Boing Boing http://www.6727852.com Brain candy for Happy Mutants Thu, 25 Apr 2019 04:04:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://i0.wp.com/www.6727852.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/apple-touch-icon-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Boing Boing http://www.6727852.com 32 32 87954168 CDC: Now 695 Measles cases in U.S., the highest total since year 2000 http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/cdc-now-695-measles-cases-in.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/cdc-now-695-measles-cases-in.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:23:20 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712352 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control report today that the number of measles cases nationwide stands at 695.

This is the highest total since the year 2000.

Measles are a vaccine-preventable disease.

Today, the U.S. secretary of Health and Human services spoke out for the first time on the U.S. measles outbreak, and said in a statement, “Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease."

In the CDC’s statement on measles outbreaks and the importance of vaccines, released today by HHS Secretary Alex Azar:

“The United States is seeing a resurgence of measles, a disease that had once been effectively eliminated from our country. And today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that ongoing measles outbreaks in 22 states has led to the highest number of cases reported nationwide since the disease was declared eliminated in this country in 2000. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease. We have the ability to safely protect our children and our communities. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease. The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products we have, and their safety has been firmly established over many years in some of the largest vaccine studies ever undertaken.

"With a safe and effective vaccine that protects against measles, the suffering we are seeing is avoidable. The CDC is ready to support public health departments in monitoring and responding to outbreaks, and will continue to receive, review, and compile the latest reports of measles cases.

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control report today that the number of measles cases nationwide stands at 695.

This is the highest total since the year 2000.

Measles are a vaccine-preventable disease.

Today, the U.S. secretary of Health and Human services spoke out for the first time on the U.S. measles outbreak, and said in a statement, “Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease."

In the CDC’s statement on measles outbreaks and the importance of vaccines, released today by HHS Secretary Alex Azar:

“The United States is seeing a resurgence of measles, a disease that had once been effectively eliminated from our country. And today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that ongoing measles outbreaks in 22 states has led to the highest number of cases reported nationwide since the disease was declared eliminated in this country in 2000. Measles is not a harmless childhood illness, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease. We have the ability to safely protect our children and our communities. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease. The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products we have, and their safety has been firmly established over many years in some of the largest vaccine studies ever undertaken.

"With a safe and effective vaccine that protects against measles, the suffering we are seeing is avoidable. The CDC is ready to support public health departments in monitoring and responding to outbreaks, and will continue to receive, review, and compile the latest reports of measles cases.

"All Americans would be safer and healthier if we received measles vaccines on the recommended schedule. Next week is a significant opportunity to educate ourselves on the importance of vaccines, as we mark National Infant Immunization Week. The Department of Health and Human Services will undertake a comprehensive campaign to reinforce the message that vaccines are safe and effective ways to protect your children, your family, yourself, and your neighbors.”

For more information about who should get the measles vaccine, go to vaccines.gov/diseases/measles.

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Facebook expects up to $5 billion FTC fine over privacy http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/facebook-expects-up-to-5-bill.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/facebook-expects-up-to-5-bill.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 23:14:06 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712345 In a statement accompanying its First Quarter 2019 financial results, Facebook revealed it expects to be fined $3 to $5 billion by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations.

Here's the company statement [investor.fb.com].

Stock's up anyway.

$5 billion is a drop in their ginormous bucket of money and eyeballs.

Facebook reported $56 billion in annual revenue last year.

"We had a good quarter and our business and community continue to grow," quoth Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO. "We are focused on building out our privacy-focused vision for the future of social networking, and working collaboratively to address important issues around the internet."

Oh. Now we care about privacy, huh.

From the Q1 Facebook report:

In the first quarter of 2019, we reasonably estimated a probable loss and recorded an accrual of $3.0 billion in connection with the inquiry of the FTC into our platform and user data practices, which accrual is included in accrued expenses and other current liabilities on our condensed consolidated balance sheet. We estimate that the range of loss in this matter is $3.0 billion to $5.0 billion. The matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome.

From Cecilia Kang and Mike Isaac at the New York Times:

The Silicon Valley company and the F.T.C. have been in negotiations for months over a financial penalty for claims that Facebook violated a 2011 privacy consent decree. In 2011, the company promised a series of measures to protect its users’ privacy after an investigation found that its handling of data had harmed consumers. The F.T.C. opened a new investigation last year after Facebook came under fire again for the improper handling of people’s data involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm, as well as a major data breach.

Global regulators, privacy advocates and the technology industry have watched the investigation as a referendum on the ability of the United States to rein in the power of tech behemoths. A fine of $3 billion to $5 billion would be a milestone for the F.T.C., which is regarded as having allowed the tech industry to grow unfettered.

The F.T.C.’s biggest fine for a tech company was $22 million against Google, in 2012, for misrepresenting how it used some online tracking tools.

If the commission does levy a $5 billion penalty, it would bring the United States closer to the actions of regulators in Europe. Last year, regulators there fined Google a record $5.1 billion for abusing its power in the mobile phone market and ordered the company to alter its practices.

The F.T.C. declined to comment. The agency has not reached a final decision, said two people familiar with the situation, who were not authorized to speak publicly.

The prevailing wisdom: A one-time fine of this size won't be meaningful to Facebook.

What will?

The likely coming FTC mandates to limit the company's ability to share user data with business partners, or requirements that Facebook tell you when and how it gathers your data.

From Twitter:

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Trump campaign won't say no to hacked political dirt, Democrats agree not to use illegally obtained data http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/trump-campaign-wont-say-no-t.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/trump-campaign-wont-say-no-t.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:42:23 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712340 Donald Trump's presidential re-election campaign will not commit to refraining from the use of hacked political material, which helped them win the 2016 election.

Their refusal to rule out the use of hacked information from criminals and foreign enemies like Russia “is a contrast to a Democratic presidential field who have promised not to,” NBC News reports.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian attacks on the 2016 U.S. election found the Russian government not only interfered in the 2016 race in "sweeping and systematic fashion," but worked to make Trump win.

Mueller's report said the Trump team expected to "benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts."

From NBC News:

In February, the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls all declared they would not take advantage of illegally obtained information. Most of those campaigns (including Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey; Bernie Sanders of Vermont; Kamala Harris of California; Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts; and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro) have confirmed to NBC News that their positions remain unchanged.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke — who hadn’t formally announced in February — have also committed to not using stolen or hacked information.

