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+ - The Raid-Proof Hosting Technology Behind 'The Pirate Bay'

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Ernesto reports at TorrentFreak that despite its massive presence the Pirate Bay doesn't have a giant server park but operates from the cloud, on virtual machines that can be quickly moved if needed. The site uses 21 “virtual machines” (VMs) hosted at different providers, up four machines from two years ago, in part due to the steady increase in traffic. Eight of the VM's are used for serving the web pages, searches take up another six machines, and the site’s database currently runs on two VMs. The remaining five virtual machines are used for load balancing, statistics, the proxy site on port 80, torrent storage and for the controller. In total the VMs use 182 GB of RAM and 94 CPU cores. The total storage capacity is 620 GB. One interesting aspect of The Pirate Bay is that all virtual machines are hosted with commercial cloud hosting providers, who have no clue that The Pirate Bay is among their customers. "Moving to the cloud lets TPB move from country to country, crossing borders seamlessly without downtime. All the servers don’t even have to be hosted with the same provider, or even on the same continent." All traffic goes through the load balancer, which masks what the other VMs are doing. This also means that none of the IP-addresses of the cloud hosting providers are publicly linked to TPB. For now, the most vulnerable spot appears to be the site’s domain. Just last year TPB burnt through five separate domain names due to takedown threats from registrars. But then again, this doesn’t appear to be much of a concern for TPB as the operators have dozens of alternative domain names standing by."

+ - New revokable identity-based encryption scheme proposed->

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jd (1658) writes "Identity-based public key encryption works on the idea of using something well-known (like an e-mail address) as the public key and having a private key generator do some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff to generate a secure private key out if it. A private key I can understand, secure is another matter.

In fact, the paper notes that security has been a big hastle in IBE-type encryption, as has revocation of keys. The authors claim, however, that they have accomplished both. Which implies the public key can't be an arbitrary string like an e-mail, since presumably you would still want messages going to said e-mail address, otherwise why bother revoking when you could just change address?

Anyways, this is not the only cool new crypto concept in town, but it is certainly one of the most intriguing as it would be a very simple platform for building mostly-transparent encryption into typical consumer apps. If it works as advertised.

I present it to Slashdot readers, to engender discussion on the method, RIBE in general and whether (in light of what's known) default strong encryption for everything is something users should just get whether they like it or not."

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+ - The Ruinous Results Of Our Botched Understanding Of 'Science'-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes at The Week, "If you ask most people what science is, they will give you an answer that looks a lot like Aristotelian "science" — i.e., the exact opposite of what modern science actually is. Capital-S Science is the pursuit of capital-T Truth. And science is something that cannot possibly be understood by mere mortals. It delivers wonders. It has high priests. It has an ideology that must be obeyed. This leads us astray. ... Countless academic disciplines have been wrecked by professors' urges to look "more scientific" by, like a cargo cult, adopting the externals of Baconian science (math, impenetrable jargon, peer-reviewed journals) without the substance and hoping it will produce better knowledge. ... This is how you get people asserting that "science" commands this or that public policy decision, even though with very few exceptions, almost none of the policy options we as a polity have have been tested through experiment (or can be). People think that a study that uses statistical wizardry to show correlations between two things is "scientific" because it uses high school math and was done by someone in a university building, except that, correctly speaking, it is not. ... This is how you get the phenomenon ... thinking science has made God irrelevant, even though, by definition, religion concerns the ultimate causes of things and, again, by definition, science cannot tell you about them. ... It also means that for all our bleating about "science" we live in an astonishingly unscientific and anti-scientific society. We have plenty of anti-science people, but most of our "pro-science" people are really pro-magic (and therefore anti-science). ""
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+ - Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp in Reviews War 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Yelp has, for the past year or so, garnered a reputation for extorting businesses into paying for advertising on their site. Allegations include incessant calls for advertising contracts, automatic listing of a business, and suppressing good reviews should a business decide to opt out of paying Yelp for listing them. One small Italian trattoria, however, may have succeeded in flipping Yelp's legally sanctioned business practices in its favor. The owners of Botto Bistro in Redmond, CA, initially agreed to pay for advertising on Yelp one year ago apparently because they were tired of getting calls from Yelp's sales team. But even after buying advertising, the owners claim that they kept receiving calls. So they started a campaign to get as many one-star reviews as they could, even offering 25% discounts to customers. As of this writing they have 866, and a casual perusal of them reveals enthusiastic tongue-in-cheek support for the restaurant. One-star reviews, once Yelp's best scare tactic, is now this particular business's badge of quality. And they didn't even have to pay Yelp for it."

