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Comment Re:and the point here? (Score 2) 109

So devices automatically connected to spoofed names.. how is that 'news' or relevant to the convention? How would anyone really know if you hit a spoofed wifi like xfinity?

The only thing of note here is that everyone should be using vpn if they are using public wifi.

So what if it s fake? check sites that you login to have a valid https cert. if the cert is bad most major browsers will give you repeated warnings not to trust the site. if you are just browsing reddit or slashdot or watching youtube who cares.

Comment Re:I look forward to DNC results (Score 1) 109

Surely they plan to do the same thing at the Democratic convention - does anyone doubt the results would be similar? People in general, no matter political affiliation, are prone to connect to insecure WiFi. How is that even news?

I use free Internet but because unless I am buying something or using account that is attached to my bank account/credit card I don't care. When I want to use them I just use Tor anyway so it doesn't matter anyway. When I had a server i would just use it as a VPN by tunneling all of my traffic over it.

Comment Re:Liability (Score 1) 161

That's the only way to use a cellphone. They can be very convenient, but if you leave them on and not muted, it allows people to annoy you with calls at inappropriate times. Kids who have grown up always-connected may be fine with that, but many of us don't want to be reachable 24/7.

Or put it on vibrate. It is loud enough I can notice it ring when setting on the (counter || end table || desk || what have you), but quiet enough I can ignore it and go back to (reading || sleeping || gaming || fishing || not giving a f*ck) if its not my wife or a work emergency.

Submission + - Amazon Isn't Saying If Echo Has Been Wiretapped In Its Transparency Reports (

An anonymous reader writes: Since announcing how many government data requests and wiretap orders it receives, Amazon has so far issued two transparency reports. The two reports outline how many subpoenas, search warrants, and court orders the company received to cloud service, Amazon Web Services. The cloud makes up a large portion of all the data Amazon gathers, but the company does also collect vast amounts of data from its retail businesses, mobile services, book purchases, and requests made to Echo. The company's third report is due to be released in a few weeks but an Amazon spokesperson wouldn't comment on whether or not the comaopny will expand its transparency report to include information regarding whether or not the Amazon Echo has been wiretapped. There are reportedly more than three million Amazon Echo speakers out in the wild. Gizmodo filed a freedom of information (FOIA) request with the FBI earlier this year to see if the agency had wiretapped an Echo as part of a criminal investigation. The FBI didn't confirm or deny wiretapping the Echo.

Submission + - Neuroscientists Have Isolated The Part of the Brain That Controls Free Will (

An anonymous reader writes: Free will might have been the province of philosophers until now, but we’ve cracked the problem with an fMRI. Neuroscientists from Johns Hopkins report in the journal Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics that they were able to see both what happens in a human brain the moment a free choice is made, and what happens during the lead-up to that decision — how activity in the brain changes during the deliberation over whether to act. The team devised a novel way to track a participant’s focus without using cues or commands, avoiding a Schrodinger’s-like dilemma of altering the process of choice by calling attention to it. Participants took positions in MRI scanners, and then were left alone to watch a split screen as rapid streams of colorful numbers and letters scrolled past on both sides. They were asked just to pay attention to one side for a while, then to the other side. When to switch sides, and for how long to look, was entirely up to them. Over the duration of the experiment, the participants glanced back and forth, switching sides dozens of times. In terms of connectivity in the brain, the actual process of switching attention from one side to the other was tightly linked with activity in the parietal lobe, which is sort of the top back quadrant of the brain. Activity during the period of deliberation before a choice took place in the frontal cortex, which engages in reasoning and plans movement. Deliberation also lit up the basal ganglia, important parts of the deep brain that handle motor control, including the initiation of motion. Participants’ frontal-lobe activity began earlier than it would have if participants had been cued to shift attention, which demonstrates that the brain was planning a voluntary action rather than merely following an order.

Submission + - Facebook Pitches Laser Beams As The High-Speed Internet of the Future (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook says it has developed a laser detector that could open the airwaves to new high-speed data communications systems that don’t require dedicated spectrum or licenses. The component, disclosed on Tuesday in a scientific journal, comes from the company’s Connectivity Lab, which is involved in developing technology that can help spread high-speed Internet to places it currently doesn’t reach. At 126 square centimeters, Facebook’s new laser detector is thousands of times larger. It consists of plastic optical fibers that have been “doped” so they absorb blue light. The fibers create a large flat area that serves as the detector. They luminesce, so the blue light is reemitted as green light as it travels down the fibers, which are then bundled together tightly before they meet with a photodiode. It’s described in a paper published on Tuesday in the journal Optica. Facebook says there are applications for the technology both indoors and outdoors. Around the home, it could be used to transmit high-definition video to mobile devices. Outdoors, the same technology could be used to establish low-cost communications links of a kilometer or more in length. In tests, the company managed to achieve a speed of 2.1Gbps using the detector, and the company thinks it can go faster. By using materials that work closer to infrared, the speed could be increased. And using yet-to-be developed components that work at wavelengths invisible to the human eye, the speed could be increased even more. If invisible to humans, the power could also be increased without danger of harming someone, further increasing speed and distance.

