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One In Four Indiana Residents' E-Record Data Exposed in Hack

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:14pm
Reader chicksdaddy reports that a data breach involving four million patients and more than 230 different data holders (from private practices to large hospitals) hit Indiana especially hard. It's the home state of Medical Informatics Engineering, maker of electronic records system NoMoreClipBoard. While data exposed in the breach affected 3.9 million people, 1.5 millon of them are in Indiana. According to the Security Ledger, though: [The] breach affects healthcare organizations from across the country, with healthcare providers ranging from prominent hospitals to individual physicians' offices and clinics are among 195 customers of the NoMoreClipboard product that had patient information exposed in the breach. And, more than a month after the breach was discovered, some healthcare organizations whose patients were affected are still waiting for data from EMI on how many and which patients had information exposed. 'We have received no information from MIE regarding that,' said a spokeswoman for Fort Wayne Radiology Association (http://www.fwradiology.com/), one of hundreds of healthcare organizations whose information was compromised in the attack on MIE..

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Gillmor Gang: Apple Road

TechCrunch - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 8:02pm
 The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 1, 2015. The Gang talks cars, the politics of streaming, back catalogues, discovery, demotions, the new News, and social payola. Plus, the latest G3 with Kristie Wells, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @Fradice, @kteare, @kevinmarks Read More

Sling TV says Comcast/NBC doesn't want to run its ads

Engadget - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:29pm
Just as Comcast dips its toe in the internet TV business, Sling TV is claiming that the giant is refusing to run ads for its service on NBC stations that it owns. According to Sling TV CEO Roger Lynch (last seen walking off with our Best of CES Ove...

Answering Elon Musk On the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 7:02pm
Lasrick points out a rebuttal by Stanford's Edward Moore Geist of claims that have led the recent panic over superintelligent machines. From the linked piece: Superintelligence is propounding a solution that will not work to a problem that probably does not exist, but Bostrom and Musk are right that now is the time to take the ethical and policy implications of artificial intelligence seriously. The extraordinary claim that machines can become so intelligent as to gain demonic powers requires extraordinary evidence, particularly since artificial intelligence (AI) researchers have struggled to create machines that show much evidence of intelligence at all.

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Facebook's Slender 'Aquila' Drone To Provide Internet In Remote Areas

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:09pm
Mickeycaskill writes: Facebook will start testing a 400kg drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737 next year, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said, as part of the company's drive to connect people in remote areas to the Internet. Aquila will fly between 60,000ft and 90,000ft as to avoid adverse weather conditions and commercial air routes, while the attached laster can transmit data at 10Gbps. Facebook claims it can accurately connect with a point the size of a US 5-cent coin from more than 10 miles away.

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Microsoft's HoloLens headset will reach developers within a year

Engadget - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 6:01pm
When Microsoft said that its HoloLens headset would arrive "in the Windows 10 time frame," what did it mean, exactly? Thanks to a BBC interview with Satya Nadella, we now have a better sense of when this augmented reality eyewear will show up. The...

Ask Slashdot: Can You Disable Windows 10's Privacy-Invading Features?

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 5:10pm
An anonymous reader writes: I really want to upgrade to Windows 10, but have begun seeing stories come out about the new Terms and how they affect your privacy. It looks like the default Windows 10 system puts copies of your data out on the "cloud", gives your passwords out, and targets advertising to you. The main reason I am looking to upgrade is that Bitlocker is not available on Windows 7 Pro, but is on Windows 10 Pro, and Microsoft no longer offers Anytime Upgrades to Windows 7 Ultimate. However, I don't want to give away my privacy for security. The other option is to wait until October to see what the Windows 10 Enterprise version offers, but it may not be available through retail. Are the privacy minded Slashdot readers not going with Windows 10? For reference, I am referring to these articles. (Not to mention claims that it steals your bandwidth.)

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“Soft” Sensors Are Breaking Into Four Major Industries

TechCrunch - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 5:00pm
 From something as simple as a door sensor at a store to the new age of “smart” sensors in a rapidly emerging wearables market, the application of sensors has already permeated many parts of our everyday lives. But the future of dynamic sensor applications goes beyond just measuring your heart rate through the new Apple Watch. Read More

Apple and BMW have been exploring partnerships on cars

Engadget - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:27pm
Apple and BMW may eventually have more in common than just some features in your car's infotainment system. Sources for both Reuters and Manager Magazin understand that the two companies have had "exploratory talks," including a trip by Apple exec...

ARIN IPv4 Addresses Run Out Tomorrow

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 4:12pm
jcomeau_ictx provided that teaser of a headline, but writes: Not really. But the countdown at tunnelbroker.net should go to zero sometime tomorrow around noon, considering it's at 45,107 as I write this, it's counting down about one address every two seconds, and there are 86,400 seconds per day. Just happened to notice it today. Might be worth a little celebration at every NOC and IT enterprise tomorrow.

