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Submission + - Author of Linux.Encoder Fails for the Third Time, Ransomware Is Still a Dud (

An anonymous reader writes: The Linux.Encoder ransomware has received a third update, which security researchers from Bitdefender have managed to crack, yet again, for the third time. The funny thing about this third version, is that the ransomware's author may have taken the advice of a security researcher on Twitter, who was at that time ridiculing Linux.Encoder's weak encryption.

Submission + - What Not To Say To Your Non-IT Coworkers (And What To Say Instead) (

jfruh writes: Do your interactions with non-tech staff at your company end in tears and acrimony? It may be that the skills you've developed to good effect to communicate with your peers aren't applying across department boundries. We talked to various tech staff and communications pros for some tips and talking to normals.

Submission + - Why Are There So Many Gaps In Google Street View? (

jfruh writes: Google Street View keeps going to all sorts of exotic places — up the sheer cliff wall of El Capitan, for example. So why are there so many gaps in, for instance, the streets of the Sunset District, an easily accessible residential neighborhood in San Francisco, just a few miles from Google HQ? The answer may be a combination of privacy requests and technical glitches, but Google is talking. Observers noted in one case on an island road, the Street View car apparently stopped its journey right next to a bar.

Submission + - Japanese And U.S. Piloted Robots To Brawl For National Pride (

jfruh writes: Japan may have just lost the Women's World Cup to the U.S., but the country is hoping for a comeback in another competition: a battle between giant robots. Suidobashi Heavy Industry has agreed to a challenge from Boston-based MegaBots that would involve titanic armored robots developed by each startup, the first of its kind involving piloted machines that are roughly 4 meters tall. 'We can’t let another country win this,' Kogoro Kurata, who is CEO of Suidobashi, said in a video posted to YouTube. 'Giant robots are Japanese culture.'

Submission + - Synergy! Bezos-Owned Washington Post App Now Free On Kindle Fire (

jfruh writes: When Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, people wondered how the tech heavyweight would approach the business of running a traditional print outlet, and how Amazon would fit into the picture. Well, here's a first tiny step: Kindle Fire owners will now be getting a free six month subscription to the Post's slick new Web app, whether they ask for it or not.

Submission + - The Weird Cell Phones Of 2004 (

jfruh writes: 2014 may be the golden age of smartphones, as handset companies have a handle on what people want and are selling it to them by the million. Ten years ago, though, the landscape was weirder and more interesting, with a host of Asian handset manufacturers trying to one up each other on new and sometimes bizarre features. Offerings ranged from the ahead-of-their-times (TV on your phone ... via a satellite connection) to the laughable (a phone you could hold against your forehead to take your temperature).

Submission + - What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numing IT Job Should Be Automated? (

jfruh writes: Not everyone in tech has a job like Homer Simpson, who's been replaced at various times by a brick tied to a lever and a chicken named Queenie. But many IT workers have come up against mind-numbing, repetitive tasks that probably could be automated. So: what to do about it? Well, the answer depends on how much power you have in an organization and how much your bosses respect your opinion.

Submission + - What (not) to wear on an IT job interview: 6 real-life examples

Esther Schindler writes: For a lot of slashdot denizens, the fashion choice for a job interview is, "What's clean?"

But still: Some of us give more thought to it than that. We know that how we dress conveys something, even if it's "proof that I'm a techie who is above such things." And — among women more than men, I think — some of us care about that image. And want to look pretty. (I do.)

So, in this article, with the help of a few brave volunteers, we examine how that dress or suit really comes across to the people who might ask, "When can you start?" You see six real-world people in real-world outfits, and hear what our esteemed judges think is the best choice for that IT job interview. Plus, you can vote on the outfits you think are best for each individual, and compare your opinion to those of the fashionistas and hiring managers. It's IT meets career meets fashion police – practical and, I hope, also fun.

Submission + - US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin (

jfruh writes: When the U.S. government shut down the Silk Road marketplace, they seized its assets, including roughly $18 million in bitcoin, and despite the government's ambivalence about the cryptocurrency, they plan to auction the bitcoin off to the highest bidder, as they do with most criminal assets. Ironically, considering many bitcoin users' intense desire for privacy, the U.S. Marshall service accidentally revealed the complete list of potential bidders by sending a message to everyone on the list and putting their addresses in the CC field instead of the BCC field.

Submission + - MtGox finds 200,000 missing bitcoins in old wallet ( 3

strikethree writes: BBC — Bankrupt Japanese firm MtGox said in a filing that it has found 200,000 lost bitcoins.

The firm said it found the bitcoins — worth around $116m (£70m) — in an old digital wallet from 2011.

That brings the total number of bitcoins the firm lost down to 650,000 from 850,000.

MtGox, formerly the world's largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in February, after it said it lost thousands of bitcoins to hackers.

Submission + - Who Wants Neil Young's Triangular FLAC-Only Digital Music Player? (

jfruh writes: Imagine a gadget proposed in 2014 that does nothing but play music, has no wireless connectivity, doesn't accept the most popular music file formats, and is triangular so it doesn't really fit into your pocket comfortably. That gadget is real, or at least in prototype form, is called the Pono, and is being backed by Neil Young. Young, a hard-core audiophile who's always bad-mouthed the sound of music on CDs, is boosting the Pono because it plays ultra-high-quality FLAC files, which you'll have to buy from, naturally. It seems like an odd product offering, but it's raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter so far. (The usual caveats about hardware Kickstarters apply.)

Submission + - What Was Your Dumb Dot-Com Job Title In 1999? (

jfruh writes: If you're of a certain age — over 35, say — the rediscovery of the fabled Slashdot PT Cruiser may have elicited a certain nostalgia for the dot-com boom of the late '90s and early '00s. So I have a question for Slashdotters who worked in tech back then: what was your inane title during the bubble? I've compiled some of the sillier ones, although some of the titles that were considered strange and goofy in 1999, like "cheif privacy officer," are pretty standard today. I also found that some of the titles that were used as examples of dot-com excess — "guru of cool," "duke of fun" — may have been made up afterwards, as I couldn't find any specific individuals who claimed to have these titles.

Submission + - Will Linus Torvalds Please Collect His Bitcoin Tips? (

jfruh writes: Tip4Commit is a new service that allows anyone to link a tip for a developer to GitHub commits for open source projects. The tips are denominated in Bitcoin — and it appears that some developers aren't interested, with almost 40% of the total value tipped going uncollected. One dev who hasn't collected his $136 in tips is Linux inventor Linus Torvalds. It's not clear if the devs who aren't collecting their tips are opposed to the concept of tipping on open source projects or just don't want to deal with Bitcoin.

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