US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers On 24-Hour Alert
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 06:50 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's war-games department:
DefenseOne reports on new preparations at Barksdale Air Force Base:
The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base's 11,000-foot runway -- dubbed the "Christmas tree" for their angular markings -- could once again find several B-52s parked on them, laden with nuclear weapons and set to take off at a moment's notice... Gen. David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, and other senior defense officials stressed that the alert order had not been given, but that preparations were under way in anticipation that it might come...
Already, various improvements have been made to prepare Barksdale -- home to the 2d Bomb Wing and Air Force Global Strike Command, which oversees the service's nuclear forces -- to return B-52s to an alert posture. Near the alert pads, an old concrete building -- where B-52 crews during the Cold War would sleep, ready to run to their aircraft and take off at a moment's notice -- is being renovated. Inside, beds are being installed for more than 100 crew members, more than enough room for the crews that would man bombers positioned on the nine alert pads outside... Large paintings of the patches for each squadron at Barksdale adorn the walls of a large stairway. One painting -- a symbol of the Cold War -- depicts a silhouette of a B-52 with the words "Peace The Old Fashioned Way," written underneath.
General Goldfein, the Air Force's top officer and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "is asking his force to think about new ways that nuclear weapons could be used for deterrence, or even combat... 'It's no longer a bipolar world where it's just us and the Soviet Union. We've got other players out there who have nuclear capability. It's never been more important to make sure that we get this mission right.'"

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The Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility: Where Spacecraft Go To Die
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 04:10 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's no-man's-sea department:
dryriver writes: Whether you launch a satellite into space or an entire space station like the Russian Mir, the Chinese Tiangong-1 or the International Space Station, what goes up must eventually come down -- re-enter earth's atmosphere. The greater the mass of what is in space -- Mir weighed 120 tons, the ISS weighs 450 tons and will be decommissioned in a decade -- the greater the likelihood that larger parts will not burn up completely during re-entry and crash to earth at high velocity. So there is a need for a place on earth where things falling back from space are least likely to cause damage or human casualties. The Oceanic Pole Of Inaccessibility is one of two such places.

The place furthest away from land -- it lies in the South Pacific some 2,700km (1,680 miles) south of the Pitcairn Islands -- somewhere in the no-man's land, or rather no-man's-sea, between Australia, New Zealand and South America, has become a favorite crash site for returning space equipment. "Scattered over an area of approximately 1,500 sq km (580 sq miles) on the ocean floor of this region is a graveyard of satellites. At last count there were more than 260 of them, mostly Russian," reports the BBC. "The wreckage of the Space Station Mir also lies there... Many times a year the supply module that goes to the International Space Station burns up in this region incinerating the station's waste." The International Space Station will also be carefully brought down in this region when its mission ends. No one is in any danger because of this controlled re-entry into our atmosphere. The region is not fished because oceanic currents avoid the area and do not bring nutrients to it, making marine life scarce.

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Bill Gates Tries A(nother) Billion-Dollar Plan To Reform Education
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 04:10 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's getting-schooled department:
theodp shared this article from the Washington Post:
Bill Gates has a(nother) plan for K-12 public education. The others didn't go so well, but the man, if anything, is persistent. Gates announced Thursday that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would spend more than $1.7 billion over the next five years to pay for new initiatives in public education, with all but 15 percent of it going to traditional public school districts and the rest to charter schools... He said most of the new money -- about 60 percent -- will be used to develop new curriculums and "networks of schools" that work together to identify local problems and solutions, using data to drive "continuous improvement." He said that over the next several years, about 30 such networks would be supported, though he didn't describe exactly what they are...
Though there wasn't a lot of detail on exactly how the money would be spent, Gates, a believer in using big data to solve problems, repeatedly said foundation grants given to schools as part of this new effort would be driven by data. "Each [school] network will be backed by a team of education experts skilled in continuous improvement, coaching and data collection and analysis," he said, an emphasis that is bound to worry critics already concerned about the amount of student data already collected and the way it is used for high-stakes decisions. In 2014, a $100 million student data collection project funded by the Gates foundation collapsed amid criticism that it couldn't adequately protect information collected on children.

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Transformers The Last Knight Concept Art: Barricade Alternate Head & Glasses, Dead Knight Climb Down
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 03:21 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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And it’s time for our weekly round up of concept art images of The Last Knight. We are sure you will enjoy thise week’s set of images of Transformers The Last Knight Concept Art: Barricade Alternate Head & Glasses, Dead Knight Climb Down. As usual, thanks to all members of our 2005 Boards for sharing these great images in our forums. You can find the pictures on the next threads: – Barricade Alternate Head & Glasses By Josh Nizzi. Barricade had an early idea for his head, similar to the one we saw in previous movies, but Josh Nizzi surprised » Continue Reading.

