EU Lawmakers Back Exports Control on Spying Technology
Posted by News Fetcher on November 24 '17 at 01:11 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's assuming-more-control department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: EU lawmakers overwhelmingly backed plans on Thursday to control exports of devices to intercept mobile phone calls, hack computers or circumvent passwords that could be used by foreign states to suppress political opponents or activists. Members of the European Parliament's trade committee voted by 34 votes to one in favor of a planned update to export controls on "dual use" products or technologies. The EU has had export controls since 2009 on such dual use products including toxins, laser and technology for navigation or nuclear power, which can have a civilian or military applications but also be used to make weapons of mass destruction. The EU has felt that spyware or malware and telecom of Internet surveillance technologies are increasingly threatening security and human rights and proposed a modernization of its export control system to cover cyber-surveillance.

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Posted by News Fetcher on November 24 '17 at 12:31 AM
From Penny Arcade:
New Comic: Retrofuturism

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New Uber CEO Knew of Hack for Months
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 11:51 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's horror-at-every-corner department:
Greg Bensinger and Robert McMillan, reporting for the WSJ: While the massive data breach at Uber didn't happen under the watch of its new chief executive, more than two months elapsed before he notified affected customers and drivers of the incident (Editor's note: the link may be paywalled), people familiar with the matter said. CEO Dara Khosrowshahi learned of the breach, which Uber said happened in October 2016 and affected some 57 million accounts, about two weeks after he officially took the helm on Sept. 5, one of the people said. Mr. Khosrowshahi said he immediately ordered an investigation, which he wanted to complete before making the matter public. About three weeks ago, though, Uber disclosed the investigation and the broad outlines of the breach to SoftBank, which is considering a multibillion-dollar investment in the ride-hailing company, according to other people familiar with the matter. Uber officials, including its chief security officer, knew at the time of the breach that personal information had been accessed. Uber only informed customers and drivers on Tuesday.

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Toy Dojo Black Friday Sale
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 10:40 PM
By AzT from TFW2005:
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TFW2005 friend and sponsor Toy Dojo brings us news of their Black Friday sale! Welcome to Toy Dojo’s Black Friday Deals! We hope everyone is excited to start shopping for some great items at great prices! Here are some basic rules for the sale: Only items marked “Black Friday Sale” or “BFS” are on special.  We have allocated a limited number of each item to offer at special discount so when they are gone, they are gone. All Black Friday Sales (BFS) items are provided on a first come, first served basis. All Black Friday Sales (BFS) ARE FINAL. We cannot hold or layaway Black Friday Sales (BFS) items. We » Continue Reading.

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Legends LG-EX God Ginrai In-package Images
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 09:20 PM
By Matty from TFW2005:
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Coming in via site sponsor Robot Kingdom are in-package images of the Legends LG-EX God Ginrai exclusive set! This set will feature Godbomber and Ginrai along with the Titanmaster duo of Minerva and Cab.  One of our earlier reports showed this being delayed by a few weeks, but perhaps the in-package images is a bit of good luck for a quicker release. Check out the images after the jump and share in the discussion thread if you’re picking this up!

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Emoji Sports
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 09:20 PM
By Randall Munroe from XKCD:

No horse has yet managed the elusive Quadruple Crown—winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes, and the Missouri Horse Hole.

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Broadband Firms in UK Must Ditch 'Misleading' Speed Ads
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 06:31 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's enough department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Broadband firms will no longer be able to advertise their fast net services based on the speeds just a few customers get, from May next year. Currently ISPs are allowed to use headline speeds that only 10% of customers will actually receive. In future, adverts must be based on what is available to at least half of customers at peak times. It follows research that suggested broadband advertising can be misleading for consumers. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) looked into consumers' understanding of broadband speed claims and found that many were confused by headline speeds that they would never actually get in their own homes. The concerns were passed on to the Committees of Advertising Practice (Cap) which consulted with ISPs, consumer groups and Ofcom to find a better way to advertise fast net services. Most argued that the fairest and clearest way would be to use the average speeds achieved at peak time by 50% of customers.

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Captured Prey Black Friday Sale
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 05:20 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
Friend site and sponsor Capture Prey has just shared their Black Friday Sale bulletin for us. Don’t miss the opportunity to grab some great figures for a great price. You can check the list below and you can then share your impressions at the 2005 Boards.   It’s that time of year again, fellow fans, and we’re pleased to be bringing you another round of specials for four days! Join us for the following specials each day! Deals will go live each morning at midnight for that day’s specials, and additional items will be on » Continue Reading.

