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Submission + - DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash (usatoday.com)

turp182 writes: FTA:
Federal drug agents regularly mine Americans’ travel information to profile people who might be ferrying money for narcotics traffickers — though they almost never use what they learn to make arrests or build criminal cases.

Instead, that targeting has helped the Drug Enforcement Administration seize a small fortune in cash.


Submission + - Uber could be banned in New Zealand over safety concerns (nzherald.co.nz)

MoaDweeb writes: Uber — scourge of the taxi industry- is at risk of being banned from New Zealand.
Apparently Uber are not vetting their drivers criminal and medical history sufficiently:

'Uber could be banned in New Zealand if it fails to comply with safety laws, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says.
A ban was not the Government's preferred option, but passenger safety was paramount, Bridges said today.
All drivers in New Zealand need to have a passenger or "P" endorsement to be able to operate a passenger service vehicle.This includes a police check, a fit-and-proper person inspection and regular checks that the driver is able to provide a transport service.
Some Uber drivers already have P endorsements.
But the company has also been carrying out its own vetting policy, which falls short of the standards required under New Zealand law.'

Probably will not amount to much however consistent with Uber's worldwide policy of 'our way not your way'.

Submission + - Police Scotland told to pay journalist £10,000 over illegal intercepts (theguardian.com)

Bruce66423 writes: A former police officer turned journalist whose privacy was criminally breached by Scotland's finest is due to receive £10,000 for the damage their actions caused. Other victims didn't seek compensation. It is not clear whether criminal proceedings against the officers responsible for ignoring clear rules against their behaviour will follow.

Submission + - Apple—and America—have lost the mobile platform war (networkworld.com)

Miche67 writes: New research suggests the battle for mobile dominance between Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android is over--and Android won.

A new report, Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation Q3 2016, says Android now has a 79 percent "mindshare" among mobile developers. In addition, almost half (47 percent) of professional developers now consider Android their primary platform.

Apple, meanwhile, is slipping. The number of mobile developers who consider iOS their primary platform dropped eight points, from 39 percent to 31 percent.

As blogger Fredric Paul writes:

Android has long outsold iOS by a wide margin, but many developers clung to iOS because of its early dominance and wealthier installed base that led to greater familiarity, more app downloads and greater revenue opportunities. But the ever-growing disparity in sheer numbers of users seems to finally have caught up with the developer community.

Submission + - Brains of Overweight People Look Ten Years Older Than Those of Lean Peers (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The brains of people who are obese or overweight appear to have aged an extra 10 years compared to their lean peers from middle age onwards, brain scanning research has revealed. The difference, scientists say, corresponds to a greater shrinkage in the volume of white matter, although they don’t know the cause. It might be down to genes causing both brain-shrinking and obesity, or it could be that changes occurring in the brain lead to overeating. Either way, it does not appear to affect cognitive performance. White matter is tissue, composed of nerve fibers, that aids communication between different regions of the brain. The volume of white matter in a human brain increases during youth and then decreases with age for both lean people and those who are overweight or obese. But researchers have discovered that this shrinkage differs depending on a subject’s BMI. “The overall message is that brains basically appear to be 10 years older if you are overweight or obese,” said Lisa Ronan, first author of the study from the University of Cambridge. Despite a higher BMI being linked to a smaller volume of white matter, it did not appear to have any link to mental prowess, with no difference seen between lean and overweight or obese participants when they were subjected to IQ tests.

Submission + - Malware Linked To Government of Kazakhstan Targets Journalists, and Others (eff.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Journalists and political activists critical of Kazakhstan’s authoritarian government, along with their family members, lawyers, and associates, have been targets of an online phishing and malware campaign believed to be carried out on behalf of the government of Kazakhstan, according to a new report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Malware was sent to Irina Petrushova and Alexander Petrushov, publishers of the independent newspaper Respublika, which was forced by the government of Kazakhstan to stop printing after years of exposing corruption but has continued to operate online. Also targeted are family members and attorneys of Mukhtar Ablyazov, co-founder and leader of opposition party Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan, as well as other prominent dissidents. The campaign—which EFF has called “Operation Manul,” after endangered wild cats found in the grasslands of Kazakhstan—involved sending victims spearphishing emails that tried to trick them into opening documents which would covertly install surveillance software capable of recording keystrokes, recording through the webcam, and more. Some of the software used in the campaign is commercially available to anyone and sells for as little as $40 online.

Submission + - SPAM: Yahoo's anti-abuse AI can hunt out even the most devious online trolls

AmiMoJo writes: Yahoo has created an abuse-detecting algorithm that can accurately identify whether online comments contain hate speech or not. In 90 per cent of test cases Yahoo's algorithm was able to correctly identify that a comment was abusive. The company used a combination of machine learning and crowdsourced abuse detection to create an algorithm that trawled the comment sections of Yahoo News and Finance to sniff out abuse. As part of its project, Yahoo will be releasing the first publicly available curated database of online hate speech. The system could help AIs avoid being tricked into making abusive comments themselves, as Microsoft's Tay twitter bot did earlier this year.

Submission + - Screen overlays, accessibility features, twin tools of modern Android malware (mirmay.com)

mask.of.sanity writes: Screen overlay functions and accessibility features are valuable tools to compromise modern Android operating systems including Android version 5 Lollipop and version 6 Marshmallow. The functions can be exploited to fully compromise phones when paired with clever social engineering tricks.

