System Administrator Appreciation Day 2015

Slashdot - 25 min 5 sec ago
ninjagin writes: They might be underneath a desk, hauling cables above your ceiling, swapping out a drive in your data center, putting the blue smoke back inside that old pizza box on the rack, up at 2 :00AM dealing with an alarm, or upgrading or patching your systems over the weekend. But wherever they are today, take a moment to thank your friendly neighborhood system administrator. We always look to them to fix things up when things go bad, but they are rarely recognized for the majority of their effort — the quiet work they do in the background to keep the bits flying and things running smoothly.

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The Angry Comedians on Hulu Trailer: Difficult People

Wired News - 37 min 41 sec ago

It's like being showered with comedy confetti--and you never want it to stop raining.

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A New Hope for Victims of Data Breaches

Wired News - 38 min 42 sec ago

Victims of data breaches have a small reason to rejoice this week.

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New NASA Launch Pad for Small Rockets Is Open for Business

Space.com - 39 min 6 sec ago
NASA has a new launch pad for small rockets, and it's open for business to companies hoping to send light satellites into the final frontier.
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$340 Audiophile Ethernet Cable Tested

Slashdot - 47 min 5 sec ago
An anonymous reader writes: Ars Technica has posted a series of articles attempting to verify whether there's any difference between a $340 "audiophile" Ethernet cable and a $2.50 generic one. In addition to doing a quick teardown, they took the cables to Las Vegas and asked a bunch of test subjects to evaluate the cables in a blind test. Surprise, surprise: the expensive cables weren't any better. The subjects weren't even asked to say which one was better, just whether they could tell there was a difference. But for the sake of completeness, Ars also passed the cables through a battery of electrical tests. The expensive cable met specs — barely, in some cases — while the cheap one didn't. The cheap one passed data, but with a ton of noise. "And listeners still failed to hear any difference."

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Sling TV Says Comcast Is Blocking Its Anti-Comcast Ads

Wired News - 1 hour 11 min ago

Live TV service Sling TV is answering back to the cable giant in a very public way.

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Ebola Vaccine 100% Successful In Guinea Trial

Slashdot - 1 hour 30 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Doctors and researchers have been testing a vaccine to protect against Ebola in the west African nation of Guinea. Trials involving 4,000 people have now shown a 100% success rate in preventing infection. "When Ebola flared up in a village, researchers vaccinated all the contacts of the sick person who were willing — the family, friends and neighbors — and their immediate contacts. Children, adolescents and pregnant women were excluded because of an absence of safety data for them. In practice about 50% of people in these clusters were vaccinated. To test how well the vaccine protected people, the cluster outbreaks were randomly assigned either to receive the vaccine immediately or three weeks after Ebola was confirmed. Among the 2,014 people vaccinated immediately, there were no cases of Ebola from 10 days after vaccination — allowing time for immunity to develop — according to the results published online in the Lancet medical journal (PDF). In the clusters with delayed vaccination, there were 16 cases out of 2,380."

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Patch Your OnStar iOS App to Avoid Getting Your Car Hacked

Wired News - 1 hour 35 min ago

GM admits its fix for a wireless OnStar hack was incomplete and is urging iOS users to update their RemoteLink app.

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News Briefs 31-07-2015

Underground Stream - 1 hour 42 min ago

"It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry."

Quote of the Day:

“To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead.”

Thomas Paine

Follow Us Down the Weekly Instagram Rabbit Hole

Wired News - 2 hours 6 min ago

WIRED goes down the rabbit hole to discover the best Instagram has to offer.

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Samsung Wants To Bring Back the Flip Phone With Bendable Screens

Slashdot - 2 hours 12 min ago
redletterdave writes: A new patent filed last April but published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this month suggests Samsung might be working on a smartphone that can bend in half like a flip phone. The biggest problem, according to the patent, is all the strain that accumulates by continually folding the display, or keeping the display folded for a long period of time, which can result in deformations and imperfections, Samsung notes. But Samsung's patent also describes how the phone could keep track of how long it's been in the folded and unfolded states, so as to alert the user of any strain that needs to be relieved. This could help extend the lifetime of the phone and its display.

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The Drake-Meek Mill Beef, Explained in Game of Thrones GIFs

Wired News - 2 hours 31 min ago

What better analogue for a rap beef than everyone's favorite tale of intrigue and backstabbery?

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Mozilla Calls Out Microsoft For Pushing Edge Over Firefox

Wired News - 2 hours 45 min ago

A little unfriendly competition.

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Clinton Lauds Airbnb for Its Push Into Cuba

Wired News - 2 hours 47 min ago

Clinton says Internet companies can play an important role in normalizing relations with Cuba.

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Cheers! 'Blue Moon' Beer Celebrates Lunar Sight for 20th Anniversary

Space.com - 2 hours 51 min ago
In a coincidence of cosmic proportions, the second full moon of July rises tonight, making it a so-called "Blue Moon" — and Blue Moon Brewing Co. will celebrate its 20th anniversary by painting the town red.
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NASA's Drone For Other Worlds

Slashdot - 2 hours 56 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A group of engineers is building a new drone. What sets this apart from the hundreds of other drone development projects going on around the world? Well, these engineers are at the Kennedy Space Center, and the drone will be used to gather samples on other worlds. The drone is specifically designed to be able to fly in low- or no-atmosphere situations. Senior technologist Rob Mueller describes it as a "prospecting robot." He says, "The first step in being able to use resources on Mars or an asteroid is to find out where the resources are. They are most likely in hard-to-access areas where there is permanent shadow. Some of the crater walls are angled 30 degrees or more, and that's far too steep for a traditional rover to navigate and climb." They face major challenges with rotor and gas-jet design, they have to figure out navigation without GPS, and the whole system needs to be largely autonomous — you can't really steer a drone yourself with a latency of several minutes (or more).

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Welcome to Booze Science, Our Drunkest Video Series Ever

Wired News - 3 hours 13 min ago

A new video series takes a look at the science behind cocktails---in the bar and at home.

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NVIDIA Recalls Shield Tablets Over Heat Risk

Slashdot - 3 hours 39 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: NVIDIA has issued a recall for 88,000 units of its 8-inch Shield tablet sold in the past year. Predictably, it's because of the battery. There have been reports of overheating, including two reports that the tablet got so hot it damaged the floor it was resting on. Oddly, the company is requiring anyone returning the tablet to update its OS to the latest release.

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Nvidia Recalls Its Shield Tablets Due to Fire Hazard

Wired News - 3 hours 52 min ago

If you bought one of Nvidia's 8-inch Shield tablets between July 2014 and July 2015, the company wants to replace it for free.

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Affordable genetic diagnostic technique for target DNA analysis developed

Science Daily - 4 hours 4 min ago
A technique to analyze various target DNAs has been developed using an aptamer, a DNA fragment that can recognize and bind to a specific protein or enzyme.
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