Monthly Archives: March 2016

Man Arrested for Not Returning ‘Freddy Got Fingered’ VHS From 2002

(ANTIMEDIA) A North Carolina man was recently arrested for failing to return a VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered that he rented from a local mom & pop video rental store in 2002James Meyers is charged with failure to return rental property to J&J’s Rental — a business which has since closed. The offense is a misdemeanor punishable by a penalty of up to $200.

Thanks to an nonworking taillight, Meyers was pulled over while driving his daughter to school.

“The officer said, ‘I don’t know how to tell you this but there’s a warrant out for your arrest from 2002. Apparently you rented the movie Freddy Got Fingered and never returned it.’ I thought he was joking,” Meyers stated to local Charlotte news station WSOCTV.

The officer permitted Meyers to drop his child off and continue on to work as long as he agreed to turn himself in at the courthouse by the end of the day.

Following through on his word, Meyers appeared at the courthouse within a few hours, expecting the needless situation to be quickly resolved. Much to his shock, he was arrested instead.


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Heavy Social Media Users ‘Trapped In Endless Cycle of Depression’

Social Media Use Associated With Depression Among U.S. Young Adults

PITTSBURGH, March 22, 2016 – The more time young adults use social media, the more likely they are to be depressed, according to new research from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
The findings could guide clinical and public health interventions to tackle depression, forecast to become the leading cause of disability in high-income countries by 2030. The research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, is published online and scheduled for the April 1 issue of the journal Depression and Anxiety.
This was the first large, nationally representative study to examine associations between use of a broad range of social media outlets and depression. Previous studies on the subject have yielded mixed results, been limited by small or localized samples, and focused primarily on one specific social media platform, rather than the broad range often used by young adults.
“Because social media has become such an integrated component of human interaction, it is important for clinicians interacting with young adults to recognize the balance to be struck in encouraging potential positive use, while redirecting from problematic use,” said senior author Brian A. Primack, M.D., Ph.D., director of Pitt’s Center for Research on Media, Technology and Health.
In 2014, Dr. Primack and his colleagues sampled 1,787 U.S. adults ages 19 through 32, using questionnaires to determine social media use and an established depression assessment tool.
The questionnaires asked about the 11 most popular social media platforms at the time: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Google Plus, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine and LinkedIn.
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Professor wins $700k for solving 300-year-old math equation


It was a problem that had baffled mathematicians for centuries — until British professor Andrew Wiles set his mind to it.

“There are no whole number solutions to the equation xn + yn = zn when n is greater than 2.”

Otherwise known as “Fermat’s Last Theorem,” this equation was first posed by French mathematician Pierre de Fermat in 1637, and had stumped the world’s brightest minds for more than 300 years.

In the 1990s, Oxford professor Andrew Wiles finally solved the problem, and this week was awarded the hugely prestigious 2016 Abel Prize — including a $700,000 windfall.

Learning of the award, Wiles told the University of Oxford: “It is a tremendous honor … Fermat’s equation was my passion from an early age, and solving it gave me an overwhelming sense of fulfillment.

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Intel’s Andy Grove’s great warning to Silicon Valley

Analysis A few years ago, Andy Grove took the Davos crowd to task. The received wisdom at the time – and it still is – was that America’s future was as a “knowledge economy.”

It was 2010, and the former Intel CEO lamented that Foxconn employed more people – 800,000 in total – than Sony, Intel, Apple, Dell, Microsoft and HP combined.

Grove was fed up with being told that prosperity would come if the US continued to export jobs and manufacturing skills. And that the future was startups. This was a load of rubbish, he pointed out in a comment piece.

The lesson Grove had learned at Intel was that success was all about scale. As soon as a country loses its high-tech manufacturing base, it forgets how to do many things, and loses its ability to scale in a new marketplace. The spoils go to those who retain a competitive manufacturing base.

TVs were a good example, Grove wrote. Princeton economist Alan Blinder had written that the absence of TV production in the USA, as TVs became a low cost “commodity,” was a good thing.

“I disagree. Not only did we lose an untold number of jobs, we broke the chain of experience that is so important in technological evolution. As happened with batteries, abandoning today’s ‘commodity’ manufacturing can lock you out of tomorrow’s emerging industry.”


