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Russian Space Agency Misused $1.8 Billion, May Be Replaced

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 22:45
An anonymous reader writes: After a pair of high profile launch failures in the past few months, Russian space agency Roscosmos is making headlines again: this time for corruption. A public spending watchdog reported that the organization had misused 92 billion rubles ($1.8 billion) in 2014 alone. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said their space efforts have been undermined by rampant corruption. "We have uncovered acts of fraud, abuse of authority (and) document forgery. With such a level of moral decay, one should not be surprised at the high accident rate." He also said Roscosmos is to be "abolished," and replaced by a state corporation of the same name by the end of the year. "In its new, corporate identity, Roscosmos will be responsible not only for setting mission goals but managing wages for space industry workers and modernizing production facilities."

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IRS: Personal Info of 100,000 Taxpayers Accessed Illegally

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 22:03
An anonymous reader writes: The Associated Press reports that an online service provided by the IRS was used to gather the personal information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. Criminals were able to scrape the "Get Transcript" system to acquire tax return information. They already had a significant amount of information about these taxpayers, though — the system required a security check that included knowledge of a person's social security number, date of birth, and filing status. The system has been shut down while the IRS investigates and implements better security, and they're notifying the taxpayers whose information was accessed.

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Amtrak Installing Cameras To Watch Train Engineers

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 21:20
An anonymous reader writes: In the aftermath of the derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago, the company has caved to demands that it install video cameras to monitor and record the actions of the engineers driving their trains. The National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending such cameras for the past five years. Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman says the cameras will improve train safety, though the engineers' union disagrees. In 2013, the union's president said, "Installation of cameras will provide the public nothing more than a false sense of security. More than a century of research establishes that monitoring workers actually reduces the ability to perform complex tasks, such as operating a train, because of the distractive effect."

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Charter’s Time Warner Bid Could Create a True Comcast Rival

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 20:39

A merged Time Warner and Charter wouldn't top Comcast. But their combined heft could set up a showdown.

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Microsoft Bringing Cortana To iOS, Android

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 20:37
An anonymous reader writes: While many big tech companies have their own personal assistant software these days, few of them are available on a broad variety of devices. Microsoft has now announced that it's becoming one of those few: Cortana will be available for iOS and Android devices later this year. It's part of an initiative by the company to ensure Windows 10 plays well with all sorts of devices, even phones made by the other major manufacturers. Microsoft said, "Regardless of the operating systems you choose across your devices – everything important to you should roam across the products you already own – including your phone." This led them to develop a "Phone Companion app," built into Windows 10, that's designed to help sync a user's PC with his phone.

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Bruce Schneier on Privacy and the Data Free-for-All

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 20:02

Over the past two decades, few voices have shouted louder from the rooftops about global cybersecurity and digital privacy concerns than Bruce Schneier. He’s the CTO of Resilient Systems, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and has authored 14 books—his latest, Data and Goliath, was published in March. As Facebook and Google have infiltrated our every […]

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Linux/Moose Worm Targets Routers, Modems, and Embedded Systems

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 19:54
An anonymous reader writes: Security firm ESET has published a report on new malware that targets Linux-based communication devices (modems, routers, and other internet-connected systems) to create a giant proxy network for manipulating social media. It's also capable of hijacking DNS settings. The people controlling the system use it for selling "follows," "likes," and so forth on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, and Google+. Affected router manufacturers include: Actiontec, Hik Vision, Netgear, Synology, TP-Link, ZyXEL, and Zhone. The researchers found that even some medical devices were vulnerable to the worm, though it wasn't designed specifically to work with them.

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Penny Dreadful GIF and a Graf: Underwear Shopping Is Awkward

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 19:37

Being the devil's plaything leaves little time for levity, so when Vanessa Ives got to have this laugh it was hard not to call it the episode's highlight.

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From Moonshots to Android M: What to Expect From Google I/O

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 19:32

It's that time again: Google I/O 2015 is upon us, and as usual, there's a lot to cover. Let's dig in.

