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+ - Heartbleed to blame for Community Health Systems breach->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Heartbleed vulnerability is the cause of the data breach at Community Health Systems (CHS), which resulted in 4.5 million records (containing patient data) being compromised. According to a blog post from TrustedSec, the attackers targeted a vulnerable Juniper router and obtained credentials, which allowed them access to the network's VPN."
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+ - Free copy of The Sims 2 contains SecuROM->

Submitted by dotarray
dotarray (1747900) writes "By now, everybody should know that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Let's apply that to EA, shall we? The publisher is giving away copies of The Sims 2: Ultimate Collection, for free... and not mentioning that it includes the controversial SecuROM anti-piracy software."
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Resources On Programming For Palm OS 5? 170

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the civilized-pda-for-a-civilized-business-climate dept.
First time accepted submitter baka_toroi (1194359) writes I got a Tungsten E2 from a friend and I wanted to give it some life by programming for it a little bit. The main problem I'm bumping up against is that HP thought it would be awesome to just shut down every single thing related to Palm OS development. After Googling a lot I found out CodeWarrior was the de facto IDE for Palm OS development... but I was soon disappointed as I learned that Palm moved from the 68K architecture to ARM, and of course, CodeWarrior was just focused on Palm OS 4 development.

Now, I realize Palm OS 4 software can be run on Palm OS 5, but I'm looking to use some of the 'newer' APIs. Also, I have the Wi-fi add-on card so I wanted to create something that uses it. I thought what I needed was PODS (Palm OS Development Suite) but not only I can't find it anywhere but also it seems it was deprecated during Palm OS's lifetime. It really doesn't help the fact that I'm a beginner, but I really want to give this platform some life. Any general tip, book, working link or even anecdotes related to all this will be greatly appreciated.

+ - Facebook Dabbles in Mind Control-> 1

Submitted by EntropySerpent
EntropySerpent (2722689) writes "It has recently come to light that Facebook collaborated with UC San Francisco and Cornell University to conduct mind control experiments. Without their consent, nearly 700,000 users had their newsfeed manipulated while testing if, "exposure to emotions led people to change their own posting behaviours." From BBC: "The study found that users who had fewer negative stories in their news feed were less likely to write a negative post, and vice versa." Is subliminal influence going to become the norm for social media?"
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+ - The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas->

Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes "The National Security Agency is secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of the Bahamas. According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the surveillance is part of a top-secret system – code-named SOMALGET – that was implemented without the knowledge or consent of the Bahamian government. Instead, the agency appears to have used access legally obtained in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to open a backdoor to the country’s cellular telephone network, enabling it to covertly record and store the “full-take audio” of every mobile call made to, from and within the Bahamas – and to replay those calls for up to a month."
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+ - Data Mining Shows How Down-Voting Leads To Vicious Circle Of Negative Feedback

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "In behavioural psychology, the theory of operant conditioning is the notion that an individual’s future behaviour is determined by the punishments and rewards he or she has received in the past. It means that specific patterns of behaviour can be induced by punishing unwanted actions while rewarding others. While the theory is more than 80 years old, it is hard at work in the 21st century in the form of up and down votes--or likes and dislikes--on social networks. But does this form of reward and punishment actually deter unwanted actions while encouraging good behaviour? Now a new study of the way voting influences online behaviour has revealed the answer. The conclusion is that that negative feedback leads to behavioural changes that are hugely detrimental to the community. Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more but their future posts are of lower quality and are perceived by the community as such. What's more, these authors are more likely to evaluate fellow users negatively in future, creating a vicious circle of negative feedback. By contrast, positive feedback does not influence authors much at all. That's exactly the opposite of what operant conditioning theory predicts. The researchers have a better suggestion for social networks: "Given that users who receive no feedback post less frequently, a potentially effective strategy could be to ignore undesired behaviour and provide no feedback at all." Would /.-ers agree?"

+ - NASA's broken planet-hunter spacecraft given second life->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA today said it would fund the technology fixes required to make its inoperative Kepler space telescope active again and able to hunt for new planets and galaxies. Kepler you may recall was rendered inoperable after the second of four gyroscope-like reaction wheels, which are used to precisely point the spacecraft for extended periods of time, failed last year ending data collection for the original mission. The spacecraft required three working wheels to maintain the precision pointing necessary to detect the signal of small Earth-sized exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system, orbiting stars like our sun in what's known as the habitable zone — the range of distances from a star where the surface temperature of a planet might be suitable for liquid water, NASA stated."
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+ - Arduino Reveals It's Latest Board->

Submitted by alancronin
alancronin (1171375) writes "The Arduino Zero will be on display at the Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 on May 17th and 18th. It will feature Atmel’s SAMD21 MCU which has a 32-bit ARM Cortex® M0+ core running at 48MHz and supports Atmel’s Embedded Debugger (EDBG). This will allow for easier debugging and include a virtual COM port. The Zero will also be compatible with it's predecessor (Arduino UNO) shields."
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Comment: Actually... (Score 1) 273

by Netdoctor (#46662303) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

I was out of there in 2 hours. I spent the time going around, meeting new people, and exchanging gifts. It was a great experience. Got to hang out with some impossibly hot and awesome people.

I know some people that took 6 hours to get out. I also know people who didn't even wait in a line. It's all about planning ahead and timing.

However, the whole point of the experience is to slow down, enjoy people and yourself, and interact. Going in, you know there's going to be a delay in going out. Why not make the best of it?

+ - China Bans Bitcoin - Bitcoin CEO Reponds, Bans China->

Submitted by hydrofix
hydrofix (1253498) writes "Following rumours of China’s plans to ban bank transfers to Bitcoin exchanges, the CEO of Bitcoin has decided to respond by banning the Glorious People’s Republic of China from the Bitcoin Network. The decision was unanimously approved by Bitcoin’s shareholders, the Bitcoin Board of Directors, HaCkerz4BITZ and the Bitcoin Steering Board and announced by CEO Warren Winkleberg via reddit on Tuesday morning. The decision was made following extensive discussions with members of the Bitcoin community, Chinese exchanges and the inventor of Bitcoin Dorian S Nakamoto himself. The move is expected to cause even greater volatility on an already volatile Bitcoin market, with the valuation of Bitcoin in U.S. dollars quickly plunging below zero.

Menawhile, the CEO of The Internet Kal-El Al-Gore told that while the decision is controversial, in the grand scheme of things it will help the Bitcoin community and The Internet as a whole: 'The Great Firewall of China has been hampering development and eating into our margins for more than a decade. Here at The Internet we know full well that restrictive policies advocated by certain circles in the Chinese government can have a devastating effect on growth and the adoption of new technologies. I should know, I invented The Internet.'"

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