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Crime

Swatting 19-Year-Old Arrested in Las Vegas 327

Posted by timothy
from the consequences-of-not-being-nice dept.
Ars Technica reports that a Las Vegas teenager is in custody for multiple instances of swatting: Brandon Wilson, who goes by the online handle "Famed God," was arrested Thursday in Nevada and faces an extradition hearing to determine whether he should be sent to face hacking and other charges. Illinois prosecutors said there was evidence on his computers about the July 10 swatting incident, in which he allegedly reported a murder to Naperville's emergency 911 line. The SWAT team responded, but the call was a hoax. The Chicago-Sun Times said that, in addition to the Naperville incident, the suspect's computers held evidence "of similar incidents across the country."
Biotech

Telomere-Lengthening Procedure Turns Clock Back Years In Human Cells 183

Posted by samzenpus
from the making-it-young dept.
Zothecula writes Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a new procedure to increase the length of human telomeres. This increases the number of times cells are able to divide, essentially making the cells many years younger. This not only has useful applications for laboratory work, but may point the way to treating various age-related disorders – or even muscular dystrophy.

Comment: Re:No need (Score 1) 467

by bogie (#48890465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

Security Essentials is worthless. It used to be decent years ago but is one of the poorer performing Antivirus products now. For Free Panda is supposed to perform well. Really anything but MSSE is a good idea, regardless of how safe you surf. Just because you only visit "safe" sites doesn't mean malware isn't being handed out via some drive by advert.

+ - Macheist fundraiser hacked-> 1

Submitted by bogie
bogie (31020) writes "The Macheist website hosting a charity fundraiser was hacked today. The hack occurred at roughly 2pm EST and took the entire website down. The website began showing Korean leader Kim Jong Un with the text translating roughly "We are down to you. Your pain and sorrow is our great pleasure . All your base are belong to us" The Macheist twitter feed also appears to have been hacked. At one point a fully playable popup game of pong showing Kim Jong Un vs one of the stars from the movie "the Interview" appeared on the screen. It is not known if user logon information or credit card Information was stolen during the hack since we don't know how long the hackers have been controlling the website. Almost 9,700 bundles of Mac software were sold before the Hack. Macheist regularly runs these fundraisers where Mac users get steeply discounted software along with the ability to support a Charity. Part of the profits from every sale go directly to charities like the American Foundation for AIDS and the Cancer Research Institute. As of 5:45EST the site is still down."
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United States

What's Wrong With the Manhattan Project National Park 160

Posted by samzenpus
from the brotherhood-of-steel-approved dept.
Lasrick writes Dawn Stover describes the radioactive dirt behind the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, from its inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act (the park legislation wouldn't pass otherwise) and lack of funding for national parks in general to the lack of funding for cleanup at Superfund nuclear sites like Hanford. And then there is how the Parks Service is presenting exhibits: at least some of them are described in the past tense, as if nuclear weapons were a thing of the past. Here's the description of the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site in South Dakota: "Nuclear war loomed as an apocalyptic shadow that could possibly have brought human history to an end." Can the National Park Service be ignorant of the fact that missiles remain on station, nuclear weapons are still being stockpiled, and saber rattling did not end with the fall of the Berlin Wall?"

Comment: Has its uses (Score 4, Interesting) 302

by bogie (#48605199) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Regardless of the licensing, a lot of the content on the site is useful because its just unavailable otherwise.

I wonder this about Youtube. What if it was just shutdown? At this point you can laugh but it has historical value. Beyond the cat videos there are documentaries, content from laserdisc, obscure commercials, very useful user howtos and reviews etc. This list goes on and on. If all you search for on youtube is funny videos then you are missing out on a treasure trove of content that spans many decades.

At some point I think the site will have to become a public archive. Which it kind of already is, it just needs the legal status so that some greedy corporation can't just turn off the switch. Now if only we could cut down on the crap that is a result of everyone trying to monetize youtube. But I guess that's wishful thinking because without that Google might just shut down Youtube outright.

Data Storage

Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025 215

Posted by samzenpus
from the in-the-future dept.
Lucas123 writes An industry consortium made up by leading hard disk drive manufacturers shows they expect the areal density of platters to reach 10 terabits per square inch by 2025, which is more than 10 times what it is today. At that density, hard disk drives could conceivably hold up to 100TB of data. Key to achieving greater bit density is Heat-Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) and Bit Patterned Media Recording (BPMR). While both HAMR and BPMR will increase density, the combination of both technologies in 2021 will drive it to the 10Tbpsi level, according to the Advanced Storage Technology Consortium (ASTC).

Comment: Re:Weird article (Score 1) 14

by pudge (#48404889) Attached to: Cardow cartoon cannot be unseen

... you did seem to lament the courts' inaction ...

Not in any way, no, I did not.

you ... always singl[e] out one particular issue based purely on the person implementing it

You're a liar.

When talking about transparency, it's yours that is the most obvious...

I agree. I am nearly completely transparent and obvious and clear. I lack pretense or disguise.

Comment: Re:At first glance, I liked the first response... (Score 1) 24

by pudge (#48404647) Attached to: To The Little Untergruber

... exactly the way your financiers want it ...

No. It's true that the framers and most people who understand politics want the people to be ignorant about most issues in government, because otherwise, the people would be spending too much time watching government and not enough time enjoying life and being productive. Everyone should want to be ignorant about most things, especially most things government does. Otherwise you'll be miserable.

But it's not true that they want people to be ignorant, but with a delusion of lack of ignorance. You're just making things up.

... with its present day monolithic two-face one party system. Not a single independent in the house. Smells very bad...

There's no objective reason why it's a bad thing.

Comment: Re:At first glance, I liked the first response... (Score 1) 24

by pudge (#48402667) Attached to: To The Little Untergruber

Gruber was mostly right, although the word "stupid" is probably not what he meant. But the fact is that whoever believed it wasn't a tax, it wouldn't raise rates, it wouldn't force you to change plans and possibly doctors, etc., was ignorant. Not stupid, necessarily, but ignorant. That said, someone who is ignorant and thinks that he actually knows these things is kinda stupid. So all the news folks, for example, who said that what Republicans said about the ACA were lies ... they were stupid.

The fact is that almost everything the GOP said about the ACA was true. Federal funding of abortions, subsidies for illegals, massive government control defined at a later date by an administrator and not Congress, death panels, increased taxes and premiums, decreased choice ... all of it was and is true.

Comment: Weird article (Score 1) 14

by pudge (#48402659) Attached to: Cardow cartoon cannot be unseen

I'd expect an article talking about criminally prosecuting Gruber would at least make reference to some violation of the criminal code. I see no crime. Neither the author nor his interviewee mention any crime. He makes vague references to "Deceit. Fraud. Premeditated felonious theft.," but he simply gave his opinions; he didn't implement anything. The theft was by the government, not him. The fraud was perhaps aided by him, but no court has ever found that government fraud of this type is prosecutable, so prosecuting a private citizen for aiding the government in something that can't be prosecuted makes no sense.

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