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Supernova shockwave recorded for the very first time

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How to Install Android in VirtualBox


Want to run Android on your PC? The Android-x86 Project has ported Android to the x86 platform from ARM. Android-x86 can be installed on netbooks with supported hardware, but you can also install Android in VirtualBox.

Android can be run as just another virtual machine, like you would run a Windows or Linux virtual machine. This allows you to play with the Android interface and install apps in a full Android environment on your PC.

What You’ll Need

Before you can get started, you’ll need both VirtualBox and an Android-x86 ISO to install inside VirtualBox.

Creating an Android Virtual Machine

You can now open VirtualBox and create a new virtual machine by clicking the New button. Go through the wizard and configure your virtual machine with the following settings:

  • Operating System: Linux – Linux 2.6 (or later version)
  • Memory Size: 512 MB
  • Hard Drive Size: 3 GB or More


Next, power on your new virtual machine and point VirtualBox at the Android-x86 ISO file you downloaded. The installer will boot up inside your virtual machine.


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Tor Project exploring ways to keep its software and users safe

In view of the recent legal battle between the FBI and Apple regarding phone encryption, and this article revealing that there have been many instances where the US Department of Justice demanded source code and private encryption keys from tech companies, the Tor Project decided to voice their support for Apple, and to outline their current protections against their software being backdoored, as well as their active work on adding new ones.

“For all of our users, their privacy is their security. And for all of them, that privacy depends upon the integrity of our software, and on strong cryptography. Any weakness introduced to help a particular government would inevitably be discovered and could be used against all of our users,” noted Mike Perry, lead developer of the Tor Browser.

The Project’s mechanisms for ensuring the security and integrity of their software are as follows:


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Atari Vault hits Steam with 100 classic games in one package

Atari Vault hits Steam with 100 classic games in one package

Classic and retro video game fans will be eager to hear that Atari Vault has just landed on PC via Steam, making it the easiest way possible to enjoy 100 of the most iconic arcade and home console titles from the early generation of gaming. This eliminates the need to use emulators and ROMs to enjoy games like Asteroids, Centipede, Pitfall, and Pong, not to mention it being cheaper than buying several included titles individually.

Atari has made the perfect combination of nostalgia and modern game features. When choosing which title to play, users can browse the collection through a menu of virtual arcade cabinets displaying their art on the side, or through box art from the original Atari 2600 releases.


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Contradictory Understandings of “Robot” Sow Confusion In US Law


This article closely examines a half century of case law involving robots—just in time for the technology itself to enter the mainstream. Most of the cases involving robots have never found their way into legal scholarship. And yet, taken collectively, these cases reveal much about the assumptions and limitations of our legal system. Robots blur the line between people and instrument, for instance, and faulty notions about robots lead jurists to questionable or contradictory results.

The article generates in all nine case studies. The first set highlights the role of robots as the objects of American law. Among other issues, courts have had to decide whether robots represent something “animate” for purposes of import tariffs, whether robots can “perform” as that term is understood in the context of a state tax on performance halls, and whether a salvage team “possesses” a shipwreck it visits with an unmanned submarine.

The second set of case studies focuses on robots as the subjects of judicial imagination. These examples explore the versatile, often pejorative role robots play in judicial reasoning itself. Judges need not be robots in court, for instance, or apply the law robotically. The robotic witness is not to be trusted. And people who commit crimes under the robotic control of another might avoid sanction.

Together these case studies paint a nuanced picture of the way courts think about an increasingly important technology. Themes and questions emerge that illuminate the path of robotics law and test its central claims to date. The article concludes that jurists on the whole possess poor, increasingly outdated views about robots and hence will not be well positioned to address the novel challenges they continue to pose.


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Police in China were called upon after a home-owner allegedly found a “dead man” on his property.  Police in Shanghai’s Qingpu were called at 6:30 in the morning after the home-owner went to check his rental property and met the door unlocked.  He went inside and was met with a very bad smell. The home-owner soon discovered a “dead person” lying on a bed.
The land-lord described the man on the bed as “completely rigid, with eyes tightly shut and with a deathly pale complexion.”
He further told police that he found a “rotting corpse” in the apartment. Paramedics were called upon to see if the person had a pulse. Surprisingly , the man opened his eyes and sat up.

