ttyler writes: When the heat goes out during Finnish winter, it's a matter of life and death, so when two automated buildings controlled by Valtia systems suffered DDoS attacks that shut off the heat, Finns were understandably alarmed about the new threat.
ttyler writes: When messaging app WhatsApp was acquired by Facebook in 2014, WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum promised the deal wouldn't affect users' privacy. “We don’t know your birthday. We don’t know your home address,” Mr. Koum said to millions of WhatsApp users in a 2014 blog post. “None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and we really have no plans to change that.” Welp. The app now has a billion or so users, and their data will be shared in new ways with Facebook starting 30 days from today.
ttyler writes: Recent Intel x86 processors implement a secret, powerful control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine. When these are eventually compromised, they'll expose all affected systems to nearly unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks. I've made it my mission to open up this system and make free, open replacements, before it's too late.
ttyler writes: In September, Google caught Symantec issuing a fake google.com cryptographic certificate that could have been used to seamlessly intercept encrypted Google.com traffic. Symantec is one of the participants in Certificate Transparency, through which all new certificates issued and seen in the wild are logged to append-only, cryptographically provable logs, which create irrefutable audit trails for any bogus certs issued/discovered.
baosol writes: This new map of real-time wind speeds in the US is not only memorizing, but it's also useful tool to help us better understand wind's power and potential. The kinetic map was developed by HINT.FM who are exploring ways that data set in graphical form can help us think better collectively. The design can make the US look like a woolly mammoth or a poodle, depending on the weather conditions.
While entertaining, the map is a slick interpretation of the enormous potential of wind as a power source – something that most of us are aware of in the abstract sense, but now we can literally see it on a screen.
alphadogg writes: AOL decommissioned almost 10,000 servers and saved itself $5 million along the way to winning a contest that highlights the cost of running inefficient or underutilized IT equipment. Decommissioning a 1U rack server can save a company $500 a year in energy costs, $500 in OS licenses and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs, according to Uptime Institute, the industry group that organized the competition, which it called the Server Roundup Contest. AOL's savings included $1.65 million in energy bills, $2.2 million in OS licenses and $62,000 in hardware maintenance costs. It also gained $1.2 million from scrap and resale, and reduced its carbon emissions by 20 million tons.
from the fountain-of-youth-or-maybe-it's-a-cataract dept.
phyrebyrd writes "Brooke Greenberg is the size of an infant, with the mental capacity of a toddler. She turned 16 in January. Brooke hasn't aged in the conventional sense. Dr. Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, in Tampa, says Brooke's body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync. She has never been diagnosed with any known genetic syndrome or chromosomal abnormality that would help explain why. Brooke's hair and her nails are the only two things that grow, Howard said. 'She has pajamas and outfits that are 10 or 12 years old,' he said."