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FBI and Homeland Security Detail Russian Hacking Campaign In New Report ( 404

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and FBI have released an analysis of the allegedly Russian government-sponsored hacking groups blamed for breaching several different parts of the Democratic party during the 2016 elections. The 13-page document, released on Thursday and meant for information technology professionals, came as Barack Obama announced sanctions against Russia for interfering in the 2016 elections. The report was criticized by security experts, who said it lacked depth and came too late. "The activity by [Russian intelligence services] is part of an ongoing campaign of cyber-enabled operations directed at the U.S. government and its citizens," wrote the authors of the government report. "This [joint analysis report] provides technical indicators related to many of these operations, recommended mitigations, suggested actions to take in response to the indicators provided, and information on how to report such incidents to the U.S. government." The government report follows several from the private sector, notably a lengthy section in a Microsoft report from 2015 on a hacking team referred to as "advanced persistent threat 28" (APT 28), which the company's internal nomenclature calls Strontium and others have called Fancy Bear. Also mentioned in the government document is another group called APT 29 or Cozy Bear. The Microsoft report contains a history of the groups' operation; a report by security analysts ThreatConnect describes the team's modus operandi; and competing firm CrowdStrike detailed the attack on the Democratic National Committee shortly before subsequent breaches of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign were discovered.

Comment Uber Chopper at Sundance (Score 1) 357

Uber tried this same stunt in Utah at the Sundance film festival. They decided they didn't need a permit to land choppers in a regular neighborhood right in town. For a whole day the damn things were flying low over people's houses and dropping off people in a field next to someone's house. No safety equipment, lights, nor even a proper walkway. Just some spray paint on a field

They claimed they had the right and didn't need a permit. It all stopped when the local sheriff informed the pilot of the chopper that if he landed one more time he would impound the chopper and that would be it. Uber then tried to claim they could use the helipad at the sheriff's office under FAA rules. You can guess at this point the pilot had enough and was not willing to continue.

Then we had to pass a bunch of explicit rules against this at the county level, all due to this foolishness and publicity stunt that clearly was not about actually starting an uber chopper business. I expect this will turn out the same.

Submission + - Girls Who Code Launches 'Satirical' video (

clifwlkr writes: Girls Who Code today launched a new 'satirical' video ahead of computer science education week. In it they claim to "call for Silicon Valley to solve real problems, stop replacing mom". So far the reviews on youtube are mostly less than favorable.

So what do you think? Is this an appropriate video to encourage women, or in fact anyone at all to code?

Comment Re:"showcase some of our new thinking" (Score 1) 84

Sounds like a response from an AC who maybe doesn't have a job and can take the time to queue up all songs manually..... Sometimes it is nice to just have songs chosen for you that you might not actually have thought of as related, while you are doing another task such as working or driving. I am sorry that my choice to enjoy this feature deserves my extermination in your eyes. AC's opinion is noted duly....

Comment Re:Plex Pass - for what? (Score 1) 84

There are several additional features available through it such as photo tagging, fingerprinting of music, better grouping of songs to give you a 'plex mix' option, and early access to new features.

The best reason to pay for the pass is the same reason as any other open source software. If you don't pony up some money when you find software like this useful, it will cease to exist. If you want new features and new capabilities down the road, the best way to ensure this is to give them the few dollars to help keep them going. It's not like their price is unreasonable for what they deliver.

Ultimately your choice, as the free version is definitely very capable, but I choose to support their efforts with real dollars.

Comment Re:"showcase some of our new thinking" (Score 4, Informative) 84

Honestly it is much more than that. Like a song you are listening to? You can queue up a 'plex mix' which queues other songs similar to the one you are listening to. Actually works pretty good. Need to transcode that video from a codec not supported on your playback device? Plex does this. I even have one running on a raspberry pi in my truck with my music on it. I have an android car radio, and run their client as my music in the truck. Can pick a genre, song, etc and queue a plex mix while I am driving. All running on Linux. Also downloads and manages trailers for movies, etc. Want to watch a movie or listen to a song while at your hotel on business, or on the road? Plex provides an interface for that as well, with bandwidth optimization with re-encoding.

BTW, most of this functionality is available in the free version. If you want some of the more advanced features, you can choose to pay them for it. I pay for the pass primarily because I want to support their development of a server that really is great for all your media.

Or you could simply use an SMB share for all your music and hunt around by filename. A very different experience. I haven't even scratched the surface on the organizational capabilities for large collections that plex provides.

Comment Re:Not being listened to, but rather shouting (Score 2) 204

And oddly people continue to shout, rather than being listened to in a hidden manner.

This is why I do not participate in things like Facebook. This is a wealth of information about what you do that is freely out there for the government to use for this kind of activity. They don't even have to have a listening device in your house, people voluntarily put all of this up there for them to parse and monitor on a daily basis. This is what the government (and never mind your future employer) will use to make the determination about where your loyalties lie.

