The Forgotten Legend of Silicon Valley's Flying Saucer Man
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 01:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's fascinating-tales department:
Reader pacopico writes: Humans have been spotting UFO-like objects for hundreds of years. But, in the late 1920s, an obscure engineer/artist named Alexander Weygers actually designed a flying saucer and later patented the craft. Bloomberg Businessweek spent two years reporting on the strange tale of Weygers, uncovering a Da Vinci type figure who lived on the outskirts of Silicon Valley in a house he built from recycled materials. Weygers was an engineer, sculptor, photographer, wood carver, tax evader and generally weird dude who lived off the land for decades. He became convinced the military stole his flying saucer design and built the vehicles, and there's some evidence he might be right. Weygers was largely forgotten until an art collector became obsessed with his story and found out everything there was to know about the guy. Overall, he's a symbol of a different, purer time in Silicon Valley.

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'Google, Apple, and Uber Should Be Forced To Share Their Mapping Data'
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 01:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's greater-good department:
The UK government should encourage companies like Apple, Google, and Uber to publish more map data to help the development of technologies like driverless cars and drones, according to a new report by the Open Data Institute. From a report: This sort of data, which includes addresses and city boundaries, fuels tons of everyday services, from parcel and food deliveries to apps like Google Maps and Uber. Internet giants are sitting on top of vast amounts of geospatial data, but it is largely inaccessible to others. The ODI argues it should be as open as possible as a part of "national infrastructure." Analyzing map data can help communities and organizations make decisions across a vast range of sectors -- for example, how to improve access to a school or hospital.

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Transformers Artist Jack Lawrence to attend TFcon Los Angeles 2019
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 12:20 PM
By Super_Megatron from TFW2005:
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TFcon is very happy to welcome IDW Publishing artist Jack Lawrence to TFcon Los Angeles 2019 for his first ever TFcon. Transformers fans will recognize his work as the primary artist of The Transformers: Lost Light comic book series.  He will be in attendance all weekend and offering prints and commissions to the attendees. Jack Lawrence is presented by Ages Three and Up. LOS ANGELES TO HOST TRANSFORMERS GENERATION 1 REUNION EVENT Thousands of fans from around the world will converge on the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel & Convention Center to participate in TFcon USA 2019; a 3-day colossal Transformers event to celebrate » Continue Reading.

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Microsoft Now Lets You Log Into Outlook, Skype, Xbox Live With No Password
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 11:52 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's interesting-updates department:
You and 800 million other people now can use hardware authentication keys -- and no password at all -- to log on to Microsoft accounts used for Outlook, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype and Xbox Live. From a report: Microsoft is using a technology called FIDO2, which employs hardware keys for the no-password logon, the company said Tuesday. New versions of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system and Edge web browser support the technology. The hardware authentication keys plug into laptop USB ports or, for phones, use Bluetooth or NFC wireless communications to help prove who you are. Initially, they worked in combination with a password for dual-factor authentication, but FIDO2 and a related browser technology called WebAuthn expands beyond that to let the company ditch the password altogether.

Microsoft's no-password logon offers three options: the hardware key combined with Windows Hello face recognition technology or fingerprint ID; the hardware key combined with a PIN code; or a phone running the Microsoft Authenticator app. It works with, Office 365, Skype, OneDrive, Cortana, Microsoft Edge, Xbox Live on the PC, Mixer, the Microsoft Store, Bing and the MSN portal site.

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Canada Has 'No Plan' To Bring Broadband To Rural and Remote Communities, Watchdog Says
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 11:52 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's how-about-that department:
Canada has "no plan" to wire up remote communities that lack high-speed broadband connections, Canada's auditor general said in a scathing report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. From a report: The report comes just two years after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, an Indigenous community at the border of Manitoba and Ontario, and vowed that his government would work to end the digital divide that leaves rural and remote communities without high-speed internet.

"This report says what we already knew, which is that there is no strategy to bring the rest of Canada online," Laura Tribe, executive director of advocacy group Openmedia, said in a phone call. "What we keep hearing from the government is increasing numbers -- 80 percent, 90 percent -- but until we're at 100 percent, the problem isn't solved."

