Scientists Are Getting Seriously Worried About Synthetic Smallpox
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 10:11 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's pondering-pandemics department:
An anonymous reader quotes ScienceAlert: Earlier this year, scientists published a paper describing how they pieced together segments of DNA in order to bring back a previously eradicated virus called horsepox. The paper, written by two University of Alberta researchers and the co-founder of a New York pharmaceutical company, was controversial because, as various experts told the magazine Science, someone could use a very similar process to bring back a related virus: smallpox. Smallpox, you'll recall,
killed hundreds of millions
of people before the World Health Organization declared it eradicated in 1980. That was the result of a long vaccination campaign — so the idea of piecing the virus back together from bits of DNA raises the specter of a horrifying pandemic.

Two journals rejected the paper before PLOS One, an open access peer-reviewed journal, published it. Critics argue that the paper not only demonstrates that you can synthesize a deadly pathogen for what Science reported was about US$100,000 in lab expenses, but even provides a slightly-too-detailed-for-comfort overview of how to do it. Some of the horsepox scientists' coworkers are still pretty upset about this. PLOS One's sister Journal, PLOS Pathogens, just published three
opinion
pieces about the whole flap, as well as a rebuttal by the Canadian professors. Overall, everyone's pretty polite. But you get the sense that microbiologists are really, really worried about someone reviving smallpox. MIT biochemist Kevin Esvelt, for instance, wrote on Thursday that the threat is so grim that we shouldn't even talk about it.

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Takara Tomy Bumblebee Movie Toyline Promotional Video
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 09:31 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to TFND Facebook Group we have a very interesting Takara Tomy Bumblebee Movie Toyline Promotional Video with some nice surprises for collectors. We have images of the upcoming Bumblebee The Movie toys for the Japanese market, including Studio Series toys too: Power Charge Bumblebee. Remarking all his gimmicks. Kakoii! Autobot Leader Legendary Optimus Prime. We have a brief stop-motion transforming sequence. Turbo Changer Series. Takara Tomy 1-step toys. We have: TC-14 Optimus Prime (G1 Style), TC-15 Barricade and TC-16 Bumblebee (VW Beetle). Studio Series SS-16 Bumblebee (VW Beetle). With some more cool stop-motion  transforming videos, remarking the scale between toys. From » Continue Reading.

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The US Grounds All F-35 Jets
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 08:52 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's flight-delays department:
Thelasko tipped us off to this story. NBC News reports:
The U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines -- as well as 11 international partners who participated in the program -- grounded all F-35 fighters on Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation into a jet that crashed in Beaufort, South Carolina, late last month.

"The pilot in that incident ejected safely but the aircraft was destroyed," reports the BBC, adding "the problem has already been identified as faulty fuel tubes. Once these are checked or replaced the aircraft will be back in the air."

The U.S. has spent more than $320 billion to build their fleet of 2,400-plus F-35 jets, according to a recent GAO report -- or roughly $130 million for each one of the planes. The BBC calls it "the largest and most expensive weapons program of its type in the world."

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Furst
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 08:52 AM
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With Sales Flat, Microsoft Becomes America's #5 PC Maker
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 08:52 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's scratching-the-Surface department:
An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:

Microsoft was the fifth-biggest PC maker in the U.S. in the third quarter of this year, according to industry advisory firm Gartner. The top spot in the U.S. belongs to HP, with about 4.5 million machines sold, ahead of Dell at 3.8 million, Lenovo at 2.3 million, and Apple at 2 million. The gap between fourth and fifth is pretty big -- Microsoft sold only 0.6 million Surface devices last quarter -- but it suggests that Microsoft's PC division is heading in the right direction, with sales 1.9 percent higher than the same quarter last year. The company pushed down to sixth place was Acer. The current quarter should be better still; the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio have all been given hardware refreshes which, when combined with the always-busy holiday season, should stimulate higher sales. Globally, both Gartner and IDC reported a flat PC market (up 0.1 percent in Gartner's view, down 0.9 percent in IDC's), after the previous quarter's modest growth.

"The PC market continued to be driven by steady corporate PC demand, which was driven by Windows 10 PC hardware upgrades," said one Gartner analyst.

In defining what constitutes a PC, Gartner includes notebooks and "premium" ultramobile devices -- but does not include iPads or Chromebooks.

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150 San Franciscans Explain How Tech Money Changed Their City
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 07:31 AM
By FirehoseFavorites from Slashdot's open-up-your-golden-gate department:
DevNull127 writes: In a remarkable odyssey, documentary-maker Cary McClelland interviewed more than 150 San Francisco residents — including a tattoo artist, a longshoreman, a venture capitalist, and a pawnshop owner — to capture the real voices of a changing city, in a kind of oral history of the present. It becomes a magical "documentary without film... panoramic, complex — and surprisingly well-balanced," writes one reader, applauding the book's "dazzling omniscience." Legendary Silicon Valley marketer Regis McKenna speaks fondly of the days when young Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs were dropping into his office, and despite the apparent challenges facing San Francisco, many people interviewed remained surprisingly hopeful.

