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The dump also contains a list of millions of prime factors, a 0-day Tamagotchi exploit, and a technique for getting gcc and bash to execute arbitrary code.
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jsanders
107 days ago
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EhrMahGodddd!
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masseurG
107 days ago
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Hack
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rclatterbuck
107 days ago
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Do these vile perfidious wizards know no bounds?
chrisminett
108 days ago
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All for the alt text!
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108 days ago
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The dump also contains a list of millions of prime factors, a 0-day Tamagotchi exploit, and a technique for getting gcc and bash to execute arbitrary code.
Screwtape
108 days ago
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The CIA dump also includes a surprisingly comprehensive archive of Japanese-style Unicode faces (kaomoji): https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_17760284.html

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fxer
107 days ago
They have table flip, but not table calm??? OUTRAGEOUS!!!! ┬──┬ ノ( ゜-゜ノ)
chrisrosa
108 days ago
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hah. true. #vault7
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Samsung Warns Customers To Think Twice About What They Say Near Smart TVs

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In a troubling new development in the domestic consumer surveillance debate, an investigation into Samsung Smart TVs has revealed that user voice commands are recorded, stored, and transmitted to a third party. The company even warns customers not to discuss personal or sensitive information within earshot of the device. The new Samsung controversy stems from the discovery of a single haunting statement in the company's "privacy policy," which states: "Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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jsanders
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Uh, WTF Samsung!
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superiphi
494 days ago
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I'd assume voice commands can be disabled. I do yell at the TV but I don't want it to listen.
Idle, Bradford, United Kingdom
hannahdraper
494 days ago
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There are so many reasons I do not want a TV... or really to become a hermit.
Washington, DC
glenn
494 days ago
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Or just don't connect it to the Internet. Like, I don't know, use the TV as a TV or something.
Waterloo, Canada
satadru
494 days ago
Except that you can't watch 4k video then... the only source currently is streaming!
glenn
494 days ago
Netflix says some media players support UHD like Roku 4 but yeah not as many options just yet: https://help.netflix.com/en/node/13444
satadru
494 days ago
Wasn't the big problem recently that the HDMI spec that allowed for 60p 4k video transmission hadn't been ratified yet, and thus there was no hardware that supported connecting an external device that handled 4k properly?
glenn
494 days ago
Yep, it's the DRM and the spec that's holding everything back. I've been holding off for 4K because it feels too early and I don't trust the TV vendor's software to buy in just yet.
JayM
495 days ago
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Now to find the mic. *sigh*
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skittone
495 days ago
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Ugh. I guess upon buying a new Samsung TV (if you even still care to), the first order of business is cutting out the microphone. I don't need voice commands, and I certainly don't need a 1984 TV.
HarlandCorbin
493 days ago
Yet another reason I don't want ANYTHING voice-controllable near me or in my house.

Samsung Renders Your SSD Puny with 16TB Model

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Raising the storage ceiling

Samsung NAND

I didn't attend the 2015 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, but in my head, Samsung trotted out to the show floor and announced to attendees, "Ladies and gentlemen, we present you the PM1633a, a 16 terabyte solid state drive in a 2.5-inch form factor." What I imagine happened next is that the representative who announced the drive turned the mic sideways, dropped it, and walked away.

I'm sure it didn't go down that way, though Samsung would have been justified in taking that approach. After all, the PM1633a is the world's highest capacity drive of any kind, not just in the realm of SSDs. Suddenly my 960GB SSD array feels pedestrian by comparison.

According to Golem.de, the drive actually boasts 15.36TB of storage, which Samsung elected to round up to 16TB. Whatever, it's still the most capacious single drive around.

Getting to that capacity in a single 2.5-inch drive was made possible by using Samsung's new 256Gbit TLC flash memory. This is the third generation of 3D V-NAND and it consists of 48 layers of 3-bits per cell on a single die.

Not only is this more capacious than solutions based on second generation V-NAND consisting of 32 layers of 3-bits per cell, but according to Samsung, it sports improved read and write performance, along with better power efficiency.

As for the price? Samsung didn't say, though I suspect it's in the neighborhood of an arm and a leg.

