US Senators Propose Bug Bounties For Hacking Homeland Security
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 09:42 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's homeland-insecurity department:
An anonymous reader quotes CNN:
U.S. senators want people to hack the Department of Homeland Security. On Thursday, Senators Maggie Hassan, a Democrat and Republican Rob Portman introduced the Hack DHS Act to establish a federal bug bounty program in the DHS... It would be modeled off the Department of Defense efforts, including Hack the Pentagon, the first program of its kind in the federal government. Launched a year ago, Hack the Pentagon paved the way for more recent bug bounty events including Hack the Army and Hack the Air Force... The Hack the DHS Act establishes a framework for bug bounties, including establishing "mission-critical" systems that aren't allowed to be hacked, and making sure researchers who find bugs in DHS don't get prosecuted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. "It's better to find vulnerabilities through someone you have engaged with and vetted," said Jeff Greene, the director of government affairs and policy at security firm Symantec. "In an era of constrained budgets, it's a cost-effective way of identifying vulnerabilities"... If passed, it would be among the first non-military bug bounty programs in the public sector.

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WTF @ TFW Podcast Episode 461 Now Online
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 09:30 PM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:
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Seth and Vangelus tackle Hascon’s informational debut and Masterpiece Sunstreaker’s unveiling. In the friendly way! Mostly. Sorry, Chewbacca Mom. You can download and comment on it here: WTF@TFW – Episode 461 Check out the WTF@TFW blog here. If you use iTunes and regularly subscribe to podcasts, you can add us to your player and have the software download each episode automatically each time we update. To do that, and give us a reviews on iTunes, click here: Transformers Podcast on iTunes. We’re now also offering » Continue Reading.

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Transformers The Last Knight New TV Spot – First Look at Steelbane
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 09:30 PM
By onslaught24 from TFW2005:
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As we near the month of June and thus the release of the next Transformers film, yet another TV spot has aired! Thanks to the Instagram account of TF.daily, we have a recording of that TV spot, which features Cade, the group of trouble-seeking children, and what appears to be Steelbane. Check out the link above to watch the new TV spot, and join the discussion already in progress to share your thoughts and excitement! UPDATE: Higher quality video thanks to comicbook.com.

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Walt Mossberg's Last Column Calls For Privacy and Security Laws
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 05:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's 26-years-in-the-making department:
70-year-old Walt Mossberg wrote his last weekly column Thursday, looking back on how "we've all had a hell of a ride for the last few decades" and revisiting his famous 1991 pronouncement that "Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it isn't your fault."
Not only were the interfaces confusing, but most tech products demanded frequent tweaking and fixing of a type that required more technical skill than most people had, or cared to acquire. The whole field was new, and engineers weren't designing products for normal people who had other talents and interests. But, over time, the products have gotten more reliable and easier to use, and the users more sophisticated... So, now, I'd say: "Personal technology is usually pretty easy to use, and, if it's not, it's not your fault." The devices we've come to rely on, like PCs and phones, aren't new anymore. They're refined, built with regular users in mind, and they get better each year. Anything really new is still too close to the engineers to be simple or reliable.
He argues we're now in a strange lull before entering an unrecognizable world where major new breakthroughs in areas like A.I., robotics, smart homes, and augmented reality lead to "ambient computing", where technology itself fades into the background. And he uses his final weekly column to warn that "if we are really going to turn over our homes, our cars, our health and more to private tech companies, on a scale never imagined, we need much, much stronger standards for security and privacy than now exist. Especially in the U.S., it's time to stop dancing around the privacy and security issues and pass real, binding laws."

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Leaked 'Standing Rock' Documents Reveal Invasive Counterterrorism Measures
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 04:21 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's protesting-a-pipeline department:
An anonymous reader writes:
"A shadowy international mercenary and security firm known as TigerSwan targeted the movement opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline with military-style counterterrorism measures," reports The Intercept, decrying "the fusion of public and private intelligence operations." Saying the private firm started as a war-on-terror contractor for the U.S. military and State Department, the site details "sweeping and invasive" surveillance of protesters, citing over 100 documents leaked by one of the firm's contractors.

