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  • Google Opens Up Street View Archives From 2007 To Today

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:48
    mpicpp (3454017) writes with news that Google is publishing all Street View imagery back to 2007. Quoting Ars: "The feature hasn't rolled out to many accounts yet, but it looks like a small, draggable window will be added to the Street View interface. Just move the time slider around and you'll be able to jump through past images. Granted, Street View has only been around for a few years, so the archives only go back to 2007. A few of the events Google suggests browsing through are the building of One World Trade Center and the destruction and rebuilding of Onagawa, Japan after the 2011 earthquake. Besides being really cool, the move will save Google from having to choose a canonical Street View image for every location. If the current image is blacked-out or wrong in some way, you can just click back to the previous one."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Google+Opens+Up+Street+View+Archives+From+2007+To+Today%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1rl5bHz"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftech.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F1638258%2Fgoogle-opens-up-street-view-archives-from-2007-to-today%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1638258/google-opens-up-street-view-archives-from-2007-to-today?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1638258/google-opens-up-street-view-archives-from-2007-to-today?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5072359amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505143308/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ac4c9e/sc/38/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/mqy-TJ8CBJw" height="1" width="1"/
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    Asteroid Impacts Bigger Risk Than Thought

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 11:06
    Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The B612 Foundation, a U.S.-based nuclear test monitoring group, has disclosed that their acoustic sensors show asteroid impacts to be much more common than previously thought. Between 2000 and 2013 their infrasound system detected 26 major explosions due to asteroid strikes. The impacts were gauged at energies of 1 to 600 kilotons, compared to 45 kilotons for 1945 Hiroshima bomb."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Asteroid+Impacts+Bigger+Risk+Than+Thought%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1iLuZtz"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fscience.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F1549235%2Fasteroid-impacts-bigger-risk-than-thought%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1549235/asteroid-impacts-bigger-risk-than-thought?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1549235/asteroid-impacts-bigger-risk-than-thought?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5072211amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505158520/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abc9cd/sc/21/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/L6OtEF-PqSI" height="1" width="1"/
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    ATamp;T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:36
    An anonymous reader writes "ATamp;T officially announced on Tuesday their intention to launch a Netflix-like service in collaboration with an investment group run by a former Fox president. ATamp;T is following in the footsteps of Verizon, which partnered with Redbox in 2012 to offer the same type of service, and like Verizon, is also still negotiating with Netflix on payments to not throttle Netflix traffic."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=AT%26amp%3BT+Plans+To+Launch+Internet+Video+Service%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1gR4hM6"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F1430236%2Fatt-plans-to-launch-internet-video-service%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1430236/att-plans-to-launch-internet-video-service?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1430236/att-plans-to-launch-internet-video-service?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5071949amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505141097/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39abd8e7/sc/46/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/jVu4ZhhcDVE" height="1" width="1"/
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    ARIN Is Down To the Last /nobr/8 of IPv4 Addresses

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:55
    An anonymous reader writes "On 3 February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) issued the remaining five /8 address blocks, each containing 16.7 million addresses, in the global free pool equally to the five RIRs, and as such ARIN is no longer able to receive additional IPv4 resources from the IANA. After yesterday's large allocation (104.64.0.0/10) to Akamai, the address pool remaining to be assigned by ARIN is now down to the last /8. This triggers stricter allocation rules and marks the end of general availability of new IPv4 addresses in North America. ARIN thus follows the RIRs of Asia, Europe and South America into the final phase of IPv4 depletion."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=ARIN+Is+Down+To+the+Last+%2F8+of+IPv4+Addresses%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1noGV7M"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftech.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F1428246%2Farin-is-down-to-the-last-8-of-ipv4-addresses%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1428246/arin-is-down-to-the-last-8-of-ipv4-addresses?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1428246/arin-is-down-to-the-last-8-of-ipv4-addresses?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5071943amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505142189/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39ab50e4/sc/1/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/hzvS25_Whm0" height="1" width="1"/
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    You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS Xmdash;For Free