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Game Theory: The Tragedy of Deltarune (Undertale)
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 11:41 AM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:

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Cartoon Network Acquires License To Broadcast Transformers: Cyberverse In Latin America, Europe, Middle East And Africa
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 11:00 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Hasbro Studios has sent us a press release to inform that Cartoon Network has acquired license to broadcast Transformers: Cyberverse in Latin America (LatAm), Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The deal includes both linear and digital distribution to bring the show to the aforementioned regions. “We’re very excited to continue to grow our relationship with Cartoon Network,” said Finn Arnesen, SVP Global Distribution & Development at Hasbro Studios.  “They’re the perfect partner to bring ‘Transformers: Cyberverse’ to an international audience and allow fans around the world to enjoy a new Transformers saga that’s truly More Than Meets the Eye.” You can » Continue Reading.

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Hawaii's Mars Simulations Are Canceled
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 10:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's closer-look department:
The dome where crew members practiced red-planet missions will now be converted to a simulated moon base. Excerpt from a report: For the last five years, a small Mars colony thrived in Hawaii, many miles away from civilization. The Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation, or HI-SEAS, was carried out in a small white dome nestled along the slope of a massive volcano called Mauna Loa. The habitat usually housed six people at a time, for as long as eight months. They prepared freeze-dried meals, took 30-second showers to conserve water, and wore space suits every time they left the dome. To replicate the communication gap between Earth and Mars, they waited 20 minutes for their emails to reach their family members, and another 20 to hear back. Sometimes, as they drifted off to sleep, with nothing but silence in their ears, they really believed they were on Mars.

In February of this year, something went wrong. The latest and sixth mission was just four days in when one of the crew members was carried out on a stretcher and taken to a hospital, an Atlantic investigation revealed in June. There had been a power outage in the habitat, and some troubleshooting ended with one of the residents sustaining an electric shock. The rest of the crew was evacuated, too. There was some discussion of returning -- the injured person was treated and released in the same day -- but another crew member felt the conditions weren't safe enough and decided to withdraw. The Mars simulation couldn't continue with a crew as small as three, and the entire program was put on hold. [...]

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500,000 Duped Into Downloading Android Malware Posing As Driving Games On Google Play
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 10:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's security-woes department:
Be careful what you're downloading from Google Play. Especially if it's one of 13 apps posing as driving games created by one developer called Luiz Pinto. From a report: More than 560,000 have already been tricked into downloading the games, which include a mix of luxury car and truck simulation apps, as discovered by Android malware researcher Lukas Stefanko. Once installed on a user's Android device, the games don't actually work. Looking at the reviews on Google Play, users who downloaded them complained it was a virus. For instance, among the masses of one-star reviews for the Truck Cargo Simulator, one noted his device slowed down after it forced him to download an app that wasn't the game itself. Many simply called it a scam.

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20 years of Penny Arcade!
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 09:51 AM
By (Gabe) from Penny Arcade:
As of last Sunday, Penny Arcade has been going for 20 years. I can honestly say that right now in 2018, I have never been more proud of the work we’re doing. To help celebrate, our designers have cooked up a selection of awesome anniversary merchandise! I still can’t get over how clever this 20th anniversary logo designed by Gavin is. You can get it is a beautiful little pin or on this rad tumbler. We’ve also used my “Creation of Gabe” artwork to make a bunch of cool stuff for your card games. You can get a playmat, deck box and card sleeves to complete…

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Iron Factory IF EX-26 H Racing Bros Heavy Metal (Legends Scaled G2 Sideswipe)
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 09:40 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Legends size collector? 3P Iron Factory brings a nice surprise for you. We have images of their upcoming IF EX-26 H Racing Bros Heavy Metal (Legends Scaled G2 Sideswipe) for your viewing pleasure. Our first images sufaced courtesy of G3Studio Weibo. As you should image this a clever repaint and remold of Iron Factory BlazeDash (which came packed with Bolt Sprint/Sunstreaker). As we can see, Iron Factory did their homework in order to bring us a proper representation of G2 Sideswipe. New colors, new head, sword and big guns make sure you get a very bad-ass looking Sideswipe. You can » Continue Reading.

