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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…)



  • 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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  • 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…)

  • 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…)

  • Tesla Announces Dual Motors, ‘Autopilot’ For the Model S
    By on October 11, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    SchrodingerZ writes: Nine days after Elon Musk hinted about a new project, Tesla Motors has unveiled the P85D Sedan. This is Tesla’s latest car design, capable of feats not yet seen in electric vehicles. The four door luxury car is able to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in a mere 3.2 seconds, an acceleration similar to the McLaren F1 super car. While the exterior remains the same build as the standard Model S, the interior will have a second motor (more…)

  • AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa
    By on October 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes: A new study published in Science (abstract) has traced the origin of HIV/AIDS back to Kinshasa in the 1920s. The authors say Kinshasa, now in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was then undergoing explosive population growth while supporting an abundant sex trade. These factors, combined with the use of unsterilized needles at health clinics and the railways moving a million people in and out of the city each year, conspired (more…)

  • Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software
    By on September 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes: Four alleged members of an international computer hacking ring face charges in the U.S. of breaking into the computer networks of the U.S. Army and several tech companies and stealing several software packages, including programs used to train Army helicopter pilots, as well as software and data related to the Xbox One gaming console, the Xbox Live online gaming service and popular games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and (more…)

  • Facebook To Start Testing Internet-Beaming Drones In 2015
    By on September 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Zothecula writes There was an understandable amount of skepticism when Amazon announced its grand plans for delivery drones last year. But if the last twelve months are any indication, Jeff Bezos and his fellow tech heavyweights are actually kinda serious about the potential of unmanned aerial vehicles. Speaking at the Social Good Summit in New York on Monday, engineering director at Facebook Connectivity Lab, Yael Maguire, has further detailed the (more…)

  • Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group
    By on September 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group is headed for the axe, and its responsibilities will be taken over either by the company’s Cloud & Enterprise Division or its Legal & Corporate Affairs group. Microsoft’s disbanding of the group represents a punctuation mark in the industry’s decades-long conversation around trusted computing as a concept. The security center of gravity is moving away from enterprise desktops to cloud (more…)