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Comment Re:No problem (Score 1) 675

The advertisers need to understand that they really can't win this war

I wonder why it would be so difficult.
Just host the ads on your own site, and use a randomised name for the image (ie not /banner_ad.jpg)

And don't use JavaScript to deliver the ad. How is that difficult?

I checked today, and the site was trying to call JavaScripts from fourteen domains!
And that doesn't count nested calls, which they have a lot of.
Fourteen! The mind reels.

Submission + - Cheap Web Cams Can Open Permanent, Difficult-To-Spot Backdoors Into Networks

An anonymous reader writes: They might seems small and relatively insignificant, but cheap wireless web cams deployed in houses and offices (and connected to home and office networks) might just be the perfect way in for attackers. Researchers from the Vectra Threat Lab have demonstrated how easy it can be to embed a backdoor into such a web cam, with the goal of proving how IoT devices expand the attack surface of a network. They bought a consumer-grade D-Link WiFi web camera for roughly $30, and cracked it open.

Submission + - RIP Alan Rickman, AKA Hans Gruber, Severus Snape

TigerPlish writes: Variety reports Rickman died after a short bout of cancer, and was surrounded by friends and family when he went.

While some may question how is this News for Nerds, I'm of the opinion that Harry Potter was, is, and will always be a nerd favorite.

Submission + - More People In Europe Are Dying Than Are Being Born (phys.org)

jones_supa writes: More people in Europe are dying than are being born, according to a new report co-authored by a Texas A&M University demographer. In contrast, births exceed deaths, by significant margins, in Texas and elsewhere in the United States, with few exceptions. The researchers find that in Europe, deaths exceeded births in most of the counties of Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, as well as in Sweden and the Baltic States. Further south, natural decrease is found occurring in the majority of the counties of Greece, Portugal and Italy. More births than deaths (natural increase) is widespread in Ireland, Cyprus, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Luxembourg. "Natural decrease is much more common in Europe than in the U.S because its population is older, fertility rates are lower and there are fewer women of child-bearing age," the researchers explain. "Natural decrease is a major policy concern because it drains the demographic resilience from a region diminishing its economic viability and competitiveness."

Comment Not At All Surprising (Score 1) 446

I remeber reading - decades ago - how the US Military (some division or other) was researching drugs that would increase human intelligence - if only for a short while. No doubt that work continued. One of the most promising was "Lysergine", which is (I believe) a chemical percussor to (or derivative of) LSD.

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