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Ask Slashdot: Open Hardware/Software-Based Security Token?

djupedal Waiting for (110 comments)

A self-selling token...

3 days ago
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UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

djupedal Countdown begins (63 comments)

...before all those expensive colonoscopy and mammogram centers start trying to debunk this.

I can't wait for this to start debunking them..

4 days ago
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Popular Android Apps Full of Bugs: Researchers Blame Recycling of Code

djupedal Re:What alternative could be built? (146 comments)

How would an ecosystem be designed not to have these sorts of holes but also not to restrict what the owner of a device can use it for?

What..._and_ make money? Will you settle for 2 out of 3? But first, define 'restrict' and don't point to other platforms, thanks.

5 days ago
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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

djupedal Legacy (288 comments)

Amazon put their infrastructure in place long ago so as to be first into a market they helped pioneer. Projected profits were based on that equipment and how long it was to remain in place.

Fast forward to today and that legacy commitment is a yoke around their corporate neck that creeps toward a negative aspect.

Reminds me of how the large telcos want to squeeze every last penny out of all that copper still in the ground.

about a week ago
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Household Robot Jibo Nets Over $1 Million On Indiegogo

djupedal Social robot (61 comments)

...that interacts with the family.

AKA: pet

about a week ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

djupedal FYI - Yosemite Dev Seed vs. Public Beta Notes (165 comments)

Important Info: OS X Yosemite Beta Seed

Today we have released a public beta build of Yosemite for people who are part of the OS X Yosemite Beta Program. This is an open-to-the- public seed of similar pre-release software that you test for us. The build they received is 14A299l which is identical and not any newer than your current build 14A298i. There is no benefit in moving to the public seed build. Participants in the public seed get access to the pre-release software and a lighter version of Feedback Assistant. We suggest that you DO NOT participate in the OS X Yosemite Beta Program. If you participate in both programs, you may experience the following issues:

* You will have multiple projects listed in your projects list in Feedback Assistant and the AppleSeed portal.

* Installing the public seed build will prevent you from seeing additional software update OS X builds that are only available to the AppleSeed Program.

* If you write bugs using the OS X Yosemite bug form while using the public seed build, they may not get screened.

Please remember your current participation in the Apple Software Customer Seeding Program contains many added benefits:

* You receive additional information in the form of release notes, emails, and bug correspondence

* You have access to a discussion board

* You have access to more detailed bug forms

* Your bug reports are screened by engineering

* You will have access to builds not available in OS X Yosemite Beta Program

We appreciate all that you do for the AppleSeed Program. Your steadfast participation truly makes Apple software a high quality product. If you have additional comments or questions, please post on the discussion board.

about a week ago
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The Psychology of Phishing

djupedal Remember (128 comments)

It's the singer....not the song.

School smarts lose to street smarts.

about two weeks ago
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The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

djupedal Say what? (242 comments)

From the article: 'As the rulebook notes, “watchlisting is not an exact science.”'

'science'?

about two weeks ago
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EFF Releases Wireless Router Firmware For Open Access Points

djupedal Another good idea, but... (56 comments)

It's just another opportunity for yet more security issues with yet another promise to stop tracking.

Sounds like someone hit some consumer hot buttons so they could make it an easier to swallow scheme. Beware cons bearing gifts...

about two weeks ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

djupedal Old is new (205 comments)

My Aunt had a car back in the '50s that had a speed alert buzzer - she'd set it and teld the kids the car could tell when someone was misbehaving - whenever the kids in the back seat started in on each other she'd speed up so it went off. Spooky car that one...

about two weeks ago
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A Look At NASA's Orion Project

djupedal Speaking of the future... (108 comments)

About those 'future missions'. They will be conducted by firms in the private sector, so why do we even need NASA, other than a place for research money to go to die.

about two weeks ago
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Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

djupedal Wait what? (291 comments)

Is this an Aussie no to Kyoto, then?

