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Submission + - UK seeks next generation of code breakers (bbc.com)

AHuxley writes: The BBC is reporting on a new plan to shape the UK's intake of code breakers.
500 students will be educated at a boarding school to help with the UK's future cybersecurity needs.
The support will come from a private non-profit consortium.
Maths, computer science, economics, and physics will be part of the curriculum alongside cybersecurity.
The hope is that the UK can find more cybersecurity professionals due to a shortage of critical talent.
Aptitude tests and coding skills will help sort applications.

Submission + - WordPress auto-update server had flaw allowing persistent backdoors in websites (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: Up to a quarter of all websites on the internet could have been breached through a since-patched vulnerability that allowed WordPress' core update server to be compromised. The shuttered remote code execution flaw was found in a php webhook within api.wordpress.org that allows developers to supply a hashing algorithm of their choice to verify code updates are legitimate.

Submission + - Brain Cancer Patients Live Longer by Sending Electric Fields Through Their Heads (ieee.org)

the_newsbeagle writes: The big problem with treating glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of brain tumor, is that nothing really works. Surgeons cut out the tumor as soon as it's detected and blast left-behind cells with radiation and chemo, but it always comes back. Most glioblastoma patients live only one or two years after diagnosis.

The Optune system, which bathes the brain tumor in an AC electric field, is the first new treatment to come along that seems to extend some patients' lives. New data on survival rates from a major clinical trial showed that 43% of patients who used Optune were still alive at the 2-year mark, compared to 30% of patients on the standard treatment regimen. At the 4-year mark, the survival rates were 17% for Optune patients and 10% for the others.

The catch: Patients have to wear electrodes on their heads around the clock, and they're wired to a bulky generator/battery pack that's carried in a shoulder bag.

Submission + - SPAM: Assange says WikiLeaks to expose Google

schwit1 writes:
  • WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange promised to release information on subjects including the U.S. election and Google
  • Assange said WikiLeaks plans to start publishing new material starting this week, but wouldn't specify the timing and subject
  • He warned that the so called 'October Surprise' will expose Google
  • Assange did not reveal what type of information would be leaked about the tech giant, but his 2014 book could provide a clue
  • In it, he wrote: '(Eric) Schmidt's tenure as CEO saw Google integrate with the shadiest of U.S. power structures...'

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Submission + - Lawsuit: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Led An Illegal Purge Of Male Employees (mercurynews.com)

Tasha26 writes: It seems like there is only bad news for Yahoo this week. On top of 1 billion breached account, Verizon only just been told about it and secretly scanning customer emails on behalf of NSA, there is now news of a gender discrimination lawsuit against Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer.

According to a media executive fired from Yahoo last year "Marissa Mayer encouraged and fostered the use of an employee performance-rating system to accommodate management’s subjective biases and personal opinions, to the detriment of Yahoo’s male employees." In addition to Mayer, 2 other female executives, Kathy Savitt and Megan Liberman, were identified in the lawsuit for discriminating against male employees.

Hardware

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best geek toys for goldfish

commlinx writes: As it approaches Christmas I'm in the process of adding a geek touch to my goldfish tank and need some ideas from the Slashdot community. So far I have collected a few static plastic models, such as the Enterprise NCC-1701, R2D2 and a Supreme Dalek to glue to the bottom of the tank; however I would also like to add some more dynamic items. I already have a USB controlled switchable power socket connected to a Raspberry Pi to control the main tank light remotely and was thinking this might be expanded to control some LEDs, motors and maybe even some Nixie tubes. However I'm unsure of the best way to interface these together and also wondering what precautions are needed because the water in the tank may not be pure? I look forward to hearing ideas from the community and am interested in how you would approach the problem.

Submission + - A blackhole at quarter the size of its galaxy (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers have spotted an enormous black hole — the second most massive ever — but it resides in a tiny galaxy. The galaxy NGC 1277, just a quarter the size of our own Milky Way, hosts a black hole 4,000 times larger than the one at the Milky Way's centre.

