New Tech Industry Lobbying Group Argues 'Right to Repair' Laws Endanger Consumers
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 04:11 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's we-know-what's-best-for-you department:
chicksdaddy brings this report from Security Ledger:
The Security Innovation Center, with backing of powerful tech industry groups, is arguing that letting consumers fix their own devices will empower hackers. The group released a survey last week warning of possible privacy and security risks should consumers have the right to repair their own devices. It counts powerful electronics and software industry organizations like CompTIA, CTIA, TechNet and the Consumer Technology Association as members... In an interview with The Security Ledger, Josh Zecher, the Executive Director of The Security Innovation Center, acknowledged that Security Innovation Center's main purpose is to push back on efforts to pass right to repair laws in the states.

He said the group thinks such measures are dangerous, citing the "power of connected products and devices" and the fact that they are often connected to each other and to the Internet via wireless networks. Zecher said that allowing device owners or independent repair professionals to service smart home devices and connected appliances could expose consumer data to hackers or identity thieves... Asked whether Security Innovation Center was opposed to consumers having the right to repair devices they purchased and owned, Zecher said the group did oppose that right on the grounds of security, privacy and safety... "People say 'It's just my washing machine. Why can't I fix it on my own?' But we saw the Mirai botnet attack last year... Those kinds of products in the wrong hands can be used to do bad things."

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Is Cryptocurrency Threatening Earnings at Bank of America?
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 04:11 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's money-in-the-bank department:
An anonymous reader quotes The Next Web:
One of the world's largest financial institutions admitted in its annual report that cryptocurrency is a looming threat to its business model. According to a report filed with the SEC by Bank of America, "Clients may choose to conduct business with other market participants who engage in business or offer products in areas we deem speculative or risky, such as cryptocurrencies. Increased competition may negatively affect our earnings by creating pressure to lower prices or credit standards on our products and services requiring additional investment to improve the quality and delivery of our technology and/or reducing our market share, or affecting the willingness of clients to do business with us."

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Dart 2: Google's Language Rebooted For Web and Mobile Developers
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 02:52 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's throwing-Darts department:
An anonymous reader quotes InfoWorld:
Google's Dart language, once positioned a potential replacement for JavaScript in the browser, is being rebooted for client-side web and mobile development in Version 2 of the language. A beta version is now available. Dart 2 features a strengthened type system, a cleaned-up syntax, and a rebuilt developer tool chain.

Dart has a succinct syntax and can run on a VM with a just-in-time compiler, with the compiler enabling stateful, hot reload during mobile development. Developers also gain from fast development cycles where code can be edited, compiled, and replaced in apps running on a device. Compiling code ahead of time provides fast startup, Google said. Dart can be compiled to native code for ARM and x86 platforms. Google has used the language to build applications for iOS, Android, and the web.

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Google's 'Bro Culture' Led To Harassment, Argues New Lawsuit By Software Engineer
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 01:31 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's see-you-in-court department:
An anonymous reader quotes the Mercury News:
As a young, female software engineer at male-dominated Google, Loretta Lee was slapped, groped and even had a co-worker pop up from beneath her desk one night and tell her she'd never know what he'd been doing under there, according to a lawsuit filed against the Mountain View tech giant... Lee's lawsuit -- filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court -- alleges the company failed to to protect her, saying, "Google's bro-culture contributed to (Lee's) suffering frequent sexual harassment and gender discrimination, for which Google failed to take corrective action."
She was fired in February 2016 for poor performance, according to the suit... Lee started at the company in 2008 in Los Angeles and later switched to the firm's Mountain View campus, according to the suit, which asserts that she "was considered a talented and rising star" who received consistently "excellent" performance reviews. Lee claims that the "severe and pervasive" sexual harassment she experienced included daily abuse and egregious incidents. In addition to making lewd comments to her and ogling her "constantly," Lee's male co-workers spiked her drinks with whiskey and laughed about it; and shot Nerf balls and darts at her "almost every day," the suit alleges. One male colleague sent her a text message asking if she wanted a "horizontal hug," while another showed up at her apartment with a bottle of liquor, offering to help her fix a problem with one of her devices, refusing to leave when she asked him to, she alleges. At a holiday party, Lee "was slapped in the face by an intoxicated male co-worker for no apparent reason," according to the suit.

