Why CSI: Cyber Matters

Slashdot - Wed, 08/04/2015 - 12:09am
New submitter hypercard writes: CSI: Cyber has been the butt of many jokes in the infosec community since its inception. But in addition to facilitating lots of cyber bingo events and live tweets to call out technical errors, the show has real value in bringing awareness about infosec issues to the masses. Members of the Army Cyber Institute at West Point discuss the upside of CSI: Cyber in an article in the Cyber Defense Review. "Children all over the country have been inspired to be law enforcement agents by shows like Criminal Minds, NCIS, Bones, and CSI." One of CSI: Cyber's cast members, Shad Moss, has more followers than the entire top one thousand information security professionals on Twitter.

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Stack Overflow 2015 Developer Survey Reveals Coder Stats

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:28pm
SternisheFan points out the results from 26,086 developers who answered Stack Overflow's annual survey. It includes demographic data, technology preferences, occupational information, and more. Some examples: The U.S. had the most respondents, followed by India and the UK, while small countries and several Nordic ones had the most developers per capita. The average age of developers in the U.S. and UK was over 30, while it was 25 in India and 26.6 in Russia. 92.1% of developers identified as male. Almost half of respondents did not receive a degree in computer science. The most-used technologies included JavaScript, SQL, Java, C#, and PHP. The most loved technologies were Swift, C++11, and Rust, while the most dreaded were Salesforce, Visual Basic, and Wordpress. 20.5% of respondents run Linux more than other OSes, and 21.5% rely on Mac OS X. Vim is almost 4 times more popular than Emacs, and both are used significantly less than NotePad++ and Sublime Text. 45% of respondents prefer tabs, while 33.6% prefer spaces, though the relationship flips at higher experience levels. On average, developers who work remotely earn more than developers who don't. Product managers reported the lowest levels of job satisfaction and the highest levels of caffeinated beverages consumed per day.

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Mobile 'Deep Links' and the Fate of the Web

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 11:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: Mobile developers call the links they're forging between apps "deep links," but so far the whole idea seems to be more about marketing than deepening understanding. This essay over at Backchannel argues that we still haven't delivered on the original promise of links online — the idea of enabling people to build and share "cathedrals of context." Quoting: "The people who invented the link saw it as a tool for relating ideas in illuminating ways—for making conceptual leaps and connecting disparate thoughts. If these visionaries had achieved their aim, the kind of tech-cultural amnesia represented by the recycling of the term 'deep links' shouldn't have been possible, two decades into the Web era. The links with true depth that they envisioned would have made sure of that."

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Blue Origin to Launch Private Spaceship Test Flights This Year

Space.com - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:51pm
Blue Origin, the secretive private spaceflight company founded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, will begin flight tests this year of an innovative new spaceship — a milestone made possible by the firm's rocket engine success.
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Smartphone-Enabled Replicators Are 3-5 Years Away, Caltech Professor Says

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:46pm
merbs writes: In just a few years, we could see the mass proliferation of DIY, smartphone-enabled replicators. At least, Caltech electrical engineering professor Ali Hajimiri and his team of researchers thinks so. They've developed a very tiny, very powerful 3D imager that can easily fit in a mobile device, successfully tested its prowess, and published the high-res results (PDF) in the journal Optics. Hajimiri claims the imager may soon allow consumers to snap a photo of just about anything, and then, with a good enough 3D printer, use it to create a real-life replica "accurate to within microns of the original object."

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Hacker Lexicon: What Are Phishing and Spear Phishing?

Wired News - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:09pm

Your I.T. department has probably warned you not to click on suspicious links in e-mails. If the link looks suspect: Do. Not. Click.

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Privacy Commissioner of Canada Rules Bell's Targeted Ad Program Violates the Law

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 10:05pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released the long-awaited decision on Bell's targeted ads program. The Commissioner's press release soft-pedals the outcome — "Bell advertising program raises privacy concerns" — but the decision is clear: Bell's so-called relevant ads program violates Canadian privacy law. As Michael Geist explains, the key issue in the case focused on whether Bell should be permitted to use an opt-out consent mechanism in which its millions of customers are all included in targeted advertising unless they take pro-active steps to opt-out, or if an opt-in consent model is more appropriate. The Commissioner ruled that opt-in consent is needed, but Bell is refusing to comply with the ruling.

