the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2019-Jan-09 today archive


  1. People Older Than 65 Share the Most Fake News, Study Finds
  2. Don't Expect A New Nvidia Shield Tablet Anytime Soon
  3. Chrome's Ad Blocker Will Go Global On July 9
  4. The Feds Cracked El Chapo's Encrypted Comms Network By Flipping His System Admin
  5. Senators Call On FCC To Investigate Carriers Selling Location Data To Bounty Hunters
  6. American Cheese Surplus Reaches Record High
  7. Apple Might Launch Its Long-Awaited TV Service In First Half of 2019
  8. New Windows Virtual Desktop Feature Will Finally Make the iPad Useful
  9. Astronomers Discover 13 New Fast Radio Bursts From Deep Space
  10. Google Search Results Listings Can Be Manipulated For Propaganda
  11. Security Firm Kaspersky, Which Has Been Accused by US of Working With Russian Spies, Helped Catch an Alleged NSA Data Thief
  12. AMD Announces Radeon VII, Its Next-Generation $699 Graphics Card
  13. New Tool Automates Phishing Attacks That Bypass 2FA
  14. Kenya Will Start Teaching Chinese To Elementary School Students From 2020
  15. No Tuition, but You Pay a Percentage of Your Income (if You Find a Job)
  16. Cambridge Analytica's Parent Pleads Guilty To Breaking UK Data Law
  17. Amazon, Apple and Google Steal The Show at CES
  18. Cancer in America Is Way Down, For the Wealthy Anyway
  19. Natural Gas is Now Getting in the Way; US Carbon Emissions Increase by 3.4%
  20. Google Home Gets Real-Time Interpretations For 27 languages
  21. Samsung Phone Users Perturbed To Find They Can't Delete Facebook
  22. Mark Zuckerberg's Resolution Is To Talk About Tech's Place In Society
  23. Dell Alienware Area-51m Packs Desktop Hardware Into Powerful, Upgradeable Laptop

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People Older Than 65 Share the Most Fake News, Study Finds

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Older Americans are disproportionately more likely to share fake news on Facebook, according to a new analysis by researchers at New York and Princeton Universities. Older users shared more fake news than younger ones regardless of education, sex, race, income, or how many links they shared. In fact, age predicted their behavior better than any other characteristic -- including party affiliation. Today's study, published in Science Advances, examined user behavior in the months before and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In early 2016, the academics started working with research firm YouGov to assemble a panel of 3,500 people, which included both Facebook users and non-users. On November 16th, just after the election, they asked Facebook users on the panel to install an application that allowed them to share data including public profile fields, religious and political views, posts to their own timelines, and the pages that they followed. Users could opt in or out of sharing individual categories of data, and researchers did not have access to the News Feeds or data about their friends.

About 49 percent of study participants who used Facebook agreed to share their profile data. Researchers then checked links posted to their timelines against a list of web domains that have historically shared fake news, as compiled by BuzzFeed reporter Craig Silverman. Later, they checked the links against four other lists of fake news stories and domains to see whether the results would be consistent. Across all age categories, sharing fake news was a relatively rare category. Only 8.5 percent of users in the study shared at least one link from a fake news site. Users who identified as conservative were more likely than users who identified as liberal to share fake news: 18 percent of Republicans shared links to fake news sites, compared to less than 4 percent of Democrats. The researchers attributed this finding largely to studies showing that in 2016, fake news overwhelmingly served to promote Trump's candidacy. But older users skewed the findings: 11 percent of users older than 65 shared a hoax, while just 3 percent of users 18 to 29 did. Facebook users ages 65 and older shared more than twice as many fake news articles than the next-oldest age group of 45 to 65, and nearly seven times as many fake news articles as the youngest age group (18 to 29).
As for why, researchers believe older people lack the digital literacy skills of their younger counterparts. They also say that people experience cognitive decline as they age, making them likelier to fall for hoaxes.


By burtosis • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

CNN makes mistakes. Fox is just trying to bullshit you.

Actually these days Fox seems to be trying to beam messages directly into the President's head.

CNN does a bit more than make mistakes, sarin is an odorless, colorless, tasteless chemical used in chemical warfare and yet this CNN reporter huffs a suspected sample. The kind of person who lacks critical thinking and impulse control and tries to huff death spray usually dosent make it to be a reporter so I'm assuming they knew it was fake all along. Even a non lethal minor exposure to your lungs can easily cause permenant neurological damage.


By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Fox is notorious for ignoring important news stories for political reasons. It's well documented.

Re:Turn off sharing for elderly

By jellomizer • Score: 4 • Thread

The problem is rather complex.
A natural aspect of Ageing, is that people feel more comfortable around similar people, and become more distrustful of the others. As when our biology gets past the finding a mate with good genes, to having and raising children. We get to a point on Human lives were they are protective of their clans, and normally try to keep unity within it. So from ages 0-13 Learn about culture, 14-25 find a mate, 26-60 have children and raise them to adulthood, 60+ teach culture, and lessons learned.

This is rather good set of instincts for small communities and clans. However we are adapting to a much wider world. Back in the old days before we had wide literacy, word of mouth from predominate figures (mayors, preachers, teachers) was considered to be truthful, while the gossip was considered questionable info.
Then we started to get news papers, who will fact check and put predominate figures in place. The kids who are reading papers, know the BS the predominate figures are stating, but the older generation, will still cling to the fact the guy said it, that guy is important, so it must be the truth. As news papers grew, many of them started posting deceiving content, where radio/television came across. Because Broadcasting was expensive the were more likely to report on factual information and less on misleading people, besides stories where their competitors are wrong brought in more money. Then came the Internet, this gave us links to a lot more sources and allowed us to dig further then ever. That 5 minute blurb on the TV wasn't accurate or complete, plus it was full of their own bias. So people found the internet to be more trustworthy then TV news. The that leads us to today. Where we need to figure out the truth of the content we read, we know what is BS wording and what is important. But the older generation isn't properly exposed to it. So they fall for the tricks more easily.
Especially if the news holds on to their world view, and doesn't try to challenge them further. To the older generation this is good news, that they can share as part of their biological need to teach culture to the youth.

My Parents who are in their 70's will often post these stories on Facebook. Look at these laws, see how the Communist used these laws to hurt people. Or take a private comment and twist it to a full conspiracy. They honestly feel that they need to spread the word, to make sure we don't do the stupid stuff that has happened in the past. However they put too much trust in the sources, and over simply a complex issue.

Re:Or they do not care about their jobs...

By arth1 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The other alternative is that they truly do not care about job security.

I think there are many factors, including simply having more time and not as much to spend it on - hanging out with the remaining friends and family on Facebook and sharing fairly indiscriminately as a way of "keeping in touch" might be more prevalent.
And probably growing up at a time when news came from newspapers which had actual journalists that verified the news, and a desk with editors that approved publishing. Post-Murdoch, news just isn't what it was.

The other tidbit, that republicans are far more likely to share fake news than democrats, I don't think is entirely due to fake news being Trump-friendly. i have a feeling that if adjusting for that, republicans would still be ahead. If nothing else because of a correlation between political affinity and accepting outrageous claims and long-living memes like the Jewish carpenter story. I.e. a propensity for believing over questioning.

Re:Changing times

By Opportunist • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

What exactly is "the elites"?

Don't Expect A New Nvidia Shield Tablet Anytime Soon

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During a small press gathering at CES in Las Vegas today, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the company doesn't have any plans to resurrect the Shield Tablet, which launched in 2014, was last refreshed in 2015 and officially discontinued last year. "Shield TV is still unquestionably the best Android TV in the world," he said. "We have updated the software now over 30 times. People are blown away by how much we continue to enhance it." And more (unspecified) enhancements are coming, he said. TechCrunch reports: On the mobile side, though, the days of the Shield Tablet are very much over, especially now that the Nintendo Switch, which uses Nvidia's Tegra chips, has really captured that market. "We are really committed to [Shield TV], but on mobile devices, we don't think it's necessary," Huang said. "We would only build things not to gain market share. Nvidia is not a "take somebody else's market share company.' I think that's really angry. It's an angry way to run a business. Creating new markets, expanding the horizon, creating things that the world doesn't have, that's a loving way to build a business."

He added that this is the way to inspire employees, too. Just copying competitors and maybe selling a product cheaper, though, does nothing to motivate employees and is not what Nvidia is interested in. Of course, Huang left the door open to a future tablet if it made sense -- though he clearly doesn't think it does today. He'd only do so, "if the world needs it. But at the moment, I just don't see it. I think Nintendo did such a great job."

The What Now?

By Bobrick • Score: 3 • Thread
Who the hell was expecting A New Nvidia Shield Tablet Anytime Soon?

Nintendo Switch

By Misagon • Score: 3 • Thread

That's because the Nintendo Switch is practically the current incarnation of the NVidia Shield hardware.
Nintendo is doing a better job selling NVidia's Shield hardware than Nvidia ever could an Android device, so it would be counter-productive to compete with yourself with something that would have less appeal.
Again, it's about the apps!

BTW. There are rumours about a second-generation Switch coming up, supposedly sometime in the second half of this year.

Re:Wait a minute....

By LordKronos • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

This is the same CEO of the company who came to fame by crushing 3dfx and Matrox in the graphics card wars of the late 1990's and 2000's... right?

While my memory of that period may not be as clear 20+ year later, I think Nvidia was actually breaking new ground back then. Matrox made some wickedly fast 2d accelerated cards, but I don't seem to recall them ever having anything particularly compelling in the 3d market (the attempts they did make were either slow, poor quality, or both). 3dfx had some killer 3d performance, but every one of their cards was neutered in some form or another (required separate 2D card, limited resolution, only 16-bit color, 2D+3D in one card sacrificed performance).

