Submission + - KPSC HSST Result 2018 | KPSC HSST Botony & Zoology Expected Cut Off Marks 20 (sparklinggoal.com)

An anonymous reader writes: KPSC HSST Botony Result 2018 KPSC HSST Zoology Cut Off marks 2018 KPSC HSST Botony Merit list 2018 KPSC HSST Zoology merit list 2018 Kerala Higher Secondary School Teacher Result 2018 will be announce soon. On 17th & 19th April 2018 a huge number of applicant had appeared in the Higher Secondary School Teacher exam and now desperately waiting for the KPSC HSST Botony Result 2018 . KPSC HSST Botony & Zoology Exam results which are conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission can be out very soon.

Submission + - Mahendra Guru, How To Crack Bank Exam In First Attempt (notesandprojects.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This video of mahendra guru has been selected by notes and projects for guidance on how to prepare for bank exams. This is a very informative video as it explains tricks and techniques on how to crack bank exams in first attempt. Watch it live on notesandprojects.com

Submission + - 3D Headphone Startup Closes Abruptly, Leaving Crowdfunders Left Hanging (npr.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Ossic raised more than $3.2 million in crowdfunding for its Ossic X, which it touted as the "first 3D audio headphones calibrated to you." But after delivering devices to only about 80 investors who'd paid at least $999 to for the "Developer/Innovator" rewards level on Kickstarter, Ossic announced Saturday it had run out of money — leaving the more than 10,000 other backers with nothing but lighter wallets.

Ossic, which The San Diego Union-Tribune notes was founded by former Logitech engineers Jason Riggs and Joy Lyons, had excited gamers, audiophiles and other sound consumers by creating headphones that used advanced 3D audio algorithms, head-tracking technology and individual anatomy calibration to "deliver incredibly accurate 3D sound to your ears," according to its funding campaign on Kickstarter. In less than two months in 2016, it was able to raise $2.7 million from more than 10,000 backers on Kickstarter. It raised another $515,970 on Indiegogo.

Submission + - Business email compromise attacks robbing businesses of millions (telstra.com.au)

mask.of.sanity writes: Security experts say business email compromise attacks are “out of control” and operating on a “phenomenal” scale with businesses regularly losing more than $100,000 per incident.

The FBI estimated business email compromise attacks cost $5.3 billion globally. Massive brands have fallen victim with some losing millions of dollars in single attacks.

The average business email compromise scam leans on employing social engineering skills more than hacking prowess, with turnkey services offering breached web mail accounts for those unwilling to run password guessing or brute force attacks.

While awareness of business email compromise is low, and the damage inflicted by it high, defence is simple (for some) and effective: make a phone call to the account holder to verify bank account numbers before making large transfers.

Submission + - Comcast Website Bug Leaks Xfinity Customer Data (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A bug in Comcast's website used to activate Xfinity routers can return sensitive information on the company's customers. The website, used by customers to set up their home internet and cable service, can be tricked into displaying the home address where the router is located, as well as the Wi-Fi name and password. Two security researchers, Karan Saini and Ryan Stevenson, discovered the bug. Only a customer account ID and that customer's house or apartment number is needed — even though the web form asks for a full address.

ZDNet obtained permission from two Xfinity customers to check their information. We were able to obtain their full address and zip code — which both customers confirmed. The site returned the Wi-Fi name and password — in plaintext — used to connect to the network for one of the customers who uses an Xfinity router. The other customer was using his own router — and the site didn't return the Wi-Fi network name or password.

Submission + - Should T-Mobile Stop Claiming It Has 'Best Unlimited Network?' (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Speed isn't everything, or is it? According to a report from Ars Technica, the National Advertising Division (NAD) says T-Mobile should stop claiming that is has "America's Best Unlimited Network" because it needs to prove it also has the widest geographic coverage and best reliability. T-Mobile is saying that speed outweighs all other factors.



"T-Mobile's claim is based on data from Ookla and OpenSignal, which offer speed-testing apps that let consumers test their wireless data speeds," reports Ars Technica. "Both Ookla and OpenSignal have issued reports saying that T-Mobile's speeds were higher than Verizon's, AT&T's, and Sprint's. The OpenSignal tests also gave T-Mobile an edge over rivals in latency and 4G signal availability." T-Mobile "did not provide evidence that its network is superior in providing talk and text mobile services or in providing high-speed data more reliably or to a greater coverage area," the industry group's announcement said.