Google News Sci Tech: Oculus Rift named as official platform of Unity 5 engine - Digital Spy->

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Oculus Rift named as official platform of Unity 5 engine
Digital Spy
Oculus Rift has been named as the official platform and build target for the Unity 5 graphics engine. The headset will be supported by both the Free and Pro versions of the engine, meaning that additional tools and resources should be granted to developers.
Oculus Rift 'Crescent Bay' prototype hands-on: A VR alien waved at me and I ... PCWorld

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Google News Sci Tech: Durability is a Big Bonus with Apple's New iPhones - The Utah People's Post->

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Durability is a Big Bonus with Apple's New iPhones
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Apple's new and bigger iPhones are all the craze, not just because of their recent unveiling, but also because both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than previous models. They also clearly outmatch the leading Android contenders...
Apple's new iPhones score big in durabilityUSA TODAY
iPhone 6 Price With and Without Contract: Cost in USA, UKThe Epoch Times
Study: Apple's new iPhones score big in durabilityKVVU Las Vegas

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Google News Sci Tech: Apple's new iPhones score big in durability - USA TODAY->

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Apple's new iPhones score big in durability
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NEW YORK (AP) — Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says. Apple's iPhone 6, whose screen measures 4.7 inches, did the best across a variety of tests that...
iPhone 6 Price With and Without Contract: Cost in USA, UKThe Epoch Times
Study: Apple's new iPhones score big in durabilityKVVU Las Vegas

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+ - Building The 'Smart Breast Pump" Of The Future->

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Malicious_Cookie (3779155) writes "Breast pumps seem to many like "sci fi technology," writes the MIT Media Lab, but as many a mother can tell you, these invaluable devices still rely on the mechanics of the last millenium. The "Make The Breast Pump Not Suck" hackathon will attempt to do for breastpumps what Bill Gates wants to do for condoms, bring them into the 21st century."
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+ - Surveillance cameras will soon be reading lips

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ltorvalds11 (3774511) writes "Ahmad Hassanat, a scientist at a University in Jordan, has created an automated lip-reading system with a success rate of 76%. Though he admits there are many hurdles to making the technology perfect, in our surveillance-obsessed society, it's only a matter of time — especially when you consider the CIA is already seeking out lip-reading services."

+ - Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

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theodp (442580) writes "A month after he argued that Executive Action by President Obama on tech immigration was needed lest his billionaire bosses at Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC have to hire 'just sort of OK' U.S. workers, Re/code reports that Joe Green — Zuckerberg's close friend and college roommate — has been pushed out of his role as President of FWD.us for failing to Git-R-Done on an issue critical to the tech community. "Today, we wanted to share an important change with you," begins 'Leadership Change', the announcement from the FWD.us Board that Todd Schulte is the new Green. So what sold FWD.us on Schulte? "His [Schulte's] prior experience as Chief-of-Staff at Priorities USA, the Super PAC supporting President Obama's re-election," assured Zuckerberg in a letter to FWD.us contributors, "will ensure FWD.us continues its momentum for reform." Facebook, reported the Washington Post in 2013, became legally "dependent" on H-1B visas and subject to stricter regulations shortly before Zuckerberg launched FWD.us with Green at the helm."

+ - 'Why I Hope to Die at 75'

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HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Ezekiel J. Emanuel, director of the Clinical Bioethics Department at the US National Institutes of Health, writes at The Atlantic that there is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. "It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic." Emanuel says that he is isn't asking for more time than is likely nor foreshortening his life but is talking about the kind and amount of health care he will consent to after 75. "Once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change. I won’t actively end my life. But I won’t try to prolong it, either." Emanuel says that Americans seem to be obsessed with exercising, doing mental puzzles, consuming various juice and protein concoctions, sticking to strict diets, and popping vitamins and supplements, all in a valiant effort to cheat death and prolong life as long as possible. "I reject this aspiration. I think this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive. For many reasons, 75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.""

+ - Is iOS 8 a pig?->

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kyjellyfish (1703658) writes "This submission is more of an "Ask Slashdot" question than a scoop, and is not intended to denigrate pigs. I've been using iOS 8 for several days and aside from a few gimmicks and add-ons that attempt to achieve parity with Android, my experience has been overwhelmingly unsatisfactory. My chief complaint is that the vast majority of my apps are slow to boot and noticeably sluggish in operation. I want to point out that all of these apps have been "upgraded" specifically for iOS 8 compatibility. Previous operating system upgrades have been relatively seamless, so I'm asking whether other slashdotters have experienced this degraded performance."
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Google News Sci Tech: Arctic ice cap in a 'death spiral' - The Australian->

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Arctic ice cap in a 'death spiral'
The Australian
THE Arctic ice cap has melted so much that open water is now just 560km from the North Pole, the shortest distance recorded, according to scientists. Satellite observations last week from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre coincide with a prediction...
While Antarctica's Seas Cool Down, The Arctic Ice DwindlesLatinos Health
NASA keeping close eye on Arctic climateFox News

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