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 09:14
    redletterdave (2493036) writes "Apple on Tuesday announced the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows anyone to download and install pre-release Mac software for the sake of testing and submitting feedback before the public launch. Until Tuesday, Apple charged users $99 a year to test out new OS X softwaremdash;doing so required a paid-up developer account. (Testing new iPhone software still requires a separate developer account for another $99 a year.) Now, much the same way new OS X software is now totally free to download, it's also free to try out. All you need is an Apple ID to sign up."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=You+Can+Now+Run+Beta+Versions+of+OS+X%26mdash%3BFor+Free%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2FPteDKK"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapple.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F1334252%2Fyou-can-now-run-beta-versions-of-os-xfor-free%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://apple.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1334252/you-can-now-run-beta-versions-of-os-xfor-free?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://apple.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1334252/you-can-now-run-beta-versions-of-os-xfor-free?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5071759amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39aadc48/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505142804/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aadc48/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/Z7DMmLUJf_0" height="1" width="1"/
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    Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 08:33
    An anonymous reader writes "On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers are legally allowed to stop and search vehicles based solely on anonymous 911 tips. Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority opinion, reasoned that 'a 911 call has some features that allow for identifying and tracking callers' as well as for recording their calls, both of which he believed gave anonymous callers enough reliability for police officers to act on their tips with reasonable suspicion against the people being reported. The specific case before them involved an anonymous woman who called 911 to report a driver who forced her off the road. She gave the driver's license plate number and the make and model of his car as well as the location of the incident in question. Police officers later found him, pulled him over, smelled marijuana, and searched his car. They found 30 pounds of weed and subsequently arrested the driver. The driver later challenged the constitutionality of the arrest, claiming that a tip from an anonymous source was unreliable and therefore failed to meet the criteria of reasonable suspicion, which would have justified the stop and search. Five of the nine justices disagreed with him." The ruling itself (PDF).pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Supreme+Court+OKs+Stop+and+Search+Based+On+Anonymous+911+Tips%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1rk7AlR"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fyro.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F1319221%2Fsupreme-court-oks-stop-and-search-based-on-anonymous-911-tips%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://yro.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1319221/supreme-court-oks-stop-and-search-based-on-anonymous-911-tips?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://yro.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1319221/supreme-court-oks-stop-and-search-based-on-anonymous-911-tips?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5071691amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505153334/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39aa68c8/sc/8/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/tQP5ZQxYEpY" height="1" width="1"/
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    Face Recognition Algorithm Finally Outperforms Humans

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 07:50
    KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Face recognition has come a long way in recent years. In ideal lighting conditions, given the same pose, facial expression etc, it easily outperforms humans. But the real world isn't like that. People grow beards, wear make up and glasses, make strange faces and so on, which makes the task of facial recognition tricky even for humans. A well-known photo database called Labelled Faces in the Wild captures much of this variation. It consists of 13,000 face images of almost 6000 public figures collected off the web. When images of the same person are paired, humans can correctly spot matches and mismatches 97.53 per cent of the time. By comparison, face recognition algorithms have never come close to this. Now a group of computer scientists have developed a new algorithm called GaussianFace that outperforms humans in this task for the first time. The algorithm normalises each face into a 150 x 120 pixel image by transforming it based on five image landmarks: the position of both eyes, the nose and the two corners of the mouth. After being trained on a wide variety of images in advance, it can then compare faces looking for similarities. It does this with an accuracy of 98.52 per cent; the first time an algorithm has beaten human-level performance in such challenging real-world conditions. You can test yourself on some of the image pairs on the other side of the link."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Face+Recognition+Algorithm+Finally+Outperforms+Humans%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1jLB9YF"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fslashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F1229219%2Fface-recognition-algorithm-finally-outperforms-humans%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1229219/face-recognition-algorithm-finally-outperforms-humans?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/1229219/face-recognition-algorithm-finally-outperforms-humans?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5071475amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505151620/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a9d2c0/sc/4/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/hp3B6FvdP9g" height="1" width="1"/
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    'The Door Problem' of Game Design

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 05:25
    An anonymous reader writes "Game design is one of those jobs everybody thinks they can do. After all, they've played a few games, and they know what they liked and disliked, right? How hard could it be? Well, professional game designer Liz England has summed up the difficulty of the job and the breadth of knowledge needed to do it in what she calls 'the door problem.' Quoting: 'Premise: You are making a game. Are there doors in your game? Can the player open them? Can the player open every door in the game? What tells a player a door is locked and will open, as opposed to a door that they will never open? What happens if there are two players? Does it only lock after both players pass through the door? What if the level is REALLY BIG and can't all exist at the same time?' This is just a few of the questions that need answering. She then goes through how other employees in the company respond to the issue, often complicating it. 'Network Programmer: "Do all the players need to see the door open at the same time?" Release Engineer: "You need to get your doors in by 3pm if you want them on the disk." Producer: "Do we need to give everyone those doors or can we save them for a pre-order bonus?"'"pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status='The+Door+Problem'+of+Game+Design%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1my4usc"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgames.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F0232201%2Fthe-door-problem-of-game-design%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://games.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/0232201/the-door-problem-of-game-design?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://games.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/0232201/the-door-problem-of-game-design?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5068515amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a8a526/sc/4/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505132657/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a8a526/sc/4/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/58GBmzrsguU" height="1" width="1"/
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    The $5,600 Tablet

