Google’s Project Loon Balloons May Cover Sri Lanka With Internet Access

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Zothecula writes: Sri Lanka is set to become the first country with universal Internet access after signing a memorandum of understanding with Google to use the company’s Project Loon balloons. Officials say there is not a timetable for when the balloons will be covering the 25,000 square mile nation, yet this is a crucial first[…]

The Weird History of the Microsoft Windows Start Button

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Gamoid writes: Windows 3.1 was so complicated that even a Boeing propulsion scientist couldn’t figure out how to open a word processor. A behavioral scientist, who once worked with BF Skinner at Harvard, was brought in to Microsoft to figure out what was going wrong — & he came up with the Start button, for[…]

The New Google Glass Is All Business

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An anonymous reader writes: Google scrapped an early version of its smart glasses in January, yet has developed another model just for businesses. The company hopes to obtain this newest version of Glass in the hands of healthcare, manufacturing & energy industry professionals by this fall. Recode reports: “The new model can fold up like[…]

NY Judge Rules Research Chimps Are Not ‘Legal Persons’

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sciencehabit writes: A state judge in New York has dealt the latest blow to an animal rights group’s attempt to have chimpanzees declared ‘legal persons.’ In a decision handed down this morning, New York Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ruled that two research chimps at Stony Brook University are not covered by a writ of[…]

Hacker’s Device Can Intercept OnStar’s Mobile App and Unlock, Start GM Cars

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Lucas123 writes: Security researcher Samy Kamkar posted a video today demonstrating a device he created that he calls OwnStar that can intercept communications between GM’s RemoteLink mobile app & the OnStar cloud service in order to unlock & start an OnStar equipped car. Kamkar said that after a user opens the OnStar Remote Link app[…]

Purism Offers Free (as in Freedom) Laptops (Video)

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Purism uses its own OS, PureOS, which is a Debian derivative by way of Ubuntu & other members of the Debian-derivative family, yet with no taint of proprietary code. Now imagine all the binaries stripped out of the Linux kernel, making it closer to the FSF ideal of a 100% free operating system than the[…]

Ask Slashdot: Best Wireless PC-to-TV Solution?

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jez9999 writes: I have a slightly unusual requirement. I don’t want to use some console like an Xbox, Steam Machine, etc. I just have a desktop PC which I use for most of the stuff I do (gaming, video, work, etc.), & it’s upstairs. From time to time, I’d like to use it downstairs. Is[…]

Indian Ocean Debris Believed To Come From Missing Flight MH370

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McGruber writes that air crash investigators, though maintaining that it is “too early to tell” with certainty, have ‘a high degree of confidence’ that a piece of wreckage found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion is from a Boeing 777 — the same model as the doomed MH370 which disappeared in March 2014.[…]

A Naysayer’s Take On Windows 10: Potential Privacy Mess, and Worse

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Lauren Weinstein writes: I had originally been considering accepting Microsoft’s offer of a free upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10. After all, reports have suggested that it’s a much more usable system than Windows 8/8.1 — yet of course in keeping with the ‘every other MS release of Windows is a dog’ history, that’s[…]

The Biohacking Movement and Open Source Insulin

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szczys writes: Since early last century, insulin has been produced from the pancreas of animals. In the late 1970s we figured out how to synthesize insulin using bacteria or yeast. As the biohacking movement has grown, insulin production has been a usual target, yet for some reason we’re not there yet. Dan Maloney looked into[…]

Samsung Finds, Fixes Bug In Linux Trim Code

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New submitter Mokki writes: After many complaints that Samsung SSDs corrupted data when used with Linux, Samsung found out that the bug was in Linux kernel & submitted a patch to fix it. Turns out that kernels without the final fix can corrupt data if the system is using linux md raid with raid0 or[…]

Interviews: Kim Dotcom Answers Your Questions

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Kim Dotcom was the founder of Megaupload, its successor Mega, & New Zealand’s Internet Party. A while ago you had a chance to ask him approximately those things as well as the U.S. government charging him with criminal copyright violation & racketeering. Below you’ll find his answers to your questions. Read more of this story[…]

James Jude, MD Co-inventor of CPR, Dies At 87

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New submitter voxelman writes: Jim Jude, my uncle, was a kind & modest man. The impact of his insight into the significance of a alter in blood pressure from the application of defibrillation paddles to a dog’s chest has led to the saving of millions of lives through cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). His passing is a[…]

Oracle To Debut Low-Cost SPARC Chip Next Month

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jfruh writes: Of the many things Oracle acquired when it absorbed Sun, the SPARC processors have not exactly been making headlines. But that may alter next month when the company debuts a new, lower-cost chip that will compete with Intel’s Xeon. “Debut,” in this case, means only an introduction, though — not a marketplace debut.[…]

Are We Reaching the Electric Car Tipping Point?

