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Education

+ - What is the NPV of your College Education?->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "College is seen as a investment for a better future, but just just how good an investment is it?

One Redditor decided to use govt. databases (such as National Center for Education Statistics and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) to analyse it like any other investment, and calculate the NPV of various colleges and their individual degrees.

The Result: College education is a far more risky financial investment than presumed, and are no longer a guarantee to a stable middle class living.

Caveat: The reports are as good as the govt databases they are formed on, and currently do not factor in scholarships."

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Firefox

+ - Mozilla reveals two developer phones for Firefox OS->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "Mozilla has today revealed a partnership with Spanish startup Geeksphone for a pair of Firefox OS developer devices, "Keon" and "Peak".

"Keon" is a very basic device more akin to a featurephone, having a single-core 1GHz processor Snapdragon S1 (similar to a Nokia Lumia 610) and 512MB of RAM, expected to arrive next month. "Peak" bumps the processor to a beefier 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4.

There are no details on cost or release date for the device just yet, but Geeksphone says it'll arrive with a price tag "you could never have imagined," so we expect it to be priced very competitively.

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But fear not, Mozilla has not abandoned the browser, since it revealed it is busy developing a version specifically for the OUYA."

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Idle

+ - Russian Scientists make a dry, egg-boiling, carton->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "Made by Evgeny Morgalev, one of a team of inventors called KIAN, the invention is called the Gogol-Mogol (after a Russian egg recipe), it has won an award by the European Packaging Design Association.

Although single use only, it has been made out of recyclable materials to reduce waste, and provide an easy way for people to enjoy some nutritious food on the go.

The egg is placed in the carton which is covered by layers of chemicals on the inside, and closed. Upon pulling a tab, the Calcium hydroxide reacts with a "smart" layer of water, to create a exothermic reaction, which can fully boil an egg in two-to-three minutes, though you can open it earlier, if you like your eggs runny."

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Google

+ - Google.com.pk and 284 Other .PK Domains Hacked-> 1

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "Start page for majority of Pakistanis – when they first visited it this morning – was found hacked and defaced. Yes, Google.Com.PK along with 284 other .PK domains were hacked today (and are still defaced).

According to Irfan Ahmed, an expert on Pakistani websites and web-servers, this defacement is due to change in DNS entries for 284 .PK domains that are managed by MarkMoniter.

Defaced domains include Microsoft.PK, apple.PK, paypal.PK, ebay.PK, blogspot.PK, chrome.PK, Cisco.PK and others.

Apparently no one has claimed the responsibility for the incident, but a message appearing on defaced pages, including on Google.com.pk is displaying a message in Turkish language, hinting that the hacker could be Turkish in origin.

Hacker hasn’t left any message for anyone, unlike the norm that hackers follow to convey their message through such defacements.

However, there is a phrase saying “Downed Pakistan”, a sign of victory for hackers when the deface a website."

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+ - Jolla unveils Sailfish OS->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "The date we were promised an introduction to Sailfish is here, and it turns out Jolla's not just targeting smartphones with its MeeGo-based OS, but tablets, smart TVs and other devices, too. Jolla has kept its OS under wraps until now, but it wants Sailfish to be an open-source affair which "will be built through community involvement and participation." The SDK is being released today, and we should get a look at the UI during a presentation occurring shortly. We're assured superb multitasking capabilities, as well as deep personalization and "fast and effortless interaction." Jolla has said Sailfish will be available for use with "multiple chipset technologies," and is already supported on ST-Ericsson's NovaThor platforms. It's also reported that it's partnering with Finnish carrier DNA to promote and sell Sailfish smartphones on home turf.

You can watch the livestream here: http://new.livestream.com/slushlive/mainstage"

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+ - Jolla to unveil Sailfish OS on November 21st->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "Jolla, as it has been discussed previously, is the phoenix that claims to be rising from the ashes of Nokia's MeeGo plans.

Their iteration of the MeeGo OS, known as "Sailfish OS" will be revealed, alongside an SDK, on a two-day SLUSH event in Helsinki.

This is to hoping that the umpteenth raising of this rocky platform will prove fruitful. Will you be interested in buying and developing for it?"

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United Kingdom

+ - Samsung / Apple UK judgment->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "On 9th July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computer, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of the High court is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.

