Daily Archives: March 15, 2018

Indian Girl Has Ants Pulled From Her Eyes Every Day And No One Knows How They Get There

An 11-year-old girl from Belthangady, India, recently made news headlines for having around 60 dead ants pulled from her eyes. As for how the insects got there, some doctors suggest they entered her body through the ears.Last week, the girl, known only as Ashwini, started complaining of severe pain in her eyes. She told her parents that she felt there was something stuck in her eyes sockets, and when they checked, they did find a small ant in one of her eyes. They didn’t pay much importance to it, as they assumed the insect had gotten in there by accident, but it wasn’t long before the girl again started complaining about pain in her eyes. They discovered more dead ants, and this time, they took her to the hospital.

Source: Indian Girl Has Ants Pulled From Her Eyes Every Day And No One Knows How They Get There

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You Can Now Learn to Speak Klingon Using Duolingo

Duolingo has launched a course that should fill the hearts of geeks everywhere with glee. That’s right, folks, you can now learn to speak Klingon from the comfort of your own couch. Just go easy on the Rokeg blood pie and bloodwine while doing so.Duolingo offers a simple and effective way to learn new languages. And I can personally attest to its effectiveness. But Duolingo also has a fun side, with courses in Esperanto and High Valyrian (from Game of Thrones). And now it has added Klingon to the mix.

Source: You Can Now Learn to Speak Klingon Using Duolingo

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The Corporate Takeover Of Cannabis: How Monsanto & Bayer Are Getting In On Marijuana

Responsible for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and the pesticides that are sprayed on them, Monsanto is on the tips of everyone’s tongues lately. Health conscious individuals are doing everything they can to boycott this company and support others instead, even if that means opting for much pricier organic produce.There are a number of reasons for their concern, including the fact that no long-term studies have been done to show the potential health effects of consuming genetically modified foods or the high levels of pesticides that came with them. The mere fact that this company is responsible for some of the worst chemicals ever created, including Agent Orange, DDT, asbestos, and aspartame, also contributes to this widespread mistrust.Last September, Bayer, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, made a deal to buy out Monsanto for $66 billion, even though Monsanto was voted “the most evil company in the world” back in 2013. Unfortunately, this buyout only strengthened Monsanto’s lobbying power.This corporate giant has now set its sights on another product, one that has garnered increasing attention lately as laws relax and medicinal uses become better understood: cannabis. Despite claiming otherwise, evidence suggests Monsanto may already have ties to cannabis production, a worrisome connection for anyone who uses cannabis medically or even enjoys an occasional puff.

Source: The Corporate Takeover Of Cannabis: How Monsanto & Bayer Are Getting In On Marijuana

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Why CCTV Camera Botnets Are On The Rise

IoT botnets are becoming more popular to hackers in the recent times. The movements of Internet of Things (IoT) botnets has been seen only in the early 2014 and will likely to grow more aggressive as years go by. Apparently, any half-competent hacker can largely utilize an attack using various types of IoT devices with CCTV cameras reported as the most common.Botnets consist of various Internet of Things (IoT) devices, especially CCTV cameras, is no longer a new thing. In fact, there are about 5.5 million devices that are connected to the internet on a daily basis in 2016. And CCTV cameras have a significant rate of percentage in these numbers. It is not that surprising that different actors in the cyber realm were able to utilize these devices.In 2014, a prominent cloud-based application delivery platform – Incapsula, has warned the industry about this concern. They saw an increase in activity of about 240% on their own network. They were able to trace the devices used and it all lead them to compromised CCTV cameras.

Source: Why CCTV Camera Botnets Are On The Rise » TechWorm

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University restores status of Christian group following lawsuit

Wayne State University has restored the status of a Christian student group after it sued the school for allegedly revoking its status because it required its leaders to affirm their faith.According to Becket, a religious liberty law firm that represented the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in a lawsuit filed against the school earlier this week, the student group “was—at least temporarily—allowed back on campus just two days after the group asked a federal court to protect its right to choose leaders who affirm its faith.”

The press release claims that Wayne State had ignored the group’s appeals for months, even charging InterVarsity thousands of dollars in order to continue holding Bible studies on campus.

“It’s good that Wayne State saw the light after it felt the heat,” remarked Becket Senior Counsel Lori Windham. “But after putting these students through the runaround for months, a last-minute change of heart is hardly enough.”

In addition to ensuring that “this kind of official religious discrimination” does not happen again, Windham asserted that “Wayne State needs to return the thousands of dollars it charged the student group.”

Source: University restores status of Christian group following lawsuit

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It’s Time to Question Longstanding Password Security Best Practices

Nobody likes password policies. IT leaders dislike reminding users to yet again change their passwords, then bracing for an onslaught of angry help desk calls. Users dread coming up with yet another obscure combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, symbols and digits that they can remember for the next 90 days. It’s an unpleasant experience all around.But there’s good news for those frustrated by unwieldy password practices. Cybersecurity professionals are now turning toward new policies that embrace the end user to make security a natural habit. These ideas are bolstered by recent changes in federal security guidelines related to password management.

Source: It’s Time to Question Longstanding Password Security Best Practices – FedTech

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Dial P for Privacy: The Phone Booth Is Back – The New York Times

For much of the 20th century, the phone booth was a steadfast and essential installation of modern life, from bustling cities to tumbleweed-strewn desert gas stations. Tippi Hedren was attacked in one in “The Birds,” Clark Kent frequently changed to Superman in one and Bill & Ted used one to time-travel on their excellent adventure. In “The Matrix,” a phone booth was a portal — an exit device from the digital realm.But to lay eyes upon a phone booth now — be it the charming old jungle-green one tucked in the back of the restaurant Indochine, in the NoHo neighborhood of Manhattan, or one of the four remaining sidewalk booths on the city’s Upper West Side — is to glimpse a relic of a seemingly ancient civilization.As mobile phone use exploded and the pay phone was increasingly linked to crime, the booth began to disappear. At the same time, workplaces saw the rise of the open floor plan. We all saw (and heard) a proliferation of mobile phones, and with it, the irritating, distracting sound of a one-sided conversation from your cubicle mate.

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The spread of true and false news online

We investigated the differential diffusion of all of the verified true and false news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 to 2017. The data comprise ~126,000 stories tweeted by ~3 million people more than 4.5 million times. We classified news as true or false using information from six independent fact-checking organizations that exhibited 95 to 98% agreement on the classifications. Falsehood diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information, and the effects were more pronounced for false political news than for false news about terrorism, natural disasters, science, urban legends, or financial information. We found that false news was more novel than true news, which suggests that people were more likely to share novel information. Whereas false stories inspired fear, disgust, and surprise in replies, true stories inspired anticipation, sadness, joy, and trust. Contrary to conventional wisdom, robots accelerated the spread of true and false news at the same rate, implying that false news spreads more than the truth because humans, not robots, are more likely to spread it.

Source: The spread of true and false news online | Science

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