Submission + - Judge Backs N.Y. Parents, Saying Their 30-Year-Old Son Must Move Out (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Attention geeks living in their parents' basements!

The promise of adventure didn't do it. Neither did the lure of independence, or the weight of his 30 years. Instead, it took a judge to pry Michael Rotondo from his parents' home. The couple won an eviction order against their son, after a judge argued with Rotondo for 30 minutes.

Christina and Mark Rotondo resorted to legal action after a series of notes to their son (starting on Feb. 2) failed to get him to move out of their home in Camillus, N.Y., a town west of Syracuse. Those notes followed discussions that began last October. The case was elevated to the state level because it involves the eviction of a family member.

In a legal filing cited by CNYCentral, Rotondo said that in the eight years he has lived at his parents' house, he "has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises," and that those conditions are simply part of an informal agreement. When he was in his early 20s, Rotondo briefly lived on his own, but he moved back in with his parents after losing a job. On Tuesday, he said he accepted $1,100 from his parents earlier this year — but the money went toward "expenses" rather than toward moving out.

The case is being seen as an extreme example of a growing trend. As NPR reported in 2016, a Pew study found that, "For the first time in more than 130 years, Americans ages 18-34 are more likely to live with their parents than in any other living situation." In headlines, Rotondo is often labeled as a deadbeat or layabout; his status as a millennial is also often mentioned. But he says it's not that simple.

The Post and Daily Mail also note that Rotondo has another legal case running: He's suing Best Buy, claiming that he was wrongly fired for refusing to work on Saturdays. In the eviction case, the judge told Rotondo that his parents, as the owners of the house, have the right to decide who lives there.

Submission + - For autonomous vehicles, we need to look beyond AI 1

Unhappy Windows User writes: There is no doubt about the fact that building a self-driving car that drives like a human is hard, as recent accidents have shown. But perhaps we are going about it the wrong way? AI might be a fashionable word, but it is not the answer to everything. With all the effort that manufacturers have been expending on designing slot-in replacements for regular cars, there's one thing that's constantly been neglected: Design — the design of the road system itself.

Driverless trains have been running for decades, largely without incident. So why not adapt the road system to be more like rail? Trams are common in many cities and even run through pedestrian zones; the tracks are a good example of visual cues that improve interaction with pedestrians, helping avoid hazards in the first place. So why not borrow some of these ideas and design a better UX for the road of the future?

Submission + - 'Right to try' legislation heads to the White House (

schwit1 writes: The House on Tuesday passed “right to try” legislation that would allow people with life-threatening illnesses to bypass the Food and Drug Administration to obtain experimental medications, ending a drawn-out battle over access to unapproved therapies.

President Trump is expected to quickly sign the measure, which was praised by supporters as a lifeline for desperate patients but denounced by scores of medical and consumer groups as unnecessary and dangerous.

The measure is designed to give patients an alternative way to obtain drugs not approved by the FDA. Currently, there are two options for patients seeking experimental medications: enrolling in clinical trials if they are eligible or participating in the FDA’s “expanded access” program. The agency has said that it approves almost all such requests to that program.

The FDA would be largely left out of the equation under the new legislation and would not oversee the right-to-try process. Drug manufacturers would have to report “adverse events” — safety problems, including premature deaths — only once a year. The agency also would be restricted in how it used such information when considering the experimental treatments for approval.

Patients would be eligible for right-to-try if they had a “life-threatening illness” and had exhausted all available treatment options. The medication itself must have completed early-stage safety testing, called Phase 1 trials, and be in active development with the goal of FDA approval.

Submission + - Zuckerberg's appearance in front of the EU was an utter joke (

Mark Wilson writes: Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared in front of members of the European Parliament to answer questions and to address concerns that the EU has about the social network in general, and its use of private data in particular — thanks largely to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.

At least that was the idea. What actually happened was nothing short of a farce, with Zuckerberg smugly sitting back and choosing which questions to answer, neatly avoiding any he was uncomfortable with. It was little more than a PR-cum-damage-limitation exercise for the Facebook founder... and it didn't really go very well.

