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Drivers Need To Forget Their GPS

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 8:41pm writes: Greg Milner writes in the NYT that an American tourist in Iceland directed the GPS unit in his rental car to guide him from Keflavik International Airport to a hotel in nearby Reykjavik, and ended up 250 icy miles away in Siglufjordur, a fishing village on the outskirts of the Arctic Circle. Mr. Santillan apparently explained that he was very tired after his flight and had "put his faith in the GPS." In another incident, a woman in Belgium asked GPS to take her to a destination less than two hours away and two days later, she turned up in Croatia. Finally disastrous incidents involving drivers following disused roads and disappearing into remote areas of Death Valley in California have became so common that park rangers gave them a name: "death by GPS." "If we're being honest, it's not that hard to imagine doing something similar ourselves" says Milner. "Most of us use GPS as a crutch while driving through unfamiliar terrain, tuning out and letting that soothing voice do the dirty work of navigating." Could society's embrace of GPS be eroding our cognitive maps? Julia Frankenstein, a psychologist at the University of Freiburg's Center for Cognitive Science, says the danger of GPS is that "we are not forced to remember or process the information — as it is permanently 'at hand,' we need not think or decide for ourselves." "Next time you're in a new place, forget the GPS device. Study a map to get your bearings, then try to focus on your memory of it to find your way around. City maps do not tell you each step, but they provide a wealth of abstract survey knowledge. Fill in these memories with your own navigational experience, and give your brain the chance to live up to its abilities."

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Time acquires Myspace, creates 2004's most fearsome media giant

El Reg - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 8:22pm
Social networking has-been is Joe Ripp's problem now

Time Inc. said it has acquired what's left of social networking ghost town Myspace.…

AMD Sends Out Patches For New AMDGPU DAL Display Driver, Adds 93k Lines Of Code

Phoronix - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 8:15pm
AMD's new "DAL" display driver has been posted for review as the new display component to the AMDGPU kernel DRM driver...

Htop 2.0 Released, Runs Natively On BSDs and Mac OSX

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 8:15pm
An anonymous reader writes: The popular Linux process viewer htop got a new major revision, and now runs natively on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X. The author discussed the process of making the tool cross-platform earlier this year at FOSDEM. Htop also got some new features, including mouse wheel support via ncurses 6 and listing process environment variables.

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Some Fresh Radeon EXA/GLAMOR 2D Acceleration Benchmarks

Phoronix - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 8:04pm
It's been a while since last publishing any 2D-focused benchmarks since overall the state of Linux 2D acceleration architectures like GLAMOR and Intel's SNA have become good enough that it's no longer a frequent concern by desktop users. However, as some recently have been inquiring about updated numbers, I ran some fresh Linux 2D benchmarks on different Radeon GPUs using the open-source driver stack...

Interviews: Ask Author and Programmer Andy Nicholls About R

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 7:53pm
Andy Nicholls has been an R programmer and consultant for Mango Solutions since 2011 (where he currently manages the R consultancy team), after a long stint as a statistician in the pharmaceutical industry. He has a serious background in mathematics, too, with a Masters in math and another in Statistics with Applications in Medicine. Andy has taught more than 50 on-site R training courses and has been involved in the development of more than 30 R packages; he's also a regular contributor to events at LondonR, the largest R user group in the UK. But since not everyone can get to London for a user group meeting, you can get some of the insights he's gained as an R expert in Sams Teach Yourself R In 24 Hours (available in print or at Safari), of which he is the lead author. Today, though, you can ask Andy about the much-lauded statistics-oriented free software (GPL) language directly -- Why to use it, how to get started, how to get things done, and where those intriguing release names come from. (The about page is helpful, too.) As usual, please ask as many questions as you'd like, but one question at a time, please.

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

El Reg - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 7:34pm
Over 1k programs and games preserved by Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is taking us back to 1992 with the release of over 1,000 programs and games that run on what was arguably the first truly mass-market color graphical interface: Windows 3.1.…

New Air Force Satellites Launched To Improve GPS

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 7:11pm
AmiMoJo writes: This morning, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Boeing-built satellite into orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS). This $131 million satellite was the final addition to the Air Force's most recent 12-satellite GPS series, known as the Block IIF satellites. The GPS Block IIF satellites were launched to improve the accuracy of GPS. Before the Block IIF series, the accuracy of GPS could be off by 1 meter. With the new Block IIF satellites in place that error is down to 42 centimeters.

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There Is One Week To Go To The Vulkan Webinar

Phoronix - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 6:32pm
Just as a friendly reminder, there is one week to go until the Vulkan Webinar that was announced a few days ago. Vulkan is the next-generation graphics API being developed by a working group at Khronos; while it is cross-platform, it's what has many Linux gamers/enthusiasts super excited for the year ahead. Sign up now to learn more about the latest Vulkan progress from this free webinar...

