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Submission + - Amazon Just Launched A Cashier-free Convenience Store

Dave Knott writes: Amazon just unveiled a grocery store without lines or checkout counters. Amazon Go, a 1800-square-foot retail space located in the company’s hometown of Seattle, lets shoppers just grab the items they want and leave; the order gets charged to their Amazon account afterwards. Amazon Go works by using computer vision and sensors to detect what items you’re taking out of the store. You start by scanning an app as you enter the Amazon Go shop. You do your normal shopping, and the sensors throughout the store identify the items in your cart and charge them to your account when you walk out the door. It’ll feel like shoplifting, except you’re actually being watched by more cameras than you can imagine. Though Amazon Go does do away with human cashiers, we haven’t seen anything about robots physically stocking the store, so while it does eliminate some jobs, it’s not a completely automated system... at least, not yet.

Submission + - Is Apache OpenOffice collapsing? (

martiniturbide writes: On September first Dennis Hamilton, the volunteer vice-president of OpenOffice, just posted the idea of what should be the actions to shut down the Apache OpenOffice Project. His reasons to post that are the "limited capacity for sustaining" and "there is no ready supply of developers who have the capacity, capability, and will to supplement the roughly half-dozen volunteers holding the project together." He also states "My interest is in seeing any retirement happen gracefully." This quickly generated a lot of replies on the Apache OpenOffice developer’s forum of people trying to find solutions to keep the project going.
Conspiracy theories: Is this just a stunt pulled by Dennis to get people involved on Apache OpenOffice? Is Microsoft investment on the Apache Foundation starting to pay off? Does it make sense to maintain OpenOffice when there is the LibreOffice community also working on an open source office suite?

Submission + - 68 Million Hashed Dropbox Passwords Dumped Online

Trailrunner7 writes: The scope of a compromise of Dropbox four years ago that the company initially said only involved customer email addresses being stolen has now expanded, with more than 68 million user passwords dumped online.

The cache comprises passwords that are hashed with either SHA-1 or bcrypt and none of them are in plaintext. When Dropbox first disclosed the breach in 2012, company officials said that the attackers had taken users’ email addresses and some users were receiving spam on those accounts. The compromise was the result of a Dropbox employee reusing an internal password.

Submission + - Miniature Desk Set sold on Amazon makes people angry (

martiniturbide writes: The item is sold as “Hasegawa 62001 1/12 School Desk & Chair — figure accessories” for $10 dollars on Amazon and it clearly states its dimensions (8.7 x 5.5 x 1.8 inches) and weight (5 ounce). But believe it or not is getting a lot of negative reviews of angry customers that realize that is not a real full size desk set.

Comment Re:You have already done it. (Score 1) 159

I also agree that "You have already done it", but in a different way. You have exposed Avast to all the people that reads Slashdot and I'm guessing that this is hurting the brand in a way they are paying back a lot more of what you expended on them (I guess). Let's hope they don't try to sue you for punitive damages.

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