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Submission + - What to do when your Government is out of control 1

buss_error writes: I've been watching the NSA and related stories. All I can say is that my personal feeling is that our government is completely out of control, ignoring our rights, and doing what ever they want. I hate to say this, but it seems that no matter who we vote for, it doesn't affect the out of control cowboy moves made by the minions of Bureaucracy. Peaceful protests are ignored. Legal challenges, directives, and congressional orders are shrugged off with less effort than rain. They do what they do when they want, how they want.

No one sane wants to see a city vaporized by a terrorist's atomic bomb, but it that any worse than a society where we have no secrets from the Government? "I've got nothing to hide" is a mind set that trusts that someone won't find a rationale that something you did was harmful. Then make your life a living hell with "secret evidence" you are not able to see or refute.

To quote Ben Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

How do we, the citizens, reign in the over broad, overzealous surveillance culture? Normally I'd say "cut off the money" but that depends on elected representatives to pass a budget to do just that. Time and again, they have failed to do so.

Submission + - What to do when your Government is out of control 1

buss_error writes: I've been watching the NSA and related stories. All I can say is that my personal feeling is that our government is completely out of control, ignoring our rights, and doing what ever they want. I hate to say this, but it seems that no matter who we vote for, it doesn't affect the out of control cowboy moves made by the minions of Bureaucracy. Peaceful protests are ignored. Legal challenges, directives, and congressional orders are shrugged off with less effort than rain. They do what they do when they want, how they want.

No one sane wants to see a city vaporized by a terrorist's atomic bomb, but it that any worse than a society where we have no secrets from the Government? "I've got nothing to hide" is a mind set that trusts that someone won't find a rationale that something you did was harmful. Then make your life a living hell with "secret evidence" you are not able to see or refute.

To quote Ben Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."

How do we, the citizens, reign in the over broad, overzealous surveillance culture? Normally I'd say "cut off the money" but that depends on elected representatives to pass a budget to do just that. Time and again, they have failed to do so.

Submission + - One-Click Escape From the Internet Explorer Sandbox

Trailrunner7 writes: Software vendors often give intentionally vague and boring names to the updates they use to fix security vulnerabilities. The lamer the name, the less attention it may attract from attackers looking to reverse-engineer the patch. There was one patch in Microsoft’s August Patch Tuesday release earlier this month that fit that bill, MS13-059, Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer. But hidden inside the big fix was a patch for a vulnerability that enabled a one-click escape of the IE sandbox.

The vulnerability was discovered by researcher Fermin J. Serna, a former Microsoft security engineer, and it takes advantage of the way that IE handles some command line options in certain conditions. Serna found that the ElevationPolicy in IE will treat the Microsoft Diagnostic Tool (msdt.exe) as a medium-integrity process if the user requests it to do so. In IE, Protected Mode is the sandbox that is designed to prevent attackers from being able to use one bug in a low-level process to compromise the machine.

“Assuming you have code execution at the sandboxed process though some other bug (let’s say the common use after free problem all browsers suffer) then it is not easy but trivial. This sandbox escape vulnerability is not a memory corruption that can fail but a logical one that does not fail. The only requirement is the attacked user has to click a “continue” button on a dialog with attacker controlled messages. This is the reason for a one click versus a full 0 click where the user does not see anything,” Serna said via email.

Submission + - New canon-faithful Star Trek series is in pre-production. (indiegogo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Star Trek veterans such as Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov), Tim Russ (Tuvok), Robert Picardo (the Doctor) and others are busy in pre-production of a professionally produced pilot episode for a suggested new online Star Trek series named Star Trek: Renegades, which will be faithful to the original Star Trek canon. The events of the series are placed a decade after Voyager's return from Delta Quadrant. They have also opened an Indiegogo campaign, seeking more funds from Star Trek fans to help make the production even more professional.

Submission + - Spectrolab claims new world record solar cell efficiency (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Spectrolab, a Boeing subsidiary known for the manufacture of solar cells for satellites and spacecraft, has in recent years turned its attention to terrestrial solar cells to tap into the expanding alternative energy market. Now the California-based company has claimed a new solar cell efficiency record of 37.8 percent for a ground-based multi-junction cell without solar concentration.
Wikipedia

Submission + - Robot Internet/Hive Mind Under Development (bbc.co.uk) 1

mantis2009 writes: The BBC describes a project underway at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology that envisions an online, Wiki-like database to "let robots share and store what they discover about the world." Ideally, the project, named "RoboEarth," would give robots the ability to learn from one another in robust ways, significantly decreasing the time it takes for robots to learn how to perform tasks. The article quotes from researcher Dr. Markus Waibel, who says that a main goal of RoboEarth is to promote standardization for roboticists. "The key is allowing robots to share knowledge," said Dr. Waibel. "That's really new."
Government

Submission + - Is an Internet Kill Switch' Feasible in the US? (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Is an 'Internet Kill Switch' Technically Feasible in the US?

Last week, Wired reported that the “Kill Switch” bill will introduce legislation that would give the US government power to limit Internet traffic in the event of cyber-security emergency.

To recap recent events in Egypt, public political protests reached critical mass on January 25th and on January 27th, Internet connectivity and access across the region began plummeting ultimately leading to a five-day blackout.

The question remains.. could the same approach be taken in the US?

