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+ - Source Code Leaked for Tinba Banking Trojan->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "The source code for Tinba, known as the smallest banker Trojan in circulation, has been posted on an underground forum. Researchers say that the files turned out to be the source code for version one of Tinba, which was identified in 2012, and is the original, privately sold version of the crimeware kit.

Tinba performs many of the same malicious functions as other banker Trojans, injecting itself into running processes on an infected machine, including the browser and explorer.exe. The malware is designed to steal financial information, including banking credentials and credit-card data and also makes each infected computer part of a botnet. Compromised machines communicate with command-and-control servers over encrypted channels. Tinba got its name from an abbreviation of “tiny banker”, and researchers say that it’s only about 20 KB in size."

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Comment: Re:Falsifiability is not optional for science (Score 1) 708

by hsthompson69 (#47440145) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

So you still have no evidence for your claim falsifiability s a necessary part of science.

Do you not understand the demarcation problem?

Do you not understand that without the requirement of falsifiability, you allow things like astrology and intelligent design to be considered "science"?

Falsifiability is *required* for science. It is literally the *cornerstone* of the scientific method.

Do you honestly think that something non-falsifiable, like the existence of non-temporal and non-spatial fairies living in your nose is scientific? :)

You've apparently got a hypothesis that isn't contradicted by any observation - colder, hotter, the same, faster, slower, the same, wetter, drier, the same, all of them are "consistent with" your belief system. Much like God, who can turn water into wine, or just leave water alone, apparently there is nothing excluded from observation by your faith :)

Comment: Re:Falsifiability is not optional for science (Score 1) 708

by hsthompson69 (#47438685) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

You said:

It [falsifiability] is not and never has been a requirement for science.

If you'd like to assert that falsifiability isn't required, by what method do you exclude astrology or creationism from being "science"?

Falsifiability is quite obviously the answer to the demarcation problem, although I'm happy to entertain any alternative you'd like to propose :) /crickets

Comment: Corporate welfare by another name (Score 1, Insightful) 86

by hsthompson69 (#47435693) Attached to: Lyft's New York Launch Halted By Restraining Order

Otherwise known as, "regulation to keep the competition out".

It seems to me that the tendency to over-regulate in order to give advantage to existing market movers simply isn't justified. Yes, you need to deal with liability, but there's nothing that says that over-regulation is the only (or the best) way to do it.

+ - Rocket Scientist Designs 'Flare' Pot That Cooks Food 40% Faster->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Oxford University engineering professor Dr Thomas Povey just invented a new cooking pot that heats food 40% faster. The pot is made from cast aluminum, and it features fins that direct flames across the bottom and up the sides, capturing energy that would otherwise be wasted. The pot is set to hit the market next month in the UK."
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+ - Cryptocat Secure Chat Kickstarter for Video Calls & Android App->

Submitted by SaltTheFries
SaltTheFries (738193) writes "Cryptocat--a very accessible and secure open source chat client--is hosting a kickstarter to fund development of an android application and browser video chat to provide secure chats vs. PRISM compromised Skype and Google Hangouts. They're trying to raise CAD$ 45,000 by July 30th. You learn more about the project at"
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+ - Chinese State Media Declares iPhone A Threat To National Security->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden came forth last year with US government spying secrets, it didn't take long to realize that some of the information revealed could bring on serious repercussions — not just for the US government, but also for US-based companies. The latest to feel the hit? None other than Apple, and in a region the company has been working hard to increase market share: China. China, via state media, has today declared that Apple's iPhone is a threat to national security — all because of its thorough tracking capabilities. It has the ability to keep track of user locations, and to the country, this could potentially reveal "state secrets" somehow. It's being noted that the iPhone will continue to track the user to some extent even if the overall feature is disabled. China's iPhone ousting comes hot on the heels of Russia's industry and trade deeming AMD and Intel processors to be untrustworthy. The nation will instead be building its own ARM-based "Baikal" processor."
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+ - 14,000 dead men receive draft registration notices after data snafu->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Thanks to a small problem in data formatting, the US Selective Service System recently sent notices to more than 14,000 Pennsylvania men who were most likely eligible for military service... during World War I. The error came thanks to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) clerk’s failure to include the century when exporting data from a drivers’ license database for transfer to the Selective Service.

According to an Associated Press report, the error wasn’t caught because the Selective Service System’s database only uses two-digit codes for birth years—so records from men born between 1893 and 1897 were flagged by the system as being from 1993 to 1997. As a result, men born over 117 years ago received notices that they would face imprisonment and fines if they did not immediately register for the draft.

PennDOT spokesperson Jan McKnight told the AP, "We made a mistake, a quite serious selection error.""

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+ - FAA Intimidates Coldwell Banker, Other Realtors Into Shunning Drone Photography-> 1

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "For months, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been investigating realtors who use drones to film their properties. Now, Forbes has learned that the FAA’s investigations have succeeded in intimidating NRT —the nation’s largest residential real estate brokerage company — into advising their members to not only cease flying drones as part of their work, but to also cease using drone footage.

This is a troubling development in an ongoing saga over the FAA’s rules which punish the safe commercial use of drones. Currently, the FAA does not prohibit the use of drones for a hobby — flying over your home and taking pictures of it for fun is allowed, but because real estate drones take pictures for a commercial purpose, the FAA prohibits their use."

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+ - First release of LibreSSL portable is available.

Submitted by ConstantineM
ConstantineM (965345) writes "It has finally happened. Bob Beck of The OpenBSD Foundation has just announced that the first release of LibreSSL portable is now available, and can be found in the LibreSSL directory of your favourite OpenBSD mirror. libressl-2.0.0.tar.gz has been tested to build on various versions of Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X and FreeBSD. This is intended to be an initial portable release of OpenBSD's libressl to allow the community to start using it and providing feedback, and has been done to address the issue of incorrect portable versions being attempted by third-parties. Support for additional platforms will be added as time and resources permit."

Comment: Falsifiability is not optional for science (Score 0) 708

by hsthompson69 (#47434067) Attached to: When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Of course Karl Popper didn't define science - he simply wrote about the most basic requirement for the scientific method, that of falsifiability.

If you'd like to assert that falsifiability isn't required, by what method do you exclude astrology or creationism from being "science"? If falsifiability is not going to be the tool you use for demarcation, exactly what do you propose?

+ - The First Person Ever To Die In A Tesla Is A Guy Who Stole One

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Elon Musk can no longer say that no one's ever died in a Tesla automobile crash. But few people will be pointing fingers at the electric car maker for this senseless tragedy. Earlier this month, 26-year-old Joshua Slot managed to successfully ride off with a Model S he'd stolen from a Tesla service center in Los Angeles, but police quickly spotted the luxury vehicle and gave chase. According to Park Labrea News, the high-speed pursuit was eventually called off after officers were involved in a fender bender of their own, leaving the police department strained for resources and without any feasible way of catching up to Slot. Reports claim he was traveling at speeds of "nearly 100 mph," but losing the police tail apparently didn't convince Slot to hit the brakes. Instead he sped on, eventually colliding with three other vehicles and a pair of street poles. The final impact was severe enough to "split the Tesla in half" and eject Slot from the car's remains. The Tesla's front section wound up in the middle of the road and caught fire. Its rear portion flew through the air with such force that it slammed into the side of a local Jewish community center and became wedged there."

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer