08Feb 2016

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Video Gamers From the ’90s Have Turned Out Mostly OK
The News by w00t

A study reported on by Ars Technica indicates that video games, much ballyhooed (alleged) source of mental, physical & psycho-social ills for the kids who spent a lot of time playing them, don’t seem to have had quite as huge a negative effect on those kids as the moral panic of the past few decades […]

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08Feb 2016

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Malware Targets Skype Users, Records Conversations
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: A new backdoor trojan is making the rounds, coming equipped with features that allow it to steal files, take screengrabs, & record Skype conversations. Currently detected targeting US organizations, researchers linked it to previous malware developed by a Chinese cyber-espionage group called Admin@338. Besides recording Skype conversations, the malware can moreover […]

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07Feb 2016

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North Korea Accused of Testing an ICBM With Missile Launch Into Space
The News by w00t

MarkWhittington writes: Reuters reported that North Korea launched a long-range missile that is said to have placed a satellite into space. The launch happened much to the consternation of North Korea’s neighbors, South Korea & Japan, as well as the United States. Pyongyang claimed that the missile launch was part of that country’s peaceful space […]

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07Feb 2016

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Report: Google Will Go In Big For VR Hardware This Year
The News by w00t

The Financial Times reports that Google isn’t going to let the VR hardware wars fall to the likes of Samsung & Oculus; instead, it’s working on a (cardboard-free) VR headset of its own, to be released in conjunction with Android VR software intended not only to make Android more VR friendly in general yet specifically […]

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07Feb 2016

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Elon Musk’s Next Great Idea? Electric Air Travel
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from BGR: Elon Musk is changing the world one idea at a time. First, with Tesla, the man so many people call the real life Tony Stark has done an incredible job of bringing electric vehicles to the mainstream. Second, Musk has been doing an impressive job over […]

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07Feb 2016

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Microsoft’s Cortana Doesn’t Put Up With Sexual Harassment
The News by w00t

MojoKid writes: Not long after Apple unveiled its Siri personal assistant to the world, it took very little time before people began asking her outrageous questions, sometimes inappropriate or just humorous, if for no other reason than they just could. When creating Cortana, Microsoft was well-aware of what its digital assistant was going to have […]

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07Feb 2016

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Botan C++ Crypto Algorithms Library 1.10.12

Botan is a C++ library of cryptographic algorithms, including AES, DES, SHA-1, RSA, DSA, Diffie-Hellman, & many others. It moreover supports X.509 certificates & CRLs, & PKCS #10 certificate requests, & has a high level filter/pipe message processing system. The library is easily portable to most systems & compilers, & includes a substantial tutorial & […]

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07Feb 2016

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Comodo Chromodo Browser Disable Same Origin Policy

When you install Comodo Internet Security, by default a new browser called Chromodo is installed & set as the default browser. Additionally, all shortcuts are replaced with Chromodo links & all settings, cookies, etc are imported from Chrome. They moreover hijack DNS settings, among other shady practices. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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Google Chrome Privilege Escalation

There is an overflow in the ui::PlatformCursor WebCursor::GetPlatformCursor method in Google Chrome. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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Adobe Flash Processing AVC Causes Stack Corruption

This mp4 file causes stack corruption in Flash. To run the test, load LoadMP42.swf?file=null.mp4 from a remote server. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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Samsung Galaxy S6 LibQjpeg Je_free Crash

This jpg file causes an invalid pointer to be freed when media scanning occurs on Samsung Galaxy S6. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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Samsung SecEmailUI Script Injection

The default Samsung email client’s email viewer & composer (implemented in SecEmailUI.apk) doesn’t sanitize HTML email content for scripts before rendering the data inside a WebView. This allows an attacker to execute arbitrary JavaScript when a user views a HTML email which contains HTML script tags or other events. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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Meet the Soft, Cuddly Robots of the Future
The News by w00t

turkeydance writes with a link to an article at Nature exploring the squishier side of robots research. Rather than conventional (and rigid) materials & architectures for robots, soft robot researchers are building bots that employ materials that fluidly bend, stretch, roll, & squeeze, more along the lines of an octopus than an industrial claw; some […]

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07Feb 2016

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Mobile Drive Free 1.8 Local File Inclusion / File Upload

Mobile Drive Free 1.8 suffers from local file inclusion & remote file upload vulnerabilities. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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ThumbDrive 1.1 Local File Inclusion / File Upload

