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Programming Language Gurus Converge on 'Curry On' Conference

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Videos are now online from this week's Curry On conference, which incuded talks by programming pioneers Larry Wall and Matthias Felleisen, as well as speakers from Google, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, and Oracle. Dave Herman from Mozilla Research also talked about building an open source research lab, while Larry Wall's keynote was titled "It's the End of the World as We Know It, and I Feel Fine."

Billing itself as a non-profit conference about programming languages and emerging computer-industry challenges, this year's installment included talks about Java, Rust, Scala, Perl, Racket, Clojure, Rascal, Go and Oden. Held in a different European city each year, the annual conference hopes to provoke an open conversation between academia and the larger technology industry.

Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts

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Moore's Law, an empirical observation of the number of components that could be built on an integrated circuit and their corresponding cost, has largely held strong for more than 50 years, but its days are really numbered now. The prediction of the 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, which was only officially made available this month, says that transistor could stop shrinking in just five years. From an article on IEEE: After 2021, the report forecasts, it will no longer be economically desirable for companies to continue to shrink the dimensions of transistors in microprocessors. Instead, chip manufacturers will turn to other means of boosting density, namely turning the transistor from a horizontal to a vertical geometry and building multiple layers of circuitry, one on top of another. These roadmapping shifts may seem like trivial administrative changes. But "this is a major disruption, or earthquake, in the industry," says analyst Dan Hutcheson, of the firm VLSI Research. U.S. semiconductor companies had reason to cooperate and identify common needs in the early 1990s, at the outset of the roadmapping effort that eventually led to the ITRS's creation in 1998. Suppliers had a hard time identifying what the semiconductor companies needed, he says, and it made sense for chip companies to collectively set priorities to make the most of limited R&D funding.It still might not be the end of Moore's remarkable observation, though. The report adds that processors could still continue to fulfill Moore's Law with increased vertical density. The original report published by ITRS is here.

In other words, Moore's law will continue

By acoustix • Score: 3 • Thread

We hear the same bullshit every 2 years. Moore's law has nothing to do with the SIZE of the transitors. It has to do with the number of transistors on the chip and, to a lesser extent, the density of the transistors. Arranging the transistors vertically and horizontally will allow the law to continue.

7-Eleven Just Used a Drone To Deliver Slurpees and a Chicken Sandwich

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An anonymous Slashdot reader write: A drone has autonomously delivered Slurpees, a chicken sandwich, doughnuts, hot coffee and candy from a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven to a nearby home. The delivery was made "in a matter of minutes" to two busy working parents near their store in Reno, Nevada, and the drone hovered in place and gently lowered each package to the ground in the family's backyard.

"To find customers willing to have their order handled by a flying robot, the companies surveyed households within a one-mile radius of the store from which they planned to deliver," reports Tech Crunch. 7-Eleven partnered with drone-delivery company Flirtey, which has also used its drones to perform a ship-to-shore delivery of medical supplies . They're calling this flight the first FAA-approved drone delivery to a home and a historic milestone in commercial deliveries, and both companies plan to continue working together in the future to perform more testing on drone deliveries.

Falling problems

By phantomfive • Score: 3 • Thread
If drone delivery becomes common, is there going to be a problem with drones falling from the sky and hitting people on the head? I don't know the answer to that.

wait...

By JustNiz • Score: 3 • Thread

Does this mean 7-11 just made the first ever drone delivery of a commercial sale?
If so Way To Go 7-11 !!!!
I would have put money on Amazon being the first.

the biggest problem I see

By tomhath • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
It will be interesting to see what happens when the drone tries to make a delivery at a house that has a dog. Most dogs I've had would just eat the chicken sandwich. But I've known a few that would have it out with the drone.

EU To Give Free Security Audits To Apache HTTP Server and Keepass

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An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission announced on Wednesday that its IT engineers would provide a free security audit for the Apache HTTP Server and KeePass projects. The two projects were selected following a public survey that included several open-source projects deemed important for both the EU agencies and the wide public.

