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Researchers found porn malware in Google Play children’s games

Security firm Check Point today revealed it had discovered malware on the Google Play store disguised as children’s games — malware that gives kids ads not suited for their age group.

Checkpoint’s report on the malware warns it shows pornographic ads which would obscure the actual game, including one featuring a picture of Kim Kardashian — fittingly, the code is called AdultSwine. In some cases, the virus would prompt users to download fake anti-virus software. In others, it would try to trick them into entering their phone number.

According to Reuters, the ads appear in apps with titles aimed at kids, like “Drawing Lessons Lego Ninjago.” I’m assuming the thought process is that kids will mindlessly click on a pop-up if they think it will get them back to the game faster — not that adults don’t do that, too.

The games named by the researchers have since been removed from the Google Play Store, though Check Point warns that it likely won’t be the last time parents see such malicious activity:

Indeed, these plots continue to be effective even today, especially when they originate in apps downloaded from trusted sources such as Google Play.

When asked for comment, Google emphasized that none of the malicious apps were part of its Family collection, nor were the ads from Google. According to a spokesperson:

Source: Researchers found porn malware in Google Play children’s games

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Tails 3.4 Linux Distro Released With Meltdown And Spectre Patches 

Linux is considered to be the basis of one of the most secure operating systems around. Out of all the Linux distro options available, Tails is considered to be the most secure. However, due to screwups on behalf of chipmakers, almost all operating systems were affected, including Tails.

As a result of combined mitigation steps taken by the kernel developers and hardware makers, Tails has incorporated the fixes and pushed the new release in the form of Tails 3.4. You can read our introductory article on Meltdown and Spectre for more basic details.

As usual, Tails 3.4 comes with usual security patches and bug fixes. “In particular, Tails 3.4 fixes the widely reported Meltdown attack, and includes the partial mitigation for Spectre,” the release report says.

Other fixed problems shipped Tails 3.4 are:

Source: Tails 3.4 Linux Distro Released With Meltdown And Spectre Patches — Get It Here

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Lysol Was Once Used As Birth Control – And Poisoned A Lot Of Women

With few options available to women, Lysol’s advertising as a feminine product made it one of the most popular contraceptive devises around.

Most people keep Lysol under their sinks, ready to pull it out to disinfect the countertops or wipe germs off of bathroom surfaces. What most of us probably don’t want to do, is put the disinfectant anywhere in or on our bodies. However, in the early 1900s, Lysol wanted women to do just that.

Lysol marketed directly to housewives, not to use as a household cleaner, but to use as a feminine hygiene product that would ensure their “feminine daintiness” and protect “married happiness.” Rather than the common cleaning agent we all know today, early 1900s Lysol advertised itself as a douche that could be used to kill germs that caused odor and entice disinterested husbands.

In fact, a majority of the ads focused on winning back husbands’ attention, seeming to place both the blame and the burden on the wife for causing his indifference. While the ads claim that using Lysol for feminine douching would bring back intimacy, they carry a subtler message that goes beyond promoting basic cleanliness.

After the passage of the Comstock Law, contraceptives were made illegal in the U.S. and remained so until 1965. Therefore, douching after intercourse was a common – albeit ineffective – method of birth control. With few options available to women, Lysol’s advertising as a feminine product made it one of the most popular contraceptive devises around.

A vintage Lysol ad for feminine hygiene.

Although Lysol was a cheap, convenient, and popular birth control method, it also didn’t work. A study undertaken in 1933 showed that almost half the women who used  Lysol ended up getting pregnant.

It wasn’t just advertisements that promoted the use of douches. Respected doctors, such as Joseph De Lee, a prominent obstetrician, encouraged the use of Lysol in labor, saying that it would “reduce the amount of infectious matter” carried into the uterus during birth.

Source: Lysol Was Once Used As Birth Control – And Poisoned A Lot Of Women

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Dippin Dots’ new cryogenic company won’t freeze your body

Dippin’ Dots wants to help others flash freeze products with its special cryogenics gear.

I know what you’re thinking, but Dippin’ Dot’s new cryogenics company won’t be offering to turn your mortal remains into tiny frozen beads.

The flash-frozen ice cream specialist announced the launch of Dippin’ Dots Cryogenics this week to offer its processes and machinery to companies in the pharmaceutical, agricultural, nutraceutical and animal-feed industries.

The same technology that creates the unusual-looking sweet treats could soon be applied to pretty much anything that needs to be freeze dried.

Source: Dippin Dots’ new cryogenic company won’t freeze your body

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First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Debut at CES

The first augmented-reality glasses with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant will be shown next week at CES in Las Vegas — manufactured by a 75-employee company rather than the e-commerce giant’s growing devices division.

Vuzix Corp. will show off a pair of smart glasses that can talk to Amazon.com Inc.’s voice-activated digital assistant and display information to the wearer’s field of view, Vuzix Chief Executive Officer Paul Travers said in an interview. Vuzix’s Alexa integration is part of an Amazon program that allows third-party hardware manufacturers to put the digital assistant into their products. In October, Sonos Inc. unveiled a smart speaker with Alexa’s system for controlling music playback. The strategy is designed to put Amazon’s service, which generates revenue for the company, in as many places as possible to sell more products.

Amazon confirmed that Rochester, New York-based Vuzix’s device will be the first smart glasses with Alexa. The company is “excited about the potential of the glasses and the ability to bring Alexa to customers in a new way,” a company spokeswoman said. Vuzix’s shares gained 8.5 percent to $7 at 2:04 p.m. in New York after jumping as much as 16 percent on the news.

Source: First Amazon Alexa-Enabled Digital Glasses to Debut at CES

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Roy Orbison returns to the stage – as a hologram

He was the singer with a hauntingly beautiful voice who penned some of the most poignant songs of the 60s and 70s. There are plenty of people that would kill to have seen Roy Orbison perform when he was alive but how about paying to watch him now as hologram?