In February, the Trump campaign chose not to state their position on using such information and, on Wednesday, neither the campaign nor the Republican National Committee responded to repeated requests for comment.

This week, DNC Chairman Tom Perez asked his counterpart at the RNC, Ronna McDaniel, to commit to the same cybersecurity platform heading into 2020.

"As the leaders of our country’s two largest political parties, we have a responsibility to protect the integrity of our democratic process," he wrote. "That’s why I urge you to join me in condemning the weaponization of stolen private data in our electoral process."

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about future use of such material, but when asked about denouncing future Russian interference, spokesman Hogan Gidley pointed to the president’s past statements. Trump has not pledged to stay away from using any kind of hacked or stolen data in the coming cycle.

Trump campaign won't commit to staying away from hacked material [.nbcnews.com]

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Elon Musk on Tesla earnings call: 'I would prefer we were private, but that ship has sailed' http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/elon-musk-on-tesla-earnings-ca.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/elon-musk-on-tesla-earnings-ca.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 22:26:09 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712338 Elon Musk's electric car company Tesla lost $700 million in 2019's first quarter, and said on an earnings call today it will become profitable in the third quarter as it cut costs and improves delivery “after facing issues ramping up shipments outside the United States.”

Elon Musk said on today's Tesla's earnings conference call, 'I would prefer we were private, but that ship has sailed.'

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Elon Musk's electric car company Tesla lost $700 million in 2019's first quarter, and said on an earnings call today it will become profitable in the third quarter as it cut costs and improves delivery “after facing issues ramping up shipments outside the United States.”

Elon Musk said on today's Tesla's earnings conference call, 'I would prefer we were private, but that ship has sailed.'

From Reuters:

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Notre Dame scaffolding workers were smoking on the job before fire, firm says http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/notre-dame-scaffolding-workers.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/notre-dame-scaffolding-workers.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 20:16:32 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712327 The scaffolding firm that was renovating Notre-Dame in Paris when it burned says its workers smoked while they were on the job.

However, the construction company says there is no possibility a stray cigarette butt might have started the fire that destroyed the cathedral’s oak-framed roof last week.

Julie Carriat and Emmanuel Jarry from Reuters:

A spokesman for family-owned Le Bras Freres, confirming a report in French weekly Le Canard Enchaine, told Reuters that some workers of its Europe Echafaudage scaffolding unit had informed police that they had “sometimes” smoked on the scaffolding, despite a smoking ban on the site.

“We condemn it. But the fire started inside the building... so for company Le Bras this is not a hypothesis, it was not a cigarette butt that set Notre-Dame de Paris on fire,” Le Bras Frères spokesman Marc Eskenazi said.

The Canard Enchaine reported that police had found the remains of seven cigarette butts in the burnt-out cathedral.

“This is not wrong,” said a source close to the investigation, who declined all other comment.

Eskenazi said it was impossible to set a log on fire with a cigarette butt and questioned how cigarette butts could have been found on the site.

“If cigarette butts have survived the inferno, I do not know what material they were made of,” he said.

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Here's how primary elections work, and how to vote http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/primary-elections-how-to-part.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/primary-elections-how-to-part.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 19:49:39 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712312 Spread The Vote is a non-profit that works to help educate and empower voters on the voting and political process. Boing Boing invited the group to help everyone understand how primary elections work, and how you can participate in them if you are an eligible U.S. voter. Sign up for their state-specific voter education packages, which are really an amazing educational resource. —Xeni Jardin

UNDERSTANDING PRIMARY ELECTIONS, from SPREAD THE VOTE.

When most voters think of election day, they likely imagine a general election where they vote to determine which candidate on the ballot will win the position of elected office. However, voters may be less familiar with primary elections. This may explain, in part, why voter turnout is so different for general and primary elections. That’s where Spread The Vote comes in. We want every eligible voter to understand and participate in primary elections because they are such an important element of our democracy.

DID YOU KNOW...

1. Turnout in primaries is notoriously low: in the 2016 presidential race, just over 28% of eligible voters voted in a Republican and Democratic presidential primary election.

This number is shocking compared to the nearly 60% of Americans who were eligible to vote that turned out for the general election. Even though general elections get a lot of attention, primary elections are just as important and are a significant opportunity to make your voice heard.

2. Primary elections, or primaries, are elections where voters choose who will be on the ballot for each specific office in the general election. Read the rest

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Spread The Vote is a non-profit that works to help educate and empower voters on the voting and political process. Boing Boing invited the group to help everyone understand how primary elections work, and how you can participate in them if you are an eligible U.S. voter. Sign up for their state-specific voter education packages, which are really an amazing educational resource. —Xeni Jardin


UNDERSTANDING PRIMARY ELECTIONS,
from SPREAD THE VOTE.

When most voters think of election day, they likely imagine a general election where they vote to determine which candidate on the ballot will win the position of elected office. However, voters may be less familiar with primary elections. This may explain, in part, why voter turnout is so different for general and primary elections. That’s where Spread The Vote comes in. We want every eligible voter to understand and participate in primary elections because they are such an important element of our democracy.

DID YOU KNOW...

1. Turnout in primaries is notoriously low: in the 2016 presidential race, just over 28% of eligible voters voted in a Republican and Democratic presidential primary election.

This number is shocking compared to the nearly 60% of Americans who were eligible to vote that turned out for the general election. Even though general elections get a lot of attention, primary elections are just as important and are a significant opportunity to make your voice heard.

2. Primary elections, or primaries, are elections where voters choose who will be on the ballot for each specific office in the general election.

Primary elections are usually held months before a general election. The exact date of each primary often varies by state and depends on the type of primary election being held. To find out when the next primary election is in your city, please contact your local election office.

3. Primary elections are either partisan or non-partisan.

In a partisan primary, voters choose which candidate from a political party they would like to represent that political party in the general election.

In a nonpartisan primary, voters choose from all of the candidates running for a position, regardless of their political party. Generally, the candidates who receive the most votes go on to the general election. It will depend from county to county which primary races are partisan and which are non-partisan. Sometimes, there are both partisan and nonpartisan races on the same primary ballot but in some states, there are separate nonpartisan ballots. Check with your local elections office to learn more.

4. The structure of primary elections differ from state to state and determines who can vote in them.

Primaries can be open, closed, or a combination of the two. In open primary elections, any registered voter can select a political party when they check in to vote and select from candidates in that political party. In closed primary elections, only voters who are registered with a political party can vote for that political party’s candidates.

