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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

Slashdot.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:13
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Forbes: [Facebook] announced yesterday that it was shutting down a feature that the Obama campaign used in 2012 to register over a million voters. During the election supporters shared access to their list of Facebook friends list with the campaign through an app. Researchers have found that while people view often political messages with skepticism, they are more receptive and trusting when the information is coming from somebody they know. The feature was credited with boosting Obama’s get-out-the-vote efforts which were crucial to his victory, but Facebook has decided to disable this ability in order to (rightfully) protect users from third-party apps collecting too much of their information. The company insists that it favors no particular ideology and that its efforts are “neutral.” The first part is likely true, but the second is not possible. The company’s algorithms take into account a proprietary mix of our own biases, connections, and interests combined with Facebook’s business priorities; that is the farthest thing from neutral. Facebook says it just want to encourage “civic participation,” but politically mobilizing the subsection of people that are on their network is not without its own impacts.

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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

Slashdot.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:13
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Forbes: [Facebook] announced yesterday that it was shutting down a feature that the Obama campaign used in 2012 to register over a million voters. During the election supporters shared access to their list of Facebook friends list with the campaign through an app. Researchers have found that while people view often political messages with skepticism, they are more receptive and trusting when the information is coming from somebody they know. The feature was credited with boosting Obama’s get-out-the-vote efforts which were crucial to his victory, but Facebook has decided to disable this ability in order to (rightfully) protect users from third-party apps collecting too much of their information. The company insists that it favors no particular ideology and that its efforts are “neutral.” The first part is likely true, but the second is not possible. The company’s algorithms take into account a proprietary mix of our own biases, connections, and interests combined with Facebook’s business priorities; that is the farthest thing from neutral. Facebook says it just want to encourage “civic participation,” but politically mobilizing the subsection of people that are on their network is not without its own impacts.

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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

Slashdot.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 05:13
An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from Forbes: [Facebook] announced yesterday that it was shutting down a feature that the Obama campaign used in 2012 to register over a million voters. During the election supporters shared access to their list of Facebook friends list with the campaign through an app. Researchers have found that while people view often political messages with skepticism, they are more receptive and trusting when the information is coming from somebody they know. The feature was credited with boosting Obama’s get-out-the-vote efforts which were crucial to his victory, but Facebook has decided to disable this ability in order to (rightfully) protect users from third-party apps collecting too much of their information. The company insists that it favors no particular ideology and that its efforts are “neutral.” The first part is likely true, but the second is not possible. The company’s algorithms take into account a proprietary mix of our own biases, connections, and interests combined with Facebook’s business priorities; that is the farthest thing from neutral. Facebook says it just want to encourage “civic participation,” but politically mobilizing the subsection of people that are on their network is not without its own impacts.

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Fish Tagged For Research Become Lunch For Gray Seals

Slashdot.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:34
sciencehabit writes: When scientists slap an acoustic tag on a fish, they may be inadvertently helping seals find their next meal. The tags — rods a few centimeters long that give off a ping that can be detected from up to a kilometer away — are often used to follow fish for studies on their migration, hunting, or survival rates. Researchers working with 10 gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) who were captive for a year have now reported that the animals can learn to associate the pings with food. If the findings hold true in the wild, the authors warn, they could skew the results of studies trying to analyze fish survival rates or predation.

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SUSE Brings Live Patching and Ceph Storage to Its Enterprise Linux - Server Watch

Linux News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:06

CIO Today

SUSE Brings Live Patching and Ceph Storage to Its Enterprise Linux
Server Watch
The new SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching technology is derived from the open-source kGraft project that SUSE has been leading in the upstream Linux community. SUSE Linux Enterprise The kGraft project is about enabling patching of a live running ...
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SUSE Linux Enterprise Live Patching Now AvailablePR Newswire (press release)

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5 open source projects making the world better you should know

OpenSource.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:00

One of the strengths of the open source community has been its ability to bring concentrated effort to bear on big problems. When tragedy strikes, or a pressing need arises, there are groups of people who gather together to attempt to solve the problems as a community.

You may not have heard of these five open source projects, but they are attacking some of the world's biggest problems and making a true impact in people's lives.


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How to channel the spirit of farming into your open food code

OpenSource.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:00

Roy Guisinger is the developer of Open Food Source: open source software for running your own local food co-op. It is an end-to-end solution with support for online ordering, product management, delivery coordination, and even newsletters. Today, Roy talks about the origins of the project, its plans for the future, and the spirit of open source in farming.

Open Food Source: From orphan to federation

In the local food movement, open source principles are very much like the open pollinated seeds that farmers keep to grow next year’s crops. When farmers use their own seeds, they are in control of breeding and conserving for the future. In contrast, closed source and software as a service (SaaS) providers are more like the companies with patented seeds who exert control over farmers by requiring them to purchase new seeds each year, sometimes even controlling the sale of the harvested crops.

Open Food Source (OFS) might be the longest running open source food hub software available today.