The actual security audit will be carried out by employees of the IT departments at the European Commission and the European Parliament. This is only a test pilot program that's funded until the end of the year, but the EU said it would be looking for funding to continue it past its expiration date in December 2016.

IT of Commission and Parliament, not University?

By drnb • Score: 3 • Thread

The actual security audit will be carried out by employees of the IT departments at the European Commission and the European Parliament

Damn, they are quite desperate to *seem* to be doing something useful. But yet again the bureaucrats think themselves the solution, to want to grow their departments and "fiefdoms", NOT! If they wanted to do something useful the European Commission would fund some top ranked Universities within the EU to do the audit.

Re:IT of Commission and Parliament, not University

By drnb • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Public IT is definitely who should not be responsible for this kind of testing

Absolutely, private IT should do it, in particular Hillary's private IT. After all there is no evidence they were ever hacked. :-)

Quit the bashing

By lbalbalba • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Hey, I'm an European, and I welcome this. Apache is widely used, and it's security is for the common good. At the very least, this is a step in the right direction. The only downside I can think of, is that Apache is already heavily scrutinized by both static analyzers and 'real human being' audits, so it this particular choice may be of limited use. Still, a mayor step forward in my opinion.

Re:Nothing is free

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I get free hourly security audits of my servers from the Chinese and Russian governments.

Laser-Armed Martian Robot Now Vaporizing Targets of Its Own Free Will

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Slashdot reader Rei writes: NASA -- having already populated the Red Planet with robots and armed a car-sized nuclear juggernaut with a laser -- have now decided to grant fire control of that laser over to a new AI system operating on the rover itself. Intended to increase the scientific data-gathering throughput on the sometimes glitching rover's journey, the improved AEGIS system eliminates the need for a series of back-and-forth communication sessions to select targets and aim the laser.
Rei's original submission included a longer riff on The War of the Worlds, ending with a reminder to any future AI overlords that "I have a medical condition that renders me unfit to toil in any hypothetical subterranean lithium mines..."

No shark

By anyaristow • Score: 3 • Thread

Once upon a time the icon would have been a shark. Sigh.

Re:What could go wrong?

By Longjmp • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

At least the thing can't come back to earth, right? Right?

Eventually it will reproduce.
When our first astronauts arrive on Mars, they will notice that not only Mars is populated by robots, but also the robots have developed into an intelligent life form.
And then Earth will be bombed into oblivion as soon as the astronauts exit the lander and wave their "Get Windows 10" flag.

It is a deterministic machine, has no "free will"

By jdagius • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

This is journalistic BS, disguised as 'science'. Like all computers, these robotic vehicles do only what they are programmed to do. Even so-called "random number generators" are deterministic, given the seed which generates them.

We won't be able to impart true "free will" to machines, in the human sense, until we eventually verify that we humans actually do have free will and understand how it works in us. Including understanding self-awareness ("consciousness") and how human reasoning and volition works. (Seems to be and "analog" process, not "digital").

Homeland Security Border Agents Can Seize Your Phone

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Slashdot reader v3rgEz writes: A Wall Street Journal reporter has shared her experienced of having her phones forcefully taken at the border -- and how the Department of Homeland Security insists that your right to privacy does not exist when re-entering the United States. Indeed, she's not alone: Documents previously released under FOIA show that the DHS has a long-standing policy of warrantless (and even motiveless) seizures at the border, essentially removing any traveler's right to privacy.
"The female officer returned 30 minutes later and said I was free to go," according to the Journal's reporter, adding. "I have no idea why they wanted my phones..."

Re:Easy

By Strider- • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Actually, the most likely thing they wanted to do was swab it for drugs. My sister was a Canadian border guard, and if they had any suspicion that you might be carrying drugs or similar, they'd take an item of yours (ID, phone, etc...) into the back room and swab it to check for the presence of an elevated amount of narcotics. If they found it, that would cause them to do a more thorough search.