No surprise, really...just one of many more to come, I think.

about two weeks ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

djupedal Wait for it... (752 comments)

We're now getting reports from the airline that there was an issue on board, so everything, including being shot down, is speculation at the moment.

about two weeks ago
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The Improbable Story of the 184 MPH Jet Train

djupedal A Century Ago (195 comments)

....there were electric trams in New York. Then, a major US corporation named GMC lobbied to have them shut down and replaced with fossil-fueled rubber tired buses.

The result is the situation we enjoy today. Not a random act of destiny, but more an act of corporate greed, irresponsibility and old fashioned govt. graft. Welcome to America.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

djupedal Black hole? (277 comments)

Hole in someone's head, maybe - after all, a simple spreadsheet to track something this basic or a reminder in a calendar with alerts with someone assigned to keep an eye on things would take care of things like this. They're lucky it wasn't held hostage...

about two weeks ago
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Giant Crater Appears In Northern Siberia

djupedal Hmmmm indeed (122 comments)

That giant hole shows burn marks, people.... BURN MARKS!!!!

about two weeks ago
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Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say

djupedal Say what? (280 comments)

In other news, researchers in Europe have discovered there is more risk to your data when taking password advice from MS than ever before.

about two weeks ago
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Harvesting Energy From Humidity

djupedal meh (89 comments)

"While that may seem slow, people in remote areas may have few alternatives."

''few' as in this device but no bug spray or cookstove, or few as in near death, out of water and food with only one magic wish left?

about two weeks ago
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HP Claims Their Moonshot System is a 'New Style of IT' (Video)

djupedal But wait! (68 comments)

There's more! Buy now and receive a second HP MS System for free! Just pay shipping and handling.

Not available in any store.

about two weeks ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

djupedal Hottest? (552 comments)

the hell you say...

about two weeks ago

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Ocean fish biomass 10 times higher than thought

djupedal djupedal writes  |  about 6 months ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Yes, I get it...new data, [ "A team of researchers has found that the abundance of mesopelagic fish in the ocean that could be at least 10 times higher than previously thought" ] but when do we reach the point where we're unafraid to believe the new data over the old data? If we couldn't trust them before, why should we trust them now. Maybe I'm just suffering study-fatigue, but I'd like to see more info on why this time, and not just the usual 'better tech/tools' derp-mantra. And yes, if they'd have asked me, I could have told them that was the case, for no other reason than such existing stats are more often wrong than not — that, and it's a big ass collection of oceans. After all, we've been told for decades that we know next to nothing about ocean depths, so it holds that the majority of such 'studies' are nothing more than brain-dumped assumptions."
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About time, I think...

djupedal djupedal writes  |  about a year ago

djupedal (584558) writes "USA Today (8.13.13) says " More women finding jobs in tech sector — According to the survey, the top tech positions for women — in order — were project manager, business analyst, other IT, quality assurance tester and technical recruiter, while men tended to hold job titles such as software engineer, systems administrator, project manager, IT manager and applications developer.""
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Chloe submits an app for approval...

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Chloe submits an app for approval...and runs right into the buzzsaw...

JB: "Chloe! I need that software! What's the hang up?"

Chloe: "All I know at this point is what the email says."

JB: "Read it to me..."

Chloe: "Dear CTU. Your app, '400 Ways to Shatter A Mans' Skull Just By Sneezing', has been rejected based on what the reviewer has determined is objectionable content'.

JB: "Is that all?"

Chloe: "No, it gets worse..."

Also, '400 Ways to Shatter A Mans' Skull Just By Sneezing' cannot be posted to the App Store because the small bundle icon does not match your large icon. This might be confusing to users.

iTunes Connect Developer Guide, pg 35 Large Icon (512x512)
The small (57x57) icon that you include inside the binary will be used on the home screen, and the App Store when viewed from the iPod touch and iPhone. The large icon will be used to feature your application on the iTunes App Store.

