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  • 'This website has been seized'

    04/17/2024 11:31:49 PM PDT · by RandFan · 5 replies
    Sky News ^ | April 18 | Sky News
    Dozens of people around the world have been arrested after police disrupted a UK-founded website scamming victims on an industrial scale. LabHost, a site set up in 2021, tricked as many as 70,000 UK victims, obtaining 480,000 card numbers and 64,000 PINs worldwide, the Metropolitan Police said. It was created by a criminal network and enabled more than 2,000 users to set up phishing websites designed to steal personal information such as email addresses, passwords and bank details. Criminal subscribers could log on and choose from existing sites or request bespoke pages replicating those of trusted brands such as banks,...
  • Google fires 28 employees involved in sit-in protest over $1.2B Israel contract

    04/17/2024 8:41:46 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/17/24 | Thomas Barrabi
    Google has fired 28 employees over their participation in a 10-hour sit-in at the search giant’s offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, to protest the company’s business ties with the Israel government, The Post has learned. The pro-Palestinian staffers — who had donned traditional Arab headscarves as they stormed and occupied the office of a top executive in California on Tuesday — were terminated late Wednesday after an internal investigation, Google vice president of global security Chris Rackow said in a companywide memo. “They took over office spaces, defaced our property, and physically impeded the work of other Googlers,”...
  • Vanity: FR Screen Display (Google Chrome)

    04/17/2024 12:59:43 PM PDT · by Don@VB · 21 replies
    4-17-22 | Me
    I've been viewing FR for well over twenty years, and the majority of the time I've used Google Chrome as my preferred browser on a Samsung tablet. Recently, FR font displays have appeared extremely small, even with font and zoom settings adjusted to maximum size. It's only that way on FR using Chrome. I can switch to Firefox and everything is fine, but was wondering if anyone else was having any similar problems.
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Blasts Wolf Abuse

    04/17/2024 6:24:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Cowboy State Daily ^ | April 16, 2024 | Mark Heinz
    The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission on Tuesday issued a stark condemnation of the apparent capture, abuse and killing of a wolf in Sublette County. Meanwhile, Gov. Mark Gordon is “monitoring the situation.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Screenshots from a video clip provided exclusively to Cowboy State Daily show Daniel, Wyoming, resident Cody Roberts kneeling over and kissing the muzzle of a weak and injured wolf in the Green River Bar in Daniel on Feb. 29. No reproduction without permission. (Cowboy State Daily Staff) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ While meeting Tuesday in Riverton, the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission issued a statement starkly condemning the apparent...
  • 'Googlers against genocide' lead sit-ins, protests coast-to-coast at tech giant's offices (Hamas wing)

    04/16/2024 9:33:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 4/16/24 | Sarah Rumpf-Whitten
    Google workers led sit-ins at headquarters from coast-to-coast, protesting the tech giant's contract with the Israeli military and the company's alleged complicity in the Israel-Hamas war. Tech workers at both Amazon and Google have long-protested Project Nimbus, which is Google and Amazon’s $1.2 billion contract with the Israeli government and military. The tech workers, who organized the group "No Tech for Apartheid," said that the Israeli miliary will use Google technology for "genocidal means." "It’s clear that the Israeli military will use any technology available to them for genocidal means," the group said in a recent statement. "Google workers do...
  • British predator, 34, who pressured boy 4,500 miles away in the US into raping a toddler is jailed for 18 years - while teenager he groomed will serve 50 YEARS in a US prison

    04/16/2024 6:54:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | April 16, 2024 | Francine Wolfisz
    An online predator who pressured a boy 4,500 miles away into raping a toddler has been jailed for 18 years - while the teenager he groomed will serve 50 years in the United States. Twisted Nicholas Hatton, who had a huge stash of child abuse images, took advantage of the boy from the age of 12, Chester Crown Court heard. The teenager, who had been in contact with Hatton for several years from 2014, told officers that he had been coerced into sexually abusing the two-year-old family member on camera. As a result of his confession, the boy has since...
  • A Curious Phenomenon Called ‘Etak’

