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Submission + - SPAM: PRISM - a cool experimental sci-fi film

apocalypsetao writes: Shot on 16mm film created in the context of York University's film production program. A man walks into a room and is subject to strange experiments that walk the line between fantasy and nightmare.
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Submission + - Google may force Samsung to drop the Galaxy S8's most exciting feature (ibtimes.co.uk) 2

drunkdrone writes: Samsung is reported to be equipping its upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship with all manner of technical marvels in its attempt to erase the Note 7 catastrophe from memory. However, Google may throw a wrench into the works by potentially prohibiting Samsung from imbuing the phone with one of its most compelling features – its AI personal assistant.

Reports have suggested that Samsung planned to load the Galaxy S8 with Viv, a smartphone-based digital assistant similar to Apple's Siri and Google Assistant. Because of an ongoing non-compete pact between Samsung and Google, however, Samsung may be forced to exclude Viv from its upcoming flagship as would challenge Google's digital helper.

Submission + - Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Information From Over 1 Billion Accounts (go.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013. The Sunnyvale, California, company says it's a different breach from the one it disclosed in September, when it said 500 million accounts were exposed. That new hack revelation raises questions about whether Verizon will try to change the terms of its $4.8 billion proposed acquisition of Yahoo. Yahoo says the information stolen may include names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and security questions and answers. The company says it believes bank-account information and payment-card data were not affected.

Submission + - Starting next year, Evernote employees could access your unencrypted notes (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Evernote has published an update to its Privacy Policy, revealing that as of 23 January 2017, employees will be able to access unencrypted notes. The change is being wheeled in because of the apparent failings of machine learning.

Perhaps more worrying is the fact that Evernote says that it is not possible to opt out of having employees possibly accessing your unencrypted notes. The only way to fully protect your privacy is to delete all your notes and close your Evernote account.

Comment John Christopher & John Wyndham (Score 1) 1130

The Tripods trilogy (now in four books) is a good set to get your 10-12 year old boys hooked on the genre.

And I enjoy the "cosy catastrophes" of John Wyndham's works - The Day of the Triffids and Chrysalids are his two best known, but the story of the Troon family in "The Outward Urge" is wonderful as well (one of the best SF examples of bluffing at a national level in one of the stories), and my personal favourite was his first posthumous work, "Web" - unlike its predecessors, there's no "Well, things are getting better" at the end...

Crime

Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room 227

A pair of enterprising Swedish schoolgirls ended up in court after they were caught bugging their teachers break room. The duo hoped they would hear discussions about upcoming tests and school work, allowing them to get better grades. It worked until one of them decided to brag about it on Facebook, and the authorities were called in. The girls were charged with trespassing and fined 2,000 kronor ($270) each in Stockholm District Court.

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