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Submission + - Machine learning selects worldâ(TM)s next top models (

Juha Saarinen writes: US researchers have trained machine learning algorithms to accurately predict the next batch of female models to grace the worldâ(TM)s top fashion runways.

In a paper to be presented at CSCW 2016 early next year, three Indiana University academics used data from the 2015 spring/summer season to help the machine learning algorithms learn what made female models successful in their careers â" and predict who would next achieve success.

Submission + - Robots Put To Work On E-Waste (

aesoteric writes: Australian researchers have programmed industrial robots to tackle the vast array of e-waste thrown out every year. The research shows robots can learn and memorise how various electronic products — such as LCD screens — are designed, enabling those products to be disassembled for recycling faster and faster. The end goal is less than five minutes to dismantle a product.

Submission + - Aussie cops arrest two Anons (

Bismillah writes: Australian Federal Police say they have arrested and charged one of the people behind the 2012 attack on MelbourneIT that saw 40GB of data taken by exploiting a backup server running a vulnerable version of Adobe ColdFusion.

The AFP says they also arrested an eighteen year old Penrith, New South Wales, resident for hacking.

Submission + - Australian NBN to blowout by $11bn ( 2

AlbanX writes: The rollout of Australia's national broadband network will blow out from a promised $29 billion to $41 billion and will be delayed by three years under the new government.

Speeds will also be slower, and there may be job cuts at the organisation running the project.

Submission + - Research shows "three strikes" anti-piracy laws don't work.

Bismillah writes: Graduated response regimes that warn and then penalise users for infringing file sharing do not appear to work, new research from Monash University in Australia has found. The paper studied "three strikes" laws in France, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and the UK, as well as other anti-filesharing regimes in the US and Ireland, but found scant evidence that they're effective.

Submission + - Content filters to be installed on Aussie smartphones, Internet connections 1

Bismillah writes: The opposition Coalition parties which look set to win the next election in Australia, want to install content filters that are turned on by default on smartphones and Internet connections in the country.

This is part of the Coalition's official policy, and phone vendors will be expected to comply. It is possible to opt out of it though, if you prove you're over 18.

Submission + - Criminals use 3D-printed skimming devices on Sydney ATMs (

AlbanX writes: A gang of suspected Romanian criminals is using 3D printers and computer-aided design (CAD) to manufacture “sophisticated” ATM skimming devices to fleece Sydney residents.

One Romanian national has been charged by NSW Police.

The state police found one gang that had allegedly targeted 15 ATMs across metropolitan Sydney, affecting tens of thousands of people and nabbing around $100,000.

Submission + - Chrome, Firefox store saved passwords in plain text (

AlbanX writes: Chrome and Firefox are storing users' saved passwords in plain text within the browser, allowing anyone with access to that user's computer the ability to clearly see any passwords that user has saved.

When told about the deliberate feature offered by Google and Mozilla, one security expert could only say — "shit a brick".

Submission + - Open source crusade blocks Esri standards effort (

littlekorea writes: Open source advocates have successfully waged a campaign to halt voting on a proposed geospatial standard sponsored by mapping giant Esri. Protestors claimed that designating the 'GeoServices REST API' as an industry standard would have guaranteed further dominance for Esri's industry-leading ArcGIS server and replicated existing open standards. The unfolding case smacks of Microsoft's efforts to have the OOXML format approved as an ISO/IEC standard — only in this case, it appears Esri has backed down, while the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) does some soul searching on what a standard should achieve.

Submission + - Sydney's LulzSec hacker named (

AlbanX writes: The 24 year old arrested yesterday on hacking charges has been named by his employer.

Matthew Flannery works for IT security firm Content Security and has been charged with defacing a government website.


Submission + - Twitter, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Yahoo open to hijacking (

mask.of.sanity writes: Twitter, Linkedin, Yahoo! and Hotmail accounts are open to hijacking thanks to a flaw that allows cookies to be stolen and reused.
Attackers need to intercept cookies while the user is logged into the service because the cookies expire on log-out ( except LinkedIn which keeps cookies for three months). The server will still consider them valid.
For the Twitter attack, you need to grab the auth_token string and insert it into your local Twitter cookies. Reload Twitter, and you'll be logged in as your target (video here). Not even password changes will kick you out.


Submission + - Apple Australia passes the buck in price inquiry (

AlbanX writes: Apple Australia has blamed everything from its US parent, digital content owners, and its retail partners for higher local prices with its products.

Apple's local vice president Tony King also denied that there was a material difference in its Australian and US prices.

Excluding GST, iTnews found Apple's 16GB iPhone 5 priced at $A719 locally — 15 percent higher than the US price of $US649 at today's exchange rate of 1.04 (USD to AUD).

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