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+ - NASA's Abandoned Launch Facilities

Submitted by trazom28
trazom28 (134909) writes "I ran across an interesting slideshow of NASA's abandoned launch facilities. Interesting piece of scientific history. It is described as images from "photographer Roland Miller's upcoming book, 'Abandoned in Place, titled' "Abandoned Space Graveyard Photos". ‘Abandoned in Place’ is a visual study of the deactivated launch and research facilities that played an essential role in early American space exploration.""

+ - The first billion-pixel mosaic of Mars

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "In 2012, Mars Science Laboratory performed the first robotically-controlled soft landing of a vehicle of such incredible mass: nearly half a tonne. A few months later, the rover, Curiosity, took the first ever billion-pixel mosaic from the Red Planet's surface, with breathtaking views of the terrain and alternate views of what the soils would look like were they here on Earth. Now in its third year on Mars, Curiosity is roving the low slopes of its ultimate destination: Mount Sharp."

+ - "Google Glass isn't dead!" Says Google's CEO Eric Schmidt->

Submitted by lord_rob the only on
lord_rob the only on (859100) writes "After Google stopped selling its wearable Glass device in January this year, many people speculated that the controversial gadget was on its way out for good. However, Google's executive chairman Erich Schmidt has said that the technology behind Glass is too important to throw away, and that the program has been put under the control of Nest's Tony Fadell to "make it ready for users" in the future."
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Comment: Re:So lemme get this right: (Score 2) 45

by Himmy32 (#49320697) Attached to: Cisco SPA300/500 IP Phones Vulnerable To Remote Eavesdropping
Even more than within your LAN, the best practices should put the phones on a separate VLAN with nothing except for the call manager to communicate with them. If you are putting smart TV's and printers on the same VLAN as your phones, your doing it wrong and trying really hard to do it wrong.

Comment: Re:Have IPv6-only phones (Score 1) 45

by Himmy32 (#49320665) Attached to: Cisco SPA300/500 IP Phones Vulnerable To Remote Eavesdropping
Or the best practices of having these all on a separate subnet/VLAN that can only communicate with the call manager. That's why Cisco has marked this as a low threat because if you've configured your equipment right nothing else should really be able to communicate with the phone outside of the call manager.

+ - China Discloses Cyberwarfare Unit, No One Surprised->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "For years, U.S. businesses and government agencies have complained about attacks originating from China, while the Chinese government persisted in denying attacking U.S. targets. Then last week the Chinese government noted the existence of the country’s cyberwarfare unit in “The Science of Military Strategy,” a publication put out by a research institute of the People’s Liberation Army, according to news reports."
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+ - Leaked Snowden docs show Canada's 'false flag' operations->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The Intercept [http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/communication-security-establishment-s-cyberwarfare-toolbox-revealed-1.3002978]show the extent to which Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) cooperates with the NSA — and perhaps most interestingly details CSEC's 'false flag' operations, whereby cyberattacks are designed and carried out with the intention of attribution to an other individual, group or nation state. The revelations come in the midst of Canadian controversy regarding the anti-terrorism C-51 bill."
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+ - Ted Cruz, the presidential candidate who wants to increase the H-1B cap by 500%->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "It's going to be hard for the Republicans to field a presidential candidate as enthusiastic about the H-1B visa as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). Cruz, who is announcing his presidential bid this morning, once proposed an immediate increase in the base H-1B cap from 65,000 to 325,000. Cruz offered the H-1B increase as an amendment in 2013 to the Senate's comprehensive immigration bill. Cruz's amendment was defeated by the Senate's Judiciary Committee, which approved an 180,000 H-1B cap increase in the comprehensive immigration bill."
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+ - Government Spies Admit that Cyber Armageddon is Unlikely

Submitted by Nicola Hahn
Nicola Hahn (1482985) writes "NSA director Mike Rogers spoke to a Senate Committee yesterday, admonishing them that the United States should bolster its offensive cyber capabilities to deter attacks. Never mind that deterrence is problematic if you can’t identify the people who attacked you.

In the past a speech by a spymaster like Rogers would have been laced with hyperbolic intimations of the End Times. Indeed, for almost a decade mainstream news outlets have conveyed a litany of cyber doomsday scenarios on behalf of ostensibly credible public officials. So it’s interesting to note a recent statement by the U.S. intelligence community that pours a bucket of cold water over all of this. According to government spies the likelihood of a cyber Armageddon is “remote.” And this raises some unsettling questions about our ability to trust government officials and why they might be tempted to fall back on such blatant hyperbole."

+ - GoDaddy Accounts Vulnerable To Social Engineering (and Photoshop)->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "On Tuesday, Steve Ragan's GoDaddy account was compromised. He knew it was coming, but considering the layered account protections used by the world's largest domain registrar, he didn't think the attacker would be successful. He was wrong. Within days, the attacker gained control over Steve's account just by speaking to customer support and submitting a Photoshopped ID."
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+ - Germany Succeeded with Massive Power Drops/Surges with its Solar Grid Today->

Submitted by SpzToid
SpzToid (869795) writes "Electrical grids in Europe succeeded in managing the unprecedented disruption to solar power from Friday's 2-1/2-hour eclipse that brought sudden, massive drops in supply.

Germany, Europe's leading economy and boasting the world's biggest solar-powered installations, was at the heart of the event.

"Good preparations paid off, we were able to handle all swings in production," said Ulrike Hoerchens, spokeswoman for one of the four high-voltage grid firms, TenneT, which operates in the region with the highest share of photovoltaic units.

Solar power output has expanded sharply to 38.2 gigawatts (GW) since the region's last notable eclipse in 2003, so the country — which borders nine nations — needed to prove its power market and network handling centres could function under extraordinary conditions.

German solar output right before the eclipse totalled 21.7 GW, then dropped to a low point of 6.2 GW, followed by an addition of 15 GW again within the following hour, TenneT said.

The speed of feed-in was treble the normal maximum, which could have caused disruptions."

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+ - Google caught altering search-results for profit->

Submitted by mi
mi (197448) writes "We've always suspected, this may happen some day — and, according to FTC's investigation inadvertently shared with the Wall Street Journal, it did.

In a lengthy investigation, staffers in the FTC’s bureau of competition found evidence that Google boosted its own services for shopping, travel and local businesses by altering its ranking criteria and “scraping” content from other sites. It also deliberately demoted rivals.

For example, the FTC staff noted that Google presented results from its flight-search tool ahead of other travel sites, even though Google offered fewer flight options. Google’s shopping results were ranked above rival comparison-shopping engines, even though users didn’t click on them at the same rate, the staff found. Many of the ways Google boosted its own results have not been previously disclosed."

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