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For ERP LN feature pack upgrade, what method of install are you using?
Installation Wizard into existing VRC
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Installation Wizard into new VRC
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6%
Manual into new VRC
22%
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Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

BBC Technology News - 40 min 56 sec ago
Official says "there is no way to verify" what object is and whether or not it may pose a danger.

Baddies of the internet: It's all about dodgy mobile apps, they're so hot right now

The Register - 46 min 53 sec ago
Report fingers online fraudsters' current habits

Rogue mobile apps have become the most common fraud attack vector, according to the latest quarterly edition of RSA Security's global fraud report.…

Matt Groening's Disenchantment has fun storming the castle - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 2 min ago
Groening's new cartoon for Netflix amusingly spoofs the fantasy genre, but doesn't quite live up to the magic of Futurama.

Alibaba and Elastic slingshot searchable, analyticky cloud ... outside China

The Register - 1 hour 6 min ago
That noise was AWS rolling over in its sleep

Alibaba and Elastic, the purveyor of scalable open-source search engine Elasticsearch, are to offer their joint Alibaba Cloud Elasticsearch product outside of China for the first time.…

“Natural” birth-control app dogged by unwanted pregnancies gets FDA approval

Ars Technica - 1 hour 16 min ago

Enlarge (credit: Natural Cycles)

An app to prevent unwanted pregnancies by tracking a woman’s body temperature has scored a first-of-its-kind marketing approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the agency announced.

The US stamp of approval—which clears the way for similar apps to get the green light—lands as the app’s Swedish maker faces investigations by European authorities into its advertising claims, plus criticism from health experts and reports of dozens of unwanted pregnancies.

The sleek mobile app, called Natural Cycles, boasts 900,000 users worldwide as well as approval from the EU to act as a form of contraceptive. Yet it’s essentially riff on an old-school “natural family planning” method dressed up for the digital age. An $80 annual subscription for the app comes with an oral thermometer and relies on a user’s basal body temperature (BBT) to estimate the time of ovulation (when an egg is released from an ovary and wanders down the fallopian tube for a potential sperm-rendezvous, which happens at approximately day 14 of a textbook, 28-day cycle).

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MIT scientists discover how to break spaghetti into two pieces - CNET

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 16 min ago
Pasta puzzle solved! Mathematicians figure out how to evenly snap dry spaghetti noodles, a new study reveals.

Wi-fi could be used to detect weapons and bombs

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 20 min ago
A US study has tested out a suspicious object detection system based on ordinary wi-fi.

Uber hires former NSA counsel Matt Olsen as chief security officer - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 37 min ago
The appointment comes in the aftermath of a 2016 hack.

IoT shouters Chirp get themselves added to Microsoft Azure IoT

The Register - 1 hour 39 min ago
Now your devices can join you in bellowing at Redmond's products

Audio IoT networking firm Chirp has convinced Microsoft to integrate its tech into the Azure IoT platform.…

Virgin Media broadband teams 'left holes in walls'

BBC Technology News - 1 hour 42 min ago
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Huawei P20 Pro vs. iPhone X, Pixel 2 and Galaxy S9 Plus camera showdown - CNET

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2019 Audi RS5 Sportback first drive review: Performance without compromise - Roadshow

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Audi's excellent RS5 is even easier to love in functional Sportback guise.

Toxic cadmium discovered in 124,000 VW EV and plug-in chargers - Roadshow

cNET.com - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
The chargers were made by a third party manufacturer and Volkswagen claims it had no knowledge of the heavy metal's use.

We've Amber heard a NASty rumour: Marvell man touts private cloud box

The Register - 2 hours 37 sec ago
Latticework pushes 'secure' cloudy boxen

A Marvell co-founder's cloud edge firm appears to have thrown its hat in the personal NAS ring with its Wi-Fi-connected Amber product.…

Small nudges add up to big electric savings

Ars Technica - 2 hours 50 sec ago

Enlarge (credit: jill, jellidonut... whatever / Flickr)

Not all electricity is created equal. Utilities prioritize getting power from the cheapest sources available. That means that, as use rises to what's typically a mid-afternoon peak, utilities end up sourcing ever more expensive supplies of electricity. By the time we reach the use typical of a late afternoon during a heat wave, the utilities have to call in the most expensive forms of power around—typically, the oldest, least-efficient, and most-polluting plants.

So cutting down on energy use during these peak demand events is in a utility's interests. And, since it's an economic problem, a lot of the solutions have also been economic, like setting higher electricity rates during these times to encourage customers to cut back on use. But a new study suggests that something as simple as a gentle reminder to customers can have a noticeable affect, and stacking reminders can have as much of an impact as raising power prices by 70 percent.

A gentle nudge

We've done studies of how people change their energy use in response to economic incentives before, but the effects have generally been pretty small. If you've ever been confronted by a confusion of possible calling/data plans and can't be bothered to figure out which one is the best deal, you probably understand why—the economic incentives often aren't large enough to drive much interest. That's especially true of things like heat-wave-driven electricity peaks, when any altered pricing is likely to last just a few days.

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Quantiq slurps asset of Profile Enterprise Solutions

The Register - 2 hours 30 min ago
Bit of M&A action in Microsoft Dynamics world

QuantiQ has snaffled certain assets of fellow Microsoft Dynamics boutique Profile Enterprise Solutions.…

HPE flies low-energy Eagle into National Renewable Energy Lab's data centre

The Register - 2 hours 33 min ago
Uncle Sam's renewable boffins will triple their power in 2019

HPE has been named as supplier of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's new low-energy supercomputer, Eagle, which will power up in January 2019.…

India to launch its first manned space mission by 2022 - CNET

cNET.com - News - 2 hours 42 min ago
The country's space agency plans to send a crew of three on a mission within 40 months.

Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: 'The whole trust model collapses'

The Register - 3 hours 3 min ago
El Reg talks to Dr Yuval Yarom about Intel's memory leaking catastrophe

Interview In the wake of yet another collection of Intel bugs, The Register had the chance to speak to Foreshadow co-discoverer and University of Adelaide and Data61 researcher Dr Yuval Yarom about its impact.…


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