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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 01:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's here-mud-in-your-eye department:
DumbSwede writes BBC reports on the demise of Google Glass as we know it:
Google Glass sales halted but firm says kit is not dead. One can only assume there will be dissatisfied early adopters and developers given Google's decision. Here is to hoping Google Glass 2.0 (assuming there is one) will be better received.
The Verge expands a bit on the re-org that the linked BBC article mentions, as a result of which Google Glass moves from the Google X incubator to its own division: Google's announcing today Glass is "graduating" from the Google X experimental projects incubator to become its own independent division — a division that will report into Nest's Tony Fadell. Current Glass head Ivy Ross will retain day-to-day authority, but she'll report to Fadell. Nest itself will remain separate and independent, and Tony will still be in charge there as well.

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Ad Company Using Verizon Tracking Header To Recreate Deleted Cookies
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 12:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's oh-that-bothers-you? department:
itwbennett writes The story began a few months ago when it was reported that both Verizon and AT&T were injecting unique identifiers in the Web requests of their mobile customers. AT&T has since stopped using the system, but Verizon continues. Now, Stanford computer scientist Jonathan Mayer has found that one advertising company called Turn, which tracks users across the Web when they visit major sites including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, BlueKai, AppNexus, Walmart and WebMD, uses the Verizon UIDH to respawn its own tracking cookies.

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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 11:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's just-ask-ram-sweeney department:
Bennett Haselton writes: They would never admit it, but your high school admins would probably breathe a sigh of relief
if all of their sexting-mad students would go ahead and install Snapchat so that
evidence of (sometimes) illegal sexting would disappear into the ether. They can't recommend
that you do this, because it would sound like an implicit endorsement, just like they can't
recommend designated drivers for teen drinking parties -- but it's a good bet they would
be grateful.


Read on for the rest.

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Ask Slashdot: Migrating a Router From Linux To *BSD?
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 11:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's hiring-a-new-traffic-cop department:
An anonymous reader writes I'm in the camp that doesn't trust systemd. You can discuss the technical merits of all init solutions all you want, but if I wanted to run Windows NT I'd run Windows NT, not Linux. So I've decided to migrate my homebrew router/firewall/samba server to one of the BSDs. Question one is: which BSD? Question two: where's some good documentation regarding setting up a home router/firewall on your favorite BSD?
It's fine if the documentation is highly technical, I've written linux kernel drivers before :)


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Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 10:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's count-your-spoons-around-the-public-servants department:
An anonymous reader writes How to make politicians really understand the dangers of mass digital surveillance and the importance of information security? Gustav Nipe, the 26-year old president of the Swedish Pirate Party's youth wing, tried to do it by setting up an open Wi-Fi network at the Society and Defence National Conference held in Sälen, Sweden, and collecting and analyzing the metadata of conference attendees who connected to it. Nipe set up an open wireless Internet access point named "Open Guest" and over 100 delegates used this particular unsecured Wi-Fi network to go online. The collected metadata showed that, among other sites, they visited those of daily Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Swedish private ads website Blocket, eBay, and tourism sites. "This was during the day when I suppose they were being paid to be at the conference working," Nipe noted for The Local.

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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 09:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's what's-wrong-with-soldering-irons department:
hij writes A number of news reports are coming out the Radio Shack is ready to file for bankruptcy. The stock price has tanked on Wall Street. There are conflicting reports that they are seeking more credit and they may be bought for their assets. (The Wall Street Journal has the story, but paywalled.)

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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 08:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's coulda-shoulda-woulda department:
An anonymous reader writes "The virtual currency Bitcoin lost 21 per cent of its value yesterday, equating to a total loss this year of 44 per cent. Reports have suggested that this rapid fall is squeezing computer supporting systems and is raising alarm about its future viability. Bitcoin's value fell to $179.37, 85 per cent lower than its record peak of $1,165 at the end of 2013. In total, nearly $11.3bn has been lost in Bitcoin's value since its 2013 high. The decline has raised concern for Bitcoin 'miners' who support the transactions made in the digital currency, and whose profits become squeezed as its price falls against traditional currencies." The Coindesk article in the linked story gives a blow-by-blow on yesterday's valuation drop; right now, Bitcoin has jumped back up and stands at just over $216.

