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Submission + - Mozilla Trials Native Firefox Ad Blocking Tools For All 1

Mickeycaskill writes: Mozilla could add a degree of native ad blocking to Firefox in a future release if a test of the ‘Tracking Protection’ feature in the browser is successful.

Tracking Protection arrived with Firefox 42 last November, giving users control over what types of data third parties received from their browsing. This could mean certain online advertisements might not display properly.

However until now, Tracking Protection has been limited to private browsing. Mozilla is looking at extending this protection to all tabs but first needs to see where the feature “breaks” the web – this includes ads.

To achieve this, it is inviting users to participate in a ‘Test Pilot’, a scheme which sees Firefox users test experimental features in the early stage of development.

Submission + - Fears of a Hacked Election May Keep 15 Million Voters Away from Polls (

rmurph04 writes: According to a survey conducted by security firm Carbon Black, more than one in five registered U.S. voters may stay home on Election Day because of fears about cybersecurity and vote tampering. Respondents believe a U.S. insider threat poses the most risk (28 percent), followed by Russian hackers (17 percent) and then the candidates themselves (15 percent), the survey found.

Comment Re:Can't wait for solar power and electric cars ta (Score 1) 111

. . .or the power plants that generate electricity to charge the Electric cars.

And, of course, the toxic waste streams from rare metal mining and refining, and semiconductor manufacture for solar cells.

***EVERYTHING*** pollutes to one degree or another. The trick is, optimizing the maximum yield/minimum pollution level. And it is not an easy problem to solve.

Submission + - The Psychological Reasons Behind Risky Password Practices (

Orome1 writes: Despite high-profile, large-scale data breaches dominating the news cycle – and repeated recommendations from experts to use strong passwords – consumers have yet to adjust their own behavior when it comes to password reuse. A global Lab42 survey highlights the psychology around why consumers develop poor password habits despite understanding the obvious risk, and suggests that there is a level of cognitive dissonance around our online habits. When it comes to online security, personality type does not inform behavior, but it does reveal how consumers rationalize poor password habits.

Submission + - International Space Station to Trial Aussie-designed Ion Thruster (

theweatherelectric writes: Barney Porter from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation writes, "An Australian-designed rocket propulsion system is heading to the International Space Station (ISS) for a year-long experiment that ultimately could revolutionise space travel. The technology could be used to power a return trip to Mars without refuelling, and use recycled space junk for the fuel. Former University of Sydney student, Dr Paddy Neumann — now of Neumann Space — and two co-inventor professors from his alma mater have developed an ion thruster that could replace the current chemical-based rocket propulsion technology, which requires huge volumes of fuel to be loaded onto a spacecraft."

Submission + - Woman Who Took Husband's Intestine on Flight to Europe Wanted It Tested writes: The NYT reports that a Moroccan woman who took a piece of her dead husband’s intestine on a flight to their home in Austria was carrying the sample because she suspected that he had been poisoned and she wanted European doctors to examine it. The woman packed the four-inch piece in her checked baggage on a flight to the southern Austrian city of Graz, where she and her husband had been living for eight years. She acted on the advice of a doctor in Marrakesh who shared her suspicion that her husband had been poisoned at a meal the couple ate while visiting his relatives. The woman was travelling through Graz airport in the south of Austria but was reportedly stopped by officials after they observed her behaving suspiciously. Officers determined that the woman had violated no Austrian laws by bringing the sample into the country. A Moroccan doctor extracted the piece of intestine and apparently helped pack it in formaldehyde and in thick plastic containers. Gerald Höfler, who leads the pathology institute in Graz where the intestine is being examined, described the packaging as very professional. “I would imagine that it was done by a pathologist,” Höfler said. “It was absolutely secure, triple wrapped, according to European Union norms.”

Submission + - Linux Mint unveils 'Mintbox Mini Pro' -- a diminutive desktop powered by AMD (

BrianFagioli writes: Today, the all-new Mintbox Mini Pro goes on sale. This diminutive desktop is the same size as the previously-released Mintbox. This new machine with the 'Pro' moniker takes things to another level with much-improved specs. Thankfully, it retains the same cute appearance and Linux Mint branding.

