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Amazon Web Services Can Now Host the Defense Department’s Most Sensitive Data

Amazon Web Services has a new market for its cloud computing, analytics, and storage services.This week, the Defense Department granted the cloud computing giant a provisional authorization to host Impact Level 5 workloads, which are the military and Pentagon’s most sensitive, unclassified information. “This further bolsters AWS as an industry leader in helping support the DoD’s critical mission in protecting our security,” the company said in a statement. “The AWS services support a variety of DoD workloads, including workloads containing sensitive controlled unclassified information and National Security Systems information.”

Source: Amazon Web Services Can Now Host the Defense Department’s Most Sensitive Data – Nextgov.com

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Dogs trained by FBI to sniff out pedophiles join British police force 

British police have drafted in a pair of FBI-trained cyber dogs to help bring pedophiles to justice.The dogs are trained to track down hard drives that officers can then examine to see if they contain indecent child images.

Tweed, an 18-month-old springer spaniel, and his Labrador companion Rob, have been specifically trained to sniff out chemicals used to cool memory chips in computer technology.

While they are currently with Devon and Cornwall police, they are set to help more forces across the country.

Essex Police have already successfully used Tweed to sniff out items during a raid this week.

Police Constable Jan Simpson said: “We will not tolerate those committing this heinous crime and, using all the tools available to us including specialist resources such as Tweed, we will continue to root out those committing these offences and bring them to justice.

Source: Dogs trained by FBI to sniff out pedophiles join British police force — RT UK

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Google Dashboard becomes mobile-friendly

“Google Dashboard launched in 2009 to give you a snapshot of the Google products you use, all in one place. But as we built new tools like My Account and My Activity, it became clear that we needed to better integrate Dashboard into our other privacy controls,” Google product manager Greg Fair explained.Google Dashboard changesGoogle Dashboard was introduced in 2009, and continues to include data from Google services users access with their Google Account (Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, etc.).The re-designed Dashboard’s most important change improve usability on touchscreens, which is a predictable reaction to the general global shift from desktop computers to mobile devices. Many users, in fact, only use smartphones to access Google’s services.This redesign also apparently makes it easier for users to download a copy of the data Google keeps on them – the option is now prominently located at the very top of the Dashboard, instead of being “buried” in My Account.

Source: Google Dashboard becomes mobile-friendly – Help Net Security

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 CIA Files on Oswald, Set to be Released, Has ‘Gone Missing’

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as “volume 5.”As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedy’s assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.Inside Langley Air Force Base’s CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agency’s more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

Source: Entire Volume of CIA Files on Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to be Released in October, Has ‘Gone Missing’ | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Alert! 40 Percent Of Americans Now ‘Prefer Socialism To Capitalism’

Years upon years of “training” in our failing system of public education has convinced large numbers of our young people that the solution to our economic ills is to move more toward socialism.I used to wonder why. Why did bad actors (Pol Pot is a shining example) exterminate their “intellectuals” when they took over. That is no longer a mystery to me. — jtl, 419Americans are increasingly embracing socialism, and this is particularly true for young adults under the age of 30. As you will see below, four out of every ten Americans now prefer socialism to capitalism, and if current trends continue it is just a matter of time before those that prefer socialism are in the majority. Of course our society has already been very heavily socialized. We have been trained to believe that if a problem exists, then it is the job of government to fix it, and over time government on all levels of our system has just gotten bigger and bigger. But what most Americans don’t realize is that the United States never would have become an economic powerhouse without free market capitalism, and the further that we drift away from our roots the deeper that our economic problems will become. We need leaders that are willing to stand up and proudly declare that free market capitalism works incredibly well when the shackles are taken off, and that is precisely what I intend to do. Not too long ago, a survey of U.S. adults was conducted by the American Culture and Faith Institute, and the most disturbing thing that was discovered was that 40 percent of all Americans now “prefer socialism to capitalism”…

Source: Alert! 40 Percent Of Americans Now ‘Prefer Socialism To Capitalism’ | Flyover-Press.com

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Vatican recalls Washington diplomat amid child pornography investigation

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A Vatican diplomat working in Washington has been recalled to the Holy See after the U.S. State Department said the priest may have violated child pornography laws, the Vatican said on Friday.Prosecutors in the Vatican have opened an investigation into the case, which represents a fresh blow to the Roman Catholic Church as it struggles to overcome repeated sex abuse scandals among its clergy.The State Department notified the Holy See in August “of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of the diplomatic corps of the Holy See accredited to Washington,” the Vatican statement said.

