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+ - DARPA-Funded Robots Learning To Cook By Watching YouTube Videos->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Once you've built humanoid-shaped robots, how do you get them to move and act like humans? Well, one way to teach them how to do it is to have them watch one of the greatest repository of recorded human experience ever: YouTube. Robots in a Maryland lab have learned how to prepare meals by watching and processing a slew of cooking videos, one of YouTube's most popular genres."
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+ - Hacking Your Way Through Your Job Hunt->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Most of us know at this point that looking for a job means sending a resume into the teeth of a computerized filtering system. There are ways to hack around the filters blocks, of course — but there are also ways to hack your way through the social networking that often provides a better means to get your resume into the right hands."
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+ - Wi-Fi Issues Continue for OS X Users Despite Updates->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Although Apple has never officially acknowledged issues surrounding Yosemite and Wi-Fi connectivity, the company is clearly aware of the problem: Leading off the improvements offered in the update 10.10.2 update released Tuesday was 'resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect,' according to the release notes. Despite this, Apple's support forum was filled with tales of frustrated users. And Mac owners aren’t the only Apple users experiencing wireless connection failures after updating their OS. Wi-Fi connectivity issues have also dogged iOS 8 since Apple released the mobile OS on Sept. 17."
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+ - How Three Credit Card Transactions Could Reveal Your Identity->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, an MIT graduate student, and his colleagues analyzed credit card transactions provided by an unnamed major bank from 1.1 million people over a three-month period in some 10,000 stores to see how much (or little) data they needed to identify an individual’s transactions from a larger set of transaction records. Ninety percent of the time, they could identify an individual using just four pieces of data, such the locations where four purchases were made. Adding price information to the location data — for example, purchase receipts — allowed the researchers to identify a person with just three transactions."
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+ - Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Researchers from Drexel University, the University of Maryland, the University of Goettingen, and Princeton have developed a 'code stylometry' that uses natural language processing and machine learning to determine the authors of source code based on coding style. To test how well their code stylometry works, the researchers gathered publicly available data from Google’s Code Jam, an annual programming competition that attracts a wide range of programmers, from students to professionals to hobbyists. Looking at data from 250 coders over multiple years, averaging 630 lines of code per author their code stylometry achieved 95% accuracy in identifying the author of anonymous code. Using a dataset with fewer programmers (30) but more lines of code per person (1,900), the identification accuracy rate reached 97%."
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+ - DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program set up in 2008 to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects. The extent of the system, which is said to contain hundreds of millions of records on motorists and their journeys, was disclosed in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a Freedom of Information Act request."
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+ - Simple Google Search Outed Alleged Silk Road Founder->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "As the first step in investigating Silk Road, IRS agent Gary Alford, who was part of an agency task force investigating organized crime, simply entered 'Silk Road' into Google and looked for the oldest mention on the site. The details he found would ultimately lead to the arrest of Ross Ulbricht in October 2013, as well as to the forfeiture of all the assets of Silk Road itself."
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+ - Modular Smartphones Could Be Reused As Computer Clusters->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "The promise of modular smartphones like Google’s Project Ara is that buyers will be able to upgrade components at will — and now Finnish company Circular Devices has come up with a use for discarded computing modules, which they're calling Puzzlecluster. Drawings of the Puzzlecluster architecture show a chassis with slots for the reused modules, which can then be interconnected with others to create the cluster. Just one unit could also be used as a desktop computer."
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+ - IBM About To Get Hit With a Massive Reorg and Layoffs-> 1

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "IBM is expected to go through a massive reorg next month that will see 26% of its 430,000-strong work force let go, or 111,800 people, according to a report by long-time Silicon Valley journalist Robert X. Cringely. If that figure holds true, that would make it far and away the largest corporate layoff event in history, breaking the record previously held by IBM, when it cut 60,000 in 1993."
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+ - Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "They of the square jaws and famous dispute with Mark Zuckerberg over the origins of Facebook, are also believed to be among the largest holders of Bitcoin in the world. Now they want to launch a regulated Bitcoin exchange—named Gemini, of course. To bolster confidence, they said they have formed a relationship with a chartered bank in the state of New York. 'This means that your money will never leave the country,' the twins wrote in a blog post. 'It also means that U.S. dollars on Gemini will be eligible for FDIC insurance and held by a U.S.-regulated bank.'"
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+ - U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Automated tank gauges (ATGs), which are used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be manipulated over the Internet by malicious attackers, according to security firm Rapid7. 'An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system,' said HD Moore, the chief research officer at Rapid7."
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+ - Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users At Risk Of Cyberattacks->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Fujitsu Laboratories is developing an enterprise tool that can identify and advise people who are more vulnerable to cyberattacks, based on certain traits. For example, the researchers found that users who are more comfortable taking risks are also more susceptible to virus infections, while those who are confident of their computer knowledge were at greater risk for data leaks. Rather than being like an antivirus program, the software is more like 'an action log analysis than looks into the potential risks of a user,' said a spokesman for the lab. 'It judges risk based on human behavior and then assigns a security countermeasure for a given user.'"
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+ - Long-Awaited LibreOffice Arrives On Android ->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "You can now download and install an official LibreOffice Viewer for Android — the very first release of LibreOffice Viewer that is capable of handling text documents and presentations. Unfortunately, its newness shows. LibreOffice, in its current state, is not solving any problems that Android face. There are already a few document readers for Android that can open ODF files. Open source apps such as OpenDocument Reader can even edit and save ODF files."
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+ - Advertising Company Will Stop Using Verizon's Mobile Tracking ID->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Here's a good bit of follow-up for Slashdot readers: Turn, the advertising company that was found last week to be using Verizon's Unique Identifier Header (UIDH) to recreate deleted cookies in order to track users' movements across the Web, said on Friday that it will stop using the controversial tracking method."
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