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  • Tesla Autopilot gets tricked into accelerating from 35 to 85 mph with modified speed limit sign

    02/19/2020 12:51:54 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 56 replies
    Electrek ^ | Fred Lambert
    A group of hackers has managed to trick Tesla’s first-generation Autopilot into accelerating from 35 to 85 mph with a modified speed limit sign that humans would be able to read correctly. Hackers at McAfee Advanced Threat Research conducted the experiment. Ultimately, they were able to make a Tesla vehicle on Autopilot accelerate by 50 mph over the limit: The ultimate finding here is that we were able to achieve the original goal. By making a tiny sticker-based modification to our speed limit sign, we were able to cause a targeted misclassification of the MobilEye camera on a Tesla and...
  • Germany: Bill requires sites to report hate speech to police

    02/19/2020 11:52:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 19, 2020 | Frank Jordans
    Sharing threats made by someone else could soon become a punishable offense in Germany, after the government approved a bill Wednesday designed to crack down on hate speech and online extremism. Following a regional politician’s slaying and an attack on a synagogue last year, German government ministers announced plans to require companies like Facebook and YouTube to report certain forms of hate speech to the police and to provide the users’ IP addresses. Firms already have to delete such posts. Under the bill that won Cabinet backing, internet companies would have to report a wide range of hate speech to...
  • EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks

    02/19/2020 11:09:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 19, 2020 | Kelvin Chan
    The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology. […] The EU’s executive Commission said it wants to develop a “framework for trustworthy artificial intelligence.” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had ordered her top deputies to come up with a coordinated European approach to artificial intelligence and data strategy 100 days after she took office in December. “We will be particularly careful where essential human rights and interests are at stake,” von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels. “Artificial intelligence must serve...
  • Activate This ‘Bracelet of Silence,’ and Alexa Can’t Eavesdrop

    02/19/2020 9:37:23 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    New York Post ^ | Feb. 14, 2020 | Kashmir Hill
    Microphones and cameras lurk everywhere. You may want to slip on some privacy armor.Last year, Ben Zhao decided to buy an Alexa-enabled Echo speaker for his Chicago home. Mr. Zhao just wanted a digital assistant to play music, but his wife, Heather Zheng, was not enthused. “She freaked out,” he said. Ms. Zheng characterized her reaction differently. First she objected to having the device in their house, she said. Then, when Mr. Zhao put the Echo in a work space they shared, she made her position perfectly clear:“I said, ‘I don’t want that in the office. Please unplug it. I...
  • Pearson's Digital-First Strategy Will Change How Students Get Textbooks; College Textbooks Fast Becoming Obsolete

    02/18/2020 12:31:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Forbes ^ | Bill Rosenblatt
    Pearson, the world's largest textbook publisher, announced that it is moving from a traditional to a "digital first" publishing model. This development upends several traditions that are more than a century old. It will bring about a digital transformation in textbook publishing that has been in the works for a long time and will fundamentally change the way college students get their educational materials. The traditional model for publishing textbooks has been simple: An author, typically a full-time college professor, writes a textbook under contract with a publisher. The publisher puts out a print edition, gets course instructors to adopt...
  • Microsoft to bravely defend US democracy for a slack handful of voters in Fulton, Wisconsin ("ElectionGuard")

    02/18/2020 7:51:42 AM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 18, 2020 | Richard Speed
    ElectionGuard guards real-life election Microsoft is in Fulton, Wisconsin, today to try its ElectionGuard electronic vote system in the primary election for the US state's Supreme Court candidates.Tom Burt, Microsoft corporate veep for Customer Security and Trust, unleashed the news overnight, hopefully giving locals time to roll out the bunting before Microsoft turned up to wheel out the thing for its first attempt at an actual election.The electronic vote system was demonstrated at the Aspen Security Forum back in July 2019 and is aimed at enabling an end-to-end verification of the voting process. The code and development kit were tossed...
  • The Candace Owens Show: General Steve Kwast

    02/16/2020 6:57:37 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Youtube ^ | 02/16/20 | Candice Owens
    Can the creation of a U.S. military space force boost the economy, maintain American sovereignty, and preserve world peace? General Steve Kwast joins Candace Owens this week for a discussion on how a national space force will impact global relations.   
  • China Using Drones in Increasingly Dystopian Ways to Combat Coronavirus Outbreak