Of course then what does posting nothing on these sites say about you as well then? :-)

Comment Re:Why? (Dr. Strangelove) (Score 1) 1028

As Dr. Strangelove put it: 1) How is it possible for this thing to be triggered automatically and at the same time impossible to untrigger? 2) Mister President, it is not only possible, it is *essential*! That's the whold idea of this machine, you know. Deterrence is the art of placing in the mind of the enemy the *fear* to attack! So because of the automated and irrevokable decision making process which rules out human meddling, the Doomsday Machine is terrifying, simple to understand, and completely credible and convincing. 3) Gee, I wish we had one of them Doomsday Machines! (full quote)

And of course don't forget:

Of course, the whole point of a Doomsday machine is lost if you keep it a secret! Why didn't you tell the world?

Mutual Assured Destruction makes little sense....

Verizon Wants $1 Billion Discount On Yahoo Deal After Reports of Hacking, Email Scanning ( 77

As if Yahoo's reputation couldn't get any worse after the company revealed a massive data breach that occurred in 2014, compromising at least 500 million accounts, Reuters issued a report claiming the company secretly scanned customer emails for U.S. intelligence agencies. These reports certainly don't look good to the companies looking to acquire Yahoo, like Verizon, which has been nearing a deal since late July. Now, it appears that Verizon wants a $1 billion discount off its $4.83 billion deal to buy Yahoo. New York Post reports: Verizon is pushing for a $1 billion discount off its pending $4.8 billion agreement to buy Yahoo, several sources told The Post exclusively. "In the last day we've heard that Tim [Armstong] is getting cold feet. He's pretty upset about the lack of disclosure and he's saying can we get out of this or can we reduce the price?" said a source familiar with Verizon's thinking. That might just be tough talk to get Yahoo to roll back the price. Verizon had been planning to couple Yahoo with its AOL unit to give it enough scale to be a third force to compete with Google and Facebook for digital ad dollars. The discount is being pushed because it feels Yahoo's value has been diminished, sources said. AOL/Yahoo will reach about 1 billion consumers if the deal closes in the first quarter, with a stated goal to reach 2 billion by 2020. AOL boss Tim Armstrong flew to the West Coast in the past few days to meet with Yahoo executives to hammer out a case for a price reduction, a source said. "Tim was out there this week laying the law down and Marissa is trying to protect shareholders," said a source close to talks. "Tim knows how to be fair, while Verizon is pushing him, he can bridge the gap." At the same time, the Yahoo deal team is pushing back hard against any attempts to negotiate the price down, sources said. Yahoo is telling Verizon that a deal is a deal and that telecom giant has no legal recourse to change the terms.

Ubuntu Torrent Removed From Google Due To DMCA Complaint ( 241

Reader LichtSpektren shares a report from OMG Ubuntu: Cited in a DMCA takedown request filed against Google on behalf of Paramount Pictures is an innocuous link to a 32-bit alternate install image Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS. The takedown request seeks to remove links to a number of torrent URLS that are alleged to infringe on Paramount movie Transformers: Age of Extinction. Ubuntu clearly doesn't. All it takes is a quick glance at the URL in question to see that. It's very much a stock ISO of an old Ubuntu release. And yet Google has complied with the request and scrubbed the link to the page in question from its search index.

Comment Re:Female CS Grads were only 18%.... (Score 1) 415

Then they aren't really tech or STEM hires, like the article is talking about..... Giving them more exposure to STEM at a younger age is not going to help them much at getting hired as marketers, sales, or HR.... Anyone can do support and I sure hope we are not trying to get more of our young minorities working at call center jobs.....

Comment Female CS Grads were only 18%.... (Score 4, Insightful) 415

Given this statistic:

In 2013, 18% of bachelor’s degrees in computing were earned by women

How in the heck do they expect to get equal numbers of female and male people into programming jobs in the field. It would seem 'equal' hiring would be around 18% of the population of programmers to make it apples to apples. That would indicate 'fair' hiring.

That said, I do believe in encouraging everyone to get more experience in STEM at a younger age, then to make informed decisions about if this is a career they would like to pursue. It is nuts to me that they are trying to hire 50% of the work force out of 18% of the graduates. That is just not going to work. Just goes to prove we really do need better math education at all levels.....

Comment Re:Sometimes a parting of ways is best (Score 5, Insightful) 239

You could say that about any profession. My wife is a physician and she tells people who say they want to be a doctor that "if you can imagine yourself doing anything else you probably should". That job is too hard and takes too much from you to bother with if it isn't a calling. Furthermore that pretty much contradicts your point above. If they don't have a passion for software development why are you pushing them into it if it isn't their thing? I'm an engineer and I've done enough programming to know that it isn't what I want to do for a living and also that I'm not particularly good at it.

Because I hear about all of those physician layoffs that are happening and how they are being replaced with over seas workers and young kids out of college. And I always hear about how older physicians can never learn and how they age out at 40.... Again, it is the crappy attitude of the industry I am talking about, and the sad state of the code. If you are really, really passionate about coding (such as I am) you can muddle your way through it, but you have to be ultra passionate. I think every professional career requires dedication, but most have a lot more longevity and actually respect people who have been at it for a bit.

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