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Submission + - SPAM: U.S. hourly wages post biggest year-over-year gain since 2009

paulpace084 writes: WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The long-awaited increase in worker pay might finally be here. The average hourly wage paid to American workers rose 0.4% in October and posted the strongest 12-month gain since mid-2009. The typical worker earned $25.20 an hour in October, up 9 cents from the prior month. From October 2014 to October 2015, hourly wages rose 2.5%, the best year-over-year gain since the U.S. exited recession in June 2009. Annualized increases in pay had stuck to a tight range of 2.2% or less for the past five years, but economists have been expecting a faster increase amid a deep drop in unemployment and the creation of millions of new jobs. The amount of time people worked each week, meanwhile, was flat at 34.5 hours last month.

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Submission + - Dungeons & Dragons and the ethics of imaginary violence (hopesandfears.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Hi -

What's with all the intense violence in Dungeons & Dragons? Are people just naturally inclined to be destructive when there aren't any real consequences? Should we be worried about people who imagine such violence?
Writer Clem Bastow spoke to D&D experts, psychologists and others to answer these questions. It turns out that playing out violent fantasies in D&D not only is healthy but could even teach players how to be a better person.

Check it out: http://www.hopesandfears.com/h...

Thanks!

Submission + - The Most Disruptive Technology Of The Last 100 Years Isn't What You Think

HughPickens.com writes: Ana Swanson writes in the Washington Post that when people talk about "disruptive technologies," they're usually thinking of the latest thing out of Silicon Valley but some of the most historically disruptive technologies aren't exactly what you would expect and arguably, the most disruptive technologiy of the last century is the refrigerator. In the 1920s, only about a third of households reported having a washer or a vacuum, and refrigerators were even rarer. But just 20 years later, refrigerator ownership was common, with more than two-thirds of Americans owning an icebox. According to Helen Veit, the surge in refrigerator ownership totally changed the way that Americans cooked. "Before reliable refrigeration, cooking and food preservation were barely distinguishable tasks" and techniques like pickling, smoking and canning were common in nearly every American kitchen. With the arrival of the icebox and then the electric refrigerator, foods could now be kept and consumed in the same form for days. Americans no longer had to make and consume great quantities of cheese, whiskey and hard cider — some of the only ways to keep foods edible through the winter. "A whole arsenal of home preservation techniques, from cheese-making to meat-smoking to egg-pickling to ketchup-making, receded from daily use within a single generation," writes Veit.

Technologies like the smartphone, the computer and the Internet have, of course, dramatically changed the ways we live and work but consider the spread of electricity, running water, the flush toilet developed and popularized by Thomas Crapper and central heating and the changes these have wrought. "These technologies were so disruptive because they massively reduced the time spent on housework," concludes Swanson. "The number of hours that people spent per week preparing meals, doing laundry and cleaning fell from 58 in 1900 to only 18 hours in 1970, and it has declined further since then."

Submission + - Google Apps Outage

sixthousand writes: As of 18:55PM GMT, and possibly earlier, a yet undisclosed issue has crippled many of the Google Apps services to the point of being unusable. The Google Apps Status Dashboard currently reports the affected services as being Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Classroom and Realtime API. The first status dashboard message states "We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly." A follow up status posted 1 hour and 15 minutes after the first reads "Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 10/9/15, 5:10 PM with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience." The Google Docs Twitter has also acknowledged the issue with a tweet reading "Looks like something's up with Docs — but fear not, we’re on it & you’ll be editing again in no time. Stay tuned here!"

Submission + - Microsoft keeps sneaking in update

lesincompetent writes: How many of you noticed the infamous KB3035583 coming back over and over again even after being manually hidden?
Yes, that's the one that brought us both the free windows 10 upgrade notice and the unwarranted download of up to 6GB of installation files.
For us with no intention of "upgrading" to windows 10, how can we end this frustration once and for all?

Submission + - On-Chip Liquid Cooling Permits Smaller Devices With No Heatsinks Or Fans (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: DARPA-funded research into on-chip liquid cooling has resulted in a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) liquid-cooled device that can operate at 24 degrees Celsius, versus 60 degrees Celsius for an equivalent air-cooled device. The cooling fluid resides only nanometers from the heat it must address, and operates so efficiently as to offer potential to stack CPUs and GPUs using copper columns, as well as dispensing with heat-sinks and fan systems. With those components removed, the system can facilitate far more compact designs than are currently feasible.

