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Submission + - Arro taxi-app arrives in NYC as 'best hope' against Uber->

An anonymous reader writes: New York City cabs have begun testing a new app-based taxi system in an attempt to win back customers lost to Uber and Lyft. The new hailing app, named Arro, is currently in beta testing in around 7,000 of the city’s taxis. The system operates in a similar fashion to Uber but claims it will soon outplace the global giant, stripping surge pricing in favor of meter fares and teaming up with Creative Mobile Technologies (CMT) which already manages video displays and payment systems in around 10,000 NYC cabs.
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Comment Re:It'll devolve. (Score 4, Insightful) 77

Way 3: Make it an "event series"; a single series run with maybe a dozen episodes that serves as an extended sequel to the original with precisely how many episodes would depend on precisely how many parody scenes the writers can come up with before they start to repeat too much. I think they could probably get to a dozen or so quite easily if they draw on more series than just Trek: the BSG remake is ripe for parody, but you could also draw on Babylon 5, Doctor Who, Stargate, and several other series that hardcore SciFi fans would recognise the scene immediately yet still be obvious enough to be funny to those who haven't seen the show.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: By age 5, What will Windows 10 know about my child?->

ddruck writes: The new Win10 commercials that feature toddlers and promise new and wonderful ways of interacting and using this OS has another side and this is: At what informational cost for the user?

So readers, what are some thoughts as to the what kind (& extent) of information harvesting does this OS enable/require for a toddler today as they "grow" (& embrace) this environment- as the commercials suggest we do? Thanks.

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Submission + - More than half of psychological results can't be reproduced->

Bruce66423 writes: A new study trying to replicated results reported in allegedly high quality journals failed to do so in over 50% of cases. Those of us from a hard science background always had our doubts about this sort of stuff — it's interesting to see it demonstrated — or rather, as the man says: "Psychology has nothing to be proud of when it comes to replication,” Charles Gallistel, president of the Association for Psychological Science.
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Submission + - Facebook agrees to meet German government on removing racist content->

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has this week agreed to meet with Germany’s ministry of justice to discuss ways to rid the social media site of widespread racial hatred following a surge in user complaints. In a letter penned by Justice Minister Heiko Maas, Facebook’s European executives were invited to meet with the government department on the 14th September to talk about how the internet giant can improve ‘effectiveness and transparency’ in tackling racist posts. On Thursday Facebook Germany accepted the invitation via email, agreeing to meet Maas and admitting that it ‘takes his concerns very seriously.’
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Submission + - ISRO successfully launches satellite into geostationary orbit

vasanth writes: Indian Space Research Organization (Isro) on Thursday cleared all doubts on its cryogenic capabilities, successfully launching the Geostationary Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-D6), placing GSAT-6, a 2,117kg communication satellite in orbit.

The GSLV D-6 is the second successful consecutive launch of the GSLV series with indigenous cryogenic upper stage. ISRO had on January 5, 2014 launch GSLV D-5, after a similar attempt failed in 2010.

For the country, ISRO perfecting the cryogenic engine technology is crucial as precious foreign exchange can be saved by launching communication satellites on its own. Currently ISRO flies its heavy communication satellites by European space agency Ariane.

ISRO has already perfected it's Polar Launching Vehicle for launching lighter satellites which has decades of success stories. It has already put 45 foreign satellites of 9 nations into orbit. ISRO is to put 9 satellites in space using PSLV launcher for the United States in 2015-2016.

Comment Re:It's profitable (Score 1) 230

Until then, practice safe browsing, use ad block......even if you like to support websites by looking at their ads, it's not worth the risk right now.

Good advice, but I think the flaw (if you can call it that) in the proposal will be convincing people to stop using ad blockers when (ha!) it's safe to do so after they've seenthe difference an ad-free Internet makes to the experience and got used to it. Still, that's going to be a problem for the advertising companies and content providers to solve, and since the longer they wait before fixing the problem with malvertising the harder it will be to fix the effects of that foot dragging it's a classic case of reaping what you sow, so screw 'em. If they want to try and destroy their entire industry, I certainly don't have a problem with that.

