the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2017-May-18 today archive


  1. Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right To Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm
  2. Researchers Create a T-Shirt That Monitors the Wearer's Breathing Rate In Real Time
  3. Elsevier Wants $15 Million In 'Piracy' Damages From Sci-Hub and Libgen
  4. Hacker Steals 17 Million Zomato Users' Data, Briefly Puts It On Dark Web
  5. Firefox 55: Flash Will Become 'Ask To Activate' For Everyone
  6. Google To Launch a Jobs Search Engine In the US
  7. Climate Change is Turning Antarctica Green, Say Researchers
  8. Font Sharing Site DaFont Has Been Hacked, Exposing Thousands of Accounts
  9. Google Launches Google Assistant On the iPhone
  10. Windows XP PCs Infected By WannaCry Can Be Decrypted Without Paying Ransom
  11. A Quarter of IT Pros Find Their Job Very Stressful
  12. Tesla Factory Workers Reveal Pain, Injury and Stress: 'Everything Feels Like the Future But Us'
  13. 'WannaCry Makes an Easy Case For Linux'
  14. Families Will Spend More Than a Third of Summer Staring At Screens
  15. Cisco To Cut 1,100 More Jobs Amid a Worse-Than-Expected Business Outlook
  16. Facebook Now Battles Clickbait On a Post-by-Post Basis
  17. More Than 35,000 AT&T Workers Threaten Weekend Strike
  18. Net Neutrality Goes Down in Flames as FCC Votes To Kill Title II Rules
  19. App Maker's Code Stolen in Malware Attack
  20. Humans Accidentally Made a Space Cocoon For Ourselves Out of Radio Waves
  21. EU Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Misleading Information On WhatsApp Deal
  22. US and EU Reject Expanding Laptop Ban To Flights From Europe
  23. Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago
  24. Star Trek Discovery's First Trailer Brings a New Ship, New Characters, and Old Conflicts
  25. Drone Pilots In China Have to Register With the Government

Alterslash picks the best 5 comments from each of the day’s Slashdot stories, and presents them on a single page for easy reading.

Apple Is Lobbying Against Your Right To Repair iPhones, New York State Records Confirm

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Lobbying records in New York state show that Apple, Verizon, and the tech industry's largest trade organizations are opposing a bill that would make it easier for consumers and independent companies to repair your electronics. The bill, called the "Fair Repair Act," would require electronics companies to sell replacement parts and tools to the general public, would prohibit "software locks" that restrict repairs, and in many cases would require companies to make repair guides available to the public. Apple and other tech giants have been suspected of opposing the legislation in many of the 11 states where similar bills have been introduced, but New York's robust lobbying disclosure laws have made information about which companies are hiring lobbyists and what bills they're spending money on public record. According to New York State's Joint Commission on Public Ethics, Apple, Verizon, Toyota, the printer company Lexmark, heavy machinery company Caterpillar, phone insurance company Asurion, and medical device company Medtronic have spent money lobbying against the Fair Repair Act this year. The Consumer Technology Association, which represents thousands of electronics manufacturers, is also lobbying against the bill. The records show that companies and organizations lobbying against right to repair legislation spent $366,634 to retain lobbyists in the state between January and April of this year. Thus far, the Digital Right to Repair Coalition -- which is generally made up of independent repair shops with several employees -- is the only organization publicly lobbying for the legislation. It has spent $5,042 on the effort, according to the records.

Holy crap is this company ever user hostile.

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

You know, a long time ago I used to feel like Apple actually cared about me as a user. They made some neat stuff that was genuinely easy to use, and whenever they came out with new stuff, it was generally worth upgrading to. If not, then you could be sure that your current hardware would continue to work as well as the day you got it until it broke. They didn't go out of their way to make it easy to service stuff, but they didn't make it hard either- anyone with half a brain, a copy of the service source manuals, and a few tools could pretty much fix 99% of the issues their hardware encountered after a reasonably long life of use.

I look at Apple today, and I just have to shake my head.

The iPhones are now being cryptographically paired on an internal component level. This is being done in the name of "security", which is bullshit, it's just great for their bottom line. You can't install any other software on them other than iOS, which again, is being done in the name of "security", but that too is bullshit- they just want to force upgrades down your throat to the point that your device becomes an inoperable mess (like the 4S and iPad 2 running iOS 9).

The iMacs have gone from a 100% modular, user serviceable layout (which was quite a remarkable feat of engineering) to a 100% user unserviceable built-as-cheaply-as-possible-in-China system, complete with all the major components soldered to the system board and non-reusable foam sealant all around the glass panel (which you have to break and replace to open up the system).

The Mac Mini has gone from a 100% user serviceable system that you could literally open up with two thumbs- to a system with half the power and soldered RAM on the main board. You can no longer open up the case without using special tools.

The laptops all have built-in permanent batteries adhered to the entire upper chassis. You need a new battery? You get a whole new upper chassis. The keyboards aren't even designed to be the least bit liquid resistant, and they're manufacturing them so thin now you're pretty much screwed if you ever drop the machine and warp the chassis (which you will, because it's made out of an extremely soft aluminum).

Then there's the Mac Pro, which went from a gorgeous silver tower that screamed "POWER" to... A tiny cylindrical machine that's prone to thermal throttling when loaded down to 100%, and the 2nd GPU is only accessible through an API that never quite worked right (OpenCL) and is now in the process of being depreciated and dropped.

Now I hear of stuff like this, and them insisting on recycling facilities shredding (yes, shredding) used Mac systems... What the fuck happened to this company? I've never seen a corporation so hell-bent on producing user hostile hardware before. I don't know why people continue to buy their stuff.

Enough with the smartphones...

By mschaffer • Score: 3 • Thread

Enough whining about smartphones. What about fixing other devices?

Re:Holy crap is this company ever user hostile.

By swillden • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

The iPhones are now being cryptographically paired on an internal component level. This is being done in the name of "security", which is bullshit

If you're talking about the fingerprint scanner, it's not bullshit, it really is for a very good security reason.

I work on Android Security, at Google, and this is something that we want to do as well, but for complicated reasons haven't been able to do, not even in the Pixel devices. And we want to do it not because we're copying Apple but because it's addresses a real security issue. Let me explain:

The security of fingerprints derives not from the secrecy of fingerpints (they're not secret, you leave them everywhere, including all over the surface of your phone, which is very convenient for phone thieves), but from the difficulty of preventing a fake fingerprint from being "scanned".

The simplest way to fake a fingerprint scan is to disconnect the scanner and feed the digital fingerprint data in directly. This is really, really easy to do, given a little expertise and some very inexpensive equipment. The fingerprint scanner connects to the device via a standard SPI bus, so you just have to connect some other processor to the bus and feed in the bitmap of the fingerprint (which you photographed from the surface of the phone).

The way to defeat this attack is to have the fingerprint scanner attach a cryptographic message authentication code (signature, if you will) which is produced with a key known to the CPU that will do the matching. This requires that the scanner and CPU be "paired" by arranging to share a key between them for producing and verifying these MACs. Further, it can't be too easy to pair a different scanner because then the attacker could just do that.

So, the pairing of fingerprint scanners to SoCs really is for security. I have no idea what the motivation for fighting this bill is, and it may well be the brazen attempt to extract more money by disallowing third party repair that you claim it is, but that's not the case for the fingerprint scanner pairing.

The manufacturers are designing irreparable phones

By rickb928 • Score: 3 • Thread

IP67/68 water resistance pretty much requires a sealed device, and sealing smartphones pretty much guarantees they are irreparable. Sealing with adhesives, thermal or other, denies the average consumer a means to disassemble the phone just to change the battery.

And we will accept water resistance because the phones are so expensive we don't want a brief moment of strawberry daiquiri exposure to cost us even the deductible.

And while battery life isn't on everyone's mind when they buy a new hot phone, it's a fairly common problem to see battery capacity diminish after 2 years. That is, for most of us, at least 800 charge cycles. Nothing is on the horizon that will do better. So we are mostly on a 2 year life cycle for most smartphones, especially the hot fast cool ones. 30 bucks a month in the US.

By design. For a long time to come. And more not less.

To be able to repair current design phones will require compromises, either design compromises or feature compromises. Water resistance the first.

When I laundered my M7 I was really, really peeved. Mostly because I could not disassemble it sufficiently to dewater it. Well, actually mostly because I even sent it through half a dry cycle... But I could, then, replace the display on my wife's iPhone 6s. The M7, impenetrable. And now my Android choices are limited, if I want to skip a generation of CPU and step up to the most current chipset. Which of the options I have are fixable? Oh, and support my carrier's better radio bands, WiFi hotspot, WiFi calling, oh that gets difficult.

We are being designed into losing the ability to fix stuff that could be fixed otherwise. I've been a two-way radio technician, calculator and tape recorder repairperson, typewriter repairperson, then PCs, but I can't see how to repair most smartphones for a living. The tools. The techniques. Impenetrable.

Re: My right to not buy iphones

By BronsCon • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
This is offtopic and I'll accept appropriate moderation for it but... every time I see your sig I spend the next few minutes trying to correlate head injuries with raises I've received. Every time... I conclude that you're right.

