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Snowden: Clinton's Private Email Server Is a 'Problem'

Slashdot - 42 min 37 sec ago
An anonymous reader points out comments from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in a new interview with Al Jazeera about Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was the U.S. Secretary of State. Snowden said, "Anyone who has the clearances that the Secretary of State has or the director of any top level agency has knows how classified information should be handled. When the unclassified systems of the United States government — which has a full time information security staff — regularly get hacked, the idea that someone keeping a private server ... is completely ridiculous." While Snowden didn't feel he had enough information to say Clinton's actions were a threat to national security, he did say that less prominent government employees would have probably been prosecuted for doing the same thing. For her part, Clinton said she used the private server out of convenience: "I was not thinking a lot when I got in. There was so much work to be done. We had so many problems around the world. I didn't really stop and think what kind of email system will there be."

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In New Study, HIV Prevention Pill Truvada Is 100% Effective

Slashdot - 1 hour 28 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: A study published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases details the recent trial of a drug named Truvada, which researchers think might excel at preventing HIV infections (abstract). The scientists administered the drug to 657 people at high risk for contracting HIV, including users of injected drugs. At the end of the study, every single subject was still free of the virus. This is encouraging news in the fight against AIDS, though it shouldn't be taken to mean the drug is perfectly effective. Since researchers can't ethically expose people to HIV, we don't know for sure that any of the subjects were definitely saved by the drug. Other studies have also had to be stopped because it was clear subjects who were on a placebo were suffering from noticeably higher rates of infection. Leaders in the fight against AIDS say this new study closes a "critical gap" in existing research by demonstrating that Truvada can work in real-world health programs.

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Bugzilla Breached, Private Vulnerability Data Stolen

Slashdot - 2 hours 10 min ago
darthcamaro writes: Mozilla today publicly announced that secured areas of bugzilla, where non-public zero days are stored, were accessed by an attacker. The attacker got access to as many as 185 security bugs before they were made public. They say, "We believe they used that information to attack Firefox users." The whole hack raises the issue of Mozilla's own security, since it was a user password that was stolen and the bugzilla accounts weren't using two-factor authentication. According to Mozilla's FAQ about the breach (PDF), "The earliest confirmed instance of unauthorized access dates to September 2014. There are some indications that the attacker may have had access since September 2013."

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Brady Forrest Talks About Building a Hardware Startup (Video)

Slashdot - 2 hours 52 min ago
Brady Forrest is co-author of The Hardware Startup: Building Your Product, Business, and Brand. He has extensive experience building both products and startups, including staffing, financing, and marketing. If you are thinking or dreaming about doing a startup, you should not only watch the video to "meet" Brady, but read the transcript for more info than the video covers.

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Panasonic TV chief: OLED televisions will be affordable in 2-3 years

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 14 min ago
Masahiro Shinada says Panasonic's bet on OLED comes ahead of a drop in price for the luxurious TV tech, and that its plasma experience will give it an edge over rival LG.

Asus' slick Zenwatch, water-cooled laptop and more at IFA 2015 (pictures)

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 19 min ago
Asus has given us a closer look at the sleek Zenwatch 2, a gaming laptop with liquid cooling and a range of new phones at this year's IFA trade show.

Marketing firm 6S asks Apple to call new phone the iPhone 7

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 22 min ago
The 6S agency really likes its name and lightheartedly asks Apple to rethink the naming scheme for its next generation of smartphones.

Man who helped code highly destructive financial malware pleads guilty

Arstechnica - 3 hours 27 min ago

The Latvian man accused of helping create the Gozi virus, which United States prosecutors dubbed "one of the most financially destructive computer viruses in history," has pleaded guilty.

As the original indictment stated: "The Gozi Virus has caused, at a minimum, millions of dollars in losses."

According to Reuters, Deniss Calovskis made the admission in federal court in Manhattan on Friday.

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The 404 Show 1,628: Force Friday overkill, next week's Apple news today, Banksy's Dismaland (podcast)

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 29 min ago
On today's show Justin Yu returns to help Jeff and Russ deal with Force Friday. The guys also tlak about Apple's upcoming event, a new selfie phone case from Monster, Banksy's Dismaland and a lot more!

Low Latency 133: Sans serif

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 30 min ago
What do you think of Google's new logo?

20+ Chinese Android Smartphones Models Come With Pre-Installed Malware

Slashdot - 3 hours 38 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Security researchers from G DATA have published research (PDF) into Android phones produced in China, which found that a large number of devices ship with pre-installed malware and spyware. Affected models include the Xiaomi MI3, Huawei G510, Lenovo S860, Alps A24, Alps 809T, Alps H9001, Alps 2206, Alps PrimuxZeta, Alps N3, Alps ZP100, Alps 709, Alps GQ2002, Alps N9389, Android P8, ConCorde SmartPhone6500, DJC touchtalk, ITOUCH, NoName S806i, SESONN N9500, SESONN P8, Xido X1111, Star N9500, Star N8000 and IceFox Razor. The researchers do not believe the manufacturers are responsible for the malware; rather, they suspect middlemen within distribution channels. "According to G DATA, the contamination of these smartphones is done by hiding malware as add-on code in legitimate apps. Since users don't usually interact with the malware and the add-on runs in the app's background, unless using a mobile antivirus solution, these infections are rarely discovered."

