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Submission + - Is This Year's Dicamba Drift Problem Getting Understated In The News

MrBingoBoingo writes: Since Monsanto released their new generation of Dicamba resistant soybeans to farmers earlier this year, reports have been emerging of the volatile herbicide causing substantial collateral damage as it vaporizes and drifts. Recently the damage this drift has done to orchards and stands of trees has been acknowledged. With all the fuss that gets raised about GMOs in general, why is an actual agricultural disaster getting so little substantive coverage as it unfolds?

Submission + - PGP Short-ID Collision Attacks Continued, Now Targeted Linus Torvalds

An anonymous reader writes: Enrico Zini wrote:

There are currently at least 3 ways to refer to a GPG key: short key ID (last 8 hex digits of fingerprint), long key ID (last 16 hex digits) and full fingerprint. The short key ID used to be popular, and since 5 years it is known that it is computationally easy to generate a GnuPG key with an arbitrary short key id. wrote in June 3, 2016:

Gunnar Wolf urges developers to stop using "short" PGP key IDs as soon as possible. The impetus for the advice originates with Debian's Enrico Zini, who recently found two keys sharing the same short ID in the wild.

After contacted the owner, it turned out that one of the keys is a fake. In addition, labelled same names, emails, and even signatures created by more fake keys. Weeks later, more developers found their fake "mirror" keys on the keyserver, including the PGP Global Directory Verification Key. Gunnar Wolf wrote:

We don't know who is behind this, or what his purpose is. We just know this looks very evil.

Now, a fake key (fake: 0x6211aa3b00411886, real: 0x79be3e4300411886) of Linus Torvalds was found in the wild, scroll the page and you'll two of them. It looked like that every single key from the Linux kernel community have been forged successfully, another example is Greg Kroah-Hartman (fake:0x27365dea6092693e, real: 0x38dbbdc86092693e). LWN reader "rmayr" commented:

so it seems somebody is actually constructing a database of fake keypairs with "well-known" short IDs. Something is going on here...

Submission + - PGP Key of President of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound Trivially Factored

An anonymous reader writes: One of seven keys recently found to be trivially factorable by the Phuctor belongs to Mahmood Khadeer, President of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound. Khadeer's key and the others appear to have been generated with PGP software that utilized a null random number generator based on the way they were factored.

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 + - Failing Tanks Have Hanford Site Cascading Towards Disaster

An anonymous reader writes: As the cleanup of the Hanford nuclear waste site slide continually further behind schedule local news sources are reporting that even the newer doubled walled tanks are failing to contain the high level waste. Looming on the horizon is a DOE prediction from 2008 that puts the window where contamination from the begins reaching the Columbia River only four years away.

Submission + - Obama's Global Warming Plan Cost Poor Americans $44 Billion, Raises Taxes By 166 ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The title summarized it pretty well, but here is an interesting excerpt;

"The study determined that taxing CO2 emissions or gasoline inherently hurts the poor more than the rich because the lowest-income U.S. households spend roughly 35 percent of their annual income on energy; while the highest income households spent less than 3 percent of their income on energy."

In addition to that, we keep paying the power bills of the wealthy through extreme solar subsidies. I know,..... "its all in their best interest."

Submission + - Beijing warns Chinese women not to date foriegners (

An anonymous reader writes: On April 15, China’s first annual National Security Education Day, Beijing officials launched a poster campaign entitled “Dangerous Love” () that has appeared in residential districts of the capital. Using a comic strip format, Chinese women are warned against dating foreign men in case they are actually foreign agents. The cartoon story line specifically mentions state employees but it is as yet unclear why this message is being promoted in ordinary apartment complexes rather than in ministries and government offices. By targeting a mass audience this campaign is being seen some expats as a worrying trend in xenophobia by Chinese authorities. Chinese media already vilifies Japan at every possible opportunity and some observers are concerned that the government is now preparing to make all foreigners scapegoats for the failing economy. A full translation of the new poster is available here:

Submission + - Vulnerability in Northrop Grumman PGP Root-CA

An anonymous reader writes: Phuctor, a public service provided by No Such lAbs has discovered a vulnerability in the Northrop Grumman PGP Root Certificate authority. The public exponent is 16385 a number which is not prime. In fact 16385 has prime factors of 5, 29, and 113. Phuctor recently returned to continue its hunt bad PGP keys after a period of extended downtime.