“Of course I’d rather see him play live but, in this case, there are so many people that just missed out seeing my dad,” Roy’s youngest son Alex explains. “People that weren’t even born or that just want to see one more show.”

Orbison was 52 when he died of a heart attack in 1988. Thirty years later, he is about to sing again on a new world tour, supported on stage by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

We were invited to see the technology early on and he was beamed in as a hologram into the room I was in. Once we saw the way it moved, it does have an incredible look… It had to pass our sniff tests and we’re confident that, if we believe in it, the fans will believe in it too.

Source: Roy Orbison returns to the stage – as a hologram

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The Cold Truth About Global Warming

There is a deep, dark secret about global warming that very few people talk about, yet every credible scientist knows:

Our climate data doesn’t go back far enough to draw any conclusions about today’s global weather patterns.

Humans have only been collecting meteorological records for some hundreds of years. In geological time (the earth’s lifespan, measured in billions of years), that is next to nothing.

If anything, scientists point out that the geological record suggests that the earth is overdue for a “mini ice age.” These periodic events are preceded by both very hot summers and very cold winters. Sound familiar?

Yet, previous US administrations fell in line with the UN agenda to promote a new “war” – the War on Climate. It’s a wonder they don’t just come out and say it.

Billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent creating a brand new industry, one built to test a scientific hypothesis (theory or “guess“) that could never be resolved in any case, given the insufficient amount of meteorological data in existence.

Opposition to global warming as a “scientific fact” comes from one surprising source: your local TV weather forecaster. An increasing number of these specialists are forming their own conclusions – despite the severe weather events of this century.

How is this difference of opinion possible? Most people do not understand that, since the 1950s, climatologists have performed their research using computer programs which  “model” various “What if?” scenarios. These “scientific” tools – the computer is indeed a scientific instrument, but the human who loaded its machine instructions, and is now operating it, may not be – use past, historical data to generate predictions about what will happen next, based on probabilities. The results are displayed in graphs, like the one below:

It seems that the climate “experts” who have concluded that Global Warming is True use different data from their “unscientific” journalistic colleagues. Katherine Bagley of Inside Climate Newsquoted Keith Dixon, a research meteorologist at NOAA, who focuses on climate variability:

“While the models TV meteorologists use to forecast weather use the same ‘physics’ as those scientists use to predict long-term climate trends (for instance, the same calculations for how the atmosphere and biosphere interact), the data they plug into them is quite different. Just using different data produces scenarios with vastly different accuracies.”

Did you catch that last bit? “Using different input produces different output.” Computers operate under the fundamental principle of “Purgamentum init, exit purgumentum” – Latin for “Garbage in, garbage out.” When you enter bad data, you will get rubbish in return.

And that, Dear Readers, is what We the People have been fed, by the UN-controlled pseudo-scientists who are making very good wages coming up with “inaccurate” projections.

But local weather television personalities aren’t the only ones who don’t buy the NWO’s climate change mandate.

Scientific American found an expert, who also happens to be a  nay-sayer, at the International Conference on Climate Change, ‘way back in March 2009:

“Keynote speaker and Massachusetts Institute of Technology meteorologist Richard Lindzen told the gathering that “’there is no substantive basis for predictions of sizeable global warming due to observed increases in minor greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane and chlorofluorocarbons.’”

Since there isn’t enough data, to reach a real, scientific conclusion about climate change, why not just use our common sense, for once? Doesn’t it just make sense that polluting our precious home’s lands, seas, and skies is…ummm…stupid?

Yet, we continue to allow Big Energy, Big Industry, and all those other Big Players to buy up alternative fuel patents so they can keep their revenues flowing like the crude oil they pump.

Kudos to President Trump for crying “Shenanigans!” on the Paris Climate Accord and UN initiative to fleece the world’s economies and keep people busy (distracted, that is) arguing about a non-issue.

Less than 24 hours ago from this writing, the Independent ran this headline:

“Donald Trump to drop climate change from list of national security threats”

This sounds like another first for our nation’s leader. When is the last time you heard of anything being removed from the seemingly ever-growing and unending list of “threats to national security?”

Perhaps President Trump is as sick as the rest of us who frequent  Conspiracy Street with the evil deeds that have been, and continue to be, under the false pretense that the American people are beneficiaries of the globalists, rather than their dupes?

Let’s quit squabbling about rising vs. falling temperatures, since we can’t prove it one way or the other with our limited weather data, and use that excess energy to clean up our planet. Sometime before the next Ice Age would be nice.

Brrrrrr…did it just get chilly in here?

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Starving Venezuelans Beat Grazing Cattle to Death with Rocks

In one incident, captured on video and posted to social media, dozens of men surrounded a cow changing “we are hungry” and ‘”people are suffering” while throwing stones at the helpless beast and hitting it with sticks.

Opposition lawmaker Carlos Paparoni said four people had died and 10 were injured in the chaos that errupted in the western Andean state. 300 animals were believed to have been killed.

Venezuela has the world’s highest inflation and after four years of recession millions of Venezuelans have sunk into poverty and starvation.

One 50-year-old Merida resident reported witnessing some 800 people converge on a food collection center Thursday afternoon and loot it.

“They knocked down the gates and looted flour, rice, cooking oil, cooking gas,” the witness told Reuters. “The police and the National Guard tried to control the situation by giving out what was left.”

Venezuela also has the world’s largest crude reserves. President Nicolás Maduro has refused to step down and has not commented on the food riots in Merida and blames Venezuela’s problems on private investment.

“What we’re living is barbaric,” said opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido in a tweet referencing the slaughter the cattle. “The dehumanizing regime of Nicolas Maduro is turning a blind eye to the tragedy that we Venezuelans are living.”

Last week, authorities forced over 200 supermarkets to slash prices, which creating further chaos as desperate Venezuelans rushed to buy cheaper food as supplies continued to dwindle.

Source: Starving Venezuelans Beat Grazing Cattle to Death with Rocks – DANGEROUS

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Your car may soon serve you ads — how about a pizza?

