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+ - Social media is getting young people drunk->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) phenomenon is part of why people tend to get addicted to social networking and then depressed. And if you're a young, impressionable teenager, it could pressure you into making sure you, too, are happily intoxicated the next time someone snaps a group shot. That's the gist of the latest study to find that social media photos of people drinking and smoking can influence teens into partaking in the same degenerate behavior. The University of Southern California study was published online today in the Journal of Adolescent Health."
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+ - You thought BYOD was a thorny problem? BYO-PC will be even harder->

Submitted by mattydread23
mattydread23 (2793761) writes "As BYOD ("bring your own device") becomes ubiquitous, it's natural to consider the possibilities of extending it to PCs, Macs, and other types of notebook computers. The problem is that legacy technology and approaches may make BYO-PC much more challenging than BYOD. In particular, companies already own a ton of PCs and Macs, so adding personal computers on top of that existing infrastructure can create all kinds of thorny political and technical issues. BYO-Mac, however, may not be quite so hard for many organizations."
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+ - Feds Charge Wall Street Traders with Code Theft->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "Three men have been charged with stealing proprietary high-frequency trading algorithms from Amsterdam-based trading house Flow Traders. The accusations include that two of the three, while employees of Flow Traders, emailed strategies, algorithms, and source code to themselves before quitting the company. Theft of proprietary code and algorithms from financial firms is increasingly common, with at least six related U.S. prosecutions since November 2010. But while plaintiffs argue that the code is essential intellectual property, the defense can argue that such information is intrinsically linked to the environment in which it's being run, requires teams of programmers to maintain, and thus is of little use to another organization."
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Comment: Re:Removing bins will not fix underlying problem (Score 1) 179

by bandy (#44543999) Attached to: London Bans Recycling Bins That Track Phones

The issue here isn't that MAC addresses are unique, it's that users aren't bright enough or are too lazy to turn off wi-fi detection when they're not using it.

Exactly. As to the "large" address space - it's large if the random-number generator is actually random and has been seeded with a unique value. We've seen lots of bugs and exploits show up because those two conditions were not met.

+ - US to standardize car app/communication device components-> 1

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "The US Department of Transportation has high hopes of standardizing the way autos talk to each other and with other intelligent roadway systems of the future. The department recently issued a call for public and private researchers and experts to help it build what the DOT called "a hypothetical four layer approach to connected vehicle devices and applications certification.""
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+ - Unlocked Firefox OS ZTE Open is Now Available on eBay for for $80

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "We’ve been hearing quite a lot lately about the Firefox OS, but there are actually only a few Firefox OS phones launched on the market. ZTE Open is one of them and is actually the first Firefox OS phone for consumers. Even if Firefox OS has support from carriers all over the world, it’s pretty hard to sell devices in more locations across the world. To remedy that, ZTE is going to sell the Firefox OS Open phone on eBay for eighty dollars, which is actually ten dollars less than the launch price. A real great thing is that the handset will be off-contract and unlocked which means you will be able to use it on all mobile networks. ZTE didn’t mention when exactly the device will go on sale on eBay, the company just mentioning “soon”."

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