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Canada Plans To Phase Out Coal-Powered Electricity By 2030 (theguardian.com) 146

Last week, French president Francois Hollande announced that France will shut down all its coal-fired power plants by 2023. This week, Canada's environment minister, Kathleen McKenna, announced that Canada plans to phase out its use of coal-fired electricity by 2030. The Guardian reports: [McKenna] said the goal is to make sure 90% of Canada's electricity comes from sustainable sources by that time -- up from 80% today. The announcement is one of a series of measures Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is rolling out as part of a broader climate change plan. Trudeau also has plans to implement a carbon tax. "Taking traditional coal power out of our energy mix and replacing it with cleaner technologies will significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve the health of Canadians, and benefit generations for years to come," McKenna said. Four of Canada's 10 provinces still use coal-based electricity. Alberta had been working toward phasing out coal-fired electricity by 2030.

Comment That'll cover ~ 5M people (Score 1) 98

It's interesting how the full-page newspaper ad still holds so much gravitas. Doing it in these papers will apparently reach about 5 million people upper-middle-class and financial types. Not a bad move for damage control.

WSJ - 2,378,827
NYT - 1,865,318
WP - 474,767

Total 4,718,912 average circulation.

Comment Kickstarter for source code and tools for my car? (Score 2) 106

Could someone do a kickstarter to open up my car's SW and create dev tools for it? I have a 2015 Subraru Outback with EyeSight and I've already taken into the shop for two SW bug updates (one affected braking). I won't necessarily change anything, but it'd be good to have a look see. I'd also like an assessment of the SW quality level from someone knowledgeable in automotive programming. I could imagine a new kind of car review site that will take car code and run it through non-real time simulations and perform quality assessments just like other parts of the car are reviewed.

Comment Total Perspective Vortex (Score 1) 258

Every time I read news like this I feel like I've just entered the Total Perspective Vortex http://hitchhikers.wikia.com/w.... For those that don't know (shame!), this invention, originally created by Trin Tragula as a way to get back at his wife (who was always telling him to get a "sense of proportion"), is now used as a torture and (in effect) killing device on the planet Frogstar B. The prospective victim of the TPV is placed within a small chamber wherein is displayed a model of the entire universe - together with a microscopic dot bearing the legend "you are here". The sense of perspective thereby conveyed destroys the victim's mind; it was stated that the TPV is the only known means of crushing a man's soul.

Comment Re:It's hardwired into our brains (Score 4, Insightful) 160

I totally agree. If I'm stressed or aggravated going for a walk really helps. Like you say it gives time to think - sometimes about nothing - sometimes I resolve algorithms. I purposely don't use headphones or play games because it lets my mind wander. Like all exercise, doing it regularly comes down to erasing the barriers to it - that's why I walk outside at lunchtime instead of walking on a treadmill in the gym. It's not that it's better, it's just easier not to go through the hassle of changing clothes, etc. If I can build exercise into my daily routine even more - I'm thinking of riding to work - then that will be even better.

Submission + - SPAM: Colorado Habitat For Humanity Says Ransomware Making it hard to Function

chicksdaddy writes: The Colorado branch of the affordable housing charity Habitat for Humanity has acknowledged that a ransomware attack on a critical server has lasted for months and has been so disruptive that it "has severely handicapped" the group's ability to function, notes a post over on Digital Guardian's blog. ([spam URL stripped])

In a statement released this week, Habitat for Humanity Colorado (HFHC) said that it has spent months dealing with a “significant and malicious data breach” that “has severely handicapped our ability to efficiently conduct business.”

Habitat for Humanity, of course, is the non-profit charity group started in 1976 that builds affordable housing for low income families in the U.S. and elsewhere. According to a FAQ ([spam URL stripped]), the incident in question began with a ransomware malware infection in “late June” that targeted a server in HFHC’s main office in Lakewood Colorado. That server, HFHC said, was “connected to the Internet” and thus a target of attack by cyber-criminal groups operating from outside the U.S.

The incident continued for months “hijacking” the attention of the group. Because it works directly with would-be homeowners, HFHC stored a wealth of data including a customer’s names, Social Security Numbers, driver’s license numbers and so on. Information on HFHC employees was also stored on the server. In all, only around 250 individuals were affected – small potatoes, especially with news of the massive breach at Yahoo Inc. that affected some 500 million accounts.

“While there is no evidence that any of your personal information was taken; we only know that hackers may have viewed it,” HFHC said. The group is working with the FBI and has offered credit and identity theft monitoring for affected customers.

