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An anonymous reader shares an ArsTechnica report: Gregory Allen Justice, a 49-year-old engineer living in Culver City, Calif., has pleaded guilty to charges of attempted economic espionage and attempted violation of the Export Control Act. Justice, who according to his father worked for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, Calif., was arrested last July after selling technical documents about satellite systems to someone he believed to be a Russian intelligence agent. Instead, he sold the docs to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee. The sting was part of a joint operation by the FBI and the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations. The documents provided by Justice to the undercover agent included information on technology on the US Munitions List, meaning they were regulated by government International Trade in Arms regulations (ITAR). "In exchange for providing these materials during a series of meeting between February and July of 2016, Justice sought and received thousands of dollars in cash payments," a Justice Department spokesperson said in a statement. "During one meeting, Justice and the undercover agent discussed developing a relationship like one depicted on the television show 'The Americans.'"

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Google Elevates Security in Android O

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017 20:13
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Android O, due in the third quarter, figures to elevate the security of the mobile OS with new features focused on improved third-party patching, a new permission model and hardening of existing features.

'Sony Needs a Fresh Hit'

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017 20:00
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Even as Sony's CEO Kazuo Hirai has done a remarkable job over the past five years -- taking bold decisions on the areas the company should be focusing on, and cutting efforts on those that aren't working -- his company desperately needs a fresh hit to boost its revenue and to become relevant in the mind of most, writes columnist Tim Culpan for Bloomberg. An except from his article: According to a company statement Tuesday for investors' day, the key will be to "remain the 'last one inch' that delivers a sense of 'wow' to customers," expand recurring revenue, and pursue new businesses.Those three strategies are closely linked. With TV sales in decline, its Vaio PC business spun off, and its smartphones barely a blip on the radar, Sony's last inch is heavily dependent on the PlayStation. Sony's Game & Network Services business has grown at both the top and bottom lines over the past five years, but the games console business is stuck in time. [...] Sony needs to build a device that will be far more ubiquitous and can appeal to consumers beyond the current male-skewed slowly aging hard-core gamer base. Amazon and Alphabet, with Echo and Home, are two such examples, and Apple will probably follow suit. With its background in audio, video, sensors and entertainment, Sony has all the right parts to make it happen. For the company that invented the Walkman, dreaming up another hit shouldn't be so hard.

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Выбегая поутру (субьективно поутру, в 15-ноль-нуль) из дому на почту, я предполагала, что пару часов на ней потеряю всяко и запаслась шариками в телефоне.
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On May 8, when the Federal Communications Commission website failed and many people were prevented from submitting comments about net neutrality, the cause seemed obvious. Comedian John Oliver had just aired a segment blasting FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to gut net neutrality rules, and it appeared that the site just couldn't handle the sudden influx of comments.

But when the FCC released a statement explaining the website's downtime, the commission didn't mention the Oliver show or people submitting comments opposing Pai's plan. Instead, the FCC attributed the downtime solely to "multiple distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS)." These were "deliberate attempts by external actors to bombard the FCC's comment system with a high amount of traffic to our commercial cloud host," performed by "actors" who "were not attempting to file comments themselves; rather, they made it difficult for legitimate commenters to access and file with the FCC."

The FCC has faced skepticism from net neutrality activists who doubt the website was hit with multiple DDoS attacks at the same time that many new commenters were trying to protest the plan to eliminate the current net neutrality rules. Besides the large influx of legitimate comments, what appeared to be spam bots flooded the FCC with identical comments attributed to people whose names were drawn from data breaches, which is another possible cause of downtime. There are now more than 2.5 million comments on Pai's plan. The FCC is taking comments until August 16 and will make a final decision some time after that.

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New submitter Rick Schumann writes: According to this story just posted here on Slashdot, Comcast is playing about as dirty as they can get. This is just about the last straw for me; are there any ISPs in the United States that actually respect your online privacy?

