Mythbusters Ending After Next Season

An anonymous reader writes: Entertainment Weekly is just one of many reporting that next season will be the last for the long-running show Mythbusters. EW reports: “The pioneering reality series, one of cable’s longest-running shows, will stage its final gonzo experiment during next year’s 14th season after 248 episodes and 2,950 experiments. But there is some upside: Stars Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have secretly known the end was coming all year and have been crafting an explosive final run for the seven-time Emmy-nominated series. ‘It was my greatest fear that Mythbusters would just stop and we wouldn’t be able to do proper final episodes,’ Savage tells EW. ‘So whether it’s myths about human behavior or car stories or explosion stories, we tried to find the most awesome example of each category and build on our past history.'”


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Researchers warn computer clocks can be easily scrambled

In 2012, two servers run by the U.S. Navy rolled back their clocks 12 years, deciding it was the year 2000.

The servers were very important: they’re part of a worldwide network that helps computers keep the right time using the Network Time Protocol (NTP).

Computers that checked in with the Navy’s servers and adjusted their clocks accordingly had a variety of problems with their phones systems, routers and authentication systems.

The incident underscored the serious problems that can occur when using NTP, one of the oldest Internet protocols, which was published in 1985.

The protocol is fairly robust, but researchers from Boston University said Wednesday they’ve found several flaws in NTP that could undermine encrypted communications and even jam up bitcoin transactions.

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Court Finds “Pinning” On the Internet To Be Fair Use

speedplane writes: Pinterest has always aggressively defended their trademarks, but in 2013, they launched a trademark lawsuit against Pintrips, a travel planning startup that allows users to “pin” and share information about flights. Yesterday, however, a federal court issued a major ruling against Pinterest finding that “pinning” is a feature, not a trademark, and therefore is fair use. This seems to bode well for the many other “pinning” sites on the internet.


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