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+ - 124 Microsoft Petitions US Attorney General For Permission To Disclose Data Requests-> 1

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Microsoft is smarting in the wake of the Guardian's discussion of how chummy it's gotten with the NSA over the past few years, and the company wants permission to clarify its relationship with the federal government. To that end, the company has sent a follow-up letter to the Attorney General's office, asking it to please address the petition it filed in court back on June 19. Redmond is undoubtedly cringing at the accolades being heaped on Yahoo and its repeated court battles on behalf of its users, and wants an opportunity to clear the air. But Microsoft has gone farther than simply asking the government to hurry up and rule on its petition — it has also issued a series of clarifying remarks regarding its relationship with the NSA. Microsoft refutes some of the Guardian's claims strongly. It insists it does not provide encryption keys or access to Outlook's encryption mechanisms, and that the government must petition MS to provide information via the legal process."
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+ - 229 Patent trolls getting the attention of the Feds-> 1

Submitted by crazyvas
crazyvas (853396) writes "The New York Times has published an article on the FTC which is planning to investigate the patent system, and likely patent trolls such as Intellectual Ventures. From the article: 'To its defenders, Intellectual Ventures is a revolutionary company unfairly viewed, in the words of its co-founder Peter N. Detkin, “as the poster child of everything that is wrong with the patent system.” To its critics, it is a protection racket otherwise known as a patent troll. This summer, the Federal Trade Commission is expected to begin a sweeping investigation of the patent system after the agency’s chairwoman, Edith Ramirez, urged a crackdown. She has singled out a particular kind of miscreant, one that engages in “a variety of aggressive litigation tactics,” including hiding behind shell companies when it sues.'

How does Intellectual Ventures describe itself? See for yourself here."

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+ - 236 Ask Slashdot: Scientific Research Positions for Programmers?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I recently (within the past couple years) graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and currently work as a programmer for a large software consulting firm. However, I've become gradually disillusioned with the financial-obsession of the business world and would like to work for the overall betterment of humanity instead. With that in mind, I'm looking to shift my career more toward the scientific research side of things. My interest in computer science always stemmed more from a desire to use it toward a fascinating end — such as modeling or analyzing scientific data — than from a love of business or programming itself. My background is mostly Java, with some experience in C++ and a little C. I have worked extensively with software analyzing big data for clients. My sole research experience comes from developing data analysis software for a geologic research project for a group of grad students; I was a volunteer but have co-authorship on their paper, which is pending publication.

Is it realistic to be looking for a position as a programmer at a research institution with my current skills and experiences? Do such jobs even exist for non-graduate students? I'm willing to go to grad school (probably for geology) if necessary. Grad school aside, what specific technologies should I learn in order to gain an edge? Although if I went back to school I'd focus on geology, I'm otherwise open to working as a programmer for any researchers in the natural sciences who will take me."

+ - 151 Seventy Videos From Linaro Connect Europe 2013->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Linaro has just published videos and slides from keynotes, technical presentations, and panel discussions at last week's Linaro Connect Europe 2013 event held in Dublin, Ireland. Linaro is a nonprofit organization focused on consolidating and optimizing open source software for the ARM architecture, including the GCC toolchain, the Linux kernel, ARM power management, graphics and multimedia interfaces. The conference's sessions spanned a wide range of topics, including Android, Builds and Baselines, Enterprise, Graphics and Multimedia, Linux Kernel, Network, Project Management Tools, Training, and more."
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+ - 174 Red Planet Riviera: Ancient Mars Ocean Found?->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "With the help of rover Curiosity, we now know that ancient Mars had large quantities of liquid water flowing across its surface. However, evidence for large bodies of water — i.e. seas/oceans — has been hard to come by. But using high-resolution orbital data, Caltech scientists now think they’ve found a long-dry river delta that once flowed into a very large body of water. Welcome to the Aeolis Riviera — the strongest evidence yet for a Martian coastline. “This is probably one of the most convincing pieces of evidence of a delta in an unconfined region — and a delta points to the existence of a large body of water in the northern hemisphere of Mars,” said Roman DiBiase, Caltech postdoctoral scholar and lead author of the paper that was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research."
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+ - 176 Office 365, Amazon, others vulnerable to exploit Microsoft knew about in 2012

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Ethical hacking professor Sam Bowne recently put a cookie re-use method to test on several major web services, finding that Office 365, Yahoo mail, Twitter, LinkedIn, Amazon, eBay, and WordPress all failed the security test. Both Amazon and eBay can be tied directly to your money via the method of payment you have on record. And, just for kicks, we tried it with Netflix. And it worked.

