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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 + - "HP pre-programmed failure date of non-HP ink cartridges in its printers" (

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 (

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 + - Be nice to Hillary Clinton online — or risk a confrontation with her super (

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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It's a white 6.

Get Outlook for iOS

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Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:07:30 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: Re: iPhone screens
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It's a white 6.

Get Outlook for iOS

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:40 AM -0400, <> wrote:

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=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="">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="" target="_blank"></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>



Submission + - Mark Zuckerberg tapes over his webcam. (

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 + - 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.
Link to Original Source

Submission + - Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion; ( 1

McGruber writes: CNBC is reporting that Microsoft is acquiring "professional social platform" LinkedIn for $196 per share, in an all-cash deal valued at $26.2 billion.

In a statement, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said "The LinkedIn team has grown a fantastic business centered on connecting the world's professionals. Together we can accelerate the growth of LinkedIn, as well as Microsoft Office 365 and Dynamics as we seek to empower every person and organization on the planet."

Submission + - Legacy Yahoo Messenger app being retired (

Irishman writes: Looks like August 5, 2016 is the last day for people clinging to the old desktop version of Yahoo Messenger. A new version is supposedly in the works but otherwise it will be the mobile app or the web version.

Submission + - SPAM: Uber Introduces New App Features To Appease Drivers

An anonymous reader writes: Ride-hailing giant Uber has announced a series of app updates and new features aimed at keeping its drivers sweet as complaints mount around how the company treats its ‘workers’. From this month, the San Francisco-based firm will allow its drivers to stop the clock without being penalised, find cheaper gas, process payments quicker, and have greater control over trip destinations. A new rewards system has also been devised through which drivers can receive discounts for rides when they use the service as a passenger.

The current system had faced scrutiny for its treatment of drivers, when compared with ‘driver-friendly’ Lyft. Passengers will now be charged from two minutes following the arrival of the driver to better compensate driver wait times. While driving, the driver can check the Uber app for local gas stations and compare prices. The company suggested that it is looking into rolling out schemes whereby gas stations could offer discounts in exchange for in-app promotions – a system already applied in Google’s navigation app Waze.

Submission + - Germany Set To End Copyright Liability For Open Wi-Fi Operators

An anonymous reader writes: People who travel to Germany are often surprised at the lack of public, open Wi-Fi networks. That’s because German law holds operators of public hotspots liable for everything their users do online, especially when these actions are against the law, and even if the operators weren’t aware of them. The law doesn’t apply to commercial operators, but does to private (think home WI-Fi’s) and small operators (e.g. wireless networks set up by public establishments like coffee bars, shops, etc.). But, there’s more than a good chance that this clause of the law will be repelled this year, and hopefully open Wi-Fi networks in Germany will mushroom as a result.

Submission + - Pale Moon dev claims Mozilla has requested "policing" of the Pale Moon forums. (

An anonymous reader writes: Details are currently scant, but a vague topic at the Pale Moon forums claims that at least one of the Pale Moon developers has been asked by Mozilla to "police" the Pale Moon forums.

Pale Moon is a web browser forked from Mozilla Firefox that tries to undo some of the controversial changes that Mozilla has made recently. Pale Moon has been seeing rapid adoption, while Firefox's market share has been steadily dropping.

At the time of writing, the exact request itself has apparently not been disclosed, and the individual or individuals who made the request have not been identified. There is much uncertainty as to what is going on in this situation, but addition details will no doubt become available as events unfold.

Submission + - Palemoon and Mozilla - a warning sign for Mozilla's state? (

An anonymous reader writes: Everyone who is aware of the existence of Palemoon has for sure realized that there was a big nose-dive in opinions related to Firefox from both the Palemoon maker and their community when Mozilla changed their UX to Australis.

Also, there was bad blood from their community members side in many different postings which have been not really favorable towards Mozilla and sometimes these comments had a provocative writing style. But still, Mozilla seems lately to have some real problem with the Palemoon guys and they decided to attack them and it looks like they demand that the moderation of the Palemoon board becomes more strict so that only favorable posts about Mozilla are published or none at all.

This was not the only attack by Mozilla's side lately. For example mocking their attempts to re-base Palemoon and removing Australis or as seen here where Mozilla guy Robert Kaiser accused Palemoon project of "extorting money and destroying code".

The point is: some rude comments by community members of a certain board or looks like Mozilla gets incredible nervous because of their current peculiar state and they seem to unleash all their frustrations now at the Palemoon project. It also looks like Mozilla has a growing animosity with people taking and modifying the Mozilla source code and using this for own unique products and they also try to get rid of projects which have been hosted and supported so far by Mozilla itself. If you are a big developer, one can argue that you should stand above incidents like that , but Mozilla's more and more dire situation in the market is for sure putting them under a heavy load of stress.

Concluded...Most users have the serious hope that Mozilla stops their current quest to see Google Chrome as their main competitor and moves again back in the direction of a more technolog wise skilled target-user group which would re-open the door for a more larger market share than right now. Also that Mozilla gets again in a more healthy relationship with projects like Seamonkey and Thunderbird which are threatened with suffering heavy losses when Mozilla removes their recent technology and moves on to a more Google Chrome inspired one.

Time is ticking and projects like Tofino and the uncertainty what is the future for Firefox (Servo or Blink — just a guess now... most likely depending which research is more successful) including the upcoming removal of XUL and the deprecation of the powerful old add-on and theming model is not really helpful in making users again restoring their faith in Mozilla and Firefox.

Hopefully Mozilla gets soon out of their downwards spiral... The web does still need Mozilla, but not as weak and uncertain and unnerved as they are right now.

Submission + - FireEye: Many Companies Still Running XcodeGhost-Infected Apple Apps (

itwbennett writes: In September, more than 4,000 applications were found to have been modified with a counterfeit version of Xcode, dubbed XcodeGhost. On Tuesday, FireEye said in a blog post that it has detected 210 enterprises that are still using infected apps, showing that the XcodeGhost malware 'is a persistent security risk.' In addition, whomever created XcodeGhost has also developed a new version that can target iOS 9, called XcodeGhost S, FireEye wrote.

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