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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

cold fjord Re:Cyber terrorism ... (94 comments)

If we did it, it's cyberterrorism. If they do it, it's law enforcement.

Assholes.

They are part of the government, you are an individual citizen. Do you somehow not see the difference? Is this a difficult point for you?

When was the last time that you personally passed a zoning ordinance and fined people for not obeying it?
When was the last time that you personally arrested and imprisoned someone after their appeal to your personal court failed?
When was the last time that you imposed and collected taxes?
Does any of this ring a bell?

A few of them probably should be hung for treason.

Until you can reliably discern the difference between the powers wielded by a government and you as an individual citizen you aren't really qualified to make any claims of treason.

Morally, every black hat should be targeting these agencies to cause as much damage to them as possible -- because the damage they're doing to our freedoms is immeasurable.

What could possibly go wrong? And of course "black hat" hackers are not a problem in any way.
To the extend that you aren't "free" it appears to be mainly due to being captive to some crank ideas.

Thanks, America, for leading the charge in fucking up the planet.

Unserious and apparently unmedicated.

Will your spleen be empty any time soon?

2 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

cold fjord Re: Cyber terrorism ... (94 comments)

Maybe you could be so kind as to point out the "tyranny" being "loathed" in that post?

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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

cold fjord Re:I wonder... (94 comments)

Lots of horses? I don't think so. Truly exceptional turncoats like that are once or twice in a generation.

Snowden is wanted as a fugitive from justice. He has refuge in Russia. That's about all there is to it, your theatre aside.

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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

cold fjord Re:I wonder... (94 comments)

You seem to be building the case that he was a traitor, and embracing it.

2 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

cold fjord Re: I wonder... (94 comments)

You and your "hero" don't seem to either understand or support democratic governance.

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

cold fjord Re:FUD (461 comments)

Remember this statement?

If this were a legitimate concern why can he not point to a single incident of someone doing exactly this rather than merely spreading FUD?

Apparently it is a legitimate concern and your view isn't worth much.

BTW - That "single" incident resulted in two assassinated police officers.

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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

cold fjord Re:FUD (461 comments)

Waze has been around for over 6 years. If this were a legitimate concern why can he not point to a single incident of someone doing exactly this rather than merely spreading FUD?

You seem to have missed some news stories.

NYPD Cop Killer Used App to Track Police Movements Since Early December

NYPD Cop killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley was using a traffic app called Waze to track law enforcement’s movements, NYC Alerts tweeted on Monday. According to an available screenshot, Brinsley was tracking two officers who were almost 4 miles away from him in Staten Island at 10:44 PM EST since the beginning of December.

3 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

cold fjord Re:Newsflash: You're in public too (461 comments)

It should be easier for a citizen to find the police. They are public servants, and they are there to help us. Right? An app that shows where the nearest police officer is located should even be tax funded, possibly.

Maybe you could explain why 911 isn't going to work but this phone app would?

The "nearest" police officer may not be available to help with your problem since she may be engaged in another issue. Is your plan to bounce from "nearest" police officer to "nearest" police officer until you find one available to go back to where you had an issue to help you? And that is an improvement on calling 911 how?

You're trying to put lipstick on a pig of an idea.

Even though the police are "public servants," that doesn't make you their boss.

Many people on Slashdot put far too much effort in trying to rationalize bad ideas.

3 days ago
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

cold fjord Re:Shame (80 comments)

Whoever did not take the lie as real was seen as being too soft, and there was no venue for the truth even if someone in intelligence had done a Kim Philby.

FTFY

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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

cold fjord Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

I looked for the words "untrue" in your post and didn't see them. That's the real problem, the reports are true, so you have to try to disparage the source.

And no, the Daily Caller isn't "extremist right wing." Forbes is an ordinary news source.

The problem is that you aren't concerned with truth, only political alignment.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

cold fjord Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

you idiot.

they didn't falsely attack private citizens.
they weren't an attack tool of the DNC.
they ddnt lie to congress.

the entire IRS "scandal" was manufactured from whole cloth.

There seems to be a very large gap between your understanding of events and the facts. Here is a modest start for you.

IRS admits targeting conservatives for tax scrutiny in 2012 election

The IRS Scandal, Day 623

Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner reportedly pleaded with her supervisor not to deeply inquire about whether the IRS had unfairly targeted Tea Party and conservative groups for tax-exempt status just ahead of the 2012 presidential election, according to new emails obtained by a government watchdog group.

