In a 'Plot Twist', Wikileaks Releases Documents It Claims Detail Russia Mass Surveillance Apparatus
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 12:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's plot-twist department:
WikiLeaks, believed by many to be a Kremlin front, surprised some observers Tuesday morning (Snowden called it a "plot twist") when it released documents linking a Russian tech company with access to thousands of citizens' telephone and internet communications with Moscow. From a report: Writing a summary of the cache of mostly Russian-language documents, Wikileaks claims they show how a long-established Russian company which supplies software to telcos is also installing infrastructure, under state mandate, that enables Russian state agencies to tap into, search and spy on citizens' digital activity -- suggesting a similar state-funded mass surveillance program to the one utilized by the U.S.'s NSA or by GCHQ in the U.K. (both of which were detailed in the 2013 Snowden disclosures). The documents which Wikileaks has published (there are just 34 "base documents" in this leak) relate to a St. Petersburg-based company, called Peter-Service, which it claims is a contractor for Russian state surveillance. The company was set up in 1992 to provide billing solutions before going on to become a major supplier of software to the mobile telecoms industry.

Read Replies (0)
Internet Is Having a Midlife Crisis
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 12:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's perspective department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: The rise of cyber-bullying and monopolistic business practices has damaged trust in the internet, pioneering entrepreneur Baroness Lane-Fox has told the BBC. The Lastminute.com founder also called for a "shared set of principles" to make the web happier and safer. She said the internet had done much good over the last 30 years. But she said too many people had missed out on the benefits and it was time to "take a step back". "The web has become embedded in our lives over the last three decades but I think it's reached an inflexion point, or a sort of midlife crisis," she told Radio 4's Today programme. Baroness Lane-Fox co-founded travel booking site Lastminute.com in 1998 before going on to sell the firm for 577m pound seven years later. She described the early days of the internet as being "full of energy and excitement," and akin to the "wild West". "There was this feeling that suddenly, with this access to this new technology, you could start a business from anywhere," she said. However, she said that while technology had become a hugely important sector of the UK economy, it had not fulfilled its early potential.

Read Replies (0)
Cities Are Competing to Give Amazon the 'Mother of All Civic Giveaways'
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 10:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's please-pick-us department:
Louise Matsakis, reporting for Motherboard: Amazon announced earlier this month that it was looking to build a second headquarters outside Seattle, where more than 40,000 of the company's more than 380,000 employees currently work. The tech giant is searching for a locale with at least a million people, a diverse population, and excellent schools, among other qualifications. It gave municipalities six weeks -- until October 19 -- to submit a proposal to be chosen. Local governments in more than 100 American and Canadian cities, including places like San Diego, Chicago, Dallas, and Detroit, quickly scrambled to outline why they should be home to Amazon's new corporate office, which is expected to employ up to 50,000 workers. The mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, even made a scripted video for Amazon explaining why the capital should be picked. It featured an Echo, Amazon's smart speaker. But experts who have studied Amazon's business practices say having one of the most tax-allergic corporations in the world come to your hometown might not actually be a good thing.

Read Replies (0)
Stack Overflow Launches Salary Calculator For Developers
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 10:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's find-out-where-you-stand department:
An anonymous reader writes: Stack Overflow today launched Salary Calculator, a tool that lets developers check out typical salaries across the industry. The calculated results are based on five factors: location, education, years of professional coding experience, developer type, and technologies used professionally. Stack Overflow is releasing the tool because it believes developers should be empowered with more information around job searches, careers, and salary. The company noticed ads on Stack Overflow Jobs that include salary information get 75 percent more clicks than ads without salary information. Even in cases when the salary range is below average, the ads still get 60 percent more clicks.

