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Elon Musk: I'll put man on Mars by 2026

Anonymous Coward writes | about 3 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Elon Musk says that he'll put the first human boots on Mars well before the 2020s are over. "I'm hopeful that the first people could be taken to Mars in 10 to 12 years, I think it's certainly possible for that to occur," he said. "But the thing that matters long term is to have a self-sustaining city on Mars, to make life multiplanetary." He acknowledged that the company's plans were too long-term to attract many hedge fund managers, which makes it hard for SpaceX to go public anytime soon. "We need to get where things a steady and predictable," Musk said. "Maybe we're close to developing the Mars vehicle, or ideally we've flown it a few times, then I think going public would make more sense.""

How to share sensitive information

UrsaMajor987 (3604759) writes | about 3 months ago

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UrsaMajor987 (3604759) writes "I just recently retired after along career in IT. I am not ready to kick the bucket quite yet, but having seen the difficulty created by people dying without a will and documenting what they have and where it is, I am busy doing just that. At the end of it all, I will have documentation on financial accounts, passwords, etc. which I will want to share with a few people who are pretty far away. I can always print a copy and and have it delivered to them, but is there any way to share this sort of information electronically? There are lots of things to secure transmission of data, but once it arrives on the recipients' desktop, you run the risk of their system being compromised and exposing the data. Does anyone have any suggestions or is paper still the most secure way to go?"

Former FCC Commissioner:We Should Be Ashamed Of Ourselves For State of Internet

Anonymous Coward writes | about 3 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "In Washington, DC today, a group of internet industry executives and politicians came together to look back on the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and to do a little crystal-ball gazing about the future of broadband regulation in the United States. Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps was among the presenters, and he had sharp words for the audience about the âoeinsanityâ of the current wave of merger mania in the telecom field and the looming threats of losing net neutrality regulation."
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Intel To Offer Custom Xeons With Embedded FPGAs For The Data Center

MojoKid (1002251) writes | about 3 months ago

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MojoKid (1002251) writes "For years, we've heard rumors that Intel was building custom chips for Google or Facebook, but these deals have always been assumed to work with standard hardware. Intel might offer a different product SKU with non-standard core counts, or a specific TDP target, or a particular amount of cache — but at the end of the day, these were standard Xeon processors. Today, it looks like that's changing for the first time — Intel is going to start embedding custom FPGAs into its own CPU silicon. The new FPGA-equipped Xeons will occupy precisely the same socket and platform as the standard, non-FPGA Xeons. Nothing will change on the customer front (BIOS updates may be required), but the chips should be drop-in compatible. The company has not stated who provided its integrated FPGA design, but Altera is a safe bet. The two companies have worked together on multiple designs and Altera (which builds FPGAs) is using Intel for its manufacturing. This move should allow Intel to market highly specialized performance hardware to customers willing to pay for it. By using FPGAs to accelerate certain specific types of workloads, Intel Xeon customers can reap higher performance for critical functions without translating the majority of their code to OpenCL or bothering to update it for GPGPU."
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Internet Traffic Congestion Real, but Sporadic, Study Says

itwbennett (1594911) writes | about 3 months ago

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "The ongoing congestion study, by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis at the University of California's San Diego (UCSD) Supercomputer Center, is preliminary and doesn't assign fault for congestion, but it does point to a poor experience for ISP customers and Netflix, said David Clark, a senior research scientist at MIT. Traffic congestion at interconnection points between broadband providers and backbone providers doesn't appear to be widespread, with congestion often just two or three hours a day, said Clark. But in some cases, U.S. ISPs have experienced periods of congestion on interconnection points with backbone providers that last for months at a time. For their parts, representatives of both Netflix and the cable broadband industry said the study supports their positions on who's to blame for the congestion."
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Adobe to let third party devs incorporate Photoshop features

