Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

Slashdot - 57 min 32 sec ago
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Oracle is gearing up for a fight with officials in Oregon over its role developing an expensive health insurance exchange website that still isn't fully operational. In a letter obtained by the Oregonian newspaper this week, Oracle co-president Safra Catz said that Oregon officials have provided the public with a 'false narrative' concerning who is to blame for Cover Oregon's woes. In the letter, Catz pointed out that Oregon's decision to act as their own systems integrator on the project, using Oracle consultants on a time-and-materials basis, was 'criticized frequently by many'. And as far as Oracle is concerned, 'Cover Oregon lacked the skills, knowledge or ability to be successful as the systems integrator on an undertaking of this scope and complexity,' she added."

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'Accidental' Siberian Mummies Part of Mysterious Ancient Arctic Civilization

Slashdot - 2 hours 9 min ago
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Russian archaeologists are trying to discover the origins of a group of 800-year-old bodies found just 29 km from the Arctic Circle, which were accidentally mummified by copper when they were buried. The mummies were discovered at Zeleniy Yar in Siberia, in 34 shallow graves, and 11 of the bodies found in the medieval burial place had either smashed skeletons or missing and shattered skulls. They may have been damaged by their peers deliberately to prevent spells emanating from them. There is only one female, a child, who is buried with her face masked by copper plates, and three male infant mummies, who wear copper masks and were bound in four or five copper hoops that each measure several centimetres wide."

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NASA Proposes "Water World" Theory For Origin of Life

Slashdot - 2 hours 27 min ago
William Robinson (875390) writes "A new study from researchers at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has proposed the "water world" theory as the answer to our evolution, which describes how electrical energy naturally produced at the sea floor might have given rise to life. While the scientists had already proposed this hypothesis called 'submarine alkaline hydrothermal emergence of life' the new report assembles decades of field, laboratory and theoretical research into a grand, unified picture."

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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

Slashdot - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 11:51pm
Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes in with news about a breakthrough in creating stem cells perfectly matched to a person's DNA. "...Lanza's group used caffeine to prevent the fused egg from dividing prematurely. Rather than leaving the egg with its newly introduced DNA for 30 minutes before activating the dividing stage, they let the eggs rest for about two hours. This gave the DNA enough time to acclimate to its new environment and interact with the egg's development factors, which erased each of the donor cell's existing history and reprogrammed it to act like a brand new cell in an embryo.'"

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In a Cloning First, Scientists Create Stem Cells From Adults

Slashdot - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 11:51pm
Trax3001BBS (2368736) writes in with news about a breakthrough in creating stem cells perfectly matched to a person's DNA. "...Lanza's group used caffeine to prevent the fused egg from dividing prematurely. Rather than leaving the egg with its newly introduced DNA for 30 minutes before activating the dividing stage, they let the eggs rest for about two hours. This gave the DNA enough time to acclimate to its new environment and interact with the egg's development factors, which erased each of the donor cell's existing history and reprogrammed it to act like a brand new cell in an embryo.'"

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MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

Slashdot - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 11:07pm
First time accepted submitter Amtrak (2430376) writes "MIT has created designs for a nuclear plant that would avoid the downfall of the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The new design calls for the nuclear plant to be placed on a floating platform modeled after the platforms used for offshore oil drilling. A floating platform several miles offshore, moored in about 100 meters of water, would be unaffected by the motions of a tsunami; earthquakes would have no direct effect at all. Meanwhile, the biggest issue that faces most nuclear plants under emergency conditions — overheating and potential meltdown, as happened at Fukushima, Chernobyl, and Three Mile Island — would be virtually impossible at sea."

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X-Men Director Accused of Sexually Assaulting Teenage Boy

Wired News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:50pm
Director Bryan Singer has been accused of sexual abuse of an underage boy in a new civil lawsuit filed just weeks before the release of his next movie X-Men: Days of Future Past.






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Death Spiral: Doomed Orbiter Sends Close Surface | Video

Space.com - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:48pm
NASA's LADEE will soon intentionally crash into the Moon. In March the dust-studying probe flew as low as 2 miles above the surface and faster than bullet at 3,690 miles per hour.
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NASA Spacecraft Spies Mars Rover Curiosity at 'Mount Remarkable' from Space (Photos)

Space.com - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:32pm
A spacecraft circling the Red Planet has spotted NASA's Mars rover Curiosity hard at work on the Martian surface.
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In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

Slashdot - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:23pm
New submitter Chris Elkins (3620071) writes "Text messages [by public officials about government business] are now officially considered public records. An investigative reporter fought for access to what he believed were public records. He took his fight to the state and won. Mississippi open government and transparency advocates view this unanimous commission opinion as precedent-setting for all government bodies and public officials in the state."