Here’s what you do in your spanking new, internet-connected car when you approach a red or yellow light: slow down way ahead, creep forward slowly — and make sure you never come to a stop.

Here’s why you do it: If you stop moving, your car will start serving you ads on the dashboard, maybe for anti-itch cream because it knows you’re going shopping after a hike in poison oak country.

Santa Clara auto-tech firm Telenav has just announced an “in-car advertising platform” for cars that connect to the internet.

Telenav wants to sell the system to major auto manufacturers.

And although it’s probably the last thing many consumers want, vehicle owners will pay more for connected-car services if they decline the ads.

“This approach helps car makers offset costs related to connected services, such as wireless data, content, software and cloud services,” a spokeswoman for Telenav said Jan. 5.

Source: Your car may soon serve you ads — how about a pizza?

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CIA’s Director of Personnel refused to have a woman “policing” him on gender equality

While recently portrayed as a bastion of progressive attitudes, the Central Intelligence Agency has a history of racial and gender disparity. As late as 1991, women were second class employees who were kept in the lower ranks, with men overwhelmingly occupying senior positions and leadership roles. A series of declassified memos help explain this disparity, showing CIA’s decades old resistance to putting women in charge of anything – even ensuring equal employment practices.

The exchange began with a 1955 memo from CIA’s Inspector General, outlining “Ten Ways for Improving CIA’s Personnel Management.”

For the most part, the suggestions were fairly common sense.

Some of the suggestions were as simple as ensuring better file management and to prevent people from tampering with the personnel files. At the time, anyone who wanted to could “do so with ease.”

The eighth suggestion, however, would turn out to be unexpectedly controversial. In it, the Inspector General proposed that the CIA “place a woman in a senior position in the Personnel Office and charge her with aggressively furthering the careers of women in the Agency.”

An undated and unsigned progress report argues simply that the CIA had “sustained its interest and emphasis in the proper utilization of women employees on a career basis.”

later progress report (while the former was undated it referred to June 1955 in the future tense, while the second progress report is dated July 1955), simply says that “proper utilization of women employees on a career basis is affirmed.”

Source: CIA’s Director of Personnel refused to have a woman “policing” him on gender equality

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Speed breeding LED technique grows food six times faster than conventional farming

Australian researchers have demonstrated a ‘speed breeding’ technique for common crops. Their method yields far more food per unit area than conventional farming, relying on specially calibrated LEDs that emit light at specific frequencies onto crops to accelerate plant growth.

Using this setup, researchers showed that they could grow six generations of wheat, chickpea, and barley, as well as four generations of canola plants, in a single year. Typically, farmers in the field only grow one generation of each crop. The yields are strikingly high even when compared to crops grown in a lamp glasshouse environment, which produced two to three generations.

Credit: University of Queensland.

The fast and nutritious

This means that for the same unit area, it’s possible to grow six times more food than in the open field and up to three times more food than typical glasshouses, the authors reported in the journal Nature Plants — and this could prove extremely important.

By 2050, the number of people on Earth is expected to soar to ten billion. At the same time, there’s an increasing demand for protein-rich foods, i.e. meat, spurred by an improved standard of living in developing countries. The problem is that the amount of arable land at our disposal will only marginally increase, which can only mean yield needs to improve if we want to satisfy the food requirements of the world.

Source: Speed breeding LED technique grows food six times faster than conventional farming

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Man claims he was arrested, forcefully drugged over mistaken identity

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(NEWSER) – A 63-year-old Pennsylvania man is suing for false imprisonment, negligence, assault, and more after he says he was arrested and injected with drugs because neither police nor a hospital bothered to check his identity, the BBC reports. Eugene Wright filed suit Wednesday. The lawsuit—as per the Meadville Tribune—claims Wright was arrested June 15 by two police officers and the executive director of Stairways Behavioral Health after another man with the same name made threats against himself and others at a doctor’s office that morning. The lawsuit states Wright tried to explain they had the wrong person, but they refused to check the ID and Social Security card in his wallet or call his employer to confirm that he was working when the threats were made.

The lawsuit states Wright was taken to Meadville Medical Center, where employees also failed to confirm his identity despite him having been a patient there in the past. Against his protestations, Wright was injected with anti-psychotic medication and another chemical used for anxiety disorders, according to the lawsuit. The mix-up came to light when Wright’s daughter showed up. Since the incident, Wright says he’s had trouble sleeping and has dropped weight, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. By way of apology, he says he received a $50 gift certificate to Montana’s Rib and Chop House and $25 to Walmart. “The experience that I went through, this should never happen to anybody. It’s very simple to check ID,” he says. “These people need to be held responsible.” The lawsuit names police, Meadville Medical Center, and Stairways Behavioral Health.

Source: Man claims he was arrested, forcefully drugged over mistaken identity

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Mexico’s Trumpian populist could mean trouble for Donald Trump

The left-leaning front-runner in Mexico’s presidential race is overtly nationalistic, pushes “Mexican people first” policies and peppers his speeches with anti-establishment slogans that thrill the working-class Mexicans who flock to his rallies.

 But while his style might be distinctly Trumpian, his policy prescriptions could not be more different. Indeed, the election of the former mayor of Mexico City could be disastrous for Trump and his administration, creating an even more charged relationship between the two countries that could reduce cooperation on border security, trade and immigration.

That worries U.S. politicians and business leaders, including House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas), who was not shy about expressing his disdain for López Obrador at an event last fall hosted by the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce.

“I do not want to see President [López] Obrador take office next year,” McCaul said, adding he fears the Trump administration could increase those chances if it mishandles talks on revamping the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada.

Source: Mexico’s Trumpian populist could mean trouble for Donald Trump

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Rich People Are Fleeing Connecticut

Lawmakers like Connecticut’s Democratic Gov. Dannel  Malloy should pay attention to the latest batch of IRS data, which show tax payers – particularly wealthy ones – are leaving Connecticut for states like Florida, where there is no income tax, and New York City, where taxes are high but at least you can order Chinese food at 4 am.

