US International Tourism Market Share Is Falling Under Trump
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 09:11 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's aftermath department:
An anonymous reader writes: The United States' slice of the international tourism pie is declining, according to a new report from Foursquare that looks at data from millions of phones worldwide. The US share of international tourism dropped 16% in March 2017 compared with the previous year. And it declined an average of 11% year over year in months spanning October 2016 to March 2017, according to the report. The drop coincides with the final month of the US election, the Trump transition, and the early months of the Trump administration, which notably imposed a travel ban on people from several majority-Muslim countries in January 2017 that was eventually halted in court but is currently under appeal. Declines in tourism market share from people originating in the Middle East were more pronounced than the rest of the world, down 25% this January, along with a smaller decrease from South America, Foursquare found. The data accounts for the percentage of international tourism coming to the US and not the absolute number of tourists, but Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck told BuzzFeed News that it's unlikely tourist visits to the US increased while share declined. "I don't think you'd see a 16% decline in international market share and absolute numbers being up. I don't think that's compatible," he said. "The volume of tourism doesn't change that fast."

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Wilson's Heart
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 09:04 AM
By Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw from Zero Punctuation:

Yahtzee reviews Wilson's Heart.


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China Censored Google's AlphaGo Match Against World's Best Go Player
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 07:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's China-things department:
DeepMind's board game-playing AI, AlphaGo, may well have won its first game against the Go world number one, Ke Jie, from China -- but most Chinese viewers could not watch the match live. From a report: The Chinese government had issued a censorship notice to broadcasters and online publishers, warning them against livestreaming Tuesday's game, according to China Digital Times, a site that regularly posts such notices in the name of transparency. "Regarding the go match between Ke Jie and AlphaGo, no website, without exception, may carry a livestream," the notice read. "If one has been announced in advance, please immediately withdraw it." The ban did not just cover video footage: outlets were banned from covering the match live in any way, including text commentary, social media, or push notifications. It appears the government was concerned that 19-year-old Ke, who lost the first of three scheduled games by a razor-thin half-point margin, might have suffered a more damaging defeat that would hurt the national pride of a state which holds Go close to its heart.

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Amazon Brings Its Physical Bookstore To New York
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 07:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's selling-books-in-2017 department:
Amazon's first New York City bookstore, Amazon Books, will open to the general public on Thursday morning, marking Amazon's highest-profile move into bricks-and-mortar retail to date. Even as the book shop is a physical bookstore, some "Amazon" elements can be felt. From a report: While some may be excited that this is an "Amazon Store," similar to Apple and Microsoft's respective flagship stores located just blocks away, Amazon says its goal for the new store is the same as it was when the online retail giant first started two decades ago: To sell books. "We have this 20 years of information about books and ratings, and we have millions and millions of customers who are passionate," said Jennifer Cast, vice president of Amazon Books. "It really is a different way to surface great books." The 4,000 square-foot-store features roughly 3,000 books, all with their covers facing out in order to better to "communicate their own essence," Cast says. The company's recommendation system makes a physical appearance in the bookstore through an "if you like this" section, which combines the data Amazon gathers on the books listed with human curators to recommend new books. To someone who walks in to browse, it feels like a high-tech Barnes and Noble.

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Who?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 06:40 AM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

Gonna feel even dumber when I realize that all this time he's been talking into a bluetooth thingy and we're not actually friends.

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Malicious Subtitles Threaten VLC, Kodi and Popcorn Time Users, Researchers Warn
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 06:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's security-woes department:
Millions of people risk having their devices and systems compromised by malicious subtitles, according to a new research published by security firm Check Point. The threat comes from a previously undocumented vulnerability which affects users of popular streaming software, including Kodi, Popcorn-Time, and VLC. Developers of the applications have already applied fixes and in some cases, working on it. From a report: While most subtitle makers do no harm, it appears that those with malicious intent can exploit these popular streaming applications to penetrate the devices and systems of these users. Researchers from Check Point, who uncovered the problem, describe the subtitle 'attack vector' as the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability that has been reported in recent years. "By conducting attacks through subtitles, hackers can take complete control over any device running them. From this point on, the attacker can do whatever he wants with the victim's machine, whether it is a PC, a smart TV, or a mobile device," they write.

