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Submission + - Dutch electric trains become 100% powered by wind energy

AmiMoJo writes: All Dutch electric trains are now powered by wind energy, the national railway company NS has said. An increase in the number of wind farms across the country and off the coast of the Netherlands had helped NS achieve its aim. One windmill running for an hour can power a train for 120 miles, the companies said. They hope to reduce the energy used per passenger by a further 35% by 2020 compared with 2005.

Submission + - Police Officer Says Convicted Hackers Should Wear Wi-Fi Jammers

AmiMoJo writes: Cybercriminals do stuff online, so punish them by taking away their internet access. It’s as simple as taking a crowbar from a burglar. Or is it? Chief Superintendent Gavin Thomas, the president of the Police Superintendents’ Association of England and Wales, suggested in an interview that wifi jammers – devices worn on the ankle or wrist to block the internet – could serve as a smarter punishment for cybercrimes than prison. “We have got to stop using 19th-century punishments to deal with 21st-century crimes.”

Submission + - Researchers warn of fingerprint theft from V sign (japantimes.co.jp)

AmiMoJo writes: The V sign, made by holding up two parted fingers and commonly called the peace sign in Japan, may allow fingerprints to be copied from photographs, researchers warn. Research by a team at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) were able to copy fingerprints based on photos taken by a digital camera three meters away from the subject.

Submission + - British man convicted of terrorism offence after refusing to reveal iPhone PIN (theregister.co.uk)

AmiMoJo writes: A former soldier from Wales has pleaded guilty to a terrorism offence after failing to reveal his mobile phone PIN to police. Robert Clarke had been arrested at Heathrow Airport in September as he tried to leave the UK to go and fight against Islamic State terrorists in Syria. He was stopped and searched, and then arrested while waiting to board a flight to Jordan, from where he planned to join Kurdish anti-IS militants. Police seized his passport and phone. Clarke's offence was to obstruct a search carried out under the notorious Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000 – not in itself a terrorist crime as ordinary people would recognise. He refused to give police the PIN to his iPhone, claiming that he used the fingerprint access method and that he couldn't remember the numerical PIN. A PIN he gave them allegedly did not work.

Submission + - Libreboot is no longer part of GNU

An anonymous reader writes: Richard Stallman has officially announced that Libreboot is no longer a GNU package. The maintainer of Libreboot had tried to leave the GNU project in September 2016, but the departure was not acknowledged until January 2017. Libreboot is a replacement for proprietary BIOS systems, effectively a distribution of coreboot without any binary blobs and adding an automated build/install process.

Submission + - Apple Suppliers Unwilling to Move iPhone Production to the US (softpedia.com)

AmiMoJo writes: According to reports in Chinese media, China-based suppliers aren’t planning to follow Apple should the company decide to move production to the United States, citing the increased costs as the main reason. Lens Technology, which — according to the report — is in charge of manufacturing cover glass that Apple uses on its iPhones, has already said that it’s not planning to transfer its operations to the United States, explaining that labor supply would be substantially higher than in China. The company explained that most of its workforce is less than 45 years old, while in the United States, employees would be over this age and, at the same time, ask for bigger wages. Furthermore, the firm says, many workers in the United States are unlikely to accept its working schedules. Additionally, a second supplier based in Shenzhen (southern China) has explained that it’s nearly impossible for a Chinese company to move operations from China because all partners are in the country and, when requested, they could easily adapt to changes on the fly. The company pointed out that, in some cases, adapting production to new requests takes only 10 days in China, while retooling in the US could take more than a month.

Submission + - Google responds on skewed Holocaust search results

AmiMoJo writes: Google has said it is "thinking deeply" about ways to improve search, after criticism over how some results — including ones discussing the Holocaust — were ranked. Searching for "did the Holocaust happen?" returned a top result from white supremacist site Stormfront, that claimed it did not. "This is a really challenging problem, and something we're thinking deeply about in terms of how we can do a better job," said a Google spokesman. "Search is a reflection of the content that exists on the web. The fact that hate sites may appear in search results in no way means that Google endorses these views." Search Engine Land has some more detailed analysis suggesting that people are actively trying to influence search result rankings on controversial topics.

