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Submission + - SPAM: IoT Needs Regulation to Prevent Botnets: Report

MarkBrown151 writes: The market won’t fix the problem of botnets and IoT security and the government will need to get involved, according to a cybersecurity think tank.
The stability of the internet could be in serious danger. That’s the dire message from a new report by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology (ICIT), a .cybersecurity think tank

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AustinButcher writes: A Washington, D.C. think tank whose mission is critical infrastructure security has joined the call for lawmakers to consider regulating the security of connected devices. In a report published this week, the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology pinned the blame for a rash of Mirai malware-inspired IOT botnet DDoS attacks on manufacturer negligence. .IOT botnet DDoS attacks
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Submission + - John Glenn Dies (

puddingebola writes: John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth, has died. Glenn was the last surviving Mercury astronaut. From the article, "Glenn had been battling health issues since a stroke a few years ago. His death Thursday was confirmed by Hank Wilson, communications director of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University."

Submission + - Dinosaur Tail With Feathers Found Perfectly Preserved In Amber (

dryriver writes: The BBC reports: The tail of a feathered dinosaur has been found perfectly preserved in amber from Myanmar. The one-of-a-kind discovery helps put flesh on the bones of these extinct creatures, opening a new window on the biology of a group that dominated Earth for more than 160 million years. Examination of the specimen suggests the tail was chestnut brown on top and white on its underside. "This is the first time we've found dinosaur material preserved in amber," co-author Ryan McKellar, of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Canada, told the BBC News website. Co-author Prof Mike Benton, from the University of Bristol, added: "It's amazing to see all the details of a dinosaur tail — the bones, flesh, skin, and feathers — and to imagine how this little fellow got his tail caught in the resin, and then presumably died because he could not wrestle free."

Submission + - US Life Expectancy Declines For the First Time Since 1993 (

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year — a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States. Rising fatalities from heart disease and stroke, diabetes, drug overdoses, accidents and other conditions caused the lower life expectancy revealed in a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics. In all, death rates rose for eight of the top 10 leading causes of death. The new report raises the possibility that major illnesses may be eroding prospects for an even wider group of Americans. Its findings show increases in “virtually every cause of death. It’s all ages,” said David Weir, director of the health and retirement study at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Over the past five years, he noted, improvements in death rates were among the smallest of the past four decades. “There’s this just across-the-board [phenomenon] of not doing very well in the United States.” Overall, life expectancy fell by one-tenth of a year, from 78.9 in 2014 to 78.8 in 2015, according to the latest data. The last time U.S. life expectancy at birth declined was in 1993, when it dropped from 75.6 to 75.4, according to World Bank data. The overall death rate rose 1.2 percent in 2015, its first uptick since 1999. More than 2.7 million people died, about 45 percent of them from heart disease or cancer.

Submission + - Remarkable New Theory Says There's No Gravity (

Jeff Socia writes: Gravity is something all of us are familiar with from our first childhood experiences. You drop something — it falls. And the way physicists have described gravity has also been pretty consistent — it’s considered one of the four main forces or “interactions” of nature and how it works has been described by Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity all the way back in 1915.

But Professor Erik Verlinde, an expert in string theory from the University of Amsterdam and the Delta Institute of Theoretical Physics, thinks that gravity is not a fundamental force of nature because it's not always there. Instead it’s “emergent” — coming into existence from changes in microscopic bits of information in the structure of spacetime.

Submission + - AI Could Help Solve Unemployment: By Helping Colleges Predict What To Offer (

jyosim writes: If Amazon can forecast what consumers will buy and prestock items in their warehouses to meet the expected demand, why can’t colleges do the same thing when planning their curricula, using predictive analytics to make sure new degree or certificates programs are started just in time for expanding job opportunities?

That's the premise of a new center, announced today, involving data scientists from U of Chicago, Argonne National Labs, and the San Diego Supercomputing Center.

Other players are already trying to translate the job market into a giant data set to spot trends. LinkedIn sits on one of the biggest troves of data, with hundreds of millions of job profiles, and ambitions to create what it calls the “economic graph” of the economy. But not everyone is on LinkedIn, which attracts mainly those in white-collar jobs. And companies such as Burning Glass Technologies have scanned hundreds of thousands of job listings and attempt to provide real-time intelligence on what employers say they’re looking for. Those still don’t paint the full picture, though.

The hope is that tools could also be developed using the data to help students see what they should study to best position

themselves to get jobs once they graduate.

And the data could be a boon to scholars who are analyzing labor markets. “There is a question, is this country still a land of opportunity?” one U Chicago sociologist says. “That’s what economists have been asking lately and trying to understand how opportunities are created, especially for disadvantaged students and communities.”

Submission + - Bluetooth 5 is here ( 1

BrianFagioli writes: Today, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group announces the official adoption of the previously-announced Bluetooth 5. In other words, it is officially the next major version of the technology, which will eventually be found in many consumer devices.

