Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

October 31st, 2014 10:24 admin View Comments
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NASA Spacecraft Images Crash Site of Retired LADEE Probe

October 31st, 2014 10:29 admin View Comments
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LG’s 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World’s Narrowest

October 31st, 2014 10:48 admin View Comments

Handhelds

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes “LG Display has announced that it has developed a 5.3-inch Full HD LCD panel for smartphones with the world’s narrowest bezel at 0.7mm. It’s even thinner than a credit card, making the screen give you the impression that it ‘overflows.’ The company calls the construction Neo Edge technology; it uses an adhesive instead of double-sided tape to attach and seal the panel’s circuit board and backlight unit.

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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

October 31st, 2014 10:07 admin View Comments
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Qualcomm Begins Contributing To Reverse-Engineered Freedreno Linux Driver

October 31st, 2014 10:23 admin View Comments

Graphics

An anonymous reader writes: For over two years there’s been a Freedreno driver project that’s been reverse-engineering Qualcomm’s Adreno graphics hardware. Freedreno consists of both a user-space Gallium3D driver providing OpenGL / OpenGL ES support and a DRM/KMS kernel driver to replace Qualcomm’s open-source kernel driver designed just around Android’s needs. The community-based, reverse-engineering Freedreno driver project is finally paying off and gaining critical momentum with Qualcomm now contributing to the driver. QuIC through the Aurora Forum provided Adreno A4xx hardware support to the Freedreno MSM kernel driver.

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Integrated Circuit Amplifier Breaches Terahertz Barrier

October 31st, 2014 10:46 admin View Comments
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Physicists Identify Possible New Particle Behind Dark Matter

October 31st, 2014 10:03 admin View Comments
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Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

October 31st, 2014 10:10 admin View Comments

Space

Fallen Kell writes: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has crashed. “‘During the test. the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle,’ the company said in a statement. “The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time.’”" ABC says one person is dead, and another injured. This was the craft’s fourth powered test flight, and its first since January.

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Colleges Face New ‘Gainful Employment’ Regulations For Student Loans

October 31st, 2014 10:36 admin View Comments

Education

HughPickens.com writes: Education Secretary Arne Duncan says the Education Department wants to make sure loan programs that prey on students don’t continue their abusive practices. Now Kimberly Hefling reports that for-profit colleges who are not producing graduates capable of paying off their student loans could soon stand to lose access to federal student-aid programs. In order to receive federal student aid, the law requires that most for-profit programs, regardless of credential level, and most non-degree programs at non-profit and public institutions, including community colleges, prepare students for “gainful employment in a recognized occupation” (PDF). To meet these “gainful employment” standards, a program will have to show that the estimated annual loan payment of a typical graduate does not exceed 20 percent of his or her discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings.

“Career colleges must be a stepping stone to the middle class. But too many hard-working students find themselves buried in debt with little to show for it. That is simply unacceptable,” says Duncan. “These regulations are a necessary step to ensure that colleges accepting federal funds protect students, cut costs and improve outcomes. We will continue to take action as needed.”

But not everyone is convinced the rules go far enough. “The rule is far too weak to address the grave misconduct of predatory for-profit colleges,” writes David Halperin. “The administration missed an opportunity to issue a strong rule, to take strong executive action and provide real leadership on this issue.” The final gainful employment regulations follow an extensive rulemaking process involving public hearings, negotiations and about 95,000 public comments and will go into effect on July 1, 2015.

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Smart Meters and New IoT Devices Cause Serious Concern

October 31st, 2014 10:50 admin View Comments
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