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By timothy from Slashdot's which-point-in-the-chain department:
New submitter yeshuawatso writes I work for one of the largest HVAC manufacturers in the world. We've currently spent millions of dollars investing in an ERP system from Oracle (via a third-party implementor and distributor) that handles most of our global operations, but it's been a great ordeal getting the thing to work for us across SBUs and even departments without having to constantly go back to the third-party, whom have their hands out asking for more money. What we've also discovered is that the ERP system is being used for inputting and retrieving data but not for managing the data. Managing the data is being handled by systems of spreadsheets and access databases wrought with macros to turn them into functional applications. I'm asking you wise and experienced readers on your take if it's a better idea to continue to hire our third-party to convert these applications into the ERP system or hire internal developers to convert these applications to more scalable and practical applications that interface with the ERP (via API of choice)? We have a ton of spare capacity in data centers that formerly housed mainframes and local servers that now mostly run local Exchange and domain servers. We've consolidated these data centers into our co-location in Atlanta but the old data centers are still running, just empty. We definitely have the space to run commodity servers for an OpenStack, Eucalyptus, or some other private/hybrid cloud solution, but would this be counter productive to the goal of standardizing processes. Our CIO wants to dump everything into the ERP (creating a single point of failure to me) but our accountants are having a tough time chewing the additional costs of re-doing every departmental application. What are your experiences with such implementations?

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By timothy from Slashdot's but-you-have-a-right-to-be-forgotten department:
An anonymous reader writes with a bit of pith from TechDirt: Every so often, people who don't really understand the importance of anonymity or how it enables free speech (especially among marginalized people), think they have a brilliant idea: "just end real anonymity online." They don't seem to understand just how shortsighted such an idea is. It's one that stems from the privilege of being in power. And who knows that particular privilege better than members of the House of Lords in the UK — a group that is more or less defined by excess privilege? The Communications Committee of the House of Lords has now issued a report concerning "social media and criminal offenses" in which they basically recommend scrapping anonymity online.

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By timothy from Slashdot's note-the-passive-voice-and-weasel-words department:
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes with this story from the Guardian: The director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John Brennan, issued an extraordinary apology to leaders of the US Senate intelligence committee on Thursday, conceding that the
agency employees spied on committee staff
and reversing months of furious and public denials. Brennan acknowledged that an internal investigation had found agency security personnel transgressed a firewall set up on a CIA network, called RDINet, which allowed Senate committee investigators to review agency documents for their landmark inquiry into CIA torture."
(Sen. Diane Feinstein was one of those vocally accusing the CIA of spying on Congress; Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised a similar question about the NSA.)

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It's awesome Japanese commercial time!
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '14 at 11:00 AM
By Hiroko Yamamura from Japanator:


Buy buy buy bye.



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SDCC 2014 G1 Dinobots and Pop-Up Ark Gallery
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '14 at 10:45 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
San Diego Comic Con has come and gone; we've returned back to homebase and are starting to get back in the flow of things. We've done up a gallery for the SDCC 2014 G1 Dinobots box set. This set comes with a pop-up-book style box that turns into a G1 Ark playset. A truly masterful execution I must say. The figures are G1 colored versions of recent Age of Extinction Dinobots, giving you Grimlock, Snarl, Slag, and Swoop in "proper" colors (those are their names, shut up).

Back when Hasbro sent out some early review copies of the AoE figures, I mentioned that I would probably skip the Dinobots, but would consider grabbing them if they got released in G1 decos. Well, they did, and I did. So good job on that Hasbro, I kept my end of the bargain. Upon seeing the set, my first complaint was "WTF no Sludge!" Well, they even addressed that, and made him available in this color scheme, separately through Amazon. So, I can't say jack. The box/playset is a masterpiece, the figures are properly colored and look solid as a team on a shelf. Mission accomplished.

Check out some key shots after the break, and check the full gallery here: SDCC 2014 Dinobots Box Set with Ark - Full Gallery

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PHP Finally Getting a Formal Specification
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '14 at 10:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's let-the-ossification-ceremony-commence department:
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Despite becoming one of the most widely used programming languages on the Web, PHP didn't have a formal specification — until now. Facebook engineer and PHP core contributor Sara Golemon announced the initiative at OSCON earlier this month, and an initial draft of the specification was posted Wednesday on GitHub."

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By timothy from Slashdot's grab-now-if-you-want-any department:
New submitter Randall Booth writes Fotopedia has sent notice to its users that it is shutting down. 'We are sorry to announce that Fotopedia is shutting down. As of August 10, 2014, Fotopedia.com will close and our iOS applications will cease to function. Our community of passionate photographers, curators and storytellers has made this a wonderful journey, and we'd like to thank you for your hard work and your contributions. We truly believe in the concept of storytelling but don't think there is a suitable business in it yet. If you submitted photos and stories to Fotopedia, your data will be available to download until August 10, 2014. After this date, all photos and data will be permanently deleted from our servers."

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By ORIO from TFW2005:
Good news for fans of Rescue Bots AND Dinobots! The next wave of Rescue Bots Mini-Dinobots, featuring Chase and Boulder with new dinosaur alt-modes, has been found at US retail. 2005 board member OCProwl reports finding these at his local Target store in Huntington Beach, CA.

