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If you want to measure AC or DC current with an oscilloscope, a current clamp is a great way to do it. The clamp surrounds the wire, so you dont need to break the connection to take your measurements. These used to be expensive, although weve seen some under $100, if you shop. We dont know if it was cost or principle that motivated [Electronoobs] to build his own current clamp, but he did.
This probe design is little more than a 3D printed case, an old power supply toroid, and a conventional alligator clamp to make the business end. The sensor uses a ferrite core and a hall effect sensor. The ferrite toroid is split in half, one half in each side of the clamp. An opamp circuit provides a gain of 100 to boost the hall effect sensors output.
In addition to building a homebrew probe, the video also shows a teardown of a Hantek current probe and explains the theory behind the different kinds of current probes, including some tricks like using a compensation winding to prevent core magnetization.
Does it work? You bet. After calibration, it did just fine. Its not as pretty as a $100 unit, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and we are suckers for homebrew gear so we will say it is certainly more interesting. If you have a fair junk box (and a 3D printer), this probe could be made very inexpensively. The hall effect and a BNC connector are likely to be the most expensive parts. Even if you bought everything and used a non-printed case, we would be hard-pressed to think youd spend more than $25.
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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians.
For civil liberties groups, the implications go far beyond immigration. "There are people circulating in our society who are undocumented," says senior policy analyst Jay Stanley, who studies license plate readers with the ACLU. "Are we as a society, out of our desire to find those people, willing to let our government create an infrastructure that will track all of us?"
Meanwhile, countermeasures are already deployed, and obfuscated:
Known as "Bienvenidos," the Spanish word for "Welcome," the app purports to help navigate the treacherous U.S.-Mexico border by alerting users to a range of obstacles and threats.
The anonymous creators of Bienvenidos attempted to pitch their app this month to numerous media outlets before suddenly reversing their announcement. A YouTube video explaining the technology was inexplicably deleted while the Bienvenidos website became password-protected.
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The copyright holders of Dallas Buyers Club have sued thousands of BitTorrent users over the past few years.
The film company first obtains the identity of the Internet account holder believed to have pirated the movie, after which most cases are settled behind closed doors.
It doesnt always go this easily though. A lawsuit in an Oregon federal court has been ongoing for nearly three years but in this case the defendant was running a Tor exit node, which complicates matters.
Tor is an anonymity tool and operating a relay or exit point basically means that the traffic of hundreds or thousands of users hit the Internet from your IP-address. When pirates use Tor, it will then appear as if the traffic comes from this connection.
The defendant in this lawsuit, John Huszar, has repeatedly denied that he personally downloaded a pirated copy of the film. However, he is now facing substantial damages because he failed to respond to a request for admissions, which stated that he distributed the film.
Not responding to such an admission means that the court can assume the statement is true.
An admission, even an admission deemed admitted because of a failure to respond, is binding on the party at trial, Dallas Buyers Club noted in a recent filing, demanding a summary judgment.
Huszar was represented by various attorneys over the course of the lawsuit, but when the admissions were deemed admitted he was unrepresented and in poor health.
According to his lawyer, Ballas Buyers Club is using this to obtain a ruling in its favor. The film company argues that the Tor exit node operator admitted willful infringement, which could cost him up to $150,000 in damages.
The admissions present a serious problem. However, even if theyre taken as truth, they are not solid proof, according to the defense. For example, the portion of the film could have just been a trailer.
In addition, the defense responds with several damaging accusations of its own.
According to Huszars lawyer, it is unclear whether Dallas Buyers Club LLC has the proper copyrights to sue his client. In previous court cases in Australia and Texas, this ownership was put in doubt.
In the case at bar, because of facts established in other courts, there is a genuine issue as to whether or not DBC owns the right to sue for copyright infringement, the...
Kyleigh has an eye-controlled computer on her wheelchair but something as simple as her bedroom door was still beyond her reach until now! [Bill Binko], recently filmed a demo of an automatic, IoT door opener built for the young girl with cerebral palsy. [Bill] is a co-founder of ATMakers, an organization that enables makers interested in assistive technologies to collaborate with users to improve quality of life.
Using her eye tracking tablet (PRC Device), Kyleigh has two new icons that make the relevant call to a website, pushing a simple command to either open or close her bedroom door. The device attached to the door uses an Adafruit M0 WiFi Feather board, a DC stepper motor and wheel, a UBEC buck converter, and a potentiometer.
Since other family members are also going to be opening and closing the door, theres potentiometer which measures the door position for proper operation next time Kyleigh wishes to use the door. The installation also maintains a fairly inconspicuous profile for the assistance it gives the brain is enclosed in a small box on the door, with the motor only slightly larger on the doors base.
[Bill] believes the project has a few quibbles and wants to work out a smaller wait before the open/close process is executed and optimizing the open/close speed. You have to check out the video below to see that it works really really. Were also excited to see Kyleigh using her gaze control to talk to an Amazon Echo. [Bill] foresee a door control improvement that links it to Alexa. And how much did it cost to improve the quality of life for this young girl? $70.
We love seeing makers help people, and cannot wait to see what 2018 will bring! If youre looking for more inspiration, dont miss the eye-controlled wheelchair project called Eyedrivomatic which won the 2015 Hackaday Prize. Theres also the top Assistive Technology projects from the Hackaday Prize.
[Thanks for the tip, jme!]
Various things that may be of interest, ordered from abstract math to concrete physics:
Existing law requires, except as otherwise provided, a person who violates any provision of the code to be guilty of a misdemeanor with each offense punishable by a fine of not less than $25 or more than $1,000, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 6 months, or by both.
This bill would prohibit a food facility, as specified, where food may be consumed on the premises from providing single-use plastic straws to consumers unless requested by the consumer. By creating a new crime and imposing additional enforcement duties on local health agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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Did you visit YouTube from January 18th to January 26th? There is
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ATM jackpotting a sophisticated crime in which thieves install malicious software and/or hardware at ATMs that forces the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand has long been a threat for banks in Europe and Asia, yet these attacks somehow have eluded U.S. ATM operators. But all that changed this week after the U.S. Secret Service quietly began warning financial institutions that jackpotting attacks have now been spotted targeting cash machines here in the United States.
To carry out a jackpotting attack, thieves first must gain physical access to the cash machine. From there they can use malware or specialized electronics often a combination of both to control the operations of the ATM.
On Jan. 21, 2018, KrebsOnSecurity began hearing rumblings about jackpotting attacks, also known as logical attacks, hitting U.S. ATM operators. I quickly reached out to ATM giant NCR Corp. to see if theyd heard anything. NCR said at the time it had received unconfirmed reports, but nothing solid yet.
On Jan. 26, NCR sent an advisory to its customers saying it had received reports from the Secret Service and other sources about jackpotting attacks against ATMs in the United States.
While at present these appear focused on non-NCR ATMs, logical attacks are an industry-wide issue, the NCR alert reads. This represents the first confirmed cases of losses due to logical attacks in the US. This should be treated as a call to action to take appropriate steps to protect their ATMs against these forms of attack and mitigate any consequences.
The NCR memo does not mention the type of jackpotting malware used against U.S. ATMs. But a source close to the matter said the Secret Service is warning that organized criminal gangs have been attacking stand-alone ATMs in the United States using Ploutus.D, an advanced strain of jackpotting malware first spotted in 2013.
According to that source who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak on the record the Secret Service has received credible information that crooks are activating so-called cash out crews to attack front-loading ATMs manufactured by ATM vendor Diebold Nixdorf.
The source said the Secret Service is warning that thieves appear to be targeting...
How do I install and configure KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) on a CentOS 7 or RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 7 server? How can I setup KMV on a CentOS 7 and use cloud images/cloud-init for installing guest VM?
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Today, when we say Jesus nut, were not referring to the people who spend their days proselytizing down at the mall. The term, likely spawned in the Vietnam war, refers to the main nut holding the rotors on to the mast of a helicopter which is in the shape of the Christian cross. If the Jesus nut was to fail, the rotors would detach from the craft, and there would be little for crews to do except to pray.
[Marius] was presented with a failed Jesus nut, though thankfully from an R/C helicopter, meaning there was no loss of life. A friend needed the part replaced for their FQ777 copter, so it was time to bust out the 3D printer and get to work.
The first step was to reconstruct the broken piece so it could be measured and then modeled in CAD software with the help of calipers to determine the original dimensions. What followed will be familiar to many 3D printing enthusiasts a case of educated trial and error, experimenting with different filaments and print settings until a usable part was produced. [Marius] notes on the parts Thingiverse page that they achieved the best print with an 0.2mm layer height, and printing two parts at once to allow the layers more time to cool during each pass. It was then a simple matter of tidying up the part with sandpaper and a drill bit before installing it on the vehicle.
[Marius] reports that the part was successful, being both strong enough to withstand the forces involved as well as having a fit that was just right to suit the rotor pin which needs to be able to turn freely within the Jesus nut. While theyre not always the right tool for the job, 3D printed replacement parts can sometimes surprise you. These prints that are used in repair work often dont attract the same interest as printing cosplay armor, kinetic art, and low-poly Pokemon. But they quickly prove how transformative having a 3D printer, and the skills to use it, are. Thats why were running the Repairs You Can Print contest take a few minutes to show off the really useful repairs youve pulled off with your 3D printer!
If the extremely fast Intel Optane SSD 900p is out of your budget with its 3D XPoint memory, this week Intel rolled out the SSD 760p series with 64-layer TLC 3D NAND memory. For less than $100 USD you can get the 256GB capacity Intel 760p SSD, which is what we are benchmarking today under Ubuntu Linux.
Imagine being able to see three times better than 20/20 vision without wearing glasses or contacts even at age 100 or more with the help of bionic lenses implanted in your eyes.
Dr. Garth Webb, an optometrist in British Columbia who invented the Ocumetics Bionic Lens, says patients would have perfect vision and that driving glasses, progressive lenses and contact lenses would become a dim memory as the eye-care industry is transformed.
Anna Gutkina, author of "Defusing the Cancer Bomb: How Cancer Saved My Life", joins our Biotech/Medical Board.
Crooks are offering for sale Social Security numbers of babies on the dark web, the news was reported by the CNN.
The news is disconcerting, this is the first time that unscrupulous sellers offer this kind of merchandise on a black marketplace.
The offer appeared on the Dream Market marketplace, one of the biggest Tor marketplace that has been around since around Nov/Dec 2013.
The seller is offering Social Security numbers of babies along with their dates of birth and mothers maiden names, the Infant fullz goes for $300 worth of bitcoin.
The slang term Fullz refers full packages of individuals identifying information. A Fullz package contains an individuals name, Social Security number, birth date, account numbers and other data.
Infant fullz get em befor tax seson [sic], reads the ad.
Infant Fullz are a precious commodity in the criminal underground they allow crooks to access a clean credit history, they also allow crooks to apply for government benefits or take out mortgages.
The use of children PII is considered secure by cyber criminals because this specific type of identity theft could remain undiscovered for years.
The listing for infant data was discovered by researchers at Terbium Labs, a dark web intelligence firm. The cost and age of the alleged victims came as a surprise to Emily Wilson, the companys director of analysis. states the CNN.
Although the firm has seen child data for sale before, this was the first time it has seen infants data for sale.
Its unusual to have information specifically marked as belonging to children or to infants on these markets, Wilson said.
Television ratings for the N.F.L. have fallen 17 percent over the past two seasons. The league is embroiled in a continuing crisis over concussions, and youth participation rates are falling.
All of this suggests a difficult future for the sport, yet the N.F.L.'s most notorious competitor, Vince McMahon's X.F.L., has a comeback in the works. McMahon, the chairman and chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, announced on Thursday that he would take a second crack at professional football, with play scheduled to start in early 2020.
McMahon first tried to reimagine pro football 17 years ago. The old X.F.L. was a joint venture between the World Wrestling Federation (W.W.E.'s former name) and NBC, which had lost rights to broadcast N.F.L. games. Violence was amped up: An opening scramble replaced the coin toss and fair catches were banned. So was the sex appeal, with cheerleaders who were even more scantily clad than the ones in the N.F.L., and advertising that included innuendo about them.
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Sun rises from the east
Summary: The migration of patent trolls and so-called assertion activity (lawsuits/shakedown) to the Far East is a trade-off between a parasitic sector and a producing sector
This isnt so unusual. Sometimes its around 90%. RPX is collapsing and might soon be owned by patent trolls.
Thankfully, however, litigation is down overall. The numbers compiled by Docket Navigator were mentioned the other day in this post which is behind paywall:
Last year, 4,522 patent cases were filed in US district courts, according to a search of the Docket Navigator database conducted by Managing IP on January 7.
This was down 2.7% from 4,650 in 2016, which itself was down
Litigation in the Eastern District of Texas (EDTX) is down very sharply. This in its own right is very good news. The courts there were notoriously trolls- and software patents-friendly.
If that sort of litigation goes to China, should the US worry? Good riddance. It was a yoke on companies that operate in (or are based in) the US.
To better serve its litigation industry and pretend to be richer, China is placing more focus on patents. In fact, quite a few patent bullies go to China (RPX considers that), which has become like a new EDTX (its patent trolls included). IAM, being a proponent of patent trolls, seems to have China envy. Days ago it wrote that China litigation may have helped IP Bridge secure wireless SEP lic...
Some Google employees say that top executives at the company have failed to respond aggressively to complaints about harassment from co-workers and outsiders amid an internal fight over diversity at the tech giant.According to a Wired report,...
As we age, our bodily functions begin to deteriorate. To some extent, our bodies can cope with these unwelcome changes, but after age 35, some of them become visible. For us living in a world where youth and physical attractiveness are considered an advantage, this gradual loss of young looks can be painful or maybe even scary, if we dont know a way to slow down or reverse it.
It is not that physical attractiveness is a value per se for me, but I often hear people say that someone promoting longevity technologies should set a good example; wrinkles, dull skin and hair, and a bloated figure discredit not only the activist but the movement as a whole.
So, I keep an eye on what is going on in the field of aesthetic medicine especially when it comes close to and crosses with rejuvenation biotechnologies. Last week, I went to one of the flagship research organizations in Moscow the Human Stem Cells Institute to interview Dr. Vadim Zorin, the head of the SPRS-therapy project and the developer of a unique approach to skin rejuvenation.
Posted by Stiepan on Jan 27I will try responding to both here: well, however flawed it might be and oftentimes is in practice, there is the
Samsung had recently confirmed that it would be unveiling its most awaited smartphones of 2018, Galaxy S9 and S9+ during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) press event on February 25 in Barcelona, Spain.
While the debut of Samsungs Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ flagships is just less than a month away, new images of these two smartphones have appeared on the Twitter account of Evan Blass at Venturebeat, who is known to be an extremely reliable source when it comes to smartphone leaks and rumors.
The newly leaked images of Galaxy S9 and S9+ show the devices will look similar to Galaxy S8 and S8+. The display size of the Galaxy S9 will be 5.8 inches, and that of Galaxy S9+ will have a 6.2-inch screen. The smartphones are controlled by Super AMOLED Infinity Displays and have a multitude of sensors located in the top bezel.
In the United States and China, the two smartphones will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip, while the rest of the world will get Samsungs own Exynos 9810 processor. The Galaxy S9 is said to come with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, whereas the S9+ will ship with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage.
As indicated by the teaser image revealed this week that read The Camera. Reimagined, Samsung is placing big emphasis on the cameras. The primary [rear] 12MP camera is said to have a variable aperture that can mechanically adjust and switch between f/2.4 and smallest-in-class f/1.5. Also, the smartphones are rumored to feature motion-detect and support super slow-mo videos in 480fps at 720p. The larger Galaxy S9+ will feature a secondary rear 12MP camera with a standard fixed aperture and using optical image stabilization (OIS) to steady shots, and both phones will have 8MP front-facing cameras.
Additionally, an image of a supposed S9 retail box leaked a little earlier this month says the device will be equipped with Stereo Speakers tuned by AKG. It also appears like the fingerprint sensor will remain along with iris unlocking.
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphones are speculated to start shipping and selling through retail channels on March 16. Also, there is no word on pre-order availability yet.
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Sent out Friday night were the latest patches for getting the discrete GPU support within the AMDKFD HSA kernel driver up to scratch for allowing the ROCm compute stack working off a mainline kernel...
Via: The Verge: The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has officially gained agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database, according to a contract finalized earlier this month. The system gives the agency access to billions of license plate records and new powers of real-time location tracking, raising significant concerns from civil libertarians. 
Its a new year and we have exciting updates to share on our progress at Vahana over the past few months. We all knew that designing and building this revolutionary vehicle would take time, ingenuity, and the perfect combination of patience and hustle from all parties involved. In addition to our brilliant team, were lucky to have incredibly reliable partners and the extended Airbus family, which has played a great role in getting Vahana to a crucial project milestone: flight tests.
In less than two years, Vahana has gone from a sketch on a napkin to a full size vehicle about to undertake its first round of flight testing. In the pursuit of vehicle and personal safety, we decided to slightly delay our original goal of having Vahana accomplish its first flight in 2017. By the last quarter of 2017, the team initiated ground testing, which included powering up all motors, and were excited to announce that all ground test points have been completed. Were targeting this quarter (Q1 2018) for Vahana to take to the sky at the UAS flight range in Pendleton, OR.
Were grateful to all our partners for their understanding that the success of our project is tethered to working within unrealistic timescales. Yet amongst all of our goals we are fiercely realistic when it comes to pursuing the developing air vehicles that will be safe, reliable, and certified for human flight. Wed rather experience a minor delay now than unduly compromise our long-term development plan.
Another disastrous incident involving phone charger has been reported where a Malaysian man is believed to have died of electrocution while charging his mobile phone on Tuesday (Jan 23).
The deceased identified as Rosli Othman, 35, was found dead next to his mobile phone, charger and an extension wire at his friends house in the town of Jasin. His friend alerted police after he discovered what had happened.
The deceased, who was a labourer, was found by his friend at around 11.30pm in an unconscious state alongside his mobile phone, charger and an extension cord, Jasin Police Chief DSP Arshad told Bernama, the countrys local news agency.
Police investigations revealed that the victim did not suffer any other injuries. The case has been classified as sudden death, as the victim did not die out of natural causes.
The deceaseds body has been sent to Jasin Hospital, Melaka for a post mortem. There is no information on which model of phone he was using or what kind of charger he was using.
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV officials paid more than $1.5 million to United Auto Workers officers and employees to sway union contract negotiations, federal prosecutors said, part of a $4.5 million corruption scandal involving Detroit's No. 3 automaker.
The accusations made Monday in a plea agreement with former FCA labor negotiator Alphons Iacobelli say for the first time in the investigation that executives' actions were intended to corrupt UAW contract negotiations to favor Fiat Chrysler.
The plea deal suggests the corruption was more widespread than previously disclosed. It lasted for years as Fiat Chrysler officials lavished UAW labor leaders with cash payments and luxury items, including airfare, jewelry and secret $50,000 payments.
After a laundry list of other bribes and (of course) a denial by the CEO of FCA, the story continues
Iacobelli sanctioned the use of training center credit cards by UAW leaders for personal expenses in a bid to keep senior labor leaders "fat, dumb and happy," according to a court filing.
Iacobelli is also accused of spending more than $1 million of union funds on luxury items, including his house, pool, outdoor spa and kitchen, a Ferrari and the two limited-edition, gold Montblanc fountain pens.
Has anyone else (besides the Feds) noticed how easy the UAW contract negotiations have been going since the great recession?
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Yes we can. NuScale Power is on track to build the first small modular nuclear reactor in America, having their first-ever SMR Design Certification Application accepted for full review by the NRC and now getting approval for their walk-away-safe concept. Their reactor just wont melt down.
While this bears the general appearance of a portable GameCube, its what inside that counts. A heavily modified Wii motherboard to reduce size forms this portables backbone, and it includes two infrared LEDs on its faceplate for Wii Remotes. A single player can use the built-in controller, but [jefflongo] has included four GameCube controller ports for maximum multiplayer mayhem. Although hell likely plan on taking advantage of the built-in AV Out port to play on a TV and charge port for those extended gaming sessions, four 3400mAh batteries with an estimated four hour battery life should keep him satisfied on the go until he can recharge.
Via: Newsweek: Three U.S. siblings found dead in Mexico in 2014 were executed by Mexican marines and a border mayors paramilitary security team, the countrys National Human Rights Commission said Thursday. Erica Alvarado Salinas, 26, Alex Alvarado, 22, and Jose Angel Alvarado, 21, all American citizens, disappeared on October 13, 2014, while visiting their father 
They ought to try to convince the test subjects that jet fuel can melt steel. Via: Newsweek: The God helmet is an odd-looking psychology tool that can evoke mystical experiences in wearers akin to religious visionsdespite being nothing more than an elaborate hat. The helmet is purely a placebo and new research shows that self-proclaimed 
Johan Nygren joins our blog team with "On the Origin of the Asteroid Belts and the Dwarf Planets: Towards a New Horizon in Astronomy".
KDE KWin window manager / compositor maintainer Martin Flser has penned a brief response to the recent GNOME developer's CSD Initiative in trying to get all applications to pursue client-side decorations and abandon title bars in favor of header bars...
A few ideas I had, feel free to review and shoot down on them if you think they suck.
Ceres as Jupiters old moon.
More than $8 of every $10 of wealth created last year went to the richest 1%.
That's according to a new report from Oxfam International, which estimates that the bottom 50% of the world's population saw no increase in wealth.
Oxfam says the trend shows that the global economy is skewed in favor of the rich, rewarding wealth instead of work.
"The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy but a symptom of a failing economic system," said Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International.
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Bonus: CIPA is now fully embracing Battistelli, whose abuses are beneficial to Team UPC
Summary: The terrible state of the Unified Patent Court has just gotten even more terrible; The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA), however, continues to tell a lot of lies and even joins hands with Battistelli to tell those lies to politicians
THE EPOs management is desperately looking for allies. Including IP Kat, which it already threatened for daring to publish true information. CIPAs leadership, which took leadership positions at IP Kat last year (relinquished earlier this year), is already posing for photos with Battistelli. CIPA is basically trying to ruin the British industry for the sake of litigation business (to be further boosted by a UPC-like framework). Battistellis EPO has already begun corrupting British academia [1, 2], paying some universities to produce lobbying material with which to lobby the German court. How much more corrupt can the EPO get? Or low will it stoop?
The EPO has already submitted its lies, no doubt bolstered by paid-for academics (willing to sell out for some EPO budget).According to JUVEs editor, the German Constitutional Court expects one more amicus brief. Date to submit it has been extended for German Bundestag to 31st of January, a spokesman confirmed to JUVE
So here we go. Delays again. The EPO has already submitted its lies, no doubt bolstered by paid-for academics (willing to sell out for some EPO budget).
Thomas Adam responded to JUVE. He is a Simmons & Simmons patent litigator from Munich (much to gain financially from UPC litigation). He wrote: No wonder since I am told that Bundestag took the decision to instruct counsel only around 12 December, 2017. Of course, they can now piggy-back on the briefs that...
Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS had been scheduled to ship mid-February as the latest point release for this Long Term Support release, but unfortunately that is not going to happen as planned due to the Canonical kernel developers being overloaded by Spectre and Meltdown mitigation work...
Posted by halfdog on Jan 27Mikhail Utin wrote:
Food for astronauts during future deep-space missions may be produced from their own waste, a new study suggests.
Even if you dont like disco, you might like the slick moves that went into this project. [W&M] built a miniature motorized mirror ball inside of a standard incandescent light bulb, and the results are something to dance about.
Short of blowing a glass bulb, building a motor, and growing the wood, this is about as scratch-built as it gets. Much of the woodworking is done on a metal lathe, and this includes the base of the mirror ball itself. As with all good thing-in-a-bottle builds, the ball is too big to go in the bulb, so [W&M] quartered it, drilled a few holes, and ran a string through the pieces so they can be carefully glued and drawn back together into a sphere. He even cut up mirror tiles and painstakingly applied them with tweezers.
This disco bulb is meant to be hung from the ceiling and wired into mains like a regular mirror ball. [M&W] stuffed the guts from a small USB wall charger into the handmade beech base to provide clean power for both the geared motor that spins the ball and the tiny LED that illuminates it. Slip into your best leisure suit (or sweat suit, we wont judge) and hustle past the break to watch the build video.
We dont see a lot of disco balls around here, but we did see a disco icosahedron once.
Thanks for the tip, [Itay]!
Via: The Drive: The years first iteration of the USAFs premier set of aerial war games, known commonly as Red Flag, is kicking off today at Nellis Air Force Base just outside of Las Vegas, but this exercise will be different than any in the past. Not only is it the largest of its kind 
From archetypal bulbs to genetics?
Summary: Under the guise of advancement or digitisation a patent system originally designed to cover physical inventions is now being misused to cover mere thoughts/ideas and naturally-occurring phenomena of nature, but can the EPO resist this trend?
THE EPO (Office) shot down a CRISPR patent exactly 10 days ago. This, by extension, may mean that all CRISPR patents are pass and no such patents will be granted anymore (except if the decision gets overturned by the Boards).
This situation at the EPO is noteworthy; the above patents (collectively, by extrapolation) were rejected by oppositions after an intention to grant. This is the kind of thing we warned about in the previous post. Jade Powell from Marks & Clerk has just alluded to the European Patent Convention (EPC) as follows:
Article 123(2) of the European Patent Convention states that The European patent application or patent may not be amended in such a way that it contains subject-matter which extends beyond the content of the application as filed. Whilst the patent law of most countries contains a similar provision, few patent offices are as strict in their application of it as the European Patent Office.
