Monthly Archives: April 2017

Intel-Powered Broadband Modems Highly Vulnerable To DoS Attack

“It’s being reported by users from the DSLReports forum that the Puma 6 Intel cable modem variants are highly susceptible to a very low-bandwidth denial-of-service attack,” writes Slashdot reader Idisagree. The Register reports: Effectively, if there’s someone you don’t like,

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Advertisers Are Still Boycotting YouTube Over Offensive Videos

An anonymous reader quotes the Associated Press:The fallout from the YouTube boycott is likely to be felt through the rest of this year. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending until they are convinced Google can prevent their brands from appearing

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Humans Are Already Harassing Security Robots

An anonymous reader quotes CNN: As robots begin to appear on sidewalks and streets, they’re being hazed and bullied. Last week, a drunken man allegedly tipped over a 300-pound security robot in Mountain View, California… Knightscope, which makes the robot

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Debian Developer Imprisoned In Russia Over Alleged Role In Riots

An anonymous reader writes: “Dmitry Bogatov, Debian developer and Tor node admin, is still being held in a Moscow jail,” tweeted the EFF Saturday. IT Wire reports that the 25-year-old math teacher was arrested earlier this month “on suspicion of

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Wired Founding Editor Now Challenges ‘The Myth of A Superhuman AI’

Wired’s founding executive editor Kevin Kelly wrote a 5,000-word takedown on “the myth of a superhuman AI,” challenging dire warnings from Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk about the potential extinction of humanity at the hands of a superintelligent

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Ask Slashdot: Could We Build A Global Wireless Mesh Network?

An anonymous reader wants to start a grassroots effort to build a self-organizing global radio mesh network where every device can communicate with every other device — and without any central authority. There is nothing in the rules of mathematics

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Developer Shares A Recoverable Container Format That’s File System Agnostic

Long-time Slashdot reader MarcoPon writes: I created a thing: SeqBox. It’s an archive/container format (and corresponding suite of tools) with some interesting and unique features. Basically an SBX file is composed of a series of sector-sized blocks with a small

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NASA Launches Super Balloon To Detect Cosmic Particles From Near Space

“After seven unsuccessful attempts NASA has launched a stadium-sized balloon in Wanaka,” reports the New Zealand Herald, adding that the super-pressure balloon will collect data from “near space” over the next 100 days. Reuters reports: The balloon, designed by NASA

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Microsoft’s Surface Revenue Drops By $285M (26%)

An anonymous reader quotes Computerworld: Revenue generated by Microsoft’s Surface hardware during the March quarter was down 26% from the same period the year before, the company said yesterday as it briefed Wall Street. For the quarter, Surface produced $831

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Russian-Controlled Telecom Hijacks Traffic For Mastercard, Visa, And 22 Other Services

An anonymous reader quotes the security editor at Ars Technica: On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained

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