Finding new Transformer toys on your area? Sound off in out sightings forum!

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By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
The Transformers Collector's Club took its time in revealing the freebie figure for all 2015 club members, but after some teases and anticipation buildup we finally know which figure you'll receive for being a part of the TCC: Lio Convoy! Lio Convoy will be from the Generations Orion Pax mold with an all new head sculpt.

Be sure to check more information about being a Club member at the TCC's website, or feel free to ask your questions with the discussion link below so TFW can fill you in as well.

What do you think; worth the wait? Let's hear it after the jump!

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By timothy from Slashdot's wait-'til-it's-handed-out-like-earphone-on-the-plane department:
An anonymous reader writes with a teardown from iFixit of the Oculus Rift Development Kit 2: "iFixit's teardown reveals lots of interesting hardware within, including 40 infrared LEDs, a well-organized motherboard, and a display panel lifted directly from a Samsung Galaxy Note 3. They also took apart the IR tracking camera for good measure."

The review is the usual iFixit blend of funny, concise and technical; they include a nice shot showing those IR sources embedded in the plastic of the frame. Why the straight-from-a-phone display? "This seems to make economical sense, since Oculus is working to ship something like 45,000 DK2s—a goodly number for a mid-development prototype, but certainly not enough to warrant a fully custom display."

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By timothy from Slashdot's speculation-in-the-hills department:
cartechboy (2660665) writes "Earlier in the week we heard that Tesla and Panasonic had reached an agreement to build the gigafactory together, and today that became official. Now it seems that things are farther along than anyone thought. In fact, construction of the plant might already be secretly underway in Nevada. This is of course interesting as Tesla hasn't officially announced where the gigafactory will be built. Something called Project Tiger is currently underway east of Reno, and there's a lot of construction workers, heavy equipment, and a heavily guarded fenced barrier around the site. The volume of dirt being moved is 140,000 cubic yards, which matches the gigafactory dimensions given earlier this year by Tesla. Is it possible that Tesla's actually building the gigafactory before even announcing its location? It seems so, yes."

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By timothy from Slashdot's filtration-station department:
An anonymous reader writes "University of Virginia grad student Thomas Talhelm was living in Beijing on a Fulbright Scholarship during the winter of 2012-13, when air pollution was so bad scientists likened it to a nuclear winter. Those who could afford it were resorting to an expensive solution: air filters costing up to $1,000. Talhem built his own on the cheap, getting comparable particulate count results, and has started a company that both markets the product to middle class Chinese and shows others how to DIY."

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By timothy from Slashdot's just-use-a-photoshop-gradient department:
yyzmcleod (1534129) writes The technology to 3D print a single part from multiple materials has been around for years, but only for polymer-based additive manufacturing processes. For metals, jobs are typically confined to a single powdered base metal or alloy per object. However, researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory say they have developed a 3D printing technique that allows for print jobs to transition from one metal to another in a single object. From the article: In JPL’s technique, the build material’s composition is gradually transitioned as the print progresses. For example, the powdered build material might contain 97 percent titanium alloy and 3 percent stainless steel at the beginning of the transition. Then, in 1 percent increments between layers, the gradient progresses to 97 percent stainless steel and 3 percent Ti alloy by some defined point in the overall 3D printing process.

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"BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '14 at 07:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's thinkgeek-had-something-funnier-years-ago department:
An anonymous reader writes with s snippet from Ars Technica that should make you (even more) skeptical about plugging in random USB drives, or allowing to persons unknown physical access to you computer's USB ports : When creators of the state-sponsored Stuxnet worm used a USB stick to infect air-gapped computers inside Iran's heavily fortified Natanz nuclear facility, trust in the ubiquitous storage medium suffered a devastating blow. Now, white-hat hackers have devised a feat even more seminal—an exploit that transforms keyboards, Web cams, and other types of USB-connected devices into highly programmable attack platforms that can't be detected by today's defenses. Dubbed BadUSB, the hack reprograms embedded firmware to give USB devices new, covert capabilities. In a demonstration scheduled at next week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, a USB drive, for instance, will take on the ability to act as a keyboard that surreptitiously types malicious commands into attached computers. A different drive will similarly be reprogrammed to act as a network card that causes connected computers to connect to malicious sites impersonating Google, Facebook or other trusted destinations. The presenters will demonstrate similar hacks that work against Android phones when attached to targeted computers. They say their technique will work on Web cams, keyboards, and most other types of USB-enabled devices.

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Unesco Probing Star Wars Filming In Ireland
Posted by News Fetcher on July 31 '14 at 07:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's but-midichlorians-are-totally-safe department:
First time accepted submitter wijnands (874114) writes Star Wars crews have started filming on the small Irish Island of Skellig Michael. This island, listed as a Unesco world heritage site, features the remains of a 6th century monastery as well as breeding populations of puffins , manx shearwaters, storm petrels, guillemots and kittiwakes. Currently the Irish navy has deployed one vessel to maintain a 2 mile exclusion zone around the island. Unesco is now concerned about what is going on the island, which is only visited 13 times a year by tourist groups, and has asked the Irish government for an explanation.

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