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+ - 274 Could you feel sorry for a simulated robot? ->

Submitted by Hallie Siegel
Hallie Siegel (2948665) writes "Robots are expensive, and they are also hard to program. As a result, researchers often use software simulations instead of real robots to study human-robot interaction. But do people interact with simulated robots in the same way they would with real robots? A new study by researchers at the University of Manitoba shows that people are more likely to empathize with real robots than with simulations."
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+ - 285 Iowa's Governor Terry Brandstad thinks he doesn't use e-mail->

Submitted by Earthquake Retrofit
Earthquake Retrofit (1372207) writes "The Washington Post reports the governor denying he uses e-mail but court documents expose his confusion.

From the article:
Branstad’s apparent confusion over smartphones, apps and e-mail is ironic because he has tried to portray himself as technologically savvy. His Instagram account has pictures of him taking selfies and using Skype... 2010 campaign ads show him tapping away on an iPad. “Want a brighter future? We’ve got an app for that.” Earlier this month, the governor’s office announced that it had even opened an account on Meerkat, the live video streaming app.

Perhaps he's distancing himself from e-mail because it's a Hillary thing."

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+ - 316 Start-ups increasingly target of hacking

Submitted by ubrgeek
ubrgeek (679399) writes "Friday's hack of Slack follows last week's compromise of Twitch.tv and is indicative of a growing problem facing start-up tech companies. As the New York Times reports, 'Breaches are becoming a kind of rite of passage for fledgling tech companies. If they gain enough momentum with users, chances are they will also become a target for hackers looking to steal, and monetize, the vast personal information they store on users, like email addresses and passwords.'"

+ - 102 Neil Dhillon->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Neil Dhillon is a graduate of The American University in Washington, DC, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science."
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+ - 102 SE Linux Troubleshooting Tool Contains Bug That Allows Local Root Escalation->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A bug in SE Linux, http://seclists.org/oss-sec/20... has been identified. The bug is considered difficult to exploit but potentially, is a serious risk. So far, the bug is known to exist in Red Hat, Fedora 21 and Ubuntu (version unspecified) but could be extant in other versions too. An exploit has already found it's way onto github and is discussed in a blog dated 25 Mar 2015 which links to the github page.

Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) is a Linux kernel security module that provides a mechanism for supporting access control security policies, including United States Department of Defense–style mandatory access controls (MAC)."

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+ - 102 Intel Finally Has a Challenger in the Server Market: IBM->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "With AMD's fade out from the server market and the rapid decline of RISC systems, Intel has stood atop the server market all by itself. But now IBM, through its OpenPOWER Foundation, could give Intel and its server OEMs a real fight in China, which is a massive server market. As the investor group Motley Fool notes, OpenPOWER is a threat to Intel in the Chinese server market because the government has been actively pushing homegrown solutions over foreign technology, and many of the Foundation members like Tyan are from China."
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+ - 133 Newspapers Use Special HTML Tags to Suppress Ads During Tragedies

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Lily Hay Newman reports that when big news stories evolve into tragedies and people are flocking to read the latest bulletins online, many major newspapers have measures in place so there isn't a dancing Geico newt competing with dire news. The NYT confirmed that the site has a manual switch that can put individual articles in "sensitivity" mode. The settings seem to be either standard, "noads," or finally "tragedy," depending on the content of the story. In the case of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525, the Times eventually upgraded to tragedy. "It’s interesting in part because it’s almost an acknowledgement that ads are invasive and uncomfortable," says Parker Higgins referring to the meta tag: meta property="ad_sensitivity" content="noads". "There are no Google results for the tag, so it looks like it hasn’t been documented," says Parker, "but it seems like a pretty low-tech way to keep possibly insensitive ads off a very sensitive story—an admirable effort." After all, the Internet is filled with lists of unfortunate ad placements, and the worst ones are probably upbeat ads intruding on solemn moments. "In these types of tragedy cases, it’s an editorial decision that we make," says a spokeswoman for CNN Digital."

+ - 205 Google loses ruling in Safari tracking case->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "The floodgates are now open for UK users to sue Google over privacy violations tied to tracking cookies.

