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+ - Are New Domain Names Leading to Confusion for .com and .net?->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "A year ago, there were only 22 Top Level Domain Names, with .com and .net being the most commonly deployed. Now there are hundreds of new names and according to VeriSign (the people that manage .com and .net), it's leading to confusion.
Are you confused by new .xyz / .guru .anything domains?"

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+ - Why is Apple installing outdated and vulnerable 3rd party libraries with iTunes 5

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The just released iTunes 12.0.1 for Windows still comes with COMPLETELY outdated and VULNERAEBLE 3rd party libraries as part of AppleMobileDeviceSupport.msi

* libeay32.dll and ssleay32.dll 0.9.8d are more than SEVEN years old and have at least 27 unfixed CVEs!
* libcurl.dll 7.16.2 is more than SEVEN years old and has at least 18 unfixed CVEs! The current version is 7.38.0; see for the fixed vulnerabilities!

Until Apple's developers, their QA and their managers start to develop a sense for safety and security: stay away from their (Windows) software!"

+ - Oct 25 is Root 2 day

Submitted by Ted Stoner
Ted Stoner (648616) writes "The Unix timestamp (also used by Java) tomorrow (Oct 25) at about 1:04:16 AM GMT-4:00 DST (EDT) will hit 1414213456. Divide by 10**9 and square it and you get 2.

Root 3 day (timestamp 1732050808) does not occur until Nov 2024 so party now.

Visit the Epoch Converter site for more zany madness."

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 614

by TheLink (#48223669) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Automation increases jobs.

Automation does require the displaced employee to get another job. This may require retraining, returning to school to upgrade or acquire a skill set that is marketable. The may require a change of career. Most displaced employees will find other jobs.

Imagine the Chinese, Indian etc workers as robots[1]. Have all the US workers who've lost their jobs to these "robots" experienced the increased number of jobs you mention? Now imagine what happens when Foxconn et all replace those Chinese workers with real robots (as Foxconn is actually doing).

What will these Chinese workers do? Some of them will take your higher end jobs:
From the article:

And it turns out that the job done in China was above par â" the employee's "code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building,"

If the population growth remains at X% and the Earth resource/wealth extraction rate does not increase by much more than X% if robots and automation take some human jobs, there will NOT be replacement jobs that pay out the same amount of wealth. Because in most cases automation is about reducing costs and increasing profits. Furthermore the resource extraction rate cannot continue increasing as long as we are stuck on Earth[2].

See also:
tldr; the automobile destroyed the jobs of the horses, there was no increase in replacement jobs that the horses could do.

And that is what will happen to most humans once the robots get good enough.

[1] Many of these workers are actually doing jobs that are "robotic" and could be automated- it's just that they are cheaper and more flexible than current robots and someone else paid for much of the manufacturing).


Comment: Re:Counterfeiters not competitors (Score 1) 484

by JesseMcDonald (#48223011) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

The number may have been assigned by the USB WG, but it was the manufacturer who decided to check for it in the drivers. Either way, the use of that number is a necessary part of creating drop-in-compatible hardware.

Of course, they can't advertise their product with the USB logo if they're not following the USB specifications, including the use of assigned ID numbers, but that's a separate matter. There is no requirement for non-members to adhere to the ID numbers assigned by the USB WG so long as they don't claim to be fully compliant.

+ - Printer watermark obfuscation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Interesting paper: Maya Embar, Louis F. McHugh IV, and William R. Wesselman, "Printer watermark obfuscation," Proceeding
RIIT '14: Proceedings of the 3rd annual conference on Research in information technology:

Link to paper:

Abstract: Most color laser printers manufactured and sold today add "invisible" information to make it easier to determine when a particular document was printed and exactly which printer was used. Some manufacturers have acknowledged the existence of the tracking information in their documentation while others have not. None of them have explained exactly how it works or the scope of the information that is conveyed. There are no laws or regulations that require printer companies to track printer users this way, and none that prevent them from ceasing this practice or providing customers a means to opt out of being tracked. The tracking information is coded by patterns of yellow dots that the printers add to every page they print. The details of the patterns vary by manufacturer and printer model.""

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Comment: Re:Counterfeiters not competitors (Score 1) 484

by JesseMcDonald (#48221517) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

It is a textbook trademark case, but you're referring to the wrong part of the textbook. Consider the case of the game consoles which wouldn't operate without a bit-for-bit copy of the manufacturer's logo in the ROM, a trick intended to shut out unlicensed game developers. The court ruled that third-party developers could include the logo image without a license despite the fact that it was both copyrighted and trademarked, because the manufacturer had chosen to make it necessary for compatibility.

Comment: Re:Alternatives? Same problem.. (Score 3, Interesting) 484

by JesseMcDonald (#48221227) Attached to: FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

They use FTDI's USB VID/PID - this is representing yourself as an FTDI chip.

Only to the computer, which doesn't really count. These IDs could reasonably be considered part of the interface to the hardware; exceptions have been granted for both copyright and trademarks in the past when the infringement was required for the sake of compatibility. The real question is whether the buyer was misled to believe that these chips were manufactured by FTDI. It seems that this was indeed the case, but that's a separate issue from the USB VID/PID.

+ - Microsoft exec opens up about Research lab closure, layoffs->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "It's been a bit over a month since Microsoft shuttered its Microsoft Research lab in Silicon Valley as part of the company's broader restructuring that will include 18,000 layoffs. This week, Harry Shum, Microsoft EVP of Technology & Research, posted what he termed an "open letter to the academic research community" on the company's research blog. In the post, Shum is suitably contrite about the painful job cut decisions that were made in closing the lab, which opened in 2001. He also stresses that Microsoft will continue to invest in and value "fundamental research"."
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+ - Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems->

Submitted by oxide7
oxide7 (1013325) writes "In June 2011, Julian Assange received an unusual visitor: the chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt. They outlined radically opposing perspectives: for Assange, the liberating power of the Internet is based on its freedom and statelessness. For Schmidt, emancipation is at one with U.S. foreign policy objectives and is driven by connecting non-Western countries to Western companies and markets. These differences embodied a tug-of-war over the Internet’s future that has only gathered force subsequently. Assange describes his encounter with Schmidt and how he came to conclude that it was far from an innocent exchange of views."
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Easy Programming Environment For Processing Video And Audio?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dear Slashdotters: Me and a couple of pals want to test out a few ideas we have for processing video and audio files using code. We are looking for a programming language that is a) uncomplicated to learn b) runs reasonably fast (compiled, not interpreted please) and c) can read and write video and audio files with relative ease. Read/write support for common file formats like AVI, Video For Windows, Quicktime, MP3, WAV would make our job much easier. The icing on the cake would be if the IDE/language/compiler used is free and runs on Windows as well as MacOS (we may try Linux further down the line as well). Any suggestions? Please note that we are looking for a rapid prototyping language that is quick to setup, makes it easy to throw some working video/audio code together, and test it against an array of digital test footage/audio, rather than a language for creating a final consumer release (which would likely be C++, Assembly or similar). The ability to build a basic user interface for our experimental video/audio algos — sliders, buttons, data entry fields — would also be a plus, although we wouldn't be building hugely complex UIs at this stage. And one more bonus question — are some of the visual/node-based audio & video processing environments available, like any good for this kind of algorithm prototyping? (We want the final algos resulting from the effort available in code or flowchart form). Thanks for any help — Five Anonymous Video/Audio Processing Freaks =)"

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