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FTC Sues AT&T For Throttling 'Unlimited' Data Plan Customers Up To 90%

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:01pm
An anonymous reader writes The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today announced it is suing AT&T. The commission is charging the carrier for allegedly misleading millions of its smartphone customers by changing the terms while customers were still under contract for "unlimited" data plans that were, well, limited. "AT&T promised its customers 'unlimited' data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise," FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said in a statement. "The issue here is simple: 'unlimited' means unlimited." How apropos.

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A Slick New Interactive 3-D Poster for the Divergent Sequel Insurgent

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:55pm

The future is here: check out the 3-D interactive poster for Insurgent's Peter (Miles Teller).

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Can Ello Legally Promise To Remain Ad-Free?

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:22pm
Bennett Haselton writes: Social networking company Ello has converted itself to a Public Benefit Corporation, bound by a charter saying that they will not now, nor in the future, make money by running advertisements or selling user data. Ello had followed these policies from the outset, but skeptics worried that venture capitalist investors might pressure Ello to change those policies, so this binding commitment was meant to assuage those fears. But is the commitment really legally binding and enforceable down the road? Read on for the rest.

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The Future of Fraud

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:16pm

When I started 41st Parameter more than a decade ago, I had a sense of what fraud was all about. I’d spent several years dealing with fraud while at VeriSign and American Express. As I considered the problem, I realized that fraud was something that could never be fully prevented. It’s a dispiriting thing to […]

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When Shared Data Is Not Reproducible: Science Is Broken–But It Can Be Fixed

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:16pm

In July of 2014, the United States government joined the growing conversation about scientific reproducibility when the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council asked in a public request for information: Given recent evidence of the irreproducibility of a surprising number of published scientific findings, how can the Federal Government leverage […]

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New Droid Turbo Charges to 8 Hours of Battery Life in Just 15 Minutes

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:51pm

Armed with a durable ballistic-nylon backing, the new Droid Turbo for Verizon has a long-lasting, quick-charging battery.

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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:41pm
New submitter hejman08 writes with a question probably faced by many whose parents, grandparents, and other relatives rely on them for tech support and advice, specifically one about finding an appropriate data plan for his grandmother, of whom he writes: She is on her own plan through Verizon with 1GB of data, and she literally blows through it in three days or less every month, then complains about having nothing to do. They have Wi-Fi at her senior center, but only in specific rooms, and she has bad ankles and knees so she wants to stay home. Internet service would cost 80 a month to add where she lives. What I am wondering, is if any of the genius slashdotters out there know of a plan that- regardless of cost of phone, which we could manage as a gift to her, once- would allow her to have at least 300 minutes, 250 texts, and truly unlimited data (as in none of that Unlimited* stuff that is out there where they drop you to caveman speeds within a gig of usage), all for the price of less than say, 65 a month? The big 4 carriers don't seem to have anything that would work for her. What would you recommend? (I might start with a signal repeater in a utility closet, myself, or some clandestine CAT5 from a friendly neighbor's place.)

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A Stellar New Fantasy Novel and 4 Other Books We’re Reading This Month

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 1:04pm

This month, we’re balancing some quick reads---a Jonathan Franzen-blessed debut and a slim companion volume from one of our favorite new(-ish) fantasy writers---with Walter Isaacson’s latest blockbuster on the history of technological innovation, along with a few other selections. Attention, readers: book club starts now.

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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:59pm
itwbennett writes Working closely with VISA, Apple solved many complex security issues making in-person payments safer than ever. But it's that close relationship with the credit card companies that may be Apple Pay's downfall. A competing solution called CurrentC has recently gained a lot of press as backers of the project moved to block NFC payments (Apple Pay, Google Wallet, etc.) at their retail terminals. The merchants designing or backing CurrentC reads like a greatest hits list of retail outfits and leading the way is the biggest of them all, Walmart. The retailers have joined together to create a platform that is independent of the credit card companies and their profit-robbing transaction fees. Hooking directly to your bank account rather than a credit or debit card, CurrentC will use good old ACH to transfer money from your account to the merchant's bank account at little to no cost.

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OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:17pm
colinneagle writes This Friday is Halloween, but if you try to buy a PC with Windows 7 pre-loaded after that, you're going to get a rock instead of a treat. Microsoft will stop selling Windows 7 licenses to OEMs after this Friday and you will only be able to buy a machine with Windows 8.1. The good news is that business/enterprise customers will still be able to order PCs 'downgraded' to Windows 7 Professional. Microsoft has not set an end date for when it will cut off Windows 7 Professional to OEMs, but it will likely be a while. This all fits in with typical Microsoft timing. Microsoft usually pulls OEM supply of an OS a year after it removes it from retail. Microsoft cut off the retail supply of Windows 7 in October of last year, although some retailers still have some remaining stock left. If the analytics from Steam are any indicator, Windows 8 is slowly working its way into the American public, but mostly as a Windows XP replacement. Windows 7, both 32-bit and 64-bit, account for 59% of their user base. Windows 8 and 8.1 account for 28%, while XP has dwindled to 4%.

