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  1. Securities and Exchange Commission Hacked in 2016

    09.22 / 02:12 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:The SEC has disclosed that its corporate filing system "Edgar" (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) was hacked in 2016:The top securities regulator in the United States said Wednesday night that its computer system had been hacked last year, giving the attackers private information that could have been exploited for trading. The disclosure, coming on the heels of a data breach at Equifax, the major consumer credit reporting firm, is likely to intensify…
  2. Jellyfish Found to Sleep Despite Lack of a Brain

    09.22 / 01:20 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:A study of jellyfish has challenged the idea that animals need a brain to exhibit sleeping behavior:We think of sleep as restoring our brains: a time to process memories, cleanse our cells of toxins, and prepare for a new day. But even animals that lack brains need to snooze. Biologists have discovered that, like people, jellyfish hit the hay and have the same trouble we do waking up. Because these creatures are very low on the animal family tree, the work suggests that the…
  3. Ford Using Microsoft HoloLens to Help Design Cars

    09.21 / 23:23 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:Ford says it is using Microsoft's HoloLens augmented reality headset to help design cars, alongside clay models:Microsoft's HoloLens headset has been slowly pivoting towards commercial markets over the past year. NASA, Volvo, Lowe's, Audi, and Volkswagen are all testing HoloLens for various reasons, and now Ford is expanding its use of Microsoft's headsets after an initial pilot phase. Ford is using HoloLens to let designers quickly model out changes to cars, trucks, and…
  4. Equifax Linked to a Fake Breach Info Site for Weeks

    09.21 / 21:25 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:Equifax's Twitter account linked to a website created by a software engineer imitating the real breach info site:People create fake versions of big companies' websites all the time, usually for phishing purposes. But the companies do not usually link to them by mistake.Equifax, however, did just that after Nick Sweeting, a software engineer, created an imitation of equifaxsecurity2017.com, Equifax's page about the security breach that may have exposed 143 million Americans'…
  5. Snowflake Macro Photography

    09.21 / 20:27 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    tonyPick writes:Spotted at HackerNews is a link to Alexey Kljatov's blog on snowflake macro photography.The HN thread links to this 2013 posting on the equipment used in the setup:Some people think that snowflake photography is a complex matter, and requires expensive equipment, but in fact it can be inexpensive, very interesting and quite easy, after some practice.Currently, i use low cost variation of well-known lens reversal macro technique: compact camera Canon Powershot A650is at…
  6. Electric Bus Sets Record With 1,101-Mile Trip on a Single Charge

    09.21 / 18:34 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Fnord666_Think it was impressive when a Tesla club drove a Model S nearly 670 miles? It has nothing on what Proterra just managed. The startup just drove a Catalyst E2 Max electric bus a whopping 1,101.2 miles on a single charge. That's the furthest any EV has managed before recharging, and well past the 1,013.8 miles driven by the previous record-holder, a one-seat experimental car nicknamed "Boozer." It's not hard to see how Proterra managed the feat…
  7. Puerto Rico "Destroyed" by Hurricane Maria

    09.21 / 16:34 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    -- OriginalOwner_ writes:At 9PM ET September 20, ABC News reportedThe island of Puerto Rico has been "destroyed" after Hurricane Maria made landfall there as a Category 4 storm Wednesday morning, according to emergency officials.Puerto Rico's office of emergency management confirmed that 100 percent of the U.S. territory had lost power, noting that anyone with electricity was using a generator.Multiple transmission lines sustained damage from the storm, said Ricardo Ramos, director of the…
  8. Saudi Arabia to Lift Ban on Online VoIP and Video Calling Services

    09.21 / 15:36 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    takyon writes:Saudia Arabia will lift a 2013 ban on Internet calling services:Saudi Arabia will lift a ban on internet phone calls, a government spokesman said, part of efforts to attract more business to the country. All online voice and video call services such as Microsoft's Skype and Facebook's WhatsApp that satisfy regulatory requirements will become accessible at midnight (2100 GMT), Adel Abu Hameed, spokesman for the telecoms regulator CITC said on Twitter on Wednesday.The policy…
  9. Death Becomes AR: How The Military Is Using Augmented Reality

    09.21 / 13:31 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    janrinok writes:Arthur T Knackerbracket has found the following story:Depending on where you rest your hat, the words "AR battle" could mean some very different things. You might still be hankering to have your Pikachu rain down lightning on a friends' Squirtle in Pokemon Go, or, if you're recovering from the iPhone X launch, be wondering when you'll be able to send your mini troops into a tabletop augmented reality warzone in Directive Games' The Machines.But if you're among the thousands…
  10. Apache Bug Leaks Contents of Server Memory for All to See—Patch Now

    09.21 / 11:33 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1937There's a bug in the widely used Apache Web Server that causes servers to leak pieces of arbitrary memory in a way that could expose passwords or other secrets, a freelance journalist has disclosed.The vulnerability can be triggered by querying a server with what's known as an OPTIONS request. Like the better-known GET and POST requests, OPTIONS is a type of HTTP method that allows users to determine which HTTP requests are supported by the…
  11. Similar to robots.txt, security.txt Standard Proposed

    09.21 / 10:35 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow5743Ed Foudil, a web developer and security researcher, has submitted a draft to the IETF — Internet Engineering Task Force — seeking the standardization of security.txt, a file that webmasters can host on their domain root and describe the site's security policies.The file is akin to robots.txt, a standard used by websites to communicate and define policies for web and search engine crawlers.The distinction between security.txt and robots.txt is th…
  12. Instead of Protecting the Earth, EPA Agents Now Forced to Serve as Pruitt Bodyguards

    09.21 / 08:40 soylentnews.org Soylentnews.org - Technology
    -- OriginalOwner_ writes:Common Dreams reportsThanks to a hiring freeze, budget cuts, and the exorbitant travel needs of Trump's cabinet, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agents are being forced to ditch climate crime investigations in order to serve as personal bodyguards for EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, resulting in what one critic called an "evaporation of criminal enforcement"."The EPA head has traditionally had one of the smallest security details among cabinet members," the…