Daily Archives: June 9, 2016

Japanese high school students hatch chick without an eggshell during class【Video】 — RocketNews24

While it doesn’t answer the age-old question of which came first, the chicken or the egg, this high school class experiment is a pretty amazing one nonetheless. Some years ago Japanese researchers published an exciting finding in a science journal that a chick could be hatched using a shell-less embryo, which became a total game-changer…

via Japanese high school students hatch chick without an eggshell during class【Video】 — RocketNews24

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Looking for trouble: How predictive analytics is transforming cybersecurity

Leading organizations recognize that stringent cybersecurity processes and strong infrastructure, while essential, are not enough to eliminate today’s disparate and ubiquitous threats. So they aim to use predictive analytics to identify and stop potential threats before they can wreak havoc. Some approaches that organizations are taking to root out potential threats include automated scanning of Internet chatter; development of predictive models through analysis of hacks and breaches; and systematic, continuous probing of their own defenses.

As some private and public sector organizations are discovering, the combination of advanced analytics and a red team approach – thinking like the enemy – can yield powerful insights.

Who’s getting to know you to get at you?

First created to test the security of military installations, red teams are used today to model a broad array of potential physical, social, and electronic attacks. A red team exercise involving a life sciences company offers an illustrative example of this approach in a cyber setting.

Like its industry counterparts, the company’s value resides in its intellectual property, specifically the talent and knowledge of its scientists. So, company leaders may want to determine which employees are likely to be targets of both state-sponsored and non-state attackers.

continue https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/06/09/predictive-analytics/

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Hate-Speech Attack Plan Draws Serious Fire

Religious and secular activists both are taking aim at a new plan by the European Union to require tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter to attack “hate” speech online.

And for the same reason: The vague definitions could give people with nefarious agendas the power to censor speech.

WND recently reported the agreement tech giants Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others reached with the European Union to crack down on what some regard as “hate speech.”

The Associated Press reported the newly approved “code of conduct” will have the tech companies “quickly” remove “illegal hate speech directed against anyone over issues of race, color, religion, descent or national or ethnic origin.”

The companies agreed “to strengthen their partnerships with civil society organizations [that] often flag content that promotes incitement to violence and hateful conduct,” the report said.

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However, Barnabas Fund, a Christian organization that supports Christians suffering from discrimination or oppression, said the agreement is providing grounds for “serious concerns that the definition of hate speech is so vague it could effectively censor anything deemed politically incorrect, including for example, any criticism of Islamism, mass migration or even the European Union itself.”

continue http://www.amren.com/news/2016/06/hate-speech-attack-plan-draws-serious-fire/

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FAA warns pilots of massive GPS outages caused by secret weapon tests

The US Federal Aviation Authority is telling aircraft to steer a few hundred miles clear of the site of a US military base in California, where secretive weapon tests being conducted will cause GPS outages for much of the West Coast.

An advisory issued by the FAA on Saturday notifies pilots that GPS systems will be unreliable or nonexistent within a 253 nautical mile radius from Naval Air Weapons Center at China Lake in the Mojave Desert, between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time on six dates in June.

More than half of California is affected for all aircraft flying above 50 feet, including the very busy airspace of Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the southern two-thirds of Nevada. Planes that fly higher will be affected at longer range, with aircraft that reach 40,000 feet above sea level experiencing disruptions as far away as Oregon.

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The US military didn’t give any details on exactly what kind of test could be causing such a far-reaching disruption.

“We’re aware of the flight advisory,” Deidre Patin, spokesperson for Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, told Gizmodo. “I can’t go into the details of the testing. It’s general testing for our ranges.”

The FAA is also warning pilots flying Embraer Phenom 300, a popular private jet, that testing could interfere with the craft’s “flight stability controls” in addition to GPS systems.

The UK issued its own signal-jamming advisory, warning that their tests will affect the Scottish Hebrides intermittently during the month of July.

GPS jamming technology has existed for years, and can even be obtained by consumers for relatively little cost. The sheer size of the area affected by whatever the Navy is testing, however, is perhaps without public precedent.

continue https://www.rt.com/usa/345903-secret-weapon-gps-faa/

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How Porn Leads People to Upgrade Their Tech

For more than a decade, the tens of thousands of gadget nerds and tech geeks who converged upon Las Vegas every year for the Consumer Electronics Show were exposed to more than just the latest technology. Until 2012, the colossal electronics trade show coincided with the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo, which often occupied a space in the same building. The overwhelmingly male CES attendees could peruse the latest flat-screen TVs, then slip across the hall to mingle with porn stars.

It’s no coincidence that the two events coexisted for so many years. The pornography expo was born out of the adult-video section of CES in the 1990s, after its participants grew tired of being relegated to a dark basement of the convention center. In 2011, an AVN representative estimated that CES and AEE shared about 40 percent of their attendees. (The 2012 split was driven by the rising travel and lodging costs of holding two large conferences at the same time; the events are now held at separate venues one or two weeks apart.)

