A variety of personal information — including names, addresses, and dates of birth — for 1.8 million registered voters in Chicago was publicly exposed online on an Amazon cloud-computing server for an unknown period of time, the city’s Board of Election Commissions said.A file of the voter database was discovered August 11 by a researcher at a computer security company, which informed election officials of the exposure the following day, according to USA Today. The file was taken down three hours after officials were informed, and the incident was made public Thursday.The data was a back-up file stored on Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) servers and included partial Social Security numbers, and for some, driver’s license and state identification numbers, database manager and equipment contractor Election Systems & Software said in a statement, USA Today reports.
Daily Archives: August 25, 2017
Reading stories about overpopulation, it is easy to imagine we live on a planet that is packed with people from coast to coast on every continent. As these data visualizations illustrate, the reality is quite different. Most humans are concentrated in a relatively small set of densely-packed places. Below: half of the Earth’s population lives in the vast black areas while the other half occupies the yellow.Developed by Max Galka using data from NASA / SEDAC, this map breaks down populations using small square cells, forming a gridded geography independent of political boundaries.Like tiny pixels on a huge black-and-yellow screen, the 28 million cells are binary: each yellow cell represents an 3-by-3 mile area of land with a population of 8,000 people or more (or: 900 per square mile). Any other 9-square-mile cell with lower density is shown as black.
A golden retriever’s owners thought their dog found a time capsule in their backyard when he started digging one day. Instead, he discovered approximately $85,000 worth of black tar heroin, the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said.“Kenyon” the dog was 18 months old when he started unburying something in his family’s yard in early August.When his owners found a package underground, they told authorities they thought it was a time capsule and they filmed themselves opening it.Soon after opening the packaged, they realized it was not a time capsule, but instead some type of drug.The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Officer responded and identified the substance as over 15 ounces of black tar heroin. Sheriff Tim Svenson praised Kenyon for his backyard discovery.
Ever had a hankering to search Google from the command line? If so, you’re going to love this nifty terminal tool.It’s called Googler and, as you can probably guess, it’s a small command-line utility which lets you search Google from the terminal.You’re not limited to regular Google web search either as the python-based tool lets you use Google site search and probe Google News for content that matches your chosen query(s).As a search tool the way search results are presented is important — and thankfully it really delivers.When you search from the command-line using Googler you’re presented with a list of search results that show the title, URL and a short text snippet. You can quickly open any result in a web browser by entering the number that corresponds to the result you want to read.A stack of other search options and parameters are available for more advanced users. These let you search for an exact phrase, search a specific version or Google, and/or narrow down search results based on a specific time period.Now, I’m not for one moment suggesting that Googler (or command line search in general) is the most practical way to find stuff on the web. It’s not. But it is novel, inventive, and, for those who spend a lot of time staring down a blinking underscore at the command line, potentially handy in a pinch.
THE ONGOING CONTROVERSY OVER CONFEDERATE statues, which has seen these monuments removed from public spaces in more than a dozen locations in the past couple years, is the renewal of a historical tradition that has been going on for as long as humans have erected such monuments: the symbolic removal and recontextualization of artifacts from the past that are no longer relevant or welcome.Putting aside antiquity, in the recent past, this has included the removal of statues of a seemingly endless march of former leaders, all over the world: Alberto Stroessner, Josef Stalin, Vladimir Lenin, Muammar al-Qaddafi, Chiang Kei-shek, Saparmurat Niyazov, Hafez al-Assad, Hosni Mubarak, Enver Hoxha, Saddam Hussein, and more. Some of these statues are destroyed—symbolically, even ritually—but others are relocated, as is the case with most Confederate statues today.Sometimes statues are collected in one place, where the immortalized fallen crowd together in awkward silence, historical repositories of different eras. Take the “Garden of the Generalissimos” in Cihu, Taiwan, where scores of Chiang Kai-shek statues sit together, regarding one another. The statues are some of the thousands on the island—a controversial legacy of the late leader of the Republic of China (not to be confused with the modern mainland People’s Republic of China).