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Submission + - German spies cede citizen data in exchange for NSA spyware->

An anonymous reader writes: Germany’s top intelligence agency gave up details related to citizen metadata in return for National Security Agency (NSA) spyware, local reports have claimed []. Keen to use a copy of spy software XKeyscore, the NSA’s key surveillance programme revealed by Edward Snowden in 2013, German spies reportedly handed over information collected on their fellow citizens. The German intelligence group still received a lower access level than other non-U.S. countries, including the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand who all enjoyed direct access to the main XKeyscore system.
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Submission + - Most Healthcare Managers Admit Their IT Systems Have Been Compromised->

Lucas123 writes: Eighty-one percent of healthcare IT managers say their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet or other kind of cyber attack during the past two years, and only half of those managers feel that they are adequately prepared to prevent future attacks, according to a new survey by KPMG. The KPMG survey polled 223 CIOs, CTOs, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at healthcare providers and health plans, and found 65% indicated malware was most frequently reported line of attack during the past 12 to 24 months. Additionally, those surveyed indicated the areas with the greatest vulnerabilities within their organization include external attackers (65%), sharing data with third parties (48%), employee breaches (35%), wireless computing (35%) and inadequate firewalls (27%). Top among reasons healthcare facilities are facing increased risk, was the adoption of digital patient records and the automation of clinical systems.
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Submission + - Docs: Responding to Katrina, FBI made cell phone surveillance its priority->

v3rgEz writes: There's a lot of lessons that the federal government should have learned in the aftermath of Katrina. Increased domestic surveillance, however, appears to be the one the FBI took to heart, using the natural disaster as a justification for ramping up its use of Stingray cell phone tracking throughout Louisiana after the storm, according to documents released under FOIA to MuckRock.
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Submission + - Google asks iOS developers to disable strict HTTPS in iOS 9 applications->

An anonymous reader writes: With the coming release of iOS 9 will be a new feature, App Transport Security (ATS), that only allows applications to communicate with correctly configured HTTPS endpoints. This will provide an immense security boost to applications that transmit and receive sensitive data. In a posting yesterday on the Google Ad Developer's blog, Tristan Emrich discusses how this change may break ad serving capabilities of non-SSL ad networks. In particular, Tristan writes:

While Google remains committed to industry-wide adoption of HTTPS, there isn’t always full compliance on third party ad networks and custom creative code served via our systems. To ensure ads continue to serve on iOS9 devices for developers transitioning to HTTPS, the recommended short term fix is to add an exception that allows HTTP requests to succeed and non-secure content to load successfully.

Google is essentially asking iOS developers to break network security and send data in plaintext — all in the name of being able to serve ads.
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Submission + - What Will Become of the World's First Open Source GPU?->

An anonymous reader writes: There are several open source hardware and microprocessor projects, but to date, there have not been efforts to create an open source GPU. However, at the Hot Chips conference this week, a team of researchers revealed their plans for MIAOW, a unique take on open source hardware that leverages a subset of AMD’s Southern Islands ISA that is used for AMD’s own GPU and can run OpenCL codes at what appears to be an impressive performance point that is comparable to existing single-precision GPU results.

As an open source project, it is reasonable to think that once it is further refined, some clever startup might decide to take the chip into full production. However, as one might imagine, there are likely going to be some serious IP infringement issues to address. Since the entire scope of the project is based on a pared-down variant of the AMD ISA for its own GPUs, the team will either need to work within AMD’s confines to continue pushing such a project or the effort, no matter how well proven it is in FPGA prototyping or actual silicon, could be a series of lawsuits waiting to happen.