In the ruling, the judge made several important points comparing the designs of the Apple and Samsung products:

"The extreme simplicity of the Apple design is striking. Overall it has undecorated flat surfaces with a plate of glass on the front all the way out to a very thin rim and a blank back. There is a crisp edge around the rim and a combination of curves, both at the corners and the sides. The design looks like an object the informed user would want to pick up and hold. It is an understated, smooth and simple product. It is a cool design."

"The informed user's overall impression of each of the Samsung Galaxy Tablets is the following. From the front they belong to the family which includes the Apple design; but the Samsung products are very thin, almost insubstantial members of that family with unusual details on the back. They do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity which is possessed by the Apple design. They are not as cool."

That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available on the following link www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the registered design in force anywhere in Europe.

However, in a case tried in Germany regarding the same patent, the court found that Samsung engaged in unfair competition by copying the iPad design. A U.S. jury also found Samsung guilty of infringing on Apple's design and utility patents, awarding over one billion U.S. dollars in damages to Apple Inc. So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple's far more popular iPad."

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United States

+ - U.S. sues Bank of America over "Hustle" mortgage fraud->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "The United States filed a fraud lawsuit against Bank of America Corp, accusing it of causing taxpayers more than $1 billion of losses by selling thousands of toxic mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Wednesday's case, originally brought by a whistleblower, is the U.S. Department of Justice's first civil fraud lawsuit over mortgage loans sold to the big mortgage financiers, bailed out in 2008.

According to a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court, Countrywide in 2007 invented and Bank of America continued a scheme known as the "Hustle" to speed up processing of residential home loans.

The program, also known as HSSL for "High Speed Swim Lane," operated under the motto "Loans Move Forward, Never Backward," and tried to eliminate "toll gates" designed to ensure that loans were sound and not tainted by fraud, the government said.

The program removed underwriters from all but the riskiest loans and replaced them with loan specialists, previously considered unqualified even to answer borrower questions.

This led to "defect rates" approaching 40 percent, roughly nine times the industry norm, but Countrywide concealed this from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and even awarded bonuses to staff to "rebut" the problems being found, the government added."

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Your Rights Online

+ - Informant: NYPD paid me to 'bait' Muslims->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "

A paid informant for the New York Police Department's intelligence unit was under orders to "bait" Muslims into saying inflammatory things as he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending study groups on Islam, he told The Associated Press. Shamiur Rahman, a 19-year-old American of Bangladeshi descent who has now denounced his work as an informant, said police told him to embrace a strategy called "create and capture." He said it involved creating a conversation about jihad or terrorism, then capturing the response to send to the NYPD. For his work, he earned as much as $1,000 a month and goodwill from the police after a string of minor marijuana arrests.

This is probably related to the a 6 year spying scheme by the NYPD’s secret Demographics Unit, who finally admitted in court that the spying lead to no leads or convictions."
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+ - IMF's epic plan to conjure away debt and dethrone bankers->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "The IMF study, entitled "The Chicago Plan Revisited", by Jaromir Benes and Michael Kumhof, which came out in August and has begun to acquire a cult following around the world, revives the scheme first put forward by professors Henry Simons and Irving Fisher in 1936 during the ferment of creative thinking in the late Depression.

One could slash private debt by 100pc of GDP, boost growth, stabilize prices, and dethrone bankers all at the same time. It could be done cleanly and painlessly, by legislative command, far more quickly than anybody imagined.

The conjuring trick is to replace our system of private bank-created money — roughly 97pc of the money supply — with state-created money. We return to the historical norm, before Charles II placed control of the money supply in private hands with the English Free Coinage Act of 1666.

Specifically, it means an assault on "fractional reserve banking". If lenders are forced to put up 100pc reserve backing for deposits, they lose the exorbitant privilege of creating money out of thin air.

The nation regains sovereign control over the money supply. There are no more banks runs, and fewer boom-bust credit cycles. Accounting legerdemain will do the rest. That at least is the argument.

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Google

+ - YouTube Ban Disrupts Other Google Services in Pakistan->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "The move for banning YouTube in Pakistan over anti-Islam movie on the video website has resulted into sluggish overall internet experience and notably high latency rates for Google Services, mainly on PTCL and EVO networks, ProPakistani users have reported to us.

We are told that almost all Google Services have slowed down or are not available in many cases. Google Search, Blogger, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Play, Google Docs and other Google services are apparently impacted due to a technical glitch on ISPs’ part.

