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Submission + - A lot of influencer marketing is based on fraud (inc.com)

bizwriter writes: Social network influencers are all the range among marketers. Slip someone can cash and they'll talk about your product so you can reach all their followers. Except, in a lot of cases, most of those followers are fake, as are the comments and likes. Just ask Mr. Potato, who had 10,000 followers in two weeks for the cost of a burger and beer.

Submission + - Almost half of Samsung Galaxy Note owners want to switch to Apple iPhone 7 (betanews.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Are Apple fanatics the ones mostly looking forward to the new iPhone? Not necessarily. Actually, according to a new study by Market Strategies, almost half of all Samsung Galaxy Note owners expressed interest in potentially switching to Apple's iPhone 7.

Submission + - Why Intel Kaby Lake And AMD Zen Will Only Be Optimized On Windows 10 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: There was quite a stir caused recently when it was determined that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's Zen next-generation processor microarchitectures with Windows 10. It's easy to dismiss the decision as pure marketing move, but there's more to consider and a distinction to be made between support and compatibility. The decision means future updates and optimizations that take advantage of the latest architectural enhancements in these new processors won't be made for older OS versions. Both of these microarchitectures have new features that require significant updates to Windows 10 to optimally function. Kaby Lake has updates to Intel's Speed Shift technology that make it possible to change power states more quickly than Skylake, for example. Then there's Intel's Turbo Boost 3.0, which is only baked natively into Windows 10 Redstone 1. For an operating system to optimally support AMD's Zen-based processors, major updates are likely necessary as well. Zen has fine-grained clock gating with multi-level regions throughout the chip, in addition to newer Simultaneous Multi-Threading technology for AMD chips. To properly leverage the tech in Zen, Microsoft will likely have to make updates to the Windows kernel and system scheduler, which is more involved than a driver update. Of course, older versions of Windows and alternative operating systems will still install and run on Kaby Lake and Zen. They are X86 processors, after all.

Submission + - Mysterious sudden demise of world's most dangerous exploit kit Angler is solved (theregister.co.uk)

mask.of.sanity writes: On June 7, Angler, possibly history's most advanced financially-driven exploit kit went silent and nobody knew why. Now Kaspersky's lead intelligence researcher has revealed it was the progeny of some 50 arrested hackers known as the Lurk group. The report is the culmination of some six years of research and bookends the mysterious demise of one of the biggest threats to end users on the internet.

Submission + - Michigan court rules against civil forfeiture

schwit1 writes: The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that civil forfeiture denies citizens their due process rights under the Constitution. As the court wrote:

“Because of her indigency and inability to pay the required bond, [Kinnon] was excluded ‘from the only forum effectively empowered to settle [her] dispute.’ Ultimately, Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture scheme operated to deprive [Kinnon] of a significant property interest without according her the opportunity for a hearing, contrary to the requirements of the Due Process Clause.”

This shouldn’t be rocket science, as the language and intent of the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution is quite plain.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

The problem today is that this has become rocket science. Too many people either don’t know this plain language, or work dishonestly to distort it to empower government to oppress us.

Submission + - Older Workers Adapt To New Technology Just Fine, Survey Finds (cio.com)

itwbennett writes: Those older workers in your office, you know, the one ones you think can't handle dealing with new technology? Turns out, they struggle less with technology than their millennial colleagues. A survey by London-based market research firm Ipsos Mori, sponsored by Dropbox, found that older workers are less likely to find using technology in the workplace stressful and experience less trouble working with multiple devices than the younger cohort. The reason for this might lie in all the clunky old technologies older workers have had to master over the decades. Digital Natives don't know how good they've got it.

Submission + - Apple's services category will be the size of a Fortune 100 company next year (bgr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple’s earnings for its June 2016 quarter gave investors a whole lot to cheer about. Even though iPhone, iPad and Mac sales were all down compared to the same quarter a year-ago, Apple’s quarter was not nearly as grim as many investors were anticipating. What’s more, there was a familiar bright spot amidst Apple’s earnings report yesterday — revenue from the company’s various line of Services.

For the quarter gone by, revenue from Apple’s array of services — Apple Music, Apple Pay, iTunes, the Mac App Store and the App Store — checked in at $5.97 billion, an impressive 19% increase from the year-ago quarter. In fact, revenue from Apple’s services category raked in more cash than both the Pad ($4.8 billion) and the Mac ($4.2 billion).

Consider this: Apple to date has doled out more than $50 billion to App Store developers over the past eight years. Breaking things down a bit more, it took Apple approximately 6 years and 6 months before it reached the $25 billion mark. The next $25 billion came just 18 months later. In other words, App Store revenue isn’t just increasing, it’s accelerating at an unprecedented clip.

