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+ - Hard-coded root password found in Synology DiskStation Manager VPN module->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Synology DiskStation Manager has a critical vulnerability wherein VPN module has a hard-coded password for root, which attackers can use to connect to Synology device and possibly other devices on the shared network. The hard-coded root password is ‘synopass’. Users will not be able to logon to the web interface of the device using the root:synopass combination; however, “when enabling the VPN server, root:synopass will get you authenticated and connected!”"
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Comment: What about the old tried and true... (Score 2) 301

by smarkham01 (#45089949) Attached to: Guardian Ignores MI5 Warnings, Vows To 'Publish More Snowden Leaks'
All of the spy types could meet at Rick's Cafe. Of course Sam won't be there to play that tune, but you can't have everything now, can you? The best alternative might be to have forms of communication directed to a spy central where censors review it for "National Secrets" then pass it on or arrest you!

+ - Feds Seek Prison for Man Who Taught How to Beat a Polygraph

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "In a case with serious First Amendment implications, McClatchy reports that federal prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence for Chad Dixon of Indiana, who committed the crime of teaching people how to pass or beat a lie detector test. Some of his students passed polygraphs and went on to be hired by federal agencies. A pleading filed by prosecutors all but admits that polygraph tests can be beaten. The feds have also raided and seized business records from Doug Williams, who has taught many more people how to pass or beat a polygraph over the past 30 years. Williams has not been criminally charged.

I'm a co-founder of AntiPolygraph.org (we suggest using Tor to access the site) a non-profit, public interest website dedicated to exposing and ending waste, fraud, and abuse associated with the use of lie detectors. We offer a free e-book, The Lie Behind the Lie Detector (1 mb PDF) that explains how to pass a polygraph (whether or not one is telling the truth). We make this information available not to help liars beat the system, but to provide truthful people with a means of protecting themselves against the high risk of a false positive outcome. As McClatchy reported last week, I received suspicious e-mails earlier this year that seemed like an attempted entrapment.

Rather than trying to criminalize teaching people how to pass a polygraph, isn't it time our government re-evaluated its reliance on the pseudoscience of polygraphy?"

+ - Kerry threatens Venezuela over Snowden ..->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "During the phone call, Kerry reportedly made the following threats:

To ground any and all Venezuelan airplanes flying in American or NATO airspace upon any suspicion that Snowden may be on board, including the flights of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. “Immunity is for the president, not for the plane,” Kerry said.

To revoke US entry visas to Venezuelan citizens.

To bring criminal charges for drug trafficking, money laundering and other crimes against Venezuelan officials. The ABC source said that Kerry mentioned specific names of government officials against whom the US would press charges.

To immediately halt sales of US gas products to Venezuela. Venezuela purchases a half-million barrels of gasoline and 350,000 barrels of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether, a gasoline additive, from the US each month."

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+ - 3D printers shown to emit potentially harmful nanosized particles->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new study by researchers in the Built Environment Research Group at the Illinois Institute of Technology shows that commercially available desktop 3D printers can have substantial emissions of potentially harmful nanosized particles in indoor air. Many desktop 3D printers rely on a process where a thermoplastic feedstock is heated, extruded through a small nozzle, and deposited onto a surface to build 3D objects. Similar processes have been shown to have significant aerosol emissions in other studies using a range of plastic feedstocks, but mostly in industrial environments. In this study, researchers measured ultrafine particle concentrations resulting from a popular commercially available desktop 3D printer using two different plastic feedstocks inside an office. Ultrafine particles (or UFPs) are small, nanosized particles less than 100 nanometers in diameter. Inhalation of UFPs may be important from a health perspective because they deposit efficiently in the lung and can even translocate to the brain. Estimates of emission rates of total UFPs in this study were high, ranging from about 20 billion particles per minute for a 3D printer utilizing a lower temperature polylactic acid (PLA) feedstock to about 200 billion particles per minute for the same type of 3D printer utilizing a higher temperature acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) feedstock. The emission rates were similar to those measured in previous studies of several other devices and indoor activities, including cooking on a gas or electric stove, burning scented candles, operating laser printers, or even burning a cigarette."
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+ - How to deliver a print magazine online, while avoiding piracy? 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I work for a technical magazine that has been available in print for over 40 years. Moving to providing an alternative subscription available online has been hard; the electronic version is quickly pirated and easily available around the world each month.

