NIST Releases Crypto Process Second Draft


The National Institute on Standards and Technology (NIST) released the second draft of a process document describing how NIST develops cryptographic standards in an announcement on Friday. The second draft of NIST IR7797: NIST Cryptographic Standards and Guidelines contains updates to the first draft written in February 2014, as well as changes to the process in response to feedback from ... Read More »

China’s Stranglehold on VPN Services Tightens


“He who controls information controls the world.” These words have never been truer in the current case of the Chinese government and their ongoing attempts to censor the flow of information into China. PCworld released an article yesterday detailing how several companies that run VPNs (virtual private network) have seen their clients lose access to the services. VPN access has always ... Read More »

Updated: Benchmarks Show GTX 970 Has a Major Flaw

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Update: Nvidia has responded to complaints about the GTX 970. “The GeForce GTX 970 is equipped with 4GB of dedicated graphics memory.  However the 970 has a different configuration of SMs than the 980, and fewer crossbar resources to the memory system. To optimally manage memory traffic in this configuration, we segment graphics memory into a 3.5GB section and a ... Read More »

BlackBerry has Interesting Ideas About Net Neutrality

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Recently the CEO of BlackBerry, John Chen, wrote a blog post on the topic of net neutrality. In it he defines what he considers to be two different aspects of net neutrality, carrier neutrality and application neutrality, and criticizes policymakers and net neutrality advocates for focusing on so-called carrier neutrality while neglecting to address application neutrality. While carrier neutrality is ... Read More »

Samsung Developing Wearable Sensor for Stroke Detection

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2 years ago a group of engineers working for Samsung got the opportunity to work on a project of their own choosing. Their goal was to create a wearable system that could detect the early signs of a stroke. This month they revealed a working prototype of their solution, the Early Detection System and Algorithm Package. This solution contains a ... Read More »

SEA hacks Le Monde twitter

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The Syrian Electronic Army, a hacker group staunchly pro- current president Bashar Assad, has added one more organization to the growing list successfully attacked websites and twitter accounts.  Yesterday the twitter account of French newspaper Le Monde (@LemondeFR) was for a few moments taken over by the SEA before being suspended.  Though short lived, in the time of the attacked ... Read More » Shares Personal Info with Third Parties

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The Associated Press recently reported that the U.S. government health care website,, shares personal information with third party vendors that are embedded in the site. Companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter are among the dozens who potentially have access to your medical history. The Obama administration argues that the partnership with data firms is to improve the user experience ... Read More »

New Facebook Feature Coming — Hoax Smasher!

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Sick of your mother or backwoods uncle sharing the latest totally true story about how Mr. Roger’s used to be a deadly assassin for the army, all while he was high on weed? A new Facebook feature is coming to the rescue. Soon, rather than being bothered to comment, you will be able to smugly mark the offending post as ... Read More »

Giant Manned Mech For Sale On Amazon Japan


Well, man not included. But have you ever wanted to fight in a giant mech like in the anime Evangelion, or Gundam Wings? Well, now that might be closer than you think. Coming from Japan (Of course, because why wouldn’t it come from Japan?) is a line of manned and fully functioning mech soldiers. You climb inside, and take it ... Read More »

Police Use Radar to See Inside Homes Without Warrant

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A recent development has both privacy experts and judges worried about police intrusion into people’s lives. At least 50 law enforcement agencies across the United States, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals, have been using a new radar device to see inside people’s homes. They’ve been doing it for at least two years, with no oversight, no public disclosure ... Read More »