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+ - 102 The iana and denial of service attacks

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The IANA can be on the wrong side of denial of service attacks. It may shock you to know that The IANA promotes DoS attacks while hiding that fact from the public.

Joejolly’s blog contains information on this experience with a DoS attack from a company whose IP address is registered in the name of The IANA but The IANA won’t reveal that name. The IANA suggested the attack may have come from the victim’s printer or camera.

The offending company manufactures equipment for the Internet and is, without the permission of the IP address owner, using that address as if that company owned it. Joejolly’s blog gives a complete description of the DoS attacks(every 3 seconds)."

+ - 102 NATURE: CO2 makes growing seasons longer->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new study confirms that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide lengthens the plant growing season.

Previous studies have documented a lengthening of the growing season in many parts of the world. In the United States, the time between the last spring frost and the first autumn freeze has gone up by nearly two weeks since 19002; in Europe, a study of more than 540 plant species found that, on average, spring events such as flowering had shifted about a week earlier from 1971 to 2000, and the onset of autumn had been pushed back by about four days3.

Such shifts have long been attributed to warming temperatures. But CO2 also plays a part, says study co-author Heidi Steltzer, an ecosystem ecologist at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Putting aside the uncertainty about whether carbon dioxide can even cause global warming, the assumption that global warming itself will be a bad thing has never been demonstrated clearly, while there is evidence that it might actually be beneficial."
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+ - 103 Micro SD card data recovery->

Submitted by niyuyang
niyuyang (3630539) writes "The capacity of Micro SD card keeps increasing, so many users would like to store some important and frequently used data into Micro SD card of a cellphone. Although it is convenient to store data with Micro SD card, it is very troublesome if data loss problems occur. It is not easy to carry out Micro SD card data recovery because most users have no professional technology; but resorting to professional data recovery companies will cost much money. This situation makes users between hard place and rock. Actually, there is an effective solution: professional data recovery software. Some users may feel puzzled. They may raise this question: I'm using Mac, but most data recovery software is aimed at Windows. Can't I recover lost data from Micro SD card? Yes, you can. Even if you are a Mac user, there is professional Mac disk recovery software which will help. The famous Canadian software development company MiniTool Solution Ltd., after several years of research on Mac storage principle, has finally developed the professional Mac data recovery software MiniTool Mac Data Recovery. This professional data recovery software is able to help Mac users recover lost data from Micro SD card.

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+ - 244 Apple, Google agree to settle lawsuit alleging hiring conspiracy

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A group of tech companies including Google and Apple have agreed to settle an antitrust lawsuit over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. From the article: 'Tech workers filed a class action lawsuit against Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Inc and Adobe Systems Inc in 2011, alleging they conspired to refrain from soliciting one another's employees in order to avert a salary war. Trial had been scheduled to begin at the end of May on behalf of roughly 64,000 workers in the class.'"

+ - 146 Scientist urges 'Friends of the Moon' to campaign for NASA lunar return->

Submitted by MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "While NASA insists that expeditions to the lunar surface are off the table in its exploration roadmap, push back continues from many quarters, including the scientific community. Leonard David mentioned on a post on his blog “Inside Outer Space” that Clive Neal, a Civil Engineering & Geological Sciences professor and lunar expert at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana has urged a letter writing campaign to persuade Congress to compel the space agency to put a lunar return back on the space exploration agenda."
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+ - 151 Google's Glass Explorer Program Was A Social Experiment That Backfired->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a much celebrated launch, Google allowed early adopters to shell out $1,500 get an early version of Glass and be part of its “Explorer Program.” But this wasn’t so much a product rollout as it was a social experiment. Through this strategy, Google was able to get thousands of people to challenge society’s conventions on privacy and connectedness without having to address it directly."
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+ - 285 FTC Approves Tesla's Direct Sales Model

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "We've all read about Tesla and the ongoing battles its having with different dealer associations. Basically, dealer associations aren't too pleased about the Silicon Valley startup's direct sales model. Today the FTC has had made a statement on the matter and it's actually in favor of Tesla's direct sales model. "In this case and others, many state and local regulators have eliminated the direct purchasing option for consumers, by taking steps to protect existing middlemen from new competition. We believe this is bad policy for a number of reasons," wrote Andy Gavil, Debbie Feinstein, and Marty Gaynor in the FTC's "Who decides how consumers should shop?" posting to the Competition Matters blog. The FTC appears to take issue not with those laws, but with how they're being used, and with the direct-sales bans being passed in several states. Now the only real question is how long will it be before Tesla prevails in all states?"