Researchers Create a T-Shirt That Monitors the Wearer's Breathing Rate In Real Time

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"Researchers at Universite Laval's Faculty of Science and Engineering and its Center for Optics, Photonics, and Lasers have created a smart T-shirt that monitors the wearer's respiratory rate in real time," reports Science Daily. The details have been published in the latest edition of Sensors. From the report: Unlike other methods of measuring respiratory rate, the smart T shirt works without any wires, electrodes, or sensors attached to the user's body, explains Younes Messaddeq, the professor who led the team that developed the technology. "The T shirt is really comfortable and doesn't inhibit the subject's natural movements. Our tests show that the data captured by the shirt is reliable, whether the user is lying down, sitting, standing, or moving around." The key to the smart T shirt is an antenna sewn in at chest level that's made of a hollow optical fiber coated with a thin layer of silver on its inner surface. The fiber's exterior surface is covered in a polymer that protects it against the environment. "The antenna does double duty, sensing and transmitting the signals created by respiratory movements," adds Professor Messaddeq, who also holds the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Photonic Innovations. "The data can be sent to the user's smartphone or a nearby computer." As the wearer breathes in, the smart fiber senses the increase in both thorax circumference and the volume of air in the lungs, explains Messaddeq. "These changes modify some of the resonant frequency of the antenna. That's why the T shirt doesn't need to be tight or in direct contact with the wearer's skin. The oscillations that occur with each breath are enough for the fiber to sense the user's respiratory rate."

Elsevier Wants $15 Million In 'Piracy' Damages From Sci-Hub and Libgen

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lbalbalba writes: Elsevier, one of the largest academic publishers, is demanding $15 million in damages from Sci-Hub and LibGen, who make paywalled scientific research papers freely available to the public [without permission]. A good chunk of these papers are copyrighted, many by Elsevier. Elsevier has requested a default judgment of $15 million against the defendants for their "truly egregious conduct" and "staggering" infringement. Sci-Hub's efforts are backed by many prominent scholars, who argue that tax-funded research should be accessible to everyone. Others counter that the site doesn't necessarily help the "open access" movement move forward. Sci-Hub's founder Alexandra Elbakyan defends her position and believes that what she does is helping millions of less privileged researchers to do their work properly by providing free access to research results.

RIP Aaron Swartz

By erlando • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Aaron Swartz lost this battle. Hopefully others will prevail.

Re: bleh

By tehcyder • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Are you retarded? If taxpayer fund the research, even in a small way, then taxpayers are entitled to the results. Don't like it? Don't take taxpayer money. It's pretty straightforward isn't it douchebag?

You are right, but that is an entirely different argument from the general one about copyright.

In the UK we have something called Crown Copyright for works created by government and paid for by the taxpayer. These are generally available for free (as in beer) although I believe that in practice there is a charge for printed documents. For example, you can view the Highway Code online without paying, but if you buy it in the shops it's a couple of quid, to cover costs of printing, distribution etc. What you can't do is copy the Highway Code and sell your own version or whatever as it is protected by the Crown Copyright.

Re:How does this help?

By Man On Pink Corner • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

But it's the people that define the law

Pull the other one. It has a bell attached!


By Wootery • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

This is why there needs to be a change in the law. It should be unlawful to take the results of publicly-funded research and lock it away behind the paywall of a private company who contribute nothing.

Pass the law, and publish-behind-paywalls-or-perish will perish overnight. Well-behaved replacements will emerge. We know this is possible, as the open access movement is already making some progress.

Can't live without it

By Maury Markowitz • Score: 3 • Thread

I write Wiki articles about historical science topics. Much of this I get from back issues of magazines like Scientific American (which, for the younger in the crowd, used to be pretty serious) and IEEE Spectrum and similar industry magazines, but also a journal article here and there.

The commercial value of these articles is zero. They are invariably about obsolete systems that are no longer used. In fact, many of the articles, like Mauchly's article on computer storage systems, have fallen into the public domain. Yet they remain paywalled.

Without sci-hub I could not produce the quality articles I write. That is bad for society. That loss is far worse than the zero dollars the journals would gain.

Hacker Steals 17 Million Zomato Users' Data, Briefly Puts It On Dark Web

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Waqas reports via Hack Read: Recently, HackRead found out a vendor going by the online handle of âoenclayâ is claiming to have hacked Zomato and selling the data of its 17 million registered users on a popular Dark Web marketplace. The database includes emails and password hashes of registered Zomato users while the price set for the whole package is USD 1,001.43 (BTC 0.5587). The vendor also shared a trove of sample data to prove that the data is legit. Here's a screenshot of the sample data publicly shared by "nclay." Upon testing the sample data on's login page, it was discovered that each and every account mentioned in the list exists on Zomato. Although Zomato didn't reply to our email but in their latest blog post the company has acknowledged the breach. Here's a full preview of the blog post published by Zomato 7hours ago: "Over 120 million users visit Zomato every month. What binds all of these varied individuals is the desire to enjoy the best a city has to offer, in terms of food. When Zomato users trust us with their personal information, they naturally expect the information to be safeguarded. And that's something we do diligently, without fail. We take cyber security very seriously -- if you've been a regular at Zomato for years, you'd agree."

What the fuck is zomato?

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

What the fuck is zomato?

You say Zamato

By rsilvergun • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
I say massive data breach. Let's call the whole thing off.

Re:It's a blob of restaurant review sites that it'

By DontBeAMoran • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

What the fuck is Yelp?

Firefox 55: Flash Will Become 'Ask To Activate' For Everyone

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
An anonymous reader quotes a report from BleepingComputer: Starting with the release of Firefox 55, the Adobe Flash plugin for Firefox will be set to "Ask to Activate" by default for all users. This move was announced in August 2016, as part of Mozilla's plan to move away from plugins built around the NPAPI technology. Flash is currently the only NPAPI plugin still supported in Firefox, and moving its default setting from "Always Activate" to "Ask to Activate" is just another step towards the final step of stop supporting Flash altogether. This new Flash default setting is already live in Firefox's Nightly Edition and will move through the Alpha and Beta versions as Firefox nears its v55 Stable release. By moving Flash to a click-to-play setting, Firefox will indirectly start to favor HTML5 content over Flash for all multimedia content. Other browsers like Google Chrome, Brave, or Opera already run Flash on a click-to-play setting, or disabled by default. Firefox is scheduled to be released on August 8, 2017.

Autoplay abuse

By fyngyrz • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Seriously, what is the case for auto-playing? Does anyone like that?

Advertisers like it.

We, speaking of the majority, variously known as "the product" or "the victim", depending on how honest one is being at any particular moment, don't count. Because we, again speaking of the majority, will continue to return to sites that abuse us in this fashion.

I highly recommend a local blacklist. When a site does this, slap a into your hosts file for the site name. This will prevent the site from ever loading into your browser again via normal links.

Or, you can keep going back. And they'll keep abusing you.

Re:About time

By phantomfive • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Now you can get all your ads served in javascript, and they're even harder to block.


By Sir Holo • Score: 3 • Thread

What's "Flash"?

Is it like COBOL or something?

HTML5 Worse than Flash Due to Autoplay

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

At least Flash can be blocked / click-to-play. While, in major web browsers, HTML5 video and audio auto-play by default with seemingly no way to disable.

Without running add-ons, is there any simple way to disable HTML5 auto-play in any major web browser?

Re:I've had it on ask to activate for years

By KiloByte • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

There's a large corpus of games, animations, and so on, written in Flash. Unlike DRM and advertising, those are actually useful.

Google To Launch a Jobs Search Engine In the US

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At its I/O 2017 conference, Google announced that it's launching a jobs search engine in the U.S. that will focus on a wide variety of jobs -- from entry-level and service industry positions to high-end professional jobs. The service will also use machine learning and artificial intelligence to better understand how jobs are classified and related, among other things. TechCrunch reports: In a few weeks, Google will begin to recognize when U.S. users are typing job search queries into Google Search, and will then highlight jobs that match the query. However, Google is not necessarily taking on traditional job search service providers with this launch -- instead, it's partnering with them. The company said that Google for Jobs will initially partner with LinkedIn, Facebook, Careerbuilder Monster, Glassdoor, and other services. The search engine will have a number of tools that will help you find the right jobs for you. For example, you'll be able to filter jobs by location, title, category or type, date posted or whether it's full or part-time, among other things. The service will also show applicants things like commute time, to help them figure out if the job is too far away to consider. What makes the service interesting is that it's leveraging Google's machine learning smarts to understand how job titles are related and cluster them together.

Climate Change is Turning Antarctica Green, Say Researchers

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Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet. Amid the warming of the last 50 years, the scientists found two different species of mosses undergoing the equivalent of growth spurts, with mosses that once grew less than a millimeter per year now growing over 3 millimeters per year on average, (the link could be paywalled; alternative source below) the Washington Post reported on Thursday. From a report: "Antarctica is not going to become entirely green, but it will become more green than it currently is," said Matt Amesbury, co-author of the research from the University of Exeter. "This is linking into other processes that are happening on the Antarctic Peninsula at the moment, particularly things like glacier retreat which are freeing up new areas of ice-free land -- and the mosses particularly are very effective colonisers of those new areas," he added. In the second half of the 20th century, the Antarctic Peninsula experienced rapid temperature increases, warming by about half a degree per decade. Plant life on Antarctica is scarce, existing on only 0.3% of the continent, but moss, well preserved in chilly sediments, offers scientists a way of exploring how plants have responded to such changes.

