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Alcohol Is Good for Your Heart -- Most of the Time

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Alcohol, in moderation, has a reputation for being healthy for the heart. Drinking about a glass of wine for women per day, and two glasses for men, is linked to a lower risk of heart attack, stroke and death from heart disease. From a report on Time: A new study of nearly two million people published in The BMJ adds more evidence that moderate amounts of alcohol appear to be healthy for most heart conditions -- but not all of them. The researchers analyzed the link between alcohol consumption and 12 different heart ailments in a large group of U.K. adults. None of the people in the study had cardiovascular disease when the study started. People who did not drink had an increased risk for eight of the heart ailments, ranging from 12 percent to 56 percent, compared to people who drank in moderation. These eight conditions include the most common heart events, such as heart attack, stroke and sudden heart-related death.

So is this another study that doesn't ...

By LetterRip • Score: 3 • Thread

So is this another study that doesn't differentiate between 'never drink' and people who drank so much that they had to quit for health reasons and thus 'no longer drink'?

Studies that differentiate between the two tend to show that the never drink people are the healthiest, it is the drank to near death and quit that skew the numbers - and thus the '1 or 2 glasses' are only healthier relative to heavy drinking not to actual abstinence.

As usual, more detail needed

By Aqualung812 • Score: 3 • Thread

I really hate these studies, because they don't give us actionable information.
What I'd like to see:

-Those that never drank in their lives vs those that drank moderately vs those that were heavy drinkers at a younger age and drink moderately now vs those that were moderate drinkers and quit, and several other permutations.
-"Drinks per day/week" replaced with "ml of pure alcohol per kg of body weight, per day/week". A woman drinking a "glass" of wine at 110 lbs is not the same as a man drinking a "beer" at 300 lbs, and both the wine and the beer can vary wildly from one size glass to another, or a 5% standard beer vs a 7-10% craft beer.

App That Lets People Make Personalized Emojis Is the Fastest Growing App In Past Two Years

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From a report on Axios: Bitmoji is the fastest-growing app in America, per comScore, with a more than 5000 percent increase in monthly unique visitors over the past two years. E-commerce apps OfferUp and Letgo are the 2nd and 3rd fastest-growing apps. The findings from comScore's latest study highlight three of the fastest-growing mobile market trends:

E-commerce: Letgo (3), OfferUp (2), Flipp (4), Venmo (5) and Wish (7), are facilitating real-world marketplace transactions.

Travel: Uber (6), Waze (8) and Lyft (9) all help users travel from one point to another via auto.

Social connectivity: Tinder (10), Bitmoji (1) and GroupMe (11) all facilitate gatherings and social interaction.
FastCompany wrote a profile of Bitmoji and why so many people seem to be a big fan of it.

No it isn't

By AuMatar • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

My app, FuckSlahdotAds is the fastest growing app. It has grown from 0 users to 1 in the last 3 seconds, an infinite% increase.

This is by far the lowest value, least use slashvertisement I've ever seen.

Mandatory XKCD

By Shimbo • Score: 3 • Thread

https://xkcd.com/1813/

I've never heard of most of these

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 3 • Thread

Okay, yeah I know what Uber, Lyft, Waze, and Tinder are. But I suspect they're included in the list specifically to give credence to the idea these other unknown apps are "hot".

1 user to 50 users = 5000% increase!

But I'm sure there are no financial ties between these unknown apps and the people producing this "survey"...

Americans' Shift To The Suburbs Sped Up Last Year

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Jed Kolko, writing for FiveThirtyEight: The suburbanization of America marches on. Population growth in big cities slowed for the fifth-straight year in 2016, according to new census data, while population growth accelerated in the more sprawling counties that surround them. The Census Bureau on Thursday released population estimates for every one of the more than 3,000 counties in the U.S. I grouped those counties into six categories: urban centers of large metropolitan areas; their densely populated suburbs; their lightly populated suburbs; midsize metros; smaller metro areas; and rural counties, which are outside metro areas entirely. The fastest growth was in those lower-density suburbs. Those counties grew by 1.3 percent in 2016, the fastest rate since 2008, when the housing bust put an end to rapid homebuilding in these areas. In the South and West, growth in large-metro lower-density suburbs topped 2 percent in 2016, led by counties such as Kendall and Comal north of San Antonio; Hays near Austin; and Forsyth, north of Atlanta.

Wonder why

By ArchieBunker • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Spend $4000 a month living in a shoe box apartment or put that into a mortgage on a decent sized house. Decisions, decisions.

High Speed Rail

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

Suburbanization isn't a problem. If we planned cities properly we could serve city centers with high speed rail to secondary cities (suburbs, exurbs) and ease the urban housing crunch. Of course this would require taxation, debt, eminent domain, and operating at a loss for decades, which is not popular with short term thinkers, despite the fact that rail infrastructure has a lifespan measured in centuries.

Re:Wonder why

By gnick • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

That's hardly the entirety of the decision. Aside from the pros/cons of renting vs buying, if that apartment is 30 minutes closer to work, you just saved 250 hours a year of your personal time. What's that worth?

Re:If self driving cars take off

By Jfetjunky • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
I actually believe if self-driving cars take off, drive times will go down. The programmers of the cars can do a lot to alleviate the bad behaviors people have gotten in to that just makes heavy traffic worse.

Such as:
-Tailgating in traffic jams, allowing no room for merging or changing lanes, causing everyone to have to slam on their brakes when someone does need to move lanes.
-Waiting until the absolute last second to merge when lanes are reduced.
-Essentially acting as a completely un-damped spring, speeding up and slowing down to stay exactly right behind the car in front, allowing all kinds of nasty resonances and standing waves.