Submission + - Technology Is Making Doctors Feel Like Glorified Data Entry Clerks (

An anonymous reader writes: The average day for a doctor consists of hours of data entry. Since the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act of 2009 took effect in January of 2011, which incentivizes providers to adopt electronic medical records, hospitals have spent millions, sometimes billions, of computer systems that weren't designed to help providers treat patients to begin with. The technology was supposed to reduce inefficiencies, make doctors' lives easier, and improve patient outcomes, but in fact it has done the opposite. "Frankly, the main incentive is to document exhaustively so you cover your ass and get paid," says Jay Parkinson, a New York-based pediatrician and the founder of health-tech startup Sherpa. The systems are flooding doctors with important and utterly meaningless alerts. One of the biggest problems is that the systems have made it very difficult for doctors to share information between one another, which is what the systems were intended to do all along. Why? "Because it doesn't help the bottom line of the biggest medical record vendors or the hospitals to make it easy for patents to change doctors," reports Fast Company. Since it often takes weeks, or months for data to be sent to and from facilities, that, according to Consumers Union staff attorney Dana Mendelsohn, increases the chances of doctors ordering duplicate tests. All of this reduced the time doctors have with their patients. A recent study shows that the average time doctors spend with their patients is about eight minutes and 12% of their time, down from 20% of their time in the late 1980s. "This group is 15 times more likely to burn out than professionals in any other line of work," reports Fast Company. "And much of the research on the topic concludes that 'documentation overload' is a key factor." To help alleviate this pain, medical groups are working to reduce the data-entry burden for doctors, so they can in turn spend more of their time with patients.

Submission + - Amazon Patents Way To Turn Lampposts, Church Steeples Into Drone Perches (

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon has received a patent that shows what drones may be doing when they're not flying throughout the sky delivering packages: sitting on lampposts and church steeples. "Amazon was recently awarded a patent for docking and recharging stations that would be built on tall, existing structures like lampposts, cell towers, or church steeples," reports The Consumerist. "Once the drone is done making a delivery, it would be able to land on the station, recharge and refuel, as well as pick up additional packages." A "central control system" would then be able to control each docking station and connect the docked drone(s) with a local or regional packaged handling center or central facility. Based on weather or package data, the drones may be commanded accordingly. The patent says the system will not only provide directions based to the drone, but will have the ability to redirect the unmanned aerial vehicle based on the most favorable conditions, such as a route with less wind. The patent describes a system in which the drone delivers a package to the platform that then moves the item via a "vacuum tube, dumbwaiter, elevator, or conveyor to the ground level." From there, the package could be transferred to an Amazon Locker or a local delivery person. The docking stations could also act as cell towers that “provide local free or fee-based Wi-Fi services. This can enable cities to provide free Wi-Fi in public parks, buildings, and other public areas without bearing the burden of installing some, or all, of the necessary infrastructure.”

Submission + - France extends state of emergency, adds new search and digital seizure powers (

monkeyzoo writes: The French Parliament is in the process Tuesday and Wednesday of voting for a new extension of the government's emergency powers following the truck attack in Nice, France. The measure is fully expected to pass easily, and the only doubt seems to be about for how long it will be extended (

In addition to the existing emergency powers to perform house arrests, searches, and weapons confiscations without judicial authorization, this new draft of the bill adds new digital seizure powers as well. It allows (original in French): "the administrative authority to copy all electronic data [such as on computers and telephones] which it has been able to access in the course of a search." ( Previously, these provisions had been rejected in State of Emergency measures after the Constitutional Court had expressed reservations on this activity.

Also added in this draft are additional warrantless search powers to perform "follow on" searches if an initial search indicates possible terror-related activitiy in another place.

Submission + - Library of Congress Hit With A Denial-Of-Service Attack (

An anonymous reader writes: The Library of Congress (LOC) announced via Twitter Monday that they were the target of a denial-of-service attack. The attack was detected on July 17 and has caused other websites hosted by the LOC, including the U.S. Copyright Office, to go down. In addition, employees of the Library of Congress were unable to access their work email accounts and to visit internal websites. The outages continue to affect some online properties managed by the library. "In June 2015, the Government Accountability Office, or GAO, published a limited distribution report — undisclosed publicly though it was sourced in a 2015 GAO testimony to the Committee on House Administration — highlighting digital security deficiencies apparent at the Library of Congress, including poor software patch management and firewall protections," reports FedScoop.

Comment Re:Just started playing minecraft out of curiosity (Score 1) 91

(And if you want to see how bad a public server can get without any kind of protection or moderation, just look up "2B2T")

last time I was there i was being hunted by the other players and had to spend a half hour hiding in a giant swastika shaped castle someone built in the sky I then had to walk for over a hundred thousand of bocks just to get far far away from other players and find any terrain totally barren of useful resource because the denizens of that server have a scored earth policy.

Comment Re:Just as well (Score 5, Informative) 368

AMD is a cheap knockoff whose entire design philosophy revolves around avoiding patent and copyright lawsuits from Intel. Its in house technology is extremely inferior. The only good thing they can possibly do for the market now is to completely open up all development resources.

And, let's bring back the alpha chip. It already is superior to Intel. Always has been.

And GODDAMMIT! Where's our 3D printers that can print homemade computers? We were supposed to have that shit 30 years ago.

Its not like they are the one that made the AMD_64 instruction set that was then in turn licensed to intel...
While its manufacturing technique is inferior that is because the brain-dead executives sold off their fab and they now have to contract with someone else to do it.
As for bringing back ALPHA it may have been superior then they stopped developing it in 2001. Intel/AMD have come a long way in 15 years.

Comment Re: The ego... (Score 1) 428

To be honest, the "I think any free-tiered service is not fair." quote gives the game away here; it's not stolen content Reznor is concerned about, it's free content. The moaning about stolen content is just a red herring. What they really want is for all free sources of music to start charging, or otherwise increase monetization, and give them a nice fat cut.

Yeah I bet you won't hear him saying the same thing about AM/FM radio which is also free.

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