GitHub Presses Big Red Password Reset Button After Third-Party Breach

Slashdot - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 10:00pm
John Leyden, writing for The Register: GitHub has reset the passwords of users targeted in an attack this week that relied on using stolen credentials from a breach at a third-party site. The software repository itself has not suffered a breach. Hackers behind the assault were trying to break into the accounts of users who had inadvisedly used the same login credentials on an unnamed site that had suffered a breach, as a statement by GitHub explains. GitHub said it had reset the passwords on all affected accounts before beginning the process of notifying those affected. "We encourage all users to practise good password hygiene and enable two-factor authentication to protect your account," GitHub sensibly advised.

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To Fix Inequality, Silicon Valley Needs to Share a Lot More Data

Wired News - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 9:35pm
The tech industry needs to embrace big diversity data just like it does every other kind of data. The post To Fix Inequality, Silicon Valley Needs to Share a Lot More Data appeared first on WIRED.
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CO2 Levels Likely To Stay Above 400PPM For The Rest of Our Lives, Study Shows

Slashdot - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 9:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: A new study from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations in the atmosphere are likely to remain above 400 parts per million (ppm) for many years. Specifically, scientists forecasted that levels would not dip below 400pm in "our lifetimes." The CO2 concentrations of "about 450ppm or lower are likely to maintain warming below 2 degrees Celsius over the 21st century relative to pre-industrial levels." However, lead author on the paper Richard Betts said we could pass that number in 20 years or less. In an article on The Guardian, he said even if we reduce emissions immediately, we might be able to delay reaching 450ppm but "it is still looking like a challenge to stay below 450ppm." El Nino has played a significant role in climbing carbon dioxide levels, but it's likely we'll see higher CO2 levels than the last large El Nino storm during 1997 and 1998 because "manmade emissions" have risen by 25 percent since that storm, according to The Guardian. Met Office experts predicted in November 2015 that in May 2016 "mean concentrations of atmospheric CO2" would hit 407.57ppm -- the actual figure was 407.7ppm. The NOAA reported during 2015 that the "annual growth rate" of CO2 in the atmosphere rose by 3.05ppm. NOAA lead scientist Pieter Tans said, "Carbon dioxide levels are increasing faster than they have in hundreds of thousands of years. It's explosive compared to the natural processes."

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Innovative device allows 3-D imaging of the breast with less radiation

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 8:59pm
Adding a new device to an existing breast molecular imaging system allows the system to get six times better contrast of cancer lesions in the breast, providing the same or better image quality while also potentially reducing the radiation dose to the patient by half. The device may also allow for 3-D molecular breast images at higher resolution than current 2-D scans in a format that may be used alongside 3-D digital mammography.
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Dull and dirty: Your workplace could affect brain function

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 8:59pm
Both a lack of stimulation in the workplace and a dirty working environment can have a long-term cognitive effect on employees, new research indicates.
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Electric fields weaker in slow-healing diabetic wounds

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 8:59pm
People with diabetes often suffer from wounds that are slow to heal and can lead to ulcers, gangrene and amputation. New research from an international group shows that, in mouse models of diabetes, slow healing is associated with weaker electrical currents in wounds. The results could ultimately open up new approaches for managing diabetic patients.
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California county health programs yield high returns

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 8:59pm
Return on investment by California's county public health departments, which focus on prevention, exceeds return on investment in many other areas of medical care, according to a new study. The study estimated that each dollar counties spent on public health programs returned $67-88 dollars of value in improved health outcomes. It is the first to place a value on overall health outcomes from such programs and to compare costs.
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You May Already Be Using Google’s AI Chips and Not Know It

Wired News - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 8:46pm
Last month Google revealed that it's making its own custom artificial intelligence processing chips. Now it turns out that you may already be using them. The post You May Already Be Using Google's AI Chips and Not Know It appeared first on WIRED.
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Microsoft is Working On Software For The Legal Marijuana Industry

Slashdot - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 8:40pm
An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Verge: Microsoft has announced today that it will partner with Los Angeles-based startup Kind on a system for tracking the legal growing and sale of marijuana. Microsoft will work with the startup on software services for governments tracking legal weed, with Microsoft powering the software through its Azure cloud computing service. "The goal of this relationship is to leverage each company's resources to provide State, County, and Municipalities with purpose built solutions for track and trace ('seed to sale' in the cannabis industry) technology," Kind said in a statement. As reported in The New York Times, this is a pretty significant venture for a corporation publicly journeying into the controversial industry. Growing and selling marijuana is still illegal under the federal government.

