Ask Slashdot: What Was Your First Home Computer?

We’ve recently seen stories about old computers and sys-ops resurrecting 1980s BBS’s, but now an anonymous reader has a question for all Slashdot readers: Whenever I meet geeks, there’s one question that always gets a reaction: Do you remember your first home computer? This usually provokes a flood of fond memories about primitive specs — limited RAM, bad graphics, and early versions of long-since-abandoned operating systems. Now I’d like to…

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North Korea Parades Hybrid ‘Frankenmissile’, Then Fails Yet Another Missile Launch Test

First, an anonymous reader quotes Inverse: On Saturday, the North Korean military paraded an unprecedented array of weapons through Kim Il-sung Square in the center of Pyongyang… “We’re totally floored right now,” Dave Schmerler of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California, tells the Wall Street Journal. “I was not expecting to see this many new missile designs.” Schmerler tells The Journal that the large missiles — the…

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Inside troubled cybersecurity firm Tanium, which was valued at $3.5B in the latest round in 2015, and has had 9 senior executives leave in the past 8 months (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg: Inside troubled cybersecurity firm Tanium, which was valued at $3.5B in the latest round in 2015, and has had 9 senior executives leave in the past 8 months  —  Orion Hindawi and his dad built the world’s most valuable cybersecurity startup.  Now they’re grappling with employee unrest and an executive exodus. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Microsoft Addresses Shadow Brokers Exploits

Original release date: April 15, 2017   The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) has published information on several recently publicized exploit tools which affect various Microsoft products.   Users and administrators are reminded that software no longer supported by Microsoft (also known as end-of-life (EOL) software) is particularly at risk for exploitation. US-CERT recommends retiring EOL products. For more information on EOL Microsoft products, see US-CERT Alerts [TA14-310A] and [TA14-069A],…

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Burger King Won’t Take Hint, Updates Ad To Trigger Google Home Devices Again

Burger King “successfully ran an alternate version of its advertisement designed to trigger Google Home devices late Wednesday,” according to the Washington Post. Long-time Slashdot reader ewhac writes that “According to spokesperson Dara Schopp, BK regards the ad as a success, as it has increased the brand’s ‘social conversation’ on Twitter by some 300%,” though he’s not a fan of “reaching through your TV speakers and directly messing with your…

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Should Burger King Be Prosecuted For Their Google Home-Triggering Ads?

Slashdot reader Lauren Weinstein thinks Burger King should be prosecuted for successfully running an alternate version of its advertisement to trigger Google Home devices again Wednesday: Someone — or more likely a bunch of someones — at Burger King and their advertising agency need to be arrested, tried, and spend some time in shackles and prison cells. They’ve likely been violating state and federal cybercrime laws with their obnoxious ad…

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Cadillac’s Hands-Free Driving Option Also Nags Inattentive Drivers

Using LIDAR sensors, Cadillac mapped 160,000 miles of U.S. highways “within five centimeters of accuracy” to give its hands-free-on-the-highway cars the ability to better anticipate the roads ahead — and to know when a human driver should take over. An anonymous reader writes: “The car can see farther than the sensors on the car with the map…” says the chief engineer for Cadillac’s new “Super Cruise” hands-free driving option for…

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GOP Congressman Defending Privacy Vote: ‘Nobody’s Got To Use The Internet’

Wisconsin congressman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. defended his decision to help repeal broadband privacy rules by telling a constituent, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet.” An anonymous reader quotes the 73-year-old congressman: “And the thing is that if you start regulating the Internet like a utility, if we did that right at the beginning, we would have no Internet… Internet companies have invested an awful lot of money in having…

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Microsoft confirms that just 13 Windows Phone models will officially support the Windows 10 Creators Update (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft confirms that just 13 Windows Phone models will officially support the Windows 10 Creators Update  —  Microsoft is rolling out a new test builds for Windows 10 to phone Insiders (and to PC users), while acknowledging that only a dozen or so Windows Phone models will get Windows 10 Creators Update. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Unpatched Magento Zero Day Leaves 200,000 Merchants Vulnerable

An anonymous reader quotes ThreatPost: A popular version of the open source Magento ecommerce platform is vulnerable to a zero-day remote code execution vulnerability, putting as many as 200,000 online retailers at risk… According Bosko Stankovic, information security engineer at DefenseCode, despite repeated efforts to notify Magento, which began in November 2016, the vulnerability remains unpatched despite four version updates since the disclosure. Affected versions of the Magento Community Edition…

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