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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

Recent /. Posts - 3 hours 58 min ago
New submitter Tim the Gecko (745081) writes Comcast has announced 1Tb/s of Internet facing, native IPv6 traffic, with more than 30% deployment to customers. With Facebook, Google/YouTube, and Wikipedia up to speed, it looks we are past the "chicken and egg" stage. IPv6 adoption by other carriers is looking better too with AT&T at 20% of their network IPv6 enabled, Time Warner at 10%, and Verizon Wireless at 50%. The World IPv6 Launch site has measurements of global IPv6 adoption.

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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Recent /. Posts - 4 hours 39 min ago
alphadogg (971356) writes with news that the SSA has joined the long list of federal agencies with giant failed IT projects. From the article: "Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion. Five years later, it was still two to three years from being done, according to the report by McKinsey and Co., a management consulting firm. Today, with the project still in the testing phase, the agency can't say when it will be completed or how much it will cost.

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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

Recent /. Posts - 5 hours 21 min ago
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes Black holes are singularities in spacetime formed by stars that have collapsed at the end of their lives. But while black holes are one of the best known ideas in cosmology, physicists have never been entirely comfortable with the idea that regions of the universe can become infinitely dense. Indeed, they only accept this because they can't think of any reason why it shouldn't happen. But in the last few months, just such a reason has emerged as a result of intense debate about one of cosmology's greatest problems — the information paradox. This is the fundamental tenet in quantum mechanics that all the information about a system is encoded in its wave function and this always evolves in a way that conserves information. The paradox arises when this system falls into a black hole causing the information to devolve into a single state. So information must be lost. Earlier this year, Stephen Hawking proposed a solution. His idea is that gravitational collapse can never continue beyond the so-called event horizon of a black hole beyond which information is lost. Gravitational collapse would approach the boundary but never go beyond it. That solves the information paradox but raises another question instead: if not a black hole, then what? Now one physicist has worked out the answer. His conclusion is that the collapsed star should end up about twice the radius of a conventional black hole but would not be dense enough to trap light forever and therefore would not be black. Indeed, to all intents and purposes, it would look like a large neutron star.

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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Recent /. Posts - 6 hours 4 min ago
New submitter David Hames (3763525) writes Would you like to test drive the newest release of the Macintosh operating system? Apple is opening up the beta for Mac OS X Yosemite starting Thursday to the first million people who sign up. Beta users won't be able to access such promised Yosemite features such as the ability to make or receive your iPhone calls or text messages on your Mac, turn on your iPhone hotspot feature from your Mac, or "Handoff" the last thing you were doing on your iOS 8 device to your Mac and vice versa. A new iCloud Drive feature is also off-limits, while any Spotlight search suggestions are U.S.-based only. Don't expect all your Mac apps to run either. Ars has a preview of Yosemite.

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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

Recent /. Posts - 6 hours 45 min ago
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes with word that Sony has agreed to settle a class action lawsuit brought by PSN users affected by the 2011 breach. From the article: Sony has finally agreed to a preliminary settlement of $15m, which may be able to appease most of the customers that suffered from this attack. The PlayStation Network users that did not partake in the "Welcome Back" program that Sony unveiled shortly after their online services were brought back will be able to choose from two of several options for compensation: One PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Portable game selected from a list of 14 games; three PlayStation 3 themes selected from a list of six themes; or a three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus free of charge. Claiming these benefits will be done on a first come, first serve basis ...The settlement isn't just about free games or services. Customers with documented identity theft charges are eligible for up to $2,500 per claim.

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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Recent /. Posts - 7 hours 21 min ago
For years, Good Old Games has made a business out of selling classic PC game titles completely free of DRM. Today they announced that their platform now supports Linux. They said, We've put much time and effort into this project and now we've found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by ... We're still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we've decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. ... Note that we've got many classic titles coming officially to Linux for the very first time, thanks to the custom builds prepared by our dedicated team of penguin tamers. ... For both native Linux versions, as well as special builds prepared by our team, GOG.com will provide distro-independent tar.gz archives and support convenient DEB installers for the two most popular Linux distributions: Ubuntu and Mint, in their current and future LTS editions.

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Welcome To The Darkside | Darth Vader | Hot Wheels


"Hot Wheels® and Star Wars™ join forces to create the ultimate ride for the dark side! The Hot Wheels ® Star Wars™ Darth Vader™ life-size car is complete with an LS3 engine, 526 horsepower, custom red line tires and heavy breathing sounds from the Sith Lord himself. Don't miss the Darth Vader™ car when it rolls into San Diego Comic-Con International on Wednesday, July 23rd. At Comic-Con, you can also catch a sneak peek of the amazing Star Wars™ inspired Hot Wheels® character cars and a world of replica die-cast starships and play sets coming later this year, too! ..."

From http://boingboing.net/2014/07/23/dart-vaders-car.html ...


Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern Hair


"French braiding is super easy right? Well, according to a lot of us that answer is no. But according to Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, that answer is yes!"

From http://www.dorkly.com/post/65935/chris-pratt-braids-an-interns-hair-during-an-interview-thereby-winning-our-hearts ...


For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

Recent /. Posts - 8 hours 3 min ago
dcblogs (1096431) writes The Census Bureau reports that only 26% of people with any type of four-year STEM degree are working in a STEM field. For those with a degree specifically in computer, math or statistics, the figure is 49%, nearly the same for engineering degrees. What happens to the other STEM trained workers? The largest numbers are managers at non-STEM businesses (22.5%), or having careers in education (17.7%), business/finance (13.2%) and office support (11.5%). Some other data points: Among those with college degrees in computer-related occupations, men are paid more than women ($90,354 vs. $78,859 on average), and African American workers are more likely to be unemployed than white or Asian workers.

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2K's BioShock Tease?

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
2K United Kingdom tweets an image of a poster for Eve's Garden from BioShock, unashamedly teasing us with the following caption: "Oooo, what COULD this mean?!" The folks at Videogamer.com decided to...

GOG.com Linux Support Launches

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
GOG.com announces their promised Linux support is now live, and that their DRM-free marketplace now boasts over 50 titles to support the open source operating system, noting that some of these are...

Trine Enchanted Edition

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
Frozenbyte is now offering the Windows edition of Trine Enchanted Edition, an updated version of Trine using the Trine 2 engine that's being offered for free to owners of the original edition of the...

Tropico 5 Gets Cheesy DLC

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
Kalypso Media announces the release of new The Big Cheese DLC for Tropico 5 as well as a new patch to update the island dictator sequel to version 1.04. Among other things, the new patch adds the...

Steamships Ahoy - Machines At War 3

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
Machines At War 3 is now available on Steam, and Isotope 244's real-time strategy sequel is carrying a 15% discount for this first week of release. Here's an outline of what this offers: In 21 real...

Gear Up Early Access

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
Doctor Entertainment announces that the beta version of their Gear Up is now available on Steam for Windows, OS X, and Linux as an Early Access release, offering a chance to get in on this...

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
2014 World of Warcraft Arena North American Arena Tournament. The BioWare Dragon Egg Hunt Returns to San Diego Comic-Con.

Morning Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
PlayStation 4 firmware 1.75 update will add 3D Blu-ray playback. Xbox One August update alters boot screen.

Morning Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
Super Mega Ultra Pi Boy 64 Thingy Build. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.

Morning Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - 8 hours 16 min ago
16-Year-Old Creates App to Expose Corrupt Politicians. Thanks Cutter. Verizon's offer: Let us track you, get free stuff. Thanks Ant via Slashdot.
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