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Comment I bet Zuck doesn't read what people repost (Score 1) 232

If Zuck thinks it has no effect, then he is not reading posts. I have idiot friends repost these fake stories as fact. Then other idiot friends say "Wow! I didn't know that" - no one checks any fact check site. They usually don't even read the fake article, just the headline. And if you point out it is fake, they are convinced that all the fact check sites are run by the liberal media.

Is Zuck naive, or just protecting his baby from being called ugly?

People are sheep. Feed them enough BS often enough, and believe it regardless of facts. Global warming is myth. Freeing all the carbon sequestered for millions of years, can't be bad.

Comment Not just fake news, but fake news posts by users (Score 1) 284

The larger problem is fake news by users. "Friends" of mine repost stories from sites that are pure fabrication. The headlines are salacious and always have the affect of painting someone in a negative light. For example, search on "Fake snopes" and you will find a facebook page with a long diatribe on why snopes.com is fake. Many people agree, but it isn't until much further down in the comments where people post counter posts (with many links) that debunk the story about "Snopes being fake"

I am sorry, but most people consume their facts in 2 sentence sound bites. If it comes from a friend it must be true. That is how Trump won the election - not news posts that Facebook itself posted, but the posts from everyone's friends that have them convinced that "Chelsea Clinton's wedding was paid for by the Clinton Foundation". Since the conservative hatred of liberals is much stronger then the opposite, everyone forgot about The Trump Foundation contribution to Florida AG who was investigating Trump University.

I don't know how to fix it, but the future of politics is fake mud slinging on Facebook.

Submission + - Accused British "Flash Crash" trader to be extradited to the US. (zerohedge.com)

whoever57 writes: Navinder Sarao has lost his appeal and is set to be extradited to the USA, where he faces charges with a possible maximum sentence of 380 years. He is accused of causing the "flash crash" in 2010, when the Dow Jones index dropped by 1000 points. He ran his trading from his bedroom in his parents' house and it is claimed that he made more than £30M (approximately $40M) in 5 years. His parents had no idea what he was doing, nor the scale of his income. He is accused of placing trades that he never intended to fill, so, to this naive person, it's hard to distinguish what he did from that of the large high-speed trading firms.

Submission + - Non-cable Internet providers offer faster speeds to the wealthy (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: When non-cable Internet providers—outlets like AT&T or Verizon—choose which communities to offer the fastest connections, they don’t juice up their networks so everyone in their service area has the option of buying quicker speeds. Instead, they tend to favor the wealthy over the poor, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity.

The Center’s data analysis found that the largest non-cable Internet providers collectively offer faster speeds to about 40 percent of the population they serve nationwide in wealthy areas compared with just 22 percent of the population in poor areas. That leaves tens of millions of Americans with the choice of either purchasing an expensive connection from the only provider in their area—typically a cable company—or just doing the best they can with slower speeds. Middle-income areas don’t fare much better, with a bit more than 27 percent of the population having access to a DSL provider’s fastest speeds. The Center reached its conclusions by merging the latest Federal Communications Commission (FCC) data with income information from the US Census Bureau.

Submission + - FTC Shuts Down $9 Million Phone Fraud Ring

Trailrunner7 writes: The FTC has shut down a phone fraud scam that involved scammers calling consumers–mostly elderly and on fixed incomes–and pressuring them to invest in web sites that supposedly had ties to large companies, promising quick returns. The scheme allegedly netted the scammers more than $9 million.

The scheme involved six companies that the FTC alleges were owned and operated by three defendants, Susan Rodriguez, Matthew Rodriguez and William Whitley. The commission alleges that the defendants would call consumers unsolicited and try to convince them to hand over money for an investment in e-commerce sites that supposedly had links to large, legitimate sites such as Amazon.

“The details of the offer differ, but Defendants routinely describe it as an offer to purchase or invest in e-commerce websites, or websites that direct traffic to e-commerce websites such as Amazon.com. Defendants’ telemarketers typically promise consumers that they will earn money based on sales at the e-commerce websites and/or traffic through their websites to the e-commerce websites. Defendants promise consumers substantial returns or income, such as hundreds or thousands of dollars every quarter,” the FTC complaint says.

Submission + - "HP pre-programmed failure date of non-HP ink cartridges in its printers" (myce.com)

An anonymous reader writes: HP has programmed a failure date for non-HP / private label ink cartridges in its printers. Users around the world started to complain on the 13th of September this year that their printer rejected their non-HP cartridges. HP claimed that a firmware update was the culprit, but also printers who never received an update since they were unpacked rejected the cartridges starting at that particular date.

Submission + - Oldest-ever proteins extracted from 3.8-million-year-old ostrich shells (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Scientists have smashed through another time barrier in their search for ancient proteins from fossilized teeth and bones, adding to growing excitement about the promise of using proteins to study extinct animals and humans that lived more than 1 million years ago. Until now, the oldest sequenced proteins are largely acknowledged to come from a 700,000-year-old horse in Canada’s Yukon territory, despite claims of extraction from much older dinosaurs. Now geneticists report that they have extracted proteins from 3.8-million-year-old ostrich egg shells in Laetoli, Tanzania, and from the 1.7-million-year-old tooth enamel of several extinct animals in Dmanisi, Georgia. The teeth, buried at the fossil site that houses the earliest hominin remains outside Africa, came from extinct horses, rhinos, and deer. One team has also extracted proteins from 3.8-million-year-old ostrich eggshells from the site of some of the world’s earliest human footprints.

