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POODLE vuln dogs Australian consumer modems

El Reg - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 2:14am
Freak out! Source tells Vulture South there's 100,000 vulnerable hosts out there

The persistent awfulness of consumer broadband modems is once again in evidence, with the Poodle and Freak bugs present in a huge number of Australian households.…

NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

Slashdot - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 2:02am
An anonymous reader writes: The NSA employs tens of thousands of people, and they're constantly recruiting more. They're looking for 1,600 new workers this year alone. Now that their reputation has taken a major hit with the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden, they aren't sure they'll be able to meet that goal. Not only that, but the NSA has to compete with other companies, and they Snowden leaks made many of them more competitive: "Ever since the Snowden leaks, cybersecurity has been hot in Silicon Valley. In part that's because the industry no longer trusts the government as much as it once did. Companies want to develop their own security, and they're willing to pay top dollar to get the same people the NSA is trying to recruit." If academia's relationship with the NSA continues to cool, the agency could find itself struggling within a few years.

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This one weird trick deletes any YouTube flick in just a few clicks

El Reg - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 1:57am
No Minecraft videos were harmed in the making of this exploit

Security bod Kamil Hismatullin has disclosed a simple method to delete any video from YouTube.…

Ethernet Alliance plots 1.6 terabit-per-second future

El Reg - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 1:29am
In 2025 you'll run 100 Gbps on the server, 400 Gbps on the switch and 1 Tbps on the router

Think 100 Gbps Ethernet is The Coming Thing? You ain't seen nothing yet: one of the venerable standard's custodians wants it going a hundred times faster by the end of another decade.…

AWS flops out massive D to vaporise big data rigs

El Reg - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 12:55am
Cloud titan makes a play for Map Reduce and massively parallel workloads

Big data's a fine concept, but when it meets the real world of buying kit to run it on things can get nasty because the cost of the rigs required to crunch lots of data can be very considerable.…

Harper review: break up ACCC, free up IP*, let freedom reign

El Reg - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 12:44am
*Except for movies – what did you expect?

Australia's federal government has conducted a review into competition policy and there's plenty in it to ponder for the country's tech sector.…

Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

Slashdot - Wed, 01/04/2015 - 12:20am
HughPickens.com writes: When you become an actor, landing a role in a movie as big as Star Wars may seem like a dream come true. But Tatiana Siegel and Borys Kit report at The Hollywood Reporter that six movies in, the Star Wars franchise has only spawned one megastar: Harrison Ford, unusual for a series of this magnitude. Neither Ewan McGregor nor Liam Neeson was helped by the franchise and the list of acting careers that never took off is even longer, from original stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher to Jake Lloyd (young Anakin Skywalker) and most notably Hayden Christensen, whose star was on the rise when he nabbed 2002's Attack of the Clones. Even Natalie Portman, who already had a hot career before Episodes I-III, admitted she struggled after the exposure. "Everyone thought I was a horrible actress," says Portman. "I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me." So what's the problem? "When you sign up for this, you're signing your life away, and you're keeping yourself from any other franchises out there," says an agent whose client is one of the stars of Episode VII. "They will not let you be in another franchise. They're going to be cranking out a new movie every year. These actors never get to read the script before signing on. They don't even know which [subsequent] one they are in. And then they become known for that role, and it's hard to see them in [another] kind of movie." Still, agents keep pursuing roles in the upcoming films even though newcomers can only command a meager $65,000 to $125,000 for Episode VII. "It secures all involved a place in film history," says agent Sarah Fargo, "and guarantees a huge global audience, enhancing an actor's marketability."

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We're In a Golden Age of Star Trek Webseries Right Now

Slashdot - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 11:59pm
New submitter DakotaSmith writes: io9 has an article explaining why We're Living In The Golden Age Of Star Trek Webseries Right Now. If you're a true geek, you probably already know about Star Trek Continues and Star Trek: Phase II. (If you're a true geek and you don't know about them, run — do not walk, run — to watch "Lolani." Your brain— and more importantly, your heart — will love you for the rest of your life.) But there's more to it than that. A lot more. How about the years'-long wait for Act IV of Starship Exeter : "The Tressaurian Intersection"? Or Yorktown: "A Time to Heal" — an attempt to resurrect an aborted fan film from 1978 starring George Takei? For fans of old-school Star Trek (the ones who pre-date "Trekker" and wear "Trekkie" as a badge of honor), not since 1969 has there been a better time to watch Star Trek: The Original Series. (Oh, and there's plenty content out there for you "Trekkers" and NextGen-era fans. It all varies in quality, but it doesn't take much effort to find them. This is truly a Golden Age. Recognize it and enjoy it while it lasts.)

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Verizon: FINE OK, you can now rid your life of our stalker supercookies

El Reg - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 11:40pm
Sure, they're still undeletable, but if you ask nicely we'll turn it off

Verizon has finally got around to giving its subscribers the option to opt out of its controversial supercookie tracking program. Customers can find the switch in their My Verizon account settings, or by calling the toll-free number (866) 211-0874.…

Google Unveils the Chromebit: an HDMI Chromebook Dongle

Slashdot - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 11:39pm
An anonymous reader writes: Today Google unveiled a new device: the Chromebit. It's a small compute stick that contains the Rockchip 3288 processor, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage — much like a low-end Chromebook. It connects to a TV or monitor through an HDMI port. (It also has a USB port for power and plugging in peripherals.) Google says the Chromebit is their solution for turning any display into a computer, and it will cost under $100. Google also announced a couple of new Chromebooks as well. Haier and Hisense models will cost $150, and an ASUS model with a rotating display will cost $250.

