Berkeley Researchers Examine Five Worst-Case Security Nightmares

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 1:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: Berkeley researchers have gamed out five worst-case security scenarios at their Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, calling it "a disciplined, imaginative approach to modeling what cybersecurity could mean in the future...to provoke a discussion about what the cybersecurity research and policy communities need to do now in order to be better positioned..." Two of the scenarios are set in 2020 -- one called "The New Normal" imagining a world were users assume their personal information can no longer be kept safe, and another involving the privacy and security implications in a world where hackers lurk undetected on a now-ubiquitous Internet of Things. "Our goal is to identify emerging issues that will become more important..." they write in an executive summary, including "issues on the table today that may become less salient or critical; and new issues that researchers and decision-makers a few years from now will have wished people in the research and policy communities had noticed -- and begun to act on -- earlier. Scenario #2 imagines a super-intelligent A.I. which can predict and even manipulate the behavior of individuals, and scenario #3 involves criminals exploiting valuable data sets -- and data scientists -- after an economic collapse.

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Slack To Disable Thousands of Logins Leaked on GitHub

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 12:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: Thursday one technology site reported that thousands of developers building bots for the team-collaboration tool Slack were exposing their login credentials in public GitHub repositories and tickets. "The irony is that a lot of these bots are mostly fun 'weekend projects', reported Detectify. "We saw examples of fit bots, reminding you to stretch throughout the day, quote bots, quoting both Jurassic Park...and Don Quixote...." Slack responded that they're now actively searching for publicly-posted login credentials, "and when we find any, we revoke the tokens and notify both the users who created them, as well as the owners of affected teams." Detectify notes the lapse in security had occurred at a wide variety of sites, including "Forbes 500 companies, payment providers, multiple internet service providers and health care providers... University classes at some of the world's best-known schools. Newspapers sharing their bots as part of stories. The list goes on and on..."

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Our 8 Favorite VR Experiences From the Tribeca Film Festival

Wired News - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 11:00am
VR is really finding its legs as a creative artform. Here are eight innovative virtual-reality experiences from this year's Tribeca Film Festival. The post Our 8 Favorite VR Experiences From the Tribeca Film Festival appeared first on WIRED.
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Sigh: We May Have Already Reached Peak Geek

Wired News - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 11:00am
In the new 'Geek's Guide to the Galaxy' podcast, author Rob Salkowitz discusses the possibility that even hardcore fans are tired of comics in pop culture. The post Sigh: We May Have Already Reached Peak Geek appeared first on WIRED.
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Space Photos of the Week: These Galaxy Clusters Are, Like, Crazy Mysterious

Wired News - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 11:00am
Space photos of the week, April 24–30, 2016. The post Space Photos of the Week: These Galaxy Clusters Are, Like, Crazy Mysterious appeared first on WIRED.
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Security News This Week: The FBI Gets Creative to Avoid Disclosing Its $1M iPhone Hack

Wired News - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 11:00am
Each Saturday we round up the news stories that we didn’t break or cover in depth at WIRED, but which deserve your attention nonetheless. The post Security News This Week: The FBI Gets Creative to Avoid Disclosing Its $1M iPhone Hack appeared first on WIRED.
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Gunning for Google, Comcast Preps Gigabit Internet That Works With Regular Cable

Wired News - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 10:07am
The Internet provider everyone loves to hate is gearing up to offer one gigabit per second Internet service in five U.S. cities. The post Gunning for Google, Comcast Preps Gigabit Internet That Works With Regular Cable appeared first on WIRED.
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Bison To Become First National Mammal Of The US

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 10:01am
mdsolar quotes a report from Washington Post: North America used to be teeming with bison. But in one century, their numbers plummeted from tens of millions to just a few dozen in the wild after hunters nearly wiped out the continent's largest mammals. Now, the bison is about to become the first national mammal of the United States. The National Bison Legacy Act, which designates the bison as the official mammal of the United States, passed the House on Tuesday and the Senate on Thursday. The legislation now heads to President Obama's desk to be signed into law. At a time of political gridlock and partisan bickering, lawmakers agree on an official national mammal. The bison, which will join the bald eagle as a national symbol, represents the country's first successful foray into wildlife conservation. Lobbying for the official mammal designation was a coalition of conservationists; ranchers, for whom bison are business; and tribal groups, such as the InterTribal Buffalo Council, which wants to "restore bison to Indian nations in a manner that is compatible with their spiritual and cultural beliefs and practices."