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Exoplanet Hunting NGTS Telescope Array Achieves First Light
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 08:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's well-lookit department:
Zothecula writes The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS) array, built by a UK, German and Swiss consortium, has achieved first light at the Paranal Observatory in Chile. The installation is designed to search for exoplanets between two and eight times the size of Earth, studying them as they pass in front of their parent star.

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Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 08:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's customer-is-right-if-we-get-caught department:
gurps_npc writes "Marriot Hotels had been illegally blocking Wifi hotspots in Nashville. They thought they owned the airwaves inside their hotel and wanted to charge guests for using them. They claimed to be 'surprised' they were breaking the law. Other hotels have complained to the FCC, asking for permission to do it legally. The FCC had fined Marriot $600,000 for their actions, among other things. They have stopped their illegal blockage, in part because of public backlash and in part because the government told them they were criminals.

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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 07:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's of-your-peers department:
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "The trial began this week for Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old Texas man accused of being the mastermind behind the dark net drug market, Silk Road. But as the jury began hearing testimony in the case, it was clear the technological knowledge gap would impede the proceedings. Judge Katherine Forrest said right off the bat when the case began that "highly technical" issues must be made clear to the jury. "If I believe things are not understandable to the average juror, we will talk about what might be a reasonable way to proceed at that time," she said. After the first day of proceedings, Forrest told the prosecution to be more clear with explanations of concepts central to the case, noting she was unhappy with its "mumbo-jumbo" explanation of the anonymizing service Tor. She also requested all readings of chat transcripts include emoticons."

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First Crowdsourced, Open Data Address List Launches In the UK
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 07:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's ok-now-start-on-a-cell-phone-directory department:
The internet is a great place to search for some kinds of information; Amazon (or L.L. Bean, or Digi-Key, or any retailer, really) do their best to connect you with all the products in their databases, and for lots of other search topics, the usual handful of general purpose search engines can ferret out answers based on your keywords. Addresses are sometimes harder to search, but in the UK at least that might soon be much easier: An anonymous reader writes The London based startup and open data advocacy organization Open Addresses UK wants to change all of that by inviting the public to collect and validate housing addresses to build the biggest UK open address dataset ever. To do so, they launched UK's first open and free address list on Wednesday, calling on individuals and companies to crowdsource information."

What if you want the equivalent of an unlisted number, though?

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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 06:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's what-else-would-the-pope-say? department:
hcs_$reboot writes Pope Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one's mind for the sake of the common good. But he added there were limits. While Francis insisted that it was an "aberration" to kill in the name of God and said religion can never be used to justify violence, he said there was a limit to free speech when it concerned offending someone's religious beliefs. By way of example, he referred to a friend: "if someone says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch". "There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others," he said. "They are provocateurs."

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China Lays More Fiber, Improving Physical Connection To the Worldwide Internet
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 06:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's better-tapping-points department:
jfruh writes China's state-owned Internet service providers are improving the nation's connection to the worldwide Internet, adding seven new access points to the world's Internet backbone to improve speed and reliability for Chinese customers. This reveals the nation's essential Internet contradiction, improving its physical connection even as the government continues to block a number of important Intenet sites.

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Washington DC's Public Library Will Teach People How To Avoid the NSA
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 05:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's keep-your-head-down department:
Jason Koebler writes Later this month, the Washington DC Public Library will teach residents how to use Tor as part of a 10 day series designed to shed light on government surveillance, transparency, and personal privacy. The series is called "Orwellian America," and it's quite subversive, considering that it's being held by a publicly funded entity mere minutes from a Congress and administration that allowed the NSA's surveillance programs to spin wildly out of control.

