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How a Virus Spreads Through an Airplane Cabin

Slashdot - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:12
An anonymous reader shares a report: Traveling by plane greatly increases our chances of getting sick, or so many of us are wont to believe. To be fair, it's not uncommon to come down with a nasty illness after we return from a vacation or business trip. But is flying the culprit? The latest research suggests the answer is no -- but much of it depends on where we sit. New research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that airline passengers infected with influenza -- a disease that spreads through the air -- aren't likely to infect other passengers who sit more than two seats to the left or right, or more than two seats in front or back. In other words, your chances of contracting the flu from an infected passenger are slim -- unless you're sitting within about three feet (one meter) of them. Given that three billion of us fly annually, combined with the popular conception that we often contract diseases inflight, it's surprising to learn that very few studies have looked into this issue in detail.

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How 11 open source projects got their names

LXer - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:11
What is the meaning of "life"?Well, it's the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, of course. So, what is the meaning of "open source life"? Leo Babauta, writing for LifeHack, says:read more

Mark Zuckerberg AWOL From Facebook's Data Leak Damage Control Session

Slashdot - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:30
An anonymous reader writes: It's not just that he's silent in public. Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg declined to face his employees on Tuesday to explain the company's role in a widening international scandal over the 2016 election. Facebook employees on Tuesday got the opportunity for an internal briefing and question-and-answer session about Facebook's role with the Trump-aligned data firm Cambridge Analytica. It was the first the company held to brief and reassure employees after, ahead of damaging news reports, Facebook abruptly suspended Cambridge Analytica. But Zuckerberg himself wasn't there, The Daily Beast has learned. Instead, the session was conducted by a Facebook attorney, Paul Grewal, according to a source familiar with the meeting. That was the same approach the company used on Capitol Hill this past fall, when it sent its top attorney, Colin Stretch, to brief Congress about the prevalence of Russian propaganda, to include paid ads and inauthentic accounts, on its platform. Further reading: Where in the world is Mark Zuckerberg? Frustrated Facebook execs are asking.

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Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'

TheRegister - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:11
Let me at 'em, growls EU privacy watchdog

Relying on internet giants' goodwill to stop the spread of misinformation online and prevent the manipulation of netizens has failed, Europe's top data protection watchdog has said, adding that regulators now need to take action.…

Google Patches All Intel Chromebooks Against Spectre Variant 2 with Chrome OS 65

LXer - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:02
Google released a new stable version of its Linux-based Chrome OS operating system for Chromebooks, build 65.0.3325.167 (Platform version: 10323.58.0/1) bringing the Meltdown and Spectre mitigations to more devices and a bunch of other improvements.

African Manufacturing Jobs Could be Threatened by US Based Robots, Report Says

Slashdot - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:48
Within less than two decades it will be cheaper to operate robots in US factories than hire workers in Africa, a new report warns. From the report: Falling automation costs are predicted to cause job losses as manufacturers return to richer economies. Some analysts say poorer countries could be less impacted by this trend, however the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) suggests otherwise. But its report adds African nations have time to prepare for the change. "African countries must not shy away from manufacturing, but instead prepare by increasing access to internet, investing in technical skills and promoting technological innovation," said Karishma Banga a senior research officer at ODI. "If done well, automation can present important opportunities for African countries by improving labour productivity in manufacturing," she said. It has been suggested that poorer countries will not as be affected by automation because they have less money to invest in it.

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BlackBerry Z10 'share-price pump' lawsuit is back from the dead

TheRegister - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:18
RIM's job of allegedly hiding smartphone sales snafu now back under the microscope

A US judge has opted to resurrect a case claiming BlackBerry illegally propped up its stock amidst the calamitous Z10 handset release.…

Hackathons Are Dystopian Events That Dupe People Into Working For Free, Say Sociologists

Slashdot - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 12:04
An anonymous reader writes: That's the conclusion that two sociologists came to after observing seven hackathons over the period of one year, reports Wired. In "Hackathons As Co-optation Ritual: Socializing Workers and Institutionalizing Innovation in the 'New' Economy," sociologists Sharon Zukin and Max Papadantonakis argue that companies use the allure of hackathons to get people to work for free. They says sponsors fuel the "romance of digital innovation by appealing to the hackers' aspiration to be multi-dimensional agents of change" when in fact the hackathons are just a means of labor control.

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How to Install DokuWiki with Apache on Debian 9

LXer - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:53
DokuWiki is a free open source wiki application written completely in the PHP programming language and often deployed in Linux under Apache/Nginx web servers and PHP. This tutorial I will show you how to install and configure the latest version DokuWiki CMS platform on Debian 9.2 release, in order to create online documentation websites.

Fire up your app dev skills at Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston

TheRegister - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:14
April event promises intensive training

Promo Small to large enterprises around the globe rely on Cloud Foundry to automate and scale cloud applications across multiple clouds, in any language, through their lifecycle. Whether you are new to the platform or have some knowledge but would like to take it to a new level, the Cloud Foundry Summit in Boston, MA from April 18 to 20 looks to be your essential destination.…

Digital asset management for an open movie project

LXer - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:45
When it comes to frontend creative software for multimedia projects, Blender and Audacity tend to get the most attention, mainly because they are easy for beginners to use. But when you use them to produce a large multimedia project, like our animated open movie project Lunatics!, you quickly run into problems with the backend infrastructure.read more

Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

TheRegister - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:35
Telly software goes open source (again)

The mighty little OS that could is open source again. LG has revealed webOS OSE (Open Source Edition) under an Apache licence and ported it to the Raspberry Pi hardware.…

US govt's final bid to extradite Lauri Love kicked into touch

TheRegister - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:06
UK High Court refuses to certify point-of-law appeal

The US government has had its final shot at arguing for the extradition of accused hacker Lauri Love snuffed out by the High Court in London, England.…

VMWare's Dirk Hohndel on Linux and Open Source Software

LXer - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:36
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Ask the same question about Linux and open source software and the answer is clear — but still a surprise to some.

We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

TheRegister - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:59
Cambridge Analytica brouhaha fallout continues

The Parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has demanded Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg “appear before us to give oral evidence” in the fallout over Cambridge Analytica – while an ex-Facebooker is due to spill the beans tomorrow.…

Feed the dog and close the door with an open source home automation system

LXer - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:28
As voice assistants, smart bulbs, and other devices increasingly become household staples, more people than ever are bringing smart technology into their homes. But the bewildering assortment of products on the market can present challenges: Remembering which app to use and trying to link things together with automation can get complicated quickly. In this article, I’ll show you a few ways I used an open source home automation platform, Home Assistant, to bring all my devices together.read more

You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

TheRegister - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:58
Cracking idea or chocolate-coated nightmare?

A Nottingham pub reckons it has cracked Easter PR with the launch of a Cadbury Creme Egg Yorkshire pud*.…

How to install Chevereto Image Hosting on Ubuntu 16.04

LXer - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:19
Chevereto is a free, open source and easy to use image hosting script written in PHP language that allows you to create your own image hosting website. In this tutorial, we will learn how to install and configure Chevereto using Apache, PHP and MariaDB on Ubuntu 16.04 server.

He He He: Seagate's gasbag Exos spinner surges up to 14TB

TheRegister - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:19
Technical gubbins still mostly under wraps

Seagate has unveiled a 14TB helium-filled disk drive in the Exos line.…

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