Re:Encryption

By Wrath0fb0b • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Incorrect. Prolonged (non-routine) detentions must be based on reasonable suspicion. Even then, the duration of the detention must be limited to the time necessary to confirm or dispel that suspicion. And even if there is reasonable suspicion, under no circumstances can the duration exceed 48 hours without a judicial hearing.

See this handy guide [PDF] for more details and lots of citations. Or here's a quote for the lazy:

There appear to be no âoehard-and-fast time limitsâ that automatically transform what would otherwise be a routine search into a non-routine search, nor render a non-routine search conducted under the reasonable suspicion standard unconstitutional. Rather, courts consider âoewhether the detention of [the traveler] was reasonably related in scope to the circumstances which justified it initially.â In order to provide perspective, the 16-hour detention in Montoya de Hernandez was considered a non-routine search (justifiable by reasonable suspicions), while a one-hour vehicular search did not require reasonable suspicion. The Second Circuit has characterized four- to six-hour-long detentions of individuals suspected of having terrorist ties as routine.

However, the Fifth Circuit in United States v. Adekunle concluded that the government must, within a reasonable time (generally within 48 hours), seek a judicial determination that reasonable suspicion exists to detain a suspect for an extended period of time.

Don't travel to US.

By stooo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The US government doesn't want us going to this crazy country, and get some tourist and travel economy going.
So we'll travel elsewhere.
Don't travel to US.

Re:Encryption

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

At the UK border they can demand you power on your electronics. In theory it's to prove that they are real. It's not clear how far they can demand you go... Full boot up or just to the encryption key prompt.

I've taken to simply wiping the whole machine, installing a dummy OS and then restoring from an image when I get to my destination. The image is stored encrypted on a server and I don't have access to the password. Ditto with my phone.

Re:Don't travel to US.

By david_bonn • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

... except for the fact that I have had similar experiences in Canada, the UK, and Switzerland. With both laptops and smartphones.

So now I travel with a burner phone and an old netbook. No big loss if they are confiscated.

UK Cybersecurity Executives Plead Guilty To Hacking A Rival Firm

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An anonymous reader writes: "Five employees from cybersecurity firm Quadsys have admitted to hacking into a rival company's servers to allegedly steal customer data and pricing information," ZDNet is reporting. After a series of hearings, five top-ranking employees "admitted to obtaining unauthorised access to computer materials to facilitate the commission of an offence," including the company's owner, managing director, and account manager. Now they're facing 12 months in prison or fines, as well as additional charges, at their sentencing hearing in September. The headline at ZDNet gloats, "Not only did the Quadsys staff reportedly break into servers, they were caught doing it."

Security: You keep using that word...

By rmdingler • Score: 3 • Thread
It's not that I'd encourage my cyber security team to hack into a rival firm;

It's just that if they did, I'd expect them not to get caught.

Star Trek's 50th Anniversary Celebrated at Comic-Con

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An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: Leonard Nimoy's 59-year-old son released a trailer for his upcoming documentary, For The Love Of Spock. CBS released a video teaser for their upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series. And Schmaltz brewery released a "Trouble With Tribbles" beer.

It was all part of the festivities celebrating the 50th anniversary of CBS's original Star Trek series at this year's Comic-Con festival in San Diego, which culminated with an all-star panel of actors from previous Star Trek TV series. William Shatner, Michael Dorn, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Scott Bakula all reminisced on the phenomenon of the show's fan culture, with Dorn telling the audience that Apple's iPad was inspired by Star Trek technology. And Brent Spiner told the audience, "We're in a time now where identity is under attack... Politicians could learn from Star Trek."

Not a great time to celebrate Star Trek

By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

While the copyright holders are shitting on the franchise? An anti-celebration seems like it makes more sense. I'd show up dressed as a Star Wars character.

What's there to celebrate?

By Opportunist • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

A franchise being milked dry by its IP holder, fans being sued for trying to create something, and mostly being sued for creating something that's better and closer to the core idea of the franchise than its IP holder creates...

What exactly is there to celebrate? Any "real" celebration would probably be snuffed instantly by the IP holders.

