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Submission + - Natural Language Processing and Topic Modeling to Make a 'Global Map of Sexism'

An anonymous reader writes: By running natural language processing (NLP) algorithms and topic modeling techniques across Everyday Sexism Project reports in all languages, researchers hope to get a large-scale picture of the problems that exist in different cultures and countries, and to inform practical definitions of different types of sex discrimination. The researchers, who are based at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), say they hope to create “the first data-driven map of sexism on a global scale.”

Submission + - The first successful collision attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm

Artem Tashkinov writes: Researchers from Dutch and Singapore universities have successfully carried out an initial attack on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm by finding a collision at the SHA1 compression function.They describe their work in the paper "Freestart collision for full SHA-1". The work paves the way for full SHA-1 collision attacks, and the researchers estimate that such attacks will become reality at the end of 2015. They also created a dedicated web site called ironically The SHAppening.

Perhaps the call to deprecate the SHA-1 standard in 2017 in major web browsers seems belated and this event has to be accelerated.

Submission + - LogMeIn to Acquire Password Management Leader LastPass (

ahlatki writes: "BOSTON, Oct. 09, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — LogMeIn, Inc. (Nasdaq:LOGM) today announced that it has agreed to acquire LastPass (incorporated as Marvasol, Inc.), the popular single-sign-on (SSO) and password management service. A high growth business with millions of loyal users and an award winning product line, LastPass will immediately bolster LogMeIn’s position in the multi-billion dollar identity and access management (IAM) market, while accelerating one of the company’s key strategic growth initiatives. The deal is expected to close in the coming weeks."

Submission + - Emissions Scandal Expands: Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda, and Mitsubishi (

An anonymous reader writes: Volkswagen has taken some serious heat for deliberately circumventing emissions tests with "defeat devices" in some of their vehicles. While no other cars have been found to use specific devices to fool tests in the same way, we're now finding that many manufacturers mysteriously perform worse in the real world, anyway. Last week, the Guardian revealed that diesel cars from Nissan, Hyundai, Citroen, Fiat, Volvo, and Renault emitted significantly more pollution in realistic conditions than the tests supposedly allow. Now, we learn that vehicles from Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda, and Mitsubishi emit substantially more than they should as well. For example: "Mercedes-Benz’s diesel cars produced an average of 0.406g/km of NOx on the road, at least 2.2 times more than the official Euro 5 level and five times higher than the Euro 6 level. Honda’s diesel cars emitted 0.484g/km of NOx on average, between 2.6 and six times the official levels." This provides clear evidence that the automotive industry is designing its cars to follow the letter of the law, but not the spirit.

Submission + - Iran-Based Hacking Crew Uses Fake LinkedIn Profiles in Espionage Attacks (

An anonymous reader writes: The Iranian hacker group, Cleaver, has been directing a cyber spying campaign at bodies in the Middle East across a network of fake LinkedIn accounts. It is thought that the threat actors were using the professional platform to gather intelligence using six ‘leader’ profiles, each with over 500 connections, and a collection of ‘supporter’ accounts. According to Dell researchers, recruitment advertisements and skill endorsements from ‘supporter’ accounts were used to boost credibility.

Submission + - Microsoft Is on a Mission to Reignite the PC Sector - and it May Be Taking Hold writes: Sales of personal computers have been declining for so long — 14 consecutive quarters — that it's hard remember a time when PCs ruled the tech world. Now Nick Wingfield writes in the NYT that Microsoft is leading the way on a mission to re-ignite the PC Market by taking the once-unthinkable step of competing with its hardware partners, like Dell and HP, by making its own computers, starting with its Surface tablet. This week, Microsoft dived even further into the business with a laptop device, the Surface Book. “Initiatives like Surface and Surface Book have helped the industry wake up and say, ‘We’ve got to make the industry cool and sexy again,’ ” says Frank Azor. The stated reason that Microsoft got into the PC hardware business three years ago, with the original Surface, was not to put PC companies out of business — but to better illustrate the capabilities of its software, providing devices that would inspire PC makers to be more innovative. “They needed to reignite the PC market,” says Rahul Sood. “The only company in the world who can do that is Microsoft.”

