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+ - CareerBuilder cyberattack delivers malware straight to employers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Security threat researchers Proofpoint have uncovered an email-based phishing attack which infected businesses with malware via the CareerBuilder online job search website. The attack involved the hacker browsing job adverts across the platform and uploading malicious files during the application process, titling the documents “resume.doc” and “cv.doc.” Once the CV was submitted, an automatic email notification was sent to the business advertising the position, along with the uploaded document. In this case, Proofpoint found that as a business opens the automatic email from CareerBuilder to view the attached file the document plays on a known Word vulnerability to sneak a malicious code onto the victim’s computer. According to the threat research group, the manual attack technique although time-consuming has a higher success rate than automated tools as the email attachments are more likely to be opened by the receiver.
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+ - Seafloor sensors record possible eruption of underwater volcano->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 writes: If a volcano erupts at the bottom of the sea, does anyone see it? If it is Axial Seamount, about 300 miles offshore and 1 mile deep, the answer is "yes." Thanks to high-tech instruments installed last summer by the University of Washington to bring the deep sea online, what appears to be an eruption of Axial Volcano on April 23 was observed in real time by scientists on shore.

“It was an astonishing experience to see the changes taking place 300 miles away with no one anywhere nearby, and the data flowed back to land at the speed of light through the fiber-optic cable ... in milliseconds,” said John Delaney, a UW professor of oceanography who led the installation of the instruments as part of a larger effort sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Delaney organized a workshop on campus in mid-April at which marine scientists discussed how this high-tech observatory would support their science. Then, just before midnight on April 23 until about noon the next day, the seismic activity went off the charts. The gradually increasing rumblings of the mountain were documented over recent weeks by William Wilcock, a UW marine geophysicist who studies such systems. During last week’s event, the earthquakes increased from hundreds per day to thousands, and the center of the volcanic crater dropped by about 6 feet in 12 hours.

“The only way that could have happened was to have the magma move from beneath the caldera to some other location,” Delaney said.

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+ - Want 30 Job Offers a Month? It's Not as Great as You Think

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Software engineers suffer from a problem that most other industries wish they had: too much demand. There's a great story at the Atlantic entitled Imagine Getting 30 Job Offers a Month (It Isn't as Awesome as You Might Think). This is a problem that many engineers deal with: place your resume on a job board and proceed to be spammed multiple times per day for jobs in places that you would never go to (URGENT REQUIREMENT IN DETROIT!!!!!, etc). Google "recruiter spam" and there are many tales of engineers being overwhelmed by this. One engineer, fed up by a lack of a recruiting spam blackhole, set up NoRecruitingSpam.com with directions on how to stop this modern tech scourge. How many of you slashdotters have been the victim of recruiting spam?

+ - Game:ref's hardware solution to cheating in eSports->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Cheating is a real problem in today's most popular online multiplayer games, and not just on public servers. Some of the world's top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive players have been banned by Valve's Anti-Cheat System (VACS) in recent months too, bringing a nascent eSport into disrepute. But one gamer is taking a different approach, creating a hardware solution called Game:ref to tackle the problem. Simple in design — Game:ref, which the creator hopes to fund on Kickstarter soon, compares on screen movement with your inputs — but powerful in potential, the device has the potential to catch out illegal macro users both on and offline. It's already attracting interest in the top flight too.

"I've had some people from [eSports teams] Complexity, SK Gaming, and a few high-profile streamers reach out. I would say everyone seems onboard with making online PC gaming a more enjoyable experience," says inventor David Titarenco, a former Counter-Strike pro himself. "After all, most cheating on consoles has been eradicated, why should PC be so far behind?"

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Comment: Re:when? (Score 1) 179

It also depends on how many internet users you need to support. For a single person, having a 30/30 or even a 50/5 should be more than adequate for the modern web, where you're not going to notice much of any slowdowns. I have 4 very heavy internet users in my household, including myself, and we were consistently choking on Cox's 50/5. To give you an idea, there are 2 people who like their Netflix, 1 person downloading and uploading class assignments (sometimes very large projects), and 1 person who needs ready VPN access to his employer with VOIP capability as well as does a lot of hobby and Open Source development (me). All 4 of us are also heavy gamers both online and offline (almost every Nintendo System and 3 separate X-box 360's in the house, along with at least 1 computer per person, though if I were inclined to share there'd be 2 computers for 3 of us, plus several 'Bones and networked 'duinoes).

For this I went to Cox's second to best tier which was 100/10 (actual speedtests performed to my personal VPS as well as various speed checkers on the web were reporting in the neighborhood of 130/17). This speed was more than adequate for us, but we found ourselves bumping and jumping the 300GB soft limit almost monthly with various game updates and downloads (If we didn't have the gaming addiction we do, we'd have been fine..and no, none of us do the CoD thing, though I'm getting sick of the roommate's Destiny obsession...) so we have moved to the Top Tier which gives 150/25 and a 400GB soft limit (the same speed tests have been averaging at 132/33, though I'm fairly certain it's just the way I have to run the cables in the crawlspace to get signal to every outlet that's causing the download degradation, and right now I'm renting so it's not really worth it for me to re-run new lines. I'm more concerned with increasing the internal wireless bandwidth by adding a dual-band access point as the router is getting overloaded on its single 2.4GHz band channel trying to support all the devices that are trying to get a piece of it).

