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Submission + - The Internet of Broken Things (

szczys writes: The Internet of Things is all the hype these days. On one side we have companies clamoring to sell you Internet-Connected-everything to replace all of the stuff you already have that is now considered "dumb". On the other side are security researchers screaming that we're installing remote access with little thought about securing it properly. The truth is a little of both is happening, and that this isn't a new thing. It's been around for years in industry, the new part is that it's much wider spread and much closer to your life. Al Williams walks through some real examples of the unintended consequences of IoT, including his experiences building and deploying devices, and some recent IoT gaffs like the NEST firmware upgrade that had some users waking up to an icy-cold home.

Comment To all of you noobs... (Score 1) 148

...who are complaining that Khyber's question/post is stupid, etc -- YOU ARE THE PROBLEM,
*NOT* KHYBER. Slashdot used to be a valuable resource for questions like this. Try and Contribute something useful to the discussion IF you have any knowledge worth sharing, or feel free to go elsewhere and post your useless whinging somewhere else. This falls under "Stuff that matters."

--Even tho I don't have any skin in this game, I learned something useful reading the responses that actually tried to help the guy with his situation - i.e. Win32 works, Win64 doesn't. Linux works. THAT ALONE makes it worth the submission, so GTFO if you don't like it.

Submission + - Microsoft's Cortana Doesn't Put Up With Sexual Harassment (

MojoKid writes: Not long after Apple unveiled its Siri personal assistant to the world, it took very little time before people began asking her outrageous questions, sometimes inappropriate or just humorous, if for no other reason than they just could. When creating Cortana, Microsoft was well-aware of what its digital assistant was going to have to deal with, so, believe it or not, it was designed in such a way to handle abuse in a specific manner. According to Microsoft's Deborah Harrison, who is one of eight writers for Cortana, a chunk of the earliest queries were about Cortana's sex life. A specific goal was to make sure Cortana wasn't treated as a subservient. If she's insulted, she doesn't apologize or back down. She handles it with tact, so as to reduce the chance of further abuse.

Comment A bug and a couple of suggestions (Score 1) 1832

--There's a bug in the "Threshold" dropdown that has probably been there for years. Try setting it to Threshold: 2 and mode "Flat" and before you hit the Change button, it will list ~500+ comments (for this article, for instance) to be displayed. After hitting Change, it only displays ~100+ comments.

--Proper behavior should be displaying all comments in the thread that are scored +2 or above, in Flat mode.


o Give us some way to track in real-time how many posts we've modded up or down so far. Currently I have to do this in my head, or write down a tally. (Slashdot browser plugin? Nah)

o If we get Mod points, make them either non-expiring or give us like 2 weeks to use them. Half the time I get Mod points on days that I don't/can't access the site, and never have a chance to use them.

--BTW, thanks again for being constructive/proactive and listening to us. :-)

Comment Re:Allow pics (Score 1) 1832

--Slashdot has a distinctive look and feel, and a unique vibe. I admittedly thought about suggesting allowing inline pics in the thread, but I realized that's *not* why most of us come here.

--You want tumblr, go to tumblr. You want Fark, go to Fark and post your pics. You want FB, go to FB - and get spied on. I want *Slashdot.* Text news. It's like a distilled refuge from the rest of the multimedia crap that's out there. Why do you think everyone rebelled against Beta? It went against everyone's expectations (especially long-time users.) If they do (God forbid) allow inline pics, at least give us an option to turn it off in Preferences for logged-in users.

Comment Re:It's the financial models, stupid! (Score 1) 1832

> So the kernel of my suggestion is "By listening to the users". But not just any users. You should listen hardest to the users who are willing to donate a few bucks for a piece of the action. The basic unit of sincerity might be a charity share with a suggested retail price of $10

--Yeah right, since that way of thinking has been working SO WELL for us in Washington,DC lately.

--Slashdot has NEVER been a "pay us to listen to you" kind of site. Go away before your misguided ideas kill the place for the rest of us - start your own d--n site if you want to pull that kind of crap.

Comment Re:Open to Questions (Score 1) 1309

--Logan - as a longtime /. reader, I would advise you to (ASAP) get one of those "slashdot" icons next to your username -- that's one way we know that you're part of the admin staff for the site.

--Anyhow, others in this thread have posted some very good ideas, and I wish you guys the best of luck - just don't change the site too much. We all like the Classic Look and features, but the stories could use some more editorial efforts. And definitely keep up the Linux coverage.

--Other recommendations:

o 15 mod points instead of 5 (if you have high Karma),
o Moderation access twice a week,
o Eliminate the "Slow down, cowboy" crap for logged-in users,
o Ability to re-edit your post with a 15-to-30-minute timeout expiration,
o Better searchability for older articles,
o More options for the sidebar / extra content stuff on the right.
o Automatic -1 for APK-signed spam AC posts!

--That's about all I can think of for now. ;-)

--Anyhow, thanks for asking and for interacting with us.

Submission + - Microsoft makes Windows 10 a 'recommended update' for Windows 7 and 8.1 users (

Mark Wilson writes: Microsoft has been accused of pushing Windows 10 rather aggressively, and the company's latest move is going to do nothing to silence these accusations. For Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users, Windows 10 just became a 'recommended update' in Windows Update.

This is a change from the previous categorization of the upgrade as an 'optional update' and it means that there is renewed potential for unwanted installations. After the launch of Windows 10, there were numerous reports of not only the automatic download of OS installation files, but also unrequested upgrades. The changed status of the update means that, on some machines, the installation of Windows 10 could start automatically.

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