In the eternal words of Bones: "It's dead, Jim."

Politicians could learn?

By ITRambo • Score: 3 • Thread
The summary statement "Politicians could learn from Star Trek" presumes that sociopaths are capable of caring about others. That't not going to happen in the real world.

STD: Going where Captain Kirk has gone before...

By creimer • Score: 3 • Thread

Star Trek Discovery is the new TV show. But STD as an acronym has other meanings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=264s-sFqvTA

Valve Threatens Counter Strike Gambling Sites

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An anonymous Slashdot reader quotes a report from HNGN: Game maker Valve is threatening to shut down sites dedicated to gambling with add-ons to its popular Counter Strike game. On Thursday the company sent cease and desist letters to 23 sites, demanding that gambling operations be stopped, and that the sites had 10 days to comply. The row revolves around the software overlays that change the appearance of the characters people play in Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) and the weapons and other virtual items. Last week the company reiterated that its user agreements ban external sites from asking users to connect their Steam accounts in order to trade items for real money. The company added that it would use "all available remedies" against sites that did not stop players using virtual goods to gamble.
Bloomberg reports that in June a class action lawsuit was filed against Valve "for its role in the multibillion-dollar gambling economy that has fueled the game's popularity" -- by a man who had been gambling on the site since 2014. This was followed in July by a second class action lawsuit by a mother on behalf of her son, reports ESPN. "The case alleges that the Valve knowingly allows and profits from teenagers participating in illegal, unregulated and underage gambling of in-game cosmetic weapon skins through third-party sites."

Ofc valve knew, it's why they killed custom skins.

By Shadow of Eternity • Score: 3 • Thread

They wouldn't be able to make fucktons of money off of cosmetics in TF2 and shitty mspaint reskins in CS:GO if everyone could just hop on FPSBanana and download whatever amazing custom model they wanted.

Re:Think of the children!

By Antique Geekmeister • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

> The problem is most of these sites are scam sites.

It's not just "these sites". Must gambling businesses are subtle or outright frauds. Even state lotteries take an enormous cut of the proceeds to fund the lottery bureaucracy itself, and not to help the schools as promised. The schools have their funding _replced_ by lottery winnings, not augmented. Even the "honest casinos" forbid card counters, whose behavior is technically legal but can actually allow players to win in the long run, not just the short run.

The same problems exist in the stock market. Additional information is forbidden to the ordinary player, but those with additional information can and inevitably do play illicitly. And at the scales available to the larger cheaters, it sucks the possibility of profit right out of the system for ordinary players. Take a very good look at how "high speed trading" works to get a sense of how much of stock market funds are sucked right out of the business by larger companies that can afford the "insider information' that a few microseconds of lead time on stock announcements provides.

Can Iris-Scanning ID Systems Tell the Difference Between a Live and Dead Eye?

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the_newsbeagle writes: Iris scanning is increasingly being used for biometric identification because it's fast, accurate, and relies on a body part that's protected and doesn't change over time. You may have seen such systems at a border crossing recently or at a high-security facility, and the Indian government is currently collecting iris scans from all its 1.2 billion citizens to enroll them in a national ID system. But such scanners can sometimes be spoofed by a high-quality paper printout or an image stuck on a contact lens.

Now, new research has shown that post-mortem eyes can be used for biometric identification for hours or days after death, despite the decay that occurs. This means an eye could theoretically be plucked from someone's head and presented to an iris scanner. The same researcher who conducted that post-mortem study is also looking for solutions, and is working on iris scanners that can detect the "liveness" of an eye. His best method so far relies on the unique way each person's pupil responds to a flash of light, although he notes some problems with this approach.

Do not look into laser with remaining eye

By guruevi • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

A pupil's response can be imitated with a video in response to the flash. I work with several types of eye trackers fairly frequently, the eye is relatively slow in responding to stimuli, it's definitely within the realm of a cell phone to play back the image of an eye and it's iris in response, in time to one of these flashes.

