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Hackers Breach Payment Systems of Major Parking Garage Operator 38

Posted by timothy
from the situational-awareness-only-goes-so-far dept.
wiredmikey writes Parking garage operator SP+ said on Friday that an unauthorized attacker gained access to its payment processing systems and was able to access customer names and payment card information. The company, which operates roughly 4,200 parking facilities in hundreds of cities across North America, said the attack affected 17 SP+ parking facilities. According to the company, an unauthorized person had used a remote access tool to connect to the payment processing systems to install malware which searched for payment card data that was being routed through the computers that accept payments made at the parking facilities. Parking facilities in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Evanston were affected by the breach, though a majority of the locations affected were located in Chicago.

+ - White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The White House on Friday gave final approval to allow the use of sonic cannons in finding energy deposits underneath the ocean floor on the U.S. Atlantic seaboard. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management says that finding energy resources off the Atlantic seaboard "could generage thousands of jobs, but has also acknowledged that the process will harm sea creatures." Sonic cannons "fire sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine." Mammals such as whales and dolphins that communicate through sound will most likely be affected, but scientists aren't sure to what extent. They also aren't sure how the cannons will affect fish and other sea creatures or how any physiological effects on them may impact the fishing industries of the U.S. and the other countries who rely on seafood that migrate in and out of the Atlantic Ocean.

Comment: Re:Pardon my ignorance but... (Score 1) 273

by joostje (#45200795) Attached to: USB Implementers Forum Won't Play Nice With Open Hardware
It looks like it's grummonds idea from this page; as linking directly to the comment seems to fail, here's the text of the comment:

Oh, and here’s an idle thought train – let’s take the negative rights idea a step further:-

1) identify a VID that is yet uncommitted (I presume there is a list). Choose a number that has some vague recognition value, say 0xF055 (FOSS), but don’t call it a VID, it’s just the name of an online community.

2) start (i.e. publicise) an online community to support development of USB Free Open Source Software. Membership is free for proven FOSS developers.

3) Members get a membership number, you gussed it from 1 to 65535. It’s not a PID it’s a membership number!

4) Doesn’t matter how large the USB-FOSS community is, the appearance of growing support should be enough that eventually no commercial vendor is going to want to be issued with VID 0xF055.

Music

How Amateurs Destroyed the Professional Music Business 617

Posted by Soulskill
from the music-outlives-business dept.
David Gerard writes "Here in the future, musicians and record companies complain they can't make a living any more. The problem isn't piracy — it's competition. There is too much music and too many musicians, and the amateurs are often good enough for the public. This is healthy for culture, not so much for aesthetics, and terrible for musicians. There are bands who would have trouble playing a police siren in tune, who download a cracked copy of Cubase — you know how much musicians pirate their software, VSTs and sample packs, right? — and tap in every note. There are people like me who do this. A two-hundred-quid laptop with LMMS and I suddenly have better studio equipment than I could have hired for $100/hour thirty years ago. You can do better with a proper engineer in a proper studio, but you don’t have to. And whenever quality competes with convenience, convenience wins every time. You can protest that your music is a finely-prepared steak cooked by sheer genius, and be quite correct in this, and you have trouble paying for your kitchen, your restaurant, your cow."

Comment: Influenza vaccination has been shown highly effect (Score 5, Informative) 851

by joostje (#42517099) Attached to: Indiana Nurses Fired After Refusing Flu Shots On Religious Grounds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flu_vaccine#Benefits_of_vaccination Influenza vaccination has been shown highly effective in health care workers (HCW), with minimal adverse effects. In a study of forty matched nursing homes, staff influenza vaccination rates were 69.9% in the vaccination arm versus 31.8% in the control arm. The vaccinated staff experienced a 42% reduction in sick leave from work (P=.03).[33] A review of eighteen studies likewise found a strong net benefit to health care workers

Comment: gold standard for responsible mailing (Score 4, Informative) 345

by joostje (#42275959) Attached to: Hotmail & Yahoo Mail Using Secret Domain Blacklist
Yes, verified opt-in is one requirement. But if you don't want to be marked as sender of SPAM, you should also make it *very* simple to unsubscribe. I know I've subscribed to a few lists, and at first read the emails, then ignored them, and eventually thought "should unsubscribe". But if that unsubscribing is difficult, I'll just hit "spam" in gmail (or whatever). I don't see the emails and more, and the sender gets blocked as spammer.

Comment: Re:Missing option (Score 1) 525

by joostje (#42018273) Attached to: My relationship to military service:

They were flying too low and based on maps that did not mention the new aerial tramway. They were court martialed in the U.S.A., acquitted, then trialed a second time and were sentenced to a short prison time.

The second time however they were sentenced for found guilty of obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman for having destroyed a videotape recorded from the plane, so the parent is right in saying they were never sentenced for killing 20 people.

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