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An anonymous reader shares an article: Geneticists are now using technology to isolate the precise genes responsible for excessive branching and flowering, characteristics which lead to less fruit and thus less yield for farmers. In a study published in the journal Cell last week, geneticist Zachary Lippman of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory explains his research team's efforts to fix mutated tomatoes using CRISPR gene editing technology. By identifying the genes associated with undesired mutations, Lippman was able to edit them and suppress their effects. After playing with the plant architecture, Lippman's team was ultimately able to engineer highly productive plants that yielded more of the desired fruit and less of the unwanted flowers and branches. Original research paper; further reading on Nature magazine.

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Imzy, a social media site led by ex-Reddit employee Dan McComas, announced on Wednesday that it will be closing its doors next month. The site was launched last year with much fanfare. Imzy sought to offer a community that didn't have trolls, one of the reasons that led McComas to leave Reddit two years ago. Ever since its launch, Imzy struggled to gain traction. According to web analytics firm SimilarWeb, the website was visited less than 400,000 times last month. McComas didn't elaborate why his service was shutting down, though he wrote: Some of you have been here since our launch into beta and some are brand new. We've loved getting to know all of you and seeing you build communities and make new friends. Unfortunately, we were not able to find our place in the market. We still feel that the internet deserves better and hope that we see more teams take on this challenge in the future.

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Microsoft announced today that Xbox Game Pass, a new subscription service that would allow Xbox One owners to download and play a selection of games for a flat monthly fee, will launch on June 1. From a report: Xbox Live Gold subscribers, however, can access the service starting today, May 24. Microsoft is offering a 14-day free trial of Xbox Game Pass, giving Gold subscribers a chance to preview the service at no cost prior to launch. Xbox Game Pass offers "unlimited access to over one hundred great Xbox One and Xbox 360 titles" for $9.99 per month.

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Reader Anubis IV writes: With Slashdot recently asking whether we still use RSS, it may come as a surprise that something interesting has happened in the world of news feeds this week. JSON Feed was launched as an alternative to RSS and Atom, eschewing the XML they rely on -- which is frequently malformed and difficult to parse -- in favor of a human readable JSON format that reflects the decades of combined experience its authors have in the field. The JSON Feed spec is a simple read that lays out a number of pragmatic benefits the format has over RSS and Atom, such as eliminating duplicate entries, adding the ability to paginate feeds so that old entries remain available, and reducing the need for clients to scrape sites to find images and other resources. Given that it's authored by the developers behind one of the earliest, popular RSS clients and a recently Kickstarted blogging platform, the format is intended to address the common pain points currently faced by developers when producing and parsing feeds. While it remains to be seen whether JSON Feed will escape the chicken-and-egg stage of adoption, several clients have already added support for the fledging format in the week since its announcement, including Feedbin, Inoreader, and NewsBlur.

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Шестиугольный спиннер крутится хорошо за счет большей массы, но не зря их в основном делают с двумя или тремя лепестками - их просто удобнее крутить. Сделал трехлепестковую версию :)

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May. 24th, 2017 08:08 pm
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в нашем логопедском комьюнити на иврите спросила, что объяснить ребенку, когда он в упражнении про род прилагательных говорит:
המשאית היא בת כי יש לה שער ארוך
грузовая машина девочка, потому что у нее длинные волосы
наши квадратные логопеды не только не заржали, но стали мне объяснять, что она девочка потому что кончается на ит.
Я не стала им говорить, что они путают причину со следствием... Я просто заманалась туда писать. Мои посты либо не пропускает модератор, если они серьезные, либо на них отвечают банальностями, если они нет.
Вот лучше вы расскажите мне, почему машина девочка, а автобус мальчик.
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An anonymous reader writes: The United States' slice of the international tourism pie is declining, according to a new report from Foursquare that looks at data from millions of phones worldwide. The US share of international tourism dropped 16% in March 2017 compared with the previous year. And it declined an average of 11% year over year in months spanning October 2016 to March 2017, according to the report. The drop coincides with the final month of the US election, the Trump transition, and the early months of the Trump administration, which notably imposed a travel ban on people from several majority-Muslim countries in January 2017 that was eventually halted in court but is currently under appeal. Declines in tourism market share from people originating in the Middle East were more pronounced than the rest of the world, down 25% this January, along with a smaller decrease from South America, Foursquare found. The data accounts for the percentage of international tourism coming to the US and not the absolute number of tourists, but Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck told BuzzFeed News that it's unlikely tourist visits to the US increased while share declined. "I don't think you'd see a 16% decline in international market share and absolute numbers being up. I don't think that's compatible," he said. "The volume of tourism doesn't change that fast."