Joseph H. Grant, former Tax Exempt and Government Entities Division deputy director, was specifically asked by Lerner to refrain from visiting the tax agency's Cincinnati office and keep from asking specific questions related to any Congressional inquiries, according to emails obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act Lawsuit.

Lerner wanted to work for Obama activist group

Lois Lerner talked about working for Obama’s group Organizing for Action while she had official oversight over it

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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

cold fjord Re:One has to wonder (253 comments)

I was wondering how long it would take before the slashdot conservative majority brought out that conspiracy conjecture again.

So, you're here to "correct the record" and explain why the IRS really didn't do it even though they admitted it? Clueless and hopeless.

The question isn't "did they do it," but how much are they covering up and how close does it get to the seats of Democratic party power?

IRS admits targeting conservatives for tax scrutiny in 2012 election

The IRS Scandal, Day 623

about a week ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

cold fjord Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

Every company should take measures to ensure that no agency can spy on them, simple as that.

On that we can agree.

about a week ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

cold fjord Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

There are guerilla wars, insurgencies, or even open warfare, going on across the world by Islamic extremists to impose their view of society, including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, the Phillippines and many other places. What makes you think Europe is immune to this?

16% of French Citizens Support ISIS, Poll Finds

One in six French citizens sympathises with the Islamist militant group ISIS, also known as Islamic State, a poll released this week found.

The poll of European attitudes towards the group, carried out by ICM for Russian news agency Rossiya Segodnya, revealed that 16% of French citizens have a positive opinion of ISIS. This percentage increases among younger respondents, spiking at 27% for those aged 18-24.

Poll reveals 40pc of Muslims want sharia law in UK

Ignorance and denial are a poor basis for public policy, although they are often the fodder for moderation.

about two weeks ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

cold fjord Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

Although it is commonly attempted, the use of traffic deaths is a poor metric to determine if a conflict exists. (Fewer Americans died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor than died in traffic that year, and yet that led the country to war.) There is a portion of Europe's population that rejects integration and aims to replace Europe's civilization even if it takes hundreds of years. This is probably as easy as they will be to contain. Since Europe is heading towards a demographic free fall and it keeps brining in the populations hostile towards European values something is going to change. Either a way will be found to pacify them or remove them, native Europeans will start having larger families, or eventually they will comprise a large enough element of the population that they will be accommodated in some fashion - probably one that grows over time.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

cold fjord Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

What makes you think that Airbus will be involved in a criminal investigation by the FBI? Do you have some inside information there?

As I previously documented, Boeing has already been the subject of European espionage. Does the method matter that much to you?

I find it amusing that you don't seem to understand that Airbus, like every other important part of European technical and defense industries, is already a target of Chinese espionage, never mind Russia or Iran. The Chinese have proven very successful and stealing and commercializing secrets from many nations, and may ultimately use them against your country if they haven't already.

Perhaps your experience is different than mine, but I doubt that relying upon hyperbole when evaluating arguments is going to produce a sound outcome. Your fancy is resulting in rubbish.

about two weeks ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

cold fjord Re:Sounds about reasonable for once... (148 comments)

The US military isn't "too high strung," isn't "trained to kill everything that moves," and has been used on many occasions to aid the civil authorities in the restoration and maintenance of law and order. A few examples include the use of elements of the US Army 7th Infantry Division, 1st Marine Division in the aftermath of the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, and the use of elements of the 327th Airborne Battle Group of the 101st Airborne Division in Little Rock to enforce a federal court desegregation order.

The US military seems to be another area in which your comments are highly subject to error. Your exit from the United States will prove more successful if you avoid commenting on it. Perhaps you could take up commenting on the mlitary of the nation in which you now reside?

about two weeks ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

cold fjord Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

The Maginot Line was largely successful in repelling direct assault. German forces were forced to go around it in the interests of time.
The meaningful difference between Dien Bien Phu and the nuclear plants is the possibility of rapid response by external forces to assist the garrison, and this time la Légion étrangère would be available for intervention rather than invested, as would the la Gendarmerie nationale.

Multiple zones are needed, including zone de sécurité, zone d'exclusion.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

cold fjord Re:Bad idea (382 comments)

I'm sure Airbus cared when the GCHQ snooped on the details of a bidding process and handed over the details to Boeing.

