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  • Every judicial decision has been liberated from the US court system's paywall

    08/15/2017 11:31:50 AM PDT · by pharmacopeia · 18 replies
    BoingBoing ^ | Cory Doctrow
    US court records are not copyrighted, but the US court system operates a paywall called "PACER" that is supposed to recoup the costs of serving text files on the internet; charging $0.10/page for access to the public domain, and illegally profiting to the tune of $80,000,000/year. The response to PACER is RECAP, a browser plugin that captures all the pages anyone pays for in PACER and puts them in a free repository mirrored on the Internet Archvie that anyone can access for free. Among other things, RECAP revealed that the courts were failing in their duty to remove sensitive personal...
  • James Damore has an 'above decent' chance of winning his legal case against Google

    08/11/2017 4:06:30 PM PDT · by ptsal · 19 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug 11, 2017 | Jim Edwards
    An expert in California labor law tells Business Insider that Damore has a better chance of winning his case than people may think. That's because Damore's case is NOT about free speech, discrimination, or his rights as an "at-will" worker. Damore filed under a section of the law that deals with protecting statements made by workers' rights activists who have questions about wages and conditions.
  • How Google's Jigsaw is fighting the darkest parts of the internet

    08/10/2017 11:11:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Mashable ^ | JUL 20, 2017 | KERRY FLYNN
    How Google's Jigsaw is fighting the darkest parts of the internet BY KERRY FLYNN JUL 20, 2017 Fake news, terrorist propaganda, hateful comments — the internet is not the nicest place in the world. Jigsaw is trying to change that. Formerly under Google, Jigsaw now is a subsidiary within Alphabet. The company, under the direction of Alphabet chairman Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas founder Jared Cohen who serves as founder and CEO of Jigsaw, focuses on researching some of the darkest corners of the internet and implementing ways to address them. Yasmin Green, director of research and development at Jigsaw,...
  • Big brother in Berlin: Face recognition technology gets tested

    08/01/2017 9:14:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 07.31.2017 | Maximiliane Koschyk
    From August, a train station in Berlin will be the testing ground for surveillance cameras with biometric face recognition capability. Here is an overview of the most important information and a look at the controversy. The test phase will take place at Berlin’s Südkreuz train station. It will include only selected participants and be conducted by the German federal police, Federal Criminal Police Office and the Interior Ministry in conjunction with Deutsche Bahn, the station operator. […] For the test phase, three specialized cameras have been installed that will film a particular entrance and an escalator leading to the station...
  • Russian engineering: Jet engine & bike combine for epic turbo-charged ride (VIDEO)

    08/01/2017 4:25:17 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 40 replies
    RT ^ | 1 Aug 2017
    A Russian inventor tested his limits by designing a homemade turbo jet-powered bicycle. Igor Negoda showcased his incredible design, which he dubbed a “jet bike,” during a test run in the Rostov Region last week. Negoda mounted the 18kg (39lb) thruster onto the back of the bicycle, and added some extra features such as a GPS system to monitor his speed. He also built in tech to watch the engine’s RPM, thrust and temperature. As well as mounting various other pieces of core kit such batteries and a power radio receiver to the bike, Negoda carries a mini-fuel tank in...
  • US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms

    07/29/2017 6:31:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Defense One ^ | JULY 18, 2017 | PATRICK TUCKER
    US Army Seeks Internet-of-Battlefield-Things, Distributed Bot Swarms After nearly two decades of war against technologically unsophisticated foes, the Army Research Lab is reorienting to counter China and Russia. The Army Research Lab is turning more of its attention to fighting land wars against far more technologically sophisticated adversaries than it has in the past several decades. In the coming months, the Lab will fund new programs related to highly (but not fully) autonomous drones and robots that can withstand adversary electronic warfare operations. The Lab will also fund new efforts to develop battlefield communications and sensing networks that perform well...
  • American Farm Bureau jumps into Duarte fight

    07/26/2017 12:02:06 PM PDT · by ptsal · 7 replies
    Wine Industry Insight ^ | JULY 26, 2017 | ZIPPY DUVALL
    [snip] American Farm Bureau Federation,I have closely followed the Duarte Nursery v. Army Corps of Engineers case...Mr. Duarte is facing trial in federal court in California....facing $2.8-million in penalties...
  • Why US trade deal could hinge on chickens

    07/23/2017 5:43:13 PM PDT · by ptsal · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 23, 2017 | Gordon Rayner
    A Cabinet split over whether to allow the import of controversial “chlorine washed” chicken could cause a major stumbling block in Liam Fox’s trade talks with the US today. It is more than one-fifth cheaper than British chicken, and has been deemed safe by the European Food Safety Authority, despite the EU ban.
  • The worst technical presentation EVER!

    07/01/2017 4:49:58 AM PDT · by DH · 13 replies
    youtube.com ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    SECRET iPHONE BUTTON (Life Hacks)
  • MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role

    06/20/2017 12:08:28 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Janes ^ | 14 June 2017 | Gareth Jennings
    MDA seeks laser-armed HALE UAV for counter-ICBM role Gareth Jennings 14 June 2017 The United States is looking to field a laser-armed unmanned aircraft to intercept intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) towards the middle of the next decade, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) disclosed on 13 June. In a solicitation posted on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website, the MDA Advanced Technology Directorate said it requires a high-altitude long-endurance (HALE) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the payload capacity needed to carry a high-energy laser system payload to high altitudes for Boost Phase Intercept (BPI) of ICBMs in the 2023 timeframe. "The...
  • North Korea's 'Hidden Cobra' is wreaking havoc across the globe

