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By from TFW2005:
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Run for the hills, protect your children, prepare for a rampaging fandom as they run to stores.  Combiner Wars Devastator has been sighted at a Toys ‘R Us store in Sunnyvale, California.  Devastator can devastate your home for the wallet-emptying price of $149.99.

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By timothy from Slashdot's using-them-as-ice-cream-dishes-is-popular department:
New submitter MoarSauce123 writes: Over time I accumulated a number of empty toner cartridges for a Brother laser printer. Initially, I wanted to take a local office supply chain store up on their offer to give me store credit for the returned cartridge. For that credit to be issued I would have to sign up for their store card providing a bunch of personal information. The credit is so lousy that after the deduction from the sales price of a new toner cartridge the price is still much higher than from a large online retailer. And the credit only applies to one new cartridge, so I cannot keep collecting the credit and then get a cartridge 'for free' at some point.

I also looked into a local store of a toner refill chain. Their prices are a bit better, but the closest store is about half an hour away with rather odd business hours. Still, at the end they charge more than the large online retailer asks for a brand new cartridge. For now I bring the empty cartridges to the big office supply store and tell them that I do not want their dumb store credit. I rather have big corp make some bucks on me than throw these things in the trash and have it go to a landfill. Are there any better options? Anything from donating it to charity to refilling myself is of interest.

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By timothy from Slashdot's hard-rain department:
An anonymous reader writes: As part of Asteroid Day a 360-degree video rendering the night sky with the population of near-earth asteroids included has been created by 'Astronogamer' Scott Manley. The video shows how the Earth flies through a cloud of asteroids on its journey around the sun, and yet we've only discovered about 1% of the near earth asteroid population.

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Interviews: Brian Krebs Answers Your Questions
Posted by News Fetcher on June 30 '15 at 09:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's asked-and-answered department:
A few weeks ago you had a chance to ask Brian Krebs about security, cybercrime and what it's like to be the victim of Swatting. Below you will find his answers to your questions.

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By from TFW2005:
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Check out some new in-hand images for the Transforms Club Subscription Service Tarantulas and Serpent O.R. Two Taobao, via Autobase Aichi, auctions popped up, and they appear to showcase the near final versions of the figures. Check out the auctions here: Tarantulas Serpent O.R. The new images seem to show off modified final color schemes. It also gives us a great look at the Arachnoid spider drones that come with Tarantulas. Read on to see the images.

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By timothy from Slashdot's here's-a-mud-in-your-eye department:
An anonymous reader writes: In a guest article published to Road to VR, Nvidia graphics programmer Nathan Reed details Nvidia's 'Gameworks VR' initiative which the company says is designed to boost virtual reality render performance, including support for 'VR SLI' which will render one eye view per GPU for low latency stereoscopy. While many Gameworks VR features will be supported as far back as GeForce 6xx cards, the company's latest 'Maxwell' (9xx and Titan X) GPUs offer 'Multi-projection' which Reed says, 'enables us to very efficiently rasterize geometry into multiple viewports within a single render target at once... This better approximates the shading rate of the warped image that will eventually be displayed—in other words, it avoids rendering a ton of extra pixels that weren't going to make it to the display anyway, and gives you a substantial performance boost for no perceptible reduction in image quality.'

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Cisco To Acquire OpenDNS
Posted by News Fetcher on June 30 '15 at 07:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's but-I-thought-open-dns-was-the-alternative department:
New submitter Tokolosh writes: Both Cisco and OpenDNS announced today that the former is to acquire the latter. From the Cisco announcement: "To build on Cisco's advanced threat protection capabilities, we plan to continue to innovate a cloud delivered Security platform integrating OpenDNS' key capabilities to accelerate that work. Over time, we will look to unite our cloud-delivered solutions, enhancing Cisco's advanced threat protection capabilities across the full attack continuum—before, during and after an attack." With Cisco well-embedded with the US security apparatus (NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.) is it time to seek out alternatives to OpenDNS?

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If you’re attending San Diego Comic-Con 2015, you can get this fantastic poster from The Loyal Subjects. Stop by their booth during the show and pick up one of their Transformers Exclusives and you’ll get a checklist poster with all of the Transformers Action Vinyls released to date. Their exclusives this year include: Clear Frenzy and Buzzsaw Tape Pack – Window Box – 500 Available – $29.99 Clear Black Mirage – Blister Carded – 500 Available – $15.99 Constructicon 3-pack set (Yellow/Purple Edition) – Window Box – 500 Avilable – $49.99 Blue (Cartoon) Rumble and Black Laserbeak – » Continue Reading.