Comment Re:Consider who Palantir's major customers are. . (Score 1) 459

Actually, someone has had clearances since the early 1980s. Agreed, the DOCUMENTATION parts are simple, and mostly automated for US Cits.

The Logistics issues are the actual footwork involved in the background investigation. The more people you have to talk to who are NOT in the US, the harder and more costly it becomes.

And document searches overseas can be difficult, especially if language issues are involved. Not a lot of OPM investigators who read, for example, documents in "pinyin" Chinese. . .

Submission + - Amy Schumer and Justin Bieber top 2016 McAfee 'Most Dangerous Celebrities' list (

BrianFagioli writes: Today, McAfee announces its annual 'Most Dangerous Celebrities' list. No, the celebrities themselves are not a danger to the public — as far as I know, at least. Actually, these are people that, when their names are entered as search terms, can lead to malware. For 2016, McAfee lists Amy Schumer as the most dangerous in this regard.

Submission + - Maryland Hobbyist Suing the FAA over Drone Registry 1

jenningsthecat writes: Maryland drone builder and attorney John Taylor, who in January took the FAA to court over its drone registry program, is now receiving financial help with his suit from DC DUG, the D.C. area Drone User Group. In his Petitoner's Brief, (PDF), Taylor maintains that "(f)or the first century of American aviation and beyond, the federal government made no attempt whatsoever to regulate recreational model aircraft", and that "(t)he FAA seeks to revise history when it argues its failure to register model aircraft, or otherwise treat them in any manner as ‘aircraft,’ in the past was the exercise of an ‘enforcement discretion'"

As of this writing I have been unable to find any news on the progress of the suit beyond its having been filed.

Submission + - Passengers in Uber's self-driving cars waived right to sue for injury or death (

schwit1 writes: Anyone requesting an Uber ride in a 12-sq mile area in the center of Pittsburgh might now be randomly allocated a self-driving Ford Fusion rather than a human-operated vehicle.

But passengers riding in Uber’s computer-controlled cars today might be surprised at just how experimental the technology is. According to documents obtained by the Guardian under public records laws, until as recently as June anyone not employed by Uber riding in one of its autonomous vehicles (AVs) had to sign a legal document waiving the company of any liability for their injury or death.

Submission + - SPAM: Pre-Loaded Kodi Boxes Face Legal Challenge In UK

An anonymous reader writes: In a potential landmark case for video streaming and copyright regulations, a UK man has been charged with selling pre-loaded Kodi set top boxes that allowed users to circumvent copyright protections and illegally download pirated materials. The defendant, who owns an electronic equipment shop, said that he intends to challenge the charges, which state that the set-top boxes he sold illegally facilitated the circumvention of copyright laws.

Kodi (formerly XBMC, a media player for the XBox system), can run diverse media file formats from a single application, with clients available for smartphones, mobile devices, computers, or set-top boxes connected to a TV. Though created to play legal content, Kodi can be modified to allow the playing of pirated content, or to facilitate free access to subscription-only channels — capabilities which forced Amazon to pull the player from its App store over piracy concerns. XMBC's Nathan Betzen said “Every day a new user shows up on the Kodi forum, totally unaware that the free movies they’re watching have been pirated and surprised to discover that Kodi itself isn’t providing those moviesThis means we will issue trademark takedown notices anywhere we think the likelihood for confusion is high.”

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Submission + - Yahoo Finds Convenient Excuse In 'State-Sponsored' Hackers (

itwbennett writes: 'Yahoo has blamed its massive data breach on a 'state-sponsored actor.' But the company isn't saying why it arrived at that conclusion. Nor has it provided any evidence,' writes Michael Kan. This despite claiming in a December 2015 blog post that the company has protocols in place that can detect state-sponsored hacking and a policy of warning users 'when we have a high degree of confidence.' It's this reluctance to share details that has security experts suspecting it's a convenient, if trumped up, excuse. 'If I want to cover my rear end and make it seem like I have plausible deniability, I would say 'nation-state actor' in a heartbeat,' said Chase Cunningham, director of cyber operations at security provider A10 Networks.

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