Re:One bunch should be happy...

By Caesar Tjalbo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent's northern peninsula,

I've a feeling every peninsula of "the ice continent" is in the north of it.

Re:Zombie argument #11. Smarter zombies, plz.

By Boronx • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

There was a lot of talk about, but also a lot of talk about global warming. The GW crowd had a lot more evidence and a lot more solid theory.


By PopeRatzo • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

More BS from the AGW crowd. MOSS! Give me a break!

Moss is a Chinese hoax.

Re:Zombie argument #11. Smarter zombies, plz.

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I'm not old enough to remember the 70s, but I am old enough to remember science books, articles, videos etc. referencing such science from the 70s.

There was absolutely a "new ice age" idea/theory that was given broad consideration and even acceptance. If the internet had existed and a shitty documentary had been made about it, you might even say there was a "consensus" or that "the science" was "settled".

I'm old enough to remember; I got my physics degree during early 1970's.
There was not a general acceptance in the scientific of an imminent ice age, and the scientists who first broached the possibility of an imminent ice age were saying things like "in ten to twenty thousand years at soonest". Scientists were concerned about a possible cooling trend, but that's not an ice age.
As for broad consideration, that consisted of scientists shooting holes in the idea of an imminent ice age, and among the scientists that did shoot it down were the ones who first broached the possibility. That's what climatologists do, give consideration to studies of the climate.

As for the popular press, there were probably as many articles about bigfoot as the imminent ice age, and they were equally scholarly.

Re:One bunch should be happy...

By TheRaven64 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
More plant live means that you'll see a carbon dioxide sink for a while, but unless the plants are being buried in the ice then they'll eventually decay and release the carbon back into the atmosphere (some as methane as a byproduct of decay, potentially causing a greater greenhouse effect until it reaches a new equilibrium). More immediately, you'll see a drop in the amount of sunlight reflected straight back from the ice into space and so see additional warming.

Font Sharing Site DaFont Has Been Hacked, Exposing Thousands of Accounts

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A popular font sharing site has been hacked, resulting in usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords of 699,464 user accounts being stolen. ZDNet reports: The passwords were scrambled with the deprecated MD5 algorithm, which nowadays is easy to crack. As such, the hacker unscrambled over 98 percent of the passwords into plain text. The site's main database also contains the site's forum data, including private messages, among other site information. At the time of writing, there were over half-a-million posts on the site's forums. The hacker told ZDNet that he carried out his attack after he saw that others had also purportedly stolen the site's database. "I heard the database was getting traded around so I decided to dump it myself -- like I always do," the hacker told me. Asked about his motivations, he said it was "mainly just for the challenge [and] training my pentest skills." He told me that he exploited a union-based SQL injection vulnerability in the site's software, a flaw he said was "easy to find." The hacker provided the database to ZDNet for verification.


By Frosty Piss • Score: 3 • Thread

I'm not an expert in web site security, but I thought SQL injection had ben delt with, with minimal input validation and prepared statements? I guess if they are still using MD5 hashes, the code is probably pretty old.

Other than that, I love DuFont, that's where I get all my fonts, though I never saw a need to get an account...

Comic sans

By Hognoxious • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I was prosecuted for pirating Comic Sans and bigamy.

The judge let me off with a warning. He said I'd already suffered enough.

Google Launches Google Assistant On the iPhone

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At its I/O 2017 developer conference, Google announced the Google Assistant is coming to iOS as a standalone app. Previously, the only way for iOS users to get access to the Assistant was through Allo, the Google messaging app nobody uses. For those interested, you can download the Google Assistant on your iOS device here, but keep in mind that your device needs to be running iOS 9.1 or higher. VentureBeat reports: Google Assistant for iPhone won't ship on Apple's mobile devices by default, and naturally won't be as tightly integrated into the OS. But it is addressable by voice and does work with other Google apps on Apple's platform. Apple has API restrictions on iOS, so Google Assistant can't set alarms like Siri can. It can, however, send iMessages for you or start playing music in third-party apps like Spotify. You also won't be able to use the Home button to trigger Google Assistant, so you'll need to use the app icon or a widget.

Windows XP PCs Infected By WannaCry Can Be Decrypted Without Paying Ransom

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Owners of some Windows XP computers infected by the WCry ransomware may be able to decrypt their data without making the $300 to $600 payment demand, a researcher said Thursday. Adrien Guinet, a researcher with France-based Quarkslab, has released software that he said allowed him to recover the secret decryption key required to restore an infected XP computer in his lab. The software has not yet been tested to see if it works reliably on a large variety of XP computers, and even when it does work, there are limitations. The recovery technique is also of limited value because Windows XP computers weren't affected by last week's major outbreak of WCry. Still, it may be helpful to XP users hit in other campaigns. "This software has only been tested and known to work under Windows XP," he wrote in a readme note accompanying his app, which he calls Wannakey. "In order to work, your computer must not have been rebooted after being infected. Please also note that you need some luck for this to work (see below), and so it might not work in every case!"


By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

After you decrypt, you're left with a Windows XP system.


By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

1. XP computers aren't infected via LAN spread, but you can click on the email and infect yourself manually (accidentally).
2. This hack-fix works because XP doesn't wipe they key generation details out of memory. p and q can often be found by searching all memory. You then regenerate the key with p and q, like magic. If you reboot, memory is wiped and it's too late.

Easy to prevent via patches/workarounds

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

From MS - SMB Ports 445/139 (TCP) & 137/138 (UDP) protection via:

Disable SMBv1 on the SMB server, configure the following registry key:

Registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters Registry entry: SMB1

REG_DWORD: 0 = Disabled
REG_DWORD: 1 = Enabled

Default: 1 = Enabled

Enable SMBv2 on the SMB server, configure the following registry key:

Registry subkey:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters Registry entry: SMB2

REG_DWORD: 0 = Disabled
REG_DWORD: 1 = Enabled

Default: 1 = Enabled


Disable SMBv1 on the SMB client, run the following commands:

sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb20/nsi

sc.exe config mrxsmb10 start= disabled

Enable SMBv2 & SMBv3 on the SMB client, run the following commands:

sc.exe config lanmanworkstation depend= bowser/mrxsmb10/mrxsmb20/nsi

sc.exe config mrxsmb20 start= auto

* Per,-smbv2,-and-smbv3-in-windows-vista,-windows-server-2008,-windows-7,-windows-server-2008-r2,-windows-8,-and-windows-server-2012/


P.S.=> For a SINGLE 'standalone' non-networked PC (no home network/LAN) just turn off Server & Workstation services. It shuts off any "handles" (port 445) this thing propogates thru + turn off NetBIOS over TCP/IP in your internet connection & uncheck/disable Client for Microsoft Networks + File and Print Sharing. Port 139 & 445 always pop up issues over time.

I covered all this 11++ yrs. ago in a security guide I wrote for users with a single system & apparently, its advice STILL STANDS THE "TEST OF TIME" ala vs. even today's threats like this one.

* This effectively makes this threat a non-issue + saves you CPU cycles/RAM & other I/O wasted on services you don't NEED as a single PC user only... & you don't. They're just wastes with a single PC really. Many services are (covered in guide above based on CIS Tool guidance (who took fixes to their ware from "yours truly" too, no less)).

Of course, don't be STUPID & click on attachments in bogus malicious emails this thing propogates thru as well (Chrome/Opera/Webkit users - BEWARE of the ShellControlFile issue that just popped up (.scf file) noted here-> ) ... apk

Well done sir.

By James Keane • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Why is everyone so down on this?

Yes, it only works on limited OS install numbers
Yes, you have to be lucky

But someone has devoted his time and effort to find a way to rollback some of the damage cause by a major bit of malware. It may only be for a small subset, but he has published the code (we're all for that here, right?) so maybe it may inspire someone else, with a knowledge of memory allocation and cleanup on a different target platform, who may then have a light bulb moment!

Try cracking a smile once in a while, not everything needs a scowl.


By sexconker • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

No. They got hit hard because many sites don't patch things.

Our IT department (at an NHS hospital) have been busy all week patching PCs - in some cases, techs were going around with USB keys, because there were "WSUS issues" which prevented the patches being deployed remotely.

A variety of IT contractors (who supply software as a service on co-located servers) have also been running around. One of the IT contractors admitted to me, that he had just patched a server (owned and managed by the software vendor but sited at the hospital) that was running windows 2012 with absolutely no patches installed. It had been misconfigured 5 years ago, and never received a single update, and no one ever checked on it.

I used to manage WSUS, and still do but via SCCM. You do not need suggestive quotation marks when referring to WSUS issues. Shit is unreliable.

A Quarter of IT Pros Find Their Job Very Stressful

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An anonymous reader writes: A new report from Spiceworks, entitled A Portrait of IT Workers, says 41 per cent of IT pros in the UK consider themselves "accidental" -- and that they ended up in their career via a "non-traditional" route. The report, which covers areas including the career plans and education levels of IT professionals, found that a third (33 per cent) of the UK's IT job force don't have a college or a university degree. [...] When it comes to working, British IT bods work 41 hours a week, "far above" the 31 hour average across all industries. Almost all (89 per cent) see themselves as "somewhat stressed" at work, with a quarter (26 per cent) reported being extremely stressed.