This is an issue we see crop up time and again for our clients, especially those filing from the US.
Perhaps Powell does not quite know that even the EPO pretty much abandoned the European Patent Convention; Battistelli violates it routinely. There are absolutely no consequences whenever he does so. The very fact that patents are being granted on algorithms, genetics and so on is a reminder of that. EPC? Forget about it. Buried by Battistelli. As we said earlier this month, Dr. Derk Vissers Book About the European Patent Convention (EPC) Explains What Battistelli Has Done. He bypassed the whole thing.
Summary: The EPOs brain drain is showing; the ability to properly scrutinise patent applications (using time and skills/experience) is further diminished by the obsession with production and timeliness (deadlines, Early Certainty etc. rather than its ready when its ready)
Were experiencing technical issues with submissions via Online filing & New online filing (CMS), the EPO wrote yesterday. The acknowledgement of receipt contains a FALSE virus warning. Filings will be processed as usual. Technicians are working to resolve the issue ASAP. It later added: The technical issues with submissions via Online filing & New online filing (CMS) have been resolved. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Why did this even happen? Technicians with experience must have left (or are leaving) the EPO as part of the exodus, I told them. It certainly looks like technical issues are becoming more frequent (we covered some previous ones) and therein lies the risk of brain drain.
We keep hearing stories about exceptionally low bar at EPO recruitment, rushed examination, lack of expertise, new staff that overburdens/encumbers senior staff and so on. People near and inside the EPO speak about these issues. Granting patents for the sake of granting patents isnt a good thing; it reduces the certainty associated with European Patents; courts would reject these.
AA Thornton & Cos Stuart Greenwood wrote and published this article yesterday. It relates to what we recently wrote about PPH (legal firms linked to it, suggesting that they too agree with our assertions). We said that patent examination at the EPO is already far too hurried (...
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The innovative nature typically just boils down to hardware acceleration and CPU/GPU capacity (physical)
Reference: History of the graphical user interface
Summary: While the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) rejects a GUI patent, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) tolerates one, necessitating a deeper technical understanding of why user interfaces arent inventions at all
YESTERDAY we wrote about the disaster which is patents on GUIs. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) was responsible for this travesty after the USPTO had granted the patent. Developers generally rely on copyright for code and GUIs are often designed to accommodate users familiarity; theres no need for patents there as patents in this domain would harm both users and developers. GUIs are a design thing; several months ago [1, 2] we wrote about why designs too should be covered by something like registered design, not patents. There are trademarks too, among other things.
Yesterday, Barker Brettell LLP said: All of these methods of engaging customers will have various electronic user interfaces.
But dont grant patents on user interfaces; that would have devastating effects on the whole profession. Not just on physical interfaces but also computer interfaces (rendered on a screen).
Its worrying to see the patent bar lowered to the point where the layout of buttons is considered an invention.
Not everyone is easily fooled by this; the techni...
Just four months after the superhero movies theatrical debut, the Marvel hit was due to be released on disc February 26th, with digital distribution on iTunes planned for February 19th.
However, due to what appeared to be some kind of pre-order blunder, the $180 million movie was leaked online, resulting in a pirate frenzy thats still ongoing.
But with the accidental early release of Thor:Ragnarok making waves within the torrent system and beyond, it seems ironic that its talented director actually has another relationship with piracy that most people arent aware of.
In an interview for Q, a show broadcast on Canadas CBC radio, Taika Waititi noted that Thor: Ragnarok might be a career ender for him, something that was previously highlighted in the media.
However, the softly-spoken New Zealander also said some other things that flew completely under the radar but given recent developments, now have new significance.
Speaking with broadcaster Tom Power, Waititi revealed that when putting together his promotional showreel for Thor: Ragnarok, he obtained its source material from illegal sources.
Explaining the process used to acquire clips to create his sizzle reel (a short video highlighting a directors vision and tone for a proposed movie), Waititi revealed his less-than-official approach.
I cut together little clips and shots I basically illegally torrented and, erm, you know, ripped clips from the Internet, Waititi said.
Of a bunch of different things? Power asked.
I dont mind saying thatermon the radio, Waititi added, unconvincingly.
With Power quickly assuring the director that admitting doing something illegal was OK on air, Waititi perhaps realized it probably wasnt.
You can cut that out, he suggested.
That Waititi took the pirate approach to obtaining source material for his sizzle reel isnt really a surprise. Content is freely accessible online, crucially in easier to consume and edit formats than even Waititi has access to on short notice. And, since every film in memory is ju...
The New York Times reports "Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit":
President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.
Mueller Investigation: Three Former Trump Aides Charged
Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I.
UK Election Results; Fired FBI Director's Testimony on Trump; Trump Nominates New FBI Director
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The number of cyber-attacks against cryptocurrencies is increased due to a rapid increase in the value of currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Hackers targeted almost any actor involved in the business of cryptocurrencies, single users, miners and of course exchanges.
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Researchers at Trend Micro uncovered a spike in the number of Coinhie miners over the past few days apparently linked to Googles DoubleClick ads that are proposed on YouTube and other sites.
On January 24, 2018, we observed that the number of Coinhive web miner detections tripled due to a malvertising campaign. We discovered that advertisements found on high-traffic sites not only used Coinhive (detected by Trend Micro as JS_COINHIVE.GN), but also a separate web miner that connects to a private pool. states the analysis published by Trend Micro.
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We like cheap FPGA boards. It isnt just that were cheap although thats probably true, too but cheap boards are a good way to get people started on FPGAs and we think more people should be using FPGAs more often. One inexpensive board is the Max-1000 from Trenz and Arrow. At $29, it is practically an impulse buy. [ZipCPU] did a great write up on his experience using the board. He found that some of it was good, some was bad, and some was just plain ugly. Still, for $30, it seems like this might be a nice board for some applications or for getting started.
The biggest problem, though, was the lack of Linux drivers. This was later fixed, but he found the Linux drivers didnt work, and required him to remove other FTDI drivers which was not convenient. The good news is that the open source libsvf driver worked fine. If you are planning on using this board with Linux, you really need to read these instructions. We tried the same drivers and noticed, however, that they will work, but they are flaky. As mentioned in the review, you have to unload the FTDI drivers, but you also have to kill the jtagd server so it will find the adapter if it ever starts with the wrong drivers. Weve also had jtagd just lose the adapter and require a reboot to find it again. So the libsvf drivers are better, although it is certainly less convenient.
By the way, Trenz has other versions of this board that cost a little more but have more memory and logic elements. You can find them on their site along with the one Arrow is selling, although last time we checked they were out of stock.
Were always looking for small cheap FPGA boards. If you want r...
The PC vendor Lenovo has fixed a hardcoded password vulnerability, tracked as (CVE-2017-3762), affecting a dozen Lenovo laptop models that run versions of Microsoft Windows 7, 8 and the 8.1 operating system.
Lenovo laptops running Windows 10 are not impacted by the vulnerability because that OS version natively supports fingerprint reader technology.
The list of impacted family models includes ThinkPad, ThinkCentre, and ThinkStation laptops.
A vulnerability has been identified in Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro. Sensitive data stored by Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro, including users Windows logon credentials and fingerprint data, is encrypted using a weak algorithm, contains a hard-coded password, and is accessible to all users with local non-administrative access to the system it is installed in. states the security advisory published by Lenovo.
The Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro is a utility that allows users to log into their laptop and configured websites by using the fingerprint.
The flaw resides in the Lenovo Fingerprint Manager Pro that encrypts sensitive data such as fingerprint data and login credentials using a weak algorithm.
The flaw was disclosed by Lenovo this week, the company credited Jackson Thuraisamy, a senior security consultant with Sec......
Via: National Post: Toronto police say a six-week examination of an enormous amount of evidence leads them to believe billionaire pharmaceutical giant Barry Sherman and his philanthropist wife Honey Sherman were the targeted victims of a double murder. Barry Sherman, 75, who founded the generic drug manufacturing giant Apotex, and Honey Sherman, 70, were found 
[...] An analysis of endocranial casts suggests that while Homo sapiens brain size was comparable to that of humans around 300,000 years ago, brain shape evolved gradually until reaching present-day human variation between about 100,000 and 35,000 years ago:
Human brains gradually evolved from a relatively flatter and elongated shape more like that of Neandertals to a globe shape thanks to a series of genetic tweaks to brain development early in life, the researchers propose January 24 in Science Advances.
A gradual transition to round brains may have stimulated considerable neural reorganization by around 50,000 years ago. That cognitive reworking could have enabled a blossoming of artwork and other forms of symbolic behavior among Stone Age humans, the team suspects. Other researchers have argued, however, that abstract and symbolic thinking flourished even before H. sapiens emerged (SN: 12/27/14, p. 6).
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Via: Reuters: The worst tanker oil spill in decades is unfolding across hundreds of miles of the East China Sea after an Iranian oil tanker carrying more than 100,000 tonnes of toxic oil collided with a freighter and exploded, killing all 32 crew onboard. The ship burned, spewing its cargo, for more than a week 
Palak Madan, Research Analyst at Blackbox AI, joins our Robotics/AI Board.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, SpaceX, and The Boring Company, is living up to his promise that he had made last December. Back then, he had tweeted that if The Boring Company (his tunnel and infrastructure digging effort) sells 50,000 hats bearing the companys name, his company would start manufacturing state-of-the-art flamethrowers.
After 50k hats, we will start selling The Boring Company flamethrower
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2017
Soon after selling the required number of hats, Musk tweeted Hats sold out, flamethrowers soon! on the eve of Christmas.
While Musks message was considered as a joke by many, reddit users on several Musk-related subreddits noticed earlier this month that the URL boringcompany.com/flamethrower began redirecting to a white page with a single password box in the center.
Earlier this week, a subredditor managed to guess the original password flame and got access to the page that mimics the Boring Company logo. The user found a pre-order prompt for a $600 flamethrower instead of a $20 hat. He took a screenshot that shows a Boring Company-branded flamethrower with a pre-order button under it.
It was leaked a few days ago but they changed the password pic.twitter.com/wcMXZ0ARFk
Griddy McGridfinFace (@FalconGridFin) January 25, 2018
Prototype pictured above, the listing reads. Final production flamethrower will be better. However, the password to the shop page has been changed since then.
Its unclear if the screenshot in the tweet is legitimate and when will the flamethrower actually go on sale. But for now, from the looks of the image all we can assume is that the flamethrower is for real.
The post Elon Musks Boring Company Flamethrower For $600 Is Real appeared first on...
Most of us are more bits-and-bytes than nuts-and-bolts, but we have the deepest appreciation for the combination of the two. So, apparently, does [rectorsquid]. Check out the design and flow of his rolling ball sculpture (YouTube, embedded below) to see what we mean. See how the arms hesitate just a bit as the ball is transferred? See how the upper arm gently places it on the ramp with a slight downward gesture? See how its done with one motor? Theres no way [rectorsquid] designed this on paper, right?
Of course he didnt (YouTube). Instead, he wrote a simulator that lets him try out various custom linkages in real time. Its a Windows-only application (sigh), but its free to use, while the video guides (more YouTube) look very comprehensive and give you a quick tour of the tool. Of special note is that [rectorsquid]s software allows for sliding linkages, which he makes very good use of in the rolling ball sculpture shown here.
Weve actually secretly featured [rectorsquid]s Linkage software before, in this writeup of some amazing cosplay animatronic wings that used the program for their design. But we really dont want you to miss out if youre doing mechanical design and need something like this, or just want to play around.
If youd like to study up on your nuts and bolts, check out our primer on the ubiquitous four-bar linkage, or pore through Hackaday looking for other great linkage-powered examples, like this automatic hacksaw or a pantograph PCB probe for shaky hands.
Anyone know of an open-source linkage simulator that can also output STL files for 3D printing? Or in any format that could be easily transformed into OpenSCAD? Asking for a friend.
How can the Latino population be growing rapidly while Spanish-speaking remains stable? The answer lies in oft-overlooked peculiarities of census data and in the particular linguistic history of the United States.
If one looks only at immigration patterns over the past half-century, it is true that the U.S. has been gaining Spanish-speakers. From 1965 to 2015, roughly half of all immigration has come from Latin American countries. This trend added some 30 million people, most of whom came speaking Spanish, to the American populace.
But this is only half the story. While new immigrants bring Spanish with them, research shows that their children tend to become bilinguals who overwhelmingly prefer English. As a result, the same immigrants' grandchildren likely speak English only.
Linguists call this phenomenon "the three-generation pattern." In essence, it means that non-English languages in the U.S. are lost by or during the third generation.
We can see this pattern playing out in data from the Pew Hispanic Center. Surveys show that in 2000, 48 percent of Latino adults aged 50 to 68 spoke "only English" or "English very well," and that 73 percent of Latino children aged 5 to 17 did.
By 2014, those numbers had jumped to 52 percent and 88 percent, respectively. In other words, the shift from Spanish to English is happening nationwide, both over time and between generations.
If the preferred language is English, why do the immigrants refuse to understand common English terms like "taco," "burrito," "loco," and "amigo?"
Cybersecurity risks are on the rise. While the high-profile breaches at Target and Yahoo! captured our attention, they have also distracted us from the prevalence of cybersecurity risks in everyday life. The number of cyber-security breaches has more than doubled over the past few years. In the third quarter of 2016, over 18 million new forms of malware were discovered. That is nearly a quarter of a million new types of malware every single day.
Unfortunately, some of the most vulnerable companies are those that are least equipped to address these concerns. Industry experts estimate that 45% of all cyber-attacks are launched against small businesses. Almost half of all small businesses have been attacked, although most of them dont know it. Nearly 70% of small businesses are forced into bankruptcy within six months of a particularly severe cyber-attack.
Despite the risks, small businesses are under greater pressure to cut costs. They cant always afford top-tier protection.
The good news is that advances in artificial intelligence are making it easier for SMEs to protect against sophisticated cyberattacks. New AI algorithms will be more efficient at detecting and automating responses to threats.
In September, Scott Rosenburg discussed how AI could be used to thwart hackers targeting voting machines.
Whats great about our approach is, they dont have to put anything in their device. We actually will model its behavior, the normal pattern of life and the not normal, and know whether its under attack. That is as true for voting machines, if they are connecting over either internet or wifi, as it would be for a corporate server, Rosenburg writes.
To best understand the importance of AI-based cybersecurity solutions, we need to be frank about the failures of traditional tools. Most of the major organizations that fell victim to cybersecurity breaches used traditional firewalls. These firewalls have proven to be notoriously ineffective against seasoned hackers with sufficient resources. Hackers have either found holes to penetrate them or managed to spoof their user configurations to look like internal users with sufficient privileges.
Even the most advanced firewall cannot guarantee that hackers will not access your system. When firewalls fail, containing the damage hackers cause inside is crucial.
This is where AI proves to be most helpful. AI security tools can identify suspicious user behavior. Power testing tools, like...
A couple days back, Newsweek reports:
Feminist activists on Sunday are planning to commemorate last year's Women's March, the response to the election of President Donald Trump that was widely regarded as the biggest demonstration in U.S. history.
As they do so, the so-called alt-rightan anti-immigrant, anti-Semitic movement that has struggled to recruit womenis aiming to co-opt this political moment with a series of stunts, including spreading propaganda and a counterdemonstration in Knoxville, Tennessee. This targeting of a feminist event is part of an ongoing pattern of misogynistic behavior in the movement, according to activists and a rights group that spoke to Newsweek.
[...] Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a rights group, told Newsweek that Heimbach [Leader of the Traditionalist Workers' Party] is "no defender of women," referring to altercations involving the opposite sex he has had at demonstrations.
Heimbach replied to that notion by saying legal abortion and illegal immigration were victimizing the unborn and women, and that "women have had their femininity put under attack by a culture that treats them as either sex objects or as mere economic cogs in the capitalist system." Heimbach is a critic of the capitalist system while also being a critic of socialism, and views a "national socialism" system that includes only white non-Jews as an alternative to both. He said the policies of his group were structured to "empower women to their God given honorable place as true equals to men in society through their unique role as mothers and wives." To be clear, he is an ardent critic of contemporary feminism.
Message received, very clear.
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The Linux Foundation has announced a new project, called LinuxBoot, that is working on replacements for much of the firmware used to boot our systems. The project is based on work by Google and others to use Linux (and Go programs) to replace most of the UEFI boot firmware. "Firmware has always had a simple purpose: to boot the OS. Achieving that has become much more difficult due to increasing complexity of both hardware and deployment. Firmware often must set up many components in the system, interface with more varieties of boot media, including high-speed storage and networking interfaces, and support advanced protocols and security features. LinuxBoot addresses the often slow, often error-prone, obscured code that executes these steps with a Linux kernel. The result is a system that boots in a fraction of the time of a typical system, and with greater reliability."
The original Game Boy is a classic. Sure, it had no backlight, but there is something special about playing on that classic green screen. Unfortunately, some of these older systems are suffering a terrible fate screen burn. Game Boys played best with lots of light especially in out in the sun. But that same sun did terrible things to the screen. A black splotch in the center of the LCD is the telltale sign of a burned Game Boy. You might think that screen replacement is the only option, but [The Retro Future] shows us how to repair this issue.
A reflective LCD is a layer cake made up of polarizers, two panes of glass, and a reflector. The burns often seen on Game Boy screens usually are in the polarizer and the optically clear glue which attaches the plastic polarizer to the glass. Were guessing these burns happen when someone leaves their Game Boy out in the sun. Between the sun rays directly striking the top polarizer and the rays bounced back from the reflector at the rear of the screen, that poor polarizer doesnt stand a chance.
Repairing the burn is a delicate operation, as one false move could crack the thin LCD glass. The first step is to carefully peel off the burned polarizer. This leaves a mess of dried glue, which can be scraped off or dissolved with alcohol. A new linear polarizer can then be placed on the front of the screen. [The Retro Future] chose not to glue the polarizer, but were betting some UV cure LOCA (Liquid Optically Clear Adhesive) from a cell phone screen protector would do the trick.
If you love the look of the classic Game Boy, but want to play just about any classic game, grab a Raspberry Pi zero, and build a retro Pi Boy.
Keith Packard who has been doing contract work for Valve the past year on improving the support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs) shares a status update on his work at this week's Linux.Conf.Au in Sydney...
EFF has been working on multiple fronts to end a widespread violation of digital libertywarrantless searches of travelers electronic devices at the border. Government policies allow border agents to search and confiscate our cell phones, tablets, and laptops at airports and border crossings for no reason, without explanation or any suspicion of wrongdoing. Its as if our First and Fourth Amendment rights dont exist at the border. This is wrong, which is why were working to challenge and hopefully end these unconstitutional practices.
EFF and the ACLU filed a brief today in our Alasaad v. Nielsen lawsuit to oppose the governments attempt to dismiss our case. Our lawsuit, filed in September 2017 on behalf of 11 Americans whose devices were searched, takes direct aim at the illegal policies enforced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its component agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In our brief we explain that warrantless searches of electronic devices at the border violate the First and Fourth Amendments, and that our 11 clients have every right to bring this case.
This is just the latest action weve taken in the fight for digital rights at the border. EFF is pushing back against the governments invasive practices on three distinct fronts: litigation, legislation, and public education.
Over the past few years there has been a dramatic increase in the number of searches of cell phones and other electronic devices conducted by border agents. CBP reported that in fiscal year 2012 the number of border device searches was 5,085. In fiscal year 2017, the number had increased to 30,200a six-fold increase in just five years.
DHS claims the authority to ransack travelers cell phones and other devices and the massive troves of highly personal information they contain. ICE agents can do so for any reason or no reason. Under a new policy issued earlier this month, CBP agents can do so without a warrant or probable cause...
NASA's Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) instrument, which will study how solar activity affects Earth's upper atmosphere, was launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket and is attached to a commercial satellite. However, GOLD was briefly feared lost along with the two satellites that were launched, until communications were established and it was found that the satellites had been deployed in lower-than-expected orbits:
A brief tracking failure led to fears that the satellite meant to host NASA's new mission to better understand space weather had been lost, according to SpaceFlightNow. Though the European Ariane 5 rocket carrying the satellite lifted off uneventfully, none of the customers with spacecraft on the rocket could reach their probes for some time.
The satellites are in orbit now and have communicated with their control centers, Arianespace announced, but it looks like the rocket deployed the satellites into less than ideal orbits. "The mission experienced some challenges during the launch stages which resulted in the Al Yah 3 satellite being inserted into an orbit that differed from the flight plan," Yahsat, a satellite communications company whose Al Yah 3 vehicle was on the rocket, said in a statement. "However, the satellite is healthy and operating nominally."
The other customer, Luxembourg-based operator SES, also confirmed that its satellite, SES-14, went into a lower orbit than planned but is operating just fine. SES-14 is hosting an instrument called GOLD, which is the first NASA mission to consist of an instrument living on a commercial company's satellite. Both SES and Yahsat say they will figure out a way for the satellites to course-correct in order to get to their originally planned orbits and do their jobs.
An Ariane 5 rocket is scheduled to launch the James Webb Space Telescope in 2019.
Also at the...
The Hacker News comments on this are interesting. Via: CNBC: Teslas problems with battery production at the companys Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, are worse than the company has acknowledged and could cause further delays and quality issues for the new Model 3, according to a number of current and former Tesla employees. These problems include 
How do you get to sleep at night? For some of us, it can be the most difficult thing we do all day. Worrying about falling asleep and letting other intrusive thoughts in night after night only compounds the problem, as less sleep leads to depression which (for us) leads to even less sleep. We lay there, trapped inside a vortex of churning thoughts, imprisoned in a mind that feels like its malfunctioning and half-wishing for a future where instructor-led meditation videos can be beamed to the insides of our eyelids. In the meantime, there is FADing, the Fall Asleep Device.
FADing takes its cues from a relaxation technique that uses light to focus your attention and control your breathing. The lights intensity waxes and wanes on a schedule designed to get you down from the average eleven breaths per minute to a zen-like six breaths per minute. You surrender to the light, breathing in as it intensifies and breathing out as it fades. There are commercial products that bring this technique to the bedroom, but they arent cheap and dont offer much control. Fail to fall asleep in the prescribed window and youre back to square one with one more thing to think about: buyers remorse.
Once you can focus on your breathing without a light, reuse that Nano to measure the quality of all that sleep youre getting.
One of the last minute changes sneaking into the Linux 4.15 kernel is support for PDP Xbox One controllers.
Linux supports a variety of Xbox controllers and various offshoots while now the controllers from Performance Designed Products is the latest. PDP Xbox One Controllers can be found at a variety of Internet retailers but up to now hasnt played nicely with the Linux kernel: the devices are rather peculiar about their initialization sequence and needed some extra packets before sending any input reports.
The Linux Foundation is pleased to welcome LinuxBoot to our family of open source projects and to support the growth of the project community. LinuxBoot looks to improve system boot performance and reliability by replacing some firmware functionality with a Linux kernel and runtime.
Firmware has always had a simple purpose: to boot the...
Security updates have been issued by CentOS (389-ds-base, dhcp, kernel, and nautilus), Debian (curl, openssh, and wireshark), Fedora (clamav, firefox, java-9-openjdk, and poco), Gentoo (clamav), openSUSE (curl, libevent, mupdf, mysql-community-server, newsbeuter, php5, redis, and tre), Oracle (389-ds-base, dhcp, kernel, and nautilus), Slackware (mozilla), and Ubuntu (kernel and linux-hwe, linux-azure, linux-gcp, linux-oem).
Back in December, the unsavory hobby of a Reddit user by the name of deepfakes became a new centerpiece of artificial intelligence debate, specifically around the newfound ability to face-swap celebrities and porn stars. Using software, deepfakes was able to take the face of famous actresses and swap them with those of porn actresses, letting him live out a fantasy of watching famous people have sex. Now, just two months later, easy-to-use applications have sprouted up with the ability to perform this real-time editing with even more ease, according to Motherboard, which also first reported about deepfakes late last year.
Thanks to AI training techniques like machine learning, scores of photographs can be fed into an algorithm that creates convincing human masks to replace the faces of anyone on video, all by using lookalike data and letting the software train itself to improve over time. In this case, users are putting famous actresses into existing adult films. According to deepfakes, this required some extensive computer science know-how. But Motherboard reports that one user in the burgeoning community of pornographic celebrity face swapping has created a user-friendly app that basically anyone can use.
The same technique can be used for non-pornographic purposes, such as inserting Nicolas Cage's face into classic movies. One user also "outperformed" the Princess Leia scene at the end of Disney's Rogue One (you be the judge, original footage is at the top of the GIF).
The machines are learning.
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Boston, MassachusettsThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) urged a federal judge today to reject the Department of Homeland Securitys attempt to dismiss an important lawsuit challenging DHSs policy of searching and confiscating, without suspicion or warrant, travelers electronic devices at U.S. borders.
EFF and ACLU represent 11 travelers10 U.S. citizens and one lawful permanent residentwhose smartphones and laptops were searched without warrants at the U.S. border in a groundbreaking lawsuit filed in September. The case, Alasaad v. Nielsen, asks the court to rule that the government must have a warrant based on probable cause before conducting searches of electronic devices, which contain highly detailed personal information about peoples lives. The case also argues that the government must have probable cause to confiscate a travelers device.
The plaintiffs in the case include a military veteran, journalists, students, an artist, a NASA engineer, and a business owner. The government seeks dismissal, saying the plaintiffs dont have the right to bring the lawsuit and the Fourth Amendment doesnt apply to border searches. Both claims are wrong, the EFF and ACLU explain in a brief filed today in federal court in Boston.
