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  • Failed Predictions of Climate Alarmists Make Future Predictions Suspect

    08/10/2018 7:15:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 08.08.18 | James Murphy
    It’s hard for the average citizen to read the news these days and not be worried for the future of the planet. We are told that 13 of the last 16 years have been the warmest on record. We hear that coastal cities such as New York and Atlantic City, as well as nearly all of Florida, are at risk of flooding due to unprecedented sea-level rise. We are told that the wildfires in California and Greece are the worst ever recorded, and that these fires represent a “new normal” because of man-made climate change.But to get a good gauge of...
  • 7 3D-Printing Stocks to Buy As the Space Keeps Growing

    08/10/2018 1:31:17 PM PDT · by shove_it · 8 replies
    YAHOO ^ | 10 Aug 2018 | Tom Taulli
    About five years ago or so, 3D-printing stocks were red-hot. But the good times quickly fizzled. However, lately there have been signs of life, as a variety of the operators in the industry have experienced rejuvenated growth rates. And, more importantly, the long-term trends look quite favorable for the 3D-printing space. According to IDC, the spending in the market — on a global basis — is expected to hit about $12 billion this year. And by 2021, the forecast is for the market to reach $20 billion. Much of the growth will come from physical printers and materials, but there...
  • Andrew Torba and Tech Censorship [CEO of Gab interviewed]

    08/04/2018 2:59:48 PM PDT · by snarkpup
    ramzpaul (YouTube channel) ^ | Aug 4, 2018 | hosts: Paul Ramsey (Ramzpaul) & Tiina Wiik (Swan of Tuonela)
    Happy Homelands is back this Saturday with a can’t miss episode. Andrew Torba, CEO of Gab, will join us to discuss Free Speech and Big Tech.
  • New liberal caterwauling over Facebook advertising policies

    08/03/2018 6:57:06 AM PDT · by ptsal · 7 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | 02-Aug-2018 | Jacquie Kubin
    WASHINGTON: There are quite a few things you need a Federal ID to do. Cash a check. Board an airplane. Purchase alcohol. But buy an ad on Facebook? Yes. As a business owner, there are Facebook Advertising policies before this, or any other publication can promote a post on Facebook. Or purchase an advertisement on their page. The process to purchase an ad on Facebook includes proving your identity. This is a response to the Russian “meddling” but in reality, it is an ages-old advertising policy. The physical requirement has changed somewhat. Now we electronically send in a scan of...
  • IBM's Watson reportedly created unsafe cancer treatment plans

    07/29/2018 1:13:12 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 55 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 27 July 2018 | Mariella Moon
    Last year, studies presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology's annual meeting showed that IBM Watson was pretty darn good at creating treatment plans for cancer patients. Turns out, however, that the AI is still far from perfect: according to internal documents reviewed by health-oriented news publication Stat, some medical experts working with IBM on its Watson for Oncology system found "multiple examples of unsafe and incorrect treatment recommendations." In one particular case, a 65-year-old man was diagnosed a drug that could lead to "severe or fatal hemorrhage" even though he was already suffering from severe bleeding. The report...
  • THE CENSORSHIP MASTER PLAN DECODED (Report to Trump and Congress that kneecapped Facebook/Twitter)

    07/27/2018 10:24:08 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 18 replies ^ | Jul 16, 2018 | Mike Adams
    THE CENSORSHIP MASTER PLAN DECODED (i.e. “The Adams Report”) The blueprint for how tech giants covertly silence online speech, and how America can fight back against corporate tech monopolists Part One: The Societal Cost of Censorship and the Denial of the Right to Exist Part Two: The Fight for Reality (censorship motivations and justifications) Part Tree: The Fallacy of “Fake News” Part Four: Decentralization and the Structure of News Consumption Part Five: Technological and Psychological Methods of Overt and Covert Censorship Part Six: Legislative and Regulatory Solutions to Techno-Tyranny
  • LifeLock Bug Exposed Millions of Customer Email Addresses

    07/26/2018 8:42:07 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 22 replies
    Krebs on Security ^ | July 25, 2018 | Brian Krebs
    Identity theft protection firm LifeLock — a company that’s built a name for itself based on the promise of helping consumers protect their identities online — may have actually exposed customers to additional attacks from ID thieves and phishers. The company just fixed a vulnerability on its site that allowed anyone with a Web browser to index email addresses associated with millions of customer accounts, or to unsubscribe users from all communications from the company. The upshot of this weakness is that cyber criminals could harvest the data and use it in targeted phishing campaigns that spoof LifeLock’s brand. Of...
  • Samsung says it made a bendable and unbreakable screen for phones and other gadgets

