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  • Criminals Using Photos of Dead Service Members to Con Victims on Dating Sites

    01/22/2018 10:39:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Jan 22, 2018 | Brie Stimson and Liberty Zabala
    A new dating app is hoping to make it difficult for people to con their users into giving money to themDevelopers of a new dating app are warning customers about the prevalence of criminals fraudulently using pictures of dead and active duty service members on various sites to con victims and steal their money. “They want to present themselves as heroes,” Darren Shuster, a developer of the dating app Phresh, told NBC 7. California is among the states with the highest numbers of victims which also includes Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania. The U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command says...
  • The NSA’s voice-recognition system raises hard questions for Echo and Google Home

    01/22/2018 6:59:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    .theverge.com ^ | Jan 22, 2018, 3:37pm EST | Russell Brandom
    ...NSA’s tool would be after a person’s voice instead of any particular words, which would make the wake-word safeguard much less of an issue. If you can get all the voice commands sent back to Google or Amazon servers, you’re guaranteed a full profile of the device owner’s voice... When police try to collect recordings from a voice assistant, they have to play by roughly the same warrant rules as your email or Dropbox files — but the NSA might have a way to get around the warrant too. Collecting the data would still require a court order (in the...
  • Linus Torvalds declares Intel fix for Meltdown/Spectre ‘COMPLETE AND UTTER GARBAGE’

    01/22/2018 6:51:07 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 26 replies
    techcrunch ^ | 22 Jan 2018 | Devin Coldewey
    Is Intel really planning on making this shit architectural? Has anybody talked to them and told them they are f*cking insane? They do literally insane things. They do things that do not make sense. That makes all your [i.e. Woodhouse’s] arguments questionable and suspicious. The patches do things that are not sane. …So somebody isn’t telling the truth here. Somebody is pushing complete garbage for unclear reasons. Sorry for having to point that out. ...Intel, for its part, offered the following statement: “We take the feedback of industry partners seriously. We are actively engaging with the Linux community, including Linus,...
  • Does the NSA really have the capability of recording and storing every phone call, email, text, etc?

    01/22/2018 6:18:35 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 53 replies
    Over the past few years, I've repeatedly heard about the NSA's ability to record and archive every single phone call, email and text that is made in the USA. If that is true, then it is likely that this very post is about to be downloaded and archived by the NSA for posterity (hello NSA!). I've further heard that these archives are stored in a massive Utah data center that is capable of storing many exabytes of data and that there is enough storage capacity today to store not only what is already collected but to store all our data...
  • Man Who Ordered £3,000 Bitcoin Gear Online Furious After Being Sent Boss Baby DVD Instead

    01/22/2018 1:22:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    DevonLive ^ | 22 JAN 2018 | Richard Amofa
    Ichim Bogdan Cezar, from Plymouth, believes he was the victim of a scam after forking out more than £3,000 on Bitcoins, only to receive a copy of the DVDA man from Devon was left fuming after what he thought was going to be his fortune turned out to be a DVD of the Boss Baby. Ichim Bogdan Cezar, from Plymouth, believes he was the victim of a scam after forking out more than £3,000 on Bitcoins, only to receive a copy of the DVD. He also slammed Amazon for refusing to refund the product on two occasion in a grievance...
  • Public trust in Facebook and Twitter has fallen to new low, study finds

    01/22/2018 9:44:35 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 January 2018 • 8:37AM
    Trust in social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter has reached a new low, a major credibility survey has warned, over concerns they do not do enough to tackle bullying, illegal activities and the spreading of extremist content on their sites. Most people think the online companies are not regulated enough (64 percent) and lack transparency (63 percent), according to the Edelman Trust Barometer. Just over half (57 percent) believe social media firms take advantage of users’ loneliness, and 62 percent think they are selling people’s data without their knowledge. A third (34 percent) do not think social media...
  • Cities should respond to Amazon's squeeze play by saying no to subsidies

