23 Attorneys General Refile Challenge To FCC Net Neutrality Repeal
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 04:12 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's re-submit department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A coalition of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia on Thursday refiled legal challenges intended to block the Trump administration's repeal of landmark rules designed to ensure a free and open internet from taking effect. The Federal Communications Commission officially published its order overturning the net neutrality rules in the Federal Register on Thursday, a procedural step that allows for the filing of legal challenges. The states, along with web browser developer Mozilla and video-sharing website Vimeo, had filed petitions preserving their right to sue in January, but agreed to withdraw them last Friday and wait for the FCC's publication. The attorneys general argue that the FCC cannot make "arbitrary and capricious" changes to existing policies and that it misinterpreted and disregarded "critical record evidence on industry practices and harm to consumers and businesses." The White House Office of Management and Budget still must sign off on some aspects of the FCC reversal before it takes legal effect. That could take months.

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Nearly Half of Parents Worry Their Child Is Addicted To Mobile Devices, Study Finds
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 04:12 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's welcome-to-2018 department:
According to a new survey from Common Sense Media and SurveyMonkey, 47% of parents worry their child is addicted to their mobile device. By comparison, only 32% of parents say they're addicted themselves. USA Today reports: Half of parents also say they are at least somewhat concerned about how mobile devices will affect their kids' mental health. Nearly one in five say they're "extremely" or "very" concerned. According to the survey, 89% of parents believe it's up to them to curb their children's smartphone usage. The survey conducted between Jan. 25 and Jan. 29 included a sample of 4,201 adults, including 1,024 parents with children under age 18. Data was weighted to reflect the demographic composition of the U.S. for adults over 18, based on Census data. Many devices and services feature parental controls, but some parents may not be aware they exist. The Common Sense-SurveyMonkey survey found 22% of parents did not know YouTube -- which has faced scrutiny over how easy it is for kids to find inappropriate videos -- offered parental controls. Also, 37% have not used the controls before. Among parents surveyed who say their kids watch YouTube videos, 62% said their kids have seen inappropriate videos on the site. Most, or 81%, said it's the parents' job to prevent kids from seeing these videos.

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Elon Musk Steps Down From AI Safety Group To Avoid Conflict of Interest With Tesla
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 02:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's conflict-of-interest department:
New submitter the gmr writes: According to an announcement on the OpenAI blog, Elon Musk has stepped down from the board of directors of the nonprofit AI safety group, which he co-founded in 2015, due potential conflict of interest with his company Tesla. As explained in a post on Futurism, the move away from OpenAI may indicate that Tesla may be moving forward with more AI projects than most people may realize. Musk's departure may mean that Tesla is closer to delivering vehicles capable of Level 5 autonomy, "fully self-driving" vehicles that more than 35,000 Tesla customers paid for even though the technology does not yet exist. "Elon Musk will depart the OpenAI Board but will continue to donate and advise the organization," the announcement reads. "As Tesla continues to become more focused on AI, this will eliminate a potential future conflict for Elon." The OpenAI board of directors now consists of Greg Brockman, Ilya Sutskever, Holden Karnofsky, and Sam Altman, with whom Musk co-founded the venture. The company reportedly plans to not only fill Musk's seat but expand their team as well.

"Open AI has also been a prominent voice in the conversation concerning the limitations, challenges, and potential dangers of artificial intelligence," reports Futurism. "Just this week, the company co-released a report with a number of other global AI experts that outlines the potential 'malicious' uses of the technology and how to prevent them."

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President Trump: 'We Have To Do Something' About Violent Video Games, Movies
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 02:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's call-to-arms department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In a White House meeting held with lawmakers on the theme of school safety, President Donald Trump offered both a direct and vague call to action against violence in media by calling out video games and movies. "We have to do something about what [kids are] seeing and how they're seeing it," Trump said during the meeting. "And also video games. I'm hearing more and more people say the level of violence on video games is shaping more and more people's thoughts." Trump followed this statement by referencing "movies [that] come out that are so violent with the killing and everything else." He made a suggestion for keeping children from watching violent films: "Maybe they have to put a rating system for that." The MPAA's ratings board began adding specific disclaimers about sexual, drug, and violent content in all rated films in the year 2000, which can be found in small text in every MPAA rating box.

