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Submission + - please help exploit EASTLINK for halloween

rewindustry writes: or for any other reason really – except criminal, of course – i just thought halloween made a nice headline.

EASTLINK internet have exposed, and are deliberately continuing to expose, the majority of their customers, including those on COAST CABLE and DELTA CABLE, to malicious exploit.

eastlink are now actively denying that the leak exists.

this places the burden of proof on me.

i’ve tried every avenue i can think of – i’ve written to Ars Technica, the CBC, the Globe&Mail, my own local newspaper, the canadian CRTC, the UBC law students, and i’ve even tried to ask slashdot for advice.

nobody seems to care.

i am sick of this matter, and i feel i have done my share.

now it is your turn

please watch this space – over the next two days i will describe the leak and the exploit in detail.

Submission + - Breakthrough optical rectenna turns light directly into usable electricity (

Taffykay writes: A new breakthrough from Georgia Tech is likely to revolutionize the renewable energy industry. The optical rectenna is composed of tiny carbon nanotubes and rectifiers that capture light and convert it directly into DC current. The nanotubes create an oscillating charge that moves through the rectifier, switching on and off at high speeds, thereby creating a small electrical current. Billions of rectennas together can generate a more substantial current, resulting in renewable energy that is both significantly cheaper than conventional solar and more efficient.

Submission + - The difficulty getting a machine to forget anything (

An anonymous reader writes: When personal information ends up in the analytical whirlpool of big data, it almost inevitably becomes orphaned from any permissions framework that the discloser granted for its original use; machine learning systems, commercial and otherwise, end up deriving properties and models from the data until the replication, duplication and derivation of that data can never hoped to be controlled or 'called back' by the originator.

But researchers now propose a revision which can be imposed upon existing machine-learning frameworks, interposing a 'summation' layer between user data and the learning system, effectively tokenising the information without anonymising it, and providing an auditable path whereby withdrawal of the user information would ripple through all iterations of systems which have utilized it — genuine 'cancellation' of data.

Comment "not possible" is executive speak, in this case. (Score 1) 203

as others have said, from the technical end (speaking from experience), there are plenty of ways to skin a cat like this, from emulation through porting, depending on the situation, and generally none of these are difficult to actually DO.

the only problem is you have to hire an actual programmer - someone who really can read and translate the code.

you cannot fix this with money, the solution does not come in a box, like executives do.

in short, if it was written by a coder, you need to hire a coder to fix it.

that simple.

good luck finding a real one, though.

and ps, this is not a bug, it is a feature - we value employment.

all three of us.

Submission + - A More Down-To-Earth Way to Bring the Internet to the Rest of the World (

An anonymous reader writes: Elon Musk wants to bring the internet to less-developed countries using satellites. Facebook wants to use drones. Google's betting on balloons. These crazy high-tech solutions are interesting, but are they really needed? Mark Summer doesn't think so. His company focuses on building out internet infrastructure the old fashioned way: trenching pipes, raising cell towers, and getting local governments to lease what they've already installed. "A major problem in emerging countries is that when Internet access is available, it’s often expensive. That’s due in part to a lack of competition among providers ... While the costs of terrestrial Internet connections are high, they’re relatively predictable. And the business model is proven around the world."

Submission + - Damaged Spinal Cord "Rewires" Itself With Help of Electrical Stimulation (

the_newsbeagle writes: Many prior experiments that tried to restore function after a spinal cord injury have used electrical stimulation to replace the signals from the brain, essentially implanting a replacement nervous system. But a new project instead used electrical stimulation to encourage the natural nervous system to adapt to a severe injury. When researchers repeatedly jolted a rat's damaged spinal cord at the precise moment that it tried to move a paralyzed limb, its nervous system developed new neural pathways that detoured around the site of injury in the spine. Researchers don't think it grew new neurons, but think instead that new connections formed between surviving neurons.

Submission + - APIs, not apps: What the future will be like when everyone can code (

An anonymous reader writes: A couple of decades ago, if you spent every day in chat rooms with your friends, you were a nerd. Today if you do the same thing, you're just the average Facebook user. And so it's no surprise there's a gold rush mentality in the learn-to-code movement. With the tech industry booming and its products so pervasive in our lives, the allure of six-figure tech salaries make plenty of people pack up and head West (literally).

And just like in the gold rush of the 19th century, there are plenty of people looking to get rich not by mining, but from outfitting the miners. Coding academy websites, boot camps, and tech book authors (such as myself) all offer the means to obtain these coding skills. I think some of these groups push the promise of dotcom riches from their products more than they should. In obtaining the "literacy of the 21st century", there's plenty of hype to go around.

In his article on, software developer and tech writer Al Sweigart explains what a future where everyone knows how to code will look like.

Comment HOW is slashdot not immune to this? (Score 1) 172

i don't pretend to understand the system, but if this made it through, slashdot is clearly broken.

it does not seem possible that rubbish like TFA could make it through the review process.

am i therefore correct to assume that slashdot, being owned, now posts what it wants, when it wants?

irrespective of the algorithm that supposedly IS slashdot?

please tell me i'm wrong..

i usually am.

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