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Submission + - Russia is better at encouraging women into tech?

randomErr writes: A new study from Microsoft based on interviews with 11,500 girls and young women across Europe finds their interest in engineering or technology subjects drops dramatically at age 15. The reason found are that girls follow gender stereotypes, have few female role models, peer pressure and a lack of encouragement from parents and teachers. Russia is different. According to Unesco, 29% of women worldwide are in science research, compared with 41% in Russia. In the UK, about 4% of inventors are women, whereas the figure is 15% in Russia. Russian girls view Stem far more positively, with their interest starting earlier and lasting longer, says Julian Lambertin, managing director at KRC Research, the firm that oversaw the Microsoft interviews.

Submission + - Ambient Light Sensors Can Be Used to Steal Browser Data (

An anonymous reader writes: Over the past decade, ambient light sensors have become quite common in smartphones, tablets, and laptops, where they are used to detect the level of surrounding light and automatically adjust a screen's intensity to optimize battery consumption... and other stuff. The sensors have become so prevalent, that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed a special API that allows websites (through a browser) to interact with a device's ambient light sensors. Browsers such as Chrome and Firefox have already shipped versions of this API with their products.

According to two privacy and security experts, malicious web pages can launch attacks using this new API and collect data on users, such as URLs they visited in the past and extract QR codes displayed on the screen. This is possible because the light coming from the screen is picked up by these sensors. Mitigating such attacks is quite easy, as it only requires browser makers and the W3C to adjust the default frequency at which the sensors report their readings. Furthermore, the researcher also recommends that browser makers quantize the result by limiting the precision of the sensor output to only a few values in a preset range. The two researchers filed bug reports with both Chrome and Firefox in the hopes their recommendations will be followed.

Submission + - Is Google planning to include an ad blocker in Chrome? (

OffTheLip writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is considering building an ad blocker into the Chrome browser. Ads that don't comply with the Coalition for Better Ads list of standards would be blocked. Chrome browser market share could force web sites to be more compliant and reduce the need for third party ad blockers such as Ad Block Plus which allow companies to pay their way onto an “Acceptable Ads” list. Is this another way for Google to force their version of standards on web advertising?

Submission + - SPAM: Why Cops Shoot - queryable database on police shootings in Florida

rpavlicek writes: The Tampa Bay Times compiled data on every Florida police shooting from 2009 to 2014 and tracked more than 30 different details about the 772 incidents in which 827 people were shot by police. This effort took a considerable amount of time (and money) since police shootings are not automatically tracked or reported by government agencies in Florida.

The database includes stories, statistics and a query tool to search based on various dimensions (such as circumstances, locations, persons shot, etc.).

"Why Cops Shoot" is primarily the work of Tampa Bay Times reporter, Ben Montgomery.

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Submission + - If you want my attention, pay me (

schwit1 writes: Napoleon famously told his generals, “Ask me for anything but time.” For me, it’s more like, “Ask me for anything but attention.” Or at least, be prepared to pay. It’s an idea whose time may have come.

Submission + - Prosecute Burger King for their Illegal Google Home Attacks in Their Ads ( 1

Lauren Weinstein writes: For example, the federal CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act) broadly prohibits anyone from accessing a computer without authorization. There’s no doubt that Google Home and its associated Google-based systems are computers, and I know that I didn’t give Burger King permission to access and use my Google Home. Nor did millions of other users. And it’s obvious that Google didn’t give that permission either. Yet the morons at Burger King and their affiliated advertising asses — in their search for social “buzz” regarding their nauseating fast food products — felt no compunction about literally hijacking the Google Home systems of potentially millions of people, interrupting other activities, and ideally (that is, ideally from their sick standpoint) interfering with people’s home environments on a massive scale.

Submission + - Paying Customer Dragged from United Flight ( 7

LeftCoastThinker writes: United Airlines forcibly dragged a paying customer from a Chicago flight after overbooking it so that 4 United executives could board the flight to a corporate meeting. The actual violence was committed by a airport police officer who is now on leave.

Submission + - Second Opinion From Doctor Nets Different Diagnosis 88% Of Time, Study Finds ( 3

schwit1 writes: When it comes to treating a serious illness, two brains are better than one. A new study finds that nearly 9 in 10 people who go for a second opinion after seeing a doctor are likely to leave with a refined or new diagnosis from what they were first told.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic examined 286 patient records of individuals who had decided to consult a second opinion, hoping to determine whether being referred to a second specialist impacted one's likelihood of receiving an accurate diagnosis.

The study, conducted using records of patients referred to the Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine Division over a two-year period, ultimately found that when consulting a second opinion, the physician only confirmed the original diagnosis 12 percent of the time.

Among those with updated diagnoses, 66% received a refined or redefined diagnosis, while 21% were diagnosed with something completely different than what their first physician concluded.

