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Submission + - 25 Best Google Gravity Tricks 2016 (

thefeedsyouneed writes: Before trying out these Google Gravity features you would want to enable your Google Gravity I’m Feeling Lucky Button. Enabling your Google Gravity I’m Feeling Lucky button is necessary for Google Gravity to actually work.

Submission + - Senator Asks FCC if ISPs Can Ban Insecure IoT Devices From Networks

Trailrunner7 writes: Sen. Mark Warner on Tuesday sent a letter to the chairman of the FCC expressing concern about the emergence of the Mirai botnet and asking whether ISPs should have the ability to prevent compromised IoT devices from connecting to their networks.

In his letter, Warner (D-Va.) said that the weak security of many embedded devices is at the heart of the success of Mirai, and pointed to poor security practices in the global supply chain as a big part of the problem. Warner, a leader of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus, echoed concerns that many security experts have raised about IoT devices and the effect that their lax security can have not just on their users, but on the Internet in general.

“Would it be a reasonable network management practice for ISPs to designate insecure network devices as ‘insecure’ and thereby deny them connections to their networks, including by refraining from assigning devices IP addresses? Would such practices require refactoring of router software, and if so, does this complicate the feasibility of such an approach?” Warner asks.

Submission + - White House urges ban on non-compete agreements for many workers (

schwit1 writes: The Obama administration on Tuesday called on U.S. states to ban agreements prohibiting many workers from moving to their employers' rivals, saying it would lead to a more competitive labor market and faster wage growth.

The administration said so-called non-compete agreements interfere with worker mobility and states should consider barring companies from requiring low-wage workers and other employees who are not privy to trade secrets or other special circumstances to sign them.

Nearly every state allows non-compete agreements, and legal battles over their validity are common. Courts in determining whether the agreements are lawful generally focus on the length of time they are in effect, their geographical limits and whether employees had access to trade secrets.

The Obama administration on Tuesday also urged states to ban non-compete agreements that are not proposed before a job offer or promotion is accepted and said employers should not be able to enforce the agreements when workers are laid off.

Submission + - The Future of Sustainable Farming Might Be Bugs (

gthuang88 writes: The idea of insects as a protein source to feed the world isn’t new. But the U.S. agtech industry may be warming up to it. Now a Seattle startup called Beta Hatch is growing and harvesting mealworms and their waste, about 600 pounds a week, and packaging them as chicken feed and fertilizer. The goal is to be healthier and more eco-friendly than traditional feed, which uses soy. Together with companies like Tiny Farms, Exo, and Six Foods, this represents a new wave of efforts to commercialize insects for sustainable food and farming.

Submission + - Science announces winner of "Dance Your PhD" contest (

sciencehabit writes: Every year, Science asks researchers around the world to interpret their PhDs in dance form. The results are often quite impressive, and frequently hilarious. This year's winner incorporated tap dance, salsa, circus, and what can only be described as a cow doing the worm. The final scene depicts the ugly truth about Ph.D. research: Sometimes it just doesn’t work. A dancing scientist laments “Whyyyyy ?” as the experiment—and the entire dance—falls apart.

Submission + - Cisco Creates System To Clamp Down On Video Piracy And Illegal Streams

Mickeycaskill writes: The days of watching a live stream of pirated TV and movie content could be numbered thanks to a new system from Cisco, which promises to automatically close down live streaming private networks and the “illegal redistribution of content on the open internet.”

To tackle the pirates, Hollywood Studios and Pay TV channels have relied on issuing legal notices (known as ‘DMCA notices’), but these often prove ineffective when pirate services can stream huge amounts of content very quickly, or alternative move their servers to another geographic location.

Cisco did admit that “escalation to infrastructure providers works to an extent, but the process is often slow as the pirate services will likely provide the largest revenue source for many of the platform providers in question.”
It said that its Streaming Piracy Prevention (SPP) service “utilises technology to locate illegal redistribution of content on the open internet and closed pirate networks.”

“Using a forensic watermark it identifies the subscriptions/sessions used to source the content, and shuts down the source through the video security system – all in real-time,” said Cisco. “The process is fully automated, ensuring a timely response to incidents of piracy.”

