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  • 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…)



  • The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?
    By on September 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    blottsie writes After months of heated debate, viral campaigns, deliberate “slowdowns” and record-breaking public responses, the Federal Communications Commission is finally set to decide how “net neutrality”—the principle that all data must be treated equally by Internet service providers (ISPs)—should look in the U.S., or if it should exist at all. Today, Sept. 15, the FCC officially closes its public comment period on its latest net (more…)

  • Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android
    By on September 11, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    briancox2 writes Amazon has avoided releasing the Amazon Instant Video app that is on Fire and Kindle to the general Android market, even though the app has been available for some time on iOS. Now, after a workaround had allowed some users to install the app on Android by fiddling with permissions, Amazon has released the app to many devices calling it “Amazon Instant Video for Google TV”. It’s not clear yet which devices can run this app. Currently (more…)

  • Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?
    By on September 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    itwbennett writes: Every programming language has its own unique quirks, such as weird syntax, unusual functionality or non-standard implementations — things that can cause developers new to the language, or even seasoned pros, to scratch their heads in wonder (or throw their hands up in despair). Phil Johnson has rounded up some of the strangest — from the + operator in JavaScript to the trigraphs in C and C++ and indentation level in Python. (more…)

  • Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don’t Know Where It Would Go
    By on September 1, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    mdsolar writes with news of a plan to move radioactive waste from nuclear plants. The U.S. government is looking for trains to haul radioactive waste from nuclear power plants to disposal sites. Too bad those trains have nowhere to go. Putting the cart before the horse, the U.S. Department of Energy recently asked companies for ideas on how the government should get the rail cars needed to haul 150-ton casks filled with used, radioactive nuclear fuel. (more…)

  • Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government
    By on August 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    schwit1 sends this excerpt from a report about Microsoft: Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas-held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5. Let there be no doubt that (more…)

  • Predictive Modeling To Increase Responsivity of Streamed Games
    By on August 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    jones_supa (887896) writes Streaming game services always bump up against a hard latency limit based on the total round-trip time it takes to send user input to a remote server and receive a frame of game data from that server. To alleviate the situation, Microsoft Research has been developing a system called DeLorean (whitepaper) using predictive modeling to improve the experienced responsiveness of a game. By analyzing previous inputs in a Markov (more…)

  • How To Read a Microbiome Study Like a Scientist.
    By on August 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    bmahersciwriter (2955569) writes Scientific reports have increasingly linked the bacteria in your gut to health and maladies, often making wild-sounding claims. Did you hear about the mice who were given fecal transplants from skinny humans and totally got skinny! Well, some of the more gut-busting results might not be as solid as they seem. Epidemiologist Bill Hanage offers five critical questions to ask when confronted by the latest microbiome research.

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  • Project Aims To Build a Fully Open SoC and Dev Board
    By on August 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    DeviceGuru (1136715) writes “A non-profit company is developing an open source 64-bit system-on-chip that will enable fully open hardware, ‘from the CPU core to the development board.’ The ‘lowRISC’ SoC is the brainchild of a team of hardware and software hackers from the University of Cambridge, with the stated goal of implementing a ‘fully open computing eco-system, including the instruction set architecture (ISA), processor silicon, and development (more…)

  • Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut
    By on August 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Ars Technica reports that “J. Michael Straczynski will shortly begin work on a rebooted big-screen version of his 1990s sci-fi TV series [ Babylon 5].” From the article: According to JMS’s latest announcement, the new script will be targeted at a 2016 theatrical release and will be a reboot of the series rather than a continuation. This is necessary for both dramatic and practical purposes—the series was in regular production from 1994-1998, (more…)