Show Notes – February 23rd, 2015

Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy – wired

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/hacker-claims-feds-hit-44-felonies-refused-fbi-spy/

Don’t Want Your Laptop Tampered With? Just Add Glitter Nail Polish – wired

http://www.wired.com/2013/12/better-data-security-nail-polish

Spies Can Track You Just by Watching Your Phone’s Power Use – wired

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/powerspy-phone-tracking

 The Great SIM Heist How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle – Firstlook.org

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/02/19/great-sim-heist/

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10 Networking Terms You Probably Never Knew, And What They Mean We live in an interconnected, super-networked world. New technologies constantly appear on the market and, unless you constantly read networking, computing or hacker news, you may find terminologies floating around that you don’t understand. Here we’ll explore 10 common networking terms, what they mean and where you are likely to encounter them. WLAN A Wireless Local Area Network links two or more
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How To Beat Internet Trolls at Their Own Game There’s a certain subset of people on the Internet who like messing with people just for the sake of doing it. We call them trolls. In many cases, a little trolling can be funny and and kind of entertaining. In some cases, it goes too far, and leads to real world repercussions. So, what are you to do when faced with an Internet troll? It’s a topic we’ve covered before at MakeUseOf when we talked a
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Five Best Weather Web Sites Whether you’re heading out around town or you’re planning a long-distance trip, you probably want to know what the weather will be like when you get where you’re going—or later that day. A good, reliable weather site or service can tell you, in useful, accurate terms, and this week we’re looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. Earlier in the week we asked you to tell us which weat
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This Japanese Robot Feeds You Tomatoes While You Run Okay, it’s not exactly a robot—but I bet it’s still the craziest thing you’ve seen all day. Japanese juice and ketchup company Kagome built a freaking wearable tomato dispenser for a runner at the Japan Marathon this weekend. The video pretty much speaks for itself:What’s really going on here? Believe it or not, it’s a PR stunt to promote tomatoes over bananas. Dole Japan has sponsored the Japan M
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rainydayscoffeeandbooks:In Barnes and Nobles in Union Square,… rainydayscoffeeandbooks:In Barnes and Nobles in Union Square, NYC
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Your Phone’s Battery Use Lets Spies Track Your Movements Spies and cops can use your smartphone to track your movements. That’s no mystery—most smartphones come with a GPS chip that makes it pretty damned simple. So if you don’t want to be tracked, you just turn off the GPS feature, right? Unfortunately, there is another way prying eyes can follow your movements: through your Android phone’s battery. A team of security researchers from Stanford and the
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Health-care tax error affects 800000 – The Seattle Times USA TODAYHealth-care tax error affects 800000The Seattle TimesThe mistake could prove to be a hardship, especially for the low-income workers who qualified for subsidized insurance policies and may be counting on tax refunds — but now must wait weeks to file their returns…. By ROBERT PEAR. The New York Times.Health-portal error to affect 800000 filersNew woes for HealthCare.gov: Wrong tax info s
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Revenge porn shitweasel pleads guilty, admits he hacked victims’ accounts Michael from Muckrock writes, “After months of legal wrangling, Hunter Moore, who ran ‘revenge porn’ website Isanyoneup, has agreed to a plea deal that will see him serve a minimum of two years and up to seven years in jail, as well as up to $500,000 in fines.” Read the rest
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A History of Internet Spying, Part 2 How long have intelligence agencies been keeping tabs on the internet, and what role did these agencies play in creating the internet we use today? For the most part, these kinds of questions have been relegated to comments sections on random blogs and the occasional tweet from researchers. We’re hoping to remedy that in whatever small way we can, starting with a look at the 1960s and 70s. This i
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Lenovo Laptop Owners Beware: Your Device May Have Preinstalled Malware Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has admitted that laptops shipped to stores and consumers in late 2014 had malware preinstalled. You might want to read that again. A major manufacturer with $38.70 billion sales in 2014 alone, has been selling computers that are actively invading their user’s privacy, enabling man in the middle attacks and basically undermining trust. Meet Superfish. Actually,
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Used Electric Vehicles are Finally Here Tesla is facing the best kind of problem an automaker can have —they can’t produce enough cars to meet the demand. That’s especially impressive when you consider the Model S starts at over $70,000. Other manufacturers aren’t quite as lucky as Tesla, but overall the market for EVs (Electric Vehicles) and PHEVs (Plug-In Hybrids) is growing at a steady clip. The world is getter greener, and we’re not
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VLC’s popular media player will soon support Chromecast The next big release of VLC’s do-it-all media player will soon support Chromecast, according to a recent changelog. The media player is widely used across platforms, and version 3.0 has fans drooling with promised features like improved support for Y…
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Quick Note: Google Translate Helps Irish Paramedics Deliver a Baby Mother was a Congolese immigrant and spoke only Swahili fluently; fortunately Google had a solution during her roadside delivery
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Why Did WNYC Delete Its Podcast on the Male “Expert” on Women in Tech? An episode of NPR’s On the Media podcast TLDR was unceremoniously removed from the On the Media website today, and people are not at all happy. Rightly so. The TLDR episode, part of NPR program On the Media, featured tech blogger Amelia Greenhall criticizing male “women in tech expert” Vivek Wadhwa. Greenhall explained how Wadhwa has come to dominate discussions of women in tech by sett
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Future Video Game AIs Will Seriously Freak You Out Let’s be honest: video game AI (artificial intelligence) isn’t all that

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