ThumbDrive version 1.1 suffers from local file inclusion & remote file upload vulnerabilities. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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Norcon 2016 Call For Papers

Norcon 2016 has announced its call for papers. It will be held in Chico, CA, USA from March 26th through the 27th, 2016. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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Thirty Meter Telescope Likely Never Gets Built … In Hawaii
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: After years of its backers of doing everything the state of Hawaii demanded in order to obtain permission to build the Thirty Meter Telescope, a state judge today ordered that the whole process should start over again. Since this order was instigated by the protesters, & that it appears the government […]

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07Feb 2016

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NASA Announces That Pluto Has Icebergs Floating On Glaciers of Nitrogen Ice
The News by w00t

MarkWhittington writes: The most recent finding from New Horizons show that icebergs have broken off from the hills surrounding the Sputnik Planum, a glacier of nitrogen ice, & are floating slowly across its surface, eventually to cluster together in places like the Challenger Colles, informally named after the crew of the space shuttle Challenger, which […]

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07Feb 2016

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Netgear Pro NMS 300 Code Execution / File Download

Netgear Pro NMS 300 suffers from code execution & arbitrary file download vulnerabilities. View Source

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07Feb 2016

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Firefox Adopts a 6-8 Week Variable Release Schedule
The News by w00t

AmiMoJo writes: Four years ago Mozilla moved to a fixed-schedule release model, otherwise known as the Train Model, in which we released Firefox every six weeks to obtain features & updates to users faster. Now Mozilla is moving to a variable 6-8 week cycle, with the same number of releases per year yet some flexibility […]

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07Feb 2016

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Ask Slashdot: Surge Protection For International Travel?
The News by w00t

New submitter gaiageek writes: As someone who has lost a laptop power supply (and thus use of the laptop) due to a late-night power surge while traveling in a developing country, I’m acutely aware of the need for surge protection when traveling abroad. While practically all laptop & phone power adapters these days are voltage […]

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07Feb 2016

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Massive Layoffs Hit University of Copenhagen
The News by w00t

jones_supa writes: University of Copenhagen is cutting deep into its staff to cut operation costs. Even though a tremendous deal of the savings are aimed at administration & service, they are expected to affect the quality of education & research many years ahead. More than 500 teachers, researchers & employees in service & administrative jobs […]

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07Feb 2016

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Drag-and-Drop "CS" Tutorials: the Emperor’s New Code?
The News by w00t

theodp writes: Teaching kids computer science is a tremendous movement,” writes HS senior David Yue, “however, to overly dilute the magnitude of the difficulty in regards to the subject area of coding & to create the illusion of mastering a ‘superpower’ (Code.org) is a huge mistake. There are many videos & articles on the Internet […]

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07Feb 2016

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Facebook Knocks "Six Degrees of Separation" Down a Few Notches
The News by w00t

mikejuk writes: Six degrees of separation is the, already well established, idea that any individual is connected to any other via six network nodes. New research has discovered that the average between Facebook users is just three & a half: “We know that people are more connected today than ever before. Over the past five […]

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07Feb 2016

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Startup Uses Sensor Networks To Debug Science Experiments
The News by w00t

gthuang88 writes: Environmental factors like temperature, humidity, or lighting often derail life science experiments. Now Elemental Machines, a startup from the founders of Misfit Wearables, is trying to assist scientists debug experiments using distributed sensors & machine-learning software to detect anomalies. The product is in beta testing with academic labs & biotech companies. The goal […]

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07Feb 2016

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World’s Smallest Optical Switch Uses a Single Atom
The News by w00t

Zothecula writes: The rapid & on-going development of micro-miniature optical electronic devices is helping to usher in a new era of photonic computers & light-based memories that promise super-fast processor speeds & ultra-secure communications. However, as these components are shrunk ever further, fundamental limits to their dimensions are dictated by the wavelength of light itself. […]

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07Feb 2016

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Study Finds Sleep Deprivation Increases Compulsive Facebook Usage
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: A study at UC Irvine has taken a reverse approach to the customary interest in the relationship between technology & tiredness, finding that people who make themselves tired through excessive use of social media such as Facebook are considerably more likely to continue compulsive use of it & deepen their exhaustion. […]

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06Feb 2016

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Windows 10 Gets Core Console Host Enhancements
The News by w00t

x0n writes: As of Windows 10 TH2 (10.0.1058), the core console subsystem has support for a large number of ANSI & VT100 escape sequences. This is likely to prepare for full Open SSH server/client integration, which is already underway over on github. It looks like xterm is finally coming to Windows. OpenSSH was previously announced […]

