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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '14 at 05:30 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's IT-no-longer-caught-on-tape department:
storagedude writes: With LTO media sales down by 50% in the last six years, is the end near for tape? With such a large installed base, it may not be imminent, but the time is coming when vendors will find it increasingly difficult to justify continued investment in tape technology, writes Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum.

"If multiple vendors invest in a technology, it has a good chance of winning over the long haul," writes Newman, a long-time proponent of tape technology. "If multiple vendors have a technology they're not investing in, it will eventually lose over time. Of course, over time market requirements can change. It is these interactions that I fear that are playing out in the tape market."

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The People Who Are Branding Vulnerabilities
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '14 at 05:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's it's-marketing-all-the-way-down department:
antdude points out a story at ZDNet about how the naming of security vulnerabilities and exploits has evolved into branding and awareness campaigns. Heartbleed set the trend early this year, having a distinct name and logo to represent a serious security problem. It seemed to work; the underlying bug got massive exposure, even in the mainstream media. This raises a new set of issues — should the response to the disclosure of a vulnerability be dependent on how catchy its name is? No, but it probably will be.
Heartbleed charmed the public, and in a way, it was designed to do so. By comparison Shellshock, POODLE (aka clumsy "Poodlebleed"), Sandworm, the secretively named Rootpipe, Winshock, and other vulns seem like proverbial "red headed stepchildren" — despite the fact that each of these vulns are critical issues, some are worse than Heartbleed, and all of which needed fast responses. The next "big bug" after Heartbleed was Shellshock — real name CVE-2014-6271. Shellshock didn't have a company's pocketbook or marketing team behind it. So, despite the fact that many said Shellshock was worse than Heartbleed (rated high on severity but low on complexity, making it easy for attackers), creating a celebrity out of Shellshock faced an uphill climb.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's who-needs-keyword-search department:
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today unveiled some of the new search features coming to Firefox. The company says the new additions are "coming soon to a Firefox near you" but didn't give a more specific timeline. The news comes less than a week after Mozilla struck a deal with Yahoo to replace Google as the default search engine in its browser for U.S. users. At the time, the company said a new search experience was coming in December, so we're betting the search revamp will come with the release of Firefox 34, which is currently in beta. In the future release, when you type a search term into the Firefox search box, you will get a list of reorganized search suggestions from the default search provider. Better yet, a new array of buttons below these suggestions will let you pick which search engine you want to send the query to.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's one-man's-trash department:
anavictoriasaavedra sends this quote from Wired:
"Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot's staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I's and Altair 880's wouldn't be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot's people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the "Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer." The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world's first true computer. The hardware that Perot's team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion.

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Masterpiece Grimlock Released in Germany
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '14 at 03:15 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Hot on the heels of Masterpiece Sunstorm reaching Germany, TFW2005 member Nevermore reports that Masterpiece Grimlock has arrived in Germany. Spotted in a Toys 'R Us store in Duisburg, Germany, Masterpiece Grimlock like Sunstorm before him features the US English packaging, with only a sticker giving multilingual information about the batteries.

Keep up to date with the latest sightings in your area in our Transformers Sightings board!

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By Mechafire from TFW2005:
TFW2005 translator SydneyY has come through one again, providing us with a translation of the recent Hironori Kobayashi interview supplied in the latest issue of Figure King. The interview mostly deals with Kobayashi's development of Transformers: Legends Arcee (The Takara release of Generations Deluxe Arcee)

Check out the full details after the break!

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Samsung Shows 'Eye Mouse' For People With Disabilities
Posted by News Fetcher on November 25 '14 at 02:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's eye-for-a-ui department:
Samsung today announced a project among a group of its engineers to build an input device that allows people with limited mobility to operate a computer through eye movement alone. The EYECAN+ is a rectangular box that needs to be situated roughly 60-70cm away from a user's face. Once calibrated, it will superimpose a multifunction UI and track a user's eye movements to move the cursor where they want. Samsung says they won't be commercializing this device, but they'll soon be making the design open source for any company or organization who wants to start building them.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's working-to-end-eternal-september department:
New submitter lx76 writes:
The International Telecommunications Union does research on telecommunications in society worldwide, from cellphones to internet use. Since 2009, on a yearly basis, they've released their research findings in a report called the Measuring Information Society Report. This year's report is over 200 pages long, illustrated with abundant graphs and tables (PDF). It's not a light read. But one of the interesting numbers is an index showing the divide in global connectivity. From the report: "Over the past year, the world witnessed continued growth in the uptake of ICT [Information and
Communication Technology] and, by end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end 2013..... Despite this encouraging progress, there are important digital divides that need to be addressed: 4.3 billion people are still not online, and 90 per cent of them live in the developing world."

