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  • Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

    18 September 2014, 10:53 am by: timothy

    HughPickens.com writes The Interecept reports that contrary to lurid claims made by U.S. officials, a new independent analysis of Edward Snowden's revelations on NSA surveillance that examined the frequency of releases and updates of encryption software by…
  • US Military Aware Only Belatedly of Chinese Attacks Against Transport Contractors

    18 September 2014, 10:28 am by: timothy

    itwbennett writes The Senate Armed Service Committee released on Wednesday an unclassified version of a report (PDF) commissioned last year to investigate cyberattacks against contractors for the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM). The report alleges that…
  • Australian Police Arrest 15, Charge 2, For Alleged Islamic State Beheading Plot

    18 September 2014, 10:06 am by: timothy

    The Washington Post reports (building on a short AP report they're also carrying) that "[Australian] police have arrested 15 people allegedly linked to the Islamic State, some who plotted a public beheading." According to the Sydney Morning Herald, of the…
  • London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

    18 September 2014, 9:26 am by: timothy

    KentuckyFC (1144503) writes A growing number of police forces around the world are using data on past crimes to predict the likelihood of crimes in the future. These predictions can be made more accurate by combining crime data with local demographic data…
  • Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

    18 September 2014, 8:45 am by: timothy

    onproton (3434437) writes The journal Nature released a study today that reveals a link between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and the development of glucose intolerance [note: abstract online; paper itself is paywalled], a leading risk factor for…
  • IOCCC 2014 Now In Progress

    18 September 2014, 8:26 am by: timothy

    leob (154345) writes In case you haven't noticed yet, the 23rd International Obfuscated C Code Contest is now in progress. A pre-announcement was made on Twitter in the end of August; the online submission tool is now available until 2014-Oct-19 18:17:16 UTC.…
  • FCC Chairman: Americans Shouldn't Subsidize Internet Service Under 10Mbps

    18 September 2014, 8:04 am by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes On Wednesday at a hearing in front of the US House Committee on Small Business, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler stated that for ISPs to be eligible for government broadband subsidies, they would have to deliver speeds of at least 10 Mbps.…
  • NASA Inspector General Lobs Big Rocks At Agency's Asteroid Hunting Program

    18 September 2014, 5:27 am by: samzenpus

    coondoggie writes Lack of money, management structure and staff are hampering NASA's ability to effectively identify and track comets, meteorites and asteroids that might threaten Earth. The space agency's Inspector General, Paul Martin, issued a scathing…
  • Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

    18 September 2014, 3:08 am by: samzenpus

    Ronin Developer writes From the Cnet article: "At last week's Apple event, the company announced Apple Pay — a new mobile payments service that utilizes NFC technology in conjunction with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner for secure payments that can be made…
  • Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

    18 September 2014, 12:30 am by: samzenpus

    concertina226 writes Scientists from three international universities have succeeded in twisting radio beams in order to transfer data at the speed of 32 gigabits per second, which is 30 times faster than 4G LTE wireless technology in use today. The…
  • Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

    17 September 2014, 10:04 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Tinba, the tiny (20 KB) banking malware with man-in-the-browser and network traffic sniffing capabilities, is back. After initially being made to target users of a small number of banks, that list has been amplified and now includes…
  • Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

    17 September 2014, 8:13 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes I use email to communicate with my folks overseas. Their ISP only allows dial-up access to their email account (there is no option of changing ISP), that can receive messages no larger than 1MB nor hold more than 15MB (no hope of…
  • Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

    17 September 2014, 7:30 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes Airbnb announced that it will begin collecting a 14% occupancy tax on behalf of its San Francisco hosts October 1. "This is the culmination of a long process that began earlier this year when we announced our intent to help collect…
  • ULA and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin Announce Rocket Engine Partnership

    17 September 2014, 6:47 pm by: samzenpus

    An anonymous reader writes During an event at the National Press Club, Bezos announced an agreement with Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance, the joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to continue development of a new rocket engine for ULA's Atlas and…
  • Are Matt's Robot Hexapods Creepy or Cute? (Video)

    17 September 2014, 6:03 pm by: Roblimo

    University of Arizona grad student Matt Bunting doesn't come across as a mad scientist. That's a very good thing, because his robot hexapod creations are easy to imagine crawling across the USA in large hordes, devouring everything in their path and using all…
  • Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

    17 September 2014, 5:18 pm by: samzenpus

    itwbennett (1594911) writes "The use of forced labor is so prevalent in the Malaysian electronics manufacturing industry that there is hardly a major brand name that isn't touched by the illegal practice, according to a report funded by the U.S. Department of…
  • eBay Redirect Attack Puts Buyers' Credentials At Risk

    17 September 2014, 4:35 pm by: samzenpus

    mrspoonsi points out this BBC story about an eBay breach that was directing users to a spoof site. "eBay has been compromised so that people who clicked on some of its links were automatically diverted to a site designed to steal their credentials. The spoof…
  • How Flickr Is Courting the Next Generation of Photographers

    17 September 2014, 3:52 pm by: samzenpus

    First time accepted submitter Molly McHugh writes Flickr Vice President Bernardo Hernandez explains how the beloved photo platform is targeting a new generation that's addicted to smartphones. “10 or 15 years ago it was expensive and complicated to explore…
  • Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

    17 September 2014, 3:10 pm by: samzenpus

    mdsolar writes with the latest plan from the U.S. government to fight the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, and a call for more help from other nations by the President. President Obama on Tuesday challenged world powers to accelerate the global response to the…
  • Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

    17 September 2014, 2:28 pm by: samzenpus

    cartechboy writes How low can battery costs go, and how fast? That's the question automakers are dealing with when it comes to the future of electric cars. Tesla is betting big on electric and has already proven many skeptics wrong with its Model S sedan. The…
  • Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

    17 September 2014, 1:46 pm by: Soulskill

    the_newsbeagle writes: One of the leading companies developing wave power devices, Ocean Power Technologies, has dramatically scaled down its ambitions. The company had planned to install the world's first commercial-scale wave farms off the coast of Australia…
  • iOS 8 Review

    17 September 2014, 1:05 pm by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Apple is releasing iOS 8 today, and Ars Technica has posted one of their huge, thorough reviews of the updated operating system. They have this to say about the UI: "iOS 8 tries to fit a whole lot more stuff onto a single screen…
  • Interviews: David Saltzberg Answers Your Questions About The Big Bang Theory

    17 September 2014, 12:23 pm by: samzenpus

    As the science consultant for The Big Bang Theory for the past seven seasons, Dr. David Saltzberg makes sure the show gets its science right. A few weeks ago, you had the chance to ask him about his work on the show and his personal scientific endeavors. Below…
  • ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

    17 September 2014, 11:43 am by: Soulskill

    mpicpp sends this news from CNN: In swaths of Syria now controlled by ISIS, children can no longer study math or social studies. Sports are out of the question. And students will be banned from learning about elections and democracy. Instead, they'll be…
  • Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home

    17 September 2014, 11:00 am by: Soulskill

    An anonymous reader writes: Household devices are getting smarter these days: the so-called internet of things is bringing software-controlled thermostats, lighting, and other appliances into the mainstream. Many companies are fighting for a piece of the pie,…

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