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Google Maps Now Lets You Explore Your Local Planets and Moons

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Google has added three planets and nine moons to Google Maps. "The heavenly bodies include Saturn moons Dione, Enceladus, Iapetus, Mimas, Rhea and Titan, and Jupiter moons Europa, Ganymede and Io," reports CNET. "Google also added dwarf-planets Pluto and Ceres and full-planet Venus." From the report: Once inside Google Maps for planets, you can spin the space objects around, get more information on their place names and zoom in for a closer look. The new worlds are possible thanks to imagery from NASA and the European Space Agency. NASA's dearly departed Cassini spacecraft sent back a treasure trove of views of Saturn's moons. If you have a few moments to spare, fire up a browser, go to your current location on Google Maps, enter satellite mode and hit the zoom-out button until you've left the planet and are "floating" in space. A list of available planets and moons pops up on the side and you're off on your space adventure.

How did I know that they were going to color Venus

By Rei • Score: 3 • Thread

... orange? They always draw the surface orange or red.

Venus's surface is primarily basalts. Which are dark gray. More specifically MORBs, and in particular the gabbro family. Daylight is yellowish-orange, but the surface is not.

Anyway, it's a rather neat tool, so kudos to them for making it :)

Essential Is Getting Sued For Allegedly Stealing Wireless Connector Technology

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"Keyssa, a wireless technology company backed by iPod creator and Nest founder Tony Fadell, filed a lawsuit against Essential on Monday, alleging that the company stole trade secrets and breached their nondisclosure agreement," reports Gizmodo. Keyssa has proprietary technology that reportedly lets users transfer large files in a matter of seconds by holding two devices side by side. From the report: According to the lawsuit, Keyssa and Essential engaged in conversations in which the wireless tech company "divulged to Essential proprietary technology enabling every facet of Keyssa's wireless connectivity," all of which was protected under a non-disclosure agreement. More specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Keyssa "deployed a team 20 of its top engineers and scientists" to educate Essential on its proprietary tech, sending them "many thousands of confidential emails, hundreds of confidential technical documents, and dozens of confidential presentations." Essential ended this relationship after over 10 months and later told Keyssa that its engineers would use a competing chip in the Essential Phone. But Keyssa is accusing Essential of including techniques in its phone that were gleaned from their relationship, despite their confidentiality agreement. Central to this lawsuit is one of the Essential Phone's key selling points: the option to swap in modular add-ons, made possible thanks to the phone's unique cordless connector. In short, if Keyssa's claims hold water, then one of the phone's defining factors is a product of theft.

Did it 20 years ago...

By Gabest • Score: 3 • Thread
Do you know how we bypassed wifi and bluetooth? We just directed our infra ports towards each other and the magic happened.

"wireless connector"

By NoNonAlphaCharsHere • Score: 3 • Thread
I do not think that word means what you think it means.

Ophelia Became a Major Hurricane Where No Storm Had Before

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The system formerly known as Hurricane Ophelia is moving into Ireland on Monday, bringing "status red" weather throughout the day to the island. The Irish National Meteorological Service, Met Eireann, has warned that, "Violent and destructive gusts of 120 to 150km/h are forecast countrywide, and in excess of these values in some very exposed and hilly areas. There is a danger to life and property." Ophelia transitioned from a hurricane to an extra-tropical system on Sunday, but that only marginally diminished its threat to Ireland and the United Kingdom on Monday, before it likely dissipates near Norway on Tuesday. The primary threat from the system was high winds, with heavy rains. Forecasters marveled at the intensification of Ophelia on Saturday, as it reached Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale and became a major hurricane. For a storm in the Atlantic basin, this is the farthest east that a major hurricane has been recorded during the satellite era of observations. Additionally, it was the farthest north, at 35.9 degrees north, that an Atlantic major hurricane has existed this late in the year since 1939.

Re:Those were the days.

By quantaman • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Pacific Blob? How are you so confident there wasn't a "pacific blob" in the 1600s? Do we have satellite observations of oceanic temperatures from the 17th century to back that up? Are you assembling that data from observations? Did they have calibrated temperature probes taking measurements day and night thousands of miles out at sea?


It seems to me that a lot of your belief system is built on inferences and assumptions. The largest of those being that the weather events of the 21st century have somehow made a biblical deviation from the norm. Anything approaching a climate "norm" is based on such a limited understanding of the world, it's hard to accept as the truth. Global Warming may be a new phenomenon. But if it is we need to treat it like a science with skepticism, and not like a religion.

Global warming very much is a science, and the researchers involved do examine their data and conclusions with a lot of skepticism and they do a lot of work figuring out how to test their assumptions (I suspect there's a bunch of actual papers dedicated to figuring out if there was a "pacific blob" in the 1600s). Of course there is some uncertainty over how serious the problem will be (though as evidence mounts the problem seems to be getting worse).