The man later informed the emergency workers that he is an epilepsy patient. Therefore he suffered an epileptic shock, a result of which made his body appear rigid and caused foaming out of his mouth.

“I was so scared, you see a rigid foul-smelling corpse suddenly sit up,” said, an emergency worker.  When asked about the stench, the man presumed dead admitted that he had stinky feet because he had not taken a shower for at least a month.

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James Randi’s War on Fake Psychics


There’s something bewitchingly charming—not to mention bold as brass—about a documentary that starts off a montage of its hero introducing himself to various TV audiences as “a liar, cheat, charlatan and fake.” And neither An Honest Liar (airing as an episode of the PBS documentary series Independent Lens) nor its subject, magician-turned-debunker James Randi, will let you down.

Randi, once a master mind reader and escape artist, has for the past four decades mostly concentrated on exposing charlatan psychics and faith healers, including an epic scorched-earth campaign against Israeli mentalist Uri Geller. (Randi even refused to shake Geller’s hand: “Do you really suppose Churchill and Hitler would shake hands?”)

In An Honest Liar (which had a brief theatrical run in 2014 but remains mostly unseen outside the festival circuit), veteran documentarians Justin Weinstein and Tyler Measom follow the 88-year-old Randi through his multiple careers, starting with his schoolboy fascination with magician The Great Blackstone, who levitated his pretty assistant. (The zenith of Blackstone’s career was in the 1940s, and he died 50 years ago, but Weinstein and Measom, who’ve done a masterful job of assembling archival footage, actually found an old film clip of the act.) It wasn’t long before the teenaged Randi ran off with a traveling carnival and started his own magic act.


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Hate Crime To Support Donald Trump On A College Campus?

In response to students demanding the school formally denounce Trump, Emory President James Wagner expressed sympathy with the aggrieved students and felt they had legitimate concerns. (RELATED: Emory Students Complain School Is ‘Unsafe’ Because Administrators Tolerate Trump Support)

Wagner said the incident provided the impetus for the university to implement “immediate refinements to certain policy and procedural deficiencies, regular and structured opportunities for difficult dialogues, a formal process to institutionalize identification, review and [the] addressing of social justice opportunities and issues and a commitment to an annual retreat to renew our efforts.”

The student government went further in its concern over the very, very troubling situation and issued a statement that gave credence to the notion the messages jeopardized campus safety.

“[B]y nature of the fact that for a significant portion of our student population, the messages represent particularly bigoted opinions, policies, and rhetoric directed at populations represented at Emory University, we would like to express our concern regarding the values espoused by the messages displayed, and our sympathy for the pain experienced by members of our community,” the body’s Wednesday statement read.

There was even a surprising voice expressing solidarity with the outraged students — prominent libertarian writer Jeffrey Tucker. In an interview with Reason magazine, Tucker — who was on campus at the time Trump markings sent students into a frenzy — said the messages were clearly done for the purpose of racial intimidation.

“It was like cross burning,” the libertarian told Reason’s Robby Soave. Tucker has clearly come a long way from his alleged involvement with the notorious Ron Paul Newsletters in the 1980s and 90s.

In the bubble that Emory University seems to exist in, these markings represent a serious public hazard. In the real world, this uproar represents one of the silliest examples of campus insanity yet.


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Journalist Sentenced to Five Years for Anti-Government Tweets

(MIDDLEEASTEYE) Saudi Arabia has sentenced a journalist to five years in prison and a fine of 50,000 riyals (around $13,300) after being charged for “insulting the rulers (and) inciting public opinion”, said Amnesty International on Friday.Alaa Brinji was also found guilty on 24 March of “accusing security officers of killing protesters in Awamiyya” – a Shia town in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province.

He was also slapped with an eight-year travel ban. Brinji, who worked for Saudi newspapers Al-Bilad, Okaz and Al-Sharq, has already spent two years behind bars since May 2014, including a period of incommunicado solitary confinement.
His sentencing, said Amnesty, is “a clear violation of international law and the latest demonstration of the Saudi Arabian authorities’ deep-seated intolerance of the right to peaceful expression”.

The group said the journalist had been tried in a “notorious” counter-terrorism court, the Specialised Criminal Court, which also found Brinji guilty of “ridiculing Islamic religious figures”. Amnesty’s regional deputy head James Lynch slammed Brinji’s sentence as “utterly shameful”.