By gfxguy • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
I have a graduate degree (and never had any student debt), but I will say that some of the best programmers I've worked with either had no degree, or a degree in something completely different. Experience is king.


By Fire_Wraith • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
The problem, both in your response and the article itself, is that neither focus on why a job is, or could be, stressful.

For instance, constantly living in fear that management is going to ax or outsource your department/your job could be pretty stressful for most people. Having a terrible boss is stressful regardless of where you work or what you do. Having coworkers that are annoying, bad, lazy, backstabbing, etc can be pretty stressful regardless of the physical conditions.

Were pay/benefits not an issue, I'd much prefer a job that involved lots of hard physical labor but had a team with strong camaraderie, a decent boss, and a sense of accomplishment/value at what I did, to one that lacked those things but was in an air conditioned office at a desk.

And yes, I've worked at jobs like that, as well as in IT. I've even worked in jobs where I was getting shot at as a part of job (military). Certainly that was stressful too, but that's hardly the only thing worth considering, and it sure doesn't mean that there aren't other situations that are also stressful to some degree.

Re:As a UK IT pro

By Hognoxious • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

That's why I didn't become a porn star.

Responsibility doesn't match authority

By AK Marc • Score: 3 • Thread
You have the responsibility to keep the email up 105% of the time. You have to use Office 365 in Azure on a single instance without failover, with authentication/DNS being done over a VPN done with the free tools in Azure and the 400 year old Firewall that came with the office building when they moved in.

You don't have a budget to improve the VPN (which dies daily, causing user auth issues). You have no control over the AD environment which has 10% of the users in the wrong groups, causing mailing list and other problems. You don't have the authority to increase the Azure cost to deploy the service across multiple datacenters.

But you have the responsibility to keep a 105% uptime.

That's the source of the stress in my job. Being given sub-standard tools to do a job, then being required to use those tools, and no others.

Usually the problem lays in inefficient middle management. They are so busy trying to make their bosses see how much they do with so little, they don't appreciate what those below them do to make it work.


By allcoolnameswheretak • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Dragon-file - We are totally workaholics, compared to much of Europe.

A 31h work week is relaxed by any standards, even European ones. Not sure how that average came to be in the UK.
Most of Europe works 40h weeks, IT pros probably average at 40-50h weeks. France works 35h weeks.

What we do have in Europe is the luxury of payed vacation (about 30 days) plus an average of about 5 bank holidays per year.

Of course this varies a lot depending on the industry and EU country. The lower you are on the social ladder and the poorer the EU country, the less payed leave.

Tesla Factory Workers Reveal Pain, Injury and Stress: 'Everything Feels Like the Future But Us'

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Workers at Tesla's California car factory have been passing out and requiring rides in ambulances, the Guardian newspaper reported on Thursday. The conditions at the factory suggest the lengths the company is going to in order to meet its extremely ambitious production goals, and the tension employees feel between their pride in being part of the company and the stress and exhaustion the company's goals are causing them, according to the report. From the article: Ambulances have been called more than 100 times since 2014 for workers experiencing fainting spells, dizziness, seizures, abnormal breathing and chest pains, according to incident reports obtained by the Guardian. Hundreds more were called for injuries and other medical issues. In a phone interview about the conditions at the factory, which employs about 10,000 workers, the Tesla CEO conceded his workers had been "having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs," but said he cared deeply about their health and wellbeing. His company says its factory safety record has significantly improved over the last year. Musk also said that Tesla should not be compared to major US carmakers and that its market capitalization, now more than $50bn, is unwarranted. "I do believe this market cap is higher than we have any right to deserve," he said, pointing out his company produces just 1% of GM's total output. "We're a money-losing company," Musk added. "This is not some situation where, for example, we are just greedy capitalists who decided to skimp on safety in order to have more profits and dividends and that kind of thing. It's just a question of how much money we lose. And how do we survive? How do we not die and have everyone lose their jobs?" The article also sheds light on the kind of manager Musk is. In early 2016, Musk slept on the factory floor in a sleeping bag "to make it the most painful thing possible. I knew people were having a hard time, working long hours, and on hard jobs. I wanted to work harder than they did, to put even more hours in," he was quoted as saying. "Because that's what I think a manager should do."

Re:Musk is an idiot

By fluffernutter • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
It's pretty easy to sleep on a factory floor for the night when you can make up for it by sleeping in your yacht in the Bahamas the next night. There are probably a lot better ways he could have made the point. It's things like this that make me think Musk is really out of touch.

Re:Musk is an idiot

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

he's riding high on his pile of money conning investors and duping buyers into his shit cars.

His buyers don't think his cars are shit. Tesla is #1 in customer satisfaction. More Tesla buyers (91%) said they would buy again than any other brand. Porsche is #2 at 84%.

My wife has a Tesla, and she is very happy with it. However, I can't personally vouch for the quality because she won't let me drive it.

Re: Musk is an idiot

By Hognoxious • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Indeed. By GP's logic Ponzi schemes aren't a scam, because they keep going up.

Until they don't.


By sexconker • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

In terms of auto makers, 13 years is nothing. They've only been hyped up after Steve Jobs died because the media wanted a new Steve Jobs (Elon Musk).

The reliability of their vehicles isn't too hot. The cost is high, even when sold at a loss. Their entire design policy involves giving users beta cars the involve absurdities like seats being bricked by wonky firmware upgrades. Their mass-market model is delayed endlessly, and if/when it comes out they will not be able to manufacture it in volume.

They're simply not ready to play with the big boys. I'd compare it to Google thinking they could be an ISP. Yeah, some people are on Google fiber but a lot actually hate it, and Google has abandoned all plans at expansion because they realized they don't have the TRILLIONS it would take to buy all the infrastructure and lobbyists needed to get in on that game nation wide.

Google did have a positive impact by causing competition in areas they entered. Tesla has had a similar positive impact, with manufacturers clamoring to get a line-up of plug-in electric vehicles that have decent range. I'm glad both of them did what they did (just as I'm glad Apple got manufacturers to care about screen resolution ever since they coined the shitty "retina display" term).

But as far as being an actual success in the market? Nope. Not unless Elon and investors are willing to ride out another solid decade of pitiful (or even negative) results, battle against the states that make it illegal to sell Teslas (since they have no dealerships), figure out a way to profit from their sales and from their charging network, etc.

An AC down below called me a hater. I'd love for Tesla to succeed (despite my actual hate for Musk), even if I end up never being interested in their products. They bring competition and (possibly) innovation. I'm not aware of any other consumer electric vehicle with such a practical driving range, for example. I'm just a realist. Established industries are very, very, very hard to break into. Breaking into them by shitting hype and bleeding money rarely works. The establishment can outlast and outlawyer your investors.

look. 13 years of loss.

By gl4ss • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

look. 13 years of loss. 50 bn market cap.

that is the zenith of overvalued.

at least musk is admitting that it's overvalued and making a loss :D. unlike his last years book shenigans.

'WannaCry Makes an Easy Case For Linux'

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An anonymous reader writes: The thing is, WannaCry isn't the first of its kind. In fact, ransomware has been exploiting Windows vulnerabilities for a while. The first known ransomware attack was called "AIDS Trojan" that infected Windows machines back in 1989. This particular ransomware attack switched the autoexec.bat file. This new file counted the amount of times a machine had been booted; when the machine reached a count of 90, all of the filenames on the C drive were encrypted. Windows, of course, isn't the only platform to have been hit by ransomware. In fact, back in 2015, the LinuxEncoder ransomware was discovered. That bit of malicious code, however, only affected servers running the Magento ecommerce solution. The important question here is this: Have their been any ransomware attacks on the Linux desktop? The answer is no. With that in mind, it's pretty easy to draw the conclusion that now would be a great time to start deploying Linux on the desktop. I can already hear the tired arguments. The primary issue: software. I will counter that argument by saying this: Most software has migrated to either Software as a Service (SaaS) or the cloud. The majority of work people do is via a web browser. Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari; with few exceptions, SaaS doesn't care. With that in mind, why would you want your employees and staff using a vulnerable system? [...] Imagine, if you will, you have deployed Linux as a desktop OS for your company and those machines work like champs from the day you set them up to the day the hardware finally fails. Doesn't that sound like a win your company could use? If your employees work primarily with SaaS (through web browsers), then there is zero reason keeping you from making the switch to a more reliable, secure platform.

Re:This opinion isn't new and is still wrong.

By ctilsie242 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The thing about ransomware, it doesn't need to fight with SELinux, nor escalate to root, to cause damage. It just needs enough access to read/write the user's files, which most web browsers provide. Even having an Internet connection isn't needed, since ransomware can bundle a public key with it that it can encrypt an individualized ephemeral private key, then use the public key from that ephemeral keypair to encrypt all files.

Ransomware is part of a perfect storm. So many companies don't bother with security. Individuals don't care or don't bother. With the lack of consumer-tier tape drives and optical drives of a decent capacity, backup drives and cloud-synced storage are easy pickings for deletion. Not many end users really care to use a program like Mozy, Carbonite, or CrashPlan.