    04/16/2024 7:29:03 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 41 replies
    Map Happenings ^ | 11 April 2024 | Map Happenings
    Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything. Or so said Steve Jobs when he announced iPhone in 2007.But I’m talking about a different revolutionary product. A foundational product that forever changed how everyone on this planet gets to where they need to be. Today, I’d like to tell you about the Etak Navigator, a truly revolutionary product and the world’s first practical vehicle navigation system.Here’s a picture of it:At the time, it was considered out-of-this-world. This is what Silicon Valley’s San Jose Mercury News said about it:The Etak Navigator launched 39 years (!) ago...
  • Wrong couple divorced after computer error by law firm Vardag's

    04/16/2024 3:03:17 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | Apr 15, 2024 | Jeremy Culley
    A staff member at Vardag's accidentally opened the file of a couple referred to in court papers as Mr and Mrs Williams, when trying to apply for a final divorce order for a different client. Vardag's applied three days later to rescind the order but judge Sir Andrew McFarlane dismissed the application. The firm's head Ayesha Vardag said the judge's decision effectively meant "the computer says no, you're divorced". Court papers say that Mrs Williams applied for divorce in January 2023 following 21 years of marriage. The mistake was made by solicitors acting for Mrs Williams on 3 October last...

    04/12/2024 5:18:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Israel21c ^ | April 10 | Brian Blum
    BaTTeRi aims to automate the EV charging process with robots that roam parking lots.In 2007, Israeli electric car infrastructure startup Better Place toyed with the idea of a robotic arm at its charging stations to plug a cable into the charger on one end and the car on the other, making the process less messy for drivers. The team’s initial enthusiasm dimmed, however, as the cost for building such a sophisticated system soared and the idea was dropped. Sixteen years later, another Israeli startup is again attempting to automate the charging process. Tel Aviv-based BaTTeRi plans to set loose...
  • Boss’s ‘idiotic’ salary message to employee: ‘Who told you that?’

    04/12/2024 3:33:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 12, 2024
    SNIP The situation unfolded when Christina sent her boss a text message after finding out she was the “lowest paid in the whole team” despite having worked at the company the longest and being in one of the most senior roles. The staff member said it didn’t matter who told her and asked if it was true. “It absolutely does matter. This is not an appropriate topic of discussion for the workplace,” Elliot responded. Askins slammed this response, telling his followers that it is completely legal to discuss pay with your colleagues and to “never let a company tell you...
  • Hyundai Kona goes in for software upgrade - Resets to 1984 - This is SHOCKING

    04/12/2024 5:38:55 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 83 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5 April 2024 | Geoff Buys Cars
    In this video we're talking abour GEOFENCING and GEOTIMING and how it could stop your car from going where you want, when you want, and it applies to all cars after around 2016. Scary stuff. #News #EV #BigBrother
  • Some Apple Vision Pro users suffer black eyes, headaches and neck pain

    04/12/2024 5:29:54 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Market Watch ^ | April 10, 2024 at 7:19 a.m. ET | Jon Swartz
    Some Apple Vision Pro users are finding that the virtual-reality headset isn’t so easy on the eyes, after all. Emily Olman got her $3,500 device in February and told MarketWatch that it gave her two black eyes after she wore it for the first time for about an hour. “I wasn’t able to use it very much the first few weeks because the fit was just off,” said Olman, chief media officer at Hopscotch Interactive, who is based in Kensington, Calif. Olman creates videos with the device for commercial and residential real-estate clients. She added that she had “like, superdark...
  • Scientists Create Levitating Graphite Plate For Ultra-Sensitive Quantum Sensors

    04/11/2024 6:14:25 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 11 replies
    Science Alert ^ | April 11, 2024 | DAVID NIELD
    (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology) Levitation is the kind of superpower many researchers would love to get their hands on. While there are a number of ways to fight the forces of gravity, few are suitable for the kinds of ultrasensitive devices that would benefit from floating untethered in a vacuum. Led by a team from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Japan, a team of researchers have found a way to shield thin wafers of graphite as they hover freely above a grid of magnets, making them far less susceptible to currents that interfere with...
  • Ballsy: Mexican media outlet gets trolled into airing video of a man’s testicles thinking they were showing the eclipse…

