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+ - Ten Steps You Can Take Against Internet Surveillance

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Danny O'Brien writes at EFF that as NSA's spying has spread, more and more ordinary people want to know how they can defend themselves from surveillance online. "The bad news is: if you're being personally targeted by a powerful intelligence agency like the NSA, it's very, very difficult to defend yourself," writes O'Brien. "The good news, if you can call it that, is that much of what the NSA is doing is mass surveillance on everybody. With a few small steps, you can make that kind of surveillance a lot more difficult and expensive, both against you individually, and more generally against everyone." Here's ten steps you can take to make your own devices secure: Use end-to-end encryption; Encrypt as much communications as you can; Encrypt your hard drive; Use Strong passwords; Use Tor; Turn on two-factor (or two-step) authentication; Don't click on attachments; Keep software updated and use anti-virus software; Keep extra secret information extra secure with Truecrypt; and Teach others what you've learned. "Ask [your friends] to sign up to Stop Watching Us and other campaigns against bulk spying. Run a Tor node; or hold a cryptoparty. They need to stop watching us; and we need to start making it much harder for them to get away with it.""

+ - Neanderthal Dental Records Suggest Prehistoric Man Ate Animal Stomachs-> 1

Submitted by Philip Ross
Philip Ross (3389483) writes "Neanderthals, modern man’s close primitive relative, may have favored the flavor of a food-gorged animal gut now and then, according to scientists studying Neanderthals’ dental records. Anthropologists from London’s Natural History Museum describe the plant material found in the plaque of 50,000-year-old Neanderthal teeth as having come from the stomach contents of their prey. Researchers revisited the dental records of Neanderthals from El Sidrón Cave in Spain, where Neanderthal remains were first uncovered in 1994. The records were assembled last year as part of a study into Neanderthal diets."
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+ - Lost Neanderthal Home Found On British Island->

Submitted by minty3
minty3 (2942557) writes "Scientists have stumbled upon a long lost home for Neanderthals believed to have been lost through excavation 100 years ago.

In 2011, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) scientists found preserved geological deposits in a cave on the island of Jersey located off the coast of Normandy, France. The site, which houses sediments that date back to the last Ice Age, contains the only known late Neanderthal remains in northwestern Europe."

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Comment: Re:Not Autonomous (Score 0) 182

by Oil_Tan (#45114147) Attached to: Weaponized Robots Could Take Point In Future Military Ops
God always had a funny way of loving mankind. Like, threatening to destroy everyone in the world. We know Samson loved God and God loved Samson, especially when he was as flat as a pancake....not to mention destroying the land of milk and honey....lot's more, but you probably know the stories.

+ - Ford Showcases Driver Autonomous Self-Parking Car Technology->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Although the dream of roads full of driverless cars is a ways off, several companies such as Tesla and Google are taking steps toward that goal by developing self-driving car technology. Ford is now also demonstrating self-parking technology called Fully Assisted Parking Aid that will actually help a driver locate a spot and then make the car automatically park itself--without the driver inside. Indeed, you'll be able to hop out of the car and use a smartphone app to tell your car to park itself. This is ideal for both parking in tight spaces (i.e., you don't have to squeeze your way out of your vehicle while trying not to bang the next car's door) and for those who are just terrible at parking to begin with."
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Comment: Re:Open the pod bay doors HAL! (Score 0) 51

by Oil_Tan (#44921043) Attached to: Hiccup In Space: Orbital Sciences ISS Docking Delayed By Days
A lot of people have missed the significance of private industry entering space missions. For now. Columbus wanted a short cut for spice trades. Yet those Spanish speaking folks you refer to, after bank rolling Columbus, decided to make a little history themselves. And brought home plenty. Of Gold. They made a lot of history,,,,but got tired and were relegated to obscurity. Gone are the days of showmanship, competing for fanfare, first to orbit, first to the moon. Time to make more history. No, low earth orbit won't get us anywhere. We are immensely more sophisticated then the Spaniards. We will need to be, to take advantage.

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