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Comment simple: require Uber (progressive )snapshot (Score 1) 85

this is just easily solved by requiring uber to deploy the equivalent of progressive snapshot. Phones are unreliable given they can be tossed about, etc. and, noting, per other threads, that what makes for aggressive driving in the burbs is 'required' to get around in say NYC. My biggest gripe about uber is that when I complain, it sure seems that their helpdesk says 'they'll have a word with the driver,' when in fact, it's the uber corporate that is at fault. An uber snapshot would help better inform them.

Comment terrorist vs drug fears ; clock boy 2.0 (Score 1) 315

first, this wouldn't have been news if the 10 year old had ratted out his father for cooking meth. It was news because of the terrorist plus muslim terms being applied. all that said, whilst I agree that we are all becoming wimps, the risk adverse public folks (school, police) would rather be 'safe than sorry,' given that they'd be unemployable if they had info and didn't follow up. last, this does seem like a reprise of clock boy 2.0. Sniffs as far too convenient.

Comment Infect the rest of us? (Score 2) 206

I'm not slightly medically knowledgeable, but I'm wondering if this guy thought through that he could have infected the rest of us from stuff our bodies had no defenses? Like smallpox and the indigenous tribes in the Americas. I'm fine with him killing himself in the name of science (think Curie), but this strikes me as a little too cowboy.

Comment Mod story down. (Score 1) 44

Mod parent up! And mod entire story down. This is so much a Trend researcher making an MBO or cash payout for blogging, with some marketing person checking that the wording is correct, but having no context to know if the content is blog-worthy. I still think that moderators, en-masse, ought to be able to mod an entire story down.

Submission + - Automatic transfomations between XML namespaces - draft specification released

Victor Porton writes: The first draft of the specification of automatic transfomations between XML namespaces at WikiVersity site has been pubished by Victor Porton.

The specification (and yet to be written open source software to implement it) is going to revolutionarize the Web by allowing any kinds of semantic markup to be automatically converted to various XML and other formats.

The main idea of this specification is that information ("metadata") about XML namespaces is encoded in popular RDF data format, where RDF files may be associated with namespace URLs. This metadata may contain references to "scripts" (such as Unix commands, Web services, etc.) which convert between two XML namespaces. A chain ("pipeline") of transfomers is built to convert from the namespaces in the XML document to a destination namespace or set of namespaces. The path of conversion is sought automatically based on namespaces metadata.

Victor Porton started to write software related to this project in Ada programming language. However this work is now at stalled phase because of some bugs in "GNAT" Ada compiler. Also the project builds on a secure sandbox (which may be implemented on such a security system as SELinux), but a suitable security sandbox is not yet fully implemented.

Submission + - Sharebeast, the largest US-based filesharing service, has its domain seized

An anonymous reader writes: The RIAA says that the FBI has seized the domain of file-sharing service ShareBeast, shutting down what it said was responsible for the leaks of thousands of songs. The site now only displays a notice saying the FBI acted "pursuant to a seizure warrant related to suspect criminal copyright infringement." In a statement, RIAA CEO Cary Sherman called the seizure “a huge win for the music community and legitimate music services. ShareBeast operated with flagrant disregard for the rights of artists and labels while undermining the legal marketplace.”

Submission + - University Employees Suspended Due To Guest Worker Scandal (

sethstorm writes: By sponsoring employees for use at an IT staffing firm, Wright State University may have broken new ground in guest worker fraud. According to the Dayton Daily News, 19 individuals were sponsored by by the university yet ended up working for WebYoga, a firm controlled by (now-suspended) top Wright State officials. They also cited Wright State's exemptions regarding prevailing wage law and H1-b limits as attractive qualities. This has implications not only for the existing workforce, but to students that see the university putting its own staff ahead of them.

Submission + - Linux 4.3 Bringing Stable Intel Skylake Support, Reworked NVIDIA Driver (

An anonymous reader writes: Mr. Torvalds has released Linux 4.3-rc1 this weekend. He characterized the release as "not particularly small — pretty average in size, in fact. Everything looks fairly normal, in fact, with about 70% of the changes being drivers, 10% architecture updates, and the remaining 20% are spread out." There are a number of new user-facing features including stabilized Intel "Skylake" processor support, initial AMD R9 Fury graphics support, SMP scheduler optimizations, file-system fixes, a reworked open-source NVIDIA driver, and many Linux hardware driver updates.

Submission + - Personal cloud market to hit $90bn by 2020, research study claims (

An anonymous reader writes: The global personal cloud market is expected to top almost $90 billion (£58.5bn) in revenue by 2020, according to the latest forecast by Allied Market Research.

The research firm anticipates a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 33.1% between 2015 and 2020, with growing customer awareness cited as boosting growth and personal cloud for individuals continuing to lead the market.

Submission + - Researchers Use Smartwatch to Spy What Users Are Typing on a Keyboard

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have created an app that follows the micro-movements of your smartwatch and is able to detect what keys you're pressing with your left hand, and guess what words you may be typing on a keyboard. The app developed for the Motion Leaks (MoLe) project only works on a Samsung Gear Live smartwatch, but researchers say that in theory, a similar app could be developed for other smartwatch makes and models.

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