Read Replies (0)
Transformers The Last Knight Concept Art – SyFy.com Exclusive: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Cybertron, Samurai And More
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 10:01 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
<img width="397" height="600" src="http://news.tfw2005.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2017/09/The-Last-Knight-SyFy-Exclusive-Concept-Art-01.jpg" alt="" />

Syfy.com has shared a nice set of  Transformers The Last Knight Concept Art for your viewing pleasure. The concept art features everything from Megatron showing up to a business meeting in the middle of the desert, to the planet Cybertron traveling across space to anchor itself to Earth, to a sword-wielding Transformer samurai, who certainly looks like he could give Optimus Prime a run for his money. You can check the mirrored images after the jump and then sound off at the 2005 Boards.

The post Transformers The Last Knight Concept Art – SyFy.com Exclusive: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Cybertron, Samurai And More appeared first on Transformer World 2005 - TFW2005.COM.

Read Replies (0)
Apple File System in macOS High Sierra Won't Work With Fusion Drives
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 09:21 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's beware department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: MacOS High Sierra will come out of beta and roll out to the public next week. If you have previously installed the beta version, you may need to take extra steps before installing the release so your Fusion Drive-toting machine doesn't experience any negative consequences. Apple announced that the new Apple File system (APFS) won't immediately support Fusion Drives and will only support systems with all-flash built-in storage in the initial release of High Sierra. Those who tested out the beta versions of macOS High Sierra had their Fusion Drives converted to the new APFS. However, support was removed from the most recent beta versions, and it isn't coming back with the public release of High Sierra. Apple provided a set of instructions to help those users convert their Fusion Drives back from APFS to the standard HFS+ format before installing the High Sierra update. The instructions include backing up data using Time Machine, creating a bootable installer, reformatting the machine using Disk Utility, and reinstalling the operating system update.

Read Replies (0)
Sonos To Launch a Wireless Speaker That Would Support Multiple Voice Assistants
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 09:21 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's up-next department:
Sonos, a mid- to high-end speaker manufacturer, released an updated privacy policy for its speakers that almost certainly confirms that the company will release a speaker with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant built into the device in the near term. From a report: Though many devices that integrate with Alexa have been announced and are starting to come to market, this is one of the higher-profile examples and could be instructive for smart-speaker designers. The company first announced its intention to add voice-assistant integration to its speakers over a year ago, but didn't give any specific time frame for that step. And an FCC filing from the company that surfaced a few weeks ago showed that it is looking into systems that would support multiple voice assistants, so a user could potentially have the option to choose between Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant, depending on what other devices they own and what platform they prefer.

Read Replies (0)
Peter Cullen And Frank Welker Interview On The Evolution Of Optimus Prime and Megatron
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 08:41 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
<img width="600" height="399" src="http://news.tfw2005.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2017/09/Peter-Cullen-Frank-Welker-Transformers-The-Last-Knight-G1.jpg" alt="" />

Peter Cullen and Frank Welker sat down for an interview regarding the evolution of Optimus Prime and Megatron. Both of them were specifically talking about the jump from G1 to the Movie Era. Since Cullen and Welker have been around since G1, I was curious to know their thoughts on the ever-evolving designs of their characters: Welker: I think for me, Megatron, for obvious reasons, is my favorite, followed closely by Soundwave. But it is interesting to see the changes from the animated version, the G1 version, which was pretty basic, to now with all of the technology and incredible » Continue Reading.

The post Peter Cullen And Frank Welker Interview On The Evolution Of Optimus Prime and Megatron appeared first on Transformer World 2005 - TFW2005.COM.

Read Replies (0)
Developer Marco Arment Shares Thoughts On iPhone X's Notch
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 08:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's this-is-normal department:
Developer Marco Arment writes about the infamous notch on the iPhone X, which Apple has told developers to embrace rather than ignore: This is the new shape of the iPhone. As long as the notch is clearly present and of approximately these proportions, it's unique, simple, and recognizable. It's probably not going to significantly change for a long time, and Apple needs to make sure that the entire world recognizes it as well as we could recognize previous iPhones. That's why Apple has made no effort to hide the notch in software, and why app developers are being told to embrace it in our designs. That's why the HomePod software leak depicted the iPhone X like this: it's the new basic, recognizable form of the iPhone. Apple just completely changed the fundamental shape of the most important, most successful, and most recognizable tech product that the world has ever seen.

