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Submission + - Accenture Wants A Blockchain Editing Tool

Mickeycaskill writes: One of the core principles of Blockchain technology has potentially been undermined by the creation of an editing tool.

The company responsible however, Accenture, says edits would only be carried out “under extraordinary circumstances to resolve human errors, accommodate legal and regulatory requirements, and address mischief and other issues, while preserving key cryptographic features.”

Because Blockchain is effectively run by a network of unrelated computers, it produces a permanent ledger of transactions with which no one can tamper. Until now.

Accenture’s move to create an editing system will no doubt be viewed by some technology observers as a betrayal of what blockchain technology is all about. But the company insisted it is needed, especially in the financial services industry.

“The prototype represents a significant breakthrough for enterprise uses of blockchain technology particularly in banking, insurance and capital markets,” said Accenture.

Submission + - The FBI Appears To Have Caught The 2011 Kernel.org Hacker (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI seems to have solved the mysterious case of the 2011 kernel.org hack, when an unknown attacker breached kernel.org servers and attempted to install a rootkit in the kernel code. As years went by, the Linux Kernel Organization kept avoiding releasing an incident response surrounding the event, irking their community accustomed to more open communication from their leaders. The mystery seems to have been solved when yesterday a Florida man was arrested and charged with "hacking the Linux Kernel Organization" and installing a "rootkit and trojan software," just like in the 2011 kernel.org server breach.

Submission + - Chinese Are Hunting Chinese Over POP3 In Fjord Country (blogspot.com)

badger.foo writes: Yes, you read that right: There is a coordinated effort in progress to steal Chinese-sounding users' mail, targeting machines at the opposite end of the Eurasian landmass (and probably elsewhere), with the attempts coming exclusively from Chinese networks. This weirdness of course turned up on Peter Hansteen's doorstep (or rather his servers), and it's the topic of his latest column.

Submission + - The U.S. plan to bomb Pagan Island, the worst place ever (guamblog.com)

dcblogs writes: The U.S. is being sued over its plan to take one of the Pacific's most beautiful places, Pagan Island, and turn into a training facility and bombing range for the U.S. military. “Families who formerly resided on Pagan would be forever banished from returning to their home island, which would be turned into a militarized wasteland,” according to the lawsuit filed by lawsuit filed by Earthjustice, which is representing some the groups in the Northern Mariana Islands fighting this action. The 18-square-mile island, which is part Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and a U.S. territory, is about about the size of Hartford, Conn. It is a volcanic island, shaped by magma and violent explosions. There are large rock outcrops, cliffs, King Kong Island-type vistas, relatively high elevations and plateaus. The island was evacuated in 1981 because of volcanic activity, but a handful of people have taken up residence. The government's proposal is reminiscent of the takeover of Bikini Atoll in 1946, which was used for nuclear testing. The U.S. Environmental Impact Statement suggest that the government has made plans to protect the native’s island wildlife. For instance, consider the protections for the fruit bat. “The proposed 0.5- mile (0.8-kilometer) buffer zone around each (Fruit Bat) colony will significantly reduce the potential for aircraft strikes of fruit bats.” [Emphasis added]

Comment Re:is torrent still a thing? (Score 4, Insightful) 118

Torrents are not supported by my VPN provider, streaming sites are.

That is more an indictment of the shortcomings of the VPN provider you chose.

Streaming is a 1:Many relationship which is prohibitively costly. For media: This may be subsidized by advertising, tracking, or malware. A 'capture' of a stream will not yield a unique hash so services such as cover art scrapers and subtitle-downloaders will yield non-optimal results. The file is also unlikely to be compressed in a way that maximizes quality while efficiently using disc space and processing power. For applications/OSes: This can become unsustainable for a small company or result in overloaded and slow servers for a large company (ie: ASUS).

Torrents allow for leeching (Many:1) and seeding (Many:Many) which takes the burden off the host, allows redundancy, and achieves far greater speeds than having a single point from which to obtain the files.

Submission + - New browser fingerprinting site launched

AnonymousCube writes: The University of Adelaide and ACEMS has launched a new browser fingerprinting test suite.
On the site you can see what data can be used to track you and how unique your fingerprint is.
The site includes new tests such as detecting software such as Privacy Badger via how social media buttons are disabled and CSS only (no JavaScript or flash) tests to get screen size and installed fonts.

Comment Re:I recommend you don't have anything to do with (Score 1) 7

Don't waste your time voting in a system that was never meant to be for actual people.

