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Comment The "problem" of carrying cash (Score 1) 394

To put things in perspective: The problem "It is bothersome to carry all the cash I have" has to be the ultimate first world problem. Seriously! Control question: Can you name one single first world problem that is more ultimate than this?

And secondly, an economic system which allows for a government to spy on every single transaction will be an enormous gift to totalitarian regimes. We as people living in fairly free countries have a responsibility to keep cash as a fully functional alternative and not export such gift to governments violating human rights and persecuting dissidents. Regardless of the lack of "modern" feel to it, the (minor) cost of doing this, or any other reason.

Submission + - SPAM: ORF Democracy Survey

An anonymous reader writes: To mark India’s 70th year of Independence, Observer Research Foundation has launched an annual survey that will track the state of the ever maturing Indian democracy. This pan-India survey aims to collate the changing impressions of the country’s citizens toward their own evolving polity and gauge perceptions of the people about the state of politics in the country. The exercise also forms part of a larger effort that we have teamed up with GenronNPO and CSIS from Japan and Indonesia to capture citizen’s feedback about the state of democracy across their countries. With time we hope to add more partners to this effort.
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Submission + - SolarCity To Develop Roofs Made of Solar Cells (

An anonymous reader writes: SolarCity, the American provider of energy services recently purchased by Tesla Motors for $2.6 billion, is planning to produce a new "solar roof" product next year. Computerworld reports: "Five million roofs are replaced each year in the U.S., so instead of simply swapping out old shingles with new ones, why not turn the whole roof into a solar power generator that's integrated with your home's electrical utility? That is SolarCity's plan for a new product it expects to begin producing next year, according to statements made during the company's second-quarter earnings call last week. During the call, SolarCity Chief Technology Officer Peter Rive alluded to a new product that would be produced at the soon to open Buffalo, N.Y., solar panel manufacturing facility. Then SolarCity co-founder and Chairman Elon Musk interjected and said the product would be a solar roof, 'as opposed to a [solar] module on a roof.' The solar roof also has the advantage that it doesn't 'cannibalize' any existing SolarCity product, such as solar panels installed atop roofs, Musk said.

Submission + - Seagate Reveals 'World's Largest' 60TB SSD (

An anonymous reader writes: While Samsung has the world's largest commercially available SSD coming in at 15.36TB, Seagate officially has the world's largest SSD for the enterprise. ZDNet reports: "Seagate's 60TB Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD on the other hand opts for the familiar HDD 3.5-inch form factor. The company says that its drive has "twice the density and four times the capacity" of Samsung's PM1633a, and is capable of holding up to 400 million photos or 12,000 movies. Seagate thinks the 3.5-inch form factor will be useful for managing changing storage requirements in data centers since it removes the need to support separate form factors for hot and cold data. The company says it could also scale up capacity to 100TB in the same form factor. Seagate says the 60TB SSD is currently only a 'demonstration technology' though it could release the product commercially as early as next year. It hasn't revealed the price of the unit but says it will offer 'the lowest cost per gigabyte for flash available today.'"

Submission + - Researchers: WPAD Protocol Can Be Used To Steal User Data (

itwbennett writes: At the DEF CON security conference this week, researchers Alex Chapman and Paul Stone showed how the WPAD protocol, which is enabled by default on Windows and supported by other operating systems, can be used to expose computer users' online accounts, web searches, and other private data. Their advice: disable WPAD now. 'No seriously, turn off WPAD!' one of their presentation slides said. 'If you still need to use PAC files, turn off WPAD and configure an explicit URL for your PAC script; and serve it over HTTPS or from a local file.' Chapman and Stone were not the only researchers to highlight security risks with WPAD. A few days before their presentation, two other researchers named Itzik Kotler and Amit Klein independently showed the same HTTPS URL leak via malicious PACs in a presentation at the Black Hat security conference. A third researcher, Maxim Goncharov, held a separate Black Hat talk about WPAD security risks, entitled BadWPAD.

Submission + - For Microsoft, LinkedIn Deals Looks Awfully Familiar B (

philipfontanapf4 writes: Microsoft has a track record with multi-billion-dollar acquisitions. Unfortunately, the record is almost universally bad. Is the LinkedIn deal the lucky one that will break the string and bring riches to the software giant? Or is it just another in a long line of questionable purchases of big-ticket targets?