Probably not, since that doesn't appear to be what happened.

Boeing Called A Target Of French Spy Effort

The Boeing Co. was among the targets of a French government plan for a massive spying effort to learn U.S. technological secrets and trade strategies, according to classified documents.

The plan targeted 49 high-tech companies, 24 financial institutions and six U.S. government agencies with important roles in international trade, the French documents show.

The plan focused on research breakthroughs and marketing strategies of leading-edge U.S. aerospace and defense contractors that compete directly with French firms.

The French also sought advance knowledge of the bargaining positions of American negotiators in trade talks involving France. . . .

Among the most coveted U.S. secrets:

-- Research, test results, production engineering and sales strategies for Boeing and McDonnell-Douglas. Both compete against the French-led European conglomerate Airbus Industrie.
 

Why We Spy on Our Allies - By R. James Woolsey, ... former Director of Central Intelligence

The European Parliament's recent report on Echelon, written by British journalist Duncan Campbell, has sparked angry accusations from continental Europe that U.S. intelligence is stealing advanced technology from European companies so that we can -- get this -- give it to American companies and help them compete. My European friends, get real. True, in a handful of areas European technology surpasses American, but, to say this as gently as I can, the number of such areas is very, very, very small. Most European technology just isn't worth our stealing.

Why, then, have we spied on you? The answer is quite apparent from the Campbell report -- in the discussion of the only two cases in which European companies have allegedly been targets of American secret intelligence collection. Of Thomson-CSF, the report says: "The company was alleged to have bribed members of the Brazilian government selection panel." Of Airbus, it says that we found that "Airbus agents were offering bribes to a Saudi official." These facts are inevitably left out of European press reports.

That's right, my continental friends, we have spied on you because you bribe. Your companies' products are often more costly, less technically advanced or both, than your American competitors'. As a result you bribe a lot. So complicit are your governments that in several European countries bribes still are tax-deductible.

When we have caught you at it, you might be interested, we haven't said a word to the U.S. companies in the competition. Instead we go to the government you're bribing and tell its officials that we don't take kindly to such corruption. They often respond by giving the most meritorious bid (sometimes American, sometimes not) all or part of the contract. This upsets you, and sometimes creates recriminations between your bribers and the other country's bribees, and this occasionally becomes a public scandal. ...

about two weeks ago

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Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records Of Americans

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 1 month ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Weekly Standard reports, "... the Affordable Care Act aims to make the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) universal. This plan actually began with the 2009 stimulus ... Doctors and other health providers have been offered incentives to convert patient information and health histories to a compatible and transferable electronic format, and as of June 2014, 75 percent of eligible doctors and 92 percent of eligible hospitals had received payments under the program. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which details the efforts of some 35 departments and agencies of the federal government and their roles in the plan to "advance the collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research." ... Now that HHS has publicly released the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the agency is seeking the input from the public before implementation. The plan is subject to two-month period of public comment before finalization. The comment period runs through February 6, 2015." — Among the many agencies that will be sharing records besides Health and Human Services (HHS) are: Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Justice and Bureau of Prison, Department of Labor, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of Personnel Management, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)."
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German Probe Into NSA Activity Reveals Germany Spying On Its Own Citizens

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 2 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Local (DE) reports, "The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), Germany's foreign intelligence service, spied on some citizens living abroad, a former lawyer for the spies told MPs on Thursday. Dr Stefan Burbaum ... said that some Germans were targeted as “office holders”, a legal loophole the spies used to circumvent the law that protects Germans citizens from being spied on by its own intelligence agency. ... the German spies argue that a citizen working for a foreign company abroad is only protected in his private life, not in his professional communications ... "The office holder is the legal person," Burbaum said. ... “This construct of an office holder is just as absurd in practice as it appears in the law,” Konstantin von Notz of the Green party said. Further, foreigners' communications conducted abroad are not protected, even if they are in contact with German people or work for a German company. MPs ... criticized the BND's ability to operate in a “lawless zone” when it came to spying on foreigners. ... the BND regularly retains traffic which it had not received specific permission to investigate which it collects during such trawls. In this way, access acquired under the “G10 law” becomes a “foot in the door” to otherwise closed-off sources of data, Burbaum said." — The parliamentary investigation was initiated by reports that Chancellor Merkel's phone was being tapped by NSA but later it was found that at least five countries were tapping Merkel's phone."
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Survey: Only 50% Of Scientists Blame Humans For Climate Change

