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Submitted by Advocatus Diaboli
Advocatus Diaboli writes: "The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the “Five Eyes” alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia."

"The newly published document shows how the agencies wanted to “exploit” app store servers – using them to launch so-called “man-in-the-middle” attacks to infect phones with the implants. A man-in-the-middle attack is a technique in which hackers place themselves between computers as they are communicating with each other; it is a tactic sometimes used by criminal hackers to defraud people. In this instance, the method would have allowed the surveillance agencies to modify the content of data packets passing between targeted smartphones and the app servers while an app was being downloaded or updated, inserting spyware that would be covertly sent to the phones."

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The Economic Consequences of Self-Driving Trucks 611

Posted by Soulskill
from the honk-if-you-have-free-will dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Last week we learned that self-driving big-rig trucks were finally being deployed on public roads in Nevada for testing purposes. Experts consider trucking to be ripe for replacement with AI because of the sheer volume of trucks on the road, and the relative simplicity of their routes. But the eventual replacement of truck drivers with autonomous driving systems will have a huge impact on the U.S. economy: there are 3.5 million professional truck drivers, and millions more are employed to support and coordinate them. Yet more people rely on truckers to stay in business — gas stations, motels, and restaurants along trucking routes, to name a few.

Now, that's not to say moving forward with autonomous driving is a bad idea — in 2012, roughly 4,000 people died in accidents with large trucks, and almost all of the accidents were caused by driver error. Saving most of those lives (and countless injuries) is important. But we need to start thinking about how to handle the 10 million people looking for work when the (human) trucking industry falls off a cliff. It's likely we'll see another wave of ghost towns spread across the poor parts of the country, as happened when the interstate highway system changed how long-range transportation worked in the U.S.

Comment: Re:Requires Almost Direct Access (Score 1) 93

It would seem that way. I haven't looked at the protocols, but I do have the OS X Server app ($19.99) running on a Mini on my home network with the caching functionality turned on. It appears to be nothing but a CDN that caches various Apple downloads (software, media..) locally and acts similarly to a transparent proxy. I wouldn't be horribly surprised if it was running Squid, but - like I said - I haven't looked at it. So if we're now at the point that content caching is anathema, then we'd better all just unplug from our ISPs and start sneaker netting everything. Or something.

Comment: Re:Here's one (Score 1) 348

by konohitowa (#49221799) Attached to: Obama Administration Claims There Are 545,000 IT Job Openings
Company Description:

The selected company will pamper, spoil and bow to the most ludicrous whim of the employee who shall be assumed to be operating on either the Prima Donna or Primo Uomo platform. This company will also be responsible for designing, implementing and deploying an ivory tower from whence the employee shall make proclamations to an audience of no less than 95% of upper management.

Required Skills/Experience:

4+ Years of ASS Kissing
Excellent understating of Nerd nomenclature and culture
Experience in scheduling something once and never having to adjust the schedule
Has Knowledge On Proper Capitalization of Sentences as Well As grammaticallitiness and speling.
Excellent Knowledge in an area outside of n-Minute management books

Preferred Skills/Experience:

In-depth knowledge of employees preferred file naming and file organization structure
Troubleshoot executive chair noises and adjustments
Ability to explain, in depth, all acronyms used in job postings to a technical audience chosen by the employee
Availability of HR to cheerfully answer all drunk texts with no repercussions
Familiar with GTD (Getting Things Done) tools like OmniFocus
Knowledge of Esperanto
Knowledge of Irrationals (like e, pi, phi, etc.)

Location: French Riviera

Duration: 5 years minimum guaranteed

Rate: $225k/yr salaried, $170/hr OT for hours greater than 30/week, and 16 weeks starting vacation per year with 4 week increments each subsequent year

The only hits you'll get will be from really desperate companies that will bail on you the first chance they get or companies run by complete idiots. Or maybe HHS with a website project.

Comment: Re:Any film in the camera? (Score 1) 118

by konohitowa (#49023041) Attached to: Neil Armstrong's Widow Discovers Moon Camera In Bag
That was hilarious. Probably one of the funniest HuffPo parodies I've seen in a long time. Although, to be fair, even they probably aren't quite that stupid. You might want to turn it down a few notches. Unless you were going for DailyKos or LGF. Then I'd say it was pretty spot on.

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