angry tapir (1463043) writes | about 3 months ago

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Third party developers will be able to build mobile applications that tap into the features of Adobe's Creative Cloud, including effects such as Photoshop's 'content-aware fill' and PSD file manipulation, thanks to a new SDK the company is releasing as part of a major update to the suite of graphic design products. However, the company has been mum on important details such as how much (if anything) it will cost and what the licence is likely to be (at the very least it seems end users will need to be Creative Cloud subscribers). The company has also made a foray into hardware releasing a pressure-sensitive stylus for tablets called Ink and a ruler called Slide"
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Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

sandbagger (654585) writes | about 3 months ago

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sandbagger (654585) writes "The UK has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all schools receiving public money. The new regulations were published last week with little to-do, state the 'requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.'"
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Two senators (one of whom is a Republican!) propose a 12-cent gas tax increase

Anonymous Coward writes | about 3 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "There are several proposals on the table to stave off the impending insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund (which pays for transit, biking, and walking projects too) in two months. Just now, two senators teamed up to announce one that might actually have a chance. Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) have proposed increasing the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon over two years. The federal gas tax currently stands at 18.4 cents a gallon, where it has been set since 1993, when gas cost $1.16 a gallon."
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U.S. wants to build 'Internet of Postal Things'

dcblogs (1096431) writes | about 3 months ago

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dcblogs (1096431) writes "The U.S. Postal Service plans to spend up to $100,000 to investigate how it can utilize low cost sensors and related wireless technologies to improve the efficiency of its operations. The postal service already scans letters and parcels up to 11 times during processing, representing 1.7 trillion scans a year. It uses supercomputers to process that data. In theory, the postal service believes that everything it uses — mailboxes, vehicles, machines, or a letter carrier — could be equipped with a sensor to create what it terms the Internet of Postal Things. The Internet has not been kind to the postal service. Electronic delivery has upended the postal services business model. In 2003, it processed 49 billion pieces of single-piece first-class mail, but by 2013, that figured dropped to 22.6 billion pieces."
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A High Performance First Year for Stampede

aarondubrow (1866212) writes | about 3 months ago

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aarondubrow (1866212) writes "Sometimes, the laboratory just won't cut it. After all, you can't recreate an exploding star, manipulate quarks, or forecast the climate in the lab. In cases like these, scientists rely on supercomputing simulations to capture the physical reality of these phenomena — minus the extraordinary cost, dangerous temperatures or millennium-long wait times. This week, the Texas Advanced Computing Center released a Special Report on Stampede, the 7th most powerful computing system in the world. The report describes 8 example of how scientists are using the supercomputer to make discoveries in genetics, hurricane forecasting, renewable fuels and other fields."
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New Facebook app forces you to trade messages

mpicpp (3454017) writes | about 3 months ago

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mpicpp (3454017) writes "As expected, Facebook has launched a Snapchat-like mobile app that lets users trade ephemeral photo- and video-based messages.
But that's not what's most interesting about it.

With the new app, called Slingshot, you can't view an incoming message until you respond with a photo or video of your own. That's right: There can be no passive users on Slingshot, which is basically forcing its community to trade photos and video clips, quid pro quo, like schoolkids exchanging stickers or lunchbox snacks.

"With Slingshot, we wanted to build something where everybody is a creator and nobody is just a spectator," its creators said Tuesday in a blog post announcing the app. "When everyone participates, there's less pressure, more creativity and even the little things in life can turn into awesome shared experiences."

Judging by initial reaction, however, at least some users may find this stricture a little annoying."

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NADA Is Terrified Of Tesla

cartechboy (2660665) writes | about 3 months ago

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cartechboy (2660665) writes "It's no secret that the National Automobile Dealers Association has been trying to block Tesla from selling cars directly from consumers, but to date, it has been defeated countless times in many states. Now NADA put out a release and promotional video touting the benefits of dealer franchises, something Tesla has shunned. NADA mentions price competition, consumer safety, local economic benefits, and added value. While NADA argues its points, there's no question that Tesla could easily turn around and argue right back with valid counter points. There may be some truth to NADA's claims, but there are some gaping holes in the arguments that can't be ignored, and I'm sure Tesla won't. Hey NADA, you scared?"

