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Transportation

Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets? 173

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-'84-buick-lesabre-is-probably-not-getting-you-into-trouble dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Have you ever been pulled over for a traffic stop and wondered if your sporty car was what caught the officer's attention? Ever had an officer pass up your clunker to snag a flashier vehicle? Well, there's now some data showing which vehicles accumulate the most tickets. According to a study by Insurance.com, drivers of the Subaru WRX, Pontiac GTO, and Scion FR-S get a higher percentage of tickets than drivers of any other cars. At the bottom of the list, we see vehicles such as the Ford Ecosport, the Land Rover LR4, and Chevy Sportvan. They have a widget that will let you see data on your own make/model, if you're curious.
Communications

LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers 149

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-yell-really-loud dept.
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from MIT's Technology Review: A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to "talk" directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. Known as LTE Direct, the wireless technology has a range of up to 500 meters, far more than either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. It is included in update to the LTE standard slated for approval this year, and devices capable of LTE Direct could appear as soon as late 2015. ... Researchers are, for example, testing LTE Direct as a way to allow smartphones to automatically discover nearby people, businesses, and other information.

Comment: Re:$8.283 billion taxes in 2011 Re:Finally (Score 2) 120

by Plumpaquatsch (#48021305) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

If this ruling sticks then a major adjustment in AAPL's price is coming down the tracks. Should be good for roughly a 15-20% drop. At 16, AAPL's p/e is looking a little pricey in any case. Other tech perps are no doubt peering anxiously over their shoulders but AAPL is the standout bad actor.

Then please do short Apple - this should be fun.

Comment: Re:Finally (Score 4, Informative) 120

by Plumpaquatsch (#48020943) Attached to: Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

But if the Irish laws supported Apple what's the legal basis for trying to claim back taxes?

I believe that the claim is that *both* Apple and the Irish government colluded to bypass Irish laws (derived from EU directives). In that case the Irish government is also going to be in trouble, treaty-wise.

You, like most her, completely misunderstood what's going on. QTFA: "While the companies themselves aren't under investigation, their input is being sought because they would be required to return any unpaid taxes."

I repeat: Apple is not under investigation, they will not be fined. The worst that can happen to them is be required to pay taxes saved. It's only Ireland who is in trouble (and the other countries under investigation).

Math

Statistician Creates Mathematical Model To Predict the Future of Game of Thrones 123

Posted by samzenpus
from the math-is-coming dept.
KentuckyFC writes One way of predicting the future is to study data about events in the past and build a statistical model that generates the same pattern of data. Statisticians can then use the model to generate data about the future. Now one statistician has taken this art to new heights by predicting the content of the soon-to-be published novels in the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R R Martin. The existing five novels are the basis of the hit TV series Game of Thrones. Each chapter in the existing books is told from the point of view of one of the characters. So far, 24 characters have starred in this way. The statistical approach uses the distribution of characters in chapters in the first five books to predict the distribution in the forthcoming novels. The results suggest that several characters will not appear at all and also throw light on whether one important character is dead or not, following an ambiguous story line in the existing novels. However, the model also serves to highlight the shortcomings of purely statistical approaches. For example, it does not "know" that characters who have already been killed off are unlikely to appear in future chapters. Neither does it allow for new characters that might appear. Nevertheless, this statistical approach to literature could introduce the process of mathematical modelling to more people than any textbook.

Comment: Re:Just don't update it that way. (Score 1) 203

by Plumpaquatsch (#48019799) Attached to: Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update

Id like to believe if this issue was widespread, we would have heard about it when the note 3 launched.. or the GS5... or the (insert other flagship phone here) was released. I mean the iphone 6 hasnt been out a week, This will end up becoming a much bigger issue than antennagate

Yeah, because all the problems with Samsung products or labour issues had the same media exposure as those from Apple. And yes, this will be a bigger issue than Antennagate, because nobody but the haters will care about it in 4 weeks instead of 3 weeks.

Comment: Re: battle with Android and iOS first! (Score 1) 132

by Plumpaquatsch (#48019591) Attached to: Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

Same thing i posted above. Apple has their iAd service with "customized" ads with apple taking 30% of the revenue and the developer taking the remaining 70%.

So, Google ads = BAD, apple ads = Good because?

Because nobody ever complained about Google not giving enough private information about their customers (that is people buying their products) to the advertisers while those complaints exist about Apple.

Comment: RTFA (Score 1) 93

by Plumpaquatsch (#48000999) Attached to: Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March
"While the exploit Balic says he reported to Apple shares a stark resemblance to the exploit allegedly used in the so-called "Celebgate" hack, it is currently unclear if they are the same vulnerability."

Not even directly said in the article, only in the screenshots of the emails: "Same issue consists with other companies too", "found the same issue with Google "

Botnet

First Shellshock Botnet Attacking Akamai, US DoD Networks 236

Posted by samzenpus
from the that-didn't-take-very-long dept.
Bismillah writes The Bash "Shellshock" bug is being used to spread malware to create a botnet, that's active and attacking Akamai and Department of Defense networks. "The 'wopbot' botnet is active and scanning the internet for vulnerable systems, including at the United States Department of Defence, chief executive of Italian security consultancy Tiger Security, Emanuele Gentili, told iTnews. 'We have found a botnet that runs on Linux servers, named “wopbot", that uses the Bash Shellshock bug to auto-infect other servers,' Gentili said."

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