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Submission + - Social media is getting young people drunk (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: The Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) phenomenon is part of why people tend to get addicted to social networking and then depressed. And if you're a young, impressionable teenager, it could pressure you into making sure you, too, are happily intoxicated the next time someone snaps a group shot. That's the gist of the latest study to find that social media photos of people drinking and smoking can influence teens into partaking in the same degenerate behavior. The University of Southern California study was published online today in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Submission + - GCSE Teachers Are Against Performance Related Pay (

An anonymous reader writes: Teachers were asked, taking in to account their entire teaching career and experience of a school environment, to give their agreement with the following statement on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being total agreement and 1 being total disagreement:

Paying teachers based on performance in exams will result in a better education system in terms of providing students who are prepared for further study or the workplace.

The results showed that teachers at GCSE level – who it is likely the new policy will effect most directly – are vehemently against the proposal, with half (50%) giving a score of 1 – total disagreement. Indeed, four in five (79%) of respondents gave a response from 1 to 3, with only 3% (less than one in twenty) giving a comparable score of 8-10 at the other end of the scale. If we consider 5-6 to be ‘neutral’ numbers indicating no real agreement or disagreement, then less than 1 in 10 (9%) of GCSE teachers spoken to by VoicED could be said to have had any level of agreement at all, as shown by the chart below. More research on this topic is contained at the URL cited.

Submission + - The How and Why of BlackBerry's Collapse (

CowboyRobot writes: The company once stood at the top of the market. Tens of millions of professionals carried their devices, which were the envy of the office and the industry. But then Blackberry made a few key missteps and just this week announced that it is exploring strategic options, including an outright sale of the company to investors or other third parties. BlackBerry is close to the end of the road and desperately seeking an escape route. What the heck happened? For starters, they were wrong to ignore the significance of the iPhone when it was launched, while also spending too many resources on their Playbook tablet which was too little too late, completely overshadowed by the iPad. Additionally, Blackberry was too slow to see the risks involved with BYOD, and then delaying Blackberry 10 as long as they did was the final nail.

Submission + - White House's Fight for Warrantless Cellphone Searches Hinges on a Flip Phone (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: Last week, the White House filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to sort out whether or not police can search a suspect's cell phone without a warrant. The Obama administration came down firmly on the side of warrantless searches, and has found leverage in its argument by focusing on a case from 2007 that features outdated technology: a flip phone.

Even as decades-old laws allow authorities loopholes for warrantless searches in myriad waysECPA's 180 day rule allowing the government to read emails is a big one—the Obama administration is arguing for even more ability to search for evidence without a warrant.

Submission + - Intel, Unisys Partner On New Range Of Servers (

itwbennett writes: Unisys is primarily a services and consulting company with just a small amount of revenue coming from hardware, but they may be on to something new that could 'could give them a competitive advantage at a time when the big guns are a mess,' says ITworld's Andy Patrizio. Unisys and Intel are are set to introduce on September 9 a new kind of secure computing platform designed to as a replacement platform for RISC systems running mission-critical cloud and big data workloads. 'It sounds funny to hear Intel talk about RISC migration since it is in the RISC business with the Itanium,' says Andy Patrizio, 'but at this point, what's left? HP was the driving force behind Itanium and it's in chaos right now. IBM has a healthy RISC business, so the target is obviously what's left of the Sun installed base.'

Submission + - Detecting Whether You Are on a Targeted Watchlist?

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday, we learned that Kim Dotcom determined he was being spied on when he noticed that his latency to a few servers increased by 20 or 30 milliseconds. I have always wondered if, based on some of the slightly suspicious things I do on the Internet (download many Linux ISOs on BitTorrent and use Tor frequently), whether I am on some sort of elevated watchlist. Are there any telltale signs to look for to determine whether or not I have attracted undesirable attention on the Internet?

Submission + - How Should Slashdot Handle an NSA Incursion?

wjcofkc writes: With the fall of Lavabit and Groklaw at hand, an interesting question arises: how should Slashdot respond to the NSA if they come knocking? It is not entirely unreasonable to think that this might happen, if it hasn't already. Slashdot is after all highly trafficked by the fringes of society and is rife with seditious discussion. Courtesy of gag orders, it's difficult to know who the NSA's heavy handed dragnet operation has already ensnared. Should we expect Slashdot's editors and administrators to reflect it's powerfully counter-culture user base, and out an NSA incursion while shutting down the site, violating a gag order? Or could Dice Holdings prevent the people that run Slashdot from even knowing it was happening? These are question we should all be asking. And so I pose the question to those who administer this site: do you have a plan in case the NSA comes knocking? Is Dice Holdings in a position to keep you ignorant of NSA snooping activity? Also, to the users: how do you think Slashdot should handle their user base in response to a visit from the NSA to copy hard drives, install 'special' hardware, and lay down a gag order? If you think the question doesn't apply to us, consider that it shouldn't have applied to Groklaw either.

Submission + - The Pirate Bay Experiences Downtime (

Dangerous_Minds writes: It appears that BitTorrent website The Pirate Bay is experiencing some downtime. ZeroPaid notes that users who attempt to access the site see a "Could not connect to caching server 00" error message. Drew Wilson says that it's unlikely that a raid has occurred and that it couldn't be a DNS problem as users can access enough of the site to receive the error message. Still, details are sparse as to the precise problem of the site at this point in time.

Submission + - UK Heat Wave Causes Bird To Transform Natural Stance Into 'Flamingo Swan' (

Rebecka writes: After weeks of battling unusually warm temperatures in the UK, one flamingo has already adapted to the rapid change in climate.

Multiple onlookers at Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) Slimbridge Wetland Centre in Gloucestershire have captured images of one the centre's 250 famously pink birds adapting its natural stance to mimic that of a swan. According to a report from the Telegraph, the wading animal's adaption has experts baffled and has resulted in the new name for the 52-year-old bird: flamingo swan.

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