The Critical Hole At the Heart Of Our Cell Phone Networks
Posted by News Fetcher on April 29 '16 at 05:45 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's Led-Zeppelin-era department:
An anonymous reader writes: Kim Zetter from WIRED writes an intriguing report about a vulnerability at the heart of our cell phone networks. It centers around Signaling System No. 7 (SS7), which refers to a data network -- and the protocols or rules that govern how information gets exchanged over it. Zetter writes, "It was designed in the 1970s to track and connect landline calls across different carrier networks, but is now commonly used to calculate cellular billing and send text messages, in addition to routing mobile and landline calls between carriers and regional switching centers. SS7 is part of the telecommunications backbone but is not the network your voice calls go through; it's a separate administrative network with a different function." According to WIRED, the problem is that SS7 is based on trust -- any request a telecom receives is considered legitimate. In addition to telecoms, government agencies, commercial companies and criminal groups can gain access to the network. Most attacks can be defended with readily available technologies, but more involved attacks take longer to defend against. T-Mobile and ATT have vulnerabilities with fixes that have yet to be implemented for example.

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Obesity 'Explosion' In Young Rural Chinese A Result Of Socioeconomic Changes, Study Warns
Posted by News Fetcher on April 29 '16 at 03:02 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's body-mass-index department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Obesity has rapidly increased in young rural Chinese, a study has warned, because of socioeconomic changes. Researchers found 17% of boys and 9% of girls under the age of 19 were obese in 2014, up from 1% for each in 1985. The 29-year study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, involved nearly 28,000 students in Shandong province. The study said China's rapid socioeconomic and nutritional transition has led to an increase in energy intake and a decrease in physical activity. The data was taken from six government surveys of rural school children in Shandong aged between seven and 18. The percentage of overweight children has also grown from 0.7% to 16.4% for boys and from 1.5% to nearly 14% for girls, the study said. "It is the worst explosion of childhood and adolescent obesity that I have ever seen," Joep Perk from the European Society of Cardiology told AFP news agency.

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Robot Kingdom Newsletter 1323
Posted by News Fetcher on April 29 '16 at 02:51 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Steam's Anime Weekend sale reveals the depths of our infiltration
Posted by News Fetcher on April 29 '16 at 01:23 AM
By Josh Tolentino from Japanator:
Sony isn't the only place putting the deals out for Golden Week. Steam, that hive of all other things Japanese when it comes to gaming, has just pulled the trigger on its Anime Weekend Sale. Running through Monday May 2nd, the sale offering discounts on more than 250 anime-inspired titles. The discounts range from 15% off to 90% off, and seeing as a goodly number of the games are already fairly inexpensive to begin with, a bargain-hunter with a taste for visual novels, romance games (for guys and girls), or even a few triple-A Japanese-born franchises can get away with a good haul.

Notable titles in the sale include CLANNAD, the Danganronpa games, a handful of Neptunia titles, Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, Tales of Zestiria, some quality shooters like Mushihimesama, and MangaGamer's lesbian ghost romance game Kindred Spirits on the Roof and its Nikola Tesla steampunk adventure Gahkthun the Golden Lightning. The latter two are notable for being released on Steam in uncensored format, so folks looking for some saucy content may want to take the plunge.

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In Internet Age, Pirate Radio Arises As Surprising Challenge
Posted by News Fetcher on April 29 '16 at 12:22 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's unlicensed-station department:
K7DAN writes: Just as the demise of terrestrial radio has been greatly exaggerated, so has the assumed parallel death of pirate radio. Due to the failure of licensed stations to meet the needs of many niche communities, pirate radio continues to increase in popularity. Helping facilitate this growth is the weakening power of the FCC to stop it, reports the Associated Press. Rogue stations can cover up to several square miles thanks largely in part to cheaper technology. The appeal? "The DJs sound like you and they talk about things that you're interested in," said Jay Blessed, an online DJ who has listened to various unlicensed stations since she moved from Trinidad to Brooklyn more than a decade ago. "You call them up and say, 'I want to hear this song,' and they play it for you," Blessed said. "It's interactive. It's engaging. It's communal." It's upsetting many congressional members who are urging the FCC to do more about the "unprecedented growth of pirate radio operations." They're accusing said pirates of undermining licensed minority stations while ignoring consumer protection laws that guard against indecency and false advertising.

