Submission + - This New MIT Master's Program Doesn't Require A College Or High School Degree (wbur.org)

schwit1 writes: The master's program is in data, economics and development policy. Duflo says with the knowledge gained in the program, students should be able to run their own evaluation projects. They would know that most imaginative, well-thought-out programs fail, and therefore they have to be tested in the field — and they would have the tools to do that testing.

More than 8,000 students around the world have enrolled online.

"So many countries," Duflo says. "Ten percent of the students are from China, and then there is a big group of them from India. In total, there are 182 countries represented as part of the program, even some from the U.S."

Submission + - 3 ISPs Have Spent $572 Million To Kill Net Neutrality Since 2008 (dslreports.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A study by Maplight indicates that for every one comment submitted to the FCC on net neutrality (and there have been roughly 5 million so far), the telecom industry has spent $100 in lobbying to crush the open internet. The group found that Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) have spent $572 million on attempts to influence the FCC and other government agencies since 2008. "The FCC’s decision, slated to be announced later this summer, will be a clear indicator of the power of corporate cash in a Trump administration," notes the report. "Public sentiment is on the side of keeping the Obama administration’s net neutrality policies, which prevented internet companies from blocking, slowing or giving priority to different websites." Congressional lobbying forms indicate that Comcast alone has spent nearly $4 million on lobbying Congress on net neutrality issues from the end of 2014 through the first quarter of 2017.

Submission + - Radio Station Hijacked Eight Times in the Past Month to Play "I'm a Wanker" Song (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An unknown hacker has hijacked the radio frequency of a UK radio station to play an obscene song eight times during the past month. The hacks have been reported to Ofcom, the UK's communications regulator, who together with the radio station's staff have tried to track down the culprit at last three times, without success. Ofcom and radio station officials believe the hacker is using a mobile radio transmitter to broadcast a stronger signal on the radio station's normal frequency, overriding its normal program.

In eight different occasions, the hacker has taken over broadcasts and has been heard talking, screaming, or singing, and then playing "The Winker's Song [NSFW]" by British comedian Ivor Biggun, a track about self-pleasure released in the 70s. Station manager Tony Delahunty told BBC Radio he received phone calls from distressed listeners complaining that their kids started humming the song. Fellow radio stations also called Delahunty to inquire about the hack, fearing similar hijacks.

Submission + - The Audi A8: First Production Car to Achieve Level 3 Autonomy (ieee.org) 1

schwit1 writes:

The 2018 Audi A8, just unveiled in Barcelona, counts as the world’s first production car to offer Level 3 autonomy.

Level 3 means the driver needn’t supervise things at all, so long as the car stays within guidelines. Here that involves driving no faster than 60 kilometers per hour (37 mph), which is why Audi calls the feature AI Traffic Jam Pilot.

Go ahead, Audi’s saying, read your newspaper or just zone out while traffic creeps along.


Submission + - 'World's First Robot Lawyer' Now Available In All 50 States (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A chatbot that provides free legal counsel using AI is now available in all 50 states starting today. This is following its success in New York, Seattle, and the UK, where it was invented by British entrepreneur Joshua Browder. Browder, who calls his invention “the world’s first robot lawyer,” estimates the bot has helped defeat 375,000 parking tickets in a span of two years. Browder, a junior at Stanford University, tells The Verge via Twitter that his chatbot could potentially experience legal repercussions from the government, but he is more concerned with competing with lawyers.

“The legal industry is more than a 200 billion dollar industry, but I am excited to make the law free,” says Browder. “Some of the biggest law firms can’t be happy!” Browder believes that his chatbot could also save government officials time and money. “Everybody can win,” he says, “I think governments waste a huge amount of money employing people to read parking ticket appeals. DoNotPay sends it to them in a clear and easy to read format.”

Submission + - EternalBlue Vulnerability Scanner Statistics Reveal Exposed Hosts Worldwide (helpnetsecurity.com)

Orome1 writes: After the recent massive WannaCry ransomware campaign, Elad Erez, Director of Innovation at Imperva, was shocked at the number of systems that still sported the Microsoft Windows SMB Server vulnerabilities that made the attack possible. So, he decided to do something about it: he created Eternal Blues, an easy-to-use vulnerability scanner that he made available for download for free. The statistics collected by the tool, as well as the total number of downloads, show that after the NotPetya attack, people’s awareness of the threat did increase. Eternal Blues was used for over 23,000 scans. Over 8 million IP addresses were scanned, and a total of 60,000 vulnerable hosts were identified (out of ~537,000 that were responsive). Of the ~537,000 responsive hosts, some 258,000 still had SMBv1 enabled.