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 04:11
    An anonymous reader writes "Tablets have come a long way in the past few years, and it has become possible to find a capable device for under $200. But what about the tablets pushing toward the high end of the spectrum? Xplore Technologies sells a line of tablets that top out at $5,600. Who on earth would pay that much? The military, of course. 'The DMSR models both have handles and are encased in tough protective covers. They can be dropped more than 2 meters onto a plywood floor and 1.2 meters onto concrete, and can operate in temperatures between -30 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit (-34 to 60 degrees Celsius). They've been tested to the U.S. military's tough MIL-STD-810G standard for extreme conditions. The tablets run Windows and come with Intel's latest Core i5 or i7 Haswell processors. Solid-state drive options extend to 480GB. ... They display images at 1024 x 768 resolution. That's less than some cheaper Windows tablets, but Xplore claims to offer excellent LCD visibility in sunlight thanks to a display luminescence of 1,300 NITS. The tablets have internal fans but can still run for up to eight-and-a-half hours on a 10-cell battery, Xplore said. They weigh a hefty 2.4 kilograms.'"pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=The+%245%2C600+Tablet%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1fodBqm"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmobile.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F0118246%2Fthe-5600-tablet%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/0118246/the-5600-tablet?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://mobile.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/0118246/the-5600-tablet?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5068297amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a80590/sc/5/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505142526/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a80590/sc/5/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/kI_IUgXjFF0" height="1" width="1"/
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    WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

    Slashdot - Wed, 2014-04-23 01:18
    New submitter JImbob0i0 writes: "Back in January, Linksys/Belkin made a big deal about their new router, the WRT1900AC, which they claimed was a successor to the venerable WRT54G, and how they were working with OpenWRT. They released it this week, but their promises have fallen far short. You need to apply patches (which don't apply cleanly) and compile yourself in order to get it to work... so long as you don't need wireless support. There has not been much response from Linksys on the mailing list to criticism of the improperly formatted patch dump and poor reviews as a result."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=WRT54G+Successor+Falls+Flat+On+Promises%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1rleWU9"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftech.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F0154238%2Fwrt54g-successor-falls-flat-on-promises%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/0154238/wrt54g-successor-falls-flat-on-promises?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/0154238/wrt54g-successor-falls-flat-on-promises?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5068389amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505120909/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a62b9e/sc/4/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/CyVVOBbZVk8" height="1" width="1"/
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    BioWare Announces Dragon Age Inquisition/em For October 7th

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 22:14
    An anonymous reader writes "Today BioWare announced a new game in its popular Dragon Age RPG series titled Inquisition. The game will follow the story of an Inquisitor trying to rally the world against the magic-laden forces spewing from rifts opening to another place. The game's creative director, Mike Laidlaw, says players will be able to watch the world descend into chaos, and then deal with the burdens of power as they rally forces in opposition. BioWare is also taking the opportunity to fix all of the things they broke in Dragon Age 2: 'Top-down tactical view is back. Playable races are back. The game seems to have more of an emphasis on challenge thanks to non-regenerative health.' The game will launch on October 7th for the PC, PS3/4, and Xbox 360/One."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=BioWare+Announces+Dragon+Age+Inquisition+For+October+7th%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1mwSzer"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fgames.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F23%2F0217217%2Fbioware-announces-dragon-age-inquisition-for-october-7th%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://games.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/0217217/bioware-announces-dragon-age-inquisition-for-october-7th?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://games.slashdot.org/story/14/04/23/0217217/bioware-announces-dragon-age-inquisition-for-october-7th?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5068473amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a531e8/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505130130/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a531e8/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/5aIuvWyIjKQ" height="1" width="1"/
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    How Silk Road Bounced Back From Its Multimillion-Dollar Hack

