hcs_$reboot writes: Sony Music Entertainment’s Twitter account was hacked on Monday, again, publishing fake statements that a famous pop music icon had died. Another unit of Sony, Sony Pictures Entertainment, was the victim of a devastating cyber-attack in November 2014. The 2011 PlayStation Network outage was the result of an "external intrusion" on Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, in which personal details from approximately 77 million accounts were compromised. What makes Sony a prime target for hackers? Is this because Sony is involved in the game business? Is it rather an IT management issue?
hcs_$reboot writes: The battery fires and eventual recall of the Galaxy Note 7 can all be traced to Samsung executives wanting to rush the phone, based on rumors Apple's iPhone 7 wouldn't have any major improvements. To move up the launch of the Note 7 by ten days and steal more of Apple's thunder, Samsung executives pushed suppliers into meeting faster deadlines despite the phone's significant feature advancements. One supplier commented that Samsung was unusually difficult to work with this time, as the company would repeatedly change its mind about specifications and work flow. Samsung has now a little tiny $1 billion problem on its hands. Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone has a tendency to explode. This problem, unfortunately, is a huge one that can cause the phones to explode while they’re charging. Some Note 7 explosions have destroyed cars and even burned down a house. Samsung had no choice but to issue a global recall as a result.
hcs_$reboot writes: A magnitude 5.3 earthquake has been detected in North Korea, amid reports the country had been preparing for its fifth nuclear test. South Korea's Yonhap news agency said it had been an "artificial quake". The US Geological Survey said the tremor had been detected in the north-east of North Korea, close to a known nuclear test site. The earthquake occurred close to the surface, the USGS said. The shallow depth and precise timing of the quake suggests it was man-made.
hcs_$reboot writes: Ghostery, the famous Ad and Tracker blocker version 7 has been released. this version is a complete revamp, featuring the biggest user interface overhaul in five years. Among the new features: account management to sync on all devices, and Tracker Alerts, which give you information on how a tracker is affecting a given page.
hcs_$reboot writes: Brexit wins! British voters have defied the will of their leaders, foreign allies, experts and much of the political establishment by opting to rupture UK's connection to Europe in a stunning result that will radiate vast economic and political uncertainty across the globe. The result is perhaps the most dramatic to date in a wave of populist and nationalist uprisings occurring on both sides of the Atlantic and overturning traditional notions of what is politically possible. World financial markets dived as nearly complete results showed a 51.8/48.2 percent split for leaving. Sterling suffered its biggest one-day fall of more than 10 percent against the dollar, hitting a 31-year low on market fears the decision will hit investment in the world's 5th largest economy.
hcs_$reboot writes: Honolulu agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit from two gay women who allege a police officer wrongfully arrested them after seeing them kissing in a store. “The Department of the Corporation Counsel believes that the tentative settlement is in the best interests of the city” Corporation Counsel said in a statement. The two girls, aged 25 and 21, who were vacationing in Hawaii from Los Angeles, claimed that Officer Bobby Harrison harassed and arrested them on March 3 for public displays of affection in a store on Oahu: the officer saw the women kissing and in a loud voice ordered them to "take it elsewhere". The women stopped and continued shopping, but then Harrison reportedly saw them kissing again and threatened to kick them out of the store. A physical altercation occurred with the officer as the women were checking out and they were arrested, reports say.
hcs_$reboot writes: If there is no way to get rid of, for good, of the two new popup-like slashdot deals, slashdot newsletters, that appear surreptitiously a few seconds after loading the page, right where the login / user name is, this will be where my contribution to slashdot ends. It may not make much difference, but I don't think I'll be the only one..
hcs_$reboot writes: The investigation took a year, and we finally know why the Air Asia Flight QZ8501, en route to Singapore from the Indonesian city of Surabaya on December 28 last year, crashed into the Java Sea, killing all 162 people on board. The crash was caused by a combination of system malfunctions and improper pilot responses to cascading electrical and rudder-system problems. A cracked solder joint on the Airbus A320 resulted in an electrical interruption that caused computer-generated warnings of a rudder malfunction. The problem occurred four times during the flight. The first three times, the flight crew responded according to standard procedure, investigators said. The fourth time, however, the flight-data recorder indicated actions similar to those of circuit breakers being reset. That led the autopilot to disengage. Investigators said the crew was unable to react appropriately to “a prolonged stall condition” ending in the crash. The investigation point to weaknesses in pilot training in dealing with upsets, or when an aircraft is angled greater than 45 degrees.
hcs_$reboot writes: Four people who planned to dissolve a young French woman's body in acid were inspired by hit US TV show Breaking Bad. Two men went to the woman's house to settle a €6,000 drug debt. There, they beat her violently, killing her through a blow to the skull. Later, they bought acid in order to dissolve her body. The victim's body was found decomposing in a flat in Toulouse on Monday night, after having being cut up into pieces, covered in cling film and bunged into a suitcase. Chlorine acid had been used to try and disguise any trace of the corpse. A similar "decomposition" scenario is featured in season one of Breaking Bad (2008-2013).
hcs_$reboot writes: About 150 melon-headed whales beached in Japan on Friday, April 10. The melon-headed is a member of the dolphin family usually found in the deep ocean. “We see one or two whales washing ashore a year, but this may be the first time we have found over 100 of them on a beach,” a coast guard said. In 2011, about 50 melon-headed whales beached themselves in a similar area, and a week later Japan was hit by a monster earthquake and tsunami. It seems the larger the number of whales that beach the bigger the earthquake. While the reason for the beaching is unclear a researcher at the National Museum of Nature and Science said the dolphins might have got lost. “Sonar waves the dolphins emit might have been absorbed in the shoals, which could cause them to lose their sense of direction”, he said.