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Submission + - Ad Networks Using Inaudible Sound to Link Phones, Tablets and Other Devices (arstechnica.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.

Submission + - Star Trek: Renegades Episodes 2 & 3 Kickstarter needs your help (kickstarter.com)

JoSch1337 writes: Some news for nerds that matter: The last time Star Trek: Renegades was on Slashdot was in 2013. Since then, the team has produced an amazing pilot episode 1 and now needs help to produce episode 2 or even episode 3 if they reach their stretch goal. There are only 19 days left. From the Kickstarter page:

Star Trek Renegades is an independent, fan-funded and supported Internet television series, executive produced by Sky Conway. Renegades features a combination of familiar Star Trek character and actors, plus a collection of hot, new rising actors. Set a decade after Voyager's return from Delta Quadrant, ST: Renegades focuses on a team of fugitives, who are on the run from the Federation while secretly working for the head of Starfleet intelligence, Admiral Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig) and Tuvok (Tim Russ, who also directs) to root out internal corruption within the Federation as well as external threats.

Submission + - The pathologies of social media .. (john-steppling.com)

nickweller writes: 'The narcissism of the rhetoric of empowerment, lifestyle choices, and freedom thinly masks the deeper feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and irrelevancy. Social media is a mirror of all this, a non-place for non-people arguing in exaggerated emotional hysteria about often important issues, but whose arguing is driven by psychological deformation'.

Comment Really mad (Score 1) 837

The people that are going to be specifically targeted are the people who have not, or cannot yet purchase a fuel efficient or a hybrid car. Because the state will just turn the existing gas tax into an environmental tax, and then all drivers will be paying per-mile AND a gas tax/carbon-offset tax except EV drivers.

Comment startup (Score 1) 506

I know my situation is unique but I found a local govt environment built on legacy tech. I had the opportunity to steer it towards Linux. Find a startup or a datacenter ripe for upgrade (UNIX, netware etc). Also there are a lot of federal positions for UNIX stuff. There will be a lot of Linux opportunities there too.

Comment Re:Well, there goes *that* heroin shipment (Score 1) 941

anyone that refuses a pat-down is free to leave. Our rights haven't been eroded quite that far yet.

You are incorrect. The law says once you enter the security screening area you may not leave without completing the security screening process. Google around there is a bunch of blogs and articles about people being slapped with fines and what I consider to be unreasonable periods of detention if they refuse to "complete the security screening process" as they are ordered to. They are certainly not free to leave.

"Once a person submits to the screening process, they can not just decide to leave that process," says Sari Koshetz, regional TSA spokesperson, based in Miami. - http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2010-11-20/business/sfl-airport-scans-pat-downs-refual-20101121_1_tsa-airport-checkpoint-sari-koshetz

There are a lot of examples the above link is just the first one Google ponied up.


Submission + - First 3.0 Kernel Prepatch is out (lwn.net)

mvar writes: Linus has announced the availability of the 3.0-rc1 kernel prepatch: Yay! Let the bikeshed painting discussions about version numbering begin (or at least re-start). I decided to just bite the bullet, and call the next version 3.0. It will get released close enough to the 20-year mark, which is excuse enough for me, although honestly, the real reason is just that I can no longe rcomfortably count as high as 40. The whole renumbering was discussed at last years Kernel Summit, and there was a plan to take it up this year too. But let's face it — what's the point of being in charge if you can't pick the bike shed color without holding a referendum on it? So I'm just going all alpha-male, and just renumbering it. You'll like it. Now, my alpha-maleness sadly does not actually extend to all the scripts and Makefile rules, so the kernel is fighting back, and is calling itself 3.0.0-rc1. We'll have the usual 6-7 weeks to wrestle it into submission, and get scripts etc cleaned up, and the final release should be just "3.0". The -stable team can use the third number for their versioning.

Comment Re:Good luck. (Score 1) 312

You are comparing a single person to a government that represents billions of people. Using your rationale people in Libya should all sue the hundreds of various companies that manufacture all the military equipment that NATO has been using to blow them up. Silly.

"No, no, I don't mind being called the smartest man in the world. I just wish it wasn't this one." -- Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias, WATCHMEN