Why the mobile health platform wars won't be like other tech rivalries

mattydread23 (2793761) writes | about 3 months ago

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mattydread23 (2793761) writes "Mobile health platorms like Apple's HealthKit and Samsung's SAMI will be advertised to consumers. But unlike most tech platforms, consumers won't be the only ones who determine which platform wins. Health care IT has uncommon influence over its industry, and in this case, will determine which platforms are best able to access and share patient data. The US government could also have a say."
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African firm is selling pepper-spray bullet firing drones

garymortimer (1882326) writes | about 3 months ago

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garymortimer (1882326) writes "South Africa-based Desert Wolf told the BBC it had secured the sale of 25 units to a mining company after showing off the tech at a trade show in London.

It is marketing the device as a “riot control copter” that can tackle crowds “without endangering the lives of security staff”.

But the International Trade Union Confederation is horrified by the idea."

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Why China is worried about Japan's plutonium stocks

Lasrick (2629253) writes | about 3 months ago

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Lasrick (2629253) writes "A fascinating account of why China is so worried about Japan's excessive plutonium stocks: combined with its highly sophisticated missile program, 'Chinese nuclear-weapons specialists emphasize that Japan has everything technically needed to make nuclear weapons.' It turns out that Japan has under-reported a sizable amount of plutonium, and there have been increasing signs that the country might be moving toward re-militarization. This is a particularly worrying read about nuclear tensions in Asia."
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Restored Bletchly Park Opens

Graculus (3653645) writes | about 3 months ago

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Graculus (3653645) writes "Codebreakers credited with shortening World War Two worked in Bletchley Park, in structures built to last only a few years. Now, following a painstaking restoration, they have been brought back to life and Wednesday's official opening marks a remarkable turnaround from top secrecy to world wide attraction. With no photographs of the insides to work with, Bletchley Park looked to its most valuable resource — the veterans who worked there. A museum at the site has already been opened."

Washington Redskins stripped of trademarks

BillCable (1464383) writes | about 3 months ago

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BillCable (1464383) writes "

In a major blow to the Washington Redskins, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Wednesday canceled six federal trademarks of the “Washington Redskins” team name because it was found to be “disparaging” to Native Americans.

“We decide, based on the evidence properly before us, that these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered,” the PTO’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board wrote. The panel voted 2-1 in favor of the decision.

Perhaps this move will speed up the inevitable name change which was expected within the next few years."

Elon Musk expects the Spanish Inquisition

Doofus (43075) writes | about 3 months ago

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Doofus (43075) writes "Business Insider is running an article this morning about Elon Musk's fears of an AI-powered apocalypse. For a technology expert and inventor with Musk's credentials, explaining fears of technology may seem a bit incongruous. In a transcript of a CNBC interview with Elon Musk, the question of Musk's investment in an AI development firm came up, and he explains his reasoning for investing in the firm.

I was also an investor in DeepMind before Google acquired it and Vicarious. Mostly I sort of – it's not from the standpoint of actually trying to make any investment return. It's really, I like to just keep an eye on what's going on with artificial intelligence. I think there is potentially a dangerous outcome there and we need to –

Musk goes on to explain a bit more about his concerns and references Monty Python as he does it."
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Comcast is turning your home into a public hotspot.

agizis (676060) writes | about 3 months ago

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agizis (676060) writes "Comcast has started using customers’ routers to create public wifi hotspots. They claim the "opt-out" hotspots don't leech from your paid bandwidth. But the bandwidth comes from somewhere. So, is it extra or is it what you paid for? The answer matters, because if they’re using your bandwidth, you should opt-out, but if it's extra, then you should start using it."
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AT&T confirms security breach: SS numbers, call records compromised

criticalmass24 (759213) writes | about 3 months ago

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criticalmass24 (759213) writes "U.S. telecommunications company AT&T has confirmed security breach by its service provider, which compromised personal data of customers such as social security number, call records and more.

