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Submission + - Science Fiction Actor Bill Paxton Dies At Age 61 (ew.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Bill Paxton starred in a surprising number of cult science fiction favorites. After playing the blue-haired punk rocker who confronts The Terminator , and the mean older brother in John Hughes nerd comedy Weird Science, Paton was cast as private Hudson in Aliens , the soldier who at one point wails "Game over, man!" Sigourney Weaver called his performance "brilliant', while James Cameron said Paxton's character released some of the audience's tension. "Bill made up different dialogue on every take, and he was yelling it over a machine gun, so none of it actually recorded."

Paxton also appeared in Predator 2, Apollo 13, Twister, and James Cameron's Titanic. Most recently provided the voice of the executive Kahn in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and had a recurring role as Hydra agent John Garrett in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

Submission + - SPAM: 2 Young Entrepreneurs Rise to Number 1 Overall in UK App Store

An anonymous reader writes: 2 YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS RISE TO NUMBER 1 OVERALL IN APP STORE

For Immediate Release
February 26, 2017 – United States/United Kingdom — When Fahim Saleh (30 years old) founded PrankDial (a prank dialing app service), he had high aspirations. He brought on an awesome COO, Joe Delfino (25 years old). He didn’t realize the app would go this far though.

Fahim Saleh said, “We wanted to build an app that would bring people laughs. Yes, we wanted it to go viral, but we didn’t realize we would end up beating Netflix, Facebook and many other big companies to become Number 1 Overall in the app store. We’re humbled and thankful.”

PrankDial has grown to over 2 million installs, 200+ million calls made and 25,000+ Daily Active Users. PrankDial launched in the UK in January 2017 and took off shortly after.

After just a few weeks in the UK, PrankDial rose all the way to Number 1 Overall in the app store.

In addition to doing well in the app store throughout the world, PrankDial is bringing much needed laughs to people who are feeling anxious with the current state of politics.

Joe Delfino said, “There are a lot of reasons not to smile and laugh right now, but we want to remind everyone that humor is our oldest and most powerful universal language.”

CONTACT
Ben Weissenstein
International Business Development
PrankDial — The World's #1 Prank Calling Service
Ben@PrankDial.com

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Submission + - Annotation is now a web standard (hypothes.is)

etum writes: The W3C standards are a key milestone towards a future in which all pages could support rich layers of conversation without requiring any action by their publishers—because that capability can be built into the browser itself and be available as a native feature, just like like web search. The shared vision is that conversations will be able happen anywhere on the Web, or even on documents in native apps, and inline instead of below-the fold, in a federated, standards-based way.

Submission + - New Nokia 3310 Arrives Alongside Three Android Smartphones

Mickeycaskill writes: Nokia has officially brought back the iconic 3310 handset via HMD Global, only it’s with a modern twist on a retro handset.

Rather than simply re-release the old 3310 in order to tap into a vein of tech nostalgia, the 3310 has a few twists, notably 2.4inch QVGA display, a 2MP rear camera and Nokia’s Series 30+ software, as well as a microSD slot and micro USB port for charging the mobile.

Support for 2G connectivity is present but no Wi-Fi or GPS, so one could call it a semi-smartphone. However it does promise 22 hours of talk-time battery life and a lengthy month work of power when on standby.

Available in matt grey and blue, and glossy red and yellow colours, the 3310 will sell for €49 (around £40) and will go on sale in the second quarter of 2017.

Submission + - Cyber Security: Protecting Seniors Online from Scams, Hacks and Tax Fraud

tamarartamonova writes: The vast majority of seniors today are using the Internet at least once a week to check email, pay bills online and keep in touch via social media. But all that time online puts them at risk for scams and hacks, such as tax fraud.

In fact, a new survey by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care network, found that 67 percent of surveyed older adults have been the victim of an online scam or hack.

Encouraging seniors to practice cyber security can go a long way toward protecting their identity and sensitive financial information. Home Instead collaborated with the National Cyber Security Alliance to create Protect Seniors Online, available at www.ProtectSeniorsOnline.com, a free resource that educates older adults about cybersecurity. Here, seniors can test their cybersecurity skills with the "Can You Spot an Online Scam?" quiz.

Older adults can take the following steps now to protect themselves online:
  • Password protect and secure devices, accounts. Lock all devices (including computers, tablets and smartphones) with secure passwords in case devices are lost or stolen.
  • Think before clicking. When faced with an urgent request — like emails asking for money — think before clicking or get a second opinion. Clicking on links is often how scammers get personal information. When in doubt, trash an unusual message.
  • Share with care. More than half (51 percent) of seniors surveyed by Home Instead use social media to stay connected. Use care when sharing personal information, adjust privacy settings to limit who can see your information, and turn off location sharing.
  • Use security software. Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software and program it to run regularly. And be wary of pop-up ads or emails, many of which contain malware that can infect computers.
  • Log out. Log out of apps and websites when you are finished. Leaving apps and websites open on computer screens could make you vulnerable to security and privacy risks.
  • Recommend support. Older adults who live alone may need help from a trusted source — such as a family member, tech-savvy friend or professional caregiver --to serve as a second set of eyes.