Microsoft has apparently known that accounts can be hijacked since at least 2012 when The Hacker News reported the Hotmail and Outlook cookie-handling vulnerability, so Bowne was curious if Microsoft closed the hole or if stolen cookies could still be re-used. He claims he "easily reproduced it using Chrome and the Edit This Cookie extension."

Bowne is asking other people to test more services and tweet the results to him @sambowne."

+ - 159 Piracy Rates Plummet as Legal Alternatives Find Norway

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Entertainment industry groups in Norway have spent years lobbying for tougher anti-piracy laws, finally getting their way earlier this month. But with fines and site blocking now on the agenda, an interesting trend has been developing. According to a new report published by Ipsos, between 2008 and 2012 piracy of movies and TV shows collapsed in Norway, along with music seeing a massive drop to less than one fifth of the original level. Olav Torvund, former law professor at the University of Oslo, attributes this to good legal alternatives which are available today. Of those questioned for the survey, 47% (representing around 1.7 million people) said they use a streaming music service such as Spotify. And of those, just over half said that they pay for the premium option."

+ - 122 For Algebra, Spreadsheets Beat Newer Teaching Tools->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "John Barnes at InformationWeek argues, "You already own better algebra-teaching software than any educational software developer is making." 25 years ago RAND surveyed effective arithmetic teaching programs and found nothing that taught any of the important aspects of algebra. It was understood that arithmetic training programs should not be the model for algebra educational software because arithmetic is taught as procedural training. 25 years later the situation remains the same. And yet there is a piece of instructional software right on your computer that can be used to teach all levels of algebra to all levels of student, in a fully conceptual way. It's the spreadsheet."
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+ - 173 Small, electric-powered nano-lasers may help keep Moore's Law valid->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Some experts believe that the idea behind Moore’s Law — that the number of transistors embedded on integrated circuits would double about every two years — will ultimately fail as the difficulty of shrinking such technology any smaller will cause all sorts of untenable problems. But a research team with Arizona State University this week said a seven year project has culminated with an electrically powered nano-laser that would let developers put ever more lasers into the same space, to achieve far greater processing speeds and ultimately making it makes possible to build future generations of computers that would comply with the Moore’s Law theory."
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+ - 113 Graphene May Prove a (Super-Toxic) Electronics Miracle-> 1

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Miracle materials able to function as a microprocessor when they’re dry and dissolve into nothing when submerged in water got a lot of press coverage July 16 when researchers posted a video of the dissolving chip in action. The video, first picked up by the Associated Press, is one of a series of efforts at “transient electronics” that will dissolve at the end of their useful lives so they can be recycled or thrown away without increasing the approximately 720,000 tons of e-waste generated by U.S. consumers and businesses every year. The video came from the research group led by John Rogers of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, whose other crowd-pleasing innovative uses of advanced materials includes a stretchable lithium-ion battery, a micro-camera modeled on an insect eye, flexible circuits designed to be applied to human skin, and tiny instruments meant to be implanted for medical purposes and then dissolve. Graphene—a one-atom-thick layer of carbon laid out as a mesh of hexagons that is currently considered the strongest material in the world—is proving to be so versatile it can be used as a heat sink within a chipset, a heat-reducing component within microprocessors, the surface of a touch screen, an integrated circuit able to run at super-high frequencies, and as the material of the circuits and transistors within the processor. It could potentially be used to create superfast processors that move electrons via quantum tunneling rather than through ordinary electrical circuits. It can also be sandwiched between layers of boron nitride to create capacitors able to operate at high frequencies while remaining flexible. But there’s also something of a catch: according to the most recent research, graphene can be incredibly toxic to humans. When a microsheet of graphene is broken or torn, it sheds nanoparticles so small they can penetrate most filters. Those particles come with sharp, jagged edges that can slash through the walls of human cells and embed themselves in a destructive layer that may be impossible to remove. It’s not clear if the effect of graphene shards is primarily physical (like the effect of asbestos inhaled into the lungs) or if there is a chemical toxicity as well."
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+ - 216 EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

Submitted by Jawnn
Jawnn (445279) writes "The Washington Post reports that the EFF has filed suit in Federal Court in San Francisco, on behalf of multiple groups. Those groups include, "...Rights activists, church leaders and drug and gun rights advocates..." Apparently, not everyone out there is believing the "If you have nothing to hide..." excuses being offered up from various government quarters."

