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Uber more reliable than ambulance, says 'Sin City' actress

CNET News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:33
Jaime King explains to Conan O'Brien that when she went into labor, Uber was her obvious choice of transport.

This Dating Site Is Teaching the Internet an Important Lesson About Anonymity

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:33
Anonymity online is as precious as it is problematic. This company may have the solution.






Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

SlashDot - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:33
walterbyrd writes: Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software. "An independent member of the Chilean Parliament, Vlado Mirosevic, pushed a bill that would allow the state to consider free software when the authorities needed to purchase or renew licenses. ... A while later, the same member of the Parliament, Daniel Farcas, proposed another bill that actually nullified the effects of the previous one that had just been adopted. To make things even more interesting, some of the people who voted in favor of the first law also voted in favor of the second one. ... The new bill is even more egregious, because it aggressively pushes for the adoption of proprietary software. Companies that choose to use proprietary software will receive certain tax breaks, which makes it very hard for free software to get adopted."

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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

SlashDot - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:33
walterbyrd writes: Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software. "An independent member of the Chilean Parliament, Vlado Mirosevic, pushed a bill that would allow the state to consider free software when the authorities needed to purchase or renew licenses. ... A while later, the same member of the Parliament, Daniel Farcas, proposed another bill that actually nullified the effects of the previous one that had just been adopted. To make things even more interesting, some of the people who voted in favor of the first law also voted in favor of the second one. ... The new bill is even more egregious, because it aggressively pushes for the adoption of proprietary software. Companies that choose to use proprietary software will receive certain tax breaks, which makes it very hard for free software to get adopted."

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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access To Free Software

SlashDot - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:33
walterbyrd writes: Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software. "An independent member of the Chilean Parliament, Vlado Mirosevic, pushed a bill that would allow the state to consider free software when the authorities needed to purchase or renew licenses. ... A while later, the same member of the Parliament, Daniel Farcas, proposed another bill that actually nullified the effects of the previous one that had just been adopted. To make things even more interesting, some of the people who voted in favor of the first law also voted in favor of the second one. ... The new bill is even more egregious, because it aggressively pushes for the adoption of proprietary software. Companies that choose to use proprietary software will receive certain tax breaks, which makes it very hard for free software to get adopted."

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'Snowboard' through the city streets with LEIF's electric freeboard

EnGadget - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:32
Add two inline skate wheels with 360-degree rotatable casters to the base of a skateboard and you've got a Fast and Furious-style drifting device known as a freeboard. Developed in the '90s, these boards are an off-season way to enjoy the smooth...

Man in selfie on stolen iPhone: It's not what you think

CNET News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:29
A man whose selfie pose with his girlfriend appeared in the cloud account of a stolen iPhone explains that his aunt bought two phones at a swap meet for $80.

Your favorite 'Game of Thrones' characters could die soon

CNET News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:20
Sorry, but George R.R. Martin reveals that you really shouldn't take the safety of any of your favorite characters for granted.






Mad genius invents steel safe suit to stand inside a fireworks display

Gizmodo - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:18

Mad genius Colin Furze is back again with a new invention. This time he built himself a steel safe suit with the sole purpose of standing inside a fireworks display and enjoy the views. The suit shape looks hilarious, a terrifying mix between the tin man and the scarecrow, but it works perfectly.

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Microsoft hopes HTC's flagship Windows Phone will be the first of many

PC News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:16

As part of the push toward hardware flexibility that Microsoft announced in February, seventeen third-party Windows Phones are now either in production or will be announced shortly, a senior Microsoft executive said late Wednesday.

And the hope is that more are on the way.

Microsoft and HTC unveiled the HTC One (M8) for Windows earlier this week, a carbon copy of the Android version of the phone that HTC announced in March. So far, it’s the most high-profile indication that Microsoft's getting any traction from its more open policy toward third-party hardware, which the company announced at Mobile World Congress in February.

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Oracle CEO Larry Ellison turns 70 with no retirement in sight

PC News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:05

Most people start thinking about retirement when they turn 70, if they haven’t already called it a career. Not Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who passed that milestone Sunday.

“He sure doesn’t appear to be ready to retire,” said analyst Frank Scavo, managing partner of IT consulting firm Strativa. “I suppose technically he has to be drawing Social Security at this point. That has to be something, a check coming in the mail each month made out to Larry Ellison for $933,” Scavo joked of Oracle’s billionaire co-founder, who is one of the world’s richest people.