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Valve Quietly Discontinues Steam Link Hardware Production
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 09:11 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's end-of-road department:
Valve is quietly discontinuing Steam Link, the in-home streaming box it first launched in late 2015. From a report: A low-key announcement on Valve's Steam Link news page suggests that production of new units has ceased and that Valve is currently selling off the rest of its "almost sold out" inventory in the US, after selling out completely in Europe. Valve says it will continue to offer support for existing Steam Link hardware.

The $50 Steam Link was designed for streaming games from a local gaming PC to an HDTV in the same house, a job it did pretty well provided your networking hardware was up to it. In recent months, though, Valve has shifted its focus away from dedicated streaming hardware and toward mobile apps that can provide the same feature.

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Samsung's Upcoming Galaxy S Phone Will Sport Six Cameras and Support 5G, Report Says
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 09:11 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's shape-of-things-to-come department:
Samsung is planning a major upgrade for its 10th anniversary flagship phones next year, including next-generation 5G network speeds, bigger screens and more cameras, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. From the report: Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker by volume, is preparing three versions of its next flagship Galaxy S10 smartphone, with displays that range in size from 5.8 inches to 6.4 inches, the people said, versus two variants in previous years. Those three phones are set to debut in February next year, they added. In addition, the South Korean technology giant is developing a fourth variant of the Galaxy S10 that will be 5G-enabled and is internally code-named "Beyond X," [Editor's note: the link may be paywalled; alternative source] some of these people said.

The 5G phone, slated for a spring release in the U.S. and South Korea, would sport an even larger screen, measuring 6.7 inches diagonally, and pack in a whopping six cameras -- two in the front and four in the back, these people said, which promise richer photos and better spatial perception.

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Department of Commerce Could Be the First US Entity To Broadly Regulate an Aspect of AI
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 07:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
Dave Gershgorn and Max de Haldevang, writing for Quartz: Artificial intelligence technology has the capability to be the most impactful software advance in history and the US government has no idea how to properly regulate it. The US does know that it doesn't want other countries using its own AI against it. A new proposal published this week by the Department of Commerce lists wide areas of AI software [PDF] that could potentially require a license to sell to certain countries. These categories are as broad as "computer vision" and "natural language processing." It also lists military-specific products like adaptive camouflage and surveillance technology.

The small number of countries these regulations would target includes a big name in AI: China. Donald Trump, who has placed tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese goods as part of a simmering trade war, has long railed against China's alleged theft of intellectual property. This proposal looks like a warning from US officials, just as Chinese president Xi Jinping aims to boost AI in his own country. "This is intended to be a shot across the bow, directed specifically at Beijing, in an attempt to flex their muscles on just how broad these restrictions could be," says R. David Edelman, a former adviser to president Barack Obama who leads research on technology and public policy issues at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Retaliatory Cyber Attacks Are Only Way To Stop China, Says Former FBI Director
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 07:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's foreign-affairs department:
Targeted cyber attacks and a strong deterrence capability are the most effective way of preventing China and other countries continuing to steal Australian commercial secrets, according to a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. From a report: Louis Freeh, who ran the FBI for almost eight years until 2001, said the threat of criminal charges or jail time would do little to prevent state-sponsored hackers from continuing to steal valuable intellectual property. "It's like trying to serve a subpoena on [Osama] Bin Laden -- it's not very effective," Mr Freeh said on the sidelines of a speech in Sydney on Monday night. His comments come as the federal government considers how best to respond to a surge in cyber attacks directed by China's peak security agency over the past year. An investigation by The Australian Financial Review and Nine News confirmed China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), was responsible for the recent wave of attacks on Australian companies. These formed part of what is known in cyber circles as "Operation Cloud Hopper", which was detected by Australia and its partners in the Five Eyes intelligence sharing alliance.

