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Submission + - Trump's Twitter debate lead was 'swelled by bots'

AmiMoJo writes: More than four times as many tweets were made by automated accounts in favour of Donald Trump around the first US presidential debate as by those backing Hillary Clinton, a study found. The research indicates the Republican candidate would have enjoyed more support on Twitter even if the accounts — known as bots — had not been active. But it highlights that the software has the capacity to "manipulate public opinion" and "muddy political issues". The report has yet to be peer-reviewed. The investigation was led by Prof Philip Howard, from the University of Oxford, and is part of a wider project exploring "computational propaganda".

Submission + - RIAA Seizes Wrong MP3Skull Domain

AmiMoJo writes: In its continued quest to keep the Internet piracy-free, the RIAA has seized the domain name of yet another MP3Skull site. However, it appears that their most recent target has nothing to do with the original service. Earlier this year a Florida federal court issued a permanent injunction which allowed the RIAA to take over the site’s domain names. Despite the million dollar verdict MP3Skull continued to operate for several months, using a variety of new domain names, which were subsequently targeted by the RIAA’s legal team. Now MP3Skull.onl, an unrelated YouTube converter, has also been seized.

Submission + - Argumentative Twitter bot can go for hours before people realize it's not human

AmiMoJo writes: Like something out of a Monty Python sketch, the a Twitter bot called "Liz" with the handle @arguetron has been engaging in long running debates using simple AI. Its author points out that "So many arguments, especially on a place like Twitter, are almost content-neutral. You can swap one argument out for another and the context is almost irrelevant." That’s why @arguetron’s conversations look so much like arguments a real person might have with a persistent troll.

Submission + - UK police: teaching people to use crypto is an act of terrorism 2

AmiMoJo writes: Samata Ullah from Cardiff faces six terrorism charges, including "preparation of terrorism..."by researching an encryption programme, developing an encrypted version of his blog site, and publishing the instructions around the use of [the] programme on his blog site." Another charge against Ullah is that he provided "instruction or training in the use of encryption programmes". His is also charged with having a USB flash drive containing an OS. The "encrypted" blog site seems to be using HTTPS. The police's own site does not support HTTPS.

Submission + - UK internet trolls targeted with new legal guidelines

AmiMoJo writes: Internet trolls who create derogatory hashtags or post doctored images to humiliate others could face prosecution in England and Wales. Inciting people to harass others online, known as virtual mobbing, or posting their personal details (doxing), could also result in court action under new Crown Prosecution Service guidance. The director of public prosecutions stressed this did not mean prosecutors could "stifle free speech". Ms Saunders said context will be an important factor in decisions — for example "if you're offensive, the legislation would say you have to be grossly offensive, and that's quite a high test". "Grossly offensive" has a specific meaning in UK law.

Submission + - San Francisco fights the stink of piss in elevators with bacteria-eating enzymes

AmiMoJo writes: The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system is taking aim at its number one problem — with a new strategy designed to contain the puddles of urine and eliminate lingering pee smells inside its elevators. The overhaul will include testing a prototype odor-eating spray called the "Urine-B-Gone System" currently installed in the elevator at Civic Center Station. The lavender scented, enzyme-based spray is misted hourly into the shaft from a grid of automated puffers. But does something that sounds like an industrial-scale air freshener actually stand a chance against BART’s intractable funk?

Submission + - John McAfee sues Intel to use his own name

AmiMoJo writes: John McAfee, the creator of the eponymous antivirus computer software system, sued Intel Corp. for the right to use his name in new ventures after the chip maker bought his former company. Intel bought McAfee in 2010 and eventually renamed it “Intel Security.” McAfee has since joined digital gaming company MGT Capital Investments Inc. as chairman and chief executive, with plans to rename the company “John McAfee Global Technologies Inc.” McAfee says Intel warned him that any use of his name will infringe on the company’s trademarks that it acquired with the McAfee deal in 2010, according to his complaint filed Friday in Manhattan federal court.

Submission + - Fake Linus Torvalds' Key Found in the Wild

AmiMoJo writes: It was well-known that PGP is vulnerable to short-ID collisions. Real attacks started in June, some developers found their fake keys with same name, email, and even "same" fake signatures by more fake keys in the wild, on the keyservers. All these keys have same short-IDs, created by collision attacks. Fake keys of Linus Torvalds, Greg Kroah-Hartman, and other kernel devs are found in the wild recently.

