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 Friday, 9-May-2014  14:08:03 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Pika sent in this link to webcams in space! NASA is now live-streaming views of Earth from space captured by four commercial high-definition video cameras that were installed on the exterior of the International Space Station last month. The project, known as the High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment, aims to test how cameras perform in the space environment. That'd be one heck of a screensaver.

There was a recent issue with certain file shares, such as dropbox, thanks mpot. Dropbox has disabled access to previously created shared links to certain kinds of documents after the discovery that some users' sensitive files—including tax returns and bank records—were exposed through Google AdWords campaigns.

Back to space, with a huge computing project simulating the universe in higher detail than ever before. The Illustris project is a set of large-scale cosmological simulations, including the most ambitious simulation of galaxy formation yet performed. The calculation tracks the expansion of the universe, the gravitational pull of matter onto itself, the motion or "hydrodynamics" of cosmic gas, as well as the formation of stars and black holes. These physical components and processes are all modeled starting from initial conditions resembling the very young universe 300,000 years after the Big Bang and until the present day, spanning over 13.8 billion years of cosmic evolution.

Internet heavyweights are joining forces against the FCC's net neutrality stance. The letter marks a first time some influential tech companies, like Amazon, have formally expressed a stance on net neutrality regulations since news of the FCC proposal broke on April 23rd. The letter signifies that technology companies have found a united front in calling for open internet rules that preserve the key non-discrimination principle of net neutrality. There are already some negative effects of the proposed legislation.

TomsHardware have best gaming CPUs rated for May 2014. This month's column includes price adjustments, along with AMD's AM1 platform and its corresponding APUs. From Intel, we mourn the loss of one of our price/performance favorites, the Core i5-3350P. In its place, we're recommending the Core i5-4570.

Meanwhile there's an interview with AMD's CEO about the future of the CPU market. But Read, who joined AMD from Lenovo in 2011, has a challenge: AMD’s share of the most popular x86 server chips has dwindled to less than 3%, Mercury Research figures show. (Intel controls the remaining 97%, a situation that Read says allows it to “extra” higher pricing than would ordinarily be possible). On Monday, at an event in San Francisco, Read is likely to discuss his counterattack. Besides its traditional server chips, Read is breaking from AMD tradition by embracing ARM Holdings designs and “fabric” communications circuitry obtained from its acquisition of startup SeaMicro.

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