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Comment Re:Al-la-carte increased complexity of patches (Score 5, Insightful) 405

But is Apple installing telemetry and all sorts of crap that spies on their users? That's why people want to be able to pick and choose which updates they install. My feeling is the only reason MS is doing it this way is to get that telemetry onto all the computers that refused to install it.

Submission + - SPAM: Playing Pokemon GO Can Lead To Unexpected Dangers

Orome1 writes: Interest in Pokemon GO, the mobile augmented reality mobile game that has users going places in the real world to capture, train, and battle with virtual Pokemon, has exploded the moment it was released late last week. But who would have thought that playing it could be so dangerous? Mere days after its release, gamers and aspiring gamers are being targeted with malware posing as the app and Pokemon GO-themed scams. Gamers have been posting pictures online of hands and legs scratched, cut and brused – engrossed in the game, they stopped caring about their physical surroundings and hit or tripped over things that they would otherwise easily avoid.
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Comment Re:Nothing to see. (Score 1) 155

I got the same result, but I eventually got it to let me in.
- I clicked the back arrow on my Android phone
- then it showed me the message in my inbox
- I clicked on the message to read it
- then it asked me to install the Messenger app
- then I clicked the X in the upper right hand corner
- then it showed me the full message
How long this will work I don't know. YMMV

Submission + - Marines in Famous Iwo Jima Photo May Have Been Misidentified (

Nidi62 writes: Analysis of the famous Rosenthal photo atop Mt. Suribachi has led the US Marine Corp to open a new investigation into the identities of the flag raisers. Two amateur history buffs on their own time looked at clues ranging from equipment to leg cuffs to helmet strap have offered new evidence (link includes multiple pictures) that indicates Corpsman John Bradley, long thought to be one of the original flag raisers, is in fact not present in the photo. Instead they have identified Pfc. Harold Schultz as one of the flag raisers. This research has led the USMC to open a new investigation along with the cooperation of the Smithsonian. James Bradley, the author of Flags of Our Fathers and son of John Bradley has also come out and said he no longer believes his father is in the famous photo.

Submission + - Major retailer caught out by Word in propaganda cockup (

Bruce66423 writes: A major British retail group used Word to edit a letter from an 'independent pharmacist' to respond to allegations of malpractice, thus revealing the changes that the corporation exec had made. 'Do your staff lie ALL the time or just when you ask them to?'

Submission + - Two methods to determine the age of the Universe agree

StartsWithABang writes: When it comes to the Universe, there are some dead giveaways as to what its age is. Its elemental composition changes, the types of stars that are present evolve, the large-scale structure visible to us morphs, grows and ceases, and the temperature of the cosmic microwave background drops, among many other signs. Yet when we put them all together, there are only two methods available to measure the age of the Universe: the measurement of its expansion history and the measurement of the age of the oldest stars. The first is by far the more accurate, at 13.81 billion years (plus or minus just 120 million), while the second validates that picture, with a maximum age of 13-to-14 billion years.

Submission + - Developers Are Posting Private Slack Tokens on GitHub

Trailrunner7 writes: Developers building bots for Slack are including their personal access tokens in code posted on GitHub, researchers have found, a problem that could give anyone who finds the tokens access to internal Slack conversations and files.

Researchers at Swedish security firm Detectify discovered that hundreds of developers are including their tokens in code snippets posted publicly on GitHub. Slack tokens are essentially credentials for users and developers, and developers are including their own tokens in their bot code, the researchers found.

“Using the tokens it’s possible to eavesdrop on a company. Outsiders can easily gain access to internal chat conversations, shared files, direct messages and even passwords to other services if these have been shared on Slack,” the researchers said.

Submission + - Football player hacked live during NFL draft, agent blames Silicon Valley (

An anonymous reader writes: Just before last night's NFL draft began, player Laremy Tunsil's Twitter account was hacked, leaking an incriminating video of him smoking a “marijuana-like substance” from a gas mask. Moments later, Tunsil's Instagram was hacked. In order to deflect criticism away from the player's transgressions, Tunsil's agent made a ridiculous statement, blaming open source and Silicon Valley.

Submission + - Documenting the Chilling Effects of NSA Surveillance

AmiMoJo writes: This interesting research documents this phenomenon in Wikipedia: "Chilling Effects: Online Surveillance and Wikipedia Use," by Jon Penney, Berkeley Technology Law Journal, 2016. Internet traffic to Wikipedia pages summarizing knowledge about terror groups and their tools plunged nearly 30 percent after revelations of widespread Web monitoring by the U.S. National Security Agency, suggesting that concerns about government snooping are hurting the ordinary pursuit of information.

Submission + - Top Security Experts Say Anti-Encryption Bill Authors Are 'Woefully Ignorant'

blottsie writes: In a Wall Street Journal editorial titled "Encryption Without Tears," Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) pushed back on widespread condemnation of their Compliance with Court Orders Act, which would require tech companies to provide authorities with user data in an "intelligible" format if served with a warrant.

But security experts Bruce Schneir, Matthew Green, and others say the lawmakers entirely misunderstand the issue. "On a weekly basis we see gigabytes of that information dumped to the Internet," Green told the Daily Dot. "This is the whole problem that encryption is intended to solve." He added: "You can't hold out the current flaws in the Internet as a justification for why the Internet shouldn't be made secure."

Submission + - Cops are asking and 23andMe for their customers' DNA (

An anonymous reader writes: When companies like and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about the creation of giant genetic databases that might one day be used against participants by law enforcement. DNA, after all, can be a key to solving crimes. It “has serious information about you and your family,” genetic privacy advocate Jeremy Gruber told me back in 2010 when such services were just getting popular.
Now, five years later, when 23andMe and Ancestry both have over a million customers, those warnings are looking prescient.

Submission + - MS Web Site Joins the Blocker Blockers ( 3

mikeebbbd writes: MS Support web site will no longer work with any kind of cookie or script blocking. The home Support page puts up an ugly block page, and if a deep link is used it displays text only and a large blue bar on top complaining about the blockage and how "you agree" to allowing all access "by using this web site." Bollocks. All incentive (i.e. some support) is now gone for sticking with Windows; at least in the past you could limit cookies etc. to MS domain only. Now more than 1/2 dozen other trackers must be allowed in.

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