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Submission + - It's November, 2016 - for whom do you vote?

DavidHumus writes: There appears to be a distinct political slant on /. but what is it, exactly? We should have a poll, preferably near the day of the US presidential election, where slashdotters vote for their candidate of choice. Since we're not all Americans or non-felons, the poll should allow us to indicate whether we actually can vote in this election and if we will (or did, depending on when the poll runs) vote.

Comment Re:Frequently is the answer (Score 1) 331

You are correct that the delivery environment is more different than the language used; similarly, different problem domains have far greater differences than do programming languages. In fact, as many have already noticed, most programming languages are extremely similar. From Fortran to Python, there's a very small difference if you're familiar with languages that are outliers: ones like Forth, Lisp, APL, J and K.

This is probably not unrelated to the fact that progress in programming languages has been glacial compared to progress in hardware.

Submission + - Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate?

Presto Vivace writes: Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race.

In 2012, Jain and several colleagues used a set of mugshots from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office in Florida to examine the performance of several commercially available face recognition systems, including ones from vendors that supply law enforcement agencies. The algorithms were consistently less accurate on women, African-Americans, and younger people. Apparently they were trained on data that was not representative enough of those groups, says Jain.

Submission + - Watch a car thief steal a Jeep with only a laptop (cnet.com)

tripleevenfall writes: The below video from the Houston Police Department shows a man entering a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. After a few minutes of fiddling with a laptop, the car disappears down the street. The whole job takes about 13 minutes.

The police are unclear as to what role the laptop played in the theft, according to the Wall Street Journal article that mentions this video. Fiat Chrysler gave the WSJ not much more than a boilerplate response about taking security seriously.

Comment Pen and paper used to be good enough for me... (Score 1) 286

I have pocket-sized notebooks (mostly "neat-bound", not spiral) going back to the '80s but have stopped taking many notes that way for the past couple of years. I use emacs if I'm at a desktop. For my phone, I do have Evernote and have used it a little but mostly I just e-mail myself notes. That way they're automatically "synched" and searchable. The notes in emacs get saved as part of my backups, so are also available and searchable.

Submission + - Russia hacks DNC, "steals" anti-Trump research (washingtonpost.com)

mi writes: Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, according to committee officials and security experts who responded to the breach.

The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system they also were able to read all e-mail and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts.

Submission + - Home Depot automatically connecting in-store purchases to your online identity

SlashD0tter writes: Like many Home Depot patrons, I occasionally purchase items from them on-line as well as by visiting their local store. The on-line purchases are usually followed up from them with pesky requests to review whatever I just bought on-line. Imagine my surprise this morning when I received one of those pesky requests for something I'd purchased in-person using a generic (not Home Depot) credit card. Pretty smart of them to connect an on-line purchaser with a real-live person? Or pretty creepy, instead?

Comment Re:That's okay (Score 4, Insightful) 742

Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld overrode the Pentagon's concerns about the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. We were repeatedly told the war would be over very quickly, a matter of weeks, and that the Iraqis would pay for the reconstruction of their country through oil revenues. We were also told we would be welcomed with open arms by the entire Iraqi community.

And as bad and stupid as all this was, Trump's current recruitment drive for ISIS trumps (ahem) even this. It seems that his demagoguery is an attempt to inflame his fraidy-cat supporters and help radical Islam by pushing the moderates toward them. They're so frightened that they're willing to abandon traditional American ideals like religious tolerance and justice and they're so stupid that they can't figure out that this is exactly the wrong thing to do in terms of the real-life consequences.

This is not to defend Clinton's arrogant refusal to follow the rules but to point out that when there's a choice between bad and worse, we have to choose bad.

