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Comment Re:stories (Score 1) 92

Agreed and the business model is certainly working for Netflix. Their stock is up more than 20% this week due to greater numbers of new customers than was anticipated by analysts.

The OG content is top notch - much better than a lot of what traditional Hollywood is putting out these days.

Submission + - Scaling Synchronization in Multicore Programs (acm.org)

ChelleChelle2 writes: As many software engineers are only too well aware, designing software for modern multicore processors can be quite a challenge. Traditional software designs (in which threads manipulate shared data) have limited scalability because synchronization of updates to shared data serializes threads and limits parallelism. However, alternative distributed software designs (in which threads do NOT share mutable data), while eliminating synchronization and offering better scalability, pose their own problems and are not a good fit for every program. Luckily, ACM Queue recently published a very useful guide describing advanced synchronization methods that can boost the performance of multicore software.

Submission + - 25 women in robotics you need to know about (robohub.org)

Hallie Siegel writes: For the past four years, in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, we've been publishing a list '25 women in robotics you need to know about' to help raise the visibility of women working in STEM and robotics. Now with 100 alumni and current listees, we've reached a critical mass. These are change-makers at various stages in their robotics careers and who come from various disciplines, from research and academia, startup, policy and industry, and who are redefining not only what it means to be a woman working in tech, but also what it means to be a robotics expert. Check these talented women out.

Submission + - Even US military is looking at blockchain technology—to secure nuclear wea (qz.com)

Lasrick writes: Blockchain technology has been slow to gain adoption in non-financial contexts, but it could turn out to have invaluable military applications. DARPA, the storied research unit of the US Department of Defense, is currently funding efforts to find out if blockchains could help secure highly sensitive data, with potential applications for everything from nuclear weapons to military satellites.

Submission + - UK police: teaching people to use crypto is an act of terrorism 2

AmiMoJo writes: Samata Ullah from Cardiff faces six terrorism charges, including "preparation of terrorism..."by researching an encryption programme, developing an encrypted version of his blog site, and publishing the instructions around the use of [the] programme on his blog site." Another charge against Ullah is that he provided "instruction or training in the use of encryption programmes". His is also charged with having a USB flash drive containing an OS. The "encrypted" blog site seems to be using HTTPS. The police's own site does not support HTTPS.

Submission + - SPAM: Numerous suspicious court cases aim at getting web pages taken down or deindexed

schwit1 writes: There are about 25 court cases throughout the country that have a suspicious profile:
  • All involve allegedly self-represented plaintiffs, yet they have similar snippets of legalese that suggest a common organization behind them. (A few others, having a slightly different profile, involve actual lawyers.)
  • All the ostensible defendants ostensibly agreed to injunctions being issued against them, which often leads to a very quick court order (in some cases, less than a week).
  • Of these 25-odd cases, 15 give the addresses of the defendants — but a private investigator (Giles Miller of Lynx Insights & Investigations) couldn’t find a single one of the ostensible defendants at the ostensible address.

Now, you might ask, what’s the point of suing a fake defendant (to the extent that some of these defendants are indeed fake)? How can anyone get any real money from a fake defendant? How can anyone order a fake defendant to obey a real injunction?

The answer is that Google and various other Internet platforms have a policy: They won’t take down material (or, in Google’s case, remove it from Google indexes) just because someone says it’s defamatory. Understandable — why would these companies want to adjudicate such factual disputes? But if they see a court order that declares that some material is defamatory, they tend to take down or deindex the material, relying on the court’s decision.

Yet the trouble is that these Internet platforms can’t really know if the injunction was issued against the actual author of the supposed defamation — or against a real person at all.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Attack Group Sets Traps in Crypto Downloads (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: An attack group known as StrongPity has used watering hole attacks to redirect users to Trojanized versions of popular encryption software TrueCrypt and WinRAR.

Victims were located primarily in Belgium in Italy, as well as North Africa and the Middle East. The attackers posted redirects on legitimate download sites redirecting users to sites hosting malicious versions of the encryption tools.

The goal of the attackers was to compromise systems and drop additional malware that intercepts communication bound for Filezilla, Putty, Winscp and Windows RDP tools before the data is encrypted. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab published a report on the group's activities, which peaked during the sumemr.

Comment DDoS smokescreen? - Mitnick v Shimomura (Score 1) 31

>>> The global response also affirms the prevalent use of DDoS attacks to distract as "smokescreens" in concert with other malicious activities that result in additional compromise Uh - DDoS as smokescreen for malicious activities? That required affirmation? http://wiki.cas.mcmaster.ca/in...

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 420

It is the failure of our country to realistically commit to the education of the populace that is to blame for the rise of for-profit schools like ITT

For as long as I can remember, every politician in every election has espoused the position that they support education - damn liars every single one of them, Republican or Democrat.

I can remember at least 4 decades of broken promises on supporting education, as community and state colleges around the nation cut costs and negatively effected the student population at every turn. Interesting that ITT has been around for 50 years - yep I bet that's just about when they lying about supporting education by politicians began...

Submission + - Sitting in the car idling while using PDA? Turn it off! (iturnitoff.com)

al0ha writes: I've noticed many people have a habit of getting in their car, starting the engine, then sit and use their PDA for many minutes, sometimes 10 or more, while the car is idling. They do this when there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to do so and I for one would like to see people crease this wasteful practice. It's bad for your wallet, it's bad for the environment.

How bad you ask? Visit the link and find out, up to 12 million gallons of fuel are wasted idling every day according to their statistic, and they are not even counting the people idling while txting etc.

Concerned with global warming? Turn off your freakin' car when there is no reason for it to be running.

Comment It worked in my case (Score 1) 1116

Though I never received "basic income" I did inherit enough money 20 years ago, low 5 figures, to quit the stressful lame job I had working for an idiot, because I felt empowered by the inheritance and would not have to work to pay my living expenses for a while if I budgeted and kept my expenses to a minimum. In that time I learned enough about the Internet and computing in general to start my own hosting business (no VC required) and kept learning as I worked. I eventually sold that business and transitioned into the job I have today. And that is not the end of the story, as I have become empowered again through the sale of a domain name, and am starting a completely new business venture, again no VC required.

The point being that it is true, a sense of independent security, achieved by having your basic needs met while you try to improve yourself, is so very empowering, and allows the spirited entrepreneur to accomplish that which would otherwise be virtually impossible.

Comment The big question here is (Score 1) 108

Where are the miscreants getting such good data? I certainly don't believe they are scraping it off the web; more likely criminal organizations are legitimately purchasing this data from Alexa, TRD, Facebook, Google and others whose primary business is selling data about you to third parties. Big business cares very little about whom they are actually doing business with, as long as the money is good, the sale is made.

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