The problem with biometric is that it is considered the end-all of security system whereas it should be considered only part of something (who you are, what you know, ...)

biometric identification insecure by nature

By sittingnut • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

biometric identification and verification is insecure by its very nature.
whole concept derives from faulty assumption that identity of a person is securely linked his/her body parts. obviously body parts can be separated from true identity by variety of means ranging from death, amputation, kidnapping and coercion, replication , etc etc.
other forms of identification and verification based on links to individual's mind and memory, while far from perfect, is more secure.
even simple forms of that, like passwords, can defeat insecurities created by death, amputation, some coercion, etc etc.

all rational knowledgeable people should counter absurd biometric identification hype.

Re:Do not look into laser with remaining eye

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The problem with biometric is that it is considered the end-all of security system whereas it should be considered only part of something (who you are, what you know, ...)

No. The problem with biometrics is that it builds upon faulty assumptions and fails to address real concerns.

Somebody fakes my eyescan successfuly once, it loses all future use to me and now I have to scoop out an eye, perhaps replace it with a glass one with some famous person's fake eyescan patterns, to have some use out of it again. But wait, I'd rather keep the eye to see with.

The logical conclusion is that I don't want my eyes, not even one, be used as a security in this sort of gamble. That means you do not get to scan my eyes, ever, making the idea strictly useless for security, aaa, or whatever else you want to do with it, but instead outright dangerous for my valuable body parts.

Biometrics is only "hollywood security", where usernames, including the crappy and noisy biometric ones, are taken to be as good as passwords, and "security override" is all you need to get past any hurdle anyway. In the real world, security doesn't magically improve just because we bend over backwards for some camera looking into our eyes. Any biometric is more easily faked than replaced, and that makes them useless for the end-user, in fact outright dangerous to limb, possibly life, because it makes the end-user expendable.

That means there is only one correct answer to any biometric-anything idea: FUCK OFF with your biometrics, whatever idea you have this week. FUCK OFF ALREADY.

Re:Do not look into laser with remaining eye

By arth1 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

With the iris scanning, how about getting the person to follow a small dot around the scanner with their eye and an iris tracker can confirm it's doing so.

Any security solution that depends on technology can also be defeated by technology.

In this case, you would have to have a system for tracking the eye, which would be defeated by a system for tracking the dot. Plus, you'd need guards against feeding the system wrong data at multiple points, or bypassing the tracking altogether. You'd multiply complexities unnecessarily, and only end up with another system to keep honest people honest.

Executives[*] who base their "knowledge" on Hollywood movies and detective stories are to blame for big business buying into biometrics for authentication. It's the worst thinkable system possible, because once you have defeated it, you have defeated a living human person, who cannot change his compromised biometrics.

The implementations fly in the face of ADA and similar measures too, directly discriminating against people who cannot use the systems. Some don't have fingerprints. Others cannot stand and look into the iris scanner. Or don't have eyes to look into them with. So you must have a backup system anyhow. That prompts the question: If the backup system is trustworthy, why not use it instead?

[*]: And unfortunately not just business execs. As late as last week, a police superintendent was quoted in a big newspaper saying that DNA evidence is 100% trustworthy and (I kid you not) we should never question it. The newspaper didn't even question that statement or ask an expert for opinion.

So soon they forget

By ggendel • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

As someone that was part of the team that pioneered iris recognition in the late 80s, I can say that this is totally the fault of the current software. We had various techniques implemented from the start that would prevent this kind of problem. Controlling multiple IR leds to provide a changing specularity pattern. This would guarantee that the eye was shaped as expected, rejecting all flat copies. Checking for the normal pulsation of the pupil would reject dead eyes. There were various other checks, like verification of facial features (there were two eyes, etc.). Checking for the proper occlusion of the eyelids was also part of the process. With only a few captures our testing has not shown this kind of issue (and we did try perfect eye replication). I've heard this kind of thing from the beginning, nothing new here. Again, we implemented all of these features in our original work, but implementors felt that these should not be included in their products.

