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2014 Toyota GT 86 14R60 Review

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 minute ago


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Jedism becomes a serious religion

Anonymous Coward writes | 8 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "390,127 Brits declared their religion as Jedism in their last census, many as a joke but some are quite serious, the BBC reports. Cambridge University Divinity Faculty researcher, Beth Singler, estimates at least 2,000 of them are "very genuine", around the same number as the Church of Scientology. The U.K. Church of Jedism has 200,000 members world wide. Their belief system has expanded well beyond the "Star Wars" sound track to include tenents from Taoism, Buddhism, Catholicism and Samura. Former priest, psychotherapist and writer Mark Vernon find says real power in the Jedi story. "The reason it's so powerful and universal is that we have to find ourselves. It's by losing ourselves and identifying with something greater like the Jedi myth that we find a fuller life.""
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Pangu8 Download on iPhone 6 Plus iOS 8.1 jailbreak

Anonymous Coward writes | 14 minutes ago


An anonymous reader writes "All the jailbreak fans now have pangu8 jailbreak to iOS 8.1 jailbreak. Pangu8 download compatible on all Apple devices even iPhone 6 plus. But pangu team hasn’t offer cydia download option with pangu8 jailbreak and Saurik helps you to install cydia with jailbreak iOS 8.1. Currently pangu team and saurik work together to release install cydia with pangu 8 and Pangu8 1.0.2 for Mac users"
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Snowden retort

rholtzjr (928771) writes | 46 minutes ago

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Upon the Snowden incident I responded against the persecution of him as he was upholding the oath to protect the United States from enemies both foreign and domestic. The current enemies are the NSA.

LED Hut in £18m merger

LedHutReviews (3889949) writes | about an hour ago


LedHutReviews (3889949) writes "Since launching in April 2011, LED Hut has grown from a five-person start-up operation to a 60-strong team today – with a 550 per cent turnover increase in just three years. This growth has seen the company move to a 26,000 sq ft warehouse in Middleton to meet soaring demand, open its own call center and flagship store, as well as successfully target new markets in Europe and beyond."
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More babies died in US than in Japan, New Zealand, Korea, Finland or Israel

Taco Cowboy (5327) writes | 1 hour ago


Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Of the 29 OECD countries the United States ranked the 26th in term of infant mortality, behind behind most European countries as well as Japan, Korea, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand

This means that in the United States, more babies die before reaching the age of one year than in the vast majority of OECD countries

The United States had the highest rate of death in the 37 week or later birth bracket. While the full term for a pregnancy is 40 weeks, at 37 weeks babies are sufficiently close to full term as to have the highest likelihood of survival. While the CDC report found that America did better than three of the 29 OECD countries, a report prepared by Save the Children in 2013 found that the United States at the highest infant mortality rate in the industrialized world.

A chart is available @

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When Snowden speaks, future lawyers (and judges) listen

TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes | 11 hours ago


TheRealHocusLocus (2319802) writes "We are witness to an historic 'first': an individual charged with espionage and actively sought by the United States government has been (virtually) invited to speak at Harvard Law School, with applause. HLS Professor Lawrence Lessig conducted the hour-long interview last Monday with a list of questions by himself and his students.

Some interesting jumps are Snowden's assertion that mass domestic intercept is an 'unreasonable seizure' under the 4th Amendment, it also violates 'natural rights' that cannot be voted away even by the majority, a claim that broad surveillance detracts from the ability to monitor specific targets such as the Boston Marathon bombers, calls out Congress for not holding Clapper accountable for misstatements, and laments that contractors are exempt from whistleblower protection though they do swear an oath to defend the Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. These points have been brought up before. But what may be most interesting to these students is Snowden's suggestion that a defendant under the Espionage act be permitted to present an argument before a jury that the act was committed "in the public interest". Could this pure-judicial move help ensure a fair trial for whistleblowers whose testimony reveals Constitutional violation?

Professor Lessig wraps up the interview by asking Snowden, Hoodies or Suits? “Hoodies all the way. I hope in the next generation we don't even have suits anymore, they're just gone forever.”"

