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Comment Re:Used to work here, and... (Score 2) 161

Me personally? No. Others though, especially when they're less-computer-literate business travelers (or tourists) and need a quick turnaround? I'm not saying it's smart, but it's understandable why they'd do it.

If they'd actually hired people on the ground who knew what they were doing (or let existing employees who knew what they were doing actually DO something,) it might have actually been a worthwhile service. As it was when I worked there though, if anything needed to be done, you connected it up to a remote session to India and let who-the-hell-knows-who-they-are do whatever work was "required." Having watched them do their thing, it's something that even 7 years ago I could have done in half the time it took them.

I sold the services when necessary, if only because I needed some minor piddly things like food and housing, but GTFO'd as soon as I could.

Submission + - New Wave Of Targeted Attacks Focus On Industrial Organizations (helpnetsecurity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered a new wave of targeted attacks against the industrial and engineering sectors in 30 countries around the world. Dubbed Operation Ghoul, these cybercriminals use spear-phishing emails and malware based on a commercial spyware kit to hunt for valuable business-related data stored in their victims’ networks. Operation Ghoul is only one among several other campaigns that are supposedly controlled by the same group. The group is still active, and in total more than 130 organizations from 30 countries, including Spain, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, India, Egypt, United Kingdom, Germany, Saudi Arabia and other countries, were successfully attacked by this group.

Submission + - Intel To Manufacture Rival ARM Chips In Mobile Push

An anonymous reader writes: Chip maker Intel has entered an unlikely partnership with British semiconductor firm ARM in an effort to boost opportunities for its foundry business. The licensing agreement, which was confirmed at the Intel Development Forum in San Francisco, means that from 2017 Intel’s Custom Foundry will manufacture ARM chips – used by smartphone giants such as Apple, Qualcomm and Samsung. On the announcement of its latest earnings report, Intel was clear to highlight a shift in focus, away from the traditional PC market, to emerging areas such as the Internet of Things and mobile – a sector dominated by one-time arch rival ARM. It seems that Intel has now decided to surrender to the latter’s prominence in the field.

Submission + - 10 Year-Old Teaches Hackers a Valuable Lesson In Privacy (csoonline.com)

itwbennett writes: At r00tz Asylum, a kids-only gathering at DEF CON, 10-year-old Evan Robertson presented his first-place winning school science fair project, which showed how quickly people will hand over their privacy for a little free Wi-Fi. Robertson set up a Wi-Fi hotspot with terms-of-service that would allow him to access or modify connecting devices 'in any way.' In his science fair experiment, 76 people at local malls and stores connected to his hotspot, and 40 of them (52%) accepted the TOS to gain access. And, proving that security pros aren't all quite as privacy-minded as you might expect them to be, Robertson later set up his hotspot at BSides San Antonio, where 41 people connected to his hotspot, and 20 of them accepted the TOS.

Submission + - Mobile providers sell data about user location to third parties (observer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Observer got a look at some aggregated data about two Donald Trump rallies in Indiana before the primary in that state, and it illustrated the kind of data mobile providers can collect and that they also sell.

For example, he said, there were an unusually high number of Android users in the audiences. “This is somewhat indicative of a lower income bracket,” he explained. Saying that the Samsung S5 was the most popular phone at the two events, “which is kind of an old phone. These are not people buying the latest technology,” he said.

As the old adage goes: if you don't pay for the product, you are the product. Except, consumers do pay for mobile service, yet they still become products.

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6 Million Americans Exposed To High Levels of Chemicals In Drinking Water, Says Study (businessinsider.com) 166

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Business Insider: A new study out Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters looked at a national database that monitors chemical levels in drinking water and found that 6 million people were being exposed to levels of a certain chemical that exceed what the Environmental Protection Agency considers healthy. The chemicals, known as poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, are synthetic and resistant to water and oil, which is why they're used in things like pizza boxes and firefighting foam. They're built to withstand the environment. But PFASs also accumulate in people and animals and have been observationally linked to an increased risk of health problems including cancer. And they can't be easily avoided, like with a water filter, for example. You can view the chart to see the tested areas of the U.S. where PFASs exceed 70 ng/L, which is what's considered a healthy lifetime exposure.
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Man Builds Fully-Functional Boeing 737 Flight Simulator In His Son's Bedroom 128

laejoh writes "An aeroplane enthusiast has taken his obsession a step further than most after using his son's bedroom to build a Boeing 737 flight simulator that exactly mimics the real thing. Laurent Aigon, 40, from Lacanau in France, has spent the last five years collecting and buying components from around the world with best friend and fellow enthusiast (obviously) Jean-Paul Dupuy. The pair spent thousands of euros on internet orders for bits and pieces to construct the simulator – which is so realistic that the Institute of Aircraft Maintenance at Bordeaux-Merignac Airport asked him to give a lecture on his achievement. Mr Aigon has since schooled himself in all the procedures for take off and landing and says he is able to fly his 'plane' just like a real-life pilot."

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