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Submission + - Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Stave Off Dakota Access Pipeline (For Now) (gardencollage.com)

rosamedi writes: After law enforcement recently escalated violence against the protectors at the Standing Rock camp and ordered them to evacuate, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe at last have a victory to celebrate. Yesterday, the Department of the Army (which manages the contested land) announced they would not be approving the Dakota Pipeline’s passage under Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

Submission + - Two Backdoors Found in Sony IP Cameras

Trailrunner7 writes: A long list of IP-enabled security cameras made by Sony contain backdoors in their firmware that can allow an attacker to run arbitrary code remotely on the devices and potentially opening them up for use in a botnet.

The cameras affected by the vulnerabilities are surveillance cameras, mainly used in enterprises and retail settings and there are dozens of models that contain the vulnerable firmware. Researchers at SEC Consult discovered the backdoors and found that an attacker could use one of them to enable hidden Telnet and SSH services on the cameras and then use the other backdoor to gain root privileges.

“After enabling Telnet/SSH, another backdoor allows an attacker to gain access to a Linux shell with root privileges! The vulnerabilities are exploitable in the default configuration over the network. Exploitation over the Internet is possible, if the web interface of the device is exposed," the researchers said.

Submission + - SPAM: Fulfilment of C-sections altering path of human evolution, says new childbirth s

An anonymous reader writes: Scientists say the tendency for the reason that Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties to choose a Caesarean has triggered babies to evolve larger heads.

This has then caused the big increase in felt pelvic disproportion: while the fatal head is just too massive – or when the birth canal is just too narrow – for natural childbirth.
The obstruction is "strikingly excessive" and now accounts for up to 6 in line with a cent of all births worldwide.

Cesareans meanwhile account for one in 4 births across the United Kingdom and a third of all births in the US.

“We expect that this susceptible directional selection has brought about a ten to twenty according to cent increase inside the price of felt pelvic portion reason that normal use of Cesarean sections,” said lead writer Dr.Philipp Mitteroecker, of the college of Vienna.

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Submission + - Website Taking Donations For the Assassination of Donald Trump and Mike Pence (csoonline.com)

itwbennett writes: Saying it 'requires a lot of money to pay for equipment, bribes' and the assets (human, we presume) it has positioned in the government, a website on the darknet is collecting donations for the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence. The Bitcoin wallet advertised on the website has collected more than $88,000 since March 2016. The U.S. Secret Service is aware of the website and has declined to comment.

Submission + - Nikola Motor Company Reveals Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck With Range of 1,200 Miles (valuewalk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nikola Motor Company just unveiled a huge class 8 truck which will run on hydrogen fuel cells. Nikola claimed that the truck’s operational range will be as much as 1,200 miles (1,900 km), and it will be released in 2020. Nikola designed the Nikola One for long-haul transport across a large landmass. The truck will deliver over 1,000 horsepower and 2,000 foot-pounds of torque. Provided these claims are true, the vehicle will provide nearly double the power of the current-gen diesel-powered semis/articulated lorries, notes Ars Technica. The leasing cost of the trucks will include the fuel price, servicing costs and warranty, but exactly how the lease will work is not known now, notes Ars Technica. The company says it has already accepted nearly $3 billion in future orders. A fully-electric drivetrain which gets power from high-density lithium batteries runs the vehicle, and a hydrogen fuel cell charges the batteries on the go. Its reach is presently limited, as hydrogen fueling stations currently exist in only small numbers. This made Nikola decide to construct a network of 364 hydrogen fueling stations across the U.S. and Canada, just like Tesla with its network of Superchargers. Milton claims it will come with a smart dashboard which has the capability of picking the most cost-efficient route for drivers. Also one or two full-size beds will be included inside the vehicle’s enormous cab. It will have other luxuries and necessities as well, such as Wi-Fi, a refrigerator, 4G LTE connectivity, freezer, a 40-inch curved 4K TV with Apple TV and a microwave.

Submission + - International Authorities Cooperate To Take Down Massive 'Avalanche' Botnet

plover writes: Investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI, Eurojust, Europol, and other global partners announced the takedown of a massive botnet named 'Avalanche', estimated to have involved as many as 500,000 infected computers worldwide on a daily basis.

"The global effort to take down this network involved the crucial support of prosecutors and investigators from 30 countries. As a result, five individuals were arrested, 37 premises were searched, and 39 servers were seized. Victims of malware infections were identified in over 180 countries. In addition, 221 servers were put offline through abuse notifications sent to the hosting providers. The operation marks the largest-ever use of sinkholing to combat botnet infrastructures and is unprecedented in its scale, with over 800 000 domains seized, sinkholed or blocked."

Submission + - Neuroscientists Say Simple Mathematical Logic Drives Complex Brain Computation (sci-news.com)

hackingbear writes: According to Dr. Joe Tsien, a neuroscientist at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, the brain’s basic computational algorithm is organized by power-of-two-based logic. He and his colleagues from US and China have documented the algorithm at work in seven different brain regions involved with those basics like food and fear in mice and hamsters. “Intelligence is really about dealing with uncertainty and infinite possibilities,” he said, “It appears to be enabled when a group of similar neurons form a variety of cliques to handle each basic like recognizing food, shelter, friends and foes. Groups of cliques then cluster into functional connectivity motifs (FCMs) to handle every possibility in each of these basics. The more complex the thought, the more cliques join in.”

Submission + - Neutralize ME firmware on SandyBridge and IvyBridge platforms (hardenedlinux.org)

An anonymous reader writes: 'First introduced in Intel’s 965 Express Chipset Family, the Intel Management Engine (ME) is a separate computing environment physically located in the (G)MCH chip (for Core 2 family CPUs which is separate from the northbridge), or PCH chip replacing ICH(for Core i3/i5/i7 which is integrated with northbridge).'

Submission + - Trump considering MIT grad for head Science position (thelibertyconservative.com)

SonicSpike writes: A confidential source on the Trump transition team has told The Liberty Conservative that Rep. Thomas Massie, an award-winning, MIT-educated engineer, elected to Congress in 2012, is under consideration for the job of Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, a role commonly known as Science Advisor to the President. Massie currently serves as Chairman for the Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation in the House of Representatives and is a libertarian-leaning Republican.

Submission + - SPAM: Concept of PAVIO that made us Win the AT&T Hackathon at NY

An anonymous reader writes: This is a write-up on the questions we have been asked on what, how we worked on the AT&T hackathon.
What was this hackathon all about?

It was about mechatronics: The art of mixing mechanical engineering with electronics and wireless connectivity. Building IoT solutions that cross multiple subfields of engineering for smart cities, healthcare, sports, sustainability, or home.
What topic did we choose?

We choose to build a concept with #IoT & #Healthcare.
How many teams were we competing with?

It was a battle of some of the smartest minds on the planet. With 35 teams, over 736+ Techies participating, it was quite a competition

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