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06Feb 2016

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Unreal Engine Will Soon Allow Developers To Build Games Inside of VR
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, has been a longstanding supporter of VR. They were on board way back when Oculus sparked the VR industry in 2012 with a Kickstarter that would snowball into a rekindling of consumer virtual reality. Having been one of the first major game engines to […]

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06Feb 2016

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Ask Slashdot: Time To Get Into Crypto-currency? If So, Which?
The News by w00t

Qbertino writes: With the ever-looming cyberpunk future in close proximity, I’m starting to wonder if it isn’t time to obtain myself familiar with crypto currency as a means of trade. Bitcoin is all the hype, yet the blockchain has flaws, in that it isn’t as anonymous as one would hope for — you can track […]

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06Feb 2016

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Bethesda To Unleash the Hounds of Hell On May 13th: Doom Release Date Confirmed
The News by w00t

MojoKid writes: Bethesda & id Software are in the process rebooting the Doom franchise & it seems like it’s been in development for ages. When we last visited the upcoming Doom remake, Bethesda had posted a giblet-filled trailer which showed some pretty impressive gameplay visuals, killer hand-to-hand combat & plenty of head stomping. However, Bethesda […]

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06Feb 2016

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Neutrino Exploit Kit Has a New Way To Detect Security Researchers
The News by w00t

itwbennett writes: [The Neutrino exploit kit] is using passive OS fingerprinting to detect visiting Linux machines, according to Trustwave researchers who found that computers they were using for research couldn’t make a connection with servers that delivered Neutrino. Daniel Chechik, senior security researcher at Trustwave’s SpiderLabs division wrote that they tried changing IP addresses & […]

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06Feb 2016

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GitHub Is Undergoing a Full-Blown Overhaul As Execs and Employees Depart
The News by w00t

mattydread23 writes: This is what happens when hot startups grow up. [GitHub] CEO Chris Wanstrath is imposing management structure where there wasn’t much before, & execs are departing, partly because the company is cracking down on remote work. It’s a lot like Facebook in 2009. Business Insider has the full inside story based on multiple […]

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06Feb 2016

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Giant Magellan Telescope Set To Revolutionize Ground-Based Astronomy
The News by w00t

StartsWithABang writes: If you want to see farther, deeper & at higher resolution than ever before into the Universe, you need four things: the largest aperture possible, the best-quality optical systems & cameras/CCDs, the least interference from the atmosphere, & the analytical techniques & power to make the most of every photon. While the last […]

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06Feb 2016

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Asterisk Project Security Advisory – AST-2016-003

Asterisk Project Security Advisory – If no UDPTL packets are lost there is no problem. However, a lost packet causes Asterisk to use the available error correcting redundancy packets. If those redundancy packets have zero length then Asterisk uses an uninitialized buffer pointer & length value which can cause invalid memory accesses after when the […]

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06Feb 2016

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Even With Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks To Dozens of Microsoft Servers
The News by w00t

An esteemed reader writes: Curious approximately the various telemetry & personal information being collected by Windows 10, one user installed Windows 10 Enterprise & disabled all of the telemetry & reporting options. Then he configured his router to log all the connections that happened anyway. Even after opting out wherever possible, his firewall captured Windows […]

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06Feb 2016

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Asterisk Project Security Advisory – AST-2016-002

Asterisk Project Security Advisory – Setting the sip.conf timert1 value to a value higher than 1245 can cause an integer overflow & result in large retransmit timeout times. These large timeout values hold system file descriptors hostage & can cause the system to run out of file descriptors. View Source

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06Feb 2016

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Let Your Pupils Do the Typing
The News by w00t

New submitter s.mathot writes: Researchers from France & the Netherlands have developed a way to—literally—write text by thinking of letters. (Academic paper [open access], non-technical blog, YouTube video.) This technique relies on small changes in pupil size that occur when you covertly (from the corner of your eye; without moving your eyes or body) attend […]

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06Feb 2016

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Twitter Tackles Terrorists In Targeted Takedown
The News by w00t

Mark Wilson writes: Having previously battled trolls, Twitter has now turned its attention to terrorists & their supporters. The site has closed down more than 125,000 accounts associated with terrorism since the middle of 2015, it announced in a statement. Although a full breakdown of figures is not provided, Twitter says most of these accounts […]