Please resolve this issue and upload a new binary and correct metadata using iTunes Connect. Also please remove all objectionable content prior to resubmitting.

Regards,
iPhone Developer Program"

JB: "Chloe! I need that app with the original icon and full content approved and in the store as soon as possible. I must be able to download it when my plane lands in iPhoneistan. If it's not up and running by the time I rendezvous with the really, really bad guys, we're going to have more trouble than just objectionable content and a recycled happy face logo."

Chloe: "I don't think I can, Jack. This isn't like the time you lost reception on your cell phone in Manhattan and 24 hours later AT&T announced that it would have more bars in more places. We're flying blind here. No one knows what the exact process is to get an app approved in the store. It could be anything!"

JB: "Listen closely. We don't have much time. I need you on this one! Find out who has the authority to approve that app right now. Tell them to get off their charging pads and flip the switch...their country needs them. Explain how I died for mine, and lived to tell about it. Use Kim's iTunes logon if you have to, but just get it done!"

Chloe: "OK, Jack, I'll keep trying. Maybe if I remind them that The Black Eyed Peas were just The Peas until you heard their music.""
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Why does NASA exaggerate?

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "In the recent article at the link, NASA types reportedly discusses yet another discovery the the 'Opportunity' rover. From that article: 'NASA's Opportunity rover has discovered a peculiar rock on Mars that scientists think originated deep within the red planet. The stone could reveal new secrets about the makeup of Mars' interior. Dubbed "Marquette Island," the rock is a dark boulder not much bigger than a basketball that sits on a rippled Martian plain. "Marquette Island is different in composition and character from any known rock on Mars or meteorite from Mars," said Opportunity principal investigator Steve Squyres of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. "It is one of the coolest things Opportunity has found in a very long time."'

The specific object in discussion is subsequently referred to using these words:

rock;
stone;
island;
boulder;
basketball-sized...

A boulder can be as small as 10" in diameter, but is typically thought of as something too big for a human to lift. A Men's Size 7 regulation basketball has a diameter of 9.39 inches. An island is any piece of land that is surrounded by water.

If NASA were to claim that a boulder was about to enter the atmosphere, or an island sized rock, what would the public be led to think about the size of such an object? What if NASA said a basketball-sized object was about to collide with earth? Or a rock or a stone?

NASA seems to think there is no issue calling a 10" rock an island by way of drama. Is 'island' used because NASA wants to find water so bad, that if they go on record as having found an island people will think it means an object surrounded by water, water everywhere? That would kill two birds with one stone, eh? "Love us! We found something very, very big AND it is in the middle of a vast expanse of water! An amazing two-fer! How's that for a return on your tax dollars!!!"

The lack of responsibility towards any kind of accuracy seems to reflect a stronger motive towards space-theater instead. The act of being fast and loose with such descriptions shows a lack of professionalism and respect for the public's need for clear feedback about what is really going on, not to mention their ability to estimate sizes on their own if given facts. In the absence of such respect, the public is being shortchanged on many levels.

Is NASA fearful that if they say 'small rock' instead of 'coolest thing', the result will be chastisement instead of support for their efforts? Are they concerned that the public may not want to have them out looking for trivia so they make things up to avoid being chided?

This isn't new. One rover was said to be exploring a trench...that was only dug 3" wide. It was also reported to be exploring an area named 'Sleepy Hollow' that was less than a meter wide.

If, as they say, the rover is headed for a 'crater', does that mean something smaller or larger than a sinkhole capable of swallowing a bus, or a mere pothole or perhaps a dip as small as a cereal bowl? Is a cliff the size of Yosemite's Half Dome or no more than the distance from your coffee table to the carpet? Is a plain the size of Alaska or small enough to fit in an overhead bin?

Using NASA's metrics, anything by name is free for re-definition at will, just be sure to apply 'tons' of drama so the public can oh and ahh."

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Murdoch hails electronic reading devices

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

djupedal writes "Rupert Murdoch, a proprietor known for having ink in his veins, has hailed the day when electronic reading devices will do away with the need for newsprint and the costs that go with it.

