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Police Could Charge Data Center Operators In the Largest Child Porn Bust Ever

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 5:11pm
sarahnaomi sends this report from Motherboard: Canadian police say they've uncovered a massive online file sharing network for exploitative material that could involve up to 7,500 users in nearly 100 countries worldwide. But unlike past investigations into the distribution of child porn, which typically involve targeting suspects individually, police have instead seized over 1.2 petabytes of data ... from a data center responsible for storing the material, and may even attempt to lay criminal charges against its operators, too. "What we are alleging is occurring is that there are individuals and organizations that are profiting from the storage and the exchange of child sexual exploitation material," Scott Tod, Deputy Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), told Motherboard at a conference late last month, after speaking to a crowd of defense specialists. "They store it and they provide a secure website that you can log into, much like people do with illegal online gaming sites."

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Ask Slashdot: Which Classic OOP Compiled Language: Objective-C Or C++?

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:28pm
Qbertino writes: I've been trying to pick up a classic, object-oriented, compiled language since the early 90s, but have never gotten around to it. C++ was always on my radar, but I'm a little torn to-and-fro with Objective-C. Objective-C is the obvious choice if you also want to make money developing for Mac OS X, but for the stuff I want to do, both languages would suffice on all platforms. I do want to start out on x86 Linux, though, and also use it as my main development platform. Yes, I know quite a few other languages, but I want to get into a widespread compiled language that has good ties into FOSS. Both Objective-C and C++ fit that bill. What do you recommend? How do these two programming languages compare with each other, and how easy is cross-platform development in either? (Primarily GUI-free, "headless" applications.)

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New Seagate Shingled Hard Drive Teardown

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:46pm
New submitter Peter Desnoyers writes: Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) drives are starting to hit the market, promising larger drives without heroic (and expensive) measures such as helium fill, but at a cost — data can no longer be over-written in place, requiring SSD-like algorithms to handle random writes. At the USENIX File and Storage Technologies conference in February, researchers from Northeastern University (disclaimer — I'm one of them) dissected shingled drive performance both figuratively and literally, using both micro-benchmarks and a window cut in the drive to uncover the secrets of Seagate's first line of publicly-available SMR drives. TL;DR: It's a pretty good desktop drive — with write cache enabled (the default for non-server setups) and an intermittent workload it performs quite well, handling bursts of random writes (up to a few tens of GB total) far faster than a conventional drive — but only if it has long powered-on idle periods for garbage collection. Reads and large writes run at about the same speed as on a conventional drive, and at $280 it costs less than a pair of decent 4TB drives. For heavily-loaded server applications, though, you might want to wait for the next generation. Here are a couple videos (in 16x slow motion) showing the drive in action — sequential read after deliberately fragmenting the drive, and a few thousand random writes.

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Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 3:03pm
An anonymous reader writes For the 20th anniversary of Yahoo, Marissa Mayer discusses how she's trying to reinvent the company. In a wide-ranging interview, Mayer shares her vision for fixing the company's past mistakes, including a major investment in mobile and a new ad platform. Yet she's been dogged by critics who see her as an imperious micromanager, who criticize her $1.1 billion purchase of Tumblr, and who fault her for moving too slowly. The company's executives explain that the business could only return to health after she first halted Yahoo's brain drain and went big on mobile. As one Yahoo employee summarized Mayer's thinking: "First people, then apps."

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Pay for WoW Game Time with Game Gold

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
A post on reveals the WoW Token, an upcoming in-game item for World of Warcraft to allow the ability to exchange game time for game gold. Here's how this works:Coming soon to an Azeroth...

Unreal Engine 4 Free

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Epic Games announces they are dropping subscription fees from Unreal Engine 4, making the game engine and all future updates free to use for everyone, with the only stipulation being a 5% royalty...

Fallout 4 Announcement at E3?

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
A tweet from shinobi602 answers a question about whether Bethesda will unveil Fallout 4 at this year's E3 with a vague affirmative, saying: "I would say that's a safe assumption." This has been the...

Trine 3 Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Frozenbyte announces Trine 3: The Artifacts of Power, saying the next installment in their platformer series is due for release for Windows this year. The Trine 3 website is online, offering the game'...

Stealth 2 Next Month

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Curve Studio announces that Stealth 2: A Game of Clones will sneak onto Windows PCs and additional consoles in early April, when the Wii exclusivity for the stealth sequel expires. This is a follow-up...

Battlefield Hardline Premium Announced

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
EA and Visceral Games official announce Battlefield Hardline Premium following speculation about the shooter sequel indicating some had actual suspicions there would not be a season pass for the...

Beyond 35,000 Prototype

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
The Beyond 35,000 website offers a free playable Windows, OS X, and Linux prototype for Beyond 35,000, a "hyperfuturistic," "omnidirectional" precision racing game. They plan on revealing more at...

U.K. Sales Charts

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Dying Light debuts at number one on the GfK Chart-Track chart of the top 30 bestselling PC games in the U.K. for the week ending February 28th, and Techland's new zombie game also sits atop the all...

Morning Crowdfunding Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
DinoSystem on Steam Greenlight. "An uncompromising survival and ecological simulation inspired by games like SimLife, Don't Starve and Notrium." A Kickstarter campaign is coming. Here's a trailer....

Morning Interviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Matt Chat 281: Interview with Manuel Krusy of The Bitfather. Thanks Ant.

Morning Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
War For the Overworld on GameWatcher.

Morning Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Destiny: how to solo the Weekly Heroic Strike on PS4. Uncharted 4 dev teases 'serious scene' in PS4's must-have title of 2015. Destiny log-in issues hit PS4 and Xbox One gamers. The Witcher 3 dev...

Morning Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Announces Mortal Kombat X for Mobile Devices. Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 820 and Zeroth Platform. Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge hands-on- Samsung finally builds a...

Morning Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Thanks Ant. Google Fiber: Make It Easier For Us Or Enjoy Time Warner Cable. Frontier: We Won't Be Expanding U-Verse Acquisitions. Google+ changes leadership again as engineers flee the stagnant...

Morning Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:42pm
Sonic CEO: I Welcome Being Regulated As A Common Carrier. Oracle sues Oregon officials in healthcare website dispute. Thanks Slashdot via Ant. Wall Street Journal Upset Because Title II Didn't Hurt...

Golden Retriever can't get enough of Australian Open tennis

"The Australian Open is on right now, which means my Golden Retriever is in heaven. Georges will watch this all day. While he does love all sports, tennis is his favorite..."

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