    01/22/2018 7:35:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01/22/2018 | By MICHAEL HILTZIK
    Amazon released its short list of contenders for its second-headquarters project on Thursday, and the news was bad. Whether it was worse for the hundreds of communities left out of the running or for the 20 so-called finalists is an open question. Judging from the willingness of some remaining contenders to endow one of the world's richest companies with billions in handouts, we're going with the latter. As we've been reporting since September, when the Seattle-based online retailer and tech giant announced plans to locate a $5-billion, 50,000-employee complex as its second headquarters somewhere in North America, offering tax abatements...
  • "Breaking the Utah Teapot." A look at the early days (1989) of physically based animation.

    01/21/2018 12:08:06 PM PST · by mairdie · 16 replies
    Alan Norton's groundbreaking graphics work from 1989 done at IBM Research on physically based animation. Basically, you mathematically created a world, put a mathematical object into it, and turned on the world to see what happened. The Utah Teapot was the common object used within graphics research. Alan's notion was to tease the community by breaking their common object. This is my video of Alan describing his research. For those interested in the fundamental figures in computer science, here is the raw footage of two 1990 interviews with John Cocke, the inventor of RISC architecture. An amazing and wonderful man....
  • The EU is Planning to Get Your Mind Right, Son

    01/21/2018 10:19:35 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 20 Jan, 2018 | Baron Bodissey
    EU Commission Plans The Final Solution To “Disinformation on the Internet” There are growing concerns in Brussels over the disinformation given citizens over the internet. That is why an “expert group” of researchers, journalists and the representatives of platforms is meeting in Brussels, and will eventually present suggestions to the EU Commission for a final solution to avoid disinformation on the internet. “Since the election of Donald Trump as the president of the USA at the end of 2016, there are increasing worries in Europe that fake news on the internet might drastically manipulate public debate. The EU commission therefore...
  • Fishy Email/Vanity

    01/21/2018 7:57:53 AM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 23 replies
    Got the below email. Sure looks pretty fishy to me. Posted it here for reference. ***************************************************************** This is to inform you that we are of current plan to Update our *WEBMAIL DATABASE* and You have to confirm and Update your Email account by clicking on the link below: http://windstreamnet.myfreesites.net/ Regards WindstreamTechSupport Copyright ©2018 Windstream Support Desk
  • Twitter email warning to me: Russia, Russia, Russia!

    01/20/2018 12:42:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies
    Twitter email | January 20, 2018 | Twitter
    Dear Mike Le Deplorable [my Twitter handle], As part of our recent work to understand Russian-linked activities on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election, we identified and suspended a number of accounts that were potentially connected to a propaganda effort by a Russian government-linked organization known as the Internet Research Agency. Consistent with our commitment to transparency, we are emailing you because we have reason to believe that you either followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked content from these accounts during the election period. This is purely for your own information purposes, and is not related...
  • 10 Hours of Windows XP Startup Sound

    01/20/2018 11:07:45 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 24 replies
    YOUTUBE ^ | 16 OCTOBER 2016 | MYABRIDGED
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDjzTyXd2WY
  • A sneaky extension for Chrome, Firefox prevents its removal, hijacks browser

    01/19/2018 5:15:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | 1/19/18 | Kevin Parrish
    Internet security firm Malwarebytes recently discovered that a pair of extensions will not only hijack Chrome and Firefox, but will block any attempts to remove them from these two browsers. The version found in Chrome is a forced extension resulting from web pages that trick visitors into installing the extension via a JavaScript-based popup. The Firefox version stems from advertisements pretending to be an official manual update requirement warning posted by Mozilla. “Tiempo en colombia en vivo” is the name of the invading Chrome extension. Malwarebytes doesn’t provide any specifics about what this extension actually does to Chrome but presumably, it completely...
  • Twitter Has Suspended the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI)