Phones Without Headphone Jacks Are Here... and They're Extremely Annoying

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A few weeks ago, we had an intense discussion on what would happen if Apple's next iPhone doesn't have a headphone port -- and what that means for the rest of the industry, as well as the pros and cons of ditching the legacy port. Over the past few months, we have seen many smartphone manufacturers launch new handsets that don't have a headphone jack. Mashable has a report today in which it says that it is already causing frustration among users. From the article: In the Android camp, phones like Lenovo's Moto Z and Moto Z Force and China's LeEco have already scrapped the 3.5mm headphone jack; to listen to music on the company's three latest phones, users need to plug in USB Type-C headphones, go wireless, or use a dongle. I'm all for letting go of old technologies to push forward, but what is happening is actually going to make things worse. The headphone jack has worked for 50 years and it can work for another 50 more because it's universal. Headphones I plug into my iPhone work in an Android phone, in a BlackBerry, in my computer, in my PS4 controller, in my tablet, in any speaker with audio-out, and so on. I can walk into any electronics store and pick up a pair of headphones and not have to worry about compatibility with any of my devices. I know it'll work. [...] With a universal headphone jack, I never have to worry whether or not the crappy pack-in iPhone EarPods I have will work with the Android phone I'm reviewing or not. I also never have to worry if I'll be able to plug my headphones into a friend's phone to listen to some new song. Same applies for when I want to use my earbuds and headphones with another person's device. And there lies the real issue. I will need different dongles -- a Lightning-to-headphone-jack and a USB-Type-C-to-headphone-jack to be prepared because I do carry both iPhone and Android phone on me daily. Dongles also get lost.

Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy

By JaredOfEuropa • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
You mean Monster Aether? Plugs into the wall like those room perfume thingies, and spreads complex organic molecules tuned to the specific BT frequencies, to help carry the signal and keep it coherent. Reduces noise in BT headsets and results in a more natural, warmer sound, and completely eliminates bit-flutter. Comes in pine & lavender or sweet jasmine. Only €49,99

Re: Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The micro USB wear issue is largely because the port wasn't designed for regular use. The USB logo certification spec only requires 500 plug-unplug cycles. USB Type C spec requires 10,000.

Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy

By SpankiMonki • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Everyone hates all-caps.

NOT ME!

Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy

By Mr D from 63 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Micro USB jacks wear out even more quickly. I wonder what the new connectors will be like. Everything is getting shittier.

And increasing their usage will decrease their lifetime.

I like my headphone jack near the top of the phone, not at the bottom where the usb port typically is. I also may want to listen while I am charging. I also don't like the extra bulk of BT headphones, nor the cost for what is often crappy audio quality.

Re:Headphone Jack is Pretty Crappy

By infolation • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
That's why I fitted my phone with an XLR socket.
It's sufficient to bear my own bodyweight.

Do We Need The Moto Z Smartphones' New Add-On Modules?

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This week saw the release of the Moto Z Droid and Force Droid, new Android smartphones from Motorola and Lenovo with snap-on modules. Slashdot reader MojoKid writes that the Z Force Droid "is sheathed behind Moto ShatterShield technology making it virtually indestructible." Motorola guarantees it not to crack or shatter if dropped... However, what's truly standout are Moto Mods, which are snap-on back-packs of sorts that add new features, like the JBL Speaker, Moto Insta-Projector and Incipio OffGrid Power Pack (2220 mAh) mods... Even the fairly complex projector mod fires up in seconds and works really well.
But the Verge has called it " a good phone headed down the wrong path," adding "this company is competing in the global smartphone market, not a high school science fair, and its success will depend on presenting better value than the competition, not cleverer design. Without the benefit of the value-projecting fairy dust of brands like Apple and Beats, Lenovo will have an uphill climb trying to justify its Moto Mods pricing with functionality and looks, and our review has shown that none of the company's extras are essential."

