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Comment: Not A Lie (Score 1) 385

by jlaprise1 (#43951907) Attached to: NSA Surveillance Heat Map: NSA Lied To Congress

Knowing how many people in the USA are surveilled is not the same as knowing how many Americans are surveilled. Two very different numbers. What's more, without breaking privacy by looking at the content, the NSA cannot be absolutely sure. Statistically confident but not without the element of uncertainty.

Congress should ask better questions. They are mostly lawyers after all.

Comment: Taking a cue from WoW (Score 1) 93

by jlaprise1 (#42953261) Attached to: Internet Poker Could Make a Comeback By Going Brick-and-Mortar

Maybe the online poker industry should take a cue from WoW where player conventions are huge. Online players get to meet face-to-face. They could set up regional, national and international events to attract players for special prizes and recognition. The conventions could have workshops by leading players etc.

Government

+ - What does Congress think about Patent Trolls?->

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jlaprise1
jlaprise1 writes "Steven Aftergood at the Secrecy Project of the Federation of American Scientists has been diligently acquiring and releasing the reports of the Congressional Research Service. The CRS conducts research at the request of Congress of topics of intrest to legislators. These reports are generally not released to the public. Today's release includes"An Overview of the 'Patent Trolls' Debate.""
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Surface Release Date Confirmed->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has announced an October 26 release date for it's brand new Surface tablet. The release of it's ARM version will conincide with Windows 8 and is set to be either the start of something great or something worrying for Microsoft.
Surface is the first device of it kind to be manufactured by Microsoft and is seen by many as a risk considering the tech giant is only entering the tablet arena some 2 years later that most of it's competitiors.

The new device will run Windows 8 which has been aimed mostly at the touch market. The new OS has also be generating a lot of press recently. The all new interface represents new ground for Microsoft and has received mixed reactions.

The idea of blending a tablet and PC operating system seems to be the biggest issue along with the company's trandemark Start menu disappearing.

The firm recently showed off Office 2013for the new OS and it is safe to say it looks pretty good, whether it is enough to tempt users to upgrade remains to be seen.

No pricing has been announced for Surface yet, but Microsoft has been reassuring fans it will be a "competitive" with other tablets."

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Security

+ - Researcher creates proof-of-concept malware that infects BIOS, network cards ->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Security researcher Jonathan Brossard has created a proof-of-concept hardware backdoor called Rakshasa that replaces a computer's BIOS and can compromise the operating system at boot time without leaving traces on the hard drive. Brossard, who is CEO and security research engineer at French security company Toucan System, demonstrated how the malware works at the Defcon hacker conference over the weekend. Rakshasa, named after a demon from the Hindu mythology, is not the first malware to target the BIOS — the low-level motherboard firmware that initializes other hardware components. However, it differentiates itself from similar threats by using new tricks to achieve persistency and evade detection."
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Medicine

+ - First map of the human brain reveals a simple, grid-like structure->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "In an astonishing new study, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have imaged human and monkey brains and found... well, the brain is basically just a huge collection of computer ribbons, traveling parallel or perpendicular or transverse to each other in a huge 3D grid. There are almost zero diagonals, nor single neurons that stray from the neuronal highways. The human brain is just one big grid of neurons — a lot like the streets of Manhattan, minus Broadway, and then projected into three dimensions. This new imagery comes from an MRI scanner, souped up by the Human Connectome Project, that uses diffusion spectrum imaging to detect the movement of water molecules within axons (the long connections made by neurons). The brain has always been very difficult to image because of the wrinkly nature of the cerebral cortex that surrounds the brain — but this new MRI scanner finally has the ability to peer through the folds."
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Facebook

+ - OS X Mountain Lion Downloaded 3 Million Times In Four Days->

Submitted by lukehopewell1
lukehopewell1 (1855440) writes "In just four short days, 3 million Apple users around the world have shelled out their $US20.99 to get a copy of Mountain Lion. That makes Mountain Lion the most successful OS release in Apple's history. Thanks to the record, Apple is promising goodies.

Many were disappointed however about the lack of Facebook integration with Mountain Lion, especially in the nifty Notification Center bar. Apple's now pledging in its public statements that Facebook integration will arrive soon as a software update."

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Facebook

+ - Data Commissioner protects Facebook privacy by ending discussion - via SMS->

Submitted by cheros
cheros (223479) writes "Just in case you thought you had ANY rights to privacy protected by Facebook having a site in Ireland, you may want to read the latest update of Europe versus Facebook where the Commissioner apparently ended the discussion via SMS.

For more than a year we have been 'engaged' in the proceeding against Facebook before the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC). Now we experienced a more than surprising move by the authority (ODPC): Via a text message (!) we were told that the authority is not planning to talk to us anymore, despite the fact that we are parties of the biggest proceeding the DPC has ever had on his table... It is now unclear how we will overcome this situation.

Streisand Effect in 3 .. 2 .. 1 .."

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Security

+ - Tracking Chinese Cyber-Espionage Botnets->

Submitted by wiredog
wiredog (43288) writes "From Brian Krebs, reporting on a large scale Chinese cyber-espionage operation:

the infrastructure that frames these these spy machines generally points in one of two directions: one group’s infrastructure points back to Shanghai, the other to Beijing.

“There have to be hundreds of people involved, just to maintain this amount of infrastructure and this much activity and this many spear phishes, collecting so many documents, and writing this much malware,” Stewart said

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Encryption

+ - Tools Released at Def Con Cracks PPTP Encryption in under a day->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Defcon is seeing some amazing hacking revelations, the latest one being a new tool that is capable of decrypting any PPTP and WPA2 wireless that use MS-CHAPv2 authentication mechanism. The two tools, ChapCrack developed by Moxie Marlinspike and CloudCracker.com that runs on FPGA cracking box developed by David Hulton of Pico Computing can be used together to crack the encryption of any PPTP (Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol) and WPA2-Enterprise (Wireless Protected Access) sessions that use MS-CHAPv2 for authentication."
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Linux

+ - ScummVM 1.5.0 "Picnic Basket" Released ->

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YokimaSun
YokimaSun writes "Fans of classic graphical point-and-click adventure games, will be happy to learn that a new version of ScummVM has been released with support for new games such as Once Upon A Time: Little Red Riding Hood, Backyard Baseball 2003, Blue Force, Darby the Dragon, Dreamweb, Geisha, Gregory and the Hot Air Balloon, Magic Tales: Liam Finds a Story and more. ScummVM not only supports Windows, Linux and new platforms such as iPhone and Android but also consoles such as Dreamcast, Gamecube and Nintendo 64 and rarer handhelds such as Openpandora and Dingoo."
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Security

+ - JavaScript Botnet Sheds Light on Criminal Activity->

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CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot writes "Informatica64, a security research group, demonstrated the use of cached JavaScript to control computers connecting to a malicious proxy.
"The researchers found a variety of low-level criminals using their proxy server: fraudsters posing as British immigration officials offering work permits in hopes of stealing money and sensitive documents from their victims; a man pretending to be a pretty woman on a number of dating sites to con victims into sending money for a plane ticket; and another fraudster selling nonexistent Yorkshire Terriers.""

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Games

+ - GameStop Wants To Sell Secondhand Digital Download Video Games->

Submitted by
MojoKid
MojoKid writes "GameStop makes a killing selling used videogames, but what happens to that business model when digital distribution platforms run physical media out of town? That's not anything to worry about today, tomorrow, next week, or even next year, but at some point, GameStop will have to deal with the direction the games industry is headed, and it may already have a solution. GameStop CEO Paul Raines recently brought up the possibility of reselling used digital downloads."
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