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+ - âFakeâ(TM) cellphone towers discovered in U.S.->

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An anonymous reader writes "Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security â" but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science.

The fake âtowersâ(TM) â" computers which wirelessly attack cellphones via the âoebasebandâ chips built to allow them to communicate with their networks, can eavesdrop and even install spyware, ESD claims. They are a known technology — but the surprise is that they are in active use."

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Comment: News for nerds ... (Score -1, Flamebait) 158

by BitZtream (#47805959) Attached to: Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

Can we get stories about when kernel developers go to the bathroom as well?

This is hardly anything that matters or belongs on slashdot. Hans Reiser slaying his wife ... okay, sure, that meant the end of reiserfs effectively. One kernel dev serving time for a basic civil disobedience charge? Who cares? Its about as important as Bennett Hasleton rants about things he utterly fails to understand.

+ - Finland's nuclear plant start delayed again->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Areva-Siemens, the consortium building Finland's biggest nuclear reactor, said on Monday the start date of the much delayed project will be pushed back to late 2018 — almost a decade later than originally planned.

Areva-Siemens blamed disagreements with its client Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) over the plant's automation system, the latest blow for a project that has been hit by repeated delays, soaring costs and disputes."

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Comment: Re:It's a proxy for needing to revamp the post sys (Score 1) 203

by BitZtream (#47804529) Attached to: Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

If we had a system where we standardized mailbox sizes to some specification

Done, been that way all my life (I'm almost 40).

and then licensed out some NFC/smart card system to let postal workers/delivery companies open them, then we might be getting somewhere

You mean some sort of key ... Again, done, group boxes have had keys all my life.

but if you could simply buy the relevant thing at Home Depot

Home Depot sales mailboxes, all of which meet all sorts of standard requirements for US Postal Service deliveries.

You do realize that everything you've said has been around for, what, a century?

There are even standards for positioning of the mailbox, not just size.

I'm guessing you're not real observant and haven't noticed that all mailboxes are already the same size, basic shape and location.

+ - Are there any Linux-friendly DESKTOP x86 motherboard manufacturers?-> 1

Submitted by storkus
storkus (179708) writes "The release of Haswell-E and a price drop on Devil's Canyon has made me itch for a PC upgrade. However, looking around I discovered a pair of horror stories on Phoronix (2nd story link at the bottom of the first), and plenty more Googling around.

My question: if MSI, Gigabyte, Asus (and by extension Asrock) are out, who's left and are they any good? Note that I want to build a (probably dual-boot, but don't know for sure) gaming and "other" high-end machine with one of the above chips so we're talking Z97 or X99; however, these stories seem to point to the problems being M$-isms in the BIOS/UEFI structures rather than actual hardware incompatibility, combined with a real lousy attitude (despite the Steam distro being real soon now)."

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Comment: Re:Does this office need Congressional approval? (Score 1) 117

by DexterIsADog (#47793653) Attached to: Google's Megan Smith Would Be First US CTO Worthy of the Title

"I have personally dated 3 women who have both beaten me, stole from me, and cheated on me..."... Don't see how that makes me a "privileged conservative white man."

Not even a marginally educated man. Re-read that first sentence you wrote, and you tell us what's wrong with it.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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