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By Soulskill from Slashdot's truthiness-in-advertising department:
Sockatume writes: If you've been browsing Apple's site leading up to the iPhone 6 launch, you might've noticed something a little odd. Apple has edited the handset's protruding camera out of every single side-on view of the phone. (The camera is, necessarily, retained for images showing the back of the device.) The absence is particularly conspicuous given the number of side views Apple uses to emphasize the device's thinness.

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You wish you had these cucumber skills
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '14 at 11:00 AM
By Kristina Pino from Japanator:


One of the foods that I never ate before moving to Japan that I now eat daily is cucumber.

Japanese cucumbers are delicious, and I especially like working some insta-pickling on 'em and enjoying them on the side with a meal. This video of a dude cutting and arranging one cucumber into a beautiful bowl of beauty is, like, I dunno, the Mona Lisa of finger foods for me right now.

Enjoy.

(via Neatorama; placeholder header image via)



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By Soulskill from Slashdot's bring-our-benjamins-home department:
HughPickens.com writes:
Reuters reports that plans for a major rewriting of international tax rules have been unveiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that could eliminate structures that have allowed companies like Google and Amazon to shave billions of dollars off their tax bills. For more than 50 years, the OECD's work on international taxation has been focused on ensuring companies are not taxed twice on the same profits (and thereby hampering trade and limit global growth). But companies have been using such treaties to ensure profits are not taxed anywhere. A Reuters investigation last year found that three quarters of the 50 biggest U.S. technology companies channeled revenues from European sales into low tax jurisdictions like Ireland and Switzerland, rather than reporting them nationally.

For example, search giant Google takes advantage of tax treaties to channel more than $8 billion in untaxed profits out of Europe and Asia each year and into a subsidiary that is tax resident in Bermuda, which has no income tax. "We are putting an end to double non-taxation," says OECD head of tax Pascal Saint-Amans.For the recommendations to actually become binding, countries will have to encode them in their domestic laws or amend their bilateral tax treaties. Even if they do pass, these changes are likely 5-10 years away from going into effect.

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Developing the First Law of Robotics
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '14 at 10:00 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's thou-shalt-not-kill-all-humans department:
wabrandsma sends this article from New Scientist:
In an experiment, Alan Winfield and his colleagues programmed a robot to prevent other automatons – acting as proxies for humans – from falling into a hole. This is a simplified version of Isaac Asimov's fictional First Law of Robotics – a robot must not allow a human being to come to harm. At first, the robot was successful in its task. As a human proxy moved towards the hole, the robot rushed in to push it out of the path of danger. But when the team added a second human proxy rolling toward the hole at the same time, the robot was forced to choose. Sometimes, it managed to save one human while letting the other perish; a few times it even managed to save both. But in 14 out of 33 trials, the robot wasted so much time fretting over its decision that both humans fell into the hole. Winfield describes his robot as an "ethical zombie" that has no choice but to behave as it does. Though it may save others according to a programmed code of conduct, it doesn't understand the reasoning behind its actions.

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By SilverOptimus from TFW2005:
Prime 1 Studio official Facebook page has posted details and images of the MMTFM-05 Grimlock & Optimus Prime statue.

Prime 1 Studio is proud to present MMTFM-05 Grimlock & Optimus prime Transformers Statue,The ultimate team up! Together in battle for the Epic final confrontation to save the human race from extinction.

MMTFM-05 Grimlock & Optimus Prime Version specially features:

Approximately 89cm L x 35cm W x 60cm H

LED eyes light up function

LED Mouth light up function

LED Base light up function
Accessories include :

Autobots Emblem Stand with light up function.
Optimus Prime Statue Features:

Approximately 22cm L x 21cm W x 29cm H

Semi articulate upper torso.
Accessories include :

One (1) Switchable Leg Stand version

One (1) Switchable Leg Ride version

One (1) Shield

One (1) Switchable point sword version

One (1) Switchable regular sword version
IMPORTANT NOTE:

NO LED light up function for Optimus prime Statue.

We've mirrored the images with this news post. Check 'em out, after the jump.

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By timothy from Slashdot's be-the-legacy-hire department:
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes A new article in Fast Company suggests tech CEOs want employees with liberal arts degrees, because those graduates have critical thinking skills. Meanwhile, a new article on Dice (yes, yes, we know) posits that STEM degrees such as data science, IT admin, and electrical engineering are what science-and-tech companies are going to want for the foreseeable future. What do you think? What place do those with liberal arts degrees have in companies such as, say, Tesla or a biomedical engineering firm?

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Funasshi goes for a dive
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '14 at 09:00 AM
By Hiroko Yamamura from Japanator:


For some reason Japan just can not get enough of Funabashi City's yuruchara Funasshi. Last year the hyperactive pear was voted the number mascot in land of rising sun, somehow beating out the super popular Kumamon, who seems to have picked up quite a few fans this year.

For some unknown reason, Funasshi is constantly shown on TV in some sort of tough spot, freaking out. Today we see the poor dude taking a swim in the United States, for some undisclosed reason. I mean, why not?

The whole thing is actually for a TV special which airs next week on TV.



