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Submission + - Grandma's Phone, DSL, and the Copper They Share (

szczys writes: DSL is high-speed Internet that uses the same twisted pair of copper wire that still works with your Grandmother's wall-mounted telephone. How is that possible? The short answer is that the telephone company is cheating. But the long answer delves into the work of Claude Shannon, who figured out how much data could be reliably transferred using a given medium. His work, combined with that of Harry Nyquist and Ralph Hartley (pioneers of channel capacity and the role noise plays in these systems), brings the Internet Age to many homes on an infrastructure that has been in use for more than a hundred years.

Submission + - CoreOS Launches Rkt 1.0 (

darthcamaro writes: Docker is about to get some real competition in the container runtime space, thanks to the official launch of rkt 1.0. CoreOS started building rkt in 2014 and after more than a year of security, performance and feature improvement are now ready to declare it 'production-ready.' While rkt is a docker runtime rival, docker apps will run in rkt, giving using a new runtime choice.

rkt will remain compatible with the Docker-specific image format, as well as its own native App Container Image (ACI). That means developers can build containers with Docker and run those containers with rkt. In addition, CoreOS will support the growing ecosystem of tools based around the ACI format.

Submission + - Docker 1.10 Brings Linux SECCOMP Security to Containers (

darthcamaro writes: Starting this week, there is a new tool in the toolbox to secure Docker containers. In addition to SELinux (or AppArmor) and Namespaces — Docker 1.10 will now include a default SECCOMP profile. So what's the difference between SECCOMP and SELinux?

SELinux is the list of people you can talk to, while seccomp is the list of what words you can say, McCarty said. As an example, if a person could communicate with another person using only three or five words, it would very much limit what could be expressed and prevent most types of illicit activities, and applies in much the same way to Linux containers, he added.

Submission + - shutting down -- Thanks, Facebook. (

waimate writes:, a popular BAAS (back-end as a service), has fallen prey to Facebook. Declared by Fast Company as one of the top 50 most innovative companies of 2013, committed users shuddered when it was purchased by Facebook soon after. Today the other shoe finally dropped, when Facebook announced they are shutting the service down, leaving thousands of users scrambling for a viable replacement. It calls into question to what extent developers can trust *AAS providers, while at the same time creating an opportunity for a vendor to deploy a compatible service. Many other service provision offerings exist, but none quite the same as Parse. Thanks for nothing, Facebook.

Submission + - Man spanks himself to death

phrackthat writes: Clifford Ray Jones of Detroit died in a Darwin Award worthy fashion. In the ultimate case of distracted driving, he was spanking it to porn on his phone while negotiating a turn on a ramp and rolled his 1996 Toyota. He was partially ejected from his car's sunroof because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. He also wasn't wearing any pants. He died at the scene. Nothing in the story about whether the car was stick(y) shift or automatic. Additional details here.

Submission + - Hillary's team copied intel off top-secret server to email ( 3

RoccamOccam writes: The FBI is investigating whether members of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle “cut and pasted” material from the government’s classified network so that it could be sent to her private e-mail address, former State Department security officials say.

Somehow, highly classified information from the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet), as well as even the super-secure the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS), jumped from those closed systems to the Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet) and turned up in at least 1,340 of Clinton’s home e-mails — including several the CIA earlier this month flagged as containing ultra-secret Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Programs.

Submission + - How Melinda Gates Got Her Daughters Excited About Science

theodp writes: GeekWire reports that Melinda Gates concluded a Davos panel discussion about gender parity with a personal story about her own family, explaining how she originally became interested in computer science, and how she later played Lab Manager to BillG's Mr. Wizard to help pass along their passion for science and math to their kids. "On Saturday mornings," Gates explained, "I wanted to sleep late. So you know what I did? I made sure there were science projects available, and that’s what he did with our two daughters and our son. And guess what my two daughters are interested in? Science and math."

Submission + - Why Do Americans Work So Much?

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Rebecca Rosen has an interesting essay at The Atlantic on economist John Maynard Keynes' prediction in 1930 that with increased productivity, over the next 100 years the economy would become so productive that people would barely need to work at all. For a while, it looked like Keynes was right: In 1930 the average workweek was 47 hours. By 1970 it had fallen to slightly less than 39. But then something changed. Instead of continuing to decline, the duration of the workweek stayed put; it’s hovered just below 40 hours for nearly five decades. According to Rosen there would be no mystery in this if Keynes had been wrong about the economy’s increasing productivity, which he thought would lead to a standard of living “between four and eight times as high as it is today.” Keynes got that right: Technology has made the economy massively more productive.

