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Submission + - Windows 10 RTM in 6 weeks (

Billly Gates writes: Arstechnica has the scoop on a new build with less flat icons and a confirmation of a mid July release date. While Microsoft is in a hurry to fix the damage by the Windows 8 versions of its operating system the question next is if it is ready for prime time? On Neowin a list of problems are already mentioned by MS and its users with this latest release including wifi and sound not working without a reboot and users complaining about tiles and apps not working in the new start menu. Also the new Microsoft browser EDGE/aka Spartan will be shipping without plugin support at RTM which could damage its reputation as an IE killer as one of the disadvantages of IE compared to Firefox or Chrome was the lack of real browser extensions. Also this new build takes away color from the titlebars similiar to Office 2013 which bothers some users as well. What is not known is if Microsoft plans to have OEMs sell new computers with Windows 10 in the middle of July? Or will this mean OEM's will get the official version for testing and deployment in the middle of July too while Microsoft fixes the bugs for the next 1 — 3 months before it comes standard on all new pcs?

Submission + - Goatse billboard hack horrifies drivers in Atlanta (

Yossarian45793 writes: In a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, hackers managed to get a video billboard to display the goatse image for several hours. Many slashdotters are familiar with that horror, and now a number of Atlanta residents are too. I'm surprised that such an obvious prank took this long to happen, and I wonder how many more times it will given the proliferation of video screens in public places.

Submission + - Future of Employment: How Susceptible are Jobs to Computerization? (

turkeydance writes: What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a 0.3 percent chance of being automated. That's because it's ranked high in cleverness, negotiation, and helping others. The job most likely to be done by a robot? Telemarketers. No surprise; it's already happening.

The researchers admit that these estimates are rough and likely to be wrong. But consider this a snapshot of what some smart people think the future might look like. If it says your job will likely be replaced by a machine, you've been warned.

Submission + - Google Calendar Ends SMS Notifications

LuserOnFire writes: Google has sent out an email this morning that says in part:

Starting on June 27th, 2015, SMS notifications from Google Calendar will no longer be sent. SMS notifications launched before smartphones were available. Now, in a world with smartphones and notifications, you can get richer, more reliable experience on your mobile device, even offline.

Submission + - SpamCop is stopping its webmail service

LuserOnFire writes: Today SpamCop users received an email that says in part:

For over 12 years, Corporate Email Services has been partnering with SpamCop to provide webmail service with spam filtering via the SpamCop Email System for our users. Back then, spam filtering was rare. We heard story after story about how our service rescued people from unfiltered email. Nowadays, webmail service with spam filtering has become the norm in the general public. As such, the need for the webmail service with SpamCop filtered email has decreased. Due to these reasons, we have decided to retire the SpamCop Email System and its webmail service; while SpamCop will continue to focus on providing the World's best spam reporting platform and blacklist for the community. As of September 30, 2014 (Tuesday) 6pm ET, the current SpamCop Email service will be converted to email forwarding-only with spam filtered by SpamCop for all existing SpamCop Email users.


Submission + - New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One (

An anonymous reader writes: Hey, web developer dudes and dudettes: What's your favorite programming language? Is it CSS? Is it JavaScript? Is it PHP, HTML5, or something else? Why choose? A new programming language developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University is all of those and moreâ"one of the world's first "polyglot" programming languages.

Sound cool? It is, except its development is partially funded by the National Security Agency, so let's look at it with a skeptical eye.

It's called Wyvernâ"named after a mythical dragon-like thing that only has two legs instead of fourâ"and it's supposed to help programmers design apps and websites without having to rely on a whole bunch of different stylesheets and different amalgamations spread across different files


Submission + - Saturn Is The Only Planet Visible In April (

RedEaredSlider writes: The planet Saturn will reach opposition on Sunday, April 3, and be not only among the brightest planets in the sky but the only one visible for most of the night.

Opposition is when a planet appears on the opposite side of the sky from the Sun. As Saturn takes 29 years to make a single circuit of the Sun, this happens once a year (it actually takes a year and a few extra days because Saturn moves against the background sky a bit — the last opposition was on March 22, 2010).

But this time opposition is a bit different. Saturn happens to be one of the only planets visible in the sky for most of the night. Mercury is lost in the Sun's glare until late in the month when it will be visible before sunrise. Venus rises at about 5:23 a.m. (Eastern) on April 1, and will stay visible in the predawn sky for the whole month. Mars, like Mercury, is too close to the sun in the sky to see, as is Jupiter.


Submission + - CD ripper "incites law breaking" ( 4

Barence writes: "A British firm has been banned from advertising a CD ripping device because it "incites law breaking". The Brennan JB7 is “a CD player with a hard disk that stores up to 5,000 CDs”. The adverts for the Brennan highlight the convenience of ripping your entire CD collection to the device – much like we’ve all been doing for years on our PCs, iPods and other MP3 players. The Advertising Standards Authority has banned the ads after concluding "that the ad misleadingly implied it was acceptable to copy CDs, vinyl and cassettes without the permission of the copyright owner"."

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