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AMD Release Candidate Drivers

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
New version 14.4 "release candidate" (i.e. still beta) drivers for AMD/ATI graphics cards are now available for both Windows and Linux, promising improvements for each platform. The Windows driver is...

On Sale

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Far Cry 1 & 2 on GOG.com. Save 75%. New Weeklong Deals on Steam.

Evening Kickstarter Roundup

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
DracinMorte by Mad Labyrinth Studios. 3rd/1st Person RPG. Demo available for the Windows version. The FEWW by Floyd Bishop. "Play as Fire, Earth, Wind, and Water in this comedic beat 'em up game!"

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Hearthstone Fireside Gatherings. Play iPad version in person on Saturday for the chance to earn a special card back. Thanks GameInformer. It?s Time to Ditch the Booth Babes. Thanks HARDOCP.

Evening Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
News- Microsoft files for trademark on 'Eden Falls'. Nate Wells leaves Naughty Dog.

Evening Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Thanks Ant. Apple reportedly hopes to replace your credit card with your iPhone. Google ramps up Android security, scans all apps now. Thanks Linux Today. Report: Apple, Google Vying for Mobile Game...

Evening Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Netflix is raising prices for new members. Thanks HARDOCP. Apple TV now showing A&E, History channel, Lifetime network. Thanks Ant.

Evening Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Thanks Ant. How to Install and Try Linux the Absolutely Easiest and Safest Way. Thanks Linux Today. Event review from the GPU Technology Conference 2014. Thanks Linux Today. GitHub co-founder quits...

Evening Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Trojan-SMS.AndroidOS.Stealer.a Is One of the Most Widespread Mobile Trojans. Thanks j.c.f.

etc., etc.

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Dark Souls II Lore in a Minute. Thanks Ant… Salt Of The Earth - A Steam Fail Story…

Into the Black

Recent Blue's News Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Link of the Day: Ride an Almost Real-Life Tron Lightcycle With Oculus Rift VR.

The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Last week, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol, a powdered alcohol product that you can either use to turn water into a presumably not-that-delicious marg or to snort if you don't care too much about your brain cells. It's the first time a powdered alcohol product has been approved for sale in the US, but not the first time someone has devised one, and such products have been available in parts of Europe for a few years now. Now you may be wondering, as I was, how the heck do you go about powdering alcohol? As you might expect, there's quite a bit of chemistry involved, but the process doesn't seem overly difficult; we've known how to do it since the early 1970s, when researchers at the General Foods Corporation (now a subsidiary of Kraft) applied for a patent for an 'alcohol-containing powder.'" It turns out the labels were issued in error, so don't expect it to be available soon. But it does appear to be a real thing that someone is trying to have approved.

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The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 6:10pm
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Last week, the US Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol, a powdered alcohol product that you can either use to turn water into a presumably not-that-delicious marg or to snort if you don't care too much about your brain cells. It's the first time a powdered alcohol product has been approved for sale in the US, but not the first time someone has devised one, and such products have been available in parts of Europe for a few years now. Now you may be wondering, as I was, how the heck do you go about powdering alcohol? As you might expect, there's quite a bit of chemistry involved, but the process doesn't seem overly difficult; we've known how to do it since the early 1970s, when researchers at the General Foods Corporation (now a subsidiary of Kraft) applied for a patent for an 'alcohol-containing powder.'" It turns out the labels were issued in error, so don't expect it to be available soon. But it does appear to be a real thing that someone is trying to have approved.

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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 4:10pm
New submitter janoc (699997) writes about a backdoor that was fixed (only not). "Eloi Vanderbeken from Synacktiv has identified an intentional backdoor in a module by Sercomm used by major router manufacturers (Cisco, Linksys, Netgear, etc.). The backdoor was ostensibly fixed — by obfuscating it and making it harder to access. The original report (PDF). And yeah, there is an exploit available ..." Rather than actually closing the backdoor, they just altered it so that the service was not enabled until you knocked the portal with a specially crafted Ethernet packet. Quoting Ars Technica: "The nature of the change, which leverages the same code as was used in the old firmware to provide administrative access over the concealed port, suggests that the backdoor is an intentional feature of the firmware ... Because of the format of the packets—raw Ethernet packets, not Internet Protocol packets—they would need to be sent from within the local wireless LAN, or from the Internet service provider’s equipment. But they could be sent out from an ISP as a broadcast, essentially re-opening the backdoor on any customer’s router that had been patched."