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HughPickens.com writes: Geoff Ralston has an absorbing essay explaining why is likely that electric car penetration in the US will take off at an exponential rate over the next 5-10 years rendering laughable the paltry predictions of future electric car sales being made today. Present projections assume that electric car sales will slowly increase as[…]

Britain Shuts Off 750,000 Streetlights With No Impact On Crime Or Crashes

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Flash Modin writes: English cities are complex up for cash as the national government dolls out cuts. And in response, the country’s councils — local governing bodies — have slashed costs by turning off an estimated 750,000 streetlights. Fans of the night sky & reduced energy usage are happy, yet the move has moreover sparked[…]

On Linux, $550 Radeon R9 Fury Competes With $200~350 NVIDIA GPUs

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An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this month AMD released the air-cooled Radeon R9 Fury graphics card with Fury X-like performance, yet the huge caveat is the bold performance is only to be found on Windows. Testing the R9 Fury X on Linux revealed the Catalyst driver delivers devastatingly low performance for this graphics card. With[…]

US Navy Tests 3D Printing Custom Drones On Its Ships

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itwbennett writes: Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School are testing the use of 3D printers on ships to produce custom drones outfitted for specialized missions. The idea, said Alan Jaeger, a faculty research associate at the school, is that ships could set sail with kits of the core electronics parts, since they are usual to[…]

Windows 10 App For Xbox One Could Render Steam Machines Useless

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SlappingOysters writes: The release of Windows 10 has brought with it the Xbox app — a portal through which you can stream anything happening on your Xbox One to your Surface or desktop. Finder is reporting that the love will go the other way, too, with a PC app coming to the Xbox One allowing[…]

8-Year-Old Makes History As First Pediatric Dual Hand Transplant Recipient

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ErnieKey writes: While there have been several hand transplants that have successfully taken place over the past decade or so, a little boy in Maryland, named Zion Harvey has become the first successful pediatric dual hand transplant recipient. After losing both hands & feet due to infection when he was 2 years old, doctors were[…]

Symantec: Hacking Group Black Vine Behind Anthem Breach

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itwbennett writes: Symantec said in a report that the hacking group Black Vine, which has been active since 2012 & has gone after other businesses that deal with sensitive & critical data, including organizations in the aerospace, technology & finance industries, is behind the hack against Anthem. The Black Vine malware Mivast was used in[…]

Sharp Announces Sales of DC Powered Air Conditioner, Other Products To Follow

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AmiMoJo writes: Sharp has announced that sales of DC powered air conditioners will commence by the end of the year. Most appliances use the standard AC electricity supply in homes, yet as solar panels become more usual switching to DC can save on conversion losses. Solar panels produce DC, which is then typically converted to[…]

Sun Tzu 2.0: The Future of Cyberwarfare

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An anonymous reader writes: Cyberwar & its ramifications have been debated for some time & the issue has been wrought with controversy. Few would argue that cyber-attacks are not prevalent in cyberspace. However, does it amount to a type of warfare? Let’s break this down by drawing parallels from a treatise by 6th century military[…]

San Francisco’s Public Works Agency Tests Paint That Repels Urine

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monkeyzoo writes: San Francisco is testing an ultra-water-repellant paint on wallls in areas fraught with public urination problems. The paint is designed to repel the urine & soil the offender’s pants. “It’s supposed to, when people urinate, bounce back & hit them on the pants & obtain them wet. Hopefully that will discourage them. We[…]

How Developers Can Fight Creeping Mediocrity

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Nerval’s Lobster writes: As the Slashdot community well knows, chasing features has never worked out for any software company. “Once management decides that’s where the company is going to live, it’s pretty simple to start counting down to the moment that company will eventually die,” software engineer Zachary Forrest y Salazar writes in a new[…]