    04/11/2024 5:26:53 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    Revolver ^ | April 10, 2024 | Staff
    “Well, a testicular eclipse is probably not something you had on your bingo card, but here we are. As you likely know by now, Monday was the big day for the Solar eclipse, and many states in the US were in the path of the “total eclipse,” as were other countries around the world. In fact, folks near Torreón, Mexico, got to experience “totality” for one of the longest periods of time, lasting 4 minutes and 28 seconds, according to NASA. Wikipedia explains that the solar eclipse of April 8, 2024, was a total solar eclipse visible within a band...
  • Data Delivery Rates 4.5 MILLION TIMES FASTER Than Average Broadband Achieved In Major Fiber Optic Breakthrough

    04/09/2024 12:01:17 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 40 replies
    The Debrief ^ | APRIL 8, 2024 | MICAH HANKS
    The fastest data delivery rate ever achieved using specific wavelength bands in fiber optic technology has been reported by an international team of researchers, who say they sent information 4.5 million times faster than the average home broadband will allow. According to researchers at Aston University in Birmingham, England, who participated in the experiment, a series of new technologies they developed allowed them to successfully transfer data at an astonishing rate of 301 terabits (301,000,000 megabits) per second. Remarkably, the Aston team says the breakthrough that achieved these impressive data transfer rates used only standard optical fiber. The team says...
  • NYC’s AI chatbot was caught telling businesses to break the law. The city isn’t taking it down

    04/08/2024 8:09:17 AM PDT · by dennisw · 14 replies
    AP ^ | April 3, 2024 | BY JAKE OFFENHARTZ
    An artificial intelligence-powered chatbot created by New York City to help small business owners is under criticism for dispensing bizarre advice that misstates local policies and advises companies to violate the law. In responses to questions posed Wednesday, the chatbot falsely suggested it is legal for an employer to fire a worker who complains about sexual harassment, doesn’t disclose a pregnancy or refuses to cut their dreadlocks. Contradicting two of the city’s signature waste initiatives, it claimed that businesses can put their trash in black garbage bags and are not required to compost. At times, the bot’s answers veered into...

    04/05/2024 5:27:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    Movieguide ^ | April 2, 2024
    Former OnlyFans model Nala Ray has renounced her past as an adult content creator and is dedicating her life to God. “We all have a choice. I choose God,” she captioned a video of her recent baptism. In an interview with Fox News, Ray explained that her boyfriend helped her reconnect with her faith. “He’s actually a devout Christian, he started praying over me and sending me Bible verses and just being so loving in a way that wasn’t romantic,” she shared. Ray continued, “I can’t even tell you how much my life has changed since [finding faith]. Everything in...
  • DJT Stock Tumbles. Trump Insists He’ll Stick With Truth Social.

    04/05/2024 12:53:03 PM PDT · by Miami Rebel · 18 replies
    Barrons ^ | Adam Clark
    Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. stock (DJT) fell sharply Friday. Donald Trump has said he’ll prioritize the company’s Truth Social site despite doubts over its future as a social-media platform. Trump Media shares were down 9.7% at $41.68 in trading Friday. The stock closed down 5.5% at $46.15 on Thursday. One doubt about the company has been whether Trump will continue to promote the Truth Social platform. While an agreement between him and the company requires him to make any of his personal social-media posts on Truth Social first and wait six hours before posting to Meta Platforms' Facebook,...
  • How to read local mail on Linux Kubuntu 22.04

    04/05/2024 10:42:05 AM PDT · by zeugma · 20 replies
    NA ^ | 4/5/24 | Self
    I'm running Kubuntu 22.04. I've been annoyed for some time that Thunderbird removed support for Movemail a while back. I have searched for ways around it, to no avail. I'd like to be able to read my local system mail using something more then just the command-line mail program. Does anyone have a good recommendation for an email program that will move mail from /var/spool/mail/ This is strictly local mail. I do not intend to send mail at all from this
  • AI looks to cut workforces across sectors, companies should train in-house: survey

    04/05/2024 10:22:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Artificial intelligence will lead to fewer employees at companies in most sectors, according to an exhaustive survey of executives by the Swiss staffing company The Adecco Group (OTCPK:AHEXY). The survey found 41% of companies expect fewer people employed at their organization in five years due to AI and generative AI. What's more, only 46% of employers plan to redeploy workers internally if their jobs are displaced by AI. The survey, "Leading through the great disruption 2024," involved 2,000 C-suite executives spanning nine countries. It was conducted in collaboration with Oxford Economics. The study's authors suggest companies should take a "human-centric...