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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

The Register - 1 hour 17 min ago
Oh, you're one of them there racists, are you?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? How can you condone racist violence, Alistair?

Categories: IT & Technology

To baldly go where no one has gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

The Register - 8 hours 29 min ago
Study will pave the way for mission to Mars

Pic + vid Three astronauts are on their way to the International Space Station – and two of them are going to remain onboard the orbiting lab for a full year…

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Recipe for antibacterial plastic: Plastic plus egg whites

Bioplastics made from protein sources such as albumin and whey have shown significant antibacterial properties, findings that could eventually lead to their use in plastics used in medical applications such as wound healing dressings, sutures, catheter tubes and drug delivery, according to a recent study. The bioplastic materials could also be used for food packaging.
Categories: Science

Hotel Wi-Fi not only hideously expensive – it's horribly insecure

The Register - 10 hours 12 min ago
Wide-open rsync blunder leaves popular gateways vulnerable to hijacking

Travelers are used to getting screwed over by hotel internet access.…

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Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 22:50
One way to boost your share price by 28 per cent

Rumors flew fast and furious on Friday about possible acquisitions in the chip industry, with both Intel and Samsung said to be eyeing purchases that could strengthen their positions against rivals.…

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FCC supremo slams big cable in gridiron Robin Hood metaphor mash-up

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 22:07
It's net neutrality, I'm Buckeye, they're Little John, is that all clear?

Net neutrality Tom Wheeler, the chairman of US broadband regulator the FCC, fresh from no fewer than four Congressional grillings, has given a spirited defense of his radical net neutrality rules.…

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Flak for Slack chaps in yak app hack flap: User database whacked

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 21:21
Enable two-factor auth, says biz chat startup

Workplace chat app Slack, popular among West Coast startup hipsters and others, has been hacked, its makers said today.…

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American Voices: McDonald’s Debuts Big Mac Clothing Line

The Onion - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 20:36
McDonald’s debuted a new lifestyle product line featuring clothes printed with patterns of Big Mac burgers as part of its “imlovinit24” corporate marketing campaign, which involved staging 24 McDonald’s-themed stunts over 24 hours.






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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 20:31
Angry Apple users get their shot at licking the Chocolate Factory

Apple Safari-using Brits, who claim they were tracked by Google's adbots without permission, can sue Google in the UK, the Court of Appeal of England and Wales has ruled.…

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Did we just wake up in an alternate universe? BlackBerry turns a profit

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 20:20
Back in Black, but one fair quarter does not a turnaround make

BlackBerry actually made money in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2015, but the bigger picture for the ailing smartphone maker is far from rosy.…

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In-depth: Supermicro's youngest Twin is a real silent ice maiden

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 19:31
Don't look now, folks, Trevor's in luuurve

Sysadmin blog Supermicro has released the first of its new line of Twin series unblade* servers and El Reg has taken the opportunity to given them a right good kicking.…

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Light-emitting diode tech: Solving molybdenum disulfide's 'thin' problem

Science Daily: Matter and Energy - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 19:30
A research team used silver nanodiscs to increase the promising new material's light emission by twelve times, making it a better candidate for light-emitting diode technologies.
Categories: Science

More evidence for groundwater on Mars: Conditions would be conducive for microbial colonization if on Earth

ScienceDaily: Space & Time - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 19:30
Scientists investigated the Equatorial Layered Deposits (ELDs) of Arabia Terra in Firsoff crater area, Mars, to understand their formation and potential habitability. On the plateau, ELDs consist of rare mounds, flat-lying deposits, and cross-bedded dune fields. They interpret the mounds as smaller spring deposits, the flat-lying deposits as playa, and the cross-bedded dune fields as aeolian. They write that groundwater fluctuations appear to be the major factor controlling ELD deposition.
Categories: Science

Nanoscale worms provide new route to nano-necklace structures

Science Daily: Matter and Energy - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 19:30
Researchers have developed a novel technique for crafting nanometer-scale necklaces based on tiny star-like structures threaded onto a polymeric backbone. The technique could provide a new way to produce hybrid organic-inorganic shish kebab structures from semiconducting, magnetic, ferroelectric and other materials that may afford useful nanoscale properties.
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Kentucky Cancels Practice For NBA Draft Suit Fitting

The Onion - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 19:19
CLEVELAND, OH—Following the Wildcats’ 78-39 victory over West Virginia in the Sweet 16, Kentucky sources confirmed that coach John Calipari had canceled Friday’s practice so the players could get fitted for NBA draft suits.






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The injected JavaScript used to smash anti-Great Firewall of China GitHub projects offline

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 19:17
Servers up and down during 24-hour-long DDoS

GitHub's servers are being hammered by web traffic from an army of unwitting cyber-foot-soldiers.…

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Troubling Report Finds Dreamily Sliding Down Back Of Door After Kissing Date On Porch Plummets 78%

The Onion - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 19:17
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN—According to a troubling report released Friday by Purdue University, instances of women dreamily sliding down the back of their front door after kissing a date on the porch of their residence have plummeted 78 percent.






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Red Hat explains its choice of scale-out storage hats

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 19:01
Ceph and Gluster – not a cabaret double act after all

Which Red Hat scale-out storage product should you choose: Ceph or Gluster?…

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Big Data will shield the Apple Watch from Android onslaught

The Register - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 18:32
Without data advantage, cheap wristputers struggle to do more than tell the time

It's possible that the arrival of a firm like Apple into wearables with its watch validates the space, just as Apple validated smart phones eight years ago.…

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First White House Data Chief Discusses His Top Priorities

Scientific American - Technology - Fri, 27/03/2015 - 18:30
DJ Patil talks about how to get more our of public and private information while protecting that data from abuse

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