Re:Wonder why

By clodney • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I live in the downtown area of a large city. We have two parking spaces, a dog, and grass for her to run around on. I am able to be as loud as I want to be (YMMV), mostly because new buildings are much better at soundproofing than was true even 20 years ago.

Our condo is smaller than our suburban house was, but plenty large enough for the two of us, and bigger than the median square footage of a house when I was a kid.

And we pay more than I did in the burbs, but we have baseball, football and basketball stadiums within walking distance, as well as theaters and easily 2 dozen restaurants. Expand my range to what I can reach for the minimum Uber fare or a bike share, and I have easy access to all of the downtown area.

It's a personal decision, but it is not nearly as bleak a life as you paint it.

Some Of Hacker Group's Claim Of Having Access To 250M iCloud Account Aren't False

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Earlier this week, a hacker group claimed that it had access to 250 million iCloud accounts. The hackers, who called themselves part of Turkish Crime Family group, threatened to reset passwords of all the iCloud accounts and remotely wipe those iPhones. Apple could stop them, they said, if it paid them a ransom by April 7. In a statement, Apple said, "the alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services," and that it is working with law enforcement officials to identify the hackers. Now, ZDNet reports that it obtained a set of credentials from the hacker group and was able to verify some of the claims. From the article: ZDNet obtained a set of 54 credentials from the hacker group for verification. All the 54 accounts were valid, based on a check using the site's password reset function. These accounts include "icloud.com," dating back to 2011, and legacy "me.com" and "mac.com" domains from as early as 2000. The list of credentials contained just email addresses and plain-text passwords, separated by a colon, which according to Troy Hunt, data breach expert and owner of notification site Have I Been Pwned, makes it likely that the data "could be aggregated from various sources." We started working to contact each person, one by one, to confirm their password. Most of the accounts are no longer registered with iMessage and could not be immediately reached. However, 10 people in total confirmed that their passwords were accurate, and as a result have now been changed.

Dictionary attack?

By known_coward_69 • Score: 3 • Thread

chances are people reuse passwords and they were able to log on to people's icloud using credentials from another site.

Amazon Wins $1.5 Billion Tax Dispute Over IRS

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Amazon.com on Thursday won a more than $1.5 billion tax dispute with the Internal Revenue Service over transactions involving a Luxembourg unit more than a decade ago. From a report: Judge Albert Lauber of the U.S. Tax Court rejected a variety of IRS arguments, and found that on several occasions the agency abused its discretion, or acted arbitrarily or capriciously. Amazon's ultimate tax liability from the decision was not immediately clear. The world's largest online retailer has said the case involved transactions in 2005 and 2006, and could boost its federal tax bill by $1.5 billion plus interest. It also said a loss could add "significant" tax liabilities in later years. Amazon made just $2.37 billion of profit in 2016, four times what it made in the four prior years combined, on revenue of $136 billion.

Before everyone piles on

By rsilvergun • Score: 3 • Thread
To say that it's ok to cheat on taxes because it's legal I'd like to remind you that these same tax cheats bought the laws that let them cheat. To put it in nerd parlance, when you own the arcade you get to set the dip switches.

List of countries by tax rate

By thinkwaitfast • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Here

Re:Before everyone piles on

By Solandri • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
This isn't a tax cheat, at least not with respect to the U.S. The only reason the IRS tried to cash in on this is because the U.S. is almost unique in the world in taxing income that its citizens/corporations make abroad. If you're a U.S. citizen and you live full-time in (say) Canada and work and earn money there, and have nothing to do with the U.S. other than having a piece of paper saying you're a U.S. citizen, the IRS still expects you to pay U.S. taxes. The U.S. has negotiated tax treaties with some countries to offset the most egregious forms of double taxation - taxes on earned income (wages) in one country can be applied as a credit for taxes in the other. So I didn't have to pay U.S. taxes on my wages since I'd already paid Canadian taxes on it (the Canadian taxes were the higher of the two). But I had to pay both U.S. and Canadian taxes on interest on my Canadian bank account, even though I was living in Canada, the money in the account was only from my Canadian job, and the money never left Canada nor entered the U.S. If I'd bought a house in Canada and made money when I sold it because it appreciated in value, the IRS would expect a cut of that.

Nearly all other countries tax based on location. If you earn money in the country, they tax it. If you earn money outside the country, it's not their concern. Even if this is a tax cheat, it really has nothing to do with the IRS, other than being a money grab simply because nonsensical U.S. law allows them to do it. The profit in Luxembourg came from Amazon's European operations. If Luxembourg or the EU wants to sue Amazon over this, then that's their legitimate right. But it has nothing to do with the U.S. nor the IRS.

Hollywood Producer Blames Rotten Tomatoes For Convincing People Not To See His Movie

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An anonymous reader shares a VanityFair report: These days, it takes less than 60 seconds to know what the general consensus on a new movie is -- thanks to Rotten Tomatoes, the review aggregator site that designates a number score to each film based on critical and user reviews. Although this may be convenient for moviegoers not necessarily interested in burning $15 on a critically subpar film, it is certainly not convenient for those Hollywood directors, producers, backers, and stars who toiled to make said critically subpar film. In fact, the site may be "the worst thing that we have in today's movie culture" -- at least according to Brett Ratner, the Rush Hour director/producer who recently threw the financial weight of his RatPac Entertainment behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Sure, the blockbuster made over $850 million worldwide in spite of negative reviews ... but just think of how much more it could have made had it not had a Rotten Tomatoes score of 27 percent! Last week, while speaking at the Sun Valley Film Festival, Ratner said, "The worst thing that we have in today's movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes. I think it's the destruction of our business."

Want some ketchup with your hypocrisy?

By RogueWarrior65 • Score: 3 • Thread

Filmmaker complains when social media borks film. But it's fine and dandy when it borks a right-winger.

Think of how...

