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Submission + - Whirlpool Refrigerator Service Center in Hyderabad (refrigeratorsservice.in)

An anonymous reader writes: Nowadays, refrigerator have developed from additional than a lavish and into a typical need to each family unit. Innovation has made the refrigerator each more affordable to look for, however moreover vitality productivity. By the daily usage of the refrigerator we are facing some issue some period of usage. At that time we want service or short term of repair. In Hyderabad area Whirlpool Refrigerator service center in Hyderabad are providing the quality of services for refrigerator. The technicians in the service center are well trained persons and they can repair any type of issue of refrigerator. If you want to maintain your Refrigerator you must maintain the regular service for your refrigerator.

Submission + - California cities charge citizens massive prosecutions fees for minor violations (reason.com)

schwit1 writes:

The cities of Indio and Coachella partnered up with a private law firm, Silver & Wright, to prosecute citizens in criminal court for violations of city ordinances that call for nothing more than small fines—things like having a mess in your yard or selling food without a business license.

Those cited for these violations fix the problems and pay the fines, a typical code enforcement story. The kicker comes a few weeks or months later when citizens get a bill in the mail for thousands of dollars from the law firm that prosecuted them. They are forcing citizens to pay for the private lawyers used to take them to court in the first place. So a fine for a couple of hundred dollars suddenly becomes a bill for $3,000 or $20,000 or even more.

In Coachella, a man was fined $900 for expanding his living room without getting a permit. He paid his fine. Then more than a year later he got a bill in the mail from Silver & Wright for $26,000. They told him that he had to pay the cost of prosecuting him, and if he didn’t, they could put a lien on his house and the city could sell it against his will. When he appealed the bill they charged him even more for the cost of defending against the appeal. The bill went from $26,000 to $31,000.

When challenged it appeared that the officials of one of theses cities were actually proud of what they are doing.

Submission + - Anti-Infective Drugs Global Market Research Report 2017 (medgadget.com)

BusinessResearchComp writes: Companies in this market are working towards constant innovation in design and technology to make infectious drugs that are more efficant. In December 2015, Sanofi launched Dengvaxia in Mexico after receiving approval from Federal Commission for the Protection. Dengvaxia is used in the treatment of Dengue.

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Submission + - Not just nostalgic for Aqua beauty: A slightly nicer Mint than Mint (cjshayward.com)

Christos Hayward writes: My regularly intended Black Friday release isn't in alpha testing yet, but there's something else I've been working on. The revised Changes in Mac OSX Over Time: The Good Parts really offers something better than One Star Linux, er... Red Star Linux offers to people nostalgic for Aqua. (It has current Mint software, nothing I've done is for spying, and it really does look better.) There is one touch that distinguishes it from regular Mint: Chrome and Firefox both come preinstalled, with both using Google for their default search bar, instead of providing social deterrents against using the world's #1 search engine because they can't monetize addressbar search. Take a look; feel free to explore a "The Good Parts" page, or download the appliance.

Submission + - news apps download (ucnewsbrowser.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Get the news in one click of your location with option of chose language. Uc news is one of the best news app

Submission + - Nier Automata Free Full Version PC Game (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nier Automata PC download free the action-RPG Nier was released {this year|this season|completely} for the {Ps|Playstation 3 or xbox|Nintendo wii} 3 and Xbox fish hunter 360, and it was {pretty|reasonably|quite} okay stuff: Reviews were "mixed, " as the saying goes, although Eurogamer last year credited it as one of the rare games that seems to get better as it gets older. (Even there, it qualified that judgment by saying Démentir was "always more interesting than it was 'good'. ") Even though languid response, Square Enix {declared|released} last year that a sequel, entitled Nier: Automata, {is within|is at|is} development for the PlayStation 4 from {programmer|creator|designer} Platinum Games and series mastermind Taro Yoko. And today, it says the new game is {arriving|approaching} to the PC as well.

Submission + - Cloudflare Reports Massive Slowdown in Network Level DDoS Attacks (cloudflare.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Cloudflare is reporting a fairly seismic shift in the DDoS landscape, with attackers moving away from Network Level DDoS Attacks to Application Layer ones.

In recent months, Cloudflare has seen a dramatic reduction in simple attempts to flood our network with junk traffic. Whilst we continue to see large network level attacks, in excess of 300 and 400 Gbps, network level attacks

Far from attackers simply closing shop, we see a trend whereby attackers are moving to more advanced application-layer attack strategies. This trend is not only seen in metrics from our automated attack mitigation systems, but has also been the experience of our frontline customer support engineers.


Submission + - Imgur confirms email addresses, passwords stolen in 2014 hack (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Imgur, one of the world's most visited websites, has confirmed a hack dating back to 2014.