One of the most remarkable things about Microsoft’s growing presence in the hardware business is that it has not led to open revolt among its partners. Initially, many of them were not happy about Microsoft’s moves, complaining in private. “It’s positioned as a laptop, very squarely against the MacBook Pro as an example. But that could also be extended to a Dell XPS 13, or an HP x360,” says Patrick Moorhead. One reason there hasn't been more pushback from OEM's is that Microsoft’s Surface business is still relatively small. Another is that the money Microsoft has poured into marketing Surface has raised the broader profile of Windows PCs. While Microsoft obviously risks alienating its partners, it’s doing so with a much bigger fight in mind. “Right now Microsoft really believes that it has to have a combined hardware, software, and services play to go up against the likes of Apple,” says Moorhead. “That’s why it’s doing this. That’s why it’s taking such an aggressive stance now, moving to laptops.”

Submission + - Apple Removes In-App Ad Blocker Been Choice From App Store

Mickeycaskill writes: Apple has pulled a number of applications from the App Store, most notably the ‘Been Choice’ ad blocker, because of concerns the methods they employ to rid adverts could compromise sensitive user data.

iOS 9 allows for the installation of applications that block adverts in Safari, but other apps like Been Choice go one step further and let users remove adverts from applications – including Apple News.

Been Choice routes traffic through a VPN to filter out adverts in some applications, but it this technique has attracted the attention of Apple, which is concerned user data could be exposed.
Apple says it is working with developers to get their apps back up and Been is refining its application for resubmission. In any case, Been says users must opt-in for in-app ad blocking and that no data is stored on its servers

“We will remove this capability to block ads in Facebook, Yahoo, Yahoo Finance, Google, and Pinterest tonight and resubmit tomorrow morning for expedited approval,” said co-founder David Yoon.

“The ad and tracker blocking in other apps will not be impacted. We asked for explicit guidance on blocking ads in Apple News (not covered in the above requirement), and our contact at Apple would not give us a ruling. So we will submit a version that will continue to block iAds and see if we can get back on.

Submission + - World's First 5G Field Trial Delivers Speeds of 3.6Gbps Using sub-6GHz

Mark.JUK writes: Global Chinese ICT firm Huawei and Japanese mobile giant NTT DOCOMO today claim to have conducted the world's first large-scale field trial of future 5th generation (5G) mobile broadband technology, which was able to deliver a peak speed of 3.6Gbps (Gigabits per second).

Previous trials have used significantly higher frequency bands (e.g. 20-80GHz), which struggle with coverage and penetration through physical objects. By comparison Huawei's network operates in the sub-6GHz frequency band and made use of several new technologies, such as Multi-User MIMO (concurrent connectivity of 24 user devices in the macro-cell environment), Sparse Code Multiple Access (SCMA) and Filtered OFDM (F-OFDM).

Assuming all goes well then Huawei hopes to begin a proper pilot in 2018, with interoperability testing being completed during 2019 and then a commercial launch to follow in 2020. But of course they're not the only team trying to develop a 5G solution.

Submission + - Windows apps on Android will soon be a reality (

Mark Wilson writes: If you have an iPhone, you're stuck with running iOS apps; if you have an Android phone, you're stuck with Android apps. At least that used to be the case. For desktop platforms such as OS X and Linux, tools and emulators exist that make it possible to run software designed for a different platform. CodeWeavers produce CrossOver which enables PC games and applications to run on non-PC platforms.

At the moment, CrossOver is available for Mac and Linux, but there are plans to bring the tool to Android. This means that, ultimately, it should be possible to run Windows software on an Android phone or tablet.

