Apple and Amazon Launch Black Friday Price War

Please buy our crap. Pretty please?

We just want to make our money off your app store purchases.

Look, we’ll give you the thing for cost if you’ll just buy our crap.

*LOL*

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Syrian Electronic Army Takes Credit For News Site Hacking

Announcing: Slashdot Deals – Explore geek apps, games, gadgets and more. (what is this?)

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Behind Apple’s Sapphire Screen Debacle

[The usual form of the contract is that companies agree] to build whatever to [the agreed] standard and by that time. Excellent. If we do so then you have to either take them and pay for them or if you don’t take them you’ve still got to pay for them. If we don’t make them to standard or in time then here’s the damages we’ll pay. But if we hit the spot then you’re committed to pay for them.

But here’s what it actually did sign up to:

Those agreements, said Daniel Squiller, GTAT’s chief operating officer, were almost entirely one-sided. By the time Cupertino’s lawyers were done, he said, GTAT was presented with an deal that, among other terms, required it to: commit to producing millions of units of sapphire, even though Apple was not obligated to buy any of them.

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Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

If I was a billionaire, I would kick him a few mil. Its fun to have someone stand up to these turkeys. He did appear to be winning and putting egg on the face of the americans for a while there.

We must remember that the USA tried to pluck a citizen from another country by strong arming their justice department. As a non US citizen, fuck all that shit. US law isnt world law and god forbid that ever becomes so. It is so enough already as it is!

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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

The resolution underlines that “the online search market is of particular importance in ensuring competitive conditions within the digital single market” and welcomes the Commission’s pledges to investigate further the search engines’ practices.

It calls on the Commission “to prevent any abuse in the marketing of interlinked services by operators of search engines”, stressing the importance of non-discriminatory online search. “Indexation, evaluation, presentation and ranking by search engines must be unbiased and transparent”, MEPs say.

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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

According to the report The State of the Global Coatings Industry, the world produced 34 billion liters of paints and coatings in 2012.

If we assume paint production has, in recent decades, followed the economy and grown at about 3% per year, that means the total amount of paint produced equals the current yearly production times 34.[6]((1+tfrac{1}{0.03})) That comes out to a little over a trillion liters of paint. At 30 square meters per gallon, “Square meters per gallon” is a pretty obnoxious unit, but I think it’s not quite as bad as acre-foot (a foot by a chain by a furlong), which is an actual unit used in technical papers I was trying to read this week. that’s enough to cover 9 trillion square meters—about the area of the United States.

So the answer is no; there’s not enough paint to cover the Earth’s land, and—at this rate—probably won’t be enough until the year 2100.

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Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

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Researchers Discover an "Off Switch" For Pain In the Brain

Nociception (also nocioception or nociperception) is the encoding and processing of harmful stimuli in the nervous system,[1] and, therefore, the ability of a body to sense potential harm.

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NICTA chief quits over future structure flap with board

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Australian research house Research house National ICT Australia (NICTA) has announced the unexpected resignation of CEO Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte.

A canned statement says “Professor Durrant-Whyte and the Board of NICTA had differences of opinion regarding the strategies and governance structures required to secure the medium and long term future of the organisation.”


“ These differences were unlikely to be resolved,” the statement adds, and “… centred on the role of the CEO and the Board in determining alternatives for the future of the organisation beyond June 2016.”

That’s shorthand for “NICTA’s going to get less government cash and needs to figure out how to fund itself in the future.”

Everyone’s terribly sorry it’s come to this and is thanking Durrant-White for his contributions, as is the way of such things.

But NICTA’s not crying into its Friday afternoon beers, as it has already lined up an interim replacement in the person of Duane Zitzner.

Zitner’s a former HP Veep and has worked with NICTA for seven years as a member of the outfit’s International Business Advisory Group. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

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Citrix clambers aboard GPU-powered app-delivery bandwagon

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Desktop virtualisation’s year has been marked by a growing number of insistences that the technology is now mature, doesn’t require more storage than you first planned for and can handle even graphics-intensive, workstation-grade workloads.

Hence announcements like Google and Nvidia suggesting Chromebooks can run anything if they get can their hooks into NVIDIA GPUs, and VMware showing up at HPC conferences to talk GPU-powered VDI.


And Citrix? The company’s had GPU sharing for a while now, but has now announced that XenApp now supports NVIDIA GRID vGPUs.

That means apps Citrix cares for under XenApp can now more easily consume GPU resources, which in turn means it’s easier to hand out GPU-sucking apps to end users.

Support for NVIDIA GRID vGPU means Citrix and VMware are now, once again, very very close to feature parity. VMware’s Project Fargo looks like one way to break that deadlock, as it offers a radical new way of composing and distributing desktops.

Fargo’s due in 2015′s first half, but VMware’s not sitting on its hands in this market, which it has decreed is an Official Growth Engine. Evidence of its ardour appeared last week in the form of two patents, both titled “Strategic planning process for end user computing” and offering ways to assess readiness for, and risks associated with, adoption of various end-user computing technologies. The patents appear to describe a tool VMware thinks will help it to show organisations what they need to do to implement things like VDI. ®

Beginner’s guide to SSL certificates

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