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Comment NoMX's Response (Score 1) 74

If you go to their home page they have a long winded response. Basically what they said was:
  • This was either a prototype sent to the media or early adopter edition made on RPi's for people who didn't want to wait for the final version
  • The old software's vulnerability were few and you needed physical access to exploit
  • The prototype version is still secure but should be upgraded
  • Westand behind our claims on production grade equipment.

So take what you want from that.

Submission + - Google Loses Top Hardware Executive

randomErr writes: David Foster joined Alphabet Inc.'s Google in October as part of its aggressive hardware effort has left the company. As the vice president of hardware product development he worked on the launch of the Pixel smartphone and Home speaker. Both of which are competitors to the Amazon Echo, Foster's previous employer. Google will not comment on why he is leaving.

Submission + - Windows 95 and 98 still power Pentagon's critical systems

SmartAboutThings writes: The Pentagon is set to complete its Windows 10 transition by the end of this year, but nearly 75% of its control system devices still run Windows XP or other older versions, including Windows 95 and 98. A Pentagon official now wants the bug bounty program of the top U.S. defense agency expanded to scan for vulnerabilities in its critical infrastructure.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Cheaper cellphone and internet? 3

An anonymous reader writes: I pay $50 a month to AT&T for cellular service, and $60 a month to Comcast for Internet access. I don't have or want a smartphone, and use maybe 10% of my call minutes every month, and have a bare-bones plan. I use the Internet lightly, and would be happy with DSL speeds instead of 8Mb/S if it were cheaper, but can't completely get rid of Internet access entirely. How can I make these cheaper?

Submission + - School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

Presto Vivace writes: Spying on Students: School-Issued Devices and Student Privacy

Student laptops and educational services are often available for a steeply reduced price, and are sometimes even free. However, they come with real costs and unresolved ethical questions.4 Throughout EFF’s investigation over the past two years, we have found that educational technology services often collect far more information on kids than is necessary and store this information indefinitely. This privacy-implicating information goes beyond personally identifying information (PII) like name and date of birth, and can include browsing history, search terms, location data, contact lists, and behavioral information. Some programs upload this student data to the cloud automatically and by default. All of this often happens 'families.

Don't we have laws prohibiting the electronic stalking of children?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why doesn't Slashdot penalize fake news? ( 1

gonz writes: Slashdot was always famous for its elaborate editorial system of moderators and metamoderators that maximizes the sign-to-noise ratio. But now we see it every week — headlines appearing in the feed, only to be quickly discredited in the commentary. It's embarrassing. Isn't there an easy technical solution? Imagine a "fake news" button that, if enough moderators clicked it, would penalize whoever voted/authored the bad story so they won't be back again for a while. Overnight, wouldn't this remove the incentive for misleading wording and make editors think twice before upvoting the latest perpetual motion machine or miracle cure? What's wrong with this plan?

Submission + - SPAM: Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely?

randomErr writes: Humans are inherently social animals, and our health suffers if we're cut off from social ties. Loneliness can happen to anyone. In Britain, more than one in eight people say they don't consider anyone a close friend, and the number of Americans who say they have no close friends has roughly tripled in recent decades. One pervasive source of our loneliness is technology. While it offers an easy way to keep in contact with friends — and meet new people through dating and friendship apps — technology's omnipresence encourages shallow conversations that can distract us from meaningful, real-life, interactions. Researchers at the University of Essex found that having a phone nearby, even if we don't check it, can be detrimental to our attempts at connecting with others. Smartphones have transformed post office lines from a chance for some small-talk with the neighbors to an exercise in email-checking, and sealed the fate of coffee shops as nothing more than places of mutual isolation.

Submission + - SPAM: Why I Published in a Predatory Journal

randomErr writes: Last month I was invited to submit a paper to a dubious urology journal. I'm an editor of scientific writing who has a strong antipathy for predatory journals. So I decided to troll this publication, the MedCrave Group’s Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal, to see whether they would agree to publish a totally made-up, Seinfeld-themed “case report” about a man who develops “uromycitisis poisoning.” Seinfeld argued that, due to his illness, he could die if he doesn’t relieve himself whenever he needs to. To my surprise, a representative at Urology & Nephrology Open Access Journal wrote to say that my manuscript was sent out for peer review. Three days later, it was conditionally accepted.

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