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Comment: Re:Clever? (Score 1) 229

Yet AT&T profited by $7.3 billion last year, which is enough to replace 2.3% of their assets (including buildings and wires).

Assuming those number are right, they could make more money by selling all their stuff and investing the money in 10-year treasury bonds. The yield there is a bit over 3%, and not quite as risky as operating a business.

+ - Woz compares the cloud and PRISM to communist Russia-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Some journalists run into Steve Wozniak at the airport and asked him about iOS 7 and PRISM, where he made an interesting comparison about how the US is becoming what it once feared most.

In communist Russia "you couldn't own anything, and now in the digital world you hardly own anything anymore. You've got subscritpions and you already said ok, ok, agree and you agree that every right in the world belongs to them and you got no rights and anything you put in the cloud, you don't even know", says Woz. "Ownership was what made America different than Russia"."

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+ - Silicon-based nanoparticles could make LEDs cheaper->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) writes "Light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, are the most efficient and environmentally friendly light bulbs on the market, but they carry a bigger price tag than other bulbs, especially the ones with warmer and more appealing hues. University of Washington researchers have created a material they say would make LED bulbs cheaper and and more environmentally friendly to manufacture, driving down the price for consumers. Their silicon-based nanoparticles soften the blue light emitted by LEDs, creating white light that more closely resembles sunlight. They have started a company called LumiSands to put those nanoparticles in the hands of LED manufacturers."
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+ - Brain Zaps Make People Appear More Attractive-> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The lightning-quick spark that triggers desire when you see an attractive face is kindled within a deep brain region called the ventral midbrain, associated with processing reward. Now, researchers have discovered a way to stoke that fire with 2 milliamps of electrical current. Using a technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), which passes current through the brain between two electrodes on the scalp, the team asked 19 volunteers to rate the attractiveness of two sets of computer-generated male and female Caucasian faces with neutral expressions before and after the activity in their ventral midbrains ramped up. Compared with the control group, the volunteers who received tDCS rated the second set of faces as significantly more attractive on a eight-point scale than the first . The researchers are not proposing that we use their discovery to bewitch prospective lovers, however. Rather, they say their newfound ability to manipulate a deep region of the brain without drugs or an invasive surgery suggests that similar techniques could be used to treat disorders associated with faulty ventral midbrain circuitry, such as Parkinson's disease and schizophrenia."
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Censorship

UK Bloggers Could Face Libel Fines Unless Registered As Press 394

Posted by timothy
from the cult-of-permission dept.
Diamonddavej writes "The Guardian warns that Bloggers in the U.K. could face costly fines for libel with exemplary damages imposed if they do not sign up with a new press regulator under legislation (Clause 21A — Awards of exemplary damages) recommended by The Leveson Inquiry into press behavior and ethics. Kirsty Hughes, the chief executive of Index on Censorship, said this a 'sad day' for British democracy. 'This will undoubtedly have a chilling effect on everyday people's web use.' Exemplary damages, imposed by a court to penalize publishers who remain outside regulation, could run into hundreds of thousands of pounds, easily enough to close down smaller publishers such as Private Eye and local newspapers. Harry Cole, who contributes to the Guido Fawkes blog says he does not want to join a regulator, he hopes his blog will remain as irreverent and rude as ever, and continue to hold public officials to account; its servers are located in the U.S. Members of Parliament voted on Clause 21A late last night, it passed 530 to 13."
Security

RSA: Phish Me If You Can (Video) 171

Posted by Roblimo
from the hooks-often-lurk-inside-the-tastiest-bait dept.
Spearphishing. The deluxe (but easy) way to get unwary employees to put malware on your network. It's basically the same as phishing, except more targeted. That is, a plain phishing scam might offer an unwary web-browsing employee a chance to see a famous starlet naked, while a spearphishing attack might purport to be an urgent request from your Bizzaro County office for 200 Kg of Unobtainium Oxide. Open that email, and... ZAP! So this is social hacking (cracking for the old-timers), and cannot necessarily be fought entirely by technical means. So how about setting up fake spearphishing attempts and immediately sending employees who fall for them to an IT security class with an emphasis on how to avoid phishing scams? You can do this yourself, possibly with help from a bright person or two from a nearby University. Or you can contact PhishMe or another anti-phish training company and have them help you teach spearphishing awareness to your people. Either way, every computer-using person in your company should know about phishing -- and should know how to avoid getting hooked by phishers.

Comment: Re:Why not use hydrogen? (Score 1) 270

by kontos (#42808521) Attached to: Blimps To Help Protect Washington DC From Air Attack
gahh. a shortage in the market doesn't necessarily mean that there is a shortage of the substance to be tapped. My point was that the current shortage of helium in the market is due to the lack of suppliers that are able and willing to pull it out of the natural gas wells. It is not because we have reached 'peak helium' where we want helium, but can't find any to pull out of the ground.

Comment: Re:Why not use hydrogen? (Score 1) 270

by kontos (#42808223) Attached to: Blimps To Help Protect Washington DC From Air Attack

What the fine article fails to mention is how little helium is captured at wells. There is no point in figuring how much is in fraking wells since none of them capture any of it.

Which is why I called it an economic problem. You can damn well be sure that fracking wells would figure out a way to capture the helium if Joe Consumer's floating balloon budget started to approach his natural gas heat and appliances budget.

Censorship

Saudi Arabia Calls For Global Internet Censorship Body 678

Posted by Soulskill
from the redacted-redacted-redacted-redacted dept.
Onymous Hero writes "Following the recent YouTube video 'The Innocence of Muslims' and the subsequent Muslim violence, Saudi Arabia has stated that there is a 'crying need for international collaboration to address "freedom of expression" which clearly disregards public order.' The World Telecommunications Policy Forum (a UN body) is the vehicle by which Saudi Arabia (and possibly other states) will try to use to implement a global set of internet content standards."
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+ - KIrby Ferguson TED Talk: IP is a bad remix->

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Stirling Newberry
Stirling Newberry writes "Techdirt has a link to one of Kirby Ferguson most recent talks, as well commentary on his point:

"The key point he makes in the end is that the system is broken because of the combination of a few factors that conflict with the fact that everything is a remix. When you mix laws that fundamentally treat creative works as property, with the massive rewards and huge legal fees associated with court cases, combined with the cognitive bias people have against others copying themselves (with a complete blindness for the fact that they are always copying others), you have a system that fundamentally does not work and cannot work."

Anyone familiar with say, Derrida's ideas on deconstruction will find little new on that side, however he puts the other point: that IP doesn't protect the idea, but the branding of it, in order to create a stream of money. Has the fuel of interest strangled the fire of genius? Or do we really want a system that rewards those who push paper better?"

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+ - If Your AV Doesn't Detect New Malware Right Away, It Likely Never Will->

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rmurphydigital
rmurphydigital writes "We recently downloaded 90 malicious samples from malc0de.com. We submitted each to VirusTotal to scan with 43 different antivirus products to see if their detection power increased over time as some might have expected. As in our first such test in March, we didn’t really care which singular AV was the best among the group, we just wanted to know two things: 1) if the signatures of all AVs collectively were considerably better than using any one signature set individually and 2) if over time it was reasonable to expect each piece of malware to be detected by all antivirus products. Our results were interesting and a little surprising. Have a look..."
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