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Submission + - Proposed 'social media ID, please' law met with anger (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: A plan by the U.S. government to require some foreign travelers to provide their social media IDs on key travel documents is being called by critics “ludicrous,” an “all-around bad idea,” “blatant overreach,” “desperate, paranoid heavy-handedness,” “preposterous,” “appalling,” and “un-American." That's just a sampling of the outrage. Some 800 responded to the U.S. request for comments about a proposed rule affecting people traveling from “visa waiver” countries to the U.S., where a visa is not required. This includes most of Europe, Singapore, Chile, Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Travelers will be asked to provide their Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Google+, and whatever other social ID you can imagine to U.S. authorities. It’s technically an “optional” request, but since it’s the government asking, critics believe travelers will fear consequences if they ignore it. People who are traveling from a country where a visa is required, such as India or China, get a security vetting when they apply for a visa at a U.S. consulate, so this proposal doesn’t apply to them. In a little twist of irony, some critics said U.S. President Obama’s proposal for foreign travelers is so bad, it must have been hatched by Donald Trump.

Submission + - What NASA could teach Tesla about the limits of autopilot (scientificamerican.com)

DirkDaring writes: Tesla's autopilot along with Uber, Google and others has gotten seemingly weekly attention in the news for cars which drive by themselves. But another rather large organization has already been down this path for a very long time — NASA. They found that the more foolproof the automation’s performance becomes the harder it is for an on-the-loop supervisor (or driver) is to monitor it, which is the opposite of what Tesla is aiming their autopilot to be.

Submission + - The Epi-Pen price battle hits Congress (cnn.com) 2

Applehu Akbar writes: The recent exorbitant increase in the price of the Epi-Pen injector for epinephrine, a compound that has been generic for years, has now turned into civil war in the US Senate. One senator's daughter relies on Epi-Pen, while another senator's daughter is CEO of Mylan, the single company that is licensed to sell these injectors in the US.

On the worldwide market there is no monopoly on these devices. Manufacturers include Amedra Pharmaceuticals LLC, ALK Abello, Sanofi SA, and Lincoln Medical Ltd, Itelliject Inc, Adamis Pharmaceuticals Corp, Hospira Inc, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd and Antares Pharma Inc. Is it finally time to allow Americans to go online and fill their prescriptions on the world market?

Submission + - SPAM: Seriously, don't drop your Galaxy Note 7

An anonymous reader writes: There’s nothing worse than the seemingly frozen moment after you’ve dropped your phone and have to gingerly pick it up off the floor, as you stare grimly at the face-down device and wonder whether or not your screen survived the landing this time.

That Schrödinger-esque moment is apparently going to be even more harrowing for Galaxy Note 7 users, with Samsung announcing that it will cost $270 to replace a shattered display. Apparently, huge 5.7-inch seamless curved Gorilla Glass 5 screens don’t come cheap.


This kind of cost isn’t unheard of, with new screens for the similarly curved Galaxy S7 Edge also going for $270, but it’s a hefty price to pay, especially when compared with Apple (where the most expensive iPhone screen, for the 6S Plus, goes for $150) or HTC’s Uh Oh program which offers free broken screen repairs in the first year after buying.

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Submission + - Stolen NSA hacking tools reportedly on sale for $8,000 (bgr.com)

alir1272 writes: It’s been a rough week for the NSA, to say the least. Last week, a group of hackers collectively known as The Shadow Brokers allegedly stole and released a treasure trove of NSA hacking tools and exploits. What’s more, the group promised to release even more weapons from the NSA’s cyber arsenal for the right price.

While the initial leak was met with skepticism, researchers and security experts who examined the leak subsequently confirmed that the leaked exploits were very much real. “It definitely looks like a toolkit used by the NSA,” French computer researcher Matt Suiche said after taking a look at the code.

Submission + - Microsoft Buys AI-Powered Scheduling App Genee

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has announced that it has completed its acquisition of artificial intelligence-based meeting scheduling app Genee for an undisclosed amount. The app, which was launched in beta last year, uses natural language processing tools and decision-making algorithms to allow users to schedule appointments without having to consult a calendar. Prior to the acquisition, Genee supported scheduling across Facebook, Twitter, Skype, email, and via SMS. From September 1, Genee will close its own service and will officially join Microsoft, supposedly the Office 365 team. Microsoft believes the addition will help it ‘further [its] ambition to bring intelligence into every digital experience.’

Submission + - Anti-Minimum Wage App launched by Employment Policies Institute

TigerPlish writes: In an example of why it is imperative to question the funding of every single Think Tank and "Resarch Organization," CNN reports the "Employment Policies Institute" — a conservative think tank funded in DC by one Richard Berman — which lobbies against minimum wage hikes for the Restaurant, Hotel, Alcohol and Tobacco industries — has launched an iOS app called Wage Engage. According to another source:

Wage Engage allows business owners to track minimum wage legislation in states relevant to them, and to offer their opinion about the impact of such increases. "You have an asymmetric battle. You have organized labor groups who can devote their entire days to advocating for a higher minimum wage. Then you have small business owners who didn't have the time, or didn't know about [the legislation]. The app lets restaurant owners tell their story in a personal way," says Michael Saltsman, the group's research director.