In recent years, Cisco has expanded beyond networks into content delivery and works with the likes of Sky.

Submission + - H-ROS: the Hardware Robot Operating System (

Kassandra Perlongo writes: Game-changer technology in how we build robots. With H-ROS, building robots will be about placing H-ROS-compatible hardware components together to build new robot configurations. Constructing robots will no longer be restricted to a small elite with high technical skills. It will be extended to the wider majority with a general understanding of the sensing and actuation needed for a particular scenario.

Submission + - Global Security Motion Detectors Industry Report (

An anonymous reader writes: The Market Research HUb provides a report that shows how the increasing demand for motion detectors in different countries is leading to a growing demand of these security detectors. Security motion detectors can be segmented into infrared, light sensors, ultrasound, and electromagnetic wave. Infrared sensor is segmented into passive infrared and active infrared. Active infrared dominated the market in 2014 and is expected to retain its dominance during the forecast period of 2016-2020.

Submission + - How is Changing the Future of Computer Science Education

damianwolf writes: Ever wondered how it feels to be a part of a community that thrives on sharing knowledge in form of real world projects? If you haven’t then you probably haven’t visited the, a website fully dedicated to real-world projects developed by engineers all around the world. is fully focused on real projects. There are over 21,000 projects being developed live. On students learn by watching broadcasters working on real projects, e.g. game development, mobile app or website development. In short, students gets to see the whole product development cycle from start to finish. Read more in the next article.

Submission + - Google Identified Major Kernel Vulnerability In Apple's OS And iOS Systems (

An anonymous reader writes: In June Google’s Project Zero team identified a devastatingly effective exploit in Apple’s XNU kernel, and was able to develop perfect privilege escalation attacks by targeting a task port process thread called 'owningTask'. Project Zero member Ian Beer became dubious about the name of the task: 'OwningTask implies an ownership relationship which might lead kernel extension developers to believe that behind the scenes IOKit is actually maintaining an ownership relationship which will ensure that the lifetime of this userclient will always be dominated by the lifetime of the owningTask. This is a dangerous assumption.' Project Zero apprised Apple of the vulnerability at the beginning of June, and initially refused Apple's request for sixty days' grace, but eventually settled on September 21st for disclosure. But when Apple's last-minute September fix turned out to be ineffective, Project Zero agreed to keep quiet, eventually granting Apple nearly five months of silence about the task_t bug — which has now been fixed in the latest updates to Mac OS and iOS.

Submission + - Seagate Releases Its Last High Performance HDD For The Data Center Market (

An anonymous reader writes: Seagate has released the fastest HDD in the world — and for the company, it will be the last, in the light of SSD's dominance in the data center. The 6th-gen range of drives (300-900gb) have write speeds of up to 315mb/s, backed up with 256mb of multisegmented cache and 8mb of non-volatile write cache in support of Seagate’s Advanced Write Caching feature, a notable benefit in random write performance. Despite its dependence on Micron for its own range of SSD offerings, Seagate is prepared to take on competitors with native stock, such as Toshiba and HGST; producers who either have plans to abandon the data center HDD market or are looking to benefit from the last 5 years of a legacy market.

Submission + - Korean Flying telepresence humanoid (

garymortimer writes: Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology's (KAIST) human-drone interaction lab have designed an avatar drone, a flyable humanoid for telepresence.

Submission + - Apparantly, soon we'll hear about a large number of bugs from the Linux world.

An anonymous reader writes: There are restless developers of PVS-Studio code analyzer. This is such a tool that will draw the attention of the programmer to those code fragments that most likely contain an error. We can say that this is kind of a virtual assistant that does the code review and warns if he doesn't like something. And does it quite successfully. For example, not so long ago the guys reported that they found more than 10000 bugs in open-source projects.

The main point of the news is in the following. Until recently, the PVS-Studio tool was only available to Windows developers. Although the authors have written several articles about the check of Linux projects as an experiment, that doesn't count. Now the distribution kit is available for Linux developers as well.

Those who are willing to try out the new tool can find it on the download page. Here you can read the information of how to check your project.

