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Comment Re:If that wording reflected a change in attitude (Score 1) 291

Except that InfoSec kinda is warfare. Sure, it's not a shooting war, but it's no less violent, aggressive, and brutal. The phrase 'If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen' comes to mind. Because if you try and sugar-coat InfoSec, you'll end up with a lot of people entering the field that feel as if they got the bad end of a deal and hate their job.

Submission + - NASA delays first manned flight for its Mars spacecraft until 2023 (

An anonymous reader writes: The delay was attributed to a “rigorous technical and programmatic review,” which mentioned that NASA is keeping the project in line with current “funding levels in the president’s budget request.”

Submission + - Obama invites Texas teen to White House after 'bomb' clock incident at school (

The Grim Reefer writes: IRVING, Texas, Sept. 16 (UPI) — A Texas teen who made a digital clock and brought it to school, only to end up being arrested and accused of a bomb scare, has been invited to the White House to show off his creation.

  President Obama
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.

Ahmed Mohamed, 14, faces no charges after he was arrested in Texas for bringing to school a homemade clock teachers and administrators mistook for a bomb — a detention some claim was due to his Muslim background.

Irving Police Chief Larry Boyd said the event was a "naive accident," adding that the department is "confident" the clock is not a bomb and that the case is closed.

Submission + - Bypass the Android Lollipop lockscreen by entering a really long password (

Mark Wilson writes: A lengthy password is a good thing, right? For some Android users running Lollipop, however, it may be possible to bypass the lockscreen simply by entering a password that is incredibly long. Copy and paste a lengthy string into the password field, and it is possible to crash the lockscreen and gain access to the phone or tablet.

While the vulnerability is worrying, it is not something that can be exploited remotely — it is necessary to have physical access to the phone. The bug was discovered by security researchers at Texas University and while a patch has been issued for Nexus devices, other handsets remain vulnerable.

John Gordon from the university reveals that it is possible to use the Emergency Call feature that can be accessed from the lockscreen to generate lengthy strings of text that ultimately provide unrestricted access without knowing the correct password.

Comment Re:Strange (Score 1) 280

You're not thinking of game updates in that, are you? I'd like to have as little active downtime as possible. So with a 50+ Mbps connection, I'm waiting on average less than 5 minutes to have every game updated and without lagging out the connection for over a half-hour as I would on a 10Mbps or even slower connection. Not sure about you, but I'll gladly take the extra speed if it means I'm spending far less time waiting to play games and actually playing them.

Comment This makes me wonder.. (Score 2) 127

Neither the source article nor the slashdot reposting bother to say WHERE the system was purchased from. A bit of negligence if you ask me, since it's a very important point of contention for the validity of the article. If the machine was purchased through a third-party vendor (i.e. TigerDirect, Newegg, Amazon, Best Buy), then yes, it shouldn't be a surprise that Superfish is still a part of these machines. However, if this system was bought directly through Lenovo, then there really is a problem here and Lenovo needs to fix it as soon as possible.

Submission + - Question:Suggestions for a UPS with a 20 year battery life expectancy? 1

mmiscool writes: I have a project that requires UPS battery backups for several piece of equipment that will be nearly inaccessible for long periods of time. The power will go out an estimated 4 time per year and be off for a day or so. Any one have any ideas for a product that will suit these needs?

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.