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Quantum Rush Rushes EU

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:07pm
GameArt Studio let us know Quantum Rush is now available on Steam, offering the chance to test your skills in this free-to-play futuristic racer. When we investigated an error accessing the game's...

Morning Patches

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:07pm
Guild Wars 2 Season 2 Episode 3 - The Dragon's Reach, Part 1 is now available. League of Legends Patch 4.13. Thanks MP1st.

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:07pm
NIS America and GaymerX Kiss and Make Up.

Morning Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:07pm
Xbox Gold not needed for EA Access unless you want to play online; UK prices confirmed. How much does it cost to launch an Xbox One indie game? Sony neglected EA Access subscription service. 'Killer...

Morning Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:07pm
Interactive phone covers, new resolutions coming to Windows Phone 8.1 Update GDR1. Thanks Ant via OS News.

Morning Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:07pm
Fox, CNBC, others now streaming on Apple TV. Thanks Ant. AT&T might fix Netflix problems for its customers before Verizon does.

Morning Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:07pm
Logitech G Unveils World?s Fastest Gaming Mouse. Napkin calculations say 500 inches per second is over 28 mph. RadioShack edges closer to running out of money.

Morning Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:07pm
Experts say medical identity theft is "low-hanging fruit" for thieves; cite limited police attention and lack of record-keeping. Remotely Exploitable Flaws Fixed in Siemens SCADA System. XSS Flaw...

Meet Apache Software Foundation VP Rich Bowen (Video)

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:05pm
Apache is behind a huge percentage of the world's websites, and the Apache Software Foundation is the umbrella organization that provides licensing and stucture for open source projects ranging from the Apache Web server to Apache OpenOffice to small utilities that aren't household names but are often important to a surprising number of people and companies. Most of us never get to meet the people behind groups like the Apache Software Foundation -- except today we tag along with Tim Lord at OSCON and chat with Apache Software Foundation Executive Vice President Rich Bowen -- who is also Red Hat's OpenStack Community Liason. (Alternate Video Link) Update: 07/30 22:23 GMT by T : Note that Bowen formerly served as Slashdot sister site SourceForge's Community Manager, too.

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More Quantum Strangeness: Particles Separated From Their Properties

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:20am
Dupple sends word of new quantum mechanical research in which a neutron is sent along a different path from one of its characteristics. First, a neutron beam is split into two parts in a neutron interferometer. Then the spins of the two beams are shifted into different directions: The upper neutron beam has a spin parallel to the neutrons’ trajectory, the spin of the lower beam points into the opposite direction. After the two beams have been recombined, only those neutrons are chosen which have a spin parallel to their direction of motion. All the others are just ignored. ... These neutrons, which are found to have a spin parallel to its direction of motion, must clearly have travelled along the upper path — only there do the neutrons have this spin state. This can be shown in the experiment. If the lower beam is sent through a filter which absorbs some of the neutrons, then the number of the neutrons with spin parallel to their trajectory stays the same. If the upper beam is sent through a filter, than the number of these neutrons is reduced. Things get tricky when the system is used to measure where the neutron spin is located: the spin can be slightly changed using a magnetic field. When the two beams are recombined appropriately, they can amplify or cancel each other. This is exactly what can be seen in the measurement, if the magnetic field is applied at the lower beam – but that is the path which the neutrons considered in the experiment are actually never supposed to take. A magnetic field applied to the upper beam, on the other hand, does not have any effect.

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Hot Water - Simon's Cat

Ant's Recent Latest VideoSift Submissions - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:18am

"A hungry cat goes in search of food and gets his owner into some hot water! ..."

Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 10:38am
theodp writes: U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the Obama administration Monday to scrutinize the tech industry's lack of diversity. "There's no talent shortage. There's an opportunity shortage," Jackson said, calling Silicon Valley "far worse" than many others, such as car makers that have been pressured by unions. He said tech behemoths have largely escaped scrutiny by a public dazzled with their cutting-edge gadgets. Jackson spoke to press after meeting with Labor Secretary Tom Perez for a review of H-1B visas, arguing that data show Americans have the skills and should have first access to high-paying tech work. Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition plans to file a freedom-of-information request next month with the EEOC to acquire employment data for companies that have not yet disclosed it publicly, which includes Amazon, Broadcom, Oracle, Qualcomm and Yelp. Unlike the Dept. of Labor, Jackson isn't buying Silicon Valley's argument that minority hiring statistics are trade secrets. Five years after Google's HR Chief would only reassure Congress the company had "a very strong internal Black Googler Network" and its CEO brushed off similar questions about its diversity numbers by saying "we're pretty happy with the way our recruiting work," Google — under pressure from Jackson — fessed up to having a tech workforce that's only 1% Black, apparently par for the course in Silicon Valley.

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Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Released

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:55am
kodiaktau writes: Hardkernel has released a new Raspberry Pi-compatible development board based on the Samsung Exynos SoC. The board is smaller than a typical Pi, keeping basic HDMI, USB and CSI interfaces. It also has a 26-pin expansion board with more GPIO available, though it lacks an Ethernet jack. Initial prices as estimated around $30. The article makes the interesting point that this and other devices are marketed as "Raspberry Pi-compatible." The Raspberry Pi Foundation may run into name retention issues (similar to the ones Arduino had) as related hardware piggybacks on its success.

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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:13am
Zothecula writes: The Silent Power PC is claimed to be the first high-end PC able to ditch noisy electric fans in favor of fully passive cooling. In place of a conventional fan, the unit uses an open-air metal foam heatsink that boasts an enormous surface area thanks to the open-weave copper filaments of which it's composed. The Silent Power creators claim that the circulation of air through the foam is so efficient in dissipating heat that the exterior surface temperature never rises above 50 C (122 F) in normal use.