Google’s Transparency report is also hinting reduced traffic from Pakistan for all Google products, however, due to delayed reporting it is likely that we get a clearer picture from Google by evening.

ISPs aren’t commenting anything on the situation but said that they will look for any abnormalities in services to get them fixed.

A network expert, while commenting on the situation, opined that this delay or inaccessibility of other Google services could be due to cross-site objects that are now blocked because of YouTube ban but are necessary for running other Google services. This includes, and is not limited to, account information services, javascripts, style templates and other similar things that are now a days stored at centralized locations to enhance speeds and user experience.

Users on Chrome Browser are likely to be more exposed to such Google services issues.

A possible solution could be to allow certain file types from YouTube (such as .js, .css and others) while disallowing Video Content through filters that ISPs are using.

Internet users in Pakistan are calling for better filter management from ISPs during the YouTube ban, which is likely to last for at least a week – if not more."

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+ - Immigration: Who The U.S. Lets In, And Why->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "In response to an article in the New Yorker promoting immigration of highly-skilled workers, NPR decided to get some data regarding immigration to OECD countries

The short answer: The U.S. mostly lets in family members of people who are already in this country. Other developed countries focus much more on letting in workers."

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+ - Palestinians design solar car not to avoid buying petrol from Israel-> 2

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "Necessity is the mother of invention, and for Palestinians living on the West Bank trying to break their dependence on Israel for energy has resulted in a new solar powered vehicle.
The four-seater is covered in solar panels to convert the suns rays into energy to power a small electric motor which pushes the vehicle along at 20 Kph for about 10 hours. And if the sun doesn't shine it can be plugged into the wall, and the battery recharged from the mains.
It looks a bit like an oversized golf cart and took the Royal Industrial Trading Company around two months and $5000 to develop.
Israel has control over the fuel supply to the Palestinian population, and according to the Oslo agreements, the Palestinian Authority is obliged not to sell its gasoline for less than 15 percent of Israel’s market price, reports the The Electronic Intifada.
Palestinian efforts to reduce its dependency on Israeli energy have met strong opposition from Tel Aviv.
In March RT reported on Israel’s plans to bulldoze eight solar panels in the West Bank. They were donated by a number of international charities in 2009, yet have were deemed “illegal” by Israeli authorities due to the lack of an appropriate building permit."

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Your Rights Online

+ - NYPD official: Muslim spying by secret unit generated no leads, terrorism cases->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "In more than six years of spying on Muslim neighborhoods, eavesdropping on conversations and cataloguing mosques, the New York Police Department’s secret Demographics Unit never generated a lead or triggered a terrorism investigation, the department acknowledged in court testimony unsealed late Monday.

Galati, the commanding officer of the NYPD Intelligence Division, offered the first official look at the Demographics Unit (now operating under the name Zone Assessment Unit), which the NYPD denied ever existed when it was revealed by the AP last year. He described how police gather information on people even when there is no evidence of wrongdoing, simply because of their ethnicity and native language.

Examples offered include NYPD eavesdroppers (called "rakers") listening on Urdu speakers grumbling about airport security, simply due to their language, which the article notes is spoken by about 15 million Pakistanis and 60 million Indians. Another example includes listening on conversations carried out in Lebanese cafes, even if the topic is innocuous, on the off chance they might be Hezbollah supporters.

Dozens of members of Congress have asked the Justice Department to investigate the NYPD. Attorney General Eric Holder has said he was disturbed by the reports. But John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top counterterrorism adviser, has said he is confident the NYPD’s activities are lawful and have kept the city safe."

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Google

+ - How Google+ Punk'd The Oatmeal->

Submitted by ryzvonusef
ryzvonusef (1151717) writes "This summer, the artist (Matthew Inman) wrote that Google+ comment threads sound like *crickets*, poking fun at the social network's lack of engagement. He also criticized not being able to “set up a fancy profile URL so I don't have to link people to http://plus.google.com/blergasdf1234thimbleturdorgasm99meatpoopypoopxv9donkeypie ” — a made-up, ridiculously long string of random characters.

In retaliation, the Google+ team didn’t cite its user growth stats or give an excuse for why there are no custom profile URLs. Instead, Tech Crunchreports that they just redirected the vanity URL *back* to The Oatmeal author Matthew Inman’s Google+ profile .

Congrats, Matt, you’ve now got “donkey pie” at the end of your own special Google+ vanity URL."

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