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Eric Schmidt sees advances in genetics but no Alphabet breakup - CNET

CNET NEWS - 57 min 47 sec ago
Alphabet executive chairman predicts tech will improve gene sequencing and make health care more efficient.

CentOS Linux 6.8 Released

Slashdot - 1 hour 22 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: CentOS team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS Linux 6.8 and install media for i386 and x86_64 Architectures. Release Notes for 6.8 are available here. Softpedia writes: "CentOS Linux 6.8 arrives today with major changes, among which we can mention the latest Linux 2.6.32 kernel release from upstream with support for storing up to 300TB of data on XFS filesystems. The VPN endpoint solution implemented in the NetworkManager network connection manager utility is now provided on the libreswan library instead of the Openswan IPsec implementation used in previous release of the OS, and it looks like the SSLv2 protocol has been disabled by default for the SSSD (System Security Services Daemon), which also comes with support for smart cards now." In addition, the new release comes with updated applications, including the LibreOffice 4.3.7 office suite and Squid 3.4 caching and forwarding web proxy, many of which are supporting the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 protocol, including Git, YUM, Postfix, OpenLDAP, stunnel, and vsftpd. The dmidecode open-source tool now supports SMBIOS 3.0.0, you can now pull kickstart files from HTTPS (Secure HTTP) sources, the NTDp (Network Time Protocol daemon) package has an alternative solution as chrony, SSLv3 has been disabled by default, and there's improved support for Hyper-V.

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Beechwood speaker simulates the resonance of vinyl records - CNET

CNET NEWS - 1 hour 32 min ago
The Louis speaker by New Black is inspired by analog sound and works completely free of electronics.

'Game of Thrones' creators are super-sorry, but not for that - CNET

CNET NEWS - 1 hour 37 min ago
Show's producers apologize on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" for creating a new annoying door behavior.

State Dept. IT Staff Told To Keep Quiet About Clinton's Server

Slashdot - 2 hours 7 min ago
dcblogs writes this report from Computerworld: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email server ran afoul of the government's IT security and record retention requirements, according to a report by the department's inspector general released today. This use of a private email server did not go unnoticed within the Department of State's IT department. Two IT staff members who raised concerns about Clinton's use of a private server were told not to speak of it. Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 and during that period she used a private email server in her New York home. This report by the Department of State's Inspector General about Clinton's use of a private server makes clear that rules and regulations were not followed. It says that Clinton would not have received approval for this server had she sought it. According to the current CIO, the report said, "Secretary Clinton had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business with their offices, who in turn would have attempted to provide her with approved and secured means that met her business needs." However, the report notes, according to these officials, The Bureau of Diplomatic Security and IRM (Bureau of Information Resource Management) "did not -- and would not -- approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business, because of the restrictions in the FAM [Foreign Affairs Manual] and the security risks in doing so."

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Man killed by walrus he took a selfie with, report says - CNET

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 11 min ago
Walrus reportedly drags selfie-taker into a pool. He drowns, and so does the zookeeper who tried to save him, Chinese media says.

Internet companies seek answers on wireless streaming freebies - CNET

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 14 min ago
Tech companies that supported the FCC's Net neutrality rules ask the agency to make public its review of wireless service plans that exempt certain content from data caps.

Astronaut celebrates Towel Day on the space station exactly like he should - CNET

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 27 min ago
Astronaut Tim Peake unveils a unique towel in space in honor of author Douglas Adams.

Gawker doesn't get a do-over in Hulk Hogan trial - CNET

CNET NEWS - 2 hours 27 min ago
A Florida judge rules there won't be a retrial or a reduction in the $140 million verdict awarded to the wrestler in a sex-tape case. But Gawker likely will appeal the decision.

US Military Uses 8-Inch Floppy Disks To Coordinate Nuclear Force Operations

Slashdot - 2 hours 52 min ago
An anonymous reader writes from a report via CNBC: A new report reveals the U.S. Defense Department is still using 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces. The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Governmental Accountability Office report. The report shows how outdated IT systems are being used to handle important functions related to the nation's taxpayers, federal prisoners and military veterans, as well as to the America's nuclear umbrella. "Federal legacy IT systems are becoming increasingly obsolete: Many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported," the report found. "Agencies reported using several systems that have components that are, in some cases, at least 50 years old." From the report: "GAO pointed out that aging systems include the Treasury Department's 'individual master file,' which is the authoritative data source for individual taxpayers. It's used to assess taxes and generates refunds. That file 'is written in assembly language code -- a low-level computer code that is difficult to write and maintain -- and operates on an IBM mainframe,' the report said." The report also mentioned that several other departments, such as the departments of Treasury, Commerce, Health and Human Services and the Veterans' Administration, "reported using 1980s and 1990s Microsoft operating systems that stopped being supported by the vendor more than a decade ago."

