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+ - NSA wants to hijack Android Store->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: NSA wants to exploit app store servers, — as part of a pilot project codenamed IRRITANT HORN, — using the servers to launch so-called "man-in-the-middle" attacks to infect phones with spying malwares

A surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from the "Five Eyes" alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, — developed a method to hack and hijack phone users' connections to app stores so that they would be able to send malicious "implants" to targeted devices

The implants could then be used to collect data from the phones without their users noticing

The agencies used the Internet spying system XKEYSCORE to identify smartphone traffic flowing across Internet cables and then to track down smartphone connections to app marketplace servers operated by Samsung and Google

Google declined to comment for this story. Samsung said it would not be commenting "at this time

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+ - Ebay and Amazon go premium->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Once upon a time online shopping site was free

But 'free' apparently does not allow those awash with lots of extra cash that 'special feeling'

To provides the elites (and the "elite wannabe") a feel of being priviledged, Amazon came up with "Amazon Prime" (See )

Not to be outdone by Amazon, eBay is rolling out its eBay Plus this summer

Customers who sign up with either of the premium services have to pay subscription fees. In exchange for the subscription fees these 'elite' customers get to enjoy certain 'privileges'which commoners don't get — Such as last minute order, free two-day shipping, and fast returns of merchandises, and so on ...

When are we going to have our Slashdot Plus ??

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Comment: Re:And I'm the feminist deity (Score 1) 339

It is very frustrating, and I don't know what the solution is, but blaming the parents is hogwash. I don't see that at all

Shanghai Bill, I have read a lot of the comments you post on /. and I gotta say that they are very balanced and informative

Okay, regarding this 'blame the parent' piece from Google there is nothing to understand --- What Google is trying to do, and in fact, what TPTB has been trying to do to all of us is to impart a sense of 'powerlessness' so that we, collectively, will have to ask them (aka TPTB) for help, to solve our powerlessness

It's just another brick on the wall, so to speak --- the entire thing is structured, piece by piece, to make us feel useless, make us feel that we essentially can't accomplish anything on our own

You see, first, they blame the "male-dominated society" for 'discouraging' the girls from participating in the tech

Then they set up programs exclusively for girls to 'learn the tech', as if to show us --- the male portion of the society, that they are taking power away from us

And to further gaining ground, they are accusing the parents for failing their girls

It's all part of the psy-ops that they are running against the citizens --- designed specifically to enhance their dominance over us, the people

Shanghai Bill, you have spent quite a lot of years outside of USA, your time away from the US enables you to see things from another perspective

And I, originally from China, came to America as a young refugee, also comes equipped with the ability to analyse the American phenomenon, with both the view of an outsider as well as that of an insider

What I am seeing in America, since my arrival in the early 1970's, is the increasing power of TPTB, and their overbearing dominance over the populace

Right now, as we speak, TPTB's plan is in their final stage --- their aim being turning the American society, a society supposed to be based on freedom and liberty, in to a society in which TPTB will become an essential part, a part in which the society can't exist without

That is why they are doing what they are doing

Unfortunately most of the Americans can't see what's going on

I hope you can see what I am seeing, Shanghai Bill

Comment: Re:How is this tech related? (Score 1) 147

by Taco Cowboy (#49772081) Attached to: EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US

I think it's time the rest of the world told the US: we don't give a fuck about your business interests, we care about not putting toxic crap on our foods

Not to rain on your parade, son

Through their latest action the Europeans have proved to the world that they would rather kiss Uncle Sam's behind, no matter how smelly it is, than to stand up to that big. bad. fucking. bully.

The United States is itself already pretty much fucked up, but in this caset, Europe, thanks to the "European Parliament", has become even more fucked up than the US

Comment: Show 'em, India!! (Score 4, Insightful) 117

lol? India can't even keep the power on. They can't clean up their garbage. They can't clean up their water supply...

You guys always look down on countries in Asia / Africa such as India or Kenya

You guys always think that countries such as India can never catch up

I have news for you...
While it is true India does have its hands full with the myriad problems that it is facing, India has bean growing leaps and bounds in terms of improving its own infrastructures and in its talent pool for the past few decades, and THIS TREND IS RAPIDLY ACCELERATING IN SCALE

I know, because I do have businesses in India, and I go to India several times every year

To India and to all Indians - as you guys have seen for yourself the snobbery the "Western People" are towards India, isn't it time India stands up and show the world - especially those Western snobs - what you can

Show 'em, India!!

+ - Senator Paul stands for over ten hours in Senate over NSA bulk data collection. ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on the Fast Track Authority for a eleven hour dissertation on the flaws of the Patriot Act, the replacement the USA Freedom Act, bulk data collection including credit card purchases, the DEA and IRS's use of NSA intel. for "parallel construction", warrant-less GPS bugs on vehicles, as well as the important distinction of a general warrant v a spacific one.