Indeed, as the Hartford Courant points out in an editorial, the latest data reveal that Connecticut is in the middle of a taxpayer exodus.

Those who moved out of Connecticut from 2015 to 2016 took with them more than $6 billion in adjusted gross income, or AGI.

 

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People who moved to Connecticut brought with them only about $3.36 billion in AGI. The total net loss to Connecticut: $2.7 billion. In one year. That was in the top five of all states, regardless of population.

And that was before this year’s budget battle, which nearly precipitated dramatic cuts to municipal services. The taxes and cutbacks that lawmakers agreed to in order to pass a compromise budget bill will likely anger more monied nutmeggers.

Connecticut collected $6.85 billion in income tax from the 2015 tax year, or 4.3% of the $161 billion in AGI reported from all filers. If that same ratio held true in 2016, then the loss of $2.7 billion in AGI would have meant an actual loss of more than $100 million in income tax revenue.

Source: Rich People Are Fleeing Connecticut

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Switzerland Rejects Citizenship Bids of Residents Who Have Been on Welfare

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A new civil rights act has come into force in Switzerland that prevents residents who have been on welfare in the past three years from becoming citizens unless they pay back the money they received to the state.

The new regulations will make it impossible for asylum seekers and migrants who have lived off state handouts in the last three years to become citizens even if they have lived in Switzerland as permanent residents for the required time to make a citizenship application, Kronen Zeitung reports.

The previous law allowed migrants to apply for citizenship as long as they were not on state benefits at the time of their application.

Along with the welfare stipulation, the new act requires migrants to demonstrate a greater level of integration than before including making them prove they have a certain number of Swiss friends and acquaintances.

Source: Switzerland Rejects Citizenship Bids of Residents Who Have Been on Welfare

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Your Next T-Shirt Will Be Made by a Robot

Sometime later this year, dozens of robots will spring into action at a new factory in Little Rock, Ark. The plant will not make cars or electronics, nor anything else that robots are already producing these days. Instead it will make T-shirts—lots of T-shirts. When fully operational, these sewing robots will churn them out at a dizzying rate of one every 22 seconds.

For decades, the automation of the sewing of garments has vexed roboticists. Conventional robots excel at manipulating rigid objects but are rather inept at handling soft, flexible materials like fabric. Early attempts to automate sewing included treating pieces of cloth with starch to temporarily make them stiff, allowing a robot to manipulate them as if they were steel sheets. This and other approaches, however, never became commercially viable, mainly because the clothing industry has resisted automation by relying on cheap labor in developing countries.

Now a Georgia Tech spin-off, SoftWear Automation, in Atlanta, claims to have built a practical sewing robot. And it doesn’t need starch. Rather, it’s based on a much higher-tech approach, one that combines machine vision and advanced manipulators. At the Arkansas factory, owned by Tianyuan Garments Co., one of China’s largest apparel manufacturers, SoftWear’s robots, called Sewbots, will equip 21 production lines, designed to make 23 million T-shirts per year for Adidas.

Source: Your Next T-Shirt Will Be Made by a Robot

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USDA Study: 9 Problems Electronic GMO Disclosures Would Face

In July 2016 Congress passed the first national GMO labeling legislation in the U.S. It is set to go into effect in July 2018, but not before the Department of Agriculture writes extensive rules for the legislation, which left many questions unanswered.

One of the most controversial parts of the bill would allow companies to use digital disclosures such as QR codes. Due to the heated debate over digital disclosures, Congress stipulated that the USDA must complete a study to identify any technological challenges consumers might face if companies used a digital disclosure for GMO ingredients instead of on-package labels.

The study, completed by the consulting firm Deloitte, looked at five different factors:

  1. The availability of wireless networks or cellular networks;
  2. The availability of landline phones in stores;
  3. Challenges facing small and rural retailers;
  4. The efforts retailers would have to make to address potential technological and infrastructural challenges; and
  5. The costs and benefits of installing electronic scanners, or other technology, in stores so that consumers could get GMO information.

In September, the USDA released the findings of this months-long study and, unsurprisingly, found serious issues associated with a solely digital option for consumers, specifically for rural and elderly populations.

Here are 9 key findings from that study:

  • 23 percent of Americans don’t own cellphones.
  • 75 percent were unfamiliar with QR codes.
  • 85 percent experienced technical challenges using certain mobile scanning apps.
  • 5 million Americans don’t have access to adequate broadband, making it impossible for them to learn if there are GMOs in their food if companies use digital disclosure.
  • Of the retailers visited across the country, zero had a scanner available for consumers to use.
  • A study conducted by the Annenberg Public Policy Center in July 2016 found that only 15 percent of Americans scanned barcodes or QR codes to find ingredient information.
  • Shoppers often believe that on package digital links are there for marketing or industry use, and do not know that the links may contain food information.
  • The public has difficulty connecting to broadband – if they even have access – which is usually slow and makes loading content difficult.
  • There are hundreds of scanning apps on the market, causing confusion and difficulty finding results.

Source: USDA Study: 9 Problems Electronic GMO Disclosures Would Face

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Study finds narcissists like fellow narcissists on Instagram

Narcissistic individuals use social media to promote themselves. But how do they feel about fellow narcissists who do the same?

A new study published in the scientific journal Computers in Human Behavior used Instagram to examine whether narcissists are more tolerant of the narcissistic behavior of others.

“Posting selfies is a popular activity that exemplifies narcissistic self-promotion on Instagram,” explained study author Seunga Venus Jin of Sejong University. “Narcissism is a positive indicator of willingness to take selfies and frequency of posting selfies. Why do people not only post selfies but also ‘like’ and ‘follow’ others who post selfies?”

The two-part study of 276 adults recruited from Amazon’s MTurk found that Instagram users who post selfies and groupies were perceived as more narcissistic.

But narcissistic participants showed a more favorable attitude toward selfies posted by other people. They also showed a greater intention to follow fellow narcissists on Instagram and a higher intention to post their own selfies.