Some states choose to take a mixed approach to primary elections. For example, a state may set different rules for voters who are registered with a political party than for voters who are not. Alternatively, some states may allow methods other than a state-run primary for selecting general election candidates--for example, letting political parties decide for themselves how to run their candidate nomination process. Contact your political party in your state to learn more about how and when these methods are used.

5. Primary elections are the voter’s chance to choose who they want to see representing their preferred party in the general election.

Sometimes, in general elections, voters complain about having to choose between two candidates who they are not excited about. In primaries, voters often have more than two choices so they can decide who would best represent their positions, vision, and values and support a candidate they believe in.

6. Even if a voter does not feel connected to a political party, voting in a nonpartisan primary can empower voters to make their voice heard in their community.

Often, non-partisan races include positions that are especially important at the local level, like school board members and judges. Decisions made in these local roles have a direct effect on voters’ everyday lives.

Primary elections are good for democracy! [citation]

Through the primary election process, political parties can better understand what voters believe in and want from their representatives in government. As more people take part in primary elections, parties compete, reform, and expand to include more voters in their base. This competition among parties ultimately means more people’s views are taken into account and leads to government being more representative of the people over time.


Spread The Vote is here to help educate and empower voters on the voting and political process. If you want to learn more about Voter Ed, you can sign up to receive our monthly state-specific voter education packages.

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Pandemic cooperative tabletop game on sale today http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/pandemic-cooperative-tabletop.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/pandemic-cooperative-tabletop.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:14:48 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712305 Amazon is having a sale on tabletop games today, and the one I recommend is the highly rated Pandemic, a cooperative game for 2-4 players.

Game description:

Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example, the Operation Specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are out breaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.

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Amazon is having a sale on tabletop games today, and the one I recommend is the highly rated Pandemic, a cooperative game for 2-4 players.

Game description:

Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists in various fields to find cures for these diseases before mankind is wiped out. Players must work together playing to their characters' strengths and planning their strategy of eradication before the diseases overwhelm the world with ever-increasing outbreaks. For example, the Operation Specialist can build research stations which are needed to find cures for the diseases. The Scientist needs only 4 cards of a particular disease to cure it instead of the normal 5. But the diseases are out breaking fast and time is running out: the team must try to stem the tide of infection in diseased areas while also towards cures. A truly cooperative game where you all win or you all lose.

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Cruel punishment from the 17th century for minor offenses: the finger pillory http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/cruel-punishment-from-the-17th.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/cruel-punishment-from-the-17th.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:04:20 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712302 Our friends at Futility Closet came upon this cruel form of punishment, called the finger pillory:

Here’s a forgotten punishment. In the 17th century, in return for a minor offense such as not attending to a sermon, a wrongdoer might be required to place his finger into an L-shaped hole over which a block was fastened to keep the knuckle bent. “[T]he finger was confined, and it will easily be seen that it could not be withdrawn until the pillory was opened,” writes William Andrews in Medieval Punishments (1898). “If the offender were held long in this posture, the punishment must have been extremely painful.”

In his 1686 history of Staffordshire, Robert Plot recalls a “finger-Stocks” “made for punishment of the disorders, that sometimes attend feasting at Christmas time.” Into this “the Lord of misrule, used formerly to put the fingers of all such persons as committed misdemeanors, or broke such rules, as by consent were agreed on for the time of keeping Christmas, among servants and others of promiscuous quality.”

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Our friends at Futility Closet came upon this cruel form of punishment, called the finger pillory:

Here’s a forgotten punishment. In the 17th century, in return for a minor offense such as not attending to a sermon, a wrongdoer might be required to place his finger into an L-shaped hole over which a block was fastened to keep the knuckle bent. “[T]he finger was confined, and it will easily be seen that it could not be withdrawn until the pillory was opened,” writes William Andrews in Medieval Punishments (1898). “If the offender were held long in this posture, the punishment must have been extremely painful.”

In his 1686 history of Staffordshire, Robert Plot recalls a “finger-Stocks” “made for punishment of the disorders, that sometimes attend feasting at Christmas time.” Into this “the Lord of misrule, used formerly to put the fingers of all such persons as committed misdemeanors, or broke such rules, as by consent were agreed on for the time of keeping Christmas, among servants and others of promiscuous quality.”

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The Great and Powerful Special Counsel of OZ... Revealed! http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/the-great-and-powerful-special.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/the-great-and-powerful-special.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 18:00:55 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712155

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A video series that explains how public infrastructure works http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/a-video-series-that-explains-h.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/a-video-series-that-explains-h.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:48:06 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712291

Practical Engineering is a video series that clearly and entertainingly explains how public infrastructure works - dams, water towers, bridges, reservoirs, and so on.? Above: how water towers work.

[via Doobybrain] Read the rest

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Practical Engineering is a video series that clearly and entertainingly explains how public infrastructure works - dams, water towers, bridges, reservoirs, and so on.? Above: how water towers work.

[via Doobybrain]

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Brain-computer interface successfully translates thought into synthesized speech http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/brain-computer-interface-succe.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/brain-computer-interface-succe.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:39:49 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712292 In a pioneering study, scientists have demonstrated that an implanted brain-computer interface (above) coupled with deep-learning algorithms can translate thought into computerized speech. From Scientific American:

(University of California, San Francisco neurosurgeon Edward Chang) emphasized that his approach cannot be used to read someone’s mind—only to translate words the person wants to say into audible sounds....

Chang and his colleagues devised a two-step method for translating thoughts into speech. First, in tests with epilepsy patients whose neural activity was being measured with electrodes on the surface of their brain, the researchers recorded signals from brain areas that control the tongue, lips and throat muscles. Later, using deep-learning computer algorithms trained on naturally spoken words, they translated those movements into audible sentences....

The researchers asked native English speakers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing marketplace to transcribe the sentences they heard. The listeners accurately heard the sentences 43 percent of the time when given a set of 25 possible words to choose from, and 21 percent of the time when given 50 words, the study found.

Although the accuracy rate remains low, it would be good enough to make a meaningful difference to a “locked-in” person, who is almost completely paralyzed and unable to speak, the researchers say.

"Scientists Take a Step Toward Decoding Thoughts" (SciAm)

"Speech synthesis from neural decoding of spoken sentences" (Nature) Read the rest

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In a pioneering study, scientists have demonstrated that an implanted brain-computer interface (above) coupled with deep-learning algorithms can translate thought into computerized speech. From Scientific American:

(University of California, San Francisco neurosurgeon Edward Chang) emphasized that his approach cannot be used to read someone’s mind—only to translate words the person wants to say into audible sounds....

