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Submission + - Unlike US Polling, Slashdot Poll Favors Pense over Kaine 3 to 1... but Why? (slashdot.org)

Bob_Who writes: Why do so many people feel the that Mike Pence won the debate?

I do not believe that they do. I think that we are seeing a phenomenon in which these results in no way reflect reality. It would be interesting if there was a thorough analysis to understand if this is due to AstroTurf, the tendencies of red team and blue team players, or the actions of a few obsessive Trumpsters that know the end is near. We'll see on election day how the skewed results here in no way resemble reality. I'm more interested in understanding why that may be, exactly; there may be deeper insights as to why polls don't represent opinion nearly as much as they try to influence and distort it.

Perhaps, it tells the truth with lies and it tells lies with the truth. Either way, its bullshit, which ain't good for much, but fertilizer.

Come on Slashdot, any data you care to share on this hypothesis? I'd love to see something bloom that makes the stench worth tolerating.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Here's why Ford will build the Google self-driving car next year - Computerworld (google.com)


Computerworld

Here's why Ford will build the Google self-driving car next year
Computerworld
Rumors are circulating that Ford may build the Google autonomous car. As Automotive News reported today, the official announcement could come in two weeks at CES in Las Vegas. An unnamed source said the negotiations are almost finalized. Just a few...
Driverless Cars Give Lawyers Bottomless List of DefendantsBloomberg
How can we make sure that driverless cars are safe?Los Angeles Times
Rumor: Google, Ford Teaming Up on Self-Driving CarsPC Magazine
Forbes-TheStreet.com-Glens Falls Post-Star-Yahoo Autos
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Submission + - Interview Questions to Throw You off Guard

itwbennett writes: We've all come to expect the standard interview questions about our greatest strengths and weaknesses and have diligently concocted answers to those unanswerable questions. But then there are those questions that interviewers spring on you to separate the wheat from the chaff. One CSO, for example, likes to ask prospective candidates about their home network — and the answer had better include running a Linux box that the interviewee built. Other interviewers like to ask puzzle questions to observe your ability to see a problem from a different angle. 'A security engineer needs to look at something, be given how it should work and then figure out how to break it,' says Ryan O’Leary, senior director of the Threat Research Center at WhiteHat Security. 'It’s a skill that’s difficult to teach and the primary trait we look for in applicants.' What are the best interview questions you've been asked?

Submission + - Chevron gets 9 years worth of activists' internet metadata

Halo1 writes: A US Federal judge has ruled that Microsoft must provide Chevron with IP usage records and identity information for email accounts owned by more than 100 environmental activists, journalists and attorneys. Chevron ask for this information in an attempt to prove that it fell victim to a conspiracy when it was convicted to pay $18 billion for dumping 18.5 billion gallons of oil waste in the Ecuadorean Amazon. Opponents, such as the EFF and ERI, criticise that this could allow Chevron to determine the countries, states, cities or even buildings where the account-holders were checking their email, so as to 'infer the movements of the users over the relevant period'.

Submission + - Two mutations triggered an evolutionary leap 500 million years ago (uchospitals.edu)

Taco Cowboy writes: "Changes in just two letters of the genetic code in our deep evolutionary past caused a massive shift in the function of one protein and set in motion the evolution of our present-day hormonal and reproductive systems," said Joe Thornton, PhD, professor of human genetics and ecology & evolution at the University of Chicago

In a feat of "molecular time travel" the researchers resurrected and analyzed the functions of the ancestors of genes that play key roles in modern human reproduction, development, immunity and cancer. By re-creating the same DNA changes that occurred during those genes' ancient history, the team showed that two mutations set the stage for hormones like estrogen, testosterone and cortisol to take on their crucial present-day roles

"If those two mutations had not happened, our bodies today would have to use different mechanisms to regulate pregnancy, libido, the response to stress, kidney function, inflammation, and the development of male and female characteristics at puberty," Thornton said