The company confirmed to ZDNet that hackers stole 1.7 million email addresses and passwords, scrambled with the SHA-256 algorithm, which has been passed over in recent years in favor of stronger password scramblers.

Imgur said the breach didn't include personal information because the site has "never asked" for real names, addresses, or phone numbers.

The stolen accounts represent a fraction of Imgur's 150 million monthly users.

Submission + - Nuclear Disaster Fallout 'Would Be No Worse Than Living In London' (bristol.ac.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: New research suggests that few people, if any, should be asked to leave their homes after a big nuclear accident, which is what happened in March 2011 following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. Professor Thomas's team used the Judgement or J-value to balance the cost of a safety measure against the increase in life expectancy it achieves. The J-value is a new method pioneered by Professor Thomas that assesses how much should be spent to protect human life and the environment. The researchers found that it was difficult to justify relocating anyone from Fukushima Daiichi, where four and a half years after the accident around 85,000 of the 111,000 people who were moved out by the Japanese government had still not returned. After the world’s worst nuclear accident at Chernobyl in 1986, in what was then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union (USSR), the J-value method supported relocation when nine months' or more life expectancy would be lost due to radiation exposure by remaining. Using the J-value method, 31,000 people would have needed to be moved, with the number rising to 72,000 if the whole community was evacuated when five per cent of its residents were calculated to lose nine months of life or more.

Philip Thomas, Professor of Risk Management in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol, said: "Mass relocation is expensive and disruptive. But it is in danger of becoming established as the prime policy choice after a big nuclear accident. It should not be. Remediation should be the watchword for the decision maker, not relocation." For comparison, the average Londoner loses four and a half months to air pollution, while the average resident of Manchester lives 3.3 years less than his/her counterpart in Harrow, North London. Meanwhile, boys born in Blackpool lose 8.6 years of life on average compared with those born in London's borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Submission + - AT&T, Comcast Lawsuit Has Nullified a City's Broadband Competition Law (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: AT&T and Comcast have convinced a federal judge to nullify an ordinance that was designed to bring more broadband competition to Nashville, Tennessee. The Nashville Metro Council last year passed a "One Touch Make Ready" rule that gives Google Fiber or other new ISPs faster access to utility poles. The ordinance lets a single company make all of the necessary wire adjustments on utility poles itself, instead of having to wait for incumbent providers like AT&T and Comcast to send work crews to move their own wires. AT&T and Comcast sued the metro government in U.S. District Court in Nashville, claiming that federal and local laws preempt the One Touch Make Ready rule. Judge Victoria Roberts agreed with AT&T and Comcast in a ruling issued Tuesday. Google Fiber is offering service in Nashville despite saying last year that it was waiting for access to thousands of utility poles. "We're reviewing [the] court ruling to understand its potential impact on our build in Nashville," a Google spokesperson said this week, according to The Tennessean. "We have made significant progress with new innovative deployment techniques in some areas of the city, but access to poles remains an important issue where underground deployment is not a possibility."

Submission + - Pornhub Owner May Become the UK's Gatekeeper of Online Porn (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mindgeek may be the most powerful company that you've never heard of, or at least, a company you'll claim never to have heard about in polite company. It's the conglomerate that owns some of the world's most visited porn sites, including Pornhub, RedTube and YouPorn. Far from simply being a popular and free way for people to consume adult content, it may soon have a powerful political role in the UK that will ensure its dominance for decades to come. That's because, within the next year, Mindgeek may become the principal gatekeeper between the country's internet users and their porn. In April, the UK passed the Digital Economy Act 2017, legislation that mandated that any website showing adult content must verify the ages of its visitors. It was pushed through in response to concerns that children were being corrupted by easy access to and exposure to adult content at an early age. Section 15(1) of the bill requires that "pornographic material" not be published online, on a "commercial basis," unless it is "not normally accessible by those under 18." The bill has several flaws, not least the number of vague proposals it contains, and the ad hoc definition of what pornography actually is. Section 17 of the same act outlined the creation of an "age-verification regulator," the digital equivalent of a bouncer standing between you and your porn. This gatekeeper will have the right, and duty, to demand you show proof of age, or else refuse you access. In addition, the body will be able to impose fines and enforcement notices on those who either neglect or circumvent the policy. [...] The Open Rights Group believes that the BBFC will then hand over the actual mechanisms of the age verification platform to a third party in the private sector. Mindgeek has had several conversations with officials and is currently pushing its own age verification platform, AgeID. If selected, this platform could become the principal wall between Britons and their pornography — giving Mindgeek enormous power in the market.