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Google:Encrypting More Than 75% Of Our Connections To Google

Google is securing 75% of our non-YouTube internet traffic, it said in its latest Transparency Report.

The data is from a new section of its report, which it put out on Tuesday.

The purpose of the new section is to track the progress of encryption efforts, both at Google and on some of the web’s most trafficked sites.

Hence, Google’s giving us a peek at not only the growth of encrypted web traffic, but also at the laggard sites that aren’t employing it.

That includes some of the web’s most trafficked locations: major news sites, for example, where intruders tinkering with content or spying on us could have major repercussions.

From a statement Google put out at the same time as the report:

Our aim with this project is to hold ourselves accountable and encourage others to encrypt so we can make the web even safer for everyone.

A chart in the new encryption progress part of the report shows that the percentage of requests to Google’s servers that used encrypted connections has gradually climbed over the past two years.

In 2014, only 50% of requests handled by Google were encrypted.


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Mars Turns Twix Bars Into a Spreadable Treat

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Yum! I haven’t been so excited since I found out about sliced chocolate made in Japan! Again, a whole new horizon is opened for us gourmets and now people from Mars Chocolate are to be blamed.

They recently introduced a chocolate spread which is made from original Twix bars; it has it all: smooth caramel and gooey chocolate with crunchy bits …and it’s spreadable! Let your imagination play with new possibilities and let this new queen of breakfast take an honored place on your kitchen desk.


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Property Bubble Ghost Haunts Central Bankers

The property market is an animal almost every central banker is worried about and hardly anyone can control.

As the Federal Reserve downshifts into go-slow mode while the European Central Bank and other monetary authorities ease, expect to hear a lot of concern about property prices. Here’s the dilemma: How do you cut rates to goose too-low inflation and support growth without lighting a fuse under real estate?

The U.S. is still feeling the consequences of a housing-market collapse that is widely blamed for triggering the Great Recession. The world’s largest economy stopped contracting in the second quarter of 2009, but house prices continued to fall over the next three years. While property costs since then have risen at a faster annual pace than an aggregate of 23 countries tracked by the Dallas Fed, prices are still 3.8 percent below their peak.


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Homeless Sue LA For Violation Of Civil Rights & Property Destruction

A group of homeless people filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles and the police department on Monday over the wrongful seizure and destruction of their property and violation of their civil rights

The plaintiffs’ attorney Shayla Meyers told Courthouse News.”We brought this suit to prevent the city from engaging in a practice of unlawfully seizing and destroying homeless people’s property. It is an ongoing issue that is only increasing in frequency, which is why we brought the case”

RT reports:

The federal civil rights lawsuit, filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles on Monday, accuses the city and the police department of wrongfully arresting homeless people and seizing their lawful shopping carts as part of a “criminalization” campaign.

Some estimate there to be 25,000 living in the city of Los Angeles and as many as 44,000 in the county. The Los Angeles Home Services Authority said that from a 2015 count, the number of homeless increased by 12 percent over the last two years.



“Over the past 25 years, the city’s primary response has been to invest in approaches that address the visible presence of homeless people without actually reducing the number of residents on streets each night,” the lawsuit charged.

City lawmakers have been trying to find solutions to the problem. A plan was devised to build low-income housing units over the next five years to try and help families and veterans get housing, but despite promising to commit $100 million each year, the city has no money to fund the initiative. Under a 2007 settlement in Jones v. City of Los Angeles, the city is obligated to building affordable housing for Skid Row residents.

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WHO Wants to Market Vaccines Like Burgers and Soda

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On August 18, 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a press release from Geneva, Switzerland titled “Vaccine hesitancy: A growing challenge for immunization programmes.”1 The focus of the release was  to highlight views expressed by public health officials in a special edition of the journal Vaccine, which was “guest-edited” and published by the WHO.1

Foremost among the views was the continuing concern by health officials over the number of people around the world who remain unvaccinated despite the availability of vaccines. According to the release, approximately 1 out of 5 children globally do not get vaccinated. The WHO attributes the situation to a phenomenon called “vaccine hesitancy,” which the organization describes as a “delay in acceptance or refusal of safe vaccines despite availability of vaccination services.”

