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Rust Implements An IDE Protocol From Red Hat's Collaboration With Microsoft and Codenvy

SlashDot - 1 hour 3 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld: Developers of Mozilla's Rust language, devised for fast and safe system-level programming, have unveiled the first release of the Rust Language Service, a project that provides IDEs and editors with live, contextual information about Rust code. RLS is one of the first implementations of the Language Server Protocol, co-developed by Microsoft, Codenvy, and Red Hat to standardize communications between IDEs and language runtimes. It's another sign of Rust's effort to be an A-list language across the board -- not only by providing better solutions to common programming problems, but also cultivating first-class, cutting-edge tooling support from beyond its ecosystem... The Rust Language Service is "pre-alpha", and the whole Language Service Protocol is only currently supported by two IDEs -- Eclipse and Microsoft's Visual Studio Code. Earlier InfoWorld described it as "a JSON-based data exchange protocol for providing language services consistently across different code editors and IDEs," and one of the Rust developers has already developed a sample RLS client for Visual Studio Code.

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Plum is a smart but expensive gadget for the wine-obsessed

Engadget - 1 hour 7 min ago
Wine has a culture all of its own, steeped in tradition and practices passed down over the years. But wine experts will tell you it's also a science, with precise measurements and conditions required to make that perfect bottle. The new Plum wine fri...

Airbnb Sues New York Over Restrictive New Law

PCMag News - 1 hour 45 min ago
The bill bans New York homeowners from advertising rentals of 30 days or less on Airbnb's website.

Will Tesla Install Home Solar Panels To Charge Cars?

SlashDot - 2 hours 3 min ago
Earlier this week, Tesla signed a non-binding agreement to buy solar cells from a new Panasonic factory in Buffalo, New York -- but it's part of a much bigger maneuver. An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: "If all goes to plan, Tesla will be supplying customers with the solar panels that generate electricity that could then be used to charge the battery in their Tesla car or the battery in the Tesla Powerwall home energy storage system," reports the Christian Science Monitor. The Wall Street Journal reports that Musk's SolarCity "will sell, finance and install the panels." But the Buffalo News suggests the deal is really "aimed squarely at skeptical shareholders" who may be leary of a proposed merger between Tesla and SolarCity," which one analyst calculates will require nearly $6 billion in extra capital. Panasonic could help shoulder the costs of the Buffalo factory, while also putting a more experienced manufacturer in charge of producing high-efficiency solar modules. The Stack reports some shareholders have actually filed a lawsuit against the merger.

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Razer's Blade Stealth and 'Core' add up to the gaming laptop I always wanted

Engadget - 2 hours 37 min ago
For as long as I can remember, I've dreamed of a computer that didn't exist: something that could get me through the work day but also transform into a gaming powerhouse at home. It's taken decades, but that old fantasy is finally starting to coalesc...

'Anonymous' Hacker Indicted As His Hunger Strike Continues

SlashDot - 3 hours 3 min ago
Eight months after being rescued at sea near Cuba and then arrested, Anonymous hacker Martin Gottesfeld now faces prosecution as well as death by hunger. Newsweek reports: A member of Anonymous has been indicted on hacking charges while on the third week of a prison hunger strike protesting perceived institutionalized torture and political prosecutions. Martin Gottesfeld, 32, was charged this week in relation to the hacking of Boston Childrenâ(TM)s Hospital in 2014 following the alleged mistreatment of one of its patients. Gottesfeld has previously admitted to targeting the hospital, though says he did it in defense of "an innocent, learning-disabled, 15-year-old girl"... Since beginning his hunger strike on October 3, Gottesfeld tells Newsweek from prison he has lost 16.5 pounds. He says he will continue his hunger strike until two demands are met: a promise from the presidential candidates that children are not mistreated in the way he claims Pelletier was; and an end to the "political" style of prosecution waged by Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. attorney for Massachusetts. The indictment claims that the hospital spent more than $300,000 to "mitigate" the damage from the 2014 attack.

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Google Has Quietly Dropped Ban On Personally Identifiable Web Tracking

SlashDot - 4 hours 7 min ago
Fudge Factor 3000 writes: Google has quietly changed its privacy policy to allow it to associate web tracking, which is supposed to remain anonymous, with personally identifiable user data. This completely reneges its promise to keep a wall between ad tracking and personally identifiable user data, further eroding one's anonymity on the internet. Google's priorities are clear. All they care about is monetizing user information to rake in the big dollars from ad revenue. Think twice before you purchase the premium priced Google Pixel. Google is getting added value from you as its product without giving you part of the revenue it is generating through tracking through lower prices. The crossed-out section in its privacy policy, which discusses the separation of information as mentioned above, has been followed with this statement: "Depending on your account settings, your activity on other sites and apps may be associated with your personal information in order to improve Google's services and the ads delivered by Google." ProPublica reports: "The change is enabled by default for new Google accounts. Existing users were prompted to opt-in to the change this summer. The practical result of the change is that the DoubleClick ads that follow people around on the web may now be customized to them based on your name and other information Google knows about you. It also means that Google could now, if it wished to, build a complete portrait of a user by name, based on everything they write in email, every website they visit and the searches they conduct. The move is a sea change for Google and a further blow to the online ad industry's longstanding contention that web tracking is mostly anonymous. In recent years, Facebook, offline data brokers and others have increasingly sought to combine their troves of web tracking data with people's real names. But until this summer, Google held the line." You can choose to opt in or out of the personalized ads here.

