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  • Dutch Court Says Government Can Receive Bulk Data from NSA

    24 July 2014, 9:31 am by: Unknown Lamer

    jfruh (300774) writes Dutch law makes it illegal for the Dutch intelligence services to conduct mass data interception programs. But, according to a court in the Hague, it's perfectly all right for the Dutch government to request that data from the U.S.'s…
  • FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

    24 July 2014, 8:49 am by: Unknown Lamer

    An anonymous reader writes The FCC issued a notice on Wednesday reminding ISPs that, according to the still-intact transparency rule of the 2010 Open Internet Order, they are required to be transparent about their services. "The FCC's transparency rule…
  • Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

    24 July 2014, 8:06 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Bromium Labs analyzed public vulnerabilities and exploits from the first six months of 2014. The research determined that Internet Explorer vulnerabilities have increased more than 100 percent since 2013, surpassing Java and Flash…
  • Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

    24 July 2014, 5:36 am by: samzenpus

    symbolset writes in with the latest about an ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The current…
  • How the Internet of Things Could Aid Disaster Response

    24 July 2014, 3:09 am by: samzenpus

    jfruh writes While the Internet has made communications easier, that ease had made us very dependent on the Internet for communications — and, when disaster strikes, power and infrastructure outages tend to shut down those communications networks when we…
  • The Psychology of Phishing

    24 July 2014, 12:29 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Phishing emails are without a doubt one of the biggest security issues consumers and businesses face today. Cybercriminals understand that we are a generation of clickers and they use this to their advantage. They will take the time…
  • Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

    23 July 2014, 10:00 pm by: samzenpus

    First time accepted submitter Carly Page writes When asked for its response to Edward Snowden's claims that "Dropbox is hostile to privacy", Dropbox told The INQUIRER that users concerned about privacy should add their own encryption. The firm warned however…
  • Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

    23 July 2014, 8:32 pm by: samzenpus

    mpicpp points out a new program from Verizon that is perfect if you don't mind being tracked. Are you comfortable having your location and Web browsing tracked for marketing purposes? If so, Verizon's got a deal for you. The wireless giant announced a new…
  • Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

    23 July 2014, 7:48 pm by: samzenpus

    Deathspawner writes A lot of people have never been able to understand the logic behind Microsoft's Windows RT, with many urging the company to kill it off so that it can focus on more important products, like the mainline Windows. Well, this is probably not…
  • Raspberry Pi Gameboy

    23 July 2014, 7:00 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: An enterprising hacker took on a project to rebuild a broken Gameboy using emulation software, a Raspberry Pi, and a few other easily-obtainable parts. The result: success! The hacker has posted a detailed walkthrough explaining all…
  • VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

    23 July 2014, 6:19 pm by: Soulskill

    theodp writes: Back in 2012, Computerworld blasted Vice President Joe Biden for his ignorance of the H-1B temporary work visa program. But Joe's got his H-1B story and he's sticking to it, characterizing the visa program earlier this month in a speech to the…
  • Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

    23 July 2014, 5:37 pm by: Soulskill

    coondoggie writes: If what we know as advanced life exists anywhere other than Earth, then perhaps they are dirtying their atmosphere as much as we are. We could use such pollution components to perhaps more easily spot such planets. That's the basis of new…
  • The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

    23 July 2014, 4:55 pm by: Soulskill

    Advocatus Diaboli sends this report: The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither "concrete facts" nor "irrefutable evidence" to designate an…
  • 'Just Let Me Code!'

    23 July 2014, 4:14 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Andrew Binstock has an article about the ever-increasing complexity required to write code. He says, "I got into programming because I like creating stuff. Not just any stuff, but stuff other people find useful. I like the constant…
  • Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

    23 July 2014, 3:32 pm by: Soulskill

    MojoKid writes: Intel just launched their new SSD 2500 Pro series solid state drive, the follow-up to last year's SSD 1500 Pro series, which targets corporate and small-business clients. The drive shares much of its DNA with some of Intel's consumer-class…
  • 'Optical Fiber' Made Out of Thin Air

    23 July 2014, 2:50 pm by: Soulskill

    Dave Knott writes: Scientists from the University of Maryland say they have turned thin air into an "optical fiber" that can transmit and amplify light signals without the need for any cables. As described in the research, this was accomplished by generating a…
  • The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

    23 July 2014, 2:07 pm by: Soulskill

    blottsie writes: Out of all the U.S. government agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is one of the least transparent. As such, the number of Freedom of Information Act requests it receives have doubled since 2008. But the DHS has only become more…
  • Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

    23 July 2014, 1:25 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    jfruh (300774) writes Liquid Robotics and its Wave Glider line of autonomous seafaring robots became famous when Java inventor James Gosling left Google to join the company. Now one of its robots has passed an impressive real-world test, shrugging off a…
  • Researchers Print Electronic Memory On Paper

    23 July 2014, 12:45 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    MTorrice (2611475) writes Electronics printed on paper promise to be cheap, flexible, and recyclable, and could lead to applications such as smart labels on foods and pharmaceuticals or as wearable medical sensors. Many engineers have managed to print…
  • SpaceX Releases Video of Falcon Rocket's Splashdown

    23 July 2014, 12:25 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    First time accepted submitter cowdung (702933) writes In spite of Elon Musk's characterization of the landing as a KABOOM event. Judging by this video SpaceX has managed to land the first stage rocket booster nicely on the ocean after their Orbcomm launch on…
  • Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

    23 July 2014, 12:06 pm by: Unknown Lamer

    Microsoft has released their latest earnings report, and it's not as bleak as last week's news might have you suspect. Quoting Forbes: Microsoft reported $23.38 billion of revenue for the fourth quarter, up 17.5% from the same period last year. Net income,…
  • Researchers Design Bot To Conduct National Security Clearance Interviews

    23 July 2014, 11:35 am by: Unknown Lamer

    meghan elizabeth (3689911) writes Advancing a career in the U.S. government might soon require an interview with a computer-generated head who wants to know about that time you took ketamine. A recent study by psychologists at the National Center for…
  • CNN iPhone App Sends iReporters' Passwords In the Clear

    23 July 2014, 10:55 am by: Unknown Lamer

    chicksdaddy (814965) writes The Security Ledger reports on newly published research from the firm zScaler that reveals CNN's iPhone application transmits user login session information in clear text. The security flaw could leave users of the application…
  • Robot With Broken Leg Learns To Walk Again In Under 2 Minutes

    23 July 2014, 10:14 am by: Unknown Lamer

    KentuckyFC (1144503) writes When animals lose a limb, they learn to hobble remarkably quickly. And yet when robots damage a leg, they become completely incapacitated. That now looks set to the change thanks to a group of robotics engineers who have worked out…
  • Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

    23 July 2014, 9:33 am by: Unknown Lamer

    NotInHere (3654617) writes As promised, version 33 of the Firefox browser will fetch the OpenH264 module from Cisco, which enables Firefox to decode and encode H.264 video, for both the tag and WebRTC, which has a codec war on this matter. The module won't be…

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