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Bloke fruit flies enjoy ejaculating, turn to booze when starved of sexy times

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 20:01
Closer to human beings than previously thought, clearly

A new study reveals that male fruit flies enjoy the sensation of ejaculation, and are more likely to turn to alcohol when sexually frustrated. Sound familiar?…

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Male fruit flies like ejaculating and turn to alcohol when starved of sexual pleasure

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 20:01
Flies closer to human beings than previously thought

A new study reveals that male fruit flies enjoy the sensation of ejaculation, and are more likely to turn to alcohol when sexually frustrated. Sound familiar?…

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FDA Wants Medical Devices To Have Mandatory Built-In Update Mechanisms

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 20:00
Catalin Cimpanu, writing for BleepingComputer: The US Food & Drug Administration plans to ask Congress for more funding and regulatory powers to improve its approach towards medical device safety, including on the cybersecurity front. An FDA document released this week reveals several of the FDA's plans, including the desire to force device makers to include mandatory update systems inside products for the purpose of delivering critical security patches. In addition, the FDA also plans to force device makers to create a document called "Software Bill of Materials" that will be provided for each medical device and will include software-related details for each product. Hospitals, healthcare units, contractors, or users will be able to consult the medical device's bill of materials and determine how it functions, what software is needed for what feature, and what technologies are used in each device.

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Netflix Could Start Buying Movie Theaters to Help Films Gain a Boost in Oscar Race, Report Says

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 19:20
Netflix has made a strong effort to land Oscar nominations since debuting its first original feature, "Beasts of No Nation," in 2015. The next step in the streaming giant's plan to secure film awards could be to buy and own movie theaters. IndieWire: A new report from the Los Angeles Times says Netflix is considering buying theaters in Los Angeles and New York in order to gain a boost during Oscar season. People familiar with the situation say the theaters would be used to give greater exposer to the feature and documentary titles Netflix is hoping to push into the awards race. According to the Times, Netflix executives originally considered purchasing the Los Angeles-based Landmark Theaters, which is co-owned by Mark Cuban. The theaters are well known for attracting awards voters by running first-run features, documentaries, and foreign films during Oscar season. Sources close to Netflix confirm the company has no current plans to buy Landmark properties. Landmark has three Los Angeles locations and 53 theaters overall in the U.S. Sources close to Netflix.

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 19:14
Social media giant continues its loving embrace of GDPR privacy rules

Facebook is quietly changing its terms of service to shift 1.5 billion users away from Europe to the US while continuing to claim it wants to offer greater privacy protections.…

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The Higher Your Salary, the More Time Your Employer Will Pay You Not To Work

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 18:40
The best-paid workers in the US not only make more money than many of their colleagues, they also tend to get more paid vacation days. An anonymous reader shares a report: An annual survey of of employee benefits conducted by the US government shows that, in 2017, nearly half of the people in the top 25% of earners received at least 10 days of paid vacation. The bottom 25% was not so lucky -- only around a tenth of them received such generous leave. Paid vacation time is often overlooked in measures of pay inequality in the US, because the value of time off does not appear in the household income statistics.

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TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 18:25
Prosecutors ask judge to give Baratov 94 months for stealing accounts on behalf of FSB

The Canadian hacker who helped Russian agents by breaking into more than 11,000 Yahoo email accounts could spend the next eight years behind bars, if American prosecutors get their way.…

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TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 18:25
Prosecutors ask judge to give Baratov 94 months for stealing accounts on behalf of FSB

The Canadian hacker who helped Russian agents by breaking into more than 11,000 Yahoo email accounts could spend the next eight years behind bars, if prosecutors in the California Northern District Court get their way.…

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Pasta Is Good For You, Say Scientists Funded By Big Pasta

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 18:00
Earlier this month, numerous news outlets reported on a study which concludes that eating pasta is good for health. In fact, the reports claimed, eating pasta could help you lose weight. Except, there is more to the story. BuzzFeed News reports: What those and many other stories failed to note, however, was that three of the scientists behind the study in question had financial conflicts as tangled as a bowl of spaghetti, including ties to the world's largest pasta company, the Barilla Group. Over the last decade or so, with the rise of the Atkins, South Beach, paleo, and ketogenic diets, Big Pasta has battled a societal shift against carbohydrates -- and funded and promoted research suggesting that noodles are good for you. At least 10 peer-reviewed studies about pasta published since 2008 were either funded directly by Barilla or, like the one published this month, were carried out by scientists who have had financial ties to the company, which reported sales of 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion) in 2016. For two years, Barilla has publicized some of these studies, plus others favorable to its product, on its website with taglines like "Eat Smart Be Smart...With Pasta" and "More Evidence Pasta Is Good For You." And the company hired the large public relations firm Edelman to push the latest study's findings to journalists.