First, the plaintiffs have standing to seek a court order to end unconstitutional border device searches because they face a substantial risk of having their devices searched again. This means they are the right parties to bring this case and should be able to proceed to the merits. Four plaintiffs already have had their devices searched multiple times.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy allows border agents to search and confiscate anyones smartphone for any reason or for no reason at all. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) policy allows border device searches without a warrant or...
Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: IIT/WALK-MAN Project
Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):
Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.
ANYmal was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where it got cold feet.
[ ANYmal ]
Robot arm maintenance in space is much more difficult than robot arm maintenance on Earth, but you get quite the view.
Outside the International Space Station, Expedition 54 Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Scott Tingle of NASA conducted the first spacewalk this year Jan. 23 to replace a degraded latching end effector (LEE) on one end of the Canadarm2 robotic arm. There are two redundant end effectors on each end of the arm used to grapple visiting vehicles and components during a variety of operational activities.
[ NASA ]
This recently released video, part of a Humanoids 2016 paper, describes inflatable impact-protection palms on...
Facebook announced Friday that it would contribute more than $1 million to support students pursuing careers in journalism.In a Friday release, Facebooks head of news partnerships, former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, wrote that the Facebook...
On Thursday Walmart and Rakuten announced a strategic partnership that makes Walmart Kobo's official partner here in the US:
As part of this alliance, Walmart will become Rakuten Kobo's exclusive mass retail partner for the Kobo brand in the U.S., offering Kobo's nearly six million titles from thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors to Walmart.com customers. Walmart.com will offer eBooks and audiobooks for sale later this year. Walmart will also sell digital book cards in stores, enabling more than 4,000 stores to carry a broader selection of books for customers.
All eBook content will be accessible through a Walmart/Kobo co-branded app available on all iOS and Android devices, a desktop app and Kobo e-Readers, which will also be sold at Walmart later this year.
Walmart is stepping into a role empty since Border went bankrupt in 2011. While Kobo has previously had US retail partners, including Indiebound and Family Christian Stores, they did not get the privilege of co-branded Kobo apps (just the financial benefit of a cut of ebook sales in exchange for selling Kobo hardware).
For what it is worth, Walmart gets the ebook app under its own brand. Given Kobo's negligible share of the US market, that won't be worth a lot of money, but it is at least an egoboost.
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[Sean Riley] is a violinist who had a problem. He wanted to play one particular piece, but he couldnt. It wasnt that he lacked the skill he a doctoral student at the University of Texas and has two degrees in violin performance from The Julliard School. The problem was that The Dharma at Big Sur by [John Adams] is made for an instrument with six strings, while most violins only have four. So he did what any of us would do. He stopped by the local hackerspace and fabricated one. You can hear (and see) [Sean] performing with the instrument in the video, below.
The University of Texas operates The Foundry which is a hackerspace with all the usual items: laser cutters, 3D printers, and the like. It is open to all their students and staff. [Sean] needed some help with the engineering, and was lucky to find a mechanical engineering senior, [Daniel Goodwin], working at The Foundry.
It took them a year and help from a sculptor, [Rebecca Milton], but the result was an unusual-looking six-string violin. The electric violin is a combination of 3D printing, cast porcelain, and a handmade pickup. It is great to see a multi-disciplined group come together to create something new and unique and really shows the power of these hackerspaces.
This reminded us a little of the F-F-Fiddle and the more traditional-looking Hovalin. If you are feeling sorry for yourself because you dont have access to a great space like The Foundry, may we introduce you to the worlds tiniest violin?
Photo: University of Texas at Austin Libraries.
Another day, another cryptocurrency exchange under cyber attack This time Coincheck, Japanese
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Summary: Googles ultra-secretive Calico Labs announces a significant discovery the naked mole rat is the first and only non-aging mammal and shows little signs of aging as it gets older. [This article first appeared on the website LongevityFacts.com. Author: Brady Hartman. ]
With wrinkly skin and completely bald, the naked mole rat is one of the ugliest creatures around but lives an exceptionally long life for a small mammal. It rarely develops the chronic diseases of aging such as cancer and lives 10 times longer than regular rats.
The First Non-Aging Mammal
Here is a look at how the Linux kernel performance has evolved since the release of Linux 3.17 in October 2014. With all the major kernel releases over the past 3+ years, here is how the performance compares using two very different Intel Gulftown and Haswell systems.
A group of researchers from Qatar University and Hamad Bin Khalifa University have demonstrated how years-old Bitcoin transactions can be used to retroactively deanonymize users of Tor hidden services. It seems that Bitcoin users past transactions and especially if they used the cryptocurrency for illegal deals on the dark web and didnt think to launder their payments may come back to haunt them. Researchers findings We crawled 1.5K hidden service pages and created More
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has interviewed at least one Facebook employee tasked with helping the Trump campaigns digital operations during the 2016 campaign, Wired reported on Friday.The report, which cited a source familiar with...
Simulate a retro-tech look without the fuss Photo: Randi Klett
Stanley Kubricks 1968 science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey still stands up pretty well. But theres a telling anachronism in the scene where scientists visit a monolith thats been uncovered on the moon. On their lunar shuttles control panel, there are numerical indicator lights clearly made with cold-cathode displays, also known as Nixie tubes. This technology was in vogue during the mid-1950s but fell out of favor in the 1970s.
Nixie tubes still enjoy a following among enthusiasts of retro technology. Ive sometimes been tempted to build a Nixie-tube clock, but the difficulties and expense always put me off. Its hard even to purchase Nixie tubes at this pointespecially larger onesand they require high-voltage driver circuits, which are inherently dangerous. So I was delighted when I stumbled on something designed to mimic the appearance of Nixie tubes without the complicationssomething its designer calls a Lixie display.
Lixies contain WS2812B smart LEDs at one end, which can change colors on demand. The light from the LEDs is funneled into a stack of acrylic sheets. Such edge-lit displays use a phenomenon called total internal reflection, which keeps the light inside the acrylic except where it has been etched. (This form of display has become popular for exit signs, for example.) Each sheet is laser etched with one numeral, and typically only one sheet is illuminated at a time.Photos: Randi Klett
Not a Nixie: Construction of a clock requires a base for mounting four or six Lixie displays [top]. A different digit is etched in each of the 10 acrylic planes contained in one display [middle]. LEDs at the bottom of the display project light into one acrylic plane at a time, which then glows where it has been etched. Reflections in the other planes...
KrebsOnSecurity has long warned readers to plant your own flag at the my Social Security online portal of the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) even if you are not yet drawing benefits from the agency because identity thieves have been registering accounts in peoples names and siphoning retirement and/or disability funds. This is the story of a Midwest couple that took all the right precautions and still got hit by ID thieves who impersonated them to the SSA directly over the phone.
In mid-December 2017 this author heard from Ed Eckenstein, a longtime reader in Oklahoma whose wife Ruth had just received a snail mail letter from the SSA about successfully applying to withdraw benefits. The letter confirmed shed requested a one-time transfer of more than $11,000 from her SSA account. The couple said they were perplexed because both previously had taken my advice and registered accounts with MySocialSecurity, even though Ruth had not yet chosen to start receiving SSA benefits.
Sure enough, when Ruth logged into her MySocialSecurity account online, there was a pending $11,665 withdrawal destined to be deposited into a Green Dot prepaid debit card account (funds deposited onto a Green Dot card can be spent like cash at any store that accepts credit or debit cards). The $11,655 amount was available for a one-time transfer because it was intended to retroactively cover monthly retirement payments back to her 65th birthday.
The letter the Eckensteins received from the SSA indicated that the benefits had been requested over the phone, meaning the crook(s) had called the SSA pretending to be Ruth and supplied them with enough information about her to enroll her to begin receiving benefits. Ed said he and his wife immediately called the SSA to notify them of fraudulent enrollment and pending withdrawal, and they were instructed to appear in person at an SSA office in Oklahoma City.
The SSA ultimately put a hold on the fraudulent $11,665 transfer, but Ed said it took more than four hours at the SSA office to sort it all out. Mr. Eckenstein said the agency also informed them that the thieves had signed his wife up for disab...
Posted by Solar Designer on Jan 26As an option, you may state that your project will agree to embargoes of
It is a black Friday for cryptocurrencies, the news of the hack of the Japan-based digital exchange Coincheck had a significant impact on their value.
Coincheck was founded in 2012, it is one of the most important cryptocurrency exchange in Asia.
The Coincheck suspended the operations of deposits and withdrawals for all the virtual currencies except bitcoin, the exchange announced it was investigating an unauthorised access to the exchange.
According to the company, the hackers stole worth half a billion US dollars of NEM, the 10th biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization.
The news of the incident has a significant impact on the NEM value that dropped more than 16 percent in 24 hours.
At 3 am (1800 GMT) today, 523 million NEMs were sent from the NEM address of Coincheck. Its worth 58 billion yen based on the calculation at the rate when detected, said Coincheck COO Yusuke Otsuka.
Were still examining how many of our customers are affected,
The experts at the exchange are investigating the security breach to find out whether it was from Japan or another country.
Coincheck discovered the incident at 11.25 am and notified the suspension of trading for all cryptocurrencies apart from bitcoin via Twitter.
We are currently halting deposits, withdrawals, buying and selling of NEM. Please accept our sincere apologies for this inconvenience and rest assured that we are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.https://t.co/4OCB0LPDuz
Coincheck (@coincheck_en) January 26, 2018
Posted by Tim Allison on Jan 26Title: CVE-2017-12626 Denial of Service Vulnerabilities in Apache POI < 3.17
When we published a piece about an ADS-B antenna using a Coke can as a groundplane, Hackaday reader [2ftg] got in contact with us about something with a bit more stature.
The reporting in the 1950s piece is rather cheesy, but does give a reasonable description of it requiring welding rods as reinforcement. It also gives evidence of the antennas effectiveness, showing that it could work the world. Hardly surprising, given that a decent monopole is a decent monopole no matter how many pints of ale you have dispatched in its making.
Beer cans picture: Visitor7 [CC BY-SA 3.0].
Facebook Inc is buying a software firm that specializes in authenticating government-issued identification cards, the two companies said on Tuesday, a step that may help the social media company learn more about the people who buy ads on its network.
[...] Boston-based Confirm Inc, which is privately held, said on its website that the acquisition was the culmination of three years of work to build technology to keep people safe online. [...] Confirm says that its software allows for proof of identity for online transactions, allowing users to detect potentially fraudulent activity.
Also at TechCrunch.
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Posted by Solar Designer on Jan 26Oh, so-called "intellectual property". I'm not thinking in such terms.
Posted by Jochen Wiedmann on Jan 26CVE-2018-1294: Apache Commons Email vulnerability information
Coincheck, a Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange, has suffered what appears to be the biggest hack in the history of cryptocurrencies, losing $532 million in digital assets (nearly $420 million in NEM tokens and $112 in Ripples). In 2014, Mt Gox, one of the largest bitcoin exchange at that time, filed for bankruptcy after admitting it had lost $450 million worth of Bitcoins. Apparently, the
NIST physicists have made a nanostructured device that could bring learning to superefficient superconducting circuits Illustrations: NIST
Neural synapses are the connections between neurons, and changes in the strength of those connections are how neural networks learn. The NIST team has come up with a superconducting synapse made with nanometer-scale magnetic components that is so energy efficient, it appears to beat human synapses by a factor of 100 or more.
The NIST synapse has lower energy needs that the human synapse, and we dont know of any other artificial synapse that uses less energy, NIST physicist Mike Schneider said in a press release.
The heart of this new synapse is a device called a magnetic Josephson junction. An ordinary Josphson junction is basically a weak link between superconductors, explains Schneider. Up to a certain amperage, current will flow with no voltage needed through such a junction by tunneling across the weak spot, say a thin sliver of non-superconducting material. However, if you push more electrons through until you pass a critical current, the voltage will spike at an extremely high rate100 gigahertz or more.
In a magnetic Josephson junction, that weak link is magnetic. The higher the magnetic field, the lower the critical current needed to produce voltage spikes. In the device Schneider and his colleagues designed, the magnetic field is caused by 20,000 or so nanometer-scale clusters of manganese embedded in silicon. Each nanocluster has its own field, but those fields start out all pointing in random directionssumming to zero. The NIST team found that they could use a small external magnetic field combined with tiny picosecond pulses of current to cause more and more manganese clusters to line up their magnetic fields. The result is a gradually increasing magnetic field in the junction, lowering the devices critical current, and making it easier to induce voltage spikes.
The process is analogous to learning in a brain where neurons send spikes of voltage to synapses. Whether that spike is enough to cause the next neuron to fire a spike of voltage itself depends on how strong the connection at the synapse is. Learning happens when more voltage spikes strengthen the synaptic connection. In the NIST device, the critical current is like the synapse strength. Whether or not a magnetic Josephson junction reaches the critical current depends on...
In four months the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, and companies are racing against time to comply with the new rules (and avoid being brutally fined if they fail). One of the things that the regulation mandates is that EU citizens must be able to get access to their personal data held by companies and information about how these personal data are being processed. Facebook users to get new privacy center More
Margaretta Colangelo, President of U1 Technologies, joins our Information Sciences Board.
Posted by Mikhail Utin on Jan 26I 100% agree with Solar's response. We should not limit our freedom to choose how we will handle our intellectual
Posted by VMware Security Response Center on Jan 26VMware Xenon contains a deserialization vulnerability (CVE-2017-4947) due to insufficient content-type filtering of
Scientists discover that protons can transport through graphene and light can help the movement Illustration: iStockphoto
Two years ago, we covered research out of the University of Manchester that demonstrated that graphene-based membranes could serve as a filter for cleaning up nuclear waste at nuclear power plants.
While its not clear that this particular application for the graphene membranes ever made much headway in nuclear waste cleanup, they did discover an interesting phenomenon about these graphene membranes in the ensuing two years: protons can transport through graphene.
Based on that knowledge, Andre Geims team at the University of Manchester began to investigate whether light could be used to enhance proton transport through graphene by the addition of other light sensitive materials, such as titanium dioxide (TiO2). Turns out that graphene did the job quite effectively on their own.
We were not expecting that graphene on its own without the addition these light sensitive ingredients would show any response, said Marcelo Lozada-Hidalgo of the University of Manchester and co-author of this research and the work from two years ago. We were very surprised by our results.
In research published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology , Lozada-Hidalgo and his colleagues fabricated devices made from monolayer graphene decorated with platinum (Pt) nanoparticles. Essentially, photons excite the electrons in graphene around the nanoparticles. As a result, the electrons become highly reactive to protons. This, in turn, induces the electrons to recombine with protons to form hydrogen molecules at the Pt nanoparticles.
In a way, this mechanism is not too dissimilar to electron-hole recombination in semiconductor photodetectors, exaplained Lozada-Hidalgo.
While the mechanism may not be too different than semiconductor photodetectors, these devices are based on proton transport as opposed with all current photodetectors today, which are based on electron transport.
Because our devices work with protons instead of electrons, they may lead to novel photodetector architectures; perhaps even with additional functionalities, said Lozada-Hidalgo.
One of t...
Kind of amazing to see how our standards of hotness, and the art of commercial erotic photography, have changed over time, Jardin noted.
While Boing Boing had nothing to do with the compilation, uploading, or storing of the Imgur-based archive, Playboy took exception to the popular blog linking to the album.
Noting that Jardin had referred to the archive uploader as a wonderful person, the adult publication responded with a lawsuit (pdf), claiming that Boing Boing had commercially exploited its copyrighted images.
Last week, with assistance from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Boing Boing parent company Happy Mutants filed a motion to dismiss in which it defended its right to comment on and link to copyrighted content without that constituting infringement.
This lawsuit is frankly mystifying. Playboys theory of liability seems to be that it is illegal to link to material posted by others on the web an act performed daily by hundreds of millions of users of Facebook and Twitter, and by journalists like the ones in Playboys crosshairs here, the company wrote.
EFF Senior Staff Attorney Daniel Nazer weighed in too, arguing that since Boing Boings reporting and commenting is protected by copyrights fair use doctrine, the deeply flawed lawsuit should be dismissed.
Now, just a week later, Playboy has fired back. Opposing Happy Mutants request for the Court to dismiss the case, the company cites the now-famous Perfect 10 v. Amazon/Google case from 2007, which tried to prevent Google from facilitating access to infringing images.
Playboy highlights the courts finding that Google could have been held contributorily liable if it had knowledge that Perfect 10 images were available using its search engine, could have taken simple measures to prevent further damage, but failed to do so.
Turning to Boing Boings conduct, Playboy says that the company knew it was linking to infringing content, could have taken steps to prevent that, but failed to do so. It then launches an attack on the site itself, offering disparaging comments concerning its activities and business model.
This is an important...
Winter NAMM is the worlds largest trade show for musical instrument makers. It is a gear heads paradise, filled to the brim with guitars, synths, amps, MIDI controllers, an impossibly loud section filled with drums, ukuleles, and all sorts of electronic noisemakers that generate bleeps and bloops. Think of it as CES, only with products people want to buy. Were reporting no one has yet stuffed Alexa into a guitar pedal, by the way.
As with all trade shows, the newest gear is out, and its full of tech that will make your head spin. NAMM is the expression of an entire industry, and with that comes technical innovation. What was the coolest, newest stuff at NAMM? And what can hackers learn from big industry? Theres some cool stuff here, and a surprising amount we can use.
A few years back, Korg announced the NuTube, most likely the first new design of a vacuum tube in several decades. The NuTube 6P1 is a dual triode meant for preamp applications and can be seen as a very, very low power 12AX7. The technology behind the NuTube is the same as vacuum fluorescent displays, and even though you can use VFDs as tube amplifiers, this is a purpose-built tube designed for modern, low-power applications.
Privacy:In the last article, we focused on how people are tracked today when using credit cards instead of cash. But few pay attention to the fact that were tracked when using cash today, too.
Few people pay attention to the little sign on the revolving door on Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It says that wi-fi and bluetooth tracking of every single individual is taking place in the airport.
What sets Schiphol Airport apart isnt that they track individual peoples movements to the sub-footstep level in a commercial area. (Its for commercial purposes, not security purposes.) No, what sets Schiphol apart is that they bother to tell people about it. (The Netherlands tend to take privacy seriously, as does Germany, and for the same reason.)
Locator beacons are practically a standard in bigger commercial areas now. They ping your phone using wi-fi and bluetooth, and using signal strength triangulation, a grid of locator beacons is able to show how every single individual is moving in realtime at the sub-footstep level. This is used to optimize marketing in other words, find ways to trick peoples brains to spend resources they otherwise wouldnt have. Our own loss of privacy is being turned against us, as it always is.
Where do people stop for a while, what catches their attention, what doesnt catch their attention, whats a roadblock for more sales?
These are legitimate questions. However, taking away peoples privacy in order to answer those questions is not a legitimate method to answer them.
This kind of mass individual tracking has even been deployed at city levels, which happened in complete silence until the Privacy Oversight Board of a remote government sounded the alarms. The city of Vsters got the green light to continue tracking o...
Xiaomi couldn't have wished for better timing of two reports that claim it has toppled Samsung to become India's top-selling smartphone company.
The Chinese firm, which is reportedly on a roadshow ahead of an IPO that could value it as high as $100 billion, is said to have beaten Samsung's sales efforts in India, the world's second-largest smartphone market behind China, according to new data from Canalys and Counterpoint.
Data from both analyst houses gave Xiaomi a narrow lead over Samsung in the final quarter of 2017, with 27 percent and 25 percent, respectively, according to Canalys and 25 percent versus 23 percent, according to Counterpoint.
Counterpoint included year-long figures, which conclude that Samsung (24 percent) is ahead of Xiaomi (19 percent) over the longer timeframe. A glance at the previous year's figures shows that Xiaomi has closed what was once a significant gap with its rival.
Samsung claims Xiaomi didn't take the title of the largest smartphone vendor in India, thus directly refuting the findings published by research firm Canalys on Wednesday. The Seoul-based original equipment manufacturer remains adamant that it's still the top handset company in the South Asian country "by a distance." Samsung backed its claims by citing an older report from GfK covering a three-month period ending November 30th which states the firm had a 40 percent volume share and 45 percent value share of the Indian smartphone market in terms of sales to consumers. The tech giant also explicitly proclaimed itself a leader in every handset segment in India, from entry-level devices to ultra-premium offerings like the Galaxy Note 8.
On June 27th, 2017, a dangerous ransomware attack called Petya
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Posted by Solar Designer on Jan 26I agree (specifically, I had suggested explicit maximum embargo times),
Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May 2018, and with it, a new set of tough penalties for companies that fail to adequately protect the personal data of European users. Amongst those affected are domain name registries and registrars, who are required by ICANN, the global domain name authority, to list the personal information of domain name registrants in publicly-accessible WHOIS directories. ICANN and European registrars have clashed over this long-standing contractual requirement, which does not comply [PDF] with European data protection law.
This was one of the highest profile topics at ICANN's 60th meeting in Abu Dhabi which EFF attended last year, with registries and registrars laying the blame on ICANN, either for their liability under the GDPR if they complied with their WHOIS obligations, or for their contractual liability to ICANN if they didn't. ICANN has recognized this and has progressively, if belatedly, being taking steps to remediate the clash between its own rules, and the data protection principles that European law upholds.
ICANN's first step in improving domain privacy, which dates from 2008 and underwent minor revisions in 2015, was to create a very narrow and cumbersome process for a party bound by privacy laws that conflicted with its contractual requirements to seek an exemption from those requirements from ICANN. Next in 2015, ICANN commenced a Policy Development Process (PDP) for the development of a Next-Generation gTLD Registration Directory Services (RDS) to Replace WHOIS, whose work remains ongoing, with the intention that this new RDS would be more compatible with the privacy laws, probably by providing layered access to registrant data to various classes of authorized users.
Meanwhile, ICANN considered whether to limit registrants' access to a privacy workaround that allowed registrants to register their domain via a proxy, thereby keeping their real personal details private. Although it eventually concluded that acce...
Posted by Stiepan on Jan 26With the risk of displeasing the supporters of a "common sense" approach to this topic, I think that clear rules might
The idea of making your own semiconductors from scratch would be more attractive if it werent for the expensive equipment and noxious chemicals required for silicon fabrication. But simple semiconductors can be cooked up at home without anything fancy, and they can actually yield pretty good results.
Granted, [Simplifier] has been working on the method detailed in the video below for about a year, and a look at his post on copper oxide thin-film solar cells reveals a meticulous approach to optimize everything. He started with regular window glass, heated over a propane burner and sprayed with a tin oxide solution to make it conductive while remaining transparent. The N-type layer was sprayed on next in the form of zinc oxide doped with magnesium. Copper oxide, the P-type layer, was electroplated on next, followed by a quick dip in copper sulfide to act as another transparent conductor. A conductive compound of sodium silicate and graphite was layered on the back to form the electrical contacts. The cell worked pretty well 525 mV open circuit voltage and 6.5 mA short-circuit current. Not bad for home brewed.
If you want to replicate [Simplifier]s methods, youll find his ample documentation of his site. Of course, if you yearn for DIY silicon semiconductors, theres a fab for that, too.
Here in California, our government has passed a strange new law.
Although intended to force employers to stop offering different pay rates to men and women, the new law has the strange side effect of forcing recruiters to play fair - and recruiters aren't liking it. The law also forbids asking candidates for their prior compensation history. Again, recruiters and hiring managers aren't liking the new shift in the balance of power:
Assembly Bill No. 168
SECTION 1. Section 432.3 is added to the Labor Code, to read:
432.3. (a) An employer shall not rely on the salary history information of an applicant for employment as a factor in determining whether to offer employment to an applicant or what salary to offer an applicant.
(b) An employer shall not, orally or in writing, personally or through an agent, seek salary history information, including compensation and benefits, about an applicant for employment.
(c) An employer, upon reasonable request, shall provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant applying for employment.
(d) Section 433 does not apply to this section.
(e) This section shall not apply to salary history information disclosable to the public pursuant to federal or state law, including the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code) or the federal Freedom of Information Act (Section 552 of Title 5 of the United States Code).
(f) This section applies to all employers, including state and local government employers and the Legislature.
(g) Nothing in this section shall prohibit an applicant from voluntarily and without prompting disclosing salary history information to a prospective employer.
(h) If an applicant voluntarily and without prompting discloses salary history information to a prospective employer, nothing in this section shall prohibit that employer from considering or relying on that voluntarily disclosed salary history information in determining the salary for that applicant.
(i) Consistent with Section 1197.5, nothing in this section shall be construed to allow prior salary, by itself, to justify any disparity in compensation.
In conversations with visionaries, decision makers, technologists, leading scientists, entrepreneurs, artists, and others around the world, the film gives insight into the global digital future, its most pressing challenges, and biggest opportunities. Interviews from the project are available in long form. This conversation took place in June 2017 with David Edgerton, Hans Rausing Professor of the History of Science and Technology and Professor of Modern British History at Kings College London.
In an effort to spur further climate action at this years Global Climate Action Summit in September and at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in December, Summit co-chair and Mahindra Group Chairman, Anand Mahindra today challenged businesses around the world to join the growing number of companies committed to setting greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with climate science.
A rapidly growing group of ambitious multinational businesses are actively reshaping the energy market through their global investment decisions and accelerating a zero emissions economy, a new report released today (Tuesday January 23) shows.
Every Uber driver, as far as I can see, gets a benefit, said Edward Kleinbard, a USC professor and former chief of staff to Congress Joint Committee on Taxation.
With millions of visits per day, Torrentz2 is without a doubt the most popular torrent meta-search engine on the Internet.
The site took this spot from the original Torrentz site, which surprisingly closed its doors during the summer of 2016.
