+ - 102 Washington Post: "Invisible Girlfriend LLC" Reportedly Booms->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Washington Post covers the apparent success of a St. Louis MO social media company created to bestow fake boyfriends and girlfriends, for clients to show their social media networks. It's advertised as a way to keep nagging parents and friends from bothering the client about his/her social life. For $25 per month, subscribers get a phoney Facebook and text partner to show interest, like posts, send messages, for the benefit of people in the clients networks who are apparently nosey enough to... well, justify $25 per month in subscription fees.

Ask Slashdot, who else could benefit from this "false flag" technology? Can sales forces create fake prospective clients? Job references? Could some Slashdot competitor (Curse thee, Reddit) be paying for troll comments to post here?"

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+ - 377 Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor Of Kentucky

Submitted by AlCapwn
AlCapwn (1536173) writes "Drew Curtis has announced on Friday that he will be running for governor of Kentucky

"We have a theory that we’re about to see a huge change in how elections and politics work. Across the country, we have seen regular citizens stepping up and challenging the status quo built by political parties and career politicians. They have been getting closer and closer to victory and, here in Kentucky, we believe we have a chance to win and break the political party stronghold for good.""
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+ - 189 Journal: gamergate

Journal by Teunis

the more I hear from proponents of this, the more I see it as being no different than any other mob out to corrupt the masses.
Y'all are doing great press in gamergate to show yourselves as being bullies, harassers, and in general a great example of corruption in gaming. You're screaming and railing (and causing a lot of trouble) because it seems your privilege of being able to invade others' private spaces without their permission is being questioned.
Probably because you were beate

+ - 831 Omand Warns Of 'Ethically Worse' Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "In their attempts to kill off strong encryption once and for all, top officials of the intelligence services are coming out with increasingly hyperbolic statements about why this should be done. Now, a former head of GCHQ, Sir David Omand has said: "One of the results of Snowden is that companies are now heavily encrypting [communications] end to end. Intelligence agencies are not going to give up trying to get the bad guys. They will have to get closer to the bad guys. I predict we will see more close access work." According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which reported his words from a talk he gave earlier this week, by this he meant things like physical observation, bugging rooms, and breaking into phones or computers. "You can say that will be more targeted but in terms of intrusion into personal privacy — collateral intrusion into privacy — we are likely to end up in an ethically worse position than we were before." That's remarkable for its implied threat: if you don't let us ban or backdoor strong encryption, we're going to start breaking into your homes."

+ - 317 Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In The Public Domain

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "While you can make a public domain dedication or (more recently) use the Creative Commons CC0 tool to do so, there's no clear way within the law to actually declare something in the public domain. Instead, the public domain declarations are really more of a promise not to make use of the exclusionary rights provided under copyright.

On the "public domain day" of Copyright Week, Public Knowledge has pointed out that it's time that it became much easier to put things into the public domain. Specifically, the PK post highlights that thanks to the way copyright termination works, even someone who puts their works into the public domain could pull them back out of the public domain after 35 years."

+ - 263 Fish Found Living Half A Mile Under Antarctic Ice

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "Researchers were startled to find fish, crustaceans and jellyfish investigating a submersible camera after drilling through nearly 2,500 feet (740 meters) of Antarctic ice.

The swimmers are in one of the world's most extreme ecosystems, hidden beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, roughly 530 miles (850 kilometers) from the open ocean. "This is the closest we can get to something like Europa," said Slawek Tulaczyk, a glaciologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a chief scientist on the drilling project.

More pictures here."

+ - 298 Ask Slashdot: GPU of choice for OpenCL on Linux?

Submitted by Bram Stolk
Bram Stolk (24781) writes "So, I am running GNU/Linux on a modern Haswell CPU, with an old Radeon HD5xxx from 2009. I'm pretty happy with the open source Gallium driver for 3D acceleration.

But now I want to do some GPGPU development using OpenCL on this box, and the old GPU will no longer cut it. What do my fellow technophiles from slashdot recommend as a replacement GPU? Go nVidia, go AMD, or just use the integrated Intel GPU instead? Bonus points for open sourced solutions. Performance not really important, but OpenCL driver maturity is."

+ - 173 New Study Questions Low-Salt Diet Benefits

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "From the i-wish-they-would-make-up-their-minds dept.

