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Submission + - Lightning blamed for deaths of 300 reindeer (

mi writes: More than 300 wild reindeer were recently killed by lightning at a Norwegian national park, officials say.

The Norwegian Environment Agency has released haunting images of reindeer — including women and children — that seemingly fell over where they stood in the grasses of Hardangervidda, the largest high mountain plateau in northern Europe.

Submission + - FBI Orders Teachers To Report Students Who Question Government ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: New federal guidelines have just been introduced across the country, and what they mandate is quite disturbing to civil libertarians. The FBI has now instructed high schools across the nation to report students who in any way criticize government policies and what the report phrases as "western corruption."

The FBI is interested in determining — as part of some warped "pre-crime" program — who might become potential future terrorists.

Submission + - FBI: Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations though unsecured personal server (

gluesniffer writes: An explosive new report reveals just what it is that the FBI is looking to: emails in which then-Secretary of State Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations in Pakistan with her cellphone. From 2011 on, the State Department had a secret arrangement with the CIA, giving it a degree of say over whether or not a drone killing would take place. Under Sec. Clinton, State Department officials approved almost every single proposed CIA drone assassination. The emails that are at the heart of the FBI’s criminal investigation are 2011 and 2012 messages between U.S. diplomats in Pakistan and their State Department superiors in D.C., in which the officials approved drone strikes. Clinton’s aides forwarded some of these emails to her personal email account, on a private server in her home in suburban New York.

Submission + - Class action lawsuit against Microsoft for force upgrades to Windows 10

Sun writes: According to story in Calcalist (in Hebrew, horrible horrible Google translation), a lawsuit seeking class action status has been filed against Microsoft for its forced upgrade policy to Windows 10.

The plaintiffs allege that Microsoft treated their computer as its own, and replaced the operating system installed on many computers with the one it wanted to promote, in direct contradiction to the users' wish. The plaintiffs seek 3 million NIS, to be contributed to a public cause.

Microsoft, in response, said that "the upgrade to Windows 10 is a choice. People get several approval notices, and can reschedule or outright cancel the upgrade, if they so wish. We continue to be responsive to customer feedback and are developing the upgrade experience accordingly. If a customer requires assistance with the upgrade experience, we provide several alternatives, including a free of charge support.

Submission + - Judge Orders "Intentionally Deceptive" DOJ Lawyers To Take Remedial Ethics Class (

An anonymous reader writes: In writing the ruling, Hanen quoted from the scene in "Miracle on 34th Street" when the boy is called to testify to Santa's existence and saying that everyone knows not to tell a lie to the court. Hanen went on to say that that the Justice Department lawyers have an even stricter duty: Tell the truth, don't mislead the court, and don't allow it to be mislead by others.

"The Government's lawyers failed on all three fronts. The actions of the DHS should have been brought as early as December 19, 2014. The failure of counsel to do that constituted more than mere inadvertent omissions — it was intentionally deceptive." Judge Hanen wrote in his ruling.

Hanen ordered that the classes must be "taught by at least one recognized ethics expert who is unaffiliated with the Justice Department."

I wonder if the judge could order the lawyers to jail for contempt of court?

Submission + - Oculus breaks promise, uses DRM to kill app that let you switch VR systems

AmiMoJo writes: As recently as 5 months ago, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey was promising his customers that they could play the software they bought from the Oculus store on "whatever they want," guaranteeing that the company wouldn't shut down apps that let customers move their purchased software to non-Oculus hardware. But now, Oculus has changed its DRM to exclude Revive, a "proof-of-concept compatibility layer between the Oculus SDK [software development kit] and OpenVR," that let players buy software in the Oculus store and run it on competing hardware. The company billed the update as an anti-piracy measure, but Revive's developer, who call themselves "Libre VR," points out that the DRM only prevents piracy using non-Oculus hardware, and allows for unlimited piracy by Oculus owners.

Submission + - Lenovo Patches Serious Flaw In Pre-Installed Support Tool (

itwbennett writes: Lenovo has fixed a vulnerability in its Lenovo Solution Center support tool, which comes pre-installed on many Lenovo laptops and desktops. The vulnerability could allow attackers to execute code with system privileges and take over computers. Users should automatically be prompted to update LSC when they open the application, but in case they don't, they should download the latest version (3.3.002) manually from Lenovo's website. This is not the first time such a vulnerability was found and fixed in LSC. In fact, Lenovo updated an old advisory for flaws reported in December with information about the new vulnerability, making it somewhat hard to spot.

