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Submission + - Seagate Faces Lawsuit Over Defective Hard Drives (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Consumers have today filed a class-action lawsuit against data storage company Seagate, after it had continued to sell a 3TB hard drive model that had an ‘exceptionally’ high failure rate. The case is based on figures released by data backup company Backblaze, who found that failure rates for the ST3000DM001 were not only far higher than other drives, but also did not display a typical ‘bathtub-shaped’ failure rate curve. Backblaze’s report has since been accused of not representing real-world use. Seagate is likely to adopt this line as it responds to the suit.

Submission + - Auto-Update Component in Many Popular Mac Apps Opens Up OS X to Attacks

An anonymous reader writes: A component in many popular Mac OS X apps, responsible for auto-update operations, is vulnerable to a basic MitM attack that also exposes various security loopholes that can lead to total system compromise. The vulnerability is found in the Sparkle framework, which is embedded in stuff like Pixelmator, Facebook Origami, VLC for Mac, Adium (Pidgin for Mac), Coda, iTerm, SequelPro, Tunnelblick, etc.

Submission + - Developers gather to help charities at massive virtual hack.summit() conference (hacksummit.org)

An anonymous reader writes: hack.summit (https://hacksummit.org) looks like a very interesting event — a pure virtual conference with a speaker roster that's surprisingly strong. The kicker is that it's all for charity to help coding non-profits. Lots of credible tech companies are behind it (Github, StackOverflow, IBM, etc). Part of the event is a global hackathon, where developers can hack over a weekend to help charities and win prizes.

Submission + - 18TB of Fraternal Order of Police data hacked (thecthulhu.com) 1

Dave_Minsky writes: Yesterday, someone by the name of Cthulhu released 18TB of sensitive data from the Fraternal Order of Police. The FOP is America's largest police union with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges nationwide.

According to Cthulhu's website, the data were "submitted to me through a confidential source, and have asked me to distribute it in the public interest."

Submission + - How do I get Microsoft to get up off their asses & look at a Windows 10 prob (live.com) 4

mykepredko writes: My product communicates with a host system via Bluetooth (using the Serial Port Profile) and each time a device is connected to a PC a couple of serial ports are allocated. Windows has always had a problem with not automatically disposing of the allocated ports when the connection is removed, but until Windows 10, there were processes for deleting them. This isn't possible for Windows 10 (which apparently has new Serial/Com port and/or Bluetooth drivers) — but individuals, who are apparently working for Microsoft, periodically reply with useless suggestions or attempt to promote questions and ideas as solutions to the problem: http://answers.microsoft.com/e... I suspect that this is an issue for all Windows 10 users (although I guess few people are plugging/unplugging devices) — so how do we get Microsoft to take notice (and not have to pay for them to fix their bug)?

Submission + - France to build 1000km of road with solar panels (solarcrunch.org)

An anonymous reader writes: France is planning on a project to build 1000 kilometers of road with specially designed solar panels. This project will supply 5 million people in France with electricity if it is successful. Though many solar experts are skeptical of this project, the french government has given the go ahead to this venture.

  According to France’s minister of ecology and energy, Ségolène Royal, the tender for this project is already issued under the “Positive Energy” initiative and the test for the solar panels will begin by this spring.The photo voltaic solar panels called "Wattway" which will be used in the project is jointly developed by the French infrastructure firm "Colas" and the National Institute for Solar Energy. The specialty of "Wattway" is that its very sturdy and can let heavy trucks pass through it, also offering a good grip to avoid an accident. Interestingly, this project will not remove road surfaces but instead, the solar panels will be glued to the existing pavement.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why are Major Companies Exiting the Spam Filtering Business (slashdot.org) 1

broswell writes: For years we used Postini https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... spam filtering. Google bought Postini in 2007, operated it for 5 years and then began shutting it down.

Then we moved to MX Logic. McAfee bought MX Logic, and McAfee was purchased by Intel. Now Intel is shutting down the service http://it.slashdot.org/story/1...

Neither company chose to raise prices, or spin off the division.