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Shouldn't cost more than a small house or two :-)
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Government Union Leader Says Cyberattack Compromised Personal Data of All Federal Employees

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He said, she said

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It's a bit ironic that some government officials want companies like Apple and Google to tone down their encryption methods and allow backdoor access to electronic devices so that law enforcement can investigate illegal activities. The reason it's ironic is because the lack of encryption may have resulted in the personal information of each and every federal employee being compromised in a recent security breach.

The Associated Press obtained a letter by J. David Cox, president of the American Federal of Government Employees, to Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personal Management. In the letter, Cox said that hackers were able to obtain all kinds of personal information, things like Social Security numbers, pay history, life insurance information, names, addresses, birth dates, and more.

"We believe that Social Security numbers were not encrypted, a cybersecurity failure that is absolute indefensible and outrageous," Cox wrote.

Cox added that after an assessment of internal OPM briefings, he believes "the hackers are now in possession of all personal data for every federal employee," including federal retirees and as many as one million former federal workers.

The OPM has so far held firm that the actual damage is far less severe and that only limited personally identifiable information was compromised. 

It seems as though there's quite a bit of secrecy going around. While the U.S. government is reluctant to publicly point the finger at China, Senator Harry Reid, one of eight lawmakers who was brought up to date on secret intelligence information, said on the Senate floor that the attack was performed by "the Chinese."

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Our government ...
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Microsoft to Offer Windows 10 as Free Upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Users

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Windows 10Can't beat the price!

Stop whatever it is you're doing and make a fist. Make sure there isn't a living creature within arm's length, and when the coast is clear, pump your fist in the air in celebration. What are we celebrating? The fact that Microsoft today confirmed plans to make Windows 10 a free upgrade for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 users! This is exactly the type of announcement we were hoping for, but didn't really think would happen.

Yes, there were rumors that Windows 9 would be a free upgrade, most of which suggested the free upgrade would apply to Windows 8/8.1 only. And then Microsoft did something nobody saw coming -- it skipped over Windows 9 and announced Windows 10, giving itself an out to the rumors that Windows 9 would be free. Shenanigans, we thought. And we were wrong.

Microsoft is holding a press event today in which it's revealing all kinds of details about Windows 10 and related hardware, including confirmation that Cortana is headed to the desktop. We'll have plenty of coverage once things wrap up, but in the meantime, we wanted to give you heads up about Windows 10.

This is a bold move by Microsoft, and of course a welcome one by consumers. The free upgrade will be available for the first year, giving consumers plenty of time to make the transition. It should also mean that Windows 10's market share will eclipse that of Windows 8/8.1 in short order.

Stay tuned folks, we'll have more to come!

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Sweet
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RadioShack May File for Bankruptcy in February

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RadioShackA series of 'missteps' misstpes

Any nerd over the age of twenty can probably remember a time he or she would frequent the local RadioShack. It was the go-to shop for electronics and geek fare, though we're talking a lifetime ago in tech years. Fast forward to today and there are reports that RadioShack is headed for a bankruptcy filing, perhaps as early as the first week of February. Sadly, we can't say we're surprised.

Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal says RadioShack found itself short on cash after spending funds on a failed turnaround effort. As the chain prepares to file for bankruptcy, it's reaching out to potential lenders that could keep the company afloat.

The sources also say that RadioShack is in talks with a private equity firm about buying its assets out of bankruptcy. No deal is imminent, however, and the chain may prefer to go the traditional route of reducing its debt and restructuring its business through bankruptcy court.

RadioShack has posted losses for the past 11 quarters. In a filing, the company revealed it had $62.6 million as of November 1st, including $43.3 million in cash and $19.3 million in borrowing availability. That's not much for a chain with around 4,300 stores in the U.S.

It's sad to see RadioShack reduced to irrelevancy after getting its start with a store in Boston 94 years ago. It did well for many years, though began to fizzle in the Internet era. A Star-Telegram article written last September offers a great read on what went wrong, or more precisely, the many things that brought RadioShack to this point. In particular is a quote by Ed Fox, who teaches marketing at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business.

"Call it a death by a thousand cuts. RadioShack is left with all these stores and not much differentiation" from big box competitors like Best Buy, Fox points out.

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jsanders
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Sad to see them go, but certainly saw this coming ...
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