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Transformers Bumblebee: The Movie United Kingdom Toy Listings
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 01:20 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
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Popular UK toy retailer AB Gee Of Ripley has posted a bunch of toy listings for Bumblebee: The Movie (known here as Transformers Movie 6). We’ve previously heard about most of the items in this listing, but this is the first time we are seeing UK prices and pack content. While most of the toys listed below comes with 1 toy per packaging, Energon Igniters Speed Series comes with 8 and Tiny Turbo Changers comes with 24 (very much like Transformers: The Last Knight display case which included 24 individually packaged blind bags). Additionally, there seems to be more than one » Continue Reading.

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Transformers Power Of The Primes Found At Colombian Retail
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 01:20 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to a post of Abufhele German from Facebook group Transformers Colombia we can report that Power Of The Primes figures were finally spotted at Latin American retail. Power Of The Primes figures have been found in several countries all over the world, and Colombia is our fist fist sighting in Latin America. POTP Wave 1 Prime Masters, Legends and Deluxes were available at Pepe Ganga Store in Bogota, Colombia. Prime Masters are priced 30000 Colombian Pesos ($10), Legends 60000 ($20) and Deluxes 99000 ($33). They are a bit cheaper that The Last Knight toys. Happy » Continue Reading.

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Sonic Forces - Did You Know Gaming? Feat. Chadtronic
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 12:53 PM
By DidYouKnowGaming? from DidYouKnowGaming?:

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Bitcoin Exchange Accidentally Allowed Customers To Buy Coins For $0
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 12:11 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's free-money department:
AmiMoJo writes: "A system glitch at cryptocurrency exchange site Zaif enabled users to obtain digital money for free, with one apparently "purchasing" Bitcoin valued at $20,000,000,000,000 and then attempting to cash in on it..." according to the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun. "The glitch, which lasted for 18 minutes from 5:40 p.m. to 5:58 p.m. on Feb. 16, affected Zaif's price calculation system, enabling customers to buy cryptocurrencies for nothing." CoinDesk adds that "At least one customer attempted to resell their bitcoin, but the large amount of the cryptocurrency offered soon drew attention even outside the exchange. The firm later cancelled the transactions and corrected the users' balances. However, a source suggests that the correction is still being agreed with one of the seven users who attempted to transfer the free bitcoin away from the Zaif platform."

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GitHub Drops Support for Weak Cryptographies, Adds Emojis for Labels
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 12:11 PM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's fresh-commits department:
An anonymous reader writes:
GitHub has quietly made a few changes this month. Labels for issues and pull requests will now also support emojis and on-hover descriptions. And they're also deprecating the anonymous creation of "gist" code snippets on March 19th, since "as the only way to create anonymous content on GitHub, they also see a large volume of spam." Current anonymous gists will remain accessible. But the biggest change involves permanently removing support for three weak cryptographic standards, both on and

The three weak cryptography standards that are no longer supported are:

TLSv1/TLSv1.1. "This applies to all HTTPS connections, including web, API, and Git connections to and"

diffie-hellman-group1-sha1. "This applies to all SSH connections to"

diffie-hellman-group14-sha1. "This applies to all SSH connections to"

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Signal, WhatsApp Co-Founder Launch 'Open Source Privacy Technology' Nonprofit
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 10:51 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's secret-messages department:
An anonymous reader quotes The New Web:One of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption for truly private conversations, Signal has largely been developed by a team that's never grown larger than three full-time developers over the years it's been around. Now, it's getting a shot in the arm from the co-founder of a rival app. Brian Acton, who built WhatsApp with Jan Koum into a $19 billion business and sold it to Facebook, is pouring $50 million into an initiative to support the ongoing development of Signal. Having left WhatsApp last fall, he's now free to explore projects whose ideals he agrees with, and that includes creating truly private online services.

"Starting with an initial $50,000,000 in funding, we can now increase the size of our team, our capacity, and our ambitions," wrote Signal founder Moxie Marlinspike (a former Twitter executive).

Acton will now also serve as the executive chairman of the newly-formed Signal Foundation, which according to its web site will "develop open source privacy technology that protects free expression and enables secure global communication."

