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Comment Re:Start over (Score 1) 191

Malware is also served up through compromised ad services. So going to legit sites can still lead to a phone getting malware. Mobile ad networks are usually worse than the regular web.

I suggest after wiping the phone, to install a good adblocker and to use a browser that blocks ads by default. I personally like using the Ghostery browser.

If you are also worried, make sure that you have it set NOT to allow installation of apps from unknown sources.


Completely Paralyzed Man Walks In Robotic Exoskeleton 23

Zothecula writes: Working with a team of UCLA scientists, a man with protracted and complete paralysis has recovered sufficient voluntary control to take charge of a bionic exoskeleton and take many thousands of steps. Using a non-invasive spinal stimulation system that requires no surgery, this is claimed (abstract) to be the first time that a person with such a comprehensive disability has been able to actively and voluntarily walk with such a device.

Comment Re:But I love it when slides are read to me (Score 5, Insightful) 327

The problem isn't the software, but how people are using it. Banning Power Point won't fix bad end users. They will just find a different way to give crappy presentations.

Perhaps a better approach is bundle or create software that helps people create presentations from the script on up, and perhaps the software should have one presentation the audience sees and one the presenter sees full of more info or a complete script.

Comment Re:None. (Score 1) 302

The big misconception people have about young people and technology is the idea that kids know how technology works or how to use it.They just assume stuff will work and when it doesn't they don't know what to do.

They need to learn the basics:
File formats/extensions
Drives (C, D, E...)
Folders and the most basic of folder structures
How to navigate to different drives/folders/etc.
some basic troubleshooting skills

I would say critical thinking skills and a genuine sense of curiosity are the things they need most.

Comment Re:rushed target selection? (Score 3, Insightful) 42

Not only are many who are looking for a job already employed, but job sites are a treasure trove of personal information. People post resumes with nearly everything but their ssn. They also give out phone numbers and email address of people they know.

And if you know people are looking for a job, what kinds of jobs, and can then build targeted phishing that looks like a job offer/application, get the person to give you their SSN and information, then sell it or use it.

Comment Re:Answer is totally obvious - content providers (Score 0) 490

It is also the customers that want dvds/blu-rays. For some (possibly many) it is actually MORE convenient to put a disc in the player than it is to hook up computer to the TV or set up the blu-ray player to connect to the internet. Also not everyone has a fast enough connection to stream video on par with a blu-ray disc or may have bandwidth limits that make streaming not as viable an option.

Plus there are probably dozens of trivial non-tech reasons why people like getting a disc. For example, they may like getting a physical thing they ordered in the mail or like the extra features and trailers that come on the DVD but are not streamed.

Submission + - Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw in iOS (

wiredmikey writes: Users of iOS devices will find themselves with a new software update to install, thanks to a certificate validation flaw in the mobile popular OS. While Apple provides very little information when disclosing security issues, the company said that an attacker with a “privileged network position could capture or modify data in sessions protected by SSL/TLS."

"While this flaw itself does not allow an attacker to compromise a vulnerable device, it is still a very serious threat to the privacy of users as it can be exploited through Man-in-the-Middle attacks" VUPEN's Chaouki Bekrar told SecurityWeek. For example, when connecting to an untrusted WiFi network, attackers could spy on user connections to websites and services that are supposed to be using encrypted communications, Bekrar said. Users should update their iOS devices to iOS 7.0.6 as soon as possible.

Submission + - Apple Fixes Critical Certificate Validation Bug in iOS 7.06

Trailrunner7 writes: Apple on Friday quietly pushed out a security update to iOS that restores some certificate-validation checks that had apparently been missing from the operating system for an unspecified amount of time.

“Secure Transport failed to validate the authenticity of the connection. This issue was addressed by restoring missing validation steps,” the Apple advisory says.

The wording of the description is interesting, as it suggests that the proper certificate-validation checks were in place at some point in iOS but were later removed somehow. The effect of an exploit against this vulnerability would be for an attacker with a man-in-the-middle position on the victim’s network would be able to read supposedly secure communications. It’s not clear when the vulnerability was introduced, but the CVE entry for the bug was reserved on Jan. 8.

Submission + - Secret Bonus Neurons Were Found in the Brain (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: For all the up-sides to our brains—their capacity for reasoning, long-term planning, and remembering movie trivia—until recently, it was thought that they were limited by finitude: that the number of neurons you were born with was all that you were going to get. Once you make those connections to create neural circuits throughout your childhood, you’re pretty much set. So good luck learning Portuguese as an adult, mermão.

But over the last few years, neurogenesis, the generation of new brain cells in your lifetime, has been observed in the hippocampi of the adult human brain. It turns out 700 new neurons are added in each hippocampus per day.

What’s more, the same Swedish team of researchers that observed the new neurons in the hippocampi found yet another cache of new brain cells, in part of the forebrain called the striatum.

Submission + - TekSavvy ordered to hand over names of movie downloaders 1

An anonymous reader writes: A Canadian internet service provider has been ordered to hand over the names and addresses of about 2,000 customers who are alleged to have downloaded movies online.

A Federal Court decision released Thursday compels Ontario-based TekSavvy to identify the customers allegedly linked to downloads of films by the U.S. production company Voltage Pictures, which is behind the likes of The Hurt Locker, Dallas Buyers Club and Don Jon.

Submission + - Thinking With Your Gut: Can Bacteria Make You Smarter? 1

Rambo Tribble writes: John Cryan, a researcher at the University College Cork, explains the relationship between the bacteria in your gut and your intelligence. It seems the flora in your intestines can influence brain development as well as aspects of health and nutrition which affect such things as hormones and neurotransmitters.

Note: Please hold the George W. Bush jokes until after the break.

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