Submission + - Top Security Experts Say Anti-Encryption Bill Authors Are 'Woefully Ignorant'

blottsie writes: In a Wall Street Journal editorial titled "Encryption Without Tears," Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) pushed back on widespread condemnation of their Compliance with Court Orders Act, which would require tech companies to provide authorities with user data in an "intelligible" format if served with a warrant.

But security experts Bruce Schneir, Matthew Green, and others say the lawmakers entirely misunderstand the issue. "On a weekly basis we see gigabytes of that information dumped to the Internet," Green told the Daily Dot. "This is the whole problem that encryption is intended to solve." He added: "You can't hold out the current flaws in the Internet as a justification for why the Internet shouldn't be made secure."

Submission + - Ted Cruz to Name Carly Fiorina as Running Mate ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: The NY Times is reporting:

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, desperate to alter the course of a presidential primary fight in which Donald J. Trump is closing in on victory, will announce Wednesday afternoon that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination, two campaign advisers confirmed.

Submission + - Petya Ransomware Overwrites MBRs, Locks Users Out Of Their Computers (

itwbennett writes: The new Petya ransomware is distributed through spam emails that masquerade as job applications and are targeted at human resources departments, according to Trend Micro researchers. And in a particularly nasty twist, Petya overwrites the master boot record (MBR) of the affected PCs, leaving their operating systems in an unbootable state, researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro said in a blog post.

Submission + - Pornhub Unveils Free VR Porn Channel (

An anonymous reader writes: Big-name pornography website Pornhub has partnered with BadoinkVR, an earl mover and shaker in VR porn, to launch a new section dedicated to immersive adult videos, aka VR porn. "Virtual reality is the next phase in the constantly metamorphosing world of adult entertainment, and will provide users with a mesmeric experience unlike anything they've seen before," Pornhub Vice President Corey Price said in a press release. "Now, our users are not only able to view our content, but be protagonists in the experience and interact with their favorite porn stars." The videos are roughly five-minute-long trailers designed to hook you on the VR porn experience. If you want the full videos, you'll need to sing up for a subscription with BadoinkVR itself, which will unlock the service's full adult-video selection starting at $20 per month. Pornhub is giving away 10,000 free pairs of branded Google Cardboard VR glasses if you are interested in trying out the experience but lack a VR headset.

Submission + - Hertz had sheriffs on hand the day it cut IT (

dcblogs writes: About 300 Hertz IT employees, most located in Oklahoma City, are being impacted a decision to expand its outsourcing to IBM. About 75 will be hired by IBM and those workers were expecting to receive offers this week. Others are facing layoff. The news was a shock for IT employees. There was "anger, resentment," especially by employees who "sacrificed that work/life balance to keep things going here," said one employee. Hertz took precautions. On the day that IT employees learned that their work was shifting to IBM, employees noticed Oklahoma sheriff patrol vehicles in the building's parking lot. They believed plainclothes officers were inside the building.

Submission + - I got hacked mid-air while writing an Apple-FBI story ( 1

schwit1 writes: Just before midnight last Friday, my plane touched down in Raleigh after a three-hour flight from Dallas. As usual, I'd spent much of the flight working, using American Airlines GoGo in-flight Internet connection to send and answer emails. As I was putting on my jacket, a fellow in the row behind me, someone I hadn't even noticed before, said: "I need to talk to you." A bit taken aback, I replied, "It's late ... need to get home."

"You're a reporter, right?"

"Um, yes."

"Wait for me at the gate."

[I didn't answer, but I did wait.]

"How did you know I was a reporter?" I asked while we started walking.

"Are you interested in the Apple/FBI story?" he responded, ignoring my question.

"Kind of. Why are you asking me that?" I thought he was some kind of creepy mind reader.

Then he dropped the bombshell.

"I hacked your email on the plane and read everything you sent and received. I did it to most people on the flight." He had verbatim detail of a long email that he repeated back to me essentially word for word.

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