The release quotes Philippe Duclos, PhD, head of WHO’s Immunization Policy Unit. “Vaccines can only improve health and prevent deaths if they are used, and immunization programs must be able to achieve and sustain high vaccine uptake rates,” says Dr. Duclos. “Vaccine hesitancy is an increasingly important issue for country immunization programs.”1

The WHO attributes vaccine hesitancy to:


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Surveillance Cameras From 70 Vendors Vulnerable to Remote Hacking

Surveillance cameras sold by more than 70 vendors worldwide were found to be vulnerable to Remote Code Execution (RCE) because of shared firmware code, a researcher has discovered.

The affected products come from vendors that resell almost identical products, all of which include vulnerable software apparently built by Chinese manufacturer TVT.

Security researcher Rotem Kerner analyzed the firmware of surveillance cameras and discovered a new attack vector that can compromise DVR boxes, the main component of CCTV systems.

Because of a “white labeling” business model, where vendors place their logo on a product built by another manufacturer, and due to improper security verification of software packages, nearly identical products from tens of vendors expose users to the same security flaws.

In this specific case, Kerner discovered that the firmware used in vulnerable products from an Israeli company selling CCTV systems was susceptible to RCE because of a vulnerable implementation of the HTTP server.

The security flaw relies in the server checking if the directory of a given language exists and on it executing an extraction command if it does not exist. Next, the researcher was able to create an exploit for the vulnerability, and has already published it online.


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Will PETA Now Sue To Control The Copyright In These Cat Selfies?


As noted recently, PETA isn’t giving up in its quixotic quest to argue that it can represent the interests of an Indonesian selfie-taking monkey, and further that the photos in question have a copyright and that copyright belongs to the monkey (and, by extension, PETA). UK IP professor Andrés Guadamuz recently wrote an interesting paper arguing that there is a copyright in the photograph and it belongs to the guy who owned the camera, David Slater, based on UK copyright law. It’s an interesting read, though others have convincingly argued the opposite, noting that UK law requires a “person” to have created the work.


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Cities Begin to:Pay Criminals Not to Kill

The odds were good that Lonnie Holmes, 21, would be the next person to kill or be killed in this working-class suburb north of San Francisco.

Four of his cousins had died in shootings. He was a passenger in a car involved in a drive-by shooting, police said. And he was arrested for carrying a loaded gun.

But when Holmes was released from prison last year, officials in this city offered something unusual to try to keep him alive: money. They began paying Holmes as much as $1,000 a month not to commit another gun crime.

Cities across the country, beginning with the District of Columbia, are moving to copy Richmond’s controversial approach because early indications show it has helped reduce homicide rates.

But the program requires governments to reject some basic tenets of law enforcement even as it challenges notions of appropriate ways to spend tax dollars.

In Richmond, the city has hired ex-convicts to mentor dozens of its most violent offenders and allows them to take unconventional steps if it means preventing the next homicide.

For example, the mentors have coaxed inebriated teenagers threatening violence into city cars, not for a ride to jail but home to sleep it off–sometimes with loaded firearms still in their waistbands. The mentors have funded trips to South Africa, London and Mexico City for rival gang members in the hope that shared experiences and time away from the city streets would ease tensions and forge new connections.

And when the elaborate efforts at engagement fail, the mentors still pay those who pledge to improve, even when, like Holmes, they are caught with a gun, or worse–suspected of murder.


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Company Demolishes Wrong Housing Duplex Following Google Maps Error


A wrecking company has demolished the wrong housing duplex after one of its employees was misled by a Google Maps error.

In December 2015, the city of Rowlett, near Dallas, Texas, was hit by a tornado that destroyed or damaged multiple houses. Some of the unlucky homeowners who had their houses damaged beyond repair contacted demolition companies to have their house lots cleared in order to start rebuilding their new homes.

One of the contacted companies was Billy L. Nabors Demolition, who was contracted to demolish the house at 7601 Cousteau Drive.

Never, ever, hire a demolition company from another town

On the day of the demolition, Nabors employees, who were from the city of Seagoville, near Forth Worth, used Google Maps to discover the precise location of the house they had to demolish.


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What is the difference between sudo apt-get install and sudo apt install

I installed many packages from sudo apt-get install but when I typed sudo apt –help it gave a direct option of doing installation by sudo apt install [package name]… So, what is the difference between the two ? is there any issues not using ‘get’ in command??

