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+ - Ocean Warming Accelerating->

Submitted by iONiUM
iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "Oceans are warming at an accelerated pace — forcing scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to re-scale its heat chart to account for the warming that occurred in 2014."

It goes on to say: "Dr Abraham says this is the “clearest nail in the coffin” that there has been no let up in global warming.""

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Comment: Re:Data about where and how people drive? (Score 2) 238

by iONiUM (#48859237) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

There are two settings on Android that let you control this. Location reporting, and location history. They are named similar, so it might be confusing. Location history allows apps like Google Now etc to work, but ironically, does not store your data in this specific history thing (mine is blank, for example, despite using a Nexus 5 with location history on). Location reporting is a terrible battery drain, and designed to "ping" apps when you move around. This "ping" is also what goes to Google and updates this map.

Thus, to stay off this list but still get to use everything in Android, simply turn Location reporting off.

+ - Samsung approaches BlackBerry about buyout->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) recently approached BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY.O) (BB.TO) about buying the company for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.

South Korea's Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, which represents a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry's current trading price, the source said.

Executives from the two companies, which are working with advisers, met last week to discuss a potential transaction, the source said, asking not to be identified because the conversations are private.

Shares of Blackberry jumped as much as 30 percent on heavy volume in afternoon trading in New York.

The offer price would imply an enterprise value of $6 billion to $7.5 billion for BlackBerry, assuming conversion of $1.25 billion of convertible debt, according to the documents.

BlackBerry announced a high-profile security partnership with Samsung in November. The partnership will wed BlackBerry's security platform with the South Korean company's own security software for its Galaxy devices."

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+ - Anonymous Declares War on Al-Qaeda ISIS-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a video release today showing an anonymous member from the Belgian branch wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, Anonymous says "We will track you down — every last one — and will kill you. You allowed yourselves to kill innocent people, we will therefore avenge their deaths."

Considering that the various governments in the world have more-or-less failed to stop ISIS and Al-Qaeda, perhaps it is time for a more vigilante brand of justice."

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Comment: Re:Slashdot today. (Score 3, Insightful) 142

by iONiUM (#48759215) Attached to: Scientist Says Potential Signs of Ancient Life in Mars Rover Photos

To be fair, there have been many of these "we think we may have found life / ancient life / we have a big announcement" type things out of NASA in the last few years, none of which had "conclusive" (or at least, relatively so) evidence of life.

It's getting to the point where there's nothing really to discuss until they stop releasing these meta-statements, and actually give a real "we fucking found life FOR SURE" statement.

Comment: Re:Any actual examples? (Score 2) 598

by iONiUM (#48738453) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

I can give another. In 2003 I bought my first Mac, an iBook G4. It came with OSX, and I had no problems setting it up or using it (no issues for the first month of usage).

2 weeks ago, I bought a brand new Macbook Pro. During setup, I ran into a bug where the 'next' button disappeared entirely during apple ID "linking", and could not be finished. I had to force re-start the machine, and then skip that step. After setup, it became apparent that Yosemite did not ship with it (why?), so I had to upgrade. However, due to my faulty Apple ID setup the first time, it couldn't use the apple store to do it. I deleted all the iCloud users, and added a new one, but adding one doesn't make it primary (what the fuck?) so I had to delete it and re-add it a different way.

Once I had Yosemite, my WiFi stopped working altogether. You can google about this issue, it's awful. Since there's no hard network jack on the pro, I can't get to the internet at all, which means I can't get a patch even if they release it.

It's pretty terrible.

+ - AirAsia Flight Loses Contact With Air Traffic Control->

Submitted by iONiUM
iONiUM (530420) writes "As reported by many news sources, yet another plane has lost contact during a trip.

This comes on the heels of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which is still missing, and Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 which was shot down.

The question has to be asked: is airline travel still safe, especially within Asia? And, why has the news completely forgot about flight 370?"

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Comment: See what Google Ads you've clicked on (Score 1) 699

by iONiUM (#48548697) Attached to: French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus

I run all my desktop browsers with ABP. I thought I never click on Google Ads, however recently I checked the history of my primary Google account and was very surprised to find that I had, and not just a few times, many times, and on things I had been interested in.

You can see your own history through Google's History site: Google History for Ads. It's pretty interesting. I don't know how they're getting me, but I assume it's on my phone. In any case, it's been so subtle (and useful) that I am in no way upset (I actually needed/wanted these things).

That's how advertising should be. Beyond that, all the un-targeted stuff deserves to be blocked.

Comment: XBOX Live (Score 2) 170

by iONiUM (#48548539) Attached to: Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

Here is their twitter: Lizard Patrol.

They have been attacking XBOX Live randomly for the last 3 weeks which takes down everyone's (including mine) Netflix, games, etc. It's pretty annoying. They even re-tweeted the ankle bracelet on one of their members who is under house arrest after being released from jail. I don't know how they can get away with the blatant DDoS attacks.

Comment: Marketing gimmick (Score 1, Insightful) 164

by iONiUM (#48518139) Attached to: Gangnam Style Surpasses YouTube's 32-bit View Counter

This is just a marketing gimmick. I find it weird that they wouldn't have used an unsigned int to begin with (or at least, would have upgraded when it appeared a video was approaching the limit).

Now they get a free news article all over the world about it! More ads for everyone!

Comment: LTE? (Score 1) 216

by iONiUM (#48499485) Attached to: How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

I'm with Rogers (Canada) and I'm usually on their LTE network (Rogers LTE). As per the wiki, the theoretical speed is 150Mbit/s, but similar to what the article notes, when I run speed test I typically get ~14Mbit/s depending on the time of day.

I'm not that excited about any "new generation" 4G or whatever, as this is more than fast enough for my daily needs when I'm not on WiFi.

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923