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06Feb 2016

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Verizon’s Mobile Video Won’t Count Against Data Caps — but Netflix Will
The News by w00t

Earthquake Retrofit writes: Ars Technica has a story approximately how Verizon Wireless is testing the limits of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules; Verizon has announced that it will exempt its own video service from mobile data caps—while counting data from competitors such as YouTube & Netflix against customers’ caps. Read more of this […]

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06Feb 2016

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Asterisk Project Security Advisory – AST-2016-001

Asterisk Project Security Advisory – The Asterisk HTTP server currently has a default configuration which allows the BEAST vulnerability to be exploited if the TLS functionality is enabled. This can allow a man-in-the-middle attack to decrypt data passing through it. View Source

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06Feb 2016

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WordPress Instagram 1.1.0 Cross Site Scripting

WordPress Instagram 1.1.0 suffers from a cross site scripting vulnerability. View Source

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06Feb 2016

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Online Museum Displays Decades of Malware
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: archive.org has launched a Museum of Malware, which devotes itself to a historical look at DOS-based viruses of the 1980s & 1990s, & gives viewers the opportunity to run the viruses in a DOS game emulator, & to download ‘neutered’ versions of the code. With an estimated 50,000 DOS-based viruses in […]

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Docker Images To Be Based On Alpine Linux
The News by w00t

New submitter Tenebrousedge writes: Docker container sizes continue a race to the bottom with a couple of environments weighing in at less than 10MB. Following on the heels of this week’s story regarding small images based on Alpine Linux, it appears that the official Docker images will be moving from Debian/Ubuntu to Alpine Linux in […]

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06Feb 2016

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Avast SafeZone Browser Lets Attackers Access Your Filesystem
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: Just two days after Comodo’s Chromodo browser was publicly shamed by Google Project Zero security researcher Tavis Ormandy, it’s now Avast’s turn to be publicly scorned for failing to provide a “secure” browser for its users. Called SafeZone, & moreover known as Avastium, Avast’s custom browser is offered as a bundled […]

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06Feb 2016

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The Pirate Bay Now Let You Stream Movies and TV, Not Just Download
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, a new simple solution for streaming torrents directly in your browser showed up on the Web. By Friday, infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay had already adopted it. The Pirate Bay now features “Stream It!” links next to all its video torrents. As a result, you can play movies, […]

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06Feb 2016

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Apollo Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Sixth Man On the Moon, Dies At 85
The News by w00t

MarkWhittington writes: According to a story in the Palm Beach Post, Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 85. He flew as lunar module pilot on board Apollo 14, which flew to & from the moon between January 31, 1971 & February 9, 1971. His crewmates […]

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05Feb 2016

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Nintendo Hits Snooze On Sleep-Tracking Device
The News by w00t

In October 2014, Nintendo announced a plan to develop a sleep-tracking app & device. This device would use microwave sensors to monitor significant sleep data throughout the night, to optimize users’ slumber time & encourage a healthier rest cycle. Now, Nintendo has announced that the sleep app has been put to sleep indefinitely; the company […]

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05Feb 2016

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Some Reversible USB-C Cables/Adapters Could Cause Irreversible Damage
The News by w00t

TheRealHocusLocus writes: Three Decembers ago I lauded the impending death of the trapezoid. Celebration of the rectangle might be premature however, because in the rush-to-market an appalling number of chargers, cables & legacy adapters have been discovered to be non-compliant. There have been performance issues with offensive USB implementation all along, yet now — with […]

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05Feb 2016

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Scareware Signed With Apple Cert Targets OS X Machines
The News by w00t

msm1267 writes: A unique scareware campaign targeting Mac OS X machines has been discovered, & it’s likely the developer behind the malware has been at it a while since the installer that drops the scareware is signed with a legitimate Apple developer certificate. “Sadly, this particular developer certificate (assigned to a Maksim Noskov) has been […]

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05Feb 2016

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Foxconn Set To Acquire Sharp Corporation For $5.6 Billion
The News by w00t

Foxconn, a Taiwanese electronics contract manufacturing/assembly company, is reported to be finalizing a deal to acquire Sharp Corporation for $5.6 billion, with the beleaguered company having finally rejected a proposed government rescue package in favor of the deal. Foxconn, formerly known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd, was brought to media attention in 2010, […]