Submission + - Climate science, nuclear war, and the humanitarian impacts debate (

Dan Drollette writes: What would happen to the rest of the planet if "just" 50 to 100 Hiroshima-size weapons were used in a limited nuclear war — like, say, between India and Pakistan? A team of atmospheric and environmental scientists walk us through it, and find that the resulting nuclear winter would be far more disastrous than previously thought.

Submission + - Muslim dating site hacked, 98,8% accounts said to be false

courteaudotbiz writes: A hacker that goes by the name RuBiQ has released a (silent) video of a muslim dating website he hacked. In a blog post, the hacker claims that almost 99% of all accounts are fake women accounts and that the entire site is plagued by SQL injection bugs, while the site claims to be "Fully Secure". The site also declares that " has helped Millions of Muslim singles find their match", but as the hacker said, there are only 2101 accounts in the database while 2075 are false accounts all registered with the same email address.

Submission + - USENIX Security Best Paper: The Million-Key Question aka Origins Of RSA Keys

dc352 writes: Our co-founder got an unexpected surprise today as his paper was selected the best paper of the USENIX Security conference — .

They were able to efficiently find the source (library or hardware) of RSA public keys that could be used to decrease the anonymity set of users of Tor and other anonymous mailers or operators.

They analysed over 60 million freshly generated key pairs from 22 open- and closed-source libraries and from 16 different smart-cards, and were able to classify a probable crypto library or smart-card with high accuracy based only on the values of public keys.

A personal view on the impact of the attack is at:

Submission + - New State-Sponsored Spyware Detected Targeting Russia, China (

hackingbear writes: A previously unknown hacking group variously dubbed "Strider" or "ProjectSauron" has carried out cyber-espionage attacks against select targets in Russia, China, Iran, Sweden, Belgium and Rwanda, security researchers said on Monday. The newly discovered group's targets include four organizations and individuals located in Russia, an airline in China, an organization in Sweden and an embassy in Belgium, Symantec said. "Based on the espionage capabilities of its malware and the nature of its known targets, it is possible that the group is a nation state-level attacker," Symantec said, but it did not speculate about which government might be behind the software. Previously, China and Russia were usually accused as the initiating end of these hacking activities.

Submission + - Kyocera DuraForce PRO is first Android smartphone with integrated HD action cam (

An anonymous reader writes: Today, Kyocera announces an interesting smartphone that stands out among the others. The 'DuraForce PRO' is super-rugged, and has both an octacore processor and large 3,240mAh battery. The stand-out feature, however, is the integrated wide-angle HD action camera.

Submission + - Cloud Platforms: We Need More Data Centers, Stat! (

1sockchuck writes: Demand for cloud services is outpacing the major cloud platforms' ability to build new data centers. As a result, companies like Microsoft, Oracle, Apple and even Google are turning to data center developers and leasing entire data center buildings. In effect, the form factor for cloud leases has changed from the 1 megawatt data center suite to the 20 megawatt stand-alone building. "Demand in the data center industry is at an all-time high," said DatacenterHawk, an industry research firm, which says cloud providers drove the addition of 111 megawatts of data center capacity in Northern Virginia over the past year. "The requirement sizes are larger than the industry has ever seen." The surge in demand is leading to a land grab around Ashburn, Virginia and Santa Clara, Calif. as data center developers seek to lock down properties for cloud projects to come.

Submission + - American Bar Association votes to DRM the law, put it behind a EULA (

schwit1 writes: Rogue archivist Carl Malamud writes, "I just got back from the big debate on is free law like free beer that has been brewing for months at the American Bar Association over the question of who gets to read public safety codes and on what terms."

In my remarks I made the point that this resolution was perhaps well-intentioned, but bought into a really dangerous idea that somehow DRM-based access to the law from an exclusive private provider is "good enough." I was actually joined by the standards establishment in arguing strenuously that "read only access" simply doesn't exist and DRM is futile. A law is either public or it isn't. (And if a law isn't public, it isn't a law!)

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