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Submission + - Multiple Police Officers Killed by 2 Snipers at Public Protest (Dallas) (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: All news outlets are breaking the story of 11 officers shot from two elevated positions during an evening protest in Dallas. The protest was organized following killings of black men by police in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis earlier.

Submission + - Debian founder's 2015 death ruled a suicide

gosand writes: According to a story on The Register , the death of Ian Murdock in late 2015 has been ruled a suicide. This news brings some closure to the sad ending of his life. An interesting note from the article that I never knew before: "he was the Ian in Debian; his girlfriend at the time, Debra Lynn, was the Deb." Debian has truly been a cornerstone in the Linux world, and the founder will be missed.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is It Ever OK to Quit Without Giving Notice? 3

HughPickens.com writes: Employees and employers alike have the right under at-will employment laws in almost all states to end their relationship without notice, for any reason, but the two-week rule is a widely accepted standard of workplace conduct. However Sue Shellenbarger writes at the WSJ that a growing number of workers are leaving without giving two weeks’ notice. Some bosses blame young employees who feel frustrated by limited prospects or have little sense of attachment to their workplace. But employment experts say some older workers are quitting without notice as well. They feel overworked or unappreciated after years of laboring under pay cuts and expanded workloads imposed during the recession. One employee at Dupray, a customer-service rep, scheduled a meeting and announced she was quitting, then rose and headed for the exit. She seemed surprised when the director of human resources stopped her and explained that employees are expected to give two weeks’ notice. “She said, ‘I’ve been watching ‘Suits,’ and this is how it happens,’ ” referring to the TV drama set in a law firm.

According to Shellenbarger, quitting without notice is sometimes justified. Employees with access to proprietary information, such as those working in sales or new-product development, face a conflict of interest if they accept a job with a competitor. Employees in such cases typically depart right away—ideally, by mutual agreement. It can also be best to exit quickly if an employer is abusive, or if you suspect your employer is doing something illegal. More often, quitting without notice “is done in the heat of emotion, by someone who is completely frustrated, angry, offended or upset,” says David Lewis, president of OperationsInc., a Norwalk, Conn., human-resources consulting firm. That approach can burn bridges and generate bad references. Phyllis Hartman says employees have a responsibility to try to communicate about what’s wrong. “Start figuring out if there is anything you can do to fix it. The worst that can happen is that nobody listens or they tell you no."

Submission + - SPAM: Reddit is censoring discussions regarding Censorship 2

Taco Cowboy writes: If you think Reddit moves towards a brighter future post the Ellen Pao era, think again

Reddit's moderators have being told the following:

Do not post about censorship on /r/ politics on this subreddit. The admins have told us that we are not allowed. All posts here about censorship on /r/ politics will now be removed


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Submission + - Increased marrying, and mating, by education level not affecting genetic make-up (phys.org)

chasm22 writes: While the latter half of the 20th century showed a widening gap between the more and less educated with respect to marriage and fertility, this trend has not significantly altered the genetic makeup of subsequent generations, a team of researchers has found.

"Undoubtedly, spouses are increasingly sorting themselves with an eye toward the education they've received—among other traits," observes Conley. "But while the existence of education-association genes has been well-documented, choosing partners with education levels similar to our own has not resulted in children who have meaningfully altered the genetic makeup of the U.S. population."

Submission + - Hackers Who Stole $45 Million Via Lurk Trojan Arrested In Russia

An anonymous reader writes: The Kaspersky security research group reports that it has aided Russian police in the arrest of 50 hackers who stole more than $45 million by the use of the Lurk Trojan. The infection was initiated by the user merely visiting an affected web-site, including 'leading media and news sites', according to Kaspersky. The Lurk Trojan uses digital steganography, and encrypts URLs into image files by manipulating individual pixels, with the ultimate aim of initiating a downloader — and it runs entirely in RAM, avoiding any potential blockade from conventional anti-virus products.

Submission + - Burning all fossil fuels would scorch Earth (phys.org)

mspohr writes: A new study published in the Journal Nature Climate Change (Nature Climate Change, Nature Climate Change, DOI: 10.1038/nclimate3036) (and reported in phys.org) shows our precarious climate condition:
"Using up all known fossil fuel reserves would render Earth even more unliveable than scientists had previously projected, researchers said on Monday.
Average temperatures would climb by up to 9.5 degrees Celsius (17 degrees Fahrenheit)—five times the cap on global warming set at climate talks in Paris in December, they reported.
In the Arctic region—already heating at more than double the global average—the thermometer would rise an unimaginable 15 C to 20 C."

This would make most of Earth uninhabitable to humans (although the dinosaurs seemed to do fine with it 65 million years ago).