Not much. apt is a new command that supposed to merge several functions from apt-get and apt-cache into one command. It’s still a little rough around the edges but here’s the command listing from --help:

Basic commands: 
 list - list packages based on package names
 search - search in package descriptions
 show - show package details

 update - update list of available packages

 install - install packages
 remove  - remove packages

 upgrade - upgrade the system by installing/upgrading packages
 full-upgrade - upgrade the system by removing/installing/upgrading packages

 edit-sources - edit the source information file
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Tattoos are Actually Good for Your Health

(ANTIMEDIA) Though tattoos have been the subject of controversy since they slipped from counterculture into the mainstream, as it turns out, getting multiple tats may actually be good for your immune system.

The public has long-associated tattoos with disease — a reputation earned for sleazy, unsanitary, backroom tattoo shops that don’t properly care for their tools. But a new study by the University of Alabama has found getting multiple tattoos comes with an unexpected bonus: a significant boost to the immune system.

According to researchers, who studied volunteers receiving their first or subsequent inkings by artists in shops in Leeds and Tuscaloosa, the benefits occur after the subject receives their second tattoo. Measuring the participants’ levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, as well as the presence of the stress hormone cortisol, researchers found something significant:

“Among the participants who had their first tattoo, the escalating cortisol levels caused a huge decrease in immunoglobulin A,” Tech Times reported. “But for those with multiple tattoos, they had only slight drops in immunoglobulin A levels before and after the sessions. Researchers suggested this could be due to a stronger immune response.”


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Stagefright flaw still a nightmare: ‘850 million’ Androids face hijack risk

Mobile security biz Zimperium reckons 600 to 850 million Android devices are still vulnerable to a Stagefright flaw that lets webpages and videos inject malware into phones and tablets.

Stagefright is a software library buried deep within Android that processes multimedia files. It is used by a key Android component called mediaserver, which runs with higher access to the device than normal apps.

When Stagefright is fed specially crafted video files, such as from a text message or website, these bugs can be triggered and exploited to run malicious code on the victim’s gadget. This code can turn the phone or fondleslab against its owner, by spying on their passwords and photos, and so on.

Browsing a dodgy webpage hosting a booby-trapped MP4 video can, theoretically, be enough to start the hijacking process.

Although Google continuously and quietly pushes software updates and many security patches to about 90 per cent of active Android via its Google Play Services app, low-level bugs like those in Stagefright cannot be squashed without installing new firmware from Google.

And there lies the rub. Because these firmware updates have to be signed off by manufacturers and mobile networks before they can be installed, potentially hundreds of millions of Android devices remain unpatched and at-risk because fixes aren’t distributed in a timely fashion – or at all. (Nexus devices are the exception: they can install Google’s firmware updates via the Play services.)


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Frozen ‘Cavedog’ to be brought back to life – after 12,400 years

A scientist shows the teeth of the frozen puppyWILL STEWART

SMILE: A scientist shows of the teeth of the frozen puppy

Scientists unearthed an extinct species of dog in the frozen wasteland of north east Russia.

The prehistoric pooch was found near evidence of human activity – leading researchers to believe it was a caveman’s pet.

Staggeringly, the fossil flea-bag was found with its fur, teeth and much of its brain intact.

Experts have thawed out the mummified mongrel – and a controversial Korean cloning guru is now hoping to bring the species back from the dead.

South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-Suk – who is infamous for his ambition to clone woolly mammoths – was present at an autopsy on the dino dog.

He took away skin, muscle and ear cartilage samples – with a view to cloning the canine.

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The brown skua bird lives in Antarctica, which means it doesn’t frequently come into contact with humans. But when researchers from South Korea were stationed in the Antarctic to study the species, they found that despite having limited exposure to humans, the birds could readily determine which humans had gotten too close for comfort to their nest and eggs. And then, the skua would attack accordingly. The researchers describe this phenomena in the journal Animal Cognition.

There are of course plenty of species that appear to recognize specific people. Even in the wild, birds such as parrots and crows have shown this discerning ability. But what’s interesting about the skuas, is that the bird lives far from human contact, and has only been exposed to people since research stations were set up on the continent. They were first set up sparingly in the 1890s, but the number of them across Antarctica significantly increased in the 1950s.