Chang and his colleagues devised a two-step method for translating thoughts into speech. First, in tests with epilepsy patients whose neural activity was being measured with electrodes on the surface of their brain, the researchers recorded signals from brain areas that control the tongue, lips and throat muscles. Later, using deep-learning computer algorithms trained on naturally spoken words, they translated those movements into audible sentences....

The researchers asked native English speakers on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing marketplace to transcribe the sentences they heard. The listeners accurately heard the sentences 43 percent of the time when given a set of 25 possible words to choose from, and 21 percent of the time when given 50 words, the study found.

Although the accuracy rate remains low, it would be good enough to make a meaningful difference to a “locked-in” person, who is almost completely paralyzed and unable to speak, the researchers say.

"Scientists Take a Step Toward Decoding Thoughts" (SciAm)

"Speech synthesis from neural decoding of spoken sentences" (Nature)]]> http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/brain-computer-interface-succe.html/feed 21 712292 If you correctly guess the secret word on Slack you'll win $1,000 http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/if-you-correctly-guess-the-sec.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/if-you-correctly-guess-the-sec.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:14:09 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712286 The Word of the Day is a daily guessing game in Slack. It's easy enough to play. Just go there and enter words. If you are the first to match the secret word of the day, you win $1,000. The most recent winner was Erika Y. who correctly guessed "inscrutable."

FAQ

How and when will I get paid?

We will DM you on Slack for your Venmo handle, and you’ll get paid within 24 hours of winning.

How do you know who said the first correct word?

We built a slack bot to monitor the channel and notify everyone when someone wins.

What happens if no one gets the word right?

The slackbot will announce what the word was at 11:59PM EST. No one will get paid, and the $1000 will not roll over to the next day.

How many guesses do I get?

You can guess as many times as you want, but only in one word increments.

Read the rest ]]> The Word of the Day is a daily guessing game in Slack. It's easy enough to play. Just go there and enter words. If you are the first to match the secret word of the day, you win $1,000. The most recent winner was Erika Y. who correctly guessed "inscrutable."

FAQ

How and when will I get paid?

We will DM you on Slack for your Venmo handle, and you’ll get paid within 24 hours of winning.

How do you know who said the first correct word?

We built a slack bot to monitor the channel and notify everyone when someone wins.

What happens if no one gets the word right?

The slackbot will announce what the word was at 11:59PM EST. No one will get paid, and the $1000 will not roll over to the next day.

How many guesses do I get?

You can guess as many times as you want, but only in one word increments.

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Miniature space janitors to sweep up orbiting debris http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/miniature-space-janitors-to-sw.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/miniature-space-janitors-to-sw.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 17:13:23 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712281 There are an estimated 129 million tiny bits of debris floating in orbit that, due to their high velocity, can cause catastrophic damage to space vehicles and satellites. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers are developing a compact orbiting device to semi-autonomously seek out the debris and catch it in a net. Designed as a system of CubeSats, each just 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, the trash collector, called OSCaR (Obsolete Spacecraft Capture and Removal), will collect the tiny pieces of junk until it's full and then deorbit itself to burn up in the atmosphere. From RPI:

One of (the three) CubeSat units (in each complete system) will house the “brains” of OSCaR including GPS, data storage, and communication, as well as the power and thermal management systems. Another will hold propellant and the system’s propulsion module to drive OSCaR forward. The third unit will contain four gun barrels, nets, and tethers to physically capture debris, one piece at a time. This capture module will also have optical, thermal, and RADAR imaging sensors to help OSCaR locate debris in the vastness of its surrounding space...

“There’s an informal agreement that’s been in place for a few years that people who put space objects up there should be practicing good citizenship,” (Rensselaer engineering professor Kurt) Anderson said. “We envision a day where we could send up an entire flock, or squadron, of OSCaRs to work jointly going after large collections of debris.”

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There are an estimated 129 million tiny bits of debris floating in orbit that, due to their high velocity, can cause catastrophic damage to space vehicles and satellites. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers are developing a compact orbiting device to semi-autonomously seek out the debris and catch it in a net. Designed as a system of CubeSats, each just 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, the trash collector, called OSCaR (Obsolete Spacecraft Capture and Removal), will collect the tiny pieces of junk until it's full and then deorbit itself to burn up in the atmosphere. From RPI:

One of (the three) CubeSat units (in each complete system) will house the “brains” of OSCaR including GPS, data storage, and communication, as well as the power and thermal management systems. Another will hold propellant and the system’s propulsion module to drive OSCaR forward. The third unit will contain four gun barrels, nets, and tethers to physically capture debris, one piece at a time. This capture module will also have optical, thermal, and RADAR imaging sensors to help OSCaR locate debris in the vastness of its surrounding space...

“There’s an informal agreement that’s been in place for a few years that people who put space objects up there should be practicing good citizenship,” (Rensselaer engineering professor Kurt) Anderson said. “We envision a day where we could send up an entire flock, or squadron, of OSCaRs to work jointly going after large collections of debris.”

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ETA Prime reviewed the LDK Game, an open source handheld retro-game emulation console that can play games from Nintendo, Sega, and other retro-platforms. It costs $60. Read the rest

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ETA Prime reviewed the LDK Game, an open source handheld retro-game emulation console that can play games from Nintendo, Sega, and other retro-platforms. It costs $60.

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Ireland sits idly by as GDPR goes unenforced http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/ireland-sits-idly-by-as-gdpr-g.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/ireland-sits-idly-by-as-gdpr-g.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:59:29 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712276 Politico shares an investigation into why the GDPR's lead regulator Ireland has failed to bring a single enforcement action against the big tech companies it is supposed to watchdog.

Politico:

Last May, Europe imposed new data privacy guidelines that carry the hopes of hundreds of millions of people around the world — including in the United States — to rein in abuses by big tech companies.

Almost a year later, it’s apparent that the new rules have a significant loophole: The designated lead regulator — the tiny nation of Ireland — has yet to bring an enforcement action against a big tech firm.

That’s not entirely surprising. Despite its vows to beef up its threadbare regulatory apparatus, Ireland has a long history of catering to the very companies it is supposed to oversee, having wooed top Silicon Valley firms to the Emerald Isle with promises of low taxes, open access to top officials, and help securing funds to build glittering new headquarters.

