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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

El Reg - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 1:27am
Tiny percentage of ladies checked messages, it seems

When the Ashley Madison databases were splashed all over internet by hackers, it emerged that about 31 million accounts on the Tinder-for-affairs website were created by men. And about 5 million by women.…

Password 'XXXXairocon' pops Wi-Fi routers from ASUS, ZTE and others

El Reg - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 12:58am
More gateways join SOHOpeless shame file

A bunch of home gateway vendors, presumably sourcing their firmware from the same place, can be hijacked using depressingly common hard-coded logins.…

More Radeon/AMDGPU Fixes Line-Up For Linux 4.3

Phoronix - Thu, 27/08/2015 - 12:12am
With having more time until the Linux 4.3 merge window, Alex Deucher of AMD sent in more changes for the Radeon and AMDGPU DRM kernel drivers, albeit it's mostly fixes...

FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

El Reg - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 11:51pm
Ex-manager at model's favorite MMO charged en route to China

A former games company executive, who allegedly tried to steal trade secrets from his old bosses and flee to China, has been arrested and charged by the FBI.…

How To Keep Microsoft's Nose Out of Your Personal Data In Windows 10

Slashdot - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 11:50pm
MojoKid writes: Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize leaks as much as possible are often requested by users who have recently made the jump to the new operating system. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade soon, it's worth bearing in mind a number of privacy-related options that are available, even during the installation/upgrade. If you are already running the OS and forgot to turn them off during installation (or didn't even see them), they can be accessed via the Settings menu on the start menu, and then selecting Privacy from the pop-up menu. Among these menus are a plethora of options regarding what data can be gathered about you. It's worth noting, however, that changing any of these options may disable various OS related services, namely Cortana, as Microsoft's digital assistant has it tendrils buried deep.

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nbn™'s Sky Muster satellite lands in French Guiana

El Reg - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 11:36pm
Rocket carrying broadband-beaming satellite aloft on Sept 30 is on the launchpad

PICS  nbnTM, the entity building and operating Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) is just 34 days away from putting its very own satellite into orbit, and the organisation's communications operatives are starting to reveal a little about the bird.…

Facebook Is Now Working On Its Own Digital Assistant Called M

Slashdot - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 11:05pm
Mark Wilson writes: Sounding like a character from a James Bond movie, M is Facebook's personal digital assistant. Ready to compete with the likes of Cortana, M will live inside Facebook Messenger and take artificial intelligence a step further. Rather than just helping you to find information or create calendar entries, M will actually perform tasks on your behalf. Once up and running, M will be able to book restaurants for you, purchase shopping, and more. It will also be possible to use the service to ask for advice — such as looking for somewhere to visit nearby, or gift suggestions — and Facebook says the AI behind M is "trained and supervised by people".

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"Sensationalized Cruelty": FCC Complaints Regarding Game of Thrones

Slashdot - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 10:22pm
v3rgEz writes: As a cable channel, the FCC has little to no jurisdiction over HBO's content. That doesn't stop people from complaining to them about them, however, and after a FOIA request, the FCC released numerous complaints regarding the network's Game of Thrones. While there were the usual and expected lamentations about 'open homosexual sex acts,' other users saw Game of Thrones as a flashpoint in the war of Net Neutrality.

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Preview Results For HD Graphics 530 With Linux 4.3's DRM-Next & Mesa 11.0

Phoronix - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 10:17pm
Continuing on from the articles earlier today about Linux 4.3 Will Let Skylake Graphics Play Out-Of-The-Box and Building Mesa 11.0 On Ubuntu Linux, here are a few very early test results when comparing the performance of the Intel Skylake graphics on Ubuntu 15.04 to the DRM-Next code to be integrated into Linux 4.3 as well as Mesa 11.0 in its near-final state...

You're hosting Uncle Sam's files in the cloud. You get hacked. This is what happens next

El Reg - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 10:09pm
New rules for IT providers

The US government has posted a new set of rules outlining how cloud providers should report IT security cockups that involve Uncle Sam's data.…

Why Modular Smartphones Are Such a Nightmare To Develop

Slashdot - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 9:40pm
itwbennett writes: Last week Google postponed tests of its Project Ara until next year. Mikael Ricknäs has written about why developing such devices is particularly difficult. The biggest challenge, writes Ricknäs, 'is the underlying architecture, the structural frame and data backbone of the device, which makes it possible for all the modules to communicate with each other. It has to be so efficient that the overall performance doesn't take a hit and still be cheap and frugal with power consumption.' For more on Project Ara and its challenges, watch this Slashdot interview with the project's firmware lead Marti Bolivar.