AT&T confirmed that the breach occurred between April 9 and April 21, but the company has disclosed the breach to California regulators recently. If such an incident affects at least 500 people, the law in California requires a company to reveal the total number of customers affected by the breach. However, AT&T has not disclosed the number of subscribers whose personal data was compromised as a result of the breach."

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hitchBOT Aims to be First Robot to Hitchhike Across Canada

Zothecula (1870348) writes | about 3 months ago

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Zothecula (1870348) writes "In what is hailed as a world first for robots, a Canadian robot dubbed "hitchBOT" hopes to be the first to hitchhike across Canada this July. Wearing jaunty red boots and yellow garden gloves (with one in a permanent "thumbing a ride" gesture), hitchBOT is going to try to use his good looks and power of speech to convince people to pick him up and drive him from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Victoria, British Columbia."
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Thousands Of Credit Card Numbers Are For Sale On YouTube

jfruh (300774) writes | about 3 months ago

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jfruh (300774) writes "If you were looking to make contact with cybercriminals who have harvested people's credit card numbers, you don't need to go to some secret, sketchy part of the Internet: you can just go right to YouTube, where thousands of videos advertise credit card numbers for sale. Ironically, many of these YouTube videos feature ads for legitimate credit card companies, who are therefore subsidizing the theives, to Google's profit."
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Improvements The Linux Desktop Needs

jones_supa (887896) writes | about 3 months ago

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jones_supa (887896) writes "In the last fifteen years, the Linux desktop has gone from a collection of marginally adequate solutions to an unparalleled source of innovation and choice. Many of its standard features are either unavailable in Windows, or else available only as a proprietary extension. As a result, using Linux is increasingly not only a matter of principle, but of preference as well. Yet, despite this progress, gaps remain. Some are missing features, others missing features, and still others pie-in-the sky extras that could be easily implemented to extend the desktop metaphor without straining users' tolerance of change. DataMation begins the discussion by throwing some suggestions on the table: easy e-mail encryption, thumbnails for virtual workspaces, more workable menus, professional and affordable video editor, a proper document processor, color-coded title bars and, icon fences. There's probably dozens of other unspoken ideas out there, so what improvements to the Linux desktop would you add to the list?"
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YouTube to block indie labels as subscription service launches

Anonymous Coward writes | about 3 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "YouTube will remove music videos by artists such as Adele, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, because the independent labels to which they belong have refused to agree terms with the site.Google, which owns YouTube, has been renegotiating contracts as it prepares to launch a music subscription service. A spokesperson for the indie labels said YouTube was making a "grave error of commercial judgment". YouTube said it was bringing "new revenue streams" to the music industry."
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New "Silk Road Clone" Mobile App Lets You Anonymously Buy Goods With Bitcoin

concertina226 (2447056) writes | about 3 months ago

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concertina226 (2447056) writes "A developer is working on a new mobile app that allows users to anonymously trade goods and services from other users nearby, using bitcoins – essentially an anonymous equivalent of Gumtree or Craigslist.

Reddit user CiniCraft has posted the link to BitCraft, a new "Silk Road Clone" for mobile that is now in beta mode for users to test out.

Currently only accessible in a web browser, users can sign up for an account, which includes a public profile, a wallet they can add bitcoins to, a private inbox, and a public chat message board for their local region.

Users of the app can also locate users providing services and goods they want on an interactive map, provided using the Google Maps API."

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Why is there no net neutrality in mobile ?

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes | about 3 months ago

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Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The net neutrality issue has become a very hot topic recently, but curiously on the mobile scene, the net neutrality rules were absent

Why ?

