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Submission + - Dice plans to liberate Slashdot and Sourceforge (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The current corporate overlords of both Slashdot and Sourceforge plan to sell off the properties:

The Company acquired Slashdot Media in 2012 both to provide the Dice business with broader reach into Slashdot's user community base and to extend the Dice business outside North America by engaging with SourceForge's significant international technology user community. The Company, however, has not successfully leveraged the Slashdot user base to further Dice's digital recruitment business; and with the acquisition of The IT Job Board and success of Open Web, the anticipated value to the Company of the SourceForge traffic outside North America has not materialized. The Company now plans to divest the business, as it does not fit within the Company's strategic initiatives and believes the Slashdot Media business will have the opportunity to improve its financial performance under different ownership.


Submission + - Dice announces plans to sell Slashdot Media (arstechnica.com)

cjm571 writes: DHI Group—formerly known as Dice Holdings Incorporated prior to this April—announced plans this morning to sell the combination of Slashdot and SourceForge. The announcement was made as part of DHI’s 2Q15 financial results.

Submission + - CurrentC Email Breach (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: As a follow-up to the recent Slashdot post, "Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay" (http://tech-beta.slashdot.org/story/14/10/28/1646247/why-currentc-will-beat-out-apple-pay):

"MCX (Merchant Customer Exchange) ... has been hacked. The data breach involves the theft of email addresses, but the CurrentC mobile application was not affected, the company confirms to TechCrunch."

While not all breaches are made equal (http://xkcd.com/932/), losing emails addresses is an interesting setback for a coalition that seeks to store consumers' ACH data.

Submission + - CurrentC Breached (cnbc.com)

tranquilidad writes: As previously discussed in Slashdot, CurrentC is a consortium of merchants attempting to create a 'more secure' payment system. Some controversy surrounds CurrentC's requirements regarding the personal information required, their purchase-tracking intentions and retail stores blocking NFC in apparent support of CurrentC. Now news breaks that CurrentC has already been breached. CurrentC has issued the standard response, "We take the security of our users' information extremely seriously."

Submission + - WordPress Defaults Preserve Avenue For Denial of Service Attacks (thedrinkingrecord.com)

MrBingoBoingo writes: As bad as the Bash shell behavior was, giving attackers a shell on your server This WordPress XMLRPC Pingback hole is just as bad to your fellow internet residents. Sure Shell Shock was worse for you since it offered a shell on your machine, but to your friendly Internet neighbors the WordPress bullshit is just as bad. And much like WordPress there were Bash scripts that had been functional since 1992 which no longer work on patched versions of Bash, but for WordPress Backwards compatibility is still more important.

Submission + - Dice Ruins Slashdot (slashdot.org) 12

An anonymous reader writes: In an attempt to modernize Slashdot, Dice has removed everything that made Slashdot unique and worthwhile and has turned it into a generic blog site. User feedback has been unanimously negative, but this is to no avail, and users will have to head elsewhere for insightful and entertaining commentary on tech news.

Submission + - Apple stiffs its retail employees of pay according to class-action suit (appleinsider.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple continues to face allegations of mistreatment of workers, this time within their own retail stores. From the article:

Former retail employees from Apple Stores in New York and Los Angeles have formed a class action suit against the iPhone maker, claiming that the company's anti-theft policies amounted to unpaid work to the tune of $1,500 per employee per year.
The filing for the suit alleges that "Apple has engaged and continues to engage in illegal and improper wage practices that have deprived Apple Hourly Employees throughout the United States of millions of dollars in wages and overtime compensation." At the center of the plaintiffs' case is the anti-theft procedure Apple requires its employees to go through.
At the end of a shift, as well as when clocking out to leave for a meal break, Apple's hourly retail employees must submit to "personal package and bag searches," during which the employees are off-the-clock. The complaint notes that these checks are "significant, integral, indispensable... and done solely for Apple's benefit to prevent employee pilferage."
As the employees were hourly and the checks only occurred when they were off the clock, they were not compensated for Apple's security procedures. The complaint claims the employees waited typically between 10 and 15 minutes and the end of every shift, as well as another five without compensation prior to going off for "uncompensated meal breaks."
"During any given week," the complaint reads, "[one plaintiff] worked approximately 50 minutes to 1.5 hours of uncompensated overtime. By conservative calculations, this equated over the course of one year to an aggregate amount of approximately $1,400 in uncompensated hours."


Submission + - Fanboys and trolls are the cancer killing Free Software (martin-graesslin.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Martin Gräßlin, the maintainer of the KWin window manager, writes an informative blog post about his experiences with the less favorable pockets of the Free Software community:

Years ago I had a clear political opinion. I was a civil-rights activist. I appreciated freedom and anything limiting freedom was a problem to me. Freedom of speech was one of the most important rights for me. I thought that democracy has to be able to survive radical or insulting opinions. In a democracy any opinion should have a right even if it’s against democracy. I had been a member of the lawsuit against data preservation in Germany. I supported the German Pirate Party during the last election campaign because of a new censorship law. That I became a KDE developer is clearly linked to the fact that it is a free software community.

