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Comment Re:List of Vulnerable Banks / Bank Apps, Please? (Score 1) 139

When Joe Graduate hears how "basic" and "easy" this securing software stuff is, from people like you that have no clue, they go off and do it themselves

No that is not even close to a major problem. The big problem with software security is that it is usually an afterthought. Poor security does not impeded the normal operation of software, so it is extremely common for management to de-emphasize or even ignore it completely. And then once the software is up and running, retrofitting security into a system is super-expensive so the mindset becomes something like, "why fix a leaky roof if it isn't raining."

So no, the problem is rarely a case of security being deceptively easy, it is a case of bean-counters not assigning enough beans to the effort.

Submission + - Smart Toothbrush Aims for Better Brushing Habits

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: These days, it seems just about every imaginable thing is "connected." There's connected thermostats, locks, refrigerators, forks, and so many more. Now we can add toothbrushes to the list as Brandon Griggs reports at CNN that the Kolibree toothbrush syncs wirelessly with an iPhone or an Android to track brushing habits, announce whether you have brushed thoroughly enough and reward you for good oral hygiene. "It works just like a regular toothbrush," says Renee Blodgett. "The only difference is that all the data is stored on your phone so you can see how you're brushing." Users download a mobile app and connect via Bluetooth, and the Kolibree documents every brushing via three sensors that record 1) how long you brush, 2) whether you brush all four quadrants of your mouth, and 3) whether you brush up and down (good) instead of just side to side (bad). "Before Kolibree, the issue is that there has been no easy and quick way to monitor whether you're doing an A+ job or a C- one when you brush, so how can you improve on a habit you don't have any data about?." There's a bit of gameplay built in, which challenges users to do better next time, and the company has created an API, hoping that third-party developers will come up with additional apps that will inspire users to brush more and more effectively writes Daniel Terdiman. "With individual health getting more attention than ever, it's certainly possible people will see the benefit of something that keeps a close eye on how well they're treating their teeth, and which challenges them to do better."

Submission + - Hackers gain 'full control' of critical SCADA systems (

mask.of.sanity writes: Researchers have found holes in industrial control systems that they say grant full control of systems running energy, chemical and transportation systems. They also identified more than 150 zero day vulnerabilities of varying degrees of severity affecting the control systems and some 60,000 industrial control system devices exposed to the public internet.

Comment Re:Clever? (Score 1) 229

Your flaw is comparing corps to people. They're not people, and should be compared to other corps.

Maybe in some other context you might be have a pint, but not when it comes to government representation. Politicians are not supposed to represent corps, only people since elections are by the people. Lobbying is a way for corps to purchase representation, therefore it is not acceptable no matter how many corps do it.

Comment Re:Clever? (Score 1) 229

Lobbying is more like speeding. If all the traffic around you is going ten miles over the limit, you are NOT contributing to the greater good by adhering to the law. You're making yourself an obstacle.

Doing the right thing can be complex.

You keep digging that hole. Now corporations have a moral imperative to lobby in order to not endanger everyone else? WTF is wrong with you?

You keep missing the key point - corps are a tiny minority, if that, of the citizenry. This isn't a case of all the traffic speeding and them just keeping up, it is a case of 99.99% of the traffic moving at walking speed and this handful of aholes going at 100mph.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What next for Slashdot? ( 8

AmiMoJo writes: Most of you are probably aware of the beta site, and there have even been a few survey emails going around. For some reason no-one thought to use the actual site's discussion system to ask about the future of Slashdot. Times are changing and Slashdot needs to make enough money to continue, but at the same time almost all the site's value comes from the user comments. What should Slashdot do to ensure it lives on for the next 15+ years, and what can we do to help?

Submission + - Spy Cam Found in American Airlines Lavatory (

mreed911 writes: Someone staring at the ceiling while "doing their business" in a lavatory on an American Airlines 767 from New York to San Francisco noticed something that didn't belong — a spy cam. Apparently some flash-drive/cam combo, the object was simply taped to the ceiling. No reports as to whether anyone on the plane claimed ownership, but the plane was diverted to Kansas City, evacuated and searched. So far, NBC News is the only one reporting the story.

Comment Re:Clever? (Score 1) 229

I see, so expecting one and only one telco to opt out of the lobbying process is normal behavior, then, is it?

It is truly stunning how you've missed the point. I sincerely believe you are a psychopath now. I'll spell it out ... when a specific group decides to do something bad that doesn't make it neutral just because they are all doing it. Your argument is akin to saying, if a gang requires each member to commit a murder in order to be inducted, then that's not bad, its neutral because everybody in the gang did it -- totally normal behavior for gangs.

Submission + - The Other Exam Room: When Doctors "Google" Their Patients

theodp writes: Writing in the NY Times, Dr. Haider Javed Warraich shares a dirty little medical secret: doctors do "Google" their patients, and the practice is likely to only become more common. And while he personally feels the practice should be restricted to situations where there's a genuine safety issue, an anecdote Warraich shares illustrates how patient search could provide insight into what otherwise might be unsolved mysteries — or lead to a snap misdiagnosis: "I was once taking care of a frail, older patient who came to the hospital feeling very short of breath. It wasn’t immediately clear why, but her breathing was getting worse. To look for accidental ingestions, I sent for a drug screen and, to my great surprise, it came back positive for cocaine. It didn’t make sense to me, given her age and the person lying before me, and I was concerned she had been the victim of some sort of abuse. She told me she had no idea why there was cocaine in her system. When I walked out of the room, a nurse called me over to her computer. There, on, was a younger version of my patient’s face, with details about how she had been detained for cocaine possession more than three decades earlier. I looked away from the screen, feeling like I had violated my patient’s privacy. I resumed our medical exam, without bringing up the finding on the Internet, and her subsequent hospital course was uneventful."

Submission + - Homeland Security Director used handgun targeting laser as presentation pointer (

McGruber writes: The Albany, NY Times Union newspaper reports ( that Jerome M. Hauer, the New York State Director of Homeland Security, took out his handgun and used its laser sighting device attached to the barrel as a pointer during a presentation given in the "highly secure" state emergency operations center below NY State Police headquarters.

Three Swedish emergency managers in the audience were rattled when the gun's laser tracked across one of their heads before Hauer found the map of New York at which he wanted to point. Hauer was disabled by a stroke a few years ago and can be unsteady.

Although Hauer is not a law enforcement official, he carries his loaded 9-millimeter Glock in a holster into state buildings, which is an apparent violation of NY State's Public Facilities Law prohibiting employees from entering state buildings with weapons.

Submission + - MPAA joins the W3C 1

Presto Vivace writes: TechDirt:

The W3C has been at the forefront of open standards and an open internet for many years, obviously. So it's somewhat distressing to see it announced this morning that .

So does the W3C still support open standards?

Submission + - Security Leaders Call For RSA Boycott (

judgecorp writes: Following reports that RSA Security colluded with the NSA to include a back door in its BSafe product, some security researchers cancelled their talks at the RSA Security event. Now some are calling for an outright boycott of the firms products, pointing out that the RSA show has little to do with the EMC-owned company. Cambridge cryptography professor Ross Anderson backed the boycott, likening RSA to a partner caught having an affair.

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