The Verge is 100% wrong

By xeno • Score: 3 • Thread

The Verge's advice focuses on value in a packed market, and explicitly recommends against attempting novelty. This is crap advice, the kind of numbing pablum that Walmart gives to reps with a new product. "You want to make jeans? Sure, you have to make them in a way that fits on the existing shelving and matches the existing pipeline of ass-coverings, and don't come to us in the spring without lighter weight stuff and shorts." The message is that innovation doesn't sell, which is completely wrong, you can still sell the hell out of yoga pants (high volume/moderate margin) and utilikilts (high margin low volume) if you are careful. Innovation doesn't sell in volume right away. Was Tesla thought to be a competitor to the big automakers? Puhleez. But they put out an innovative niche product and did it goddamn well, and now as they ramp production and solve nontrivial production problems, they are becoming a serious threat to a super-defined market dominated by a few big players.

Also, the Verge article mixes up the use of the word "value" between low-cost+performant product vs premium product, and implies you must choose one end of the spectrum or you are fools. This is also complete BS; it's entirely possible to put out a mid-market device that eats the premium product's lunch (with the exception of the 1% of the market that buys Kardashian-style gold-plated iPhones just because of the logo and the gold). This is how Samsung arrived at its current market position. Let's not forget that along the way to it's current dominance, Samsung put out versions of the Galaxy phone that had stylii, projectors, card slots, display adapters, etc etc. Some of those are still highly profitable products at high volume today, and there's certainly room for improvement -- particularly with respect to flexibility. To dismiss as "high school science fair" and unaware of the global market is profoundly ignorant of the history of this market.

Not only is this a viable play-book for Moto, it's exactly what they should do in order to not become part of the "value" market on the clearance shelf.

QWERTY Keyboard slide-out "mod"?

By Peeet • Score: 3 • Thread
I feel like a battery + slide out keyboard (and maybe a headphone jack if they really aren't including one on the phone) would be a game changing "mod" accessory for this phone. I know I personally would drop my Google Fi subscription (which I love for many reasons) and switch back to Verizon solely because of a 5 row slide-out QWERTY keyboard that is backlit and easy to type with thumbs and feels solid. I don't care how much it would cost or how thick it makes the phone in my pocket.

Who ARE these people constantly asking for thinner and thinner phones??? Or is "Well... we can make it 0.001mm thinner?" the ONLY answer the engineers have when the marketing people are hounding them for the "next big thing"...

Turn Your Android Phone Into a Laptop For $99 With the Superbook

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An anonymous Slashdot reader writes: A company called Andromium is attempting to harness the processing power of your Android smartphone and turn it into a full fledged computer. The 'Superbook' consists of a 11.6-inch laptop shell, which you connect to your phone via a USB Micro-B or Type-C cable, and run the Andromium OS application (currently in beta, but available in the Play Store)... The leader of the project and Company co-founder Gordon Zheng, previously worked at Google and pitched the idea to them... They refused so he quit his job and founded Andromium Inc.

In December 2014 the company had introduced their first product which was a dock which used the MHL standard to output to external monitor. That campaign failed, however their newest creation, the Superbook smashed their Kickstarter goal in just over 20 minutes.

And within their first 38 hours, they'd crowdfunded $500,000. In an intriguing side note, Andromium "says it'll open its SDK so developers can tailor their apps for Andromium, too, though how much support that gets remains to be seen," reports Tech Insider. But more importantly, "Andromium says its prototypes are finished, and that it hopes to ship the Superbook to backers by February 2017."

Atrix

By Tailhook • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Motorola did this five years ago with ATRIX. Didn't catch on then, but I though it was interesting at the time.

thats a really good idea

By FudRucker • Score: 3 • Thread
i will buy one as soon as they make them available

Done, and Done, and yawn.

By thesupraman • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

More to the point, I hope he has called ASUS and told them he is coping an idea they have put out several times over the years, each of which was a sales flop.
Mind you, after they tried it is 2012, and 2014, perhaps being 2016 makes it 'new' somehow.

