Democrats ‘haven’t been destroying each other’ in Virginia primary, McAuliffe says. They may be starting.

Democrats ‘haven’t been destroying each other’ in Virginia primary, McAuliffe says. They may be starting.The two Democrats locked in a tight primary contest for governor sprinted around the commonwealth Saturday, hoping to alert enough of their own supporters to the fact that the election will be held Tuesday.



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Ashley Madison Source Code Shows Evidence They Created Bots To Message Men

An anonymous reader writes: Gizmodo’s Annalee Newitz looked through the source code contained in the recent Ashley Madison data dump and found evidence that the company created tens of thousands of bot accounts designed to spur their male users into action by sending them messages. “The code tells the story of a company trying to weave the illusion that women on the site were plentiful and eager.” The evidence suggests bots sent over 20 million messages on the website, and chatted with people over 11 million times. The vast majority of fake accounts — 70,529 to 43 — pretended to be female, and the users targeted were almost entirely men. Comments left in the code indicate some of the issues Ashley Madison’s engineers had to solve: “randomizing start time so engagers don’t all pop up at the same time” and “for every single state that has guest males, we want to have a chat engager.” The AI was unsophisticated, though one type of bot would try to convince men to pay and then pass them to a real person.

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The IoT, the MinnowBoard, and How They Fit Into the Universe (Video

The IoT is becoming more pervasive partly because processor costs are dropping. So are bandwidth costs, even if your ISP isn’t sharing those savings with you. Today’s interviewee, Mark Skarpness, is “the Director of Embedded Software in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corporation,” which is an amazing mouthful of a title. What it means is that he works to extend Intel’s reach into Open Source communities, and is also aware of how hardware and software price drops — and bandwidth price drops at the “wholesale” level — mean that if you add a dash of IPV6, even lowly flip-flops might have their own IPs one day.

This video interview is a little less than six minutes long, while the text transcript covers a 17 minute conversation between Mark Skarpness and Slashdot’s Timothy Lord. The video can be considered a “meet Mark” thing, and watching it will surely give you the idea that yes, this guy knows his stuff, but for more info about the spread of the IoT and how the Open Hardware MinnowBoard fits into the panoply of developer tools for IoT work, you’ll have to read the transcript.

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A Life Story In Tattoos, And How They Liberated Me

As a child, people with tattoos were badasses and rebels — I imagined they sat in somebody’s basement, fearless, silent and maybe smoking a cigarette while someone bled them slowly in the name of body art. I wanted to feel that strength. I was petite and black and a girl and tired of being teased and abused. I wanted to flex.
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Londoners Vaping Alcohol At This Pop-Up Bar Are Probably Not Getting As Drunk As They Think

The bar, Alcohol Architecture, is set up at London’s Borough Market until the end of September and vaporizes cocktails and beer in separate rooms. They call it a “fully immersive alcohol environment” created using high-power humidifiers, according to the bar’s website.
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REMzen Claims They Can Help You Sleep Better (Video)

Meet Jeremiah Scott, Co-Founder & CEO of Portland, OR, based Remzen. Their first product — crowdfunded, of course — is supposed to ship this October. It’s an “intelligent sleep mask that collect sleep lab-type data but it also wakes you with light rather than sound, which Jeremiah says is more natural and better for you. Remzen started as a student project at Portland State University, but it is obviously moving toward the big time. Open Source? You’d think so, since Timothy met Jeremiah at OSCON. But there’s apparently a financial backer or two who still need to be convinced that this project should be 100% open source instead of only halfway there.

Note: The transcript contains more material than the video. Even if you prefer video to text, you may want to read it.

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