Ubuntu Linux 16.10 'Yakkety Yak' Beta 1 Now Available For Download
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 06:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's new-release department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BetaNews: Today, the first beta of Ubuntu Linux 16.10 sees release. Once again, a silly animal name is assigned, this time being the letter "Y" for the horned mammal, "Yakkety Yak." This is also a play on the classic song "Yakety Yak" by The Coasters. Please be sure not to "talk back" while testing this beta operating system! "Pre-releases of the Yakkety Yak are not encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this bos grunniens ready. Beta 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. These images are still under development, so you should expect some bugs," says Set Hallstrom, Ubuntu Studio project lead. He adds: "While these Beta 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Yakkety Yak. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Beta 1 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 16.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs." Here are the following download links: Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio.

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Twitter Is Working On Anti-Harassment Keyword Filtering Tool, Says Report
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 06:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's cease-and-desist department:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has made it a top priority for company to limit hateful conduct. In late December 2015, for example, the company changed its rules to explicitly ban "hateful conduct" for the first time. A new report says Twitter is working to further curb the rise of hateful conduct as it is "working on a keyword-based tool that will let people filter the posts they see, giving users a more effective way to block out harassing and offensive tweets." Bloomberg reports: "The San Francisco-based company has been discussing how to implement the tool for about a year as it seeks to stem abuse on the site, said the people [familiar with the matter], who asked not to be identified because the initiative isn't public. By using keywords, users could block swear words or racial slurs, for example, to screen out offenders. The filtering tool could eventually become a moderator for any kind of content, the people said. For example, users could block a hashtag about an event they don't care to read about."

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Dyson Will Spend $1.4 Billion, Enlist 3,000 Engineers To Build a Better Battery
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 04:43 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's eyes-on-the-prize department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Digital Trends: Among the 100 new products the company founder James Dyson wants to invent by 2020, the greatest investment in people and money is to improve rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, as reported by Forbes (Warning: paywalled). And Dyson is not planning incremental improvements. His opinion is that current Li-ion batteries don't last long enough and aren't safe enough -- the latter as evidenced by their propensity to spontaneously catch on fire, which is rare but does happen. Dyson believes the answer lies in using ceramics to create solid-state lithium-ion batteries. Dyson says he intended to spend $1.4 billion in research and development and in building a battery factory over the next five years. Last year Dyson bought Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Sakti3, which focuses on creating advanced solid-state batteries, for $90 million. The global lithium-ion battery market accounts for $40 billion in annual sales, according to research firm Lux as cited by Forbes. Dyson's company (which is an accurate description since he has 100-percent ownership) currently employs 3,000 engineers worldwide. He intends to hire another 3,000 by 2020. Their average age is 26. Dyson values young engineers, saying, "The enthusiasm and lack of fear is important. Not taking notice of experts and plowing on because you believe in something is important. It's much easier to do when you're young."

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Transformers 56 full preview
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 04:11 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Via Newsarama we can share a preview of the upcoming Transformers #56! Titans Return continues, as Sentinel Prime assesses whether Optimus Prime can be an asset to his cause – and if (when?) things inevitably devolve into violence, Earth will be caught in the crossfire! Check out the full preview, and be sure to pick this issue up when it hits comic stores.

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Non-Transformers: To The Death by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 04:11 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


While strictly not Transformers related, we thought you, our readers, might like to know about a project which Transformers writer Simon Furman and artist Geoff Senior are working on. To The Death is a creator-owned project, a digital comic book saga set in Earth’s future that echoes the hard-edged sci-fi of Dragon’s Claws and Death’s Head (both of which were co-created by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior) and some of the heavy mech of Transformers. It’s a little different to most digital fare, in that it’s presented in successive full-sized frames (one per screen), really showcasing Geoff Senior’s kinetic, muscular » Continue Reading.

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Facebook Says Humans Won't Write Its Trending Topic Descriptions Anymore
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 03:22 PM
By manishs from Slashdot's "open-network" department:
Following a former Facebook journalist's report that the company's workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network's Trending Topics section, the company has been in damage control mode. First, the company announced it would tweak its Trending Topics section and revamp how editors find trending stories. Specifically, they will train the human editors who work on Facebook's trending section and abandon several automated tools it used to find and categorize trending news in the past. Most recently, Facebook added political scenarios to its orientation training following the concerns. Now, it appears that Facebook will "end its practice of writing editorial descriptions for topics, replacing them with snippets of text pulled from news stories." Kurt Wagner, writing for Recode: It's been more than three months since Gizmodo first published a story claiming Facebook's human editors were suppressing conservative news content on the site's Trending Topics section. Facebook vehemently denied the report, but has been dealing with the story's aftermath ever since. On Friday, Facebook announced another small but notable change to Trending Topics: Human editors will no longer write the short story descriptions that accompany a trending topic on the site. Instead, Facebook is going to use algorithms to "pull excerpts directly from stories." It is not, however, cutting out humans entirely. In fact, Facebook employees will still select which stories ultimately make it into the trending section. An algorithm will surface popular stories, but Facebook editors will weed out the inappropriate or fake ones. "There are still people involved in this process to ensure that the topics that appear in Trending remain high-quality," the company's blog reads.