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How Oracle made its case against Google, in pictures

Arstechnica - 3 hours 29 min ago

Oracle's overall theme is that Google took a "shortcut" by using Java APIs. Android chief Andy Rubin stood to make $60 million in incentive payments if Android shipped on schedule.

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Oracle's lawyers have made their final pitch to paint Google as a copyright outlaw, and the decision is now up to a 10-person jury. The jurors are deliberating in a room on the 19th floor of the US Federal Courthouse in San Francisco. Deliberations have gone on for two days now, and the jury will return to court Thursday to continue its debate.

During a 90-minute closing argument on Monday, Oracle attorney Peter Bicks said every fair use factor weighed in Oracle's favor and that Google's behavior showed "bad faith." Above are some of the slides Bicks showed jurors during his closing argument.

We also asked Google for some of the visuals it showed to the jury, but Google declined to provide them. (These in-court visuals aren't evidence, according to the rules of the court, so it's up to the parties as to whether or not to show them outside court.)

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Google Built an Escape Room, Making People Use Its Apps To Get Out

Slashdot - 3 hours 37 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Google France has built an escape room created by We Are Social, called "Premiere Piece," that will open in the heart of Paris. Adweek writes: "The campaign builds on the escape room trend, in which you and a bunch of friends pay to get locked in a room for an hour or two, left to solve puzzles and work in collaboration to find a way out. In 40 minutes, you must solve puzzles with help from apps like Search, Maps, Translate, Photos, Art and Culture and Cardboard, all of which are integrated into the gameplay. In Premiere Piece, visitors must help save a crew of digital artists locked in a workshop, so they can present their painstaking work at an art center in Paris. By working together, participants must unlock an object that completes their masterpiece." Google France was in the news recently for being raided by investigators for unpaid taxes.

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10,000 bees swarm car after queen reportedly trapped in trunk - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 53 min ago
Swarm was finally shooed into a cardboard box, but we're giving up now. The bees can have this planet.

Uber will use Foursquare data so you can type in location names - CNET

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 54 min ago
You'll no longer have to know the addresses of restaurants and other destinations, thanks to a new partnership between the companies.

Senate bill would let FBI read your emails without a court order - CNET

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 7 min ago
The 2017 Intelligence Authorization Act would deal a blow to privacy by making government surveillance easier.

Adios, Nexus 9 tablet. HTC has moved on - CNET

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 19 min ago
HTC confirms it isn't making any more of the slates, and only a limited supply is available on the company's site.

Former McDonald's USA CEO: $35K Robots Cheaper Than Hiring at $15 Per Hour

Slashdot - 4 hours 22 min ago
An anonymous reader shares an article on Fox Business: As fast-food workers across the country vie for $15 per hour wages, many business owners have already begun to take humans out of the picture. "I was at the National Restaurant Show yesterday and if you look at the robotic devices that are coming into the restaurant industry -- it's cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who's inefficient making $15 an hour (warning: autoplaying video) bagging French fries -- it's nonsense and it's very destructive and it's inflationary and it's going to cause a job loss across this country like you're not going to believe," said former McDonald's USA CEO Ed Rensi during an interview on the FOX Business Network's Mornings with Maria. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.3 million people earned the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour with about 1.7 million having wages below the federal minimum in 2014. These three million workers combined made up 3.9 percent of all hourly paid workers.

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Paradox’s removal of Stellaris’ “Whites Only” mod draws controversy [Updated]

Arstechnica - 4 hours 27 min ago

A white human is Stellaris, along with some of his Mammalian counterparts.

Updated 3:49pm EST (8:49pm BST): The "European Phenotypes" mod has been reposted by Progeny of Europe, along with a somewhat mocking description calling it "an experiment to test how far Paradox will lie about banning my other mod" after "a wild ride of lies and slander."

Progeny says the current description shouldn't run afoul of Paradox rules that he says he was forced to glean from "conflicting reports to gaming media about why [Paradox] removed my mod." To keep the mod in Paradox's good graces, "any comments that will trigger Paradox and send them into an irrational fit of lies will be removed... If you are going to leave a comment, talk as though you are talking to the Stasi."

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Stellaris publisher Paradox has removed a Steam Workshop mod that made all in-game humans white Europeans, altering the game's standard diverse population of planetary citizenry. The claimed reasoning behind that decision, and the reaction to it, are raising a lot of discussion over what is and isn't "appropriate" content for a game's modding community.

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Pokemon Go US beta begins, battle mechanics detailed - CNET

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 31 min ago
Catch Pokemon in the real world with Pokemon Go; here's a breakdown of how it works and more.