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Submission + - How Windows 10's data collection trades your privacy for Microsoft's security (pcworld.com)

jader3rd writes: PCworld has an article on how Microsoft uses Windows 10 telemetry to improve the security of the end user:



But the telemetry data is used for more than how to improve or evolve Windows. There is an actual security impact, too. Knowledge is power, and in the case of Windows 10, that usage data lets Microsoft beef up threat protection, says Rob Lefferts, Microsoft’s director of program management for Windows Enterprise and Security.

The information collected is used to improve various components in Windows Defender, such as Application Guard and Advanced Threat Detection (these two features are available only to customers with Windows 10 Enterprise with Anniversary Update and Enterprise E5 subscriptions). As Windows 10’s built-in security tool, Windows Defender uses real-time protection to scan everything downloaded or run on the PC. The information from these scans is sent back to Microsoft and used to improve protection for everyone else.


Submission + - Chinese Scientist Found Breakthrough Vaccine/Cures for All Viral Infections (scmp.com)

hackingbear writes: Chinese scientists may have found the key to creating effective vaccines for the world’s deadly viruses including bird flu, SARS, Ebola, and HIV. An experiment by a research team at Beijing University was hailed as “revolutionary” in the field in a paper published in the latest issue of Science magazine on Friday. The live virus used in the vaccine used by the researchers had its genetic code tweaked to disable the viral strains’ self-replication mechanism. But it was kept fully infectious to allow the host animal cells to generate immunity. Using live viruses in their fully infectious form was considered taboo, as viruses spread rapidly. Vaccines sold and used widely today generally contain either dead or weakened forms of viruses. The animals infected with virus were cured after receiving the injection, according to the paper. This breakthrough promises to simplify the process of producing vaccines, which may help scientists develop effective vaccines or even cures for various viruses – such bird flu, SARS, Ebola and HIV – within weeks of an outbreak.

Submission + - President Obama's $4.2B CS for All K-12 Initiative Pronounced Dead 1

theodp writes: In a late Friday blog post entitled An Update on Computer Science Education and Federal Funding, tech-backed Code.org explains that Congress's passage of a 'continuing resolution' extending the current budget into 2017 spelled the death knell for President Obama's proposed $4B Computer Science For All initiative, which enjoyed support from the likes of Microsoft, Facebook, and Google. So, wait'll next year? Perhaps not. "We don’t have any direct feedback yet about the next administration’s support for K-12 CS," wrote CEO Hadi Partovi and Govt. Affairs VP Cameron Wilson, "other than a promise to expand 'vocational and technical education' as part of Trump’s 100-day plan which was published in late October. I am hopeful that this language may translate into support for funding K-12 computer science at a federal level. However, we should assume that it will not." The nonprofit may have ruffled the new administration's feathers — among the recent WikiLeaks disclosures was correspondence from Code.org's founders advising the Clinton campaign that the issue of K-12 CS education could be used to win Hillary the election.
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Right-Wing and Fake News Writers Are Now Going After Elon Musk (qz.com) 734

Fake news galvanized US president-elect Donald Trump's supporters, and sullied his enemies. Now it may be Elon Musk's turn. Quartz adds: The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has his fair share of detractors, but a new era in a public relations battle to discredit him appears to be taking shape. Bloomberg reports that hard-right groups are lining up to back misleading websites and fake journalists who attack Musk's business empire. Many of the attacks on Musk begin with something factual: His businesses were built, legally, with the help of billions in government contracts and incentives for renewable energy and space transport. But they go on to accuse Musk of fraud and wasting taxpayer dollars; some compare him to a convicted felon. At least three conservative sites have run negative pieces about Musk -- by a nonexistent writer named "Shepard Stewart" -- that include "Elon Musk Continues to Blow Up Taxpayer Money With Falcon 9" and "Elon Musk: Faux Free Marketeer and National Disgrace." Two later retracted the stories. "There's a very obvious precedent" for this, says Sam Jaffe, managing director of Cairn Energy Research Advisors. "That's Hillary Clinton." Musk tweeted this week, "Can anyone uncover who is really writing these fake pieces?"

Comment I don't think that they should work on it (Score 1) 284

I don't think that they should work on the fake news problem for political stories. What I think they need to do for political stories is break down the echo chamber. If they can detect that certain stories are political in nature, stop silo-ing off people to only see what they will like. If someone is following politics, make them see stories from both sides.

Any fake news, that's seen by people outside of the echo chamber should get called out. Which hopefully will prevent it from spreading. Or if it does spread, cause significantly less damage.

Comment Re:And to think the DNC wanted to face Trump... (Score 1) 2837

Why is it sexist when anybody votes for Trump but voting for Hillary for the purposes of having a non-functional set of gonads being president is OK?

Because Trump was constantly making sexist remarks; and to a shockingly high degree for a public figure. Clinton, on the other hand, hardly brought gender up, beyond that they should be treated equally in many different situations.

Comment Re: Oh noes!!!!11111 (Score 1) 647

I'm sure it would have no impact at all on you.

It's very possible that it has a mostly non-measurable impact. I remember reading a blog a while back where they were talking the influence of Barbie, or Saturday Morning cartoons, or something like that, on how they set their expectations in life. One off hand sentence they had went something like "And if you're not the type of person who felt influenced by such things, what are you doing on this blog?" And that was every eye opening to me. Because I'm someone who can't think of a single programming role model, yet still became a programmer. And I can't think of any "reading between the lines" kind of influence on me (so it was kind of odd that I was reading that blog). There are people who pick up on non-existent signals about gender roles, etc from toys and media, and there are other people who don't. And I'm sure there are lots of people who fit into the range between the extremes.

I believe that boys/men are much more likely to not pick up on even the most blatant messages about expectations, than girls/women are. The result is that you get the Slashdot type who will read these articles about ideas on encouraging others, and since there wasn't anything even close to that in their own experience, they don't see what all of the fuss is about. The flip side are other people who will only go where they're granted permission to go. And knowing that both types of personalities exist is important.

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