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Submission + - DARPA wants early warning system for power-grid cyberattacks (

coondoggie writes: The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is looking to bolster the nation’s grid defenses with a system called Rapid Attack Detection, Isolation and Characterization (RADICS) that will detect and automatically respond to cyber-attacks on US critical infrastructure.

Submission + - Music cyberlocker downloads 36 months of jailtime (

coondoggie writes: In the first criminal copyright infringement sentence imposed for a cyberlocker operator in the United States, the owner of the got 36 months in prison and ordered to forfeit $50,851.05 and pay $48,288.62 in restitution.

Submission + - If one Pluto's moons spins any faster its surface might fly off (

coondoggie writes: One moon, Nix, is tilted on its axis and spinning backwards. The outermost moon, Hydra, is spinning like a top, rotating 89 times every time it circles the dwarf planet. “If Hydra were spinning much faster, material would fly off its surface due to the centrifugal force,” he said.

Submission + - Federal prison system wants anti-drone technology (

coondoggie writes: Looking to counter the threat unmanned aircraft might bring to Federal prison guards and prisoners, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is looking at what types of technology could be used to defeat the drones. The group, which is an agency of the Department of Justice issued a Request for Information specifically targeting what it called a fully integrated systems that will allow for the detection, tracking, interdiction, engagement and neutralization of small — less the 55lb — unmanned aerial system.

Submission + - NASA: "Great Pumpkin" asteroid to zip by Earth on Halloween (

coondoggie writes: The asteroid, 2015 TB145 will fly past Earth at a safe distance slightly farther than the moon's orbit on Oct. 31 at 10:01 a.m. PDT (1:01 p.m. EDT). According to the catalog of near-Earth objects (NEOs) kept by the Minor Planet Center, this is the closest currently known approach by an object this large until asteroid 1999 AN10, at about 2,600 feet in size

Submission + - SPAM: Feds snuff-out e-cigs in checked commercial baggage

coondoggie writes: Saying portable electronic smoking devices such as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes or personal vaporizers are basically a fire threat the Department of Transportation in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration today ruled that the devices will no longer be allowed in checked luggage on commercial aircraft(they still can be carried in carry-on bags but cannot be charging).
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Submission + - Pressure grows to eradicate vile tech support scam (

coondoggie writes: Despite aggressive law enforcement and Federal Trade Commission actions to battle it, the scourge known as the “Tech Support Scam” is growing – with older individuals a rising target. The tech support scam basically involves tricking people into believing their computer has problems, and then charging them hundreds of dollars for unnecessary, worthless, and in some cases destructive applications such as malware, spyware, adware, keystroke loggers, and other harmful applications.

Submission + - Image too good to be true? DARPA program targets image doctoring (

coondoggie writes: It isn’t hard for just about anyone to change or alter an image these days — and that can be a problem. It’s an issue researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency want top put to rest with a new program called Media Forensics or MediFor, which looks to build an algorithmic-based platform that can detect image manipulation.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.