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By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Playskool; a subsidiary of Hasbro has posted a commercial for Mr. Potato Head: Transformers. The commercial makes references to Transformers: Age Of Extinction with scenes such as Cade Yeager repairing Optimus and Grimlock charging into battle.



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By Soulskill from Slashdot's opportunity-shortage department:
theodp writes: U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson called on the Obama administration Monday to scrutinize the tech industry's lack of diversity. "There's no talent shortage. There's an opportunity shortage," Jackson said, calling Silicon Valley "far worse" than many others, such as car makers that have been pressured by unions. He said tech behemoths have largely escaped scrutiny by a public dazzled with their cutting-edge gadgets. Jackson spoke to press after meeting with Labor Secretary Tom Perez for a review of H-1B visas, arguing that data show Americans have the skills and should have first access to high-paying tech work. Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition plans to file a freedom-of-information request next month with the EEOC to acquire employment data for companies that have not yet disclosed it publicly, which includes Amazon, Broadcom, Oracle, Qualcomm and Yelp. Unlike the Dept. of Labor, Jackson isn't buying Silicon Valley's argument that minority hiring statistics are trade secrets. Five years after Google's HR Chief would only reassure Congress the company had "a very strong internal Black Googler Network" and its CEO brushed off similar questions about its diversity numbers by saying "we're pretty happy with the way our recruiting work," Google — under pressure from Jackson — fessed up to having a tech workforce that's only 1% Black, apparently par for the course in Silicon Valley.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's chips-and-dips department:
kodiaktau writes: Hardkernel has released a new Raspberry Pi-compatible development board based on the Samsung Exynos SoC. The board is smaller than a typical Pi, keeping basic HDMI, USB and CSI interfaces. It also has a 26-pin expansion board with more GPIO available, though it lacks an Ethernet jack. Initial prices as estimated around $30. The article makes the interesting point that this and other devices are marketed as "Raspberry Pi-compatible." The Raspberry Pi Foundation may run into name retention issues (similar to the ones Arduino had) as related hardware piggybacks on its success.

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Quiet Cooling With a Copper Foam Heatsink
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '14 at 11:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's doubles-as-a-dish-scraper department:
Zothecula writes: The Silent Power PC is claimed to be the first high-end PC able to ditch noisy electric fans in favor of fully passive cooling. In place of a conventional fan, the unit uses an open-air metal foam heatsink that boasts an enormous surface area thanks to the open-weave copper filaments of which it's composed. The Silent Power creators claim that the circulation of air through the foam is so efficient in dissipating heat that the exterior surface temperature never rises above 50 C (122 F) in normal use.

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By from Panels on Pages:
It's hard getting into Japanese wrestling. Why not try with the six best matches from the first three nights of the G1 Climax tournament? There's no better time than now!

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By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
Unlicensed group Toyworld first teased their upcoming line of Dinobots homages way back in January of 2013. Flash forward to today where Toyworld has revealed their first two figures in the quickly crowded arena of unofficial Dinobot transformers, which will be their take on Snarl and Sludge.

Not just revealing their figures and upping the ante a bit, we also have a tease of these figures being able to combine! We only have one image of this, but it's very obviously shows off the combining gimmick of these Dinobots with "Snarl" and "Sludge" forming the combiner legs.

No other information such as release date, price, or scale is available at this time.

Check out the new batch of images after the jump and sound off with what you think!

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By Mechafire from TFW2005:
Comi book website Sequart has posted up a two-part interview with Transformers: More than Meets the Eye writer, James Roberts. In it, Roberts discusses the core concepts and themes of MTMTE and the IDW universe, the art style, how the relationship between Rewind and Chromedome evolved, Megatron's character, and more.

You can check out the first part here, and the second part here!