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05Feb 2016

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Bitcoin Capitalist Opens Bounty For New Block Cipher
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: Bitcoin capitalist Mircea Popescu has opened a contest to find a new block cipher & is offering a 10 Bitcoin reward for a winning submission. The eccentric Popescu was previously featured on Slashdot for saving OpenBSD from their electric bill in their time of need. Read more of this story at […]

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05Feb 2016

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Financial Advisers Disrupted By AI
The News by w00t

schwit1 writes: Banks are watching wealthy clients flirt with robo-advisers, & that’s one reason the lenders are racing to release their own versions of the automated investing technology this year, according to a consultant. Robo-advisers, which use computer programs to provide investment advice online, typically charge less than half the fees of traditional brokerages, which […]

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05Feb 2016

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The Performance of Ubuntu Linux Over the Past 10 Years
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: Tests were carried out at Phoronix of all Ubuntu Long-Term Support releases from the 6.06 “Dapper Drake” release to 16.04 “Xenial Xerus,” looking at the long-term performance of (Ubuntu) Linux using a dual-socket AMD Opteron server. Their benchmarks of Ubuntu’s LTS releases over 10 years found that the Radeon graphics performance […]

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05Feb 2016

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Jive Forums 5.5.25 Directory Traversal

Jive Forums versions 5.5.25 & below suffer from a directory traversal vulnerability. View Source

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05Feb 2016

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Intel Says Chips To Become Slower But More Energy Efficient
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: William Holt, Executive Vice President & General Manager of Intel’s Technology & Manufacturing Group, has said at a conference that chips will become slower after industry re-tools for new technologies such as spintronics & tunneling transistors. “The best pure technology improvements we can make will bring improvements in power consumption yet […]

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05Feb 2016

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Viprinet Multichannel VPN Router 300 Cross Site Scripting

Viprinet Multichannel VPN Router 300 suffers from multiple cross site scripting vulnerabilities. View Source

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05Feb 2016

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Debian Security Advisory 3466-1

Debian Linux Security Advisory 3466-1 – Several vulnerabilities were discovered in krb5, the MIT implementation of Kerberos. View Source

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05Feb 2016

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Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0124-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0124-01 – Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 is a platform for Java EE applications. It is based on JBoss Application Server 7 & incorporates multiple open-source projects to provide a complete Java EE platform solution. It was found that the Java Standard Tag Library allowed the processing of untrusted […]

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05Feb 2016

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Amazon’s Thin Helvetica Syndrome: Font Anorexia vs. Kindle Readability
The News by w00t

David Rothman writes: The Thin Helvetica Syndrome arises from the latest Kindle upgrade & has made e-books less readable for some. In the past, e-book-lovers who needed more perceived-contrast between text & background could find at least partial relief in Helvetica because the font was heavy by Kindle standards. But now some users complain that […]

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05Feb 2016

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Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0125-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0125-01 – Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 is a platform for Java applications based on JBoss Application Server 7. The following security issue is addressed with this release: It was found that the Java Standard Tag Library allowed the processing of untrusted XML documents to utilize external entity references, […]

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Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0122-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0122-01 – Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 is a platform for Java applications based on JBoss Application Server 7. The following security issue is addressed with this release: It was found that the Java Standard Tag Library allowed the processing of untrusted XML documents to utilize external entity references, […]

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Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0123-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0123-01 – Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 is a platform for Java applications based on JBoss Application Server 7. The following security issue is addressed with this release: It was found that the Java Standard Tag Library allowed the processing of untrusted XML documents to utilize external entity references, […]

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Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0121-01

Red Hat Security Advisory 2016-0121-01 – Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6 is a platform for Java applications based on JBoss Application Server 7. The following security issue is addressed with this release: It was found that the Java Standard Tag Library allowed the processing of untrusted XML documents to utilize external entity references, […]

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05Feb 2016

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CFQ In Linux Gets BFQ Characteristics
The News by w00t

jones_supa writes: Paolo Valente from University of Modena has submitted a Linux kernel patchset which replaces CFQ (Completely Fair Queueing) I/O scheduler with the last version of BFQ (Budget Fair Queuing, a proportional-share scheduler). This patchset first brings CFQ back to its state at the time when BFQ was forked from CFQ. Paolo explains: “Basically, […]

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05Feb 2016

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A Bot That Drives Robocallers Insane
The News by w00t

