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Submission + - Even with Telemetry Disabled, Windows 10 Talks to Dozens of Microsoft Servers ( 1

Motherfucking Shit writes: Curious about the various telemetry and personal information being collected by Windows 10, one user installed Windows 10 Enterprise and disabled all of the telemetry and reporting options. Then he configured his router to log all the connections that happened anyway. Even after opting out wherever possible, his firewall captured Windows making around 4,000 connection attempts to 93 different IP addresses during an 8 hour period, with most of those IPs controlled by Microsoft. Even the enterprise version of Windows 10 is checking in with Redmond when you tell it not to — and it's doing so frequently.

Submission + - If You Registered Your Drone with the FAA, Kiss Your Privacy Goodbye (

SonicSpike writes: Are you a law-abiding drone owner who registered your unmanned aerial vehicle with the federal government? Congratulations! Total strangers can now find your name, address, and lots of stuff about your fun toy in a public, searchable database!

Late last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that virtually everyone who owns a drone (a drone's a drone, no matter how small, it seems) would have to register their flying computers for $5 a pop with the federal government. The penalty for failing to register: civil fines of up to $27,500 and criminal penalties of up to $250,000 and imprisonment for three years.

Reason's Scott Shackford has written about the failure of the FAA to actually convince most people to register their drones.

And thank goodness for that incompetence, since it will offset this latest revelation of incompetence: The 300,000 entries in the federal UAV registry are public, searchable, and downloadable, despite claims by the feds to the contrary, Engadget reports.

Submission + - Patent troll VirnetX awarded $626M in damages from Apple (

Tackhead writes: Having won a $200M judgement against Microsoft in 2010, lost a $258M appeal against Cisco in 2013, and having beaten Apple for $368M in 2012, only to see the verdict overturned in 2014, patent troll VirnetX is back in the news, having been awarded $626M in damages arising from the 2012 Facetime patent infringement case against Apple.

Submission + - SPAM: Siemens Bets Big on Metal 3D Printing with EUR21.4 Million Facility

a3dprintingsupremacy writes: As a member of the 3MF Bloc, an investor in 3D stamping startups, and a regular customer of the technology, Siemens is often a firm advocate of 3D printing. Today, the company declared that it was making further techniques into the industry with a capability devoted entirely to sheet metal 3D printing. The EUR21. 4 million facility, found in Siemen\'s industrial plant throughout Finspång, Sweden, is equally the first of its kind intended for Siemens and for Sweden.
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Submission + - Senators blast Comcast, other cable firms for "unfair billing practices" (

An anonymous reader writes: Six Democratic US senators today criticized Comcast and other TV and broadband providers for charging erroneous fees, such as cable modem rental fees billed to customers who bought their own modems. The senators have written a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the commission to "stop unfair billing practices.".....Last year, more than 30 percent of complaints to the FCC about Internet service and 38 percent of complaints about TV service were about billing...

Submission + - China to build floating nuclear plant by 2020 (

AmiMoJo writes: China has announced plans to build a float nuclear plant, capable of generating 200MW, by 2020. The plant is designed to provide mobile power for offshore oil and gas exploration, as well as electricity and heat where needed and even desalination for remote islands and coastal areas. The use of nuclear power at sea is not unknown — aircraft carriers and missile submarines are often nuclear-powered — but doing so for civilian purposes appears to be unprecedented, although a Russian project is reportedly already under construction.

Submission + - Audio Tech Adjusts Speech To Surrounding Noise Levels (

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists have devised an audio system which promises to significantly improve the audibility of spoken messages – for notifications in busy train stations, speakers in lectures, or even mobile phone conversations on a noisy road for example. The team has developed the specialised software, ADAPT DRC, which is able to continuously analyse ambient noise levels via a microphone, and adjust speech volume in real-time. The researchers designed algorithms which prioritise certain frequencies [PDF] and place emphasis, at the right time, on parts of speech which would typically be problem areas for listeners in busy settings. The software is also able to modify parts of a message which are spoken at different volumes.

Submission + - If You Go Near the Super Bowl, You Will Be Surveilled Hard (

An anonymous reader writes: Super Bowl 50 will be big in every way. A hundred million people will watch the game on TV. Over the next ten days, 1 million people are expected to descend on the San Francisco Bay Area for the festivities. And, according to the FBI, 60 federal, state, and local agencies are working together to coordinate surveillance and security at what is the biggest national security event of the year.

