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Comment No means to access encrypted data is misleading (Score 2) 83

Really now, you have to be an idiot to think that the companies that provide encryption have absolutely _no_ means to break your encryption. Sure, they may not be able to break the encryption by brute force (nobody can really), but they are being misleading. The lie, if you were to call it such, is that anyone that can push software updates to your device, can also push malware to it. This includes software designing by governments with unlimited funds to develop such malware to steal your encryption keys, and issue warrants that order said software companies to push it down to your device. About the only defense against such attacks would be a device that has no "back door" means around authentication while the device is turned on, and one which you never put online for updates from IP addresses that are known to be used by your device, nor serial numbers that uniquely identify your device, so the manufacturers can't target you for delivery of the payload from the authorities.

Come on people, wake up and smell the coffee. Headlines only hype the "we can't break the encryption" stories so the real idiots, the criminals, think they can get away with anything they want. Hopefully the thicker skull monkeys among us actually read this enough times for it to sink in ;)

Submission + - SPAM: iBall Slide 3G 6095-Q700 Price In India

Sanu Kp writes: New Brand Phone by iBall Slide 3G 6095-Q700 hit the mobile and tablet market through it’s amazing, stunning looks and very low price in India that is Rs 8,999 as compared to other android Smartphone’s and Tablet’s . Dual SIM Smart Phone supporting Voice Calling and Data handling. iBall Slide 3G 6095-Q700 is available only in Cobalt Brown Color and you can buy it through Online store’s.
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Submission + - SPAM: Pangu8 iOS 8.1 jailbreak benefits

An anonymous reader writes: Fulfilling our wishes pangu team released pangu8 iOS 8.1 jailbreak to the public. So now you can jailbreak iOS 8 devices using pangu 8 jailbreak tool untetheredly. Yet iOS 8.1 pangu jailbreak is available in Chinese language and only for Windows. Pangu team will out pangu8 in English with the Mac version soon. However evad3rs couldn’t supply a jailbreak 8 tool for the public yet. The iOS 8.1 jailbreak reason to remove software restrictions of iPhone, iPad plus iPod Touch, letting users to run custom applications,
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Submission + - Pumpkart to get $ 15 million funding (

sonia1 writes:, a Chandigarh based e-commerce website, which was started just four months back is in the talks with a group of investors or VC firms to make an infusion of $ 15 million funding. With the unique product range and positive response of pump manufacturers and customers, this website is growing rapidly and become one of India’s fastest growing online portals. It is planning to raise $ 15 million in the first round.

Submission + - SPAM: Apple iPad mini 3 Wifi Price In India, Specs and Review

Sanu Kp writes: Apple has revealed its new iPad Apple iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi which will go In market for sale in coming weeks in different countries. Unfortunately India is not in the list but you can start pre-ordering it from October 17, 2014. You need to know the key features it have
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Submission + - Blender conference 2014 live feed (

An anonymous reader writes: For those digital artists among you who are interested in 3D and open source, you may be interested to know that day two of their three day conference has started. As usual, it takes place in Amsterdam and with enough speakers to need two different rooms. They have a live stream available to watch online, or you can start watching the previous (and future) recordings of the conference on their Youtube channel. You can find the schedule here. It is interesting to see just how far their UI has come along.

Submission + - Cancer-killing stem cells engineered in lab (

SternisheFan writes: Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer.

In experiments on mice, the stem cells were genetically engineered to produce and secrete toxins which kill brain tumours, without killing normal cells or themselves.

Researchers said the next stage was to test the procedure in humans.

A stem cell expert said this was "the future" of cancer treatment.Dr Khalid Shah, lead author and director of the molecular neurotherapy and imaging lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said the results were very positive.

"After doing all of the molecular analysis and imaging to track the inhibition of protein synthesis within brain tumours, we do see the toxins kill the cancer cells."

He added: "Cancer-killing toxins have been used with great success in a variety of blood cancers, but they don't work as well in solid tumours because the cancers aren't as accessible and the toxins have a short half-life."

But genetically engineering stem cells has changed all that, he said.

"Now, we have toxin-resistant stem cells that can make and release cancer-killing drugs."

This study shows you can attack solid tumours by putting mini pharmacies inside the patient...”

Prof Chris Mason
University College London
Chris Mason, professor of regenerative medicine at University College London, said: "This is a clever study, which signals the beginning of the next wave of therapies.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Science Degree (specifically Biology) without Gen Ed requirements

An anonymous reader writes: I want to get into the field of Biology, have always loved the sciences. Bio, Chem, Physics and other classes always fascinated me. Yet History, English, Music/Art bored me. Are there any Colleges/Universities that offer such degrees? I have looked for vocational/trade schools with no luck.