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In Mississippi, Gov't Text Messages Are Officially Public Records

Slashdot - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:23pm
New submitter Chris Elkins (3620071) writes "Text messages [by public officials about government business] are now officially considered public records. An investigative reporter fought for access to what he believed were public records. He took his fight to the state and won. Mississippi open government and transparency advocates view this unanimous commission opinion as precedent-setting for all government bodies and public officials in the state."

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'Earth Cousin' Discovery a Milestone in Search for Alien Life

Space.com - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:20pm
The discovery of the exoplanet Kepler-186f further bolsters the emerging view that Earth is not such a unique place, and that habitable environments may be widespread throughout the galaxy, experts say.
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CDC: Foodborne Illness in the US Not Getting Better

Wired News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:19pm
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released their annual survey of foodborne illnesses in the United States, and the news is, well, not great. In the words of the press announcement they sent out to announce the data release: “limited progress.” The survey — technically the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, but usually […]






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Vesta and Ceres: How to Spot the Solar System's Biggest Asteroids

Space.com - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 10:01pm
Here's how to see two of the three largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta, in the night sky this month. Although Vesta is about half the size of Ceres, it appears brighter in our sky, because its surface is whiter than that of Ceres, reflecting a lot more of
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Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue

Slashdot - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:42pm
sandbagger (654585) writes "The New York Times reports that General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, or 'join' it in social media communities. Who'd have imagined that clicking like requires a EULA?"

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New Earth-Size Planet and Siblings | Theoretical Animation

Space.com - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:35pm
Data from the Kepler Mission, plus Keck and Gemini North Telescopes confirm Kepler 186f (about 1.1X Earth’s diameter) to orbit near the edge of habitability around an M-dwarf star with 4 other known planets.
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College Kids Hack Siri to Unlock Teslas and Heat Up Your House

Wired News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:33pm
When Apple first introduced Siri three years ago, she amazed the world with her warm voice and her human-like voice response. But the years since her debut have been quietly underwhelming, in large part because Siri isn't able to access the wide range of apps that are available on the iPhone. So a group of University of Pennsylvania developers have hacked Siri with the idea of going it alone and building their own Siri App Store.






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Heartbleed Bug Sends Bandwidth Costs Skyrocketing

Wired News - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:17pm
The exposure of the Heartbleed vulnerability last week had a number of repercussions, one of which was to set off a mad scramble by companies to revoke the SSL certificates for their domains and services and obtain new ones. The total costs of Heartbleed are yet to be calculated, but CloudFlare has come up with […]






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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Slashdot - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 9:01pm
cartechboy (2660665) writes "They say you shouldn't bite the hand that feeds you. Maybe it should go you shouldn't trash talk the company you partner with. U.S. head of Mercedes-Benz Steve Cannon was just quoted as saying future service of Tesla's vehicles could be 'limited,' and that while it's great, the market could be more attracted to other luxury automakers once their products hit the market. Cannon also suggests that the current infrastructure isn't up to maintaining and fueling electric vehicles, in particularly Tesla's stores and go-to servicing can't handle high demands. Naturally he said Mercedes has the 'whole network' to put customers minds' at ease. Sounds like fighting words to me. Hey Mercedes, where's your Model S competitor?" There is a reason that Jim Rogers drove around the world in a Mercedes.

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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

Slashdot - Thu, 17/04/2014 - 8:18pm
First time accepted submitter DeathByLlama (2813725) writes "Years ago I made the switch from DD-WRT to Tomato firmware for my Linksys router. I lost a couple features, but gained one of the best QoS and bandwidth management systems I have seen on a router to date. Admins can see graphs of current and historical bandwidth usage by IP, set minimum and maximum bandwidth limits by IP range, setup QoS rules, and see and filter graphs and lists of current connections by usage, class or source/destination — all from an elegantly designed GUI. This has allowed me to easily and intelligently allocate and adjust my network's bandwidth; when there is a problem, I can see where it's coming from and create rules around it. I'm currently using the Toastman's VPN Tomato firmware, which has about everything that I would want, except for one key thing: support for ARM-based routers (only Broadcom is supported). I have seen other firmware projects being actively developed in the last few years, so in picking a new 802.11ac router, I need to decide whether Tomato support is a deal-breaker. With solid bandwidth management as a priority, what firmware would you recommend? Stock Asuswrt? Asuswrt-Merlin? OpenWRT? DD-WRT? Tomato? _____?"

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