'Stargate' Franchise Is Coming Back with 'Stargate Origins'

Space.com - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 5:04am
The Stargate science fiction franchise is getting a revival this fall with "Stargate Origins," a new TV series that will serve as a prequel to the existing Stargate universe, which made its TV debut 20 years ago.
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Slackware, Oldest Linux Distro Still In Active Development, Turns 24

Slashdot - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 4:50am
sombragris writes: July 17 marked the 24th anniversary of Slackware Linux, the oldest GNU/Linux still in active development, being created in 1993 by Patrick Volkerding, who still serves as its BDFL. Version 14.2 was launched last year, and the development version (Slackware-current) currently offers kernel 4.9.38, gcc 7.1, glibc 2.25, mesa 17.1.5, and KDE and Xfce as official desktops, with many others available as 3rd party packages. Slackware is also among the Linux distributions which have not adopted systemd as its init system; instead, it uses a modified BSD init which is quite simple and effective. Slackware is known to be a solid, stable and fast setup, with easy defaults which is appreciated by many Linux users worldwide. Phoronix has a small writeup noting the anniversary and there's also a nice reddit thread.

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Millennials Only Have a 5 To 6 Second Attention Span For Ads

Slashdot - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 3:50am
Reader schwit1 writes: If you're an advertiser who wants to market a product to millennials, you're going to have to make it quick. A new study by comScore revealed online ads targeted toward millennials have to be around 5 to 6 seconds to be effective, a sharp contrast from the traditional 30-second commercial seen on TV. "The length of time of an episode or a viewing period is really important and has got to be short, otherwise you just won't keep the attention of millennials," comScore CEO Gian Fulgoni told CNBC's "Squawk Alley." The format of advertising may have to be radically changed to reach millennials, he suggested. "You're going to have to make your case literally in a matter of seconds and make sure you grab somebody's attention, Fulgoni said.

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Drupal Developers Still Rebelling Against Drupal Leadership

Slashdot - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 3:00am
New submitter cornholed writes: In an update to previous posts on Slashdot, prominent Drupal and PHP Developer Larry Garfield is still defending his reputation against allegations by Drupal leadership against sexual misconduct. As previously reported by a variety of news organizations, Larry was exiled from the Drupal project for adherence to the Gor sci-fi lifestyle. In the latest round of allegations, Garfield was reportedly asked to resign because an autistic "woman who attended Drupal community events ... was allowed to contribute by him". While some have accused Dries Buytart and the Drupal Association of "Autism Shaming", the leader of the Drupal project claims "this person could be vulnerable and may have been subject to exploitation", hence raising the risk of legal damage to the Drupal project. Larry refutes these allegations, saying these claims are post-hoc and has shared police reports purporting his innocence. There is still much debate in the Drupal community around why Larry was ejected from his leadership positions. While there's much speculation over Larry's ouster, there is one thing for certain: become a leader in the OSS community and a dossier on your public statements just might be made about you.

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Netflix's Secret Weapon Isn't Reboots—It's Genre Movies

Wired News - Sat, 22/07/2017 - 12:00am
The streaming service is offering money and creative freedom—and from a look at its first two projects, it won't be stopping anytime soon.
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Verizon Accused of Throttling Netflix and YouTube, Admits To 'Video Optimization'

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:50pm
New submitter dgatwood writes: According to an Ars Technica article, Verizon recently began experimenting with throttling of video traffic. The remarkable part of this story is not that a wireless ISP would throttle video traffic, but rather that Verizon's own Go90 video platform is also affected by the throttling. From the article, "Verizon Wireless customers this week noticed that Netflix's speed test tool appears to be capped at 10Mbps, raising fears that the carrier is throttling video streaming on its mobile network. When contacted by Ars this morning, Verizon acknowledged using a new video optimization system but said it is part of a temporary test and that it did not affect the actual quality of video. The video optimization appears to apply both to unlimited and limited mobile plans. But some YouTube users are reporting degraded video, saying that using a VPN service can bypass the Verizon throttling."If even Verizon can get on board with throttling sans paid prioritization, why is Comcast so scared of the new laws that are about to go into effect banning it?

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Lyft Says, ‘Me Too!’ and Dives Into the Self-Driving Game

Wired News - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:47pm
The ride-hail company will launch its own autonomous vehicle software and hardware.
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Trump Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci Disagrees With Most Trump Policies

Wired News - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 10:43pm
Anthony Scaramucci's new job is to sell Trump's policies to the American people. Too bad he disagrees with so many of them himself.
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The New Firefox and Ridiculous Numbers of Tabs

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:50pm
An anonymous reader shares a blog post: I've got a Firefox profile with 1691 tabs. As you would expect, Firefox handled this profile quite poorly for a long time. I got used to multi-minute startup time, waiting 15-30 seconds for tabs from external apps to show up, and all manner of non-responsive behavior. And then, quite recently, everything changed. Right now, more effort is being put into making Firefox fast than I've seen since... well, since I've been working on Firefox. And I've been at Mozilla for more than a decade. Part of this effort is a project called Quantum Flow -- a bunch of engineers making changes that directly impact Firefox responsiveness. A lot of the improvement in this particular scenario is from Kevin Jones' work on bringing the overall cost of unloaded tabs as close to zero as possible. While the major work has landed, the work continues in Bug 906076. Test scenario: I took my 1691 tab browser profile, and did a wall-clock measurement of start-up time and memory use for Firefox versions 20, 30, 40, and 50 through 56. In the result, the person found that Firefox startup time has gotten worse over time... until Firefox 51.

