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+ - Apple Stock falls 3-4% after "Nude Celeb Scandal"->

Submitted by retroworks
retroworks (652802) writes "Both the Wall Street Journal (paywall, USA

Today, and Business Insider are all running stories about the big dip in Apple stock, close to the eve of the iPhone 6 rollout. Huffington Post's Headline is "Apple Stock Getting Killed"

There are two different explanations given for the tanking Apple stock. To be sure, potential liabilities over The iCloud photo scandal and leaked celebrity nude photos gets its share of the blame. But and a note from Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves telling investors to sell Apple shares seems to carry more weight.

"Last week, the company was flying high as anticipation built for the iPhone 6, and the iWatch, which are expected to be announced next week. The stock was hitting new all-time highs...It all came to a screeching halt over the weekend for Apple, when nude photos of celebrities hit the web. Apple's weak security on iCloud, where the photos were backed up, was blamed for the photos hitting the web."

Apple's new mobile payments feature, as well as health tracking data tied to the iPhone, may feel the pinch from the data security breach (although most of that data is likely to be stored right on the phone, not in the iCloud, BusinessInsider points out). Pacific Crest's Hargreaves says, "We recommend taking profits in Apple.""

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UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons 74

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the not-like-prisoners-are-people-anyway dept.
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes The Guardian reports that the UK Information Commissioner has levied a fine of £180,000 on the Ministry of Justice for their failure to encrypt data held on external hard drives at prisons. The fine is nominal — one part of government fining another is rather pointless, but it does show that there's a little bit of accountability. Of course it's interesting to consider the dangers of this hopefully old way of storing backups; but the question of whether we do a lot better now is quite pointed. To make matters worse, one of the unencrypted backup hard drives walked away.

Comment: Re:This is going to end so well for them! (Score 3, Informative) 147

You play WoW on your phone or use your phone as your only home internet connection? Seems unlikely.

At least they are being honest and upfront about the services they provide and that gives the customer the freedom to choose appropriately.

+ - Google Spotted Explicit Images Of A Child In Man's Email And Tipped Off Police 1

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A Houston man has been arrested after Google sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children saying the man had explicit images of a child in his email, according to Houston police. The man was a registered sex offender, convicted of sexually assaulting a child in 1994, reports Tim Wetzel at KHOU Channel 11 News in Houston. "He was keeping it inside of his email. I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," Detective David Nettles of the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce told Channel 11. After Google reportedly tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Center alerted police, which used the information to get a warrant."

+ - Flying Donkey Challenge on hold as Kenyan authorities cope with Westgate fallout->

Submitted by Hallie Siegel
Hallie Siegel (2948665) writes "The Flying Donkey Challenge — a competition that aimed to spur a new transport industry using cargo drones in order to solve the problem of supply delivery in places where infrastructure is poor or non-existent — has been put on hold. Preliminary sub-challenges were slated to begin this November in Kenya, but have been put on hold indefinitely due to delays in obtaining final approvals from Kenyan authorities who are concerned about airspace security following the Westgate Mall incident and other more recent attacks."
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+ - A Convicted Hacker and an Internet Icon Join Forces to Thwart NSA Spying->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The internet is littered with burgeoning email encryption schemes aimed at thwarting NSA spying. Many of them are focused on solving the usability issues that have plagued complicated encryption schemes like PGP for years. But a new project called Dark Mail plans to go further: to hide your metadata.

Metadata is the pernicious transaction data involving the âoeToâ, âoeFromâ and subject fields of email that the NSA finds so valuable for tracking communications and drawing connections between people. Generally, even when email is encrypted, metadata is not. Dark Mail ambitiously aims to revamp existing email structures to hide this data while still making the system universally compatible with existing email clients."

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+ - This wearable Robot will give 2 extra fingers to our Hand.

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. This wrist-wearable robot gives two extra fingers to our hand.

The robotic fingers are at either side of the the hand — one outside the thumb, and the other outside the little finger.

A control algorithm enables it to move in sync with the wearer's fingers to grasp objects of various shapes and sizes.

With the assistance of these extra fingers, we can grasp objects that are usually too difficult to do with a single hand."