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Deja vMware: 'Virty biz to buy its parent EMC' rumor just won't die

El Reg - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 9:22pm
Could be on; could be off

Rumors that VMware will buy EMC – which owns 80 per cent of VMware – are back from the dead. And just in time for VMworld 2015, to be held next week in San Francisco.…

Verizon Retrofits Vintage Legacy Vehicles With Smart Features

Slashdot - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 8:58pm
An anonymous reader writes: Verizon have released an after-market system called Hum that can bring 'smart' features to 150 million existing cars of various vintages going as far back as 1999. The system consists of an on-board diagnostic (OBD) reader plugged into the vehicle's OBD port and a Bluetooth-enabled device clipped to the visor. It's the presence of the ODB port that limits the maximum age of the car to 1996. Hum comes with an app, and enables features such as automatic accident reporting, roadside assistance services and the tracking of stolen cars. The service will cost $14.99 per month via subscription.

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More From Tim O'Reilly about the 'WTF?!' Economy (Videos)

Slashdot - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 8:16pm
More From Tim O'Reilly about the 'WTF?!' Economy (Video) On August 12 we ran two videos of Tim O'Reilly talking with Slashdot's Tim Lord about changes in how we work, what jobs we do, and who profits from advances in labor-saving technology. Tim (O'Reilly, that is) had written an article titled, The WTF Economy, which contained this paragraph: "What do on-demand services, AI, and the $15 minimum wage movement have in common? They are telling us, loud and clear, that we’re in for massive changes in work, business, and the economy." We're seeing a shift from cabs to Uber, but what about the big shift when human drivers get replaced by artificial intelligence? Ditto airplane pilots, burger flippers, and some physicians. WTF? Exactly. Once again we have a main video and a second one available only in Flash (sorry about that), along with a text transcript that covers both videos. Good thought-provoking material, even if you think you're so special that no machine could possibly replace you.

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IBM Tells Administrators To Block Tor On Security Grounds

Slashdot - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 7:30pm
Mickeycaskill writes: IBM says Tor is increasingly being used to scan organizations for flaws and launch DDoS, ransomware and other attacks. Tor, which provides anonymity by obscuring the real point of origin of Internet communications, was in part created by the US government, which helps fund its ongoing development, due to the fact that some of its operations rely on the network. However, the network is also widely used for criminal purposes. A report by the IBM says administrators should block access to Tor , noting a "steady increase" an attacks originating from Tor exit nodes, with attackers increasingly using Tor to disguise botnet traffic. "Spikes in Tor traffic can be directly tied to the activities of malicious botnets that either reside within the Tor network or use the Tor network as transport for their traffic," said IBM. "Allowing access between corporate networks and stealth networks can open the corporation to the risk of theft or compromise, and to legal liability in some cases and jurisdictions."

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Krebs: I know who hacked Ashley Madison

El Reg - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 7:20pm
Plus: '123456' and 'password' are popular, er, passwords on the affairs-R-us website

It appears someone closely linked to the hacking gang that ransacked adultery website Ashley Madison has accidentally outed him or herself.…

Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

El Reg - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 7:08pm
O Rovio, Rovio, wherefore art thou, Rovio?

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees.…

Linux 4.3 Will Let Skylake Graphics Play Out-Of-The-Box

Phoronix - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 6:47pm
In my testing of Intel's Skylake processor this month, there's been a silly/annoying issue that will fortunately be a problem of the past with the Linux 4.3 kernel...

Interviews: L5 Society Cofounder Keith Henson Answers Your Questions

Slashdot - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 6:45pm
Last week you had the chance to ask electrical engineer and L5 society co-founder Keith Henson about space colonization, his solar power satellite project, and his run-ins with Scientology. Below you'll find his answers to your questions.

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Here's my validation report . . .

Windows Genuine Disadvantage [XP] - Wed, 26/08/2015 - 6:30pm

Will you be able to resolve my 'not Genuine' with the attached? I have a DELL Inspiron with Win7 PRO and have a COA. The Service Tag is: F6XKN02.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Robert Wilkinson


Diagnostic Report (1.9.0027.0):
Windows Validation Data-->

Validation Code: 0x8004FE21
Cached Online Validation Code: 0x0
Windows Product Key: *****-*****-M3DJT-4J3WC-733WD
Windows Product Key Hash: xo+ajVSpae7/4VoZjS7m6JL0f3A=
Windows Product ID: 00371-OEM-8992671-00524
Windows Product ID Type: 2
Windows License Type: OEM SLP
Windows OS version: 6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048
ID: {ADB076A6-F5A9-4FE1-9FB1-EEC281B325C4}(3)
Is Admin: Yes
TestCab: 0x0
LegitcheckControl ActiveX: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Product Name: Windows 7 Professional
Architecture: 0x00000009
Build lab: 7601.win7sp1_gdr.140706-1506
TTS Error:
Validation Diagnostic:
Resolution Status: N/A