Read Replies (0)
Results of the Ubuntu Desktop Applications Survey
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 08:01 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's what-we-said department:
Ubuntu Product and Strategy head at Canonical, dustinkirkland writes: A few months ago, Slashdot readers were asked for feedback on the Ubuntu Desktop default applications. This blog post, by the author of that post (hi, it's me again), provides the aggregated and processed results of that survey.

Read Replies (0)
Google Chrome Most Resilient Against Attacks, Researchers Find
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 06:41 AM
By msmash from Slashdot's pitting-against-each-other department:
Between Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Internet Explorer, Chrome has been found to be the most resilient against attacks, an analysis by security researchers has found. Firefox, Safari, and Opera were not included in the test. From a report: "Modern web browsers such as Chrome or Edge improved security in recent years. Exploitation of vulnerabilities is certainly more complex today and requires a higher skill than in the past. However, the attack surface of modern web browsers is increasing due to new technologies and the increasing complexity of web browsers themselves," noted Markus Vervier, Managing Director of German IT security outfit X41 D-Sec (and one of the researchers involved in the analysis). The researchers' aim was to determine which browser provides the highest level of security in common enterprise usage scenarios.

Read Replies (0)
Transformers G1 Early Concept Arts
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 06:01 AM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
<img width="436" height="600" src="http://news.tfw2005.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2017/09/G1-Concept-Art-Metroplex-01.jpg" alt="" />

Via Twitter user @miiakira2017 we have a nice set of Transformers G1 Early Concept Arts. The images show us a very early design for Metroplex in both robot and city mode, an original sketch for Optimus Prime with extra cannons and a battle station mode, and some extra ideas that weren’t used for the show or the toyline. You can see the mirrored images after the jump and then join to the discussion a the 2005 Boards!    

The post Transformers G1 Early Concept Arts appeared first on Transformer World 2005 - TFW2005.COM.

Read Replies (0)
Why You Shouldn't Use Texts For Two-Factor Authentication
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 05:21 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's heads-up department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: A demonstration video posted by Positive Technologies (and first reported by Forbes) shows how easy it is to hack into a bitcoin wallet by intercepting text messages in transit. The group targeted a Coinbase account protected by two-factor authentication, which was registered to a Gmail account also protected by two-factor. By exploiting known flaws in the cell network, the group was able to intercept all text messages sent to the number for a set period of time. That was enough to reset the password to the Gmail account and then take control of the Coinbase wallet. All the group needed was the name, surname and phone number of the targeted Bitcoin user. These were security researchers rather than criminals, so they didn't actually steal anyone's bitcoin, although that would have been an easy step to take. At a glance, this looks like a Coinbase vulnerability, but the real weakness is in the cellular system itself. Positive Technologies was able to hijack the text messages using its own research tool, which exploits weaknesses in the cellular network to intercept text messages in transit. Known as the SS7 network, that network is shared by every telecom to manage calls and texts between phone numbers. There are a number of known SS7 vulnerabilities, and while access to the SS7 network is theoretically restricted to telecom companies, hijacking services are frequently available on criminal marketplaces. The report notes of several ways you can protect yourself from this sort of attack: "On some services, you can revoke the option for SMS two-factor and account recovery entirely, which you should do as soon as you've got a more secure app-based method established. Google, for instance, will let you manage two-factor and account recovery here and here; just set up Authenticator or a recovery code, then go to the SMS option for each and click 'Remove Phone.'"

