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Submission + - Duplicate Login Details Enabled Hack Of More Than 20 Million Chinese Consumers (

An anonymous reader writes: According to various Chinese sources including Techweb (Chinese language), police in Zhejiang held a conference on Monday announcing that 20.59 million users of the 'Chinese eBay',, had their login details stolen by proxy, when hackers ran user/pass combos from a stolen database of 99 million other users and found that more than 20% were using the same login credentials across different ecommerce sites.

Submission + - One Eye Blind: Canada "Temporarily" Halts Five Eyes Intel Data Sharing (

cold fjord writes: Canada has stopped sharing data from its Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada's NSA equivalent, with the other members of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing network, including the US, UK, Australia, and New Zealand. The halt came after it was discovered that the CSE had shared information containing inadequately sanitized metadata as a result of technical deficiencies. The information shared did not contain names or enough information to personally identify individuals, so the privacy impact was judged to be low. Sharing will not resume until the Minister of Defense is satisfied that effective systems and measures are in place. An official watch dog had revealed the issue.

Submission + - Japan orders SDF to shoot down North Korean missile (

schwit1 writes: Japan on Wednesday condemned Pyongyang's plan to launch a space rocket, calling it a thinly disguised test of a long-distance ballistic missile.

The government ordered Aegis ballistic missile defense warships of the Maritime Self-Defense Force and land-based Patriot PAC-3 rocket units to respond should projections show components falling in Japanese territory.

"This will effectively mean the firing of a ballistic missile. It would be a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions and a grave, provocative act against the security of our country," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a Lower House session Wednesday.

On Tuesday night, North Korea notified the International Maritime Organization that it plans to send a "satellite" into orbit between Feb. 8 and 25. It said the launch will take place on one of those days between 7:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Japan time.

Submission + - Tesla Bans 'Rude' Customer From Buying Car (

mrspoonsi writes: A customer who complained about the boss of electric car firm Tesla has had his order for one of their cars cancelled.

Venture capitalist Stewart Alsop says Tesla dropped his order for a Model X SUV because of an earlier blog post in which he criticised Tesla chief executive Elon Musk. In it, he'd complained that September's Model X launch event started two hours late, and no food was provided to guests. As a result, his order for the car was cancelled by Tesla. In a Twitter post, Mr Musk said Mr Alsop was "denied service" for being a "super-rude customer". "When I wrote a blog post about my BMW X1 called “My Car Makes Me Feel Stoopid”, the CEO of BMW didn’t take the car back.

Submission + - Nanoscale Lattice is World's Smallest (

Zothecula writes: Scientists from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have created a tiny lattice they claim is the world's smallest. Formed with struts and braces measuring less than 10 micrometers in length and less than 200 nanometers in diameter, the 3D lattice has a total size of less than 10 micrometers, but boasts a higher specific strength than most solids.
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Journal Journal: Checking in...

I seem to get to this Journal every few years, starting in 2004. It does seem that the "social" part of /. is a little too shrouded in mystery. Like how to access your blog, for example.

If anyone is interested, my Amateur Radio blog "AA6E Station Log" is out there, along with my personal wiki.

Comment Really Perverse (Score 5, Insightful) 720

This is the single worst thing Microsoft has ever done in my book. Basically, they are trying to gain control over every Windows PC out there. And it's not going to be optional if they have their way. Forcing you to download 5 GB of undesired files is just the beginning. Once you're locked in to Win10, all your data is theirs. They are transforming the desktop PC into a locked-down glorified cell phone.

Comment Re:If you say your Christian, you are Christian... (Score 1) 229

There are two things here. Do you identify yourself (publicly or personally) as "Christian" -- or "Anonymous"? That's entirely up to you. The other is would other people identify you as "whatever"? If you do religious things and act out of religious feeling (as the world sees it), then the world might call you "Christian". (By their fruits you shall know them.) If you're an Anonymous hacker and you participate in their stuff and people know that you do it, then they'll say you're part of Anonymous. Not a big deal IMO.

Submission + - How to keep cloud data encrypted without cross-platform pain? 2

bromoseltzer writes: I use cloud storage to hold many gigs of personal files that I'd just as soon were not targets for casual data mining. (Google: I'm thinking of you.) I want to access them from Linux, Windows, and Android devices. I have been using encfs, which does the job for Linux fairly well (despite some well known issues), but Windows and Android don't seem to have working clients. I really want to map a file system of encrypted files and encrypted names to a local unencrypted filesystem — the way encfs works. What solutions do Slashdot readers recommend?

Ideal would be a competitive cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Drive that provides trustworthy encryption with suitable clients. Is there anything like that?

Submission + - Bernie Sanders, H-1B skeptic

Presto Vivace writes: Will the Vermont senator raise the visibility of the visa issue with his presidential run?

The H-1B visa issue rarely surfaces during presidential races, and that's what makes the entrance by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) into the 2016 presidential race so interesting. ... ...Sanders is very skeptical of the H-1B program, and has lambasted tech firms for hiring visa workers at the same time they're cutting staff. He's especially critical of the visa's use in offshore outsourcing.

Comment Headline Creep (Score 1) 60

"Cosmologists Find..." makes a snappy headline, but TFA is right - the discoverers were astronomers. Those galaxies are far away, but probably not at _cosmological_ distances, i.e. comparable to the scale of the universe. The scale of astronomy is mostly << scale of cosmology.

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