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+ - Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Researchers from Drexel University, the University of Maryland, the University of Goettingen, and Princeton have developed a 'code stylometry' that uses natural language processing and machine learning to determine the authors of source code based on coding style. To test how well their code stylometry works, the researchers gathered publicly available data from Google’s Code Jam, an annual programming competition that attracts a wide range of programmers, from students to professionals to hobbyists. Looking at data from 250 coders over multiple years, averaging 630 lines of code per author their code stylometry achieved 95% accuracy in identifying the author of anonymous code. Using a dataset with fewer programmers (30) but more lines of code per person (1,900), the identification accuracy rate reached 97%."
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+ - Chinese Regulator Cracking Down On Alibaba Over Counterfeit Sales->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Alibaba may be the darling of China's Internet industry, but Chinese regulators are beginning to take a hard look at the company's sales practices. It's Tmail.com and Taobao online marketplaces together control three-quarters of the Chinese online retail market — and are rife with counterfeit goods, including fake smartphones and even fake alcohol."
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+ - DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program set up in 2008 to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects. The extent of the system, which is said to contain hundreds of millions of records on motorists and their journeys, was disclosed in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a Freedom of Information Act request."
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+ - Simple Google Search Outed Alleged Silk Road Founder->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "As the first step in investigating Silk Road, IRS agent Gary Alford, who was part of an agency task force investigating organized crime, simply entered 'Silk Road' into Google and looked for the oldest mention on the site. The details he found would ultimately lead to the arrest of Ross Ulbricht in October 2013, as well as to the forfeiture of all the assets of Silk Road itself."
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+ - IBM About To Get Hit With a Massive Reorg and Layoffs-> 1

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "IBM is expected to go through a massive reorg next month that will see 26% of its 430,000-strong work force let go, or 111,800 people, according to a report by long-time Silicon Valley journalist Robert X. Cringely. If that figure holds true, that would make it far and away the largest corporate layoff event in history, breaking the record previously held by IBM, when it cut 60,000 in 1993."
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+ - Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "They of the square jaws and famous dispute with Mark Zuckerberg over the origins of Facebook, are also believed to be among the largest holders of Bitcoin in the world. Now they want to launch a regulated Bitcoin exchange—named Gemini, of course. To bolster confidence, they said they have formed a relationship with a chartered bank in the state of New York. 'This means that your money will never leave the country,' the twins wrote in a blog post. 'It also means that U.S. dollars on Gemini will be eligible for FDIC insurance and held by a U.S.-regulated bank.'"
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+ - Made-In-Nigeria Smart Cards To Extend Financial Services To The Poor->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "A new factory producing smart cards opened in Lagos this week, promising to open up access to financial services to many poor Africans and other inhabitants of the Global South. The cards can be used by people without traditional bank accounts to access the worldwide credit card and smart phone infrastructure."
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+ - U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Automated tank gauges (ATGs), which are used by gas stations in the U.S. to monitor their fuel tank levels can be manipulated over the Internet by malicious attackers, according to security firm Rapid7. 'An attacker with access to the serial port interface of an ATG may be able to shut down the station by spoofing the reported fuel level, generating false alarms, and locking the monitoring service out of the system,' said HD Moore, the chief research officer at Rapid7."
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+ - Fujitsu Psychology Tool Profiles Users At Risk Of Cyberattacks->

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itwbennett (1594911) writes "Fujitsu Laboratories is developing an enterprise tool that can identify and advise people who are more vulnerable to cyberattacks, based on certain traits. For example, the researchers found that users who are more comfortable taking risks are also more susceptible to virus infections, while those who are confident of their computer knowledge were at greater risk for data leaks. Rather than being like an antivirus program, the software is more like 'an action log analysis than looks into the potential risks of a user,' said a spokesman for the lab. 'It judges risk based on human behavior and then assigns a security countermeasure for a given user.'"
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+ - Calls For European ISPs To Filter Content Could Be Illegal->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Last week, justice ministers from EU countries called for ISPs to censor or block certain content in the "public interest." But a legal analysis shows that such moves could actually violate EU privacy laws, since it would inevitably involve snooping on the content of Internet traffic to see what should be blocked."
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+ - Federal Court OKs Dish Network's Internet Streaming TV Service->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Fox, armed with the recent Supreme Court ruling that effectively banned Aero, went to court to stop the Dish Network from allowing its subscribers to stream live and DVR'd content over the Internet to their devices. But a federal court ruled that the situations are different: Dish has already purchased retransmission rights from content creators, and the streaming service falls within the rights of individual subscriber to place- and time-shift content."
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+ - Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "If you're tired of seeing fake or misleading news articles posted by your friends to Facebook and then spreading like wildfire, you might be in luck. In a system that's something like Slashdot comment moderation on a grand scale, you'll now be able to flag a story as false. Links that have been flagged this way by many users will appear less frequently in people's newsfeeds, or with a disclaimer attached."
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+ - Nine programing skills - the jobs they could lead to->

Submitted by IsoQuantic
IsoQuantic (17626) writes "A new report from the tech career site Gooroo sheds light on which programming skills are most in demand for which tech positions. Its recently released International Tech Careers and Salary Index is based on an analysis of 3 million tech job listings from the United States, Great Britain and Australia from January through September, 2014. For a number of common tech job titles, Gooroo analyzed which skills are mentioned the most in listings for that position.

The bottom line is that different kinds of programming skills are better suited for different kinds of software development jobs. For example, if you want to be an iOS developer, being able to code in Objective-C will help you a lot more than other skills. Also, some programming skills will make you a more attractive candidate for non-developer positions. Being able to write SQL, for instance, comes in handy for system administrators, data scientists and Web designers.

By analyzing the numbers about available programming jobs, it's possible to see which skills are most in demand in the tech world. For example, the five skills most often mentioned in tech job listings were: SQL (24.3%), Java (14.5%), JavaScript (13.1%), C# (10.4%), and CSS (9.9%). In terms of salary, the five most popular tech job listings were: Python ($95,948), Java ($93,668), JavaScript ($89,101), SQL ($87,502) and C# ($87,446).

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+ - How To Remain (Mostly) Invisible Online->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "It's a basic truth that when people use a medium owned or operated by a third party, such as the Internet, an elevator with a camera or a mobile app that requires connectivity, there is no privacy. So the best thing you can do, is to place some value on your personal information and then lie, lie, lie your way into obscurity, says Frank Ahearn, a privacy expert and author of the book 'How to Disappear.'"
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