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Transformers: The Last Knight – New TV Spot, Dragonstorm In Action.
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 06:31 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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A new Transformers: The Last Knight TV Spot has surfaced. It was shown during the transmition of “The Voice” and while it has got most scenes from the previous trailers, you can have a look at the famous 3-head dragon that is called Dragonstorm according to the toys releases. You can check a low-quality video below by the moment. Don’t forge to click on the bar and sound off at the 2005 boards.

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Transformers: The Last Knight Tastykake Promotion
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 06:31 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to our fellow 2005 Boards member pie125 we can report another interesting promotion for The Last Knight. This time it is the turn of Transformers: The Last Knight Tastykake Promotion. You can enter to Tastykake site and take a simple 5-question quiz to define if you are Autobot or Decepticon. You must be over 18 to participate. According to the site you can win: TABLET LAPTOP ASSORTED GIFT CARDS ($800 ARV) TASTYKAKE PRODUCT GAMING CONSOLE BUNDLE SMARTWATCH BLUETOOTH SPEAKERS TRANSFORMERS TOY TWO TRANSFORMERS VOICE CHANGER HELMETS TWO PAIRS OF MOVIE TICKETS* And you also have weekly prizes: TASTYKAKE PRODUCT ONE » Continue Reading.

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Takara MP-37 Artfire In Package Pictures.
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 06:31 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks again to our sponsor Robotkingdom we have Takara MP-37 Artfire In Package Pictures and some extra picures of the collector’s coin that will be included for selected stores in Asia, but Japan. A very nice packaging for this Masterpiece, which is inspired in the G1 Japanese Headmasters Manga character and toy released by Takara during the G1 era. MP Artfire will start Shipping on 27th May 2017, you can still pre-order yours in any of our sponsors. Sponsor Links: Big Bad Toy Store, TFSource, Robot Kingdom, Captured Prey, <a » Continue Reading.

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Takara Legends LG-42 God Bomber In Package Pictures.
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 06:31 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to our sponsor Robotkingdom we have Takara Legends LG-42 God Bomber In Package Pictures. This figure will combine with Takara Legends Ginrai to become his final form: God Ginrai, as it was seen on Japanese Transformers Masterforce Cartoon. God Bomber wiil be ready to ship on 27th May 2017. You can pre-order yours in any of our sponsors. Sponsor Links: Big Bad Toy Store, TFSource, Robot Kingdom, Captured Prey, Hobby Link Japan, The Chosen Prime, ToyDojo, <a » Continue Reading.

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Wikimedia Is Clear To Sue the NSA Over Its Use of Warrantless Surveillance Tools
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 05:10 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's crystal-clear department:
The Wikimedia Foundation has the right to sue the National Security Agency over its use of warrantless surveillance tools, a federal appeals court ruled. "A district judge shot down Wikimedia's case in 2015, saying the group hadn't proved the NSA was actually illegally spying on its communications," reports Engadget. "In this case, proof was a tall order, considering information about the targeted surveillance system, Upstream, remains classified." From the report: The appeals court today ruled Wikimedia presented sufficient evidence that the NSA was in fact monitoring its communications, even if inadvertently. The Upstream system regularly tracks the physical backbone of the internet -- the cables and routers that actually transmit our emoji. With the help of telecom providers, the NSA then intercepts specific messages that contain "selectors," email addresses or other contact information for international targets under U.S. surveillance. "To put it simply, Wikimedia has plausibly alleged that its communications travel all of the roads that a communication can take, and that the NSA seizes all of the communications along at least one of those roads," the appeals court writes. "Thus, at least at this stage of the litigation, Wikimedia has standing to sue for a violation of the Fourth Amendment. And, because Wikimedia has self-censored its speech and sometimes forgone electronic communications in response to Upstream surveillance, it also has standing to sue for a violation of the First Amendment."