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 2 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Washington Examiner reports, "In a survey of nearly 7,000 in the agriculture field, found that most scientists agree that climate change is happening, but just 50.5 percent blame mankind. “More than 90 percent of the scientists and climatologists surveyed said they believed climate change was occurring, with more than 50 percent attributing climate change primarily to human activities,” said the Purdue report published in the authoritative Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society and highlighted by MRC Business. “Contrary to the repeated insistence of both climate alarmists and the media, scientists do not all agree on the standard climate alarmism talking points,” said MRC’s review of the scholarly report from one of the nation’s leading ag schools. “More shocking was that just 53 percent of climatologists surveyed thought ‘climate change is occurring, and it is caused mostly by human activities.’ While that number of climatologists was small, the result is still significant,” added MRC.""
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States Ditching Electronic Voting Machines, Some Issues Occurring

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 3 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Hill reports, "States have abandoned electronic voting machines in droves, ensuring that most voters will be casting their ballots by hand on Election Day. With many electronic voting machines more than a decade old, and states lacking the funding to repair or replace them, officials have opted to return to the pencil-and-paper voting that the new technology was supposed to replace. Nearly 70 percent of voters will be casting ballots by hand on Tuesday, according to Pamela Smith, president of election watchdog Verified Voting. "Paper, even though it sounds kind of old school, it actually has properties that serve the elections really well," Smith said. It’s an outcome few would have predicted after the 2000 election, when the battle over “hanging chads” in the Florida recount spurred a massive, $3 billion federal investment in electronic voting machines." — There are also reports of various issues, including "calibration issues" which have resulted in votes to the wrong candidate."
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Dubai Police To Use Google Glass For Facial Recognition

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 4 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "NetworkWord reports, "Police officers in Dubai will soon be able to identify suspects wanted for crimes just by looking at them. Using Google Glass and a custom-developed facial recognition software, Dubai police will be able to capture photos of people around them and search their faces in a database of people wanted for crimes ... When a match is made in the database, the Glass device will receive a notification. .... What's particularly interesting about the project is that facial recognition technology is banned by the Google Glass developer policy. ... The section of the policy that addresses such technology seems to disqualify the Dubai police force's plan for Glass:" — Video at Engadget."
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Scientists Seen as Competent But Not Trusted by Americans

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 4 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Woodrow Wilson School reports, "If scientists want the public to trust their research suggestions, they may want to appear a bit "warmer," according to a new review published by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. The review, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), shows that while Americans view scientists as competent, they are not entirely trusted. This may be because they are not perceived to be friendly or warm. In particular, Americans seem wary of researchers seeking grant funding and do not trust scientists pushing persuasive agendas. Instead, the public leans toward impartiality. "Scientists have earned the respect of Americans but not necessarily their trust," said lead author Susan Fiske, the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and professor of public affairs. "But this gap can be filled by showing concern for humanity and the environment. Rather than persuading, scientists may better serve citizens by discussing, teaching and sharing information to convey trustworthy intentions."""
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 4 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Phys.org reports, "The life sciences have come under fire recently with a study published in PLOS ONE that investigated the level of sexual harassment and sexual assault of trainees in academic fieldwork environments. The study found 71% of women and 41% of men respondents experienced sexual harassment, while 26% of women and 6% of men reported experiencing sexual assault. The research team also found that within the hierarchy of academic field sites surveyed, the majority of incidents were perpetrated by peers and supervisors. — More at The New York Times where it notes, "Most of these women encountered this abuse very early in their careers, as trainees. The travel inherent to scientific fieldwork increases vulnerability as one struggles to work within unfamiliar and unpredictable conditions..." ""
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Julian Assange's Lawyers Appeal Swedish Arrest Warrant Ruling