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VR Maker Vrse Gets a New Name—Within—and Millions in Funding

Wired News - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 8:31pm
Chris Milk's company is getting more cash, changing its name, and signaling the future of VR studios. The post VR Maker Vrse Gets a New Name---Within---and Millions in Funding appeared first on WIRED.
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Cable Companies Pledge Industry-Wide Commitment But Want Control Over UI

Slashdot - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 8:00pm
The FCC proposed rules to force pay-TV providers to make video programming -- and the right to record video -- available to the makers of third-party apps and devices. Under this model, third-party app and equipment makers would be able to create their own interfaces through which cable TV subscribers could access their programming. On Thursday, cable companies noted that they still cannot fully comply with FCC's attempt to open up the set-top box market, but have resigned themselves to accepting some form of regulation. From an Ars Technica report: Cable companies still aren't giving up on the apps approach, but now they say they would agree to rules that make it mandatory for large operators to build apps providing access to all the video customers subscribe to on a wide range of devices. Pay-TV companies with at least 1 million subscribers would have to follow the mandate. Industry representatives told the FCC that they are open to the commission "enforcing an industry-wide commitment to develop and deploy video 'apps' that all large MVPDs [multichannel video programming distributors] would build to open HTML5 Web standards," they said in an ex parte filing released today. The filing describes meetings with FCC officials involving the cable industry's top lobbyist, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) CEO Michael Powell, representatives of Comcast and AT&T/DirecTV, and reps from cable networks Vme TV, Revolt TV, and TV One.

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How Funny Or Die Helped Congress Finally Agree On Something

Wired News - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:47pm
in the digital age, humor sometimes can capture national attention—and spur action—more readily than serious efforts to elicit public support. The post How Funny Or Die Helped Congress Finally Agree On Something appeared first on WIRED.
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Volkswagen Bets Big On Electric Cars, Plans 30 Models By 2025

Slashdot - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:20pm
An anonymous reader writes: German automaker Volkswagen plans to deliver 30 electric plug-in models by 2025. The new plan comes in the wake of a devastating emissions scandal that cast doubt on the future of its once-beloved diesel cars. It also exposes the immense challenges that the company will face internally. Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller suggested that Volkswagen Group, whose brands include Audi and Porsche, will "significantly" reduce the number of models it makes and will slash almost $9 billion in spending annually to bolster the bottom line.

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Rolls-Royce’s Ridiculous New Concept Hails the 22nd-Century Oligarch

Wired News - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:17pm
The "Rolls-Royce VISION NEXT 100" imagines and satisfies the self-glorifying demands of the 22nd century oligarch. The post Rolls-Royce’s Ridiculous New Concept Hails the 22nd-Century Oligarch appeared first on WIRED.
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How They Made The Neu Jorker, a Parody So Perfect It’s Scary

Wired News - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:15pm
Who knew Eustace Tilley had an absurdist twin? The post How They Made The Neu Jorker, a Parody So Perfect It's Scary appeared first on WIRED.
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Analyzing how ISIS recruits through social media

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:13pm
Researchers have developed a model to identify behavioral patterns among serious online groups of ISIS supporters that could provide cyber police and other anti-terror watchdogs a roadmap to their activity and indicators when conditions are ripe for the onset of real-world attacks.
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Statin drugs reduce infection risk in stroke patients, report suggests

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:13pm
Statin drugs can dramatically lower the risk of infections in stroke patients, report researchers. Patients on statins upon admission to hospital, or early in their stay, had significantly lower risk for developing infections than those put on statins later in their hospitalization or not at all. These findings remained strong after being controlled for other possible influences like the severity of strokes, age and the presence of other conditions like diabetes.
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Most distant oxygen ever observed

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:13pm
A team of astronomers has used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to detect glowing oxygen in a distant galaxy seen just 700 million years after the Big Bang. This is the most distant galaxy in which oxygen has ever been unambiguously detected, and it is most likely being ionized by powerful radiation from young giant stars. This galaxy could be an example of one type of source responsible for cosmic reionization in the early history of the Universe.
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Lacking family support, those transitioning out of foster care need financial assistance

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:13pm
Every year, more than 23,000 youth leave foster care after turning 18 and begin adulthood. Unlike their peers who can depend on family who serve as support systems, those coming out of foster care have to be more self-sufficient and often face elevated risks of homelessness and poverty. A new article says youth in foster care need not only financial education but guidance as they grow their experience obtaining and managing money to successfully navigate the path to adulthood.
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Unlocking secrets of immune system could help combat colitis

Science Daily - Thu, 16/06/2016 - 7:12pm
Researchers have unlocked secrets of our ancient immune system, a major scientific advance which could help scientists and clinicians in the global fight against disease, they say.
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