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Escape Is Impossible
Posted by News Fetcher on April 29 '16 at 12:12 AM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Escape Is Impossible

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Welcome to PAX! Season 1, Ep. [South 2016]: Tabletop
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 11:51 PM
From PATV:
Most people think of PAX as a video game convention, but the tabletop area is equally important to the fans and at PAX South it is enormous. In this episode we interview Joseph McClintock of Ore: The Mining Game, Byan Stiltz of Reaper Miniatures, and Robert Derouin of Japanime Games.

Film/Edit by Octavio Abea
Music in this episode:

Title Song: MC Frontalot - Zero Day

MC Frontalot - Livin' at the Corner of Dude and Catastrophe

Alex Mauer - Flatland

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All Belgians To Be Given Iodine Pills In Case Of Nuclear Accident
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 08:19 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's preventative-care department:
mdsolar quotes a report from Phys.Org: Belgium is to provide iodine pills to its entire population of around 11 million people to protect against radioactivity in case of a nuclear accident, the health minister was quoted as saying Thursday. The move comes as Belgium faces growing pressure from neighboring Germany to shutter two ageing nuclear power plants near their border due to concerns over their safety. Iodine pills, which help reduce radiation build-up in the human thyroid gland, had previously only been given to people living within 20 kilometres (14 miles) of the Tihange and Doel nuclear plants. Health Minister Maggie De Block was quoted by La Libre Belgique newspaper as telling parliament that the range had now been expanded to 100 kilometers, effectively covering the whole country. The health ministry did not immediately respond to AFP when asked to comment. The head of Belgium's French-speaking Green party, Jean-Marc Nollet, backed the measures but added that "just because everyone will get these pills doesn't mean there is no longer any nuclear risk," La Libre reported. Belgium's creaking nuclear plants have been causing safety concerns for some time after a series of problems ranging from leaks to cracks and an unsolved sabotage incident. Yesterday, a nuclear plant in Germany was reportedly infected with a computer virus.

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Dissension Grows Inside Anonymous Because Of Political Propaganda
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 06:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's no-politics-at-the-dinner-table department:
An anonymous reader writes from a report on Softpedia: Political tensions relating to the U.S. presidential race are creating turmoil inside the Anonymous hacker collective, muddling waters even more in a group that's known for its lack of leadership and a common goal. The most recent Anonymous infighting relates to the actions of the group's most famous news portal known as AnonHQ, who's been showing downright public support for Bernie Sanders, while being extremely busy at bashing Trump, Cruz, and more recently issuing video threats against Clinton. Ever since Anonymous' official news source has started showing public support for Sanders, many of the group's divisions have publicly disavowed it and have even gone so far as launching constant waves of DDoS attacks at what once used to be the hacker's official news portal. Last month, when a former Anonymous member decided to dox himself, he said in interviews that the group had been infiltrated by government agents.

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Google's OnHub Is First WiFi Router To Support IFTTT
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 05:32 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's connected-home department:
An anonymous reader writes: The first router to feature IFTTT support is Google OnHub. IFTTT is an abbreviation of "If This Then That," a free web-based service that can allow users to create "recipes," which are triggered based on changes to other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, etc. OnHub's smart features can now connect to the 300-plus programs and apps supported by IFTTT. Google provides some examples in its blog post. For example, you can automatically prioritize Wi-Fi to your Chromecast when it connects to your OnHub network after you plug it in to start binge watching your favorite TV show, or to your Nest Cam when it senses motion or sound after you've exhausted yourself from said binge watching and passed-out on your couch. There's a friendly little video Google put together to explain the feature in detail.