Now, data-privacy experts and regulators in other countries alike are questioning Ireland’s commitment to policing imminent privacy concerns like Facebook’s reintroduction of facial recognition software and data sharing with its recently purchased subsidiary WhatsApp, and Google’s sharing of information across its burgeoning number of platforms.

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Politico shares an investigation into why the GDPR's lead regulator Ireland has failed to bring a single enforcement action against the big tech companies it is supposed to watchdog.

Politico:

Last May, Europe imposed new data privacy guidelines that carry the hopes of hundreds of millions of people around the world — including in the United States — to rein in abuses by big tech companies.

Almost a year later, it’s apparent that the new rules have a significant loophole: The designated lead regulator — the tiny nation of Ireland — has yet to bring an enforcement action against a big tech firm.

That’s not entirely surprising. Despite its vows to beef up its threadbare regulatory apparatus, Ireland has a long history of catering to the very companies it is supposed to oversee, having wooed top Silicon Valley firms to the Emerald Isle with promises of low taxes, open access to top officials, and help securing funds to build glittering new headquarters.

Now, data-privacy experts and regulators in other countries alike are questioning Ireland’s commitment to policing imminent privacy concerns like Facebook’s reintroduction of facial recognition software and data sharing with its recently purchased subsidiary WhatsApp, and Google’s sharing of information across its burgeoning number of platforms.

(Thanks, Antoin!)

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How to buy a second citizenship http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/how-to-buy-a-second-citizenshi.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/how-to-buy-a-second-citizenshi.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:45:24 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712266

Here's a woman who explained how she obtained a second citizenship.

She already has a US citizenship and purchased a second citizenship to St. Kitts and Nevis. She hired a lawyer who lives in St. Kitts, took a physical exam, supplied college transcripts, her Social Security number, and a lot of other information. The fee was $150,000 not including legal fees and other fees. It took about 8 months for the citizenship, and another 4 months to get a passport for St. Kitts and Nevis. Read the rest

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Here's a woman who explained how she obtained a second citizenship.

She already has a US citizenship and purchased a second citizenship to St. Kitts and Nevis. She hired a lawyer who lives in St. Kitts, took a physical exam, supplied college transcripts, her Social Security number, and a lot of other information. The fee was $150,000 not including legal fees and other fees. It took about 8 months for the citizenship, and another 4 months to get a passport for St. Kitts and Nevis.

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Watch this totally inappropriate and bizarre Bert and Ernie parody in German http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/watch-this-totally-inappropria.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/watch-this-totally-inappropria.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:43:02 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712267 From the Muppet Wiki:

Bernie und Ert was a recurring sketch on the show created by Attik Kargar, who performed the puppets and supplied the voice of Bernie. Bernie and Ert are an obscene parody of Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street, and especially as re-dubbed on Sesamstrasse. The pair are a same-sex couple, with no nose and one eye each. Each sketch focused on such topics as crime, drug abuse (Bernie is a cocaine addict), and S&M practices. In February 2003, Bernie and Ert were dropped from the series because of legal concerns; however, older episodes circulate on the Internet. The characters lived on and appeared in another recurring sketch called Popo Club in where they wear S&M gear and go by the names Unknown No. 1 and Unknown No. 2. These versions of the characters later appeared in the German adult puppet series Eye TV – Der durchgeknallte Puppensender and two spin-off web series.

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From the Muppet Wiki:

Bernie und Ert was a recurring sketch on the show created by Attik Kargar, who performed the puppets and supplied the voice of Bernie. Bernie and Ert are an obscene parody of Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street, and especially as re-dubbed on Sesamstrasse. The pair are a same-sex couple, with no nose and one eye each. Each sketch focused on such topics as crime, drug abuse (Bernie is a cocaine addict), and S&M practices. In February 2003, Bernie and Ert were dropped from the series because of legal concerns; however, older episodes circulate on the Internet. The characters lived on and appeared in another recurring sketch called Popo Club in where they wear S&M gear and go by the names Unknown No. 1 and Unknown No. 2. These versions of the characters later appeared in the German adult puppet series Eye TV – Der durchgeknallte Puppensender and two spin-off web series.

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William Zabka and Ralph Macchio are back in season two of Youtube's Cobra Kai.

I adore this wonderful buffet of Gen-X nostalgia. As a former Angeleno who grew up in the same era Danny and Johnny inhabit everything about this show makes me happy.

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William Zabka and Ralph Macchio are back in season two of Youtube's Cobra Kai.

I adore this wonderful buffet of Gen-X nostalgia. As a former Angeleno who grew up in the same era Danny and Johnny inhabit everything about this show makes me happy.

I watched the first 6 episodes last night and am sure I'll have finished the season by dinner tonight.

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Watch The Ramones on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988) http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/watch-the-ramones-on-live-with.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/watch-the-ramones-on-live-with.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:26:43 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712258 The Ramones promoting "Ramones Mania (The Best Of 1976-1988)" on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" in 1988.

"Who writes these songs, 'I Wanna Be Sedated' and 'Teenage Lobotomy?' Do you guys write them? Can you give me the lyrics to 'Teenage Lobotomy?" Just talk them..."

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The Ramones promoting "Ramones Mania (The Best Of 1976-1988)" on "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" in 1988.

"Who writes these songs, 'I Wanna Be Sedated' and 'Teenage Lobotomy?' Do you guys write them? Can you give me the lyrics to 'Teenage Lobotomy?" Just talk them..."

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"The video is made by Moniker in conjunction with Neuhaus, a temporary academy for more-than-human knowledge at Het Nieuwe Instituut."

Neuhaus.world (via Waxy)

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"The video is made by Moniker in conjunction with Neuhaus, a temporary academy for more-than-human knowledge at Het Nieuwe Instituut."

Neuhaus.world (via Waxy)

]]> 712249 Backyard Scientist tries out the Fortnite "Boom Bow" IRL http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/backyard-scientist-tries-out-t.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/backyard-scientist-tries-out-t.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 16:11:58 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712251

The Boom Bow is currently my favorite weapon in Fortnite Battle Royale. Firing shotgun shell laden arrows, this gold weapon hits hard and is hard to track. Read the rest

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The Boom Bow is currently my favorite weapon in Fortnite Battle Royale. Firing shotgun shell laden arrows, this gold weapon hits hard and is hard to track.

