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Blue's News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:52pm
Google developing ?Brillo? Internet of Things OS based on Android. Amazon Prime Now Adds 1-Hour Delivery From Local Stores In NYC. Thanks HARDOCP. Why Chrome Uses So Much Freaking RAM. Thanks Ant.

Evening Tech Bits

Blue's News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:52pm
Oculus Rift hack transfers your facial expressions onto your virtual avatar.

Evening Safety Dance

Blue's News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:52pm
Thanks j.c.f. There?s an app for that- How NSA, allies exploit mobile app stores. Malvertising Leads to Magnitude Exploit Kit, Ransomware Infection. Google Fixes Sandbox Escape in Chrome. Millions of...

David Letterman's Tribute to Johnny Carson...

Ant's VideoSift Submissions - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:43pm

"Dave talks about just how great Johnny Carson was and shows a clip of a prank that Carson played on Letterman..."

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YouTube Live Streams Now Support HTML5 Playback and 60fps Video

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 3:35pm
An anonymous reader writes: YouTube today announced that it is rolling out HTML5 playback and has added 60fps live streaming to allow users to broadcast in real time. "When you start a live stream on YouTube at 60fps, we'll transcode your stream into 720p60 and 1080p60, which means silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos," YouTube said in a statement. "We'll also make your stream available in 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet available, while we work to expand support in the coming weeks."

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What Was the Effect of Rand Paul's 10-Hour "Filibuster"?

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:52pm
An anonymous reader writes: Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on the Fast Track Authority for an eleven hour dissertation on the flaws of: the Patriot Act, the replacement the USA Freedom Act, bulk data collection including credit card purchases, the DEA and IRS's use of NSA intel. for "parallel construction", warrant-less GPS bugs on vehicles, as well as the important distinction of a general warrant versus a specific one. "There is a general veil of suspicion that is placed on every American now. Every American is somehow said to be under suspicion because we are collecting the records of every American," Paul said. The questions is what did the "filibuster" really accomplish? The speeches caused a delay in Senate business but it's unclear what larger effect, if any, that will have.

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Security Researchers Wary of Wassenaar Rules

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 2:08pm
msm1267 writes: The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security today to implement the controversial Wassenaar Arrangement, and computer security specialists are wary of its language and vagaries. For starters, its definition of "intrusion software" that originally was meant to stem the effect of spying software such as FinFisher and Hacking Team, has also apparently snared many penetration testing tools. Also, despite the Commerce Department's insistence that vulnerability research does not fall under Wassenaar, researchers say that's up for interpretation.

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Australian ISP Offers Pro-bono Legal Advice To Accused Pirates

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 1:25pm
New submitter thegarbz writes: As covered previously, after losing a legal battle against Dallas Buyers Club and Voltage Pictures the Federal Court of Australia asked ISP iiNet to hand over details of customers allegedly downloading the movie The Dallas Buyers Club. iiNet has now taken the unprecedented move to offer pro-bono legal advice to all of its customers targeted over piracy claims. "It is important to remember that the Court's findings in this case do not mean that DBC and Voltage's allegations of copyright infringement have been proven," Ben Jenkins, financial controller for iiNet wrote. Also, as part of the ruling the court will review all correspondence sent to alleged copyright infringers in hopes to prevent the practice of speculative invoicing. Unless it can be proven exactly how much and and with how many people a film was shared the maximum damages could also be limited to the lost revenue by the studio, which currently stands at $10AU ($7.90US) based on iTunes pricing.

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Student Photographer Threatened With Suspension For Sports Photos

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 12:42pm
sandbagger writes: Anthony Mazur is a senior at Flower Mound High School in Texas who photographed school sports games and other events. Naturally he posted them on line. A few days ago he was summoned to the principal's office and threatened with a suspension and 'reporting to the IRS' if he didn't take those 4000 photos down. Reportedly, the principal's rationale was that the school has copyright on the images and not him.

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Academics Build a New Tor Client Designed To Beat the NSA

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:50am
An anonymous reader writes: In response to a slew of new research about network-level attacks against Tor, academics from the U.S. and Israel built a new Tor client called Astoria designed to beat adversaries like the NSA, GCHQ, or Chinese intelligence who can monitor a user's Tor traffic from entry to exit. Astoria differs most significantly from Tor's default client in how it selects the circuits that connect a user to the network and then to the outside Internet. The tool is an algorithm designed to more accurately predict attacks and then securely select relays that mitigate timing attack opportunities for top-tier adversaries.

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Ask Slashdot: Career Advice For an Aging Perl Developer?

