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  • What Does a Crooked Election Look Like? In the search for electoral fraud, researchers use forensic tool kits to detect statistical signs of ballot stuffing and voter rigging

    01/14/2021 9:57:04 AM PST · by ifinnegan · 22 replies
    Scientific American ^ | Oct. 30, 2018 | David Noonan
    What Does a Crooked Election Look Like? In the search for electoral fraud, researchers use forensic tool kits to detect statistical signs of ballot stuffing and voter rigging -- An even more basic challenge faces researchers who want to use forensic tool kits to analyze U.S. elections—getting the data. “The way elections take place and are administered in the U.S. is not really up to the quality standards in other countries,” says Klimek, who tried and failed to apply some of his methods to the 2008 election. “The data quality was not good enough.” In most states, access to voter...
  • 600,000 Join Free Speech Platform Gab- In One Day! This is historic.

    01/11/2021 7:21:54 AM PST · by Red Badger · 53 replies ^ | Published 1 min ago on Jan 11, 2021 | By Richard Moorhead
    Approximately 600,000 new users signed up for Gab on Sunday. Gab CEO Andrew Torba revealed that the free speech social media platform had received the truly massive amount of signups. Gab Chief Technology Officer Fosco Marotto also spoke of the astronomical growth, revealing the platform had deployed 10 new servers to accommodate the massive influx of users. All of Gab’s server infrastructure is hosted in-house, hardening the platform from deplatforming attempts on the part of Big Tech’s corrupt oligarchs. Parler, a competing platform, was swiftly deplatformed by Amazon oligarch Jeff Bezos Sunday. Parler had opted to rely on Amazon’s web...
  • Silicon Valley Insiders Seek Employment With Gab As “Internal Civil War” Rages In Big Tech.....Gab is emerging as the home of free speech online.

    01/11/2021 7:16:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies ^ | Published 13 hours ago on Jan 10, 2021 | By Richard Moorhead
    Gab CEO Andrew Torba revealed that Big Tech insiders are seeking employment with the free speech platform, sickened by Silicon Valley’s monopoly and authoritarian practices. What Torba calls an “internal civil war” over the slightest resemblance of internet freedom is raging in Silicon Valley, with even the most moderate company officials supportive of free expression being bullied and shut down by tech oligarchs. “I cannot tell you how many people… If you only knew what was inside my inbox right now. There are so many people- including senior level inside of Silicon Valley firms who are reaching out to me...

    01/11/2021 6:54:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 80 replies ^ | by CD Media Staff | January 10, 2021
    This story is developing, we will release more information as soon as we acquire it… UPDATE 1730 EST – Phone is a prototype, launch will happen shortly —————————————– The internet upstart Gab, which is threatening the entire big-tech ecosystem, just announced they are planning to launch a new Gab phone. The declaration caught the technology world by surprise, and comes at the exact moment Silicon Valley is tightening the screws on the American public, and the world for that matter. Former Silicon Valley entrepreneur Andrew Torba left the big-tech arena in 2016 to start Gab, a competitor to Twitter. We...
  • Microsoft rejected, Oracle wins bid for TikTok’s US operations

    01/08/2021 5:48:59 PM PST · by amorphous · 5 replies
    New York Post ^ | 13 September, 2020 | Kenneth Garger
    Microsoft’s bid to purchase TikTok’s US operations was rejected, the company announced Sunday, with Oracle reportedly winning the bid to help run the popular social media app in the states. The deal between Tiktok’s Beijing-based owner ByteDance and Oracle is not believed to be structured as an outright sale, a source told The Wall Street Journal. Instead, the software giant is set to be the app’s “trusted tech partner,” in the US, the report said.
  • Parler may seriously impact Apple, if banned. Currently deciding what phone to upgrade to.

    01/08/2021 5:26:42 PM PST · by cba123 · 71 replies
    I think with Apple threatening to ban Parler, they may just make a HUGE mistake. Apple can ban it. Sure. But Google cannot prevent people from downloading the app to their phones. 75,000,000 Americans may be looking for an alternative to Twitter now. Today.
  • Mass Extraction: The Widespread Power of U.S. Law Enforcement to Search Mobile Phones

