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Submission + - Uber profiling riders based on battery information to detect fraud (

An anonymous reader writes: Last year Uber discovered that clients with devices low on battery would agree to pay more for the service. It remained unknown if Uber has really been using battery information, but most browser vendor decided to remove battery information functionality citing privacy risks. Now, after a data request in Europe, Uber has revealed that battery information is used to detect fraud. Whether that's possible is not known, but Uber may have inadvertently revealed profiling based on battery level .

Submission + - Brooklyn Judge: Feds Can't Use All Writs Act to Force Apple's Hand (

schwit1 writes: A federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday rejected a U.S. Justice Department request to order Apple Inc to help law enforcement access data on a locked iPhone, in a ruling that bolsters the company's arguments in a growing privacy fight with the government.

The government sought access to the phone in October, months before a judge in California ordered Apple to give the government access to the phone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, attacks.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in Brooklyn ruled that he did not have the legal authority to order Apple to disable the security of an iPhone seized during a drug investigation.

Orenstein said his ruling in Apple's favor was not a decision on "whether the government should be able to force Apple to help it unlock a specific device; it is instead whether the All Writs Act resolves that issue and many others like it yet to come."

The implications of the government's position are "so far-reaching... as to produce impermissibly broad results," he wrote.

Submission + - Pirate Bay co-founder arrested in northeastern Thailand (

SeeingMole writes: Thai immigration police arrested 36-year-old Fredrik Neij, aka TiAMO, while driving a car to pass through the border checkpoint from Laos into Thailand with his Lao wife.
He was wearing the same shirt that he wore in his arrest warrant photo.
In 2009, Neij was convicted along with Per Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi and Carl Lundstroem of "assisting in making copyright content available" in Stockholm, Sweden.

Submission + - Dr.Who to teach kids to code (

DCFC writes: The BBC is releasing a game to help ten 8-11 year olds get into coding. Based on Dr.Who, it alternates between standard platform game and programming puzzles that introduce the ideas of sequence, loops, if..then, variables and a touch of event driven programming...and you get to program a Dalek to make him more powerful, apparently the BBC thinks upgrading psychopathic racist death machines is a good idea.

Submission + - Andrea Rossi's E-Cat cold fusion reactor 'verified' by third-party researchers 1

zzats writes: Extremetech is running an article of Italian inventor Andrea Rossi's cold fusion reactor E-Cat having been verified by a third-party research group. Rossi has claimed having a working cold fusion reactor before, which the audience Slashdot has received with quite a bit of skepticism in the past. "Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat — the device that purports to use cold fusion to generate massive amounts of cheap, green energy – has been verified by third-party researchers, according to a new 54-page report. The researchers observed a small E-Cat over 32 days, where it produced net energy of 1.5 megawatt-hours, or “far more than can be obtained from any known chemical sources in the small reactor volume.” The article also adds that "The researchers are very careful about not actually saying that cold fusion/LENR is the source of the E-Cat’s energy, instead merely saying that an “unknown reaction” is at work. "

Submission + - Telsa Motors Unveils Model D Sedan ( 1

SchrodingerZ writes: Nine days after Elon Musk hinted about a new project, the P85D Sedan has been unveiled by Tesla Motors. The Model D is Tesla's latest car design, capable of feats not yet seen in electric vehicles. The four door luxury car is able to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in a mere 3.2 seconds, an acceleration similar to the McLaren F1 super car. While the exterior remains the same build as the Model S, the interior will have a second motor in the front of the car, to complement the rear motor. The D models will also have a slightly larger range of 275 miles on a single charge, 10 miles more than the 85 and P85 cars. The safety features have also been enhanced, adding "adaptive cruise control and the ability to read speed limit signs, stop itself if a crash is imminent, stay in its lane, and even park itself in a street spot or in your garage." Musk explains at the inaugural event, "this car is nuts. It’s like taking off from a carrier deck. It’s just bananas." The Model D is available for the 60kWh, 80kWh, and P85 cars, and are expected to start shipping in December of this year.