Ellison looked hale, hearty and engaged in recent public appearances, such as the launch of Oracle’s new in-memory option for its flagship database. If he were to have a sudden health crisis preventing him from working, there would likely be a short-term reaction from the stock market, Scavo said. However, “Oracle has an extremely deep bench in terms of talent,” he added.

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Your Ultimate Guide to the Simpsons Mega-Marathon That Starts Today

Wired Top Stories - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:02
The marathon to end all marathons is upon us, but your DVR only has so much space. Thankfully we've devised this handy guide—based on IMDB user ratings, cult status, and recommendations from the show's staff—so you don't get buried.






HP SlateBook 14 review: Android? On a laptop?

EnGadget - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:00
There's mounting evidence that HP, once the leading PC maker, does not know what it's doing. After announcing plans to cut up to 5 percent of its work force, the company is basically throwing stuff at the wall and seeing what sticks. Recent...

A Smart Transforming Hanger Will Double the Capacity of Your Closet

Gizmodo - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:58

Closet organization is a certifiable pain in the ass—so much so that an entire industry has developed out of our collective desire to keep our respective clothes in order. Space constraints are almost always the biggest problem; this convertible Hanger' might help you keep your gear in check.

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Book Review: Social Engineering In IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques

SlashDot - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:50
benrothke writes When I got a copy of Social Engineering in IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques by Sharon Conheady, my first thought was that it likely could not have much that Christopher Hadnagy didn't already detail in the definitive text on the topic: Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking. Obviously Hadnagy thought differently, as he wrote the forward to the book; which he found to be a valuable resource. While there is overlap between the two books; Hadnagy's book takes a somewhat more aggressive tool-based approach, while Conheady take a somewhat more passive, purely social approach to the topic. There are many more software tools in Hadnagy; while Conheady doesn't reference software tools until nearly half-way through the book. This book provides an extensive introduction to the topic and details how social engineering has evolved through the centuries. Conheady writes how the overall tactics and goals have stayed the same; while the tools and techniques have been modified to suit the times. Keep reading for the rest of Ben's review.

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Book Review: Social Engineering In IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques

SlashDot - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:50
benrothke writes When I got a copy of Social Engineering in IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques by Sharon Conheady, my first thought was that it likely could not have much that Christopher Hadnagy didn't already detail in the definitive text on the topic: Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking. Obviously Hadnagy thought differently, as he wrote the forward to the book; which he found to be a valuable resource. While there is overlap between the two books; Hadnagy's book takes a somewhat more aggressive tool-based approach, while Conheady take a somewhat more passive, purely social approach to the topic. There are many more software tools in Hadnagy; while Conheady doesn't reference software tools until nearly half-way through the book. This book provides an extensive introduction to the topic and details how social engineering has evolved through the centuries. Conheady writes how the overall tactics and goals have stayed the same; while the tools and techniques have been modified to suit the times. Keep reading for the rest of Ben's review.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








Book Review: Social Engineering In IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques

SlashDot - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:50
benrothke writes When I got a copy of Social Engineering in IT Security Tools, Tactics, and Techniques by Sharon Conheady, my first thought was that it likely could not have much that Christopher Hadnagy didn't already detail in the definitive text on the topic: Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking. Obviously Hadnagy thought differently, as he wrote the forward to the book; which he found to be a valuable resource. While there is overlap between the two books; Hadnagy's book takes a somewhat more aggressive tool-based approach, while Conheady take a somewhat more passive, purely social approach to the topic. There are many more software tools in Hadnagy; while Conheady doesn't reference software tools until nearly half-way through the book. This book provides an extensive introduction to the topic and details how social engineering has evolved through the centuries. Conheady writes how the overall tactics and goals have stayed the same; while the tools and techniques have been modified to suit the times. Keep reading for the rest of Ben's review.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.








New VW Passat features small engine, big sound (pictures)

CNET News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:46
VW reduces the size of the engine in the Passat to achieve better fuel economy, and gives the car a Fender audio system, one of the best in the segment.






Kreyos smartwatch is just the latest crowdfunded, wearable horror story

PC News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:37
Backers expose shady behavior after not getting what they paid for.

This Machine Destroys Seeds of Nasty Mutant Weeds In the Combine

Gizmodo - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:37

Combines are a modern farming miracle , separating grain from chaff in a matter of seconds. But that chaff—often full of seeds from herbicide-resistant weeds—gets blown right back onto the field. Enter the clever Harrington Seed Destructor, which grinds the pesky and unwanted seeds into oblivion.

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