Source: Study finds narcissists like fellow narcissists on Instagram

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FBI Reveals What Comey Destroyed To Protect Hillary From Prison

There are a couple of Biblically-based adages that I think are appropriate for this particular story. “You reap what you sow” and “Be sure your sin will find you out.

For both James Comey and Hillary Clinton, they had the hubris to believe that their positions of political power allowed them to be above the law of the land. In fact, they used their political power as the main reason to get comfortable in breaking the law. They had it in their heads that they would never get caught. And, if they ever in fact did get caught, they would get away with their crimes!

Well, now Comey is reaping what he sowed, and both he and Hillary’s sins have been found out!

One senator has released the draft given to him by the FBI that reveals Comey’s plan to exonerate Hillary for all of her crimes. We now have written proof that Comey had written out felony and misdemeanor violations on Hillary. However, he shortly thereafter took the easy way out and changed the language to protect her from any such charges and indictment.

x-FBI Director James Comey’s original statement closing out the probe into Hillary Clinton‘s use of a private email server was edited by subordinates to remove five separate references to terms like “grossly negligent” and to delete mention of evidence supporting felony and misdemeanor violations, according to copies of the full document. Comey also originally concluded that it was “reasonably likely” that Clinton’s nonsecure private server was accessed or hacked by hostile actors though there was no evidence to prove it. But that passage was also changed to the much weaker “possible,” the memos show. The full draft and edits were released on the website of Senate Homeland and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), providing the most complete public accounting to date of Comey’s draft and the subsequent edits. The draft, released in full for the first time on Thursday, offers new details on the FBI’s Clinton investigation and controversial conclusion.

You can read through the draft pdf download HERE

The full draft, with edits, leaves little doubt that Comey originally wrote on May 2, 2016 that there was evidence that Clinton and top aides may have violated both felony and misdemeanor statutes, though he did not believe he could prove intent before a jury.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statute proscribing gross negligence in the handling of classified information and of the statute proscribing misdemeanor mishandling, my judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey originally penned.

Source: FBI Reveals What Comey Destroyed To Protect Hillary From Prison

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White noise video hit by copyright claims

A musician who made a 10-hour long video of continuous white noise – indistinct electronic hissing – has said five copyright infringement claims have been made against him.

Sebastian Tomczak, who is based in Australia, said he made the video in 2015 and uploaded it to YouTube.

The claimants accusing him of infringement include publishers of white noise intended for sleep therapy.

“I will be disputing these claims,” he told the BBC.

In this case, those accusing Mr Tomczak are not demanding the video’s removal, but instead the reward of any revenue made from advertising associated with it.

Without the claims, Mr Tomczak would receive such revenue himself.

“I am intrigued and perplexed that YouTube’s automated content ID system will pattern-match white noise with multiple claims,” he said.

His video was originally made along with other 10-hour recordings – including one of a continuous electronic tone.

The claims relate to specific portions of similarly lengthy videos of white noise also posted on the site.

Source: White noise video hit by copyright claims

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Charges Against Cliven Bundy Dismissed

A judge in Las Vegas has decided to dismiss criminal charges against a Nevada rancher and his sons accused of leading an armed uprising against federal authorities in 2014. Chief U.S. District Judge Gloria Navarro signaled when she declared a mistrial last month that she might dismiss the case outright against 71-year-old Cliven Bundy, sons Ryan and Ammon Bundy, and Montana militia leader Ryan Payne. The judge severely criticized prosecutors for what she called “willful” violations of due process rights of defendants, including failing to properly turn over evidence to their lawyer. But she gave the government a chance to submit written documents opposing dismissal of all charges.

The tense armed standoff outside Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, stopped a federal Bureau of Land Management roundup of Bundy cattle from public land including what is now Gold Butte National Monument. Several gunmen among the protesters who had assault-style rifles were acquitted of criminal charges in two trials last year. Ryan and Ammon Bundy also were acquitted of federal criminal charges in Oregon after an armed occupation in early 2016 of a national wildlife refuge to demand the government turn over public land to local control. In Las Vegas, Navarro declared a mistrial Dec. 20, leaving Cliven Bundy as the only one of the four defendants still jailed after refusing the judge’s offer of release to house arrest.

Source: Charges Against Cliven Bundy Dismissed

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Operation Condor – How NSA Director Mike Rogers Saved The U.S. From a Massive Constitutional Crisis…

This outline is the story of how the FBI Counterintelligence Division and DOJ National Security Division were weaponized. This outline is the full story of what House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is currently working to expose.  This outline exposes the biggest political scandal in U.S. history.  This outline is also the story of how one man’s action likely saved our constitutional republic.

His name is Admiral Mike Rogers.

I’m calling the back-story to the 2016 FISA 702(16)(17) political corruption by the Obama administration “Operation Condor”.  Those of you familiar with the film “Three Days of The Condor” will note how the real life storyline almost mirrors the Hollywood film. For the real life version, NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogers plays the role of “Condor”.

“SCIF” – a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. To understand the larger FISA 702(16)(17) issues in 2016 it is important to focus on the word “compartmented”.

Intelligence information is housed by compartments within the larger intelligence community network. Each intelligence unit holds intelligence unique to that compartment and task. The FBI Counterintelligence unit would hold the intelligence information specific to their task or assignment; the DOJ National Security Division would hold their own compartmented intelligence; again, specific to their task and objectives. So too would the DOJ, DoD (Pentagon), State Dept., or CIA.

This compartmented structure is what led to the creation of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, ODNI. The 911 commission recommended the office to serve as a hub able to ensure intelligence sharing; that is – to ensure intelligence was not intentionally withheld from other compartments when needed.

Source: Operation Condor – How NSA Director Mike Rogers Saved The U.S. From a Massive Constitutional Crisis…

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What happened to “We the North”? Canada’s “human snowflakes” can’t handle the cold

Canadians used to be made of hardy stock but the recent Nanny State response to an old-fashioned cold front makes me wonder if we’re such a tough nation anymore.

