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+ - North Korea offers to join Sony Pictures hacking probe->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment, warning of "serious" consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes will prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack."
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+ - Google Can Make Your Videos Look Better->

Submitted by ErnieKey
ErnieKey (3766427) writes "Today, the new Google+ feature will be released and it will be able to automatically enhance lighting, color and stability. Coming soon, it’ll also enhance speech in videos. The new feature is now available in Google+ on Mac, Windows and ChromeOS (you can find it behind the ‘More’ menu, as well as in the Google+ Photos app."
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+ - Boeing and Blackberry Make Self-Destructing Phone 1

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "It sounds like a "Mission Impossible" scenario, but aerospace company Boeing is teaming with Canadian phone maker Blackberry to produce an ultra-secure mobile phone that "self-destructs". The phone uses encryption on calls and is aimed to serve the high-security needs of government and industry. As Blackberry CEO, John Chen, said, "We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform. That, by the way, is all they allow me to say."

No word yet if you'll need the services of the bomb squad when you go over your minutes."

+ - 2600 offers to distribute "The Interview" for Sony->

Submitted by hessian
hessian (467078) writes "By freely offering the film online, millions of people will get to see it and decide for themselves if it has any redeeming qualities whatsoever — as opposed to nobody seeing it and the studios writing it off as a total loss. Theaters would be free from panic as our servers would become the target of any future vague threats (and we believe Hollywood will be most impressed with how resilient peer-to-peer distribution can be in the face of attacks). Most importantly, we would be defying intimidation, something the motion picture industry doesn't quite have a handle on, which is surprising considering how much they've relied upon it in the past."
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+ - The Sony Incident Reveals Mass Media Groupthink->

Submitted by Nicola Hahn
Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes "In the past several days stalwarts of the corporate media like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post have all cited unnamed officials claiming that North Korea is responsible for the recent attack on Sony. They have done so with very little visible skepticism. There is one exception: Kim Zetter at Wired has decried the evidence as flimsy and vocally warns about the danger of jumping to conclusions. Surely we all remember high-ranking, ostensibly credible, officials warning about the smoking gun that comes in the form of a mushroom cloud? This underscores the ability of the agenda-setting elements of the press to frame issues and control the acceptable limits of debate. Some would even say that what’s happening reveals tools of modern social control."
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+ - 65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers-> 2

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Tech support scammers have been around for a long time and are familiar to most Slashdot readers. But last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it had issued lawsuits against several culprits responsible for tech support scams. Now Microsoft has announced that it too is going after tech support scammers. According to the company, more than 65,000 complaints have been made about tech support scams since May of this year alone. Bogus technicians, pretending to represent Microsoft, call the house offering fake tech support and trick people into paying hundreds of dollars to solve a non-existent issue. If successful in their ruse, the scammer then gains access to a person's computer, which lets them steal personal and financial information and even install malware."
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+ - North Korea Responds to Sony Data Breach Claims

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A North Korean official said that the secretive regime wants to mount a joint investigation with the United States to identify who was behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures. An unnamed spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry was quoted by the country's state news agency, KCNA, describing US claims they were behind the hack as "slander." "As the United States is spreading groundless allegations and slandering us, we propose a joint investigation with it into this incident," the official said, according to Agence France-Presse. Both the FBI and President Barack Obama have said evidence was uncovered linking the hack to to North Korea, but some experts have questioned the evidence tying the attack to Pyongyang."

+ - TOR network may be attacked->

Submitted by Earthquake Retrofit
Earthquake Retrofit (1372207) writes "The Register is reporting that the Tor Project has warned that its network – used to mask peoples' identities on the internet – may be knocked offline in the coming days.

In a Tor blog post (https://blog.torproject.org) project leader Roger "arma" Dingledine said an unnamed group may seize Tor's directory authority servers before the end of next week. These servers distribute the official lists of relays in the network, which are the systems that route users' traffic around the world to obfuscate their internet connections' public IP addresses."

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Comment: Re:Marijuana is still illegal everwhere in the US (Score 1) 463

by CaptainDork (#48633219) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

The Constitution doesn't have much to say about drugs or same sex marriage or women's reproductive rights.

The Constitution provides the big picture and, from there, the states do what they can and then the counties and cities write ordinances.

We The People don't have the stroke to second-guess the Constitution unless we can apply due process.

For instance, we are free to roam about the country and assemble except if we are sent to jail or don't have a permit, respectively.

Some federal housing prohibits firearms on the premises, and tenants waiver their 2nd amendment right.

So, the laws you are discussing fall within the Constitution as long as due process has been applied.

To pick one: Same sex marriage is a civil right. While there are faith-based arguments that use, "the sanctity of marriage," "against nature," "against the (Christian) bible, etc.

None of those meet the standard of due process, so the higher standard, the Constitution, whereby "all men are created equal," prevails.

So it is written, so let it be done and stuff.

Comment: Let me FTFY ... (Score 2, Insightful) 463

by CaptainDork (#48632421) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

... this is similar in nature to same sex marriage, and women's reproductive rights.

It's legal some places and banned in others.

America needs to make up its mind. Which way are we going to go?

The decision should be based on case law and public need and citizen's rights.

Legalize all that shit and let's play spin the bottle and stuff.


Comment: Re:Home of the Brave (Score 1) 227

by CaptainDork (#48630849) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

They are thinking that Sony makes a lot of fucking money and should have spent some of it making goddam sure only need-to-know people had root access and that the IT department was staffed by competent, enabled people, and they are thinking this is not a freedom of speech issue, rather it's a Darwinistic weeding of crappy-ass naive corporate assholes and stuff.

Mediocrity finds safety in standardization. -- Frederick Crane