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Silicon Valley 'Divided Society and Made Everyone Raging Mad', Argues Newsweek
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 02:51 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's demonizing-data department:
"Anyone who is pissed off can now automatically find other people that are similarly pissed off," argues author Jamie Bartlett, in a new essay shared by Slashdot reader schwit1 which calls the internet "a bottomless well of available grievance." Here's an excerpt from Newsweek:

Silicon Valley's utopians genuinely but mistakenly believe that more information and connection makes us more analytical and informed. But when faced with quinzigabytes of data, the human tendency is to simplify things. Information overload forces us to rely on simple algorithms to make sense of the overwhelming noise. This is why, just like the advertising industry that increasingly drives it, the internet is fundamentally an emotional medium that plays to our base instinct to reduce problems and take sides, whether like or don't like, my guy/not my guy, or simply good versus evil. It is no longer enough to disagree with someone, they must also be evil or stupid...
Nothing holds a tribe together like a dangerous enemy. That is the essence of identity politics gone bad: a universe of unbridgeable opinion between opposing tribes, whose differences are always highlighted, exaggerated, retweeted and shared. In the end, this leads us to ever more distinct and fragmented identities, all of us armed with solid data, righteous anger, a gutful of anger and a digital network of likeminded people. This is not total connectivity; it is total division.

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Google Says It Hasn't Promised To Help News Sites By Sharing Money and User Data
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 02:51 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's speaking-of-Google-News department:
UPDATE (2:53 PST): Google say it hasn't lined up any deals to share revenue and user data with online news sites, calling Sunday news reports "totally wrong."

"We have not reached any conclusions on the revenue side," Google spokeswoman Maggie Shiels told CNET. "We haven't reached any conclusions [regarding] subscriptions and need to speak to publishers."

An anonymous reader shared the text of CNET's original report:
The web giant is planning to share a chunk of its revenue with publishers, the Financial Times reported Sunday. Google's plan is to mate its treasure trove of personal data with machine learning algorithms to help news publications grow their subscriber base, the newspaper reported... The deal Google is offering to news publishers will reportedly be similar to the arrangement Google has with traditional advertisers through its AdSense business. "We want to have a healthy ecosystem where we'll benefit both as a society and with our business," Richard Gringas, Google's head of news, told the FT.
Financial Times claimed that Google had promised that the revenue sharing "will be very, very generous," while TechCrunch had reported that Google would also be claiming "a 30% finder's fee" for every new subscriber.

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Google Promises To Help News Sites By Sharing Money and User Data
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 01:31 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's speaking-of-Google-News department:
An anonymous reader quotes CNET:
Google may have a lifeline for struggling news publishers. The web giant is planning to share a chunk of its revenue with publishers, the Financial Times reported Sunday. Google's plan is to mate its treasure trove of personal data with machine learning algorithms to help news publications grow their subscriber base, the newspaper reported... The deal Google is offering to news publishers will reportedly be similar to the arrangement Google has with traditional advertisers through its AdSense business. "We want to have a healthy ecosystem where we'll benefit both as a society and with our business," Richard Gringas, Google's head of news, told the FT.
Google promises the revenue sharing "will be very, very generous," although according to TechCrunch they'll also be claiming "a 30% finder's fee" for every new subscriber.

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30-Year-Old Operating System 'PC-MOS/386' Finally Open Sourced
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 12:11 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's old-OS department:
PC-MOS/386 "was a multi-user, computer multitasking operating system...announced at COMDEX in November 1986," remembers Wikipedia, saying it runs many MS-DOS titles (though it's optimized for the Intel 80386 processor).
Today Slashdot user Roeland Jansen writes:
After some tracking, racing and other stuff...PC-MOS/386 v5.01 is open source under GPLv3. Back in May he'd posted to a virtualization site that "I still have the source tapes. I want(ed) to make it GPL and while I got an OK on it, I haven't had time nor managed to get it legalized. E.g. lift the NDA and be able to publish."

1987 magazine ads described it as "the gateway to the latest technology...and your networking future," and 30 years later its release on GitHub includes sources and executables. "In concert with Gary Robertson and Rod Roark it has been decided to place all under GPL v3."

