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Canada's 'Super Secret Spy Agency' Is Releasing a Malware-Fighting Tool To the Public... +
Matthew Braga, reporting for CBC News: Canada's electronic spy agency says it is taking the "unprecedented step" of releasing one of its own cyber defence tools to the public, in a bid to help companies and organizations better defend their computers and ...
Profile of William H. Alsup, a Judge Who Codes and Decides Tech's Biggest Cases... +
Sarah Jeong at The Verge has an interesting profile of William H. Alsup, the judge in Oracle v. Google case, who to many's surprise was able to comment on the technical issues that Oracle and Google were fighting about. Alsup admits that he learned the Ja...
Fark Food Thread: How are you preparing for Halloween? Have your party treats planned out or are you looking for tips on goodies to make and take? Link goes to a festive drink since Farkers are notori... +
Doctors To Breathalyse Smokers Before Allowing Them NHS Surgery... +
Smokers in Hertfordshire, a county in southern England, are to be breathalysed to ensure they have kicked the habit before they are referred for non-urgent surgery. From a report, shared by several readers: Smokers will be breath-tested before they are co...
Former Model Accuses David Blaine of Rape... +
Photoshop these bees [Photoshop]... +
Amazon Battles Google for Renewable Energy Crown... +
Readers share a report: Even in the age of coal enthusiast President Donald Trump, clean-energy developers are finding plenty of interest in wind and solar power from businesses with sustainability targets, especially technology companies. That was on dis...
Charges filed against teenager responsible for Oregon forest fire.... +
CIA retires sniffer dog because she wants to play instead of search for explosives... +
JOHN WILCOCK: The Diggers' Death of Money & Other Counterculture Moments of 1966... +
Ethan Persoff will be speaking about the John Wilcock comic at The New School's Parsons School of Design, on November 7. Free and open to the public. Read Scott Marshall's adaptation of Nietzsche, An Illustrated Zarathustra....
Discovery of 50km Cave Raises Hopes For Human Colonisation of Moon... +
New submitter Zorro shares a report: Scientists have fantasised for centuries about humans colonising the moon. That day may have drawn a little closer after Japan's space agency said it had discovered an enormous cave beneath the lunar surface that could...
Dinosaur art is not bullshit (unless you’re doing it wrong)... +
2017 has not been the easiest year. Terrifying storms. The car crash of Brexit. Threats of nuclear war. F-bombs in Star Trek. It’s all a bit much, and even artwork of dinosaurs – yes, dinosaurs – aren’t safe. Boing Boing recently reported that “dinosaur a...
Japanese Metal Manufacturer Faked Specifications To Hundreds of Companies... +
schwit1 writes: Kobe Steel, a major Japanese supplier of steel and other metals worldwide, has admitted that it faked the specifications to metals shipped to hundreds of companies over the past decade.Last week, Kobe Steel admitted that staff fudged repor...
Las Vegas gunman’s hooker, Hillary Clinton’s lies, and Jerry Lewis’s forged will in this week’s tabloids... +
With its impeccable military intelligence contacts and team of White House insiders, the National Enquirer has scooped the world by obtaining “ISIS’s Map of Terror!” – revealing the jihadist group's “top secret” targets across America. Then again, it coul...
Turning the Optical Fiber Network Into a Giant Earthquake Sensor... +
Tekla Perry writes: Researchers at Stanford have demonstrated that they can use ordinary, underground fiber optic cables to monitor for earthquakes, by using innate impurities in the fiber as virtual sensors. "People didn't believe this would work," said ...
Man With Gun Arrested on Florida Campus Amid White Nationalist Protests... +
A Pittsburgh public school teacher was seriously injured Wednesday after she was followed in her car and assaulted after school, allegedly in a dispute over a child's cellphone, CBS station KDKA-TV re... +
‘Trainy McTrainface’ becomes official name for Swedish train... +
The video game industry's best-of-class DRM is routinely cracked in less than 24 hours... +
Denuvo is billed as the video game industry's "best in class" DRM, charging games publishers a premium to prevent people from playing their games without paying for them. In years gone by, Denuvo DRM would remain intact for as long as a month before crack...
In 1911, three men struggled for five weeks through the Antarctic winter to collect penguin eggs... +
In 1911, three British explorers made a perilous 70-mile journey in the dead of the Antarctic winter to gather eggs from a penguin rookery in McMurdo Sound. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the three through perpetual dar...
Targeted Fuzzing Is Improving Linux Security, Linus Torvalds Says... +
On the sidelines of announcing the fifth release candidate for the Linux kernel version 4.14, Linus Torvalds said fuzzing, which involves stress testing a system by generating random code to induce errors, is helping the community find and fix a range of ...
