Submission + - Steam Seems To Have Forgotten About Game CDs/DVDs Completely - Why? (youtube.com) 2

dryriver writes: I bought a physical copy of a 2014 PC game this week. It was manufactured back when you actually got physical game discs with your purchase. I got 2 installation DVDs in the box — the game is 16Gb in size. Steam accepted the activation key, then, without giving any option whatsoever to install from the DVDs I have, promptly started to download the game from the internet, trying to waste 16Gb of my bandwidth. I had to look up a Youtube tutorial (linked) for actually using the install DVDs. First you activate the game. Then Steam starts to download it. Then you pause the download. Then you uninstall the game. Then you chose a Backup/Restore Game command from a non obvious location in a pull down menu. Then you point the backup restore location to your install discs. And then the game can actually be installed from the DVDs you paid for. There is no "Install game from CD/DVD" command anywhere in the Steam interface. Why does Steam do this? If I have physical discs at hand, why does Steam not give me an obvious way to install a game from those discs?

Submission + - Explosion Was Recorded Where Argentine Submarine Went Missing (nytimes.com)

schwit1 writes: The Argentine Navy said on Thursday that a catastrophic explosion was recorded in the area where a submarine went missing on Nov. 15, immediately raising fears that the 44-member crew had perished.

The nature of the explosion, which was described as an “anomalous, short, violent” event, was not immediately clear, but the disclosure dampened the hopes of a multinational team of rescuers who have been searching for the vessel, and immediately revived concerns about the worst outcome.

Sounds similar to the Kursk incident.

Submission + - NPR's Weak Interview on the Eve of the End of Net Neutrality (npr.org)

speedplane writes: Yes, we've all heard that net neutrality is on its way out, and it seems NPR was able to snag one of the few (the only?) interview's of Ajit Pai on its effect. Sadly, NPR's Rachel Martin stuck to very broad and basic questions, and failed to press Pai on the change of policy. That said, it's worth a listen.

Submission + - Firefox Will Warn Users When Visiting Sites That Suffered a Data Breach (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla engineers are working on a notifications system for Firefox that shows a security warning to users visiting sites that have suffered data breaches. The notifications system will use data provided by Have I Been Pwned?, a website that indexes public data breaches and allows users to search and see if their details have been compromised in any of these incidents.

Work on this project has only recently started. The code to show these warnings is not even in the Firefox codebase but managed separately as an add-on available (on GitHub). The alert also includes an input field. In the add-ons current version this field doesn't do anything, but we presume it's there to allow users to search and see if their data was exposed during that site's security breach. Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned's author has confirmed his official collaboration with Mozilla on this feature.

Submission + - Bitcoin mining consumes more energy than 159 countries (itwire.com)

troublemaker_23 writes: Bitcoin mining around the world consumes 29.05TWh (terawatt hours) of electricity annually as of 20 November, according to a website that claims to provide in-depth analysis, opinions and discussions with regard to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Submission + - Tech Companies Speak Up Against the FCC's Plan To Kill Net Neutrality (businessinsider.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The FCC is planning to kill net neutrality — and some tech companies are starting to speak out. Pro-net neutrality activists, who argue the principle creates a level playing-field online, are up in arms about the plan. And some tech companies are now speaking out in support of net neutrality as well, from Facebook to Netflix. Business Insider reached out to some of the biggest tech firms in America today to ask for their reaction to the FCC's plan. Their initial responses are below, and we will continue to update this post as more come in.

Submission + - Asteroid That Killed Dinosaurs Caused a Worse Global Disaster Than Ever Imagined (sciencealert.com)

schwit1 writes: According to a study published Monday in Geophysical Research Letters, new computer simulations using the recently revised angle suggest the Chicxulub event released more than three times more climate-cooling sulphur gas than previously thought.

"We wanted to revisit this significant event and refine our collision model to better capture its immediate effects on the atmosphere," Joanna Morgan, a geophysicist at Imperial College London, said in an American Geophysical Union press release.

The model Morgan and her colleagues created suggests that the sulphur gas from vaporised rock and seawater could have dropped global surface temperatures by an average of nearly 47 degrees Fahrenheit (26.7 degrees Celsius) almost overnight. Such temperatures may have lasted for several years, until most of the aerosolised sulphur fell out of the sky.

But sea life may have suffered much longer. It may have taken "hundreds of years after the Chicxulub impact" for oceans to rewarm, according to the study.