But you also need to be prudent. We're talking about taking mitigating action against the cautious projections. You are correct we're dealing with a lot of unknowns. If the scientists are underestimating we might be in a lot more trouble than we realize, this isn't some computer game where someone gave us a nice path to galactic colonization, it's quite possible that the byproducts of industrialization prove disastrous for human civilization.

Re:Those were the days.

By whoever57 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Your belief system seems to recognize climate data going back only a few decades, perhaps a century.

In fact, we have climate data going back further than you apparently believe. There are direct measurements of sea temperatures from the mid-18th century (ships logs) and many proxy measurements, going back far, far, further.

So, yes, we can tell that the rate of climate change is unprecedented.

Re:Those were the days.

By Namarrgon • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

We do in fact have direct observations of ocean temperatures dating as far back as 1662. Thermometers did exist before the days of satellites, even if accuracy and coverage wasn't up to modern standards. Temperatures recorded then weren't even close to what we're seeing today.

In fact, we have multiple lines of evidence going back much further than that (cited thoroughly in e.g. the IPCC WG1 reports such as Chapter 5, Paleoclimate Archives) that show that the speed of current climate changes are unprecedented in anything like recent history (including ice ages). This is not surprising, considering that we can clearly see from the observational record that levels of greenhouse gases have risen from "more or less normal" to "unprecedented in the last 800,000+ years" in just the last century or so. Our knowledge of past conditions is a lot less limited than you seem to think - maybe try browsing some of the papers cited in WG1.

Since the observational evidence is entirely consistent with our physical models of past conditions, based on the known atmospheric conditions, solar output, GHG concentrations, recorded volcanism etc, speculation that "it could've been different, we just don't know" won't gain you much traction in actual scientific circles. You'd have to provide pretty solid observational evidence of anomalous ocean temperatures in the past, if you want scientists to accept that such conditions were in any way likely.

Re:Those were the days.

By deviated_prevert • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Pacific Blob? How are you so confident there wasn't a "pacific blob" in the 1600s? Do we have satellite observations of oceanic temperatures from the 17th century to back that up? Are you assembling that data from observations? Did they have calibrated temperature probes taking measurements day and night thousands of miles out at sea? It seems to me that a lot of your belief system is built on inferences and assumptions. The largest of those being that the weather events of the 21st century have somehow made a biblical deviation from the norm. Anything approaching a climate "norm" is based on such a limited understanding of the world, it's hard to accept as the truth. Global Warming may be a new phenomenon. But if it is we need to treat it like a science with skepticism, and not like a religion.

Yes there have been anomalies and let us all hope beyond hope that this is indeed what we are seeing. The Maunder Minimum mini ice age that killed millions of poor people due to starvation and crop failure in Northern Europe and Russia during the Baroque era comes to mind.

Yes I have a healthy sense of scientific skepticism. But scientific skepticism does not help much when the bear decides that you are supper.

Who knows? For all we know about the solar system the sun might suddenly go into another cycle that puts the damper on global warming and makes the rapid burning of all the fossil fuels we can get our hands on a necessity for our survival. Some things however we can predict with a fair amount of certainty and with the very recent warming of the earths atmosphere and surface water temps, changes in dangerous weather patterns that will effect us drastically will happen within our life times and that of our children and this is a almost a certainty.

A rapid move now away from fossil fuel consumption might just save us if there is another mini ice age coming or if we blow ourselves up and in so doing actually test the nuclear winter hypothesis. Then again the MAD policy of the cold war served us well in one regard. At least it kept us from testing the nuclear winter hypothesis. Why some of us insist upon continuing to test the hypothesis of global warming by listening to the fossil fuel industry shills however is MAD in my books given the correlation between recent increases in C02 levels and the recent increases in global mean temperatures!

Re:Those were the days.

By Zocalo • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
I think you're mis-parsing the report a bit. What's exceptional here is the *combination* of factors; the strength of the storm, that it's so far east, *and* so late in the year. There have absolutely been recorded storms that are more powerful, further east, *or* later in the year, but not all three at the same time - hence it's of at least some note to those with an interest in meteology or climate change - even the deniers and skeptics, since they need to know about it to try debunk it. Yeah, there's an element of those dumb precedent stats (Oblig. XKCD) like "Party X has never lost the election when they've won seats Y & Z", but there's nothing wrong with the reporting - all it does is state a series of facts about the storm.

Google Photos Now Recognizes Your Pets

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Today, Google is introducing an easier way to aggregate your pet photos in its Photos app -- by allowing you to group all your pet's photos in one place, right beside the people Google Photos organized using facial recognition. TechCrunch reports: This is an improvement over typing in "dog," or another generalized term, because the app will now only group together photos of an individual pet together, instead of returning all photos you've captured with a "dog" in them. And like the face grouping feature, you can label the pet by name to more easily pull up their photos in the app, or create albums, movies or photo books using their pictures. In addition, Google Photos lets you type in an animal's breed to search for photos of pets, and it lets you search for photos using the dog and cat emojis. The company also earlier this year introduced a feature that would create a mini-movie starring your pet, but you can opt to make one yourself by manually selecting photos then choosing from a half-dozen tracks to accompany the movie, says Google.

