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The Almighty Buck

+ - 178 High-Frequency Traders Are the Ultimate Hackers, Says Mark Cuban->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Billionaire Mark Cuban talks in an interview with the Wall Street Journal about how he thinks high-frequency trading can be quite damaging to stock markets. He goes so far as to call high-frequency traders the 'ultimate hackers.' He says, 'They’re running software programs that have one goal, and that’s to exploit the trading systems as early and often as possible. As someone who wrote software for eight years and who keeps up very closely with the technology world, that scared the hell out of me. The only certainty in the software world is that there is no such thing as bug-free software. When software programs are trying to outsmart other software programs and hack the world’s trading platforms, that is a recipe for disaster. ... How many times an hour are there failures across individual equities around the world because of software running algorithms battling each other for supremacy to make a profitable trade? We have no idea. It’s not a question of if or when we have meltdowns, it’s just a question of how big and where. It’s straight out of War Games. And that’s before we even get to the possibility of nefarious or sovereign hackers getting involved.'"
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+ - 240 Pentagon's Zombie Satellite Program Comes to Life->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A year old DARPA program which aims to recycle satellites in orbit has started it's next phase... looking for a guinea pig defunct satellite to use for evaluating the technology required. The program involves a Dr Frankensat 'complete with mechanical arms and other “unique tools”' and blank "satlets" to build upon.

Need parts! Kill the little one!"

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Linux

+ - 181 Raspberry Pi To Cross The Ocean In Autonomous Boat->

Submitted by lukehopewell1
lukehopewell1 (1855440) writes "The Raspberry Pi is a triumph in computing, and it's now set to become a triumph in robotics as one developer plans to build a model boat around it and sail it across the Atlantic Ocean, completely unmanned.

It's codenamed "FishPi" and will see a model boat sail across the Atlantic all by itself save for a camera, GPS module, compass and solar panels. It's only a proof of concept right now, but if this guy set it up on Kickstarter and offered a live stream of the crossing, I'd be opening my wallet."

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Your Rights Online

+ - 168 Lying Online No Longer a Crime in RI->

Submitted by stevegee58
stevegee58 (1179505) writes "In an outbreak of common sense, Rhode Island repealed an obscure law enacted in 1989 that made it a crime to lie in online postings. Violations of this law carried a maximum penalty of $500 and up to a year in prison.

From the article:

""This law made virtually the entire population of Rhode Island a criminal," said Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union. "When this bill was enacted nobody had any idea what its ramifications were. Telling fibs may be wrong, but it shouldn't be criminal activity."

The law aimed to stop fraud, con artists and scammers, but also outlawed the "transmission of false data" regardless of whether liars stood to profit from their deception or not.""

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Education

+ - 204 Bill Gates Says Tablets Aren't Much Help in Education->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a detailed interview on the future of education, Bill Gates was surprisingly down on tablets in education — considering that Microsoft just released Surface. He said low-cost PCs are the thing for students. And he dismissed the idea that giving gadgets to students will bring change, saying that approach has "a really horrible track record.""
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Privacy

+ - 214 Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law Of Robotics To Smartphones->

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "Free software lawyer and activist Eben Moglen plans to give a talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York next month on the need to apply Isaac Asimov's laws of robotics to our personal devices like smartphones. Here's a preview:

"In [1960s] science fiction, visionaries perceived that in the middle of the first quarter of the 21st century, we’d be living contemporarily with robots.

They were correct. We do...We carry them everywhere we go. They see everything, they’re aware of our position, our relationship to other human beings and other robots, they mediate an information stream about us, which allows other people to predict and know our conduct and intentions and capabilities better than we can predict them ourselves.

But we grew up imagining that these robots would have, incorporated in their design, a set of principles...We imagined that robots would be designed so that they could never hurt a human being. These robots have no such commitments. These robots hurt us every day.

They work for other people. They’re designed, built and managed to provide leverage and control to people other than their owners. Unless we retrofit the first law of robotics onto them immediately, we’re cooked."

