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Comment: Re:rushed target selection? (Score 3, Insightful) 42

by moschner (#46589573) Attached to: Gameover Malware Targets Job Seekers

Not only are many who are looking for a job already employed, but job sites are a treasure trove of personal information. People post resumes with nearly everything but their ssn. They also give out phone numbers and email address of people they know.

And if you know people are looking for a job, what kinds of jobs, and can then build targeted phishing that looks like a job offer/application, get the person to give you their SSN and information, then sell it or use it.

Comment: Re:Answer is totally obvious - content providers (Score 0) 490

by moschner (#46589511) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

It is also the customers that want dvds/blu-rays. For some (possibly many) it is actually MORE convenient to put a disc in the player than it is to hook up computer to the TV or set up the blu-ray player to connect to the internet. Also not everyone has a fast enough connection to stream video on par with a blu-ray disc or may have bandwidth limits that make streaming not as viable an option.

Plus there are probably dozens of trivial non-tech reasons why people like getting a disc. For example, they may like getting a physical thing they ordered in the mail or like the extra features and trailers that come on the DVD but are not streamed.

+ - Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw in iOS->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Users of iOS devices will find themselves with a new software update to install, thanks to a certificate validation flaw in the mobile popular OS. While Apple provides very little information when disclosing security issues, the company said that an attacker with a “privileged network position could capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS."

"While this flaw itself does not allow an attacker to compromise a vulnerable device, it is still a very serious threat to the privacy of users as it can be exploited through Man-in-the-Middle attacks" VUPEN's Chaouki Bekrar told SecurityWeek. For example, when connecting to an untrusted WiFi network, attackers could spy on user connections to websites and services that are supposed to be using encrypted communications, Bekrar said. Users should update their iOS devices to iOS 7.0.6 as soon as possible."

Link to Original Source

+ - Apple Fixes Critical Certificate Validation Bug in iOS 7.06

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Apple on Friday quietly pushed out a security update to iOS that restores some certificate-validation checks that had apparently been missing from the operating system for an unspecified amount of time.

“Secure Transport failed to validate the authenticity of the connection. This issue was addressed by restoring missing validation steps,” the Apple advisory says.

The wording of the description is interesting, as it suggests that the proper certificate-validation checks were in place at some point in iOS but were later removed somehow. The effect of an exploit against this vulnerability would be for an attacker with a man-in-the-middle position on the victim’s network would be able to read supposedly secure communications. It’s not clear when the vulnerability was introduced, but the CVE entry for the bug was reserved on Jan. 8."

+ - Secret Bonus Neurons Were Found in the Brain ->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "For all the up-sides to our brains—their capacity for reasoning, long-term planning, and remembering movie trivia—until recently, it was thought that they were limited by finitude: that the number of neurons you were born with was all that you were going to get. Once you make those connections to create neural circuits throughout your childhood, you’re pretty much set. So good luck learning Portuguese as an adult, mermão.

But over the last few years, neurogenesis, the generation of new brain cells in your lifetime, has been observed in the hippocampi of the adult human brain. It turns out 700 new neurons are added in each hippocampus per day.

What’s more, the same Swedish team of researchers that observed the new neurons in the hippocampi found yet another cache of new brain cells, in part of the forebrain called the striatum."

Link to Original Source

+ - TekSavvy ordered to hand over names of movie downloaders 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Canadian internet service provider has been ordered to hand over the names and addresses of about 2,000 customers who are alleged to have downloaded movies online.

A Federal Court decision released Thursday compels Ontario-based TekSavvy to identify the customers allegedly linked to downloads of films by the U.S. production company Voltage Pictures, which is behind the likes of The Hurt Locker, Dallas Buyers Club and Don Jon."

+ - Thinking With Your Gut: Can Bacteria Make You Smarter? 1

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "John Cryan, a researcher at the University College Cork, explains the relationship between the bacteria in your gut and your intelligence. It seems the flora in your intestines can influence brain development as well as aspects of health and nutrition which affect such things as hormones and neurotransmitters.

Note: Please hold the George W. Bush jokes until after the break."

