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Submission + - Why are GitHub and WordPress.com censoring content? (networkworld.com)

Miche67 writes: The internet is known for the free and rapid dissemination of uncensored information, but lately sites and services have been censoring content--including GitHub and WordPress.com.

Bryan Lunduke says: "GitHub, a service primarily used for open source and free culture projects, recently censored a repository that contained information proving the NSA developed malware targeting numerous systems." And WordPress.com "censored content posted by “Guccifer 2” that was potentially damaging to the reputation of the Democratic party."

Neither organizations have responded to requests by Lunduke to find out why they took those actions.

This comes after Twitter and Facebook came under fire for their censorship actions.

Lunduke poses the question:

When something that many people feel is important to their lives occurs and the major online platforms for disseminating that information censor them, what does that say about those platforms?


Submission + - SPAM: Dying HP Printers: coincidence?

Stenboj writes: My westside home printer, an old HP75xx series recently died displaying "initializing" and unable to do anyting else including turn off. Today, now arriving at my eastside office for the first time since that event, I found that my somewhat younger HP310 series printer, when turned on, died displaying — you guessed it — "initializing", and unable to do anything else. Both have Wi-Fi network capability, but both are connected to the computer by USB. Both have aftermarket continuous-feed ink systems installed.

"Once is a misfortune; twice is a coincidence; three times is enemy action." Has it happened a third time to anyone, or perhaps more than one?

As a result of this I am dumping them both so the point is not to troubleshoot, but to pursue what might be an interesting story.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - Hoping FCC Regulations Can Stop Unjust Police Spying

Presto Vivace writes: Civil rights organizations are pursuing a novel strategy to stop the Baltimore Police Department's dragnet surveillance.

Color Of Change, Center for Media Justice and New America’s Open Technology Institute filed a complaint this week with the Federal Communications Commission, charging that the BDP’s use of mass cell phone surveillance devices known as Stingrays violates regulations of radio waves and cellular networks

Comment Re:Disappointing but unsurprising.... (Score 1) 160

--Interesting, but I have to question your math a bit.

> LA to NYC is 18 hours by train, but takes 5 days in an automobile due to the chaotic road system.

--According to G.Maps, Los Angeles,CA to NY,NY is 2,778 miles. 2,778/70MPH *nonstop* (unrealistic?) is over 39 hours.

--On the other hand, New Orleans, LA to NY,NY is listed as ~19.5 hours nonstop by car and ~1D3H by train, so which did you mean? They didn't deploy high speed rail in the US until the 30's, and only then on relatively short sections of track...

Submission + - NSA worried about implications of leaked toolkits (businessinsider.com)

wierd_w writes: According to business insider, the NSA is worried about the possible scope of information leaked from the agency, after a group calling themselves the "Shadow Brokers" absconded with a sizable trove of penetration tools and technical exploits, which it plans to sell on the black market.

Among the concerns, are worries that active operations may have been exposed. Business insider quotes an undisclosed source as stating the possibility of the loss of such security and stealth (eg privacy) has had chilling effects for the agency, as they attempt to determine the fullness and scope of the leak.

(Does anyone besides me feel a little tickled about the irony of the NSA complaining about chilling effects of possibly being monitored?)

Submission + - Startup Aims to Commercialize a Brain Implant to Improve Memory (ieee.org)

the_newsbeagle writes: Neuroscientist Ted Berger has achieved some remarkable feats in his work on an implanted brain prosthetic to boost memory. Working with rats, he recorded the electrical signals associated with a specific memory from one animal's brain, then inserted that signal—and thus the memory—into another animal's brain. Working with monkeys, the implanted device enhanced the animals' recall in difficult memory tasks.

Still, it's startling to learn that a startup is ready to commercialize Berger's work, and is trying to build a memory prosthetic for humans suffering from Alzheimer's, brain injuries, and stroke. The new company, named Kernel, will fund human trials and develop electrodes that can record from and stimulate more brain cells.

Comment Re:Inherently Insecure (Score 1) 236

--You could use a "jump server" - setup a cheap Linux cloud server on digitalocean or the like, SSH into that with X forwarding, install vncviewer on the Linux side, and vnc from there.

--Or if I'm misunderstanding and the embedded system was behind NAT, you might setup ssh -> digitalocean with port forwarding and keepalives (from the embedded side), and get back in that way with the cloud server acting as the middleman. That way you shouldn't have to open firewall ports.

Submission + - Delta Airline NOC Outage Will Mean a $120 Million Loss (thestreet.com)

SonicSpike writes: A veteran airline analyst has put the price tag at $120 million for last week's computer outage at Delta Air Lines (DAL) and said the outage means the airline will be forced to become "more humble."

Delta's computer outage began Aug. 8, and resulted in about 2,100 cancellations before the carrier resumed normal operations on Thursday.

In a report issued Monday, Cowen & Co. analyst Helane Becker estimated the airline will suffer a $120 million operating income loss from the outage. That includes $50 million in lost revenue combined with a cost of $70 million.

She cited lost revenue from customers who have or will book away from Delta as well as the cost of cancellations, delays and the $200 vouchers that Delta provided to many customers.

