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Comment Makes perfect sense to me. (Score 1, Insightful) 28

They'd rather hold a minority stake in something good than a majority stake in something crappy!

It all comes down to two things - who has the most network bandwidth, and who has the most cellular bandwidth. Or just one thing - who can deliver the most bandwidth?

FCC allocates cellular (radio frequency) bandwidth in the US. Backbone (network) bandwidth? That's strictly a matter of investing in infrastructure, so . . . who owns (or is owned by) how many politico's in power?

Submission + - Prevent Data Leakage, Republicans Use Special Applications (

An anonymous reader writes: Trump government members and Republicans use a special application to prevent their conversation leak and hacking. The messages in encrypted application called Confide was even able to "self-destruct".

This was revealed by Jonathan Swan and David McCabe, as quoted by The Verge. Revealed, according to Swan and McCabe, a number of high-ranking Republicans and some members of the government Trump has downloaded Confide in their device, automatically delete messages sent in the service, after the messages read.

One of the Republican Party officials say the app provides a "cover" for people in his party. According to his testimony, they tried such applications because of massive hacking case that befall the Democratic National Committee in the past year.

But apart from that, he also said another reason it uses Confide that the messages in the application is difficult to be made screenshot. Because, Confide only display a few words at a time on the screen.

Confide first released in 2013 in iOS. This application is one of several products — including TigerText and Vaporstream — who adapted the concept of messaging app Snapchat, into something more formal.

Previous Threat Intelligence Director Avast Software, Michal Salat, hacking assess the Democratic National Committee is a concrete example of information warfare.

"There are many ways you can do the hacker to be abusing the contents of email, for example, the spread of confidential information to the public, blackmail victim or use it to trade shares. Hacking system US Democratic Party and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is a concrete example of the information war," said Michal.

Submission + - White House Withholds Cyber-Security Order for Further Revision

Esther Schindler writes: President Donald Trump withheld an executive order on cyber-security that was ready for his signature leaving the Washington IT security community wondering what changes he intends to make," writes Wayne Rash at eWEEK. Rash goes on to look at each of the proposed items in the government's cybersecurity order, and how feasible they'd be to implement.

Apparently someone with security knowledge has been involved in the revisions so far. Rash writes. "The new EO also speaks clearly about the need to modernize the U.S. government’s antiquated data systems, to keep software and systems updated and to make sure the latest security practices are followed. The order also requires full assessments of government agency's cyber-security status and to report it to the White House."

The proposed EO's latest revisions also discusses risk management in detail and it discusses the risk of outdated systems:

The draft order says, “Known but unmitigated vulnerabilities are among the highest risks faced by executive departments and agencies (agencies). Known vulnerabilities include using operating systems or hardware beyond the vendor's support lifecycle, declining to implement a vendor's security patch, or failing to execute security specific configuration guidance.”

The problem with the approach is that it comes from a President who continues to use an older, unsecured, Samsung Galaxy cell phone on a constant basis despite having been provided a secure smartphone like the one used by his predecessor.

And, of course, we've no idea what will happen to the EO before any final revisions are made. Interesting reading, in the meantime.

Submission + - Intel Suddenly Serious About Neuromorphic Chip Future (

kipperstem77 writes: A recent conversation we had with Intel turned up a surprising new addition to the machine learning conversation—an emphasis on neuromorphic devices and what Intel is openly calling “cognitive computing” (a term used primarily—and heavily—for IBM’s Watson-driven AI technologies). This is the first time to date we’ve heard the company make any definitive claims about where neuromorphic chips might fit into a strategy to capture machine learning, and marks a bold grab for the term “cognitive computing” which has been an umbrella term for Big Blue’s AI business.

Submission + - NASA Plans to Drill Into Europa's Crust In Search of Life (

An anonymous reader writes: NASA Plans to Drill Into Europa's Crust In Search of Life

Rae Paoletta
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Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Since early 2016, a NASA-employed Science Definition Team (SDT) of 21 researchers has been crafting a plan to send a robotic probe to Europa, an icy moon of Jupiter, located over 390 million miles from Earth. On February 7th, that team delivered their first report to NASA, detailing their recommendations for that future mission, which will search for life by drilling toward the subterranean ocean scientists strongly suspect to exist beneath the icy moonâ(TM)s surface. The team hopes to launch as soon as 2031.

Submission + - How beer brewed 5,000 years ago in China tastes today (

schwit1 writes: Stanford University students have recreated a Chinese beer using a recipe that dates back 5,000 years.

The beer “looked like porridge and tasted sweeter and fruitier than the clear, bitter beers of today”, said Li Liu, a professor in Chinese archaeology, was quoted by the university as saying.

Last spring, Liu and her team of researchers were carrying out excavation work at the Mijiaya site in Shaanxi province and found two pits containing remnants of pottery used to make beer, including funnels, pots and amphorae. The pits dated to between 3400BC and 2900BC, in the late Yangshao era.

They found a yellowish residue on the remains of the items, including traces of yam, lily root and barley.

The finding suggests that the Mijiaya site was home to China’s earliest brewery.

Submission + - Attacks on WordPress Sites Intensify as Hackers Deface Over 1.5 Million Pages (

An anonymous reader writes: Attacks on WordPress sites using a vulnerability in the REST API, patched in WordPress version 4.7.2, have intensified over the past two days, as attackers have now defaced over 1.5 million pages, spread across 39,000 unique domains.

Initial attacks using the WordPress REST API flaw were reported on Monday by web security firm Sucuri, who said four group of attackers defaced over 67,000 pages. The number grew to over 100,000 pages the next day, but according to a report from fellow web security firm WordFence, these numbers have skyrocketed today to over 1.5 million pages, as there are now 20 hacking groups involved in a defacement turf war.

