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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

mpicpp scroogled hypocrisy (206 comments)

Didn't M$ run an ad campaign dissing Google for scanning email for personal information? They say "Think Google respects your privacy? Think again." http://www.scroogled.com/mail hypocrites!

about a month ago
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McAfee Brand Name Will Be Replaced By Intel Security

mpicpp incorrect link (180 comments)

the link to "My elation at Intel's decision is beyond words." does not point to a quote by McAffee but to a story about CES

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best App For Android For Remote Access To Mac Or PC?

mpicpp PocketCloud is great (165 comments)

PocketCloud has a free version for one machine and a Pro version for rdp/vnc to mulitple machines.

about 4 months ago

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Google opens up Street View archives from 2007 to today

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  yesterday

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Google's Street View cars buzz up and down the world's roadways rather frequently. Usually, when Google gets new data from its road-going cameras, it takes the old imagery down. There is value in those old Street View images, though, and today, Google announced it will be putting them all online for virtual explorers to dig through.

The feature hasn't rolled out to many accounts yet, but it looks like a small, draggable window will be added to the Street View interface. Just move the time slider around and you'll be able to jump through past images. Granted, Street View has only been around for a few years, so the archives only go back to 2007. A few of the events Google suggests browsing through are the building of One World Trade Center and the destruction and rebuilding of Onagawa, Japan after the 2011 earthquake. Besides being really cool, the move will save Google from having to choose a canonical Street View image for every location. If the current image is blacked-out or wrong in some way, you can just click back to the previous one."

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Do Companies Void Your Right to Sue After You 'Like' Them on Facebook?

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about a week ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Can companies limit your right to sue if you "like" them on Facebook or download a coupon from their website? A number of companies are including fine print in their terms of service that apply to some of the most "trivial" of consumer activities, potentially preventing a person from having their day in court.

General Mills changed its legal terms on its website, which now requires "all disputes related to the purchase or use of any General Mills product or service to be resolved through binding arbitration," excluding the option of a court trial or class action lawsuit.

Coffee company Starbucks has similar language in its gift card terms and conditions related to "binding arbitration."

Companies that have had "forced arbitration" provisions in their legal language include DirecTV, Verizon Wireless, Chase, AT&T and Wells Fargo.

Scott Nelson, an attorney with the nonprofit group Public Citizen, calls these types of provisions, "ubiquitous," and Public Citizen lists more on its website.

There are “numerous” other companies not included in the list that impose arbitration clauses and class action bans on consumers and employees in their contract terms, said Christine Hines, consumer and civil justice counsel at Public Citizen.

However, General Mills' new terms are "the broadest attempt" to attach terms of service to a website extending to all subsequent consumer transactions with a company, Nelson said. "Once someone does it, though, others are sure to follow," he said."

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'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about a week ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players.

Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group.

All smartphones manufactured for sale in the United States after July 2015 must have the technology, according to the program from CTIA-The Wireless Association.

Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from taking mobile devices by rendering phones useless while allowing people to protect personal information if their phone is lost or stolen. Its proponents include law enforcement officials concerned about the rising problem of smartphone theft."

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Google considering tiny cameras for contact lenses, patent application shows

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about two weeks ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "While it’s only a patent application at this stage, Google’s idea of a contact lens with a tiny camera embedded will no doubt have a bead of sweat forming on the brow of many a privacy campaigner as they contemplate a world where secret snappers and discreet filmmakers roam the streets unhindered.

As you would expect, the Mountain View company sees the gadget as a force for good; technology that could one day prove beneficial to many members of society.

Google’s application, filed last month with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, explains that its futuristic device could, for example, flag hazardous objects in the path of a wearer and even extend his peripheral vision."

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Carpenter who cut off his fingers makes 'Robohand' with 3-D printer

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about two weeks ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes ""I was in a position to see exactly what happens in the human hand. I got the basics of what it's all about and thought yeah, I'll make my own."
Richard van As is recalling the moment in May 2011 when he sat in a Johannesburg hospital waiting to hear if his fingers could be stitched back on. Just an hour earlier, he had been in his carpentry workshop sawing wood when the saw slipped and ripped diagonally through the four fingers on his right hand. "It all happened too quickly to know what actually happened," he remembers.

Rather than fear the outcome, or dwell on the repercussions of losing his fingers, he was already thinking of ways to fix the problem, like a true carpenter.

After days of scouring the Internet he couldn't find anywhere to buy a functional prosthetic finger and he was astonished at the cost of prosthetic hands and limbs which began in the tens of thousands of dollars. But his online surfing paid off as it brought him to an amateur video posted by a mechanical effects artist in Washington State, by the name of Ivan Owen."

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Cuba: U.S. using new weapon against us -- spam

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about two weeks ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Cuban officials have accused the U.S. government of bizarre plots over the years, such as trying to kill Fidel Castro with exploding cigars. On Wednesday, they said Washington is using a new weapon against the island: spam.

"It's overloading the networks, which creates bad service and affects our customers," said Daniel Ramos Fernandez, chief of security operations at the Cuban government-run telecommunications company ETECSA.