Up until a month ago everything was running smoothly, but that changed when links to other torrent sites disappeared late December. Instead of a metasearch engine, Torrentz2 turned into a database of torrent metadata, and traffic started to drop off.
Torrentz2 remained without links for roughly three weeks, after which the site, just as surprisingly, returned to its former glory. However, that didnt last very long.
Starting yesterday, all links have mysteriously disappeared again, without any official explanation. However, this time it only affects users who run an ad-blocker.
Initially we assumed that the issues were affecting all users, but upon closer inspection this is not the case. This means that the current issue is in no way related to the earlier disappearance.
The issues are the result of the EasyList Adblock filter which appears to block all nofollow links on Torrentz2. Since most adblockers use this list, many people are affected.
The good news for affected users is that they can solve the issue by simply disable the adblocker on the site. Alternatively, they can also disable the EasyList filter in their ad-blocker settings.
Update: Shortly after publication we learned that the disappearing links are the result of EasyList and adblockers. We updated the article accordingly.
GNOME developer Tobias Bernard has announced "The CSD Initiative" in a push for more applications to support client-side decorations and as part of that to abandon boring title bars in favor of modern header bars...
Facing hurricanes and public opposition to overhead lines, utilities are paying extra to go underground Photo: New River Electrical
In the past six months, transmission lines have beendestroyed by hurricanes in Puerto Rico, singed by wildfires in California, and bitterly opposed by residents in Utah and Pennsylvania who want to stop utilities from building more.
Such problems have grid operators literally thinking deeper. Increasingly, utilities in the United States and elsewhere are routing power underground. Puerto Ricos grid rebuild is a prime example: A proposal, crafted by an industry-government consortium late last year, calls for undergrounding transmission to harden a power system still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Much of the plans outlay for transmissionUS $4.3 billionwould create hardy overhead circuits interspersed with underground cables in areas where gusts could snap even the strongest lines and towers. A $601 million line item also provides for a buried high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable around the territorys southeast corner, where most big storms strike first. This underground bypass would create a secure path from the islands most efficient power plants to the heavily populated area around San Juan.
By heading below ground, transmission grids are following a path laid by their lower-voltage cousinsdistribution grids. In some cities, power distribution occurs entirely out of sight. This is possible thanks to specialized cables, whose metal conductors are wrapped in cross-linked polyethylene, a heatstable insulator, as well as metal and polymer layers providing electrical shielding, impermeability to water, and puncture resistance.
Utilities have been slower to bury transmission because of the expense, according to power consultant Ken Hall, a former transmission and distribution director at the Edison Electric Institute, a Washington, D.C.based utility trade group. Transmission lines operate at higher power levels than distribution lines and generate more heat, which is harder to dissipate un...
Chinese students spent 200 continuous days in a lunar lab in Beijing, state media said Friday, as the country prepares for its long-term goal of putting people on the moon.
Four students crammed into a 160-square-metre (1,720-square-foot) cabin called Yuegong-1Lunar Palaceon the campus of Beihang University, testing the limits of humans ability to live in a self-contained space, the official Xinhua news agency said.
The volunteers lived in the sealed lab to simulate a long-term space mission with no input from the outside world.
Washington: Scientists have discovered a new material for next-generation smart windows that not only darken automatically when the Sun is too bright but also convert solar energy into electricity.
Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) in the US found a form of perovskite that works well as a stable and photoactive semiconductor material that can reversibly switch between transparent and non-transparent state, without degrading its electronic properties.
The scientists made the discovery while investigating the phase transition of the material, an inorganic perovskite.
Bionic Beaver, the codename for the next Ubuntu LTS release, is due in April 2018 and will ship with both the traditional Xorg graphics stack as well as the newer Wayland based stack, but Xorg will be the default.
17.10, released in October 2017, ships with the Wayland based graphics server as the default and the Xorg based equivalent is available as an option from the login screen. When we started out on the GNOME Shell route for 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) we knew that we needed to have Wayland as the default option otherwise we wouldnt know if it would work well for our users in the LTS only 6 months later. The LTS is supported for five years meaning that we need to be certain that what goes out the door on release day will be maintainable and sustainable for the duration and will serve all our users and customers needs, which is no mean feat.
As we are roughly half way through the Bionic development cycle, the time was right for us to review that decision and make a call on whether or not Wayland is the right default display server for Bionic. We have decided that we will ship Xorg by default, and that Wayland will be an optional session available from the login screen.
Why opt for Xorg by default? There are three main reasons:
Screen sharing in software like WebRTC services, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc works well under Xorg.
Remote Desktop control for example RDP & VNC works well under Xorg.
Recoverability from Shell crashes is less dramatic under Xorg.
PipeWire was announced last year as a new Red Hat projects with aspirations to be to video as PulseAudio is to audio on the Linux desktop. Other PipeWire goals include professional audio support equal to or better than JACK, full Wayland/Flatpak support, and more. Red Hat is making a lot of progress on PipeWire, but it's not yet ready to be the default on the Linux desktop...
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency will soon have the ability to track license plates across the U.S., The Verge reported Friday.ICE has reached a deal with Vigilant Solutions, a top source for license plate data, to gain access to...
Look around yourself right now and chances are pretty good that youll quickly lay eyes on a zipper. Zippers are incredibly commonplace artifacts, a commodity item produced by the mile that we rarely give a second thought to until they break or get stuck. But zippers are a fairly modern convenience, and the story of their invention is one that shows even the best ideas can be delayed by overly complicated designs and lack of a practical method for manufacturing.
Ideas for fasteners to replace buttons and laces have been kicking around since the mid-19th century. The first patent for a zipper-like fastener was issued to Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine. Though he was no slouch at engineering intricate mechanisms, Howe was never able to make his Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure a workable product, and Howe shifted his inventive energies to other projects.
The world would wait another forty years for further development of a hookless fastener, when a Chicago-bor...
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Hackers also used the Adf.ly URL shortening service that remunerates users when someone clicks on the link. When users clicked on these Adf.ly URLs, they were redirected and found themselves downloading the crypto-currency mining malware instead.
The miner used in this Monero cryptocurrency mining operation execute XMRig mining software via VBS files, and leverages XMRig proxy services to hide the ultimate mining pool destination.
Researchers also noticed that threat actors use the Nicehash...
Intel Corp on Thursday gave a bullish forecast and blew past Wall Street profit and revenue expectations for the fourth quarter on the strength of data center sales, the business it sees as key to its transformation from a PC supplier.
[...] Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said the company would start shipping chips later this year with silicon-based changes to protect against the so-called Spectre and Meltdown security threats.
Revenue from the companys higher-margin data center business rose about 20 percent to $5.58 billion, beating the average analyst estimate of $5.13 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Revenue from Intels PC group hit $9 billion for the quarter, a 2 percent decline from the year before, but ticked up 3 percent for the year to $34 billion.
Intel predicted $65 billion in revenue for 2018, well above expectations of a $63.7 billion forecast.
In an interview ahead of Intels earnings call with investors, Chief Financial Officer Bob Swan said the company sees no meaningful impact on corporate earnings as a result of the security vulnerabilities, reiterating an assessment the company made on Jan. 3.
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As we have shown in past benchmarks, while current generation Linux games with current Linux GPU drivers using the Vulkan API rather than OpenGL may not be significantly faster with higher-end hardware right now, the impact of this newer Khronos graphics API tends to be more profound on lower-end hardware, especially when it comes to lightening the load on the CPU. Following the recent Pentium vs. Ryzen 3 Linux gaming tests, I carried out some fresh benchmarks looking at OpenGL vs. Vulkan on the Ryzen 3 1200 quad-core CPU with NVIDIA and Radeon graphics.
We helped develop Neuropixels probes to accelerate neuroscience research.
1cm long and 70 microns across, this technology is capable of recording signals from 384 brain cells at the same time. #InnovationWeek
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (BAS) has set the Doomsday Clock to "two minutes to midnight" to reflect fears of a nuclear confrontation with North Korea, as well as the failure of world leaders to address climate change and other factors. The clock is now set as close to doomsday as it was in 1953:
The team of scientists singled out a series of nuclear tests by North Korea. They dramatically escalated tensions on the Korean peninsula and led to a war of words between North Korea and the US.
The BAS also referred to a new US nuclear strategy that was expected to call for more funding to expand the role of the country's nuclear arsenal. Rising tension between Russia and the West was also a contributing factor.
The "weakening of institutions" around the world in dealing with major global threats - including climate change - was another major concern, the scientists said. They also mentioned US President Donald Trump's "unpredictability", pointing to his often controversial tweets and statements.
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Empowering security teams with unlimited security data collection, indexing and search Exabeam Data Lake centralizes all relevant logs to reduce the work of collecting logs from multiple systems. It is built on open source, big data technology, providing unlimited security data collection, indexing, and search. It supports better analytics and enables compliance reporting. Data Lake now has a database collector which enables logs to be collected from remote Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL databases. Proxmox More
The Linux Foundation is pleased to welcome LinuxBoot to our family of open source projects and to support the growth of the project community. LinuxBoot looks to improve system boot performance and reliability by replacing some firmware functionality with a Linux kernel and runtime...
LinuxBoot addresses the often slow, often error-prone, obscured code that executes these steps with a Linux kernel. The result is a system that boots in a fraction of the time of a typical system, and with greater reliability.
Data privacy concerns are causing significant sales cycle delays for up to 65 percent of businesses worldwide, according to findings in the new Cisco 2018 Privacy Maturity Benchmark Study. The study shows that privacy maturity is connected to lower losses from cyberevents: 74 percent of privacy-immature organizations experienced losses of more than $500,000 last year caused by data breaches, compared with only 39 percent of privacy-mature organizations. Privacy maturity is a framework defined by the More
In a country where press freedom is already under grave threat, the revocation of an independent publications license to operate and a proposed amendment to the Bill of Rights are pushing journalists further into the margins. While the Constitution of the Philippines guarantees press freedom and the countrys media landscape is quite diverse, journalists nevertheless face an array of threats. Libel threats and advertising boycotts are common, and the country ranks fifth in the world in terms of impunity for killing journalists.
And since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016, press freedom in the Philippines has taken a further blow. Like President Trump, Duterte enjoys going after individual media outlets that criticize his policies, creating an increasingly chilled atmosphere for the countrys independent journalists and free speech.
In an unprecedented move, the Duterte administrations Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the registration of independent news organization, Rappler, and ordered them to close up shop. Rappler has been a vocal critic of the Duterte regime and appears to be targeted for its criticism of the current administration, especially when contrasted with how other pro-Duterte bloggers and outlets have been rewarded with government positions or hired as consultants using public funds.
The Duterte administrations SEC claims its decision to revoke Rapplers registration was based on an alleged violation of the Foreign Equity Restriction in Mass Media by accepting funds from the Omidyar Network, a fund created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar that has...
The Online Trust Alliance (OTA) found that cyber incidents targeting businesses nearly doubled from 82,000 in 2016 to 159,700 in 2017. Since the majority of cyber incidents are never reported, OTA believes the actual number in 2017 could easily exceed 350,000. Surprising no one, 2017 marked another worst year ever in data breaches and cyber incidents around the world, said Jeff Wilbur, director of the OTA initiative at the Internet Society. This years big increase More
While Ubuntu 17.10 defaults to using the Wayland session on supported GPUs/drivers when using the default GNOME Shell based session, Canonical has decided for Ubuntu 18.04 "Bionic Beaver" LTS that it will use the X.Org Server by default...
Cybercriminals are increasingly turning to cryptominers to develop illegal revenue streams, while ransomware and malvertising adware continue to impact organizations worldwide, according to Check Point. During the period July to December 2017, one in five organizations were impacted by cryptomining malware, tools that enable cybercriminals to hijack the victims CPU or GPU power and existing resources to mine cryptocurrency, using as much as 65% of the end-users CPU power. Key malware trends in H2 2017 More
Modern cars these days tend to come with proximity keys, which allow the driver to unlock and start the vehicle without having to remove the key from ones pocket. While this is a great usability upgrade, for some reason key fobs continue to be bulky plastic monstrosities that when stuffed into a pocket can easily ruin the lines of a well-chosen outfit. This wasnt good enough so [Patrick] decided to sort it out.
Starting with a Prius key, the first step was to disassemble the already broken key fob and separate out the PCB from the case and battery holder. With those removed, a coin cell was soldered to some wires connected to the PCB. As a substitute for the original case, a plastic card was cut up and the PCB inserted within, allowing the setup to fit neatly in a wallets card pocket. Lashings of tape bring the project home.
Unsurprisingly, it works, and works well. It raises the question why key fobs are so large and ungainly, taking up so much precious pocket space. Wed love to see even slimmer takes on this with 3D printed enclosures or even completely redesigned PCBs. Give it a go, and hit up the tip line. Else, check out how key fobs are routinely hacked to steal cars.
Things rarely go well when humans mix with wildlife. The problems are exacerbated in the suburbs, where bears dine on bird feeders and garbage cans, raccoons take up residence in attics, and coyotes make off with the family cat. And in the suburbs, nuisance wildlife can be an intractable problem because the options for dealing with it are so limited.
Drone hackers/researchers can modify the firmware for DJI drones, thanks to rogue DJI developers and a fork of a public Github repo:
Github rejected a DMCA takedown request from Chinese drone-maker DJI after someone forked source code left in the open by a naughty DJI developer, The Register can reveal.
This included AES keys permitting decryption of flight control firmware, which could allow drone fliers with technical skills to remove geofencing from the flight control software: this software prevents DJI drones from flying in certain areas such as the approach paths for airports, or near government buildings deemed to be sensitive.
Though the released key is not for the latest firmware version, The Register has seen evidence (detailed below) that drone hackers are already incorporating it in modified firmware available for anyone to download and flash to their drones.
[...] In fact the people who posted the keys to DJI's kingdom, as well as source code for various projects, were DJI devs. The company said in a later statement that they were sacked.
The code was forked by drone researcher Kevin Finisterre, who submitted a successful rebuttal to the takedown request on the grounds that Github's terms and conditions explicitly permit forking of public repos.
[...] Drone hackers have already begun distributing modded firmware for DJI's popular Phantom drones, as we can see on where else? Github
introduced new software to stop its drones from flying in
Skip the Complex Tracking Software, DJI Says, and Give Drones an "Invisible" License Plate
$500 DJI Spark Drone can Take Off and Land from Your Palm
DJI Will Ground Drones If They Don't Apply a Software Update...
College and high school students often find it difficult to deal with the ever-expanding responsibilities and time. Students have to do lots of things, such as homework, assignments and essay writing. In this situation, custom writing can be a good solution for students to finish their assignments on time. To keep the track of their homework and assignments, you can get the advantage of different iOS and Android apps. These apps are specially designed for the assistance of students.
It is an excellent app to take picture of your receipts, magazines, blackboards, whiteboards and documents. With the help of this app, you can take pictures from different angles and the app will clear shadows and glare too. You will get an opportunity to save your photographs as PowerPoint, word or PDFs files.
Sufficient sleep is essential for every student, but a rested wakeup is not about the quantity of your sleep. It is all about your sleep cycle and you can set it with the help of this app. This app uses accelerometer and microphone of your phone to analyze sleeping patterns of its user and choose the best time to wake him/her up. The app will choose your lightest state of sleep before waking you up. If you need extra features, you can pay for its premium version.
Typing can make your wrists tired and cause permanent damage in numerous cases. If you want to avoid this situation, you can get the advantage of this dictation app. By dictating your emails and homework to dragon app, you can save your time and wrists.
This planner allows you to stay organized without any trouble. With the help of this planner, you can track your homework and class schedule and get reminders for tests. With its premium version, you can some excessive features of this app.
It is just like a task and to-do list. You can track school projects, college projects or make your grocery list. Wunderlist can sync instantly between your devices, such as computers and tablets to keep you updated. Feel free to set reminders and due dates to avoid any trouble.
Its roughly a year now that we built an intrusion detection system on AWS cloud infrastructure that provides security intelligence across some selected instances using open source technologies.
Katsiaryna Archangorodskaja joins our Futurists Board. Katerina is President of HawkMatrix and Executive Advisor at Apphera.
Glibc 2.27 will be released as soon as next week as the latest half-year update to the GNU C Library...
Microsoft has long been working on creating a modular operating system for Windows that can run across different platforms and form-factors.
Last year, Microsoft announced that they are working on turning Windows into a more modular operating system, a vision that has been codenamed Windows Core OS. Windows Core OS which will eventually be the future basis for all forms of Windows 10 is designed to provide flexibility that creates a versatile and an excellent new Windows experience for multiple device-form factors.
Codenamed as Polaris, this OS will eliminate old legacy components that have been part of the operating system for decades and are slowing it down. Polaris aims to create a much lighter software platform with less equipment loading, and thus lower power consumption. This system would also have a noticeably faster effect.
Microsoft is already developing an extensible and adaptable shell, known as CShell, to serve as the basis for the user interface of Polaris, Andromeda and Windows Core OS. This interface found in Polaris is supposed to build the wall of Andromeda OS and Windows Core OS.
It is worth emphasizing that Polaris will not get the native support of the Win32 application, as it will be replaced with UWP applications. However, Microsoft is considering the possibility of providing Win32 software support, but only through remote virtualization, suggest Windows Centrals sources.
Existing Windows users will not be able to switch to Polaris, either through an update or through a clean installation. This means that you cannot switch from Polaris to Windows 10 Pro or vice versa. Polaris will only be available on the devices that come with it.
Also, it is important to note that the currently available Windows 10 OS is not meant to be succeeded or substituted by Polaris. It is just a separate offer for those users looking for portability and a lightweight operating system.
It is assumed that Polaris will be ready for release in 2019.
The post Microsoft is working on...
Similar to the proliferation of mobile devices in the enterprise several years ago where organizations were feeling the pressure to have a mobile strategy but didnt know where to start, were seeing the same situation with development methodologies. To accelerate development velocity, teams are feeling the pressure to do DevOps, and when integrating security, to do DevSecOps. But much like during the initial mobile wave, many companies say theyre implementing these methodologies, and might even think they are, but in reality, theyre not. Yet.
GLAMOR as a means of providing 2D acceleration over OpenGL in X.Org Server 1.20 will support for 30-bit RGB colors...
Its not a mystery, technology firms that intend to work with Russia need to allow the Government experts to scan their code for backdoors and vulnerabilities.
The problem is that this software is often used by the US Government, this means that Russian experts could found bugs or backdoors to exploit in cyber attacks against US Agencies.
Many tech giants already allowed their software review, including McAfee, SAP, Symantec, and HPE, the risk is that foreign Governments could exploit a bug or a backdoor to control them.
Anyway, other firms like Trend Micro has refused to allow the Russians to conduct a source code review of their products.
Of course, the companies defend their position clarifying that the code review s were done under controlled conditions and that not code was allowed to be copied.
News of the day is that the Dutch intelligence service AIVD hacked Russian state-sponsored hackers.
The news was reported by the newspaper de Volkskrant, AIVD in 2014 monitored the activity of the Russian APT Cozy Bear (aka APT29) and its efforts to hack into systems at the US Democratic Partys and US government servers.
Dutch intelligence service AIVD provided the FBI with crucial information about Russian interference with the American elections.
The AIVD cyber spies compromised security cameras surrounding the building used by the Cozy Bear crew, the Dutch agents were looking for known Russian spies accessing the structure.
Hackers from the Dutch intelligence service AIVD have provided the FBI with crucial information about Russian interference with the American elections, reports the Dutch daily newspaper Volkskrant.nl.
Thats how the AIVD becomes witness to the Russian hackers harassing and penetrating the leaders of the Democratic Party, transferring thousands of emails and documents. It wont be the last time they alert their American counterparts.
The British-based broadcaster Sky (with operations in the EU and elsewhere) has decided it doesn't need to keep attaching satellite dishes to the walls of its customers' homes.
The BBC reports:
The pay TV company already offers some programming online on its Sky Go and Now TV* services and through Sky boxes.
Sky said offering the option was a "major development" that would let it enter new markets.
It hopes that making its hundreds of channels more widely available will increase both revenue and profits.
Italy will be its first market to get all Sky channels online, followed by Austria, with the UK expected to follow later this year or in 2019.
Sky is not proposing to stop broadcasting by satellite. The move will allow customers who cannot have a dish or do not want one to get Sky, a spokesperson said. A Sky box will still be required.
The company's move is a response to greater competition from the likes of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon.
*Now TV is an internet-based, subscriptionless pay-TV service. Established 5 years ago, it's wholly owned by Sky.
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One of the last minute changes sneaking into the Linux 4.15 kernel is support for PDP Xbox One controllers...
Now that you understand what a known vulnerability is, lets start going through the four steps needed to address them: find, fix, prevent, and respond.
The first step in solving any problem is acknowledging you have one! And so, with vulnerable packages, your first act should be to look for vulnerable packages your application is consuming. This chapter discusses how to test your application, when and how you should run such a test, and the nuances in running the test and interpreting the results.
Artificial intelligence approached the summit of hype at this years World Economic Forum.
AI was on the lips of seemingly every corporate chief and policy maker attending this years conference in Davos, Switzerland. On Wednesday, the term artificial intelligence appeared in more than 20 headlines and stories Bloomberg ran about the gathering.
British Prime Minister Theresa May announced a new government-funded center to advise on ethical use of AI and French President Emmanuel Macron launched a 10 billion euro innovation fund aimed at new technologies like AI.
China and South Korea among the latest under the microscope
Summary: In China and elsewhere the patent maximalists now get patents on GUIs (cascading or otherwise); Section 101 is not exactly designed to deal with such an absurdity
THINGS have gotten ridiculous. Some patents which are being granted nowadays (especially in countries like China) are borderline parodies. At Sun, engineers used to joke about the sorts of patents they could get examiners at the USPTO to approve/grant; they even mocked examiners for granting what they had drafted as (almost) practical jokes. WIPO is happy though because the number of annual patent grants continues to climb. More money for WIPO!
Im not writing this site as a lobbyist or as a self-serving exercise. In fact, it doesnt affect my job in any way. Its almost orthogonal to it. I have been developing software since I was 14 and I created many GUIs in my lifetime (dozens of programs with GUIs, using half a dozen different toolkits); people dont invent GUIs but simply design or piece them together, changing placement of buttons or menu items over time at risk of confusing users who have habits (muscle memory). The developers dont actually claim this to be an invention and its barely even like a painting. The element of consistency for predictability is essential for users. Thats where so-called UX experts creep in.
Anyway, Chinas patents (in Mandarin) are of low quality, but these are difficult for Westerners to assess because very few of them comprehend Mandarin. IAM, being IAM, is making excuses for China. Yesterday it wrote this piece about SIPO and added: Patent application rates in China are slowing and examiners are getting tougher.
Or maybe theyve just run out of nonsense to file. Its far too late for examiners to get tough (after many rubbish patents were granted). We occasionally read about some of these patents, including for instance patents on GUIs (not a joke!) and earlier this week Managing IP posted another example of this. GUI design...
At the same time as adding HiDPI monitor support for Windows 10, Valve has added a "2X-scaling mode" for the Steam client to satisfy modern high resolution monitors...
What was the first computer you bent to your programmatic will? If youre old enough, it was probably a Commodore. For [Jagged-path], it was a VIC-20. After finding a broken one on Kijiji, he recaptured that 80s feeling with VicPi, a revitalization project that marries modern computing power with vintage form factor.
The VicPi can be used as a standalone computer or a USB keyboard for an external computer. As youve probably guessed, theres a Raspberry Pi involved. There is also a Keyrah board, which is arguably the easiest way to convert Commodore (and Amiga) keystrokes to USB without breaking a sweat.
There are a lot of nice touches that really make this project. A toggle switch on the back selects between VicPi mode and keyboard mode, and the distinction is made with a two-color LED in place of the VIC-20s power LED. [Jagged-path] used panel mount cables to extend the HDMI, 3.5mm, and USB ports and ran them out to a custom metal panel thats treated with rubberized black paint. Another nice touch: the dedicated keyboard port is USB-B, so its easy to differentiate from the Pi inputs.
If you have a working VIC-20 but not the rare Votrax Type n Talk synthesizer peripheral, you can use an old Android phone to hear those Voodoo Castle responses.
For decades, scientists have speculated about when exactly the bipedal apes known as Homo sapiens left Africa and moved out to conquer the world. That moment, after all, was a crucial step on the way to todays human-dominated world. For many years, the consensus view among archaeologists placed the exodus at 60,000 years agosome 150,000 years after the hominins first appeared.
But now, researchers in Israel have found a remarkably preserved jawbone they believe belongs to a Homo sapiens that was much, much older. The find, which theyve dated to somewhere between 177,000 and 194,000 years, provides the most convincing proof yet that the old view of human migration needs some serious re-examination.
The new research, published today in Science [DOI: 10.1126/science.aap8369] [DX], builds on earlier evidence from other caves in the region that housed the bones of humans from 90,000 to 120,000 years ago. But this new discovery goes one step further: if verified, it would require reevaluating the whole history of human evolutionand possibly pushing it back by several hundred thousand years.
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Finjan started suing a lot of companies after Microsoft had paid it in 2005
Summary: In an effort to make 101 seem as though its tolerant towards software patents, patent law firms and front groups of trolls cherry-pick what they like in the largely-failed lawsuit against Blue Coat Systems
The relatively new euphemism, "public IP companies", is being promoted by patent trolls and their fronts (such as IAM). They keep looking for new identities. Finjan is one such troll a troll which has been financially backed by Microsoft for a very long time and last year received more ammunition (from IBM [1, 2]).
