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Submission + - SPAM: Hilarious photos

Krish625 writes: From car parks, to beaches, to silly animals and crazy outfits, these are hilarious photos caught on camera and ready to be charred for everyone. Check the website the loudlaugh hilarious-pictures and take a look at these crazy photos.
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Submission + - Stop Spocking Laurier!

bellwould writes: The Toronto Sun is reporting that Bank of Canada executives are urging Star Trek fans to stop altering Wilfred Laurier's face on the Canadian $5 bill to look like Spock. Although not illegal to draw on the bills, a Bank of Canada spokesperson points out that the markings may reduce effectiveness of the security features or worse, the money may not be accepted. C'mon now, would ever reject a $pock?

Submission + - New raspberry pi 2 freezes and reboots due to a camera flash. (

An anonymous reader writes: Unfortunately for Raspberry Pi 2 owners who are trying to photograph their devices, however, the Raspberry Pi 2 has been found to be Xenon flash sensitive. Any camera with a Xenon flash aimed at the device is causing the device to freeze for a few seconds before rebooting.

Submission + - Finnish Company Creates Milk Which Does Not Stick When Heated (

jones_supa writes: The Finnish dairy producer Valio has developed and patented technology which allows heating milk without it sticking to the pot. Generally speaking, milk has casein and whey proteins in a 80:20 ratio. The new technology allows shifting the ratio of the two proteins. "Whey is a group of proteins which stick easily. If you decrease whey and increase casein, the sticking problem essentially vanishes from milk.", the chief of marketing Tuomas Salusjärvi from Valio explains. For bodybuilders the new product isn't ideal, as they benefit from whey, but for coffee machines which foam the milk, this will be perfect. While the practical production technique has been planned, Sajusjärvi remains very careful about not bringing the new milk to markets too quickly, and wants to plan the execution carefully. "A lot of good ideas have been destroyed by bringing the product into market in a wrong way. You want to get the commercialization right, so that a good idea is not rushed and wasted.", he says.

Submission + - Microsoft reveals Windows 10 will be a free upgrade (

mpicpp writes: Microsoft just took another big step toward the release of Windows 10 and revealed it will be free for many current Windows users.

The company unveiled the Windows 10 consumer preview on Wednesday, showcasing some of the new features in the latest version of the operating system that powers the vast majority of the world's desktop PCs. The developer preview has been available since Microsoft first announced Windows 10 in the fall, but it was buggy, limited in scope and very light on new features.

Importantly, Windows 10 will be free for existing Windows users running versions of Windows back to Windows 7. That includes Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and Windows Phone. Microsoft specified it would only be free for the first year, indicating Windows would be software that users subscribe to, rather than buy outright.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group Joe Belfiore showed off some of the new features in Windows 10. While Microsoft had already announced it would bring back the much-missed Start Menu, Belfiore revealed it would also have a full-screen mode that includes more of the Windows 8 Start screen. He said Windows machines would go back and forth between to two menus in a way that wouldn't confuse people.

Belfiore also showed a new notification center for Windows, which puts a user's notifications in an Action Center menu that can appear along the right side, similar to how notifications work in Apple OS X.

Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson revealed that 1.7 million people had downloaded the Windows 10 developer preview, giving Microsoft over 800,000 individual piece of feedback.

Myerson explained that Windows 10 has several main intents: the give users a mobility of experience from device to device, instill a sense of trust in users, and provide the most natural ways to interact with devices.

Submission + - Ocean Floor Mining May Lead to Mass Extinction (

retroworks writes: There are clear signs already that humans are harming the oceans to a remarkable degree, according to research published in the journal Science.
Overharvesting, warming, and large-scale habitat loss are likely to accelerate as technology advances the human footprint. Ocean floor mining contracts, the paper says, could be the last straw.

Submission + - Ebola Patient Zero identified, probably infected by bats.

BarbaraHudson writes: The CBC is reporting that scientists have possibly found the source of Patient Zero's Ebola infection.

Patient Zero, two-year-old Guinean Emile Ouamouno, may have been infected while hunting or playing with bats inside a hollow tree near his home in a small village named Meliandou.

The study determined Ouamouno's interaction with bats is the likely cause of transmission by ruling out other possibilities, namely that the virus was spread by the consumption of bushmeat. Only children and women presented symptoms or died in the beginning of the current epidemic.

Research published in the EMBO Molecular Medicine journal finds that the single transmission, from bat to boy, was then spread human to human.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Any chance I'll get this job with Google?

An anonymous reader writes: A recruiter contacted me about a six-month contract tech job with Google. I have the required skills. Google sent a test, which I aced. They then asked to schedule an interview with me (and evidently a number of other candidates, since they had a lot of time slots to choose from).

At first I was excited about it, but then I started thinking ... I'm a woman, I'm pushing 60, I look like a grandma. Is there any chance I'll get this job? Are there any middle-aged women working at Google, Facebook, etc.? (Other than in HR.) Should I even bother with the interview?

Submission + - Microsoft offers Windows Phone OS free to Indian Players (

cvenky writes: Microsoft announced that more phone makers, including two from India, Lava and Karbonn, will produce Windows Phone devices in the coming months. Microsoft has waived off license fees for the phones manufactured by these players. Both companies already make Android devices using Google's mobile OS which is free to use. Their Windows Phone devices are likely to hit the market in the next few months

Submission + - Anti-Incest App Built By Icelandic College Students ( 1

Kozar_The_Malignant writes: Students at the University of Iceland have written an Android app that helps you avoid dating your cousins. The app accesses the Icelandic national genealogical database that contains information on all living citizens and their ancestors going back 1,100 years. Tapping two phones together will bring up an alert if you share a common grandparent.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Which PHP framework is quickest start and most HIPAA-compliant?

edjubenville writes: I have been approached by a medical equipment delivery company to develop an online system to manage customer data, delivery schedules and inventory. I am a solo developer with some LAMP stack experience, but no experience with any particular PHP framework.
First question: Which PHP framework (e.g., CakePHP, CodeIgniter, Zend) would you recommend for a job like this if my focus is on showing them a bare bones prototype as soon as possible? There are implications of security related to HIPAA that I fully don't appreciate yet. The customer requirements are fuzzy because they are replacing an off-the-shelf system that was never a good fit for their business model. I anticipate needing to make a few iterations on the prototype, so I'd like to hit the ground running, and minimize the time per iteration.
Second question: How afraid should I be of liabilities under HIPAA? The database would hold patient contact information and identify medical supplies associated with those patients. I am wondering if a PHP application with conventional logins, session management, session timeouts and user access restrictions would be considered "best practice". Perhaps the liabilities wouldn't fall on me at all, but onto the client if this job is done as a work for hire.

Submission + - NASA Beams Mona Lisa to the Moon ( 1

EngnrFrmrlyKnownAsAC writes: Communicating with lasers is becoming (has become?) the hot new thing. While most researchers are seeking faster throughput, NASA set its sights in a different direction: the moon. Today they announced the first successful one-way laser communication "at planetary distances." What did they send? An image of the Mona Lisa, of course. Read more.

Submission + - You can message Mark Zuckerberg for $100 (

llebeel writes: "The INQUIRER has reported that Facebook will let its billion users send a message directly to its boss, Mark Zuckerberg, but only if you pay it $100.

In emailed statement Facebook explained that the Zuckerberg example was an "extreme" one. "We are testing some extreme price points to see what works to filter spam," it said."

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