Nvidia sort of created the perfect middle ground. A single card that could perform extremely good at both 2D and 3D (though not top of the line at either), great image quality, and not too pricey. And though my memory is less certain on this, I feel like they were earlier to have full opengl and better support for new direct3d features. And when the GeForce cards came out with the first implementations of programmable transform/lighting pipelines, that was the final nail in the coffin for most of the could have your cake AND eat it, and they'd even throw some extra sprinkles on the top for good measure.

Chrome's Ad Blocker Will Go Global On July 9

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Google today announced that Chrome's ad blocker is expanding across the globe starting on July 9, 2019. As with last year's initial ad blocker rollout, the date is not tied to a specific Chrome version. Chrome 76 is currently scheduled to arrive on May 30 and Chrome 77 is slated to launch on July 25, meaning Google will be expanding the scope of its browser's ad blocker server-side. Google last year joined the Coalition for Better Ads, a group that offers specific standards for how the industry should improve ads for consumers.

In February, Chrome started blocking ads (including those owned or served by Google) on websites that display non-compliant ads, as defined by the coalition. When a Chrome user navigates to a page, the browser's ad filter checks if that page belongs to a site that fails the Better Ads Standards. If so, network requests on the page are checked against a list of known ad-related URL patterns and any matches are blocked, preventing ads from displaying on the page. Because the Coalition for Better Ads announced this week that it is expanding its Better Ads Standards beyond North America and Europe to cover all countries, Google is doing the same. In six months, Chrome will stop showing all ads on sites in any country that repeatedly display "disruptive ads."

Conflict of interest?

By Fly Swatter • Score: 3 • Thread
Almost a monopoly, and their primary business model is ads... Or have they simply moved to just completely selling your data tracking.

Can we turn it off?

By mysidia • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I want to keep using a 3rd party extension with the important feature of NOT BEING INSTALLED BY DEFAULT

Simple.... Whatever Ad-Blocker is installed by default will be the ad-blocker that all the websites that want to show Ads spend their efforts detecting and making workarounds for.... workarounds like annoying prompts requiring you to "Whitelist" before being allowed to see the content referenced by the search link you clicked on.

Standards ban eight ad formats

By tepples • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Do those "standards" include websites not showing ads that originate from a network, or contain content, not under their control?

No. The standards ban eight distinct ad formats deemed unacceptably annoying in tests:

- pop-ups (other than exit intent pop-ups)
- autoplaying audio (other than preroll before relevant video)
- vertical ad density over 30 percent of article space
- sticky ad taller than 30 percent of the scrolling area
- prestitials (with countdown on desktop or at all on mobile)
- postitials with countdown
- animated ads that include flashing elements
- screen-height ads that appear as a float rather than inline, thereby pausing scrolling of the article behind it (a format that I haven't personally seen in the wild)

They do not discern whether the ads are served by the publisher or by a third party, nor whether serving them relies on surveiling the viewing habits of each visitor across numerous unrelated websites in order to infer each visitor's interests.

Currently, the standards page includes a pile of 404 errors with -archived-0 in URLs, but the links from the research page still work.

Re:Won't block YouTube ads.

By Actually, I do RTFA • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Not only that, if it blocks Facebook and other competitive ad networks, but not doubleclick/google ads, it seems like that's very much in Google's interest.

Re:Won't block YouTube ads.

By umafuckit • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Google makes way too much money for something like this to block video ads on YouTube. I'm sure this is more of an effort to make it more difficult for people to identify which ad blocker they should use because there is no way this thing blocks YouTube ads.

It's an effort to push people away from using current blanket ad blockers by getting rid of the most annoying ads. If people follow through they will start to see more ads from Google as they will get rid of their ad blocker. I'm sure that's the thinking, anyway.

The Feds Cracked El Chapo's Encrypted Comms Network By Flipping His System Admin

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With signs that the New York trial of notorious Mexican drug lord and alleged mass murderer Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is entering its end phase, prosecutors on Tuesday played copies of what they said were audio recordings of Guzman the FBI obtained "after they infiltrated his encrypted messaging system" with the help of Colombian and former cartel systems engineer Cristian Rodriguez, Reuters reported. Gizmodo reports: As has been previously reported by Vice, Colombian drug lord Jorge Cifuentes testified that Rodriguez had forgot to renew a license key critical to the communications network of Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel in September 2010, forcing cartel leaders to temporarily rely on conventional cell phones. Cifuentes told the court he considered Rodriguez "an irresponsible person" who had compromised their security, with a terse phone call played by prosecutors showing Cifuentes warned the subordinate he was in "charge of the system always working."

But on Tuesday it was revealed that the FBI had lured Rodriguez into a meeting with an agent posing as a potential customer much earlier, in February 2010, according to a report in the New York Times. Later, they flipped Rodriguez, having him transfer servers from Canada to the Netherlands in a move masked as an upgrade. During that process, Rodriguez slipped investigators the network's encryption keys. The communications system ran over Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), with only cartel members able to access it. Getting through its encryption gave authorities access to roughly 1,500 of Guzman's and other cartel members' calls from April 2011 to January 2012, the Times wrote, with FBI agents able to identify ones placed by the drug lord by "comparing the high-pitched, nasal voice on the calls with other recordings of the kingpin, including a video interview he gave to Rolling Stone in October 2015."

Re:chingados consultants, man!

By Gravis Zero • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I mean, Jesus H. Christo - it is goddamned *tough* to find competent IT support. If they can't do it with automatic weapons and methamphetamine torture parties, what hope do the rest of us have?

Offer a good wage and free skills training and you can find lots of competent IT people. Be a cheap bastard and shun people because of their age and you get what you get.

License key, eh?

By bill_mcgonigle • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Fascinating that this kind of organization trusts proprietary software. Too easy to sneak in back doors.

But I guess if this shop were well run the headlines wouldn't be what they are.

Re:And that someone is always a sysadmin

By phantomfive • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
Not everyone's like this. How do you find someone like that?

Re: How to survive that?

By AHuxley • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
+1 for computer repair shop in Montana.
The only shop in the village that can support a middle class lifestyle doing working class electronics repair work.

underpaying, to keep the commoners common

By astrofurter • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

A long time ago I worked as a security sysadmin for a well known Wall Street company. As part of my work I was given access to the master passwords for ALL the financial systems.

At the same time, they paid me so little (by Manhattan standards) that I had to live with two roommates. So obviously I was living far below a comfortable middle class lifestyle. While holding the master keys to a system that processed billions of dollars a day...

As it happens, I was young, and I'm an honest man from a good family. So I did nothing dishonorable. But WHAT THE FUCK WERE THEY THINKING?

Just goes to show that most rich folks are inbred half-wits who would be flipping burgers at McDonald's if they'd been born commoners like the rest of us.

Senators Call On FCC To Investigate Carriers Selling Location Data To Bounty Hunters

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: On Tuesday, Motherboard revealed that major American telcos T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint are selling customer location data of users in an unregulated market that trickles down to bounty hunters and people not authorized to handle such information. In our investigation, we purchased the real-time location of a cell phone from a bail industry source for $300, pinpointing it to a specific part of Queens, New York. The issue potentially impacts hundreds of millions of cell phone users in the United States, with customers likely unaware that their location data is being sold and resold through multiple companies, with even the telcos sometimes having little idea where it ends up and how it is used.

Now, Senators and a commissioner for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have urged government bodies to investigate, with some calling for regulation that would ensure customers are properly made aware of how their data is being sold. "The American people have an absolute right to the privacy of their data, which is why I'm extraordinarily troubled by reports of this system of repackaging and reselling location data to unregulated third party services for potentially nefarious purposes. If true, this practice represents a legitimate threat to our personal and national security," Senator Kamala Harris told Motherboard in a statement. Harris explicitly called on the FCC to investigate the issue. "The FCC needs to immediately investigate these serious security concerns and take the necessary steps to protect the privacy of American consumers," she said.
On Tuesday, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted: "The FCC needs to investigate. Stat."

"It shouldn't be that you pay a few hundred dollars to a bounty hunter and then they can tell you in real time where a phone is within a few hundred meters. That's not right. This entire ecosystem needs some oversight," she added on MSNBC's Velshi & Ruhle show on Wednesday. "I think we've got to get to this fast."

Senators Mark Warner and Ron Wyden are also calling on the FCC to act.

If Congress wasn't already bought and paid for

By bobstreo • Score: 3 • Thread

by telecoms, the Headline would read:

Senators Call On FCC To Investigate Carriers Selling Location Data


By ls671 • Score: 4 • Thread

Poor senators anyway, authorized or not, this has been available on the Internet for ages!
See here:

Re:Simple law

By Rockoon • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Companies must get express permission, revocable at any time to sell any data obtained from a paying client.

Then express permission will become a requirement for service, and revoking that permission will cancel the service,

You arent offering a solution. All you are doing is increasing government power and therefore all the increased corruption that goes hand-in-hand with increasing government power will be on your hands.

If you want your future complaints to fall on deaf ears, you are off to a good start.

Don't mind me...

By Alypius • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
I'm just waiting for the "if you haven't done anything wrong, you have nothing to hide" crowd to chime in...

Re:Too bad

By sjames • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

No, the FCC is shut down due to a temper tantrum. President man baby needs his ego stroked to the tune of 5 billion dollars and he's willing to hold the federal government hostage to get it.