"Idexa, a German-born tattoo artist who'd hitchhiked to the city from Los Angeles as a teenager, says despite the new displacements happening today, 'It's also beautiful. There's been a lot of money put into the neighborhood and into the buildings. Buildings that would have fallen apart have been renovated. Oh, it's the end of the world soon. We're not the first generation who thinks that.' It's an almost poetic picture of San Francisco that proves the world isn't as simple — or as discouraging — as it's often made out to be, and the book's passionate purpose seems to spontaneously find its way into the words of each interview subject."
"Until you're standing in front of someone and listening to them with your own ears, you're never going to understand them," says a survivor of one of California's recent wildfires. So Cary McClelland listens — writing in his introduction that his book asks us to hear the city of San Francisco speak in a chorus of voices, with a message for all the other cities. "The goal of the book," he says, "is to reflect people's subjective perspective, their experience — lived, visceral, emotional, intimate. The living-room experience..."

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A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is As Creepy As You Feared
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 06:10 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's internet-of-things-in-all-the-things department:
schwit1 shares a report from The New York Times: More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk. [...] In recent years, the tech industry's largest powers set their sights on a new target for digital conquest. They promised wild conveniences and unimaginable benefits to our health and happiness. There's just one catch, which often goes unstated: If their novelties take off without any intervention or supervision from the government, we could be inviting a nightmarish set of security and privacy vulnerabilities into the world. And guess what. No one is really doing much to stop it. The industry's new goal? Not a computer on every desk nor a connection between every person, but something grander: a computer inside everything, connecting everyone. Cars, door locks, contact lenses, clothes, toasters, refrigerators, industrial robots, fish tanks, sex toys, light bulbs, toothbrushes, motorcycle helmets -- these and other everyday objects are all on the menu for getting "smart." Hundreds of small start-ups are taking part in this trend -- known by the marketing catchphrase "the internet of things" -- but like everything else in tech, the movement is led by giants, among them Amazon, Apple and Samsung. [American cryptographer and computer security professional Bruce Schneier] argues that the economic and technical incentives of the internet-of-things industry do not align with security and privacy for society generally. Putting a computer in everything turns the whole world into a computer security threat. [...] Mr. Schneier says only government intervention can save us from such emerging calamities. "I can think of no industry in the past 100 years that has improved its safety and security without being compelled to do so by government."

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Apple Inks $600 Million Deal To Acquire Assets and Talent From Dialog Semiconductor
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 02:12 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's done-deal department:
In an effort to build faster, more efficient chips, Apple is paying a total of $600 million to Dialog Semiconductor, a chipmaker based out of Europe that it's been working with since the first iPhone. According to TechCrunch, Apple is paying $300 million in cash to buy a portion of the company, including licensing power-management technologies, assets, and more than 300 employees, as well as "committing a further $300 million to make purchases from the remaining part of Dialog's business." From the report: While Dialog is describing this as an asset transfer and licensing deal, it will be Apple's biggest acquisition by far in terms of people: 300 people will be joining Apple as part of it, or about 16 percent of Dialog's total workforce. From what we understand, those who are joining have already been working tightly with Apple up to now. The teams joining are based across Livorno in Italy, Swindon in England, and Nabern and Neuaubing in Germany, near Munich, where Apple already has an operation.

In some cases, Apple will be taking over entire buildings that had been owned by Dialog, and in others they will be colocating in buildings where Dialog will continue to develop its own business â" another sign of how closely the two have and will continue to work together. The Dialog employees Apple is picking up in this acquisition will report to Apple's SVP of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji. Dialog says post the acquisition, the remaining part of the business will focus more on IoT, as well as mobile, automotive, computing and storage markets, specifically as a provider of custom and configurable mixed-signal integrated circuit chips.

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WTF @ TFW Podcast Episode 521 Now Online!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 13 '18 at 01:30 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Seth’s unpredictable take on Bumblebee’s robot trailers, Vangelus’s on-topic acquisition, and sock puppets. You can download and comment on it here: WTF@TFW – Episode 531 And be sure to check out our interview with Transformers TCG Brand Manager Drew Nolosco! Check out the WTF@TFW blog here. If you use iTunes and regularly subscribe to podcasts, you can add us to your player and have the software download each episode automatically each time we update. To do that, and give us a reviews on iTunes, click here: Transformers <a href="http://news.tfw2005.com/2018/10/13/wtf-tfw-podcast-episode-521-now-online-2-374122">» Continue Reading.