    07/26/2018 7:43:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies
    CNBC ^ | Todd Haselton | @robotodd
    Samsung announced an "unbreakable" smartphone display on Thursday. It uses plastic instead of glass and is flexible. It's for smartphones and other gadgets, and may be used in Samsung's first foldable phone. Samsung Samsung's unbreakable display __________________________________________________________________________ Samsung said on Thursday that it has developed an "unbreakable" and flexible display that may soon be used in smartphones and other gadgets. Unlike traditional smartphone displays, which are typically covered in glass that can be prone to cracking or shattering, Samsung coats its new panels with a "fortified plastic window." The solution didn't break in drop tests from 4-6 feet, Samsung said,...
  • Aston Martin reveals flying car that could hit 200 mph

    07/20/2018 4:55:42 AM PDT · by McGruff · 53 replies
    Fox Business ^ | July 20, 2018 | Matthew Rocco
    Not even James Bond had an Aston Martin like this. The British sports car maker revealed a concept version of a flying car, the Volante Vision Concept, at the Farnborough Airshow this week. Aston Martin has billed the futuristic vehicle as a luxury car for the skies. The autonomous hybrid-electric vehicle, which has room for three passengers, is designed for urban and inter-city travel, the company said. It’s also capable of vertical take-offs and landings. The vehicle could fly at top speeds of around 200 miles per hour, according to Reuters.
  • Rolls-Royce unveils ‘flying taxi’ at Farnborough Airshow

    07/16/2018 8:59:51 AM PDT · by Krosan · 15 replies
    City A.M ^ | Sunday 15 July 2018 | Kathryn Gaw
    Rolls-Royce has released plans for a flying taxi that could be taking to the skies in the early 2020s. The British manufacturer will unveil its designs for an electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle at the Farnborough Airshow, which will be officially opened by Prime Minister Theresa May tomorrow. The air show is one of the biggest events in the aviation calendar, and May is expected to use the occasion to announce a slew of new initiatives to boost employment and growth in the UK’s aerospace industry, and to protect the supply chains that companies such as Bombardier, Rolls-Royce...
  • Army to unveil details about new Futures Command in biggest reorganization in 45 years

    07/13/2018 5:37:33 PM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 14, 2018 | Dan Lamothe
    The U.S. Army will unveil details about its largest reorganization in 45 years Friday, senior service officials said, as they create a new organization in an attempt to adapt more quickly to technology and address expensive failures in weapons acquisitions. Army Futures Command is being established in part to address concerns about the more than $32 billion the Army has spent since 1995 on programs that it canceled early with little to nothing to show for them. The new power center will be on par with other influential Army organizations, such as Training and Doctrine Command and Forces Command, and...
  • How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences

    06/10/2018 2:23:18 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 33 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2018 | by Heather Mac Donald
    Universities and other institutions are watering down requirements in order to attract more women and minorities. Identity politics has engulfed the humanities and social sciences on American campuses; now it is taking over the hard sciences. The STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—are under attack for being insufficiently “diverse.” The pressure to increase the representation of females, blacks, and Hispanics comes from the federal government, university administrators, and scientific societies themselves. That pressure is changing how science is taught and how scientific qualifications are evaluated. The results will be disastrous for scientific innovation and for American competitiveness. A scientist at...
  • Facebook Gave Device Makers Deep Access to Data on Users and Friends

    06/04/2018 2:29:06 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 70 replies
    The company formed data-sharing partnerships with Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, raising new concerns about its privacy protections. As Facebook sought to become the world’s dominant social media service, it struck agreements allowing phone and other device makers access to vast amounts of its users’ personal information. Facebook has reached data-sharing partnerships with at least 60 device makers — including Apple, Amazon, BlackBerry, Microsoft and Samsung — over the last decade, starting before Facebook apps were widely available on smartphones, company officials said. The deals allowed Facebook to expand its reach and let device makers offer customers...
  • Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode hit a parked California police car [LOL police car!]