The report continues, "As this report finds, ICT performance is better in countries with higher shares of the population living in urban areas, where access to ICT infrastructure, usage and skills is more favorable. Yet it is precisely in poor and rural areas where ICTs can make a particularly significant impact." Projects like Google's Project Loon have their work cut out for them."

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's it-was-the-SSD-in-the-enclosure-with-the-massive-IOPS department:
itwbennett writes: For too long, it looked like SSD capacity would always lag well behind hard disk drives, which were pushing into the 6TB and 8TB territory while SSDs were primarily 256GB to 512GB. That seems to be ending. In September, Samsung announced a 3.2TB SSD drive. And during an investor webcast last week, Intel announced it will begin offering 3D NAND drives in the second half of next year as part of its joint flash venture with Micron. Meanwhile, hard drive technology has hit the wall in many ways. They can't really spin the drives faster than 7,200 RPM without increasing heat and the rate of failure. All hard drives have now is the capacity argument; speed is all gone. Oh, and price. We'll have to wait and see on that.

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By Roblimo from Slashdot's one-day-there-will-be-no-1/2-sockets-anywhere-in-the-world-because-they'll-all-be-lost department:
Dan Mcculley, the interviewee in this video, works for Intel and claims they have "about 140" projects going on inside their fabs and factories, of which the Smart Toolbox is but one, and it's one some technicians came up with because Intel workers lose something like $35,000 worth of tools every year. This project is based on the same Galileo boards Intel has used to support some high-altitude balloon launches -- except this is an extremely simple, practical application. Open source? You bet! And Dan says the sensors and other parts are all off-the-shelf items anyone can buy. (Alternate Video Link)

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By Matty from TFW2005:
The Evangelion crossover version of Masterpiece Optimus Prime (MP-10) is being released in Japan and to go along with its release the TakaraTomy webpage has updated with new art of the crossover character and a 4th installment to their ongoing story. We currently only have a Google translation of the story for right now, which you can see after the jump.

If you were one of the few to preorder this figure from Japan be sure to share in-hand pics when you receive Eva Mode Prime!

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's magnets-how-in-space-do-they-work department:
Zothecula writes: NASA has released a video depicting the initial deployment of an undertaking designed to study a phenomenon known as magnetic reconnection. "Reconnection happens when magnetic field lines explosively realign and release massive bursts of energy, while hurling particles out at nearly the speed of light in all directions. Magnetic reconnection powers eruptions on the sun and – closer to home – it triggers the flow of material and energy from interplanetary space into near-Earth space." The launch of the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission will see four identical spacecraft deployed from a single Atlas V rocket, set to lift off from cape Canaveral, Florida, no earlier than March next year.

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By from Panels on Pages:
John Denver and the Muppets perform the opening song of their Christmas album; the Twelve Days of Christmas.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's there's-an-app-for-everything-these-days department:
rossgneumann writes: Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, has spent 10 years building an operating system to talk to God. He's done this work because God told him to. According to the TempleOS charter, it is "God's official temple. Just like Solomon's temple, this is a community focal point where offerings are made and God's oracle is consulted." [The TempleOS V2.17 welcome screen] greets the user with a riot of 16-color, scrolling, blinking text; depending on your frame of reference, it might recall DESQview, the Commodore 64, or a host of early DOS-based graphical user interfaces. In style if not in specifics, it evokes a particular era, a time when the then-new concept of "personal computing" necessarily meant programming and tinkering and breaking things.

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By Josh Tolentino from Japanator:
Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've just chosen them, thanks to the power of random selection.

Congratulations to our lucky handful, whose names and user accounts were selected out of the pool of correct answers to the contest question:




Binary Mind
You lucky handful, you! You'll be contacted soon via email with your Steam keys!

For the rest of you, if you're still interested in the game, it's available right now!

And remember: When in doubt, the answer is probably "Keifuu Academy". That's good life advice right there.

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