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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '14 at 08:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's crucial-to-development-of-the-tardis department:
rtoz sends this news from the BBC: The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads starting in January next year. It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time. In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK's road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines. ... The debate now is whether to allow cars, like the prototype unveiled by Google in May, to abandon controls including a steering wheel and pedals and rely on the vehicle's computer. Or whether, instead, to allow the machine to drive, but insist a passenger be ready to wrest back control at a moment's notice.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's good-research-vs-bad-research department:
An anonymous reader writes: Last week, we discussed news that a presentation had been canceled for the upcoming Black Hat security conference that involved the Tor Project. The researchers involved hadn't made much of an effort to disclose the vulnerability, and the Tor Project was scrambling to implement a fix. Now, the project says it's likely these researchers were actively attacking Tor users and trying to deanonymize them. "On July 4 2014 we found a group of relays that we assume were trying to deanonymize users. They appear to have been targeting people who operate or access Tor hidden services. The attack involved modifying Tor protocol headers to do traffic confirmation attacks. ...We know the attack looked for users who fetched hidden service descriptors, but the attackers likely were not able to see any application-level traffic (e.g. what pages were loaded or even whether users visited the hidden service they looked up). The attack probably also tried to learn who published hidden service descriptors, which would allow the attackers to learn the location of that hidden service." They also provide a technical description of the attack, and the steps they're taking to block such attacks in the future.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's common-enough-to-make-you-sad department:
An anonymous reader writes: I do some contract work on the side, and am helping a client set up a new point-of-sale system. For the time being, it's pretty simple: selling products, keeping track of employee time, managing inventory and the like. However, it requires a small network because there are two clients, and one of the clients feeds off of a small SQL Express database from the first. During the setup, the vendor disabled the local firewall, and in a number of emails back and forth since (with me getting more and more aggravated) they went from suggesting that there's no need for a firewall, to outright telling me that's just how they do it and the contract dictates that's how we need to run it. This isn't a tremendous deal today, but with how things are going, odds are there will be e-Commerce worked into it, and probably credit card transactions... which worries the bejesus out of me.

So my question to the Slashdot masses: is this common? In my admittedly limited networking experience, it's been drilled into my head fairly well that not running a firewall is lazy (if not simply negligent), and to open the appropriate ports and call it a day. However, I've seen forum posts here and there with people admitting they run their clients without firewalls, believing that the firewall on their incoming internet connection is good enough, and that their client security will pick up the pieces. I'm curious how many real professionals do this, or if the forum posts I'm seeing (along with the vendor in question) are just a bunch of clowns.


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By Soulskill from Slashdot's galactic-atkins department:
schwit1 writes: New research by astronomers suggests that the Milky Way is about half as massive as previously estimated. It was thought to be roughly the same mass as Andromeda, weighing in at approximately 1.26 x 10^12 solar masses (PDF). This new research indicates its mass is around half the mass of Andromeda. "Galaxies in the Local Group are bound together by their collective gravity. As a result, while most galaxies, including those on the outskirts of the Local Group, are moving farther apart due to expansion, the galaxies in the Local Group are moving closer together because of gravity. For the first time, researchers were able to combine the available information about gravity and expansion to complete precise calculations of the masses of both the Milky Way and Andromeda. ... Andromeda had twice as much mass as the Milky Way, and in both galaxies 90 percent of the mass was made up of dark matter."

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An Accidental Wikipedia Hoax
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '14 at 07:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's isaac-newton-invented-the-apple department:
Andreas Kolbe writes: The Daily Dot's EJ Dickson reports how she accidentally discovered that a hoax factoid she added over five years ago as a stoned sophomore to the Wikipedia article on "Amelia Bedelia, the protagonist of the eponymous children's book series about a 'literal-minded housekeeper' who misunderstands her employer's orders," had not just remained on Wikipedia all this time, but come to be cited by a Taiwanese English professor, in "innumerable blog posts and book reports", as well as a book on Jews and Jesus. It's a cautionary tale about the fundamental unreliability of Wikipedia. And as Wikipedia ages, more and more such stories are coming to light.

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Diamond Comics shipping list for August 6th
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '14 at 06:15 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
2005 Board member, D-Drive has once again provided us with the Diamond Comics Shipping list. On tap next week for our beloved Robots in Disguise is:

TRANSFORMERS CLASSICS UK VOLUME 5 TP

(W) Simon Furman & Various (A) Jeff Anderson & Various (CA) Andrew Wildman

Classic TRANSFORMERS tales from the UK continuity! These vintage TF stories are presented in order, many published for the first time in the United States! Writer and life-long TF fan James Roberts provides in-depth historical perspective front matter in each volume, and TFUK artist Andrew Wildman provides new covers!


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By from Panels on Pages:
Seth Rollins' WWE debut with the Shield wasn't his first shocking debut. What happened in his first appearance in Ring of Honor that was so shocking they didn't air it on pay-per-view? Read more to find out...

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Generations Sky-Byte Found at US Retail!
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '14 at 06:00 AM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
Let the hunt begin for the next round of Transformers Generations figures! Earlier today it was reported by TFW2005 boards member alkamist that everyone's favorite shark, Sky-Byte, was found at a Target in Pinole, California! No sign of case mate Roadbuster (TFW2005 gallery here), but the Wrecker should be out in the wild too given this Sky-Byte sighting. If you're still on the fence with buying this Predacon or just want to see more, check out the TFW2005 gallery of Sky-Byte for several highly detailed images.

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