By thegarbz • Score: 3 • Thread

Think of how much more Batman vs Superman could have made if it wasn't a disorganised clusterfuck complete with characters doing things that made no sense, a plot that simply made no sense, and fight scenes which seemed to go out of their way to ensure that to the viewers they made no sense.

It made $850million based on the name, and the expectations of the rabid fanbase, and I'm sad to count myself as part of it. It was garbage. Probably the first superhero film I won't be getting on Bluray.

Re:Can't see the forest for all the trees

By thegarbz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The problem isn't the review aggregators; it's the constant stream of bad movies.

Yeah translation: More people would have seen our film if they didn't know it was garbage.

Re:Rotten Tomatoes is getting self-important

By operagost • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Bateman vs super man was a mediocre movie at best.

I would pay good money to see Jason Bateman versus Superman. Should there be an Arrested Development tie-in?

If they had done a Bateman movie alone with Ben affalac

I didn't know the duck's name was Ben. But if AFLAC reconciled with Gilbert Gottfried and got him to do the voice, I would be waiting in line to see that one as well.

Re:Fixed That For You

By Jeff DeMaagd • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

I think it's worse than that. The guy's movie netted big and yet he feels his movie should have been entitled even bigger windfall despite having plot holes that Superman can throw a container ship through.

Rotten Tomatoes has a Critics score *and* an Audience score. A lot of popular movies have a higher audience score. BvS has a 63% audience score. Iron Man 3 got 78% audience score. Lest it be a Marvel v. DC thing, The Dark Knight got 94% audience score *and* 94% critic score, so it's not like so many reviewers are snobs about comic book super hero movies.

Sea Ice Extent Sinks To Record Lows At Both Poles

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According to NASA, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent. On the opposite side of the planet, Antartica ice hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites (since satellites began measuring sea ice in 1979) on March 3 at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Science Daily reports: Total polar sea ice covered 6.26 million square miles (16.21 million square kilometers), which is 790,000 square miles (2 million square kilometers) less than the average global minimum extent for 1981-2010 -- the equivalent of having lost a chunk of sea ice larger than Mexico. The ice floating on top of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas shrinks in a seasonal cycle from mid-March until mid-September. As the Arctic temperatures drop in the autumn and winter, the ice cover grows again until it reaches its yearly maximum extent, typically in March. The ring of sea ice around the Antarctic continent behaves in a similar manner, with the calendar flipped: it usually reaches its maximum in September and its minimum in February. This winter, a combination of warmer-than-average temperatures, winds unfavorable to ice expansion, and a series of storms halted sea ice growth in the Arctic. This year's maximum extent, reached on March 7 at 5.57 million square miles (14.42 million square kilometers), is 37,000 square miles (97,00 square kilometers) below the previous record low, which occurred in 2015, and 471,000 square miles (1.22 million square kilometers) smaller than the average maximum extent for 1981-2010.

Top four comments

By nightfire-unique • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The top four comments as I write this are replies to those looking at the bright side, claiming disinterest, or arguing against the observation or its significance.

This is on slashdot. This isn't some dopey AM radio comment forum.

That's .. concerning. :(

Re:Sea ice extent in Medieval Warm Period?

By angel'o'sphere • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The medieval warm period did not affect sea ice at all.
Probably.

It also did not affect the global temperature at all.
On your weird definition of global?

It was a localized effect in such a small area that the global average didn't even move.
No it wasn't. We just have no data about the _global_ temperature at that time, but we have reports from many places of the world, notable China and Japan that it was warmer than normal there, too. So: very likely it was at least on the northern hemisphere a global phenomenon.

So: the lack of written evidence, because we have none from Inka, Australians, Africans, does not mean it did not happen there.

And: if you talk about a/the medieval warm period, it would be cool to add which one you mean. There where three AFAICT.

We don't need to "stop" it

By ilsaloving • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

You know, a thought just occurred to me.

If people can at least agree that climate change is happening (man-caused or otherwise), can we not also agree that some form of mitigation is necessary? It's not as if climate change is an unheard of thing on our planet. That's not even the issue.

Humans are unique in that we can modify an environment to suit us, but that doesn't make us any less dependant on the other species on this planet, and so it is *still* in our best interests to keep things on as much an even keel as possible.

Species evolve slowly over time. As conditions change, animals *will* evolve. But if conditions change too quickly, then there isn't enough time to adapt and species die. So we don't necessarily need to stop it... only slow it down as much as we can so that everything else can keep up and we don't risk getting ourselves taken out in the process.

This of course presumes one a) understands evolution, b) understands that climate *will* change and c) gives a shit about things beside short-term financial gain.

Re:Similar

By interkin3tic • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Your knowledge of how science works comes from sci-fi movies and conservative propaganda.

Science especially doesn't involve data that have been "adjusted" to benefit certain political movements or to increase the likelihood of getting grant money.

You've never read any primary scientific literature or grant applications...

And science really doesn't involve extrapolating a couple hundred years' worth of "adjusted" data across thousands, millions, or even billions of years.

You've never read any books on evolution or geology....

There are too much politics involved.

You've never read anything about medical research...

We want to discuss real science, backed by hard facts, non-adjusted data, and untainted observation.

You've evidently never talked to any scientists of any kind either and may have never talked to any real human before. There is no such thing as "untainted observation." If you're observing it, you have your own spin on it. "Non-adjusted data" similarly is a myth. Look out your window at the world. What does the world look like? WRONG. Unless you're on a boat in the ocean, that's not what most of the world looks like. In order to get a real understanding of what the world looks like, you can't just pick the first thing that you see, you need to... adjust it.

You come off like a kid who is telling people how adult relationships should go based on his extensive watching of porno movies. You're arrogant to be dictating on things you don't know about, you look silly, and you're in for real disappointment unless you persist forever in your ignorance.