The memes that have been created are clever too, "I don't normally take over C-Span2, but when I do -people watch C-Span2." Of course, the expected #StandWithRand and posting selfies with people actually watching C-Span2.

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Comment: ... but are they?? (Score 2) 214

... but I'm kind of glad we have people looking at these ridiculous scenarios and planning how to deal with them *just in case* ...

Those motherfucking assholes are the real life version of the keystone kops --- They always do the wrong thing

Had the assholes really know their stuffs that British soldier Lee Rigby would still be alive today

And the London tube wouldn't have been bombed

Comment: Evolution? To the contrary! (Score 1) 167

We need to re-discover efficiency in programming

Why? There's a reason programming has become inefficient, and that's because in most cases it doesn't need to be. You can't fight evolution

To this old timer this sure ain't a case of "evolution"

It's much more closer to DE-volution

Something evolves to be better

But when something becomes worse, it DE volves

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Journal: Slowness of Slashdot

Journal by Taco Cowboy

Slashdot used to be superfast

No matter where I happened to be - be it in America, in Asia, in Europe, in Africa or in Australia, - Slashdot loads up fast

No matter if the device is a smartphone or a desktop PC, you could almost always count on Slashdot to load fast

But no more

Now Slashdot takes something like 10+ seconds to load, and sometimes it took more than half a minute to load

What happened?

Has Dice shrunk the pipe to the Slashdot server?

+ - XL Axiata Axis Capital Group Review: Dramatic Change in Indonesia's Access Tech

Submitted by azzahrajefri
azzahrajefri writes:

Jakarta — XL Axiata, a subsidiary of Axis Capital Group and one of the biggest telecommunications network in Indonesia has been in the rocks in 2014, forcing the company to sell some of its towers to PT Solusi Tunas to pay off debts. However, despite the battle for survival and the constant challenges which are constantly thrown in this industry, XL managed to remain one of the top three largest networks in the archipelago providing different telecommunications services across islands. One of the major factors that help the company retain its stand is the increasing demand of access technology in the region and the rapid use of different promotions and telcomm services.

The past six years has seen a rapid change in the types of technologies used by Indonesians to access the internet.

Like many developing countries in Asia, broadband internet connections were once very expensive that users gained access via internet cafes. That was until 2009 when broadband price war was started between mobile operators. There was also a successful deployment of enhanced 2G technology as well as the build-out of 3G in the more lucrative cities.

Until 2009, broadband internet connections were very expensive relative to average salaries, so the majority of internet users gained access via internet cafes. In 2011, monthly internet access fee had dropped to more than 50%. Reviews show that between 2009 and 2012, internet access tripled and Warnet, those provided by internet cafes fell by half.

There are currently around 300 ISPs in Indonesia, 35 of which own network infrastructure, with the rest simply reselling capacity. The mobile operators are the largest ISPs by far, because the majority of users in Indonesia access the internet via a mobile device. Seldom can you now hear complaints on the slow connection or lack of internet access in major cities in the archipelago.

Telkomsel and Indosat are the largest ISPs, and are able to offer both mobile and fixed internet access through their group companies. XL is the third largest ISP. The other mobile operators (3, Axis, SmartFren, Esia and Ceria) are significantly smaller, since the Big 3 holds an 80% share of the mobile market.

Line speeds are similar between all three operators, with connection speeds generally peaking at around 3Mbpson a good day and in a good location. And despite claims by the providers of much higher broadband speeds, most times in Indonesia you are happy if you can get a steady 512 kbps, especially if you’re in a high-density area such as Jakarta’s Golden Triangle.

+ - How 1990s encryption backdoors put today's Internet in jeopardy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: While debate swirls in Washington D.C. about new encryption laws, the consequences of the last crypto war is still being felt. Logjam vulnerabilities making headlines today is "a direct result of weakening cryptography legislation in the 1990s," researcher J. Alex Halderman said. "Thanks to Moore's law and improvements in cryptanalysis, the ability to break that crypto is something really anyone can do with open-source software. The backdoor might have seemed like a good idea at the time. Maybe the arguments 20 years ago convinced people this was going to be safe. History has shown otherwise. This is the second time in two months we've seen 90s era crypto blow up and put the safety of everyone on the internet in jeopardy."
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+ - NASA's CubeSat initiative helps testing of Solar Sails->

Submitted by __roo
__roo writes: With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion launched into space Wednesday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, as part of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. The Planetary Society’s LightSail satellite is a technology demonstration for using solar propulsion on nanosatellites. LightSail consists of three CubeSats (approximately four inch cubes) bundled together.
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