Re: I can't fathom...

By Wycliffe • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

It is likely using the same codebase that is used to recognize individual people and could likely be expanded to other interesting research like recognizing individual birds in the wild.

As far as the pet angle, there are plenty of people that enjoy this kind of work and this kind of work is sadly increasing with things like pet pedicures and pet massages and things even more bizarre. There is a ton of money to be made from people who feed their dogs better than half the world's human population.

Netflix Adds 5.3 Million Subs In Q3, Beating Forecasts

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Netflix shows no signs of slowing down. The company announced its third quarter results, adding more subscribers in both the U.S. and abroad than expected. Variety reports: The company gained 850,000 streaming subs in the U.S. and 4.45 million overseas in the period. Analysts had estimated Netflix to add 784,000 net subscribers in the U.S. and 3.62 million internationally for Q3. "We added a Q3-record 5.3 million memberships globally (up 49% year-over-year) as we continued to benefit from strong appetite for our original series and films, as well as the adoption of internet entertainment across the world," the company said in announcing the results, noting that it had under-forecast both U.S. and international subscriber growth. Netflix also indicated that its content spending may be even higher next year than previously projected. The company had said it was targeting programming expenditures of $7 billion in 2018; on Monday, Netflix said it will spend between $7 billion and $8 billion on content (on a profit-and-loss basis) next year. For 2017, original content will represent more than 25% of total programming spending, and that "will continue to grow," Netflix said.

Now if they wou;ld just

By bobstreo • Score: 3 • Thread

Add more content. There is over 100 years of movies and over 75 years of television they could add pretty cheaply.

There seems to be less content now than there was when I first subscribed.

While content decreases

By sdinfoserv • Score: 3 • Thread
While # of "subs" and monthly cost continue to climb, actual content has deceased. In the 2 years 2014-2016, number of movies and TV shows decreased by 33% and 26% respectively.
Just this August, Disney has announced it's pulling it's entire library OFF Netflix in favor of its own streaming service.
What really torques me is that shows I should be able to see, I can't in the US due to greedy lawyers, but the shows are readily available to netflix in other countries (ie: Startrek Discovery)

But they're doomed!

By drinkypoo • Score: 3 • Thread

I heard here on Slashdot that they were doomed since they were removing content and raising prices! This is unpossible!

Microsoft's Fall Update With Redesigned Xbox Dashboard Is Now Available To All

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Microsoft has released the next big "Fall" update for the Xbox One, which focuses on speed and simplicity. Engadget reports: The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customization. The top-level section has four shortcuts (your current game, two personalized suggestions, and a deal from the Microsoft store) and a horizontal carousel underneath. The biggest change, however, is the new "Content Blocks" that sit below this screen. Scroll down and you'll find a series of large, visual panels dedicated to games and friends. These are completely customizable and act like miniature hubs for your favorite titles and communities. The quick-access Guide has been tweaked for speed, with small, horizontal tabs that you can slide between with the Xbox controller's LB and RB bumpers, D-pad or left thumbstick. If you launch the Guide while you're streaming or part of an active party, you'll also see the corresponding broadcast and party tabs by default. Other Guide tweaks include a new Tournaments section in the Multiplayer tab, which will summarize any official, professional or community tournaments that you've entered. In addition, Microsoft has overhauled the Community tab with a modern, grid-based layout. It's also tweaked the idle and screen dimming features that kick in when you walk away from the console momentarily. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson and Mike Ybarra, the Platform Engineer, have posted a walkthrough video on YouTube highlighting all the major new changes.

more like the 'fail update'

By vux984 • Score: 3 • Thread

"The top-level section has four shortcuts (your current game, two personalized suggestions, and a deal from the Microsoft store)"

So... one game and 3 ads. Thanks but no thanks, this is why i don't own an xbox.

"The first "Fluid Design" interface comes with a redesigned Home page, which is all about simplicity and customization. "

Ooo... customization! So, can I remove the useless top section that is 75% ads, and is wasting around 30% of the dashboard real-estate?

Guessing not.

Every Patch For 'KRACK' Wi-Fi Vulnerability Available Right Now

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: As reported previously by ZDNet, the bug, dubbed "KRACK" -- which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack -- is at heart a fundamental flaw in the way Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) operates. According to security researcher and academic Mathy Vanhoef, who discovered the flaw, threat actors can leverage the vulnerability to decrypt traffic, hijack connections, perform man-in-the-middle attacks, and eavesdrop on communication sent from a WPA2-enabled device. In total, ten CVE numbers have been preserved to describe the vulnerability and its impact, and according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the main affected vendors are Aruba, Cisco, Espressif Systems, Fortinet, the FreeBSD Project, HostAP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microchip Technology, Red Hat, Samsung, various units of Toshiba and Ubiquiti Networks. A list of the patches available is below. For the most up-to-date list with links to each patch/statement (if available), visit ZDNet's article.

