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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Buying a Car That's Safe From Hackers?->

An anonymous reader writes: I'm in the market for a new car, and I've been going through the typical safety checklist: airbag coverage, crash test results, collision mitigation system, etc. Unfortunately, it seems 2015 is the year we really have to add a new one to the list: hackability. Over the past several weeks we've seen security researchers remotely cut brakes, shut down a Tesla's computer, unlock a bunch of cars, intercept Onstar, and take over a Jeep from 10 miles away.

So, how do we go about buying a car with secure systems? An obvious answer would be to buy a car with limited or archaic computer control systems — but doing so probably comes with the trade-off of losing other modern safety technology. Is there a way to properly evaluate whether one car's systems are more secure than another's? Most safety standards are the result of strict regulation — is it time for the government to roll out legislation that will enforce safety standards for car computers as well?

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Comment Both devices value form over function (Score 4, Interesting) 77

Let's see if losing the sd slot and removable battery is as big a sales failure as it was for the S6 and S6 edge.

My impression is that only Samsung fanbois will buy these. Everybody else who prefers style over function will buy an idevice, as always.

Submission + - SPAM: Iranian president says he's always supported social media

northczarman writes:

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised young Iranians for using social media to support the Iran Deal during a televised speech on Sunday

His speech extolled the benefits of the deal, which will lift international sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbing the nation's ability to develop nuclear weapons. Rouhani said he was grateful for the online support

#Iran prez Rouhani: I thank Iranian youth for what they did in social media, nice graphics, ...

Abas Aslani (@abasinfo) August 2, 2015

in country which social media is filtered, @Rouhani_ir is praising youth 4 work on social media adding he is agnst limiting social media

Hannahkaviani (@Hannahkaviani) August 2, 2015 Read more...

More about Twitter, Social Media, Iran, Us World, and Hassan Rouhani


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Submission + - The Windows Start menu saga, from 1993 to today.->

antdude writes: This Ars Technica article says "One of Windows 10's biggest 'new'" features has a pedigree that spans two decades.

One of the first Windows 10 features we learned about was the return of the Start menu, which is sort of funny, since the concept of the Start menu is over two decades old. Microsoft tried to replace it with the Start screen in Windows 8, and you only have to look at the adoption numbers to see how most consumers and businesses felt about it.

The Start menu has changed a lot over the years, but there are a handful of common elements that have made it all the way from Windows 95 to Windows 10. We fired up some virtual machines and traveled back in time to before there was a Start menu to track its evolution from the mid '90s to now.

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Submission + - First successful widely used symmetric cipher broken since before DES

semper_statisticum writes: A team of cryptographers has submitted an outline of an attack against a symmetric cipher, which was one of the AES candidates.This is the first public successful attack against a symmetric cipher since before DES was introduced. Although the attack is only equivalent to a 2 bit reduction in security compared to a brute force attack, it is still an impressive development.

Submission + - Austerity Is just the class war->

An anonymous reader writes: What’s going on with the austerity is really class war. As an economic program, austerity, under recession, makes no sense. It just makes the situation worse ..

It’s not an economic policy that makes any sense as to end a serious recession. And there is a reaction to it — Greece, Spain and some in Ireland, growing elsewhere, France. But it’s a very dangerous situation, could lead to a right-wing response, very right-wing. The alternative to Syriza might be Golden Dawn, neo-Nazi party.

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Submission + - Illinois Supreme Court: Comcast Must Identify Anonymous Internet Commenter->

An anonymous reader writes: In 2011, an anonymous person on the internet posted a comment to the Freeport Journal Standard newspaper implying that a local political candidate was pedophile. The candidate, Bill Hadley, took offense to this, and tried to get Comcast to tell him who the commenter was. Comcast refused, so Hadley took it to the courts. The Illinois Supreme Court has now ruled (PDF) that Comcast must divulge the commenter's identity. "Illinois' opinion was based in large part on a pair of earlier, lower-court decisions in the state, which held that the anonymity of someone who makes comments in response to online news stories isn't guaranteed if their opinions are potentially defamatory, according to Don Craven, an attorney for the Illinois Press Association."
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Submission + - Amazon Overhauling Customer Reviews->

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon says it's making some big changes to its product review system, one of the most heavily used on the internet and a vital part of Amazon's business. A machine-learning platform will endeavor to select helpful reviews with an emphasis on more recent ones. The average score will change as well: new reviews will be weighted higher than old reviews, as will ones from verified purchases and reviews voted up by other customers. "For example, sometimes a company will make small tweaks to a product or address some customer complaints, though this product isn't officially updated or renamed. With the new system, [Amazon] said, these small modifications should become more noticeable when shoppers are buying products." Because the review system is so important to customers, Amazon will be rolling out changes slowly, and watching for anything that breaks or gets skewed in unexpected ways.
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Submission + - Windows 10 Will Be Free To Users Who Test It->

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has been making a big push to change its business model for Windows — likely due to the low/no cost updates you can get for competing operating systems. The company surprised everyone when it said legit copies of Windows 7 and 8 would be supplied with free upgrades, but now they're extending that even further: anyone who tests the Windows 10 Technical Preview will get a free upgrade to the full version of Windows 10 when it comes out. In a blog post, Microsoft's Gabe Aul said, "As long as you are running an Insider Preview build and connected with the MSA you used to register, you will receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated. Once you have successfully installed this build and activated, you will also be able to clean install on that PC from final media if you want to start over fresh."
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Submission + - San Francisco Public Schools to Require Computer Science for Preschoolers

theodp writes: Never underestimate the ability of tech and its leaders to create a crisis. The S.F. Chronicle's Jill Tucker reports that the San Francisco School Board unanimously voted Tuesday to ensure every student in the district gets a computer science education, with coursework offered in every grade from preschool through high school, a first for a public school district. Tech companies, including Salesforce.com, as well as foundations and community groups are expected to pitch in funding and other technical support to create the new coursework, equip schools and train staff to teach it. From Resolution No. 155-26A2, In Support of Expanding Computer Science and Digital Learning to All Students at All Schools from Pre-K to 12th Grade: 1. "All students are capable of making sense of computer science in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant." 2. All students, from pre-K to 12, deserve access to rigorous and culturally meaningful computer science education and should be held to high expectations for interacting with the curriculum." 3. "Students' access to and achievement in computer science must not be predictable on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, language, religion, sexual orientation, cultural affiliation, or special needs." MissionLocal has a two-page SFUSD flyer on the project, which aims to illustrate the "importance of computer science" with the same Code.org jobs infographic that Microsoft used to help achieve its stated goal of creating a national K-12 CS crisis, and demonstrate "disparities in accessing CS education" for SFUSD's 57,000 students with a small-sample-size-be-damned bar chart of the racial demographics of the school district's 209 AP Computer Science participants (181 Asian, 0 African American, 6 Latino, 1 Native American, 14 White, 7 Other).

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