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  • Police Create 3D Print of Murdered Man’s Fingers to Hack His iPhone

    07/22/2016 6:51:45 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    News.SoftPedia.com ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 08:07 GMT | By Bogdan Popa
    Authorities might find a way to access a dead man’s phone If you believe that securing your phone with a fingerprint makes it impossible to hack, think again. Michigan police have recently asked the Michigan State University to produce a 3D replica of a dead man’s fingers in order to access his iPhone and collect data that is believed to contain evidence linked to an ongoing murder case.Professor Anil Jain has been tasked with creating the 3D molds, and according to a report by Fusion, the project is advancing well so far, although in-lab testing is still being performed, and it’s...
  • iOS, Mac vulnerabilities allow remote code execution through a single image

    07/22/2016 6:13:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 5 replies
    ZDNet ^ | July 22, 2016 -- 09:59 GMT (02:59 PDT) | By Charlie Osborne
    Researchers have discovered that image files can bury malware, allowing malicious code access without detection. Security flaws which affect both Apple iOS and Mac devices permit attackers to grab your passwords and data, researchers claim. According to researchers from Cisco's Talos, a set of five vulnerabilities, if exploited, could lead to data theft and remote code execution -- which in its worst state may result in device hijacking. The set of bugs, CVE-2016-4631, CVE-2016-4629, CVE-2016-4630, CVE-2016-1850, and CVE-2016-4637, are all caused by how Apple processes image formats. Apple offers APIs as interfaces for accessing image data, and according to Talos,...
  • General Electric, Honeywell Post Downbeat Revenue

    07/22/2016 2:56:57 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 07/22/2016
    GE’s challenges are multiple but consistent, Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Bornstein said, borne out of slow global economic growth and turbulent geopolitical times—everything from the U.K. vote to leave the European Union to Middle East turmoil and currency shifts. “All this uncertainty generally limits growth,” Mr. Bornstein said. The company forecasts revenue will improve over the remainder of the year, helped by an anticipated surge in power turbine shipments. “Bottom line, we are seeing organic growth accelerating in the second half,” Chief Executive Jeff Immelt said on a conference call Friday. While the company’s oil and gas and transportation businesses...
  • Kerry: Air conditioners as big a threat as the Islamic State

    07/22/2016 2:39:43 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 71 replies
    https://www.jihadwatch.org ^ | 07/22/2106 | Robert Spencer
    Secretary of State John Kerry said in Vienna on Friday that air conditioners and refrigerators are as big of a threat to life as the threat of terrorism posed by groups like the Islamic State. The Washington Examiner reported that Kerry was in Vienna to amend the 1987 Montreal Protocol that would phase out hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, from basic household and commercial appliances like air conditioners, refrigerators, and inhalers. “As we were working together on the challenge of [ISIS] and terrorism,” Kerry said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we–you–are doing here right now is of...
  • High tech for the criminals among us (3D printing)

    07/22/2016 1:24:58 PM PDT · by pa_dweller · 2 replies
    Benzinga ^ | 7/22/16 | Wayne Duggan
    3D printing technology allows users to easily replicate small items like paper clips, coat hangers and broken refrigerator door handles. Unfortunately, some creative criminals have taken advantage of the declining price of 3D printers to make the lives of law enforcement officers extremely difficult. Security company G4S has discovered criminals are using 3D printers to aid in stealing shipments of goods. In as little as 10 minutes, criminals can print replacement cargo seals, decoy security devices and replica locks and keys. After breaking into cargo containers, the criminals use the 3D-printed items to help cover their tracks. For law enforcement...
  • People really like their Apple Watch and there is a lot of interest in watchOS 3

    07/22/2016 1:01:01 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Computerworld ^ | Jul 22, 2016 7:48 AM PT | By Jonny Evans
    On the day Apple confirms plans to release 14 special edition Olympic Games Apple Watch straps, the latest Wristly survey confirms an astonishing 94 percent of existing Apple Watch customers are still satisfied with their devices. New software promise That’s a big deal, even though Apple Watch sales have reportedly slowed pending the fall software update. Apple isn’t the only watchmaker feeling the flatness, Swiss watch industry exports fell faster than ever before in 1H 2016, and all eyes now are on Apple this fall when new software and potentially new watch designs may be in the frame. “With the...
  • Ohio Woman Suing Home Builder After Her House Began ‘Melting’