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Wireless Carriers To Adopt New Real-Time Text Protocol By December 2017

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 7:01am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Engadget: The FCC is ready to adopt a proposal that'll bring a new protocol to wireless networks to help people with disabilities communicate. It's called real-time text (RTT) and will be a replacement for the aging teletypewriter devices that let users transmit text conversations over traditional phone lines. According to the FCC's statement, RTT will "allow Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, speech disabled or deaf-blind to use the same wireless communications devices as their friends, relatives and colleagues, and more seamlessly integrate into tomorrow's communications networks." The big differentiator for RTT over current, commonly-used text-based messaging systems is that RTT messages are sent immediately as they're typed. The RTT technology will let text users communicate with people on voice-based phones and vice versa; it can also work easily in your standard smartphone, eliminating the need for specialized equipment. The proposal calls for RTT to roll out over wireless networks run by "larger carriers" by December of 2017.

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NASA's Inflatable Heat Shield Takes Vacuum Packing to a New Level

Space.com - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 5:30am
An inflatable-heat-shield prototype to protect spacecraft on other worlds has passed its first key step: making sure it fits into a rocket.
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Developer Installs Windows 95 On An Apple Watch

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 3:36am
An anonymous reader writes: Developer Nick Lee has successfully installed Windows 95 on his Apple Watch. It works, but it runs very slow. For example, it takes about an hour for the OS to boot up. In a blog post, Lee points out the Apple Watch features specs capable of running the old OS. To get Windows 95 running on the Apple Watch, Lee had to modify Apple's development software in "rather unorthodox ways" that allowed him to turn the OS into a Watch app, which also emulates an environment for the OS to run on, he tells The Verge. To deal with the fact that Apple Watch's screen is always turning itself off when not in use, he set up a motorized tube that constantly turns the Watch's crown, preventing it from falling asleep. In addition, Lee altered the Watch's software to let Windows 95 track a single fingertip, hence the constant swiping in his video.

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White House Releases Report On How To Spur Smart-Gun Technology

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 2:24am
Lucas123 writes: A report commissioned by the White House involving the Defense, Justice and Homeland Security Departments has begun a process to define, for the first time, the requirements that manufacturers would need to meet for federal, state, and municipal law enforcement agencies to consider purchasing firearms with "smart" safety technology. They've committed to completing that process by October, and will also identify agencies interested in taking part in a pilot program to develop the smart gun technology. The DoD will help manufacturers test smart guns under "real-world conditions" at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland. Manufacturers would be eligible to win cash prizes through that program as well. In addition to spurring the adoption of smart gun technology, the report stated that the Social Security Administration has published a proposed rule that would require individuals prohibited from buying a gun due to mental health issues to be included in a background check system.

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San Francisco’s Trump Protest Sums Up Election 2016 in One Flaming Piñata

Wired News - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 2:22am
Donald Trump's latest visit to California was met with an hours-long protest in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Burlingame---and much of it was covered live by old and new media outlets. The post San Francisco's Trump Protest Sums Up Election 2016 in One Flaming Piñata appeared first on WIRED.
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US Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 1:41am
An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Steel Corp. filed a trade complaint with the International Trade Commission: "The Chinese industry has formed a cartel that sets purchase and sale prices, and controls production and export volumes to target export markets. The Chinese industry has used its government to steal U.S. Steel's closely guarded trade secrets and uses those trade secrets to produce advanced steel products it could not make on its own." The steelmaker based in Pittsburgh argues its Chinese rivals must be investigated and that they will "use every tool available to fight for fair trade." The ITC has 30 days to review the complaint and determine whether or not it's worth investigating. In the meantime, China's Commerce Ministry said the complaints "have no factual basis," urging the ITC to reject U.S. Steel's case. The investigation will likely take a while if the ITC decides to proceed with an investigation, as they'll be dealing with three separate issues: price fixing, false labeling to avoid duties, and theft of trade secrets.

