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Submission + - Boeing 787 makes US Debut (cnn.com)

thomas.kane writes: After years of delays, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is set to take off from Bush Intercontinental Airport this morning bound for O'Hare. Designed to make the flying experience "revolutionary" it is constructed from composite materials, has larger windows, and high efficiency engines. United Airlines became the first US carrier to take delivery, they've ordered 50, but due to processing delays, they only have 2 right now, start looking for more to take to the skys early next year.
Government

Submission + - FTC throws down robocall gauntlet: $50,000 for best way to stop annoying calls (networkworld.com) 4

coondoggie writes: "It's not clear if the Federal Trade Commission is throwing up its hands at the problem or just wants some new ideas about how to combat it, but the agency is now offering $50,000 to anyone who can create what it calls an innovative way to block that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones."
Debian

Submission + - Steam for Linux to Arrive 'In a Few Days' (omgubuntu.co.uk)

sharksfan98 writes: "Steam’s arrival on Linux isn’t a secret – and even when it was it was a poorly kept one.

The company have been internally testing the Linux client for a while, and recently announced that an ‘external’ beta Linux users would be coming out ‘sometime in October’. No specific date was given.

But, today, a request from Canonical’s Bryce H. to Ubuntu developers has offered up a more definite time-frame – one that seems to be happening this week

He wrote in his request:

“Could an archive or SRU admin accept nvidia-common and jockey from the upload queue?

  These are needed for the Valve Steam release that happens in a few days.”

The bad-ish news is that only 1000 people will have access to the external beta to begin with. So as close as its release is it won’t be landing in the laps of everyone quite yet.

But it’s still exciting, no?"

Submission + - Hiring Smokers – Banned In South Florida City (huffingtonpost.com) 3

Penurious Penguin writes: On October 2, City Commissioners of Delray Beach finalized a policy which prohibits agencies from hiring employees who use tobacco products. Delray Beach isn't alone though; other Florida cities such as Hollywood and Hallandale Beach, require prospective employees to sign affidavits declaring themselves tobacco-free for 12 months prior to the date of application. Throughout the states, both government and businesses are moving to ban tobacco-use beyond working hours. Many medical facilities, e.g. hospitals, have already, or intend to implement similar policy. In some more-aggressive environments referred to as nicotine-free, employee urine-samples can be taken and tested for any presence of nicotine, not excluding that from gum or patches. Employees testing positive can be terminated.

The primary rationale behind these policies has been frugality, citing greater insurance-costs for smokers, and the savings implied by eliminating them from the workforce. In some less aggressive situations, persistent smokers are imposed a "Tobacco User Surcharge" of $20 per paycheck and offered waived co-payments for smoking-cessation drugs.

Efforts to cut expenses and encourage better health seem perfectly normal. Policy prohibiting activities otherwise legal, but unbefitting a workplace environment also seem normal. However, employers or government defining employee's domestic lifestyles is a relatively new concept, especially when nothing illegal is involved. It would be difficult, if not impossible to argue that smoking is without consequences; but is breeching the boundaries of the household inconsequential?

Times do change, and adaptation is often a necessary burden. But have they changed so much that we'd now postpone the Manhattan project for 12 months because Oppenheimer had toked his pipe? Would we confine our vision to the Milky Way or snub the 1373 Cincinnati because Hubble smoked his? Would we shun relativity, or shelve the works of Tolkien because he and C. S. Lewis had done the same? If so, then where will it stop? Will we soon scan employees for signs of excessive sugar, trans-fats and cholesterol? Will we have authenticated and logged aerobics classes? I, for one, welcome answers from our new salubrious overlords.

Google

Submission + - Steve Jobs Wanted Google Search Eradicated From iOS (gizmodo.com.au)

Cute and Cuddly writes: Bloomberg Businessweek’s analytical dissection of Apple post-iPhone 5 launch is mostly full of things we already knew: Tim Cook is different to Steve Jobs. Apple is still doing phenomenally well. Everyone hates Apple Maps. But one thing that stood out was the fact that Steve Jobs was so incensed with Google that he not only wanted to remove Maps from iOS, but also Google search. Whoa.
Android

