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Submission + - New Leaked Moto X 2016 With Metal Body (

An anonymous reader writes: The rumour has started to show some effects. There was a buzz that Motorola may come up with something new. Two leaked images of Moto-x the flagship program of Motorolla, has added fuel to the fire.
Motorolla has taken a step forward from the previous year. Two expected products could be named as Vertex and Vector –Thin.
Vertex could replicate Moto X Play from 2015.Rather is taken itself to another level. It reportedly has a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED touch screen, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 SoC (with an over clocked octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU, going up to 2.4 GHz from the stock 2 GHz), either 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage or 3GB/32GB, a 16 MP main camera with laser and phase detection autofocus, and a beefy 3,500 mAh battery. The Vertex will be 7mm thick, with metal body. It is expected to have a home button below the screen, which is surrounded by a square metal ring that houses the fingerprint sensor.

Submission + - Could a new type of supernova eliminate the need for dark energy?

StartsWithABang writes: Back in the 1990s, scientists were quite surprised to find that when they measured the brightness and redshifts of distant supernovae, they appeared fainter than one would expect, leading us to conclude that the Universe was expanding at an accelerating rate to push them farther away. But a 2015 study put forth a possibility that many scientists dreaded: that perhaps these distant supernovae were intrinsically different from the ones we had observed nearby. Would that potentially eliminate the need for dark energy altogether? Or would it simply change ever-so-slightly the amount and properties of dark energy we required to explain modern cosmology? A full analysis shows that dark energy is here to stay, regardless of the supernova data.

Submission + - Game Theory's Take on Privacy and Targeted Ads

An anonymous reader writes: We all have a natural aversion to being tracked by advertisers, but what does game theory have to say about it? A working paper by two marketing professors considers a game in which advertisers collect information about consumer preferences. The result? Advertisers try to tell us what we want to hear, but knowing this, consumers stop trusting them. There is an exception:

So when should consumers offer up their personal details? If they are looking for specific or niche products and the companies that offer those products are selective about where they advertise.

Submission + - Own a Raspberry Pi? You need to download this Raspbian Linux OS update (

An anonymous reader writes: No matter how great hardware is, you need software to make it have any value. After-all, what good is a computer without an operating system? Who would want a powerful graphics card without drivers? A good computing experience is the successful marriage between hardware and software.

A great example of this is the Raspberry Pi. At first, the specs and diminutive size pull you in, but then you must ask, what can you do with it? You will need to install an operating system to get started, and one of the most popular is Raspbian. Today, that lightweight Linux distro gets a big update. There are some significant updates here, so trust me when I say you need to get it!

Submission + - Methamphetamine Vaccine Appears to Block High in Mice

JMarshall writes: "To help overcome the destructive brain chemistry of drug addiction, scientists are developing vaccines that block drugs from generating a high or even reverse an overdose. Researchers have now created a vaccine that cultivates a potent immune response against methamphetamine. Rodents given the vaccine didn’t become as hyperactive after a dose of methamphetamine as those that weren’t immunized against the stimulant."

Submission + - How to hack slasdot ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: There is an easy way to censor submissions from slashdot users. Go into their account and select submissions. Mark the last month of submissions as spam using the tagging box and the slashcode will close down that users submission privileges. Do this to anyone with whom you disagree so that slashdot can become news for nobodies.

Submission + - 'Chilling Effect' of Mass Surveillance Is Silencing Dissent Online, Study Says (

An anonymous reader writes: Research suggests that widespread awareness of mass surveillance could undermine democracy by making citizens fearful of voicing dissenting opinions in public. A paper published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), found that "the government’s online surveillance programs may threaten the disclosure of minority views and contribute to the reinforcement of majority opinion.” The NSA’s “ability to surreptitiously monitor the online activities of US citizens may make online opinion climates especially chilly” and “can contribute to the silencing of minority views that provide the bedrock of democratic discourse," the researcher found.

Submission + - Why Buses Need to Be More Dangerous writes: Is there such a thing as being too safe? Jeff Kaufman writes that buses are much safer than cars, by about a factor of 67 but buses are not very popular and one of the main reasons is that if you look at situations where people who can afford private transit take mass transit instead, speed is the main factor. According to Kauffman, we should look at ways to make buses faster so more people will ride them, even if this means making them somewhat more dangerous. Kauffman presents some ideas, roughly in order from “we should definitely do this” to “this is crazy, but it would probably still reduce deaths overall when you take into account that more people would ride the bus”: Suggestions include not to require buses to stop and open their doors at railroad crossings, allow the driver to start while someone is still at the front paying, allow buses to drive 25mph on the shoulder of the highway in traffic jams where the main lanes are averaging below 10mph, and leave (city) bus doors open, allowing people to get on and off any time at their own risk. "If we made buses more dangerous by the same percentage that motorcycles are more dangerous than cars," concludes Kauffman, "they would still be more than twice as safe as cars."

Submission + - SPAM: Judith Haddad as CIO/CTO at Patriot

Judith Haddad writes: As the CIO/CTO at Patriot, Judith Haddad has been invaluable. She has completely updated and restructured the IT department and created programs to help create more efficiency within the workplace.
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Submission + - Coleco pulls trademark on the Chameleon / Retro VGS (

An anonymous reader writes: "Last month the Coleco Chameleon showed up at Toy Fair promising a taste of retro-gaming glory. But those promises have come to naught after a non-start to its Kickstarter and numerous accusations regarding faked prototypes. Today the Chameleon suffers another blow as Coleco Holdings, the company with the rights to the Coleco name and properties, has terminated its association with RetroVGS and the Chameleon project.
Coleco partner Chris Cardillo gave Engadget the following statement, which will also appear on Coleco's Facebook page:

"Retro has decided that the work that they have created is not sufficient to demonstrate at this time. Consequently, we can no longer proceed with the project and the Chameleon project will be terminated. This separation is amicable. We wish Retro luck in the future."