    07/22/2016 12:49:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    KFOR ^ | JULY 22, 2016 | K. QUERRY
    Judith Corrado is headed to court. She is suing Drees Homes, one of the largest privately-owned home building companies in the country, for $25,000. “I just thought that I should have gotten a new house that wasn’t… going to melt,” Corrado told WCPO. In recent years, there have been reports of energy efficient windows reflecting enough light to warp a neighbor’s vinyl siding. That’s what Corrado says is happening to her home. “When you do your walkthrough of your brand new house they don’t say, ‘You know your siding could melt, just so you know it could melt before you...
  • Fun with the Windows Subsystem for Linux

    07/22/2016 12:13:55 PM PDT · by Scutter · 21 replies
    Windows Blog ^ | 7/22/2016 | Pete Brown
    At Build 2016, Microsoft introduced to the world the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) [WSL], which enables developers to run native Ubuntu user-mode console binaries through the Bash shell in Windows 10. If you’re in the Windows Insider program, you’ve had the opportunity to try out this feature using the latest Windows Anniversary Update Insider Builds.
  • IMF's Lagarde to stand trial in Tapie case

    07/22/2016 8:19:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    reuters ^ | Jul 22, 2016 7:24pm IST
    France's highest appeals court ruled on Friday that International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde must stand trial for her role in a 400 million euros ($440 million) state payout in 2008 to businessman Bernard Tapie. She was French finance minister at the time. The court rejected her appeal against a judge's order in December for her to stand trial at the Cour de Justice de la Republique, a special court that tries ministers for crimes in office. Her lawyer Patrick Maisonneuve expressed regret over the decision and said he was convinced that the trial would show she was innocent. IMF...
  • 18 states see significant job gains, but unemployment rises

    07/22/2016 8:13:15 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07/22/2016
    n Colorado, the rate jumped 0.4 point from May to a still-low 3.7 percent as more of its population began looking for work without being hired, a positive for the economy as it suggests greater optimism that these people will find jobs. A similar trend played out in five other states: Nevada and Oregon each saw a 0.3 percent increase, while rates went up 0.2 points in California, Maine and South Dakota. Those trends correspond with the national report that saw the unemployment rate rise from 4.7 percent in May to 4.9 percent as more workers started searching for jobs.
  • IDC: Smartwatch shipments fall for the first time; Apple only company in top 5 to decline

    07/21/2016 10:53:26 AM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 29 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 21, 2016 | EMIL PROTALINSKI
    he smartwatch market has hit its first bump, and it’s all Apple’s fault. Vendors shipped a total of 3.5 million smartwatches worldwide last quarter. This Q2 2016 figure is down 32 percent from the 5.1 million units shipped in Q2 2016, marking the first decline on record. .... As you can see above, Apple’s market share decreased 25 percentage points (from 72 percent to 47 percent) and it shipped less than half the smartwatches (1.6 million). But the company still holds almost half the market, with every other vendor shipping fewer than a million units.
  • 'Condemned to Republican hell': Ted Cruz faces GOP knives for anti-Trump message at RNC speech

    07/21/2016 12:22:16 AM PDT · by cba123 · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 7/21/2016 | Oliver Darcy
    Republicans from all corners of the party scorned Ted Cruz Wednesday night after the Texas senator delivered a speech before the Republican National Convention that not only failed to endorse nominee Donald Trump, but encouraged audience members to not do so if it would violate their "conscience." "Cruz condemned to Republican hell," conservative-news mogul Matt Drudge tweeted, before placing a "HELL'S A-BURNIN'" banner on his popular website. Full article. Pretty good, actually. http://www.businessinsider.com/ted-cruz-rnc-speech-convention-backlash-2016-7
  • Dell SonicWall GMS comes with hidden backdoor

    07/20/2016 10:25:23 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 21 2016 11:21AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Researchers have discovered a range of vulnerabilities in Dell's SonicWall Global Management System (GMS) console, including a hidden default account with an easily guessable password. US security vendor Digital Defense said the hidden account can be accessed through a command line interface client that can be downloaded from the console of the GMS web application. Non-administrative users can be added with the command line interface; however, they can log into the web interface and change the password for the admin user. By logging in with the admin user account, attackers using this method can get full contol of the GMS,...
  • EU slaps record cartel fine of $3.24 billion on truck firms