Submission + - Obama's Feds Tried to Hack Indiana's Election System While Pence Was Governor

EmmaStarc writes: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials tried to hack Indiana’s state electoral system with at least 14,800 “scans” or hits between Nov. 1, 2016, to Dec. 16, 2016, The Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.

The attacks are the second confirmed IT scanning assault by DHS officials against states that resisted then-President Barack Obama’s attempt to increase federal involvement in state and local election systems by designating them as “critical infrastructure” for national security. .Source

Submission + - SPAM: Gitlab post-mortem: Proper naming convention prevents mistakes

AmiMoJo writes: Gitlab's very public meltdown has been mostly recovered now. If there is one thing we can learn from this incident, it's the importance of proper naming conventions. The person responsible for the mistake intended to operate on "db2.cluster.gitlab.com", but accidentally wiped "db1.cluster.gitlab.com" instead.

What naming conventions do Slashdot readers use and have you experienced any similar failures?

Submission + - Spike of radioactive Iodine levels is detected in Europe (theaviationist.com)

schwit1 writes: Iodine-131 (131I), a radionuclide of anthropogenic origin, has recently been detected in tiny amounts in the ground-level atmosphere in Europe. The preliminary report states it was first found during week 2 of January 2017 in northern Norway. Iodine-131 was also detected in Finland, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, France and Spain, until the end of January.

However, no one seems to know the reason behind the released Iodine-131. Along with nuclear power plants, the isotope is also widely used in medicine and its presence in the air could be the effect of several different incidents.

Or, as someone speculates, it could have been the side effect of a test of a new nuclear warhead in Russia: an unlikely (considered the ability to detect nuke tests through satellites and seismic detectors) violation of Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

Submission + - Norwegian cyber command warns against supply chain security risks in F35 project (safecontrols.blog)

hrdo writes: The commander of the Norwegian CYFOR (a branch of the military) held a speach Monday night in Oslo where he warned that large military projects like the F35 fighter jet project can be threatened by attacks on the supply chain. The warnings follow several media stories about security breaches due to outsourcing and lack of controls. In one case an Indian IT company was contracted to operate the emergency communications network for Norwegian police, ambulances and fire departments — without security clearances or background checks.

The general should keep preaching security to his peers, not only within his own organization and on the battle field, but also in the procurement trenches. The initianl penetration of advanced persistent threats targeting high-security organizations is tyically coming via a less secure supply chain partner. Still, coordinated security management in large projects remains a fantacy in most cases.

Submission + - PHP Is First Language To Add "Modern" Cryptography Library To Its Core (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The PHP team has unanimously voted to integrate the Libsodium library in the PHP core, and by doing so, becoming the first programming language to support a modern cryptography library by default. Developers approved a proposal with a vote of 37 to 0 and decided that Libsodium will be added to the upcoming PHP 7.2 release that will be launched towards the end of 2017.

Scott Arciszewski, the cryptography expert who made the proposal says that by supporting modern crypto in the PHP core, the PHP team will force the WordPress team to implement better security in its CMS, something they avoided until now. Additionally, it will allow PHP and CMS developers to add advanced cryptography features to their apps that run on shared hosting providers, where until now they weren't able to install custom PHP extensions to support modern cryptography. Other reasons on why he made the proposal are detailed in depth here.

Arciszewski also says that PHP is actually "the first" programming language to support a "modern" cryptography library in its core, despite Erlang and Go including similar libraries, which he claims are not as powerful and up-to-date as PHP's upcoming Libsodium implementation.

Submission + - SPAM: Scottish court awards damages for CCTV camera pointed at neighbour's house

AmiMoJo writes: Edinburgh's Nahid Akram installed a CCTV system that let him record his downstairs neighbours Debbie and Tony Woolley in their back garden, capturing both images and audio of their private conversations, with a system that had the capacity to record continuously for five days. A Scottish court has ruled that the distress caused by their neighbour's camera entitled the Woolleys to £17,000 in damages, without the need for them to demonstrate any actual financial loss. The judgment builds on a 2015 English court ruling against Google for spying on logged out Safari users, where the users were not required to show financial losses to receive compensation for private surveillance.
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Submission + - Astronomers discover 60 new planets including 'super Earth' (nypost.com)

schwit1 writes:

An international team of astronomers has found 60 new planets orbiting stars close to Earth’s solar system, including a rocky “super Earth.”

The experts also found evidence of an additional 54 planets, bringing the potential discovery of new worlds to 114.

One planet in particular, Gliese 411b, has been generating plenty of attention. Described as a “hot super Earth with a rocky surface,” Gliese 411b is located in the fourth-nearest star system to the Sun, making it the third-nearest planetary system to the Sun, according to the U.K.’s University of Hertfordshire, which participated in the research. Gliese 411b (also known as GJ 411b or Lalande 21185) orbits the star Gliese 411 (or GJ 411).

Despite the “super Earth” label, Dr. Mikko Tuomi from University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Astrophysics told Fox News that Gliese 411b is too hot for life to exist on its surface.


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