Daily Archives: February 8, 2017

Will Your CAD Software Company Own Your Files, Too?

We’re used to the relationship between the commercial software companies from whom we’ve bought whichever of the programs we use on our computers, and ourselves as end users. We pay them money, and they give us a licence to use the software. We then go away and do our work on it, create our Microsoft Word documents or whatever, and those are our work, to do whatever we want with.There are plenty of arguments against this arrangement from the world of free software, indeed many of us choose to heed them and run open source alternatives to the paid-for packages or operating systems. But for the majority of individuals and organisations the commercial model is how they consume software. Pay for the product, use it for whatever you want.What might happen were that commercial model to change? For instance, if the output of your commercial software retained some ownership on the part of the developer, so for example maybe a word processor company could legally prevent you opening a document in anything but their word processor or viewer. It sounds rather unreasonable, and maybe even far-fetched, but there is an interesting case in California’s Ninth Circuit court that could make that a possibility.

Source: Will Your CAD Software Company Own Your Files, Too? | Hackaday

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Here’s A List Of All The Muslim Countries That Ban Jews

To this day, Israeli Jews are forbidden from entering 16 Muslim countries. Six of the seven states on Trump’s “ban” currently bar Israeli Jews. We’re still waiting on protests condemning the institutionalized and permanent Jewish ban across the Islamic world.Here a list of all the Muslim countries that ban Israeli Jews:

  • Syria
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Yemen
  • Libya
  • Algeria
  • Bangladesh
  • Brunei
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Malaysia
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Sudan
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates

The hypocrisy of anti-Trump protesters was recently highlighted by Tory members of UK parliament who finally put the spotlight on the rampant anti-Semitism of the Muslim world.

“In the light of the fact that most of the countries covered by the Trump ban have a total exclusion on the admission of Israeli citizens, shouldn’t the protestors also be calling for that ban to be lifted?” asked former Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villier at a Q&A session with Prime Minister Theresa May Wednesday.

Source: Here’s A List Of All The Muslim Countries That Ban Jews | Daily Wire

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Google Ordered to Submit Emails to FBI: Privacy Infringement Rising

Google will have to share customer emails stored outside the United States with the FBI for search warrants issued in compliance with a 1986 federal law — Stored Communications Act, which is considered to be outdated by tech companies and experts and a breach of user privacy.Photo: Niharb/Flickr CCThe judgement by Thomas Rueter, a Philadelphia judge, comes into direct contradiction with a similar case involving Microsoft last year, wherein judges had stated that the company can not be forced to comply.

Source: Google Ordered to Submit Emails to FBI: Privacy Infringement Rising

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Black-on-Black Crime in Chicago Not a Prime Issue Black Americans Need Resolved 

During the Saturday “AM Joy” broadcast on MSNBC, MSNBC contributor Toure said black-on-black crime is not the biggest issue for black Americans at this time.Instead, Toure suggested the war on drugs, wealth inequality, public schooling and police violence are bigger issues for the black community.“This attack on black-on-black crime in Chicago — this is not the prime thing that black America needs dealt with” Toure told host Joy Reid. “We need the war on drugs dealt with, we need the wealth inequality dealt with, we need public schooling better, we need policing violence dealt with better.”

watch video: Toure: Black-on-Black Crime in Chicago Not a Prime Issue Black Americans Need Resolved – Breitbart

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No thug left behind

Our friend Katherine Kersten is senior fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, Minnesota’s conservative think tank, at which John Hinderaker serves as president. Kathy is an indefatigable analyst and advocate who has effectively promoted good public policy and opposed bad public policy while breaking major stories illustrating the way we live now.Most recently, Kathy has turned her attention to the destruction of student discipline in the St. Paul public schools.

This destruction has been wrought in the name of “racial equity.” In telling this story, Kathy offers a dystopian case study demonstrating the destructive ideological fevers that power the left generally and the Obama administration in particular.Kathy’s work on this subject is a companion to the story that Heather Mac Donald has told over and over with respect to law enforcement, as in Heather’s City Journal essay “Statistical evidence not required.” Indeed, our friends at City Journal asked Kathy to expand on the story of the St. Paul public schools for their readers. Kathy’s essay “No thug left behind” is featured in City Journal’s Winter 2017 issue and has just been posted online. Kathy writes:

Source: No thug left behind | Power Line

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20% Of The Dark Web Taken Down By Hacker, Here’s How He Did It

According to a media report, Freedom Hosting II, the largest dark web site hosting service has been hacked and taken down. The hack was performed by some alleged Anonymous-affiliated hackers. The hackers accessed the servers and stole 1000s of GB worth data.The hacker, talking to Motherboard, told that the hack was a vigilante move. The visitors to 10,000 .onion websites read an announcement that said: “Hello, Freedom Hosting II, you have been hacked.” As per the estimates of an independent security researcher Sarah Jamie Lewis, the percentage of websites down account for about 15-20% websites on the Dark Web.

