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Gigabit Internet With No Data Caps May Be Coming To Rural America ( 136

Jon Brodkin, writing for Ars Technica: The Federal Communications Commission is making another $2.15 billion available for rural broadband projects, and it's trying to direct at least some of that money toward building services with gigabit download speeds and unlimited data. The FCC voted for the funding Wednesday (PDF) and released the full details yesterday (PDF). The money, $215 million a year for 10 years, will be distributed to Internet providers through a reverse auction in which bidders will commit to providing specific performance levels. Bidders can obtain money by proposing projects meeting requirements in any of four performance tiers. There's a minimum performance tier that includes speeds of at least 10Mbps downstream and 1Mbps upstream, with at least 150GB of data provided each month. A "baseline" performance tier requires 25Mbps/3Mbps speeds and at least 150GB a month, though the data allotment minimum could rise based on an FCC metric that determines what typical broadband consumers use per month.

Submission + - Schneier: security claims are unfalsifiable (

An anonymous reader writes: "While the claim that countermeasures are sufficient is always subject to correction, the claim that they are necessary is not. Thus, the response to new information can only be to ratchet upward: newly observed or speculated attack capabilities can argue a countermeasure in, but no possible observation argues one out."

As a consequence "Once we go wrong we stay wrong and errors accumulate, and we have no systematic way to rank or prioritize measures."

Original paper:

Comment Re:If not now... (Score 1) 986

The risk of moving onto machines isn't offset by the 25 cents savings, and the potential return for paying that 25 cents for the next few years is that you turn it into a 4 dollar savings instead.

But delaying investment only works in the absence of competition. 4 years to get your ROI now means that in year 5 you're down to maintenance costs for your robots. If that's the year your competition decides to make their investment in robots, you can drop your price due to how little it now costs you to make burgers.
Your competition is then in the crappy situation where they're overpriced in comparison to you, needing capital for their robot investment, and looking at 3-4 years before they can compete with you on price, even if the cost of robots has gone down. That's a nice recipe for bankruptcy.
As others have noted, the rise to $12 or $15 per hour is gradual spread over several years. There's got to be a careful balance in when you make your robot investment, and it's not just going to depend on minimum wage.

Comment Re:robots will just push the manufacturing back to (Score 1) 414

Well said, but you missed a big one: Goods that are imported are taxed at a much higher rate than materials that are imported. If we can make the same product with the same robots and not need to both ship and get import taxed on the final product, it likely makes it really cheap. And that is even if we still have to import the raw materials in bulk.

Comment Re:No wonder Apple is losing money (Score 1) 238

Same exact situation here. My 2012 MBP is still running fine, but I want something with a bit more processing power. Looking at the current lineup of MBPs, I just can't fathom spending so much money on such a limited machine. All the MBP models have tiny little hard drives and tiny little batteries and will get lost in a bookbag they're so thin. I just need a decent laptop with decent battery life that has a 1TB hd and some computing power. I guess I could buy the low-end MBP and upgrade it myself for far less than a high-end one, but it seems ridiculous to me to have to do that.
Thinking about a higher end System 76 laptop instead of a new MBP, because I can get the same or better guts as a new MBP for ~$1000 less. As much as I love my MBP, OSX is turning into such shit that it doesn't even come close to making up for that price difference. I did various forms of Linux for a decade, ran OSX for 7-8 years, and now I'm quickly being driven back to Linux.

And this "upgrade" really isn't looking like anything I'd be interested in. OLED touch bar and dropping the magsafe connector for a USB Type C? That's fucking stupid. Check out the ports in a System 76 laptop! The Kudu has: 3× USB 3.0, 1× USB 2.0, SD Card Reader, DVD-RW Drive, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI, VGA, Headphone Jack, and Mic Jack. could get a 1-2 USB Type C ports on a new MBP for $1000 more. Now that I think about it, I think I'll see of I can configure one of those to drop the DVD drive and cut the weight a little (6lbs is a little much) and just pull the trigger.

Submission + - DARPA extreme DDOS project transforming network attack mitigation (

coondoggie writes: Researchers with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have quickly moved to alter the way the military, public and private enterprises protect their networks from high-and low-speed distributed denial-of-service attacks with a program called Extreme DDoS Defense (XD3).
The agency has since September awarded seven XD3 multi-million contracts to Georgia Tech, George Mason University, Invincea Labs, Raytheon BBN, Vencore Labs (two contracts) and this week to the University of Pennsylvania to radically alter DDOS defenses. One more contract is expected under the program.

Submission + - LinkedIn Hits LeakedSource with Cease-and-Desist Order over Breach Data (

msm1267 writes: LinkedIn is striking back against a website attempting to monetize the 117 million usernames and passwords stolen from the company as part of a 2012 data breach.

