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Submission + - The pointless existence of anti-virus software .. (alchemistowl.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Why don't users demand better? Why do they still accept software which will happily execute an attachment "no questions asked"? In an era when you can't bring on board of a plane something that remotely resembles a blade we have people continuing to accept dangeous attachments as if nothing had ever happened before, including people who have already been hit by virii!

Wouldn't it be the anti-virus software's job to stop the execution of these attachments outright, perhaps mentioning that it isn't normal for a document to be called "document.doc.exe"?

It would but unfortunately there would then be little incentive to keep updating the signatures and finance the business model of the anti-virus companies...

Submission + - Valve's Steam removes its first game (forbes.com) 1

tlhIngan writes: Today marks the first day that Valve has removed a game completely off its service. Order of War: Challenge has been not only removed from the service, but it is the first to be removed completely from a user's library as well. Previously, when a game was removed from Steam, it was just removed — as long as a local copy exists in your library, you could always play it, back it up, reactivate it, etc, (similar to Apple's iTunes and App Store — it may be gone, but as long as a copy exists, it'll work). Now it appears that Valve has actually gone the next step alongside Amazon and Google and removed games from a library.

Submission + - New York Investigators Obtain Fraudulent Ballots 97 Percent of Time (nationalreview.com) 8

cold fjord writes: National Review reports, "New York City’s Department of Investigation (DOI) has just shown how easy it is to commit voter fraud that is almost undetectable. Its undercover agents were able to obtain ballots for city elections a total of 61 times — 39 times using the names of dead people, 14 times using the names of incarcerated felons, and eight times using the names of non-residents. On only two occasions, or about 3 percent of the time, were the agents stopped by polling-place officials. In one of the two cases, an investigator was stopped only because the felon he was trying to vote in the name of was the son of the election official he was dealing with. Ballot security in checking birth dates or signatures was so sloppy that young undercover agents were able to vote using the name of someone three times their age who had died. As the New York Post reports: “A 24-year female was able to access the ballot at a Manhattan poll site in November under the name of a deceased female who was born in 1923 and died in April 25, 2012 — and would have been 89 on Election Day.” All of the agents who got ballots wrote in the names of fictitious candidates so as not to actually influence election outcomes."

Submission + - Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: Wireless charging has had little success so far (except for toothbrushes) but Google is giving it a good try, with a Nexus Wireless Charger that works with LG's Nexus 4 and 5 as well as the latest version of Google's tablet, the second generation Nexus 7. The charger operates using the Qi standard, which seems to be ahead of rival Powermat.

Submission + - In mild climates, snow melts faster under trees than in open areas (washington.edu) 1

vinces99 writes: Recent research shows that tree cover actually causes snow to melt more quickly on the western slopes of the the Pacific Northwest's Cascade Mountains and in other warm, Mediterranean-type climates around the world. At the same time, open, clear gaps in the forests tend to keep snow on the ground longer into the spring and summer. Common sense would seem to indicate the shade of a tree would help retain snow, and snow exposed to sunlight in open areas will melt, as is typical in regions such as the Northeast, Midwest and much of Canada, where winter temperatures are below freezing. But Jessica Lundquist, a University of Washington associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, found that in Mediterranean climates – where the average winter temperatures usually are above 30 degrees Fahrenheit – snow tends to melt under the tree canopy and stay more intact in open meadows or gaps in a forest. This happens in part because trees in warmer, maritime forests radiate heat in the form of long-wave radiation, contributing to snow melting under the canopy first. The finding has implications for regions such as the Pacific Northwest that, despite plentiful annual rainfall, depend heavily on melting snowpack for drinking water and healthy river flows during dry summer months.

Submission + - Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents (reuters.com) 1

cold fjord writes: Reuters reports, "Edward Snowden used login credentials and passwords provided unwittingly by colleagues ... to access some of the classified material he leaked ... A handful of agency employees who gave their login details to Snowden were identified, questioned and removed from their assignments ... Snowden may have persuaded between 20 and 25 fellow workers at the NSA regional operations center in Hawaii to give him their logins and passwords by telling them they were needed for him to do his job as a computer systems administrator ... People familiar with efforts to assess the damage to U.S. intelligence caused by Snowden's leaks have said assessments are proceeding slowly because Snowden succeeded in obscuring some electronic traces of how he accessed NSA records. ... The revelation that Snowden got access to some of the material he leaked by using colleagues' passwords surfaced as the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee approved a bill intended in part to tighten security over U.S. intelligence data. One provision of the bill would earmark a classified sum of money ... to help fund efforts by intelligence agencies to install new software designed to spot and track attempts to access or download secret materials without proper authorization."