Now a new paper Benjamin Friedman says that “the U.S. economy is right on track to reach Keynes’s eight-fold multiple” by 2029—100 years after the last data Keynes would have had. But according to Friedman, the key reason that Keynes prediction failed to come true is that Keynes failed to allow for the changing distribution of wealth. With widening inequality, median income (and therefore the income of most families) has risen, and is now rising, much more slowly than Keynes anticipated. The failure of the workweek to shrink as he predicted follows. Although Keynes’s eight-fold figure holds up for the economy in aggregate, it’s not at all the case for the median American worker. For them, output by 2029 is likely to be around 3.5 times what it was when Keynes was writing—a bit below his four- to-eight-fold predicted range. "What Keynes foretold was a very optimistic version of what economists call technological unemployment—the idea that less labor will be necessary because machines can do so much," writes Rosen. "The prosperity Keynes predicted is here. After all, the economy as a whole has grown even more brilliantly than he expected. But for most Americans, that prosperity is nowhere to be seen—and, as a result, neither are those shorter workweeks."

Submission + - How friendly is your AI? It depends on the rewards (

Hallie Siegel writes: New research from the Computational Neuroscience Lab at the University of Tartu looks at what happens when multiple AI agents are competing or collaborating in the same environment. The research (built on some of the pioneering Deep Reinforcement Learning work done by Deepmind) shows that AI agents will tend to try to maximize their rewards. Leaves interesting questions about the role of researchers in defining these rewards clearly and ethically.

Submission + - Chicago Professor's P vs. NP Breakthrough? ( 1

djupedal writes: László Babai, a legendary mathematician and computer scientist at the University of Chicago, seems to have made “potentially the most important theoretical computer science advance in more than a decade."

He has proven that any two networks, no matter how complex, can be compared in “quasi-polynomial time"—not polynomial time, but not bad.

Submission + - Intelligence genes discovered by scientists ( 2

schwit1 writes: Genes which make people intelligent have been discovered and scientists believe they could be manipulated to boost brain power.

Researchers have believed for some time that intellect is inherited with studies suggesting that up to 75 per cent of IQ is genetic, and the rest down to environmental factors such as schooling and friendship groups.

But until now, nobody has been able to pin-point exactly which genes are responsible for better memory, attention, processing speed or reasoning skills.

Now Imperial College London has found that two networks of genes determine whether people are intelligent or not-so-bright.

They liken the gene network to a football team. When all the players are in the right positions, the brain appears to function optimally, leading to clarity of thought and what we think of as quickness or cleverness. However when the genes are mutated or in the wrong order, it can lead to dullness of thinking, or even serious cognitive impairments.

Submission + - ZFS Replication to the Cloud is Finally Here ... and it's Fast (

kozubik writes: Jim Salter at arstechnica provides a detailed, technical rundown of ZFS send and receive and compares it to traditional remote syncing and backup tools such as rsync. He writes: "In mid-August, the first commercially available ZFS cloud replication target became available at Who cares, right? As the service itself states, If you're not sure what this means, our product is Not For You. ... after 15 years of daily use, I knew exactly what rsync's weaknesses were, and I targeted them ruthlessly."

Comment Then propose a solution (Score 1) 124

How, exactly, would you automatically enter the MAC address of my own provided cable modem (which could be from any company, with or without ':', in any font of any size, on any number of labels), using only the gear the installer has out in the field? Bonus points for methods that can be proven to be fail safe all the way to the back end database (we'll pretend it's immutable once there, even if I upgrade my gear and it automatically is corrected for argument's sake so that a rep. can't accidentally fat-finger an overwrite).

Comment Endless entertainment for those of us checked out (Score 1) 421

I'm rational, I know my vote doesn't mean jack... whereas if you read this very comment section there are hundreds of people that believe that not only does their vote mean something, but if they could do the incredible of changing someone's mind (through insults, at that), that the two or two hundred votes mean a thing. Your vote might mean something depending on where you live, but most likely, the candidates won't even bother visiting your state let alone think of you for a nanosecond. From the perspective of someone that can't afford to buy legislature watching others in the same boat, it'd be hilarious if you guys didn't take it so seriously.

But it's great entertainment for me, so carry on picking a tribe and waging war against people that are more like you than those you defend. I've been called cynical by the very people that, once stripped of their preconceived notions (read: lost enough money to no longer be paid lip service - on both sides of the aisle; everyone is alike more than they are different, trust me), tell me how terrible the system is. You gotta' love the irony and bring a big bucket of pop corn. Chances are, if you're reading this, your vote is a waste of natural resources. If that's not your thing, your vote is a waste of your time. Once you can accept that, you can grab a bucket of pop corn and enjoy the show.

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