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Submission + - Beware new "can you hear me" telephone scam (

Paul Fernhout writes: CBS News informs us: "The "can you hear me" con is actually a variation on earlier scams aimed at getting the victim to say the word "yes" in a phone conversation. That affirmative response is recorded by the fraudster and used to authorize unwanted charges on a phone or utility bill or on a purloined credit card. ... If you do answer a call from an unfamiliar number, be skeptical of strangers asking questions that would normally elicit a "yes " response. The question doesn't have to be "can you hear me? " It could be "are you the lady of the house? "; "do you pay the household telephone bills?"; "are you the homeowner?"; or any number of similar yes/no questions. A reasonable response to any of these questions is: "Who are you, and why do you want to know?""

Submission + - Here's Where Google Hid the SSL Certificate Information That You May Need (

Lauren Weinstein writes: Up to now for the stable version of Chrome, you simply clicked the little green padlock icon on an https: connection, clicked on the “Details” link that appeared, and a panel then opened that gave you that status, along with an obvious button to click for viewing the actual certificate data such as Organization, issuance and expiration dates, etc.

Suddenly, that “Details” link no longer is present. Seemingly, Google just doesn’t feel that “ordinary” users need to look at that data these days.

Submission + - Actor John Hurt dies at age 77

necro81 writes: A fantastic chameleon of the stage and screen has died. Sir John Hurt passed away at age 77 today. Slashdot readers should recognize him as the first person to have a xenomorph burst from his chest in the original Alien (a scene he later parodied in Spaceballs . Others may recall he played the downtrodden protagonist Winston Smith in the film adaption of 1984 , then later played the tyrannical High Chancellor in V for Vendetta . Also: the titular character in The Elephant Man, Caligula in I, Claudius, Ollivander in the Harry Potter films and, more recently, Gilliam in Snowpiercer. But his career spanned decades and genres, and our world is a bit meeker and colorless without him.

Submission + - Tostitos Breathalyzer Bags Can Detect if You're Drunk—and They'll Even Cal ( 1

schwit1 writes: Now that we know who will be playing in the Super Bowl this year, everyone is gearing up for their parties. Without a doubt, 7-layer dips, pizza delivery, and beer will make appearances in homes across the country. But where the beer floweth and the excitement runs high, there is bound to be intoxication. That's where Tostitos comes in. At least this year.

The corn chip giant has developed a special bag, available for a limited time, that can detect if you've had too much to drink. Super Bowl Sunday usually sees a high rate of alcohol-related accidents and deaths. With the goal of preventing intoxicated football fans from driving after the big game, the all-black packaging changes if it detects trace levels of alcohol on your breath. If it does, a red steering wheel and the words "Don't Drink and Drive" appear on the bag. If no alcohol is detected, a green circle appears instead.

Mashable reports:

If it decides you've been drinking — regardless of how much — an image of a red steering wheel appears on the otherwise stark black bag along with a reminder not to drive and a code for a $10 Uber discount (valid only on Super Bowl Sunday). And if you've had so much to drink that the mere act of hailing an Uber becomes a difficult chore, the bag will even do that for you. The package is equipped with near-field communication technology that will automatically order a ride when tapped with a smartphone.

Submission + - Trump's Executive Order Eliminates Privacy Act Protections for Foreigners

Kernel Kurtz writes: January 28 is supposed to be Data Privacy Day, so it seems fitting in an alternative sort of way that US President Trump just signed an executive order that eliminates Privacy Act protections for foreigners. As a non-American, I find it curious that the person who says he wants to bring jobs to America is simply confirming the post-Snowden belief that America is not a safe place to do business. Does anyone else see a conflict here?

Submission + - Android Circuit: Galaxy S8 Delayed, Pixel XL Fights iPhone 7 Plus, Donald Trump' (

Linivera writes: Taking a look back at seven days of news and headlines across the world of Android, this week’s Android Circuit includes Samsung delaying the Galaxy S8, Samsung's new screen design, details on the Note 7 battery fires, the leaked Nokia Heart, the iPhone 7 Plus vs the Google Pixel XL, the hoarding of the SnapDragon 835, Hugo Barra leaving Xiaomi, and Donald Trump's smartphone.

Submission + - So maybe this is just my ignorance??? 1

Dave Barrineau writes: I just tried to give Facebook some feed back, nothing bad at all just an enhancement where I found a post from a group I'd like to share. Tried to find a link where I could suggest an enhancement. I tried three times to post to a link and they booted me off the site and I had to log back in. Really?? I'm a Sr Software Engineer if I tried that with our testers id be looking for another job. Is this the way business is conducted now?? Maybe I didn't follow proper channels?? But none were clearly defined for someone that's drank 1/5 of Jack?? Seems like this should be easier. Dunno. Maybe I'm just as old dinosor.

Submission + - Twitter Releases National Security Letters (

An anonymous reader writes: Today, Twitter joined the ranks of Yahoo, Cloudflare and Google by announcing it had received two national security letters, one in 2015 and one in 2016. The NSLs came with gag orders that prevented Twitter from telling the public or the targeted users about the government’s demands. The FBI recently lifted these gag orders, allowing Twitter to acknowledge the NSLs for the first time. In the newly-published NSLs, the FBI asked Twitter to turn over “the name, address, length of service, and electronic communications transactional records” of two users. Twitter associate general counsel Elizabeth Banker said that the company provided a “very limited set of data” in response to the requests, but did not make clear exactly what kind of data Twitter provided. “Twitter remains unsatisfied with restrictions on our right to speak more freely about national security requests we may receive,” Banker wrote in a blog post. “We would like a meaningful opportunity to challenge government restrictions when ‘classification’ prevents speech on issues of public importance.”

