Monthly Archives: September 2015

Dormant Virus Wakes Up In Some Patients With Lou Gehrig’s Disease

MTorrice writes: Our chromosomes hold a partial record of prehistoric viral infections: About 8% of our genomes come from DNA that viruses incorporated into the cells of our ancestors. Over many millennia, these viral genes have accumulated mutations rendering them

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Legal Loophole Offers Volkswagen Criminal Immunity

An anonymous reader writes: According to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled) a loophole in the 1970 Clean Air Act could make it impossible for U.S. prosecutors to subject Volkswagen to criminal charges over its use of standards-dodging ‘defeat devices’ in

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Virginia State Police Cars Hacked

ancientribe writes: Two models of Virginia State Police cruisers were hacked in an experiment to expose vulnerabilities in the vehicles and to come up with ways to protect the cars from hackers. Mitre Corp., the Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles,

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NVIDIA Launches GeForce NOW Game Streaming Service

MojoKid writes: NVIDIA has championed game streaming for a number of years now. Whether it be from a GeForce GTX-equipped PC to one of its SHIELD devices or from its cloud-based GRID gaming beta service to a SHIELD, Today though,

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Mars Mission: How Hard? NASA Astronauts Weigh In

astroengine writes: In an interesting interview with Discovery News, retired NASA astronauts Clay Anderson (Expedition 15/16) and Steve Swanson (Expedition 39/40) discussed their views on how the US space agency should select the first Mars-bound astronauts — a mission that

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Will ‘Chip and Pin’ Credit Card Technology Really Increase Security? (Video)

The answer seems to be: sort of, a little, but not a whole lot, according to Jerry Irvine, who is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Cybersecurity Leadership Council and CIO of Chicago-based Prescient Solutions. More security theater?

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Nerves Rattled By Highly Suspicious Windows Update Delivered Worldwide

An anonymous reader writes: If you’re using Windows 7 you might want to be careful about which updates you install. Users on Windows forums are worried about a new “important” update that looks a little suspect. Ars reports: “‘Clearly there’s

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AdBlock Plus To Introduce Independent Board To Oversee Acceptable Ads Program

Mark Wilson writes: Ad blocking has been in the news quite a lot recently, not least because of iOS 9′s new support for advertising avoidance. Perhaps the most famous tool in the arena is Adblock Plus. It’s something that many

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500 Million Users At Risk of Compromise Via Unpatched WinRAR Bug

An anonymous reader writes: A critical vulnerability has been found in the latest version of WinRAR, the popular file archiver and compressor utility for Windows, and can be exploited by remote attackers to compromise a machine on which the software

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Houston’s Gifted Education Program Biased Against Blacks and Latinos

tiberus sends an NPR report investigating the fairness of gifted and talented programs in Houston schools. Analysts believe black and hispanic students are at put at a disadvantage because of the way in which the program is run. Quoting: Donna

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