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Submission + - 77% of Ad Blocking Users Feel Guilty about Blocking Ads (huffingtonpost.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: A new survey has found that 77% of ad blocking users feel “some guilt” about blocking ads. This goes against common stereotypes that ad blocking users don’t care about digital content publishers losing revenue, and suggests that if publishers took steps to make their ads less intrusive and less annoying, users might be more tolerant of their advertising.

The report was primarily focused on users’ whitelisting behavior, their feeling and reactions toward publishers who utilize anti-ad blocking tactics, and their thoughts on online advertising in general.

Comment Re:I wish them well (Score 1) 258

The second sentence should be, "He taught them how to "...

30 years ago, was a different age of computing where the computer industry was full of very talented people trained in other fields.. We don't have that anymore, Microsoft, Intel, HP, etc, laid them all off, (older employees), and would never hire someone that hasn't been through their indoctrination regime.

Comment Re:I wish them well (Score 1) 258

The last time Microsoft had anyone qualified in the fields organic chemistry/biology working with on a M$/IBM project was around thirty years ago. He though them how to implement a superior testing regime for their Operating systems using laboratory/statistical/analysis techniques.

I really doubt Microsoft is wise enough to employ those type of cross trained experts anymore.

As for curing cancer in ten years, they have a better chance of initiating some form of Apocalypse, ( PC OS mono culture, with Billions of PC's being taken over), triggering WWIII, release of a bio-weapon, nano-replicators, etc., rather than curing cancer. With everybody dead, cancer in humans is definitely cured, ergo Microsoft get's the credit posthumously.

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Comment I haven't seen this app on Samsung.. (Score 1) 97

In the first sentence of the first linked article it mentions Samsung phones are infected with this backdoor, I'm asking why would that be?

I've got two rooted SAMSUNG galaxy class phones. Neither of them has this app installed. Why would Samsung allow a Rival to install modules on the phones they manufacturer, sell, support, and warranty?

Submission + - Ford moving all production of small cars from U.S. to Mexico (usatoday.com)

FlyHelicopters writes: More jobs continue to leave the country, now Ford has quietly announced to investors that all small car production is moving to Mexico... Can SUVs and Pickup Trucks be far behind? For now, those will stay, but like the frog in boiling water, they are moving it slowly a bit at a time so people don't notice, right up until Ford becomes a foreign car company while no one was watching...

Comment Re:The agreement is legal (Score 1) 579

One should not forget that Ireland received a large banking Bailout(61B euro, 25% NPL's) from the ECB and IMF not too long ago. Ergo, it is illegal to make sweet heart deals with 3rd parties(Apple) allowing them to avoid paying taxes incurred in other member states(EU).

I.E. You can't be just a little bit pregnant, (member of EU). Either your all in, or not, that was the choice Britain just made.

Comment Internal weld gave out... Thermal stress,, (Score 3, Interesting) 266

Inside LOX tank their are anti slosh baffles made out aluminum which are welded to the inside of the tank. During fueling those welds will be under thermal stress, if one of the welds gave out it would expose Al metal to the LOX then BOOM. The tank material itself reacted with the Pure O2.

It's the nature of the beast when dealing with LOX tanks. 1st)It would be wise to let the tank sit with a pressurized with a couple of psi of O2 for several weeks building up a thicker ceramic AlO2 layer. 2nd) implement a staged cool down procedure before filling tank with cryonic oxygen to reduce stress on welds..

Comment Re:Good. We are all N. Koreans today (Score 1) 243

Our Ohio class boomer fleet uses Magneto Optical Disks for targeting, but that was some time ago.. They may have upgraded since. N Korea goal is to detonate an EMP burst over the USA from orbit. The USA will retaliate against N Korea city''s & military and EMP their supporters China+Russia in kind, leaving neither side with a real advantage.