Speaking to this point, Apple CEO Tim Cook during Apple’s earnings conference call yesterday boasted that Apple’s services category would soon be the size of a Fortune 100 company.

“In the last twelve months,” Cook said, “our services revenue is up almost $4 billion year-on-year to $23.1 billion and we expect it to be the size of a Fortune 100 company next year.”

Submission + - ESA wants to take out the trash. The space trash.

The Bad Astronomer writes: The European Space Agency is considering a test mission that will use new technology to help clean up the ever-increasing problem of space debris. The spacecraft, called e.Deorbit, will identify, approach, grapple with, and then dispose of errant space junk by deorbiting it, letting it burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Testing could begin as soon as 2023.

Submission + - SPAM: Could dark energy be caused by frozen neutrinos?

StartsWithABang writes: The accelerated expansion of our Universe was one of the biggest surprise discoveries of all-time, and something that still lacks a good physical explanation. While many models of dark energy exist, it remains a completely phenomenological study: everything appears consistent with a cosmological constant, but nothing appears to be a good motivator for why the Universe should have one. Until now, that is! In a new paper by Fergus Simpson, Raul Jimenez, Carlos Pena-Garay and Licia Verde, they note that any generic scalar field that couples to the neutrino sector would dynamically and stably give rise to a type of dark energy that’s indistinguishable from what we’ve observed. The huge advance is that this scenario doesn’t require any fine-tuning, thanks to this dark energy arising from neutrinos “freezing,” or becoming non-relativistic. In addition, there are experimental signatures to look for to confirm it, too, in the form of neutrinoless double-beta decay!

Comment Re:900,000,000 != 0 (Score 1) 215

No one is going to be paid anything from this, the 'revolutionary' process this company was based on is a fraud. Maybe some of the customers of the unreliable tests that were performed will be compensated in court after liquidation. The non working Edison machine is their only asset. Who would buy that?

Submission + - IT layoffs at insurance firm are a 'never-ending funeral' (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: The IT layoffs at MassMutual Financial Group will happen over a period of many months, and it's going to be painful for employees. Employees say they are training overseas workers via Web conferencing sessions. There are contractors in the office as well, some of whom may be working on temporary H-1B visas. Employees say they notice more foreign workers in the hallways. Approximately 100 employees are affected. The employees are angry but can't show it. A loss of composure, anything other than quiet acquiescence, means risking two weeks of severance pay for each year on the job. But maintaining composure is hard to do. "I know a few people that are probably close to a breakdown," said one IT employee.

Submission + - We need to stop using the term Hacker to describe Criminals

calarndt writes: Criminals are just that, criminals... Productive, useful and creative Hackers are a positive influence on our devices and software. By lumping our conversations about criminals in with Hackers in general we do a disservice to the group as a whole. Lets commit to stopping this insanity today... In any small way that we can...

Submission + - Some US Firms Move Data to Europe for Zero-Knowledge Encryption (networkcomputing.com)

dkatana writes: Some US companies, wary of having to comply with new anti-encryption laws, are looking at European cloud services and providers of secure encryption products to keep their data safe — and out of reach of US intelligence services and other government requests.

Sensitive American data moving to Europe is landing mostly in places such as Switzerland, Iceland and Norway, where new cloud providers offer security, anonymity, and zero-knowledge encryption.

Submission + - Patched Office Flaw Used by Half-Dozen APT Groups (threatpost.com)

msm1267 writes: A Microsoft Office vulnerability patched six months ago continues to be a valuable tool for APT gangs operating primarily in Southeast Asia and the Far East. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab today published a report describing how attackers continue to flourish exploiting CVE-2015-2545, a remote code execution vulnerability where an attacker crafts an EPS image file embedded in an Office document designed to bypass memory protections on Windows systems.

Exploits have been used primarily to gain an initial foothold on targeted systems. Those targets are largely government and diplomatic agencies and individuals in India and Asia, as well as satellite offices of those agencies in Europe and elsewhere. The Office flaw was patched in September in MS15-099 and updated again in November. Yet APT groups seem to be capitalizing on lax patching inside these high-profile organizations to carry out espionage. Some criminal organizations have also made use of exploits against this particular flaw, in particular against financial organizations in Asia, Kaspersky researchers said in their report.

The APT groups, however, seem to be having the most ongoing success with CVE-2015-2545. Kaspersky Lab identified a half-dozen groups, including two new outfits, that have been using modified exploits for the flaw.

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