+ - 93 Graphene holds key to 100 times faster Internet claim researchers->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Graphene is showing promising signs of its ability to dramatically increase internet speeds – a 100 times faster than that available today. In a study carried out by researchers from the Universities of Bath and Exeter, Graphene has been used to demonstrate incredibly short optical response rates that could revolutionize telecommunications of the future. The researchers have observed that the response rate of an optical switch which used ‘few layer Graphene’ was about one hundred femtoseconds i.e. a hundred times quicker than current materials, which stands at few picoseconds."
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+ - 259 10 Sci-Fi Stories That Predicted the Surveillance State->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "Just to address one thing straight away: one of your favorite science fiction stories dealing, whether directly or indirectly, with surveillance is bound to be left off this list. And 1984's a given, so it's not here.

At any rate, the following books deal in their own unique way with surveillance. Some address the surveillance head-on, while others speculate on inter-personal intelligence gathering, or consider the subject in more oblique ways. Still others distill surveillance down to its essence: as just one face of a much larger, all-encompassing system of control, that proceeds from the top of the pyramid down to its base.
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+ - 210 W3C Rejects Ad Industry's Do-Not-Track Proposal->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "The W3C's Tracking Protection Working Group, which is mainly concerned with standardizing the mechanisms for server-side compliance with do-not-track requests, has rejected a proposal by from the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) that would have allowed advertisers to continue profiling users who had asked not to be tracked. The proposal would also have allowed them to 'retarget' ads to those users by showing ads relevant to one site or transaction on all subsequent sites they visited, according to the co-chairs of the W3C's Tracking Protection Working Group. The working group co-chairs also said that they planned to reject proposals similar to those made by the DAA."
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+ - 132 Microsoft would have provided NSA keys Outlook encryption ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Based on documents provided by Edward Snowden, The Guardian disclosed details of the cooperation between Microsoft and the NSA. The secret services have achieved the Microsoft Outlook.Com encryption keys. The online storage service Skydrive is also monitored. — See more at: http://www.net4tech.net/2013/07/microsoft-would-have-provided-nsa-keys.html#sthash.nVVam4RQ.dpuf"
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+ - 192 Students, Start-Up Team To Create Android APK Patch App->

Submitted by chicksdaddy
chicksdaddy (814965) writes "The saga of the application-signing flaw affecting Google’s Android mobile phones (https://securityledger.com/2013/07/flaw-leaves-900m-android-devices-vulnerable/) took another turn Tuesday when a Silicon Valley startup teamed with graduate students from Northeastern University in Boston to offer their own fix-it tool for hundreds of millions of Android phones that have been left without access to Google’s official patch.

Duo Security announced the availability of an Android utility dubbed “ReKey” (http://www.rekey.io/) on Tuesday. The tool allows Droid users to patch the so-called “Master Key” vulnerability on Android devices, even in the absence of a security update from Android handset makers (OEMs) and carriers who service the phones, according to a post on the Duo Security blog.

In an e-mail exchange with The Security Ledger, Jon Oberheide, the CTO of Duo Security, said that ReKey provides an in-memory patch for the master key vulnerability, dynamically instrumenting the Dalvik bytecode routines where the vulnerability originates, patching it in-memory. Oberheide said that ReKey will also”hook” (or monitor) those routines to notify you if any malicious applications attempt to exploit the vulnerability.

Despite the availability of a patch since March, many Android users remain vulnerable to attacks that take advantage of the application signing flaw. That is because Android handset makers have been slow to issue updates for their Droid handsets. For platforms (HTC and Samsung) that have been patched, carriers delayed the rollout to customers further.

“The security of Android devices worldwide is paralyzed by the slow patching practices of mobile carriers and other parties in the Android ecosystem,” said Oberheide. However, the fragmentation of the Android ecosystem is significant enough that it is no longer feasible for Google to take over responsibility for distributing patches. Third parties may need to step in to fill the void."

