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By Soulskill from Slashdot's touching-space department:
An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times reports that Alan Eustace, a computer scientist and senior VP at Google, has successfully broken the record for highest freefall jump, set by Felix Baumgartner in 2012. "For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an altitude of 135,908 feet, more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall. ... Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at a speeds that peaked at more than 800 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by observers on the ground. ... His technical team had designed a carbon-fiber attachment that kept him from becoming entangled in the main parachute before it opened. About four-and-a-half minutes into his flight, he opened the main parachute and glided to a landing 70 miles from the launch site."

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's at-least-it's-anonymous-malware department:
Trailrunner7 writes: A security researcher has identified a Tor exit node that was actively patching binaries users download, adding malware to the files dynamically. The discovery, experts say, highlights the danger of trusting files downloaded from unknown sources and the potential for attackers to abuse the trust users have in Tor and similar services. Josh Pitts of Leviathan Security Group ran across the misbehaving Tor exit node while performing some research on download servers that might be patching binaries during download through a man-in-the middle attack.

What Pitts found during his research is that an attacker with a MITM position can actively patch binaries–if not security updates–with his own code. In terms of defending against the sort of attack, Pitts suggested that encrypted download channels are the best option, both for users and site operators. "SSL/TLSis the only way to prevent this from happening. End-users may want to consider installing HTTPS Everywhere or similar plugins for their browser to help ensure their traffic is always encrypted," he said via email.


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Reminder: TFcon Chicago is this weekend!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 24 '14 at 10:15 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
A reminder to all of our friends in the Illinois area this weekend itching to attend a Transformers convention - TFcon Chicago, America's largest fan-run Transformers convention is taking place from today October 24th through to this Sunday October 26th 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare – 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers.

Come by to meet your fellow fans, take in some panels including a third party transforming toys panel and much, much more! Check out the Event Schedule for TFcon Chicago 2014 to see all the great things in store!

TFcon Chicago 2014 features a huge dealer room for Transformers merchandise, question and answer panels and autograph sessions with many special guests including ALAN OPPENHEIMER the voices of Warpath, Beachcomber, Breakdown and Seaspray in Transformers Generation 1 well as the voices of Skeletor, Man-At-Arms and Mer-Man from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, in addition to DAN GILVEZAN best known as the voice of the Autobot Bumblebee in the original Transformers cartoon as well as the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 1981 animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends. He also voiced Goldbug, Hot Spot, Outback, Rollbar, Scamper, Skids and Snapdragon in Transformers Generation 1, VENUS TERZO the voice of Blackarachnia in Beast Wars, AARON ARCHER former Hasbro VP, toy designer and creative lead for all Transformers partnerships, JAMES ROBERTS writer of Transformers More Than Meets The Eye, BOB SKIR story editor and head writer for Beast Machines, Transformers Comic Book artists ALEX MILNE, SARAH STONE, ANDREW GRIFFITH, LIVIO RAMONDELLI, CASEY COLLER, JOSH BURCHAM, JOSH PEREZ, KEN CHRISTIANSEN and BRENDAN CAHILL as well as former Transformers Creative Manager J.E β€œRIK” ALVAREZ.



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By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Botcon has announced the dates for the 2015 convention. Botcon 2015 will be returning to the midwest for Botcon 2015 with Botcon 2015 being held in St. Charles/Chicago, Illinois.The dates for the 2015 show are similar to Botcon 2014 - so mark your diaries, Botcon 2015 will be held in St. Charles/Chicago, Illinois June 18th - June 21st 2015. Hotel bookings for the Pheasant Run Resort are also available.

Stay tuned to the official Botcon homepage for more information.

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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills
Posted by News Fetcher on October 24 '14 at 10:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's employees-worried-about-it-too department:
Nerval's Lobster writes: Every company needs employees who can analyze information effectively, discarding what's unnecessary and digging down into what's actually useful. But employers are getting a little bit worried that U.S. schools aren't teaching students the necessary critical-thinking skills to actually succeed once they hit the open marketplace. The Wall Street Journal talked with several companies about how they judge critical-thinking skills, a few of which ask candidates to submit to written tests to judge their problem-solving abilities. But that sidesteps the larger question: do schools need to shift their focus onto different teaching methods (i.e., downplaying the need for students to memorize lots of information), or is our educational pipeline just fine, thank you very much?

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's magnified-consistency department:
An anonymous reader writes: Eric Betzig recently shared in the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his work on high-resolution microscopy. Just yesterday, Betzig and a team of researchers published a new microscopy technique (abstract) that "allows them to observe living cellular processes at groundbreaking resolution and speed." According to the article, "Until now, the best microscope for viewing living systems as they moved were confocal microscopes. They beam light down onto a sample of cells. The light penetrates the whole sample and bounces back. ... The light is toxic, and degrades the living system over time. Betzig's new microscope solves this by generating a sheet of light that comes in from the side of the sample, made up of a series of beams that harm the sample less than one solid cone of light. Scientists can now snap a high-res image of the entire section they're illuminating, without exposing the rest of the sample to any light at all."