Re: Oh well

By MightyMartian • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It's the new response. I like to call it the "Eat, Drink And Be Merry For Tomorrow We Shall Die" response, wherein the pseudo-skeptics finally concede that we're fucking up global climate, but just shrug their shoulders and go "Oh well", or pretend that they care about poor people because "OMG, if we move from oil, just imagine all those poor brown-skinned people that will be harmed!" as if they ever actually cared about vulnerable populations.

What it all really lays bare is the pure greed and nihilism of the fossil fuel lobby, oh, and the complete idiocy of morons on the Internet who follow them.

Molecule Kills Elderly Cells, Reduces Signs of Aging In Mice

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An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from a Science Magazine report: Even if you aren't elderly, your body is home to agents of senility -- frail and damaged cells that age us and promote disease. Now, researchers have developed a molecule that selectively destroys these so-called senescent cells. The compound makes old mice act and appear more youthful, providing hope that it may do the same for us. As we get older, senescent cells build up in our tissues, where researchers think they contribute to illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes. In the past, scientists have genetically modified mice to dispatch their senescent cells, allowing the rodents to live longer and reducing plaque buildup in their arteries. Such genetic alterations aren't practical for people, but researchers have reported at least seven compounds, known as senolytics, that kill senescent cells. A clinical trial is testing two of the drugs in patients with kidney disease, and other trials are in the works. However, current senolytic compounds, many of which are cancer drugs, come with downsides. They can kill healthy cells or trigger side effects such as a drop in the number of platelets, the cellular chunks that help our blood clot. Cell biologist Peter de Keizer of Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues were investigating how senescent cells stay alive when they uncovered a different strategy for attacking them. Senescent cells carry the type of DNA damage that should spur a protective protein, called p53, to put them down. Instead, the researchers found that a different protein, FOXO4, latches onto p53 and prevents it from doing its duty. To counteract this effect, De Keizer and colleagues designed a molecule, known as a peptide, that carries a shortened version of the segment of FOXO4 that attaches to p53. In a petri dish, this peptide prevented FOXO4 and p53 from hooking up, prompting senescent cells to commit suicide. But it spared healthy cells. The researchers then injected the molecule into mutant mice that age rapidly. These rodents live about half as long as normal mice, and when they are only a few months old, their fur starts to fall out, their kidneys begin to falter, and they become sluggish. However, the peptide boosted the density of their fur, reversed the kidney damage, and increased the amount of time they could scurry in a running wheel, the scientists report online today in Cell. When the researchers tested the molecule in normal, elderly mice, they saw a similar picture: In addition to helping their kidneys and fur, the molecule also increased their willingness to explore their surroundings.

Re:Lab Rats have it made

By PolygamousRanchKid • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

God I wish I was a rat...

You might want to think about that wish again. Scientific studies have proven time and again that the leading cause of death among rats is lab scientists.

If this allows you to live a health life until 100

By Chrisq • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
If this allows you to live a health life until 100 they will put retirement age up to 90.

Fasting Mimicking Diet does this safely

By NetFusion • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

2015 - A Periodic Diet that Mimics Fasting Promotes Multi-System Regeneration, Enhanced Cognitive Performance, and Healthspan
http://www.cell.com/cell-metab...

2016 - Fasting: Awakening the Rejuvenation from Within | Valter Longo | TEDxEchoPark
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

2017 - Fasting-Mimicking Diet Promotes Ngn3-Driven -Cell Regeneration to Reverse Diabetes
http://www.cell.com/cell/fullt...

You can replicate the study at home with 4 days of a ketogenic fasting mimic diet every 10 days for six cycles with a %5 carb ( 20 net carbs of nuts/greens/dairy) / %75 fat (nuts/olives/fish/eggs/butter) / %20 protein (nuts/fish/eggs/greens/bacon) macro and 50% then 20% , 20% , 20% calorie restriction (the 3 day 10% restriction of the study on mice was extreme and not for the faint of heart). Throw in multi vitamin and probiotic day 3 and 4 and lots and lots of water with pinch of salt now and then/mineral water/coffee/tea during the fast and... amazing. You lose fat, feel better, and if the studies are right; get some nice anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-disease, body regeneration benefits.

Re:Sounds nice!

By bluefoxlucid • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Resource problems are a myth, in a sense. Population always expands until scarcity: at a point, you can't scale production of some products without investing more labor, which means the basic cost of those products increases, the economization of means decreases, the poor get poorer, and more people become poor. At that point, population expansion slows until technical progress raises the scarcity cap.

Take food. Without GMO, fertilizers, pesticides, irrigation, tractors, and other modern intensive techniques, you need more land to grow the same food. That doesn't just mean more labor per yield of food; it also means you run out of good-climate, good-soil, accessible-irrigation land with a lower total food-per-year yield. Bump that and you can have more population.

The resource scarcity issue is constant, and has always been constant. When we find more, we expand.

Broken cleanup mechanism?

By Quirkz • Score: 3 • Thread

For me, the following was one of the more interesting pieces:

Senescent cells carry the type of DNA damage that should spur a protective protein, called p53, to put them down. Instead, the researchers found that a different protein, FOXO4, latches onto p53 and prevents it from doing its duty. To counteract this effect, De Keizer and colleagues designed a molecule, known as a peptide, that carries a shortened version of the segment of FOXO4 that attaches to p53.

Does this mean we have an internal cleanup mechanism, but somehow it's gotten subverted over the years? Our ancestors may have had the benefit of p53, until something changed and we started developing FOXO4 when we hadn't before? Or somewhere along the line the amount of FOXO4 in our bodies increased? That seems fascinating to me.

My first reaction was also to think, "That doesn't seem like a very useful mutation/bit of evolution" but of course most of the age-related stuff won't be important until you're beyond the age of reproduction, so it's probably relatively easier for that kind of problem to sneak in than something that affects the young. I also wonder if it's *just* a mutation, or if the FOXO4 is doing something else more useful for us when we're young, that the tradeoff is worth it?

