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Ashley Madison Source Code Shows Evidence They Created Bots To Message Men

Slashdot - 4 hours 21 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Gizmodo's Annalee Newitz looked through the source code contained in the recent Ashley Madison data dump and found evidence that the company created tens of thousands of bot accounts designed to spur their male users into action by sending them messages. "The code tells the story of a company trying to weave the illusion that women on the site were plentiful and eager." The evidence suggests bots sent over 20 million messages on the website, and chatted with people over 11 million times. The vast majority of fake accounts — 70,529 to 43 — pretended to be female, and the users targeted were almost entirely men. Comments left in the code indicate some of the issues Ashley Madison's engineers had to solve: "randomizing start time so engagers don't all pop up at the same time" and "for every single state that has guest males, we want to have a chat engager." The AI was unsophisticated, though one type of bot would try to convince men to pay and then pass them to a real person.

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Intel Launches Onslaught of Skylake CPUs For Laptops, Hybrids and Compute Stick

Slashdot - 6 hours 23 min ago
MojoKid writes: Intel is following up on its Skylake launch bonanza by opening the floodgates on at least two dozen SKUs mostly covering the mobile sector. The company is divvying up the range into four distinct series. There's the Y-Series, which is dedicated to 2-in-1 convertibles, tablets, and Intel's new Compute Stick venture. Then there's the U-Series, which is aimed at thin and light notebooks and "portable" all-in-one machines. The H-Series is built for gaming notebooks and mobile workstations, while the S-Series is designated for desktops, all-in-one machines, and mini PCs. Also, the Y-Series that was previously known as simply the Core M, (the chip found in products like the 12-inch Apple MacBook and Asus Transformer Book Chi T300) is now expanding into a whole family of processors. There will be Core m3, Core m5, and Core m7 processors, similar to Intel's Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 CPU models in other desktop and notebook chips.

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Turkey Arrests Journalists For Using Encryption

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 10:10pm
An anonymous reader sends news that three employees of Vice News were arrested in Turkey because one of them used an encryption system on his personal computer. That particular type of encryption has been used by the terrorist organization known as the Islamic State, so the men were charged with "engaging in terrorist activity." The head of a local lawyers association said, "I find it ridiculous that they were taken into custody. I don't believe there is any accuracy to what they are charged for. To me, it seems like an attempt by the government to get international journalists away from the area of conflict." The Turkish government denied these claims: "This is an unpleasant incident, but the judiciary is moving forward with the investigation independently and, contrary to claims, the government has no role in the proceedings."

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Watch the Next Three Astronauts Launch to the ISS

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 9:03pm

NASA will stream the launch live starting at 11:45 PM east coast time.

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More Popcorn Time Users Sued

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 8:07pm
An anonymous reader writes: The torrent-based video streaming software Popcorn Time has been in the news lately as multiple entities have initiated legal action over its use. Now, 16 Oregon-based Comcast subscribers have been targeted for their torrenting of the movie Survivor. The attorney who filed the lawsuit (PDF) says his client, Survivor Productions Inc., doesn't plan to seek any more than the minimum $750 fine, and that their goal is to "deter infringement." The lawsuit against these Popcorn Time users was accompanied by 12 other lawsuits targeting individuals who acquired copies of the movie using more typical torrenting practices.

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LLVM 3.7 Delivers OpenMP 3.1 Support, ORC JIT API, New Optimizations

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 7:25pm
An anonymous reader writes: LLVM 3.7 was released today as the newest six-month update. LLVM 3.7 has OpenMP 3.1 support via Clang, a new On-Request Compilation JIT API, the Berkeley Packet Filter back-end was added, the AMDGPU back-end now supports OpenGL 4.1 when paired with Mesa 11.0, and many other functional changes. Early benchmarks against GCC show its performance quite competitive with GCC5, even superior in some workloads, and should be more competitive in scientific applications with there now being OpenMP support.

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James Bond Is the One Who’s ‘Street,’ Not Idris Elba

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 6:46pm

TL;DR: Stupid people are stupid.

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Chrome 45 Launches, Automatically Pauses Less Important Flash Content, Like Ads

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 6:42pm
An anonymous reader writes: Google today launched Chrome 45 for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android with some expected changes and new developer tools. First and foremost, Chrome now automatically pauses less important Flash content (rolling out gradually, so be patient). This has been a longtime coming from both Google and Adobe, with the goal to make Flash content more power-efficient in Chrome: In March, a setting was introduced to play less Flash content on the page, but it wasn't turned on by default, and in June, the option was enabled in the browser's beta channel. Now it's being turned on for everyone.