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's how-scientists-become-hoarders department:
sciencehabit writes: Here's one reason libraries hang on to old science journals: A paper from an experiment conducted 32 years ago may shed light on the nature of dark matter, the mysterious stuff whose gravity appears to keep the galaxies from flying apart. The old data put a crimp in the newfangled concept of a 'dark photon' and suggest that a simple bargain-basement experiment could put the idea to the test. The data come from E137, a "beam dump" experiment that ran from 1980 to 1982 at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, California. In the experiment, physicists slammed a beam of high-energy electrons, left over from other experiments, into an aluminum target to see what would come out. Researchers placed a detector 383 meters behind the target, on the other side of a sandstone hill 179 meters thick that blocked any ordinary particles.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's welcome-to-our-home department:
AberBeta writes: PCGamingWiki contributor Soeb has been looking into the recent larger budget game releases to appear on Linux, including XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands: The Pre–Sequel produced by Mac porting houses Feral and Aspyr. Soeb reports that while feature parity is high, performance could be a bit better. Performance differences aside, the games are finally arriving on Linux — now the userbase needs to expand to make a virtuous cycle.

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How To Beat Online Price Discrimination
Posted by News Fetcher on October 24 '14 at 07:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's complain-until-they-give-it-to-you-for-free department:
New submitter Intrepid imaginaut sends word of a study (PDF) into how e-commerce sites show online shoppers different prices depending on how they found an item and what the sites know about the customer.
"For instance, the study found, users logged in to Cheaptickets and Orbitz saw lower hotel prices than shoppers who were not registered with the sites. Home Depot shoppers on mobile devices saw higher prices than users browsing on desktops. Some searchers on Expedia and Hotels.com consistently received higher-priced options, a result of randomized testing by the websites. Shoppers at Sears, Walmart, Priceline, and others received results in a different order than control groups, a tactic known as “steering.”
To get a better price, the article advises deleting cookies before shopping, using your browser's private mode, putting the items in your shopping cart without buying them right away, and using tools like Camelcamelcamel to keep an eye out for price drops.

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By from Panels on Pages:
Multiversity is back with Earth-16 and the tabolid heroes of The Just as told by Grant Morrison and Ben Oliver. Read in horror as the Gentry try to work their way into a universe without Superman.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's my-compliments-to-the-chefbot department:
dcblogs writes: McDonald's this week told financial analysts of its plans to install self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at its restaurants. This news prompted the Wall Street Journal to editorialize, in " Minimum Wage Backfire," that while it may be true for McDonald's to say that its tech plans will improve customer experience, the move is also "a convenient way...to justify a reduction in the chain's global workforce." Minimum wage increase advocates, the Journal argued, are speeding along an automation backlash. But banks have long relied on ATMs, and grocery stores, including Walmart, have deployed self-service checkouts. In contrast, McDonald's hasn't changed its basic system of taking orders since its founding in the 1950s, said Darren Tristano, executive vice president of Technomic, a research group focused on the restaurant industry. While mobile, kiosks and table ordering systems may help reduce labor costs, the automated self-serve technology is seen as an essential. It will take the stress out of ordering (lines) at fast food restaurants, and the wait for checks at more casual restaurants. It also helps with upselling and membership to loyalty programs. People who can order a drink refill off a tablet, instead of waving down waitstaff, may be more inclined to do so. Moreover, analysts say younger customers want self-service options.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's righteous-backpedaling department:
New submitter weilawei writes: Last night, FTDI, a Scottish manufacturer of USB-to-serial ICs, posted a response to the ongoing debacle over its allegedly intentional bricking of competitors' chips. In their statement, FTDI CEO Fred Dart said, "The recently release driver release has now been removed from Windows Update so that on-the-fly updating cannot occur. The driver is in the process of being updated and will be released next week. This will still uphold our stance against devices that are not genuine, but do so in a non-invasive way that means that there is no risk of end user's hardware being directly affected." This may have resulted from a discussion with Microsoft engineers about the implications of distributing potentially malicious driver software.

If you design hardware, what's your stance on this? Will you continue to integrate FTDI chips into your products? What alternatives are available to replace their functionality?


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D-Style Convoy New Images
Posted by News Fetcher on October 24 '14 at 05:45 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Amiami have updated with some new images of the D-Style Convoy figure. This figure is a licensed, non-transforming version of Convoy / Optimus Prime in a super-deformed "big head" style. He's got accessories including rifle, axe, Matrix, alternate hands and a little cutesified version of the truck mode. Check out these new images for a fresh look at this Convoy.

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Takara-Tomy Age of Extinction Black Knight Strafe
Posted by News Fetcher on October 24 '14 at 05:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy will also be offering a new store exclusive release in December 2014. The Black Knight version of Strafe follows on from the other Black Knight releases such as Grimlock, Scorn and Slug, and rounds out Takara-Tomy's black decos of the on-screen Dinobots.

Black Knight Strafe will be offered as an exclusive through all stores that are in the Cybertron Satellite program. He's going to cost 3,200 yen at retail but expect that to rise on the secondary market.

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Takara-Tomy Carnivac Micron Campaign
Posted by News Fetcher on October 24 '14 at 05:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
Takara-Tomy have updated their website with details of a new Micron prize campaign. For November, they will be offering an Arms Micron Carnivac (named for the Generation 1 Pretender brought to life by Simon Furman in the classic Cry Wolf and Prey stories). This Micron seems to be inspired by the wolves on Lockdown's ship, called Steeljaw in the US line.

Carnivac is a redeco of Classics Mini-Con Overbite, and will be available in November exclusively through Toys R Us Japan with a purchase of 3,000 yen or more of Transformers products. He's limited to 10,000 pieces total according to Takara-Tomy's website.

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