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NVIDIA Tegra X1 Performance Exceeds Intel Bay Trail SoCs, AMD AM1 APUs

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 23:06
An anonymous reader writes: A NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV modified to run Ubuntu Linux is providing interesting data on how NVIDIA's latest "Tegra X1" 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC compares to various Intel/AMD/MIPS systems of varying form factors. Tegra X1 benchmarks on Ubuntu show strong performance with the X1 SoC in this $200 Android TV device, beating out low-power Intel Atom/Celeron Bay Trail SoCs, AMD AM1 APUs, and in some workloads is even getting close to an Intel Core i3 "Broadwell" NUC. The Tegra X1 features Maxwell "GM20B" graphics and the total power consumption is less than 10 Watts.

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Honeywell Home Controllers Open To Any Hacker Who Can Find Them Online

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 21:00
Trailrunner7 writes: Security issues continue to crop up within the so-called "smart home." A pair of vulnerabilities have been reported for the Tuxedo Touch controller made by Honeywell, a device that's designed to allow users to control home systems such as security, climate control, lighting, and others. The controller, of course, is accessible from the Internet. Researcher Maxim Rupp discovered that the vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to take arbitrary actions, including unlocking doors or modifying the climate controls in the house.

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The Black and Gold Butcher Block Workspace

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 19:00

Many of the most striking workspaces are centered around a custom-made, unique desk, like the one above for today’s featured workspace.

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Ask Slashdot: Everyone Building Software -- Is This the Future We Need?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 18:58
An anonymous reader writes: I recently stumbled upon Apple's headline for version 2 of its Swift programming language: "Now everyone can build amazing apps." My question: is this what we really need? Tech giants (not just Apple, but Microsoft, Facebook, and more) are encouraging kids and adults to become developers, adding to an already-troubled IT landscape. While many software engineering positions are focused only on a business's internal concerns, many others can dramatically affect other people's lives. People write software for the cars we drive; our finances are in the hands of software, and even the medical industry is replete with new software these days. Poor code here can legitimately mess up somebody's life. Compare this to other high-influence professions: can you become surgeon just because you bought a state-of-art turbo laser knife? Of course not. Back to Swift: the app ecosystem is already chaotic, without solid quality control and responsibility from most developers. If you want simple to-do app, you'll get never-ending list of software artifacts that will drain your battery, eat memory, freeze the OS and disappoint you in every possible way. So, should we really be focusing on quantity, rather than quality?

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Advertising Companies Accused of Deliberately Slowing Page-load Times For Profit

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 18:10
An anonymous reader writes: An industry insider has told Business Insider of his conviction that ad-serving companies deliberately prolong the 'auctioning' process for ad spots when a web-page loads. They do this to maximize revenue by allowing automated 'late-comers' to participate beyond the 100ms limit placed on the decision-making process. The unnamed source, a principal engineer at a global news company (whose identity and credentials were confirmed by Business Insider), concluded with the comment: "My entire team of devs and testers mostly used Adblock when developing sites, just because it was so painful otherwise." Publishers use 'daisy-chaining' to solicit bids from the most profitable placement providers down to the 'B-list' placements, and the longer the process is run, the more likely that the web-page will be shown with profitable advertising in place.

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Secure Your Dog's Leash to Just About Anything with a Carabiner

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 18:00

When you’re walking your dog and want to stop somewhere for a few minutes to rest or chat with a neighbor, a carabiner makes it easy to secure a leash to a fencepost or bench leg.

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The right music can set the mood for anything.

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 17:55

The right music can set the mood for anything. Today at Lifehacker: After Hours, we’re crafting the perfect “getting busy” playlist—with some song recommendations of our own.

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Amazon Proposes Dedicated Airspace For Drones

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 17:24
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has published two new position papers which lay out its vision for future drone regulation. Under Amazon's plan, altitudes under 200ft would be reserved for basic hobbyist drones and those used for things like videography and inspection. Altitudes between 200ft and 400ft would be designated for "well-equipped vehicles" capable of operating autonomously out of line of sight. They would need sophisticated GPS tracking, a stable data uplink, communications capabilities with other drones, and sensors to avoid collisions. This, of course, is where Amazon would want to operate its drone delivery fleet. From 400ft to 500ft would be a no-fly zone buffer between the drone airspace and integrated airspace. Amazon's plan also makes room for "predefined low-risk areas," where hobbyists and other low-tech drones can fly higher than the 200ft ceiling. "Additionally, it is Amazon's view that air traffic management operations should follow a 'managed by exception' approach. This means operators are always aware of what the fleet is doing, yet they only intervene in significant off-nominal cases."

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Build an Indoor Garden Monitor for Checking Light and Soil Conditions

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 17:00

If don’t have much of a green thumb, this Arduino-based monitor lets you know if your indoor plants are getting enough water and light. And even if you don’t need the gardening help, it’s a nifty little Arduino project.

