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Submission + - The Mind-Reading Gadget for Dogs that Got Funded, but Didn't Get Built (

the_newsbeagle writes: Crowdfunding campaigns that fail to deliver may be all too common, but some flameouts merit examination. Like this brain-scanning gadget for dogs, which promised to translate their barks into human language. It's not quite as goofy as it sounds: The campaigners planned to use standard EEG tech to record the dogs' brainwaves, and said they could correlate those electrical patterns with general states of mind like excitement, hunger, and curiosity.

The campaign got a ton of attention in the press and raised twice the money it aimed for. But then the No More Woof team seemed to vanish, leaving backers furious. This article explains what went wrong with the campaign, and what it says about the state of neurotech gadgets for consumers.

Comment Re:Pussy says what? (Score 1) 462

I actually thought he might do it just because he's effectively in prison now, as a way out that lets him save face.

Clearly, I gave him too much credit. He's apparently content to live out the rest of his days in a gilded cage, grasping at any pathetic attempt to stay in the spotlight-of-disgrace.

Submission + - Google Uses Its Search Engine to Hawk Its Products (

schwit1 writes: A Wall Street Journal analysis found that ads for products sold by Google and its sister companies appeared in the most prominent spot in 91% of 25,000 recent searches related to such items; and 43% of the time, the top two ads both were for Google-related products.

The analysis, run by search-ad-data firm SEMrush, examined 1,000 searches each on 25 terms, from "laptops" to "speakers" to "carbon monoxide detectors." SEMrush ran the searches Dec. 1 on a desktop computer, blocking past web-surfing history that could influence results.

The results show how Google uses its dominant search engine to boost other parts of its business and give it an edge over competitors, which include some of its biggest advertising customers.

A Google spokesman said the company has "consciously and carefully designed" its marketing programs not to affect other advertisers.

The Journal's analysis highlights a rarely discussed apparent conflict of interest in the $187 billion digital-advertising industry: The leading sellers of online ad space, including Google, Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp., also compete with their customers for that space.

Google searches for "phones" virtually always began with three consecutive ads for Google's Pixel phones. All 1,000 searches for "laptops" started with a Chromebook ad. "Watches" began with an Android smartwatch ad 98% of the time. And "smoke detector" led with back-to-back ads for internet-connected alarms made by Nest, a company owned by Google parent Alphabet. In all instances, the stores these ads pointed to were also owned by Alphabet.

Comment Re:liar (Score 1) 462

How could you possibly interpret his statement like that?

Because he said almost exactly that? Fuck the bankers? Cool. Fuck the DNC for rigging their own primary? Hey, no fair!

People seem set on ignoring the single most important detail about this "partisan" issue - The people wanted Sanders vs Trump; the GOP grudgingly honored the will of its constituents (even though they largely expected to lose as a result), while the DNC rigged every step of their primaries to get the "right" woman on the ticket (and did lose as a result).

As for "one sided" - Nope!, the Russians hacked both sides, they just didn't find anything "juicy" enough about the GOP to bother with.

Submission + - Alberta Man Turns Table on Laptop Thief (

jbwiebe writes: Cochrane’s Stu Gale couldn’t believe his eyes when a notification popped up on his computer telling him someone had logged on to his recently stolen laptop.

The B.C.-based 51-year-old computer security and automation expert couldn’t let the opportunity to try to find out something about the apparent thief pass him by, so he attempted to remotely log on to the pilfered laptop.

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 236

Yes that's the right way, but in this particular case it looks like something caused a lockout and his personal email is the failsafe. While that should *never* happen, it did. I would then handle it as I said.

As to the escort out mentality: I agree with it. of 100 people you let go, 99 can be saints, but that 1 devil will cost you more than the 200 weeks of pay you "lost" by just paying them not to show up their last pay period.

Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 1) 236

This is corp property I'm talking about no less.
All my employers have had a "Personal use" policy that I strictly follow, e.g. my posing on /. here.
I never store business critical *anything* on my computer, nor do I store personal critical anything on my computer.
My laptop is used as a disposable asset; upon return it's wiped.
That said, I think the only reason I've never had grief about said policy is that my last email to my boss has always been the UNC path to all data, source, docs, etc.

Comment Re:Yawn, I should be a security researcher (Score 1) 59

This quote from the article:
There have been a number of stories over the past few years about Chinese and Russian hackers targeting and stealing US and European scientific research. Although there is no evidence at this point linking this malware to a specific group, the fact that it's been seen specifically at biomedical research institutions certainly seems like it could be the result of exactly that kind of espionage.

seems pretty alarmist to me.

Comment Re:NASA and I have different definitions of enormo (Score 1) 240

I often wonder how accurate their temperature monitoring is. Are their thermometers better accuracy than .01C? What is their drift?
Anyone who knows about metrology knows you need at least 10x the accuracy of your measurements to put the errors down in the noise a bit.
They're talking about hundredths of a degree, are they really calibrated that accurately down to millidegrees? I doubt it.

When you're averaging a large number of measurements it's reasonable to have a much higher precision than the precision of the individual measurement itself. The clearest example of this I know of is baseball batting averages. A batter either gets a hit or an out, that is an integer 1 or a 0. But batting averages are typically expressed to 3 decimal places (thousandths).

Comment Re:Pretty graph of uncorrected data (Score 1) 240

Click here to see the uncorrected data graphed alongside the main corrected analyses (source: Berkeley Earth via Ars Technica).

Hopefully this makes it abundantly clear that the raw data still shows an obvious warming trend even before known problems are removed. It also shows how little difference the corrections have actually made, particularly in the last 75 years.

Not only that but the corrections before about 1940 actually raised the temperature which reduces the overall warming trend. That kind of counters the people that claim the adjustments always increase the warming trend.

Comment Yawn, I should be a security researcher (Score 0) 59

There have been a string of 'security researchers' being featured here on /. lately that are simply trying to get some limelight just by claiming the perpetrator being the boogeyman-du-jour, actually the same 'security researcher' wrote about a variation of this a few months ago:
- You need to download it
- You need to run it (with various warnings being thrown up)
- You need to install Java for it to run (which does not come standard on a Mac, requires a significant download and few actually need for anything anymore)

This seems to be just a variation of the Tibet, Flashback and Adwind (dating from 2012), which all drop a small Java program as a payload which does screenshots, webcamming, remote control and/or ad proxy and dials back to a C&C server. I discovered a variant a few weeks ago that would generate random dictionary names for it's plists but it functions just the same as these.

Comment Re:I know I'm pigeon holing here (Score 1) 153

The market doesn't care about Brexit in the long term. If you look at the value of the GBP, EUR and USD over the last decade, there are gains and dips, Brexit vote barely brought a noticeable dip on the longer timescales. And you can tie any number of events to the dropping and rising of a currency, whatever fits your narrative. The USD has flatlined over the last 10 years, the only reason the USD is 'better' right now is because it has been able to inflate a bubble by keeping the low interest rate that was supposed to be short term which artificially stabilizes the USD. In the mean time both the EUR and GBP have dropped significant value at about the same rate in that period, not surprising since the UK is part of the EU and the EU has been printing money to keep countries like Greece and Portugal from failing, this also helped the USD. Once the EU either recovers or fails (which hangs on Greece/Portugal/Turkey not failing and the UK not leaving), or the Chinese/Russians have some type of breakthrough in resources, the USD bubble will pop and crash hard.

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