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Submitted by seoras
seoras (147590) writes "After coming under intense pressure PayPal has closed the account of cloud-storage service Mega. According to the company, SOPA proponent Senator Patrick Leahy personally pressured Visa and Mastercard who in turn called on PayPal to terminate the account. Bizarrely, Mega's encryption is being cited as a key problem.... ... What makes the situation more unusual is that PayPal reportedly apologized to Mega for its withdrawal while acknowledging that company’s business is indeed legitimate.
However, PayPal also advised that Mega’s unique selling point – it’s end-to-end-encryption – was a key concern for the processor.""

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+ - Google Taking Over New TLDs->

Submitted by bobo the hobo
bobo the hobo (302407) writes "In the corner of the internet where people care about DNS, there is a bit of an uproar at Google's application for over a hundred new top-level domains, including .dev, .lol, .app, .blog, .cloud and .search. Their application includes statements such as:
By contrast, our application for the .blog TLD describes a new way of automatically linking new second level domains to blogs on our Blogger platform – this approach eliminates the need for any technical configuration on the part of the user and thus makes the domain name more user friendly.

And also limiting usage of .dev to Google only:
Second-level domain names within the proposed gTLD are intended for registration and use by Google only, and domain names under the new gTLD will not be available to the general public for purchase, sale, or registration. As such, Charleston Road Registry intends to apply for an exemption to the ICANN Registry Operator Code of Conduct as Google is intended to be the sole registrar and registrant."

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+ - Jet lag is worse on Mars 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Research and actual experience has found that adjusting to the slightly longer Martian day is not as easy as you would think.

If you’re on Mars, or at least work by a Mars clock, you have to figure out how to put up with the exhausting challenge of those extra 40 minutes. To be exact, the Martian day is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds long, a length of day that doesn’t coincide with the human body’s natural rhythms. Scientists, Mars rover drivers, and everyone else in the space community call the Martian day a “sol” to differentiate it from an Earth day. While it doesn’t seem like a big difference, that extra time adds up pretty quickly. It’s like heading west by two time zones every three days. Call it “rocket lag.”


+ - Banned weight-loss drug could combat liver disease, diabetes->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A drug the U.S. government once branded “extremely dangerous and not fit for human consumption” deserves a second chance, a study of rats suggests. Researchers report that a slow-release version of the compound reverses diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), an untreatable condition that can lead to cirrhosis and liver cancer."
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+ - 'Super-secure' BlackPhone pwned by super-silly txt msg bug->

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "The maker of BlackPhone – a mobile marketed as offering unusually high levels of security – has patched a critical vulnerability that allows hackers to run malicious code on the handsets. Attackers need little more than a phone number to send a message that can compromise the devices via the Silent Text application.

The impact of the flaw is troubling because BlackPhone attracts what hackers see as high-value victims: those willing to invest AU$765 (£415, $630) in a phone that claims to put security above form and features may well have valuable calls and texts to hide from eavesdroppers."

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+ - Yikes! Nomadix is Suing My Company for Using a Captive Portal, Seriously!->

Submitted by ldickens
ldickens (3995491) writes "I hope you can help us, and we’re willing to pay a bounty for a silver bullet. This isn’t the first time Nomadix and Acacia have tried to sue hotspot operators for captive portal patents they hold from the late 1999’s. Scanning old articles from this forum, and others, we learned that in 2004 Acacia launched a broad-based assault on hotspot providers to hotels and coffee shops for redirecting to a captive portal. Nomadix (owned by NTT Docomo) also began suing companies in 2005 using different patents directress to the same basic concept. Many within the SlashDot community responded then, some posting righteous outrage, noting knowledge of prior use of this very technology. Now, in 2015, Nomadix is at it again, suing my company, Blueprint RF – a hotel hotspot provider.

So we’re now asking this community to support our defense by providing any information you may have to lend. We need clear published references or documented prior use dating back at least to 1998 and preferably 1997 or earlier showing automatic browser redirection to a login server. We’ll give $1,500 to anyone who produces evidence, that we are not already aware of, that helps us invalidate any of the patents at issue. Please send your questions or submittals to me at priorart@blueprintrf.com

The technology in question is TCP transparent proxy, 'ipfw fwd' in FreeBSD, combined with an HTTP 303 redirect message in order to send them to a page that they did not initially request. In our case, this is typically the login page you encounter at hotels. Here are links to the patents in question:

Please understand that we respect the patent system and legitimate innovation. But we do not want to be held to pay for using technology that was in use before the patents at issue, which we believe to be the case here. Thank you so much for considering our plight and any information that you can provide."

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+ - WSJ refused to publish Lawrence Krauss' response to "Science Proves Religion".

Submitted by Kubla Kahhhn!
Kubla Kahhhn! (3042441) writes "Recently, the WSJ posted a controversial piece "Science Increasingly Makes a Case for God", written by non-scientist and darling of the apologist crowd, Eric Metaxas. Noted astrophysicist Lawrence Krauss wrote a simple and clear retort in a letter to the editor, which the WSJ declined to publish. Is it an example of the kind of "fair and balanced reporting" we can expect, now that Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch?"

+ - Chromebooks Overtake iPads in U.S. Education Market

Submitted by SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "In Q3 2014, IDC notes that Google shipped 715,500 Chromebooks to U.S. schools while Apple shipped 702,000 iPads. Thus, Apple's iPad has lost its lead over Google's line of Chromebook laptops in the U.S. education market as Google shipped more devices to schools last quarter. While analysts say that this advantage for Google's Chromebooks can be attributed to their low cost, the presence of a physical keyboard has also been seen as an important factor."

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