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Submission + - If you had to lecture on Cyber Terrorism 1

quantumghost writes: I have a high likelihood of presenting for a group of about 400 healthcare workers at a disaster preparedness conference next year. It is a 20 minute slot (and nothing more than a primer), but obviously, I want to capture their attention. I was thinking of working with the venue to set up a fake WiFi hotspot to capture those who randomly link to any hotspot, but how do I use that to full effect (e.g. anyone ever light up all their phones at once)? Or any suggestions about how to get their attention? Any topics that you think should be stressed? My plans for the talk will be about ransomware (and the need for backups), attacks on medical devices (hacking pacemakers, insulin pumps etc), (spear) phising attacks on providers/institutions, and awareness of social engineering — are there other topics that should be addressed?

Submission + - Terrifying anti-riot vehicle created to quash any urban disturbance (

drunkdrone writes: A formidable remote-controlled anti-riot vehicle called the Bozena Riot has been designed to make light work of angry mobs with a giant expanding shield and packing an arsenal of crowd dispersal tools.

Built by Slovakian company Bozena, the high-tech security system keeps law enforcement units safe with its shock-absorbing barrier, which can be expanded out to 7.5 metres to protect 36 officers and features a rising platform to give riot police an elevated view of their surroundings and provide tactical advantage against aggressors.

The shield has ports for firing non-lethal projectiles and is equipped with tear gas guns to "guarantee control of crowds" when things get dicey. Mounted loudspeakers can be used either to issue instructions to officers or to appeal to crowds, and the vehicle can optionally be equipped with smoke grenade launchers and a radio jammer for blocking mobile communications.

Submission + - Microsoft Patent Would Count Number Of People Viewing Content On A Device (

dryriver writes: A slightly older story from Kotaku (Nov 2016) examines how a Microsoft Corporation Patent filed in 2011 proposes electronically monitoring the number of people viewing digital content on a device (possibly with a Kinect-like camera), and taking action if the number of viewers is larger than the content was "licensed for". So if you were to stream a Movie or TV Show licensed for 2 viewers to your living room TV and the system determines that 4 rather than 2 people are watching, you would be in violation of the viewing license for the content, and content playback would cease, or you would possibly be charged for the extra eyeballs present. Here's how the patent's abstract (US 2012/0278904 A1) puts it: "A content presentation system and method allowing content providers to regulate the presentation of content on a per-user-view basis. Content is distributed an associated license option on the number of individual consumers or viewers allowed to consume the content. Consumers are presented with a content selection and a choice of licenses allowing consumption of the content. The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken. "

Comment Why Not On Release Day And For A Regular Price? (Score 4, Interesting) 127

So film enthusiasts are supposed to spend themselves silly on 4K TV sets, upconverting BluRay players, broadband internet or streaming setups, and then you can't view a film the day it is released because you need to be at the cinema for that? What is the difference between me "not going to the cinema and waiting 90 days for the rental" and "not going to the cinema and waiting 0 days for the rental"? People who WANT to go to cinema WILL go to the cinema. What's the point of keeping people who like to see films @home waiting for 20 - 90 days anyway?

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 2) 222

"Promotes unsustainable ideals" you say. I see... So if a blatant injustice happens to someone, they shouldn't "scream out loud" or expect that injustice to be redressed in any way, because that would be "unsustainable ideals" at work. May I ask: Precisely WHAT are the ideals you hold dear, and how are THEY sustainable, while other ideals are not?

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 2, Interesting) 222

Have you considered that Mainstream movies - which are watched around the world - have a big impact on people who don't read or think much, or don't have a good education, or have been indoctrinated into holding socially destructive views? I have an education that steered me away from engaging in racism, intolerance, prejudice and so forth from a very young age. But there still is a shitload of racism, intolerance, prejudice, sexism and other nastiness in the world. Hundreds of thousands of people in different countries and communities around the world encounter it every day. THAT is what the "social justice" message in movies is all about. You are showing people who actively engage in injustice loud and clear that injustice isn't something good or tolerable. And you are sending a message to victims of injustice that they are not alone, that injustice can be fought if you stand up to it and fight it. I see nothing wrong with such a message. What I DO see as wrong is arguing that these themes should be removed from the movies - that the problems addressed will simply "fade away by themselves" if nobody talks about them or makes films about them. Problems don't "go away" if you stop talking about them or pretend they don't exist. In fact, injustice would quickly become "normalized" if you didn't address it in films, on television, in books and journalism. Anybody could do whatever they want to another person, and nobody would make films or TV programs about it, or report on it anymore. That isn't the kind of world I want to live in.

Submission + - Massive Ukraine Munition Depot Blast May Have Been Caused By A Drone (

dryriver writes: The BBC reports that 20,000 people are being evacuated from the immediate area around a munition dump in Ukraine that has gone up in flames. The 350 hectare munition dump near Kharkiv is around 100km (60 miles) from fighting against Russian-backed separatists and was used to supply military units in the conflict zone in nearby Luhansk and Donetsk. A drone was reported to have been used in an earlier attempt to set the facility on fire in December 2015. Authorities are now investigating whether someone possibly flew a drone over the facility that dropped an explosive device that caused the stored munitions to catch fire and explode. Ukrainian authorities believe that the conflagration at the facility is the result of sabotage.