A new study adds more fuel to the debate over restricting sodium levels for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and reducing mortality. "We didn't find any benefit," lead investigator Dr Andreas Kalogeropoulos (Emory University, Atlanta, GA) said of lowering sodium levels to less than 1500 mg per day, "but having said that, we did not find any harm either."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a maximum daily sodium intake of 2300 mg for the general population and 1500 mg for individuals 51 years of age and older. The American Heart Association (AHA), also support reducing dietary sodium levels but are even more aggressive in their targets, recommending all individuals aim for, at most, 1500 mg of sodium daily.

This isn't the first study to question those recommendations. In 2013, these aggressive targets were challenged when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a comprehensive review of the literature and concluded there was simply no evidence to recommend lowering sodium to levels in federal dietary guidelines. The IOM even stated the evidence wasn't strong enough to recommend lowering daily sodium intake to the 1500- to 2300-mg/day range.

The AHA responds , other experts weigh in."

+ - 437 Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Jennifer Abel writes at the LA times that according to a recent survey over 80% of Americans says they support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Ilya Somin, writing about the survey at the Washington Post, suggested that a mandatory label for foods containing DNA might sound like this: "WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children."

The report echoes a well-known joke/prank wherein people discuss the dangers of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide" also known as hydrogen oxide and hydrogen hydroxide. Search online for information about dihydrogen monoxide, and you'll find a long list of scary-sounding and absolutely true warnings about it: the nuclear power industry uses enormous quantities of it every year. Dihydrogen monoxide is used in the production of many highly toxic pesticides, and chemical weapons banned by the Geneva Conventions. Dihydrogen monoxide is found in all tumors removed from cancer patients, and is guaranteed fatal to humans in large quantities and even small quantities can kill you, if it enters your respiratory system. In 2006, in Louisville, Kentucky, David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corporation, a public body that operates Waterfront Park, wished to deter bathers from using a large public fountain. "Counting on a lack of understanding about water's chemical makeup," he arranged for signs reading: "DANGER! – WATER CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF HYDROGEN – KEEP OUT" to be posted on the fountain at public expense"

+ - 147 The workflow involved in purchasing a Metro Card->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Slashdot being a geek site I am submitting a link to a very finely crafted workflow analysis comparing the buying of a Metro Card in New York Subway versus that in the Bay Area Rapid Transit

First, start with this simple workflow diagram — http://dhkzkmq0ef5g3.cloudfron...

Comparing the two you would notice that in order to add money to the Metro Card of the New York Subway you need to touch the touchscreen panel on the ticket selling machine at least 6 times. On the other hand, for the Bay Area Rapit Transit (BART), well, you see it for yourself on that diagram

The article does not only talk about the work flow per se, but also the insanely cumbersome UI which does no one any good

I hope y'all gonna enjoy the article as much as I did !"

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+ - 223 Europe and China will team up for a space robotic mission->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "China and Europe aim to launch a joint space-science mission by 2021

On Monday (Jan. 19), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) issued a call for proposals for a robotic space mission that the two organizations will develop jointly

"The goal of the present Call is to define a scientific space mission to be implemented by ESA and CAS as a cooperative endeavor between the European and Chinese scientific communities," ESA officials wrote in a statement Monday. "The mission selected as an outcome of the present Joint Call will follow a collaborative approach through all the phases: study, definition, implementation, operations and scientific exploitation"

The call envisions a low-budget mission, saying that ESA and CAS are each prepared to contribute about 53 million euros (U.S. $61.5 million at current exchange rates). The spacecraft must weigh less than 661 lbs. (300 kilograms) at launch and be designed to operate for at least two to three years, ESA officials wrote in the call for proposals

All proposals are due by March 16, and the peer-review process will start in April. Mission selection is expected to occur in late 2015, followed by six years of development, with a launch in 2021"

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+ - 185 Microsoft are about to buy Revolution analytics->

Submitted by amplesand
amplesand (3864419) writes "R-bloggers reports that Microsoft are about to buy Revolution analytics. From The Official Microsoft Blog: "I’m very pleased to announce that Microsoft has reached an agreement to acquire Revolution Analytics. Revolution Analytics is the leading commercial provider of software and services for R, the world’s most widely used programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics. We are making this acquisition to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics." This time they have indeed embraced a strategic piece of the computing community. What will the future be for the language R, and, code which typically is licensed under the GPL and available at www.r-project.org. R is also an official part of the Free Software Foundation's GNU project?"
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+ - 166 Brought to You by the Letter R: Microsoft Acquiring Revolution Analytics

