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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Google Maps speed limit - how accurate is it for you? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I have lived a ways down a back country road since before there was any such thing as Google Maps. In the last few months, I have noticed a very rapid increase in the number of drivers going 35 mph on a road that has a posted speed limit of 45 mph and most people travel 55 mph. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why until one day, when I was testing out some new equipment, I observed that Google has a new feature of displaying what it thinks is the posted speed limit for where users are driving.

My biggest concern is that my local government really, really loves to lower speed limits so it can set speed traps. This road, which is long and straight with large shoulders and only a few driveways (more like gravel roads), used to be 55 mph (an "End 35 MPH" zone), but has, over the years, been taken down to 45 mph, and a similar nearby road from 50 mph to 40 mph. I have never in my life seen a road that gets surveyed as frequently as these roads, so I'm concerned that the increased flow of drivers going 10 mph below the speed limit is going to result in a further reduced posted speed limit.

My second concern is the number of tailgaters that get jammed up behind these people. This will eventually result in an accident, as the road-sign-ignorant artery-cloggers likely are going to slam on their brakes because Google also has the destination driveway in the wrong place or wrong side of the road, or they spot a deer near the road, or a squirrel jumps in front of them, etc.

I suppose if I want to do anything about this, then I should figure out how to help Google with the development of their product, else suffer the consequences. Always obliged to do Google's ground-level product development for them.

I was just curious if anyone else has this problem of the speed limits in Google Maps being too low? For me, it isn't just the one road that is inaccurate. I drove around and found that Google likes to give speed limits that are 5-15 mph below the posted speed limit, except in the most heavily trafficked areas.

Submission + - Microsoft Signature PCs block linux installs (reddit.com)

jbernardo writes: Seems like your favourite convicted monopolist is back at its usual tactics, despite all the "we are friends of open source" propaganda. The "Signature program" seems to be the reason that you can't install Linux on Lenovo laptops on the program.

Lenovo has already blocked the thread and seems to have engaged "damage control mode", but it is already on the wayback machine, at least according to BaronHK at reddit, the source of the story.

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.

Comment Re:lightweight? (Score 1) 54

Nope, in the first post on that reddit is only what he describes is what he feels were the shortcomings of Arch previous init system. The real reason for choosing systemd is below:

So why systemd over all those alternatives?

First, we don't know if the other systems were really alternatives (at least I don't know).

The answer is boring: Systemd solved many problems, it was there, it worked and we already used many of its tools in our initscripts at the time. There is no specific reason why we did not use $WHATEVER over systemd.

So, basically, they chose systemd just because they were using it. No evaluation of advantages/disadvantages, impact assessment, nothing.

Submission + - Be nice to Hillary Clinton online — or risk a confrontation with her super (latimes.com)

geek writes: According to the LA Times, Hillary Clinton's well-heeled backers have opened a new frontier in digital campaigning, one that seems to have been inspired by some of the Internet's worst instincts. Correct the Record, a super PAC coordinating with Clinton's campaign, is spending some $1 million to find and confront social media users who post unflattering messages about the Democratic front-runner.

Submission + - Microsoft Outlook injecting advertisement and URL into personal email

mr_diags writes: Recently GoDaddy's iPhone email client was retired and they aggressively encouraged users to migrate to Microsoft Outlook client. I detest most Microsoft products and ended up migrating to Spark. My wife took the path of least resistance and migrated to Outlook for iPhone. Yesterday I received a short email from her and noticed a live hypertext link “Get Outlook for iOS” in her email. I asked her why she wrote that and she said she did not. Examining the email source it clearly shows the email sent from her Outlook client has text embedded in the body of her email in both the plain text and HTML sections of the payload – including a live URL.

Yes, she needs to check if Outlook client had some default configuration when installed that embedded the advertisement, maybe a default signature. And who knows what the EULA she blindly accepted allowed MS to do, but isn’t this effectively a hack of a person’s personal email to inject an advertisement?

Content of the email, scrubbed of personal addresses:

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Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

It's a white 6.