Submission + - Sandy Turns Companies Into Tree Huggers (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: After Hurricane Sandy flipped the switch on a good portion of the Eastern seaboard, many companies began unplugging from the electrical grid and plugging into natural gas lines and fuel cells, according to IDC's Datacenter Trends unit. Other companies have been deploying solar panels or using hydroelectric power and still others are finding geographical location matters as much as the energy source when going green to save money or increase resilience. For example, T5 Data Centers, a national data center owner and operator, says that just by choosing a better geographic location and indirect evaporative cooling units, it can drop the PUE rating of its buildings from 2 to 1.2 to 1.5. The Bullitt Foundation recently constructed a "living building" in Seattle that gathers rainwater for its faucets, solar power for its electricity and has automated windows that help control its indoor climate.

Submission + - UK Passes Instagram Act (theregister.co.uk)

kodiaktau writes: UK govvt passes Instagram act which effectively makes content posted on social media that has become orphaned into the public domain. Corporations now only need to have made a diligent search to find the owner of the content before use.

Submission + - Grocery delivery is greener than driving to the store (washington.edu)

vinces99 writes: Those trips to the store can take a chunk out of your day and put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. But now University of Washington engineers have found that using a grocery delivery service can cut carbon dioxide emissions by at least half when compared with individual household trips to the store. Trucks filled to capacity that deliver to customers clustered in neighborhoods produced the most savings in carbon dioxide emissions, but there are even benefits with delivery to rural areas.

Submission + - How LinkedIn's Project Inversion Saved The Company (businessweek.com)

pacopico writes: Shortly after its 2011 IPO, LinkedIn's infrastructure almost collapsed. The company had been running on decade's old technology and needed a major overhaul to keep up with other social sites. As Businessweek reports, LinkedIn initiated something called Project Inversion to fix its issues and has since evolved into one of the poster children for continuous development and creating open source infrastructure tools. But the story also notes that LinkedIn's technology revival has come with some costs, including constant changes that have bothered some users.

Submission + - Nuclear Power Prevents More Deaths Than It Causes (acs.org)

MTorrice writes: NASA researchers have compared nuclear power to fossil fuel energy sources in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution-related deaths. Using nuclear power in place of coal and gas power has prevented some 1.8 million deaths globally over the past four decades and could save millions of more lives in coming decades, concludes their study. The pair also found that nuclear energy prevents emissions of huge quantities of greenhouse gases. These estimates help make the case that policymakers should continue to rely on and expand nuclear power in place of fossil fuels to mitigate climate change, the authors say.

Submission + - Finnish Computer Store Publishes Return Rates of All Products (globenewswire.com)

jones_supa writes: The Finnish computer hardware juggernaut Verkkokauppa.com is heading towards transparency regarding its product information. The store has published over 13 000 uncensored product reviews, with the average score being 4.2 stars. In addition to reviews, the store has now revealed the service and return percentages of each product. Throughout a recent data analysis phase of six months, the most returned product was the Eizo FlexScan S1902SH-BK display, with the most serviced one being the MSI Z68A-GD65 motherboard. The brands with the lowest return rate were Kensington, Blackstorm, Elinchrom and Gardena. Looking at the user reviews, the queen position is held by The Cloud Nine Iron hair iron, while other top brands are Samsung, Apple and Electrolux. 'As far as I know, no other retailer is as open about its products,' says the service chief Mikko Dunderfelt.

Submission + - Technologists See Biggest Salary Raise in a Decade (wallstreetandtech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Technology salaries in the U.S. saw the biggest jump in 2012 in more than a decade, according to the latest salary survey from Dice, a career site for technology and engineer professionals.

Tech professionals in the financial industry — including capital markets, banking and insurance sectors — recorded an average 2012 salary of $93,599, up 3% compared to 2011.

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