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Top 10 Video Games Starring Real People (Deceased)
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 03:42 AM
By moviebob from MovieBob:


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DEFCON Conference To Target Voting Machines
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 02:30 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's next-on-the-list department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: Hackers will target American voting machines -- as a public service, to prove how vulnerable they are. When over 25,000 of them descend on Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas at the end of July for DEFCON, the world's largest hacking conference, organizers are planning to have waiting what they call "a village" of different opportunities to test how easily voting machines can be manipulated. Some will let people go after the network software remotely, some will be broken apart to let people dig into the hardware, and some will be set up to see how a prepared hacker could fiddle with individual machines on site in a polling place through a combination of physical and virtual attacks. With all the attention on Russia's apparent attempts to meddle in American elections --
former President Barack Obama and aides have made many accusations toward Moscow, but insisted that there's no evidence of actual vote tampering --
voting machines were an obvious next target, said DEFCON founder Jeff Moss.

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Cape Town
Posted by News Fetcher on May 24 '17 at 12:11 AM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Cape Town

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Renewable Energy Powers Jobs For Almost 10 Million People
Posted by News Fetcher on May 23 '17 at 11:50 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's up-and-up department:
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency's (IRENA) annual report, the renewable energy industry employed 9.8 million people last year, which is up 1.1 percent from 2015. The strongest growth was seen in the solar photovoltaic category with 3.09 million jobs. Bloomberg reports: Here are some of the highlights from the report: Global renewables employment has climbed every year since 2012, with solar photovoltaic becoming the largest segment by total jobs in 2016. Solar photovoltaic employed 3.09 million people, followed by liquid biofuels at 1.7 million. The wind industry had 1.2 million employees, a 7 percent increase from 2015. Employment in renewables, excluding large hydro power, increased 2.8 percent last year to 8.3 million people, with China, Brazil, the U.S., India, Japan and Germany the leading job markets. Asian countries accounted for 62 percent of total jobs in 2016 compared with 50 percent in 2013. Renewables jobs could total 24 million in 2030, as more countries take steps to combat climate change, IRENA said.

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Researchers Find Dozens of Genes Associated With Measures of Intelligence
Posted by News Fetcher on May 23 '17 at 07:51 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's measures-of-intelligence department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: We don't know a lot about the biological basis of our mental abilities -- we can't even consistently agree on how best to test them -- but a few things seem clear. One is that performance on a number of standardized tests that purport to measure intelligence tends to correlate with outcomes we'd associate with intelligence, like educational achievement. A second is that this performance seems to have a large genetic component. But initial studies clearly indicated that the effect of any individual gene on intelligence is small. As a result, the first genetics studies found very little, since you needed to look at a large number of people in order to see these small effects. Now, a new study has combined much of the previous work and has turned up 40 new genetic regions associated with intelligence test scores. But again, the effect of any individual gene is pretty minor. The team behind the new work took advantage of open data to pull together information from 13 different studies, which cumulatively looked through the genomes of over 78,000 individuals. While those individuals had been given a variety of tests, the authors focused on measures of general intelligence or fluid intelligence (the two seem to measure similar things). The genomes of these individuals had been scanned for single base pair differences, allowing the authors to look for correlations between regions of the genome and test scores. Two separate analyses were done. The first simply looked at each base difference individually. That turned up 336 individual bases, which clustered into 22 different genes. Half of these had not been associated with intelligence previously. To provide a separate validation of these results, the authors did a similar analysis with educational achievement. They found that nearly all of the sites they identified also correlated with that. In a second analysis, the authors tracked base differences that cluster in a single gene. Since there are more markers for each gene, this tends to be a more sensitive way of looking for effects. And in fact, it produced 47 genes associated with the intelligence test scores. Seventeen of those had been identified in the earlier analysis, which brought the total genes identified to 52, only 12 of which had been previously associated with intelligence test scores.