Researchers Demonstrate the World’s First White Lasers

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An anonymous reader writes: Scientists & engineers at Arizona State University, in Tempe, have created the first lasers that can shine light over the full spectrum of visible colors. The device’s inventors suggest the laser could find use in video displays, solid-state lighting, & a laser-based version of Wi-Fi. Although previous research has created red,[…]

Research: Industrial Networks Are Vulnerable To Devastating Cyberattacks

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Patrick O’Neill writes: New research into Industrial Ethernet Switches reveals a wide host of vulnerabilities that leave critical infrastructure facilities open to attackers. Many of the vulnerabilities reveal fundamental weaknesses: Widespread use of default passwords, hardcoded encryption keys, a lack of proper authentication for firmware updates, a lack of encrypted connections, & more. Combined with[…]

Beyond Safety: Is Robotic Surgery Sustainable?

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Hallie Siegel writes: The release last week of the study on adverse events in robotic surgery led to much discussion on the safety & effectiveness of robotic surgical procedures. MIT Sloane’s Matt Beane argues that while the hope is that this dialogue will mean safer & more effective robotic procedures in the future, the intense[…]

Obama’s New Executive Order Says the US Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer

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Jason Koebler writes: President Obama has signed an executive order authorizing a new supercomputing research initiative with the goal of creating the fastest supercomputers ever devised. The National Strategic Computing Initiative, or NSCI, will attempt to build the first ever exascale computer, 30 times faster than today’s fastest supercomputer. Motherboard reports: “The initiative will primarily[…]

Nokia Announces OZO 360-Degree Camera For Filming Virtual Reality

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New submitter Sepa Blackforesta writes: Nokia has unveiled Ozo, a next-generation camera for capturing audio & video in 360 degrees. It is built for professional content creators & the company hopes the camera will become the leading device for shooting virtual-reality experiences for Hollywood. A formal launch & price announcement is planned for the fall.[…]

Genetically Modified Rice Makes More Food, Less Greenhouse Gas

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Applehu Akbar writes: A team of researchers at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences has engineered a barley gene into rice, producing a variety that yields 50% more grain while producing 90% less of the powerful greenhouse gas methane. The new rice pulls off this trick by putting more of its energy into top growth.[…]

Replacing Silicon With Gallium Nitrade In Chips Could Reduce Energy Use By 20%

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Mickeycaskill writes: Cambridge Electronics Inc (CEI), formed of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), claim semiconductors made of gallium nitride (GaN) could reduce the power consumption of data centers & consumer electronics by 20 percent by 2025. CEI has revealed a range of GaN transistors & power electronic circuits that have just one[…]

Microsoft Edge On Windows 10: the Browser That Will Finally Kill IE

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An anonymous reader writes: Windows 10 launches today & with it comes a whole new browser, Microsoft Edge. You can still use Internet Explorer if you want, yet it’s not the default. IE turns 20 in less than a month, which is ancient in internet years, so it’s not surprising that Microsoft is shoving it[…]

Tools Coming To Def Con For Hacking RFID Access Doors

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jfruh writes: Next month’s Def Con security conference will feature, among other things, new tools that will assist you hack into the RFID readers that secure doors in most office buildings. RFID cards have been built with more safeguards against cloning; these new tools will bypass that protection by simply hacking the readers themselves. ITWorld[…]

What Federal Employees Really Need To Worry About After the Chinese Hack

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HughPickens.com writes: Lisa Rein writes in the Washington Post that a new government review of what the Chinese hack of sensitive security clearance files of 21 million people means for national security is in — & some of the implications are quite grave. According to the Congressional Research Service, covert intelligence officers & their operations[…]

Interviews: Ask Richard Stallman a Question

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RMS founded the GNU Project, the Free Software Foundation, & remains one of the most significant & outspoken advocates for software freedom. He now spends much of his time fighting excessive extension of copyright laws, digital restrictions management, & software patents. RMS has agreed to answer your questions approximately GNU/Linux, how GNU relates to Linux[…]

Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Caps Lock Key Still So Prominent On Keyboards?

