Trailrunner7 writes: One of the longstanding problems in security–and the software industry in general–is the lack of any universally acknowledged authority on quality and reliability. But the industry moved one step closer to making such a clearinghouse a reality this week when Peiter Zatko, a longtime researcher and hacker better known as Mudge in security circles, announced he’s leaving Google to start an initiative designed to be a cyber version of Underwriters’ Laboratory.
Zatko said on Monday that he had decided to leave Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team and start a cyber UL, at the behest of the White House.
The new project will not be run out of the White House, Zatko said, and the specifics of the plan are not clear right now. But the fact that someone with Zatko’s experience, history, and respect in the security community is involved in the project lends immediate weight and potential to it.
Leave the drones to the professionals at Amazon, Google, and Verizon. They're the ones to best manage that public airspace soon to be worth billions of dollars. And be sure and spread all the FUD possible about private drones, anecdotal "evidence" is great, if you don't have any, make it up.
The article continues, "...the invention has the potential to evaluate drivers' physiological data, including heart rate, blood pressure and electrocardiogram signals, which could be recorded from steering wheel sensors."
Imagine a world where you are denied employment or credit based on the information obtained from your car and sold by your insurer. Imagine a world where your insurer predicts how you may act or react in the future. Imagine your personal physiological information in Allstate's hands.
Good hands, indeed, right? What could possibly go wrong?
An anonymous reader writes: SourceForge was a good place; unfortunately, sometimes good places don't last.
Recently SF hijacked its hosted projects to distribute their wrapped crapware:
SourceForge grabs GIMP for Windows' account, wraps installer in bundle-pushing adware
Black “mirror”: SourceForge has now taken over Nmap audit tool project
What happened to Sourceforge? The full story between VLC and Sourceforge
Obviously, the paid component per installation system is one of their important income generating scams. I would be fine with that, if they were the actual owners of the legitimate software. The real problem is, they are polluting these open source software installations for the purpose of filling their pockets by this scam, and worst of all, without even notifying the authors/creators of this software, while the creators are struggling against such parasitic software in order to keep their installers cleaner and safer.
Such a shameless policy should be condemned, and the Notepad++ project will move entirely out of SourceForge.
I humbly request that Notepad++ users not encourage such scams, and educate others not to download any software from SourceForge. I request as well that the project owners on SourceForge move out of SourceForge, in order to preserve the purpose of the Open Source Community and encourage the works of true authors/creators. Link to Original Source
Maybe this help explains why there have been daily stories in all the media about "near collisions" and other total BS to try to convince everybody how dangerous drones are in the hands of anyone but Google/Amazon.
Because they're dumbing everything down so that they can use the same icons on a supercomputer as on the least powerful phone or dishwasher available. The pretty icons take more memory and more graphics power, something that wasn't necessarily an issue until they started planning on putting them on appliances, and possibly shoes or yard tools. "One windows everywhere", remember that? Same thing gates is doing with schools, by the way.
I don't know. And I don't KNOW anything about the bacterial process either. But I would worry about unexpected activation in either product. If I was still in the industry I would care, but at the moment I don't. (although I assume that a LOT of people DO care very much.)