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DeepMind's board game-playing AI, AlphaGo, may well have won its first game against the Go world number one, Ke Jie, from China -- but most Chinese viewers could not watch the match live. From a report: The Chinese government had issued a censorship notice to broadcasters and online publishers, warning them against livestreaming Tuesday's game, according to China Digital Times, a site that regularly posts such notices in the name of transparency. "Regarding the go match between Ke Jie and AlphaGo, no website, without exception, may carry a livestream," the notice read. "If one has been announced in advance, please immediately withdraw it." The ban did not just cover video footage: outlets were banned from covering the match live in any way, including text commentary, social media, or push notifications. It appears the government was concerned that 19-year-old Ke, who lost the first of three scheduled games by a razor-thin half-point margin, might have suffered a more damaging defeat that would hurt the national pride of a state which holds Go close to its heart.

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Amazon's first New York City bookstore, Amazon Books, will open to the general public on Thursday morning, marking Amazon's highest-profile move into bricks-and-mortar retail to date. Even as the book shop is a physical bookstore, some "Amazon" elements can be felt. From a report: While some may be excited that this is an "Amazon Store," similar to Apple and Microsoft's respective flagship stores located just blocks away, Amazon says its goal for the new store is the same as it was when the online retail giant first started two decades ago: To sell books. "We have this 20 years of information about books and ratings, and we have millions and millions of customers who are passionate," said Jennifer Cast, vice president of Amazon Books. "It really is a different way to surface great books." The 4,000 square-foot-store features roughly 3,000 books, all with their covers facing out in order to better to "communicate their own essence," Cast says. The company's recommendation system makes a physical appearance in the bookstore through an "if you like this" section, which combines the data Amazon gathers on the books listed with human curators to recommend new books. To someone who walks in to browse, it feels like a high-tech Barnes and Noble.

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Millions of people risk having their devices and systems compromised by malicious subtitles, according to a new research published by security firm Check Point. The threat comes from a previously undocumented vulnerability which affects users of popular streaming software, including Kodi, Popcorn-Time, and VLC. Developers of the applications have already applied fixes and in some cases, working on it. From a report: While most subtitle makers do no harm, it appears that those with malicious intent can exploit these popular streaming applications to penetrate the devices and systems of these users. Researchers from Check Point, who uncovered the problem, describe the subtitle 'attack vector' as the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability that has been reported in recent years. "By conducting attacks through subtitles, hackers can take complete control over any device running them. From this point on, the attacker can do whatever he wants with the victim's machine, whether it is a PC, a smart TV, or a mobile device," they write.

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The Wikimedia Foundation has the right to sue the National Security Agency over its use of warrantless surveillance tools, a federal appeals court ruled. "A district judge shot down Wikimedia's case in 2015, saying the group hadn't proved the NSA was actually illegally spying on its communications," reports Engadget. "In this case, proof was a tall order, considering information about the targeted surveillance system, Upstream, remains classified." From the report: The appeals court today ruled Wikimedia presented sufficient evidence that the NSA was in fact monitoring its communications, even if inadvertently. The Upstream system regularly tracks the physical backbone of the internet -- the cables and routers that actually transmit our emoji. With the help of telecom providers, the NSA then intercepts specific messages that contain "selectors," email addresses or other contact information for international targets under U.S. surveillance. "To put it simply, Wikimedia has plausibly alleged that its communications travel all of the roads that a communication can take, and that the NSA seizes all of the communications along at least one of those roads," the appeals court writes. "Thus, at least at this stage of the litigation, Wikimedia has standing to sue for a violation of the Fourth Amendment. And, because Wikimedia has self-censored its speech and sometimes forgone electronic communications in response to Upstream surveillance, it also has standing to sue for a violation of the First Amendment."

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May. 24th, 2017 01:41 pm
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http://pikabu.ru/story/matematicheskaya_frendzona_5072401

"Мне было лет 13 в тот момент, когда общение по icq набирало популярность. И было тогда модно писать на рандомные номера в надежде найти свою судьбу. Удивительно, но ни одного педофила я тогда не встретила, обычно народ просто в ужасе сваливал в закат, когда узнавал про возраст. И вот в очередной раз вбив рандомное девятизначное число я наткнулась на него.

