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+ - Google Tells Glass Users Not To Be 'Creepy or Rude'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "One of the biggest worries about the rise of wearable computing is the ease with which random strangers will be able to record your actions without your knowing. Right now, it's pretty easy to tell if somebody's holding up their cellphone taking some video. But when everybody's wearing Google Glass, or something similar, it will become harder to tell, which has led to preemptive bans on Glass in certain places. Now, Google has published a list of Do's and Dont's to tell Glass users how they should behave politely in public. Do: ask for permission before recording people. Don't: ignore the world around you, expect that people won't notice, or wear it during a cage fight. Also, most importantly, don't 'be creepy or rude.' Google says, ' Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends.'"
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+ - Healthcare organizations under siege from cyberattacks, study says->

Submitted by BigVig209
BigVig209 (959850) writes "A new study set to be officially released Wednesday found that networks and Internet-connected devices in places such as hospitals, insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies are under siege and in many cases have been infiltrated without their knowledge.

The study was conducted by Norse, a Silicon Valley cybersecurity firm, and SANS, a security research institute. In the report, the groups found from September 2012 to October 2013 that 375 healthcare organizations in the U.S. had been compromised, and in many cases are still compromised because they have not yet detected the attacks."

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+ - Home Routers Pose Biggest Consumer Cybersecurity Threat->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "The remote-access management flaw that allowed TheMoon worm to thrive on Linksys routers is far from the only vulnerability in that particular brand of hardware, though it might be simpler to call all home-based wireless routers gaping holes of insecurity than to list all the flaws in those of just one vendor. An even longer list of Linksys (and Cisco and Netgear) routers were identified in January as having a backdoor built into the original versions of their firmware in 2005 and never taken out. Serious as those flaws are, they don’t compare to the list of vulnerabilities resulting from an impossibly complex mesh of sophisticated network services that make nearly every router aimed at homes or small offices an easy target for attack, according to network-security penetration- and testing services. For example, wireless routers (especially home routers owned by technically challenged consumers) are riddled with security holes stemming from design goals that emphasize usability over security, which often puts consumers at risk from malware or attacks on devices they don’t know how to monitor, but through which flow all their personal and financial information via links to online banking, entertainment, credit cards and even direct connections to their work networks, according to a condemnation of the Home Network Administration Protocol (HNAP) from Tenable Network Security. Meanwhile, a January 2013 study from Rapid7 found 40 million to 50 million network-enabled devices, including nearly all home routers, were vulnerable to exploits using UPnP. Is there any way to fix this target-rich environment?"
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Comment: So much emotion, so little thought (Score 1) 341

by dunng808 (#46189233) Attached to: California Bill Proposes Mandatory Kill-Switch On Phones and Tablets

I do not embrace change for its own sake, but I am genuinely surprised how much emotion some folks show every time Slashdot makes a change. I do not see how the new look breaks the discussion and moderation system. I am replying to a post, and I see rankings like Informative and Offtopic. It looks different, but that does not mean it has been broken.

I do have a comment. The wide column to the right is great for hosting side-bar issues, but these end long before a typical discussion thread, resulting in a significant amount of wasted screen space.

Comment: Re: pkg is the default "binary" package (Score 1) 136

by dunng808 (#46096469) Attached to: FreeBSD 10.0 Released

Back in the stone age when I ran a lot of FreeBSD -- say 4.x days -- there was a preference for installing ports instead of packages. The reason given was that compiling source on the target system provided maximum compatibility. Has the FreeBSD community shifted any, in favor of using packages (pre-compiled binaries)? Does the package installer pull in dependencies, and update them as needed, the way portupgrade does?

Comment: Re:Samzenpus headline (Score 3, Interesting) 239

by dunng808 (#46087529) Attached to: Nissan Unveils 88 Pound 400-HP Race Car Engine

I would go back even further. Pre-WWII cars had large displacement motors that produced far more power than could be put to use on dirt roads and the fragile tires of the day. I agree with the point that the move from the 1.5L formula in 67 brought faster speeds, exactly why the change was made. Lotus introduced wings; the FIA did more to ban them than encourage their use.

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.