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+ - WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users 2

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "From the you-can-have-it-in-any-color-so-long-as-its-black dept WhatsApp is locking out users for 24 hours who use WhatsApp Plus to access the service. The company claims they brought in the temporary ban to make users aware that they are not using the correct version and their privacy could be comprised using the unofficial WhatsApp Plus. "Starting today, we are taking aggressive action against unauthorized apps and alerting the people who use them." Is this a more aggressive rerun of "This site best viewed with Internet Explorer"?"

+ - Google just made it easier to run Linux on your Chromebook->

Submitted by TechCurmudgeon
TechCurmudgeon (3904121) writes "A story in PCWorld's "World beyond Windows" column outlines coming improvements in Chrome OS that will enable easily running Linux directly from a USB stick:

"Have you ever installed a full desktop Linux system on your Chromebook? It isn’t all the hard, but it is a bit more complex than it should be. New features in the latest version of Chrome OS will make dipping into an alternative operating system easier. For example, you’ll be able to easily boot a full Linux system from a USB drive and use it without any additional hassle!""

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+ - Should Disney Require its Employees to Be Vaccinated? 1

Submitted by (3830033) writes "According to Joanna Rothkopf Disneyland is already a huge petri dish of disease with tired children wiping their snot faces on Goofy and then riding log flumes through mechanized rivers filled with the backwash of thousands of other sweaty, unwashed, weeping toddlers. Now John Tozzi reports at Businessweek that five workers at Disneyland have been diagnosed with measles in an outbreak that California officials trace to visitors at the theme park in mid-December. The measles outbreak is a publicity nightmare for Disney and the company is urging its 27,000 workers at the park to verify that they're inoculated against the virus, and the company is offering tests and shots on site for workers who are unvaccinated. One thing Disney won't do, however, is require workers to get routine vaccinations as a condition of employment. Almost no companies outside the health-care industry do. "To make things mandatory just raises a lot of legal concerns and legal issues," says Rob Niccolini. Disney has been working with public health officials, and Disney has already put some employees on paid leave until medically cleared. "They recognized that they were just a meeting place for measles," says Gilberto Chávez. "And they are quite concerned about doing what they can to help control the outbreak.""

+ - Tommy Effect in Entrepreneur Largess?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The protagonist in the rock opera, "Tommy," attained his apotheosis by playing pinball. Since he believes that this is the only true path to glory, he forces his reluctant followers to do the same. High-tech billionaires, who have made their fortunes through software, have been giving money to make everyone a programmer. Do you see any parallel, here?"

+ - Fake Engine Noise is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret 1

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and you’ll hear a meaty, throaty rumble — the same style of roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades. Now Drew Harwell reports at the Washington Post that the auto industry’s dirty little secret is that the engine growl in some of America’s best-selling cars and trucks is actually a finely tuned bit of lip-syncing, boosted through special pipes or digitally faked altogether. "Fake engine noise has become one of the auto industry’s dirty little secrets, with automakers from BMW to Volkswagen turning to a sound-boosting bag of tricks," writes Harwell. "Without them, today’s more fuel-efficient engines would sound far quieter and, automakers worry, seemingly less powerful, potentially pushing buyers away." For example Ford sound engineers and developers worked on an “Active Noise Control” system on the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost that amplifies the engine’s purr through the car speakers. Afterward, the automaker surveyed members of Mustang fan clubs on which processed “sound concepts” they most enjoyed.

Among purists, the trickery has inspired an identity crisis and cut to the heart of American auto legend. The “aural experience” of a car, they argue, is an intangible that’s just as priceless as what’s revving under the hood. “For a car guy, it’s literally music to hear that thing rumble,” says Mike Rhynard, “It’s a mind-trick. It’s something it’s not. And no one wants to be deceived.” Other drivers ask if it really matters if the sound is fake? A driver who didn’t know the difference might enjoy the thrum and thunder of it nonetheless. Is taking the best part of an eight-cylinder rev and cloaking a better engine with it really, for carmakers, so wrong? "It may be a necessary evil in the eyes of Ford," says Andrew Hard, "but it’s sad to think that an iconic muscle car like the Mustang, a car famous for its bellowing, guttural soundtrack, has to fake its engine noise in 2015. Welcome to the future.""

+ - Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "Last month, Lamar White, Jr. set off a firestorm in Washington when a post on his personal blog revealed that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, the third most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, was a featured speaker at a white nationalist conference put on by former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. Then someone climbed in his back yard and severed his Internet cables."

