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Submission + - Trolling Tech Support Scammers (

Thelasko writes: Sean Gallagher at Arstechnica received a phone call from someone claiming to be from "technical support". Two hours later, the scammer has taken control of a machine running Debian Linux, with Wireshark tracking his connection.

Submission + - Spotify Offers Obama a Job (

Thelasko writes: President Barack Obama recently joked that he was hoping for a job at Spotify when he leaves the White House. Spotify has recently posted a job opening for a "President of Playlists" position. The job requirements include, eight years experience running a highly regarded nation, a friendly and warm attitude, and a Nobel Peace Prize. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, contacted the President on Twitter saying, "I heard you were interested in a role at Spotify. Have you seen this one?"

Submission + - SPAM: Pharmacies Miss Half of Drug Interactions

Thelasko writes: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that systems designed to protect consumers against harmful drug interactions aren't working.

"The Tribune study, two years in the making, exposes fundamental flaws in the pharmacy industry. Safety laws are not being followed, computer alert systems designed to flag drug interactions either don't work or are ignored, and some pharmacies emphasize fast service over patient safety."

Are the computer systems to blame, or is it human error?

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Submission + - SPAM: Poll Suggestion

Thelasko writes: What is your DNS provider?
— My ISP
— OpenDNS
— Google
— I run my own DNS
— Other

Submission + - SpaceX Test Fires First Raptor Engine (

Thelasko writes: Elon Musk is preparing to unveil his plans to colonize Mars at IAC tomorrow. As a tease to his lecture, he has released some details about the Raptor engine on Twitter, including pictures.

Mr. Musk states that, "Production Raptor coal is specific impulse of 382 seconds and thrust of 3 MN (~310 metric tons) at 300 bar." He goes on to note that the specific impulse spec is at Mars ambient pressure.

Submission + - SpaceX Can't Identify Cause of Fire (

Thelasko writes: Elon Musk stated on Twitter last night, "Still working on the Falcon fireball investigation. Turning out to be the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years." He went on to say, "Important to note that this happened during a routine filling operation. Engines were not on and there was no apparent heat source."

Other Tweets mention a "bang" sound before the fire, and that SpaceX "have not rulled out" the possibility that something struck the rocket.

Submission + - Invstors Concerned Over SolarCity Sale (

Thelasko writes: Bloomberg is reporting that investors are voicing concerns over Tesla's purchase of SolarCity.

“Investors expect Tesla to keep all its focus on completing the gigafactory and on quickly ramping up production of Model 3 in 2018,” said Salim Morsy, an analyst with Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “Both of these goals are existential for Tesla. A SolarCity acquisition doesn’t help execute these critical milestones.”

Elon Musk States:

“From my standpoint this makes Tesla’s future execution easier, not harder,”

What's Elon Musk's plan for SolarCity?

Submission + - Chip Cards Are Not As Secure As They Should Be (

Thelasko writes: Home Depot is suing Visa, MasterCard and several banks because the chip cards they are issuing don't use a PIN.

“Visa and MasterCard know perfectly well that a signature alone, without the additional step of requiring a PIN, provides virtually no protection against many types of payment card fraud,”

Looks like Home Depot has become much more conscious of security since their 2014 data breach.

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