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Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 1) 366

by boaworm (#49290447) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

Totally agree. I started using Uber in Dallas a while ago, and it is vastly superior to normal Taxis there.

It may be different in other cities in the U.S though. And in European cities like London, Berlin where the normal taxi service actually works it is also a different story. So if Uber is doing something unfair, fix that. If they are really exploiting their drivers, people would stop driving, right? Which coincidentally is going to be a lot easier than stopping to drive a normal taxi.

+ - Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This morning, for the first time in months, The Pirate Bay disappeared offline. A number of concerned users emailed TF for information but at that point technical issues seemed the most likely culprit.

However, over in Sweden authorities have just confirmed that local police carried out a raid in Stockholm this morning as part of an operation to protect intellectual property.

“There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,” read a statement from Paul Pintér, police national coordinator for IP enforcement.

Police are staying quiet on the exact location of the operation and the targets involved but the fact that the national police IP chief is involved at this early stage suggests something sizable."

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+ - Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records Of Americans-> 1

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "The Weekly Standard reports, "... the Affordable Care Act aims to make the use of Electronic Health Records (EHR) universal. This plan actually began with the 2009 stimulus ... Doctors and other health providers have been offered incentives to convert patient information and health histories to a compatible and transferable electronic format, and as of June 2014, 75 percent of eligible doctors and 92 percent of eligible hospitals had received payments under the program. This week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, which details the efforts of some 35 departments and agencies of the federal government and their roles in the plan to "advance the collection, sharing, and use of electronic health information to improve health care, individual and community health, and research." ... Now that HHS has publicly released the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan, the agency is seeking the input from the public before implementation. The plan is subject to two-month period of public comment before finalization. The comment period runs through February 6, 2015." — Among the many agencies that will be sharing records besides Health and Human Services (HHS) are: Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Justice and Bureau of Prison, Department of Labor, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Office of Personnel Management, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)."
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+ - Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay Again. ->

Submitted by o_ferguson
o_ferguson (836655) writes "TorrentFreak is reporting that police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB. This is not the first time that this has happened."
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+ - X.Org Hit By Security Issues With Code Dating Back To 1987->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Some of the worst X.Org security issues were just publicized in an X.Org security advisory. The vulnerabilities deal with protocol handling issues and led to 12 CVEs published and code dating back to 1987 is affected within X11. Fixes for the X Server are temporarily available via this Git repository."
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+ - Royal Mail pilots 3D printing service

Submitted by MRothenberg
MRothenberg (607591) writes "Just in time for the holidays, the UK's postal service is testing out a 3D printing service at its central London delivery center. Customers can order "ready-to-print" objects (including shoes, soap dishes and phone cases) or bring in their own originals to duplicate and send via Royal Mail. The postal company's COO predicts consumer demand for 3D printing will grow 95 percent by 2017."

+ - CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The CIA carried out "brutal" interrogations of terror suspects in the years after the 9/11 attacks on the US, a US Senate report has said. The summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report said the CIA misled Americans on the effectiveness of "enhanced interrogation". The interrogation was poorly managed and unreliable, the report said. President Obama has previously said that in his view the techniques amounted to torture. The Senate committee's report runs to more than 6,000 pages, drawing on huge quantities of evidence, but it remains classified and only a 480-page summary is being released. Publication had been delayed amid disagreements in Washington over what should be made public."

+ - Ubuntu Gets Container Friendly "Snappy" Core ->

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "Canonical just announced a new Ubuntu Core which uses containers instead of packages. It's the biggest Ubuntu shakeup for 20 years, says Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth, and is based on a tiny core, which will run Docker and other container technology better, quicker and with greater security than other Linuxes. Delivered as alpha code today, it's going to become a supported product, designed to compete with both CoreOS and Red Hat Atomic, the two leading container-friendly Linux approaches. Shuttleworth says it came about because Canonical found it had solved the "cloud" problems (delivering and updating apps and keeping security) by accident — in its work on a mobile version of Ubuntu"
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Comment: Re:Last night (Score 4, Insightful) 819

by boaworm (#47845437) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

I travel frequently across the north sea, between Scandinavia and Iceland. This is a 3 hour flight I generally do in coach. A while ago i started thinking of the good old days, when the vikings travelled this distance as well. Lets compare