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 2, Interesting) 222

Excuse me for interrupting your "Leftist Hollywood Sucks Bad And Gen Z Rejects It" propaganda broadcast, but precisely WHAT is wrong with films having a "Social Justice" or "Social/Societal Progress" message woven into the narrative? Would you prefer films where all sorts of injustices happen, and those injustices are not corrected by a protagonist or an outraged society or a government? Films where people suffer racism, abuse, discrimination, violence and other injustices, and nobody does anything about it? I would also like you to explain to me what a "Social Justice Warrior" is, since I hear that term thrown around by righties here all the time, even though you haven't used it in your post. Somebody who sees injustice and speaks out or fights against it is a SJW? And that's a "bad thing thing to be" that Generation Z sees right through and won't let happen anymore? Is this your worldview? Do you dream of a world where a "very different" right-leaning Gen Z rejects "social justice" and "being progressive" as "just evil propaganda" and turns into a kind of Hitler-Youth where "might is right" and where if you are mistreated "that's your problem, not society's problem"?

Submission + - SPAM: Soviet cover-up of nuclear fallout worse than Chernobyl

schwit1 writes: It was a nuclear disaster four times worse than Chernobyl in terms of the number of cases of acute radiation sickness, but Moscow’s complicity in covering up its effects on people’s health has remained secret until now.

We knew that in August 1956, fallout from a Soviet nuclear weapons test at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan engulfed the Kazakh industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk and put more than 600 people in hospital with radiation sickness, but the details have been sketchy.

After seeing a newly uncovered report, New Scientist can now reveal that a scientific expedition from Moscow in the aftermath of the hushed-up disaster uncovered widespread radioactive contamination and radiation sickness across the Kazakh steppes.

The scientists then tracked the consequences as nuclear bomb tests continued — without telling the people affected or the outside world.

The report by scientists from the Institute of Biophysics in Moscow was found in the archive of the Institute of Radiation Medicine and Ecology (IRME) in Semey, Kazakhstan. “For many years, this has been a secret,” says the institute’s director Kazbek Apsalikov, who found the report and passed it on to New Scientist.

More nuclear bomb tests were conducted at Semipalatinsk than anywhere else in the world during the 1950s and early 1960s. Western journalists have reported since the breakup of the Soviet Union on the apparent health effects on villagers downwind of the tests. And some recent studies have estimated radiation doses using proxies such as radioactivity in tooth enamel.

The newly revealed report, which outlines “the results of a radiological study of Semipalatinsk region” and is marked “top secret”, shows for the first time just how much Soviet scientists knew at the time about the human-health disaster and the extent of the cover-up.

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Submission + - A 21st Century Version Of OS/2 Warp Appears To Be About To Be Released (

dryriver writes: A company named Arca Noae is working on a new release of the X86 OS/2 operating system code named "Blue Lion" and likely called ArcaOS 5 in its final release. Blue Lion wants to be a modern 21st Century OS/2 Warp, with support for the latest hardware and networking standards, a modern accelerated graphics driver, support for new cryptographic security standards, full backward compatibility with legacy OS/2, DOS and Windows 3.1 applications, suitability for use in mission-critical applications, and also, it appears, the ability to run "ported Linux applications". Blue Lion, which appears to be in closed Beta with March 31st 2017 cited as the target release date, will come with up to date Firefox browser and Thunderbird mail client, Apache OpenOffice, other productivity tools, a new package manager, and software update and support subscription to ensure system stability. It is unclear from the information provided whether Blue Lion will be able to run modern Windows applications.

Comment Re:A Bit Of Racism Here, No? (Score 2) 248

Turkey is a country where you HAVE to go through airport-style metal detectors and X-ray machines every time you step into a fricking shopping center. You have to remove your keys, wallet, smartphone every time you enter a shopping center. If you are parking your car at a shopping center in Istanbul, security personnel makes you pop open the trunk of your car to check that there is nothing dangerous hidden in it. This is to keep shoppers safe from would-be attackers, because the country has suffered under terrorist attacks since the 1980s. What makes you think that in such a country, Istanbul airport has laxer screening than, say, JFK or Heathrow? Or that Istanbul doesn't have the latest X-Ray machines and other gear? I can understand being nervous about lax security at, say, Mogadishu airport. but Istanbul? Seriously?

Comment A Bit Of Racism Here, No? (Score -1) 248

So if you are travelling to the U.S. or the UK from "The Good Airports", nobody bothers you. Try to fly from Istanbul to New York or LA, though, and you are stripped of your electronics for the entire duration of the long flight? What if you are a businessperson who needs to work while on the plane? What if you have concerns about putting a 2,500 Dollar laptop full of your private data in your luggage, where it may break or become lost, rather than carrying it on your person? And what precisely can go into a Laptop or Smartphone that is sooo well hidden that airport X-Ray scanners don't see it? Plus: Wouldn't would-be attackers be smart enough to get on a plane from a "Good Airport" as opposed to a "Bad Airport" after such a ban? Am I missing something about the point of this ban?

Comment Remarkable How Our Assumptions Are Often Wrong (Score 3, Insightful) 38

I love the way in the 21st Century we keep reading news headlines that end in "... than previously thought". Its always science news, too. Something or the other is always ..................... than previously thought. =) Of course updating what we "know" according to new data is a good thing. But its striking how often ".... than previously thought" appears in the news.

Submission + - Still A Man's World: The Gender Gap In Science and Inventing (

dryriver writes: The Economist reports on the role of women in Science and Inventing: "THE week of March 8th, which is International Women’s Day, is the peak time of the year for assessing progress towards gender equality. One area where women still appear to face daunting career obstacles is the sciences. In the EU, and in eight of the countries considered, the share of women (scientific paper) authors grew from about 30% in the late 1990s to about 40% two decades later. Brazil and Portugal are closest to equality, each just a percentage point shy of a 50-50 split. In Japan, by contrast, barely a fifth of researchers are female. Women are best represented in subjects related to healthcare. In nursing and psychology, for example, they outnumber men in several countries, including America and Britain. By contrast, less than a quarter of researchers who publish papers in the physical sciences are women. Perhaps as a consequence of this, inventors who register patents are still almost all men."

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