    07/20/2016 10:01:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 19, 2016 10:45 AM EDT | Raf Casert
    The European Union has slapped its biggest ever cartel fine, worth $3.24 billion and twice the previous record, on several of Europe’s top truck producers for colluding to keep prices artificially high at the expense of consumers. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said EU-based MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF “colluded on the pricing and on passing on the costs for meeting environmental standards to customers.” Germany’s Daimler received the biggest fine of €1 billion ($1.1 billion), followed by €752 million ($832 million) for DAF of the Netherlands, €670 million ($741 million) for Volvo/Renault and €494 million ($546 million) for...
  • Hundreds of California recycling centers shut down

    07/20/2016 3:42:42 PM PDT · by PROCON · 35 replies
    AP ^ | July 19, 2016 | Darcy Costello
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- More than a fifth of California's recycling redemption centers have closed in the last year, stripping consumers of easy access to recycling and limiting their ability to collect the deposits they made when purchasing bottles and cans. More closures may follow, as the state's subsidy payment program, meant to help centers survive market fluctuations, has failed to keep up with rapid decreases in the value of plastic, glass and aluminum. The payment formula, advocates say, is too slow to cover the real costs of recycling.
  • Seaplane Crashes on Inaugural Flight in China, Killing 5

    07/20/2016 11:42:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 57 replies
    abc ^ | 07/20/2016
    The Cessna 208B, operated by Joy Air General Air, was carrying two crew members and eight invited guests, mostly government workers and local journalists, according to local media. ... The seaplane took off from Jinshan in suburban Shanghai and was bound for the Zhoushan islands, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) to the south. The route is designed for tourists and sightseers who want to escape to the islands from sprawling Shanghai. Local journalists were invited to tour the seaplane before its takeoff, and some of them boarded the aircraft for the subsequent flight along with local officials. Wednesday's flight appeared...
  • A Google Maps Glitch Turned this Korean Fishing Town Into a 'Pokémon Go' Haven

    07/19/2016 6:23:19 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    Motherboard ^ | July 19, 2016 // 11:29 AM EST | Madison Margolin
    A glitch in Google Maps has turned the small fishing town of Sokcho, South Korea, into a Pokémon Go tourist haven. The globally popular mobile game hasn't launched yet in South Korea, but that hasn't stopped clever gamers from finding a way to play it anyways. The city of Sokcho is taking full advantage of it, according to this video by the Wall Street Journal.
  • Windows 10 warns Chrome and Firefox users about battery drain, recommends switching to Edge

    07/19/2016 6:15:18 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 36 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | July 19, 2016 10:25 AM | Protalinski
    Microsoft has turned on a new set of Windows Tips that warn Windows 10 users that Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is draining their laptop’s battery. The solution, according to the notification, is to use Microsoft Edge. We reached out to Microsoft for clarification. “Microsoft Edge was designed exclusively for Windows 10 with features and functionality that enhance the browsing experience such as Cortana, easy sharing, reading, and researching,” a Microsoft spokesperson told VentureBeat. “These Windows Tips notifications were created to provide people with quick, easy information that can help them enhance their Windows 10 experience, including information that can...
  • 'Thousands' of products vulnerable to code hooking abuse

    07/19/2016 5:53:01 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 3 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 20 2016 6:29AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Bad implementation of the low-level code hooking technique by Microsoft and third-party security vendors has left millions of users open to attacks that bypass mitigation measures - some for up to a decade, researchers have found. Hooking is used by different kinds of software to monitor as well as to intercept and change the behaviour of operating system functions, and if needed, to inject code. Security software uses code hooking extensively to check for malicious activity on systems. EnSilo researchers Tomer Bitton and Udi Yavo said they looked at the hooking engines and injection techniques used by more than 15...
  • Army SOF to Trade in Its Androids for iPhones

    07/19/2016 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | JULY 15, 2016 | BY: MATTHEW COX
    Army Special Operations Command is dumping the Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone for better situational awareness. Photo: Vesper Case UK. U.S. Army Special Operations Command is dumping its Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone model. The iPhone 6S will become the end-user device for the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit – special-operations-forces version Army’s Nett Warrior battlefield situational awareness tool, according to an Army source, who is not authorized to speak to the media. The iTAC will replace the Android Tactical Assault Kit. The iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up” and has to be restarted too often, the source...
  • UN Law of the Sea Arbitration Tribunal Sinks the Rule of Law

    07/19/2016 8:08:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | 7/19/2016 | Joseph A. Klein
    The international arbitration tribunal, constituted under Annex VII to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (“UNCLOS”), issued its final Award on July 12th in the so-called “compulsory” arbitration instituted by the Republic of the Philippines against the People’s Republic of China. The Philippines had sought rulings on a number of issues, including the source of the parties’ rights and obligations in the South China Sea and the effect of UNCLOS on China’s claims to historic rights within its claimed ‘nine-dash line.’ The tribunal’s decision found in the Philippines’ favor on these two key issues, and most...
  • Can anyone explain the consequences of C.O.D.I. when it comes to stocks?