    12/22/2020 8:02:08 AM PST · by krny9 · 20 replies ^ | October 2020 | Logan Koepke, et al
    Every day, law enforcement agencies across the country search thousands of cellphones, typically incident to arrest. To search phones, law enforcement agencies use mobile device forensic tools (MDFTs), a powerful technology that allows police to extract a full copy of data from a cellphone — all emails, texts, photos, location, app data, and more — which can then be programmatically searched. As one expert puts it, with the amount of sensitive information stored on smartphones today, the tools provide a “window into the soul.” This report documents the widespread adoption of MDFTs by law enforcement in the United States. Based...
  • FireEye Identifies Killswitch for SolarWinds Malware as Victims Scramble to Respond

    12/20/2020 2:00:33 PM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 15 replies ^ | 12 16 2020 | Jai Vijayan
    White House National Security Council establishes unified group to coordinate response across federal agencies to the threat. FireEye, which last Sunday disclosed a compromise at network management software vendor SolarWinds that allowed an unknown attacker to distribute malware to potentially thousands of organizations, has identified a killswitch that it says would prevent the malware from operating on infected networks. But in networks where the attackers might have already deployed additional persistence mechanisms, the killswitch will not remove the threat from victim networks, according to the security vendor. FireEye on Sunday said that an investigation it was conducting into a breach...
  • Microsoft and industry partners seize key domain used in SolarWinds hack

    12/19/2020 10:13:01 AM PST · by linMcHlp · 61 replies
    ZDNET ^ | 12/15/2020 | Catalin Cimpanu
    UPDATED: The seized domain has been turned into a killswitch to prevent the SolarWinds hackers to escalate infections and make new victims. Microsoft and a coalition of tech companies have intervened today to seize and sinkhole a domain that played a central role in the SolarWinds hack, ZDNet has learned from sources familiar with the matter. The domain in question is avsvmcloud[.]com, which served as command and control (C&C) server for malware delivered to around 18,000 SolarWinds customers via a trojanized update for the company's Orion app. SolarWinds Orion updates versions 2019.4 through 2020.2.1, released between March 2020 and June...
  • Breaking the Power and Speed Limit of Lasers: New Fast, Powerful Compact Laser Invented

    12/08/2020 6:11:16 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 19 replies
    SciTechDaily ^ | 8 December 2020 | George Washington University
    Researchers invent a novel vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser, the workhorses of datacenters and optical sensors.SummaryResearchers at the George Washington University have developed a new design of vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) that demonstrates record-fast temporal bandwidth. This was possible by combining multiple transverse coupled cavities, which enhances optical feedback of the laser. VCSELs have emerged as a vital approach for realizing energy-efficient and high-speed optical interconnects in data centers and supercomputers.The SituationVCSELs are a vital class of semiconductor laser diodes accompanying a monolithic laser resonator that emits light in a direction perpendicular to the chip surface. This class of lasers is gaining...
  • Twitter user has Dominion's code but needs help decompiling (VANITY)

    11/11/2020 10:02:51 PM PST · by Windcatcher · 31 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 12, 2020 | Windcatcher
    The person allegedly has the Dominion code and might need a hand. I'm not on Twitter but I have a licensed copy of Ida Pro 32-bit plus the Hex-Rays decompiler. I use it all the time and I could lend a hand if I could get a link to the code. My version only works on 32-bit code, so if it's 64-bit code I can't do anything with it. But the only way to find out is to feed it into Ida and see what it spits out.
  • Ink-Stained Wretches: The Battle for the Soul of Digital Freedom Taking Place Inside Your Printer

    11/06/2020 5:21:59 AM PST · by ptsal · 15 replies
    EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 11/05/2020 | Cory Doctorow
    Since its founding in the 1930s, Hewlett-Packard has been synonymous with innovation, and many's the engineer who had cause to praise its workhorse oscillators, minicomputers, servers, and PCs. But since the turn of this century, the company's changed its name to HP and its focus to sleazy ways to part unhappy printer owners from their money. Printer companies have long excelled at this dishonorable practice, but HP is truly an innovator, the industry-leading Darth Vader of sleaze, always ready to strong-arm you into a "deal" and then alter it later to tilt things even further to its advantage. The company's...
  • State court allows spy operations by police using license plate readers

    10/25/2020 3:22:22 AM PDT · by ptsal · 60 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 24-Oct-2020 | WND Staff
    The Rutherford Institute is calling a decision by the Virginia Supreme Court to give police departments unrestricted use of Automated License Plate Readers to gather data statewide about residents a "blow to privacy." The legal team had asked the court to decide in its Fairfax County Police Department v. Neal case that the use of the computerized spy programs violated a state law restricting government collection of personal information.
  • Mask use does not lead to a higher risk of COVID-19 as viral social media posts claim