Unfortunately, as we noted last week, the patent microcosm uses this troll in order to badmouth 101 and promote software patents (we shall say more about that in the weekend). For example, a few days ago Dilworth IPs Shin Hee Lee and Anthony D. Sabatelli published this article in which they wholeheartedly embraced a truly disgusting troll. The patent microcosm, i.e. people who profit from agony and litigation, wants to thwart the (near) ban on software patents and it found itself a champion:
On January 4th, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office updated their webpage on subject matter eligibility with two new supplementary documents providing further guidance under 35 U.S.C. 101. The two new documents are useful summaries and references for practitioners and others having an interest in the area.
On January 10, 2018, the court decided Finjan, Inc. Blue Coat Systems, Inc., where upon de novo review it affirmed a district court finding that the underlying software-based subject matter was indeed patent eligible.
What they choos...
In many parts of the world football, or soccer as some would call it, is the number one spectator sport.
The English Premier League, widely regarded as one the top competitions, draws hundreds of millions of viewers per year. Many of these pay for access to the matches, but theres also a massive circuit of unauthorized streams.
The Football Association Premier League (FAPL) has been clamping down on these pirate sources for years. In the UK, for example, it obtained a unique High Court injunction last year, which requires local Internet providers to block streams as they go live.
In addition, the organization has also filed legal action against a hosting provider through which several live sports streaming sites are operating. The case in question was filed in the Netherlands where Ecatel LTD, a UK company, operated several servers.
According to the complaint, Ecatel hosted sites such as cast247.tv, streamlive.to and iguide.to, which allowed visitors to watch live Premier League streams without paying.
As the streaming platforms themselves were not responsive to takedown requests, the Premier League demanded action from their hosting provider. Specifically, they wanted the company to disconnect live streams on their end, by null-routing the servers of the offending customer.
This week the Court of The Hague issued its judgment, which is a clear win for the football association.
The Court ruled that, after the hosting company receives a takedown notice from FAPL or one of its agents, Ecatel must disconnect pirate Premier League streams within 30 minutes.
[The Court] recommends that, after 24 hours of service of this judgment, Ecatel cease and discontinue any service used by third parties to infringe the copyright to FAPL by promptly but no later than 30 minutes after receipt of a request to that end, the verdict reads.
The ban can be lifted after the game has ended, making it a temporary measure similar to the UK Internet provider blockades. If Ecatel fails to comply, it faces a penalty of 5,000 for each illegal stream, to a maximum of 1,500,000.
While the order is good news for the Premier League, it will be hard to enforce, since Ecatel LTD was dissolved last year. Another hosting company called Novogara was previously linked with Ecatel and is still active, but that is not mentioned in the court order.
This means that the order will mostly be valuabl...
Last week a joint report published by security firm Lookout and digital civil rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation detailed the activity of a long-running hacking group linked to the Beirut Government and tracked as Dark Caracal. The hacking campaigns conducted by Dark Caracal leverage a custom Android malware included in fake versions of secure messaging apps like Signal and WhatsApp.
The malware implements classic RAT features, such as taking screenshots and running arbitrary commands on the infected systems.
At the time of its discovery, the malware was not detected by almost all the anti-virus software (only two out of 58).
The Dark Caracal attack chain implemented relies primarily on social engineering, the hackers used messages sent to the victims via Facebook group and WhatsApp messages. At a high-level, the hackers have designed three different kinds of phishing messages to trick victims into visiting a compromised website, a typical watering hole attack.
The popular former NSA hacker Patrick Wardle published a detailed analysis of the CrossRAT malware.
Once executed on the victims system, CrossRAT will determine the operating system its running on to trigger the proper installation procedure.
On Linux systems, the RAT also a...
As the Boards themselves are sometimes courageous enough to note
Summary: The ongoing refusal to obey the rulings of judges (regarding an illegal attack on other judges) shows the Battistelli regime for what it truly is (necessitating immediate removal of immunity)
We have just uploaded a local copy of the document regarding immunity and issues associated with it (published earlier this week and mentioning the EPO extensively). It was covered yesterday in relation to Battistellis war against justice and against the EPC. This war carries on. It even intensifies further, albeit somewhat covertly (they just keep uttering sound bites like perception of independence while sending judges to exile).
We now have two separable but related issues: 1. the EPO breaks laws and; 2. it does not obey the courts, either (when found to have broken laws). Its not even obeying ILOAT and its sending Corcoran to exile. We wrote three articles about it so far [1, 2, 3] and some media belatedly takes note. The only new bit of information there is that Corcoran is being given only weeks notice. This cites a letter:
In a letter addressed to the heads of delegations of the administrative council, the EPOs Central Staff Committee said that the office had informed Corcoran he would be permanently tra...
Via: Reuters: Donald Trump flew into the sanctum of the global elite on Thursday to promote his tax cuts and deregulation policies to CEOs and bankers, many of whom are eager to invest in the United States despite reservations about his turbulent presidency. The first sitting U.S. president to visit the World Economic Forum in 
Prime Minister Theresa May has not abandoned her usual crusades:
On a break from Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May takes her crusade against technology giants to Davos.
"No-one wants to be known as 'the terrorists' platform' or the first choice app for pedophiles," May is expected to say according to excerpts released by her office ahead of her speech Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "Technology companies still need to go further in stepping up their responsibilities for dealing with harmful and illegal online activity."
Don't forget the slave traders.
Luckily, May has a solution... Big AI:
After two years of repeatedly bashing social media companies, May will say that successfully harnessing the capabilities of AI -- and responding to public concerns about AI's impact on future generations -- is "one of the greatest tests of leadership for our time."
May will unveil a new government-funded Center for Data Ethics and Innovation that will provide companies and policymakers guidance on the ethical use of artificial intelligence.
This Kat is no watchdog but a lapdog
Last nights photo op shows Stephen Jones almost holding hands with Battistelli
Summary: The sad state of affairs in the patent microcosm (or litigation lobby), as Team UPC not only tolerates human rights abuses but also contributes to them by showing support for Battistelli (an alliance of convenience)
WHEN Stephen Jones entered IP Kat (last summer) we immediately complained that it would further embolden censorship of EPO scandals and contribute to UPC lobbying (already rampant there, mostly due to Bristows and more recently also Eibhlin Vardy).
IP Kats pushing/advocacy/promotion of the UPC (usually by Bristows) was further bolstered when it began censoring comments critical of the UPC and refused to cover EPO scandals, even deleting entire threads of comments because they criticised abuses at the EPO. Bristows staff was limiting comments while pushing their lobbying agenda (and actually deleting unwanted comments). In their own blog, Bristows does not permit comments at all, so yesterdays post, for example, will remain unchallenged in spite of spin and inaccuracies.
The sad thing is that in a sense, the Kat has been participating in the EPOs attacks on the Boards of Appeal every time it promoted the unconstitutional and abusive UPC.
Where does the above photo come from? The EPOs Web site
(time-stamped 8 hours ago). Its specifically
aimed at promoting the UPC (warning:
epo.org link) and even mentions it explicitly:
High-level representatives and experts of the EPO, led by President Benot Battistelli, met yesterday in Munich with a delegation of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) headed by its President, Stephen Jones.
The meeting allowed the EPO and CIPA to confirm that Brexit will have no consequence on UK membership of the E...
Donald Trump's alleged hatred of sharks has inspired people to financially support international shark charities.
The US president's dislike for the marine animal was revealed last week in an In Touch Weekly interview with adult film actress Stormy Daniels. He reportedly said that he would never give money to shark charities, adding: "I hope all sharks die."
Shark conservation groups have since noted an uptick in donations, one with the message: "Because Trump." Charities such as Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society told MarketWatch they had an outpouring of donations.
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Facebook, Twitter and Google on Thursday outlined their efforts to keep state-sponsored groups from manipulating their platforms and interfering in the U.S. political process.The companies detailed their efforts in 100 pages of responses to...
Now that web pages weigh in at tens of megabytes and make scores of external calls, those with bandwidth caps are in for a raw deal unless the trend turns. A pseudo-anonymous blogger makes the appeal to please keep your blog light, as in kilobytes per page rather than megabytes.
The light went on for him when moving to a mobile service plan with a 25MB per month limit. It turns out that 25MB is barely enough to load seven blog posts from the site Medium. There the pages can be 3.26MB each and 25 divded by 3.26 is only about 7.6. Pages of that size would have taken close to 10 minutes to load over an old dialup connection. Most other sites are just as bad or worse. He walks through some easy steps to guarantee a lean web site with low bandwidth requirements and fast load times.
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Its hard to ignore the irony of the leader of the Catholic religion decrying intolerant and hypersensitive attitudes, to which Catholic dogma has contributed for centuries.Illustration by DonkeyHotey / Flickr
Pope Francis may be the first pontiff in Roman Catholic history to embrace the voice of the modern pundit. In 2015, he wrote an encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si, which the New Yorker described as a blistering indictment of the human failure to care for Earth and a poignant description of the momentous choice now confronting every government, corporation, and person on the planet. So perhaps it was just a matter of time before the head of the Roman Catholic Church pivoted from God to another global problemfake news.
The scale and danger of global disinformation may not be as grand and existential as the prospect of a warming planet, but that didnt stop the pope from recently penning what the New York Times called a major document about the phenomenon of fake news. In it, he wrote, Untrue stories can spread so quickly that even authoritative denials fail to contain the damage.
The Catholic Church amassed much of its vast following and
fortune, still held to
A new study suggests a biosignature that the James Webb Space Telescope could search for:
The new study looks at the history of life on Earth, the one inhabited planet we know, to find times where the planet's atmosphere contained a mixture of gases that are out of equilibrium and could exist only in the presence of living organisms anything from pond scum to giant redwoods. In fact, life's ability to make large amounts of oxygen has only occurred in the past one-eighth of Earth's history.
By taking a longer view, the researchers identified a new combination of gases that would provide evidence of life: methane plus carbon dioxide, minus carbon monoxide.
"We need to look for fairly abundant methane and carbon dioxide on a world that has liquid water at its surface, and find an absence of carbon monoxide," said co-author David Catling, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences. "Our study shows that this combination would be a compelling sign of life. What's exciting is that our suggestion is doable, and may lead to the historic discovery of an extraterrestrial biosphere in the not-too-distant future."
Also at Popular Mechanics.
Disequilibrium biosignatures over Earth history and implications for detecting exoplanet life (open, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aao5747) (DX)
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In a forthcoming Windows 10 release, Microsoft will let you view the telemetry data that the OS collects via a new Windows 10 app called Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer.
Microsoft announced its commitment to "be fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected" from Windows devices today and the release of the application adds options to Windows 10 to view collected Telemetry data.
Microsoft says that it wants to increase trust and confidence, and give users increased control over the data.
[...] You need Windows 10 build 17083 or newer to access the new data viewer. You can access the tool with a tap on Windows-I to open the Settings application, and the selection of Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback in the window that opens.
[...] Diagnostic Data Viewer is a Windows application to review Telemetry (diagnostic) data that Microsoft collects on the device to send it to company servers for analysis.
Note: Microsoft notes that enabling the feature may require up to 1 Gigabyte of additional hard drive space for storage.
A click on the button launches the application's Microsoft Store page on first run. You need to install the application from there before it becomes available.
[...] You find options to export the data to CSV files and to open the Privacy Dashboard on the Internet and the Privacy Settings on the local device as well there.
Search functionality is available which you use to find specific event data. The app returns event data that matches the entered text. Type your name, email addresses, PC name, IP address or any other data that you can think of to run searches across all Telemetry data that Microsoft collected on the device.
While you may use the search for that, you may click on any event listed in the sidebar to access it directly. The data is quite extensive, especially if Telemetry data collecting is set to full and not to basic. I had hundreds of events listed on the Windows 10 Insider build PC after the update to the most recent version. It will take some time to go through the information.
For those planning to pick up a Raven Ridge laptop or the forthcoming desktop APUs, the Mesa driver now has patches for enabling H.265/HEVC video encode support for VCN 1.0 on Raven hardware...
Earlier this week I posted some benchmarks looking at Intel Pentium vs. AMD Ryzen 3 performance for Linux gaming. Those tests on the Pentium and Ryzen systems were done with both NVIDIA and AMD Radeon graphics for seeing how the gaming performance compares in the spectrum of sub-$100 CPUs and cheap graphics cards. But for those that were just curious about the CPU performance, here are some benchmarks I also carried out with the Pentium G4600 Kabylake and AMD Ryzen 3 1200.
A huge range of expressive worksincluding books, documentaries, televisions shows, and songsdepict real people. Should celebrities have a veto right over speech that happens to be about them? A case currently before the California Court of Appeal raises this question. In this case, actor Olivia de Havilland has sued FX asserting that FXs television series Feud infringed de Havillands right of publicity. The trial court found that de Havilland had a viable claim because FX had attempted to portray her realistically and had benefited financially from that portrayal.
Together with the Wikimedia Foundation and the Organization for Transformative Works, EFF has filed an amicus brief [PDF] in the de Havilland case arguing that the trial court should be overruled. Our brief argues that the First Amendment should shield creative expression like Feud from right of publicity claims. The right of publicity is a cause of action for commercial use of a persons identity. It makes good sense when applied to prevent companies from, say, falsely claiming that a celebrity endorsed their product. But when it is asserted against creative expression, it can burden First Amendment rights.
Courts have struggled to come up with a consistent and coherent standard for how the First Amendment should limit the right of publicity. California courts have applied a rule called the transformative use test that considers whether the work somehow transforms the identity or likeness of the celebrity. In Comedy III Productions v. Gary Saderup, the California Supreme Court found that the defendants etchings were not protected because they were merely literal, conventional depictions of the Three Stooges. In contrast, in Winter v. DC Comics, the same court found comic book depictions of Johnny and Edgar Winter to be protected because they transformatively portrayed the brothers as half-human/half-worm creatures....
Will the transhumanist path forward lead us to singularity of posthuman superintelligence a-la Ray Kurzweil?
I think that the definition of being human is about to change a lot in the next century, says Michelle Thaller, astronomer and Assistant Director for Science Communication at NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Human beings next evolutionary leap is going to take us beyond our biological existence. How do you feel about merging with an artificial intelligence?
Deepgeek, Klaatu, and Lostnbronx look back at the flappers and speakeasies of the 1920's and 30's, and attempt to draw a line from the newly independent women of that era, up through the Playboy Bunnies of the 1950's, all the way to today. Are things better or worse? Is what we "know" about history really important? And do the Info-Underground boys have any clue what they're even talking about?
Facebook informed Congress in newly released documents that it could not prove or disprove collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russians who may have used the online platform to try to sway opinions during the 2016 presidential...
Overnight Tech: Employee who sent false missile alert not cooperating with FCC | Trump nominates four to the FTC | Hatch unveils bill on high-skilled visas | New push for broadband infrastructure "IndyWatch Feed Tech"
EMPLOYEE RESPONSIBLE FOR FALSE ALERT NOT COOPERATING WITH FCC: The employee responsible for sending a false mobile alert across Hawaii warning of an incoming ballistic missile is not cooperating with Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...
A draft budget proposal would end support for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025. The U.S. was previously committed to operating at the ISS until 2024:
The Trump administration is preparing to end support for the International Space Station program by 2025, according to a draft budget proposal reviewed by The Verge. Without the ISS, American astronauts could be grounded on Earth for years with no destination in space until NASA develops new vehicles for its deep space travel plans.
The draft may change before an official budget request is released on February 12th. However, two people familiar with the matter have confirmed to The Verge that the directive will be in the final proposal. We reached out to NASA for comment, but did not receive a response by the time of publication.
Also at the Wall Street Journal.
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(Wherein I rant about how bad CUPS has become.)
I had to set up two new printers recently. CUPS hasn't gotten any better since the last time I bought a printer, maybe five years ago; in fact, it's gotten quite a bit worse. I'm amazed at how difficult it was to add these fairly standard laser printers, both of which I'd researched beforehand to make sure they worked with Linux.
It took me about three hours for the first printer. The second one, a few weeks later, "only" took about 45 minutes ... at which point I realized I'd better write everything down so it'll be faster if I need to do it again, or if I get the silly notion that I might want to print from another computer, like my laptop.
I used the CUPS web interface; I didn't try any of the command-line tools.
In the CUPS web interface, after you log in and click on Administration, whether you click on Find New Printers or Add Printer, you're faced with a bunch of identical options with no clue how to choose between them. For example, Find New Printers with a Dell E310dw connected shows:
- [Add This Printer] Virtual Braille BRF Printer (CUPS-BRF)
- [Add This Printer] Dell Printer E310dw (Dell Printer E310dw)
- [Add This Printer] Dell Printer E310dw (Dell Printer E310dw)
- [Add This Printer] Dell Printer E310dw (Dell Printer E310dw (driverless))
What is a normal human supposed to do with this? What's the difference between the three E210dw entries and which one am I supposed to choose? (Skipping ahead: None of them.) And why is it finding a virtual Braille BRF Printer?
The only way to find out the difference is to choose one, click on Next and look carefully at the URL. For the three E310dw options above, that gives:
Again skipping ahead: none of those are actually right. Go ahead, try all three of them and see. You'll get error messages about empty PPD files. But while you're trying them, write down, for each one, the URL listed as Connection (something like the dnssd:, lpd: or ipp: URLs listed above); and note, in the driver list after you click on your manufacturer, how many entries there are for your printer model, and where they show up in the list. You'll need that information later.
Muttering about the idiocy of all this -- why ship empty drivers that won't...
A team of researchers with the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology in the Republic of Korea has developed a glucose monitoring contact lens that its makers claim is comfortable enough to wear. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their contact lens and suggests it could be ready for commercial use within five years.
Diabetes results in unmanageable glucose levels, requiring those who have the disease to monitor and adjust them with insulin or medicine. Monitoring, unfortunately, requires pricking a finger to retrieve a blood sample for testing, which most people do not like. For that reason, scientists seek another way. A new method employs a contact lens. Prior research has shown glucose levels in tears follows that of glucose levels in the blood in many respects. To date, there are no commercially available contact lens products because, as the researchers note, they are made of hard materials that are uncomfortable in the eye. They claim to have overcome that problem by breaking apart the pieces of their sensing device and encapsulating each in a soft polymer and then connecting them together in a flexible mesh.
The polymer is the same type used in conventional contact lenses. The components of the device consist of a graphene-based sensor, a rectifier, LED display and a stretchable antenna. Power for the sensor is still externalit is held in the air a minimum of nine millimeters from the lens. The LED glows during normal conditions and turns off when high levels of glucose are detected. The flexibility of the lens and sensor components also allows for removal of the device in the same way as normal contact lensesby grabbing and bending.
Not to be confused with Coreboot or its former name of LinuxBIOS, the Linux Foundation today announced LinuxBoot as a new initiative for replacing system firmware with the Linux kernel/drivers...
Here's a 34c3 conference report in CSO suggesting that the BSDs are losing developers. "von Sprundel says he easily found around 115 kernel bugs across the three BSDs, including 30 for FreeBSD, 25 for OpenBSD, and 60 for NetBSD. Many of these bugs he called 'low-hanging fruit.' He promptly reported all the bugs, but six months later, at the time of his talk, many remained unpatched. 'By and large, most security flaws in the Linux kernel don't have a long lifetime. They get found pretty fast,' von Sprundel says. 'On the BSD side, that isn't always true. I found a bunch of bugs that have been around a very long time.' Many of them have been present in code for a decade or more."
Mirantis brought back its original CEO and Co-founder Adrian Ionel (pictured), to move the company beyond private cloud and help its customers adopt multi-cloud strategies. Alex Freeland, who is also a co-founder, will step down as CEO but remain a board member.
Ionel served as CEO from the companys launch in 2011 until 2015, when he left to start up Dorsal, an open source software support firm. During his initial tenure at Mirantis he led the companys investment in OpenStack, growing its customer base to more than 200 enterprises.
A new Coreboot frame-buffer driver has been published for the Linux kernel that allows reusing of the frame-buffer setup by Coreboot during the hardware initialization process.
Re-using the frame-buffer setup by Coreboot when initializing the graphics hardware can make for a faster booting system due to useless...
Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox), Debian (firefox-esr, gcab, and poppler), Fedora (clamav and firefox), Mageia (bind, firefox, glibc, graphicsmagick, squid, systemd, and virtualbox), openSUSE (firefox, GraphicsMagick, libexif, and libvpx), Red Hat (389-ds-base, dhcp, kernel, kernel-alt, kernel-rt, and nautilus), Scientific Linux (389-ds-base, dhcp, kernel, and nautilus), Slackware (curl), SUSE (kernel and webkit2gtk3), and Ubuntu (firefox, libtasn1-6, and mysql-5.5).
The shipping giant Maersk was one of the companies that suffered the NotPetya massive attack, in August 2017 the company announced that it would incur hundreds of millions in U.S. dollar losses due to the ransomware massive attack.
According to the second quarter earnings report, there were expecting losses between $200 million and $300 million due to significant business interruption because the company was forced to temporarily halt critical systems infected with the ransomware.
Now the Mller-Maersk chair Jim Hagemann Snabe has shared further details on the attack suffered by the company during a speech at the World Economic Forum this week.
Snabe explained that the attack forced the IT staff to reinstall 4,000 new servers, 45,000 new PCs, and 2,500 applications, practically a complete infrastructure.
The IT staff worked hard for ten days to restore normal operations.
And that was done in a heroic effort over ten days, Snabe said.
Normally I come from the IT industry you would say that would take six months. I can only thank the employees and partners we had doing that.
Snabe defined the incident as a very significant wake-up call, a strong security posture for a company is essential for the development of its business.
Snabe pointed out that Maersk was the victim of the militarization of a cyberspace, the damages were caused by a cyber weapon used by a foreign government to hit Ukraine.
Maersk ship docks worldwide every...
President Trump has put forth four nominees to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has been operating with only two of its five seats filled throughout his administration.The names are not entirely new. Last year, Trump announced his...
Congress is making a push to get rural internet access projects funded through President Trumps promised $1.7 trillion infrastructure plan.Lawmakers representing rural areas have argued that many of their constituents are losing out on economic and...
New extensive study shares recent discoveries and sheds light on the role of telomere length in human diseases and aging. Part 3 of 3.
Newly published research reports on the accuracy of telomere length as a biomarker of aging, and its role in maximum human lifespan.
New research reports on the accuracy of telomere length as a biomarker of aging, and its role in maximum human lifespan. Part 1 of 3.
You are not alone, Netflix is down for many while for some
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Back in the day, The Pirate Bay was famous for its amusing responses to legal threats. Instead of complying with takedown notices, it sent witty responses to embarrass the senders.
Today the notorious torrent site gives copyright holders the silent treatment, but the good-old Pirate Bay spirit still lives on elsewhere.
Earlier today the anonymous domain registration service Njalla, which happens to be a venture of TPB co-founder Peter Sunde, posted a series of noteworthy responses it sent to The New York Times (NYT) legal department.
The newspaper warned the registration service about one of its customers, paywallnews.com, which offers the news services content without permission. Since this is a violation of The Times copyrights, according to the paper, Njalla should take action or face legal consequences.
NYT: Accordingly, we hereby demand that you immediately provide us with contact information including email addresses for both the actual owner of the paywallnew.com website, and for the hosting provider on which the paywallnew.com website is located.
If we have not heard from you within three (3) business days of receipt of this letter, we will have no choice but to pursue all available legal remedies.
Njalla is no stranger to threats of this kind but were somewhat offended by the harsh language, it seems. The company, therefore, decided to inform the NYT that there are more friendly ways to reach out.
Njalla: Thanks for that lovely e-mail. Its always good to communicate with people that in their first e-mail use words as we demand, pursue all available legal remedies and so forth. Id like to start out with some free (as in no cost) advice: please update your boiler threat letters to actually try what most people try first: being nice. Its not expensive (actually the opposite) and actually it works much better than your method (source: a few tens of thousands years of human development that would not have been as efficient with threats as it would have been with cooperation).
In addition, Njalla also included a request of its own. They kindly asked (no demand) the newspapers legal department for proof that they are who they say they are. You can never be too cautious, after all....
FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds asserts Pierre Omidyar decided to create The Intercept to not only take ownership of the Snowden leaks but also to continue his blockade against WikiLeaks and create a "honey trap" for whistleblowers.
WikiLeaks, the transparency organization known for publishing leaked documents that threaten the powerful, finds itself under pressure like never before, as does its editor-in-chief, Julian Assange. Now, the fight to silence Wikileaks is not only being waged by powerful government figures but also by the media, including outlets and organizations that have styled themselves as working to protect whistleblowers.
As this three-part series seeks to show, these outlets and organizations are being stealthily guided by the hands of special interests, not the public interest they claim to serve. Part I focuses on the Freedom of the Press Foundation, The Intercept, and the oligarch who has strongly influenced both organizations in his long-standing fight to silence WikiLeaks.
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Billionaire Democratic donor George Soros on Thursday took aim at President Trump and tech giants during an appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.I consider the Trump administration a danger to the world...
Deep-learning algorithm uses car and bicycle dataset to fly a drone autonomously Photo: Robotics and Perception Group/University of Zurich
Two years ago, roboticists from Davide Scaramuzza's lab at the University of Zurich used a set of pictures taken by cameras mounted on a hikers head to train a deep neural network, which was then able to fly an inexpensive drone along forest paths without running into anything. This is cool, for two reasons: The first is that you can use this technique to make drones with minimal on-board sensing and computing fully autonomous, and the second is that you can do so without collecting dedicated drone-centric training datasets first.