Source: Vatican recalls Washington diplomat amid child pornography investigation

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Shaman Tries To Prove He Has The Power To Control Crocodiles, Quickly Gets Dragged Under Water

So I’m going to go out on a limb and say he didn’t have the power to control them.

Crazy footage of a shaman swimming in a lake after stating he has the power to control crocodiles has gone viral after he clearly did not have to power. It all kicked off when Shaman Suprianto was told of a man named Arjuna who was killed by a crocodile while bathing in the waters. So Suprianto then proceeds to jump in the water to look for Arjuana’s body, believing he has the supernatural power to control what a crocodile does.

He doesn’t.

Take a look at Suprianto being attacked and dragged underwater by a crocodile in the video below. Just a heads up that some of you might find this video distressing.
Read more at http://www.craveonline.com/mandatory/1323863-shaman-tries-prove-power-control-crocodiles-quickly-gets-dragged-water#AT5L2fFvIUkl2IKk.99

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Taxi Driver Accused Of Rape When He Didn’t Accept Kebab-Soaked Cash

A 22-year-old student in the United Kingdom was recently jailed for falsely accusing a taxi driver of raping her.Sophie Pointon, a criminology student at Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, UK, told police officers she had been sexually assaulted and molested in the back of a cab she had been riding in, reports The Telegraph.Pointon phoned police early on April 22nd of this year to claim that her cab driver had molested her. She then accompanied police to a station where she signed a statement affirming her claim.FacebookSophie PointonThe driver she accused, a father of four, was then arrested and held for six hours. The accusation prevented him from working for four months.He stated that, “Friends stopped speaking to me and letting me into their homes. People in my community do not even want to be seen with me.”“The girl who accused me is the same age as my own daughter – I cannot comprehend why she made this allegation.”In court, the driver stated that Pointon entered his cab “extremely drunk” and holding a kebab.

Source: Taxi Driver Accused Of Rape When He Didn’t Accept Kebab-Soaked Cash

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Ford Disguised a Person as a Seat to Test How We React to Driverless Cars

A Ford van zooming around the Washington D.C. area last month, seemingly without a human in the driver’s seat, wasn’t self-driving after all: it was a man in a ‘seat suit.’ A fake driverless car might seem like a weird experiment, especially considering the fact that there’s an entire fake town for testing self-driving vehicles at Ford’s disposal. But as it turns out, they have their reasons: observing how people react to seeing it. While Virginia Tech has already been testing autonomous vehicles in the area, they’re still using human overseers to take over the wheel in case something goes wrong.

Source: Ford Disguised a Person as a Seat to Test How We React to Driverless Cars | Urbanist

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Enrollments, Budgets Fall Short at Universities Known for ‘Social Justice Warfare’

Bradford Richardson, The Washington Times, September 14, 2017Universities known for being hotbeds of campus protest and liberal activism are struggling with declining enrollments and budget shortfalls, and higher education analysts say that’s no coincidence.Take Oberlin College. According to a document leaked to The Oberlin Review, the school’s student newspaper, the small liberal arts college famous for social justice hoaxes has had trouble attracting and retaining students, missing this year’s enrollment mark by 80 and racking up a $5 million budget deficit in the process.{snip}A study published by the Washington-based Pew Research Center in July found that just 36 percent of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a positive effect on the country, down from 54 percent two years ago.{snip}Declining enrollments have previously been observed at colleges and universities that became notorious for chaotic campus activism, including the University of Missouri and Evergreen State College.By some estimates, enrollment at the former is down 35 percent since fall 2015, when student protests helped launch the Black Lives Matter movement.