    10/14/2020 6:08:14 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 24 replies
    Health Feedback ^ | 14 Oct 2020 | Flora Teoh
    CLAIM More people who wear masks become sick with COVID-19 compared to non-mask wearers, therefore masks don’t work or are making us ill SOURCE: Jordan Davidson, The Federalist, 12 Oct. 2020 DETAILS Flawed reasoning: The comparison made in the claim is not related to mask effectiveness, but is simply the result of the fact that the study included many more people who wear masks as compared to people who never wore masks to begin with. Of all 314 individuals in the study, there were only 11 who never wore masks. By default, a comparison of the proportions of people who...
  • This All-Electric Robotic Combat Vehicle May Accompany Army Units into Battle

    10/13/2020 6:32:01 AM PDT · by pingman · 30 replies ^ | 10/9/20 | Matthew Cox
    Textron Systems announced Thursday that it will deliver an all-electric version of its M5 Ripsaw Robotic Combat Vehicle prototype to the U.S. Army for experimentation next year. Earlier this year, the Army selected a Textron team to develop its subsidiary Howe & Howe's unmanned vehicle for the service's Robotic Combat Vehicle, or RCV, Medium platform. The Army wants to develop a light, medium and heavy version of the RCV to give commanders the option of sending unmanned vehicles into combat against enemy forces. The service selected QinetiQ North America to build four light versions of the RCV. Textron is scheduled...
  • How One Bureaucrat at an Obscure Agency Is Holding America’s 5G Industry Hostage

    10/07/2020 10:48:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | October 07, 2020 | by Michael Graham
    Aimee Jorjani, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Why is a Trump appointee stopping progress on America’s efforts to compete with China in the vital arena of 5G technology? That’s the question being asked in the wireless industry, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the White House itself. In June of 2019, Aimee Jorjani was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first full-time chairman of the obscure Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). The council is a creation of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its job is to “promote the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use...
  • Google Insider: Bombshell Book ‘Deleted’ Will ‘Shake the Foundations of Silicon Valley’

    09/01/2020 5:39:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2020 | Breitbart Tech
    An upcoming book from Breitbart News investigative reporter Allum Bokhari is set to “shake the foundations of Silicon Valley,” according to a Big Tech source who has worked at numerous tech giants including Google. The book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election, will be published by Center Street on September 22, and is currently available for preorder at Barnes & Noble and other retailers. “When voters find out what big tech companies have done to meddle in the coming election, they’ll be rightly furious” said the source, who worked on key Google products...
  • Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it

    08/25/2020 6:44:53 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 123 replies
    New Atlas ^ | August 25, 2020 | Loz Blain
    Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it Here shown as a small, circuit board mounted design, the nano diamond battery has the potential to totally upend the energy equation since it never needs charging and lasts many, many years NDB California company NDB says its nano-diamond batteries will absolutely upend the energy equation, acting like tiny nuclear generators. They will blow any energy density comparison out of the water, lasting anywhere from a decade to 28,000 years without ever needing a charge. They will offer higher power density than lithium-ion. They will be nigh-on indestructible and...
  • The Air Force May Ditch GPS for Earth's Magnetic Field... We're long overdue for a new way to navigate.

    08/07/2020 7:46:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 92 replies ^ | By Kyle Mizokami Aug 4, 2020
    The Air Force, wary of losing its GPS satellites during a major war, is exploring alternatives. One alternative is using a magnetic field map of Earth. Maps of Earth’s magnetic field are very accurate, but we don't know how data is gained about possible enemy territory. =================================================================================== The U.S. Air Force, concerned that adversaries might target its fleet of GPS satellites in wartime, is looking into Earth’s magnetic field as an alternative, according to Defense One.Accurate and extremely difficult to jam, the magnetic field could be used as a means of navigation for ground troops, ships at sea, and...
  • Kernel Rising: Cotton Could Soon Feed The World

    07/26/2020 2:50:23 PM PDT · by ptsal · 70 replies
    AgPro-Farm Journal ^ | 13-July-2020 | Chris Bennett
    History is pounding at agriculture’s door. One of the greatest farming enigmas to afflict growers in the last 100 years has been solved, yet the answer sits idle. At its core, the cotton riddle is simple: How to remove a naturally occurring pest deterrent from seeds, yet preserve the toxin within plants? The long-sought solution means cotton can make a massive leap from fabric to consumption—and provide 10.8 trillion grams of precious protein for the animal feed industry and human intake. Bottom line: After 7,000 years of cultivation, cotton is at the cusp of helping feed the planet. Cotton has...