Re:This opinion isn't new and is still wrong.

By Archtech • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Except you're missing the point.

Actually I think you are missing the point.

The exploit worked not because of some security lapse at Microsoft, but because the people maintaining the machines didn't lock them down or apply appropriate updates in a timely manner.

But why do you assume that dozens of "appropriate updates" must be applied every month "in a timely manner"? It's not as if the installed software is decaying in some mysterious way. The patches are needed to prevent exploits that should never have been possible in the first place.

Security cannot be added on as a bag on the side of a software system - although that is what Microsoft is forever trying to do. Proper security has to be built in right from the start, from the foundations up. But that does cost money and take a lot of extra time and effort.

Linux can't fix that....

Of course neither Linux nor BSD nor any other operating system can "fix" the problem 100 percent, completely and forever.

But that does not mean they can't be a huge improvement.

Outrun the bear

By Lost Race • Score: 3 • Thread

You don't need to outrun the bear, you only need to outrun the other campers.

It appears that Windows will be a far bigger and softer target for the foreseeable future because most people need some Windows-only app or other. That's great for those off us who can use an alternative that's easier to secure and much less tempting to malware developers.

So if you can, you should switch to Linux, not because it's popular, but at least in part because it's not popular, and probably never will be.

Everything since Windows 10

By XSportSeeker • Score: 3 • Thread

Everything since Windows 10 happened has been a case for Linux, it's just still not an easy one by any means to your average Windows user unfortunately.

Let's see here. Shady strategies to force users to upgrade, horrible advertisement schemes, forced telemetry, always on always listening always dialing back strategies... not to mention how Microsoft keeps persisting on ideas like Windows 10 S because what they really want is to copy Apple and the walled garden model.

Malware, vulnerabilities and ramsonware have been there for the longest time, and arguably for regular users the horrible experiences of the past with Vista, BSoD, among several other problems have been a far more convincing case for Linux. We don't even have that many shovelware as we did in the past.

It just won't happen. Sorry. It's not your fault, but this has never been a convincing argument, not for regular Windows users. It won't start being because of WannaCry. And defeatingly enough, other than our own tech circles, it's likely that most people haven't even paid much attention to WannaCry anyways... it'll be forgotten, if it isn't already, as fast as stuff like Mirai Botnet, among others. I mean, even techies, do most people remember the most publicized malware attacks of 2016? I have to admit I don't.

And yes, I know Android exploded in popularity, I know over half of servers these days uses Linux, I know almost all supercomputers also do... but your regular non-techie consumer will, for the foreseeable future, always run to Windows, or at most Macs. In fact, if WannaCry was really going to do any substantial push for migration (which let's admit it, it won't), it'd be for Windows users going for Macs.

The unsolvable problems that Linux will seemingly never be able to overcome are:
1. Advertisement and marketing. An image problem;
2. Community. Even for folks like my mom who avoids using computers like the plague, if she has a problem with it, there's bound to be someone near her that can help. Linux? I wouldn't even know were to start. Neither I nor her friends would be able to indicate a repair shop or something with someone who could deal with command line configuration. I perhaps have a couple of friends who could help, but which would most likely be working with no free time to help.

And this isn't only about OS, it's about apps. Sure, Linux have plenty of basic office level apps and whatnot, but it's not about having an app that works in a similar way, it's about having people around to help with specific tasks as they arise. This is also why Microsoft Office still dominates while open source alternatives like LibreOffice or OpenOffice never catches on.

The needs non-computer geeks have around computers are often misunderstood, underestimated, and superficially analized. I feel bad because I'd really love for everyone to move to Linux. With enough people there, developers would be forced to migrate too. I'd love to have a fully functional Ubuntu smartphone. A Debian desktop with all I need. A Mint tablet to go around. Well, actually I have an Ubuntu laptop and tablet. But it's not something that I'd recommend for family and friends who don't know much about computers, because the whole thing makes no sense to them. Basically all of them (and I come from a big family) have no friends or relatives that would be able to help either to make their regular stuff work, or to solve problems when they come up. Among my multiple uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews and nieces... I must be the only one to have had contact with Linux. And I don't even know how to handle it properly myself.

Re: This opinion isn't new and is still wrong.

By Daniel Phillips • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

What are you talking about? You can't even fucking ping a windows box with it's default firewall configuration.

And it's still leaky as a sieve. That speaks to basic design flaws.

Families Will Spend More Than a Third of Summer Staring At Screens

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Reader BrianFagioli writes: A new survey reveals that families will spend more than a third of the 2017 summer season with their eyes glued to some sort of screen. To make matters worse, parents say that while they would prefer to do more activities away from devices, outings are far too expensive. A typical weekend family getaway with all things factored in, could average $2,328. Sadly, the overuse of "screens" are negatively impacting the health and behavior of children too. "With warmer weather finally arriving in most parts of the country and the school year winding down to a close, Groupon asked 1,000 U.S. parents how much time their families plan to spend on their electronic devices this summer -- and the results were staggering. The average American family will spend an average of 35 days of their summer, which is the equivalent of more than one-third, using their electronic devices. The survey, which was conducted for Groupon's Funtacular Fun Fest, found that the average child will watch an estimated 60 movies and play 150 hours of video games over the summer months," says Groupon.


By dargaud • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
And even if you do want a family WE getaway, 2300$ ?!? What do you do during this WE, snort coke with hookers and badly lose at poker or what ? I mean 50$ of gas to reach some forest, beach or mountain, 50$ in BBQ coal, food and booze, 10$ to sleep in a tent on some campground, 0$ to hike, climb or swim. Double those prices depending on local price of life but if 2300$, you are doing it wrong.

76% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck

By rsilvergun • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
It's about all I can afford. I'm not going to do any travel. I can't afford it. I could wander around the neighborhood or go to a park I suppose, but the kid's a bit old for that. A trip down to one of the lakes burns gas and puts miles on my old car. So yeah, "staycation" it is.


By apoc.famine • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

If you sin and RTFA, you'll see that that amount is for the "perfect getaway", and includes $500 for tickets to the amusement park, $350 in food, and $1500 in travel costs.
So, clickbait as normal.

Re:Many green spaces cost nothing to visit

By ravenshrike • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Sorry, but the idea that a weekend family outing needs to include Universal Studios Orlando is fucking batshit. That sort of outing should be maybe once every three years at most. A weekend outing can be as simple as going to the nearest park for the day. Doing things like hiking, biking, playing stupid outdoor games. Eating pre-prepared sandwiches and other food kept in a cooler with enough icebags to keep it cool.

Unintended consequences...

By Fringe • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
Long long ago, we would...
  • Run around outside playing cowboys & indians.
    • Only now, that's racist and violent and will get you locked up.
  • Roam around the countryside with our friends.
    • Only now, that's an abdication of parenting, and results in HHS taking kids from parents.
  • Play random games of dodgeball.
    • Only now, that's violent and gets you sent to counselling.
  • Played soccer or competitive (organized) sports.
    • Only now, those are judgemental, because there are winners and losers, so they've over-burdened them with rules and awards to where they're no longer fun enough to do.
  • Goofed off in one of our parents' backyards.
    • Only now, any minor injury results in a lawsuit, so you can't risk your neighbor kids coming over to play.
    • When younger, have birthday parties with our besties.
      • Only now, that's exclusionary and the school forbids parents from having non-school related parties at all.
    • Each our brown-bagged lunches, mostly peanut butter & jelly, together outside at recess, except for the kids who luckily brought the chips and candy.
      • Only now, peanut butter is banned. And so are candy and chips. One is dangerous and the other is, well, dangerous but slower.

    Geez, and you wonder why the kids hide from everything?

Cisco To Cut 1,100 More Jobs Amid a Worse-Than-Expected Business Outlook

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Cisco said this week that it will cut an additional 1,100 employees as part of an expanded restructuring plan. From a report: The cuts come on top of the 5,500 job cuts, or 7 percent of its workforce, announced in August 2016, the enterprise technology company said. Cisco said it plans to recognize hundreds of millions of pretax charges related to the restructuring, which will end around the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.

well its nice

By zlives • Score: 3 • Thread

to at least once hear about cisco away from the US Cert alert emails. wonder why the outlook looks grim,
build back doors, get caught... not profit.

No flaming about job losses?

By bluefoxlucid • Score: 3 • Thread

Amid FortiNet and friends taking Cisco's business, nobody is flaming about jobs being lost in the industry while ignoring the growth in other competing businesses? Nobody's going to claim unemployment increases while unemployment continues to fall, even in the tech sector? Nobody's going to demand Cisco "just cut back profits" as they lose business and somehow keep paying their existing staff even as their customer base shrinks?

What happened, Slashdot? All I see is Obama and Trump talk (both bullshit).

Lower margins equal less money to spend

By ErichTheRed • Score: 3 • Thread

Even with Cisco making their own SDN gear, they have a pretty big problem - companies aren't as willing to spend the Cisco premium anymore, even those that do have big on-site footprints ("on-prem" makes me sound like a douchebag brogramming hipster, so I'll just use "on-site.") That means they're selling less gear and having to discount it more. Couple that with them trying to extract as much revenue as they can with their SmartNet contracts, which you have to buy if you want firmware upgrades, and it's no wonder they're hurting.

