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Comment Re:Long overdue (say what?) (Score 4, Insightful) 261

The purpose of advertising is to sell things to people that they don't need and likely can't afford, and that can't be done through truth in advertising.

Spoken like a crook. And there are a lot of crooks and snake oil salesman out there, and this is clearly within that particular genre. But the purpose of advertising is to connect people with a product they might need or want, and to convince them that they need or want it. At the end of the day, if I want to sell you product X, all I can do is talk about its advantages, and how it might help you personally, and I can do all of that without ever telling you a lie. You must decide if you need it / want it or can or can't afford it.

On the other hand, if I do lie to you, and tell you product X will do something it won't, then I have committed a form of fraud, and you have a reasonable civil tort against me. But a reasonable degree of photo manipulation may be expected due to the nature of the medium. Breakfast cereal, for example, is filmed with glue instead of milk because milk goes bad REALLY fast under the heat of a studio light. An image may be photo-shopped to restore definition or color lost in the process of photography. That doesn't mis-represent the product so much as it helps present the best-face of the product. I might reasonably want to show my video game sprites rendered by the best commercial hardware available, but if I render that at colors and resolutions impossible to achieve with currently available hardware, than I have committed fraud. And it seems the NMS developers have done that. /P.

Submission + - Cyborg olympic games set to debut October 8th (

cammcq writes: The Rio Paralympics are still in full swing until September 18, inspiring the world by athletes who prove they have no disability for 6 more days. Only, the Olympic games action won’t finish on September 18th. The world’s first “Cyborg Olympics” or “Cybathlon” will be held in Zurich, Switzerland on October 8th.

There’s a twist however in next month’s Olympics, however. Contestants won’t be jumping, swimming, cycling or jumping. Contestants in the competition do indeed have physical disabilities, however they will be competing against each other in everyday tasks. The Cybathlon displays the world’s most sophisticated bionic assisted technologies to do the tasks that able-bodied people take for granted.

Submission + - Tesla reveals slew of Autopilot improvements in upcoming 8.0 firmware (

haruchai writes: Less than 2 months after parting ways with optical driver assistance systems maker Mobileye, Elon Musk and Tesla have revealed the soon-to-be released feature upgrades for Autopilot — and it's all about radar, baby!!

Musk claims a dramatic reduction in false braking events, stating that most drivers may never experience another for the lifetime of the car and that v8.0 will give access to 6 times as many radar objects with far more detail and no new hardware required.
More at Electrek —

Submission + - Security tips for upgrading to MacOS Sierra (

An anonymous reader writes: Some security tips from the SANS Internet Storm Center about upgrading from OS X to macOS Sierra. In particular with iCloud becoming more and more part of the OS, you have to be careful what you share. If you are not careful, all your documents and everything on your desktop may be uploaded to iCloud.

Submission + - Firefox 49 Postponed One Week Due to Unexpected Bugs (

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has announced this week that it is delaying the release of Firefox 49 for one week to address two unexpected bugs. Firefox 49, which was set for release on Tuesday, September 13, will now launch the following Tuesday, on September 20.

Work on fixing the two issues is ongoing. The first is a problem with a slow browser script, which is also the most time-consuming issue since the Mozilla team needs around a week of telemetry data to evaluate the fix. This is also the primary reason they've delayed Firefox 49 in the first place. The second problem relates to loading Giphy GIF images on Twitter, which open in a new blank page instead of the Giphy URL. This issue was first detected in Firefox 49 Beta releases.

Firefox 49 is an important release in Mozilla's grand scheme of things when it comes to Firefox. This is the version when Mozilla will finish multi-process support rollout (a.k.a. e10s, or Electrolysis), and the version when Firefox launches the new WebExtensions API that replaces the old Add-ons API, making Firefox compatible with Chromium extensions.

Submission + - Slashdot Serving up redirect ads on android ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: As many of you may not know, because of AdBlock, has ads to fund their website and continue to provide a "free" service. But lately the ads shown have been redirecting users to malware sights and displaying suspicious popovers. In the recent year the type and form of ads has also gotten more annoying. They have bottom page ads for useless aps and fixed frame ads at the bottom of the screen. All these issues bring the question, is the content on Slashdot really worth the trouble? This user thinks not. Goodbye.

