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Submission + - "HP pre-programmed failure date of non-HP ink cartridges in its printers" (

An anonymous reader writes: HP has programmed a failure date for non-HP / private label ink cartridges in its printers. Users around the world started to complain on the 13th of September this year that their printer rejected their non-HP cartridges. HP claimed that a firmware update was the culprit, but also printers who never received an update since they were unpacked rejected the cartridges starting at that particular date.

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Even though cars from today are significantly safer then cars from 75 years ago they are still allowed on the road, there will always be cars on the road that are not as safe as the cars around it. Insurance lobbies don't care if you crash as long as the rates you pay are in line with your claim history.

Submission + - NYC Threatens To Sue Verizon Over FiOS Shortfalls (

An anonymous reader writes: New York City officials yesterday notified Verizon that the company is in default of an agreement to bring fiber connections to all households in the city and could file a lawsuit against the company. The road to a potential lawsuit has been a long one. In June 2015, New York released an audit that found Verizon failed to meet a commitment to extend FiOS to every household in the five boroughs by June 2014. City officials and Verizon have been trying to resolve the matter since then with no success, as Verizon says that it hasn't actually broken the agreement. The default letter (full text) sent yesterday by the city Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) says Verizon has failed to pass all residential buildings in the city with fiber. As of October 2015, there were at least 38,551 addresses where Verizon hadn't fulfilled installation service requests that were more than a year old, the letter said. "Moreover, Verizon improperly reduced, from $50 million to $15 million, the performance bond required [by] the Agreement on the basis of Verizon's incorrect representations that Verizon had met the prescribed deployment schedule, when in fact it had not," the letter said. City officials demanded that Verizon restore the bond and wants a response within 30 days. The default letter also accuses Verizon of failing to make records related to its provision of cable service available to the city during its audit. "Officials say they could sue Verizon unless the carrier shows clear plans for stepping up installations," and that the notice is the first step in that process, The Wall Street Journal reported. The citywide fiber agreement lets NYC seek monetary damages from Verizon if it fails to deliver on the fiber promises.

Submission + - Surveillance Capabilities of Future Employee ID Badges

Presto Vivace writes: Bosses can take biometrics of employees with an ID badge that monitors motion and listens.

In the Washington Post, Jeff Heath tells the story of Humanyze, an employee analytics company that took technology developed at MIT and spun it into identification badges meant to hang off employees' necks via a lanyard. The badge has two microphones that do real-time voice analysis, with sensors that follow where you are and motion detectors that record how much you move while working.

A report in Bloomberg reveals the origins of the company. In 2014, 57 stock and bond traders "lent their bodies to science" by allowing MIT finance professor Andrew Lo to monitor their actions in a conference room. The study subjects were given a $3 million risk limit and told to make money in various markets. Lo discovered that the successful subjects were "emotional athletes. Their bodies swiftly respond to stressful situations and relax when calm returns, leaving them primed for the next challenge." Traders who encountered problems "were hounded by their mistakes and remained emotionally charged, as measured by their heart rate and other markers such as cortisol levels, even after the volatility subsided."

Submission + - Apple Knew About HTTP Update Bug Two Years Ago

Trailrunner7 writes: With the release of iOS 10 on Tuesday, Apple made a number of significant changes to the mobile operating system. The most attention-grabbing security upgrade is the move to push software updates over an encrypted connection, a fix that is more than two years in the making.

In 2014, researcher Raul Siles of DinoSec discovered that an attacker could intercept the traffic between an iOS device and Apple’s update servers and prevent the device from receiving an update. The vulnerability was a major one, as it would allow the attacker to block security fixes from reaching a device and effectively freeze the device on a given iOS version. The attacker could then exploit known vulnerabilities in the software.

Sales disclosed the bug to Apple at the time, and the company released a patch for it in iOS 8, but the fix was incomplete. It’s only now, more than two years and two major iOS releases later that the root cause of the vulnerability has been addressed. By not using HTTPS for the software update process, Apple had left the attack scenario open for years.

Submission + - Security pro who exposed flaws in Florida elections website sentenced to 20-day (

An anonymous reader writes: A Florida man will serve 20 days in jail for computer hacking after he exploited a security flaw on the Lee County Elections Office website as “a silly political stunt” for a local candidate.
David Michael Levin of Estero, Fla. pleaded guilty in a Fort Myers courtroom Tuesday to a single misdemeanor count in connection with hacking the Lee County elections website. He’ll serve 20 days in jail followed by two years of probation, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Submission + - Is media coverage of the F-35 fighter overly negative?

Rei writes: The F-35 Lightning II, the most expensive weapons project in history, has often received criticism in the media, including extensively on Slashdot, for being overbudget, behind schedule and underperforming. But is this coverage justifiable? Writing today in Forbes, defense analyst and industry consultant Loren Thompson takes the media to task for only reporting negatives on the F-35 program. With the program now having delivered 200 planes and each batch being cheaper than the last, Lockheed has now further cut their estimated cost per plane to just 30% more than upgraded legacy aircraft like the F/A-18 Super Hornet. He also cites the preference of pilots for the F-35 over legacy systems, quoting officers and pilots finding it demoralizing trying to engage the F-35 with legacy aircraft. "We turned hot, drove for about 30 seconds and we were dead, just like that. We never even saw [the F-35] .. It can feel like you are out there with a blindfold on."

Without being able to acquire a high-frequency radar lock, detection methods can be limited to low frequency radar, which is large and yields a noisy return poorly suited for targeting; and IRST, which can clearly see and target the F-35, but only through a very narrow aperture. Potential adversaries such as Russia have been working to upgrade their air defenses specifically against these emerging threats, such as the Sunflower radar and the S-500 missile defense system; however, their effectiveness in being able to provide a capable kill chain against targets like the F-22 and F-35 is in dispute.

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