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Failed Nintendo Pitches (Super Mario, Star Fox + More) - Unseen64
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 11:11 AM
By DidYouKnowGaming? from DidYouKnowGaming?:


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Could Cryptocurrency Mining Kill Online Advertising?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 10:51 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's mining-your-own-business department:
"Could it turn out users actually prefer to trade a little CPU time to website owners in favor of them not showing ads?" writes phonewebcam, a long-time Slashdot reader.

Slashdot covered the downside [of in-browser cryptocurrency mining] recently, with even [Portuguese professional sportsballer] Cristiano Ronaldo's official site falling victim, but that may not be the full story. This could be an ideal win-win situation, except for one huge downside -- the current gang of online advertisers.
By "current gang of online advertisers," he means Google, according to a longer essay at LinkedIn:
Naturally, the world's largest ad broker, which runs the world most popular browser (desktop and mobile) is keen to see how this plays out, and is also uniquely placed to be able to heavily influence it, too... As it happens, Chrome users can already do something about it via extensions, for example AntiMiner... If cryptocurrencies have a future - and that's a big if (look at China's Bitcoin ban) - it could well turn out that their role just took an unexpected turn.

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New Australian Sightings: The Last Knight Deluxes Wave 2, RID and Rescue Bots
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 10:01 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to 2005 Boards member griffin-of-oz we can report some new Australian sightings: New Australian Sightings: The Last Knight Deluxes Wave 2, RID and Rescue Bots. Australian Movie fans had to be very patient, but after 4 months of waiting TLK Deluxes Wave 2 figures (Drift, Slug, Steelbane, Sqweeks) are finally available at BigW stores together with TLK 1-step Wave 3 (Scorn, Drift, Cogman). BigW stores are also carrying the final Wave of RID Warrior toys with Bludgeon, Thermidor and Twinferno. And for Rescue Bot fans, Kmart stores got Rescue Bots Stegosaurus Chase and the new Optimus Prime truck.  

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Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader Prototype On Display Images
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 10:01 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to 2005 Boards member Type-R for sharing with us our first images of the Star Wars Powered By Transformers Tie Advanced X1 Darth Vader Actual Prototype Images in our forum. We had previously reported full color images of this new crossover transforming figure, but via Twitter and Facebook this is our first look at the actual gray prototype that let us have a good look at the details and parts of the mold. One thing to notice is that we can catch a glimpse of the transformation sequence shown in a panel behind the prototype. It looks like » Continue Reading.

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Tesla Plans Factory In China, Discounts Insurance For Self-Driving US Cars
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 09:31 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's road-ahead department:
Business Insider reports:
Tesla has created a customized insurance package, InsureMyTesla, that is cheaper than traditional plans because it factors in the vehicles' Autopilot safety features and maintenance costs. InsureMyTesla has been available in 20 countries, but Tesla just recently partnered with Liberty Mutual to make the plan available in the U.S. InsureMyTesla shows how the insurance industry is bound for disruption as cars get safer with self-driving tech.

Electrek reports:
There have been several false alarms over the past few years about Tesla building a factory in China. Earlier this year, Tesla finally confirmed working with the Shanghai government to establish a manufacturing facility in the region and promised an announcement by the end of the year. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that they have come to an agreement with the local authorities on a "wholly owned" factory in the region... China is already the biggest market for electric vehicles, or any vehicles for that matter, and Tesla profited from the demand by tripling its sales to over $1 billion in the country in 2016. Tesla continues to have strong sales in the country this year, where it leads foreign electric car sales with no close second.

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Security Upgraded For NetBSD-amd64 with Kernel ASLR Support
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 09:31 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's address-space-layout-randomization department:
24 years after its release, NetBSD is getting a security upgrade -- specifically, Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). An anonymous reader writes:
Support for Kernel ASLR was added on NetBSD-amd64 a few weeks ago. KASLR basically randomizes the address of the kernel, and makes it harder to exploit several classes of vulnerabilities [including privilege escalations and remote code execution]. It is still a work-in-progress, but it's already fully functional, and can be used following the instructions on this post from the NetBSD blog. It will be available starting from NetBSD 9, but may be backported to NetBSD 8 once it is stabilized.

NetBSD says they're the first BSD system to support ASLR.

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WTF@TFW Podcast Episode 481 Now Online!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 08:41 AM
By Matty from TFW2005:
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With Seth’s immediate fire-safety confirmed, he joins Vangelus for a weekend Transformers podcast quickie. You can download and comment on it here: WTF@TFW – Episode 481 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 ways to subscribe by Android, <a href="http://subscribebyemail.com/wtf.tfw2005.com/feed/podcast" » Continue Reading.