    02/15/2020 9:42:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 02/15/2020 | Matt Novak
    Police are flying drones around vehicle checkpoints with a large QR code that people are supposed to scan to register their health information. And while we didn’t believe it at first, reports from China’s state-run media indicate that it’s actually happening. The drones are popping up in cities like Shenzhen in Guangdong province, where cops are using them in an effort to keep law enforcement officers away from the public. The drones broadcast messages with instructions on how to use your smartphone to scan a QR code and submit health info to a government-run website online. “Please open the window,...
  • Microsoft pulls security update after reports of issues affecting some PCs

    02/15/2020 7:20:59 PM PST · by dayglored · 43 replies
    ZDNet ^ | Feb 15, 2020 | Ed Bott
    A standalone security update released as part of the February Patch Tuesday cycle has created headaches for some owners of PCs running Windows 10. After investigating reports of those issues, Microsoft has yanked KB4524244 from its update servers. Update 15-Feb-2020: The mess gets messier: Judging from a series of cryptic tweets by security experts, this update and its revocation are tied to a situation involving Kaspersky Rescue Disk and a signed bootloader that can circumvent the Secure Boot feature that is the bedrock of security on modern PCs. I'm still trying to figure out the sequence of events here. Stay...
  • An Interactive Look at the U.S.-China Military Scorecard

    02/15/2020 12:53:14 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 16 replies ^ | RAND Corporation
    Over the past two decades, China's People's Liberation Army has transformed itself from a large but antiquated force into a capable, modern military. Although China continues to lag the United States in terms of aggregate military hardware and operational skills, it has improved its relative capabilities in many critical areas. To advance the public debate, RAND used open, unclassified sources to compile The U.S.-China Military Scorecard: Forces, Geography, and the Evolving Balance of Power. This comprehensive report examines U.S. and Chinese military capabilities in ten operational areas, and presents a "scorecard" for each.Each scorecard assesses the relative advantage or disadvantage...
  • Another week, another bunch of Windows 10 machines punched by a patch (user profiles scrambled)

    02/14/2020 9:54:54 AM PST · by dayglored · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 14, 2020 | Richard Speed
    As 1809 is nudged toward the darkness, the Baron of Bork has plans for 1903 and 1909 There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and duff patches from Microsoft. So, yes, some Windows 10 users have found their PC unhappy following Tuesday's patch shenanigans.A helpful forum posting from one of Microsoft's loyal MVPs concerning the arrival of KB4532693 for Windows 10 1903 and 1909, and KB4532691 for 1809, has seen some customers reporting that the updates had left their systems a little distressed.Users have found things reset to a seemingly default state and a temporary user account used for...
  • 10 things I wish I'd known before becoming a Linux sysadmin

    02/13/2020 11:30:17 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 71 replies
    Red Hat ^ | 12 February 2020 | by Ken Hess
    I love being a Linux system administrator, but there are things about it that I don't love. No job is perfect, but someone should at least warn the newcomers of the dangers that lie ahead. Well, you've come to the right place to find out everything you wanted to know, and probably a little extra, about being a Linux system administrator. These are my experiences and might not reflect the greater system administration universe. I make no claims, promises, or guarantees by presenting these ten things I wish I'd know before becoming a Linux system administrator to you. They are in no...
  • It's a Bing thing: Microsoft drops plans to shove unloved search engine down throats of unsuspecting enterprises (good news)

    02/12/2020 7:15:23 AM PST · by dayglored · 31 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Tim Anderson
    Default-hijacking browser extension pulled from Office Pro Plus installations Microsoft has U-turned on plans to automatically switch browser search defaults to Bing when users install Office 365 Pro Plus.In January, Microsoft let slip its plans to install a browser extension for Chrome that makes Bing the default search engine when users installed or updated Office Pro Plus, a key part of enterprise subscriptions to Office 365. The move was buried in documentation, rather than being delivered in the usual enthusiastic blog post, suggesting perhaps the company knew it would not go down well.The stated rationale was to let users, er,...
  • Just a ‘rant by an idiot’: Charges dropped against man accused of threatening to kill Trump

