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+ - 260 John E. Karlin, Who Led the Way to All-Digit Dialing, Dies at 94->

Submitted by g01d4
g01d4 (888748) writes "Who was John E. Karlin? “He was the one who introduced the notion that behavioral sciences could answer some questions about telephone design,” according to Ed Israelski, an engineer who worked under Mr. Karlin at Bell Labs in the 1970s. And you thought Steve Jobs was cool. An interesting obituary in the NYT."
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Security

+ - 225 How a Chinese Hacker Tried to Blackmail Me->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Slate provides the first-person account of a CEO who received an e-mail with several business documents attached threatening to distribute them to competitors and business partners unless the CEO paid $150,000. "Experts I consulted told me that the hacking probably came from government monitors who wanted extra cash," writes the CEO, who successfully ended the extortion with an e-mail from the law firm from the bank of his financial partner, refusing payment and adding that the authorities had been notified. According to the article, IT providers routinely receive phone calls from their service providers if they detect any downtime on the monitors of network traffic installed by the Chinese government, similar to the alerts provided to telecom providers about VoIP fraud on their IP-PBX switches. "Hundreds of millions of Chinese operate on the Internet without any real sense of privacy, fully aware that a massive eavesdropping apparatus tracks their every communication and move..." writes the CEO. "With China’s world and ours intersecting online, I expect we’ll eventually wonder how we could have been so naive to have assumed that privacy was normal- or that breaches of it were news.""
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+ - 185 NTSB has discovered the cause of the battery failures on the Boeing 787->

Submitted by AbrasiveCat
AbrasiveCat (999190) writes "The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has reported that the battery problems suffered by the Boeing 787 were caused by a short circuit in a cell of the battery. http://www.ntsb.gov/news/2013/130207.html The cause of the short circuit is still under investigation and the plane is still a ways from being cleared to fly passengers again."
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Google

+ - 140 Google Earth using my computer? 1

Submitted by rabenja
rabenja (919226) writes ""I was using Google Earth to document a recent vacation to Costa Rica by creating a tour file.
I saved the *.kmz file but did not know the file had been placed so I searched the C: drive
for *.kmz files. What came up in the search was 2,620 files in the
    C:\Users\[ME]\AppData\Local\Temp\ge4908\kmz directory all with timestamps around
the time that I was working in Google Earth. Clicking on any of the
files in that directory showed that none of them had anything to do with what I was
working on. They were random locations around the earth, each with mulitple pushpin locations
that I did not make.

Why would Google Earth create these files if they had nothing to do with my session??
The only thing that I can think of is that Google is using users' computers as
data caches for other users.""
Censorship

+ - 275 Egyptian Court Wants to Block YouTube for a Month

Submitted by rogue-girl
rogue-girl (2837165) writes "Cairo Administrative Court announced earlier on Feb 9 that a ruling has been issued to block YouTube within the country for 30 days. This decision comes after a lawsuit was filed back in September 2012 during the turmoil caused by the unfamous trailer 'The Innocence of Muslims' spread through the popular video platform. The Court has also asked for all websites having published parts or the entire trailer to be banned for 30 days. A more contextualized post on the story in both English and French is available here."
Space

+ - 226 Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample->

Submitted by littlesparkvt
littlesparkvt (2707383) writes "NASA’s Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.
Space Industry News (http://s.tt/1zA1q)"

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Government

+ - 284 Rapiscan's "backscatter" nude-o-scopes coming to federal buildings->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "The Federal Times (http://www.federaltimes.com), a weekly print newspaper published by Ganette Government Media Corp, is reporting (http://www.federaltimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013302080003) that the Rapiscan Systems “backscatter” passenger screening machines used by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will likely be redeployed to federal buildings.

Rapiscan System's backscatter machines have exposed passengers to radiation since they were first installed. As previously reported on slashdot (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/01/18/0338202/tsa-terminates-its-contract-with-maker-of-full-body-scanner), TSAdecided last month to stop using the machines because the manufacturer was unable to make changes to the machines that were mandated by Congress. Now TSA is attempting to sucker another federal agency into taking the nude-o-scopes. As TSA spokesman David Castelveter explained, "“Hopefully we will be able to deploy them within other government agencies."

Although the media has reported the machines have already been removed from airports, the majority are still in use at US airports — while 76 machines have been removed, another 174 still remain in use at airports. The machines cost about $40 million, based upon a $160,000 per-unit cost."

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Canada

+ - 197 Canadian ISP Fights Back Against Copyright Trolls->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Distributel, an independent Canadian ISP, has fought back in a file sharing lawsuit by opposing a motion to disclose the names of subscribers alleged to have engaged in file sharing. The company did not oppose a similar request in November 2012, but says in court documents filed on Friday that several factors led to a change in position after it received another request for more names. Those concerns include evidence of copyright trolling, privacy issues, and weak evidence of actual infringement by its subscribers. The decision to fight back points to mounting ISP frustration in Canada with file sharing lawsuits that come after the Canadian government send clear signals that such actions were unwelcome."
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Linux

+ - 173 The Linux Foundation Secure Boot Pre-bootloader Released->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The Linux Foundation’s UEFI Secure Boot pre-bootloader for independent Linux distros and software developers has finally been released. Announcing the release of the secure boot system James Bottomley noted that the signed pre-bootloader was delivered by Microsoft on February 6th. Bottomley has released two validated files PreLoader.efi and HashTool.efi. Bottomley has also created a bootable mini-USB image that provides “an EFI shell where the kernel should be and uses Gummiboot to boot.” Just last week the pre-bootloader had to be rewritten to accommodate booting of all version of Linux"
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Security

+ - 253 To send a ping to every Internet address only cost 10 hours->

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nereidsol
nereidsol writes "Bandwith and computer resources makes Internet a very small place, on this experiment someone send a ping to all the IPV4 Internet only on 10 hours, with a very normal server. http://www.securityartwork.es/2013/01/21/how-much-does-it-take-to-ping-the-whole-internet-12/?lang=en and after that it gives us some stats from the answered packets
http://www.securityartwork.es/2013/02/07/the-result-of-pinging-all-the-internet-ip-addresses/?lang=en"

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Windows

+ - 218 Samsung laptop bug is not Linux specific->

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YurB
YurB writes "Matthew Garret, a Linux kernel developer who was investigating the recent Linux-on-Samsung-in-UEFI-mode problem, has bricked a Samsung laptop using a test userspace program in Windows. The most fascinating part of the story is on what is actually causing the firmware boot failure:

Unfortunately, it turns out that some Samsung laptops will fail to boot if too much of the [UEFI] variable storage space is used. We don't know what "too much" is yet, but writing a bunch of variables from Windows is enough to trigger it. I put some sample code here — it writes out 36 variables each containing a kilobyte of random data. I ran this as an administrator under Windows and then rebooted the system. It never came back.

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+ - 175 Facebook sued by Rembrandt IP for two patent violations->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ars is reporting that the patent-holding company, along with the heirs of dutch programmer, Joannes Jozef Everardus Van Der Meer (deceased 2004), have filed suit against Facebook for violating two patents relating to social media web sites. The two patents in question were filed for back in 1998, a full four years before Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg first entered university at Harvard. Among the claims made in the lawsuit is that Facebook's "Like" button violates one of Van Der Meer's patents. Facebook even cited one of Van Der Meer's patents in one of their own filings later on. The suit seeks unspecified damages."
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