Submission + - Incident Raises Concerns About A More Formal Spec For Bitcoin

An anonymous reader writes: Aberrant treatment of transactions by Bitcoin miners has renewed concerns that Bitcoin as a protocol may need a stronger specification. OpenBSD savior and Bitcoin entrepreneur Mircea Popescu raised this issue back in 2013 that the current attitude of "the code is the spec" was introducing fragility and harming Bitcoin's vital decentralization. While a lot of fuss has been made about the maximum blocksize, perhaps formalizing the protocol and breaking the current mining cartel is a more urgent and serious problem. The debate going on resurrects many of Datskovskiy's early concerns about the Bitcoin's fragility including mining as a necessary bug, but a bug nonetheless.

Submission + - Snowden statue in NY (

An anonymous reader writes: A statue of Snowden showed up in Brooklyn. As quickly as it showed up, it was even more quickly removed. Apart from this, the bust was also hidden by a blue tarp so that New Yorkers do not get any ideas.
  Still, it is nice to see civil disobedience did not completely die in this nation.

Submission + - Ubuntu Update Breaks Some Optimus Laptops

jones_supa writes: According to a bug report, a recent Ubuntu 14.04 LTS update broke the desktop for some Nvidia Optimus users. Right now is known that a regression is introduced by either version or of package 'ubuntu-drivers-common'. Users of the Optimus platform might want to hold the package at until the bug is fixed, especially if they are Lenovo ThinkPad users. The bug manifests itself as the desktop not being usable and the user is stuck at a purple screen.

Submission + - Xfce: Choice Desktop environment for new Linux Users ( 1

MrBingoBoingo writes: A lot has changed and continued to change in the world of Linux and Unix desktop environments. A stong case though can be made that Xfce is the best direction to point new desktop Linix and *nix users towards. With rapid change happening in the world of desktop environments, what direction is really the best to point aspiring Linux users towards?

Submission + - US-EU Trade Agreement Gains Exaggerated, Say 41 Consumer Groups, Economist

Glyn Moody writes: The main claims about likely economic gains from concluding the US-EU trade agreement TAFTA/TTIP, billed as a "once-in-a-generation prize", are increasingly under attack. BEUC, representing 41 consumer organizations from 31 European countries, has written a letter to the EU Trade Commissioner responsible for the negotiations, Karel De Gucht, complaining about his "exaggeration of the effects of the TTIP", and "use of unsubstantiated figures regarding the job creation potential". In a blog post entitled "Why Is It So Acceptable to Lie to Promote Trade Deals?", Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, has even harsher words: "Implying that a deal that raises GDP by 0.4 or 0.5 percent 13 years out means 'job-creating opportunities for workers on both continents' is just dishonest. The increment to annual growth is on the order of 0.03 percentage points. Good luck finding that in the data." If the best-case outcome is just 0.03% extra growth per year, is TAFTA/TTIP worth the massive upheavals it will require to both US and EU regulatory systems to achieve that?

Submission + - Big Bang's Smoking Gun Found ( 1

astroengine writes: For the first time, scientists have found direct evidence of the expansion of the universe, a previously theoretical event that took place a fraction of a second after the Big Bang explosion nearly 14 billion years ago. The clue is encoded in the primordial cosmic microwave background radiation that continues to spread through space to this day. Scientists found and measured a key polarization, or orientation, of the microwaves caused by gravitational waves, which are miniature ripples in the fabric of space. Gravitational waves, proposed by Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity nearly 100 years ago but never before proven, are believed to have originated in the Big Bang explosion and then been amplified by the universe’s inflation. “Detecting this signal is one of the most important goals in cosmology today,” lead researcher John Kovac, with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said in a statement.

Submission + - Bitcoin Barron Challenges Berkshire ( 2

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