Source: Enrollments, Budgets Fall Short at Universities Known for ‘Social Justice Warfare’ – American Renaissance

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Naked German masturbating whilst riding unicycle in Pattaya

Naked German masturbating whilst riding unicycle in PattayaJust when you though you has seen or heard it all, a German has been arrested by police for masturbating whilst riding around Pattaya on a unicycle.We are honestly not making this up, take a look at the picture.A German tourist wearing only shoes and a helmet and identified by police as “Mr. A” was arrested late last night for nude cycling while masturbating in front of tourists.Police told reporters that they will not be releasing the man’s name in order to protect his dignity, although I think it’s probably a little bit too late for that. I also believe that the man arrested probably doesn’t care either considering what he was doing.It was later found out that the man was unable to provide any ID documents to police and would not give them his real name.

Source: Naked German masturbating whilst riding unicycle in Pattaya – PattayaOne

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 NSA Spied On BitTorrent, KaZaA, eDonkey And Other File Sharing Networks

If you’re able to wipe the dust off your memories, you might remember Edward Snowden–the guy who defamed the National Security Agency by revealing their surveillance secrets in 2013.Now, a part of the documents leaked by Edwards Snowden, released by The Intercept, exposes another unsurprising thing about the spying activities conducted by the NSA. While people unconsciously realized the fact that their P2P activities could be monitored, the document reveals that NSA’s dreams of penetrating P2P file sharing networks did come true.The document was originally published in 2005 on NSA’s internal news site SIDToday; it outlines plans for analyzing P2P file-sharing traffic on the internet. It includes the formation of a research group called File-Sharing Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment (FAVA) Pod.And it was not for the sake of the copyright holders whose content was a reason that such services proliferated; the security agency had intentions to harvest some intelligence from the traffic.

Source: Edward Snowden Leak — NSA Spied On BitTorrent, KaZaA, eDonkey And Other File Sharing Networks

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Motel 6 isn’t scared of the ACLU

Motel 6 collaborating with police to spy on guests may be outrageous, but it’s hardly a surprise.The Phoenix New Times’ revelation of Motel 6 reporting guests’ names to Immigration and Customs Enforcement echoes behavior by a Warwick, Rhode Island Motel 6 caught sending the names of all guests to local police in 2015.Warwick Police emails, sent in response to a 2015 MuckRock request, reveal the hotel chain was not especially reticent after they were caught.In response to a Rhode Island ACLU press release slamming the surveillance, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian wrote to Victor Glover, the company’s vice president of safety and security and former police officer …

Source: Motel 6 isn’t scared of the ACLU

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The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed

“You want to see some old media?”Alan Kay grins beneath his gray mustache and leads me through his Brentwood home. It’s a nice place with a tennis court out back, but given the upper-crust Los Angeles neighborhood it sits in, it’s hardly ostentatious. He shares it with his wife, Bonnie MacBird, the author and actress who penned the original script for Tron.Kay is one of the forefathers of personal computing; he’s what you can safely call a living legend. He directed a research team at the legendary Xerox PARC, where he led the development of the influential programming language SmallTalk, which foreshadowed the first graphical user interfaces, and the Xerox Alto, a forerunner of the personal computer that predated 1984’s Apple Macintosh by 11 years (only 2,000 of the $70,000 devices were produced). Kay was one of the earliest advocates, back in the days of hulking gray mainframes, for using the computer as a dynamic instrument of learning and creativity. It took imagination like his to drive the computer into the public’s hands.

Source: The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed

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83-year-old pushes suspect off roof, ends police standoff

An 83-year-old man ended a police standoff that lasted for hours when he pushed a suspected burglar off his roof in La Puente.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials say the male suspect was jumping from rooftop to rooftop on Tuesday, prompting crisis negotiators to respond. The suspect refused to come down after negotiators and deputies issued commands.Sgt. Joseph Morales tells the Los Angeles Times that the elderly resident became tired of the situation that lasted about five hours. The man climbed onto the roof and pushed the suspect off.

