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Comment Re:What's up with Dice Developers (Score 1) 139

its all ready is open sourced and that is what the soylent news guys did but the community didn't fallow.

Yes, SlashCode is open source, but the latest public release is 5 years old and not at all what's running on slashdot now.

It would be very nice, if Dice would release a newer version of the code, not only for SoylentNews, but also for the Japanese and the Spanish, both of them are still using the old version.

Comment Re:Probably typical (Score 1) 121

If a name is a "real name", pay a one time charge by credit/debit card with the same name on it. This would put a green verified box next to the user name. The blue box will continue to be used for identities that twitter staff have verified on their own.

How much longer do you think the twitter staff is going to verify accounts on their own, if they can get people to pay instead?

If your answer to that question is longer than the time it took you to read the question, you're kidding yourself.

If a name is a nickname, pesudo-name, or a business/brand, then the user must mail a business card showing both the brand, twitter handle and name used.This would put a different color icon (maybe violet) that signifies that this has been professionally identified, and clicking on it should show the business card.

All that the latter does is verify that the twitter account is associated with the brand and not the reverse of the user verifying their name.

No. All it does is verify that the user had enough money to get one business card printed and mailed to Twitter.


They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping 206

After the recent Windows 8 leak by recently arrrested then-Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo, Microsoft has tweaked its privacy policies, but also defended reading the email of the French blogger to whom Kibkalo sent the software. "The blogger in question, who remains unidentified, happened to use Hotmail—the investigation began in 2012 before Hotmail's transition—as his primary email account. So as part of its investigation, Microsoft peeked into the blogger's email account to read that person's correspondence with Kibkalo. ... Microsoft says it was justified in searching the blogger's email account, because it had probable cause to believe Kibkalo was funneling trade secrets to the blogger.The company also pointed out that even with its justification for searching the account, it would have been impossible to gain a court order." "The legal system wouldn't have let us" seems a strange argument to defend any act of snooping.

Submission + - Major Vulnerability In Tinder Dating App Allowed User Tracking

An anonymous reader writes: Include Security unveiled new research showing that users of the popular online dating app Tinder were at significant risk due to a vulnerability they discovered in the geo-location feature of the application. This vulnerability allowed Tinder users to track each another's exact location for much of 2013. Anyone with rudimentary programming skills could query the Tinder API directly and pull down the co-ordinates of any user. This resulted in a privacy violation for the users of the application.

Submission + - Exclusive: The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook' (

paulbes writes: Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture capitalist Jim Goetz of Sequoia drove a few blocks from WhatsApp’s discreet headquarters in Mountain View to a disused white building across the railroad tracks, the former North County Social Services office where Koum, 37, once stood in line to collect food stamps. That’s where the three of them inked the agreement to sell their messaging phenom –which brought in a miniscule $20 million in revenue last year — to the world’s largest social network.
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The following submissions are apparently so scary that they can't be posted on Slashdot even though they get a good rating in the firehose.

It seems that /. do have "editors" after all, but their job ain't to edit the summaries like we thought editors were supposed to do. No, their real job is to hide all the scary stories from the /. crowd, who can't handle such things...

Submission + - SPAM: Mac data recovery

anthonyohare2014 writes: How costs are figured when business give Raid data recovery or hard disk drive recovery prices in UK

Many times businesses may not realise that the size of the the unit used for Raid data recovery may not be a factor in how much it costs to do hard disk drive recovery or laptop hard disk drive recovery. Instead, cost is figured by how labour intensive is it for a professional who does hard disk drive recovery in the UK to get to the problem. Do they need to remove the spindle casing in order to get a good look at the problem? Some laptops may have hard drives that are easier to remove than others. When doing laptop hard disk drive recovery or even a standard desktop Mac data recovery, a professional must take note of their time involved. It may not cost as much to do a USB stick data recovery because a professional doesn't have to remove a physical drive.

A professional may not get paid by the hour, but per the job. This is why it is important to a seasoned professional how long it takes to perform a Raid data recovery or hard disk drive recovery in the UK. For instance, if a USB stick data recovery does not take long, it may be on the lower price range of data recovery. A Mac computer from time to time may need Mac data recovery. However, these are not the only factors that can raise the cost of repairs for professionals. Is your hard disk drive recovery requiring a professional to buy a special model of disk drive or require a custom part because you have an older laptop or Mac computer? Do you need to decipher any code while performing USB stick data recovery. This can drive up the cost of any laptop hard disk data recovery, Mac data recovery or hard disk drive recovery in the UK.