The documents show TigerSwan even havested information about the protesters from social media, and "provide extensive evidence of aerial surveillance and radio eavesdropping, as well as infiltration of camps and activist circles... The leaked materials not only highlight TigerSwan's militaristic approach to protecting its client's interests but also the company's profit-driven imperative to portray the nonviolent water protector movement as unpredictable and menacing enough to justify the continued need for extraordinary security measures... Internal TigerSwan communications describe the movement as 'an ideologically driven insurgency with a strong religious component' and compare the anti-pipeline water protectors to jihadist fighters."
The Intercept reports that recently "the company's role has expanded to include the surveillance of activist networks marginally related to the pipeline, with TigerSwan agents monitoring 'anti-Trump' protests from Chicago to Washington, D.C., as well as warning its client of growing dissent around other pipelines across the country." They also report that TigerSwan "has operated without a license in North Dakota for the entirety of the pipeline security operation."

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Seven Science Journals Have A Dog On Their Editorial Board
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 03:01 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's woof-reading department:
An anonymous reader writes:
A professor of health policy at Australia's Curtin University got seven different science journals to put his dog on their editorial board. The dog is now associate editor for the Global Journal of Addiction & Rehabilitation Medicine, and sits on the editorial board of Psychiatry and Mental Disorders. The professor says he feels sorry for one researcher who recently submitted a paper about how to treat sheath tumors, because "the journal has sent it to a dog to review." The official profile of the dog lists its research interests as "the benefits of abdominal massage for medium-sized canines" and "avian propinquity to canines in metropolitan suburbs."

An Australian news site points out that career-minded researchers pay up to $3,000 to get their work published in predatory journals so they can list more publications on their resumes. "While this started as something lighthearted," says the dog-owning professor, "I think it is important to expose shams of this kind which prey on the gullible, especially young or naive academics and those from developing countries."

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Game Theory: How Bendy EXPOSES Disney's Cartoon CONSPIRACY (Bendy and the Ink Machine)
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 02:33 PM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:


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Malicious Apps Brought Ad-Clicking 'Judy' Malware To Millions Of Android Phones
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 01:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's malware-money department:
An anonymous reader quotes Fortune:
The security firm Checkpoint on Thursday uncovered dozens of Android applications that infected users' devices with malicious ad-click software. In at least one case, an app bearing the malware was available through the Google Play app store for more than a year. While the actual extent of the malicious code's spread is unknown, Checkpoint says it may have reached as many as 36.5 million users, making it potentially the most widely-spread malware yet found on Google Play... The nefarious nature of the programs went unnoticed in large part, according to Checkpoint, because its malware payload was downloaded from a non-Google server after the programs were installed. The code would then use the infected phone to click on Google ads, generating fraudulent revenue for the attacker.

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New Privacy Vulnerability In IOT Devices: Traffic Rate Metadata
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 01:41 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's knowing-when-you're-awake department:
Orome1 quotes Help Net Security: Even though many IoT devices for smart homes encrypt their traffic, a passive network observer -- e.g. an ISP, or a neighborhood WiFi eavesdropper -- can infer consumer behavior and sensitive details about users from IoT device-associated traffic rate metadata. A group of researchers from the Computer Science Department of Princeton University have proven this fact by setting up smart home laboratory with a passive network tap, and examining the traffic rates of four IoT smart home devices: a Sense sleep monitor, a Nest Cam Indoor security camera, a WeMo smart outlet, and an Amazon Echo smart speaker... "Once an adversary identifies packet streams for a particular device, one or more of the streams are likely to encode device state. Simply plotting send/receive rates of the streams revealed potentially private user interactions for each device we tested," the researchers noted. [PDF] In addition, the article notes, "Separating recorded network traffic into packet streams and associating each stream with an IoT device is not that hard."