American Cheese Surplus Reaches Record High

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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there's a 1.4 billion-pound cheese surplus. "The glut, which at 900,000 cubic yards is the largest in U.S. history, means that there is enough cheese sitting in cold storage to wrap around the U.S. Capitol," reports NPR. Americans managed to consume nearly 37 pounds per capita in 2017, but that wasn't enough to reduce the surplus. From the report: The stockpile started to build several years ago, in large part because the pace of milk production began to exceed the rates of consumption, says Andrew Novakovic, professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University. Over the past 10 years, milk production has increased by 13 percent because of high prices. But what dairy farmers failed to realize was that Americans are drinking less milk. According to data from the USDA, Americans drank just 149 pounds of milk per capita in 2017, down from 247 pounds in 1975.

Suppliers turn that extra milk into cheese because it is less perishable and stays fresh for longer periods. But Americans are turning their noses up at those processed cheese slices and string cheese -- varieties that are a main driver of the U.S. cheese market -- in favor of more refined options, Novakovic tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson. Despite this shift, sales of mozzarella cheese, the single largest type of cheese produced and consumed in the U.S., remain strong, he says. Novakovic also notes that imported cheeses tend to cost more, so when people choose those, they buy less cheese overall. The growing surplus of American-made cheese and milk means that prices are declining. The current average price of whole milk is $15.12 per 100 pounds, which is much lower than the price required for dairy farmers to break even.

I for one can't wait for the "more refined options

By melted • Score: 3 • Thread

I for one can't wait for the "more refined options". There have been some good domestic cheeses appearing. There's no reason Wisconsin couldn't produce cheeses that are easily on par with the famous French varieties for half the price. I'm looking forward to $6/lb Wisconsin "Epoisses". :-)


By SimonInOz • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Clearly, we need to make America Grate again.

Re:Supply and demand

By AHuxley • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
re "stockpile food in case of shortage. "
That can change with politics, war, currency prices. An embargo.
When the low cost food stops, riots start.

Re:Coincidence I read about this last night

By KiloByte • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

There's something worse: American "chocolate". I first thought the sample I tried is badly spoiled -- it tasted like vomit. Turns out, US manufacturers intentionally add butyric acid (which is a good part of what makes vomit smell) because it was what "consumers demand".

Early on, chocolate production in the US was done with exceptionally bad hygiene and poor process, resulting in a product that was spoiled and in any civilised setting would be thrown out. Yet like that cheese gunk, companies instead make people think this is what chocolate tastes like.

Being able to legally call a product with no cocoa at all "chocolate" doesn't help, either.

Re:Supply and demand

By jabuzz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Noting that you get beef in the EU that originates outside the EU, you just don't get beef pumped full of hormones. Similarly you get chicken that is from outside the EU. It;s just not slaughtered in such disgustingly horrible conditions that the only way to make it safe to eat is wash it in chlorine.

The USA is free anytime to export these products to the EU, they just have to be produced in line with EU standards. It is a totally reasonable expectation.

It's no different from banning imports of toys painted with lead paint.

Apple Might Launch Its Long-Awaited TV Service In First Half of 2019

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Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC's Mad Money host Jim Cramer that the company will announce new "services" this year, suggesting that Apple might be planning to launch its long-awaited TV service in the first half of 2019. "While Cook didn't say what kind of services -- Cramer was asking whether Apple had any tricks up its services sleeve, including healthcare or mobile payments -- it's the long-awaited TV service that has recently seen all the pieces fall into place," notes The Verge. From the report: Here at CES 2019, there's been a series of surprise announcements from TV manufacturers that are suddenly supporting Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features to allow you to cast content directly from your iPhone, iPad and Mac -- including TVs running rival operating systems from Google and Samsung. New TVs from rival Samsung will actually support iTunes, too, letting you access your movies and TV shows there as well. It wouldn't be a stretch to think Apple might be priming the pump with those hardware manufacturers for the upcoming TV service, too.

Then, there's content: We reported last June how Apple has been spending over $1 billion on original TV content with no obvious place for users to watch it. Another report suggested that some of those original shows were slated to debut as soon as this March. And another still claimed that those shows might be free for people who own Apple devices. But even if the TV service is one of the "services" Cook mentioned, it's not clear what other services Apple might be talking about.

New Windows Virtual Desktop Feature Will Finally Make the iPad Useful

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from MSPoweruser: Last year Microsoft released Windows Virtual Desktop, an Azure-based service that delivers a multi-user Windows 10 experience on any operating system. Now Scott Manchester, Group Manager for Microsoft's Remote Desktop Service, has shown off a new feature for the iOS version of the app which makes the client much more powerful on the iPad. Windows Virtual Desktop will soon support mice in the virtual environment. Unfortunately, only specific mice will be supported -- in the video the Swiftpoint GT and eventually Microsoft's own Bluetooth mice. The feature is said to becoming soon.

For anyone wondering why it's only specific mice

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

iOS doesn't support mice at all, so there's no way for Microsoft to simply support generic Bluetooth mice. Instead, they have to connect to the mice using a non-standard Bluetooth profile to bypass the restrictions built-into iOS. But that requires the mice themselves to have support for the aforementioned non-standard profile.

Issue with subject - iPad More useful with MS?

By mykepredko • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

If I link back to the original article from September, I can see that with the Windows desktop, you will be able to run Office 365 and some Windows Apps but I think there's a lot of hubris on Microsoft's and TFA's writer to assume that the iPad needs a Windows desktop or would be better because of it.

I'm sure there are some people and companies out there that with this desktop will consider the iPad over Android and Surface tablets but I would have to think there are a lot of people and corporations would just as happy being able to run their apps, businesses, etc. without a Windows Virtual Desktop (especially one that you have to pay for).

I would think a better subject line would be "New Windows Virtual Desktop Provides iPad With Windows Capabilities".

Saying that this desktop *finally* makes the iPad useful is marketing hype at its worst.


By dissy • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Jump Desktop, an RDP and VNC client, works with mice in the same way.
Except it's done so for 8-ish years now instead of 'coming soon'


By darkain • Score: 3 • Thread

Android has supported mice since basically forever. Recently purchased a new TV with Amazon FireTV built in (which is based on Android). Just for shits, I sideloaded the Microsoft RDP android app onto it. It is actually surprisingly quite useful on the TV. I no longer need any dongles, or PCs, or anything else hooked up to the TV other than a keyboard/mouse to have a desktop when I want it, leaving all the bulk to the wiring closet.

Apple, you still have a long ass ways to go to catch up.

Can we use RDP as virtual additional monitors yet?

By Miamicanes • Score: 3 • Thread

I wish Microsoft would give us the ability to treat connected RDP clients as additional monitors that the current desktop can be extended onto. For example:

1. Boot into Windows with laptop.

2. Boot into Windows with large-screen dual-OS tablet like a Chuwi Hi12

3. Launch RemoteDesktop on the tablet, and set up a new connection... but check the new, extra checkbox that says, "use this as an external monitor and extend the Windows desktop onto it"

4. Connect Remote Desktop on the tablet to Windows on the Laptop. Voila, instant second monitor.

Sadly, AFAIK, there's STILL no good way to achieve this. I know there are a couple of third-party Android apps that try to accomplish this (by running a host app under Windows and using VNC at the Android end)... and they all suck miserably. RDP is unique, because it hooks directly into the Windows rendering pipeline and has extraordinarily high performance. I'm pretty sure that (in theory, at least) you can even run DirectX at nearly full performance over RDP (as long as the GPU at the client end is powerful, since IT'S the one that ultimately gets used). I know that in the past (when I still had a normal desktop PC), I used to routinely run programs on my desktop PC, then use them over the LAN via RDP on a lower-powered laptop elsewhere in the house because they ran faster than if I tried running them directly on the lower-powered laptop itself.

I also wish that Linux had something with performance remotely close to that of Windows via RDP. VNC is dog-ass slow, and remote X11 over a network is (surprisingly) even slower. I'd originally had high hopes for Wayland, until I read that approximately four years ago, its architects declared point-blank that high-performance remote rendering over a network wasn't even on the table or open for negotiation as a design goal. Period, full-stop, end of story.

Astronomers Discover 13 New Fast Radio Bursts From Deep Space

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Astronomers have detected 13 high-speed bursts of radio waves coming from deep space -- including one that regularly repeats. While the exact sources remain unknown, the new bevy of mysterious blasts does offer fresh clues to where and why such flashes appear across the cosmos. From a report: Fast radio bursts, as they are known to scientists, are among the universe's most bizarre phenomena. Each burst lasts just thousandths of a second, and they all appear to be coming from far outside our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Since these bursts were discovered in 2007, their cause has remained a puzzle. Based on estimations of the known range of their frequencies and an understanding of activity in the universe, scientists expect that nearly a thousand of them happen every day. But to date, only a handful have been found.

Now, a team using the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, has announced the additional 13 new detections, including an especially rare repeating burst. Until now, only one other repeating fast radio burst was known to exist. "The repeater," as it being called, and its 12 counterparts came from a region of space some 1.5 billion light-years away, the team reports today in the journal Nature. All 13 new bursts have the lowest radio frequency yet detected, but they were also brighter than previously seen fast radio bursts, leading the team to think the low frequency has something to do with the sources' environment.

Re:I listened to it. Was hoping it'd be...

By PolygamousRanchKid • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

I decoded it, it read

"Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine."

Burma Shave

Sorry Hank already solved the mystery. Spoiler...

By wolfheart111 • Score: 3 • Thread
its not ALIENS

Re:Is There Any Chance Of Sentient Beings?

By lgw • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I would like to know if this is a natural phenomenon or is it possible it is from sentient beings. There is no indication in the summary.

First rule of astronomy: it's never aliens.*

* Until it's aliens.