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+ - 202 New Thermocell could turn 'Waste Heat' into Electricity->

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "Harvesting waste heat from power stations and even vehicle exhaust pipes could soon provide a valuable supply of electricity. A small team of Monash University researchers working under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) has developed an ionic liquid-based thermocell. Thermocell technology is based on harnessing the thermal energy from the difference in temperature between two surfaces and converting that energy into electricity. The new thermocell could be used to generate electricity from low grade steam in coal fired power stations at temperatures around 130C. This would be implemented by having the steam pass over the outer surface of the hot electrode to keep it hot while the other electrode is air or water cooled."
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+ - 196 Describe any location on earth in 3 words

Submitted by jameshumphreys
jameshumphreys (2985945) writes "London startup what3words has successfully launched a new website which has carved the world map into almost 57 trillion 3m x 3m squares, assigning each square a simple, unique 3 word address. For instance, the 'what3words' for the famous Peter Pan statue in London’s Hyde Park is ‘union.prop.enjoy’. This means you can easily describe even remote locations with great precision. CEO, Chris Sheldrick, says "We see our service being most useful where current methods of describing location (e.g. postcodes or ZIP codes) don’t do the job well enough or don’t do the job at all — but of course it has applications as a preferred alternative even where the existing solutions do a decent job, but perhaps less precise/customised than w3w."
An API is planned "in the coming weeks"."

+ - 191 Hurricane Sandy A 1-in-700-Year Event Says NASA Study->

Submitted by Rebecka
Rebecka (2914231) writes "Hurricane Sandy, which pelted multiple states in Oct. and created billions of dollars in damage, was a freak occurrence and not an indication of future weather patterns according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies via LiveScience. The study, which calculated a statistical analysis of the storms trajectory and monitored climate changes’ influences on hurricane tracks, claims that the tropical storm was merely a 1-in-700-year event.

"The particular shape of Sandy's trajectory is very peculiar, and that's very rare, on the order of once every 700 years," said senior scientist at NASA and study co-author, Timothy Hall. According to Hall, the extreme flooding associated with the storm was also due to the storm’s trajectory which was described as being “near perpendicular.” The storm’s unusual track was found to have been caused by a high tides associated with a full moon and high pressure that forced the storm to move off the coast of the Western North Atlantic."

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+ - 122 Spacewalk Aborted When Water Fills Astronaut's Helmet->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "A planned six-hour spacewalk outside the International Space Station came to a dramatic and abrupt end on Tuesday when water started building up inside the helmet of Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. Parmitano and NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy were less than an hour into their spacewalk, their second in a week, when Parmitano reported that his head felt wet. “My head is really wet and I have a feeling it’s increasing,” Parmitano reported to ground control teams at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Parmitano returned safely to the space station interior, but the cause of the leak was not immediately known."
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+ - 166 America's First Eco-City: Doomed From the Start->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Despite backing from the Clinton Climate Initiative, and a $111 million investment from Subway Restaurant mogul Fred DeLuca, a planned city for Central Florida called "Destiny" was doomed from the start, according to memos retrieved from Florida's Department of Community Affairs. According to state officials, despite a great deal of hype about Destiny, Florida, becoming the first fully sustainable city in the US, plans to build the city were rejected almost immediately due to concerns over "possible urban sprawl, energy inefficient land use patterns, the endangerment of natural resources, and the undermining of agriculture.""
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+ - 146 Visual Studio vs. Eclipse: A Programmer's Comparison->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Developer and editor Jeff Cogswell is back with a comparison of Eclipse and Visual Studio, picking through some common complaints about both platforms and comparing their respective features. "First, let’s talk about usability," he writes, "and let’s be frank: Neither Eclipse nor Visual Studio is a model for sound usability." That being said, as an open-source project, Eclipse wins some points for its customizability and compatibility with languages; it's more difficult to modify Visual Studio to meet some programmer needs, which has led to any number of abandoned projects over the years. Microsoft choosing to eliminate macros in recent versions of Visual Studio has also led to some programmer frustrations (and a need for external tools). "A developer with sufficient skills can be productive in both Visual Studio and Eclipse, although each platform has its own aggravations," he concludes. "But in the end, both can get the job done." Read on for a more extensive comparison of features, as well as some discussion about whether IDEs are really helping programmers all that much. What do you think?"
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+ - 116 OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new piece of malware is targeting OS X to extort money from victims by accusing them of illegally accessing pornography. Ransomware typically uses claims of breaking the law and names law enforcement (such as the CIA or FBI) to scare victims, but it is usually aimed at Windows users, not Mac users.