Vista WgaER Data-->
ThreatID(s): N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

Windows XP Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
File Exists: No
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaTray.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
WgaLogon.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Notifications Data-->
Cached Result: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Version: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAExec.exe Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
OGAAddin.dll Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002

OGA Data-->
Office Status: 109 N/A
OGA Version: N/A, 0x80070002
Signed By: N/A, hr = 0x80070002
Office Diagnostics: 025D1FF3-364-80041010_025D1FF3-229-80041010_025D1FF3-230-1_025D1FF3-517-80040154_025D1FF3-237-80040154_025D1FF3-238-2_025D1FF3-244-80070002_025D1FF3-258-3

Browser Data-->
Proxy settings: N/A
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Win32)
Default Browser: C:\Program Files (x86)\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disabled
Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Allowed
Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disabled
Allow scripting of Internet Explorer Webbrowser control: Disabled
Active scripting: Allowed
Script ActiveX controls marked as safe for scripting: Allowed

File Scan Data-->
File Mismatch: C:\Windows\system32\sppc.dll[Hr = 0x800703ee]

Other data-->
Office Details: <GenuineResults><MachineData><UGUID>{ADB076A6-F5A9-4FE1-9FB1-EEC281B325C4}</UGUID><Version>1.9.0027.0</Version><OS>6.1.7601.2.00010100.1.0.048</OS><Architecture>x64</Architecture><PKey>*****-*****-*****-*****-733WD</PKey><PID>00371-OEM-8992671-00524</PID><PIDType>2</PIDType><SID>S-1-5-21-2747515057-2250478499-524570304</SID><SYSTEM><Manufacturer>Dell Inc.</Manufacturer><Model>Inspiron 3847</Model></SYSTEM><BIOS><Manufacturer>Dell Inc.</Manufacturer><Version>A02</Version><SMBIOSVersion major="2" minor="7"/><Date>20131203000000.000000+000</Date></BIOS><HWID>330E3507018400F4</HWID><UserLCID>0409</UserLCID><SystemLCID>0409</SystemLCID><TimeZone>Eastern Standard Time(GMT-05:00)</TimeZone><iJoin>0</iJoin><SBID><stat>3</stat><msppid></msppid><name></name><model></model></SBID><OEM><OEMID>DELL  </OEMID><OEMTableID>WN09   </OEMTableID></OEM><GANotification/></MachineData><Software><Office><Result>109</Result><Products/><Applications/></Office></Software></GenuineResults> 

Spsys.log Content: 0x80070002

Licensing Data-->
Software licensing service version: 6.1.7601.17514

Name: Windows(R) 7, Professional edition
Description: Windows Operating System - Windows(R) 7, OEM_SLP channel
Activation ID: 50e329f7-a5fa-46b2-85fd-f224e5da7764
Application ID: 55c92734-d682-4d71-983e-d6ec3f16059f
Extended PID: 00371-00178-926-700524-02-1033-7601.0000-2182015
Installation ID: 007412960996212604222151538385286890954024047366820086
Processor Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88338
Machine Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88339
Use License URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88341
Product Key Certificate URL: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=88340
Partial Product Key: 733WD
License Status: Licensed
Remaining Windows rearm count: 2
Trusted time: 8/26/2015 2:20:58 PM

Windows Activation Technologies-->
HrOffline: 0x8004FE21
HrOnline: N/A
HealthStatus: 0x0000000000000020
Event Time Stamp: 8:20:2015 08:26
ActiveX: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
Admin Service: Registered, Version: 7.1.7600.16395
HealthStatus Bitmask Output:
Tampered File: %systemroot%\system32\sppc.dll|sppc.dll.mui

HWID Data-->

OEM Activation 1.0 Data-->

OEM Activation 2.0 Data-->
BIOS valid for OA 2.0: yes
Windows marker version: 0x20001
OEMID and OEMTableID Consistent: yes
BIOS Information:
  ACPI Table Name OEMID Value OEMTableID Value
  APIC   DELL    WN09  
  FACP   DELL    WN09  
  HPET   DELL    WN09  
  MCFG   DELL    WN09  
  FPDT   DELL    WN09  
  LPIT   DELL    WN09  
  SLIC   DELL    WN09  
  SSDT   PmRef  Cpu0Ist
  SSDT   PmRef  Cpu0Ist
  SSDT   PmRef  Cpu0Ist
  SSDT   PmRef  Cpu0Ist

Robert B. Wilkinson

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