Simple Emergency Generators and Radio Receivers (Video)
Its funny... I read everything on the FP today (except the salshvertisiments) on Hacker News yesterday or the day before. Fearless prediction: we will get a Flappy Bird article by Tuesday.
Do Hypersonic Missiles Make Defense Systems Obsolete?
Probably what at least part of that $4.5B is for.
NBC News Confuses the World About Cyber-Security
idk, hijacking the back button is pretty low even compared to beta.
Slashdot beta sucks
Seems like it should be an ask slashdot.
Is Verizon Already Slowing Netflix Down?
The key line from the transcript is "yes, it is limited bandwidth to cloud providers". You can translate that bad English into : "Verizon is limiting bandwidth to cloud providers" and get incensed or "Verizon has limited bandwidth to cloud providers" and have a complete non-issue. Given how unlikely it is that a low level CSR is going to know about Verizon's super secret throttling system I'm going with the latter.
HealthCare.gov Can't Handle Appeals of Errors
They do, but not often.
ShapeShifter: Beatable, But We'll Hear More About It
IF your bank or e-commerce site isn't using HTTPS run away, if they are this thing is at best useless.
Rosetta Probe Awakens, Prepares To Chase Comet
There is something called PlanetFactory that I think you could use to do that.
Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?
This is really only true because not very people run ad blockers, if there were there would be tons of money in getting around them and plenty of engineers willing to spend their time getting around them. Its not really even a very hard problem, there just isn't any money in solving it.
Swarms of Small Satellites Set To Deliver Close To Real-Time Imagery of Earth
I assume the satellites themselves have minimal delta-v so how do you end up covering "large swaths of earth" with a bunch of satellites launched at the same time from the same craft?
How One Photographer Is Hacking the Concept of Time
As art its kind of neat. The technique used in the shot of the 42nd street/grand central platform I could easily see used in normal movies. There is a market, he just needs some advertising...
Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch
It's a thing. iPhone theft is the number one crime in NYC see http://www.uproxx.com/technology/2013/11/14-crime-nyc-iphone-theft/ among many others. As someone who lost an apple device to a mugger... this still seems like a horrible idea.
NSA Says It Foiled Plot To Destroy US Economy Through Malware
There were a few copy cats IIRC... but they didn't make much of a splash. Since BIOS and OS vendors have been of the issue they didn't for 20+ I'm fairly skeptical that on the breadth of the claim. Plus since we would know they didn't force upgrade everyone's BIOS, and we would know about it if there was a patch to fix the issue in the Linux kernel this is most likely an OS specific issue.
In other words they probably turned over a 0 day Windows exploits to Microsoft that would have allowed writing to the BIOS because there became aware that some other nation's NSAlike agency had become aware of it.
UK Retailer Mistakenly Sends PS Vitas, Threatens Legal Action To Get Them Back
What happens at a lot of places is that whatever is required to balance the cashier's till is taken out of their pay. So you likely aren't stealing from the store, but from someone who makes minimum wage.
Desktop Browser of Choice in 2013?
Must have been post lawsuit. When I tried to cancel after getting a real ISP my experience pretty much matched that in addition to pretending to cancel the account on the second call they also gave me two free months of service so that it wouldn't be on my credit card bill the next time I checked. Ended up canceling the credit card instead, which solved the problem.
IIRC one of the elements of the lawsuit was that whoever they outsourced it to was comped based on cancellation rate.
Meet the 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins
Not likely. McVeigh's manifesto got 0 attention and Kaczynski's only got published because it was demanded at a point where he had already killed and promised to stop if it was published.
NSA Broke Into Links Between Google, Yahoo Datacenters
Read carefully. The leaked doc suggests that the NSA broke in to the links between data centers and Alexander is claiming that they didn't break into their servers. Both things can be true.
File-Sharing Site Was Actually an Anti-Piracy Honeypot
Tbqh this doesn't pass the sniff test. More likely scenarios:
1) its a hoax/false flag and piracy nuke is the target.
2) He got a c&d and thinks that pretending that it was an anti piracy thing all along will help him with the lawsuit.
LinkedIn's New Mobile App Called 'a Dream For Attackers'
Your friend is to dumb to not enter his email address/password into random websites... don't be surprised if this isn't the last of the spam.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Fuel Cells Are 'So Bull@%!#'
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