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+ - Power -- And by that I mean Free Broadband -- To the People

Submitted by NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer (912032) writes "Slashdot member and open source developer Ben Kallos @KallosEsq — who is now a NYC Councilman — is pushing to make it a precondition to Comcast's merging with Time Warner that it agree to provide free broadband to all public housing residents in the City (and by free I mean free as in beer). Kallos, along with NY's Public Advocate, Letitia James, are leading a group of state and local politicians calling on Comcast to help bridge the digital divide in NY."

+ - Outrage over FBI's online tactics highlights knee-jerk Internet culture->

Submitted by reifman
reifman (786887) writes "The Internet's been abuzz the past 48 hours about reports the FBI distributed malware via a fake Seattle Times news website. What the agency actually did is more of an example of smart, precise law enforcement tactics; the outrage online is more an indictment of Twitter's tendency towards uninformed, knee-jerk reaction. In this age of unwarranted, unconstitutional blanket data collection by the NSA, the FBI's tactics from 2007 seem refreshing for their precision."
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+ - Researchers at Brown University Shattered a Quantum Wave Function

Submitted by Jason Koebler
Jason Koebler (3528235) writes "A team of physicists based at Brown University has succeeded in shattering a quantum wave function. That near-mythical representation of indeterminate reality, in which an unmeasured particle is able to occupy many states simultaneously, can be dissected into many parts. This dissection, which is described this week in the Journal of Low Temperature Physics, has the potential to turn how we view the quantum world on its head.
Specifically, they found it’s possible to take a wave function and isolate it into different parts. So, if our electron has some probability of being in position (x1,y1,z1) and another probability of being in position (x2,y2,z2), those two probabilities can be isolated from each other, cordoned off like quantum crime scenes."

+ - Hackers Breach White House Network->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "The White House's unclassified computer network was recently breached by intruders, a US official said Tuesday. While the White House has not said so, The Washington Post reported that the Russian government was thought to be behind the act.

Several recent reports have linked Russia to cyber attacks, including a report from FireEye on Tuesday that linked Russia back to an espionage campaign dating back to 2007. Earlier this month, iSight Partners revealed that a threat group allegedly linked with the Russian government had been leveraging a Microsoft Windows zero-day vulnerability to target NATO, the European Union, and various private energy and telecommunications organizations in Europe. The group has been dubbed the "Sandworm Team" and it has been using weaponized PowerPoint files in its recent attacks. Trend Micro believes the Sandworm team also has their eyes set on compromising SCADA-based systems."

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+ - Drones could 3D-map scores of hectares of land in just a few hours->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Unmanned drones aren’t just for warfare. In recent years, they’ve been used to map wildlife and monitor crop growth. But current software can’t always handle the vast volume of images they gather. Now, researchers have developed an algorithm that will allow drones to 3D-map scores of hectares of land in less than a day—an advance that is important for cost-effective farming, disaster relief, and surveillance operations.

Their computer program directly projects the points from each photo onto a 3D space without knowing the exact shape of the land or the camera positions. As a result, the tie points don’t necessarily match up, which means the same corn plant can have two projections on the model. When that happens, the algorithm automatically takes the middle point between the two projections as the more accurate location and adjusts the camera position accordingly, one image at a time. Because the algorithm tweaks far fewer things at each step, the shortcut drastically speeds up calculations. Once the software has adjusted the camera positions for all the photos, the software repeats the entire process—starting from projecting the points to the 3D space—to correct for any errors."

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+ - Dangerous Vulnerability Fixed in Wget

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A critical flaw has been found and patched in the open source Wget file retrieval utility that is widely used on UNIX systems. The vulnerability is publicly identified as CVE-2014-4877. "It was found that wget was susceptible to a symlink attack which could create arbitrary files, directories or symbolic links and set their permissions when retrieving a directory recursively through FTP," developer Vasyl Kaigorodov writes in Red Hat Bugzilla. A malicious FTP server can stomp over your entire filesystem, tweets HD Moore, chief research officer at Rapid 7, who is the original reporter of the bug."

+ - Highly Educated Foreign Workers Treated Like Indentured Servants

Submitted by sabri
sabri (584428) writes "NBC Bay Area reports about indentured servants in Silicon Valley, primarily H1-B visa holders. NBC Bay Area and CIR’s team discovered an organized system that supplies cheap labor made up of highly-educated and highly-skilled foreign workers who come to the US via H-1B visas.

