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Journal Journal: The new podcast

I'm trying to not let this turn into an obsession, or to dstract from my work on the Wow! Signal, but so far it kind of is. The new podcast is the Unseen Podcast, and it is an uneditted, uncensored, open participation approach. Each episode features a panel, with the panelists drawn from a pool of people who just raise their hands by joining a G+ community. So far, we've done 4 episodes with 5 unique panelists, hoping to hit 30 panelists by Episode 26.

Submission + - Increaed computing power is making new SETI strategies possible.

DisownedSky writes: Andrew Siemion is the lead author of a paper on SETI at the Square Kilometer Array, which will not only exploit the unpredecented sensitivity of the SKA now in development, but will looks for new types of signals that previously we did not have the computing horsepower to find in the cosmic noise.

Submission + - What would Minecraft 2 look like under Microsoft?->

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft spent billions purchasing Mojang, the studio behind the game Minecraft, and while it's unlikely to start work on a sequel anytime soon, rather than continue development of the game, it's worth considering what a Minecraft 2 will look like. After all, as a public company with revenues to justify, it doesn't seem beyond unreasonable a few years down the line, especially since a Minecraft-like game was one of the stand-out tech demos shown for the software giant's HoloLens augmented reality headset. As the author points out, Microsoft will have to tread carefully, tackling issues like whether greater graphical fidelity is actually what players will want ever — and whether to continue to support Minecraft on PlayStation.
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Submission + - This company wants to "fingerprint" the way you walk for authentication-> 1 1

backabeyond writes: Alohar is a company started up by a guy who helped develop Google Maps. The company is now owned by Alibaba.

Alohar has patented a way of using a few of the sensors in your phone to create a sort of profile of the way you walk, your gate. If you try to use your phone to make a purchase in a store, the system compares the gate of the person holding the phone to the gate of the person trying to make the transaction. If they don't match, it could require the phone user to show some additional ID.

The walk is only one part of a profile, which also includes stuff like how you pull the phone out of your bag and bring it to your ear and where you typically go all day.

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Submission + - Verisign: DDoS Attacks Grew In Size By 245 Percent In 2014

blottsie writes: Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are being used against government targets more than ever before, according to new research (PDF) from Internet infrastructure firm Verisign. The attacks are increasingly powerful, cheap, and easy to deploy. The average size of attacks grew in size by 245 percent, Verisign found.

Submission + - Darkleaks: An Online Black Market For Selling Secrets

An anonymous reader writes: Whistleblowers and those individuals that are simply out to make a buck out of any confidential and valuable information, can now offer it for sale on Darkleaks, a decentralized, anonymous black market on the Internet. The Darkleaks project is built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain, and can be used by downloading this software package (source code is open).

Submission + - Resistant Bacterial Infection outbreak at California Hospital->

puddingebola writes: From the article, " A potentially deadly "superbug" resistant to antibiotics has infected seven patients, including two who died, and more than 160 others were exposed at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center through contaminated medical instruments, the hospital revealed. The drug-resistant superbug known as CRE was likely transmitted to the Los Angeles patients by contaminated medical scopes during endoscopic procedures that took place between October 2014 and January 2015, a university statement said. " UCLA says the infections occurred via contaminated endoscopes that were sterilized according to the manufacturer's specifications.
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Submission + - Tens of thousands of home routers at risk with duplicate SSH keys->

alphadogg writes: A setup mistake has apparently left hundreds of thousands of home routers running the SSH (Secure Shell) remote access tool with identical private and public keys. John Matherly, founder of a specialized search engine company whose technology is used for querying Internet-connected devices, found more than 250,000 devices that appear to be deployed by Telefónica de España sharing the same public SSH key. A different search found another 150,000 devices, mostly in China and Taiwan, that have the same problem. Matherly said in a phone interview on Wednesday it is possible the manufacturers copied the same operating system image to all of the routers.
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Submission + - Samsung buying LoopPay; competes head-on with Apple Pay and Google Wallet.->

An anonymous reader writes: Samsung is buying our major Apple Pay and Google Wallet competitor LoopPay. The major advantage this has over the two alternatives is that this works with existing POS card readers, so it's already accepted everywhere Apple Pay and Google Wallet are trying to get to. Not being an Apple fan and not trusting Google to store all my financial data on their servers, this alone would make me switch to a Samsung phone.
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