A giant scanning radar beam?

By misnohmer • Score: 3 • Thread

A giant 10km in diameter radar antenna array. Earth sees a small burst of radio waves repeatedly every time the radar beam scans across in the direction or Earth (hence the short duration). The big question is who is operating such scanning radar arrays.

Re:Navigation Aids

By stealth_finger • Score: 4 • Thread

I guess something like this could be used as a deep space GPS if you knew exactly where they originated from

Like they did on the golden record?

Google Search Results Listings Can Be Manipulated For Propaganda

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A feature of the Google search engine lets threat actors alter search results in a way that could be used to push political propaganda, oppressive views, or promote fake news. From a report: The feature is known as the "knowledge panel" and is a box that usually appears at the right side of the search results, usually highlighting the main search result for a very specific query. For example, searching for Barack Obama would bring a box showing information from Barack Obama's Wikipedia page, along with links to the former president's social media profiles. But Wietze Beukema, a member of PwC's Cyber Threat Detection & Response team, has discovered that you can hijack these knowledge panels and add them to any search query, sometimes in a way that pushes legitimate search results way down the page, highlighting an incorrect result and making it look legitimate. The way this can be done is by first searching for a legitimate item, and pressing the "share" icon that appears inside a knowledge panel.

I came for the news.

By Fly Swatter • Score: 3 • Thread
Didn't see any here, but stayed for the comments anyway.

This is interesting, why the hate?

By Paxtez • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

At first I thought this was about SEOs or something, but it is a legit attack/bug/thing. I've never seen anyone post about this issue before.
This just allows you to attach any info panel to any search result. So you could make one:
"Where was Obama Born" and have it show a full width info box about the planet Mars. Which definitely makes it seem that Google says he was born on Mars.

This would be good for businesses too. Make a URL for "What is the best restaurant in Chicago" with the info panel for you business, and put that link on your site.

This will totally get fixed. I guess it will bet set that if you go to a url with a search and info panel, ensure that the info panel would display with that search.


By SuricouRaven • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Law and politics are long-term careers. To reach the top takes decades of career advancement - which means the people who occupy them now generally grew up in a time when computer technology was known to the public only as sci-fi movie props showing spinning tape drives and rampaging robots. That they understand technology today at all is a sign of impressive adaptability, given how rapidly it has advanced. The IBM PC is less than fourty years old, and internet access has been available to the public at large for less than thirty. When the first provider started making access to Usenet available to anyone with money and a modem, John McCain was already 56.

Security Firm Kaspersky, Which Has Been Accused by US of Working With Russian Spies, Helped Catch an Alleged NSA Data Thief

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An anonymous reader shares a report: The 2016 arrest of a former National Security Agency contractor charged with a massive theft of classified data began with an unlikely source: a tip from a Russian cybersecurity firm that the U.S. government has called a threat to the country. Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab turned Harold T. Martin III in to the NSA after receiving strange Twitter messages in 2016 from an account linked to him, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation. They spoke with POLITICO on condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to discuss the case.

The company's role in exposing Martin is a remarkable twist in an increasingly bizarre case that is believed to be the largest breach of classified material in U.S. history. It indicates that the government's own internal monitoring systems and investigators had little to do with catching Martin, who prosecutors say took home an estimated 50 terabytes of data from the NSA and other government offices over a two-decade period, including some of the NSA's most sophisticated and sensitive hacking tools. The revelation also introduces an ironic turn in the negative narrative the U.S. government has woven about the Russian company in recent years.


By duke_cheetah2003 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Who actually believes the accusations against Kaspersky?

I do. And only because... why wouldn't they? There's no reason I can conjure up that would plausibly explain how Kapersky is not in bed with the FSB.

To think they aren't is folly. We know the Russian government loves to play all sorts of under the table games with just about every other country on the earth. That they wouldn't leverage software publishers within their sphere against other countries is just naive. Of course they would. Wouldn't you?

In all likelihood

By nehumanuscrede • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Kaspersky is probably the only company who refuses to look the other way at NSA / CIA born malware and viruses.

If you don't play nice with the spooky types, they make life hell on you in return.


By mattyj • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

This is the worst reasoning. You sound like one of those "If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to worry about" guys re: the Surveillance State.

Kaspersky has had a stellar reputation in the community for two decades. They've consistently been one of the top cybersecurity researchers in the world.

That being said, who knows, maybe Putin has an office at their HQ, but all this FUD without a shred of evidence whatsoever isn't helping anything.

Re:A more accurate headline should have read as...

By mattyj • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Kasperksy Lab is incorporated in the UK, by the way, only HQ'd in Moscow, so the company as a whole can't really be taken over by the Russian government. My guess is that a 20 year old cybersecurity company HQ'd in Russia has the good sense to have their digital assets stored/cloned outside the reach of the government.

It's pretty standard for a cybersecurity outfit to employ former government agents. You know, like all the American ones that have former NSA spooks on the payroll. Standard operating procedure because that's where the best people come from.

Maybe it all just a front, but I'm not believing it. Kaspersky Labs has had a pretty stellar reputation for a very long time now.

This makes sense

By Miles_O'Toole • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

TFA says Kaspersky's tip led to the arrest in 2016 of a security contractor who stole massive amounts of data from the NSA. Their reward was that in 2017, Donald Trump signed legislation banning Kaspersky on government computers, and prohibiting government institutions from buying or installing it on "computers and other devices".

It looks an awful lot like Kaspersky proved in 2016 they were not a tool of the Russian government. Their reward was that less than a year later, Putin reached out through his asset in the White House to punish them for failing to bend over and spread for him.

AMD Announces Radeon VII, Its Next-Generation $699 Graphics Card

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An anonymous reader shares a report: AMD has been lagging behind Nvidia for years in the high-end gaming graphics card race, to the point that it's primarily been pushing bang-for-the-buck cards like the RX 580 instead. But at CES, the company says it has a GPU that's competitive with Nvidia's RTX 2080. It's called the Radeon VII ("Seven"), and it uses the company's first 7nm graphics chip that we'd seen teased previously. It'll ship on February 7th for $699, according to the company. That's the same price as a standard Nvidia RTX 2080. [...] AMD says the second-gen Vega architecture offers 25 percent more performance at the same power as previous Vega graphics, and the company showed it running Devil May Cry 5 here at 4K resolution, ultra settings, and frame rates "way above 60 fps." AMD says it has a terabyte-per-second of memory bandwidth.

Good news!

By DaMattster • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Yes, AMD is lagging behind but I will still go with AMD graphics over NVIDIA because NVIDIA has an anti-open source stance. It's good news that AMD's graphics chipsets are getting better.

Re:Good news!

By vyvepe • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
NVidia is not an option if you need a longer term linux support.

Re:Good news!

By WaffleMonster • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Come on, don't give them a pass. It's not a very good value proposition is it. It's for the fanboys only. You can buy a 2080 for $699 and you get RT and Tensor cores (ray tracing, DLSS, etc.).

I watched the Nvidia CES and the whole presentation + RT/Tensor thing felt like one giant scam.

DLSS as near as I can tell is basically just an upscaler using substantially similar "AI" database approach as Sony's x-reality asic. This technology has been around for years. While it's nice it sure as heck doesn't produce magical outcomes that are anywhere near rendering native resolution.

Then there was gratuitous use of TAA throughout the demos as a reference which would be hilarious if they were not serious. TAA is only state of the art in blurry mess technology... using that as basis for comparisons especially given the effective resolution of the window as it was viewable in the CES demo... was basically a scam.

Personally if 2080 can't deliver high frame rate ray tracing at 4k what does it matter? Modern shader hacks for dynamic lighting are quite realistic.. so is it really worth cranking resolution down so much .. just for slightly more realistic lighting? Would that really produce a better overall quality image? Personally I'm more impressed by 1TB/s memory bandwidth than I am with ray tracing at this point.

No doubt in the future RT will win out but right now to make buying decision based on it ... I personally don't see the value.

apple mac pro price $999

By Joe_Dragon • Score: 3 • Thread

apple mac pro price $999

Re:Good news!

By squiggleslash • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

If you can only use a product by agreeing to shitty terms and conditions that prevent you from using it the way you wanted to, it's a second tier technology. No ifs, buts, or anything else.

New Tool Automates Phishing Attacks That Bypass 2FA

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A new penetration testing tool published at the start of the year by a security researcher can automate phishing attacks with an ease never seen before and can even blow through login operations for accounts protected by two-factor authentication (2FA). From a report: Named Modlishka --the English pronunciation of the Polish word for mantis -- this new tool was created by Polish researcher Piotr Duszynski. Modlishka is what IT professionals call a reverse proxy, but modified for handling traffic meant for login pages and phishing operations. It sits between a user and a target website -- like Gmail, Yahoo, or ProtonMail. Phishing victims connect to the Modlishka server (hosting a phishing domain), and the reverse proxy component behind it makes requests to the site it wants to impersonate. The victim receives authentic content from the legitimate site --let's say for example Google -- but all traffic and all the victim's interactions with the legitimate site passes through and is recorded on the Modlishka server.

Highlights the importance of HTTPS and HSTS header

By fuzzyf • Score: 3 • Thread
This just highlights the importance of HTTPS and Strict Transport Security Header.
Preloaded HSTS would require the attacker to install a root certificate on the victims computer or compromise an already existing one.

If you have that amount of control you can do far more than bypass 2FA.

I have the fix!

By mark_reh • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

3 factor authentication!

It's the 7-minutes abs of IT!