Red-Light Camera Grace Period Goes From 0.1 To 0.3 Seconds, Chicago To Lose $17 Million

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The Chicago Department of Transportation announced a new policy earlier this week that will increase the "grace period" -- the time between when a traffic light turns red to when a ticket is automatically issued. The decision has been made to increase the time from 0.1 seconds to 0.3 seconds, following recommendations part of a recent study of its red-light cameras. Ars Technica reports: This will bring the Windy City in line with other American metropolises, including New York City and Philadelphia. In a statement, the city agency said that this increase would "maintain the safety benefits of the program while ensuring the program's fairness." On Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the city would lose $17 million in revenue this year alone as a result of the expanded grace period. Michael Claffey, a CDOT spokesman, confirmed that figure to Ars. "We want to emphasize that extending this enforcement threshold is not an invitation to drivers to try to beat the red light," CDOT Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld also said in the statement. "By accepting the recommendation of the academic team, we are giving the benefit of the doubt to well-intentioned drivers while remaining focused on the most reckless behaviors."

Re:Conflict of interest

By fuzznutz • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The escrow idea really is very good. It's not supposed to be about money, after all. It's supposed to be about safety.

The lie that "it's only about safety" was disproven in Ohio. When the governor lost the first court battle with banning cameras, he proposed reducing state funding to cities who used cameras by the amount assessed in fines by the cameras. The immediate howling by the cities who obviously only cared about money was hilarious.

But... But... But.. It's about safety, not money... You get to keep your safe streets, but you can't profit from it. Bastards. It was obvious to everyone that it was always about the money.

Re:40.000 deaths

By Jaime2 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Nobody died because someone crossed the intersection 0.3 seconds after it turned red. The other light isn't even green yet. Your statement implies a correlation between traffic enforcement and road safety, but this correlation is frighteningly weak. Unfortunately, enforcement is concentrated on things that are easy to measure instead of things that are most dangerous.

Red light cameras are a great example of ineffective enforcement. Red light running generally falls into two categories: people that push the boundary and people that make mistakes (not paying attention, drunk, didn't clean windshield, etc.). Cameras can make people choose not to push the boundary, but they are very bad at correcting the latter behavior. So, they shift a lot of money to the government and the camera operating company, without having much of an effect on safety.

You can tell a government is serious about safety when they start redesigning bad intersections instead of wagging their fingers at people driving 36 in a 35 or going through intersections one second after the light turns red. Research has shown time and time again that if there is a trend of people running the beginning of a particular red light, the best solution is to make the yellow longer. Often blatant red light violations come from intersections with no left turn arrow. Frustrated drivers wait an entire light cycle (or four), and then finally just go when the opposite lane clears as the light turns red. Once again, the correct solution is to change the intersection. Yelling at (or fining) the drivers does nobody any good.

No-no-no, light speed is too slow!

By Widowwolf • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
Yes, we're gonna have to go right to... Ludicrous speed!

I've seen them game the system with the amber

By umafuckit • Score: 3 • Thread
I remember a red-light camera in Queens where the amber was unusually short, about half as long as normal, so it would turn red when you didn't expect it to and you ended up with a ticket.

still bullshit

By jsepeta • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Problem is, the way traffic flows in chicago, left turning motorists often are in the middle of the street when the light changes, and can only complete their turn once the light has turned red and the ticket has been issued.

US Ordered 'Mandatory Social Media Check' For Visa Applicants Who Visited ISIS Territory

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has ordered a "mandatory social media check" on all visa applicants who have ever visited ISIS-controlled territory, according to diplomatic cables obtained by Reuters. The four memos were sent to American diplomatic missions over the past two weeks, with the most recent issued on March 17th. According to Reuters, they provide details into a revised screening process that President Donald Trump has described as "extreme vetting." A memo sent on March 16th rescinds some of the instructions that Tillerson outlined in the previous cables, including an order that would have required visa applicants to hand over all phone numbers, email addresses, and social media accounts that they have used in the past. The secretary of state issued the memo after a Hawaii judge blocked the Trump administration's revised travel ban on citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries. In addition to the social media check, the most recent memo calls for consular officials to identify "populations warranting increased scrutiny." Two former government officials tell Reuters that the social media order could lead to delays in processing visa applications, with one saying that such checks were previously carried out on rare occasions.

I keep hearing this....

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

But shouldn't Saudi Arabia top that list, followed by Turkey and only then Iran and any other 'extremist' countries?

America's bedfellows are the biggest terrorist supporters in the Middle East, bar none.

Re:I don't have any you insensitive clod!

By jandersen • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Easy, if you don't have a social media account, your visa is denied. No skin off our asses.

Ah, yet another 'easy solution'. Yes, I suppose you can be an idiot about if you like, but the thing is, if you consistently behave like an idiot, you will end up being considered an idiot. I can sort of follow the thinking behind this sort of rule, but it is just so heart-breakingly naive. What will happen is that good, honest, well-intentioned people will, as always, be the ones that lose out; the ones that genuinely don't use social media will be under suspicion, whereas if you are an extremist with a busy life on social media, you will just extend the double-life you are probably already living, and have a social media persona that is all about "America is the greatest, Amen, I love democracy, ain't Trump just great?" which they and their pals can laugh themselves silly about, while they continue their real activities under an assumed name. No sweat. And on top of this, the good, patriotic people that make up the majority of the security establishments in the US will loathe being made to act like stupid bullies, so after some time they will probably want to leave - and then all you'll have is the leftovers, the ones that enjoy bullying. How is that good for America?