Read Replies (0)
Robots In Disguise: Adam Beechen Fan QnA Part 2
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 04:40 AM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
<img width="500" height="464" src="http://news.tfw2005.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2017/09/Adam-Beechen-Transformers-Robots-In-Disguise.jpg" alt="" />

Transformers: Robots In Disguise showrunner Adam Beechen continues to answer fan questions regarding the show via his official blog. Since there were quite a lot of questions asked on the connection RID has with Transformers: Prime, Adam Beechen decided to give his take on the matter. He also explained how Robots In Disguise show came to be; what sort of options they were given as the direction for the show. Another popular question was the decision on giving animal forms for the escaped Decepticon prisoners. Mr. Beechen also mentioned that the IDW comic series for the show is non-canon. » Continue Reading.

The post Robots In Disguise: Adam Beechen Fan QnA Part 2 appeared first on Transformer World 2005 - TFW2005.COM.

Read Replies (0)
Bacteria In Tumors Can Inactivate Common Chemotherapy Drugs, Study Suggests
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 02:40 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's caught-red-handed department:
Researchers caught the bacteria Mycoplasma hyorhinis hiding out among cancer cells, thwarting chemotherapy drugs intended to treat the tumors they reside in. The findings have been published this week in Science. Ars Technica reports: Drug resistance among cancers is a "foremost challenge," according to the study's authors, led by Ravid Straussman at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Yet the new data suggest that certain types of drug-resistant cancers could be defeated with a simple dollop of antibiotics alongside a chemotherapy regimen. Dr. Straussman and his colleagues got a hunch to look for the bacteria after noticing that, when they grew certain types of human cancer cells together in lab, the cells all became more resistant to a chemotherapy drug called gemcitabine. This is a drug used to treat pancreatic, lung, breast, and bladder cancers and is often sold under the brand name Gemzar. The researchers suspected that some of the cells may secrete a drug-busting molecule. So they tried filtering the cell cultures to see if they could catch it. Instead, they found that the cell cultures lost their resistance after their liquid broth passed through a pretty large filter -- 0.45 micrometers. This would catch large particles -- like bacteria -- but not small molecules, as the researchers were expecting.

Looking closer, the researchers noticed that some of their cancer cells were contaminated with M. hyorhinis. And these bacteria could metabolize gemcitabine, rendering the drug useless. When the researchers transplanted treatable cancer cells into the flanks of mice -- some with and some without M. hyorhinis -- the bacteria-toting tumors were resistant to gemcitabine treatment.

Read Replies (0)
Ethereum Will Match Visa In Scale In a 'Couple of Years,' Says Founder
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '17 at 12:00 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's matter-of-time department:
Ethereum's founder, Vitalik Buterin, believes that his cryptocurrency has the potential to replace things like credit card networks and gaming servers. He even goes as far to say that Ethereum will replace Visa in "a couple of years," though he later clarified that "ethereum *will have Visa-scale tx capacity*, not that it will 'replace Visa.'" TechCrunch reports: "There's the average person who's already heard of bitcoin and the average person who hasn't," he said. His project itself builds upon that notion by adding more utility to the blockchain, thereby creating something everyone will want to hear about. "Where Ethereum comes from is basically you take the idea of crypto economics and the kinds of economic incentives that keeps things like bitcoin going to create decentralized networks with memory for a whole bunch of applications," he said. "A good blockchain application is something that needs decentralization and some kind of shared memory." That's what he's building and hopes others will build on the Ethereum network. Right now the network is a bit too slow for most mainstream applications. "Bitcoin is processing a bit less than 3 transactions per second," he said. "Ethereum is doing five a second. Uber gives 12 rides a second. It will take a couple of years for the blockchain to replace Visa." Buterin doesn't think everything should run on the blockchain but many things can. As the technology expands it can grow to replace many services that require parallelization -- that is programs that should run at the same time.