I wonder how the whole SDN thing will shake out. It's interesting because no one would have ever thought of buying dumb white box hardware to do physical connections a few years ago and controlling the whole thing from an abstraction layer. What I wonder is whether they're going to start believing their own hype and just stop investing in the hardware altogether. It's really easy to let the hype train carry you too far over to the extreme edges - like everything, there will always be a middle ground.

What also makes me wonder is how they can just snap their fingers and lose 1,000 people. First, that's a lot of well-paid people to dump onto the labor market all at once. Second, what were these people doing that made Cisco decide they weren't useful anymore?

Not even news

By mattsday • Score: 3 • Thread

I was at Cisco for over 12 years and this kind of announcement isn't really news any more. Employees at Cisco are little more than yearly contractors. John Chambers, the former CEO, used to talk about Cisco being a family. If it is, then it's a highly dysfunctional one now!

Facebook Now Battles Clickbait On a Post-by-Post Basis

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Facebook is taking further steps to decrease the reach and prevalence of clickbait headlines on its social network. Facebook says it will target clickbait on an individual post level and not just by analyzing the bulk posts of a page. It will also look at two distinct signals: whether a headline " withholds information or if it exaggerates information separately." From a report: This should "more precisely" downplay the number of misleading stories cluttering your timeline, the social network says. Moreover, it's promising a more exacting approach when it looks at individual headlines. Until now, Facebook examined clickbait titles in a holistic way: it looked for both the exaggerated language ("you have to see this!") and deliberate attempts to withhold info ("eat this every day").

Facebook now battles...

By DontBeAMoran • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Thank you for starting the title with "Facebook", so I know I can skip the whole thing.

I have an even better idea

By gmack • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Ban all sties that require you to share the page before it lets you read the actual content.

getting these out of the way...

By SeaFox • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

You Wont Believe what Facebook is Doing to Stop Clickbait.
Facebook Stops Clickbait with this One Weird Trick (of actually reading posts).
Facebook Fights Clickbait Headlines -- Marketers Hate Them!

How about filter out ads by Taboola and Outbrain?

By WCMI92 • Score: 3 • Thread

That would be a good start wouldn't you think?

Good for facebook...

By gfxguy • Score: 3 • Thread
Now if only Slashdot would stop posting click-bait stories, it might actually improve my online experience.

More Than 35,000 AT&T Workers Threaten Weekend Strike

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More than 35,000 AT&T workers plan to go on strike on Friday if they don't reach an agreement with the company for new contracts. From a report: The Communications Workers of America union said about 17,000 workers in AT&T's traditional wireline telephone and Internet business in Nevada and California who have been working without a contract for over a year would walk off the job on Friday afternoon for a three day strike if no deal is reached. On Tuesday, the union made a similar threat for 21,000 workers in AT&T's wireless business spread across 36 states and Washington, D.C. Workers are fed up with delays in the negotiations, Dennis Trainor, vice president of CWA District 1, said. "Now, AT&T is facing the possibility of closed stores for the first time ever," Trainor said. "Our demands are clear and have been for months: fair contract or strike. It's now in AT&T's hands to stand with workers or at 3pm Eastern Time on Friday workers will be off the job and onto picket lines across the country."

hit the weekend 2 hours early?

By xxxJonBoyxxx • Score: 3 • Thread
>> walk off the job on Friday afternoon for a three day strike

How is this different than hitting the weekend 2 hours early? Is it that managers (non-union) have to fill in shifts over the weekend somewhere or what?

>> AT&T is facing the possibility of closed stores

What stores? Are there still really"retail phone" stores operating somewhere in the USA?

Closed stores??!

By PeeAitchPee • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Do you mean it? Every time I've ever had to go into a cell phone store it's been filled with slack-jawed morons wasting oxygen playing with their phones. So yeah, I think civilization might survive.

Re:Fire them, hire replacements.

By skipkent • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Let's see how you react if you get the same hourly rate after over a decade.

Hell maybe you're just a little overpaid bitch who never truly worked in his life and you have the audacity of looking down on people who earn less than you even though they work more.

The rates probably average out after a while. Out of high school I got a job at a Teamster company, and the only job there was to load and unload trailers. I was making $23 dollars an hour and had all medical/dental/pension, etc paid for... All for a job that literally pretty much any able bodied person could do. Sure it was great for me, but when you looked at similar companies almost all had either gone out of business or were bought out because of the unions unwillingness to negotiate.

The companies would open their books and hold meetings, the union knew the situation and could do the calculations themselves, but they wouldn't budge, so instead of wages normalizing tens or even hundreds of thousands of people lost their jobs. Then the out of work folks wouldn't take normal jobs due to them being compensated so richly for such non skilled labor, if wages had normalized then they would have been acclimated to accept similar wages, or would still be working as the company most likely would still be in business.

Net Neutrality Goes Down in Flames as FCC Votes To Kill Title II Rules

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As we feared yesterday, the rollback of net neutrality rules officially began today. The FCC voted along party lines today to formally consider Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to scrap the legal foundation for the rules and to ask the public for comments on the future of prohibitions on blocking, throttling and paid prioritization. ArsTechnica adds: The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 today to start the process of eliminating net neutrality rules and the classification of home and mobile Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes eliminating the Title II classification and seeks comment on what, if anything, should replace the current net neutrality rules. But Chairman Ajit Pai is making no promises about reinstating the two-year-old net neutrality rules that forbid ISPs from blocking or throttling lawful Internet content, or prioritizing content in exchange for payment. Pai's proposal argues that throttling websites and applications might somehow help Internet users.

Re:All over except for the shouting

By green1 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

What opponents of Net Neutrality fail to realize is that despite the fact that the actual net neutrality laws were relatively new, for the most part (except for a few incidents that caused the laws to be enacted) we've always had net neutrality in the past.
Now the reasons were different, originally net neutrality existed because it was simply too hard and expensive for a provider to discriminate. The equipment to do so was expensive, and to do so on a large scale without killing your throughput was simply prohibitive. Additionally it was simply that corporations hadn't even thought of it.

Once the equipment to filter became easily accessible, and corporations thought of how to monetize it, they immediately started screwing with the internet. Luckily at the time, the FCC saw what was happening and fixed it.

People who think that by removing the laws we'll go back to a point before companies had the technical ability, and inclination to screw with the internet have completely forgotten the actual incidents that caused the FCC to act in the first place, the proof that ISPs aren't going to suddenly forget that there's a whole lot of money to be made in trying to turn the internet in to cable TV.

Re:Corruption has now consumed the USA

By green1 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

There never was a "before NN".

Before NN laws we had defacto NN. But there is no possible way to go back to defacto NN because the cat is out of the bag, the technical ability to mess with the internet is now cheap and easy to implement, and providers have realized that there's money to be made in doing so.

Asking if there was a problem before net-neutrality laws, while ignoring the specific cases that caused those laws to be implemented in the first place, is like saying we don't need traffic laws because there were no car crashes before cars were invented. Simply repealing the speed limit won't magically make people trade their cars for horse and buggies.

Re:route around it?

By whoever57 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Netflix was the cheapskate buying transit from other shitty providers and then acting like they had nothing to with the congestion issues that arose between their ISP and the ISP(s) of their customers.


It's also quite telling that Comcast refused to install the content caches that Netflix and others offered for free that would have drastically reduced Comcast's peering traffic.

Re: crimes against humanity...

By Qzukk • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

One way would be to send Pizza Hut a bill for $1,000,000. Then, if they don't pay, you set your DNS servers to resolve to the IP of someone who will pay. Also, redirect all DNS packets to or whatever other DNS services to your own in order to guarantee that the 99.999% of the customers not using a hosts file to resolve will get pizzas from the company that paid.

Re:Internet Treason.

By Rob Y. • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

A quick Google search turned up this article from 2015 stating that the internet at the time was 6 percent of the us economy. I don't know if that number's right, and even if so, the percentage is probably higher now. But my point is that, without Net Neutrality, it would be nowhere near as big. In fact, it might not have beaten out the likes of Compuserve and MSN, which had pretty much zero effect on the overall economy.

So to the extent that the Internet is a major engine of the growth Republicans always seem to point to as their magic bullet to justify any and all of their policies - they have just blindly asserted that "we've had all the innovation we need, thank you - it's time for the toll collectors to cash in".

App Maker's Code Stolen in Malware Attack

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Mac and iOS software developer Panic has had the source code for several of its apps stolen. An anonymous reader writes: Panic founder Steven Frank said in a blog post that it happened after he downloaded an infected copy of the video encoding tool Handbrake. He said there was no sign that any customer data was accessed and that Panic's web server was not affected. Users have been warned to download Panic's apps only from its website or the Apple App Store. Panic is the creator of web editing and file transfer apps Coda and Transmit, and the video game Firewatch. On May 2, Handbrake was hacked, with the Mac version of the app on one of the site's download servers replaced by a malicious copy. In what Mr Frank called "a case of extraordinarily bad luck", he downloaded the malicious version of Handbrake and launched it "without stopping to wonder why Handbrake would need admin privileges... when it hadn't before. And that was that, my Mac was completely, entirely compromised in three seconds or less."

company name is panic

By ganjadude • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
seems to fit perfectly right now

That was a really good malware target..