In a new paper appearing in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters , Scaramuzza and one of his Ph.D. students, Antonio Loquercio, along with collaborators Ana I. Maqueda and Carlos R. del-Blanco from Universidad Politcnica de Madrid, in Spain, present some new work in which theyve trained a drone to autonomously fly through the streets of a city, and theyve done it with data collected by cars and bicycles.A car and bicycle image datasets were used to train DroNet, a convolutional neural network that can fly a drone through the streets of a city
Most autonomous drones (and most autonomous robots in general) that don't navigate using a pre-existing map rely on some flavor of simultaneous localization and mapping, or (as the researchers put it), "map-localize-plan." Building a map, localizing yourself on that map, and then planning safe motion is certainly a reliable way to move around, but it requires big, complex, and of course very expensive, power-hungry sensors and computers. And if were going to make commercial drones work, thats just not feasible.
Fortunately, its possible to replace all that hardware with a more data-driven approach. Given a large enough dataset showing the right way of doing things, you can train a neural network to respond to simple inputs (like images from a monocular camera) with behaviors that are, if not necessarily complex, at least what a human would probably do. Unfortunately, you can't easily collect training data in a real, busy environment like a city. Fortunately, there are already plenty of datasets available for these kinds of environments, thanks to the whole self-driving car thing thats been going on for a while. Unfortunately, these datasets arent ideal for training a drone not...
The 234 million or so unique Reddit users are finally getting the option of setting up 2-factor authentication for their account(s). Why is that important? With over 540 million monthly visitors, social news aggregator Reddit is one of the top ten most popular websites in the world. You dont need to open an account to peruse its content, but if you want to participate in discussions on one of its countless subreddits, youll have to More
The progress is stunning made by a lone developer on the DXVK project for mapping the Direct3D 11 graphics API on top of Vulkan for allowing better performance/support for D3D11 games on Wine...
Posted by Andy LoPresto on Jan 25The Apache NiFi PMC would like to announce the following CVE discovery in Apache NiFi 1.1.0 - 1.3.0. This issue was
California Typewriter, AlphaGo, and The Farthest Photo: Gravitas Ventures
Last August, IEEE Spectrum plucked three films from the video deluge that we felt were particularly suited for engineers. Now, weve waded back in to bring you three more apropos documentaries that have recently become available to stream or download.
We murdered it. There is no one more directly to blame for the demise of the typewriter than EEs. We built the computers and the displays that birthed word processing, and swept a century-old technology from homes and offices. (In one sense, though, we immortalized the typewriter even as we killed it, with QWERTY keyboards still flashing up on our smartphones when it comes time to actually write anything.) So its only fitting to honor the typewriter by watching this documentary. California Typewriter follows three threads: a collector on the hunt for a surviving example of the first commercially successful typewriter; an artist who dismantles typewriters and turns the pieces into sculpture; and a struggling typewriter repair shop in Berkeley, Calif. (Of particular interest to me was the enormous variety of designs found in 19th-century typewriters, reminiscent of the variety found during the mini- and microcomputer boom that lasted from 1965 to 1985.) You might come away thinking theres some life in these mechanical contraptions yet.
AlphaGo tells the story of the Go contest where humanity went down.
In 1844, Alexandre Dumas described a telecom hack based on insider threats and social engineering Photo: Nadar/The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Book: Bantam Classic The French writer Alexandre Dumas described a technological hack that exploited personal foibles.
What can a 174-year-old French novel possibly have to say about cybersecurity? Quite a lot, it turns out. Alexandre Dumass The Count of Monte Cristo was published in 1844, and so he of course knew nothing about the Internet and probably little about electricity. But the writer had a keen understanding of human nature and how people interact with technology, and he saw how technological attacks could by engineered by exploiting personal foibles.
The communications technology at the heart of The Count of Monte Cristo is the telegraph, although not the familiar electric telegraph. That telegraph was still being developed when Dumas was writing his novel. In 1837, Charles Cooke and William Wheatstone demonstrated their electric telegraph system in London, and Samuel Morse patented the idea for his telegraph in the United States.Image: Photo12/UIG/Getty Images A 1793 etching of an optical telegraph tower, part of a national network used by the French revolutionary government.
The telegraph of The Count of Monte Cristo is the optical telegraph. Starting in the 1790s, the French built and operated this long-distance communications system, which eventually included two main lines, one running from the English Channel to the Mediterranean and the other from Spain to Belgium. Each line consisted of a string of towers, spaced roughly 10 kilometers apart. At the top of each tower was a semaphorea large rotatable crossbeam with a short movable arm at each end. When a message was being transmitted, each towers operator would adjust the semaphore to match the semaphore at the previous tower; the next towers operator would do the same, and so the message would travel down the line. [For a fuller account of how the optical telegraph operated, see Gerald J. Holzmann and Bjrn Pehrsons...
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The social media giant may be guilty of violating of California law regarding discriminating against a political class, and being deceptive to their customer base. Twitter, by discriminating against people on the right, has exposed itself to a potential cascade of legal liabilityincluding a potential class action suit.
Despite being from dangerous.com, this is not an attempted troll. The author gives a quite interesting analysis of Twitter's potential legal issues in censoring political speech in California.
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The activity of the Lazarus Group surged in 2014 and 2015, its members used mostly custom-tailored malware in their attacks and experts that investigated on the crew consider it highly sophisticated.
This threat actor has been active since at least 2009, possibly as early as 2007, and it was involved in both cyber espionage campaigns and sabotage activities aimed to destroy data and disrupt systems. Security researchers discovered that North Korean Lazarus APT group was behind attacks on banks, including the Bangladesh cyber heist.
In the last campaigns against financial firms, the cyber spies launched watering hole attacks and leveraged a variant of the Lazarus-linked RATANKBA Trojan.
The malware known as RATANKBA is just one of the weapons in Lazarus arsenal. This malicious software, which could have been active since late 2016, was used in a recent campaign targeting financial institutions using watering hole attacks. The variant used during these attacks (TROJ_RATANKBA.A) delivered multiple payloads that include hacking tools and software targeting banking systems. reads the analysis published by Trend Micro.
The researchers identified and hacked in some servers u...
Last year we witnessed the elimination of critical privacy and network neutrality protections in the broadband market. But these moves would be less dangerous if we were able to vote with our wallets, and choose a provider that respected our privacy and didnt engage in unfair data discrimination. Unfortunately, most of us have only one choice for high-speed Internet; if Comcast behaves badly we can complain but we cant hit them where it really hurts by switching to someone else.
The good news: communities across the country are trying to fix that by developing their own community broadband networks. And some members of Congress trying to help. Led by Congresswoman Eshoo, Congress recently introduced HR 4814, the Community Broadband Act of 2018, to empower local citizens to explore community broadband as a means to induce competition and lower prices. In particular, the bill tackles barriers raised by laws in more than 20 states that prevent local communities from building their own networks.
If the bill passes, it could clear the way for an explosion of new experimentation. While not all community broadband effort have flourished several markets that have embraced community broadband options have succeeded in offering faster and cheaper broadband access. For example, Chattanooga, Tennessee long ago deployed a community broadband network from their local utility after the found they were being left behind in the digital age. Today, the people of that city pay $70 a month for symmetrical gigabit service, which is comparable to many Google Fiber markets. And while it may not make sense in every community, denying people the opportunity to explore the option in its entirety effectively green lights the local monopoly to engage in anti-consumer conduct.
In EFFs own backyard of San Francisco, the local government is actively exploring building out its own fiber optic platform for all comers to sell broadband access to its citizens, and has proactively committed to supporting network neutrality and user privacy. The citys...
Googles parent company Alphabet has announced its entry into the lucrative enterprise cybersecurity market through Chronicle, a company started in early 2016 as a project at X, Alphabets moonshot factory. Chronicle has now graduated to the status of an independent company within Alphabet, and is lead by Stephen Gillett, formerly an executive-in-residence at Google Ventures and Chief Operating Officer of Symantec. VirusTotal, a malware intelligence service acquired by Google in 2012, will be become a More
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is bringing on new talent from the private sector to bolster its cyber defenses ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. DNC Chairman Tom Perez announced Thursday that the committee has hired Bob Lord, who...
The employee responsible for sending a false mobile alert across Hawaii warning of an incoming ballistic missile is not cooperating with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) investigations looking into the matter, an FCC official said Thursday....
You are not alone, Facebook and Instagram are down for
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This white paper provides an introduction to crosstalk with a specific focus on signal integrity applications offering guidelines of what to watch out for when measuring crosstalk.
Although crosstalk has been around for a long time, theres a growing interest in crosstalk as data-rates continue to increase and ICs/PCBs continue to shrink. This white paper provides an introduction to crosstalk with a specific focus on signal integrity applications offering guidelines of what to watch out for when measuring crosstalk.
Using a simple simulation we will show why crosstalk is becoming so important in high-speed digital communication and why system level tools such as bit error rate testers and oscilloscopes are not ideal for pinpointing crosstalk issues and certainly not for troubleshooting.
We will also cover the two measurement methods; time domain and frequency domain, and look at why the dynamic range of an instrument is less of a worry for signal integrity applications, while understanding measurement uncertainty is critical for obtaining repeatable measurements.
Finally, we will look more closely at Vector Network Analyzers as tool for signal integrity measurements and calibration techniques for minimizing measurement uncertainties.
The technique, described in Nature on 24 January, works more like a high-speed Etch a Sketch: it uses forces conveyed by a set of near-invisible laser beams to trap a single particle of a plant fibre called cellulose and heat it unevenly. That allows researchers to push and pull the cellulose around. A second set of lasers projects visible light red, green and blue onto the particle, illuminating it as it moves through space. Humans cannot discern images at rates faster than around 10 per second, so if the particle is moved fast enough, its trajectory appears as a solid line like a sparkler moving in the dark. And if the image changes quickly enough, it seems to move. The display can be overlaid on real objects and viewers can walk around it in real space.
The images created so far are tiny just millimetres across. And only simple line drawings can be created at the speeds needed to fashion moving images. The team managed to depict a moving spiral line drawing and the static outline of a butterfly. The technique needs substantial development but is a simple design with huge potential for improvement, says William Wilson, a researcher in nanotechnology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The PCI Security Standards Council has announced a new PCI Security Standard for software-based PIN entry on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) devices such as smartphones and tablets. What are we talking about here? Stores that offer customers the possibility to purchase things with their payment card usually have a hardware terminal and PIN entry device. But this can be too pricey an option for small merchants in markets that require EMV chip-and-PIN acceptance. A cheaper option More
In 1996, Dolly the sheep became the first mammal to be cloned from a somatic cell. Twenty years later, scientists have succeeded in using the same technique on primatesas detailed in a study published today in the journal Cell, two long-tailed macaque monkeys were born at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai.
A Democratic senator is blasting the leader of the FBI over recent comments he made about encryption, calling them ill-informed.Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wrote a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday criticizing him for advocating for...
Dr. West keynoted at the very first SENS conference, back in 2003 in Cambridge, and its a true delight
Taking place this week in Sydney, Australia is the 2018 Linux.Conf.Au conference. For those that can't make the event, there's a livestream, but if the time difference impacts you, the recordings are now beginning to trickle in via YouTube...
GNOME developer Adrien Plazas has joined Purism as part of their effort of getting GTK+ applications on the Librem 5 smart-phone...
While we frequently do Linux OS/distribution performance comparisons on the latest Intel desktop and server hardware, some requests came in recently about looking closer at the fastest Linux distribution(s) when running on AMD's Ryzen desktop processors. Here are benchmarks of ten popular Linux distributions tested out-of-the-box on Ryzen 7 1800X and Threadripper 1950X systems.
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It is sort of an electronics rule 34 that if something occurs, someone needs to sense it. [Bblorgggg], for reasons that aren't immediately obvious, needs to sense ants moving over trees. No kidding. How are you going to do that? His answer was to use graphene.
Silly Putty, which is just silicone putty, gives the graphene an unusually large dynamic range. That is, it can detect large pressures (say, a finger pressing) and still detect a very faint pressure (like your heart beating through the finger). Apparently, the graphene lines up to become pretty conductive in the putty and then any deformation causes the resistance to go up. However, when the pressure subsides, the graphene lines back up.
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This application note covers some of the measurements of interest, setup considerations, possible measurement performance, and examples of measurement procedures.
As fiber and free-space optical communication bandwidths increase, the need for very high speed optical modulators and detectors has also increased. The frequency response characterization of these electrical-to-optical (E/O, modulators sometimes integrated with lasers) and optical-to-electrical (O/E, photo detectors and receivers) converters can be important in terms of such parameters as bandwidth, flatness, phase linearity and group delay. This application note covers some of the measurements of interest, setup considerations, possible measurement performance, and examples of measurement procedures.
Becoming accomplished with a lathe is a powerful skillset, but its only half of the journey. Being clever comes later, and its the second part of the course. Patience is in there somewhere too, but lets focus on being clever. [TimNummy] wants a knobbed bolt with critical parameters, so he makes his own. After the break, there is a sixty-second summary of the linked video.
Making stock hardware is a beginners tasks, so custom hardware requires ingenuity or expensive machinery. Adding finger notches to a bolthead is arbitrary with an indexing chuck, but one isnt available. Instead, hex stock becomes a jig, and the flat sides are utilized to hold the workpiece at six intermittent angles. We cant argue with the results which look like a part that would cost a pretty penny.
Using material found in the workshop is what being clever is all about. Hex brass stock comes with tight tolerances on the sides and angles so why not take advantage of that?
In a new study, researchers propose that TIGIT is a marker of T cell senescence and exhaustion in the immune system. However, not only is TIGIT just a biomarker, it is also a potential therapeutic target; as the researcher team discovered, lowering levels of TIGIT resulted in the restoration of some lost function in T cell populations that were experiencing high levels of senescence and exhaustion.
In a new study, researchers propose that TIGIT is a marker of T cell senescence and exhaustion in the immune system. However, not only is TIGIT just a biomarker, it is also a potential therapeutic target; as the researcher team discovered, lowering levels of TIGIT resulted in the restoration of some lost function in T cell populations that were experiencing high levels of senescence and exhaustion.
Aging is associated with immune dysfunction, especially T-cell defects, which result in increased susceptibility to various diseases. Previous studies showed that T cells from aged mice express multiple inhibitory receptors, providing evidence of the relationship between T-cell exhaustion and T-cell senescence. In this study, we showed that T-cell immunoglobulin and immunoreceptor tyrosine-based inhibitory motif (ITIM) domain (TIGIT), a novel co-inhibitory receptor, was upregulated in CD8 + T cells of elderly adults. Aged TIGIT + CD8 + T cells expressed high levels of other inhibitory receptors including PD-1 and exhibited features of exhaustion such as downregulation of the key costimulatory receptor CD28, representative intrinsic transcriptional regulation, low production of cytokines, and high susceptibility to apoptosis. Importantly, their functional defects associated with aging were reversed by TIGIT knockdown.
Hey geeks and really interesting people out there, today we are doing a little resume on how you can deploy django app on heroku.
Yeah, even if you dont know anything about it, here you can learn how to do it, so keep reading to become a deployer master.
Is kinda obvious, but first, you need to have a Heroku account, is you already have it skip this step, however if you dont, you can create a Heroku account in like one minute or even less, you can choose the plan that is more suitable for the functionalities you need to have, this platform counts with 4 plans: Free that will cost you $0, and then the ones you need to pay to have, that are hobby, standard, and performance. This time we are working on the free plan.
I need to highlight something really important here, at the moment you create your account, you choose the primary development language, please be sure you select Python. After you finish all the steps you will receive a confirmation email.
Having your account next is installing the CLI for Heroku, this is the main tool you need to interact properly with Heroku, to do this you need first open the console, enter your user-name and password, of the account you already have or just create.
Then start creating a Heroku app, and next you need to connect to PostgreSQL, is kind of easy for those who already have experience on the field.
After you start creating your app, you can start configuring the Django apps for your Heroku system, you can try at first writing a really easy Django application, however, if you are a lot more experienced you can try to do one a little bit more complicated.
You need to have the requirements.txt file, this file contains a list of all you need for app packages, you need to create this file in the root folder. After you have this configured, you need to have the profile, this describes all the commands you will need to execute the app. And last in this step but not least; you need to have the runtime.txt, which is the file that specifies the Python version.
Then we need to separate the Django settings, this is necessary for the app you are creating is this start to grow. After you have it, you need to set up static files. First, you need to modify settings.py ? wsgi.py; that will assure you a correct display of files. After this step, it came the data configuration and the local launch.
If you complete all these steps correctly, you will just need to go and...
Dark Web has become a creepy place since it is
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Posted by Daniel Beck on Jan 25CVE-2017-1000505
The United States two top trading regulators on Wednesday asked Congress for more direct jurisdiction over cryptocurrency trading.Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC)...
By packing big antennas into tiny satellites, JPL engineers are making space science cheap Illustration: John MacNeill
One morning in November 2014, Kamal Oudrhiri, a colleague of mine at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in Pasadena, Calif., burst into my office with an intriguing proposition. A first-of-its-kind satellite was headed for Mars. The satellite would fly alongside NASAs InSight Mars Lander, relaying data in real time back to Earth during the landers critical entry, descent, and landing. We have to achieve 8 kilobits per second, and were limited in terms of power. Our only hope is a large antenna, Oudrhiri explained. Oh, and the satellite itself will be only about the size of a briefcase.
Nothing as diminutive as the Mars satellitewhich belongs to a class called CubeSatshad ever gone farther than low Earth orbit. The antenna would be stowed during launch, occupying only about 830 cubic centimeters. Shortly thereafter, it would unfurl to a size three times as large as the satellite itself. It would have to survive the 160-million-kilometer flight to the Red Planet, including the intense vibration of launch and the radiation and extreme temperatures of deep space. How hard could that be?
Fortunately, my colleagues and I love a challenge, and we welcomed the chance to push CubeSat technology to its limits. These tiny spacecraft have become the go-to vessel for researchers and startups doing Earth imaging and monitoring. Compared with traditional satellites, they are relatively inexpensive and small, weighing just a few kilograms, and they can be ready to launch in a matter of months, rather than the years it typically takes to prepare a standard spacecraft. Over time, the onboard sensors and processing that CubeSats can carry have been the beneficiaries of Moores Law advancements in electronics, growing more powerful and sophisticated, lighter in weight, and energy efficient.
Storing data as small molecules and getting them to compute by reacting could speed some computations Photo: Barry Rosenthal/Getty Images
A group of scientists and engineers at Brown University is planning to use chemicals in a droplet of fluid to store huge amounts of data and, eventually, get them to do complex calculations instantly. Theyve just received US $4.1 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to get started, and plan to borrow robots and automation from the pharmaceutical industry to speed their progress.
Were hoping that at the end of this well have a hard drive in a test tube, says Jacob Rosenstein, assistant professor of electrical engineering, who is co-leading the project with theoretical chemist Brenda Rubenstein.
Theres been a big push recently to store data as molecules of DNA, but the Brown chemical computing project will do things differently, potentially ending up with greater data density and quicker readouts.
If it seems like theyll need a lot of different chemicals to make this scheme do anything important, youre right. But that may not be a big problem at all. The Brown team will rely on a class of chemistry called Ugi reactions. These are combinations of four chemicals reacted together all at once to produce a small organic molecule. The pharmaceutical industry uses automated systems that react different combinations to produce millions of chemicals for testing as drugs.
So how do they tell which of those millions is actually in a drop of liquid? Rubenstein, Rosenstein, and their colleagues will use a technology called mass spectrometry. Its essentially the same technology used to find evidence of doping drugs in athlet...
Technically speaking, Google Photos Assistant did a pretty good job.
A NEW laser is being built that is powerful enough to rip apart empty space.
Kristen Fortney, CEO at BioAge Labs, joins our Life Extension Board.
The Twitter hashtag campaign #ReleaseTheMemo was partially driven by hundreds of Twitter accounts created just last week, according to CNN analysis.The media outlet found that more than 1,000 accounts that were created between the Thursday...
Tributes have been paid to actor Simon Shelton, best known for playing purple Teletubby Tinky Winky, following his death at the age of 52.
[...] The original Teletubbies ran on the BBC from 1997 to 2001 and spawned a number one single, called Teletubbies say 'Eh-oh!', in December 1997.
Speaking in 2008, Shelton said he had little inkling Teletubbies would be the success it was when he was cast as Tinky Winky.
"I didn't know it would be as big as it was, but I did know as soon as I started working on it that it had something special," he said.
The original Teletubbies series was watched by around one billion children in more than 120 countries in 45 languages.
Shelton, a father of three, lived in Ampthill in Bedfordshire.
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Sometimes you need something to be utterly, totally, irredeemably black. Not just a little bit black, not just really really really dark blue, but as black as it is possible to get. It might be to trap light in a camera or a telescope, for artistic purposes, or even to make your warplane a more difficult target for enemy missiles. Either way, were here to help, not to judge. So what are your options?
Well, first of all, theres the much-lauded Vantablack. The name itself is a clue as to its origin Vertically Aligned Nano Tube Arrays. It works by coating an object with a forest of carbon nanotubes in a complicated vacuum deposition process. When light hits the surface, some of it is absorbed by the nanotubes, and any that is reflected tends to be absorbed by neighbouring nanotubes rather than escaping the surface coating of the object.
Vantablack has the current crown for being the blackest black currently available, absorbing 99.965% of visible light. However, before you get too excited, it does have some drawbacks. In its original form, it has to...
Researchers from Fortinet FortiGuard Labs has discovered a strain of ransomware that only allows victims Monero payments and pretends to be a cryptocurrency-related password store.
The ransomware poses itself as a spritecoin wallet, it asks users to create their desired password, but instead of downloading the block-chain it encrypts the victims data files.
The malware asks for a 0.3 Monero ransom ($105 USD at the time of writing) and drops on the target system a ransom note of Your files are encrypted.
The malware includes an embedded SQLite engine, a circumstance that leads experts to believe it also implements a credentials harvesting feature for Chrome and Firefox credential store. The malicious code appends the .encrypted file extension to encrypted files (i.e. resume.doc.encrypted).
While decrypting the files, the Spritecoin ransomware also deploys another piece of malware that is able to harvest certificates, parse images, and control the web camera.
In a cruel twist, if the victim decides to pay and obtain a decryption key they are then delivered a new malicious executable [80685e4eb850f8c5387d1682b618927105673fe3a2692b5c1ca9c66fb62b386b], detected as W32/Generic!tr. reads the report.
While have not yet fully analyzed this malicious payload, we can verify that it does have the capability to activate web cameras and parse certificates and keys that will likely leave the victim more compromised than before.
The experts speculate the ransomware is being spread via forum spam that targets users interested in cryptocurrency.
A critical security flaw or bug in Motorola Moto G5 Plus
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The travel and hospitality industry suffers billions of losses each year due to fraud. With the right combination of other underground services (compromised accounts, credit cards, etc.) it is possible to cover almost every aspect of the holidays, including food and restaurants, shopping, entertainment, guided tours and more way beyond flights and hotels, Vladimir Kropotov, Researcher at Trend Micro, told Help Net Security. Whats on offer? Kropotov and his colleagues have been rifling through More
A cat made famous online because of its permanent scowl has been awarded $710,000 (500,000) in a copyright case by a California federal court.
Grumpy Cat Limited sued the owners of US coffee company Grenade for exceeding an agreement over the cat's image. The company only had rights to use the cat to sell its "Grumppuccino" iced drink, but sold other Grumpy products.
The cat, real name Tardar Sauce, went viral in 2012 after photographs of her sour expression emerged online. Originally posted on the social website Reddit by the brother of the cat's owner, Tabatha Bundesen, the image of the cat quickly spread as a meme with funny text captions.
In 2013 Grenade Beverage, owned by father and son Nick and Paul Sandford, struck a $150,000 deal to market iced coffee beverages with the cat's scowl on its packaging.
[...] Grumpy Cat is thought to have earned millions in endorsement and advertising deals.
Also at Courthouse News.
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With the increase in cybercrimes nowadays, social media accounts are the ones which are the most vulnerable. The rate of them getting hacked is increasing day by day. One of the things we see now is not only professional hackers are into hacking social media accounts, but young students and teenagers are also now doing
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) plans to release legislation on Thursday that would expand high skilled immigration visas and allow the spouses and children of such visa holders to legally work in the U.S.According to the text of the bill obtained by...
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Summary: Another great example of Team UPC intentionally ignoring facts that dont suit the UPC agenda and more misinformation from Team UPC (which now suppresses comments expressing the wrong views)
IT IS not news. It was reported on early in the month. Team UPC could report it more than two weeks ago, but it did not. How convenient, as usual. It also reported absolutely nothing about the British government/Parliament totally removing the UPC from the agenda (after it had been put there).
Team UPC could report it more than two weeks ago, but it did not.Sam Gyimah, who is relatively young for a politician, replaces another young politician, whom we criticised for being inexperienced in his domain (still, Donald Trump even appoints officials who have only just graduated from college). This morning we wrote about Bristows mentioning it weeks late (while also distorting the facts or making stuff up) and this afternoon it was Michael Loney who belatedly covered it:
Sam Gyimah, member of UK parliament for East Surrey, has been confirmed as the UK IP minister
The above publisher is close to EPO management and has helped promote the UPC for years. Perhaps they realise that they cant go on ignoring the fact that Jo Johnson is history. His words, his infamous photo op with crooked Battistelli, all that lobbying et cetera? Perhaps all in vain. Is Gyimah already being showered with brown-nosing advice from Team UPC? Its not unthinkable. Bristows...