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Esther Schindler writes: The developers at .io are into tracking things, I guess. In any case, a few weeks back they decided to track team performance in terms of keyboard & mouse activity during the working day. They installed a simple Chrome plugin on every Macbook & collected some statistics. For instance, developers have fewer[…]

Sprked Tries To Solve Valve’s Paid Mods Scandal

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SlappingOysters writes: This article takes a closer look at the emerging crowdfunding platform Sprked, which aims to follow the Patreon support model, yet exclusively for video game modders. The service is currently in its early stages, yet by crafting a system of appreciation & support that acknowledges the loyalty of the modding community, Sprked has[…]

Maliciously Crafted MKV Video Files Can Be Used To Crash Android Phones

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itwbennett writes: Just days after publication of a flaw in Android’s Stagefright, which could allow attackers to compromise devices with a simple MMS message, researchers have found another Android media processing flaw. The latest vulnerability is located in Android’s mediaserver component, more specifically in how the service handles files that use the Matroska video container[…]

Kentucky Man Arrested After Shooting Down Drone

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McGruber writes: Hillview, Kentucky resident William H. Merideth describes his weekend: “Sunday afternoon, the kids – my girls – were out on the back deck, & the neighbors were out in their yard. And they come in & said, ‘Dad, there’s a drone out here, flying over everybody’s yard.’” Merideth’s neighbors saw it too. “It[…]

Hacking a ‘Smart’ Sniper Rifle

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An anonymous reader writes: It was inevitable: as shortly as we heard approximately computer-aimed rifles, we knew somebody would find a way to compromise their security. At the upcoming Black Hat security conference, researchers Runa Sandvik & Michael Auger will present their techniques for doing just that. “Their tricks can alter variables in the scope’s[…]

Newfound Bacteria Expand Tree of Life

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An anonymous reader writes: It used to be that to find new forms of life, all you had to do was take a walk in the woods. Now it’s not so simple. The most conspicuous organisms have long since been cataloged & fixed on the tree of life, & the ones that remain undiscovered don’t[…]

Windows 10 Launches

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An anonymous reader writes: Today Microsoft officially released Windows 10 in 190 countries as a free upgrade for anyone with Windows 7 or later. Major features include Continuum (which brings back the start menu & lets you switch between a keyboard/mouse UI & a touch UI without forcing you into one or the other), the[…]

US Military Stepping Up Use of Directed Energy Weapons

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An anonymous reader writes: At a conference on Tuesday, U.S. officials explained that all branches of the military would be increasing their use of lasers & other directed energy weapons. Lieutenant General William Etter said, “Directed energy brings the dawn of an entirely new era in defense.” The Navy’s laser deployment test has gone well,[…]

MPEG LA Announces Call For DASH Patents

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An anonymous reader writes: The MPEG LA has announced a call for patents essential to the Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (or DASH) standard. According to the MPEG LA’s press release, “Market adoption of DASH technology standards has increased to the point where the market would benefit from the availability of a convenient nondiscriminatory, nonexclusive[…]

A Computer Umpires Its First Pro Baseball Game

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An anonymous reader writes: Baseball has long been regarded as a “game of inches.” Among the major professional sports it arguably requires the greatest amount of precision — a few extra RPMs can turn a decent curveball into an unhittable one, & a single degree’s difference in the arc of a bat swing can alter[…]

UK Campaign Wants 18-Year-Olds To Be Able To Delete Embarrassing Online Past

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An anonymous reader writes: People should be allowed to delete embarrassing social media posts when they reach adulthood, UK internet rights campaigners are urging. The iRights coalition has set out five rights which young people should expect online, including being able to easily edit or delete content they have created, & to know who is[…]

NVIDIA Tegra X1 Performance Exceeds Intel Bay Trail SoCs, AMD AM1 APUs

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An anonymous reader writes: A NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV modified to run Ubuntu Linux is providing absorbing data on how NVIDIA’s latest “Tegra X1″ 64-bit ARM big.LITTLE SoC compares to various Intel/AMD/MIPS systems of varying form factors. Tegra X1 benchmarks on Ubuntu show strong performance with the X1 SoC in this $200 Android TV device,[…]

Honeywell Home Controllers Open To Any Hacker Who Can Find Them Online

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Trailrunner7 writes: Security issues continue to crop up within the so-called “smart home.” A pair of vulnerabilities have been reported for the Tuxedo Touch controller made by Honeywell, a device that’s designed to allow users to control home systems such as security, climate control, lighting, & others. The controller, of course, is accessible from the[…]