Submission + - Google Spared $1.3 Billion Tax Bill With Victory in French Court (bloomberg.com)

Zorro writes: Google won its fight against a 1.12 billion-euro ($1.3 billion) French tax bill after a court rejected claims the search-engine giant abused loopholes to avoid paying its fair share.

Google didn’t illegally dodge French taxes by routing sales in the country out of Ireland, the Paris administrative court decided Wednesday. Judges ruled that Google’s European headquarters in Ireland can’t be taxed as if it also has a permanent base in France, as requested by the nation’s administration.

Submission + - It will soon be exactly one and a half billion seconds since 1970

alanw writes: $ TZ=UTC date -d @1500000000
Fri 14 Jul 02:40:00 UTC 2017


The UNIX epoch started at zero hundred hours on the 1st of January 1970. It will soon be one and a half billion seconds since then, although the above time doesn't take into account those leap seconds which have occurred.

Right now the seconds count is
$ TZ=UTC date +%s
1499877900

Submission + - Hyperloop One Conducts First Full Test..at 70MPH (jalopnik.com)

Thelasko writes: In the test, Hyperloop says it’s vehicle traveled the first portion of a track using magnetic levitation in a vacuum environment, and reached 70 mph. It’s a significant leap past the company’s test a year ago, which sent a sled down a track for a grand total of two seconds.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How Do You Read Code? 1

Gornkleschnitzer writes: The majority of humans read silently by rendering a simulation of the printed words as if they were being spoken. By reading that sentence, chances are you're now stuck being conscious of this, too. You're welcome.

As a programmer (and a reader of fanfiction), plenty of things I read are not valid English syntax. When I find myself reviewing class definitions, for loops, and #define macros, I rely on some interesting if inconsistent mental pronunciation rules. For instance, int i = 0; comes out as "int i equals zero," but if(i == 0) sometimes comes out as either "if i is zero" or "if i equals equals zero." The for loop for(size_t i = 0; i < itemList.size(); ++i) generally translates to "for size T i equals zero, i less than item list dot size, plus-plus i." I seem to drop C++ insertion/extraction operators entirely in favor of a brief comma-like pause, with cout << str << endl; sounding like "kowt, stur, endel."

What are your code-reading quirks?

Submission + - The Internet Ripoff You're Not Protesting (wired.com)

mirandakatz writes: Net neutrality is hugely important, and there are tons of protests unfolding across the internet today. But there's an even bigger problem that's not getting nearly as much attention as it deserves. That's the "middle mile," a not-terribly-well-understood yet crucial part of the system. At Backchannel, Susan Crawford breaks down exactly what the "middle mile" is, why it's so important, and what we need to do to regulate it. Crawford writes that "As with the last mile [that concerns net neutrality], the new administration wants to avoid enforcing any legal protections. And it‘s doing this in a manner that just happens to benefit the powerful forces that take citizens’ money while denying them the best services."

Submission + - Iceberg twice size of Luxembourg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf (theguardian.com)

Layzej writes: Reported to be “hanging by a thread” last month, the trillion-tonne iceberg was found to have split off from the Larsen C segment of the Larsen ice shelf on Wednesday morning after scientists examined the latest satellite data from the area.

Luckman said that while the Larsen C ice shelf might continue to shed icebergs, it might regrow. Nevertheless previous research by the team has suggested that the remaining ice shelf is likely less stable now that the iceberg has calved, although it is unlikely the event would have any short-term effects. “We will have to wait years or decades to know what will happen to the remainder of Larsen C,” he said, pointing out that it took seven years after the release of a large iceberg from Larsen B before the ice shelf became unstable and disintegrated.

And while climate change is accepted to have played a role in the wholesale disintegration of the Larsen A and Larsen B ice shelves, Luckman emphasised that there is no evidence that the calving of the giant iceberg is linked to such processes.

Submission + - Oracle Won't Fix Two OAM Remote Session Hijacking Bugs (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: Oracle’s next quarterly Critical Patch Update is slated for July 18, but two vulnerabilities in an older version of the company’s Oracle Access Manager (OAM) solution won’t be among the bugs patched.

Version 10g of the software, Oracle’s solution for web access management and user administration, suffers from two issues: an open redirect vulnerability, and the fact that it sends cookie values in GET requests.

The software features a proprietary multiple network domain SSO capability. Critical to that is ObSSOCookie, a super cookie of sorts. If a user was tricked into clicking through a link via phishing email, for example, and logging into the OAM portal, a remote attacker could read that cookie value and hijack that session, researchers said.

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