    01/18/2018 5:10:13 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 19 replies
    Twitter ^ | January 18, 2018
    From Twitter: Account suspended This account has been suspended. Learn more about why Twitter suspends accounts, or return to your timeline.
  • An iMessage 'text bomb' is floating around that can freeze your iPhone (or Mac)

    01/18/2018 2:56:51 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 14 replies
    iMore ^ | January 17, 2018 | By TORY FOULK
    A bug publicly released by a developer can freeze — and possibly crash — your device if you open it in Messages. According to an article by Nicole Nguyen at Buzzfeed, yesterday afternoon software developer Abraham Masri publicly posted the bug — a security vulnerability called "chaiOS" that he found while attempting to break the operating system via "fuzzing" — to Github. Fuzzing is essentially a way of testing for vulnerabilities that involves putting way too much data into a system in order to crash it. 👋 Effective Power is back, baby! chaiOS bug:Text the link below, it will freeze...
  • It takes 556 days of computing and a hefty electricity bill to mine a single bitcoin. [tr]

    01/18/2018 12:16:27 PM PST · by C19fan · 76 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | January 17, 2018 | Amanda Lee and Josh Ye
    At the Golden Arcade at Sham Shui Po, a new product is creating a stir among the community of geeks, gamers and offbeat collectors that call this jam-packed shopping centre in Kowloon their haven. A banner that reads “Mining Specialist” stands out from among all the stores selling X-Box games, comic books, action hero figurines and video game consoles.
  • Tim Cook: 'Maybe we should have been clearer' over iPhone throttling

    01/18/2018 10:20:59 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 27 replies
    ZDNet ^ | January 18, 2018 | By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
    In a recent interview, Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledges the company should have been clearer with iPhone owners. The iPhone throttling issue that Apple brought upon itself last year shows no signs of going away any time soon, but Apple CEO Tim Cook finally acknowledges that the company should have been clearer with iPhone owners. For those of you who aren't following the story closely, it all started back in July of last year, when Apple released iOS 10.2.1 following reports that iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE handsets were shutting down randomly due to cold weather, low battery...
  • The Trillion-dollar Chameleon

    01/18/2018 8:20:13 AM PST · by mairdie · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | Victor Davis Hanson Victor Davis Hanson
    Twenty years ago, no one had heard of either Facebook or Google, neither of which existed yet. For that matter, no one knew much about social media or search engines in general. Cellphones were still simply mobile, small and expensive telephones. There was no concept of a phone as a handheld computer. Today, five companies -- Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet (Google's parent company) -- have a collective worth of more than $3 trillion. Yet such transnational companies remain mostly exempt from the sort of regulations and accountability faced by most other industries.
  • Surprise! Apple Will Soon Let You Disable iPhone Throttling

    01/18/2018 7:48:38 AM PST · by fireman15 · 18 replies
    tomsguide.com ^ | Jan 18, 2018 | DON REISINGER
    Upset that Apple has been slowing down older iPhones to prevent battery degradation? The company will let you disable this sort of throttling with an upcoming iOS update. But that doesn't mean you should. In an interview published last night (Jan. 17) by ABC News, Apple CEO Tim Cook said that a developer beta of iOS coming next month will provide users with more information on their states of their battery — and will ultimately throttle CPU performance if things are going awry. It will be released to the public soon after. The feature has caught the ire of those...
  • How to Downgrade Windows 10 and Reinstall Windows 7

    01/17/2018 7:20:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 52 replies
    Make Tech Easier ^ | 1/17/18 | Nicholas Godwin
    Not everyone loves Windows 10. Many people upgraded from Windows 7 and regretted it. It might not work with your favorite (and maybe old) software and seems to hang frequently. If you belong to this camp and are looking for ways to get back to Windows 7, here’s a breakdown of how to downgrade Windows 10 and reinstall Windows 7 on your PC.Return to Windows 7 You can only use this option if you upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7. Note that this method will not work if you did a clean reinstall or if you’ve had your Windows...