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Sean Spicer Resigned as White House Press Secretary. The Internet Will Miss Him.

Wired News - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:40pm
Sean Spicer might be leaving the White House, but he'll remain in the internet's heart.
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A GAO Sting Scored $1.2 Million in Weapons From an Unsuspecting Department of Defense

Wired News - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:33pm
A federal sting reveals lax oversight in the Defense Department’s gear giveaway program.
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IBM’s Watson Won Jeopardy! But Can It Win the New AI Biz?

Wired News - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:32pm
The game show was a cinch compared to saving Big Blue's ailing business.
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Qualcomm’s _Game of Thrones_-Like Legal Battles Keep Getting Worse

Wired News - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:05pm
Everything should be going great for the microchip powerhouse. Here's why they're not.
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Senator Doesn't Buy FCC Justification For Killing Net Neutrality

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 9:00pm
From a report: Senator Edward Markey this week questioned FCC boss Ajit Pai's justifications for killing popular net neutrality rules in a hearing in Washington. We've noted repeatedly that while large ISPs claim net neutrality killed broadband investment, objective analysis repeatedly finds that to be a lie. That's not just based on publicly-available SEC filings and earnings reports, but the industry's own repeated comments to investors and analysts. But that doesn't stop AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Charter (and the ocean of politicians, think tankers, consultants and other PR vessels they employ to make this misleading argument in the media on a daily basis) from making the claim anyway. And while Pai once again this week breathlessly proclaimed that net neutrality put a damper on network investment, Markey simply wasn't having it. "Publicly traded companies are required by law to provide investors accurate financial information, including reporting any risks or financial burdens," Markey said. "However, I have found no publicly traded ISP that has reported to its investors by law that Title II has negatively impacted investment in their networks. Many, in fact, have increased deployment and investment."

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New insight into genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders

Science Daily - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:40pm
New insight into the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disorders has been provided through new study. In this research, the first mouse model of a mutation in the ARID1B gene was created and then used to show that growth hormone treatments reverse some manifestations of the mutation.
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Name that scotch: Colorimetric recognition of aldehydes and ketones

Science Daily - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:40pm
Vodka tastes different from brandy, and connoisseurs can distinguish among different brands of whiskeys. The flavors of spirits result from a complex bouquet of volatile compounds. New colorimetric sensor arrays on disposable test-strips read by hand-held devices allow for their rapid, inexpensive, and sensitive identification by their chemical 'fingerprints'. They are based on novel sensor arrays that detect and differentiate among a diverse range of aldehydes and ketones.
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High-fat diet in pregnancy can cause mental health problems in offspring

Science Daily - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:40pm
A high-fat diet during pregnancy alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of offspring, new research in an animal model suggests. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression in children.
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Intel Accuses Qualcomm of Trying To Kill Mobile Chip Competition

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 8:08pm
Intel has jumped into the fray surrounding the Apple-Qualcomm patent spat by accusing the world's biggest maker of mobile phone chips of trying to use the courts to snuff out competition. From a report: The chip giant made the allegation late Thursday in a public statement (PDF) to US International Trade Commission. The commission had requested the statement as part of its investigation into Qualcomm's accusation that Apple's iPhones of infringe six of Qualcomm's mobile patents. Specifically, Intel said, the case is about quashing competition from Intel, which described itself as "Qualcomm's only remaining competitor" in the market for chips for cellular phones. "Qualcomm did not initiate this investigation to stop the alleged infringement of its patent rights; rather, its complaint is a transparent effort to stave off lawful competition from Qualcomm's only remaining rival," Intel said in its statement. "This twisted use of the Commission's process is just the latest in a long line of anticompetitive strategies that Qualcomm has used to quash incipient and potential competitors and avoid competition on the merits."

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Gadget Lab Podcast: Talkin' Glass With Steven Levy

Wired News - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 7:09pm
Steven Levy joins the Gadget Lab Podcast to tell us how factory workers are streamlining production Google's wearable.
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Google, Apple, Amazon Hit Record Lobbying Highs

Slashdot - Fri, 21/07/2017 - 6:40pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: The last three months brought record-high lobbying spending from four major tech companies: Google spent $5.93 million, Apple spent $2.2 million, Amazon spent $3.21 million, Uber spent $430,000. Facebook spent $2.38 million this quarter, up from the same period last year but far from a record. Microsoft's bill for the quarter was just over $2 million.

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