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A group of Google employees have begun a message board for employees to submit worker complaints that's then emailed weekly as a digest, according to a report on Bloomberg. The email list -- called "Yes, at Google" -- has been around since October and allows employees to talk openly about work situations in which they felt uncomfortable; most submissions are anonymized. From the article: Google management is aware of the list. "We work really hard to promote and preserve a culture of respect and inclusion," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "Our employees have numerous ways to raise issues -- both negative and positive -- with us, including through grassroots transparency efforts like this one. We take concerns seriously and take appropriate measures to address them." The list is run by a group of workers across different product areas, according to a person familiar with the list, though it's not clear who runs the list and how or whether the submissions are vetted before being distributed. Usually, the people in the complaints are not named, though one submission described an instance when, during a large company meeting in late April, Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt allegedly interrupted Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat when she had a question addressed to her, which the post categorized as a "gender-related" complaint. A person who attended the meeting said Schmidt answered the question to make a joke. Messages sometimes include job titles and other details.

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Reader mrchaotica writes: As most Slashdot readers are probably aware, the FCC, under the direction of Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, is trying to undo its 2015 decision to protect Net Neutrality (PDF) by classifying ISPs as common carriers. During the recent public comment period, the FCC's website was flooded with pro-Net-Neutrality comments from actual people (especially those who heeded John Oliver's call to arms) as well as anti-Net-Neutrality comments posted by bots using the names and addresses of people without their consent. The fake comments use boilerplate identical to that used in a 2010 press release by the conservative lobbying group Center for Individual Freedom (which is funded by Comcast, among other entities), but beyond that, the entities who perpetrated and funded the criminal acts have not been conclusively identified. In response to this brazen attempt to undermine the democratic process, the Internet freedom advocacy group Fight for the Future (FFTF) created the website Comcastroturf.com to call attention to the fraud and allow people to see if their identity had been misappropriated. Comcast, in a stunning display of its tone-deaf attitude towards free speech, has sent a cease-and-desist order to FFTF, claiming that Comcastroturf.com violates its "valuable intellectual property[sic]." According to the precedent set in Bosley Medical Institute, Inc. v. Kremer , websites created for the purpose of criticizing an organization can not be considered trademark infringement. As such, FFTF reportedly has no intention of taking down the site."This is exactly why we need Title II net neutrality protections that ban blocking, throttling, and censorship," said Evan Greer, campaign director of Fight for the Future, "If Ajit Pai's plan is enacted, there would be nothing preventing Comcast from simply blocking sites like Comcastroturf.com that are critical of their corporate policies," she added. "It also makes you wonder what Comcast is so afraid of? Are their lobbying dollars funding the astroturfing effort flooding the FCC with fake comments that we are encouraging Internet users to investigate?"Could there be a better example to illustrate why ensuring strong Net Neutrality protections by regulating ISPs as common carriers is so important?

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Kharkov

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017 15:33
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Эта запись для Харьковчан в дриме: бывших, нынешних, будущих, просто примкнувших или слышавших воспоминания родителей о студенческих годах в Харькове.

Те, кто сейчас там и постит фотографии -- пишите свои ники: похоже у нас тут много желающих почитать как там живется. 

Про меня: я там родилась и жила до 1993го года.  С тех пор была всего один раз -- в октябре 2002го. 

Мы с родителями сначала жили на Новых Домах, и я ходила во 2ю школу.  Потом мы переехали в центр, и мы с братом перешли в 3тью школу, хотя эти два события (переезд и наш переход в другую школу) между собой в общем-то не связаны. 

Мои родители оба работали на ХЭМЗе; дедушка -- на Серпе и Молоте. 