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Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 3:33pm
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes with some concerning news from the Atlantic. From the article: "In a secret test of mass surveillance technology, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sent a civilian aircraft over Compton, California, capturing high-resolution video of everything that happened inside that 10-square-mile municipality. Compton residents weren't told about the spying, which happened in 2012. 'We literally watched all of Compton during the times that we were flying, so we could zoom in anywhere within the city of Compton and follow cars and see people,' Ross McNutt of Persistence Surveillance Systems told the Center for Investigative Reporting, which unearthed and did the first reporting on this important story. The technology he's trying to sell to police departments all over America can stay aloft for up to six hours. Like Google Earth, it enables police to zoom in on certain areas. And like TiVo, it permits them to rewind, so that they can look back and see what happened anywhere they weren't watching in real time."

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DJI PHANTOM FIREWORKS

Ant's Vimeo Likes - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:55pm

My buddy decided to take his Phantom and fly it through some fireworks. This is the result.

Cast: Gasper C

Tags: DJI PHANTOM FIREWORKS and Go Pro

404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:55pm
First time accepted submitter blottsie (3618811) writes "A new project proposes to do away with dead 404 errors by implementing a new HTML attribute that will help access prior versions of hyperlinked content. With any luck, that means that you'll never have to run into a dead link again. ... The new feature would come in the form of introducing the mset attribute to the <a> element, which would allow users of the code to specify multiple dates and copies of content as an external resource." The mset attribute would specify a "reference candidate:" either a temporal reference (to ease finding the version cited on e.g. the wayback machine) or the url of a static copy of the linked document.

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The Ethical Dilemmas Today's Programmers Face

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 2:15pm
snydeq (1272828) writes "As software takes over more of our lives, the ethical ramifications of decisions made by programmers only become greater. Unfortunately, the tech world has always been long on power and short on thinking about the long-reaching effects of this power. More troubling: While ethics courses have become a staple of physical-world engineering degrees, they remain a begrudging anomaly in computer science pedagogy. Now that our code is in refrigerators, thermostats, smoke alarms, and more, the wrong moves, a lack of foresight, or downright dubious decision-making can haunt humanity everywhere it goes. Peter Wayner offers a look at just a few of the ethical quandaries confronting developers every day. 'Consider this less of a guidebook for making your decisions and more of a starting point for the kind of ethical contemplation we should be doing as a daily part of our jobs.'"

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Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

Recent /. Posts - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 1:34pm
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Paul Monies reports at NewsOK that Oklahoma's legislature has passed a bill that allows regulated utilities to apply to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to charge a higher base rate to customers who generate solar and wind energy and send their excess power back into the grid reversing a 1977 law that forbade utilities to charge extra to solar users. 'Renewable energy fed back into the grid is ultimately doing utility companies a service,' says John Aziz. 'Solar generates in the daytime, when demand for electricity is highest, thereby alleviating pressure during peak demand.' The state's major electric utilities backed the bill but couldn't provide figures on how much customers already using distributed generation are getting subsidized by other customers. Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. and Public Service Co. of Oklahoma have about 1.3 million electric customers in the state. They have about 500 customers using distributed generation. Kathleen O'Shea, OG&E spokeswoman, said few distributed generation customers want to sever their ties to the grid. 'If there's something wrong with their panel or it's really cloudy, they need our electricity, and it's going to be there for them,' O'Shea said. 'We just want to make sure they're paying their fair amount of that maintenance cost.' The prospect of widespread adoption of rooftop solar worries many utilities. A report last year by the industry's research group, the Edison Electric Institute, warns of the risks posed by rooftop solar (PDF). 'When customers have the opportunity to reduce their use of a product or find another provider of such service, utility earnings growth is threatened," the report said. "As this threat to growth becomes more evident, investors will become less attracted to investments in the utility sector.''"

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