The security firm Malwarebytes first spotted this latest threat, noting that criminals have ported the ransomware scheme to OS X and are even exploiting a Safari-specific feature. The ransomware page in question gets pushed onto unsuspecting users browsing high-trafficked sites as well as when searching for popular keywords."

+ - 96 What Your Health Insurance Info Is Worth To Criminals->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "When sold on their own via underground marketplaces, health insurance credentials cost $20 each and include the names of those covered by the plan, dates of birth, contract number, group number, type of plan — individual or group, HMO/PPO, deductible and copay information — and insurer contact information for customer service and filing claims. Health plans that have associated dental, vision or chiropractic plans cost $20 more each, say researchers from Dell's SecureWorks division. If that health insurance info accompanies full information packages (your name, address, phone number, SSN, email address and password, bank account info, etc.) and a set of counterfeit documents the price goes up to $1200 each (plus additional fees for expediting, wire fees, etc.)"
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+ - 151 How to compete with NSA by hacking a Verizon network extender

Submitted by Anita Hunt (lissnup)
Anita Hunt (lissnup) (2913179) writes "This snooping hack-in-a-backpack could become a hot Summer accessory, since Reuters reported that "researchers at iSec hacked into a Verizon network extender, which anyone can buy online, and turned it into a cell phone tower small enough to fit inside a backpack capable of capturing and intercepting all calls, text messages and data sent by mobile devices within range" complete with video interview"

+ - 127 CORRECTION: North Korean Ship with 'Military Cargo' Detained by Panama

Submitted by HonorPoncaCityDotCom
HonorPoncaCityDotCom (2980655) writes "BBC reports that a North Korean-flagged ship carrying suspected "sophisticated missile equipment" bound from Cuba to North Korea has been stopped near Manzanillo on the Atlantic side of the canal. President Ricardo Martinelli said the authorities were checking the ship for drugs when they found the suspected weapons in containers of brown sugar. Experts believe the communist state is working towards developing a nuclear warhead small enough to put on a long-range missile. Under UN sanctions, North Korea is banned from weapons exports and the import of all but small arms. The 35-member crew have been detained, including the captain who the Panamanian president said tried to kill himself during the search. Security Minister Jose Raul Mulino said the ship "aroused suspicion by the violent reaction of the captain and the crew". Martinelli also published a photograph that appeared to show two large green containers, adding that the arms shipment had been uncovered “in containers underneath a cargo of sugar”.

IMPORTANT: The North Korean ship detained by Panama was bound FROM Cuba not FOR Cuba. Please make this correction to my original submission."

+ - 220 HBO Asks Google to Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player-> 1

Submitted by another random user
another random user (2645241) writes "It’s no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much pirated content as they can, but their targeting of open source software is something new. In an attempt to remove pirated copies of Game of Thrones from the Internet, HBO sent a DMCA takedown to Google, listing a copy of the popular media player VLC as a copyright infringement. An honest mistake, perhaps, but a worrying one.


Usually these notices ask Google to get rid of links to pirate sites, but for some reason the cable network also wants Google to


The same DMCA notice also lists various other links that don’t appear to link to HBO content, including a lot of porn related material, Ben Harper’s album Give Till It’s Gone, Naruto, free Java applets and Prince of Persia 5."

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+ - 198 Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Not Allow Atheists Graduate->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "the republicans in AZ are trying to force kids to swear an oath to get a diploma.

A quote from the proposed bill Arizona House Bill 2467
"Beginning in the 20132014 school year, In addition to fulfilling the course of study and assessment requirements prescribed in this chapter, before a pupil is allowed to graduate from a public high school in this state, the principal or head teacher of the school shall verify in writing that the pupil has recited the following oath:

I, _________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God. ""

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+ - 124 Stallman on Snowden ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "“I am very happy that Snowden told us what the US government and some other governments are really doing .. I had no proof – I’ve been saying for many years that if we look at the ‘Pa-Triot Act’ – I won’t call it ‘patriot’ because it’s as unpatriotic as you can get in a country based on an idea of freedom – I said, ‘look at this, I would guess that they are collecting all the data about everyone, regularly, fast enough so it doesn’t get erased between collections – but that was just a guess.”"
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+ - 192 Automatically sanitising PDF email attachments

Submitted by supachupa
supachupa (823309) writes "It seems the past couple of years that spearfishing is getting very convincing and it is becoming more and more likely someone (including myself) will accidentally click on a PDF attachment with malicious javascript embedded. It would be impossible to block PDFs as they are required for business. We do disable javascript on Adobe reader, but I would sleep a lot better knowing the code is removed completely.