Trailrunner7 writes: Robocalls are among the more annoying modern inventions, & consumers & businesses have tried just approximately every strategy for defeating them over the years, with little success. But one man has come up with a bot of his own that sends robocallers into a maddening hall of mirrors designed to frustrate them into […]

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05Feb 2016

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Wendelstein 7-X Fusion Reactor Produces Its First Flash of Hydrogen Plasma
The News by w00t

Zothecula writes: Experimentation with Germany’s newest fusion reactor is beginning to heat up, to temperatures of around 80 million degrees Celsius, to be precise. Having fired up the Wendelstein 7-X to produce helium plasma late last year, researchers have built on their early success to generate its first hydrogen plasma, an event they say begins […]

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05Feb 2016

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Have Your iPhone 6 Repaired, Only To Get It Bricked By Apple
The News by w00t

New submitter Nemosoft Unv. writes: In case you had a problem with the fingerprint sensor or some other small defect on your iPhone 6 & had it repaired by a non-official (read: cheaper) shop, you may be in for a nasty surprise: error 53. What happens is that during an OS update or re-install the […]

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05Feb 2016

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Grandma’s Phone, DSL, and the Copper They Share
The News by w00t

szczys writes: DSL is high-speed Internet that uses the same twisted pair of copper wire that still works with your Grandmother’s wall-mounted telephone. How is that possible? The short answer is that the telephone company is cheating. But the long answer delves into the work of Claude Shannon, who figured out how much data could […]

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05Feb 2016

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UK Wants Authority To Serve Warrants In U.S.
The News by w00t

schwit1 writes with this news, as reported by USA Today: British & U.S. officials have been negotiating a plan that could allow British authorities to directly serve wiretap orders on U.S. communications companies in criminal & national security inquiries, U.S. officials confirmed Thursday. The talks are aimed at allowing British authorities access to a range […]

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05Feb 2016

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In Japan, a Battle Brewing Over the Right To Record 4k and 8k Broadcasts
The News by w00t

AmiMoJo writes: Japanese broadcasters have indicated that 4k & 8k broadcasts may have recording disabled via a ‘do not copy’ flag [via Google Translate], which receivers would be expected to obey. Now the Internet Users Association (MIAU) & Shufuren (Housewives Federation) have submitted documentation opposing the ban. The document points out that the ban will […]

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05Feb 2016

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K-12 CS Framework Draft: Kids Taught To ‘Protect Original Ideas’ In Early Grades
The News by w00t

theodp writes: Remember that Code.org & ACM-bankrolled K-12 Computer Science Education Framework that Microsoft, Google, Apple, & others were working on? Well, a draft of the framework was made available for review on Feb. 3rd, coincidentally just 3 business days after U.S. President Barack Obama & Microsoft President Brad Smith teamed up to announce the […]

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MIT Reveals "Hack-Proof" RFID Chip
The News by w00t

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: A group of researchers at MIT & Texas Instruments claim that they have developed a new radio frequency identification chip that may be impossible to hack. Traditional RFID chips are vulnerable to side-channel attacks, whereby a hacker can extract a cryptographic key from the chip. The new RFID chip runs a random-number generator […]

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05Feb 2016

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Anti-Malware Maker Files Lawsuit Over Bad Review
The News by w00t

itwbennett writes: In a lawsuit filed January 8, 2016, Enigma Software, maker of anti-malware software SpyHunter, accuses self-help portal Bleeping Computer of making ‘false, disparaging, & defamatory statements.’ At issue: a offensive review posted by a user in September, 2014. The lawsuit moreover accuses Bleeping Computer of profiting from driving traffic to competitor Malwarebytes via […]

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05Feb 2016

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Free State Project Reaches Goal of 20,000 Signups
The News by w00t

Okian Warrior writes: As a followup to our recent story, at 11AM Tuesday, Free State Project president Carla Gericke announced the FSP had reached its goal of recruiting 20,000 participants. The 20,000 mark is significant, because it ‘triggers the move’ – the mass migration of the Free State Project participants who have all agreed to […]

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05Feb 2016

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Porsche Builds Photovoltaic Pylon, Offsetting Luddite Position On Self-Drive
The News by w00t

An anonymous reader writes: Porsche has just completed an impressive 25-meter high photovoltaic pylon. The construction, lonely in its current position & strongly resembling the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey, comprises 7,776 solar cells & is capable of generating up to 30,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. From 2017 it will power the […]

