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Comment: Dog harrassment numbers? (Score 3, Insightful) 374

by sinij (#48211533) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll
On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog. So how dog harassment numbers look like? Probably the same.

According to PA's Greater Internet Fuckward Theory (GIFT), it is gender-neutral and widespread. It is unfortunate, but that is the only way it could exists and still allow unauthenticated participation. To me, this unauthenticated quality that allows anonymity is a lot more valuable than eliminating GIFT asshatery.

+ - Computer users who damage national security could face jail->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Government plans that mean computer users deemed to have damaged national security, the economy or the environment will face a life sentence have been criticised by experts who warn that the new law could be used to target legitimate whistleblowers.

The proposed legislation would mean that any British person deemed to have carried out an unauthorised act on a computer that resulted in damage to human welfare, the environment, the economy or national security in any country would face a possible life sentence.

Last week the Joint Committee on Human Rights raised concerns about the proposals and the scope of such legislation."

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+ - Partial Solar Eclipse 2014 Arrives Thursday->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes ""It's already been a big week for skywatchers, and more celestial fun is on the horizon.

On Tuesday, skywatchers were treated to the annual Orionid meteor shower. And now a spooky partial solar eclipse will darken skies for viewers across North America on Thursday, Oct. 23.

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the new moon passes in front of the sun, casting a shadow on Earth and blocking a portion of the sun from view.

The eclipse will be visible in the late afternoon between the East and West Coast of the U.S., as far north as the Arctic, and as far south as Mexico."

If you can be in an area with dappled sunlight, you may notice the individual spots of light are no longer round during the eclipse."

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+ - This app can solve differential equations, just by taking a photo of them-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Croatian startup MicroBlink built an an app that solves differential equations, just by taking a photo of the equation. If there was concern in higher education about smartphones being used to cheat in exams, now that fear has become even more justified.
The app, called PhotoMath operates in the most intuitive and easy to use manner: You just need to use your smartphone’s camera. After running the app, you aim the camera at the equation or exercise, and within seconds, without even pressing one button, the solution will appear on the screen. Just like that. To reach this level of simplicity, the application uses an advanced and fast OCR algorithm that identifies the characters and digits in front of you instantaneously. But the application does not stop there. If you want, with one click you can see all the steps taken to get to your final answer. The solution can be broken down into the step-by-step actions, and the user can simply browse back and forth between the different steps. The app currently supports arithmetic functions like addition, subtraction, division and multiplication; fractions and decimals; roots and powers; and simple linear equations with one or two unknown variables. Application developers are promising that additional, more complicated functions will be introduced in the near future to solve calculus and combinatorics equations."

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+ - Machine learning expert Michael Jordan thinks Big Data is heading for a big fail->

Submitted by agent elevator
agent elevator (1075679) writes "In a wide-ranging interview at IEEE Spectrum, Michael I. Jordan skewers a bunch of sacred cows, basically saying that: The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges; hardware designers creating chips based on the human brain are engaged in a faith-based undertaking likely to prove a fool’s errand; and despite recent claims to the contrary, we are no further along with computer vision than we were with physics when Isaac Newton sat under his apple tree."
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+ - CryptoWall Ransomware Infecting Visitors to Major Websites like Yahoo, AOL and M-> 1

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Up to three million visitors to some of the web's more popular websites — like Yahoo, AOL and — are being put at risk of being infected with the pernicious ransomware known as CryptoWall through malicious advertisements, with the criminal gang behind the campaign thought to be raking in $25,000-a-day"
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+ - Oldest human genome reveals when our ancestors had sex with Neandertals-> 1

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so well preserved that scientists were able to sequence his entire genome, making his the oldest complete modern human genome on record. Like present-day Europeans and Asians, the man has about 2% Neandertal DNA. But his Neandertal genes are clumped together in long strings, as opposed to chopped up into fragments, indicating that he lived not long after the two groups swapped genetic material. The man likely lived 7000 to 13,000 years after modern humans and Neandertals mated, dating the mixing to 52,000 to 58,000 years ago, the researchers conclude. That’s a much smaller window than the previous best estimate of 37,000 to 86,000 years ago."
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Comment: Re:Wolf! Wolf! (Score 1) 77

by sinij (#48203525) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices
Using your kitchen knives "example". How would you "just keep prosecuting" if stabbing could be done remotely, anonymously, on a large scale, and with nearly unlimited frequency?

That is, imagine that it could be possible for a group of individuals to remotely cause 1mil/second stabbings in all households in say New York. It is just like that.

Comment: Re:Basic Medical Technology 101. (Score 2) 77

by sinij (#48203471) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices
Only liability insurance industry can force the change. Otherwise it will be impossible to put a monetary value on this effort.

When bad things happen, the liability is covered by the insurance. The insurance industry can accurately estimate the risk, and raise premiums accordingly. They generally don't reward greatly reducing marginal risks, as such expense of completely securing medical information systems would not meaningfully reduce premiums. It is only when prevalence of compromise increases, something (at much greater expense and urgency) will be done.

The underlying issue is that these types of risks seen as negligible. Historically, this is accurate view, but they have not experienced almost-none to all-the-time ramp up of incidences we have seen in say network security.

Comment: The only surprise (Score 3, Insightful) 77

by sinij (#48203169) Attached to: DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices
The only surprise is that catastrophes are not commonplace. As an information security professional I can tell you based on a first-hand experience that we are metasploit module away from a major disaster. Industrial automation, medical, automotive and many other industries simply do not get information security. Chances are, your municipal water treatment system, you office building's elevators and heating, your glucose monitoring system, your car's infotainment system, your neighborhood's stoplights are trivially hackable. The only good news is that there is no money (but plenty of mayhem) to be made from compromising these systems. As such, people who can ether don't have a motivation or a conscientious enough to do that. Such miniscule margin of safety keeps me up at night.

+ - Samsung admits to software bug on 840 EVO SSDs->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Samsung has issued a firmware fix for a bug on its popular 840 EVO triple-level cell SSD. The bug apparently slows read performance tremendously for any data more than a month old that has not been moved around on the NAND. The 840 EVO is one of the companies most affordable SSDs, as it retails for under 50 cents a gig. Samsung said in a statement that the read problems occurred on its 2.5-in 840 EVO SSDs and 840 EVO mSATA drives because of an error in the flash management software algorithm. Some users on technical blog sites, such as, say the problem extends beyond the EVO line. They also questioned whether the firmware upgrade was a true fix or just covers up the bug by simply moving data around the SSD."
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