Google Encrypts All Blogspot Domains With HTTPS

Reader Mickeycaskill writes: Google is continuing its crusade to encrypt the web by enabling an HTTPS version of every single domain hosted on Blogspot. The search giant started the rollout last September, but as an opt-in service. Now users can opt to visit an HTTPS version of a site without its participation, while administrators can […]

Students Can Now Fly Drones At School, FAA Says

An anonymous reader writes: It will now be easier for students to pilot drones as part of their schoolwork, thanks to new Federal Aviation Administration rules that exempt high schools and colleges from the more stringent aircraft regulations placed on businesses. In a memo released Wednesday outlining the new guidelines, federal regulators have designated drone […]

No One Should Have To Use Proprietary Software To Communicate With Their Government

Donald Robertson, writing for Free Software Foundation: Proprietary JavaScript is a threat to all users on the Web. When minified, the code can hide all sorts of nasty items, like spyware and other security risks. […] On March 1st, 2016, the Copyright Office announced a call for comments on an update to their technology infrastructure. […]

Aging and Bloated OpenSSL Is Purged of 2 High-Severity Bugs

An anonymous reader cites a story on Ars Technica: Maintainers of the OpenSSL cryptographic library have patched high-severity holes that could make it possible for attackers to decrypt login credentials or execute malicious code on Web servers. The updates were released Tuesday morning for both versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 of OpenSSL, which a large portion […]

Windows 10 Updates Are Now Ruining Pro-Gaming Streams

An anonymous reader cites a report on The Guardian: Perhaps there’s nothing more annoying than going in for the kill to suddenly be “pooped on” by a Windows 10 automatic installation taking out your computer mid-stream to your 130,000 or so followers. After deciding to advertise during the weather by attempting to automatically install midway […]

Are We Alone In the Universe? Not Likely, According To Math

An anonymous reader writes: An equation, which calculates the probability of the evolution of other technological civilizations, has found that it’s wildly unlikely we’re the only time advanced society in the universe. Adam Frank from the University of Rochester and Woodruff Sullivan from the University of Washington base their new equation on the Drake equation, […]

John Kasich To Drop Out, Leaving Trump as GOP Nominee

Multiple outlets are reporting that Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to suspend his run to be the GOP presidential nominee. The move, if happens, would make Donald Trump the presumptive nominee for the GOP. The report comes hours after Kasich abruptly cancelled a planned press conference (could be paywalled; alternate source) in Virginia on Wednesday […]

Half Of Teens Think They’re Addicted To Their Smartphones

An anonymous reader writes: A new poll confirms just how much teens depend on their phones. Fifty percent of teens feel they are addicted to their mobile devices, according to the poll, which was conducted for Common Sense Media, a nonprofit focused on helping children, parents, teachers and policymakers negotiate media and technology. A larger […]

Millions of Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail Email Accounts Being Traded in Russian Underworld

Eric Auchard, reporting for Reuters (edited and condensed): Hundreds of millions of hacked usernames and passwords for email accounts and other websites are being traded in Russia’s criminal underworld, a security expert told Reuters. The discovery of 272.3 million stolen accounts included a majority of users of, Russia’s most popular email service, and smaller […]

New Record Set for World’s Cheapest Solar, Now Undercutting Coal

Anna Hirtenstein, reporting for Bloomberg: Solar power set another record-low price as renewable energy developers working in the United Arab Emirates shrugged off financial turmoil in the industry to promise projects costs that undercut even coal-fired generators. Developers bid as little as 2.99 cents a kilowatt-hour to develop 800 megawatts of solar-power projects for the […]