Raid data recovery, USB stick data recovery, or laptop hard disk data recovery may not be a DIY project

Has the business owner had someone else work on the Raid data recovery, Mac computer data recovery or laptop hard disk data recovery before a professional arrives? This may affect the price of hard disk drive recovery in the UK. The reason is that a professional may have to correct the errors made by an amateur and this may drive up the costs of any laptop hard disk data recovery, Raid data recovery or hard disk drive recovery in the UK.

This is why it is best to call in a professional first before touching any disk drive while doing USB stick data recovery or doing any laptop hard disk data recovery yourself. Calling a professional who has had plenty of experience in this area should be your first port of call, especially with your most valued and even precious data.

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Submission + - What is the best music to go with releases?

lietux writes: Releases are often a significant event in organizations, a moment of anticipation and maybe even some tension. I feel these events should really have a good theme song associated with them, to get everyone on the release mood.

Now I ask you, fellow Slashdotters: do you have your own favorite release theme song?

Submission + - WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton was rejected from both Facebook and Twitter (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook on Wednesday made waves when it announced a $16 billion deal to acquire the mobile messaging app WhatsApp. Yes, you read that correctly, that's billion with a capital 'B'. That's an absolutely jaw dropping figure, and far exceeds the $1 billion Facebook paid for Instagram and the rumored $3 billion it offered for Snapchat.

WhatsApp was originally founded in 2009 by Brian Acton and Jan Koum, both former Yahoo engineers. What's particularly interesting, if not downright inspirational, is that Acton — himself a former Apple engineer — applied for jobs at both Twitter and Facebook way before WhatsApp became a wildly popular mobile app. Both times he was rejected.

Submission + - Sony's Favorite Gadget is Kinect

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Gary Marshall writes that.Microsoft's marvellous motion-sensing device is doing really good work for Sony, helping the PS4 outsell the Xbox One in the US and rocketing it to the top of the world's console sales charts. With the Xbox One $100 more expensive than the PlayStation 4, the Kinect is the explanation for the huge difference in price between the rival platforms says Marshall. "That kind of money makes a huge difference, and I wonder: if Microsoft had kept the Kinect as an optional add-on, which we all know it should be, would the Xbox One be much more attractive?" Ben Kuchera describes the peripheral as one of the most hated pieces of equipment in current use. "The system is still new, but every Xbox One owner now has a peripheral that has little reason to exist, aids their gaming in very few real ways and costs them a significant amount of money." The common defense of the Kinect is that developers wouldn't support it unless it was forced on consumers but accoding to Kuchera pushing a product on the public with the hope that it will be useful once we have it is a cruel inversion of how product adoption should be handled. "The forced pack-in proves something we already knew at the beginning of this generation: Almost no one would want to buy the Kinect separately if they were given the choice," writes Kuchera. "It's time to make the Kinect a peripheral, not a pack-in."

Submission + - SPAM: Rovio to unfold Angry Birds Stella soon

An anonymous reader writes: Rovio entertainment has announced its next instalment, “Angry Birds Stella: Best Friends Forever”. The news was revealed a few days ago, although Rovio has not mentioned the date of the game’s arrival.
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Submission + - SPAM: Twitchoo

Alarice Robert writes: Cold and flu season isn’t over yet! Check out this live-updating tweetmap which displays the volume-per-region of tweets about colds and flus in the UK and Ireland.
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Submission + - Facebook Buying WhatsApp - $19B In Cash And Stock (

Kreshnik Qungeli writes: Certainly the news of the week and a huge acquisition but one which is important for Facebook to both continue its growth but also continue to gather the valuable data it needs to deliver monetizable services to its customers. The deal is pending regulatory approval and should it not get across the line Facebook will pay WhatsApp $1B in cash and $1B in shares.

On one level this is insane – it’s a significant amount of Facebook’s total valuation, but looked at a macro level it allows Facebook to extend its franchise far beyond its primary site, and also gives it an interesting play into developing markets.

WhatsApp has grown massively since its inception – in the calendar year 2013 its users sent 18 billion messages and received 36 billion in return – a massive number that is fully three times the previous year’s metrics. But massive growth and a defensible position are two different things – WhatsApp had rivals, from Apple AAPL -1.56%, Facebook and, to a lesser extent, Twitter. It also had the lofty ambition (if difficult form a revenue perspective) of not pushing advertising onto its users.

Facebook hasn’t yet commented about what this means for WhatsApp and, more importantly, how they’re leverage those massive numbers to deliver value back to the company. One assumes that CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes WhatsApp has the scale to have created a real degree of stickiness and hence be somewhat insulated from any potential customer revolt that might come from a move towards advertising on the platform. Then again users won’t exactly like their conversations being mined to deliver advertising to their Facebook profiles either.

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