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Mario 64 Remake Receives a DMCA Complaint From Nintendo

Slashdot - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 11:18pm
jones_supa writes: Well, we saw this one coming. Just a couple of days after computer science student Erik Roystan Ross released a free recreation of the first level of Nintendo's 1996 Super Mario 64, Nintendo filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint. It was sent to the content distribution network CloudFlare and the complaint asked to immediately disable public access to the page hosting the remade game. CloudFlare forwarded the complaint to the person hosting Ross' game, after which the hosting provider (a friend of Ross) had to take the game down. Nintendo also sent Ross takedown notices for his downloadable desktop versions of the Bob-Omb Battlefield. Nintendo is famously protective of its copyright, taking issue even with "Let's Play" videos posted on YouTube and threatening to shut down live-streamed Super Smash Bros tournaments."

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Report: Facebook Tracks Visitors Who Have Opted Out, Violating EU Law

Slashdot - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:58pm
itwbennett writes: In a technical analysis (PDF) of Facebook's tracking practices, researchers found that Facebook tracks everyone who visits its site, including people who don't have an account, and even continues to track users and non-users who have opted out of targeted ads. The problem with these practices is that the cookies are placed without consent, which under EU law is only allowed if there is a strict necessity to do so. Facebook disputes the report: "We have explained in detail the inaccuracies in the earlier draft report (after it was published) directly to the Belgian DPA, who we understand commissioned it, and have offered to meet with them to explain why it is incorrect, but they have declined to meet or engage with us."

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Atmel stoops to an 'all-time low' in Internet of Things battle

El Reg - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:57pm
Claims new microcontroller family is Cortex-M world's least power greedy silicon

Atmel reckons it has crafted the world's lowest-power ARM Cortex-M microcontrollers, a family of chips that can go for "decades" on the same batteries. The SAM-L21 family is aimed at "fire alarms, healthcare, medical, wearable, and devices placed in rural, agriculture, offshore and other remote areas."…

Intel boosts low-end PCs, laptops with Atom-powered 'Braswell' SoCs

El Reg - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:39pm
14-nanometer chips deliver modest speeds at low power

Without much fanfare, details have begun to emerge about Intel's latest line of Atom system-on-chips for low-end desktop PCs, and laptops.…

Thousand-Year-Old Eye Salve Kills MRSA

Slashdot - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:37pm
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists at the University of Nottingham used a recipe from an ancient medical text to successfully kill golden staph bacteria, also known as MRSA, the superbug commonly found in hospitals. Bald's Leechbook calls for leeks, garlic, brass, wine and other ingredients to create an eye salve for curing an infected eyelash. The salve has been found to be effective in killing the MRSA at least as well any modern remedy.

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US still hoarding zero-day app vulnerabilities, say EFF campaigners

El Reg - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:19pm
Uncle Sam keeps security hole glory box locked tight

The Electronic Frontiers Foundation reckons America's spooks aren't living up to the Obama administration's 2014 statement that it would disclose more vulnerabilities than it hoarded.…

Telco and IT courses merged in TAFE tech teaching refresh

El Reg - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:17pm
Two training packages become one and telco qualifications get a boost

IT training courses offered in Australia's technical and further education (TAFE) colleges and by private training outfits have been given a major overhaul.…

SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

Slashdot - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 10:15pm
schwit1 writes: If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court clarified and affirmed that law on Monday, when it ruled on Torrey Dale Grady v. North Carolina (PDF), before sending the case back to that state's high court. The Court's short but unanimous opinion helps make sense of how the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable search and seizure, interacts with the expanding technological powers of the U.S. government. "The only theory we discern [...] is that the State's system of nonconsensual satellite-based monitoring does not entail a search within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment. That theory is inconsistent with this Court's precedents."

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CSC tells execs to stay quiet on Australian bribery scandal

El Reg - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 9:32pm
Memo to senior leaders says 'we know nuh-think!' about ServiceMesh mess

Senior executives at CSC have been told to say nothing substantive about the bribery scandal surrounding ServiceMesh, the source of CSC's “Agility” technology.…

Microsoft Announces Surface 3 Tablet

Slashdot - Tue, 31/03/2015 - 9:32pm
An anonymous reader writes: Today Microsoft announced the latest device in their line of Windows tablets: the Surface 3. The tablet runs a full version of Windows (the troublesome "RT" line has been deprecated), and aims to compete with Apple's iPad. The Surface 3 has a 10.8" screen running at 1920x1280 (note the 3:2 ratio). It's 8.7mm thick and weighs 622 grams (1.27 lbs). They're somewhat vague about the battery life, but they say it will last up to 10 hours "based on video playback." They've also made it possible to charge the device with a standard micro-USB charger. The base device with 64GB storage, 2GB RAM, and Wi-Fi will cost $500, and it'll scale up with more storage, more ram, and 4G LTE connectivity. (It maxes out at 4GB RAM, so any heavy-duty gaming is probably out of the question.) The keyboard is still a separate $130 accessory as well.

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