Re:Highlights the importance of HTTPS and HSTS hea

By DarkOx • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The problem HSTS does not solve though is if I can get you to click my link to (ok that one is taken but you get the idea) or

HSTS won't let me MTIM your request to http://google.copm/ and inject my own content (because it plain text) or redirect you somewhere else because your browser will ignore that you asked for HTTP and do HTTPS and my cert won't pass muster. It will do nothing if I con you with a look-a-like domain. Which thanks those morons at LetsEncrypt I can easily obtain a certificate for gaining my a nice TLS connection that will appear secure in your browser and let me evade a lot of IPS systems and other protections on the network to sever up whatever malicious garbage I want.

Re:Useful tool, but you still have to get past PKI

By DarkOx • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Except that I am not going to hijack I am going to attempt to con you into going to instead. Which I will proxy to's login page so you don't think anything is wrong. You will most likely go ahead and authenticate (and I'll sniff the cookies along the way). I know you want give the URL a second look either because thanks to Google nobody displays address bars anymore. So if you click my initial link I totally own you.

Oh and mysite will have TLS and valid certificate too because LetsEncrypt is completely irresponsible and will robo sign anything domain you control even if its a totally obvious look-a-like phishing domain.

Kenya Will Start Teaching Chinese To Elementary School Students From 2020

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Kenya will teach Mandarin in classrooms in a bid to improve job competitiveness and facilitate better trade and connection with China. From a report: The country's curriculum development institute (KICD) has said the design and scope of the mandarin syllabus have been completed and will be rolled out in 2020. Primary school pupils from grade four (aged 10) and onwards will be able to take the course, the head of the agency Julius Jwan told Xinhua news agency. Jwan said the language is being introduced given Mandarin's growing global rise, and the deepening political and economic connections between Kenya and China.

"The place of China in the world economy has also grown to be so strong that Kenya stands to benefit if its citizens can understand Mandarin," Jwan noted. Kenya follows in the footsteps of South Africa which began teaching the language in schools in 2014 and Uganda which is planning mandatory Mandarin lessons for high school students.

Re:Learn Esperanto instead- China approved!

By The Evil Atheist • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Memorization is easy, especially if you start young. And that's exactly what this plan is about.

Memorization isn't that bad either, but Western education simultaneously loves and hates memorization and have forgotten how to teach memorization, but still assess students based on what amounts to memorization.

Re:Firefly called it

By zugmeister • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

a good prediction, or life imitating art?

Third option: Firefly was just that awesome.

Re:Learn Esperanto instead- China approved!

By Solandri • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The first step of many towards English losing it's place as the premier language in the world and the world's "second language". More countries will switch as China replaces US as biggest economic power.

That remains to be seen. GDP per capita basically measures how much productivity each citizen generates on average. The amount of inefficiency in a country's economy (due to corruption, lack of economic liquidity, and poor government policies) shows up as a lower GDP per capita.

The U.S. has a GDP per capita of nearly $60,000. Most EU nations are between $40k-$60k. Japan is around $40k. Ireland is around $70k due to its tax policies causing most foreign businesses to set up EU HQ there. Norway's is around $75k due to its oil exports. And Switzerland and Luxembourg are higher yet due to their heavy presence in banking. Likewise, the city-states (Macau, Singapore, Hong Kong, etc) are skewed high due to not having any low-income farmers in their stats.

Corruption or poor government policies limit the country's GDP per capita. South Korea and Taiwan's GDP per capita have stalled at around $25k-$30k for this reason. Despite both countries being capitalistic power houses, corruption and nepotism infest business practices there, and there's still a heavy stigma against women working (you cripple your productivity per capita when you discourage half of your able-bodied population from working).

Countries without a solid capitalistic base and with high corruption or poor government policies are usually mired at a GDP per capita of around $10k. Eastern Europe and much of Central and South America.

China is currently at $8k. If its Communist government and inherent corruption (you need to bribe people and officials to get any business done there) limits its GDP per capita to $10k, then the growth of its total GDP will stall at around $15 trillion. The U.S. and EU GDPs are already at $19 trillion each. So China would not surpass them in global economic influence. Even if China manages Taiwan-like levels of productivity (unlikely IMHO as long as its government remains Communist and insists on wasting capital on things like building empty cities), its total GDP would max out at around $35 trillion, giving it less economic influence than the U.S. and EU combined despite having twice the population.

No surprise it's happening in Kenya as Africa is heavily invested in by China.

China's heavy investment abroad has been fueled by its rapidly growing economy, which left it plenty of excess money to spend abroad. The signs are that growth is now slowing. (Sorry the bottom of the graph is 6%, not 0%. Every graphic I could find online did that.)

At a 6.5% growth rate, it will take 4 years for China's GDP per capita to hit $10k, 10 years to hit $15k, and 20 years to hit $20k. So we will know in the next 10-15 years whether the Chinese economy will continue growing, or if it will stall.

Not switch, English is offical

By Actually, I do RTFA • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

English is the (or a) official language of Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, the three countries mentioned in the summary. This is about adding Mandarin (as an elective) in schools, not replacing English.

Re:Makes sense

By rahvin112 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Wake up western colonizers. China is learning from the IMF and World Bank of the last century.

The Irony of this statement cannot be overlooked. China is engaged in the second wave of colonization of the third world. They are exporting millions of Chinese citizens to countries like Kenya as part of their Road and Belt initiative. The countries involved are tolerant of this just like they were the Europeans because the Chinese are paying off all the right people right now to keep this suppressed. At some point down the road the populace will figure out what's going on and it'll end up just like European colonialism.

What China is doing is just a reshoe of European Colonialism. The first thing the European colonizers did was build infrastructure funded by their own government. They also used the current Chinese practice of giving loans to the countries they couldn't afford and then seized the product afterwards.

You might think the Chinese would be smarter than the Europeans had been but they are just as racist and just as entitled and will abuse these undeveloped countries just like the Europeans did. If you supported these countries you would realize they are being abused.

No Tuition, but You Pay a Percentage of Your Income (if You Find a Job)

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What if there were a way to eliminate student debt? No, really. Student debt reached a new height last year -- a whopping $1.5 trillion. A typical student borrower will have $22,000 in debt by graduation, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Now, Silicon Valley is backing a novel idea that proposes to rewrite the economics of getting an education. From a report: The concept is deceptively simple: Instead of charging students tuition -- which often requires them to take out thousands of dollars in loans -- students go to school for free and are required to pay back a percentage of their income after graduation, but only if they get a job with a good salary. The idea, known as an Income Share Agreement, or I.S.A., has been experimented with and talked about for years. But what's happening at Lambda School, an online learning start-up founded in 2017 with the backing of Y Combinator, has captivated venture capitalists.

On Tuesday, Lambda will receive $30 million in funding led by one of Peter Thiel's disciples, Geoff Lewis, the founder of Bedrock, along with additional funds from Google Ventures; GGV Capital; Vy Capital; Y Combinator; and the actor-investor Ashton Kutcher, among others. The new funding round values the school at $150 million. The investments will be used to turn Lambda, which has focused on subjects like coding and data science, into a multidisciplinary school offering half-year programs in professions where there is significant hiring demand, like nursing and cybersecurity. It's an expansion that could be a precursor to Lambda becoming a full-scale university.

Re: With Apologies to Rick and Morty

By Archangel Michael • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Basket Weaving is long been dead. The modern equivalent is the anti-male, anti-patriarchy, anti-european/anti-asian, victimology classes and programs being offered by the socialists in colleges, collectively and jokingly called "Lesbian Dance Theory". There are entire departments at some universities that would cease to exist if they had to justify their fancy barista degrees with post education returns.

These are classes and programs designed to train people to offer those classes and programs elsewhere. There is no actual job that has requirements to know anything about these made up subjects.

But don't worry, someone will come along and tell you why this post is part of the white hetero-normative male patriarchy oppression that is keeping the aggrieved parties unemployed. Because successful people are evil!

Re:Already exists in some countries

By grasshoppa • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Yes, but can we call some of these degrees "education"? Feminist studies? Auctioneering? Bagpiping?

I could be convinced of the "taxes for college education" angle, but only if we restrict the degrees pursued to an agreed upon list of useful degrees for professions society actually needs. You want to follow your dream of professional bagpipping, fine, but you do it on your own dime.

Re: With Apologies to Rick and Morty

By Archangel Michael • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Actual basket weaving is still useful, if under appreciated. If I weave a basket, and I've produced something tangible and that has some value, functional and perhaps even artistic. It can and will exist long after the maker is gone if care is taken to preserve it. A basket weaver of significant skill and artistry will create a demand for their product. Voluntary transactions between willing participants will ensue creating a value to society. This is a hierarchy of value that doesn't respect arbitrary groupings by neo-fascist identity politics.

Re: With Apologies to Rick and Morty

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

OTOH, if the degrees and certifications are being sold as personal enrichment, then that's a different matter ...

Nobody should be taking on debt for "personal enrichment". If you need to borrow money to go to college, then you need a degree that justifies the expense.

The art history and philosophy degrees are for students with rich parents.

Re: With Apologies to Rick and Morty

By Immerman • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I agree with your disagreement - however, so long as colleges are *marketed* primarily as work-training schools, it would be nice if they actually delivered. Nobody is going several years salary (if they're lucky) into debt to acquire valuable sociological perspective.