Comment: Re:Science by democracy doesn't work? (Score 1) 421

by Flavianoep (#48875001) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

Isn't that called "consensus"? Isn't that what's being pushed by the "Global Climate Change" (new name this week!) crowd as impetus for ending discussion and declaring the science "done"?

It should be named anthropogenically accelerated global climate change, as there is no question whether the climate is changing---one cannot expect that the actual climate will last forever, it has changed before and will change again. The question is whether climate change is (a) global, (b) faster than it would be natural, and therefore (c) caused by the man.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 2) 661

by Flavianoep (#48874533) Attached to: US Senate Set To Vote On Whether Climate Change Is a Hoax
What is funny is that in my country there are such labels on food informing whether there are GMO components, and the products get off the shelves anyway. Most people seem ignore, or not to care about, a T (for transgenic) on a yellow triangle, except for the occasional alarmist that "discovers" that we have been "fooled" into eat "frankenfood", and rush to tell everyone on social media. And people keep eating GMOs anyway because its usually cheaper.
Well, this is Brazil, where any vegetable is soaked with toxic chemicals, so never mind the GMOs. People who care are willing to afford higher prices for "organic".

+ - MIT Climate Scientist Dismisses Global Warming Alarmists->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Breitbart reports, "An MIT professor of meteorology is dismissing global-warming alarmists ... Last week, government agencies including NASA announced that 2014 was the “hottest year” in “recorded history,” as The New York Times put it in an early edition. Last year has since been demoted by the Times to the hottest “since record-keeping began in 1880.” But that may not be true. Now the same agencies have acknowledged that there’s only a 38 percent chance that 2014 was the hottest year on record. And even if it was, it was only by two-100ths of a degree. Lindzen scoffs at the public-sector-generated hysteria, which included one warmist blogger breathlessly writing that the heat record had been “shattered.” “Seventy percent of the earth is oceans, we can’t measure those temperatures very well. They can be off a half a degree, a quarter of a degree. Even two-10ths of a degree of change would be tiny but two-100ths is ludicrous. Anyone who starts crowing about those numbers shows that they’re putting spin on nothing.” ... Lindzen said he was fortunate to have gained tenure just as the “climate change” movement was beginning, because now non-believers are often ostracized in academia. In his career he has watched the hysteria of the 1970’s over “global cooling” morph into “global warming.”""
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+ - Atlas Rebuilt - DARPA's Almost New Robot ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Atlas was the robot from sci-fi, big, black and powerful — only it had these cables that provided it with power and made it look a little like a dog on a leash. It was designed to provide a hardware platform for teams competing in the DARPA Robotic's Challenge DRC — a competition designed to encourage the construction of an effective disaster response robot. Now it has been revealed that the finals of the DRC later in the year require that the robot used not to have a tether and hence Atlas needed a redesign.
The new Atlas has no wires of any kind and hence is described as "wireless". This is achieved by fitting an onboard 3.7 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery. This is used to drive a variable-pressure pump which operates all of the hydraulic systems. This makes ATLAS much quieter but introduces a complication for the teams. The pump can be run at low pressure to save battery and then switched into high pressure to get some work done. What this means is that not only do the teams have to worry about robotic things they also have to manage the power consumption as if ATLAS was a mobile phone.
There are lots of other new features and you can see the robot in action in a video.
There is also news of the DRC in that the prize has been increased to $3.5 million — $2 million to the winner, $1 million to second and $500,000 to third place. The robots also have to work without a cable and if they fall over they have to get up on their own or fail at the task. The idea of an Atlas falling over and picking itself up is difficult to imagine.
Finally while the new Atlas looks good the plastic covers make it look far less threatening."

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+ - 11% Of Android Banking And Finance Apps Are Dangerous

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "RiskIQ found that more than 40,000 of the 350,000 apps which reference banking in the world’s top 90 app stores contain malware or suspicious binaries. Another 40,000 contained dangerous permissions. These findings show that criminals are using look-a-like banking apps to distribute malware and capture data on the device in order to commit crimes. Of the more than 40,000 mobile apps listed as suspicious: 21,076 contained adware, 20,000 contained Trojan malware and 3,823 contained spyware."

Comment: Re:The enemy (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by Flavianoep (#48863813) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

The real enemy of France is the government

It is the government of France which has allowed unabated invasion of the Moslems into the country

Most of those Moslem that immigrated to France are from former French colonies, what is to say that they are from countries that France invaded first.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.