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Submission + - Older Workers Adapt To New Technology Just Fine, Survey Finds (

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 (

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' (

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 (

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 (

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.

Submission + - Lightning strike affecting multiple locations - how can this be so? 1

trazom28 writes: Hi — I'm throwing this out to the slashdot crowd to see if I can pick some brains. Here's the scoop: I manage a network for a school district in Wisconsin. We have six buildings across the city, several miles apart. Locations have between 2-4 networking closets all with Cisco 2960 series 48LPS or LPD, as well as each closet having a Meraki MS220-48 switch (start of our conversion over). All WiFi APs in each building are on the Meraki switches — this will be important later.

Last week a lightning storm rolled through and a strike was confirmed near the high school — the building actually shook and the power blinked. Since then, we have random connectivity issues in all buildings. Some can log in, some cannot — and it changes as the day goes on. There will be link lights at both ends, but an IP address request does not pass through, therefore it gets an AutoIP and it's done for a while. Randomly it will start working again and others will stop working. WiFi is fine. First thought — the core switch got hit. We replaced that (we were planning to in summer anyway so it was already here). Nope — same issue. Next thought — maybe the metal messenger line for the fiber connections somehow brought it in. Nope — it happens within a building also (in this case the high school) so the outside fiber isn't involved. We also can't find any burned/smoking/scorched parts.

Next — the UPS logs- they show a power spike at the High School (core location) and... all the way across town (2 miles away) at an elementary school at almost the exact same time. The rest of the UPS units I'm having issues with — the web interface no longer wants to stay up enough for me to get to the logs.. I telnet in to reset it and I"m good for a couple clicks and then it's done.

All the Meraki switches are fine — WiFi hasn't gone down at all. The scope of this with distance is mind boggling however. Has anyone *ever* seen anything like this in their networking experience? It's looking like the closets in all locations somehow took a hit through the electrical, even through a UPS, and the Cisco switches all got affected — but the Meraki ones are OK. I've only seen this similar thing once before — years ago. Building took a hit and the only two remaining PCs of a certain brand — both in a surge protector — both would no longer boot.

Thank you for any experience/insight.

Submission + - AT&T Wants $100 Million From California Taxpayers For Aging DSL (

An anonymous reader writes: AT&T is asking California taxpayers to give them $100 million so that AT&T can provide several parts of the state with unreliable, slow and expensive DSL service. As Steve Blum’s blog notes, under Assembly Bill 2130 (written by AT&T lobbyists), AT&T would receive $100 million from state taxpayers. In return, AT&T would only need to provide 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload and would have little to no oversight over whether the $100 million is even being used for the DSL service. According to Blum, AB 2130 would:

Submission + - University of Illinois Transmitted A Record 57Gbps Through Fiber-optic Cable (

An anonymous reader writes: Engineers at the University of Illinois have set a new record for fiber-optic data transmission, breaking previous theories that fiber optics have a limit in how much data they can carry. The engineers transmitted 57Gbps of error-free data at room temperature. The group, led by Professor Milton Feng, improved on its previous work in 2014, when it achieved 40Gbps. The keywords here are “error free,” which is what makes this research unique from other that claim faster speeds. Fang said, "There is a lot of data out there, but if your data transmission is not fast enough, you cannot use data that’s been collected; you cannot use upcoming technologies that use large data streams, like virtual reality. The direction toward fiber-optic communication is going to increase because there’s a higher speed data rate, especially over distance."

Submission + - DoE approve OK to AK/TN 4GW wind power HVDC transmission project ( 2

mdsolar writes: The Department of Energy has finalized its review of the Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project. The Plains and Eastern Clean Line project will connect substantial quantities of the highest-quality, low-cost wind energy resources right into the southeast. The review process took several years and evaluated the technical and financial feasibility and whether the project is in the public interest. The Department of Energy’s approval concludes its Section 1222 application and statutory requirements and allows the wind power transmission line to continue the development process.

Submission + - SPAM: blockchain technology explained

An anonymous reader writes: Like most good stories, the bitcoin saga begins with a creation myth. The open-source cryptocurrency protocol was published in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto, an anonymous developer (or group of bitcoin developers) hiding behind this alias. The true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto has not been revealed yet, although the concept traces its roots back to the cypher-punk movement; and there’s no shortage of speculative theories across the web regarding Satoshi’s identity.
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