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RFC 7568 Deprecates SSLv3 As Insecure
Posted by News Fetcher on June 30 '15 at 07:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's must-not-is-in-all-caps department:
AmiMoJo writes: SSLv3 should not be used, according to the IETF's RFC 7568. Despite being replaced by three versions of TLS, SSLv3 is still in use. Clients and servers are now recommended to reject requests to use SSLv3 for secure communication. "SSLv3 Is Comprehensively Broken," say the authors, and lay out its flaws in detail.

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Thanks to TFW2005 member griffin-of-oz for passing along some sighting news as well as in-hand images for a new mold of Rescue Bots Bumblebee. We previously saw this briefly back at Toy Fair, this being our first sighting so far. This new mold is transformable and features new packaging for the Rescue Bots toy line. If you’re collecting these figures, keep an eye out and be sure to help each other by using our sightings forum. Continue on after the jump to see the mirrored images!

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By timothy from Slashdot's not-working-as-intended department:
jan_jes writes: According to researchers at Queen Mary University of London, services used by hundreds of thousands of people in the UK to protect their identity on the web are vulnerable to leaks. The study of 14 popular VPN providers found that 11 of them leaked information about the user because of a vulnerability known as 'IPv6 leakage'. The leakage occurs because network operators are increasingly deploying a new version of the protocol used to run the Internet called IPv6. The study also examined the security of various mobile platforms when using VPNs and found that they were much more secure when using Apple's iOS, but were still vulnerable to leakage when using Google's Android. Similarly Russian researchers have exposed the breakthrough U.S. spying program few months back. The VPNs they tested certainly aren't confined to the UK; thanks to an anonymous submitter, here's the list of services tested: Hide My Ass, IPVanish, Astrill, ExpressVPN, StrongVPN, PureVPN, TorGuard, AirVPN, PrivateInternetAccess, VyprVPN, Tunnelbear, proXPN, Mullvad, and Hotspot Shield Elite.

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By timothy from Slashdot's beldar-conehead's-favorite-chip department:
New submitter alexvoica writes: Today Fedora contributor Michal Toman has announced that the first Fedora 22 image for 32-bit MIPS CPUs is available for testing; this version of the operating system was developed using our Creator CI20 microcomputer, which includes a 1.2 GHz dual-core MIPS processor. In addition, Michal announced he is working on a 64-bit version designed to run on MIPS-based Cavium OCTEON III processors.

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IDW Transformers RID #1 iTunes Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on June 30 '15 at 05:45 AM
By from TFW2005:
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Thanks again to iTunes, we’ve got another comic preview from the IDW Transformers books, this time being issue #1 of Transformers Robots In Disguise. This comic series will supplement the ongoing cartoon and take place after the free comic book day issue #0. We’ve mirrored the images for you after the jump and included the issue description below. Enjoy! Description GO TEAM ’BEE! BUMBLEBEE leads an all-star team of AUTOBOTS to Earth to find rogue DECEPTICONS… but in this all-new story based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series, they find more than… they bargained for! (You thought » Continue Reading.

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By timothy from Slashdot's slapp-on-the-back department:
New submitter goodboi writes: A Silicon Valley building contractor is suing 8 of its critics over the reviews they posted on Yelp. The negative reviews were filtered out by Yelp's secretive ranking system, but in court documents filed earlier this month, Link Corporation claims that the bad publicity cost over $165,000 in lost business.

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SMS Co-Inventor Matti Makkonen Dead At 63
Posted by News Fetcher on June 30 '15 at 05:16 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's too-shrt department:
An anonymous reader writes: The BBC News reports that Matti Makkonen, one of the 'grand old man of mobile industry' who helped launch the worldwide sensation of texting, has died at the age of 63 after an illness. Although planning to retire later in 2015 from the board of Finnet Telecoms, Makkonen constantly remained fascinated with communications technologies, from the Nokia 2010 mobile phone to 3G connections. He lived just enough to witness the last remnants of former Finnish mobile industry giant Nokia disappear, as Redmond announced its intent last month to convert all Nokia stores into Microsoft-branded Authorised Reseller and Service Centres, offering Xbox game consoles alongside the Nokia-drived Lumia range of smartphones.

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