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Supposed 'leader' of LulzSec pleads guilty to hacking, hubris

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-16 21:45
Australian Federal Police say 'Aush0k' not international mastermind, just a naughty boy

Matthew Flannery, once paraded by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as the “leader” of international hacking collective LulzSec, has pleaded guilty to the five remaining charges against him, in Gosford Local Court.…

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Time Warner win would make Murdoch U.S. media king

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-07-16 21:40
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc made an audacious offer for Time Warner Inc that if it succeeds would transform the American media landscape and cement the 83-year-old's status as the most powerful magnate in U.S. media and entertainment.
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Skiddies turn Amazon cloud into 'crime-as-a-service' – security bod

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-16 21:14
AWS is a growing haven for malware in survey of top web providers

Amazon Web Services' share of cloud-hosted malware-slingers has more than doubled in the last six months.…

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Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

Slashdot - Wed, 2014-07-16 21:09
vrml writes In medicine, it is well-known that sugar pills sometimes produce the same effects as real drugs (Placebo Effect). But could that happen with computers too? The first scientific study of the Placebo Effect in computing, just published by the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies , gives an affirmative answer. The experiment considered affective computing, that is those fancy applications that claim to know user's emotions by detecting physiological parameters with sensors. Researchers took two well-known affective computing systems and used them to control in real-time the state of an avatar that looked more and more nervous as users' stress level increased, and more and more relaxed as it decreased. But they also considered a third system in which, unbeknown to users, the sensors were disconnected from the computer and the avatar state was controlled by a random stream of physiological data instead of the real user's data. Results show that participants believed that the sham application was able to display their stress level. Even worse, only one of the two (costly) affective computing systems produced better results than the placebo. This suggests that evaluations of such novel computer applications should include also a placebo condition, as it is routinely done in medicine but not yet in computer science.

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Red Hat Delivers Enterprise-Grade Ceph Storage

Linux Today - Wed, 2014-07-16 21:00

eWEEK: Barely 90 days after Red Hat acquired Inktank, a major new release of Inktank Ceph Enterprise debuts.

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Australia gets spooks' charter, new leak penalties

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-16 20:58
Chief spook takes to the airwaves to call for more powers

Australia's government has introduced its “spooks' charter” to parliament, wheeling ASIO chief David Irvine in front of a press conference to convince Australians of deadly threats to their liberty that justify the erection of a surveillance state.…

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Fox wants Time to wrap up even more content

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-16 20:48
Murdoch bid for Time Warner rebuffed

Rupert Murdoch, through 21st Century Fox, has launched a $US80 billion unsolicited takeover offer for Time Warner, to a chilly reception from its target.…

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ACCC should be regulated: Vertigan NBN review

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-16 20:36
Volume discounts back on table, VDSL should be required

The first slab work by the Vertigan panel, the group assembled to conduct a cost/benefit analysis of Australia's National Broadband Network (NNB), has landed and suggests the industry is happier with dealing with NBN Co than it is with the Australian Competition and Consumer Comission'ss (ACCC's) regulatory processes.…

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More Ukrainian soldiers killed as fighting rages in east, peace move flops

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-07-16 20:10
KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - Pro-Moscow separatists battled to break through lines of government forces near the border with Russia in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday, and a tentative step towards agreeing a ceasefire in the intensifying three-month conflict failed.
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Red Hat: 2014:0899-01: openstack-neutron: Moderate Advisory

LinuxSecurity.com - Wed, 2014-07-16 20:04
LinuxSecurity.com: Updated openstack-neutron packages that fix two security issues, several bugs, and add various enhancements are now available for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 4.0. [More...]
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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:59
And Navi Pillay calls for Snowden to be protected

Edward Snowden should be shielded from prosecution because the world needs people willing to expose violations of human rights, says the UN's High Commissioner for Human rights Navi Pillay.…

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Want to legally unlock your phone from its network? The US Senate says that's A-OK

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:47
Bill passed. Now there's just niggling to sort out

In a rare display of equanimity (and common sense), the US Senate has unanimously passed a bill allowing cell phone owners to unlock their handsets, should they choose to do so.…

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New York's MTA, unions to continue talks Thursday to avert strike

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:31
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unions representing 5,400 workers on the Long Island Rail Road will continue talks to avert a strike that would cripple the nation's largest commuter railway, both sides said on Wednesday.

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Funeral held for six killed in Texas family shooting

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:30
HOUSTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of mourners heard relatives share pleasant memories on Wednesday at the funeral of six family members, including four children, who were shot dead execution-style in their suburban Houston home last week.
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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

The Register - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:27
Swedish court refuses to withdraw arrest warrant

Head WikiLeaker Julian Assange's latest bid to move off Ecuador's couch and back into normal digs has failed: a Swedish court has upheld the arrest warrant against him on allegations of sexual assault.…

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Libyan air controllers strike to protest against airport shelling

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:25
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Air controllers in western Libya have gone on strike to protest the shelling of Tripoli's main airport, halting flights in much of the oil-producing country, a government official said on Thursday.
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Confident Assad launches new term in stronger position

Reuters: Technology - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:24
DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Bashar al-Assad was sworn in for a new term as Syria's president on Wednesday, after an election which his opponents dismiss as a sham but which he said proved he had achieved victory after a "dirty war" to unseat him.

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Despite Breaches, Most Critical Infrastructure Executives Say Security is Not a Priority (July 11, 2014)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:00

According to a study that compiles responses from nearly 600 IT and IT security executives around the world, two-thirds of those responding said that their infrastructure had been compromised in the preceding 12 months, but just over a quarter said that security is a top priority.......

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US Justice Dept. Charges Chinese Businessman In Connection With Boeing Data Theft (July 11, 12, 13, & 14, 2014)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:00

The owner of a Chinese aviation company has been charged in connection the theft of data from computer systems at Boeing.......

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Suspect in US $14 Million ATM Heist Scheme Agrees to Plea Deal (July 14, 2014)

SANS NewsBites - Wed, 2014-07-16 19:00

A man has pleaded guilty to bank fraud for his part in a highly coordinated scheme that stole US $14 million from ATMs in 20 countries over a period of two days.......

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