Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back
It must be at least mildly effective if the only legitimate means of unencrypting the data was a copy of the keys that only a set of researchers dedicated to the issue were able to find.
Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back
It's in Symantec's interest that the authors mitigate the weakness in their malware so the threat will permeate through media and people will continue to be terrified into buying copious amounts of security software that in most cases won't even mitigate the risk.
Diablo 3 Expansion Reaper of Souls Launches
I reinstalled the game a few weeks ago after not playing for ages due to a constant feeling of never finding decent items and being tied to the AH for upgrades. The game (even just post patch, not even counting the xpac) is so much more playable. If you're on the fence, I can give you a few bullet points that have kept me interested:
1) With the AH gone, way more legendaries and meaningful items drop.
2) The drops (both rare and legendary) are often more meaningful as they cater the stats to your class for the most part.
3) All items (including legendaries) roll max-level with appropriate stats for the person who made the game.
4) +Skill and +DmgType has become very prevelent stats on many pieces now, making it less about sheet DPS and cookie cutter builds and more about building a spec that compliments your playstyle and the gear you've found.
5) Paragon levels are shared across all characters so no more grinding paragon for all your toons.
6) Paragon points are used to supplement stats like Int/Dex/Str, Vitality, Life on Hit, Crit Dmg, etc, allowing you to customize your build further and fill in the blanks your gear lacks.
All in all, I really like the changes and what little I've seen that they added to the Xpax (namely the Mystic for customizing drops in both appearance and stats) I like as well.
AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality
AT&T has quite the sack to go on record with this statement. I can only assume they hope other ISP's will get on board and try to somehow make this an acceptable thought process. A few points...
1) Where the consumer goes on the internet is their own business.
2) If the consumer is using more bandwidth then your business model allows, adjust your rates to the consumer to match.
3) You can't build a toll road between a gambler and the city of Vegas and then charge both the gambler and Vegas for their travel.
How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370
We still have no idea exactly where the aircraft is, how it went down, or what to do now.
World's First Magma-Based Geothermal Energy System
If gigantic seams that span the entire planet across the tectonic plates isn't enough to cause the planet to implode I doubt a few small holes will either.
Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data
This is kind of terrible. Capitalizing on people's loss by selling them a pie in the sky dream. I admire the ambition, but I would think we would need to create an AI that can sufficiently pass the Turing test before we create one that represents a person's personality well enough to fool the person's closest family/friends.
Rosetta Probe Awakens, Prepares To Chase Comet
Pffft, not impressed. I ran this same mission in Kerbal Space Program and it was a piece of cake.
Americans To FCC Chair: No Cell Calls On Planes, Please
This is the best thing I've read all week. Thank you.
Creationism In Texas Public Schools
Tornado touches down and vaporizes the Responsive Ed corporate headquaters. No hands were lost, but several people were struck by flying Stop signs.
Scientists Glue Sensors To 5,000 Bees In a Bid To Better Understand Them
I can just imagine the response from the intern who was asked to do this. "You want me to do what? ... Wait, how many?"
Google Removes "Search Nearby" Function From Updated Google Maps
Google wouldn't intentionally cause discomfort for its userbase without a good reason. My list includes the following possiblities:
1) The feature is being improved/expanded and is still in testing phase.
2) Patent infringement (or the claim of) has caused the feature to be removed, at least temporarily.
3) The feature will reappear in a non-free version of the same service.
4) The feature is being exclusively licensed (along with the map data) by another party.
Computer Scientists Invents Game-Developing Computer AI
This causes amazing ideas to race through my head. Imagine a much more mature version of this - one that could take input and even pull from other resources. For example, try to imagine a system that understands surfaces and textures, and even has access to the internet (or a built-in library) to derive work from. You tell the program to create a 3D castle similar to one in Scotland. It pulls information (either provided or on it's own) and from that it can create procedural textures, 3D surfaces to map those textures to, and then boom...a castle. Eventually it would understand night and day, sounds that are associated with certain environments, lighting, varied architecture, natural terrain...the possiblities are endless. And instead of having a slew of developers and artists trying to create a cohesive image over weeks or months, you have a singular entity creating this content on the fly, limited only by the amount of CPU cycles at your disposal. What an amazing science fiction story that could play itself out in reality if this idea was matured.
Google Launches Android Automotive Consortium
Creating a standard interface that only easily (and fully supports) the connection of Android-based devices. Frankly, I'm shocked Apple didn't already make this move. If this happens (and spreads), the only devices you'll want to hook up to your car will be Android-based since those will probably be the only ones you can interact with using steering wheel controls, etc.
Member of President Obama's NSA Panel Recommends Increased Data Collection
Any "terrorist" with half a brain assumes the NSA is looking at all standard comms now. To keep tapping these mediums is beyond pointless.
Retail Radeon R9 290X Graphics Cards Slower Than AMD's Press Samples
This probably happens more often than we think. Frankly, it makes sense to validate that a card is going to run solid for someone before you send it to them if they're going to be blabbering all over the interwebs about it. It's just in this case they got burned (and justifiably) due to the fact that the software/driver adjusts the frequency independently instead of being a static clock speed (something they should have disclaimed to the reviewers).
Most Cave Paintings Were Painted By Women, Says Penn State Researcher
Were the drawings found next to the surface where they made the sandwiches?
Syrian Rebels Claim Hundreds Killed By Poison-Gas Attack
But why is this on Slashdot? This isn't a discussion on the engineering of the gas or the dispursement methods used, just a news article.
NASA's NEXT Ion Thruster Runs Five and a Half Years Nonstop To Set New Record
If that were true it would only take one day to reach a speed of 1.9 million miles/hour. Pretty sure that's not happening.
New World Record For Electric Car Speed: 204.2 MPH
Can't wait to see the pit stop times for this thing. Do those stopwaches measure in hours?
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