Submission + - Legislators Take Aim At Star Wars Battlefront II And EA Over "Gambling In Games" (forbes.com)

dryriver writes: A number of pay-to-win microtransaction FPS games including Dirty Bomb and the 60 Dollar Star Wars Battlefront II have drawn the ire of legislators in countries like Belgium and the United States. Not only are advanced characters like Luke Skywalker and Dart Vader and various weapons and abilities in these games "locked" — you pay for them in hard cash, or play for them for dozens and dozens of tedious hours. The games also feature so called "Loot Boxes" — even if you pay hard cash for a Loot Box, what item or weapon or character or ability is in it is determined randomly. So like playing slot machines in Vegas, each time you can get something good, something mediocre or something totally crap. You cannot determine with any certainty what you will get for your real world Dollars or in-game achievements. Angry Reddit users recently downvoted a blundering statement by EA on the topic with a whopping 249,000 downvotes — an all time downvote record on Reddit, shocking EA into retreating from its pay-to-win model and announcing unspecified "changes" now being made to SW BF II. Legislators in a number of countries have also sharply criticized "Loot Boxes" and "microtransactions" in games, with one legislator in Belgium vowing to have the sale of such games banned completely in the EU, because children are essentially being forced to "gamble with real money" in these games. Forbes has written a great piece (linked) about how EA is now essentially stuck with a 60 Dollar Star Wars game that cost a lot to make but probably cannot be monetized any further, because there is considerable risk of all games with loot boxes, microtransactions and "pay to win" monetization models being completely banned from sale in a number of different countries now. The morale of the story? Maybe people should not pay a game developer any more than the 40 — 60 dollars they paid when they thought they "bought" the game in the first place.

Submission + - I've written a macro / markup language. Suggestions for features?

fyngyrz writes: I have written an open source markup / macro language; I did this to aid in writing documentation, which is something I do a lot of. I've been using it extensively across several large projects, generally within the context of my (also open-sourced) web-based wrapper, wtfm.

The language is designed around user-defined styles, with about 170 (at present) built-in text processing functions to support those styles.

In the language design, I added the text-processing features that I needed, as I needed them. That has resulted in a feature set that is somewhat unbalanced. Although from the POV of my particular needs I consider it basically feature-complete, I know the Slashdot community has deep experience with authoring from many angles; I would very much like to receive suggestions from our community on what kind of features others would like in, or might suggest for, such a markup / macro language.

Submission + - Arduino can now play video on surface of a cube (kickstarter.com)

beckman101 writes: Remember when you first saw video being played back on the surface of a cube. Well now the Arduino can do it, thanks to the popular Gameduino projects latest iteration, Gameduino 3. The fully open source project now has hardware video playback and gigapixel texture mapping capability. It definitely narrows the graphics performance gap between closed and open source systems.

Submission + - First AMD Ryzen Mobile Laptop Tested Shows Strong Zen-Vega Performance (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: AMD Ryzen Mobile processors are arriving now in retail laptops from the likes of HP, Lenovo and Acer. With the first CPUs to hit the market, AMD took quad-core Ryzen and coupled it with 8 or 10-core Vega GPUs on a single piece of silicon, in an effort to deliver a combination of strong Ryzen CPU performance along with significantly better integrated graphics performance over Intel's current 8th Gen Kaby Lake laptop chips. AMD Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U chips have 4MB of shared L3 cache each, but differ with respect to top end CPU boost clock speeds, number of integrated Radeon Vega Compute Units (CUs), and the GPU's top-end clocks. Ryzen 7 2700U is more powerful with 10 Radeon Vega CUs, while Ryzen 5 2500U sports 8. Ryzen 7 2700U also boosts to 3.8GHz, while Ryzen 5 2500U tops out at 3.6GHz. In the benchmarks, Ryzen Mobile looks strong, competing well with Intel quad-core 8th Gen laptop CPUs, while offering north of 60 percent better performance in graphics and gaming. Battery life is still a question mark, however, as some of the ver first models to hit the market from HP have inefficient displays and hard drives instead of SSDs. As more premium configs hit the market in the next few weeks, hopefully we'll get a better picture of Ryzen Mobile battery life in more optimized laptop builds.

Submission + - Elderly couple has owned the same appliances for 50 years (designyoutrust.com) 1

sandbagger writes: Sydney and Rachel Saunders from Exeter, UK, an elderly couple, both in their 80s, have been using the same home appliances that they bought over half a century ago! Their tumble dryer, boiler, cooker, and washing machine cost them just £146 GBP ($193 USD) when they purchased in 1956, and somewhat incredibly, they continue to work to this day. “Things were made better in those days, they were more durable and stronger,” said Mr Saunders, a retired accountant. To be fair, the clothes washer has not had much use in the last dozen years.

Submission + - Steam Seems To Have Forgotten About Game CDs/DVDs Completely - Why? (youtube.com) 5

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.

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