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Microsoft Has Run Out of Windows Phone Stock

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 17:20
Even if you really wanted to buy a Windows phone, Microsoft has run out of Windows Phone devices to sell to you. From a report: I've been watching the number of Windows Phone options on the Microsoft Store website dwindle for over two years now. I was honestly expecting them to disappear completely more than six months ago. It's 2018, and there are still two remaining phones. Last night, they both flipped over to "out of stock." The HP Elite x3 with dock, normally $799 but on sale for $299, and the Alcatel Idol 4S, normally $299 but on sale for $99.99, are officially out of stock. The third option for $169, the Alcatel Idol 4S with VR Goggles, is of course also out of stock.

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Turn Right at the Burger King: Google Maps Begins Using Landmarks To Help With Guidance

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 16:40
Most navigation apps give you instructions based on streets or distance. But it's arguably in contrast to how people usually provide directions -- some usually point to landmarks that are easier to spot. Google sees some merit in that. The idea is that Google Maps is highlighting some landmarks and other points of interest (fast food restaurants) to help with guidance. TechCrunch reports that some users are already seeing this on Google Maps. And maybe to Google, this opens door for some business opportunities as well. Only time will tell.

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Eight months after Equifax megahack, some Brits are only just being notified

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 16:39
I'm fsck-ed off it took this long, rages affected Reg reader

Some of the 15 million Britons affected by the Equifax mega-hack are only now receiving letters notifying them that they were affected by the breach, eight months after the event.…

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Marissa Mayer is Back

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 16:03
Former Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer is starting a technology business incubator, Lumi Labs, with longtime colleague Enrique Munoz Torres, she revealed in an interview with The New York Times. Bloomberg: The venture will focus on consumer media and artificial intelligence, according to the company's website, which is set against a backdrop of snow-covered peaks. Lumi means snow in Finnish, Mayer told the New York Times, which reported the news earlier Wednesday. The next project for Mayer, who was an early employee at Google and worked there until leaving to run Yahoo in 2012, had been a matter of considerable speculation in Silicon Valley. She left Yahoo, once a leading search engine and web destination, after it was sold to Verizon Communications last year.

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Beware! Medical AI systems are easy targets for fraud and error

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 16:00
You can fake diagnoses with adversarial examples

Medical AI systems are particularly vulnerable to attacks and have been overlooked in security research, a new study suggests.…

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 15:31
Nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Auntie's Capita deals

Capita's fortunes of late may be in general decline but the UK's much loved IT outsourcing biz can always rely on the British Broadcasting Corporation – propped up by license fee payers – to dish out cheques.…

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 15:31
Nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and Auntie's Capita deals

Capita's fortunes of late may be in general decline but the UK's much loved outsourcing biz can always rely on the British Broadcasting Corporation - propped up by license fee payers - to dish out cheques.…

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4.9% of Websites Use Flash, Down From 28.5% in 2011

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 15:21
Web makers continue to ditch the infamous Flash for other safer, improved technologies. In 2011, more than 28.5 percent of websites used Flash in their code, a figure technology survey site W3Techs estimates to have dropped to 4.9 percent today. BleepingComputer: The number confirms Flash's decline, and a reason why Adobe has decided to retire the technology at the end of 2020. A decline from 28.5 percent to 4.9 percent doesn't look that bad, but we're talking about all Internet sites, not just a small portion of Top 10,000 or Top 1 Million sites. Taking into account the sheer number of abandoned sites on today's Internet, the decline is quite considerable, and W3Techs' findings confirm similar statistics put out by a Google security engineer in February.

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48 million personal profiles left exposed by data firm LocalBlox

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 15:00
Poorly configured S3 buckets strike again

US social network data aggregator LocalBlox has been caught leaving its AWS bucket of 48 million records – harvested in part from Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter – available to be viewed by anyone who stopped by.…

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Finland Is Killing Its Basic Income Experiment

Slashdot - Thu, 2018-04-19 14:40
tomhath shares a report: Since the beginning of last year, 2000 Finns are getting money from the government each month -- and they are not expected to do anything in return. The participants, aged 25-58, are all unemployed, and were selected at random by Kela, Finland's social-security institution. Instead of unemployment benefits, the participants now receive $690 per month, tax free. Should they find a job during the two-year trial, they still get to keep the money. While the project is praised internationally for being at the cutting edge of social welfare, back in Finland, decision makers are quietly pulling the brakes, making a U-turn that is taking the project in a whole new direction. "Right now, the government is making changes that are taking the system further away from a basic income," Kela researcher Miska Simanainen told the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.

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Musk: I want to retrieve rockets with big Falcon party balloons

TheRegister - Thu, 2018-04-19 14:06
NASA: Been there, done that

While waiting for TESS to get off the launchpad on Monday, chief exec Elon Musk joked on Twitter about how SpaceX might set about recovering the second stage of the booster.…

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