Please be aware that this "Employment Policies Institute" has nothing to do with the "Economic Policies Institute," which is a liberal think tank, which I'm sure also has its own agenda not aligned with helping The People.

Submission + - We Are All Intuitive Physicists, Scientists Say (gizmodo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Human beings are very good at acting on the fly: swerving to avoid an obstacle in the road, ducking to keep from being hit, or reflexively catching a fly ball. We can do this because the brain is constantly running simulations of the physics involved as we scan our environment, according to a new series of brain imaging studies.

Submission + - Researchers orbit a muon around an atom, confirm physics models are broken (arstechnica.com)

schwit1 writes: The proton's charge radius shouldn't change, and yet it appears to.

This “proton radius puzzle” suggests there may be something fundamentally wrong with our physics models. And the researchers who discovered it have now moved on to put a muon in orbit around deuterium, a heavier isotope of hydrogen. They confirm that the problem still exists, and there's no way of solving it with existing theories.

Submission + - Microsoft Accidentally Leaks Secure Boot Key (threatpost.com)

KLOP5 writes: Two researchers posted a report under pseudonyms this week revealing how Microsoft inadvertently published a Secure Boot key, now allowing self-signed UEFI updates to be installed on a machine as though they had been signed by Microsoft. The Secure Boot policy was originally created for testing purposes. "It’d be impossible in practise for MS to revoke every bootmgr earlier than a certain point, as they’d break install media, recovery partitions, backups, etc,” the researchers wrote in their report. The key could be used to put low-level firmware inside the UEFI of a computer, and would survive operating system formats and storage hardware changes.

Submission + - 'Spectacular fireballs' accompany annual meteor show (bbc.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Observers say the annual Perseid meteor shower was more active than usual across the UK in the early hours of Friday.
The Perseid shower occurs every August but this year scientists say a gravitational nudge by Jupiter made it more intense.
Some researchers were predicting up to 200 meteors per hour in the night sky at the shower's peak.
While Friday was the peak, meteors can be seen for several nights to come.

Submission + - A cloud you can wear? Researchers create wearable cloud jacket with Raspberry Pi (uab.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have developed a wearable personal cloud — a fully functioning, yet compact and lightweight cloud computing system embedded into clothing. The wearable cloud jacket has 10 Raspberry Pi-based compute nodes, and can run individual or cloud applications. This has applications in ultra-inexpensive wearable devices, delegated experience, or smart healthcare or disaster response.

Submission + - SXSW Panel Proposal: Tech's K-12 CS Push Is About Creating Tech-Fluent Customers

theodp writes: As tech giants Microsoft, Google, and Facebook ready teachers to participate in the $4.2B push to make computer science a part of every young person's K-12 education, the motivation ascribed to their efforts by an abstract for a proposed SXSW Panel on Why Big Tech is Investing in Teaching Tech Early (reg. required, screenshot) might raise eyebrows, especially since the panel speakers listed include Microsoft Research VP Jeannette Wing and Apple Sr. Director of Education Content Jason Ediger. "Big tech companies such as Apple and Facebook are behind efforts to teach young kids computer and coding skills — but not for the reasons you may think," reads the SXSW PanelPicker abstract. "Their push has less to do with winning brand loyalty or raising the next tech workforce and more to do with making sure their current and future customers are tech-fluent so they can understand, use and evolve with the increasing pace of technology. To grow, tech companies need a tech-fluent society and a tech-fluent society has broad applications for learning, science and culture."

Submission + - Cryptography Experts Say Apple Needs to Replace iMessage Encryption (softpedia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A team of five cryptography experts from the Johns Hopkins University, including Matthew Green, have published [PDF] a new attack on the encryption mechanism used by Apple's iMessage app. The attack is hard to pull off, and is in the real of state-backed actors, but allows attackers access to historical conversations, and may even be applied on other encryption systems such OpenPGP, and Apple's Handoff service that uses a similar encryption system for file transfers.

"Overall, our determination is that while iMessage’s end-to-end encryption protocol is an improvement over systems that use encryption on network traffic only (e.g., Google Hangouts), messages sent through iMessage may not be secure against sophisticated adversaries," the researchers say. Apple has fixed most of the issues in March, but in the long run, researchers say it would be better just to replace iMessage's encryption system with something better, or even with the newer Signal protocol.

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Journal Journal: unsubbing fun 2

So for the first time in my life I'm trying the "unsubscribe" links at the bottom of emails (from legit vendors). Most have taken me to third party orgs, so I guess the From lines and possibly others are indeed spoofed, as a common practice.

A couple of really spiffy ways of handling unsubs have emerged.

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