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Submission + - FBI Caught Breaking the Law When Hacking Computers

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI hacks computers. Specifics are scarce, and only a trickle of news has emerged from court filings and FOIA responses. But we know it happens.

In a new law review article, a Stanford professor pulls together what's been disclosed, and then matches it against established law. The results sure aren't pretty. FBI agents deceive judges, ignore time limits, don't tell computer owners after they've been hacked, and don't get 'super-warrants' for webcam snooping. Whatever you think of law enforcement hacking, it probably shouldn't be this lawless.

Submission + - Microsoft Edge Performance Evaluated->

An anonymous reader writes: Now that Windows 10 is close to launch, Anandtech has put Microsoft's new browser, Edge, through a series of tests to see how it stacks up against other browsers. Edge has shown significant improvements since January. It handily beats Chrome and Firefox in Google's Octane 2.0 benchmark, and it managed the best score on the Sunspider benchmark as well. But Chrome and Firefox both still beat Edge in other tests, by small margins in the Kraken 1.1 and HTML5Test benchmarks, and larger ones in WebXPRT and Oort Online. The article says, "It is great to see Microsoft focusing on browser performance again, and especially not sitting idle since January, since the competition in this space has not been idle either."
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Submission + - US seeks extradition of two Israelis suspected in securities fraud scam->

An anonymous reader writes: Israel Police have arrested two Israeli citizens suspected of involvement in a securities fraud scam, following a joint investigation led by the FBI, the police cleared for publication Tuesday night. ..

The Bloomberg report said that the arrests were part of a months-long investigation of a group of friends who met in college in Florida and are tied to the JP Morgan hack in 2011 and 2012, with suspects in Israel accused of security fraud for inflating the value of low-volume stocks.

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Submission + - As Nations Hack Each Other, Protecting Personal Information Must Become Priority->

An anonymous reader writes: Foreign hackers are now in possession of security clearance documents that contain deeply personal secrets, and there is no way of reversing that. These individuals are caught in what Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap has labeled the “hyper-personalization of war.” While there is nothing new about espionage or hacking, the size and depth of these attacks make them extremely serious. The ubiquity of technology and poor security have caused both crime and surveillance to skyrocket in frequency and specificity; those same factors are now also allowing intelligence agencies to infiltrate each others’ systems and societies. Nations are seeing identity databases as important targets for both offense and defense.
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Submission + - Devuan progress

OneSizeFitsNoone writes: After their announcements in November and December 2014, Devuan, the systemd-less, Debian-forked distribution, has something new to show. Other than a much needed aesthetic improvement to the web site, there are now packages to ease and automate the transition from a Debian system into a Devuan one. Which is in ALPHA2 stage, and, though it's off, still comes with systemd, as the vdev "Portable virtual device manager and filesystem" package is not yet ready to replace udev, which was not yet disentangled of the systemd/libsystemd0 code. However, systemd "is not active: not running as init, no daemons running in background." Does the average slashdotter feel there is reason to rejoice, or has people come to terms with the initial unease and ire that systemd caused when it became the default, err, the only init system in Linux?

Comment Re:Pontifical Academy of Sciences (Score 1, Insightful) 703 703

Most of the ancient culture was destroyed by purpose in the Middle Ages by the Church, at which time the monks, most of whom where illiterate, would just copy ecclesiastical material. A few of the most learned church high brass kbnew that Galileo was right, but they were afraid the populace would lose their unrelenting faith in the Church was it to admit it was wrong and Galieo was right. They never gave a d**n about scientific learning of the masses, they've always only protected their own wealth and power. And the best way to do so it keeping the people in subjugation, ignorance and superstition.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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