This isn't the only blow RetroVGS has suffered in the past week: On Saturday David Giltinan, the managing editor of RetroVGS's RETRO Magazine, announced his departure from the company. He cited the ongoing issues with the Chameleon as the impetus behind his leaving, saying "I have to separate myself from everything associated with it." Though he conceded poor messaging from RetroVGS, he also asserted that there was "no ill intent or maliciousness on the part of the team."

We've reached out to RetroVGS for comment on the future of the project."

Submission + - Eclipse pushes new open IDE (

LeadSongDog writes: Backed by Codenvy, Microsoft Corp., Red Hat, and SAP, the Eclipse Foundation has touted a new cloud based IDE they call "Eclipse Che", built upon Java, Javascript, and Docker.

Submission + - Reid Hoffman is my hero (

markethive writes: Venture capitalist and LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman has a simple but powerful piece of advice for strategizing in business: Figure out your ideal outcome and work backward from there.

Hoffman explained the approach during an episode this week of The Tim Ferriss Show, in which investor and author Ferriss asked Hoffman how he came to be known as the firefighter at PayPal, where he was an early board member, and how aspiring entrepreneurs can replicate those tactics.

“It starts with, what is the end result that you want to have happen?” said Hoffman, using the example of convincing a regulator that your company is not subject to regulation that might appear applicable.

Hoffman was speaking specifically about when the founders of PayPal decided the company would not be a bank, after applying for a banking license. The challenge the so-called firefighter faced was convincing regulators that while Paypal accepted deposits, the company still wasn’t a bank.

“One key thing is regulators will never tell you that it is not their job to regulate you,” explained Hoffman, continuing, “What they will say is that actually here there is nothing for me to actively regulate.”

So Hoffman worked backwards from what he understood to be the actual mindset of regulators to convince them that there was nothing the company was doing that they needed to regulate. That thought process took the form of several questions that can be applied in a variety of situations:

        How do they (regulators or whoever you need to persuade) make judgments?
        What are the key considerations they take into account?
        How can you learn about those considerations?
        Who do you need to need to know? (Put another way, who is knowledgeable about the topic at hand?)

“What are the kinds of things that would get them to say, ‘Okay, I think you’re being reasonable within my purview of how I am out to help govern society, help protect consumers, help protect other entities – you’re good by me,’ ” said Hoffman.

The venture capitalist, who has a Master of Studies in philosophy from Oxford, said he learned to strategize from playing games of strategy by the company Avalon Hill as a child. Knowing how games worked taught him how to structure a game, which taught him the type of reverse-causal thought pattern he espouses.

Hoffman highly recommends playing games, especially against human players, as a way of developing a strong sense of strategy. He said playing sports can also be helpful, though he cautioned that rules in sports tend to be rigid in contrast to the ever-changing rules of the marketplace. Other than games, he recommended reading military strategy by philosophers and strategists like Sun Tzu, the Chinese general who wrote The Art of War.

Hoffman cautioned that a lot of people think themselves better at strategy than they in fact are. One of the most important parts of strategizing, whether the situation is dealing with a competitor or convincing a regulator to get off your company’s case, is flexibility and adaptability he emphasized. Companies that can’t adapt are the ones that crash and burn.

“They learn to play one game, they get good at it, and then the marketplace changes and now it’s a new kind of game and you have to adjust to playing that new game. That’s actually in fact part of recognizing when a strategy applies,” he said.

Submission + - More Than Half of Americans Think Apple Should Comply with FBI, Finds Pew Survey (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple may not have the public's support in its legal fight with the FBI, according to a recently published Pew report. In a survey that reached 1,000 respondents by phone over the weekend, Pew researchers found 51 percent of respondents believed Apple should comply with FBI demands to weaken security measures on an iPhone used in the San Bernardino attacks, in order to further the ongoing investigation. Only 38 percent of respondents agreed with the company's position.

Limiting the sample to respondents who own a smartphone only improved the numbers somewhat, changing them to a 50-41 split in the FBI's favor. Among those who own an iPhone, the numbers are even closer, but still in the FBI's favor 47 to 43 percent.

Submission + - Drinking more coffee may undo liver damage from booze (

schwit1 writes: Drinking more coffee might help reduce the kind of liver damage that's associated with overindulging in food and alcohol, a review of existing studies suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from nine previously published studies with a total of more than 430,000 participants and found that drinking two additional cups of coffee a day was linked to a 44% lower risk of developing liver cirrhosis.

Submission + - Linux Virtual Ethernet Bug Delivers Corrupt TCP/IP Data (

jones_supa writes: Vijay Pandurangan from Twitter warns about a Linux kernel bug that causes containers using Virtual Ethernet devices for network routing to not check TCP checksums. Examples of software stacks that use Virtual Ethernet devices are Docker on IPv6, Kubernetes, Google Container Engine and Mesos. The kernel flaw results in applications incorrectly receiving corrupt data in a number of situations, such as with bad networking hardware. The bug dates back at least 3 years or more – it is present in kernels as far back as the Twitter engineering team has tested. Their patch has been reviewed and accepted into the kernel, and is currently being backported to -stable releases back to 3.14 in various distributions. If you use containers in your setup, Pandurangan recommends that you deploy a kernel with this patch.

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