Submission + - Has Debian updates server DDOS'ed itself? 1

Hemlock Stones writes: I am seeing a 35 program security update for 64 bit Wheezy bring my Update Manager to a total halt while it waits for data/responses from the official North American update server mirror. I have let Update Manager run for over an hour on two different computers for three consecutive days, including today, to no avail. I prefer to stick with the official mirror because I believe (hope) that it is the least likely to be compromised.

I have been having problems with large security updates over the last year or so like completely cutting off downloads in progress sometimes with only seconds remaining to complete and never restart them (OK I only waited 10 minutes a couple of time mainly because I found the best strategy was to cancel the current update attempt and start a new one whereupon the transfer would start back up in fairly quickly and always complete). Or taking minutes to get to start downloading updates and then minutes more to start to install them while sometimes only taking a few 10's of seconds to download and install them. I used the display in terminal option to determine that the delays were always at points where Update Manager was waiting for server data/responses.

The fact that nothing has appeared yet on /. is making me wonder if anybody else is seeing this ?

Submission + - How Some ISPs Could Subvert Your Local Network Security (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: You can see the problem. If your local net has typically lax security, and you don’t have your own firewall downstream of that ISP modem, the modem Wi-Fi security could be disabled remotely, your local network sucked dry late one night, and security restored by the morning. You might not even have a clue that any of this occurred.

Submission + - SPAM: 'Ghostbusters' Is A Perfect Example Of How Internet Movie Ratings Are Broken

AmiMoJo writes: “Ghostbusters,” a revival of the 1984 original, hits theaters nationwide on Friday. As a reboot of a beloved, male-led science fiction film from the 1980s with a female-led cast, the reboot has proved somewhat controversial in the circles you would expect. But regardless of the quality of the film, it serves as a perfect demonstration of why internet movie ratings are inherently a problem. Most fundamentally, single-number aggregations — like those used by sites such as Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IMDb — are pitiful way of explaining the diverse views of critics.

Some stats:

- Metacritic score of 61 out of 100, based on 41 critics.
- Of the reviews aggregated by Metacritic, 24 were positive, 16 were mixed, 1 was negative.
- Tomatometer score of 74 percent “fresh” based on 138 reviews.
- Of those reviews, the average rating was 6.5 out of 10.
- Looking only at top critics, it had a Tomatometer score of 54 percent “fresh” based on 35 reviews.
- Of top reviewers, average rating was 6.3 out of 10.

- IMDb average user rating: 4.1 out of 10, of 12,921 reviewers
- IMDb average user rating among men: 3.6 out of 10, of 7,547 reviewers
- IMDb average user rating among women: 7.7 out of 10, of 1,564 reviewers

(keep in mind that at the time these stats were collected the movie wasn't even in theatres yet, so only reviewers and a few test audiences will have actually seen it)

Submission + - SPAM: Dalai Lama : Refugee Should Only Be Allowed "Temporarily" To Europe

whoop99 writes: Dalai Lama :Tibetan Buddhist Spiritual Leader Says refugee Should Only Be Allowed “Temporarily” To Europe.
Dalai Lama Said Europe Has Let in Too Many Refugees The Lama Also Feel Very Unhappy With The Way Each Individual Refugee. Dalai Lama Said That Each individual “Refugee is the Responsibility Of Every People”.
But There Are Too Many Who Accepted In “Europe”.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - US Navy Faces $600M Lawsuit For Allegedly Pirating 3D VR Software (hothardware.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Navy has been accused of pirating 3D software after first testing a software package offered by Germany compoany Bitmanagement Software GmbH. The company is suing the United States of America for nearly $600 million. HotHardware reports: "According to the court filing, Bitmanagement licensed its BS Contact Geo software for use on 38 Navy computers from 2011 to 2012. This limited rollout was 'for the purposes of testing, trial runs, and integration into Navy systems.' While this test period was underway, the Navy reportedly began negotiating to license the software for use on thousands of additional computers. However, even as the negotiations were ongoing, the Navy decided to go ahead and initiate its full-scale rollout without actually paying for the software. In total, the initial 38 computers allegedly swelled to 104,922 computers by October 2013. As of today, BS Contact GEO is claimed to be installed on 558,466 Navy computers, although 'likely this unauthorized copying has taken place on an even larger scale' according to the filing. As if the unauthorized installation of software onto hundreds of thousands of computers wasn’t enough, Bitmanagement is alleging that the Navy during 2014 began disabling the Flexwrap software that is tasked with tracking the use of BS Contact Geo and helping to prevent it from being duplicated. When this software piracy was taking place, the retail price of a single BS Contact Geo license was $1067.76. With nearly 600,000 computers now in play, Bitmanagement is seeking a whopping $596,308,103 in damages. The lawsuit, which alleges willful copyright infringement was filed on July 15th.

Submission + - NSW government goes in for creepy citizen location tracking (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The New South Wales government has undertaken a project in Sydney's south to determine who lives where and with whom, with the intention of reducing monitoring residents' movements to 30-minute intervals.

Sure this will only be used for urban planning. No one else could possibly want this. What? Only criminals would have to worry about this information being collected. Get back to work citizen your lunch break ended half an hour ago.

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