+ - 104 H1-B Visas to companies in real need, not outsourcers 1

Submitted by nomad63
nomad63 (686331) writes "When was the last time you have seen an H1-B sponsored worker, working directly at a company like Facebook, Microsoft or Google ? And all of these companies cry to uncle Sam about not being able to find any qualified candidates for filling up positions. For some reason, it doesn't add up. They can find the candidates but they don't want to do the work necessary to find them. If there is a real need, a seat really needs to be filled out but goes empty for a while, why not invest few thousand dollars with your legal team and hire the person directly, sponsoring his or her H1-B ? The picture is quite the opposite in my opinion. The seat is actually full or can be filled very easily, albeit, they want to fill it cheaper. And the H1-B regulation clearly states, they can not use this to drive the salaries of US personnel down, i.e., these people should be offered compensation in line with the industry average. And why pay 50% more for the same person to an outsourcer but not to the person who deserves it ? What service does these Tatas and Infosyses are providing to the actual employers other than being glorified book keepers ? Isn't it time to kick outsourcers to the curb and give the jobs to those who actually deserve it and pay accordingly ?"

+ - 317 Master of analytics program admission rates falling to single digits->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "The 75 students in the 2014 Master of Science in Analytics class at North Carolina State University received, in total, 246 job offers from 55 employers, valued at $22.5 million in salaries and bonuses, which is 24% higher than last year's combined offers. But the problem ahead is admissions. There may not be enough master’s programs in analytics to meet demand. NC State has received nearly 800 applications for 85 seats. Its acceptance rate is now at 12.5%. Northwestern University's Master of Science in Analytics received 600 applications for 30 openings its September class. That's an acceptance rate of 6%"
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+ - 210 Watch Dogs Analyzes Your Digital Shadow: Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "A new website sponsored by Ubisoft as part of its advertising campaign for the upcoming hacking-themed game Watch Dogs isn't just a plug for the title — it's a chilling example of exactly how easy it is for companies to mine your data. While most folks are normally averse to giving any application or service access to their Facebook account, the app can come back with some interesting results if you dare. Facebook's claims that it can identify you with 98.3% accuracy based on images.The Datashadow app also offers the ability to compare various character traits and gives a great deal of information about total number of posts, post times and inferred values about income, location, and lifestyle. Is Ubisoft actually performing some kind of data analysis? Almost certainly not. This is far from an exhaustive, comprehensive examination of someone's personality or FB posting habits. The companies that actually perform that kind of data analysis are anything but cheap. The point Ubisoft is making, however, is that your FB profile contains enormous amounts of information in a single place that can be mined in any number of ways. All of this information absolutely is combined and collated to create detailed digital profiles of all of us, and the more we engage with various online services (from Facebook to Google Plus), the larger the data pool becomes."
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+ - 115 Whitehouse.gov Net Neutrality Petition->

Submitted by Tanman
Tanman (90298) writes "There is a new whitehouse.gov petition that addresses net neutrality from a different angle than covered by most of the media — it portrays the charging of content providers as a protection racket and seeks to outlaw the practice based on contractual obligations to the customer. Please take a look!

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
make it illegal for ISPs to lower customers' data rates below the advertised amount based on the content being accessed.

Internet service providers (ISPs) currently engage in the practice of charging customers different rates for different levels of internet access. For example, a provider may have 5mb/s, 25mb/s, and 50mb/s plans. If a customer has a contract with their ISP for access at a premium speed, then the ISP should not be allowed to reduce the customer's internet speed based on what content is being accessed. Doing so amounts to a breach of the good-faith agreement between the ISP and the customer. The ISPs practice this policy to engage in a protection racket in which they charge content providers additional fees to ensure that the content will reach the customers at the speeds expected by those customers. There is a huge incentive for content providers to pay up to avoid losing customers."