Submission + - Top German court rejects Apple "slide to unlock" patent on appeal

AmiMoJo writes: Apple Inc patents covering the "slide to unlock" feature on smartphones are invalid, Germany's highest appeals court ruled on Tuesday, reaffirming a 2013 decision rejecting the U.S. company's claims by a lower court. The Neonode N1 had substantially similar technical features, the patent court had found. It ruled Apple's easier-to-use interface was not in itself patentable. Motorola Mobility, at the time a unit of Google Inc but now owned by China's Lenovo Group Ltd, filed the original suit in a Munich court against the Apple user interface patent.

Submission + - Ocean Cleanup concludes Mega Expedition of Great Pacific Garbage Patch->

hypnosec writes: The reconnaissance mission of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch dubbed the Mega Expedition by Ocean Clean has been concluded and the large-scale cleanup of the area is set to begin in 2020. The primary goal of the Mega Expedition was to accurately determine how much plastic is floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This was the first time large pieces of plastic, such as ghost nets and Japanese tsunami debris, have been quantified.
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Submission + - Ashley Madison Users Face Threats of Blackmail and Identity Theft

HughPickens.com writes: Jonathon Bromwich writes at the NYT that scammers and extortionists have been combing for targets through the data on 30 million to 40 million Ashley Madison users and police officials say they had already seen several instances of spinoff crimes, including extortion attempts. Darius Fisher, the president of the reputation management firm Status Labs, says he had multiple clients who have received emails threatening to expose their use of the site if they do not send bitcoins to their blackmailers and Ashley Madison users are vulnerable to scammers who offer to help them handle the situation. Scammers can use data from the breach to trick victims into giving up more information, or to hack into their computers to wreak further havoc.

People interested in the identity of the website’s members are also falling prey to attacks. Targeted messages and spurious websites that offer to reveal the identities of Ashley Madison users are being used as bait to lure suspicious spouses and human resources managers into clicking on malicious links. People who are already scared to death about divorce and career suicide from being exposed as Ashley Madison subscribers are more likely to open convincing-looking fake emails from purportedly helpful or intimidating parties. Scammers have been getting better at tricking people into opening malware-laced emails and the most dangerous variety of “spear-phishing” attack uses personalized emails the target is more likely to open, unwittingly releasing malware code into his system. “Steer clear of anything to do with Ashley Madison is probably the most useful advice," says Stephen Cobb. "Unless you really understand data and information security, responding to anything related to Ashley Madison could be problematic.”

Submission + - Inside the booming, unhinged, and dangerous malvertising menace->

mask.of.sanity writes: A feature on the online malicious advertising (malvertising) menace that has become an explosively potent threat to end-user security on the internet. Experts say advertising networks and exchanges need to vet their customers, and publishers need to vet the third party content they display. Users should also consider script and ad blockers in the interim.
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Submission + - Most Healthcare Managers Admit Their IT Systems Have Been Compromised->

Lucas123 writes: Eighty-one percent of healthcare IT managers say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other kind of cyber attack during the past two years, and only half of those managers feel that they are adequately prepared to prevent future attacks, according to a new survey by KPMG. The KPMG survey polled 223 CIOs, CTOs, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at healthcare providers and health plans, and found 65% indicated malware was most frequently reported line of attack during the past 12 to 24 months. Additionally, those surveyed indicated the areas with the greatest vulnerabilities within their organization include external attackers (65%), sharing data with third parties (48%), employee breaches (35%), wireless computing (35%) and inadequate firewalls (27%). Top among reasons healthcare facilities are facing increased risk, was the adoption of digital patient records and the automation of clinical systems.
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Submission + - Canadian accident study puts risks into perspective->

An anonymous reader writes: A Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) study has concluded that there would be no detectable increase in cancer risk for most of the population from radiation released in a hypothetical severe nuclear accident.

The CNSC's dtudy is the result of a collaborative effort of research and analysis undertaken to address concerns raised during public hearings on the environmental assessment for the refurbishment of Ontario Power Generation's (OPG's) Darlington nuclear power plant in 2012. The draft study was released for public consultation in June 2014. Feedback from the Commission itself and comments from over 500 submissions from the public, government and other organizations have been incorporated in the final version.

The study involved identifying and modelling a large atmospheric release of radionuclides from a hypothetical severe nuclear accident at the four-unit Darlington plant

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