Source: 83-year-old pushes suspect off roof, ends police standoff

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Twitter is testing a tweetstorm feature on Android

What do you do when 140 characters just aren’t enough to express your ideas on Twitter? Launch into a full-on tweetstorm, of course. While it’s fairly easy to do already, the company is looking to make it even easier with a new feature it’s testing in its Android app.For those out of the loop, a tweetstorm is simply a thread of tweets that follow the same topic or conversation. You can whip up your own simply by tweeting and then replying to that tweet to get started; then, you’ll need to reply to each tweet in succession to keep the thread going. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Source: Twitter is testing a tweetstorm feature on Android

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Meth lab found in downtown park shut down

One man was arrested after Ottawa police found a portable meth lab set up on a picnic table in a Centretown park overnight.Police discovered materials used to manufacture methamphetamine sitting on the table in Dundonald Park, near the corner of Lyon and MacLaren streets, around 3:30 a.m. Friday. The equipment was connected to a public power supply. Police arrested a man, but did not immediately lay charges. As of Friday afternoon, drug paraphernalia was still lying on the table, which was cordoned off by police tape.A children’s playground is about 100 metres away.

Source: Meth lab found in downtown park shut down – Ottawa – CBC News

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Google Safe Browsing Now Protects Over 3 Billion Devices Worldwide

Malware and viruses have been part of the Internet ever since its use became widespread. Safe Browsing tool is Google’s effort to minimize the risk for users on the internet.Safe Browsing doesn’t need any downloads, the tool works on Chrome, Mozilla Firefox as well as Safari browsers in the background. If you’re confused, have you ever visited a website to see a ‘red’ window with ‘deceptive site ahead’ warning? That’s Google Safe Browsing protecting you.

Source: Google Safe Browsing Now Protects Over 3 Billion Devices Worldwide

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Exascale computers will be fast enough to predict the future.

In June, for the first time in two decades, the United States did not operate one of the top three most powerful computers in the world. Instead, China took the highest two slots, and Switzerland came in third, according to the Top500 list, a global ranking of the most powerful supercomputers on the planet.The two fastest supercomputers from China clock in at 93 and 33 petaflops. A petaflop is a unit of measuring computer performance that translates to 1,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second. But even China’s 93 petaflop machine is slower than the supercomputer that the U.S., Japan, and other competing nations want to build—because what these countries really want is to build the world’s first exascale computer. An exaflop is 1,000 petaflops, and there’s no computer that powerful in the world now. Not even close. For perspective, most consumer laptops operate at gigascale speeds, which is 1 billion calculations per second. An exascale computer is a trillion times faster than that.

Source: Exascale computers will be fast enough to predict the future.

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Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

Obit Stanislav Petrov, one of the unsung heroes of the Cold War without whose guts and intelligence you wouldn’t be reading this, has died at the age of 77, his son has confirmed.Petrov was a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Soviet Air Defence Forces and was duty commander for the USSR rocket forces on September 26, 1983. His job was to monitor the satellites watching for launches from American ICBM forces. On that day first one, then four more launches were detected.”An alarm at the command and control post went off with red lights blinking on the terminal. It was a nasty shock,” Petrov told Moscow News in 2004.”Everyone jumped from their seats, looking at me. What could I do? There was an operations procedure that I had written myself. We did what we had to do. We checked the operation of all systems – on 30 levels, one after another. Reports kept coming in: All is correct.”You have to remember that, at the time, the world was in a state of paranoia that makes today’s shenanigans with North Korea look like very small beer. In the US, Reagan was publicly calling the USSR the “evil empire” and Russia – a nation armed with tens of thousands of nukes and the rocket technology to deliver them – was convinced he was seriously considering nuclear war.

Source: RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war • The Register

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Democrats introducing bill allowing people to freeze credit for free 

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and 11 other Democratic senators introduced a bill this week that could give people the ability to freeze their credit for free. Warren also announced that she’s sent letters to the country’s three biggest credit reporting firms (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian), the FTC, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the Government Accountability Office in an effort to kickstart an investigation into Equifax’s monumental data breach that affected more than 140 million Americans.The bill is co-sponsored by 11 Democrats. With a Republican-controlled Congress, they’ll face a steep uphill battle to get it passed.

Source: Democrats introducing bill allowing people to freeze credit for free – The Verge

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BlueBorne Bugs Threaten 8.2 Billion Bluetooth-Enabled Windows, Linux, Android, iOS & IoT Devices

A security firm Armis has identified a set of 8 zero-day bugs, collectively known as BlueBorne, which put Bluetooth-capable devices at the risk of being compromised. The firm speculates the number of bugs might increase as their research continues.Armis has tagged four of the vulnerabilities as critical. These bugs allow attackers to take control of users’ device, steal confidential data, access corporate networks, perform remote code execution and MITM attacks, spread malware to nearby devices, and even penetrate “air-gapped” networks.