Re:"vacation"

By TheRaven64 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
It's been over a decade since the US tightened the visa restrictions so that everyone wanting to come into the country as a practicing journalist must have a visa, even if they're from one of the visa-waiver countries. You can bet that if you tick that box, you're already going to come under a lot of extra scrutiny (and if you don't, but then publish anything written about your time in the USA, expect to be denied entry the next time).

Here's a business idea

By Opportunist • Score: 3 • Thread

Are you worried that law enforcement, border control or even the prospective in-laws could want to take a look at your Facebook, your Twitter, your Instagram? We have the solution for you!

We whitewash your official social media pages, keep them updated with goodie-two-shoes stories (your choice how much saccharine is to be added) to make it look active and not a fake profile, while you open up your very own, private social media account where you can be yourself all you want. Your future mother-in-law wants to get access to your private Facebook pages, locked from public viewing? Your future employer wants to violate your privacy and demands you hand over your Facebook details? Now you can show them what they want to see. And decide what they should see.

We can even make it appear that you're friends with key people in your business, our SEO-professionals are standing by!

Re: So now Trump controls where we vacation

By kilfarsnar • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I admire billionaires. I seek to be rich like they are. Why wouldn't you? Do you like being a poor chump?

Personally, it's because I believe that behind every great fortune is a great crime. You can't accumulate money at that scale without fucking people over in some way.

Google Reducing Trust In Symantec Certificates Following Numerous Slip-Ups

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An anonymous Slashdot reader writes from a report via BleepingComputer: Google Chrome engineers announced plans to gradually remove trust in old Symantec SSL certificates and intent to reduce the accepted validity period of newly issued Symantec certificates, following repeated slip-ups on the part of Symantec. Google's decision comes after the conclusion of an investigation that started on January 19, which unearthed several problems with Symantec's certificate issuance process, such as 30,000 misused certificates. In September 2015, Google also discovered that Symantec issued SSL certificates for Google.com without authorization. Symantec blamed the incident on three rogue employees, whom it later fired. This move from Google will force all owners of older Symantec certificates to request a new one. Google hopes that by that point, Symantec would have revamped its infrastructure and will be following the rules agreed upon by all the other CAs and browser makers.

Bluecoat

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

They issued root faking ability to bluecoat. Their certs are untrustable at this point.

The Dying Days of the Certificate industry

By rahvin112 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

If there is one thing the certificate industry has proven it's that you can't trust any of them. The only solution is the automated solutions like the non-profit Let's encrypt have built. You know it's a good cert because only the person in control of the domain could get it. And I'll tell you what even with it's warts I trust it way more than I trust these damn companies that have 4 year olds signing off on certificate procedures and handing certificates to anyone with the cash.

Ultimately it's going to be movements like Let's Encrypt that fix this trust issue by taking it out of the hands of people trying to make a buck on "trust" when none of them could be trusted.

Re: Bluecoat

By bsDaemon • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Also, they straight bought out BC, meaning a major root CA owns a major SSL/TLS intercept platform as well. But of course, we can trust them...

Symantec's take on security

By Plocmstart • Score: 3 • Thread

I met a marketing exec at the Freescale Technology Forum in Austin last May. Their take on things was the good 'ol way was still the best way. I need to find his business card since he said he'd buy me lunch if Bitcoin was still around a year later.

Re:Why do we need CAs at all?

By jonwil • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

What you suggest exists. Its called DANE.
However browser vendors (like Google and Mozilla) have been reluctant to implement it because there are many real-world cases where DNS servers of various sorts simply dont support DNSSEC and DANE and also because DNSSEC and DANE use weaker 1024 bit keys in some places (chosen to keep bandwidth usage lower).

Twitter Considers Premium Version After 11 Years As a Free Service

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Twitter is considering whether or not to build a premium version of its site for select users. It's unclear what the cost would be at this time, but it's very possible it could be in the form of a subscription. Reuters reports: Like most other social media companies, Twitter since its founding 11 years ago has focused on building a huge user base for a free service supported by advertising. Last month it reported it had 319 million users worldwide. Twitter is conducting a survey "to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version of Tweetdeck," which is an existing tool that helps users navigate the network, spokeswoman Brielle Villablanca said in a statement on Thursday. She went on: "We regularly conduct user research to gather feedback about people's Twitter experience and to better inform our product investment decisions, and we're exploring several ways to make Tweetdeck even more valuable for professionals." There was no indication that Twitter was considering charging fees from all its users. Word of the survey had earlier leaked on Twitter, where a journalist affiliated with the New York Times posted screenshots of what a premium version of Tweetdeck could look like. That version could include "more powerful tools to help marketers, journalists, professionals, and others in our community find out what is happening in the world quicker," according to one of the screenshots posted on the account @andrewtavani.

oxymoron

By turkeydance • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
Twitter+Premium. what a maroon!

All I can say is..

By Patent Lover • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
You've gotta be fucking kidding. I'd rather pay for a subscription to MySpace, Facebook, or AOL Online.

Re:Premium virtue signaling

By _KiTA_ • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I wonder how many people and companies are willing to pay for the privilege of virtue signaling?

Quite a lot, actually:

* $1398 from 374 patrons
* $2769 from 822 patrons
* $3225 from 481 patrons

Professional victimhood is a cottage industry.