Submission + - How Otto Defied Nevada and Scored a $680 Million Payout from Uber (

mirandakatz writes: Otto, the self-driving truck startup, came out of stealth in May—and just a few months later, it was acquired by Uber for a huge sum of money. But it turns out that the fledgling company might not have abided by the laws surrounding self-driving technology in Nevada. At Backchannel, Mark Harris digs into emails obtained under public records legislation, and offers up the surprising story of how the engineer who helped craft Nevada’s self-driving car regulations also ended up blowing past them.

Submission + - Ron Glass, Firefly's Shepherd Book, has died

tiqui writes: The actor was 71 and the family has not released more details of his death, but the Firefly/Serenity fans can follow this link to the Hollywood Reporter for more information.

Submission + - Too weird, even for fish-loving Japan

AppleHoshi writes: The Japan Times is reporting that a skating rink at Space World, an amusement park in the southern city of Kitakyushu, has been closed following complaints about a new "attraction". In an effort bring in more customers, the park had decided that freezing 5,000 dead fish into the ice would be a lure that couldn't fail, but even in seafood-loving Japan it turned out that this was one step too far over the weirdness line. With both kids and adults complaining that the glassy eyes staring up out of the ice were just too creepy and that direction markers and messages (eg:- "hello") outlined in piscine corpses were in poor taste, the park has closed the rink until the fish (and hopefully the smell) can be removed.

Submission + - Microsoft enables Linux desktop users to send SMS txt messages with latest Skype (

BrianFagioli writes: Microsoft has delivered an incredible feature to Linux-based desktop operating systems by way of the latest Alpha version of its Skype client. What is this exciting feature of which I speak? Well, the newly-released Skype for Linux 1.13 allows users to send SMS test messages from the operating system!

True, web-based solutions such as Google Voice have long allowed the sending of text messages, but needing to use a web browser can be a chore. There is convenience and elegance in using the Skype for Linux client.

Submission + - SPAM: Do Your Family Members Have a Right to Your Genetic Code?

schwit1 writes: When a woman gets her genome sequenced, questions about privacy arise for her identical twin sister.

Patients must give their informed consent before undergoing whole-genome sequencing or any other genetic test. But there are no laws that restrict what patients can do with their own genetic information, or that require patients’ family members to be involved in the consent process. This raises questions about who owns an individual’s genetic code, since family members share many genetic traits and may harbor the same genetic abnormalities associated with certain diseases.

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Submission + - SPAM: 48 Organizations Now Have Access To Every Brit's Browsing Hstory

schwit1 writes: Last week, in a troubling development for privacy advocates everywhere, we reported that the UK has passed the "snooper charter" effectively ending all online privacy. Now, the mainstream media has caught on and appears to be displeased. As AP writes today, "after months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities — from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors — powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country."

For those who missed our original reports, here is the new law in a nutshell: it requires telecom companies to keep records of all users' web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers. Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom. They are right.

Which government agencies have access to the internet history of any British citizen? Here is the answer courtesy of blogger Chris Yuo, who has compiled the list:

Metropolitan police force
City of London police force
Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
Police Service of Scotland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
British Transport Police
Ministry of Defence Police
Royal Navy Police
Royal Military Police
Royal Air Force Police
Security Service
Secret Intelligence Service
Ministry of Defence
Department of Health
Home Office
Ministry of Justice
National Crime Agency
HM Revenue & Customs
Department for Transport
Department for Work and Pensions
NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
Competition and Markets Authority
Criminal Cases Review Commission
Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
Financial Conduct Authority
Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
Food Standards Agency
Food Standards Scotland
Gambling Commission
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Health and Safety Executive
Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
Information Commissioner
NHS Business Services Authority
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
Office of Communications
Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
Scottish Ambulance Service Board
Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
Serious Fraud Office
Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust

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Submission + - The impending dual-sim mobile phone problem

crath writes: In many countries, 2G mobile networks are due to be turned off in the very near future. This means that anyone with a dual SIM phone will effectively have the second SIM slot rendered unusable; since almost every dual SIM mobile phone manufactured to date only supports 2G for its secondary SIM card. This is a hardware limitation (I've seen some suggestions on the Internet that this is to extend battery life). I've just become aware of this issue as a result of starting a project that has me regularly commuting between Australia and Singapore; with a need for affordable data in both countries--hence, a dual SIM phone.

I'm quite surprised that this upcoming event hasn't garnered more attention in the press, because the thousands upon thousands of users who have dual active SIM phones will have them reduced to old fashioned one SIM active at a time functionality. This includes some very expensive Sony & Samsung devices currently for sale. I expect there will be an outcry from a lot of very unhappy users when 2G is switched off.

In researching this issue, I came upon the following:

What action are /. dual SIM users taking to prepare for the turning off of 2G? What phones can you recommend from 1st hand use (not just because you've read a review or spec. sheet)?

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