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  • America’s STEM Crisis Threatens Our National Security

    03/20/2019 7:59:44 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 68 replies
    American Affairs Journal ^ | Feb 20, 2019 | Arthur Herman
    February 20, 2019 America’s STEM Crisis Threatens Our National Security By Arthur Herman On October 4, 1957, a steel sphere the size of a beach ball and bristling with four radio antennae circled the Earth in eight minutes. Dubbed “Satellite-1,” or “PS-1” (Prosteyshiy Sputnik-1) by its Soviet fabricators, it was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviets had launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit, where it stayed for three weeks before its batteries died. Then it continued silently in a decaying orbit for another two months before burning up in the atmosphere. Its radio signal pulses were easily...
  • 30th Anniversary of the World Wide Web

    03/12/2019 3:41:18 PM PDT · by TBP · 25 replies
    CERN ^ | March 12, 2019
    "Suppose all the information stored on computers everywhere were linked. Suppose I could program my computer to create a space in which everything could be linked to everything." – Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web In 1989 the world’s largest physics laboratory, CERN, was a hive of ideas and information stored on multiple incompatible computers. Tim Berners-Lee envisioned a unifying structure for linking information across different computers, and wrote a proposal in March 1989 called “Information Management: A Proposal”. By 1991 this vision of universal connectivity had become the World Wide Web.
  • Greenpeace Co-Founder: ‘Climate Crisis Is Not Only Fake News. It’s Fake Science’

    03/12/2019 10:57:32 AM PDT · by McGruff · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/12/2019 | David Krayden
    Co-founder of environmental organization Greenpeace Patrick Moore said Tuesday that the climate change crisis driving much of liberal politics today “is not only fake news. It’s fake science.” Moore also wondered during his appearance on “Fox & Friends” why people would be worried about global warming: “A little bit of warming would not be a bad thing, for myself being Canadian.” Moore bounced back into the climate change debate last week in an online feud with New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after he blasted her Green New Deal for being not ambitious but ridiculous. “Well, it’s a silly plan;...
  • You Give Apps Sensitive Personal Information. Then They Tell Facebook

    02/23/2019 7:18:16 AM PST · by PapaBear3625 · 70 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/22/2019 | Sam Schechner and Mark Secada
    Millions of smartphone users confess their most intimate secrets to apps, including when they want to work on their belly fat or the price of the house they checked out last weekend. Other apps know users’ body weight, blood pressure, menstrual cycles or pregnancy status. Unbeknown to most people, in many cases that data is being shared with someone else: Facebook Inc. The social-media giant collects intensely personal information from many popular smartphone apps just seconds after users enter it, even if the user has no connection to Facebook, according to testing done by The Wall Street Journal. The apps...
  • Carbonite Acquires Webroot

    02/11/2019 12:52:23 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 11 replies
    Techradar.com ^ | 2/8/19 | Anthony Spadafora
    Combined companies will offer endpoint security with built-in cloud backup. The data backup and storage company Carbonite has announced that it has acquired endpoint security provider Webroot for $618m. The deal will allow Carbonite to combine the strengths of both companies to provide customers with automated cloud security software that has emergency backup already built in.
  • Microsoft Teams with Establishment ‘NewsGuard’ to Create News Blacklist

    01/23/2019 3:37:31 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 77 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 23 Jan 2019 | Allum Boakhri
    Without consulting with its users, Microsoft has installed an establishment media browser extension, purportedly designed to rate the accuracy of news websites, as a default setting on mobile versions of its Edge browser. In practice, it creates a news blacklist by warning users away from sites including Breitbart News, The Drudge Report, and the Daily Mail. The browser extension, called “Newsguard,” presents users with a red warning label if they navigate to a website that it judges to be unreliable. A “green” rating is given to websites that NewsGuard considers trustworthy. A number of pro-Trump websites, including Breitbart News, are...
  • Fire damages Fox, C-SPAN, MSNBC studios