Мой муж не любит, когда я говорю "тремпель" и "ампулки", а я все равно продолжаю так говорить -- ну по крайней мере, когда он не слышит -- и то из уважения к нему, потому что я не понимаю его нелюбви к тремпелям.  Я-то живу с его "морозиловкой" (хотя нет, не живу -- я его тоже все время поправляю), хотя это, по-моему, не столько Киевское, сколько просто словцо его бабушки. 
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An anonymous reader shares an article: For starters, the profile of a programmer's mind is pretty uncommon. As well as being highly analytical and creative, software developers need almost superhuman focus to manage the complexity of their tasks. Manic attention to detail is a must; slovenliness is verboten. Coding isn't the only job that demands intense focus. But you'd never hear someone say that brain surgery is "fun," or that structural engineering is "easy." When it comes to programming, why do policymakers and technologists pretend otherwise? For one, it helps lure people to the field at a time when software (in the words of the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen) is "eating the world" -- and so, by expanding the labor pool, keeps industry ticking over and wages under control. Another reason is that the very word "coding" sounds routine and repetitive, as though there's some sort of key that developers apply by rote to crack any given problem. It doesn't help that Hollywood has cast the "coder" as a socially challenged, type-first-think-later hacker, inevitably white and male, with the power to thwart the Nazis or penetrate the CIA. Insisting on the glamor and fun of coding is the wrong way to acquaint kids with computer science. It insults their intelligence and plants the pernicious notion in their heads that you don't need discipline in order to progress. As anyone with even minimal exposure to making software knows, behind a minute of typing lies an hour of study. It's better to admit that coding is complicated, technically and ethically. Computers, at the moment, can only execute orders, to varying degrees of sophistication. So it's up to the developer to be clear: the machine does what you say, not what you mean. More and more "decisions" are being entrusted to software, including life-or-death ones: think self-driving cars; think semi-autonomous weapons; think Facebook and Google making inferences about your marital, psychological, or physical status, before selling it to the highest bidder. Yet it's rarely in the interests of companies and governments to encourage us to probe what's going on beneath these processes.

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Republican values

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017 13:42
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Я люблю рассказывать детям неприличные анекдоты.  То есть я считаю, что они вполне приличные, и их даже полезно знать, а дети смущаются.  Но зато разговор получается интересный. 

На прошлой неделе спрашивала у старших детей, что они проходят в школе по поводу "здоровья и сексуальности", и заодно рассказала им анекдот про то, как называют людей, у которых в школе по "здоровью" преподают только "abstinence only education."

Если вы не знаете, то анекдот такой:

-- "What do you call people who've had only abstinence-only health education?"
-- "Parents."

У детей заняло пару минут, чтоб понять шутку, а потом они мне синхронно сказали "Мама!" тем самым тоном, которым обычно реагируют на неприличные анекдоты.  Но я им ответила, что в этой шутке как раз гораздо больше правды, чем шутки.

Статистика показывает, что abstinence-only education -- программы, где подросткам не рассказывают о сексе и предохранении (и многом другом), а рассказывают только о том, что сексом нельзя заниматься до брака  -- эти программы не только абсолютно бесполезны, но еще и вредны: зачастую они ведут к _увеличению_ процента подростковых беременностей даже по сравнению с отсутствием какого-либо обсуждения секса в школе вообще.    Я уж не говорю о том, что они порождают массу дикой дезинформации среди подростков и взрослых.

Именно потому что программы по abstinence-only education доказанно бесполезны и вредны, и потому что от них в последнее время отказались, к счастью, уже абсолютное большинство штатов и школ -- именно поэтому, наверное, совсем не удивительно, что в новом Трамповом бюджете, предложенном сегодня, на эти программы выделяется $277 миллионов из федерального бюджета.   $277 миллионов! 

Для сравнения: в этом же предложенном бюджете не выделено совсем денег на National Endowment for the Arts.  Запрошенный бюджет на 2017 от NEA -- всего $149 миллионов.  Так же в Трамповском бюджете не выделено денег на National Endowment for Humanities.  Их запрошенный  бюджет на 2017 -- $149 миллионов.  То есть, считайте,  бюджет этих двух организаций пойдет христианским и мормонским фундаменталистам чтоб те отягощали карманы пройдохам и лгунам консультантам и увеличивали процент нежелаемых беременностей в стране.  Все это, конечно, прекрасно сочетается с большим урезанием денег на здравоохранение для детей и беременных женщин и на полное отбирание денег у Planned Parenthood -- которая зачастую является единственной организацией во многих округах, которая предоставляет средства предохранения и консультации женщинам. 