Submission + - Gut feeling that people who are fat, depressed or autistic may need pro-biotics 2

NewsWatcher writes: Australia's ABC is reporting evidence that people who have a range of "Western lifestyle diseases" like obesity, diabetes or allergies may just have a bad batch of intestinal biota.
There a lots of unknowns, but it could be that humans have evolved around the micro-organisms just as much as they evolved around us, and they influence us in ways never imagined before. We could be the willing zombies for the 100 trillion bacteria inside each of us.
Mice given some parasites try to get eaten by cats. The same parasite in humans has been linked to schizophrenia and depression.
The cure — getting someone else's feces transplanted into your intestines.

Submission + - openSUSE Factory to merge with Tumbleweed (

sfcrazy writes: The two projects will merge to become a single release. The release will follow the development cycle of Factory but take the more appealing name ‘Tumbleweed’. Though Factory won’t disappear; it will remain the name of the development process where openSUSE’s new developments are integrated. It will become a ‘development project’ for creating the ‘user-ready’ Tumbleweed.

Submission + - Profits! Profits! Profits! Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a Real Business

theodp writes: According to Steve Ballmer, is not a real business. “They make no money,” Ballmer said on the Charlie Rose Show. “In my world, you’re not a real business until you make some money. I have a hard time with businesses that don’t make money at some point.” Ballmer’s comments come as Amazon posted a $437 million loss for the third quarter, disappointing Wall Street. "If you are worth $150 billion," Ballmer added, "eventually somebody thinks you’re going to make $15 billion pre-tax. They make about zero, and there’s a big gap between zero and 15." Fired-up as ever, LA Clippers owner Ballmer's diss comes after fellow NBA owner Mark Cuban similarly slammed IBM, saying Big Blue is no longer a tech company (Robert X. Cringely seems to concur). "Today, they [IBM] specialize in financial engineering," Cuban told CNBC after IBM posted another disappointing quarter. "They're no longer a tech company, they are an amalgamation of different companies that they are trying to arb[itrage] on Wall Street, and I'm not a fan of that at all."

Submission + - More brainlessness from Ebola experts and government operatives

schwit1 writes: A doctor, having just returned from Guinea where he was frequently exposed to ebola, wandered about New York City for days, thus ignoring government protocols that required him to limit his contact with outsiders.

Lo and behold, 9 days after his return he is diagnosed with Ebola.

However, this isn't the worst of it. The police, after securing the doctor's apartment, removed their gloves and masks used to protect them and dumped them in an ordinary street trash container on a public street.

Submission + - Paranautical Activity Dev Apologizes for Valve Death Threat. (

DemonOnIce writes: Softpedia reported that Mike Maulbeck, one of the developers working at Code Avarice,the independent studio behind Paranautical Activity, has publicly apologized for issuing a death threat to Valve founder Gabe Newell and confirms that he's no longer associated with the team or the game.

Steam is the biggest digital distribution platform available across PC, Mac, and Linux, offering tens of millions of owners access to all sorts of games, such as the recent Paranautical Activity, which was made by startup studio Code Avarice.

Unfortunately, the game was at the center of a massive controversy, as after exiting the Steam Early Access section and becoming fully available on the storefront, Valve mistakenly listed it as still being in Early Access.

This sent one of its designers, Mike Maulbeck, into a Twitter tirade, which ended with a death threat to Valve boss Gabe Newell.

The game was promptly taken off of the Steam storefront, with Valve issuing a statement saying that it doesn't take threats to its employees lightly.

Now, Maulbeck is apologizing for his actions on the Code Avarice blog, and confirms that, while the threat wasn't serious, it was still unwarranted and Valve hasn't made a mistake by delisting the game.

Submission + - Identity as the Great Enabler (

steve_torquay writes: Last week, President Obama signed a new Executive Order calling for “all agencies making personal data accessible to citizens through digital applications” to “require the use of multiple factors of authentication and an effective identity proofing process.”

This does not necessarily imply that the government issue online credentials to all US residents. The National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) is working towards a distributed identity ecosystem that facilitates authentication and authorization without compromising privacy.

NSTIC points out that this is a great opportunity to leverage the technology to enable a wide array of new citizen-facing digital services while reducing costs and hassles for individuals and government agencies alike.

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UPDATE 1-Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services
(Adds confirmation of promotion by Google spokesman). By Alexei Oreskovic. SAN FRANCISCO Oct 24 (Reuters) - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products.
Google giving more control to Android, Chrome chief Sundar PichaiZDNet
Google makes a strategic move, crowns Sundar Pichai as head of product at ... PCWorld (blog)
Google CEO Larry Page appoints Sundar Pichai to lead nearly every product at ... VentureBeat
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