Submission + - Saving billions of male chicks from a horrible death (acs.org)

JMarshall writes: For chickens bred to lay eggs, being male is a death sentence. Male chicks are usually culled within days of hatching by methods including gassing and grinding. A new method uses Raman spectroscopy to sex the embryos while still in the egg, allowing the male embryos to be culled before they are sensitive to pain. The researchers cut a hole in the end of the egg with a laser, shine light on the blood vessels exposed within the egg, and collect a Raman spectrum. Male and female blood have different spectra thanks to differences in sugar and protein profiles and in the amount of DNA in the blood. Then the researchers tape the end of the egg closed and allow embryo development to continue.

There's more work to be done before the approach can be used industrially, but with strong demand for an ethical alternative to chick culling, a major German producer of egg-laying hens is partnering with the researchers to build a larger scale prototype for testing.

Submission + - One of Europe's Biggest Companies Loses €40 Million in Online Scam (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Leoni AG, Europe's biggest manufacturer of wires and electrical cables and the fourth-largest vendor in the world, announced it lost €40 million ($44.6 million) following an online scam that tricked one of its financial officers into transferring funds to the wrong bank account.

A subsequent investigation revealed that attackers had scouted the company's network, procedures, and identified a weak spot to attack. According to authorities, a young woman working as CFO at Leoni's Bistrita factory in Romania was the target of the scam, when she received an email spoofed to look like it came from one of the company's top German executives, asking her to transfer funds to a bank account. According to unconfirmed information, the money stolen from Leoni's Bistrita branch ended up in bank accounts in the Czech Republic.

According to the FBI, this type of attack is known as CEO fraud, whaling, or BEC (Business Email Compromise), and has defrauded companies around the world of over $3 billion since October 2013.

Submission + - Michigan court rules against civil forfeiture

schwit1 writes: The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that civil forfeiture denies citizens their due process rights under the Constitution. As the court wrote:

“Because of her indigency and inability to pay the required bond, [Kinnon] was excluded ‘from the only forum effectively empowered to settle [her] dispute.’ Ultimately, Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture scheme operated to deprive [Kinnon] of a significant property interest without according her the opportunity for a hearing, contrary to the requirements of the Due Process Clause.”

This shouldn’t be rocket science, as the language and intent of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution is quite plain.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The problem today is that this has become rocket science. Too many people either don’t know this plain language, or work dishonestly to distort it to empower government to oppress us.

Comment Re:Can anyone say wind turbine boondoggle? (Score 1) 188

When you're on an island electricity costs a whole lot more ($0.44/kWh), plus a summertime surcharge.
This wind project also connects Block island to the mainland grid

The initial agreed upon energy pricing is $0.244 per kWh, Thus the return will be ~10% per year.
Thus a check mark in the win column for all parties..

Submission + - SPAM: Holy Grail of energy policy in sight as battery technology smashes the old order 3

mdsolar writes: The world's next energy revolution is probably no more than five or ten years away. Cutting-edge research into cheap and clean forms of electricity storage is moving so fast that we may never again need to build 20th Century power plants in this country, let alone a nuclear white elephant such as Hinkley Point.

The US Energy Department is funding 75 projects developing electricity storage, mobilizing teams of scientists at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, and the elite Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge labs in a bid for what it calls the 'Holy Grail' of energy policy.

You can track what they are doing at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). There are plans for hydrogen bromide, or zinc-air batteries, or storage in molten glass, or next-generation flywheels, many claiming "drastic improvements" that can slash storage costs by 80pc to 90pc and reach the magical figure of $100 per kilowatt hour in relatively short order.

“Storage is a huge deal,” says Ernest Moniz, the US Energy Secretary and himself a nuclear physicist. He is now confident that the US grid and power system will be completely "decarbonised" by the middle of the century.

Link to Original Source

Comment Re:I know the Keys Mosquito Control District well. (Score 1) 144

They did such a good job another species took over their niche (annoying humans).

Horseflies, I found out the hard way when we towed a boat down the keys portion of the Intercoastal channel.
Every slow no wake zone was a feeding ground where they attack the occupants on mass.

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