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Submission + - Samsung Tells Users To RTFM To Avoid Damaging Galaxy Note 5 Stylus Silo->

MojoKid writes: Earlier this today, news broke that Samsung's new Galaxy Note 5 can be easily damaged by simply inserting the S Pen stylus in backwards. The design of the Galaxy Note 5's S Pen allows it to easily be inserted "blunt end" first, which causes it to become stuck. Once this happens, one or both issues occur: 1) the S Pen will become permanently wedged into the device or 2) if you do manage to retrieve the errant S Pen, removing it breaks Galaxy Note 5's pen detection mechanism. There has been some user outcry over this apparently and Samsung has offered a response. Despite what appears to be a real design flaw with the Galaxy Note 5, Samsung has issued a statement which, in a polite way, tells users to "RTFM" — "We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S-Pen in the other way around." Sure enough, on page 25 there's a warning regarding this exact issue and the danger of inserting the S Pen incorrectly, but does Samsung get a pass for what is obviously a poor design choice and an easy pitfall for a mass market device like a smartphone?
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Submission + - The Top 10 Programming Languages On GitHub

An anonymous reader writes: GitHub today shared a closer look at how the popularity of programming languages used on its code collaboration website has changed over the years. In short, the graph above shows the change in rank for programming languages since GitHub launched in 2008 all the way to what the site’s 10 million users are using for coding today. To be clear, this graph doesn’t show the definitive top 10 programming languages. Because GitHub has become so popular (even causing Google Code to shut down), however, it still paints a fairly accurate picture of programming trends over recent years.

Trend lines aside, here are the top 10 programming languages on GitHub today:
1. JavaScript
2. Java
3. Ruby
4. PHP
5. Python
6. CSS
7. C++
8. C#
9. C
10. HTML

Submission + - Another step in quantum computing

Gennerik writes: According to a recent article in the MIT Technology Review, a team of international physicists have been able to create a quantum computing interconnect. The interconnect, which is used to connect separate silicon photonic chips, has the important feature of preserving entanglement. This marks a vital step in creating quantum computers that don't have to work in isolation.

Submission + - Software discovers first new non-overlapping hexgaon in 30 years->

JoeyRox writes: With the aid of specialized software, a research team at University of Washington Bothell School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has found the first new, non-overlapping hexagon in 30 years, making it only the 15th such hexagon ever found. Study of pentagonal tilings is interesting also because of its potential applications. “Many structures that we see in nature, from crystals to viruses, are comprised of building blocks that are forced by geometry and other dynamics to fit together to form the larger scale structure”

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Submission + - Crazy-Efficient Rotary Engine Lands Million-Dollar DARPA Contract->

stkpogo writes: "LiquidPiston, Inc., of Bloomfield, CT, recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, better known as DARPA, to use the hyper-efficient rotary engine technology for military purposes. The advanced combustion tech could be used in weaponized UAVs, robotic soldiers, and generators that produce 3kW of electric power—but fit in a backpack."
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Submission + - Google Releases Version 1.5 Of Its Go Programming Language, Finally Ditches C

An anonymous reader writes: Google today released Go 1.5, the sixth major stable release of its Go programming language. You can download Go 1.5 right now from the Go downloads page. This is not a major release, as denoted by the version number and the fact that the only language change is the lifting of a restriction in the map literal syntax to make them more consistent with slice literals. That said, Go 1.5 does include a significant rewrite: The compiler tool chain has been translated from C to Go. This means “the last vestiges of C code” have been finally removed from the Go code base. As for actual changes in Go 1.5, you’ll want to read the full release notes. Highlights include improvements to garbage collection, the developer tools, the standard library, and new ports.

Submission + - Rambus Returns: Chip/Memory Industry's Most Hated, Lawsuit-Happy Enemy is Back->

An anonymous reader writes: Perhaps it is not fair to title an article in a way that suggests a company has disappeared from the market or requires a triumphant return. After all, it is not the case for Rambus, which was founded in 1990 to address a familiar and still current set of challenges around reducing memory bottlenecks. Rather, the real “return” of Rambus is more symbolic.

After years of extensive, expensive litigation with most of the memory industry, the company has settled its pending suits and is moving on with a fresh focus on delivering products, in addition to having a rich briefcase full of patents and license options. The concept of a return also implies that Rambus is ready to move past one of its biggest challenges—one that is more nebulous and non-technical. That would be the company’s reputation, something that Ely Tsern, the company’s chief technologist and vice president for memory interfaces says is not something it expects to gloss over.

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