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+ - Apple claims iOS 8 is beyond its ability to extract data from under a warrant->

Submitted by saloomy
saloomy (2817221) writes "Apple wants to make clear that it wants nobody snooping around in your private information, not even the police.

The company on Wednesday night said that its latest software system, iOS 8, included deep protection of the information stored on Apple mobile devices. So deep, in fact, that the company says it has become technically impossible for it to respond to government warrants asking for customer information like photos, email, messages, contacts, call history and notes, to be extracted from devices."

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+ - Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

Submitted by onproton
onproton (3434437) writes "The journal Nature released a study today that reveals a link between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and the development of glucose intolerance, a leading risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes, citing a critical alteration of intestinal bacteria. Paradoxically, these non-caloric sweeteners, which can be up to 20,000 times sweeter than natural sugars, are often recommended to diabetes patients to control blood glucose levels. Sugar substitutes have come under additional fire lately from studies showing that eating artificially sweetened foods can lead to greater overall calorie consumption and even weight gain. While some, especially food industry officials, remain highly skeptical of such studies, more research still needs to be done to determine the actual risks these substances may pose to health."

+ - Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists 1

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "The Interecept reports that contrary to lurid claims made by U.S. officials, a new independent analysis of Edward Snowden’s revelations on NSA surveillance that examined the frequency of releases and updates of encryption software by jihadi groups has found no correlation in either measure to Snowden’s leaks about the NSA’s surveillance techniques. According to the report "well prior to Edward Snowden, online jihadists were already aware that law enforcement and intelligence agencies were attempting to monitor them (PDF).” In fact, concerns about terrorists' use of sophisticated encryption technology predates even 9/11.

Earlier this month former NSA head Michael Hayden stated, “The changed communications practices and patterns of terrorist groups following the Snowden revelations have impacted our ability to track and monitor these groups”, while Matthew Olsen of the National Counterterrorism Centre would add “Following the disclosure of the stolen NSA documents, terrorists are changing how they communicate to avoid surveillance.” Snowden’s critics have previously accused his actions of contributing from everything from the rise of ISIS to Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. "This most recent study is the most comprehensive repudiation of these charges to date," says Murtaza Hussain. "Contrary to lurid claims to the contrary, the facts demonstrate that terrorist organizations have not benefited from the NSA revelations, nor have they substantially altered their behavior in response to them.""

+ - Chimpanzees have evolved to kill each other->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A major new study of warfare in chimpanzees finds that lethal aggression can be evolutionarily beneficial in that species, rewarding the winners with food, mates, and the opportunity to pass along their genes. The findings run contrary to recent claims that chimps fight only if they are stressed by the impact of nearby human activity—and could help explain the origins of human conflict as well."
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Comment: Re:That'll teach them (Score 1) 50

by onproton (#47821443) Attached to: Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

Also, how much compensation did the affected customers receive? Even if the punishment were painful, why does FCC get all of it?

I was going to say, that doesn't really make sense. It is the customers that were harmed, they should get some sort of compensation for the breech of their privacy, shouldn't they?

+ - Welcome to Laniakea, Our New Cosmic Home->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "Using a new mapping technique that takes into account the motions — and not just the distances — of nearby galaxies, astronomers discovered that the Milky Way is located in the suburb of a massive, previously unknown super-cluster they named Laniakea, a term from Hawaiian words meaning “immeasurable heaven.” Actually, Laniakea’s girth is measurable, though difficult to conceptualize. The super-cluster spans 520 million light-years in diameter, more than five times larger than the cluster previously believed to be the Milky Way’s cosmic home."
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+ - Did Sundance Vacations Forge A Court Order To Suppress Online Criticism?->

Submitted by IonOtter
IonOtter (629215) writes "Matt Haughey, founder of MetaFilter, has challenged a Cease & Desist letter from Sundance Vacations, a seller of time-shares with a reputation for aggressive sales tactics and suppression of criticism. Only this time, it seems that the plaintiff may have forged court documents ordering Mr. Haughey, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines to remove any and all mentions of the links and posts in question. Legal blog, Popehat has picked this up as well, prompting Ken White to wryly note, "...Sundance Vacations is about to learn about the Streisand Effect." The story is gaining traction, and being picked up by Boing-Boing, as well as hitting the first page of search results on Google."
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Comment: Re:Change your password and enable 2 factor auth.. (Score 2) 107

by onproton (#47803587) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks
My suggestion to Namecheap (and other domain registrars or hosting companies) would be to lock them all down if possible, force all users to change the passwords from e-mail or other contact method before they can login again. We don't know what they have and we don't know what their plans are. This is a gaping security hole in the internet.

Comment: Larger Implications? (Score 1) 107

by onproton (#47803547) Attached to: Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks
Reports at the time were that they stole billions of passwords, so why only target the domain registrar? This could be a sign of worse things to come, how many accounts have they accessed without alerting an IDS, and what are they doing once they gain entry. By starting with the domain registrars, they could gain much more information than even their previous massive trove of user data. This is highly troubling.

+ - Geography Can Be Tough': Canada Trolls Russia For Ukraine Action->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Tensions may be rising between Russian and Canada on the political front, but when it comes to Twitter, the two countries are already engaged in an all-out flame war.

On Wednesday, the Canadian Joint Delegation to NATO lobbed a cheeky tweet in Russia's direction following a Russian military spokesperson's claims that the country's soldiers had "accidentally" crossed the Ukranian border earlier this week.

"Geography can be tough," wrote the Canadian government agency's official Twitter account. "Here's a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost & 'accidentally' entering #Ukraine.""

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+ - Microsoft Ships Replacement Patch With Two Known Bugs 1

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Microsoft has re-released its botched MS14-045/KB 2982791 'Blue Screen 0x50' patch, only to introduce more problems, InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard reports. 'Even by Microsoft standards, this month's botched Black Tuesday Windows 7/8/8.1 MS14-045 patch hit a new low. The original patch (KB 2982791) is now officially "expired" and a completely different patch (KB 2993651) offered in its stead; there are barely documented revelations of new problems with old patches; patches that have disappeared; a "strong" recommendation to manually uninstall a patch that went out via Automatic Update for several days; and an infuriating official explanation that raises serious doubts about Microsoft's ability to support Windows 9's expected rapid update pace.'"

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