    02/12/2020 5:38:23 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 28 replies
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | 2/12/20 | Eileen Kelley
    Call it the idiocy defense. A Florida man no longer faces criminal charges because his online skit about Donald Trump appeared to be “more of a rant by an idiot” than someone intent on harming the president, according to a prosecutor’s memo obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel. With that consideration, prosecutors dismissed the charges against 26-year-old Chauncy Lump, a security guard from Oakland Park. He had dressed as an Arab for a skit he posted to Facebook Live, calling out Trump for ordering the assassination of Iran’s top military leader. Middle Eastern music was playing in the background...
  • Apple Engineer Killed in Bay Area Tesla Crash Had Complained About Autopilot

    02/11/2020 12:46:20 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 97 replies
    ktla ^ | 02/11/2020
    An Apple engineer who died when his Tesla Model X hit a concrete barrier on a Silicon Valley freeway had complained before his death that the SUV’s Autopilot system would malfunction in the area where the crash happened. The documents say Huang told his wife that Autopilot had previously veered his SUV toward the same barrier on U.S. 101 near Mountain View, California where he later crashed. Huang died at a hospital from his injuries. “Walter said the car would veer toward the barrier in the mornings when he went to work,” the Huang family’s attorney wrote in a response...
  • Microsoft ups the ante with fix-fixing patch that leaves some Windows Server 2008 machines unable to boot

    02/11/2020 7:18:23 AM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Richard Speed
    She applied the fix to fix the fix... I don't know why she did the apply. Perhaps it'll die Like a needy ex-partner that just won't let go, Microsoft's legacy OSes continue to cling to the Windows behemoth's ankles. Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 have once again been bashed with the borkage bat.Users are reporting that the fix to fix the fix that broke the desktop wallpaper in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 has left systems unbootable after an apparent boot file deletion.The fix-fixing fix (KB4539602) was unleashed at the end of last week, and some administrators...
  • Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down (UAC problem?)

    02/10/2020 10:55:39 AM PST · by dayglored · 86 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 10, 2020 | Tim Anderson
    Users rage, rage against the dying of the light (and support) It's not only end of support that Windows 7 diehards have to contend with. Late last week a new problem emerged – systems that refuse to shut down.Complaints have been widespread on Reddit, Microsoft's official Answers forum and on on SevenForums. Some users also reported other issues, such as not being able to view their documents folder in Explorer.Fortunately the problem seems to be fixable in most cases. The favourite solution is to tweak the UAC (User Account Control) settings with the Group Policy setting "Run all administrators in...
  • With China's Huawei, Just What Are Conservatives So Afraid Of?

    02/10/2020 9:52:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 02/10/2020 | John Tamny
    It’s been said by those who know Fred Smith well that when the visionary FedEx founder is asked about the U.S. Post Office, he’s known to say that in a competitive market he could put the government-created monopoly out of business in a matter of months. Smith’s confidence shouldn’t surprise readers, conservative readers least of all. That’s the case because at least in their rhetoric, conservatives preach the gospel of market discipline. The Post Office would be extraordinarily vulnerable to competition precisely because it’s never faced the kind of competition and investor pressure that conservatives at least rhetorically deem so...
  • Windows 10 Warning: Anger At Microsoft Rises With Serious New Failure

    02/08/2020 7:59:18 AM PST · by dayglored · 113 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 6, 2020 | Gordon Kelly
    Windows 10 may now be essential but users new and old have had a rough ride in recent weeks. And it has just gotten a lot worse after a new, high-profile Windows 10 failure has left more questions than answers and some seriously angry users. The drama began yesterday [2/5] as Windows 10 users suddenly found that Search was broken with a black bar showing where search results should be, even for those who tried to perform a local search of their files. Breaking with tradition (1,2,3,4,5), Microsoft was fast to act blaming “a temporary server-side issue”. But the explanation...
  • 2020 Senate Election Interactive Map

    02/08/2020 7:33:12 AM PST · by Openurmind · 29 replies
    270 to win ^ | Feb 8, 2020 | Staff
    The U.S. Senate has 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats (including two independents). There are 35 seats up in 2020 - including special elections in Arizona and Georgia - of which 23 are held by the GOP. Democrats will need to gain 3 or 4 seats to take control. Currently, the U.S Senate is controlled by the Republicans. As of January, 2019, they control 53 Senate seats, Democrats 45, with 2 independents caucusing as Democrats (effectively giving them 47 seats). In 2020, 34 Senate seats are up for election, 22 held by Republicans, 12 by Democrats. As the Vice-President will break...