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05Feb 2016

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Everything You Need To Know About the Big New Data-Privacy Bill In Congress
The News by w00t

erier2003 writes with this excerpt from The Daily Dot: The United States & the European Union have agreed to a transatlantic data-sharing arrangement to protect U.S. companies’ overseas activities & European citizens’ privacy, yet another initiative—one that’s still working its way through Congress—could be just significant to U.S.–E.U. relations & transnational privacy rights. The Judicial […]

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05Feb 2016

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Python 3 Is Coming To Scrapy
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New submitter Valdir Stumm Junior writes: Scrapy with beta Python 3 support is finally here! Released through Scrapy 1.1.0rc1, this is the result of several months of complex work on the part of the Scrapy community & Scrapinghub engineers. This is a huge milestone for all you Scrapy users (and those who haven’t used Scrapy […]

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04Feb 2016

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Samsung’s AdBlock Fast Removed From the Play Store
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New submitter Alexander Maxham writes with the news reported at Android Headlines that Samsung’s ad-blocking Android app called AdBlock Fast “was apparently ousted from the Play Store for violating section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement, stating that an app cannot disrupt or interfere with devices, networks or other parties’ apps & services. (Also noted […]

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04Feb 2016

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DNA Makes Lifeless Materials Shapeshift
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sciencehabit writes: Researchers have engineered tiny gold particles that can assemble into a variety of crystalline structures simply by adding a bit of DNA to the solution that surrounds them. Down the road, such reprogrammable particles could be used to make materials that reshape themselves in response to light, or to create novel catalysts that […]

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04Feb 2016

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Researchers Uncover the Genetic Roots Behind Rare Vibration Allergy
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derekmead writes: A team of National Health Institute researchers has for the first time uncovered the genetic roots of one of the strangest allergies: vibrations. The vibration allergy, which is just as it sounds, may be quite rare, yet understanding it more completely may yield significant insights into the fundamental malfunctioning of immune cells in […]

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04Feb 2016

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Firefox 44 Deletes Fine-Grained Cookie Management
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ewhac writes: Among its other desirable features, Firefox included a feature allowing very fine-grained cookie management. When enabled, every time a Web site asked to set a cookie, Firefox would raise a dialog containing information approximately the cookie requested, which you could then approve or deny. An “exception” list moreover allowed you to mark selected […]

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04Feb 2016

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Don’t Hate Perky Morning People: It Might Be Their DNA’s Fault.
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New submitter Striek writes: Aggregated genome data from 23andme.com was analyzed & published in Nature magazine, & now further evidence has been added to the belief that being a morning person or a night owl is wired in our DNA. It’s not the first time such research has been published, either. So those of us […]

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04Feb 2016

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Marco Rubio Wants To Permanently Extend NSA Mass Surveillance
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SonicSpike writes: Marco Rubio wants Congress to permanently extend the authorities governing several of the National Security Agency’s controversial spying programs, including its mass surveillance of domestic phone records. The Florida Republican & 2016 presidential hopeful penned an op-ed on Tuesday condemning President Obama’s counterterrorism policies & warning that the U.S. has not learned the […]

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04Feb 2016

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Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201602-01

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201602-1 – Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in QEMU, the worst of which may allow a remote attacker to cause a Denial of Service or gain elevated privileges from a guest VM. Versions less than 2.5.0-r1 are affected. View Source

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04Feb 2016

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Slackware Security Advisory – MPlayer Updates

Slackware Security Advisory – New MPlayer packages are available for Slackware 13.0, 13.1, 13.37, 14.0, 14.1, & -current to fix security issues. View Source

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04Feb 2016

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Cisco Security Advisory 20160203-n9knci

Cisco Security Advisory – A vulnerability in the ICMP implementation in the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Mode Switch could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to cause the switch to reload, resulting in a denial of service (DoS) condition. The vulnerability is due to improper handling of an ICMP packet with the […]

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04Feb 2016

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Cisco Security Advisory 20160203-prsm

Cisco Security Advisory – A vulnerability in the role-based access control of Cisco ASA-CX & Cisco Prime Security Manager (PRSM) could allow an authenticated, remote attacker to alter the password of any user on the system. The vulnerability exists because the password alter request is not fully qualified. An authenticated attacker with a user role […]

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04Feb 2016

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Cisco Security Advisory 20160203-apic

Cisco Security Advisory – A vulnerability in the role-based access control (RBAC) of the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) could allow an authenticated remote user to make configuration changes outside of their configured access privileges. The vulnerability is due to eligibility logic in the RBAC processing code. An authenticated user could exploit this vulnerability […]