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Maybe Bill Gates' Summer Reading this year will include The Art of R Programming. Pushing further into Big Data, Microsoft on Friday announced it's buying Revolution Analytics, the top commercial provider of software and services for the open-source R programming language for statistical computing and predictive analytics. "By leveraging Revolution Analytics technology and services," blogged Microsoft's Joseph Sirosh, "we will empower enterprises, R developers and data scientists to more easily and cost effectively build applications and analytics solutions at scale." Revolution Analytics' David Smith added, "Now, Microsoft might seem like a strange bedfellow for an open-source company [RedHat:Linux as Revolution Analytics:R], but the company continues to make great strides in the open-source arena recently." Now that it has Microsoft's blessing, is it finally time for AP Statistics to switch its computational vehicle to R?"

+ - 144 Ask Slashdot, Semantics: Is it "in the cloud" or "on the cloud"? 1

Submitted by Un Bsd
Un Bsd (2848645) writes "Language is technical. In common vernacular, we burn onto eprom. We ftp into, and, upload onto, servers. We put milk in glasses, and, put glasses on tables. So, thinking of data as a substance or thing we are interested in, and, the storage medium as a container or platform for holding the data, if the data was equivalent to the milk, what is cloud storage equivalent to? A glass or a table?
Why do people say they are putting data in the cloud? Is this a corruption of language or has there been some paradigm shift? I can't imagine that 'in' and 'on' the cloud would be used ambiguously without any technical differentiation.
Is it better to say that you are storing data in the cloud, or, to say that you are storing data on the cloud. Which form is more consistent with the way we use 'in' and 'on' respect to electronic data and devices?"

+ - 476 Is Pascal an Underrated Programming Language? 6

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the recent Slashdot discussion on the D programming language, I was surprised to see criticisms of Pascal that were based on old information and outdated implementations. While I’m sure that, for example, Brian Kernighan’s criticisms of Pascal were valid in 1981, things have moved on since then. Current Object Pascal largely addresses Kernighan’s critique and also includes language features such as anonymous methods, reflection and attributes, class helpers, generics and more (see also Marco Cantu’s recent Object Pascal presentation). Cross-platform development is fairly straightforward with Pascal. Delphi targets Windows, OS X, iOS and Android. Free Pascal targets many operating systems and architectures and Lazarus provides a Delphi-like IDE for Free Pascal. So what do you think? Is Pascal underrated?"

+ - 262 Twitter moves to curb Instagram links

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "According to a report on Mashable, Twitter have sent out messages to some of their high profile users prompting them to share images using Twitter's own service rather than Instagram links. The news comes 2 years since Instagram pulled support for Twitter cards and has been part of the continuing battle between the two social networks. With Instagram now having overtaken Twitter in terms of users, this may be a move to try and use high profile users to show off Twitter's own image and content tools."

+ - 236 iPhone seeks wi-fi connection when "off" 5

Submitted by rbarrphd
rbarrphd (1142349) writes "Recently, my university email account became locked every few hours due to repeated incorrect network login attempts. The culprit was my iPhone 5 trying to connect to the school’s wi-fi with an old password---even though its wi-fi Setting was “Off.” Therefore, iPhones must surreptitiously and repeatedly attempt connection to nearby networks even when that function is supposedly disabled. Is this well-known? Does anyone have another explanation?"

+ - 175 In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After unveiling its new Project Spartan browser for Windows 10, Microsoft is now offering more details. The company confirmed that Windows 10 will also include Internet Explorer for enterprise sites, though it didn’t say how exactly this will work. Spartan comes with a new rendering engine, which doesn’t rely on the versioned document modes the company has historically used. It also provides compatibility with the millions of existing enterprise websites specifically designed for Internet Explorer by loading the IE11 engine when needed. In this way, the browser uses the new rendering engine for modern websites and the old one for legacy purposes."

+ - 236 OpenSSL 1.0.2 Released->

Submitted by kthreadd
kthreadd (1558445) writes "The OpenSSL project has released its second feature release of the OpenSSL 1.0 series, version 1.0.2 which is ABI compatible with the 1.0.0 and 1.0.1 series. Major new features in this release include Suite B support for TLS 1.2 and DTLS 1.2 and support for DTLS 1.2. selection. Other major changes include TLS automatic EC curve selection, an API to set TLS supported signature algorithms and curves, the SSL_CONF configuration API, support for TLS Brainpool, support for ALPN and support for CMS support for RSA-PSS, RSA-OAEP, ECDH and X9.42 DH."
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