Get Outlook for iOS

Received: (qmail 23638 invoked by uid 30297); 8 Aug 2016 21:07:31 -0000
Received: from unknown (HELO p3plibsmtp02-14.prod.phx3.secureserver.net) ([72.167.218.25])
(envelope-sender <xxxxx@xxxxx.com>)
by p3plsmtp01-05.prod.phx3.secureserver.net (qmail-1.03) with SMTP
for <yyyy@yyyyy.us>; 8 Aug 2016 21:07:31 -0000
Received: from p3plsmtpa12-02.prod.phx3.secureserver.net ([68.178.252.231])
by p3plibsmtp02-14.prod.phx3.secureserver.net with bizsmtp
id Uku71t01H50JyDQ01l7WVW; Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:07:31 -0700
Received: from mail.outlook.com ([52.32.165.217])
by p3plsmtpa12-02.prod.phx3.secureserver.net with
id Ul7W1t00A4hkzKG01l7Wm9; Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:07:30 -0700
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:07:30 +0000 (UTC)
From: xxxxx < xxxxx@xxxxx.com >
To: yyyy@yyyyy.us
Message-ID: <42D594FBB05BB1EC.2A5FFCE7-7B0A-44C6-8158-660A799F2AC9@mail.outlook.com>
In-Reply-To: <20160807214047.a3cf85ee342f91baffbcbe5e7a33596d.19fe9dae3e.wbe@email01.godaddy.com>
References: <20160807214047.a3cf85ee342f91baffbcbe5e7a33596d.19fe9dae3e.wbe@email01.godaddy.com>
Subject: Re: iPhone screens
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
boundary="----=_Part_13617_1251458795.1470690450092"
X-Mailer: Outlook for iOS and Android
X-Nonspam: Whitelist

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Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

It's a white 6.

Get Outlook for iOS

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:40 AM -0400, <yyyy@yyyyy.us> wrote:

=C2=A0 =C2=A0Your screen parts shipped and ETA is Wednesday delivery.=C2=A0=
=C2=A0For your friends iPhone6 I've searched and found iPhone 6 — not 6plu=
s — screen repair kits for under $30, so depending on their model it may be=
reasonably priced to get the parts.

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<html><head></head><body><div>It's a white 6.<br><br><div class="acompli_signature">Get <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/mobile/?WT.mc_id=outlook_app_signature_1">Outlook for iOS</a></div><br></div><br><br><br>
<div class="gmail_quote">On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:40 AM -0400, <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a href="mailto:yyyy@yyyyy.us" target="_blank">yyyy@yyyyy.us</a>&gt;</span> wrote:<br>
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<span style="font-family:Verdana; color:#000000; font-size:10pt;"><div>&nbsp; &nbsp;Your screen parts shipped and ETA is Wednesday delivery.</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp;For your friends iPhone6 I've searched and found iPhone 6 — not 6plus — screen repair kits for under $30, so depending on their model it may be reasonably priced to get the parts.</div></span>

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Submission + - Mark Zuckerberg tapes over his webcam. (theguardian.com)

Bruce66423 writes: If he's worried enough to do it...

So do you? I certainly do.

My favourite quote from the piece: 'FBI’s director, James Comey [said]: “I put a piece of tape over the camera because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.”'

Submission + - U.S. Financial Regulators See Bitcoin As Threat To Market Stability

An anonymous reader writes: The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a group of powerful U.S. regulators, has warned that Bitcoin and blockchain technologies could present a threat to financial stability and has advised that market structures should adapt in preparation for a reduced importance of conventional, centralized banking. The group highlighted in its annual report that distributed ledger systems would lead to uncertainty and risks which should be closely monitored by market participants and regulatory bodies. The report explained: ‘Market participants have limited experience working with distributed ledger systems, and it is possible that operational vulnerabilities associated with such systems may not become apparent until they are deployed at scale.’

Submission + - SPAM: Boeing In Talks To Sell 100 Airplanes To Iran

tradeonetwo writes: Boeing is bargaining a deal to sell 100 passenger plane units to Iran, according to reports on Sunday, a transaction potentially worth billions that would mark the first significant entry of an American company into the Islamic nation after last year’s nuclear deal.
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Comment Re:Another "data source" (Score 1) 365

I'm pretty sure it was even more a poetic gesture than deleting my swiftkey account. As you state, my info is already out there and catalogued by every search engine. It is more a statement on how I don't want anything to do with the kings of "telemetry" than anything else.

And with the advantage that even if I am tempted to update it and add more info, I need to start from scratch and that is too much of an effort.

Comment Another "data source" (Score 3, Insightful) 365

I can just imagine how Microsoft will use this together with all the "telemetry" obtained via windows 10, swiftkey, code compiled with VS2015, skype conversations, office 360 documents, etc.

So, I did the only sensible thing, and have just deleted my linkedin profile, as I had done at the acquisition time with swiftkey. Bye bye samaritan, you will probably still get my data but will have to try harder...

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