Submitted by: Hologram @ 06:44 PM | Wednesday, November 12, 2014 | (url: http://money.cnn....)
Hackers attacked the U.S. weather system in October, causing a disruption in satellite feeds and several pivotal websites. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, said that four of its websites were hacked in recent weeks. To block the attackers, government officials were forced to shut down some of its services. This explains why satellite data was mysteriously cut off in October, as well as why the National Ice Center website and others were down for more than a week. During that time, federal officials merely stated a need for "unscheduled maintenance." Still, NOAA spokesman Scott Smullen insisted that the aftermath of the attack "did not prevent us from delivering forecasts to the public." Little more is publicly known about the attack, which was first revealed by The Washington Post. It's unclear what damage, if any, was caused by the hack. But hackers managed to penetrate what's considered one of the most vital aspects of the U.S. government. The nation's military, businesses and local governments all rely on nonstop reports from the U.S. weather service.
Submitted by: Hologram @ 11:55 PM | Tuesday, November 11, 2014 | (url: https://www.eff.o...)
Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer's web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks. In recent months, researchers have reported ISPs in the US and Thailand intercepting their customers' data to strip a security flagcalled STARTTLSfrom email traffic. The STARTTLS flag is an essential security and privacy protection used by an email server to request encryption when talking to another server or client.1
By stripping out this flag, these ISPs prevent the email servers from successfully encrypting their conversation, and by default the servers will proceed to send email unencrypted. Some firewalls, including Cisco's PIX/ASA firewall do this in order to monitor for spam originating from within their network and prevent it from being sent. Unfortunately, this causes collateral damage: the sending server will proceed to transmit plaintext email over the public Internet, where it is subject to eavesdropping and interception.
This type of STARTTLS stripping attack has mostly gone unnoticed because it tends to be applied to residential networks, where it is uncommon to run an email server2. STARTTLS was also relatively uncommon until late 2013, when EFF started rating companies on whether they used it. Since then, many of the biggest email providers implemented STARTTLS to protect their customers. We continue to strongly encourage all providers to implement STARTTLS for both outbound and inbound email. Google's Safer email transparency report and starttls.info are good resources for checking whether a particular provider does.
Submitted by: Hologram @ 03:15 AM | Sunday, November 9, 2014 | (url: http://www.techno...)
The human brain carries out many tasks at the same time, but how many? Now fMRI data has revealed just how parallel gray matter is. ... Although the analysis is complex, the outcome is simple to state. Georgiou says independent component analysis reveals that about 50 independent processes are at work in human brains performing the complex visuo-motor tasks of indicating the presence of green and red boxes. However, the brain uses fewer processes when carrying out simple tasks, like visual recognition.
That's a fascinating result that has important implications for the way computer scientists should design chips intended to mimic human performance. It implies that parallelism in the brain does not occur on the level of individual neurons but on a much higher structural and functional level, and that there are about 50 of these. 'This means that, in theory, an artificial equivalent of a brain-like cognitive structure may not require a massively parallel architecture at the level of single neurons, but rather a properly designed set of limited processes that run in parallel on a much lower scale,' he concludes.
Submitted by: Mr Jimmy Pop @ 06:24 PM | Sunday, September 21, 2014 | (url: http://www.af.mil...)
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- The Air Force has instructed force support offices across the service to allow both enlisted members and officers to omit the words So help me God from enlistment and officer appointment oaths if an Airman chooses.
In response to concerns raised by Airmen, the Department of the Air Force requested an opinion from the Department of Defense General Counsel addressing the legal parameters of the oath. The resulting opinion concluded that an individual may strike or omit the words So help me God from an enlistment or appointment oath if preferred.
We take any instance in which Airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously, said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our Airmen's rights are protected.
The Air Force will be updating the instructions for both enlisted and commissioned Airmen to reflect these changes in the coming weeks, but the policy change is effective now. Airmen who choose to omit the words 'So help me God' from enlistment and officer appointment oaths may do so.
The language in previous instructions was based on an Air Force legal interpretation of 10 U.S.C. 502, 5 U.S.C. 3331 and Title 32, which contain the oaths of office.