Comment: Re:Much better board layout (Score 3, Interesting) 202

by ChrisSlicks (#47452301) Attached to: New Raspberry Pi Model B+
Yes, a respectable line-in would be really nice. For now I have been using the Wolfson Audio Card but it costs as much as the Raspberry Pi itself, and you have to patch the OS to get it to work (but the quality is great). I've tried some of the USB audio devices but found the quality to be not good enough, probably because they are really designed for microphones and even with gain at minimal settings there is too much distortion for line-in. 48kHz is good enough IMO, the Pi doesn't really have enough CPU power to do much more than that if recording and compressing in real time.

Comment: Re:Hacked? (Score 1) 378

They can work if the owner forgets to lock out that mode. I have tried and tested it successfully on one machine and another machine said "feature disabled".

Modern vending machines are hybrids, they have their electro-mechanical component but there is a basic CPU that collects statistics and also can control the vend prices depending on the model. Modern vending machines can also be USB, serial and Ethernet connected which only increases their hackability.

Comment: Re:MSFT is afraid (Score 1) 202

by ChrisSlicks (#47164823) Attached to: Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
It should never be that painful. What kind of crap DRM is so tightly interwoven into the OS that it requires a complete reinstall to fix it? I can't play Netflix on this PC either due to Silverlight DRM being hosed. I'm not going to spend countless hours trying to fix it either, I'll just wait for HTML5 support and use a different PC in the meantime.

Comment: Re:Best low-cost CPU with half-decent GPU? (Score 1) 345

by ChrisSlicks (#47020703) Attached to: AMD Preparing To Give Intel a Run For Its Money
AMD A6-5400K. 3.6GHz (3.8 Turbo) and Radeon HD 7540D. $65

As others have said it is a slower processor than the intel but with faster graphics. The AMD only gets a 2100 CPU Mark (Passmark software) which is about the same as an old Phenom II X2 or a few year old Intel i3 mobile chip.

I assembled it as a low-end system for a parent that basically does email and web surfing along with some basic image editing and cheesy games.

Comment: Re:Electric. (Score 1) 659

by ChrisSlicks (#47010463) Attached to: Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?
I agree that we aren't there yet for it to make financial sense for the majority, but right now it can make financial sense for a small percentage of people.

I don't really consider the Volt a true EV, it is more of a hybrid. It has all the drawbacks of a traditional ICE with some minor benefits of the electric.
To get an EV for the masses there needs to be cheaper and denser battery/energy technology. When there is an EV with 300 mile range $25K then it will become the people's car. Tesla has the right idea and may get there someday, to do it they need to scale up production 10x and increase battery density by 75% while reducing battery cost 50%.

+ - US College Students Still Aren't All That Interested In Computer Science->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Despite the hot job market and competitive salaries, the share of Computer Science degrees as a percentage of BA degrees has remained essentially unchanged since 1981, according to data from the National Center for Educational Statistics’ Digest of Educational Statistics. If history is any indication, it will take a cultural phenomenon to shift the percentage higher: Blogger Phil Johnson point out that there were 'two distinct peaks, one in 1985 (4.4% of U.S. college degrees) and one in 2002 (4.42%). These would represent big increases for the classes entering school in 1981 and 1998 respectively. The former year corresponds to the beginning of computers coming into the home and the release of things like MS-DOS 1.0, all of which may have increased interest in programming. The latter year was during the dot com bubble, which, no doubt, also boosted interest.'"
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+ - Disappearing text messages affecting iPhone to Android converts->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A number of iPhone users who have since switched to Android are finding that they are unable to receive messages sent from iPhone users. The problem lies in the fact that some folks have phone numbers tied to iMessage even after leaving the iOS ecosystem.

Lifehacker EIC Adam Pash recently experienced this problem and detailed it in a post aptly titled "iMessage purgatory."

"I recently switched from an iPhone to Android, and discovered shortly thereafter that my phone number was still associated with iMessage, meaning that any time someone with an iPhone tried texting me, I'd receive nothing, and they'd get a "Delivered" receipt in their Messages app as though everything were working as expected.""

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