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GameStop To Close At Least 150 Stores Due To Poor Q4 Sales (2 hours old)

GameStop announced last week that it will be closing more than 150 of its stores globally due to "weak sales of certain AAA titles and aggressive console promotions by other retailers." The chain also mentioned it "anticipates that it will close between two percent to three percent of its global store footprint" in 2017. Nintendo Wire reports: The Q4 window is often the high point of video game sales, yet despite the launch of new hardware in the PlayStation 4 Pro and a few major releases, it wasn't enough in the company's eyes. Despite this, GameStop still plans on opening 100 stores in 2017 [...]

NASA Spends 72 Cents of Every SLS Dollar On Overhead Costs, Says Report (5 hours old)

A new report published by the nonpartisan think tank Center for a New American Security shows us where a lot of NASA's money is being spent. The space agency has reportedly spent $19 billion on rockets -- first on Ares I and V, and now on the Space Launch System rocket -- and $13.9 billion on the Orion spacecraft. If all goes according to plan and NASA is able to fly its first crewed mission with the new vehicles in 2021, "the report estimates the agency will have spent $43 billion before that first flight, essentially a reprise of the Apollo 8 mission around the Moon," reports Ars Technica. "[...]

Climate Change Is Altering Global Air Currents (9 hours old)

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Independent: One of the scientists who demonstrated conclusively that global warming was an unnatural event with the famous "hockey stick" graph is now warning that giant jetstreams which circle the planet are being altered by climate change. Jetstreams are influenced by the difference in temperatures between the Arctic and the equator. But the Arctic has been warming much faster than tropical climates -- the island of Svalbard, for example was 6.5 degrees celsius warmer last year compared to the average between 1961 and 1990. The land has also been[...]

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic (11 hours old)

"Computer scientists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a new intelligent routing algorithm that attempts to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams -- those sudden snarls caused by greedy merges and other isolated disruptions -- throughout a roadway network," reports Motherboard. "It's both computationally distributed and fast, requirements for any real-world traffic management system. Their work is described in the April issue of IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence." From the report: The Nanyang researchers' algorithm st[...]

Facebook Launches 'Town Hall' For Contacting Government Reps, Adds Local Election Reminders (12 hours old)

Facebook has officially launched their "Town Hall" feature that allows users to locate, follow and contact their local, state and federal government representatives. The social media company also announced that they will be launching local election reminders in an effort to get more users to vote in state, county, and municipal elections. TechCrunch reports: The feature was recently made available in the "More" menu on mobile and on desktop to a subset of users. When you launch it, you would be presented with a list of reps at the local, state and federal level, and you could click to visit th[...]

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Working Environment For a Developer? (12 hours old)

New submitter Dorgendubal writes: I work for a company with more than a thousand developers and I'm participating in activities aimed at improving the work experience of developers. Our developers receive an ultrabook that is rather powerful but not really adapted for development (no admin rights, small storage capacity, restrictive security rules, etc.). They also have access to VDIs (more flexibility) but often complain of performance issues during certain hours of the day. Overall, developers want to have maximum autonomy, free choice of their tools (OS, IDE, etc.) and access to internal de[...]

Facial Recognition Database Used By FBI Is Out of Control, House Committee Hears (13 hours old)

The House oversight committee claims the FBI's facial recognition database is out of control, noting that "no federal law controls this technology" and "no court decision limits it." At last week's House oversight committee hearing, politicians and privacy campaigners presented several "damning facts" about the databases. "About 80% of photos in the FBI's network are non-criminal entries, including pictures from driver's licenses and passports," reports The Guardian. "The algorithms used to identify matches are inaccurate about 15% of the time, and are most likely to misidentify black people t[...]

Prominent Drupal, PHP Developer Kicked From the Drupal Project Over Unconventional Sex Life (14 hours old)

An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Last week the Drupal community erupted in anger after its leader, Dries Buytaert, asked Larry Garfield, a prominent Drupal contributor and long-time member of the Drupal and PHP communities, "to leave the Drupal project." Buytaert claims he did this "because it came to my attention that he holds views that are in opposition with the values of the Drupal project." A huge furor has erupted in response -- not least because the reason clearly has much to do with Garfield's unconventional sex life. [Garfield is into BDSM, and is a member of the Gorean community,[...]

Stylebooks Finally Embrace the Single 'They' (14 hours old)

Two major style manuals are now allowing the singular use of "they" in certain circumstances. While this is a victory for common sense, the paths taken are unusual in the evolution of usage. From a report on Columbia Journal Review: Both manuals, the Associated Press Stylebook and the Chicago Manual of Style, emphasize that "they" cannot be used with abandon. Even so, it's the middle of the end for the insistence that "they" can be only a plural pronoun. To recap: In English, there is no gender-neutral pronoun for a single person. In French, for example, the pronoun on can stand in for "he" or[...]

