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Submission Summary: 3 pending, 485 declined, 346 accepted (834 total, 41.49% accepted)

Submission + - .Horse? .Moe? Who's Buying Weird Top-Level Domains -- And Why->

jfruh writes: When the .horse generic top-level domain was launched, it was pitched as a home for equine enthusiasts. But nobody's using or today — the highest-profile action on the TLD comes from pranksters who snapped up trademarks like for their own silly purposes. The ballad of .horse raises the question of who exactly is buying into the slew of weird top-level domains that have come out recently -- .boo, .moe, and .fly among others — and why you might (or might not) want to join them.
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Submission + - Fake iOS Crash Reports Can Wreak Havoc For Users->

jfruh writes: You've probably encountered at least one tech support scam, where nefarious website causes your browser to spawn a difficult-to-close dialogue box that urges you to call a pay phone number to fix a nonexistant virus. These scams can be irritating on a laptop, but on iOS they can make Safari basically unusable, with a nonintuitive series of steps required to end the trouble.
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Submission + - Magazine Publisher Spends Half A Billion Dollars On Big Data Company->

jfruh writes: Advance is best known as a publishing company, owning through various subsidiaries high-presitage print magazines like the New Yorker and Vogue, and various regional newspapers; it's also the largest shareholder in Reddit. But it just spent $500 million to buy 1010data, a data analytics firm that provides services to companies in a number of industries. Will better data about readers save publishing?
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Submission + - Zuckerberg Sees VR As "Obvious Next Thing" In Social Sharing->

jfruh writes: Posts on Facebook may increasingly center of video in the near future, but company founder Mark Zuckerberg is looking ahead to the next thing — and in his opinion the next thing is "immersive 3D content." This may explain the company's puzzling decision to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion.
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Submission + - Tools Coming To Def Con For Hacking RFID Access Doors->

jfruh writes: Next month's Def Con security conference will feature, among other things, new tools that will help you hack into the RFID readers that secure doors in most office buildings. RFID cards have been built with more safeguards against cloning; these new tools will bypass that protection by simply hacking the readers themselves.
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Submission + - China's Huawei Building Fibre Optic Internet Cable In West Africa->

jfruh writes: The West African nation of Guinea will be getting its first fibre optic Internet cable by 2017, built by Chinese telecom giant Huawei. Funded by the Guinean government and Chinese banks, the cable will provide high-speed Internet access to many Guinean institutions, and may provide connectivity to neighboring countries as well.
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Submission + - Check Into A Robot-Staffed Japanese Hotel->

jfruh writes: The front desk is staffed by a female android in a white tunic. The bellhop is a mechanical velociraptor. A giant robot arm put luggage into cubbyholes. It's the Henn-na Hotel in Nagasaki and it's opening this Friday, and it's a place where 'basically guests will see only robots, not humans,' according to general manager Masahiko Hayasaka.
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Submission + - Italian Court Throws Out TripAdvisor Fine Over Bad Reviews->

jfruh writes: TripAdvisor had been fined half a million euros in Italy for publishing "misleading" information in its reviews. But now an Italian court has thrown out that punishment, saying that the site clearly states that the reviews are user-submitted and that TripAdvisor can't confirm all details.
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Submission + - Cell Phone Radiation Emission Tests Assume Use Of Belt Clip->

jfruh writes: Most Slashdotters rightfully roll their eyes when people panic about the "radiation" put out by cell phone. But there is a germ of truth to some of the nervous talk: when the FCC assesses how much radio-frequency radiation a phone user will absorb, they work on the assumption you'll be wearing it in a belt clip, rather than putting it in your pocket as most people do.
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Submission + - Google To Reopen Maps To User Edits, With An Anti-Abuse Plan->

jfruh writes: When Google opened up its Maps to user edits, a lot of useful information got added — along with plenty of spam and outright abuse, some of it obscene, which led to the program being shut down. Now the company is planning to reopen things to user input, recruiting local mappers that they're calling "regional leads" to filter out problematic content.
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Submission + - Why Are There So Many Gaps In Google Street View?->

jfruh writes: Google Street View keeps going to all sorts of exotic places — up the sheer cliff wall of El Capitan, for example. So why are there so many gaps in, for instance, the streets of the Sunset District, an easily accessible residential neighborhood in San Francisco, just a few miles from Google HQ? The answer may be a combination of privacy requests and technical glitches, but Google is talking. Observers noted in one case on an island road, the Street View car apparently stopped its journey right next to a bar.
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Submission + - Richard Stallman 'Basically' Fine With NSA Using GNU/Linux->

jfruh writes: GNU project founder Richard Stallman can seem a little (if you'll forgive the turn of phrase) proprietary at times over open source software, to the point of insisting on calling Linux "GNU/Linux." But one thing he'll always admit is that nobody can control how properly licensed open source software can be used — even if it's being used by government agencies for purposes he opposes. That was his take on the recent intra-open source debate that arose upon revelations of the NSA's extensive use of free and open source software.
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Submission + - Intel's Software Chief Out; Botched McAfee Deal To Blame?->

jfruh writes: Renee James, Intel's president and head of the company's software group has departed, supposedly to "pursue other opportunities." But a high-profile heir apparent doesn't just leave voluntarily, and it seems likely that she is in part taking the fall for Intel's acquisition of McAfee, the promised synergies of which have failed to materialize. Then again, Intel is a traditionally very stable company, but there's been a lot of churn in the uper ranks lately: is something wrong?
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Submission + - Nvidia Hopes To Sell More Chips By Bringing AI Programming To The Masses->

jfruh writes: Artificial intelligence typically requires heavy computing power, which can only help manufacturers of specialized chip manufacturers like Nvidia. That's why the company is pushing its Digits software, which helps users design and experiment with neural networks. Version 2 of digits moves out of the command line and comes with a GUI interface in an attempt to move interest beyond the current academic market; it also makes programming for multichip configurations possible.
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