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Unveiled: The Poster for Blackhat, Michael Mann’s Hacker Movie

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 12:00pm

We still don't know too much about Blackhat, Michael Mann's upcoming January thriller, beyond "Thor hacks stuff." But at least we can tell that Mann's bringing his considerable visual skills to bear on a subject that's near and dear to us at WIRED.

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Map How People Around the World Answer Any Question You Can Think Of

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:40am

[HTML1] Answer the question here PORTLAND, Oregon — I call it soda, but if you’re from Minneapolis, you probably call it pop. A map of where the strongholds of pop- and soda-drinkers are in the U.S. became hugely popular last year, along with 30 other maps of geographical usage differences. Now those maps have inspired […]

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XYZPrinting Releases All-In-One 3D Printer With Internal Laser Scanner

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:36am
Lucas123 writes XYZPrinting today released the first 3D printer with embedded scanner that has the ability to replicate objects between 2-in and 6-in in size and print objects of up to 7.8-in square from .stl files. The printer's retailing for $799. A review of the new da Vinci 1.0 AiO all-in-one 3D printer revealed the 3D scanning capability, which is supposed to have a .05mm resolution, captures overall size and some finer features of an object but it falls short when it comes to precise details; thin protrusions and through-object holes are often missed in a scan. The mechanics — the printing head, two laser scanning/camera pods and turntable, and the motorized print table — are fully enclosed in a sleek-looking blue and white cubical case with a large transparent, hinged-front door. The front of the printer has a simple push button keypad for traversing a menu on a 2.6-in LCD black-and-white display. The printer is about 18-in. x 20-in. x 22-in. in size and weighs 60.6 lbs. While this is a desktop printer, it takes up a sizeable amount of room on your desk. It can print with either ABS or PLA thermopolymer.

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It's Official: HTML5 Is a W3C Standard

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:54am
rjmarvin (3001897) writes The Worldwide Web Consortium today has elevated the HTML5 specification to 'recommendation' status , giving it the group's highest level of endorsement, which is akin to becoming a standard. The W3C also introduced Application Foundations with the announcement of the HTML5 recommendation to aid developers in writing Web applications, and said the organization is working with patents holders of the H.264 codec to agree on a baseline royalty-free interoperability level commitment.

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Microsoft Works On Windows For ARM-Based Servers

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:13am
SmartAboutThings writes According to some reports from the industry, Microsoft is working on a version of its software for servers that run on chips based on ARM Holdings's technology. Windows Server now runs on Intel hardware, but it seems that Redmond wants to diversify its strategy. An ARM-based version of Windows Server could help challenge Intel's dominance and make a place for ARM in the server market, not only in mobile chips. According to the article, though, Microsoft "hasn’t yet decided whether to make the software commercially available."

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Alienware's Triangular Area-51 Re-Design With Tri-SLI GeForce GTX 980, Tested

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 9:33am
MojoKid writes Dell's Alienware division recently released a radical redesign of their Area-51 gaming desktop. With 45-degree angled front and rear face plates that are designed to direct control and IO up toward the user, in addition to better directing cool airflow in, while warm airflow is directed up and away from the rear of the chassis, this triangular-shaped machine grabs your attention right away. In testing and benchmarks, the Area-51's new design enables top-end performance with thermal and acoustic profiles that are fairly impressive versus most high-end gaming PC systems. The chassis design is also pretty clean, modular and easily servicable. Base system pricing isn't too bad, starting at $1699 with the ability to dial things way up to an 8-core Haswell-E chip and triple GPU graphics from NVIDIA and AMD. The test system reviewed at HotHardware was powered by a six-core Core i7-5930K chip and three GeForce GTX 980 cards in SLI. As expected, it ripped through the benchmarks, though the price as configured and tested is significantly higher.

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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:52am
linuxwrangler writes A flight from LAX to London was delayed after a passenger reported seeing "Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork" as an available hotspot name and reported it to a flight attendant. The flight was taken to a remote part of the airport and delayed for several hours but "after further investigation, it was determined that no crime was committed and no further action will be taken." That seems an awfully low threshold for disrupting air traffic, since wireless access points can be had for just a few dollars these days.

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The Physics of a Spinning Spacecraft in Interstellar

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:35am

Adding a circular motion to a spacecraft creates a gravity-like effect.

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EFF Rates Which Service Providers Side With Users

Slashdot - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 8:11am
An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation has issued a report grading online service providers for how well they side with users over intellectual property disputes. They looked at sites like YouTube, Imgur, tumblr, and Twitter. "The services could receive a maximum of five stars, based on criteria including publicly documented procedures for responses to DMCA takedown notices and counter-notices, how the services handle trademark disputes, and if the company issued detailed transparency reports." Only two sites got a perfect rating: WordPress and Namecheap. tumblr got the worst score, and Imgur was not far behind. The rest of the sites were in between, though the EFF did give a bit of extra credit to Etsy for its educational guides and Twitter for its transparency reports.

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Angry Nerd: Horror Movie Clichés Must Die!

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:30am

The latest crop of horror flicks are full of nothing but a bunch of recycled clichés. These oft-repeated tropes deserve to meet a bloody end. Do we really need Michael Bay bringing another Hasbro product to life with Ouija? And who asked for that new wannabe Blair Witch Project movie Exists? Angry Nerd explains why the only frightening thing this Halloween is the surplus of crappy horror flicks.​

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