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Building Hospitable Open Source Communities (Video)

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 19:10
This is an 11 minute excerpt from an hour-long video, contributed by long-time Slashdot user Erik Möller. This video is the moving picture equivalent of the typical Slashdot summary of a text article, complete with a link to the main article, which in this case is a video (over an hour long) at PassionateVoices.org. Erik's interviewee, Sumana Harihareswara, is also a long-time Slashdot reader who claims (admits?) that she met her husband through a Slashdot link, albeit indirectly. She's spent most of the past decade working with open source, much of it as a community leader. If you are in a leadership role in an open source community or plan to lead one someday, you may want to listen to the complete interview. Sumana has many useful things to say about how open source communities should -- and shouldn't -- be run.

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Uber Europa: «Non ci fermiamo, faremo appello». Sui social tanti contro la sentenza

Il Sole 24 Ore - Tecnologia e Business - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 18:46
UberPop continuerà a operare nelle prossime due settimane in Italia e l'azienda annuncia l'intenzione di fare appello contro l'ordinanza del tribunale civile di Milano. Questo il...






Elon Musk Establishes a Grade School

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 18:27
HughPickens.com writes with news that Elon Musk has established "Ad Astra," a small, private school for grade-school-age kids. His goal for the school is to eliminate actual differences between the grades. The school had only 14 students for the past year, but will likely expand to 20 next September. Musk says, "It's important to teach problem solving, or teach to the problem and not the tools." As an example, he says teaching kids about tools should be more about taking an engine apart and learning about neccessary tools as the need arises, rather than just dumping information on them about a bunch of tools in an abstract way. "Musk's approach to delete grade level numbers and focus on aptitude may take the pressure off non-linear students and creates a more balanced assessment of ingenuity."

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Veep GIF and a Graf: Amy’s Got Herself a ‘Daddy’ Issue

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 18:19

There were great bits on last night's Veep. But since Amy has been consistently killing it this season, she won.

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Big Question: Why Am I a Horrible Person When I Drive?

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 18:15

Road rage begins to make sense when you look at it through the lens of behavioral science.

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Are Only Humans Rightly Free? The Case for Animal Rights

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 18:07

Ahead of a possibly history ruling tomorrow, a lawyer, a philosopher and a research scientist passionately explain why animals deserve the right to bodily freedom.

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Peter Singer: There Is No Good Reason to Keep Apes in Prison

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 17:53

When Justice Jaffe issues her ruling tomorrow, we know the full significance of the order she has issued. But one day, surely, we will recognize that there is no good reason to keep apes in prison, nor to deny them basic rights.

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All Animals Have Rights: A Researcher’s Perspective

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 17:47

Because animals do not have a voice with which to express their rights and confront those who would deny them, then research must elucidate their needs and speak on their behalf.

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Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 17:45
An anonymous reader writes: Looking more like a computer company than a car company, Hyundai ships Android Auto on 2015 Sonatas and unlocks it for owners of the 2015 Sonata with a software update. Says the article: To enable Android Auto, existing 2015 Hyundai Sonata owners outfitted with the Navigation feature can download an update to a USB drive, plug it into the car's USB port, and rewrite the software installed in the factory on the head-unit. When the smartphone is plugged into the head-unit with a USB cable, the user is prompted to download Android Auto along with mobile apps. Android Auto requires Android 5.0 or above. That sounds like a good description of how I'd like my car's head unit to work -- and for that matter, I'd like access to all of the software.

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Why We Must Give Apes the Right to Bodily Liberty

Wired - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 17:30

For the first time, a court has decided that individual nonhuman animals are entitled to a hearing to determine whether they should be considered legal persons with the right to be free from unlawful detention. That hearing is tomorrow.

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Hot Topic To Buy ThinkGeek Parent Company Geeknet

Slashdot - Mar, 26/05/2015 - 17:01
jones_supa points out the news (also at Ars Technica, and -- paywalled -- at the Wall Street Journal) that clothing and music retailer Hot Topic has announced plans to buy Geeknet, parent company of ThinkGeek and ThinkGeek Solutions, for $117.3 million. ThinkGeek Solutions is a distributor of video-game themed merchandise through licensed web stores. Hot Topic Inc. will pay $17.50 per Geeknet share. Privately held Hot Topic, based in Los Angeles, has more than 650 stores in the U.S. and Canada. Geeknet will become a Hot Topic subsidiary. This news inspires some nostalgia here; ThinkGeek was for a long time one of Slashdot's sister sites under the umbrella of VA Linux, and I had some fun years back helping to set up the ThinkGeek booth at LinuxWorld in New York.

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