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BMW will show huge range of M Performance parts at SEMA

Oct 31

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SEMA isn’t just for custom American muscle cars.

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BMW will show huge range of M Performance parts at SEMA originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Oct 2016 12:59:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BMW recalls 5 Series, 6 Series, X5, and X6 models for fuel leaks

Oct 31

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If you smell gas inside the cabin of your BMW, you might have a problem.

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BMW recalls 5 Series, 6 Series, X5, and X6 models for fuel leaks originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 30 Oct 2016 09:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Ask Slashdot: What Training Helps Older Programmers Most?

Oct 31

brown.dragon is an older programmer moving to Australia. He writes:

I want to start an online solution that other programmers find helpful, and right now I’m wondering if I should go with “learning new technologies” or “getting really good at the basics”. Both are targeted towards giving a career boost to older programmers…

Would you like to keep in touch with the latest technologies because that’s what makes it easy to get jobs? Or would you like to be really good at answering (Google/Facebook/Amazon) algorithmic interview questions?

He asks programmers looking for an online educational tool, “which of these (if any), would interest you?” So leave your answers in the comments. What training do you think would help older programmers most?


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EA Blocks ‘Origin’ Access In Six Countries, Citing US Embargoes

Oct 31

An anonymous reader writes: “In compliance with US embargoes and sanctions laws, Origin is not available in Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Ukraine (Crimea region),” a community manager from EA posted in September. Engadget calls it “a reminder of the risks you take when buying copy-protected game downloads… Even if you started your account elsewhere, you aren’t allowed to either visit the Origin store or use any of your purchased games.”

Sunday an employee at EA’s Origin game store commented “This isn’t an EA-specific issue — it’s an issue that impacts all companies offering services that are covered by trade embargoes.” But since the U.S. lifted sanctions on Myanmar in September, EA “is internally reviewing the situation… It’s unclear to me whether we can do anything for residents of other countries that are still similarly embargoed, but I’ll bring the topic up for discussion internally.”


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WordPress Founder Accuses Wix Of Stealing Code

Oct 31

An anonymous reader writes:
“Wow, dude I did not even know we were fighting,” Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami posted on the company’s blog Saturday — responding to WordPress creator Matt Mullenweg, who on Friday accused Wix of stealing their code. “The claim is that the Wix mobile apps distribute GPL code and aren’t themselves GPL, so they violate the license,” Mullenweg wrote.
Abrahami argued that “Everything we improved there or modified, we submitted back as open source,” adding “we will release the app you saw as well… ” Mullenweg responded “It appears you and [lead engineer] Tal might share a misunderstanding of how the GPL works,” ultimately adding “software licensing can be tricky and many people make honest mistakes.”

Wix had also argued they’re giving back to the open source community by listing 224 public projects on their GitHub page. “Thank you for the offer to use them,” Mullenweg responded. “If we do, we’ll make sure to follow the license you’ve put on the code very carefully.”


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CETA Signed Off As Wallonia Folds Under Pressure

Oct 31

Dangerous_Minds writes: The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has been signed off. The government of Wallonia appeared to be holding off on the agreement, but has since folded under the pressure. Two days after Wallonia agreed to the trade deal, countries signed off on the agreement. The agreement contains provisions surrounding a three strikes law, a global DMCA, site blocking, and the hugely controversial ISDS provisions to name a few. The deal still needs to be ratified for these laws to take effect.


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‘Armies’ of Twitter Bots Bolster Both The Trump And Clinton Campaigns

Oct 31

An anonymous reader writes:
During the first U.S. presidential debate, “automated accounts were tweeting messages with hashtags associated with the candidates. For example, #makeamericagreatagain or #draintheswamp for Trump; #imwithher for Clinton,” according to TechNewsWorld. They cite researchers at PoliticalBots.org, who “found that one-third of all tweets using pro-Trump hashtags were created by bots and one-fifth of all Clinton hashtags were generated by automated accounts.”

In addition, “Political actors and governments worldwide have begun using bots to manipulate public opinion, choke off debate, and muddy political issues… We know for a fact that Russia, as a state, has sponsored the use of bots for attacking transnational targets… We’ve had cases in Mexico, Turkey, South Korea and Australia. The problem is that a lot of people don’t know bots exist, and that trends on social media or even online polls can be gamed by bots very easily.”
After the second presidential debate, “Pro-Clinton bots ‘fought back’,” reported the BBC, adding that they were still outnumbered by the Trump bots.


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Pirate Party Gains Seats In Iceland’s Election

Oct 31

The BBC reports that Iceland’s Pirate Party “has tripled its seats in the 63-seat parliament, election results show. It is in joint second place with the Left-Greens — with 10 seats each.”
An anonymous reader quotes USA Today:
Iceland’s hacker-led, upstart Pirate Party failed to make the nation’s powerful Independence Party walk the plank after all. The Pirate Party — led by a former WikiLeaks collaborator — rode the populist movement sweeping Europe to make big gains in Saturday’s election, but returns on Sunday gave the largest bloc of seats to the center-right Independence Party…

Pirate Party co-founder Birgitta Jonsdottir, who became involved with WikiLeaks in 2010 after its leader Julian Assange visited Iceland, said she was satisfied with the Pirate plunder at the polls. “Our internal predictions showed 10 to 15%, so this is at the top of the range.”
Iceland’s prime minister was forced to resign in April after the Panama Papers suggested his family had sheltered its personal wealth outside the country.


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Serious Hacks Possible Through Inaudible Ultrasound

Oct 31

An anonymous reader writes:
“High-frequency audio ‘beacons’ are embedded into TV commercials or browser ads,” reports New Scientist. “These sounds, which are inaudible to the human ear, can be picked up by any nearby device that has a microphone and can then activate certain functions on that device…Some shopping reward apps, such as Shopkick, already use it to let retailers push department or aisle-specific ads and promotions to customers’ phones as they shop.”

But now Fortune reports that some apps “often actively listen for ultrasound signals, even when the app itself is closed, creating a new and relatively poorly-understood pathway for hacking.” In addition, security researchers “have already found ways to mine cloaked IP addresses. Speaking to New Scientist, team member Vasilios Mavroudis suggests that an app’s always-on microphone access could be leveraged to monitor conversations (and, if you’re not paranoid already, to decipher what you’re typing). The ‘beacons’ that transmit ultrasound data can also be spoofed to manipulate apps’ user data.”


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Family Sues Amazon After Counterfeit Hoverboard Catches Fire, Destroys Home

Oct 31

Three weeks after unboxing a hoverboard, it burst into flames. But is Amazon partly to blame?
tripleevenfall quotes The Tennessean:
A Nashville family whose $1 million home was destroyed earlier this year in a fire caused by a hoverboard toy is suing Amazon saying the retail giant knowingly sold a dangerous product…
The lawsuit says the seller of the hoverboard listed online, “W-Deals,” is a sham organization that is registered to an apartment in New York City that has not responded to requests from lawyers in the case. It alleges the family was sold a counterfeit product from China instead of a brand with a Samsung lithium ion battery they believed they were buying from Amazon . It says Tennessee product liability law holds a seller responsible if the manufacturer cannot be found.


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