Read Replies (0)
Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Principal Photography At Vallejo
Posted by News Fetcher on September 18 '17 at 10:01 PM
By Silver Optimus from TFW2005:
<img width="600" height="450" src="http://news.tfw2005.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2017/09/Transformers-Universe-Bumblebee-Brighton-Falls-Georgia-Street-001.jpg" alt="" />

Several images have turned up on Instagram, highlighting the principal photography of Transformers Universe: Bumblebee happening at Georgia Street, Vallejo California. It is interesting to note that these images give away the reason why the movie’s working title is called ‘Brighton Falls‘. Apparently ‘Brighton Falls’ seems to be the fictional town the story takes place. It is evident from the Brighton Falls Transit Bus; all decked out to be 80s as possible along with the shops looking the same. Bumblebee’s Volkswagen Beetle can be spotted roaming the streets as well. Check out the images, after the jump.

The post Transformers Universe: Bumblebee Principal Photography At Vallejo appeared first on Transformer World 2005 - TFW2005.COM.

Read Replies (0)
Toys R Us Files Voluntary Chapter 11 Petitions in U.S.
Posted by News Fetcher on September 18 '17 at 10:01 PM
By AzT from TFW2005:
<img width="590" height="510" src="http://news.tfw2005.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2017/09/TRU-001.jpg" alt="" />

Following our report last week of Toys R Us considering Chapter 11 bankruptcy, we now have confirmation of that decision this evening: Toys“R”Us, Inc. (“the Company”) today announced that the Company and certain of its U.S. subsidiaries and its Canadian subsidiary have voluntarily filed for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, VA. According to the press release, all stores – including their online presence and customer loyalty programs – will continue normal operations during this restructuring. In light of this news, will you tune in » Continue Reading.

The post Toys R Us Files Voluntary Chapter 11 Petitions in U.S. appeared first on Transformer World 2005 - TFW2005.COM.

Read Replies (0)
T-Mobile To Increase Deprioritization Threshold To 50GB This Week
Posted by News Fetcher on September 18 '17 at 09:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's ripple-effect department:
After raising its deprioritization threshold to 32GB in May, it looks like T-Mobile will bump it up to 50GB on September 20th, according to a TmoNews source. The move will widen the gap between T-Mobile and its competition. For comparison, Sprint's deprioritization threshold is currently 23GB, while AT&T and Verizon's are both 22GB. TmoNews reports: It's said that this 50GB threshold won't change every quarter and no longer involves a specific percentage of data users. As with the current 32GB threshold, customers that exceed this new 50GB deprioritization threshold in a single month may experience reduced speeds in areas where the network is congested. T-Mobile hasn't issued an announcement regarding this news, but the official @TMobileHelp account recently tweeted "Starting 9/20, the limit will be increased!" in response to a question about this news.

Read Replies (0)
Diesel Cars Contribute To 5,000 Premature Deaths a Year In Europe, Says Study
Posted by News Fetcher on September 18 '17 at 08:01 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's deep-breath department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: Emissions from diesel cars rigged to appear eco-friendly may be responsible for 5,000 air pollution deaths per year in Europe alone, according to a study published on Monday. The numbers are in line with previous assessments of deaths due to the so-called "Dieselgate" scandal, which erupted when carmaker Volkswagen admitted in 2015 to cheating on vehicle emissions tests. Many other carmakers have since fallen under suspicion. The researchers from Norway, Austria, Sweden and the Netherlands calculated that about 10,000 deaths in Europe per year can be attributed to small particle pollution from light duty diesel vehicles (LDDVs). Almost half of these would have been avoided if emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) from diesel cars on the road had matched levels measured in the lab. If diesel cars emitted as little NOx as petrol ones, almost 4,000 of the 5,000 premature deaths would have been avoided, said the authors. The countries with the heaviest burden are Italy, Germany, and France, the team added, "resulting from their large populations and high share of diesel cars in their national fleets." Touted as less polluting, the share of diesel cars in Europe rose fast compared to petrol since the 1990s, and now comprise about half the fleet. There are more than 100 million diesel cars in Europe today, twice as many as in the rest of the world together, said the study authors. Diesel engines emit less planet-warming carbon dioxide than petrol ones, but significantly more NOx. The study has been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.

Read Replies (0)