In a landmark ruling, the UK's Court of Appeal has dismissed Google's request to prevent British Web users from suing the company over tracking cookies and privacy violations.

The decision was announced Friday, according to the BBC.

The case revolves around Apple's Safari browser, Google's Safari workaround, and cookies — small text files installed on PCs that record data on surfing activity. In spite of default privacy settings and user preferences — including an opt-out of consent to be tracked by cookies — Google's tracking cookies gathered information on Safari browser users for nine months in 2011 and 2012.

Google profits from DoubleClick tracking cookies by installing them on computing devices and leading users to tailored advertisements. The DoubleClick ID Cookie, when settled within a user's browser, tracks and gathers data about the user based on Web activity and searches.

This information can include surfing habits, ethnicity, sexual interests, religious and political beliefs, and potentially financial data."

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+ - 102 DHS / ICE and City of London Police Make Piracy Fight Official->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "City of London Police and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations underlined their relationship this week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding. Focusing on IP crime, the agencies collaborate to suspend domains, shut down file-sharing sites, and arrest uploaders.

Some of the first major signs that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) had entered the online piracy fight came with the shuttering of streaming site NinjaVideo and the seizing of several piracy-related domains in the summer of 2010. Months later a torrent search engine was also targeted."

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+ - 240 Exclusive: Widespread security flaw affects hundreds of UK news sites->

Submitted by Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson (3799011) writes "A security flaw has been discovered in a number of UK news websites, potentially placing 24.5 million users at risk. The problem was found in websites run by Johnston Press, a UK media group that is responsible for scores of regional news websites. A cross-site scripting security flaw can be used to redirect visitors to malicious websites — and it's worryingly simple to exploit.

Security researcher Bute Logic found that sites such as Worthing Herald can be easily commandeered using XSS. He demonstrated the vulnerability by using a custom URL to generate a popup on Johnston Press websites and explained that the very same technique could be used to redirect visitors to a phishing website."

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+ - 123 Material Made From Crustaceans Could Combat Military Mortalities->

Submitted by MTorrice
MTorrice (2611475) writes "A foam composed of a polymer derived from crustacean shells may prevent more soldiers from falling victim to the most prolific killer on the battlefield: blood loss.

Pressure is one of the best tools that medics have to fight bleeding, but they can’t use it on severe wounds near organs. Here, compression could do more harm than good. First responders have no way to effectively dam blood flows from these noncompressible injuries, which account for the majority of hemorrhagic deaths. The new foam could help stop bleeding in these types of injuries.

It relies on chitosan, a biopolymer that comes from processed crustacean shells. By modifying the chitosan, the developers gave the material the ability to anchor blood cells into gel-like networks, essentially forming blood clots. The researchers dispersed the modified chitosan in water to create a fluid they could spray directly onto noncompressible wounds."

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+ - 103 Iran Has Boosted Cyber Spending Twelvefold, Despite Sanctions->

Submitted by st2434
st2434 (4054217) writes "Iran’s cybersecurity budget has increased twelvefold under President Hassan Rouhani since his rise to power just two years ago, despite sanctions and economic distress in the country. According to a British technology research firm, Iran’s cybersecurity budget was $3.4 million per year in August 2013. The planned cybersecurity budget for 2015 is $19.8 million.

Rouhani was lauded for lessened Iran’s online censorship restrictions, including refusing to ban secure messaging service WhatsApp. His Twitter account has over 300,000 followers, while his foreign minister, Javad Zarif, has 220,000 followers. During his campaign for president, he stated, “Filtering has not even stopped people from accessing unethical websites. Widespread online filtering will only increase distrust between people and the state.”

Iran has increased its cyber spending in part in reaction to the attack known as Stuxnet, which was launched by the United States and Israel and destroyed Iranian nuclear centrifuges. Many experts now describe Iran as one of the top five stronger cyber powers in the world. Two years ago, Iran formed a Supreme Council of Cyberspace that includes Rouhani and meets once a month. Iran has also strengthened cybersecurity research partnerships with Russia, a country with one of the most advanced cyber capabilities in the world. Iran was able to reverse engineer a US drone that crashed within its borders; it required advanced techniques to hack into the software of the drone.