Source: 20% Of The Dark Web Taken Down By Hacker, Here’s How He Did It

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Algorithms crunch calls to health insurer for signs of disease 

By Matt Reynolds

Did your voice give it away? US start-up Canary Speech is developing deep-learning algorithms to detect if people have neurological conditions like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease just by listening to the sound of their voice. And it’s found a controversial source of audio data to train its algorithms on: phone calls to a health insurer.The health insurer – which Canary Speech would not name but says is “a very large American healthcare and insurance provider” – has provided the company with hundreds of millions of phone calls that have been collected over the past 15 years and are labelled with information about the speaker’s medical history and demographic background.Using this data, the company says its algorithms could pick up on vocal cues that distinguish someone with a particular condition from someone without that condition. “For modelling purposes, we want to be able to see an individual over a period of years,” says Canary Speech CEO Henry O’Connell.Co-founder Jeff Adams says the company hasn’t yet received all of the audio data, but could have an algorithm that aims to detect vocal indicators of Alzheimer’s disease ready within two months. It also aims to look for vocal markers for depression, stress and dyslexia.

Source: Algorithms crunch calls to health insurer for signs of disease | New Scientist

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This Frog Hadn’t Been Seen in the Wild Since 1962

(NEWSER) – The cave squeaker is back. Researchers in Zimbabwe say they have found a rare frog that hasn’t been seen in decades, reports AP. The Artholeptis troglodytes, also known as the “cave squeaker” because of its preferred habitat, was discovered in 1962, but there were no reported sightings after that. In fact, an international “red list” of threatened species tagged them as critically endangered and possibly extinct in the wild. But Robert Hopkins, a researcher at the natural history museum in Bulawayo city, said his team had found four specimens of the frog in its known habitat of Chimanimani, a mountainous area in the east.

Source: This Frog Hadn’t Been Seen in the Wild Since 1962

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The Biometric ID Grid: A Country-by-Country Guide – The Last American Vagabond

In last week’s report on India’s demonetization disaster I began to connect the dots between demonetization, the push for a cashless society, and the biometric identification schemes that will eventually tie everyone’s fingerprints, iris scans, and other identifying details to every transaction they ever make.Well, that game of “connect the dots” just became even easier to play.First, it was reported last week that a key panel advising the government on its implementation of the “digital payments ecosystem” (that is being pushed and funded by USAID) is now recommending that India links its national biometric ID database directly to tax returns.

And now comes word that India is “working on a biometrics-backed payment system that will be connected to a user’s unique ID number, or Aadhaar.” (Who could have seen that coming?)No, it doesn’t take a Nostradamus to understand where this is all heading: From the cashless society and the biometric ID grid to the cashless biometric grid. And we already know about the cashless society. Now it’s time to collect the data on the biometric ID grid.And let’s not be naive: As I’ve demonstrated before, this is a coordinated plan to institute a worldwide biometric id system to track every human on the planet.

Source: The Biometric ID Grid: A Country-by-Country Guide – The Last American Vagabond

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Pop-Up Car Tents: These 15 Rooftop Campers Are Like Portable Tree Houses

Popping up from the rooftops of everything from rugged Jeeps to adorable BMW MINIs or extending from the sides of motorcycles and bicycles, these vehicle-based tents make shelter on the go as easy as it can be. Some cantilever dramatically over the ground so you feel like you’re hovering in midair, and others stretch surprisingly high into the sky, like your own personal portable ‘treehouse’ built right onto your car.Overland Tacoma Habitat Levitating Tent

Source: Pop-Up Car Tents: These 15 Rooftop Campers Are Like Portable Tree Houses | Urbanist

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Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0 • The Register

The privacy-paranoid Linux distribution Tails has decided it’s time to send 32-bit distributions the way of the 8086, from the planned June release of version 3.0.Tails’ developers offer two reasons in their announcement: make the distro safer and save previous developer resources.The group explains that at the start of 2016, its bug report system WhisperBack gathered data that a mere four per cent of Tails users were on 32-bit systems.That, the group says, meant that fixing compatibility bugs isn’t worth the effort.“Tails has been using a 64-bit Linux kernel for a while on machines that support it,” the post says. “But all other programs included in Tails so far were built for 32-bit processors, and compatibility issues kept arising.”They add that 64-bit systems have better ASLR (address space layout randomisation) and compulsory NX bit support.

