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+ - TrueCrypt site defaced by hackers; hosting potentially unsafe version.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today, if you visit truecrypt.org, you are greeted with the following message in big, red font: "WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues" The page then goes into details on how the TrueCrypt project was "terminated" and provides one final release: version 7.2. The page, however, is very amateurish and does not at all suggest [i]good[/i] security practices. If you downloaded a copy of this highly-suspect version, I suggest you remove it immediately and begin a malware scan. Now would be a good time to fire up Malwarebyte's Anti-malware, GMER, or ComboFix if you are running Windows. Arstechnica had the following to say:

The SourceForge page contained a new version of the program that was certified with the official TrueCrypt private signing key. That suggested the page warning TrueCrypt isn't safe wasn't a hoax posted by hackers who managed to gain unauthorized access. Or it suggests that the cryptographic key that certifies the authenticity of the app has been compromised. In either case, it's a good idea for TrueCrypt users to pay attention and realize that it may soon be necessary to move to a new crypto app. Ars will continue to cover this unfolding development as more information becomes available.

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+ - Five Things We've Already Forgotten About Snowden's NSA Leaks->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The Edward Snowden saga is coming to a close. As a final act, Glenn Greenwald, who's been working closely with the whistleblower to publish leaked information about the National Security Agency, has said he will reveal a list of Americans that have been targeted by the NSA. And tonight, Snowden will be giving his first American television interview to NBC. It’s been a dizzying year of revelations about US government spying. Programs like PRISM—the ones capable of mass surveillance—have received the most media attention, and in some cases even become household names. But there are other things exposed in the string of leaks that have received relatively little media attention, despite presenting serious threats to privacy, freedom of speech, and the way we use the web. Here's a look back at some of those forgotten discoveries."
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+ - Aurora Engine reimplementation needs OpenGL developers->

Submitted by Curupira
Curupira (1899458) writes "The xoreos project, which aims to reimplement the Aurora game engine by Bioware with FOSS software, is currently looking for OpenGL developers. Aurora used in games like Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: KotOR, Jade Empire, Dragon Age and The Witcher. The xoreos engine is written by Sven Hesse, who contributes to another engine reimplementation project: ScummVM."
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+ - KDE Releases Calligra Suite 2.8->

Submitted by KDE Community
KDE Community (3396057) writes "The Calligra team is proud and pleased to announce the release of version 2.8 of the Calligra Suite, Calligra Active and the Calligra Office Engine. Major new features in this release are comments support in Author and Words, improved Pivot tables in Sheets, improved stability and the ability to open hyperlinks in Kexi. Flow introduces SVG based stencils and as usual there are many new features in Krita including touch screens support and a wraparound painting mode for the creation of textures and tiles."
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+ - Autodesk decided to stop developing Softimage->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Autodesk announced that after the 2015 version of Softimage, which is scheduled for release next April, it would no longer provide software support. The publisher has confirmed the rumors last month, according to which Autodesk intends to terminate its software for 3D modeling and animation. "We regret to inform you that the next version of Softimage 2015 will be the last," can be read on the Autodesk website. "This latest version will be released around April 14, 2014. Autodesk will continue to provide support for up to 30 April 2016. ""
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+ - Iconic predator-prey study in peril->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists have charted the ebb and flow of moose and wolf populations on Isle Royale in Lake Superior for nearly 50 years. Ice bridges to Canada regularly supplied the genetic stocks for much of that time, but have been rare in recent years leading to inbreeding, dwindling populations and developmental deformity for the wolves that inhabit the island. Now, with the first solid freeze in six years, new wolves could join the mix ... or the remaining island dwellers could leave."
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+ - US military begins work on brain implants that can restore lost memories->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""DARPA, at the behest of the US Department of Defense, is developing a black box brain implant â" an implant that will be wired into a soldierâ(TM)s brain and record their memories. If the soldier then suffers memory loss due to brain injury, the implant will then be used to restore those memories. The same implant could also be used during training or in the line of duty, too â" as weâ(TM)ve reported on in the past, stimulating the right regions of the brain can improve how quickly you learn new skills, reduce your reaction times, and more.""
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+ - Google's Java Coding Standards->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google uses Java extensively to develop its products. The firm has recently released their complete definition of coding standards for Java source code. These are hard-and-fast rules that are clearly enforceable, and are followed universally within Google. It covers not only formatting, but other types of conventions and coding standards."
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+ - Samsung preparing Context keylogger, spyware in upcoming Galaxy S phones 1

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain (1233044) writes "According to the technology blog The Verge, Samsung is preparing new smartphone software that acts as a keylogger and spyware in their future phones, like the upcoming Galaxy S 5. "Samsung has been developing a service called Context that would collect what a person types, what apps they use, and what data their phone's sensors pick up, and then allow developers to tap into that pool of data to enrich their apps." The article suggests a scenario where "by using Context a video service might be able to automatically display sports videos to someone who frequently searches for sports." Looks similar to the Google Now service, but still scary stuff in the age of the NSA."

+ - Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology is a Science 2

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Americans have always had a strange fascination with astrology. First Lady Nancy Reagan famously employed the services of an astrologer after the assassination attempt on her husband. Now UPI reports that according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation, nearly half of all Americans say astrology is either "very scientific" or "sort of scientific." Younger respondents, in particular, were the least likely to regard astrology as unscientific, with 58% of the youngest group (18 — 24) saying that astrology is either "very scientific" or "sort of scientific" (PDF). What's most alarming is that American attitudes about science are moving in the wrong direction. Skepticism of astrology hit an all-time high in 2004, when 66 percent of Americans said astrology was total nonsense. But each year, fewer and fewer respondents have dismissed the connections between star alignment and personality as bunk. Among respondents in the 25 — 44 age group 49% of respondents in the 2012 survey said astrology is either "very scientific" or "sort of scientific," up from 36% in 2010. So what's behind this data? The lead author of the report chapter in question, public opinion specialist John Besley of Michigan State University, cautions that we should probably wait for further data "to see if it's a real change" before speculating. But, he admits, the apparent increase in astrology belief "popped out to me when I saw it.""

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