Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online
He had done nothing at that point, he had made no plans to do anything[...]
It might not be in the particular article linked above, but this guy was using police databases to research a bunch of women. I'm certainly not happy leaving people like that to their own devices.
Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions
News: Not just webservers use OpenSSL!
No kidding. My Synology NAS had a same-day update to patch this - my custom router firmware needed updating too. If there's a story for every device someone forgot might contain OpenSSL code, it's going to be a busy month.
Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"
After being incredibly turned off by "reality" shows that contain no reality at all ("Dangerous Flights" is the most egregious example I've seen lately), I was totally absorbed by Penny Arcade's low-budget reality show offering of Strip Search last year. (The site is slightly misorganized, but you can find stuff if you try).
The show was a dozen web comic artists in competition. The premise of a single artist being funded and supported by Penny Arcade for a year was motivational, and the simple act of appearing in an episode granted even the entrants ousted first an audience for their work. While it was clear the producers provided for the possibility of backstabbing and conflict, they didn't go out of their way to insert any, and in the end the show was all the better for it. I'd actually put PA's Strip Search above 90% of professional, high-budget, high-production-values TV series.
My point being, it's totally possible to structure an interesting show where game dev competition is friendly and rewarding for all, and producers with zero-sum on the brain don't exist. It just hasn't been made yet, apparently.
The Mystery of the 'Only Camera To Come Back From the Moon'
Sure. 'cept of course the one on Surveyor 3 that Apollo 12 brought back. The one that famously (but, I now see, apparently controversially) had viable bacteria in it after 2.5 years on the moon.
High-Frequency Trading For Your Private Data
That's fantastic, 'cause I'll definitely pay $0.0006 to not see an ad. Someone show me how to buy up all my personal pageviews.
SSD Manufacturer OCZ Preparing For Bankruptcy
And I built 1 system with an OCZ Petrol and it vaporized the partitions 6 months later, so that's 100%. I think luck had more to do with success than anything.
I actually _was_ surprised to get a replacement Vertex 4 fairly quickly, which reminds me I should open it and flash it while the firmwares are still easy to get.
How Your Compiler Can Compromise Application Security
What is "unstable code" and how can a compiler leave it out?
The article is actually using that as an abbreviation for what they're calling "optimization-unstable code", or code that is included at some specified compiler optimization levels, but discarded at higher levels. Basically they think it's unstable due to being included or not randomly, not because the code itself necessarily results in random behaviour.
How Your Smartphone Can Spy On What You Type
it can spy on what you say!!!
Seriously, if my phone is compromised, everything else is pretty much moot.
PTSD-Monitoring App Captured the Psychological Effects of the Boston Bombing
This was a standard clinical study with 100 fully-aware participants trying to improve PTSD diagnosis to help the incidents of suicide and psychological issues in returning vets. You've got plenty of other things to gripe about with PATRIOT / PRISM / etc., but for crying out loud this isn't one of them.
Google Chrome 29 Is Out: Omnibox Suggestions, Profile Resetting
Because it's been promised for years.
GM Rice Passes Unexpected Benefits To Weeds
Or wipes out competing plants entirely. I read a book last month by Paolo Bacigalupi called The Windup Girl which involved a world where multinational conglomerates owned the genetic codes for engineered plants, and engineered plants were all that was left.
Pretty scary that things are getting even this close to that.
"451" Error Will Tell Users When Governments Are Blocking Websites
They don't get it. The people who block your content in-line can send you back any page they choose, including a 404.
Of course they can. The idea is that those doing the blocking have been forced to do so, and thus can use this alternate error page to distinguish these cases, and show their users how much of the internet they're missing due to government intervention.
A standard 404 could be legitimate, and isn't going to help garner any group support for open-ness.
It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously
It's really for stolen phones .. just like the kill switch for the internet was for emergency purposes. This has nothing whatsoever to do with cutting off people's means of communicating effectively with each other.
Don't be asinine. Your cellphone can already be tracked, tapped, disabled, folded, spindled and mutilated. What this is about is centralising and sharing information about stolen phones so that the utility of stolen phones diminishes to the point that you walking around with an iPhone doesn't look like an easy 200$ target to ne'er-do-wells.
South Korea Backtracks On China As Source of Cyberattack
On my home network, I use the private 24-bit block 10.x.x.x, in case I buy more than 16 million devices. Is the article saying that they decided to map public IPs they didn't own to internal devices? Notwithstanding the confusion such cases like the above would cause, this bank could conceivably leak banking data out to that Chinese ISP!
All the articles I can find are equally uninformative.
How To Bet Money On Your Future Success
BRB, going to short myself and be lazy. I'm going to make so much money! Er... wait. :-/
NASA Loses Contact With Space Station Over Software Update
Someone is going to have to hold down the button on the side for 10 seconds though.
State Dept. Cancels $16.5M Kindle Contract
Having dealt with selling a government some hardware and services, I can understand charging way more. They don't just call up and order what's on the shelf like your other customers. They want studies and paperwork and certifications and documents and reviews and more paperwork and certificates and contracts and guarantees and the whole process takes a year for what takes your other customers a week.
Seriously, I'm all for accountability in government, but this is the kind of stuff you get for it.
Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Spammers You Know?
After all the spam I've gotten in the past ~15 years? If I found out there was a spammer in my own city, I'd be willing to spend at least a couple of evenings trying to shut them down.
Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?
I enjoy watching my brother play some of his games, and that SMG feature is hilarious. I'd like to see multi-player expand game types; I almost never played COD4 multiplayer, but I almost always like playing puzzle/adventure games (like Monkey Island or Space Quest or what have you) with someone else. Perhaps it's because they were my game of choice in the early 90s (when it was 1 PC per house, not per person), but they don't seem like anywhere near as much fun when played by myself. I'd like to be able to share a screen and controls, and have those arguments about where to go or what to click, and get called an idiot for killing Roger Wilco. :-)
Where Do You Go When Google Locks You Out?
People who are putting their life into "the cloud" perhaps should be looking at online backup solutions specifically aimed at Google.
I just bought an Android phone, and some of the more advanced features (search suggestion is the only one I can find right now) won't work unless I have an actual "@gmail.com" account. (My work email is accessed through Google, but apparently that's not enough).
The thought of my phone being crippled by Google on a whim certainly leaves me uneasy.
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