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Submission + - Forget Skynet, Your Fridge Might Turn Against You

kraksmoka writes: In a recent cyber-security report in eWeek, the experts at NexusGuard say that a DDoS attack by the "Internet of Things", those every day items like a smart refrigerator, a Nest thermostat or your smart toilet might become compromised and used in a Distributed DOS attack to gain access to critical systems.

Submission + - Reddit Cannot Function Without Victoria (

kraksmoka writes: There will be no Waffles today after news aggregator Reddit has ground to a halt in the wake of their firing of popular staffer Victoria Taylor. Many core subreddits have set themselves private in response to the personnel move, cutting off most users from seeing anything on the site. Victoria managed communications and particularly /r/IAMA the popular Ask Me Anything subreddit where celebrities and notables hold realtime question and answer sessions. Reddit Executive Chairman Alexis O'hanian in addition to being the nicest (and coolest) tech entrepreneur on the web has already begun damage control. Ultimately, Kn0thing is probably right, Reddit will outlast Victoria. However, the reddit team will have a lot of work restoring the trust between itself and several key moderators this holiday weekend, and lot only knows what else, before all is restored to status quo antebellum.

Submission + - 10 Rules for Recording the Cops

kraksmoka writes: re-released 10 Rules Recording the Cops today because "The First Amendment guarantees us all Freedom of the Press, meaning we have as much as right to to report on and disseminate the news as professional journalists, even if we've never set foot in a newsroom. In fact, it's absolutely crucial that we step up to fill the void left by the mainstream media."

Submission + - NJ Cops Let the Dogs Out, Then Turn on Citizen Journalists

kraksmoka writes: "New Jersey cops killed a man by mauling him with a dog before one cop turned to witnesses who were recording and demanded their phones." Citizen Journalists recorded the incident and sent it to PINAC News as "Cops ordered 32-year-old Philip White to roll over as he lay on his back, his hands covering his face, trying to protect himself from a police dog biting away at his head and face." When will they learn that Photography is Not a Crime?

Submission + - Twitter's Fake Followers Watching IPO Closely

kraksmoka writes: Is your social media pro "making it go viral" by pressing a button instead of interacting with a real audience? "There's a dark secret amongst social media pros, and you're not going to like this. The purchase and use of fake followers by small to mid-sized social media agencies is rising as a "black hat" tactic on Twitter, which released its IPO on Wall Street today." Article details two major services available to sleuth your social media salesmen.

Submission + - Time for Miami to Just Say No to Walmart (

kraksmoka writes: "One hactivist with an online petition at and 3000 signatures turned into an all out campaign to fight the world's largest retailer. Hactivist local Grant Stern highlights a classic example of local corruption in the face of corporate money: "More than a year after plans were announced, Walmart still cannot fit an oversized Super Center store into Midtown Miami by design, hook or crook. Two complete sets of plans have been delivered to the City of Miami, but neither follows local design standards. I suppose deeming the Walmart plan for Midtown a failure for having supplied two complete sets of non-compliant plans would be a private sector idea.""

Comment Re:Official response from MS (Score 1) 450

Right, so innovative that a 2nd fiddle video game system is a good substitute for plowing what likely amounted to a cool Billion dollars worth of shareholders' money and decade worth of expectations into a dysfunctional tablet division that they dissolved for the world's own good. I used a friend's Toshiba tablet and it was lame as hell. The iPad looks like a gamechanger of a device already... Microsloth, just pack it in . . . .

How Infighting Hampers Innovation At Microsoft 450

Garabito writes "Dick Brass, former vice-president at Microsoft, published an op-ed in The New York Times, where he states that 'Microsoft has become a clumsy, uncompetitive innovator' and how 'it has lost share in Web browsers, high-end laptops and smartphones.' He attributes this situation to the lack of a true system for innovation at Microsoft. Some former employees argue that Microsoft has a system to thwart innovation. He tells how promising and innovative technologies like ClearType and the original TabletPC concept become crippled and sabotaged internally, by groups and divisions that felt threatened by them."

Obama Appointee Sunstein Favors Infiltrating Online Groups 689

megamerican writes "President Barack Obama's appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated in a recent paper the 'cognitive infiltration' of groups that advocate 'conspiracy theories' like the ones surrounding 9/11 via 'chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine' those groups. Sunstein admits that 'some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true' Sunstein has also recently advocated banning websites which post 'right-wing rumors' and bringing back the Fairness Doctrine. You can find a PDF of his paper here. For decades (1956-1971), the FBI under COINTELPRO focused on disrupting, marginalizing and neutralizing political dissidents, most notably the Black Panthers. More recently CENTCOM announced it would be engaging bloggers 'who are posting inaccurate or untrue information, as well as bloggers who are posting incomplete information.' In January 2009 the USAF released a flow-chart for 'counter-bloggers' to 'counter the people out there in the blogosphere who have negative opinions about the US government and the Air Force.'"

Comment Bladerunner meets 1984 (Score 1) 343

Seriously - these types of drone reconnaissance would make the police state into a lock down state. It would be great if legislation was put in place now in Anticipation of the privacy invasion that devices like these can cause in the future . . . Imagine flying smaller versions into large vertical cities and having the capability to peer into windows . . . the state cops in Florida already use small aircraft to conduct speed traps occasionally but this could be a whole other ball of wax

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