruled the practice of forcing users to pay for a Windows license when they buy a new PC is illegal. Manufacturers in Italy are now legally obligated to refund that money if a buyer wants to put GNU/Linux or another free OS on the computer. Ciurcina says, “The focus of the Court’s reasoning is that the sale of a PC (more…)

  • VIDEO: Newcastle desperate in win – Pardew
    By on October 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says his team were desperate in their 1-0 home win over Leicester, the Magpies’ first league victory of the season.

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  • Ubuntu Turns 10
    By on October 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Scott James Remnant, now Technical Lead on ChromeOS, was a Debian developer before that. That’s how he became involved from the beginning (becoming Developer Manager, and then serving on the Technical Board) on the little derivative distribution that Mark Shuttleworth decided to make of Debian Unstable, and for which the name Ubuntu was eventually chosen. On this date in 2004, Ubuntu 4.10 — aka Warty Warthog, or just Warty — was released, and Remnant (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?
    By on October 16, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    ZahrGnosis writes I’m in the midst of a rather lengthy job interview; something I haven’t done for some time as I’ve worked as a contract employee with a much lower barrier to entry for years. Recently, I’ve started patenting some inventions that are applicable to my industry. One hope is that the patents look good to the prospective employer on a resume, but I don’t want them to take the existing IP for granted as part of the deal. I’m worried I (more…)

  • VIDEO: ‘In Germany, the fan is king’
    By on October 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    BBC Sport travelled to Germany to find out if the Bundesliga really does look after its fans and offer good value for money.

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