Re:Better list

By olsmeister • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

how many products will be obsoleted by this?

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

due to manufacturers and vendors choosing NOT to fix this for whatever reason (they simply don't care, not cost effective, not enough users to justify the effort, product no longer sold, product too old, product is EOL, etc, etc)....

vista and older are fucked, routers and access points older than about 3 years are fucked, wireless gear from lesser known companies are fucked, tablets from major vendors more than 3 years old are fucked, tablets from unknown vendors are fucked, phones that aren't current models are fucked.. there's a lot of gear that is going to be junk.. a LOT.

Re:Open BSD Linux ... WTF

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

well I do love how OpenBSD already fixed this months ago

The discoverer of the vulnerability states on his website that openbsd (Theo Radt) broke the embargo in July. Not much to love with that, since it reduced the security of everybody else. You will notice that most everybody else (Google seems to have been asleep), had patches ready _today_. This was when the embargo was lifted.

Going to the discoverer's site ( ) last night got you a page that said, "just a test that domain name and webserver are working." Unlike Theo, he was honoring the embargo-- this morning, he posted info about the exploit on that website.

Ask Slashdot: What Are Some Hard Truths IT Must Learn To Accept?

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snydeq writes: "The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches -- IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks," writes Dan Tynan in an article on six hard truths IT must learn to accept. "It can be hard to admit that you've lost control over how your organization deploys technology, or that your network is porous and your code poorly written. Or no matter how much bandwidth you've budgeted for, it never quite seems to be enough, and that despite its bright promise, the cloud isn't the best solution for everything." What are some hard truths your organization has been dealing with? Tynan writes about how the idea of engineering teams sticking a server in a closet and using it to run their own skunkworks has become more open; how an organization can't do everything in the cloud, contrasting the 40 percent of CIOs surveyed by Gartner six years ago who believed they'd be running most of their IT operations in the cloud by now; and how your organization should assume from the get-go that your environment has already been compromised and design a security plan around that. Can you think of any other hard truths IT must learn to accept?

Re:The Cloud is your enemy.

By Strider- • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I would argue the opposite, especially if you are a small company.

This exactly. I work with a midsized non-profit (roughly $3,000,000/year revenues), and we didn't do credit cards for years because we didn't have the ability (or desire) to have to deal with the security hassles associated with them. We finally found a good partner/vendor and were able to outsource the credit card portion of our online operations to them, and with the long delayed arrival of proper EMV terminals in the US, we can finally handle them on-site without having to take absurd security precautions.

In effect, the unencrypted/unsecured cardholder never, ever, touches our networks or computers. All we get from the payment processor is a hash that confirms the payment, and allows us to reconcile and/or reverse the charge if needed. It works great, and is far more secure than something I could have rigged up as a volunteer.

Hard Truth: Be a lifelong learner or get out of IT

By ErichTheRed • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I'm 42, so I'm officially an old fart when it comes to my IT job. I'm in a senior engineering/systems architect job and one of my favorite aspects of it is my unofficial duty to impart wisdom on the newbies. My "hard truth" about IT that surprisingly few people truly grasp is that you can't get comfortable being the expert at one particular thing and coast. Even 10 years ago you could do that...I know so many people who make more than I do jumping from contract to contract doing CCNP-level router work or being the "EMC/HPE/IBM storage wizard." The formula for success used to be to pick a vendor, steep yourself in the technology, then get and keep certifications while learning what's new every few years. This is rapidly going away...regardless of what you think of cloud, CIOs hear the magic word "OpEx" and suddenly all that on-premises hardware and knowledge is out the window. For years, I did a combination of Windows Server, Citrix XenApp and System Center as my core skills, while trying to learn as much as I could about other areas. Even that has changed so much in the past couple of years...desktop apps are being replaced with web apps, containers, APIs, anything that abstracts the client layer and makes it look and act like a smartphone.

These days, one of my jobs is to do the systems design for a huge project in Azure. Anyone thinking they can just pick up a cloud provider's stack of tools overnight is in for a bit of a shock. Couple that with the fact that all the cloud vendors are releasing whole new features every week and existing features change almost as often. Part of my job has been trying to get as many of our engineering staff on board for learning cloud stuff, and it's been a challenge with a couple of people.

Keeping up with all the knowledge needed to be the guy they keep on staff when all the routine work is offshore is hard. I have had to dedicate a lot of off-work time to it, because no company trains their staff of the things I hate about IT not being recognized as a real profession. The reward for doing this is a very interesting job and, not surprisingly, a higher-pressure firehose to learn from. :-) Being a dad on top of this is tough requires lots of time management, late night reading and watching videos at 2x speed to do this and be a functioning parent.

So yeah...if you want to keep an IT job, especially as things get more and more abstract, broaden your skill set and learn as much as you can get your brain around.

Re: Agile is bullshit

By sheramil • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

...the reason you stand for a meeting is to keep it short by making it physically uncomfortable for the participants. Standing is actually doing exactly what you want: reducing meeting time.