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Poor Pilot Training Blamed For Virgin Galactic Crash

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 16:42
astroengine writes: SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Alsbury was not properly trained to realize the consequences of unlocking the vehicle's hinged tail section too soon, a mistake that led to his death and the destruction of the ship during a test flight in California last year. Responsibility for the accident falls to SpaceShipTwo manufacturer Scaled Composites, a Mojave, Calif., company owned by Northrop Grumman Corp, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) determined at a webcast hearing on Tuesday (PDF). Poor oversight by the Federal Aviation Administration, which oversees commercial spaceflights in the United States, was also a factor in the accident, the NTSB said.

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Most Popular Way to Share Playlists: Spotify Shared Playlists

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 16:30

If you want to share music with friends, whole playlists with a party full of people, or just give everyone a turn at playing DJ, you have lots of tools to help. Last week we asked for your favorites , then looked at the five best ways to share playlists . Now? Your favorite.

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Career Spotlight: What I Do as a NASA Engineer

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 16:00

Space exploration, whether it be through telescopes watching the skies or probes sent to far away planets, is the culmination of thousands of people’s work, collaborating together to solve the innumerable problems that arise when you try to reach beyond what seems possible.

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Scientists Identify Possible New Substance With Highest Melting Point

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 16:00
JoshuaZ writes: Researchers from Brown University have tentatively identified an alloy of hafnium, nitrogen and carbon as having an expected melting point of about 7,460 degrees Fahrenheit (4120 Celsius). This exceeds that of the previous record-breaker, tantalum hafnium carbide, which melts at 7,128 F (3942 C). Its record stood for almost a century. At this point, the new alloy is still hypothetical, based on simulations, so the new record has not yet been confirmed by experiment. The study was published in Physical Review B (abstract), and a lay-summary is available at the Washington Post. If the simulations turn out to be correct, the new alloy may be useful in parts like jet engines, and the door will be opened to using similar simulations to search for substances with even higher melting points or with other exotic properties.

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The Newest Member of the GoPro Family Just Got Its First Discount

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 15:32

GoPro’s lilliputian Hero4 Session only came out a few weeks ago, but we’ve already spotted its first deal.http://indefinitelywild.gizmodo.com/gopros-new-cam...

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Freeze Caramelized Onions for Long Lasting Flavor

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 15:30

Caramelized onions add a tasty zing to lots of dishes, but they take too long to make for a quick meal. Fortunately, frozen caramelized onions will keep for months and deliver just as much flavor.

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Veteran IT Journalist Worries That Online Privacy May Not Exist (Video)

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 15:17
Tom Henderson is a long-time observer of the IT scene, complete with scowl and grey goatee. And cynicism. Tom is a world-class cynic, no doubt about it. Why? Cover enterprise IT security and other computing topics long enough for big-time industry publications like ITWorld and its IDG brethren, and you too may start to think that no matter what you do, your systems will always have (virtual) welcome mats in front of them, inviting crackers to come in and have a high old time with your data. Note: Alert readers have probably noticed that we talked with Tom about cloud security back in March. Another good interview, worth seeing (or reading).

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Get Evernote's Email to Evernote Feature Back for Free with IFTTT

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 15:00

Evernote recently changed its policy so you’ll need a premium account to use the Email to Evernote feature more than five times a month. Thankfully, Digital Inspiration points out you can get around this limitation with If This Then That.

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Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Memory, 1000x Speed and Endurance Over Flash

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-07-28 14:37
MojoKid writes: Today at a press conference in San Francisco, Intel and Micron unveiled 3D XPoint (Cross Point) memory technology, a non-volatile memory architecture they claim could change the landscape of consumer electronics and computer architectures for years to come. Intel and Micron say 3D XPoint memory is 1000 times faster than NAND, boasts 1000x the endurance of NAND, and offers 8-10 times the density of conventional memory. 3D XPoint isn't electron based, it's material based. The companies aren't diving into specifics yet surrounding the materials used in 3D XPoint, but the physics are fundamentally different than what we're used to. It's 3D stackable and its cross point connect structure allows for dense packing and individual access at the cell level from the top or bottom of a memory array. Better still, Intel alluded to 3D XPoint not being as cost-prohibitive as you might expect. Intel's Rob Crooke explained, "You could put the cost somewhere between NAND and DRAM." Products with the new memory are expected to arrive in 2016 and the joint venture is in production with wafers now.

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Millennials: You Are Doing Leasing Wrong

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 14:31

According to a new study by Edmunds, Millennials lately are leasing cars much more than older buyers. While leasing can be great way to get a new car and keep your monthly budget manageable, some young buyers don’t seem to be approaching leases the right way.

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How to Install a Toilet for an Easy DIY Bathroom Upgrade

Lifehacker.com - Tue, 2015-07-28 14:30

Replacing a toilet may sound like a daunting DIY project, but all it takes is a few simple steps to get a new throne set up in a few hours.

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