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What Happens When Geoengineers ‘Hack The Planet’?

Today at 13:14 PM, via Slashdot

Dan Drollette shares an article by an Oxford physics professor who’s concerned about the popularity of radical new proposals to fight global warming.

The Christian Science Monitor wonders if it’s time to re-engineer our climate. MIT’s Technology Review basically thinks the answer is “yes,” having described it earlier as “cheap and easy.” The Atlantic seems quite smitten with Economist writer...

The Museum of Failure

Today at 11:09 AM, via MyBroadband

The Museum of Failure opened in Helsingborg, Sweden recently, with the aim of showing “interesting innovation failures”.

Does US Have Right To Data On Overseas Servers? We’re About To Find Out

Today at 09:10 AM, via Slashdot

Long-time Slashdot reader quotes Ars Technica:
The Justice Department on Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to step into an international legal thicket, one that asks whether US search warrants extend to data stored on foreign servers. The US government says it has the legal right, with a valid court warrant, to reach into the world’s servers with the assistance of the tech sector, no...

Telkom wants to buy e.tv – Report

Today at 07:08 AM, via MyBroadband

Hosken Consolidated Investments – the owner of e.tv – has been approached on five occasions to be purchased, according to a report.

Account Registrations Enable ‘Password Reset Man In The Middle’ Attacks

Today at 06:06 AM, via Slashdot

“Attackers that have set up a malicious site can use users’ account registration process to successfully perform a password reset process on a number of popular websites and messaging mobile applications, researchers have demonstrated.” Orome1 quotes Help Net Security:
The Password Reset Man in the Middle attack exploits the similarity of the registration and password reset processes. To launch...

Germany Cracks Down On Illegal Speech On Social Media.

Today at 03:02 AM, via Slashdot

ArmoredDragon writes: German police have raided 36 homes of people accused of using illegal speech on Facebook and Twitter. Much of it was aimed at political speech. According to the article, “Most of the raids concerned politically motivated right-wing incitement, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office, whose officers conducted home searches and interrogations. But the raids also...

Linus Explains What Surprises Him After 25 Years Of Linux

Today at 00:58 AM, via Slashdot

Linus Torvalds appeared in a new “fireside chat” with VMware Head of Open Source Dirk Hohndel. An anonymous reader writes:
Linus explained what still surprises him about Linux development. “Code that I thought was stable continually gets improved. There are things we haven’t touched for many years, then someone comes along and improves them or makes bug reports in something I thought no one...

State Legislators Want Surveillance Cameras To Catch Uninsured Drivers

Yesterday at 23:54 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica:
A Rhode Island legislative committee has approved a bill that would greatly expand the surveillance state through the deployment of license plate readers. For the first time in the US, these devices would be attached along Rhode Island highways and roads for the stated purpose of catching uninsured motorists from any state… The legislation spells out...

Survey Says: Raspberry Pi Still Rules, But X86 SBCs Have Made Gains

Yesterday at 22:50 PM, via Slashdot

DeviceGuru writes: Results from LinuxGizmos.com’s annual hacker-friendly single board computer survey are in, and not surprisingly, the Raspberry Pi 3 is the most desired maker SBC by a 4-to-1 margin. In other trends: x86 SBCs and Linux/Arduino hybrids have trended upwards. The site’s popular hacker SBC survey polled 1,705 survey respondents and asked for their first, second, and third favorite...

Should Your Company Switch To Microservices?

Yesterday at 21:46 PM, via Slashdot

Walmart Canada claims that it was microservices that allowed them to replace hardware with virtual servers, reducing costs by somewhere between 20 and 50 percent. Now Slashdot reader snydeq shares an article by a senior systems automation engineer arguing that a microservices approach “offers increased modularity, making applications easier to develop, test, deploy, and, more importantly,...

Researcher Finds Critical OpenVPN Bug Using Fuzzing

Yesterday at 20:42 PM, via Slashdot

“Guido Vranken recently published 4 security vulnerabilities in OpenVPN on his personal blog,” writes long-time Slashdot reader randomErr — one of which was a critical remote execution bug. Though patches have been now released, there’s a lesson to be learned about the importance of fuzzing — bug testing with large amounts of random data — Guido Vranken writes:

Most of these issues were found...

UK Parliament Emails Closed After ‘Sustained And Determined’ Cyber-Attack

Yesterday at 19:38 PM, via Slashdot

An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian:
Parliament has been hit by a “sustained and determined” cyber-attack by hackers attempting to gain access to MPs’ and their staffers’ email accounts. Both houses of parliament were targeted on Friday in an attack that sought to gain access to accounts protected by weak passwords… The estate’s digital services team said they had made changes to accounts...

Trump officials oppose funding museum for victims of Tuskegee syphilis study

Yesterday at 19:37 PM, via The Guardian

Justice department fighting use of unclaimed money from settlement for museum honoring black men who were not given treatment for disease

The Trump administration is opposing an attempt to use unclaimed money from a legal settlement over the government’s infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to fund a museum honoring its victims.

The justice department argued in court documents recently that...

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