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Samsung Says Its Foldable Phone Will Be a Tablet You Can Put In Your Pocket
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 11:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's pocket-friendly department:
The CEO of Samsung's mobile business, D.J. Koh, said you'll be able to use its upcoming foldable smartphone as a tablet that you can put in your pocket. While the phone has been teased and hyped up for several months, Koh stressed that it will not be a "gimmick product" that will "disappear after six to nine months after it's delivered." It'll reportedly be available globally. CNET reports: However, the foldable Samsung phone, like the Galaxy Round, will be Samsung's testbed device to see how reviewers and the market react. The Galaxy Round, which bowed vertically in the middle, was Samsung's first curve-screen phone. It's a direct ancestor to the dual curved screens we see on today's Galaxy S9 and Note 9 phones. The larger screen is important, Koh said. When Samsung first released the original Galaxy Note, he said, competitors called its device dead on arrival. Now, after generations of Notes phones, you see larger devices like the iPhone XS Max and the Pixel 3 XL, proving that consumers want bigger screens. A foldable phone would let screen sizes extend beyond 6.5 inches.

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Instruction Sheet Images Of Transformers: Siege Battle Masters
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 10:50 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Weibo User TF-Factory is back with another set of Transformers: Siege images. This time we are treated with instruction sheet images of Wave 1 Battle Masters. WFC-S1, S2, and S3 represents Firedrive, Lionizer and Blowpipe respectively. It is interesting to note that there are two new types of insignia for the Autobot and Decepticon Battle Masters. Not much is known regarding the matter. We can only wait to see what this news develops into. You can check out the new images, after the jump.

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Transformers: Bumblebee Movie Family Event At Universal CityWalk #JoinTheBuzz
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 10:50 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Hasbro will be hosting a special event to celebrate the upcoming Transformers: Bumblebee movie at the Universal CityWalk on 13th October, 2018. We have even received some early pics from the event which shows several ladies in Bumblebee costumes and accessories, as well as an arcade machine with a marquee titled as Autobot Racing. We do not know whether it’s a functional game or not. Press blurb: Celebrate ‘Bumblebee’ during Buzz Weekend at Universal CityWalk Get hyped for Paramount Pictures’ upcoming Transformers film, “Bumblebee,” with Buzz Weekend, a special two-day celebration at Universal CityWalk in Hollywood, Calif.! Kicking off on Saturday, Oct. » Continue Reading.

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Transformers: Bumblebee Promo Images From Brand Licensing Europe Expo 2018
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 10:50 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Brand Licensing Europe Expo 2018 concluded on 11th with Hasbro showcasing licensed products from their upcoming movie Transformers: Bumblebee. 2005 Boards Member Hawksford, who visited the expo, took several pics to share with us. The pics contain some really cool clothing based on Transformers: Bumblebee movie which includes the slogans ‘Drive Hard – Transformers Racing’ and ‘ Bumblebee’s Garage’. You can check out the images, attached with this news post.

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Transformers Evergreen Super Bumblebee Spotted At US Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 10:50 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Last month, we had our first look at the massive Transformers Super Bumblebee thanks to the official Transformers Russia social media page. 2005 Boards Member Rookbartley not only spotted the toy in US retail (at Kohls in Ft. Wayne, Indiana for $49.99), but also bought one to give us a good look. The toy in question is a heavy retool of the RID Super Bumblebee. Much of the lower half of the robot body remains the same whereas the upper body is tweaked to give his Evergreen look. Speaking of which, the toy is actually not advertised as Cyberverse as fans originally » Continue Reading.

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Stephen Hawking's Last Paper Is Now Online
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 08:51 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's last-but-not-least department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: When Stephen Hawking died in March at the age of 76, the world mourned a beloved and visionary scientist. But it is some consolation that Hawking's final paper has now been published on the preprint journal ArXiv, demonstrating that even during his last days, he was still pursuing the epic cosmic questions that defined his career. Entitled "Black hole entropy and soft hair," the paper was authored by Hawking along with physicists Sasha Haco, Malcolm Perry, and Andrew Strominger. The work is the third in a series from the team and addresses Hawking's famous brainchild -- the black hole information paradox. Like many physics conundrums, the paradox emerges from the lack of coherence between quantum field theory and general relativity. On the smallest scales of matter, where atoms and quarks abound, there exists a different and seemingly contradictory set of rules to the largest scale of matter, involving stars and galaxies. The search for a "theory of everything" that reconciles these two models is one of the holy grails of modern physics, and was a lifelong fascination for Hawking.