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 4 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Guardian reports, "In July, a Stockholm judge ruled that Sweden's prosecutor had sufficient cause to continue to pursue the arrest of Assange in order to question him ... No charges have yet been brought against Assange in Sweden, because he has not been interrogated by police regarding the allegations brought by the second of the two women. The prosecutor insists Assange come to Sweden for questioning over the allegations of sexual molestation and rape involving the women whom he met during a visit to the country in 2010. ... A spokesperson for Sweden's chief prosecutor ... added, Ny remained of the view that "Julian Assange has chosen to evade the criminal justice system by seeking asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy he should make himself available for interview and, if needed, trial for the offences to which he is suspected of in Sweden." Assange's lawyers argue that Sweden's prosecutor "is in gross breach of Swedish law" by not travelling to London to interrogate Assange. ... The case will now go to the court of appeal. .... Sweden is in the final days of a closely fought general election campaign in which feminist demands have had a high profile on the left and the right.""
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FBI Reveals How It Pinpointed Silk Road/s Server Through Tor

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 5 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Wired reports, "As the trial of alleged Silk Road drug market creator Ross Ulbricht approaches, the defense has highlighted the mystery of how law enforcement first located the main Silk Road server in an Icelandic data center, despite the computer being hidden by the formidable anonymity software Tor. ... The answer, according to a new filing by the case’s prosecution, is ... mundane: The FBI claims to have found the server’s location without the NSA’s help, simply by fiddling with the Silk Road’s login page until it leaked its true location. ... the prosecution in Ulbricht’s case laid out an argument dismissing a series of privacy concerns Ulbricht’s lawyers had expressed in a motion submitted to a New York court last month. That earlier motion had accused the government of illegal searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment, including a warrantless search of the Silk Road server, and argued that those privacy violations could render inadmissible virtually all of the prosecution’s evidence. The defense motion also demanded that the government explain how it tracked down the Silk Road’s server, and reveal whether the NSA had participated in that hunt""
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GM to Introduce Hands-Free Driving in Cadillac Model

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 5 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Blomberg reports, "General Motors Co. (GM), the largest U.S. automaker, will introduce a Cadillac model in two years that can travel on the highway without the driver holding the steering wheel or putting a foot on a pedal. The 2017 Cadillac model will feature “Super Cruise” technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic, Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra said yesterday in a speech at the Intelligent Transport System World Congress in Detroit. GM declined to release the name of the model that will carry the feature. Barra also said GM in two years will become the first automaker to equip a model with so-called vehicle-to-vehicle technology that enables the car to communicate with other autos with similar abilities to warn of traffic hazards and improve road safety. GM will make the V2V feature standard on its 2017 Cadillac CTS sedan, debuting in the second half of 2016, she said. The Super Cruise feature will be on a different Cadillac model and goes beyond similar technology available on some Mercedes-Benz models that operates only at low speeds. ""
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700k New Zealand Internet Users Suffer Outage From Fake Celebrity Nudes Malware

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 5 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "techgeek reports, "Spark New Zealand – the country’s largest internet service provider – suffered a massive outage lasting nearly thirty hours from last Friday. The outage saw its nearly 700,000 customer base having slow or no internet connectivity on their mobile phones or computers – all because some users on their network wanted to see nude pics of celebrities. According to local media, some users clicked on a link that claimed to contain images from the recent dump of nude photos of several high profile female celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Ariana Grande. However, the link lead them to a page telling them they had to download a piece of software to view them – which was malware. ... Spark told the New Zealand Herald that it was a denial of service attack linked to some of its customers downloading malware was the reason why its network went down, and has taken steps to remedy the problem." — NBC News reports both phishing and malware attacks associated with the stolen photographs."
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Invasion Of Ukraine Continuing As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 5 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "News.com.au reports, "This morning, Prime Minister Tony Abbott labelled Russia’s escalating and “open” invasion into Ukraine as “war”. But he was not only person using fighting words. ... on Friday, Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat was simple. “I want to remind you that Russia is one of the most powerful nuclear nations. This is a reality, not just words.” It’s the first time in more than 25 years that Moscow has raised the spectre of nuclear war. The difference this time is that its tanks are already pouring over its western borders. “A great war arrived at our doorstep, the likes of which Europe has not seen since World War II,” Ukraine’s Defence Minister Valeriy Geletey wrote ... warning of “tens of thousands of deaths”. Putin appears to agree. Italian newspaper La Repubblica reports Putin has told the outgoing European Commission President ... : “If I want, I take Kiev in two weeks.” " — CNN reports, "The British government source told CNN on Friday that Russia has moved 4,000 to 5,000 military personnel — a figure far higher than one U.S. official's earlier claim of 1,000 troops. The soldiers are aligned in "formed units" and fighting around Luhansk and Donetsk.... And they may soon have company: Some 20,000 troops are on border and "more may be on the way," ..." — Newsweek reports, "Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister""
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Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 5 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The Washington Post reports, "Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent. The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, up-to-the-minute records on the locations of their customers to deliver calls and other services to them. Surveillance systems are secretly collecting these records to map people’s travels over days, weeks or longer ... It is unclear which governments have acquired these tracking systems, but one industry official ... said that dozens of countries have bought or leased such technology in recent years. This rapid spread underscores how the burgeoning, multibillion-dollar surveillance industry makes advanced spying technology available worldwide. “Any tin-pot dictator with enough money to buy the system could spy on people anywhere in the world,” said Eric King, deputy director of Privacy International, ... “This is a huge problem.” ""
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, And Kofi Annan

