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+ - SF Commuters Stared at Phones, Oblivious to Murderer 3

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "A security camera shows a man raised a .45-caliber pistol several times and pointed it across the aisle on a crowded San Francisco Muni train, but not one of the dozens of passengers looked up from their phones and tablets until the man fired a bullet into the back of a SF State student getting off the train. "These weren't concealed movements," said District Attorney George Gascón, "the gun is very clear. These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They're just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They're completely oblivious of their surroundings.""

+ - Facebook Autofill Wants to Store User's Credit Card Info

Submitted by cagraham
cagraham (3027657) writes "Facebook has teamed up with payment processors PayPal, Braintree, and Stripe, in an attempt to simplify mobile payments. The system allows Facebook members (who have turned over their credit and billing info) to click a "Autofill with Facebook" button when checking-out on a mobile app. Facebook will then verify the details, and securely transfer a user's info over to the payment processing company. The move is likely aimed at gathering more data on user behavior, which can be used to increase the prices Facebook charges for mobile ads. Whether or not the feature takes off however, will depend almost entirely on how willing users are to trust Facebook with their credit card data."

+ - GTA V Franklin negative money bug workaround->

Submitted by choke
choke (6831) writes "GTA V released with a bug that causes players using Franklin who take the "Lamar Down" mission without enough money to 'give' to a storyline character in a followup cutscene to go into negative money, which causes all future money income to terminate before crediting with the singular exception of credits from 'stolen wallet vigilante' missions.

This bug is not restricted to Franklin, nor is the workaround.

The workaround to the bug is to seek out a 'stop thief' minimission, and to obtain the 'goods' which will bypass sanity checks and credit the character's balance, returning the character to positive cash.

Note that any normal income while a player has negative money will not be awarded, including the end-game 30 million dollar mission."

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Comment: Warn your loved ones. (Score 2) 125

by fekmist (#44912801) Attached to: Facebook Launches Advanced AI Effort To Find Meaning In Your Posts
I am now officially warning everyone I know on a monthly basis at the least not to use Facebook and to use the appropriate browser addons to negate "like" buttons across other sites. This has clearly gone too far, I can understand if masochist ignore my warnings, but for whome I deeply care for in my life I will do my best to help them push this evil corporation away from their lives. Good luck to everyone else in your efforts to do the same. We have what it takes!

Comment: Gov. Work (Score 4, Interesting) 814

by fekmist (#44017945) Attached to: Transgendered Folks Encountering Document/Database ID Hassles
I used to work for the government of Canada at an agency which I cannot name. I ran into an awkward situation when I was speaking with a woman who had recently gotten married to another woman and as I was putting the info in, the software I was using told me there was an error that needed to be corrected before proceeding. I was both embarrassed and furious. I could not believe our software was not written with same sex couples in mind and I apologized to her and kept on going with the rest of call. I doubt this issue has been fixed yet, this happened about a year ago.

+ - Transgendered Folks Encounter Document/Database ID Hassles

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Most of us hear the equivalent of 'let me bring up your record' several times a week or month when dealing with businesses and government agencies; sometimes there's a problem, but clerks are accustomed to dealing with changes in street address, phone numbers, company affiliation, and even personal names (after marriage). But what about gender? Transgendered folks are encountering embarrassing moments when they have to explain that their gender has changed from 'M' to 'F' or vice versa. While there are many issues involved in discrimination against transgendered individuals, I have to confess that the first thing that came to my mind was the impact on database design and maintenance."

+ - Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "After 2,000 years, a long-lost secret behind the creation of one of the world’s most durable man-made creations ever—Roman concrete—has finally been discovered by an international team of scientists, and it may have a significant impact on how we build cities of the future.

Researchers have analyzed 11 harbors in the Mediterranean basin where, in many cases, 2,000-year-old (and sometimes older) headwaters constructed out of Roman concrete stand perfectly intact despite constant pounding by the sea. The most common blend of modern concrete, known as Portland cement, a formulation in use for nearly 200 years, can’t come close to matching that track record. In seawater, it has a service life of less than 50 years. After that, it begins to erode.

The secret to Roman concrete lies in its unique mineral formulation and production technique. As the researchers explain in a press release outlining their findings, “The Romans made concrete by mixing lime and volcanic rock. For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms. The seawater instantly triggered a hot chemical reaction. The lime was hydrated—incorporating water molecules into its structure—and reacted with the ash to cement the whole mixture together.”"

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+ - Don't Panic, But We've Passed Peak Apple. And Google. And Facebook.->

Submitted by waderoush
waderoush (1271548) writes "Over the last decade, just three companies — Google, Apple, and Facebook — have generated most of the new ideas and most of the business momentum in the world of computing. (Add in Amazon, if you're feeling generous.) But it's been a long time since any of these companies introduced anything indisputably new — and there are good reasons to think they never will again. This Xconomy essay argues that the innovation engines at Google, Apple, and Facebook are out of gas (the most surprising thing about OS X Mavericks is that it's not named after a cat) and that other players will have to come up with the underpinnings for the next big cycle of advances in computing. Granted, it's not as if any of these companies will disappear. But the idea that they'll go on generating ideas as groundbreaking as the ones that landed them in the spotlight defies common sense, statistics, and the lessons of history, which show that real innovation almost always comes from small companies. Apple, Google, and Facebook aren't too big to fail — but they may be too big to keep succeeding."
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+ - Draft NASA funding bill cancels asteroid mission for return to the moon->

Submitted by MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "A draft version of the 2013 NASA Authorization Bill nixes any funding for President Obama’s asteroid retrieval mission and instead directs NASA to return astronauts to the lunar surface as soon as possible, funding of course permitted.

The NASA bill is currently working its way through the House Science Committee. Thus far the Senate has not taken up NASA authorization. However the cancellation of the asteroid retrieval mission and an insistence on returning to the moon, which both President Obama and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden have opposed, would place Congress on a collision course with the White House should that version of the bill be passed by both houses of Congress."

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+ - PRISM Fears Give DuckDuckGo a Huge Boost-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "If you want to know just how crazy fear over PRISM-like surveillance has made the Internet, take a look at DuckDuckGo. Thanks to the National Security Agency leaks and some well-timed media appearances, the private search engine is having its best traffic week ever. Visitors to the site made a record 2.35 million direct searches on Wednesday — a 26 percent increase over the previous week. For DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg, the numbers are proof yet again that people are eager to find and use viable alternatives to popular web services, which are prime targets for government snooping. 'We offer that in web search, and there are others that offer it in other verticals. As people find out about these alternatives, they make that choice,' Weinberg said via email."
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