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

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.

Submission + - Microsoft wins lucrative cloud deal with intelligence community (tech-1st.com)

wyattstorch516 writes: Microsoft has won a contract to be the sole provider of cloud services to national intelligence agencies. The deal is reportedly worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Amazon was considered the favorite to win the contract but this deal will boost Azure in its competition with AWS.

Submission + - Google Removes 'Don't Be Evil' Clause From Its Code of Conduct (gizmodo.com)

Zorro writes: Google’s unofficial motto has long been the simple phrase “don’t be evil.” But that’s over, according to the code of conduct that Google distributes to its employees. The phrase was removed sometime in late April or early May, archives hosted by the Wayback Machine show.

“Don’t be evil” has been part of the company’s corporate code of conduct since 2000. When Google was reorganized under a new parent company, Alphabet, in 2015, Alphabet assumed a slightly adjusted version of the motto, “do the right thing.” However, Google retained its original “don’t be evil” language until the past several weeks. The phrase has been deeply incorporated into Google’s company culture—so much so that a version of the phrase has served as the wifi password on the shuttles that Google uses to ferry its employees to its Mountain View headquarters, sources told Gizmodo.

Submission + - Progressive groups launch offensive telling the FTC to break up Facebook (axios.com)

schwit1 writes: The groups are asking for the FTC to do three things:
  • Break off Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger into their own companies separate from Facebook proper.
  • Make it possible for users on competing social networks to communicate with one another.
  • Implement strong privacy rules.

The gritty details:

  • The coalition will run digital ads with messages like “Facebook keeps violating your privacy. Break it up.” and “Mark Zuckerberg has a scary amount of power. We need to take it back.”
  • Zuckerberg’s users will see them: they’re running on Facebook and Instagram, as well as Twitter and more traditional display ad slots.
  • Groups involved range from the anti-concentration Open Markets Institute to broader progressive groups like Demand Progress and MoveOn Civic Action.

Google too.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is Android illegally requiring you to use your Google account? 2

daniel.benoy writes: In May of 1998, Microsoft was sued under antitrust law by the United States Department of Justice. The central accusation of the trial, which ended with a settlement in 2001, was that Microsoft was illegally compelling users to acquire a copy of Microsoft Internet Explorer in order to get access to new versions of Microsoft Windows. It's illegal, the DOJ argued, for a monopoly to force someone to get one product in order to get access to another, even if that product is 'free.'

Could Google be doing something similar today?

Most Android users enter their Google credentials into their Android device without giving it much thought, so they may not be aware of just how much is disabled when the credentials are removed. I invite you to give it a try for yourself. Of course, you will expect certain things to stop working, such as syncing to Gmail or accessing your paid apps, but perplexingly it will also block access to things that don't require personalized cloud access at all.

For example, you will no longer be able to download software from the App store, even if it's free and publicly available. You'll lose access to Google Daydream VR, including third-party apps that just want to use the headset. All your third-party apps will disappear from Android Auto. Some third-party apps relying on Google Play Services will stop functioning entirely. Google Assistant refuse to speak to you at all. Voice dictation using the virtual keyboard refuses to function. ... The list goes on.

What's worse is that Google will not allow you to pick and choose which apps you enter your credentials into. You don't enter them into the app, you enter them into the system. This can result in all sorts of undesirable side-effects. For example, Google will sync your calendar and contacts off to their servers without getting permission, because it will require you to explicitly opt-out, and who knows if it will finish syncing before you do. Also, it will enable remote phone wiping, and won't let you truly disable it without rooting the device. As a result, anyone who gains control of your Google account, including Google itself, could remotely wipe your phone at any time.

The cynical among us may suspect Google is deliberately holding Android features to ransom in order to coerce customers into connecting to a Google account.