Source: Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0 • The Register

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Creative Minority Report: LGBT Pupils to have “Safe Space” in all Scottish Catholic high schools, So They Don’t Feel Like Sinners.

Catholic high schools in Scotland will have a mandated “safe space” for LGBT students, according to The Scotland Herald.After an Equalities and Human Rights Committee convener, Christina McKelvie, heard about some LGBT students who’d committed suicide, she grew concerned. And when bureaucrats become “concerned” rules follow.She warned Catholic educators against “going down a moralistic route” when speaking with LGBT students because it might make them feel that “their thoughts and feelings were not being respected.” So, in case a Catholic school teacher finds themselves actually teaching students about what the Church teaches, they should immediately send the students to a “safe space” where they can receive support.She is currently asking for “insight” into what the Catholic Education Service is doing to avoid “making young people feel as if they are committing a sin.” This actually flies in the face of Catholic teaching which says that we are all sinners.

Source: Creative Minority Report: LGBT Pupils to have “Safe Space” in all Scottish Catholic high schools, So They Don’t Feel Like Sinners.

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Personality traits ‘contagious’ among children

When preschoolers spend time around one another, they tend to take on each others’ personalities, indicates a new study by Michigan State University psychology researchers.

The study, published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, suggests personality is shaped by environment and not just genes.

“Our finding, that personality traits are ‘contagious’ among children, flies in the face of common assumptions that personality is ingrained and can’t be changed,” said Jennifer Watling Neal, associate professor of psychology and co-investigator on the study. “This is important because some personality traits can help children succeed in life, while others can hold them back.”

The researchers studied two preschool classes for an entire school year, analyzing personality traits and social networks for one class of 3-year-olds and one class of 4-year-olds.

Children whose play partners were extroverted or hard-working became similar to these peers over time. Children whose play partners were overanxious and easily frustrated, however, did not take on these particular traits. The study is the first to examine these personality traits in young children over time.

Source: Personality traits ‘contagious’ among children | MSUToday | Michigan State University

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Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers

If you’re a robot stealing somebody’s job, it’s best to stay hidden.

That’s what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos appears to be thinking, as his Seattle-based web giant has contemplated a two-story, automated grocery store in which a staff of robots on the floor upstairs grabs and bags items for shoppers below.

But for many, the most striking feature of the bigger stores is that they could operate with as few as three employees at a time. Sources said the plans call for staff to max out at 10 workers per location during any given shift.Those could include as many as 4,000 items, spanning fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meats and cheeses, and grab-it-and-go stuff like beer and wine, the sources said. Pharmacies might also might spring up at some of the high-tech locations, as Amazon looks to break into the lucrative sector, insiders said.

“Amazon will utilize technology to minimize labor,” a source close to the situation told The Post.

Source: Inside Amazon’s robot-run supermarket that needs just 3 human workers | New York Post

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This Y Combinator-Backed Company Has a Secret Weapon to Sway Elections

Oh lord. I am nervous,” reads the text message. “Come sit with me.”Debra Cleaver is sitting a few rows behind me, squinting at a laptop perched across her knees, writing a speech that she is slated to give in roughly half an hour. The founder of Vote.org, a website that’s dedicated to increasing voter turnout, Cleaver is a quick-witted New Yorker whose friends describe her in superlatives — “larger than life”; “hilarious”; “genius.”

She speaks with a mild Brooklyn accent (she was raised in Bensonhurst) and curses amply and often.Still, she’s breathing heavily as she shifts her backpack from the seat she’s been saving for me in the crowded NYU auditorium that’s hosting the annual Lesbians Who Tech conference. For Cleaver, a lot is riding on her performance at talks like this. She’s counting on ample charisma and an urgent mission to help her raise money in the remaining days before the election.

Source: This Y Combinator-Backed Company Has a Secret Weapon to Sway Elections

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