+ - 226 Kim Dotcom launches end-to-end encrypted voice chat 'Skype killer'->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Kim Dotcom’s encrypted file sharing service has added free end-to-end encrypted voice and video chat through the browser.

MegaChat, which promises to keep video chats secure and private, has been developed by the Mega “Conspiracy Team” and is being described as a “Skype killer” by Dotcom.

“We are releasing #MegaChat beta step by step. Starting with video calling today. Text chat & video conferencing will follow soon,” said Dotcom.

MegaChat does not require software beyond a web browser to operate, unlike many other similar services, although plugins for Google’s Chrome and Firefox are available for “faster loading and added resilience against attacks”.

‘No US-based online service provider can be trusted’
The system allows users to share encrypted files having previously shared a personal decryption key with them."

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+ - 168 Odroid-C1 Project->

Submitted by DougDot
DougDot (966387) writes "Back in July, 2013 I put together a couple of fun Raspberry Pi projects: an NFS and Minidlna server, and an XBMC home entertainment system component.

Last month I purchased a couple of Odroid-C1 units which looked interesting because for the same $35 as the Pi you got a slightly smaller SBC with approximately 6X the power.

Pi CPU: ARM 700MHz, C1; Quad-core ARM 1.5GHz
Pi GPU: 24 GFLOPS, C1: 54 GFLOPS
Pi 2 USB 2.0 ports, C1 4 USB 2.0 ports
Pi Ethernet: 100MB/s, C1 Ethernet: Gigabit

Both the Pi and the C1 draw approximately 3 — 4 watts when idling."

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+ - 194 Ed Felten: California Must Lead on Cybersecurity

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a Sacramento Bee op-ed, (in)famous computer security researcher Ed Felten responds to the State of the Union cybersecurity proposal. He doesn't mince words: 'The odds of clearing Congress: low. The odds of materially improving security: even lower.'

What he suggests as an alternative, though, is a surprise. 'California,' he writes, 'could blaze a trail for effective cybersecurity policy.' He calls for the state government to protect critical infrastructure and sensitive data, relying on outside auditors and experts.

It's an interesting idea. Even if it doesn't go anywhere, at least it's some fresh thinking in this area of backward policy."

+ - 295 Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Higher Broadband Definition

Submitted by WheezyJoe
WheezyJoe (1168567) writes "Responding to the FCC's proposal to raise the definition of broadband from 4Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream to 25Mbps down and 3Mbps up, the lobby group known as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) wrote in an FCC filing Thursday that 25Mbps/3Mbps isn't necessary for ordinary people. The lobby alleges that hypothetical use cases offered for showing the need for 25Mbps/3Mbps "dramatically exaggerate the amount of bandwidth needed by the typical broadband user", referring to parties in favor of the increase like Netflix and Public Knowledge.

Verizon, for its part, is also lobbying against a faster broadband definition. Much of its territory is still stuck on DSL which is far less capable of 25Mbps/3Mbps speeds than cable technology.

The FCC presently defines broadband as 4Mbps down and 1Mbps up, a definition that hasn't changed since 2010. By comparison, people in Sweden can pay about $40 a month for 100/100 mbps, choosing between more than a dozen competing providers. The FCC is under mandate to determine whether broadband is being deployed to Americans in a reasonable and timely way, and the commission must take action to accelerate deployment if the answer is negative. Raising the definition's speeds provides more impetus to take actions that promote competition and remove barriers to investment, such as a potential move to preempt state laws that restrict municipal broadband projects."

+ - 238 Pivotal to abandon Groovy and Grails->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Pivotal have decided to end funding for future Groovy and Grails development to "concentrate resources on accelerating both commercial and open source projects that support its growing traction in Platform-as-a-Service, Data, and Agile development""
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+ - 102 Javscript external refs broken from aspnetcdn.net, breaking all referring webs?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Is it possible for one javascript serving website to take down a nontrivial % of sites on the web? Even major ones? Has this been happening since Friday?

----- SNIP — from Reddit....