Are you using Linux or Mac OS? If you think your system is not prone to viruses, then you should read this. Wide-range of cybercriminals are now using a new piece of 'undetectable' spying malware that targets Windows, macOS, Solaris and Linux systems. Just last week we published a detailed article on the report from EFF/Lookout that revealed a new advanced persistent threat (APT) group,
Under normal circumstances, executives or presidents can be arrested for refusing to obey court orders
Summary: The incredible situation at the EPO, where court orders from several countries (and international tribunals) are simply being disregarded, staff is being bullied, and corrupt officials get away with punishing people who speak about the corruption (while they themselves enjoy immunity)
THIS MORNING we mentioned ILOATs latest decisions (dozens of EPO ones). We dont wish to comment on any of them without prior consultation, primarily because without context theres room for misinterpretation. We did look at a few decisions.
The ILO actually arranged an exceptional delivery of several Corcoran decisions, perhaps realising it would be essential to guard Corcorans job (his contract/term would have expired before the normal delivery). Last month we read that Patrick Corcoran would likely be mentioned (again) in some of this latest batch, possibly along with staff representatives. The ILO actually arranged an exceptional delivery of several Corcoran decisions, perhaps realising it would be essential to guard Corcorans job (his contract/term would have expired before the normal delivery).
Over the past month Corcorans life (and career) was chaotic in spite of ILOs intervention. He may have worked in 3 places and offices (Haar, Munich, and The Hague) in just about a month. We dont know if he is already at The Hague or not. Harassing him (even outside the courtroom) and making it impossible for him to adapt makes dismissal for incompetence easier, or simply gives him the incentive to walk away and give up. It is absolutely despicable and we keep trying to bring this to the attention of ILO (and Guy Ryder personally).
Its Mr. Battistelli who ought to be sent to The Hague, preferably in handcuffs (they have the ICC there).We have already heard from multiple sources [1,...
Digitally transformative technologies are shaping the way organisations do business and moving them to a data-driven world, with 94% of organisations using sensitive data in cloud, big data, IoT, container, blockchain and/or mobile environments, according to the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report. Digital transformation is driving efficiency and scale as well as making possible new business models that drive growth and profitability. Enterprises are embracing this opportunity by leveraging all that digital technology offers, with More
libcurl is a free and easy-to-use client-side URL transfer library, it builds and works identically on numerous platforms.
According to a security advisory, libcurl is affected by a couple of issues, one of them might cause the leakage of authentication data to third parties.
The problem is related to the way it handles custom headers in HTTP requests.
When asked to send custom headers in its HTTP requests, libcurl will send that set of headers first to the host in the initial URL but also, if asked to follow redirects and a 30X HTTP response code is returned, to the host mentioned in URL in the `Location:` response header value. states the advisory.
Sending the same set of headers to subsequest hosts is in particular a problem for applications that pass on custom `Authorization:` headers, as this header often contains privacy sensitive information or data that could allow others to impersonate the libcurl-using clients request. We are not aware of any exploit of this flaw.
Applications that pass on custom authorization headers could leak credentials or information that could be abused by attackers to impersonate the libcurl-using clients request.
This vulnerability tracked as CVE-2018-1000007 has been present since before curl 6.0, back to before September 1999. Affected versions are libcurl 7.1 to and including 7.57.0, later versions (7.58.0) are not affected, the patch was published on GitHub.
this solution creates a slight change in behavior. Users who actually want to pass on the header to other hosts now need to give curl that specific permission. You do this with [location-trusted](https://curl.haxx.se/docs/manpage.html#location-trusted) with the curl command line tool.
libcurl is also affected by an HTTP/2 trailer out-of-bounds read vulnerability tracked as CVE-2018-1000005.
The issue is related to the code that creates HTTP/1-like headers from the HTTP/2 tra...
Some pageant contestants hit a hump in the road this week. That is, a camel beauty contest in Saudi Arabia disqualified a dozen camels for receiving Botox injections to make them more attractive.
Saudi media reported that a veterinarian was caught performing plastic surgery on the camels a few days before the pageant, according to UAE's The National. In addition to the injections, the clinic was surgically reducing the size of the animals' ears to make them appear more delicate.
"They use Botox for the lips, the nose, the upper lips, the lower lips and even the jaw," Ali Al Mazrouei, a regular at such festivals and the son of a prominent Emirati breeder, told the newspaper. "It makes the head more inflated so when the camel comes it's like, 'Oh look at how big that head is. It has big lips, a big nose.' "
Real money is at stake: About $57 million is awarded to winners of the contests and camel races, The National reports, with more than $31.8 million in prizes for just the pageants.
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Besides Firefox 59 being the release doing away with GTK2 support, this next Mozilla web-browser release might be the one to achieve working native Wayland support...
There are dozens of celebrity cats on the Internet, but Grumpy Cat probably tops them all.
The cats owners have made millions thanks to their pets unique facial expression, which turned her into an overnight Internet star.
Part of this revenue comes from successful merchandise lines, including the Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino iced coffee beverage, sold by the California company Grenade Beverage.
The company licensed the copyright and trademarks to sell the iced coffee but is otherwise not affiliated with the cat and its owners. Initially, this partnership went well, but after the coffee maker started to sell other Grumpy Cat products, things turned bad.
The cats owners, incorporated as Grumpy Cat LLC, took the matter to court with demands for the coffee maker to stop infringing associated copyrights and trademarks.
Without authorization, Defendants  have extensively and repeatedly exploited the Grumpy Cat Copyrights and the Grumpy Cat Trademarks, the complaint read.
After two years the case went before a jury this week where, Courthouse News reports, the cat itself also made an appearance.
The eight-person jury in Santa Ana, California sided with the cats owner and awarded the company $710,000 in copyright and trademark infringement damages, as well as a symbolic $1 for contract breach.
According to court documents, the majority of the damages have to be paid by Grumpy Beverage, but the companys owner Paul Sandford is also held personally liable for $60,000.
The verdict is good news for Grumpy Cat and its owner, and according to their attorney, they are happy with the outcome.
Grumpy Cat feels vindicated and feels the jury reached a just verdict, Grumpy Cats lawyer David Jonelis said, describing it as a complete victory.
A copy of the verdict form is available here (pdf).
Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing,...
Group-IB has analyzed the basic information security risks for the cryptoindustry and compiled a rating of key threats to an ICO (initial coin offering). On average, over 100 attacks are conducted on one ICO, and criminals are increasingly using modified Trojans that were previously used for thefts from banks, as well as targeted attacks with a view to compromise secret keys and secure control over accounts. Ranking threats While summing up a year of protecting More
Todays attacks are spreading faster, evolving quicker, and evading even the most widely used security solutions. But that doesnt mean you cant fight back. Get practical recommendations for preventing and mitigating the latest attacks with this free checklist. Get actionable suggestions on how to: Prevent compromise in the first place by defending against the most popular attack vectors Mitigate post-exploitation activities like privilege escalation and lateral movement attempts Know when attackers attempt to launch malicious More
We asked IT and business leaders to share their tips for bringing out these and other key qualities during interviews. Read on for their unique and interesting interview questions and strategies and what the responses help them discern about candidates. And if youre a job seeker: Learn and get ready for these strategies.
"I am a hater of the weird question. I regret using weird questions in the past, because I want people to be comfortable.
Twitter is kind of a crazy place. World leaders doing verbal battle, hashtags that rise and fall along with the social climate, and a never ending barrage of cat pictures all make for a tumultuous stream of consciousness that runs 24/7. What exactly were supposed to do with this information is still up to debate, as Twitter has yet to turn it into a profitable service after over a decade of operation. Still, its a grand experiment that offers a rare glimpse into the human hive-mind for anyone brave enough to dive in.
One such explorer is a security researcher who goes by the handle [x0rz]. Hes recently unveiled an experimental new piece of software that grabs Tweets and uses them as a noise to mix in with the Linux urandom entropy pool. The end result is a relatively unpredictable and difficult to influence source of random data. While he cautions his software is merely a proof of concept and not meant for high security applications, its certainly an interesting approach to introducing humanity-derived chaos into the normally orderly world of your computers operating system.Noise sampling before and after being merged with urandom
This hack is made possible by the fact that Twitter offers a sample f...
A brand new ransomware malware that is called MoneroPay has been
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The Latest on 3GPP and ITU Standards
By: Sarah Yost, mmWave Product Manager, National Instruments
Everywhere you look today, 5G is at the center of conversations about exciting new technology. Recent announcements from Mobile World Congress 2017 in late February indicate that 5G is already here. The truth is that 5G isnt here yet, but we are getting closer. The past year has been busy in all aspects of the communications community, from the work on the standardization process to updates from regulatory bodies to our understanding of the channel for new proposed millimeter wave (mmWave) frequencies to the new technology under development that will turn 5G into a commercial reality. Last year, I wrote a paper called mmWave: The Battle of the Bands to provide an overview of the technologies being proposed for mmWave frequencies. This year, Im building on that information by examining mmWave for communications and presenting an update to the question on everyones mind: What is 5G and when will it be here?
5G Frequencies: A Combination of mmWave and Sub-6 GHz
Though some things at this point on the 5G journey may not be clearly defined, one thing is certain: sub-6 GHz spectrum is still very important, and mmWave frequencies will be used to supplement sub-6 GHz technology. Figure 1 shows the wide range of requirements expected of 5G, from ultra-reliable, high-bandwidth communication for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) applications to the low-bandwidth, machine-to-machine (M2M) type communications we expect to see in Internet of Things applications. It is difficult, if not impossible, for one band of spectrum to meet all these needs, but combining two bands provides complementary coverage. Sub-6 GHz spectrum offers better propagation and backward compatibility for narrowband applications, while the contiguous bandwidth at mmWave frequencies enables the key eMBB applications that 5G promises.
Figure 1: Targeted 5G applications include enhanced mobile broadband and machine-to-machine communication....
A new definition of a planet could help to distinguish gas giants from brown dwarfs:
Planets like Jupiter are formed from the bottom-up by first building-up a rocky core that is subsequently enshrouded in a massive gaseous envelope. It stands to reason that they would be found near stars heavy with elements that make rocks, as those elements provide the seed material for planet formation. Not so with brown dwarfs. Brown dwarfs and stars form from the top-down as clouds of gas collapse under their own weight.
Schlaufman's idea was to find the mass at which point objects stop caring about the composition of the star they orbit. He found that objects more massive than about 10 times the mass of Jupiter do not prefer stars with lots of elements that make rocks and therefore are unlikely to form like planets. For that reason, and while it's possible that new data could change things, he has proposed that objects in excess of 10 Jupiter mass should be considered brown dwarfs, not planets.
Abstract:Celestial bodies with a mass of M 10 MJup have been found orbiting nearby stars. It is unknown whether these objects formed like gas-giant planets through core accretion or like stars through gravitational instability. I show that objects with M 4 MJup orbit metal-rich solar-type dwarf stars, a property associated with core accretion. Objects with M 10 MJup do not share this property. This transition is coincident with a minimum in the occurrence rate of such objects, suggesting that the maximum mass of a celestial body formed through core accretion like a planet is less than 10 MJup. Consequently, objects with M 10 MJup orbiting solar-type dwarf stars likely formed through gravitational instability and should not be thought of as planets. Theoretical m...
Over the last several years, researchers have been hard at work exploring new concepts and technologies to answer the question What is 5G?.
By Sarah Yost, SDR Solution Marketing, National Instruments
The 3GPP, 3rd Generation Partnership Project, is the standards body that publishes agreed upon specifications that define our wireless communications standards. They have outlined a timeline for 5G, and the first phase of definition for 5G, called New Radio or NR, just passed in early December 2017 (timeline shown below).
Figure 1 The first specification of the New Radio technology for 5G was ratified in late 2017, with further updates through 2018.
Although NR Phase 1 will be different from the LTE protocol commonly used in todays mobile communications, there will be similarities as well. The most stark differences between LTE and NR is the carrier bandwidth and operating frequency. In addtition, NR adds new beamforming capabilities both in the analog and digital domains. The table below illustrates a side by side comparison of key specifications for LTE and NR.
Table 1 Proposed millimeter-wave frequency bands for 5G. *For future study, not part of LTE Release 15Figure 2: ...
Via: Great Falls Tribune: A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring. Michael Lange, the Republican House majority leader during the 2007 Legislature, arranged deliveries of at least 20 
A new Coreboot frame-buffer driver has been published for the Linux kernel that allows reusing of the frame-buffer setup by Coreboot during the hardware initialization process...
Via: Register: For the first time, an internet company has become the largest lobbyist in Washington DC. With the release of fourth quarter lobbying figures a legal requirement it has been revealed that Google (well, Alphabet) spent no less than $18m in 2017 to lobby lawmakers in the US capital: a 17 per 
Posted by Aki Tuomi on Jan 25Score: 5.3, AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:N/I:N/A:L
Via: Independent: Two monkeys are the first ever primates to be cloned using the technique that created Dolly the sheep. The technique brings the prospect of cloned human beings even more closer. But scientists caution that there may be no good reason to create such clones, and that ethical and legal questions need to be 
Movit, the "Modern Video Toolkit", that aims to provide high-quality, high-performance GPU-based video filters is out with a new release...
for the 2017 tallinn architecture biennale, noumena has presented its installation based on the future of robots and its adaptability with the environment. deep learning has paved the way for machines to expand beyond narrow capabilities to soon achieving human-level performance on intellectual tasks. however, as artificial intelligence A.I. establishes its place within humans, society will need to develop a framework for both to thrive. a new form of artificial life will emerge, finding space at the peripheries of humanity in order to not compete for human-dominated resources. A.I. will attempt to improve its operating surroundings to not just survive but be self-sustaining, forming the basis of a civilization constrained at the intersection of nature and technology.
image tnu tunnel.
barcelonian based practice noumena has developed a framework to build this narrative based on the cross disciplinary intersection of computational design, mechanical and electronic design, rapid prototyping interaction and mapping. nowadays, computing tools as well as rapid prototyping machines allow to have a quick practical feedback on design solutions and to iterate experimenting different possibility at the same time giving the chance to choose and custom a functional part.
GNU Compiler Collection 7.3 is now available as the latest GCC7 point release and the prominent changes being support for helping mitigate Spectre variant two using some new compiler switches...
And your photos could end up in its database.
Two monkeys have been cloned using the technique that produced Dolly the sheep. Identical long-tailed macaques Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua were born several weeks ago at a laboratory in China.
Scientists say populations of monkeys that are genetically identical will be useful for research into human diseases. But critics say the work raises ethical concerns by bringing the world closer to human cloning.
Qiang Sun of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience said the cloned monkeys will be useful as a model for studying diseases with a genetic basis, including some cancers, metabolic and immune disorders. "There are a lot of questions about primate biology that can be studied by having this additional model," he said.
[...] Prof Robin Lovell-Badge of The Francis Crick Institute, London, said the [somatic cell nuclear transfer] technique used to clone Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua remains "a very inefficient and hazardous procedure". "The work in this paper is not a stepping-stone to establishing methods for obtaining live born human clones," he said.
China will get the job done while twiddle their thumbs in their ivory towers.
Cloning of Macaque Monkeys by Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (open, DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.01.020) (DX)
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Security experts say more of these hands-on demonstrations are needed to get an industry traditionally focused on physical protection to think more creatively about growing cyber threats. The extent to which their advice is heeded will determine how prepared nuclear facilities are for the next attack.
Unless we start to think more creatively, more inclusively, and have cross-functional thinking going into this, were going to stay with a very old-fashioned [security] model which I think is potentially vulnerable, said Roger Howsley, executive director of the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS).
The stakes are high for this multibillion-dollar sector: a cyberattack combined with a physical one could, in theory, lead to the release of radiation or the theft of fissile material. However remote the possibility, the nuclear industry doesnt have the luxury of banking on probabilities. And even a minor attack on a plants IT systems could further erode public confidence in nuclear power. It is this cruelly small room for error that motivates some in the industry to imagine what, until fairly recently, was unimaginable.
Posted by Slackware Security Team on Jan 25[slackware-security] curl (SSA:2018-024-01)
Of all the things we expected to come out of the rise of Oculus and the still-burgeoning era of consumer virtual reality, a new fundamental unit of time was not one of them. But that's just what Oculus and Facebook have rolled out this week in the form of the flick, a new definition that subdivides a single second into precisely 705,600,000 parts.
As many non-tech savvy people think that Bitcoin looks like a Gold coin as illustrated in many stock images, perhaps these robbers also planned to rob a cryptocurrency exchange thinking that way. All jokes apart, we saw one such attempt on Tuesday morning, when three men armed with handguns entered the offices of a Canadian Bitcoin exchange in Ottawa, and restrained four of its employees.
Posted by Daniel Beck on Jan 25CVE-2017-1000502
Your Tinder swipes can be spied upon, Amazon is opening high street stores that don't require any staff, and Russian fuel pumps are being infected with malware in an elaborate scheme to make large amounts of money.
With Carole on a top secret special assignment, it's left to security veteran Graham Cluley to discuss all this and much much more on the "Smashing Security" podcast with special guests David McClelland and Vanja vajcer.
Spectre and Meltdown are major design flaws in modern CPUs. While they're present in almost all recent processors, because Intel chips are so widely used, Intel is taking most of the heat for these bugs. Nowhere has the criticism been hotter than on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML). That's because unlike Apple and Microsoft operating system developers and OEMS like Dell and HP, Linux programmers do their work in the open.
We get a lot of awesome projects sent our way via the tip line. Well, mainly it seems like we get spam, but the emails that arent trying to sell us something are invariably awesome. Even so, its not often we get a tip that contains the magic phrase determine Mach number in its list of features. So to say we were interested in the Asgard Air Data Computer (ADC) is something of an understatement.
Now well admit right up front: we arent 100% sure who the target audience for the Asgard is, but it certainly looks impressive. Team member [Erik] wrote into tip line with information about this very impressive project, which is able to perform a number of measurements on incoming air, such as true speed, viscosity, and temperature. The team says it has applications ranging from HVAC to measuring the performance of bicycles. We dont know whos going so fast on their bike that they need to measure air speed, but of course the hacker community never ceases to amaze us.
Even if you dont have a jet fighter that could benefit from a high performance ADC such as Asgard, you have to be impressed by the incredible work the team has done not only designing and building it, but documenting it. From the impeccab...
The antitrust fine has hit Qualcomm badly. The European Commission has levied a fine of 997 Million, approximately $1.2 Billion, against U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. for violating antitrust laws in a series of deals with Apple by "abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets." According to the European Union (EU), Qualcomm paid Apple billions of dollars to make the iPhone-maker
Rocket Lab has put a highly reflective object into orbit around Earth:
US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab put three commercial satellites into orbit during its rocket launch this past weekend but it turns out there was another satellite that hitched a ride on the vehicle too. The company's Electron rocket also put into orbit a previously undisclosed satellite made by Rocket Lab's CEO Peter Beck, called the Humanity Star. And the probe will supposedly become the "brightest thing in the night sky," the company announced today.
Shaped a bit like a disco ball, the Humanity Star is a 3-foot-wide carbon fiber sphere, made up of 65 panels that reflect the Sun's light. The satellite is supposed to spin in space, too, so it's constantly bouncing sunlight. In fact, the probe is so bright that people can see it with the naked eye. The Humanity Star's orbit also takes it all over Earth, so the satellite will be visible from every location on the planet at different times. Rocket Lab has set up a website that gives real-time updates about the Humanity Star's location. People can find out when the satellite will be closest to them, and then go outside to look for it.
The goal of the project is to create "a shared experience for all of humanity," according to Rocket Lab. "No matter where you are in the world, or what is happening in your life, everyone will be able to see the Humanity Star in the night sky," Beck said in a statement. "Our hope is that everyone looking at the Humanity Star will look past it to the vast expanse of the Universe and think a little differently about their lives, actions, and what is important for humanity." That includes coming together to solve major problems like climate change and resource shortages, Beck says.
Some astronomers are not happy about the geodesic sphere:
The only good thing about the "Humanity Star" (aka the NZ pollutes the night sky project) is that it burns up in 9 months. 9 months is way too far away IMHO.
Ian Griffin (@iangriffin) January 24, 2018
Google recently unveiled its experimental efforts to integrate Augmented Reality (AR) features into the mobile and desktop web using its Chrome browser.
In the next few months, there will be hundreds of millions of Android and iOS devices that are able to provide augmented reality experiences meaning youll be able to look at the world through your phone, and place digital objects wherever you look, Googles Reza Ali and Josh Carpenter wrote in a blog post. To help bring this to as many users as possible, weve been exploring how to bring augmented reality to the web platform, so someday anyone with a browser can access this new technology.
In order to convey that the model is 3D and interactive and not just a static image, the model rotates to some extent in response to the user scrolling. The new prototype allows developers to create 3D models that can be downloaded on mobile devices. Using the devices cameras and built-in sensors, users will then be able to place those 3D models in real-life environments.
When Article is loaded on an AR-capable device and browser, an AR button appears in the bottom right. Tapping on it activates the device camera, and renders a reticle on the ground in front of the user, Ali and Carpenter said. When the user taps the screen, the model sprouts from the reticle, fixed to the ground and rendered at its physical size. The user can walk around the object and get a sense of scale and immediacy that images and video alone cannot convey.
If Article is loaded into a desktop browser with a 3D model, it triggers AR content that would allow the user to view a specific element from all angles. For instance, users will be able to view a 3D model and manipulate it by dragging to rotate and scrolling to zoom in or out. When placed on a web page, the model could be animated in a way similar to a GIF. On the other hand, on mobile devices, users will be able to touch and drag to rotate, or drag with two fingers to zoom in.
With augmented reality, the model comes alive. The unique power of AR is to blend digital content with the real world, said the developer duo, who added: So we can, for example, surf the web, find a model, place it in our room to see just how large it truly is, and physically walk around it.
Basically, Google through Article wants web developers and content managers to start experimenting by bringing AR elements to web browsers. Develope...
Anti-piracy campaigns come in all shapes and sizes, from oppressive and scary to the optimistically educational. It is rare for any to be labeled brilliant but a campaign just revealed in Belgium hits really close to the mark.
According to an announcement by the Belgian Entertainment Association (BEA), Belgian Federation of Cinemas, together with film producers and distributors, cinemas and directors, a brand new campaign has been targeting those who download content from illegal sources. It is particularly innovative and manages to hit pirates in a way they cant easily avoid.
Working on the premise that many locals download English language movies and then augment them with local language subtitles, a fiendish plot was hatched. Instead of a generic preaching video on YouTube or elsewhere, the movie companies decided to infect pirate subtitles with messages of their own.
Suddenly the story gets a surprising turn. With a playful wink it suddenly seems as if Samuel L. Jackson in The Hitmans Bodyguard directly appeals to the illegal viewer and says that you should not download, the group explains.
I do not need any research to see that these are bad subtitles, Jackson informs the viewer.
In another scene with Ryan Reynolds, Jackson notes that illegal downloading can have a negative effect on a person.
And you wanted to become a policeman, until you started downloading, he says.
The movie groups say that they also planted edited subtitles in The Bridge, with police officers in the show noting theyre on the trail of illegal downloaders. The movies Logan Lucky and The Foreigner got similar treatment.
Its not clear on which sites these modified subtitles were distributed but according to the companies involved, theyve been downloaded 10,000 times already.
The viewer not only feels caught but immediately realizes that you do not necessarily get a real quality product through ill...
This experiment is certainly tentative and may well fail to produce valid results.
My own approach is to supply a four hour shift sufficient to support a bed and basics. That delivers an army of available labor for things like tree grooming. I bring that up because there is no end of supply and the benefit is very real in a couple of decades or longer. However, there is plenty of additional community tasks that can also be manned such as simple timely food recycling.
The key though is that four hours opens he option of actually getting a full time job and slowly breaking away. It certainly eliminates homelessness and all that.
In the skies over Moscow, in the decades before the collapse of the socialist state, stood three symbols of the space program: the rocket, the cosmonaut, and the red star. The rocket is still atop the 1964 Monument to the Conquerors of Space, a 110-meter-high titanium sculpture beside Prospekt Mira with the Alley of Cosmonauts leading to its base. The cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin stands on a 30-meter-high column on Leninsky Prospekt, his arms pulled back in the style of a classic Marvel superhero, as though about to leap upward toward the stratosphere. These two monuments look at once back to the period of Soviet space exploration and forward to the time of planetary probes and space stations. The red star, symbol both of astronomy and of communism, preceded the epic period of space flights and once crowned the dome of the Moscow planetarium located on Sadovaya-Kudrinskaya street.Moscow PlanetariumZeiss Archiv
This planetarium stands at the intersection of influences
created by politics, engineering, style, theater, astronomy, space
exploration, and religion, each of which affects the others. It was
one of the last buildings to be put up in the style known as
Constructivism, and thus looks both back to the original fervor
Dead animals were scattered across the steppe in front of us. Up to the horizon. Thousands of them. That was the moment we understood that we were observing a mass mortality of catastrophic dimensions.
We were in Kazakhstan that day in May of 2015 to study the saiga antelope, a remarkable herd animal that grazes in semideserts, steppe, and grasslands, and has evolved to run long distances at high speeds. Our team was a part of the Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative, which conducts annual observations of the endangered animals calving season. We had noticed a few animal carcasses, but the situation didnt seem exceptional. The areas saiga, after all, were known to have experienced mass die-offs in the past.
But every day, more and more animals died. And then, suddenly, in just two days, about 80 percent of the gathered herd fell dead, leaving everybody both puzzled and worried. Within another two days, the entire herd had perished.View Video
We soon learned that other saiga herds elsewhere in the region
were suffering the same fate. Some 200,000 animals would die in
about one months time, representing about 88 percent of the
Betpak-Dala saiga population
Make America great again. Clearly the message resonated. In 2016, prior to the presidential election, the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonpartisan group, published its annual American Values Survey. It revealed 51 percent of the population felt the American way of life had changed for the worse since the 1950s. Further, 7 in 10 likely Donald Trump voters said American society has gotten worse since that romanticized decade.