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 21:16
    Daniel_Stuckey writes: "Silk Road, the online marketplace notable for selling drugs and attempting to operate over Tor, was shut down last October. Its successor, Silk Road 2.0 survived for a few months before suffering a security breach. In total, an estimated $2.7 million worth of Bitcoin belonging to users and staff of the site was stolen. Some in the Silk Road community suspected that the hack might have involved staff members of the site itself, echoing scams on other sites. Project Black Flag closed down after its owner scampered with all of their customers' Bitcoin, and after that users of Sheep Marketplace had their funds stolen, in an incident that has never been conclusively proven as an inside job or otherwise. Many site owners would probably have given up at this point, and perhaps attempted to join another site, or start up a new one under a different alias. Why would you bother to pay back millions of dollars when you could just disappear into the digital ether? But Silk Road appears to be trying to rebuild, and to repay users' lost Bitcoins."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=How+Silk+Road+Bounced+Back+From+Its+Multimillion-Dollar+Hack%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1iIv2GC"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F2316201%2Fhow-silk-road-bounced-back-from-its-multimillion-dollar-hack%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2316201/how-silk-road-bounced-back-from-its-multimillion-dollar-hack?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2316201/how-silk-road-bounced-back-from-its-multimillion-dollar-hack?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5068005amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a4b979/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505109837/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4b979/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/bGAN8vIrmXg" height="1" width="1"/
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    How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 19:12
    alphadogg writes: "Apple is making a billion dollar bet on sapphire as a strategic material for mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and perhaps an iWatch. Exactly what the company plans to do with the scratch-resistant crystal ndash; and when ndash; is still the subject of debate. Apple is creating its own supply chain devoted to producing and finishing synthetic sapphire crystal in unprecedented quantities. The new Mesa, Arizona plant, in a partnership with sapphire furnace maker GT Advanced Technologies, will make Apple one of the world's largest sapphire producers when it reaches full capacity, probably in late 2014. By doing so, Apple is assured of a very large amount of sapphire and insulates itself from the ups and downs of sapphire material pricing in the global market."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=How+Apple's+Billion+Dollar+Sapphire+Bet+Will+Pay+Off%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1gPMkNR"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapple.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F238221%2Fhow-apples-billion-dollar-sapphire-bet-will-pay-off%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://apple.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/238221/how-apples-billion-dollar-sapphire-bet-will-pay-off?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://apple.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/238221/how-apples-billion-dollar-sapphire-bet-will-pay-off?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5067983amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a46362/sc/15/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505109016/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a46362/sc/15/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/MZiJU89qWuM" height="1" width="1"/
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    The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:30
    An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. general population is often the butt of jokes with regard to their understanding of science. A survey by the Associated Press now shows just how arbitrary and erratic the public's dissent can be. 'The good news is that more than 80 percent of those surveyed are strongly confident that smoking causes cancer; only four percent doubt it. Roughly 70 percent accepted that we have a genome and that mental illness is seated in the brain; about 20 percent were uncertain on these subjects, and the doubters were few. But things go downhill from there. Only about half of the people accepted that vaccines are safe and effective, with 15 percent doubting. And that's one of the controversial topics where the public did well. As for humanity's role in climate change, 33 percent accepted, 28 percent were unsure, and 37 percent fell in the doubter category. For a 4.5-billion-year-old Earth and a 13.8-billion-year-old Big Bang, acceptance was below 30 percent. Fully half of the public doubted the Big Bang (PDF).'"pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=The+US+Public's+Erratic+Acceptance+of+Science%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1nn8Bdm"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fscience.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F2232203%2Fthe-us-publics-erratic-acceptance-of-science%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2232203/the-us-publics-erratic-acceptance-of-science?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://science.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2232203/the-us-publics-erratic-acceptance-of-science?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5067911amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a4597e/sc/7/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505107902/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a4597e/sc/7/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/onqZMLpwhro" height="1" width="1"/
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    Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 17:47
    An anonymous reader writes "Andrew Kelley was a big fan of the Amarok open source music player. But a few years ago, its shortcomings were becoming more annoying and the software's development path no longer matched with the new features he wanted. So he did what any enterprising hacker would do: he started work on a replacement. Three and a half years later, his project, Groove Basin, has evolved into a solid music player, and it's still under active development. Kelley has now posted a write-up of his development process, talking about what problems he encountered, how he solved them, and how he ended up contributing code to libav."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Groove+Basin%3A+Quest+For+the+Ultimate+Music+Player%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1lBQIDG"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fdevelopers.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F2228226%2Fgroove-basin-quest-for-the-ultimate-music-player%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://developers.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2228226/groove-basin-quest-for-the-ultimate-music-player?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://developers.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2228226/groove-basin-quest-for-the-ultimate-music-player?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5067903amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505106851/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3dbb0/sc/4/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/Vjk5jYlAqp8" height="1" width="1"/
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    Parents' Privacy Concerns Kill 'Personalized Learning' Initiative