Submission + - Elio Motors Locks-in $7300 Base Price For Their Ultra-Efficient 3-Wheel Car (fortune.com)

slinches writes: Elio Motors has locked in the base price of $7300 for non-refundable reservation holders for their 84mpg 3-wheel "autocycle". Reservations can be made for as little as $100 or as much as $1000 with higher values getting priority delivery when they go into production. The price is above the $6800 target that had been quoted for the last few years, but those who are willing to make a binding commitment to purchase a vehicle can sign an additional online form to knock their price back down to $7000. The locked-in prices will be available until they reach a total of 65,000 reservations (~57,000 have been made to date).

The startup car company is attempting to disrupt the auto industry by producing an efficient, affordable vehicle similar to what VW did with the $1699 Beetle in 1968, but at an even more affordable price (the Beetle cost $11,768 in 2016 dollars)

The vehicle itself, while technically a motorcycle under federal law, is controlled like a car with a steering wheel and pedals. Most states have enacted legislation exempting such vehicles from the extra license endorsements or helmet requirements that motorcycles and trikes normally need. Standard features of the base model include an enclosed cabin with A/C, heat, cruise control and power windows & door lock.

Submission + - Microsoft Outlook injecting advertisement and URL into personal email

mr_diags writes: Recently GoDaddy's iPhone email client was retired and they aggressively encouraged users to migrate to Microsoft Outlook client. I detest most Microsoft products and ended up migrating to Spark. My wife took the path of least resistance and migrated to Outlook for iPhone. Yesterday I received a short email from her and noticed a live hypertext link “Get Outlook for iOS” in her email. I asked her why she wrote that and she said she did not. Examining the email source it clearly shows the email sent from her Outlook client has text embedded in the body of her email in both the plain text and HTML sections of the payload – including a live URL.

Yes, she needs to check if Outlook client had some default configuration when installed that embedded the advertisement, maybe a default signature. And who knows what the EULA she blindly accepted allowed MS to do, but isn’t this effectively a hack of a person’s personal email to inject an advertisement?

Content of the email, scrubbed of personal addresses:

------=_Part_13617_1251458795.1470690450092
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

It's a white 6.

Get Outlook for iOS

Received: (qmail 23638 invoked by uid 30297); 8 Aug 2016 21:07:31 -0000
Received: from unknown (HELO p3plibsmtp02-14.prod.phx3.secureserver.net) ([72.167.218.25])
(envelope-sender <xxxxx@xxxxx.com>)
by p3plsmtp01-05.prod.phx3.secureserver.net (qmail-1.03) with SMTP
for <yyyy@yyyyy.us>; 8 Aug 2016 21:07:31 -0000
Received: from p3plsmtpa12-02.prod.phx3.secureserver.net ([68.178.252.231])
by p3plibsmtp02-14.prod.phx3.secureserver.net with bizsmtp
id Uku71t01H50JyDQ01l7WVW; Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:07:31 -0700
Received: from mail.outlook.com ([52.32.165.217])
by p3plsmtpa12-02.prod.phx3.secureserver.net with
id Ul7W1t00A4hkzKG01l7Wm9; Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:07:30 -0700
Date: Mon, 8 Aug 2016 21:07:30 +0000 (UTC)
From: xxxxx < xxxxx@xxxxx.com >
To: yyyy@yyyyy.us
Message-ID: <42D594FBB05BB1EC.2A5FFCE7-7B0A-44C6-8158-660A799F2AC9@mail.outlook.com>
In-Reply-To: <20160807214047.a3cf85ee342f91baffbcbe5e7a33596d.19fe9dae3e.wbe@email01.godaddy.com>
References: <20160807214047.a3cf85ee342f91baffbcbe5e7a33596d.19fe9dae3e.wbe@email01.godaddy.com>
Subject: Re: iPhone screens
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
boundary="----=_Part_13617_1251458795.1470690450092"
X-Mailer: Outlook for iOS and Android
X-Nonspam: Whitelist

------=_Part_13617_1251458795.1470690450092
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

It's a white 6.

Get Outlook for iOS

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:40 AM -0400, <yyyy@yyyyy.us> wrote:

=C2=A0 =C2=A0Your screen parts shipped and ETA is Wednesday delivery.=C2=A0=
=C2=A0For your friends iPhone6 I've searched and found iPhone 6 — not 6plu=
s — screen repair kits for under $30, so depending on their model it may be=
reasonably priced to get the parts.

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Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit

<html><head></head><body><div>It's a white 6.<br><br><div class="acompli_signature">Get <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-com/mobile/?WT.mc_id=outlook_app_signature_1">Outlook for iOS</a></div><br></div><br><br><br>
<div class="gmail_quote">On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:40 AM -0400, <span dir="ltr">&lt;<a href="mailto:yyyy@yyyyy.us" target="_blank">yyyy@yyyyy.us</a>&gt;</span> wrote:<br>
<br>

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<div dir="3D&quot;ltr&quot;">
<span style="font-family:Verdana; color:#000000; font-size:10pt;"><div>&nbsp; &nbsp;Your screen parts shipped and ETA is Wednesday delivery.</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp;For your friends iPhone6 I've searched and found iPhone 6 — not 6plus — screen repair kits for under $30, so depending on their model it may be reasonably priced to get the parts.</div></span>

</div>

</blockquote>
</div>
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Submission + - Police Scotland told to pay journalist £10,000 over illegal intercepts (theguardian.com)

Bruce66423 writes: A former police officer turned journalist whose privacy was criminally breached by Scotland's finest is due to receive £10,000 for the damage their actions caused. Other victims didn't seek compensation. It is not clear whether criminal proceedings against the officers responsible for ignoring clear rules against their behaviour will follow.

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