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Submission + - Microsoft to Pay up to $15K for Bugs in Two Visual Studio Tools ( 1

itwbennett writes: Yesterday, Microsoft started a three-month bug bounty program for two open source tools that are part of Visual Studio 2015. The program applies to the beta versions of Core CLR, which is the execution engine for .NET Core, and ASP.NET, Microsoft's framework for building websites and web applications. Bounties range from $500 to $15,000, although Microsoft will reward more 'depending on the entry quality and complexity.' The highest reward will go to researchers who've found a remote code execution bug with a functioning exploit and an accompanying, high-quality white paper. On the low end, cross-site scripting or cross-site request forgery bugs with a low-quality report will get $500.

Submission + - Most Gamers Lack Confidence In Developers' Security Safeguards

An anonymous reader writes: 83 percent believe game developers should be responsible for securing players’ personal data, however fewer than 40 percent said they feel confident in current safeguards, according to PlayFab. Further, while 86 percent of participants expressed concern with protecting personal data on the Internet, data security ranked as one of the lowest priorities when making game purchases for nearly half of all respondents, indicating a disparity between beliefs and actions. Nearly 60 percent cited cost and game play experience as the first or second most important factors when selecting a game, while nearly half ranked security as one of the least important factors.

Submission + - Philosophical Differences In Autonomous Car Tech (

An anonymous reader writes: The Guardian has an in-depth article on the status of self-driving car development at BMW. The technology can handle the autobahn just fine, for the most part. But the article highlights philosophical differences in how these companies are building their self-driving tech. European and Asian car manufacturers are fine working on it piece-by-piece. The car will drive itself when it can, but they expect drivers to always be monitoring the situation and ready to take control. Google's tests have taught it otherwise — even after being told it's a prototype, new drivers immediately place a lot more trust in the car than they should. They turn their attention away and stop looking at the road for much longer than is safe. This makes Google think autonomous cars need an all-or-nothing approach. Conversely, BMW feels that incremental progress is the only way to go. They also expect cars to start carrying "black boxes" that will help crash investigators figure out exactly what caused an accident.

Submission + - mozilla CEO threatens anonymous mozilla employee for anti-SJW comment (

An anonymous reader writes: The Verge reports an impending witchhunt for criticizing a departed diversity-focused employee. The CEO explains he will fire the employee (if found) for "hate speech": "I'm talking about when you start saying 'someone's kind doesn't belong here, and we'll all be happy when they're gone.'", referring to the anonymous commenter, whose kind doesn't belong there, and the CEO will be happy when he/she is gone.

Submission + - JavaScript ES7 Function Bind Syntax (

sasha_design writes: I write this post with hesitation but excitement. I have enjoyed playing around with the new ECMAScript function bind syntax as proposed here. This is a very early proposal for addition in ES2016 (ES7, whatever) and could drastically change or even be scrapped. Therefore, I recognize that this post may become obsolete.

Submission + - E-Detective spy tool used by police and governments has major security holes (

DavidGilbert99 writes: A "lawful intercept tool" called E-Detective from a Taiwanese based company Decision Group has a major security hole which could allow a hacker to remotely execute code and read all the data captured by the software. Considering over 100 law enforcement agencies and governments around the world use E-Detective, this could be a big problem

Submission + - Anime News Club

An anonymous reader writes: Found a great new anime site that seems to have potential. Also looking for writers who wants to get there name out there.

Submission + - Vampire video game draws real blood from players (

An anonymous reader writes: A new Kickstarter project aims to considerably raise the stakes of being injured or shot in a video-game. Using the new 'Blood Sport' interface between a console's 'rumble' controller and an blood collection device, players actually have real blood drawn out of their bodies if they take a hit in the game. The interface uses an Arduino Board, a single-board microcontroller designed to connect virtual environments with real world events, to induce the rumble event to prompt the blood extraction device to start sucking. It's not intended for home use — the developers are seeking CAD $250,000 to take a two-player version of the game on a tour of Canadian blood banks in March of next year, and anyone using the device — which is not linked to any particular game or console but only to the hardware's 'rumble' implementation — will be doing so under the supervision of trained medical staff.

Submission + - Mac and Android Users Charged More on Shopping Sites Than iPhone and PC Users (

concertina226 writes: Computer science researchers from Boston's Northeastern University have proved that e-commerce sites are tracking the online shopping habits of people and will charge individuals different prices, depending on what type of device they are using to access a website.

300 participants ran product searches earlier this year on the websites of 16 big US and international retailers, online travel agencies and car rental companies.

Their search results showed that retailers like Home Depot, Sears, JC Penneys, Macy's, Cheaptickets, Orbitz, Priceline, Expedia and Travelocity have been charging higher prices to users on Macs or Android devices, and some retailers had been giving out secret discounts to users on certain devices.

Submission + - UK Shopping Centre Launches First Bluetooth Beacon Mobile Loyalty Technology (

concertina226 writes: The Swan Centre in Eastleigh becomes first UK shopping centre to launch Bluetooth-based beacon technology to connect retailers directly with consumers through their smartphones.

From today shoppers entering the Swan Centre will be able to receive offers and discounts directly on their smartphones from retailers throughout the shopping centre — as long as they download a SmartRewards app first.

As they wander through the shopping centre, tiny devices called TagBeacons send targeted ads and discounts directly to their smartphones using low-energy Bluetooth technology, which enables information to be sent to devices that are up to 50 metres away.

Over time, as the data collected builds up, users will begin to receive more targeted offers, and there will also be the option for retailers and shopping centres to monitor customer behaviour.

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