Анекдоты становятся кошмарной реальностью как-то слишком уж быстро. 

Ростеры.

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017 20:16
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В принципе, давно хотел об этом написать. Но реальная цель данного поста следующая. Я тут зарегистрировался по случаю в ц.укре - чисто название понравилось. И хочу узнать, можно ли его использовать в качестве хранения крайне редко появляющихся у меня свежих фотографий. Особенно важно мнение тех, кто не видел фоток в этом посту. Пожалуйста, не сочтите за труд сказать, видны фотографии или нет.

На самом деле я даже точно не знаю, как правильно называется сей кухонный прибор. Возможно, более точным определением будет не "ростерница", а фиговина для приготовления горячих бутербродов. Но первое название прижилось и стало традиционным. По сути дела она похожа на вафельницу - это две небольшие тефлоновые плиты, только между ними нужно класть не вафли, а бутерброды. И в рабочем состоянии выглядит она вот так:



Первая ростерница появилась у нас лет пятнадцать назад, и была привезена мамой из тогда очень далекой и очень экзотической Европы. Жизнь прибора на первых порах была безоблачной, но в конце концов закончилась. Сперва я сломал пластиковый "замок", засунув в ростерницу больше, чем она могла "переварить". А потом она то ли перегорела, то ли отправилась на помойку, так как появился более новый агрегат. Ротсерницу номер 2 тоже судьба особо не баловала: один раз я не заметил, что между плит оказался шнур. Ростерница, что тот Уроборос, поджарила самою себя! Впрочем, ее удалось починить, и теперь она продолжает готовить в полную силу.

Наше отношение к ростернице переживало несколько стадий. Сначала мы были уверены, что в нее можно класть только тостерный хлеб (ну знаете, такой, квадратный) и только тостерный сыр (ну знаете, такой - где каждый ломтик запакован в собственный пакетик). А поскольку в те времена и то, и другое попадало на кухню крайне редко, ростерница оставалась практически без работы. Затем пришло открытие: хлеб можно юзать любой! Да и сыр, между прочим, тоже! Это вызвало определенное оживление интереса, которое, впрочем, тоже долго не продлилось. Затем, новое прозрение! Кроме хлеба и сыра можно класть буквально все, что угодно! Ростер - что то ирландское рагу, даже от дохлой крысы может стать вкуснее. Но наивысшей степенью развития лично моей любви к ростерам стало истинное откровение: нужно добавлять соусы!! Это прибавило каскад новых вкусов, ну и кроме того, если раньше за "мягкость" отвечал только расплавленный сыр, то теперь это делали еще и майонез с горчицей. И вам честно скажу, из того, что можно сделать на кухне на скорую руку, нынешний ростер, вне всякого сомнения, достоин наивысшей оценки.

В готовом виде он выглядит примерно так:



Рецепт же следующий. Берете четыре куска белого батона. Мажете майонезом. На два куска сверху кладете сыр (лучше действительно тостерный, но подойдет любой, способный плавиться). Затем что-нибудь мясное (подойдет все что угодно - от вареной колбасы до салями), мясной слой желательно смазать горчицей или каким-нибудь соусом. Далее листик зелени: салат, черемша, капуста - подойдет все что угодно. И на самый верх лучше всего тонко нарезанный соленый огурец. Если его нет, сойдет огурец свежий, маслины или даже редиска. Закрываем оставшимися куками хлеба, кладем в печку, закрываем, вставляем вилку в розетку и ждем. Время приготовления - на все про все уйдет минут семь, максимум. Результат - пальчики оближешь! Соотношение вкуса к сытности приятно удивляет. Полезность... Сильно сомневаюсь в ее наличии, так что лучше не злоупотреблять.
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From a Motherboard report: Despite Samsung stating that a user's irises are pretty much impossible to copy, a team of hackers has done just that. Using a bare-bones selection of equipment, researchers from the Chaos Computer Club (CCC) show in a video how they managed to bypass the scanner's protections and unlock the device. "We've had iris scanners that could be bypassed using a simple print-out," Linus Neumann, one of the hackers who appears in the video. The process itself was apparently pretty simple. The hackers took a medium range photo of their subject with a digital camera's night mode, and printed the infrared image. Then, presumably to give the image some depth, the hackers placed a contact lens on top of the printed picture. And, that's it. They're in.

