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+ - Hackers Stole Details of 1.1M Payment Cards from Nieman Marcus ->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "High-end department store Neiman Marcus said on Thursday that between July 16 and October 30, 2013, hackers using sneaky point-of-sale malware were able to obtain details of roughly 1,100,000 customer payment cards.

So far, Visa, MasterCard and Discover told the retailer that approximately 2,400 unique customer payment cards used at Neiman Marcus and Last Call stores were used fraudulently. Based on the investigation so far, social security numbers and birth dates were not compromised, the company said. Fortunately, Neiman Marcus does not use PIN pads its retail locations, so PINs are not at risk, unlike the recent data breach at Target where attackers obtained PIN data.

On Thursday afternoon, Reuters reported that the had FBI issued a warning to U.S. retailers, saying they should prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering about 20 cases over the past year that involved point of sale malware."

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Comment: You know, THAT section of DNA. (Score 1) 118

by shockbeton (#45578277) Attached to: Scientists Find Olfactory "Memory" Passed Between Generations In Mice
FTFA: "They showed a section of DNA responsible for sensitivity to the cherry blossom scent was made more active in the mice's sperm." Oh. Gotcha. THAT section of DNA. Amazing that there are sections of DNA presumably responsible for 'sensitivity' to every possible scent, sound, and visual pattern. Either this is the worst bit of scientific journalism or the worst bit of science I've read in years.
Google

+ - Google - The playground is open

Submitted by mctoyama
mctoyama (906662) writes "Google has send misterious invites to an android event. It is happening in october 29 in New York. The invitation says only "The Playground is open". Maybe this is the launch of the new Nexus from LG or from Sony. Or maybe another Nexus 7 with 32GB. Others say it is the new android version 4.2. The event will be broadcasted on the youtube.com/Android channel."

Comment: Retrieval is key! (Score 1) 187

Does anyone here regularly deal with actually retrieving data stored long term on tape? In theory, it seems sound. I don't do it regularly, but the few times I have had to request a retrieval of old data from tape it's been a complete waste of time. Lots of excuses. No data.
Apple

+ - Macs Contribute Record-Low 13% To Apple's Revenue->

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CWmike
CWmike writes "The Mac's contribution to Apple's bottom line fell to an all-time low last quarter, according to data from the company. Once upon a time, the Mac line accounted for as much as half of Apple's income. But in the first quarter, computer sales were just 13% of the company's near-record revenue. So even though the Mac brought in $5.1 billion last quarter — more than double the $2.5 billion in the second quarter of 2007, its share had dropped precipitously. Does that mean the Mac is meaningless to Apple?"
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Google

+ - 'Drive' Gives Google More Data To Own->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Privacy advocates slammed Google Drive, the cloud storage and synchronization service which was launched yesterday and tightly tied to Google Docs. Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the terms of service are bad, but even worse is that Google has made clear it will change its terms of service whenever it wishes. 'After the unilateral changes on March 1, I don't understand why users would trust Google to stand by its terms of service,' he said. Google defended its terms of service saying they are no more onerous than any other site, saying 'what belongs to you stays yours.' But sites such as Dropbox make it clear that they will not use customer data for any purpose other than what is needed to run the service. Google's terms state: 'Our privacy policies have always allowed us to combine information from different products with your account.'"
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Comment: Re:For your own good (Score 0) 476

by shockbeton (#38391598) Attached to: Microsoft Upgrading Windows Users To Latest Version of MSIE
Cry me a river. Can any of us really imagine the wasted effort over the years of supporting the diminishing few still using IE6? To be kind, it adds 10% to the cost of developing a standards compliant website. Multiplied by the millions of websites... it boggles what's left of my mind to think of what good could have been accomplished with those man hours. So fuck you and your legacy intranet shit that controls the pressure valves in "The Plant". Fuck all of your kind, and, please, die in a pressure-related explosion and watch me as I weep... but not for you. I weep for those of us who've slaved away our youth to fix the bug that is IE6!

Comment: Cute Story (Score 1) 87

by shockbeton (#35164254) Attached to: DARPA Wants To Know How Stories Influence People

I have a cute narrative for DARPA. It's called Fuck You, Thought Police.

Bob was reading a book one day called, Fuck You, Thought Police.

Government thugs broke into his home, beat him, and took him to prison. They said he was a subversive. They said that although he hadn't committed any violent crime in the past, that he almost certainly would based on research conducted by well-meaning geeks who studied the effect of stories on people's thoughts and actions.

Bob was never heard from again.

The end.

NASA

Low Quality Alloy Cause of Shuttle Main Tank Issue 118

Posted by Soulskill
from the heisenberg-compensators-were-acting-up dept.
BJ_Covert_Action writes "NASA engineers have finally discovered the root cause of the cracks that have been found on space shuttle Discovery's main external tank. The main tank, one of the 'Super Lightweight Tank' models developed by Lockheed-Martin, employs an aluminum-lithium alloy developed by Lockheed-Martin specifically for this application. The new alloy is used in various structural stringers throughout the SLWT design. Unfortunately, the batch of this alloy used in the tank that is currently mated with the Discovery shuttle appears to be of low quality. The alloy used in the stringers has a 'mottled' appearance, compared to the nominal appearance typically used in the main tank stringers (see picture in article). This appearance is indicative of a fracture threshold that is significantly lower than typical. NASA has determined, through testing, that this low grade alloy has only 65% of the fracture strength of the nominal alloy typically used. NASA engineers have devised a potential fix to the problem that they are currently testing to ensure the repair will cause no unintended consequences. NASA plans to have the Discovery shuttle ready to launch again by February 24th, 2011."

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