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ICYMI: Wearable robots will walk all over you

Engadget - 4 hours 7 min ago
Today on In Case You Missed It: MIT and Stanford researchers created tiny robots that can grab onto clothes and walk on your shirt, with the goal of them one day, forming a swarm to create a temporary video screen and then marching back into a...

Election Time

PCMag News - 4 hours 45 min ago
By its nature, technology is neither good or bad, but it can be incredibly political.

Women in tech: Why the small victories matter - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 36 min ago
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Tech brings 15,000 women together to focus on what's going right with the industry's diversity push.

NBA skills, Silicon Valley dreams - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 36 min ago
A group of NBA players spent the off season job-shadowing at some of tech's biggest companies, including Facebook and Google.

Nintendo Switch: Our hopes about the next console - CNET

CNET News - 5 hours 36 min ago
CNET editors Jeff Bakalar and Scott Stein talk about what they want from Nintendo's 2017 system.

While Dinosaurs Romped, Birdsongs Filled the Air in Balmy Antarctica

Scientifc America - 5 hours 37 min ago
Scientists who found a fossilized avian “voice box” describe a vastly different southern continent—with birds that diversified before the dinosaurs’ mass extinction

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'Class' takes 'Doctor Who' back to school with extra-curricular aliens - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 14 min ago
The edgy spin-off features a smouldering teen cast and splashes of gore among the snarky gags and a Capaldi cameo.

Meet the 'Class': 'Doctor Who' spinoff in pictures - CNET

CNET News - 6 hours 19 min ago
Meet the cast of "Class", the edgy new timey-wimey teen TV show beginning in the UK on Saturday 22 October.

Google Pixel XL's modular components can be easily replaced

Engadget - 6 hours 52 min ago
iFixit gave Google's Pixel XL a middling repairability score of 6 out of 10 partly because its display was poorly assembled. Still, the team found a lot of modular components that can be easily replaced when they cracked Mountain View's new flagship...

Cisco Develops System To Automatically Cut-Off Pirate Video Streams

SlashDot - 7 hours 37 min ago
An anonymous reader quotes a report from TorrentFreak: Pirate services obtain content by capturing and restreaming feeds obtained from official sources, often from something as humble as a regular subscriber account. These streams can then be redistributed by thousands of other sites and services, many of which are easily found using a simple search. Dedicated anti-piracy companies track down these streams and send takedown notices to the hosts carrying them. Sometimes this means that streams go down quickly but in other cases hosts can take a while to respond or may not comply at all. Networking company Cisco thinks it has found a solution to these problems. The company's claims center around its Streaming Piracy Prevention (SPP) platform, a system that aims to take down illicit streams in real-time. Perhaps most interestingly, Cisco says SPP functions without needing to send takedown notices to companies hosting illicit streams. "Traditional takedown mechanisms such as sending legal notices (commonly referred to as 'DMCA notices') are ineffective where pirate services have put in place infrastructure capable of delivering video at tens and even hundreds of gigabits per second, as in essence there is nobody to send a notice to," the company explains. "Escalation to infrastructure providers works to an extent, but the process is often slow as the pirate services will likely provide the largest revenue source for many of the platform providers in question." To overcome these problems Cisco says it has partnered with Friend MTS (FMTS), a UK-based company specializing in content-protection. Among its services, FMTS offers Distribution iD, which allows content providers to pinpoint which of their downstream distributors' platforms are a current source of content leaks. "Robust and unique watermarks are embedded into each distributor feed for identification. The code is invisible to the viewer but can be recovered by our specialist detector software," FMTS explains. "Once infringing content has been located, the service automatically extracts the watermark for accurate distributor identification." According to Cisco, FMTS feeds the SPP service with pirate video streams it finds online. These are tracked back to the source of the leak (such as a particular distributor or specific pay TV subscriber account) which can then be shut-down in real time.

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Engadget - 7 hours 37 min ago
Letter from the Editor Welcome to the very first edition of The Morning After, Engadget's revamped newsletter. First, I'd like to congratulate you for subscribing to what is undoubtedly the greatest newsletter you'll ever read. Thanks are also in...

Russians Seek Answers To Central Moscow GPS Anomaly

SlashDot - 10 hours 37 min ago
stevegee58 writes: Russians have been noticing that their GPS doesn't work in Moscow near the Kremlin. Everyone from taxi drivers to Pokemon Go players suddenly notice that they're transported 18 miles away at the airport when they near the Kremlin. While this may be an annoyance to the public it seems like a reasonable countermeasure to potential terrorist threats. Is it only a matter of time before other vulnerable sites such as the White House or the Capitol in Washington start doing the same? "A programmer for Russian internet firm Yandex, Grigory Bakunov, said Thursday his research showed a system for blocking GPS was located inside the Kremlin, the heavily guarded official residence of Russian President Vladimir Putin," reports Yahoo. "The first anomaly was recorded in June, according to Russian media reports, which have also suggested that the GPS interference comes and goes in a pattern. Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday he did not know why the malfunction was occurring and admitted experiencing the problem himself when driving recently. Peskov redirected questions to Russia's Federal Guards Service, which is responsible for protecting the Kremlin and senior Russian officials."

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Nintendo Switch won't play Wii U discs and 3DS cartridges

Engadget - Fri, 2016-10-21 23:40
Nintendo might have crushed some fans' dreams with its Famitsu interview. The company told the popular Japanese gaming magazine that its upcoming hybrid console won't be able to play Wii U discs or 3DS cartridges. It's unclear if the Switch won't be...