By SuperKendall • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Although as he said you might wonder why a video encoder would need admin access to a computer, I have to admit that I myself would have been taken in by this from a lifetime of being conditioned that various video players always seem to need system access...

That made Handbrake a really good target for malware as it was more likely people would not question admin access nearly as much.


By msauve • Score: 3, Informative • Thread
How can this happen? We're always being told there's no malware on Macintosh.

Re:Whatever happened to

By ilsaloving • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Certain computers never getting hacked, malware, or virused up?

Except that has never ever been true, except to the OS zealots who tie their personal identity to their chosen platform like some weird religious devotee.

It's funny, I've gotten into arguments on slashdot for this exact thing, by people who were so offended when said that their favourite OS (no matter what it is) isn't a perfect panacea. They went so far as to accuse me that I "don't know security" because, for example, I disagreed that just using FreeBSD didn't make that automagically immune to security threats.

What happened to Mr. Frank is a perfect example of what I was talking about. It doesn't matter how secure you think your OS is, because there is *always* a way to compromise it. Even if your OS isn't directly exploitable, an application you run on top of it may be. If not, the meatspace component certainly still is.

All it takes is a single mistake, a single lapse in judgment for something potentially catastrophic to happen.

There is no such thing as perfect security. All you can do is put up more barriers than a malicious actor has the patience to tear down. That includes appropriate training for people. Anyone who tells you different is either grossly misinformed, or is trying to sell you something.

Humans Accidentally Made a Space Cocoon For Ourselves Out of Radio Waves

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An anonymous reader shares a Motherboard article: Humans have accidentally created a protective bubble around Earth by using very low frequency (VLF) radio transmissions to contact submarines in the ocean. It sounds nuts, but according to recent research published in Space Science Reviews, underwater communication through VLF channels has an outer space dimension. This video explainer, released by NASA on Wednesday, visualizes how radio waves wafting into space interact with the particles surrounding Earth, and influence their motion. Satellites in certain high-altitude orbits, such as NASA's particle-watching Van Allen Probes, have observed these VLF ripples creating an 'impenetrable boundary,' a phrase coined by study co-author Dan Baker, director of the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. This doesn't mean impenetrable to spacecraft or asteroids, per se, but rather to potentially harmful particle showers created by turbulent space weather.


By msauve • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
"Space whales?"

Yes, that, and a bowl of petunias.

Re:Beginning of shield technology?

By Megol • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Could we modulate the polarity?

Very Large Transmitter

By Rick Schumann • Score: 3 • Thread
So, basically (and unwittingly), we're using the Earths' own natural magnetic field as a carrier wave, and our VLF emissions are modulating it? Cool.
Makes me wonder if, now knowing this, we could engineer the effect to, say, mitigate the effects of solar flares on our various technologies?

No Star Trek reference yet?

By Solandri • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Basically, we've figured out how to make a rudimentary deflector shield.

Nothing New Here

By jasnw • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
This effect has been known, and studied, for many years. One of the early discoverers, and researchers into the effect, was Robert Helliwell of Stanford. ELF generated by lightning, which is happening around the world all the time, was triggering this cleaning-out of the earth's inner radiation belt long before the first submarine ever existed. I'm afraid this is old news in a typical NASA PR flack package. I suspect there are people waiting in the wings ready to propose setting up large ELF transmitters along the equatorward edge of the auroral zone so as to clean out the radiation belts on a routine basis. I believe this sort of thing was even proposed (may still be on the books) as a way to dump out an artificial radiation belt generated by a high altitude nuclear explosion (like the Starfish experiment back in 1962) should some Bad Guys decide to do that as part of an attack on satellite assets.

EU Fines Facebook $122 Million Over Misleading Information On WhatsApp Deal

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On Thursday, the European Union's powerful antitrust chief fined Facebook 110 million euros, or about $122 million, for giving misleading statements during the company's $19 billion acquisition of the internet messaging service WhatsApp in 2014. From a report: During the review process, the EC discussed the possibility of Facebook matching its users' accounts with WhatsApp users' accounts, to which Facebook replied that it "would be unable to establish reliable automated matching" between the two. Since then, though, the company has found a way, and it seems pretty straightforward. Unhappy with this, the EC today revealed a "proportionate and deterrent fine." How it acts as a deterrent, however, is unclear. Facebook was at risk of a fine totalling 1 percent of its turnover, which would have been closer to 200 million euros, but the figure was lower due to its compliance during the investigation. "The commission has found that, contrary to Facebook's statements in the 2014 merger review process, the technical possibility of automatically matching Facebook and WhatsApp users' identities already existed in 2014, and that Facebook staff were aware of such a possibility," the EC said.

if WhatsApp number == FB profile number ...?

By aneroid • Score: 3 • Thread

Seriously, there's nothing difficult about that. Load up list of WhatsApp users, and db lookup FB user's phone numbers from their own db. Or one tiny bit more complex if needing to account for missing country codes in the FB phone number.

Even without tech knowledge, knowing ppl provide their phone numbers in FB and knowing that can be matched to WhatsApp doesn't require any sort of leap. Aargh.

Re:What's so difficult

By Opportunist • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

The EU (or, more precisely, its lawyers) don't care if it's easy or hard. They say "don't do it", Facebook said "Oh don't worry, we can't anyway". Turns out they not only can but also do. Basically the EU is now pissed because they were lied to and now simply present Facebook the invoice for trying to bullshit them.

a fine of almost 0.5%

By Frederic54 • Score: 3 • Thread

wow, who cares? Certainly not Zuckerberg!

US and EU Reject Expanding Laptop Ban To Flights From Europe

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An anonymous reader writes: US and EU officials have decided against a ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe. But after a four-hour meeting in Brussels to discuss the threats to aviation security, officials said other measures were still being considered. US officials had previously said they were looking into extending to Europe a ban on electronics on flights from eight mostly Muslim countries. The measure was introduced over fears a bomb could be concealed in a device. The meeting was requested by EU officials after recent reports suggested US authorities had new information regarding laptop parts being turned into explosives.

Not about security

By bluegutang • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

If laptops had been banned on flights from Europe, then a terrorist could put an undetectable-laptop-bomb in their luggage from Paris to New York, then pick up their luggage, board a flight from New York to Los Angeles with the laptop in hand, and blow the plane up.

Banning laptops on international flights would have done nothing about that risk. Therefore, it seems this measure was security theater, not real security. And when it became clear how big the economic effect of banning laptops would be (in terms of dissuading travel), the measure had to be cancelled. Laptops are still banned on flights from the Middle East, but this is a small market without other options, so the economic impact on the US is minimal.

Re:Wasn't the "new information" the Trump/Russian.

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

No. He allegedly revealed specifics from an operation in a particular location in Syria that was detailed enough that it was felt that the Russians could have informed Assad, which would have led to the exposure of an Israeli intelligence operation in the country (and endangered the lives of the informants/operatives).

It was related to laptops, but it was operation-specific.

Re:Not about security

By FooAtWFU • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Have you landed from an international flight in New York or Los Angeles, recently, with a connecting flight? I've only done Atlanta myself, but if I recall correctly, you have to go through both customs and security.

Re:Wasn't the "new information" the Trump/Russian.

By MightyMartian • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

But Russia isn't really that interested in fighting ISIS. That's a side-effect of helping Assad. So no, Russia and Israel are not "on the same side", particularly if an Israel agent embedded in the Assad regime gets revealed.

You know, this has only been going on since 2011, so I'm not sure how people could still be confused about the details of the conflict.

Re:Wasn't the "new information" the Trump/Russian.

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I'm sure the three letter agencies have long been in the habit of keeping the President apprised of important operations

He needs to know the broad strokes. He has no need to know the details, and certainly not "actionable intelligence".

seeing as normally the President is a sensible, sane, intelligent human being capable of rational thought and reflection.

But we already knew that wasn't true for Trump, and we have known that for a long time. Someone gave Trump information that he didn't need in order to make themselves look important and curry favor.

If I give a two year old child an expensive vase, and he breaks it, is that his fault or mine? We already know that Trump has the maturity of a two year old, so instead of blaming Trump for being Trump, we should be blaming his staff for giving him something he should have never been trusted with.

Any Half-Decent Hacker Could Break Into Mar-a-Lago

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MrCreosote writes: Properties owned and run by the Trump Organization, including places where Trump spends much of his time and has hosted foreign leaders, are a network security nightmare. From a report via ProPublica (co-published with Gizmodo): "We parked a 17-foot motor boat in a lagoon about 800 feet from the back lawn of The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and pointed a 2-foot wireless antenna that resembled a potato gun toward the club. Within a minute, we spotted three weakly encrypted Wi-Fi networks. We could have hacked them in less than five minutes, but we refrained. A few days later, we drove through the grounds of the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, with the same antenna and aimed it at the clubhouse. We identified two open Wi-Fi networks that anyone could join without a password. We resisted the temptation. We have also visited two of President Donald Trump's other family-run retreats, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., and a golf club in Sterling, Virginia. Our inspections found weak and open Wi-Fi networks, wireless printers without passwords, servers with outdated and vulnerable software, and unencrypted login pages to back-end databases containing sensitive information. The risks posed by the lax security, experts say, go well beyond simple digital snooping. Sophisticated attackers could take advantage of vulnerabilities in the Wi-Fi networks to take over devices like computers or smart phones and use them to record conversations involving anyone on the premises."

