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schneidafunk (795759) writes "I just saw this pop up on facebook: "By using our services after January 1, 2015, you agree to our updated terms, data policy, and cookies policy and to seeing improved ads based on apps and sites you use. Learn more below about these updates and how to control the ads you see. "
and on clicking to read more there's this scary sounding sentence: " And we're introducing improvements to ads based on the apps and sites you use off Facebook (online behavioral advertising) and giving you control. "" Link to Original Source top
schneidafunk (795759) writes "As a joke, two scientists that were getting spammed by a predatory scientific journal submitted a paper called "Get me off your f-cking mailing list". Apparently no one bothered to read the submitted research and it was accepted by the International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology.
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Russia has given Ukrainian forces a deadline of 3am before launching an assault
schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Russia has reportedly given Ukrainian forces in Crimea a deadline of 3am on Tuesday to surrender or face military action after troops seized key strategic sites in the peninsula.
The ultimatum came from Alexander Vitko, commander of Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which has a base in Crimea where Russian forces are now in control.
According to Russia's Interfax agency, it reads: "If they do not surrender before 5am (3am UK time) tomorrow, a real assault will be started against units and divisions of the armed forces across Crimea."" Link to Original Source top
Decentralized encrypted online data storage to thwart spying
schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: About a year ago, Lissounov joined a hackathon sponsored by his employer, BitTorrent Inc., a company that seeks to transform the peer-to-peer protocol into a legitimate means of file-sharing for both consumers and businesses, and in a matter of hours, he slapped together a new BitTorrent tool that let him quickly and easily send encrypted photos of his three children across dodgy Eastern European network lines to the rest of his family. The tool won first prize at the hackathon, and within a few more months, after Lissounov honed the tool alongside various other engineers, the company delivered BitTorrent Sync, a Dropbox-like service that lets you seamlessly synchronize files across computers and mobile devices." Link to Original Source top
schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: An independent board tasked with reviewing National Security Agency surveillance called Thursday for the government to end its mass data collection program and "purge" its files, declaring the program illegal in a major challenge to President Obama." Link to Original Source top
Ukraine protesters get mass text message to disperse
schneidafunk (795759) writes "“Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” was the message sent to thousands of protesters as a new law prohibiting public demonstrations went into effect." Link to Original Source top
NSA cannot legally snoop on telecommunications during flights
schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Glenn Greenwald Says NSA, GCHQ Dismayed They Don't Have Access To In-Flight Internet Communication.
what's holding the agencies back is likely a lack of justification for patching up this hole in its collections. The metadata being generated may not be protected by the Fourth Amendment, but there's no simple way to collect and minimize this very mobile form of domestic communication. International flights would perhaps provide some leeway for collection...
Playing the "national security" card is a non-starter. To claim potential terrorists are using in-flight connections to communicate without fear of surveillance is to call into question the skills of those providing security on the ground, putting the DHS in the awkward position of explaining why its TSA agents are allowing suspected terrorists to board planes." Link to Original Source top
schneidafunk (795759) writes "FTA: Google-owned Motorola Mobility has filed for a patent, published last week, for a system "that comprises an electronic skin tattoo capable of being applied to a throat region of a body."
The patent says the tattoo would communicate with smartphones, gaming devices, tablets and wearable tech like Google Glass via a Bluetooth-style connection and would include a microphone and power source." Link to Original Source top
Onion sale in India causes Groupon website to crash
Groupon, which offers deeply discounted deals on everything from restaurant meals to shoes and watches, offered onions at 9 rupees or about 15 cents a kilogram. Onions can now cost up to 100 rupees a kilogram in India, where much of the population uses the vegetable in almost every meal.
Food prices have spiked across India due to supply shortages, a depreciating rupee and increased inflation. As a result, the average price of a kilogram of onions has more than tripled in the past two months.
On Thursday, Groupon sold 3,000 kilograms of onions in 44 minutes, causing the website to crash. More than 8,000 kilograms were purchased when Groupon continued the sale on Friday before they sold out.
The website advertised the deal in a tongue-in-cheek manner, claiming, "people haven't experienced onions in a long, long time," and compared them to caviar and diamonds." Link to Original Source top
schneidafunk (795759) writes "With the increasing use of computer electronics in cars, it makes sense to record as much data as possible. However, it seems that the only people making use of this information are investigators, as an incident with lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, Timothy Murray, demonstrated when he was caught lying about a crash. This article shows that 96% of new cars are being installed with black boxes, without the consumers knowledge." Link to Original Source top
Ex-microsoft manager plans to create first U.S. marijuana brand
schneidafunk (795759) writes "From the article: 'SEATTLE (Reuters) — A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first U.S. national marijuana brand, with cannabis he hopes to eventually import legally from Mexico, and said he was kicking off his business by acquiring medical pot dispensaries in three U.S. states.'
Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft corporate strategy manager, said he envisions his Seattle-based enterprise becoming the leader in both recreational and medical cannabis — much like Starbucks is the dominant name in coffee, he said." Link to Original Source top
Ask Slashdot: What would make slashdot a better website?
schneidafunk (795759) writes "A lot of people have been complaining today about the annoyance of ROT13. Also, there have been frequent spamming in the posts and it is dominating (or at least influencing) many conversations. What would you propose to make the slashdot website & community better?" top
From the article:
Gabrielse and his team captured individual protons and antiprotons in a trap created by electromagnetic fields that keep these particles suspended in one spot for several minutes, ensuring the two don't annihilate each other before measurements are made. For some of their experiments, the team turned to the extensive tunnels of the Geneva-based CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) laboratory, where antiprotons can be created in high-energy collisions at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)...
By looking at the oscillations of the protons and antiprotons created, the scientists measured the size of the magnetic charge of both types of particles more accurately than ever before, boosting the precision of the antiproton measurement by a factor of 680." Link to Original Source top
Patent troll Virnetx loses court battle to Cisco over VPN patent
schneidafunk (795759) writes "VirnetX, a patent-licensing firm with 14 employees, has seen its stock price fall precipitously over the last 24 hours or so after it lost a major patent trial in Texas on Thursday. A jury there ruled that Cisco did not infringe VirnetX’s patents on virtual private networks (VPNs), and that the networking giant didn't have to pay $258 million in damages." Link to Original Source top
Mythical sunstone believed to be found in ship wreckage