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Submission + - Magnus Carlsen Defends World Chess Champ Title (worldchess.com)

Wargames writes: All tied up 6-6 after 12 rounds of normal games, GM Magnus Carlsen defeated challenger GM Sergey Karjakin in four rapid chess playoff rounds with a 3-1 score (9-7 overall) to defend his title as World Chess Champion. The final playoff game ended in a stunning queen sacrifice for a great birthday present since the playoff's were played on the champ's birthday.
https://worldchess.com/2016/11...
also
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11...

Submission + - Apparently the NSA whistleblowers failed to disclose the NSA space capability (obamasweapon.com)

strstr writes: NSA space capability is actively being used by local law enforcement agencies today to perform magnetic resonance imaging, electron spin resonance, RADAR, and quantum entanglement scans of our homes, bodies, and brains enabling tracking, memory and thought monitoring, including password and encryption code interception. NSA whistleblower Todd Giffen along with other interesting parties have made the leaks, and dumped the patents behind the technology on obamasweapon.com. This is the same technology used on Saddam Hussein during the Gulf war classified as psychotronics and biocommunications, which was reported by USA Today and the Iraqi newspaper Babel to have caused a blood clot in his brain or heart, normally undetectable to be man-caused. NSA whistleblower Todd Giffen is actively being scanned, irradiated, and no touch tortured with the technology on US soil by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which is deployed across the United States to target and hit all citizens as they please. Dr. Robert Duncan AB, SM, MBA PhD Harvard graduate CIA/DOD/US DOJ/NASA engineer and system architect backs Todd Giffen up as a victim of ruthless people and software on his website drrobertduncan.com. Will someone help? SOS.

Submission + - Firefox Zero-Day Can Be Used To Unmask Tor Browser Users (computerworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A Firefox zero-day being used in the wild to target Tor users is using code that is nearly identical to what the FBI used in 2013 to unmask Tor-users. A Tor browser user notified the Tor mailing list of the newly discovered exploit, posting the exploit code to the mailing list via a Sigaint darknet email address. A short time later, Roger Dingledine, co-founder of the Tor Project Team, confirmed that the Firefox team had been notified, had “found the bug” and were “working on a patch.” On Monday, Mozilla released a security update to close off a different critical vulnerability in Firefox. Dan Guido, CEO of TrailofBits, noted on Twitter, that “it’s a garden variety use-after-free, not a heap overflow” and it’s “not an advanced exploit.” He added that the vulnerability is also present on the Mac OS, “but the exploit does not include support for targeting any operating system but Windows.” Security researcher Joshua Yabut told Ars Technica that the exploit code is “100% effective for remote code execution on Windows systems.” “The shellcode used is almost exactly the shellcode of the 2013 one,” tweeted a security researcher going by TheWack0lian. He added, “When I first noticed the old shellcode was so similar, I had to double-check the dates to make sure I wasn't looking at a 3-year-old post.” He’s referring to the 2013 payload used by the FBI to deanonymize Tor-users visiting a child porn site. The attack allowed the FBI to tag Tor browser users who believed they were anonymous while visiting a “hidden” child porn site on Freedom Hosting; the exploit code forced the browser to send information such as MAC address, hostname and IP address to a third-party server with a public IP address; the feds could use that data to obtain users’ identities via their ISPs.

Submission + - UK government's latest deluded idea: 'banning' underage sexting on social media (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: When the UK government is not busy looking for ways to invade internet users' privacy, it's looking for ways to restrict what they are able to do online — particularly when it comes to things of a sexual nature.

The health secretary Jeremy Hunt has made calls for technology companies and social media to do more to tackle the problems of cyberbullying, online intimidation and — rather specifically — under-18-year-olds texting sexually explicit images. Of course, he doesn't have the slightest idea about how to go about tackling these problems, but he has expressed his concern so that, in conjunction with passing this buck to tech companies, should be enough, right?

Submission + - Glenn Greenwald: Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist (theintercept.com)

MyFirstNameIsPaul writes: From the article:

...the article is rife with obviously reckless and unproven allegations, and fundamentally shaped by shoddy, slothful journalistic tactics. It was not surprising to learn that, as BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel noted, “a lot of reporters passed on this story.” Its huge flaws are self-evident. But the Post gleefully ran with it and then promoted it aggressively, led by its Executive Editor Marty Baron...


Submission + - UK seeks next generation of code breakers (bbc.com)

AHuxley writes: The BBC is reporting on a new plan to shape the UK's intake of code breakers.
500 students will be educated at a boarding school to help with the UK's future cybersecurity needs.
The support will come from a private non-profit consortium.
Maths, computer science, economics, and physics will be part of the curriculum alongside cybersecurity.
The hope is that the UK can find more cybersecurity professionals due to a shortage of critical talent.
Aptitude tests and coding skills will help sort applications.

Submission + - Right-wing Breitbart blocked by AppNexus ad exchange for hate speech (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Right-wing website Breitbart — the darling of the so-called alt-right movement — has been blocked by a leading ad exchange. The site, home to Milo Yiannopoulos (also known as @Nero and banned from Twitter) will no longer be permitted to sell ad space via AppNexus.

The move comes after an audit by AppNexus found that Breitbart was in violation of its policies on hate speech and incitement to violence.

Submission + - U.S. Navy's High-Tech ship loses power in Panama canal (usni.org)

bsharma writes: USS Zumwalt suffered engine failure and collided with lock walls while transiting the Panama Canal. The ship lost propulsion in its port shaft during the transit and the crew saw water intrusion in two of the four bearings that connect to Zumwalt’s port and starboard Advanced Induction Motors (AIMs) to the drive shafts, a defense official told USNI News on Tuesday. The AIMs are the massive electrical motors that are driven by the ship’s gas turbines and in turn electrically power the ship’s systems and drive the shafts.

