24 Oct 2014

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What's the Most Evil Thing You Got Away With (And How)?

What's the Most Evil Thing You Got Away With (And How)?

We've all done evil things. Some things we might not be proud of, others we indulge quietly. As we close out Evil Week, we want to know: what's the most evil thing you've gotten away with?

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24 Oct 2014 11:00am GMT

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British Army Looking For Gamers For Their Smart-Tanks

concertina226 writes The U.K. branch of global defense firm General Dynamics is working on a futuristic state-of-the-art smart-tank to replace the British Army's aging armored vehicle fleet, to be delivered to the Ministry of Defense in 2020. The Scout SV armored vehicle is the first fully-digitized armored fighting vehicle to have been built for the British Army, and is far bigger and more durable than any of its existing tanks, which are now at least 20 years old. The tank comes in six variants that can be customized with a tools for different missions, and has numerous sensors, cameras, and sights to offer real-time intelligence on weather conditions, target acquisition, and reconnaissance - all crucial battlefield data required by commanders to access and direct situations. "With the capability in the Scout SV, we're really looking for the type of people who play Xbox games - tech-savvy people who are able to take in a lot of information and process it in the proper way," says Kevin Connell, the vice president for General Dynamic UK's Land Systems Regiment.

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24 Oct 2014 9:29am GMT

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Ubuntu 14.10 Released With Ambitious Name, But Small Changes

Slashdot reports that Ubuntu 14.10, dubbed Utopic Unicorn, has been released today. PC World says that at first glance "isn't the most exciting update," with not so much as a new default wallpaper -- but happily so: it's a stable update in a stable series, and most users will have no pressing need to update to the newest version.

24 Oct 2014 7:41am GMT

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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Lasrick writes To this day, Russian authorities refuse to disclose the incapacitating chemical agent (ICA) they employed in their attempt, 12 years ago, to save 900 hostages held in a theater by Chechen fighters. Malcom Dando elaborates on a new report (PDF) that Russia, China, Israel, and a slew of other countries are continuing research into ICAs, and the apparent indifference of the international community into such research. Proponents of ICAs have long promoted their use in a variety of scenarios, including that of law enforcement, because in theory these chemicals incapacitate without permanent disability. Critics, however, point out that these weapons rely on exact dosage to prevent fatality, and that the ability to 'deliver the right agent to the right people in the right dose without exposing the wrong people, or delivering the wrong dose' is a near-impossible expectation. ICAs represent the further misuse and militarization of the life sciences and a weakening of the taboo against the weaponization of toxic substances, and the idea that they could be used in law enforcement situations is a disturbing one."

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24 Oct 2014 7:34am GMT

NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

An anonymous reader writes An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. It's the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation. From the article: "The doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea about 10 days ago, and developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Wednesday night. The physician, employed at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, has been in isolation at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan since Thursday morning, the official said."

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24 Oct 2014 4:32am GMT

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New York City doctor has tested positive for Ebola

He recently returned from treating patients in West Africa.

24 Oct 2014 1:32am GMT

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How to Be an Effective Liar

How to Be an Effective Liar

Lying is considered a bad thing, but ask anyone to justify a lie they've told and they probably can. When and where you should lie is your call, but if you have to do it, here's how to do it effectively.

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24 Oct 2014 12:30am GMT

The Numero Home Screen

The Numero Home Screen

Today's home screen is particularly AMOLED-friendly. While Android goes for a much brighter look these days, this design by My Color Screen user 21macro12 sticks to the dark themes, with only one main strip being the exception.

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24 Oct 2014 12:00am GMT

23 Oct 2014

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Microsoft posts record Q1 on strong cloud, better than expected hardware

Operating income takes a $1B hit due to layoffs and restructuring.

23 Oct 2014 11:20pm GMT

Civilization: Beyond Earth—Next time, reach for the stars

Review: A disappointingly familiar, frustrating grind-despite the fantastical setting.

23 Oct 2014 11:00pm GMT

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Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

Oi, Windows, centOS and openSUSE - behave, we're all friends here

"It hurts my eyes," Steve Ballmer once joshed during a demonstration of Microsoft's Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 managing Red Hat Linux.…

23 Oct 2014 2:41pm GMT

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Apple iPad Air 2 review : Apple's best tablet yet, but is that enough?

The new iPad is thinner, lighter and faster, but its biggest draw is yesterday’s features: Touch ID and a better camera, says The Guardian. Also reviews at The Verge, and Engadget.