2012, Asus padfone
2014, Asus transformer book

http://www.wired.com/2012/02/meet-the-asus-padfone-the-phone-thats-a-tablet-thats-a-notebook/
https://www.engadget.com/2014/06/02/asus-transformer-book-v-hands-on-video/

but yeah, go crowdfunding!

Re:You are missing the potential benefit:

By Aighearach • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

That could be a huge win for those of us who no longer trust x86

What is that supposed to mean? The words look like normal words, but it makes no sense. You stopped trusting a CPU command set? What?

Re:Atrix

By evilviper • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

I'd like to see this with bluetooth instead of a dock so you can just leave the phone in your pocket. Not sure if the bandwidth would work though.

One of the big things the Lapdock provided was POWER to the phone... Can't get that if you leave your phone in your pocket.

And no, bluetooth doesn't provide remotely enough speed for screen updates... WiFi is faster, but still not realistically fast enough, and you'd have to lose your internet connectivity to use it that way. Not to mention your phone would be consuming a lot of power just to refresh the screen, instead of doing any useful work.

'High-Risk Vulnerabilities' In Oracle File-Processing SDKs Affect Major Third-Party Products

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itwbennett writes: "Seventeen high-risk vulnerabilities out of the 276 flaws fixed by Oracle Tuesday affect products from third-party software vendors," writes Lucian Constantin on CSOonline. The vulnerabilities, which were found by researchers from Cisco's Talos team, are in the Oracle Outside In Technology (OIT), a collection of SDKs that are used in third-party products, including Microsoft Exchange, Novell Groupwise, IBM WebSphere Portal, Google Search Appliance, Avira AntiVir for Exchange, Raytheon SureView, Guidance Encase and Veritas Enterprise Vault.

"It's not clear how many of those products are also affected by the newly patched seventeen flaws, because some of them might not use all of the vulnerable SDKs or might include other limiting factors," writes Constantin. But the Cisco researchers confirmed that Microsoft Exchange servers (version 2013 and earlier) are affected if they have WebReady Document Viewing enabled. In a blog post the researchers describe how an attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities.

TL;DR version: "Attackers can exploit the flaws to execute rogue code on systems by sending specifically crafted content to applications using the vulnerable OIT SDKs."

Uncle Larry's yachts have all been patched

By WaffleMonster • Score: 4 • Thread

The way Oracle sits on so many vulns for so long until aged to perfection is quite remarkable.

Even more remarkable nature of exploits themselves "159 can be exploited remotely without authentication"

I can only assume Oracle shops will install this latest batch of updates and get back to business as usual without batting an eye or even contemplating pushing back at all against this batshit insanity.

Salesforce CEO Told LinkedIn He Would Have Paid Much More Than Microsoft

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Ina Fried, reporting for Recode: It was already known that LinkedIn chose a potentially lower all-cash acquisition offer from Microsoft rather than take on the uncertainties of a stock-and-cash deal from Salesforce. But now it has been revealed that Salesforce might have been willing to go "much higher" than Microsoft's $26.2 billion, or change other terms of its bid, had it been given the chance. In a filing with regulators on Friday, LinkedIn said a board committee met on July 7 to discuss an email from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff. "The email indicated that Party A would have bid much higher and made changes to the stock/cash components of its offers, but it was acting without communications from LinkedIn," LinkedIn said in the updated filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

What I want to know is

By gijoel • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Will linkedin spam everyone on Microsoft's address book, to invite them to join Linkedin?

cycle of life

By e**(i pi)-1 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Cycle of life for social network companies: start-up builds up a large user base using free services, indicating a business model with optional services, selling out to a big fish, big fish digests it, squeezing out its gut. Big fish removes free services more and more, adding advertisement. User jumps to new free service. Alternatively: start-up becomes big fish and lives from eating other alive communities, remaining the big fish, as there are no alternatives.

What?

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

How the fuck is LinkedIn worth $26 billion?

Huh?

By c • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Microsoft buying LinkedIn for as much as they did was batshit. We're supposed to believe that Salesforce is even further out there and brought more money?