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Submission + - Hidden Message from Weather Service

Holistic Missile writes: CNN Reports a hidden message from the folks working (without paychecks) at the NWS in Anchorage:

"Sometimes, it pays to read between the lines. At least that may be the message --and, more accurately, the hope — of workers at the National Weather Service office in Anchorage, Alaska.

The message can be found in an official forecast put out at 5 a.m. (9 a.m. ET) that seems, at first glance, routine with its discussion of air pressure, wind speeds and weather systems.

But if you line up the first letters of each word from top-to-bottom in the forecast, under the heading "Analysis and Upper levels," there's something else there: P-L-E-A-S-E-P-A-Y-U-S...."

The text of the forecast is on their web page. Some of the comments in the story's discussion are rather interesting, including a few people sending their own similar messages.

Submission + - Founding Fathers were extremist say DoD .. (judicialwatch.org)

An anonymous reader writes: "In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples"

The National Defense Authorization Act of 2013

'Section 1021 of the NDAA bill of 2012 allowed for the "indefinite detention of American citizens without due process at the discretion of the President".`


Submission + - PC Shipments Decline as Windows 8 Fails to Ignite Market (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: "PC manufacturers are in trouble. Despite the launch of Microsoft's radical re-think of its operating system in years, and the launch of dozens of thin-and-light Ultrabooks, people are simply not buying PCs.

Tablets are the big problem with Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa saying that when tablets first appeared in 2010, consumers were expected to buy them as companion devices for their main laptop or desktop PC, instead tablets are replacing those devices."


Submission + - More Than 25% Of Android Apps Know Too Much About You (darkreading.com) 1

CowboyRobot writes: "A pair of reports by Juniper and Bit9 confirm the suspicion that many apps are spying on users. "26 percent of Android apps in Google Play can access personal data, such as contacts and email, and 42 percent, GPS location data... 31 percent of the apps access phone calls or phone numbers, and 9 percent employ permissions that could cost the user money, such as incurring premium SMS text message charges... nearly 7 percent of free apps can access address books, 2.6 percent, can send text messages without the user knowing, 6.4 percent can make calls, and 5.5 percent have access to the device's camera." The main issue seems to be with poor development practices. Only in a minority of cases is there malicious intent. The Juniper report
and the Bit9 report"


uTorrent Adds "Featured Torrents" Ads — With No Opt Out (Yet) 399

wrekkuh writes "BitTorrent, Inc, the company who owns the freeware (but closed-source) BitTorrent client uTorrent, has announced that it will be updating its popular client with 'Featured Torrents.' In a post on uTorrent's forum, the company explained, 'This featured torrent space will be used to offer a variety of different types of content. We are working towards bringing you offers that are relevant to you. This means films, games, music, software ... basically anything that you will find interesting.' In the Q&A portion of their announcement, the company adds 'There is no way to turn in-client offers off.* We will pay attention to feedback, and may change this in the future.' (*The Plus version of the BitTorrent client does not include these ads)."

Submission + - Eugene Kaspersky on Cybercrime (internetsecuritydb.com)

damian2k writes: Eugene Kaspersky, founder of Kaspersky labs and cybersecurity expert has used his blog to take a swipe at the state of current multilateral efforts combatting cybercrime. In his post he mentions that the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime is largely a waste of time and that the UN's IMPACT Alliance, which is based in Cyberjaya, Malaysia (and of which he is a member of the advisory board) is moving too slowly to be of any use. He has put his weight behind a newly launched non-profit organisation called the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA), which is based in London, and hopes that it can get things moving quickly. He points out that cybercriminals in most cases are beyond the borders of the country of their victims and that the mammoth task of bringing the majority of cybercriminals to justice will require joint efforts on a global scale.

Submission + - Build your own OpenVPN home server in 7 easy steps (parabing.com)

subZraw writes: "I do not know about you but I can hardly resist an open WiFi hotspot. Sure I have a data plan for my smartphone and I can even use it as a wireless router for my laptop, but WiFi is way faster than 3G and there are usually no bandwidth caps or extra costs associated with it. On the other hand, a WiFi hotspot is inherently insecure. That i(TM)s why I use to leave my iMac running when I a(TM)m out and about, so I will be able to surf the web through an encrypted tunnel to the SSH server at home. That technique works quite well and is pretty secure. Heck, it even helped me stay away from the Wall of Sheep during DEF CON 17!

A more robust solution than SSH tunneling is to make your laptop a member of a Virtual Private Network or VPN. Traditionally, a VPN is what a company would implement in order to provide its workers full yet secure access to the corporate network when they’re away from the office — or even at a remote branch of the same company.

But you don no(TM)t have to be a big boy to reap the benefits of VPN technology. Thanks to the free and Open Source OpenVPN you can actually setup your very own VPN server at home and then be able to securely access resources inside your home LAN from wherever you happen to be, no matter how you got online. Plus, with a few minor tweaks in your OpenVPN configuration you can also use the server for secure surfing, meaning you can re-route all network traffic through an encrypted channel from your laptop to the remote OpenVPN server."


Submission + - Namco Bandia sues CDP (dsogaming.com)

Llian writes: Namco Bandia, publisher and DRM supplier of the PC version of The Witcher 2, are taking CD Projekt RED to court, ostensibly over the removal of DRM.. None are fooled however, as it is more to do with the decision to use different publishing partner, THQ, for the Xbox 360 version of the game.

Use the Force, Luke.