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Tech Suffers From Lack of Humanities, Says Mozilla Head
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 07:31 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's academic-disciplines department:
The head of the Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, is warning that companies need to diversify their hiring practices to include more people from backgrounds in philosophy and psychology if they want to tackle the problem of misinformation online. He also "warned that hiring employees who mainly come from Stem -- science, technology, engineering and maths -- will produce a new generation of technologists with the same blindspots as those who are currently in charge, a move that will 'come back to bite us,'" reports the Guardian. From the report: "Stem is a necessity, and educating more people in Stem topics clearly critical," Baker told the Guardian. "Every student of today needs some higher level of literacy across the Stem bases. "But one thing that's happened in 2018 is that we've looked at the platforms, and the thinking behind the platforms, and the lack of focus on impact or result. It crystallized for me that if we have Stem education without the humanities, or without ethics, or without understanding human behavior, then we are intentionally building the next generation of technologists who have not even the framework or the education or vocabulary to think about the relationship of Stem to society or humans or life."

"Stem is a necessity, and educating more people in Stem topics clearly critical," Baker told the Guardian. "Every student of today needs some higher level of literacy across the Stem bases. "But one thing that's happened in 2018 is that we've looked at the platforms, and the thinking behind the platforms, and the lack of focus on impact or result. It crystallized for me that if we have Stem education without the humanities, or without ethics, or without understanding human behavior, then we are intentionally building the next generation of technologists who have not even the framework or the education or vocabulary to think about the relationship of Stem to society or humans or life."

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Lexcalibur Might Sell Out Over The Weekend
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 06:30 PM
By Tycho@penny-arcade.com (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
That’s what it looks like, anyway. It’s really a lot for me to take in. But, yeah: might be a good time to grab a copy, in the format of your choosing. (CW)TB

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Facebook Is Testing An Unsend Feature For Messenger
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 06:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's under-development department:
Facebook is reportedly testing a feature that will let you take back what you send via Messenger. The company said it was working on the feature back in April after TechCrunch caught it deleting messages from CEO Mark Zuckerberg. After TechCrunch asked Facebook about its progress on the Unsend feature, the company said: "Though we have nothing to announce today, we have previously confirmed that we intend to ship a feature like this and are still planning to do so." From the report: Now we have our first look at the feature thanks to TechCrunch's favorite tipster Jane Manchun Wong. She's managed to generate screenshots of a prototype Unsend button from Facebook Messenger's Android code. Currently, you can only delete messages from your own inbox -- they still remain in the recipients' inbox. But with this Unsend feature prototype, you're able to remove a message from both sides of a conversation. However, the code indicates that in the current prototype there's a "time limit." That may mean users would only have a certain amount of time after they send a message to unsend it. That would essentially be an editing window in which users could take back what they said.

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Google AI Claims 99 Percent Accuracy In Metastatic Breast Cancer Detection
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 06:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's promising-solutions department:
Researchers at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and Google AI, a division within Google dedicated to artificial intelligence research, are using cancer-detecting algorithms to detect metastatic tumors by autonomously evaluating lymph node biopsies. VentureBeat reports: Their AI system -- dubbed Lymph Node Assistant, or LYNA -- is described in a paper titled "Artificial Intelligence-Based Breast Cancer Nodal Metastasis Detection," published in The American Journal of Surgical Pathology. In tests, it achieved an area under the receiver operating characteristic (AUC) -- a measure of detection accuracy -- of 99 percent. That's superior to human pathologists, who according to one recent assessment miss small metastases on individual slides as much as 62 percent of the time when under time constraints. LYNA is based on Inception-v3, an open source image recognition deep learning model that's been shown to achieve greater than 78.1 percent accuracy on Stanford's ImageNet dataset. As the researchers explained, it takes as input a 299-pixel image (Inception-v3's default input size), outlines tumors at the pixel level, and, in the course of training, extracts labels -- i.e., predictions -- of the tissue patch ("benign" or "tumor") and adjusts the model's algorithmic weights to reduce error.

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How To See If Your Personal Data Was Stolen In the Recent Facebook Hack
Posted by News Fetcher on October 12 '18 at 04:51 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's join-the-club department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Recode: Hackers stole personal data from 29 million Facebook users in a recent hack, including information like phone numbers, emails, gender, hometowns and even relationship data. Was your data stolen? (Mine was.) There's an easy way to check. Visit this Help Center page on Facebook's website and log in to your account. It will tell you whether or not your data was stolen, and which data in particular. Worth noting, while Facebook's alert says that no "payment card or credit card information" was stolen, Facebook product executive Guy Rosen did say that hackers would have been able to see the last four digits of a user's credit card through this hack. Facebook also says it will reach out to people directly if their data was stolen.

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