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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 03:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's protect-ya-neck department:
jones_supa writes Adobe has patched nine vulnerabilities in Flash Player — four of which are considered "critical" — in order to protect against malicious attackers who could exploit the bugs to take control of an affected system. Adobe acknowledged security researchers from Google, McAfee, HP, and Verisign. Flash's security bulletin contains more information on the vulnerabilities. The issues are fixed in mainline Flash Player 16.0.0.257 (incl. Google Chrome Linux version), extended support release 13.0.0.260, and Linux standalone plugin 11.2.202.429.

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The Mainframe Is Dead! Long Live the Mainframe!
Posted by News Fetcher on January 15 '15 at 12:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's brand-new-stuff department:
HughPickens.com writes The death of the mainframe has been predicted many times over the years but it has prevailed because it has been overhauled time and again. Now Steve Lohr reports that IBM has just released the z13, a new mainframe engineered to cope with the huge volume of data and transactions generated by people using smartphones and tablets. "This is a mainframe for the mobile digital economy," says Tom Rosamilia. "It's a computer for the bow wave of mobile transactions coming our way." IBM claims the z13 mainframe is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day and has a host of technical improvements over its predecessor, including three times the memory, faster processing and greater data-handling capability. IBM spent $1 billion to develop the z13, and that research generated 500 new patents, including some for encryption intended to improve the security of mobile computing. Much of the new technology is designed for real-time analysis in business. For example, the mainframe system can allow automated fraud prevention while a purchase is being made on a smartphone. Another example would be providing shoppers with personalized offers while they are in a store, by tracking their locations and tapping data on their preferences, mainly from their previous buying patterns at that retailer.

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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects
Posted by News Fetcher on January 14 '15 at 10:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's follow-the-leader department:
schwit1 writes A carnivorous pitcher plant is changing its behavior in response to natural weather fluctuations, allowing it to give up its prey in order to capture more. The pitcher plant, which has liquid-filled leaves shaped like funnels, has the ability to allow some of its prey, such as ants, to escape by "switching off" its trap." The first ant reports back to the other ants that it found a large batch of sweet nectar, causing a large contingent of ants to descend upon it. If the trap captures the first ant, it won't be able to capture many more ants later.

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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings
Posted by News Fetcher on January 14 '15 at 09:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's fine-me-once-shame-on-you department:
jaa101 writes In Australia Uber is reportedly suspending the accounts used by government transport inspectors conducting sting operations. The article suggests that a new handset, credit card and email account are all needed to get a new, unblocked account. If inspectors can only issue one or two fines before they're blocked then the sting operations will cost more than the fines. Presumably the Uber app can block based on IMEI, SIM and/or phone number.

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US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year
Posted by News Fetcher on January 14 '15 at 07:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's I-am-one-of-you department:
angry tapir writes "In order to build a case against the notorious Silk Road underground marketplace, a team of U.S. law enforcement agencies spent well over a year casing the site: buying drugs, exchanging Bitcoins, visiting forums and even posing as a vendor, although they did stop short of selling any illicit goods. From March 2012 until September 2013, Federal agents closely tracked the site, making over 50 drug purchases, according to Jared DerYeghiayan, an agent with the Department of Homeland Security who was part of a special investigation unit looking into the site.

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Google To Test Build-It-Yourself Ara Smartphones In Puerto Rico
Posted by News Fetcher on January 14 '15 at 05:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's just-the-way-you-like department:
An anonymous reader writes Google is holding its second Project Ara developer's conference today in Mountain View and is in the process of giving a roadmap on how and when it might get its modular smartphones out into the market. Probably the most notable bit of news we've learned so far is that Google plans to have a market pilot ready to go in the second half of this year. Unfortunately, if you want to give it a shot, you'll need to live in Puerto Rico — the pilot will roll out in that territory in partnership with carriers OpenMobile and Claro. When Project Ara hits Puerto Rico, users should be able to customize their devices using the Ara Marketplace and Ara Configurator apps. Google's ATAP group will also roll out some "food-truck" style stores for consumers to actually check these devices out before they try them out. Google also says that it'll have some 20 to 30 Ara modules available by launch across 10 different categories.

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