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Comment This is about reducing the value of developers (Score 1) 125

This is basic supply manipulation. These companies want H1B-style pricing for local developers.

Firing Americans to hire cheap Indian labour doesn't play well in the media. Solution: teach everyone to code. If everyone's a programmer, companies can play cheap locals off of cheap imports, and "hire more americans" at significant savings.

Optics solved, costs reduced, profits maximized, management class protected.


Comment None of this matters (Score 3, Insightful) 182

> Maybe the government shouldn't have imposed so many surveillance programs on its citizens -- and kept quiet about it for years -- that they now feel the need to use sophisticated security technologies.

Let's get off the "fuck the man" train for a second and look at this rationally.

  • If WhatsApp were compelled to push a version of their app with unencrypted ow weakly-encrypted local message storage, you'd never know.
  • If Apple or Google were compelled to push a signed OS update that exposed WhatsApp to a local attack (after all, messages must be decrypted on your device for you to read it), you'd never know.
  • If someone were to compromise Apple/Google's SSL certificates, man in the middle your Whatsapp download, and wrap it in a keylogger, you'd never know.
  • If the your mobile provider pushed a radio baseband update that invisibly read your Whatsapp keys from memory (yes, many basebands can read and write device RAM directly from outside of OS land), you'd never know.

I am really happy that people are waking up to the necessity of encryption. But end-to-end encryption relies on a secured local endpoints, and all we have are devices that are 100% owned by the corporations we rent them from.

That phone in your hand is not yours. It's a hostile environment for hostile apps.

Submission + - Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' a Reality

An anonymous reader writes: Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' a Reality
The tiny injectable machine could turn your noodle into a remote control.

"This seemingly unlikely piece of technology has just gotten a lot less unlikely. On Feb. 8, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)-the U.S. militaryâ(TM)s fringe-science wing-announced the first successful tests, on animal subjects, of a tiny sensor that travels through blood vessels, lodges in the brain and records neural activity."[1]

"The so-called "stentrode," a combination stent and electrode, is the size of a paperclip and flexible. The tiny, injectable machine-the invention of neurologist Tom Oxley and his team at the University of Melbourne in Australia-could help researchers solve one of the most vexing problems with the brain modem: how to insert a transmitter into the brain without also drilling a hole in the userâ(TM)s head, a risky procedure under any circumstances."

""By reducing the need for invasive surgery, the stentrode may pave the way for more practical implementations of those kinds of life-changing applications of brain-machine interfaces, Doug Weber, a DARPA program manager, said in a statement."



The Pentagon Wants to Put This in Your Brain
The U.S. military wants to build a brain modem that allows you to control objects by willpower. How realistic is it?

"The U.S. military is beginning work on a new "implantable neural interface" that it hopes will allow wearers to transmit data back and forth from their brains to external digital devices."

Submission + - Internet Would Be a Wild and Dangerous Place Without Facebook Says Peter Thiel 2 writes: Alyson Shontell writes at Business Insider that Peter Thiel, a longtime friend and mentor of Mark Zuckerberg, recently gave a talk that imagined what a Zuckerberg-less world would look like and it's pretty grim. According to Thiel, the web would be a not-very-safe, not-very-fun, totally anonymous place and it wouldn't be baked into our social lives at all. "You can imagine an alternate history in which people don't become comfortable using [the Internet] to meet their friends and family," said Thiel. "It could have remained a wild and dangerous place — - maybe an exciting place to escape for a while, but maybe not part of your daily social life. Facebook has led a long and subtle but deeply important trend away from mob behavior, away from the kind of nastiness that hides behind masks and rules in shadow."

Thiel added that without Zuckerberg, information would be at the center of the Internet, not people. "If you could go back to the first years of the new millennium in Silicon Valley, you would hear a lot more about 'information' than about people. 'Organizing the world’s information' was the idea of the age," Thiel told the audience. "While the implicit goal of computer science had been to build a machine that can do everything a human can do, Facebook has made software that only makes sense as a tool for humans. Its success in doing so has helped to gradually orient software developers away from the mania for replacing people." Thiel made his speech while Zuckerberg received the first-ever Axel Springer Award for being an outstanding entrepreneur in Berlin. Thiel and Zuckerberg have known each other for a long time and Thiel was an angel investor in Facebook who invested $500,000 in Facebook in 2004 and cashed out in 2012 for $1 billion.

Submission + - Ardupilot to Continue On as Non-Profit (

buck-yar writes: With 3DR recently pulling their financial support for the Ardupilot project, the developers had to take a look at how the project would continue. Andrew Tridgell announced yesterday the developers will create a non-profit to oversee the project similar to other non-profits in the open source community. The project continues to grow. "Intel has well over 10 developers devoted to DroneCode projects including at least 2 working on Ardupilot full time and a few others improving QGroundControl to work better with Ardupilot," developer Randy MacKay writes.

Submission + - Tor Project Accuses CloudFlare of Mass Surveillance, Sabotaging Tor Traffic (

An anonymous reader writes: Tensions are rising between Tor Project administrators and CloudFlare, a CDN and DDoS mitigation service that's apparently making the life of Tor users a living hell. Tor administrators are saying that CloudFlare is making Tor users enter CAPTCHAs multiple times, tracking their Web sessions, and sharing data with other companies. Additionally, a study by some UK and US researchers found that are 1.3 million websites blocking access to Tor users, 3.67% being Alexa Top 1000 sites.

Submission + - 90% of All SSL VPNs Use Insecure or Outdated Encryption

An anonymous reader writes: 90% of all SSL-based VPNs use insecure or outdated encryption. Almost three-quarters of all SSL VPNs use the outdated SSLv3 and SSLv2, while another three-quarters used untrusted certificates exposing users to MitM attacks. Additionally, another three-quarters used SHA-1 to sign certificates, while 5% of all SSL VPNs still used MD5. All of a sudden, VPNs don't look that secure anymore.

Comment Yep (Score 1) 27

I come here reflexively and leave disappointed. The community is mostly gone and discussion quality is extremely low. Just look at the comment numbers on each story. It's very sad.

Slashdot is dead. Long live Slashdot.

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