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British woman loses £1.6 million to romance scam love rats

The Register - 3 hours 30 min ago
Small upside: Australians fall for this stuff even more than Brits

A love-struck British woman has been fleeced of £1.6 million by two men posing as romantic interests she met through an online dating site.…

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Blighty competition watchdog pokes pointy finger into cloud storage

The Register - 3 hours 59 min ago
CMA probing whether price and service changes breach consumer law

Price hikes and last-minute service tweaks to cloud storage offerings have caught unwanted attention from the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.…

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Can't get a break: Pwned Linux ransomware pwned again, infects 3000

The Register - 4 hours 33 min ago
Versions one, two, decrypted days after launch.

Pwned ransomware Linux Encoder has infected 3000 machines in a month, Russian security firm Dr Web says, despite the fact both versions of the software have been neutered.…

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Microsoft wants to be your phone company, at least for voice

The Register - 5 hours 3 min ago
Skype for Business adds a cloudy PBX and calling plans to and from the PSTN

Microsoft wants to become your phone company, at least for for voice.…

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If a picture tells a 1000 words about latency, Google won't load it

The Register - 5 hours 31 min ago
Chrome Data Saver removes images on slow connections for the next billion

Google's tweaked the Data Saver in the mobile version of its Chrome browser, making images an opt-in luxury for those on slow connections.…

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The Hidden Costs of Going Freelance

Slashdot - 5 hours 31 min ago
snydeq writes: IT pros lend firsthand advice on the challenges of going solo in Bob Violino's report on the hidden costs of going freelance in IT. 'The life of an independent IT contractor sounds attractive enough: the freedom to choose clients, the freedom to set your schedule, and the freedom to set your pay rate while banging out code on the beach. But all of this freedom comes at a cost. Sure, heady times for some skill sets may make IT freelancing a seller's market, but striking out on your own comes with hurdles. The more you're aware of the challenges and what you need to do to address them, the better your chance of success as an IT freelancer.'

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Team America, world police, take down 37,479 counterfeit sites

The Register - 5 hours 59 min ago
27 nations collaborate on biggest web shonk takedown ever

A band of merry world police lead by the United States Customs and Border Protection service shut down 37,479 copyright-infringing websites hawking counterfeit goods in the lead up to the Cyber Monday buying blitz.…

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Automated essay marking on par with human teachers

The Register - Mon, 2015-11-30 22:58
Add teaching to the 'well-educated middle-class jobs threatened by automation' list

Software has emerged as the equal of humans when it comes to marking essays in an Australian study.…

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Node.js sysadmins, get ready to patch

The Register - Mon, 2015-11-30 22:02
DoS bug fix coming

Sysadmins: within around the next 24 to 48 hours, watch out for an upcoming update to node.js to cover off a couple of vulnerabilities.…

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Sony Unlocks PlayStation 4's Previously Reserved Seventh CPU Core For Devs

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-11-30 22:02
MojoKid writes: Toward the beginning of the year, it was revealed that Microsoft was going to "unlock" the seventh core on the Xbox One's processor, enabling developers to eke just a bit more performance out of the console and offer more flexibility at resource utilization. It appears that Microsoft's move would inevitably be followed by Sony, as reports are now coming in that this will be made available on the PlayStation 4 as well. This subtle change was highlighted in the latest changelog for the FMOD sound engine which is labeled as a "LowLevel API." While the unlocked core could take on FMOD duties if developers want it to, it's now not going to be tied to any single purpose. Developers could make use of this core, for example, to boost AI performance, or any other process that has a heavy computation requirement. It could also be used to simply help ease overall system load.

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Is NTP Server Working On a Linux or Unix Server?

Linux Today - Mon, 2015-11-30 22:00

Nixcraft: practical tips on NTP

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Belkin's N150 router is perfect for learning hacking skills – wait, what, it's in production?

The Register - Mon, 2015-11-30 21:26
Practice your CSRF and DNS meddling exploits here

Belkin's home routers can be commandeered by hackers, thanks to a Telnet backdoor, a cross-site request forgery (CSRF) vulnerability and other bugs, we're told.…

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Powerful New York legislator Silver convicted in bribery case

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-11-30 21:08
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sheldon Silver, one of New York state's most powerful politicians for two decades, was convicted on Monday of abusing his office to collect as much as $4 million in illegal bribes and kickbacks.
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Cisco's telco-grade uber-routers can make almost anyone <tt>root</tt>

The Register - Mon, 2015-11-30 20:58
Prepare to patch your ASR 1000s, net admins

Oops: Cisco has announced a privilege escalation bug in its Aggregation Service Router 1000 Series.…

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Suspect in Colorado clinic shooting told he faces murder charge

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-11-30 20:34
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Reuters) - The man accused of killing three people and wounding nine in a shooting rampage at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was told he faces first-degree murder charges during his first court appearance on Monday.

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HTTP/2.0 Opens Every New Connection It Makes With the Word 'PRISM'

Slashdot - Mon, 2015-11-30 20:25
An anonymous reader writes: British programmer and writer John Graham-Cumming has spotted what appears to be a 'code-protest' in the next generation of the hypertext protocol. Each new connection forged by the HTTP/2.0 protocol spells out the word 'PRISM' obliquely, though the word itself is obscured to the casual observer by coded returns and line-breaks. Work on the hidden message in HTTP/2.0 seems to date back to nine days after the Snowden revelations broke, with the final commit completed by July of 2013. In July 2013 one of the protocol's architects appealed to the development group to reconsider design principles in the light of the revelations about the NSA's worldwide surveillance program.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

The Register - Mon, 2015-11-30 20:12
Sony, Macy's, GoPro, hotels, insurance giants, anyone with money accused of infringement

Scores of big brands – from AT&T and Yahoo! to Netflix, GoPro and Macy's – are being sued because their HTTPS websites allegedly infringe an encryption patent.…

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With climate at 'breaking point', leaders urge breakthrough in Paris

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-11-30 20:08
PARIS (Reuters) - World leaders launched an ambitious attempt on Monday to hold back rising temperatures, with the United States and China leading calls for the climate summit in Paris to mark a decisive turn in the fight against global warming.
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Chicago officer, charged with murdering black teen, posts bond

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2015-11-30 20:07
CHICAGO (Reuters) - A white Chicago police officer, charged with murdering a black teenager, posted bond on Monday afternoon as protests continued over a patrol car's dashboard camera video that showed the officer shooting the teen 16 times.

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BlackBerry to bug out of Pakistan by end of year

The Register - Mon, 2015-11-30 19:58
Crypto comms outfit hits eject after govt backdoor demand

Blackberry will pull out of Pakistan on New Year's Eve in protest of its government's demand to intercept and decrypt people's communications.…

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