All of this can be done wirelessly, an advantage of the Bluetooth technology, over the air (airborne). That’s why the attack vector collection is called BlueBorne.

The list of affected hardware includes common devices like smartphones, tablets, PCs running operating systems like Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, etc., as well as, various IoT devices. Bluetooth SIG estimates there are around 8.2 billion Bluetooth-compatible devices. So, potentially, it’s almost every Bluetooth device, according to the researchers.

Source: BlueBorne Bugs Threaten 8.2 Billion Bluetooth-Enabled Windows, Linux, Android, iOS & IoT Devices

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Free Speech Social Network ‘Gab’ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

Gab, the free speech social network, has filed a lawsuit against Google after they were suspended without warning from Google’s Play Store last month.The social network, which boasts itself as a platform for everyone and recently raised over $1 million in public investment, was suddenly suspended and removed from Google Play for “hate speech,” despite the fact that it had been available on the platform for several months.“Free speech social media site Gab AI, Inc. filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Google for violations of the Clayton Act and Sherman Act,” declared the company in a blog post, Friday. “The lawsuit stems from Google removing Gab from its Google Play Android app store on spurious grounds of ‘hate speech’ arising from posts by users.”“Google did not accuse Gab of hate speech, but used third party content as a pretext to justify its own business ends,” they continued. “Gab, a startup, aims to bring ‘folks together of all races, religions, and creeds who share in the common ideals of Western values, individual liberty and the free exchange and flow of information.’

Source: Free Speech Social Network ‘Gab’ Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google – Breitbart

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These Activists Are Trying to Get a Giant Trash Patch in the Pacific Recognized as a Country 

It’s no secret that there’s a huge amount of plastic garbage floating around in the North Pacific. But in a desperate attempt to fix the problem, a group of activists are trying a new approach—lobbying the United Nations to recognize one mass of trash as an actual country, so that the world’s real governments will have to help to clean it up.Titled “Trash Isles,” the campaign is a scathing stunt—and it goes deep.The brainchild of a London-based creative duo, it kicked off with a letter to the UN formally requesting recognition as a nation state, signed by two partner organizations in the campaign—nonprofit network The Plastic Oceans Foundation and publisher LADBible, which helped bring the campaign to life by signing on big name endorsers like Judi Dench and Mo Farah, and developing content for its popular social channels.

Source: These Activists Are Trying to Get a Giant Trash Patch in the Pacific Recognized as a Country – Adweek

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Man sacked for delivering box of own faeces to pharmacy by mistake

A delivery man was sacked after defecating into a medicines container and later delivering the container to a Limerick city pharmacy by mistake.The details have come to light following the publication of a ruling in an action for unfair dismissal taken by the delivery man John Flood. He failed in his unfair dismissal action against his former employer, Limerick Pharma Logistics at the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).It found, in a ruling just published, that the decision by the company to sack Mr Flood in November 2014 was an appropriate sanction.

Source: Man sacked for delivering box of own faeces to pharmacy by mistake

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Infant Annihilator Banned from Spotify for Allegedly Being Offensive | MetalSucks

Metal Injection reports that death/slam/core act Infant Annihilator have had their music removed from Spotify as a result of its content. It is not presently clear whether the streaming service independently deemed the band’s work offensive or if they simply received customer complaints. If I were forced to make a wager, I’d put my money on the latter being the case, because as of this writing, bands like Anal Cunt and Prostitute Disfigurement remain available on Spotify. So either the Spotify censors somehow got to Infant Annihilator before they got to Anal Cunt, or someone who is not familiar with metal somehow found out about Infant Annihilator and decided to lodge a complaint.Below, you can read a letter written to the band by a representative of Tunecore, which is a service that allows you to upload your music to multiple digital platforms simultaneously (rather than go through the whole rigamarole for each individual platform):

Source: Infant Annihilator Banned from Spotify for Allegedly Being Offensive | MetalSucks

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 Man ‘angry’ after learning his $8,100 master’s degree that required no exams or academic work is fake

Erwin Sniedzins doesn’t trust traditional universities.So when the Toronto business management consultant found one offering a master’s degree requiring no studying, exams, or academic work — for just $8,100 — Sniedzins thought it was a school sharing his unconventional approach to education.”I don’t necessarily like to pay $30,000 to get a master’s when I feel I already have the knowledge,” Sniedzins said in an interview with CBC Toronto.