The Air Force requested the review following a ceremony at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, in which an enlisted Airman struck out the words, So help me God on the Department of Defense Form 4 and did not include them in his verbal oath. The Airman's unit was unable to process his paperwork due to the guidance in Air Force Instruction 36-2606, Reenlistment in the United States Air Force, which prohibited any omissions. Now that the Department of Defense General Counsel has provided an opinion, the Airmans enlistment paperwork will be processed to completion.
Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 05:23 PM | Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | (url: http://www.thever...)
Microsoft is nearing a deal to buy Mojang AB, makers of the Minecraft video game franchise, according to a new report. According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal would value Mojang at more than $2 billion and could be signed as soon as this week.
Microsoft and Mojang declined to comment to the Journal.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 04:45 PM | Monday, September 8, 2014 | (url: http://www.forbes...)
[quote]The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today issued Americas latest jobs report covering August. And its a disappointment. The economy created an additional 142,000 jobs last month. After six consecutive months over 200,000, most pundits expected the string to continue, including ADP which just yesterday said 204,000 jobs were created in August.
Submitted by: Goshin @ 08:20 PM | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | (url: http://online.wsj...)
I can't believe this verdict in such a pro corporate environment. wow
PLC was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, a federal judge ruled, handing down a decision that could cost the company as much as $18 billion in pollution fines for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Thursday's decision could leave BP on the hook for far more than the $3.5 billion it had set aside for civil penalties under the U.S. Clean Water Act and likely would easily exceed the biggest previous fine under the statute.
The $3.5 billion was based in part on BP's expectation that the court would rule the company liable for simple negligence. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's finding of gross negligence, or more reckless and extreme behavior, means BP faces a penalty of as much as $4,300 for each barrel of crude spilled in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. That is nearly quadruple the maximum civil fine had the finding been simple negligence, which means the failure to take reasonable care.
The judge could impose lower penalties but the fine is likely to surpass the previous record under the act: the $1 billion paid by Transocean Ltd. RIGN.VX +1.91% , the owner of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, in a settlement last year.
Submitted by: Amadeus @ 03:07 PM | Thursday, September 4, 2014 | (url: http://www.unreal...)
Damn, it's good to be a student nowadays.
Since we launched back in March, many educators have been working with us to get Unreal Engine 4 into their classrooms. Additionally, over the last few months students in our community have been asking for a way to gain access to the tools without having to pay anything upfront. The steady increase in interest made us realize we need a much simpler way to partner with academia and so weve decided to go with the simplest solution of all Unreal Engine 4 is now free for academic use, including personal copies for students enrolled in accredited video game development, computer science, art, architecture, simulation, and visualization programs!
All educators can now have unrestricted access to the engine simply by contacting us at unrealengine.com/education. Schools can integrate the same fully featured version of Unreal Engine 4 previously available only to developers, along with all future updates. Students will retain indefinite access to any versions of the engine they used during their coursework so theyll always have the option to take their class projects and turn them into shipping projects any time in the future.
Submitted by: ZooL @ 06:21 PM | Tuesday, August 26, 2014 | (url: http://www.foxnew...)
Ukraine announced Tuesday that it had captured ten Russian soldiers in the eastern Donetsk region, while Russia reportedly claims that they crossed the border by accident.
Ukraine said it captured the soldiers in the area of Amvrosiivka, near the Russian border. The region has been torn apart by fighting between government troops and pro-Russian separatists who declared independence in the region in April.
The announcement came as the presidents of Russia and Ukraine sat down for talks Tuesday, meeting face-to-face for the first time since June.
Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko were joined by the presidents of Belarus and Kazakhstan and three senior officials from the European Union in the Belarusian capital of Minsk.....
Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 07:38 AM | Monday, August 18, 2014 | (url: http://www.pcgame...)
Team Fortress 2 has shown that people will pay good money for virtual headclothes that sit upon the crown of the cartoon murderers they control in first person. Now Valve are trying something daring: seeing if people will pay for non-hatsnot in the game, but in real life. The TF2 Workshop is now accepting community designs for new lines of merchandise to be sold through the Valve Store.
As per the regular TF2 item popularity contest, users can upload their designs to the Workshop to be judged by the community. "Well curate the top-rated entries," write Valve, "and the best of the best designs will be made available as official merchandise at the Valve Store and various online retailers. You won't just be ensuring your place in history: You'll also get paid a handsome royalty for every unit sold."
Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 08:28 AM | Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | (url: https://www.shado...)
Shadow Realms has its genesis in old school Dungeons & Dragons. When I first started designing BioWare RPGs back in the 90s, what drove me creatively was the desire to give players the experience I had while playing pen and paper games as a youth. The great storytelling, the feeling that anything could happen - these were experiences that you couldnt find in any other game. And the great thing was that these adventures never had an end. A good Dungeon Master could keep a story going for months or even years.
It is a game that finally fulfills that fantasy of a never-ending RPG where the players meet up regularly to keep their epic adventures going for as long as they want. All the enemies, traps and challenges are squarely in the hands of another player, who controls them just like a Dungeon Master. The monsters and villains are smart and unpredictable, making every battle a test of strategy and power. Best of all, everyone gets to enjoy a story that plays out like their favorite TV series, but where they decide the fates of its world and characters.
Shadow Realms isnt just hearkening back to those early BioWare PC gamesits finally bringing the magic of tabletop RPGs to the digital realm.
sign up for alpha here: https://www.shadowrealms.com/register
Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 12:21 PM | Friday, August 8, 2014 | (url: http://www.euroga...)
First off, why did staff go unpaid?
Cevat Yerli: You have two choices, right? Either you delay payments - again delay... it's not that they didn't get paid, they got delayed - delay payments and salvage the company. Or, you push your cash flow directly to the studios and you file for insolvency. Both options are really bad. So you have to make the better of the two bad decisions.
However, like we had promised to everybody - and we said the company is not at a big risk, not a danger, it just needs more time to salvage it and that's what we did. Now, everybody got paid plus inconvenience payments additionally to that, like we promised everybody.
Some people were very impatient and got angry at the smallest delay. Also, there was a critique of us not being proactive in communication, which we don't understand, because we had been frequently in the UK as well as every other studio, talking about potentially rough times. And we had even shared with people how they should maybe work with different banks at a personal level to prepare. Or, if not, they could make a choice to resign and look for other jobs.
rest of interview here:
Submitted by: Goshin @ 01:40 PM | Tuesday, August 5, 2014 | (url: http://www.ft.com...)
Shark fin sales and prices have fallen sharply in China, the biggest market for the delicacy, in what appears to be a significant victory for wildlife conservation campaigners.
Retail prices in the southern city of Guangzhou, thought to have overtaken Hong Kong as the centre of the shark fin trade, have fallen by an average of nearly 50 per cent over the past two years, according to traders interviewed for a report by the WildAid wildlife group. Sales have fallen by more than 80 per cent.
Yao Ming, the Chinese basketball star, and Jackie Chan, the actor, are among the celebrities who have been enlisted to persuade their countrymen to lose their appetite for shark fin soup, in media interviews and advertisements.
This appears to have had an impact, according to the WildAid report, which said 19 out of 20 Beijing restaurant representatives interviewed had reported a significant decline in shark fin consumption. All agreed Yao Mings campaign had raised awareness among customers.
A Guangzhou retail seller told the WildAid report authors: I do not deal in fins any more because it is bad business. A wholesale trader in the same city said Yao Mings participation in the campaign had single-handedly smashed my business.
At least 25 states and countries have passed laws to ban the possession and sale of shark fins in the past 13 years, the report says, while about a third of 211 countries surveyed had shark finning regulations."
Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 01:46 PM | Friday, August 1, 2014 | (url: http://kotaku.com...)
FRAG LIKE IT'S 1999: TOXIKK plays as if today's military shooters never existed. The game combines the simple and intuitive mechanics of old-school FPS giants with a fresh setting, slick graphics and our vision to carefully evolve the genre with some new ideas elaborated with Arena-FPS enthusiasts.
Designed as a spiritual successor to the fast paced arena shooters of the late 90s and early 2ks, there is no leveling, no skill-trees, no perks, no cover systems, no classes, no configurable weapons and no iron sight aiming.
Much more can be found here: http://toxikk.com/7-facts-about-toxikk/
Submitted by: Got Haggis? @ 12:27 PM | Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | (url: http://www.ign.co...)
"Subscribing to EA Access will cost $4.99 a month (or $29.99 a year), and since the program is technically in beta, only four games will initially be available: FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4, "with more titles being added soon.""