Ok, since Friday mid-evening EST from the comfort of my livingroom I have been investigating why certain websites seem to be unavailable and broken. I am a Verizon FIOS subscriber in Hudson Country NJ, for point of source reference.
What I found is fascinating so far. I am neither a networking nor javascript expert, but perhaps I know enough to shoot my own foot off with a silly post here....
I noticed first: support.microsoft.com technet.microsoft.com (and I am not a m$ft guy.... just had a problem uninstalling some of their crapware) tumblr.com .... many others Including hulu plus were failing and unable to be loaded, though everything else worked perfectly.
What I found is ... nslookups, all good, traceroutes (partially good), and curls without recursion definitely good.
Checked Internet Pulse (and others): http://www.internetpulse.net/M... — Fri-Now, big issue Sat morning with lots of errors on L3 peering, up to 14% packet loss
Checked Digital Attack Map (and others): — Typical, I guess, not an expert there but the attack volume over time didn't seem to indicate anything special
Started Checking these sites with Chrome Dev View.... (where things got interesting): — Main pages load, routes ok, recursion into imports/includes start — Always fails on ajax.aspnetcdn.com includes for javascripts — Found first, http://ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax... always fails, thought it was JQuery related. — Then found that 1.7, and other .js's were failing — Found connection reset was common with non https — Found curl: Unknown SSL protocol error in connection to ??? where applicable.
Google referenced ajax works fine, so where I am going with this, is there a problem with anything that directly references, or indirectly:
http://ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax...
But everything that either caches those scripts themselves or references:
http://ajax.googleapis.com/aja...
Is ok at the moment?
Anyone able to confirm there is some nefarious issue with external references to the microsoft hosted scripts?
(Not going to get into the wisdom of building some % of the global internet with achilles heals like this....)
Notes: — Javascripts are not the only thing failing, but clearly I see them as a higher % of failures than other things like images and css scripts and other compound/custom URLs which are not clear as to the internals on the backend.
Output:
curl 'http://ajax.aspnetcdn.com/ajax/jQuery/jquery-1.5.1.min.js' -H 'Accept: /' -H 'Referer: http://support2.microsoft.com/...' -H 'User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_9_5) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/40.0.2214.91 Safari/537.36' --compressed curl: (56) Recv failure: Connection reset by peer
traceroute ajax.aspnetcdn.com traceroute to cs1.wpc.v0cdn.net (93.184.215.200), 64 hops max, 52 byte packets 1 wireless_broadband_router (192.168.1.1) 1.251 ms 0.987 ms 0.996 ms 2 masked....(...) 14.071 ms 19.181 ms 6.934 ms 3 masked....(...) 11.748 ms 18.271 ms 8.143 ms 4 * * * 5 masked....(...) 12.694 ms 29.482 ms 20.443 ms 6 edgecast.com.customer.alter.net (152.193.2.10) 46.581 ms edgecast.com.customer.alter.net (152.193.2.58) 42.549 ms 24.093 ms 7 93.184.215.200 (93.184.215.200) 28.393 ms 24.488 ms 15.412 ms
Same CURL from Google (love ya)
curl 'http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.5.1/jquery.min.js' -H 'Accept: /' -H 'Referer: http://support2.microsoft.com/...' -H 'User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_9_5) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/40.0.2214.91 Safari/537.36' --compressed /*! * jQuery JavaScript Library v1.5.1 * http://jquery.com/ * * Copyright 2011, John Resig * Dual licensed under the MIT or GPL Version 2 licenses. * http://jquery.org/license * * Includes Sizzle.js * http://sizzlejs.com/ * Copyright 2011, The Dojo Foundation * Released under the MIT, BSD, and GPL Licenses. * * Date: Wed Feb 23 13:55:29 2011 -0500 */ (function(a,b){function cg(a(RESPONSE TRUNCATED MANUALLY BY ME FOR THIS POST.max(f.documentElement["client"+c],f.body["scroll"+c],f.documentElement["scroll"+c],f.body["offset"+c],f.documentElement["offset"+c]);if(a===b){var h=d.css(f,e),i=parseFloat(h);return d.isNaN(i)?h:i}return this.css(e,typeof a==="string"?a:a+"px")}}),a.jQuery=a.$=d})(window);"

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+ - 230 DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "After last Wednesday's Windows 10 event, early adopters and IT types were probably anxious for Microsoft to release the next preview build. Fortunately, it didn't take long as it came out on Friday, and it's safe to say that it introduced even more than many were anticipating (but still no Spartan browser). However, in case you missed it, DirectX 12 is actually enabled in this Windows 10 release, though unfortunately we'll need to wait for graphics drivers and apps that support it, to take advantage of DX 12 features and performance enhancements."
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+ - 218 Conference calls a waste of time? In 1915, this one made history->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "These days, making a call across the U.S. is so easy that people often don’t even know they’re talking coast to coast. But 100 years ago Sunday, it took a hackathon, a new technology and an international exposition to make it happen.
The first commercial transcontinental phone line opened on Jan. 25, 1915, with a call from New York to the site of San Francisco’s Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Alexander Graham Bell made the call to his assistant, Thomas Watson. Just 39 years earlier, Bell had talked to Watson on the first ever phone call, in Boston, just after Bell had patented the telephone."