We are a small company, and our survival depends not only on advertising but on the subscription fees.

Do any slashdotters have experience of delivering electronic magazines via a subscription service in a way that is cost effective and secure?"

+ - Some 13 years after the DeCSS case, Congressional IT endorses VLC ->

Submitted by robp
robp (64931) writes "After a link to VLC showed up in one of HBO's DMCA takedown requests, I recalled how often I've linked to VLC in my own copy, and how often I've seen that app noted across traditional-media outlets--even though you could make the same arguments against linking to it that Judge Kaplan bought in 2000. Now, though, even the House's own IT department not only links to this CSS-circumventing app but endorses it. Question is, what led to this enlightenment?"
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Comment: Re:Not a joke (Score 1) 341

by smarkham01 (#44333211) Attached to: Colorado Town Considers Drone-Hunting Licenses

Don't know if you're one or the other, don't really care. Maybe we should stop stereotyping, but people make it so damn easy. They keep acting so stereotypically it's almost impossible not to consider them that way. Talk to a hippy? Hell, half the people I grew up and associated with were hippies, several never left the life style and I still respect and love them. Hey, I didn't suggest (much less write) that lefties are whiners. As far as I can tell if lefties and righties (the real ones, those that are proud to be considered hard core) got together all we'd have is a riot. Closed minds with open mouths. Sorry for your bad morning, I do try not to whine or rant in public.

Hardware Hacking

Home Automation Kit Includes Arduino, RasPi Dev Boards 49

Posted by Soulskill
from the can-you-make-it-feed-my-cat dept.
DeviceGuru writes "WigWag has developed a home automation kit that combines a Linux-based 6LoWPAN router with sensor units running the open-source Contiki IoT (Internet of Things) OS. Users can add ZigBee, Bluetooth, and other modules to expand the home network, and the WigWam development kit provides shield development boards for use with Arduino and Raspberry Pi SBCs. Users control the devices with a smartphone app (initially Android-based) and associated WigWag cloud service, which lets the devices remotely respond to sensor-based events such as motion detection, rain, noise, etc. Developers can create rules-based scripts for controlling devices using WigWag's open-source Javascript-based DeviceJS development environment. WigWag used a Kickstarter page to fund production and has already tripled its goal."
Programming

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Most Painless Intro To GPU Programming? 198

Posted by Soulskill
from the large-reference-books-and-opiates dept.
dryriver writes "I am an intermediate-level programmer who works mostly in C# NET. I have a couple of image/video processing algorithms that are highly parallelizable — running them on a GPU instead of a CPU should result in a considerable speedup (anywhere from 10x times to perhaps 30x or 40x times speedup, depending on the quality of the implementation). Now here is my question: What, currently, is the most painless way to start playing with GPU programming? Do I have to learn CUDA/OpenCL — which seems a daunting task to me — or is there a simpler way? Perhaps a Visual Programming Language or 'VPL' that lets you connect boxes/nodes and access the GPU very simply? I should mention that I am on Windows, and that the GPU computing prototypes I want to build should be able to run on Windows. Surely there must a be a 'relatively painless' way out there, with which one can begin to learn how to harness the GPU?"
Yahoo!

Yahoo Censors Tumblr Porn 216

Posted by Soulskill
from the some-people-reportedly-surprised dept.
coolnumbr12 writes "When Yahoo purchased Tumblr in May, Tumblr founder David Karp said Tumblr wouldn't be changing, and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said, 'Part of our strategy here is to let Tumblr be Tumblr.' But a new search policy went into effect Thursday that excludes all adult blogs from Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines by disabling indexing of anything it tags as 'adult.' The policy effectively makes the content and 10 percent of Tumblr users completely invisible."

Comment: Not a joke (Score 3, Insightful) 341

by smarkham01 (#44329593) Attached to: Colorado Town Considers Drone-Hunting Licenses

Visit the West once or twice and you won't need to ask. Individualists were driven West by the crowds of "help me, I'm being picked on". Three are still a lot of them out there and when it comes to stopping illegal government actions, they don't joke around a lot. AC though "a completely illegal destruction of government property?" would result, but that's OK, see the illegal activities of the government have always been fair game:-). You do need a license though, the town has to know who's shooting up the sky.

The world is not octal despite DEC.

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