Big data corporations nowadays are not shy to brag about how lucrative it is to collect detailed personal information on their users so they can sell it to advertisers, or exploit it directly. Most Android users have gotten those creepy 'Hey we noticed you were at a certain place. Would you like to write a review?' messages popping up on their phones. It would not come as a surprise to learn that Google is invested in ensuring that kind of intrusive data collection continues to flow, and that they may be going to some unethical lengths to make it happen.

My question to Slashot is, is this even legal? Is this the same crime that Microsoft Microsoft was committing back in the nineties? They're forcing you to use their free Google account service and all its associated functionality in order to access other features of the device.

Or are they perhaps guilty of another crime such as deceptive advertising for not explaining that, in addition to money, you will have to hand over your data as well to be able to use to your new Daydream View headset.

And when you do log in, is it illegal for Google to require you to opt-out of sending personal information to its servers, rather than asking you to opt-in first? Do they have a legal requirement to seek permission first before beaming your statistics off to Google HQ?

Submission + - AP Analysis Shows How Bill Gates Influences Education Policy

theodp writes: Lost in all the When-Bill-Gates-Met-Donald-Trump coverage hoopla this week was perhaps an even bigger Gates story. According to an AP analysis of grants, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $44 million to outside groups over the past two years to help shape new state education plans required under the 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The spending, the AP reports, paid for research aligned with Gates' interests, led to friendly media coverage and had a role in helping write one state's new education system framework. Among other things, ESSA recognized K-12 computer science as important an academic subject as math and English, putting it on equal footing with other subjects when state policymakers decide how to dole out federal funds. Claiming credit for "pressing lawmakers" into finally making CS a core K-12 subject under ESSA was tech-bankrolled Code.org, which has received $3+ million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and another $1+ million from Bill Gates. Not too surprisingly, Code.org — which earlier this year thanked BillG as it celebrated its success in "changing education policies in forty states" — offers a few ideas for Putting Computer Science Into State Plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act on its website.

Submission + - Anti-nuclear policies increased carbon by 18% & added 9.5M air pollution dea (nextbigfuture.com) 5

schwit1 writes: France uses about 80% nuclear energy for its electricity supply. The US has used about 16-24%. The US was on track to go to 80% nuclear energy but allow this to be derailed with over-regulation. The spike in interest rates in the 1970s caused a problem but when interest rates went back down was when France built all of its nuclear reactors.

According to Australian National University researcher Peter Lang, the '60s and '70s saw a transition "from rapidly falling costs and accelerating deployment to rapidly rising costs and stalled deployment." Had the initial trajectory continued, he writes in the journal Energies, nuclear-generated electricity would now be around 10 percent of its current cost.

Lang calculates that by 2015 it would have replaced all coal-burning and three-quarters of gas-fired electric power generation. Thus, over the past 30 years we could have substituted 186,000 terawatt-hours of electricity production, avoiding up to 174 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions and 9.5 million air pollution deaths. Cumulative global carbon dioxide emissions would be about 18 percent lower, and annual global carbon dioxide emissions would be one-third less.

Submission + - New Model Unites Classical & Quantum Physics: Describes Dark Energy & Bi (linkedin.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new paper presents a complete description of modern theory in quantum terms, thus unifying classical and quantum physics.

http://www.scirp.org/Journal/P...

In addition to unification, the paper goes into great detail describing the expansion of the universe, dark energy, dark matter, gravity, quantum entanglement, energy/mass and their relation, the birth of the universe from a quantum fluctuation, the ensuing inflationary period, the trigger event that causes inflation to end and the resulting release of energy that we now see as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB). Calculations of the quantity, age, density and temperature of the CMB are precise to the best measurement data available.

A reader friendly narrative of the physicist may be found here:

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse...

In total the paper presents 27 verifiable results which may be found here:

https://www.informativity.org/...

Submission + - Using Google's Daydream VR Headset for Augmented Reality and Positional Tracking (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: At first glance (no pun intended) one would assume that Daydream headsets are unsuitable for “augmented reality” VR applications that require use of the phone camera, since the Daydream flap that holds the phone in place completely blocks the back of the phone and the camera lens. This also seemingly eliminates the possibility of Daydream headset experimentation with “inside-out” 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) applications, that leverage the phone’s camera and Google’s “ARCore” platform to provide “positional tracking” capabilities that conventionally have only been available with far more expensive VR headsets.

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