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Recipe For Building a Cheap Raspberry Pi Honeypot Network

Slashdot - 1 hour 33 min ago
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Honeypots are the perfect bait for corporate IT shops to detect hackers targeting and already within their networks and now a guide has been published to build a dirt cheap battalion of the devices from Raspberry Pis. "By running honeypots on our internal network, we are able to detect anomalous events. We gain awareness and insight into our network when network hosts interact with a Raspberry Pi honeypot sensor," the author explained."

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Salons of the future: New hair coloring technique etches patterns in your hair

Engadget - 2 hours 5 min ago
Changing your hair color is easy enough: you can dye it, bleach it or rub some hair chalk on it. If you ask a research team from The University of New Mexico, though, they'll tell you that to get any hair color that remains as vivid as the day you...

FTC busts up $275 million credit card scam, sues the folks behind it

Engadget - 4 hours 23 min ago
The folks down at the Federal Trade Commission are busy helping all of us these days, whether they're weighing in on patent disputes or forcing firms to help cover your child's lack of parental supervision. Today, the FTC charged several companies...

DNA Project 'to Make UK World Genetic Research Leader'

Slashdot - 4 hours 27 min ago
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years". The first genetic codes of people with cancer or rare diseases, out of a target of 100,000, have been sequenced. Experts believe it will lead to targeted therapies and could make chemotherapy "a thing of the past". Just one human genome contains more than three billion base pairs — the building blocks of DNA. Prof Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "I can see a future where genetics is going to come into every bit of medicine from cardiology to oncology to infectious diseases." "Twenty years from now there's going to be a plethora of those, we will have a series of mutations which academics and industry will have developed therapies for, which will be targeted at you and specific for that cancer." He said chemotherapy, which attacks all dividing cells in the body, would be replaced with such therapies. "We will look back in 20 years' time and think of blockbuster chemotherapy [as] a thing of the past and we'll think 'Gosh, what an era that was'." David Cameron has announced a series of investments across government, industry and charities totalling £300m ($500m).

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Cut-Out Brush Branding - Monarch Paint Brushes Receive a Makeover by Erin Bruce (

Trend Hunter - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:40pm
( To work on her packaging skills, Erin Bruce decided to do a rebrand of Monarch Paint Brushes that would help the product stand out more. For the design concept, she placed the brushes in a...

Power-Based Flour Packaging - 'Flour to the People' is a Pun on a Popular Saying (

Trend Hunter - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:58pm
( When James Grant was asked to design a packaging and overall concept for flour, a popular pun came to mind: “power to the people,” and thus ‘Flour to the People' was born....

Spock Impersonator Logically Decides Not to Prosper in Porn

Mashable - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:38pm

Spock-themed porn would have been highly illogical.

Instead of boldly going where surely many men have gone before, Spock impersonator Roy Ives has turned down a feature role in a Star Trek inspired Swedish porn film entitled The Vulgar Vulcan.

See also: 12 Logical Tips to Party and Prosper Like Spock

The 70 year old from Kitts Green, Birmingham in the U.K. bears an uncanny resemblance to Leonard Nimoy, the original Mr. Spock, from his well-groomed eyebrows to the timbre of his voice.

I'm relieved: Spock lookalike will not boldly go into porn

— DJPaterson (@djpaterson) July 27, 2014

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Engadget Daily: Beats joins Apple, HP makes a smartwatch and more!

Engadget - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 10:20pm
Today, we mull over James Cameron's upcoming film, Deepsea Challenge 3D, get a peek of HP's new smartwatch, watch Apple welcome Beats into the family and maybe order some MacBook decals. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours....

Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia

Slashdot - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 9:18pm
An anonymous reader writes On Friday, Russia implemented a new law that significantly limits its citizens' online free speech. Under this new law, social media sites must "retain user data for at least six months...within the country's boundaries so it can be available for government inspection." Also, "bloggers with at least 3,000 daily readers must register with Roskomnadzor, the regulator that also oversees Russia's main media outlets." This, of course, means that popular bloggers will no longer be able to remain anonymous.

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Ask Ooloo puts the 'person' back in personal assistant

Engadget - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:59pm
Before Google dominated search, Ask Jeeves depended on a team of humans -- yes, humans -- to answer your internet queries. Ultimately, search algorithms killed the internet's favorite butler, but the idea that humans are worthy competition for the...

Bill Murray to Voice Lovable Bear Baloo in Disney's 'The Jungle Book'

Mashable - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:50pm

Bill Murray will voice the lovable bear Baloo in Disney’s live action-animated hybrid The Jungle Book, the Walt Disney Studios announced Friday evening.

Murray's casting comes on the heels of news that Christopher Walken will play King Louie, while Giancarlo Esposito will voice Akela.

SEE ALSO: 10-Year-Old Will Make His Acting Debut as Mowgli in Disney's 'Jungle Book'

Murray will reprise the role made famous by Phil Harris, the actor and musician who sang the 1967 animated feature's most beloved song, a tribute to the easygoing spirit of the character and his passive way of living. Harris died in 1995. Read more...

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Obama: Attendees Will Be Screened for Ebola Before U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Mashable - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:34pm

President Obama announced Friday that African leaders attending a summit in Washington, D.C., next week will be screened for Ebola.

At least 729 people have died and more than 1,300 people have fallen ill from the viral disease in the worst outbreak ever, primarily affecting Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

See also: Here's Why It's Safe to Bring Ebola Patients to the U.S.