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Uber apparently wants to buy a fleet of autonomous cars in Germany

Uber is looking for a way to cut one of its biggest costs: drivers.

According to Reuters, the ride-hailing app is shopping around Germany for a fleet of autonomous vehicles. We don’t know how many cars it wants to purchase, but it seems to be doing a lot of shopping in Germany lately; earlier today, Germany’s Manager Magazin – citing unnamed sources – claimed Uber had placed an order for 100,000 Mercedes S-Class series with Daimler.

Those cars do not yet have fully autonomous driving functionality, so it looks like Uber is in the country buying up traditional cars with some autonomous features as well as ones that are completely self-driving. The location makes sense considering several German automakers, including Volkswagen’s Audi and BMW, are all developing driverless technologies.


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CIA Agents To Troll Alternative Media Sites In Huge Propaganda Program

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VIDEO: Free Range Kids

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Google opens access to its speech recognition API

Google is planning to compete with Nuance and other voice recognition companies head on by opening up its speech recognition API to third-party developers. To attract developers, the app will be free at launch with pricing to be introduced at a later date.

We’d been hearing murmurs about this service developing for weeks now. The company formally announced the service today during its NEXT cloud user conference, where it also unveiled a raft of other machine learning developments and updates, most significantly a newmachine learning platform.

The Google Cloud Speech API, which will cover over 80 languages and will work with any application in real-time streaming or batch mode, will offer full set of APIs for applications to “see, hear and translate,” Google says. It is based on the same neural network tech that powers Google’s voice search in the Google app and voice typing in Google’s Keyboard. There are some other interesting features, such as working in noisy environments and in real-time.

Google’s move will have a large impact on the industry as a whole — and particularly on Nuance, the company long thought of as offering the best voice recognition capabilities in the business, and most certainly the biggest offering such services. A number of Nuance customers, including startups, could leave it in favor of Google’s technology, which not only offers an improved experience over current providers, but will also be made available at a lower cost.


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3D printing is obviously best used in printing three-dimensional objects. Laser cutters, jig saws, and CNC routers are obviously well-equipped to machine flat panels with intricate shapes out of plastic sheets, plywood, or metal, but these devices have one drawback: they’re subtractive manufacturing, and 3D printers add material. What good is this? [Jason Preuss] demonstrated a very interesting 3D printing technique at this year’s Midwest RepRap Festival. He’s producing 2D paintings with a 3D printer, with results that look like something between very intricate inlay work and a paint by numbers kit.

[Jason] is using a 3D printer, a series of very specialized techniques, and a software stack that includes a half-dozen programs to print multicolor 2D scenes. This isn’t pigment, paint, dye, or ink; the artwork becomes a single piece of plastic with individual colors laid down one at a time.

The best example of [Jason]’s work is a copy of a paint by numbers scene. Here, [Jason] makes an outline of all the shapes, separates onto different layers by color, and prints each color, one layer at a time. It’s an incredibly labor-intensive process to even get models into a slicer. Actually printing the model is even more difficult. [Jason]’s paint by numbers scene uses about twelve different colors.


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Interpol Issue Dirty Bomb Alert In Belgium As Nuclear Scientist Murdered


Interpol have issued a “red notice” arrest warrant against two German Federal Intelligence Service agents who they say are connected to a plot to launch a dirty bomb attack in Belgium in the coming weeks. 

The agents are suspected of importing ‘highly radioactive’ debris from the FlyDubai plane crash and of killing Brussels atomic plant worker Didier Prospero two days after the Brussels attack. reports:

According to this report, the circumstances leading to these “critical actions” undertaken by the FSB were begun earlier today when the Port of Vladivostok reported that their radiation detectors had “sounded an alarm” during the processing of a train car full of scrap metal leased by one of the world’s largest scrap brokers and recyclers, The David J. Joseph Company, that had traveled via the Trans-Eurasia Logistics rail system from Germany in route to China.

As per normal protocol involving instances of potential atomic threats to the Federation, this report continues, the FSB opened a joint investigation with the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), with them then discovering that the source of the radiation emanating from the scrap metal rail car was an aircraft ice detector that was emitting radiation that exceeded background radiation levels by 1,700 times.