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Republican Steve King, rebuked over racist remarks, compares himself to Jesus http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/republican-steve-king-rebuked.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/republican-steve-king-rebuked.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:37:15 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712241 Republican Congressman Steve King was removed from committees and publicly rebuked by his own party after his history of racist remarks flowered into open white supremacy. The experience gave him insight into Jesus's crucifixion.

"For all that I've been through -- and it seems even strange for me to say it -- but I am at a certain peace, and it is because of a lot of prayers for me. And when I have to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives, and look up at those 400-and-some accusers, you know we just passed through Easter and Christ's passion, and I have better insight into what He went through for us partly because of that experience."

He knows who the true believers are; they believe in him.

Update: Christopher Matias points out that some outlets are falsely suggesting King was censured by congress; it did not go that far.

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Republican Congressman Steve King was removed from committees and publicly rebuked by his own party after his history of racist remarks flowered into open white supremacy. The experience gave him insight into Jesus's crucifixion.

"For all that I've been through -- and it seems even strange for me to say it -- but I am at a certain peace, and it is because of a lot of prayers for me. And when I have to step down to the floor of the House of Representatives, and look up at those 400-and-some accusers, you know we just passed through Easter and Christ's passion, and I have better insight into what He went through for us partly because of that experience."

He knows who the true believers are; they believe in him.

Update: Christopher Matias points out that some outlets are falsely suggesting King was censured by congress; it did not go that far.

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That time far-right trolls pretended to be black feminists online http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/that-time-far-right-trolls-pre.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/that-time-far-right-trolls-pre.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 15:13:37 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712234 In spring 2014, barely weeks before GamerGate, 4chan trolls began masquerading as feminist women of color online. The targets were not fooled, obviously, and Shafiqah Hudson and others launched an education campaign against it. But conservative pundits were eager to play along, out of stupidity or malice, laundering the lies into their version of reality and engaging a supply chain of far-right bullshit that would soon be exploited at scale.

Shafiqah Hudson remembers the moment she realized something was off. She saw a tweet from an account she had never seen before: “#EndFathersDay because I’m tired of all these white women stealing our good black mens.” Something about the grammar—not to mention the idea that black women wanted to abolish Father’s Day because of interracial dating—just felt too cartoonish to be real.... Hudson found herself horrified by how easily people on social media could be lured into believing a stereotype of black women. While she watched a credulous rage build online, not just against these fake Twitter accounts but against the black feminists she called friends, her own anger grew as well: “No one is going to come into my house and start breaking shit,” she said.

The mockery #EndFathersDay made of an increasingly influential online feminist movement became predictable catnip to conservatives. Tucker Carlson devoted a segment to it. Ashe Schow in the Washington Examiner called it the latest “drivel” “from the feminist outrage machine.” Dan McLaughlin tweeted that the hashtag was “a neat illustration of the cultural trajectory of progressivism.” “#EndFathersDay Because it’s really just Second Caregiver of Unspecified Gender Identity Day, you cisnormative a**holes,” mocked Ben Shapiro.

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In spring 2014, barely weeks before GamerGate, 4chan trolls began masquerading as feminist women of color online. The targets were not fooled, obviously, and Shafiqah Hudson and others launched an education campaign against it. But conservative pundits were eager to play along, out of stupidity or malice, laundering the lies into their version of reality and engaging a supply chain of far-right bullshit that would soon be exploited at scale.

Shafiqah Hudson remembers the moment she realized something was off. She saw a tweet from an account she had never seen before: “#EndFathersDay because I’m tired of all these white women stealing our good black mens.” Something about the grammar—not to mention the idea that black women wanted to abolish Father’s Day because of interracial dating—just felt too cartoonish to be real.... Hudson found herself horrified by how easily people on social media could be lured into believing a stereotype of black women. While she watched a credulous rage build online, not just against these fake Twitter accounts but against the black feminists she called friends, her own anger grew as well: “No one is going to come into my house and start breaking shit,” she said.

The mockery #EndFathersDay made of an increasingly influential online feminist movement became predictable catnip to conservatives. Tucker Carlson devoted a segment to it. Ashe Schow in the Washington Examiner called it the latest “drivel” “from the feminist outrage machine.” Dan McLaughlin tweeted that the hashtag was “a neat illustration of the cultural trajectory of progressivism.” “#EndFathersDay Because it’s really just Second Caregiver of Unspecified Gender Identity Day, you cisnormative a**holes,” mocked Ben Shapiro.

Something about all this reminded me of the following sentence from conservative writer Kevin Williamson (admired among his peers for the quality of his prose), posted about the time of #EndFathersDay, quoting a "three-fifths" "primate", which is to say a black child:

‘Hey, hey craaaaaacka! Cracka! White devil! F*** you, white devil!”

If you're wondering why conservatives were so easily led by 4chan, consider that on the issue of what black people sound like, this is their best material.

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The Land Before Time, "Scottish" edition http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/the-land-before-time-scotti.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/the-land-before-time-scotti.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:25:39 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712231 Dillon Cassidy and Kelly Kraft redubbed the classic Don Bluth animated feature "The Land Before Time" with "Scottish" voices. The whole movie! Enjoy it while it lasts. [via]

Narrator - Trumane Alston Bryce - Spencer Hawk Cera - Michelle Davey Old Rooter - Denver Collins Mother - Chris Hanley Ducky - Liz Anderson Petri - Taylor Jones

Produced by Dillon Cassidy Edited by Kelly Kraft

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Dillon Cassidy and Kelly Kraft redubbed the classic Don Bluth animated feature "The Land Before Time" with "Scottish" voices. The whole movie! Enjoy it while it lasts. [via]

Narrator - Trumane Alston
Bryce - Spencer Hawk
Cera - Michelle Davey
Old Rooter - Denver Collins
Mother - Chris Hanley
Ducky - Liz Anderson
Petri - Taylor Jones

Produced by Dillon Cassidy
Edited by Kelly Kraft

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Nest's "ease of use" imperative plus poor integration with Google security has turned it into a hacker's playground http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/borked-by-m-and-a.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/borked-by-m-and-a.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:12:26 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712224 40 years ago, antitrust law put strict limits on mergers and acquisitions, but since the Reagan era, these firewalls have been dismantled, and now the biggest companies grow primarily by snapping up nascent competitors and merging with rivals; Google is a poster-child for this, having only ever created two successful products in-house (search and Gmail), with all other growth coming from acquisitions and mergers.

When companies grow this way, they experience "diseconomies of scale" -- dysfunctions brought on by their inability to integrate the acquired companies into their culture and technology. Yahoo (more than Google) is the obvious poster-child for these diseconomies, a company that will go down in history as a voracious acquirer and murderer of the best technology startups of a generation (Flickr, Delicious, etc etc etc).