The ubiquitous and interconnected nature of the United States ISPs, and the reliance of the critical infrastructure sectors within the U.S. on those ISPs coupled with the lack of overall visibility present enormous technical challenges.So what are some of those challenges?

Science

Submission + - Did vikings use the same compass as birds and bees (brightsideofnews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: If you've been wondering how Vikings found their way from Scandinavia to America, polarizing light birds and bees use as a season-and-latitude-independent compass calibration reference may be the answer.

In the case of the Vikings, they possibly used one of two crystals, cordierite, also called lolite, of Norway, or calcite of Iceland.

By holding a polarizing crystal up to the sky and rotating it, you can determine the direction of the Sun. Summer, when sailors far north ventured upon the seas, they were confronted with nearly perpetual daylight, preventing them from using the stars to navigate. Light consists of electromagnetic waves that oscillate perpendicular to the direction of the light's travel. When the oscillations all point in the same direction, the light is polarized.

Google

Submission + - Google makes Java more precise (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Contract-oriented design has the potential to reduce programmer errors by enforcing conditions on class and interface alike. Now there's an open source way to add contracts to Java with cofoja — shame about the name it sounds more like an illness
Advertising

Your Face Will Soon Be In Facebook Ads 344

jfruhlinger writes "If you're planning on checking into Starbucks using Facebook Places, your friends may soon see your profile picture in a Facebook ad for Starbucks — and, it goes without saying, you won't be paid a dime. You can't opt out, unless, as Dan Tynan puts it, "studiously avoid clicking "Like" or checking into any place that has a six- or seven-figure ad budget." The ad will also include whatever text you use in your checkin, so Tynan suggests some judicious pranksterism ("Just checked into the Starbucks around the corner and this doppio mocha latte tastes like goat urine")."
Science

Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577

Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."
Censorship

Amazon Taking Down Erotica, Removing From Kindles 641

ctmurray writes "The independent writers who publish on Amazon report that erotica books containing incest are being taken down with no explanation by Amazon, and removed from the Kindles of purchasers of the books. Author Selena Kitt writes: 'I want to be clear that while the subject of incest may not appeal to some, there is no underage contact in any of my work, and I make that either explicitly clear in all my stories or I state it up front in the book's disclaimer. I don't condone or support actual incest, just as someone who writes mysteries about serial killers wouldn't condone killing. What I write is fiction.' Kindle's own TV ad features a book with a story line of sex between a 19-year-old and his stepmother, defined in some states as incest (Sleepwalking by Amy Bloom)."
The Courts

Xbox Modding Trial Dismissed 179

It seems the harsh words from District Court Judge Philip Gutierrez on Wednesday had their intended effect; prosecutors in Matthew Crippen's Xbox modding case have now dismissed the indictment. Quoting Wired: "Witness No. 1, Tony Rosario, was an undercover agent with the Entertainment Software Association. He told jurors Wednesday that he paid Crippen $60 in 2008 to modify an Xbox, and secretly videotaped the operation. Rosario had responded to Crippen’s advertisement on the internet and met Crippen at his Anaheim house. All of that had been laid out in pretrial motions. But during his testimony, Rosario also said Crippen inserted a pirated video game into the console to verify that the hack worked. That was a new detail that helped the government meet an obligation imposed by the judge that very morning, when Gutierrez ruled that the government had to prove Crippen knew he was breaking the law by modding Xboxes. But nowhere in Rosario’s reports or sworn declarations was it mentioned that Crippen put a pirated game into the console. ... [Prosecutor Allen Chiu] conceded he never forwarded that information to the defense."

Submission + - Cure for Aids Dicovered in Norway. (healthmad.com)

Righey writes: Aids may very well be the most well known disease in the world. It’s clearly the most feared, since up until now it has been incurable. But in a press release this morning, the Institute for Disease Control in Oslo, Norway, announced that they have finally discovered an effective treatment and cure for the disease. Dr. Hans Gilbertson announced that the drug Mynavicum-12, which has been developed over the last 3 years, has succesfully passed a series of clinical tests, the main one being a 2000 person study. According to Dr. Gilbertson, 2000 patients, all having tested positive for the HIV virus, were either given a placebo or the drug (1000 of each). Of the patients who recieved the actual drug, 962 were found to no longer be HIV positive after just 3 months. “This is indeed an historic occasion” said Dr. Gilbertson. “The HIV virus has, for nearly 30 years, been a very prominent killer in the world. To have finally discovered a cure is truly a monumental step in the history of mankind." The drug Mynavicum-12 is currently under study in the United States, but officials say the drug could be available as soon as spring of 2011 for the general public.
Idle

Submission + - Frozen Corpse of Pilot Found 20 Years After Crash (nycaviation.com)

longacre writes: The corpse of a Bolivian pilot was found in the country's snow capped mountain tops east of its capital, La Paz, 20 years after a plane crash, local media reported Wednesday. Benjamin Pabon Galindo died on October 19, 1990 after crashing a plane while transporting meat from Bolivia's northern Amazonian region of Beni to La Paz. Apparently, due to technical failure and severe weather conditions, the plane crashed into the Huayna Potosi mountain. Around 7 years after the accident, the body of another pilot that was also on board was found, but Pabon's bodily remains were not found until last Sunday by mountaineers hired by family members.

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