Submission + - Server Snafu Exposes User Search Queries via Internal Status Page (

An anonymous reader writes: The search engine went through some sort of technical issue late last night, as its servers were exposing the internal Apache server status page, revealing recently processed search queries. The issue is now fixed, but a quick copy of the server status page, including some search queries, can still be viewed via Google's search engine cache. Some of the weirdest search queries were collected by users in a HackerNews thread. As you'd expect, the server page included plenty of searches for porn. The issue also affected localized servers, such as,,, and so on. No user data was exposed, as the search queries passed through load balancers and already hid user IPs.

Submission + - The Giant Freaking Robot Fight—U.S. vs. Japan—Is Now Set (

schwit1 writes: While smaller robots battling one another have been part of reality television for several years now, the idea of giant robots piloted by human beings has been the exclusive domain of fiction. A couple of years ago, it looked like that era was coming to an end as an American outfit challenged a Japanese company known for its giant robot. After all, the Americans had a giant robot too, so why not put the two mechas against one another?

For a while there was nothing, but now we have news. More importantly, we have a date for this technological clash of the titans.

If you’re unfamiliar with the feud between America’s MegaBots, Inc. and Japan’s Suidoboshi Heavy Industries (SHI), it’s a tale of the former challenging the latter to a giant robot “duel” for pride, title, and the posterity of giant mechs that will surely battle to the death for years to come, sawing and burning each other down in front of an audience like Ancient Roman Gladiators made of steel and flamethrowers.

The robots facing off in August—which will now happen at an undisclosed location because the “original Duel venue fell through” and caused considerable delays—is between Megabots’ Mk. III and SHI’s KURATAS. Considerable battle upgrades have been made to both the original Mk. III and KURATAS over the last year-plus, the Mk. III’s coming after the team behind the 12,000-pound bot raised over $500,000 on kickstarter.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How would you get a software startup going? ( 1

ben-hnb writes: I'm a developer — and I love the idea of running, or being early in, a startup. But I've got no 'business' experience. Everyone seems to want to get on the startup incubator train — the latest UK model I've seen, Launchpad, would even train (MA!) and support me financially for a year whilst developing initial product. This just one in a long list of different models, from the famous Y-Combinator 3-month model to the 500 Startups 4-month seed program and simple co-working spaces with a bit of help, like Launch 22.

If you wanted to get a startup going, where would you go first and why? Or would you just strike out in your bedroom / garage?

Submission + - Amazon opens new data centers in Sweden ( 1

Kkloe writes: Amazon Web Services said it will open data centres in Sweden next year to serve customers in Nordic countries such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

The new Stockholm region includes three “Availability Zones,” which are independent groupings of data centers within a larger area with redundant power and connectivity. AWS now has 42 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with plans to add five more zones in France and China this year.

Amazon also buys the .se domain after years of trying to acquire it from the owner in Sweden.

Editors note: A already owned domain can have the ownership disputed in Sweden by a organization, company or person if the domain has no content or is not used as the name suggests(were the later requires a very good argument on the complaining side) or if the domain name might contain a trademarked(swedish site) word.

Submission + - Web Inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee Slams UK and US Internet Plans ( 1

dryriver writes: The BBC reports: "Sir Tim Berners-Lee was speaking to the BBC following the news that he has been given the Turing Award. It is sometimes known as the Nobel Prize of computing. Sir Tim said moves to undermine encryption would be a 'bad idea' and represent a massive security breach. 'Now I know that if you're trying to catch terrorists it's really tempting to demand to be able to break all that encryption but if you break that encryption then guess what — so could other people and guess what — they may end up getting better at it than you are,' he said. Sir Tim also criticised moves by legislators on both sides of the Atlantic, which he sees as an assault on the privacy of web users. He attacked the UK's recent Investigatory Powers Act, which he had criticised when it went through Parliament: 'The idea that all ISPs should be required to spy on citizens and hold the data for six months is appalling.'

Submission + - SPAM: Ikutaro Kakehashi: Roland Founder And TR-808 Drum Machine Pioneer Dies Aged 87

dryriver writes: The BBC reports: "The music world is mourning the loss of Roland founder and electronic instrument pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi, who has died aged 87. The Japanese engineer created many popular drum machines, including the iconic TR-808. Its sound is a staple of hip-hop and electronic music, used by everyone from Kanye West to Marvin Gaye. Kakehashi received a technical Grammy in 2013 for contributions to electronic music technology. Dave Smith — Kakehashi's co-winner — told the BBC he 'was just an amazing man, a good friend, a very good competitor of course and just innovative continually all that time'. The sound of the TR-808 proved a game-changer in the 1980s and 90s. It appears on Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing", and in the opening bars of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody". Rapper Kanye West's 2008 album 808s & Heartbreak showcases the machine throughout."
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