Submission + - FCC Ignored Your Net Neutrality Comment Unless You Made a Serious Legal Argument (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The FCC received a record-breaking 22 million comments chiming in on the net neutrality debate, but from the sound of it, it’s ignoring the vast majority of them. In a call with reporters yesterday discussing its plan to end net neutrality, a senior FCC official said that 7.5 million of those comments were the exact same letter, which was submitted using 45,000 fake email addresses. But even ignoring the potential spam, the commission said it didn’t really care about the public’s opinion on net neutrality unless it was phrased in unique legal terms. The vast majority of the 22 million comments were form letters, the official said, and unless those letters introduced new facts into the record or made serious legal arguments, they didn’t have much bearing on the decision. The commission didn’t care about comments that were only stating opinion. The FCC has been clear all year that it’s focused on “quality” over “quantity” when it comes to comments on net neutrality. In fairness to the commission, this isn’t an open vote. It’s a deliberative process that weighs a lot of different factors to create policy that balances the interests of many stakeholders. But it still feels brazen hearing the commission staff repeatedly discount Americans’ preference for consumer protections, simply because they aren’t phrased in legal terms.

Submission + - Facebook To Show Users Which Russian Propaganda They Followed (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook will show people which Russian propaganda pages or accounts they’ve followed and liked on the social network, responding to a request from Congress to address manipulation and meddling during the 2016 presidential election. The tool will appear by the end of the year in Facebook’s online support center, the company said in a blog post Wednesday. It will answer the user question, “How can I see if I’ve liked or followed a Facebook page or Instagram account created by the Internet Research Agency?” That’s the Russian firm that created thousands of incendiary posts from fake accounts posing as U.S. citizens. People will see a list of the accounts they followed, if any, from January 2015 through August 2017. Facebook will only be showing people the names of the pages and accounts, not the content. A user will only see what they liked or followed, so if they simply saw IRA content in their news feeds, they won’t be notified.

Submission + - Stupid Story Claiming Google Tracking + USA Healthcare Nightmare (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: Since I was sending this item out anyway, I wanted to mention one rather crazy tech story going around currently. Obviously there’s been any number of technology issues recently about which I’d ordinarily have said something — most of them depressing as usual.

But there’s one in the news now about Google that is just so stupid that it can make your head explode, a “Google is secretly tracking your phone” scare piece.

And as usual, Google isn’t addressing it in ways that ordinary people can understand, so it’s continuing to spread, the haters are latching on, and folks have started calling me asking about it in panic.

Submission + - Lightning can trigger nuclear reactions, creating rare atomic isotopes (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Rare forms of atoms, like carbon-13, carbon-14, and nitrogen-15, have long been used to figure out the ages of ancient artifacts and probe the nuances of prehistoric food chains. The source of these rare isotopes? Complicated cascades of subatomic reactions in the atmosphere triggered by high-energy cosmic rays from outer space. Now, a team of scientists is adding one more isotope initiator to its list: lightning. Strong bolts of lightning can unleash the same flurry of nuclear reactions as cosmic rays, the researchers report today in Nature. But, they add, the isotopes created by these storms likely constitute a small portion of all such atoms—so the new findings are unlikely to change the way other scientists use them for dating and geotracing.

Submission + - India proposes new oppressive space law (thehindu.com)

schwit1 writes: India's government has proposed a new space law that essentially places all control of future space projects under the control of the central government.

The proposed law, which is open for comment for the next month, can be read here [pdf]., and is astonishing in its oppressiveness and hostility to private enterprise. This clause, one of many similar clauses, sums this up quite well:

Any form of intellectual property right developed, generated or created onboard a space object in outer space, shall be deemed to be the property of the Central Government.

The law would also require anyone who wants to launch a space project to get a license from the government, and gives the government the power to control that license in all aspects, including the power to cancel it for practically any reason.

If this law passes I expect that India's burgeoning space industry will suffer significantly, especially because it will make it difficult to attract investment capital.

Submission + - Robbie the Robot sells for $5.3 million in auction (newatlas.com)

schwit1 writes: The science fiction movie prop Robbie the Robot has sold at auction for $5.3 million, making it the second most expensive movie prop in history.

The complete Robby suit, control panel, his jeep, numerous spares, alternate original "claw" hands, and the original wooden stage shipping crates, were sold yesterday (November 21, 2017 ) by Bonhams in New York for US$5,375,000 including buyers premium.

The only purpose-built movie prop to have ever sold for more is Marilyn Monroe's "subway dress" from The Seven Year Itch (1955) which was sold by Profiles in History for $5,520,000 (inc. buyers premium) in 2011.


Submission + - VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing veterans (apnews.com)

schwit1 writes: A half century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring commissioned a small pilot study to look into the link between liver flukes ingested through raw or undercooked fish and a rare bile duct cancer. It can take decades for symptoms to appear. By then, patients are often in tremendous pain, with just a few months to live.