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+ - 164 Maurice Sinet, Charlie Hebdo and freedom of speech in France->

Submitted by big3ndian
big3ndian (872032) writes "Let us not forget about Maurice Sinet. Sinet was a Hebdo cartoonist for 20 years until he was fired in 2009. His crime? Publishing a cartoon lampooning Sarkozy and his Jewish mistress. Not only was Sinet fired, he was arrested for 'anti-semitism'. Alas, it seems French 'freedom of speech' is not universal."
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+ - 246 SpaceX, US Air Force settle spy sat dispute->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "The US Air Force and private space flight company SpaceX have settled their dispute involving military’s expendable rocket program thereby paving way for the latter to join the spy satellite launch programme under Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV). The settlement opens doors for SpaceX to compete with United Launch Alliance (ULA) for launch of spy satellites. ULA is a joint Boeing-Lockheed venture – the only private player to have received clearance for launching black ops satellites."
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+ - 288 Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "The Independent reports that hacktivist group Anonymous, in a project named Operation DeathEaters, is calling for help in its fight against international pedophile networks, or what it calls the “paedosadist industry” and has issued a video instructing activists on how they can aid in the operation. The Anonymous project is intended to break what it says is a conspiracy of silence among sympathetic politicians, police and mainstream media to downplay the full extent of the online child sex industry. “The premise behind OpDeathEaters is to expose high level complicity, obstruction of justice and cover-up in the paedo-sadist industry in order to show the need for independent inquiries,” says Heather Marsh, an online activist who is helping to co-ordinate the operation and describes herself as an “old friend” of Anonymous. The Anonymous database, which will be hosted on the GitHub online repository, promises to collate cases from all around the world, cross-referencing connections within sub-groups including the police, armed forces, schoolteachers, politicians, media, academics and religious organisations. The database’s ultimate purpose has yet to be fully determined, but in the first instance the group says it wants to shut down the child-sex industry by “dismantling the power structure which held it there” and by “educating to create a cultural change”.

The group is calling on volunteers to help with the ongoing work, which has been divided into three steps. The first is about collecting “all the factual information,” second is to “share that information as widely as possible,” and the third step is “to set up an independent, internationally linked, inquiry into all the areas which do not appear to have been investigated properly.” Activists point to the muted media coverage given to a recent case in Washington DC in which Michael Centanni, a senior Republican fundraiser, was charged with child sex offences after investigators traced transmissions of child pornography to his computers in his basement. The case was not covered by The Washington Post or the New York Times, and was only picked up by a local NBC affiliate state and The Washington Examiner, a small conservative paper in the city. According to the court filings, Centanni was found in possession of 3,000 images, many apparently filmed in his own bedroom, including one showing a man raping a five year old girl who cries “no” and “mommy” while the man says “good baby” and “stop crying,” according to one filing."

+ - 212 Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor Of Kentucky

Submitted by AlCapwn
AlCapwn (1536173) writes "Drew Curtis has announced on Friday that he will be running for governor of Kentucky

"We have a theory that we’re about to see a huge change in how elections and politics work. Across the country, we have seen regular citizens stepping up and challenging the status quo built by political parties and career politicians. They have been getting closer and closer to victory and, here in Kentucky, we believe we have a chance to win and break the political party stronghold for good.""

+ - 246 Omand Warns Of 'Ethically Worse' Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "In their attempts to kill off strong encryption once and for all, top officials of the intelligence services are coming out with increasingly hyperbolic statements about why this should be done. Now, a former head of GCHQ, Sir David Omand has said: "One of the results of Snowden is that companies are now heavily encrypting [communications] end to end. Intelligence agencies are not going to give up trying to get the bad guys. They will have to get closer to the bad guys. I predict we will see more close access work." According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which reported his words from a talk he gave earlier this week, by this he meant things like physical observation, bugging rooms, and breaking into phones or computers. "You can say that will be more targeted but in terms of intrusion into personal privacy — collateral intrusion into privacy — we are likely to end up in an ethically worse position than we were before." That's remarkable for its implied threat: if you don't let us ban or backdoor strong encryption, we're going to start breaking into your homes."

+ - 115 Why We Still Can't Really Put Anything In The Public Domain

Submitted by Press2ToContinue
Press2ToContinue (2424598) writes "While you can make a public domain dedication or (more recently) use the Creative Commons CC0 tool to do so, there's no clear way within the law to actually declare something in the public domain. Instead, the public domain declarations are really more of a promise not to make use of the exclusionary rights provided under copyright.