    01/20/2019 8:55:16 AM PST · by McGruff · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/20/19 | Brett Samuels
    A fire Sunday morning in Northwest Washington, D.C., damaged studios for Fox News, C-SPAN and MSNBC, and forced "Fox News Sunday" to relocate its broadcast to a local affiliate's studio. D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted that an electrical fire broke out in the 8th floor television studio but nobody was injured. Steve Scully, the political editor for C-SPAN, tweeted shortly after 7 a.m. that the Fox News and C-SPAN studios sustained "extensive damage," and MSNBC's studio took on "extensive smoke and water damage."
  • Toilets that talk and other weird tech on display at CES 2019

    01/09/2019 7:32:08 AM PST · by oh8eleven · 22 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7 January 2019 | Nicolas Vega
    LAS VEGAS — CES 2019 kicks off this week, which of course means that close to 200,000 tech heads are swarming into Sin City to ogle the latest crop of gadgets — and we’re not necessarily talking about stripper robots. Talking appliances... from basic items like speakers and alarm clocks, to quirkier fare like fridges and toilets.
  • Russia's Uran-9 Robot Tank Went to War in Syria (It Didn't Go Very Well)

    01/06/2019 8:02:11 AM PST · by familyop · 31 replies
    The National Interest ^ | January 6, 2019 | Sebastien Roblin
    In May 2018, the Russian military revealed it had combat-tested its Uran-9 robot tank in Syria. The diminutive remote-control tank is noted for its formidable gun and missile armament. However, just a month later Defense Blog reported that Senior Research Officer Andrei Anisimov told a conference at the Kuznetsov Naval Academy in St. Petersburg that the Uran-9’s performance in Syria revealed that “modern Russian combat Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) are not able to perform the assigned tasks in the classical types of combat operations.” He concluded it would be ten to fifteen more years before UGVs were ready for such...
  • Amazon error allowed Alexa user to eavesdrop on another home

    12/20/2018 7:21:16 AM PST · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 58 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/20/2018 | Reuters
    FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A user of Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in Germany got access to more than a thousand recordings from another user because of “a human error” by the company. The customer had asked to listen back to recordings of his own activities made by Alexa but he was also able to access 1,700 audio files from a stranger when Amazon sent him a link, German trade publication c’t reported. “This unfortunate case was the result of a human error and an isolated single case,” an Amazon spokesman said on Thursday. The first customer had initially got no reply...
  • The Equifax Data Breach

    12/19/2018 1:58:06 PM PST · by MeganC · 12 replies
    US Congress House Oversight Committee ^ | December 17, 2018 | Majority Staff 115th Congress
    (This is 96 pages long so I am just posting the Executive Summary here) On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced a cybersecurity incident affecting 143 million consumers. This number eventually grew to 148 million—nearly half the U.S. population and 56 percent of American adults. This staff report explains the circumstances of the cyberattack against Equifax, one of the largest consumer reporting agencies (CRA) in the world. Equifax is one of several large CRAs in the United States. CRAs gather consumer data, analyze it to create credit scores and detailed reports, and then sell the reports to third parties. Consumers do...
  • Elon Musk's The Boring Company unveils its high-speed underground transportation system

    12/19/2018 7:08:00 AM PST · by ETL · 29 replies
    FoxNews.com/auto ^ | Dec 19, 2018 | Gary Gastelu | Fox News
    Elon Musk unveiled the workings of the prototype tunnel in Hawthorne, Calif., on Tuesday night, by giving rides to VIPs and a few reporters. The mile-long tube runs 30 feet below the surface from Space X headquarters into a residential neighborhood and has car elevators on either end. A vehicle is lowered into the single-lane tunnel, where it pulls onto raised, rail-like platforms. Horizontal guide wheels mounted near the front tires hold the car between the walls, similar to some roller coaster designs, as, ideally, an autonomous driving system propels it up to 150 mph. Musk envisions a network of...
  • Report: Google Funds Establishment Conservatives to Fight Tech Regulation

    12/14/2018 6:38:42 PM PST · by snarkpup · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Dec 2018 | Allum Bokhari
    Google works with establishment conservative think tanks that argue against regulating the tech giant, one of which had its pro-Google opinions published in National Review, according to a new report. Audio recordings obtained by Wired reveal that Google cooperates with and funds a range of establishment conservatives in D.C. that help it fend off scrutiny and oversight from politicians. The organizations named in Wired’s report are the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), and the Cato Institute. ... In case anyone still takes bought-and-paid-for establishment arguments about free markets and competition seriously, that’s a special privilege Silicon...
  • Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

