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Submission + - Anonymous hacks FTC website OnGuardOnline.gov (fcw.com)

sanzibar writes: The online collective Anonymous on Jan. 24 claimed credit for hacking a Federal Trade Commission website aimed at helping consumers with cybersecurity advice, OnGuardOnline.gov.

The website is managed by the FTC and hosted in partnership with several federal agencies. The consumer protection agency reported the hack publicly on Twitter and Facebook and has taken the website offline for assessment and repairs.

Early on Jan. 24, the hacking group initially replaced the OnGuardOnline website’s front page with its own logo, according to an article in TheNextWeb.com.


Huge Freshwater Bulge In Arctic Ocean 382

New submitter turkeyfish writes "UK scientists are reporting today in the journal Nature Geoscience that a huge bulge of freshwater is forming in the Western Arctic Ocean caused by a large gyre of freshwater. The gyre appears to indicate that the ice is becoming thin enough over the Arctic Ocean that the wind is beginning to affect the motion of water under the ice. A sudden release of this water or its emergence to the surface will greatly accelerate the melting of the remaining polar oceanic ice and likely alter oceanic circulation in the North Atlantic."

Comment Re:Isn't that anti-science? (Score 1) 1055

aww. there went your audience life line. You still have 'phone a friend' and 'multiple choice' left.

The science is bunk and the theory crumbles before your very eyes. That is why you cant defend it.

Time to wake up cult boy. They lie to your face and pull bullshit like this http://www.real-science.com/playing-glacial-fraud-game

And bullshit like this: http://www.real-science.com/smoking-gun-hansens-arctic-data

Wake Up!

Comment Re:Isn't that anti-science? (Score 1) 1055

I think you just shattered your glass house.

First, your link did not address anything. Second, the link you ignored directly addresses your false claims.

I know it must be scary for you venture off the cult reservation but you really need to step out. As the updated 30yr trends start to roll out, i think you will find some surprising results. Your high priests are looking and they are freaking out about it. So many lies, bad models, failed predictions. Propaganda machine is kicking into overdrive.

Oh and if you recall, all the ice was supposed to be gone by now. fail.

Facebook Helps Give Hacking a Good Name Again 52

Hugh Pickens writes "Ira Winkler says whenever he sees another 'cyberchallenge' getting play in the press, he think our priorities are screwed up. 'People seem to think that organizing teams of people to hack into systems is a way to bring together the best computer talent to square off against each other,' writes Winkler. 'I look at it as a waste of that talent.' That's why Winkler supports Facebook's latest Hacker Cup, which has become one of the few tests of creative computer talent. Facebook is using the original definition of 'hacker,' referring not to someone who breaks into computer systems, but rather to an individual who 'enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities.' Facebook's contest consists of successive sets of increasingly difficult algorithmic problems. Scoring will be based on how accurately and quickly the programmers complete the puzzles. 'Meanwhile, the media effectively lionize groups like Anonymous by breathlessly reporting on their latest hacks,' writes Winkler. 'What we really should be doing is not to reward a handful of students to find problems, but to train all students, and inevitably the profession, to integrate security into their efforts from the start.'"

Comment Re:alternatively (Score 1) 422

How imperialistic of you. So how do you justify the drone attacks by your own country?

I seem to recall more than one recent assassination by your country, illegal arms shipments, torture, secret prisons... we could go on and on.

And since your so educated on Israel politics, please explain how Israel should respond to constant missile attacks, threats by neighboring countries and well funded enemies who's stated purpose and goal is the total destruction of their country. Please contrast this with your own countries policies and recent actions.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 0) 422

your logic is astoundingly ignorant and blatantly hypocritical.

Your arm chair diplomacy / criticism of Israel is based on iranian/hamas/progressive propaganda. Yet - you somehow insulate yourself from your own countries issues as if your some model of a perfect society.

Clean your own shit up before you start raging on others.

Another Stab At Sorting Hybrid Hype From Reality 633

Attila Dimedici writes "Eric Peters makes the case that hybrids have been over-hyped. His argument is that in order to sell people on hybrid cars, automakers have emphasized the energy efficiency of hybrids in ideal conditions and failed to tell people that in most ordinary driving conditions they will not come close to meeting the numbers given. He refers to a recent case where an individual has chosen to forego membership in a class action law suit and has instead chosen to go to small claims court. He suggests that there is a significant chance that she will win there and that this will open up all of the manufacturers of hybrid vehicles to similar lawsuits. The article was on a rather partisan website, so I am curious what factors he has chosen to overemphasize to make his case. (Or what factors he has chosen to ignore to the same end.) I know that Slashdot has a large contingent of hybrid and EV supporters who are well educated on the subject (as well as a large contingent of those who are not so well educated)."

Malicious QR Code Use On the Rise 234

New submitter EliSowash writes "Malware developers are increasingly using QR Codes as an attack vector. 'The big problem is that the QR code to a human being is nothing more than "that little square with a bunch of strange blocks in it." There's no way to tell what is behind that QR code.' The advice we've always given to the computer user community is 'don't click a link in an email if you don't know who it's from or where it goes' — so how do we protect unsuspecting users from QR codes, where you can't see the destination at all?"

Submission + - Unified Theory of Climate (wattsupwiththat.com)

sanzibar writes: Very interesting poster presented at the Open Science Conference of the World Climate Research Program, 24 October 2011, Denver CO, USA

Recent studies revealed that Global Climate Models (GCMs) have significantly overestimated the Planet’s warming since 1979 failing to predict the observed halt of global temperature rise over the past 13 years. (e.g. McKitrick et al. 2010). No consensus currently exists as to why the warming trend ceased in 1998 despite a continued increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration. Moreover, the CO2-temperature relationship shows large inconsistencies across time scales. In addition, GCM projections heavily depend on positive feedbacks, while satellite observations indicate that the climate system is likely governed by strong negative feedbacks (Lindzen & Choi 2009; Spencer & Braswell 2010). At the same time, there is a mounting political pressure for Cap-and-Trade legislation and a global carbon tax, while scientists and entrepreneurs propose geo-engineering solutions to cool the Planet that involve large-scale physical manipulation of the upper atmosphere. This unsettling situation calls for a thorough reexamination of the present climate-change paradigm; hence the reason for this study.

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