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Submission + - DHS Offering Free Vulnerability Scans, Penetration Tests (

tsu doh nimh writes: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been quietly launching stealthy cyber attacks against a range of private U.S. companies â" mostly banks and energy firms. These digital intrusion attempts, commissioned in advance by the private sector targets themselves, are part of a little-known program at DHS designed to help âoecritical infrastructureâ companies shore up their computer and network defenses against real-world adversaries. And itâ(TM)s all free of charge (well, on the U.S. taxpayerâ(TM)s dime). Brian Krebs examines some of the pros and cons, and the story has some interesting feedback from some banks and others who have apparently taken DHS up on its offer.

Submission + - Researchers Find New Phase of Carbon, Make Diamond at Room Temperature ( writes: Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a new phase of solid carbon, called Q-carbon, which is distinct from the known phases of graphite and diamond. They have also developed a technique for using Q-carbon to make diamond-related structures at room temperature and at ambient atmospheric pressure in air.

Submission + - Xbox Kinect Technology Helps Create Higher-Quality X-Rays (

An anonymous reader writes: A team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, has adapted a gaming system to help radiographers improve the quality of X-rays. The technology, originally developed for Microsoft Kinect, has been amended to provide a useful tool for measuring the thickness of body parts and monitor movement and positioning in the X-ray field of vision before imaging. The goal of the technology is to aid in the production of high-quality X-rays at low radiation, without the need to repeat the image. Although the technology is expected to benefit all patients, the researchers believe it could be particularly practical for use in children – who are much more sensitive to radiation and vary in body size, from premature babies through to teens.

Submission + - Richard Stallman: "I'm not the father of Open Source", and "Ubuntu is malware" (

dkatana writes: Stallman walked barefoot to the podium last month during Fossetcon 2015 and said "I'm not the father of open source. If I'm the father of open source, it was conceived by artificial insemination without my knowledge or consent."

For Stallman, "free" isn't about price but about the lack of restrictions. "Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer."

"Ubuntu is malware because it uses a desktop that spies on users. Even if that is fixed, they still install non-free software as part of the system," Stallman said

Submission + - Three co-founders of XCOR bolt the company to form new firm Agile Aero (

MarkWhittington writes: The XCOR Lynx, a suborbital rocket plane that has been under development over the past seven years, has never flown. However, as three of the co-founders of the company have left to form a new company called Agile Aero, according to a story in Space News. The goal of the new company is to develop ways to “to rapidly develop and test vehicles, be they high-speed aircraft or launch vehicles.” The three now former XCOR executives are “Jeff Greason and Dan DeLong, the chief technology officer and chief engineer of the company, respectively” and a third cofounder, Aleta Jackson.

Submission + - SPAM: 10,000 Global Variables: How Tokyo Makes Spaghetti (Code)

An anonymous reader writes: Last month, Toyota hastily settled an Unintended Acceleration lawsuit – hours after an Oklahoma jury determined that the automaker acted with “reckless disregard,” and delivered a $3 million verdict to the plaintiffs – but before the jury could determine punitive damages.

What did the jury hear that constituted such a gross neglect of Toyota’s due care obligations? The testimony of two plaintiff’s experts in software design and the design process gives some eye-popping clues. After reviewing Toyota’s software engineering process and the source code for the 2005 Toyota Camry, both concluded that the system was defective and dangerous, riddled with bugs and gaps in its failsafes that led to the root cause of the crash. ...
Other egregious deviations from standard practice were the number of global variables in the system. (A variable is a location in memory that has a number in it. A global variable is any piece of software anywhere in the system can get to that number and read it or write it.) The academic standard is zero. Toyota had more than 10,000 global variables.

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Submission + - What Scares Away New-Graduate Hires? ( 1

itwbennett writes: An article (fair warning, it's in multipage 'slideshow' format) on looks at a handful of things hiring managers do that scare away recent graduates. Among them: overly long, overly challenging, and potentially pointless interview processes, too short interviews that aren't challenging enough, and presenting your company as something other than what the candidates can see for themselves on social media. Are there any recent graduates out there in Slashdot land who have turned down a job because the interview process was too short and easy?

Submission + - New Process Produces Hydrogen From Methane, Without Emitting CO2 (

Zothecula writes: Natural gas accounts for over 28 percent of US energy consumption. Its main component, methane, is a widely-used fossil fuel but also a major contributor to rising CO2 levels, and thus climate change. To address this issue, researchers from the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a process that extracts the energy content of methane, in the form hydrogen, without producing carbon dioxide.

Submission + - Skip the Picks, Expert Uses Hammer To Open a Master Lock ( 1

itwbennett writes: Buyer beware. If it's security you're looking for, the #3 Master Lock might not be for you. In a video, locksport enthusiast Bosnian Bill demonstrates how to open a new #3 Master Lock using a small brass hammer — in under 90 seconds. This video is just one of several videos he's produced focused on defeating the security of Master Locks, and, according to Bosnian Bill, has earned him several lawsuit threats from the company.

Submission + - Phishing Blast Uses Dropbox To Target Hong Kong Journalists (

itwbennett writes: Researchers at FireEye have disclosed an ongoing Phishing campaign targeting pro-democracy media organizations in Hong Kong that's using Dropbox storage services as a command and control (C2) hub, writes CSO's Steve Ragan. 'The attacks are using basic emails trapped with documents that deliver a malware payload called LowBall,' says Ragan. 'LowBall is a basic backdoor that uses a legitimate Dropbox storage account to act as a C2.'

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Chrome on Android: Now Google is touting 70 percent data savings - ZDNet (


Chrome on Android: Now Google is touting 70 percent data savings
data-savings-chrome-on-android.png Google says its data-compression feature now achieves extra data savings by removing most images when loading a page on a slow connection. Image: Google. Google is rolling out an update to its data-compression...
Chrome Data Saver Now Shaves Off Up To 70% Data By Loading Images On Demand On ... Android Police
Google Chrome update can drop data consumption by 70 percentCNET
Chrome for Android slims down the internet when speeds are slowEngadget
9 to 5 Google-Ubergizmo-Search Engine Roundtable
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Submission + - Openmw, a FOSS reimplementation of the Morrowind engine, hits version 0.37

An anonymous reader writes: The OpenMW team just released version 0.37.0! Grab it from their Downloads Page for all major operating systems (Windows, Mac, Linux). This release brings the long-anticipated implementation of the OpenSceneGraph renderer! More info on this 3d graphics toolkit can be found on the OSG website. One of the main developers, scrawl, spent six months of effort he put into this Herculean codebase change! The new renderer brings a massive performance speedup, as well as many graphical fixes and improvements. You can support his work on open source projects by donating to scrawl's Patreon account.

You may notice that shadows are not re-implemented at this time, as well as distant land and object shaders, but we wanted to get the release out rather than delay any further! These features will be re-added soon! This release brings many other changes and bugfixes, as well as a huge amount of new work done on OpenCS, the editor for OpenMW. Some features are missing from OpenCS as well: only basic camera controls are implemented, pathgrid and cell marker rendering is missing, as well as instance moving. See the full changelog here.

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