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Submission + - Baseball Team Hack Another Team's Networks, FBI Investigates (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the better baseball teams over the past several years. The Houston Astros have been one of the worst. Nevertheless, there is evidence that officials for the Cardinals broke into a network maintained by the Astros in order to gain access to "internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics, and scouting reports." The FBI is now leading an investigation into the breach, and they have server subpoenas to the Cardinals and to Major League Baseball demanding access to electronic correspondence. It's the first known instance of a corporate espionage involving a network breach in professional sports. Law enforcement said the intrusion "did not appear to be sophisticated." It seems likely that a personal vendetta against the Astros's general manager is involved.

Submission + - Ghostery lists Adobe TypeKit as privacy threat (leaseweblabs.com) 3

Maurits van der Schee writes: In order to provide the Typekit service, Adobe may collect information about the fonts being served to your website. The information is used for the purposes of billing and compliance, and may include the following:

Adobe TypeKit's privacy policy says that, but AFAIK "may include" does not imply "is limited to". Also this "compliance" is not further specified. What do you think? Should I take off my tin-foil hat?

Submission + - Tesla To Hit NASCAR Circuit In 2015 (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: NASCAR will reportedly announce on April 7 at its race at Martinsville Speedway that electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors will enter the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starting in 2015. Tesla has tapped two sponsors to develop its two-car race team, including the U.S. Department of Energy, which has committed to a three-year deal worth $62 million to develop the racecar and sponsorship on one of the two cars. The other Tesla racer will be sponsored by Duracell, which will be painted like the Pontiac driven by Fireball Roberts in his 1962 win at the Daytona 500, and be called the “Copper-Top Tesla.” Both cars will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup circuit in 2015 as “experimental entries,” meaning they're ineligible for points or price money; both cars will become full-fledged NASCAR competitors in 2016.

Submission + - Canada prepares for crackdown on BitTorrent movie pirates

dreamstateseven writes: A forensic software company has collected files on a million Canadians who it says have downloaded pirated content. The company, which works for the motion picture and recording industries, says a recent court decision forcing Internet providers to release subscriber names and details is only the first step in a bid to crack down on illegal downloads.

“The door is closing. People should think twice about downloading content they know isn’t proper,” said Barry Logan, managing director of Canipre , the Montreal-based forensic software company.

Submission + - Users abandon ship if online video quality is not up to snuff, says study (umass.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: The first large scientific study of how people respond to poor video quality on the Internet paints a picture of ever rising user expectations and the willingness to abandon ship if those expectations are not met.

Some nuggets...
1) Users are willing to wait for no more than 2 seconds for a video to start playing, with each additional second adding 6% to the abandonment rate.
2) Users with good broadband connectivity expect faster video load times and are even more impatient than ones on mobile devices.
3) Users who experience video freezing watch fewer minutes of the video than someone who does not experience freezing. A 1% freezing causes 5% less minutes watched.
4) Users who experience failures when they try to play videos are less likely to return to the same website in the future.

BIG data analyzed (260+ million minutes of video) and some cool new data analysis techniques used.


Submission + - Longest U.S Space Mission Planned for 2015 (cnn.com) 1

SchrodingerZ writes: Capitan Scott Kelly, brother of former commander Mark Kelly, will embark on the United State’s longest manned space mission, set for 2015. Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko will spend an entire year on the orbiting International Space station. The mission will be a first for the NASA’s space program, but it is far from the world record. The longest recorded time in space was the 438 day mission of Russia’s Valery Polyakov, working on the Mir Space Station 1994-1995. Kelly, a decorated Navy captain received degrees from “State University of New York Maritime College and the University of Tennessee,” and was the flight engineer for the space station expedition 25, and commander of expedition 25 in 2010. “Kornienko hails from Russia's Syzran, Kuibyshev, region and has worked in the space industry since 1986.” The yearlong study on humans working in space will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, spring 2015.

Submission + - 15 years of KDE e.V. - The Early Years (kde.org)

jrepin writes: "Today (November 27, 2012) is the 15th birthday of KDE e.V. (eingetragener Verein; registered association), the legal entity which represents the KDE Community in legal and financial matters. We interviewed two of the founding members (Matthias and Matthias) on the why, what and when of KDE e.V. in the beginning. Tomorrow, emeritus board member Mirko Böhm shares his thoughts. On Thursday there will be interviews with current e.V. Board members."
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Submission + - Icelandic MP Claims US vendetta against Wikileaks (guardian.co.uk)

Stirling Newberry writes: "Icelandic MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir details more of the evidence for what she calls a "judicial vendetta" against Wikileaks, and its volunteers, including attempts to gain access to her twitter account. Her efforts to block the National Defense Authorization have been mentioned by slashdot before. The story was taken up last year by Glenn Greenwald and Wired. As a result the International Parliamentarian Union adopted a resolution on her case.

What's new? She asserts that there is a grand jury investigation into Wikileaks and related organizations, and is calling on Sweden to provide assurances that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange not be re-extradicted to the US."


Submission + - Nvidia Announces GeForce GTX 680M Mobile Graphics (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "If you're a mobile gamer, NVIDIA's announcement today is fairly exciting. Ever since the company unveiled its new Kepler architecture earlier this year, Nvidia has been talking up the GK104's improved performance/watt. It's easy to see how the new chip could kick mobile discrete GPU performance up a few notches, and based on what Nvidia has shown thus far, that's precisely what's happened. On paper, the new GeForce GTX 680M is a modest step above the 580M, with a 16% faster core clock and 20% higher memory bandwidth. According to Nvidia, Kepler's increased efficiency will allow it to scale as much as 80% above the performance of the 580M that it replaces at the top of the stack. The new GeForce GTX 680M can be configured with up to 4GB of RAM but the first configurations to hit the market from Alienware and the like will have 2GB on board."

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