23 Oct 2014 3:59am GMT

22 Oct 2014

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Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

Haricots renversés sur Facebook

The French wing of Microsoft's Nokia mobile device division appears to have confirmed some Windows Phone rebranding efforts that have been rumored for the past few months.…

22 Oct 2014 9:57pm GMT

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SysV init on Arch Linux, and Debian

Arch Linux distributes systemd as its init daemon, and has deprecated SysV init in June 2013. Debian is doing the same now and we see panic and terror sweep through that community, especially since this time thousands of my sysadmin colleagues are affected. But like with Arch Linux we are witnessing irrational behavior, loud protests all the way to the BSD camp and public threats of Debian forking. Yet all that is needed, and let's face it much simpler to achieve, is organizing a specialized user group interested in keeping SysV (or your alternative) usable in your favorite GNU/Linux distribution with members that support one another, exactly as I wrote back then about Arch Linux.

Unfortunately I'm not aware of any such group forming in the Arch Linux community around sysvinit, and I've been running SysV init alone as my PID 1 since then. It was not a big deal, but I don't always have time or the willpower to break my personal systems after a 60 hour work week, and the real problems are yet to come anyway - if (when) for example udev stops working without systemd PID 1. If you had a support group, and especially one with a few coding gurus among you most of the time chances are they would solve a difficult problem first, and everyone benefits. On some other occasions an enthusiastic user would solve it first, saving gurus from a lousy weekend.

For anyone else left standing at the cheapest part of the stadium, like me, maybe uselessd as a drop-in replacement is the way to go after major subsystems stop working in our favorite GNU/Linux distributions. I personally like what they reduced systemd to (inspired by suckless.org philosophy?), but chances are without support the project ends inside 2 years, and we would be back here duct taping in isolation.

22 Oct 2014 9:51pm GMT

Changes to Intel microcode updates

Microcode on Intel CPUs is no longer loaded automatically, as it needs to be loaded very early in the boot process. This requires adjustments in the bootloader. If you have an Intel CPU, please follow the instructions in the wiki.

22 Oct 2014 9:29pm GMT

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS

Windows doesn't have the best reputation for security, but Microsoft has been outlining a series of improvements in the new operating system that it believes will stymie hackers and leave corporate data more secure.…

22 Oct 2014 3:00pm GMT

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Google backs Magic Leap, an augmented reality startup

News broke this morning that Google, alongside a number of venture capital firms, led a $542 million investment in a mysterious startup named Magic Leap. The company is promising to "build a rocket ship for the mind" that will completely reinvent the way we experience the world. Founder Rony Abovitz calls his technology "cinematic reality" and says it goes way beyond what virtual or augmented reality have so far been able to accomplish. More at Engadget, and NYT.

22 Oct 2014 2:27am GMT

18 Oct 2014

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Rtl Power

Basic scripting.

18 Oct 2014 2:49pm GMT

20 May 2012

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Annular Solar Eclipse on Sunday, May 20th 2012

On Sunday, May 20th 2012, people in a narrow strip from Japan to the western United States will be able to see an annular solar eclipse, the first in 18 years. The moon will cover as much as 94% of the sun. An Annular Solar Eclipse is different from a Total Solar Eclipse, when the […]

20 May 2012 9:51pm GMT

09 Nov 2011

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2 Million Leave World of Warcraft

In the last year the number of World of Warcraft subscribers has fallen in the from 12 million to 10.3 million...

09 Nov 2011 11:55am GMT

AC: Revelations First-Person Missions

Assassin's Creed: Revelations will have first-person missions...

09 Nov 2011 10:58am GMT

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Zone-H: http://gkppondokmelati.org

http://gkppondokmelati.org defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 7:01am GMT

Zone-H: http://www.gentapublishing.com

http://www.gentapublishing.com defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 6:42am GMT

Zone-H: http://gagap.net

http://gagap.net defaced by Arakloverz

09 Nov 2011 6:42am GMT

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An Experience Loophole in Battlefield 3

Via YouTube user DarkSydeGeoff, we came across a Battlefield 3 exploit that allows friends to boost enormous amounts of experience in hardcore matches...

09 Nov 2011 1:43am GMT

13 May 2011

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The story behind Planet Sun

Some words about history of Planet Sun. For round about six years Planet Sun has been an aggregation of public weblogs written by employees of Sun Microsystems. Though it never was a product or publication of Sun Microsystems itself. The website was powered by Planet and run by David Edmondson. On 01 Mar 2010 David […]

13 May 2011 12:36am GMT

10 May 2011

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Hello world!

A warm welcome to our guests. This is your first wordpress post. We should edit or delete it, and then start blogging! Let's save our planet. Renewable energy is the future. Bio & Nature.

10 May 2011 10:18pm GMT