Submission + - Draft Executive Order seeks to sneak SOPA & PIPA in by the back door (jdnash.com)

TrueSatan writes: In a way so underhand that few but the MAFIAA and friends could have contemplated it a new draft Executive Order seeks to implement an equivalent to the failed SOPA/PIPA regulations claiming that SOPA/PIPA themselves only failed due to "industry concerns". The order also gives a clear presumed guilty verdict against any who are accused of infringement.abandoning any pretence of "innocent until proven guilty".
Idle

Submission + - Nazi Budda Came from Space (bbc.co.uk)

mattaw writes: "This "Indiana Jones" style story of Nazi's acquiring this ancient historical statue from Tibet began when scientist Ernst Schafer working for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS was commissioned to search Tibet for ancient "Aryan" evidence. Himmler was said to believe the Aryan race originated in Tibet and was keen to recover objects from the area.

The icing on the cake is that the statue is made of real meteorite and that scientists have been able to identify the actual one as the Chinga meteorite that fell in the border region of eastern Siberia and Mongolia about 15,000 years ago."

Australia

Submission + - ASIC wants Australian ISPs to store all content visited (smh.com.au)

nemesisrocks writes: "ASIC, Australia's version of the SEC, has called for phone call and internet data to be stored by Australian ISPs, in a submission to the Parliamentary Inquity into mandatory data retention.

Not only does the authority want the powers to intercept the times, dates and details of telecommunications information, it also wants access to the contents of emails, social media chats and text messages."

Security

Submission + - Penetration Testing for the Masses 2

compumike writes: Every week we read about companies being hacked through insecure websites. Big companies have in-house security teams, but a new browser-based website penetration testing tool can scan, attack, and detect the biggest threats, such as SQL injection, XSS, and other vulnerabilities, finding holes in more than 90% of websites scanned — even in frameworks like Django and Rails. Can expensive security consultants be replaced by an army of machines providing website security for the masses?

Submission + - Primes cycle around 42n? I need answers.

Cogent91 writes: "For all it's curiosity, the number 42 remains an honest mystery. From ancient Buddhists to Douglas Adams, it's held a significant place for ages. But why?

Some years ago I came across a pattern in that 42n plus individually the primes from 1 to 41 and also 25 creates a list of all possible primes. It's seemingly simple, but I've never found a single academic reference to this pattern. I've also checked it with scripts to several million primes, no exceptions.

What is it that makes that limited range hold true for all prime numbers? And is there an academic significance for this? I've been asking for years, but I'd love Slashdot's help in finally getting this answered!

After n=0, the relevant base is 1,5,11,13,17,19,23,25,29,31,37,41. 2,3, & 7 never repeat. Also, pushed into binaries it makes a great way to compress arbitrarily large primes! The programmer in me wonders about that trait's usefulness to cryptography..."
Technology

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is it morally/ethically wrong to ask people to "like" a product? 1

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Many of the tech blogs I read will sometimes feature a sweepstakes where you can win an iPad, an Android tablet or some other toy or gadget by "liking" them on Facebook or otherwise promoting them in a way that you normally would not do if you weren't trying to win something. Is it morally or ethically wrong for those people to do so? If you're clicking a button that indicates you like something but you really don't care for it, are you lying for personal gain? If so, is the company behind the sweepstakes asking you to lie to promote their product?
Government

Submission + - Why WikiLeaks Is Worth Defending, Despite All Its Flaws (gigaom.com)

SomePgmr writes: "By now, anyone with even a passing interest in the WikiLeaks phenomenon is familiar with most of the elements of its fall from grace: the rift between founder Julian Assange and early supporters over his autocratic and/or erratic behavior, the Swedish rape allegations that led to his seeking sanctuary in Ecuador, a recent childish hoax the organization perpetrated, and so on. Critics paint a picture of an organization that exists only in name, with a leadership vacuum and an increasingly fractured group of adherents. Despite its many flaws, however, there is still something worthwhile in what WikiLeaks has done, and theoretically continues to do. The bottom line is that we need something like a âoestateless news organization,â and so far it is the best candidate we have."
Google

Submission + - Would you open your home to a hacker – for free? (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "What do you get when you mix access to Google's ultra-fast fiber network and old fashioned grass roots business ideas? Well, in this case you'd get someone living on your couch for free for three months. This week a group calling itself the "Kansas City Hacker Homes," launched a program that calls on the good folks of Kansas City to open up their homes to entrepreneurs and developers who would live and work there for a period of three months, rent and utility free. They have to buy their own food."

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