I think this event is quite important and interesting. Soon we will probably see a lot of mentioning of this product: how this tool will find another bug in a popular Linux project. On the website of the authors you may find their blog and Twitter where they will most likely describe those interesting moments, connected with the Linux version. They have quite a funny blog that can be called "Bugs, bugs are everywhere!" Their logo is hilarious, by the way.

Submission + - Poll: Should Samsung update old phones an extra year?

tacarat writes: Since people can't update their phones to the newer model, should Samsung provide an extra year of meaningful firmware and security updates?
1) Yes
2) No
3) I switched manufacturers
4) Cowboy Neal

Submission + - Nuclear plants leak critical alerts in unencrypted pager messages (

mdsolar writes: A surprisingly large number of critical infrastructure participants—including chemical manufacturers, nuclear and electric plants, defense contractors, building operators and chip makers—rely on unsecured wireless pagers to automate their industrial control systems. According to a new report, this practice opens them to malicious hacks and espionage.

Earlier this year, researchers from security firm Trend Micro collected more than 54 million pages over a four-month span using low-cost hardware. In some cases, the messages alerted recipients to unsafe conditions affecting mission-critical infrastructure as they were detected. A heating, venting, and air-conditioning system, for instance, used an e-mail-to-pager gateway to alert a hospital to a potentially dangerous level of sewage water. Meanwhile, a supervisory and control data acquisition system belonging to one of the world's biggest chemical companies sent a page containing a complete "stack dump" of one of its devices.

Other unencrypted alerts sent by or to "several nuclear plants scattered among different states" included:

Reduced pumping flow rate
Water leak, steam leak, radiant coolant service leak, electrohydraulic control oil leak
Fire accidents in an unrestricted area and in an administration building
Loss of redundancy
People requiring off-site medical attention
A control rod losing its position indication due to a data fault
Nuclear contamination without personal damage

Submission + - White hat hackers pop stock Nexus 6P in five minutes (

mask.of.sanity writes: The Nexus 6P appears to have been hacked with attackers at the Mobile Pwn2Own contest installing malware without user interaction in less than five minutes. The hack attempt is one of many targeting the Nexus 6P, iPhone 6S, and Samsung Galaxy 7. Exploits can earn up to US$125,000 and are provided to phone vendors to develop fixes.

Submission + - Accreditation: Removing the Barrier to Higher Education Reform (

Joe_Dragon writes: Abstract: America’s higher education system is in dire need of reform. The average college student leaves school with more than $23,000 in debt, and total student loan debt in the United States now exceeds $1 trillion. Furthermore, too many students are leaving college without the skills needed to be successful in the workforce. And yet, despite the dire state of today’s higher education system, there is hope on the horizon: By favoring knowledge and skill acquisition over seat time, online options and competency-based learning are disrupting the traditional higher education market and perhaps have laid the foundation for a revitalization of American education. Despite the promise presented by these innovations, however, the antiquated higher education accreditation process remains a considerable obstacle to reform.

Submission + - US Senator wants to know why IoT security is so anemic (

coondoggie writes: The security around the development of Internet of Things products is weak and U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to ask why and what can be done to fix the problem.

Submission + - Russia Unveils 'Satan 2' Missile Powerful Enough To Wipe Out UK, France or Texas (

An anonymous reader writes: Russia has released the first image of its new nuclear missile, a weapon so powerful that it could wipe out nearly all of the United Kingdom or France. The RS-28 Sarmat thermonuclear-armed ballistic missile was commissioned in 2011 and is expected to come into service in 2018. The first images of the massive missile were declassified on Sunday and have now been published for the first time. It has been dubbed "Satan 2," as it will replace the RS-36M, the 1970s-era weapon referred to by Nato as the Satan missile. Sputnik, the Russian government-controlled news agency, reported in May that the missile could destroy an area "the size of Texas or France". Russian media report that the missile will weigh up to 10 tons with the capacity to carry up to 10 tons of nuclear cargo. With that type of payload, it could deliver a blast some 2,000 times more powerful than the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Russia reportedly tested a hypersonic warhead in April that is apparently intended for use on the Satan 2 missiles. The warhead is designed to be impossible to intercept because it does not move on a set trajectory.

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