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Game Theory: Mario's LUNAR APOCALYPSE!! (Super Mario Odyssey)
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 10:51 AM
By The Game Theorists from The Game Theory:

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Optimus Prime 2018 Annual Full Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 10:40 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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IDW’s Optimus Prime Annual 2018 is coming our way next week, and it is all about Thundercracker making his dream of becoming a screenwriter come true. Ever since his reintroduction in 2014, Thundercracker has been characterised as a budding screenwriter, and now he finally gets to make that dream come true, as he is commissioned to make a biopic of Starscream. It’s Starscream: The Movie, a story set before the events of The Falling and Til All Are One’s annual. Check out the full five page preview attached to this post care of Comic Crusaders.  

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Two More 'SWAT' Calls in California -- One Involving a 12-Year-Old Gamer
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 09:31 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's phony-phone-calls department:
In January an online gamer in California was arrested after at leat 20 fake emergency calls to police, one leading to a fatal shooting in Kansas. But this week in California there's been at least two more fake calls:

A 12-year-old gamer heard a knock at his door Sunday -- which turned out to be "teams of Los Angeles police officers and other rescue personnel who believed two people had just hung themselves." The Los Angeles Police Department "said there's no way to initially discern swatting calls from actually emergencies, so they handle every scenario as if someone's life is in danger," according to the Los Angeles Times. The seventh-grader described it as "the most terrifying thing in my life."
36-year-old David Pearce has been arrested for falsely reporting an emergency at a Beverly Hills hotel involving "men with guns" holding him hostage. A local police captain later said that the people in the room had not made the call and in fact might have been asleep through much of the emergency. The Los Angeles Times reports that there's roughly 400 'SWATting' cases each year, according to FBI estimates, adding that "Some experts have said police agencies need to take the phenomenon more seriously and provide formal training to dispatchers and others to better recognize hoax callers."

Meanwhile, in the wake of a fatal shooting in Wichita, Kansas lawmakers have passed a new bipartisan bill increasing the penalties for SWAT calls. If a fake call results in a fatality -- and the caller intentionally masks their identity -- it's the equivalent of second-degree murder. "The caller must be held accountable," one lawmaker told the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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IDW Transformers vs. Visionaries #3 Full Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 09:20 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Adventures In Poor Taste website brings us the full 5-page IDW Transformers vs. Visionaries #3 Preview. Virulina, leader of the Darkling Lords, is taking advantage of Leoric’s absence and she is trying to control the rest of the Spectral Knights. With no leadership and the menace of the Transformers over them, Spectral Knight Cryotek has to take a hard decision and accept Virulina’s leadership. But not everybody trusts Virulina’s intentions. Darkling Lord Mortdred fears for his life and he tries to make a deal with the new alliance between Leoric and Ironhide. Transformers vs. Visionaries #3 Magdalene Visaggio (Author) • Fico Ossio » Continue Reading.

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IDW Optimus Prime #16 Full Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 09:20 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Via website Newsarama, we have a look at the full preview of IDW Optimus Prime #16. On this 5-page preview we have a brief flashback showing Soundwave on his early days on Cybertrons, as it was hinted at in the prequel to Dark Cybertron. After that, we go back to present time, and it seems Soundwave is not so pleased with his alliance with Optimus Prime, as he’s heading to Cybertron to support the Autobot Leader one more time. Optimus Prime #16 John Barber (Author) • Kei Zama (Artist, Cover Artist) • Casey W. Coller (Cover Artist) The Falling, Part » Continue Reading.

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'Computer History Museum' Honorees Include Python Creator Guido van Rossum
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 08:11 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's fine-fellowships department:
On Wednesday the Computer History Museum, "the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its transformational impact on society," proudly announced the three Fellow Award honorees for 2018:
Dov Frohman-Bentchkowsky -- "For the invention of the first commercial erasable programmable read-only memory (EPROM), which enabled rapid development of microprocessor-based systems."
Dame Stephanie Shirley CH -- "For a lifetime of entrepreneurship promoting the growth of the UK software industry and the advancement of women in computing."
Guido van Rossum -- "For the creation and evolution of the Python programming language, and for leadership of its community."

