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+ - Bloomberg News: NSA has been using HeartBleed for years->

Submitted by jasonla
jasonla (211640) writes "We all knew this was coming, right? From the article:

"The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.""

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+ - Yes. The NSA did know about, exploit Heartbleed-> 1

Submitted by squiggleslash
squiggleslash (241428) writes "One question arose almost immediately upon the exposure of Heartbleed (Original Slashdot story), the infamous OpenSSL exploit that can leak confidential information and even private keys to the Internet: Did the NSA know about it, and did they exploit if so? The answer is "Yes". Bloomberg reports that "The agency found the Heartbeat glitch shortly after its introduction, according to one of the people familiar with the matter, and it became a basic part of the agency’s toolkit for stealing account passwords and other common tasks." Some National Security experts are upset about this, given the same flaw could just as easily be used by foreign governments against Americans as vice versa."
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+ - 'weev' Conviction Overturned->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A few years back, Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer went public with a security vulnerability that made the personal information of 140,000 iPad owners available on AT&T's website. He was later sentenced to 41 months in prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (or because the government didn't understand his actions, depending on your viewpoint). Now, the Third U.S. District Court of Appeals has vacated weev's conviction. Oddly, the reason for the ruling was not based on the merits of the case, but on the venue in which he was tried (PDF). From the ruling: 'Although this appeal raises a number of complex and novel issues that are of great public importance in our increasingly interconnected age, we find it necessary to reach only one that has been fundamental since our country’s founding: venue. The proper place of colonial trials was so important to the founding generation that it was listed as a grievance in the Declaration of Independence.'"
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+ - GM Names Names, Suspends Two Engineers Over Ignition-Switch Safety

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "GM said it has placed two engineers on paid leave in connection with its massive recall probe of 2 million vehicles. Now, GM is asking NASA to advise on whether those cars are safe to drive even with the ignition key alone. Significantly, individual engineers now have their names in print and face a raft of inquiries what they did or didn't know, did or didn't do, and when. A vulnerability for GM: One engineer may have tried to re-engineer the faulty ignition switch without changing the part number—an unheard-of practice in the industry. Is it a good thing that people who engineer for a living can now get their names on national news for parts designed 10 years ago? The next time your mail goes down, should we know the name of the guy whose code flaw may have caused that?"

+ - Sequel to The Inner Life of the Cell Released

Submitted by Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus (588015) writes "The Inner Life of the Cell was a short, groundbreaking animation about molecular cell biology, covered here on Slashdot way back in 2006. In contrast to the smooth, open look of the original, the new animation is stuffed with molecules, constantly vibrating, and is, perhaps, a little more realistic. Read more about it, if it suits your fancy."

+ - Software developer wages fall 2% as workforce expands->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "The U.S. tech industry added nearly 64,000 software related jobs last year, but as the workforce expanded, the average size of workers' pay checks declined by nearly 2%.The average annual wage of all workers in the software services sector was $99,000 in 2012, about $2,000 less than the prior year, reported TechAmerica Foundation in its annual Cyberstates report. There are multiple theories for the decline in pay, but a common one cited by analysts is simply that the new people being hired are paid less than previous averages."
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+ - Brain Zapping Improves Math Ability-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "If you are one of the 20% of healthy adults who struggle with basic arithmetic, simple tasks like splitting the dinner bill can be excruciating. Now, a new study suggests that a gentle, painless electrical current applied to the brain can boost math performance for up to 6 months. Researchers don't fully understand how it works, however, and there could be side effects."
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+ - Hawking boycotts HebrewU conference, against Israel's Palestinian apartheid

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Stephen Hawking has brought attention to Israel's horrible treatment of the Palestinians, eg, by boycotting a conference at Hebrew University.
Cf Anna Baltzer's documentary: "Life In Occupied Palestine" on hardships faced regularly by Palestinians in Israel, at:
I, for one, am disappointed by CBC, who, in "The Current" spent so much time asking into the ethics of such boycotts, ie, instead of investigating Israel's part in causing daily tragedies, suffered by Israeli Palestinians, or providing a link to Anna Baltzer's documentary, so people can decide for themselves whether or not to join a boycott like Hawking's."

+ - Patenting open source software->

Submitted by dp619
dp619 (893918) writes "The tactic of patenting open source software to guard against patent trolls and the weaponization of corporate patent portfolios is gaining momentum in the FOSS community. Organizations including the Open Innovation Network, Google and Redhat have built defensive patent portfolios (the latter two are defending their product lines). This approach has limitations.

Penn State law professor Clark Asay writes in an Outercurve Foundation blog examining the trend, "Patenting FOSS may help in some cases, but the nature of FOSS development itself may mean that patenting some collaboratively developed inventions is inherently more difficult, if not impossible, in many others. Consequently, strategies for mitigating patent risk that rely on FOSS communities patenting their technologies include inherent limitations. Itâ(TM)s not entirely clear how best to reform patent law in order to better reconcile it with alternative models of innovation. But in the meantime, FOSS still presents certain advantages that, while dimmed by the prospect of patent suits, remain significant.""

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+ - NOVA special to examine tech's role in capturing bombers->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "NOVA and PBS have announced that they will air an hour-long special May 29 dedicated to examining the roles played by technology and science in the investigation that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. From a press release: “Given hundreds of hours of surveillance and bystander videos, how did agents spot the suspects in a sea of spectators? Why couldn't facial recognition software I.D. the criminals? How much could bomb chemistry analysis, cell phone GPS, infrared imagery, and crowdsourcing reveal about the secrets behind this horrific crime?”"
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+ - Everest is Melting

Submitted by Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus (588015) writes "Sudeep Thakuri of the University of Milan and his colleagues have discovered that 'Glaciers in the Mount Everest region have shrunk by 13 percent in the last 50 years and the snowline has shifted upward by 180 meters (590 feet).' The Himalayan glaciers provide some of the fresh water supply to around 1.5 billion people in northeast India, Bangladesh, Tibet, and other places. According to this National Academy of Sciences report, changes in precipitation patterns (including monsoons) and changes in water usage patterns by humans might affect the water supply more than the shrinking glaciers."

+ - Billion-year-old water found under Ontario->

Submitted by ananyo
ananyo (2519492) writes "Scientists working 2.4 kilometres below Earth's surface in a Canadian mine have tapped a source of water that has remained isolated for at least a billion years. The researchers say they do not yet know whether anything has been living in it all this time, but the water contains high levels of methane and hydrogen — the right stuff to support life.
Micrometre-scale pockets in minerals billions of years old can hold water that was trapped during the minerals’ formation. But no source of free-flowing water passing through interconnected cracks or pores in Earth’s crust has previously been shown to have stayed isolated for more than tens of millions of years (paper abstract)."

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+ - Mauna Loa reaches 400 ppm->

Submitted by Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus (588015) writes "Today, NOAA reported that "On May 9, the daily mean concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, surpassed 400 parts per million for the first time since measurements began in 1958." For comparison, over the last 800,000 years, CO2 has ranged from roughly 180 ppm to 280 ppm. The last time Earth had 400 ppm was probably more than 3 megayears ago. When will CO2 pass 500 ppm?"
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