He said the degree issued by Kings Lake University, which he found by searching the internet, is based on his previous life experience and professional accomplishments.

Sniedzins is president and CEO of Mount Knowledge, an educational software company. In his LinkedIn profile, he is described as an “Artificial Intelligence Gamification Patent Inventor, Key Note Speaker, Professor, Author.”

Source: Toronto man ‘angry’ after learning his $8,100 master’s degree that required no exams or academic work is fake – Toronto – CBC News

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Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach 

Equifax UK has surfaced to say that British systems were not affected by a recently disclosed megahack, however 400,000 UK people were affected due to a “process failure.”The credit reference agency is saying that UK dedicated systems were not affected by the security breach at its US parent firm that exposed the personal details of millions of consumers.Equifax Ltd and TDX Group systems and platforms are “entirely separated from those impacted by the Equifax Inc cybersecurity incident,” it said.As part of its investigation, Equifax has identified unauthorised access to limited personal information for certain UK consumers:

Source: Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach • The Register

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​KDE Partners With Purism To Create The “First Truly Free” Linux Smartphone

Just last month, we told you about a new crowdfunding project launched by privacy-focused hardware maker Purism. The device was named Librem 5 and it was expected to ship with PureOS, an open source Debian GNU/Linux derivative.Now, KDE has partnered with Purism to adapt Plasma Mobile to Purism’s Libre 5 Linux smartphone. For those who don’t know, Plasma Mobile is a free and open source, full-featured graphical environment for smartphones. However, as most of the smartphones ship with hardware that demands some proprietary to work, Plasma Mobile hasn’t been seen in our daily lives.On the other hand, Purism, with Libre 5, is aiming to create a free software smartphone that won’t ship with proprietary hardware or code. This makes it a perfect choice for KDE Plasma Mobile. Similar sentiments were also expressed by KDE President, Lydia Pintscher, who said, “Partnering with Purism will allow us to ready Plasma Mobile for the real world and integrate it seamlessly with a commercial device for the first time. The Librem 5 will make Plasma Mobile shine the way it deserves.”

Source: ​KDE Partners With Purism To Create The “First Truly Free” Linux Smartphone

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The Origins of Jill the Ripper

There has long been a minority opinion that Jack the Ripper was a woman: the so-called ‘Jill the Ripper theory’. It is often said that the theory begins with William Douglas Steward, Jack The Ripper: A New Theory in 1939. Steward established to his own satisfaction, that Jill was a deranged midwife. But Steward was not original in suggesting that a woman was the killer. Beach was, in fact, flabbergasted to learn that the Jill the Ripper theory was already floating around in the autumn of the dreadful murders 1888L. Perry Curtis in his book on Jack the Ripper and the London Press (2001) gives the following figures for Jack suspects from letters to the editors (printed) in that awful fall. Here is the breakdown (243).

Source: The Origins of Jill the Ripper – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

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John Hinckley Jr.‘s DEVO royalty check is up for grabs

In 1982, DEVO, a band whose very existence at times seemed to be a prank on the music industry, had the brilliant idea, in the true spirit of de-evolution, to use one of the demented love poems of failed Ronald Reagan assassin, John Hinckley Jr., as song lyrics. Mind you, this was only a year following Hinckley’s attack which wounded Reagan, Reagan’s Press Secretary, and two Secret Service agents.Hinckley was one of the most infamous names in the news at the time as the man who had tried to murder the president in a deranged attempt at wooing actress Jodie Foster.Needless to say, DEVO’s record label, Warner Brothers, was less than thrilled with the idea of having to write royalty checks to the criminally insane man who tried to kill the President.The song, “I Desire,” which appeared on DEVO’s fifth studio album, Oh, No! It’s DEVO, was adapted, with permission, from one of Hinckley’s poems—much to the chagrin of Warner Brothers and, as it turns out, the F.B.I.