    06/18/2017 7:18:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Mashable ^ | June 14, 2017 | COLIN DAILEDA
    North Korea's 'Hidden Cobra' is wreaking havoc across the globe BY COLIN DAILEDA 3 DAYS AGO The North Korean government is very good at hacking—and they're targeting media, aerospace, and financial companies in the United States. The country was behind some of the most headline-grabbing hacks of the 21st century, according to an alert put out Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SEE ALSO: Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea is sponsored by the Bitcoin of weed Those hackers — for some reason referred to as "Hidden Cobra" in the report (why not camouflaged cobra? Alliteration!) —...
  • OneLogin hacker swiped AWS keys, can decrypt stolen data

    06/05/2017 7:29:09 PM PDT · by piytar · 20 replies
    The Cybersecurity Source ^ | June 2, 2017 | Doug Olenick
    OneLogin is reporting its recent data breach was made possible when a hacker obtained access to a set of Amazon Web Service keys through a third-party vendor. With this, the hacker was enabled entry into its U.S. data center compromising all its records.
  • Vanity: Multiple Thread Repostings

    05/25/2017 8:51:34 PM PDT · by goldbux · 23 replies
    Self | 5/25/2017 | goldbux
    To: Admin Moderator Glad you brought FR back up. However, a really annoying quirk surfaced about a full week before the site went down, and persists now. It appears as if every thread is re-posted as a new thread, as many times as the number of replies to it. This makes it very difficult to scan the site quickly for breaking news. The multiple threads ("hiccups") are not affected by my Account settings, Page Layout, or anything else under local control here. If this is an experiment in "Bumping to the Top," please revert back to the normal method of...
  • How Silicon Valley is trying to topple Trump

    05/25/2017 10:18:14 AM PDT · by Skywise · 10 replies
    Recode ^ | May 25, 2017 | Tony Romm
    For all his gains, though, Quist didn’t exactly have a whole lot of help from the Democratic Party’s official organs, and like many down-ballot races for Congress, his campaign didn’t have an overwhelming amount of tech expertise on staff, either. So Quist’s consultants turned to the likes of Alter, a Bay Area resident, who has labored since January to link digitally savvy tech types — many still reeling after Trump’s election victory — to progressive candidates and causes. Quist’s tough gamble in Montana is now one of a series of races aided by Tech for Campaigns, a group that Alter...
  • French team finds way to unlock computers infected with WannaCry virus as ransom deadline looms

    05/19/2017 2:12:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 19 May 2017 • 5:46pm | Staff
    French researchers have found a way to save Windows files encrypted by the WannaCry virus, racing against a deadline as the ransomware threatens to start locking up victims' computers first infected a week ago. WannaCry, which started to sweep round the globe last Friday and has infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 nations, threatens to lock out victims who have not paid a sum of $300 to $600 (£230 to £460) within one week of infection. A loose-knit team of security researchers scattered across the globe have revealed they have collaborated to develop a workaround to unlock the encryption...
  • Russia's interior ministry says computers hit by 'virus attack'

    05/12/2017 5:20:55 PM PDT · by McGruff · 3 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | May 12, 2017
    Moscow (AFP) - Russia's interior ministry said Friday that some of its computers had been hit by a "virus attack" amid reports of major cyber strikes across the globe. Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volk told Russian news agencies it had "recorded a virus attack on the ministry's personal computers controlled by a Windows operating system." "The virus has been localised. Technical work is under way to destroy it and renew the means of virus protection," she said.
  • Ransomware infections reported worldwide

    05/12/2017 12:52:39 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 12, 2017 | By Chris Baraniuk
    A massive ransomware campaign appears to have infected a number of organisations around the world. Computers in thousands of locations have apparently been locked by a program that demands $300 (£230) in Bitcoin. There have been reports of infections in more than 70 countries, including the UK, US, China, Russia, Spain, Italy and Taiwan. Many security researchers are linking the incidents together. "This is huge," said Jakub Kroustek at Avast. Another, at cyber-security firm Kaspersky, said that the ransomware had been spotted cropping up in 74 countries and that the number was still growing. There were a number of reports...
  • A Startup’s Plan To Cut Air Freight Costs In Half With 777-Size Drones

    03/27/2017 4:49:23 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 46 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 03.27.17 | 2:30 PM | DANIEL TERDIMAN
    Commercial passenger jets fly at an altitude of around 30,000 feet or higher. Imagine sitting in a window seat of one of those giant aluminum tubes a few years from now as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean. Picture looking down about 10,000 feet below. You just might see what one startup thinks could be the future of international cargo transport. The idea is simple: Shipping by air is fast, but expensive. Boat is much cheaper, but very slow. So why not send all those boxes and packages on an un-piloted, amphibious Boeing 777-sized drone that can...
  • It’s the 1940s again: IBM’s Scott Crowder on the infancy of quantum computers

    03/13/2017 2:02:51 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/13/2017 | Brad Jones
    IBM Q isn’t vaporware. It’s a project years-in-the-making that could help quantum computation reach its massive potential. The future of quantum computers may arrive sooner than you think. When news arrived of IBM’s move to offer the first commercially available universal quantum computer last week, it was characterized as a “handoff” from IBM Research to IBM Systems. According to the company’s CTO and vice president of quantum computing, technical strategy, and systems, Scott Crowder, that’s not entirely the case. “It’s not quite a ‘handoff,’ it’s really a partnership,” explained Crowder. “This is definitely a transition point from it being pure...
  • Lithium-Ion Battery Inventor Introduces New Technology for Fast-Charging, Noncombustible Batteries

    03/02/2017 9:47:41 PM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 104 replies
    UT News ^ | Feb. 28, 2017 | University of Texas
    A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage. Goodenough’s latest breakthrough, completed with Cockrell School senior research fellow Maria Helena Braga, is a low-cost all-solid-state battery that is noncombustible and has a long cycle life (battery life) with a high volumetric energy density and fast rates of charge and discharge. The engineers describe...