    07/19/2016 4:50:54 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 13 replies
    Finance News | 19 July 2015 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    Can anyone explain what happens when a company whose stock is subject to C.O.D.I. goes bankrupt? Should one dump the stock prior to a Pre-pack Chapter 11 bankruptcy...or ride it out? On what time frame is the stock subject to the C.O.D.I.? If someone bought the stock recently, are the still subject to the C.O.D.I. tax?
  • Apple releases OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 / Apple iOS 9.3.3 / Apple watchOS 2.2.2

    07/18/2016 6:32:54 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | July 18, 2016
    Apple today released OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 which improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users. This update: Resolves an issue that may prevent settings from being saved in accounts with parental controls enabled. Resolves an issue that prevented some network devices, such as speakers and multifunction printers, from accessing SMB share points. Enterprise content: Improves startup time when connecting to a NetBoot server. Resolves an issue that may prevent startup from a NetBoot image created with an OS X v10.11.4 or OS X v10.11.5 installer. Resolves an issue that may cause...
  • Fifteen-year-old server-side bug opens up websites

    07/18/2016 5:37:21 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 6 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 19 2016 6:08AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    A remotely exploitable vulnerability in web application code, first discovered 15 years ago, has returned to haunt server admins who are being urged to take action immediately to avoid being hit. Researchers from New Zealand point of sale software company Vend, Dominic Scheirlink, Richard Rowe, Morgan Pyne and Scott Geary, worked with Red Hat product security staffer Kurt Seifried to document the flaw, which they have nicknamed Httpoxy. On vulnerable applications, the Httpoxy flaw is easily exploitable, the researchers said. Attackers can proxy outgoing HTTP requests and direct the server to open outwards connections to arbitrary IP addresses and transport...
  • Ubuntu user forums hack leaks millions of user details

    07/18/2016 6:41:00 AM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 18 2016 6:27AM | Juha Saarinen
    Canonical, the parent company of popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, has disclosed that its user web forums have suffered a major data breach. Over the weekend, Canonical said that it had come across claims that a third party had a copy of the Ubuntu Forums database. The company was able to verify that a breach had taken place, with a database containing details of two million Ubuntu Forums users being leaked. No "active passwords" were copied over, although the attacker downloaded the random, hashed and salted strings generated by Ubuntu Single Sign On that is used for Forum logins. Canonical shut...
  • 4 Arrested For Robbing 2 Playing Pokemon Go

    07/17/2016 5:40:08 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 12 replies
    NEWS CHANNEL 5 ^ | 17 JULY 2016 | NEWS CHANNEL 5
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Four people have been arrested after allegedly robbing two people who were playing Pokemon Go on the steps of a church. The incident happened just before midnight Saturday outside the East End United Methodist Church in the 1200 block of Holly Street. A couple was sitting on the steps of the church playing the mobile app game when four men approached them and demanded their cell phones and keys.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! (Week of 7-18-16)

    07/17/2016 4:56:44 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 20 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com/ ^ | 7-18-16 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • Chiefs of 5 public colleges paid more than $1M, study finds

    07/17/2016 3:40:51 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    AP via Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2016 at 6:29 PM | Collin Binkley
    Pay for public college presidents continued to climb in 2015, and a growing number of chiefs topped the $1 million mark, according to results from a new study. The median total pay for public university presidents reached $431,000 in the 2015 fiscal year, an increase of 4.3 percent over the year before, according to an annual survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Five presidents were paid packages of more than $1 million, up from two presidents in the previous year and three in 2013. Topping the list was Renu Khator, who was paid $1.3 million to serve as both...
  • SpaceX launching space station docking port for NASA

