Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Global Struggle To Prevent Cyberwar

blottsie writes: What constitutes war in the 21st century? In an age of almost constant cyberattacks against major corporations and world governments, the consensus among international-law experts is clear: Nobody knows. This sweeping Daily Dot investigation explores the ongoing struggle

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Linux Foundation Puts the Cost of Replacing Its Open Source Projects At $5 Billion

chicksdaddy writes: Everybody recognizes that open source software incredibly valuable, by providing a way to streamline the creation of new applications and services. But how valuable, exactly? The Linux Foundation has released a new research paper that tries to put

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Tesla Unveils the Model X

An anonymous reader writes with news that Tesla has officially unveiled its Model X SUV. It’s their third vehicle, after the Roadster and Model S. Its 90kWh battery provides 250 miles of range, and the vehicle can go from zero

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New Attack Bypasses Mac OS X Gatekeeper

msm1267 writes: Mac OS X’s Gatekeeper security service is supposed to protect Apple computers from executing code that’s not signed by Apple or downloaded from its App Store. A researcher, however, has built an exploit that uses a signed binary

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NY Times: Temporary Visas To Import Talent Help Copycats Take Jobs Abroad

ErichTheRed writes: A new article from the NY Times surprised me. It describes what we in the IT industry see all the time — H-1B visas being used way outside of their original purpose. I think this is significant because

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Treefinder Revokes Software License For Users In Immigrant-Friendly Nations

dotancohen writes: The author of bioinformatics software Treefinder is revoking the license to his software for researchers working in eight European countries because he says those countries allow too many immigrants to cross their borders, effective 1 October. The author

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Citadel Botnet Operator Gets 4.5 Years In Prison

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that Dimitry Belorossov, a.k.a. Rainerfox, an operator of the “Citadel” malware, has been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison following a guilty plea. Citadel was a banking trojan capable

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Advance In Super/Ultra Capacitor Tech: High Voltage and High Capacity

fyngyrz writes: Ultracaps offer significantly faster charge and discharge rates as well as considerably longer life than batteries. Where they have uniformly fallen short is in the amount of energy they can store as compared to a battery, and also

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Tracing the Limits of Computation

An anonymous reader writes: For more than 40 years, researchers had been trying to find a better way to compare two arbitrary strings of characters, such as the long strings of chemical letters within DNA molecules. The most widely used

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Uber Raided By Dutch Authorities, Seen As ‘Criminal Organization’

An anonymous reader writes: Uber offices in Amsterdam have been raided by Dutch authorities, as reported by several local media sources (Google translation of original in Dutch). This follows intimidatory deterrence practices earlier in The Netherlands, with Uber drivers being

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