Submission + - EU ePrivacy Directive makes privacy the default option

AmiMoJo writes: A leak of the EU's new ePrivacy Directive contains strong protections for users. It suggests that web browsers should require affirmative consent from the user before storing third party data (i.e. cookies), and effectively gives legal weight to the Do Not Track flag. The Directive also reduces the need for cookie information messages (the banners EU users see on web sites) and requires software and hardware (including IoT devices) to offer Privacy by Design. For example, browser privacy settings should default to not sharing data and rejecting tracking, and chat clients should default to end-to-end encryption.

Submission + - FBI investigation into GamerGate may have closed

An anonymous reader writes: In early November of 2014, Twitter user @livebeef submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI concerning its investigation into Gamergate. In December of 2016, he finally received his information. It reveals that the FBI began investigating Gamergate very early on and has since closed the investigation, stating, “To date, all available investigative steps failed to identify any subjects or actionable leads.” The heavily redacted 169-page PDF files contain some of the threatening letters sent to Utah State University. Another event detailed an FBI visit to the home of a man whose name was involved in a threatening email. This is most likely YouTube user MrRepzion. Further on, the report details correspondence with one of the victims of the threats, repeatedly cautioning her against taking matters to the media. "I am attempting to collect the evidence for your case that would be useful in prosecution of any subject (once a subject is identified) and it is very difficult to do this when people know about the FBI involved and their need for use of Thor and other Proxies. [sic]”

Submission + - Court: 'Falsely' Accused 'Movie Pirate' Deserves $17K Compensation

AmiMoJo writes: An Oregon District Court has sided with a wrongfully accused man, who was sued for allegedly downloading a pirated copy of the Adam Sandler movie The Cobbler. According to the court's recommendations, the man is entitled to more than $17,000 in compensation as the result of the filmmakers "overaggressive" and "unreasonable" tactics. The defendant in question, Thomas Gonzales, operates an adult foster care home where several people had access to the Internet. The filmmakers were aware of this and during a hearing their counsel admitted that any guest could have downloaded the film.

Submission + - Fake news prompts gunman to "self-investigate" pizza parlor

An anonymous reader writes: A rifle-wielding North Carolina man was arrested Sunday in Washington, DC for carrying his weapon into a pizzeria that sits at the center of the fake news conspiracy theory known as "Pizzagate." DC's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch on allegations of assault with a dangerous weapon. The day before Thanksgiving, Reddit banned a "Pizzagate" conspiracy board from the site because of a policy about posting personal information of others. Alefantis, the pizzeria's owner, told CNN, "What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences. I hope that those involved in fanning these flames will take a moment to contemplate what happened here today, and stop promoting these falsehoods right away."

Submission + - Figuring out Donald Trump's media diet by mining his tweets

An anonymous reader writes: Data journalists pulled 26,234 of Trump's 34,062 tweets (dating from Jun 1 2015 to Nov 17 2016) from the Twitter API and analyzed them for news-sources, producing a long, detailed analysis. The stories shared by Trump’s account throughout his campaign suggest the president-elect has constructed a powerful online filter bubble that largely flatters and confirms that which he claims to be true.

Submission + - Hackers Are Trading Hundreds of Thousands of xHamster Porn Account Details

AmiMoJo writes: Hundreds of thousands of user account details for porn site xHamster are being traded on the digital underground. The database of nearly 380,000 users includes usernames, email addresses, and what appears to be poorly-hashed passwords. The database includes some 40 email addresses belonging to the US Army, and 30 related to various US, UK, and other countries’ government bodies. The hashes in the database have been created with the long-aging algorithm MD5. Hackers can trivially crack these hashes, and plenty of websites exist where anyone can quickly look up the plaintext of an already-cracked hash.

Submission + - Author or curl gets tech support emails for random cars 1

AmiMoJo writes: The author of the popular curl utility has been receiving requests for help from frustrated car owners having difficulty with their infotainment systems. It appears that because his email address is listed on the "about" screen, as required by the curl licence, some desperate users are reaching out to him in the hopes of finding a solution.

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