Monthly Archives: August 2014

Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

schwit1 writes: Check out this detailed and informative look at the unspoken competiton between NASA’s SLS rocket and SpaceX’s planned heavy lift rocket. It’s being designed to be even more powerful than the Falcon Heavy. Key quote: “It is clear

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Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

jfruh writes: With Nokia’s Windows Phone handset line sold off to Microsoft, one of the company’s remaining businesses is its Here digital mapping service. No longer feeling loyalty to Microsoft or its OS, Nokia has inked a deal with Samsung

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RAYA: Real-time Audio Engine Simulation In Quake

New submitter bziolko writes: RAYA is a realtime game audio engine that utilizes beamtracing to provide user with realistic audio auralization. All audio effects are computed based on the actual geometry of a given game level (video) as well as

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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

An anonymous reader writes: If you’ve built a PC in the past 17.5 years, chances are you read some hardware reviews on AnandTech at some point. The site’s creator, Anand Lal Shimpi, has announced that he is retiring from the

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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

schwit1 sends this excerpt from a report about Microsoft: Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas-held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for

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Wi-Fi Router Attack Only Requires a Single PIN Guess

An anonymous reader writes: New research shows that wireless routers are still quite vulnerable to attack if they don’t use a good implementation of Wi-Fi Protected Setup. Bad implementations do a poor job of randomizing the key used to authenticate

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Google’s Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

theodp writes: Bloomberg is reporting that Google X’s Megan Smith is the top candidate for U.S. Chief Technology Officer. With a BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and experience ranging from General Magic to Google, Smith would arguably be the

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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

An anonymous reader writes: Narcotic painkillers aren’t one of the biggest killers in the U.S., but overdoses do claim over 15,000 lives per year and send hundreds of thousands to the emergency room. Because of this, it’s interesting that a

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NASA’s Competition For Dollars

An anonymous reader writes: We often decry the state of funding to NASA. Its limited scope has kept us from returning to the moon for over four decades, maintained only a minimal presence in low-Earth orbit, and failed to develop

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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

An anonymous reader writes: The phone app ecosystem has matured nicely over the past several years. There are apps for just about everything I need to do on my phone. But I’ve noticed that once an app fills a particular

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