Of course America today has its problems, but many indices of standards of living show the general population is better off now than it was 60 years ago. We live on average 10 years longer, the education rate is higher, as is homeownership. When it comes to crime, The Atlantic reported last year, By virtually any metric, Americans now live in one of the least violent times in the nations history.
So why do so many people see the past as better than today? For
many of them, it may well have been. Middle- and working-class
Americans seduced by appeals to earlier eras may have had
higher-paying jobs with better benefits, greater financial
security, and a more defined place in the community. Perhaps they
were happier. For some, cultural changes
If the Rule of Law means anything, the UPC will never resurface again (in any form whatsoever)
Summary: The community a.k.a. EU a.k.a. unitary patent system is collapsing and theres no sign that the matter will be settled any time soon
THE EPO wont see the UPC coming to fruition. Battistelli certainly wont. What we believe most likely to happen is, theyll rename it (yet again), change the vision somewhat, then reattempt. Time will tell
Its quite interesting to see just to what degree Techrights impacts UPC coverage. A few hours after we complained that Bristows had been deliberately ignoring this departure of Jo Johnson (weeks ago!) it finally decided to write a blog post about it and say: The UK IPO has confirmed that Sam Gyimah is now the Minister responsible for IP.
What we believe most likely to happen is, theyll rename it (yet again), change the vision somewhat, then reattempt.This has been confirmed for quite a while now. Bristows just chose to overlook all that because its very detrimental to and negative if not fatal for UPC progress/prospects. As one can expect, the blog post is amazing spin. Bristows can apparently read minds (never mind if it always got it wrong on UPC, for several consecutive years); it pretends to know everything about Gyimahs intentions; as if Gyimah will just do something Johnson spoke about back in 2016 (when everything was very different). Dont fall for it
So what is the real news? Well, lets research and see what Team UPC and domain experts are saying. Its about Germany the focal point at the moment.
I have read the entire complaint which circulates in the Internet, one person said. They brag about being able to read the constitutional complaint.
Bristows just chose to overlook all that because its very detrimental to and negative if not fatal for UPC progress/prospects.There is also a non-update update from JUVEs editor. This may be of any interest as well,...
The HNS botnet was first spotted on January 10th by malware researchers from Bitdefender, then it disappeared for a few days, and it has risen over the weekend.
The number of infected systems grew up from 12 at the time of the discovery up to over 20,000 bots, at the time of writing.
Bitdefender researchers have uncovered an emerging botnet that uses advanced communication techniques to exploit victims and build its infrastructure. The bot, dubbed HNS, was intercepted by our IoT honeypot system following a credentials dictionary attack on the Telnet service. states the analysis from Bitdefender.
The samples identified in our honeypots on Jan. 10 revolved around IP cameras manufactured by a Korean company. These devices seemed to play a major role in the botnet as, out of the 12 IP addresses hardcoded in the sample, 10 used to belong to Focus H&S devices. The new version, observed on Jan. 20, dropped the hardcoded IPs.
Recently security experts spotted other IoT botnets, most of them linked to the Mirai botnet, such as Satori, Okiru, and Masuta, but the HNS botnet has a different genesis and doesnt share the source code.
Researchers at Bitdefender found similarities between the HNS and the Hajime botnets, unlike Mirai, Hajime doesnt use C&C servers, instead, it implements a peer-to-peer network.
Hajime is more sophisticated than Mirai, it implements more mechanisms to hide its activity and running processes and its modular structure allows operators to add new capabilities o...
Ira Munn joins our Sustainability Board. Ira is developing 3D-printed electric vehicle kits using recycled PET plastic,
So you are having problems with the headlights of your vintage car as they may be very fogged, hazy or discolored. Well, before you decide on taking your vintage car to the shop and having the headlights replaced, check to see if you can do it yourself first.
Headlights, obviously are very important to any car as they are the eyes that illuminate the road during the night and assist the driver to stay in the right lane. Without a fully-functional headlight, one would definitely find it impossible to drive, especially during the night. That being said, the maintenance of headlights should definitely be a top priority for drivers.
Now going back to your problem, buying a new set isnt the only solution to a fogged, discolored and hazy headlight. With just a little bit of physical labor and patience, you can definitely restore your headlight to a new-looking and fully-functional one all by yourself. As for the equipment and other necessary items, you can easily find best headlight restoration kit at auto shops and big stores.
Here are 5 tips that will guide you through the process.
Before you start restoring your headlights, it would be a better idea to wash the whole car first as it will remove the dust and other dirt that has accumulated on the exterior of your car. You dont need to do it extensively though; a simple quick wash with soap and water will be enough to remove the dirt and dust.
Before you start dealing with the headlights, it would be ideal to move your car in to a shaded and cool area. Proper lighting is needed though in order for you to spot the tiny scratches and other minor details. Make sure that the car is dry before you start the restoration. Also, it is also recommended by experts to keep the headlights at room temperature.
The next step is to tape the area surrounding the headlights. Use a painters tape as it can be easily peeled off and they are also specially made to protect the paint. It is important that you avoid touching the outside part of the headlight while restoring it to avoid causing potential damage, especially on the paint.
Published hours ago:
Summary: The EPO can offer justice neither to staff nor users; whether the International Labour Organization (ILO) and its Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) can make up for this remains to be seen
PRESIDENT Battistelli will leave the EPO in 5 months, but the damage he has done is truly incredible. His actions not only damaged patents but also staff; its no wonder the EPO now suffers brain drain and is unable to recruit the type of people it used to. The EPO may never recover from this. Some insiders even wonder aloud if theres a future for the EPO at all.
You must improve the image of the EPO, I told the EPO in response to this tweet yesterday. Otherwise you turn off potential users
Over the past few months we have been attempting to show to ILO material about the EPO refusing to obey ILOAT rulings. Guy Ryder too was copied in.It is hardly surprising that, based on a JUVE survey, Battistelli has a 0% approval rate not only among EPO staff but also among EPO users (thats what they call stakeholders such as applicants). A lot of money is being invested in this (for small businesses it can be the lions share of their budget).
Over the past few months we have been attempting to show to ILO material about the EPO refusing to obey ILOAT rulings. Guy Ryder too was copied in.
Does ILO realise that its reputation too is on the line? For failing to properly remediate?
Our understanding is that some of these rulings were about EPO staff representatives.Yesterday was the 125th session of ILOAT and the decisions were not uploaded/published until late in the day. There is no video of this latest session, either (at least not yet, it would be listed here if/once its ready).
Our understanding is that some of these rulings were about EPO staff representatives. The appellants typically request anonymity and are thus reduced to initials. We kindly ask if anyone with contacts at the EPO can help explain to us what happened at ILO yesterday afternoon. We need to properly know the cases in order to comment on them (few decisions we took a glimpse at were dismissals of appeal) because sometimes a negati...
The New York Times reports that Renowned fantasy writer Ursula K. Le Guin has died at age 88. From the article:
Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like "The Left Hand of Darkness" and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.
Her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin, confirmed the death. He did not specify a cause but said she had been in poor health for several months.
I'm not a fantasy fan (except for Prachett and Tolkien), but she will be missed none the less. I'm sure quite a few Soylents are fans of hers. Any author's loss is a loss to us all.
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The worlds most popular torrent website, The Pirate Bay (TPB) has been hard to reach for users, as its main .org domain has been offline for almost a day now, reported TorrentFreak. It appears that TPB outage is likely caused due to technical issues and therefore, in all probability it may be restored soon. However, on the other hand, TPBs proxy sites and its Tor domain are working perfectly fine.
Users trying to access the torrent portal are currently greeted with a Cloudflare 522 error message, with the CDN provider referring to a bad gateway. While TPB has been facing similar server issues since the past few months, it usually returns to normalcy after several hours.
TPB fans took to Twitter to report issues with the torrent site after it was affected by server issues.
One user tweeted: The Pirate Bay is down.
While another posted: The Pirate Bay is down so is my mood.
And one added: The Pirate Bay is down. Im stressed.
For those torrent fans looking to desperately access the notorious torrent site, can do so via its .onion address on the Tor network, which for instance, can be accessed using the popular Tor Browser. The sites Tor traffic is routed through a separate server and is working just fine.
Currently, TPB is not the only popular torrent site that is experiencing problems due to server issues. The popular ExtraTorrent copy ExtraTorrent.ag has also been suffering downtime for more than a week, with no official word from its operators and when it would be online.
Were not sure which is more fun putting together a little RC truck with parts laying around on your workbench, or driving it around through a Linux terminal. Well take the easy road and say theyre both equally fun. [technodict] had some spare time on his hands and decided to build such a truck.
He started off with a great little chassis that can act as the base for many projects. Powering the four motors is a cheap little dual H bridge motor driver and a couple rechargeable batteries. But the neatest part of this build is that its controlled using a little bit of python and driven directly from a terminal, made possible by the Raspberry Pi Zero of course.
With Raspberry Pi Zero now having built in WiFi and Bluetooth we should see a lot more projects popping up with one at its heart. Be sure to visit [technodicts] blog for full source and details. And let us know how you could use that little chassis for your next mobile project!
Today, SpaceX simultaneously fired up all 27 engines on its new massive Falcon Heavy rocket a crucial final test for the vehicle before its first flight in the coming weeks. An hour after the test, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the test was good, and that the Falcon Heavy will launch in "a week or so." When SpaceX gives an official target day and time, it'll be the first time a definitive launch date has been given for the rocket's inaugural voyage, a flight that was initially promised to happen as early as 2013.
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Creating Raspberry Pi clusters is a popular hacker activity. Bitscope has been commercializing these clusters for a bit now and last year they created a cluster of 750 Pis for Los Alamos National Labs. You might wonder what an institution know for supercomputers wants with a cluster of Raspberry Pis. Turns out it is tough to justify taking a real high-speed cluster down just to test software. Now developers can run small test programs with a large number of CPU cores without requiring time on the big iron.
[...] The system is modular with each module holding 144 active nodes, 6 spares, and a single cluster manager. This all fits in a 6U rack enclosure. Bitscope points out that you could field 1,000 nodes in 42U and the power draw including network fabric and cooling would be about 6 kilowatts. That sounds like a lot, but for a 1,000 node device, that's pretty economical. The cost isn't bad, either, running about $150,000 for 1,000 nodes. Sure, that's a lot too but not compared to the alternatives.
Huh. That's actually not a bad idea for sounding so silly at face value.
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Gardening is a rewarding endeavour, and easily automated for the maker with a green thumb. With simplicity at its focus, Hackaday.io user [MEGA DAS] has whipped up a automated planter to provide the things plants crave: water, air, and light.
[MEGA DAS] is using a TE215 moisture sensor to keep an eye on how thirsty the plant may be, a DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor to check the airflow around the plant, and a BH1750FVI light sensor for its obvious purpose. To deliver on these needs, a 12V DC water pump and a small reservoir will keep things right as rain, a pair of 12V DC fans mimic a gentle breeze, and a row of white LEDs supplement natural light when required.
The custom board is an Arduino Nano platform, with an ESP01 to enable WiFi capacity and a Bluetooth module to monitor the plants status while at home or away. Voltage regulators, MOSFETs, resistors, capacitors, fuses cant be too careful screw header connectors, and a few other assorted parts round out the circuit. The planter is made of laser cut pieces with plenty of space to mount the various components and hide away the rest. You can check out [MEGA DAS] tutorial video after the break!
[MEGA DAS] has made his Arduino code and phone app available to download for anyone else wanting to build their own. Once assembled, he can ensure his plant is well taken care of wherever he is with a few taps on his phone. Not too shabby for a seven day build.
For those preferring gardening outdoors, heres a hack to jump-start the germinating process of your seeds. Even if you call the concrete jungle your home, that doesnt mean you cant have your own robot farm and automated compost bin on hand too!
At Browserling we're building a network of online tools websites. Each site in the network focuses on one and only one tool category. Each tool does one and only one thing. The first seven websites in the network are Online CSV Tools, which is all about working with Comma Separated Values files, Online TSV Tools, which is all about working with Tab Separated Values files, Online JSON Tools, which is all about working with JSON data, Online XML Tools, which is all about working with XML documents, Online YAML Tools, which is all about working with YAML configs, Online STRING Tools, which is all about working with strings, Online RANDOM Tools, which is all about doing random things.
Today we're releasing the eighth site.
The eighth site in our network is Online Binary Tools. Online Binary Tools is a collection of simple, free and easy to use utilities for working with binary numbers, zeroes and ones. There are no ads, popups or other garbage. Just binary utilities that work in your browser. Load a binary number and instantly get result.
Here's a list of all binary tools:
Since the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1996, scientists across the globe have used the same technique to clone nearly two dozen other animal species, including cats, dogs, rats, and cattle. Primates, however, had proven resistant to the process until now.
In a new study published in Cell, a team of Chinese researchers led by Qiang Sun at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai reveal that theyve found a way to tweak the Dolly cloning technique to make it work in primates. Their efforts have resulted in the birth of two cloned female macaques: Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua.
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[January 23] a Tesla Model S slammed into a stationary firetruck at around 65mph on Interstate 405 in Culver City, California. The car was driven under the fire engine, although the driver was able to walk away from the crash uninjured and refused an offer of medical treatment.
The motorist claimed the Model S was driving with Autopilot enabled when it crammed itself under the truck. Autopilot is Tesla's super-cruise-control system. It's not a fully autonomous driving system.
[...] The fire truck was parked in the carshare lane of the road with its lights flashing. None of the fire crew were hurt, although Powell noted that if his team had been in their usual position at the back of the truck then there "probably would not have been a very good outcome."
Tesla will no doubt be going over the car's computer logs to determine exactly what happened, something the California Highway Patrol will also be interested in. If this was a case of the driver sticking on Autopilot, and forgetting their responsibility to watch the road ahead it wouldn't be the first time.
In 2016, a driver was killed after both he and the Tesla systems missed a lorry pulling across the highway. A subsequent investigation by the US National Transportation Safety Board found the driver was speeding and had been warned by the car six times to keep his hands on the wheel.
Tesla has since beefed up the alerts the car will give a driver if it feels they aren't paying full attention to the road. The safety board did note in its report that the introduction of Tesla's Autosteer software had cut collisions by 40 per cent.
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It didn't happen in time for the upcoming Mesa 18.0, but the R600 Gallium3D driver for supporting pre-GCN AMD Radeon graphics processors is now nearly at OpenGL 4.5 compliance! A needed OpenGL 4.4 extension is now scratched off the list completing the necessary extensions to effectively have GL 4.5, assuming it can pass the conformance test suite...
2017 was a big year for the Prometheus project, as it published its 2.0 release in November. The new release ships numerous bug fixes, new features, and, notably, a new storage engine that brings major performance improvements. This comes at the cost of incompatible changes to the storage and configuration-file formats. An overview of Prometheus and its new release was presented to the Kubernetes community in a talk held during KubeCon + CloudNativeCon. This article covers what changed in this new release and what is brewing next in the Prometheus community; it is a companion to this article, which provided a general introduction to monitoring with Prometheus.
This new car model has no steering wheel or pedals.
Virtually every industry will be impacted by 5G .
Many of the previously dumb devices in our homes are getting smarter with the advent of internet-connected lights, thermostats, and more. Surely the windows cant be smart, can they? A team of engineers from the German Friedrich-Schiller University Jena have created just that a smart window that can alter its opacity and harvest energy from the suns rays.
There have been a number of smart electrochromatic window designs over the years, but these are mostly aimed at changing tint or opacity only. The windows designed by Friedrich-Schiller University researchers are vastly more functional. The so-called Large-Area Fluidic Windows (LaWin) design uses a fluid suspension of iron particles. This fluid is contained within the window in a series of long vertical channels. These functional fluids allow the window to change opacity, but also absorb and distribute heat.
The iron-infused fluid remains diffused until you switch the window on the nanoparticles cloud up the channels and block light. When you flip the switch, magnets drag the nanoparticles out of the liquid to make the window fully transparent. When the magnet is switched off, the nanoparticles are resuspended to darken the panel. In general, the more nanoparticles you add, the darker the window becomes. You can even completely black it out with enough iron.
The payment service, Stripe, has ended its support for Bitcoin due to rising transaction fees and long confirmation times. Particularly the latter contribute to failed transfers. So Bitcoin is over as an experiment, and more are realizing that. However, the expectation is that some other cryptocurrency will become widely used, eventually.
Therefore, starting today, we are winding down support for Bitcoin payments. Over the next three months we will work with affected Stripe users to ensure a smooth transition before we stop processing Bitcoin transactions on April 23, 2018.
Despite this, we remain very optimistic about cryptocurrencies overall. There are a lot of efforts that we view as promising and that we can certainly imagine enabling support for in the future.
[ TMB Note: Yes, this will absolutely break our ability to accept BitCoin. Again. Which is fine this time as BitCoin transaction fees are now as high as the minimum price for a year's subscription. If you have a preferred alternative that we can accept without actually touching cryptocurrency, drop the info in a comment. ]
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Thanks to several efforts coming together, there's now an Epiphany Technology Preview project delivering you a bleeding-edge GNOME web-browser in a sane and easily deployable manner...
2018s second supermoon is a triple treat.
AT&T CALLS FOR 'INTERNET BILL OF RIGHTS': AT&T is calling on Congress to pass a net neutrality law that would cover not only internet service providers but also platforms like Facebook and Google.The telecom giant took out full-page ads...
[rudolph] was at a loss on what to get his niece for Christmas. It turns out shes a huge fan of Stranger Things, so the answer was obvious: make her an alphabet wall she can control!
Downsizing the scale to fit inside a document frame, [rudolph] calls their gift rudLights, and a key parameter of this build was to make it able to display any phrases sent from their nieces Amazon Fire tablet instead of constantly displaying hard-coded phrases. To do so, it has a HC-05 Bluetooth module to forward the commands to the NeoPixel LEDs running on a 5V DC power supply.
[rudolph] enlisted the help of their son to draw up the alphabet display printed straight onto thematically decorative wallpaper and cut out holes in the light bulbs for the LEDs. Next up was cut some fibre board as a firm backing to mount the electronics inside the frame and drill holes for the NeoPixels. It was a small odyssey to cut and solder all the wires to the LEDs, but once done, [rudolph] divided their rudLight alphabet into three rows and added capacitors to receive power directly.
[rudolph] has provided the code they used for this project just be sure to change the output pin or any other modifications as relevant to your build. Theyve even created an app to make controlling the rudLights easier. If Bluetooth isnt your thing then [rudolph] is working on building an Arduino Pro Mini version, but no word on when that will be done.
http://www.atariage.com/Jaguar/archives/HasbroRights.html Hasbro Releases Jaguar Publishing Rights FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACTS: Dana Henry Hasbro Interactive 978-921-3759 email@example.com Beverly, MA (May 14, 1999) - Leading entertainment software publisher, Hasbro Interactive announced today it has released all rights that it may have to the vintage Atari hardware platform, the Jaguar. Hasbro Interactive acquired rights to many Atari properties, including the legendary Centipede, Missile Command, and Pong games, in a March 1998 acquisition from JTS Corporation. This announcement will allow software developers to create and publish software for the Jaguar system without having to obtain a licensing agreement with Hasbro Interactive for such platform development. Hasbro Interactive cautioned, however, that the developers should not use the Atari trademark or logo in connection with their games or present the games as authorized or approved by Hasbro Interactive. "Hasbro Interactive is strictly focused on developing and publishing entertainment software for the PC and the next generation game consoles," said Richard Cleveland, Head of Marketing for Hasbro Interactive's Atari Business Unit. "We realize there is a passionate audience of diehard Atari fans who want to keep the Jaguar system alive, and we don't want to prevent them from doing that. We will not interfere with the efforts of software developers to create software for the Jaguar system." Hasbro Interactive, Inc. is a leading all-family interactive games publisher, formed in 1995 to bring to life on the computer the deep library of toy and board games of parent company, Hasbro, Inc. (ASE:HAS). Hasbro Interactive has expanded its charter to include original and licensed games for the PC, the Playstation(R) and Nintendo(R) 64 game consoles and for multi-player gaming over the internet. Headquartered in Beverly, Massachusetts, Hasbro Interactive has offices in the U.K., France, Germany, Japan and Canada. For more information, visit the Hasbro Interactive Web site at http://www.hasbro-interactive.com.
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For two decades, Francesco Benedetti, who heads the psychiatry and clinical psychobiology unit at San Raffaele Hospital in Milan, has been investigating so-called wake therapy, in combination with bright light exposure and lithium, as a means of treating depression where drugs have often failed. As a result, psychiatrists in the USA, the UK and other European countries are starting to take notice, launching variations of it in their own clinics. These 'chronotherapies' seem to work by kick-starting a sluggish biological clock; in doing so, they're also shedding new light on the underlying pathology of depression, and on the function of sleep more generally.
"Sleep deprivation really has opposite effects in healthy people and those with depression," says Benedetti. If you're healthy and you don't sleep, you'll feel in a bad mood. But if you're depressed, it can prompt an immediate improvement in mood, and in cognitive abilities. But, Benedetti adds, there's a catch: once you go to sleep and catch up on those missed hours of sleep, you'll have a 95% chance of relapse.
So pulling more all-nighters makes me feel better?
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The United Kingdom is establishing a new unit to curb the presence of hoax news stories online and stop social media influence campaigns from foreign adversaries, British Prime Minister Theresa Mays spokesperson said.We are living in an era...
A while back, I watched a film and drank a cocktail from each country on Earth, but it occurred to me just now that I had never done any visualisation of where on Earth the good movies and drinks are.
Since I had the data semi-readible available, I whipped up some charts.
Heres the film map (brighter red is better):
Heres the cocktail map (brighter blue is better):
Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, said today it is in the process of rolling out a new service designed to help companies more quickly make sense of and act on the mountains of threat data produced each day by cybersecurity tools.
Countless organizations rely on a hodgepodge of security software, hardware and services to find and detect cybersecurity intrusions before an incursion by malicious software or hackers has the chance to metastasize into a full-blown data breach.
The problem is that the sheer volume of data produced by these tools is staggering and increasing each day, meaning already-stretched IT staff often miss key signs of an intrusion until its too late.
Enter Chronicle, a nascent platform that graduated from the tech giants X division, which is a separate entity tasked with tackling hard-to-solve problems with an eye toward leveraging the companys core strengths: Massive data analytics and storage capabilities, machine learning and custom search capabilities.
We want to 10x the speed and impact of security teams work by making it much easier, faster and more cost-effective for them to capture and analyze security signals that have previously been too difficult and expensive to find, wrote Stephen Gillett, CEO of the new venture.
Few details have been released yet about how exactly Chronicle will work, although the company did say it would draw in part on data from VirusTotal, a free service acquired by Google in 2012 that allows users to scan suspicious files against dozens of commercial antivirus tools simultaneously.
Gillett said his division is already trialing the service with several Fortune 500 firms to test the preview release of Chronicle, but the company declined to name any of those participating.
Its not terribly clear from Gilletts post or another blog post from Alphabets X division by Astro Teller how exactly Chronicle will differentiate itself in such a crowded market for cybersecurity offerings. But its worth considering the impact that VirusTotal has had over the years.
Currently, VirusTotal handles approximately one million submissions each day. The results of each submission get shared back with the entire community of antivirus...
Chinas Station of Extreme Light could be first laser to reach 100 petawatts.
The year 2017 has been an eventful year for open source community with highs and lows throughout the year. Open source and Linux continue to dominate with their presence from the mobile phones to supercomputers. Lets quickly go through some of the major events in the year 2017.
Desktop icons arent just a Windows phenomenon. Im sure if I used Ubuntu or another Linux distribution more often, Id have a messy desktop in that operating system as well. But a recent move by developers of the GNOME desktop environment to remove desktop icons altogether has me wondering if Id really miss them if they were gone.
Stable kernels 4.14.15, 4.9.78, and 4.4.113 have been released. They all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
Richard Fontana explores the intersection of containers and copyleft licensing on opensource.com. "One imperfect way of framing the question is whether GPL-licensed code, when combined in some sense with proprietary code, forms a single modified work such that the proprietary code could be interpreted as being subject to the terms of the GPL. While we havent yet seen much of that concern directed to Linux containers, we expect more questions to be raised as adoption of containers continues to grow. But its fairly straightforward to show that containers do not raise new or concerning GPL scope issues."
If the release of Firefox 58 yesterday didn't excite you, Google has today rolled out to stable channel the Chrome 64.0 web-browser...
Australian Broadcast Corporation reports
Australia's biggest gold refiner, the Perth Mint, is developing its own cryptocurrency backed by physical precious metals.
The ambitious plan, which is subject to a confidentiality agreement, will make it easier for consumers to buy gold.
[...] For the Perth Mint, the need to bring investors back to precious metals after a boom in alternative investments such as cryptocurrencies posed an opportunity, according to chief executive Richard Hayes.
"I think as the world moves through times of increasing uncertainty, you're seeing people look for alternate offerings," he said.
But Mr Hayes said the volatility of some of the current cryptocurrencies meant they did not suit all investors.
And that is where a gold-backed offering may fit.
"With a crypto-gold or a crypto-precious metals offering, what you will see is that gold is actually backing it," Mr Hayes said.
"So it will have all the benefits of something that is on a distributed ledger that settles very, very quickly, that is easy to trade, but is actually backed by precious metals, so there is actually something behind it, something backing it."
What do you see here: some golden cryptocurrency dust sprinkled around or a decentralized ledger of precious metal transactions?
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