At a news conference Wednesday, Cuban officials said text messaging platforms run by the U.S. government threatened to overwhelm Cuba's creaky communications system and violated international conventions against junk messages.

The spam, officials claim, comes in the form of a barrage of unwanted text messages, some political in nature.

Ramos said that during a 2009 concert in Havana performed by the Colombian pop-star Juanes, a U.S. government program blanketed Cuban cell phone networks with around 300,000 text messages over about five hours."

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Meet Cortana, Microsoft's Siri

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about three weeks ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Microsoft has lifted the curtain on its new mobile search assistant, Cortana, its version of Siri and Google Now

Cortana is part of Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8.1 software, the mobile platform's first major update in 18 months. The "personal digital assistant," has the ability to search the Internet, set up alarms, shift calendar appointments, find restaurants, send messages, place calls and more. Microsoft unveiled the update at its Build developers conference in San Francisco on Wednesday"

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Astronomers Surprised to Find First Asteroid With Rings

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about a month ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "For the first time ever, astronomers have discovered a ring system surrounding an asteroid. The finding is a complete surprise to planetary scientists, who are yet unsure exactly how such rings could have formed.

The cosmic bling was found around an object named Chariklo, which orbits in a region between Saturn and Uranus. At 155 miles across, or about the length of Massachusetts, Chariklo is the largest known asteroid in its neighborhood. Looking to get a better idea of its exact size and shape, astronomers trained their telescopes on the giant space rock as it passed in front on a distant star in June 2013. As Chariklo performed its eclipse, researchers noticed something odd: The star’s light flickered just a bit immediately before and after Chariklo’s pass.

The reason for this darkening was the asteroid’s two dense rings, which had briefly blocked the starlight. The thicker inner ring is about four miles wide, while the thinner outer ring is a little less than two miles. Spectroscopic analysis of the starlight also revealed that the rings are composed partially of water ice."

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Nvidia's Next-Gen GPU 'Pascal' To Incorporate New Technologies

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about a month ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Nvidia is introducing two key technologies into Pascal with an emphasis toward machine learning and supercomputing. The first is called “NVLink,” which promises to boost PCIe speed by 5x to 12x. It does this by dramatically increasing the communication between CPU and GPU. (By the way, the reference card Nvidia touted on stage looks small than even the PCie slot itself.

The second key technology being incorporated into Pascal is 3D Memory. This is basically stacked DRAM memory which will take us from 100s of bits on a memory interfaces to 1000s of bits. It will be about 4x more energy efficient than Maxwell and is capable of 2.5x the memory capacity, at least upon launch.

Pascal will also allow for 5 times the bandwidth when it comes to multi-GPU scaling, which will be a crucial advancement for all manner of creative professionals, developers, and gamers.

Nvidia estimates that Pascal will hit the channel sometime in 2016. This is the only information I currently have based on Jen-Hsun Huang’s keynote speech, but I’ll have a closer look at the new technologies for you to read in the coming days."

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Microsoft will give you $100 to buy a new PC

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about 1 month ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "If you're still using Windows XP, you just won $100 from Microsoft.

Those who are eligible for the promotion can redeem the credit at Microsoft's online store or their retail shops — and the fact that you still use the 13-year old Windows XP is subject to verification by Microsoft. The offer is good for PCs ranging in price from $599 and $2,299 and will run until June 15.

The promotion is part of Microsoft's plan to get the last remaining Windows XP users off the operating system before the April 8 end of life date. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates to address viruses and exploits to the operating system."

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This drone can steal what's on your phone

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about a month ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Hackers have developed a drone that can steal the contents of your smartphone — from your location data to your Amazon (AMZN, Fortune 500) password — and they've been testing it out in the skies of London. The research will be presented next week at the Black Hat Asia cybersecurity conference in Singapore.

The technology equipped on the drone, known as Snoopy, looks for mobile devices with Wi-Fi settings turned on.
Snoopy takes advantage of a feature built into all smartphones and tablets: When mobile devices try to connect to the Internet, they look for networks they've accessed in the past.

That's when Snoopy can swoop into action (and be its most devious, even more than the cartoon dog): the drone can send back a signal pretending to be networks you've connected to in the past. Devices two feet apart could both make connections with the quadcopter, each thinking it is a different, trusted Wi-Fi network. When the phones connect to the drone, Snoopy will intercept everything they send and receive.
"Your phone connects to me and then I can see all of your traffic," Wilkinson said."

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Hacker crashes Google Play -- twice

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about a month ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "New Android apps and updates were blocked from appearing in Google's Play Store on Monday, after a hacker attacked Google's app publishing system.

Ibrahim Balic, a Turkish hacker, claimed responsibility for the attack. He said the developer console crashed when he tried to test a vulnerability he discovered.
Balic wrote an app to exploit the flaw, which he expected to fail. But he said he didn't expect it to knock everyone offline as well."

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Mark Zuckerberg calls Obama to complain about NSA

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about a month ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called President Obama on Wednesday night to express frustration about the government's spying and hacking programs.

"When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we're protecting you against criminals, not our own government," Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.

