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  • DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft’s Recent Windows 10 Update
    By on January 25, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    MojoKid writes After last Wednesday’s Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn’t take long as it came out on Friday, and it’s safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we’ll need to wait (more…)

  • Interior of Burnt Herculaneum Scroll Read For First Time
    By on January 20, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    New submitter Solandri writes: When Mt. Vesuvius erupted in A.D. 79, it destroyed a library of classical works in Herculaneum. The papyrus scrolls weren’t incinerated, but were instead carbonized by the hot gases. The resulting black carbon cylinders have mostly withstood attempts to read their contents since their discovery. Earlier attempts to unfurl the scrolls yielded some readable material, but were judged too destructive. Researchers decided (more…)

  • Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track
    By on January 15, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes that Elon Musk wants to speed up the development of his proposed 800-mph tube transport. “Billionaire and entrepreneur Elon Musk is getting more hands-on with the Hyperloop. Musk, who heads up both space transportation outfit SpaceX and electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors, casually announced via Twitter on Thursday that he’s decided to help accelerate development of his vision for near-supersonic tube transportation, first (more…)

  • Linux Controls a Gasoline Engine With Machine Learning
    By on January 10, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes: Here’s a short (2 min) video of PREEMPT_RT Linux controlling a gasoline engine from one burn to the next using a Raspberry Pi. It’s using an adaptive machine learning algorithm that can predict near chaotic combustion in real-time. A paper about the algorithm is available at the arXiv.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Extreme Heat Knocks Out Internet In Australia
    By on January 5, 2015 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes with news that bad weather caused internet connectivity problems for users in Perth, Western Australia on Monday. But it wasn’t raging storms or lightning that caused this outage — it was extreme heat. Monday was the 6th hottest day on record for Perth, peaking around 44.4 C (111.9 F). Thousands of iiNet customers across Australia found themselves offline for about six and a half hours after the company shut down some (more…)

  • The Coming Decline of ‘Made In China’
    By on December 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    retroworks writes: Adam Minter documents the move of Chinese steel mills to Africa, and speculates that China’s years of incredible rates of economic growth may already be over. This one steel mill’s move to Africa, by itself, increases Africa’s production by two-thirds. “The officials in Hebei Province who oversee the company may have felt they had no choice. First, they undoubtedly faced political pressure to reduce their environmental impact in (more…)

  • Slashdot Asks: The Beanies Return; Who Deserves Recognition for 2014?
    By on December 30, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    It’s been a long time since Slashdot has awarded the Beanies — nearly 15 years, in fact. But there’s no time like the present, especially since tomorrow edges on the new year, and in early 2015 we’d like to offer a Beanie once again, to recognize and honor your favorite person, people (or project; keep reading) of the past year. Rather than a fine-grained list of categories like in 2000, though, this time around we’re keeping it simple: we can always (more…)

  • Rackspace Restored After DDOS Takes Out DNS
    By on December 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader sends word that Rackspace has recovered from a severe distributed denial of service attack. “Over on the company’s Google+ page Rackspace warned of ‘intermittent periods of latency, packet loss, or connectivity failures when attempting to reach rackspace.com or subdomains within rackspace.com.’ The company’s status report later confirmed it had ‘… identified a UDP DDoS attack targeting the DNS servers in our IAD, ORD, and LON (more…)

  • The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch
    By on December 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    HughPickens.com writes: Victoria Shannon reports in the NY Times that fifty years ago was a good year for music, with the Beatles appearing on Billboard’s charts for the first time, the Rolling Stones releasing their first album, the Supremes with five No. 1 hits, and Simon and Garfunkel releasing their debut album. The 50-year milestone is significant, because music published within the first half-century of its recording gets another 20 years of (more…)

  • Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use
    By on December 15, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes: We keep hearing about the revolutionary properties of graphene, an atom-thick sheet of carbon whose physical characteristics hold a great deal of promise — if we can figure out good ways to produce it and use it. The New Yorker has a lengthy profile of graphene and its discoverer, Andre Geim, as well as one of the physicists leading a big chunk of the bleeding-edge graphene research, James Tour. Quoting: “[S]cientists (more…)