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When AI Botches Your Medical Diagnosis, Who's To Blame?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 23 '17 at 06:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's point-the-finger department:
Robert Hart has posed an interested question in his report on Quartz: When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who's to blame? Do you blame the AI, designer or organization? It's just one of many questions popping up and starting to be seriously pondered by experts as artificial intelligence and automation continue to become more entwined into our daily lives. From the report: The prospect of being diagnosed by an AI might feel foreign and impersonal at first, but what if you were told that a robot physician was more likely to give you a correct diagnosis? Medical error is currently the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and as many as one in six patients in the British NHS receive incorrect diagnoses. With statistics like these, it's unsurprising that researchers at Johns Hopkins University believe diagnostic errors to be "the next frontier for patient safety." Of course, there are downsides. AI raises profound questions regarding medical responsibility. Usually when something goes wrong, it is a fairly straightforward matter to determine blame. A misdiagnosis, for instance, would likely be the responsibility of the presiding physician. A faulty machine or medical device that harms a patient would likely see the manufacturer or operator held to account. What would this mean for an AI?

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Republicans Want To Leave You Voicemail -- Without Ever Ringing Your Cellphone
Posted by News Fetcher on May 23 '17 at 05:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's voice-mailbox department:
bricko quotes a report from Recode: The GOP's leading campaign and fundraising arm, the Republican National Committee, has quietly thrown its support behind a proposal at the Federal Communications Commission that would pave the way for marketers to auto-dial consumers' cellphones and leave them prerecorded voicemail messages -- all without ever causing their devices to ring. Under current federal law, telemarketers and others, like political groups, aren't allowed to launch robocall campaigns targeting cellphones unless they first obtain a consumer's written consent. But businesses stress that it's a different story when it comes to "ringless voicemail" -- because it technically doesn't qualify as a phone call in the first place. In their eyes, that means they shouldn't need a customer or voter's permission if they want to auto-dial mobile voicemail inboxes in bulk pre-made messages about a political candidate, product or cause. And they want the FCC to rule, once and for all, that they're in the clear. Their argument, however, has drawn immense opposition from consumer advocates.

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Open19 Launches Open Hardware Project Targeting Edge Computing
Posted by News Fetcher on May 23 '17 at 05:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's open-for-business department:
miller60 writes: The Open19 Foundation launched today, positioning its open hardware designs as a platform for edge computing, and an alternative to the Open Compute Project and hyperscale designs. The Open19 designs were created by the data center team at LinkedIn, citing its focus on a 19-inch rack and licensing terms that it said allow participants better control over their intellectual property. Open Compute develops the 21-inch Open Rack but is also supporting several designs for 19-inch racks, including the Project Olympus concept contributed by Microsoft, LinkedIn's parent company. According to Fortune, the Open19 Foundation is a new group established by LinkedIn, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and General Electric. Its purpose is to make it easier for businesses to buy data center hardware and to encourage companies to build data center hardware more uniformly so that it fits in standardized data racks. The racks themselves are used by businesses to house their computing gear, such as servers and routers. The 19-inch rack is the most commonly used.

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Google Following Your Offline Credit Card Spending To Tell Advertisers If Their Ads Work
Posted by News Fetcher on May 23 '17 at 05:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's every-breath-you-take department:
One of the new tools Google has announced for its advertisers today promises to tie your offline credit card data together with all your online viewing to tell advertisers exactly what's working as they try to target you and your wallet. Consumerist reports: That return, for decades, was hard to measure in all but the most vaguely correlative of ways. Did people buy your product after seeing your TV ad? After seeing your billboard? On a whim after seeing neither? Who knows! But in the age of highly targeted, algorithmic advertising, the landscape is completely different. The apps on your phone know what you looked at and when, and can tie that in to what you see on other devices you're also logged into their services on (like your work computer). Meanwhile, you're leaving tracks out in the physical world -- not only the location history of your phone, but also the trail of payments you leave behind you if you pay with a credit card, debit card, or app (as millions of us do). Google also introduced some offline measurements to its online tool suite back in 2014, when it started using phone location data to try to match store visit location data to digital ad views. But a store doesn't make any money when you simply walk into it; you need to buy something. So Google's tracking that very granularly now, too. "In the coming months, we'll be rolling out store sales measurement at the device and campaign levels. This will allow you to measure in-store revenue in addition to the store visits delivered by your Search and Shopping ads," Google explains to advertisers. That's very literally a collection of spending data matched to the people who spent it, matched in turn to people who saw ads.

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