Verizon Is Killing Tumblr's Fight For Net Neutrality
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '17 at 05:43 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's silence-speaks-volumes department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: In 2014, Tumblr was on the front lines of the battle for net neutrality. The company stood alongside Amazon, Kickstarter, Etsy, Vimeo, Reddit, and Netflix during Battle for the Net's day of action. Tumblr CEO David Karp was also part of a group of New York tech CEOs that met with then-FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in Brooklyn that summer, while the FCC was fielding public comment on new Title II rules. President Obama invited Karp to the White House to discuss various issues around public education, and in February 2015 The Wall Street Journal reported that it was the influence of Karp and a small group of liberal tech CEOs that swayed Obama toward a philosophy of internet as public utility. But three years later, as the battle for net neutrality heats up once again, Tumblr has been uncharacteristically silent. The last mention of net neutrality on Tumblr's staff blog -- which frequently posts about political issues from civil rights to climate change to gun control to student loan debt -- was in June 2016. And Tumblr is not listed as a participating tech company for Battle for the Net's next day of action, coming up in three weeks. One reason for Karp and Tumblr's silence? Last week Verizon completed its acquisition of Tumblr parent company Yahoo, kicking off the subsequent merger of Yahoo and AOL to create a new company called Oath. As one of the world's largest ISPs, Verizon is notorious for challenging the principles of net neutrality -- it sued the FCC in an effort to overturn net neutrality rules in 2011, and its general counsel Kathy Grillo published a note this April complimenting new FCC chairman Ajit Pai's plan to weaken telecommunication regulations.

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Domestic Appliances Guzzle Far More Energy Than Advertised, Says EU Survey
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '17 at 03:01 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's false-advertising department:
Chrisq writes: An EU study has found that many electronic devices and appliances use more energy in real-world conditions than in the standard EU tests. Often the real world figures are double those in the ratings. Sometimes this is achieved by having various optional features switched off during the test. For example, switching on modern TV features such as "ultra-high definition" and "high-dynamic range" in real-world test cycles boosted energy use in four out of seven televisions surveyed -- one by more than 100%. However some appliances appear to have "defeat devices" built in, with some Samsung TVs appearing to recognize the standard testing clip: "The Swedish Energy Agency's Testlab has come across televisions that clearly recognize the standard film (IEC) used for testing," says the letter, which the Guardian has seen. "These displays immediately lower their energy use by adjusting the brightness of the display when the standard film is being run. This is a way of avoiding the market surveillance authorities and should be addressed by the commission."

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Curiosity Rover Decides, By Itself, What To Investigate On Mars
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '17 at 12:22 AM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's autonomous-robots department:
sciencehabit writes: NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars in 2012, in part to analyze rocks to see whether the Red Planet was ever habitable (or inhabited). But now the robot has gone off script, picking out its own targets for analysis -- precisely as planned. Last year, NASA scientists uploaded a piece of software called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS) adapted from the older Opportunity rover. Curiosity can now scan each new location and use artificial intelligence to find promising targets for its ChemCam. Compared with the estimated 24% success rate of random aiming at picking out outcrops -- a prime target for investigation -- the current version of AEGIS lets the rover find them 94% of the time, researchers report.

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DLC Podcast Show Season 8, Ep. 18: The Opposite Of Engage
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 11:33 PM
From PATV:
This week Gabe and Tycho create the comic The Opposite Of Engage. Listen to the podcast here.

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Microsoft Admits Disabling Anti-Virus Software For Windows 10 Users
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 08:21 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's secret's-out department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: Microsoft has admitted that it does temporarily disable anti-virus software on Windows PCs, following an competition complaint to the European Commission by a security company. In early June, Kaspersky Lab filed the complaint against Microsoft. The security company claims the software giant is abusing its market dominance by steering users to its own anti-virus software. Microsoft says it implemented defenses to keep Windows 10 users secure. In an extensive blog post that does not directly address Kaspersky or its claims, Microsoft says it bundles the Windows Defender Antivirus with Windows 10 to ensure that every single device is protected from viruses and malware. To combat the 300,000 new malware samples being created and spread every day, Microsoft says that it works together with external anti-virus partners. The technology giant estimates that about 95% of Windows 10 PCs were using anti-virus software that was already compatible with the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. For the applications that were not compatible, Microsoft built a feature that lets users update their PCs and then reinstall a new version of the anti-virus software. "To do this, we first temporarily disabled some parts of the AV software when the update began. We did this work in partnership with the AV partner to specify which versions of their software are compatible and where to direct customers after updating," writes Rob Lefferts, a partner director of the Windows and Devices group in enterprise and security at Microsoft.

