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Comment Re:So many ways to combat this... (Score 1) 139

Better yet, why not require two-factor authentication for large and online purchases where the card isn't swiped? If the purchase is large or the card isn't swiped, simply send a verification code to the customer's phone for that transaction that they have to enter.

This is already implemented in Europe for online purchases (some banks at least). It took more than 25 years to get the chips in the US, I guess we'll have to wait another 15 years or so...

Submission AMD Confirms Vulkan Driver For Linux, But To Start Off As Closed-Source->

An anonymous reader writes: AMD has finally revealed some basic details concerning their support of Vulkan on Linux. AMD has a Vulkan driver but it will begin its life as closed-source, reports Phoronix. In time the AMD Vulkan driver will transition to being open-source. This Vulkan driver is built to interface with their new AMDGPU kernel DRM driver that's part of their long talked about AMD open-source strategy for Linux. This closed-then-open Vulkan driver will be competing with Valve's Intel Vulkan driver that will be open from day one.
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Submission Half of the Ocean's Population disappeared in the past 45 Years->

sciencehook writes: Overfishing, pollution, and climate change have contributed to a devastating decline in marine life.
According to a recent comprehensive study, overall populations of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish have decreased by half in the past four decades. Worryingly, the report also highlighted that many species of fish commonly eaten by humans were seeing some of the greatest declines.
By compiling data from 2,337 individual sources, including population estimates from scientific studies and databases, the researchers were able to estimate the changes in species populations from 1970 and 2012.

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Submission Oculus CTO John Carmack Will Demo His 'VrScript' Environment at Conference->

An anonymous reader writes: John Carmack, famed developer and CTO at VR company Oculus since 2013, is creating 'VrScript', a Scheme-based scripting environment that he hopes will enable rapid-iteration in virtual reality app development. At the company's annual developer conference at the end of September, Carmack will do a live-coding session to demonstrate the capabilities of his scripting platform which he's said will be "web like," "app like," and support remote development.
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Submission FlatCam - Who Needs A Lens? ->

mikejuk writes: Computational photography has more or less killed off the classic approach to photography. But a camera without a lens — surely some sort of joke?
The idea is to get rid of the lens completely and produce a camera that is as thin as the sensor. The way to make it work is to place a coded mask over the sensor. The input to each sensor element is then a known combination of light coming from different parts of the scene. As the mask is known, the outputs of the sensors can be unscrambled using linear algebra to produce an image.
This is how FlatCam, a project at Rice and Carnegie Mellon, works and they built light camera with the mask placed on top of the protective glass plate making the spacing 0.5mm. This produces a camera element that isn't much thicker than the basic sensor.
The researchers suggest that Flatcam could be used in clothes or more importantly wallpaper.
Consider this spy scenario — you look around a room for hidden cameras but do you notice the colored spot on the wallpaper. It's not a lens. However now no lens doesn't mean no camera.

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Submission The Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'->

An anonymous reader writes: On October 2, movie audiences will get to see Ridley Scott's adaptation of Andy Weir's brilliant sci-fi novel The Martian, about a near-future astronaut who gets left for dead on the planet Mars. Both book and film are rooted in actual science, and NASA has now posted a list of technologies featured in the movie that either already exist, or are in development. For example, the Mars rover: "On Earth today, NASA is working to prepare for every encounter with the Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV). The MMSEV has been used in NASA’s analog mission projects to help solve problems that the agency is aware of and to reveal some that may be hidden. The technologies are developed to be versatile enough to support missions to an asteroid, Mars, its moons and other missions in the future." They also show off their efforts to develop water reclamation, gardens in space, and oxygen recovery.
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Comment Re:What's the problem? (Score 1) 294

It's more of a tracking problem, I think. Anyone monitoring your access will see that you connected to some site even though (a) you did not transfer data and (b) you do not want to actually browse the destination.
For instance, you could see a link without knowing it to be NSFW, or potentially harmful. You would, as usual, hover to check the actual address and decide not to browse it. Yet your browser has already opened a channel which was recorded by your corporate IT department proxy/firewall, your ISP, etc. and that possibly put you in trouble.

Submission Firefox's Silent Requests

An anonymous reader writes: Unlike older versions of Firefox, more recent versions will make a request to a destination server just by hovering over a link. No CSS, no JavaScript, no prefetch required. Try it for yourself. Disable CSS and JavaScript and fire up iftop or Windows Resource Monitor, hover over some links and watch the fun begin. There once was a time when you hovered over a link to check the 'real link' before you clicked on it. Well no more. Just looking at it makes a 'silent request'.

This behavior is the result of the Mozilla speculative connect API . Here is a bug referencing the API when hovering over a thumbnail on the new tab page. And another bug requesting there be an option to turn it off. Strangely enough the latter bug is still labeled WONTFIX even though the solution is in the comments (setting network.http.speculative-parallel-limit to 0).

Firefox's own How to stop Firefox from making automatic connections also mentions setting network.http.speculative-parallel-limit to 0 to to stop predictive connections when a user "hovers their mouse over thumbnails on the New Tab Page or the user starts to search in the Search Bar" but no mention regarding hovering over a normal link. Good thing setting network.http.speculative-parallel-limit to 0 does appear to disable speculative connect on normal links too.

One can expect Firefox to make requests in the background to its own servers for things such as checking for updates to plugins etc. But silently making requests to random links on a page (and connecting to those servers) simply by hovering over them is something very different.

You will lose an important tape file.