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Hardware

Submission + - Server Farms Step Up Efforts to Reduce Water Waste (datacenterknowledge.com)

miller60 writes: How much water does your data center use? Is it more or less than last year? The largest data centers are working to slash their water use, and the industry has developed metrics and best practices in hopes of reducing the impact of server farms on local potable water supplies and sewer capacity. Facebook sees data center design as the key to reduced water impact, and last week published data on its water use and efficiency, Google and Microsoft have focused their efforts on using recycled "gray water" in their cooling systems, rather than potable water.
Security

Submission + - Who is Using the Commercial Cyberespionage Tool FinFisher? (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Malware development has long stopped being the exclusive domain of individuals and groups looking for strictly fame or money. As years passed and everybody and everything went online, governments and intelligence agencies have also discovered the immense possibilities of using legal (or not) malware to spy on its potential enemies. Sometimes they use cyberespionage tools legally offered by companies such as the Gamma Group International, a British firm that sells surveillance and monitoring solutions to national and state intelligence departments and law enforcement agencies. One of the solutions sold by the company is FinFisher, a piece of spyware that records chats, screenshots, keystrokes, grabs other information from infected systems and passes it on to its operators. Security researchers have long wanted to analyze FinFisher, but until recently couldn't get their hands on a sample. That all changed when two pro-democracy Bahraini activists reported receiving emails they suspected was carrying malware. According to Nicole Perlroth, two security researchers from Toronto analyzed the emails' payload and discovered FinSpy, which is part of the FinFisher spyware tool kit, and that it is used purposes other than pinpointing criminal activities.
Privacy

Submission + - Group of Activists to Shame Tech Biggies with Bad Terms of Service (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: A group of internet activists is going to launch a new rating system for the web this week to rate and analyze the dense and obscure terms of service and privacy policies on websites. The rating system, dubbed 'TOS;DR' or 'Terms of Service; Didn't Read', started off back in June this year and has been functional since then. But, the official launch is going to happen in Berlin at the Telefonica's Campus Party 2012 tech festival. The rating system is aiming to classify popular websites on the basis of transparency of their terms of service. We aim to fix that," reads the site. The group is going to work towards building "a transparent and peer-reviewed process to rate and analyse Terms of Service and Privacy Policies".
Facebook

Submission + - New Facebook cameras that recognize you every time you walk into a shop (dailymail.co.uk) 1

plastick writes: Shoppers could soon be automatically recognized when they walk into a shop using a controversial new cameras installed by Facebook in retail areas.

Called Facedeals, the camera uses photos uploaded to Facebook to recognise people as they walk in. Shoppers who agree to use the system, which has not been developed with Facebook, will be offered special deals.

The system is already being trialled in Nashville shops and bars. Is this the next level of Facebook's invasion of privacy?

Robotics

Exoskeletons For Rent In Japan 226

destinyland writes "Cyberdyne has started renting their exoskeleton body suits in Japan. The mind-controlled wearable machine increases strength and endurance, and rents for $2,300 a month. (Sensors on the skin detect traces of nerve signals from the brain, synchronizing the power suit's movements with the user's own limbs.) New video shows the suits in use on the streets of Tokyo, and the concept may be catching on. DARPA now has a program called Exoskeletons for Human Performance Augmentation 'to develop devices and machines that will increase the speed, strength and endurance of soldiers in combat environments.'"
Idle

Quarter of Brits Think Churchill Was Myth 3

Just so you don't think Americans are the only people who have no clue when it comes to their history, a recent survey found a fair number of British people believe that Churchill, Charles Dickens, and Mahatma Gandhi were fictional characters. Who made the "real people" list? Over half the people asked thought Sherlock Holmes was real. Many people were surprised to find out that The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was not a documentary.

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