Anyone want to speculate on the reasons?

Submission + - Jailbreak turn cheap digital walkie-talkie into a DMR police scanner.

An anonymous reader writes: Last Shmoocon, famous reverse engineer Travis Goodspeed presented his jailbreak of the chinese MD380 digital handheld radio. The hack has since been published in github with all needed source code that turn a cheap digital radio into the first hardware scanner for DMR digital mobile radio: firmware patch for promiscuous mode that puts all talk groups through the speaker including private calling. In the U.S. the competing APCO-25 is a suite of standards for digital radio communications for federal users, but a lot of state/county and local public safety organizations including city police dispatch channels are using Mototrbo Motorola DMR digital standard.

Submission + - Elon Musk set to unveil Mars spacecraft later this year (foxnews.com)

frank249 writes: Fox News is reporting that Space X and Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to unveil plans for the spacecraft that would send humans to Mars within a decade. Speaking at an event in Hong Kong, Musk said he was 'hoping to describe the architecture' of the spacecraft at the International Astronautical Conference in Mexico in late September. “That will be quite exciting,” Musk said. 'In terms of the first flight to Mars, we are hoping to do that around 2025.' As for his plans to go into space, Musk said he was hoping to reach the International Space Station 'four or five years from now.'

Submission + - Colossal Railway Connect China To America Trough Russia (sijutech.com)

Asep Saepuloh writes: Back in 2014, China has announced an ambitious engineering plan to build a bullet train railway to America trough Russia. This plan might seem ridiculous to virtually everyone, but if Beijing gets its way that’s exactly what will be possible in the future. The idea is to drive a railway route from Beijing to America via Russia, running under the Bering Strait to Alaska, Canada and America.

The proposed line would begin in north-east China and run up through Siberia, pass through a tunnel underneath the Pacific Ocean then cut through Alaska and Canada to reach the continental US. According to a report in the Beijing Times, the country is considering building a new high-speed railway that would ultimately connect it with the lower 48 states of the United States. Specifically, the route currently under consideration would begin in northeastern China and run through Siberia to the Bering Strait. At this point, there would be an underground tunnel that cuts through the Pacific Ocean to connect Russia and Alaska, from which the train would continue south through Canada until arriving again in the United States.

Submission + - Brave: Privacy-Centric, Fast Browsing on the Web (brave.com)

JimmyQS writes: Brendan Eich, inventor of JavaScript and founder/former CEO of Mozilla, today announced Brave Software, dedicated to building a faster, privacy-centric web experience through a new open source browser. From his inaugural post, "Brave is the only approach to the Web that puts users first in ownership and control of their browsing data by blocking trackers by default, with no exceptions. The same could apply to other kinds of data, and with your help, we hope to grow big enough to serve users’ interests above all others’."

Submission + - NASA, NOAA Analyses Reveal Record-Shattering Global Warm Temperatures in 2015 2

vikingpower writes: Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new record been greater than the old record by this much.

The British Met office also reports on the same phenomenon, even forecasting that global temperatures are very soon going to reach the one-degree-celsius marker.

According to Stephen Belcher, Director of the Met Office Hadley Centre, ""We've had similar natural events in the past, yet this is the first time we're set to reach the 1 C marker and it's clear that it is human influence driving our modern climate into uncharted territory."

Submission + - Modeled After Gun Control Law, SC State Rep Proposes Registering Journalists (postandcourier.com)

Tulsa_Time writes: State Rep. Mike Pitts, R-Laurens, on Tuesday introduced a bill called the “South Carolina Responsible Journalism Registry Law.”
The bill would create requirements for people wanting to work as a journalist for a media outlet, and also before that outlet could hire anyone for a reporting position. Under the bill, the Secretary of State’s Office would be tasked with keeping a “responsible journalism registry” and creating the criteria with the help of a panel on what qualifies a person as a journalist — similar to doctors and lawyers, Pitts said.

Pitts said the criminal penalties mentioned in his bill for violations would be “minor fines” similar to those concealed weapons permit holders face.

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