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More Than Half of GitHub Is Duplicate Code, Researchers Find
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 05:10 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's redundant department:
Richard Chirgwin, writing for The Register: Given that code sharing is a big part of the GitHub mission, it should come at no surprise that the platform stores a lot of duplicated code: 70 per cent, a study has found. An international team of eight researchers didn't set out to measure GitHub duplication. Their original aim was to try and define the "granularity" of copying -- that is, how much files changed between different clones -- but along the way, they turned up a "staggering rate of file-level duplication" that made them change direction. Presented at this year's OOPSLA (part of the late-October Association of Computing Machinery) SPLASH conference in Vancouver, the University of California at Irvine-led research found that out of 428 million files on GitHub, only 85 million are unique. Before readers say "so what?", the reason for this study was to improve other researchers' work. Anybody studying software using GitHub probably seeks random samples, and the authors of this study argued duplication needs to be taken into account.

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Ajit Pai and the FCC Want It To Be Legal for Comcast To Block BitTorrent
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 02:31 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's inside-Pai's-proposal department:
Nilay Patel, reporting for The Verge: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released his proposal to kill net neutrality this week, and while there's a lot to be unhappy with, it's hard not to be taken with the brazenness of his argument. Pai thinks it was a mistake for the FCC to try and stop Comcast from blocking BitTorrent in 2008, thinks all of the regulatory actions the FCC took after that to give itself the authority to prevent blocking were wrong, and wants to go back to the legal framework that allowed Comcast to block BitTorrent.

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Devs Working To Stop Go Math Error Bugging Crypto Software
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 01:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's interesting-findings department:
Richard Chirgwin, writing for The Register: Consider this an item for the watch-list, rather than a reason to hit the panic button: a math error in the Go language could potentially affect cryptographic libraries. Security researcher Guido Vranken (who earlier this year fuzzed up some bugs in OpenVPN) found an exponentiation error in the Go math/big package. Big numbers -- particularly big primes -- are the foundation of cryptography. Vranken posted to the oss-sec mailing list that he found the potential issue during testing of a fuzzer he wrote that "compares the results of mathematical operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, ...) across multiple bignum libraries." Vranken and Go developer Russ Cox agreed that the bug needs specific conditions to be manifest: "it only affects the case e = 1 with m != nil and a pre-allocated non-zero receiver."

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Nintendo's Milking Contest [Weird Marketing Stunts] - Did You Know Gaming extra Ft. Dazz
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 12:21 PM
By DidYouKnowGaming? from DidYouKnowGaming?:

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Why Do Left-Handers Excel at Certain Elite Sports But Not Others?
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 11:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's unravelling-mysteries department:
Nicola Davis, writing for The Guardian: From cricketer Wasim Akram to baseball pitcher Clayton Kershaw and table tennis star Ding Ning, the world of sport has no shortage of left-handed players. But now researchers say they've worked out why lefties are overrepresented in some elite sports but not others. The study, published in the journal Biology Letters, suggests that being left-handed is a particular advantage in interactive sports where time pressures are particularly severe, such as table tennis and cricket -- possibly because their moves are less familiar to their mostly right-handed opponents, who do not have time to adjust. "The data suggests that the heavier the time constraints are operating in a sport, the larger the proportion of left-handers," said the study's author, Dr Florian Loffing of the University of Oldenburg in Germany. "We are less used to playing lefties, and [so] might end up in not developing the optimal strategies to compete with them." While it is thought that about 10-13 percent of the population is left-handed, it has long been noted that in certain interactive sports there is often a surprisingly high proportion of left-handers playing at elite levels.

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Uber Hackers May Have Been Russian
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 11:51 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's tussle-continues department:
Mark Bridge, reporting for The Times: Thousands of Uber customers are believed to have had their accounts hacked by Russians after users of the app (Editor's note: the link is paywalled; alternative source) reported being billed in roubles for taxi journeys they had not taken in Moscow and St Petersburg. More than 800 people in Britain and the United States have complained on Twitter that their accounts were taken over in the past year, The Times found, with the number of reports spiking in April and May. Experts said this number of Twitter reports suggested that the true figure would be much higher.