Several Canadian cities scaled back New Year’s Eve celebrations, Polar Bear Swims were cancelled and zookeepers at the Calgary Zoo brought the penguins indoors.

Meteorologists are even coming up with new terms to describe cold fronts that make things sound more ominous.

It seems we can’t handle heat these days, either. About five years ago when the Greater Toronto Area was enduring a summertime heatwave, the Blue Jays closed the roof of the SkyDome for a game against the Seattle Mariners

The Jays issued a pre-game press release explaining that the Rogers Centre would be closed to protect the health and safety of fans, staff and players during a period of extreme heat and humidity.

Health and safety?

How did we become Generation Goldilocks?

We don’t want it too cold, we don’t want it too hot – we want it just right.

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Medical student has indecent assault conviction quashed for grabbing woman’s breasts during sex 

Amedical student convicted of indecent assault for grabbing a woman’s breasts during consensual sex has had his conviction quashed.

Philip Queree, 37, met the woman known as Miss X, on Tinder and they had what was described as “rough” sex on their second date.

But Queree was later taken to court for repeatedly grabbing her breasts too hard and pulling her hair while they had intercourse.

Despite consenting to sex with Queree, the victim told him she did not want her breasts touched.

She accused him of using “excessive force” and causing her pain and bruising even after she told him to stop.

Queree’s promising career in medicine was left in ruins and he was placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for five years after the trial last August.

But Jersey’s Royal Court this week quashed the conviction after ruling that the magistrate in the original case had “gone wrong in a material way”.

Source: Medical student has indecent assault conviction quashed for grabbing woman’s breasts during sex 

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Thai Penis Whitening Fad Drives Social Media Nuts 

A Bangkok clinic that has drawn 100 men a month to its penis whitening service has caused a stir in Thailand, with social media users both baffled and alarmed by the phallic fad.

The Lelux Hospital, renowned for its body whitening expertise in a country obsessed with skin colour, began offering the unconventional treatment six months ago after a male customer complained of “dark parts” on his groin.

“These days a lot of people are asking about it. We get around 100 clients a month, three to four clients a day,” Bunthita Wattanasiri, a manager for the Skin and Laser department at Lelux Hospital told AFP.

The procedure, which uses laser whitening, got wide play on Thai television and social media on Thursday (Jan 4) after the hospital released images of a man undergoing the treatment.

“We have to be careful because it’s a sensitive part of the body,” Bunthita said, adding most clients were aged between 22 and 55-years-old with many from Thailand’s LGBT community.

She said they use a very small laser.

Source: Thai Penis Whitening Fad Drives Social Media Nuts – American Renaissance

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Cultural Liberalism’s Business Model Has Begun to Fall Apart

By now, practically every obituary for 2017 that can be written within the confines of conventional wisdom has been filed and placed in the ever-expanding library of hot takes. And as usual, most of those hot takes have to do with Donald Trump.

We are told, for example, that 2017 was a year where Trump ultimately triumphed, a year where he miserably failed, a year where he did both at once (?!!!) a year where he missed too many opportunities, and a year where he fulfilled many of his core campaign promises. And conversely, the fate of Trump’s political rivals, both Right and Left, has been debated endlessly. Those debates are worth having, even if by this point they’ve been done to death.

However, in all this discussion, a key question seems to have been overlooked, and that is the question of money. Who ends 2017 with their pockets flush, and who ends it pulling out their pockets looking for loose change? In this respect, I think the answer is obvious: 2017 is the year cultural liberalism – and its bastions in the United States – began to show noticeable financial strain: strain that will likely only get worse in the coming year.

Let’s start with the most obvious, albeit the most recent, sign of this collapse: the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. As James Piereson notes at American Greatness, this bill marks the death knell of the so-called “blue state model,” which relies on high taxes and oppressive regulatory schemes in order to function. Because the Trump tax bill caps the amount of state and local taxes that can be deducted from one’s tax return, the ability of those states to effectively charge their richest residents through the nose for the privilege of living within their borders will be severely curtailed, as rich taxpayers suddenly begin to pay attention to tax hikes. A state that cannot keep its richest citizens is not only a state where revenue is sure to decline, but also a state that is less likely to see investment, as business owners and employees will be leery of working in states where higher rates of return on investment could translate into higher taxes for them personally.

 

Source: Cultural Liberalism’s Business Model Has Begun to Fall Apart

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The One Question About White Privilege That No Liberal Can Answer

Warren Claims to be Cherokee But Her Ancestor Forced The Trail of Tears – by Robert Gehl

Imagine if Elizabeth “Fauxahontas” Warren is not only lying about her American Indian heritage, but one of her ancestors participated in an event so evil, liberals are still apologizing for it to this day.

 Would it be the height of hilarious irony or just icing on the cake to a sad and stupid take told by a white woman desperate for power and fame?

The Massachusetts Senator has claimed she has “Cherokee” heritage because her grandfather had “high cheekbones like all of the Indians do” (which, if that isn’t racist, I don’t know what is), and the Senator claimed “minority” status during her time in Law School. It was even promoted by the school – that they’ve got “minority” students.

Of course, it’s all nonsense – or at least we can assume it’s nonsense, because Warren has offered no evidence of her American Indian heritage.

But all this happened years ago. It’s only after President Trump clumsily brought up Warren’s heritage out of the blue during a ceremony for the Navajo Code Talkers that we’re talking about it again.

Source: The One Question About White Privilege That No Liberal Can Answer

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Roombas will soon build a Wi-Fi coverage map while they clean

Roomba, the popular robotic vacuums, have a new trick up their sleeve. After learning how to map the physical space of a home a few years ago, the little robo vacs are now learning how to map the Wi-Fi coverage of a house, according to a report from TechCrunch.

As the robot roams around your house cleaning, it will now periodically log the Wi-Fi signal strength throughout the house. The data will be saved in a new Wi-Fi coverage map, which will live inside the Roomba app alongside the cleaning coverage map. Wi-Fi mapping will launch later this month as part of an app update and will mark the launch of a new beta program for the Roomba app.