    12/11/2018 11:11:35 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 22 replies
    NY Times ^ | 12/10/2018 | JENNIFER VALENTINO-DeVRIES, NATASHA SINGER, MICHAEL H. KELLER and AARON KROLIK
    ... Yet another leaves a house in upstate New York at 7 a.m. and travels to a middle school 14 miles away, staying until late afternoon each school day. Only one person makes that trip: Lisa Magrin, a 46-year-old math teacher. Her smartphone goes with her. An app on the device gathered her location information, which was then sold without her knowledge. It recorded her whereabouts as often as every two seconds, according to a database of more than a million phones in the New York area that was reviewed by The New York Times. While Ms. Magrin’s identity was...
  • Twitter locks the @USSArizona account

    12/07/2018 10:45:49 PM PST · by DesScorp · 14 replies
    Twitchy ^ | 12-7-2018 | Doug P.
    On the morning of December 7th, 1941, Pearl Harbor was attacked, marking the beginning of the United States’ war against Japan. @USSArizona marked the occasion with a series of “as it happened” tweets... However, earlier in the day during the live “as it happened” tweets, there was a problem that’s being looked into.
  • Space station robot goes rogue: ISS’s artificial intelligence has turned belligerent

    12/06/2018 1:52:18 PM PST · by ETL · 122 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Dec 5, 2018 | news.com.au
    CIMON isn’t much to look at. It’s just a floating ball with a cartoonish face on its touch screen. It’s built to be a personal assistant for astronauts working on the International Space Station (ISS). CIMON stands for Crew Interactive MObile compinioN. It’s not supposed to be just a tool. It’s also supposed to be a friend. Yes, it’s a personality prototype. You can tell, can’t you? But, as numerous books and movies have clearly warned us — shortly after being switched on for the first time, CIMON has developed a mind of its own. And it appears CIMON wants...
  • Romney signals anti-warming push

    11/17/2018 4:31:50 PM PST · by House Atreides · 107 replies
    Ev&bE News ^ | Hannah Northey and Geof Koss
    Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney signaled he may focus on climate change when he's sworn in in January. In a brief interview with E&E News yesterday, the former Republican presidential nominee said he sees climate change as a "critical area." ....snip Last year, Romney told college students in St. Louis that he was "concerned about the anti-scientific attitude" expressed by some of his Republican colleagues and that he was convinced humanity has played a part in global warming (Climatewire, Oct. 3). "I happen to believe that there is climate change, and I think humans contribute to it in a substantial way,...
  • Gab, free speech social network, has been shut down by its host

    10/27/2018 8:11:22 PM PDT · by DesScorp · 324 replies
    Twitter ^ | 27 May 2018 | Gab
    Breaking: @joyent, Gab’s new hosting provider, has just pulled our hosting service. They have given us until 9am on Monday to find a solution. Gab will likely be down for weeks because of this. Working on solutions. We will never give up on defending free speech for all people.
  • Infectious Disease Rates Higher Among MSM Blood Donors Compared with Overall Blood Donor Population

    10/25/2018 8:42:32 AM PDT · by fwdude · 39 replies
    AABB ^ | October 15, 2018 | AABB Communications Kerri Wachter
    Boston, Mass. – The rate of infectious disease (ID) markers, such as those for HIV and hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV and HCV), in donated blood is higher for men who have sex with men (MSM) relative to blood donors overall, according to an analysis of data from more than 8.4 million blood donations collected from January 2017 through September 2018 by the American Red Cross. However, the ID marker rates for reinstated (1.44%) and newly eligible (2.0%) MSM donors were similar to those of first-time male donors (1.52%). The findings were presented at the 2018 AABB Annual Meeting,...
  • What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult?

    10/17/2018 9:47:35 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 30 replies
    nyt ^ | 10/16/2018 | Kevin Roose
    Last week, a trolling campaign organized by right-wing internet users spilled over onto Twitter. The campaign, which was born in the fever swamps of 4chan and Reddit message boards, involved creating hundreds of fictional personas with gray cartoon avatars, known as NPCs. These accounts posed as liberal activists and were used to spread — among other things — false information about November’s midterm elections.