His concerns are based on the latest investigative report from The Intercept, which revealed that the National Security Agency has weaponized the Internet, making it possible to inject bad software into innocent peoples' computers en masse. Put simply, using the QUANTUM program, the NSA can sneak into someone's Web browser.
The report is based on documents provided by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden."

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Roku Reveals $50 HDMI Streaming Stick

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about a month and a half ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Roku stuffed its already tiny media hub into a stick no bigger than a pack of gum two years ago with the Roku Stick. It was an interesting experiment, but its MHL requirement and spotty compatibility held it back from standing on the same level as the Roku 3. Roku hops its next iteration will change that.
The company just announced a new Roku Streaming Stick in an HDMI version. Instead of using MHL, which requires a special HDMI port to send power as well as video to the device, the HDMI Roku Streaming Stick has a separate micro USB port that can connect to an HDTV's USB port or an included power adapter. This means, as long as you can plug the USB cable into something, the Streaming Stick should run on any HDTV instead of just "Roku Ready" models from certain companies."

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Top UK official involved in national porn filter arrested for child porn

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about 1 month ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "A top British government aide who helped create 10 Downing Street’s controversial policy to censor online pornography for the majority of British Internet users has resigned from his post on Monday after being arrested last month on charges of possessing child pornography."
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Twitter restores $50,000 @N username to its owner

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about 2 months ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "In January, Naoki Hiroshima lost his Twitter handle, @N, to the hands of a hacker who used social engineering and extortion to wrest the username from Hiroshima's hands. But today Twitter restored it to him after more than a month of the username being suspended.

Hiroshima eventually turned @N over to the attacker and notified Twitter, but Twitter said it was “investigating” and did not return the handle to Hiroshima right away. The @N account was made private and was later shut down, but access was not restored to Hiroshima until today.

“Order has been restored,” Hiroshima tweeted from @N on Tuesday afternoon. Ars contacted Twitter for comment, but a spokesperson said the company doesn't talk about private accounts for privacy and security reasons."

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Texas appeals court says police can't search your phone after you're jailed

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about 2 months ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "Looking at your texts is not like searching your pockets, judges say.

On Wednesday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that law enforcement officials do need a warrant to search an arrested person's cell phone after they've been jailed.

The ruling did not decide whether it is legal or not for police to search a suspect's phone at the incidence of arrest, which is currently a hotly contested subject. The Supreme Court is set to decide that matter later this year.

For now, however, seven Texas appeals court judges have ruled that a person has a legitimate expectation of privacy over the contents of their cell phone while the phone is being stored in the jail property room. An eighth judge wrote a dissenting opinion.

The case, Texas v. Granville, involved Anthony Granville, a student who was arrested for causing a disturbance on a school bus. After Granville was arrested, his cell phone was placed in the booking room. Later, a “School Resources Officer” was told that Granville had taken a photo of another student urinating in the boys' bathroom prior to his arrest. The officer, who had not been involved in the arrest of Granville, went down to the booking room, obtained Granville's phone, turned it on, found the photo, and printed out a copy of it. The officer then kept the phone as evidence and charged Granville with Improper Photography, a state felony."

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Mess With Boeing's New Smartphone And It Will Self-Destruct

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about 2 months ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "It looks thicker than most of the phones you see at Best Buy, but Boeing's first smartphone isn't meant to be used by the average person. The company that's known for its airplanes is joining the smartphone game with the Boeing Black, targeted at people that work in the security and defense industry.

One of its security features is self-destructing if it gets into the wrong hands, although not quite in the Mission Impossible sense.

According to the company's letter to the FCC, the phone will have screws with a tamper-proof coating, revealing if a person has tried to disassemble it. "Any attempt to disassemble the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable," writes Bruce Olcott, an attorney for Boeing."

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British spy agency collected millions of Yahoo users' chat images

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about 2 months ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "A British intelligence agency reportedly intercepted and stored millions of images from Yahoo users' video chats.
Under a program code-named Optic Nerve, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, would collect still images in bulk from users when they chatted with others via webcam through Yahoo, the Guardian reported on Thursday. The report cited documents provided by U.S. surveillance program leaker Edward Snowden.

During a six-month period in 2008, the GCHQ collected images from more than 1.8 million Yahoo users through the Optic Nerve program, the report said. Most of the users were not suspected of any wrongdoing.

However, the still images taken by Optic Nerve were not limited to users' faces, the report said. The Guardian reported that a number of images taken from the Yahoo video chats were sexually explicit. The GCHQ documents said that between 3% and 11% of the pictures contained "undesirable nudity."

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Google to restore Hangar One and operate runways at Moffett Field

mpicpp mpicpp writes  |  about 2 months ago

mpicpp (3454017) writes "After designing driverless cars, experimenting with robots and secretly building a fleet of barges, Google is taking on a new challenge: running an airfield in the heart of Silicon Valley and restoring one of the area's most iconic buildings, once used to house Navy blimps.

On Monday, federal officials announced they have chosen a Google subsidiary to restore the landmark Hangar One at Moffett Field and assume control of the airfield's two runways, located just a few miles from Google's main offices.

Google's plans for the Moffett airfield are unclear, although the agreement could allow limited commercial development, or possibly a museum or education center at the hangar site."

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