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You are having a bad problem and you will not go back to Home Space Ball today.
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Darkode represented one of the gravest threats to the integrity of data on computers in the United States and around the world

Actually, I thought the US government is the gravest threat.  Consider:
- NSA spying and weakening encryption
- FBI director Comey's demand for all encryption to use key escrow
- OPM handing their root passwords to foreign nationals as sysadmins
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Breaking Down Darkode's Shutdownhttp://gplus.ly/1fNWiGf

A #hacking  collective called by the federal government "one of the most dangerous cybercrime forums in the world" - Darkode - was taken down just yesterday by the +Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol, and other agencies.

For the unaware, Darkode was a secretive, password protected online gathering place for some of the world's most elite hackers. This +Business Insider article highlights the six top things to know about this situation and yesterday's news:

The 18-month operation, codenamed Operation Shrouded Horizon, was led by the FBI and saw agents secretly infiltrate the hacker forum using an unknown method.

While the FBI led the takedown, it involved law enforcement from 20 countries including Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Israel, Latvia, Macedonia, Nigeria, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The final stage of the operation led to 28 arrests, 37 house searches, and according to Europol numerous seizures of computers and other equipment. This brings the global total number of people arrested for suspected offences linked to Darkode to 70.

Click below for further details.

#cybercrime   #hackers   #cybersecurity   #cyberattack   #darkode   #davidsnead  +David Snead Attorney 
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Honestly, I've realized that Natural Intelligence is as much of a real threat as Artificial Intelligence is a perceived threat.
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In Soviet America, Internet logs in to you.
 
Cryptographers and security experts gathered on the Hill yesterday to tell Congress how stupid it was to ban crypto in order to make it easier to spy on "bad guys."
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"The appeals court, overruling a trial judge, said 37 packages of prewritten Java programs—known as application programming interfaces, or APIs—were entitled to copyright protection."

The original judge got it right in denying copyright on APIs, and the in text of his ruling it was clear that he understood the issue.

The appeal judge clearly doesn't get it, neither does the Wall Street Journal.  API's aren't "prewritten java programs": that's what libraries are. Google didn't copy the Java core libraries, they reimplemented them.  API's are just the function signatures: they contain no executable code, just code specifying how the libraries are used.

This is a tremendously bad ruling, just as harmful to innovation as the overuse of software patents. And it was cowardly of the Supreme Court not to take the case.

Also: America, the best democracy that money can buy.
The Supreme Court denied a Google Inc. appeal that sought to stop a billion-dollar Oracle Corp. lawsuit by seeking limits on software copyright protections.
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It does, although I've still yet to read up on the last few months.
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Yo, Dawg, we heard you like SMS...

So we sent you an SMS to let you know we won't be sending any more SMS.
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Matlab. It's a Gateway drug (though it also runs on other PCs).

At first the innocent kids are trying arithmetic, then before you know it they are experimenting with salted hashes.

Plus, as Comey and Cameron have been telling us, math provides safe spaces for terrorists to do their dastardly deeds.
 
Imgur: full of all the magic and wonders of the Internet.
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I always knew that Schaum guy was trouble. 
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That's no moon...
 
NEW: Pluto’s largest moon Charon has a surprising youthful and varied terrain, with cliffs, troughs and a dark marking nicknamed 'Mordor' in the moon's north polar region. This image was taken by our New Horizons spacecraft during Tuesday's #PlutoFlyby. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1CEz9jD
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Really, since the the barycenter of the Pluto–Charon system lies outside Pluto, it's not a moon, but another member of a multi-dwarf-planet system...
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That's no moon!
 
Inspired by sci-fi & video games, the IKEA PS Pendant lamp was awarded “An Honourable Mention” in the Red Dot Award 2015! Check out more from the PS Collection here: http://bit.ly/1Kpmm77
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So washing with hot water and strong detergent isn't enough?

How about washing with hot water, strong detergent and bleach, and then drying the towels...

using gamma radiation.
Once a week is fine in most situations, an expert says, but avoid sharing towels
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Ah yes, a little UV exposure should be able to sanitize those bad boys.
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Foul tip.
 
don't flinch
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