    07/17/2016 5:14:52 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    phys.org ^ | 07/17/2016 | marcia dunn
    The unmanned Falcon rocket is scheduled to lift off early Monday. Excellent weather is forecast for the 12:45 a.m. launch. Aboard the rocket is a replica of the docking port destroyed in a SpaceX launch accident last summer. This is port No. 2. NASA needs at least one and preferably two of these ports for crew capsules under development by both SpaceX and Boeing. Americans have been stuck riding Russian rockets to the International Space Station since shuttles stopped flying five years ago this month. The SpaceX Dragon and Boeing Starliner capsules will ease this Russian dependency. SpaceX, meanwhile, will...
  • Everything We Love to Eat Is a Scam

    07/16/2016 11:41:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 96 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 10, 2016 | Maureen Callahan
    Among the many things New Yorkers pride ourselves on is food: making it, selling it and consuming only the best, from single-slice pizza to four-star sushi. We have fish markets, Shake Shacks and, as of this year, 74 Michelin-starred restaurants. Yet most everything we eat is fraudulent. In his new book, “Real Food Fake Food,” author Larry Olmsted exposes the breadth of counterfeit foods we’re unknowingly eating. After reading it, you’ll want to be fed intravenously for the rest of your life.
  • Twitter says Marylanders and Virginians hate their jobs

    07/16/2016 5:07:04 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 66 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 12 July 2016 | Jeff Clabaugh | @wtopclabaugh
    WASHINGTON — If what is posted on Twitter is a fair indication, people in Maryland and Virginia don’t much like their jobs. Online jobs site Monster.com and social intelligence company Brandwatch studied a year’s worth of Twitter posts from across the country and analyzed posts specifically about jobs. The study puts both Maryland and Virginia in the top 10 for job haters. It is the second year Monster and Brandwatch have conducted the study. It analyzed two million English-language tweets. The top 10 states where people on Twitter hate their jobs at a higher ratio than loving their jobs are...
  • Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

    07/15/2016 8:13:13 PM PDT · by dayglored · 77 replies
    The Register ^ | Jul 15, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    All that nagware hasn't worked When Windows 10 launched, Microsoft claimed it would have the new operating system on a billion devices by mid-2018. That isn't going to happen, however, Redmond has now admitted. For the past year, Microsoft has offered the new OS as a free upgrade for both desktop and mobile users (provided the phone can handle it in the latter case), and has been pushing it for Internet of Things makers. However, so far the OS is only on 350 million monthly active devices, and Redmond says it needs more time to hit ten figures. "We're pleased...
  • Ubuntu Linux forums hacked!

    07/15/2016 6:57:53 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 24 replies
    BetaNews ^ | Published 10 hours ago (that's what it says!) | Brian Fagioli
    There is a common misconception that all things Linux are bulletproof. The fact is, no software is infallible. When news of a Linux vulnerability hits, some Windows and Mac fans like to taunt users of the open source kernel. Sure, it might be in good fun, but it can negatively impact the Linux community's reputation -- a blemish, if you will. Today, Canonical announces that the Ubuntu forums have been hacked. Keep in mind, this does not mean that the operating system has experienced a vulnerability or weakness. The only thing affected are the online forums that people use to...
  • The End of Robots, More or Less

    07/15/2016 6:09:11 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 45 replies
    Facebook ^ | July 14, 2016 | Larry Schweikart (FReeper "LS")
    THE END OF ROBOTS, MORE OR LESS: I have been thinking a lot about this lately. Everywhere I go service is utterly horrible, even with companies once known for service. 1) people don't listen. No matter how clearly you state an order, explain your need, people don't listen. I'm not just talking about fast-food---it's everywhere. I spent hours with a saleswoman for a new home we were building. I stated again and again, "We have plenty of money for a down payment, but my monthly payment CANNOT be more than $X". Again and again she would mindlessly print out a...
  • Von Miller agrees to six-year, $114.5 million contract with Broncos

    07/15/2016 5:12:48 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 19 replies
    WUSA 9 D.C. | 15 JULY 2016 | USA TODAY
    http://www.wusa9.com/news/nation-now/von-miller-agrees-to-sixyear-1145-million-contract-with-broncos/274432295
  • Beer mug injury puts Rangers pitcher Jake Diekman on DL

    07/15/2016 5:06:19 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 10 replies
    WFAA.COM ^ | 15 JULY 2016 | AP
    CHICAGO (AP) - A cut from a broken souvenir beer mug has landed Texas Rangers reliever Jake Diekman on the 15-day disabled list. Diekman hurt his left index finger while reaching into his luggage for a beer mug he bought at the bar Cheers in Boston. The mug had broken in his bag, and a piece of glass pierced his finger. General Manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com the injury was a "nagging deal on the top of his left index finger."
  • Restaurant owner says it’s all a misunderstanding, cops can eat at his place — and for free Monday