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 17:05
    theodp writes: "You may recall that inBloom is a data initiative that sought to personalize learning. GeekWire's Tricia Duryee now reports that inBloom, which was backed by $100 million from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and others, is closing up shop after parents worried that its database technology was violating their children's privacy. According to NY Times coverage (reg.), the inBloom database tracked 400 different data fields about students mdash; including family relationships ('foster parent' or 'father's significant other') and reasons for enrollment changes ('withdrawn due to illness' or 'leaving school as a victim of a serious violent incident') mdash; that parents objected to, prompting some schools to recoil from the venture. In a statement, inBloom CEO Iwan Streichenberger said that personalized learning was still an emerging concept, and complained that the venture had been 'the subject of mischaracterizations and a lightning rod for misdirected criticism.' He added, 'It is a shame that the progress of this important innovation has been stalled because of generalized public concerns about data misuse, even though inBloom has world-class security and privacy protections that have raised the bar for school districts and the industry as a whole.' [Although it was still apparently vulnerable to Heartbleed.] Gates still has a couple of irons left in the data-driven personalized learning fire via his ties to Code.org, which seeks 7 years of participating K-12 students' data, and Khan Academy, which recently attracted scrutiny over its data-privacy policies."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Parents'+Privacy+Concerns+Kill+'Personalized+Learning'+Initiative%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1iHQfAs"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F223244%2Fparents-privacy-concerns-kill-personalized-learning-initiative%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/223244/parents-privacy-concerns-kill-personalized-learning-initiative?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/223244/parents-privacy-concerns-kill-personalized-learning-initiative?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5067859amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a3a49f/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505103862/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3a49f/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/Tlz5TmHpj9s" height="1" width="1"/
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    Next-Gen Thunderbolt: Twice as Fast, But a Different Connector

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 16:12
    Details have leaked about the next iteration of Intel's Thunderbolt connector. The good news: bandwidth will double, going up to about 40Gbps from its current 20. Power usage will drop by half, and it'll support PCI-e 3.0. The bad news: it uses a redesigned connector, and will rely on adapters for backward compatibility. From the article: "Doubling the available bandwidth will enable next-generation Thunderbolt controllers to drive two 4K displays simultaneously, where current controllers can only drive one. The new controllers will allegedly be compatible with a variety of other protocols as well, including DisplayPort 1.2, USB 3.0, and HDMI 2.0. Intel will offer two different versions of the controllermdash;a version that uses four PCI Express lanes to drive two Thunderbolt ports and an "LP" (presumably "Low Power") version that uses two PCI Express lanes to drive one port."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Next-Gen+Thunderbolt%3A+Twice+as+Fast%2C+But+a+Different+Connector%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1f2kfrs"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftech.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F2020200%2Fnext-gen-thunderbolt-twice-as-fast-but-a-different-connector%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2020200/next-gen-thunderbolt-twice-as-fast-but-a-different-connector?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2020200/next-gen-thunderbolt-twice-as-fast-but-a-different-connector?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5067617amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a3533e/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505107521/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a3533e/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/9eUoijg-f10" height="1" width="1"/
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    Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 15:30
    Trailrunner7 writes: "Apple has fixed a serious security flaw present in many versions of both iOS and OS X and could allow an attacker to intercept data on SSL connections. The bug is one of many the company fixed Tuesday in its two main operating systems, and several of the other vulnerabilities have serious consequences as well, including the ability to bypass memory protections and run arbitrary code. The most severe of the vulnerabilities patched in iOS 7.1.1 and OSX Mountain Lion and Mavericks is an issue with the secure transport component of the operating systems. If an attacker was in a man-in-the-middle position on a user's network, he might be able to intercept supposedly secure traffic or change the connection's properties."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Apple+Fixes+Major+SSL+Bug+In+OS+X%2C+iOS%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1hlQCfc"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fapple.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F2010223%2Fapple-fixes-major-ssl-bug-in-os-x-ios%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://apple.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2010223/apple-fixes-major-ssl-bug-in-os-x-ios?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://apple.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/2010223/apple-fixes-major-ssl-bug-in-os-x-ios?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5067579amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a349b6/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505106379/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a349b6/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/IfQz3pB0Hw0" height="1" width="1"/
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    Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 13:24
    An anonymous reader writes "Despite the high news coverage that large breaches receive, and despite tales told by their friends about losing their laptops for a few days while a malware infection is cleared up, employees generally believe they are immune to security risks. They think those types of things happen to other, less careful people. Training users how to properly create and store strong passwords, and putting measures in place that tell individuals the password they've created is 'weak' can help change behavior. But how do we embed this training in our culture?"pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=Ask+Slashdot%3A+How+Can+We+Create+a+Culture+of+Secure+Behavior%3F%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1k48rnK"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fask.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F1746211%2Fask-slashdot-how-can-we-create-a-culture-of-secure-behavior%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://ask.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/1746211/ask-slashdot-how-can-we-create-a-culture-of-secure-behavior?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://ask.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/1746211/ask-slashdot-how-can-we-create-a-culture-of-secure-behavior?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5067077amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a22a85/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505098514/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a22a85/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/iYmKwbo8nHw" height="1" width="1"/
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    ATamp;T's Gigabit Smokescreen