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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Slashdot.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:14
Bizzeh writes: A British couple has been "fined" £100 by a Blackpool hotel for leaving critical comments on Trip Advisor. The UK's Trading Standards organization is investigating the incident, saying it may breach regulations. The Broadway Hotel's booking policy reads (in small print), "Despite the fact that repeat customers and couples love our hotel, your friends and family may not. "For every bad review left on any website, the group organizer will be charged a maximum £100 per review."

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Systemd fallout: Two Debian technical panel members resign

LinuxToday.com - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 02:00

 ITwire: 100 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications

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Nokia's N1 Android Tablet Is Actually a Foxconn Tablet

Slashdot.org - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 00:19
sfcrazy writes: "Nokia surprised everyone when it announced the N1 Android tablet during the Slush conference in Finland, today. This story has a twist, though: the N1 is not a Nokia device. Nokia doesn't have a device unit anymore: it sold its Devices and Services business to Microsoft in 2013. The N1 is made by Taiwanese contract manufacturing company Foxconn, which also manufactures the iPhone and the iPad. But Nokia's relationship with Foxconn is different from Apple's. You buy iDevices from Apple, not Foxconn; you call Apple for support, not Foxconn. You never deal with Foxconn. In the case of N1, Foxconn will be handling the sales, distribution, and customer care for the device. Nokia is licensing the brand, the industrial design, the Z Launcher software layer, and the IP on a running royalty basis to Foxconn.

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How to Win the Loser’s Game: Free Documentary

MyMoneyBlog.com - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 23:30

SensibleInvesting.tv recently released a free documentary about the fund management industry and the effect of their high fees on the returns of everyday citizens. “How to Win the Loser’s Game” includes interviews with Vanguard founder John Bogle, Nobel Prize-winning economists Eugene Fama and William Sharpe, author and wealth manager Larry Swedroe, amongst many others. While the publisher is UK-based, most of the concepts are widely applicable to all fund management. The film is broken down into 10 different parts, each about 8 minutes long.

If you are a visual learner and rather watch an educational video than read a book, this documentary is definitely for you. The brief episodes gradually cover the benefits of a low-cost, long-term, low-maintenance, diversified investment strategy. Here’s the trailer, which ends with links to all 10 episodes.


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How to Win the Loser’s Game: Free Documentary from My Money Blog.

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Categories: Finance

City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

Slashdot.org - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:26
Sebolains writes: The city of Toronto in Ontario, Canada has filed a court injunction on Uber Canada Inc. today that requests for all operations in the city to cease. Uber has been operating there since 2012 without a license from the city, and so officials are concerned that Uber's operations pose a risk to both drivers and riders. How quickly this will happen, we don't know, but the city has asked the courts to be expedient in hearing this application.

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100 Open Source Replacements for Expensive Applications

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 22:00

 Datamation: Enterprises, SMBs and home users can see significant savings with these open source alternatives to popular software.

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Linux is still the most popular system in supercomputing - Science Recorder

Linux News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 19:16

Linux is still the most popular system in supercomputing
Science Recorder
That computer (along with many others) uses Linux as its operating system. This should come as no surprise, as Linux has been leading the world of supercomputing for some time. According to a report by ZDNet, 485 of the November 2014 Top 500 (97 ...

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WhatsApp to provide end-to-end encryption

OSNews.com - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:15
At Open Whisper Systems, our goal is to make private communication simple. For the past three years, we've been developing a modern, open source, strong encryption protocol for asynchronous messaging systems, designed to make seamless end-to-end encrypted messaging possible. Today we're excited to publicly announce a partnership with WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app in the world, to incorporate the TextSecure protocol into their clients and provide end-to-end encryption for their users by default. Good news for WhatsApp users.

15 Apps Which Ship in Mint 17.1 Cinnamon [Overview with Screenshots]

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 18:00

 tuxarena: A quick look at the main applications that come bundled by default in the Mint 17.1 Rebecca installation disc, with a short overview and screenshots for each of them

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SUSE Brings Live Patching and Ceph Storage to Its Enterprise Linux

ServerWatch - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:51

General availability of technology from the kGraft project brings the promise of easier updates with less server downtime.

Categories: Linux

Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command - Register

Linux News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:31

Top Tech News

Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
Register
Microsoft has taken its first baby steps toward integrating Windows with the Docker application containerization tech that's caught fire in the Linux world, with the release of Docker client software that runs on Windows desktops. The client doesn't ...
Microsoft puts Docker on Windows clientsGigaom

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Intel's MICA fashion bracelet features Linux and 3G data

LinuxToday.com - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 17:00

 LinuxGizmos: Intel and Opening Ceremony unveiled a $495, Linux-based "MICA" smart bracelet with 3G data, Facebook notifications, navigation, and "intelligent reminders."

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Intel's MICA fashion bracelet features Linux and 3G data - LinuxGizmos

Linux News - Tue, 11/18/2014 - 16:14

LinuxGizmos

Intel's MICA fashion bracelet features Linux and 3G data
LinuxGizmos
Yet, while it is similarly based on Linux, the MICA appears to be too small to house the Edison. The MICA is co-designed by fashion design house Opening Ceremony, which along with Barneys, will begin selling the smart bracelet in early December for ...

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