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 5 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Foreign Policy reports, "The revelation that Germany spies on Turkey, a NATO member, should dispel any notion that spying on allies violates the unwritten rules of international espionage ... For nearly a year, the extent of NSA surveillance on German leaders ... has drawn stern rebuke from the German political and media establishment. ... Merkel went so far as to publicly oust the CIA station chief in Berlin. "Spying among friends is not at all acceptable," Merkel said ... However, Germany's sanctimony toward "friendly" espionage is now a huge embarrassment ... Over the weekend, Der Spiegel reported ... Germany's foreign intelligence collection agency, was spying on Turkey. It also reported ... calls made by Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were accidentally recorded. ..... Turkey's Foreign Ministry said that if the allegations are true, they are "totally unacceptable." Turkey also summoned German Ambassador ... Pohl ... demanding an explanation. ... Lindsay Moran, a former CIA ... officer, doesn't believe that the German spying on American officials was an accident. "I find the notion that [Clinton and Kerry] were accidentally overheard preposterous," ... "It's a kind of delightful revelation given the fact that the Germans have been on their high horse." Christian Whiton, a former ... State Department senior advisor, added that the report on German spying is a perfect example of why rifts over intelligence among allies should be handled quietly and privately." — The Wall Street Journal reports, "Cem Özdemir, the head of the Green party and a leading German politician of Turkish descent, told Spiegel Online it would be "irresponsible" for German spies not to target Turkey given its location as a transit country for Islamic State militants from Europe." More at Spiegel Online and The Wall Street Journal."
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, And Kofi Annan

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 5 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Foreign Policy reports, "The revelation that Germany spies on Turkey, a NATO member, should dispel any notion that spying on allies violates the unwritten rules of international espionage ... For nearly a year, the extent of NSA surveillance on German leaders ... has drawn stern rebuke from the German political and media establishment. ... Merkel went so far as to publicly oust the CIA station chief in Berlin. "Spying among friends is not at all acceptable," Merkel said ... However, Germany's sanctimony toward "friendly" espionage is now a huge embarrassment ... Over the weekend, Der Spiegel reported ... Germany's foreign intelligence collection agency, was spying on Turkey. It also reported ... calls made by Secretary of State John Kerry and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were accidentally recorded. ..... Turkey's Foreign Ministry said that if the allegations are true, they are "totally unacceptable." Turkey also summoned German Ambassador ... Pohl ... demanding an explanation. ... Lindsay Moran, a former CIA ... officer, doesn't believe that the German spying on American officials was an accident. "I find the notion that [Clinton and Kerry] were accidentally overheard preposterous," ... "It's a kind of delightful revelation given the fact that the Germans have been on their high horse." Christian Whiton, a former ... State Department senior advisor, added that the report on German spying is a perfect example of why rifts over intelligence among allies should be handled quietly and privately." — The Wall Street Journal reports, "Cem Özdemir, the head of the Green party and a leading German politician of Turkish descent, told Spiegel Online it would be "irresponsible" for German spies not to target Turkey given its location as a transit country for Islamic State militants from Europe." More at Spiegel Online and The Wall Street Journal."
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US Department of Homeland Security Providing Online Open Source Code Testing

