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+ - Mt Gox hacked. All coins gone. ->

Submitted by ch0ad
ch0ad (1127549) writes "Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, has gone offline, apparently after losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to a years-long hacking effort that went unnoticed by the company.

The hacking attack is detailed in a leaked “crisis strategy draft” plan, apparently created by Gox and published Monday by Ryan Selkis, a bitcoin entrepreneur and blogger (see below). According to the document, the exchange is insolvent after losing 744,408 bitcoins — worth about $350 million at Monday’s trading prices."

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+ - How to Choose the Right Antivirus for Your Computer->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Internet is becoming an increasingly dangerous place. With almost everyone connected, it is very easy for scam artists to use viruses to get all of your personal information. However, people have become quite savvy to the techniques that people use to get viruses on their computer. They ignore dangerous emails, they stay away from vulgar sites, and they don’t download media from non-reputable sources."
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+ - maths in trouble, pooters sound, secrecy must die->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I have a proof that P strictly contains NP. My Slashdot user is is the largest three digit one with different digits. Publication would destroy much of the assumed sound foundations of the world financial system. The only solution us to totally ditch secrecy. I have spent all I gave chasing this. And I need some money to live on, since my conscience won't allow me to greedily claim the prize. Http colon slas slash thewikiman dot allsup dot co details my current soyl searching. What do I do?"
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Para Bellum Labs Will Attempt To Make the RNC a Political-Analytics Player 212

Posted by timothy
from the 2nd-mover-advantage? dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes "President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign relied on a sophisticated data-analytics platform that allowed organizers and volunteers to precisely target potential donors and voters. The centerpiece of that effort was Project Narwhal, which brought voter information—steadily accumulated since Obama's 2008 campaign—onto a single platform accessible to a growing number of campaign-related apps. The GOP has only a few short years to prepare for the next Presidential election cycle, and the party is scrambling to build an analytics system capable of competing against whatever the Democrats deploy onto the field of battle. To that end, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has launched Para Bellum Labs, modeled after a startup, to produce digital platforms for election analytics and voter engagement. Is this a genuine attempt to infuse the GOP's infrastructure with data science, or merely an attempt to show that the organization hasn't fallen behind the Democratic Party when it comes to analytics? Certainly the "Welcome to Para Bellum Labs" video posted by the RNC gives the impression of a huge office staffed with data scientists and programmers. However, the creation of a muscular digital ecosystem hinges on far more than building a couple of apps. Whatever the GOP rolls out, it'll face a tough opponent in the Democratic opposition, which will almost certainly emulate the robust IT infrastructure that the Obama campaign instituted in 2012 (not to mention Obama's massive voter and donor datasets). From that perspective, Para Bellum Labs might face the toughest job in politics."
Social Networks

LinkedIn Ditches Feature That Was a 'Dream For Attackers' 70

Posted by timothy
from the remember-me-from-the-slaughterhouse-internship? dept.
angry tapir writes "LinkedIn is shutting down Intro, its recently launched mobile service for connecting people over email, that raised security concerns. Intro was launched last October and described at the time as a 'dream come true for hackers' The service was made for the iPhone, and was designed to grab LinkedIn profile information and insert it into emails received on phones. The service displayed that information to the recipient from the email's sender if the sender was also on LinkedIn."
Math

Second World War Code-cracking Computing Hero Colossus Turns 70 110

Posted by samzenpus
from the piece-of-history dept.
DW100 writes "The Colossus computer that helped the Allies crack messages sent by the Nazis during the Second World War has celebrated its 70th birthday. The machine was a pioneering feat of engineering, able to read 5,000 characters a second to help the team at Bletchley Park crack the German's Lorenz code in rapid time. This helped the Allies gather vital information on the Nazi's plans, and is credited with helping end the war effort early, saving millions of lives."

Comment: Re:And when they get bitten in the ass? (Score 5, Informative) 94

by denpun (#43860965) Attached to: Google Advocates 7-Day Deadline For Vulnerability Disclosure

Seem like they recommending it only for "critical vulnerabilities under active exploitation". For vulnerabilities where exploits increase as each day passes because of non-disclosure, I would want quick notification.

FTA and not quite in the summary:

“Our standing recommendation is that companies should fix critical vulnerabilities within 60 days — or, if a fix is not possible, they should notify the public about the risk and offer workarounds,” the two said in a blog post today. “We encourage researchers to publish their findings if reported issues will take longer to patch. Based on our experience, however, we believe that more urgent action — within seven days — is appropriate for critical vulnerabilities under active exploitation. The reason for this special designation is that each day an actively exploited vulnerability remains undisclosed to the public and unpatched, more computers will be compromised.”

Comment: Turtle Graphics (Score 1) 185

by denpun (#43502469) Attached to: Localized (Visual) Programming Language For Kids?

Not Dutch but available in German, English and Vietnamese!
http://blockly-demo.appspot.com/static/apps/turtle/de.html

Here is the main page
http://blockly-demo.appspot.com/static/apps/turtle/index.html

It uses Blockly, a visual programming editor...
http://blockly-demo.appspot.com/static/apps/index.html

Its browser based and I think with your help initially, she can play around by herself eventually... :)

Here are some examples of what can be done:
http://blockly-demo.appspot.com/static/apps/turtle/contest/index.html

If she likes drawing..you can use that as a relation to see if she likes this as well....
Here is one that someone did that creates a random pattern everytime....
http://blockly-demo.appspot.com/static/apps/turtle/en.html#zdpxaa

Comment: archive.org? (Score 5, Interesting) 89

by denpun (#43383075) Attached to: British Library To Archive One Billion UK Websites

Why not work with the good folks at archive.org and their Internet wayback machine?

Is it not a similar idea?

The Internet Wayback Machine folks could use the funding and would be achieving the same purpose, albeit not in a format that the library folks might want....but they could come to agreement.

Comment: Went back on his suggestion (Score 3, Interesting) 244

by denpun (#42567463) Attached to: Should Microsoft Switch To WebKit?

There is an update on MVP Bill Reiss's blog now.

http://www.billreiss.com/follow-up-to-webkit-for-ie-hint-i-was-wrong/

Seems like he changed his mind. He is now against the idea and has instead suggested allow Win mobile devices to be allowed to change their default browser.
Sounds like a good idea, effectively making IE, a tool used by the OS that has browsing functionality.

Effectively what he is saying is that the other browsers, can serve as browsers while IE is now reduced to a tool!

Man must shape his tools lest they shape him. -- Arthur R. Miller

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