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2691-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice 2691-1 – Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s handling of nested NMIs (non-maskable interrupts). An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially escalate their privileges. Colin King discovered a flaw in the add_key function of the Linux kernel’s keyring[…]

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2688-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice 2688-1 – Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s handling of nested NMIs (non-maskable interrupts). An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially escalate their privileges. Colin King discovered a flaw in the add_key function of the Linux kernel’s keyring[…]

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2687-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice 2687-1 – Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s handling of nested NMIs (non-maskable interrupts). An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially escalate their privileges. Colin King discovered a flaw in the add_key function of the Linux kernel’s keyring[…]

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2689-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice 2689-1 – Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s handling of nested NMIs (non-maskable interrupts). An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially escalate their privileges. Colin King discovered a flaw in the add_key function of the Linux kernel’s keyring[…]

Red Hat Security Advisory 2015-1512-01

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Red Hat Security Advisory 2015-1512-01 – KVM is a full virtualization solution for Linux on AMD64 & Intel 64 systems. The qemu-kvm-rhev package provides the user-space component for running virtual machines using KVM. A heap buffer overflow flaw was found in the way QEMU’s IDE subsystem handled I/O buffer access while processing certain ATAPI commands.[…]

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2690-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice 2690-1 – Andy Lutomirski discovered a flaw in the Linux kernel’s handling of nested NMIs (non-maskable interrupts). An unprivileged local user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially escalate their privileges. Colin King discovered a flaw in the add_key function of the Linux kernel’s keyring[…]

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2693-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice 2693-1 – Jonathan Foote discovered that Bind incorrectly handled certain TKEY queries. A remote attacker could use this issue with a specially crafted packet to cause Bind to crash, resulting in a denial of service. Pories Ediansyah discovered that Bind incorrectly handled certain configurations involving DNS64. A remote attacker could use this[…]

Debian Security Advisory 3319-1

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Debian Linux Security Advisory 3319-1 – Jonathan Foote discovered that the BIND DNS server does not properly handle TKEY queries. A remote attacker can take advantage of this flaw to mount a denial of service via a specially crafted query triggering an assertion failure & causing BIND to exit. View Source

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2692-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice 2692-1 – Matt Tait discovered that QEMU incorrectly handled PIT emulation. In a non-default configuration, a malicious guest could use this issue to cause a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code on the host as the user running the QEMU process. In the default installation, when QEMU is used with[…]

Ask Slashdot: Everyone Building Software — Is This the Future We Need?

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An anonymous reader writes: I recently stumbled upon Apple’s headline for version 2 of its Swift programming language: “Now everyone can build astonishing apps.” My question: is this what we really need? Tech giants (not just Apple, yet Microsoft, Facebook, & more) are encouraging kids & adults to become developers, adding to an already-troubled IT[…]

Advertising Companies Accused of Deliberately Slowing Page-load Times For Profit

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An anonymous reader writes: An industry insider has told Business Insider of his conviction that ad-serving companies deliberately prolong the ‘auctioning’ process for ad spots when a web-page loads. They do this to maximize revenue by allowing automated ‘late-comers’ to participate beyond the 100ms limit placed on the decision-making process. The unnamed source, a principal[…]

Amazon Proposes Dedicated Airspace For Drones

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An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has published two new position papers which lay out its vision for future drone regulation. Under Amazon’s plan, altitudes under 200ft would be reserved for basic hobbyist drones & those used for things like videography & inspection. Altitudes between 200ft & 400ft would be designated for “well-equipped vehicles” capable of[…]

Poor Pilot Training Blamed For Virgin Galactic Crash

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astroengine writes: SpaceShipTwo co-pilot Michael Alsbury was not properly trained to realize the consequences of unlocking the vehicle’s hinged tail section too soon, a mistake that led to his death & the destruction of the ship during a test flight in California last year. Responsibility for the accident falls to SpaceShipTwo manufacturer Scaled Composites, a[…]

