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+ - Africa's Western Black Rhino is Now Officially Extinct

Submitted by trazom28
trazom28 (134909) writes "Africa’s Western black rhino is now officially extinct, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The subspecies was last seen in 2006, the Northern white rhino is also “teetering on the edge of extinction,” and Asia’s Javan Rhino may not be far behind if strong measures are not taken to stem poaching and improve conservation measures. This news comes after IUCN conducted a new review of 60,000 species of animals and plants in order to update the Red List of Threatened Species."

+ - Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order->

Submitted by trazom28
trazom28 (134909) writes "Hachette books aren't the only products that are now harder to order on Amazon — the online retailer is going after movies, too. Amazon has turned off the preorder function for DVDs of prominent Warner Bros. films as it seeks to raise pressure on the company during negotiations.
"The Lego Movie," for example, is listed as "currently unavailable" on Amazon. Set for release in the home video marketplace on June 17, there is no option to place a preorder."

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Comment: Not exercise? (Score 1) 122

by trazom28 (#47056021) Attached to: Even In the Wild Mice Run In Wheels

Maybe they aren't exercising.. perhaps they are climbing in to investigate what it is, start to walk/run and just can't get out as they don't yet understand it? I'd buy that more than an animal exercising because it wants to. Sure animals can be very smart.. but I don't see them being vain as some humans, or worried about their figure.

Comment: New trends in filtering (Score 1) 119

by trazom28 (#46545707) Attached to: Some Sites That Blue Coat Blocks Under "Pornography"

Typically products use URL filtering and search filtering - very challenging and full of false positives (and false negatives). The newest trend seems to be actual content filtering, where the page is pre-loaded on the filter, analyzed, and allowed through if OK, blocked if not. It seems to greatly increase the correct response of the filter to the pages in question. I only know of a couple of companies who are offering this now, but I definitely see it as where things are headed.

+ - Given Recent Crypto Revelations, 'Everything is Suspect'->

Submitted by Gunkerty Jeb
Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) writes "So now that RSA Security has urged developers to back away from the table and stop using the maligned Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generation (Dual EC DRBG) algorithm, the question begging to be asked is why did RSA use it in the first place?

Going back to 2007 and a seminal presentation at the CRYPTO conference by Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson, there have been suspicions about Dual EC DRBG primarily because it was backed by the National Security Agency, which initially proposed the algorithm as a standard. Cryptographer Bruce Schneier wrote in a 2007 essay that the algorithm contains a weakness that “can only be described as a backdoor.”

“I wrote about it in 2007 and said it was suspect. I didn’t like it back then because it was from the government,” Schneier told Threatpost today. “It was designed so that it could contain a backdoor. Back then I was suspicious, now I’m terrified."

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+ - iOS7 connecting to Apple in the background? 2

Submitted by trazom28
trazom28 (134909) writes "I've got an iPhone 4s that I upgraded (if that's the right word for it) to iOS7. Since then, when I switch from cellular to WiFi, it attempts to connect to one of two different websites so far, appleiphonecell.com or ibook.info — both of which are Apple websites. if I cancel, it brings me to a notification that my wireless is not connected to the internet and would I like to use the phone without internet access. Initially as it would not connect to the WiFi without going through this process, I unblocked appleiphonecell.com. The URL redirects to apple.com. I'm about to unblock the other, but it seems odd that every time I want WiFi the iPhone "calls home". Makes me wonder what else it's doing. Anyone else noted this?"

+ - Legos Are Getting Angrier (no joke!)

Submitted by trazom28
trazom28 (134909) writes "From an article at NPR, which links to this article, the faces on Lego characters are getting angrier. ". Summary: We photographed all the 3,655 Minifigures that were released between 1975 and 2010. We identified 628 different heads and cut them out from the photographs. "We created an online questionnaire that showed all the 628 heads and the 94 Minifigures. The [264] participants were asked to rate the emotional expression. "We asked participants to give one rating on one of the six scales that were labeled: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise." — 324 faces were rated as showing "happiness." 192 reflected "anger." 49 showed "sadness." 28 seemed to show "disgust." 23 were classified under "surprise." 11 registered as "fear.""

+ - Cisco to double the speed of the Internet

Submitted by trazom28
trazom28 (134909) writes "As reported on CNN, Cisco is updating the core router technologies. From the article, "The new core router technology, known as "CRS-X," will provide speeds of 400 Gigabits per second — and that's just for one slot on the router's rack. Each rack is scalable up to 6.4 Terabits per second, and the entire CRS-X system is capable of nearly 1 Petabit per second if multiple racks are set up in tandem. " Units set to go on sale this fall."

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