Submission + - Oregon Becomes Second State To Pass a Net Neutrality Law (katu.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday withholding state business from internet providers who throttle traffic, making the state the second to finalize a proposal aimed at thwarting moves by federal regulators to relax net neutrality requirements. The bill stops short of actually putting new requirements on internet service providers in the state, but blocks the state from doing business with providers that offer preferential treatment to some internet content or apps, starting in 2019. The move follows a December vote by the Federal Communications Commission repealing Obama-era rules that prohibited such preferential treatment, referred to generally as throttling, by providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon. Brown's signature makes the state the second to enact such legislation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It also stakes out the state's claim to a moderate approach, compared to others: Five weeks to the day before Brown, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill in his state to directly regulate providers there. The prohibition, which restricts with whom the state may contract for internet services, applies to cities and counties, but exempts areas with only a single provider.

Submission + - Mercury's 'snakes' get formal names (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: When NASA’s Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging spacecraft made its first flyby of Mercury in 2008, astronomers spotted strange deposits: blankets of material ranging from tens to thousands of kilometers wide whose color led researchers to informally dub them “red spots.” To date, scientists have cataloged more than 150 of these objects—and now, the International Astronomical Union has given them formal names.

All of the new monikers contain “facula,” which means “bright spot,” because they are brighter than the background terrain, as well as the word “snake” in one of Earth’s various languages. They take their serpentine name not from their appearance, but because the Roman god Mercury often appears with snakes on his staff.

Submission + - PUBG Ransomware Decrypts Your Files If You Play PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In what could only be a joke, a new ransomware has been discovered called "PUBG Ransomware" that will decrypt your files if you play the game called PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. When the PUBG Ransomware is launched it will encrypt a user's files and folders on the user's desktop and append the .PUBG extension to them. When it has finished encrypting the files, it will display a screen giving you two methods that you can use to decrypt the encrypted files. Users can unlock it either by playing PUBG, or by entering a secret unlock code of "s2acxx56a2sae5fjh5k2gb5s2e".

The ransomware checks to see if you played PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds by monitoring the running processes for one named "TslGame". Once a user plays the game and the process is detected, the ransomware will automatically decrypt the victim's files. This ransomware is not too advanced as it only looks for the process name and does not check for other information to confirm that the game is actually being played. That means you can simply run any executable called TslGame.exe and it will decrypt the files.

Submission + - California ponders government censors for news (thegatewaypundit.com)

mi writes: A bill introduced by Richard Pan, a California senator from Democratic Party, would make it mandatory for any company fitting a loose definition of "social media" to employ "news checkers".

Although the current proposal does not prescribe any specific qualifications for these checkers, the proposed institution only makes sense, if they are licensed by the State and otherwise conform to the State's rules.

Submission + - 88 thousand year old human gives modern day the middle finger (gizmodo.com)

jbmartin6 writes: It’s just a lone, boney middle finger, but the scientists who found it say it’s the oldest directly dated fossil of our species to ever be found outside of Africa and the Levant, a region that today comprises Israel, Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan. But the new discovery is not without its critics, who say older evidence of human habitation outside of this region exists elsewhere, and that the finger might not even be human.

Submission + - Northrop Grumman fingered in spy satellite failure (theverge.com)

g01d4 writes: From The Verge citing TWSJ: Government investigators looking into the early January SpaceX launch of a classified spy satellite called Zuma determined that a structure on top of the rocket, called the payload adapter, failed to deploy the satellite into orbit. The adapter was built by defense contractor Northrop Grumman.

Submission + - Rob Malda (aka CmdrTaco) speaking at Michigan State University! 1

Zeppelin012 writes: Former Slashdot co-owner and editor-in-chief Rob Malda (CmdrTaco) is currently guest speaking in a CommArts class (MI201) at Michigan State University. Have any questions for him? I'll try to ask and get his answer towards the end of the lecture.

Submission + - American Airlines cancels A350 orders and the future of Airbus (yahoo.com)

UnknowingFool writes: On Friday night, American Airlines cancelled its entire order of 22 Airbus A350 airplanes and confirming a new order for 47 Boeing 787s. The new order is estimated to bring in $12B to Boeing and a loss of $600-700M for Airbus. The A350 was originally ordered by US Airways in 2013 which was acquired by American in 2015. American's rationale to cancel the A350 was in part to reduce the number of models and simplify their fleet. Currently American's fleet of 1500+ aircraft comprise of 52 different models. American said that they will replace their aging 767s, some 777s, and A330 with this purchase.

While this is a small number of the 650 outstanding orders for the A350, it represents another setback for Airbus in the North American market. The Airbus A320 family is common among the American carriers but the larger models, A330 (49), A350 (7), and A380 (0) are almost non-existent in the US market. For the future, there are larger issues for Airbus. Despite launching to much fanfare in 2007, the A380 has yet to break even overall for the program as orders for the superjet has dwindled. With an order of 20 in 2018 by Emirates, it was the first order of the jet in 4 years.

Submission + - How much Facebook makes off you, if your on Facebook that is. (foxnews.com)

zippo01 writes: Ever wonder how much Facebook makes on you being a user? Facebook makes on average $84.41 per user annually for persons in America and Canada. Other places around the world not so much. $27.41 annually for the EU. The question I have is, who and how do companies afford this? And this is only Facebook. What percentage of my purchase is simply to cover ads?

Submission + - Privacy Focused Social Network Foxsake.com Aims To Replace Digg Reader, Facebook 1

nixkuroi writes: In light of the recent closure of Digg's RSS reader, and ongoing privacy concerns with Facebook, a new social news site has opened into public beta. Foxsake.com promises users a site free of facial recognition, third party ads, and many of the features available on other social networks. The site allows users to follow RSS feeds in a way that is familiar to users of other social sites, while providing privacy by default on many of its social features.

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