Source: John Hinckley Jr.‘s DEVO royalty check is up for grabs | Dangerous Minds

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 Now in Effect: New Hampshire Law Allows Local Common Core Opt Out

Today, a New Hampshire law that prohibits the state department of education and the state board of education from requiring any school or school district to implement Common Core standards goes into effect. This represents an opportunity for local communities to opt out of Common Core and nullify the program in practice.A coalition of Republicans introduced Senate Bill 44 (SB44) in January. The legislation opens the door to to end common core in the state by prohibiting the department of education and the board of education from requiring schools to implement Common Core standards.Neither the department of education nor the state board of education shall by statute or rule require that the common core state standards developed jointly by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers be implemented in any school or school district in this state.In addition, SB44 prohibits the state board of education from amending existing academic standards, or approving new standards, without prior review and recommendation of an education legislative oversight committee.

Source: Tenth Amendment Center Blog | Now in Effect: New Hampshire Law Allows Local Common Core Opt Out

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Top 10 Climate Change Predictions That Went Spectacularly Wrong

Predictions from climate change alarmists go awry so often that at this rate the only way they’ll be able to save themselves from embarrassment is if they make their doomsday predictions so far out in the future that they’ll be dead before we can check them on it.Here are, in our opinion, the top 10 biggest climate alarmist predictions gone spectacularly wrong:Biologist Paul Ehrlich predicted in the 1970s that: “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” and that “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.”In January 1970, Life reported, “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….”In January 2006 Al Gore predicted that we had ten years left before the planet turned into a “total frying pan.” We made it.In 2008, a segment aired on ABC News predicted that NYC would be under water by June 2015.In 1970, ecologist Kenneth E.F. Watt predicted that “If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but 11 degrees colder by the year 2000, This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age.”In 2008, Al Gore predicted that there is a 75% chance that the entire north polar ice cap would be completely melted within 5-7 years. He at least hedged that prediction by giving himself “75%” certainty.On May 13th 2014 France’s foreign minister said that we only have 500 days to stop “climate chaos.” The recent Paris climate summit met 565 days after his remark.In 2009, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center head James Wassen warned that Obama only had four years left to save the earth.On the first Earth Day its sponsor warned that “in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.”And another Earth Day prediction from Kenneth Watt: “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.”And no I’m not just nitpicking absurd predictions made by cranks. A study in the journal Nature Climate Change reviewed 117 climate predictions and found that 97.4% never materialized.Is it even fair to call it climate “science” at that point?

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NC woman creates spray to attract a Bigfoot. Have a camera ready, she advises 

The nation’s endless search for proof of Bigfoot’s existence may soon come to an end.A North Carolina-based wife and mother has home brewed a spray that she says can attract any Bigfoot within a mile and a half.Sold at $7 a bottle, the “environmentally friendly” Bigfoot Juice also doubles as a bug spray, said creator Allie Megan Webb, who runs Happy Body Care out of Marion. She created it sitting at her kitchen table.“How do you know it works?” Webb asked, laughing. “That’s a tough question. I guess I could ask how do you know it doesn’t work?”

Source: NC woman creates spray to attract a Bigfoot. Have a camera ready, she advises | Charlotte Observer

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“The Guy Is Hiding Something”: Top Hillary Aide Suggests Bernie Sanders Also Colluded with Russia…

The length to which Hillary Clinton and her team will go to shift blame onto others for President Trump’s victory last November is stunning. Adam Parkhomenko, a long time aide to Hillary Clinton, took to Twitter Friday evening to rant about how great his boss’s presidential campaign was in 2016, while taking shots at her primary opponent Bernie Sanders. In the middle of Parkomenko’s thread, the Clinton aide insinuates something quite explosive — Bernie Sanders may have colluded with Russia in the Democratic primary.“PS…you seem to ignore the Russia support online for Bernie during the primaries. The guy is hiding something. Not sure I want to know what,” the aide tweeted.

