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Submission + - Microsoft's Secure Boot Key Leaked (arstechnica.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Microsoft has inadvertently demonstrated the intrinsic security problem of including a universal backdoor in its software after it accidentally leaked its so-called "golden key"—which allows users to unlock any device that's supposedly protected by Secure Boot, such as phones and tablets.

The key basically allows anyone to bypass the provisions Microsoft has put in place ostensibly to prevent malicious versions of Windows from being installed, on any device running Windows 8.1 and upwards with Secure Boot enabled.

Submission + - Google: D-Wave 2X Really Actually Does Stuff This Time We Promise (albanydailystar.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Google bought one of D-Wave’s quantum computers back in 2013. Claimed to be the “world’s first commercial quantum computer,” the device sits at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, where it’s coded to tackle optimization problems that quantum computers are supposed to be good for. In theory, D-Wave’s hardware is supposed to be lightning fast—potentially 3,600 times faster than a supercomputer.

Submission + - Samsung Gear S2 Requires User to Decrypt Smartphone Filesystem Before Updates

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: In an article that oddly implies that Android Marshmallow is broken because it won't allow you to fully decrypt your filesystem in order to update the firmware on your Gear S2 smartwatch, Mobile Syrup details what they call a problem with Google's Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X, which ship with the filesystem encrypted. According to the article, in order to update the firmware on your Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch, you must fully decrypt the filesystem on your Android device. Creepy? Nah, not at all...

Submission + - Windows 10 Fall Update Uninstalls Desktop Software Without Informing Users (ghacks.net)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Martin Brinkmann of GHacks writes: Beware, latest Windows 10 Update may remove programs automatically. Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system may uninstall programs — desktop programs that is — from the computer after installation of the big Fall update that the company released earlier this month. I noticed the issue on one PC that I upgraded to Windows 10 Version 1511 but not on other machines. The affected PC had Speccy, a hardware information program, installed and Windows 10 notified me after the upgrade that the software had been removed from the system because of incompatibilities. There was no indication beforehand that something like this would happen, and what made this rather puzzling was the fact that a newly downloaded copy of Speccy would install and run fine on the upgraded system.

Submission + - Ad Networks Using Inaudible Sound to Link Phones, Tablets and Other Devices (arstechnica.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: The ultrasonic pitches are embedded into TV commercials or are played when a user encounters an ad displayed in a computer browser. While the sound can't be heard by the human ear, nearby tablets and smartphones can detect it. When they do, browser cookies can now pair a single user to multiple devices and keep track of what TV commercials the person sees, how long the person watches the ads, and whether the person acts on the ads by doing a Web search or buying a product.

Submission + - Cyanogen for Oneplus update changes your default home page to Bing

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Nestled into GSMArena's report on the Cyanogen OS 12.1 update for Oneplus is this tasty byte: "...you'll find out that your Chrome homepage has been changed to Bing." Then it's casually dismissed with "Thankfully though, you can easily get rid of Microsoft's search engine by using Chrome settings." as if this were the most normal thing to have to do after an OTA update. Is this the new normal? Has Microsoft set a new precedent that it's okay to expect users to have to go searching through every setting and proactively monitor network traffic to make sure their data isn't being stolen, modified or otherwise manipulated?

Submission + - Plasma Mobile is a KDE-based Ubuntu Touch distro for mobile (plasma-mobile.org)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Via OS News: Plasma Phone OS (or simply Plasma Phone) is a complete software stack for mobile devices and includes the following libre technologies: Plasma Mobile (a Plasma-based shell), KWIN/KWayland, Voicecall, Ofono, RIL, OHM, Telepathy. It allows to run several Qt-based applications to run on top of it, for example: Plasma apps, Ubuntu Touch based apps, Sailfish OS based apps, Nemo based apps.

Submission + - The State of Indiana Believes Car GPS Units are "Containers" to be Searched (techdirt.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: "In our view, the GPS unit in this case is akin to a computer or cell phone. The device stores large amounts of information that could not possibly be stored in an ordinary physical container. For that reason, an electronic storage device cannot be treated as a container. Moreover, the location data it does store has been identified by the Supreme Court as private information. Just as the Supreme Court believed that treating a cell phone as a container was “a bit strained,” id. at 2491, we believe that treating the GPS device as a container under the automobile exception is inappropriate."

Submission + - Plan9 May Get Modern Toolchain Support Through HarveyOS Project (harvey-os.org)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: HarveyOS is a project whose aim is to make Plan9 compatible with gcc and clang. "Our aim is to provide a modern, distributed, 64 bit operating system that does away with Unix's wrinkles and allows for new ways of working." There is already a basic build on the project's Github that can be launched and then managed via Telnet.

Submission + - If genetic screening helps those at risk, why not screen everyone? (arstechnica.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: Women who carry faulty genes [that can lead to cancer] can take preventative measures—things like regular breast screening, risk-reducing surgery, and the use of cancer-preventing drugs. Perhaps most famously, actor Angelina Jolie, who has a BRCA1 mutation, highlighted risk-reducing surgery when she revealed that she had a preventative double mastectomy and more recently had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

But genetic tests are currently reserved for those whose family history suggests they’re at risk. Is that level of testing sufficient?

Submission + - Microsoft stealthily backs away from free Windows 10 promise (arstechnica.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: On Friday, Microsoft described a way for anyone to get Windows 10 for free: activated, genuine, and updated forever. Since Friday, the blog post describing the changes to the Windows Insider preview program has been silently updated. Previously it said that signed up members of the Insider Program running a preview version would "receive the Windows 10 final release build and remain activated." Now it says only that they will "receive the Windows 10 final release build." The activation wording has been removed. The company has also added a "clarifying" sentence: "It's important to note that only people running Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 as part of the free upgrade offer." This is in contrast to what the company said on Friday, when Microsoft's Gabe Aul confirmed that upgraded preview copies would be Genuine.

Submission + - Sprint Begins Punishing Customers For FCC's Net Neutrality Rules 1

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: A few days ago Sprint announced that their intent to stop throttling certain customers' bandwidth in the wake of the FCC fining ATT $100,000,000 for doing the same. Sprint has now begun circulating an internal memo to their frontline reps that the 12 month warranty on non-branded accessories, a feature selling point on the same, will be eliminated. Additional rumors are emerging that Sprint may stop offering long wire-line long distance service and increase prices on unlimited data plans.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: When we perfect age reversing, how do we decide who gets to live? 4

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: With biologists getting closer and closer to reversing the aging process in human cells, the reality of greatly extended life draws closer. This brings up a very important conundrum: You can't tell people not to reproduce and you can't kill people to preserve resources and space. Even at our current growth rate there's not enough for everyone. Not enough food, not enough space, not enough medical care. If — no, when — age reversal becomes a reality, who gets to live? And if everyone gets to live, how will we provide for them?

Submission + - Sourceforge Staff Hijacks Gimp for Windows Account, Injects Adware (arstechnica.com)

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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