"Devices such as Amazon.com's Kindle and Sony's Reader could take 20 years to displace newspapers..." the News Corp chairman told Goldman Sachs annual media conference, "but I do certainly see the day when more people will be buying their newspapers on portable reading panels than on crushed trees".

"Then we're going to have no paper, no printing plants, no unions", said Mr Murdoch, who battled printing unions at his Wapping plant in London more than 20 years ago. "It's going to be great.""

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Help Wanted to Write Book of Life

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "BBC News says "A virtual book of all life on Earth is being created by UK and US scientists. The online reference work will create a detailed world map of flora and fauna and track changes in biodiversity. The database, dubbed a "macroscopic observatory", will be populated with data about local species gathered by members of the public. Early elements of the giant database, such as automatic species identification systems, are already under construction."

Might 'elp a wee bit if we finish learning about the 3/4's of the planet we haven't seen much of yet...eh...y'a think? Because the phrase 'A virtual book of 25% of all life on Earth' might not get you into the local bookstore."

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Apple Push Notification

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Been told that Apple has sent an email to developers asking for volunteers to test the upcoming 3.0 feature 'Apple Push Notification', by downloading an Associated Press app for iPhone 3.0 from the iTunes store (7-day expiration redemption code provided), "...to create a high-volume test environment for our servers."

The app is to be installed on a dev device running iPhone OS beta 5 (only)."
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Conde(ll)scending Della?

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Dell launches 'Della,' a Web site geared to women and 'cute' netbooks. Netbooks for sale, of course, along with recipe, shopping, diet and exercise tips galore. Everything a modern on-the-go tech-amazon could wish for, all at one url. Buy now....swoon later.

"There was certainly no intent to offend anyone and if we did, we apologize," said Dell spokesman Bob Kaufman. "Many people do see their laptops and netbooks as a style statement, and we want to be part of those conversations."

What a boon...doggle. Get out while you can, Bob."

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Betweenness... E-mail messages reveal real leaders

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "BBC.co.uk reports with their take on a study from 2003... "Every e-mail message you send bears far more information than you might think.

Researchers are studying who sends mail to whom to explain the hidden maps of influence and collaboration that spring up inside organizations. The maps reveal which groups are actually getting on with work, which people have become leaders or project managers and those people who are the opinion formers inside companies. The research technique could also be used to identify leaders of tech-savvy criminal gangs or terrorist groups.

The study was carried out by Joshua Tyler, Dennis Wilkinson and Bernardo Huberman from Hewlett Packard's laboratories in Palo Alto, California."

-=-=-=-
No word if this process has been used in employee performance reviews — or why it took five years for the BBC to report on it as if it was new..."

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Galaxy 'missing link' uncovered

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "By Jason Palmer, Science and technology reporter, BBC News

Astronomers have identified a type of galaxy that represents a "missing link" in our understanding of the Universe.

Spiral and elliptical galaxies used to be known exclusively as "blue" and "red", respectively. But two studies, published in a Royal Astronomical Society journal, show that one in five galaxies is a red spiral. It is now thought the red spirals occur when spiral galaxies grow old without any violent collisions, such as with other galaxies.

(No word if GalaxyZoo has been updated accordingly)"
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US firm unveils plans for mini nuclear reactors

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Nuclear power is normally associated with gigawatt-scale facilities costing billions of dollars and run by armies of scientists and engineers. But some in the nuclear industry have long argued that much smaller, unmanned reactors could play a role too. Such reactors, which would have power outputs of only a few tens of megawatts, would be particularly suitable for people or companies in remote parts of the world.

"There is a strong humanitarian bent to these reactors," said John "Grizz" Deal, Hyperion's CEO. "This was invented to provide electricity and hot water to remote locations, where people might not have electricity or clean water."

No word if Ted Kaczynski has approved..."

