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Submission + - Do Security Flaws With Life-Threatening Implications Need Alternative Disclosure

An anonymous reader writes: The traditional process for responsible disclosure when a hacker finds a vulnerability is to allow all stakeholders to agree to a period of time for the vulnerability to be patched before details are published. But when the vulnerability has life-threatening implications, such as the potential to assume control of a moving vehicle such as a car or a plane, attitudes appear to be changing. If security researchers get no response from manufacturers when disclosing vulnerabilities with life-threatening implications, the majority of IT security professionals believe that the information should then be made public.

Comment Anyone else having a WTF moment here? (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Seriously? This is a networked Windows XP computer storing data on the movements of private individuals until they run out of space...

Forget the idiotic complaint about the horrors of a government purchasing process: who is responsible for the security of this "system"?
If a real argument could be made for the need of this data, the system would have been quietly upgraded, and we would have even more information at risk.
he lack of the upgrade is the best evidence that there is no compelling reason to keep this information at all.

Six months? I guess I'm OK then, having not been through Oakland in the last six months. So what other municipalities are quietly using this same hopelessly lame system?

Comment Narrow fingers of blame? (Score 4, Interesting) 18

Interesting that we seem to be overlooking the 'rest of the story':
That the United, Anthem, and OPM breaches are ALL blamed on the same actors.
So we now have a cool name ('Black Vine') to supplant "Chinese State Sponsored Hackers".
I suppose that will make it easier to report without offending our good friend China, right?

Comment Good Luck with that (Score 1) 318

"iRights also wants children to be [...] able to make informed and conscious choices."

And then what, magically lose that ability at age 18 like the rest of the plods online?

Actions. Have. Consequences.
A two year old can learn that easily, if the consequences are proximate to the cause.
How about making every post made by a 'child' immediately and publicly available? At least there would be
a clear result from postings, instead of the illusion of privacy that seems to promote irresponsible online behaviour.

Submission + - Why Does Georgia Hire LexisNexis To Summarize Its Laws? (

An anonymous reader writes: Following up on the new lawsuit against Carl Malamud, a lawyer (and author of one of LexisNexis' legal guides) raises troubling questions about the relationship between the State of Georgia and LexisNexis. Why does Georgia hire a private firm to summarize its laws, then grant that firm an exclusive license to sell those summaries?

Submission + - How to stop Windows 10 installing automatic updates (

Mark Wilson writes: One of the more controversial features of Windows 10 is the automatic, mandatory installation of updates. With launch day now just hours away a problem with NVidia drivers has highlighted just why automatic updates have proved so controversial.

Microsoft has previously said that home users will have no choice but to let Windows 10 take care of updates for them. For those concerned about this, the company has a special tool that be used to block specific updates to Windows and drivers.

Unearthed by ZDNet's Ed Bott, KB3073930 is the tool that many people feel should have been built into Windows 10 as standard.

Submission + - Cuban traffic has shifted from satellite to undersea cable

lpress writes: Nearly all of Cuba's international traffic is now routed over the ALBA-1 undersea cable, which connects Cuba and Venezula. The cable landing is at the east end of the island, so there must be a backbone connecting major cities to it. Huawei is installing home DSL and WiFi hotspotsi in Cuba — have they also installed an inter-province backbone?

Comment Re:Stay Grandfathered into your unlimited plan (Score 1) 129

How long? You can measure it in negative time. AT&T forced me off 'unlimited' without my knowledge When I discovered it had been done, they insisted that since i had not registered a complaint within 90 days it was irrevocable.

The only thing 'irrevocable' then was my decision to find another carrier. No, it's not unlimited, but at least I'm getting what I agreed to pay for.

Submission + - Crowdsourcing Earth's magnetic field (

katyhuman writes: In a major citizen science effort, geophysicists are asking smart phone users around the world for help mapping Earth’s magnetic field.
CIRES/NOAA's Manoj Nair and his colleagues are asking people around the world to download the CrowdMag application. The app takes advantage of cheap digital magnetometers embedded in smart phones. “Our goal is to see if low-quality but high-frequency magnetic measurements around the world can help us improve navigation systems,” said Nair, who is a scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and works in NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center.
Earth’s magnetic field shifts continually, rippling as a gust of solar wind arrives from the sun or shifting with the construction of a new underground pipe. For those who want to protect infrastructure from damage by space weather, or those who simply want to make better navigation systems, it’s critical to understand such magnetic field dynamics....

Submission + - Richard Stallman 'Basically' Fine With NSA Using GNU/Linux (

jfruh writes: GNU project founder Richard Stallman can seem a little (if you'll forgive the turn of phrase) proprietary at times over open source software, to the point of insisting on calling Linux "GNU/Linux." But one thing he'll always admit is that nobody can control how properly licensed open source software can be used — even if it's being used by government agencies for purposes he opposes. That was his take on the recent intra-open source debate that arose upon revelations of the NSA's extensive use of free and open source software.

COMPASS [for the CDC-6000 series] is the sort of assembler one expects from a corporation whose president codes in octal. -- J.N. Gray