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  • Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?
    By on November 16, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    Dishwasha (125561) writes I recently purchased a couple 128GB MicroSDXC card from a Chinese supplier via Alibaba at 1/5th the price of what is available in the US. I will be putting one in my phone and another in my laptop. A few days after purchased, it occurred to me there may be a potential risk with non-USB flash devices similar to USB firmware issues. Does anybody know if there are any known firmware issues with SD or other non-USB flash cards (more…)

  • VIDEO: Djokovic v Nishikori: 5 great shots
    By on November 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Watch five of the best shots from Novak Djokovic’s three-set victory over Kei Nishikori at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

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  • The challenges facing Moyes in Spain
    By on November 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Language barrier, poor morale and no money – the challenges facing David Moyes at Real Sociedad.

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  • Manslaughter Conviction Overturned For Scientists Who Didn’t Predict Earthquake
    By on November 10, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Jason Koebler writes: Geologists who didn’t warn a town about an impending earthquake are not murderers, an Italian appeals court ruled today. A 2012 decision that rocked the scientific world has been overturned, according to Italy’s Repubblica newspapers and confirmed by other Italian outlets. In that decision, six prominent geologists and one government worker were convicted of manslaughter for failing to notify the town of L’Aquila of a 2009 earthquake (more…)

  • Net Neutrality Alone Won’t Solve ISP Throttling Abuse, Here’s Why
    By on November 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    MojoKid writes Net neutrality is an attractive concept, particularly if you’ve followed the ways the cable and telco companies have gouged customers in recent years, but only to a limited extent. There are two problems with net neutrality as its commonly proposed. First, there’s the fact that not all traffic prioritization is bad all of the time. Video streams and gaming are two examples of activities that require low-latency packet delivery to function (more…)

  • Winter World Cup 2022 plan backed
    By on November 5, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Influential football figures back proposals that could see the Qatar 2022 World Cup clash with the Winter Olympics.

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  • VIDEO: Defoe dreams of return for England
    By on October 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe talks about his new life with Toronto FC and his hopes of playing for England again.

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  • Qualcomm Begins Contributing To Reverse-Engineered Freedreno Linux Driver
    By on October 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes: For over two years there’s been a Freedreno driver project that’s been reverse-engineering Qualcomm’s Adreno graphics hardware. Freedreno consists of both a user-space Gallium3D driver providing OpenGL / OpenGL ES support and a DRM/KMS kernel driver to replace Qualcomm’s open-source kernel driver designed just around Android’s needs. The community-based, reverse-engineering Freedreno driver project is finally paying off (more…)

  • VIDEO: Highlights – Rangers 1-0 St Johnstone
    By on October 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Rangers progress to the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup after a narrow victory over St Johnstone.

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  • First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix
    By on October 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes John Oliver calls it “cable company f*ckery” and we’ve all suspected it happens. Now on Steven Levy’s new Backchannel publication on Medium, Susan Crawford delivers decisive proof, expertly dissecting the Comcast-Netflix network congestion controversy. Her source material is a detailed traffic measurement report (.pdf) released this week by Google-backed M-Lab — the first of its kind — showing severe degradation (more…)