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Submission + - ORWL, a PC designed with the security of a payment terminal (

Dotnaught writes: ORWL is a PC designed to be tamper-resistant, like a payment terminal. Suitable for Linux or Windows, it is encased in an active sensing mesh that shuts down when breached. It relies on an NFC hardware key for 2FA access. Priced from $400-$1300, it may be a bit much for casual use but perhaps business users will pay for hardware security.

Submission + - Twitter Posts Betray Illness (

Dotnaught writes: Penn State Researchers have demonstrated that they can diagnose influenza using a person's public Twitter posts, even if that person hasn't specifically mentioned his or her health. They conclude, "It would seem that simply avoiding discussing an illness is not enough to hide one's health in the age of big data."

Submission + - Blowing up a pointless job interview

Nemo the Magnificent writes: Ever been asked a question in a job interview that's just so abysmally stupid, you're tempted to give in to the snark and blow the whole thing up? Here are suggested interview-ending answers to 16 of the stupidest questions candidates actually got asked in interviews at tech companies in 2013, according to employment site Glassdoor. Oil to pour on the burning bridges.

Submission + - Why Valve's SteamOS Could Be Revolutionary (

Dotnaught writes: Lanica's Eric Wing argues that SteamOS and Steam Machines have the potential to finally bring Linux to the masses. This is Valve competing in the console business. "Steam Machines expose and exploit the fact that there is no longer anything special or unique about video game consoles that commodity PC parts and a specialized fork of Linux can't do too," says Wing.

Submission + - DoJ Answers FOIA Request After Six Years With No Real Information (

An anonymous reader writes: In response to a Freedom of Information Act request about Google's 2007 complaint against Windows Vista search interference, the Department of Justice has after six years released 114 partially redacted pages and 60 full pages of material. Yet these "responsive documents" consist of public news articles and email boilerplate. All the substantive information has been blacked out.

Comment It's not part of Project Glass... (Score 3, Interesting) 115

...It's technology that Google has had a hand in funding. The Project Glass connection is because the researchers used Project Glass as an example in their paper. Google may be able to use the technology, but it has not been included in the Glass software.

Google Funds Fashion Recognition Research


Submission + - Apple Patent Application Proposes Interpersonal Cash Distribution ( 1

Dotnaught writes: "A newly published Apple patent application describes a way to coordinate interpersonal cash distribution. Using a device like an iPhone, a person could request cash and a nearby participant in the system could respond, meet and provide, say, $50, for a $50 electronic credit, a $5 fee to Apple and a $3 reward for the cash provider. Is there a need for this given the ubiquity and lower cost of ATMs?"

Submission + - Automate Your Way To One-Day Work Week (

gManZboy writes: "If you discovered a way to do your job so efficiently that you could earn four times your base salary in bonuses while working only one day in five, would you tell your employer?

In a post on Reddit earlier this week, a man from the Netherlands claims to come up with a way to automate his payment processing job using a game programming framework called GameMaker and C++. For the past four years, he says, he has been collecting about 90% of the bonus share offered by his company. That has amounted to 160,000 euros each year, for the past four years, on top of his 42,000 euro salary, or almost $260,000 total annually. Neither his employer, nor his bonus-deprived colleagues, are aware of this.

As technology automates more jobs, from taxi driving to editing, interesting ethics questions arise. How would you weigh in on the ethics of the situation?"


Submission + - iPhone App Contains Secret Tethering Capability (

gManZboy writes: "The iOS app iRandomizer Numbers contains an unexpected function: It allows users who enter undocumented codes to create a tethered Internet connection. Thereafter, other nearby computers can join an ad-hoc WiFi network and reach the Internet using the tethered iPhone's cellular data connection.

The app purports to be nothing more than a random number generation tool. But entering "1984" in the minimum field and "31337" in the maximum field--numbers of significance in the hacker community--and tapping the "generate" button reveals a tethering network configuration screen.

Nick Kramer, CEO of Shmoopi, LLC, acknowledged in an email that his app supports tethering. "Reluctantly, I will admit that my application 'iRandomizer Numbers' does have a hidden tethering feature," he wrote. "I say reluctantly because I didn't plan on the feature being released. I designed the tethering functionality for my family and close friends not thinking it would be disseminated outside that circle. ""


Submission + - Google Denies Cables Targeted By Dalles Hunters ( 1

ahier writes: Exposed data cables, boredom, and firearms present a general risk, but Google data centers aren't under fire as reports suggest.

Google says that reports that it has been forced to start burying the fiber optic cables that connect its Oregon data center to the rest of the world misconstrue what was supposed to be a general warning about protecting data cables.


Submission + - Apple Seeking Virtual Closet Patent (

Dotnaught writes: Two Apple patent applications filed on Thursday indicate that the company is exploring technology to enhance the experience of shopping for clothing through social networking and mobile devices. One patent application that describes a Virtual Closet could help people keep track of their outfits, facilitate clothing sharing, and even indicate which items of clothing need to be washed.

Submission + - Hacker accused of video extortion (

n4t3 writes: A 31 year old parapalegic, dubbed the Sex Tape Hacker has been implicated in a complicated scheme of computer espionage and blackmail. Allegedly, Luis Mijangos would compromise his victim's machines through malware delivered in downloadable songs, then search those machines for amateur porn and key log for passwords to online email or bank accounts. It is suggested that in some cases Mijangos solicited his victims to create more porn by masquerading as a victim's love interest via email which he could then use to blackmail to his victims. Can anyone here provide more technical details about his methods? Its amazing to me how he could have compromised and tricked so many people.

Submission + - iPhone Complaints To FCC, FTC Uncovered

An anonymous reader writes: InformationWeek has obtained Freedom of Information Act documents detailing FCC and FTC complaints about the iPhone. The Federal Communications Commission has received 72 complaints since 2009, mostly involving AT&T, and there are more than 450 Federal Trade Commission complaints. Many of the complaints want the government to take action against Apple for restricting its iPhone to AT&T, for refusing to allow Adobe's Flash technology on the iPhone and for refusing to approve certain iPhone applications, such as the Google Voice app. One complaint reads: "I am a Google Voice user. I am also an iPhone owner, using AT&T for my cell service. Apple/AT&T have blocked iPhone users from accessing a Google app to use Google voice effectively on the iPhone in order to allow AT&T to maximize call and SMS message fees it can charge users. I believe this is an unfair use of Apple's/AT&T's monopoly power over the iPhone market. I understand the FCC is already investigating. I want to register my dissatisfaction with the current marketing practice of Apple/AT&T in prohibiting consumers from using lawful, technologically beneficial software like Google Voice for the purpose of maximizing their own profit." Screen grabs of the FCC complaint reports are posted here.

Submission + - Google Rewrites Docs To Fight Office 2010 (

Dotnaught writes: For the past year and a half, Google has been rewriting and unifying the editing engines that power its Docs and Spreadsheets apps to deliver real-time collaboration, in the style of Google Wave, and to make imported Office documents look like the originals. To achieve document layout fidelity, the company's engineers had to create a new cross-browser rendering layer and a new collaborative data model. The result is a product that's far more capable of challenging Office than its predecessor. But the new Docs and Spreadsheets won't have offline functionality for several months.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?