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Canadian Government Teams With Facebook To Protect Election Integrity
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 08:10 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's votes-vs-upvotes department:
An anonymous reader quotes Motherboard:
There are nearly as many Canadians who use Facebook daily as there are people in this country who are registered to vote -- which is why the federal government is working with Facebook to protect its next federal election... Facebook is now facing perhaps its biggest test as it looks to curb foreign electoral interference and the rampant disinformation on its platform, both of which undermine the nature of democracy. Facebook Canada's election integrity project includes a partnership with a local digital news media literacy organization MediaSmarts, as well as a "cyberhygiene guide" that highlights particular vulnerabilities such as phishing and page-admin authentication. Facebook also has a crisis email line to help politicians and parties with hacking concerns... Kevin Chan, Facebook Canada's head of public policy, said the social media company is working on preventing bad actors from interfering with the democratic process. "At Facebook we take our responsibilities seriously," Chan said. "We don't want anyone to use our tools to undermine democracy."
At the launch of "the Canadian Election Integrity Initiative," Canada's Minister of Democratic Institutions argued that social media sites "must begin to view themselves as actors in shaping the democratic discourse."

The article points out Facebook "has promised to hire thousands of workers globally to help review flagged and suspicious content, as well as use machine learning to identify suspicious patterns of behavior on its platform."

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New Images of Megatron & Brawl Figures Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 07:21 AM
By fallen_revenge from TFW2005:
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Late last month we reported the news of Hasbro applying for a new trademarked titled “Movie Edition” along with a logo revealed. Today, thanks to Facebook page TFCN, we get a blurry first look of what could possibly be the first figures to launch with this new movie edition series. Transformers (2007) Brawl and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Megatron appear to make another toy debute. It’s hard to analyze the blurry images, but it clearly shows that they are now extremely detailed, better proportioned, and have an amazing looking robot and alt mode » Continue Reading.

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With Rising Database Breaches, Two-Factor Authentication Also At Risk
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 06:50 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's cracking-the-verification-code department:
Two-factor authentication "protects from an attacker listening in right now," writes Slashdot reader szczys, "but in many case a database breach will negate the protections of two-factor." Hackaday reports:

To fake an app-based 2FA query, someone has to know your TOTP password. That's all, and that's relatively easy. And in the event that the TOTP-key database gets compromised, the bad hackers will know everyone's TOTP keys.

How did this come to pass? In the old days, there was a physical dongle made by RSA that generated pseudorandom numbers in hardware. The secret key was stored in the dongle's flash memory, and the device was shipped with it installed. This was pretty plausibly "something you had" even though it was based on a secret number embedded in silicon. (More like "something you don't know?") The app authenticators are doing something very similar, even though it's all on your computer and the secret is stored somewhere on your hard drive or in your cell phone. The ease of finding this secret pushes it across the plausibility border into "something I know", at least for me.

The original submission calls two-factor authentication "an enhancement to password security, but good password practices are far and away still the most important of security protocols." (Meaning complex and frequently-changed passwords.)

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A 14-Year-Old Asks: When Should I Get a VPN?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 04:10 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's privacy-starts-young department:
"One of my students sent me this letter," writes Slashdot reader Hasaf. "I have a good idea how I will answer, but I wanted to put it before the Slashdot community." The letter reads:
Right now I am 14 years old, I was wondering when I should get a VPN... I was thinking about getting the yearly deal. But right now I really have no need for a VPN at the moment. I was thinking of getting a VPN when I'm in 11th grade or maybe in college. What do you think?
Of course, the larger question is what factors go into deciding whether your need to be using a VPN. So leave your best answers in the comments. When should you get your first VPN?

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Maketoys Cross Dimension MTCD-04 Divine Armor (GodBomber) Prototype Revealed
Posted by News Fetcher on October 22 '17 at 12:41 AM
By ORIO from TFW2005:
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Courtesy of Daimchoc via the facebook page of Robin Tham, we have one more new reveal from this years Botfest in Singapore. During the Maketoys panel, the group revealed the next figure in their Cross Dimension line will be their version of GodBomber. This figure will be a separate release from their Thunder Manus with Divine Armor. That release will not feature combining parts, while MTCD-04 will be a fully transformable Godbomber style figure that can also disassemble and form the armor parts for Cross Dimension’s Thunder Manus. Which is ideal for anyone who wants the full Ginrai experience » Continue Reading.

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