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Devuan Releases Beta of Systemd-Free 'Debian Fork' Base System

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 12:57am
jaromil writes: Devuan beta is released today, following up the Debian fork declaration and progress made during the past two years. Devuan now provides an alternative upgrade path to Debian, and switching is easy from both Wheezy and Jessie. From The Register: "Devuan came into being after a rebellion by a self-described 'Veteran Unix Admin collective' argued that Debian had betrayed its roots and was becoming too desktop-oriented. The item to which they objected most vigorously was the inclusion of the systemd bootloader. The rebels therefore decided to fork Debian and 'preserve Init freedom.' The group renamed itself and its distribution 'Devuan' and got work, promising a fork that looked, felt, and quacked like Debian in all regards other than imposing systemd as the default Init option."

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Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Sells Entire Stake In Apple

Slashdot - Sat, 30/04/2016 - 12:13am
An anonymous reader writes: Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said he has sold his entire stake in Apple, citing the risk of China's influence on the stock. The report comes after Apple announced its first earnings decline in more than a decade, where Apple's revenue is dropping 26% year-over-year. Icahn is concerned with the barriers to trade that China's authoritarian regime might put in place. Icahn said he wasn't concerned with interference so much with the country's "relationship" with Apple. "The thing that I'm worried about here in China doesn't affect the whole market. I'm not talking about China's economic status right now. I'm talking about, could the thing with Apple escalate a little bit? And if that does, what does that mean to Apple's profits during the interim?" Icahn acquired a stake in the company almost three years ago, calling the investment a "no brainer." What caused him to sell his 45.8 million Apple shares (priced at $240 a share) was China's economic slowdown and worries about how China could become more prohibitive in doing business.

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Gadget Lab Podcast: The Pink MacBook Waltzes Into Our Hearts

Wired News - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 11:31pm
This is a laptop designed for today, so we'd better get used to more just like it. Also, it's rose gold, a trend that's eating the gadget industry. The post Gadget Lab Podcast: The Pink MacBook Waltzes Into Our Hearts appeared first on WIRED.
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Google Files Patent For Injecting A Device Directly Into Your Eyeball

Slashdot - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 11:30pm
An anonymous reader writes: It's no secret Google and their parent company Alphabet are interested in developing smart contact lenses for monitoring diabetes. Well, Google-parent Alphabet has filed a patent which takes their development to another level. The patent specifically covers a method for "injecting a fluid into a lens capsule of an eye, wherein a natural lens of the eye has been removed from the lens capsule." It's powered by "radio frequency energy" received by a small antenna inside. The gadget even has its own data storage. Forbes reports, it is designed to help the focusing of light onto the retina, resulting in the correction of poor vision. Samsung is one of the most recent companies to receive a patent for smart contact lenses. Their lenses are for experimenting with new methods of delivering augmented reality interfaces and data.

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Forming fogbows: Study finds limit on evaporation to ice sheets, but that may change

Science Daily - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 11:28pm
Although the coastal regions of the Greenland Ice Sheet are experiencing rapid melting, a significant portion of the interior of that ice sheet has remained stable -- but a new study suggests that stability may not continue. Researchers found that very little of the snow and ice on the vast interior of the ice sheet is lost to the atmosphere through evaporation because of a strong thermal 'lid' that essentially traps the moisture and returns it to the surface where it refreezes.
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Newly discovered baby Titanosaur sheds light on dinosaurs' early lives

Science Daily - Fri, 29/04/2016 - 11:28pm
Long-necked sauropod dinosaurs include the largest animals ever to walk on land, but they hatched from eggs no bigger than a soccer ball.
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