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Twitter Is Reviving the Chronological Timeline

Slashdot - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 07:00
In a series of tweets, Twitter announced it will be bringing back the purely chronological timeline in the coming weeks. Currently, the timeline is set up to deliver tweets that people "might have missed" or things supposedly "liked" by people they follow, but some have complained that it misses tweets. Engadget reports: A change that's in place now, is Twitter's "Show the best Tweets first" setting. Starting today, if a user has it turned off it will also eliminate the "In case you missed it" roundups and suggested tweets from people you don't follow. It sounds like exactly the change people have been looking for, and even pursued by setting up filters on their own like the one found at RealTwitter.com.

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US Congress Passes Bill To Help Advanced Nuclear Power

Slashdot - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 05:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Last week, the House passed a bipartisan bill that originated in the Senate called the Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act (S. 97), which will allow the private sector to partner with U.S. National Laboratories to vet advanced nuclear technologies. The bill also directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to lay the ground work for establishing "a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source." The Senate also introduced a second bill called the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (S. 3422) last Thursday, which would direct the DOE to actually establish that fast neutron reactor. That bill also directs the DOE to "make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium" for research purposes. The Nuclear Energy Leadership Act has not yet made it past a Senate vote. The report also mentions a recent U.S. Court of Appeals ruling to keep older reactors online. "The court said that subsidies for nuclear energy proposed by Illinois don't cause any interference with federal control over interstate power markets, which is prohibited," reports Ars. "In 2017 the state of Illinois agreed to offer a Zero Emissions Credit that included nuclear energy (PDF). The credit was opposed by fossil fuel generators and by the Electric Power Supply Association, who sued the director of the Illinois Power Agency. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Justice filed a joint brief in the case several months ago, saying those federal agencies had no problem with Illinois' credit system, according to Utility Dive."

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SpaceX Will Send Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Around the Moon

Slashdot - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 03:45
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed on Monday the identity of the passenger signed to visit the moon, set to launch on the company's Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) vehicle: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa. Mr. Maezawa, 42, is the founder of Japan's Start Today, which operates largest online clothing retailer site in the country Zozotown and Wear. The Verge adds: Maezawa, who is 42, reportedly has a real time net worth of $2.9 billion, according to Forbes. He is also an avid art collector, and spent $110.5 million on a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat called "Untitled" last year. "Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the Moon!" Maezawa said at a SpaceX event, announcing his trip. This isn't the first time that SpaceX has announced it plans to send a paying customer to the Moon on one of its vehicles. In February 2017, Musk proclaimed that two individuals had each put down a "significant deposit" to fly around the Moon on SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, a larger version of the Falcon 9. No details about the passengers were given, though Musk said it was "nobody from Hollywood." The flight was slated to occur before the end of this year. "Ever since I was a kid, I have loved the moon," Maezawa said in a website that his team and SpaceX created for this expedition. "This is a project that I designed and made: #dearMoon," He added, noting that it will be launched in 2023. "I choose to go to the moon with artists. In 2023, as the host, I would like to invite 6 to 8 artists from around the world to join me on this mission to the Moon." He said going to the moon can contribute to "world peace." Mr. Musk said SpaceX's first orbital flight could be in 2-3 years, and then it would test flights without a passenger around the moon. He added, however, that as far as the proposed 2023 deadline is concerned to get the first paying passenger on the moon, he is "definitely not sure about it," as there could be some delays because of the uncertainties and complexities.

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Man Who Uploaded Deadpool To Facebook May Get Six Months In Prison

Slashdot - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 03:25
A California court may soon sentence a man who posted the entirety of Deadpool on his Facebook page to six months in prison. Gizmodo reports: A week after Deadpool was released in theaters, millions of people watched the film on a viral Facebook post by the account Tre-Von M. King. The FBI found that the account belonged to Trevon Franklin, a 22-year-old in Fresno, California. Franklin had downloaded the movie from file-sharing platform Putlocker.is, then uploaded the movie to his Facebook page, where it garnered 6,386,456 views, according to court documents. He was indicted and arrested in June 2017. In May, Franklin made a plea agreement with the government. Franklin pled guilty in exchange for authorities agreeing to recommend a reduced sentenced. Last week, the government filed its sentencing recommendation. As TorrentFreak originally reported, authorities suggested a prison sentence of six months. The government argues that the sentencing "is both necessary and sufficient to address the nature of circumstances of the offense and to reflect the seriousness of the offense, to promote respect for the law, and to provide just punishment for the offense." This is because Franklin publicly disregarded the law in a number of posts. In one such post he wrote: "I got the ultimate way out of this, yall might be surprised on how I won't go to jail but just become more famous." In another he wrote, "I'm just sitting back smoking out my bong laughing at these mfs who think they know what they talking I haven't sold shit to anyone, or made copies."