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Transformers: The Last Knight Voyagers Wave 2 Found At ToysRus Malaysia
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 07:42 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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More The Last Knight toy are hitting store around the world. This time we have a report of Transformers: The Last Knight Voyagers Wave 2 Found At ToysRus Malaysia. 2005 Boards users Havoc3033 and [Wing_Saber-X] found Voyager Hound at ToysRus Sunway Pyrimid and ToysRus KLCC. Megatron was also seen but it sold out quickly. You can join to the discussion at the 2005 Boards and keep reporting your sightings around the world.

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Remember When You Called Someone and Heard a Song?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 07:01 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's blast-from-the-past department:
An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard article: If you were youngish in the early 2000s, you probably remember this phenomenon -- calling a friend's cell phone, and instead of hearing the the standard ring, you heard a pop song. Called ringback tones, this digital music fad allowed cell phone owners to subject callers to their own musical preference. Ringback tones were incredibly trendy in the early and mid-2000's, but have since tapered off nearly to oblivion. Though almost nobody is buying ringbacks anymore, plenty of people still have them from back in the day. [...] In the process of writing this story, I heard from several people that they or someone they knew still had a ringback tone, in large part because they have had it for years, and don't know how to get rid of it.

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Beast Wars The Complete Series DVD Box Set On Sale At Amazon
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 06:11 PM
By Black Convoy from TFW2005:
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A great opportunity for all Beast Wars fans. has got the Beast Wars Complete Series DVD Box Set On Sale. This is the Shout Factory 8-disc release from 2011. You get all the episodes and retrospective featurettes, art galleries, new interviews and a 12 page book plus a 24-page comic book: Transformers Timelines “Dawn of Future’s Past” that is the exciting prequel to the Beast Wars series. You can order ir for only $17.86 here. And you can also buy Shout Factory’s Beast Machines 4-Disc Complete Series for $15.13 here. If you want to replace your previous discs or if » Continue Reading.

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eBay Will Now Price Match Amazon, Walmart and Others On Over 50,000 Items
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 05:33 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's money-back-guarantee department:
eBay announced today a new Price Match Guarantee for over 50,000 items across its site -- promising that it will have the best deal online, or it will match the lowest price of a competitor. While only select items are available for this offer, "the move is a significant effort on eBay's part to ensure that it doesn't lose customers to Amazon, Walmart and other online stores as the market consolidates behind the industry's major players," reports TechCrunch. From the report: In order to qualify, the item must be one of the new, unopened items sold daily through eBay Deals, for starters. Deals are eBay's selection of "trending" inventory across all its categories -- like consumer electronics, home & garden, and fashion. The deals are also generally offered at 20 percent to 90 percent off, and are sourced from over 900 of eBay's trusted sellers. These sellers include both smaller merchants looking to grow their customer base as well as major consumer brands. At any time, eBay says there are "tens of thousands" of items offered through the Deals site, with featured deals updating at least once per day, beginning at 8 AM PT.

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NSA Opens GitHub Account, Lists 32 Projects Developed By the Agency
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 05:33 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's open-up department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hacker News: The National Security Agency (NSA) -- the United States intelligence agency which is known for its secrecy and working in the dark -- has finally joined GitHub and launched an official GitHub page. GitHub is an online service designed for sharing code amongst programmers and open source community, and so far, the NSA is sharing 32 different projects as part of the NSA Technology Transfer Program (TTP), while some of these are "coming soon." "The NSA Technology Transfer Program (TTP) works with agency innovators who wish to use this collaborative model for transferring their technology to the commercial marketplace," the agency wrote on the program's page. "OSS invites the cooperative development of technology, encouraging broad use and adoption. The public benefits by adopting, enhancing, adapting, or commercializing the software. The government benefits from the open source community's enhancements to the technology." Many of the projects the agency listed are years old that have been available on the Internet for some time. For example, SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) has been part of the Linux kernel for years.