Submission + - SPAM: South Korean gamers imitate GamerGate

AmiMoJo writes: The "Gamergate" controversy which roiled the world of video gaming has hit a new level. The name was coined as a row over whether Western gamers were mostly male and anti-women. Now, a similar row is rocking South Korea. On the face of it, the slogan "Girls do not need a prince" doesn't seem that controversial. But when the actress, Kim Jayeon, tweeted a photograph of herself wearing the garment, she generated a storm and lost herself a job. She was the voice of one of the characters in a South Korean online game called "Closers". Fans inundated Nexon, the company which produced the game, with complaints. Many of the complaints, according to female activists, were offensive and anti-women. The manufacturer quickly bowed to the protesters and sacked the actress. It told the BBC that she would be paid in full for her work but her voice would not be used on the game.

Submission + - SPAM: Easy access to online porn is damaging men's health 1

AmiMoJo writes: A top psychosexual therapist is warning about a surge in the number of young men suffering sexual health problems because of online pornography. More and more men in their late teens and early 20s are suffering from erectile dysfunction, and the rise is being blamed on people becoming addicted to watching online porn. "Our experience is that historically men that were referred to our clinic with problems with erectile dysfunction were older men whose issues were related to diabetes, MS, cardio vascular disease. These younger men do not have organic disease, they've already been tested by their [doctor] and everything is fine." One patient went 100 days without watching porn and was relieved when things got back to normal.

Submission + - SPAM: Yahoo's anti-abuse AI can hunt out even the most devious online trolls

AmiMoJo writes: Yahoo has created an abuse-detecting algorithm that can accurately identify whether online comments contain hate speech or not. In 90 per cent of test cases Yahoo's algorithm was able to correctly identify that a comment was abusive. The company used a combination of machine learning and crowdsourced abuse detection to create an algorithm that trawled the comment sections of Yahoo News and Finance to sniff out abuse. As part of its project, Yahoo will be releasing the first publicly available curated database of online hate speech. The system could help AIs avoid being tricked into making abusive comments themselves, as Microsoft's Tay twitter bot did earlier this year.

Submission + - SPAM: Bulk of melted fuel in Fukushima no. 2 reactor at bottom of pressure vessel

AmiMoJo writes: Most of the melted nuclear fuel inside the No. 2 reactor at the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 power plant is likely located at the bottom of its pressure vessel, plant operator TEPCO has revealed. According to a study that used a cosmic ray imaging system, an estimated 130 tons of the so-called fuel debris remains at the bottom of the vessel. A decision on how to remove fuel from the reactors is due by 2017. Reactors 2 and 3 are expected to be flooded with water to make the process easier, but reactor 1 will have to be done dry, which is much more difficult and unprecedented.

Submission + - SPAM: Hinkley Point gets final investment approval

AmiMoJo writes: Investment in the first new nuclear plant to be built in the UK in 20 years — at Hinkley Point, Somerset — has secured final approval. The £18bn plant, set to be the most expensive object on earth when complete, is being build by French company EDF, with one third of the financing from Chinese investors, and will supply up to 7% of the UK's energy. EDF has lost a board member and financing director over the deal, estimated to be costing the UK £35bn over its lifetime due to a guaranteed high price for any energy it generates. Two similar plants being built by EDF in Europe are years behind schedule and 3x over budget.

Submission + - SPAM: CamSoda invites users to have virtual sex with real performers 1

AmiMoJo writes: A popular cam site is hoping that our brave new world of high-tech lovin’ has plenty of people in it that want virtual ‘sex’ with cam models. Next month, CamSoda is launching a new virtual-reality (VR) platform that will allow patrons to physically ‘interact’ with performers (warning: Forbes link) via teledildonics, a.k.a. connected and coordinating sex toys–technology that’s long been bound by patent law, but which soon may finally be let loose. The service launches August 1, using hardware supplied by Kiiroo.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why can't anyone make the perfect phone?

An anonymous reader writes: It's coming up to new flagship phone season and once again disappointment looms. Okay, ideal size and aesthetic appeal vary from person to person, but that's what multiple models and cases are for. Why can't anyone offer perfect specs?

The camera lacks image stabilisation or sucks in low light. The OS has an ugly, annoying skin and lack of updates. The battery is small to make the phone 0.2mm thinner. No wireless charging, no headphone jack, no SD card, or an astronomical price tag. There's always something, and often it's just one or two things that could easily be fixed. Why is it so hard to get right?

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