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Amazon Plans To Release At Least 8 New Alexa-Powered Devices, Including A Microwave, Amplifier, and In-Car Gadget

Slashdot - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 02:45
Amazon is planning to release at least 8 new voice-controlled hardware devices before the end of the year, according to CNBC. "The devices include, among others, a microwave oven, an amplifier, a receiver, a subwoofer, and an in-car gadget, people familiar with the matter said," reports CNBC. "All of the devices will be Alexa-enabled, meaning they can easily connect to the voice assistant. Some of the devices will also have Alexa built in." From the report: Amazon is expected to reveal some of these devices at an event later this month, according to an internal document describing the plans. The new devices reflect Amazon's ambition to make its Alexa voice technology ubiquitous by focusing on areas where people spend most of their time -- at home and in the car. Alexa was initially considered a geeky experiment at Amazon. Now it is now one of the most popular voice assistants, leading the growth of the burgeoning smart speaker market, which is expected to be worth $30 billion by 2024, according to Global Market Insights.

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New Trump Tariffs Won't Include Fitness Trackers Or the Apple Watch

Slashdot - Tue, 18/09/2018 - 02:03
According to Bloomberg, the next round of China tariffs won't include devices that receive and transmit voice data, a category that includes the Apple Watch, Fitbits, Sonos Speakers, and a host of other fitness trackers and home assistants. The Verge reports: The White House recently backed down on the rate at which the imports would be taxed. Over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported that listed goods would likely be taxed at only 10 percent. As recently as August, President Trump had considered setting the rate at 25 percent. Customs documents describe the category in vague terms, listing the devices as "machines for the reception, conversion and transmission or regeneration of voice, images or other data." But that vague category has come to encompass a wide range of personal tech, including fitness trackers and personal voice assistants. The Apple Watch, AirPods, HomePod, BeatsWL, AirPort, and Time Capsule all fall under the code, according to a letter submitted by Apple to the U.S. Trade Representative. Other categories of Apple products will still be affected by the tariff, including adapters, the Mac mini, and any circuit boards or internal components shipped individually to the United States.

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September 2018 Security Update Release

Microsoft Security Response Blog - Tue, 11/09/2018 - 18:59

Today, we released security updates to provide additional protections against malicious attackers. As a best practice, we encourage customers to turn on automatic updates.

More information about this month’s security updates can be found in the Security Update Guide.

MSRC team

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Inside MSRC: Sharing Our Story & Customer Tips

Microsoft Security Response Blog - Fri, 07/09/2018 - 18:06

For the last 20 years, the Microsoft Security Response Center has been an integral part of Microsoft’s commitment to customer security.  We are often called on to talk about the work we do and how customers can apply the lessons we have learned over that period to better their security posture.  Today we are releasing a series of videos that support that customer-driven story on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXkmvDo4Mfut_ejSGJkLXDSUsH0uUtBC5.

 

 

This set of short video clips gives customers a glance into the commitment we put into our daily work and suggests ways they can incorporate similar principles into their work.  Security is a joint effort and together we can make a difference.

 

Videos released:

 

The Microsoft Security Response Center video delivers a brief introduction on the current state of cybersecurity, our team’s strategy, and emphasizes the importance of integrating a “better together” approach among cybersecurity organizations and researchers globally to help keep data and the online community safe. Please learn more about our programs and how to engage with us at https://www.microsoft.com/msrc.

 

The Security Conferences video introduces some of security conferences Microsoft speaks at, attends, and produces annually. Highlights include the benefits of bringing the security community together to discuss emerging security trends and how-to best approach emerging security challenges. Please learn more about our programs and how to engage with us at https://www.microsoft.com/msrc.

 

The Bug Bounty video highlights the important role security researchers play in the ecosystem and offers tips on how to increase the success of reporting vulnerabilities, preventing attacks, and receiving recognition and payment. Please learn more about our programs and how to engage with us at https://aka.ms/bugbounty.

 

The Security Vulnerability Engineering video shares some Microsoft cybersecurity best practices, such as investing in “red teams” and “blue teams,” and cybersecurity exercises to help your organization and customers stay ahead of evolving attack tactics. Please learn more about our programs and how to engage with us at https://www.microsoft.com/msrc.

 

The Security Development Lifecycle video explores the importance of addressing the need for more secure code and the Operational Security Assurance program that addresses the need for more secure operations. Please learn more about our programs and how to engage with us at https://aka.ms/sdl.

 

The Defend the Cloud video offers tips that Microsoft’s cyberdefense teams use to increase cybersecurity in our extensive cloud environments, including the importance of investing in your people, platforms, and processes. Please learn more about our programs and how to engage with us at www.microsoft.com/msrc.

 

The Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure video discusses the importance discovering, reporting, and coordinating security vulnerabilities. It also offers tips on increasing the success of reporting vulnerabilities to and with Microsoft. Please learn more about our programs and how to engage with us at https://www.microsoft.com/msrc.

 

The Industry and Government Security programs video explores the work of the Microsoft Active Protections Program and the Government Security Program. It explains how collaboration between industry partners and governments is critical to protecting customers worldwide. Please learn more about our programs and how to engage with us at https://www.microsoft.com/msrc.

 

Phillip Misner,

Principal Security Group Manager

Microsoft Security Response Center

 

 

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