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Open Source

+ - 147 Hip hop artists developing open source beat making software->

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caseyb89
caseyb89 writes "Beat making software is incredibly expensive, and the high price limits usage to those who can afford it. Two professors at UNC have a dream of allowing all artists access to beat making software, regardless of income level. They are rallying the community on a project to create open source beat making software. The two professors double as DJs and hip hop artists, and they recently spoke at Rio+Social."
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KDE

+ - 210 Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Peter Penz has been a KDE user K Desktop Environment 1.2 and led the development of the Dolphin file manager for the past six years, but now he's quitting KDE development and handing off Dolphin. The reasons for quitting KDE development are described in his blog post where he speaks of KDE losing competitiveness to Apple and Microsoft, increased complexity, and other reasons. Are open-source desktops losing?"
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Piracy

+ - 217 UK's 'Three Strikes' Piracy Measures Published->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "The UK regulator Ofcom, has published details of plans to disconnect illegal file-sharers. It is the "three strikes" policy which ISPs unsuccessfully appealed against, and requires ISPs to keep a list of persistent copyright infringers (identified as usual by their IP address...). ISPs will have to send monthly warning letters to those who infringe above a certain threshold. If a user gets three letters within a single year, the ISP must hand anonymised details to the copyright owner, who can apply for a court order to obtain the infringer's identity (or at least, an identity associated with that IP address)."
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Biotech

+ - 170 Injected proteins protect mice from lethal radiation dose->

Submitted by ananyo
ananyo (2519492) writes "Two anti-clotting compounds already approved for use in humans may have a surprising role in treating radiation sickness. Last year's nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, renewed anxiety over the lack of treatments for radiation poisoning. It was long thought that the effects of exposure to high doses of radiation were instantaneous and irreversible, leading to destruction of the gut and loss of bone marrow cells, which damages blood-cell production and the immune system.
The two compounds are thrombomodulin (Solulin/Recomodulin), currently approved in Japan to prevent thrombosis, and activated protein C (Xigris). Treating mice with either drug post-exposure led to an eightfold increase in key bone marrow cells needed for the production of white blood cells, and improved the survival rates of mice receiving lethal radiation doses by 40–80% (abstract).
And yes, the lead author's name really is Geiger."

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Australia

+ - 180 Australian telco causes minor panic while preparing web filter->

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Twisted64
Twisted64 writes "Australia's largest telco, Telstra, has been frightening users of its mobile data services for the last week. Logging revealed that HTTP requests from a mobile device on Telstra's network were duplicated with a request from another server, located in Chicago.

Eyebrows were raised on the Whirlpool forums, with fears that Telstra was giving up Australian browsing data to a US company and therefore the US government. Following a well-worded letter Telstra revealed today that the reason for this behaviour is that the company is preparing an opt-in web filter.

Personally, while the idea of my browsing data being logged anywhere does not fill me with joy, the idea of the US government having access to it (randomised or not) is probably going to be enough to make me switch to an inferior carrier once my current plan ends."

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Government

+ - 234 ADA to force Netflix to provid closed captioning on content-> 2

Submitted by Shivetya
Shivetya (243324) writes "A judge has decided that the American Disabilities Act requires services like Netflix to provide Closed Captioning support for any video it streams on its website. The easiest means to comply would be to remove all videos which do not have a closed captioning component, the other route would require Netflix to pay to have this done to any video it wants to provide. The implications to other provides is immense as well."
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EU

+ - 255 EU Commissioner Reveals He Will Simply Ignore Any Rejection Of ACTA->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "whatever happens next week, the European Commission will wait for the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to rule on whether ACTA is compatible with EU law. If it is found to be incompatible, De Gucht admits that rather than accept this ruling, the European Commission will try to find some trick to circumvent it:
If the Court questions the conformity of the agreement with the Treaties we will assess at that stage how this can be addressed.
This implicitly confirms that the referral was simply a way to buy time, rather than an honest question about ACTA's legality."

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Bug

+ - 216 Journal: new fallacy 10

Journal by Bill Dog

It is claimed that there is a certain kind of logical fallacy, dubbed "No true Scotsman". But the logical fallacy is only in its ever being applied, what I hereby officially dub as the "the 'No true Scotsman' logical fallacy applies here" logical fallacy. Or the TNTSLFAH fallacy, for short.

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