Of the 50 blood samples submitted, more than 20 percent came back positive or bordering positive for liver fluke antibodies, said Sung-Tae Hong, the tropical medicine specialist who carried out the tests at Seoul National University in South Korea.

Submission + - TSA rolls out new screening procedures during Thanksgiving holiday (politico.com)

tripleevenfall writes: The Transportation Security Administration has bad news for tens of millions of Thanksgiving holiday travelers: Lines at airports may be even longer than usual as the agency tries once again to plug security holes in its baggage screening.

TSA is scrambling to respond to yet another damning investigation of its screening effectiveness, for the second time in little more than two years. And the agency is already phasing in revised security procedures — including those for passengers’ electronic devices — that could cause "a slight increase in wait times," new TSA Administrator David Pekoske said in an interview. The additional delays may not be as horrendous as the hourslong queues that left many passengers stranded at airports in the summer of 2016, a year after TSA leaders launched a crash course in security improvements in response to a previous failing grade from its inspector general. But Pekoske said travelers could experience some of the longest wait times of the year on Sunday when many return home from the holiday.

Submission + - WINE: Real World Usage Today From Slashdot's Perspective

wjcofkc writes: As a distraction, I decided to get the video editing software Filmora up and running on my Ubuntu box. After some tinkering, I was able to get it installed, only to have the first stage vaporize on launch. This got me reflecting on my many hits and misses with WINE over the years. Before ditching private employment, my last job was with a software company. They were pretty open minded when I came marching in with my System76 laptop, and totally cool with me using Linux as my daily driver after quickly getting the Windows version of their software up and running without a hitch. They had me write extensive documentation on the process. It was only two or three paragraphs, but I consider that another WINE win since to that end I scored points at work. Past that Open Source filled in the blanks. That was the only time I ever actually needed (arguably) for it to work. Truth be told, I mostly tinker around with it a couple times a year just to see what does and does not run. WINE has been around for quite awhile now, and while it will never be perfect, the project is not without merit. So Slashdot community, what have been your greatest successes and failures with WINE over the years?

Submission + - Intel Patches Major Flaws in the Intel Management Engine (extremetech.com)

Armand Winter writes: Thatâ(TM)s Intelâ(TM)s entire product line dating back to the introduction of Skylake. According to Intel, attackers could impersonate the Intel Management Engine, Server Platform Services, and/or the Trusted Execution Engine, load and execute arbitrary code without the user or OS being aware of it, and destabilize or crash a system altogether.

Submission + - Is the Government Waging an Out-of-Sight Fight With Apple on Encryption? (fortune.com)

schwit1 writes: The upshot is that, even as the FBI battles with Apple in public over iPhone encryption, other agencies like the NSA may be forcing Apple to break its encryption in secret through Section 702 orders. Even though Section 702 orders are notionally aimed at foreigners, there are numerous loopholes that can sweep in Americans.

The over-arching issue raised by EmptyWheel is not whether citizens should have the right to deploy unbreakable encryption (there are good arguments on each side), but instead that the government may be settling the debate in secret. The issue of encryption is too important to be stuffed into secret court proceedings. Let’s hope the Justice Department finds a way to debate this in the open.

Submission + - Facebook (still) lets housing advertisers exclude users by race (arstechnica.com)

AmiMoJo writes: In February, Facebook said it wouldstep up enforcementof its prohibition against discrimination in advertising for housing, employment, or credit. Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such asAfrican-Americans,mothers of high school kids,people interested in wheelchair ramps,Jews,expats from Argentina,andSpanish speakers. All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act. Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars infines.

Every single ad was approved within minutes. The only ad that took longer than three minutes to be approved by Facebook sought to exclude potential renters “interested in Islam, Sunni Islam, and Shia Islam.” Itwas approvedafter 22 minutes.

Submission + - 95% of plastic polluting the world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers (dailymail.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Scientists analysed data on plastic from 79 sampling sites along 57 rivers. Their results showed that 10 rivers account for the majority of plastic. Targeting these rivers could halve the amount of plastic waste, experts predict.
  • Yangtze East China Sea Asia
  • Indus Arabian Sea Asia
  • Yellow River Yellow Sea Asia
  • Hai He Yellow Sea Asia
  • Nile Mediterranean Africa
  • Ganges Bay of Bengal Asia
  • Pearl River South China Sea Asia
  • Amur Sea of Okhotsk Asia
  • Niger Gulf of Guinea Africa
  • Mekong South China Sea Asia

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