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Cheap USB-C Cables for Your MacBook Are Finally Here

Wired News - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:32pm

The new MacBook arrives this month, but non-Apple USB-C cables are still scarce. Today that changes, with budget monolith Monoprice selling an array of affordable options.

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Signs of Alien Life Will Be Found by 2025, NASA's Chief Scientist Predicts

Space.com - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:21pm
Solid signs of alien life will be spotted within 10 years, and definitive evidence will roll in within 20 to 30 years, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan said Tuesday (April 7).
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Windows 10 Successor Codenamed 'Redstone,' Targeting 2016 Launch

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:20pm
MojoKid writes: Windows 10 isn't even out the door yet, so what better time than now to talk about its successor? Believe it or not, there's a fair bit of information on it floating around already, including its codename: "Redstone." Following in the footsteps of 'Blue' and 'Threshold', Redstone is an obvious tie-in to Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft, which it snagged from Mojang last year. Redstone is an integral material in the game, used to create simple items like a map or compass as well as logic gates for building electronic devices, like a calculator or automatic doors. The really important news is that we could see Windows Redstone sometime in 2016.

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Are current dietary guidelines for sodium and potassium reasonable?

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:16pm
A recent study looked at how well people in France, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States are meeting World Health Organization dietary goals for limiting sodium and increasing potassium intake. The data confirm that people in all these countries eat too much sodium and not enough potassium. But they also suggest that the daily amounts proposed by WHO and other health agencies are unfeasible because the targets are so out of reach.
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Discovering another interoperability challenge in health information exchange

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:16pm
Researchers are proposing strategies for improving and standardizing facility identification in electronic health record transactions.
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Common drug is re-engineered to improve surgery outcomes

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:16pm
A gas molecule has been attached to protamine sulfate by a research team, creating a new nitric oxide generator that could potentially reduce bleeding complications during surgery. During open-heart procedures, physicians administer large doses of a blood-thinning drug called heparin to prevent clot formation. When given too much heparin, patients can develop complications from excessive bleeding. A common antidote is the compound protamine sulfate, which binds to heparin to reverse its effects.
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New report identifies possible next steps in US energy development

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:16pm
The social, political, technical and environmental components of a methane economy have just been identified. The new report also addresses how industry, government and the public might best work together to advance common energy goals.
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Archaeologists Uncover Ancient ‘Spooning’ Couple in Greece

Science Daily - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:15pm
Almost 6,000 years ago, the man was placed behind the woman with his arms around her body, and their legs were intertwined. They were buried. Why they were interred in this manner is not yet determined, but the international team that discovered them in Greece is still searching for answers.
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NY Cops Used ‘Stingray’ Spy Tool 46 Times Without Warrant

Wired News - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:08pm

In the single case in which police sought permission from a court, they asked for a court order rather than a warrant, which carries a lower burden of proof.

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Rolls-Royce Takes the First Step in Building an…SUV

Wired News - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 9:04pm

This mule is made for developing the all-wheel drive system Rolls says will deliver a "magic-carpet" ride both on-road and off.

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Google Let Root Certificate For Gmail Expire

Slashdot - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 8:38pm
Gr8Apes writes: The certificate for Google's intermediate certificate authority expired Saturday. The certificate was used to issue Gmail's certificate for SMTP, and the expiration at 11:55am EDT caused many e-mail clients to stop receiving Gmail messages. While the problem affected most Gmail users using PC and mobile mail clients, Web access to Gmail was unaffected. I guess Google Calendar failed to notify someone.

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Saturn Shines with the Moon Tonight: How to See It

Space.com - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 8:28pm
Saturn will shine near the moon late Tuesday and early Wednesday (April 7-8), making the ringed planet a great target for amateur astronomers. Here's how to see it.
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How the Louvre’s Pyramid Inspired French Laundry’s Kitchen

Wired News - Tue, 07/04/2015 - 8:00pm

Both I.M. Pei’s pyramid at the Louvre and The French Laundry's redesigned kitchen are modern structures meant to give a jolt of energy to revered, structures that are left unchanged.

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