Then why not reduce meeting time further, by making it more physically uncomfortable? Set fire to anyone who shows up.

Re:People matter most, and there aren't enough

By lucm • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

I'm sure those blog posts from 2008 are fascinating, but when I see someone plugging twice his own blog in a Slashdot comment, it's an immediate SEO red flag.

This led me to google "Bruce F. Webster", and wow, dude did you really create your own Wikipedia entry using your own blog as source?

There's nothing in your bio that even remotely justify a wikipedia article, that's more like a LinkedIn profile.

if I wasn't a lazy bastard I'd edit your page to flag it as a WP:PROMO.

Where are the wikipedia nazis when we need them.

Re:People matter most, and there aren't enough

By Nethead • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Where are the wikipedia nazis when we need them?

They became write supremacists .

Apple To Appeal Five-Year-Long Patent Battle After $439.7 Million Loss

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Appel has been ordered to pay $439.7 million to the patent-holding firm VirnetX for infringing on four patented technologies that were apparently used in FaceTime and other iOS apps. According to The Verge, Apple plans to appeal the ruling -- continuing this long-running patent battle, which began back in 2012. From the report: VirnetX first filed suit against Apple in 2010, winning $368 million just two years later. It then sued again in 2012, which is the suit that's being ruled on today. Apple initially lost the suit, then filed for a mistrial. It won a new trial, lost that trial, was ordered to pay around $300 million, then lost some more and is now having that amount upped even further. That's because a judge found Apple guilty of willful infringement, bumping its payment amount from $1.20 per infringing Apple device to $1.80 per device. Those include certain iPhones, iPads, and Macs. VirnetX says the ruling is "very reasonable." Apple didn't issue a statement other than to say that it plans to appeal. While $440 million isn't a lot of money for Apple, there's principle at stake here: VirnetX is a patent troll that makes its money from licensing patents and suing other parties. The company's SEC filing states, "Our portfolio of intellectual property is the foundation of our business model."

Re:Patent troll

By msauve • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
"Indeed VirnetX would appear to be a patent troll"

No, absolutely not. Patent trolls don't go after multi-national corporations. They have weak or indefensible patents, and go after low-hanging fruit, trying to avoid court at all costs - they live on out-of-court settlements where the target figures paying is cheaper than fighting.

Now, they may be a NPE (non-practicing entity), which doesn't make products which use their patents, but that's another thing entirely. Lots of universities fall in that category - they don't make products, but license patents they developed with research. Nothing unethical about it, they developed or bought reasonable, enforceable patents. Say some Joe Blow patented something unique - he doesn't have the resources to fight an infringer like Apple, so he sells the patent to someone who does. The system works like it should, assuming you think patents should exist at all.

That the patent(s) in question here have held up across several cases shows they're not a patent troll.

Oh no!

By Gravis Zero • Score: 3 • Thread

Is someone trying to steal their rounded corners idea again?! ;)

Kaspersky Lab Finds Flash Vulnerability Through Microsoft Word

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Neowin: Kaspersky Lab, which has been under fire by the U.S. government as possibly being an agent of the Russian government and spying on U.S. computers, has found a previously unknown bug in Adobe Flash that was apparently exploited by a hacker group on October 10. Adobe issued a patch to fix the bug today. According to Kaspersky, "the exploit is delivered through a Microsoft Word document and deploys the FinSpy commercial malware." The company worked with Adobe to get a patch ready as quickly as possible, with Adobe releasing it a few hours ago. Users and agencies running the following versions of Adobe Flash will need to update immediately, as the vulnerability has been labeled as critical. The patch updates all versions of Adobe Flash to version


By PPH • Score: 3 • Thread

To see that people are still using Flash.

Uninstall Flash.

By Gravis Zero • Score: 3 • Thread

If you still have a Flash plugin installed then now is the proper time to uninstall it.

eBay Launches Authentication Service To Combat Counterfeit High-End Goods

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Ecommerce giant eBay has launched a previously announced service designed to combat the scourge of fake goods on the platform. From a report: eBay has proven popular with fake goods' sellers for some time, with fashion accessories and jewelry featuring highly on counterfeiters' agenda. The company announced eBay Authenticate way back in January with a broad focus on giving "high-end" goods an official stamp of approval prior to sale. Ultimately designed to encourage buyers to part with cash on expensive items, it uses a network of professional authenticators who take physical receipt of a seller's products, validates them, and then photographs, lists, and ships the goods to the successful buyer. For today's launch of eBay Authenticate, the service is only available for luxury handbags from 12 brands, including Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Valentino, though the program will be expanded to cover other luxury goods and brands from next year. "With tens-of-thousands of high-end handbags currently available, eBay is primed to boost customer confidence in selling and shopping for an amazing selection of designer merchandise," noted Laura Chambers, vice president of consumer selling at eBay. "We also believe our sellers will love this service, as it provides them with a white-glove service when selling luxury handbags."

And next year

By taustin • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

we'll be hearing how some manufacturers are using this system to block sale of used goods.

