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  • Call to Action to the Tech Community on New Machine Readable COVID-19 Dataset

    03/16/2020 6:01:28 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | March 16, 2020 | White House
    Today, researchers and leaders from the Allen Institute for AI, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), Microsoft, and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health released the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) of scholarly literature about COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, and the Coronavirus group.Requested by The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the dataset represents the most extensive machine-readable Coronavirus literature collection available for data and text mining to date, with over 29,000 articles, more than 13,000 of which have full text.Now, The White House joins these...
  • Windows 10 isn’t the most vulnerable operating system – it’s actually Linux

    03/09/2020 12:34:26 PM PDT · by TomServo · 71 replies
    TechRadar ^ | 3/9/2020 | Darren Allan
    Surprising reports paints Linux and Android as less secure than Windows Which operating system has suffered the most vulnerabilities since around the turn of the millennium? That would be Linux, not Microsoft’s Windows, at least according to a freshly released report. An analysis of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Vulnerability Database, compiled by, tracked ‘technical vulnerabilities’ in popular pieces of software between 1999 and 2019. And Debian, a flavor of Linux, was top of the table with 3,067 vulnerabilities over the last two decades. Reasonably close behind was Android on 2,563 vulnerabilities, with the Linux kernel...
  • Bloomberg: 'Anybody [Can] Be a Farmer,' It Takes 'A Lot More Gray Matter' To Work In Tech

    02/17/2020 3:37:31 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 107 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 2/17/2020 | Brittany M. Hughes
    It’s no wonder he chose to skip the Iowa caucus, given that former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg apparently thinks farmers and manufacturers all across America lack “gray matter." In a clip just now circulating online, Bloomberg, while speaking at Oxford’s Said Business School back in 2016, explained that "anybody [can] be a farmer," but that it takes "a lot more gray matter" to "think and analyze" enough to work in the tech field. “I could teach anybody – even people in this room, no offense intended – to be a farmer,” Bloomberg explained. “It's a process. You dig a hole,...
  • MIT researchers design $100 laptop for world's kids

    09/29/2005 1:54:28 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 61 replies · 1,818+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | September 29, 2005 | Brian Bergstein (A.P.)
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The $100 laptop computers that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers want to get into the hands of the world's children would be durable, flexible and self-reliant. The machines' AC adapter would double as a carrying strap, and a hand crank would power them when there's no electricity. They'd be foldable into more positions than traditional notebook PCs, and carried like slim lunchboxes. For example, to keep the $100 laptops from being widely stolen or sold off in poor countries, he expects to make them so pervasive in schools and so distinctive in design that it would be...
  • Rwanda just released the first smartphone made entirely in Africa

    01/20/2020 7:31:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 10/2019 | Melissa Locker
    Rwanda’s Mara Group has grand ambitions. The company hopes to help turn Rwanda into a regional tech hub, and it just got one step closer to completing that mission. This week, the company released two smartphones, earning Mara Group the title of the first smartphone manufacturer in Africa. advertisement Rwanda President Paul Kagame has announced Africa’s “first high tech smartphone factory,” CNN reported. While smartphones are assembled in other African nations (Egypt, Algeria, and South Africa all have assembly plants), according to Reuters, those companies all import the components. But at Mara, they manufacture the phones from the motherboards to the packaging,...
  • Cloudflare is Giving Away Its Security Tools To US Political Campaigns

    01/15/2020 7:39:26 AM PST · by HangnJudge · 17 replies
    techcrunch ^ | 1/15/20 | zack whittaker/
    Network security giant Cloudflare said it will provide its security tools and services to U.S. political campaigns for free, as part of its efforts to secure upcoming elections against cyberattacks and election interference. The company said its new Cloudflare for Campaigns offering will include distributed denial-of-service attack mitigation, load balancing for campaign websites, a website firewall, and anti-bot protections.
  • CES 2020: What to expect from the tech bonanza - from smart toilets to 8K TVs

    01/09/2020 2:06:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/06/20 | Daniel Howley
    LAS VEGAS - CES 2020 officially kicks off here in Las Vegas on Tuesday, and companies from around the world are rolling out the forklifts to build out some of the massive exhibits that will be on display for the 170,000 attendees at this year’s edition of the tech industry’s trade show. But we’ve already got a good idea of the kinds of major announcements we’ll get during the biggest week in tech. Here’s what to expect, from 8K TVs to smart toilets to smartphones with foldable displays. As usual, some of the hottest news will come from the TV...
  • Former Operator of Illegal Booter Services Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Damage