+ - New solar telescope capture the images of sun's interior structure

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The high-resolution images, taken by the New Solar Telescope (NST), show the atmosphere above the umbrae(interior structure of umbrae – the dark patches in the center of sunspots) to be finely structured, consisting of hot plasma intermixed with cool plasma jets as wide as 100 kilometers. These ground breaking images being captured by scientists at NJIT’s Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO). Sunspots are formed when strong magnetic fields rise up from the convection zone, a region beneath the photosphere that transfers energy from the interior of the Sun to its surface. At the surface, the magnetic fields concentrate into bundles, which prevent the hot rising plasma from reaching the surface. This energy deficit causes the magnetic bundles to cool down to temperatures about 1,000 degrees lower than their surroundings. The NST takes snapshots of the Sun every 10 seconds, which are then strung together as a video to reveal fast-evolving small explosions, plasma flows and the movement of magnetic fields. Relatively, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory(SDO) captured image of the sun emitting a significant solar flare on January 7th 2014.

Comment: Re: Used to work at an immigration firm (Score 1) 622

by RavenLrD20k (#49588211) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

No idjit, it's called: Get that chip off your shoulder and focus your resume and your interviews into all about what you can do for that company. It took me 13 fucking years to learn that one myself, and I got absolutely nowhere until a brain injury completely broke the part that had the "victim chip". It also broke the part of my brain that processes fear. The upside, I don't play what-if scenarios to death in my head anymore. I'd say that I realized that it was an exercise in futility... but it's more a switch got flipped where I don't care one way or another anymore. The downside... it's really hard for me to empathize with other people. I can do it, but it takes a lot of effort, now. Another downside is now I have trouble pronouncing larger words and sometimes finding the right words for what I want to convey.

The point here is people are just as able to sense fear as dogs are. If you go into the interview and have a meek attitude or appear too desperate, you're gonna be circle filed in anything but the smaller Mom & Pops (and if you're too bad, even then). If you go in and make a showing like you'd be able to own the position, and it wouldn't be too much skin off your back if you didn't get it, your prospect just shot up considerably. A humble showing isn't going to get you anywhere, and neither is a "shit don't stink" showing. You've gotta show that you've got the cajones to handle anything that comes at you, but the personality that's gonna help those around you to not be completely put off.

Comment: Re:How can this be leagle? (Score 1) 622

by RavenLrD20k (#49587825) Attached to: Disney Replaces Longtime IT Staff With H-1B Workers

Did you drink Coffee today? Who mows your lawn? Do you eat out at expensive restaurants every lunch?

Yes. But it's ok because it wasn't harvested by a mexican, it was harvested by a civet.

Nobody... I have a car parked out there somewhere, just can't see it.

I eat out almost every night... My wife loves it too. No expensive restaurant required.

+ - Leggo store detains 11-year old boy for shopping alone

Submitted by darkonc
darkonc writes: An 11 year old goes into a Leggo store in Calgary, Alberta (Canada) with $200 in hard earned cash ... and doesn't come out. When his father comes to the store to meet him for lunch, he finds his son 'detained' by the store manager and a security guard — for shopping alone. Apparently, Leggo stores have a policy of apprehending young children who shop without their parents.

Comment: Re:Pinto (Score 1) 247

by RavenLrD20k (#49572041) Attached to: The Engineer's Lament -- Prioritizing Car Safety Issues

Outside lane means the right, slow vehicle lane. Where the Semi's are supposed to be if they're not passing anyone. The law you're talking about only applies to the Inside left hand lane, otherwise known as the hammer lane. If you're just cruising there and you've got a faster vehicle coming up behind you, you have to move over or risk being pulled over.

The really screwed up thing about Georgia: If you're cruising 82 in a 70 in the left hand lane and you've got traffic behind you, you can be ticketed by anyone (municipal, county, or state) for speeding, And get a separate ticket for impeding traffic. If you're doing 80 or less (81 can also be dismissed as reasonable doubt in court without penalty to the officer or municipality/county due to the +/- 1mph error margin given to ALL speed detection devices), municipal and county enforcement can only get you for impeding traffic, though state still has the legal ability to issue both.

Comment: Re:well then it's a bad contract (Score 2) 329

by RavenLrD20k (#49563419) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

Don't like it? Fine no Disney/ABC/ESPN channels for you! And no Marvel or Star Wars titles. And no Muppets while we're at it.

And nothing of value was lost... (I was almost going to say "except for maybe the Marvel movies", but then I realized: outside of their initial theater runs, I've not watched a damn one of them aside from filler noise at friends houses, and I have no desire to.)

The greatest productive force is human selfishness. -- Robert Heinlein

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