Source: Roombas will soon build a Wi-Fi coverage map while they clean

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Ex Cop Sentenced for Buying a Gun on the Darknet

After falling into a trap set by undercover officers on the darknet, for PSNI officer Allan Kennedy will be spending the next 5.5 years behind bars. He admitted attempting to purchase a 9mm pistol and silencer from the undercover officer. After his arrest, police discovered evidence that indicated the former police officer had been selling drugs—another crime Kennedy pleaded guilty to committing.

Authorities in Belfast conducted a sting operation on September 5, 2017. The undercover officer from the darknet had arranged a meeting between the PSNI officer and the darknet “weapons vendor,” citing the need for an in-person meeting to exchange cash and goods. After handing over roughly $670 (£500), officers arrested him for the gun, a silencer he had also attempted to purchase, and 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

The police then searched his car and discovered cocaine and mobile devices containing messages describing an intent to distribute the cocaine. At a later house search, police found 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition, 30g of cocaine, 50 diazepam tablets and 10g of class C amphetamine. Police said the seized drugs had a street value of $10,000 or more.

Source: Ex Cop Sentenced for Buying a Gun on the Darknet – Deep Dot Web

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OpenBraille is an Impressive DIY Embosser

In 2024, the Braille system will have been around for 200 years. What better way to mark the occasion than with an open source project devoted to making embossing equipment affordable for the visually impaired? This long overdue cause became the plight of [ccampos7], who couldn’t find a DIY embosser kit and set out to build one himself.

While other embossers forcibly punch the letters in one go, OpenBraille takes a more gradual approach to ensure a clean impression with a rolling motion. Paper is placed between a mechanical encoder with moving pins and a dimpled roller that provides resistance and a place to land. The embossing head is driven by an Arduino Mega and a standard RAMPS board, as the rest of the system relies on Cartesian movement.

Source: OpenBraille is an Impressive DIY Embosser

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Told their treehouse must go, owners appeal to Supreme Court

Lynn Tran and Richard Hazen built a Florida beachfront treehouse that would be the envy of any child. It’s got two levels, hammocks and windows looking out on the Gulf of Mexico.

But the hangout has cost the couple a handsome sum: about $30,000 to construct and probably five times that in legal fees as they’ve fought local authorities over it, Tran said. Now, they’re at their last stop, the Supreme Court. Unless the high court intervenes, the treehouse must be torn down.

The justices had their first opportunity to consider taking the case at a closed-door conference Friday, and a decision on whether they will weigh in could come as early as Monday.

The couple’s lawyer, David Levin, acknowledges the case is unlikely to be accepted by the justices, who only hear argument in about 80 of the thousands of cases they’re asked to take each year. But he argues that his clients’ rights were violated when a Florida court “rubber stamped” a ruling proposed by the city of Holmes Beach without any evidence of independent consideration.

Source: Told their treehouse must go, owners appeal to Supreme Court

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Facebook Allowing Israeli Security Forces To Shape The News Palestineans See

Facebook continues to increase its stranglehold on news delivery, reducing pipelines of info to a nonsensically-sorted stream for its billions of users. Despite the responsibility it bears to its users to keep this pipeline free of interference, Facebook is ingratiating itself with local governments by acting as a censor on their behalf.

While Facebook has fought back against government overreach in the United States, it seems less willing to do so in other countries. The reporting tools it provides to users are abused by governments to stifle critics and control narratives. And that’s on top of the direct line it opens to certain governments, which are used to expedite censorship. That’s what’s happening in Israel, as Glenn Greenwald reports:

[I]sraeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders:

Shortly after news broke earlier this month of the agreement between the Israeli government and Facebook, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said Tel Aviv had submitted 158 requests to the social media giant over the previous four months asking it to remove content it deemed “incitement.” She said Facebook had granted 95 percent of the requests.

She’s right. The submission to Israeli dictates is hard to overstate: As the New York Times put it in December of last year, “Israeli security agencies monitor Facebook and send the company posts they consider incitement. Facebook has responded by removing most of them.

Source: Facebook Allowing Israeli Security Forces To Shape The News Palestineans See

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German Hate Speech Law Goes Into Effect, Turning Social Media Platforms Into Gov’t Revenue Generators

Social media platforms doing business in Germany can look forward to a year filled with fines of up to €50m. Germany’s hate speech law went into effect on January 1st, providing the country with a new revenue stream it can tap into for the rest of whatever.

The Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law was passed at the end of June 2017 and came into force in early October.

The social networks were given until the end of 2017 to prepare themselves for the arrival of NetzDG.

The law gives social media platforms 24 hours to remove “obviously illegal” content. This, of course, raises the question about how obvious “obviously illegal” content needs to be to trigger the 24-hour deletion requirement. Presumably, the government gets to decide how “obvious” the illegality is and how often it gets to collect millions of euros.

In what must be considered a show of government largesse, one week will be allowed to handle “complex” removal orders — again, something likely determined solely by the German government. Given Germany’s ultra-weird relationship with its Nazi past, the difference between complex and simple takedown demands isn’t likely to be clear cut, putting companies in the path of fines and further German government grousing.

Source: German Hate Speech Law Goes Into Effect, Turning Social Media Platforms Into Gov’t Revenue Generators

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Canadians Are Cutting $20 Bills in Half to Make Two $10s

People in Canada are cutting $20 and $20 bills in half and using them as new currency.

According to CBC News, people in Quebec’s Gaspé region are cutting bills like $20 and $10 and using them for half the amount.

They are calling it a new currency by the name, “demi.” Local stores and residents have starting using and accepting them, with half a $20 bill worth $10.

The trend is not illegal, but the Bank of Canada is frowning on the practice.

“The Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes or mutilating them [is] inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride,” Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Ménard said in a statement to CBC News.