Submission + - Intel Eats Its Own Dogfood, Saves $9M Using Internet Of Things In Factory (

jfruh writes: A good way to sell someone a new technology? Prove to them that you believe in it enough to use it yourself. IBM has been trying to get customers to buy into the concept of the "Internet of Things," in which tiny distributed networked sensors would improve manufacturing processes. To prove its point, Big Blue implemented such a system in one of its Malaysian factories, and claimed $9 million in savings.

Submission + - Which Requirements Management Tool?

nemesiswish writes: Hi, I am working for a digital agency and my team and I are currently considering the user of a requirements management tool to improve our processes.
We are working with a mix of waterfall and agile projects and usually use Excel during our initial requirements gathering phase, then evolve the requirements into specification or user stories (as required), which we then may store in Confluence and or JIRA.

Let me explain how we work:
1. Gather (solution neutral) business / user requirements
2. Translate them into feature (options)
3. Agree on features with client
4. Express these features into specification / User Stories to be used by implementation team

Now, this process works and is not under discussion, and works well from step 2 to 4. Basically most developer focused tool such as JIRA, or other Agile deliver suppoert tools will do that.

Where we struggle is a tool that supports the initial stages and ties them in a traceable way to the later stages: I would like the ability to document, structure and express in various hierarchy business / user requirements, and then link them upwards to objectives and downwards to features which we deliver against. There are a number of reasons behind this: ROI / justification, traceability, etc

At the moment I cannot see a reasonable tool that supports this.
What are your experiences, thoughts?

Two final notes:
- I am aware of dinosaur applications such as HP Quality Centre which are sometimes used for this: doesn't work, people hat working with them and they force process into their internal working
- You might argue, that if we worked properly Agile we woudn't need this. While I think you would be wrong in saying this, our situation is a bit different, as due to our realtionships with most client and the way we work (very analysis / design driven) we do require an upfront analysis phase which requires rigor when working with requirements, and can only go orthodox agile at later stages on the project (think about it this way: we are not a startup evolving a product, clients come to us with massive we estates they already have and want re-designed. There is no way to go back to an MVP and even if we did internal iterations, due to the high complexity of some of these areas and our approach to user experience we do need a hollistic up-front analysis and solution design phase)

Greatly appreciated

Submission + - South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early writes: South Australia has hit its target of 33% renewable energy by 2020 6 years earlier than expected, delivering clean power to the state through investment in wind, solar and geothermal energy — mothballing one coal-fired power station in the process.

Not resting on their laurels though, the SA government has now announced a new "stretch" target of 50% by 2025.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill declared that despite initial upfront costs to renewable energy generators such as wind farms, the 50 per cent target will not add one extra dollar to energy prices.

Submission + - Mangalyaan's main engine test fired for 4 seconds.

William Robinson writes: Before the spacecraft is scheduled to enter Mars orbit, Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) scientists reignited the Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft's main engine for four seconds as a trial. The liquid apogee motor (LAM) engine has been idle for about 300 days since the spacecraft left the Earth's orbit on a Martian trajectory on December 1, 2013. The short-duration test was to ensure that the engine is in good shape for the 24-minute crucial manoeuvre on Wednesday.

Submission + - Drone-Based Businesses: Growing In Canada, Grounded In the US (

An anonymous reader writes: As small drones become more affordable and clever people have ideas on how to use them, we've been hearing about more and more ideas for drone-based business. In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration was quick to shut down such ideas in order to give them time to regulate the nascent industry. Not so, in Canada. Thanks to a simple permit system, anyone wanting to use a drone for commercial purposes can do so in Canada by simply applying and waiting a few weeks. Around 1,500 of these permits have been granted already, and Canada's private drone industry is flourishing as a result. Drones have been used for agriculture analysis, TV production, real estate photography, law enforcement, and many other tasks.

Submission + - SPAM: gas credit card application

An anonymous reader writes: The following applications allow for a person to submit their personal information in order for a gas company to check their credit. If approved, he or she will be granted a monthly credit line of gas purchases to be done at the selected stations.
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