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Boarding Pass Barcodes Can Reveal Personal Data, Future Flights

Slashdot - 1 hour 54 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Security experts have warned that barcodes contained on airplane boarding passes could offer a detailed stream of information to malicious individuals, including data on travel habits and future flight plans. Brian Krebs explained yesterday that by using an easily available online barcode reader, attackers can retrieve a person's name, frequent flyer number, and record locator — information needed to access an individual's account and details of past and upcoming flights, phone numbers, and billing information, along with options to change seats and cancel flights.

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Speaking in Tech: Amazon wants all your data ... on a disk

The Register - 2 hours 15 min ago
Podcast Is Apple dumping VMware for freebie KVM?
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The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death

Slashdot - 2 hours 36 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Each year, 4 million people visit Yosemite National Park in California. Most bring back photos, postcards and an occasional sunburn. But two unlucky visitors this summer got a very different souvenir. They got the plague. This quintessential medieval disease, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis and transmitted most often by fleabites, still surfaces in a handful of cases each year in the western United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its historical record is far more macabre. The plague of Justinian from 541 to 543 decimated nearly half the population in the Mediterranean, while the Black Death of the Middle Ages killed one in every three Europeans. Now researchers are beginning to reveal a surprising genetic history of the plague. A rash of discoveries show how just a small handful of genetic changes — an altered protein here, a mutated gene there — can transform a relatively innocuous stomach bug into a pandemic capable of killing off a large fraction of a continent. The most recent of these studies, published in June, found that the acquisition of a single gene named pla gave Y. pestis the ability to cause pneumonia, causing a form of plague so lethal that it kills essentially all of those infected who don't receive antibiotics. In addition, it is also among the most infectious bacteria known. "Yersinia pestis is a pretty kick-ass pathogen," said Paul Keim, a microbiologist at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. "A single bacterium can cause disease in mice. It's hard to get much more virulent than that."

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Samsung forgets Galaxy worries, surprises analysts with big numbers

The Register - 2 hours 44 min ago
Internal ding-dong between phones and chips continues

Despite the Galaxy 6 and its kin – Plus, Edge, Edge Plus – tanking, Samsung Electronics has posted impressive numbers for the third quarter, substantially higher than analysts had predicted, leading to a jump in the share price.…

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The tyranny of choice: Why enterprise tech buyers are confused

The Register - 2 hours 58 min ago
The solution? I can't decide

Canalys Channels Forum The tech industry has left users punch-drunk with choice with the ever-increasing complexity of the technology offering being one reason for the recent sluggish IT market.…

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Cheap money underpins the new wave of cloud software companies

The Register - 3 hours 18 min ago
IT future to rest on cash of the Titans?

Canalys Channels Forum The long-expected inevitable rise in interest rates will create upheaval in the cloud, with traditional IT companies able to play to their strengths of deep relationships with serious customers.…

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2015 Nobel Prize In Chemistry Awarded To 3 For DNA Repair

Slashdot - 3 hours 19 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar have earned the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discoveries about how DNA is repaired at the cellular level (PDF), and how genetic information is protected. "Each day our DNA is damaged by UV radiation, free radicals and other carcinogenic substances, but even without such external attacks, a DNA molecule is inherently unstable. Thousands of spontaneous changes to a cell's genome occur on a daily basis. Furthermore, defects can also arise when DNA is copied during cell division, a process that occurs several million times every day in the human body." Tomas Lindahl first published work in this field back in 1974, when he found a bacterial enzyme that culled damaged remains of cytosines from DNA. He methodically worked out how base excision repair works, and even managed to recreate the process in vitro in 1996. Aziz Sancar's contribution has to do with how DNA repairs damage from ultraviolet light. After struggling to find a lab interested in his work, he went on to show how a group of enzymes identify and excise UV damage. Paul Modrich's focus was on how natural processes corrected base pair mismatches in DNA. He spent a decade laboriously mapping out how each enzyme interacted with this process — an important thing to know, since defects in the repair system can cause cells to turn cancerous.