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Silicon Valley Continues To Explore Universal Basic Incomes
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 12:21 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's money-for-everyone department:
A Silicon Valley Congressman "is pushing for a plan that has been described as a first step toward universal basic income...a long-shot $1 trillion expansion to the earned income tax credit that is already available to low-income families." An anonymous reader quotes the Mecury News:
Stanford University also has created a Basic Income Lab to study the idea, and the San Francisco city treasurer's office has said it's designing pilot tests -- though the department told this news organization it has no updates on the status of that project... The problem is that giving all Americans a $10,000 annual income would cost upwards of $3 trillion a year -- more than three-fourths of the federal budget, said Bob Greenstein, president of Washington, D.C.-based Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. Some proponents advocate funding the move by cutting programs like food stamps and Medicaid. But that approach would take money set aside for low-income families and redistribute it upward, exacerbating poverty and inequality, Greenstein said... Jennifer Lin, deputy director of the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, is skeptical that basic income can do much lasting good in Oakland. What the city needs is more high-paying jobs and affordable housing, she said... The idea, [Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator] said at the Commonwealth Club, tackles the question not enough people are asking: "What do we as the tech industry do to solve the problem that we're helping to create?"
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Transformers Generation 1 The Ultimate Doom Part 2 Unheard Audio
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 12:11 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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With thanks to the fans at Transformers @ The Moon (TF@TM), we have some new audio to share with you from the archives of material left on the cutting room floor of the Generation 1 recording sessions. Here for your enjoyment there is audio from The Ultimate Doom, Part 2. This collection of audio clips includes several alternate takes of scenes where Skyfire was referred to by his toy name of Jetfire. There are also a pair of scenes where Spike was placed in peril along with Brawn and Bumblebee. It’s a pity that the latter scenes were cut for time, since they » Continue Reading.

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Transformers The Last Knight Optimus Prime display from Malaysian Theater
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 12:11 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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With many thanks to Benson Tai who messaged us on Facebook, we have a nice little selection of images to share with you showcasing a display of Optimus Prime from Transformers The Last Knight which is appearing in Malaysian Theaters. This display shows the menacingly purple eyed Optimus Prime kneeling, but to whom does this mighty warrior bend the knee? We’re not sure and eagerly looking forward to seeing the new movie to find out – but in the meantime, check out this awesome display! Update: we are also informed this is being rolled out to some US theaters.

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Giant TLK Optimus Prime at Argentina ComicCon!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 12:11 PM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
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And ANOTHER giant promotional display for Transformers the Last Knight globally, this time it’s Optimus Prime standing tall in Argentina at their Argentina Comic Con event.  They’ve shared out pics via their twitter and partners are also sharing videos hyping it up.  You can see the vid and pics after the break courtesy of 2005 Boards member pie125! ¿Vas a #ArgComicCon? Conectate en la zona WiFi y subí tu foto de OPTIMUS a #TransformersComicCon Podés ganar un set de figuras #Hasbro! pic.twitter.com/GRwbFrT9YB — UIP Argentina (@uipargentina) May 27, 2017

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Researchers Found Perfect Contraceptives In Traditional Chinese Medicine
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 11:01 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's medical-miracles department:
hackingbear writes:
Researchers at U.C. Berkeley found a birth control that was hormone-free, 100 percent natural, resulted in no side effects, didn't harm either eggs nor sperm, could be used in the long-term or short-term, and -- perhaps the best part of all -- could be used either before or after conception, from ancient Chinese folk medicine... "Because these two plant compounds block fertilization at very, very low concentrations -- about 10 times lower than levels of levonorgestrel in Plan B -- they could be a new generation of emergency contraceptive we nicknamed 'molecular condoms,'" team leader Polina Lishko.

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Anthony Hopkins on Transformers The Last Knight and Car Chase Scenes
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 10:51 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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We’ve known that Sir Anthony Hopkins will be involved in Transformers The Last Knight for a while – he is even prominently featured in one of the recent trailers. However, a recent interview on xpose.ie delves a little deeper into his role in the plot – more specifically, dealing with his experience being involved in a stunt sequence that involved a death-defying car chase. The interview also covers his experience working with director Michael Bay, who he refers to as a “genius”. You can check out the full interview here.

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Transformers The Last Knight Malaysian Promotional Display
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 10:51 AM
By Tony_Bacala from TFW2005:
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Adding to the list of promotional events featuring Transformers The Last Knight is a new pop up at the Utama shopping center in Malaysia.  The display features Transformers Movieverse Prime 1 Studio statues (along with some others like Beast Wars and G1),  flat screen projections featuring trailers and clips, and they plan to have 10 foot tall Optimus Prime and Bumblebee statues from 5/30 – 6/12.  2005 Boards user pie125 shared some pics via geekcollectioners ok Vk.  Read on to check them out, and if you are in Malaysia near this spot, take some pics once they are all set » Continue Reading.

