Saturday, June 23, 2018

Tech News

 
Take the time to read this. Technocracy: We are All Prisoners of the Surveillance State:
We now find ourselves in the unenviable position of being monitored, managed and controlled by our technology, which answers not to us but to our government and corporate rulers.

Consider that on any given day, the average American going about his daily business will be monitored, surveilled [sic], spied on and tracked in more than 20 different ways, by both government and corporate eyes and ears.
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In the "Thank You, EU" Department, memes could become a punishable offense.  BGR:
As Business Insider reports, Article 13 of the new EU Copyright Directive has been approved, and it could have a huge impact on the amount of potentially copyright-infringing content you see on sites like Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook.
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ZD Net: Is your brain analog or digital?

 
Credit: iStock / D3Damon via Medical Xpress
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...a security researcher known as Hacker Fantastic just published a video purporting to show a way that you can get more than 10 guesses at a locked iPhone’s PIN – without opening up the device or trying a physical bypass of the security hardware.
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Ars Technia: The second man to walk on the moon, Buzz Aldrin is suing his family, his son, his former manager and just about everyone else.
[Aldrin's lawsuit] alleges that the family has taken advantage of the 88-year-old through a de facto guardianship.
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Ars Technia: If you have children playing Nintendo you need to read this and from Reddit, this.
...it seems hackers have found a way to insert indecent content into our children's games.

[And] it seems to be an issue with users' profile pictures. The picture was changed several times over the course of my time patrolling, each picture being [graphic content].
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PC World - Review and all the specs on Lenovo's Y730 laptop for gaming.
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Dark Reading.com: Email scam: pay the ransom or get infected with the WannaCry virus.
...the attackers don't really have the WannaCry malware in hand. "Simply put, it's a protection racket[."]
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Not for the squeamish. Ars Technia: Selfies show worm slithered through woman’s face for 2 weeks.
... she noticed an unusual lump on her cheek, below her left eye. Five days later it was gone, but another had formed just above her left eye.
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To track the progress of her roving blemish, she took selfies.
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We all wish we had more hours in the day, don't we? Well,  there's always a day on Venus. Ars Technia:
Sunrise to sunrise (metaphorically speaking, given Venus’ cloud-choked atmosphere), a day there is about 117 Earth-days long.
Long days on Venus.  Image: ©Planet-C

6 comments:

BB-Idaho said...

When I was a kid interested in the planets, I remember Venus as having by far the highest albedo in the solar system. Back then
Venus was thought of as a pleasant place. But-
"The planet Venus' surface is covered by rocky mountains, volcanoes and seas of lava. The surface of Venus, however, is completely obscured by the dense atmospheric cloud that blankets the planet. The atmospheric clouds primarily consist of sulfuric acid, which reflect the vast majority of sunlight that is incident upon them. This makes Venus the planet with the highest albedo in the solar system, with a value of 75 percent."
Hard to imagine a more inhospitable place.

Bunkerville said...

Other than that it was a good week!

David Drake said...

@BB- I've read similar on Venus. What's so weird - and I should verify this before writing it but I'm relatively certain - that I read that Mars is actually more hospital than is Venus, even tho it's right next to the sun. Which I guess must be why Mars is the place....further away from the global warming of the sun [?]!!
:)

David Drake said...

@ Bunkerville - lol. Yep - pretty much just another week, eh?

David Drake said...

* Just noticed I spelled hospitable wrong @ comment to BB. Need more caffeine.

David Drake said...

@ BB = strike what I wrote 3 comments above. What I meant is I've read MERCURY (closest to the sun) is more hospitable than Venus. Mercury - not Mars. This is what happens when I write without the required amount of caffeine in my system. :)