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Spotify Is Burying Tracks From Musicians Who Give Exclusives To Apple and Tidal
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 03:22 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's duct-tape-and-latex-gloves department:
The music-streaming market is very competitive these days, especially since Apple released Apple Music last year. In retaliation for musicians giving Apple exclusive access to their new music, Spotify has reportedly been making their songs harder to find on its service. Bloomberg reports: "Artists who have given Apple exclusive access to new music have been told they won't be able to get their tracks on featuring playlists once the songs become available on Spotify, said the people [familiar with the strategy], who declined to be identified discussing the steps. Those artists have also found their songs buried in the search rankings of Spotify, the world's largest music-streaming service, the people said. Spotify said it doesn't alter search rankings. Spotify has been using such practices for about a year, one of the people said, though others said the efforts have escalated over the past few months. Artists who have given exclusives to Tidal, the streaming service run by Jay Z, have also retaliated against, the person said, declining to identify specific musicians."

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GTLive: The Case of the DEATH Bots! - Case Animatronics
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 03:10 PM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:


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PAX Dev Tickets And Infoburst
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 03:01 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
PAX Dev still has tickets available, so come get ‘em. August 31st and September 1st, come learn from and with industry peers at the Westin. Learn what, you may ask? We have a full schedule available for your perusal. Suffice it to say: good stuff. Geoff Zatkin of Experiment 7 and EEDAR is doing the Kickoff this year, and he’s somebody you want to hear. I’ve never had a conversation with him where I didn’t gain several I.Q. points by the end. Who knows what you’ll be able to accomplish by the end of his presentation; spontaneous…

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Age of Extinction Bumblebee and Stinger at the Debrecen Flower Carnival 2016
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 02:51 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


The Debrecen Flower Carnival is an annual attraction in Hungary, with many brilliant and brightly colored parade floats made out of flowers among other things. The 2016 carnival was just held, and it featured a float with Bumblebee and his evil twin Stinger from Transformers Age of Extinction. We’re informed that this was actually the winning float in the best composition category – check out a video showing the carnival below (skip to around 4:25 to see the float itself):

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Titans Return Fortress Maximus arrives in Italy
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 02:51 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


We’ve got some new sightings for Transformers fans living in Italy! TFW2005 member Jazzluca reports that the mighty Fortress Maximus, Titan class figure accompanying the Titans Return line, has arrived on the shelves of Italian store Giocheria in the Venice area. That is not all, because he also reports that the Robots in Disguise Power Surge figures – Power Surge Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Sideswipe – are in the SME store in the same area. Happy hunting to our friends in Italy!

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Transformers Artist Sara Pitre-Durocher to attend TFcon Chicago 2016
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 02:51 PM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:


TFcon is very pleased to welcome artist Sara Pitre-Durocher to the Chicago guest list this year. Sara has worked on IDW’s Combiner Hunters one-shot, The Transformers 46, 47 and 49, and is now the primary artist on the new ongoing comic book Till All Are One. While she will be attending all weekend, details on her signing times and where to get prints and commissions will be announced at a future time. TFcon Chicago 2016 will take place October 21-23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare with special guests MICHAEL BELL the voices of G1 Prowl, Sideswipe and Swoop, GREGG BERGER the voice of G1 Grimlock, GARRY CHALK the voice of Optimus Primal, RICHARD NEWMAN » Continue Reading.

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British Companies Are Selling Advanced Spy Tech To Authoritarian Regimes
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 02:03 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's tactical-monitoring department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Since early 2015, over a dozen UK companies have been granted licenses to export powerful telecommunications interception technology to countries around the world, Motherboard has learned. Many of these exports include IMSI-catchers, devices which can monitor large numbers of mobile phones over broad areas. Some of the UK companies were given permission to export their products to authoritarian states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Egypt; countries with poor human rights records that have been well-documented to abuse surveillance technology. In 2015, the UK's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) started publishing basic data about the exportation of telecommunications interception devices. Through the Freedom of Information Act, Motherboard obtained the names of companies that have applied for exportation licenses, as well as details on the technologies being shipped, including, in some cases, individual product names. The companies include a subsidiary of defense giant BAE Systems, as well as Pro-Solve International, ComsTrac, CellXion, Cobham, and Domo Tactical Communications (DTC). Many of these companies sell IMSI-catchers. IMSI-catchers, sometimes known as "Stingrays" after a particularly popular brand, are fake cell phone towers which force devices in their proximity to connect. In the data obtained by Motherboard, 33 licenses are explicitly marked as being for IMSI-catchers, including for export to Turkey and Indonesia. Other listings heavily suggest the export of IMSI-catchers too: one granted application to export to Iraq is for a "Wideband Passive GSM Monitoring System," which is a more technical description of what many IMSI-catchers do. In all, Motherboard received entries for 148 export license applications, from February 2015 to April 2016. A small number of the named companies do not provide interception capabilities, but defensive measures, for example to monitor the radio spectrum.