Apple Explores Using An iPhone, iPad To Power a Laptop

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According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple has filed a patent for an " Electronic accessory device." It describes a "thin" accessory that contains traditional laptop hardware like a large display, physical keyboard, GPU, ports and more -- all of which is powered by an iPhone or iPad. The device powering the hardware would fit into a slot built into the accessory. AppleInsider reports: While the accessory can take many forms, the document for the most part remains limited in scope to housings that mimic laptop form factors. In some embodiments, for example, the accessory includes a port shaped to accommodate a host iPhone or iPad. Located in the base portion, this slot might also incorporate a communications interface and a means of power transfer, perhaps Lightning or a Smart Connector. Alternatively, a host device might transfer data and commands to the accessory via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or other wireless protocol. Onboard memory modules would further extend an iOS device's capabilities. Though the document fails to delve into details, accessory memory would presumably allow an iPhone or iPad to write and read app data. In other cases, a secondary operating system or firmware might be installed to imitate a laptop environment or store laptop-ready versions of iOS apps. In addition to crunching numbers, a host device might also double as a touch input. For example, an iPhone positioned below the accessory's keyboard can serve as the unit's multitouch touchpad, complete with Force Touch input and haptic feedback. Coincidentally, the surface area of a 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus is very similar to that of the enlarged trackpad on Apple's new MacBook Pro models. Some embodiments also allow for the accessory to carry an internal GPU, helping a host device power the larger display or facilitate graphics rendering not possible on iPhone or iPad alone. Since the accessory is technically powered by iOS, its built-in display is touch-capable, an oft-requested feature for Mac. Alternatively, certain embodiments have an iPad serving as the accessory's screen, with keyboard, memory, GPU and other operating guts located in the attached base portion. This latter design resembles a beefed up version of Apple's Smart Case for iPad.

Re:Totally abandoning their core userbase

By 0100010001010011 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

They're putting short term profits ahead of the long game. Long before the iPhone came out OS X came bundled with XCode. Anyone wanting to learn to code for the Mac could do it out of the box starting with 10.3. For a college student that wasn't quite ready to get started in Linux (And this was Linux 2003 mind you) it was amazing that I could compile stuff out of the box without dealing with cygwin on Windows XP.

If you coded in XCode the PPC-64, x86 and x86-64 migrations were relatively painless. When the iPhone finally got a dev kit the tools had been out for 5+ years. People were able to hop in to iPhone development. Distributed builds over ZeroConf have been supported for a while as well. Have a dozen machines sitting idle? Hit compile and distribute the load.

Apple has fallen completely on their face supporting the people that make the pretty widget iPhone apps. Unless they start churning out development tools there isn't going to be a machine to do iOS n+2 development on.

Conversion therapy

By PCeye • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

Can't wait to see the cluster fuck of dongles Apple will require for this union of parts.

Re:So they just reinvented the docking station?

By BronsCon • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Prior art, indeed! My Motorola Atrix did this in 2011. I still have the Lapdock and use it with a RasPi; it provides power, keyboard, trackpad, 1080p display, and a pair of USB ports.

Sorry Apple...

By XSportSeeker • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

...but the Asus PadPhone is a 5 years old product by now. No need to patent it, just pay for royalties.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Also, isn't it kinda weird how Apple is adamantly against a touchscreen MacBook, yet they go and patent something like this?

Someone at the patent office needs to be fired

By ausekilis • Score: 3 • Thread

..Located in the base portion, this slot might also incorporate a communications interface and a means of power transfer, perhaps Lightning or a Smart Connector.

Perhaps it will have a Firewire adaptor, a db-25 port, or attach directly to your favorite adult toy. "Perhaps" is such a non-specific word this alone should fail any sort of novelty test.

Alternatively, a host device might transfer data and commands to the accessory via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or other wireless protocol. Onboard memory modules would further extend an iOS device's capabilities. Though the document fails to delve into details, accessory memory would presumably allow an iPhone or iPad to write and read app data. ...
Alternatively, certain embodiments have an iPad serving as the accessory's screen, with keyboard, memory, GPU and other operating guts located in the attached base portion.

So, just like the Microsoft Surface, then? Or is this more like any of the android tablets that have cases with bluetooth keyboards built-in?

This latter design resembles a beefed up version of Apple's Smart Case for iPad.

Oh, so they have their own prior art.

YouTube Loses Major Advertisers Over Offensive Videos

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Rolling Stone: Verizon, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and other major companies have pulled advertisements from YouTube after learning they were paired with videos promoting extremism, terrorism and other offensive topics, The New York Times reports. Among the other companies involved are pharmaceutical giant GSK, HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland and L'Oreal, amounting to a potential loss of hundreds of millions of dollars to the Google-owned company. The boycott began last week after a Times of London investigation spurred many major European companies to pull their ads from YouTube. American companies swiftly followed, even after Google promised Tuesday to work harder to block ads on "hateful, offensive and derogatory" videos. Like AT&T, most companies are only pulling their ads from YouTube and will continue to place ads on Google's search platforms, which remain the biggest source of revenue for Google's parent company, Alphabet. Still, the tech giant offered up a slew of promises to assuage marketers and ensure them that they were fixing the problems on YouTube. Due to the massive number of videos on YouTube -- about 400 hours of video is posted each minute -- the site primarily uses an automated system to place ads. While there are some failsafes in place to keep advertisements from appearing alongside offensive content, Google's Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler wrote in a blog post that the company would hire "significant numbers" of employees to review YouTube videos and mark them as inappropriate for ads. He also said Google's latest advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning will help the company review and flag large swaths of videos.

Re:chip on your shoulder

By just another AC • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

where breast feeding is a public offense

Here is a complete exhaustive list of all the American states where public breastfeeding is illegal:

1. Idaho

It is legal everywhere else.

That is 1 state above the threshold for making the criticism legitimate.

I mean breastfeeding... FFS... it is a normal part of life, completely non sexual, and in no way affects anyone other than mother and child.

Re:chip on your shoulder

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

That is 1 state above the threshold for making the criticism legitimate.

It is technically illegal in one rural state, yet, despite claims to the contrary, there is no record of anyone ever being procesecuted in Idaho for feeding a baby.

It is a total non-issue, and anyone upset about the zero women who have gone to jail is just looking for some phony manufactured issue to be outraged about.