Cambridge Analytica's Parent Pleads Guilty To Breaking UK Data Law

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Cambridge Analytica's parent company, SCL Elections, has been fined 15,000 Pound (roughly $19,000) in a UK court after pleading guilty to failing to comply with an enforcement notice issued by the national data protection watchdog, the Guardian reports. From a report: While the fine itself is a small and rather symbolic one, given the political data analytics firm went into administration last year, the implications of the prosecution are more sizeable. Last year the Information Commissioner's Office ordered SCL to hand over all the data it holds on U.S. academic, professor David Carroll, within 30 days. After the company failed to do so it was taken to court by the ICO. Prior to Cambridge Analytica gaining infamy for massively misusing Facebook user data, the company, which was used by the Trump campaign, claimed to have up to 7,000 data points on the entire U.S. electorate -- circa 240M people. So Carroll's attempt to understand exactly what data the company had on him, and how the information was processed to create a voter profile of it, has much wider relevance.


By JaredOfEuropa • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
Read the article (I know, that's crazy talk, but...) This is not about a massive data breach, nor about the large scale misuse of FB data, but about an individual case brought on by a US professor, as a test case of sorts:

Last year the Information Commissioner’s Office ordered SCL to hand over all the data it holds on U.S. academic, professor David Carroll, within 30 days. After the company failed to do so it was taken to court by the ICO.

One guy requested all data that CA has on him to be handed over, under UK law. They did not fully comply and he brought the case to the relevant authority, who issued an enforcement notice. The fine is for not complying within the required time frame. In such a case, $19k seems appropriate unless they'd have a history of ignoring similar requests (they don't)

Massively Misusing Facebook Data?

By GregMmm • Score: 3 • Thread

I've followed this story for a long time. As far as I have read, wasn't all the data they mined from Facebook ok per Facebooks data sharing? There wasn't anything illegal. Is Cambridge Analytica just the canary in the mine? Isn't there other who did the same thing, maybe even now?

Personally, it seems this topic is very politically charged and it's hard to see what the technological issue was, or maybe still is?


By AmiMoJo • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Unfortunately it was before GDPR and massive fines came in.

The bigger loss is that since the company has folded we will probably never get to see exactly what data they had on people. It's likely gone and there isn't much anyone can do about it.

Re:Massively Misusing Facebook Data?

By Mr307 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread


Very political yep, the wrong side used the data so it must be somehow illegal.

Re:Massively Misusing Facebook Data?

By ljw1004 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Ok, still trying to understand. What law did they break. I'm by no means trying justifying what they did, but trying to have a conversation.

The law they broke is the UK Data Protection Act. Read the Guardian article. It's all there. Even if, as you say, Cambridge Analytica obeyed the Facebook terms of service, nevertheless...

(1) Cambridge Analytica held data on people; (2) Under UK law at the time - the "Data Protection Act" - if a company holds data on you, then the company is obliged to divulge that data to you personally upon your request; (3) someone did request their data and Cambridge Analytica ignored the request; (4) the UK's Information Commissioner's Office - which has authority under UK law relating to this part of the Data Protection Act - issued an enforcement notice which in the UK has weight of law, requiring Cambridge Analytica to comply with the request; (5) Cambridge Analytica declined the comply with the request arguing that it didn't have to; (6) a law court found that Cambridge Analytica did indeed have obey the enforcement notice, and had broken the law by not doing so.

Summary: the law they broke is the UK Data Protection Act.

Amazon, Apple and Google Steal The Show at CES

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An anonymous reader shares a report: The enemy of my enemy is my friend, and this week's CES is clearly showing how what was once the way companies did business, has changed, and at the same time, what's old is new again and companies who once fought with each other are finding new ways to be allies. For example, Apple stopped licensing in 1997. Now they're redefining licensing by making it easier for anyone to access their iTunes platform. That's called distribution. What's next? Letting anyone make an iPhone -- I think NOT. Taken on face so far, it's clear Apple, Google and Amazon are dominating CES. News about assistants being deployed by multiple brands, new features and uses of the AI backed functionality and most of all iTunes ending up on Samsung, Vizio, and other smart TV brands. That and pure word play on the famed "what goes on in Vegas, stays in Vegas" line tied to your privacy.

Looking more closely, neither Amazon, Apple nor Google has really introduced any new products themselves. No new iPhones or MacBooks. No new Homes, Hubs, Mini's or Pixelbooks and no new Echos were introduced. But all three are dominating the news and over time, your wallets directly and indirectly. In everyway possible, they have mastered the hardware channel at this year's CES and at the same time proved that "software really is eating the world." But what about all the news about them you say? Well, its all indeed smoke and mirrors, with the media jumping on the names of Apple, Amazon, and Google when in reality what we have is a roll-out of services. Yes, those same services Tim Cook talked about is what caused the ill-informed stock market types to think Apple was a bad stock to hold onto, who misunderstand Google's real motivations, and who have yet to really see Amazon for what they are.

Apple TV vs. iTunes on Competitors

By crow • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Apple's attempt to get media on your TV was their AppleTV product that didn't do so well. While they would love to control all the hardware, they're more afraid of losing out on media to Amazon, NetFlix, Google, Spotify, and many others. If that happens, it's one less tie into the iPhone ecosystem, and Apple won't risk that.

Streaming is convenient, but not so much if you have to keep switching services to get everything you want, so all the big players want to be your one true provider. Limiting access is a strategy for failure.

What goes on in Vegas stays in the Cloud

By bussdriver • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

What goes on in Vegas stays in Facebook,Google,Amazon.

What goes on in Vegas stays with Facebook partners.

What goes on in Vegas you snap-chatted will be resurrected in 10 years.

What goes on in Vegas stays in your cell provider's location DB; which is for sale.

What goes on in Vegas stays in Facebook,Google,Amazon,Apple profiles.


Lazy, Disconnected Media

By alvinrod • Score: 3 • Thread
I think this just shows how lazy and disconnected the tech press is more than it shows how Amazon, Apple, etc. are doing. Rather than doing research into the new technology or what the companies are offering, these media outlets just recycle the same junk that they always spit out to be gobbled up by a general audience that has as little interest in anything technical as the people covering it.

There's probably a YouTube channel with a few tens of thousands of subscribers that does a much better job covering these events than any of the people writing for the mainstream rags or some of these so-called technology websites. There's still good and interesting coverage out there, but you'll have to do a bit more digging.

Re:Apple TV vs. iTunes on Competitors

By bob4u2c • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I've never understood why Apple wants to be a content producer, rather than just be the best available ecosystem

Simple, Content Producers get paid over and over and over and over again for the same product. Think of that movie you saw at the theater, then rented on dvd, then watched on cable. Hardware products don't have as much churn, and unless you lock in a large market to begin with you never make a second sell to a consumer. If Apple had both they would dominate the market, much like cable providers and cable boxes of the past.

Apple is more on the road to taking a middleman cut, they don't make the content nor do they make the device its consumed on, but they do make a percentage for matching the two up. Hmm, when I put it that way is Apple a pimp?

Maybe its because theres not much to say...

By mr.dreadful • Score: 3 • Thread
Imagine a year where there weren't any Oscar-worthy movies. Would they cancel the Academy Awards? No. Because at the end of the day, CES (and the Academy Awards) are mostly just marketing events. There's a lot of money floating around the CES event and not having anything really new or note-worthy isn't going to disrupt business as usual. Marketers going to market, regardless.

Cancer in America Is Way Down, For the Wealthy Anyway

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The good news is that cancer in America was beaten back over the 25 years ending 2016, with death rates plummeting, particularly when it comes to the four most common types of the dreaded affliction. From a report: There's a caveat, however. Those gains have been reaped mostly by the well-off. While racial disparities have begun to narrow, the impact of limited access to treatment for the poorest Americans has increased wealth-based inequality, according to the American Cancer Society's annual update on trends and statistics. "Any time you have a disease as serious as cancer, when you have a substantial reduction in deaths, that's a notable achievement," said Len Lichtenfeld, the interim chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society. "But there are still a lot of areas for improvement."

Health insurance and access to care can be an issue in some poor and rural portions of the country, where there are higher death rates of colon, cervical and lung cancers, according to Cancer Statistics 2019. While poverty was actually associated with lower rates of cancer mortality prior to the 1980s, that trend has since reversed, due in part to changes in diet and smoking as well as screening and treatment rates, the health organization said.


By jeff4747 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

And highly trained medical staff shouldn't be forced into slavery, to take care of every health issue for people who can't or won't pay anything for it.

If only there was some other entity that would pay those medical staff. You know, like the single-payer system in virtually every other developed country. Then it wouldn't be slavery.

Honestly, I'm tired of people going on, constantly, about equality in America, as though it's something we're obligated to try to achieve, or even a worthy goal?

Inequality is inefficient. You don't get the "best and brightest", you get the richest and most-connected. And >90% of the time, those rich people got their wealth from their parents, so they're not actually good at anything.

For example, Trump. His dad made a crapload of money in NY real estate, because he was good at it. Trump has lost enormous amounts of money in NY real estate because he isn't any good at it. That's why he was on a TV show instead of doing more real estate.

it's really all about giving people a framework of opportunities to better THEMSELVES, if they wish to make the effort.

What you fail to understand is the effort to benefit from that framework is not equal. The wealthy give their children many advantages that put them ahead within that framework. Again, this means we get massive inefficiency because the person didn't actually make the effort, mom and dad bought their place. So they don't know what the hell they are doing and go bankrupt running a casino. Twice.

Between doctors and dentists who willingly volunteer some of their time to provide these services

The last Doctors without Borders event in the US had a line about 3x longer than they could serve. Many were turned away. Charity will not get this done.

Also, did ya notice the irony of bemoaning "medical professionals working for free" at the start of your post, and "medical professionals working for free" as your preferred solution?

