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Submission + - How to Hack an Election (bloomberg.com)

transporter_ii writes: For eight years, Sepúlveda, now 31, says he traveled the continent rigging major political campaigns. With a budget of $600,000, the Peña Nieto job was by far his most complex. He led a team of hackers that stole campaign strategies, manipulated social media to create false waves of enthusiasm and derision, and installed spyware in opposition offices, all to help Peña Nieto, a right-of-center candidate, eke out a victory. ... Money was no problem. At one point, Sepúlveda spent $50,000 on high-end Russian software that made quick work of tapping Apple, BlackBerry, and Android phones. He also splurged on the very best fake Twitter profiles; they’d been maintained for at least a year, giving them a patina of believability.

Submission + - Scientists from University College London may have cured chronic pain (modernreaders.com)

transporter_ii writes: Scientists from University College London seem to have come up with a two-pronged treatment regimen that they believe would help patients suffering from chronic pain. And in a strange irony, they did it by making it possible for mice – and one human – feel pain when they previously couldn’t. Unlike a lot of the recent medical news (anti-ageing pills?), this one seems fairly real-world and concrete. If so, this is actually a major breakthrough, which must be why it has not received a lot of press.

Submission + - SF Airport Officials Make Citizen Arrests Of Internet Rideshare Drivers (cbslocal.com)

transporter_ii writes: In the past month, San Francisco International Airport officials have been citing and arresting drivers from mobile-app enabled rideshare companies that pick up and drop off passengers, an airport spokesman said. Airport spokesman Doug Yakel said there have been seven citizen arrests issued to “various offenders” since July 10. The airport had issued cease and desist letters to several rideshare companies, including Lyft, Sidecar and Uber, in April.

Taxi drivers are holding a noon rally at San Francisco City Hall Tuesday to “keep taxis regulated and safe” and are calling for the end of ridesharing services.

Submission + - What the government pays to snoop on you (usatoday.com) 1

transporter_ii writes: So what does it cost the government to snoop on us? Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, and with little scrutiny, surveillance fees charged by phone companies can vary wildly.

For example, AT&T, imposes a $325 "activation fee" for each wiretap and $10 a day to maintain it. Smaller carriers Cricket and U.S. Cellular charge only about $250 per wiretap. But snoop on a Verizon customer? That costs the government $775 for the first month and $500 each month after that, according to industry disclosures made last year to Congressman Edward Markey.

Submission + - East Texas Getting Compressed Air Energy Storage Plant (palestineherald.com)

transporter_ii writes: A compressed air energy storage (CAES) plant was first built in Germany in 1978, but East Texas will be the site of one of the world's first modern CASE plants. How does it work? A CAES power generation facility uses electric motor-driven compressors (generated by natural gas generators) to inject air into an underground storage cavern and later releases the compressed air to turn turbines and generate electricity back onto the grid, according to the plants owner. The location near Palestine, Texas was selected because of its large salt dome, which will be used to store the compressed air. The plant is estimated at 350 million-plus, and will create about 20 to 25 permanent jobs.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - WISP City-wide Mesh Network/PtMP Network?

transporter_ii writes: What hardware/software combination would best be suited for an 802.11x city-wide Mesh or PtMP network for use in a WISP application? Rather than this being a case of letting Slashdot do all of our research for us, we have already deployed two wireless systems with mixed results. One, a Motorola Canopy system, was extremely expensive but worked very well as long as line of sight was available. Given that we are located in East Texas, the LoS issue, combined with equipment cost, caused us to move to an 802.11b Mesh Network. For this network, we used custom-built APs that consisted of PC Engines WRAP boards, 200 mW radio cards, and Locustworld software, because of it centralized management features. While this setup was much more affordable, we have been plagued with a host of problems. The wireless network will slow down even though there is still plenty of bandwidth left on our backend, traffic that passes through just a couple of hops slows to an even slower pace for no apparent reason, and the APs will hang and/or reboot randomly under high temperature (again this is Texas) and high traffic. All in all, it has been a pain for us and our customers. Is there any Mesh or PtMP equipment that offers good stability, can handle the heat well, offers good network management features, and does so at least a somewhat affordable price? And for clarification, the system does not have to be fully 802.11x. Using a different spectrum for backhauls is something we are really interested in, except for the 900 Mhz spectrum, which is already pretty crowded in our area. Information on a setup that works good in an area with a lot of trees would also be extremely appreciated.

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