Good. No more rip offs

By LordKronos • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It's great that we can now validate the authenticity of these high end handbags. Now you'll never need to wonder whether you are getting ripped off or just legitimately fleeced

Re:Why does Ebay not do escrow?

By gravewax • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
The high quality knockoff handbags are now all handmade as well as the money for quality fakes is huge. It takes a trained eye to be able to spot the fakes. In Bali my wife was in one of the handbag shops and even when I told her they were fakes she was unable to spot any real signs of it on 2 of the chanel bags. (FYI the reason you can tell they are fakes is they were selling at 25% of actual retail price, before bartering)

What a relief

By nospam007 • Score: 3 • Thread

For the millions of buyers who want to buy new, genuine Louis Vuitton bags on fucking eBay.

Would be very useful for electronics items

By Vadim Makarov • Score: 3 • Thread

Forget handbags, there are high-end electronics accessories being cloned that I would not think would be cloned. The problem is, they do not work as well. Three examples I was personally burned by:

Logitech R800 presentation remote. Problems in the fake: the green laser failed and became faded in some weeks time, ditto detached internally as it was fixed in a small drop of glue, and the radio was unreliable (missed clicks in some rooms).

Canon TC80-N3 camera remote. Problem in the fake: the battery life was 1/15th of the Canon item. I.e., the same coin battery lasted a few months in the fake while it lasted about 10 years in the brand item.

Canon battery charger LC-E6. Problem in the fake: charged slowly, several hours instead of under an hour in the brand item. That one I returned immediately.

In all cases, the fake cost just as outrageously much as the brand item, was labeled as the brand item, and came in meticulously copied brand packaging with manual and all. It was actually impossible to tell the difference... until it developed problems. In two of the three cases, the malfunction was detected beyond the 2-month ebay money back warranty. I managed to return two items to the seller, trashed another. One item was bought on amazon marketplace, two on ebay. For this very reason, I'm now going to reputable dealers only (such as B&H Photo-Video) for any brand name electronics and computer accessory, no matter how small.

EPA Says Higher Radiation Levels Pose 'No Harmful Health Effect'

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Readers share a report: In the event of a dirty bomb or a nuclear meltdown, emergency responders can safely tolerate radiation levels equivalent to thousands of chest X-rays, the Environmental Protection Agency said in new guidelines that ease off on established safety levels. The EPA's determination sets a level ten times the drinking water standard for radiation recommended under President Barack Obama. It could lead to the administration of President Donald Trump weakening radiation safety levels, watchdog groups critical of the move say. "It's really a huge amount of radiation they are saying is safe," said Daniel Hirsch, the retired director of the University of California, Santa Cruz's program on environmental and nuclear policy. "The position taken could readily unravel all radiation protection rules." The change was included as part of EPA "guidance" on messaging and communications in the event of a nuclear power plant meltdown or dirty bomb attack. The FAQ document, dated September 2017, is part of a broader planning document for nuclear emergencies, and does not carry the weight of federal standards or law.

Re:Easy enough solution

By The Grim Reefer • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Putting this in some perspective, it's something less than 20 CT scans

I really hate when CT scans are used as an example. The range of exposure is so wide and varies a lot depending on the type of scanner it is. A cardiac function CT scan on a 10 year old scanner could be 30 mSv or higher. Yet the same scan on a 2 year old scanner would be under 5 mSv. And with a newer sequence from the last 6 months could be as low as 1 mSv. An angiogram from a few years ago could be 16 mSv, but are well under 1 mSv on a modern scanner. There are many scans that are done these days that are at .2 mSv.

It also depends on what body part is being scanned. The exposure in the extremities are different than the head or thorax. The age of a patient is also a big factor. hitting an 85 year old with 10 mSv is a hell of a lot different than a 6 month old.

Re:Easy enough solution

By mrclevesque • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

"Putting this in some perspective, it's something less than 20 CT scans. While that seems high, it's well within the range of what some (sick) people get. Not a great idea, but a 'tolerable' level of radiation."

In other words, it's tolerable for a sick person who might die if they don't get the scans, but it's not ok or 'tolerable' for a healthy person.

Re:If Obama did it, I'm against it

By penandpaper • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

How does it feel to be wrong so much?

If Obama didn't want "his legacy" undone he should have worked with congress instead of acting like a king with a pen and phone.

Re:Debated for a long time

By Mr D from 63 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Radiation exposure is well understand and extrapolated, and has been for years.

Yes, it is. And we've known that our safety limits have been ultra conservative for quite some time. Its not been a big issue because it hasn't necessarily caused any problematic compliance costs. However, it has caused confusion among the public that would naturally but wrongly assume that 100 times the safety limit must be a high risk danger when in most cases it isn't

The easy answer has always been to always do what you can to minimize exposure, so that's how we've characterized it, lower is better. But when we talk about something like a dirty bomb, its more important to eliminate fear and over-reaction with facts. It would be extremely hard to have a dirty bomb actually harm a large number of people, and if one went off near you the biggest danger would be the physical explosion, not the radiation.