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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 8:29am
rtoz sends this news from the BBC: The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads starting in January next year. It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time. In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK's road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines. ... The debate now is whether to allow cars, like the prototype unveiled by Google in May, to abandon controls including a steering wheel and pedals and rely on the vehicle's computer. Or whether, instead, to allow the machine to drive, but insist a passenger be ready to wrest back control at a moment's notice.

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Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:47am
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, we discussed news that a presentation had been canceled for the upcoming Black Hat security conference that involved the Tor Project. The researchers involved hadn't made much of an effort to disclose the vulnerability, and the Tor Project was scrambling to implement a fix. Now, the project says it's likely these researchers were actively attacking Tor users and trying to deanonymize them. "On July 4 2014 we found a group of relays that we assume were trying to deanonymize users. They appear to have been targeting people who operate or access Tor hidden services. The attack involved modifying Tor protocol headers to do traffic confirmation attacks. ...We know the attack looked for users who fetched hidden service descriptors, but the attackers likely were not able to see any application-level traffic (e.g. what pages were loaded or even whether users visited the hidden service they looked up). The attack probably also tried to learn who published hidden service descriptors, which would allow the attackers to learn the location of that hidden service." They also provide a technical description of the attack, and the steps they're taking to block such attacks in the future.

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Downtown Los Angeles

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:18am

Above the grit and noise of the street, downtown Los Angeles quietly provides some of the most amazing visual detail in its buildings and public art works. This is a selection of those buildings and public arts filmed across some 50 different locations in the immediate downtown area and the arts district. There are many many more locations that are not included and are equally if not more impressive.

Some of the buildings are in disrepair, some have been restored to their full glory while others have been transformed into artworks. In all of them, there is character, color and detail that makes the area a never-ending source of intrigue.

Music by Chassol - Odissi, Pt. II (Emotif) [Yuksek Remix]

A mostly accurate map of the locations:

All content is copyright of its respective copyright holders. Video and natural sound copyright Ian Wood, 2014. This video may only be reproduced in its entirety, unaltered with accreditation. No portion of this video may be duplicated, altered, reused and/or unaccredited without explicit permission.

For queries regarding aerial filming work, please visit for contact details.

A note about aerial filming, safety and best practices. These shots were obtained with a lightweight remote controlled quad-copter and camera system. The following measures were in place during the filming:

- Following all applicable FAA regulations (the ones that actually exist).
- Avoiding controlled airspace and TFR restricted airspace.
- Staying below 400ft AGL.
- Avoiding any and all air traffic, airways, airports, etc.
- Maintaining awareness for helicopter traffic and proximity to helipads.
- Flying just above or along rooflines to stay out of usable airspace for helicopters.
- Maintaining visual LOS to the quad-copter at all times.
- Shooting mostly during early morning when possible to avoid crowds and traffic.
- Not directly overflying groups of people.
- Being sure to have direct ability to alert any people nearby in case of potential incident.
- Being prepared to ditch in order to prevent injury or accident.
- Maintaining a minimum height of 100ft above any private property.
- Deleting any shots inadvertently revealing private activities or people in a place of privacy.

Cast: Ian Wood

Tags: Los Angeles, Downtown, DTLA, architecture, buildings, public art, murals and aerial filming

Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:05am
An anonymous reader writes: I do some contract work on the side, and am helping a client set up a new point-of-sale system. For the time being, it's pretty simple: selling products, keeping track of employee time, managing inventory and the like. However, it requires a small network because there are two clients, and one of the clients feeds off of a small SQL Express database from the first. During the setup, the vendor disabled the local firewall, and in a number of emails back and forth since (with me getting more and more aggravated) they went from suggesting that there's no need for a firewall, to outright telling me that's just how they do it and the contract dictates that's how we need to run it. This isn't a tremendous deal today, but with how things are going, odds are there will be e-Commerce worked into it, and probably credit card transactions... which worries the bejesus out of me. So my question to the Slashdot masses: is this common? In my admittedly limited networking experience, it's been drilled into my head fairly well that not running a firewall is lazy (if not simply negligent), and to open the appropriate ports and call it a day. However, I've seen forum posts here and there with people admitting they run their clients without firewalls, believing that the firewall on their incoming internet connection is good enough, and that their client security will pick up the pieces. I'm curious how many real professionals do this, or if the forum posts I'm seeing (along with the vendor in question) are just a bunch of clowns.

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Tiny Treehouse Treasure in the Woods

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 7:04am

A tiny post office goes about its business tucked away in a knothole in a tree on the Curran Trail in the Berkeley Hills.

Cast: Leafcutter Designs

Tags: tiny treehouse, tilden park, berkeley hills and treasure map

The Milky Way Is Much Less Massive Than Previous Thought

Recent /. Posts - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 6:43am
schwit1 writes: New research by astronomers suggests that the Milky Way is about half as massive as previously estimated. It was thought to be roughly the same mass as Andromeda, weighing in at approximately 1.26 x 10^12 solar masses (PDF). This new research indicates its mass is around half the mass of Andromeda. "Galaxies in the Local Group are bound together by their collective gravity. As a result, while most galaxies, including those on the outskirts of the Local Group, are moving farther apart due to expansion, the galaxies in the Local Group are moving closer together because of gravity. For the first time, researchers were able to combine the available information about gravity and expansion to complete precise calculations of the masses of both the Milky Way and Andromeda. ... Andromeda had twice as much mass as the Milky Way, and in both galaxies 90 percent of the mass was made up of dark matter."

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