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Zeta Toys – Colored Test Shot of Kronos (Masterpiece-Styled Superion)
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 07:00 AM
By Sentinel from TFW2005:
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Zeta Toys brings us their latest batch of pictures from their on-going project Kronos (Masterpiece Superion).  As has been the case in past projects, Zeta’s hallmark is the use of parts-forming in order to create the largest and most stable combining figures currently available. As you can see, Kronos is no exception and is capable of dynamic poses and a degree of articulation that has never before been possible of a combiner of this size and complexity. Zeta is making this amazing Superion as their follow up to their very well received figure Armageddon (Masterpiece Bruticus). Currently all five Combaticons » Continue Reading.

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Iron Factory Legends Sized IF-EX34 Alkaid (IDW Helex) & EF-EX35 Merak (IDW Tesarus) Color Prototypes
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 07:00 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Via ToyPlus Weibo we can share new images of the color prototypes of Iron Factory Legends Sized IF-EX34 Alkaid (IDW Helex) & EF-EX35 Merak (IDW Tesarus).  3P Iron Factory continues with their popular Legend Sized releases. They sure got the attention of fans when they announced their take on the complete IDW Decepticon Justice Division (or DJD for short). We have great images of DJD Helex and Tesarus in full colors. As a great extra bonus, we have a group shot with the rest of the DJD members. The detail and poseabilty are sure impressive for Legends scale figures, but there’s » Continue Reading.

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Nine Out of Every 10 Silicon Valley Jobs Pays Less Than In 1997, Report Finds
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 05:10 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's perspective-is-everything department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Mercury News: Nine out of every 10 Silicon Valley jobs pays less now than when Netflix first launched in 1997, despite one of the nation's strongest economic booms and a historically low unemployment rate that outpaces the national average. While tech workers have thrived, employees in the middle of Silicon Valley's income ladder have been hit hardest as their inflation-adjusted wages declined between 12 and 14 percent over the past 20 years, according to a study from UC Santa Cruz's Everett Program for Technology and Social Change and the labor think tank Working Partnership USA, which examined the economic impact of technology companies.

Technology workers saw a median wage increase of 32 percent over the past 20 years, the study found. But Silicon Valley workers in virtually all other areas lost ground during that time. Across all jobs, wages for even the highest-paid 10 percent increased just under 1 percent, the study found. Meanwhile, the region's economy has been booming. Since 2001, the amount of money generated per Silicon Valley resident -- the area's per person GDP -- has grown 74 percent, the study found. That's more than five times faster than the equivalent national growth. Also, a smaller percentage of wealth is going to workers. "In 2001, about 64 percent of the money generated in Silicon Valley went to workers," reports Mercury News. "By 2016, that was down to 60 percent. The drop translated to $9.6 billion -- about $8,480 in potential pay and benefits per worker -- that instead went to investors and owners, according to the study."

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Microsoft Pulls Some Non-Security Updates For Microsoft Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 That It Released Earlier This Month
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 03:50 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's deja-vu department:
Mark Wilson, writing for BetaNews: Having released a series of updates for Office 2010, 2013 and 2016 as part of this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has now pulled two of them and advised sysadmins to uninstall the updates if they have already been installed. In both instances -- KB4461522 and KB2863821 -- Microsoft says that the problematic updates can lead to application crashes. While this is not as serious a problem as, say, data loss, it does little to quieten the fears that have been voiced about the quality control Microsoft has over its updates.

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Instagram Is Cracking Down On Services That Sell Likes, Followers
Posted by News Fetcher on November 20 '18 at 02:30 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's tisk-tisk department:
Instagram will be cutting down on the services that let you buy followers or likes. Starting Monday, Instagram says it will no longer allow "inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity." That includes buying "Likes" and followers, and paying for other engagement generated by apps that require a user's Instagram login details in order to operate on their behalf. Recode reports: Instagram says it "built machine learning tools" to help detect accounts growing artificially. The move is not retroactive, so Instagram won't be removing "Likes" or followers that accounts have already garnered. It's just going to prevent them in the future. Instagram doesn't list any specific apps or services on its blog post, so it's tough to tell which third-party services will be impacted by this. This kind of activity has been against Instagram's Terms of Service for a while, so it's not entirely clear why Instagram wants to crack down on this now. Here's a logical guess though: Facebook is under more pressure than ever to police the activity on its platforms, given all that has happened with Facebook and Russian election meddling since 2016.

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