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Submission + - Adblock Plus wants to know why you're blocking ads (!) (

Mark Wilson writes: Adblock Plus has been in the headlines quite a lot recently. Adblocking is certainly popular, but the company needs to strike a balance between keeping users happy, and maintaining a good relationship with advertisers. The Acceptable Ads program is part of this, but at its second #CampDavid session there have been some further ideas about the future of adblocking.

There was talk about what should be viewed as an 'acceptable ad', and an Acceptable Ads Committee will oversee this. But the discussion between Adblock Plus and advertisers brought up an important question: just why do people install adblockers?

Submission + - Indian Point power plant's radioactive leak is getting worse (

mdsolar writes: The amount of radioactive tritium leaking from the Indian Point nuclear power plant is growing, officials said Wednesday, prompting Gov. Cuomo to launch a multiagency probe into operations at the troubled plant.

New samples from groundwater monitoring wells show 80% higher concentrations of tritium compared with when the leak was first reported Saturday.

Cuomo had already ordered the state health and environmental conservation commissioners to investigate the incident. But on Wednesday, he ordered a more sweeping investigation that also includes the Department of Public Service.

In addition, investigators from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are scheduled to visit the plant on Thursday to look into the incident.

Entergy, the company that runs the plant, insisted there is no threat to public health or safety.

“Last week the company reported alarming levels of radioactivity at three monitoring wells, with one well's radioactivity increasing nearly 65,000%,” Cuomo said. “The trends of unexpected outages and environmental incidents like these are extremely disconcerting.”

Submission + - New Air Force Satellites Launched To Improve GPS (

AmiMoJo writes: This morning, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully launched a Boeing-built satellite into orbit as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System (GPS). This $131 million satellite was the final addition to the Air Force’s most recent 12-satellite GPS series, known as the Block IIF satellites. The GPS Block IIF satellites were launched to improve the accuracy of GPS. Before the Block IIF series, the accuracy of GPS could be off by 1 meter. With the new Block IIF satellites in place that error is down to 42 centimeters.

Submission + - Dallas Buyers Club Gives up chasing pirates in Australia

Harlequin80 writes: Dallas Buyers Club (DBC), the company behind the movie with the same name, has been trying to purse legal action against people they accuse of pirating their movie. In Australia they first sued iiNet, a major ISP, to gain access to their customer records which iiNet decided to fight in court. Though Judge Perram ruled that iiNet would have to surrender the details of the customers to DBC he applied very strict control orders to DBC. This started with a requirement to submit a draft of their letter to Justice Perram before he would release the customer details, upon seeing the contents of the letter he escalated the controls to requiring a significant bond of AU$600,000 and a rewrite of the letter removing most of the demands.

Finally he gave a deadline of tomorrow for a reasonable letter to be submitted or he would close the case with no further action allowed. The lawyers representing DBC have confirmed today that the deadline will pass with no submissions to Justice Perram on the matter which effectively stops any possibility of DBC pursuing people they believe pirated their film in Australia.

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Submission + - Are roads safer with no central white lines?

Press2ToContinue writes: White lines along the center of roads have been removed in parts of the UK, with some experts saying it encourages motorists to slow down. So is it the beginning of the end for the central road marking?

You are driving along the road when the dotted white line that has been your companion — separating your car from oncoming traffic — suddenly disappears.

One theory is that you will slow down, making the road safer.

What could possibly go wrong?

Submission + - Company tracked Iowa caucusgoers' phones 1

schwit1 writes: Who needs exit polls when you can track caucusgoers' phones?

That's what one company did. Dstillery, which has been called "Picasso in the dark art of digital advertising," turned its intelligence-collection capabilities to the Iowa caucuses last week.

The company used location data to identify more than 16,000 devices at caucus locations across the state.

"We can take a population in a discrete location — in this case a polling, a caucus site — and sample that population and go and then look at characteristics of that population that no one's been able to discern before, because we have this incredibly rich behavioral view of American consumers based on all the digital behaviors we observe," Dstillery CEO Tom Phillips said in an interview.

Submission + - How websites did before, during, and after the Super Bowl (

An anonymous reader writes: Super Bowl 50 has come to a close, so it’s time for a recap of the big game from a website performance perspective. Did Super Bowl 50 websites and advertisers stand up to the test this year, or were there some major fumbles?

Submission + - Researcher Finds Tens of Software Products Vulnerable to Simple Bug (

An anonymous reader writes: There's a German security researcher that is arduously testing the installers of tens of software products to see which of them are vulnerable to basic DLL hijacking issues. Surprisingly, many companies are ignoring his reports. Until now, only Oracle seems to have addressed this problem in Java and VirtualBox.

Here's a short (probably incomplete) list of applications that he found vulnerable to this attack: Firefox, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, 7Zip, WinRAR, OpenOffice, VLC Media Player, Nmap, Python, TrueCrypt, and Apple iTunes.

Mr. Kanthak also seems to have paid special attention to antivirus software installers. Here are some of the security products he discovered vulnerable to DLL hijacking: ZoneAlarm, Emsisoft Anti-Malware, Trend Micro, ESET NOD32, Avira, Panda Security, McAfee Security, Microsoft Security Essentials, Bitdefender, Rapid7's ScanNowUPnP, Kaspersky, and F-Secure.

Submission + - Prematurely published processor patch privately points at 32 core support

Iamthecheese writes: Article title: "Confirms", but the article text doesn't bear that out. There are hints of such from last year. A leaked patch for the 14 nanometer AMD Zeppelin (Family 17h, Model 00h) reveals support for up to 32 cores. Another blog says pretty much the same thing. We recently discussed an announced 4+8 core AMD chip, but nothing like this.

Submission + - Adblock seeks deal with advertising industry players (

An anonymous reader writes: Adblock, one of the leading online ad blocker, is looking to reach out to advertisers and identify an "acceptable" level and form of advertising on the net.

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