Making matters worse, over the weekend, Google failed miserably when it warned website owners that registered WordPress sites in the Google Search Console. Google attempted to send security alerts to all WordPress 4.7.0 and 4.7.1 website owners (vulnerable to the REST API flaw), but some emails reached WordPress 4.7.2 owners, some of which misinterpreted the email and panicked, fearing their site might lose search engine ranking.

Submission + - GM Salmonella destroys cancer ( 1

schwit1 writes: Using mice and cultures of human cancer cells, a South Korean-led scientific team demonstrated that Salmonella typhimurium engineered to make a foreign protein caused immune cells called macrophages and neutralizes to mobilize against the cancer.

The bacterium came from an attenuated strain that has little infectious potential. Such strains have been tested as vaccines. The protein, called FlaB, is made by a gene in the estuarine bacterium Vibrio vulnificus, a close relative of the cholera bacterium, Vibrio cholerae.

Tumors shrank below detectable levels in 11 out of 20 mice injected with the modified Salmonella, said the study, published in Science Translational Medicine.

Submission + - WebVR Officially Launches on Chrome for Android with Daydream Support (

rentarno writes: WebVR has officially landed on the stable branch of Chrome for Android, bringing virtual reality capabilities to the browsers of hundreds of millions of users. Those with phones and headsets compatible with Google's Daydream VR platform will be able to view immersive VR experiences directly through the browser without the need to install individual apps. The company says Cardboard support is on the way too, and that they're actively working to bring WebVR tech to Chrome on desktop with support for headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Other major browser makers like Mozilla and Firefox are also working on WebVR-enabled versions of their browsers.

Submission + - Whitepaper on: A Deterministic Platform To Defend Against File-Less, Memory-Bas (

An anonymous reader writes: Increasingly, sophisticated cyber hacking is moving in the direction of file-less, memory-based exploits. Unlike amateur “script kiddie” attacks, these attacks are usually not easy to acquire or easily learned. Given the higher level of technical sophistication, these exploits are harder to find and execute, but all indications are they are increasing in frequency and accessibility.

Download whitepaper to read more about memory-based attacks and how to prevent them.

Submission + - Virtual Reality Kills 22,000 Arcades In China (

All You Can Arcade writes: VR is looking less like a boom and more like a bust in Asia. Over the last 12 months, it's estimated that there have been 35,000 VR arcades that have opened up in China. A year later 22,000 of them have already closed. As arcade operators are taking on debt to invest in the latest fad, it appears that it's turning around and killing their businesses. The problem . . . people simply aren't willing to pay cinema and bowling alley prices, to play in public. With the VR industry pushing the hard sale on North American operators right now, we could see even more arcades closing down, if operators can't recoup their investments.

Submission + - Report Finds PFAS Chemicals In One-Third Of Fast Food Packaging (

dryriver writes: Most of the time, when you order fast food, you know exactly what you're getting: an inexpensive meal that tastes great but is probably loaded with fat, cholesterol and sodium. But it turns out that the packaging your food comes in could also have a negative impact on your health, according to a report published Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters. The report found fluorinated chemicals in one-third of the fast food packaging researchers tested. These chemicals are favored for their grease-repellent properties. Along with their use in the fast food industry, fluorinated chemicals — sometimes called PFASs — are used "to give water-repellant, stain-resistant, and non-stick properties to consumer products such as furniture, carpets, outdoor gear, clothing, cosmetics (and) cookware," according to a news release that accompanied the report. "The most studied of these substances (PFOSs and PFOAs) has been linked to kidney and testicular cancer, elevated cholesterol, decreased fertility, thyroid problems and changes in hormone functioning, as well as adverse developmental effects and decreased immune response in children."

Submission + - Indonesian Air Pollution May Have Killed 100,000 In 2015 (

dryriver writes: A 12 year old girl named Muhanum Anggriawati is believed to have been one of many victims of the haze, or air pollution, that regularly spreads across Indonesia because of the huge deforestation fires linked to palm oil production and other agribusiness. A number of large Indonesian agribusiness companies appear to be burning down vast swathes of Indonesian forest to grow profitable produce on the cleared land. The Global Fire Emissions Database reports that in 2015, fires in Indonesia generated about 600m tonnes of greenhouse gases, which is roughly equivalent to Germany’s entire annual output. The smoke contains dangerous chemicals such as carbon monoxide, ammonia and cyanide. A study by Harvard and Columbia universities revealed that the haze may have caused the premature deaths of more than 100,000 people in south-east Asia in 2015. The authors estimated that there were 91,000 deaths in Indonesia; 6,500 in Malaysia and 2,200 in Singapore. Due to widespread corruption in Indonesia's court system, the victims of the deadly haze caused by deforestation-by-fire face grave problems in getting the perpetrators held to account.

Submission + - Mozilla to Drop Support for All NPAPI Plugins in Firefox 52, Except Flash (

An anonymous reader writes: Starting with March 7, when Mozilla is scheduled to release Firefox 52, all plugins built on the old NPAPI technology will stop working in Firefox, except for Flash, which Mozilla plans to support for a few more versions. This means technologies such as Java, Silverlight, and various audio and video codecs won't work on Firefox.

These plugins once helped the web move forward, but as time advanced, the Internet's standards groups developed standalone Web APIs and alternative technologies to support most of these features without the need of special plugins.

The old NPAPI plugins will continue to work in the Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) 52, but will eventually be deprecated in ESR 53. A series of hacks are available that will allow Firefox users to continue using old NPAPI plugins past Firefox 52, by switching the update channel from Firefox Stable to Firefox ESR.

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