Website LeakedSource is reporting lawyers representing LinkedIn served the company a cease and desist order on Wednesday alleging the company is in violation of California’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act because it is “illegally copying and displaying LinkedIn members’ information” without their consent.

Earlier this week, More than 117 million LinkedIn user logins went up for sale on the black market site “The Real Deal” by a hacker known as “Peace” for five Bitcoins ($2,280). LeakedSource, which is selling access to the data via a subscription model, claimed it is in the possession of 117 million of the LinkedIn account records that include email address and unsalted SHA-1 hashed passwords.

Submission + - Argentina And Monsanto Fight Over Patents 1

An anonymous reader writes: Monsanto has embargoed Argentina from receiving new soybean technologies marketed by the company after the Argentine government insisted it had the sole right to demand the inspection of exports leaving the country. Monsanto has been pressuring export and shipping companies to enforce their patent royalty collection, while the Argentine government insist it holds the sole right to approve and order inspections. This patent battle is looking like it might tip to Argentina's favor given the disappointing nature of Monsanto's upcoming RoundUp Ready XTend(TM)(R) Glyphosate+Dicamba crop system.

Submission + - Asl Slashdot: How Hard Is It To Have a Smart Home That's Not 'In The Cloud'? 1

An anonymous reader writes: It's beginning to seem like everything related to home (and much other) automation is basically remote control 'in the cloud' feeding information about you to somebody's advertising system. In principle, this should not be the case, but it is in practice. So how hard is it, really, to do 'home automation' without sending all your data to Google, Samsung, or whoever — just keep it to yourself and share only what you want to share? How hard would it be, for instance, to hack a Nest thermostat so it talks to a home server rather than Google? Or is there something already out there that would do the same thing as a Nest but without 'the cloud' as part of the requirement? Yes, a standard programmable thermostat does 90% of what a Nest does, but there are certain things that it won't do like respond to your comings and goings at odd hours, or be remotely switchable to a different mode (VPN to your own server from your phone and deal with it locally, perhaps?). Fundamentally, is there a way to get the convenience and not expose my entire life and home to unknown actors who by definition (read the terms of service) do not have my best interest in mind?

Submission + - Google Patents Self-Driving Car That Glues People To The Hood In A Crash (

An anonymous reader writes: Google just got a patent for a special kind of coating on self-driving cars that could help prevent pedestrian injuries. The company wants to coat autonomous vehicles with a sticky substance so that if they hit a pedestrian, the person would be glued to the car instead of flying off. "[The pedestrian] is not thrown from the vehicle, thereby preventing a secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object," says the patent, granted on Tuesday. Google explains that an "adhesive layer" would be placed on the hood, front bumper and front side panels of a car. A thin coating would protect it until an impact occurred.

Submission + - TeslaCrypt Ransomware Maker Shuts Down, Releases Master Key (

An anonymous reader writes: The TeslaCrypt ransomware makers have officially closed down shop and apologized for all the damage they have caused in the past. TeslaCrypt upset a lot of gamers as it would locate and encrypt video games on your Windows PC. With the recent decision to shut down, anti-ransomware researchers have been able to create a fool-proof decryption app called TeslaDecoder. Now, many of the hard drives rendered useless by the malware are available to use, and almost every file can be accessed using the unlock system. "TeslaCrypt's website was on the Tor network and now consists of a master key and an apology," writes TechCrunch.

Comment Re:Will it be pleasant to use, though? (Score 2) 131

Sure, using the raw blockchain is somewhat difficult. But have you seen You deposit bitcoins which they then credit to your virtual account and store offline in a cold wallet. From there you can transfer money to people via social media including tweets, on reddit, through facebook, etc. They link their social media account to changetip, and then can (of course for a small fee) withdraw the funds or transfer them to someone else.

At periodic intervals they bring the cold wallet online and process your transfers before pulling it off once again.

This avoids the hassle of actually dealing with bitcoin by paying a third party to handle that crap. The end result is super easy to use. On reddit, post "/u/changetip $1" to a post or comment and if they are linked to changetip with that account, it instantly shows up in their wallet there. If they aren't linked to changetip, they get a message with instructions for how to claim the money.

I look at this like I look at credit cards. Paying someone on the other side of the country $1000 in cash is not easy to do. Even a check would take some time. But if they take credit cards, that processing % is essentially paying someone else to do the work to make that transaction nearly instant and hassle-free. I think that the blockchain will end up working more like changetip makes it work. "The Dollar" is still behind credit card purchases. It's just far faster and easier to swipe and pin/sign than it is to count cash in many situations. We pay a % for that efficiency.

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