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Botched npm Update Crashes Linux Systems, Forces Users to Reinstall
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 01:31 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's beware department:
Catalin Cimpanu, reporting for BleepingComputer: A bug in npm (Node Package Manager), the most widely used JavaScript package manager, will change ownership of crucial Linux system folders, such as /etc, /usr, /boot. Changing ownership of these files either crashes the system, various local apps, or prevents the system from booting, according to reports from users who installed npm v5.7.0. -- the buggy npm update. Users who installed this update -- mostly developers and software engineers -- will likely have to reinstall their system from scratch or restore from a previous system image.

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Taiwan To Ban Plastic Straws, Cups and Shopping Bags By 2030
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 01:31 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Taiwan is planning a blanket ban on single-use plastic items including straws, cups and shopping bags by 2030, officials said Thursday, with restaurants facing new restrictions from next year. It is the latest push by Taiwan to cut waste and pollution after introducing a recycling programme and charges for plastic bags. The island's eco-drive has also extended to limiting the use of incense at temples and festivals to protect public health. Its new plan will force major chain restaurants to stop providing plastic straws for in-store use from 2019, a requirement that will expand to all dining outlets in 2020. Consumers will have to pay extra for all straws, plastic shopping bags, disposable utensils and beverage cups from 2025, ahead of a full ban on the single-use items five years later, according to the road map from the government's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).

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Has Nintendo Gone MAD?! (Nintendo Labo Origins) | Culture Shock
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 01:21 PM
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Venezuela Says Its Cryptocurrency Raised $735 Million -- But It's a Farce
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 12:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's closer-look department:
Earlier this week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed that a new state-sponsored cryptocurrency called the petro raised $735 million on the first day of its sale. ArsTechnica dives deep on the matter to suggest that it's all a farce. From the report: The government hasn't provided any way to independently verify that $735 million figure. And there's reason to doubt almost everything the Venezuelan government has said about the project. Moreover, there's little reason to believe that the petro will maintain its value over time. The Venezuelan government has portrayed petro tokens as backed by Venezuela's vast oil reserves, but they're not. The government is merely promising to accept tax payments in petros at a government-determined exchange rate linked to oil prices. Given the Venezuelan government's history of manipulating exchange rates, experts say investors should be wary of this arrangement. Moreover, the petro scheme has been opposed by opposition legislators in Venezuela's opposition-controlled legislature. They say that the Maduro government is essentially issuing oil-backed debt, and legally that can't be done without approval from the legislature. If Maduro falls from power in the future, his successor might refuse to honor petro redemptions.

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Disney Loses in Redbox Copyright Row
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 12:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's bad-fights department:
Disney has lost a bid to stop movie rental company Redbox from reselling download codes for its films. From a report: Redbox bought Disney movies on DVD to offer for rental in its kiosks. The DVDs were often bundled with a code to download a copy of the film. Disney requested an injunction to stop the practice, saying that Redbox had no business arrangement with it. A California federal judge accused Disney of "copyright misuse." Redbox rents and sells movies via tens of thousands of automated kiosks that dispense DVD and Blu-ray discs.

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IDW Press Release For Transformers: Bumblebee – Win If You Dare
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 12:01 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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IDW has sent us a press release for their upcoming original graphic novel Transformers: Bumblebee – Win If You Dare. The book was first revealed here yesterday, thanks to an Amazon listing which went up. Though not part of IDW’s current continuity, Transformers: Bumblebee features an original standalone story very much like the upcoming Bumblebee: The Movie which serves as a spinoff movie to the Michael Bay Transformers Live Action Movie Series. “The exciting thing about this book is that it really hits all the highs of TRANSFORMERS for fans new and old,” said IDW Associate Editor, David Mariotte. “It » Continue Reading.