Submission + - SPAM: China To Resurrect The AN-225

schwit1 writes: On August 30, members of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AICC) and the Antonov Corporation, the leading Ukrainian aviation company, signed an agreement to restart production of the AN-225, the world's largest cargo aircraft.

The 640 ton, six engine An-225 is the world's largest aircraft. Measuring at 84 meters in length and a wingspan of over 88 meters, it carries a world record payload of 250 tons (to put this into comparison, it can carry around 300,000 lbs more than the US military's Boeing made C-17). The sole operational An-225 began flying in 1988, initially carrying the Soviet Buran, a 105 ton reusable spaceplane, on its back. It was put into storage after the Soviet collapse, but restored and put into commercial service in 2002. Since then it has been rented out, flying super heavy cargos like gas and wind turbines, as well as military supplies for NATO forces in the Middle East.

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Submission + - IoT devices with default telnet passwords used as botnet (

stiebing.ja writes: IoT devices, like DVR recorders or webcams, which are running Linux with open telnet access and having no or default passwords are currently a target of attacks which try to install malware which then makes the devices a node of a botnet for DDoS attacks.
As the malware, called Linux/Mirai, only resides in memory, once the attack has been successful, revealing if your device got captured ist not so easy, and also analyzing the malware is difficult, as it will vanish on reboot.

Submission + - China Tests Quantum Radar That Detects Stealth Aircrafts (

William Robinson writes: According to some reports, China has tested its first single photon detection technology quantum radar which could detect objects, including stealth aircraft, within the range of 100 kilometres, somewhere is mid August. The radar uses quantum entanglement photons, which means it has better detection capabilities than conventional systems. This means it can more easily track modern aircraft that use stealth technology or baffle enemy radar. The report also suggests that "The system was able to detect a target at a range of 100 kms in a real-world environment".

Submission + - Secret Court Orders force companies to provide backdoor to spy on you (

internetsos writes: Electronic Frontier Foundation has lodged a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice under the Freedom of Information act to confirm if there are secret orders forcing the creation of back doors to spy on us.

Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit has been filed by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain information on secret court orders requiring technology companies to decrypt their customers’ communications.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is a digital rights group that wants to know if the government obtained orders from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to force companies like Apple and Google to assist in surveillance efforts. The EFF want the DoJ to declassify this and other significant FISC opinions as part of the surveillance reforms enacted by Congress with the Freedom Act.

FBI want to be able to look at your phone

The FBI recently tried to make Apple build a backdoor to the iPhone to allow the agency to bypass the security on the phone belonging to the man alleged to be behind the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The FBI retracted the demand when a third-party helped it hack the phone but they are still trying to get apple to provide a back door and way to decrypt data stored on devices.

The EFF are demanding to know if the government has attempted to obtain similar orders from the FISC, which the EFF says operates mostly in secret and approves a majority of surveillance requests. They referred to news reports stating that the government has sought FISC orders to force companies to hand over source code, which would allow them to find and exploit software vulnerabilities for surveillance purposes.

“If the government is obtaining FISC orders to force a company to build backdoors or decrypt their users’ communications, the public has a right to know about those secret demands to compromise people’s phones and computers,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Nate Cardozo. “The government should not be able to conscript private companies into weakening the security of these devices, particularly via secret court orders.”

Proposed law to force companies to decypt user data

Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein of the Senate Intelligence Committee proposed a law that would force companies to decrypt user data when presented with a court order. The senators said the proposed law was a discussion draft that would be formally introduced only after they get feedback from the public and key stakeholders.

Comment Re:Universities aren't completely honest either (Score 1) 420

The role of a college or university is to provide education, not necessarily job training, and I don't know of any not-for-profit institutions of higher education that are being dishonest about that. ITT Tech, and its ilk, by contrast, explicitly promise to provide vocational training that will give you the skills needed to be able to get, keep, and excel at certain jobs, and they have clearly failed to do that, while engaging in predatory admissions processes.

Comment Watching it in Elementary School (Score 1) 320

with the rest of my class. Space Shuttle launches were something they stopped classes for back then, but we were all excited about this one because we knew a teacher was on the flight, and we would actually be taught LESSONS FROM SPACE. That was probably one of the most exciting things I could have imagined back then.

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