Understanding how the genetic code of a protein determines its functions would allow biochemists to better design drugs and predict the effects of mutations on disease. Thornton said the discovery shows how evolutionary analysis of proteins' histories can advance this goal, Before the group's work, it was not previously known how the various steroid receptors in modern species distinguish estrogens from other hormones

They found that just two changes in the ancient receptor's gene sequence caused a 70,000-fold shift in preference away from estrogens toward other steroid hormones. The researchers also used biophysical techniques to identify the precise atomic-level mechanisms by which the mutations affected the protein's functions. Although only a few atoms in the protein were changed, this radically rewired the network of interactions between the receptor and the hormone, leading to a massive change in function


Submission + - Verizon Offers Refunds for Fraudulent SMS Messages (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Verizon has filed a lawsuit against a group of people and related companies that it alleges duped people into signing up and getting charged for premium short message services. Because some of the short message programs the defendants set up complied with Verizon's rules, Verizon says it is unable to identify which customers didn't know about the charges for the services. As a result it has set up a Web page where customers can file a claim form and get reimbursed if they were wrongly charged for the services."
Crime

Judge Orders Gizmodo Search Warrant Unsealed 526

gyrogeerloose writes "The same judge who issued the warrant to search Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's apartment has now ordered it unsealed, ruling against the San Mateo County district attorney's office which had argued that unsealing the documents may compromise the investigation." You can read the entire affidavit here (PDF). It has a detailed description of the police investigation that led to the seizure of Chen's computers. It turns out Steve Jobs personally requested that the phone be returned, prompting Gizmodo's Brian Lam to try negotiating for a public acknowledgment that the phone was real. Apple was tipped off to the man who found/stole the prototype by his roommate.
Iphone

Submission + - Apple's P2P APP (unitethecows.com)

UniteTheCows writes: It has emerged that Apple has filed a patent for an iPhone app that facilitates peer-to-peer financial exchanges.

The app, referred to by Apple as "Transaction" will be able to initiate P2P payments in various ways, including...

NASA

Atlantis Blasts Off On Final Mission 143

shuz writes "Space shuttle Atlantis lifted off today on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station — the final flight for the venerable vehicle. The mission involves three spacewalks over 12 days (PDF), during which the team will replace six batteries on the port truss which store energy from solar panels on that truss, bolt on a spare space-to-ground Ku-band antenna, and attach a new tool platform to Canada's Dextre robotic arm." NASA has video of the historic launch and reader janek78 adds this quote from the mission summary: "Atlantis lifted off on its maiden voyage on Oct. 3, 1985, on mission 51-J. Later missions included the launch of the Magellan probe to Venus on STS-30 in May 1989, Galileo interplanetary probe to Jupiter on STS-34 in October 1989, the first shuttle docking to the Mir Space Station on STS-71 in June1995, and the final Hubble servicing mission on STS-125 in May 2009."
Science

Submission + - Sylvania takes on 60-watt bulb with LED light | Gr (cnet.com) 1

tugfoigel writes: LED makers are introducing replacements for the popular 60-watt incandescent bulb that use about 80 percent less electricity and that could last for years and years.

The popular 60-watt incandescent light bulb is officially under attack from LED lighting technology.

Osram Sylvania on Thursday introduced a general-purpose LED light designed to replace screw-in incandescent, halogen, or compact fluorescent bulbs. It also said that it is working on a 75-watt replacement which is an LED.