I have looked high and low but could not find a cheap out of the box solution or a "how to" guide for automatically neutralising PDFs by stripping out the javascript. The closest thing I could find is using PDF2PS and then reversing the process with PS2PDF.

I wonder if any of you slashies have worked a solution for this that is not too complex, works preferably at the SMTP relay, and can work with ZIPed PDFs as well, or otherwise have some common sense advice for dealing with this so that once its in place, there is no further action required by myself or by users."

+ - 192 W3C Do Not Track chairs reject Ad industry proposal

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "W3C Do Not Track chairs reject Ad industry proposal that would allow unfettered data collection

Attached please find a document entitled “What Base Text to Use for the Do Not Track Compliance Specification.” For tonight, the document will speak for itself. It is available at: http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/2013-july-decision/

What Base Text to Use for the Do Not Track Compliance Specification

The Tracking Protection Working Group was chartered “to improve user privacy and user control by defining mechanisms for expressing user preferences around Web tracking and for blocking or allowing Web tracking elements.” The group reached an important series of decision points this summer, when participants submitted change proposals after the May face-to-face meeting. The co-chairs here record the group decision on one change proposal that presents a fork in the road, after the Digital Advertising Alliance and related participants asked to move to a new draft text. After consideration, the chairs have determined that the group has rejected that change proposal, finding it at odds with our chartered aims and the weight of group consensus.

The question before the group was whether to change its base text for the continued work on the Compliance Specification, to adopt the version proposed by the DAA or to continue addressing issues against the text proposed to the group in June. We conclude, based on the comments submitted, that the June Draft provides a better basis from which to address the criteria for a W3C standard, as understood in the Working Group, than does than the DAA Proposal. We thus will continue to use the June Draft as the base text and work through the remaining issues raised. We will not revisit the choices presented in the DAA change proposal and rejected in this decision.

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+ - 220 New Moon Found Orbiting Neptune->

Submitted by Dave Knott
Dave Knott (2917251) writes "A tiny, previously unknown moon circling Neptune has been spotted by astronomers using the Hubble telescope.

The moon, which is currently known as S/2004 N1, was found on July 1 by Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., NASA announced Monday.

It is less than 20 kilometres wide and its orbit is 105,000 kilometres from Neptune, between those of Larissa and Proteus, two of Neptune's other 14 known moons. It circles Neptune once every 23 hours."

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+ - 103 Study Finds That Google Chrome Users Tend To Ignore Security Warnings->

Submitted by peterfarker11
peterfarker11 (2985113) writes "We’re sure when browsing the internet, many of you guys have probably come across an security warning page in your browser, informing you that the page you’re about to visit could install malware onto your computer. It’s a pretty obvious warning and we’re sure no one likes having malware installed, but how many of us actually pay heed to those security pages? Well in a recent study conducted called Alice in Warningland: A Large-Scale Field Study of Browser Security Warning Effectiveness, it has been found that when compared to Mozilla Firefox users, Google Chrome users are more likely to proceed to said website in spite of being warned that it could be dangerous for their computer, and the tables above are an example of some of the numbers they collected.

The study also found that when it comes to early versions of software, like betas, developers release, or nightlies, the numbers were actually a lot higher with Chrome users averaging around 70% in clickthrough rates. It is not clear why Chrome users are so “daring”, but one of the authors in the study believed that false positives are one of the reasons, plus it could also be attributed to differing levels of competence. “Warning fatigue” is also one of the reasons the author attributed to Chrome users ignoring security warnings more than Firefox users, but what do you guys make of this study? Are you a Chrome user who goes ahead and views the website despite having received a warning about potential danger?

Related Article:
http://natachazafra.deviantart.com/art/Cruse-Associates-HK-serves-as-warning-academic-s-384573915
http://www.slideshare.net/emmajulian965/cruse-and-associates-financial-news-articles-review"

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