Simply because the wireless companies have successfully convinced regulators four years ago to keep mobile networks mostly free of net neutrality rules

Now that Federal Communications Commission officials are looking into whether wireless networks should remain exempt from net neutrality rules the mobile carriers have lobbied hard to foil FCC's latest attempt

Wireless is different it is dependent on finite spectrum,” Meredith Attwell Baker, the new head of CTIA, the wireless industry’s lobbying arm, told reporters Tuesday

Baker previously served as the top lobbyist for Comcast’s NBCUniversal division, joining the company after serving as an FCC commissioner

On the other side of the spectrum, net neutrality advocates are hoping to convince regulators to include wireless networks more fully under any new proposed rules. They are pushing for the FCC to re-regulate broadband Internet under a section of the law (called Title II), which was written with old phone networks in mind

The FCC will be taking public comments about what it should do about new net neutrality rules through the end of July

You can comment by emailing to openinternet@fcc.gov or go to http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/uploa... to file a Consumer Informal Complaint

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Code Spaces hosting shutting down--brought down by a hacker

Anonymous Coward writes | about 3 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Code Spaces has been under DDOS attacks since the beginning of the week, but a few hours ago, the attacker managed to delete all their hosted customer data and most of the backups. They have announced that they are shutting down business."

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria -- There's an app for that

Eunuchswear (210685) writes | about 3 months ago

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Eunuchswear (210685) writes "ISIS (aka Daech), the black flag waving, AK47 toting, extremists advancing rapidly towards Bagdhad have a social media marketing group.

You're probably thinking "Oh, just a few sad losers pretending to be Jihadis posting tweets from mom's basement", but no. They have an Android app that uses the Twitter accounts of anyone who downloads it for sending ISIS propaganda in organised campaigns, while avoiding Twitters spam detection filters. At one point ISIS managed to get their propaganda into the first results in a search for "Baghdad" — an image of an ISIS fighter with the words "We are coming, Baghdad".

The tweet is more powerful than the AK?"

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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes has died.

camperdave (969942) writes | about 3 months ago

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camperdave (969942) writes "Author Daniel Keyes, 86, died June 15, 2014.

KKeyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story “Flowers for Algernon” (F&SF, 1959), the Nebula Award winning and bestselling 1966 novel expansion, and the film version Charly (1968).

Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, where he taught as a professor of English and creative writing, becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He married Aurea Georgina Vaquez in 1952, who predeceased him in 2013; they had two daughters."

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Harvard Scientists Send the First Transatlantic Smell via iPhone

stephendavion (2872091) writes | about 3 months ago

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "Harvard scientists successfully transferred the first scent from Paris to New York on Tuesday morning via an iPhone app. The champagne and passion fruit macaroon-scented message was transferred via a new communication platform called the oPhone. It works like this: A custom-made app allows you to take a photo of something and “tag” it with a few aroma notes (from more than 3,000 scents). These smells — which range in category from “Paris Afternoon” to “Plantation” — are transferred via a pipe-like smelling station called an oPhone Duo and are controlled by an iPhone app called oSnap."
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Yahoo's Diversity Record Is Almost as Bad as Google's

theodp (442580) writes | about 3 months ago

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theodp (442580) writes "Comparing Yahoo's diversity numbers to Google's, writes Valleywag's Nitasha Tiku, is "like comparing rotten apples to rotten oranges." Two weeks after Google disclosed it wasn't "where we want to be" with its 17% female and 1% Black U.S. tech workforce, Yahoo revealed its diversity numbers aren't that much better than Google's, with a U.S. tech workforce that's 35% female and 1% Black. The charts released by Yahoo indicate women fare worse in its global tech workforce, only 15% of which is female. So, with Google and Yahoo having checked in, isn't it about time for U.S. workforce expert Mark Zuckerberg and company to stop taking the Fifth and ante up numbers to show students what kind of opportunities Facebook offers?"

Was 'Watch Dogs' for PC Handicapped on Purpose?

Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes | about 3 months ago

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Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "Many PC gamers were disappointed that Ubisoft's latest AAA game Watch_Dogs did not look as nice as when displayed at E3 in 2012. But this week a modder discovered that code to improve the game on PC is still buried within the released game, and can be turned back on without difficulty or performance hits. Ubisoft has yet to answer whether (or why) their PC release was deliberately handicapped."
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