Daily Archives: May 25, 2017

With Confederate flags gone, Civil War museum will close

A Henry County commissioner requested a few months ago that a local Civil War museum remove its Confederate flags.But without that symbol, the Nash Farm Battlefield and Museum announced that it can’t conduct its mission properly and will close June 1.In a Facebook post, the museum’s directors cited the request by District 2 Commissioner Dee Clemmons that all Confederate flags be removed from the museum, in addition to the gift shop, “in an effort not to offend anyone.”“To exclude any Confederate flag would mean the historical value has been taken from our exhibits, and a fair interpretation could not be presented to each guest,” the post read. “Confederate flags were on this hallowed ground, as were the Union flags. To remove either of them would be a dishonor.”

Source: With Confederate flags gone, Civil War museum will close

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Hallmark Now Makes Cards for Sex Changes, ‘Our LGBTQIA Family’

Changing your gender is now a Hallmark moment.In 2015, the card company has quietly introduced an encouragement card under the category “transgender/transitioning.” But Hallmark’s transgender-focused cards finally penetrated the public psyche this week, after a Tweet about them by a teen services librarian went viral.One of the cards includes a green and yellow butterfly on the front, along with the words “You’re becoming who you’ve always been.” Inside, it reads, “How wonderful is that?”

Source: Hallmark Now Makes Cards for Sex Changes, ‘Our LGBTQIA Family’

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Private Eye Allegedly Used Leaky Goverment Tool in Bid to Find Tax Data on Trump 

In March 2017, KrebsOnSecurity warned that thieves who perpetrate tax refund fraud with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service were leveraging a widely-used online student loan tool to find critical data on consumers that allows them to claim huge refunds with the IRS in someone else’s name. This week, it emerged that a Louisiana-based private investigator is being charged with using the same online tool to glean tax data on then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump.A story today at Diverseeducation.com points to court filings in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, in which local private eye Jordan Hamlett is accused by federal prosecutors of abusing an automated tool at the U.S. Department of Education website that is designed to make it easier for families to complete the Education Department’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) — a lengthy form that serves as the starting point for students seeking federal financial assistance to pay for college or career school.

Source: Private Eye Allegedly Used Leaky Goverment Tool in Bid to Find Tax Data on Trump — Krebs on Security

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Yet Another Bad Idea: Dropping Facial Recognition Software Into Police Body Cameras

The FBI (and other US government agencies) are already moving forward with facial recognition technology, which will allow law enforcement to scan people like license plates, if everything goes to plan. So far, consultation with the meddling public has been kept to a minimum, as have any government efforts to address civil liberties concerns.Just because the public’s been kept out of the loop (except for, you know, their faces and other personal information), doesn’t mean members of the public aren’t working hard to ensure police officers can start running faces like plates, even when there’s no legitimate law enforcement reason for doing so.Digital Barriers, a somewhat ironically-named tech company, is pushing its latest law enforcement offering — one that supposedly provides real-time face scanning.The software can pick out and identify hundreds of individual faces at a time, instantly checking them against registered databases or registering unique individuals in seconds.Demonstrating the software at the Forensics Europe Expo 2017, vice president of Digital Barriers Manuel Magalhaes said the company was introducing the technology to UK forces.

Source: Yet Another Bad Idea: Dropping Facial Recognition Software Into Police Body Cameras | Techdirt

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The GNU GPL Is An Enforceable Contract At Last 

It would be difficult to imagine the technological enhancements to the world we live in today without open-source software. You will find it somewhere in most of your consumer electronics, in the unseen data centres of the cloud, in machines, gadgets, and tools, in fact almost anywhere a microcomputer is used in a product. The willingness of software developers to share their work freely under licences that guarantee its continued free propagation has been as large a contributor to the success of our tech economy as any hardware innovation.Though open-source licences have been with us for decades now, there have been relatively few moments in which they have been truly tested in a court. There have been frequent licence violations in which closed-source products have been found to contain open-source software, but they have more often resulted in out-of-court settlement than lengthy public legal fights. Sometimes the open-source community has gained previously closed-source projects, as their licence violations have involved software whose licence terms included a requirement for a whole project in which it is included to have the same licence. These terms are sometimes referred to as viral clauses by open-source detractors, and the most famous such licence is the GNU GPL, or General Public Licence. If you have ever installed OpenWRT on a router you will have been a beneficiary of this: the project has its roots in the closed-source firmware for a Linksys router that was found to contain GPL code.

Source: The GNU GPL Is An Enforceable Contract At Last | Hackaday

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Researcher Open Sources WannaKey Tool That Cracks WannaCry Ransomware Encryption

It’s more than a week since WannaCry ransomware started causing panic among the internet community. However, as time passes, more and more security researchers across the world are coming up with fixes for the WannaCry ransomware.Earlier, it was a researcher who accidentally created a kill switch for the ransomware. Now, another researcher named Adrien Guinet has found a cure to fix a computer encrypted by the ransomware. He didn’t land up on the method accidentally and his fix only works for machines running Windows XP, still, it’s a relief.Also Read: Is Russia Really Fighting WannaCry Ransomware By Spraying Holy Water On Computers?Guinet was able to crack the encryption in his lab by finding the prime numbers that constitute the RSA private key used by WannaCry ransomware.

Source: Researcher Open Sources WannaKey Tool That Cracks WannaCry Ransomware Encryption

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Thai Dessert Shop Makes Realistic Puppy Puddings, Divides Internet

Coconut cream puddings are very popular in Thailand, but while they usually come in flower shapes, one dessert shop in Pathun Thani, north of Bangkok, decided to shake things up a bit by using puppy-shaped molds instead. Photos of the realistic-looking edible puppies made quite an impact online, sparking a heated debate.Within six hours of posting photos of their new treats on Facebook, Thai dessert shop Wilaiwan had already gotten over 10,000 shares and hundreds of comments. But that was only the beginning, as the photos soon started making the rounds on blogs and news sites, and even attracted the attention of international news networks. Some people loved them and said that they would love to eat a slimy puppy, while others said they looked too much like their pets, and couldn’t even think about sticking a spoon in one.

Source: Thai Dessert Shop Makes Realistic Puppy Puddings, Divides Internet | Oddity Central – Collecting Oddities

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“World’s first operational Robocop” hits the streets as Dubai builds robot police force 

The “world’s first operational Robocop” has been unveiled in Dubai as part of the emirate’s planned robot police force.Robocop started work on Sunday and is already making a name for itself.At 5ft 5in tall and weighing 100kg, it can speak six languages and is designed to read facial expressions.It had an easy start to working life, being unveiled at the three-day long Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference.

Source: “World’s first operational Robocop” hits the streets as Dubai builds robot police force – Mirror Online

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