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Lost Light #7 iBooks preview
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 04:51 PM
By Sockie from TFW2005:
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In yet another batch of comic news, iBooks has posted its three-page preview for IDW Publishing’s Lost Light #7. In the aftermath of Megatron’s departure, Rodimus and the others make preparations to leave Necroworld and pursue the Lost Light. Will things go according to plan? Probably not. Read the pages after the break, and pick up the issue on June 28!

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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Isolate a Network And Allow Data Transfer?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 04:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's two-in-one department:
Futurepower(R) writes: What is the best way to isolate a network from the internet and prevent
intrusion of malware, while allowing carefully examined data transfer
from internet-facing computers? An example of complete network isolation could be that each user would have two computers with a KVM switch and a monitor and keyboard, or two monitors and two keyboards. An internet-facing computer could run a very secure version of Linux. Any data to be transferred to that user's computer on the network would
perhaps go through several Raspberry Pi computers running Linux; the computers
could each use a different method of checking for malware. Windows computers on the isolated network could be updated using Autopatcher, so that there would never be a direct connection with the internet. Why not use virtualization? Virtualization does not provide enough separation; there is the possibility of vulnerabilities. Do you have any ideas about improving the example above?

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South Korea Signs On To Build Full-Scale Hyperloop System
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 04:11 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's speeding-bullet department:
Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has partnered with the South Korean government and local universities to build the world's first full-scale Hyperloop system. "The agreement was actually signed back in January but only revealed this week, and sees HTT team up with the South Korean government's department of technological innovation and infrastructure, along with the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building (KICT) and Hanyang University," reports New Atlas. From the report: It involves the construction of a full-scale testbed, licensing of HTT's vacuum tube, levitation, propulsion and battery technologies along with the co-development of safety standards and regulations. The agreement is a multi-year partnership intended to build a new transportation system for South Korea, one which will be known as the HyperTube Express and carry passengers between Seoul and Busan in under 20 minutes, compared to the current three-hour drive. HTT may be setting out to build the world's first Hyperloop but it is no guarantee, with fellow startups Arrivo and Hyperloop One also moving full-steam ahead with their plans. The latter in particular seems to be making solid progress, recently showing off a full-scale test track in Nevada and forming agreements with Russia, Finland and Dubai to explore the feasibility of a Hyperloop in those countries. It's too early to tell who will be first out of the gate, but the competition is certainly heating up.

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Facial Recognition Is Coming To US Airports
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 02:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's coming-soon department:
Facial recognition systems will be coming to U.S. airports in the very near future. "Customs and Border Protection first started testing facial recognition systems at Dulles Airport in 2015, then expanded the tests to New York's JFK Airport last year," reports The Verge. "Now, a new project is poised to bring those same systems to every international airport in America." From the report: Called Biometric Exit, the project would use facial matching systems to identify every visa holder as they leave the country. Passengers would have their photos taken immediately before boarding, to be matched with the passport-style photos provided with the visa application. If there's no match in the system, it could be evidence that the visitor entered the country illegally. The system is currently being tested on a single flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, but after being expedited by the Trump administration, it's expected to expand to more airports this summer, eventually rolling out to every international flight and border crossing in the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Larry Panetta, who took over the airport portion of the project in February, explained the advantages of facial recognition at the Border Security Expo last week. "Facial recognition is the path forward we're working on," Panetta said at the conference. "We currently have everyone's photo, so we don't need to do any sort of enrollment. We have access to the Department of State records so we have photos of U.S. Citizens, we have visa photos, we have photos of people when they cross into the U.S. and their biometrics are captured into [DHS biometric database] IDENT."

