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JThaddeus (531998) writes "The Daily Callerreports a serious security flaw in the Starbucks phone app: "Starbucks confirmed late Tuesday that anyone could access the unencrypted data stored on the official Starbucks app simply by connecting the phone to a computer – bypassing lock screen or PIN security features with no hacking or jailbreaking necessary." The linked report is for iOS. No mention of Android, but do you think it is any different?" Link to Original Source top
JThaddeus (531998) writes "One of the close-up cameras watching the LADEE launch caught the image of another frog sacrificed to science, and in a far more spectacular way than in your high school biology class: "... a new picture which has been released by NASA of the LADEE launch also featured an intruder a small frog which unfortunately was at a wrong place. The picture of the amphibian seen clearly silhouetted against the Minotaur 5 rocket smoke is not a fake and this has been confirmed by NASA." Follow this link to see the photo." Link to Original Source top
JThaddeus (531998) writes "Slashdot's own (or former) CmdrTaco has a posting on the Washington Post's website where he discusses how chat apps have overtaken SMS. Yeah, they are cheap. There's no telecom fee per message or for some number of messages per month. However "The problem of course is that these systems are annoyingly incompatible with each other. My phone can buzz with chat notifications from 3 different apps at any moment. My desktop has even more scattered across browser tabs and standalone apps." Ditto, nor do I want to hassle learning some app or trying to understand its who's-listening settings. I'll stick to email and to occasional SMS." Link to Original Source top
JThaddeus writes "From The Register comes a report on a study by Swedish researches claiming "that people who go into engineering are less caring and empathetic than those who enter professions such as medicine." The study claims to account for the fact that women--who are assumed to be more empathetic--enter medicine at a great rate than enter engineering." Link to Original Source top
Declining Life Expectancy for Less Educated Whites
JThaddeus writes "Citing mortality data, researchers assert that the life expectancy of less educated U.S. whites is declining. According to the New York Time article, "Four studies in recent years identified modest declines, but a new one that looks separately at Americans lacking a high school diploma found disturbingly sharp drops in life expectancy for whites in this group...The reasons for the decline remain unclear, but researchers offered possible explanations, including a spike in prescription drug overdoses among young whites, higher rates of smoking among less educated white women, rising obesity, and a steady increase in the number of the least educated Americans who lack health insurance." Could the Cracker problem be self-correcting?" Link to Original Source top
JThaddeus (531998) writes "Someone at the National Weather Service has a sense of humor. In reporting on the eleventh named storm of the Atlantic season, yesterday's NWS bulletin reads, "KIRK IS NOT EXPECTED TO LIVE LONG AND PROSPER."" Link to Original Source top
JThaddeus writes "The Los Angeles Times reports on a Twitter kerfuffle "that made it seem like Oxford University Press was dropping the use of its eponymous comma." The report was erroneous. Of interest to Slashdot-ters is the L.A.Times writer's suggestion that style guides include "the Shatner comma." I, bet, you, can, guess, how, the, Shatner, comma, is, used." Link to Original Source top
JThaddeus (531998) writes "A complaint filed in federal court in California alleges that 'AT&T has "systematically" overcharged iPhone and iPad owners with capped data plans by inflating the amount of data they download and adding "phantom traffic," a lawsuit claimed last week.' The plaintiff's attorney is asking the judge to grant the lawsuit class-action status for all iPhone and iPad users on capped data plans. 'AT&T said it would "vigorously" fight the suit.'" Link to Original Source top
Scientists Identify Head of France's King Henry IV
JThaddeus (531998) writes "The Associated Press reports that "After nine months of tests, researchers in France have identified the head of France's King Henry IV". Henry was assassinated in 1610, and his head has been missing his body was dug up and decapitated during the French Revolution. Researchers found features similar to those in royal portraits, and radiocarbon dating confirms that the head dates to the 17th Century. Interestingly, "Perfumers on the team used their professionally trained noses to identify specific embalming substances in the mouth used to hide nasty odors." The results have been published an online medical journal." Link to Original Source top
JThaddeus (531998) writes "Do you think you're good with directions? Do you never get lost? Or are you directionally challenged? If you are among the growing numbers that rely on GPS to get around, maybe you want to rethink that. From the article:
"The increase in GPS use also has meant that people spend less time learning details about where they are at any moment. British researchers have found that drivers using GPS formed less detailed and accurate cognitive maps of their routes than drivers who use paper maps. Similarly, a University of Tokyo study found that pedestrians using GPS-enabled cell phones had a harder time figuring out where they were and where they had come from."" Link to Original Source top
JThaddeus writes "The Washington Post (free registration) reports that "Yahoo yesterday launched a system to let marketers tailor advertising content to individual users, theoretically making the ads more effective and, therefore, more lucrative for Yahoo... Yahoo's advertising service, SmartAds, uses behavioral, demographic and geographic information to try to connect people with marketing that caters to their interests. Yahoo said it is its largest effort to cull information about its users.""