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Submission + - Openmw, a FOSS reimplementation of the Morrowind engine, hits version 0.37

An anonymous reader writes: The OpenMW team just released version 0.37.0! Grab it from their Downloads Page for all major operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux). This release brings the long-anticipated implementation of the OpenSceneGraph renderer! More info on this 3d graphics toolkit can be found on the OSG website. One of the main developers, scrawl, spent six months of effort he put into this Herculean codebase change! The new renderer brings a massive performance speedup, as well as many graphical fixes and improvements. You can support his work on open source projects by donating to scrawl's Patreon account.

You may notice that shadows are not re-implemented at this time, as well as distant land and object shaders, but we wanted to get the release out rather than delay any further! These features will be re-added soon! This release brings many other changes and bugfixes, as well as a huge amount of new work done on OpenCS, the editor for OpenMW. Some features are missing from OpenCS as well: only basic camera controls are implemented, pathgrid and cell marker rendering is missing, as well as instance moving. See the full changelog here.

Submission + - Revealed: What Info The FBI Can Collect With A National Security Letter

An anonymous reader writes: On Monday, after winning an eleven-year legal battle, Nicholas Merrill can finally tell the public how the FBI has secretly construed its authority to issue National Security Letters (NSLs) to permit collection of vast amounts of private information on US citizens without a search warrant or any showing of probable cause. The PATRIOT Act vastly expanded the domestic reach of the NSL program, which allows the FBI to compel disclosure of information from online companies and forbid recipients from disclosing they have received an NSL. The FBI has refused to detail publicly the kinds of private data it believes it can obtain with an NSL.

Submission + - Super-Strong Diamond Nanothread Has People Dreaming Of A Space Elevator ( 1

schwit1 writes: Looking for a material stronger than carbon nanotubes and graphene? A new microscopic structure, called diamond nanothread (DNT), shows the potential to revolutionize material science.

A team from the Queensland University of Technology in Australia modeled the properties of this DNT and found that the length of the thread doesn’t significantly affect its strength. The results are presented in a paper uploaded toArXiv.

Submission + - Privacy Vulnerability Exposes VPN Users' Real IP Addresses (

An anonymous reader writes: A major security flaw which reveals VPN users’ real IP addresses has been discovered by Perfect Privacy (PP). The researchers suggest that the problem affects all VPN protocols, including IPSec, PPTP and OpenVPN. The technique involves a port-forwarding tactic whereby a hacker using the same VPN as its victim can forward traffic through a certain port, which exposes the unsuspecting user’s IP address. This issue persists even if the victim has disabled port forwarding. PP discovered that five out of nine prominent VPN providers that offer port forwarding were vulnerable to the attack.

Submission + - Russians Build Nuclear Powered Data Center (

judgecorp writes: The government-owned Russian energy company Rosenergoatom is building Russia's largest data center at its giant Kalinin nuclear power station. Most of the space will be available to customers, and the facility expects to be in demand, thanks to two factors: reliable power, and the data residency rules which require Russian citizens' data to be located within Russia. Facebook and Google don't have data centers within Russia yet — and Rosenergoatom has already invited them into the Kalinin facility.

Submission + - Why CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after Paris attacks (

JoeyRox writes: "Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack. American politicians and intelligence officials see something else: opportunity. Bodies were still lying in the streets of Paris when CIA operatives began exploiting the resulting fear and anger to advance long-standing political agendas. They and their congressional allies instantly attempted to heap blame for the atrocity not on Islamic State but on several preexisting adversaries: Internet encryption, Silicon Valley's privacy policies and Edward Snowden."

Submission + - New Wearable Tech Translates Sign Language Into Text (

An anonymous reader writes: A new wearable technology developed by a team of biomedical engineers at Texas A&M University seeks to aid seamless communication between deaf people who use sign language and those who do not understand it. The arm device contains a network of sensors which track hand movements, as well as the electromyography (EMG) signals generated by the muscles in the wrist, and process and translate the different signals into text in real-time.The prototype currently uses Bluetooth to translate the sign language to a computer or smartphone.

Submission + - World's most complex PoS malware discovered, plunders millions from US (

mask.of.sanity writes: The world's most complex point of sales malware has been discovered having already ripped millions of bank cards from top household US national retailers and setting an entire sector on edge as the festival shopping bonanza ramps up. The ModPOS malware has pilfered "multiple millions" of debit and credit cards from the unnamed but large retail companies incurring millions of dollars in damages.

Submission + - Dark matter's secrets revealed by colliding galaxy clusters

StartsWithABang writes: Dark matter is a puzzle that’s now more than 80 years old: the presence of all the known, observable, detectable normal matter — the stuff in the standard model — cannot account for the gravitation of the astronomical objects we observe. But despite our inability to create or detect it in a laboratory, we’re certain of its existence in the Universe. The true test of this comes from colliding galaxy clusters, which show a distinct separation between all the known “normal” components, which collide, heat up and emit light, and the gravitational components, which very clearly don’t. At this point, over a dozen distinct colliding clusters show this effect, from some of the smallest known galactic groups to the largest colliding cluster in the Universe: El Gordo.

Submission + - Stack Overflow and the Zeitgeist of Computer Programming (

An anonymous reader writes: Stack Overflow remains one of the most widely-used resources in the developer community. Around 400,000 questions are posted to it every month. The Priceonomics blog is using statistical analysis to ask, "What do the nature of these questions tell us about the state of programming?" They see tremendous growth in questions about Android Studio, as well as more generic growth in work relating to data analysis and cloud services. Topics on a significant decline include Silverlight, Joomla, Clojure, and Flash (not to mention emacs, for some reason). The article also takes a brief look at the site's megausers, who receive a lot of credit for keeping the signal-to-noise ratio as high as it is, while also taking flack for how the Stack Overflow culture has progressed. "Others are worried about how Stack Overflow has impacted programming fundamentals. Some critics believe that rather than truly struggling with a problem, developers can now just ask Stack Overflow users to solve it for them. The questioner may receive and use an answer with code they do not truly understand; they just know it fixes their problem. This can lead to issues in the long run when adjustments are needed."

Submission + - Cisco Certification Tracker Tool Outage due to malware

marfaru writes:
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Pearson VUE has notified users that an unauthorized third party placed malware on their Credential Manager System, which supports this Cisco Certifications Tracking System.

As the investigation into this incident is still ongoing, the Cisco Certifications Tracking System will remain down until further notice. Testing for Cisco Certifications is able to continue. Please contact Pearson VUE if you have future questions about the incident at 1 855-270-9182 or 1 512-201-2203 for international callers.

What We Know:

Details can be found in a blog on The Cisco Learning Network.

An unauthorized party may have improperly accessed certain limited personal information from PCM, though we believe the impact to Cisco users does not include as many data fields as the broader user audience. At this time, we believe that the compromised information, as it relates to individuals who have taken exams for and hold Cisco certifications, is limited to name, mailing address, email address and phone number.

We apologize for any inconvenience the situation may cause."

Submission + - New Law Allows French Police To Sarch Electronic Devices Without A Warrant

An anonymous reader writes: In the wake of the Paris attacks, the French Senate passed on Friday a bill that extends the state of emergency declared after the attacks to three months. The bill expands police powers, allowing them to carry out arrests and searches, impose curfews and house arrests, but also to seize and search suspects' electronic devices without a warrant, to make ISPs block websites without a court order, and more.

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