Scientists Identify Possible New Substance With Highest Melting Point

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JoshuaZ writes: Researchers from Brown University have tentatively identified an alloy of hafnium, nitrogen & carbon as having an expected melting point of approximately 7,460 degrees Fahrenheit (4120 Celsius). This exceeds that of the previous record-breaker, tantalum hafnium carbide, which melts at 7,128 F (3942 C). Its record stood for almost a century. At this[…]

Veteran IT Journalist Worries That Online Privacy May Not Exist (Video)

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Tom Henderson is a long-time observer of the IT scene, complete with scowl & grey goatee. And cynicism. Tom is a world-class cynic, no doubt approximately it. Why? Cover enterprise IT security & other computing topics long enough for big-time industry publications like ITWorld & its IDG brethren, & you too may start to think[…]

Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint Memory, 1000x Speed and Endurance Over Flash

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MojoKid writes: Today at a press conference in San Francisco, Intel & Micron unveiled 3D XPoint (Cross Point) memory technology, a non-volatile memory architecture they claim could alter the landscape of consumer electronics & computer architectures for years to come. Intel & Micron say 3D XPoint memory is 1000 times faster than NAND, boasts 1000x[…]

DHI Group Inc. Announces Plans to Sell Slashdot Media

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An anonymous reader writes: DHI Group Inc. (formerly known as Dice Holdings Inc.) announced plans to sell Slashdot Media (slashdot.org & sourceforge.net) in their Q2 financial report. This is being reported by multiple sources. Editor’s note: Yep, looks like we’re being sold again. We’ll keep you folks updated, yet for now I don’t have any[…]

Two Years Later, White House Responds To ‘Pardon Edward Snowden’ Petition

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An anonymous reader writes: In June of 2013, a petition was posted to Whitehouse.gov demanding that Edward Snowden receive a full pardon for his leaks approximately the NSA & U.S. surveillance practices. The petition swiftly passed 100,000 signatures — the point at which the White House said it would officially respond to such petitions. For[…]

Interviews: Dr. Temple Grandin Answers Your Questions

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Recently you had a chance to ask animal behavior expert & autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin a question. Below you’ll find her answers approximately factory farming, animal behavior, & living with autism. Read more of this story at Slashdot. View Source

Newegg Beats Patent Troll Over SSL and RC4 Encryption

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New submitter codguy writes to note that a few days ago, & after a previous failed attempt to fight patent troll TQP Development in late 2013, Newegg has now beaten this troll in a rematch. From the linked post: “Newegg went against a company that claimed its patent covered SSL & RC4 encryption, a usual[…]

.NET 4.6 Optimizer Bug Causes Methods To Get Wrong Parameters

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tobiasly writes: A serious bug in the just-released .NET 4.6 runtime causes the JIT compiler to generate incorrectly-optimized code which results in methods getting called with different parameters than what were passed in. Nick Craver of Stack Exchange has an superior write-up of the technical details & temporary workarounds; Microsoft has acknowledged the problem &[…]

phpFileManager 0.9.8 Remote Command Execution

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phpFileManager version 0.9.8 suffers from a remote command execution vulnerability. View Source

Basware Banking/Maksuliikenne Software Hardcoded Creds / Client Checks

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Basware Banking/Maksuliikenne software suffers from hard-coded credentials, client-side auth checks, & other issues. View Source

Why Your Software Project Is Failing

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An anonymous reader writes: At OSCON this year, Red Hat’s Tom Callaway gave a talk entitled “This is Why You Fail: The Avoidable Mistakes Open Source Projects STILL Make.” In 2009, Callaway was starting to work on the Chromium project—and to say it wasn’t a pleasant experience was the biggest understatement Callaway made in his[…]

Chrome Extension Thwarts User Profiling Based On Typing Behavior

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An anonymous reader writes: Per Thorsheim, the founder of PasswordsCon, created & trained a biometric profile of his keystroke dynamics using the Tor browser at a demo site. He then switched over to Google Chrome & not using the Tor network, & the demo site correctly identified him when logging in & completing a demo[…]

McAfee Application Control Bypass / Driver Issues

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McAfee Application Control version 6.1.3.353 suffers from multiple vulnerabilities including insufficient whitelist protection & bypass issues. View Source

WordPress Flickr Justified Gallery 3.3.6 Cross Site Scripting

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WordPress Flickr Justified Gallery plugin version 3.3.6 suffers from a cross site scripting vulnerability. View Source