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Justin Trudeau Is 'Very Concerned' With FCC's Plan to Roll Back Net Neutrality
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 10:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's setting-an-example department:
Justin Ling, reporting for Motherboard: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says President Donald Trump's plan to roll back net neutrality protections for the internet "does not make sense" and that he'll be looking into what he can do to defend net neutrality for the whole internet. "I am very concerned about the attacks on net neutrality," Trudeau said in Toronto, in response to a question from Motherboard about Trump's plans. "Net neutrality is something that is essential for small businesses, for consumers, and it is essential to keep the freedom associated with the internet alive." Motherboard asked specifically what Trudeau planned to do in response to the plan put forward on Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission, which could pave the way for tiered internet service and pay-for-play premium access to internet consumers. "We need to continue to defend net neutrality," Trudeau added. "And I will."

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Google's Eric Schmidt Says People Want Dish-Washing Robots To Clean Up the Kitchen More Than Any Other Kind
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 10:31 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's priorities department:
There is nothing that people want robots to be able to do more than to wash the dishes, according to Alphabet Chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt. From a report: "When you ask a person what they would like a robot to do, the thing that they would like more than anyone else, is clean up the dishes in the kitchen," the billionaire Google executive says speaking at the Halifax International Security Forum. "That is literally the number one request. And I say this having done this exhaustively," he says. Though you may dream of a robot dishwasher, don't hold your breath for it to happen in the immediate future. "That turns out to be an extraordinarily difficult problem," says Schmidt.

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Takara Tomy MP-12+ Masterpiece Lambor/Sideswipe In Hand Images
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 09:20 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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Thanks to Twitter users @humidai3_tubaki and @Alfes2010 we have in-hand pcitures of Takara Tomy MP-12+ Masterpiece Lambor/Sideswipe for your viewing pleasure. This reissue of MP-12 Lambor, also known as “Anime Color Lambor/Sideswipe”, has got some extra details and color changes to match how Sideswipe was shown in the cartoon and includes 3 sets of pile drivers: 2 from the original release and an additional gray set. @humidai3_tubaki shares for us a nice gallery of Lambor/Sideswipe showing packaging, bio card and the transformation sequence. @Alfes2010 took great shots of both robot and car mode (including accesories) from » Continue Reading.

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Singapore To Use Driverless Buses 'From 2022'
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 09:11 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's it's-coming department:
Singapore plans to introduce driverless buses on its public roads by 2022. From a report: The government says they will be piloted in three new neighbourhoods which will have less-crowded roads designed to accommodate the buses. The buses will be used to help residents travel in their communities, and to nearby train and bus stations. Densely-populated Singapore hopes driverless technology will help the country manage its land constraints and manpower shortages. "The autonomous vehicles will greatly enhance the accessibility and connectivity of our public transport system, particularly for the elderly, families with young children and the less mobile," the Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said. The autonomous buses are expected to complement existing manned bus services, and will initially operate during off-peak hours. Additionally, the government plans to let commuters hail on-demand shuttles using their mobile phones.

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Transformers: Forged To Fight V4.1 Update Notes
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 08:01 AM
By AzT from TFW2005:
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Version 4.1 is now live! Among the new features: Alliance Mission fights have increased to 5 minutes Mission exploration progress is more visibly displayed throughout the game Removed a load screen between finishing the final boss of a Mission and showing Mission completion results Experienced Alliances now have all Alliance Mission battlegroups unlocked by default Bots on Base Defense can now be used in Story, Daily, and Special Missions 1-Star and 2-Star Bots now have their Special 3 unlocked at Rank 1 Plus, a new “Ancient Sanctum” map will be available next week. Play Forged to Fight for free here: » Continue Reading.

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Workers at Amazon's Main Italian Site To Hold First Strike on Black Friday
Posted by News Fetcher on November 23 '17 at 07:52 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Workers at Amazon's main distribution hub in Italy are planning their first ever strike for Friday, trade unions said, threatening to disrupt one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Like the rest of Europe, Italians in recent years have embraced the U.S. tradition of Black Friday, a day of heavy discounting by retailers on the day after Thanksgiving. Unions said in a statement more than 500 Amazon workers at the Piacenza site in northern Italy had agreed to strike following a failure to negotiate bonuses with the company. Workers have also decided not to do any overtime until Dec. 31, covering the peak season for the online retailer which hires temporary workers during this period.

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