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How to Sabotage Encryption Software (And Not Get Caught) - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:38 In the field of cryptography, a secretly planted "backdoor" that allows eavesdropping on communications is usually a subject of paranoia and dread. But that doesn't mean cryptographers don't appreciate the art of skilled cyphersabotage.
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HTTPS-crippling FREAK attacks become cheaper and easier to carry out - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:30 There's more bad news surrounding the HTTPS-crippling FREAK vulnerability that came to light two weeks ago. A recently completed scan of the Internet revealed 10 percent of servers that support the underlying transport layer security protocol remain susceptible.
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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:27's going to spam you with voter registration texts

The Electoral Commission has spotted two things: 18-24 year olds don’t vote and 18-24 year olds have smartphones. You'll never guess what's coming next.…

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Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:15
An anonymous reader writes: After five years of service, my keyboard is dying, and I'm starting to look for a new one. Since it's for my primary machine, and I spend a lot of hours there for both work and leisure, I'd like to invest in a high-quality replacement. What do you recommend? I've been using a Logitech G15, and it worked well enough — but not well enough for me to buy another. (I've also heard Logitech's build quality has been on the decline in recent years — has that been your experience, those of you who own their recent hardware?) My use cases include coding and gaming, so durability is a big plus. I'd prefer something a bit less bulky than the G15, which has a raised area at the top for media controls and a tiny screen. I don't mind a thicker bottom bezel so much. I'm not a huge fan of ergonomic/split keyboards, but if you know a really excellent one, I wouldn't rule it out. Same with mechanical keyboards — love the action, but the noise is an issue. I don't need any particular bells and whistles, but don't mind them. As for a budget... as I said, it's for a heavy-use machine, so I don't mind investing in great hardware. (That said, if I'm spending $150+, it better automatically make sure all my semicolons are in the right place.) So, what keyboard has served you well?

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Storage biz gets down with da kidz, announces new update on Reddit

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-17 05:02
Veritas ready to let NetBackup off the leash

Comment A NetBackup update is coming from Veritas, according to a Reddit forum.…

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Alabama federal judge declines to lift gay marriage order

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-17 04:49
(Reuters) - The battle over gay marriage in Alabama heightened on Monday when a federal judge refused to stay her order to a county judge that he start issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.
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Honey, I shrunk the Windows footprint

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-17 04:33
Microsoft explains how it will fit Windows 10 into cheaposlabs, maybe without bloatware

One of the challenges Microsoft has given itself with its goal of making Windows 10 run on almost anything is that lots of devices have rather less storage than PCs, which means Redmond can't assume users will have hard disk space to burn.…

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HP reveals lucky seven new storage products in Vegas

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-17 03:58
Septet promises more-for-less storage story for mid-size companies

Pre-split and with a new head of storage starting HP has used its Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas to reveal a raft of storage announcements to maintain momentum while the new man gets his office chair warmed up.…

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Deploying Solar In California's Urban Areas Could Meet Demand Five Times Over

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-17 03:35
Lucas123 writes: About 8% of terrestrial surfaces in California have been developed, ranging from cities and buildings to park spaces. If photovoltaic panels, along with concentrating solar power, were more effectively deployed in and around those areas, it could meet between three and five times what California currently uses for electricity, according to a new study. The study from the Carnegie Institution for Science, found that using small- and utility-scale solar power in and around developed areas could generate up to 15,000 terawatt-hours of energy a year using photovoltaic technology, and 6,000 TWh of energy a year using concentrating solar power technology. "Integrating solar facilities into the urban and suburban environment causes the least amount of land-cover change and the lowest environmental impact," post-doctoral environmental earth scientist Rebecca Hernandez said.

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Microsoft scrambles to kill man-in-the-middle diddle

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-17 03:28
Finland, Finland, Finland, the place where hackers cracked a Microsoft admin account

Microsoft is firing off updates to kill a fake certificate that can be used to create a convincing man-in-the-middle attack against its Live services.…

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Big Data shocker: Over 6 million Americans have reached the age of 112

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-17 03:02
Just 13 are claiming benefits, and 67,000 of them are WORKING

In an illustration of what can happen when you use Big Data uncritically, it has emerged that no less than 6.5 million living Americans have reached the ripe old age of 112. Even more amazingly, it appears that just 13 of the super-silver legions are claiming benefits - and tens of thousands of them appear to be holding down jobs at least part-time.…

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'King Bibi's' reign challenged in Israeli election

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-17 02:47
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's march towards becoming the longest-serving leader of Israel could be halted on Tuesday in an election that has exposed public fatigue with his stress on national security rather than socio-economic problems.

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Apple in talks to launch online TV service: WSJ

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-17 02:41
(Reuters) - Apple Inc's much-hinted-at TV service may soon become a reality as the iPhone maker is in talks with programmers to offer a slimmed-down bundle of TV networks this fall, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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Redmond boffins' infosec trick will ship better code, faster

The Register - Tue, 2015-03-17 02:29
Automated attack surface analysis should make it easier to pinpoint p0wnage potential

Security boffins from Microsoft and North Carolina State University have developed a method to help software developers better identify attack surfaces and therefore ship code more quickly.…

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Twenty-four hour Missouri standoff ends, police find three dead

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2015-03-17 02:12
(Reuters) - A 24-hour standoff at a Missouri apartment complex ended on Monday evening, when police broke into the home and found the dead bodies of a man and two of his children, officials said.
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New 3D Printing Process Claimed To Be 25X Faster Than Current Technology

Slashdot - Tue, 2015-03-17 02:04
ErnieKey writes: Carbon3D, a startup based in Redwood City, CA. has just announced a new breakthrough 3D printing technology called Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP). The process works by using oxygen as an inhibiting agent as a UV light rapidly cures a photosensitive resin (abstract). "Conventional 3D printers usually take several hours to print an object — because with most printing methods, they need to individually treat each new layer of material after it's put down so that the next layer can be put down on top of it. The new method is much faster because it works continually, instead of in layers, eliminating this step. As a result, it works in minutes, rather than hours — 25 to 100 times faster, its creators say, than conventional 3D printing." The company has just emerged from stealth mode and announced that they have raised a staggering $41 million to further develop the process and bring it to market.

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