Re: Heaven forbid

By Feyshtey • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Like the admitted Fast and Furious initiative?
Like the admitted IRS Targeting?
Like the admitted and provable lie that Benghazi was because of a video?
Like the admitted falsehood that "the cops acted stupidly"?
Like the admitted inappropriate conversation of the former President and husband of a subject of FBI investigation having a private meeting with the head of the FBI in a private jet hours before the FBI decides that despite significant findings of negligence that the investigation is not even being handed over to prosecutors?

Sorry, but the "manufactured" scandals all bore fruit. There was just a total lack of will by the press to report it let alone pursue it and instead used every opportunity to excuse it simply because it ran counter to their own political interests. The lack of public pressure that resulted allowed Democrats to quietly move along with little consequence. And apparently you bought into their bullshit hook, line and sinker.

Re:You would think...

By cyberchondriac • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

This whole story screams spin to me, by simple omission of critical details and wording. Humans tend to fill in the blanks with their imaginations. Note that the article states only that they "found 3 weakly encrypted WLANs". Not a word on what other WLANs they may have found (or maybe couldn't detect). So why assume the 3 that they mentioned that they found are the **only** 3 WLANs that they actually found? This article is likely a half-truth, made to create a particular impression. "Hey, we detected 5 WLANs at Mar-a-lago, but look, 3 of them are a security joke! Let's harp on that. " People are going way out of their way to bash Trump with glee, so this seems not at all improbable.
They don't say anything like, "all of the WLANs we found were insecure", or even, "all three WLANS we could detect were insecure", nor do they say, "3 out of the 4 WLANS we found were weakly encrypted" either. This is vague-speak.
Obviously, there are going to be a few normal consumer grade WLANs there, it's a freaking public resort, first and foremost. It's also possible that Trump doesn't use the wireless at all if he's conducting business there, it seems likely his WH security people would recommend using cabled LAN only. He may not be that tech saavy, but the staff should be.

Private clubs are cheap as fuck

By swb • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I've done work for two "exclusive" old-money country clubs in my city and both of them are cheap as hell. The members have all the money in the world when it comes to the damn golf course, but IT is dead last on spending.

One of the clubs had to resort to screwing framed pictures to the wall in some areas of the club because members had been caught "borrowing" pictures to display at home. The expensive floral arrangements had to be hidden until after the regular ladies' bridge game because the "ladies" would either take the arrangements completely or create a "take home" arrangement with a big chunk of the flowers. Food, booze, cans of pop, etc. have to be kept under lock and key or under the watch of an employee, at both clubs members were caught literally loading their trunk with cases of stuff.

Members routinely call up and challenge their food and beverage bills, demanding that drink orders and entire meals be refunded because of errors in billing or complaints about the quality of the food. The AR employee tells me that one member in particular demands refunds every month, picking out the most expensive meals on her bill and claiming "these meals were unsatisfactory and I won't pay for them."

IT spending of course suffers. When we put together upgrade proposals (for amounts totaling maybe $20-30k), we occasionally have to meet with board members who present "Google shopping" lists of prices from unknown vendors (likely selling grey market or unlabeled refurbs) and explain why our prices "are so high."

It is no surprise to me that club IT sucks, because club management sucks and members don't want to pay for anything.

Re:Incoming law enforcement

By BronsCon • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
You're considering the wrong issue. It's not about what visitors might transmit over those networks (which don't appear to be for visitor use in the first place), but the records stored within. There is literally no way a VPN is relevant here.

Re: Heaven forbid

By Feyshtey • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
I see. So...

Obama = Good. Therefore missteps = poor judgement, but nothing to pursue.
Trump = Bad. Therefore missteps = "evidence" of criminal intent that require impeachment proceedings.

Yeah, perfectly balanced.

Star Trek Discovery's First Trailer Brings a New Ship, New Characters, and Old Conflicts

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nyquil superstar writes: Hey all, the Star Trek: Discovery trailer is out. Looks entertaining! From a report via Vox: "The trailer features Sonequa Martin-Green, fresh from The Walking Dead, as Michael Burnham, a first officer promoted unexpectedly to the position of captain by her mentor, Captain Georgiou (Michelle Yeoh). Set 10 years before the original Star Trek series (and 90 years after the franchise's only other prequel, Star Trek: Enterprise), the new series follows the starship Discovery as Burnham learns to become a captain. But she soon finds her abilities tested by a host of challenges that will be familiar to all lovers of the classic sci-fi universe: new worlds to explore and alliances to forge, hostile Klingons, and the difficulty of adhering to the Federation's peacekeeping mission."

Re:The Quota Show

By AmiMoJo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

What about the episode where Kirk kissed Uhura? It was the first interracial kiss on US TV, a major and shocking moment.

They softened it by making the characters be forced to do it, but still, they were clearly pushing hard there. In fact Roddenberry and some of the other writers made it a point to push the limits on the show, resulting in a great deal of friction with the studio. It's all been extensively documented in the various books about the show.

By comparison, TNG and what we have seen of Discovery are pretty tame. Discovery has done basically nothing so far. By modern standards the casting is not shocking or even surprising in the least.

Take a hint. People don't like being lectured.

Unfortunately people seem to imagine being lectured and then blame the imaginary lecturer in real life for it.


By meta-monkey • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Showing women (and scapegoated minorities) fighting to regain rights they know their ancestors had, in a Cold War-esque paranoid society with the general population trying to return to peace while the leaders and military know war looms and want to crack down on social progress to maintain control in the name of survival... there's so much material there. Plenty of which that would be a great analogue for the problems of today.

Except no one would watch it. The audience of Star Trek is white male nerds. They want shows about exploring the galaxy and science and aliens, and yeah a few episodes a season do some kind of social commentary thing. But when absolutely everything else in school, the HR department at work, the nightly news is RACE RACE RACE GENDER GENDER GENDER GAY SHIT GAY SHIT STRONG INDEPENDENT BLACK WYMYNZ WHAT DON'T NEED NO MANS they kind of don't want to see that shit in Star Trek. Star Trek is the escape from all that. So, you can make SJW Trek, but nobody's going to watch it. And then it'll fail, and HuffPo will right nasty articles about how racist and sexist white men are because they didn't want to watch a show about how racist and sexist white men are...IN SPACE.

Re:The Quota Show

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Wait, Poe isn't a white male? Or was he somehow a villain? Or was he grandfathered in?
Maybe you're just self-selecting to confirm your biases?

Re:The Quota Show

By RobotRunAmok • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

You, like most Americans, overestimate the size of the gay population. This is not surprising, as gays have done an extraordinary job seeing to it that they are over-represented in pop culture (as I have indicated above). The Washington Post -- hardly a bastion of evangelical redneck conservatism -- reports that "More specifically, 1.8 percent of men self-identify as gay and 0.4 percent as bisexual, and 1.5 percent of women self-identify as lesbian and 0.9 percent as bisexual." So, yeah, 1-2 percent, like I said; less than half of the 5% you indicated. No where's near the percentage as portrayed in pop culture.

All that said, having worked in media and entertainment industries for my entire adult life, I would make an educated estimation that 25-30 percent of the "creatives" working professionally are openly gay (...and the remaining 70-75 percent are terrified of saying or writing something that will piss them off). So the fact that the "gay population" of pop culture characters skews so fabulously wrong is no surprise.

The History books were written by straight white Christian men; the Future History (science fiction) is being written by multi-racial gay people. Ironic...

Re:The Quota Show

By SuiteSisterMary • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
You're trying to say that Oscar Issac Hernandez Estrada, born to a Guatemalan mother and Cuban father, in Guatemala, is white?

Drone Pilots In China Have to Register With the Government

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China's Civil Aviation Authority has announced that drone pilots will be required to register any unmanned aerial vehicle heavier than 0.55 pounds with the government starting on June 1st. "Online registration will open up on May 18th, and the government will start publishing no-fly zone data for civilian airports on the same day," reports Engadget. From the report: The initiative will also see regulators working with local government and police to curb drone interference, and will eventually standardize commercial drone use with four main categories: aerial photography, agricultural use, aviation photography and license training. The country already recognizes over 200 training outlets that have issued over 14,000 certificates so far, so some of this standardization would really just expand on what's already happening. It's hard to escape concerns that this will help the government crack down on drone pilots for spurious reasons, such as when they record protests or questionable government activities. However, the registration officially comes as a response to a mounting number of safety incidents involving drones at airports. Authorities note that Chengdu alone saw eight examples of drone interference since April, six of which grounded 138 flights. If those sorts of figures are applicable elsewhere, that's a lot hassle and potential danger.

0.55 pounds

By ls671 • Score: 3 • Thread

China's Civil Aviation Authority has announced that drone pilots will be required to register any unmanned aerial vehicle heavier than 0.55 pounds with the government starting on June 1st.

Hmm... Ok, sounds like 250 grams.