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Submission + - Microsoft Forms New AI Research Group Led By Harry Shum (techcrunch.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A day after announcing a new artificial intelligence partnership with IBM, Google, Facebook and Amazon, Microsoft is upping the ante within its own walls. The tech giant announced that it is creating a new AI business unit, the Microsoft AI and Research Group, which will be led by Microsoft Research EVP Harry Shum. Shum will oversee 5,000 computer scientists, engineers and others who will all be “focused on the company’s AI product efforts,” the company said in an announcement. The unit will be working on all aspects of AI and how it will be applied at the company, covering agents, apps, services and infrastructure. Shum has been involved in some of Microsoft’s biggest product efforts at the ground level of research, including the development of its Bing search engine, as well as in its efforts in computer vision and graphics: that is a mark of where Microsoft is placing its own priority for AI in the years to come. Important to note that Microsoft Research unit will no longer be its on discrete unit — it will be combined with this new AI effort. Research had 1,000 people in it also working on areas like quantum computing, and that will now be rolled into the bigger R&D efforts being announced today. Products that will fall under the new unit will include Information Platform, Cortana and Bing, and Ambient Computing and Robotics teams led by David Ku, Derrick Connell and Vijay Mital, respectively. The Microsoft AI and Research Group will encompass AI product engineering, basic and applied research labs, and New Experiences and Technologies (NExT), Microsoft said.

Submission + - From NIST: Public Draft - Cybersecurity Framework Manufacturing Profile

Presto Vivace writes: From the NIST email:

A draft manufacturing implementation of the Cybersecurity Framework, or Profile, has been developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish a roadmap for reducing cybersecurity risk for manufacturers. The Profile focuses on how cybersecurity can support typical manufacturing business objectives and is aligned with industry best practices, including NIST Special Publication 800-82 Guide to Industrial Control System Security . The Manufacturing Profile can be used by organizations to express desired state, as well as assess current state. It provides a voluntary, risk-based approach for managing cybersecurity activities and reducing cyber risk to manufacturing systems. The Manufacturing Profile is meant to enhance but not replace current cybersecurity standards and industry guidelines used by manufacturers.

Cybersecurity Framework Manufacturing Profile (PDF)

Please send you questions and comments, including reviews of the Manufacturing Profile, to NIST at csf_manufacturing_profile@nist.gov .

Public comment period: September 7 through November 4, 2016

Submission + - Windows Server 2016 goes RTM. Evaluation is available for download (zdnet.com)

Billly Gates writes: The next version of Windows Server has arrived. This new version is more cloud and virtual machine oriented with more features such as Docker container support, a new tiny headless version designed to run as a docker VM in Hyper-v called Nano Server, 3d graphics support in remoteFX for OpenGL and Open CL for Hyper-V vms, nested virtualization, Powershell Direct, Shielded VM support, stable REFS file system, Hyper-V Linux secure boot support, Storage Spaced Direct which now are clustered and ADFS v4 which supports multifactor authentication with OpenID support. You can find the features listed here as well as here.

Nano Server has a 92% less footprint requiring significantly less rebooting, patching, and security updates than a traditional Windows Server virtual machine.

Submission + - Multiple Linux Distributions Affected by Crippling Bug in systemd (agwa.name) 1

An anonymous reader writes: System administrator Andrew Ayer has discovered a potentially critical bug in systemd which can bring a vulnerable Linux server to its knees with one command. "After running this command, PID 1 is hung in the pause system call. You can no longer start and stop daemons. inetd-style services no longer accept connections. You cannot cleanly reboot the system." According to the bug report, Debian, Ubuntu, and CentOS are among the distros susceptible to various levels of resource exhaustion. The bug, which has existed for more than two years, does not require root access to exploit.

Submission + - Man arrested for 'jailbreaking' iPhones (nhk.or.jp)

An anonymous reader writes: Japanese police have arrested a hacker for illegally removing software restrictions on Apple's iPhones and selling the devices.

Daisuke Ikeda, who is 24 and from Toyama City, is suspected of what's called "jailbreaking" and infringing Apple's intellectual property rights.

Police say Ikeda removed software restrictions imposed by iOS, iPhone's operating system, and sold five such devices on an online auction site around April. They say the suspect has admitted the allegation.

Submission + - Researcher find D-Link DWR-932 router is "chock full of holes"

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: Security researcher Pierre Kim has unearthed a bucketload of vulnerabilities in the LTE router/portable wireless hotspot D-Link DWR-932. Kim found the latest available firmware has these vulnerabilities:

- Two backdoor accounts with easy-to-guess passwords that can be used to bypass the HTTP authentication used to manage the router
- A default, hardcoded Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) PIN, as well as a weak WPS PIN generation algorithm
- Multiple vulnerabilities in the HTTP daemon
- Hardcoded remote Firmware Over The Air credentials
- Lowered security in Universal Plug and Play, and more.

“At best, the vulnerabilites are due to incompetence; at worst, it is a deliberate act of security sabotage from the vendor,” says Kim, and advises users to stop using the device until adequate fixes are provided.

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