    11/15/2019 10:49:31 AM PST · by ransomnote · 15 replies ^ | 11/15/19 | DOJ
    Full Title: Former Operator of Illegal Booter Services Sentenced for Conspiracy to Commit Computer Damage and Abuse Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, November 15, 2019 An Orland Park, Illinois, resident was sentenced yesterday to 13 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release on one count of conspiracy to cause damage to internet-connected computers for his role in owning, administering and supporting illegal booter services that launched millions of illegal denial of service, or DDoS, attacks against victim computer systems in the United States and elsewhere. Chief U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle...
  • Again?: GOP Sen. Mike Lee Keeps Pushing College Job Giveaway to Indians

    10/31/2019 10:16:54 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/31/ | Neil Monroe
    Utah GOP Sen. Mike Lee is expected to try again on Thursday to pass his S.386 bill, which helps India’s graduates grab hundreds of thousands of college level jobs from American graduates. All GOP Senators are expected to stay silent while Lee pushes his bill that rewards roughly 300,000 of India’s contract workers in the United States with a fast track to citizenship. Silicon Valley investors back his bill, which also allows companies to annually pay 60,000 of India’s contract workers — plus 60,000 family members — with government-provided green cards after they take jobs from American graduates. Existing “country...
  • Autobraking tech will be standard in cars by 2022, but drivers complain of "phantom braking"

    10/25/2019 9:04:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 143 replies
    See BS ^ | 10/24/19
    Automatic emergency braking will be standard in most cars in 2022. The technology is expected to cut the number of rear-end crashes in half, but hundreds of drivers say sometimes the system slams on the brakes – apparently for no reason. CBS News found reports of several accidents and injuries that drivers blamed on false activations of emergency automatic braking systems. Safety advocates and carmakers say in the vast majority of cases it works, but it is not perfect. For Cindy Walsh, getting behind the wheel of her 2018 Nissan Rogue raises her anxiety level. Since she bought the SUV...
  • Yahoo announces all content on Yahoo Groups will be permanently removed

    10/17/2019 3:14:40 AM PDT · by deks · 26 replies
    ZDNet ^ | October 16, 2019 | Aimee Chanthadavong
    Yahoo has announced it will be removing all content from its free long-running online discussion boards, Yahoo Groups. While Yahoo said in a statement that the Yahoo Groups site will continue to exist, users will no longer be able to upload any new content to the site as of October 21, and from December 14, all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. The content that will be affected include files, polls, links, photos, folders, database, calendar, attachments, conversations, email updates, message digest, and message history. "You'll have until that date to save anything you've uploaded," the...
  • Homeless In Seattle, Part 2: Tech Sucks The Soul Out Of The City

    10/11/2019 9:31:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 10, 2019 | iLANAMERMERCER
    Trust the late Anthony Bourdain, the Kerouac of cooking, to blurt out the truth when nobody else would. Following his Jack Kerouac wanderlust, Bourdain had arrived in Seattle to spotlight the manner in which high-tech was changing the city, draining it of its character and of the many quirky characters that made Seattle what it was.“Microsoft, Google, Twitter, Expedia, and Amazon are the big dogs in town,” mused  Bourdain. “A flood of them—tech industry workers … derisively referred to as tech boys or tech bros—is rapidly changing the DNA of the city, rewiring it to satisfy their own newly-empowered nerdly appetites.”That the “tech...
  • 40 state attorneys general to take part in Facebook antitrust probe: report

    10/07/2019 7:16:06 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/07/19 | Zack Budryk
    About 40 state attorneys general will participate in an antitrust investigation of Facebook led by New York Attorney General Letitia James (D), The Washington Post reported on Monday, citing three people familiar with the matter. In September, James had announced an investigation with seven other states and the District of Columbia into whether the social media giant has “endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising.” The three people who spoke to the Post said the larger inquiry is still confidential, and that New York could enlist further states before the probe is...
  • Inside the new Uber: Weak coffee, vanishing perks and fast-deflating morale