16 Democratic Congressional hopefuls have outraised the incumbent Republicans they're challenging... +
12-term Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R-NJ] raised $157k last quarter, while two of the Democrats who're challenging him in 2018, former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill and family advocate Tamara Harris both outraised him by big margins -- $498,000 for Sherrill! ...
A curiously incomplete history of the early years of DRM... +
Ernie Smith's Motherboard article on the early years of DRM gets into some fascinating stories about things like IBM's Cryptolope and Xerox PARC's Contentguard (which became a patent troll), Intertrust's belief that it is "developing the basis for a civil...
A working modem using HTML5 sound... +
Martin Kirkholt Melhus's workplace bans connecting his development computer to the internet, so he hacked together a modem using HTML5: by plugging over-the-ear headphones into his laptop's 3.5mm audio jack and then placing the headphones over a network-c...
Rock thrown from overpass kills man on I-75 in Michigan; homicide investigation underway... +
$15 lightweight, stackable backpacking cookware... +
This is the lowest price I've seen for this super popular, cheap 10 piece camping cook set. The pot and pan, with lids, neatly stack. Netly stack into a size that is just right to fit into my VW Vanagon's sink, with some dishtowels and a cutting board, f...
Talking Walkaway on the CNet book-club podcast... +
CNet has started a new book-club podcast, and they honored me by picking my novel Walkaway as their second-ever title. (more…)...
What do you get when you cross a Ewok with Gallagher? This guy [Dumbass]... +
Google Engineers Explore Ways To Stop In-Browser Cryptocurrency Miners in Chrome... +
An anonymous reader writes: Google Chrome engineers are considering adding a special browser permission that will thwart the rising trend of in-browser cryptocurrency miners. Discussions on the topic of in-browser miners have been going on the Chromium pr...
Trump's "free market" FCC loves monopolies, especially when they rip off prisoners' families... +
The American prison system is home to one of the greatest market-failures in the history of telephony (which is saying something): a monopolistic system in which sole-supplier, hedge-fund owned telcoms operators charge as much as $14/minute for prisoners ...
Former Spring Hill Police officer charged with rape during traffic stops pleads guilty... +
BlankPage is a writing app that minimizes distraction... +
As any author will tell you, the way to become a better writer is to do it every single day. To help promote your daily writing habit, BlankPage provides a clean environment that tracks your progress over time. This app is currently being offered in the ...
Ceasing to honor Jefferson Davis, Mississippi public school renamed for Obama... +
Students at an elementary school in Jackson, Mississippi have elected to rename their institution in honor of the legitimately elected 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama. Via the Root: According to NBC News, the Davis Magnet Internation...
EU: No Encryption Backdoors But, Let's Help Each Other Crack That Crypto... +
The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc. From a report: In an attempt to tackle the rise of citizens using encryption and its effects on solving crimes, the ...
Man mistakes Ken Griffey, Jr. for a civil war general [Strange]... +
Massachusetts school drops Halloween for "black and orange" spirit day... +
New Law Bans California Employers From Asking Applicants Their Prior Salary... +
An anonymous reader shares a report: California employers can no longer ask job applicants about their prior salary and -- if applicants ask -- must give them a pay range for the job they are seeking, under a new state law that takes effect Jan. 1. AB168,...
Ghostwatch, the greatest TV Halloween hoax of all time... +
When I was a kid, home alone in 1993, I turned on the TV to find one of those live call-in shows. "Ghostwatch&quo
Tinder is reinforcing ancient mating habits...like the 2am booty call behind the Gas-N-Sip [Interesting]... +
Florida probation officer caught on camera yelling racial slur... +
U.S. jobless claims hit more than 44-year low... +
You know things are farked up when the Washington Post does a feature on fallout shelters that are still in existence but have remained pristine for half a century [Scary]... +
Canada's 'super secret spy agency' is releasing a malware-fighting tool to the public - Technology & Science - CBC News... +
Slashdot's 20th Anniversary: History of Slashdot... +
Slashdot turned 20 this month, which is ancient in internet years. How far have we come? Also, we've set up a page to coordinate user meet-ups around the world to celebrate. Read on for the full 20-year history of Slashdot. Read more of this story ...
Jake Likes Onions: damned funny webcomics... +
My latest Twitter follow is @jakelikesonions, whose bi-weekly cartoon of the same name has been going since 2015, and represents a very deep set of funny stuff to lose yourself in. Some recent gooduns below: (more…)...
Is world's oldest tortoise GAY? Not that there's anything wrong with that [Awkward]... +
Some thoughts on whether intelligence is linked to anxiety and depression... +
In High intelligence: A risk factor for psychological and physiological overexcitabilities, a group of academic and industry neuroscientists survey a self-selected group of 3,715 MENSA members about their mental health history and find a correlation betwe...
Cult driving simulator spawns YouTube genre of automotive chaos... +
New Mexico will restore evolution to science standards... +
Panama Papers: Africa's Elite are Plundering Their Countries... +
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