Он поинтересовался, чем обязан, сказал, что знакомство с тринадцатилетней барышней его интересует только в ключе совместного... решения задач по математике. И подкинул парочку. Я на тот момент испытывала сложности с этим предметом, но с такими предложениями ко мне ещё никто не приходил, поэтому отказываться не хотелось. Пошла решать. Недели две убила, но решила. Мы поговорили, он прокомментировал решения, рассказал о каких-то тонкостях и дал прочитать книгу про теорему Ферма. Не само доказательство, конечно, а историю. Прочитала не отрываясь, попросила еще. И пошло-поехало.. 4 года (!!!) мы решали вместе задачи, 4 года он из любви к науке учил какую-то странную школьницу, которую он никогда не видел. Естественно, именно к нему я пришла за советом, в какой универ поступать. Он не сомневался ни секунды - конечно матмех. Я, впрочем, к тому моменту уже тоже не сомневалась. Встретились мы первый раз в Питере, он отвёз меня в Петергоф, провёл по матмеху, рассказал про преподавателей, про экзамены, выдал литературу для подготовки и отправил готовиться к поступлению.

Да, естественно я была в него влюблена в тот момент, да и лет мне уже было не 13, а поболее, но мне было поставлено условие: поступи сначала! Окей, поступила. А теперь закончи первый курс! Окей, закончила.. а теперь начни работать программистом! Блин, ну охренеть теперь! Ну а что делать, начала.. а потом как-то уже не до того стало, потерялись. Такая вот математическая френдзона.

10 лет прошло, а я до сих пор помню и до сих пор бесконечно благодарна этому человеку. И пусть свидания так и не было, но без него моя жизнь была бы совсем другой. Без математики. А какая без неё жизнь...

P.S. Я, кстати, у него поинтересовалась потом, что это было. Он сказал, что игнорировать или посылать не хотелось, рассчитывал, что сама сольюсь с этими задачками :) "

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В комментах автор дополняет, что он старше ее всего на 5 лет!!!


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Posted by Bruce Schneier

There's interesting research on using a set of "master" digital fingerprints to fool biometric readers. The work is theoretical at the moment, but they might be able to open about two-thirds of iPhones with these master prints.

Definitely something to keep watching.

Research paper (behind a paywall).

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May. 24th, 2017 02:12 pm
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Гостила у нас наша любимая бабушка.И вот заходит за мной как-то подруга, я представляю их друг другу, собираю свои шмотки и ухожу в другую комнату переодеваться. За моей спиной бабушка начинает разговор о погоде. Пять минут спустя я прихожу к ним и они ведут жаркий спор об апокалипсисе. Как?

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May. 24th, 2017 01:45 pm
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xxx: Будь я создателем этого вируса, я бы сделал рандомную генерацию доменного имени и если уж на то пошло, то генерировать допустим 10 разных доменных имен по 20-30 символов длиной, если все отвечают положительно, то 100% что песочница, если хоть один провалится, начинает шифровать.
yyy: Будь я создателем этого вируса, я бы уже сидел бы где-нибудь в джунглях Амазонки и не отсвечивал. Ближайшие лет десять. Но судя по выпуску свежих вариантов, у ребят с отвагой все в порядке. Посмотрим насчет слабоумия…

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May. 24th, 2017 01:45 pm
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xxx: Глажу собаку после того как руками поем жареную куру или колбасу чтобы ей было вкусно умываться.
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За 25 рублей. Начисляют балл за каждые 20 рублей чека - а ничего, нормально. В первый месяц пользования картой баллов начисляют в два раза больше, а плюс-минус три дня вокруг дня рождения - аж в десять. В общем, эти 25 рублей я уже дважды отыграла сегодняшней закупкой. 8-) Меньше 500 редко получается. В общем, пустячок, а приятно.
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Politico: Hackers will target American voting machines -- as a public service, to prove how vulnerable they are. When over 25,000 of them descend on Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas at the end of July for DEFCON, the world's largest hacking conference, organizers are planning to have waiting what they call "a village" of different opportunities to test how easily voting machines can be manipulated. Some will let people go after the network software remotely, some will be broken apart to let people dig into the hardware, and some will be set up to see how a prepared hacker could fiddle with individual machines on site in a polling place through a combination of physical and virtual attacks. With all the attention on Russia's apparent attempts to meddle in American elections -- former President Barack Obama and aides have made many accusations toward Moscow, but insisted that there's no evidence of actual vote tampering -- voting machines were an obvious next target, said DEFCON founder Jeff Moss.

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May. 24th, 2017 01:13 pm
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Очень ясно и на своем собственном примере, помыкавшись по съемным углам и наконец купив свое жилье, прочувствовала фразу почтальона Печкина из советского мультика:
- Это я почему раньше такой злой был? Это потому что у меня велосипеда не было...

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