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Judge: California Drivers Can Go Class-Action to Sue Uber

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 6:41pm

The decision issued today by US District Judge Edward Chen means as many as 160,000 Uber drivers in California could join the case.

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Comcast To Charge $30 For Unlimited Data Over 300GB Cap

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 6:00pm
For some time, Comcast has been testing 300 GB monthly data caps in certain markets. An anonymous reader notes a policy change unveiled today that gives customers in those markets the ability to switch back to unlimited data for $30 extra. Previously (and currently, for customers who don't pay the extra $30), Comcast would charge $10 per 50GB above the cap. "Comcast's intent on this front has been clear for some time. Comcast lobbyist and VP David Cohen last year strongly suggested that usage caps would be arriving for all Comcast customers sooner or later. The idea of charging users a premium to avoid arbitrary usage restrictions has been a pipe dream of incumbent ISP executives for a decade." The new policy goes into effect on October 1.

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Tech’s Biggest Names Unite to Create a New Video Format

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 5:45pm

Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, and others are teaming up to create a new open source video standard.

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Today’s Instagram Update Could Ease the Dreaded @ Wars

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 5:28pm

A new messaging update to the photo platform might ease the @ wars.

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Mozilla Project Working on Immersive Displays (Video)

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 5:18pm
Yes, it's 3-D, and works with the Firefox browser. But that's not all. The MozVR virtual reality system is not just for Firefox, and it can incorporate infrared and other sensors to give a more complete picture than can be derived from visible light alone. In theory, the user's (client) computer needs no special hardware beyond a decent GPU and an Oculus Rift headset. Everything else lives on a server. Is this the future of consumer displays? Even if not, the development is fun to watch, which you can start doing at mozvr.com -- and if you're serious about learning about this project you may want to read our interview transcript in addition to watching the video, because the transcript contains additional information.

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Wow, European Lawyers Really Have It Out for Google

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 5:01pm

Building off of the EU's antitrust investigation of Google, a new site hopes to bring a wave of lawsuits crashing down on the search giant.

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Microsoft's Telemetry Additions To Windows 7 and 8 Raise Privacy Concerns

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:37pm
WheezyJoe writes: ghacks and Ars Technica are providing more detail about Windows 10's telemetry and "privacy invasion" features being backported to Windows 7 and 8. The articles list and explain some of the involved updates by number (e.g., KB3068708, KB3022345, KB3075249, and KB3080149). The Ars article says the Windows firewall can block the traffic just fine, and the service sending the telemetry can be disabled. "Additionally, most or all of the traffic appears to be contingent on participating in the CEIP in the first place. If the CEIP is disabled, it appears that little or no traffic gets sent. This may not always have been the case, however; the notes that accompany the 3080149 update say that the amount of network activity when not part of CEIP has been reduced." The ghacks article explains other ways block the unwanted traffic and uninstall the updates.

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Here Are Jimmy Iovine’s 14 Greatest Tracks

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 4:35pm

Before he co-founded Interscope and Beats, Jimmy Iovine was a record producer and studio engineer. Here are some of our favorite songs he worked on.

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Lack of Sleep Puts You At Higher Risk For Colds, First Experimental Study Finds

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:54pm
sciencehabit writes: Moms and sleep researchers alike have stressed the importance of solid shuteye for years, especially when it comes to fighting off the common cold. Their stance is a sensible one—skimping on sleep weakens the body's natural defense system, leaving it more vulnerable to viruses. But the connection relied largely on self-reported, subjective surveys—until now (abtract). For the first time, a team of scientists reports that they have locked down the link experimentally, showing that sleep-deprived individuals are more than four times more likely to catch a cold than those who are well-rested.

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Mozilla, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Others Form 'Alliance For Open Media'

Slashdot - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:12pm
BrianFagioli tips news that Mozilla, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Intel, Amazon, and Netflix are teaming up to create the Alliance for Open Media, "an open-source project that will develop next-generation media formats, codecs and technologies in the public interest." Several of these companies have been working on this problem alone: Mozilla started Daala, Google has VP9 and VP10, and Cisco just recently announced Thor. Amazon and Netflix, of course, are major suppliers of online video streaming, so they have a vested interested in royalty-free codecs. They're inviting others to join them — the more technology and patents they get on their side, the less likely they'll run into the issues that Microsoft's VC-1 and Google's VP8 struggled with. "The Alliance will operate under W3C patent rules and release code under an Apache 2.0 license. This means all Alliance participants are waiving royalties both for the codec implementation and for any patents on the codec itself."

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Temple Grandin on How Oliver Sacks Changed Her Life

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 3:07pm

Oliver Sacks inspired and motivated a generation of neurologists, neuroscientists, and psychologists. Here are some of their reflections on the man.

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