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In Windows 10, Ad-Free Solitaire Will Cost You $10 -- Every Year

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 3:16pm
Wired UK reports that the pre-installed Solitaire on Windows 10 capitalizes on the long-cultivated addiction that some users have to the game with an interesting bargain: rather than being an ordinary included application like it used to be, what may be the world's most pervasive on-screen office time-sink of a game now comes with ads, unless a user wants to pay (by the month, or by the year) to remove those ads. Notes the linked piece: "To be entirely fair, this is the same as on the Windows 8 version, which wasn't installed by default but could be downloaded from the Windows Store." At $1.49/month or $10/year, this might be enough to drive some people who otherwise would not to check out some of the free, open-source games out there; PySolitaire is one of many in this incomplete list.

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Facebook's Lollapalooza feed shows the festival you're missing

Engadget - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 2:58pm
If you can't make a pilgrimage to Lollapalooza but want to get a sense of what it's like to be there beyond the concert streams, Facebook might have what you're looking for. It's testing an expansion of Place Tips that lets anyone in the US see a...

Researchers Find That Queen Bees Vaccinate Their Offspring

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 2:15pm
The Washington Post reports that a team of researchers have discovered a previously unrecognized behavior in bees which gives the insects an extra layer of protection against certain diseases. Though the analogy to human-style vaccination is not perfect, it's close enough to make sense. Queen bees, the group found, break down some disease-causing pathogens found in the pollen and nectar brought to them by worker bees, but do not simply destroy them. Instead, after they are partly broken down, Bits of the pathogens are then transferred to the queen's "fat body," an organ similar to a liver, where they are packaged onto a protein called vitellogenin and delivered to eggs through the queen's blood stream. The result: newly hatched bee larvae that are already immune to the nasty germs that could have plagued the colony. The article notes that "the discovery could extend to other species throughout the animal kingdom," because all egg-laying animals have the same protein.

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A look back at Windows through the ages

Engadget - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 1:30pm
It's hard to believe that Windows is 30 years old this year. Originally a graphic shell that sat on MS-DOS, Windows has blossomed over the years to be the visually rich experience it is today. That's not to say it hasn't encountered a few pitfalls al...

Microsoft Taps PBS To Advance Its National Talent Strategy With 'Code Trip'

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 1:17pm
theodp writes: You don't have to be Mitt Romney to question PBS's announcement that it will air the Microsoft-funded 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark will send students across the U.S. for a "transformative journey into computer science." Of the partnership, Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner said, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the tech field with more pluralistic perspectives." YouthSpark is part of Microsoft's National Talent Strategy (pdf), which the company describes as "a two-pronged approach that will couple long-term improvements in STEM education in the United States with targeted, short-term, high-skilled immigration reforms." The Official Microsoft Blog reports that filming of Code Trip began this week, with the three students traveling around the country to speak with leaders including Hadi Partovi, the co-founder of Code.org and 'major supporter' of FWD.us, who coincidentally once reported to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, and is the next door neighbor of Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith and a jogging partner of Steve Ballmer.

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Gillmor Gang LIVE 08.01.15

TechCrunch - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 1:12pm
 Gillmor Gang – Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session has concluded for today. LIVE chat Center chatroom during LIVE broadcast HERE Gillmor Gang on Facebook Our sister show, G3, on Facebook G3’s archives on Ustream. Find all their shows HERE Read More

ISPs Claim Title II Regulations Don't Apply To the Internet Because "Computers"

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 12:17pm
New submitter Gryle writes: ArsTechnica is reporting on an interesting legal tactic by ISPs in the net neutrality fight. In a 95-page brief the United States Telecom Association claims Internet access qualifies as information service, not a telecommunication service, because it involves computer processing. The brief further claims "The FCC's reclassification of mobile broadband internet access as a common-carrier service is doubly unlawful." (page 56)

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A look at the evolution of modern video game controllers

Engadget - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 12:00pm
If anything's kept pace with how video games have changed over the years, it's how we interact with them. Our biggest touchpoint with virtual worlds is the gamepad and -- akin to how games themselves have evolved from simple 2D affairs into 100-hou...

Japanese Police Arrest Mount Gox CEO Mark Karpeles

Slashdot - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:19am
McGruber writes with the news as carried (paywalled) by the Wall Street Journal that Mark Karpeles, who headed bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, has been arrested by Japanese police: In February 2014, Mount Gox filed for bankruptcy, saying it had lost 750,000 of its customers' bitcoins as well as 100,000 of its own, worth some $500 million at the time. A police spokesman said Mr. Karpelès is suspected of manipulating his own account at the company by making it appear that $1 million was added to it. The BBC reports the arrest as well, and notes that the coins missing from Mt. Gox represent 7% of all Bitcoins in circulation.

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How Businesses Are Leveraging Public Data To Reach Target Audiences

TechCrunch - Sat, 08/01/2015 - 11:00am
 It’s no secret that the growth of publicly available data, or open data, is more prevalent than ever. From government databases, such as those aggregated by Data.gov, to data made available via tools such as Google Places API — the public has access to an overwhelming amount of information. Read More