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Updated 2018-08-19 01:15
Why Did Facebook Purge TeleSUR English?
An Anonymous Coward writes:https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/08/telesur-english-facebook-censorship-news
Hidden "VrMode" Found in Nintendo Switch Firmware
takyon writes:Nintendo's Switch has been hiding a buried "VrMode" for over a year
Ancient Galaxies Found Orbiting the Milky Way; Hubble Paints Picture of the Evolving Universe
takyon writes:Earliest galaxies found 'on our cosmic doorstep'
Physicians Often Fail to Disclose Financial Conflicts in Research Papers
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Fnord666Doctors Aren't Being Candid About the Money They Get From Big Pharma
Microsoft Closes US Surface Factory, Moves Production to China
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These Soft, Tiny Robot Spiders Might Operate on You Someday
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Fnord666
ARM Aims to Match Intel 15-Watt Laptop CPU Performance
takyon writes:Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On
Y Combinator Spreads to China
takyon writes:Y Combinator to set up China arm with former Baidu executive Qi Lu as chief
Honoring the ’80s, Def Con's Badge is Also a Text Adventure
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Fnord666
President Trump Relaxes US Cyber-Attacks Rules
martyb writes:President Trump Relaxes US Cyber-Attacks Rules:
The Eminently Hackable Police Bodycam
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California Officials Admit to Using License Plate Readers to Monitor Welfare Recipients
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Wi-Fi Could be Used to Detect Weapons and Bombs
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Smallest Transistor Switches Current With a Single Atom in Solid Electrolyte
martyb writes:Smallest transistor switches current with a single atom in solid electrolyte:
Credit Card Skimmers Now Need to Fear the Reaper
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ISPs Won't Invest Without Handouts
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FDA and NIH Propose Reduction in Gene Therapy Biosafety Oversight
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Children Are Susceptible to Peer Pressure From Robots
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Fnord666
MIT Scientists Crack the Case of Breaking Spaghetti in Two
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Firefox Add-On With 220,000+ Installs Caught Collecting Users’ Browsing History
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210 Million-Year-Old Pterosaur Predates Most Dinosaurs
takyon writes:Winged reptiles thrived before dinosaurs
New Zealand Bans Sales of Homes to Foreigners
takyon writes:New Zealand bans sales of homes to foreigners
Los Angeles to Become the First City to Use Body Scanners in Rail Transit Systems
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for Fnord666LA to become the first city to use body scanners in rail transit systems
Valve Seems to be Working on Tools to Get Windows Games Running on Linux
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Mystery Russian Satellite's Behaviour Raises Alarm In US
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Russia Gives Lessons in Electronic Warfare
canopic jug writes:Soldiers stupid and disobedient enough to carry their own tracking devices into the field on operations are teaching their units harsh lessons when entering combat. The Association of the United States Army, the U.S. Army's professional association and lobbying group, has an article on how mobile phones are used against soldiers carrying them in the field. This includes, but is not limited to, psychological operations, artillery strikes, monitoring, or all three at once. Given the lax discipline about leaving the mobile phones behind, the attacks built on phone info have been increasingly successful both physically and mentally.[Ed Note: The second link details how Russian backed separatists are using advanced EW and psyops tactics against the Ukrainian Armed Forces]Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Australian State Government Bans TV News Channel from Train Stations
Mykl writes:The state of Victoria, Australia has banned broadcasting of Sky News from the underground loop stations in Melbourne's train network.The ban comes after Sky (owned by Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp) broadcast an interview with far-right activist Blair Cottrell. Cottrell, the leader of the United Patriots Front, has convictions for arson, burglary and racial vilification, has advocated violence against women and has called for portraits of Adolf Hitler to be hung in school classrooms.Victoria's transport minister, Jacinta Allen, has defended the decision against claims of censorship, stating that "Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community." ... "If people want to watch Sky News in their own homes, they can do that to their heart's content," she said. "Any material that uses our public transport assets to promote itself needs to be appropriate."Original SubmissionRead more of this story at SoylentNews.