    10/01/2019 9:11:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 30, 2019 | Faiz Siddiqui
    Tech IPOs have long been viewed as a boon for Silicon Valley workers, ushering in a new era of corporate stability and stock-driven wealth. That’s not been the case at Uber, where the stock price has fallen roughly 30 percent since going public in May and employees say they’ve noticed cuts to amenities as basic as the brands of coffee available for brewing. Uber is changing as it shifts from a closely held unicorn start-up to a publicly traded company that appears to be losing investors’ confidence, according to interviews with current and former workers. Those changes include laying off...
  • Contract Employees At Pittsburgh's Google Campus Will Take Union Vote Tuesday

    09/24/2019 9:35:32 AM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 20 replies
    WESA ^ | 9/23/2019 | Kathleen J. Davis
    Contract employees at Google's Pittsburgh campus are voting on whether to unionize Tuesday. If successful, this will be the first union with the Pittsburgh Association of Tech Professionals, a new arm of the United Steelworkers. Renata Nelson, a Google contractor in Pittsburgh, said the main priorities are to improve wages and benefit, and to cement job security. "Our salaries are fairly low compared to industry average," Nelson said. "We've seen people being hired at lower and lower rates recently." Google contractors in Pittsburgh are employed through international consulting company HCL Technologies. According to United Steelworkers, HCL employees work at Google's...
  • Hundreds arrested worldwide in operation targeting cyber schemes

    09/10/2019 2:20:17 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/10/19 | Maggie Miller
    Hundreds of individuals were arrested over a four-month period around the world on as part of an operation to crack down on scams meant to hijack wire transfers from both businesses and individuals, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday. In total, 281 individuals were arrested worldwide, with 74 of these arrests taking place in the United States, as part of Operation reWired. The operation also involved the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Homeland Security, State and Treasury departments. It was meant to disrupt business email compromise (BEC) schemes. This type of scheme typically targets employees of an...
  • O'Rourke presses tech companies to crack down on disinformation

    09/06/2019 9:26:20 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/19 | Harper Neidig
    Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is demanding answers from major tech platforms following an unsubstantiated claim online that the gunman involved in last weekend's mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, was driving a vehicle with an O'Rourke campaign sticker. Jen O’Malley Dillon, campaign manager for the former House lawmaker from Texas, sent letters to Facebook, Google and Twitter on Friday asking for greater transparency about how the companies respond to disinformation on their platforms and calling on them to take action against any fraudulent accounts involved in amplifying the claim. “As a campaign, we’re almost entirely powerless to stop misinformation,” O’Malley...
  • Custom build you own modern computer (new Ryzen CPU) for under 400.00 (OS not incld.)

    08/22/2019 7:24:52 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 93 replies ^ | Thu, 08/22/19 | daniel1212
    CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.90 @ OutletPC) [with built-in Radeon Vega 8 graphics, pre-thermal-pasted, and includes heatsink & fan] Motherboard : MSI B450-A PRO ATX AM4 Motherboard ($84.89 @ OutletPC) [ATXform Factor] Memory : Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory ($59.99 @ Amazon) Storage : Team GX2 256 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($29.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply EVGA 400 W ATX Power Supply ($32.89 @ OutletPC) Case Thermaltake Versa H21 ATX Mid Tower Case $44.99 Walmart Wireless Network Adapter : TP-Link TL-WN881ND PCIe x1 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi Adapter...
  • California Fostered America’s Tech Industry. It Is Becoming a Great Adversary.

    08/11/2019 1:23:31 PM PDT · by Brilliant · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | Aug. 11, 2019 | By Sebastian Herrera and Abigail Summerville
    California, the birthplace of the American tech industry, is emerging as a great foe. On Monday, the state legislature resumes and will consider a bill that, if passed, could classify drivers for ride-hailing companies like Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. as employees, entitled to better wages and benefits. The bill, along with state laws pending or passed on issues ranging from privacy to net neutrality, could substantially reshape companies across the technology sector, many of which are based in the Silicon Valley area where local ordinances targeting tech are also taking hold. The push by policy makers against local...
  • Any 3D Printer Recommendations?

    08/08/2019 9:38:43 AM PDT · by amorphous · 58 replies
    8/8/2019 | Me
    Looking to upgrade from a XYZ Pro Printer to one that can reach a nozzle temp of 300 C. I've kind of settled on the QIDI Tech X-Max. Anyone have experience with them or other recommendations?