But over the last years my opinion changed. Nowadays I think that not every opinion needs to be tolerated. I find it completely acceptable to censor certain comments and encourage others to censor, too. What was able to change my opinion in such a radical way? After all I still consider civil rights as extremely important. The answer is simple: Fanboys and trolls.


Iphone

Submission + - Black iPhone 5 Anodized Aluminum Susceptible to Scratching? (macrumors.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What would an iPhone launch be without controversy? MacRumors is reporting that in addition to the Maps app debacle that many people receiving their iPhones today are noticing them scuffed straight out of the box or easily scuffed and scratched when handled:

After the original announcement of the iPhone 5, one early concern amongst readers was how well the anodized aluminum back and edges of the black iPhone 5 would hold up over time.

One lengthy thread on our forums has been actively discussing the potential issue and Pocket-Lint in their review did note some wear around the edges after some early usage.

"Ditching the glass back and reducing the thickness of the glass panel on the front has affected the design of the metal band around the edge of the iPhone. It is now chamfered and while that looks pretty, we've already noticed that on the black model the edge has started to wear, revealing the shiny silver aluminium metal underneath the "slate" coloured coating and, indeed, we've witnessed it on two separate models, ruling out a fluke manufacturing error."


Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Court filings reveal iPhone twice as profitable as iPad (appleinsider.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Recent court filings from Apple intheir case against Samsung has revealed interesting details about the margins on iDevices:

Though Apple is tight-lipped about the profitability of its individual products, a court filing in the company's ongoing lawsuit with Samsung has revealed that the carrier-subsidized iPhone has margins north of 50 percent, nearly twice as high as the iPad.
For iPhones sold between April of 2010 and March of 2012, Apple's gross margins were between 49 and 58 percent, according to filings dug through by Reuters. In comparison, margins on the iPad were between 23 and 32 percent during the same span.
The numbers reveal more clearly how important the iPhone is to Apple's business. iPhone sales last quarter were up 28 percent, a number lower than investors had anticipated, while the lower-margin iPad reached record sales of 17 million units.

one wonders if the carriers will use this data to renegotiate for better deals for the next generation iPhone.

Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Workers at Apple supplier injured and 1 is killed (appleinsider.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In what joins a long stream of incidents at other Apple suppliers a chlorine gas leak has killed 1 worker and injured 4 others according to Apple Insider:

A chlorine gas leak at a Catcher Technology plant in eastern China killed one person and injured four, the Apple supplier confirmed on Friday.
The incident occurred during "routine work" at a liquid-waste treatment workshop in Suzhou, Catcher spokesman James Wu said, according to The Wall Street Journal. Catcher builds unibody metal cases for Apple's MacBook lineup.
Of the employees that are injured, three are said to be in serious condition, while one has reportedly been transferred out of intensive care. The factory where the incident occurred was previously given a worst-possible "black" rating by the Suzhou Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau.


Apple

Submission + - Meet bonch: Professional anti-Google shill (slashdot.org)

An anonymous reader writes: bonch is one of many user accounts which are used to pose as corporate shills for companies such as apple and microsoft, and also to crapflood discussions with personal attacks on fellow slashdotters.

Other known sockpuppet acounts are BasilBrush, Overly Critical Guy, hairyfeet, SharkLaser, InsightIn140bytes, jo_ham, etc.

Here's what one of them has to say about the art of corporate shilling: http://apple.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=2035122&cid=35473078

do you wanna help slashdot? mod these sockpuppets down. They are only effective if they manage to get modpoints to upvote their own posts.

Android

Submission + - Android fans: pay for your apps, please (pcpro.co.uk) 2

Barence writes: "Android users need to spend more on apps if the platform is to have a long-term future, according to PC Pro's Mike Jennings.

The blog highlights how developers are questioning their support for Android, given the higher than average levels of piracy on the platform and the reluctance of many users to pay for apps.

"Plenty of people love Android but, conversely, plenty of its biggest fans seem to show their allegiance by resisting the urge to support some of its best software and most talented developers," writes Jennings. "If that continues, there might not be much of a platform left to exploit. It’s a worst-case scenario, but it’s easy to prevent: next time you feel like pirating rather than forking out less than the cost of a sandwich, reconsider. Your favourite phone platform might depend on it.""

Apple

Submission + - Mistreated Foxconn Brazil Workers Threaten Strike (appleinsider.com)

An anonymous reader writes: More bad news comes from Apple's iDevice manufacturing partner Foxconn that is sure to ruffle the feathers of Apple fans. From the story:

Factory workers at a Foxconn plant in Jundiaí, Brazil are complaining of overcrowded buses, poor food and a lack of water and have threatened to strike unless the issues are resolved by May 3. According to a report by Brazil's Tech Guru (Google Translation), over 2,500 Foxconn employees have complained about conditions at the factory. Workers reportedly met last Monday to raise the concerns and have given the company 10 days to address them.


Comment IBM is simply following others (Score 1) 377

We are living in a culture where there is great talk of transparency (i.e. healthcare) and communication (i.e. facebook) but there is little really being done (or said). I'm not that old but I find myself 'yearning for the days' when people walked their walk and sat down face to face for some quality time with friends. Maybe I should start a facebook group...

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