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+ - 132 Space Hackers preparing to recover a 36 year old historic Spacecraft from Deep S

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A band of engineers, space hackers, has picked up the carrier signal and is now trying to do something hard and never done before — recover a 36 year old NASA spacecraft (http://makezine.com/2014/04/24/crowdfunding-the-recovery-of-a-lost-spacecraft/) from the grips of deep space and time. ISEE-3, later rechristened ICE, the International Cometary Explorer, is returning to Earth. With old NASA original documents and with Rockethub crowdfunding (http://www.rockethub.com/42228), a team led by Dennis Wingo and Keith Cowing is attempting to steer the spacecraft back into a Earth orbit and return it to scientific operations. Dennis says, "ISEE-3 can become a great teaching tool for future engineers and scientists that will design and travel to Mars". Only 40 days remain before the spacecraft will be out of range for recovery. A radio telescope is available, command and telemetry, propulsion design are in hand but things have to come together (http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/space/nasa/how-to-resurrect-a-35-year-old-spacecraft-16724874?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1457_54583169) and the team is hoping for public support to provide the small amount needed to accomplish a very unique milestone in space exploration.
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Dear Slashdot. My user account is staffinfection but I have not used it for some time. I do not have the linked email to recover the password. Can you send me the password to telluric@hotmail.com or tim.reyes@yahoo.com? I am a nasa engineer (http://ti.arc.nasa.gov/profile/treyes/)."

+ - 138 Google Plus now minus chief Vic Gundotra->

Submitted by JG0LD
JG0LD (2616363) writes "Vic Gundotra, the man behind Google Plus and one of Google’s most prominent executives, announced today that he will leave the company “effective immediately.” Gundotra made the announcement, appropriately enough, in a lengthy Google Plus post, praising his co-workers and saying that he is “excited about what’s next.” However, he did not further outline his future plans, saying that “this isn't the day to talk about that.”"
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+ - 161 When it comes to security at nuclear facilities, danger likely lurks from within->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes ""Insider threats are the most serious challenge confronting nuclear facilities in today's world, a Stanford political scientist says.

In every case of theft of nuclear materials where the circumstances of the theft are known, the perpetrators were either insiders or had help from insiders, according to Scott Sagan and his co-author, Matthew Bunn of Harvard University, in a research paper published this month by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

"Given that the other cases involve bulk material stolen covertly without anyone being aware the material was missing, there is every reason to believe that they were perpetrated by insiders as well," they wrote.

And theft is not the only danger facing facility operators; sabotage is a risk as well, said Sagan, who is a senior fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and the Caroline S.G. Munro Professor in Political Science.

While there have been sabotage attempts in the United States and elsewhere against nuclear facilities conducted by insiders, the truth may be hard to decipher in an industry shrouded in security, he said.

"We usually lack good and unclassified information about the details of such nuclear incidents," Sagan said.

The most recent known example occurred in 2012 – an apparent insider sabotage of a diesel generator at the San Onofre nuclear facility in California. Arguably the most spectacular incident happened at South Africa's Koeberg nuclear power plant (then under construction) in South Africa in 1982 when someone detonated explosives directly on a nuclear reactor.""

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+ - 122 2015 To Be the Year of the Toyota Hydrogen Car?

Submitted by jgwhite
jgwhite (3630233) writes "What refuels in just three minutes, emits only water vapor and could prove a very real threat to the fossil fuels business? Answer: Toyota. At least, this is according to the latest news coming out of Reuters.

The auto manufacturer issued the press release on April 17, saying that by 2015, the first production hydrogen fuel-cell propulsion car will hit the market. However, many problems could persist, due to issues involving dangerous infrastructure. According to Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, “Hydrogen is a quite dangerous gas. It’s suitable for the upper-stage rocket, but not for cars.”

Nevertheless, this is certainly a major leap forward for “green car technology,” but Toyota could simply just be trying to lob an inefficient hydrogen car on the market, so they claim the pioneer title. At this point, don’t sell that Mustang just yet."

+ - 134 The girlfriend of a student asks - what books for an M.Sc., ...

Submitted by peetm
peetm (781139) writes "Having visited with me and my wife recently, the girlfriend of an ex-student of mine asks ..

"... He recently mentioned that he would love to have a home library, like the one you have, with variety of good, useful and must-have books from different authors. I wonder if you would be so kind to advise me on this. Mostly, I was thinking your advice would be priceless when it comes to computer science related books, but .. I would appreciate any sort of advice on books from you. ..."