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Transformers The Last Knight Japanese Leader Megatron Magazine Scan
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 10:51 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Care of @AdpgmoF40048 on Twitter, we have a look at a magazine scan showing Takara-Tomy’s version of Transformers The Last Knight Leader class Megatron. The full page advert seems to indicate there is very little difference between the American and Japanese versions of Megatron, other than a possible softer silver wash being used. What is of interest also is that the foot of the page shows a red version of the Legion Last Knight Megatron. We are uncertain on the specifics at this time, but would imagine it will be some sort of exclusive figure, such as a potential » Continue Reading.

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Transformers The Last Knight Optimus Prime Dual Model Kit
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 10:51 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Care of Toyuncle and Weibo, we have a look at a magazine scan showing a new Transformers Dual Model Kit. DMK-04 as it is dubbed is an update of the earlier Dual Model Kit Optimus Prime, which was based on the appearance of Optimus Prime as he appeared in Transformers Age of Extinction. If the images here are anything to go by, DMK-04 will be even better than that earlier kit, with sharper colors and extra details to maximise the kit’s movie accuracy. Check out the image attached to this post.

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Is Amazon's AWS Hiring 'Demolishing The Cult Of Youth'?
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 09:42 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's engineers-vs-ageism department:
Tech analyst James Governor argues that Amazon's cloud business is "demolishing the cult of youth."
It just announced it is hiring James Gosling, one of the original inventors of Java... Meanwhile James Hamilton continues to completely kick ass in compute, network, and data center design for AWS... He's in his 50s. Tim Bray, one of the inventors of XML, joined Amazon in 2014. He's another Sun alumni. He's 61 now. He still codes. When you sit down with one of the AWS engineering teams you're sitting down with grownups... Adrian Cockcroft joined AWS in October 2016. He graduated in 1982, not 2002. He is VP Cloud Architecture Strategy at AWS, a perfect role for someone that helped drive Netflix's transition from on-prem Java hairball to serious cloud leadership.

Great engineering is not maths -- it involves tradeoffs, wisdom and experience... The company puts such a premium on independent groups working fast and making their own decisions it requires a particular skillset, which generally involves a great deal of field experience. A related trend is hiring seasoned marketing talent from the likes of IBM. Some other older companies have older distinguished engineers because they grew up with the company. AWS is explicitly bringing that experience in. It's refreshing to the see a different perspective on value.

In a later post the analyst acknowledges engineering managers are generally older than their reports, but adds that "If AWS sees value in hiring engineering leadership from folks that are frankly a bit older than the norm in the industry, isn't that worth shining a light on?" In response to the article, XML inventor Tim Bray suggested a new acronym: GaaS. "Geezers as a service," while Amazon CTO Werner Vogels tweeted "There is no compression algorithm for experience."

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New Details On Sergey Brin's Plan For The World's Largest Aircraft
Posted by News Fetcher on May 28 '17 at 09:42 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's flight-funding department:
An anonymous reader shares The Guardian's report on plans for a new aircraft that's two-and-a-half times the size of a 747.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a hi-tech airship in Silicon Valley destined to be the largest aircraft in the world, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the project. "It's going to be massive on a grand scale," said one, adding that the airship is likely to be nearly 200 meters [656 feet] long... Brin wants the gargantuan airship, funded personally by the billionaire, to be able to deliver supplies and food on humanitarian missions to remote locations. However, it will also serve as a luxurious intercontinental "air yacht" for Brin's friends and family.

One source put the project's price tag at $100m to $150m. Igor Pasternak, an airship designer who was involved in the early stages of the project, believes airships could be as revolutionary for the trillion-dollar global cargo market as the internet was for communications. "Sergey is pretty innovative and forward looking," he said. "Trucks are only as good as your roads, trains can only go where you have rails, and planes need airports. Airships can deliver from point A to point Z without stopping anywhere in between."

The Guardian quips that while Brin's plans may stay secret for a while, "the good news is that the first flight test of such an enormous aircraft will be impossible to hide."

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