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French Intelligence Bill: 5 Web Hosting Providers Threaten To Leave the Country

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-04-12 11:49
albert555 (3986073) writes Five popular French web hosting providers, including Gandi and OVH, said on Thursday that the new French intelligence bill might push them to leave the country (French) in order not to lose their customers. The five companies are protesting against the "real-time capture of data connection" and their analysis by the intelligence services using "+black boxes+ with blurred lines". The web hosting providers believe that this project "will not reach its goal and will potentially put every French citizen under surveillance, that will result in the destruction of a major segment of the economy of our country," by pushing their customers to turn to other less intrusive territories. If the bill is passed as it is, "we have to move our infrastructure, our investments and our employees where our customers want to work with us". The companies have provided a listing of dozen cities where they "will suppress jobs instead of creating new ones."; "These are thousands of jobs (...) that startups and large companies will also create elsewhere," they add. The press release was addressed to the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, and was co-signed by Gandu, OVH, IDS, Ikoula and Lomaco.

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Clinton tries again to crack 'highest glass ceiling' with White House bid

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-12 11:39
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton will take another stab at cracking what she calls "the highest and hardest glass ceiling" on Sunday when she starts a long-awaited second run for the White House as the prohibitive Democratic front runner.
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NIST Solicits Comments On Electronic Authentication Guideline

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-04-12 10:51
First time accepted submitter Jim Fenton writes The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is poised to make what is expected to be a major revision of Special Publication 800-63-2, Electronic Authentication Guideline. While normative only for the Federal Government, it is widely referenced elsewhere and specifies requirements to meet each of four Levels of Assurance (LOA). Should this structure change? Are there changes in technology or threats that should be considered in the revision? NIST would like to hear from you.

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Woeful groans over <i>Game of Thrones</i>' spill on piracy sites

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-12 10:17
Turn us away, and we will burn you first

The first four episodes of the latest series of Game of Thrones has been leaked online – with fans reportedly downloading 550,000 illegal copies of the saucy, bloody fantasy drama in just 12 hours.…

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Clashes with Taliban take growing toll on Afghan civilians in 2015

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-12 09:50
KABUL (Reuters) - Ground clashes between Afghan government forces and the Taliban claimed 8 percent more civilian casualties in the first three months of 2015, the United Nations said on Sunday, and the approaching summer could match last year's deadly record.
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California Looks To the Sea For a Drink of Water

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-04-12 09:47 writes Justin Gillis writes in the NYT that as drought strikes California, residents can't help noticing the substantial reservoir of untapped water lapping at their shores — 187 quintillion gallons of it, more or less, shimmering invitingly in the sun. Once dismissed as too expensive and harmful to the environment desalination is getting a second look. A $1 billion desalination plant to supply booming San Diego County is under construction and due to open as early as November, providing a major test of whether California cities will be able to resort to the ocean to solve their water woes. "It was not an easy decision to build this plant," says Mark Weston, chairman of the agency that supplies water to towns in San Diego County. "But it is turning out to be a spectacular choice. What we thought was on the expensive side 10 years ago is now affordable." Carlsbad's product will sell for around $2,000 per acre-foot (the amount used by two five-person U.S. households per year), which is 80 percent more than the county pays for treated water from outside the area. Water bills already average about $75 a month and the new plant will drive them up by $5 or so to secure a new supply equal to about 7 or 8 percent of the county's water consumption. Critics say the plant will use a huge amount of electricity, increasing the carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming, which further strains water supplies. And local environmental groups, which fought the plant, fear a substantial impact on sea life. "There is just a lot more that can be done on both the conservation side and the water-recycling side before you get to [desalination]," says Rick Wilson, coastal management coordinator with the environmental group Surfrider Foundation. "We feel, in a lot of cases, that we haven't really explored all of those options."

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It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-12 09:00
Ever get the feeling you've been here before?

Updated UK mobile carrier EE has been struck by yet another "PDP authentication failure" on its network.…

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Website Password hacking using WireShark

Linux Today - Sun, 2015-04-12 09:00

 blackmoreops: When a website allows you to authenticate using HTTP (PlainText), it is very simple to capture that traffic and later analyze that from any machine over LAN

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Copenhagen Suborbitals Test Rocket Engine

Slashdot - Sun, 2015-04-12 08:45
An anonymous reader writes Copenhagen Suborbitals, the amateur manned space program, is conducting a rocket engine test today. The event is being streamed Live in HD on YouTube. The rocket engine is named BPM 2 and is a prequel to a planned series of test of the BPM 5 rocket engine currently being built. The purpose of the BPM 2 test is primarily to test a newly constructed mobile test stand and to test various fuel additives before the BPM 5 test series are to begin later in the first half of 2015.

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Saudi Arabia dismisses Iran calls for Yemen ceasefire

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-12 08:16
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia dismissed Iranian calls for an end to its air strikes on neighboring Yemen on Sunday, saying Tehran should not interfere in the conflict.

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Google research bods hope to LICK BATTERY life limits – report

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-12 08:00
Choc Factory is testing solid-state and lithium-ion tech, apparently

Google has reportedly been attempting to develop batteries that last longer.…

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Egypt sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, others to death

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-12 07:52
(This April 11 story corrects ninth paragraph to read "son of")
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'It's not layoffs, it's operationalising our strategy'

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-12 07:00
Plus: Chef sez 'as soon as you see an asshole, you’ve got to kick them out'

QuoTW This week, ICANN passed the buck on .sucks, NASA warned of imminent contact with aliens and Microsoft turned everyone's old PCs into Windows 10 adverts.…

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-12 06:00
A cracking little wagon and a declaration of intent

Vulture at the Wheel I didn’t have high hopes for the Kia Soul EV. I assumed that it was a bit of a lash up; a regular Soul with the engine and gearbox ripped out and a battery pack and electric motor rudely bolted onto it. Wrong.…

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Exclusive: Iraq's leader to seek arms with deferred payment on U.S. visit

Reuters: Technology - Sun, 2015-04-12 05:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister will seek President Barack Obama's help to acquire billions of dollars in drones and other U.S. arms to fight Islamic State during a U.S. visit next week, a senior Iraqi official said.

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

The Register - Sun, 2015-04-12 05:00
That's the Waltons of Walmart, not John-Boy and family

Worstall @ the Weekend One of the great statistics being bandied about in the great inequality debate is that the Walton family have more wealth between the four siblings than the bottom 40 per cent of Americans do in total. Apparently this is something most shocking – and, of course, something must be done.…

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