This ex-student is now taking an M.Sc. in CS (pure), and whilst I could scan my own library for ideas, I doubt that I'm really that 'current' with what's good, or whether my favourites would be appropriate: I've not taught on the M.Sc. course for a while, and in some cases, and just given their price, I shouldn't really recommend such books that are just pet loves of mine — especially to someone who doesn't know whether they'd even be useful to her boyfriend.

And, before you ask: YES, we do have a reading list, but given that he'll receive this as part of this course requirement anyway, I'd like to tease readers to suggest good reads around the periphery of the subject."

+ - 115 New Jersey Thinks 4G And Wired Broadband Are The Same, Lets Verizon Off The Hook->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Someone at Verizon is wearing a party hat and celebrating this week, as the telecom titan convinced the state of New Jersey to let it wriggle out of a decades-old obligation to provide broadband throughout the entire Garden State, because apparently 4G wireless broadband is the same as a to-the-home wired connection, and broadband competition is completely unnecessary.

As we mentioned last week, back in 1993, Verizon (then New Jersey Bell) made a deal with the state that lifted some regulations on the industry in exchange for a promise that the company would provide access to high-speed Internet service to 100% of New Jersey residents by 2010.

2010 came and went and a number of rural parts of the state are still living with dial-up or subpar DSL. And even though the original deal was made in the days of modems and CompuServe, its crafters had the foresight to define broadband as 45Mbps, which is actually higher than many Verizon broadband customers receive today.

In 2012, the state’s Board of Public Utilities said Verizon had failed to meet its obligation, spurring the company into launching a bogus grassroots campaign intended to look like New Jersey residents were in support of Verizon using fake e-mails.

In spite of that, and the thousands of legitimate complaints from actual New Jersey residents, the BPU voted unanimously yesterday to approve a deal with Verizon that would let the company off the hook.

According to the Bergen Record, Verizon will no longer be obligated to provide broadband to residents if they have access to broadband service from cable TV providers or wireless 4G service.

That’s right, 4G — which is less dependable and has a per-gigabyte price that is many times that of wired broadband — is apparently an acceptable substitute.

And once again, a governmental agency has helped to reinforce existing broadband monopolies by giving its stamp of approval to the notion that consumers don’t need competition or multiple providers.

Residents who happen to live in areas not served by cable or wireless broadband can petition Verizon for service, but can only get broadband if at least 35 people in a single census tract each agree to sign contracts for a minimum of one year and pay $100 deposits.

In response to the BPU vote, the Verizon computer that churns out laughably lopsided statements to the press went into operation.

“Today’s ruling is great news for the state’s consumers and builds upon the success of Opportunity New Jersey,” reads a company statement that disregards any shred of something known as the truth."

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+ - 191 Former U.S. test site sues nuclear nations for disarmament failure->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "The tiny Pacific republic of the Marshall Islands, scene of massive U.S. nuclear tests in the 1950s, sued the United States and eight other nuclear-armed countries on Thursday, accusing them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

The Pacific country accused all nine nuclear-armed states of "flagrant violation of international law" for failing to pursue the negotiations required by the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

It filed one suit specifically directed against the United States, in the Federal District Court in San Francisco, while others against all nine countries were lodged at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, capital of the Netherlands, a statement from an anti-nuclear group backing the suits said.

The action was supported by South African Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation said."

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+ - 192 New White House Petition for Net Neutrality

Submitted by Bob9113
Bob9113 (14996) writes "On the heels of yesterday's FCC bombshell, there is a new petition on the White House petition site titled, "Maintain true net neutrality to protect the freedom of information in the United States." The body reads: "True net neutrality means the free exchange of information between people and organizations. Information is key to a society's well being. One of the most effective tactics of an invading military is to inhibit the flow of information in a population; this includes which information is shared and by who. Today we see this war being waged on American citizens. Recently the FCC has moved to redefine "net neutrality" to mean that corporations and organizations can pay to have their information heard, or worse, the message of their competitors silenced. We as a nation must settle for nothing less than complete neutrality in our communication channels. This is not a request, but a demand by the citizens of this nation. No bandwidth modifications of information based on content or its source.""

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