Finally, Medicaid doesn't cover an enormous swath of uninsured people, thanks to Republicans blocking Medicare expansion from the ACA. Which means they don't get any insurance coverage and thus no medical treatment beyond Emergency Rooms.....which means you are paying a shitload more money in insurance premiums and taxes because the poor can't get preventative care.

Single-payer is much cheaper than our current system. You would save a hell of a lot of money. Your taxes would go up, but your insurance premiums would disappear. Netting you a lot more in each paycheck. I don't know about you, but I really don't care if the deduction on my paycheck is labeled "Cigna premium" or labeled "Medicare". But some of those people might not suffer enough for your liking.

Cancer treatment is HUGELY expensive, though - to the point where many insurance policies even put a "cap" on the amount they'll spend for it over your lifetime

Nope. One of the things the ACA eliminated was lifetime caps.

You can't just demand America provide the "best care possible" to everybody

Sure we can. Every other developed nation pulls it off. Are you saying we can't do what the Canadians can?

Re:Nuclear workers

By spitzak • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

How about due to increased cancer tests and screening of the workers? Also wondering if cancer gets you reassigned out of that area. The radiation released (unless the is an accident) is lower than natural sources so I don't think it is possible this is a direct result of radiation.

Re:Not possible

By jeff4747 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

we had to pass the bill to see what was in it

The bill was available and debated for almost a year.

Obamacare fixed all of this

The way the ACA would have fixed this particular problem is Medicaid expansion. Which Republicans sued over. And are blocking in every state they can.

Why do they lie?

Why do you?

Re:True for all medical conditions

By ceoyoyo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

You've bought the anti-"socialized" medicine story. Most metrics, from longevity down, suggest that countries with modern health care systems (ranging from mostly public ones like in the UK and Canada, to the mostly private systems in Switzerland and Singapore) provide better care at a cheaper cost than does the US system.

In public systems care is prioritized by need. You generally have to wait for elective procedures, unless they would resolve a problem related to mobility or employment, but you don't have to wait for emergency or time-sensitive problems (broken bones, fast growing cancer). There's also fairly little medical tourism to the US. If you want to pay, you can find a private clinic in Canada that will do the job, still cheaper than an American one would.

Interestingly, mostly private systems ALSO seem to be more efficient than the US system, so it's not as simple as a public versus private system.

I am an asshole

By DaMattster • Score: 3 • Thread
I could care less that cancer rates are down for the wealthy. Who honestly gives a shit when they do so much to prevent the working class from getting good healthcare, jobs, and homes. The fact that cancer rates are down for a mere 1% (if that) of the population is inconsequential.

Natural Gas is Now Getting in the Way; US Carbon Emissions Increase by 3.4%

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AmiMoJo shares a report: "The US was already off track in meeting its Paris Agreement targets. The gap is even wider headed into 2019." That's the dire news from Rhodium Group, a research firm that released preliminary estimates of US carbon emissions in 2018. Though the Trump administration said it would exit the Paris Agreement in 2017, the US is still bound by the agreement to submit progress reports until 2020. But the administration has justified regulatory rollbacks since then, claiming that regulation from the US government is unnecessary because emissions were trending downward anyway. But it appears that emissions have increased 3.4 percent in 2018 across the US economy, the second-largest annual increase in 20 years, according to Rhodium Group's preliminary data. (2010, when the US started recovering from the recession, was the largest annual increase in the last two decades.)

This reversal of course -- the first increase in emissions in three years -- came from a few sources. Carbon emissions from the US electricity sector increased by 1.9 percent, largely because the installation of new natural gas plants has outpaced coal retirements. Cheap natural gas has been credited with killing coal, which is a dirtier fossil fuel in terms of emissions. But natural gas is a fossil fuel, too, and burning more natural gas than is needed to simply replace coal will result in more carbon emissions. But electricity wasn't the main culprit. Transportation was.

Re:Last paragraph admits this was a one-off year

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Hey, no need to make false accusations. Here is my original submission:

Note that the headline is different and doesn't mention gas.

It's literally one click on my username to see my submissions. Why didn't you check? Be honest, were you triggered by seeing my name and just assumed?

The headline the editor used is from the Ars Technica article. Although 2018 was somewhat exceptional, it wasn't so exceptional that if nothing changes 2019 will see a reduction. And also I'm kinda fed up certain people using a much, much smaller increase in the EU as an excuse or the basis of a bogus claim that no-one else is making any effort.

Re:China and India

By jwhyche • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

No, lets just be honest. You posted this article because it bashed America. That is the real reason why you did it. You never even thought of China or India, or actually anyone else. You saw that it bashed American and you went with it. That is the reason, nothing more, and nothing less.

Re:China and India

By jwhyche • Score: 4 • Thread

This has been my position since day one. We are all in this together. But Amjo and the rest of the EU snobbery keep the "blame America" for all the worlds problems alive an running. Constantly the same thing over and over not looking at China, India or even Africa as a source of carbon emissions. Fact is America is doing damn good right now at reducing our emissions. I'm sorry that its not up to EU standards but we refuse to sacrifice our economy to make you happy. We refuse to transfer billions of dollars to other countries just because you say so.

Re:Can every US citizen say...

By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The environment doesn't give two fucks about per-capita emissions.

Science can be used to explain why the developing world is polluting more in spite of doing more to reduce pollution. You're correct that the total is what matters, but it's not reasonable to expect those nations to change overnight — especially given that the rest of us aren't exactly doing all we can, either. And if we really want them to improve rapidly, maybe we should help them do it, because after all,

Total is all that matters.

Bring back nuclear, promote plug-in electrics

By Rick Schumann • Score: 4 • Thread
Come on, America, it's time to be the adults, look under our own beds, and assure ourselves that the Nuclear Boogeyman is just our imagination.
We need nuclear power. Safe nuclear power isn't 'theoretical', it's a reality; there are safer reactor designs on the drawing board right now, but since everyone seems to lose their bladder containment whenever the subject comes up, no money gets allocated into developing them.
Of course none of this can even begin to happen until 2020; we need to get the current bozo out of office, because his geriatric obsession with dragging us back to the 1940's, trying to resurrect the coal industry, prevents any progress in nuclear power from happening. Hell, I wouldn't put it past the guy to 'executive order' all information to-date on reactor design be destroyed, just to ensure that ass-backwards coal mining is brought back from the dead.
Once we get past that hurdle and back into a sane energy policy, new reactor designs can be developed and implemented. That'll take at least 10 years though.
Meanwhile continuing development and deployment of solar and wind power, in conjuction with large-scale energy storage strategies, should tide us over, and as capacity in these technologies increases, old-fashioned outdated filthy fossil-fuel-based power plants can be shuttered. Tear them down and build solar farms, so we can reuse the grid connections to them.
In order to facilitate faster adoption of plug-in electric vehicles, there should be new government programs to promote them. Rebates, credits for decomissioning ICE vehicles, grants to municipalities to fund change-over from diesel buses to electrics, ad campaigns promoting electrics. Get as many people as possible off ICE-based transportation and into electrics.
Meanwhile continue funding development of practical fusion technology, to eventually replace fission technology.
Also, for all we know, if we, as a species, manage to survive another hundred years or so, we might even have antimatter reactor technology (or something more exotic than that, even), and never have to worry about energy ever again.

The takeaway here is that we have to stop dwelling on the past and move forward, stop being scared little rabbits, use what we've got that's better than what we've been using, and stop sabotaging ourselves.

Google Home Gets Real-Time Interpretations For 27 languages

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Google Assistant has announced the introduction of real-time translations with Google Home speakers and third-party smart displays like those from JBL, Sony, and Lenovo. Interpretations will initially be available in 27 languages. From a report: Plans are to later bring real-time interpretations to mobile devices, but no date has been set, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat. Real-time interpretation with Google Assistant is the latest conversational AI milestone from Google, following the release of Duplex and Call Screen for Pixel phones in late 2018. But just like the first response to Duplex, you should taper your expectations. Initial demos by VentureBeat found Interpreter Mode to be quick in its response, but each exchange could last no more than 15 seconds, a limitation that makes Interpreter Mode helpful but not yet capable of handling the longer exchanges that often occur in a typical conversation.

Samsung Phone Users Perturbed To Find They Can't Delete Facebook

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Nick Winke, a photographer in the Pacific northwest, was perusing internet forums when he came across a complaint that alarmed him: On certain Samsung Electronics Co. smartphones, users aren't allowed to delete the Facebook app. Winke bought his Samsung Galaxy S8, an Android-based device that comes with Facebook's social network already installed, when it was introduced in 2017. He has used the Facebook app to connect with old friends and to share pictures of natural landscapes and his Siamese cat -- but he didn't want to be stuck with it. He tried to remove the program from his phone, but the chatter proved true -- it was undeletable. He found only an option to "disable," and he wasn't sure what that meant.

A Facebook spokesperson said the disabled version of the app acts like it's been deleted, so it doesn't continue collecting data or sending information back to Facebook. But there's rarely communication with the consumer about the process. The Menlo Park, California-based company said whether the app is deletable or not depends on various pre-install deals Facebook has made with phone manufacturers, operating systems and mobile operators around the world over the years, including Samsung. Facebook, the world's largest social network, wouldn't disclose the financial nature of the agreements, but said they're meant to give the consumer "the best" phone experience right after opening the box.

It's not just facebook

By guacamole • Score: 3 • Thread
My older Samsung devices came preinstalled with Evernote, Netflix, Flipboard, NYTimes, and others. And while it was possible to disable most of these (not completely uninstall though), the Evernote could not be even disabled . Thank you Samsung.

Interesting play on words..

By sycodon • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

If it "Acts" like it's been deleted, then that suggests it is actually running and therefor able to, "act".