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Who's Downloading Pirated Scientifc Papers? Everyone
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 05:32 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's mom-and-pop-one-stop-shop department:
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: In increasing numbers, researchers around the world are turning to Sci-Hub, the controversial website that hosts 50 million pirated papers and counting. Now, with server log data from Alexandra Elbakyan, the neuroscientist who created Sci-Hub in 2011 as a 22-year-old graduate student in Kazakhstan, Science addresses some basic questions: Who are Sci-Hub's users, where are they, and what are they reading? The Sci-Hub data provide the first detailed view of what is becoming the world's de facto open-access research library. Among the revelations that may surprise both fans and foes alike: Sci-Hub users are not limited to the developing world. Some critics of Sci-Hub have complained that many users can access the same papers through their libraries but turn to Sci-Hub instead -- for convenience rather than necessity. The data provide some support for that claim. Over the 6 months leading up to March, Sci-Hub served up 28 million documents, with Iran, China, India, Russia, and the United States the leading requestors.

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Microsoft Limits Cortana Search Box In Windows 10 To Bing and Edge Only
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 04:14 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's my-way-or-the-highway department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: Microsoft has announced a big change for how the Cortana search box in Windows 10 will work going forward: all searches will be powered by Bing and all links will open with the Edge browser. This is a server-side change going into effect today. Once it takes effect on your Windows 10 computer, Cortana will no longer be able to serve up results from third-party search providers, like Google or Yahoo, nor take you to a third-party browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Ryan Gavin, Microsoft's general manager of search and Cortana, said in a Windows blog post announcing the change, "Unfortunately, as Windows 10 has grown in adoption and usage, we have seen some software programs circumvent the design of Windows 10 and redirect you to search providers that were not designed to work with Cortana. The result is a compromised experience that is less reliable and predictable. The continuity of these types of task completion scenarios is disrupted if Cortana can't depend on Bing as the search provider and Microsoft Edge as the browser. The only way we can confidently deliver this personalized, end-to-end search experience is through the integration of Cortana, Microsoft Edge and Bing -- all designed to do more for you."

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Top Security Experts Say Anti-Encryption Bill Authors Are 'Woefully Ignorant'
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 04:14 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's one-size-fits-all department:
blottsie writes from a report on the Daily Dot: In a Wall Street Journal editorial titled "Encryption Without Tears," Sens. Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein pushed back on widespread condemnation of their Compliance with Court Orders Act, which would require tech companies to provide authorities with user data in an "intelligible" format if served with a warrant. But security experts Bruce Schneir, Matthew Green, and others say the lawmakers entirely misunderstand the issue. "On a weekly basis we see gigabytes of that information dumped to the Internet," Green told the Daily Dot. "This is the whole problem that encryption is intended to solve." He added: "You can't hold out the current flaws in the Internet as a justification for why the Internet shouldn't be made secure." "These criticisms of Burr and Feinstein's analogy emphasize an important point about digital security: The differences between the levels of encryption protecting certain types of data -- purchase records on Amazon's servers versus photos on an iPhone, for example -- lead to different levels of risk," writes Eric Geller of the Daily Dot.

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Aw, snap: Rei Hiroe and ZAQ are heading to AnimeNEXT
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 03:52 PM
By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator:
With almost a month left until June, it turns out that the man behind the original Black Lagoon manga, Rei Hiroe, and the singer of Love, Chunibiyo & Other Delusions' opening, ZAQ, are making an appearance at AnimeNEXT '16.

I may be behind on Black Lagoon, but I always enjoyed the way how Hiroe places Rock, Revy, Benny and Dutch in various dangerous scenarios while they're handling each maar job. Even though I won't get the chance to see him at the con, it's great that people who are attending AnimeNEXT will get to meet him.

While I only saw one episode of Chunibiyo, ZAQ's performance during the opening captured the show's silly tone about acting out one's imaginations. Since AnimeNEXT marks her debut in North America, the con's attendees might get to see her sing live since she is a musical guest.

As a quick reminder, AnimeNEXT '16 starts on June 10 and it'll last until June 12 in the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J. Since the group is getting a couple of TRIGGER's folks and Megumi Kouno of the IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls anime to make an appearance at the con, it looks like this years AnimeNEXT is gonna be a blast.

