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Sun Tzu 2.0: The Future of Cyberwarfare

Slashdot - 5 hours 23 min ago
An anonymous reader writes: Cyberwar and its ramifications have been debated for some time and the issue has been wrought with controversy. Few would argue that cyber-attacks are not prevalent in cyberspace. However, does it amount to a type of warfare? Let's break this down by drawing parallels from a treatise by 6th century military general, Sun Tzu, who authored one of the most definitive handbooks on warfare, "The Art of War." His writings have been studied throughout the ages by professional militaries and can be used to not only answer the question of whether or not we are in a cyberwar, but how one can fight a cyber-battle.

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Sony Posts $780M Profit On Strong PlayStation And Sensor Businesses (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - 5 hours 42 min ago

Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Sony Posts $780M Profit On Strong PlayStation And Sensor Businesses  —  Sony today reported a $780 million operating profit for Q1 2015, up 39 percent annually, as the company's camera sensor business and PlayStation 4 arm pushed it past analyst expectations.

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San Francisco's Public Works Agency Tests Paint That Repels Urine

Slashdot - 6 hours 32 min ago
monkeyzoo writes: San Francisco is testing an ultra-water-repellant paint on wallls in areas fraught with public urination problems. The paint is designed to repel the urine and soil the offender's pants. "It's supposed to, when people urinate, bounce back and hit them on the pants and get them wet. Hopefully that will discourage them. We will put a sign to give them a heads up," said Mohammad Nuru, director of the San Francisco public works. A Florida company named Ultra-Tech produces the super-hydrophobic oleophobic nano-coating that was also recently used with success on walls in Hamburg, Germany [video] to discourage public urination. Signs posted there warn, "Do not pee here! We pee back!"

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Obama's New Executive Order Says the US Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer (Jason Koebler/Motherboard)

TechMeme - 7 hours 37 min ago

Jason Koebler / Motherboard:
Obama's New Executive Order Says the US Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer  —  President Obama has established a new initiative across multiple government agencies that will focus entirely on creating the fastest supercomputers ever devised.  The National Strategic Computing Initiative …

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Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 are here! (Kirk Koenigsbauer/Office Blogs)

TechMeme - 8 hours 2 min ago

Kirk Koenigsbauer / Office Blogs:
Office Mobile apps for Windows 10 are here!  —  Today's post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office Client Applications and Services team.  —  It's a big day for Microsoft and we are excited to be part of it!  Today, we're pleased to announce the availability …

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Like with News Feed, Facebook wants to encourage organic interaction with businesses before monetizing Messenger and WhatsApp (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - 8 hours 27 min ago

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Like with News Feed, Facebook wants to encourage organic interaction with businesses before monetizing Messenger and WhatsApp  —  Facebook's Playbook For Monetizing Messenger And WhatsApp  —  With 700 million Messenger users, investors are eager to see Facebook earn money on the platform.

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How Developers Can Fight Creeping Mediocrity

Slashdot - 8 hours 59 min ago
Nerval's Lobster writes: As the Slashdot community well knows, chasing features has never worked out for any software company. "Once management decides that's where the company is going to live, it's pretty simple to start counting down to the moment that company will eventually die," software engineer Zachary Forrest y Salazar writes in a new posting. But how does any developer overcome the management and deadlines that drive a lot of development straight into mediocrity, if not outright ruination? He suggests a damn-the-torpedoes approach: "It's taking the code into your own hands, building or applying tools to help you ship faster, and prototyping ideas," whether or not you really have the internal support. But given the management issues and bureaucracy confronting many companies, is this approach feasible?

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Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10, used to share access to Wi-Fi networks with contacts, requires opt in, encrypts passwords, and is easily disabled (Sebastian Anthony/Ars Technica)

TechMeme - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 11:40pm

Sebastian Anthony / Ars Technica:
Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10, used to share access to Wi-Fi networks with contacts, requires opt in, encrypts passwords, and is easily disabled  —  Wi-Fi Sense in Windows 10: Yes, it shares your passkeys; no, you shouldn't be scared  —  You have to manually opt into every Wi-Fi network that you want to share.

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Facebook mobile ads accounted for $2.9B in revenue, roughly 72% of total Q2 sales (Financial Times)

TechMeme - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:45pm

Financial Times:
Facebook mobile ads accounted for $2.9B in revenue, roughly 72% of total Q2 sales  —  Mobile advertising propels Facebook revenues  —  Facebook revenues soared by nearly two-fifths in the three months to June as advertisers increasingly turned to the social networking group's mobile applications to reach consumers.