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04Feb 2016

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CoreOS Launches Rkt 1.0
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darthcamaro writes: Docker is approximately to obtain some real competition in the container runtime space, thanks to the lofficial aunch of rkt 1.0. CoreOS started building rkt in 2014 & after more than a year of security, performance & feature improvement are now ready to declare it ‘production-ready.’ While rkt is a docker runtime rival, […]

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04Feb 2016

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All 12 Member Countries Sign Off On the TPP
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Dangerous_Minds writes: News is surfacing that the TPP has officially been signed by all 12 member countries. This marks the beginning of the final step towards ratification. Freezenet has a quick rundown of what copyright provisions are contained in the agreement, including traffic shaping, site blocking, enforcement of copyright when infringement is “imminent,” & a […]

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04Feb 2016

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Google Targets Fake "Download" and "Play" Buttons
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AmiMoJo writes: Google says it will go to war against the fake ‘download’ & ‘play’ buttons that attempt to deceive users on file-sharing & other popular sites. According to a new announcement from the company titled ‘No More Deceptive Download Buttons’, Google says it will expand its eight-year-old Safe Browsing initiative to target some of […]

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04Feb 2016

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Facebook Celebrates Turning 12 Today
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12 years ago today, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook, & since then the site has grown at a nearly unbelievable pace. Now, with approximately 1.6 billion monthly active users, Facebook makes an average of $3.73 in revenue per user worldwide. And as the company continues to grow, engagement is only getting higher. According to an analysis […]

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04Feb 2016

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Interviews: Ask ‘Ubuntu Unleashed’ Author Matthew Helmke
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Matthew Helmke (personal blog) is the author of the newly published 11th edition of Ubuntu Unleashed (published by Pearson); this updated edition of the book will cover the OS through Ubuntu’s 15.10 & (forthcoming) 16.04 releases. Helmke is moreover a former Ubuntu Forum administrator, a musician, an entrepreneur, & a long-time Slashdot reader who now […]

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04Feb 2016

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Harnessing Artificial Intelligence To Build an Army of Virtual Analysts
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An anonymous reader writes: PatternEx, a startup that gathered a team of AI researcher from MIT CSAIL as well as security & distributed systems experts, is poised to shake up things in the user & entity behavior analytics market. Their goal was to make a system capable of mimicking the knowledge & intuition of human […]

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04Feb 2016

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Push To Hack: Reverse Engineering an IP Camera
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New submitter tetraverse writes: For our most recent IoT adventure, we’ve examined an outdoor cloud security camera [the Motorola Focus 73] which like many devices of its generation a) has an associated mobile app b) is quick to setup & c) presents new security threats to your network. From the article: This blog describes in […]

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04Feb 2016

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Canonical Reveals the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet
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LichtSpektren writes: Several tech sites have now broke the news that Canonical has revealed their BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet. Joey-Elijah Sneddon builds the hype: “A stunning 10.1-inch IPS touch display powered a full HD 1920×1200 pixel resolution at 240 ppi. Inside is a 64-bit MediaTek MT8163A 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, & 16GB […]

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04Feb 2016

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To Respond To a Disease Outbreak, Bring In the Portable Genome Sequencers
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the_newsbeagle writes: Epidemiologists working on Zika virus could benefit from portable genome sequencers, like these used during the Ebola outbreak. In spring 2015, researchers conducted the first experiment in real-time genetic surveillance during an infectious disease epidemic. The researchers packed all their equipment in a couple of suitcases & set up a mobile lab in […]

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04Feb 2016

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Survey: Average Successful Hack Nets Less Than $15,000
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itwbennett writes: According to a Ponemon Institute survey, hackers make less than $15,000 per successful attack & net, on average, less than $29,000 a year. The average attacker conducts eight attacks per year, of which less than half are successful. Among the findings that will be of particular interest to defenders: Hackers prefer effortless targets […]

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04Feb 2016

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IRS Computer Problems Shut Down Tax Return E-file System
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Mr.Intel writes: The IRS stopped accepting electronically filed tax returns Wednesday because of problems with some of its computer systems. The outage could affect refunds, yet the agency said it doesn’t anticipate “major disruptions.” A “hardware failure” forced the shutdown of several tax processing systems, including the e-file system, the IRS said in a statement. […]

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