So, will you start to see Bluetooth 5 devices and dongles with faster speeds and longer range in stores tomorrow? Nope — sorry, folks. Consumers will have to wait until 2017. The Bluetooth SIG says devices should become available between February and June next year.

Submission + - Tigerlake Is Intel's Third Processor Family To Be Built On A 10nm Process Node (

MojoKid writes: Intel's leadership in chip manufacturing technology has put the company on a steady tick-tock cadence when it comes to major processor releases. The company usually releases a new fabrication process with a "tick" and follows that up with "tock" microarchitecture improvements but based on the same process. The first major hiccup in this strategy will rear its head this year with the introduction of Kaby Lake, a second "semi-tock" so to speak. Kaby Lake will soldier on on a 14nm process, making it the third major Intel processor architecture to do so (following Broadwell and Skylake). It has now started circulating that Intel will once again go with three major processor families manufactured on the same process node. In this case, however, Intel will reportedly settle in on the 10nm process node first with Cannonlake, which reportedly will launch during the second half of 2017. Cannonlake will be followed by Icelake one year later in H2 2018. The final product family built on the 10nm process node will be Tigerlake, which is claimed to be earmarked for a H2 2019 debut. Intel's new three and done strategy means that we won't see its first 7nm processors chip until the second half of 2020. Although no one knows for sure if Intel's move to three products per process node is here to stay, sources seem to indicate that Intel is adamant about getting back to it regular tick-tock cadence.

Submission + - YouTube Adds 'Global VR Evangelist' to Roster as VR Race Heats Up (

An anonymous reader writes: With 2016 being buzzed as "the year of VR" within the tech world, Google's efforts in the virtual reality arena continue to ramp up. YouTube has now brought onboard a 'Global VR Evangelist', a role filled by former Jaunt VP Scott Broock. Jaunt is one of the virtual reality industry's most well funded startups, having raised just over $100 million since 2014 from heavyweight investors like Disney and Google Ventures. YouTube has made a series of moves toward VR on their platform, adding the ability to host and play VR video (360 degree 3D) in 2015. It was also recently learned that Google is likely developing their own consumer VR hardware (

Submission + - Microsoft Surface tablets 'fail' spectacularly during live NFL broadcast (

An anonymous reader writes: The old adage of there’s no such thing as bad publicity might very well be a rule of thumb for celebrities, but it certainly doesn’t apply to tech companies. Microsoft yesterday learned that the hard way during the NFL’s AFC Divisional Playoff game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots.

During the Patriots’ first drive of the second quarter, word began to spread that the team’s Microsoft Surface tablets were refusing to boot up. As a result, the Patriots coaching staff were unable to review pertinent plays on the sidelines, thus preventing them from making fully informed play calls (or so Patriots fans would have ou believe). Not only that, but Microsoft’s Surface failure even made it onto the national broadcast of the widely watched game.

Submission + - Space becomes transparent thanks to the fires of young stars 1

StartsWithABang writes: The distant nebulae might appear to illuminate the night sky, but this neutral gas is mostly only good for reflecting or absorbing starlight, which obscures the view of all the stars and galaxies lying in the background. But this light-blocking effect is only temporary, as over time, this neutral gas will give way to transparency. All it takes is the energy of the hot, blue stars forming inside, whose ultraviolet radiation will eventually ionize all of the material within it. The last gasps of the neutral gas will appear as Evaporating Gas Globules (EGGs), and when they’re all completely ionized, the starlight from everything beyond will be free to stream towards our eyes unimpeded.

Submission + - Linux 4.5 Adds Raspberry Pi 2 Support, AMDGPU Re-Clocking, Intel Kabylake (

An anonymous reader writes: After the Linux 4.5 merge window was open the past two weeks, like clock work the Linux 4.5-rc1 kernel should be out today and then kernel officially released in about eight weeks. Linux 4.5 is set to bring many new features across the kernel's 20 million line code-base. Among the new/improved features are Raspberry Pi 2 support, open-source Raspberry Pi 3D support, NVIDIA Tegra X1 / Jetson TX1 support, an open-source Vivante graphics driver, AMDGPU PowerPlay/re-clocking support, Intel Kabylake enablement, a Logitech racing wheel driver, improvements for handling suspended USB devices, new F2FS file-system features, and better Xbox One controller handling.

Submission + - Sys-Admin Dispenses Passwords With a Banana (

An anonymous reader writes: A network administrator in Denmark is requiring users to perform a finger press on a banana to receive their Wi-Fi passwords. "The banana is mounted and in production," he posted Thursday, sharing two pictures. The banana uses a special new circuit board from Makey Makey to form a connection between the banana and a cheap Raspberry Pi computer with a screen attached, according to one technology site. They note that it could also detect finger presses on a doughnut, an apple, or even Jell-o, and offer this quote from the sys-admin about his motivations. "It's fun... It'll make people smile. It beats a static WPA password in funnyness." And most importantly, "When people leave our office, they can't access our WI-Fi because there's no banana to touch."

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.