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Speaking of new laptops, Chinese conglomerate Huawei plans a global expansion into computers, it said on Tuesday, posing a fresh challenge to established PC players in a market that has suffered two years of falling sales volumes and pressure on margins. From a report: At a news conference in Berlin, the Shenzhen-based company introduced its first line-up of three personal computer models, including a 15.6-inch screen notebook, a 2-in-1 tablet and notebook hybrid and an ultra slim, metallic 13-inch notebook. Initially, Huawei plans to target the premium-priced consumer market, competing with Lenovo, HP and Dell, which together sell more than 50 percent of all PCs. To a lesser extent, it will also go up against Apple's high-end, but shrinking, Mac computer business. Huawei's Matebook X is a fanless notebook with splash-proof screen and combined fingerprint sign-on and power button, priced between 1,399 and 1,699 euros ($1,570-$1,900). Its Matebook E 2-in-1 hybrid will run from 999 to 1,299 euros while the Matebook D with 15.6-inch display is priced at 799 to 999 euros, it said. Huawei said it aims to offer the new PCs in 12 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East in early June.

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R.I.P.

Tue, May. 23rd, 2017 19:47
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На 90-м году жизни скончался британский актер Роджер Мур, известный благодаря исполнению роли Джеймса Бонда.

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Apple has settled a patent dispute with Finnish telecom equipment maker Nokia and agreed to buy more of its network products and services. The deal means Nokia will get bigger royalties from Apple for using its mobile phone patents, helping offset the impact of waning demand for its mobile network hardware. Nokia's shares were up by seven percent following the announcement. WSJ puts things into perspective: Nokia's deal with Apple follows a highly unusual playbook: using a lawsuit to win business from your adversary (could be paywalled). When the first iPhone was unveiled a decade ago, Apple became a major competitor to the Finnish group, which was then the world's leading mobile-phone maker. As Nokia's business dwindled, the companies became legal antagonists. Now they are set to become business partners. The settlement announced Tuesday involves Apple paying Nokia a lump sum plus royalties for each device it sells using Nokia's technology. This is broadly the same kind of agreement the two sides reached in 2011 following a two-year lawsuit. The previous deal expired last year, which is why both sides launched fresh suits in December. In the aftermath of the lawsuit last year, Apple had pulled all Withings products from its stores. As part of the settlement, Apple said it will reverse that move.

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It isn't looking good for humanity. Google's AI AlphaGo on Tuesday defeated Ke Jie, the world's number one Go player, in the first game of a three-part match. The new win comes a year after AlphaGo beat Korean legend Lee Se-dol 4-1 in one of the most potent demonstrations of the power of AI to date. Adding insult to the injury, AlphaGo scored the victory over humanity's best candidate in China, the place where the abstract and intuitive board game was born. Engadget adds: After the match, Google's DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis explained that this was how AlphaGo was programmed: to maximise its winning chances, rather than the winning margin. This latest iteration of the AI player, nicknamed Master, apparently uses 10 times less computational power than its predecessor that beat Lee Sedol, working from a single PC connected to Google's cloud server. [...] The AI player picked up a 10-15 point lead early on, which limited the possibilities for Jie to respond. Jie was occasionally winning during the flow of the match, but AlphaGo would soon reclaim the lead, ensuring that his human opponent had limited options to win as the game progressed.

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