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By timothy from Slashdot's our-cooperation-was-strictly-reluctant department:
Apple CEO Tim Cook insists that Apple doesn't read -- in fact, says Cook, cannot read -- user's emails, and that the company's iCloud service wasn't hacked. ZDNet presents highlights from Cook's lengthy, two-part interview with Charlie Rose. One selection of particular interest:

Apple previously said that even it can't access iMessage and FaceTime communications, stating that such messages and calls are not held in an "identifiable form." [Cook] claimed if the government "laid a subpoena," then Apple "can't provide it." He said, bluntly: "We don't have a key... the door is closed." He reiterated previous comments, whereby Apple has said it is not in the business of collecting people's data. He said: "When we design a new service, we try not to collect data. We're not reading your email." Cook went on to talk about PRISM in more detail, following the lead from every other technology company implicated by those now-infamous PowerPoint slides.


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Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '14 at 08:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's all-we-want-is-a-captive-audience department:
ashshy writes 200,000 Australian residents reportedly use Netflix today, tunneling their video traffic to the US, UK, and other Netflix markets via VPN connections. A proper Netflix Down Under service isn't expected to launch until 2015. Last week, Aussie video streaming company Quickflix told Netflix to stop this practice, so Australian viewers can return to Quickflix and other local alternatives. But Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford didn't explain how Netflix could restrict Australian VPN users, beyond the IP geolocating and credit card billing address checks it already runs. Today, ZDNet's Josh Taylor ripped into the absurdity of Quickflix's demands. From the article: "If Netflix cuts those people off, they're going to know that it was at the behest of Foxtel and Quickflix, and would likely boycott those services instead of flocking to them. If nothing else, it would encourage those who have tried to do the right thing by subscribing and paying for content on Netflix to return to copyright infringement."

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Browser To Facilitate Text Browsing In Emergencies
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '14 at 07:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's do-you-want-to-upgrade-flash-now department:
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Programmers at Fast Company are developing the Cosmos browser to allow text browsing from Android phones when networks are buckling under the load of local disasters. A common phenomenon when disaster strikes is the overloading of cell and data networks by massively increased traffic. The Cosmos browser is intended to facilitate using SMS text messages, which often still get through in such circumstances. To quote one developer, "We want this to be a way for people to get information when they're in dire need of it." Sort of a Lynx comes to Android affair. The Smithsonian contemplates the possibilities, here."

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Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '14 at 07:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's auf-wiedersehen-baby department:
Ronin Developer writes Apple has listened to the complaints of those who object to having received a pushed copy of U2's latest album as part of their recent campaign. While nobody has been charged for the download, some objected to having it show up in their purchases and, in some cases, pushed down to their devices. While it is possible to remove the album from your iTunes library, it takes more steps than most would like to take. Apple has responded and released a tool to make it possible to remove the album from your iTunes library in a single step.

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By from Panels on Pages:
We're almost at the end of the road for Johns' Lantern run, but before that happens it's time for the SORTA NEW, KINDA DIFFERENT New 52. We've got Sinestro, Indigo Lanterns, Black Hand, and more!

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A Daily Dose of Music: livetune featuring GOLDEN BOMBER
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '14 at 07:00 AM
By Hiroko Yamamura from Japanator:


Livetune's Kz has really come a far way since his Vocaloid days. Initially livetune's music was usually hyper J-Pop or dramatic video game-esque themes. However the dojin music circle has truely become a full blown pop production powerhouse.

His newest song, Daisuki no Hito Dakara features the smooth and sexy vocals from GOLDEN BOMBER's Sho Kiryuin. Both artist get to really explore a very pleasant, sensual side, which I find quite appealing. The video is also quite cute, showing aching hearts in a Japanese Karaoke parlor. Only for the lonely!



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Masterpiece MP-24 Star Saber More New Images
Posted by News Fetcher on September 16 '14 at 06:45 AM
By StayingInTheBox from TFW2005:
The TakaraTomy Transformers Twitter feed has added some new images of Masterpiece MP24 Star Saber making the wait for this Masterpiece even more unbearable! These new images show Saber posed on top of V-Star, which also reveals what looks to be a smaller sword and/or hilt for Saber to wield AND the shield accessory that becomes a flight stand!

Check out the images attached to the post and discuss in the forums thread!

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By timothy from Slashdot's big-and-fancy department:
An anonymous reader writes MINIX 3 is a small POSIX-compliant operating system aimed at high reliability (embedded) applications. A major new version of MINIX 3 (3.3.0) is now available for download at www.minix3.org. In addition to the x86, the ARM Cortex A8 is now supported, with ports to the BeagleBoard and BeagleBones available. Finally, the entire userland has been redone in 3.3.0 to make it NetBSD compatible, with thousands of NetBSD packages available out of the box. MINIX 3 is based on a tiny (13 KLoC) microkernel with the operating system running as a set of protected user-mode processes. Each device driver is also a separate process. If a driver fails, it is automatically and transparently restarted without rebooting and without applications even noticing, making the system self-healing.

The full announcement, with links to the release notes and notes on installation, can be found at the Minix Google Groups page.

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