Your Stolen Identity Goes For $20 On the Internet Black Market

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HughPickens.com writes: Keith Collins writes at Quartz that the going rate for a stolen identity is approximately twenty bucks on the internet black market. Collins analyzed hundreds of listings for a full set of someone’s personal information—identification number, address, birthdate, etc., known as “fullz” that were put up for sale over the past year, using[…]

OnePlus Announces OnePlus 2 ‘Flagship Killer’ Android Phone With OxygenOS

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MojoKid writes: The OnePlus 2 was officially unveiled [Monday] evening & it has been announced that the smartphone will start at an competitively low $329, unlocked & contract free. The entry level price nets you a 5.5″ 1080p display, a cooler-running 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 v2.1 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal[…]

Currently Quantum Computers Might Be Where Rockets Were At the Time of Goddard

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schwit1 writes: If quantum computing is at the Goddard level that would be a satisfactory thing for quantum computing. This means that the major fundamental breakthrough that would put them over the top was in hand & merely a lot of investment, engineering & scaling was needed. The goal of being able to solve NP-hard[…]

Air-Gapped Computer Hacked (Again)

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An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Ben Gurion University managed to extract GSM signals from air gapped computers using only a simple cellphone. According to Yuval Elovici, head of the University’s Cyber Security Research Center, the air gap exploit works because of the fundamental way that computers put out low levels of electromagnetic radiation. The[…]

Hacker Set To Demonstrate 60 Second Brinks Safe Hack At DEFCON

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darthcamaro writes: Ok so we know that Chrysler cars will be hacked at Black Hat, Android will be hacked at DEFCON with Stagefright, & now word has come out that a pair of security researchers plan on bringing a Brinks safe onstage at DEFCON to demonstrate how it can be digitally hacked. No this isn’t[…]

Project IceStorm Passes Another Milestone: Building a CPU

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beckman101 writes: FPGAs — specialized, high speed chips with large arrays of configurable logic — are usually highly proprietary. Anyone who has used one is familiar with the buggy & node-locked accompanying tools that FPGA manufacturers provide. Project IceStorm aims to alter that by reverse-engineering some Lattice FPGAs to produce an open-source toolchain, & today[…]

Voyager’s Golden Record For Aliens Now Available On SoundCloud

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An anonymous reader writes: For years you’ve been able to listen to the sounds recorded on the golden records carried by the twin Voyager spacecraft online yet NASA just made it a bit easier. The orginization just uploaded the recordings to SoundCloud. Now you can listen to a continuous stream of clips instead of clicking[…]

Andromeda Galaxy’s Secrets Revealed By Going Beyond Visible Light

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StartsWithABang writes: The Andromeda galaxy is our closest large neighbor, dominating our local group with more than double the number of stars found in the Milky Way. While visible light can reveal a tremendous amount of information, it’s by going to shorter (UV) & longer (IR) wavelengths that we can learn where the newest, hottest[…]

The Factory of the World – Documentary On Manufacturing In Shenzhen

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szczys writes: This Hackaday documentary (video) looks at the changing ecosystem of manufacturing in the Pearl River Delta (Shenzhen, China) through interviews with product engineers involved with the MIT Media Lab manufacturing program, Finance professionals in Hong Kong, & notables in the Maker Industry. Worth checking out for anyone thinking of a hardware startup or[…]

Red Hat Security Advisory 2015-1510-01

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Red Hat Security Advisory 2015-1510-01 – Clutter is a library for creating fast, visually rich, graphical user interfaces. Clutter is used for rendering the GNOME desktop environment. A flaw was found in the way clutter processed certain mouse & touch gestures. An attacker could use this flaw to bypass the screen lock. All clutter users[…]

Ubuntu Security Notice USN-2686-1

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Ubuntu Security Notice 2686-1 – It was discovered that the Apache HTTP Server incorrectly parsed chunk headers. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to perform HTTP request smuggling attacks. It was discovered that the Apache HTTP Server incorrectly handled the ap_some_auth_required API. A remote attacker could possibly use this issue to bypass intended[…]