Why Sarcasm Is Such a Problem In Artificial Intelligence

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 6:32pm
An anonymous reader writes: A new paper from researchers in India and Australia, "Automatic Sarcasm Detection: A Survey," highlights one of the strangest and ironically most humorous facets of the problems in machine learning and humour. The paper outlines ten years of research efforts from groups interested in detecting sarcasm in online sources. It details the ways that academia has approached the sarcasm problem, including flagging authors and ring-fencing sarcastic data. However, the report concludes that the solution to the problem is not necessarily one of pattern recognition [PDF], but rather a more sophisticated matrix that has some ability to understand context.

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PathScale Is Looking To Hire More Compiler Engineers

Phoronix - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 6:17pm
Our friends at PathScale are looking to hire several more engineers to work on their advanced compiler stack...

Microsoft's 'Replacement' Surface Pro Charger Cable Is an Off-Brand, and Short

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 6:16pm
Carly Page writes with a story from The Inquirer, where: As part of its Surface Pro charger recall, Microsoft has chosen to replace the sleek, shapely matt[e] plastic original with a cable approximately half the length and ordered from an off-brand manufacturer, in our case China's I-Sheng Electric Wire and Cable Company. Writer Peter Gothard points out a plausible reason for the length, though: "The extraordinarily short length of the cord is presumably to discourage behaviour that resulted in the "tightly wrapped" or "repeatedly bent" cables catching fire in at least 56 separate incidents."

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ZDNet Writer Downplays Windows 10's Phoning-Home Habits

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 5:57pm
jones_supa writes: Gordon F. Kelly of Forbes whipped up a frenzy over Windows 10 when a Voat user found out in a little experiment that the operating system phones home thousands of times a day. ZDNet's Ed Bott has written a follow-up where he points out how the experiment should not be taken too dramatically. 602 connection attempts were to using UDP port 137, which means local NetBIOS broadcasts. Another 630 were DNS requests. Next up was 1,619 dropped connection attempts to address, which is a Microsoft Teredo server. The list goes on with NTP, random HTTP requests, and various cloud hosts which probably are reached by UWP apps. He summarizes by saying that a lot of connections are not at all about telemetry. However, what kind of telemetry and data-mined information Windows specifically sends still remains largely a mystery; hopefully curious people will do analysis on the operating system and network traffic sent by it.

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Systemd 229 Released With Many Changes, DNS Resolver Now Fully Supported

Phoronix - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 5:48pm
The last major systemd update was all the way back in November, which is rather strange considering their normal frequent releases, but that changed today with the release of systemd 229...

Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

El Reg - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 5:34pm
Star Wars production company due in court

The UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced it will prosecute the company allegedly responsible for squashing Harrison Ford during filming of Star Wars: The Forces Awakens.

The Way VCs Think About Open Source: Mostly Wrong

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 5:34pm
An anonymous reader writes: In an epic smack-down, Simon Phipps examines a recent article by some VCs with an apparently strong track record in open source startups and finds the way they see the world makes them plain wrong about Red Hat, OSI licenses, Apache and probably everything else they talk about.

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Bluetooth SIG releases development kit to unify the IoT

L'Inq - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 5:18pm

It's not late to arrive if it's better

As Elections Approach, Iran Uses "Far More Advanced" Internet Censorship

Slashdot - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 5:16pm
Patrick O'Neill writes: Election time in Iran means increased censorship for the country's tens of millions of Internet users. But this months parliamentary election, experts say, comes with a new level of aggressive censorship from a government notorious for authoritarianism in cyberspace. "What's happening [right now] is far more advanced than anything we've seen before," said Karl Kathuria, CEO of Psiphon Inc., the company behind the widely popular encryption and circumvention tool Psiphon. "It's a lot more concentrated attempt to stop these services from working."

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Cricket can get nasty: India v Pakistan rivalry boils over into cyber-war

El Reg - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 5:04pm
Cheer at Test results, find yourself hit by SQL injection

The continuing rivalry between India and Pakistan has spilled over into cyberspace, with activity peaking around nationalist holidays and sports fixtures.…

Insight Enterprises CEO: our EMEA ops are firing... no not staff

El Reg - Thu, 11/02/2016 - 4:37pm
Cloud business grows double digits but can't offset sluggish on-prem IT sales

Managed and cloud services picked up some momentum for Insight Enterprises’ EMEA ops in 2015 but not at the pace to offset declines in the traditional hardware and software reselling lines.…

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