The public risk perception of radiation is so far from reality, it could possibly make us do stupid things.

Re:Debated for a long time

By MrKaos • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Radiation exposure is well understand and extrapolated, and has been for years.

The public risk perception of radiation is so far from reality, it could possibly make us do stupid things.

Your perception of the risk from radiation is so far from reality, you've simplified the model to the point of being useless.

That's been my experience of your posts, that all of the knowledge gathered since the 1950s just doesn't exist. You don't understand :

  • The difference between a radionuclide and the radiation it emits
  • The difference between internal and external radiation exposure
  • The difference between being exposed to radiation and having an emitter inside you exposing you 24x7
  • What bioaccumulation is
  • That detection in food and water is really hard
  • That you can eat a radionuclide
  • That you can drink a radionuclide
  • That you can breathe in a radionuclide
  • That some radionuclides appear like different types of micro-nutirents to a matabolism
  • That it deposits in different parts of the body
  • That it can be organically bound in the body and not excreted
  • That organically bound exposure increases absorption of radiation
  • That it can be chemically toxic
  • That children are more susceptible than adults
  • That an effect could be death
  • That an effect could be cancer
  • That an effect could be gene damage
  • That an effect could be failed birth
  • That an effect could be a birth defect
  • That an effect could be transgenic disease that effect the next generation
  • That an effect could be reduced brainweight of, and lower IQ in infants
  • That there is still stuff we don't know

Then you:

  • Ignore facts even when they are cited from reputable sources
  • Don't seem to want to understand
  • Continue to shill as if you have an agenda
  • Claim everything is FUD
  • Minimize the apparent harm
  • Ignore data collected from unbiased sources
  • Refuse to accept that some data *is* biased Nuclear PR
  • Refuse to accept the impact of media blackout for Fukushima
  • Refuse to accept the work of Ukrainian scientists studying Chernobyl

There is a reason the NRC uses ALARA, figuring out this stuff is complicated and the easiest thing to do so your brain doesn't explode from thinking about it is to keep the potential risk of exposure ultra conservative.

Google Chrome for Windows Gets Basic Antivirus Features

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Google is rolling out a trio of important changes to Chrome for Windows users. From a report: At the heart of these changes is Chrome Cleanup. This feature detects unwanted software that might be bundled with downloads, and provides help with removing it. Google's Philippe Rivard explains that Chrome now has built-in hijack detection which should be able to detect when user settings are changes without consent. This is a setting that has already rolled out to users, and Google says that millions of users have already been protected against unwanted setting changes such as having their search engine altered. But it's the Chrome Cleanup tool that Google is particularly keen to highlight. A redesigned interface makes it easier to use and to see what unwanted software has been detected and singled out for removal.

I am afraid Chrome has now got the disease...

By bogaboga • Score: 3 • Thread

We are now witnessing feature creep as more features are being crammed into Chrome.

Google should style up and "fix" their current software, most of which suffers from usability issues and/or crappy implementation.

As a start: How about implementing basic sorting of video from photos [or having some kind of sensible filter] in their Google Photos offering?

Clever girl...

By the_skywise • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
What a clever way to scan every piece of software you download to your PC and data collect what you're downloading.

I'm sure they wouldn't use it to search for pirated software or movies...

Leave It To the Heat to Dull Autumn's Glory

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It's autumn. Somebody tell the trees. From a report: Ordinarily, two signals alert deciduous trees that it's time to relinquish the green hues of summer in favor of autumn's yellows, oranges and reds. First, the days begin to grow shorter. Second, the temperature begins to drop. But this year, unseasonably warm weather across most of the U.S. has tricked trees into delaying the onset of fall's color extravaganza. Temperatures in the eastern half of the country have been as much as 15 degrees above normal since mid-September, and the warmth is expected to persist through the end of October. The unfortunate result for leaf peepers is a lackluster fall. Two kinds of pigments produce the season's liveliest foliage. Carotenoid, responsible for yellows and oranges, is always present in leaves but is usually masked by chlorophyll. The initial trigger for its appearance is shorter days. Anthocyanin, responsible for reds and deep purples, is different. Not all deciduous trees have this pigment, and those that do manufacture it from scratch in the fall. The primary trigger for its appearance is lower temperatures. Without that cooling cue, the colors of maple and other species that generally ignite New England with brilliant reds this time of year are likely to fizzle.


By Train0987 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Not unless you view tech as an opportunity to propagandize climate change religion.

Looking at the world around us

By Geoffrey.landis • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Seems to me that explaining the world around us is of interest to nerds.

Not all "news for nerds" has to be "here's the latest update about Ruby on Rails implementation on Ubuntu run on a Raspberry Pi to mine bitcoin."


By hey! • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

(1) We have had an unseasonably warm fall.
(2) Cooling temperatures trigger the production of red and purple pigments in leaves.
(3) We expect to see less red foliage this year.