EBay Is Shutting Down Its On-Demand Delivery Service

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An anonymous reader writes: It may come as no surprise yet eBay made it official in a statement today; they are ending their on-demand delivery service eBay Now. The company moreover plans to end a number of mobile applications, including eBay Valet, eBay Fashion & eBay Motors. A company statement reads in part: “…today we[…]

Study: Certain Vaccines Could Make Diseases More Deadly

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sciencehabit writes: New research suggests that vaccines that don’t make their hosts totally immune to a disease & incapable of spreading it to others might have a serious downside. According to a controversial study by Professor Andrew Read these so-called “imperfect” or “leaky” vaccines could sometimes teach pathogens to become more dangerous. Sciencemag reports: “The[…]

Foxit Reader 7.1.5 Arbitrary Code Execution

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Foxit Reader versions 7.0.8 through 7.1.5 suffer from a PNG conversion parsing tEXt chunk arbitrary code execution vulnerability. View Source

950 Million Android Phones Can Be Hijacked By Malicious Text Messages

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techtech writes: According to security firm Zimperium a flaw called “Stagefright” in Google’s Android operating system can allow hackers take over a phone with a message even if the user doesn’t open it. The vulnerability affects approximately 950 million Android devices. In a blog post Zimperium researchers wrote: “A fully weaponized successful attack could even[…]

German Scientists Confirm NASA’s Controversial EM Drive

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MarkWhittington writes: Hacked Magazine reported that a group of German scientists believe that they have confirmed that the EM Drive, the propulsion device that uses microwaves rather than rocket fuel, provides thrust. The experimental results are being presented at the American Institute for Aeronautics & Astronautics’ Propulsion & Energy Forum in Orlando by Martin Tajmar,[…]

You3dit is Working to Help Crowdsource 3D Design and Printing (Video)

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The example you3dit (You 3D It) person Chris McCoy uses in this video is a prosthetic hand they wanted to make because one of their people lost fingers in a construction accident. Instead of drawing up plans for a new hand, they searched online — & found enablingthefuture.org, which is all approximately making 3-D printed[…]

Computer Science Enrollments Match NASDAQ’s Rises and Fall

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dcblogs writes: In March 2000, the NASDAQ composite index reached a historic high of 5,048, at just approximately the same time undergrad computer science enrollments hit a peak of nearly 24,000 students at PhD-granting institutions in the U.S. & Canada, according to data collected by the Computing Research Association in its most recent annual Taulbee[…]

Samsung Unveils the First Monitor That Can Wirelessly Charge Your Phone

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An anonymous reader writes: Samsung wants to reduce the number of cords in your house & has unveiled a new monitor that can wirelessly charge your smartphones. Called the SE370, Samsung says the monitor is the first of its kind to have this capability. The monitor comes in 23.6-inch & 27-inch sizes. According to Samsung[…]

Google Is Dropping Its Google+ Requirement Across All Products Including YouTube

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An anonymous reader writes: After years of plugging Google+ into all of its services, today Google announced that your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all its products. The company says it will take a few months for all the changes to happen, yet the first product to be uncoupled will be[…]

Razer Acquires Ouya’s Storefront and Technical Team

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An anonymous reader writes: The Ouya Android-based gaming console was one of Kickstarter’s biggest successes — & one of the biggest letdowns for all the backers. The console never really took off, & the company behind it has limped along over the past couple years. Until today. Razer has now acquired the Ouya technical team,[…]

Debian Drops SPARC Platform Support

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jones_supa writes: SPARC isn’t exactly a highly-used architecture anymore, so the Debian operating system is dropping support for the platform, according to Joerg Jaspert last week in the “debian-sparc” mailing list. He noted that this does not block a after comeback as “sparc64.” Following that announcement, a new post today tells us that SPARC support[…]

Trillion-Dollar World Trade Deal Aims To Make IT Products Cheaper

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itwbennett writes: A new (tentative) global trade agreement, struck on Friday at a World Trade Organization meeting in Geneva, eliminates tariffs on more than 200 kinds of IT products, ranging from smartphones, routers, & ink cartridges to video game consoles & telecommunications satellites. A full list of products covered was published by the Office of[…]

Hawkeye-G 3.0.1.4912 Cross Site Scripting / Information Leakage

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Hawkeye-G version 3.0.1.4912 suffers from cross site scripting & information leakage vulnerabilities. View Source

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