Submission + - Nuclear Power Plants Woefully Insecure in the Face of Cyber-Attacks (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nuclear power plants are deploying modern systems into their architecture but are still run by managers with an outdated view on cyber-security. This is the conclusion a recent Chatham House report came to, after interviewing 30 nuclear power experts from countries that deploy such systems in their national grid. The study has found out that, even if nuclear power plants are supposed to be "air gapped" systems, in recent years, technology and the Internet have caught up with them, and most of the time these facilities have VPN connections deployed, and in some cases, sensitive equipment can be found online with tech search tools like Shodan.

Submission + - The First Oculus Rift Has Rolled off the Production Line (roadtovr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Oculus doesn't plan to launch their Rift VR headset until Q1 2016 but the company seems well on their way to making it a major rollout, rather than the trickle seen by many other companies bringing consumer products to the market for the first time. At Oculus' developer conference last week, key members of the Rift's design and manufacturing teams talked about the manufacturing process, going so far as to say that they'd already rolled the first unit off of the production line that will eventually be pumping the headsets out en masse. "On this first [manufacturing] build we actually outperformed many major companies out there," said Caitlin Kalinowski, Head of Product Design Engineering at Oculus.

Submission + - Ancient volcanic collapse likely triggered 800-foot-high tsunami (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: An ancient landslide on an island volcano is providing a worrisome lesson about tsunamis, thanks to some geologic sleuthing. According to a new study in the Cape Verde archipelago, a landslide triggered a tsunami more than 800 feet high--powerful enough to push massive boulders on a neighboring island onto a high plateau. The scientists warn that although such events are extremely rare, they could also be devastating if they hit a populated coastal area.

Submission + - Increasingly, U.S. IT workers are alleging discrimination (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Some U.S. IT workers who have been replaced with H-1B contractors are alleging discrimination and are going to court. They are doing so in increasing numbers. There are at least seven IT workers at Disney who are pursuing, or plan to pursue, federal and state discrimination administrative complaints over their layoffs. Separately, there are ongoing court cases alleging discrimination against two of the largest India-based IT services firms, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services. There may also be federal interest in examining the issue.

Submission + - IBM Scientists Find New Way to Shrink Transistors (nytimes.com)

MarcAuslander writes: In the semiconductor business, it is called the “red brick wall” — the limit of the industry’s ability to shrink transistors beyond a certain size.

On Thursday, however, IBM scientists reported that they now believe they see a path around the wall. Writing in the journal Science, a team at the company’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center said it has found a new way to make transistors from parallel rows of carbon nanotubes.

Submission + - Jim carrey's Scientologist girlfriend on 'SRD' when she killed herself: friends (tonyortega.org)

An anonymous reader writes: two of her friends tell the Underground Bunker what the rest of the media hasn’t reported: That Cathriona (pronounced “Katrina”) was a Scientologist who took classes at the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, and was currently working on her “objectives” in the “Survival Rundown.”

Submission + - iPhone 6S Screen Replacement Video Available Hours after Release (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Within hours of the iPhone 6S being available to the public DirectFix.com has just released a full HD screen replacement video of how to fix the screen if you should break it. The video includes step by step removal and install directions for the screen replacement.

The entire video from start to finish is done in under 3 minutes. You may need to pause a few times for more detail but this is a simple video on the screen replacement steps.

  “We hope that people that purchased the new iPhone 6S enjoy it and take good care of it but accidents happen and when they do you can save money and fix the iPhone 6S screen yourself with our DIY video and parts” says Robert Stanley, founder of DirectFix.com. “Just like in the past the manufactures charge and outrageous amount of money for a simple repair. By following our video directions you can save money with just a few minutes of work”, explains Mr. Stanley

Link to Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Submission + - Modern browsers are undefended against cookie-based MITM attacks over HTTPS (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An advisory from CERT warns that all web-browsers, including the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera, have 'implementation weaknesses' which facilitate attacks on secure (HTTPS) sites via the use of cookies, and that implementing HSTS will not secure the vulnerability until browsers stop accepting cookies from sub-domains of the target domain. This attack is possible because although cookies can be specified as being HTTPS-specific, there is no mechanism to determine where they were set in the first place. Without this chain-of-custody attackers can 'invent' cookies during man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks in order to gain access to confidential session data.

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