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:09am
New submitter ukrifleman writes: I've been doing UK based perl, JS, light PHP and JQUERY dev plus Centos/Debian sys admin on a freelance basis for over a decade now. Mostly maintaining older stuff but I also undertook a big, 3 year bespoke project (all written in legacy non OO perl). The trouble is, that contract has now finished and all the legacy work has dried out and I've only got about 2 months of income left! I need to get a full time job. To most dev firms I'm going to look like a bit of a dinosaur, 40 odd years old, knows little of OO coding OR modern languages and aproaches to projects. I can write other languages and, with a bit of practice I'll pick them up pretty quickly. I really don't know where to start. What's hot, what's worth learning, I'm self-taught so have no CS degree, just 15 years of dev and sys admin experience. I've got a bit of team and project management experience too it's quite a worry going up against young whipper snappers that know all the buzz words and modern tech! Am I better off trying to get a junior job to start so I can catch up with some tech? Would I be better off trawling the thousands of job sites or finding a bonafide IT specialist recruitment firm? Should I take the brutally honest approach to my CV/interviews or just wing it and hope I don't bite off more than I can chew? What kind of learning curve could I expect if I took on a new language I have no experience with? Are there any qualififcations that I NEED to have before firms would be willing to take me on? I've been sitting here at this desk for 10 years typing away and only now do I realise that I've stagnated to the point where I may well be obsolete!

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GM's Exec. Chief Engineer For Electric Vehicles Pam Fletcher Answers Your Question

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 10:27am
Pam Fletcher was propulsion system chief engineer on the first Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and is now executive chief engineer for electrified vehicles at GM, overseeing electrified vehicles company-wide. A while ago you had a chance to ask about her work and the future of electric cars. Below you'll find her answers to your questions.

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Stanford Researcher Finds Little To Love In Would-Be Hacker Marketplace

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:46am
An anonymous reader writes: What if there were an Uber for hackers? Well, there is. It's called Hacker's List, and it made the front page of the New York Times this year. Anyone can post or bid on an 'ethical' hacking project. According to new Stanford research, however, the site is a wreck. 'Most requests are unsophisticated and unlawful, very few deals are actually struck, and most completed projects appear to be criminal.' And it gets worse. 'Many users on Hacker's List are trivially identifiable,' with an email address or Facebook account. The research dataset includes thousands of individuals soliciting federal crimes.

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CareFirst Admits More Than a Million Customer Accounts Were Exposed In Security Breach

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:04am
An anonymous reader writes with news, as reported by The Stack, that regional health insurer CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, has confirmed a breach which took place last summer, and may have leaked personal details of as many as 1.1 million of the company's customers: "The Washington D.C.-based firm announced yesterday that the hack had taken place in June last year. CareFirst said that the breach had been a 'sophisticated cyberattack' and that those behind the crime had accessed and potentially stolen sensitive customer data including names, dates of birth, email addresses and ID numbers. All affected members will receive letters of apology, offering two years of free credit monitoring and identity threat protection as compensation, CareFirst said in a statement posted on its website." Free credit monitoring is pretty weak sauce for anyone who actually ends up faced with identity fraud.

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Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development

/. - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:22am
An anonymous reader writes: Take Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games, is suing the BBC for trademark infringement over its planned "making of GTA" drama, Game Changers. The 90-minute movie was created without the involvement of the studio, which rarely comments on the GTA series' development outside of organised press events. (It is expected that it will draw upon the public conflict between Sam Houser and notorious anti-gaming crank Jack Thompson, via the expose "Jacked" by David Kushner.) After direct negotiations with the BBC failed, Take Two brought suit to "ensure that [their] trademarks are not misused." The details of the suit, Rockstar's objections, and the penalties sought, are not yet known.

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The Witcher 3 Patched

Blue's News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:54am
The Witcher website announces the release of the version 1.03 patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This comes shortly after CD Projekt RED addressed graphics "downgrades" in the RPG sequel, and the...

Warhammer 40K: Armageddon: Glory of Macrag Expansion

Blue's News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:54am
Slitherine announces the release of the Glory of Macrag expansion for Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon, offering an Ultramarines campaign to the turn-based strategy game. Here's what this involves:At the...

Take-Two Suing BBC Over GTA Movie

Blue's News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:54am
Take-Two Interactive is suing the BBC to halt production of the movie they are planning to chronicle conflicts over the Grand Theft Auto series. Though this was likely to be more unkind to Jack...

CDPR on Witcher 3 Graphics Downgrades

Blue's News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:54am
CD Projekt RED address the graphics in The Witcher 3 in a conversation with Eurogamer where they acknowledge that some effects shown in previews were cut from the release version of the game,...

Crossout Announced

Blue's News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 7:54am
War Thunder publisher Gaijin Entertainment announces Crossout, a vehicle-combat MMORPG in the works at Targem Games for release on Windows as a free-to-play title. Beta testing is set to begin this...
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