While the system is obviously designed to be easily gamed, doing nothing will achieve nothing.

The status quo is maintained by pitting two identical opponents against each other with a massive 'us v them' campaign. Voting for minor parties and independents won't have any bearing on the results of THIS election, but will serve as a catalyst for change in the following ways:

  • 1. Signal to voters that they are not alone in looking at alternatives
  • 2. Signal to parties that their policies are unpopular
  • 3. Signal to potential independent candidates that they have a chance of making change

Submission + - Microsoft will use Windows 10 UWP to kill game vending competitors like Steam (pcgamer.com) 2

slashdot_commentator writes: In an interview with Edge Magazine, Tim Sweeney is claiming that future updates to Windows 10 could serve to erode the usefulness of third-party applications and storefronts like Steam.

Sweeney states, "The risk here is that, if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP, then they phase out Win32 apps. If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library – what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones."

"Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative. That’s exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they’re doing it to Steam. It’s only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan, but they’re certainly trying."

Submission + - Twitter censors #DNCLeaks trending topic and hashtag (hashtags.org)

bongey writes: Twitter censored the 2nd trending topic DNCLeaks hashtag. The trending hashtag #DNCLeaks was climbing over 90k tweets when it disappeared from the trending topics. It was replaced with PraisinTheAsian(17k) and TheWalkingDead(38k). https://www.hashtags.org/analy... https://www.hashtags.org/analy...
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Submission + - Court bans smart meter blueprints from public, requester sued amid terror fears (theregister.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Phil Mocek, the sysadmin-activist at the center of a bizarre legal battle over a smart meter network in Seattle, Washington, says he never expected a simple records request to turn into a lawsuit.

"We all assume these meters simply monitor the amount of energy usage in the home," Mocek explained. "But they monitor it in real time in ways that other meters did not." When he asked Seattle City Light, a public power utility, to provide details on the designs and rollout of its smart power meter grid, he was simply hoping to find out what security safeguards the city and hardware providers Landis+Gyr and Sensus USA planned to use.

This, says Mocek, is where things started to get real odd.

After an email exchange with Seattle City Light officials, he obtained a mix of unredacted and redacted documents by the city, which he uploaded to the web – only to be told that the smart meter suppliers objected to the release of the information on the grounds that the unredacted documents would disclose their trade secrets and open the public to terrorist attacks on their infrastructure. Landis+Gyr and Sensus promptly sued the city, Mocek and Muckrock, and filed for an injunction: ultimately, the suppliers wanted the documents taken down, and the unredacted copies banned from public view.

On Thursday, a temporary restraining order was granted by the King County Superior Court in Washington – and Muckrock founder Michael Morisy confirmed the unredacted documents have been taken down pending the outcome of the case.

Submission + - Craig Wright has publicly identified himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto (bbc.com)

seoras writes: Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has publicly identified himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
His admission ends years of speculation about who came up with the original ideas underlying the digital cash system.
Mr Wright has provided technical proof to back up his claim using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin's creator.
Prominent members of the Bitcoin community and its core development team have also confirmed Mr Wright's claim.

Submission + - Australia's major parties vote against encryption in wake of Apple FBI case (delimiter.com.au) 1

daria42 writes: If you're counting on Apple to keep your digital information safe, you may want to think again ... at least if you live in Australia. Yesterday the country's two major political parties — Labor and the Coalition — voted down a motion in Federal Parliament calling for strong encryption to be supported in the wake of the FBI's demands that Apple unlock iOS. It appears that implementing comprehensive telephone and email retention in Australia may not have been the end of demands by law enforcement in the country.

Comment Slashdot Videos make no sense here (Score 1) 403

While I am sure that you have the stats on how many views the videos attract, I will offer some suggestions.

I watch a lot of videos and also love to watch interviews and watch news stories. However, when I visit Slashdot, it is for the summaries and comments; I am not in a video-viewing mood. It is often at the beginning or end of my day when I want my quiet time; or when I am taking a break and want to minimize sensory load.

I believe that there is a place for Slashdot Videos - and that place is YouTube or an alternative.

Currently, your videos appeal to less than 10% of Slashdot visitors. There is a much larger market available through other streaming services. The difficulty will be in driving traffic to Slashdot from sites like YouTube. Perhaps a weekly news wrap-up (30-60 minutes) video directing people to the relevant articles for more detail will drive traffic.

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