Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What to do about co-workers that throw tantrums like a 5-year-old? 3

An anonymous reader writes: This morning I was greeted by a co-worker, ostensibly a professional (electrical engineer and computer programmer), who threw a tantrum like an autistic 5-year-old over essentially nothing. Not the first time, either, and considering this is someone in their 60's, it's not like they're going to change, either. What do you do about someone like this, other than go look for another job?

Submission + - Pentagon Exposed Huge Amounts of Web-Monitoring Data On Amazon Server (

An anonymous reader writes: Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing "dozens of terabytes" of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the U.S. military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by veteran security breach hunter UpGuard's Chris Vickery during a routine scan of open Amazon-hosted data silos, and these ones weren't exactly hidden. The buckets were named centcom-backup, centcom-archive, and pacom-archive. CENTCOM is the common abbreviation for the U.S. Central Command, which controls army operations in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia. PACOM is the name for U.S. Pacific Command, covering the rest of southern Asia, China and Australasia.

"For the research I downloaded 400GB of samples but there were many terabytes of data up there," he said. "It's mainly compressed text files that can expand out by a factor of ten so there's dozens and dozens of terabytes out there and that's a conservative estimate." Just one of the buckets contained 1.8 billion social media posts automatically fetched over the past eight years up to today. It mainly contains postings made in central Asia, however Vickery noted that some of the material is taken from comments made by American citizens. The databases also reveal some interesting clues as to what this information is being used for. Documents make reference to the fact that the archive was collected as part of the U.S. government's Outpost program, which is a social media monitoring and influencing campaign designed to target overseas youths and steer them away from terrorism.

Submission + - Windows 8 and Later Fail to Properly Apply ASLR (

An anonymous reader writes: Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and subsequent Windows 10 variations fail to properly apply ASLR, rendering this crucial Windows security feature useless. The bug appeared when Microsoft changed a registry value in Windows 8 and occurs only in certain ASLR configuration modes.

Basically, if users have enabled system-wide ASLR protection turned on, a bug in ASLR's implementation on Windows 8 and later will not generate enough entropy (random data) to start application binaries in random memory locations. For ASLR to work properly, users must configure it to work in a system-wide bottom-up mode. An official patch from Microsoft is not available yet, but a registry hack can be applied to make sure ASLR starts in the correct mode.

The bug was discovered by CERT vulnerability analyst Will Dormann while investigating a 17-years-old bug in the Microsoft Office equation editor, to which Microsoft appears to have lost the source code and needed to patch it manually.

Submission + - FCC Approves New ATSC 3.0 TV Standard (

mikeebbbd writes: Reuters notes: "U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits."
ATSC3.0 will apparently make personal data collection and targeted ads possible. New TVs will be necessary, and broadcasters will need to transmit both ATSC 2 (the current standard) and 3 for 5 years before turning off the older system. For now, the conversion is voluntary. There appears to be no requirement (as there was when ATSC 2 came out) for low-cost adapter boxes to make older TVs work; once a channel goes ATSC 3-only, your current TV will not display it any more.

Submission + - Tesla unveils 500 mile range Semi, 620 mile range Roadster 3.0

Rei writes: During a live reveal on Thursday, Tesla unveiled its new electric class 8 truck. As most people familiar with Tesla products would expect, the day cab truck features staggeringly fast acceleration for a vehicle of its size — 0-60 in 5 seconds without a trailer and 20 seconds with a 40-tonne gross weight, while being able to pull its maximum payload up a 5-degree grade at 65mph (versus a typical maximum of 45mph). The 500 mile range is for the vehicle at full load and highway speeds. Tesla also boasts a million mile no-breakdown guarantee; even losing two of its four motors, it can out-accelerate a typical diesel truck. The total cost per mile is pegged at under 80% of operating a diesel, but when convoying is utilized — where multiple trucks mirror the action of a lead truck — the costs drop to half as much, a price cheaper than rail.

Tesla went a step further and stole the show from their own event by having the first prototype of the new Tesla Roadster drive out of the back of the truck. With the base model alone boasting a 620 mile range on a 200kWh battery pack, with 10kN torque providing a 1,9 second 0-60, 4,2 second 0-100, and 8,9 second quarter mile, the 2+2-seating convertible will easily be the fastest-accelerating production car in the world. Top speed is not disclosed, but said to be "at least 250mph". The vehicle's release date, however, is not scheduled until 2020.

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