Submission + - Hidden HTML Can Wipe Some Samsung Galaxy S3's

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The Telegraph reports that security researcher Ravi Borgaonkar, demonstrated code, now circulating freely online and comprising just 11 digits and symbols, that can be embedded in HTML code that will wipe some Galaxy S3's, Samsung's flagship Android smartphones and restore the phone to its factory settings without permission. The whole attack takes just two or three seconds and once launched there is nothing a Samsung owner can do to stop it, Borgaonkar says. The demonstration drew gasps and applause from assembled security experts at a computer security conference in Argentina and raises the threat that malicious hackers could trick Samsung smartphone owners into wiping gigabytes of data, simply by clicking a link. Borgaonkar says he has uncovered more codes built into Samsung devices that could be used in says attacks but says he did not want to reveal them because they could be useful to criminals. One code will “kill the SIM card and that the only way to guard against the attacks is to switch off "service loading" in settings, and disable QR code and NFC apps. Pau Oliva, a Spanish telecoms engineer and security blogger who tested the attack, demanded to know “what were Samsung engineers smoking when they set a code to do a factory reset?” Teri Daley, senior director of public relations at Samsung, said in an interview that the company had found that the problem was addressed in a software update issued months ago, so only customers using older versions of the software would be vulnerable and that the company was now trying to determine the specific models and software versions that were affected by the vulnerability."
Apache

Submission + - Apache Patch to Override IE 10's Do Not Track Setting (paritynews.com) 1

hypnosec writes: A new patch for Apache by Roy Fielding, one of the authors of the Do Not Track (DNT) standard, is set to override the DNT option if the browser reaching the server is Internet Explorer 10. Microsoft has by default enabled DNT in Internet Explorer 10 stating that it is to "better protect user privacy." This hasn’t gone down well with Ad networks, users and other browser makers. According to Mozilla, the DNT feature shouldn’t be either in an active state or an inactive state until and unless a user specifically sets it. Along the same lines is the stance adopted by Digital Advertising Alliance. The alliance has revealed that it will only honor DNT if and only if it is not switched on by default. This means advertisers will be ignoring the DNT altogether no matter how a particular browser is set up. DNT project has another member – Apache. It turns out that Microsoft’s stance is like a thorn to Apache as well. Fielding has written a patch for the web server titled "Apache does not tolerate deliberate abuse of open standards." The patch immediately sparked a debate which instigated Fielding to elaborate on his work: “The only reason DNT exists is to express a non-default option. That's all it does. [...] It does not protect anyone's privacy unless the recipients believe it was set by a real human being, with a real preference for privacy over personalization.”
Microsoft

Submission + - Nokia: memory card slot would have "defiled" our phone (pcpro.co.uk) 1

nk497 writes: "Nokia unveiled its flagship Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 handset today, but it doesn't feature an SD card slot. There's a reason why: Nokia's designers didn't want to "defile" the design. "We started with the premise that we wanted an uncompromised physical form," executive vice president, Kevin Shields, said. "To put an SD card slot in it would have defiled it." He said most people don't use the storage in their phone, although the Nokia Lumia 820, which has only 8GB of storage, does include a micro-SD card slot behind its removable cover, which Shields claims doesn't compromise the design."
Google

Submission + - Amazon to Eat Google's Lunch (sfgate.com)

wreakyhavoc writes: Nicholas Carlson at Business Insider maintains that Amazon's reviews and One-Click ordering will undercut Google's shopping ad revenue, and that Google is "terrified". How could Google fight this possible threat? Expose the astroturfing of Amazon reviews. Of course this would likely backfire as it would expose the astroturfing, link farming, and SEO games on Google.

From the article:

Google's real rival, and real competition to watch over the next few years is Amazon.

Google is a search company, but the searches that it actually makes money from are the searches people do before they are about to buy something online. These commercial searches make up about 20 percent of total Google searches. Those searches are where the ads are.

What Googlers worry about in private is a growing trend among consumers to skip Google altogether, and to just go ahead and search for the product they would like to buy on Amazon.com, or, on mobile in an Amazon app.

There's data to prove this trend is real. According to ComScore, Amazon search queries are up 73 percent in the last year.

Apple

Submission + - Apple comes clean, admits to doing market research (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: In an interview with Fortune a few years ago, Steve Jobs explained that Apple never does market research. Rather, they simply preoccupy themselves with creating great products.

On Monday, Apple's Greg Joswiak — the company's VP of Product Marketing — submitted a declaration to the Court explaining why documents relating to Apple's market research and strategy should be sealed.

Every month, Apple surveys iPhone buyers and Joswiak explains what Apple is able to glean from these surveys. And as you might expect, Apple conducts similar surveys with iPad buyers.

Apple wants all of these tracking studies sealed. Joswiak explains that if a competitor were to find out what drives iPhone purchases — whether it be FaceTime, battery life, or Siri — it would serve as an unfair competitive edge to rival companies. Further, competitors, as it stands today, have to guess as to which demographics are most satisfied with Apple products.

Canada

Submission + - Canadians to get unbundled cable TV channels (financialpost.com)

Jerry Rivers writes: The CRTC, Canada's communications regulator, has approved changes to the way cable companies bundles programming to allow the purchase of selected channels while dropping others they do not want. However, they won't necessarily be paying any less.

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