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Takara Movie The Best MB-12 Jazz, MB-13 Bonecrusher, MB-14 TLK Megatron & MB-15 Lockdown In-Package Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 10:41 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Once again, thanks to our sponsor Robotkingdom on Facebook, we can share for you more in-package images of the recent Takara Movie The Best releases. We would kindly remember fans that Movie The Best is a Japanese exclusive line of repaints and retools of previous Movie figures. We should not confuse them with the recent Studio Series line which will bring new molds for popular movie characters. Studio Series will be available both in US and Japan markets. We have clear images of: MB-12 Autobot Jazz. Repaint of the Transformers 2007 Deluxe Jazz mold which will include the weapon » Continue Reading.

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Takara Legends LG-61 Clonetron Set, LG-62 Targetmaster Windblade And LG-63 G2 Megatron In-Package Images
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 10:41 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thank to our sponsor Robotkingdom via their Facebook account we have got our first look at the packaging of the next Wave 26 of Takara-Tomy Legends figures. LG-61 Clonetron Set. A nice Pounce and Wingspan 2-pack. LG-62 Targetmaster Windblade. She will include the sword of the TR Windblade and Targetmaster Pointech. LG-63 G2 Megatron. Redeco of TR Voyager Megatron. It will include drone partner Noble, a redeco of TR Fangry’s accesory. According to the information given by Robotkingdom, all figures will start Shipping on 24th February, 2018.   You can check out all images after the jump and then share your » Continue Reading.

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Uber Will 'Invest Aggressively' In India And Southeast Asia, CEO Says
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 10:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's shape-of-things department:
Pranav Dixit, writing for BuzzFeed News: Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber's CEO of six months, said on Thursday that the ride-hailing service would continue to invest aggressively in both Southeast Asia and India, where the company is losing money and faces strong competition from local players like Grab and Ola. Uber has been slow to expand its presence in India and Southeast Asia, allowing competitors to quickly gain ground. Singapore's Grab, for instance, claimed to have 95% of the country's ride-hailing market share last year. And Ola, Uber's Indian rival, currently operates in 110 cities against Uber's 29 cities. Ola does 1 billion rides annually, compared to Uber, which announced in mid-2017 that it completed 500 million total rides in the country in its first four years of operations. "We expect to lose money in Southeast Asia and expect to invest aggressively in terms of marketing, subsidies, etc.," Khosrowshahi told reporters in India, which is Uber's fastest-growing market outside the United States, and where he is currently on his first official tour. While Uber's India operation is not yet profitable, it does account for 10% of Uber's rides globally.

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Transformers Voice Actor David Kaye to attend TFcon Toronto 2018
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 10:41 AM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
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TFcon is very pleased to welcome David Kaye to TFcon Toronto 2018. Transformers fans will recognize him as the voice of Megatron in Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Armada, Energon and Cybertron, as well as Optimus Prime in Transformers Animated. David will be taking part in Q&A panels and autograph sessions with the attendees of the world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention all weekend long. David Kaye is presented by TFcon Toronto 2018 sponsor The Chosen Prime TFcon Toronto – The world’s largest fan-run Transformers convention will take place July 13th to 15th, 2018. TFcon Toronto will return to the » Continue Reading.

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Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Tiny Turbo Changers Distribution Initiated
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 10:41 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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We have received a word that Transformers: Bumblebee movie based Tiny Turbo Changers are being distributed in the Unites States via Hasbro’s distribution center in California. Each blind-bagged case is titled as TRA MOVIE EDITION TINY TURBO CHANGERS TRA MV6. The distribution began two days ago on 02/20/2018. Since it took just a little over 2 months for Authentics figures to go from Distributed to Spotted, we expect these figures to turn up at US retail around end of April or early May this year. At the moment, the Toys”R”Us placeholder Street Date is listed as 04/20/2018. The toys » Continue Reading.