    07/15/2016 5:06:57 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 60 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2016 | Foxnews Staff
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. -- The owner of the Lucky Teriyaki broke down in tears Thursday night and said cops are welcome at his restaurant -- will even get free meals on Monday -- after a public backlash to a report by the Skagit County sheriff said the man had told deputies that law enforcement officers were no longer welcome at his establishment. The man's son said in a heavy accent that it had all been a misunderstanding and he apologized for the incident.
  • Tears of the Sun--The gold rush at 17,000ft in the Andes

    07/15/2016 1:58:05 AM PDT · by dennisw · 12 replies
    THE NEW YORKER | APRIL 20, 2015 | BY WILLIAM FINNEGAN
    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/20/tears-of-the-sunCan only post the URL.... Great read about gold mining in the Peruvian Andes mountains.They use mercury to extract the gold from the ore and the mining is mostly informal as in unregulated. Mining is done by individuals and small operations.
  • This restaurant told cops they’re no longer welcome

    07/14/2016 11:25:10 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 73 replies
    NY PostHB ^ | July 15, 2016 | Associated Press
    SEDRO-WOOLLEY, Wash. — The sheriff of a county about 70 miles north of Seattle says a restaurant owner has asked that law enforcement no longer dine there. Skagit County Sheriff Will Reichardt said on Facebook that after four deputies finished lunch at Lucky’s Teriyaki in Sedro-Woolley Thursday, the owner asked them not to eat there anymore.
  • New ‘Ranscam’ Ransomware Lowers The Bar But Raises The Stakes

    07/14/2016 9:41:43 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    DarkReading ^ | 7/11/2016 05:15 PM | Kelly Jackson Higgins
    ... Ransomware variants are multiplying like rabbits: while some are more sophisticated and tougher to combat, others are more about scamming than kidnapping. Take the new Ranscam malware discovered by Cisco’s Talos team, a low-tech but highly destructive attack that demands ransom from its victims but never returns them their files because it actually deleted them. Ranscam isn’t the first ransomware variant to destroy files rather than return them after victims pay up—there’s AnonPop and JIGSAW, for example—but it’s a glaring example of how the ransomware scam itself is so lucrative and easy to pull off that less sophisticated attackers...
  • Dangerous malware discovered in EU energy company

    07/14/2016 9:22:11 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | ul 15 2016 10:05AM (AUS) | Staff Writer
    A new piece of sophisticated malware has been discovered on the networks of an unnamed European energy company with what researchers believe is the potential to shut down an energy grid. Endpoint protection firm Sentinel One Labs discovered the malware and dubbed it SFG, revealing it not only collects information on the infected system but opens a backdoor through which a destructive payload could be launched. It affects all versions of Windows and has been produced to overcome next-generation firewalls and anti-virus software. The malware also shuts down when put into a sandboxed environment or a virtual machine to escape...
  • Supreme Court to hear Samsung’s appeal over Apple design patent case on Oct. 11

    07/14/2016 5:26:51 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 1 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | July 13, 2016 | By Chance Miller
    Back in March, the Supreme Court stated that it would hear Samsung’s appeal in the company’s never-ending design patent battle with Apple. While Apple had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case, saying that Samsung “had its day in court,” it was revealed on the court’s website today that the case will be heard on October 11th. The Supreme Court had initially announced its decision to hear the case in March, but a date was unknown until tonight. The hearing will center around two patents that Apple has claimed Samsung infringed upon. The long-winded battle seemingly came to an...
  • New, Massive Earthquake Threat Could Lurk Under South Asia

    07/14/2016 1:06:38 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 15 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 7/11/2016 | Michael Greshko
    A new GPS study of Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar (Burma) has found startling evidence that the northeastern corner of the Indian subcontinent is actively colliding with Asia, potentially posing a major earthquake risk to one of the world’s most densely populated regions. A new GPS study of Bangladesh, India, and Myanmar (Burma) has found startling evidence that the northeastern corner of the Indian subcontinent is actively colliding with Asia, potentially posing a major earthquake risk to one of the world’s most densely populated regions. The years-long analysis is the first to incorporate GPS data from Bangladeshi tracking stations. It is...
  • Space Plane': fly anywhere in the world in four hours