It virtually makes these employees a slave,” said one worker who came from India more than a decade ago."

+ - Windows 10 to Feature Package Management->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Windows is finally being carried closer to the packaged management goodness that Linux users are familiar with. A PowerShell tool called OneGet will appear in Windows 10, which allows one to install thousands of applications, including third-party ones such as Firefox and VLC. There is also search functionality and a way to manage package repositories. OneGet uses the same package format as Chocolatey, one of the most popular third-party package managers for Windows, and you can add the Chocolatey repo to OneGet if you so wish. OneGet was originally rolled out as part of the Windows Management Framework 5.0 preview for Windows 8.1, and it's being actively worked on to try and ship it as a standard tool. Anyone can try it out in the current build of Windows 10 Technical Preview."
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+ - Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On U.S. Spying 2

Submitted by blottsie
blottsie (3618811) writes "The most-valuable, second-richest telecommunications company in the world is bankrolling a technology news site called SugarString.com. The publication, which is now hiring its first full-time editors and reporters, is meant to rival major tech websites like Wired and the Verge while bringing in a potentially giant mainstream audience to beat those competitors at their own game.

There’s just one catch: In exchange for the major corporate backing, tech reporters at SugarString are expressly forbidden from writing about American spying or net neutrality around the world, two of the biggest issues in tech and politics today."

+ - Getting lost in the scientific woods is good for you 1

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "Wandering into the woods unprepared and without a plan sounds like a terrible idea. But if you’re interested in scientific exploration at the frontiers, confronting the unknown with whatever you happen to have at your disposal, you have to take that risk. You have to be willing to take those steps. And you have to be okay with putting your best ideas out there — for all to see — knowing full well that you might get the entire thing wrong. Sometimes, that’s indeed what happens. Some of the most revered and famous scientific minds in history confronted the great mysteries of nature, and came away having done nothing but set us back many years by leading the field down a blind alley. But other times, the greatest leaps forward in our understanding occur as a result. Explore some great examples, and learn why this is vital for scientific progress."

+ - Another feather in streaming devices:Amazon Fire TV stick->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has recently announced launch of streaming stick. This is worth noting that it has been announced just at the end of Matchstick kickstarter campaign.
[https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matchstick/matchstick-the-streaming-stick-built-on-firefox-os]

Being suspicious mind, i guess fire stick, matchstick kind of words are much related & similar meaning. Anyone cooking behind such projects?
When can we expect full stop of such streaming device innovation by major companies?
Because every few months such new device is invented. (Microsoft has already launched wireless adapter few weeks back)
Why this race seems endless?

Is there any expectation (Second generation chromecast) from google in coming days ?

Are these guys[http://news.kddi.com/kddi/corporate/english/newsrelease/2014/10/03/684.html] also planning to build another hardware other than matchstick in media streaming/player category from Mozilla?"

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+ - Municipal FTTH Feasibility

Submitted by honestOctave
honestOctave (3893945) writes "Local rural municipality is upset it didn't get Google's Fiber bid that went to Kansas City. They are heavily invested in a proposal that would *supposedly* bring Gigabit to each household via Fiber To The Home with smart metering. The market involves 3700 households, of which they are expect 40-60% to particpate. The price tag is $25 Million with principal and interest over 20 years. Am I the only one thinking the numbers aren't really adding up with contention ratios, backhaul costs, etc.? Current cable company offers 50-80 Mbps. DSL offers 1.5-20 Mbps. Anyone care to provide some holes in this arrangement from any experiences they might have in the industry or similar arrangements?"
Education

Tech Giants Donate $750 Million In Goods and Services To Underprivileged Schools 140

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-big-or-go-home dept.
mrspoonsi sends news that a group of major tech companies has combined to donate $750 million worth of gadgets and services to students in 114 schools across the U.S. Apple is sending out $100 million worth of iPads, MacBooks, and other products. O'Reilly Media is making $100 million worth of educational content available for free. Microsoft and Autodesk are discounting software, while Sprint and AT&T are offering free wireless service. This is part of the ConnectED Initiative, a project announced by the Obama Administration last year to bring modern technology to K-12 classrooms. The FCC has also earmarked $2 billion to improve internet connectivity in schools and libraries over the next two years. Obama also plans to seek funding for training teachers to utilize this infusion of technology.

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