Source: “The Guy Is Hiding Something”: Top Hillary Aide Suggests Bernie Sanders Also Colluded with Russia… | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Future US Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks

Rampant internet speculation aside, there’s no evidence yet that any hostile electronic breach led to recent U.S. Navy mishaps, according to the admiral who leads the service’s cyber operations.In fact, it was mostly to put such speculation to rest that Vice Adm. Jan Tighe said she dispatched a small team to join the Navy’s investigation into the Aug. 21 collision of the USS McCain with a cargo ship off Singapore. That accident followed a similar June 17 incident involving another destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald.“There was no indication in either account that cyber had anything to do with either of these, so we put the team onto McCain to go confirm that,” said Tighe, whose dual titles are deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, and director of naval intelligence. She spoke Tuesday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Source: Future US Navy Accident Investigations Will Look for Cyber Attacks – Defense One

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CIA to release cache of Bin Laden files – except ‘porn stash’

A trove of al-Qaeda documents seized by US commandos in the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is to be released to the public – with the exception of his pornography stash.CIA director Mike Pompeo said the wide-ranging cache of files retrieved by Navy Seals from the late al-Qaeda chief’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, would be declassified within weeks.Millions of electronic and paper documents seized contain family letters, papers on Islamic history, books, and notes about al-Qaeda’s operations.They also includes an extensive collection of modern pornography videos, according to US officials.The government has previously released hundreds of files seized from the compound, including letters that revealed bin Laden’s fear of surveillance and obsession with attacking the West.Mr Pompeo told Fox News he believed it was important for national security to make most of the documents public, but added the explicit material would remain under wraps.

Source: CIA to release huge cache of classified Osama Bin Laden files – except his ‘pornography stash’ – Independent.ie

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Researchers concerned about cyber attacks against 3-D printers

Scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the Georgia Institute of Technology have shown that cyberattacks on 3-D printers were likely to pose threats to health and safety. The researchers have also developed ways to combat them.In a research paper, the researchers used cancer imaging techniques to detect intrusions and hacking of 3-D printer controllers. “Imagine outsourcing the manufacturing of an object to a 3-D printing facility and you have no access to their printers and no way of verifying whether small defects, invisible to the naked eye, have been inserted into your object,” said Mehdi Javanmard, study co-author and assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

“The results could be devastating and you would have no way of tracing where the problem came from.”Verifying accuracyThe risks in undetected defective parts come from the increased use of external 3-D printing facilities and services to manufacture goods. Items can be made here but there is no standard way to verify them for accuracy, the study said. The firmware in these printers may be hacked.The study showed that 3-D printers could be hacked to print out defective objects. Researchers have devised a way of detecting and combating 3D printing cyberattacks.First, the sound and movement of the 3D printer’s extruder is monitored. “Just looking at the noise and the extruder’s motion, we can figure out if the print process is following the design or a malicious defect is being introduced,” said Saman Aliari Zonouz, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Source: Researchers concerned about cyber attacks against 3-D printers | Control Engineering

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Kim Jong Un is using Google Earth to pinpoint missile targets 

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un has apparently been using old Google earth photos to “pinpoint” his targets.The Independent reports that he’s been studying dated Google Earth images as he further develops his nuclear program. An affiliate at the Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation says that North Korea has no satellites of their own and has to use publicly available images.

The latest propaganda photos seem to show him studying maps of Andersen Air Force Base in Guam from six years ago.

All this coming after tensions continue to escalate between the U.S. and North Korea.

The toughest sanctions package ever unanimously passed by the United Nations Security Council was just imposed on the country.

The U.S. drafted ban capped crude oil imports as well as banned the country’s textile exports.

Source: Kim Jong Un is using Google Earth to pinpoint missile targets – AOL News

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Idaho wants to create a 1,400-square-mile reserve for the stars

Ye Aung Thu/Getty ImagesIdaho is moving forward with plans to establish the first International Dark Sky Reserve in the United States, a designation for a location so remote from light pollution that you can even see the “interstellar dust clouds” of the Milky Way in the night sky, The Associated Press reports.Proponents of the reserve plan to file an application this fall to designate 1,400 square miles of central Idaho as part of the dark sky territory. Locals, who would voluntarily take measures to reduce light pollution, are almost unanimously behind the decision in part because they enjoy the celestial splendor as well. “I go out most every night and look at it because it’s so dramatic,” said Steve Botti, the city council president of Stanley, Idaho.There are only 11 other Dark Sky Reserves in the world, with the only other in the Americas being Mont-Mégantic in Québec, Canada. The International Dark-Sky Association will take an estimated 10 weeks to decide if the central Idaho region meets its standards after the application is filed.

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