Researchers Unearth Remarkable Horse 'Shoes'
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Trump Administration Expected to Propose Limiting Citizenship for Legal Immigrants
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Bridge Collapses in Genoa, Kills Over 20 People
An Anonymous Coward writes:https://www.npr.org/2018/08/14/638462800/suspension-bridge-on-busy-highway-partially-collapses-in-genoa:
How IoT Devices Empower Companies at the Expense of Consumers
canopic jug writes:David Rosenthal has written a blog post on how end users may be affected by tort law. Specifically, he discusses two points in The Internet of Torts raised by Rebecca Crootof:
SEC Reportedly Subpoenas Tesla Over Take-Private Tweet
takyon writes:Tesla Is Said to Be Subpoenaed by S.E.C. Over Elon Musk Tweet (archive)
Nvidia Announces Turing Architecture With Focus on Ray-Tracing and Lower-Precision Operations
takyon writes:NVIDIA Reveals Next-Gen Turing GPU Architecture: NVIDIA Doubles-Down on Ray Tracing, GDDR6, & More
Alexa and Cortana Integration Starts Rolling Out Today
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Bethesda Clashes With Sony on PS4 Cross-Play, Changes Review Policy
takyon writes:Bethesda Declares War on Sony Over Cross-Play Limitations
Chinese Electric Carmaker NIO Eyes $1.8 Billion IPO In US
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SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Could Launch Japanese and European Payloads to Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway
takyon writes:SpaceX's Falcon Heavy eyed by Europe/Japan
New Law Bans U.S. Government from Buying Equipment from Chinese Telecom Giants ZTE and Huawei
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A Small Team of Student AI Coders Beats Google's Machine-Learning Code
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984
OpenSSL (1.1.0g) Key Sniffed From Radio Signal
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Early Japanese Eating Habits Gleaned From Hairs In Old Books
hubie writes:The diet and eating habits of earlier civilizations has been inferred from old manuscripts and artwork, but there is always a question as to how representative that is of what the common diet was at the time, in much the same way as whether in a millennia from now one could infer our modern-day diet from surviving ``foodie'' magazines. It is always a bonus when you can have access to direct tissue to analyze. In a recent paper in the Open Access journal Nature Scientific Reports, Atsushi Maruyama and colleagues in Japan acquired a number of book sets produced during the Edo period and they analyzed samples of human hair found in the books. By analyzing the abundances of various carbon and nitrogen isotopes they were able to make inferences about the early Japanese diet.
Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found
edIII writes:The nearest neighbor problem asks where a new point fits in to an existing data set. A few researchers set out to prove that there was no universal way to solve it. Instead, they found such a way.
Systematic Analysis Reduces One Chicago Location's Parking Tickets by 50%
infodragon writes:Utilizing FOIA and some clever software Mr. Chapman quickly identifies a troubled spot for parking in Chicago and gets results!http://mchap.io/using-foia-data-and-unix-to-halve-major-source-of-parking-tickets.htmlThe story relates how the author used Freedom of Information Act requests to gather raw data on parking tickets issued in Chicago. What he received was a semicolon-delimited text file containing a great number of data entry errors. The author outlines the steps taken to clean and extract data on a likely problematic parking location. Armed with this data, he visited the location and discovered very confusing signage. He reported this to the city, who rectified the signage. This led to a 50 percent decrease in the number of tickets issued for that location.I immediately asked myself three things1. How much more effective has that corner become?
New Bugs Leave Millions of Phones Vulnerable to Hackers
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Hack Causes Pacemakers to Deliver Life-Threatening Shocks
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Home Depot Q2 2018 Results Shed Light on U.S. Economy
takyon writes:Home Depot's Sales Rebound Muted by Inflation in Fuel and Lumber
Tbx6 Revealed As Crucial To Heart And Skeleton Formation From Stem Cells
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Opportunity Rover Hasn’t Woken Up and Engineers Are Getting Nervous
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for cmn32480
Intel Discloses a Speculative Execution Attack in Software Guard eXtensions (SGX)
takyon writes:Intel's SGX blown wide open by, you guessed it, a speculative execution attack
Lawsuit Claims the ACT Sells Students’ Disability Data to Colleges
MrPlow writes:Submitted via IRC for SoyCow1984