CES attendees who crane their necks into the pornography-filled exhibition hall next door have reasons to do so other than to ogle at scantily clad adult performers. If they’re attending CES to get a sense of the next big communications technology, they’d do well to visit the adult expo as well: Over the past few decades, the porn industry has played instrumental role in driving adoption of new technologies.

continue http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/06/how-porn-leads-people-to-upgrade-their-tech/486032/

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Your Definitive Guide to Silicon Valley’s Bizarre Politics

The United States is a patchwork quilt of red and blue states. But zoom in to Silicon Valley and you’ll see those hues blend into shades that aren’t found on our two-party color wheel. A technocrat who has never voted for a Democrat in his whole life might march in the annual Pride Parade. CEOs who are all about immigration (they need programmers like they need air) might lobby for low capital gains taxes (gotta make sure those stock options are a good investment). These Valley players are motivated by their own interests more than by party politics, and they’re not afraid to gerrymander their philosophies into weird snaky shapes that protect their financial interests without (mostly) sacrificing personal ethics.

continue http://www.wired.com/2016/06/silicon-valley-politics/

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California Exerting Copyright Over Public Records

The bill now sits with the State Senate Judiciary Committee and must be defeated.

California’s A.B. 2880 will give government agencies the power to put copyright restrictions on their work. That means state bureaucrats will be able to wrap their reports, research, e-mails, and even videos of public meetings in onerous legal restrictions, backed by federal lawsuits and six-figure penalties. The bill would change California from one of the most open state governments to one of the least open. EFF opposed the bill and explained its dangers to the State Assembly.

Californians, tell your lawmakers to oppose this dangerous bill.

Unfortunately, the Assembly took up and passed an amended version of the bill that resolved almost none of its problems. In response, more than twenty free speech, open government, and public access organizations have rallied against the bill and have urged the state Senate to reject it. In addition, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, the Internet Association, and the California Chamber of Commerce have also opposed A.B. 2880. A coalition of libraries and researchers have also voiced their opposition to the bill’s impacts on speech, openness, and public access to state information.

Why is opposition growing? Because the issue at the heart of A.B. 2880 is that federal copyright law and California’s Public Records Act (the state’s version of the Freedom of Information Act) do not mix. Copyright creates the power to restrict the dissemination and use of works, while the Public Records Act is meant to force disclosure of public records. The amended A.B. 2880 brings this conflict into sharp relief. The bill needs to be stopped.

continue https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/06/growing-coalition-opposes-california-exerting-copyright-public-records

 

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Legally Blind Amateur Astronomer Can See the Night Sky Better Than You


Despite being born with congenital cataracts and having just 10 percent of a normal person’s vision during the day, when the night comes amateur astronomer Tim Doucette can see things most of us cannot.

When he was just a teenager, Doucette underwent an operation that removed the lenses from his eyes, and widened his pupils, in order to improve his weak sight. A normal person’s pupils automatically adjusts according to the amount of light coming in, but Tim’s are always open, letting in a lot of light. During the day, everything he sees is extremely bright and overexposed, even when wearing glasses to protect his eyes from the light. His vision is about 10 percent that of the average person. However, at night time, everything changes…
 

continue http://www.odditycentral.com/news/legally-blind-amateur-astronomer-can-see-the-night-sky-better-than-you.html

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Passenger-carrying drone company will test in Nevada

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How is Social Media Being Used in Court?

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Propaganda Bill in Congress Could Give America Its Very Own Ministry Of “Truth

(ANTIMEDIA) United States — In the true Orwellian fashion now typifying 2016, a bill to implement the U.S.’ very own de facto Ministry of Truth has been quietly introduced in Congress — its lack of fanfare appropriate given the bill’s equally subtle language. As with any legislation attempting to dodge the public spotlight, however, the Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act of 2016 marks a further curtailment of press freedom and another avenue to stultify avenues of accurate information.

Introduced by Congressmen Adam Kinzinger and Ted Lieu, H.R. 5181 seeks a “whole-government approach without the bureaucratic restrictions” to counter “foreign disinformation and manipulation,” which they believe threaten the world’s “security and stability.”

“As Russia continues to spew its disinformation and false narratives, they undermine the United States and its interests in places like Ukraine, while also breeding further instability in these countries,” Kinzinger explained in a statement. “The United States has a role in countering these destabilizing acts of propaganda, which is why I’m proud to introduce [the aforementioned bill]. This important legislation develops a comprehensive U.S. strategy to counter disinformation campaigns through interagency cooperation and on-the-ground partnerships with outside organizations that have experience in countering foreign propaganda.”

continue http://theantimedia.org/bill-congress-ministry-of-truth/

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40 Yrs Ago, CIA’s Top Lawyer Said Bringing Espionage Charges Against Leakers Was Useless

Forty years ago, the general counsel for the CIA reached a conclusion that has since been ignored repeatedly — most often by the current administration. CIA GC Anthony Lapham issued a memo on the effectiveness of using the Espionage Act to punish leakers/whistleblowers. In short, Lapham found its application in this manner to be not unlike approaching every leak as a nail because all you have is a Nerf bat. (via Boing Boing)

“It is extremely doubtful that the provisions [of the Espionage Act] were intended to have application in such situations, and as a matter of historical fact, leaving aside the unsuccessful Ellsberg prosecution and possibly one or two other cases, they never have been so applied.”

Moreover, added Lapham, “Under current Justice Department procedures, unauthorized disclosures of national security information, in other than espionage situations, are almost never even investigated, let alone prosecuted.”

Our current Justice Department is more than happy to prosecute, pushed along by a president who shows little sympathy for those who expose this country’s abuses, errors, and shortcomings. The government has bagged one significant trophy — Chelsea Manning — along with a handful of other whistleblowers, and shows zero interest in holding back should Ed Snowden ever return to the US.

continue https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160603/16243434620/40-years-ago-cias-top-lawyer-said-bringing-espionage-charges-against-leakers-was-useless.shtml

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Vet Fired From TWC For Lowering Flag On Memorial Day

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