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Apple A8X iPad Air 2 Processor Packs Triple-Core CPU, Hefty Graphics Punch

MojoKid (1002251) writes | 4 hours ago


MojoKid (1002251) writes "When Apple debuted its A8 SoC, it proved to be a modest tweak of the original A7. Despite packing double the transistors and an improved GPU, the heart of the A8 SoC is the same dual-core Apple "Cycle" processor tweaked to run at higher clock speeds and with stronger total GPU performance. Given this, many expected that the Apple A8X would be cut from similar cloth — a higher clock speed, perhaps, and a larger GPU, but not much more than that. It appears those projections were wrong. The Apple A8X chip is a triple-core variant of the A8, with a higher clock speed (1.5GHz vs. 1.4GHz), a larger L2 cache (2MB, up from 1MB) and 2GB of external DDR3. It also uses an internal metal heatspreader, which the Apple A8 eschews. All of this points to slightly higher power consumption for the core, but also to dramatically increased performance. The new A8X is a significant power house in multiple types of workloads; in fact, its the top-performing mobile device on Geekbench by a wide margin. Gaming benchmarks are equally impressive. The iPad Air 2 nudges out Nvidia's Shield in GFXBench's Manhattan offscreen test, at 32.4fps to 31 fps. Onscreen favors the NV solution thanks to its lower-resolution screen, but the Nvidia device does take 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited by a wide margin, clocking in at 30,970 compared to 21,659."
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Identity as the Great Enabler

steve_torquay (145632) writes | yesterday


steve_torquay (145632) writes "Last week, President Obama signed a new Executive Order calling for “all agencies making personal data accessible to citizens through digital applications” to “require the use of multiple factors of authentication and an effective identity proofing process.”

This does not necessarily imply that the government issue online credentials to all US residents. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is working towards a distributed identity ecosystem that facilitates authentication and authorization without compromising privacy.

NSTIC points out that this is a great opportunity to leverage the technology to enable a wide array of new citizen-facing digital services while reducing costs and hassles for individuals and government agencies alike."

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Book review: Measuring and Managing Information Risk: A FAIR Approach

benrothke (2577567) writes | 6 hours ago


benrothke (2577567) writes "Measuring and Managing Information Risk: A FAIR Approach

Author: Jack Freund and Jack Jones

Pages: 408

Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann

Rating: 10/10

Reviewer: Ben Rothke

ISBN: 978-0124078147

Summary: Superb overview to the powerful FAIR risk management methodology

It's hard to go a day without some sort of data about information security and risk. Researches from firms like Gartner are accepted without question; even though they can get their results from untrusted and unvetted sources.

The current panic around Ebola shows how people are ill-informed about risk. While distressing over Ebola, the media is oblivious to true public health threats like obesity, heart disease, drunk driving, diabetes, and the like.

When it comes to information security, is not that much better. With myriad statistics, surveys, data breach reports, cost of data breach: global analyses and the like, there is an overabundance of data, and an under abundance of meaningful data.

In Measuring and Managing Information Risk: A FAIR Approach, authors Jack Freund and Jack Jones have written a magnificent book that will change the way (for the better) you think about and deal with IT risk.

The book details the factor analysis of information risk(FAIR) methodology, which is a proven and credible framework for understanding, measuring, and analyzing information risk of any size or complexity.

An Open Group standard, FAIR is a methodology and a highly effective quantitative analysis tool.

The power of FAIR is immense: it enables the risk practitioner to make well-informed decisions based on meaningful measurements. While that seems obvious, in practicality, it is a challenging endeavor.

FAIR is invaluable in that it helps the risk professional understand the language that the corporate board and senior executives speak. Understanding that and communicating in their language can make it much easier for information security to be perceived as a valued asset, as opposed to using Chicken Little statistics.

FAIR takes the risk professional out of the realm of the dealing with risk via the checklist; which only serves to produce meaningless measurements, into the world of quantitative, defendable results.

For those that are looking for a tool to create pretty executive summary charts with lots of colors, FAIR will sorely disappoint them. For those that are looking for a method to understand how to calculate qualitative risk to support a formal enterprise risk management program, they won't find a better guide than this book.

The book is an incredibly good reference that will force you to look again at how you view risk management.

Jones writes in the preface that the book is not about checklists and formulas, but about critical thinking.

The authors note that information security and operational risk has operated for far too long as an art, with not enough science. This is the gap that FAIR attempts to fill.

The authors write that risk decision making quality boils down to the quality of information decision makers are operating from, and the decision makers themselves. The book does a remarkable job of showing how a person can become a much better decision maker.

A subtle but important point the book makes early on is that many risk professionals confuse risk possibilities with risk probabilities. The FAIR method forces you to focus on probabilities and not to obsess with Ebola like possibilities. Such a quantitative analysis approach is what makes FAIR so beneficial.

The book spends a few chapters on going through FAIR risk ontology and terminology. Inconsistent and poorly defined terminology is one of the most significant challenges the information security and operational risk profession faces. Having a consistent set of logical terms and definitions that make up the FAIR framework significantly improves the quality of risk relations communications within an organization.