Submission + - Vietnam abandons plan for first nuclear power plants (reuters.com)

mdsolar writes: Vietnam's National Assembly voted on Tuesday to abandon plans to build two multi-billion-dollar nuclear power plants with Russia and Japan, after officials cited lower demand forecasts, rising costs and safety concerns.

The vote to scrap the country's first atomic energy project deals a blow to the global nuclear business and to Japan's drive to begin exporting reactors after the Fukushima disaster left its nuclear industry in a deep freeze.

The Vietnamese government said in a statement that the decision, made in a closed session of parliament after discussion of a government proposal, was taken for economic reasons and not because of any technological considerations.

Submission + - UK Government Confirm Move to Force ISPs into Blocking "Adult" Sites (ispreview.co.uk) 2

Jigsy writes: As expected the Government has officially announced that Mobile and fixed line broadband providers in the United Kingdom will soon be forced into the mandatory blocking of all “adult” websites; specifically those that fail to offer an adequate method of age-verification for their visitors.

At present all of the biggest fixed line broadband ISPs and Mobile operators have already adopted a voluntary approach to blocking adult sites (Parental Controls), which gives new and existing subscribers a choice about whether or not to enable such censorship on their connection. But even the toughest of these systems will still provide account owners with the option to disable such blocks, yet this flexibility may soon be removed.

Under the new approach the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will be given powers to make Internet Service Providers (ISP) restrict access to pornographic sites that fail to put “tough age verification measures” in place to protect children.

Apparently the requirement to block such “rogue sites” would apply to all websites in the United Kingdom and overseas. Where websites originate in the EU the process will be “compatible with country of origin rules“, which is interesting because some EU states are a lot less puritanical than the UK has recently become.

Submission + - Dutch Science, Men Need Not Apply

greg65535 writes: In order to reduce its gender imbalance, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in Amsterdam will hold special election rounds, one in 2017 and one in 2018, for which only women can be nominated. Source: http://science.sciencemag.org/... (paywalled). No comment.

Submission + - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Allegedly Spotted In Shipping With 10GB Of Memory (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Earlier this week there were rumblings that NVIDIA was rumored to be readying the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a follow-on high end GPU targeted at bringing Titan X class performance to gamers and enthusiasts at a price point somewhere between the Titan X and the GeForce GTX 1080. Though rumored for a CES 2017 unveil, we're also now learning more specifics and possibly even a confirmation of the 1080 Ti's actual existence. Initially spotted on a shipping manifest, details in the shipment of a computer graphics card targeting a destination Indian shipping port via Bangalore Air, point to the NVIDIA nomenclature of PG611 for the GPUl, which designates NVIDIA's GP102, the very same NVIDIA graphics processor that powers NVIDIA's Titan X. The description of the product notes a device dubbed PG611 with the SKU 0010 GPU, that has a 384-bit memory bus and 10240MB GDDR, or 10GB of RAM. Definitively, we can't say that this is confirmation of the GeoForce GTX 1080 TI but a shipment is out there that went from China to India on Novmeber 8th, with a product that very much fits what should its description.

Submission + - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Allegedly Spotted In Shipment With 10GB Of RAM (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: Earlier this week there were rumblings that NVIDIA was rumored to be readying the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a follow-on high end GPU targeted at bringing Titan X class performance to gamers and enthusiasts at a price point somewhere between the Titan X and the GeForce GTX 1080. Though rumored for a CES 2017 unveil, we're also now learning more specifics and possibly even a confirmation of the 1080 Ti's actual existence. Initially spotted on a shipping manifest, details in the shipment of a computer graphics card targeting a destination Indian shipping port via Bangalore Air, point to the NVIDIA nomenclature of PG611 for the GPUl, which designates NVIDIA's GP102, the very same NVIDIA graphics processor that powers NVIDIA's Titan X. The description of the product notes a device dubbed PG611 with the SKU 0010 GPU, that has a 384-bit memory bus and 10240MB GDDR, or 10GB of RAM. Definitively, we can't say that this is confirmation of the GeoForce GTX 1080 TI but a shipment is out there that went from China to India on Novmeber 8th, with a product that very much fits what should its description.

Submission + - What will privacy be like with Trump in charge of the US intelligence network? (theguardian.com)

sandbagger writes: On the campaign trail, Trump made an ambiguous remark about wishing he had access to surveillance powers. “I wish I had that power,” he said while talking about the hack of Democratic National Committee emails. “Man, that would be power.” He shortly will, and the privacy implications may well be considerable. The Obama administration introduced a few concessions to the privacy lobby following Snowden’s revelations, he left the rest of the surveillance apparatus untouched. His approach has been to offer a modicum of transparency, much of it forced on him by the courts, in place of reform. Will that trend continue under the incoming US president?

Submission + - Muslim Student Charged for Trump Hate Crime Hoax (breitbart.com)

Okian Warrior writes: A Muslim student who reported her hijab was pulled from her head and was robbed by Trump supporters will now face charges for the false claims.

The 18-year-old college student told police that white men shouting racial slurs at her drove up in a truck and struck her multiple times in the back, while also stealing her hijab and wallet.

Following the accusation, Lafayette police said there were no witnesses or surveillance footage to back up the story.

“During the course of the investigation, the female complainant admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males,” Lafayette police said in a statement. “This incident is no longer under investigation by the Lafayette Police Department.”

Now, the Muslim student is being charged with filing a fake police report, as a Lafayette police spokesman confirmed.

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