Is this an unfortunate and awkward statement on their part, or is it a deliberate effort to suggest the app is inert while being truthful about that fact the app is still running?

Don't put anything past the lawyers.

Re:Don't sugarcoat the turd

By ctilsie242 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

If you can get a Samsung phone with an unlockable bootloader (Sorry, no Snapdragon CPU phones, the main ones in the US are unlockable), the best thing to do is unlock the bootloader, and install a custom ROM or LineageOS. From there, you don't need to worry.

At the minimum, a rooted OS, so you can have a Linux firewall block all outgoing crap from junkware apps is a must.

Re:Don't sugarcoat the turd

By fahrbot-bot • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

In December, I received a mobile data alert from Verizon that we only had 1 GB left on my data plan. This wasn't surprising since I had been commuting via train to downtown Chicago and had spent about an hour each way on YouTube for a week. What WAS surprising was when I checked what had been using the data, Facebook had used more than DOUBLE the amount of data than ALL OTHER APPS COMBINED, including YouTube. I don't check Facebook during the workday either.

There's a per-app setting, (under Settings->Apps->Data Usage->[app] -- on Kit Kat anyway) to "Restrict Background Data" that disables background data on mobile networks for that app. The app can then only use mobile networks for data while running in the foreground (ie: you're actively using it) or when connected via WiFi. It's an OS setting so the app can't ignore it.

Re:Interesting play on words..

By Solandri • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
The app is inert if it's disabled. It doesn't run. (Disabling it also reverts it to the original version which came with the device, which is actually a bit troubling since although it's supposed to be a space-saving move, it implies that if you don't disable it your device actually wastes storage space on two copies of the app. On some devices, the original version is just a placeholder about 8 kB in size.)

The problem is another app - Facebook App Manager or whatever they're calling it now. It's responsible for keeping Facebook's suite of apps updated. You're supposed to be able to disable it, but on some devices it can't be disabled. I disabled the Facebook app on my Motorola phone, but couldn't disable Facebook App Manager. I found it's activity spiking one day, then noticed that the Facebook had been enabled and updated. So I disabled the Facebook app again, only to find it re-enabled and updated again a few days later. I had been being lazy and hadn't rooted this phone yet, but that's what finally got me to put aside the time one evening to root it. Both are gone for good now.

Mark Zuckerberg's Resolution Is To Talk About Tech's Place In Society

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In the past, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg challenged himself to create an AI assistant for his home and committed to learning Mandarin. This year he's planning to hold a number of public discussions about how technology plays a role in the future of society. Engadget reports: "I'm an engineer, and I used to just build out my ideas and hope they'd mostly speak for themselves," he wrote in a Facebook post. "But given the importance of what we do, that doesn't cut it anymore. So I'm going to put myself out there more than I've been comfortable with and engage more in some of these debates about the future, the tradeoffs we face, and where we want to go." Zuckerberg plans to hold talks with "leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields" every few weeks. He'll make the discussions available on his Facebook and Instagram feeds or elsewhere. Engadget suggests Zuckerberg "might be best served to directly focus on restoring trust with Facebook's two billion users and fixing the vast array of problems with which his platform is struggling, including privacy screwups and a tanking stock."

Let the Right One In

By mentil • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

The natural state of technology is to advance by becoming more efficient, effective, and to encompass and sometimes replace more of what we do.
We're near (perhaps already past) the point where we should ask ourselves: how much DO we want technology to take over our lives? Cyberpunk posits a possible future where technology has degraded the value of humanity, but we should ask ourselves what aspects of technology lead to such degradation, and how can we reap the benefits of technology while avoiding those aspects?

For an example, I'm reminded of a virtual reality conference in Las Vegas a few years ago, where a local brothel encouraged conference-goers to have sex in reality rather than in virtual reality. It's easy to snicker at that now, but imagine when the difference becomes blurrier, that might not be such a preposterous plea. If sex in virtual reality becomes more convenient, safe, and pleasurable than real-world sex; what kind of side-effects could that have to society, or to gender relations? Such VR sex (with NPCs) would arguably degrade the value of human sexual relationships.

I'm not saying society can (or should) stop technological development, just that people may want to go through 'technology planning' (a la family planning) at some point in their lives, to decide how much they want it to pervade their personal lives. Banning usage of degrading technology will become increasingly futile over time, as deployment becomes easier; it's more plausible that society will change to accept what they must and avoid what they can and want to.

Purpose of tech ...

By Alain Williams • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

should be to make everyone's lives better (happier, easier, richer, less hassled, ...), not to make a few richer at the expense of everyone else.

Nice word smithing.

By Puls4r • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Everything this man does is focused on his business in making money. In this case, one should focus on this statement:

"the tradeoffs we face"

This is just a continuing damage control tour where he will very careful phrase things to make government officials believe that he should be allowed to do what he does because it's necessary for his business model. The reality of the situation is there may be trade offs, but it should be a decision left up to the consumer. The consumer should has the easy, straightforward ability to opt in of every type of data collection. Otherwise they are by default opted OUT. The problem right now is that by default, every person on the planet is opted IN and has no way to tell the corporations and governments to stop collecting data on them.

He'll even try making the point that they have to know who you are and what you are doing so that they won't collect the data. This is the famous "send us all your nude pics so we can make sure we don't post them somewhere". Again - the reality to that situation is to enforce a stop on all anoonymous data collection as well that ties back to any single entity. Because even that can easily be distilled back down to the individual through geolocation and other means.

Stop collecting data on us you assholes.


By Shotgun • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Does anyone consider Zuckerburg an authority on anything? The truth is that he got lucky. He used the money from some rich fellow students to clone another social media app at a time when the world was ready for social media apps. It had been quite a while since Citizen Band radio had declined, and most people had forgotten what a pointless clusterfuck of people with nothing to say that was. They were once again ready to parade their narcissism, and Zuck got lucky that they chose his from among several competitors, MySpace being the most well known. There wasn't a technical reason that FB was superior, it was initially because it was seen to be composed of a more exclusive club.

What exactly in that category qualifies this dufus to be an expert on anything other than getting lucky at the right time? I'm just as interested in hearing about the social impact of rehabilitating the buffalo population from lottery winners.

hyperbole across the board

By hdyoung • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
So much hyperbole on facebook recently in so many directions.

Zuckerberg is not a saint or a devil, not a megalomaniac, not intent on ruling the world, not all that intent on changing it. He's very intelligent and hard working, but no more so than hundreds of thousands of other people. He's not a genius and has no particularly unique vision. He is neither evil nor especially good.

Zuckerberg is a guy who dropped out of college to develop a web app. There were (at least) thousands of other people doing exactly this in the late 90s and early 2000s. His app wasn't (and isn't) particularly original - lots of people had ideas for social networking apps. Through a bit of savvy business strategy and a lot of pure dumb luck, he wound up as one of the very few people who made it big from that wave of app developers.

Don't lose sight of the fact that ZUCKERBERG IS AN AD MAN. Companies pay him to display ads in places where lots of eyeballs will see them. That's his business. Period. End. Of. Story. His ad medium is an internet-based social networking service. Before that, ad men used cable TV. Before that, broadcast TV. Before that, magazines and newspapers. New medium, same business. One can make arguments that computing and the internet make it fundamentally different, but that's just hubris. "I must be unique from all the generations of human that came before me". Sorry, nope. The internet hasn't transformed us into anything substantially different.

You want to know what facebook is going to do or say in any situation? Ask yourself what would maintain or expand their ability to SELL ADS to other companies. That's what they'll do. That's their business. That's why they exist.

Dell Alienware Area-51m Packs Desktop Hardware Into Powerful, Upgradeable Laptop

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MojoKid writes: Dell just unveiled its latest desktop-replacement class notebook, the new Alienware Area-51m. Unlike most other notebooks, however, the Area-51m is actually packing an array of desktop-class hardware. Intel's Core i9-9900K is an available CPU option, for example, and NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 will be offered in the machine as well. The Area-51m also supports up to 64GB of RAM via quad SO-DIMM slots, multiple NVMe M.2 solid state drives and a SATA drive can be installed, and numerous 17.3" display options will be available as well, including a 144Hz IPS G-SYNC model. The Alienware Area-51m is also upgradeable, thanks to the use of socketed desktop processors and a custom GPU module. The machine will be available starting January 29th in two color options, Lunar Light and Dark Side of the Moon.

90 WHr battery

By vchoy • Score: 3 • Thread

which probably equates to a good uninterruptible power supply (UPS), giving about 30mins to 1 hour of battery time if this bad boy runs at full overclocked and full power speeds.

Missing Detail...

By Ambvai • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

There's a rather notable tidbit I didn't see in this article that I saw from another: "Alienware is using its proprietary Dell Graphics Form Factor (DGFF) cards for GPUs in the Area-51m, and since neither Nvidia nor AMD has promised that they’ll make future chips compatible with that format, Alienware can’t promise future upgrades either."

That you can upgrade doesn't matter.

By gl4ss • Score: 3 • Thread

The worthwhile upgrades will be on another socket and chipset anyways. It will be interesting for like the 2nd or 3rd potato gamer owner down the line though.

Also - laptops have had tried to have standards for upgrading gpu for like 16 years now with little success - availability of an upgrade when you would want it is very unlikely.

It does offer more cpu options though. But that's about it. who cares? there's several laptops now with 2080 if you want that.

Why only 1TB?

By darkain • Score: 3 • Thread

Why is this thing capped at only 1TB of storage? That's how much I have in my 7 year old 10" netbook that I upgraded. The laptop in the article is a fucking beast, there are 5TB SFF drives now, why don't those work?