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Submission + - If Silk Road 2.0 Gets Shut Down, Silk Road 3.0 Will Be Online in 15 Minutes (vice.com)

Daniel_Stuckey writes: It only took a month for the Silk Road 2.0 to go live after the now infamous Silk Road marketplace shuttered. One month. Should the budding deep-web bazaar experience the same fate as its predecessor, and be knocked out by authorities still whack-a-moling their way through the online front of the war on drugs, the Silk Road 3.0 would be up and running in 15 minutes, tops.

That's according to the Dread Pirate Roberts, the pseudonymous head of SR 2.0. In what are arguably his most breathy public remarks to date the "new" DPR, who either cribbed his handle from the DPR of SR 1.0 fame or who is indeed the original DPR, opened up to Mike Power on his long-term vision for the site.

Submission + - Architecting Systems of the Future (cmu.edu)

heidibrayer writes: In this podcast, Eric Werner discusses research that he and several of his colleagues are conducting to help software developers create systems for the many-core central processing units in massively parallel computing environments. Eric and his team are creating a software library that can exploit the heterogeneous parallel computers of the future and allow developers to create systems that are more efficient at computation and power consumption.

Submission + - Target scams masses to promote a new trade-in program 1

An anonymous reader writes: Last week, Engadget published that article about how Target is offering a promo deal, for a few days, to trade in ipads. To announce to the world that, like Best Buy, they are now accepting devices at sub-ebay prices.
http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/05/target-trading-200-for-1stgen-ipad/

The whole thing turned out to be a complete scam.

From 100+ posters, my own experience and talking to people in my area:

Target has run out of their "special" gift cards on day 1 in NYC area. And started turning people away under any and all excuses.
Including "email guest.relations@target.com, they will surely take care of you and honor the deal", just to get people out of the door.

Several of us emailed them and got a "go away"-email with the following insult (quote): "While this may not benefit you today, your feedback helps us make our stores, merchandise and services better for every guest."

Small mobs formed at several of the stores on several occasions and THEY got the stores to do the right thing and got a trade-in or simply a discount on new purchases.

Most of the stores were also out of ipads and couldn't even do an upgrade, as a compromise.

Engadget has not commented on it or updated the story. One could probably look and see if Target is one of the sponsors. But Engadget has never been a NEWS company, so it's not a surprise.

Manager told me that while USUALLY Target Mobile is a separate entity, this promotion was run by the Target itself (and showed me an email with instructions).

Quite an epic fail that the largest retail chain uses scam tactics to promote a new service that they refuse to support. Not helped by the matter that they failed to stock sufficient inventory of the items they are ultimately trying to promote.

Comment Mavericks (Mac OS X 10.9) forces iCloud for sync. (Score 1) 214

http://support.apple.com/kb/PH12117

"... If you use OS X Mavericks v.10.9 or later, your contacts, calendars, and other info are updated on your computers and iOS devices via iCloud..."

Many users are angry at this requirement for privacy, connection, etc. reasons like on https://discussions.apple.com/message/23444199 ...

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