Comment Re:AT&T Trouble Self Inflicted? (Score 1) 217

I agree with you , i think i may have miss the word, 'positive' in front of 'any', do excuse my english... I firmly believe leading eu countries such as uk, france, germany etc have a better business practice and the gov is their to serve the people and governing a open, just and free market such as the telecommunication market in eu; they also have a way better social welfare system...this is a bit off-top but it's such an irony when you consider majority of the 20th technologies and business models, theories was invented in the US, but found a better practice elsewhere
Education

Submission + - 11-Year-Old graduates with degree in astrophysics. 7

Gotenosente writes: Articles at WoodTV and Fox News state that an 11-Year-Old boy, Moshe Kai Cavalin, has graduated from East Los Angeles Community College with a degree in astrophysics. According to WoodTV, "At a time when his peers are finishing 6th grade, this only child of a Taiwanese mother and an Israeli father is trying on a cap and gown preparing to graduate with a 4.0 from community college." The article continues with a quotation by the boy, hinting at his modesty, "I don't consider myself a genius because there are 6.5 billion people in this world and each one is smart in his or her own way." Fox News, in their article, quotes Daniel Judge, Cavalin's statistics professor, "Most students think that things should be harder than they are and they put these mental blocks in front of them and they make things harder than they should be. In the case of Moshe, he sees right through the complications."
OS X

Submission + - Pace Shoots for Streisand on Disassembly Info (beskerming.com)

SkiifGeek writes: "The owner of the Reverse Engineering Mac OS X site has been served DMCA action and forced to take down a series of posts that were investigating initial steps to reverse engineer / disassemble Interlok protected OS X applications.

Despite only a very limited amount of data being publicly available, fG! complied and removed the posts, citing "One thing is certain, you can't acomplish security by obscurity ! You can't simply stop knowledge because these days information flows at a bigger rate than ever. Disclosure is the only way to improve products!".

Even though the information is too specialised and focused in attention to have been widely reproduced, it was still online long enough for at least Google to cache the complete list of now-suppressed data and for a number of individuals to privately replicate the data. fG! follows up with the following caution for those trying to reproduce the cached but missing entries "About Pace? I'm in contact with their lawyer and I have been asked to remove all information about this. If you have mirrored the three Pace posts and code (I?m pretty sure I'm not the only one who mirrors important info right away) please do not make it publicly available. Pace will wave you with DMCA and it's not worth the trouble. Keep it for yourself, please".

Despite the other information available online for people looking to reverse engineer Pace Interlok products, it looks like a Streisand effect could be developing."

Space

Submission + - Ghost Remains After Black Hole Eruption (spacefellowship.com)

Matt_dk writes: "NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has found a cosmic "ghost" lurking around a distant supermassive black hole. This is the first detection of such a high-energy apparition, and scientists think it is evidence of a huge eruption produced by the black hole. This discovery presents astronomers with a valuable opportunity to observe phenomena that occurred when the Universe was very young. The X-ray ghost, so-called because a diffuse X-ray source has remained after other radiation from the outburst has died away, is in the Chandra Deep Field-North, one of the deepest X-ray images ever taken. The source, a.k.a. HDF 130, is over 10 billion light years away and existed at a time 3 billion years after the Big Bang, when galaxies and black holes were forming at a high rate."
Security

Submission + - Did McAfee Pull Content Critical of AV Industry? (beskerming.com) 1

SkiifGeek writes: "Does anyone really care when a company deletes content from its website or blog without notice and without leaving evidence that it ever existed? What if that company was an Antivirus vendor and the blog is a valuable source of information on developments in the fight against malware, what then?

McAfee recently did just that, pulling an entry at their Avert Labs blog, but not before it appeared briefly in the site's RSS feed. Despite the very short period of time that the content was actually available, it was still captured by some sites. A Google search shows a number of sites that were able to scrape the content before it could be pulled completely, including, ironically, a McAfee site that republishes the Avert Labs blog as part of its content.

Why would McAfee pull the content — what could be controversial enough in it to lead to it being pulled?

Are claims that the reason why there is so much malware is that AV vendors and developers have been so successful at blocking attacks enough to warrant deletion? What about trying to convince developers of legitimate software that packers and protectors are not valid tools anymore (just because malware authors use them)? Or even that use of these tools is going to place legitimate software at greater risk of false positive detection or delay in releasing the software and that it will mean it is viewed with suspicion?

The full deleted posting and deconstruction of the conflicting arguments presented within it can be found here."

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