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Alibaba says it will invest another $1B into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to take on AWS (Reuters)

TechMeme - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:40pm

Reuters:
Alibaba says it will invest another $1B into its Aliyun cloud computing arm to take on AWS  —  Alibaba cloud unit sets sights on Amazon in $1 billion global push  —  China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) said on Wednesday it would invest $1 billion in the next three years …

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Researchers Demonstrate the World's First White Lasers

Slashdot - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:59pm
An anonymous reader writes: Scientists and engineers at Arizona State University, in Tempe, have created the first lasers that can shine light over the full spectrum of visible colors. The device's inventors suggest the laser could find use in video displays, solid-state lighting, and a laser-based version of Wi-Fi. Although previous research has created red, blue, green and other lasers, each of these lasers usually only emitted one color of light. Creating a monolithic structure capable of emitting red, green, and blue all at once has proven difficult because it requires combining very different semiconductors. Growing such mismatched crystals right next to each other often results in fatal defects throughout each of these materials. But now scientists say they've overcome that problem. The heart of the new device is a sheet only nanometers thick made of a semiconducting alloy of zinc, cadmium, sulfur, and selenium. The sheet is divided into different segments. When excited with a pulse of light, the segments rich in cadmium and selenium gave off red light; those rich in cadmium and sulfur emitted green light; and those rich in zinc and sulfur glowed blue.

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Samsung Q2 profit down 8% YoY, fifth straight quarterly profit drop as Galaxy S6 falls short of market expectations (Min-Jeong Lee/Wall Street Journal)

TechMeme - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 9:35pm

Min-Jeong Lee / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Q2 profit down 8% YoY, fifth straight quarterly profit drop as Galaxy S6 falls short of market expectations  —  Samsung Profits Hurt By Smartphone Price Declines  —  Cheaper smartphone models from China and India could fuel further price cuts  —  SEOUL- Samsung Electronics Co …

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Yelp stock drops 28% following grim earnings; company cites rising talent costs amid competition with "unicorns" (Carmel DeAmicis/Re/code)

TechMeme - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:50pm

Carmel DeAmicis / Re/code:
Yelp stock drops 28% following grim earnings; company cites rising talent costs amid competition with “unicorns”  —  Yelp Admits the Unicorn Bubble Is Hurting Its Profits  —  Yelp debuted “surprise losses” on its earnings yesterday, causing its stock to plummet 28 percent by the next day.

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Max Levchin resigns as chairman of Yelp's board to focus on his lending startup Affirm (Leena Rao/Fortune)

TechMeme - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:45pm

Leena Rao / Fortune:
Max Levchin resigns as chairman of Yelp's board to focus on his lending startup Affirm  —  PayPal co-founder Max Levchin resigns from Yelp's board  —  PayPal co-founder Max Levchin is leaving as chairman of Yelp's board, the online reviews company announced after releasing quarterly earnings today.

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For Mark Zuckerberg, The Future is Immersive

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:29pm

Video may be hot right now, but the future is virtual reality.

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Stagnant User Growth Sends Twitter Stock Down 14 Percent (Natalie Jarvey/Hollywood Reporter)

TechMeme - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:25pm

Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Stagnant User Growth Sends Twitter Stock Down 14 Percent  —  The social media company's stock closed down more than 14 percent after interim CEO Jack Dorsey outlined second quarter growth disappointment.  —  At first glance, Twitter had a strong second quarter, reporting revenue growth …

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Research: Industrial Networks Are Vulnerable To Devastating Cyberattacks

Slashdot - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:25pm
Patrick O'Neill writes: New research into Industrial Ethernet Switches reveals a wide host of vulnerabilities that leave critical infrastructure facilities open to attackers. Many of the vulnerabilities reveal fundamental weaknesses: Widespread use of default passwords, hardcoded encryption keys, a lack of proper authentication for firmware updates, a lack of encrypted connections, and more. Combined with a lack of network monitoring, researchers say the situation showcases "a massive lack of security awareness in the industrial control systems community."

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That Piece of Debris Won’t Tell Us Where MH370 Crashed

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:21pm

The currents of the Indian Ocean are way too complicated to backtrack where MH370 crashed.

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Step Out in These Intergalactic Star Wars Sneakers

Wired - Top Stories - Wed, 07/29/2015 - 7:55pm

Customize your own Star Wars sneakers with Adidas's handy web app.

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