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Virgin Mobile Becomes World's First iPhone-Exclusive Carrier, Offers Year of Service For $1
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 02:52 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's inner-circle department:
BrianFagioli quotes a report via BetaNews: Goodness gracious, Virgin Mobile USA has made quite the bold moves today. The cellular service provider has become the world's first iPhone-exclusive carrier. In other words, it will no longer offer Android at all. Crazy, right? This is through a partnership with Apple, and Virgin will offer many versions of the device, including iPhone 6, 6S, 7, and SE. The craziness doesn't stop there, however, as there is even something much more exciting -- Virgin Mobile USA is offering unlimited talk, text and data for a dollar. No, that is not a typo -- a single buck will get you unlimited everything for up to a year! This is through a new scheme called "Inner Circle."

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California May Restore Broadband Privacy Rules Killed By Congress and Trump
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 01:32 PM
By BeauHD from Slashdot's back-and-forth department:
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A proposed law in California would require Internet service providers to obtain customers' permission before they use, share, or sell the customers' Web browsing history. The California Broadband Internet Privacy Act, a bill introduced by Assembly member Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) on Monday, is very similar to an Obama-era privacy rule that was scheduled to take effect across the US until President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress eliminated it. If Chau's bill becomes law, ISPs in California would have to get subscribers' opt-in consent before using browsing history and other sensitive information in order to serve personalized advertisements. Consumers would have the right to revoke their consent at any time. The opt-in requirement in Chau's bill would apply to "Web browsing history, application usage history, content of communications, and origin and destination Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of all traffic." The requirement would also apply to geolocation data, IP addresses, financial and health information, information pertaining to minors, names and billing information, Social Security numbers, demographic information, and personal details such as physical addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers.

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How Hollywood Got Hacked: Studio at Center of Netflix Leak Breaks Silence
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 01:32 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's how-it-all-unfolded department:
Earlier this year, hackers obtained and leaked the episodes of TV show Orange Is the New Black. In a candid interview, Larson Studios' chief engineer David Dondorf explained how the audio post-production business allowed the hacker group to gain access to the Netflix original content. Dandorf says the company hired private data security experts to find how it was breached. The investigation found that the hacker group had been searching the internet for PCs running older versions of Windows and stumbled across an old computer at Larson Studios still running Windows 7. From the report: Larson's employees just didn't know all that much about it. Having a computer running an ancient version of Windows on the network was clearly a terrible lack of oversight, as was not properly separating internal servers from the internet. "A lot of what went on was ignorance," admitted Rick Larson. "We are a small company. Did we even know what the content security departments were at our clients? Absolutely not. I couldn't have told you who to call. I can now." It's a fascinating story about how the hacker group first made contact and tried to threaten Larson Studios' president and his wife, and how they responded. Worth a read.

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Till All Are One issue 11 iTunes Preview
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 12:51 PM
By Sol Fury from TFW2005:
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Apple’s iTunes has updated with a three page preview of the upcoming Transformers: Till All Are One issue 11. The latest preview has Starscream in a hospital – and machinations follow! As a bonus, spot the cameo by the Beast Hunters version of Transformers Prime Ratchet as “the doctor”! Till All Are One #5 arrives on July 5th, so be sure to check it out when it arrives! In the meantime, enjoy this preview.

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Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 12:30 PM
By (Tycho) from Penny Arcade:
After Gabriel tried Arms during the Global Test Punch and bounced completely off the experience, I did my best to advocate for the game. There’s something here, I said. Discrete, particular hands are an illusion, I said - the hand is a mutable concept. There’s a way to mash buttons playing the game but that’s not where it tops out. It looks goofy as hell, but don’t be fooled. I advocated so hard and for so long that I neglected to buy the game when it came out. Maybe I was busy creating worlds or losing at Warmachine. But there must…

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Even Telecom Workers Don't Want To Talk On the Phone
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 12:11 PM
By msmash from Slashdot's how-we-live department:
An anonymous reader shares a report: Of the 1,000 Americans surveyed by Fundera, more than half said they prefer email, even though an often overflowing inbox has been proven to hinder productivity. Other methods of communicating paled in comparison. For instance, face-to-face conversations came in a distant second, preferred by only 15.8% of respondents, while phone calls came in at the bottom across 17 different industries. Even telecom workers don't want to talk on the phone: 70% would prefer to use instant messages or email.

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