Submission + - Winning War for IT Talent Requires New Solutions

HamIAm writes: New Harvard Business Review research released today says the "shift to a digital economy is creating a talent crisis that is putting companies' survival on the line." HBR interviewed over a dozen CIOs and HR professionals who all said traditional approaches to attracting and retaining IT staff are no longer working. The report outlines several new solutions for IT talent management — from exploring new, more diverse talent pools including individuals with autism, to rethinking how IT work is structured, to using open source as a magnet for talent.

Submission + - SPAM: The Islamic State's shocking war on gays

An anonymous reader writes: [I]if there is a clear link between the attack in Orlando and the Islamic State, it would be the most high-profile incident yet in the group's wider, relentless campaign against gays. Ever since the group came to prominence amid security vacuums in Iraq and Syria, it has set about persecuting religious minorities, women and others whose identity and lifestyle are anathema to its puritanical creed. In areas under the control of the Islamic State, its fighters have issued edicts against homosexual behavior and flashy hairstyles and promised death for anyone caught in the act of sodomy.

Across the Middle East, the LGBT community faces varying degrees of repression, both because of laws directed against its members and the wider social stigma. But under the Islamic State, things took a devastating turn.

In a single day in September, the Islamic State killed nine men and a 15-year-old boy in a Syrian town who had been accused of sodomy. In January 2015, a media wing of the extremist group released images that appeared to show fighters pushing men accused of homosexuality off a building in the Iraqi city of Mosul. In July, two men suffered the same fate in the Syrian city of Palmyra, then controlled by the Islamic State. They were shoved off the roof of a hotel after an Islamic State official ruled that they must die.

"I’d prefer it if you shoot me in the head," one of the men pleaded to the militants, according to witness testimony gleaned by the Associated Press.

According to one count, the Islamic State has killed at least 16 men through this method. At least six others reportedly were stoned to death, including one man sentenced for homosexuality who had survived being pushed off a building in March.

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Submission + - Visual Studio 2015 c++ compiler secretly inserts telemetry code into binaries (infoq.com) 4

edxwelch writes: Reddit user "sammiesdog" discovered recently that the Visual Studio 2015 c++ compiler was inserting calls to a Microsoft telemetery function into binaries.
"I compiled a simple program with only main(). When looking at the compiled binary in Ida, I see a calls for telemetry_main_invoke_trigger and telemetry_main_return_trigger. I can not find documentation for these calls, either on the web or in the options page."
Only after the discovery did Steve Carroll, the dev manager for Visual C++, admit to the feature and posted a work around. The "feature" is to be removed in Update 3 of the product.

Submission + - Liberal Arts majors best for a tech team (wsj.com)

DavidHumus writes: The founder of Reverb.com blogs about a change of heart he's had based on his experience over the past several years. He used to think — and preach — that "... the demand for quality computer programmers and engineers ... [means] we need more students with computer-science and engineering degrees." However, he has since concluded "...that individuals with liberal arts degrees are by far the sharpest, best-performing software developers and technology leaders."

Submission + - The fall of an American Emperor: Inside J. Edgar Hoover's FBI file (muckrock.com)

v3rgEz writes: Commemorating the 44th anniversary of his passing last week, MuckRock has a two-part series looking at the rise and fall of FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover — as told by his FBI files. In the first part, examining the long-serving director's rise to power, his files detail how he rounded up informants and took on suspicious German actors to clear his way towards the top while making the case for a domestic surveillance apparatus. The second half traces how, after almost half a century of remarkable power, Hoover had become increasingly paranoid and power hungry. Hoover's raw FBI files are available at the site as well.

Submission + - Lilium Electric Jet: VTOL Air Travel for the Masses? (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Can't face the drive to the airport? Why not bypass the whole circus and jump in your two-seat, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) all-electric engine jet aircraft? That's the vision for the Lilium Jet, an aircraft currently being developed in Germany under the auspices of the European Space Agency's business incubation center that boasts fly-by-wire joystick controls, retractable landing gear, gull-wing doors, and a claimed top speed of 400 km/h (250 mph). The creators claim that this personal e-jet could be made available to the public as early as 2018.

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