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 6 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "ZDNet reports, "At OSCon, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) ... quietly announced that they're now offering a service for checking out your open-source code for security holes and bugs: the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP). ... Patrick Beyer, SWAMP's Project Manager at Morgridge Institute for Research, the project's prime contractor, explained, "With open source's popularity, more and more government branches are using open-source code. Some are grabbing code from here, there, and everywhere." Understandably, "there's more and more concern about the safety and quality of this code. We're the one place you can go to check into the code" ... funded by a $23.4 million grant from the Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), SWAMP is designed by researchers from the Morgridge Institute, the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, Indiana University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Each brings broad experience in software assurance, security, open source software development, national distributed facilities and identity management to the project. ... SWAMP opened its services to the community in February of 2014 offering five open-source static analysis tools that analyze source code for possible security defects without having to execute the program. ... In addition, SWAMP hosts almost 400 open source software packages to enable tool developers to add enhancements in both the precision and scope of their tools. On top of that the SWAMP provides developers with software packages from the National Institute for Standards and Technology's (NIST) Juliet Test Suite.""
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In New Zealand The Right To Silence And Presumption Of Innocence Are In Danger

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 7 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "The New Zealand Herald reports, "Fundamental pillars of the criminal justice system may be eroded whichever party wins the election this year, as both National's and Labour's proposals would look into changing the right to silence or the presumption of innocence in rape cases. Both major parties claim the current system is not upholding justice for victims, and are looking at changes that would effectively make it easier for prosecutors to obtain convictions. National wants to explore allowing a judge or jury to see an accused's refusal to give evidence in a negative light, while Labour wants to shift the burden of proof of consent from the alleged victim to the accused.""
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Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists And Climate Change

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 7 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "ScienceNordic reports, "Researchers the world over almost unanimously agree that our climate is changing ... But many farmers – at least Swedish ones – have experienced mild winters and shifting weather before and are hesitant about trusting the scientists. The researcher who discovered the degree of scepticism among farmers was surprised by her findings. Therese Asplund ... was initially looking into how agricultural magazines covered climate change. Asplund found after studying ten years of issues of the two agricultural sector periodicals ATL and Land Lantbruk that they present climate change as scientifically confirmed, a real problem. But her research took an unexpected direction when she started interviewing farmers in focus groups about climate issues. Asplund had prepared a long list of questions about how the farmers live with the threat of climate change and what they plan to do to cope with the subsequent climate challenges. The conversations took a different course: “They explained that they didn’t quite believe in climate changes,” she says. “Or at least that these are not triggered by human activities.” ""
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Papers Reveal Source Of Ramanujan's Maths - New Movie Depicts Life

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 7 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Discover reports, "... on the 100th anniversary of Ramanujan’s arrival in Cambridge, the source of his equations was finally found. Ken Ono of Emory University, his graduate student Michael Griffin, and their colleague Ole Warnaar of the University of Queensland presented theorems they had just proved, which vastly generalize the work of Ramanujan and identify the source of his mathematical formulas. ... the two Rogers-Ramanujan identities were just specific examples of a literally infinite reservoir of general identities employing similar infinite sums and products. In Ono’s words, they had found the mother lode that gave Ramanujan his “gold nuggets.” This new, vast ocean of Rogers-Ramanujan-Ono-Griffin-Warnaar identities has the desirable property that it produces algebraic numbers (which are generally hard to obtain) quite readily. One of them is (phi) – the “golden ratio” ubiquitous in art and nature. " — The Deccan Chronicle reports, "The biopic of mathematical genius, Ramanujan, is all set for release in both Tamil and English. ... Abhinay Vaddi, a debutant who plays Ramanujan in the film, says, “I was most excited when I got this offer. ...” ... Abhinay loves mathematics in real life too, having opted for it for his post graduate. " — The trailer at the Times of India."
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"Belief In Evolution" Doesn't Measure Science Literacy

cold fjord cold fjord writes  |  about 8 months ago

cold fjord (826450) writes "Dan Kahan at the Yale Law School Cultural Cognition Project writes, "Because imparting basic comprehension of science in citizens is so critical to enlightened democracy, it is essential that we develop valid measures of it, so that we can assess and improve the profession of teaching science to people. ... The National Science Foundation has been engaged in the project of trying to formulate and promote such a measure for quite some time. A few years ago it came to the conclusion that the item "human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals," shouldn't be included when computing "science literacy." The reason was simple: the answer people give to this question doesn't measure their comprehension of science. People who score at or near the top on the remaining portions of the test aren't any more likely to get this item "correct" than those who do poorly on the remaining portions. What the NSF's evolution item does measure, researchers have concluded, is test takers' cultural identities, and in particular the centrality of religion in their lives." — A previous related post"
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