Explain to me which of these statements is *political*.

Skiing in Ohio

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I'm from Ohio, and I'm about 50 years old.

When I was a kid I used to go skiing. My parents would take me. We have a few local ski resorts, dinky little places. Boston Mills and Brandywine. Nothing much really. Basically a few ski lifts and a couple of hills not far from where the Cleveland Cavaliers used to play - the old Richfield Colosseum off route 303.

And the skiing wasn't bad. Nobody would mistake it for Veil Colorado, but it wasn't bad.

Now I'm older and you know what? It doesn't really snow in Ohio much anymore. I have two kids now. I really wanted to teach them how to ski and...I can't. We never get enough snow. Each resort these days will make artificial snow enough to keep one or two hills open, but it's basically an ice flow. You're not skiing, you're skating.

When I was a kid you'd see an occasional flurry in October. I once went trick-or-treating in the snow. Show would pick up through November and by Christmas we would have a few feet of snow that would last through February.

Now? It's too sporadic to build up a base to ski on. It'll snow, but then go up to 55 or 60 degrees and it all melts, then drop down to the mid 30s and hang for a week. Then drop to zero and snow. Then back up into the 50's. We never get anything worth skiing on. If we get a big snow it'll last for maybe a week or so. Enough to maybe go sledding on, but by the next week it's slush.

I don't give a crap about politics.

What I do know is that I used to have snow here, and now I don't.

It has a name

By McFortner • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
It's called La Niña. It's happened before, and it will happen again. Nothing new here, just somebody who doesn't know any better panicking and setting other people off. #fakenews

Millions of High-Security Crypto Keys Crippled by Newly Discovered Flaw

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Slovak and Czech researchers have found a vulnerability that leaves government and corporate encryption cards vulnerable to hackers to impersonate key owners, inject malicious code into digitally signed software, and decrypt sensitive data, reports ArsTechnica. From the report: The weakness allows attackers to calculate the private portion of any vulnerable key using nothing more than the corresponding public portion. Hackers can then use the private key to impersonate key owners, decrypt sensitive data, sneak malicious code into digitally signed software, and bypass protections that prevent accessing or tampering with stolen PCs. The five-year-old flaw is also troubling because it's located in code that complies with two internationally recognized security certification standards that are binding on many governments, contractors, and companies around the world. The code library was developed by German chipmaker Infineon and has been generating weak keys since 2012 at the latest. The flaw is the one Estonia's government obliquely referred to last month when it warned that 750,000 digital IDs issued since 2014 were vulnerable to attack. Estonian officials said they were closing the ID card public key database to prevent abuse. On Monday, officials posted this update. Last week, Microsoft, Google, and Infineon all warned how the weakness can impair the protections built into TPM products that ironically enough are designed to give an additional measure of security to high-targeted individuals and organizations.

Would using Rust have helped?

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Would using the Rust programming language have helped avoid this flaw?

Re:Can we combine all slashdot articles?

By DontBeAMoran • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Captain: What happen ?
Mechanic: Somebody set up us the weak security.
Operator: We get hacked.
Captain: What !
Operator: Main screen turn on.
Captain: It’s you !!
CATS: How are you gentlemen !!
CATS: All your data are belong to us.
CATS: You are on the way to sell your data to the highest bidder.
Captain: What you say !!
CATS: You have no chance to hide your personal info make your time.
CATS: Ha ha ha ha
Operator: Captain !!
Captain: Take off every ‘TFA’!!
Captain: You know what you doing.
Captain: Move ‘MPA2’.
Captain: For great protection.

Specific details

By JoshuaZ • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
I'm having trouble finding the specific details. It looks like they aren't releasing all the details publicly until a conference on November 2nd but it appears to be a problem only with RSA keys they generate and has to do with how they are generating large primes, not a fundamental flaw in RSA. This has happened before with some implementations. For example, some early RSA implementations (and occasionally some ones still today made by people who have no business programming them) would chose primes in the following way: Pick a random big odd number and check if it is prime, and if so use it. If not, add 2 and check again, keep going until you have a prime. The problem with this method is that some primes end up being much more likely to be selected than others. For example, if you are picking two digit primes then the only way this way to pick 109 is if one picked 109 on the nose, but 127 becomes much more likely to be picked because if your initial number is 121,123,125 or 127 then it gets picked. It seems like some much more subtle variant of something like this is at fault.

Re:Specific details

By JoshuaZ • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Because I can't count apparently. The logic does go through with 3 digits as our example though so just pretend I said that.


By hey! • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Next up, curve 25519 and millions of apple fan boys crying into their caramel latte.

If that happens, it won't just be Apple fan boys who are put out.

In any case, it doesn't take a math genius to predict something like this would happen with factorization. There was no breakthrough on the fundamental problem, only a discovery of a weak key choice algorithm. This is where nearly every exploit in the world comes from: not from advances in mathematics, but the discovery of sloppy implementations.

The problem with software is that it is almost irresistibly considered finished when it looks right.