    05/30/2018 12:50:14 AM PDT · by · 27 replies
    CNBC ^ | 5-29-2018 | AP
    <p>A Tesla sedan driving outbound on Laguna Canyon Road in "autopilot" collides with a parked Laguna Beach Police Department vehicle. Source: Laguna Beach Police Department A Tesla sedan driving outbound on Laguna Canyon Road in "autopilot" collides with a parked Laguna Beach Police Department vehicle.</p>
  • Are you ready for June 30th's PCI deadline? Say hello to TLS v 1.2

    05/29/2018 6:48:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    Concerto Cloud Services ^ | 04.16.2018 | Bill Davison
    The PCI Security Standards Council, the body governing credit card transactions, has set a deadline for disabling early versions of TLS/SSL to June 30, 2018. What are these technologies? TLS (Transport Layer Security) and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) are fundamental to internet transport security. Early versions are still fairly common in older infrastructure. Not updating to the newer versions by the deadline could cause your organization to incur a major fee and potentially halt taking credit card transactions. Why is the TLS update critical?  Let’s take a step back and lay some groundwork. TLS and its predecessor SSL are a set...
  • Dear iPhone—It Was Just Physical, and Now It’s Over

    05/16/2018 4:44:46 PM PDT · by ptsal · 10 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 11-May-2018 | Katie Reid
    s a kid, I’d sometimes try to imagine what life would be like without a particular sense or part of my body, like with questions from the Would You Rather? game. Would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have no legs or no arms? I’d try to erase the sound of my mom’s piano playing, the sight of the ground growing smaller as I soared on the tree swing in my backyard, or the feeling of playing basketball so hard my lungs might explode, but I just couldn’t. How could life go on without these sensations that...
  • ‘How Long Do I Have Left?’ AI Can Help Answer That Question

    04/30/2018 9:47:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 19 replies
    WSJ ^ | Apr 29, 2018 10:02 pm ET | By Lloyd Minor
    The first patient I saw during my clinical rotations as a medical student was dying from chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Today, with treatment, the 5-year survival rate for CML is about 90%. But when I was a student, CML was incurable. It was an early and poignant reminder of the limitations of medicine that I have never forgotten. We didn’t understand cancer like we do now, nor did we have the tools to treat it, which meant there was agonizingly little we could do. With the national hospice and palliative care movements only beginning, our discussions with this man and...
  • Federal Judge Drops the Hammer on Facebook with New Ruling

    04/18/2018 7:21:14 AM PDT · by ptsal · 18 replies
    Conservative Tribune ^ | 04-17-2018 | Joe Sanders
    If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg thought last week was bad, this one might be worse. Before Zuckerberg’s two days of grilling by D.C. lawmakers had even faded from the headlines, the company was back in the spotlight on Monday with a federal judge’s ruling to allow a class action lawsuit against Facebook over a facial recognition feature. And the damages could be in the billions. Advertisement - story continues below According to Reuters, U.S. District Judge James Donato ruled on Monday that a suit against Facebook could proceed under class action status for users in Illinois who sued the company...
  • World powers show off advanced weaponry in Syrian war

    04/17/2018 7:30:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 40 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 17 2018 | Salim Kahraman
    As tension mounts between Russia and the West, Syria’s brutal seven-year civil war has become an arena for world powers to display their advanced weaponry and ability to project their military might. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said his country had tested nearly 215 advanced weapons in Syria since his country directly intervened in the conflict to support Syrian President Bashar Assad in September 2015. Russia has shown off both its Kalibr cruise missiles, launched from warships and submarines in the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas, and the ability of its Tu 160 bombers to fly an 8,000-mile strike round trip mission...
  • App helps prepare illegal immigrants in worst-case scenario

    04/16/2018 11:36:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Laredo Morning Times ^ | April 15, 2018 | By Olivia P. Tallet, Houston Chronicle
    Immigration agents knocking at the door? Now, there’s an app for that, too. United We Dream, the largest national immigrant youth-led organization, has officially launched a smartphone application that added yet another tool to protect immigrants living in the U.S. illegally by utilizing high tech and online social communications. The app, called Notifica, allows immigrants here illegally to activate a plan if they come in contact with immigration law enforcement authorities or find themselves at risk of being detained. Users can prepare a set of automatic messages to alert — with one click — family members, lawyers and others if...