Point-Counterpoint: Is Tinder’s New Pricing Policy Ageist?

Wired News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:00am

In this WIRED Opinion Point-Counterpoint, we hear from two Tinder users who answer that question very differently.

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Why Does the Apple Watch Exist? Who Knows

Wired News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:00am

The Apple Watch will bring a bunch of new experiences. Figuring out how to make sense of them all is apparently up to us.

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London’s Congestion Pricing Plan Is Saving Lives

Wired News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:00am

New research shows the city's congestion pricing reduces accidents by 40 percent.

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Yes, Tinder’s New Pricing Is Ageist, Pure and Simple

Wired News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 11:00am

Imagine this: You download an app. You like it. You go to download the premium upgrade, only to find you must pay an added fee because of your gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. You’re pissed, right? That’s clearly discrimination. And for Tinder users over 30, that’s exactly what’s happening: upgrading to those added perks cost […]

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5 Comics to Read Before Watching the New Series Powers

Wired News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 10:00am

Curious about the world behind the new Sony PlayStation series Powers? Here's a quick reading list to help you prepare.

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Twin Shadow Is Poised to Be the New Prince of Pop

Wired News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 10:00am

When George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow, announced he was signing with Warner Bros. Records last fall, he half-joked about grabbing coffee with his new label-mate Prince. They'd have plenty to talk about: Like Prince, Lewis is a talented multi-instrumentalist (guitar/keyboard/drums) with a bold artistic vision. (Also like Prince, he's a sexy motherfucker; both of […]

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Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 9:11am
HughPickens.com writes: Experts and laymen have long assumed that people who died by suicide will ultimately do it even if temporarily deterred. Now Celia Watson Seupel reports at the NY Times that a growing body of evidence challenges this view, with many experts calling for a reconsideration of suicide-prevention strategies to stress "means restriction." Instead of treating individual risk, means restriction entails modifying the environment by removing the means by which people usually die by suicide. The world cannot be made suicide-proof, of course. But, these researchers argue, if the walkway over a bridge is fenced off, a struggling college freshman cannot throw herself over the side. If parents leave guns in a locked safe, a teenage son cannot shoot himself if he suddenly decides life is hopeless. Reducing the availability of highly lethal and commonly used suicide methods has been associated with declines in suicide rates of as much as 30%–50% in other countries (PDF). According to Cathy Barber, people trying to die by suicide tend to choose not the most effective method, but the one most at hand. Some methods have a case fatality rate as low as 1 or 2 percent," says Barber. "With a gun, it's closer to 85 or 90 percent. So it makes a difference what you're reaching for in these low-planned or unplanned suicide attempts." Ken Baldwin, who jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in 1985 and lived, told reporters that he knew as soon as he had jumped that he had made a terrible mistake. "From the instant I saw my hand leave the railing, I knew I wanted to live. I was terrified out of my skull." Baldwin was lucky to survive the 220 foot plunge into frigid waters. Ms. Barber tells another story: On a friend's very first day as an emergency room physician, a patient was wheeled in, a young man who had shot himself in a suicide attempt. "He was begging the doctors to save him," she says. But they could not.

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The Abandoned Microwave Towers That Once Connected the US

Wired News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 8:45am

AT&T made history 63 years ago when it launched the $40 million microwave radio-relay skyway, a network of 107 microwave towers.

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UK Parliament: Banning Tor Is Unacceptable and Technologically Impossible

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 6:17am
An anonymous reader writes: Months after UK prime minister David Cameron sought to ban strong encryption, a new parliamentary briefing contradicts that, at least when it comes to Tor. The briefing says, "there is widespread agreement that banning online anonymity systems altogether is not seen as an acceptable policy option in the UK. Even if it were, there would be technical challenges." The briefing cites Tor's ability to circumvent such censorship in countries like China as well as looking at both legal and illegal uses of Tor.

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Exploiting the DRAM Rowhammer Bug To Gain Kernel Privileges

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 4:21am
New submitter netelder sends this excerpt from the Project Zero blog: 'Rowhammer' is a problem with some recent DRAM devices in which repeatedly accessing a row of memory can cause bit flips in adjacent rows. We tested a selection of laptops and found that a subset of them exhibited the problem. We built two working privilege escalation exploits that use this effect. One exploit uses rowhammer-induced bit flips to gain kernel privileges on x86-64 Linux when run as an unprivileged userland process. When run on a machine vulnerable to the rowhammer problem, the process was able to induce bit flips in page table entries (PTEs). It was able to use this to gain write access to its own page table, and hence gain read-write access (PDF) to all of physical memory.

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SpaceX Worried Fake Competitors Could Disrupt Its Space Internet Plan

Slashdot - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 2:24am
Jason Koebler writes: The biggest impediment to SpaceX's plan to create a worldwide, satellite broadband network might not be the sheer technological difficulty of putting 4,000 satellites into space. Instead, outdated international and domestic regulations on satellite communications could stand in the way, according to a new Federal Communications Commission filing by the company. The company's attorneys wrote that the FCC might make it too easy for competitors to reserve communications bandwidth that they will never use. "Spectrum warehousing can be extremely detrimental and unprepared, highly speculative, or disingenuous applicants must be prevented from pursuing 'paper satellites' (or 'paper constellations'), which can unjustly obstruct and delay qualified applicants from deploying their systems."

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Pao Testifies to Withering Bias at Kleiner

Wired News - Tue, 10/03/2015 - 12:12am

Pao sought to portray herself as an employee whose career stagnated not because she lacked the qualifications but because of gender discrimination.

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The Apple Watch Is About to Make Apps an Afterthought

Wired News - Mon, 09/03/2015 - 11:39pm

As notifications on wrists draws more attention away from smartphone screens, apps will recede even further.

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