    Slashdot - Tue, 2014-04-22 12:42
    Yesterday ATamp;T announced it would examine 100 cities and municipalities in the U.S., including 21 metropolitan areas, for introduction of gigabit fiber. Taken on its face, the announcement is the company's response to Google Fiber. But many were quick to note ATamp;T has promised nothing. Karl Bode at DSLReports went so far as to call ATamp;T's announcement a giant bluff. "Ever since Google Fiber came on the scene, ATamp;T's response has been highly theatrical in nature. What ATamp;T would have the press and public believe is that they're engaged in a massive new deployment of fiber to the home service. What's actually happening is that ATamp;T is upgrading a few high-end developments where fiber was already in the ground (these users were previously capped at DSL speeds) and pretending it's a serious expansion of fixed-line broadband. It's not. At the same time ATamp;T is promising a massive expansion in fixed line broadband, they're telling investors they aren't spending much money on the initiative, because they aren't. ATamp;T's focus is on more profitable wireless. 'Gigapower' is a show pony designed to help the company pretend they're not being outmaneuvered in their core business by a search engine company."pdiv class="share_submission" style="position:relative;" a class="slashpop" href="http://twitter.com/home?status=AT%26amp%3BT's+Gigabit+Smokescreen%3A+http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F1kXMfws"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/twitter_icon_large.png"/a a class="slashpop" href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftech.slashdot.org%2Fstory%2F14%2F04%2F22%2F1741241%2Fatts-gigabit-smokescreen%3Futm_source%3Dslashdot%26utm_medium%3Dfacebook"img src="http://a.fsdn.com/sd/facebook_icon_large.png"/a a class="nobg" href="http://plus.google.com/share?url=http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/1741241/atts-gigabit-smokescreen?utm_source=slashdotamp;utm_medium=googleplus" onclick="javascript:window.open(this.href,'', 'menubar=no,toolbar=no,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes,height=600,width=600');return false;"img src="http://www.gstatic.com/images/icons/gplus-16.png" alt="Share on Google+"//a /div/ppa href="http://tech.slashdot.org/story/14/04/22/1741241/atts-gigabit-smokescreen?utm_source=rss1.0moreanonamp;utm_medium=feed"Read more of this story/a at Slashdot./piframe src="http://slashdot.org/slashdot-it.pl?op=discussamp;id=5067053amp;smallembed=1" style="height: 300px; width: 100%; border: none;"/iframeimg width='1' height='1' src='http://slashdot.feedsportal.com/c/35028/f/647410/s/39a2031d/mf.gif' border='0'/br clear='all'/br/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"//abr/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"//abr/br/a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/a2.htm"img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/a2.img" border="0"//aimg width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/195505102604/u/49/f/647410/c/35028/s/39a2031d/a2t.img" border="0"/img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~4/mecF4J6t5f8" height="1" width="1"/
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