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Hillary Clinton Used BleachBit To Wipe Emails
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 02:03 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's software-tools department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: The open-source disk cleaning application, BleachBit, got quite a decent ad pitch from the world of politics after it was revealed lawyers of the presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, used the software to wipe her email servers. Clinton is currently in hot water, being accused of using private servers for storing sensitive emails. "[South Carolina Representative, Trey Gowdy, spoke to Fox News about Hillary Clinton's lawyers using BleachBit to wipe the private servers. He said:] 'She and her lawyers had those emails deleted. And they didn't just push the delete button; they had them deleted where even God can't read them. They were using something called BleachBit. You don't use BleachBit for yoga emails or bridesmaids emails. When you're using BleachBit, it is something you really do not want the world to see.'" Two of the main features that are listed on the BleachBit website include "Shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery," and "Overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files." These two features would make it pretty difficult for anyone trying to recover the deleted emails.

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DON'T BREATHE Review Teaser
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 01:11 PM
By moviebob from MovieBob:


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SpaceX Dragon Returns Home From ISS
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 12:42 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's welcome-home department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Florida Today: A SpaceX Dragon capsule that helped prepare the International Space Station for future commercial astronaut flights has returned to Earth after a stay of more than month-long mission. A robotic arm released the unmanned capsule packed with 3,000 pounds of cargo at 6:11 a.m. EDT, then fired thrusters several times to move a safe distance away from the station orbiting about 250 miles up. The departure began a less than six-hour journey that culminated in a Pacific Ocean splashdown at 11:47 a.m. EDT, about 300 miles southwest of Baja, California. The Dragon launched from Cape Canaveral early July 18 on a Falcon 9 rocket and berthed at the station two days later. Among the cargo brought back from space Friday were a dozen mice from a Japanese science experiment -- the first brought home alive in a Dragon. Samples from mice euthanized as part of an experiment by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly also were on board. Results were returned from an experiment that studied the behavior of heart cells in microgravity, and from research into the composition of microbes in the human digestive system, NASA said. Findings from both could help keep astronauts healthy during deep space exploration missions. SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station next Saturday, Sept. 3.

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Sprint Charging 'Unlimited' Users $20 More for Unthrottled Video
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 12:42 PM
By manishs from Slashdot's makes-nosense department:
Sprint has a new "unlimited" data plan for users that want to watch videos in full-HD (1080p) screen resolution. Dubbed "Unlimited Freedom Premium" plan, it offers the same features as the "Unlimited Freedom" plan with the bonus of allowing users to stream videos in full-HD. Also, it costs $20 extra. DSLReports points out the obvious:Last week we noted that Sprint unveiled its new Unlimited Freedom plan, which provides unlimited text, voice and data for $60 a month for one line, $40 a month for a second line, and $30 a month for every line thereafter (up to a maxiumum of 10). But the plan also, following on T-Mobile's heels, throttles all video by default to 480p, a move that has raised the hackles of net neutrality advocates.

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Amazon Is Testing a 30-Hour, 75% Salary Workweek
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 12:42 PM
By manishs from Slashdot's work-life department:
Amazon is planning a pilot program in which a select group of workers will need to work for 30 hours a week, instead of the usual 40 to 70 hours, and make 75 percent of the salary + benefits (alternate source). From the report:Currently, the pilot program will be small, consisting of a few dozen people. These teams will work on tech products within the human resources division of the company, working Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with additional flex hours. Their salaries will be lower than 40-hour workers, but they will have the option to transition to full-time if they choose. Team members will be hired from inside and outside the company. As of now, Amazon does not have plans to alter the 40-hour workweek on a companywide level, the spokesman said.

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Belgians Are Hunting Books, Instead Of Pokemon
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 11:21 AM
By manishs from Slashdot's cool-stuff department:
An anonymous reader shares a Reuters report:Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks. While with Pokemon Go, players use a mobile device's GPS and camera to track virtual creatures around town, Aveline Gregoire's version is played through a Facebook group called "Chasseurs de livres" ("Book hunters"). Players post pictures and hints about where they have hidden a book and others go to hunt them down. Once someone has finished reading a book, they "release" it back into the wild. "While I was arranging my library, I realized I didn't have enough space for all my books. Having played Pokemon Go with my kids, I had the idea of releasing the books into nature," Gregoire told Reuters. Though it was only set up a few weeks ago, more than 40,000 people are already signed up to Gregoire's Facebook group.

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Alphabet's Nest Wants to Build a 'Citizen-Fueled' Power Plant
Posted by News Fetcher on August 26 '16 at 11:21 AM
By manishs from Slashdot's citizen-fueled department:
Mark Chediak, reporting for Bloomberg:Alphabet Inc's Nest Labs is looking to enlist enough customers in California to free up as much power as a small natural gas-fired plant produces, helping alleviate potential energy shortages in the region following a massive gas leak that has restricted supplies. Nest, which supplies digital, wireless thermostats, is partnering with Edison International's Southern California Edison utility to get households enrolled in a state-established energy conservation program. The company wants to attract 50,000 customers through next summer that could shrink their total demand by as much as 50 megawatts when needed, Ben Bixby, Nest's director of energy businesses at Nest, said by phone. "We are building a citizen-fueled clean power plant," he said.

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