Source: Canadians Are Cutting $20 Bills in Half to Make Two $10s

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CDC to hold briefing on nuclear blast preparedness

 In what Gizmodo calls “a very sad commentary on the current state of geopolitical affairs,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will later this month hold a briefing on the government’s preparedness for a nuclear attack on US soil. The presentation, called “Public Health Response to a Nuclear Detonation,” will be held Jan. 16 and feature officials from all levels of government discussing US preparations for a nuclear blast, USA Todayreports. It will also feature information from experts in radiation studies.

“While a nuclear detonation is unlikely, it would have devastating results and there would be limited time to take critical protection steps,” Politico quotes the CDC as stating on a website for the briefing. “Despite the fear surrounding such an event, planning and preparation can lessen deaths and illness.” Topics for a teaching session being held along with the briefing include “Preparing for the Unthinkable” and “Roadmap to Radiation Preparedness.” The briefing comes amid escalating tensions with North Korea. Last weekend, a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said nuclear war with North Korea is closer “than we have ever been.” The CDC held a similar event in 2010.

Source: CDC to hold briefing on nuclear blast preparedness

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GNOME 3.28 Removes Option to Put Icons on the Desktop 

If you’re among the many GNOME Shell users who like to put icons on the desktop, brace yourself for change

Developers working on the next major release of the GNOME desktop environment have removed the ‘desktop’ feature currently used to display and manage files, folders and attached drives kept on the desktop workspace.

No More Desktop Icons in GNOME 3.28

gnome tweak lets you show icons on the gnome desktop

The ability to plaster our desktop background with an ungodly amount of app shortcuts, files, folders and other clutter is, for many of us, part and parcel of using a computer. It’s a feature that most major operating systems have in common.

Source: GNOME 3.28 Removes Option to Put Icons on the Desktop – OMG! Ubuntu!

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The Proportion of Medical Procedures Unsupported by Evidence May be Nearly Half

The recent news that stents inserted in patients with heart disease to keep arteries open work no better than a placebo ought to be shocking. Each year, hundreds of thousands of American patients receive stents for the relief of chest pain, and the cost of the procedure ranges from $11,000 to $41,000 in US hospitals.

But in fact, American doctors routinely prescribe medical treatments that are not based on sound science.

The stent controversy serves as a reminder that the United States struggles when it comes to winnowing evidence-based treatments from the ineffective chaff. As surgeon and health care researcher Atul Gawande observes, “Millions of people are receiving drugs that aren’t helping them, operations that aren’t going to make them better, and scans and tests that do nothing beneficial for them, and often cause harm.”

Source: The Proportion of Medical Procedures Unsupported by Evidence May be Nearly Half

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Linus Torvalds Latest Meltdown: “Is Intel Selling Sh*t And Never Willing To Fix Anything?”

It’s not surprising to hear that the creator of the open-source Linux kernel couldn’t hold his temper after learning that Intel processors are affected by vulnerabilities that date back more than a decade ago. And why not? He has enough power to criticize Intel as the active development of the 26-year-old Linux kernel can’t go forward without him.

What could have escalated his anger is the fact that any fixes applied to mitigate the Intel Meltdown bug and the related Spectre would result in the slowdown of the affected machines. And that won’t be good for servers and personal devices running Linux-based distributions. According to a ZDNet report, fixing the Intel Meltdown bug requires a major redesign in the Linux kernel.

“I think somebody inside of Intel needs to really take a long hard look at their CPU’s, and actually admit that they have issues instead of writing PR blurbs that say that everything works as designed,” wrote Torvalds in a mail sent to a Linux list.

“Or is Intel basically saying “we are committed to selling you shit
forever and ever, and never fixing anything”?”

Torvalds even suggests shifting over to ARM as an alternative for Linux if Intel remains careless at fixing bugs in their products.

As far as Intel is concerned, they’ve started rolling security updates and promised to fix almost 90% of Intel-powered devices released in the last five years by next week. For them, it’s the second major setback the ME chip exploit reported last year.

Source: Linus Torvalds Latest Meltdown: “Is Intel Selling Sh*t And Never Willing To Fix Anything?”

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Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel’s Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

Check your anti-malware tool unless you like BSoDs

Microsoft has released updates for Windows to block attempts by hackers and malware to exploit the Meltdown vulnerability in Intel x86-64 processors – but you will want to check your antivirus software before applying the fixes.

The Redmond giant issued the out-of-band update late yesterday for Windows 10 version 1709.

While the documentation for the fix does not name Chipzilla’s CPU-level vulnerability specifically, a Microsoft spokesman told El Reg it will hopefully protect Windows users from Meltdown exploits, and more patches are in the works. Meltdown is a design flaw in Intel’s processors going back at least 2011 that allows normal user programs to read passwords, keys and other secrets from the operating system’s protected kernel memory area. To prevent this from happening, the kernel has to be moved into a separate virtual address space from user processes.

The software giant is also deploying updates to its Azure cloud service to protect customers from attack. AMD processors are not affected by Meltdown.

Source: Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel’s Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll

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This Liberal City Threatens To Condemn Man’s Home For Sheltering Homeless During Freezing Weather

How do we know the Left’s so-called compassion for the downtrodden is a complete sham? Well, the following story is a pretty clear indication.

NBC 5 in Chicago reports that Greg Schiller, a Chicago man residing in the suburb of Elgin, had come up with a novel way of providing assistance to members of the area’s homeless population, but city regulations have put a stop to it for no good reason.

In dangerously cold weather, Schiller would offer people with nowhere else to go refuge in his basement, complete with food, cots, warm beverages, and and even movies (but no drugs or alcohol were permitted) — or “slumber parties,” as the experience came to be called. “I would stay up all night with them and give them coffee and stuff and feed them,” he explained.

Further conditions include only opening up his doors to the homeless when the wind child reached a certain dangerous point yet the city’s official emergency shelter was not in operation. “I’m trying to help these people get out of the cold,” he explained to NBC 5. “There’s not a lot of help for them as far as places to lay their heads,” and “It’s cold enough to freeze to death.”

Source: This Liberal City Threatens To Condemn Man’s Home For Sheltering Homeless During Freezing Weather

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