"We are delighted to induct these outstanding new Fellows with diverse contributions in hardware, in services, and in software," said Len Shustek, the Museum's board chairman. "They are true heroes of the Digital Age."

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BuzzFeed Unmasks Mastermind Who Urged Peter Thiel To Destroy Gawker
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 08:11 AM
By EditorDavid from Slashdot's 26-year-old-litigators department:
One day in 2011 a 26-year-old approached Peter Thiel and said "Look, I think if we datamined Gawker's history, we could find weak points that we could exploit in the court of law," according to the author of a new book. An anonymous reader quotes BuzzFeed News:
Peter Thiel's campaign to ruin Gawker Media was conceived and orchestrated by a previously unknown associate who served as a middleman, allowing the billionaire to conceal his involvement in the bankrolling of lawsuits that eventually drove the New York media outlet into bankruptcy. BuzzFeed News has confirmed the identity of that mystery conspirator, known in Thiel's inner circle as "Mr. A," with multiple sources who said that he provided the venture capitalist and Facebook board member with a blueprint to covertly attack Gawker in court. That man, an Oxford-educated Australian citizen named Aron D'Souza, has few known connections to Thiel, but approached him in 2011 with an elaborate proposal to use a legal strategy to wipe out the media organization. That plot ultimately succeeded... D'Souza was aware of Thiel's public comments likening Valleywag to al-Qaeda, and presented a brazen idea: Pay someone or create a company to hire lawyers to go after Gawker.
TechCrunch reported earlier this month that Gawker's old posts "will be captured and saved by the non-profit Freedom of the Press Foundation," which was co-founded in 2012 by the late John Perry Barlow. But in addition, the Gawker estate "continues to threaten possible legal action against Thiel, and hopes to begin discovery to examine the billionaire's motivations for secretly funding his legal war," the article concludes. If a New York bankruptcy court approves, and if the process "unearths anything of meaning, the estate may have grounds to sue Thiel on the grounds of tortious interference, the use of legal means to purposely disrupt a business.

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The Chosen Prime Newsletter for February 23, 2018
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 08:00 AM
By AzT from TFW2005:
TFW2005 friend and sponsor The Chosen Prime brings you their newsletter for this week. See the highlights below and then read on for the full listing! Greetings from The Chosen Prime! We have a number of new arrivals and pre-orders available this week, presented below. Let us know if there’s a particular product you’re looking for that isn’t listed here or on the website. Happy shopping!  LATEST PRE-ORDERS     King Arts UFO GRENDIZER Super Robot » Continue Reading.

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Japanese Scientists Invent Floating 'Firefly' Light
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 02:51 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's wireless-lighting department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping. Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, the featherweight levitating particle weighs 16.2 mg, has a diameter of 3.5 mm (0.14 inch), and emits a red glimmer that can just about illuminate text. But its minuscule size belies the power of the 285 microspeakers emitting ultrasonic waves that hold up the light, and have a frequency inaudible to the human ear, allowing Luciola to operate in apparent total silence. It took two years for Luciola to get this far, said circuit design specialist Makoto Takamiya, a member of the Kawahara Universal Information Network Project that developed the device. The developers expect Luciola to find applications in the so-called Internet of Things, in which regular objects, such as cars, or domestic appliances such as air-conditioners, are connected to networks to send and receive data. Equipped with movement or temperature sensors, Luciola could fly to such objects to deliver a message or help to make moving displays with multiple lights that can detect the presence of humans, or participate in futuristic projection mapping events.

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John-Paul Bove to attend TFNation 2018
Posted by News Fetcher on February 24 '18 at 02:40 AM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
TFNation have announced the next guest attending their 2018 convention. Joining TFNation 2018 is colorist John-Paul Bove! John-Paul Bove is best known to fans for providing the excellent colors of IDW’s Transformers: Regeneration One, and from there has gone on to provide colors for Hachette’s Transformers: The Definitive Series. He has also worked on the miniseries Drift: Empire of Stone, and a host of covers for IDW as well as several of Fun Publications comics. And speaking of Fun Publications, John-Paul also wrote the story for the final Botcon Timelines comic, Dawn of the Predacus, which reconciled Beast Wars » Continue Reading.

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