On the "public domain day" of Copyright Week, Public Knowledge has pointed out that it's time that it became much easier to put things into the public domain. Specifically, the PK post highlights that thanks to the way copyright termination works, even someone who puts their works into the public domain could pull them back out of the public domain after 35 years."

+ - 292 Fish Found Living Half A Mile Under Antarctic Ice

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "Researchers were startled to find fish, crustaceans and jellyfish investigating a submersible camera after drilling through nearly 2,500 feet (740 meters) of Antarctic ice.

The swimmers are in one of the world's most extreme ecosystems, hidden beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, roughly 530 miles (850 kilometers) from the open ocean. "This is the closest we can get to something like Europa," said Slawek Tulaczyk, a glaciologist at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a chief scientist on the drilling project.

More pictures here."

+ - 328 Ask Slashdot: GPU of choice for OpenCL on Linux?

Submitted by Bram Stolk
Bram Stolk (24781) writes "So, I am running GNU/Linux on a modern Haswell CPU, with an old Radeon HD5xxx from 2009. I'm pretty happy with the open source Gallium driver for 3D acceleration.

But now I want to do some GPGPU development using OpenCL on this box, and the old GPU will no longer cut it. What do my fellow technophiles from slashdot recommend as a replacement GPU? Go nVidia, go AMD, or just use the integrated Intel GPU instead? Bonus points for open sourced solutions. Performance not really important, but OpenCL driver maturity is."

+ - 173 New Study Questions Low-Salt Diet Benefits

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "From the i-wish-they-would-make-up-their-minds dept.

A new study adds more fuel to the debate over restricting sodium levels for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and reducing mortality. "We didn't find any benefit," lead investigator Dr Andreas Kalogeropoulos (Emory University, Atlanta, GA) said of lowering sodium levels to less than 1500 mg per day, "but having said that, we did not find any harm either."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends a maximum daily sodium intake of 2300 mg for the general population and 1500 mg for individuals 51 years of age and older. The American Heart Association (AHA), also support reducing dietary sodium levels but are even more aggressive in their targets, recommending all individuals aim for, at most, 1500 mg of sodium daily.

This isn't the first study to question those recommendations. In 2013, these aggressive targets were challenged when the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted a comprehensive review of the literature and concluded there was simply no evidence to recommend lowering sodium to levels in federal dietary guidelines. The IOM even stated the evidence wasn't strong enough to recommend lowering daily sodium intake to the 1500- to 2300-mg/day range.

The AHA responds , other experts weigh in."

+ - 470 Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Jennifer Abel writes at the LA times that according to a recent survey over 80% of Americans says they support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Ilya Somin, writing about the survey at the Washington Post, suggested that a mandatory label for foods containing DNA might sound like this: "WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children."

The report echoes a well-known joke/prank wherein people discuss the dangers of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide" also known as hydrogen oxide and hydrogen hydroxide. Search online for information about dihydrogen monoxide, and you'll find a long list of scary-sounding and absolutely true warnings about it: the nuclear power industry uses enormous quantities of it every year. Dihydrogen monoxide is used in the production of many highly toxic pesticides, and chemical weapons banned by the Geneva Conventions. Dihydrogen monoxide is found in all tumors removed from cancer patients, and is guaranteed fatal to humans in large quantities and even small quantities can kill you, if it enters your respiratory system. In 2006, in Louisville, Kentucky, David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corporation, a public body that operates Waterfront Park, wished to deter bathers from using a large public fountain. "Counting on a lack of understanding about water's chemical makeup," he arranged for signs reading: "DANGER! – WATER CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF HYDROGEN – KEEP OUT" to be posted on the fountain at public expense"

+ - 147 The workflow involved in purchasing a Metro Card->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Slashdot being a geek site I am submitting a link to a very finely crafted workflow analysis comparing the buying of a Metro Card in New York Subway versus that in the Bay Area Rapid Transit

First, start with this simple workflow diagram — http://dhkzkmq0ef5g3.cloudfron...

Comparing the two you would notice that in order to add money to the Metro Card of the New York Subway you need to touch the touchscreen panel on the ticket selling machine at least 6 times. On the other hand, for the Bay Area Rapit Transit (BART), well, you see it for yourself on that diagram

The article does not only talk about the work flow per se, but also the insanely cumbersome UI which does no one any good

I hope y'all gonna enjoy the article as much as I did !"

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