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Comment 'Highest' is subjective (Score 1) 2

I also use Privacy Badger, and it only sees 5 here. And only one of those is trying to track. What sites do you visit that have more than 5? I visit plenty that can have dozens, depending on the site.

Submission + - Hackers Get Lazy, Build Trojan on Top of Android Rooting Utility (

An anonymous reader writes: Instead of creating their own exploits, some lazy Chinese hackers took the Root Assistant Android rooting toolkit and remodeled it into a trojan, which they packed inside copies of legitimate apps (distributed via unofficial app stores). Until now, only seven apps were repackaged, and only 600 users infected. A weird thing: there's a XML file in the trojan that prevents it from infecting Chinese users.

Submission + - SPAM: Oct. 1st EMV Liability Shift - Opportunity For Retailers

dkatana writes: Americans have been receiving new credit and debit cards this year featuring a new shiny little chip, something Asians and Europeans had for years. It is called a EMV (Eurocard-MasterCard-Visa) chip that generates an unique code for each transaction, effectively making very difficult to clone the card.

But there is a catch: if the POS system at the business side is not equipped with a EMV terminal, then the transaction will occur as before, through magnetic swipe, with all the credit card information exposed.

That is where liability-shift comes in. If the business (restaurant, retailer, supermarket) has the EMV technology but the card has no chip, any fraudulent charge is the responsibility of the issuing bank or credit card company... The problem is that most small businesses do not know that.

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Comment DNS replacement? (Score 2) 69

While I am not really learned in the ways of the blockchain and its possible uses (nefarious and otherwise), this sounds like a plausible idea. Anyone have details? Aren't blockchains several gigabytes each? We'd need to centralize it all over again, I'd think.....

Submission + - Intelligence Start-Up Goes Behind Enemy Lines to Get Ahead of Hackers (

anlashok writes: iSight Partners looks to be another company to follow if interested in cybersecurity.
Quote "ISight’s investors, who have put $60 million into the company so far, believe that its services fill a critical gap in the battle to get ahead of threats. Most security companies, like FireEye, Symantec, Palo Alto Networks and Intel’s security unit, focus on blocking or detecting intrusions as they occur or responding to attacks after the fact.

ISight goes straight to the enemy. Its analysts — many of them fluent in Russian, Mandarin, Portuguese or 21 other languages — infiltrate the underground, where they watch criminals putting their schemes together and selling their tools."

Submission + - Neural network chess computer abandons brute force for 'human' approach (

An anonymous reader writes: A new chess AI utilizes a neural network to approach the millions of possible moves in the game without just throwing compute cycles at the problem the way that most chess engines have done since Von Neumann. 'Giraffe' returns to the practical problems which defeated chess researchers who tried to create less 'systematic' opponents in the mid-1990s, and came up against the (still present) issues of latency and branch resolution in search. Invented by an MSc student at Imperial College London, Giraffe taught itself chess and reached FIDE International Master level on a modern mainstream PC within three days.

Submission + - Sen. Ron Wyden Says CISA Data Collection Could Put Americans At Risk

blottsie writes: In a new interview, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) says the Cyber Information Sharing Act of 2015 (CISA) may put more Americans at risk because the U.S. government has failed to learn the right security lessons from the attack on the Office of Personnel Management. He says, in part:

"I’ve been watching as this goes forward—there’s this phrase going around the cybersecurity community, 'If you can't protect it, don't collect it.' Now, there is never going to be a system that's 100 percent safe. But what I'm going to start [saying] on the floor as we get to this [CISA debate], is, you give the government a huge new trove of personal information about Americans before you’ve addressed the problems that were documented all the way back to 2007—those security holes—before you address those, [before] you plug them, that’s like responding to a bear attack by stockpiling honey. That’s going to be how I open the debate."

Submission + - Broadband Users 'Need' At Least 10Mbps To Be Satisfied

Mickeycaskill writes: A new report says broadband users need at least 10Mbps speeds to be satisfied with their connection — especially with regards to online video which is now seen as a staple Internet application.

Researchers at Ovum measured both objective data such as speed and coverage alongside customer data to give 30 countries a scorecard. Sweden was deemed to have the best broadband, ahead of Romania and Canada, while the UK and US finished joint-eight with Russia.

“Ever since broadband services were launched, there has been discussion on what is the definition of broadband and how much speed do consumers really need?" said co-author Michael Philpott. "In 2015, the answer is at least 10Mbps if you wish to receive a good-quality broadband experience, and a significant number of households, even in well-developed broadband countries, are well shy of this mark.”

Submission + - Oculus Rift raises another $16 million (

Craefter writes: On the E3 it seems that the Oculus Rift caused a mental erection with the investors this year. Some investors (Spark Capital and Matrix Partners) were able to push $16 million in the direction of Oculus VR in the hopes for the product to hype.
This is all very nice, the HD unit looks a bit more slick than the ski goggles with the tablet glued in front of it from the first version but it would have been better if the next gen consoles would commit support for it. We all know how well the wave stick from the PS3 was adapted as an afterthought.
That said, major titles like the 9 year old Half-Life 2 and the 6 year old Team Fortress 2 are getting full support for the Oculus. I hope in the future developers would implement support for a VR headset per-default in their games and not years after the fact. A bit like the EAX standard from Soundblaster. That worked out well too.

Comment Sounds like.... (Score 1) 1

Halting State and Rule 34 by Charles Stross. When I originally read the books, I thought this type of technology was a couple years further down the road than it turned out to be.....Though the cloud and HUD and all that good interlinking stuff probably isn't integrated nearly as well as the books, so there's a bit of solace to be had!

Comment Uhm..... (Score 1) 398

I've got a Goal Zero Nomad 7 and their Guide Plus. So that doesn't count as a UPS, but I do have batteries. A number of flashlights. Not really snacks, as such, the SO and unwanted roommate are on a healthy diet kick. Most of the food (salad stuffs aside) require cooking. I'm sure if there were some kind of disaster, we could go outside and find a store or something, so not too big a deal. Plus, car. :)

Submission + - Using open source to build sustainable communities (

angry tapir writes: A documentary from Filament Features coming out this year will feature the work of the Open Source Ecology project, which aims to produce a set of open source tools capable of building environmentally sustainable communities. The project aims to design a 'Global Village Construction Set' (GVCS): a set of 50 modular, easy-to-replicate tools that can be used to construct sustainable communities, with the designs available under an open source licence.

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