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RBS sorry for 'incorrect' evidence - Royal Bank of Scotland apologised for giving incorrect evidence to a parliamentary hearing, letters released by the Treasury Committee reveal.

Google case over web abuse to begin - The case of a businessman who wants to stop malicious web postings about him appearing in Google searches is set to begin at the High Court.

Hamilton wins World Championship - Lewis Hamilton clinches his second drivers' World Championship with a comfortable victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Price wars lead to food firms closing - A supermarket price war is behind a sharp rise in the number of firms involved in food production folding, new research claims.

Keep downloading Band Aid, says Geldof - The charity single organiser says the price difference between a single now and 1984 "worries him".

The Register

Crypto protocols held back by legacy, says ENISA - EU takes the microscope to security The EU Agency for Network Information and Security (ENISA) has updated its 2013 crypto guidelines, designed to help developers protect personal information in line with EU law, and has sternly told crypto designers they're doing it wrong, in two reports released late last week.…

Worst WordPress hole for five years affects 86% of sites - Trio of XSS turns attackers into admins An estimated 86 per cent of WordPress websites harbour a dangerous cross-site scripting (XSS) hole in the popular comment system plugin, in what researcher Jouk Pynnonen calls the most serious flaw in five years. The bug could provide a pathway for attacking visitors' machines.…

Turnbull: Box-huggers are holding back cloud - Dimension Data launches government-only cloud for Australia Dimension Data has announced it will soon offer a government-only cloud hosted in Australia's capital city, Canberra.…

OIF and ONF to co-operate on standards - Take an optic at SDN protocols The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) has started work on APIs for the software-defined networking era.…

SandWorm thrived thanks to botched MSFT patch says HP - Issues known and understood for at least two years before Shai-Hulud crawled out of the code Microsoft had a chance to crush the SandWorm bug before it crawled out of the dunes, but botched the job, says HP.…

New Scientist - Online news

Total white out: Snowshoe hares vs global warming - Removing their white winter coat once kept snowshoe hares hidden in spring, but as the snows melt earlier, they are increasingly exposed. Can they fight back? (full text available to subscribers)

Us vs universe: Adventures in breaking light speed - It's the ultimate speed limit – but in some places, it seems the cosmic traffic cops are letting things slip (full text available to subscribers)

Us vs universe: Quantum dance enters forbidden zone - Without the Pauli exclusion principle, matter as we know it would not exist. But at low, low temperatures, even this quantum law gives way (full text available to subscribers)

Us vs universe: Hold still while the Earth trembles - In the hunt for gravitational waves, tiny tremors set a limit on how sensitive any ground-based detector can be – so we've just got to go off-world (full text available to subscribers)

Zoologger: tickly kiss turns on hairy-mouthed spiders - The males of this spider species evolved a trick to make females more likely to let them father their offspring – tickling them with hairy mouthparts

Hacker News

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A Minecraft world that has been played for 3.5 years - Comments

Handbrake 0.10.0 released - Comments

Slashdot

Alva Noe: Don't Worry About the Singularity, We Can't Even Copy an Amoeba - An anonymous reader writes "Writer and professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, Alva Noe, isn't worried that we will soon be under the rule of shiny metal overlords. He says that currently we can't produce "...machines that exhibit the agency and awareness of an amoeba." He writes at NPR: "One reason I'm not worried about the possibility that we will soon make machines that are smarter than us, is that we haven't managed to make machines until now that are smart at all. Artificial intelligence isn't synthetic intelligence: It's pseudo-intelligence. This really ought to be obvious. Clocks may keep time, but they don't know what time it is. And strictly speaking, it is we who use them to tell time. But the same is true of Watson, the IBM supercomputer that supposedly played Jeopardy! and dominated the human competition. Watson answered no questions. It participated in no competition. It didn't do anything. All the doing was on our side. We played Jeapordy! with Watson. We used 'it' the way we use clocks."" Read more of this story at Slashdot.

NASA Remasters 20-Year-Old Galileo Photographs of Jupiter's Moon, Europa - An anonymous reader writes with news that NASA has released remastered pictures of Europa taken by the Galileo spacecraft. "Scientists have produced a new version of what is perhaps NASA's best view of Jupiter's ice-covered moon, Europa. The mosaic of color images was obtained in the late 1990s by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. This is the first time that NASA is publishing a version of the scene produced using modern image processing techniques. This view of Europa stands out as the color view that shows the largest portion of the moon's surface at the highest resolution. An earlier, lower-resolution version of the view, published in 2001, featured colors that had been strongly enhanced. The new image more closely approximates what the human eye would see. Space imaging enthusiasts have produced their own versions of the view using the publicly available data, but NASA has not previously issued its own rendition using near-natural color." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

2014 Hour of Code: Do Ends Justify Disney Product Placement Means? - theodp writes "The purpose of product placement/product integration/branded entertainment," explains Disney in a job posting, "is to give a brand exposure outside of their traditional media buy." So, one imagines the folks in Disney Marketing must be thrilled that Disney Frozen princesses Anna and Elsa will be featured in the 'signature tutorial' for CSEdWeek's 2014 Hour of Code, which aims to introduce CS to 100 million schoolkids — including a sizable captive audience — in the weeks before Christmas. "Thanks to Disney Interactive," announced Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi, "Code.org's signature tutorial for the 2014 Hour of Code features Disney Infinity versions of Disney's 'Frozen' heroines Anna and Elsa!." Partovi adds, "The girl-power theme of the tutorial is a continuation of our efforts to expand diversity in computer science and broaden female participation in the field, starting with younger students." In the tutorial, reports the LA Times, "students will learn to write code to help Anna and Elsa draw snowflakes and snowmen, and perform magical 'ice craft.' Disney is also donating $100,000 to support Code.org's efforts to bring computer science education to after-school programs nationwide." Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Highly Advanced Backdoor Trojan Cased High-Profile Targets For Years - An anonymous reader points out this story at Ars about a new trojan on the scene. Researchers have unearthed highly advanced malware they believe was developed by a wealthy nation-state to spy on a wide range of international targets in diverse industries, including hospitality, energy, airline, and research. Backdoor Regin, as researchers at security firm Symantec are referring to the trojan, bears some resemblance to previously discovered state-sponsored malware, including the espionage trojans known as Flame and Duqu, as well as Stuxnet, the computer worm and trojan that was programmed to disrupt Iran's nuclear program. Regin likely required months or years to be completed and contains dozens of individual modules that allowed its operators to tailor the malware to individual targets. Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Elon Musk Talks "X-Wing" Fins For Reusable Rockets, Seafaring Spaceport Drones - An anonymous reader writes Elon Musk sent a number of tweets recently in which he detailed a program to test the function of "X-Wing" style grid fins that could help spacecraft navigate upon re-entry. The tweets describing how it would work, also include an autonomous seafaring platform, which can hold its position within three meters even in a heavy storm, that would act as a landing pad. From the article: "The SpaceX reusable rocket program has been progressing with varying results, including an explosion over Texas back in August. While the incident didn't result in any injury or even 'near injuries,' Musk conceded in a tweet that this was evidence that '[r]ockets are tricky.' An earlier test flight from this summer involving an ocean splashdown was considered more successful, proving that the Space X Falcon 9 booster could re-enter earth's atmosphere, restart its engines, deploy its landing legs and make a touch down at 'near zero velocity.'" Read more of this story at Slashdot.