Interviews: Ask Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor John Goodenough a Question (15 hours old)

John B. Goodenough is a solid-state physicist and professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at The University of Texas at Austin. While he is most famous for identifying and developing the lithium-ion battery, which can be found in just about every portable electronic device on the market, he has recently created a new fast charging solid-state battery that looks to revolutionize the industry. We sent him an email about doing an interview and he has responded. Now is your chance to ask Goodenough a question! We'll pick the very best questions and forward them to John Gooden[...]

The Register

World+dog had 1.4 BEEEELLION of its data records exposed last year (1 hour 27 minutes old)

That's 86% up on 2015... and it's mostly identity theft Almost 1.4 billion data records were compromised worldwide during 2016, a whopping increase of 86 per cent compared to the year before.…

Google and pals plough $27m into tiery-eyed storage startup Avere (1 hour 45 minutes old)

Adding better public cloud facilities to users' hybrid world Avere, the filer and public cloud storage accelerator supplier, has scored a $27m E-round of funding, with Google proper providing some of the funds.…

Microsoft beefs up Skype for Business as Amazon Chimes in (2 hours old)

Corporate comms face-off Microsoft is rounding out its Skype for Business Cloud PBX.…

Mobile network Three inks Cisco Jasper deal, eyes the IoT market (2 hours old)

It's a connected land grab of things Mobile operator Three has announced a deal with Cisco Jasper, the switchzilla's newly acquired IoT arm.…

Making business value the object of the exercise (3 hours old)

Beyond Big Data Promo On 27 April at 11am we're broadcasting live with a studio full of experts focused on the challenges of data-enabled workflow - that is the notion of integrating data into business workflows to improve performance and increase competitive advantage.…

Brit telcos will waive early termination fees for military personnel (3 hours old)

Good news for those posted to Benbecula or Mount Pleasant? British military personnel will no longer face swingeing cancellation fees on broadband packages if they are posted abroad.…

Miss Misery on hacking Mr Robot and the Missing Sense of Fun (3 hours old)

He's both the sharpest tool AND two spanners short Stob Are you lolling dolefully? Then I'll continue. The TV show Mr. Robot deals with the life and adventures of Elliot Alderson, a twenty-something New York devop and cyber-vigilante. He and his circle of chums, seeking to inflict revenge on a mega-corporation for a hushed-up industrial accident, stumble towards bringing e-civilisation to a sticky end.…

Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern (4 hours old)

What Mozilla's browser rewrite means to... Mozilla Open source insider Mozilla has been rolling out a major change to Firefox during the last year, the results of what the company calls its Electrolysis project. Electrolysis gives Firefox something Chrome has had for years now – multiple processes (in the best case scenario that's per tab). The change is a boon for speed – somewhere Firefox has been lagging lately – and it improves stability and security.…

Community vid reveals demos of vSphere-on-AWS cloud concoction (5 hours old)

Right-click to vMotion VMs between on-prem and AWS VMware's revealed some demos of its planned hybrid cloud service running inside Amazon Web Services.…

As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe (5 hours old)

iOS 10.3 lands, complete with heavily encrypted Apple File System Apple today released iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 (14W265), the first two of all of which bring some pleasing extra functionality to iThings, But the main attraction in the new release is Apple File System, because it adds comprehensive encryption to the iPhone and Apple Watch.…

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BBC News - Technology

Jack Dorsey brings Square payments to UK (2 hours old)

The founder of Twitter brings his other company - a point-of-sale system for small businesses - to the UK.

Google Home to be launched in UK in April (3 hours old)

The search giant promises a degree of Britishness in its smart home assistant, Google Home.

Samsung plans to relaunch refurbished Note 7 devices (19 hours old)

The technology giant says it may be able to offer the recalled devices as refurbished phones.

WhatsApp's privacy protections questioned after terror attack (1 day old)

Privacy measures offered by chat apps are called into question by last week's London terror attack.

Apple wins iPhone 6 patent battle in China (1 day old)

The win removes the threat that Apple would not be able to sell the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China

Uber suspends self-driving cars after Arizona crash (2 days old [26/03/17])

Images show Uber vehicle on its side after apparent high-impact crash with ordinary driver.

BT fined record £42m for late installations (1 day old)

BT apologises and agrees to repay telecoms firms for delays in installing high-speed lines.

Robotic barista serves up coffee (1 day old)

A robot coffee server is turning heads in San Francisco

WhatsApp must not be 'place for terrorists to hide' (1 day old)

Messaging apps which are encrypted must be accessible to those fighting terror, the home secretary says.

Disturbing YouTube videos trick children (1 day old)

Thousands of videos on YouTube look like versions of popular cartoons but contain disturbing and inappropriate content not suitable for children.

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