Submission + - AMA Journal: Going To Church May Result In 33% Chance of Living Longer (washingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Washington Post reports, "A new study, released Monday in a journal published by the American Medical Association, says that those who attend church services more often actually have a better chance of staying alive in the long run. Over a 20-year span, the study surveyed a group of more than 76,000 female nurses, most of whom were Catholic and Protestant. At the end of 20 years, more than 13,000 of them had died. The women who went to religious services more than once a week, it turned out, were 33 percent less likely to be in that group who died, compared to those who never attended services. ... The effect of religious attendance, they found, was stronger than that of any other form of participation in a social group like a book club or a volunteer organization. “We were a bit surprised, initially, by the magnitude of the findings,” VanderWeele said. ... One of the team’s most striking findings was on breast cancer. Women who attended services were no more or less likely to contract breast cancer. But those who attended services were substantially less likely to die of it."

Submission + - Suspicious about differential equations, airline's flight from Phily delayed (usnews.com)

Earthquake Retrofit writes: US News reports that the flight was delayed because a fellow passenger thought the equations he was writing might be a sign he was a terrorist. Pennsylvania economics professor Guido Menzio was solving a differential equation and said he was told the woman thought he might be a terrorist because of what he was writing.

Submission + - Is it time to shrink the ethernet connector? 5

jimwelch writes: HDMI has shrunk to mini, then micro.
USB has shrunk to mini, then micro.
Wired Ethernet connector has not changed since 1988!
On the Raspberry PI, it is the largest of the standardized connectors.
Is it time to come up with a new version?

Submission + - Infamous French Hacker calls internet "Digital shantytown". (medium.com)

An anonymous reader writes: French hacker and security expert Anthony Zboralski calls social media networks a “digital shantytown” in his most recent blogpost. While fellow members of hacker collective w00w00 have formed successful billion dollar startups, he claims that the rewards for creating content and use are unfair and suggests a better solution would be like the successful creation of land title for slum dwellerspartial ownership for users on social media.

Submission + - Blackberry defeats Typo in court, Typo to discountinue sales of keyboard.

juniorkindergarten writes: Blackberry and Typo have reached a final settlement that effectively ends Typo selling its iphone keyboard accessory.
Blackberry took Typo to court for twice for patent infringement over the copying of Blackberry's keyboard design. Blackberry and Typo first battled it out in court, with Typo losing for copying the Blackberry Q10 keyboard design. Typo redesigned its keyboard and again Blackberry sued them for patent infringement.
The final results are that Typo cannot sell keyboards for screens less than 7.9", but can still sell keyboards for the ipad and ipad air. Exact terms were not disclosed

Submission + - Cure for cancer one step closer after 'spectacular' breakthrough (newsweek.com)

schwit1 writes: The treatment, known as immunotherapy, uses the body's immune system to attack cancerous cells. Researchers say it could replace chemotherapy as the standard treatment for cancer within five years.

A series of studies show that the drugs are effective against some of the most deadly tumours, including those of the lung, bowel, liver and head.

Patients who could expect to live for just a matter of months under existing treatments, could see their tumours completely destroyed and go on to enjoy a normal lifespan under the new treatment.

Submission + - Goatse billboard hack horrifies drivers in Atlanta (dailydot.com)

Yossarian45793 writes: In a wealthy suburb of Atlanta, hackers managed to get a video billboard to display the goatse image for several hours. Many slashdotters are familiar with that horror, and now a number of Atlanta residents are too. I'm surprised that such an obvious prank took this long to happen, and I wonder how many more times it will given the proliferation of video screens in public places.

Submission + - Bees prefer nectar laced with Neonicotinoids (rsc.org)

Taco Cowboy writes: Neonicotinoids are a class of neuro-active insecticides chemically similar to nicotine

Neonicotinoids kill insect by overwhelming and short-circuting the insects' central nervous system (See http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/V... )

Shell and Bayer started the development of Neonicotinoids back in the 1980's and 1990's

Since this new group of pesticide came to the market the bee population have been seriously devastated in regions where the pesticide are been widely used

In 2008 neonicotinoids came under increasing scrutiny over their environmental impacts starting in Germany

In 2012, studies have shown that neonicotinoid uses are linked to crash of bee population (See http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_new... )

New studies, however, have discovered that bees prefer nectars that are laced with neonicotinoids, over nectars that are free of any trace of neonicotinoids (See http://www.rsc.org/chemistrywo... )

According to researchers at Newcastle University the bees may "get a buzz" from the nicotine-like chemicals in the same way smokers crave cigarettes

BBC also covers this case (See http://www.bbc.com/news/scienc... )

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