One Google's most prominent acquisitions is the Internet of Things company Nest, whose "smart thermostats" were a beachhead for the company's "ecosystem" -- a group of surveillance devices and controllers that were bound to the Nest by DRM, meaning that independent security researchers who audited these actuators and sensors faced potential criminal and civil liability.

This limited scrutiny, plus Nest's inability to integrate with Google's security systems, has proven to be a uniquely toxic mix. Today, for as little as $20, you can buy "credential stuffing" software that will take the massive dumps of billions of passwords that have accumulated over the years and try them on Nest devices that are discoverable on the internet. Once a working username/password combo is hit, the system is yours: you can listen in and watch the owner, and play audio through the devices' speakers (terrorizing toddlers with pornography on their baby monitors is an intruder's favorite), etc. Read the rest

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40 years ago, antitrust law put strict limits on mergers and acquisitions, but since the Reagan era, these firewalls have been dismantled, and now the biggest companies grow primarily by snapping up nascent competitors and merging with rivals; Google is a poster-child for this, having only ever created two successful products in-house (search and Gmail), with all other growth coming from acquisitions and mergers.

When companies grow this way, they experience "diseconomies of scale" -- dysfunctions brought on by their inability to integrate the acquired companies into their culture and technology. Yahoo (more than Google) is the obvious poster-child for these diseconomies, a company that will go down in history as a voracious acquirer and murderer of the best technology startups of a generation (Flickr, Delicious, etc etc etc).

One Google's most prominent acquisitions is the Internet of Things company Nest, whose "smart thermostats" were a beachhead for the company's "ecosystem" -- a group of surveillance devices and controllers that were bound to the Nest by DRM, meaning that independent security researchers who audited these actuators and sensors faced potential criminal and civil liability.

This limited scrutiny, plus Nest's inability to integrate with Google's security systems, has proven to be a uniquely toxic mix. Today, for as little as $20, you can buy "credential stuffing" software that will take the massive dumps of billions of passwords that have accumulated over the years and try them on Nest devices that are discoverable on the internet. Once a working username/password combo is hit, the system is yours: you can listen in and watch the owner, and play audio through the devices' speakers (terrorizing toddlers with pornography on their baby monitors is an intruder's favorite), etc. Recall that Nest installed secret, undocumented mics in some of its products.

There are at least two ways Nest could limit these attacks: first, they could implement two-factor authentication, which is becoming a gold standard for securing systems, and, conveniently, a field where Google is a clear leader, with its own 2FA app for mobile platforms. But Nest's pitch is that it's a plug-and-play system with no technical expertise necessary, and the company has decided that its target audience will be daunted by a 2FA requirement to set up its products.

Additionally, Nest could make use of Google's extensive infrastructure for detecting credential-stuffing: the company has so much surveillance and telemetry deployed around the internet that it can detect many fraud attempts, by looking at everything from anomalies in users' customary locations to IP addresses that have been implicated in earlier attacks.

But Google and Nest -- despite being organized as sister companies under Alphabet (the confusingly named holding company whose pretense is that it owns Google and all of Google's acquisitions) -- do not share a security back-end. Rather, Google's security team (one of the best in the world) offers "advice" to Nest's security team. Clearly the advice was not sufficient, as can be seen in the mass-scale credential-stuffing attacks on Nest owners.

Tara Thomas thought her daughter was just having nightmares. “There’s a monster in my room,” the almost-3-year-old would say, sometimes pointing to the green light on the Nest Cam installed on the wall above her bed.

Then Thomas realized her daughter’s nightmares were real. In August, she walked into the room and heard pornography playing through the Nest Cam, which she had used for years as a baby monitor in their Novato, Calif., home. Hackers, whose voices could be heard faintly in the background, were playing the recording, using the intercom feature in the software. “I’m really sad I doubted my daughter,” she said.

Though it would be nearly impossible to find out who was behind it, a hack like this one doesn’t require much effort, for two reasons: Software designed to help people break into websites and devices has gotten so easy to use that it’s practically child’s play, and many companies, including Nest, have effectively chosen to let some hackers slip through the cracks rather than impose an array of inconvenient countermeasures that could detract from their users’ experience and ultimately alienate their customers.

How Nest, designed to keep intruders out of people’s homes, effectively allowed hackers to get in [Reed Albergotti/Washington Post]

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Fran Blanche explains "the greatest effect ever created" in the recording studio: plate echo.

Get out your good headphones and prepare to experience the awesome sound of plate echo through this 1980 vintage Ecoplate II! Thanks for watching and enjoy!

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Fran Blanche explains "the greatest effect ever created" in the recording studio: plate echo.

Get out your good headphones and prepare to experience the awesome sound of plate echo through this 1980 vintage Ecoplate II! Thanks for watching and enjoy!

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These hi-fi earplugs cut the sound but keep sound quality http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/these-hi-fi-earplugs-cut-the-s.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/24/these-hi-fi-earplugs-cut-the-s.html#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2019 12:00:46 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=711200 For musicians, clubgoers or anyone in the thick of a loud environment, earplugs aren't just an option. If you plan on keeping your hearing through sustained exposure to levels over 85 decibels (roughly the sound of a blender), they're a must.

The good news is, most earplugs will muffle the sound. The bad news is, that's exactly how it sounds: muffled. If you love music as much as you love your ears, Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs are a high-tech alternative.

Thanks to specially designed tubes in the casing, Vibes can filter sound selectively, lowering the volume by 22 dB across frequencies while keeping (and in some cases enhancing) clarity. They're made to be discreet, with a nearly invisible profile and three interchangeable, washable tips to fit any ear size. And they've got staying power in any environment too, thanks to a detachable cord that clips onto each earplug.

Right now, you can pick up a pair of Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs with Attachable Cord for $19.99 - a full 25% off the list price. Read the rest

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For musicians, clubgoers or anyone in the thick of a loud environment, earplugs aren't just an option. If you plan on keeping your hearing through sustained exposure to levels over 85 decibels (roughly the sound of a blender), they're a must.

The good news is, most earplugs will muffle the sound. The bad news is, that's exactly how it sounds: muffled. If you love music as much as you love your ears, Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs are a high-tech alternative.