Comment: Re:And that's exactly what I asked for. (Score 1) 2219

by moschner (#46183533) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

There is a fundamental problem in the idea for this "revamped slashdot".
The idea of making the site more inclusive and appealing to a wider "audience" by changing how the looks and works is a bad idea. /. is a community. If you want growth for the site, you don't water down your site and do things that upset the community. You make get to know the members of your community and make sure they are happy with the site and properly engaged. You address the needs of the community and allow its members to spread the word.

Those now running this site do not understand the community. If they did, they wouldn't be doing this awful redesign. They would be looking at improving the site as it exist. They would be curating stories that are NOT glorified press releases or PR stunts. They would be looking for stories that fit the theme of "Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters." They would be seeking out ads and ad partners that would respect the community with non-invasive non-tracking relevant ads.

The fact they had to post and that this thread has to exist is testament to how far out of touch with the community they are.

I'm sure someone somewhere decided that /. was under-preforming* and thought "I know lets re-brand it for the people we want to use it." No where was there thought about the people currently using it except the assumption current users would simply go along with it. At most they probably (possibly rightly so, only time will tell) assumed that people would bitch and moan but in the end stick with the site either out of habit or ignorance. The people in charge don't care about us and will happily play chicken to see if anyone sticks around. Besides, the managers responsible for this fiasco will be moved on to other jobs before any real fall out.

What we should be doing is making our voices heard to any person or company that advertises on any DICE site. Let their advertisers know they don't care about the people and that we won't buy products from people who support Dice Holdings, Inc. or any of their subsidiaries or affiliates.

*from Dice Inc.
"Slashdot Media was acquired to provide content and services that are important to technology professionals in their everyday work lives and to leverage that reach into the global technology community benefiting user engagement on the site. The expected benefits have started to be realized at However, advertising revenue has declined over the past year and there is no improvement expected in the future financial performance of Slashdot Media's underlying advertising business. Therefore, $7.2 million of intangible assets and $6.3 million of goodwill related to Slashdot Media were reduced to zero. "

Also if you were curious why the redesign looks like it does, check out the other dice sites. It appears they are going for a bland unified style across sites. is especially telling of what the future of /. may hold.

Side note:
I was curious who this timothy guy was, so I clicked his name up there. Brought me to:
If that is his personal site, how in the world should this person be allowed anywhere near the design of /.

Comment: Re:Beta Sucks! (Score -1, Flamebait) 193

by moschner (#46176989) Attached to: New Type of Star Can Emerge From Inside Black Holes, Say Cosmologists

I find the article interesting. But my interest in the article is eclipsed by my disdain for Beta.

The comments are harder to follow
The overall layout is not only ugly, but lacks the feel of /.
Pictures that are unneeded hog too much of the screen (though you can change on the front page, but are still forced to view the pics if you want to read comments or expand a story)
The default font size is too large
They didn't even use the same green as classic /.
there are more issues, but I don't want to go on...

Please go to: which apparently was set up by slashdot to gather feedback on beta.
Let your voice be heard there too

Comment: Re:what I found interesting... (Score 1) 489

by moschner (#45932019) Attached to: Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts In High School

What I wonder is: How many high schools offer CS classes sufficent to prepare a student for the Advanced Placement computer science exam?

Or even how many teachers, faculty, and/or students are aware of AP CS exams?

Another thing is the cost of taking the AP exams. Who can afford to take the exam if they are not really sure it will help? For 2014 the fee for each AP Exam is $89. If a student qualifies financially, they may only have to pay $55 or $53 per exam.

This creates a financial barrier to entry that also be a factor in who is taking the exams.

Comment: Re:Macs, not just for product placement (Score 1) 165

by moschner (#45773257) Attached to: A Short History of Computers In the Movies

Computers get greeked either because you do not have permission to feature the product, are using a differnt brand elsewhere in the project (or as a sponcer), or there was going to be product placement, but then it fell through.

The computers chosen (as well as other props) are either carefully picked by the art director and props to fit the character and scene, or are simply just whatever they happen to have on hand and used because it was cheeper than buying something just for the project.

Another reason is that sometimes software is ran on the prop computer that makes it look like the actor is doing something. Sometimes the software used will only run on a pc or mac, often it is mac only, so a mac is used but left generic looking.

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