Option 1: Longboat
Duration: Several weeks
Onboard meal service: Dried fish, mead, old water
Comfort level: Cold, freezing, wet, damp, salty and sea sickness.
Entertainment: Rowing!
Restroom: "Overboard"
Risks: Likely to die from sickness, fall overboard, freeze to death or get beaten up by a fellow traveller (everyone is armed!)
On-time arrival: Not applicable

Option 2: 757-200 in Coach
Duration: 3 hours
Onboard meal service: Light snacks and drinks complimentary. Warm dishes for purchase
Comfort level: Leather seats, personal cooling available, good temperature.
Entertainment: Loads of videos
Restroom: Complimentary
Risks: Extremely unlikely to plummet into the ocean. Unlikely to get beaten up by a fellow traveller (noone is armed)
On-time arrival: 90%+. Sporadic 1 day delays due to Eyjafjallajökull

I thought of this for a moment, then sat down and enjoyed my private leather seat and in-flight entertainment in "coach".

Comment: Re:Today's business class is the 70s' economy clas (Score 3, Interesting) 819

by boaworm (#47845379) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Well put. Prices have gone down drastically because of a number of factors.
* Less space per pax
* Better aircraft and engine
* Better utilization of aircraft
* Reduced service (drinks+meals moved to paid ancillaries)

Todays "coach" class really is no more than a bus. If you want comfort, upgrade. Else, suffer in silence :-)

Comment: Re:No they cant. (Score 1) 151

by boaworm (#47603205) Attached to: Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

They did not get into the aircraft avionics.

They got into the satellite communications for the Infotainment system.

NONE of the systems like that have any interconnection to avionics or telemetry.

The article isn't very clear on exactly what they managed to do, but it is quite possible that there is a shared satellite data communication system shared for infotainment systems and aircraft system status/updates/notifications alike. Hopefully with a robust QoS in place. So _if_ someone could break into the message routing, they could intercept and possibly create their own messages to send along the channel.

If you check TFA's quote:

In theory, a hacker could use a plane's onboard WiFi signal or inflight entertainment system to hack into its avionics equipment, potentially disrupting or modifying satellite communications, which could interfere with the aircraft's navigation and safety systems, Santamarta said.

Since a modern airline has lots of avionics communicating with the ground, it could be that some of those messages may be edited/interrupted/faked. That's not to say that you could rlogin to the FMS and alter flightplans, or alter the flight path in any way.

Comment: Re:So, which is it? (Score 3, Informative) 151

by boaworm (#47603167) Attached to: Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

For the "navigation" systems, he's not talking about GPS (even if he were it wouldn't be a big deal, airplanes can navigate just fine without GPS), but the communication system does send the GPS location, altitude, and speed back home. If that goes down, not a big deal because that's not what air traffic control relies on.

More and more aircraft and ATC centers support ADS-B transponders and data, which include a GPS-derived position (altitude + position) messages as a part of System Tracking (you can check out Eurocontrols Asterix cat62 protocol and ADS-B applications). Older MSSR radars will provide you with a rough estimate of the position and an assumed altitude based on the aircrafts built-in systems, which is being tracked using for example Kalman filters to predict the current and future position. Switching over to GPS as the primary source of positioning data is allowing tighter packing of aircraft (reduced horizontal and vertical separation rules), which is becoming critical for congested airports to reduce the time between takeoffs/landings, as well as to keep aircraft in holding patters packed tighter together.

Also, ADS-B can be sent as frequently as 1 message/second due to signals going down towards earth rather than in all directions. Current MSSR radars usually have a scan time of 5-12 seconds.

So interruptions with these data links (say someone hacks into it and manages to shut it down) would lead to the ATC center having to fall back on MSSR Tracking, meaning you will be violating horizontal and vertical separation rules until the controller can create more space around the aircraft again.

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing but together can decide that nothing can be done. -- Fred Allen