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Comment Nothing to see here, move along (Score 2) 62

The thing about DARPA is... they are looking at EVERYTHING. So yeah, they may have awarded a million dollar contract (which is trivial to them, BTW) to study Technology X; but that doesn't mean that anybody in the military is about to implement it. - Heck, that doesn't even mean that anybody in the military has even asked for a solution to that problem. DARPA researches all sorts of stuff that never see the light of day.

Submission + - Users Now Accuse Yahoo of Lock-In (theregister.co.uk)

Tasha26 writes: After waiting 2 years to inform their users that 1 billion of them had their details stolen and installing a modified email scanner which turned out to be an NSA rootkit with full backdoor access, Yahoo has now disabled automatic email forwarding to another email provider. Users are claiming that this is an extremely suspicious timing as automatic email forwarding has been around for over a decade. In a statement to the BBC, Yahoo has denied any foul play and instead claimed they were working to improve the email forwarding functionality.

Submission + - FBI: It Will Take 2 Years To Respond To FOIA Request About Its Sheep Video Game

blottsie writes: Earlier this year, the FBI released a free, online video game featuring sheep in its attempts to fight terrorism recruitment efforts. The game is called The Slippery Slope of Violent Extremism, and it is a real thing that exists. You can play it here. After journalists filed a FOIA request to find out more about the game, the FBI said it would take two years to respond—a staggeringly long wait that helps expose how the Bureau actively avoids responding to open-records requests.

Submission + - Even US military is looking at blockchain technology—to secure nuclear wea (qz.com)

Lasrick writes: Blockchain technology has been slow to gain adoption in non-financial contexts, but it could turn out to have invaluable military applications. DARPA, the storied research unit of the US Department of Defense, is currently funding efforts to find out if blockchains could help secure highly sensitive data, with potential applications for everything from nuclear weapons to military satellites.

Submission + - SPAM: Hillary Clinton's paid trolls

mi writes: Taking a page from the book of Vladimir Putin, whom her campaign would like to be seen as backing her opponent, Hillary Clinton is relying on paid "trolls" to respond to negative news about her.

The SuperPAC "Correct the Record", which is affiliated with her campaign, acknowledged in an April press release that it was spending $1 million on project “Breaking Barriers” to pay people to respond to negative information about Clinton on social media sites like Facebook, Reddit, Instagram and Twitter. That amount has since increased to over $6 million. The trolls create a false impression that Clinton has more support than she really does, because one supporter will frequently create multiple anonymous accounts.

I for one sure am glad, Slashdot is not on the above list — and that all Hillary supporters we see here are genuine and sincere.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Trade Of Online Gaming Currencies Fuels Cybercrime (helpnetsecurity.com)

Orome1 writes: Though the majority of gaming companies prohibit the real-money trading of online gaming currencies, the practice is still widespread, and according to Trend Micro researchers, the money that cybercriminals earn through it is used to mount DoS attacks, spam campaigns, perpetrate identity theft and financial fraud against a variety of business and organizations, and so on. Until players stop trying to buy in-game currencies, cybercriminals will try to get it and sell it. The worst thing that criminals selling/trading in-game currencies can be hit with is the suspension or termination of their gaming accounts – and they can easily open new ones and continue with the scheme.

Submission + - TanDEM-X Space mission a huge success, most precise heightmap of earth completed

Qbertino writes: For six years the German TanDEM-X (German link) spacemission of the German Aero- & Spaceflight Administration (DLR), consiting of two satellites circling the earth in close proximity to one another, scanned and built the most precise height map of earth yet. As heise.de reports (link to German article with pictures) that mission has now concluded successfully delivering results way beyond expectations.

The satellites involved will continue their flight with other related projects, but the height data is completely collected. The new earth height map as a resolution of one meter and will offer a number of scientific fields valuable information and assistance. Big picture here.

Comment Re:Keep honest people honest but make a good produ (Score 2) 87

Sjbe, I was sorely disappointed to discover how NOT NON trivial it is to pick most commercial locks (meaning, of course, that it IS trivial.) - after watching a 25 minute DVD and practicing for less than 15 minutes (meaning my total investment in this skill is less than one hour), I myself am able to do it in less than 20 seconds. I can only imagine that for an actual thief with experience, that the time is less than 5 seconds. -- That seems pretty trivial to me. That's why I have a mechanical, electrical and biological system of overlapping security systems now.

Comment Re:Missing alternative (Score 1) 587

When I got my SECOND computer, (a TRS-80), I got the 4K model, because the 16K model (12K RAM was the only difference) was $300 more money (IIRC), and 4K was all I could conceivable use (at the time).

Of course, even before that processor was outdated I was filling up 4K regularly. - SO I made extensive use of the cassette-tape backup.

Imagine if memory was still 2.5 cents per byte.

Comment Re:Missing alternative (Score 4, Insightful) 587

My phone does too.

oddly enough, I have more of a need for RAM in my phone than my desktop.

But if you want a good laugh, flex your google-fu and compare your phone's memory and processing capacity to that of NASA's Mission Control center when we launched Apollo 11. -- Not the lunar lander (that is outclassed by modern parking meters), I mean the Mission Control mainframe back on earth.

That really drives home how crazy the whole "moon by the end of the 60's" thing was; and how amazing the success truly was.

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