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Copernicus' remains and grave found

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Coppy? Is that you??? — Now that they have his DNA....will he rise again...?

MSNBC/AP reports... "DNA matches hair retrieved from one of 16th-century astronomer's books.

Researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton and hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books. The findings could put an end to centuries of speculation about the exact resting spot of Copernicus, a priest and astronomer whose theories identified the Sun, not the Earth, as the center of the universe back in the very early 1500's.""
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Row over altered US Army photo

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "BBC online reports...

The Pentagon has become embroiled in a row after the US Army released a photo of a general to the media which was found to have been digitally altered. Ann Dunwoody was shown in front of the US flag but it later emerged that this background had been added.

The Associated Press (AP) news agency subsequently suspended the use of US Department of Defense photos.

"For us, there's a zero-tolerance policy of adding or subtracting actual content from an image," said Santiago Lyon, AP's director of photography."
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Okla. ambulances debut sirens that you can feel

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/A.P.: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27676244/ "Booming like a 1980s video game, the Howler can even make liquids ripple — Oklahoma's largest ambulance company will become the first ambulance service in the nation to outfit its entire fleet with new Howler sirens, designed to emit low-frequency tones that penetrate objects within 200 feet — such as cars — to alert drivers.""
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Headphones can interfere with heart devices

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/AP: "Magnets may pose a problem but experts say there's no need to overreact " 11.09.2008 — NEW ORLEANS — Have a pacemaker or an implanted defibrillator? Don't keep your iPod earbuds in your shirt pocket or draped around your neck — even when they're disconnected. A study finds that some headphones can interfere with heart devices if held very close to them."
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World's largest truck goes robotic

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "MSNBC/Discovery Ch.: "The 700-ton Caterpillar 797 is getting a hi-tech upgrade thanks to technology developed as part of the DARPA Urban Challenge. The goal is to improve efficiency and reduce risk of injury to people in the dangerous business of high-capacity mines.""
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'Invisibility cloak' for tsunamis

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes ">MSNBC: An 'invisibility cloak' for tsunamis?
"Many experts are skeptical that the experiment could ward off a disaster.

Impossible? Perhaps not, according to a team of French and British physicists that has devised an 'invisibility cloak' that could, in theory, hide susceptible platforms or coastlines from ocean waves such as tsunamis.

The cloaking concept is based on positioning multiple rows of pillars at specific intervals within a cylindrical pattern, so that the pillars and intervening spaces resemble a round checkerboard from above. In the lab, a small aluminum cylinder was subdivided into 50 precisely spaced rows of pillars radiating out from a flat center. The columns essentially dissipate oncoming waves so that anything behind the structure is hidden from them.""
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Space tourist demands $21 million refund

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "Space tourist demands $21 million refund

Reuters/MSNBC

"A Japanese businessman who trained for a 10-day flight aboard the international space station has sued to get his money back, claiming he was defrauded of $21 million by the U.S. firm that arranged the venture.

Daisuke Enomoto, 37, had completed training in Russia and planned to fly to the station aboard a Russian Soyuz capsule in September 2006. But he was pulled from the three-member crew a month before liftoff, opening a seat for Dallas businesswoman Anousheh Ansari to fly instead.""
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Google Guy's Words Get Quick Response

djupedal djupedal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

djupedal (584558) writes "From the Washington Post online...

"Google co-founder Larry Page turned up on Capitol Hill today to boost the company's "Free the Airwaves" campaign, and he had some strong words for those who oppose their bid to open more of the airwaves for high speed Internet access. Google, Microsoft and others in the tech world want the FCC to allow the unlicensed use of "white spaces" — the gaps in the spectrum between television channels — as a means of making broadband Internet access widely available in the U.S. But broadcasters fear that their use could cause interference with television stations and other devices, such as wireless microphones.

Page said some of the tests that have been done to determine whether new devices using the white spaces would interfere had been "rigged." A Google spokesman said later he was referring to tests held in August at FedEx Field.""

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