To keep hackers away from implanted devices, researchers use the heartbeat as a password

Untuk menjaga hacker jauh dari perangkat implan, peneliti menggunakan detak jantung sebagai password


Just like a phone or computer, devices implanted inside the body can be hacked; potentially with life-threatening consequences. It’s not a common occurrence, but researchers are keen on taking protective measures now instead of later.

A new system out of Rice University uses a combination of a patient’s heartbeat and a medical care provider’s touch as a password before allowing access to an implant.

“If you have a device inside your body, a person could walk by, push a button and violate your privacy, even give you a shock,” graduate student Masoud Rostami said in a release. “He could make (an insulin pump) inject insulin or update the software of your pacemaker. But our proposed solution forces anybody who wants to read the device to touch you.”

The system works by pairing an internal reading of a person’s heartbeat with an external reading touched to their body by the…

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YouTube Announces A New Commenting System, Powered By Google+, With Threaded, Ranked And Private Conversations

YouTube mengumumkan Sistem Mengomentari Baru, Powered By Google+, Dengan berulir, Peringkat Dan Swasta Percakapan



YouTube today announced a new commenting system that will be powered by Google+. The system, which is launching on channel discussion tabs this week before rolling out to all videos over the next few weeks and months, will automatically rank comments and feature threaded and private conversations.

Right now, YouTube comments are a hotbed for spam and idiocy, something Google is painfully aware of. The new system aims to fix this by personalizing and ranking comments for each individual user.

Last year, YouTube started asking its users to connect their YouTube and Google+ accounts so more users would use their real names on the site. Today’s integration goes quite a bit deeper. The new system will switch away from the current, recency-based system and instead rank comments according to a wide range of factors.


As Nundu Janakiram, a YouTube product manager who worked on this project, told me earlier this…

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The Myth of Steve Jobs’ Constant Breakthroughs

Mitos Steve Jobs ‘Konstan Terobosan


Last Friday, Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c went on sale. The company sold nine million of them in the first weekend, breaking the five-million-phone record it set last year with the iPhone 5. I sort of thought that was clearly good news for Apple and the iPhone. Or at least not, you know, worrisome news.

Then I read a piece by Sandy Cannold at (which I found via MG Siegler’s ParisLemon). Cannold says that the new iPhones selling so well and generating so much hoopla is potentially alarming:

To me though, all this over-the-top fanfare and even the record-breaking first weekend of sales could actually be cause for concern. Now before Apple lovers pillory me and say that I have no idea what I am talking about, hear me out. I fully concede that Apple is going to make billions in profit from the sale of…

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Senators Demand Answers On NSA Snooping — By The End Of 2014

Senator Menuntut Jawaban Pada NSA mengintip – Oleh Akhir 2014


This week nine members of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to the inspector general of the Intelligence Community, I. Charles McCullough III, asking him to conduct a full review of U.S. intelligence operations, and to “make public the findings.”

This almost sounds compelling: A bipartisan group of Senators demanding that the intelligence wing of the United States government take a hard look at itself and report its findings to the public. Of course, asking a consummate intelligence insider to vet his own team isn’t exactly exciting.

Mr. McCullough III is a former FBI agent, helped draft the intelligence portions of the Patriot Act, and worked in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. So the guy has friends throughout the agencies that he has now been asked to both vet and then publicly discuss. What do you want to wager that this report comes out milquetoast?

Here’s what…

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