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  • Lizard Squad Hits Malaysia Airlines Website

    43m By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Lizard Squad, the hacking collaborative that went after the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, and the North Korean internet last year, has now targeted Malaysia Airlines with an attack. Bloomberg links to images of the hacks…
  • Kepler Discovers Solar System's Ancient 'Twin'

    2h By Soulskill
    astroengine writes: Astronomers have found a star system that bears a striking resemblance to our inner solar system. It's a sun-like star that plays host to a system of five small exoplanets — from the size of Mercury to the size of Venus. But there's…
  • New Google Fiber Cities Announced

    2h By Soulskill
    New submitter plate_o_shrimp sends word that Google has announced the next group of cities set to receive gigabit fiber infrastructure. They're concentrating on cities around four metro areas: Atlanta, Charlotte, Nashville, and Raleigh-Durham. "We’ve been…
  • Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

    3h By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: A very serious security problem has been found and patched in the GNU C Library (Glibc). A heap-based buffer overflow was found in __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function, which is used by the gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2()…
  • Game Hack-A-Thon Attracts Teams At 500+ Sites Worldwide

    4h By Soulskill
    BarbaraHudson writes: Video game enthusiasts around the world participated in the Global Game Jam this past weekend. The event is a worldwide 48-hour hack-a-thon dedicated to inspiring creativity and building a working game from scratch in one weekend.…
  • Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

    1:34pm By timothy
    New submitter cdysthe writes Almost two years ago, the Norwegian browser firm Opera ripped out the guts of its product and adopted the more standard WebKit and Chromium technologies, essentially making it more like rivals Chrome and Safari. But it wasn't just…
  • Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

    12:57pm By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes What would be the best media to store a backup of important files in a lockbox? Like a lot of people we have a lot of important information on our computers, and have a lot of files that we don't want backed up in the cloud, but want…
  • FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

    12:17pm By timothy
    WheezyJoe writes Verizon agreed to a $5 million settlement after admitting that it failed to investigate whether its rural customers were able to receive long distance and wireless phone calls. The settlement is related to the FCC's efforts to address what is…
  • Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

    11:36am By timothy
    eldavojohn writes A turnover in the Greek government resulted from recent snap elections placing SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) in power — just shy of an outright majority by two seats. Atheist, and youngest Prime Minister in Greek history since…
  • "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

    11:13am By timothy
    mi (197448) writes You heard the scare-mongering, you heard the governors and mayors closing public transit and declaring driving on public roads a crime. But it turned out to have been a mistake. Boston may have been hit somewhat, but further South — NYC…
  • White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

    10:56am By timothy
    HughPickens.com writes The Washington Post reports that the intrusion by a recreational drone onto the White House lawn has exposed a security gap at the compound that the Secret Service has spent years studying but has so far been unable to fix. Commercial…
  • Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

    10:14am By timothy
    Required Snark writes NASA has funded a study of a geo-sychrounous orbit telescope that uses a half-mile diameter opaque disk to provide images with 1000 times the resolution of the Hubble. It uses diffraction at the edge of the disk to focus light, resulting…
  • Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

    9:32am By timothy
    An anonymous reader writes that yesterday Uber announced a cap on surge pricing during the mammoth snow storm hitting the northeast this week; there will still be surge pricing, but it will be capped at 2.8 times the usual fares. The cap comes after an…
  • Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

    8:51am By timothy
    Trailrunner7 writes Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered shared code and functionality between the Regin malware platform and a similar platform described in a newly disclosed set of Edward Snowden documents 10 days ago by Germany's Der Spiegel. The…
  • DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

    8:10am By Soulskill
    itwbennett writes: A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program set up in 2008 to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects.…
  • Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

    5:17am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: Internet connections remain illegal for Cuban households, but many of the country's citizens still want to tap into the power of networked information exchange. A group of tech-savvy young Cubans has set up a network comprising…
  • EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

    2:20am By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published a detailed, global strategy for ridding ourselves of mass surveillance. They stress that this must be an international effort — while citizens of many countries can vote against…
  • Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

    12:24am By Soulskill
    Freshly Exhumed writes: Growing income inequality was one of the top four issues at the 2015 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ranking alongside European adoption of quantitative easing and geopolitical concerns. Felix Salmon, senior editor…
  • Why Coding Is Not the New Literacy

    Mon 10:19pm By Soulskill
    An anonymous reader writes: There has been a furious effort over the past few years to bring the teaching of programming into the core academic curricula. Enthusiasts have been quick to take up the motto: "Coding is the new literacy!" But long-time developer…
  • Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

    Mon 8:22pm By Soulskill
    RogueyWon writes: For the last several days, some users of Ubisoft's uPlay system have been complaining that copies of games they purchased have been removed from their libraries. According to a statement issued to a number of gaming websites, Ubisoft believes…