To those who're going to AnimeNEXT this year, are you all excited about their current guest roster?



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GTLive: JonTron is My OTP! - Asagao Academy Dating Sim
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 03:42 PM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:


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North Korea Launches Two Midrange Missiles, Both Tests Fail
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 02:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's better-luck-next-time department:
An anonymous reader writes: According to South Korean Defense Ministry officials, North Korea fired two midrange Musudan missiles Thursday, and both missiles appear to have failed. The military cannot confirm exactly when the missile exploded but said it "crashed shortly after it was launched," a Defense Ministry official said. U.S. military officials said the missiles traveled an estimated 200 meters from the launchpad. This past weekend, North Korea launched a ballistic missile from a submarine off the east cost of the Korean peninsula. It only traveled about 30 km, well short of the 300 km range that would be considered a successful test. A little more than a week prior to that launch, North Korea failed to launch an intermediate-range missile on the 104th anniversary of the birthday of the country's 'eternal president,' Kim II Sung.

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India Installs 'Laser Walls' At Border With Pakistan
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 02:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's tear-down-this-wall department:
schwit1 writes: After experimenting with barbed wire, surveillance cameras and even cowbells and camels, India has now reportedly introduced "laser walls" at its border with archenemy Pakistan. Both New Delhi and Islamabad deploy more than half of their 1 million and 600,000-strong armies, respectively, on the border. India is setting up the laser walls to "plug the porous riverine and treacherous terrain and keep an effective vigil against intruders and terrorists" in Punjab state, the state-run Press Trust of India reported. According to the PTI report, around 45 laser walls will be installed in Punjab state. Lasers beamed over rivers and hills will set off an alarm and alert the Indian Border Security Force if someone attempts to pass by, it added.

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Nvidia GPU-Powered Autonomous Car Teaches Itself To See And Steer
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 02:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's homeschooling department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Network World discussing Nvidia's project called DAVE2, where their engineering team built a self-driving car with one camera, one Drive-PX embedded computer and only 72 hours of training data: Neural networks and image recognition applications such as self-driving cars have exploded recently for two reasons. First, Graphical Processing Units (GPU) used to render graphics in mobile phones became powerful and inexpensive. GPUs densely packed onto board-level supercomputers are very good at solving massively parallel neural network problems and are inexpensive enough for every AI researcher and software developer to buy. Second, large, labeled image datasets have become available to train massively parallel neural networks implemented on GPUs to see and perceive the world of objects captured by cameras. The Nvidia team trained a convolutional neural network (CNN) to map raw pixels from a single front-facing camera directly to steering commands. Nvidia's breakthrough is the autonomous vehicle automatically taught itself by watching how a human drove, the internal representations of the processing steps of seeing the road ahead and steering the autonomous vehicle without explicitly training it to detect features such as roads and lanes.

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Transformers the IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 4 and MTMTE Volume 10 Covers
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 02:41 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Amazon have updated their listings for Transformers the IDW Collection Phase 2 Volume 4 and More than Meets the Eye Volume 10 with the cover art of both collected editions. Phase 2 Volume 4 features a dramatic and eye-catching rendition of Prowl with the red on his head crest flaking off, in the style of the previous hardcover volumes, while More than Meets the Eye Volume 10 reuses the cover art of More than Meets the Eye 50 – which was already the perfect cover for the whole The Dying of the Light arc, so made sense to » Continue Reading.

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Paramount being sued for $27million over a missed logo placement in Transformers Age of Extinction
Posted by News Fetcher on April 28 '16 at 02:41 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:


Back in 2014, it was reported that the Chongqing based Wulong Karst Tourism group was threatening to sue Paramount over a missed product placement. The group made a deal with Paramount which involved their logo being shown on screen in exchange for a $750,000 payment toward the film’s production. Age of Extinction had a pivotal scene introducing the Dinobots being filmed in the Wulong Karst – and while this is prominently in the film, the logo’s placement was left on the cutting room floor. Because of this, the group – which has been making various legal noises between 2014 and » Continue Reading.

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