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Intel, Microsoft, Dell, HP and Lenovo Expect PCs With Fast 5G Wireless To Ship Next Year
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 10:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
Intel, along with Dell, HP, Lenovo, and Microsoft said Thursday that the companies expect the first 5G Windows PCs to become available during the second half of 2019. From a report: That's about the same time that Intel plans to begin shipping its XMM 8000 commercial modems, marking the company's entrance into the 5G market. Intel will show off a prototype of the new 5G connected PC at Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona. In addition the company will demonstrate data streaming over the 5G network. At its stand, Intel said that it will also show off eSIM technology -- the replacement for actual, physical SIM cards -- and a thin PC running 802.11ax Wi-Fi, the next-gen Wi-Fi standard.

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Amazon May Open Up To Six More Automated Stores This Year
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 09:22 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
Amazon may have opened its automated convenience store a year late, but it looks like it's been a pretty big success. From a report: Recode learned that the company plans on opening six more of its Amazon Go stores in 2018. It's not clear where these stores will be located, though Recode reports that more locations are likely in Seattle, and Amazon is in talks with the developer of The Grove in Los Angeles. Amazon Go is billed as the convenience store of the future. There are no checkout lines; you can simply walk in, grab what you want, and leave. You scan in with a smartphone app, and then an AI tracks what you take from the shelves and automatically charges you for them.

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Takara-Tomy MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (Hot Rod) Hasbro Asia Collector Coin
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 08:01 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Courtesy of Planet Iacon on Facebook and our friend site and sponsor Robotkingdom we have a look at the Collectible Coin included by Hasbro Asia with Takara Tomy MP-40 Targetmaster Hot Rodimus (Hot Rod). As you may remember, these collectible coins are distributed by Hasbro Asia over the continent but Japan. The coin comes in a very original package similar to Rodimus alt mode. Once you open it, you will find a nice die-cast coin with Hot Rod’s face . You can check out the mirrored images, which include extra pictures of the packaging, after the jump and then sound off at the 2005 » Continue Reading.

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Net Neutrality Rules Die on April 23
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 08:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's end-of-an-era department:
The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules will be no more in two months, as the agency takes the final step in removing the regulation from its rule book. From a report: The date -- April 23 -- was revealed today after the Federal Communication Commission's order revoking net neutrality was published in the Federal Register. You can read the full order here. The publication means that a new fight around net neutrality is about to begin. States and other parties will be able to sue over the rules -- some have already gotten started -- and a battle in Congress will kick off over a vote to reverse the order entirely. While that fight likely won't get far in Congress since Republicans by and large oppose net neutrality and control both chambers, there will likely be a long and heated legal battle around the corner for the FCC's new policy. The FCC's new rules are really a lack of rules. Its "Restoring Internet Freedom" order entirely revokes the strong net neutrality regulations put in place back in 2015 and replaces them with basically nothing. Internet providers can now block, throttle, and prioritize content if they want to. The only real rule here is that they have to disclose if they're doing any of this.

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Twitter Updates Developer Rules in the Wake of Bot Crackdown
Posted by News Fetcher on February 22 '18 at 08:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's setting-precedence department:
Twitter is getting serious about its bot problem. From a report: Hours after a massive bot purge that prompted the #TwitterLockOut hashtag to trend, the company is announcing new rules for developers meant to prevent bots from using third-party apps to spread spam. According to the new rules, developers that use Twitter's API will no longer be able to let users: Simultaneously post identical or substantially similar content to multiple accounts. Simultaneously perform actions such as Likes, Retweets, or follows from multiple accounts Use of any form of automation (including scheduling) to post identical or substantially similar content, or to perform actions such as Likes or Retweets, across many accounts that have authorized your app (whether or not you created or directly control those accounts) is not permitted.

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