Monthly Archives: October 2015

UK Police Make Third Arrest Over TalkTalk Cyber Attack

An anonymous reader writes: British police have made a third arrest in connection with a cyber attack this month on telecoms company TalkTalk, in which the company said bank details of more than 20,000 customers were hacked. We mentioned the

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Finland Begins To Shape Basic Income Proposal

jones_supa writes: The Finnish social insurance institution is to begin drawing up plans for a citizens’ basic income model. If eventually deployed after an experimental phase, the model could revolutionize the Finnish social welfare system. Under basic income all citizens

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Ask Slashdot: Securing a Journalist’s Laptop Against a Police Search?

Bruce66423 writes: In the light of the British police’s seizure of a BBC laptop what is the right configuration and practices to ensure that such a seizure provides zero information to the cops? This post from Thursday might be a

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Cambridge Researchers Present Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough

Reuters reports on a tantalizing advance in battery technology described this week by Cambridge researchers, who have made large enough steps toward a practical lithium-oxygen battery to give a laboratory demo of their system. Commercially available lithium-oxygen batteries would be

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Harvard Project Aims To Put Every Court Decision Online, For Free

Techdirt comments approvingly on a new project from Harvard Law School, called Free the Law, which in a joint effort with a company called Ravel to scan and post in nicely searchable format all federal and state court decisions, and

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NASA Releases First Images of Cassini’s Dive Through the Geyser of Enceladus

MarkWhittington writes: NASA released the first images from Cassini’s dive two days earlier into the geyser that is erupting water and ice particles through fissures in the icy crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus from what is presumed to be a

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Studio Behind ‘Little Big Planet’ Confirms Next Title Coming To PlayStation VR

An anonymous reader writes: As the company’s first title, Little Big Planet was a breakout hit for the studio Media Molecule. The franchise saw three major games across the PS3 and PS4, two mobile versions (for PSP and PS Vita),

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US Tech Giants Increasingly Partner With Military-Connected Chinese Companies

theodp writes: The New York Times reports that analysts and officials in the American military community are increasingly examining a recent trend among U.S. tech companies of forming new partnerships with Chinese firms that have ties to the Chinese military.

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Crime Lab Scandals Just Keep Getting Worse

Many people are convicted in American courts on the basis of drug lab analysis. Just how accurate or accountable are the people and labs? schwit1 writes with an excerpt that gives a good reminder of how people can land in

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CoinVault and Bitcryptor Ransomware Victims Can Now Recover Their Files For Free

itwbennett writes: Researchers from Kaspersky Lab and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service have obtained the last set of encryption keys from command-and-control servers that were used by CoinVault and Bitcryptor,’ writes Lucian Constantin. ‘Those keys have been uploaded to Kaspersky’s

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