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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

The Register - 3 hours 32 min ago
This sharing economy sure is gonna be fun

Worstall on Wednesday Dabbsy was chuntering on about Uber and TfL finally deigning to take note of the regulations under which they should offer services, and it reminded me that we've got three lovely pieces of economics wrapped up in this whole sharing economy story.…

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Rackspace Embraces Amazon's Cloud

Linux Today - 3 hours 40 min ago

Datamation: Though Rackspace has its own cloud, it's now in the business of supporting Amazon Web Service's platform.

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Shuttle bus firm Terravision belatedly adopts https for credit card sales

The Register - 3 hours 44 min ago
El Reg reader kicks up a fuss, and things get done

The pro-privacy 'https everywhere' campaign is gaining traction, but one e-commerce site is only just adopting the long-established technology in order to keep credit card details safe.…

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Autonomy 'poisoned the well' for businesses seeking VC cash

The Register - 3 hours 55 min ago
Nobody wants to invest in enterprise search, says startup head

HP's ill-fated Autonomy acquisition has 'poisoned the well' for other enterprise search outfits seeking an injection of venture capitalist cash, Patrick White, the head of start-up Synata, has said.…

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Endocannabinoids Contribute To Runner's High

Slashdot - 3 hours 58 min ago
MTorrice writes: After a nice long bout of aerobic exercise, some people experience what's known as a "runner's high" — a feeling of euphoria coupled with reduced anxiety and a lessened ability to feel pain. For decades, scientists have associated this phenomenon with an increased level in the blood of beta-endorphins, which are opioid peptides thought to elevate mood. Now, German researchers have shown the brain's endocannabinoid system—the same one affected by marijuana's 9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)—may also play a role in producing runner's high, at least in mice.

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Scout Association's shelved database won't be back until next year

The Register - 4 hours 12 min ago
Full security test needed before the big switch on

The Scout Association has further delayed the date for restoring its troubled Compass database, which contains the details of 450,000 young people and volunteer adults.…

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Factory settings FAIL: Data easily recovered from eBayed smartphones, disks

The Register - 4 hours 26 min ago
Gotta hand it to Apple and that encryption key, it really works

Data recovery experts have found a raft personal information from used hard drives and mobile phones purchased from Amazon, eBay and Gazelle in the UK, US and Germany.…

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DNA scientists win 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Reuters: Technology - 4 hours 39 min ago
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, American Paul Modrich and Turkish-born Aziz Sancar won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA, giving insight into cancer treatments, the award-giving body said on Wednesday.

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<em>Reg</em> lecture asks what’s so scary about 1.5 tonnes of metal with a mind of its own?

The Register - 4 hours 40 min ago
Your driverless car will be along shortly

Reg events The technology to run driverless cars is ready. Whether humans are ready for driverless cars is quite another matter.…

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Linux Foundation Launches OpenChain Workgroup for Open Source Standards

Linux Today - 4 hours 40 min ago

 The VAR Guy: The Linux Foundation has announced the OpenChain Workgroup, which will promote standards based on best practices for open source software development.

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Volkswagen board in crisis talks ahead of emissions scandal deadlines

Reuters: Technology - 4 hours 49 min ago
WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen's supervisory board was holding crisis talks on Wednesday, facing deadlines from German regulators and U.S lawmakers to explain its rigging of diesel emissions tests and what it is doing to tackle the scandal.
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Alleged Anonymous-aiding journo's brief tells jury nowt's been proven

The Register - 5 hours 7 min ago
He was ‘operating as a professional reporter trying to gather info’

The lawyer representing a journalist accused of aiding Anonymous hackers informed a jury on Tuesday that the prosecution "had not proven the criminal charges it filed over the incident".…

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Volkswagen, Audi say 90,000 Australia vehicles had emissions cheating software

Reuters: Technology - 5 hours 12 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - The number of vehicles sold in Australia fitted with devices designed to mask the level of emissions has risen to more than 90,000 from 77,000, to include the Audi brand, widening a global scandal that engulfed German automaker Volkswagen.

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