The value of having a consistent set of logical terms and definitions is significant. For example, the book notes that many people use the term threat. In the context of risk analysis, it might not be a real threat if there is no resulting loss. In that case, it would be considered a vulnerability event.

The challenge of FAIR is acclimating to its dialect. But once done, it creates an extremely powerful methodology for risk communication and management. And therein lays its power. Setting up a common framework for risk management becomes and invaluable tool to present risk ideas. In addition, it makes the findings much more objective and defendable.

In chapter 5, the authors address the biggest objections to quantitative risk management that it can't be measured or is simply unknowable. They agree that risk can't be measured at the micro level, but it canbe effectively measured to the degree to reduce management's uncertainly about risk.

They also importantly note that risk is a forward-looking statement about what may or come to pass in the future. With that, perfect accuracy is impossible; but effective quantitative risk management is very possible.

The power of FAIR is that is helps add clarity to ambiguous risk situations by giving you the tools to add data points to a situation that is purported to be unknowable.

Chapter 8 is an extremely enlightening chapter in that it provides 11 risk analysis examples. The examples do a great job of reinforcing the key FAIR concepts and methods.

In chapter 10, the authors write that the hardest part of learning FAIR is having to overcome bad habits. For most people, FAIR represents a recalibration of your mental model about what risk is and how it works. The chapter deals with common mistakes and stumbling blocks when performing a FAIR analysis. The 5 high-level categories of mistakes the chapter notes are: checking results, scoping, data, variable confusion and vulnerability analysis.

FAIR is a powerful methodology that can revolutionize risk management. The challenge is that it takes a village to make such a change. Management may be reticent to invest in what is perceived as yet another risk management framework.

But once you start using the language of FAIR and validate your findings, astute management will likely catch on. Over time, FAIR can indeed be a risk management game changer.

The book is flawless in its execution and description of the subject. The only critique is that in that the author's should have been a bit more transparent in the text when (especially in chapter 8) mentioning the FAIR software, in that it is their firm that makes the software.

For those that are willing to put in the time to understanding FAIR, this book it will make their jobs much easier. It will help them earn the trust of senior management, and make them much better risk management professionals in the process.

Reviewed by Ben Rothke"

Tetris is hard to test

JackDW (904211) writes | 12 hours ago


JackDW (904211) writes "Tetris is one of the best-known computer games ever made. It's easy to play but hard to master, and it's based on a NP-hard problem. But that's not all that's difficult about it. Though it's simple enough to be implemented in one line of BBC BASIC, it's complex enough to be really hard to thoroughly test.

It may seem like you can test everything in Tetris just by playing it for a few minutes, but this is very unlikely! As I explain in this article, the game is filled with special cases that rarely occur in normal play, and these can only be easily found with the help of a coverage tool."

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The Problem With Positive Thinking

Anonymous Coward writes | 10 hours ago


An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times explains research into how our mindset can influence our results. The common refrain when striving for a goal is to stay positive and imagine success to help you reach that goal. But a series of psychological experiments show such thinking tends to have exactly the opposite effect. "In a 2011 study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, we asked two groups of college students to write about what lay in store for the coming week. One group was asked to imagine that the week would be great. The other group was just asked to write down any thoughts about the week that came to mind. The students who had positively fantasized reported feeling less energized than those in the control group. As we later documented, they also went on to accomplish less during that week." This research has been replicated across many types of people and many different goals.

Building on that research, the scientists developed a thought process called "mental contrasting," where people are encouraged to think about their dreams coming true only for a few minutes before dedicating just as much time to thinking about the obstacles they'll have to deal with. Experiments have demonstrated that subjects using these techniques were more successful at things like exercise and maintaining a healthy diet than a control group. "[D]reaming about the future calms you down, measurably reducing systolic blood pressure, but it also can drain you of the energy you need to take action in pursuit of your goals.""

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Ask Slashdot: How do I make a high spec PC waterproof?

jimwormold (1451913) writes | 13 hours ago


jimwormold (1451913) writes "I need to build a system for outdoor use, and capable of withstanding a high pressure water jet! Embedded PC I hear you cry. Well, ideally yes, however the system does a fair bit of number crunching on a GPU (GTX970) and there don't appear to be any such embedded systems available. The perfect solution will be as small as possible (ideally about 1.5x the size of a motherboard and the height will be limited to accommodate the graphics card). I'm UK based, so the ambient temperature will range from -5C to 30C, so I presume some sort of active temperature control would be useful.

I found this helpful discussion http://hardware-beta.slashdot...., but it's 14 years old. Hence I thought I'd post my question here.

Do any of you enlightened slashdotters have any insights to this or know of any products that will help me achieve my goals?"

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