Submission + - Polymorphic ads bypass blocker blacklists escalating ad war ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Proudly announcing 75% to 100% success accessing user's computers without their authorization BlockBypass adopts the tactics of polymorphic viruses to advertising. Like a virus which changes signature on every PC it infects, BlockIQ's system changes IP address and host with each coming day, aiming to stay one step ahead of the AdBlockers. AdBlocker bypass systems will not only allow malvertising through the blocker, they involve complex scripts which have seen BlockBypass's competitor Pagefair used to deliver malware via over 500 sites including major sites such as the Economist.

As Advertising is a primary source of much malware, ad-blockers such as AdAway (Android), Crystal (iOS) or AdBlock Plus (other) are becoming security requirements with large scale deployments increasing. Although the listed blockes tried compromise, allowing safer adverts, the industry has made it's rejection clear. Instead we see escalating war with blocker bypassing and blocker blocking also we see ads and associated malvertizing delivered direct from publishers via online native averts, server side ad inclusion and ad insertion. AdBlockers may move to heuristic blocking and dynamic block lists. As with viruses, though, maybe the blacklist approach is doomed and only default deny systems such as NoScript and umatrix have a chance? Maybe in the end the only safe content will be re-served cleaned content via peer to peer networks like freenet?

We've had several discssions how, instead of compromises the advertisers of the IAB have declared war on Mozilla and AdBlock authors who tried to make advertising safer. We also recently discussed how Forbes put many of their readers at risk forcing off ad-blocking then delivering malware to some.

Submission + - US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess (

schwit1 writes: The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) remains the problem child of the US military, with some operational tests abandoned in 2014, and buggy software proving a headache.

The US military's Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E) has released its latest annual report, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter chapter describes the Department of Defense's efforts in trying to get the project back somewhere close to schedule.

To avoid a cascading series of delays that would have stretched into 2016, the project abandoned an Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE) planned in April 2014 for the Marines' Block 2B configuration of the aircraft.

How bad does a government procurement program have to get for it to get cancelled?

Submission + - Consciousness may be the product of carefully balanced chaos (

sciencehabit writes: Is my yellow the same as your yellow? Does your pain feel like my pain? The question of whether the human consciousness is subjective or objective is largely philosophical. But the line between consciousness and unconsciousness is a bit easier to measure. In a new study of how anesthetic drugs affect the brain, researchers suggest that our experience of reality is the product of a delicate balance of connectivity between neurons—too much or too little and consciousness slips away.

Submission + - Filmmaker successfully forces censors to watch 10-hour paint drying movie ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: A British filmmaker has forced the people who decide how to censor films watch a 10-hour movie of paint drying on a wall following a protest fundraising campaign.

Charlie Lyne launched a Kickstarter to help raise the money needed to send his 'documentary' of a single shot of paint drying on a wall for consideration as a protest against the "stronghold" the organisation has on the British film industry.

The BBFC charge an initial fee of $144.88 to view a film and decide what certificate to give it, and then and additional $10.15 for each minute that the film lasts. The idea was the more money Lyne could raise via his fundraiser, the longer his paint-drying film could last.

The campaign eventually nearly £8,500, meaning he was able to send in a 607 minute video which the examiners had to watch in its entirety.

Submission + - Loon Copter Drone Flies, Floats and Dives Underwater (

Zothecula writes: As is the case with its feathered namesake, Oakland University's Loon Copter drone can fly, land on the water to see what's under the surface, and then dive down to check out what it sees. It flies in the same fashion as any other quadcopter, and initially floats when it comes to rest on the water. It can then simply sit in one spot, or it can use its props to push itself along the surface. The real fun starts when it pumps water into its buoyancy chamber, though, causing it to sink.

Submission + - Disney IT workers allege conspiracy in layoffs, file lawsuits (

dcblogs writes: Disney IT workers laid off a year ago this month are now accusing the company and the outsourcing firms it hired of engaging in a "conspiracy to displace U.S. workers." The allegations are part of two lawsuits filed in federal court in Florida on Monday. Between 200 and 300 Disney IT workers were laid off in January 2015. Some of the workers had to train their foreign replacements — workers on H-1B visas — as a condition of severance. The lawsuits represent what may be a new approach in the attack on the use of H-1B workers to replace U.S. workers. They allege violations of the Federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), claiming that the nature of the employment of the H-1B workers was misrepresented, and that Disney and the contractors knew the ultimate intent was to replace U.S. workers with lower paid H-1B workers.

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