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Submission + - 2016 Internet Trends (cloudfront.net)

jlaprise1 writes: Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers has a new 200+ slide ppt deck out about the state of the Internet. It's well worth a deep dive.

Comment Thinking beyond the short game to the long play... (Score 2) 393

While this is undoubtedly harming some existing intelligence gathering operations, it's probably more useful in providing other information such as how does ISIS's network react when attacked by another network actor. Think of Anonymous as the hounds chasing ISIS for the the intel community. Watching ISIS's online behaviour under attack is probably very useful.

Comment Not A Lie (Score 1) 385

Knowing how many people in the USA are surveilled is not the same as knowing how many Americans are surveilled. Two very different numbers. What's more, without breaking privacy by looking at the content, the NSA cannot be absolutely sure. Statistically confident but not without the element of uncertainty.

Congress should ask better questions. They are mostly lawyers after all.

Comment Taking a cue from WoW (Score 1) 93

Maybe the online poker industry should take a cue from WoW where player conventions are huge. Online players get to meet face-to-face. They could set up regional, national and international events to attract players for special prizes and recognition. The conventions could have workshops by leading players etc.

Government

Submission + - What does Congress think about Patent Trolls? (fas.org)

jlaprise1 writes: "Steven Aftergood at the Secrecy Project of the Federation of American Scientists has been diligently acquiring and releasing the reports of the Congressional Research Service. The CRS conducts research at the request of Congress of topics of intrest to legislators. These reports are generally not released to the public. Today's release includes"An Overview of the 'Patent Trolls' Debate.""
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Surface Release Date Confirmed (pctechtalk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has announced an October 26 release date for it's brand new Surface tablet. The release of it's ARM version will conincide with Windows 8 and is set to be either the start of something great or something worrying for Microsoft.
Surface is the first device of it kind to be manufactured by Microsoft and is seen by many as a risk considering the tech giant is only entering the tablet arena some 2 years later that most of it's competitiors.

The new device will run Windows 8 which has been aimed mostly at the touch market. The new OS has also be generating a lot of press recently. The all new interface represents new ground for Microsoft and has received mixed reactions.

The idea of blending a tablet and PC operating system seems to be the biggest issue along with the company's trandemark Start menu disappearing.

The firm recently showed off Office 2013for the new OS and it is safe to say it looks pretty good, whether it is enough to tempt users to upgrade remains to be seen.

No pricing has been announced for Surface yet, but Microsoft has been reassuring fans it will be a "competitive" with other tablets.

Security

Submission + - Researcher creates proof-of-concept malware that infects BIOS, network cards (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Security researcher Jonathan Brossard has created a proof-of-concept hardware backdoor called Rakshasa that replaces a computer's BIOS and can compromise the operating system at boot time without leaving traces on the hard drive. Brossard, who is CEO and security research engineer at French security company Toucan System, demonstrated how the malware works at the Defcon hacker conference over the weekend. Rakshasa, named after a demon from the Hindu mythology, is not the first malware to target the BIOS — the low-level motherboard firmware that initializes other hardware components. However, it differentiates itself from similar threats by using new tricks to achieve persistency and evade detection.
Medicine

Submission + - First map of the human brain reveals a simple, grid-like structure (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "In an astonishing new study, scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have imaged human and monkey brains and found... well, the brain is basically just a huge collection of computer ribbons, traveling parallel or perpendicular or transverse to each other in a huge 3D grid. There are almost zero diagonals, nor single neurons that stray from the neuronal highways. The human brain is just one big grid of neurons — a lot like the streets of Manhattan, minus Broadway, and then projected into three dimensions. This new imagery comes from an MRI scanner, souped up by the Human Connectome Project, that uses diffusion spectrum imaging to detect the movement of water molecules within axons (the long connections made by neurons). The brain has always been very difficult to image because of the wrinkly nature of the cerebral cortex that surrounds the brain — but this new MRI scanner finally has the ability to peer through the folds."
Facebook

Submission + - OS X Mountain Lion Downloaded 3 Million Times In Four Days (gizmodo.com.au)

lukehopewell1 writes: In just four short days, 3 million Apple users around the world have shelled out their $US20.99 to get a copy of Mountain Lion. That makes Mountain Lion the most successful OS release in Apple's history. Thanks to the record, Apple is promising goodies.

Many were disappointed however about the lack of Facebook integration with Mountain Lion, especially in the nifty Notification Center bar. Apple's now pledging in its public statements that Facebook integration will arrive soon as a software update.

Facebook

Submission + - Data Commissioner protects Facebook privacy by ending discussion - via SMS (europe-v-facebook.org)

cheros writes: Just in case you thought you had ANY rights to privacy protected by Facebook having a site in Ireland, you may want to read the latest update of Europe versus Facebook where the Commissioner apparently ended the discussion via SMS.

For more than a year we have been 'engaged' in the proceeding against Facebook before the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC). Now we experienced a more than surprising move by the authority (ODPC): Via a text message (!) we were told that the authority is not planning to talk to us anymore, despite the fact that we are parties of the biggest proceeding the DPC has ever had on his table... It is now unclear how we will overcome this situation.

Streisand Effect in 3 .. 2 .. 1 ..

Security

Submission + - Tracking Chinese Cyber-Espionage Botnets (krebsonsecurity.com)

wiredog writes: From Brian Krebs, reporting on a large scale Chinese cyber-espionage operation:

the infrastructure that frames these these spy machines generally points in one of two directions: one group’s infrastructure points back to Shanghai, the other to Beijing.

“There have to be hundreds of people involved, just to maintain this amount of infrastructure and this much activity and this many spear phishes, collecting so many documents, and writing this much malware,” Stewart said


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