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'Star Wars' meets The Onion in these amusing headline mashups

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 43 min ago
Tumblr user Skygawker creates a series of images using "Star Wars" scenes to highlight headlines from the satirical news site The Onion. May the Farce be with you.

Force Friday and the best of IFA 2015

CNET NEWS - 3 hours 46 min ago
Attention Jedi in training: today is Force Friday. Also, the best of IFA 2015, a new personal safety app explodes in popularity, and new 21.5-inch iMacs are coming.

Hello, Galaxy house: Why your smart home is Samsung's next big thing

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 9 sec ago
The company is banking on the fact that you'll eventually want everything in your home to talk to each other. Guess what? Samsung already builds a lot of those things.

The next Apple TV puts company in rare role: Playing catch-up

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 1 min ago
Apple's Internet-connected-television device hasn't been updated in three years. A new box, expected Wednesday, will give Apple fans what they've wanted -- and what everyone else already enjoys.

Man reportedly sends nude selfies to HR, job offer rescinded

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 11 min ago
Technically Incorrect: A Chicago man is said to have sent nude pictures to the recruiter for a company that's just offered him a job. He says they were intended for someone else.

Ex-Tesla engineer accused of illegally accessing former boss’ e-mail

Arstechnica - 4 hours 12 min ago

A former Tesla mechanical engineer is facing two counts of felony computer intrusion, according to a Thursday press release from the FBI.

Nima Kalbasi, a 28-year-old Canadian citizen, is accused of illegally accessing his former boss’ e-mail account nearly 300 times during a period of about 30 days in late 2014 and early 2015.

The 28-year-old Canadian citizen appeared before a federal judge in San Jose, California late last month. He was arrested days earlier while crossing the border from Canada into Vermont.

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Force Friday furnishings: New 'Star Wars' decor from ThinkGeek

CNET NEWS - 4 hours 14 min ago
BB-8 and Millennium Falcon serving platters, Rebel friends cookie cutters and an R2-D2 bento box let you show off your love for "Star Wars" around the house.

MIT Simplifies Design Process For 3D Printing

Slashdot - 4 hours 22 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: New software out of MIT and the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya in Israel takes CAD files and automatically builds visual models that users can alter with simple, visual sliders. It works by computing myriad design variations before a user asks for them. When the CAD file is loaded, the software runs through a host of size variations on various properties of the object, evaluating whether the changes would work in a 3D printer, and doing the necessary math to plan tool routes. When a user moves one of the sliders, it switches the design along these pre-computer values. "The system automatically weeds out all the parameter values that lead to unprintable or unstable designs, so the sliders are restricted to valid designs. Moving one of the sliders — changing the height of the shoe's heel, say, or the width of the mug's base — sweeps through visual depictions of the associated geometries." There are two big drawbacks: first, it requires a lot of up-front processing power to compute the variations on an object. Second, resolution for changes is fixed if you want quick results — changing the design for a pair of 3D-printed shoes from size 8 to size 9 might be instantaneous, but asking for a shoe that's a quarter of a millimeter longer than a size 8 would take several minutes to process. But for scrolling through the pre-computed design changes, the software can present "in real time what would take hours to calculate with a CAD program," and without the requisite experience with CAD.

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The guns of (this) August: Ars gets a demo of digitally enhanced artillery

Arstechnica - 4 hours 34 min ago
Video shot and edited by Nathan Fitch. (video link)

Shooting things you can see is hard enough. Shooting things you can't see based on directions someone being shot at is giving you over a staticky radio is even harder. But a digital addition to the Army's most nimble of artillery pieces is making the job of delivering explosive packages accurately and on time a lot easier.

Over the past two years, the US Army has been applying technology that was once the province of submarines and strategic bombers to a piece of weaponry with a somewhat more humble history: light field artillery. The M119 howitzer, the modern descendant of the towed cannons that have been used to lob shells at enemies since the Middle Ages, has been upgraded with a digital inertial navigation system that makes it possible for a gun crew to set it up within minutes and start firing in support of soldiers in the field.

The M119, technically speaking, is a "gun-howitzer"—a cannon that can be used both for direct fire (aimed at the target with an optical sight or radar) and indirect fire aimed based on positions provided by a spotter. Howitzers were originally guns with shorter barrels relative to their shell caliber that were used to lob shells in a high arc, at greater distances than the even shorter-barreled mortar.

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