Thanks to specially designed tubes in the casing, Vibes can filter sound selectively, lowering the volume by 22 dB across frequencies while keeping (and in some cases enhancing) clarity. They're made to be discreet, with a nearly invisible profile and three interchangeable, washable tips to fit any ear size. And they've got staying power in any environment too, thanks to a detachable cord that clips onto each earplug.

Right now, you can pick up a pair of Vibes Hi-Fidelity Earplugs with Attachable Cord for $19.99 - a full 25% off the list price.

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FBI: Online theft, fraud, exploitation caused losses of $2.7B globally in 2018, up from $1.4B in 2017 http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/23/fbi-online-theft-fraud-expl.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/23/fbi-online-theft-fraud-expl.html#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:49:53 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712181 It could happen to you.

A new report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says online theft, fraud, and exploitation caused losses of $2.7 billion dollars worldwide in 2018. This is up from $1.4 billion in 2017.

[ Here's the full FBI report in PDF. ]

“The 2018 report shows how prevalent these crimes are. It also shows that the financial toll is substantial and a victim can be anyone who uses a connected device.” said IC3 chief Donna Gregory in today's announcement.

The FBI's advice to any unlucky person who realizes they have been scammed online?

To improve the chances of a successful recovery, it is imperative that victims contact their bank immediately upon discovering a fraudulent transaction as well as report the crime to the IC3.

From the FBI's report:

In its annual Internet Crime Report, the FBI reports the IC3 received 351,936 complaints in 2018—an average of more than 900 every day. The most frequently reported complaints were for non-payment/non-delivery scams, extortion, and personal data breaches. The most financially costly complaints involved business email compromise, romance or confidence fraud, and investment scams, which can include Ponzi and pyramid schemes.

Reports came in from every U.S. state and territory and involved victims of every age. There was a concentration of victims and financial losses, however, among individuals over the age of 50.

“The 2018 report shows how prevalent these crimes are,” said Donna Gregory, chief of the IC3. “It also shows that the financial toll is substantial and a victim can be anyone who uses a connected device.

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It could happen to you.

A new report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says online theft, fraud, and exploitation caused losses of $2.7 billion dollars worldwide in 2018. This is up from $1.4 billion in 2017.

[ Here's the full FBI report in PDF. ]

“The 2018 report shows how prevalent these crimes are. It also shows that the financial toll is substantial and a victim can be anyone who uses a connected device.” said IC3 chief Donna Gregory in today's announcement.

The FBI's advice to any unlucky person who realizes they have been scammed online?

To improve the chances of a successful recovery, it is imperative that victims contact their bank immediately upon discovering a fraudulent transaction as well as report the crime to the IC3.

From the FBI's report:

In its annual Internet Crime Report, the FBI reports the IC3 received 351,936 complaints in 2018—an average of more than 900 every day. The most frequently reported complaints were for non-payment/non-delivery scams, extortion, and personal data breaches. The most financially costly complaints involved business email compromise, romance or confidence fraud, and investment scams, which can include Ponzi and pyramid schemes.

Reports came in from every U.S. state and territory and involved victims of every age. There was a concentration of victims and financial losses, however, among individuals over the age of 50.

“The 2018 report shows how prevalent these crimes are,” said Donna Gregory, chief of the IC3. “It also shows that the financial toll is substantial and a victim can be anyone who uses a connected device. Awareness is one powerful tool in efforts to combat and prevent these crimes. Reporting is another. The more information that comes into the IC3, the better law enforcement is able to respond.”

The bright spots reported by the IC3 include the establishment in February 2018 of the Recovery Asset Team and its success in recovering funds lost in business email compromise scams. These sophisticated scams involve perpetrators infiltrating businesses’ email accounts and requesting fraudulent wire transfers or gift card purchases.

The Recovery Asset Team has helped streamline communication with financial institutions and assist FBI field offices in the recovery of funds for businesses that report a fraudulent domestic transfer. The team was able to successfully recover more than $192 million in funds—a recovery rate of 75 percent.

One recovery success came in Colorado, where a victim wired $56,179.27 for a home purchase to a thief after receiving a spoofed email request from the lending agent. The Recovery Asset Team worked with the Denver Field Office and the victim’s bank to freeze the funds transfer and return $54,000 of the stolen money.

Reuters

[via Techmeme]

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Twitter kills network of 5,000 pro-Trump bots linked to Saudi propaganda http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/23/twitter-kills-network-of-5000.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/23/twitter-kills-network-of-5000.html#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:39:41 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712177 The social networking service Twitter says it has shut down some 5,000 accounts that were acting as automated pro-Trump propaganda bots. Before they were doing this, they were spewing Saudi propaganda, so they're presumed to be linked to the Saudi state.

Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica reports that one of the tweets the bot network distributed read, "The people screaming about Trump working for Russia are the same people demanding social media censor 'misinformation', Stop listening to these people."

Excerpt:

Twitter has suspended over 5,000 accounts tied to a network amplifying a message denouncing the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a "RussiaGate hoax." According to a researcher, the accounts—most of which had only posted three or four times in the past—were connected to other accounts previously used to post pro-Saudi messages.

In response to an inquiry by Ars, a Twitter spokeswoman said, "We suspended a network of accounts and others associated with it for engaging in platform manipulation—a violation of the Twitter Rules." An investigation into the network is still ongoing, the spokeswoman said, but no determination has yet been made about who was behind the campaign.

"In cases such as this, attribution is difficult," the spokeswoman noted. "If we do have reasonable evidence to support state-backed activity, we will disclose the accounts as part of our information operations archive." (This archive is the data repository used to reveal operations of networks previously tied to election manipulation and other state-backed information operations.

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Curious manatee gets very friendly with human in canoe http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/23/curious-manatee-gets-very-frie.html http://www.6727852.com/2019/04/23/curious-manatee-gets-very-frie.html#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2019 21:33:57 +0000 http://www.6727852.com/?p=712169 “Big friendly potato boy thoroughly examining my canoe.”

Another gem from the wonderful IMGURian SeeThroughCanoe, who sells these personal watercraft.

“This overly friendly manatee spent a really long time thoroughly checking out the canoe and the camera attached to the bottom of it,” he says.

Big friendly potato boy thoroughly examining my canoe

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“Big friendly potato boy thoroughly examining my canoe.”

Another gem from the wonderful IMGURian SeeThroughCanoe, who sells these personal watercraft.

“This overly friendly manatee spent a really long time thoroughly checking out the canoe and the camera attached to the bottom of it,” he says.

Big friendly potato boy thoroughly examining my canoe

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