Submission + - Vanity Fair Publishes Expose Article on Theranos

PvtVoid writes: In a new article, Vanity Fair examines the Theranos disaster, from origins to aftermath. It's a compelling story of hubris, glamour and secrecy about the unicorn Silicon Valley company that turned out to be founded on bullshit. While not the only unicorn company founded on bullshit, Theranos had the distinction of actually putting its customers' lives in danger: "[The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services] soon discovered that some of the tests Theranos was performing were so inaccurate that they could leave patients at risk of internal bleeding, or of stroke among those prone to blood clots. The agency found that Theranos appeared to ignore erratic results from its own quality-control checks during a six-month period last year and supplied 81 patients with questionable test results." At least Elizabeth Holmes is going to be played by Jennifer Lawrence in an upcoming movie.

Submission + - Working Round The 'Big Data Bottleneck' In Modern CPUs (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Modern CPU architecture is built to retrieve large chunks of data, to limit the number of time-consuming journeys between the central controller and the location of the data in memory banks. When you're fetching the first data block of a picture for Photoshop, bringing along the adjacent block makes sense, because you're probably going to need it. But when you're making ten calls to a 'sparse' dataset, where each of the items you want is resident in different memory allocation, and none of them have any relevant adjacent data, the architecture is fighting the intention.

Researchers from MIT have addressed the problem by creating a C++ extension that gathers these requests into one queue for each core, and then forces the cores to swap and negotiate which requests they can most efficiently handle for the minimum number of journeys to memory. In earluy tests, access to sparse datasets has been increased by up to four times using this method, and promises even greater increases with a dedicated architecture. Contributing researcher Vladimir Kiriansky explains why the teams called the extension 'Milk', and why the name also explains the challenge: "It’s as if, every time you want a spoonful of cereal, you open the fridge, open the milk carton, pour a spoonful of milk, close the carton, and put it back in the fridge."

Submission + - The Ham Radio Parity Act passes the house! (arrl.org) 1

bobbied writes: The House of representatives passed HR 1301 "The Ham Radio Parity Act" without objection on September 12, 2016. The measure calls on the FCC to amend its Part 97 rules “to prohibit the application to amateur stations of certain private land-use restrictions, and for other purposes.” This will allow for the reasonable accommodation of armature radio antennas in many places where they are currently prohibited by HOA's or private land use restrictions. This will be similar to the FCC's PRB-1 ruling in 1985 that did the same thing for Over The Air Television and Data service Antenna Structures. If this bill passes the senate, we will be one step closer to allowing armature radio operators, who provide emergency communications services, the right to erect reasonable antenna structures in places where they cannot do so now.

Comment No racism, just statistics (Score 1) 415

I have a daughter that graduated high school. In her class, most of the top 10 students were female (she was one of them). They all excelled at Math and Science - Calc, AP Physics, AP Chem, etc. She is the only one pursuing a tech degree.

The point is that part of the reason there are less candidates is interest. And if you are hiring a position, and 90% of your candidate pool is white male, it is not racism, if the best person for the job is a white male.

Should a less qualified candidate be hired for a job just to check a diversity box? I enjoy working with a diverse bunch, i believe it adds value - I am against H1B as it has lowered salaries, but I am all for more women and minorities in tech. I think the way problems are viewed, and needs identified are different for others from different backgrounds. But I don't think racism/discrimination is the main reason we don't have diversity in technology fields.

Comment The researchers confirmed what Elon Musk has said (Score 2) 177

The last sentence sums up what Elon Musk has been saying about AutoPilot:

"even though Autopilot is quite capable, there's still no substitute for an attentive human driver, ready to take control at a moment's notice."

The technology is not called "self driving" - it is called autopilot. Similar to plane where course and speed are maintained. Tesla reminds users to keep hands on the wheel and remain attentive.

No news here. Couple that with the cost of the hack, and there is not much to report. I could fool a real driver with mirrors and some Acme landscape canvas.

Submission + - SPAM: Missouri Public Defense director orders Governor to take on excess case load.

krotscheck writes: After years of empty support promises from Missouri's Governor, Jeremiah Nixon, to reduce the case load on the public defenders' office, the director Michael Barrett has invoked a section of Missouri's legal code that permits him to delegate legal representation of public defense cases, to any member of the Missouri Bar Association. The poor lawyer who now has to defend all the extra cases? Governor Nixon himself.
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Submission + - SPAM: Mysterious, ice-buried Cold War military base may be unearthed by climate change

sciencehabit writes: It sounds like something out of a James Bond movie: a secret military operation hidden beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. But that’s exactly what transpired at Camp Century during the Cold War. In 1959, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the subterranean city under the guise of conducting polar research—and scientists there did drill the first ice core ever used to study climate. But deep inside the frozen tunnels, the corps also explored the feasibility of Project Iceworm, a plan to store and launch hundreds of ballistic missiles from inside the ice.

The military ultimately rejected the project, and the corps abandoned Camp Century in 1967. Engineers anticipated that the ice—already a dozen meters thick—would continue to accumulate in northwestern Greenland, permanently entombing what they left behind. Now, climate change has upended that assumption. New research suggests that as early as 2090, rates of ice loss at the site could exceed gains from new snowfall. And within a century after that, melting could begin to release waste stored at the camp, including sewage, diesel fuel, persistent organic pollutants like PCBs, and radiological waste from the camp’s nuclear generator, which was removed during decommissioning.

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Submission + - Nigerian Scammers Infect Themselves With Own Malware, Revealing New Fraud Scheme (ieee.org)

Wave723 writes: Nigerian scammers are becoming more sophisticated, moving on from former "spoofing" attacks in which they impersonated an CEO's email from an external account. Now, they've begun to infiltrate employee email accounts to monitor financial transactions and slip in their own routing and account info. A pair of security researchers at SecureWorks recently discovered this practice when a few of the scammers infected their own computers with the malware they were using to defraud others. The researchers estimate this particular ring of criminals earns about US $3 million from the scheme.

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