"We're making sure we're doing screening as [they leave from their home airports] and some additional screening here," Obama said. Attendees who had "even a marginal risk ... of having been exposed" to Ebola could be screened after arriving in the U.S, he added Read more...

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10 Chilling Stories to Tell Around the Campfire

Mashable - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:30pm

It was a dark and stormy night, the hook was still on the door handle, the monster was you the entire time — you know the drill.

It's become a lot harder to scare people these days, thanks to the Internet, improved CGI and a film industry that allows Human Centipede to become a trilogy. But Reddit has proved that words can still do the trick

See also: 10 Spooky Videos That Will Give You Nightmares

If you're going camping and need some nightmare fodder, look no further than Reddit's amateur horror writers. Making up subreddits like r/nosleep and r/ShortScaryStories, we guarantee you that these users have the ability to keep you up all night with the lights on. Read more...

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Microsoft May Be Readying A New Service Called Sway

TechCrunch - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 8:25pm
 A day after news that Apple has turned on its own content delivery network, it has emerged that Microsoft has registered some domain names that use the term CDN — pointing either to Redmond also readying some kind of new CDN service, or possibly a service that will be based around a CDN. Jamie Zoch at Dot Weekly has discovered that Microsoft has registered the domain, along… Read More

Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

Slashdot - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:42pm
mikejuk writes The constant war to jailbreak and patch iOS has taken another step in favor of the jailbreakers. Georgia Tech researchers have found a way to jailbreak the current version of iOS. What the Georgia Tech team has discovered is a way to break in by a multi-step attack. After analysing the patches put in place to stop previous attacks, the team worked out a sequence that would jailbreak any modern iPhone. The team stresses the importance of patching all of the threats, and not just closing one vulnerability and assuming that it renders others unusable as an attack method. It is claimed that the hack works with any iOS 7.1.2 using device including the iPhone 5s.It is worth noting that the The Device Freedom Prize for an open source jailbreak of iOS7 is still unclaimed and stands at just over $30,000. The details are to be revealed at the forthcoming Black Hat USA (August 6 & 7 Las Vegas) in a session titled Exploiting Unpatched iOS Vulnerabilities for Fun and Profit:

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Do you like watching German-language TV? Then this post's for you.

Engadget - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:39pm
When we, at Engadget, indulge in the occasional use of the German language, it's usually to fire off Deutschland's version of our favorite four-letter word (hint: it rhymes with sh-high-zuh!). Instead, we're rattling off this mouthful: ProSiebenSat.1...

Misty Copeland Proves Ballerinas Are Strong as Sports' Toughest Athletes

Mashable - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:36pm

It's likely not going out too far on a limb to assume most sports fans don't associate ballet with the grit, strength and determination lauded in games like football, soccer and basketball

But the sports apparel brand Under Armour, which just signed a deal with ballerina Misty Copeland, turns that notion on its head in the one-minute spot embedded atop this post

See also: Sports Media Misogyny: What Is Fans' Problem With Female Commentators?

Copeland began ballet at the relatively late age of 13, but nonetheless has risen to the top of her field. In 2007, according to her official site, Copeland became the first African-American woman to be named as a soloist in the ultra-prestigious American Ballet Theatre in 20 years. And she accomplished all this after a tumultuous childhood that included poverty and family disfunction to thrive in a sport where minorities are few and most girls start to train in preschool Read more...

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CrunchWeek: Andrew Mason’s New App, Diversity In Tech, And Twitter’s Big Quarter

TechCrunch - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:29pm
 It’s a warm, relaxed Friday, making it the perfect moment for an episode of CrunchWeek. This week Ryan Lawler, Cat Zakrzewski, and myself sat to discuss the biggest news from the week. What happened? Former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason’s new app touched down, an interesting diversity report from eBay sat amidst a cadre of predecessors, and Twitter’s massive recent… Read More

Google+ Photos To Be Separated From Google+

Slashdot - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 7:00pm
An anonymous reader writes "Speculation on the eventual shuttering of Google+ has once more risen with news that Google+ Photos will soon be developed and run separately from the social media site. This news follows observations that Google+ "was barely mentioned at Google I/O 2014, while there were 15 sessions dedicated to the service in 2013" and that the company has ended its controversial real name policy. Google Hangouts was also separated from Google+ at the end of July." I've actually heard several people praising Google+ lately; scaling it back to "just a social stream" probably fits into some kind of corollary to Murphy's Law.

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Satellites Capture Wildfire Smoke Reaching Fragile Arctic Ice

Mashable - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 6:48pm

It's the height of the Arctic melt season — do you know where your ice is?

While Greenland and the Arctic sea ice cover have shown no signs of shattering melt records once again this year, satellite images taken on Friday and during late July provide indications that both land and sea ice will once again wind up well below average by the time the melt season ends in late September.

See also: Arctic Sea Ice Reaches Annual Peak, But Falls Far Short of Average

New satellite imagery from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show that wildfire smoke from huge blazes burning in northern Canada and Siberia has been drifting over Arctic land and sea ice in recent days, where it could hasten the seasonal melt. Wildfires burning in British Columbia and the Northern Territories of Canada have shrouded large parts of Canada and northern sections of the U.S. in a pungent milky haze during the past few weeks, with limited visibility noted at airports in Montana and Minnesota in late July, for example. Read more...

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