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Electronic Weapons: Smart Rocks At War

November 7, 2015: More Israeli intelligence collecting sensors are being found in Lebanon, often disguised as rocks or rubble. Since 2013, as Hezbollah gunmen were sent into Syria and the Syrian rebels responded by operating aggressively on the Lebanese border, there have been a lot more activity on the Lebanese borders with Syria and Israel. That has led to more of these stealthy spying gadgets being found. Sometimes the discoveries are publicized as another example of sneaky Israeli behavior. There is a touch of envy in thesenews reports because it is an admission that the Israelis have developed some very impressive surveillance devices. Scarier still is the fact that some of them are obviously over a decade old and only worked for a few months until their batteries ran out. Such devices are easy to identify as Israeli because they often have Hebrew text on them and are obviously designed for covert surveillance.

The devices are often used elsewhere. In 2012 Iran reported that security troops outside a new underground nuclear enrichment plant went to investigate a suspicious looking rock and the rock exploded. Later investigation revealed that the rock was indeed not a real rock but an electronic device that was apparently monitoring activity around the nuclear facility (that enriched uranium sufficiently for use in a bomb) and transmitting it, via satellite, back to somewhere. The rock was also rigged to self-destruct if anyone got too close.


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U.N. now chipping refugees, tracking them in global database separate from governments

After the heavy corporate and three-letter agency integration of Fitbit data and smartphone ping data with almost everyone who’s anyone in today’s society, one can only guess the next major step for public health integration is in fact human RFID implantation — and it looks as if the United Nations is now leading the way by pushing toward a global database under the orders of world bankers.

In 2002 the the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) approved the usage of advanced technologies such as iris recognition and microchips to identify refugees in Afghanistan and other regions in what some would call an Orwellion push for the eventual full-scale implementation of human RFID chipping.

To no surprise, the U.N., touting the new procedure on their website, explains how chipping refugees will “decrease the amount of fraud” during a crisis and will ultimately somehow “save refugees from long wait times” when receiving aid or other services. Additionally the U.N. says that they can also track radicals and extremists who may potentially emerge from any one group of refugees at any given time. However, the U.N. claims it is only interesting in tagging the refugee population and does not wish to step outside that scope.


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Google To Begin Alerting if Gmail Account Targeted by Government

(ANTIMEDIA) As privacy advocates celebrate the FBI’s decision to stop harassing Apple over the San Bernardino shooter’s encrypted iPhone, other tech giants seem to have finally noticed that what consumers want is privacy. But for privacy to prevail, the government must stop snooping.

With that idea in mind, Google decided to change how the game is played.

In an official Google blog update detailing new security measures for Gmail, the tech giant announced it would begin alerting consumers whenever the firm detects an account is being targeted — or rather, hacked — by government agencies or their proxies. While the company believes less than 0.1 percent of Gmail users will receive this type of warning, the idea that a tech giant is going to these lengths to give users peace of mind and privacy should give advocacy groups across the country reason to continue celebrating.

Google opened its official statement by announcing the company has a “variety of new protections” in store “that will help keep Gmail users even safer.” The idea, Google added, is to “promote email security best practices across the Internet as a whole.” As one of these efforts, Google announced improvements to its “state-sponsored attack warnings,” a system that has been in place since 2012, when Google began warning Gmail users when their accounts were being targeted by attackers tied to the government.


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NRA Arms Hansel and Gretel in Firearm Fairy Tale

A screenshot from the NRA Family site.   (NRA Family)

(NEWSER) – First the NRA repurposed Little Red Riding Hood; now it’s reloading Hansel and Gretel. The gun lobby group’s fairy tales-with-firearms series, penned by Amelia Hamilton and appearing on the NRA Family site, aims to place traditional tales in a new “utopia filled with empowered and unharmed children,” as NPR puts it. And interestingly enough, in contrast with the original fairy tales filled with horror and bloodshed, there’s not much violence in these NRA fantasies. In the new Hansel and Gretel rendition, for instance, the doomed brother and sister don’t get captured by a witch and shoved into an oven: Instead, the two go on a hunting trip and rescue two boys from the witch’s clutches, with rifles at the ready (but ultimately unnecessary) by their sides. In Red Riding Hood, weapons are similarly drawn but nary a bullet fired, which is still enough to scare the wolf away.


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Tootsie Roll Commercial – “How Many Licks” has been running since 1970

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