So God bless motherhood, and God bless the United States of America.

Re:the Snowflake Jihad

By ogdenk • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It's funny, the same sort of people who rail against corporations and want free speech curtailed are exactly the same ones who decide they want to replace government tyranny with corporate tyranny when it fits their agenda.

If a private business has a right to limit offensive speech on a social media platform in the name of moral righteousness, they have just as much right to deny service to people they find objectionable on the same grounds such as homosexuals or muslims. That's not a world I want. Everyone is offended by SOMETHING.

Would you be OK with ISP's being pressured by moral crusaders to not provide connectivity to people who host "offensive" content because the moral crusaders decide to label everyone they don't agree with "neo-nazis"?

If certain advertisers don't want their ads showing up on a certain channel's content, whatever, that's fine. But to demonetize a channel's videos entirely because some snowflake finds it offensive, that's bullshit.

Re: It's rock and hard place time for youtube

By Scarletdown • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

To honor the days when the internet was fun: they can suck a llama's ass

I think you have been doing it wrong all these years. You are supposed to whip the llama's ass, not suck it.

Re:Youtube lost me to forced ads.

By AmiMoJo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Try adding the following to your router's domain block list:

ssl.google-analytics.com
www-google-analytics.l.google.com
stats.g.doubleclick.net
clients.l.google.com
pagead.l.doubleclick.net
www-googletagmanager.l.google.com
googleadapis.l.google.com
ads.youtube.com
s0.2mdn.net
s1.2mdn.net
googleads.g.doubleclick.net
pubads.g.doubleclick.net
ad.doubleclick.net
static.doubleclick.net
files.adform.net
secure-ds.serving-sys.com

You can now enjoy an ad-free YouTube experience on your TV/games console/phone/tablet.

Canada To Tax Ride-Sharing Providers Like Uber

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government announced plans to tax ride-sharing providers like Uber for the first time. According to CBC, the latest consumer tax changes included in Wednesday's federal budget "will add to the cost of Uber rides while ending a public-transit credit." The idea behind the decision is to "help level the playing field and create tax fairness." From the report: The proposed levy on Uber and other ride-hailing services would for the first time impose GST/HST on fares, in the same way they are charged on traditional taxi services. The change will broaden the definition of a taxi business to ensure Uber and other web-based ride-hailing services are required to charge and remit GST/HST, adding to the cost of each trip. The effect on federal revenues will be modest, just $3 million in additional revenue in 2017-18, but the budget suggests the measure is to help level the playing field and create tax fairness. The non-refundable public transit tax credit -- a so-called boutique tax credit introduced by the previous Conservative government -- will be phased out on July 1. The credit enabled public transit users to apply 15 per cent of their eligible expenses on monthly passes and other fares toward reducing the amount of tax they owe. Ending that tax break is expected to save Ottawa more than $200 million a year. Of course, Uber Canada isn't so fond of the idea, calling it a "tax on innovation" that would hurt Uber drivers and users. The company said in a statement: "At a time when Canadians spend far too much time stuck in traffic -- and people should be encouraged to leave their cars at home, take public transit, and share rides -- we should be supporting policies that make sustainable transportation more affordable, not more expensive. Federal tax laws already offer small business owners a break on collecting sales tax, but unfairly exclude taxi drivers. The best way to support taxi drivers and level the playing field is to extend the same exemption to them."

Re:Uber is right

By Zaelath • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

A car is not an alternative method of transport to a car.

All that solves is a parking issue.

Leveling the playing field

By Baron_Yam • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

>Federal tax laws already offer small business owners a break on collecting sales tax, but unfairly exclude taxi drivers. The best way to support taxi drivers and level the playing field is to extend the same exemption to them."

This is because the taxi driver's an employee everywhere but on paper. Uber's model is to exploit the system (which is good for cracking the cab licencing scheme but no better for tax collection and worse for the drivers).

If those drivers had resources (and at their wages they'll never save up enough to do anything), they could get together and pay some other entity to handle dispatching them, pay another entity to handle the money, and a third to vet drivers and vehicles. Keep 'em separate so they can't collude against the drivers.

But what really needs to be done is to reform the cab licencing systems.

Innovation isn't a Tax Haven

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

Canada, like any other modern society, has a social safety net to ensure that citizens who need help can get it. This requires funding and participation from everyone involved, and ultimately leads to a net benefit for all of Canadian society.

If you don't want to participate in our society, then please, go away. A Canadian company will happily replace you considering how popular Uber is in Canada.

Even taxi companies have finally started to get it. Example: http://teomtl.com/en/ - this is essentially an Uber clone, but is a legitimate taxi service with licensed taxi drivers. It is of course slightly more expensive as the rates are set by the provincial government, but you get everything Uber offers, and then some.

So good luck telling Canadians "fuck you"!

Re:Uber is right

By willy_me • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Even worse, using Uber increases congestion. The time an Uber vehicle spends on the road without a client is "congestion overhead" that would not otherwise not occur if the client drove their own car. Uber definitely helps with parking issues but that is about it. One could argue that it helps keep larger vehicles and trucks off the road but I do not know many truck drivers that would use Uber as an alternative to their truck. Some statistics with regards to this would be interesting.

GST law

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

This is a simple extension of existing GST laws. The law in question requires self-employed people or companies to register for a GST number, and to collect GST. Anyone self-employed who makes more than $50,000 MUST do this. Anyone who makes less than this can optionally register and begin charging and remitting GST, but anyone can do it at any income level. So Uber employees have to do this whether they make $50,000 or less, as a self-employed individual within a particular public sector.

This isn't a tax on innovation, this is Uber drivers being forced to charge/remit GST just like any other taxi service. As for the suggestion that Uber somehow saves people from being stuck in traffic or that Uber is somehow a more sustainable traffic option, nice fantasy world they got going there.