    07/14/2016 12:27:35 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 26 replies
    The Telegraph ( UK) ^ | 14 July 2016 , 11:38am | Helena Horton
    Could we soon be saying goodbye to long-haul flights? One company has taken an important step in making this dream come true. Oxford's Reaction Engines Ltd (REL) announced it has received a €10,000 development contract with ESA, so it can work on its revolutionary Synergistic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE). This technology can work both in the Earth's atmosphere and in space - which is crucial to space planes. ( scroll down for video explanation of technology)
  • Vulnerability Exploitable via Printer Protocols Affects All Windows Versions

    07/13/2016 9:34:12 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    Softpedia ^ | Jul 12, 2016 21:05 GMT | Catalin Cimpanu
    Microsoft has patched today a critical security vulnerability in the Print Spooler service that allows attackers to take over devices via a simple mechanism. The vulnerability affects all Windows versions ever released. Security firm Vectra discovered the vulnerability (CVE-2016-3238), which Microsoft fixed in MS16-087. At its core, the issue resides in how Windows handles printer driver installations and how end users connect to printers. Exploit executes payload under SYSTEM user By default, in corporate networks, network admins allow printers to deliver the necessary drivers to workstations connected to the network. These drivers are silently installed without any user interaction and...
  • Microsoft Azure Stack won't run on your existing hardware

    07/13/2016 8:43:41 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 8 replies
    iTnews (AUS) ^ | Jul 13 2016 4:08PM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft has revealed its forthcoming Azure Stack won't run on the hardware of customers' choosing, an about-face on its earlier position that the hybrid cloud product would be vendor-agnostic. The company's senior director of cloud platform marketing Mark Jewett today said Azure Stack would only be initially available with hardware from Microsoft partners Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Dell and Lenovo. Jewett said Microsoft would "prioritise" Azure Stack delivery via "turnkey integrated systems" in the initial general availability release. "We’ve been working with systems vendors on integrated systems for a while now and see this as the best approach to bring Azure innovation...
  • Confirmed: Only Microsoft Edge will play Netflix content at 1080p on your PC

    07/13/2016 8:42:51 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    PC World ^ | Jul 13, 2016 | Mark Hachman
    Microsoft's bold claims about Edge turn out to be true. If you want to watch true 1080p content on Netflix over your PC, you need to use Microsoft’s Edge browser. On Wednesday, Microsoft claimed that its Edge browser was the only one of the big four browsers—which also includes Chrome, Firefox, and Opera—to offer 1080p resolution while playing Netflix content. A quick test of all four browsers by PCWorld proved this claim to be true, with the other three browsers capped at 720p. Why this matters: Microsoft’s been busy trying to rehabilitate the reputation of Edge, which suffered after the...
  • Transgender woman arrested for voyeurism at Ammon Target

    07/13/2016 5:20:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    .eastidahonews.com ^ | July 12, 2016 | Stephan Rockefeller
    AMMON — An Idaho Falls man who police say identifies as transgender was arrested Tuesday afternoon after deputies say he took photos of a woman in a fitting room in Target. Sean Patrick Smith, 46, who also goes by Shauna Patricia Smith, was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on one felony count of voyeurism. Bonneville County Sgt. Bryan Lovell says deputies were called to a disturbance at Target on 25th East just after 5 p.m. Monday.
  • Brit Investment Company Gives Up on US Electric Truck Maker

    07/13/2016 5:10:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | Mon, 07/11/2016 - 07:46 | Paul Chesser
    A British investment company has thrown in the towel on an electric delivery truck manufacturer that it once wholly owned, saw fail, then spun off in the United States at the height of President Obama’s green energy stimulus subsidy mania. U.K.-based Tanfield Group announced at the end of June that it wrote down the value of the last 5.76 percent ownership stake it held in Smith Electric Vehicles, which received $32 million in U.S. taxpayer funds as a formerly British entity that reconstituted and relocated in Kansas City in 2009. The move by Tanfield followed Smith’s legal action filed against...
  • New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person

    07/13/2016 4:44:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 13, 2016 5:21 PM EDT | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The nation’s health care tab this year is expected to surpass $10,000 per person for the first time, the government said Wednesday. The new peak means the Obama administration will pass the problem of high health care costs on to its successor. The report from number crunchers at the Department of Health and Human Services projects that health care spending will grow at a faster rate than the national economy over the coming decade. That squeezes the ability of federal and state governments, not to mention employers and average citizens, to pay. Growth is projected to average 5.8 percent from...