Submission + - US Dept of Education Uses Trump's Salary to Fund Girls-Only STEM Camp

theodp writes: Last summer, President Trump donated his 2017Q2 salary to the Department of Education, which Education Secretary Betsy DeVos explained would be used to fund a camp to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. "Today’s and tomorrow’s economy requires engaged students, boys and girls, are prepared for STEM careers," DeVos said at a White House press briefing, flanked by giant $100K checks (YouTube). "That’s why we have decided to use the President’s 2nd quarter salary to host a STEM-focused camp for students at the Department of Education. We want to encourage as many children as possible to explore STEM fields in the hope that many develop a passion for these fields. We look forward to this exciting endeavor. Again, thank you to President Trump for this generous gift." On Tuesday, the U.S. Dept. of Education announced it has partnered with the Smithsonian's National Air Space Museum and decided to use the $100,000 Trump windfall to launch the She Can Summer Camp, which will be open to sixth through eighth grade girls. "I'd like to thank the President for donating his salary to the Department, which enabled us to partner with the Smithsonian and double the amount of girls that could be a part of this life-changing experience," said DeVos. "We know early exposure to the STEM fields helps set students on a strong trajectory. This Camp will encourage girls to seek out future professions in STEM and aviation, and empower them to never stop reaching for the stars." Applications are being accepted until June 18 for the camp’s 60 total slots.

Submission + - People are losing faith in self-driving cars following recent fatal crashes (

oldgraybeard writes: There are news articles about the trust levels in self driving cars going down. As a technical person I have always thought the road to driverless cars would be longer than most were talking about. People are losing faith in self-driving cars following recent fatal crashes
What are your thoughts? As an individual with eye problems, I do like the idea. But technology is not as good as some think ;)

Submission + - Researchers Say More Spectre-Related CPU Flaws On Horizon ( 1

lod123 writes: After another speculative execution side channel-related flaw has been disclosed in processors, security experts say that more may be on the horizon.

Researchers on Monday disclosed Variant 4, a new speculative execution side channel category flaw that allows attackers to read privileged data across trust boundaries. Variant 4 is similar to two side channel analysis vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, that came into the spotlight earlier this year in an array of Intel server and desktop processors.

Submission + - Who Is Afraid of Kaspersky Lab? (

An anonymous reader writes: We went to Kaspersky Lab's SAS conference, where the controversial Russian anti-virus firm showcases its best research, wines and dines competitors and journalists, and burns American espionage operations. We visited the conference to see how the company was handling the allegations that it has deep connections with Russian spies, and to see how it's dealing with the US government ban,

Submission + - New EU privacy regs could help watermarking replace DRM ( 2

David Rothman writes: Just about all of us hate DRM. New EU privacy regulations could help watermarking, a competing technology, by increasing consumer confidence in privacy protections for uniquely identified copies of ebooks. Contrary to popular belief, the best watermarks can be surprisingly hard to remove. Books can even contain multiple watermarking schemes, thwarting pirates hoping to remove hidden tracking. No technology is perfect, but watermarking has come a long way.

Letâ(TM)s hope that large U.S. publisherâ(TM)s will catch up with European counterparts in watermarking adoption.

Submission + - The First Political Attack Ad Against Bitcoin Just Aired (

dmoberhaus writes: Brian Forde was a senior adviser to the Obama administration on cryptocurrencies and other technologies, and he also ran MIT's Digital Currency Initiative. But that hasn't stopped him from becoming the target of the first political attack ad against Bitcoin. Forde is running for a seat in the House of Representatives in 2018, and his Democratic opponent Dave Min recently ran a TV slot calling out Forde's Bitcoin connections.

Submission + - Microsoft to Block Flash in Office 365 Starting January 2019 (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft announced plans last week to block Flash, Shockwave, and Silverlight content from activating in Office 365. The block will only apply to Office 365 subscription clients, but not to Office 2016, Office 2013, or Office 2010 distributions, the company said. The change is set to come into effect starting with January 2019. This is a full-on block, and not just Microsoft disabling problematic controls with the option to click on a button and view its content. The block means that Office 365 will prevent Flash, Shockwave, or Silverlight content from playing inside Office documents altogether.

Microsoft cited different reasons for taking this decision. It said that malware authors have abused this mechanism for exploit campaigns, but also that Office users rarely used these features anyway. In addition, Microsoft said it was also taking this decision after Adobe announced Flash's end-of-life for 2020. Microsoft stopped supporting Silverlight in 2016, with the final end-of-support date for enterprise customers being scheduled for 2021.

Submission + - Project Indigo: the info-sharing program between banks and U.S. Cyber Command (

An anonymous reader writes: A confidential information-sharing agreement between the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and U.S. Cyber Command reveals the blurring line between the country’s public and private sectors as the U.S. government becomes increasingly receptive to launching offensive hacking operations.

The pilot program, codenamed “Project Indigo,” recently established an information-sharing channel for a subunit of FS-ISAC known as the Financial Systemic Analysis & Resilience Center (FSARC). That subunit shares “scrubbed” cyberthreat data, including malware indicators, with the Fort Mead-based Cyber Command, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The broad purpose of Project Indigo is to help inform U.S. Cyber Command about nation-state hacking aimed at banks. In practice, this intelligence is independently evaluated and, if appropriate, Cyber Command responds under its own unique authorities.

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