Submission + - Study Links Children's Cancer to Fukushima Radiation (

taiwanjohn writes: A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere: Most of the 370,000 children in Fukushima prefecture (state) have been given ultrasound checkups since the March 2011 meltdowns. The most recent statistics, released in August, show that thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of those children, a number that rose by 25 from a year earlier. Elsewhere, the disease occurs in only about one or two of every million children per year by some estimates.

Submission + - Amazon to Offer Sneakernet Services

blueshift_1 writes: If you have 50TB of data that you'd like to put on the S3 cloud, Amazon is releasing Snowball. It's basically a large grey box full of hard drives that Amazon will mail to you. Simply upload your files and mail it back — they will upload it for you. For $200 + shipping, it's at a pretty reasonable price point if you're tired of hosting your data and want to try and push that to AWS.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway. -Tanenbaum, Andrew S.

Submission + - Chicago Mayor Calls for National Computer Coding Requirement in Schools

theodp writes: On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel called on the federal government to make computer coding classes a requirement of high-school graduation (video). Back in December 2013, Emanuel — who previously served as President Obama's chief of staff — joined then-Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett (who had a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Thursday) to announce a comprehensive K-12 computer science program for CPS students, including a partnership with then-nascent Not that there's anything wrong with it, but it probably bears mentioning that Illinois State Board of Elections records show that later that same month, Chicago for Rahm Emanuel received a $5,000 donation from ex-Microsoft CEO and $3+ million donor Steve Ballmer, and another $5,000 donation from Microsoft President and Board Member Brad Smith. In May of 2014, a partnership agreement was finally executed by CPS and CEO Hadi Partovi, who coincidentally jogs with Ballmer and lives next door to Smith.

Submission + - Refreshing the Amiga 1200 With New Plastic

Ichijo writes: Several years ago, the Amiga community developed a way to restore old, yellowed ABS plastic to like-new condition, and put the recipe for the gel, dubbed Retr0bright , into the public domain. But then it was discovered that the effect of the Retr0bright gel is only temporary, and plastic treated with the gel soon reverts to its original yellowed state.

Now, Amiga enthusiast Philippe Lang has started a new Kickstarter campaign to create new, improved molds for Amiga 1200 housings and do a licensed production run using anti-UV ASA plastic in the original color plus black, transparent, and 9 other colors. His team is also investigating the feasibility of producing new Amiga 1200 keyboards if this campaign succeeds. This follows a successful production run by Commodore 64 enthusiasts of new C64c housings using the original injection molds and new C64 motherboards designed with modern ASICs and DC-DC converter technology.

Submission + - Barnes & Noble Has Been Quietly Refreshing Its Nook Hardware (

itwbennett writes: Peter Smith writes that he 'had more or less written off the Nook when Barnes & Noble farmed hardware duties out to Samsung.' But now that Amazon is aiming for the low end with its downgraded Fire tablet line, Barnes & Noble has an opportunity to 'carve out a niche on the higher end of things,' says Smith. And so it has been quietly moving in that direction. Yesterday, Venture Beat wrote about the newly (and stealthily) launched $250 Samsung Galaxy Tab E Nook. As Smith notes, 'the specs for this new tablet aren't anything special,' which might explain the stealthy launch, except that another, pricier Nook tablet apparently came out a month ago (again, according to VentureBeat), the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 Nook.

Submission + - Did DHS Edit The Wikipedia Page Of Kevin McCarthy (

schwit1 writes: An IP address originating from the Department of Homeland Security was tied to entries made on the Wikipedia pages of North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, alleging that the two Republicans were having an affair. McCarthy dropped his bid to be the next Speaker of the House earlier today.

It is unclear if someone at the federal agency actually was behind the edits. But both changes — McCarthy's and Ellmers' — show that a user at the IP address,, made them on Thursday. That address comes from DHS' offices in Springfield, Va.

"It's like deja vu all over again." -- Yogi Berra