A 2014 report said that Iranian hacking groups had compromised critical infrastructure in over a dozen countries, including the United States. One hacking group, dubbed Operation Cleaves, had infiltrated at least 50 companies in 15 critical industries in 16 countries. The US targets included a large airline, a medical university, a natural gas company, an automaker, a defense contractor, and a major military installation."

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+ - 119 Underhanded government practices get a skewering->

Submitted by fyngyrz
fyngyrz (762201) writes "Blogger and activist Maggie McNeil puts fingers to keyboard in an amazingly concise, robust and well-cited takedown of quite a few police and government practices slashdotters condemn on a regular basis. Well worth a read, and it is also worth following the various links in the post; they range from eye-opening to absolutely horrifying."
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+ - 105 Notel media player helps North Koreans skirt censorship->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A small portable media device, costing roughly $50, is allowing North Koreans to access and view foreign media despite tight government censorship, according to a Reuters report [http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/03/27/uk-northkorea-change-insight-idUKKBN0MM2UW20150327]. The ‘Notel’, a mashup of notebook and television, is being described as a symbol of change in the repressed society. Used to watch DVDs and shared content from USB sticks and SD cards, the media player can be easily concealed and transported among families and friends. According to correspondents in the region, as many as half of all urban North Korean households have a notel and are swapping a broad range of banned media such as soaps and TV dramas from South Korea and China, Hollywood blockbusters, and news clips — all of which is strictly forbidden by Pyongyang law."
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+ - 102 Toshiba Announces 3D Flash With 48 Layers -- The Industry's Densest ->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Admitting it has bumped up against a 15 nanometer process wall, Toshiba announced it's focusing its efforts on three dimensional NAND using its Bit Cost Scalable technology in order to increase capacity. It has dedicated a Japanese fab plant to it and developed 48-level 3D NAND, which bumps density up 33% over previous 3D NAND flash. The new 3D NAND will be able to store 128Gb of data per chip (16GB). Samsung has been mass producing 32-layer, triple-level cell (TLC) 3D NAND since last October and has incorporated it into some of its least expensive SSDs. Yesterday, Micron and Intel announced their own 32-layer 3D TLC NAND, which they claimed will lead to 10TB SSDs. While Toshiba's 3D NAND is multi-level cell (meaning it stores two bits per transistor versus three), the company does plan on developing a TLC version. Toshiba said it's not abandoning 15nm floating gate flash, but it will focus those efforts on lower capacity applications."
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+ - 194 Intel Helps Coreboot With Broadwell Support Code

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Intel Linux developers have landed a lot of Broadwell CPU architecture enablement code into Coreboot. While there has been basic Broadwell support code within Coreboot for a number of months, pushed in the past few hours has been a lot more Broadwell code. This is likely an indication that more Google Chromebooks based on this latest-generation Intel architecture should be surfacing soon. See the patches in Coreboot Git browser."

+ - 121 The Deep Web's Suicide Site Is Even Darker Than You Thought->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "The deep web is not just a place for drugs and criminals. It hosts whistleblower platforms, Chinese netizens circumventing the country’s censorship Great Firewall, and a lot of other perfectly legal websites—heck, even Facebook is on it.

There’s also a new website that’s on the edge between legality and illegality, between empathy and what some would see as sinfulness: a forum to discuss anything related to suicide, from suicidal thoughts and fantasies, to actual methods of killing oneself.

It’s called Sanctioned Suicide, and its professed ethos is to give anyone a safe and completely anonymous haven to talk about their darkest thoughts."

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+ - 102 F8: Facebook launches open-source JavaScript library to speed mobile development->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "After changing course on HTML5 cross platform mobile development, Facebook is taking another stab at the inefficiencies of building separate native mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms with a new open-source Javascript project.

At its F8 developer conference this week, Facebook released React-Native, a cross-platform JavaScript library that accelerates app development for iOS and Android.

React-Native shouldn't be confused with a return to a write-once-run-everywhere (WORE) mobile strategy. More accurately for developers, it's more of a learn-once-write-everywhere mobile strategy."

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